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Summer Jams: Lacey Seidman Picks Three Of Her Fave “Song of the Summer” Candidates

Music is the best backdrop to our life experiences, and with the Summer solstice now a week or so behind us, it’s time to finalize those party/road-trip/gym playlists and ease into the season that puts sun on our skin and BBQ on our plates. I’m putting my money on the songs below to make it to the winner’s circle this year, but it’s still early, and only in time will the victors be revealed.

NOMINATION: Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
EXPLANATION: If you don’t act a little bit foolish when this song comes on, I don’t think we can be friends. Kicking-off the G.O.O.D Music relay race, Big Sean hits his verbal stride first, and whether it’s his wordplay, Pusha T’s unique emphasis while using the word “ho,” Kanye’s obligatory “molly” reference, or 2 Chainz’ phenomenal lead-off grunt, this track has something special for everyone. Not only will we hear “Mercy” blasting out of car and house party windows all summer long, but it puts a stake in the ground for Kanye’s squad as they prep for their unified Cruel Summer project, allegedly coming soon.

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“I Wish You Would” Doubt DJ Khaled’s Power To Put Kanye West And Rick Ross On A Track Together

DJ Khaled ft. Kanye west and rick ross

DJ Khaled is the guy that puts a slew of rappers on one track that usually becomes some sort of anthem. Doing so has made Khaled one of the most known hip-hop DJs in the game. This time he’s putting out his own album, Kiss the Ring, and for his second single “I Wish You Would” he’s enlisted Kanye West and Rick Ross, the heads of G.O.O.D. Music and Maybach Music respectively. One may wonder how this is Khaled’s song when it’s produced by Hit-Boy with lyrics taken care of by Ross and West. It’s simply Khaled’s because he is the one responsible for making the track happen. Read more…

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Nicki Proved Her Point To Hot 97 Summer Jam But Still Has Love For Them

Nicki Minaj Says There No Beef With Hot 97

Deep down Nicki Minaj has a forgiving heart. Her boss may have put a stop to her Summer Jam performance, she may not have liked DJ Peter Rosenberg’s comment about “Starships” and she definitely had it out with Funkmaster Flex on the radio, but the rapper says there’s no hard feelings. Over in the UK Minaj talked to UK DJ and personality Tim Westwood who asked her about the whole Summer Jam kerfuffle. Minaj tells Westwood they wanted to prove their point and Young Money is done with it. “I feel like it happened and there is no animosity, I still love them over there at the station. They’ve helped me a lot as well,” Minaj told Westwood. “It’s not like we’re walking around being angry, we just wanted to prove that one point and that was that.” Read more…

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Mary J. Blige Wanted To ‘Crawl Under The Bed’ Behind The Backlash Of Her Burger King Commercial

Mary J. Blige Does Interview With Hot 97 About BK Backlash

Burger King learned the hard way that having the Queen of R&B sing about a chicken rap leads to backlash from the public. Unfortunately, Mary J. Blige also heard the outcry loud and clear. During the whole Chickengate fiasco MJB remained relatively quiet, except the statement claiming BK released an unfinished version of the commercial, which she said wasn’t anything like the idea the franchise restaurant pitched to her. MJB visited Hot 97 to discuss the commercial for the first time since the incident. Mary J. Blige says her feelings were hurt by the backlash and by the so-called friends who also had negative things to say. Read more…

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Aerosmith Push Album Release Back To November, But Might Rock Your Summer Anyways

Aerosmith's New Album Gets Delayed

After more than a decade, can you make it a few more months? Calling into Cleveland radio station 100.7 WMMS, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler explained that “too many people are are releasing those weeks, and we don’t want to step on their release dates.” And thusly — so as not to dwarf the competition, of course — the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have pushed the release of their forthcoming Music From Another Dimension back from August 28th to November 6th. “We said, ‘You know what, we got the goods, ain’t no doubt about [it], we’ll wait a couple months.”

Music From Another Dimension will be Aerosmith’s first full album since 2001’s Just Push Play, and we believe that it has potential to be a true return-to-form. “We accomplished what we set out out to do, which was write some stuff so we could represent who we were in the old days,” Tyler told WMMS. “After all these years, you can become something other than you started out to be — and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing — but we kinda love our rock.” Read more…

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OMA Report: The Flaming Lips Perform With Karmin, Get Tied Up By Grace Potter

The O Music Awards are full speed along and, 15 hours in, everyone still seems to be having fun! Don’t believe me? Tune in now: the team is currently in Biloxi, Mississippi, poolside with a bunch of bikini clad girls and the Neon Trees, waiting for the Flaming Lips to set up for their sixth performance. Just nine hours, two cities, three more shows, and the record is theirs!

The Lips and friends seem, so far, to be having a blast. After kicking things off with a performance of their own (Show #1) and before bouncing from Memphis to city two, Wayne Coyne dropped in on Sun Studio where Karmin performed a stripped down version of their “Brokenhearted.” Unlike the host, he did not know all the words, but the huge grin on his face suggests that he will soon enough. (Watch the video above.)

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Lupe Uses Cartoon Characters For Subliminal Message In “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”

Cruising in a white Lamborghini with too-many-to-count diamond encrusted chains around his neck is not what you’ve come to expect in a Lupe Fiasco video. Unless, of course, he’s making a larger point. For “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” from Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, Lupe takes it to the streets of Chicago. With creepy glowing eyes he gives dap to the guys on the block. If the possessed glowy eyes were any indication of the surprises to come we should have expected to see him sitting on a porch rapping next to cartoon characters, one that happens to roll a joint, while two others shoot dice. Oh yeah, and another drinks a 40. Read more…

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It’s Time To “Celebrate” In Jordin Sparks And Whitney Houston Video

Whitney Houston may be missing from the “Celebrate” video, the last song she ever recorded, but her presence is felt. Jordin Sparks and Houston collaborated on “Celebrate” for their upcoming remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Since Houston couldn’t appear in the video as originally planned, Sparks and her Sparkle co-stars turn “Celebrate” into a tribute to the one and only Whitney Houston. One can easily catch themselves snapping to the catchy upbeat tune. The dancing and laughing shown in video makes one want to have a celebration of their own. Whitney may not be present physically, but scenes from Sparkle show her just the way we’d like to remember her–happy! Read more…

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R.Kelly Cancels Book Launch Due To Health Emergency

R.Kelly Cancels Book Launch Event Because of health emergency

Its been a while since we’ve heard so much buzz surrounding R. Kelly’s career. Due to a “health emergency” Kelly canceled his book launch event scheduled for Wednesday night in NYC. His autobiography Soulacoaster debuts around the same time as his 11th studio album Write Me Back. Along with canceling the book launch event the Jimmy Fallon appearance and NBC’s Today Show performance were cancelled as well. According to TMZ, the Pied Piper’s reps said, “Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.” No indication was given as to how long Kelly would be out of commission for his illness, but we’re sure he, more than anyone, wants to get back to work. His new album has been received fairly well by music critics calling it one of his better efforts in a long time. Professionally his illness couldn’t have come at a worse time, but there’s never a time better than the present to take care of one’s health. Read more…

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Muse’s “Survival” Named The Theme Song For The 2012 Summer Olympics

And the winner of the Official Song of the 2012 London Olympics is … British prog-rock trio Muse! Their new song, “Survivor,” will be played during sports sessions, as athletes enter stadiums, and before medal ceremonies. So, basically, all the time. They won’t get a medal for this big score, but they can rest assured that you, Olympic viewers, will have their song stuck on loop in your head between the opening ceremony on July 27th and the closing ceremony on August 12th.

According to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, the song was written with the games in mind and is intended to “express a sense of conviction and determination to win.” It was scheduled to make its official radio debut tonight on BBC Radio tonight, but Warner Bros released the song on their official Soundcloud page today. Muse is also set to release their next album, The 2nd Law, in September. You can check out the dramatic preview for that album here.

Elsewhere, a list of songs Danny Boyle plans to use in the opening ceremony has leaked and it includes everything from Adele to Tinie Tempah to the Sex Pistols‘ anti-monarchist song “God Save the Queen.” A bit of punk, a bit of prog — let the games begin!

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