Tuned In: You Oughta Know Represents At The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

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Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!

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Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Only Mariah Carey And TLC Remain, Who Will Be The Greatest Artist Of The 90s?

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Ah, and here we are at the final match-up of Bracket Madness and we are almost ready to crown the Greatest Artist of the 90s. In the last round, TLC knocked out Nirvana while Mariah Carey outshone Green Day. And so now, down from the original eight, we have but two: TLC and Mariah Carey. There can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s, and we know its hard, but a decade so great as the 90s deserves a worthy representative. Who should it be? Read more…

Who is PSY, And Why Is His Song “Gangnam Style” The Third Most Popular Video On YouTube?

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In the spirit of the Olympic Games, it’s time for our VH1 Song of the Summer to look at a track tearing up the charts on a global level. South Korean singer/rapper PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” was released on July 15 and entered the GAON Singles Chart at No. 1. It also hit the iTunes Top 40 in Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand.

When Twitter’s Head of Music @tatiana first tweeted the “Gangnam Style” video last week, it already had 12 million views on YouTube – in only two weeks.

Since then, we’ve added dozens of views ourselves singing along (to the parts we understand) of the infectious song and hypnotizing video. (It’s up over 23 million now and shows no signs of slowing down.)

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Drake Has More No. 1 Hits On The R&B/Hip-Hop Charts Than Jay-Z

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Drake Passes Jay-Z's Record of R&B and Hip Hop No. 1s

People can keep on talking about Drake executive producing Aaliyah‘s posthumous album while he breaks records. It’s official. Drake has the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts with 10 hits including the recent collaboration with 2 Chainz for “No Lies.” He can thank 2 Chainz later. Unexpectedly the YMCMB rapper passed Jay-Z who previously held the title with nine No. 1s on the same charts. The total number includes both individual songs and collaborations. Who would have thought the guy with some of the most regrettable go-to looks would break a veterans record so early in his career? His boss Lil Wayne is third on the list with eight No. 1s  and Kanye West‘s not far behind with six. Weezy really did cultivate the Toronto rapper so he could take over the rap game one R&B/Hip Hop hit at a time. Read more…

Skrillex Says He “Did Some Music” For Kanye West’s Next Album

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This is some interesting news: Skrillex is collaborating with Kanye West on West’s new album. Or so says Skrillex in this new interview with the Daily Beast. “I did some music with Kanye, from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said the dubstep king. He didn’t say much more, but the aside was enough to drum up excitement about the internet. West hasn’t really spoken on this next album yet, but his long time producer and collaborator No I.D. says that it’s happening and that it’s “everything you don’t expect.” And so, assuming that 1. there really is an album happening, and 2. that it’s far enough along that West already thinking about a first single or thinking about sequencing, this collaboration could totally happen.

A year ago, back when Skrillex was but a thing for the young people and the radio still played songs that weren’t heavy with drops, we might have been scratching our heads at this. But the times have changed. It’s 2012 and we are now living in a dubbed out, womp-womp sort of world. And always the pioneer, West has already made himself at home here. 2007′s “Stronger” featured a Daft Punk sample, and Watch The Throne was rife with dub-flavor between that massive drop at the end of  “N****s In Paris”  and the admittedly dubstep-inspired “Who Gon’ Stop Me.” Not to mention, West’s been a Skrill fan since his YEEZYWORLDPEACE days, when he called “Cinema (Remix)” “one of the greatest works of art ever made.” ‘Ye usually gets what he wants, and we feel confident that should this happen, he’ll totally make it work.

Skrillex Invades L.A. to Headline HARD Summer Festival [DailyBeast]

T.I. Pops Off On Instagram Over Rude Comment Made To His Stepdaughter

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T.I. Goes Off On Instagram Over His Daughter

There’s no denying that T.I. is a family man. And a bit of a hot head. On his show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle it was quite apparent that there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his wife and kids. That includes going “H.A.M.” on Instagram over inappropriate comments to his step daughter. His 16-year-old stepdaughter Zonnique of OMG Girlz posted a photo of herself on the photo sharing site. Harmless enough, right? It was all good until a guy commented, “Can we f—?” As a father, the King of the south didn’t appreciate such a crass remark. He replied to the suitor to let him know what would not be tolerated. Read more…

Rita Ora Career Check: Everything You Need To Know Before Ora‘s Debut

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Let’s call it the Rita Ora bubble. The Kosovo born, London raised star has hard at work on her debut album since 2009 and all the while she’s been busy building herself hype. Over the past few years, she’s given a lot of interviews, played festivals, made nice with Rob Kardashian, and begun hinting at a fashion line in the works. She’s made sure to keep visible and to always be looking good with crimson lips, fly style, and a big smile. As a result, she’s been fun to root for, and not just because she’s got a big dog like Jay-Z behind her. But she only has a handful of songs to her name, and with her debut release Ora finally close on the horizon, we have to wonder what exactly we are going to get. Can she live up to the hype? Or will the bubble pop? Let’s break it down. Read more…

Spice Girls Are Going To Take Us Back To The 90s With Olympics Closing Ceremony Performance

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Olympics Closing Ceremony

This year’s Olympics has been a whirlwind of fun that is sadly coming to an end this Sunday. After much frantic excitement, loud cheers rooting for our favorite athletes and teams, we’re looking forward to Sunday’s A Symphony Of British Music closing ceremony concert. A gaggle of UK artists will serenade the 10,000 athletes that competed in this year’s Olympics in a televised concert. Rumored artists aside, and there are plenty, we know for sure the Spice Girls will reunite to take us back to the good ‘ol days of “Wannabe,” and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Read more…

Adam “MCA” Yauch’s Will Prohibits Advertising From Using His Image Or Music

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MCA's Will Prohibits Use Of His Music In Any Advertising

We still can’t believe Beastie BoysAdam “MCA” Yauch is gone. He kept his word on never selling out to corporate, though, and even in death he’s honoring that promise. DNA Info reports that MCA’s last will and testament specifically instructed that his image, music and any art he’s created be prohibited from use in advertisement. Considering the number of ads where deceased stars like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Louis Armstrong have appeared well past their death, this ban is completely understandable. The rhymes from “Triple Trouble” take on a whole new meaning now. “Cause I’m a specializer, rhyme reviser/Ain’t selling out to advertisers/What you get is what you see/And you won’t see me out there advertising.” Read more…

Tuned In: Emeli Sandé Shines With “Wonder” On Today Show

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You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé won Olympic glory before the games even began with her stunning Olympic opening ceremony performance, but stateside viewers missed it, because the NBC broadcast cut the segment for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. This morning, the network made up for it by inviting the opening ceremony star to the Today Show‘s Olympic Village set-up for a quick chat and to sing a brand new song. “The sun’s shining, we are in the amazing Olympic Village, and we are full of wonder,” she said before jumping into the triumphant “Wonder.” Her voice buoyed by soul and her hair swooped high with hope, she claimed her spotlight, singing confidently, “I am full of light, yes I am full of wonder.” And truly she is. This was the perfect song to lead-off this last weekend of the games, because even we, who are not competing, were left feeling inspired.

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