Win A Trip To VH1′s Storytellers!

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You know how we do. Whenever we have a big show, we make it possible for VH1 zealots to get on board, too. Handing out tickets comes easy to us. This time we’ve got a bunch of options for fans of Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. This summer MTV Networks is giving away tickets to a Roast, a Spring Break Getaway, and one of our upcoming Storytellers shows. Jump in now to participate!

Jason Mraz Saves The Music

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When he?s not tending to his San Diego avocado farm, Jason Mraz continuously projects positive messages to his fans. Guess that year-long sabbatical he enjoyed a while back not only generated some great songs, but some rediscovery, enlightenment, and self-improvement vibes as well. Mr A ? Z seems to always be helping someone.

Already a contributor to MusiCares, the singer is now giving kids a chance to make a a joyous noise by donating a portion of his ticket sales from the upcoming ?Gratitude Caf? Tour? to VH1?s Save The Music Foundation, which benefits public school music programs.

The tour, which features G. Love and Special Sauce as well as Plain White Ts and Eric Hutchinson, kicks off on Saturday, July 25th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland and continues through the summer with dates across the country and in Canada.

Although the second leg of the ?Gratitude Caf? Tour? has not yet been announced, tickets for the initial set of shows are on sale now at gratitudecafetour.com. Save The Music?s core mission is to restore instrumental music education programs, ensuring that every child has access to a complete education that includes the benefits of music instruction, and Mraz is no stranger to the cause — he has already raised over $23,000 through ticket sales from his own most recent gigs! Check his Web site to see if he?s coming to a concert spot near you. By just checking out a show, you could help kids, too.? – Lacey Seidman

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Hip Hop Honors 2009 Salutes Def Jam Records

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Every year VH1 tips the hat to rap’s musical, political, and cultural impact with Hip Hop Honors, and our 2009 show keeps that approach alive by saluting the incredible legacy of Def Jam records. It airs on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13, at 9 pm ET/PT.

Tracy Morgan is this year’s host.

VH1?s Hip Hop Honors 2009 is the first time that the show has honored a record label.? For 25 years, Def Jam created the stars that pushed hip hop culture forward, including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Kanye West, Slick Rick, Rick Ross and Rihanna.? The men behind the scenes are as legendary as its artists, including Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, LA Reid and Jay Z.? The Def Jam brand didn’t just innovate in music, it also launched a breakthrough comedy show (Def Comedy Jam), a dynamic spoken-word showcase (Def Poetry Jam), and set trends in fashion, film and advertising.? Def Jam led a cultural movement that changed the world.

?It is impossible to pay tribute to the best in hip hop without recognizing Def Jam Records.? Throughout the years VH1 has honored numerous artists from the Def Jam label, but due to the magnificent impact that Def Jam as a company has made on not only hip hop culture but pop culture as a whole, we thought they definitely deserved the opportunity to be honored,? says Lee Rolontz, EVP of Music Production.

The show will take place in one of hip-hop’s original musical hot beds, New York’s famed borough of Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.? Stayed tuned to the VH1 blog as more updates about Hip Hop Honors 2009.

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Jordin Sparks’ New Video: Sneak Peek!

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Hey, all. We’re premiering Jordin‘s new video for “Battlefield” this Sunday night, June 7 at midnight ET (yep, the start of Monday morning, 12 am). Check out the sneak above, see other videos by Ms. Sparks, and get psyched.

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$5 Cover: Life on the Memphis Indie Scene

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If you’ve spent any time in Memphis, you might know it’s a creative hotbed. The scraggly little city in western Tennessee boasts a rich history of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, has given us both Elvis and Justin, and offers lots of cheap rents to sustain the creative spark of modern indie rockers such as Lucero, Amy LaVere, and Two Way Radio. Those last three, plus several other Memphis-based artists, are at the center of $5 Cover, MTV’s ongoing Web series that explains how all the people and passion of a scene – could be Austin, could be Seattle – is interconnected. It’s rather addictive.

One of the reasons it is so addictive is Craig Brewer‘s direction. The guy behind Hustle & Flow (another Memphis tale), Brewer’s got a knack for telling the stories of striving musicians. As these characters interact through an ever-churning blend of career moves, clique dynamics, and sexual hook-ups, they share themselves completely. Black, white, young old – Brewer reveals alot about each of them in a short amount of time.

Check the latest Webisode above, and cut yourself some time. No doubt you’re going to want to absorb all the earlier parts of the story. As each new Webisode drops, we’ll slap it in here for you. The Hills ain’t the only show in town. Get ready for the steamy side of life on the Mississippi.

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Brooke Hogan’s New Video And Song List

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Call it “Brooke on the Beach.” The video for Ms Hogan’s “Fallin’” finds her daydreaming in the Miami sand – nice way to spend an afternoon.? Check the clip above and circle July 21 on your calendar. That’s the date Brooke’s dropping The Redemption. The must-see CD cover and list of tracks is after the jump.

Real fans don’t have to wait that long for their fix, however. The second season of Brooke Knows Best premieres on VH1 on Sunday, June 7 at 10 pm ET. This Sunday night, June 31, you can a full fix of Season One on VH1 starting at 6 pm ET. Tune in.

And be here Monday, June 1. That’s when we’re premiering Season Two’s first episode online.

Oh, one last thing. Brooke’s coming in next week, and she’s answering romance questions you guys send her. Submit yours today.

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Best Week Ever Sneak: Adam Lambert Hits Town!

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There’s been lots of speculation about the superstar Idol runner-up, and Paul F. Tompkins doesn’t mess around – he just comes right out and asks. Does Lambert come clean? Check the clip now, and tune in tonight at 11 pm ET to watch the entire show. Mr. Kris Allen is also in the house tonight, so it’s Idol mania time. Just check how fangirl our Michelle Collins went when she connected with one of the guys yesterday. Read the interview.

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Airborne Toxic Event: Exclusive Interview

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Check Mikal Jollett, lead singer from The Airborne Toxic Event, telling VH1 News why his band dresses exclusively in black and white, and why he thinks there’s a whiff of Prozac in the air at indie rock shows. The group is one of our new You Oughta Know artists.

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Sneak Peek Gotti’s Way 2: Episode 5!

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Preview all the happenings next episode as Irv mentors Newz and starts talking college with Angie.

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Iron Maiden: Flight 666 – VH1 Rock Doc June 6

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Last year Iron Maiden flew around the world for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour.? Making their home in a 757, they took 45 days to shake the planet with their metal anthems. They knew where they were going: lead singer Bruce Dickinson was in the cockpit, piloting the plane to every one of the 23 sold-out stadium gigs. Want to know what it’s like to be on the road with one of hard rock’s most acclaimed acts? Iron Maiden: Flight 666, a full-length documentary of the whole deal, tells the story. It premieres on VH1 Classic and Palladia on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm; it’s VH1 premiere is 12 midnight that same evening.

?Having what is basically a flying ?splitter bus? with all our gear and crew on board allowed us to undertake a touring schedule the likes of which has never been attempted before,” says Dickinson. “By being independent of flight and freight connections and schedules we could literally go where we wanted when we wanted. And so we did. It was quite a journey, exhausting at times with jet lag taking its toll, but our fans everywhere were magnificent which made all the effort and planning and time well worthwhile. It really was a unique experience until, that? is, we did it again earlier this year!!?

The band played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, traveling 50,000 miles (70,000 km) and performing to almost half a million fans — a schedule that was only made possible by having their own “magic carpet” which enabled them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, christened “ED FORCE ONE.”

The film is produced by celebrated award-winning film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal.

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