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For The People, By The People: The Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012

Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.

40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”

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If You Squint Hard Enough, It’s Like Outkast Is Back: Andre 3000 Joins T.I. For “Sorry” And Big Boi Serves “In The A”

Earlier this month, Big Boi suggested to the Village Voice that his long time partner in crime Andre 3000‘s absence on his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out December 11th, was a matter of priority — the no good, very bad news: “He had to do some Gillette shit. No for real.” — before calling his comments back and calling for an end to all questions Outkast related. The two ATLiens insist things are good between them, and with past label drama settled they are free to make music together as they please; but unfortunately, for one reason another and to the great dismay of Outkast-stans far and wide, they aren’t. But they are both still making music, and both had something new to share yesterday: Big Boi, his banging hometown anthem “In The A;” and as for Andre, his much-anticipated feature on T.I.‘s “Sorry.” It’s not a new Outkast song exactly, but if played in quick succession, these two songs might be of some consolation to yearning fans.

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All Your Favorite Musicians Have Voted, Have You?

The big day is upon us: Happy Election Day! After many months of endorsements and rallying, even the most famous and busy musicians are taking some time to hit the polls or submit their absentee ballots. And because it’s such a special day, many are snapping (sometimes illegal) photos and sharing the experience. Below, because we sincerely hope you’ll follow their example and exercise your right to vote today, we’re rounding-up all their Tweets and Instagrams as they share them. Until the polls close… Read more…

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T.I. And Lil Wayne “Ball” Hard, But Not In The Club

T.I. made good on his promise that his forthcoming Trouble Man would be reminiscent of the Trap Muzik days. “Trap Back Bumpin” proved this to be true. Now, the visual for “Ball” featuring Lil Wayne is further evidence that one thing T.I. knows best– the trap. “Ball” is unarguably a club record. The sped up drums are bound to make someone drop down and get their eagle on, girl. In appealing to the audience that has been with T.I.P. since I’m Serious–before the commercial success, before the movies, before the hit reality show–he takes it back to the ‘hood. Read more…

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T.I. Tells His Side Of The Scott Stapp Suicide Story

Last week Creed‘s Scott Stapp left the internet wide eyed and wondering with his story about the time T.I. came to his rescue after he had tried to jump from his penthouse suite’s balcony. Stapp covered most of the big questions — Did they know each other? Yes, they had worked together on the Passion of The Christ compilation and they both love Alabama football. Why was T.I. there? He had checked into the last room, at the last minute. What’s T.I.’s favorite Creed song? Just kidding, Carrie Keagan must have asked that during the commercial break. — but left us with one nagging one: why would they wait so long to share such an unlikely and miraculous story?

T.I. called in to VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to share his side of the story, and in his telling he explained why he’s kept the heroic act under wraps for so long. First prefacing that “you got to keep in mind that my life has been rather eventful since 2006,” he took us back to that day at the Delano. He and his crew had just checked in, and they were out on the balcony taking in the view when all of a sudden they noticed a groaning above them: Read more…

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T.I. Saved Creed Frontman Scott Stapp’s Life

Creed frontman Scott Stapp was on Big Morning Buzz yesterday, talking inspiration and chatting about his new tell-all, Sinner’s Creed. And at the gentle urging of host Carrie Keagan, he opened up about an unlikely and life-saving moment he shared with T.I.

As Stapp tells us, he was cooped up in an all-white-everything penthouse suite at Delano hotel in Miami, several days deep into a binge — “that prism of alcohol and drug addiction,” he calls it — and looking for an end or out. He climbed over the balcony and fell the forty feet to the ground, really doing “some damage” along the way. “I couldn’t move, I laid out there for about two and a half hours and a guardian angel showed up,” he recalls.

The “guardian angel” was wearing an Alabama hat that tipped Stapp off to his identity: Stapp and T.I. first met while working on Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired By The Film, and had discussed their shared love for the ‘Bama ballers. “I said, ‘Roll Tide’ and he looked at me and put two and two together. He really saved my life,” Stapp said, recalling the blood dripped on T.I.’s feet and adding with a laugh that “there’s more details in the book.” Sinner’s Creed is out now.

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Rick Ross Is A Boss On The Black Bar Mitzvah Mixtape Cover

Rick Ross' Black Bar Mitzvah Mixtape Cover

There are stranger occurrences, but none quite like the treat of Rick Ross‘ upcoming The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape cover. Hey, he’s made reference to being the “only fat n—- in a sauna with Jews,” and maybe he was inspired by Drake‘s bar mitzvah themed “HYFR” video, which in turn led to Ross’ head protruding from the Star of David. But since it’s a “black” bar mitzvah celebration, in Rozay’s mind this equates to flashiness. The fox fur draped across his shoulder, the blinged out shades, the gold pinky ring, these are all signs of success for a crop of rappers like Ross who grew up with nearly nothing. Leave it to Ricky to put a hood tale spin on God’s “chosen people” like only a boss could. Read more…

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T.I. Takes It Back To The Trap With “Trap Back Jumpin”

T.I. Will Have All The Traps Jumpin WIth Trap Back

Music is always going to be T.I.’s first love no matter how frustrated he gets with the rap game, or how successful his VH1 show The Family Hustle: T.I. and Tiny becomes. His latest single “Trap Back Jumpin” from the forthcoming Trouble Man sounds like the days he soared with Trap Muzik. If there’s one thing T.I. knows about, and raps about well, it’s the trap. T.I. returns to an era where one would hear his music blasting from every car’s speakers in the southern region. Before New York would embrace southern trap music. Read more…

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T.I.’s Going To Be The Best Trouble Man There Is

T.I. On What To Expect From His Album It’s mid morning and the self-proclaimed King of the South is in the hallway of the VH1 offices sans shoes. In his socks T.I. rakes through a wardrobe rack in search of the perfect attire for his Big Morning Buzz Live appearance with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris. Slightly blocking the hallway I mumble a soft, “Excuse me” in order to walk by. “Oh. I’m sorry sweetheart. How are you?” he asks. The epitome of a southern gentleman to the core.

At 31, Clifford “T.I.” Harris has conquered more than rap. Acting, film producer, CEO of his record label Grand Hustle Records, owner of his own clothing line and reality TV star are only a few of the titles he’s held since his 2001 debut I’m Serious. Nearing the release of his eighth album Trouble Man (with no official release date) and T.I.’s excited again. During an interview with 105.1′s Breakfast Club he said he wanted out of the game. But things change. Read more…

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T.I. Pops Off On Instagram Over Rude Comment Made To His Stepdaughter

T.I. Goes Off On Instagram Over His Daughter

There’s no denying that T.I. is a family man. And a bit of a hot head. On his show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle it was quite apparent that there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his wife and kids. That includes going “H.A.M.” on Instagram over inappropriate comments to his step daughter. His 16-year-old stepdaughter Zonnique of OMG Girlz posted a photo of herself on the photo sharing site. Harmless enough, right? It was all good until a guy commented, “Can we f—?” As a father, the King of the south didn’t appreciate such a crass remark. He replied to the suitor to let him know what would not be tolerated. Read more…