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SoundScanner: Rick Ross Shows Us Why He’s “The Bawse”

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They don’t call him “The Bawse” for nothing: Rick Ross tops this week’s Nielsen SoundScan albums chart with his latest album, Mastermind. Elsewhere, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” enjoys its best sales week yet on the singles chart, as Coldplay and Phillip Phillips arrive on the charts. With more, here’s this week’s SoundScanner update:

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Does Coldplay’s New Catching Fire Single “Atlas” Sound Like Their Old Stuff?

Coldplay is back! They may have hinted last year that they were taking a three year break, but the band just released a lyric video for their brand new single from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The track is called “Atlas,” and to be totally honest, it sounds less like more recent Coldplay tracks and more like a throwback to their sound on A Rush of Blood To The Head.

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What’s In A Name: 20 Crazy Stories Behind Famous Band Names

25 Stories Behind Crazy Band Names

Budding musicians have to deliberate long and hard  when choosing a name to give their band an itentity. Like expecting parents naming a baby, their choice must be catchy, contain plenty of meaning, and be appealing to all parties involved. It sounds like a lot of work! If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a name like Hoobastank, the OnedersPuddle Of Mud or LMFAO

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The O.C. In 10 Musical Moments

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As we come the end of a wonderful week spent reminiscing about McMansions and Mischa Barton death scenes via the 10-year anniversary of The O.C. premiere, we’d be remiss not to mention the music. For four years, Josh Schwartz and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas saved you the trouble of making your own collection of tunes essential to the teenage experience with a series of official soundtracks from the show. Read more…

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10 Songs That Sound Way Too Much Like Other Songs

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They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but that’s not usually true for musicians. In fact, they tend to get pretty pissed. With only 12 musical notes to choose from, some songs are bound to resemble each other occasionally,  but through the years there have been heated debates over tunes that borrow a little too heavily from others. George Harrison famously got taken to court  when he “subliminally plagiarized”  the Chiffons record “He’s So Fine” while writing “My Sweet Lord” in 1970.  Other stars take matters into their own hands and just complain a lot in the press. And then of course there are songs that sound similar to us, but maybe we’re just weird. Head below to check out 10 songs that are dangerously similar to different songs. Get ready for some serious musical deja vu!

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Watch Taylor Swift, Psy, Jay-Z And More Ring In The New Year Onstage


Happy New Year! While we were out celebrating, many musicians hit stages across the country to help ring in 2013 in grand style. Let’s relive the magic of the eve with a few of our favorite performances:

Taylor Swift rang in the new year in Times Square, wearing a glittering red moto-jacket and black leather pants, and with just a dash of trouble. A very hyped up version of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” her new single and her foray into dub-step, that is. The chorus’ much ballyhooed about wubb-wubbs were dialed all the way up for the occasion, and matched with some impressive pyrotechnics. There was also a little calypso added to the second verse, because why not? Then she transitioned into “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” not a beat missed and the cute “this is exhausting” skit and all. And of course she and her new beau, One Direction‘s Harry Styles, sealed the night with a kiss. Aww!

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25 Modern Day Christmas Songs That Might Be Better Than “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Blasphemy! But someone had to do it. Everyone calm down, I’m not saying that you can’t play Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” until your iPod breaks. All I’m saying is that there is so much more out there in terms of cheerful spirited holiday-themed music that is both modern and mostly listenable.

Let’s put aside our differences and agree that lists are fun. They are also only definite if you actually add them to your holiday playlist. SO: WILL YOU?

Here we go:

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VH1, VH1 Classic & Palladia Present ‘The Concert For Sandy Relief,’ Live From MSG

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!

Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!

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