Video Premiere: Train, “Save Me, San Francisco”

The video for the fourth single and title track from Train‘s 2009 album Save Me, San Francisco starts with a red herring of a text message:

Before you think too hard about how illogical such a missive would be, remember: it’s just 21st century shorthand for “Here comes a parody of The Graduate!” Or, in other words, the perfect excuse for frontman Patrick Monahan to drive around San Francisco for three-and-change minutes. The band wants to show off their hometown, and who can blame them?

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Flavor Flav and Rick Springfield Arrested (Not at the Same Time)

TMZ is reporting that both Rick Springfield and Flavor Flav ran afoul of the law this weekend.

Flavor Flav was pulled over for a “routine traffic violation” on Friday night in Las Vegas, but arrested when he was found to have warrants for four outstanding traffic violations. He took to Twitter to protest that his initial “violation” was actually just the curiosity of a “Rookie Ass Cop” and that the violations have been settled.

More troublingly, Rick Springfield was pulled over last night in Los Angeles and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, just hours after appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to promote his memoir Late, Late at Night. TMZ also obtained his mug shot. Springfield has not yet commented on the matter.


50 Cent Prot?g? Hot Rod Wastes No Time Releasing His Latest Track, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead”

Sorry, Lil B! A decidedly less “based” rapper has copped your style and beaten you to the news-cycle-rap punch. Hot Rod, a 2006 50 Cent signee who was swiftly dropped by Interscope and then, in late 2010, re-signed by 50 to G-Unit’s new pop, dance and R&B subsidiary G-Note, rushed to the studio last night to record, master, and premiere the singular “Osama bin Laden Is Dead.”

The sidechained Eurotrance and party-lyrics (“Osama was killed tonight, so everybody come and have a good time!”) of Hot Rod’s would-be anthem are not dissimilar to his January single “Dance with Me.” But lyrically, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead” is deeply indebted to O Music Awards performer (and The Pack member) Lil B, who has spent the last two years creating a cottage industry (and a devoted fanbase?one fan even snuck behind Geraldo Rivera during Fox News’s coverage of bin Laden’s death and shouted the common fan tribute “THANK YOU BASED GOD”) by rapping about anything and everything, including twitter trending topics and other pop stars like Charlie Sheen and Justin Bieber:

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Christina Perri Keeps VH1 Posted in May

Before Hanson signed off as VH1′s April Posted artist on Saturday, they not-so-subtlely encouraged their fans to keep voting for “Give a Little” on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. But they’re going to face stiff competition in their quest for the top slot, not least from one of this weekend’s guests on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown?and the VH1 Posted artist for May?Christina Perri.

Perri, whom you may remember as a You Oughta Know artist back in October, stopped by the countdown with tourmate (and fellow You Oughta Know artist) James Blunt to premiere her new single “Arms” from her full-length debut lovestrong., coming May 10. We’re excited to have her on board, where she’s going to provide us with a behind-the-scenes look at all of the prep that goes into making her upcoming album release a big success.

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News Of Bin Laden’s Death Greeted With “Party in the USA”

Osama bin Laden has been killed, and some Americans want to celebrate en masse without leaving their houses. Where do they go?

To the YouTube video of “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, it turns out. In the wake of the news, the song has become the de facto celebratory anthem, its comments section playing host to hundreds of cheers, dozens of jokes and pranks, and the occasional conspiracy theory. Gathered crowds across the nation may have been singing Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye),” but online, they were singing a different tune.

So if there was any doubt, even after a singalong after an Atlanta hardcore show went viral, that Cyrus had captured the zeitgeist, it’s probably safe to put those doubts to rest.

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Lissie is VH1′s Latest “You Oughta Know” Artist

VH1′s You Oughta Know is, as the subtitle notes, an introduction to “artists on the rise.” But we don’t just highlight anyone with a big single or a talented marketing team?we look for artists whose sometimes unconventional approach gives their music a singular quality, and whose artistic commitment suggests a reserve of potential that could develop over a career. Singer-songwriter Lissie suits that description to a tee, so she’s a natural choice to be VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. Read more…

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Putting A Wrap On The 2011 O Music Awards With A Gallery Of Photo Highlights

What a whirlwind couple of days it’s been! We arrived in historic downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon for the O Music Awards and now, less than 48 hours later, it’s already time to leave. Boo!

Before we go, we thought we’d share a few snaps from last night’s festivities, in case you missed it. Some were taken by our friends at Getty Images, but we were also able to whip out our handy iPhone 4 to grab a few moments that the professional photographers didn’t catch. Like, for example, when we won $19 on slots! (Clearly, a personal highlight, but one we couldn’t resist sharing.)

One last thing: We managed to scoot away from our laptop in the press room JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to catch this moment, which was pretty awesome (but not quite as awesome as when we met Rebecca Black). Hope you enjoyed our coverage!

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Rebecca Black, Internet Superstar: “I Don’t Get Nervous. I Don’t See The Point In It.”

Rebecca Black Interview at the 2011 O Music Awards from Mark Graham on Vimeo.

Well, well, well! It was quite the night at the O Music Awards; not only did we see Chiddy Bang smash the #RapWorldRecord for Longest Freestyle (9 hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds!), but the house band, Matt and Kim, won themselves thousands of new fans with their energetic performances. It’s safe to say that Fremont Street in historic downtown Las Vegas hasn’t seen this much action since U2 shot their epic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” music video back on April 12, 1987.

However, our personal highlight of the evening was when we were able to steal a few minutes of internet superstar Rebecca Black’s time, just moments after this evening’s extravaganza wrapped. We only had a few minutes with her and, in the interest of expediency, we uploaded our shaky, iPhone-shot interview with her straight to Vimeo. We pressed her on a few things, like whether or not she’s really going to record “LOL” as her next single and if the 13 year-old is going to hit the slot machines while she’s here in Vegas, but our highlight of the 2-minute interview was when we asked her if she was nervous before the cameras turned on tonight. “I don’t get nervous,” she replied with the kind of brazen confidence that comes after your video has been streamed 120 million times in six weeks. “I don’t see the point in it.” Swag!

by (@unclegrambo)

O Music Awards: Complete List Of Winners

Tonight, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the first ever O Music Awards are going down! Looking for a complete list of winners? Look no further! We’ll be updating this list all night long as the winners are announced, so keep hitting refresh ’til your heart’s content and things will make themselves clear. Remember, knowing is half the battle!

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