50 Cent Prot?g? Hot Rod Wastes No Time Releasing His Latest Track, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead”

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Sorry, Lil B! A decidedly less “based” rapper has copped your style and beaten you to the news-cycle-rap punch. Hot Rod, a 2006 50 Cent signee who was swiftly dropped by Interscope and then, in late 2010, re-signed by 50 to G-Unit’s new pop, dance and R&B subsidiary G-Note, rushed to the studio last night to record, master, and premiere the singular “Osama bin Laden Is Dead.”

The sidechained Eurotrance and party-lyrics (“Osama was killed tonight, so everybody come and have a good time!”) of Hot Rod’s would-be anthem are not dissimilar to his January single “Dance with Me.” But lyrically, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead” is deeply indebted to O Music Awards performer (and The Pack member) Lil B, who has spent the last two years creating a cottage industry (and a devoted fanbase?one fan even snuck behind Geraldo Rivera during Fox News’s coverage of bin Laden’s death and shouted the common fan tribute “THANK YOU BASED GOD”) by rapping about anything and everything, including twitter trending topics and other pop stars like Charlie Sheen and Justin Bieber:

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Christina Perri Keeps VH1 Posted in May

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Before Hanson signed off as VH1′s April Posted artist on Saturday, they not-so-subtlely encouraged their fans to keep voting for “Give a Little” on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. But they’re going to face stiff competition in their quest for the top slot, not least from one of this weekend’s guests on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown?and the VH1 Posted artist for May?Christina Perri.

Perri, whom you may remember as a You Oughta Know artist back in October, stopped by the countdown with tourmate (and fellow You Oughta Know artist) James Blunt to premiere her new single “Arms” from her full-length debut lovestrong., coming May 10. We’re excited to have her on board, where she’s going to provide us with a behind-the-scenes look at all of the prep that goes into making her upcoming album release a big success.

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News Of Bin Laden’s Death Greeted With “Party in the USA”

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Osama bin Laden has been killed, and some Americans want to celebrate en masse without leaving their houses. Where do they go?

To the YouTube video of “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, it turns out. In the wake of the news, the song has become the de facto celebratory anthem, its comments section playing host to hundreds of cheers, dozens of jokes and pranks, and the occasional conspiracy theory. Gathered crowds across the nation may have been singing Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye),” but online, they were singing a different tune.

So if there was any doubt, even after a singalong after an Atlanta hardcore show went viral, that Cyrus had captured the zeitgeist, it’s probably safe to put those doubts to rest.

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Lissie is VH1′s Latest “You Oughta Know” Artist

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VH1′s You Oughta Know is, as the subtitle notes, an introduction to “artists on the rise.” But we don’t just highlight anyone with a big single or a talented marketing team?we look for artists whose sometimes unconventional approach gives their music a singular quality, and whose artistic commitment suggests a reserve of potential that could develop over a career. Singer-songwriter Lissie suits that description to a tee, so she’s a natural choice to be VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. Read more…

Putting A Wrap On The 2011 O Music Awards With A Gallery Of Photo Highlights

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What a whirlwind couple of days it’s been! We arrived in historic downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon for the O Music Awards and now, less than 48 hours later, it’s already time to leave. Boo!

Before we go, we thought we’d share a few snaps from last night’s festivities, in case you missed it. Some were taken by our friends at Getty Images, but we were also able to whip out our handy iPhone 4 to grab a few moments that the professional photographers didn’t catch. Like, for example, when we won $19 on slots! (Clearly, a personal highlight, but one we couldn’t resist sharing.)

One last thing: We managed to scoot away from our laptop in the press room JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to catch this moment, which was pretty awesome (but not quite as awesome as when we met Rebecca Black). Hope you enjoyed our coverage!

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Rebecca Black, Internet Superstar: “I Don’t Get Nervous. I Don’t See The Point In It.”

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Rebecca Black Interview at the 2011 O Music Awards from Mark Graham on Vimeo.

Well, well, well! It was quite the night at the O Music Awards; not only did we see Chiddy Bang smash the #RapWorldRecord for Longest Freestyle (9 hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds!), but the house band, Matt and Kim, won themselves thousands of new fans with their energetic performances. It’s safe to say that Fremont Street in historic downtown Las Vegas hasn’t seen this much action since U2 shot their epic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” music video back on April 12, 1987.

However, our personal highlight of the evening was when we were able to steal a few minutes of internet superstar Rebecca Black’s time, just moments after this evening’s extravaganza wrapped. We only had a few minutes with her and, in the interest of expediency, we uploaded our shaky, iPhone-shot interview with her straight to Vimeo. We pressed her on a few things, like whether or not she’s really going to record “LOL” as her next single and if the 13 year-old is going to hit the slot machines while she’s here in Vegas, but our highlight of the 2-minute interview was when we asked her if she was nervous before the cameras turned on tonight. “I don’t get nervous,” she replied with the kind of brazen confidence that comes after your video has been streamed 120 million times in six weeks. “I don’t see the point in it.” Swag!

O Music Awards: Complete List Of Winners

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Tonight, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the first ever O Music Awards are going down! Looking for a complete list of winners? Look no further! We’ll be updating this list all night long as the winners are announced, so keep hitting refresh ’til your heart’s content and things will make themselves clear. Remember, knowing is half the battle!

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Steven Tyler and Moby Take On Sobriety

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Both People and Rolling Stone have feature interviews with Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler this week, in which he opens up about his drug relapse during recording sessions for what would have been a new Aerosmith record, and the joy of his drug-free last eighteen months.

The characteristically outspoken Tyler told Rolling Stone he was useless in the studio: “I couldn’t sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it f**ks up your throat.” But even while speaking to People in drug slang, he’s happy to be successfully rehabilitated: “If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I’m not high on adrenaline, you’re crazy.”

Meanwhile, in a NY Times Home and Garden profile of his Hollywood Hills home, Moby spends little time on the physical details of his “castle,” instead speaking extensively?and quite frankly?about his struggles with alcohol abuse. (“For a good 15 years in New York,” he tells the Times, “I was sort of tragically notorious for always being the last person to leave the bar.”) He wryly likens his East Coast self to Charles Foster Kane and psychoanalyzes himself on the record as a way of explaining a loneliness that he tried to escape with alcohol, promiscuity, dance music, and money.

But with the help of sobriety (and his West Coast relocation), Moby has aimed to conquer his existential malaise by facing it head on?not least artistically, with Destroyed, a new album that he describes as “broken-down electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m.” Destroyed is due out May 17.

Yes, Chiddy Is Still Freestyling, But The O Music Awards Show Must Go On

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Chiddy Bang has been freestyling in an attempt to break the #RapWorldRecord for two hours and fifteen minutes now and, frankly, we’re exhausted just watching him. However, much to his credit, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the slightest. Seven more hours to go; hang in there, Chiddy!

As we observe Chiddy shout-out everyone from Chris Bosh to Elton John —we’re still waiting for him to comment on tomorrow’s Royal Wedding!— it’s time to hand out the latest O Music Award, this time for the Fan Army FTW. Big ups to MJJ Community, one of the world’s foremost Michael Jackson fansites, for their victory!

Don’t forget, only six more hours until the O Music Awards stream live on an internet browser near you! We’ve got performances from You Oughta Know artist Mumford & Sons and Matt and Kim, in addition to appearances by Rebecca Black, Ke$ha, and much, much more.