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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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Linkin Park Prepares For Their Comeback With “Catalyst” (Photos)

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Of all the bands that were born during the mid-90s nu metal era, few would have predicted that Linkin Park would one day be recognized as the genre’s most successful act. While Korn and Limp Bizkit grabbed all of the early headlines, both bands found themselves with rapidly declining followings by the time the early 2000s rolled along. Linkin Park, on the other hand, has managed to stay artistically and commercially viable to this date.

The band is preparing to launch their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, on September 14. We’re still a few weeks away from the video debut of the album’s first single, “Catalyst,” but we managed to get our paws on a few stills from the video and wanted to pass them along to you. It’s tough to tell exactly what’s going on here, but based upon the presence of exploding paintballs in a few of these shots, our fingers are crossed that they found creative inspiration from the movie Gotcha!

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Train’s Comeback Continues With A Special Unplugged Performance

If the Grammys gave out a Comeback Performer Of The Year award (and, really, why don’t they?), the guys from Train would have to prepare themselves an acceptance speech. After all but disappearing from the music scene for nearly five years, last October saw the release of their album Save Me San Francisco. Although expectations weren’t high for the band to reclaim their former position as hitmakers, the song “Hey, Soul Sister” came out of nowhere to be a massive smash not only on radio, but also in our Top 20 Video Countdown. And now, the band’s second single, “If It’s Love,” is connecting, too; it’s currently sitting in the #7 spot in our countdown this week. And that’s not all!

Patrick Monahan and the rest of the fellas in Train recently took time out of their touring schedule to sit down for their first Unplugged session. The band performed six songs, two of which you can see in this post, the rest of which are available on Train’s Unplugged page. Above, you can watch them perform their monster single, “Hey, Soul Sister.” And below, watch them cover Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with the help of some very lucky audience members.

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Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” Video (30-Second Sneak Peek)

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is, without a doubt, the song of the summer of 2010. Not only has it been perched near the top of the Billboard charts since June, it’s also still sitting high atop our weekly Top 20 Video Countdown. That said, there’s only a few weeks left until the release of her new LP, Teenage Dream, and the best way to get fans excited to go out and purchase the new album is to release another catchy single and another sexy video. As you’ll see, the future Mrs. Russell Brand really delivers on both fronts; the Max Martin produced song has one of the year’s most bangin’ choruses (right up there with Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug”) and, well, Perry has never looked better than she does in this video. You’ll have to wait until next week to see the whole thing, but hopefully this snippet will tide you over until then.

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The Short List‘s 10 Craziest Lady Gaga Fashion Moments

“It’s short and it’s fun, it counts down from 10 to 1, it’s The Short List,” goes the theme to VH1′s new, abbreviated countdown show. And so it does, and so it is. The premiere episode ran down the list of Lady Gaga‘s 10 Craziest Fashion Moments. Check out the clip above and the entire tally below…

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Watch A 30-Second Sneak Peek Of Estelle’s “Fall In Love”

Back in the summer of 2008, it seemed like you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Estelle‘s monster smash, “American Boy.” After spending two years on the road and in the studio (not to mention collecting a Grammy along the way, too!), Estelle is back with her new single, “Fall In Love,” and her new album, All Of Me. Even though you’ll have to wait until September 28 to hear her whole album, we’ve got a :30 sneak of the hot new video for you today. We’ll have the whole video premiere ready for you to watch online tomorrow, and also be sure to keep an eye out on the weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown to see how this song — that also features Nas and John Legend! — performs this summer.

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Sneak Peek: T.I. and Keri Hilson Enter the Race For Song of the Summer With “Got Your Back”

It’s hard to believe it, but a quick check of the calendar shows that we’re almost halfway through the summer. Yes, already! On a related note, a quick check of the pop charts and our own Top 20 Video Countdown shows that Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” has had a stranglehold on the top spot for the last few weeks, clearly cementing herself as the favorite to take home the this year’s Song of the Summer prize. However, don’t go engraving her name on the award just yet! Atlanta’s prodigal son, T.I., has been out of the clink and hard at work in the studio for a few months now and is ready to enter the race with “Got Your Back” (with a chorus featuring the sultry vocals of Keri Hilson). We’re excited to bring you a :30 sneak of the video here on the VH1 Blog today, and be sure to tune in to our Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to see the whole thing. Let us know what you think in the comments!