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by (@kat_george)

Internet Sensation And Next Big Thing Lana Del Rey Wins Award And Speaks, Finally

“It can speak!” has been the general reaction today of those familiar with overnight Internet sensation Lana Del Rey. The American singer, best known for her enthralling voice, ethereal beauty, emotive lyricism and self-made vintage montage videos (like “Video Games”), finally opened her mouth to converse rather than to sing backstage at the 2011 Q Awards. The rising star had just (aptly) won the Next Big Thing award, and the young performer seemed a bit like a deer in headlights as she was questioned about the award, her background, her critics and her forthcoming debut LP.

We love everything about Lana and her music, but the poor girl looked and sounded supremely nervous as she was questioned post-awards ceremony. We’re willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, as a newcomer to the industry and the spotlight, Lana probably hasn’t had much experience being interviewed on the spot. But still, the conversation was somewhat disappointing given her palpable discomfort. Lana’s musical persona has us imagining her as a powerful, brooding sort of character with plenty of awesome bad ass attitude, not as the delicate, unsure babe in the woods she appears to be here. Finally hearing her speak spoils her the artistic illusion she’s created, sort of like finding out Santa isn’t real; We’re admittedly a bit bummed, but it doesn’t mean we’re any less enthusiastic about Christmas!

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by (@kat_george)

A Sneaky Little Peek At Beyonce’s Retro Backyard “Party”

Ever wanted to party with BeyoncĂ©? You’re right, that was a silly question, because of COURSE you want to party with BeyoncĂ©! Speaking of which, BET’s tantalizing preview of Bey Bey’s new video for “Party” from her latest album, 4, is getting us amped. The preview is only 30 seconds long but it’s got us all hot under the collar and devising ways to get invited to King B’s awesome backyard party. And we know that we’re not going to be able to sleep tonight as we anticipate BET revealing the full length video for “Party” tomorrow on 106 & Park.

The video preview sees Bey at a retro-themed backyard party, lounging on a chair with some serious couture, sucking on lollipops and dancing in a pool with her fellow party-goers. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. With candy colours and a vintage feel, we’ve cleared our calendars for the “Party” and think that you should too!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Robyn Set To Headline The O Music Awards 2 On Halloween Night

If you’re bummed that Halloween falls on a Monday this year, thereby lessening the chances that the party that you attend will be an all-night rager, we have a message for you: Don’t be. (Bummed, that is.) Your friends at VH1 have a foolproof backup plan for you. Dress up in your Halloween finest on Saturday night, spend all day Sunday recuperating from your hangover, pass out candy to the little ones on Monday evening, then get ready for the main event, coming to you direct in the comfort of your very own living room. Because on Monday, October 31 at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT, none other than Robyn (!!!) will be headlining the O Music Awards 2! If you ask us, that’s even better than the Great Pumpkin showing up on your front porch. Full press release below…

ROBYN TO HEADLINE MAINSTAGE AT O MUSIC AWARDS 2 LIVE FROM UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN LOS ANGELES ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT

THE FLAMING LIPS TO HONOR STEVE JOBS WITH MUSICAL TRIBUTE

MORE THAN 12 MILLION VOTES CAST

LIVE CELEBRATION TO KICK OFF AT 11:30PM ET ON OCTOBER 31 ON OMUSICAWARDS.COM AND MTV

New York, NY, October 25, 2011 ? Viacom Music Group, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that international pop superstar and digital music pionner Robyn will serve as the headliner of O Music Awards 2, www.omusciawards.com, the live multiplatform event that celebrates the artists, innovators and fans impacting digital music culture. Robyn will wow the unsuspecting crowd with a number of performances, including songs from her hit album, Body Talk, from an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on October 31st beginning 11:30pm ET/ 8:30pm PT on OMusicAwards.com. In a true multiscreen taker, Robyn?s opening performance will be broadcast on MTV. The event will utilize Viacom Music Group?s multiple screens and made available across Viacom Music Group websites (MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com, LogoTV.com and MTVHive.com), as well as mobile.

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by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: Who Sang It Better? Demi Lovato vs. Zooey Deschanel In The World Series National Anthem Sing-Off

It’s settled, then; last night’s World Series Game 5 saw Demi Lovato take to the field to belt out the National Anthem, and we can begin debating whether she or Zooey Deschanel sang the “The Star Spangled Banner” better. And the winner is… It’s a tie! While both performers stood nervous and rigid as they sang, they both delivered very different, yet both delicately nuanced, vocal performances.

Zooey added her own special brand of sweetner to the Francis Scott Key jam with her dulcet tones and pixie girl charm, while Demi had all the big notes and soaring sentimentality. It would be unfair of us to deem one better than the other, in much the same way we’d never want to choose between vanilla and strawberry ice creams. Vanilla is a classic, like Demi’s voice: grand, bold and timeless; but strawberry is so sweet, like Zooey: relateable, fanciful and a little bit naughty. We’ll have a scoop of both, thanks!

That said, we want to hear what YOU think:

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by (@kat_george)

Putting The “O” In Opera: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Lead Singer Karen O Dazzles With Stop The Virgens

It’s a wrap for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O‘s self-described debut “psycho opera,” Stop The Virgens, that ran at New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse this month, but the production sure left a lasting impression on everyone who was lucky enough to snap up one of the highly sought-after tickets.?An orgy for the senses, Stop The Virgens was nothing less than stimulating, both musically and visually, from the moment guests stepped across the threshold and into Karen’s tunnel. And I mean that quite literally, in fact; the show began in a cavernous, snaking shroud of gossamer sheets and mist, from which a cast of? “Virgens” writhed enticingly as the audience meandered through, their heavy breathing rasping from behind translucent veils.

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VH1 Classic Amps Up For “National Metal Day” On 11-11-11

VH1 is gearing up for our inaugural National Metal Day that will see VH1 Classic host an entire day of metal-only programing. Fear not, though: This day isn’t solely for hardcore headbangers! National Metal Day will see the debut of of several revealing documentaries about the genre, and will celebrate metal’s seminal artists, both past and present. Full press release as follows:

VH1 CLASSIC AMPS UP FOR ?NATIONAL METAL DAY? ON 11-11-11
Banger Films? Groundbreaking 11-Part Documentary Series Metal Evolution Premieres Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10 PM ET/PT

11 Days Of Metal Programming Begins Tuesday, November 1, 2011 On VH1 Classic

NEW YORK, NY ? October 24, 2011 ? As previously announced, VH1 Classic has proclaimed 11-11-11 as ?National Metal Day? and will celebrate with a slew of exclusive metal programming, including three major metal premieres: Behind The Music Remastered at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the exclusive debut of Banger Films? groundbreaking documentary series, Metal Evolution, at 10 p.m. ET/PT and the ninth season premiere of a VH1 Classic original That Metal Show at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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by (@kat_george)

Zooey Deschanel Sings The National Anthem At The World Series

Everyone’s favorite indie sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel, belted out her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 4 of the World Series last night. Giving a very serious performance, an initially fidgety Deschanel quickly eased into the big notes with her signature charm, all a flutter of doe eyes and half smiles. Keeping her hands firmly folded in front of her throughout the entire performance, we’re thinking Deschanel’s stoicism and poise had something to do with wearing high heels on grass ? a girl’s got to balance, after all! And matching her red pumps, Deschanel’s dress was a show stopper in itself: Half candy cane, half flower bed, and appropriately festive.

No stranger to vocal gymnastics, we’ve been fans of Deschanel ever since she saved Christmas with her whimsical voice in Elf. Promoting her new show, New Girl, Deschanel’s World Series performance has transformed her from a manic pixie dream girl to pop culture’s newest darling. Not to mention a sporting hero. Indeed, as star of her own TV show and fronting indie pop band She & Him, it seems like there’s nothing the girl can’t do these days (especially now that she’s added “patriot” to her resume). And now we’re just wondering if her new crown as the World Series’ favorite anthem singer will be stripped tonight by our recent Posted artist, Demi Lovato, who will be following Deschanel’s performance with her own interpretation at Game 5 of the Series.

By Kat George

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Kelly Rowland Lays Two New Videos On Us (And Will Cameo In Beyoncé’s Next Week)

We’ve been slightly (if justifiably) Beyoncé-crazy here lately, but don’t think it’s escaped our notice that her friend Kelly Rowland is keeping at least as busy promoting Here I Am. In the last week Rowland released two videos: “Lay It On Me,” featuring Big Sean, and “Down For Whatever.” The collaboration is the bigger-budget affair, not least because it’s already been a somewhat successful single already. In addition to Big Sean, the video features a Slinky, a chaise lounge made up of shirtless men, and an elephant. “Down For Whatever” is darker and much clubbier, with visual and electronic strobes and back-up dancers. Rowland will also be appearing in a video next week: she has a cameo in Beyoncé’s “Party,” which premieres on BET’s 106 and Park on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6PM ET. Also in the video: J. Cole, who replaces André 3000 on the single remix.

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Shearer’s Spotlight: The Top Five Music Videos Set Inside A Restaurant

Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer?s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Jim Shearer

To provide a decent and affordable dine-in meal experience for his home peeps of New Jersey, this week Jon Bon Jovi opened up The Soul Kitchen: A ?pay-what-you-can? restaurant that also doubles as a volunteer-based community project.

In celebration of its grand opening, here are my favorite music videos set inside a restaurant:

5) Cee Lo, “F*** You”
Usually when a man screams ?F? YOU!? inside a diner, he is asked to leave; Cee Lo was asked to play the Grammys.

4) Radiohead, “High And Dry”
Back in the day when Radiohead made music for the masses, they also crafted some really good music videos. This classic includes a brief case, a time bomb, a key hidden inside a cup of mayonnaise, and Thom Yorke impatiently shuffling around the restaurant because he couldn?t fit into a booth with the rest of his band mates.

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The-Dream Announces Plans To Release Another Pre-Love IV Album

For the second time in less than three months, Terius Nash has announced, via Twitter, the release of a new album prior to his fourth (and possibly final) Def Jam album as The-Dream. “I am personally pushing Love IV back to drop a [sic] international album this winter,” he tweeted. According to follow-up tweets, the album, to be released under his given name, will be called 1984: Persona Of Love and will contain ten tracks, three of which Nash claims to have written today while in Paris. Normally we’d be skeptical of this sort of announcement-via-Twitter, but this is exactly how Nash announced 1977. As for the Love IV delay, he had hinted as much in a Rolling Stone interview, but there’s been no word yet from Def Jam (not that he’s given them time to respond). We look forward to any kind of new music from Nash, but we would like to hear a new The-Dream record, and we suspect Def Jam would too. Until then, we’re going to revisit one of his under-heralded tracks, a single he co-wrote with Yung Joc for the rapper’s second album Hustlenomics. Listen to “Coffee Shop” after the jump.
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