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GIF-ed! One Direction Show Us How To “Live While We’re Young”

This morning the video for “Live While We’re Young” made it’s way on to the internet, and alas we get our first taste of One Direction‘s much anticipated sophomore album Take Me Home. We’re still listening to “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing” like we’ve only just met them, but let’s skip the pretending and just admit already that it’s love because this song vibrates with even more boy band magic than anything we’ve heard from them in the past.

“Live While We’re Young” opens with a guitar lick lifted from The Clash‘s “Should I Say or Should I Go?” and Niall hollering at us: “Hey girl, I am waiting on you.” And it only gets bigger and more fun from there, with gang sung “woo-ohh ohh ohhs,” a persistent cow-bell and suggestive insistences like “if we get together, don’t let the pictures leave you’re phone” and “I know we only met, but let’s pretend it’s love.” And the accompanying video really drive the song’s message home, as it finds the 1D boys showing off what it’s like to “Live While We’re Young” while hang out in a tent, playing with giant inflatable fruits and just generally goofing off. Because, these guys are young and hot and on the rise — so why not?

So what does it mean to “Live While You’re Young”? Let’s let the boys of 1D show us via .gif: Read more…

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Vivian Green Preps New Album Release, Talks Boobs And Her Love Of Football

You may know Vivian Green from her #1 dance singles “Emotional Rollercoaster” or “Gotta Go Gotta Leave,” but did you also know that the soulful singer-songwriter is a huge NFL fan – “I’ll watch RedZone all day!” – and lives just blocks from the park where Jay-Z’s Made In America festival took place? No? Neither did we! With a new album coming our way next month, VH1 Tuner recently sat down with Green to get the skinny on her forthcoming project and chat about everything from her stay-fit workout habits to her (cough, cough, Cuffin’ Season) dating life.

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by (@zaragolden)

Tune In: Delta Rae Perform “Bottom Of The River” On Conan

Like President Obama, who invited them to open for him at his Democratic National Convention, we dig North Carolina’s Delta Rae. We love that they are a family — Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) being actual siblings, and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) being close enough — and the way the incorporate sounds from across all genres — folk, blues, rock — into their sound. Most of all we love watching them perform, feet stomping and sounds flying as all six come together as one great big band.

That’s exactly what they did last night on Conan, where they broke-in their new trash can while performing a drawn out and dramatic rendition of “Bottom of the River,” the new single off of their album Carry The Fire. Leaving most of their instruments aside for this one, they stomped out the song instead, singing a capella and adding the violent clanking of chains in the aforementioned trash can when necessary. “Bottom of the River” is dramatic as is, but performed like they did last night it is straight chilling. Check it out above, and keep an eye on these gals and guys — we’ll have plenty more to say when we celebrate them as our You Oughta Know artist in October!

Delta Rae “Bottom Of The River” 09/19/12 [TeamCoco]

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Does Lupe Fiasco’s Opinion On Voting Really Matter?

Lupe Twitter Spar With Roland Martin and D.L. Hughley

We get it. Lupe Fiasco isn’t into voting. He said it in 2011′s Lasers “Words I Never Said.” “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s—/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” he rapped. His voice on not voting has been pretty consistent since the song dropped, whether in interviews or on Twitter. As we inch closer to the 2012 election in November a few prominent voices are taking issue with Lupe expressing his views so carelessly. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Maroon 5′s “One More Night” Is No. 1 On The Billboard, What Happened To “Payphone”?

This week Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” tops Billboard‘s Hot 100, marking the band’s third summiting of the charts, only 2007′s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” having made it there first. The dippy and slightly ska-inflected “One More Night” is of course worthy, but we can’t help but wonder how Maroon 5′s serious Song of the Summer contender “Payphone” didn’t make it to the top spot first. According to Billboard, “Payphone” spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100′s top 10, including six weeks at No. 2, but was never able to break through to the top. Was this summer’s batch of singles — namely a little song called “Call Me Maybe” — too hot for Maroon 5 to handle? In order to claim No. 1 this week, “Night” first had to unseat Taylor Swift‘s strong-willed “Never Ever.” And considering the record breaking force with which that song entered the charts, doing so could not have been easy. Why do you think “One More Night” was able to do what “Payphone” couldn’t?

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 6 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

We’re halfway through the VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll and there’s still another 50 legendary hard rock and heavy metal songs coming your way for you to vote on and help us rank!

Today progressive hard rockers Rush’s almost-hit “Limelight” goes up against thrash masters Slayer’s harrowing “Seasons In The Abyss” and the surging alternative grunge of Stone Temple Pilots‘s “Wicked Garden,” plus classics from Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and more.

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by (@E_Meds)

Rihanna, No Doubt, Lil Wayne, and Aerosmith to Rock the iHeartRadio Music Festival: VH1′s Got You Covered

iHeartRadio Music Festival

Last night Tuner had a dream. A dream where Rihanna, P!NK, Usher, and Green Day shared a stage. There were flashing lights, thousands of people and … Ryan Seacrest? Wait, this can’t be a dream, it must be time for the second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival!

The aforementioned artists, as well as Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Calvin Harris, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne and VH1 Behind The Music subject Ne-Yo are among the 20 superstars set to hit the stage over two nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And luckily for you, dear readers, VH1 will have insider access to the entire event. If Taylor Swift makes a surprise appearance during Green Day’s set (hey, crazier things have happened), we’ll be there with a first-hand report. Trust us, it’ll almost be as good as being there!
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We Love P!nk For Admitting She’s The Drama Queen In Her Marriage

P!nk may dwell in the territory better known as rebellion, but when it comes to her daughter Willow, she gushes so hard there’s not one trace of hardness. To promote The Truth About Love, which is projected to hit the Billboard charts at No.1, P!nk stopped by The View to talk motherhood and marriage. Seeing her baby girl’s image on the flat screen behind her caused P!nk to squirm, “Oh my god she’s so pretty.” Little Willow is already following in her mom’s footsteps with the one eyebrow raised look. “She’s got my attitude and his looks,” said P!nk. “She’s going to take over the world.” And when Willow rolls her eyes for the first time Carey Hart will put P!nk over his knee since she’s obviously to blame. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

American Idol Kris Allen Says “Things Are Only Gonna Get More Fun” Now That He’s Split With RCA Records

So long, farewell! American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen has parted ways with RCA Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Allen signed to the Sony subsidiary after he beat Adam Lambert in 2009, and soon thereafter released his self-titled debut. With his inspiring first single “Live Live We’re Dying” ahead and an American Idol win behind him, Allen’s first album entered the charts at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, all told, moved more than 346,000 copies. Allen’s 2012 followup, Thank You Camellia, saw more moderate succes, debuting at No. 26 and with his cover performances like the one he did of Ellie Gouldings “Lights” or the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” getting at least as much play as his official single, “The Vision of Love.”

Allen is not the first Idol winner to split with RCA, fellow winners David Cook and Lee DeWyze before him have gone their own. And so Allen isn’t concerned, rather he promises that “things are only gonna get more fun.” In an address to his fans, he said:

I wanted to let everyone now that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contribute to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.

A free artist now, we can’t wait to see what Allen’s next winning move will be.

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