Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys And P!nk Set To Headline Next Season Of VH1 Storytellers

by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 Storytellers Taylor Swift P!nk And Alicia Keys

During the last few seasons of VH1 Storytellers, we have been fortunate that some truly amazing artists have taken the stage and shared their stories with us. Earlier this year, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Grace Potter blew us all away by opening themselves up and giving us the emotional backstories to the songs in their respective catalogs. This November, though, the VH1 Storytellers franchise is taking things to the next level.

We’re excited to announce that the 17th season of VH1 Storytellers will feature appearances from bona fide music industry superstars Taylor Swift, P!nk, and Alicia Keys. Collectively, these three women have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and have over 20 Grammys sitting on their respective shelves, and they have more more hits than we can count. We cannot possibly be more psyched to share these sessions with you in November, but before that, we have some even more exciting news: Take it away, Taylor!

In case you missed any of that, be sure to head to TaylorSwiftOnCampus.com to enter YOUR school. Who knows, maybe your vote will be the one that sends Taylor Swift to your school to record her episode of VH1 Storytellers!

And now, here’s the rest of the press release!
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Exclusive First Listen: Dwele, Greater Than One

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Dwele‘s new album, Greater Than One, won’t be available for purchase until Tuesday, August 28. But you don’t have to wait that long to hear it! VH1 Tuner is thrilled to present an Exclusive First Listen to the fifth studio LP from the Grammy-nominated singer best known for dropping his soul vocals on Kanye West tracks “Flashing Lights” and “Power.” No joke — for one full week before you’re able to purchase it, you can stream the entire album right here! Read more…

Get A Free MP3 Of Tinashe’s “Boss” (As Featured On VH1′s Single Ladies)

by (@unclegrambo)

Single Ladies Tinashe Boss MP3

Tonight’s episode of Single Ladies features an extremely saucy scene in which Raquel (Denise Vasi) has a fantasy about having sex with Antonio (William Levy). We’ve had the song that appears in the scene, Tinashe’s “Boss,” playing on endless repeat in our offices for a few weeks now, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you.

Tinashe just got signed to RCA Records, but as we wait for her major label debut to drop, we wanted to share a free MP3 of “Boss” —which first appeared on her mixtape, In Case We Die— with you now! But before we do, here’s an exclusive message from Tinashe herself to all you Single Ladies fans out there…

And now, without further ado, here’s your free download of “Boss”:

DOWNLOAD: Tinashe – “Boss” (MP3)

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Nicki Minaj To Bring Roman And Martha Alter Egos With Her As American Idol Judge

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Nicki On Letterman

Nicki Minaj is unpredictable. Get ready to be entertained by the head Barb and her alter egos, Martha and Roman, on this season’s American Idol. According to US Weekly, the rapper will join Mariah Carey to judge TV’s most popular singing contest. An exclusive source tells US Weekly, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” Read more…

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Can Flo Rida Capture Katy Perry’s Song Of The Summer Crown?

by (@unclegrambo)

Welcome to Week 6 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. For the third consecutive summer, Katy Perry has managed to keep the #1 spot on lock (See: “California Gurls” in 2010, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in 2011) with her post-divorce empowerment anthem, “Wide Awake.” That song has been dueling with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” for the crown all summer long, but as we near the conclusion of our Song Of The Summer race, a new challenger for the crown has emerged. That’s right, put your lips together for Flo Rida‘s “Whistle!”

Flo, who is performing on VH1′s Do Something Awards tomorrow night, is no stranger to SOTS success himself. Back in 2010, his collaboration with French house DJ supreme David Guetta and Nicole Scherzinger, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” made a run at Perry’s “California Gurls.” It went to #1 in five countries, including the U.K., and cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks in part to the prominent role it played in Step Up: 3D. This summer, his “Whistle” just ousted “Call Me Maybe” from the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, but does he have what it takes to topple Katy?

That, dear readers, is entirely up to YOU. Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM to vote for your the 2012 Song Of The Summer; hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast so far, but there’s still plenty of time to make sure your favorite artist gets their due!

Rihanna Still Loves Chris Brown, And That’s Her Right

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Rihanna Admits She Still Loves Chris On Oprah Interview

Rihanna‘s free spirit of being her authentic self, flaws and all, is partly why her navy is over 24 million deep on Twitter. Above all, the 24-year-old Barbadian beauty is relatable. Last night Rihanna’s interview with Oprah for OWN’s Next Chapter humanized her in a way that very few journalists can do like Oprah. Her transparency about her life, her mistakes, was nothing short of commendable. It made me like her even more. Yet there were times the interview was difficult to watch.

Outside of her massive success–highest digital selling artist in history with 50 million downloads–people were most curious about her past and present status with Chris Brown. The Queen of daytime talk shows used her magical interviewing skills to get Rihanna to open up about what many of us had already suspected–she still loved Chris. Read more…

Tuned In: Beyonce Leaves Her Footprint With Powerful “I Was Here” Performance At The UN

by (@zaragolden)

Yesterday was the first-ever World Humanitarian Day, how did you celebrate? As previously announced, Beyonce teamed up with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to launch a global campaign to celebrate the day and to encourage people worldwide to get involved. For her part, she released this video of her powerful performance of “I Was Here,” as filmed live last month at the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall.

Looking glamorous in a glittering white gown, she sang the 4 track like the whole world might vibrate with her declarations of “I did”‘s and “I done”‘s. Even she was dwarfed, though, by a montage of recent humanitarian efforts playing on the towering, IMAX-proportion screen behind her, because the day was not meant to be hers alone.

Speaking with Anderson Cooper last week, she explained that, “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Did you do something to leave a foot print?

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Last Lap: No Doubt, Mariah Carey and Cee Lo Green Set To Kick Off NFL Season

by (@zaragolden)

NO DOUBT, MARIAH CAREY AND CEE LO GREEN WILL PERFORM AT THE NFL KICKOFF
Finally, a good reason to watch football! [MTV]

LIMP BIZKIT CALL IT QUITS, MAYBE?
Fred Durst
broke the news in an interview, wherein he explained that, “say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connect to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.” That said, Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has since tweeted otherwise, writing that, “LB has not called it quits. That article is insane. Thanks for your concerns, but we’re all good over here.” Either way, sounds like there’s fire in the hole. [PopDust] Read more…

Does Chris Brown Feel Horrible After Seeing A Clip Of Rihanna’s Emotional Oprah Interview?

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Chris Brown Reacts To Rihanna Crying on Oprah

Oprah knows how to boost those OWN network ratings. Leading up to her suspenseful interview with Rihanna on Next Chapter this Sunday, a teaser was released of Rihanna crying while explaining how she felt after the infamous 2009 incident with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. The video made headlines reigniting the conversation around if the two were still in love and if everyone should forgive Chris now. An emotional Riri said she lost her best friend, but as angry as she was she wanted to protect him. “It became a circus and I felt protective. I felt like the only person they hate right now is him,” she told the queen of talk shows. Read more…

Green Day Have A Hip Hop Song On The Way, And We Can’t Wait

by (@zaragolden)


You have to give it to Green Day, if not much else they do these days could be called punk, their unwillingness to stick to the script is at least kindred in spirit to the lifestyle that gave them rise. From the outset, they have been clear that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their protest rock past, and “Oh Love” already falls more closely in line with the Rolling Stones than The Ramones. This, though, we couldn’t have expected: apparently the “garage-y, Nuggets-type rock” ¡Dos! includes some sort of hip hop track? But not one where Billie Joe Armstrong raps. No, “I’m just the hype man,” he says. Rather, he’s leaving that up to a pro.

Speaking with MTV News, Armstrong explained that they wanted to collaborate with this band called Mystic Knights of the Cobra who are from the Northern California town where Green Day got their start, and that Mystic Knights of the Cobra, it turns out,  just happens to be fronted by a punk girl named Lady Cobra who raps. “She’s a good rapper, so we ended up collaborating with her. She’s this punk girl, she’s in this wild band that does anything from punk rock to hip-hop, so we collaborated with her and it ended up being great,” Armstrong said, adding that “this is the first collaboration  in a long time.” So, they got a punk girl to rap on their self described “garage-y” new album? That’s the spirit!

Check out Lady Cobra’s rap and (roller skate!) skills in the colorful video for Mystic Knights of the Cobra’s “Text Messaging Slut.” Would you hit her up (for a verse)? Read more…