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See What Britney’s “Circus” Will Be Like

“I’m like a ringleader/I call the shots/I’m like a firecracker/I make it hot,” coos Britney Spears on her new song, “Circus.” As you can tell from the sneak peek of the video that accompanies the tune, she’s dressed to make sure things get quite hot. You can see the entire thing on VH1.com this Saturday evening at 9 pm.

Watch string of her videos and interviews right here.

Check out an extensive photo gallery of Britney through the years.

Download the entire album on Rhapsody

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Soul Cities Heads South: Hello, New Orleans

This week on Soul Cities Nelson George swings south to sing the praises of New Orleans, from the origins of jazz to the rise of Lil Wayne. Along the way he bounces through all the hippest spots, chatting with Irma Thomas and Raheem DeVaughn in the French Quarter and connecting with trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard. He tips the hat to the city’s Essence Music Festival, calling it the “Black Lollapolooza,” and drops into Olivier’s restaurant for a Creole spin on a rabbit, crawfish, and gumbo dish. Oh yeah, when you see him building a po-boy at the Praline Connection, you might feel a bit hungry. Ditto for the way trumpeter Kermit Ruffins shakes up some street sausage.

Check the above clip for a sneak peek at the full show, which premieres Tuesday, December 4 at 9 pm on VH1Soul.

Here’s a playlist of New Orleans artists to put you in the mood.

A full list of all the places Soul Cities visited in New Orleans is after the jump. So is a clip of Kermit Ruffins in action.

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The Fray Get “Lost”

Lots of bands have their music used in television shows these days, but sometimes the context and the impact are a little more on-target than others. The fact that Lost is threading its teaser commercial for the upcoming season with The Fray‘s “You Found Me” is pretty neat – the drama of the images moves with the drama of the song. We blogged about Lost last time around, and we’re big fans of the Fray – they’re one of our You Oughta Know artists. We thought those who feel the same might want to see the above clip.

Watch the Fray’s acoustic performance

Watch videos by the Fray

See pictures from the “You Found Me” video.

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Connect With Katy Perry: See If She Thinks You’re Hot or Cold

You know how frustrated Katy Perry gets on her latest hit, “Hot N Cold.” She can’t get a bead on her boyfriend’s emotional waffling, and it drives her bonkers. Katy’s coming in to visit VH1 in the near future, and she’s wondering what has made her audience hot and cold this year. We’re giving everyone a chance to fill us in on that subject, and when Katy gets here, she might take a look at some of the more entertaining posts and offer her own two cents on ‘em.

You don’t have to stick to the subject of romance. Just let the world know what you’re hot about (faves) or cold about (frustrations) on any topic you choose. Music, politics, movies, fashion, videos, school, etc. Check back around December 15 to see if Ms Perry makes a comment about your comments.

See Katy Perry Photos

See the “Hot N Cold” video with some behind-the-scenes footage.

See a photo gallery of 2008′s Best New Women Singers

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Soul Cities: Bay Area Blackness

In the last couple weeks Nelson George has taken us through Philly and Chicago. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 25, the host of Soul Cities heads out West for a stroll around Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. Watch it on VH1 Soul at 9 pm ET.

Nelson drops into the Museum of the African Diaspora, waxes sentimental about his boyhood hero Willie Mays, gives shout outs to local author Ishmael Reed while visiting the black-owned literary center, Marcus Books. Don’t worry, he manages to hit some hip restaurants, too.

As with all episodes of Soul Cities, there’s plenty of music. We catch Raphael Saadiq (who says “music is my PlayStaion, my XBox”) during a rehearsal, and Robin Thicke explains his definition of soul backstage at local club. As usual, Nelson also rolls through some of his favorite albums when he hits the Groove Merchant shop on Haight Street. For a full list of all the places team George hit, and sneak peek clip of this week’s episode, make the jump.

Here’s a list of music videos from Bay Area artists

Robin Thicke’s Favorite Videos

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VH1 Metal Boys Punk Van Halen Fans

We knew the hosts of That Metal Show were wiseasses, but we didn’t know they’d punk a bunch of poor old Van Halen fans. They did, though. And it’s rather hilarious, especially if you think innocent French tourists are decent targets for ridicule.

That Metal Show, starring Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, is a new item on the VH1 Classic roster. It airs every Saturday at 11 pm ET.

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Soul Cities Hits Chicago: Tuesday Night!

VH1 Soul’s latest show is getting lots of buzz because it’s so much fun to follow host Nelson George as he moves through America, celebrating the specifics of the African-American culture. There’s lots of black history in each metropolis he visits; seems like every time he plants his flag in a new spot, there’s some learning going on.

This week George and team hit Chicago. He clues us in on the town’s Haitian founder, the migration of Southern blacks during the mid-20th century, and drops us off at the Negro Leagues Cafe in the Bronzville neighborhood. The restaurant celebrates the historic achievements of black baseball while serving up collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. George also roams from Hyde Park (Barack Obama‘s turf) to Michigan Avenue (and its Chicago Defender offices, founded by John H. Sengstacke). Other interviews include singer LaLah Hathaway, who says she’s rather sun bathe on the shores of Lake Michigan than the Pacific Ocean. He also samples soul food at Army & Lou‘s, and tries to make a deep dish pizza. House music, blues, Chi-town stepping, and Nelson’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield all make this episode a must-see.

Check Soul Cities every Tuesday at 9 pm ET on VH1 Soul.

Watch our play list of artists who hail from the Windy City.

Check Nelson George’s Facebook page for photos from the Chicago episode.

After the jump is a full list of all the spots visited in Chicago.

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Sneak Peek: Rihanna Addicted To Justin

Rihanna‘s video for her new single “Rehab” premieres on VH1′s Top 20 on Monday, but since we love you so much, we’re giving you a sneak peek of the hotness now! In the clip above, Rihanna smolders with co-star Justin Timberlake. And just so you can prepare yourself — JT’s a biker dude, and Rihanna rocks a skimpy green bikini. Meaning we’re not responsible for melted computer monitors.

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Final New Kids “Ultimate Fan” Found!

It’s been a wild autumn here a VH1.com for New Kids fans. We’ve been searching for four zealots who loved them some NKOTB, and yep, after sifting through loads of pictures and reading loads of notes, we found them all. The last winner is Blair Braman. She’ll be heading to a performance and hanging with Jon, Jordan, Donnie, Joey, and Danny during a meet ‘n’ greet session. Here’s Blair’s note. Obviously she’s come full circle.

“I recently went to a concert in Cleveland and just about got the beat down for my poster I made. I tried so hard for Donnie to see it. I was asked many times by girls bigger than me to take it down! I tried and tried. At one point, people even pulled me down to their row so I could wave it around. And also tried to get their attention. Please help me meet NKOTB! Besides, Donnie did say he wanted to meet all the girls he sang Cover Girl to. Yes, the little girl in the picture is me when I was 7!”

Watch New Kids videos and interviews

Get New Kids tour dates

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Taylor Swift Tells Us Her “Love Story”

It’s Taylor Swift‘s time right now. Her new Fearless has just been released, the New York Times and the New Yorker have have written thoughtful profiles of her, and our pals at CMT have made a new episode of “Video Replay” for her current hit, “Love Story.” Watch it above.

“Video Replay” has its guests explain their latest clips, and along the way in “Love Story,” the young blonde sensation lets us know that she “wrote a lot of visuals into the song” so it would make for a great video, and dodged a make-out scene suggested by her male lead because she was after a “sweet” vibe. Think she reached her goal?

Watch other Taylor Swift videos. Check Taylor’s favorite videos by other artists in “My Playlist.”

Download Fearless at Rhapsody.

Check Taylor Swift playing with Def Leppard.

Check out other country artists at CMT.com.