Ciara’s Back With New Single “Sweat” Featuring 2 Chainz

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Ciara's Back with new music "Sweat"

When Ciara debuted “Goodies” and “1,2 Step” in 2004 she quickly rose to stardom. Not long after the commercial success the comparisons to the late incomparable Aaliyah began due to their similar tomboy yet still sexy swag, along with their remarkable dance skills. But by her third and fourth albums Ciara was struggling to figure out where she fit as an artist in the ever evolving music industry. It’s been two years since her last album Basic Instinct. Despite the smash single “Ride” the album was far from a commercial success. Two years have passed and she’s finally back with her latest single “Sweat” from the forthcoming album One Woman Army. For this dance track she enlisted 2 Chainz, one of the hottest rappers around. Read more…

Robin Thicke’s Duets Partners Had To Love Soul Music

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For Robin Thicke Mary J. Blige and Method Man’s collaboration on “All I Need” changed his perspective on duets forever. He probably never imagined he’d think of performing it as a judge on ABC’s Duets, which he ultimately decided against. When charged with finding partners for the show, Thicke was looking for some pretty specific requirements. We’ll give you a hint. His partner had to be a woman. We caught up with the R&B singer to find out what the must-haves on his list were. Read more…

Nicki Minaj Does Interview With Hot 97′s Competitor, Calls Lil’ Kim Irrelevant, Says She Wasn’t Going To Perform “Starships”

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Nicki Talks To 105.1 About Her Absence at Summer Jam

The plot thickens in the case of the missing Barb from Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert. Last night Nicki Minaj called in to Hot 97 to clear the air with Funkmaster Flex about not performing after feeling disrespected by Peter Rosenberg. Per Idolator.com Nicki called in to 97.1′s competitor station, 105.1, to speak to The Breakfast Club this morning, hours after her 55 minute radio interview with Flex. The rivalry between the two New York hip-hop and R&B stations runs deep. Don’t believe us? Ask former archenemies Nas and Jay-Z. Read more…

Vh1 Storytellers Sneak Peek: Norah Jones Purposely Made “Happy Pills” A Mean Song

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We’re beyond ecstatic for the premiere of VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones this Friday. The video to “Happy Pills” may have been about revenge and murder, but in this sneak peek she says the inspiration for the song originated from a far less dramatic place. As far as we know there was no real revenge plot she concocted to get back at a cheating husband as the video shows. It all started from her hunger. No, really. Read more…

Kanye West Curses Out Fan During Watch The Throne Paris Tour, Says ‘You’re Gonna Get F*cked Up’

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Do not distract Kanye West while he’s performing unless you’re prepared for the sheer embarrassment of being cursed out in front of a crowd of thousands. During the Paris stint of Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne tour, the Chicago rapper stopped the show for one harmless (maybe annoying) fan. Each show has created quite a bit of buzz whether it was for performing “N*ggas in Paris” 11 times, or for the A-list celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow (who found herself in hot water after tweeting the n-word) and Beyoncé in the front row. In the latest saga of Watch The Throne in Paris headlines, Kanye goes “H.A.M.” on a fan. Read more…

Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex And The Argument Of Real Hip-Hop

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Nicki vs. Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 SummerJam

Radio vs. hip-hop beef continues between Hot 97 radio and Nicki Minaj after Lil Wayne pulled all of Young Money from Sunday’s Summer Jam concert due to DJ Peter Rosenberg’s comment that “Starships” wasn’t real hip-hop. Last night Nicki called in to Hot 97 to speak to Funkmaster Flex (who was very vocal in shading her at Summer Jam). According to Flex the two exchanged a few heated emails before they could both calm down enough to have a live phone conversation. Emotions were high between the rapper and DJ host as both tried to argue their points regarding the bottomline: should Nicki have performed anyway against her boss’ orders, or is her decision justified? Read more…

Wiz Khalifa, Fun. And Janelle Monae Keep It Electronic Dance Funky With Performances At MTV Movie Awards

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Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards was all about, well, the movies. And the fashion, both (good and bad). But the musical performances deserve a nod of their own. The rock band Fun. performed their hit single “We Are Young” to what sounded like either a glitch in the sound system or struggling vocals. Almost screaming the lead hollered through his performance. Janelle Monae joined the band on stage in her signature black tuxedo accentuated with a black fedora and something still sounded a bit off with the sound of their performance. Nonetheless, we love Fun. and Janelle Monae as collaborators, just as much as we sing along to “We Are Young.” Read more…

May Playlist: Listen To Songs Featured On Your Fave VH1 Shows

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At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. In fact, the team responsible for this task, known as the Creative Music Integration (CMI) group, listens to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Single Ladies and Basketball Wives. We thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into this world.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in May — from artists like Santigold, Estelle, Tank, Neon Hitch and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our June playlist!

VH1 SHOW PLAYLIST: MAY 2012

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Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps Sneak Peek: Mike Tyson Punches Ed Lover And Doctor Dre Gets Stuck On A Fence

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Yo! MTV Raps nostalgia is almost upon us with VH1′s Rock Docs special Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, which airs this Thursday. Tupac’s candid outburst about the Hughes brothers is a note worthy clip in and of itself. But the hilarity that ensues at Mike Tyson’s house is, as the saying goes, one for the history books.
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Summer Jam Concert Review: Nas And Lauryn Hill Perform In Lieu Of Nicki Minaj

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Nas and Lauryn Hill At Hot 97 Summer Jam

In a chain of events few would have expected, Hot 97 Summer Jam was as much about who was performing as it was about who wasn’t performing. By the time Tyga performed “Faded” and “Rack City” there was a dark cloud looming over the nearly 80,000 attendees, and that cloud had nothing to do with the weather. Tyga’s boss, Lil Wayne, had just abruptly pulled the plug on any of his artists performing, including the show’s headliner–Nicki Minaj.

Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, known for his loose (opinionated) lips introduced Kendrick Lamar during the pre-show and dropped a bombshell that set the tone for the rest of the night. “I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing “Starships” later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F*ck that bulls*it,” he said to the crowd. “I’m here to talk about real hip-hop s*it.” The YMCMB president got whiff of the perceived diss and tweeted, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” With that one tweet the boss had spoken. But the show did in fact go on. And in a major way.

Opening acts like Maino, Joe Budden and Joel Ortiz rattled through their old hits to a barely there crowd. That didn’t keep Budden from declaring  he and his crew were the “best rappers in the universe.” People started filling in once Waka Flocka hit the stage with the wild, crazy, party energy he seems to carry with him anywhere he goes. The signature Waka Flocka move–shaking his dreads from side to side–was in full effect during “Bustin At Em,” “It’s A Party,” “Hard In the Paint and “I Don’t Really Care.” “No Hands” served as a segue into Wale’s set as the two shared the stage. J. Cole proved he’s studied in the School of Jay-Z as he was the first to perform with a live band. No entourage needed, he commanded the stage with his mere talent.

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