“Looking Hot” Is Not Something No Doubt Has To Try Hard Doing

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No Doubt's Looking Hot

Only five more days, folks before No Doubt‘s Push and Shove rocks your world. In the meantime they’ve dropped their official second single “Looking Hot” to satisfy our appetites for all things No Doubt. Gwen Stefani leads the euro bass infused song with a command: “Go ahead and stare.” We’re sure she never has any problems in that department. Read more…

Tune In: Delta Rae Perform “Bottom Of The River” On Conan

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Like President Obama, who invited them to open for him at his Democratic National Convention, we dig North Carolina’s Delta Rae. We love that they are a family — Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) being actual siblings, and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) being close enough — and the way the incorporate sounds from across all genres — folk, blues, rock — into their sound. Most of all we love watching them perform, feet stomping and sounds flying as all six come together as one great big band.

That’s exactly what they did last night on Conan, where they broke-in their new trash can while performing a drawn out and dramatic rendition of “Bottom of the River,” the new single off of their album Carry The Fire. Leaving most of their instruments aside for this one, they stomped out the song instead, singing a capella and adding the violent clanking of chains in the aforementioned trash can when necessary. “Bottom of the River” is dramatic as is, but performed like they did last night it is straight chilling. Check it out above, and keep an eye on these gals and guys — we’ll have plenty more to say when we celebrate them as our You Oughta Know artist in October!

Delta Rae “Bottom Of The River” 09/19/12 [TeamCoco]

Does Lupe Fiasco’s Opinion On Voting Really Matter?

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Lupe Twitter Spar With Roland Martin and D.L. Hughley

We get it. Lupe Fiasco isn’t into voting. He said it in 2011’s Lasers “Words I Never Said.” “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s—/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” he rapped. His voice on not voting has been pretty consistent since the song dropped, whether in interviews or on Twitter. As we inch closer to the 2012 election in November a few prominent voices are taking issue with Lupe expressing his views so carelessly. Read more…

Maroon 5’s “One More Night” Is No. 1 On The Billboard, What Happened To “Payphone”?

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This week Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” tops Billboard‘s Hot 100, marking the band’s third summiting of the charts, only 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” having made it there first. The dippy and slightly ska-inflected “One More Night” is of course worthy, but we can’t help but wonder how Maroon 5’s serious Song of the Summer contender “Payphone” didn’t make it to the top spot first. According to Billboard, “Payphone” spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, including six weeks at No. 2, but was never able to break through to the top. Was this summer’s batch of singles — namely a little song called “Call Me Maybe” — too hot for Maroon 5 to handle? In order to claim No. 1 this week, “Night” first had to unseat Taylor Swift‘s strong-willed “Never Ever.” And considering the record breaking force with which that song entered the charts, doing so could not have been easy. Why do you think “One More Night” was able to do what “Payphone” couldn’t?

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AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 6 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

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We’re halfway through the VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll and there’s still another 50 legendary hard rock and heavy metal songs coming your way for you to vote on and help us rank!

Today progressive hard rockers Rush’s almost-hit “Limelight” goes up against thrash masters Slayer’s harrowing “Seasons In The Abyss” and the surging alternative grunge of Stone Temple Pilots‘s “Wicked Garden,” plus classics from Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and more.

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Rihanna, No Doubt, Lil Wayne, and Aerosmith to Rock the iHeartRadio Music Festival: VH1’s Got You Covered

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iHeartRadio Music Festival

Last night Tuner had a dream. A dream where Rihanna, P!NK, Usher, and Green Day shared a stage. There were flashing lights, thousands of people and … Ryan Seacrest? Wait, this can’t be a dream, it must be time for the second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival!

The aforementioned artists, as well as Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Calvin Harris, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne and VH1 Behind The Music subject Ne-Yo are among the 20 superstars set to hit the stage over two nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And luckily for you, dear readers, VH1 will have insider access to the entire event. If Taylor Swift makes a surprise appearance during Green Day’s set (hey, crazier things have happened), we’ll be there with a first-hand report. Trust us, it’ll almost be as good as being there!
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We Love P!nk For Admitting She’s The Drama Queen In Her Marriage

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P!nk may dwell in the territory better known as rebellion, but when it comes to her daughter Willow, she gushes so hard there’s not one trace of hardness. To promote The Truth About Love, which is projected to hit the Billboard charts at No.1, P!nk stopped by The View to talk motherhood and marriage. Seeing her baby girl’s image on the flat screen behind her caused P!nk to squirm, “Oh my god she’s so pretty.” Little Willow is already following in her mom’s footsteps with the one eyebrow raised look. “She’s got my attitude and his looks,” said P!nk. “She’s going to take over the world.” And when Willow rolls her eyes for the first time Carey Hart will put P!nk over his knee since she’s obviously to blame. Read more…

American Idol Kris Allen Says “Things Are Only Gonna Get More Fun” Now That He’s Split With RCA Records

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So long, farewell! American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen has parted ways with RCA Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Allen signed to the Sony subsidiary after he beat Adam Lambert in 2009, and soon thereafter released his self-titled debut. With his inspiring first single “Live Live We’re Dying” ahead and an American Idol win behind him, Allen’s first album entered the charts at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, all told, moved more than 346,000 copies. Allen’s 2012 followup, Thank You Camellia, saw more moderate succes, debuting at No. 26 and with his cover performances like the one he did of Ellie Gouldings “Lights” or the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” getting at least as much play as his official single, “The Vision of Love.”

Allen is not the first Idol winner to split with RCA, fellow winners David Cook and Lee DeWyze before him have gone their own. And so Allen isn’t concerned, rather he promises that “things are only gonna get more fun.” In an address to his fans, he said:

I wanted to let everyone now that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contribute to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.

A free artist now, we can’t wait to see what Allen’s next winning move will be.

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Nas And Lauryn Hill Will Rule The World On Their Joint Tour

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Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour Together

Nas bringing out Lauryn Hill at Hot 97’s Summer Jam was just a teaser of what’s to come from the two legendary artists. Today the two announced their upcoming “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour beginning in October. Ms. Hill and Mr. Jones will kick off the 10 city tour in Dallas, TX on October 29 and end in Oakland, CA on November 19. Per Billboard, the tour’s name is a combination of Nas’ last album and Lauryn’s next single set to debut later this fall. Read more…

The Daily Tells Chris Brown ‘You’re Not An Artist, Not Even A Man’ In Harsh Unsolicited Advice Column

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Heads rolled and teeth were sucked when Chris Brown‘s neck tattoo resembling a battered woman surfaced last week. Brown’s rep denied that it was an abused woman or created in the likeness of Rihanna, claiming the tattoo was a Mexican sugar skull. The pop star took to his usual platform of choice to tweet about the speculations. “I’m an artist and this is art. Dia de los Muertos.” That succinct explanation didn’t appease the critics or The Daily. Read more…