EXCLUSIVE LISTEN: Rihanna Adds A$AP Rocky To “Cockiness (Love It)” Remix

Rihanna's "Cockiness (Love It)" Remix Ft. A$AP Rocky

The countdown is in full effect for Thursday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. And one of our favorite good girls gone bad is performing at this year’s extravaganza.The past couple of months has consisted of Rihanna vacationing in Cannes, France and chatting with Oprah in her home island of Barbados. As she gears up for her big VMA performance, Riri is treating us to a new exclusive single “Cockiness (Love It)” featuring A$AP Rocky. Harlem newcomer opens the catchy song that we’ve come to love for its bridge and hook with a vibrant verse proving why he’s a rapper on the ultimate come up. “I’m wearing fox fur/rocking Oxfords/eating oxtails/sipping Cockspur,” he raps. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a track together is everything that is right with pop and hip-hop! Listen to the full track at The song will be available on iTunes after the VMAs on Thursday.

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PSY Scooped Up By Justin Bieber’s Manager And Set To Make His VMA Debut

PSY signs to Scooter Brauns Record Label

It was just last month we reported on who PSY is and why his “Gangnam Style” video had 23 million views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. One viral hit, over 100 million views later and the South Korean singer/rapper has signed with Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic. Braun manages Justin Bieber and also signed Carly Rae Jepsen to his label. PSY uploaded his big announcement on Monday showing both Braun and PSY chatting about making history. “And we’ve come to an agreement to make some history together,” said Braun. “[To] be the first Korean artist to break a big record in the United States.” To celebrate the moment the two cheers with South Korean alcohol soju in hand, to which Braun says tastes like rubbing alcohol. “One of two things are going to happen here. Either we’re going to have a great successful career, or I’m going to throw up and the whole thing’s over.” How’s that for a toast? Read more…


Azealia Banks Goes Retro In “1991” By Channeling Madonna And Aaliyah

Visually Azealia Banks owns the vogue and vintage look and feel in her videos. It’d be easy to mistake her for a high fashion model opposed to the Harlem bred speedy tongued rapper she is. Directed by Justin Mitchell “1991” brings, well, 1991 back in style. A black pants suit has rarely looked as glamorous as it does against a white backdrop or in a blue room studio or behind a raindrop covered glass. Her aggressive lyrics directly contrast with the smooth house electronic instrumentation, which is what makes the song sound heavenly. Read more…


Nicki Minaj Is A Republican Voting For Mitt Romney Because Of ‘You Lazy B*tches’

Nicki Minaj Voting For Mitt Romney

Lil Wayne‘s long awaited Dedication 4 finally dropped on Labor Day. And in the world of immediacy (thanks to the ‘net), his female megastar protégé was quickly all the buzz shortly after the mixtape dropped. Nicki Minaj and Wayne teamed up for their version of “Mercy” for the fourth installment of the Dedication series. Nicki opens the song similarly to Big Sean‘s verse on the original. She switches up the speed and tone of her verse a few times, but rips it nonetheless. What catches everyone’s attention is her declaring, “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b— is f—— up the economy.” In typical Minaj fashion you must expect the unexpected. Read more…

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Ed Sheeran Wants To Take You On Tour As VH1’s September Posted Artist

Posted is back again, this time with Ed Sheeran, the young singer-songwriter from England we came to love when he was featured as our You Oughta Know artist last May. And we are excited to get to know even better yet this month, through photos and tweets and stories about his life on the road, as shared exclusively with us by Sheeran himself.

Sheeran has bucked the “doof doof” trend that has swept the music world as late, and instead found international success with his guitar and introspection. Blending heartfelt vocals and folk, and occasional a hip-hop inflected hook or two, he’s ranked a No. 1 album in the UK already and he’s also found time to help write cute British boy band du jour One Direction‘s much anticipated album, as well as with Taylor Swift for her new album — and as we know, Taylor won’t share credits with just anyone. Sheeran is about to embark on a headlining tour of North America, and we eagerly anticipate what he’ll have to show us from his time out! Read more…

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Will Rihanna And Chris Brown Perform Together At The VMAs? The Rumors Are Never True

Will Rihanna and Chris Brown perform together at the MTV Video Music Awards next week? According to Media Take Out, Rihanna has “demanded” that Chris Brown be allowed to join her onstage at the show as a surprise guest. As per their report:

Artists usually have to submit their performances FOR APPROVAL by producers within two weeks of the show. And we’re told that Rih demanded to have CHRIS BROWN perform with her.

A person working with the VMAs told, “[The producers] like the ratings that [a Chris-Rihanna duel] would bring, but there could be some backlash too . . . There isn’t much choice since Rihanna is insisting that he perform with her.”

Let’s take this with an ocean’s worth of salt, because sometimes MediaTakeOut’s sources get things wrong; and also, let’s note that there is no way of knowing from just this that said demands submitted for approval were actually approved. Read more…

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Check Out The Haunting Cover Of Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

The word on Aaliyah‘s posthumous album keeps changing. Drake‘s producing it — he’s got her face tatted on his back and everything, so you know it’s real. But shouldn’t Timbaland and Missy or someone who was there the first time have a say in it? But, oh wait, Drake’s got a new song and it features unheard Aaliyah vocals. No, not a Drake song, it’s a new Aaliyah song. The family won’t let that happen. Or maybe they will?

On Wednesday night, a man claiming to be Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and the CEO of Blackground records, tweeted a picture of what could be the album’s cover with a message that said: “Aaliyah 16 unreleased tracks 2013 stay tuned.” And then he kept tweeting it, to the attention of a slew of influential musicians and publications like Perez Hilton and Nicki Minaj and Complex, and with Drake and Noah ’40’ Shebib mentioned as producers. And so with the support of Aaliyah’s family (or, at least some of them, or someone claiming to be them) and Drake and 40 on board as producers, this album actually seems to be happening. Read more…

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Taylor Swift’s “Never Ever” And The 5 Best One-Shot Music Videos Of All-Time

“Fun fact,” tweeted Taylor Swift before last night’s premiere of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” proud to have you know that the wheEEEE-msical new video — which includes five costume changes, multiple dance parties, and a boyfriend very dismissed — was shot in one continuous and unedited shot. And as she should be, as the latest to pull-off the one-shot feat.

A particular fixture of the 90s, this sort of one-shot music video was popularized by Michel Gondry, and includes classics like Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” and Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song).” But the one-shot seems to have fallen out of favor as late, computers generally being the video-director’s preferred trick. It’s nice to see reviving this old one. And so, in celebration of Taylor’s entry into the One-Shot Club, let’s take a look back at five other important one-shot videos:

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“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Premiere: The Anatomy Of A Taylor Swift Break-Up

Here we have the new video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and in it we get to watch Taylor Swift actually break up with someone for once. The dismissed dude here is an indie-loving Adam Levine look-a-like, who Taylor tells us told her — extra emphasis on the air quotes — “needed space” before he changed his mind and came running back. But you know what? Grammy Awards, sold out tours, and quadruple-platinum albums and records broken — Taylor’s got a pair of cat pajamas calling her name and a really fun looking woodland creature dance party to attend to. “We are never, ever ever getting back together.”

The video takes us deep into Taylor’s post break-up life and shows off her crocheted home (which maybe isn’t so different than her lovely lacy real-life home). And shot it one-take, 5 costume changes and all, it really puts an emphasis on the “weEEEE.” Post-split Taylor is fun. Read more…