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The Flaming Lips Will Attempt To Make History Tomorrow On OMusicAwards.com

Jay-Z, hold onto your hat, because the O Music Awards kick off tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET and that means the Flaming Lips are gunning for your record. Over the next day, in conjunction with the awards ceremony and with the help of a few friends and a bus named “Endeavor,” the Flaming Lips will attempt to best Hov’s record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period by playing eight shows between Memphis, TN and New Orleans. Along the way, they will be joined by Jackson Browne, Karmin, Neon Trees, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Grimes, as well as a slew of other artists and hosts.

And you can watch the whole thing, as it goes down. The record breaking attempt and the awards ceremony that will be broadcast on VH1, as well as on our sister stations MTV and CMT; and the full 24-hour record-breaking attempt will stream live on Omusicawards.com.

Anything can happen, and you won’t miss a thing. Check out the full schedule below:

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Tuned In: Alabama Shakes Rock “Be Mine” On Jimmy Fallon


Southern soul rockers Alabama Shakes stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to play the slow burning “Be Mine” off of their debut LP Boys & Girls. Ahead of their performance, Fallon warned that, “If you don’t know these guys yet, you’re gonna fall in love.” And, oh boy, he was right. You might need to hold on for this one.

At first, the song oozes out of the awesome Brittany Howard, the guitar riff following leisurely behind. “I’ll tell you why I took a shine to you,” she intones. But then, at about three minutes something catches, sparking the powerhouse within Howard. The band starts banging, and wailing “be my baby” again and again, she takes us home. Phewf! Jimmy was right.

Alabama Shakes — “Be Mine” 6/25 Fallon [AudioPerv]
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Last Lap: Barack Obama Sings Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (!!!)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTS TO BE YOUR “BOYFRIEND”
And makes us wonder: would you rather have fondue by the fire with POTUS or the Biebs? We’ll take both, thank you! SWAGGGY! [YouTube]

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA PREPARE FOR LAST DANCE
The electronic dance music stars announced have announced, via their website, that their next tour will be their last tour. “We came, we raved, we loved,” they say. Amen. [MTV]

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Rick Ross and Meek Mill Get “So Sophisticated”

Rick Ross takes his steak rare, his women beautiful and his Ciroc by the bottle because he’s just “So Sophisticated” like that. Given the video treatment by Dre Film, Ross and Meek Mill’s “So Sophisticated” is a picture of opulence, replete with expensive cars, fire hot and a shirtless Teflon Don. Because what would a Ross video be without a cameo from Ross’ famous belly?

“I just make it look easy,” adlibs Ross on the song’s intro, setting himself apart from the rest. We find the two rappers in the monstrous warehouse where they garage their nicest cars and their in-house butcher shop, and where they host their most lavish dinner parties. Sometimes lights strobe and other times fire laps; we would be pretty scared to find ourselves in a place as ominous as this, but never does Ross break a sweat. Seated at the table, Ross clutches a glass of bubbly with one hand while he waves a steak knife at the camera with the other as he goes hard over a beat that’s so heavy in bass it could break your speakers. Elsewhere, he dances through flames in a Miami Heat hat and he hacks at away at an animal carcass (you free for dinner tomorrow). That is sophistication made easy.

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Adam Lambert’s Donna Summer Cover is Some “Hot Stuff”


They don’t call him Glambert for nothing.

Adam Lambert channeled his inner disco queen this weekend in San Francisco, where he worked a tribute to Donna Summer into his set at Alice Radio Summerthing’s event in Golden Gate Park. “I love Donna Summer so much!” he effused, before launching into a cover of late disco diva’s classic “Hot Stuff.” “Do you love Donna Summer?”

The crowd cheered because of course they love Summer, and of course they loved Lambert’s rocking rendition. In addition to his signature glam-rock flare, he mostly to the song he brings extra cowbell. It worked though, and made for a particularly nice lead in to “Cuckoo,” off his latest album Trespassing.

“In memory of Donna,” as he says, check the performance out below:
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Coldplay and Rihanna Go Bare For Acoustic Version of “Princess of China”

Coldplay and Rihanna have unveiled this acoustic version of their recent collaboration “Princess Of China” that will feature on the single’s digital EP. The fourth single off of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, “Princess of China” at first seemed like an unlikely collaboration between rock and pop stars, making sense only as a meeting of the giants (and members of Jay-Z’s inner circle). Bare of the bombast and electronic of the original, this version makes room for the its real Princess and the King, Rihanna and Chris Martin

This acoustic cut strips the song of its arena-ready thump and slows the tempo down, keeping only the guitar line. And it kind of works! Mostly because they finally sound like they are singing in the same room, and like they are heart broken by the fairytale break-up they are singing about. Whereas lines like “You’re holding in your hands to halves of my heart” sound a bit corny when washed in the synths of the original, they seem to bear more emotional gravity here. Rihanna’s “ooh ooh”s become “la la”s, and you can almost hear pain in her voice when she sings “You really hurt me” on the hook.

Have a listen above. What do you think of this new version?

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Jay-Z and Rihanna Team Up Across The Atlantic For BBC 1′s Radio Hackney Weekend

Diamonds were up in London this weekend, where Jay-Z and Rihanna played headlining sets at BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend. On Saturday night, the Roc boss wowed the 50,000-deep festival audience with a set that included a surprise appearance by M.I.A., a Watch The Throne detour with Kanye West (much to the enjoyment of Beyoncé, who was caught moshing along to “Ni**as In Paris”), and a performance of “Run This Town” with his onetime protégée.

On Sunday, Rihanna closed the festival with a spectacular set of her own. On an Egyptian-themed stage and in cut-off fishnets and a leather jacket, RiRi surprised the crowd by bringing back Jay – in a black leather Brooklyn Nets cap — out for three songs at the end of her set. They did a reprise of “Run This Town,” and then gave “Talk That Talk” its live debut, before launching into their now-classic hit “Umbrella.” This run of songs, spanning Jay-Z’s 2009 Blueprint 3 to Rihanna’s current Talk that Talk to 2007′s Good Girl Gone Bad really goes to show just how deep that Barbadian star’s catalog goes at this point. “The Roc is in the building, and we love you so damn much,” she said, thanking the umbrella-baring audience. After delivering his verse, Jay slipped off and Rihanna sent fans home with “We Found Love” and a fireworks show. It’s safe to say, not Roc fan left disappointed.

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Frank Ocean Previews Channel Orange In New York

Odd Future’s Frank Ocean, you’ll remember, has been signed to Island Def Jam since 2009. After growing increasingly frustrated by how long they were taking to get his album out, Ocean posted Nostalgia, Ultra to his Tumblr and watched the “Like” count soar. Def Jam was watching too, apparently, because this summer they are giving Ocean the record release he has so earned.

Last night, Ocean previewed his major label debut Channel Orange, out officially July 17, for a lucky few journalists at KMA Studios in New York. And from the sounds of it, with amped up production and stronger songwriting, as well as all-star guest spots from fell Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt and Outkast’s Andre 3000, this second round will be even better than the last.

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Congrats! Lil Wayne Scores His 100th Billboard Hit

French Montana’s star studded “Pop That” debuted this week on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart at #57, landing Lil Wayne on the charts for the 69th time as a feature. Combine this with his 31 chart entries as a lead act, and – voila! – Lil Wayne has racked up an astronomical 100 appearances on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Only Jay-Z and the late James Brown have done that before him.

Is Weezy on track to be the best rapper alive? A quick look at the numbers behind his first 100 suggest that it might me so.
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