AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 5 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

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VH1 Classic Presents America's Hard 100

The VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll is almost half-over and there’s still tons of classic hard rocking tunes coming your way for you to vote on and help us rank! Every day we post more and more legendary tracks and ask YOU, the FANS, to let us know which are your favorites and where they should land in the countdown when America’s Hard 100 airs in November.

Today’s poll pits New Wave Of British Heavy Metal standard bearers Iron Maiden against brooding industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails, 90s mosh-pit titans Pantera and metal’s greatest voice, the almight and greatly-missed Ronnie James Dio among others!

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Behind The Song: Ne-Yo On Writing “Irreplaceable” For Beyonce

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Are you on a mobile device? Click here to watch Behind The Song: Ne-Yo, “Irreplaceable.”

This Sunday, VH1’s Behind The Music delves into sweet crooning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo‘s story. Before we get into that, though, we’d like to set the scene by first going Behind The Song with Ne-Yo’s “Irreplaceable,” the chart-topping smash he wrote for Beyoncé.

“There’s a multitude of points throughout my career that re-inspired,” says Ne-Yo, counting as one of them “Irreplaceable,” the country-tinged hip-hop hit he penned for none-less-than Beyoncé to perform. A shining performer in his own right, the song proved Ne-Yo a talented songwriter as well, able to worm his way into the hearts and souls of others with his writing. “Everybody will start telling you that this will never work, that will never work, probably don’t want to experiment, give people what they don’t know, don’t go too far outside of the box,” he says. “We experimented with something and it worked.” And as for that killer “to the left, to the left” line? He got that from his aunt.

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

RELATED: Behind The Song: Train, “Drops Of Jupiter”

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BRACKET MADNESS: JT, Lil Wayne, Lambert And MJ Face-off In Round Two!

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If there is one thing that the four male artists in Round 2 in our latest edition of Bracket Madness have in common, it is that they each swept the floor with their opponent in Round 1. Justin Timberlake said “Bye Bye Bye” to Justin Bieber, getting 81% of the vote to Biebs’s 18%. Kanye West posed a bit more of a challenge for Lil Wayne, but Weezy still won his round with more than half the vote! Daughtry didn’t stand a fighting chance against Adam Lambert, who won with a whopping 77% of the votes. And Oprah’s latest Usher interview did nothing to convince voters, as he lost to Michael Jackson who got 83% of the vote.

Here’s where things get tough … Timberlake is facing Weezy in Round 2 and Lambert is taking on the King of Pop himself. So how do you decide? Aside from following your heart, here are a few facts about each of the artists that may help sway your vote …

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Randy Newman’s Back With A New Satirical Song “I’m Dreaming Of A White President”


Satirical songs are Randy Newman‘s forte. Newman set some time aside from his busy film composer schedule to record his latest song “I’m Dreaming” where he weighs in on the presidency and race. “I’m dreaming of a white president,” he croons. “Just like the ones we’ve always had.” President Obama’s election as the first black president has sparked numerous conversations around race and racism. Slate pointed out Newman once said, “There are a lot of people who don’t want a black person in the White House and they want him out,” so the song was inspired by that belief. Read more…

Taylor Swift Loves Hanson’s Cover Of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”


In ’97 Hanson were merely kids when they had everyone singing along to “MMMBop.” All grown up now,  the trio covered Taylor Swift‘s “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and they sound pretty good. Each brother played an instrument while harmonizing to Swift’s affirmative tune detailing exactly what the song’s title indicates. Taylor Swift got wind of the band’s cover and tweeted her gushing approval. “1) Hanson covered ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’. 2) I didn’t just watch the video of it 8 times in a row. 3) #2 might be a lie,” the pop country star tweeted. Reason number 2,745 Twitter rocks. As for Taylor, tune in to her VH1 Storytellers premiere Sunday, November 11 at 11PM to find out if she’ll give the story behind “WANGBT.” Read more…

Demi Lovato Is About That Life, Calls Simon Cowell An “A–hole”


Even after a two hour season premiere of The X-Factor it’s too early to tell what kind of chemistry judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato will have. Her bubbly personality up against his mean sarcasm wouldn’t typically be an ideal match. For now, though, the two are all smiles. Last night on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Lovato was quite the jokester giving her two cents about Cowell’s tight t-shirts. “We’re trying to reach a younger demographic, and I just don’t feel like we’re going to accomplish that when he’s showing more cleavage than Britney and I are,” Lovato said. He wouldn’t be Simon if he didn’t retort, “Then show more cleavage.” There’d probably be few complaints with that solution. Read more…

Bask In The Glow Of GIFs From Jessie Ware’s “Night Light” Video

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British soultrix Jessie Ware is making waves with her soft and sleek debut album Devotion. The slick new Chris Sweeney directed-clip for “Night Light” indulges in the 90’s influenced aesthetic of the album track, dressing Ware sharply in black and white and lace, her nails tipped in glitter and her nose ring still in place (sorry mom); and it basks her in the song’s dreaminess, playing with smoke and florescent lights, and oh so sweetly featuring cameos from her real life night lights: her sister, Hannah, and her boyfriend (starring as the dancing sock-puppets, we hope). Read more…

P!nk Thinks Miley Cyrus Rocks The Short Hair ‘Harder’ Than She Does, Performs On Today Show And Announces North American Tour


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P!nk isn’t at all concerned about Miley Cyrus‘ haircut that is somewhat similar to her own. Today she’s too busy with her fresh of the press The Truth About Love album and the Today show performance of “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “So What.”  “I think she’s beautiful,” Pink replied. “I think she rocks it way harder than I do.” So there was no confusion she clarified further, “I love Miley, you can’t talk about Miley around me.” At New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza P!nk interacted with the excited crowd during “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” P!nk rocked out in her stilettos like only a veteran could. Now that we know she isn’t mad about Miley’s haircut we can move on to more important things…her brand new album released today and North American tour beginning February 2013! Oh yeah, and her forthcoming VH1 Storytellers debut. Read more…

What Is “Gangnam Style” Video Actually About? Psy Breaks It Down Frame By Frame For MTV

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These days, Psy is living his best life — appearing at the Video Music Awards and on Saturday Night Live, teaching Brit to dance Gangnam style and just generally going hard and fast as the newest member of Scooter Braun‘s always winning team. And all this off the strength of his “Gangnam Style” video, which was meant mostly for his Korean fan base but since seems to have spoken to the world wide. What’s the deal with that video that went viral? MTV News got the scoop, asking Psy to breakdown his video-gone-viral and share the secrets behind some of its most ridiculous scenes.  “With this video and director we kept on focusing on to be ridiculous as possible, that was our point,” Psy says. “So we were so serious thinking to be ridiculous.”

As he sees it, wherein lies the magic? Here’s what he says of the video’s most memorable moments: Read more…

Mariah Carey Has This To Say About The Rumored Beef With Nicki Minaj: “How You Gonna Feud In Two Days?”


Mariah Carey Says There Is No Feud With Her And Nicki

Only a couple days have passed since the new lineup of American Idol judges were officially announced, but the rumors of a brewing feud between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have buzzed since Nicki’s name was thrown in the pot as one of the potential judges. Nicki and MC join Keith Urban and Randy Jackson for American Idol’s 12th season. MTV News stopped by the Idol set where the legendary diva shut down any and all chatter about any turmoil. “How are we gonna feud in two days?” she laughed. “A feud takes a little longer to spread out [than that].” There it is straight from the five octave range vocalist’s mouth. Read more…