Tuned In: Pitbull Brings Affection From Abroad With “International Love”

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Pitbull was all about affection from abroad last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing his track “International Love.” The high energy, thumping dance track was met with flashing lights and Pitbull’s signature sunglasses at night. There was even a Super Bowl theme which was pertinent given this week’s game, as Pitbull rapped, “I don’t play football but I touchdown everywhere.” We’re pretty sure there’s some dirty innuendo intended in that line — but what would a Pitbull song be without it? It also looked pretty warm up there on the stage, as Pitbull and his band glistened with sweat — but then we realized that was probably just Pitbull bringing the heat to the euro dance beat.

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Music Video Premiere: The Black Keys, “Gold On The Ceiling”

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The Black Keys gave us a peek at their video for “Gold On The Ceiling” last week, and now we’ve got the whole shebang available for your viewing pleasure. The second single from their breakthrough album, El Camino, “Gold On The Ceiling” is an honest, organic rock song that is as faithful to the roots of the genre as any modern band can be. The video features footage from New York, with lines of people waiting to get into their shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall for their album launch tour, as well as some dates in Los Angeles and overseas. There’s also footage of the guys recording in the studio, and an adorable trying on clothing montage in which they giggle over a bedazzled jacket. Mixed in are also some serious, “the road is a grind” moments with the band traveling in cars and airports, but overall, the vibe of the video is a fun one, and gives a sense of the adventure The Black Keys have partaken in during their meteoric rise over the last few months.

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Last Lap: “Conclusive” Proof That Nicki Minaj Is Actually Jay-Z

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“Conclusive” Proof That Nicki Minaj Is Actually Jay-Z
Vice Magazine has slowed down “Super Bass,” providing conclusive proof that Nicki Minaj is actually Jay-Z. Have a listen, and prepare to be amazed. [Vice]

Lana Del Rey Says There Might Not Be A Second Record
Lana Del Rey told Vogue “I don’t think I’ll write another record. What would I say? I feel like everything I wanted to say, I’ve said already.” No Born To Die 2? [Prefix]

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Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” Is The Soundtrack For VH1′s 100 Greatest Women In Music Promo Spots

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If you flipped over to VH1 anytime over the weekend, chances are you saw a commercial for our upcoming show, The 100 Greatest Women In Music. Beginning next Monday, February 13, we’ll be airing a one-hour special every night at 10 p.m. ET/PT honoring some of the most talented and influential female musicians of all-time. And we’ve gotten more than a few emails over the last few days asking what song is playing during that spot. Well, we’re happy to give you an answer: It’s Ellie Goulding‘s “Starry Eyed,” which is featured on her 2011 album, Lights.

Stay tuned to VH1 Tuner for more information on our upcoming special, The 100 Greatest Women In Music!

Bon Iver Plays A Magical “Holocene” And “Beth/Rest” On Saturday Night Live

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Amidst the weekend madness that was Madonna’s Super Bowl half time show and M.I.A’s controversial bird flip, Bon Iver‘s Saturday Night Live performance slipped quietly under the radar. So we’re going to bring it to your attention as a performance that shouldn’t go unwatched. Playing their hit song “Holocene” (above) and also the unexpected “Beth/Rest” (after the jump) Bon Iver and front man Justin Vernon were impeccable, magical and romantic with their soft brand of choral indie music. Hardly as controversial as Lana Del Rey’s SNL appearance, Bon Iver didn’t put a foot wrong. So whether you’re a Bon Iver fan or not we suggest you watch — especially since the Grammy nominated band wont actually be playing at the Grammys, this might be your best chance to see them on live television!

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Scrooge McJay-Z: The Carter-Knowles Clan Might Be Millionaires, But They’re Not Giving Much To Charity

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New parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles are like, millionaires. You don’t even need us to provide you with the math to know that, but The Daily has made this neat little infographic anyway, just so you can see how much money pop royalty makes, and how little they’ve been contributing to their own charity:

As you can see from the above image, Jay-Z made an obscene amount of money is 2010 — $63 million — and gave only 0.01% of that to his own charity. Feeling a bit miserly in 2010, were you Jay?

Hov’s rep, Jana Fleishman defended the Carter clan, saying in an email to The Daily, “Jay, along with his family, provided office support, overhead support, [mother] Mrs. Gloria Carter’s 100% effort and time, computers, FedEx expenses, accounting, and treasury function support. This was at no cost to the charity.” Except that taxes tell another story, and it seems that the charity paid $7,306 for the expenses mentioned in Fleishman’s email. Maybe Jay-Z needs to be reminded that he wasn’t always Mr. Moneybags, and that empathy can go a long way. What does one buy oneself with $63 million dollars a year anyway? Surely there’s flexibility to share that sort of exorbitant earning?

Giving Back [The Daily]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Kelly Clarkson Sings The National Anthem At The Super Bowl

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The unsung hero of last night’s Super Bowl was Kelly Clarkson. Between Madonna’s spectacular visual assault at the half time show and M.I.A.’s controversy wielding middle finger, Clarkson barely got a look in for her moving rendition of the National Anthem. And how! Meticulously groomed, Kelly appeared like a glamourpuss in a form fitting black dress, smokey eyes and a sleek hairstyle. Her perfect look matched her flawless vocal — Kelly hit every note with stirring accuracy. Dynamic and moving, the performance show cased Kelly’s beautiful voice and the ease with which she employs it, doing extreme justice to both her talent and the country’s National Anthem.

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How Do You Feel About M.I.A.’s “Controversial” Middle Finger Salute During The Super Bowl Halftime Show?

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How much controversy can one empty gesture cause? If today’s Internet furor is anything to go by, a lot. In a blink-and-you’ll miss it moment (we didn’t even blink and we missed it the first time around!) during last night’s Super Bowl half time performance, rapper M.I.A. gave cameras the middle finger live on stage, as she suggestively sang “I don’t give a shhhh…” during Madonna‘s “Give Me All Your Luvin’”. In an vain attempt to erase the ‘obscene’ gesture, the broadcast blurred seconds later — but it was too late! We already saw it! That dreaded, awful… Middle finger! GASP!

Of the ‘incident’, Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL said, “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans,” while NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said, “The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.” We feel like we really missed something here — on the spectrum of one to controversial in the Madonna-sphere, a flipped bird seems pretty weak.

We were really expecting the show to yield some real controversy — Madonna stealing a kiss with Nicki perchance (not that we think there’s anything wrong with that, but we imagine it really would have caused a stir!), or something along the lines of a boundary-pushing, 80s Madonna. Instead what we got was a half-baked push of the button, and not even by Madonna herself. It’s unclear whether or not the action was staged; if it was orchestrated by Madonna, we think it’s a cop out on her part to have the non-white, UK artist make the move. However, if it was an impromptu movement on M.I.A’s part, it seems like a fairly desperate attempt to reclaim the title of “edgy” pop star after the truffle fries incident.

Either way, the flipped bird was school-yard level offensive at best — and it seems like detractors were expecting to have something to gripe about before they even saw the show, so are grasping at straws to find something perturbing about the performance. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and in this case, the complaint-mongers are milking that bird for all it’s worth.

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Tuned In: Madonna Brings Spectacular Extravagance To The Super Bowl Half Time Show

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Madonna redefined the word ‘spectacular’ with her Super Bowl half time show over the weekend. In what we’re sure cost the debt of several small third world countries, Madonna’s show was a no-holds-barred exercise in precision choreography and aesthetic decadence. Ushered in on the shoulders of an army of Roman Empire soldiers on a giant, regal float complete with gold throne, Madonna vogued to open the set, and what better song to vogue to than “Vogue”? After the perfectly synchronized, slow pace of Madonna’s voguing, the veteran broke seamlessly into “Music,” showing off some serious athletic agility and surely making America forget that she’s a woman in her 50s.

“Music” got a cool mash-up from guests LMFAO, who mixed the classic Madonna track with their hit “Party Rock Anthem.” The LMFAO boys shared a fun synchronized shuffle and some awkward slap-stick visual narrative with Madonna for the remix, ripping off her gladiator style skirt to reveal a simple black dress just in time for her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined Madge on stage for a gold pom pom filled dance extravaganza which wasn’t entirely without controversy (and what would a Madonna show be without controversy?), courtesy of M.I.A. and an inconspicuous enough little bird (more on that later).

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OK Go’s Video For “Needing/Getting” Features A Car As The Entire Band

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Sometimes it feels like OK Go have cornered themselves by creating so many magical, innovative videos — because now we just expect that the band will give us something quirky, thoughtful and original. Lucky for OK Go, they don’t seem to have a problem delivering, ever, and their video for “Needing/Getting” is no exception. Given the hype around the Drive soundtrack last year, it seems that OK Go found inspiration in the movie, literally driving in order to create music.

The video sees the band in brightly colored safety suits inside a car that’s kitted out with all manner of mystery gadgets. Once the car takes off, the meaning of the gadgetry becomes apparent, and it’s go go gadget music! The car speeds through a country landscape, various antennae beating against barrels to create a drum beat, extending to strum guitars hanging from a fence and to tickle against glass in a cacophony of glorious sounds. The set itself seems huge, with the car speeding down corridors with instruments and found items positioned in such a way as to create music. We’ve got to hand it to OK Go — they never cease to surprise and awe with the technicality and imagination of their videos.

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