Two Door Cinema Club, Azaelia Banks, And Green Day: What You Missed At The Reading Festival

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Another year, another rocking late-August weekend at the Reading Festival. The annual U.K. festival stunned this year, with highly anticipate sets from the Foo Fighters, At The Drive-In, Kasbian and The Cure; roaring young acts like Azealia Banks, Odd Future and Florence + The Machines; and surprise appearances from Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We didn’t make it across the seas in time for the fest, but lucky for us those who did have got us covered. Didn’t make it either? Check out five sets from the three day fest that we wouldn’t have missed, courtesy of YouTube!

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BRACKET MADNESS: Vote For The Greatest Artist Of The ’00s!

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Earlier this month, after a tough three rounds of voting, we crowned Mariah Carey as The Greatest Artist Of The 90s. That settled, we are looking forward to the near past: the ’00s. The new millennium brought a whole new slew of greats, as rock and rap and otherwise broke into the Top 40 and anyone at No. 1 seemed possible. Who’s next in line for the crown?

Round One faces off the best of the boy bands *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys; leading ladies Beyoncé and Britney Spears; kings of the rap game Eminem and Jay-Z; and rockers Nickelback and Linkin Park. Eight great Aught acts to be sure, but only one can be The VH1 Greatest Artist of the 00s. Did Justin Timberlake drive you “Crazy” or did Nick Carter have it “Goin’ On”? Were you “Dangerously In Love” With Bey or a “Slave 4″ Brit? Were your 00s “99 Problems” or about cleaning out your “Closet”? Were you about Chad Kroegers arena rocking or Mike Shinoda’s rap-rock?

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Usher And Chanel Iman Take A “Dive” In New Video

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Usher doesn’t need a lifesaver, because he and Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman aren’t afraid to get wet together in this sepia-toned new video for “Dive.” The Looking 4 Myself ballad leaves little to the imagination — “It’s raining inside your bed, no parts are dry/ Loving makes you so wet, your legs and thighs,” “I’ll be inside when the tides are rolling, baby” etc. — and so it’s no surprise that the video goes all in on Usher’s Titanic fantasy. Out to sea, things go from steamy to soaked pretty quickly as the two get down to business on their luxury yacht. And nobody seems to mind when they are eventually submerged — Ursher Baby knows going deeper ain’t going to kill him. Read more…

Bruce! Beatle! Graceland! The Hard Rock Calling 2012 Premiere Doesn’t Disappoint

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If you heard a muffled boom tonight around 9 PM, that was just the sound of our minds being blown while watching the U.S. television premiere of the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival. The 2-hour special was simulcast on both Palladia and VH1, and it brought out all of the hard hitters like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Soundgarden, Lady Antebellum and more! Never has the phrase “all killer no filler” been more appropriate, and from the moment Bruce kicked things off with an slow-burning hymnal version of “Thunder Road” we knew we were in for something special.

Now full disclosure, we were actually there on the front lines to see HRC live in London last month, but seeing it in full HD on Palladia was a totally different animal all together. When we watched former VH1 You Oughta Know artist Christina Perri perform “Jar of Hearts” and “Arms” in front of 60 thousand people, it felt just as close and intimate as when we first saw her perform in our office! It’s the magic of technology, folks.

Lady Antebellum and the Punch Brothers turned the iconic London park into a down home Nashville ho-down, while John Fogerty burnt the place down with his serious guitar shredding that left dudes half his age in the dust. Tom Morello stepped out from Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave to deliver some protest folk music aimed right at the heart of cooperate America with the Woody Guthrie song “Ease My Revolutionary Mind.” Soundgarden and Iggy & The Stooges went with the more punk tactic of assaulting the audience with bone-crushing volume.

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Owl City Shows Us A “Good Time” On Big Morning Buzz Live

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Owl City only knew about as much about Carly Rae Jepsen as you probably did when he first hooked up with her for his Song Of The Summer bid, “Good Time.” Introduced by their managers, they recorded the song in separate cities and talked mostly over the internet until they finally met in real life for to shoot the video. Adam Young told Carrie Keagen this morning on VH1′s Good Morning Buzz that “it was cool,” but admitted that their IRL meeting was also “slightly creepy.” “After studying her voice, I knew how she enunciates words and says s‘s and stuff,” he laughed. “It was creepy, I felt like I knew her, and she didn’t know I knew her, but it was good.”

Afterwards, he performed a mostly acoustic (and Carly Rae-less) cover of “Good Time.” It was down-tempo and less effervescent than the original, sounding more like the warm memory of a good time than a party starter, and it was the perfect late-August rework of a Song of the Summer contender. Check it out above!

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Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Barbie House In “I Am Your Leader” Video

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Ah, lucky day, Barbz, as Nicki Minaj is sending us into the weekend with not just one, but two eye-popping videos! This Colin Tilley directed clip for “I Am Your Leader” finds Nicki showing off her home sweet hyper-cartoonish home, fit only for a colorful rapper like she.

“I Am Your Leader” is cut from the hard-going opening salvo of Roman Reloaded wherein Nicki unhinges and raps, something she didn’t really get a chance to do on the album’s poppier first few singles. In the video, she raps in a room that’s slime green and pink and a little bit twisted — like Pee Wee’s Playhouse or a Dave La Chapelle set — peeks through crooked windows, and then raps some more from a bubble bath, her legs hung over the edge to show off her sparkly knee-high boots. Next up, Rick Ross serves his verse from the dinning room, siting like Rick Ross does, shirtless at the head of a never-ending gold gilded table. And last comes Cam, in a stairwell hung with portraits of the three, wearing a button-up that might be considered subdued for the pink mink rocking rapper were it not throbbing colors. The home is wacky, sure, but it’s Nicki, and like she says: “If you’re not a believer, suck a big d***.” Read more…

B.O.B. And Nicki Minaj Are Off Their Rockers In “Out Of My Mind”

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Straight jackets and padded rooms, oh my. B.O.B.‘s crazy act in “Out Of My Mind” is surprisingly naturally great. But if any rapper can play loony, and do it well, it’s Nicki Minaj. B.O.B. is trapped in a prison-like insane asylum that he desperately wants to escape. In the Benny Boom directed video he’s forced to have a Psych evaluation with Dr. Minaj after fighting from being restrained. Dr. Minaj is slightly nutty herself, so there encounter isn’t an ordinary patient/client visit. Minaj strips out of her white doctor’s coat casting no shadow of a doubt that she’s just as cookoo as him. The parole board (is this prison or an insane asylum? I’m just sayin’) hearing doesn’t go too well. The rest is, uh, madness. Any artist that does “crazy” after B.O.B. and Nicki have a hard act to follow. Everything about this video was bananas!

B.O.B.'s Out Of My Mind ft. Nicki Minaj

B.o.B & Nicki Minaj’s ‘Out of My Mind’ Video Premiere – Watch Now! [Just Jared]

You Oughta Know‘s Graffiti6 Are Featured In The New VH1′s Psychedellic New Music Spot

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Did you catch this psychedelic new VH1 Music Spot that premiered during the Do Something! Awards — the one that features VH1 favorite’s like Gotye, Usher, and Grace Potter swimming in colorful goo — and wonder what that song is? The one that Nicki Minaj gyrates to while the colors melt around her? It’s called “Stare Into The Sun,” and it’s by VH1 You Oughta Know artist Graffiti6. We have had the song on loop since we featured the British duo back in March, and we are delighted now to have it incorporated into our everyday VH1 watching, too!

Graffiti6 performed an acoustic version of “Stare Into The Sun” for their You Oughta Know Live session. Check that out behind the jump!

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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals See “Stars” In New Video

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During Grace Potter & the Nocturnals VH1 Storytellers session, Grace Potter recalled The Lion the Beast the Beat‘s “Stars” as being about a recently passed childhood idol, who was “really wild and really wonderful” but who “always did take it a little bit too far.” “It’s kind of like when you are a kid and you have a balloon that just sort of slips off your wrist,” she said, choked up and with tears in her eyes. “And I wrote this song, because I don’t like looking up when I think about this person. I don’t like anywhere that I used to know her, used to see her.”

In the song’s new video, though, Potter does look up. Wearing a sequined evening gown, she plays with her Nocturnals under a dark and starry sky, her eyes fixed on Heaven’s Boulevard above. It’s a contemplative affair, all black and white and quiet, Potter at once large against the stars and small underneath the sky. “It’s a form of grieving, really, writing songs like this,” Potter says.

Watch “Stars” above, and below, see her talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers.

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Tuned In: Smashing Pumpkins Play “The Celestials” On Leno, Announce Fall Tour

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Last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Smashing Pumpkins stopping in to play “The Celestials,” a slow simmering cut off of Oceania. This is the first live glimpse of the Pumpkins most of us have had since Oceania‘s release last June, and they proved that it’s for good reason that they are still running the late night circuit and selling albums after all these years — they still know how to really rock.

Smashing Pumpkins also announced yesterday that they will head out on a North American tour this fall. Billy Corgan says that they’ll lead their set with Oceania, “sixty minutes, as it was written, front to back,” and then they’ll dip into the classics. “The fact of the matter is that I’ve written more hit songs than just about anybody in my generation. So if I feel like playing ‘em, I’ll f***ing play ‘em,” he’s said. But be warned, dear Pumpkin fans, when Corgan says he’ll “f***ing play ‘em,” he really means he’ll f***ing play ‘em: “My mentality has always been, ‘Okay, you want it? We’re going to shove it down your throat.’” So there’s that!
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