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Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines, Track-By-Track (Pt. 2 of 2)

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines LP just dropped today and signs are pointing towards it being the biggest album of his career. It is seemingly well-positioned to topple Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail when next week’s SoundScan figures are released, thanks in large part to the buzz created by the worldwide success of the album’s title track. And if you’re looking for inside dirt on the writing and recording of the LP, you’re in luck. None other than Robin Thicke himself recently sat down with VH1 here in our New York headquarters to give us the scoop about Blurred Lines in the latest installment of our Track-By-Track series.

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Waka Flocka What?? The 15 Whackest Rapper Names in Hip Hop

Waka Flocka Flame, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg

Hip hop is a curious genre — a rapper with the sickest flow could have a name more befitting a cartoon character (Eminem, anyone?). From Snoop Dogg to Too Short, here are the silliest rapper monikers of all time.

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Fall Out Boy Announces New Album, Upcoming Tour, And A Friendship With 2 Chainz

Fall Out Boy New Song, Album, Tour

Further proof that 2013 is the year all of your former musical flames decided to reconvene in the studio: Fall Out Boy is recording new music in effort to save rock and roll. Sorry if you were cool with Mumford and Sons raking in all the non-pop and non-hip-hop accolades, but these guys have other plans:

when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.

the future of fall out boy starts now.

save rock and roll…

After solo and side projects the band has completed their first group effort since 2008′s Folie à Deux. And today’s news about a forthcoming full-length album (Save Rock and Roll, out May 7) does not merely serve to gauge our interest–cough TIMBERLAKE cough–as the group comes bearing gifts, in the form of a new track, music video, and a string of live shows this spring.

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Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Turns 35, So We’re Celebrating With Some 2 Chainz

Fleetwood Mac & 2 Chainz: The (2) Chain(z)

If you’re celebrating the 35th anniversary reissue of Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, don’t even think about hosting an average sing-along or staging a dramatic interpretation of the band’s personal lives–Glee already beat you to the latter, anyway–without including some glorious contributions from an unexpected source: 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz and Fleetwood Mac?! Yes, the Earth is still spinning, even if we were one day too early in publishing our weirdest musical collaborations list. Stevie Nicks and Chainz both enjoy maintaining long locks, but who knew their musical stylings were so compatible?

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2 Chainz + 2 Broke Girls = An Episode Worth Watching

“2 broke girls, and one rich black guy.” – 2 Chainz

You never know where a catchy rap name turned slogan like “2 Chaiiiinz” will lead to. Georgia rapper 2 Chainz will make his TV debut on CBS’s comedy series 2 Broke Girls on Monday, February 11. A day after the Grammys airs 2 Chainz plays himself on an upcoming episode where Max (Cat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) are headed to the Grammys after meeting a big time record label executive who is so smitten by Max he flies the two to L.A. via private plane for the awards show. Read more…

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Cruel Winter Is Not Happening, Folks, And We’re Quite Ok With That

We’re not over how disappointing Cruel Summer was. Imagine our relief when Common squashed all the rumors of a G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Winter album in the works. In theory a collective project of G.O.O.D. Music’s finest–Big Sean, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor and 2 Chainz–sounded marvelous. And it bares mentioning Kanye West has yet to create a less than stellar album in the nine years since his first debut. Unfortunately Cruel Summer was mostly forgettable. You played it over and over hoping it’d get better. It never did. Read more…

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SoundScanner: Who The Heck Is Chris Tomlin And Why Does He Have The Country’s #1 Album?

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Chris Tomlin —who?— debuts at No. 1, trailed by the scary dudes in Hollywood Undead. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures:

CHRIS WHO?: Chris Tomlin tops this week’s chart with his seventh album Burning Lights, which sold 73,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. OK, so who is Chris Tomlin? He’s a 40-year-old contemporary Christian artist from Texas whose previous chart high came in 2008 when his album Hello Love debuted at No. 9. Tomlin benefited from a weak sales frame —this week marks the lowest sales tally for a No. 1 album since September, when another Christian act, tobyMac, hit No. 1— and his numbers were buoyed by sales at churches and other non-traditional outlets, which accounted for a full 40 percent of the album’s sales, Billboard notes. Guest artists on Burning Lights include Lecrae, Kari Jobe and Phil Wickham; Tomlin must not have 2 Chainz’ most recent phone number.

P!NK GOES PLATINUM: Congratulations are in order for P!nk, whose September release The Truth About Love crosses the platinum marker this week. The album, which debuted at No. 1 last year with 281,000 first week sales, sold 28,000 copies this week, landing at No. 12 and bringing its total sales to 1.014 million copies. P!nk is mounting a U.S. tour in support of the album which kicks off Feb. 13 at Phoenix’s US Airways Center, and we’re guessing there will be aerial stunts involved.
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