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100 Greatest Artists Panel Talks Michael Jackson

As if Michael Jackson hasn’t been celebrated enough (his birthday yesterday was treated like a minor national holiday — why don’t I have off today?!?), the video above contains some more kind words for the King of Pop. A teaser for next week’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time countdown on VH1, the clip above features the likes of Chamillionaire, Jay Sean, Andrew WK, Temper Trap, and producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart waxing nostalgic on MJ. Last week, we announced that Michael will place in the Top 5 of our 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. You can find out his exact position (and what it all means!) by watching the countdown, which begins next week at 10/9c on VH1.

Check out more preview clips of the countdown at its video page.

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Video Premiere: Taylor Swift’s “Mine”

It’s finally here! After showing you a :30 sneak one week ago and taking you behind the scenes yesterday, we’re excited to debut the first music video from Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Mine.” Whereas most of the songs on her last album had a distinctly autobiographical feel, this single shows Taylor extending her storytelling prowess to the third person.

This glossy pop number tells the (not always sunshine-y!) story of how romance changed a “careless man’s careful daughter” into a “rebel”; unlike some of her breezy teenage tales from the past, this song has the narrator singing about fights at 2:30 in the morning and stressing out about “paying the bills.” We’re excited to see Taylor stretching her creative muscles and taking her music in a slightly new direction (lyrically if not sonically), all the while ensuring not to offend her base (as you might expect, the song ends with true love conquering all).

So, what did you think of the song and the video? Be sure and let us know in the comments below! Oh, and when you do, don’t forget to check out the new behind-the-scenes clip of the video shoot that we’ve posted below.

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Fantasia Performs “Free Yourself” Live At VH1

Everyone knows that it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Fantasia. But, as anyone who has ever followed showbiz understands, “The show must go on!” Fantasia, the trouper that she is, popped by our offices here in the heart of Times Square on Monday and performed a few dazzling numbers for us as part of our Live At VH1 series. And, being the good people that we are, we’d love to share them with you!

Today, we’ve got a great performance of the title track from her 2004 debut album, Free Yourself. We’ll have some more cuts for you from this intimate performance here at VH1 next week. Oh, and don’t forget that her new album, Back To Me, came out on Tuesday! Enjoy.

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Go Behind The Scenes Of “Mine” With Taylor Swift

Last week, we brought you a :30 sneak peek of Taylor Swift’s new video, “Mine.” And with the official debut of the video right around the corner — remember, it will premiere online tomorrow night, August 27, at 8:30pm! — we thought you’d be excited to see this behind the scenes clip of Taylor discussing what it was like to shoot this video on location in Portland and Kennebunkport, Maine. As one excited onlooker described, “It’s the biggest thing to happen [to Kennebunkport residents] since George Bush.” Well, having seen the whole video ourselves, we can say with a great deal of confidence that Taylor’s new video will certainly end up being more popular than the controversial president!

Also, we added two new pictures to our photo gallery of the “Mine” video shoot. Check them out below.

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Linkin Park Is Bringing Heavy Back With “The Catalyst”

For better or worse, most of the songs that have topped the pop charts during the Obama presidency have been of the light, fluffy variety (think “I Gotta Feeling,” think “Single Ladies,” think “California Gurls”). However, if you’ve been craving a return to Bush-era heaviness on the radio, look no further than Linkin Park’s new video for “The Catalyst,” the first single off their upcoming A Thousand Suns LP. We showed you a :30 sneak earlier this week, but now we’ve got the whole, mega-intense 4 minute and 42 second clip for you to watch above!

In it, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and the rest of the boys in Linkin Park warn that “We’re broken people living under loaded gun” and that “We’re oceans bleeding to the sky” against a backdrop of violent floods, ominous smoke-filled rooms and crumbling cities. So much for “Yes We Can”, right?

So, do you think that it’s high time that nu metal jams like these returned to the top of the charts, or do you prefer your music to be catchy and carefree? Either way, be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown this and every weekend to find out what music videos are ruling the roost.

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Who Will Come Out On Top Of VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time?

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Starting Monday, September 6 with back-to-back episodes at 10/9c and 11/10c, VH1 will count down its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (the five-part countdown will continue every day at 10/9c through Thursday, Sept. 10). VH1 has revealed the Top 5 (although their specific ranking will remain a secret until the final show airs). In alphabetical order, they are:

The Beatles
Bob Dylan
Michael Jackson
Led Zeppelin
Rolling Stones

Below, check out the actual rankings of the other 95 artists on the list, and make sure you tune in Monday, September 6 for expert commentary from artists on the list, artists not on the list, writers, critics and comedians alike…

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VH1 Storytellers: T.I. – Coming In December

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The next installment in VH1′s play-and-tell concert series Storytellers will focus on none other than the King of the South T.I. and premiere on air Friday, Dec. 10 at 11/10c. Details on the show, which taped last night in New York, are in the press release below.

T.I, the proclaimed ?King of the South,? got personal last night during VH1?s Storytellers taping saying, ?Even when I lose faith in myself there is something in me that speaks through and says I am not finished yet? as he hit the stage of New York City?s Hammerstein Ballroom and kept the capacity crowd on their feet the whole night as he blazed through a set of career hits. This exclusive performance, VH1 Storytellers: T.I. will premiere on Friday, December 10th at 11:00 PM*.

Between songs, T.I. opened up with candid stories about his redemption from the life of a drug dealer to the rap superstar he is today. He also entertained questions from the audience on topics ranging from his time in prison to his future aspirations as a musician and actor.

Fans were treated to never-before-performed-live songs ?Still Ain?t Forgave Myself? and the highly personal ?I Still Luv You? which he revealed chronicles his pain over the death of his father and the love of his children despite becoming a father at a young age. T.I. explained that this was the right time, right stage and the right crowd to unleash these hit songs in a live performance.

The hour-long VH1 Storytellers episode will also feature T.I. performing a selection of his biggest hits such as ?Rubber Band Man,? ?Bring Em Out? and ?Live Your Life.?? For viewers at home, they?ll gain a unique opportunity to hear T.I. share his stories and the inspirations behind each song.

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Sneak Peek: Linkin Park’s “Catalyst” For A Comeback

Last week, we gave you a taste of what Linkin Park’s video for “The Catalyst” would look like by way of a few still photos (which, if you missed them, are also included below). Now, in advance of the video debut of their first single off their forthcoming A Thousand Suns LP on Thursday at midnight, we’ve got a thirty(ish) second sneak peek of this super intense video for all of you Linkin Park fans out there. We’re still trying to figure out the concept for the video, but we now know that our prediction that it would be a tribute to Gotcha! was off the mark. Instead of a lighthearted romp featuring a friendly game of paintball, this clip shows Chester and the boys passionately trying to communicate to a hoard of hoodie-clad teens while surrounded by scary-looking dudes in gas masks. While we’re still not quite sure what’s going on here, we know one thing for certain — “California Gurls” this ain’t!

Also! Don’t forget to tune in to the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to see what Linkin Park’s new video looks like on something larger than your computer monitor!

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Sneak Peek Taylor Swift’s “Mine”

The last time we sneak peeked a Taylor Swift video, it was for “The Best Day,” a warm and fuzzy song about her relationship with her mom. Now it’s for “Mine,” a warm and fuzzy song about a boy — a boy who “made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.”

Like “The Best Day,” this video cycles through images that highlight the relationship. But an engagement ring is the most important prop here, not baby toys. Yep, country’s brightest little star is all grown up.

The single “Mine” is from Taylor’s new album, Speak Now, to be released October 25. Check back Friday, Aug.25, at 8:30PM EST to watch the video’s full world premiere.

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Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Natasha Bedingfield, Reese Witherspoon Stand Up To Cancer

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Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder and Natasha Bedingfield will be among those participating in a musical collaboration set to air during the previously announced Stand Up to Cancer fund-raising event, which is set to air on VH1 (among many stations) on Sept. 10 at 8/7c. Additionally, celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen and Christina Applegate will be participating in the event. Current talent lineup and more details are in the press release below…

An extraordinary line-up of actors, musicians, athletes and journalists have banded together for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the groundbreaking initiative aimed at raising funds to accelerate innovative cancer research bringing new therapies to patients quickly that will saves lives now. Stand Up To Cancer will return to primetime TV on September 10, 2010, at 8PM EST & PST / 7PM CT. The one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One, and VH1.

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