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Kris Allen Teams Up With The VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Arkansas native Kris Allen went from being a virtually unknown musician to a household name in the span of just four short months back in 2009 when he won the eighth season of American Idol. Despite selling over 1.7 million copies of his chart-topping single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen has managed to stay incredibly humble and down to earth, as evidenced by his participation in Starburst’s Music With The Masters series. Recently, he spent the day at hanging out with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles, where he performed a show in that school’s auditorium that benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. In addition to his biggest hit to date, “Live Like You’re Dying,” he performed “The Vision Of Love,” the first single off his new album, Thank You Camellia, which will be released later this month.

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show‘s Top 5 Black Sabbath Riffs

This week on That Metal Show, we welcomed The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. We rocked out with TMS alum Frank Hannon, who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. We also asked Tom Morello to stop by our TMS Top 5 segment and help us come up with the Top 5 Black Sabbath riffs of all time.

Over the past 40 years, the legendary Tony Iommi has given us such a magnitude of amazing riffs that it’s nearly impossible to cut the list down to a mere five. How do you choose from the iconic “Heaven and Hell” riff (which fans sing along to in stadiums), the punishingly heavy, haunting riff of “Black Sabbath,” and the “Iron Man” riff, which is arguably the most recognizable of all time? After much debate, the boys were able to narrow down the TMS TOP 5 Sabbath Riffs. Here’s what they came up with: Read more…

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Jay-Z To Curate And Headline Philadelphia’s “Made In America” Festival

No one but Jay-Z can host a press conference with the mayor of a major city standing next to Freeway and have people in the audience yelling, “Hova, Hova, Hova.” Today, the Brooklyn bred rapper, introduced by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, announced in a press conference that he would not only headline Budweiser’s “Made In America” two day concert in Philadelphia, but that he’s also curating the event.

As the curator, Jay-Z will select all of the musical acts, which puts the power in his own hands for presenting the type of show he’d want to see if he was an attendee. As someone who has been in the music industry for over 15 years and collaborated with artists that reach all across the spectrum, the choices are limitless. On September 1 and September 2, the festival will take place in Fairmount Park and will include other musical acts that haven’t been announced. Tight lipped as usual, Jay would only say that 70% of the musical guests have been confirmed. According to the New York Times, the “concert will assemble an eclectic lineup of rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance musicians, according to a news release from its organizers.” Read more…

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Nicki Minaj Gives The “Old Nicki” Hip-Hop Vibe At Wango Tango

Nicki Minaj smiling at Wango Tango

When Nicki Minaj performs one never knows whether to expect Roman, Martha, just Nicki or all three. Usually all three make an appearance at some point, which makes for a thrilling and versatile set. Over the weekend Minaj performed at Wango Tango, the 15th annual all-day concert hosted by LA’s KIIS FM. A white long tutu clad Minaj performed “Did It On ‘Em,” “Beez In The Trap,” “Right By My Side,” “Roman’s Holiday” and a remix of Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$).” So far this year Minaj’s performances have been somewhat of a doozy. Remember the creepy exorcism at the GRAMMY awards? Well, for this performance Minaj channeled Roman, but also brought the element of hip-hop that we’d love to see more of. Read more…

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Happy Mother’s Day From VH1! (Spotify Playlist)

Happy Mother's Day From VH1

We here at VH1 are strong believers that mothers are worthy of appreciation 365 days a year. That said, this Sunday is the official day we honor those special women in our lives. Seeing as how music has always been expressive and a reflection of the artist’s own life, it only makes sense that everyone from Tupac to Taylor Swift have created songs expressing their love for the woman that brought them into the world. Those songs cover the entire spectrum, from light and fun to heartfelt and emotional. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs dedicated to moms. Since we don’t sing or rap, we’re leaving it to those that do to honor all the mamas. Happy Mother’s Day!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FROM VH1

1. “Dear Mama”- Tupac
Tupac’s ode to his mother Afeni Shakur has to be one of the most touching and well known dedication songs in music.

2. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood
In this guitar heavy country song, Underwood reassures her mom that her husband to be is a great man, and marrying him doesn’t mean her mom is losing her.

3. “Hey Mama”- Kanye West
“It don’t got to be Mother’s Day or your birthday for me to call and say, ‘Hey, mama.’” When Kanye made this fun track for his mother, we never imagined it’d be the very song he’d perform in her honor after her death. Counting our lucky stars that she was able to hear it before she passed.

4. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift probably has a lot of great days seeing as how she’s one of the biggest country singers and all. But spending quality time with her mom tops the list of best days she’s ever had.

5. “A Song For Mama” – Boyz II Men

When Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” played on the popular late 90s movie Soul Food, eyes welled with tears. Soulful voices singing lyrics that helms mothers as Queens would make any mama proud. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Is Serving Lyrical Fire In “Jumanji”

Azealia Banks' new song Jumanji

Buzz around upcoming Harlem rapper Azealia Banks is not overhyped considering she creates music like the new track “Jumanji” she dropped today. This is why the uber talented fire spitter doesn’t need beef on her climb to the top. Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook, “Jumanji” is enticing with its blaring horn and African drum sound. Frankly, the beat is bananas, and definitely nod your head worthy. And her riveting flow is speedy, aligning itself perfectly with the instrumentation. When she raps, “Don’t make me remove your kufi, I do it because it’s my duty,” you hear the hunger in her voice, that unrelenting passion and confidence in what she has to say. And we’re listening.

“Jumanji” is the first single from her Fantastic mixtape set to be released this summer. Banks’ debut album Broke With Expensive Taste has been pushed back for a potential fall release, but in the meantime she tweeted she will drop her LP “1991″ within the next month. As Banks slowly but surely gains more attention we hope she steps away from Twitter feuds and sticks to dropping bombs in the studio. Let the music speak for itself. Check out a few of our favorite lines from “Jumanji.”

“They want my photo and pictures inside of they candid cameras/flawless, critics and scandals/man handle savage I damge ya/Real b*** all day/Uptown Broadway

“Reefer and cabanas/all my vehicles handsome”

“These b*** and their banter/f*** is up w/they grammar/they never talking money/I can’t never understand ‘em.”

“All of my b**** bougie/designer vagina Gucci/These n**** all kind of groupies/they flying they trying to scoop me.”

Azelia Banks New Song Jumanji [Ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Tennis Player Serena Williams Is Ready For The Rap Game With New Track

Serena Williams Drops New Rap Song

When she’s not on the tennis court serving her opponents Serena Williams is in the studio pouring her aggression into rap songs. On the court she’s no nonsense so we can totally see her releasing her inner #THUGLIFE on wax. TMZ posted her new untitled song, and it’s actually not horrible. A few lines are cliched like her opening, “I ball hall hard, no tennis racket,” but she has flow. Then there’s the unexpected slick line that makes you giggle, “Schooling these rappers, they should pay tuition.” We see you Serena!

Hands down the funniest lyric is when she slightly channels her inner Nicki Minaj and raps, “I ain’t never been a loser. And I’m always on top. Roofer.” Oh, Serena. You’ve been listening to Nicki’s “Hang it up. Flatscreen” punchline, haven’t you? This isn’t the first time the tennis champ has laid down a couple of bars. Last year TMZ reported she had recorded a couple of tracks with B Major Music Group, which is owned by Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. With the right production and practice Serena may take the rap came by storm. When she adopts her new rap name (hmmm, maybe S-Dub) it’s officially rap city, rap rap city.

Serena Williams I’m Officially a RAPPER Check My New Song! [TMZ.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Jimi Hendrix Estate Is Not Cool With Andre 3000′s Planned Biopic

Jimi Hendrix Estate Not On Board with biopic

Just when we were getting excited about Andre 3000 rocking out in his new role as the late, great musician Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side, the Wall Street Journal reports there may be slight glitch that has the potential to halt the project. According to the report, the Hendrix family estate released a statement denying any involvement with the project. Experience Hendrix LLC is a family owned company that manages the late musician’s music and publishing. In the statement, Hendrix LLC says they have “made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”

There’s good news though! The CEO of the company, Janie Hendrix (Jimi’s sister), along with the board, isn’t opposed to being involved with a biopic, per the press release. “Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and the EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.” So, basically, All Is By My Side won’t have any original music by Hendrix since the estate wasn’t involved from jump. That is, unless the producers of All Is By My Side decide to pony up and pay some big bucks to the Hendrix clan. We hope the two sides can figure this out, because this is one movie that we cannot wait to see!

Jimi Hendrix Estate Comes Out Against Jimi Hendrix Biopic [WSJ.com]

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Sneak Peek: Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult on That Metal Show

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by TMS alums Frank Hannon (Tesla) and Michael Schenker (Eddie Trunk’s idol), as well as Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), who talked about Pearl Jam holding out on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame until another band gets it. Find out what band they’re holding out on and watch the entire episode online, here.

This week, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult stop by to discuss the band, their future, and their newest album, Choice of Weapon. Ian gets candid on his time playing with The Doors and how he almost played Jim Morrison in a movie. See Ian and Billy from The Cult as well as Doro Pesch (Warlock) on an all new episode of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…

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Chris Brown Disses Rihanna In Freestyle, Rihanna Unfollows Him On Twitter, He Unfollows Back

Chris Brown Disses Rihanna In Way Too Cold Fresstyle

As if Chriannagate wasn’t messy enough, last night Chris Brown released a freestyle over Kanye West’s “Way Too Cold (Theraflu)” that sounds like a diss toward his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Talk about a bad case of the ex. In the freestyle Brown raps, “Don’t f*ck with my old bitches/like a bad fur/every industry n*gga done had her/trick or treat like a pumpkin/just to smash her.” OUCH.

Per TMZ, Rihanna must have gotten wind of the diss track and responded by unfollowing him on Twitter promptly. She also Instagrammed a pink Tweegram that read, “Take that thumb out your butt.” Looks like Rihanna has finally had enough of Brown continually treating her like garbage.

In typical battle of the ex fashion, Brown also unfollowed Rihanna and eventually tweeted: Read more…