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Britney Spears Takes On Rihanna In The Pop Queen Faceoff Semi-Finals After Shocking Upset

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The semi-finals for VH1′s Pop Queen Faceoff begins today with Britney Spears taking on Rihanna! Want to know who else made it to the next round? Read on the find out! One thing’s definitely for sure: there was a major jaw-dropping upset.

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Yoko Ono Fuses Art And Activism To Achieve World Peace In The 21st Century

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Yoko Ono is doing more than just imagining a better world—she’s creating it. The boundary-breaking cultural icon is on the front lines campaigning for a host of causes ranging from international peace, responsible emissions, gender equality and fracking limitations. Decades after first appearing on the world stage alongside late husband John Lennon, Ono’s revolutionary flame shines on and her rebellious spirit makes her an unrivaled force for positive change.

Last week she took time to honor a fellow philanthropic crusader, Hard Rock International CEO Hamish Dodds, by presenting him with the Spirit of Excellence Award on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation. Since 2008, the pair have teamed up annually with WhyHunger for “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER,” an initiative that has brought 9.7 million farm-fresh meals to starving children in over 20 countries and taught over 8,800 family and community members techniques for sustained food production. 

Before taking the podium, Ono sat down with VH1 to reflect on the work she’s done not only with Dodds, but also throughout her extraordinary lifetime. In the midst of troubling times for our planet, she offers advice for how to stay hopeful in the face of negativity, outraged in the face of apathy, and fearless in the face of overwhelming opposition.

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Legendary Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

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Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist and singer for rock icons Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, died as his home in Suffolk, England today at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his family via Facebook earlier this morning. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement read. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

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We Asked Our Staff To Pick The Top Pop Queen Of The Last 30 Years. It Turned Into A Nasty HR Issue.

OK, maybe we didn’t actually come to blows when discussing who deserves the Queen of Pop title —but it came pretty close! From Beyonce to Britney Spears, Taylor Swift to Mariah Carey, we hold our favorite diva very close to our hearts, and today’s launch of the VH1 Pop Queen Faceoff brought all of these feelings bubbling up to the surface. The debate may have gotten a little heated at times, but a little passion is a good thing, right? Read more…

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Who Is The Ultimate Pop Queen Of The Last 30 Years? Let The Games Begin!

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There seems to be no doubt that Michael Jackson is the King of Pop. This indisputable fact has seeped into popular consciousness to the point where there can be no serious pretenders to the throne. But there are a number of super-talented superstars who’ve laid claim to the Queen of Pop title. To some, Madonna may seem like the obvious choice, but what about current Queen Beyonce? And let’s not forget the unrivaled sales records of divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. From iconic images of Britney Spears dancing in a high school hallway to Lady Gaga‘s way-out styles, each generation has their own favorite pop duchess. But there has never been a definitive crowning of a Queen— until now. Welcome to VH1′s Pop Queen Faceoff, a multi-week voting bracket that aims to settle the debate once and for all. Read on to meet our competitors!

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Aretha Franklin + Clive Davis On The Adele Cover That Set The World On Fire

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Last week Aretha Franklin reminded us that she’s still the Queen of Soul by dropping an incendiary rendition of Adele‘s torch song, “Rolling In The Deep.” Within hours the song had invaded social media, racking up more than a million views on YouTube and stoking the buzz for her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. Some accused the 72-year-old vocalist of relying on auto-tune and other studio tricks, but Ms. Franklin soon silenced the haters with a flawless performance on The Late Show With David Letterman.

The rapturous reception is a testament to the staying power of a performer whose career has endured for seven decades. At a listening party and panel discussion held at New York City’s elegant 92Y venue, VH1 sat down with the music monarch and her long-time collaborator, Sony Music Chief Creative Officer and industry icon Clive Davis, to discuss the new project, and how to make music that lasts.

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8 Reasons Paul Revere & The Raiders Were Among The Hardest Rocking Bands Of The ’60s

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Rock ‘n’ roll lost a true original on October 4th with the death of Paul Revere, flamboyant leader and keyboard player for the influential 1960s group, Paul Revere & The Raiders. The cause of death has not been announced but sources say the 76-year-old was battling cancer in recent months. 

Despite their gimmicky Revolutionary War uniforms, the Pacific-based band consistently banged out some of the hardest hitting rock of the decade, offering America’s greatest defense against the British Invasion. Even after signing a major contract with Columbia, famed L.A. producer Terry Melcher wisely left their garage-friendly sound intact, creating amped up proto-punk records that sound decades before their time. 

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EXCLUSIVE: The Doobie Brothers Discuss Reuniting With Michael McDonald For Southbound

One of America’s all-time greatest rock bands is taking a trip down south! The Doobie Brothers’ are gearing up for the November 4th release of Southbound, featuring their biggest hits reimagined as collaborations with some of country music’s most popular artists, including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Sara Evans. What’s more, the album sees lead vocalists Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons reunite with long-time Doobie Bro Michael McDonald for the first full record in nearly forty years! Tom, Pat, Michael and multi-instrumentalist John McFee visited VH1 Classic’s On Tap radio studios to discuss the exciting new project, and how McDonald was brought back into the fold.

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