By “Anything Could Happen” Ellie Goulding Means Love Is A Bloody, Gory Thing

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It’s a sad love story in Ellie Goulding‘s “Anything Could Happen.” Something tragic has left a pink haired Ellie on a rocky beach searching to piece back the broken fragments of whatever has happened to her. Filled with sadness, a teary eyed Ellie sings, “After the war we said we’d fight together.” When her lover appears he’s bloody and bruised, which leads to Ellie’s own nose bleed. As she looks over her deceased lover she reflects back to the accident. The car crash has left both of them injured, but more than the physical injuries the collision is a metaphor for their dying love. Read more…

Muse Go Blue For “Madness” Video

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Love conquers all in the shadowy blue future world of Muse‘s new “Madness” video. The charged clip finds a pretty girl courting a trenchcoated Ed Westwick look alike on the subway platform, where throw-down between turn-style jumping, gas-masked rioters and baton wielding swat police seems to be escalating. Matthew Bellamy, looking a little vampiric in the subway underworld, meanwhile sings over the quivering and almost paranoid bass line, “I need to know if this is real love, or is it just madness keeping us afloat.” And somehow, the couple’s lurid love protects them from the chaos that has otherwise infected the world around them. Aww.

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Alicia Keys Dropped Two Versions Of “Girl On Fire,” And There’s Still A Third To Come

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It’s been three years since The Element of Freedom, and with the next on the burner, set for release November 27th, Alicia Keys is turning up the heat. “New Day,” the first single off of Girl On Fire, was a banging and inspiring thing. And now we get the title track, which is actually going to be a three song suite. As such, Keys dropped the suites first two segments yesterday: the chilled out “Girl on Fire (Blue Light)” mix and the Nicki Minaj assisted “Girl on Fire (Inferno)” remix. Still not about actually about Katniss Everdeen, “Girl on Fire” is instead a hot ode to females strong and mighty. “She got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down,” goes the anthem, “This girl is on fire.”

The “Inferno” version features a booming, mid-tempo drum beat derived from rocker Billy Squire’s 1980 breakbeat classic “The Big Beat,” and two rapped Nicki verses. Theatrics turned down and focus turned up, Nicki opens the track with a meditation on Marilyn Monroe (“Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me, audibly/ Ballin’ she/ Said that she would never leave/ Continue to torture me”) and a Gabby Douglas name check (“But I got ‘em aggy, cause I win the gold like Gabby”). Keys, meanwhile, does her usual singing thing, sounding strong as ever when she lets the “this girl is on fire” refrain soar.


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Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne And A$AP Rocky Will Perform Tomorrow At The MTV VMAs

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The countdown clock is ticking, and the MTV Video Music Awards bill of performers is still growing. We already knew that Rihanna would be there to perform, but good word now has it that she’ll be joined by her cocky collaborator and VMA nominee A$AP Rocky for the show’s opening act. What’s more, hip-hop heavyweights Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and YMCMB leading lady Nicki Minaj in the company of a secret guest — anybody seen Mitt’s schedule for the night? — have also been added to the lineup, which already includes previously announced performances from One Direction, Frank Ocean, Green Day, and VH1 Storytellers trio Taylor Swift, P!nk and Alicia Keys.

And, best news of all: the wait just got shorter yet. MTV has moved the Video Music Awards start time up one hour so as to avoid running up against President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, and causing conflict for those equally engaged with pop as with politic. The show will now run from 8 PM to 10 PM, at which point you can switch over to your news channel of choice to watch Obama. Maybe you can have it all.

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BRACKET MADNESS: Who Will Be The Greatest Artist Of The 00s? Britney Spears And Linkin Park Face Off In The Final Round!

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It’s the final round of Bracket Madness and we are only one step away from crowning the Greatest Artist of the 00s! Britney Spears rocked Round 2 scoring a total of 20,396 votes while  *NYSNC received a low score of 4,466 votes. Sorry JT, you had nothing on Brit this round. Facing Britney in the final round is rock group Linkin Park who barely made the cut over Eminem, racking up only 107 more votes than the rapper. So close. So who’s it gonna be? The Princess of Pop or the ultimate genre bending rock-rap group?

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That Metal Debate: The Top 5 Best Screams In A Song

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This week on That Metal Show we were joined by Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Also joining us was TMS alum George Lynch, who stopped by and melted our faces as our guest shredder.

We had to recruit Evan Seinfeld (Attika7) for one of the toughest TMS Top 5 lists we’ve have ever done on the show: Best Screams on a song. There are so many shrieks and shrills out there in the music world, including the ones we can never forget, like the haunting scream in “Child In Time” by Deep Purple and “Angel of Death” by Slayer (Side note: This one still scares Jim Florentine to this day.) We could easily debate Top 5 Rob Halford Screams, not to mention those of Sebastian Bach, but then we remembered it’s called the TMS Top 5, not Top 100 – So, here’s our top 5:

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“We Love You So Very Much:” Beyoncé Gets Lots Of Love From Family And Famous Friends On Her Birthday

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Surprise! Today is Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, and to celebrate the occasion her loved ones snuck into the BeyHive and left it graffitied with the cutest, handwritten and heartfelt Bey-day messages. Included amongst the sneaky well-wishers were family members, team members, former Destiny’s Child members and famous friends, whose wishes include sweet recollections of the birthday girl as “one of the greatest gifts in my life” (from Mom Knowles) to a friendly “HEY” (from Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita) to the more formal but no less lovely “We love you so very much” (Gwenyth Paltrow-Chris Martin clan — young Apple and young Moses included!).

Of all the messages, our favorites are the ones that include inside jokes, like her mother-in-law Mama Carter‘s “You came into my life a sweet southern girl. (LOL),” Michelle Williams‘ post-scripted “Me and you will never part! Ma Te Ta Ta!!” and — most inexplicably — the “‘That’s a lot of paper!’” scribbled next to Gwyneth’s note. There’s a lot of stories to be untangled from these messages, if only we knew what Mama Carter thinks is so funny. Clearly, though, Beyoncé is well loved and admired.

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Madonna And Elton John Finally Play Nice, Ending Their Medium Rare Beef

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Elton John and Madonna Finally End Their Feud

The mudslinging between Elton John and Madonna has been ongoing, or as the British say, a bloody mess! The Sun reports the two are finally tired of the bickering and have made up. According to The Sun, the two bumped into each other at a La Petite Maison restaurant in Nice, France. Before Elton John left the two chatted and shared a laugh. “Just as he was leaving, he went over to talk to Madonna and they were laughing and smiling,” a source told The Sun. Loving is so much better than fighting. Read more…

There Will Be Blood In Green Day’s “Kill The DJ” Video

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Green Day go full charge ahead in the video for ¡Uno!‘s kicky anthem “Kill the DJ.” Their pretty “Oh Love” ladies kept clearly aside, the clip finds the boys saddled up on big bikes and zipping through the desert, off to find a DJ to kill so that good punk fun can be had by all once more. The hit is only a symbolic one, though, and the only real violence to be had here is a slaying guitar riff. Rather, this is an assault against the dubbed-out sound that seems to be dominating today’s air waves, Green Day’s own and only pretend bloody dubstep demolition. Read more…

Stevie Wonder Is Sorry You, Yes You, Misunderstood His Comments About Frank Ocean

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Stevie Wonder Says His Comments on Frank Ocean Were Taken Out of Context

Legendary Stevie Wonder found himself in a bit of trouble recently when a reporter asked him his feelings about Frank Ocean publicly admitting he’d once been in love with a man. Wonder told the Guardian, “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” he said. “People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.” After the interview hit the ‘net the backlash was inevitable. The “Ribbon in the Sky” musician took the holiday weekend to make an official statement to let the world know that his comments had been taken out of context. Read more…