Posts By Mark Graham

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Cataloging How Britney Spears Spent The $6.5 Million Budget For The “Work Bitch” Video

“Work Bitch” —or “Work Bi**h!” for the easily offended/excitable—is the first single off of Britney Spears‘ upcoming eighth studio album, which is set to be released in December. As #SoundScanner has noted, it has gotten off to a disappointing start when compared to “Hold It Against Me,” the first single off her last album. Perhaps fearing that the song was a stiff, the powers-that-be reportedly greenlit a $6.5 million budget for the “Work Bitch” video, making it the second most expensive music video of all-time. So now that we’ve seen the final product, just what exactly did they get for that money? Let’s investigate*!

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Old Guy On Molly Dances His Ass Off At Willie Nelson Gig

If you’ve ever been to a rave or a club with a DJ spinning EDM, it’s very likely that you’ve seen the effects that MDMA has on attendees. Namely, people get sweaty, dance their faces off, and drink tons of water. Heck, they might even put a pacifier in their mouth or suck on a lollipop like their life depended on it. You usually don’t get this kind of behavior at a Willie Nelson concert, though, which is what makes the above clip so endlessly fascinating.

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EXCLUSIVE: Stream The New St. Lucia Album Before It Hits Stores!

VH1 is excited to announce that, as of this very second, we will be EXCLUSIVELY streaming the highly anticipated new album by St. Lucia, When The Night. The album won’t be hitting stores until next Tuesday, October 8, but just like we did with the latest jawns from Lorde and K.Michelle, VH1 is giving you the very first listen to new material before any other outlets. We named this South-African-by-way-of-Brooklyn’s self-titled EP one of the Best Albums of 2012, and we have little doubt that this incredible record will also draw tons of critical acclaim, too. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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HAIM Reveal The Stories Behind The Songs On Their New LP, Days Are Gone

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VH1′s latest addition to the You Oughta Know family is, in fact, a family themselves! Say hello to HAIM, the California-based trio made up of sisters Este (bass), Danielle (guitar + lead vox) and Alana (keys). The band’s rapturously received debut LP, Days Are Gone, just dropped yesterday, and we recently sat down with the sisters HAIM and got them to spill all of the secrets about the songwriting and recording process.

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Which Recurring Musical Franchise Is The Most Successful?

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If you’re asking yourself, “Hey, didn’t Justin Timberlake already release an album earlier this year?”, the answer is yes, yes he did. The 20/20 Experience came out in March and, thanks to pent-up demand for new Timbertunes, has sold 2.279MM copies, making it the best-selling LP of the year so far. Apparently, our pal JT abides by the ole “Strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, which is why you see that the The 20/20 Experience: Part II was just released yesterday. Which got us thinking: How have OTHER sequel albums released this century performed?

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HAIM Break Down Their Debut LP Days Are Gone, Track-By-Track

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We are very excited to announce that the dynamic sister trio HAIM are VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of October. Haim first appeared on critics’ radar around this time last year when their track “Forever” started making waves in the UK, ultimately earning the #4 spot on NME’s Best Songs Of 2012 list. Since then, they have released a succession of fantastic singles, dazzled audiences at SXSW, signed on with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation management team, and are dropping their debut LP Days Are Gone today.

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Eddie Trunk’s Got A New Book Out That Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Fans Just HAVE To Read

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You would be hard pressed to find someone who possesses more encyclopedic knowledge and unwavering passion for hard rock music than Eddie Trunk. The host of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show puts both of those admirable qualities to fantastic use in his new book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal: Volume II, which just hit shelves this week.

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MUSIC SEEN: Exclusive Backstage Photos Of Lorde As She Prepared For Her North American Debut

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Lorde doesn’t even have an LP out yet—Pure Heroine comes out next week, but you can hear it today thanks to VH1′s exclusive stream—but she’s already the hottest new artist in the game. The 16-year-old’s first single, “Royals,” came out of nowhere to dominate the likes of Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, and she seems well poised to be nominated for a gaggle of Grammys when those nominations are announced later this year.

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Former TRL Mainstay Dave Holmes Goes In Search Of “Indie Across America”

Dave Holmes rose to national prominence thanks to a stint as a VJ on MTV during what is affectionately known as the TRL years, and has remained a pop culture fixture on the small screen ever since, both as a talking head (he’s appeared on more VH1 shows than we have the space to list here) and a host (perhaps most notably FX’s DVD On TV). And now, he’s hosting a new web series called Indie Across America, in which he tracks down some of the most talented indie bands across the country and gets to the heart of what makes them tick.

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The 10 Most Bonkers Quotes From The Miley Cyrus Rolling Stone Profile

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We can’t stop! (Discussing Miley Cyrus, that is.) Whether she’s twerking with Juicy J, grinding on Robin Thicke, spanking a dwarf or deepthroating a microphone wrapped in a banana sheath, Miley Cyrus has become a national obsession. And now she’s on the cover of Rolling Stone, and the profile written by Josh Eells is one of the most extensive (and hilarious) pieces on her to date. If you have 30 spare minutes, it’s worth a read, but if you only have 5, we’ve summarized it for you into this: The Top 10 Most Bonkers Quotes From Miley’s Rolling Stone Interview.

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