Posts By Matt Muro

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors Live Viewing Party

Tonight’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors (9/8c) is all about The Dirty South, honoring hip-hop heavyweights? Timbaland, Master P, 2 Live Crew, Luther “Luke” Campbell, Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize and J. Prince — not to mention dozens of performers and presenters from Lil Jon to Bone Crusher to Missy Elliot to Diddy. Sign into your social network of choice to chat with fans, friends — and Miss Info! Or tweet us directly at #HipHopHonors.

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Help Wanted: Openers For Bon Jovi

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Bon Jovi‘s been relevant for so long not just because they have a knack for writing hits, but also because they understand marketing. Case in point: “Bon Jovi’s Wanted: A Superband Tonight,” an online contest to select 13 unsigned acts to open for each stop on their new Circle Tour.

We’re sure the opportunity to perform in front of a stadium-sized audience will set off a frenzy of interest among bands in local music markets. (Attention bands: get details and upload tracks at Ourstage). But Bon Jovi is taking it a step further by allowing fans to collectively rank the entries by connecting with their Facebook accounts.

One of the most promising acts to enter the competition right now is Jessie Kirk, who fans have voted to the top of the list in Chicago. Her song “Love Finds You” has a mere 599 listens on her MySpace page. We found this YouTube video of Jessie performing around two years ago, when she was nine years old. She recently turned 12, and we doubt she’ll be unsigned for long.

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Beyonce And Lady Gaga Join Forces For Video

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In the pop music universe, a Beyonce/Lady Gaga collaboration is like two supernovas colliding. We’re scared that such a project would spark a spontaneous black hole and suck the whole world into one of Lady Gaga’s giant hats. Turns out, the two megastars have already secretly shot a video for Beyonce’s “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” in Brooklyn last week — and not even the paparazzi got close enough to snap pics of the costumes or the set. It’s rumored that Beyonce wears a “feathered dress” and Gaga sports “something wild” (shocker!). Tune in to VH1 at 6PM on Thursday or check back here? to watch the music video premiere.

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Help Will.i.am Remix LMFAO’s “La La La”

If you’re a bedroom DJ who wants to take it to the next level, try working your magic on LMFAO‘s club banger “La La La” in Pepsi’s Refresh Studio. Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas will review submissions and pick his favorite to create one official remix. One of our favorite remixes so far is by ENZ, a duo combining funky keys and fearless vocals. Think you can top it? Enter the Refresh Studio here.

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Join Our Hip Hop Honors Live Blog Party Tonight!

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VH1 is teaming up with Fab 5 Freddy, Amerie and Global Grind to live blog tonight’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors (9/8c). Hosted by Tracy Morgan (a.k.a. Scoopy “Dumplin Butts” Giles), this year’s show pays homage to Def Jam’s 25th anniversary. So it goes without saying the lineup will be hot! Performers include The Roots, Ludacris, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Redman, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Ashanti, Warren G, Kid Rock and others. Join our live blog party? at 8/7c.

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Chat With Bobby Brown

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It’s not every day that you can chat with one of music’s biggest figures? — especially when that figure is the “King of R&B” and had a very public and very turbulent 11-year marriage to Whitney Houston as well as bouts of substance abuse. But thanks to VH1 Mobile, now’s your chance. Watch Bobby Brown‘s episode of Behind the Music this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10/9c, then live chat with Bobby himself after the show (12/11c)!

Users may download the app on their phone (AT&T phones, Sprint phones, BlackBerries from the BlackBerry App World store and iPhones from the iTunes App Store), then text in questions. Sample: What was it like performing with New Edition again at the BET Awards and who’s that woman on your arm?! You can also text TALK to 44686 and we’ll send you a download link. It will be a half hour moderated chat.

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Join Our Divas Live Blog Party Now!

The VH1 Blog is joining forces with PopEater, The Huffington Post, Jezebel, LOGO, The FABlife and YOU to live blog VH1 Divas, airing live tonight at 9PM EST. Hosted by the always-entertaining and recently job-seeking Paula Abdul (Guess what? She’s also performing!), the show features performances by divas Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis and Adele. But the Divas aren’t the only highlight of the show. They’re pairing up with an all-star lineup, including Stevie Wonder (Yes, a man can be a diva too!), Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and Cyndi Lauper. Join and share your thoughts in our Divas Live Blog Party now! Stay with us while we break down the red carpet at 7:30PM EST and the show itself at 9PM EST.

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Sail Away With VH1 And 3 Doors Down

Ladies and gentlemen, consider the following question before booking your next cruise ship vacation. Would you like to dance to “La Cucaracha” with bloated tourists who haven’t seen sun or fun in years or would you prefer to rock the deck with real bands and the cute, pop-culture savvy VH1 set? Yeah. We thought so.

Book a cabin now on our VH1 Best Cruise Ever — a music fest at sea hosted by 3 Doors Down (pictured) and featuring Lifehouse and Shinedown. Special guests include Finger Eleven, Carolina Liar, SAFETYSUIT and others. (Listen to the bands that will be on board here.) We’ll sail together from Tampa to Grand Cayman, April 15-19. Read the official press release after the jump.

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Jay-Z Steps In For Beastie Boys As All Points West Headliner

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The three-day All Points West Festival appeared to take a hit when the Beastie Boys pulled out after Adam Yauch disclosed that he has parotid gland cancer. (Don’t freak out. It’s “very treatable.”) But all is not lost. In fact, some will be thrilled that Jay-Z is replacing the Beasties as the headliner on Friday, July 31.

As a coincidental bonus, MGMT is on the same bill and the two collaborated for the jigga man’s forthcoming album, Blueprint 3. Can we expect a sneak peek of their new song? We’re betting on it.

The festival runs from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. If you can’t attend, tune in this fall to Palladia to watch highlights from the festival — in high-def, no less.

Additional performers include the YeahYeahYeahs, Vampire Weekend, Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello and the?Arctic Monkeys. Get the full lineup after the jump.

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Ladies Flock to Diddy’s Waxed Balls

It seems like Diddy has a different A-list hottie on his arm each month. We thought women were attracted to him because he’s a super-savvy businessman who throws great parties and practices tantric sex. But we didn’t know that he had another trick up his pants sleeve: waxed privates! Diddy has played the field for so long that it’s hard to keep track of his sex buddies. Can you guess which of the women below have had contact with Diddy’s immaculately groomed body? Click each thumbnail for answers.