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Kelly Clarkson And Rihanna Each Earn Milestones On This Week’s Billboard Charts

Rihanna‘s “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris) hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts today, marking her 11th (!) song to hit #1 on the charts. All of her hard work is clearly paying off, as she is now inducted into an illustrious group that includes The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Supremes and Whitney Houston as the only artists to reach this plateau. Singling out female performers, this achievement puts her in a tie with Whitney Houston for the female artists with the most #1 hits all-time, trailing only Mariah (18) and Madonna (12).

Also scoring a big milestone this week is Kelly Clarkson, whose new single “Mr. Know It All” has just become her ninth Top Ten hit. We were lucky enough to see Kelly perform this song (and a few as-yet-unnamed others) when she taped VH1 Unplugged last week, and we’re giddy with excitement over the rocketing success of her new single and album, Stronger. You’ll be able to catch Kelly’s full Unplugged performance when it premieres exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on November 17, which is just one day before the 11 p.m. premiere on VH1.

Rihanna’s ‘Found’ Her Way Back to Hot 100 Summit [Billboard]

[Photos: Getty Images]

by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: Robyn Brings The Disco To Leno

Dancehall queen Robyn appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night in one of her signature boldly-colored get ups, singing “Call Your Girlfriend” from her album Body Talk (which she performed one night earlier at the O Music Awards). True to form, Robyn delivered a high energy performance complete with the amazingly infectious dance moves that she’s become famous for. With Robyn’s somewhat contradictory style—upbeat electro tunes paired with sad and darkly melancholic lyrics—”Call Your Girlfriend” is the perfect song for the broken-hearted; not only do the words let you wallow, the beats will have you dancing your blues away, literally.

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Last Lap: Bey-Bee Steps Out In New York City For Halloween

Beyoncé And Belly Go As A Giant Bumble Bee To Halloween
We’ve dubbed Beyoncé‘s Halloween get up “The Bey-Bee”. You can see how adorable Mamma B (and some other celebrities) looked last night as she stepped out for Halloween at The Fab Life. [The Fab Life]

Liking Nickelback Will Not Get You Laid The Most
According to a hilarious infographic doing the rounds on the Internet today, your chances of getting laid decrease as your liking of Nickelback, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber or Coldplay (amongst others) increases. Turns out your music choices are just as important as your cologne and winning sense of humor when you’re trying to get between the sheets… [Flavorwire]

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M83′s “Midnight City” Sees The Victoria’s Secret Angels Come Out To Play

M83‘s new album, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, has been one of the most talked about releases of 2011, and has launched the band from cult indie-electro status to “next big thing” stature. And the first single from the album, “Midnight City”, appears to be the culprit behind M83′s sudden pervasiveness. As the soundtrack to Victoria’s Secret‘s latest launch — the landing of the newest Angels in tandem with the release of the brand’s new fragrance — “Midnight City” has blasted out of it’s alternative niche and right into the hungry ears of mainstream audiences.

And the buck doesn’t stop there — “Midnight City” was also featured as the credits rolled on Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s How To Make It In America. It’s not entirely surprising that M83′s star has risen so quickly, given the band’s brand of uplifting, huge, reverberating sounds. The music is almost made to play over grand montages of sweeping movements, slow motion running and whimsical moments. We’re expecting to see more M83 blasting over vast, panning cameras and epic movie style drama very soon!

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James Hetfield Of Metallica Defends The Band’s Controversial Collaboration With Lou Reed

The controversial experimental collaboration album by Metallica and Lou Reed, Lulu, was officially released yesterday, and seemingly everyone on the Internet has an opinion on it. In the lead up to the much talked about release, critics waxed lyrical about Lulu with many a no-holds-barred, acerbic commentary surfacing in its wake. Every music critic armed with a blog and dexterous typing hand has weighed in on the collaboration, what it tells us about the music industry, and what ‘quality’ means in a world where the fruits of creative process are both disposable and necessary. Overwhelmingly, opinions have been unfavorable.

VH1 spoke to James Hetfield, Metallica front man about the release, and the artist was optimistic, reiterating how much he, Lou and the band enjoyed creating the album, and specifically how much they love the finished product. He goes on to acknowledge the criticism, saying, “at the end of the day all of this is about us writing music that we enjoy listening to, and if other people enjoy it, that’s awesome, and if they don’t — there’s certainly people out there that don’t as well — then move onto the next thing.”

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Chris Brown’s Halloween Costume (Unfortunately) Leaves Little To The Imagination

Chris Brown has become such a lightning rod for controversy that he can turn even the most innocuous of situations into something sinister. Take his Halloween costume, for example — while most people were out trick-or-treating last night, Chris Brown was taking TwitPics of his version of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Green Man. Needless to say, anyone who sees his full, extremely NSFW Halloween costume, will no doubt have nightmares tonight.
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by (@kat_george)

Watch These Thrones: The Best Collaboration Albums

As Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne tour kicks off this week, there’s really not all that much else to talk about. Between set lists, leather outfits, copious bling and “OMG WILL PREGONCÉ OR FRANK OCEAN OR BOTH MAKE AN APPEARANCE?”, it’s a truly immersive experience, permeating all facets of daily life and conversation. So while we wait very impatiently for our turn to Watch The Throne, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite collaboration albums of all-time.

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Which Musicians Released Their Posthumous Albums The Fastest?

Following the announcement that Amy Winehouse‘s first posthumous album will be released a mere four months after her death on July 23, we started wondering how that timeline compared to some of history’s other notable posthumous record releases. From Nirvana to the Notorious B.I.G., we take a look back at the often uneasy relationship between art and commerce.

Artist:The Notorious B.I.G
Died: March 9, 2007
Album: Life After Death
Release Date: March 25, 2007
Speed To Market: 16 days

Artist: Otis Redding
Died: December 10, 1967
Album: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
Release Date: January 8, 1968
Speed To Market: 29 days

Artist: Tupac
Died: September 7, 1996
Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Release Date: November 5, 1996
Speed To Market: 59 days

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Tuned In: Megadeth Play For Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Special

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live celebrated Halloween the way it was supposed to be celebrated — with grotesque costumes and Megadeth playing on stage. The iconic metal band went all out and got ghoulish in some of the best creepy costumes we’ve seen this year, revising tried and true classics like Frankenstein’s monster, Wolf Man and Count Dracula. The band played two songs, “Public Enemy No. 1″ and “Symphony Of Destruction” to close the epic show, which saw Kimmel (appropriately?) dressed as a monkey.

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Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” Video Puts The Horror Back In Halloween

If you’re a girl, you probably want to get between Donald Glover‘s sheets; if you’re a dude, you probably want to do the bromance thing with him. Either way, Donald Glover has his fingers in the two best pies: comedy and music. Well known for his role as Troy on Community and his behind-the-scenes writing work for 30 Rock, Donald’s lesser known but equally potent alter-ego is Childish Gambino, the potty-mouthed, darkly lyrical rapper. And now, Childish Gambino is saving Halloween just in the nick of time!

With all the saccharine costumes we’ve seen this year — from teen wolves to Gaga look-alikes to Disney characters — the new NSFW Childish Gambino video for “Bonfire” is putting the truly horrific back into Halloween. Not for the skittish or easily perturbed, the video features an ambiguous noose, blood vomit, the woods at night, and an intriguing twist in the plot… and Donald. Lots and lots of Donald.

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