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Listen To Bruno Mars’ Mournful New Unorthodox Jukebox Ballad, “When I Was Your Man”

In anticipation of it’s December 11th release, Bruno Mars has been leaking one song at a time off of Unorthodox Jukebox. So far what we’ve heard has been diverse — “Young Girls”‘s doo-woop, “Moonshine” with it’s 80′s sheen and his Sting-cribbing “Locked Out Of Heaven” so far included — but generally joyous. This latest song is different in that it catches Mars at his most mournful and with his head hung low, and he was so nervous to share that he prefaced it with a tweet admitting that “I’ve never been this nervous. Can’t explain it.” The song is (of course!) pretty good and so he won’t have to, but we can definitely imagine the nerve it must take to let a song so raw and regretful as this out into the world. Read more…

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You Oughta Know Artists Metric Promise SCOPE Will Be “Great,” We Believe Them

Up, up and away! Tomorrow we ship off to Miami for the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show where we will celebrate a crop of fledgling visual artists who we think You Oughta Know (learn more about them here), and we are very excited to be bringing Metric, our You Oughta Know musical artist for December, with us to play the opening party!

When we caught up with the group last month, Metric lead singer Emily Haines assured us that “it will be great,” offering that “they have had too much fun there in the past” as evidence of the good art, music and beach town fun sure to come. “Different film and art inspiration come to us when we’re making music and sort of keep us going throughout the process,” she explains, citing an Italian radical architecture school as a particular inspiration and stop she’ll certainly be making when she’s down there. The boys in the band voiced excitement for late night beach trips, and we’ll offer that we are very excited to hear them perform some of the new stuff of Synthetica, like “Youth Without Youth,” as well as an oldie/goodie, like “Gimme Sympathy,” or two!

Keep up with our coverage at @VH1Music; and more information on SCOPE events, head over here.

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Five Things You Really Oughta Know About Metric, December’s You Oughta Know Artist


You may recognize Metric‘s dynamo frontwoman Emily Haines‘s voice from Broken Social Scene‘s breathy classic “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” (which surely was an anthem to us when we were a seventeen), or from that lovely scene at the end of Eclipse wherein Bella and Edward make out in a field of flowers. Or perhaps you were turned onto them by Lou Reed, a notoriously hard-headed legend who shows up at the end of Metric’s fifth studio album Synthetica because he’s got a soft spot for Haines. We do too, and that’s why we are celebrating the prolific indie-rockers as our You Oughta Know artist for the whole month of December. And so for those just joining us and Reed in the Metric fan club, here are five things we think you really oughta know:

 

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Drake Plays Chef With Guy Fieri [Updated]

Until someone can prove otherwise, we are going to go ahead and assume Guy Fieri is teaching Drake — a devotee of all things extra-luxurious and excessively cheesy, and a vocal Italian food fan — to make spaghetti bolognaise, Drake’s favorite (and an apparently off-menu) dish at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in this head-scratcher of an Instagram that surfaced online last night. Or maybe as Vulture suggests, it’s the lesser known sixth mother sauce, “YOLO sauce.” Either way, Drake looks pretty serious about whatever is going on in that pan and we wish we could cop a taste.

Update: Fieri, whose notorious Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar is located conveniently close to VH1 headquarters, dropped by Big Morning Buzz Live to weigh in on Drake’s cooking skills.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Big Boi And Cudi Want To Make You Love Them With “She Hates Me”

We can’t speak directly to the “breath stinkin’” or the “broken weaslin’”, but one thing we can’t imagine hating Big Boi for is his music. And so where he really loses us in his new lovelorn Kid Cudi collaboration “She Hates Me” is when he tries to convince us that, “Recently she even seems to hate on all my songs.” Has this woman he so loves really not heard any of these new Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors tracks? Not the hometown banger that is “In the A”? Or the so-slick “Lines,” featuring A$AP Rocky? Because she might think she hates him, but we certainly can’t. Read more…

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Taylor Swift’s Busy Week: Ellen, The ARIA Awards, Fifi & Jules and TODAY Performances

All fall Taylor Swift has worked hard — like, her face on pizza boxes and every magazine and in your pharmacy and on your television every day hard — to promote Red‘s release, and even though she has already moved more albums than everybody not named Adele this year, she’s still keeping on working hard. This week alone she made stops at the 2012 ARIA Awards, on Fifi & Jules and TODAY in Australia, and then back stateside today on Ellen. Whew! We’re exhausted just thinking about Taylor’s schedule, but we’re definitely not tired of watching her perform. In these weeks since Red‘s release she’s been really good at mixing up her song choice, alternating between “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again,” “Red,” “State of Grace” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” new to the mix after last week’s American Music Awards.

All that in short: Taylor stays being all over our televisions and we stay being interested. Here’s a quick rundown of this week in Taylor Swift televised performances.

Trouble, ohhh!

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Rick Ross Needs 100 Black Coffees (Or: Black Coffins) In His New Song For Django Unchained

Rick Ross a caffeine feign? Not exactly (not that we know of, at least), though it sure sounds like the Bawse is in need of a wake up in his song for Quentin Tarintino‘s Django Unchained that’s called “100 Black Coffins.” The song — which was produced by the film’s star, Jaime Foxx, and to which Tarintino contributed the idea for the chorus — is a big and clanking thing that comes complete with spaghetti western whistles and Ross calling for what sounded to us on first listen like 100 black coffees. Ross in a cowboy hat and boots to match, rubbing sleep from his eyes and calling on French to pour him 100 black coffees makes for a great image; but alas it was we who needed those black coffees, because what he actually wants is 100 black coffins to put 100 bad (and, presumably: dead) guys in. Anyways, be it coffee or coffins, Ross puts on a good show here. Maybe Tarintino can find a roll for the Bawse next round?

 

Check out the rest of the soundtrack’s tracklist behind the jump.

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The 10 Most Iconic Fashions From Michael Jackson’s Thriller Era


Thirty years ago today, at the age of 24, Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the release of Thriller. It’s the album that produced hits like “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and “PYT (Pretty Young Thing),” plaques on plaques on plaques and that jacket. You know the one — that jacket that he wore in the seminal “Thriller” video, the one cut from candy apple red and black leather and with angular and alien-like shoulder plates. That jacket has since been sold on auction for cool $1.8 million dollars to a Texan gold trader who called it “the greatest piece of rock and roll memorabilia in history.” We wouldn’t dare disagree, especially on this day, but we must ask also: what of those ankle-cut jeans? Those patent leather shoes? The shades? Jackson’s Thriller sartorial is much more expansive than that one jacket, and so to celebrate thirty years, we thought we would break down some of our favorite looks that he rocked during that time.

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See also: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Turns 30: How The Video To “Thriller” Changed The Game

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Florence Welch Joins The Rolling Stones For “Gimme Shelter”

Last night, as advertised, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine dropped in on The Rolling Stones to help at their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour stop in London. The pop powerhouse blew new wind to the song the Stones’ half-century old hit, and then blew us and Mick Jagger (who thanked her when it was done, raving also “I loved that!”) away. We’re surprised there weren’t actual sparks flying between she and Jagger when they got into a walk/wail-off at the last round of “It’s just a kiss away’s.” And fortunate for us, some camera-wielding concert goer was kind enough to upload the moment so all the rest of us might also get to enjoy it on this Friday!

The Stones’ “50 and Counting” tour lands stateside next week for shows in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Watch Florence Welch sing “Gimme Shelter” with The Rolling Stones [CoS]

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Chris Brown Wrote A Really Dark Song About His Missing Lighter

Earlier today, Chris Brown released a new song called called “W.T.F.I.M.L. (Where The F*ck Is My Lighter)”  on his website Mechanical Dummy. “Another exclusive for his fans,” the dark and hazy, electro jam is somewhat worrisome at close listen, as this misplaced lighter seems to have Breezy unusually worked up.  “I’m tired of all this shit, I want to light up,” he coos through a thick autotune at the chorus, desperate for a way to unwind. This sounds far more serious than a misplaced lighting implement, and so we feel obliged to ask: Everything okay over there, Breezy?

 

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