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by (@kat_george)

Frank Ocean Delights Fans In New Orleans, Outrages Fans In New York Cancelling Last Night’s Show Due To Illness

From humble beginnings as part of the controversial collective Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All, Frank Ocean is splashing out on his own and is not only vastly popular, but increasingly influential. Indeed, the singer/songwriter has appeared on Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s much hyped Watch The Throne album (co-writing and singing on “Made In America” and “No Church In The Wild”), and has even written a tune for Beyoncé (“I Miss You” from her new album, 4). All this without even having released an official album.

The fledgling performer could be, in this light, easily mistaken for a veteran, especially when he returned to hometown New Orleans on Saturday night to play his first ever solo show. All accounts tell of an enthusiastic, even hysterical reception, with fans singing along to lyrics and cheering for the rising star even when he fumbled with technicalities on stage. In the above video of Ocean performing “Thinking About You,” you can hear the crowd expertly keeping up with Ocean’s vocal, as if his songs were well-worn, tirelessly played classics. Ocean also beautifully covered his song for Beyoncé, “I Miss You,” at the New Orleans show (below).

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by (@kat_george)

Have Your Say In Deciding Michael Jackson’s Greatest Song!

On Friday, we shared our list of The 40 Greatest Michael Jackson Songs, but now it’s your turn to have your say. So as we gear up to this evening’s world broadcast premiere of This Is It, the 2009 documentary that followed Michael Jackson while he rehearsed for the “This Is It” tour, make sure you get involved. Vote right here, leave your comments, and get your Twitter fingers thumping (use #MJThisIsIt and be sure to include @VH1 in your tweets) to make your opinion heard.

So, what’s your favorite? Is it a Jackson 5 classic like “ABC”? Or something for MJ’s early solo career, like “Thriller”? Are you more of a contemporary fan for songs like “You Rock My World”? Or do you just love it all and can’t make up your mind so you wish you could vote for everything? It doesn’t matter what your opinion is, if you’re black or white or whether or not you can do the moonwalk — we want to hear from YOU!

Don’t forget, the world broadcast premiere of This Is It is happening TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET, only on VH1!

by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: Travie McCoy Joins Maroon 5 For “Stereo Hearts” On SNL

This weekend on Saturday Night Live, Maroon 5 sang Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts,” accompanied by GCH frontman Travie McCoy. And there was not a fleck of skin in sight as both Adam Levine and McCoy sported heavily tattooed arms as they performed side-by-side. Soulful and summery, “Stereo Hearts” effortlessly combines Levine’s r’n’b influenced pop sound with McCoy’s laid back rapping style. Not to mention all the kinds of good looking happening on stage as the two musicians sang together!

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Baby Bey-Z Is (Almost Certainly) A Girl!!!

Kelly Rowland Confirms Baby Bey-Z Is Indeed A Girl
The Internet has been rife with rumors that Beyoncé & Jay-Z‘s baby is going to be a girl, and Kelly Rowland (accidentally?) confirmed this to be the case at London’s Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. [NME]

Rihanna Rides London’s Tube To Her London Gig
Rihanna: A performer of the people, for the people. RiRi caught London’s subway, the tube, along with some breathless fans, to her concert at O2 Arena. Watch the video at Billboard.com. [Billboard]

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by (@kat_george)

Sneak Peek: Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away”

Katy Perry has revealed a sneak peek of her new video for “The One That Got Away,” the forthcoming single from her album Teenage Dream. Katy’s last single, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”, not only was our 2011 Song Of The Summer, it tied her with Michael Jackson for the record of most #1 hits from one album. At the time, we speculated that Katy might have a a chance to dethrone the King Of Pop; will this be the single to do it?

Well, from what we can gather from this preview of “The One That Got Away,” her chances seem promising. Although it has some similarities to Rihanna‘s voice over/narrative-led video for “We Found Love,” Katy’s video seems much more whimsical, with a soft focus aesthetic and some very Zooey Deschanel moody eyes and eyelash batting. With building hype around the single and an emotional trailer, will “The One That Got Away” make Katy the kitty that got the cream?

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by (@kat_george)

Watch The Throne Concert Review: Hov And Yeezy’s Diamonds Captivate DC

Last night we caught up with the Watch The Throne tour in DC, and we were positively blown away. From the moment Jay-Z and Kanye West took to the stage and the audience erupted into a deafening roar, to the moment when the powerful pair closed with explosions and Hov’s “Encore,” we were on our feet with our hands in the air, dancing as if we were on Mount Olympus, partying with the Gods. Gods indeed — Hov and Yeezy commanded the reverent audience with the infallibility of deities, as both crowd and performers seemed indubitably ensconced in Watch The Throne dogma.

The show began with Jay and Kayne rising into the air on huge flashing cubes on opposite sides of the arena, rapping violently to “H.A.M” and inciting the audience into a fist pumping frenzy. True to form, Yeezy was wearing a leather skirt, which during the course of the show only amplified his jubilant unpredictability and erratic persona. The two continued with hits (aren’t they all?) from Watch The Throne “Who Gon Stop Me,” “Otis,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” and “Gotta Have It” before Jay-Z took off on his own for “Where I’m From” and “N—- What, N—- Who.” Kayne Came Back with one of our personal favorites, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” but it wasn’t until “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” followed by Jay-Z’s reemergence for “Public Service Announcement” that it became clear — Jesus really does walk, not in the shadow of, but side-by-side with God.

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by (@kat_george)

Music Seen: Big Easy Natives MUTEMATH Hit The Big Apple

New Orleans band MUTEMATH brought the blues to the VH1 studios for an intimate You Oughta Know Live performance recently—check out their cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys—and we recently selected them as our You Oughta Know artist thanks to their catalog of soulful, dusty, all-American tunes. Bringing joy, laid back cool and their infectious sounds to New York City, MUTEMATH (tailed closely by our photographer Colin Gray) personify dirty, heartfelt rock. After the jump, see MUTEMATH performing under ambient light, laughing in conversation, and some special moments between the band mates and their special ladies.

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by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: Jimmy Fallon Bieberfies For “(It’s Not My) Baby”

Yesterday, the Twitterverse exploded when Justin Bieber was hit with a paternity suit by a 20-year-old Californian woman. Never mind the issue of statutory rape, we all started chanting “Maury!” as the Bieb-Father scandal overshadowed the hysteria surrounding KardashianGate. Enter Jimmy Fallon, performing as his alter-ego Justin Bieber, parodying JB’s hit “Baby” with what we predict to be an even bigger hit, “(It’s Not My) Baby” on his show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Busting some awesomely accurate Bieber dance moves, Fallon makes a surprisingly convincing teen idol, and we guarantee you’ll be starting your day with giggles if you click play above…

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Apple Makes Music A Priority With GarageBand App For The iPhone

You Can Now Make Music On The Go With Apple’s New iPhone App
Apple has adapted its GarageBand software so you can now download it to your iPhone and make music on the go. This is going to make for some very interesting subway commutes, indeed… [Prefix]

Mumford And Sons Are Back With A Brand New Song, “Ghosts That We Knew”
We were starting to feel like Mumford & Sons might ride off the success of Sigh No More forever, so we’re pretty excited to see they’ve got some new material. [NME]

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Five Things We Didn’t Know About Coldplay Until We Interviewed Them

Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto sold 447,000 copies in the United States last week, which puts it squarely atop this week’s Billboard album charts. The British foursome was able to top future VH1 Unplugged star Kelly Clarkson‘s release of Stronger, which moved an impressive 163,000 units. Coldplay’s sales figures look even more impressive when you consider that this is the strongest first week sales total for a rock act since U2 released No Line On The Horizon back in March of 2009.

VH1 News correspondent Kate Spencer was able to grab some quality face time with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion in Los Angeles recently, a revealing interview in which these gents discuss a variety of topics ranging from how they chose the producers of Mylo Xyloto to why the Haters always keep them striving to achieve more.

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