BRACKET MADNESS: Is Michael Jackson Or Lil Wayne The Greatest Male Aritst?

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At the beginning of our Bracket Madness for the greatest male artist it seemed like an impossible task to choose just one of the eight contenders. Round after round you voted, and its come down to Michael Jackson vs. Lil Wayne. An unlikely pairing, but an intriguing match-up nonetheless. The King of Pop going toe-to-toe for a crown with the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive since the best rapper retired” is certainly a modern day spin on music. Read more…

Ed Sheeran Had Terminal 5 Wrapped Around His Finger On Friday Night

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If not already, we suspect you’ll soon be wise to Ed Sheeran, his much anticipated appearances on Taylor Swift and One Direction‘s forthcoming albums only helping to quicken the pace with which he’s gaining ground and winning hearts stateside. In town Friday night for the New York City stop of his sold-out You Oughta Know tour, he kept the mostly young and female crowd rapt for the entirety of his two hour set by engaging them in his otherwise one-man show, acting equal parts the charming host, the talented music-man and the crush-worthy pop star. And although his frequently deployed Rick Rossgrunt may be less than potent, all the rest of Sheeran’s stage show is more than impressive. Read more…

Tuned In: Mumford & Sons Stay Grounded On Saturday Night Live

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Having proven too tempting last week for Frank Ocean, producers seem to have removed all those cool vintage video games from the Saturday Night Live sound stage. And so instead, in line together at the front of the stage, Mumford & Sons played their performance without any of the skit show’s gimmick and earnest like they’re wont to be. They galloped first through a brass-backed version of “I Will Wait,” and then they returned for “Below My Feet,” something new off of their long awaited sophomore album Babel, which is out tomorrow. Mumford frontman Marcus mostly led the later, looking tired but dapper in his neck-tie and suit vest combo, playing his guitar and the kick drum simultaneously as he wailed along: “Let me learn from where I’ve been, keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn.” Those tuned-in who weren’t already on board with Mumfordmania were surely won over. Read more…

Rihanna Overload! New Single Cover, Release Date And Possible Album Title?

by (@chrisRULES_)

Get excited because everyone’s favorite pop princess is getting ready to give our music palates a new taste. Rihanna is building the anticipation for her seventh studio album and making sure we’re all on the edge of ours seats, especially with the release of her cover art for the forthcoming single “Diamonds.” And what did the bad girl convey in the single’s cover? It wouldn’t be RiRi if it wasn’t her manicured hand holding a marijuana blunt paper with diamonds sprinkled throughout. Oh, and there’s more diamonds spread across what looks like a table. Diamonds and weed are a girl’s (in this case, Rihanna’s) best friend. Read more…

Download A Free MP3 Of “Anna Sun” From Walk The Moon’s VH1 You Oughta Know Live Session

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UPDATE (10/1/12): Sorry, we removed the MP3. You can still listen to the song in our video player above ’til your heart’s content, though!

We have been rocking with September’s You Oughta Know artists Walk The Moon all month long now, and we’ve been jamming on “Anna Sun” for even longer than that, but we still can’t get enough of the song. We love it’s sun-drenched synths, the way it insists we not let growing up get in the way of a good time and the way the guys got so sweaty while performing it for their You Oughta Know Live session. And now, we love the most that we can keep their sweaty performance in our iTunes and on our iPods because now there’s an MP3!

You can download an MP3 of Walk The Moon’s rattling “Anna Sun” performance here on VH1 Tuner for free! But be quick — the link expires at midnight on October 1st and you don’t want to miss out.

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AMERICA’S HARD 100 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

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Welcome to of the final VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll! Over the past 10 days we’ve asked YOU, the FANS to help us sort our list of essential hard rock and heavy metal tunes and the response has been incredible! Since this is the final list, we’ll be keeping it active for a few days to make sure we have enough time to record all your votes. And, due to popular demand, keep your eyes open for a one final poll featuring those songs which got the most votes for our all-time Top 10!

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot and if your favorite songs or bands are missing from today’s list please check one of our earlier polls, which are all still open for voting, to see if you can find it.

Today Van Halen’s bad boy classic “Hot For Teacher” takes on Cliff-era Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,”  “Wild Child” by nasty L.A. glam-masters W.A.S.P. and Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” among others.

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Frank Ocean Lights Up The ATP Festival With 10 Song Set

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Frank Ocean treated the concert-goers of All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in New York City to a 10 song set of soulful sounds from both Nostalgia, Ultra and Channel Orange. Opening night featured comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ, Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton. Ocean being the most notable act for the night, awed the crowd with good ol’ fashion R&B music.

Backed by a live band Ocean glided through fan favorite’s “Forest Gump,” “Thinking Bout You,” “Swim Good,” “Pyramids” among others. On stage Frank’s intricate song lyrics and soft crooning carries him. In lieu of any exciting stage props or choreography, there’s Frank. And his music. Those attending don’t seem to mind as they scream every single lyric along with the fairly new artist. Fresh off his debut VMA performance and Saturday Night Live season’s opening, Frank continues to grace stages with adorning fans attentively watching. There’s room for all kinds of sounds in today’s matrix of music. But if there’s anything Frank’s performances proves–it’s music lovers’ desire for pure talent, something they can feel.

Taylor Swift Kicks Off A Red Fall With Preview Of New Song “Begin Again”

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Today is only the first Monday of fall, and already things are looking pretty Red. Anticipation for  Taylor Swift‘s new album is high, with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” already breaking records and tearing up the charts and her VH1 Storytellers on the way. And Taylor’s decision to roll-out the album slowly, one song every Monday on Good Morning America until the whole thing hits shelves on October 22, has us even more eager. This morning she previewed “Begin Again,” a song she says is about “when you’ve gotten through a really bad relationship and you finally dust yourself off and go on a first date,” and that finds her sounding a lot more like the girl from Fearless than than the pop star she is “Never Ever.”  And here she had us all believing she was leaving that all behind and going dubstep! Read more…

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Seeking Treatment After iHeartRadio Meltdown

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse after a public meltdown at this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Armstrong stormed off stage after the band was given the signal to wrap up their set in four minutes during the Vegas concert on Friday. Armstrong then declared he’s not “f–king Justin Bieber” and smashed his guitar.

“Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas,” the band’s rep announced Sunday. “The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances.”

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Prince and Mary J. Blige Team Up For Unexpected Duet At iHeartRadio Music Festival

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Prince and Mary J Blige - iHeartRadio Music Festival

Please forgive us if this post is only moderately coherent. Last night, the  iHeartRadio Music Festival came to a close by showcasing some of the best artists ever to enter the game. And one of the most jaw-dropping performances came from a guy — a legend, really — who wasn’t even in the lineup.

When Mary J. Blige announced she was going to perform a cover, the audience went into a frenzy when it realized the song in question was “Sweet Thing,” Blige’s cover of the Chaka Khan classic. But heads nearly exploded when Blige turned to stage right and introduced her friend Prince. Immediately, every person in the MGM Grand Garden Arena gasped and then screamed. The sound was deafening, the excitement palpable.

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