Posts By Stacy Lambe

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Vote for the Song of the Summer

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The Battle of the Summer Jams is drawing to a close. Over the past three months we had you vote on your favorite songs in head-to-head battles each Friday. During the course of each battle, there were many surprises as Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, and Magic! all lost their respective rounds. But we gave the losers one more chance at the finals with the Redemption Round. With nearly 32 percent of the vote, “Rude” by Magic! made its way back into the final round. It will face off against previous winners, such as Becky G, Demi Lovato, and Iggy Azalea.

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Why the ’99 MTV VMAs Are the Best VMAs

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With the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards just days away, we are looking back on some of our favorite moments and highlights from the past 30 years of the ceremony honoring the best of music video world. While there have been a number of ups and downs, no iteration of the VMAs surpasses the 1999 ceremony. It was — hands down, no argument — the best. The year itself was one of the best for music with the introduction of Jennifer Lopez’s singing career, the explosion of TRL, and the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

With all of that in mind, the MTV had a lot to celebrate. Led by Chris Rock, the last ceremony of the ‘90s turned out to be the last great VMAs. It had everything from Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim’s boob to Lauryn Hill winning Video of the Year.

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The Most Bizarre, Forgotten MTV Video Music Award Categories

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With the addition of Best Lyric Video — yes we are awarding these now — we were reminded that several awards categories have made their way in (and quickly out) of the MTV Video Music Awards. The discontinuation of Best R&B Video and Best Rap Video in favor of the generic Best Hip-Hop Video has been slightly disappointing, but we’re not here to split hairs. While some awards are sadly missed, there are some that are truly head scratching. For example, remember Best Artist Website and Ringtone of the Year?

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Miley Cyrus’ Video Music Awards Performance by the Numbers

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With the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards just days away, we are nearly one year away from twerk seen around the world. During a night filled with show-stopping performances, it was Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke — not Lady Gaga or the *N SYNC reunion — that stole the night.

“Madonna’s done it. Britney’s done it. Every VMA performance, anyone that performs, that’s what you’re looking for — you’re wanting to make history. Me and Robin the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now,’ ” Cyrus told MTV just days after the show. With her tongue hanging out, she did just that. That evening, she became the most tweeted about person and set a new record at the time for most views of Vevo for “Wrecking Ball” in a 24-hour period.

So what exactly happened during and after the VMA performance? We break down Cyrus’ historic show by the numbers.

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Battle of the Summer Jams: Redemption Round

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With summer drawing to a close, it’s time to figue out who had the song of the summer. But before we get to the final round, we need to let the losers of each of our previous battles have one more shot at the final brawl. A number of hit songs fell short based on your votes. So does Ariana GrandeCalvin Harris, or Magic! deserve another chance? Or has their time run out for good. It’s up to you to decide and vote now!

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Every Year of the ’90s Ranked According to Music

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As millennials relive the ‘90s in all its glory, it’s hard not to celebrate the ups and downs of music over the course of the decade. As technology and the political climate changed so did fans appetite for genres like gangsta rap, grunge, new jack swing, punk, and pop. These different styles of music helped usher in new artists, like Mariah Carey, Nirvana, BoyzIIMen, Spice Girls, and Puff Daddy, that would go on to become mainstays of the ‘90s.

As with any nostalgic music post, things need to be ranked and, in this case, we ranked each year based on selection of music and events to happen over the course of the ‘90s.

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Joe Jonas On His Upcoming Cooking Show, DJ Danger, and Taking Selfies in Chicago

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Since the Jonas Brothers parted ways last year, Kevin, Joe and Nick have slowly started creating a career outside of being one-third of the pop-rock band that first gained notoriety and attention on the Disney channel. As Kevin enjoys fatherhood, Nick makes a go at a solo musical career — listen to “Chains” now — and explores acting, Joe is trying his hand at being a DJ, songwriting, and returning to the small screen.

Tucked into the back of a service kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel, Joe sits down with VH1 ahead of his performance as the hotel’s resident DJ at The Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge on the first night of Lollapalooza. It’s there he opens up about DJ Danger, being a foodie, and going solo.

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Rihanna, R. Kelly, Malia Obama and More Surprises from Lollapalooza

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In its tenth year at Chicago, Lollaplooza welcomed over 100 bands, hundreds of thousands of fans and a number of surprises over the course of three days. As the festival continues to expand into a more mainstream affair with Perry’s tent — no longer a tent but rather a stage that has helped usher in EDM and hip-hop acts — and broad appeal headliners, which have included major pop acts and classic rockers, there’s still room to shock or shake things up. This year was no different as Eminem brought out Rihanna, President Obama’s daughter was spotted in the crowd, and Nas and Outkast relived the ‘90s.

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Artists You Oughta See at Lollapalooza

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With over 100 bands performing at Lollapalooza this weekend, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. Everyone from Kings of Leon to Calvin Harris are performing representing a variety of genres from EDM, alt rock, hip-hop and indie pop.

Among the performers on the festival’s eight stages — one being Palladia, marking its debut at Lolla — are a number of VH1 You Oughta Know alums, including Lorde and Foster the People, that have been storming up the charts over the past year. Many are first-time performers and sure to bring a new flavor and sound to the long-running festival.

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Tove Lo, Nico & Vinz and Other Scandinavian Artists You Oughta Know

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When it comes to Europe, Scandinavia is not typically the first region that comes to mind as a producer of chart-topping music acts. With the UK getting most of the attention for the British invasion, it’s easy to forget that the ‘90s saw a Scandinavian sweep with everlasting hits from Ace of Base, Aqua and The Cardigans. Of course, some of the biggest acts to come out of the region — Denmark, Norway, and Sweden — include ABBA, Robyn and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

While it seemed like 2014 was set to be another sweep for Brit acts, like YOK artist Sam Smith and John Newman, several Scandinavian artists are making a run at the top of the charts. Among them are July YOK artist Tove Lo with her buzzworthy “Habits (Stay High)” and Nico & Vinz’s runaway hit, “Am I Wrong.”

These two acts, plus three other new groups are the Scandinavian artists you oughta know.

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