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Green Day Have A Hip Hop Song On The Way, And We Can’t Wait

You have to give it to Green Day, if not much else they do these days could be called punk, their unwillingness to stick to the script is at least kindred in spirit to the lifestyle that gave them rise. From the outset, they have been clear that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their protest rock past, and “Oh Love” already falls more closely in line with the Rolling Stones than The Ramones. This, though, we couldn’t have expected: apparently the “garage-y, Nuggets-type rock” ¡Dos! includes some sort of hip hop track? But not one where Billie Joe Armstrong raps. No, “I’m just the hype man,” he says. Rather, he’s leaving that up to a pro.

Speaking with MTV News, Armstrong explained that they wanted to collaborate with this band called Mystic Knights of the Cobra who are from the Northern California town where Green Day got their start, and that Mystic Knights of the Cobra, it turns out,  just happens to be fronted by a punk girl named Lady Cobra who raps. “She’s a good rapper, so we ended up collaborating with her. She’s this punk girl, she’s in this wild band that does anything from punk rock to hip-hop, so we collaborated with her and it ended up being great,” Armstrong said, adding that “this is the first collaboration  in a long time.” So, they got a punk girl to rap on their self described “garage-y” new album? That’s the spirit!

Check out Lady Cobra’s rap and (roller skate!) skills in the colorful video for Mystic Knights of the Cobra’s “Text Messaging Slut.” Would you hit her up (for a verse)? Read more…

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98 Degrees Are Back! Check Them Out On Today Show And Big Morning Buzz Live

It’s mid-August and summer is waning, but 98 Degrees are — as of today! — officially back to make sure things stay hot. They started early, giving their first performance in a decade on the Today Show. And then before shipping off to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Mixtape Festival, they stopped by VH1 headquarters for Big Morning Buzz Live for a game of “Because of Who” and a little bit of “Because of You.” What we learned? Drew is the prankster, Nick is the reality television buff (of course), Drew and Justin are the worst eaters, and Jeff is always down for one more round. Which, well, because of a few drinks, according to Nick, 98 Degrees is on the comeback: “We basically got together over a few beers and started singing and though, ‘This is not bad!’” And they then sang a little acapella “Because of You,” and we agree, not bad!

Before they left, they improvised a new theme song for the Big Morning Buzz — short but sweet, at 4:50 below — that they promise will be on their upcoming album, at least as a bonus track. Read more…


Lady Gaga Barks Back At PETA And Defends Kim Kardashian


Got fur? Lady Gaga does, and PETA is not too pleased about it. Lady Gaga was recently photographed in a poster for her upcoming film Machete Kills and sported a fur earlier this week in Bulgaria. True to form, PETA’s Jeff Mackey wrote an open letter to Lady Gaga on their website reminding the pop star that she once declared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show “I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.” As if accusing of her of hypocrisy wasn’t crass enough, Mackey compared her to Kim Kardashian writing, “you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian.” Ouch. Read more…

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Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Three members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective who staged a bold anti-Vladimir Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last February and whose conviction has become a cause célèbre for everyone from Kathleen Hanna and Madonna to Alicia Silverstone and Flea, were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison this morning. President Putin himself, after all, had called for leniency. Read more…


Enter For A Chance To Celebrate Michael Jackson’s BAD Anniversary At NYC Event

Pull out your black leather jackets and get ready to moonwalk for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s BAD album. VH1 is sending a few lucky fans to the Pepsi Billboard Summer Beats Celebrates BAD25 & Michael Jackson, King of Pop event in NYC to take photos for VH1. On August 29 at New York City’s Gotham Hall you have the chance to groove to A-list performers who are all coming together for one reason: to celebrate the King. Are you so excited you’re singing “You know I’m bad, I’m bad, you know it” yet?

To enter to win it’s as simple as tagging your summer photos on Instagram and Twitter with #playnow. Easy breezy. Once you’ve tagged your photos with the hashtag you’re automatically entered in the contest. If you’re the lucky chosen fans you will win flight accommodations to NYC, exclusive access to take pictures from the event for VH1 and the opportunity to star in a VH1 News Hit. There’s no better way to celebrate MJ’s 25th BAD anniversary. So get to tagging those photos with #playnow. To learn more visit


Jordin Sparks Thinks It’s Hilarious Irene Cara From Original Sparkle Movie Didn’t Know Who She Was

Today is the day to flock to theaters to see our beloved Whitney Houston in her last performance on screen in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Alongside Whitney is the star of the film, Jordin Sparks, who plays Sparkle. The American Idol winner chatted with VH1 about what she learned from Whitney and if she’d ever met Irene Cara who played Sparkle in the original. Read more…

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Nickelback Get Caffeinated With Jason Alexander And Brooke Burns In “Trying Not To Love You” Video

Nickelback aren’t actually in the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” the latest single off of Here and Now. Instead they go full-caffeinated and funny, and it’s a refreshing change from the generally serious rock band. The clip stars Seinfield‘s Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) as Bud, the proud barista of the plainly named Cafe, and Baywatch‘s Brooke Burns as Gennifer with a G as the center of his latte art universe. Bud’s specialty is the half-caff mocha soy latte-ccino but Gennifer just wants a plain latte, and so he sets out to pour her one so beautiful it could send her into some sort of sexy espresso-bean-and-steamed-milk, 90′s music video referencing orbit. Think LIT‘s “Miserable,” but instead of Pamela Anderson on a fur rug, we get Burns shimmying in a pile of coffee grounds. Anyways, Bud’s good, but along comes a motorcycle riding, vest wearing, sunglass-shaded better one who can paint anything you want in a single pour and the latte-art battle for the lady’s heart is on. Worry not, though, because a coffee made with love is the tastiest cup of all.

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Win A Trip To Live In The Vineyard To See Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter, Gavin DeGraw And More!

VH1 is excited to be partnering with our friends at Whole Foods Market on an awesome new contest that could land you –yes, YOU!– a trip to the upcoming Live In The Vineyard concert, along with a $500 Whole Foods Market gift card. All you have to do to get a chance to see amazing artists like Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Gavin DeGraw is to visit and vote for your favorite of 10 unsigned bands, all of whom are Whole Foods team members. You’ll be entered to win, and you’ll be giving the band that you voted for a chance to be the opening act for one of our VH1 You Oughta Know artists.

To learn more about the contest, you can read this great post on the Whole Foods blog, or just visit

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Kids These Days Have Been Named The House Band For The 2012 Do Something Awards

The line-up for next week’s Do Something! Awards just keeps getting better, with Flo Rida and fun. already set to perform, and now news that the precocious Kids These Days will be jamming as the Do Something! Awards house band. This up-and-coming band has already showcased their talent on stage at Lollapalooza and SXSW, as well as at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Conan, winning over audiences all along the way with their high energy live show and their genre-blending. In short, they’re a band that seems wise beyond their oldest member’s 21-years. So, if you are just now being introduced to this Chicago-based crew, you are in for a treat. Read more…


Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About Spreading Positivity Through Humanitarian Day

Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About World Humanitarian Day

Since your calendars are already marked for August 19 we know you’re oozing with angst for the premiere of Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” video. Yesterday the R&B singer met with Anderson Cooper to talk about her partnership with the UN to spread awareness regarding World Humanitarian Day. Bey wants her video to inspire small acts of kindness because every bit makes a difference. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Read more…