Lollapalooza Day Three Recap: All Hail Queen Flo

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Mother Nature cut Lollapalooza concertgoers a break for the third and final day of music/debauchery, delivering bright sunshine and a breeze. The stinkier-by-the-minute mud pits lingered, though, and the filth-lovers of the crowd wasted no time jumping right in. It was a day of dream fulfillment, surprise cameos, and of course, plenty of ear candy.

Outasight stopped by VH1 in a jovial post-show mood. He kindly took the time to chat with VH1 News’ Janell Snowden. Stay tuned for the interview!

I was reluctant to venture back into the chaos that was Perry’s stage, but duty called, as did Swedish electronica band Little Dragon. The stylish frontwoman Yukimi Nagano worked her tambourine like a boss and the dancing fans ate it right up as a conga line of various blow-up creatures bounced above their heads.

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Karmin Raps For Us As We Take Shelter From The Lollapalooza Heat

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You may be surprised, given her vicious flow at the end of the above video, but Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann was not born rapping. Rather, she was born to a Christian family in a small town in Nebraska where “it was hard to get my hands on the really good rap.” It took a thoughtful middle school boyfriend who included a little Dr. Dre his mixtapes and a  lot of elbow grease. “I did a lot of studying, a lot of imitating,” Heidemann admitted, when we caught up with her at the “Women Who Rock” Showcase during the rainy Lollapalooza weekend. The pop duo played an after-party for Rolling Stone and then Heidemann did a little spitting just for us, to prove that all the hard work has paid off. And it’s clear that she’s a natural “Ringer” — a rapping singer — who can “Karminize” just about anything on the spot. World, watch out!

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Drake Serenades Toronto At OVO Fest With Surprises From 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj

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Drake OVO Fest Brings Out 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Waka

Drake‘s priorities right now: OVO Fest and finishing his high school diploma. Oh, and somewhere between the two is showing the world his love for Aaliyah by executive producing her posthumous album. But last night it was all about giving back to his hometown, the 416. Toronto, Canada was in for a treat with a lively two-hour set at the OVO Fest from the rapper who’d dropped the new track “Enough Said” featuring Aaliyah hours before his show. In all white Drizzy performed a range of his catalog including “Take Care,” “Lord Knows,” “Over,” “Practice,” “We’ll Be Fine,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Headlines.” The cherry with sprinkles on top of the already delicious sundae was the surprise guests like The Weeknd (also a Toronto native), 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, French Montana, Snoop Dogg (er, Snoop Lion) and Nicki Minaj. Read more…

Lady Gaga Announces Title of Her Next Album With A Tattoo

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Last week, Lady Gaga tweeted a picture of  a new tattoo on the underside of her arm with a “new ink new album” message. And,  like only she can do in less than 140-characters, she had the Monster-net scrambling for more evidence that their Mother Monster’s new album might be on its way. A lyric? A song title? An album name? This morning she clarified, confirming casually that the name of her next “album/project” is officially ARTPOP. Like Pop Art, but backwards and — as she’ll be sure you know! — shouted in all uppercase. “Make sure when writing about my new album/project ARTPOP that you CAPITALIZE the title, *its all in the details,*” she instructs. Little Monsters, paws up! There’s new Gaga coming your way. Read more…

Aaliyah and Drake, Her #1 Fan, Collaborate For “Enough Said”

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Drake‘s been vying hard for his #1 Babygirl Fan cred, with samples and name drops and tattoos and all. This latest move, though, one-ups it all.

Drizzy has pulled previously unreleased vocals from the vaults and, with production help from his producer Noah “40″ Shebib and with a guest verse by he himself, returning Aaliyah to the world for a new song. Just like he said he would. Posted to the October’s Very Own blog right before the OVO Festival in Toronto yesterday, and cited as an Aalyiah song featuring Drake, the title says it all: “Enough Said.”

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Elements of Drake’s Style: His 13 Most Regrettable Go-To Looks

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Drake has, as a rapper and a rap star, forged his own by singing, rapping, hugging and wearing as many sweaters as he so pleases. Capable when articulating his heartbreaks and struggles with fame and new-found fortune, he seems to struggle with sartorial expression and has showed up on stages and red carpets, about town and in videos, in everything from bold animal prints to his too well worn team sweats and only occasionally dressed to the 9′s (suits, by the way, he looks great in!). Drake has worked hard through the years to find a look all his own, and though he’s taken a lot of slack for his bold and often regrettable attempts, he’s yet to shy away from a bold pattern nor an unusual accessory. Because, like he says, “it’s all of the little accents that make me a king/ I never hear the disses they try to point out to me, but it’s whatever if somebody wants to make it a thing.”

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Tuned In: Frank Ocean Brings “Bad Religion” To Lollapalooza 2012

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“This next song I am going to play I guess is pretty important to me because of some of the things I’ve said in the past month. Just kind of taking some freedom for my self, you know?” announced Frank Ocean at his Lollapalooza set this weekend, to a crowd soggy from the rain but in high-spirits nonetheless. And, mostly still at the front of the stage, wearing what seems to be his Channel Orange uniform — a crimson cardigan and a red, white and blue handkerchief around his forehead — he performed “Bad Religion,” a harrowing love song that has also come to mark his coming-out. The rain delay had pushed Ocean’s set back in the night, meaning he would have to compete with headlining sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Avicii sets. The promise of such intimacy and emotion were enough, though, to draw an audience. “I am grateful for that love,” he said, and the crowd roared.

Frank Ocean “Bad Religion” At Lollapalooza [RapRadar]

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BRACKET MADNESS: Vote For The Greatest Artist Of The 90s

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Bracket Madness: Greatest Artist of the 90s

Artists of the 90s rock! Not only did they produce some of the greatest music of all time, they were trendsetters with style, image and sound. Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with our Greatest Artists of the 90s Bracket Madness. While dwelling in the utopia of nostalgia, vote for the artist you’d like to reign as the greatest artist of the 90s. What’s awesome about the music from that golden era is the diversity in choices–from grunge, r&b/soul, big balladeers or alternative rock–the 90s ruled with indelible artists of every genre.

In Round One it’s Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam and Boyz II Men takes on TLC. How will you choose between Nirvana, hello Kurt Cobain anyone, and the creators of “Black?” Also in Round One  pop diva Mariah Carey and Celine Dion duke it out while Green Day and the Dave Matthews Band go head-to-head. Mariah’s five octave range versus Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and the punk rock sound of Green Day versus the jazzy rock of Dave Matthews Band. Only one can win the coveted VH1 Greatest Artist of the 90s title.

Vote, vote and vote some more to see your favorite artist advance to the next round. Round One is open from today to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8. Round Two opens from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8 to 4 p.m on Friday, August 10. The final round voting opens at 4 p.m. Friday, August 10 and closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13. Check back daily to see who’s in the lead.

Lollapalooza Day Two Recap: Chicago Showers Bring Mud Madness

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What started off as a suffocatingly hot and humid Day Two at Lollapalooza turned into a mud bath by dinnertime. The Lollapalooza Evacuation 2012 commenced around 3PM when severe thunderstorms threatened the safety of the shelterless attendees. While initial reactions to the enforced mass exodus were confusion, anger and sulking, it was very obvious how everyone soothed their frustration. Booze. Lots of booze. Let’s recap the wet ‘n’ wild Saturday, kicking off with the single show I saw before the storm. And I’m so glad I did.

The Givers are the kind of band that makes a crowd happily throw their hands in the air, hop around and sing any lyric they know. Fans got particularly riled up during a lively rendition of “Up Up Up” and it didn’t go unnoticed by band members Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco. The Louisiana-based group repeatedly stressed how grateful they were to be performing at Lollapalooza. They gave (see what I did there) a spirited performance that surely pleased fans and won over some new ones.

Chairlift was next on the docket for the same stage but unfortunately ended up being one of the shows canceled. Cue three hour rain delay and the soaking of my moccasins.

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Lollapalooza Evacuated: Lightning, Torrential Rain, Pouting Ensues

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While waiting to hop in the photo pit for Chairlift, word got around that their performance would be delayed. We photogs looked up to the gray but not super threatening clouds and figured it’d be a half hour or so. Nope, turns out, all 90,000 attendees were being very reluctantly shuffled off the grounds. Unsurprisingly, many a youngster pouted and sat on the curb, tutus splayed out and beers in hand. About 30 minutes later, the skies opened and all were cleansed of their face paint and body glitter.

Doors just reopened, so we’re heading back into the very muddy trenches for a few more shows, including Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More rain is likely…hoping to nab a neon poncho on the way over.

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[Photos: Lauren Olson]