In the beginning of Bracket Madness there were eight acts, impossibly chosen from a decade with so many worthy to compete for the Greatest Artist of the 00s title. One by one, they dropped off: *NSYNC beating the Backstreet Boys, only to be beaten themselves by Britney Spears in the next round; and Eminem topped Jay-Z before being knocked by Linkin Park. Left with Britney versus Linkin Park, and with more than 124,000 votes were cast between them, we at last have a winner: Linkin Park is your Greatest Artist of the 00s.
Accepting the crown in their absence, Linkin fan Bryan Bruner joked that the band was “too busy screaming at the world and saving it at the same time” to be there themselves. Only sort of joking, though. Linkin Park may have been the Greatest Artist of the 00s, but they are great artists still in this next decade. Still out and about, on tour and making new music, they continue to expand the boundaries of rock and roll and inspire fans with their hard working lyrics. So here’s to their Greatest Artist of the 00s win, and to a decade more of greatness!
With only a hours left until showtime, we’ve got our seat chosen and snacks purchased and and watched everyone of the nominated videos, so all that’s left to do now is wait and see who Rihanna pulls from the pile first when Chris Brown and Drake get in a big fight. Though their attendance has been much buzzed about, this hopefully won’t happen. And anyways, the schedule of events has so much more to offer: a slew of high-profile performers, many Moonmen to be won, and, as always, moments to be made. There’s going to be a lot to take in, so we’ve come-up with a plan of action and here are the five things we are most excited to watch for tonight: Read more…
While MTV VMA performers rehearse one last time, attendees put the finishing touches on their red carpet ensembles and viewers plan their watch parties, Kanye West backs out of attending tonight’s show because…wait for it…his girlfriend Kim Kardashian is unable to attend. Oh, Kimye. That’s sweet, we guess. Per the Daily Mail, Yeezy decided not to go to the show that is hosted in LA due to his reality star girlfriend’s previous engagement to promote her perfume at Fashion Night Out in NYC. Despite “Mercy” being nominated for best video of the year and best editing, Ye doesn’t want to attend alone. Let’s just go ahead and admit that this takes inseparable to a whole other level.
Labor Day has passed and the long days are waning, books and brown bag lunches packed, and it must be that time of the year again: back to school. And your parents are right — even if you spent your summer learning guitar chords and growing out your hair so that you might be a rock star one day, it wouldn’t be un-rock star like to hit the books hard, too. After all, plenty of artists have put in the work to earn their degree (or degrees) just in case. And so it may be unlikely that these 16 musicians will ever have to rely on their degrees to make a living, but there’s nothing like a hard earned diploma to bring out the shine in your platinum record plaque.
To celebrate their academic efforts, and to inspire yours, we present: 16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs…Read more…
We are deep into the final round of Bracket Madness and but hours away from crowning the Greatest Artist of the 00s, and things are close. Only Britney Spears and Linkin Park remain, and with more than 95,000 votes already cast, Linkin Park leads — but by only 100 votes. So now is the chance to have your say: There is no denying that Brit and Linkin Park were both great artists of the 00s, but if there can only be one Greatest, who should it be? Vote now because polls close TODAY at 4 PM EST. Read more…
When Nicki Minaj spit “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy b*****es are f***ing up the economy” on Lil Wayne‘s “Mercy” flip, the Internets’ ears perked up and and blogs — from rap savvy to usually otherwise — got to wondering if she might mean it. Probably she didn’t, because that’s not generally Nicki’s style. Most of what Nicki says isn’t literal, and there’s no reason this line should be any more straightly than the one about chilling with zombies on the beach that follows. Rather, she probably meant it hypothetically; to imply that she’s rich, and probably richer than you, sort of like very wealthy Mitt Romney. Or, as Spin‘s Brandon Soderberg suggests, “what’s missing in that line is the word ‘like,’” and Nicki means that she is “like a Republican voting for Mitt Romney.”
All this, though, has done little to quiet any newly earned detractors, who, if this AllHipHop.com round-up is to be believed, are flaring on Twitter. One went ahead and called her a “stupid…. a**…..no talent having a** …..b****,” while another straight up asked that “somebody please kill nicki minaj.” Yikes! Read more…
Now that the Forbeshighest earners in hip-hop list is out we have one wish: that we’d invented Beats By Dre. Topping the list as this year’s Hip-Hop Cash King, Dr. Dre raked in $110 million largely due to his popular $100 and up headphones. Dre made $100 million pre-tax money after HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. Being the businessman that he is, Dre and his partners bought back the 51% stake HTC purchased. With the kind of revenue Beats By Dre is bringing in we get why Detox seems like the album that will never be. Read more…
“I never was much of a romantic,” sang Kanye West on “Runaway,” the centerpiece track on his epic 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Well nonsense, we say! You’re plenty romantic, Yeezy. And here are our favorite love-lorn lyrics from all through your career to prove it. Whether it was inspired by current flame Kim Kardashian, or past lady-friends like Amber Rose or Selita Ebanks, Kanye is a modern poet spinning rhymes that will melt any woman’s heart. Just today he dropped the track “Clique,” in which he raps about Kim’s career-launching sex-tape with Ray-J. And that’s just the start of his many romantic maneuvers in song. Check out the list below and see what we mean!
10. “If we die in each others’ arms/Still get laid in the afterlife”
- “Lost In The World” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Romance Factor: Here Kanye takes a very practical (and sexy) look at the concept of eternity.
9. “I’m Yeezy, she said, ‘Hi, I’m Maria’/No, you an angel/You wave ‘Hi’ to Aaliyah”
-”Erase Me” on Kid Kudi’sMan On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (2010)
Romance Factor: Yeezy once again plays on the more practical side of the afterlife, plus gets a sweet shout-out to the late R&B singer.
8. “Feeling like Katrina with no FEMA/Like Martin with no Gina”
-”Flashing Lights” on Graduation (2007)
Romance Factor: It’s not good enough to compare missing your ladylove to a natural disaster/government SNAFU. You have to following it up with a simile referencing the 90s sitcom Martin to really tug at the heartstrings.
7. “Take your diamonds and throw ‘em up like you’re bulimic”
-”Diamonds From Sierra Leone” on Late Registration (2005)
Romance Factor: With one line, Kanye shows that he knows how to treat his woman right, and at the same time so very very wrong.
The Billboard Top 200 this week is topped by Christian rap-rock act TobyMac, formerly of DC Talk. Though some have pulled close — Christian acts Casting Crowns and David Crowder Band notching No. 2 spots with Come to the Well and Give Us Rest, respectively — TobyMac’s sixth studio setEye On It is the first Christian album to make the summit since LeAnn Rimes‘ 1997 You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, and only the third Christian ever to hit No. 1 (Bob Carlisle‘s dadtasticButterfly Kisses making three). Eye On It moved 69,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than 10,000 units more than unsuspecting runner-ups Slaughterhouse sold. 27 percent of those sales came from Christian retailers and bookstores, though TobyMac pulled the same chart-topping trick on iTunes, suggesting that he also holds a broader audience. Read more…