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Video Premiere: Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”

Linkin Park is the last band of its kind still standing. Born during the nu metal craze of the early 2000s, this six-piece has successfully evolved their sound over the years and remained relevant while their peers like Korn and Limp Bizkit have long since fizzled out. “Burn It Down” is the first single off the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Living Things, and was the only real “rock” song that was showcased during this past weekend’s Billboard Music Awards.

As is to be expected from Linkin Park, the video is a visual treat. Much like “Waiting For The End,” it’s very futuristic in its overall feel. In particular, it seems to be inspired by H.R. Giger‘s influential design work on the film Alien; there is an undeniable combination of the organic and the mechanical present in the setting in which the band performs. Of course, a nod to the visual aesthetic championed by director Ridley Scott is quite timely, as his Alien prequel Prometheus is set to open here in the United States in a few weeks time.

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Is “Home” By Phillip Phillips The Best Original American Idol Song Ever?

We’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to Phillip Phillips today, and not just because he’s recently become the single most famous person in the United States who has the same first and last name since Sirhan Sirhan (though this is certainly an achievement in and of itself). Phillip Phillips won the 11th season of American Idol last night, thanks to his rootsy acoustic guitar fingerplucking, laconic Southern charm and #realwave stylings. When Ryan Seacrest announced that he had defeated Jessica Sanchez, Phillip performed his final song — in Idol lingo, they’re called “coronation songs” — called “Home.” And you know what? It might just be our favorite original Idol song of all-time, and not just because P.P. teared up somethin’ fierce during it.

“Home,” which was written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden, has a very Mumford & Sons kind of feel to it; whereas most Idol originals are so syrupy that you can contract diabetes just by listening to them, “Home” was not constructed to be a showcase for melisma. The lyrics, while certainly uplifting thanks to their reinforcement of the notion that it’s important for one to stay strong and grounded in the face of adversity, take a back seat to the verbalized melody of the bridge, which are quite beautiful and simple in that they are but a series of soothing “ooohs” and “ahhhs.” It’s a very traditional and safe song, which isn’t to say that it’s boring. Rather, it’s quite comforting, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few high schools around the nation pick this as their Prom Theme this year.

But, is this the BEST Idol song ever? It’s really hard to top Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” and we still have a soft spot in our heart for Fantasia’s “I Believe.” Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Listen Up, Pitbull’s “Back In Time” From The Men In Black III Soundtrack Isn’t Just Any Single, It’s The Lead

VH1 News chatted with Pitbull at last night’s NYC premiere of Men In Black III regarding his new music on the soundtrack for the upcoming film. Known for hits “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) and “Give Me Everything,” the rapper is working on forthcoming album Global Warming, but currently has the lead single off the soundtrack called “Back In Time.”  He stresses, just a little, to VH1 News reporter that it’s not just any single. It’s the lead! Pitbull says he’s been working hard to get to this point. “Working hard, learning a lot, absorbing, observing, and applying,” he said. “This is just the beginning. So get ready.” Read more…

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Rihanna’s American Idol Performance Fuels Illuminati Rumors…Again

Judging by Rihanna’s performance on last night’s American Idol season finale, she has no intention of killing the Illuminati rumors any time soon. If anything she’s laughing at the ridiculous conspiracy theorists by feeding them exactly what they want. In an Egyptian themed set-up, Rihanna performed her No. 1 single “Where Have You Been” from her sixth album Talk That Talk . Rocking her new dreadlock hairdo, Riri emerges from a brightly lit pyramid. She and the pyramid are guarded by shirtless men while other bare chest men beat on the drums. Dressed in all black Rihanna immerses herself into the choreography similar to that of the dance moves in the video. Vocally Rihanna’s voice sounds strong, and of course we appreciate her singing live while dancing. Read more…

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Lil Wayne Twitter Thugging, Says “F*CK Pusha T”

Pusha T Disses Lil Wayne on New Track, Wayne Responds

We tend to like our beef on a bun or with A1 steak sauce, but if it’s rap beef, put it on wax rather than Twitter. Well, that’s exactly what Pusha T of G.O.O.D. Music did in his hot new track “Exodus 23:1″ where he disses Drake, Lil Wayne and the entire YMCMB squad. GlobalGrind.com suggests the diss is a response to Drake’s slight jab on Meek Mill’s “Amen.” On the record Drake raps, “G.O.O.D ain’t good enough, and your hood ain’t hood enough.” Although it’s not clear if Drake was throwing shade Pusha T’s, Pusha T responded on his latest track featuring The Dream. Read more…

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2 Chainz Says, ‘NYPD Tried To Assasinate My Swag’ By Arresting Him For Four Finger Ring

2 Chainz Brass Knuckles Were Four Finger Rings

When 2 Chainz LaGuardia Airport arrest hit the news yesterday we knew, as the wise saying goes, something wasn’t clean in the milk. After finding what TSA believed to be brass knuckles in Chainz’s carry-on bag, NYPD took him to jail on a misdemeanor possession of a weapon charge. The southern rapper spoke with MTV News and said the NYPD tried to “assassinate my swag.” Turns out the alleged brass knuckles was only a four finger ring, one of the many pieces of jewelry he has custom made to complement his style. MTV News reports the rapper spent eight to nine hours in jail (according to 2 Chainz) and had all of his jewelry confiscated before he was released after eventually pleading guilty to a lesser unspecified charge. What’s with all this swagger jacking? Read more…

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50 Cent Calls Hipsters The New Hippies And Solves Mystery Of Last Week’s Hospitalization

50 Cent Hospitalized For Food Poisoning

The mystery of 50 Cent holding cuddly stuffed animals while hospitalized has been solved. Vice.com interviewed the rapper and DJ Drama about their upcoming mixtape The Lost Tape, but the interview turned out to be much more about 50′s favorite animal and hipsters. He tells VICE firsthand why he was in the hospital. It turns out it wasn’t a publicity stunt like rumors suggested (we told you!). It was the case of eating a meal in London that didn’t set well with him resulting in food poisoning. Read more…

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John Legend Defends Fiancee After Death Threats From Team Breezy Outraged That She Criticized Chris Brown

John Legend Sticks Up for His Girlfriend

John Legend’s fiancee Chrissy Teigen learned the hard way that criticizing Chris Brown leads to death threats. Literally. Turns out P!nk wasn’t the only person not feeling Brown’s lipsyncing. After Chrissy tweeted, “live singing is a helluva drug” during Brown’s Billboard Music Awards performance, team Breezy got sensitive and quite defensive. His stans fans flooded her mentions tweeting her obscenities, death threats and hurls of insults that she was irrelevant, or only relevant because of her famous musician husband to be. Teigen “clapped back” finding all the hatred amusing and sad at the same time. She sarcastically teased Brown’s fans for their incorrect grammar and overall ignorance. Mostly she was sad that there were a legion of young ladies that desperately defended Brown without having ever met him a day in their lives. Those Breezy fans are vicious!

According to Necolebitchie.com, John Legend stayed out of the drama for obvious reasons– until Chris Brown tweeted (which since has been deleted), “Team Breezy! Lets stop sending death threats! I know y’all bout that life but it’s the wrong message! Ur turning haters into victims! And that only furthers their pointless existence.” That must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Calm, Cool, Collected John Legend. He took to Twitter and responded, “Personally, I don’t think @chrissyteigen’s existence is pointless. Nor anyone else who dares criticize a performance.” He continued, “Every artist has to be ok with the fact that some people won’t like their work. All critics aren’t “haters.” Lastly (in our favorite response) he tweeted,”And don’t ever tell me to put my “bitch on a leash”. She’s a grown woman with her own mind and her own opinions and this is not 1950.”

Tell ‘em John! Although he never directly responded to Brown it’s crystal clear who he was referring to. We admire the chivalry of John. The fact that he’s such a nice guy with a clean cut image makes his defense of Chrissy that much cuter. Two snaps!

John Legend Defends Girlfriend Against Chris Brown Fans [NecoleBitchie.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Trina Facing Potential Lawsuit For Playing Hookie On A Sceduled Performance

Trina May Be Sued For No Show In St. Louis

Trina may soon join the ranks of the slews of artists that have been accused (and sued) for bailing on a performance in which they’ve already been paid. TMZ reports the Miami rapper allegedly ditched on a St. Louis club performance she was paid $7,000 to do on May 19. And the promoter isn’t having it! Per TMZ, Trina’s no-show caused a lot of upset attendees to ask for their money back. TMZ learned the promoter plans to sue Trina for at least $16,000m which is $11,000 more than what the rapper was initially paid. Apparently the promoter wants the $7,000 fee, promotional costs and damages.

Most known for her 1998 debut album Da Baddest Bitch, Trina has struggled to remain on top as a female emcee. Just prior to Nicki Mianj’s rise to fame, Trina held it down as the only mainstream female rapper putting out music, but sustaining her spot hasn’t been easy. Her rep denies the allegations saying due to a conflicting schedule with other engagements, Trina cancelled long before the event . And in her southern belle way, the rep claims Trina even tried to return the $7,000, but the promoter refused. How noble of the rapper known for her raunchy lyrics yet soft voice. She is now lawyered up and is accusing the promoter of false advertisement. Trina isn’t the first and won’t be the last to cancel a performance. But we all know keeping the money for a job that wasn’t done is  the fastest way to end up in court. People don’t play about their money.

Rapper Trina Accused of Torpedoing Missouri Concert [TMZ.com]

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