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What Happened To Our Pop-Country Princess? Taylor Swift Goes Dubstep On Red

Judging by what we know so far, Red will be like Taylor Swift‘s last few albums in that the songs are all sort of lovey-dovey or heart broken. “I ended up being inspired by a lot of zero-to-100 then it hits a wall and explodes type of relationships,” she laughed, during the YouTube mini-summit she held to announce project. She reiterates that point in an interview in this month’s Rolling Stone, explaining, “I went through a few roller coasters.” Taylor will be Taylor, but of course.

Red will also, though, be not like Taylor Swift’s last few albums, most of which she wrote by herself. Taylor brought a team of “singer song writing and producing artist heroes” on board to help with this round, which means there were a lot of new hands working together to turn those oh-so-Taylor emotions into hits, and Taylor says that she “felt like an apprentice” during the process. What’s that going to mean for the album? 100% more womp-womp, apparently! Read more…

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No Doubt Are Back And On Another Level With “Push And Shove”

We have eagerly anticipated No Doubt‘s return, first taking comfort in the fact that even if they couldn’t match their Tragic Kingdom game, we would at least have Gwen Stefani back on the scene again. But then we heard “Settle Down,” and were reassured that they still had it. However, it turns out that “Settle Down” was basically just a warm-up for this frenzied and infectious next single.

This morning Ryan Seacrest let loose a second Push and Shove cut, the album’s whiling and genre-shifting Diplo produced title track, featuring Major Lazer and dancehall hero Busy Signal. The song — which we heard snippets of in that early webisode — goes all in, moving between their signature ska-pop and party banger and a soaring chorus and back at a clip so quick it makes the upbeat “Settle Down” sound like a lazy jam by comparison. And though they try on a whole bunch of new sounds and styles in these four minutes, the song manages to avoid cacophony and all the while sounds distinctively like No Doubt. Like Stefani rap-sings, “just when you think it’s over, we be back on another level like we’re doing yoga.” September 25th can’t come soon enough.

WORLD PREMIERE: Listen to No Doubt’s ‘Push and Shove’ [RS]

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Frank Ocean And Mumford & Sons To Start Off This Season Of Saturday Night Live With A Bang

Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons To Perform on SNL

Frank Ocean felt horribly about cancelling a string of European festival tour dates where he was scheduled to take the stage with Coldplay. Along the way Frank has picked up a couple of new gigs, including performing at this year’s 2012 VMAs where we secretly hope he gives us a visual to “Pyramids.” On September 15th, FO will serve as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s premiere episode for its 38th season. Wowzers. Can you believe SNL has been around for 38 seasons? The success of Frank’s Channel Orange is shaping up for one blast of a year for the R&B newbie. Read more…

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Three Doors Down Debuted A New Song At The Republican National Convention

3 Doors Down reentered our consciousness in a big way last night when they turned up at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida to debut their new single “One Light” in front of a floor’s worth of Republican delegates. Taking convention’s main stage after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s contentious keynote address, the multiplatinum rock band (all wearing almost matching shirts) urged convention-goers to “let’s take this world and make a change” with the song, befitting of the evening’s mood. American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, Randy Owen, and America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd are all also billed to provide between speech and nomination entertainment in the days to come.

“I’ve never really followed politics that much, so I am not really qualified to be really political,” said a sweaty Brad Arnold, speaking with Politico before the big show and insisting that the performance was not politically motivated. Rather, he suggests that “One Light” is about “just doing your best and giving all that you can all the time,” and that “it could really apply with anybody.” He sung a similar tune in 2008, when their “Citizen/Soldier” was released in conjunction with a recruitment campaign by the United States National Guard. So, probably don’t get your hopes set on a 3 Doors Down 2016 ticket.

3 Doors Down to DC: Stop ‘battle of the bands’ [Politico]

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Lupe Fiasco And Guy Sebastian Shed Those “Battle Scars”

Battle scars of life. Battle scars from love. Battle scars caused by war. Lupe addresses all three in the video to his third single from the September 25th Food & Liquor II. The visual for “Battle Scars” is quite the contrast from his previous controversial “Bitch Bad.” Lupe and Australian singer Guy Sebastian lament about being wounded from whatever it is that has caused one’s battle scars. Hurt people write down what they’re fighting to overcome on a blank page. Lupe lights a torch, throwing it inside the abandoned building to represent setting those hurdles on fire and overcoming. The pages are ripped from the book so each person can start anew with no more war wounds. Read more…

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What Will Kanye West Rap About On “White Dress” For RZA’s Iron Fists Soundtrack

Kanye Blesses RZA of Wu-Tang's Movie With  A Song For the Soundtrack

The clock is winding down for the RZA directed flick The Man with the Iron Fists. The Wu-Tang Clan‘s master producer embraced his obsession with kung-fu, which led to the Quentin Tarantino approved upcoming film that RZA also stars in. For the soundtrack dropping October 23, RZA called on hip-hop vets for the first album that will be released through his new label, Soul Temple Records. All Hip Hop reports acts like Ghostface Killah,Talib Kweli, Method Man, Pusha T and Kanye West have songs on the 16-track soundtrack. And for a  touch of soul Corrine Bailey Rae and Res lend their vocals to the male squad. Read more…

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THAT METAL DEBATE: Top 5 Worst Album Covers (On Great Albums)

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by comedian/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and former front man of Queensryche Geoff Tate, who talked about the betrayal that came with the implosion of the band. Also on our mini stage, we had guest shredder George Lynch joining in on the action.

This week’s TMS Top 5 is different from the rest. Instead of choosing a list based on just the music, we decided to combine music and looks to come up with the Top 5 Worst Album Covers, but the albums have to be great. (We are superficial, we know.) Here’s what we came up with.

TMS Top 5 Worst Album Covers on Great Albums

1. Riot – Fire Down Under

Eddie, Don, and Jim all agree it’s an amazing record, but Riot has had a series of horrendous album covers so we can’t really say we’re surpised by it being #1.  Jim also said it makes him want to club a baby seal. (Don’t worry PETA, no seals were harmed during the filming of That Metal Show).
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Madonna Defends Her Controversial MDNA Tour With Poetic Manifesto

Though no stranger to controversy, Madonna seems to have taken things to a whole new level with her current MDNA tour. There have been tears and protests, swastika iconography and fake gun wagging, lawsuits and body parts, and all this before she touched back down stateside for the tour’s North American leg, which begins tonight in Philadelphia. For her latest controversial move, she put pen to paper and scribed a letter of explanation for these faux pas past, insisting mostly that her show “not be taken out of context” of her “journey.” Read more…

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Frank Ocean Joins List Of Heavyweights To Perform At This Year’s VMAs

Frank Ocean Set to Perform at VMAs

The anticipated outrageous and unpredictable moments of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us, folks. This year viewers can expect one thing for sure: to laugh until their stomach hurts with funny man Kevin Hart as host. But what is the VMAs without its all-star lineup of performers? Most recently added to the roster is talented newcomer Frank Ocean. Imagine him singing “Pyramids” with the visual stage set-up to accompany the song. This could mean actual faux pyramids, stripper poles, a stripper–oh my, the possibilities! Read more…

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The Fab Five’s Aly Raisman Has Offered Phillip Phillips Gymnastics Lessons, And He’s “Down”

In town on tour, reigning American Idol winner Phillip Phillips breezed through VH1 headquarters last week to perform his coronation single and Song of the Summer contender “Home” on Big Morning Buzz Live, and then for a quick chat with us about the song and his Olympic ambitions. With American Idol already won, it turns out there may also be Olympic glory in his future, especially if Fab Five star Aly Raisman gets her way with him. Read more…