Lupe Fiasco And Guy Sebastian Shed Those “Battle Scars”

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Battle scars of life. Battle scars from love. Battle scars caused by war. Lupe addresses all three in the video to his third single from the September 25th Food & Liquor II. The visual for “Battle Scars” is quite the contrast from his previous controversial “Bitch Bad.” Lupe and Australian singer Guy Sebastian lament about being wounded from whatever it is that has caused one’s battle scars. Hurt people write down what they’re fighting to overcome on a blank page. Lupe lights a torch, throwing it inside the abandoned building to represent setting those hurdles on fire and overcoming. The pages are ripped from the book so each person can start anew with no more war wounds. Read more…

What Will Kanye West Rap About On “White Dress” For RZA’s Iron Fists Soundtrack

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Kanye Blesses RZA of Wu-Tang's Movie With  A Song For the Soundtrack

The clock is winding down for the RZA directed flick The Man with the Iron Fists. The Wu-Tang Clan‘s master producer embraced his obsession with kung-fu, which led to the Quentin Tarantino approved upcoming film that RZA also stars in. For the soundtrack dropping October 23, RZA called on hip-hop vets for the first album that will be released through his new label, Soul Temple Records. All Hip Hop reports acts like Ghostface Killah,Talib Kweli, Method Man, Pusha T and Kanye West have songs on the 16-track soundtrack. And for a  touch of soul Corrine Bailey Rae and Res lend their vocals to the male squad. Read more…

Last Lap: Micky Dolenz Of The Monkees Hates Meth, Loves Breaking Bad

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MICKY DOLENZ FROM THE MONKEES HAD NO IDEA HIS SONG WAS GOING TO BE USED ON BREAKING BAD
Singer Micky Dolenz thinks Breaking Bad‘s use of The Monkees’ B-side “Goin’ Down” was “a very smart call,” but wants you to know also that the song has nothing to do with drugs. “I certainly don’t condone meth — that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives,” he told THR. He added also that, “On the other hand, I like that TV show, it’s very well-made. …And no, I didn’t make a penny.” The more you know! [THR]

ELSEWHERE IN BREAKING BAD NEWS: WALTER WHITE ASKS YOU “SAY HIS NAME”
Can we get Beyoncé‘s word on meth and Breaking Bad? [Buzzfeed]

INSANE CLOWN POSSE REVIEW “CALL ME MAYBE” VIDEO
In sum: “Who is this?” [Fuse]
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THAT METAL DEBATE: Top 5 Worst Album Covers (On Great Albums)

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Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by comedian/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and former front man of Queensryche Geoff Tate, who talked about the betrayal that came with the implosion of the band. Also on our mini stage, we had guest shredder George Lynch joining in on the action.

This week’s TMS Top 5 is different from the rest. Instead of choosing a list based on just the music, we decided to combine music and looks to come up with the Top 5 Worst Album Covers, but the albums have to be great. (We are superficial, we know.) Here’s what we came up with.

TMS Top 5 Worst Album Covers on Great Albums

1. Riot – Fire Down Under

Eddie, Don, and Jim all agree it’s an amazing record, but Riot has had a series of horrendous album covers so we can’t really say we’re surpised by it being #1.  Jim also said it makes him want to club a baby seal. (Don’t worry PETA, no seals were harmed during the filming of That Metal Show).
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Madonna Defends Her Controversial MDNA Tour With Poetic Manifesto

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Though no stranger to controversy, Madonna seems to have taken things to a whole new level with her current MDNA tour. There have been tears and protests, swastika iconography and fake gun wagging, lawsuits and body parts, and all this before she touched back down stateside for the tour’s North American leg, which begins tonight in Philadelphia. For her latest controversial move, she put pen to paper and scribed a letter of explanation for these faux pas past, insisting mostly that her show “not be taken out of context” of her “journey.” Read more…

Frank Ocean Joins List Of Heavyweights To Perform At This Year’s VMAs

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Frank Ocean Set to Perform at VMAs

The anticipated outrageous and unpredictable moments of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us, folks. This year viewers can expect one thing for sure: to laugh until their stomach hurts with funny man Kevin Hart as host. But what is the VMAs without its all-star lineup of performers? Most recently added to the roster is talented newcomer Frank Ocean. Imagine him singing “Pyramids” with the visual stage set-up to accompany the song. This could mean actual faux pyramids, stripper poles, a stripper–oh my, the possibilities! Read more…

The Fab Five’s Aly Raisman Has Offered Phillip Phillips Gymnastics Lessons, And He’s “Down”

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In town on tour, reigning American Idol winner Phillip Phillips breezed through VH1 headquarters last week to perform his coronation single and Song of the Summer contender “Home” on Big Morning Buzz Live, and then for a quick chat with us about the song and his Olympic ambitions. With American Idol already won, it turns out there may also be Olympic glory in his future, especially if Fab Five star Aly Raisman gets her way with him. Read more…

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Katy Perry Holds Tight At The Top, But It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

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Welcome to Week 7 of VH1′s Song Of  The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant! As mentioned last weekKaty Perry is killing it for the third consecutive summer. “Wide Awake” has held tight at the top of the charts since early in the race, and with only one week of voting left in the competition, the title is close in sight. That is, unless you, voters, have something to say about it! Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Are You A “Stan” For Eminem Or “Do U Wanna Ride” For Jay-Z?

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The 2000s seem like nearly yesterday. Really. It doesn’t feel like 12 years ago we were rapping along to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” and Jay Z‘s “This Can’t Be Life.” We’re back with another Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 2000s. While NSYNC and Backstreet Boys go toe-to-toe on the boy band front, and Beyonce and Britney Spears face-off for their pop singing match, Eminem and Jay-Z will battle in a street corner cipher (obviously not literally, although this would be awesome) for votes to send one of these rhyme slayers to round two. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Did Nickelback Or Linkin Park Rock Your 00s?

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This round of Bracket Madness‘ third match-up draws a battle between popular Aught rockers Nickelback and Linkin Park. In a decade where pop mostly reigned supreme, both these rock groups were able to establish sounds and styles of their own, and to sell tons and tons of records. Nickelback have filled arenas with their melodic, post-grunge rock, while Linkin Park have paved the way for rock-rap groups a many. If only one of these two great rock groups can move on to the next round of the Greatest Artist of the 00s, who should it be? Read more…