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Azealia Banks Has The ‘Good-Good, Yum-Yum’ In “Van Vogue”

Conversation around the Harlem bred rhyme spitter usually revolves around the controversy–mainly Twitter beefs. Lately Azealia Banks is working overtime to put the focus back in the music where it belongs. “Van Vogue” is a fetch video exemplifying why a new artist like herself has already garnered the attention of designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander Wang. In front of a black backdrop Banks prances around spitting lyrics. At one point she’s floating in the water before voguing with black studded lipstick. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Armless Fan Performs With The Goo Goo Dolls, Inspires Us All

How is this for Tuesday at lunchtime inspiration?

Meet 18-year-old George Dennehy. Dennehy plays a mean guitar, but he plays it with his feet because he was born without either arm. Last month, he affection when he uploaded this video of his impressive cover of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” to YouTube with hopes that it might “inspire people that they can do whatever they want when their mind is set to the task.” The video went viral, earning the affections of the internet and then the attention of the Dolls themselves, who subsequently invited Dennehy to join  them onstage at Musikfest in Pennsylvania. As you can see in the above video, he killed it. “I think he knows it better than we do,” joked drummer Mike Malinin after the show.

What’s up next for Dennehy? According to his Facebook page, he’s headed to Romania — where he was born and adopted from — to perform on a television show and to meed his biological family. The mind is indeed a powerful thing.

The Goo Goo Dolls Invite Internet-Famous Armless Fan on Stage to Perform Favorite Song [Gawker]
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DJ Khaled, Kanye West And Rick Ross Shake Things Up In “I Wish You Would” With A Cameo From Kim Kardashian

Warning: Not only is DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Rick Ross‘ video NSFW, but it may cause a serious headache. Apparently Kanye West didn’t learn from the controversy over the “All of the Lights” video potentially causing seizures. In “I Wish You Would,” which includes a prelude to Kanye’s “Way Too Cold,” things get a little shaky. Literally. Dressed in all black standing in a tunnel the screen shakes the entire time. We weren’t speaking in jest about the possibility of having a headache immediately after watching. Outside of the product placement for Puffy‘s Ciroc, the Hype Williams directed video includes nothing other than the earthquake-like rattling. Oh, and Kim Kardashian makes a brief appearance when her beau raps, “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim.” Watch at your own risk. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Everything You Need To Know: Taylor Swift Announced Her New Album And Debuted A New Single Last Night

Oh, Taylor Swift – she never changes, she only gets better at doing her. Last night the pop-country darling held a fireside chat, live in Nashville and worldwide via YouTube, to talk about her much anticipated Speak Now follow-up and to preview her new single. “I have wanted to tell you so many things for so long, so I figured I’d just tell you them all, right now,” she gushed, before spilling the good news and answering questions from fans. Here is what we now know: Read more…

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Lil’ Kim Shouts Out Mob Wives “Homegirl” Drita D’Avanzo On New Verse

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From rapping on stage with Lil Kim at the “Return of the Queen” tour to getting shout outs in a Kim verse, Mob WivesDrita D’Avanzo’s street cred extends from the mob life to hip-hop. On Fred The Godson‘s “Tell Em I Go” Kim takes us back the 90s with a similar style resembling the 16 bars she’d delivered in her prime. “If Frank was alive he probably have me on Mob Wives/next to my homegirl Drita/getting f—- up at the bar with some Margaritas,” the Queen Bee raps. Back in May the love fest between Kim and Drita was apparent at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx when Drita surprised everyone and rapped Kim’s whole verse from “It’s All About the Benjamins.” And the crowd went bananas! Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Tuned In: Norah Jones Says “Goodbye” On Leno

Jay Leno was in good company last night on his Tonight Show, with First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas on as guests, and then the always lovely Norah Jones to play “Say Goodbye” as FLOTUS flitted away. The stage was warm lit like a swanky retro lounge, and the slinky Little Broken Hearts cut went down like a night cap. “It’s all right, it’s okay, I don’t need you anyways,” she sasses over the woozy guitar line. We like this new Norah.

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First Aid Kit Perform A Gorgeous Rendition Of “Emmylou” For MTV Hive

We’ve already gone on record stating our unequivocal love for First Aid Kit‘s song “Emmylou,” a song that first came to our attention via The League star Katie Aselton, and a track that we described as evoking “a particularly warm sense of romance and nostalgia with its references to timeless American musical couples, along with the most exquisite harmonizing that we’ve heard in some time.” So when saw that sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg (age 21 and 18, respectively) met up with our friends over at MTV Hive for a First Take session, we squealed with delight.

Above, we have a gorgeous acoustic rendition of “Emmylou” for you (interspersed with a revealing interview), but if you’d like to see more from First Aid Kit, be sure to head over to MTV Hive for their full First Take session.

First Aid Kit Perform a Sparse “Emmylou” for ‘First Take’ [MTV Hive]
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That Metal Debate: Top 5 Bass Riffs Of All-Time

We kicked off the season premiere of That Metal Show this weekend with Russell Allen and Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, along with David Draiman of Disturbed fame, and rocked out with TMS veteran Mike Portnoy on drums.

In the Season 11 premiere episode, we debated the Top 5 Bass Riffs (not players) with signature lines in songs. You know, when you heard the first few seconds of a song and immediately start banging your head because you know exactly how to play it on air guitar bass and you immediately get excited cause it’s your favorite song or cause it just rocks that hard? Yeah, that.

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by (@zaragolden)

Gotye Makes The Gotye Mashup To End All Gotye Mashups

You might think that “Somebody That I Used To Know” is just a song that Gotye used to know. That at this point it has been surrounded on all sides by cover after parody after mash-up after cover, that it is but a thing of the internet, that it has taken on a life all its own. But Gotye has been watching all the while, and today he presents this most comprehensive super-cut of the internet’s worth of “Somebodies” into one great mobius strip of “Used To Knows.”

On his website, he writes of the project: “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of  Somebody That I Used To Know seeming taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.” And, like the good internet citizen that he is, he links to each of the videos he used. So maybe he missed a few! But who’s to blame him for wanting to reclaim what was his, and for doing it so thoughtfully, too. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

2 Chainz And Nicki Minaj Spend Their Spoils On Dem Strippers They Luv

2 Chainz Boost Mobile is chirpin’, his amiga Nicki Minaj‘s calling, and where else would be meeting if not at the strip club. The new Benny Boom directed clip for Chainz’s ode to the ladies “I Love Dem Strippers” returns the two to their “Beez in the Trap” strip club haunts, where they settle in with piles of cash, bottles of Birdman‘s GTV vodka and bunches of strippers. It’s an equal opportunity gentlemen’s club, and “crowned queen” Nicki fits right in because she’s got spoils to spend. “I ain’t lookin’ for the prom king,” she snarls, as she takes over the video in the second half.

Be warned, though: it’s not the artists billed on this song that get the real shine here, it’s the beloved Dem Strippers that really steal the show. So if you’re at work, check out our PG screen shots below and save the rest for when you get home. Read more…