It seems like just yesterday that we were out in Las Vegas for the inaugural O Music Awards, watching Chiddy Bang break the world record for longest consecutive freestyle rap (and meeting Rebecca Black, natch). Now, we’re getting ready for the third incarnation of this truly unconventional awards show, and we’re excited to announce that this year’s big stunt will involve The Flaming Lips attempting to break Jay-Z‘s Guiness World Records title for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours In Multiple Cities.
On June 27, VH1 will be streaming live from The Flaming Lips’ tour bus as they roll through the American South — beginning in Memphis and concluding in New Orleans— playing a total of eight concerts along the way. For more information (and a complete list of this year’s nominees), check out the press release below, or visit OMusicAwards.com.
THE FLAMING LIPS TIED FOR MOST NOMINATIONS FOR O MUSIC AWARDS, WILL ATTEMPT TO BREAK JAY-Z’S GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® TITLE FOR MOST LIVE CONCERTS IN 24 HOURS IN MULTIPLE CITIES DURING WORLD’S FIRST 24-HOUR LIVE STREAM ON JUNE 27
VOTING BEGINS TODAY ON THE MOST ECLECTIC O MUSIC AWARDS TO DATE NOMINEES INCLUDE NICKI MINAJ, ONE DIRECTION, TANLINES, TAYLOR SWIFT, YOKO ONO, SONGZA, BONE PUGZ AND DRINKIFY
24 HOURS/ 24 AWARDS/ 8 CITIES/ 1 HISTORIC ROAD TRIP
New York, May 23, 2012 – Viacom Music Group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, today announced categories, nominations and open voting for its groundbreaking and Webby Award- winning O Music Awards, www.omusicawards.com, a digitally driven event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture. During the third iteration on June 27th, the O Music Awards will play out through the world’s first 24-hour award show live stream, an event that will unfold via a historic bus ride through the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Running tandem with the awards, two-time O Music Award nominee and multiple Grammy winners The Flaming Lips will board a tricked-out bus and zigzag across the region in attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Records® title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities) hitting a total of 8 cities — starting in Memphis and ending in New Orleans. Beginning today, fans can vote at OMusicAwards.com in a wide assortment of categories that include Must Follow Artist on Twitter, Best Online Concert Experience, Most Adorable Viral Star, Fan Army FTW, Best Music App and Digital Genius Award. Confirmed sponsors include CapitalOne, Honda, SK Energy and Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages.
If there’s anything Lady Gaga wants it’s for everyone to be accepted for who they are. But it looks like the megastar is having a hard time being accepted for who she is by certain religious groups throughout Asia. Recently Gaga made headlines for her controversial “Born This Way” Asian tour that has garnered attention for protesters that are against what Gaga stands for and what they perceive would “threaten morality.” Indonesian police would not grant her a permit to perform despite the sold-out concert where 52,000 attendees were expected. In South Korea those under the age of 18 were prohibited from attending the concert. In addition, the AP reported that approximately 200 Christian youth in Milana, Philippines protested against her performing in Milana. Gaga prevailed in Milana and gave over 16,000 of her little monsters exactly what they’d hoped for last night. Read more…
Last week, we reported how former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was edited out of dozens of photos on Sabbath’s official website. Most people, (including us) jumped to conclusion that Sabbath was retaliating to Bill Ward’s announcement of not involving himself the upcoming reunion shows. BUT, a statement from Sabbath reveals that Ward, through his attorney, asked to be “temporarily removed” from the group’s website “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement.” Bill will remain cropped and photoshopped out of the shots for the duration of the band’s forthcoming shows.
Over the weekend, the reunited original line-up of Black Sabbath, sans drummer Bill Ward, performed their hometown gig in Birmingham, England despite the drama taking place over the past few weeks. Bill chose not to include himself because he felt as though the contract he was offered was unfair and they couldn’t reach an agreement. Bassist Geezer Butler commented on his decision, releasing a statement that reads, “I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the Internet.” Butler said the band never knew about the drama circling Bill Ward and feels their representatives could have worked it out. Geezer goes on to say that Bill “wanted an amount that was unrealistic.” He ends his statement saying Bill made his decision, and he has to respect that, but hopes to some day play with Ward again.
Wait, there’s more. Read more…
Here’s a little PSA: Airports have security checks. Now repeat. Upcoming rapper 2 Chainz was arrested today at LaGuardia airport after airport security learned of a rather unusual weapon in his carry on bag. No, it wasn’t a gun or knife; 2 Chainz was packing brass knuckles. TMZ reports 2 Chainz was on his way to a show in North Carolina in the Delta airlines terminal when TSA discovered the weapon in his bag. We can’t help but chuckle–not at the arrest, of course–but the fact that a southern rapper was carrying brass knuckles around all willy nilly.
Once police were called to the scene, the rapper known for his hit track “Spend It” was charged with possession of a criminal weapon, which is a misdemeanor. He was taken away to jail and per TMZ, a rep for 2 Chainz would only say his team is “handling the situation.” Now, about that team. Is this the same team that potentially packed his bags (yes, famous people have people to do that for them)? We can concoct a hundred funny stories of why 2 Chainz had the brass knuckles in the first place. Is this a part of his every day attire? Was he using them earlier and forgot to them out of the bag? Whatever the reason these types of incidents are totally avoidable with a careful double check. Last week 2 Chainz released the video to “Murder” featuring Kreayshawn. Perhaps he was listening to his own song right before he headed to the airport and thought, ‘Hey, I might need these.’
2 Chainz Rapper Arrested for Brass Knuckles [TMZ.com]
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With the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it means that the glorious perks of summertime —like beaches, barbeques, road trips, outdoor concerts— are almost here, too. Since you’ll no doubt be documenting your summer activites on Twitter and Instagram, VH1 and Pepsi would like to make sure that you get rewarded for doing so. As you upload your photos to either of these popular social networking services, simply use the hashtag #PLAYNOW and your photos might end up appearing on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown.
Additionally, one lucky winner will get to attend a top secret A-list concert event this summer, one where you’ll get special photo access! We can’t announce the headliner of the show yet, but trust us, it’s a doozy!
Remember, all you have to do to enter the contest is to upload your photos to either Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PLAYNOW, and that’s that. (For a complete list of contest rules, click here.) This summer, don’t forget to LIVE FOR NOW!
Since Jay-Z’s press conference in Philadelphia last week we’ve been on pins and needles anticipating the announcement for the lineup of the Made in America festival he’s curating and headlining on September 1 and 2. Jigga man delivered on the goal he’d set for himself asking, “Is it going to push the culture forward?” With such a diverse selection of musical acts crossing multiple genres, we’d say the answer to Jay’s query is unequivocally, “Yes!”
For the two day festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly, music lovers can enjoy the tunes of Pearl Jam, Afrojack, Odd Future, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Dirty Projectors, X, the Knocks, Calvin Harris, Jay’s artist Rita Ora, Prince Royce, Janelle Monae, Santigold, Passion Pit, Wale, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, the DJ set by Savoy and the return of D’Angelo. Let’s not forget Hov will also hit the stage as the headliner. As with everything he does, Jay-Z took his job as curator seriously, and created a highly anticipated festival.
Oh, can we talk about Jay sangging R&B singer D’Angelo (who hasn’t released an album in 12 years) for a minute? Over the weekend D’Angelo made headlines when a GQ profile hit the net with him looking rather scrumptious. The singer is working on an album, and whatever Jay did to get him to perform at Budweiser’s Made in America, we salute you, Jay. As diverse as the list of performers is, even more acts will be announced next week. Jay-Z can check off successful curator from his bucket list.
Official “Made In America” Lineup Announced [Complex.com]
[Photo: Getty Images and GQ magazine]
DJ Khaled has the most incredible musical superpowers because only someone superhuman can consistently get all of the hottest artists on one track. This go ’round he brought together Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross for the Colin Tilley directed “Take It To The Head.” Not to mention Drake, Busta Ryhymes and Baby (aka Birdman) make cameos. Next time there’s a hip-hop beef, we must call Khaled. He can get everyone toghether! Complete with crashing buses, graffiti and fire, the video is all about destruction. If the setting looks familiar perhaps it’s because you’ve been to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Per Stereogum.com, the set was in fact shot at the Earthquake ride at the popular amusement park. Now, if the rappers could’ve rapped their verses while on the ride, that would have been impressive. Read more…
We still have a hard time believing its been almost three years since the incomparable Michael Jackson passed away. To think it has been 25 years since the King of Pop’s seventh album Bad, makes us feel, let’s just say, wiser. Epic/Legacy Recordings and the Michael Jackson estate has partnered together to release the Bad 25 deluxe package on September 18 to honor its 25th anniversary. This is like having Christmas in September! Read more…
All Jill Scott has to do is start singing, “boom, boom, boom” and the audience immediately claps as they immerse themselves into the feel good melodies of “Le Boom Vent Suite.” From the balcony to the front row attendees sang along with Jill about wanting a guy that doesn’t want her back. Similar to “Quick” in that the words aren’t necessarily describing an ideal situation, but the music makes one want to groove. It’s a soulful jazz sound with Jill’s one of a kind voice. And check out the man in the balcony jamming as if he were in the living room of his home. That’s what “Le Boom Vent Suite” performed live does to the crowd.
If you missed the show last night, you can watch the entire episode of VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott right now on VH1.com..
Ever so often Jill Scott’s spoken word roots find their way into her songs or songwriting. That’s exactly the case for “Quick,” a song about a relationship ending too soon. We have an exclusive clip of her performance of “Quick” on tonight’s VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott. Like its title, the song moves and ends quickly. But the fast pace doesn’t take away from the lyrical content. Due to its fast tempo we’re almost certain this is one of the happiest songs about an ending relationship. Read more…