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“We Love You So Very Much:” Beyoncé Gets Lots Of Love From Family And Famous Friends On Her Birthday

Surprise! Today is Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, and to celebrate the occasion her loved ones snuck into the BeyHive and left it graffitied with the cutest, handwritten and heartfelt Bey-day messages. Included amongst the sneaky well-wishers were family members, team members, former Destiny’s Child members and famous friends, whose wishes include sweet recollections of the birthday girl as “one of the greatest gifts in my life” (from Mom Knowles) to a friendly “HEY” (from Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita) to the more formal but no less lovely “We love you so very much” (Gwenyth Paltrow-Chris Martin clan — young Apple and young Moses included!).

Of all the messages, our favorites are the ones that include inside jokes, like her mother-in-law Mama Carter‘s “You came into my life a sweet southern girl. (LOL),” Michelle Williams‘ post-scripted “Me and you will never part! Ma Te Ta Ta!!” and — most inexplicably — the “‘That’s a lot of paper!’” scribbled next to Gwyneth’s note. There’s a lot of stories to be untangled from these messages, if only we knew what Mama Carter thinks is so funny. Clearly, though, Beyoncé is well loved and admired.

What would you write on Bey’s birthday card, if given the chance? Read more…


Madonna And Elton John Finally Play Nice, Ending Their Medium Rare Beef

Elton John and Madonna Finally End Their Feud

The mudslinging between Elton John and Madonna has been ongoing, or as the British say, a bloody mess! The Sun reports the two are finally tired of the bickering and have made up. According to The Sun, the two bumped into each other at a La Petite Maison restaurant in Nice, France. Before Elton John left the two chatted and shared a laugh. “Just as he was leaving, he went over to talk to Madonna and they were laughing and smiling,” a source told The Sun. Loving is so much better than fighting. Read more…


Stevie Wonder Is Sorry You, Yes You, Misunderstood His Comments About Frank Ocean

Stevie Wonder Says His Comments on Frank Ocean Were Taken Out of Context

Legendary Stevie Wonder found himself in a bit of trouble recently when a reporter asked him his feelings about Frank Ocean publicly admitting he’d once been in love with a man. Wonder told the Guardian, “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” he said. “People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.” After the interview hit the ‘net the backlash was inevitable. The “Ribbon in the Sky” musician took the holiday weekend to make an official statement to let the world know that his comments had been taken out of context. Read more…


EXCLUSIVE LISTEN: Rihanna Adds A$AP Rocky To “Cockiness (Love It)” Remix

Rihanna's "Cockiness (Love It)" Remix Ft. A$AP Rocky

The countdown is in full effect for Thursday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. And one of our favorite good girls gone bad is performing at this year’s extravaganza.The past couple of months has consisted of Rihanna vacationing in Cannes, France and chatting with Oprah in her home island of Barbados. As she gears up for her big VMA performance, Riri is treating us to a new exclusive single “Cockiness (Love It)” featuring A$AP Rocky. Harlem newcomer opens the catchy song that we’ve come to love for its bridge and hook with a vibrant verse proving why he’s a rapper on the ultimate come up. “I’m wearing fox fur/rocking Oxfords/eating oxtails/sipping Cockspur,” he raps. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a track together is everything that is right with pop and hip-hop! Listen to the full track at The song will be available on iTunes after the VMAs on Thursday.

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PSY Scooped Up By Justin Bieber’s Manager And Set To Make His VMA Debut

PSY signs to Scooter Brauns Record Label

It was just last month we reported on who PSY is and why his “Gangnam Style” video had 23 million views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. One viral hit, over 100 million views later and the South Korean singer/rapper has signed with Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic. Braun manages Justin Bieber and also signed Carly Rae Jepsen to his label. PSY uploaded his big announcement on Monday showing both Braun and PSY chatting about making history. “And we’ve come to an agreement to make some history together,” said Braun. “[To] be the first Korean artist to break a big record in the United States.” To celebrate the moment the two cheers with South Korean alcohol soju in hand, to which Braun says tastes like rubbing alcohol. “One of two things are going to happen here. Either we’re going to have a great successful career, or I’m going to throw up and the whole thing’s over.” How’s that for a toast? Read more…


Azealia Banks Goes Retro In “1991″ By Channeling Madonna And Aaliyah

Visually Azealia Banks owns the vogue and vintage look and feel in her videos. It’d be easy to mistake her for a high fashion model opposed to the Harlem bred speedy tongued rapper she is. Directed by Justin Mitchell “1991″ brings, well, 1991 back in style. A black pants suit has rarely looked as glamorous as it does against a white backdrop or in a blue room studio or behind a raindrop covered glass. Her aggressive lyrics directly contrast with the smooth house electronic instrumentation, which is what makes the song sound heavenly. Read more…


Nicki Minaj Is A Republican Voting For Mitt Romney Because Of ‘You Lazy B*tches’

Nicki Minaj Voting For Mitt Romney

Lil Wayne‘s long awaited Dedication 4 finally dropped on Labor Day. And in the world of immediacy (thanks to the ‘net), his female megastar protégé was quickly all the buzz shortly after the mixtape dropped. Nicki Minaj and Wayne teamed up for their version of “Mercy” for the fourth installment of the Dedication series. Nicki opens the song similarly to Big Sean‘s verse on the original. She switches up the speed and tone of her verse a few times, but rips it nonetheless. What catches everyone’s attention is her declaring, “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b— is f—— up the economy.” In typical Minaj fashion you must expect the unexpected. Read more…

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Ed Sheeran Wants To Take You On Tour As VH1′s September Posted Artist

Posted is back again, this time with Ed Sheeran, the young singer-songwriter from England we came to love when he was featured as our You Oughta Know artist last May. And we are excited to get to know even better yet this month, through photos and tweets and stories about his life on the road, as shared exclusively with us by Sheeran himself.

Sheeran has bucked the “doof doof” trend that has swept the music world as late, and instead found international success with his guitar and introspection. Blending heartfelt vocals and folk, and occasional a hip-hop inflected hook or two, he’s ranked a No. 1 album in the UK already and he’s also found time to help write cute British boy band du jour One Direction‘s much anticipated album, as well as with Taylor Swift for her new album — and as we know, Taylor won’t share credits with just anyone. Sheeran is about to embark on a headlining tour of North America, and we eagerly anticipate what he’ll have to show us from his time out! Read more…

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Will Rihanna And Chris Brown Perform Together At The VMAs? The Rumors Are Never True

Will Rihanna and Chris Brown perform together at the MTV Video Music Awards next week? According to Media Take Out, Rihanna has “demanded” that Chris Brown be allowed to join her onstage at the show as a surprise guest. As per their report:

Artists usually have to submit their performances FOR APPROVAL by producers within two weeks of the show. And we’re told that Rih demanded to have CHRIS BROWN perform with her.

A person working with the VMAs told, “[The producers] like the ratings that [a Chris-Rihanna duel] would bring, but there could be some backlash too . . . There isn’t much choice since Rihanna is insisting that he perform with her.”

Let’s take this with an ocean’s worth of salt, because sometimes MediaTakeOut’s sources get things wrong; and also, let’s note that there is no way of knowing from just this that said demands submitted for approval were actually approved. Read more…