Today’s Pop Music Isn’t Music, Says Music Expert Moby

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Moby came under fire from The Guardian‘s Michael Cragg yesterday for his comments to AOL’s Spinner UK about the current pop world. “It’s fun, but I don’t think of it as music,” the artist told Shelley White. “It’s manufactured. I appreciate it as pop culture phenomenon and some of the songs I like if I hear them in a shopping mall or something, but it doesn’t function as music for me.”

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Music Seen: The Civil Wars Plays VH1 In NYC (PHOTOS)

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The Civil Wars stopped by our offices a couple of weeks ago for a You Oughta Know Live performance in our lobby, and our co-workers were all struck by the Nashville-based duo’s on-stage chemistry. Not only do John Paul White and Joy Williams lock eyes while singing duets, the two have voices that sound like they were created to harmonize together. This “musical alchemy,” as Joy refers to it, may have helped the pop-folk act top charts on iTunes and Billboard and land an opening spot for Adele, who blogged that they are “the BEST live band i have EVER seen.” VH1 photographer Jen Marigliano spent time with The Civil Wars on their recent trip to NYC, documenting the duo’s style and how the two interact on and off the stage. More images after the jump. — Matt Muro

“Start of the day: Cooper Square Hotel, NYC” — Joy Williams

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Beyonc?’s New Single A Salute To The “Best Thing I Never Had”

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This morning Beyonc? released “Best Thing I Never Had,” her “Run the World (Girls)” follow-up single, to radio and to her website:

The Babyface-penned ballad is an ode of sorts to a bad ex-boyfriend from whose missteps Beyonc?’s narrator learned valuable lessons for her future. The Bruce Hornsby-esque piano line and Beyonc?’s delivery make up for lyrical missteps like “I bet it sucks to be you right now” (which is the right idea, certainly, but maybe not the best syntactical choice).

What do you think of the new song? Let us know in the comments!

Nick Cannon and Jason Derulo Are Answering Your Questions Via Webcam

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The Big Morning Buzz Live train has been going full steam for a month now, so hopefully you’ve all settled into a rhythm and are watching (or DVRing) the show every morning at 9:30 a.m. We’ve got some great guests coming in this week, but if you’re the type of person who prefers something a little more interactive than simply watching an interview on television, we’ve got something you’ll be mighty interested in.

We have partnered with a new company called VYou to give YOU an opportunity to play interviewer to some of today’s biggest celebrities. All you have to do is to submit a question for either our lovely host Carrie Keagan or any of our upcoming guests through the widget above or by visiting our Big Morning Buzz Live page on VYou.com. Then, kick back and wait for them to respond via webcam when they stop by our offices. Technology!

This week’s confirmed VYou guests are:
June 2: Jason Derulo
June 3: Nick Cannon

Exclusive: Swizz Beatz Previews Haute Living

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Swizz Beatz is a man with a plan. The super-producer, NYU professor (at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch), and entrepreneur (his business collaborators include Kid Robot, Reebok, and the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate) came to the MTV/VH1 offices recently to preview his new album, Haute Living. He’s already released the first single from the album, “Everyday (Coolin’),” featuring Eve:

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Encore Performance: Coachella 2012 to Host Identical Bills on Two Consecutive Weekends

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No, you’re not seeing double: Coachella 2012 will take place April 13-15, and then again April 20-22, promoters Goldenvoice have announced. Their rationale is straightforward: tickets for Coachella 2011 sold out within a week, and “some … purchased through non legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed.”
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American Idol Scotty McCreery Breaks Country Airplay Record With Debut Single

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Scotty McCreery‘s debut single “I Love You This Big” premiered less than a week ago on the American Idol season finale, but the new Idol’s song has racked up enough airplay since then to debut at #32 on the Country Songs chart?the highest debut for a new artist on that chart since it reverted to airplay-only in 1990. (The previous record-holder was also a reality-show winner: Brad Cotter of Nashville Star, whose first single “I Meant To” debuted at #42.) McCreery’s popularity with country listeners?plus unflagging support from his hometown country station, which has rebranded itself as “Scotty 94.7″?led to the new record.

Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina‘s “Like My Mother Does” is also getting enough country radio support to debut at #49 on the same chart. These airplay figures, plus digital sales numbers, could spell good news for the Idol vets on the Hot 100 on Thursday.

Trent Reznor And Karen O Cover Led Zeppelin In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer

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Over the long Memorial Day weekend, we’re guessing that most of you probably took advantage of the good weather and went outside to barbecue with friends and family. However, those of you who are either heliophobic or addicted to air conditioning likely took to the Internet instead, where one of the weekend’s biggest stories revolved around the supposed “leak” of the redband trailer for the upcoming film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book by the late Stieg Larsson not only stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, but is also directed by the maestro of gloomy psychological thrillers, David Fincher.

The trailer is somewhat unique in that it doesn’t contain a single line of dialogue, but that doesn’t mean that the tone of the film isn’t readily apparent. Keeping in line with the graphic content of the novels, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo looks to be Fincher’s most ominous and scary film since Se7en, thanks in large part to the decision to score the trailer with Trent Reznor and Karen O‘s hauntingly driven cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Immigrant Song.” There’s a certain mystical feel to the Led Zep original, but Rezner and O’s swaps that essence for something, well, colder; it’s got a sonic aura that’s as icy as the Scandinavian landscapes contained within the film and, frankly, gave us nightmares when we went to sleep last night.

Even though this trailer only contains a small portion of the song, this new take on “Immigrant Song” already ranks among our all-time favorite Led Zeppelin cover songs. Do you feel the same way? What Led Zep cover songs are your favorites? Hit us up in the comments below!

Sneak Peek: Linkin Park Transforms in “Iridescent”

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The video for “Iridescent,” the fourth single from Linkin Park‘s A Thousand Suns and lead single from Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Album, premieres on air on VH1 this Thursday, June 2, at 8pm, but you’ll be able to see the whole video online eight hours early, and you can watch an exclusive sneak peek above.

“Iridescent” is the fifteenth Linkin Park video directed by turntablist Joe Hahn, and the second (after 2009′s “New Divide”) to prominently feature Transformers imagery. That video used animation to link film clips and performance footage thematically as well as visually, but judging from this preview, “Iridescent” is considerably more ambitious, featuring a number of the upcoming film’s villainous bots flying around the band members performing, a skeletal outline of Optimus Prime superimposed over lead singer Chester Bennington, and possibly the first look at the film’s megavillain Unicron in his planet form:

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Lady Gaga To Top the Billboard 200 With Help From Amazon

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Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is projected to sell 1.15 million units in its first week, according to Billboard. The chart magazine notes that this is the biggest first-week since *NSYNC‘s Celebrity sold 1.88 million in its first week a decade ago.

Some pop chart wonks are up in arms about this, because of the effect of Amazon’s’ drastic loss-leading tactics. Approximately a third of all sales of the album were Amazon digital downloads, which cost customers a mere 99? for the entire album, with Amazon eating the remaining $7.40 of the wholesale digital price, costing them over $3MM. Amazon chalked up this substantial hit to their bottom line as a promotional expense for their own digital store —which drastically trails iTunes— and their new cloud drive.

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