Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Persona Results In A Pink Slip From Skincare Company Nivea

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Nivea Drops Rihanna For Her Bad Girl Image

Rihanna doesn’t represent the wholesome family image? Gasp! It was all good just a year ago for Rihanna’s endorsement deal with skincare company Nivea. A lot can change in 365 days, and Nivea has had a change of heart about the Bajan badgirl representing their brand. Stefan Heidenreich, the new head of Nivea’s parent company Beiersdorf, told the German media Rihanna has been given the pink slip. “The advert starring Rihanna was a no go,” Heidenrich said. “I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna. Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.” We’re guessing rolling a joint on that guy’s head or the incredibly hot vacation bikini shots doesn’t fit Nivea’s trusting image. Read more…

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Katy Perry Continues To Dominate, But Flo Rida and Cher Lloyd Make Big Leaps Towards The Top

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Welcome to Week 4 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends over at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. The top of this week’s chart remains unchanged from last week, with Katy Perry‘s triumphant breakup anthem “Wide Awake” continuing to hold court over Carly Rae Jepsen‘s impossibly catchy “Call Me Maybe” and Maroon 5‘s unstoppable “Payphone.” Don’t see your favorite song near the top of the list? Vote for your Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com!

While the top of the chart didn’t see much movement this week, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some movers and shakers on the chart with their eyes on the Song Of The Summer prize. Flo Rida‘s latest jam, “Whistle,” jumped from #7 to #4 this week, and Cher Lloyd‘s girl power hit is gaining some serious momentum; it debuted at #11 on our weekly chart, propelled by strong sales in the iTunes Store and a rising spot on the Billboard 100 Chart.

When it came to our reader votes, though, the Directioners and Lovatics made their mark; One Direction‘s “That What Makes You Beautiful” lead all SOTS contenders, with Demi Lovato‘s “Give Your Heart A Break” coming in a close second. Your votes really do count, so keep those votes coming! Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM and vote for your favorite artist today.

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Pop Up Video Returns With A New Way For Fans To Get In On The Fun

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Our favorite fun-fact packed music video show Pop Up Video is back, bloops and all, weekday afternoons at 12/11c on VH1! They kicked the season off with the lowdown on Katy Perry’s boozy “The One That Got Away” set. And it looks like they’re just getting warmed up with all the snark-filled glory. A little birdie told me Green Day, The Black Keys, Janet Jackson, Flo Rida and a little “Sexy Can IRay J action are just a few of the stars getting their turn in the hot seat in upcoming episodes.

So, in honor of the return of the show that has made me the queen of pop culture trivia over the years, I used the fabulous create-your-own Pop Up Video player to add some fun facts (read: I found them on Wiki and made the rest up) to All-4-One’s “I Can Love You Like That.” I passed it along to my friends on Facebook and Twitter, who added their own comments. Hilarity ensued. And, because we know you’re as hungry for some 1990s R&B smooth grooves as Anne Hathaway was for food while she was on that Les Miserable diet, check out our video above and add your own Pop Ups. Then head over to popup.vh1.com, if you’re feeling inspired, and show us what you’ve got.

Tuned In: Grouplove Wage War On An Army Of Cardboard Cutouts On Conan

by (@zaragolden)

Last night on Conan, Grouplove and an army of cardboard cutout lookalikes shook all the sleepy out of the late night with an all-out performance of “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” the bright and catchy new single off their rising 2011 album Never Trust a Happy Song. The vibrant pop-rock crew spun and jammed and yelped things like “I’m living loud and I’m living now” until almost all of their two-dimensional counterparts were all knocked down.

Grouplove got the Glee treatment last spring, and this summer they have lit up the festival circuit, making stops at Bonnaroo and Firefly, where they ran into their friends Young The Giant. And this fall, they hit the road for a nationwide tour. Last night marked their national television debut of the song, and like that cardboard army, they knocked it out. We can’t wait to see them do it again and again and again.

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Music Seen: Mud Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop The Music At Lollapalooza

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We came. We saw. We listened. We scrubbed ourselves clean afterward. Lollapalooza 2012 has come and gone, and since it was a weekend that’s likely “fuzzy” for many of its attendees, here are some photographs of the festival’s musicians and crazed fans alike including The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun., Perry Farrell and the extremely-photogenic Florence Welch.

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Lollapalooza Fans

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BRACKET MADNESS: Does Celine Dion’s Voice Or Mariah Carey’s Hits Matter More?

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You wouldn’t want to go up against Celine Dion or Mariah Carey if there were some sort of singing competition similar to a battle rap. Whether both of them possess the pipes to ease through each note as if they were born to sing isn’t arguable. What is debatable for our Bracket Madness is which one should have the chance in the next round to take the crown for greatest artist of the 90s. Celine Dion has the voice and hefty album sells while Mariah has the voice and No. 1 hit singles. The 90s definitely was good to them, but both of these extraordinary singers have timelessly created timeless music that spans well past the 90s era. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Do You Get Chill Out With Dave Matthews Band Or Rock Out With Green Day?

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Pearl Jam and Nirvana having done their part to bring alternative edge to 90′s mainstream, Green Day and Dave Matthews Band swooped in just after Neverland and Ten to further atomized the scene. Each at the top of their own alt-genre, Green Day’s Dookie (1994) heralding an era of mainstream pop-punk while Dave Matthews Band “chilled” the mainstream with their seven-times platinum album Crash (1996). Radio is far more diverse these days, and for that we can thank all of the aforementioned. But Bracket Madness means there can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s. Who should it be?

Like we’ve done with Pearl Jam versus Nirvana and Boyz II Men versus TLC already, let’s break it down. Read more…

Justin Timberlake Is Sort Of Working On New Music, Just Not An Album

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Justin Timberlake Not Working On New Music

The good news: Justin Timberlake is working on new music. The bad news: He’s not working on an album. Word spread pretty fast that JT was working on fresh “crazy crazy stuff” after Digital Spy posted an interview with producer Jim Beanz.  According to the producer, he is set to work with Timbaland and JT on Shock Value 3. In addition, Beanz alluded to material for a new album, which sounded somewhat sketchy since JT is primarily focused on his acting career, running Myspace as the Creative Director, designing home decor and hopefully helping with wedding plans. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Are You Down For The Syrupy Sweet Sounds of Boyz II Men Or CrazySexyCool TLC?

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To get you in the mood for Bracket Madness, we hope you’ve been grooving (even the word grooving is a blast from the past) to sweet melodies by your favorite 90s artists. By now you should have dusted off those ancient CDs or cassette tapes of Boyz II Men and TLC to help you decide which artist should advance to the next round. On one end of the spectrum there’s the quartet turned trio, Boyz II Men that brought us the tear jerker “On Bended Knee.” On the opposite end is TLC that delivered “Waterfalls” flawlessly. There couldn’t be a harder choice, but there can only be one. Read more…