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…

Music Seen: Walk The Moon Get Awesomely Sweaty For You Oughta Know Live

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On repeat all the while, “Anna Sun” kept our summer synch-drenched and charged with Neverland-like fantasies of ghost towns rattled. And now with fall is upon us, we are excited to announce that two time Big Morning Buzz Live veterans Walk The Moon will represent as September’s You Oughta Know artist! And so alas, the fun does not ever have to stop. The Cincinati foursome dropped by VH1 headquarters last month to play an high energy and hard working — also, sweaty! — You Oughta Know Live set, which we’ll roll out throughout the month. And until then, our photographer Lauren Weissler tagged along, capturing their day, down time, perspiration, face paint and all, to give you a peak behind the scenes. Have a look!

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EXCLUSIVE LISTEN: Rihanna Adds A$AP Rocky To “Cockiness (Love It)” Remix

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Rihanna's "Cockiness (Love It)" Remix Ft. A$AP Rocky

The countdown is in full effect for Thursday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. And one of our favorite good girls gone bad is performing at this year’s extravaganza.The past couple of months has consisted of Rihanna vacationing in Cannes, France and chatting with Oprah in her home island of Barbados. As she gears up for her big VMA performance, Riri is treating us to a new exclusive single “Cockiness (Love It)” featuring A$AP Rocky. Harlem newcomer opens the catchy song that we’ve come to love for its bridge and hook with a vibrant verse proving why he’s a rapper on the ultimate come up. “I’m wearing fox fur/rocking Oxfords/eating oxtails/sipping Cockspur,” he raps. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a track together is everything that is right with pop and hip-hop! Listen to the full track at http://rihanna.mtv.com. The song will be available on iTunes after the VMAs on Thursday.

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PSY Scooped Up By Justin Bieber’s Manager And Set To Make His VMA Debut

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PSY signs to Scooter Brauns Record Label

It was just last month we reported on who PSY is and why his “Gangnam Style” video had 23 million views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. One viral hit, over 100 million views later and the South Korean singer/rapper has signed with Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic. Braun manages Justin Bieber and also signed Carly Rae Jepsen to his label. PSY uploaded his big announcement on Monday showing both Braun and PSY chatting about making history. “And we’ve come to an agreement to make some history together,” said Braun. “[To] be the first Korean artist to break a big record in the United States.” To celebrate the moment the two cheers with South Korean alcohol soju in hand, to which Braun says tastes like rubbing alcohol. “One of two things are going to happen here. Either we’re going to have a great successful career, or I’m going to throw up and the whole thing’s over.” How’s that for a toast? Read more…

Azealia Banks Goes Retro In “1991″ By Channeling Madonna And Aaliyah

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Visually Azealia Banks owns the vogue and vintage look and feel in her videos. It’d be easy to mistake her for a high fashion model opposed to the Harlem bred speedy tongued rapper she is. Directed by Justin Mitchell “1991″ brings, well, 1991 back in style. A black pants suit has rarely looked as glamorous as it does against a white backdrop or in a blue room studio or behind a raindrop covered glass. Her aggressive lyrics directly contrast with the smooth house electronic instrumentation, which is what makes the song sound heavenly. Read more…