VMA Rumors: Britney Tribute To Feature Katy Perry, Ke$ha, And…Janet Jackson?

This morning’s announcement of Lady Gaga as a performer at this year’s Video Music Awards is the latest sort-of confirmation of a big VMA rumor that’s been going around since reality-TV production coordinator Johnathan Woodbeck tweeted it the day after the Britney Spears VMA promo, above, premiered. According to Woodbeck’s tweet, the show will contain a star-studded tribute medley with one song from each of Britney’s albums, followed by the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award (presumably the Video Vanguard Award?) by none other than Madonna. The rumored performance lineup (via Lainey Gossip):
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by (@unclegrambo)

Black Sabbath Founding Member Quashes Black Sabbath Reunion Reports

Yesterday, metalheads and headbangers the world over rejoiced when news broke that the members of Black Sabbath had squashed their 30+ year beef and were already in the process of reuniting, news that made extra sense when coupled with recent reports that the band had just reached an out-of-court settlement regarding intra-band trademark issues. The Birmingham Mail reported that guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi revealed to them that he and original Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne were not only in communication once again after a longstanding feud, but that the original members of the band were planning on recording a new studio album and touring to support it. Devil horns were raised, heads were banged, and generals gathered in their masses because BLACK SABBATH WAS BACK!

Sadly, though, it seems that Tony Iommi was misquoted by an overzealous journalist. He corrected the misreported information in a statement posted on his official website,

“I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion. At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’ he said. Thanks to the Internet, it’s gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part, absolute nonsense. To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.”

Bats of the world, you’re safe for now. We repeat, for now

Black Sabbath reunion? Tony Iommi dismisses report [OTRC]

[Photo: Getty Images]


Do The Red Hot Chili Peppers Measure Up To These Five Iconic Rooftop Performances?

The Beatles‘ last public performance, on the roof of 3 Savile Row on January 30, 1969, has become iconic since being included in the Let It Be film, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the latest to pay homage to the Beatles’ performance, in the Marc Klasfeld-helmed video for “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” It takes more than just a rooftop and a PA to make a truly iconic rooftop performance, and five have stood above the rest; we’ve listed them chronologically. Check them out, and let us know in the comments if you think Kiedis and co. measure up!

1987: U2, “Where The Streets Have No Name”
U2 were deep in Beatle-appreciation mode when they shot the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” on a roof in Los Angeles, at the corner of Seventh and Main, which a radio announcer in the video describes as “not one of your more fun neighborhoods.” (Oh, 1987.) The video is a pretty direct homage, down to the shots of police trying to shut the performance down, though Bono looks less like a Lennon and more like an Eddie Vedder style icon. On U2’s tour that same year, the band covered “Helter Skelter,” which Bono introduced, (as heard on live album Rattle and Hum,) “This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We’re stealing it back.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Get Back To Venice Beach For “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”

It’s always Christmas somewhere on the Internet. Yesterday saw the leak of Lady Gaga‘s “Yoü And I” video, and today we’re excited to share “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” the new Red Hot Chili Peppers video that was slated to premiere tomorrow. The quartet rocks a rooftop in Venice Beach in an homage to the BeatlesLet It Be performance.

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that when we shared a 30-second sneak preview on Monday, we credited the video to director Marc Klasfeld, not VMA-nominated artist Kreayshawn, who’d originally been tapped to direct, and who even reblogged a picture of the slate from on set. What happened? So far, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ camp isn’t talking, although bassist Flea did tweet, “for those asking, the Kreayshawn vid just didnt work out, that happens sometimes, i think Kreayshawn is awesome and a great artist.” Maybe she and the band just had irreconcilable ideas about what the video should be. In any case, barring some sort of leak, it’s doubtful that the Kreayshawn-shot footage will see the light of day.

That’s alright with us?Klasfeld did a fine job with this clip?a simple performance piece enlivened by its setting. The one absent Let It Be element is disapproving police or security, which was a good exclusion. 5-0 would have made this oceanside sunset performance significantly less chill.

The highlight of the video (other than, for punk fans, the Off! cap Anthony Kiedis sports at first) is guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers haven’t changed much in their performance style or look (though they’re much more likely to wear more clothing than their occasional “one sock apiece” performances) but Klinghoffer is the new guy (brought in when his pal John Frusciante announced he wouldn’t be rejoining the band after their hiatus). At 31, he’s also a generation younger than the other guys, and his excited performing style is the diametric opposite of Frusciante’s laid-back lead guitar. To put it another way, Klinghoffer plays guitar like a bassist. Note in particular his solo, which he performs as though the guitar is leading him around and he can’t help but do its bidding. There’s nothing wrong with the Chili Peppers we know and love, but the fresh dynamic Klinghoffer brings to the table is a welcome addition.

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by (@Lacezilla)

Concert Review: Beyonce Delivers a Dynamic, If Somewhat Robotic, Second “Intimate” Night at Roseland

Beyonce Live 4 Intimate Nights

If you haven’t already caught the scoop, Beyonc? has an affinity for numbers; specifically, the number four. Front and center at last night?s second of “4 Intimate Nights with Beyonc?” at Roseland Ballroom (the first of which took place on Sunday, the FOURteenth), the lady of the hour took the stage to break down the numerological fondness and dazzle superfans and music industry elite alike. Because she usually performs for audiences ten times the size of the 2,500 capacity venue, tickets for this coveted concert series were a hot commodity, and with VIPs like Diddy, Russell Simmons, Ne-Yo, and The-Dream looking on the balcony, a ravenous crowd chanted the singer’s name repeatedly before the show?s 10 p.m. start time. Homegirl has unwavering disciples, and as we were soon reminded, she deserves each and every one of them.

The well-rehearsed, ninety-minute show —whose setlist was identical to Sunday night’s show—began with Beyonc? narrating the initial chapters of her career?s autobiography. From militaristic practice sessions at nine-years-old with the initial members of Destiny?s Child to securing their deal with Columbia Records in 1995, Bey? ran through the timeline of her passionate path, stitching performance snippets into the fabric of her tales. Cut-down, crowd-pleasing hits like ?Bills, Bills Bills,? ?Say My Name,? and ?Independent Women Part I? perpetuated a roar of approval that crescendoed when the introduction to ?Survivor? was liberated by the diva?s all-female band. ?With a lot of success comes a lot of negativity,? admitted the star as she launched into the female-empowerment anthem, graciously crediting her former cohorts Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams while also justifying the song?s endurance-focused sentiments.

There is often calm after a tumultuous storm, however, and once Beyonc? was finished discussing the uneven footing of her early days as an artist, she shared with the audience how powerful it was when she finally ?found love.? Right on cue, the opening notes to the then-new couple’s very public relationship confirmation, Jay-Z?s ??03 Bonnie and Clyde,? hit our nostalgic radars, and as you might imagine, the crowd lost their minds. Before transitioning into a quick Dreamgirls story, Bey? also performed her other Hov-centric hit, ?Crazy in Love,? graduating from a slower, re-worked, funk version of the song into the full, familiar rendition, showcasing the video?s stomping strut that we all know and love. By also revisiting other iconic choreography that fans relentlessly study and mimic throughout the show, Bey? managed to create a sea of ?Single Ladies? hand-twirling and, once she got to the material from 4, lots of attempts at her ?Run The World (Girls)? stankyleg-riverdancing.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

The body of a 24 year-old Insane Clown Posse fan was found in a section of the Ohio River located in Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. He was wearing a Gathering Of The Juggalos wristband, which leads the Kentucky state police to surmise that he was attending the festival. Meanwhile, over at Deadspin, writer Emma Carmichael went undercover and transformed herself into a Juggalette and traveled to Cave-in-Rock, Illinois this weekend; she just published a hilarious and fascinating exposé of the festival largely comprised of “t*tties and drugs.” [Rolling Stone, Deadspin]

Don’t call it a comeback! Original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have reunited. Since the band’s split in 1979, Geezer has actually become a geezer, which is something we suppose is both ironic and inevitable. Nobody is talking about how much money they’re getting to do this, but we imagine it’s a lot. [Birmingham Mail via The Quietus]

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Candid and Truthful or Crazy In Love? Jay-Z Calls Wife Beyonce The “Second Coming” of Michael Jackson

Back in June, the world mourned as the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death hit the calendar. If he was still alive today, he, like Madonna, would be celebrating his 53rd birthday in just two weeks. It’s a universal truth that MJ was one of the top entertainers to ever grace us with his talents, if not the best, so whether you’re a superfan or just casually appreciate his impact on the culture-at-large, it’s always a bit off-putting to hear people compare him to other artists (or, to be fair, compare other artists to him).

On Sunday afternoon, before partying the night away at Liv in Miami, Jay-Z called into Southern Florida’s urban radio station 99 Jamz to discuss new album Watch The Throne, and did just that. He didn’t have the audacity to compare himself or other half of The Throne to the King of Pop though; instead, he graciously compared MJ to his otherother half, wife and international superstar, Beyonc?. Making the disclaimer that the comparison could be construed as blasphemous “because Mike was such an innovator,” Hova took the time to carefully explain that what he’s learned from her is similar to what he’s learned from MJ, and that it’s his wife’s work ethic that makes him feel like she’s “the second coming” of the deceased entertainer. “You know, the hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft. She’s like a machine,” said Jay in the interview.

Like the King of Pop, Beyonc?’s career began as the lead singer of a group, Destiny’s Child. Now a solo artist for about eight years, the experienced and stunning star has achieved many successes, including 16 Grammys (13 solo, 3 with Destiny’s Child), the RIAA’s top certified artist nod for the decade between 2000 and 2010, and ranked #52 on our list of VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Those achievements noted, it’s no secret that Queen B is catching a tough break with the singles and sales for her latest album release, 4, so it’s absurdly sweet of her “Crazy In Love” hubby to speak about her so enthusiastically while she battles to reclaim the domination she’s seen on past projects. But Jay’s also been around the block too many times and rocked too many rhymes to not be aware of the power in his proclamation, and minimally, should know that his words would be press fodder during her week of intimate New York shows. Because of that reality, perspective is important to maintain here, so like Jay says on WTT track “Welcome To The Jungle,” rest in peace to the leader of The Jackson 5.

Jay-Z Calls Beyonc? ‘Second Coming’ Of Michael Jackson[RapFix]


Adam Levine: American Idol Tries To “Mask” Homosexuality

Adam Levine graces the cover of the August 2011 issue Out, and shoots from the hip throughout his interview. The Maroon 5 singer talks about the importance of queerness in rock frontmen (“Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. Bowie. Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn?t be the front man of a band if that question hadn?t come up at some point”), calls the music industry “extremely intimidating and also completely dismantled,” and, when asked about his involvement with It Gets Better, takes shots at Perez Hilton before turning around and giving him credit:

“Perez asked me to do it,” he says. “I found it strange that one of the biggest bullies on Earth is asking me. I was really not a fan of his. I thought he was part of the problem. In doing this, I was hoping for a change in him, and I saw one. The guy has changed his tune quite a bit. I respect that.”

The harshest words from “the breakout star of The Voice” (Out‘s words) were reserved for American Idol. “I can’t f?k with American Idol. It’s a cultural institution,” Levine begins, before proceeding to do exactly that.
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“You And I” Video Leaks, Possibly Thanks To Lady Gaga Herself

Lady Gaga‘s video “Yoü and I,” set to premiere Thursday at 7:49PM as an MTV First presentation, surfaced today, possibly leaked by Gaga herself. Her three tweets “F?K,” “THURS,” and “DAY,” (meeting the quota to fulfill he promise that the “Yoü and I” video would be her 1,000th tweet,) popped up just after 12:00 p.m. ET, but the official YouTube upload only followed the “unauthorized” uploads.

Conceptually speaking, the video boils down to “The Cornfield Of Love-Doctor Moreau.” The sculpted, shirtless mad scientist is the only “man” in the video (other than Jo Calderone, an alter ego of Gaga’s) and the female-coded characters in this video, which run the gamut from the black-clad Alexander McQueen (RIP) by way of Lars von Trier‘s Antichrist owl-woman to “Yuyi,” the mermaid, are his creations, and all walk the Gaga line between the biological and the constructed.

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Watch A Sneak Peek Of Demi Lovato Singing “Skyscraper” At The Do Something! Awards

Earlier today we mentioned that Demi Lovato brought the house down during her performance at the 2011 Do Something! Awards, which were taped on Sunday night. Well, here’s a little teaser from that performance, including an introduction by Demi’s pal Kim Kardashian. It’s just a little snippet of what’s to come on Thursday night’s broadcast of the awards, but we’re getting chills anyway.

The Do Something! Awards air Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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