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by (@unclegrambo)

Introducing AMERICA’S HARD 100, The First VH1 Classic Countdown Show Determined By Fan Votes!

VH1 Classic Presents America's Hard 100

For years and years, VH1 and VH1 Classic have been putting together awesome music-related countdown shows that run the gamut from the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs to the 40 Greatest Metal Songs. These shows were painstakingly put together after endless hours of debate from not just music critics and our crack team of show producers, but also with input from the artists themselves. However, VH1 Classic’s upcoming countdown show, America’s Hard 100, will be different in that it won’t be a team of producers who determine the show’s results — this time around, it will be YOU, the FANS, who determine which songs fall in which order!

Over the course of the next 2 weeks, we’ll be soliciting YOUR VOTES to determine what is the greatest hard rock song of all-time. We’ve put together a list of 100 songs that you’ll be able to choose from, broken down into 10 series of 10 songs, to make voting for your favorite hard rock songs as easy as possible. Each day for the next 10 days, we’ll reveal a new list of songs that you can vote on. Vote early and vote often –and for as many songs as you’d like!– and you’ll be able to see the final results when America’s Hard 100 airs in November.

Today, our list of 10 songs include songs from rock powerhouses like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Scorpions. Check back tomorrow at noon eastern to vote on the likes of Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Twisted Sister. But for now, here’s our first group of 10 songs for you to vote on. Remember, it will be YOUR VOTES that determine the end result of America’s Hard 100!

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by (@Lacezilla)

A Spotify Playlist To Help Entice The Un-Cuffable Love Conquests That Drive You Nuts

Here on VH1 Tuner, we’ve been supplying you with music to whet the Cuffin’ Season appetite all week long. Even though the find-a-mate scramble doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd, we wanted to help pysch you up and give you all an advantage over the competition. To bring you up to speed, we’ve already covered the following bases:

MONDAY: Let My Love Adorn You: Scooping A Hopeless Romantic
TUESDAY: I Wanna Be Down: Reeling-In A Distracted Workaholic
WEDNESDAY: Doin’ It Well: Bagging The No-Holds-Barred Freak
THURSDAY: We Belong Together: Pulling A (They’re Already Taken) Robbery

Let’s face it: some people just don’t want to be in a relationship. Speculating on why your crush may want to fly solo can keep you up at night, so instead of driving your ego into a tizzy, let today’s playlist soften the blow and remind you that you’re not alone.

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T.I. Takes It Back To The Trap With “Trap Back Jumpin”

T.I. Will Have All The Traps Jumpin WIth Trap Back

Music is always going to be T.I.’s first love no matter how frustrated he gets with the rap game, or how successful his VH1 show The Family Hustle: T.I. and Tiny becomes. His latest single “Trap Back Jumpin” from the forthcoming Trouble Man sounds like the days he soared with Trap Muzik. If there’s one thing T.I. knows about, and raps about well, it’s the trap. T.I. returns to an era where one would hear his music blasting from every car’s speakers in the southern region. Before New York would embrace southern trap music. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

The Weeknd Finally Goes Major, Releases A New Version Of “Wicked Games,” Teases New Album

To say that The Weeknd, the shadowy and affected R&B project of Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, has “buzz” would be to significantly undercut his last two years. Bolstered by a major cosign from Drake, who posted about him on his OVO blog and then featured him prominently on Take Care, and the success of his Florence + The Machine and Lady Gaga remixes, he’s gone from a specter on the Internet to an “Must See” act at all the summer’s big festivals and “must sign” on every record exec’s list. Well, three chillingly good self-released mixtapes and a seat saved next to Diddy later, he’s finally been got.

Earlier this week, Tesfaye announced that he will be re-releasing his trio of 2011 Weeknd mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence), mixed and mastered, as Trilogy with the backing of Universal Republic on November 13th. Additionally, he says he’s back in the studio working on bonus tracks — “New music for my fans” — for his major label debut. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Two Door Cinema Club Earn Their Credentials With A Swelling Cover Of The Jurassic Park Theme Song

You Oughta Know Artists past Two Door Cinema Club dug deep into their musical pasts this week during a session with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for two unexpected covers: Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” and the epic Jurassic Park theme song. “I spent my teenage years learning all of Metallica’s songs,” Alex Trimble said, realizing only after admitting that his “guitar skills came from Metallica” what he had gotten himself into. At the urging of Lowe, Trimble recalls the shredding “Enter Sandman” guitar riff and the rest of the band joins him in a little heavy metal jam. Eventually Lowe jumps in on the vocals, but because he sounds not bad but also not exactly like James Hatfield, they opt to cut things short and cover the Jurassic Park theme song instead.



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Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body” Is Made For Hot Sweaty Dancing

Christina Aguilera "Your Body"

“Your Body” is Christina Aguilera‘s new electronic-pop dance single from her upcoming seventh album Lotus. If the The Voice judge was going for a track suited for club speakers and late night feel good dancing then she nailed it. The up-tempo drum beat coupled with her belting vocals makes for a fun enough party song. At the same time it’s sultry with the “tonight’s your lucky night, I know you want it” chorus. Problem is–it sounds like any other electronic dance music (EDM) song. There isn’t any unique quality–not even Christina’s amazing vocals–that differentiate this song from an Usher or Pitbull or any other of the slews of artists making EDM tunes. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Frank Ocean Saves It All For The Show In New Saturday Night Live Promo

You might say that Frank Ocean is playing it extra-cool in the promo video for his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Life. Fred Armisen and host Seth MacFarlane play nice together in the video, dueling their various funny voices and making small talk. As for Ocean, he whiles away the short promo, scratching his chin, nodding his head a few times — in agreement or to keep awake? — and rolling his eyes at the Family Guy creator. His only line? “Not cool, Seth.” Arriving on the scene as the sweet singing elder (though hardly old) member of the wily rap crew Odd Future, Ocean has always struck us as a many of few but poignant words, and so we have to assume that he really meant something by each of those three words. We’ll just have to tune in to Ocean’s “bro”-ified SNL debut tomorrow to find out what.

Watch Frank Ocean Keep His Mouth Shut in New SNL Promos [Vulture]

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by (@zaragolden)

Green Day Rock Kick Things Into High Gear On Good Morning America

¡Uno!‘s arrival is just two weeks out, and Green Day have kicked things into high gear, dropping videos and performing new material in order to build anticipation before then. Bright and early this morning they played on the roof of Good Morning America, high above Times Square, for a crowd that began gathering late last night. Their four song set included some new (“Oh Love” and “Stay The Night”), some classic (“Holiday” and “Basket Case”), at least one “FREE PUSSY RIOT” cry and a lovely moment during the last act of “Oh Love” where Billie Joe Armstrong’s yell-singing turned sing-songy for a few notes. Check out their performances below, and look for ¡Uno! on September 25th.

“Oh Love”

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Ciara Sheds Real Tears In “Sorry”

Exhale. Breathe. And even dance. Ciara‘s back with the R&B/hip-hop enthused “Sorry” from her forthcoming One Woman Army. Cici’s hardcore fans have long awaited for a song like “Sorry” from her–that mix between “Promise” and “And I.” Directed by Christopher Sims the visual to the single is as authentic as the song. Simple concept, yet relatable. Ciara’s still in love and wants him to know, “All you had to do is say that I’m sorry.” Emotions from confusion to sadness  are expressed by both the male model (who is fine!) and Ciara. Any video of Ciara’s wouldn’t be complete without dance moves from one of the best trained dancers in music. The choreographed steps may not make you press replay like the ones in “Ride” or “Promise” so you could learn all the dance moves, but the infectious song certainly will. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Behind The Song: Train Say “Drops Of Jupiter” Was “The Spark That Got Us Global”

VH1’s Behind The Music kicks off a new season of storytelling this Sunday with Behind The Music: Train, and for this 15th Anniversary round we hope to do you even better by taking you Behind The Song, as well. Posted as an online exclusive ahead of each full episode, Behind The Song will dig deep into the story behind the celebrated artist’s biggest hit or most monumental song. First up, we have Behind The Song: Train’s “Drops of Jupiter,” the song that “was the spark that got us global.”

Deep into recording their sophomore album and still without a single, Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan was struck by a dream about his late mother. “She was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair,” says Monahan, who woke up with the “back in the atmosphere” line running through his head and the single that would launch Train to multi-platinum status well in the works. From his bed to the studio, the song picked up that “bounce, more of a potentially pop radio sound,” Monahan says, and before they knew it, Train was picking up Grammys (“We were nominated for a Grammy. A few Grammys. Like, five.”) and performing in front of the likes of Bono. “’Drops of Jupiter’ was definitely a gift,” Monahan says.

Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Train premieres on Sunday, September 16 at 9/8c on VH1. Read more…