Posts By Zara Golden

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2 Chainz And Nicki Minaj Spend Their Spoils On Dem Strippers They Luv

2 Chainz Boost Mobile is chirpin’, his amiga Nicki Minaj‘s calling, and where else would be meeting if not at the strip club. The new Benny Boom directed clip for Chainz’s ode to the ladies “I Love Dem Strippers” returns the two to their “Beez in the Trap” strip club haunts, where they settle in with piles of cash, bottles of Birdman‘s GTV vodka and bunches of strippers. It’s an equal opportunity gentlemen’s club, and “crowned queen” Nicki fits right in because she’s got spoils to spend. “I ain’t lookin’ for the prom king,” she snarls, as she takes over the video in the second half.

Be warned, though: it’s not the artists billed on this song that get the real shine here, it’s the beloved Dem Strippers that really steal the show. So if you’re at work, check out our PG screen shots below and save the rest for when you get home. Read more…

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2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony: 3 Acts That Got Cut And 5 More You Can’t Miss


As they’ve been wont to do, NBC clipped and hemmed last night’s Closing Ceremony broadcast in order to get things wrapped before their new sitcom, Animal Practice, was scheduled to air. Of the acts cut Ray Davies of The Kinks, Muse, and probably most egregious of all The Who, who closed the closing spectacle.
Ray Davies performed the Kink’s classic, “Waterloo Sunset”

Muse played their Olympic theme song, “Survivor”

The Who closed the Symphony of British Music with a run of their hits that included  “Baba O’Riley,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Listening to You,” and “My Generation.”
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Spice Girls Stick Their Landing At The Olympic Closing Ceremony

As promised, the Spice Girls performed last night at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. And it didn’t matter that they haven’t performed together since 2008, or that “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” are both older than most members of the gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team — aka, the other Fab Five — because this was like a two-and-a-half twists to a blind landing Amanar and they totally stuck the landing. Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby looked and sounded great from the moment they arrived on stage each in their own jazzed-up black cab until the moment they disappeared. There was a little bit of dancing, lots of sparkle and platformed shoes, of course. Even Posh seemed to have fun (though she looked a little nervous atop her taxicab). The whole thing was everything we wanted, really really wanted, zig-a-zig-ah! Read more…

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Tuned In: You Oughta Know Represents At The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!

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Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Only Mariah Carey And TLC Remain, Who Will Be The Greatest Artist Of The 90s?

Ah, and here we are at the final match-up of Bracket Madness and we are almost ready to crown the Greatest Artist of the 90s. In the last round, TLC knocked out Nirvana while Mariah Carey outshone Green Day. And so now, down from the original eight, we have but two: TLC and Mariah Carey. There can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s, and we know its hard, but a decade so great as the 90s deserves a worthy representative. Who should it be? Read more…

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Skrillex Says He “Did Some Music” For Kanye West’s Next Album

This is some interesting news: Skrillex is collaborating with Kanye West on West’s new album. Or so says Skrillex in this new interview with the Daily Beast. “I did some music with Kanye, from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said the dubstep king. He didn’t say much more, but the aside was enough to drum up excitement about the internet. West hasn’t really spoken on this next album yet, but his long time producer and collaborator No I.D. says that it’s happening and that it’s “everything you don’t expect.” And so, assuming that 1. there really is an album happening, and 2. that it’s far enough along that West already thinking about a first single or thinking about sequencing, this collaboration could totally happen.

A year ago, back when Skrillex was but a thing for the young people and the radio still played songs that weren’t heavy with drops, we might have been scratching our heads at this. But the times have changed. It’s 2012 and we are now living in a dubbed out, womp-womp sort of world. And always the pioneer, West has already made himself at home here. 2007′s “Stronger” featured a Daft Punk sample, and Watch The Throne was rife with dub-flavor between that massive drop at the end of  “N****s In Paris”  and the admittedly dubstep-inspired “Who Gon’ Stop Me.” Not to mention, West’s been a Skrill fan since his YEEZYWORLDPEACE days, when he called “Cinema (Remix)” “one of the greatest works of art ever made.” ‘Ye usually gets what he wants, and we feel confident that should this happen, he’ll totally make it work.

Skrillex Invades L.A. to Headline HARD Summer Festival [DailyBeast]

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Rita Ora Career Check: Everything You Need To Know Before Ora‘s Debut

Let’s call it the Rita Ora bubble. The Kosovo born, London raised star has hard at work on her debut album since 2009 and all the while she’s been busy building herself hype. Over the past few years, she’s given a lot of interviews, played festivals, made nice with Rob Kardashian, and begun hinting at a fashion line in the works. She’s made sure to keep visible and to always be looking good with crimson lips, fly style, and a big smile. As a result, she’s been fun to root for, and not just because she’s got a big dog like Jay-Z behind her. But she only has a handful of songs to her name, and with her debut release Ora finally close on the horizon, we have to wonder what exactly we are going to get. Can she live up to the hype? Or will the bubble pop? Let’s break it down. Read more…

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Tuned In: Emeli Sandé Shines With “Wonder” On Today Show

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You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé won Olympic glory before the games even began with her stunning Olympic opening ceremony performance, but stateside viewers missed it, because the NBC broadcast cut the segment for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. This morning, the network made up for it by inviting the opening ceremony star to the Today Show‘s Olympic Village set-up for a quick chat and to sing a brand new song. “The sun’s shining, we are in the amazing Olympic Village, and we are full of wonder,” she said before jumping into the triumphant “Wonder.” Her voice buoyed by soul and her hair swooped high with hope, she claimed her spotlight, singing confidently, “I am full of light, yes I am full of wonder.” And truly she is. This was the perfect song to lead-off this last weekend of the games, because even we, who are not competing, were left feeling inspired.

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Last Lap: Jay-Z And Beyonce Raked In $40 Million Last Year, Are Named The Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]

THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]

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“Lights” Hits #2 On The Billboard And Now “Anything Could Happen” For Ellie Goulding

Though hanging tough in the top ten of our own Song of the Summer competition, Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights” has finally broached the top of the Billboard 100 charts. Sure, the effervescent “Lights” has been out for almost two years now, and is so popular in England that she got to serenade Kate and Will at their royal wedding and gets to date Skrillex. But after two years of rise, and held off from the tippy-top only by the indelible “Call Me Maybe,” it seems only reasonable that we go ahead and call “Lights” what it is: a hit.

But Goulding is moving on. Her sophomore album Halcyon is due out in October, and today she debuted and perfectly named lead single, “Anything Could Happen.” A bit more thumping but still swaddled in shimmery synth, “Anything Could Happen” shows off Goulding’s optimism and also a new, soulful edge to her voice that we haven’t heard in her other stuff. It’s a little different, but in a good way. And really, with “Lights” making the final push to the top and with Halcyon on the horizon, all eyes are on Goulding. Anything could happen.

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