Posts By Bené Viera

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BRACKET MADNESS: Vote For The Greatest Artist Of The 90s

Bracket Madness: Greatest Artist of the 90s

Artists of the 90s rock! Not only did they produce some of the greatest music of all time, they were trendsetters with style, image and sound. Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with our Greatest Artists of the 90s Bracket Madness. While dwelling in the utopia of nostalgia, vote for the artist you’d like to reign as the greatest artist of the 90s. What’s awesome about the music from that golden era is the diversity in choices–from grunge, r&b/soul, big balladeers or alternative rock–the 90s ruled with indelible artists of every genre.

In Round One it’s Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam and Boyz II Men takes on TLC. How will you choose between Nirvana, hello Kurt Cobain anyone, and the creators of “Black?” Also in Round One  pop diva Mariah Carey and Celine Dion duke it out while Green Day and the Dave Matthews Band go head-to-head. Mariah’s five octave range versus Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and the punk rock sound of Green Day versus the jazzy rock of Dave Matthews Band. Only one can win the coveted VH1 Greatest Artist of the 90s title.

Vote, vote and vote some more to see your favorite artist advance to the next round. Round One is open from today to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8. Round Two opens from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8 to 4 p.m on Friday, August 10. The final round voting opens at 4 p.m. Friday, August 10 and closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13. Check back daily to see who’s in the lead.

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Drake Gets Another Aaliyah Tattoo, But At Least He’s Working On His High School Diploma

Drake's New Aaliyah Tattoo

Drake‘s fascination with Aaliyah just got weirder. In heaven she’s probably saying, “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!” using his own line to question his latest move proving, uh, he’s borderline obsessed. Forget the tattoo of Aaliyah’s face on his back–that wasn’t enough! Sampling her “At Your Best (You Are Love)” for “Unforgettable” didn’t quite scream ‘I love you, Aaliyah’ enough either. Executive producing her posthumous album was almost enough to profess his admiration for her. It took Drizzy’s latest tattoo to truly honor the late R&B singer, you know, the one he never met. Read more…

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Beyonce Will Release “I Was Here” Video For World Humanitarian Day, Solves The Mystery Of August 19 Cryptic Message

Beyonce To Release I Was Here Video

Beyonce left the entire ‘net in suspense when she posted a cryptic message on her website stating, “Leave Your Footprint on August 19″  accompanied with a foggy blue picture. Since then she’s announced her goal of directing a documentary about herself, but that didn’t solve the mystery. Wait no longer, folks. According to Popdust, in conjunction with the United Nations and World Humanitarian Day, Beyonce will release a video for 4′s “I Was Here.” The video for the Diane Warren penned ballad was filmed at the UN’s General Assembly in front of a live audience. Mark your calendars (and our word), Queen B will crash the Internet on August 19. Read more…

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Mariah Carey’s Inspirational “Triumphant” Sounds Like…Triumph

Mariah's "Triumphant" As Ever

This is triumph at its best. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re gushing over Mariah Carey‘s “Triumphant” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill from her upcoming 14th studio album. She may be one of the best selling music artists of all times, but Mariah knows all about victory after people counted her out. But when you’ve sold over 200 million records, have a five range octave and have 18 No. 1 singles, you don’t stay down for long. Over light piano keys Philly rapper Meek Mill effortlessly raps about grinding from the bottom to make it to the top. The brevity of Mariah’s voice in each octave is powerful and chilling at the same time. When she sings, “Can’t fall down stay triumphant keep on living/Stay on your toes/Get off the ropes/Don’t let em ever count you out/Realize all things are possible/In your heart who’s the greatest/Reach for the stars/Be all that you are/And make em all fall down” you believe her, because that’s the only thing to do when hearing a voice so beautiful. Read more…

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Ed Sheeran Thinks He’s Performing With Pink Floyd At The Olympics, Pink Floyd Denies Performing At All

It’s been an extravaganza of 2012 London Olympics highlights from the exposed boob controversy to Samuel L. Jackson’s awesome live tweets of the events. There’s never a dull moment. Equally exciting is the lineup for the A Symphony Of British Music televised concert and the performers for the closing ceremony on August 12. Our very own You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran recently told BBC he was playing at the closing ceremony with Pink Floyd. “I’m playing the closing ceremony — which I think is kinda cool right? A lot of people think that I’m doing a song with The Who, but I’m not — I’m doing a song with Pink Floyd. I’m doing “Wish You Were Here,”  he told BBC. Well apparently Pink Floyd didn’t get that memo. Read more…

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Pitbull And Shakira “Get It Started” So You Can Finish It…On The Dance Floor

Pitbull and Shakira on any track together is a combustible explosion of flavor. Pitbull’s “Get It Started” featuring Shakira oozes sultry, making it impossible to take your eyes off of either of them. Pitbull, like the OG that he is, has hired a private detective to spy on the woman he loves who is living a double life as another man’s woman. But this is a dance song, not a sappy tale. Pitbull dances in his luxurious living room while his lady parties it up at the club. When she tries to escape on her own she is captured and taken back to the unlucky guy until Pitbull rescues her to which she thanks him by a passionate night of romance. In a sequins gold dress Shakira sings her heart out on top of the world. And to celebrate the couple reuniting Pitbull treats her to his very own concert with thousands of screaming fans and fireworks. The explosion of fireworks were only an inkling as explosive as Pitbull and Shakira’s collaboration and hotness in this David Russo directed video. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Twitter Beefing, Again, This Time With Nicki Minaj

Azealia Banks Beefing with Nicki Minaj

Apparently Azealia Banks didn’t read our plea for her to get out of her own way. The tally of her rap beefs is pretty meaty. The latest addition to the tally of Twitter wars Azealia has ignited is  Nicki Minaj. Earlier this week Azealia Banks tweeted, “I got invited to tour with Nicki Minaj in Europe but I cant go because I have to finish my album during that time.” Seems promising, right? Unless of course Azealia was telling a little white lie. Read more…

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Nas: Rap’s Self-Proclaimed “Most Mainstream Underground Artist” On What Makes His Life Good

An iced coffee with brown sugar is the only request of the legend who spent the previous night indulging in cigars and Moet filled champagne flutes at his release party for his 10th studio album. “You love brown sugar don’t you?” the director of Visual Media at Def Jam jokes, responding to his Starbucks request. “Damn right,” he says with a smile as everyone in the room erupts with laughter. That’s the side of Nas the public rarely gets to see.

Nasir Jones is exactly what you’d expect—no fuss, polite, no big entourage, mellow and somewhat quiet—that is until you get him going on something he actually gives a damn about. By mid-afternoon he arrives to the VH1 office still feeling nice from all of the bubbly consumed at NYC’s Bagatelle the night before. He’s dressed in a white and black t-shirt plastered with Mr. T’s face on it, white shorts and black Gucci sneakers. For a rapper his jewelry is modest. The two gold chains he rocks are far from gaudy, and his wrists are adorned with a gold watch and one bracelet. That’s it. At 38 he doesn’t look much older than he did on 2001′s album cover for Stillmatic. You start to wonder if he physically ages.

Bred in the largest housing projects in North America, the Queensbridge rapper dropped out of school in the ninth grade to pursue rap. Although he didn’t always know if it’d pay off, it did, in a big way.

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Drake’s Taking His Love For Aaliyah To The Next Level By Executive Producing Her Posthumous Album

Drake to Produce the next Aaliyah album

Drake took infatuation to another level when he tattooed the late R&B singer Aaliyah‘s face on his back last year. And the tat isn’t small. Well the latest news surrounding Drizzy and one of our favorite R&B sweethearts takes his admiration for her to a level above and beyond his back ink. Hip Hop DX reports that Drake is set to executive produce Aaliyah’s forthcoming posthumous album. Drake as executive producer? This could be good, folks. Considering Drake’s ability to tap into the emotions prevalent in R&B music and his ear for hit songs–makes for a good start to cooking up some magic. Read more…

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Keyshia Cole’s Gone Mad In “Enough Of No Love”

Insanity ensues in Keyshia Cole‘s “Enough of No Love” video featuring Lil Wayne. Sick and tired of being sick and tired has landed her in a padded room that looks rather enticing given the circumstances. When she spazzes out her emotions range from anger to hurt as she works through the feelings in unpredictable body movements. In the outside world there’s flying shoes, jewelry and roses that land in an empty suitcase. Although Keyshia’s too preoccupied with her fits in the psych ward to physically pack her bags, it’s understood she’s hitting the road, Jack. Read more…