VH1 Top 20 Host Goes Behind-The-Scenes At VH1′s Best Cruise Ever

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We invited VH1 Top 20 host Jim Shearer to share his observations from VH1′s Best Cruise Ever, which featured more than a dozen bands and sailed from Tampa to Cozumel.

I’m on land again, which means VH1′s second annual Best Cruise Ever is now over. The Script was wonderful (my favorite live show during our four days at sea), I met a bunch of cool people who keep me employed by waking up early every Saturday morning to watch the Top 20 Countdown, I got to eat warm chocolate cake every night for dessert (mmm), and my band even got to play a couple of sets on the boat. I forgot to bring my diary on the cruise, so a pocket cam had to do. Here’s my recap. Enjoy! — Jim Shearer

Lady Gaga’s “Judas” Video Leaks, And We Count Down Its Top 5 Influences

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Lady Gaga must be feeling d?jà vu. Just two weeks after the audio of new single “Judas” was leaked, the video for the song found its way online earlier today in advance of its premiere on E! News at 7:00PM, forcing an impromptu reschedule.

E! News will still be airing its interview with Gaga tonight, but we have a pretty good idea where the video’s imagery came from:

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Our Official Cinco De Mayo Drinking Playlist Will Help You Celebrate In Style Tonight

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today Americans across the country will celebrate the Mexican combat victory over the French in 1862 by getting plastered! And like musical sommeliers, we are here to pair the appropriate drinks with the appropriate music. Here’s how you should start your night?and how you should end it.

FIRST DRINK
A shot of tequila (nothing too fancy but at least something middle-shelf) with salt and lime paired with The Ventures “Tequila”

This is tradition?at least, as much as any minor ethnic celebration recast as a major American drinking holiday can be said to have tradition. The bolder among you can try a Pee-Wee Herman (though it might be a little early in the night for that).

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Get An Early Listen Of Lady Antebellum’s New Single, “Just a Kiss”

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Lady Antebellum, the country trio who completed their pop crossover with a single Grammy performance?a medley of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (in tribute to the late Teddy Pendergrass), “American Honey,” and 2011 Song and Record of the Year “Need You Now” (which later bypassed Taylor Swift‘s “Love Story” to become the most downloaded country song of all time)?are back with “Just a Kiss,” the first single off their as-yet-untitled third studio album. Read more…

Posted: Christina Perri Shares A Message (And Some Photos!) From The Road

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On Monday, we introduced you to our brand new Posted artist, Miss Christina Perri. And, what do you know, she’s already chiming in with a special message for you, her fans, direct from the road, where she’s opening up for James Blunt.

So, without any further ado, we’re going to turn the floor over to Christina. Take it away!

hi vh1 readers!

welcome to my first Posted artist blog :) it’s good timing too ’cause im doing a million things a day + have a lot to share!!!!!

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Katy Perry: Sheltered Child, Budding Activist?

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Katy Perry does her best Veronica Lake impression on the cover of June 2011′s Vanity Fair. The issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow, features an in-depth interview with Perry about her upbringing, her career, and her life with Russell Brand.

She tells the magazine that her California evangelical parents forbade secular music (she says her friends snuck her CDs) and that the only book her mother read to her was the Bible. Or as Perry sums it up: “I didn?t have a childhood.”

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Don’t Call It A Comeback: Stevie Nicks And The Beastie Boys Return After Long Absences

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Today’s new releases are dominated by highly-anticipated and mostly well-received studio recordings from two career artists returning from extended absences: Stevie Nicks and the Beastie Boys.

Stevie Nicks has not released a solo studio album since 2001′s Trouble in Shangri-La, which came amidst the 1997 reunion of Rumours-lineup Fleetwood Mac, which began with the ultra-successful tour and live album The Dance (after which Christine McVie left the group) and ended with the allegedly rancorous recording sessions that led to the nevertheless successful Say You Will in 2003. After 2003, she continued to play shows, and in 2008 released a live DVD, but has not released solo recordings until today.

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Now That Miley Has Covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Which Artist’s Nirvana Cover Reigns Supreme?

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Miley Cyrus has been catching some flak for her cover of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Friday night in Ecuador. But the criticisms aren’t really about her rendition?which was not great, but not terrible, and let’s remember that the audio quality is pretty low?but about the difference between what “Smells Like Teen Spirit” means to Miley Cyrus and what it means to those who were alive when the song was recorded. Miley has said that Kurt Cobain is her “dream boyfriend” but there’s no indication that she sees much of a difference between him and, say, Bret Michaels, with whom she recorded an unreleased rendition of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

And so what? News flash, Generation X: Kurt Cobain isn’t ours anymore. He entered the pop imagination almost twenty years ago. Learn to share. (At the same time, that doesn’t mean you have to like the covers.)

In that spirit, here are the ten most notable reimaginings of the classic Nirvana single, in chronological order. Classic? Misguided? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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