Last Lap: Monday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

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Japan-Relief Little Monster Money In Mother Monster’s Pocket?
Lady Gaga has been cited in a class action lawsuit filed in Michigan, claiming that some of the proceeds from the “Japan Prayer Bracelets” she designed and sold to raise money for the tsunami relief effort have not actually gone towards tsunami relief. [E! Online]

Morrissey Tries To Add U2 To His “Hate List,” Finds They’re Already There (Along With The Rest Of Us)
Pitchfork‘s Ryan Dombal interviewed Morrissey, formerly of the Smiths, about how Moz hates to be referred to in context of the Smiths, the difficulty of getting a record recorded in the current climate, and the impossibility of matching the draw of certain acts at festivals like Glastonbury: “U2 have an enormous Star Wars set with drumsticks that light up northern Africa, and a sound system that would drown out an earthquake. I can’t compete with that. Not with my post office savings account. All I have to offer the world are songs.”

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Restless Gavin DeGraw And His Restless Ex In “Not Over You”

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“Not Over You,” the new video Gavin DeGraw premiered on Big Morning Buzz Live today, has a pretty straightforward message: It’s tough being heartbroken in downtown Manhattan. If you’re Gavin DeGraw, it entails a lot of moping in your apartment in a white t-shirt, meandering around Chinatown in a blazer, and, occasionally, jamming with your band at Orchard Studios. If you’re his ex-girlfriend, it means watering plants, lots of leaning and lying on things in various states of undress, going to the beach at dusk, and eating a hot dog. (Hey, don’t knock feeding your sadness until you’ve tried it.) Or actually, maybe that’s just what DeGraw is imagining; the associative link of Gavin looking out into the rain while his ex-girl takes a shower doesn’t exactly strike us as coincidental serendipity.

We’re not sure which parts are in DeGraw’s mind, but we do know that the video’s two protagonists are really, really not over each other. The video is pretty conceptually simple, split-screen aside, but that suits the song’s subject to a tee. Angry exes don’t get back together in videos. As for sad exes?

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Hard Rock Turns 40 with a Massive Celebration in London’s Hyde Park

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The Hard Rock brand, which encompasses restaurants, hotels and casinos, turned 40 years young over the weekend. In honor of the momentous anniversary, tens of thousands of fans turned out for the three-day Hard Rock Calling festival, held in London’s famed Hyde Park. In addition to headliners Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi and The Killers (the latter of which was witnessed by none other than Prince Harry), VH1 faves Train and You Oughta Know artist Lissie also appeared on the bill. Our VH1 news team was on hand and got some backstage time with some of the artists on the bill; take a gander above to get Train, Lissie and Pete Wentz’s thoughts on the occasion.

Top 20 Live: David Cook Leaves His Fans “High And Dry” (In A Good Way)

by (@unclegrambo)

The road that American Idol winners have to travel is not always paved with gold. Sure, there are but a handful of artists who would turn down the opportunity to have national television exposure every week for five months straight, but as we have seen since the show first debuted in 2002, the same fans who call in to vote for artists week after week don’t always follow their faves to the record store by the time their albums actually come out. And, unless you’re Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, chances are that even fewer fans are still riding your bandwagon by the time your second post-Idol album comes out.

David Cook is looking to be an exception to that rule. After his eponymous post-Idol album went platinum back after its release in 2008, he’s releasing his brand new LP, This Loud Morning, tomorrow. Judging on what we heard when he came through our offices a few weeks back, he’s got a really good chance to become the most successful male Idol winner of all-time. Rather than simply coasting on his fame, he worked extra hard in the studio and stretched himself musically, collaborating with esteemed songwriters like Marti Frederiksen, John Rzenik of the Goo Goo Dolls, hitmaker du jour Ryan Tedder, and many more.

Above, we’ve got David Cook’s outstanding cover of Radiohead‘s “High And Dry” for you, but during his four song, Top 20 Live set performed live here at the VH1 offices, he also laid down “Come Back To Me,”, “The Last Goodbye,” and his mammoth hit off of David Cook, “Light On.” Enjoy!

Song Of The Summer Countdown: Will Katy Perry Claim Her Third S.O.T.S In Four Years?

by (@unclegrambo)


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For the first time since we started counting down this year’s Song Of The Summer, someone other than Adele is sitting in the proverbial cat bird’s seat. Weirdly enough, though, “Rolling In The Deep” has been usurped by another song that audiences first heard back in 2010.

While we’re plenty excited that Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” knocked Adele out of the top spot, we can’t help but lament the fact that Katy Perry is still ruling the airwaves with songs from her Teenage Dream album. If you’ll recall, that record came out way back on August 24, 2010, but last year’s Song Of The Summer, “California Gurls,” was released even further back (May 11, 2010, to be exact). And if you flip the calendar back to the summer of 2008, Perry’s first smash single, “I Kissed A Girl,” was that summer’s biggest party jam.

So, folks, you tell us: What exactly is it about the summertime that makes you want to listen to Katy Perry? Why does her particular blend of breezy pop music make you want to roll your windows down and turn the singles from Teenage Dream up? Let us know in the comments, and check back here next week to see if Katy can fend off the likes of Britney Spears, Pitbull and Lady Gaga to keep the top spot in VH1′s Song Of The Summer countdown!

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The Top Five Must-See Clips From The Glastonbury Festival

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We couldn’t make it to Glastonbury this year, but luckily BBC was there with tons of cameras to record some killer performances. Sadly, there’s no official footage from the Park Stage (Radiohead! Big Audio Dynamite! Pulp! Lykke Li!) and YouTube clips, though they exist, are coming down as quickly as they go up, but otherwise, the BBC has got UK viewers covered with complete set streams?and selections for the rest of us. So here are the five highlights from the clips made available to the world:

5. Atlanta Represent: Janelle Mon?e
There was a strong contingent of Dungeon Family affiliates: Big Boi pumping the crowd up with “Shutterbug” and Cee Lo Green borrowing a costume from GWAR for “Crazy”. Big Boi prot?g? Janelle Mon?e outshone both with her razor-sharp rendition of “Tightrope.” Her remarkable dance moves and James Brown showpersonship are among the “intangibles” that make this clip unmissable.

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Tuned In: Alicia Keys Revisits Songs In A Minor With Help From Bruno Mars (And A Rick Ross Sidestep)

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The 2011 BET Awards remembered the past while honoring the present last night in Los Angeles, with a full fifteen musical performances?mostly multiple-song medleys?that spanned decades and genres. We highly recommend you check out all of the performances, especially Mary J. Blige‘s mega-medley of “Mary Jane,” “Real Love,” “You Bring Me Joy,” “Rapture” (with Anita Baker) and “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over (with DJ Khaled and Jadakiss), and the Patti LaBelle tribute featuring Cee Lo (dressed as LaBelle!), Marsha Ambrosius, and Shirley Caesar.

The highlight of the night, though, was Alicia Keys‘s own four-song medley. She stood on her piano as she opened with new-old song “Typewriter,” a Songs in A Minor outtake that will be included on tomorrow’s 10th Anniversary reissue of the album. She took to the keys for single “A Woman’s Worth,” from the same album, for which she was joined by Bruno Mars on guitar and vocals. This wasn’t merely a throwback performance, though. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that?see Alexander O?Neal & Cherrelle‘s “Saturday Love”, which sounded as good as ever.) Rick Ross took the stage for a triumphant rendition of “Maybach Music 2,” with Keys providing T-Pain’s hook and Bruno Mars providing the guitar riff.

After she shouted out Rozay and Bruno Mars, Keys closed out her medley alone, with “Fallin’,” which retains its power and charm millions of radio plays and a decade later. We’re still processing the fact that these songs (except 2009′s “Maybach Music 2″) are all ten years old, and they sounded so good and fresh last night that we’re even more confused.

Gavin DeGraw Set To Debut His New Video For “Not Over You” Monday on Big Morning Buzz Live

by (@unclegrambo)

Tags: Not Over You by Gavin Degraw, Gavin Degraw, Gavin Degraw Lyrics

Exciting news to share with you guys. We just got word that the talented singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will be making an appearance at our offices here in Times Square this coming Monday, June 27. He’ll be stopping by the set of Big Morning Buzz Live, which airs every weekday starting at 9:30 a.m., to present the world premiere debut of the music video for his new song, “Not Over You.” And to mark this occasion, Gavin himself sent us this exclusive clip earlier this morning as a way to help get the word out to his fans.

If you can’t catch the Monday morning debut on Big Morning Buzz Live, don’t fret: We’ll have it here for you on the VH1 Blog as soon as it airs, and it will also appear on next week’s Top 20 Video Countdown show as well.

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Shearer’s Spotlight: Remembering Clarence Clemons

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Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer?s Spotlight with us. This feature will include three things ?sometimes related, sometimes not!? that Jim is obsessing over this week. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT tomorrow morning. Oh, and don’t forget, our brand new Top 20 site makes voting for your favorite videos easier than ever!

Last Saturday night, we lost rock n? roll icon Clarence Clemons. Immediately following his death, tributes from around the world poured forth on the Internet.

If you really think about it, the mark he left on popular music is somewhat unbelievable; Clemons was best known for his work in Bruce Springsteen?s E Street Band, where he wasn?t a frontman, didn?t play lead guitar, pluck a bass, or even sit on a throne behind a drum kit. He was a saxophonist.

Let me say that again: He was a saxophonist!

Unless you?re hanging out with fans of smooth jazz or ska music, saxophone players usually aren?t revered as music royalty?especially in mainstream rock n? roll?but Clarence Clemons was, and always will be.

Here are three reasons why I think the (appropriately nicknamed) ?Big Man? was the man:

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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

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Missy Elliott Shares Graves Disease Diagnosis
Billboard reports that in an interview with the upcoming issue of People, Missy Elliott reveals that she was diagnosed with the thyroid disorder Graves disease in 2008, the aggressive treatment plan for which left little time for music. Elliott speaks about her battle with the autoimmune disorder in the season premiere of Behind the Music, airing Wednesday, June 29, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Justin Bieber And His Security Team Attack A Plainclothes New York City Cop
Ninety minutes ago, at an appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square in Manhattan, Justin Bieber went outside, reportedly to apologize to the massive crowd that could not come inside due to fire code. As the throng of screaming Beliebers pressed against the barriers, an undercover cop ran towards Bieber to protect him?only, neither Bieber nor his security knew the guy was a cop. Onlookers across the street caught the incident on film and, naturally, uploaded it to YouTube, so one and all can see Bieber coming to blows with a cop. [Sound of the City and TMZ]

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