T.I. Takes It Back To The Trap With “Trap Back Jumpin”

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T.I. Will Have All The Traps Jumpin WIth Trap Back

Music is always going to be T.I.’s first love no matter how frustrated he gets with the rap game, or how successful his VH1 show The Family Hustle: T.I. and Tiny becomes. His latest single “Trap Back Jumpin” from the forthcoming Trouble Man sounds like the days he soared with Trap Muzik. If there’s one thing T.I. knows about, and raps about well, it’s the trap. T.I. returns to an era where one would hear his music blasting from every car’s speakers in the southern region. Before New York would embrace southern trap music. Read more…

The Weeknd Finally Goes Major, Releases A New Version Of “Wicked Games,” Teases New Album

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To say that The Weeknd, the shadowy and affected R&B project of Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, has “buzz” would be to significantly undercut his last two years. Bolstered by a major cosign from Drake, who posted about him on his OVO blog and then featured him prominently on Take Care, and the success of his Florence + The Machine and Lady Gaga remixes, he’s gone from a specter on the Internet to an “Must See” act at all the summer’s big festivals and “must sign” on every record exec’s list. Well, three chillingly good self-released mixtapes and a seat saved next to Diddy later, he’s finally been got.

Earlier this week, Tesfaye announced that he will be re-releasing his trio of 2011 Weeknd mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence), mixed and mastered, as Trilogy with the backing of Universal Republic on November 13th. Additionally, he says he’s back in the studio working on bonus tracks — “New music for my fans” — for his major label debut. Read more…

Two Door Cinema Club Earn Their Credentials With A Swelling Cover Of The Jurassic Park Theme Song

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You Oughta Know Artists past Two Door Cinema Club dug deep into their musical pasts this week during a session with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for two unexpected covers: Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” and the epic Jurassic Park theme song. “I spent my teenage years learning all of Metallica’s songs,” Alex Trimble said, realizing only after admitting that his “guitar skills came from Metallica” what he had gotten himself into. At the urging of Lowe, Trimble recalls the shredding “Enter Sandman” guitar riff and the rest of the band joins him in a little heavy metal jam. Eventually Lowe jumps in on the vocals, but because he sounds not bad but also not exactly like James Hatfield, they opt to cut things short and cover the Jurassic Park theme song instead.



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Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body” Is Made For Hot Sweaty Dancing

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Christina Aguilera "Your Body"

“Your Body” is Christina Aguilera‘s new electronic-pop dance single from her upcoming seventh album Lotus. If the The Voice judge was going for a track suited for club speakers and late night feel good dancing then she nailed it. The up-tempo drum beat coupled with her belting vocals makes for a fun enough party song. At the same time it’s sultry with the “tonight’s your lucky night, I know you want it” chorus. Problem is–it sounds like any other electronic dance music (EDM) song. There isn’t any unique quality–not even Christina’s amazing vocals–that differentiate this song from an Usher or Pitbull or any other of the slews of artists making EDM tunes. Read more…

Frank Ocean Saves It All For The Show In New Saturday Night Live Promo

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You might say that Frank Ocean is playing it extra-cool in the promo video for his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Life. Fred Armisen and host Seth MacFarlane play nice together in the video, dueling their various funny voices and making small talk. As for Ocean, he whiles away the short promo, scratching his chin, nodding his head a few times — in agreement or to keep awake? — and rolling his eyes at the Family Guy creator. His only line? “Not cool, Seth.” Arriving on the scene as the sweet singing elder (though hardly old) member of the wily rap crew Odd Future, Ocean has always struck us as a many of few but poignant words, and so we have to assume that he really meant something by each of those three words. We’ll just have to tune in to Ocean’s “bro”-ified SNL debut tomorrow to find out what.

Watch Frank Ocean Keep His Mouth Shut in New SNL Promos [Vulture]

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Green Day Rock Kick Things Into High Gear On Good Morning America

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¡Uno!‘s arrival is just two weeks out, and Green Day have kicked things into high gear, dropping videos and performing new material in order to build anticipation before then. Bright and early this morning they played on the roof of Good Morning America, high above Times Square, for a crowd that began gathering late last night. Their four song set included some new (“Oh Love” and “Stay The Night”), some classic (“Holiday” and “Basket Case”), at least one “FREE PUSSY RIOT” cry and a lovely moment during the last act of “Oh Love” where Billie Joe Armstrong’s yell-singing turned sing-songy for a few notes. Check out their performances below, and look for ¡Uno! on September 25th.

“Oh Love”

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Ciara Sheds Real Tears In “Sorry”

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Exhale. Breathe. And even dance. Ciara‘s back with the R&B/hip-hop enthused “Sorry” from her forthcoming One Woman Army. Cici’s hardcore fans have long awaited for a song like “Sorry” from her–that mix between “Promise” and “And I.” Directed by Christopher Sims the visual to the single is as authentic as the song. Simple concept, yet relatable. Ciara’s still in love and wants him to know, “All you had to do is say that I’m sorry.” Emotions from confusion to sadness  are expressed by both the male model (who is fine!) and Ciara. Any video of Ciara’s wouldn’t be complete without dance moves from one of the best trained dancers in music. The choreographed steps may not make you press replay like the ones in “Ride” or “Promise” so you could learn all the dance moves, but the infectious song certainly will. Read more…

Behind The Song: Train Say “Drops Of Jupiter” Was “The Spark That Got Us Global”

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VH1’s Behind The Music kicks off a new season of storytelling this Sunday with Behind The Music: Train, and for this 15th Anniversary round we hope to do you even better by taking you Behind The Song, as well. Posted as an online exclusive ahead of each full episode, Behind The Song will dig deep into the story behind the celebrated artist’s biggest hit or most monumental song. First up, we have Behind The Song: Train’s “Drops of Jupiter,” the song that “was the spark that got us global.”

Deep into recording their sophomore album and still without a single, Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan was struck by a dream about his late mother. “She was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair,” says Monahan, who woke up with the “back in the atmosphere” line running through his head and the single that would launch Train to multi-platinum status well in the works. From his bed to the studio, the song picked up that “bounce, more of a potentially pop radio sound,” Monahan says, and before they knew it, Train was picking up Grammys (“We were nominated for a Grammy. A few Grammys. Like, five.”) and performing in front of the likes of Bono. “’Drops of Jupiter’ was definitely a gift,” Monahan says.

Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Train premieres on Sunday, September 16 at 9/8c on VH1. Read more…

Tuned In: Justin Bieber, Big Sean and Ne-Yo Show Battle Lasers On America’s Got Talent Finale

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This season of America’s Got Talent went out with a great big and certainly talented bang last night, with Canadian Justin Bieber and Big Sean hitting the stage for a monstrous performance of their “As Long As You Love Me” and Ne-Yo battling lasers to show us why he should “Let Me Love You.”

Justin’s stage set looked like O-Town’s “Liquid Dreams” set (or maybe a little like a Bose iPod doc), and — lasers, an army of dancers, and metallic galore — the performance was a real event. Justin has been performing “As Long As You Love Me” since Believe‘s release back in June, and at last he seems comfortable nailing the dance moves and hitting the high notes at the same time. They also let him have a moment with one of the female dancers. #stillkidrauhl, maybe, but Kid Rauhl’s growing up. Read more…

When Cuffing Season Gets Sticky: Crushing On Someone Who’s Already Taken

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If you thought yesterday’s Doin’ It Well playlist geared toward freaks was a tad scandalous, today’s Cuffin Season topic might really send your moral compasses whirling. In matters of the heart, we sometimes can’t control where our affections land, amiright? And in some instances, brewing feelings for someone who’s already in a relationship can be an unexpected reality that hits your bubble of awareness after it’s too late.

What’s the code of ethics to abide by when your heart and loins are telling you one thing, and your mind’s screaming the opposite? I’m no moral arbiter, but I do know one thing: whether the apple of your eye has been happily taken for years or is in the midst of a rocky separation from their significant other, wanting to scoop up someone who’s already cuffed is never an easy set of circumstances to end up in. The situations vary for everyone, too! Maybe your crush has no idea that you’re silently swooning in their presence, or maybe they’re aware of your feelings and have been stringing you along for months, dangling a I’ll-be-single-soon carrot in front of your face. Perhaps they’re recently single, but are still moping and fawning over their ex. Maybe they sincerely care for you and see a future together, but have been stuck in a repetitive break-up-to-make-up cycle that, from your vantage point, seems unlikely to end soon. Any of this drama sounding familiar, or am I just projecting?

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