Posts By Bené Viera

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Duets Judge Robin Thicke Thinks The Beatles Have The Greatest Duets Of All Time

It takes two to tango in Robin Thicke’s new gig as a judge on ABC’s new singing competition show Duets. Along with his co-judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles, they flew around the country in search of talented singers to become their duet partners. Undiscovered talent singing with veteran singers sounds like a recipe for an assortment of  musical pleasantries. With all the pairing up on Duets, we were curious to find out what duets Robin Thicke loves, and what songs he planned to sing on the show. Read more…

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Yo: The Story Of Yo! MTV Raps Sneak Peek: Tupac Spazzes About The Hughes Brothers Fight

VH1 Rock Docs is back with another documentary, and this time it takes a look at the story behind the classic show Yo! MTV Raps. In this sneak peek of Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps Tupac blasts the Hughes brothers for firing him from their movie Menace II Society. What made Yo! MTV Raps great was hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dre’s connection with the artists that made them feel comfortable enough to be themselves. Unfortunately for Pac, being himself landed him in a whirlwind of legal troubles after the Hughes brothers filed charges against him for assault. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj Sets Perez Hilton Straight, Says Her Backup Dancer Had Nothing To Do With Fan’s Murder

Nicki Minaj Sets Perez Hilton Straight on Backup Dancer Murder Controversy

Nicki Minaj doesn’t like for her name to be entangled in gossip about murder, and she doesn’t want her crew falsely accused either. PerezHilton.com reported that one of Nicki’s backup dancers had been arrested as a suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Nicola Furlong who was sadly killed after Nicki’s Tokyo concert last Wednesday. According to PerezHilton.com, Nicola and her friend went back to the hotel rooms of James Blackston and Larry Perry. After the young woman was found dead from cervical compression, initial reports pegged Blackston as one of Nicki’s backup dancers. Nicki took to Twitter (and her 12 plus million followers) to address Perez Hilton directly about the false information. We told you Twitter is the new press release. Read more…

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M83′s “Reunion” Video Includes A Quick Nod To Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch

Remember the cultish kids from the 1984 flick Children of the Corn? Well, we’ve found some children equally as eery in M83′s “Reunion” video, which is their latest single from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The kids with super powers (or maybe they’re mutants, no one really knows) and unnaturally glowed eyes run through the dark city fearlessly. Nothing about these cute kids are normal, and trust us when we say, they are not to be messed with.

In last year’s “Midnight City” video, French directors Fleur & Manu used a group of telekinetic kids that escaped from a government facility. Picking up where they left off these mutant like children use the power of their eyes and mind to destroy anything that tries to stop them. We’ve come to the conclusion we’re on team glowy-eyes. Hey, they’re who we would call if we ever needed someone to, you know, pick up and toss a van without ever touching it. And don’t blink too fast or you’ll miss the awesome Adam “MCA” Yauch nod within the first minute of the video.

M83 Reunion Video

M83 – “Reunion” Video [Stereogum.com]

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Chris Brown, Big Sean And Wiz Khalifa Are High As A Kite In “Till I Die”

It looks like 04/20 with all the smoke in the air in Chris Brown’s self-directed video “Till I Die.” The wacky animation and overall playful vibe between Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean screams fun times. Breezy raps and sings, but with his flow we think he’s seriously going to make some rappers step up their game. We adore the rapping Breezy! Decked out with a grill (what rapper doesn’t own a set of gold teeth?) and gold necklaces, Brown is overly hype. When he meets up with his boys it goes down straight Bob Marley style.

Big Sean and all of his braggadocio adds the smooth, ‘look at me I’m the ish’ element. His confidence level is on a million as he rocks an open blazer sans a shirt. Being the proud weedhead that he is, Wiz Khalifa spits his verse in a smoked out house party where Redman and Method Man are smoking and then pass Wiz a trophy shaped bong. And what would a song about smoking “till I die” be without a cameo from Snoop Dogg? Well, it wouldn’t be proper smoker’s anthem.

Chris Brown is obnoxious in the video with the gold teeth and flashy jewelry. He’s amped to the 10th degree, but his rhymes tickle our fancy. Big Sean, Wiz and Breezy make for one dope trio as they all balance one another out. Wiz is the laid back chill one, Big Sean is boastful and Chris Brown is just rowdy. Brown gets props for creating a video that fits perfectly with the song, and all we want to know is: what’s up with a Chris Brown, Wiz and Big Sean collabo album?

Chris Brown featuring Wiz Khalife & Big Sean "Till I Die" Video

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Electronic Dance Music Takes Over MTV Movie Awards With Performances By Martin Solveig, The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa And fun.

MTV Movie Award Performers

The MTV Movie Awards’ eclectic mix of performers every year is always a pleasant surprise. This Sunday the annual award show has pegged Martin Solveig to DJ the music for the evening. Expect to hear some mashed up remixes of iconic movies like Jaws, Pulp Fiction and Star Wars. DJ’ing won’t be the French producers only duty of the evening as he’ll also be joining Black Keys, fun. and Wiz Khalifa as performers. Hopefully his hit “Hello” will find its way into the list of songs (or performances!) that will make you want to boogie. Read more…

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Jay-Z And Kanye West Recreate Imagery Of Revolution In “No Church In The Wild” Video

Kanye and Jay-Z still have everyone watching the throne almost a year after the release of their collaborative Watch the Throne album. On Tuesday night the Romain Gavras directed “No Church in the Wild” video was released online sans an appearance from Kanye or Jay. One word that instantly comes to mind: revolution. Amidst slews of  global uprisings the two biggest rap stars in the world create a visual for Prague citizens challenging authority. The video starts with one man setting a Molotov cocktail ablaze and tossing it at police, which inevitably incites a brawl. Read more…

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Wayne Coyle Tweets Nude Photos Of Erykah Badu Look Alike– Her Sister

Nude Photos Tweeted by Wayne Coyle Aren't Erykah Badu

A nude Erykah Badu isn’t very shocking considering her 2010 booty bearing “Window Seat” video. What no one expected was filmmaker Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips to tweet nude photos of what appeared to be the very lovely (and in shape) soul singer. According to PopDust.com, Coyne and Badu are working on the video to the remake of Roberta Flack’s “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” So when he tweeted photos of a nude woman with long dreadlocks that resembled E. Badu, well, people assumed it was her. Not that anyone was complaining.  Uncensored photos after the jump. Read more…

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It’s A Different World In Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ “Never Go Back”

It’s all vintage everything in Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Never Go Back” video. Grace Potter’s heavenly voice pierces as she travels back to her childhood, which for this video’s purposes seems pre-civilization. Facing those demons she sings about the quiet girl is taunted by tiny warriors in face paint. They jump on top of the table and eat with their hands. As if that wasn’t barbaric enough they break plates, throw a violin over the stairwell and jump on the bed. We totally understand how unappealing going back is, and why she sings, “I’ll never go back there no more.” We don’t blame you, girl. Read more…

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Lady Gaga’s Sexy Dance Moves Lead To Death Threats Which Lead To Cancelled Indonesian Concert

Gaga Cancels Show In Indonesia

Just when we thought Lady Gaga was going to ditch her backup dancers and perform solo in Jakarta, Indonesia to adhere to their censorship guidelines, she has instead cancelled the controversial June 3 show. She sure does know how to start a ruckus. Cancelling the sold-out concert comes after religious leaders protested the pop star because of her explicit lyrics and racy costumes. Certain people were so opposed to her performing in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world, that Gaga received threats on her life. Let’s face it, no show is worth the potential of losing your life. Read more…