“Scream” For Usher Using The Greatness That Is Fuerza Bruta In New Video

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Usher joining forces with Fuerza Bruta for a Cirque du Soleil of sorts experience for the Looking 4 Myself listening party was both innovative and a wonderful production. It was so incredible Usher decided the video to his second single “Scream” would piece together his performances from the night of his Fuerza Bruta collaboration. If you are looking for a more concrete video that correlates with the song you may wonder what’s going on. But once you’ve made it to the end you understand why this was the perfect concept. Read more…

Passion Pit Take A Bounce In “Take A Walk” Video

by (@zaragolden)

More accurately, Michael Angelakos wants you to take a bounce in the new video for “Take a Walk,” the lead single off of Passion Pit‘s upcoming Gossamer. The video begins with a well-dressed Angelakos asleep, in the middle of a suburban street, with a basic blue rubber ball in his hand. Risen by an eager dog, he chucks the ball and, taking its prospective, we bounce with it from the suburbs through baseball fields and running rivers, eventually finding our way into the big city and then beyond into the sky. (Actually, come to think of it, it’s not really so basic a ball after all!)

Already a veteran of the electro-dance scene after the success of 2009’s Manners, Anelakos has suggested that this this follow-up will be, needs to be, more expansive than the last. “I needed to do it in a way that was interesting and I wanted to do it in a way that would excite the listener with different sound and different worlds and movements,” he told NME. “It moves like an opera.” His famed falsetto toned slightly down, and his storytelling up (this seems be a tale of an immigrant working to bring his family to the stateside, addressing meanwhile taxes and the financial crisis), this first look and listen certainly show expanding horizons.

‘Take a walk’ Video: Passion Pit See the Ball, Are the Ball [NYM]

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Chris Brown Has A Nasty Chin Gash After Brawl With Drake’s Entourage

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Chris Brown And Drake Get Into A Brawl, Chris Suffers Chin Injury

Remember when we said all the boys go crazy over Rihanna? Let’s just say it seems to be more truth than jest. In the latest saga of guys fighting–literally this time–over RiRi, TMZ reports that Chris Brown was injured last night in a brawl with Drake’s entourage at NYC’s WIP nightclub. All the details of exactly what happened are still unfolding, but according to Brown’s tweet, a bottle was thrown by Drake’s crew that hit Brown in the chin. NYDailyNews.com claims it all began when Brown sent over a bottle of champagne to Drake as a sort of peace offering. Drake allegedly returned the bottle of bubbly with a note reading, “I’m still f*cking Rihanna.” Lawdhavemercy. Imagine Drake (or any rapper) taking out an ink pen at the club to write a note.  We need to see the receipts on that one.

Brown rushed to Twitter tweeting a picture of the nasty gash along with a few choice words, “How u party wit rich n**** that hate? Lol… Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!” Shortly after the tweet was removed. When the cops arrived to the scene at the wee hours of the morning both crews had already left. Clearly being international superstars means nothing when you have homies that are always down for whatever. Read more…

What Does Hard Rock Music Mean To Your Favorite Rockstars?

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Where would you be without hard rock and heavy metal music? Hopefully we won’t ever have to find out. Watch the new promo for That Metal Show with everyone from Slash, Lemmy (Motorhead), Michael Schenker, Warrant, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Tom Morello, and more of your favorite rock stars as they sound sound-off on why they’re passionate about hard rock music, and list their favorite bands. Oh, and don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A brand new season of That Metal Show starts this August on VH1 Classic.

Nas Talks About The Use Of The N-Word On CNN

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Nas on CNN Discussing Parenthood

It’s Nasty Nas season, folks. There’s an excitement surrounding his 10th studio album Life Is Good that hasn’t been this prevalent since he dropped “Stillmatic” in 2001. Recently he stopped by CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien where he openly discussed fatherhood and why he made his latest single “Daughters.” In the interview he said being in the music business and having the relationship he does with his daughter’s mother, Carmen Bryant, he didn’t spend the time he needed to with his daughter. “It took me away from being that parent that was there all the time,” he said. Despite the self-reflection in thinking he could’ve done a better job as a father Nas says his daughter thinks he was a great dad. Awwww. Read more…

Trey Songz And T.I. Only Came To The Club For “2 Reasons”

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There’s only two reasons Trey Songz and T.I. are at the club–“the b*ches and the drinks.” And like any club scene there’s bottle popping, cupcakes and big booty women in heels in the Benny Boom directed video to Trey Songz’s second single “2 Reasons” from his forthcoming album Chapter V. Made for the club, “2 Reasons” is to Chapter V what “Bottoms Up” was to Passion, Pain & Pleasure . The difference between the two is that “Bottoms Up” automatically drew you in with its edgy R&B dance sound whereas “2 Reasons” is bit more popish, a lot less catchy. Both work for its intended purposes–to get people on their feet dancing. Read more…

Create Your Own Rock Of Ages Style Pop Up Video

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve already bought tix to see Rock Of Ages when it hits movie theaters nationwide this weekend. Here at VH1, we’ve been counting down the days til its release each morning on Big Morning Buzz Live, as we all celebrate 80’s Week. Now, we’d like to invite you to visit our very special Create Your Own Pop Up Video page, which we have populated with the original videos of a bunch of songs that are featured on this movie’s totally hairmetaltastic soundtrack like Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mr. Big‘s “To Be With You” and “High Enough” by the Damn Yankees. Break out the Aquanet, get some of your best commentary ready and make your very own Pop Up Video in just a matter of minutes!

Remember, Rock Of Ages opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 15!

Azealia Banks Needs To Get Out Of Her Own Way

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Azealia Banks Is Back On Twitter

Quitting Twitter only to return days later is the new publicity stunt for celebrities —no matter how big or small— looking to make blog headlines. Harlem-bred Azealia Banks is easily one of our favorite upcoming artists of any genre. Her dance sound, reminiscent of garage music, is refreshing, yet her raw lyrics are the epitome of “real” hip-hop. The fast eccentric flow on “212” is unlike anything any other artist — male OR female — is currently doing in hip-hop. As odd as the sound seemed upon first listen, we have been hypnotized by the 21-year-old woman that rapped, “What you gone do when I appear? When I premiere?” Apparently we weren’t the only ones intrigued by what she had to offer. To date, over 19 million people on YouTube have watched the “212” video, and that’s with her still being a somewhat underground artist.

Buzz has continued to grow around Banks’ music career, as many are hoping that she will eventually become the female rapper to give Nicki Minaj a healthy dose of competition. However, just as the excitement about her music began to burgeon, so has the controversy. Since Banks is not quite mainstream, there are few interviews or TV appearances that fans can turn to for perspective on her personality or who she is as an artist. Therefore, Twitter became the platform where she seemed the most comfortable expressing herself. Fans connected with her there, and onlookers were able to gauge the burning question, “Who is Azealia Banks?” Although her tweets would never be able to define all of who she is, it did reveal some disturbing traits that would turn out to become consistent patterns. Read more…

50 Cent Shows Off His SMS Headphones On QVC

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Get Rich or Die Trying, right? 50 Cent came up with that motto, and it’s clear to us that he abides by it to this day. Last night, the G-Unit head popped over to home shopping network QVC to hawk his SMS headphones. According to his pitch, the headphones sound “absolutely extraordinary,” and work wirelessly from up to 50 feet away. They are, he says, “an extension of his pasion for music.” And at a steep $249.95 —or 5 easy payments of $49.95!— and with the help of the nice host and a very excited woman, they are sold out.

The first thing 50 did was sell himself. Referring to himself as “his favorite rap artist” and joking that “every now and then he comes out with something that’s pretty good” while “21 Questions” plays. He is his number one product, after all.

The second thing he did was knock a pair a pair of headphones off their display stand. By our count, he does this at least twice in this seven-minute clip. But, like he says, they are durable!

50 Cent Sells SMS Headphones On QVC [RapRadar]

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Artist Of The Day: Gossip Is Making Tongues Wag With New Album

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With five studio albums, four EPs and two live albums under their belt, Gossip is not new to the game. Since 2001, longtime lovers of the genre-twisting, dance-punk band have been savvy to frontwoman Beth Ditto‘s brazen stage presence and witnessed how thoroughly guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie enhances the trinity’s high-powered sound.

Passion for Gossip is more of a slow burn in the U.S., while in Europe, especially Germany, the Portland-based band is virtually Hasselhoffian in their appeal. According to Ditto, they’re perfectly okay with that, because if all else fails, beauty school is an option. But it looks like with their first album in three years, A Joyful Noise, this best-kept secret may not fly under the radar for too much longer. So Ditto may have to shelve her shears for a while with critics like Idolator labeling their second major-label effort as “the best album of 2012 … so far.” Gossip even has a celebrity super fan in Sacha Baron Cohen. Read more…