Tuned In: Ziggy Marley Pays “Jammin’” Tribute To His Father On Conan

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Last night on Conan, Bob Marley‘s eldest son Ziggy Marley celebrated LA’s newly anointed Bob Marley Day and the DVD release of Marley with a lovely performance of his father’s classic hit “Jammin’.” Ziggy summoned his father’s spirit, jamming out on a red-yellow-and-red guitar and with a smooth backing band behind him. It’s like his father knew when he wrote the song in 1977 that we would still be enjoying it all these years later, and that his progeny would assure that this jam is going to last. Who needs a holograph when you’ve got a flesh and blood son that can keep your spirit alive for you? To think that jamming was a thing of the past…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Are You A Songbird Like Mariah Carey Or Did You Scream Along To Green Day?

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This is where Bracket Madness gets really difficult. In round-one, Mariah Carey and her five-octaves beat-out the ever-classy Celine Dion, while Green Day‘s punk spirit trumped Dave Matthews Band‘s laid-back jams. And so now this next round pits Mariah Carey against Green Day, two artists whose messages and music were totally different, the songbird and the screamers. Though different at first blush, it was usually “Fantasy” or “Basket Case” that had us hoarse in the throat by night’s end. If you caught us in the car, it was “Always Be My Baby” or “Good Riddance” that we would be singing along to. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Were You Feeling Nirvana’s Grunge Or TLC’s Funky Hip-Hop Soul?

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It’s on, folks! Voting for Round Two of Bracket Madness for the greatest artists of the 90s is upon us. And the choice isn’t getting any easier. By popular vote, Nirvana slaughtered Pearl Jam in a land slide win of 29%. In a much closer call, TLC beat out Boyz II Men by a 13% vote. Now it’s time for the alternative rock band to duke it out with the super girl group for the chance to take on either Green Day or Mariah Carey for the championship win. Since we’re in Olympics mode we want you to jump hurdles, cartwheel or leap to vote for either Nirvana or TLC. Read more…

Ultimate GIF Wall: People Dancing At Lollapalooza

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It’s no secret that people really cut loose at festivals – nobody bats a lash at someone dancing all by their lonesome in the middle of a field, beer or joint in hand, cares to the wind. These precious moments of free spirit so often go unnoticed that we could think of no better way to make you feel like you were at Lollapalooza 2012 than to bring you a GIF wall of concertgoers getting down. Movin’ it, shakin’ it, droppin’ it, and yes, fist pumpin’ it. We challenge you not to smile while checking out the sweet, sweet dance moves of Lolla’s finest.

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Madonna Shows Support For Russian Feminist Punks During Her Concert In Russia

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It can’t hurt to have Madonna on your team. Onstage in Moscow last night, Madge voiced her support for the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who have been in jail the past five months on charges of hooliganism, the night before their trial wrapped. This MDNA tour has been a particularly controversial one, with feelings and bits spilling freely, but Madonna’s words last night were careful, clear and — at least by those in attendance — uncontested.

“There are many sides to this story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government … I think that they have done something courageous, I think that they have paid the price for this act, and I pray for their freedom,” she offered during the show’s pause, “PUSSY RIOT” scrawled across her back. Then she called on the Moscow audience, who, “if you’re here as my fan, you feel that you deserve the right to be free,” to join her. The speech earned a massive applause.

Madonna is not the first artist to come out in support of Pussy Riot — Patti Smith, Sting, Pete Townsend, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for a few, have spoken in their defense. She was bold, though, to voice her support in Moscow and on the eve of their trial’s close. Who are Pussy Riot? Check out our primer below.

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Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t Is The No. 1 Album In The Country

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Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't No. 1 album

Rick Ross
proclaimed his title as the “biggest boss that you’ve seen thus far” years ago. With God Forgives, I Don’t reaching No.1 on the Billboard 200 he shows and proves why he’s leading the rap game pack. Selling 218,000 records in the first week, GFID is the Miami rapper’s fourth No. 1, which gives him more than seasoned artists like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. His sales were peaked thanks to Amazon MP3, which will sell the album for $5 for the entire month of August. It has already racked up 90,000 downloads making it No.1 on the digital album charts. We may be dating ourselves a bit here, but we remember a time when digital sales didn’t exist. Vinyl records, cassettes or CDs were the only ways to purchase music. My how times have changed. Read more…

Through Gotye’s Animated “Save Me” We See The Beauty Of A Better Half

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After Gotye‘s cultural phenomenon video to “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the Aussie musician debuted the animated follow-up to his latest single “Save Me” directed by Peter Lowey. In a snow storm various body parts are pulled by a magnetic force to create the face and body of an incomplete man. By man we mean non-human animated male. Now that he’s assembled he travels through the snow–searching. In his pursuit he takes hold of the hand of a mystery person with a visible pumping red heart. While our Song of the Summer contender sings, “When I could not love myself/And you made me turn/From the way I saw myself,” the red hearted woman makes Mr. Incomplete whole. His better half  saved him. His search is a success. And even in the blizzard the sun shine brights on love. Read more…

Wait No More! Mumford & Sons Return With New Track “I Will Wait”

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It’s only fit that “I Will Wait,” the first single off of  Mumford & Sons long-awaited Babel come accompanied by a video of the road, passing endlessly behind. The British bluegrass band have come a long way since their days as VH1 You Oughta Know artists, topping charts and rounding the world on seemingly endless tour. And instead of just logging the miles, they put them to work, mining the distance for inspiration and road-testing new material all along the way. As bassist Ted Dwane told Rolling Stone recently, “Being away so much for the last couple of years is inevitably a theme on the record;” and as frontman Ben Lovett explained to Spin, “touring so much and playing so many different kinds of places, especially big ones, affected how we hear ourselves as a band.” And so they return, all the better for the work and wait.

This heartbroken first taste of their new album, a swelling tale of love put on hold, just how worthwhile the wait was. Driven by banjos and punctuated by the the sort of stomping chorus they’re so famous for, “I Will Wait” grows and grows, and then grows and bigger still to fill the venues they regularly fill, before getting quiet so that Lovett can promise, “I will be home, as well as strong strong/And use my head alongside my heart.” The wait, it will be worth it.

Babel hits shelves September 25th.

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Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Persona Results In A Pink Slip From Skincare Company Nivea

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Nivea Drops Rihanna For Her Bad Girl Image

Rihanna doesn’t represent the wholesome family image? Gasp! It was all good just a year ago for Rihanna’s endorsement deal with skincare company Nivea. A lot can change in 365 days, and Nivea has had a change of heart about the Bajan badgirl representing their brand. Stefan Heidenreich, the new head of Nivea’s parent company Beiersdorf, told the German media Rihanna has been given the pink slip. “The advert starring Rihanna was a no go,” Heidenrich said. “I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna. Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.” We’re guessing rolling a joint on that guy’s head or the incredibly hot vacation bikini shots doesn’t fit Nivea’s trusting image. Read more…

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Katy Perry Continues To Dominate, But Flo Rida and Cher Lloyd Make Big Leaps Towards The Top

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Welcome to Week 4 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends over at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. The top of this week’s chart remains unchanged from last week, with Katy Perry‘s triumphant breakup anthem “Wide Awake” continuing to hold court over Carly Rae Jepsen‘s impossibly catchy “Call Me Maybe” and Maroon 5‘s unstoppable “Payphone.” Don’t see your favorite song near the top of the list? Vote for your Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com!

While the top of the chart didn’t see much movement this week, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some movers and shakers on the chart with their eyes on the Song Of The Summer prize. Flo Rida‘s latest jam, “Whistle,” jumped from #7 to #4 this week, and Cher Lloyd‘s girl power hit is gaining some serious momentum; it debuted at #11 on our weekly chart, propelled by strong sales in the iTunes Store and a rising spot on the Billboard 100 Chart.

When it came to our reader votes, though, the Directioners and Lovatics made their mark; One Direction‘s “That What Makes You Beautiful” lead all SOTS contenders, with Demi Lovato‘s “Give Your Heart A Break” coming in a close second. Your votes really do count, so keep those votes coming! Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM and vote for your favorite artist today.

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