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Gotye’s Voice May Have Been Taken Off T.I.’s “Memories Back Then” But Peep The “Somebody That I Used To Know” Bassline Sample

A lone woman on a track with three great emcees outshines her male peers. Allow us to introduce you to Kris Stephens. T.I.‘s “Memories Back Then” featuring B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens on the chorus should’ve made Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Originally the banger was titled “Somebody That I Used To Know” with a sample from Gotye from his song of the same name, according to Hip Hop Wired. It’s assumed a sample clearance is why we have the new version with vocals by T.I.’s artist Kris Stephens. And no shade to Gotye at all because we adore him, but we couldn’t imagine this track without Kris’s sultry voice. Read more…

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Don’t Get Too Excited About Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Just Yet

Zedd Talks About Lady Gaga's ARTPOPNext up on this week’s conveyor belt of crushing disappointments (if you happen to be a patriotic Bey stan and Cruel Summer apologist who is also a bit of a monster): There won’t be new Lady Gaga music any time soon. What? Then why did I watch Mother Monster ruin perfectly good cake? Despite the promise of a third album from Gaga in the new year, MTV News has learned that ARTPOP is taking longer than originally planned. It’s still on its way, we’ll just need to wait a while–something we happen to have experience with.

Our friends across the dial spoke with Zedd, the 23-year-old producer and EDM artist who opened for Gaga on last year’s Born This Way Ball and has been collaborating with her on a new sound for ARTPOP despite both of their packed schedules. “The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he explained. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.” Isn’t being “busy”–or just flat-out tardy–what caused the Gaga-Kendrick Lamar collaboration to fall apart last fall? Read more…

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50 Cent Finally Speaks On Chelsea Handler And Ciara Fiasco Without Really Saying Much

Just when you thought you’d never have to hear about 50 Cent‘s old fling with Chelsea Handler again, 50 does an hour and 15 minute interview with Howard Stern. After his one-on-one with Oprah which addressed much of what folks wanted to know, who knew there was even more to divulge. One thing about Howard is he wastes no time cutting to the chase.

Howard flat out tells 50 he was disturbed by Chelsea’s comment that “all my white friends think it’s hilarious” that she was dating the Queens rapper. Of course 50 makes excuses for Chelsea’s liberal-racism saying her comment had more to do with his image than race. Remember Chelsea accused Ciara of being the cause of her and 50′s breakup. Until now he has remained mute on the topic. First things first: Is Chelsea any good in bed? “Tell her I called her Gator. She’ll know what I’m talking about,” 50 responds. Read more…

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Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” Lyric Video: Watch An Exclusive Preview Here!

Justin Timberlake‘s grand return to music has not been without some teasing. He wanted to make sure he was ready, and that we were waiting patiently, willing to give him our full attention. As if there was any other choice!  Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” has already done monster sales since premiering online on January 13. And in preparation for what appears to be a full-blown return to making music–yay!–via one hotly anticipated album, The 20/20 Experience, Tuner has a first look at the official lyric video for his new single.

But it’s not your standard clip. Defying expectations that this should just be a bunch of words flashing across the screen, Timberlake himself cruises down Hollywood Boulevard spanning the busy streets of Los Angeles and the hallowed Hills Lauren and Heidi know all too well, to go about his business. Since he’s been gone for much more than a minute, it’s generous of Justin to show us what he’s been up to lately–and, the least he can do after our wedding invitation got lost in the mail.

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2 Chainz + 2 Broke Girls = An Episode Worth Watching

“2 broke girls, and one rich black guy.” – 2 Chainz

You never know where a catchy rap name turned slogan like “2 Chaiiiinz” will lead to. Georgia rapper 2 Chainz will make his TV debut on CBS’s comedy series 2 Broke Girls on Monday, February 11. A day after the Grammys airs 2 Chainz plays himself on an upcoming episode where Max (Cat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) are headed to the Grammys after meeting a big time record label executive who is so smitten by Max he flies the two to L.A. via private plane for the awards show. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: No One Misses My So-Called Life As Much As Tegan & Sara

When a great television series is taken out to pasture, where can fans go to mourn together peacefully? Tumblr, for one, but what about the welcoming halls of VH1? We missed Best Week Ever so much we brought it back!

Tegan & Sara were gracious enough to stop by VH1 HQ to chat about their upcoming album Heartthrob–a 2013 release we can’t wait to hear–as well as the ’90s television shows they miss the most, and the vintage fashions they otherwise regret. The music video for lead single “Closer” has a distinct ’90s feel, and the band has previously said it was inspired by one of their favorite shows: the criminally short-lived but eternally beloved, My So-Called Life. Because we’re television junkies around these parts, too, we couldn’t help but ask them to elaborate on their early fascination with Angela, Rickie and Rayanne.

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What’s Up With Lil’ Kim Shooting A Video Titled “Jay-Z” With Mob Affiliated Tony Testa And Mob Wives’ Carla Facciolo?

Lil’ Kim just refuses to appease her day-one fans with banging new cuts from a classic new album. We’re still waiting on you, Kim. When she’s not breaking up to makeup with her boyfriend on Twitter she’s making a video named “Jay-Z” complete with real-life mob affiliations. “Jay-Z” as a title though? Jay‘s people will be expecting a check from using the likeness of his name.

Kim has been using mob references in her music for years and in recent days has been hanging with Mob Wives’ Drita DaVanzo. It’s not surprising Tony Testa, whose uncle Joseph Carmine Testa was convicted of being the head of the Gambino crime family, along with Mob Wives’ Carla Facciolo were spotted on the set. Read more…

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Train To Perform At “VH1′s Best Super Bowl Concert Ever” Live From New Orleans

Train Performing at VH1's Best Super Bowl Concert Ever

The Super Bowl isn’t the Super Bowl without some major parties, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that Train will be headlining “VH1′s Best Super Bowl Concert Ever, live from New Orleans before this year’s big game. And now that we know who will be suiting up (both on and off the field) it’s time to start planning: The fun kicks off on Friday, February 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with a live broadcast on VH1.com. Former Super Bowl champ turned morning show host Michael Strahan will serve as one of the evening’s MCs, along with VH1′s very own Carrie Keagan.

With less than two weeks to go, we’ll be sure to update you with additional scheduled appearances from NFL greats and even more of your musical favorites. In the meantime, get all the details from the official press release that just hit wires:

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Adele Is Going To Make The “Skyfall” With A Comeback Performance At The Oscars

Certainly you haven’t forgotten about the soulful British chanteuse who owned 2012 with her diamond-selling 21. Adele‘s 19 followed by 21 were all about heartbreak. There was nothing for the make-us-cry-with-emotion singer to write or sing about after falling madly in love with Simon Konecki. After the 2012 Grammys she took a hiatus from music to do things rich people in love do– having a baby whose name she won’t reveal yet (more on that in a bit). As she slowly creeps back into music with the James Bond 007 theme song “Skyfall” her presence has been requested for an Oscars performance to which she’s happily obliged. Read more…

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Not So Fast! The Marine Corps Band Isn’t So Sure Beyoncé Was Lip-Synching After All

After ruining our belief that yesterday’s inauguration ceremony was picture perfect, from above-freezing weather to Al Roker‘s two successful sideline interviews, the U.K. crushed our dreams with reports that Beyoncé‘s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was rehearsed, pre-recorded, and totally fake. Pause for a requisite “noOOOooo!”

Now, the Marine Corps Band–who originally fed the intel to the London Times–is back-tracking on its statements. According to the Associated Press, Capt. Gregory Wolf, another spokesman for the Marine Corps, claimed that because of lack of rehearsal time, a live rendition from Beyoncé and the band was deemed “ill advised.” Wolf went on to state that, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.” To the left, to the left, spokeswoman who shall not be named.

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