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Last Lap: No Doubt, Mariah Carey and Cee Lo Green Set To Kick Off NFL Season

NO DOUBT, MARIAH CAREY AND CEE LO GREEN WILL PERFORM AT THE NFL KICKOFF
Finally, a good reason to watch football! [MTV]

LIMP BIZKIT CALL IT QUITS, MAYBE?
Fred Durst
broke the news in an interview, wherein he explained that, “say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connect to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.” That said, Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has since tweeted otherwise, writing that, “LB has not called it quits. That article is insane. Thanks for your concerns, but we’re all good over here.” Either way, sounds like there’s fire in the hole. [PopDust] Read more…

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Green Day Have A Hip Hop Song On The Way, And We Can’t Wait


You have to give it to Green Day, if not much else they do these days could be called punk, their unwillingness to stick to the script is at least kindred in spirit to the lifestyle that gave them rise. From the outset, they have been clear that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their protest rock past, and “Oh Love” already falls more closely in line with the Rolling Stones than The Ramones. This, though, we couldn’t have expected: apparently the “garage-y, Nuggets-type rock” ¡Dos! includes some sort of hip hop track? But not one where Billie Joe Armstrong raps. No, “I’m just the hype man,” he says. Rather, he’s leaving that up to a pro.

Speaking with MTV News, Armstrong explained that they wanted to collaborate with this band called Mystic Knights of the Cobra who are from the Northern California town where Green Day got their start, and that Mystic Knights of the Cobra, it turns out,  just happens to be fronted by a punk girl named Lady Cobra who raps. “She’s a good rapper, so we ended up collaborating with her. She’s this punk girl, she’s in this wild band that does anything from punk rock to hip-hop, so we collaborated with her and it ended up being great,” Armstrong said, adding that “this is the first collaboration  in a long time.” So, they got a punk girl to rap on their self described “garage-y” new album? That’s the spirit!

Check out Lady Cobra’s rap and (roller skate!) skills in the colorful video for Mystic Knights of the Cobra’s “Text Messaging Slut.” Would you hit her up (for a verse)? Read more…

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98 Degrees Are Back! Check Them Out On Today Show And Big Morning Buzz Live

It’s mid-August and summer is waning, but 98 Degrees are — as of today! — officially back to make sure things stay hot. They started early, giving their first performance in a decade on the Today Show. And then before shipping off to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Mixtape Festival, they stopped by VH1 headquarters for Big Morning Buzz Live for a game of “Because of Who” and a little bit of “Because of You.” What we learned? Drew is the prankster, Nick is the reality television buff (of course), Drew and Justin are the worst eaters, and Jeff is always down for one more round. Which, well, because of a few drinks, according to Nick, 98 Degrees is on the comeback: “We basically got together over a few beers and started singing and though, ‘This is not bad!’” And they then sang a little acapella “Because of You,” and we agree, not bad!

Before they left, they improvised a new theme song for the Big Morning Buzz — short but sweet, at 4:50 below — that they promise will be on their upcoming album, at least as a bonus track. Read more…

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Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Three members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective who staged a bold anti-Vladimir Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last February and whose conviction has become a cause célèbre for everyone from Kathleen Hanna and Madonna to Alicia Silverstone and Flea, were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison this morning. President Putin himself, after all, had called for leniency. Read more…

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Nickelback Get Caffeinated With Jason Alexander And Brooke Burns In “Trying Not To Love You” Video

Nickelback aren’t actually in the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” the latest single off of Here and Now. Instead they go full-caffeinated and funny, and it’s a refreshing change from the generally serious rock band. The clip stars Seinfield‘s Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) as Bud, the proud barista of the plainly named Cafe, and Baywatch‘s Brooke Burns as Gennifer with a G as the center of his latte art universe. Bud’s specialty is the half-caff mocha soy latte-ccino but Gennifer just wants a plain latte, and so he sets out to pour her one so beautiful it could send her into some sort of sexy espresso-bean-and-steamed-milk, 90′s music video referencing orbit. Think LIT‘s “Miserable,” but instead of Pamela Anderson on a fur rug, we get Burns shimmying in a pile of coffee grounds. Anyways, Bud’s good, but along comes a motorcycle riding, vest wearing, sunglass-shaded better one who can paint anything you want in a single pour and the latte-art battle for the lady’s heart is on. Worry not, though, because a coffee made with love is the tastiest cup of all.

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Tuned In: Neon Hitch Glows Neon And Shines Like “Gold” On Fallon

Neon Hitch made her television debut as a solo artist on Jimmy Fallon, where she performed her new single, “Gold.” Co-written by Claude Kelly, Bruno Mars and Hitch herself, “Gold” is a equal parts club banger and lush pop anthem, aggressive beat and pretty vocals. Whomever she’s singing about may shine like gold, but last night Neon shined quite literally neon. In a glowing bra and with a set of glowing phoenix wings to match, she bounced around the stage while her neon-tibal painted back-up dancers pulsed around her. We find that artists generally keep things simple when they perform on late night, but no, not Hitch — she goes Lady Gaga-lite. The raunch may have been toned down a bit by her standards, but neon never fades and Hitch was as provocative as ever.

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Kids These Days Have Been Named The House Band For The 2012 Do Something Awards

The line-up for next week’s Do Something! Awards just keeps getting better, with Flo Rida and fun. already set to perform, and now news that the precocious Kids These Days will be jamming as the Do Something! Awards house band. This up-and-coming band has already showcased their talent on stage at Lollapalooza and SXSW, as well as at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Conan, winning over audiences all along the way with their high energy live show and their genre-blending. In short, they’re a band that seems wise beyond their oldest member’s 21-years. So, if you are just now being introduced to this Chicago-based crew, you are in for a treat. Read more…

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Like Katy Perry, Marina and the Diamonds Play “The Starring Role”

Meet Marina and the Diamonds. This pretty, Welsh-Greek “Primadonna” has spent the past six weeks stateside touring with Coldplay, and she’s rounding out the trip out with a handful of New York dates to celebrate the release of her new record Electra Heart, including a special acoustic set on the roof of the Mondrian SoHo on Monday night. Marina arrived looking angelic in a beige crop top and glittery pencil skirt, and was awash in the twilight of the city sunset. Staked out in a corner of the roof where Brooklyn and Queens glowed behind her, she performed a five song set with only a keyboard and guitar to back her.

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Madonna Turns 54, And We Celebrate With This Timeline Of Her 54 Most Controversial Moments

Madonna's 54 Most Controversial Moments

Today is Madonna‘s 54th birthday, and she is no less edgy nor relevant than she was when she first broke onto the scene. As much the Queen of Pop as she is the Queen of Controversy, she has defined herself as a good at the game and even better at breaking the rules. And she is still, after all these years, causing trouble and making hit songs.

Throughout her career, she’s challenged pop to be better and badder, forever changing the game on one simulated sex act, defiant F-bomb drop, and hot young boy toy at a time. And at 54 years-old, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in honor of this day, we are taking a look back at her 54 most gloriously controversial moments. To many more!

[Photo: Lauren Olson/Getty Images]

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Tuned In: Santigold Rocks StePhest Colbchella ’012 Rocktaugustfest

Stephen Colbert has been celebrating his “StePhest Colbchella ’012 — Rocktaugustfest” all week. Last night he brought VH1 staple Santigold aboard for a perplexing “gut mouth” versus “face mouth” discussion (Santigold, for what it’s worth, figures she sings from both: “the impulse is from the gut, there’s no thought in it at all.”), and then a three song set on the USS Intrepid stage. She was joined on stage by a troupe of dancers, who Colbert thought might have been raised by wolves. “I feel like they give physical life to the song, and the songs have a little bit of aggression,” she told him, assuring him otherwise. And so, all on stage together, they “gave physical life” to “The Keepers,” the funky and confident new single off of Master Of My Make-Believe. “One tough move, throw your hands up,” she sings, “Say I don’t make no rules, No one even knows I am here.” Santigold’s boat rocks to her own tune, and last night her tune surely rocked Colbert’s boat.

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