Posts By Nick Minichino

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Cheryl Cole (Who?) Joins The X Factor

Prince Charles photobombs Cheryl Cole's red carpet photo

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former American Idol mainstay Simon Cowell has chosen his fellow judges for the United States launch of the British musical competition The X Factor: Paula Abdul, music exec L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole.

So, you’re probably asking yourself, just who the heck is Cheryl Cole, anyway?

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Remembering Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Even when she actively beefed with her fellow TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was always the lifeblood and the lynchpin of their trio, so when Lopes was killed in a car accident nine years ago today, the group, after wrapping production on work-in-progress album, effectively ceased to exist.

Left Eye was always the most flamboyant of the three, brash and unembarrassed. From the Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip days, when, as the Philly-transplant in Atlanta, she rocked the b-girl look ten times harder than T-Boz or Chilli but somehow still sold it better, to the prosperity-gospel-with-a-spiritual-twist of her “No Scrubs” verse: “If you can’t spatially expand my horizons, then that leaves you in a class with scrubs, never rising,” and beyond, Left Eye was always fighting to be seen and heard.

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Prince To World: Don’t Cover My Songs

This weekend, Prince‘s “Welcome 2 America” tour took over the L.A. Forum for the first full weekend of the artist’s planned 21 night residency. The kickoff show, which was held back on April 14, wasn’t exactly hailed by the LA Times as quite the barnstorming success of his New York stint, but entertaining, nonetheless. Recently, he stopped by Lopez Tonight for an entertaining (and somewhat revealing) interview which was notable for one particularly weird request from the purple one to the world at large: Don’t cover his songs.

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First Look: You Oughta Know Live: Lissie

VH1′s NYC offices welcomed singer/guitarist Lissie and her band earlier this afternoon. Lissie is an upcoming You Oughta Know artist, so we were happy to host her amid what’s apparently been a busy schedule for the band. They left our offices already packed for their Australian tour that starts Wednesday, debating whether Lissie would have time to go home to Ojai during their extended layover in Los Angeles tomorrow (they decided no) but thankful that they at least had time for a trip to In ‘N’ Out.

While the band was here, they performed an exclusive four-song live set for You Oughta Know Live, which will be available on VH1.com shortly. Until then, here’s the inside scoop! Read more…

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Mumford & Sons Play in Pre-Railroad Revival Mega-Jam

The Railroad Revival Tour kicked off in Oakland, CA last night, with Mumford & Sons, fresh from Coachella, teaming with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. But friends, family, and a handful of lucky fans were treated to a private “pre-game” performance the night before in San Francisco. The bands took the low-stakes opportunity to get back into the groove of jamming together before the tour started in earnest. Above, watch the three bands perform “Wagon Wheel” from 2004′s self-titled Old Crow Medicine Show.

The Railroad Revival Tour wraps on April 27 in New Orleans, one day before You Oughta Know band Mumford & Sons is to appear on the O Music Awards, streaming live online on April 28 at 11PM ET.

[HT: Paste]

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Video Premiere: Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise”

The new Beastie Boys video is here! And it’s…just a longer trailer for their thirty-minute movie, premiering tonight at midnight EDT on VH1 and MTV!

Well, at five minutes and thirteen seconds, it’s certainly more than that?but it does end with a cliffhanger. Read more…

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Lady Gaga Nixes Release Of Weird Al’s New Song, “Perform This Way”

Lady Gaga refused to give permission to Weird Al to release his new song, "Perform This Way"

UPDATE #2 (5:48pm): Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times reports on Twitter: “BREAKING! Weird @alyankovic’s manager tells me @ladygaga has now given permission for “Perform This Way” to be included on his album.” Score one for the nerds (like us)!

UPDATE (5:35pm): To quote The Dude (which is entirely appropriate on 4/20), “New s**t has come to light, man!” After the jump, we’ll explain how this whole situation might (or might not!) be one big misunderstanding…

“Weird Al” Yankovic has a new album nearly ready. All that’s missing is a lead single, and he thought he had it?“Perform This Way,” a parody of “Born This Way” that focuses on Lady Gaga herself (like, for example, her sometimes extravagant sartorial choices):

But, to make a long story short, Gaga said no. So why has Weird Al posted the song online anyway?

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