The Votes Are In And Pitbull Is Actually Headed To Alaska

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The polls have closed and the people have spoken: Pitbull is indeed headed to the far away and frozen tundras of Kodiak, Alaska! But he’s taking the man who got him sent there with him.

As we reported earlier this month, Walmart promised to host Mr. World Order and his preferred brand of energy-stripes to whichever store could accumulate the most “Likes” on their Facebook page. The competition was quickly hijacked by a trouble-making Boston Phoenix reporter and Something Awful contributor, David Thorpe, who figured it would be funny to send Miami’s pride to the coldest and most remote Walmart America’s got. Needless to say, his #ExilePitbull campaign worked, Kodiak’s far-off Walmart blew away the competition, and to Alaska Pitbull must now go. Read more…

Katy Perry Raps Too…At Karaoke Night

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Katy Perry Raps "Welcome To Miami"

Katy Perry sings, writes music, makes movies, wears death-defying outfits and now raps. TMZ reports during a fun night of karaoke on Catalina Island Katy and a friend do a rendition of Will Smith‘s 90s hit “Welcome to Miami.” Although Katy’s face isn’t visible you can hear the pop star rapping the words as if she’s done this before. She hilariously changes up the pitch of her voice spitting some of the lyrics in really high octaves. Such a fire spitter! It’s unclear if Katy was inebriated or just having a great time with her best friend who she shouts out with a very loud, “I love my best friend!” If Katy does a rap verse on someone else’s song, it all began from this, folks. Read more…

Tuned In: Best Coast “Storms” Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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Best Coast dropped in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to play “Storms,” the bonus Fleetwood Mac cover from their recent album The Only Place. Bethany Consentino and Bobb Bruno were joined by only a bassist on the dark stage for a performance that was quiet save for Constentino’s impressive voice. “Never have I been a blue calm sea, I’ve always been a storm,” she sang, staid like we don’t often get to hear her and channeling her inner Stevie Nicks in a floor-skimming black dress and turquoise jewelry. Best Coast’s take is a bit more somber than the original Tusk b-side, but no less beautiful for it. Nicks, we have to believe, would approve.

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Last Lap: Bob Dylan’s 35 Album Due Out In September

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BOB DYLAN‘S TEMPEST IS SLATED FOR A  SEPT. 11 RELEASE
The Bard with a guitar (but not that guitar) returns this fall with a 35 studio album meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the day his self-titled debut hit shelves. To call this an accomplishment would be an understatement.  [ArtsBeat]

COACHELLA SHIPS OUT
The promoters behind Coachella are looking out to sea for their next project: floating festivals. Music has long been an important part of cruises, but this seems like a huge undertaking. How long will it take Urban Outfitters to make 2,800 life preservers? [LAT]

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VH1 EXCLUSIVE: Nas Says If He Married Again He Wouldn’t Cheat

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Nas has been beaming as of late in preparation for album number 10, Life Is Good. On the day of his album’s release,VH1 sat down with the legendary emcee to discuss the music and what makes life great. For Nas, Life Is Good represents an honest place of where he’s been and where he’s at today. The good, bad and ugly. One of the most introspective songs, “Bye Baby,” is about his ex-wife Kelis, the one whose green wedding dress he’s holding on the cover. In the song he raps, “Listen, could you imagine writing your deposition?/Divorce Lawyer telling you how this thing gonna be ending?/With you paying out the a–, and I’m talking half/Not some but half. No serious, half/Half of your soul, half of your heart you leaving behind.” Nas bears his soul over a Salaam Remi & 40 beat. Read more…

Song Of The Summer 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” Is The Early Frontrunner

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Music is something that plays an integral part in our lives 365 days a year, but there is something about the summertime that makes music seem a bit more omnipresent than at other times of the years. For most of the year, music consumption is largely a solitary pursuit; it’s something you experience in your house and in your car, and for big city dwellers and gym enthusiasts, it generally exists between you, your iPhone, and your earbuds. However, when summer rolls around, all of a sudden MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE — You hear it at family barbeques in the park, rooftop parties with your friends, blaring from car windows as you walk down the street. And more often than not, you tend to hear the same songs playing in an endless loop, returning us to the days when music was more of a communal experience and not so niche.

To that end, VH1 and Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant are teaming up to track what song will emerge as this year’s Song Of The Summer, the one song that everyone will always associate with the summer of 2012. Each Monday here on VH1 Tuner, we’ll be counting down the Top 20 Songs of the Summer, as determined by SIX key metrics: Position on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown, Billboard‘s Hot 100, iTunes Singles Chart, Spotify, YouTube’s music chart and … wait for it … YOUR VOTES!

Yes, that’s right, we added a new wrinkle to this year’s countdown. Simply visit sots.vh1.com (SOTS = Song Of The Summer, get it?) and cast YOUR vote for your favorite song on either Twitter or Facebook (or both, if that’s how you roll). Do you love some Carly Rae Jepsen? Vote for her! Do you Directioners feel like One Direction‘s “One Thing” or “What Makes You Beautiful” should be higher on the chart? Vote for them! Are you a die-hard Yeezy fan and think that this summer is all about “Mercy”? Then you should definitely vote for it! Don’t see your favorite song on the list? Hit us up on our @vh1music Twitter feed and, if we see enough volume, we’ll add it to our list of over 50 songs that you can vote on.

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Justin Bieber Is “Hot, Ready, Legal” On The Cover Of Rolling Stone

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Counter to the well wishes of a Belieber Army’s parents, the object of their daughter’s worship is growing up and into himself. Justin Bieber has already worked through PDA and baby mama drama, and his recently sophomore album made a concerted effort to present a mature (or at least maturing) artist. And now, August’s Rolling Stone cover — which was revealed (via a retweet) today by the Biebs himself – declares the once precious pop star once and for all “HOT, READY, LEGAL.” Could it be? Justin has made the transition from “Baby” to “Boyfriend”, but does that make him “ready”? Did Rolling Stone jump the gun? You might want to take a deep breath now, because something tells us we have only seen the tip of the ice berg.

All pop stars grow up, and Justin is not the first young pop star to come out as an adult on the cover of Rolling Stone. Below, see three other celebrities who jump started the second stage of their careers with a “Too Soon?” declaration of maturity on the magazine’s front cover.

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Nas Celebrates Release Of Life Is Good With Champagne And Celeb Friends

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Nas' Album Release Party

On the eve of NasLife Is Good release, he celebrated like any Don would–with champagne, cigars and friends. Nas had a busy night with a performance of “Daughters” on the Late Show with David Letterman, an interview with Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex and his album release party at Bagatelle in NYC. When you’re a legend of Nas’ status there’s bound to be a lot of love in the room from peers. Throughout the night he shared laughs with Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Q-tip and Jermaine Dupri. Also in attendance were Beyonce, Angie Martinez, Tyson Beckford and others.

Its been four years since Nasty Nas’ last solo album, the controversial Untitled. Early reviews are already pegging Life Is Good as one of the best in his catalog, and potentially one of the best albums of the year. His road to the happy space he’s in of living his best life (word to Oprah) has been one of overcoming many trials and tribulations. But the glow in his eyes at last night’s release is the look of a man that has triumphed. The look of success and longevity. Check out our gallery of a few pictures from last night’s celebration.

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Backstreet Boys Are Back In The Studio, Alright!

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Brothers, sisters, everybody sing: Backstreet’s back! This morning on Good Morning America, the OG boybanders Backstreet Boys shared the good news that they are back to work on a new album, their first with all five original members since 2005. With a hand from Mary J. Blige and Train producer Martin Terefe, they hope to have the album set for release by the band’s 20th anniversary next spring. And before then, they will play their first of surely many comeback shows on GMA this August 31st. Alright! Read more…

Finally! Somebody Has Made That Gotye/Carly Rae Jepsen We Needed

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Somebody hit that button they maybe shouldn’t have and all we can do now is thank them. That somebody is the indie band Pomplamoose, and what they did was combine the year’s two biggest hits into one, quite lovely mash-up. If you thought that the lush melodies of Gotye‘s  “Somebody That I Used To Love” and Carly Rae Jepsen‘s bouyant “Call Me Maybe” could not be combined — hit play above — you are wrong. And if you worried that maybe they shouldn’t be, if only for the sake of a YouTube viewership already all too happy to spend their summer watching only those two videos — well, it’s too late. There’s only one video we need now. Because here we have it: the “Somebody That I Used To Know Call Me Maybe” mash-up of our dreams. Finally!

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