On 4/20, Saluting Five Musicians Who Carry a Torch for Pot

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Two weeks ago, our sister site, The Fab Life, counted down the Top 25 Fictional Stoners in Cinematic History. Of course, it’s a lot easier to be famous for using an illegal substance if you’re not real. So we thought for 4/20 we’d honor (or at least acknowledge) some of today’s most vocal pro-marijuana musicians.

Wiz Khalifa
Khalifa’s big hit may be “Black and Yellow,” but he’s been pretty busy using much of the money, attention, and goodwill he gained from that song to rap about weed (though not, surprisingly, on his newest single “Roll Up”). His newest album is even called Rolling Papers. When even “The Lonely Stoner,” Kid Cudi, has given up marijuana, Wiz is holding fast, even writing a sidebar for Rolling Stone‘s Best of Rock 2011 issue, feting OG Kush as “Best Weed.”

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Iggy Pop Wants to Be Your Doll

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The Iggy Pop action figure spotted by MTV News at Toy Fair in February is finally available to pre-order (though Toys ‘R’ Us quicky pulled the item’s online listing after a number of fake “product reviews” featuring Stooges puns popped up). Unlike the other action figures in NECA’s “Music Icons” series, Iggy Pop’s figure is designed after his 2011 self, rather than a particularly “iconic” look from the past, like the circa-1975 Jimmy Page figure.

Then again, maybe Iggy Pop’s current look is his iconic look. In the first place, “jeans and shirtless” has been his standard for decades. And granted, he turns 64 on Thursday, but a long-kicked heroin addiction gave him his physique long before age ever had an opportunity. Remember the “Candy” video?

Of course, even at his age, the real Iggy Pop has a few more points of articulation than the scale replica.

[HT: Gothamist. Image Credit: Getty Images]

You Oughta Know Live: Fitz And The Tantrums And The Power of “L.O.V.”

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As we teased not quite two weeks ago, You Oughta Know artist Fitz and the Tantrums swung by the VH1 offices for an exclusive You Oughta Know Live performance. The four-song set was a blast, but the absolute highlight was the double-time clapping and funky breakdown of “L.O.V.” which we’ve shared above.

Stream the whole set, including the band’s most recent single “MoneyGrabber”, exclusively via VH1.com.

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Beyonc? And Co. Run the World on Leaked Single

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Beyonce Runs The World

“Girls (Who Run the World),” reportedly the first single from Beyonc?‘s forthcoming album, leaked last night, and one thing’s for sure: Sasha Fierce is definitely not trying to sound like much else on the radio right now.

(For the moment the song is streaming at The Fader, but just a heads up, the stream may not last long.) Read more…

Posted: In Vino Veritas With Hanson

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Ike Hanson At The Vineyards

As you know, Hanson is our VH1 Posted artist for the month of April. This missive just arrived in our inbox a few moments ago, straight from Taylor’s mobile device. We’ll let him take it from here. Taylor, the floor is yours…

While running all over the country spreading the word about the new record/single “Give A Little” (Ed. Note — Watch the video!), we made a not so painful stop in Napa Valley for the Live in The Vineyard event, which included other artists like Marc Broussard, Lenny Kravitz and Michael Franti (plus our friend Michelle Branch who stopped in for a hang and some vino). I caught a few random pics during the daylight hours and our stop at the Monticello Winery … Ike might have bought 12 bottles. It was a long night.
Taylor

Continue along for more snaps of this excursion, sent to us direct from the Hanson fellas!

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Is Britain’s Got Talent Contestant Michael Collings The New Susan Boyle?

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BGT: Michael Collings the new Susan Boyle? by itnnews

The promos for NBC’s new singing competition show, The Voice, have made much of the show’s swiveling chairs, which are designed to allow a blind audition for the judges. Not so with Britain’s Got Talent, which from its launch (with Simon Cowell in one of the judge’s chairs) has wholeheartedly embraced the narrative of deceiving appearances. The latest such entrant is Michael Collings, a young IT engineer and father-to-be who played guitar and sang “Fast Car”, by Tracy Chapman, with surprising power. Read more…

Rolling Stone Compiles Their “100 Greatest Artists” List

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Sorry, Michael! The doggone #1 spot is mine!

Following last May’s update to their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” Rolling Stone will be issuing an update to the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” originally published in two parts in separate issues of the magazine in 2004 and 2005.

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Bret Michaels Teams Up With His Daughters For A Kidz Bop Cover Of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

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Are children ages 5-12 desperate to be introduced to hair-metal ballads that are decades older than they are? Kidz Bop, the now-venerable series of age-appropriate kid-chorus cover compilations, hopes so: May 17 will see the release of Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads. Life As I Know It‘s own Bret Michaels and his daughters Raine and Jorja have recorded what will likely be the jewel of this volume: a re-recording of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which Michaels originally sang with Poison in 1988, and which was previously anthologized on Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition. This time around, his daughters take the lead, with Bret on guitar. Read more…