Music Seen: Go Behind The Scenes Of Delta Rae’s You Oughta Know Live Session

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Our November You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae runs with a crew six deep, bonded in part by blood and in total as a band. The Hölljes siblings make themselves apparent (see: all that fair blonde hair), but when the count runs down and the music kicks in, the connection between the band as a whole is so strong it suggests a family anew. And their gravity, when they are in-synch like that, is seriously strong. Just watch them perform their gripping and gospel inflected “Bottom of the River,” like they have recently on Big Morning Buzz Live and Conan, and you will feel the strong pull of their orbit, too. And you might just like it.

Our tremendous photographer Michele Crowe spent the day with Delta Rae, snapping away as they warmed up for and then rocked their You Oughta Know Live session last month. You’ll see the love they have for each other and their music — and hear it and feel it, too.

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The Weeknd’s “Rolling Stone” Keeps It Simple

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Sure the self-directed black and white visual to The Weeknd‘s “Rolling Stone” is minimalistic. There’s Abel Tesfaye with a woman’s arms wrapped around his neck. And a black backdrop. That’s it. What looks like a camera flash flickers and that sums up the video. The beauty, however, is in the simplicity. With little action on screen it’s easier to focus on the instrumentation of the African drums, the soft guitar strings. His voice resembling the serene sound of a waterfall is enough to carry the three minute clip. Sometimes less really is more.

The Weeknd "Rolling Stone"

Video: The Weeknd, “Rolling Stone” [Fader]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Miguel “Do You” Video Features No Drugs But Lots Of Hugs And Also Miguel’s Actual Girlfriend

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“Do you like drugs?” begins “Do You,” a hazy sex-as-drugs anthem and the second single off of Miguel‘s Kaleidoscope Dreams. “Have you ever felt alone? Do you still believe in love?” he goes on, not exactly waiting for the answer because it’s all a wash by the time he gets to the song’s actual conceit: “Me too.” Love, drugs, hugs or whatever — it’s the together part that this song celebrates, and that Miguel puts into action when he promises to “do you like drugs tonight.”

And so in this new video for the song, Miguel and his lady friend hop in their red convertible and dip out of Vegas so that they can do like they’re doing drugs together in the Nevada desert. Together on the pool table, together under the stars, together in a motel bed, Miguel croons: “I feel like we’ve got so much in common now, right about now.” And if it seems like Miguel might be getting extra-playful with the girl in the video, well, it’s because she’s his real-life and longtime girlfriend and she certainly does seem to like the drugs he’s sharing.

It’s a hot video, and not just because it’s set in the desert. Miguel’s Kalediscope Dreams is very good, and out now. Read more…

Behind The Song: “Jai Ho,” The Song That Set Nicole Scherzinger Solo

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This Sunday, VH1’s Behind The Music goes long on The Pussycat Doll‘s Nicole Scherzinger. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “Jai Ho,” a song that she says, “was unique, it was different, it was tribal” — and, with a huge smile — “and it really felt like me!”

Scherzinger was still out on tour with the Pussycat Dolls when she was asked to help spin “Jai Ho,” the A.R. Rahman composed hit from Slumdog Millionaire, into something a little sexier. “Okay, you want me to take ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire and you want me to turn it into a sexy pop song for the Pussycat Dolls,” she recalls, all the initial disbelieve still intact. And so, ducking into studios between tour stops and in spare moments, she got to work. “We still kept the deep roots to it, and then added some sprinkles around it,” she explains. “I was really honored to be a part of that whole project.”

But the feeling was not exactly mutual, and her fellow Dolls were less than pleased by her attempt to stake her own. Drama ensued, but Scherzinger wasn’t about to let that get in the way of her dreams: “I wanted to do my music, nothing was going to stop me.”

Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger premieres on Sunday, September 23 at 9/8c on VH1.

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A Battle Between The Divas Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey: Who Are You Rolling With?

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Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey In American Idol Beef

“It was all good just a week ago” in the words of Kanye West. Perhaps everything wasn’t copacetic between the two new American Idol mega diva judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as they initially led us to believe. Yesterday a heated argument during auditions between the self-proclaimed Barbie and Mimi was caught on tape. From what TMZ gathered, Nicki can be heard cursing Mariah out. “I told them I’m not f—— putting up with her f—– highness over there,” said Nicki. “Figure it the f— out. Figure it out.” As the story grows Nicki is catching a lot of flack from fans, viewers and the like for the tongue lashing she gave the pop legend. Read more…

The Lumineers Show Us What It Means To “Stubborn Love” In New Video

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You Oughta Know Artists The Lumineers struck gold with their debut single “Ho Hey.”As a song, it begins from the ground, starting you stomping first as it works its way up and into your heart. As an introduction to the band, it seemed enough to start a movement, as they have spent the better part of this year ho-ing and hey-ing their way up the charts and across the country. There’s more to their self-titled debut album, though, and we’ve always been partial to “Stubborn Love,” a tender song about love aches and now their second single. Today the song gets the video treatment, and it gives us a glimpse of what The Lumineers’ ascendent summer might have looked like — performing for ever larger crowds and on the streets of Nashville for CMT, eating at diners, posing for fans in record stores, and then performing so more. Some of it looks like work to us (particularly the lugging of instruments part), but they make it all just look like love. Keep your head up, keep your love, indeed.

The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” – World Premiere Video [TeamCoco]

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Idol Insanity! Nicki Minaj Threatens To Knock Mariah Carey Out (VIDEO)

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When it was announced that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would each occupy a seat at the judges table on the upcoming season of American Idol, most everyone hoped that the pairing of these two divatastic juggernauts would lead to some serious D-R-A-M-A. Well, much to the delight of everyone who has been bored silly by the shade-free relationship between Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on The X-Factor, tensions flared BIG TIME earlier today between the Queen of Young Money and the one and only Mimi.

According to a report filed this evening by TMZ, things got HEATED between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a round of auditions that were being taped in North Carolina this afternoon. The two apparently disagreed over the merits of a contestant’s performance, which led to Nicki to shout this amazing barb at show producers: “I told them, I’m not f***in’ putting up with Her F***in’ Highness over there.” Then, according to TMZ, Nicki threatened to “knock” Mariah Carey out. (!!!) While this startling exchange did not ultimately result in blows, you can bet this is the kind of thing that might never completely blow over. (Especially considering Minaj and Carey were reportedly beefing only TWO DAYS into taping!)

We’re not taking sides in this battle, because we love both of the former VH1 Divas in equal measure, but we can tell you one thing: We can’t wait for the lucky 13th season of American Idol to premiere in January 2013!

Nicki Minaj Cusses Out Mariah CAUGHT ON TAPE [TMZ]

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Ashanti And R. Kelly Are Honest About Their Slightly Crazy Tendencies In “That’s What We Do”

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"That's What We Do"

Ashanti is not playing with any woman that calls her man Nelly (who we’re going to imagine she’s referring to) in her new duet “That’s What We Do” with R.Kelly. If she loves you then she’s going to, “Now I’mma look through your phone, and I’mma call back that number. I’mma curse out that h- and let her know to stay away from ya.” Kellz assists her on the hook co-signing her antics with, “’cause that’s what we do.” And let Ashanti tell it, doing all this snooping only means that she loves the guy. Read more…

Mumford & Sons Flex Their Americana Muscles With Bruce Springsteen And Bob Dylan Covers

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For years now, the fine folks at Daytrotter have been doing a great thing where they open their studio doors to bands, big or breaking, for an extra-stripped down set. Over the years, they’ve featured offbeat and intimate sessions with everyone from Bon Iver to the Avett Brothers, Kid Sister to Dawes (three times over). This week, Mumford & Sons get the Daytrotter treatment. Recorded on their tour bus during a stop-over in Illinois, the eight-song session counts Babel closer “Not With Haste” and a slew of covers, two of which are particularly noteworthy: Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City” and Bob Dylan‘s “Nine Hundred Miles.”

Dylan and Springsteen are giants in the American music landscape, but British Marcus makes for a worthy Dylan and their signature banjo makes for a dark and stormy “Atlantic City.” And we probably should have expected as much, they being the gang of Brits who sparked an Americana revival. Their first new album Babel had a killer first week out, they deserve this flexing victory lap.

Head over to Daytrotter and have a listen for yourself. What songs would you like to hear them cover?

Mumford & Sons and Friends [Daytrotter]

Watch Now: Carrie Underwood Goes VH1 Unplugged

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If it’s starting to seem like we’ve got a thing for Carrie Underwood — well, we do. The girl can sing, and she truly blew us all away when she went VH1 Unplugged. Her set included all  (“Good Girl,” “Blown Away”) and the favorites (“Do You Think About Me,” “Before He Cheats”), lot’s of attitude and of course that voice. We’ve already shared a sneak peek session by way of her tremendous cover of Coldplay‘s “Fix You” and these behind-the-scenes pictures snapped while she was here in NYC back in August. Today, we bring you the rest: watch the full episode online here, and then tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7PM to watch the show on air!

“Before He Cheats” is a sleek, slinky thing on record, with guitar riffs cutting sharp and drums crashing in warning. Carrie doesn’t need all that to say “not on me,” though, as she so proved when she played her bold hit stripped down for Unplugged. Looking a tiny bit rock in her little black dress and a lot country with her blonde mane blown out big, Carrie went in with only a trill of violin and an twang of guitar behind her. Really all this song needs is her voice, strong and kicking when she generously suggests “to think next time before you cheat.” It’s these chops that helped her win American Idol, and that have kept her winning in all the years since.

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