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Jason Mraz: Acoustic Spin on “Lucky”

Remember in elementary school when you?d pass a sheet of paper around the room and have each of your friends add their own sentence? Inevitably it created a story that took on a life of its own. Well, Jason Mraz not only plays that same game with his buds, he actually writes songs that way too – except that the “paper” is email.

In at least one case, the results have been superb. In the above clip for “Lucky,” Mr A-Z recounts the story of conceiving the tune with fellow singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. According to Jason, neither of them knew where the song lyrics would go, but apparently, that?s the whole point. Building only off of the theme ?me talking to you,? they just let the creativity flow. Aren?t we all ?lucky? they did such a great job?

The informal performance is part of our “20th Floor Live” series, where artists are invited to play a song or two while visiting our offices. – Lacey Seidman

Watch a playlist of the 20th Floor Live performances

Watch Jason Mraz show off his favorite videos, including Feist’s “1,2,3,4″

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80s One Hit Wonders: Let The Fights Begin

Next week, starting on Tuesday, March 31, we’re counting down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. It doesn’t take long to generate contention with these kinds of shows. A few names pop up and opinions start to fly.

Today’s quandary is simple: Who would win in a fight, Don Johnson, Frank Stallone or Patrick Swayze? They each had a song that was hot for a minute, and none of them are considered recording artists. So…hand to hand combat – who walks away triumphant? Watch our pundits debate above, add your own comments below, and watch 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s from March, 31 – April 3 on VH1. Judah Friedlander, our well-known Best Week Ever wit and 30 Rock genius, hosts the series.

WATCH VIDEOS OF 30 SONGS THAT JUST MISSED THE CUT

WATCH OUR MEGALIST OF 80S ONE HIT WONDERS

Watch 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs

Watch more One Hit Wonders music video playlists

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That Metal Show: An Extreme Episode

This week the boys chew the fat with the leaders of the reformed Extreme, Gary Charone and Nuno Bettencourt. And they debate the impact iTunes has had on loud rock albums. Check the above clip.

Every Saturday night hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamison debate modern music issues and classic music heroes; every week they bring out a guest or two as well. The show airs on VH1 Classic on Saturdays at 11 pm ET. If you’ve got a question for ‘em about a long lost metal band, they just might answer it.

Love metal? Watch the trailer to the buzzed-about Anvil movie.

Watch Anvil show their favorite music videos.

Watch the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs Videos

Listen to the new Queensryche CD

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Ciara & Justin: Behind The Scenes of “Love Sex Magic”

You remember how hot Justin Timberlake got with Rihanna in “Rehab”? Well double that for his romp with Ciara in the new “Love Sex Magic.” We’re going to feature the full video tomorrow on VH1.com, but we thought you’d like to see a bit of the fun that went into making something so steamy.

Meet you back here on Tuesday for the full video.

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Carolina Liar: Rats, Weasels and Great Songs

Lots of bands have to eat lots of crud on their way up the ladder, but the way Chad Wolf tells it, the recording of his band’s Coming To Terms contained a bit more squalor than he would have preferred. Check the above interview with Carolina Liar‘s singer; maybe the band should have done a Pied Piper thing to rid its studio of rodents.

Coming To Terms is impressive, the key reason Carolina Liar has become one of VH1′s You Oughta Know groups. As many people know these days, the disc’s “Show Me What I’m Looking For” was used in The Hills, and that step towards success is the reason that Wolf no longer has to clean Hollywood toilets in exchange for studio time (or dress up in a weasel costume as he mentions in the clip).

We also spoke to Wolf about his favorite videos. “My Playlist” finds him telling us why he likes everything from the blinking lights in The Shins? “Sleeping Lessons? to the Queens of the Stone Age‘s comic book style imagery. Come to hear him discuss the visuals, but stay to see him reveal memories from his first encounter with one of The Cure?s spooky clips. Stick around long enough and you’ll even get to hear him explain an alarming in-flight experience he shared with a member of the Foo Fighters!

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Nicole Scherzinger’s Favorite Vacation Spot Is…

Celebs stop by and we pepper ‘em with queries about the fun parts of life – that’s the essence of our new “5 Questions” series. Do you text or phone? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve had sex? What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? All the important stuff, right?

Of course we needed a superstar to kick off our franchise, and – voila! – the leader of the Pussycat Dolls walked through the door and happily became our first victim. Thanks, Nicole.

The ladies are on currently on tour with Britney Spears, and they’ve just released the a video for their “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny).” We’re actually giving away tickets to the Circus tour’s L.A. and Vegas shows. Make sure you enter our sweepstakes.

But in the meantime, see what Ms. Scherzinger thinks about five different subjects. Among other things, she discusses America’s sexiest sport hero, and the most most hilarious movie ever made.

WATCH NICOLE SCHERZINGER’S “5 QUESTIONS” VIDEOS

Watch Pussycat Dolls music videos

Watch Britney Spears music videos

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Behind The Music Will Return This Summer

Which episode is your favorite? Motley Crue? David Crosby? Biggie?

Most Behind the Music afficionados have their go-to shows, tales that clock the glories and pitfalls of a particular music act. The famed VH1 franchise hasn’t been that active in the last few years, but there’s good news for BTM freaks: VH1 is re-launching the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed series this summer. From the press release:

After more than 200 episodes, Behind the Music is now focusing on some of our favorite artists of today. From rock to hip-hop to pop, these innovative artists we are profiling are sure to captivate a whole new generation of viewers. In addition to the dramatic storytelling that made Behind The Music a worldwide hit, the reimagined version of the series will celebrate them as artists and will also feature originally shot verite footage of each artist, which will anchor each story in the present day.

New episodes will begin airing this summer and continue into the fall. Two confirmed episodes will be portraits of Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland. More information will follow.

Leave comments: which music acts would you like to see portrayed in new epsisodes of Behind the Music?

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Stanky Legg: Dance Craze or Medical Condition?

The GS Boyz? hit ?The Stanky Legg? has sparked a YouTube sensation in recent weeks. With the Southern rappers’ video reaching number one on BET?s 106 & Park, and the guys sealing a record deal with the Jive label, their new dance is a smash.

Since posting their homemade video of the song, the Dallas-based group’s crazy moves have been viewed millions of times and continue to grow in popularity; fans routinely post their own performance clips of the now infamous dance.

But for those of us still learning how to lean wit it, snap our fingers and do our steps, the Stanky Legg phenomenon remains a slight mystery – even though we have mastered the chicken noodle soup.

How many variations are there? Make the jump and check this list of videos we?ve put together. Lots of people showing off their Stanky skills. Better learn it for yourself – it’s already arrived at a club near you, no doubt.? – Ben Hosley

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U2 Explain Their “Boots” Song Title, New CD

U2‘s new No Line on the Horizon has been getting mucho praise, and lots of it is for the punch of its lead track, “Get On Your Boots.” VH1 News caught up with the Irish superstars while they were in New York doing secret shows in the Bronx and a week’s worth of Letterman dates. During their chat, Bono and the guys explained where the phrase “get on your boots” came from.

Make the jump if you want to see Mr Bono make sexy eyes at our interviewer, and watch The Edge explain how it felt to be part of the Obama inauguration on the jam-packed Washington mall. There’s also a behind-the-scenes clip of the band putting “Boots” together.

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Win Tickets To Britney Spears & Pussycat Dolls Shows

Everyone knows the biggest tour on the road right now is a one-two punch that features Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls. Without question, fans are wild to see their blond hero in action again. The fact that the Dolls are kicking off the shows only makes it that much more momentous.

We don?t want you to miss the spectacle, so we?re giving away a pair of tickets for two shows, one in Los Angeles (4/16 at the Staples Center) and one in Las Vegas (4/25 at the MGM Grand). To be in the running, all you have to do is watch the two videos in this post, and answer the questions we ask you. When your response hits the comment field, you?re automatically part of a random drawing for a pair of tickets for one of the concerts. Be sure to tell us which of the two shows you’d like to attend, L.A or Vegas.

The videos will change every few days to keep the answers fresh. You can enter once a day with new comments. Check clips from each act, Britney?s ?Womanizer? and the Dolls’ “Sway.? Have fun!

The Questions:

Brit’s hair is three different colors in this video. Which does she look? better as, a blonde, brunette, or redhead?

The Dolls song was used in the movie “Shall We Dance.”? What’s your favorite soundtrack song or video?

Watch Pussycat Dolls videos.

Watch Britney Spears music videos and interviews.

Get Circus Tour Dates.

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