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50 Cent Calls Hipsters The New Hippies And Solves Mystery Of Last Week’s Hospitalization

50 Cent Hospitalized For Food Poisoning

The mystery of 50 Cent holding cuddly stuffed animals while hospitalized has been solved. Vice.com interviewed the rapper and DJ Drama about their upcoming mixtape The Lost Tape, but the interview turned out to be much more about 50′s favorite animal and hipsters. He tells VICE firsthand why he was in the hospital. It turns out it wasn’t a publicity stunt like rumors suggested (we told you!). It was the case of eating a meal in London that didn’t set well with him resulting in food poisoning. Read more…

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John Legend Defends Fiancee After Death Threats From Team Breezy Outraged That She Criticized Chris Brown

John Legend Sticks Up for His Girlfriend

John Legend’s fiancee Chrissy Teigen learned the hard way that criticizing Chris Brown leads to death threats. Literally. Turns out P!nk wasn’t the only person not feeling Brown’s lipsyncing. After Chrissy tweeted, “live singing is a helluva drug” during Brown’s Billboard Music Awards performance, team Breezy got sensitive and quite defensive. His stans fans flooded her mentions tweeting her obscenities, death threats and hurls of insults that she was irrelevant, or only relevant because of her famous musician husband to be. Teigen “clapped back” finding all the hatred amusing and sad at the same time. She sarcastically teased Brown’s fans for their incorrect grammar and overall ignorance. Mostly she was sad that there were a legion of young ladies that desperately defended Brown without having ever met him a day in their lives. Those Breezy fans are vicious!

According to Necolebitchie.com, John Legend stayed out of the drama for obvious reasons– until Chris Brown tweeted (which since has been deleted), “Team Breezy! Lets stop sending death threats! I know y’all bout that life but it’s the wrong message! Ur turning haters into victims! And that only furthers their pointless existence.” That must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Calm, Cool, Collected John Legend. He took to Twitter and responded, “Personally, I don’t think @chrissyteigen’s existence is pointless. Nor anyone else who dares criticize a performance.” He continued, “Every artist has to be ok with the fact that some people won’t like their work. All critics aren’t “haters.” Lastly (in our favorite response) he tweeted,”And don’t ever tell me to put my “bitch on a leash”. She’s a grown woman with her own mind and her own opinions and this is not 1950.”

Tell ‘em John! Although he never directly responded to Brown it’s crystal clear who he was referring to. We admire the chivalry of John. The fact that he’s such a nice guy with a clean cut image makes his defense of Chrissy that much cuter. Two snaps!

John Legend Defends Girlfriend Against Chris Brown Fans [NecoleBitchie.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Trina Facing Potential Lawsuit For Playing Hookie On A Sceduled Performance

Trina May Be Sued For No Show In St. Louis

Trina may soon join the ranks of the slews of artists that have been accused (and sued) for bailing on a performance in which they’ve already been paid. TMZ reports the Miami rapper allegedly ditched on a St. Louis club performance she was paid $7,000 to do on May 19. And the promoter isn’t having it! Per TMZ, Trina’s no-show caused a lot of upset attendees to ask for their money back. TMZ learned the promoter plans to sue Trina for at least $16,000m which is $11,000 more than what the rapper was initially paid. Apparently the promoter wants the $7,000 fee, promotional costs and damages.

Most known for her 1998 debut album Da Baddest Bitch, Trina has struggled to remain on top as a female emcee. Just prior to Nicki Mianj’s rise to fame, Trina held it down as the only mainstream female rapper putting out music, but sustaining her spot hasn’t been easy. Her rep denies the allegations saying due to a conflicting schedule with other engagements, Trina cancelled long before the event . And in her southern belle way, the rep claims Trina even tried to return the $7,000, but the promoter refused. How noble of the rapper known for her raunchy lyrics yet soft voice. She is now lawyered up and is accusing the promoter of false advertisement. Trina isn’t the first and won’t be the last to cancel a performance. But we all know keeping the money for a job that wasn’t done is  the fastest way to end up in court. People don’t play about their money.

Rapper Trina Accused of Torpedoing Missouri Concert [TMZ.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz Says Adam “MCA” Yauch Was Not Afraid

Beastie Boys Adama Horovitz Opens Up About MCA

Earlier this month the world loss a pioneer in hip-hop when Adam “MCA” Yauch died from cancer at 47. While we mourned the death of a great musician, Beastie Boys group member Adam Horovitz lost a lifelong friend. For the first time since MCA’s death on May 4, Horovitz opened up to RollingStone.com about the group’s vetoing system, MCA’s talent and fearlessness. When asked how he’s handling the pain Horovitz replied, “I’m totally numb.” He went on to reveal a time he was walking his dog and began to cry on the street. But through the grief he shares fond memories of Yauch. Read more…

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Sample In Lupe Fiasco’s New Single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” Angers Pete Rock, Pete Rock Tweets It’s ‘Wack’

Peter Rock Displeased With Lupe Fiasco's Remake of T.R.O.Y.

It seems as if Lupe Fiasco is always in hot water over something. Per Idolator.com, legendary super producer Pete Rock is not pleased with the Lupe’s fresh new track  “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),”  the first single from the long awaited Food & Liquor 2 . The single quickly rose to No. 3 on the Rap & Hip-Hop category of the iTunes charts, but Pete Rock doesn’t care about that. His beef is that he didn’t want anyone to sample his classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” that he created with C.L. Smooth where the hypnotizing horn from Tom Scott’s “Today” blares. And don’t get Pete Rock mad. He’ll unleash his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter.

In expressing his disapproval of the use of his beat being changed Rock sent a series of tweets about why T.R.O.Y. should have been left alone. He tweets, “No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone. Feel so violated, the beat is next to my heart and was made outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one!” Of course his disclaimer about liking Lupe didn’t stop the pot stirrers from trying to incite a beef between the rapper and producer causing Pete Rock to tweet, “And y’all need to stop the childish games. I’m a fan of lupe and he is a great artist and a great person.” Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

fun. Continues Their Run Of Awesome Covers, Tackles “Call Me Maybe”

fun. is currently making the rounds of the European promotional circuit, where they’re pushing their excellent new album, Some Nights. Last week, during a BBC Radio 1 visit, they covered Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know,” a clip that unsurprisingly went viral. Proving they’re fully tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, the gents stopped by the Dutch radio station 3FM yesterday and decided to tackle Carly Rae Jepsen‘s irresistible “Call Me Maybe.” Just because the threesome are reading the lyrics off of a sheet of Xerox paper doesn’t mean that they don’t understand the song’s rhythmic structure innately; their faithful cover does an admirable job of trying to match the exuberance of Jepsen’s original. While we’re anxious for someone to give “Call Me Maybe” the kind of stalkerish flip that Travis famously gave to the Britney Spears classic “Baby One More Time”, there’s little doubt in our minds that fun.’s cover will brighten up your Wednesday morning.

Watch fun. Cover “Call Me Maybe” [Pop Culture Brain]
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by (@fdot415)

Enjoy This Stream Of Garbage’s Comeback Concert Last Night From The Comfort Of Your Desk At Work Today

UPDATE (12:05 p.m.): Sorry guys, the stream has expired. That said, we’ll be sure and keep you posted when clips from the show go live on MTV Hive.

Garbage’s highly anticipated fifth album, Not Your Kind of People, just dropped yesterday. And to celebrate its release, MTV Hive livestreamed the alt-pop foursome’s first New York City show in over seven years from Manhattan’s Webster Hall last night. Rather than standing in the back, fighting to see over those tall dudes who always seem to stand directly in front of you at concerts, you’ll be able to witness Shirley Manson in all her glory as you watch the entire Live In NYC show right here on VH1 Tuner. Be still my 1990s, post-grunge, prepubescent, beating heart! (Just remember to keep your fingers close to those Alt and Tab buttons in case your boss unexpectedly swings over…)

by (@unclegrambo)

The Flaming Lips Will Attempt To Break A Guinness World Record For Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours At Next O Music Awards

Flaming Lips O Music Awards

It seems like just yesterday that we were out in Las Vegas for the inaugural O Music Awards, watching Chiddy Bang break the world record for longest consecutive freestyle rap (and meeting Rebecca Black, natch). Now, we’re getting ready for the third incarnation of this truly unconventional awards show, and we’re excited to announce that this year’s big stunt will involve The Flaming Lips attempting to break Jay-Z‘s Guiness World Records title for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours In Multiple Cities.

On June 27, VH1 will be streaming live from The Flaming Lips’ tour bus as they roll through the American South — beginning in Memphis and concluding in New Orleans— playing a total of eight concerts along the way. For more information (and a complete list of this year’s nominees), check out the press release below, or visit OMusicAwards.com.

THE FLAMING LIPS TIED FOR MOST NOMINATIONS FOR O MUSIC AWARDS, WILL ATTEMPT TO BREAK JAY-Z’S GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® TITLE FOR MOST LIVE CONCERTS IN 24 HOURS IN MULTIPLE CITIES DURING WORLD’S FIRST 24-HOUR LIVE STREAM ON JUNE 27

VOTING BEGINS TODAY ON THE MOST ECLECTIC O MUSIC AWARDS TO DATE NOMINEES INCLUDE NICKI MINAJ, ONE DIRECTION, TANLINES, TAYLOR SWIFT, YOKO ONO, SONGZA, BONE PUGZ AND DRINKIFY

24 HOURS/ 24 AWARDS/ 8 CITIES/ 1 HISTORIC ROAD TRIP

New York, May 23, 2012 – Viacom Music Group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, today announced categories, nominations and open voting for its groundbreaking and Webby Award- winning O Music Awards, www.omusicawards.com, a digitally driven event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture. During the third iteration on June 27th, the O Music Awards will play out through the world’s first 24-hour award show live stream, an event that will unfold via a historic bus ride through the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Running tandem with the awards, two-time O Music Award nominee and multiple Grammy winners The Flaming Lips will board a tricked-out bus and zigzag across the region in attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Records® title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities) hitting a total of 8 cities — starting in Memphis and ending in New Orleans. Beginning today, fans can vote at OMusicAwards.com in a wide assortment of categories that include Must Follow Artist on Twitter, Best Online Concert Experience, Most Adorable Viral Star, Fan Army FTW, Best Music App and Digital Genius Award. Confirmed sponsors include CapitalOne, Honda, SK Energy and Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages.

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Lady Gaga Cries At Manila Concert Over Protests Against Her Shows And Stands Up For The Gay Community

Lady Gaga Born This Way Tour

If there’s anything Lady Gaga wants it’s for everyone to be accepted for who they are. But it looks like the megastar is having a hard time being accepted for who she is by certain religious groups throughout Asia. Recently Gaga made headlines for her controversial “Born This Way” Asian tour that has garnered attention for protesters that are against what Gaga stands for and what they perceive would “threaten morality.” Indonesian police would not grant her a permit to perform despite the sold-out concert where 52,000 attendees were expected. In South Korea those under the age of 18 were prohibited from attending the concert. In addition, the AP reported that approximately 200 Christian youth in Milana, Philippines protested against her performing in Milana. Gaga prevailed in Milana and gave over 16,000 of her little monsters exactly what they’d hoped for last night. Read more…

by (@_bobina)

Black Sabbath Drama Continues To Play Out In The Press With No Amicable Resolution In Sight

Black Sabbath Vh1 Tuner

Last week, we reported how former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was edited out of dozens of photos on Sabbath’s official website. Most people, (including us) jumped to conclusion that Sabbath was retaliating to Bill Ward’s announcement of not involving himself the upcoming reunion shows. BUT, a statement from Sabbath reveals that Ward, through his attorney, asked to be “temporarily removed” from the group’s website “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement.” Bill will remain cropped and photoshopped out of the shots for the duration of the band’s forthcoming shows.

Over the weekend, the reunited original line-up of Black Sabbath, sans drummer Bill Ward, performed their hometown gig in Birmingham, England despite the drama taking place over the past few weeks. Bill chose not to include himself because he felt as though the contract he was offered was unfair and they couldn’t reach an agreement. Bassist Geezer Butler commented on his decision, releasing a statement that reads, “I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the Internet.”  Butler said the band never knew about the drama circling Bill Ward and feels their representatives could have worked it out.  Geezer goes on to say that Bill “wanted an amount that was unrealistic.”  He ends his statement saying Bill made his decision, and he has to respect that, but hopes to some day play with Ward again.

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