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Ashanti Turns Up the Heat with New Look in Jimmy Kimmel Performance

Ashanti’s back! Resurfacing from her nearly four year hiatus–her last album Declaration dropped in 2008– the once crowned princess of R&B has something to prove. Along with gearing up for her fifth studio album Braveheart, Ashanti revealed a smoking hot new look at her live performance on Jimmy Kimmel in LA. Her long curly burgundy red and black tresses bounced freely as she performed “The Woman You Love,” the explosive single from her upcoming album to be released June 19.  Her latest single is true to form– an amazing beat with lyrics that any woman whose been in love with no reciprocity can relate to. It doesn’t hurt that Busta Rhymes delivers an incomparable flow that only Busta could. In her performance she croons over the instruments, pleading to be the woman he loves. After making her case, she decides she’s fed up and sings, “You’re just no good.” Don’t mess with a woman scorned. With lyrics like that we wonder if the Braveheart title resembles her need to be brave to love again, or a warning to future boyfriends that he’ll need a brave heart to deal get with her. Ashanti looks great and sounds good. Girlfriend has even been working on her dance moves. Work, girl! Read more…

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Submit Your Questions For The Wanted And (Maybe!) See Them Answered On Live Television

The Wanted on BMBL

If you haven’t been paying attention, the boy band wars are ON. One Direction set plenty of hearts aflutter when they appeared on SNL a few weeks back, but now it’s The Wanted‘s turn to capture your fancy.

The UK boy band, whose hit song “Glad You Came” is currently #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 , will be appearing on Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday, April 23 and want to answer YOUR questions live on-air. All you have to do is email your video to thewantedbuzz@gmail.com (and then make sure to tune in 4/23).

Naturally, we have some guidelines for you about video submission:
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Who’s Getting Paid from Tupac’s Hologram Resurrection?

Tupac’s resurrection in the form of a hologram at Coachella this past weekend has everyone talking. Except, that is, the man who birthed the idea.

Dr. Dre’s idea to resurrect Tupac with hologram technology was brought to fruition with the help of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports. They’re the same media company that created the digital version of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. However, there are still a few unanswered questions about the ramifications of technology like this: Who financially gains from the Coachella performance of Tupac? (TMZ reports that Dre made a contribution, blessed by Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur, to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation for the rights to use his image). And how much money was dished out to make it all happen? (Reportedly, it could cost anywhere from $100,000-$400,000.) Dre isn’t saying, but maybe there’s a reason: Could it be that he doesn’t want to let the cat entirely out of the bag until after he performs at Coachella again this weekend as a means of trying to maintain the suspension of disbelief? Either way, we can’t wait to see what HoloPac performs this weekend. “California Love,” anyone?

The Businesses That Brought Tupac Back to Life [WSJ]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Will Gavin DeGraw Samba His Way Through This Week’s DWTS Elimination Round?

Fingers crossed, y’all! We make no bones about the fact that our favorite contestant on this season of Dancing With The Stars is Gavin DeGraw and, now more than ever, he needs your support. He and his partner Karina Smirnoff danced the samba on the show last night; however, unlike other weeks, the two didn’t seem to be in total sync. (We’ve got the video for you below.)

Judging by the scores that the duo received from the judging panel, tonight’s elimination ceremony proves to be a challenging one for Team Gavin DeGraw; he and Karina received the lowest scores of the evening. “Are you suffering from tropical fever?”, judge Bruno Tonioli asked Gavin. Hey buddy, lay off our guy!

Be sure to tune-in to ABC tonight —with your fingers crossed, natch!—to see if Gavin can make it through! And watch Gavin’s EXCLUSIVE video commentary above, too… GOOD LUCK, GAVIN!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Steven Adler Sports A That Metal Show T-Shirt At This Weekend’s RRHOF Induction Ceremony

Steven Adler That Metal Show T-Shirt

Well, after more drama than we care to recall, this weekend’s Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went off without a hitch (relatively speaking, of course). Sure, there were a few prominent no-shows —W. Axl Rose, Rod Stewart, Adam “MCA” Yauch, Izzy Stradlin— but those who were there very clearly had a blast.

This year, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, the Faces, and, of course, Guns N’ F*cking Roses were inducted into the Hall. This year’s private ceremony was held in Cleveland, and clips of the performances that happened on Saturday night that are popping up on YouTube are getting pulled down without haste, presumably to get everyone to tune-in when HBO airs the ceremony in a few weeks.

That said, our favorite moment of the evening is easily to call out: Guns N’ Roses drummer, former Celebrity Rehab patient and longtime friend of That Metal Show Steven Adler wore a TMS t-shirt to the ceremony! You can take a gander at it, in all its majesty, in our gallery below (and you can get one of your own in the TMS Shop on VH1.com).

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We’ve also got a joint interview featuring Steven and Matt Sorum for you below!

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Rita Ora Describes Why There Won’t Be Any Heartbreak Tracks On Her Debut LP

Don’t expect Rita Ora to sing about heartbreak, because, well, she hasn’t had any. The 21 year-old superstar on the verge — who gossipmongers have currently dating Drake — swung by the VH1 offices here in Times Square last week to talk about a bunch of things; her new single, “How We Do,” the Rihanna comparisons, and her forthcoming album. “One thing I can say is I don’t have that many heartbreak tracks on this album because I haven’t been through a heartbreak,” she says in her adorable British accent.

What we can expect from her album, however, is a mixture of various genre influences including reggae, pop and jazz. Ora considers her album to be different, something everyone can listen to. “I have influences from my reggae side of like Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel and Mavado. Then I have the ‘Hollaback’ Gwen Stefani kind of thing.” The buzz around the Roc Nation signed singer continues to increase, but we’ll have to wait until after the summer (hopefully September!) for the untitled debut album. And what does she have to say about what we’re all dying to know the title, “The title definitely has a few names,” she says excitedly, throwing out titles like Let’s Run Away, Fair Is Fair or the eponymous Rita Ora. “I write songs and can’t even put my mind on one god damn title.” Check out our video above to hear Ora talk more about her upcoming album, and check back here this week for more updates from her (including her new video for “How We Do,” which should drop in the next few days)!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Nicki Minaj Deletes Her Twitter, Fans Fear For Her Mental Well-Being

Is the stress getting to Nicki Minaj? Her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuted to semi-underwhelming critical and commercial response, selling 253,000 copies in its opening frame and averaging a 59/100 on Metacritic. Over the weekend, while a holographic Tupac was delighting 70,000 fans at Coachella, Nicki got into a Twitter altercation with NickiDaily.com, one of her many fansites. Nicki Daily had begun posting leaked songs, reportedly from Nicki’s NEXT album, when Minaj took exception and blasted the site on Twitter. Things quickly escalated, with Minaj tweeting “On 2nd thought I’ll just follow a new set of barbz. The ones I follow r very mean and ratchet. *side eyes them* *looks into the sea 4 more*”, which she then followed up with “Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f*cking bye.”

Then, just like that, @NickiMinaj was no more. Minaj deleted her Twitter account and, along with it, her 11 million+ followers. This led the popular (yet not always reliable) gossip site MediaTakeOut to report that “there are signs that she may have had a NERVOUS BREAKDOWN” (caps theirs). The site claims that Minaj is suffering from exhaustion after an endless promotional campaign for her oft-delayed sophomore solo LP, including a controversial stop at the Grammys and a lip-synced performance on American Idol. At this moment, there is no evidence to back up the site’s claims, but either way, we just hope that Nicki is able to collect herself, brush off the haters, and get back to doing what she does best, soon.

Nicki Minaj Quits Twitter After Fansite Leaks Music [Billboard]
MTO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Nicki Minaj DISAPPEARS . . . Friends Fear That NICKI Minaj Had A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN . . . Or WORSE!! (Details) [MediaTakeOut]

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10 Nostalgic Reasons To Watch The 40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments (PHOTOS)

Who doesn’t love flashbacks, particularly to hip hop’s golden era of the late 80s and early 90s? Television and music in that era were so badass, and the fashion? Well, that had it’s ups and down. However, there’s no arguing that this era was when hip hop expanded from a genre to a global culture, and throughout it all, Yo! MTV Raps was at the forefront of the movement documenting classic moments of hip hop culture.

On Wednesday night, VH1 will be airing a 2-hour special, The 40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT. To whet your appetite, we pulled a bunch of classic stills from the legendary program —everything from badboy Bobby Brown to a (non-holographic) Tupac going off on the Hughes Brothers to Mary J. Blige pre-”No More Drama.”

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show‘s Top 5 Title Tracks Ever

This week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson, and George Lynch of T&N, as well as Brian Tichy, who was our guest drummer for the second week in a row. We asked the one and only Slash to stop by and help us sort out this week’s TMS Top 5: Title Tracks.

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC was a no-brainer, given its place as one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, but choosing just one Black Sabbath song didn’t come as easy. Obviously, this is a very broad category and we could come up with 5 different versions of this list, but after shuffling the list around, we came up with the TMS Top 5 Title Tracks.

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Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb Falls Into A Coma

Sad news to pass along. Robin Gibb, one of the singers of the legendary pop outfit the Bee Gees, fell into a coma over the weekend. A statement on Gibb’s official website, RobinGibb.com, confirmed the news:

Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma. We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through.

Gibb has been battling colon and liver cancer since 2010, but back in February, it was announced that his cancer was in the remission phase. In a harrowing twist, the Toronto Star reported that he had been working on a “bucket list” when he developed pneumonia and slipped into a coma.

Everyone here at VH1 and VH1 Classic is pulling for Gibb to make a full recovery. We’ll keep you posted with any updates as we receive them.

Robin Gibb was making ‘bucket list’ before slipping into coma” [The Star]

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