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Rihanna, Jay-Z and Coldplay Play All Their Hits At The Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

Though they kept things mostly local for the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, London called in a roster of big shots from worldwide for the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies over the weekend. Coldplay and Rihanna celebrated the end of the 11 day competition with a large scale show that included a host of hits and a surprise appearance and brand new verse from Jay-Z.

Coldplay anchored the evening with a parade of peacocks and fish, followed by a parade of their own hits like “Clocks,” “Viva La Vida” and “The Scientist.” A newly shorn and orange cap draped Rihanna then sailed into the arena on a boat for their “Princess of China.” She returned again later in the show, this time on a swing set above the stage, to perform her own “We Found Love” with Coldplay acting as her backing band. Afterwards, Jay joined the gang for “Run This Town” and a remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” during which he dropped a new and never before heard verse. Read more…

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“Ain’t Nobody Fresher” Than Kanye West, Jay-Z And Big Sean As A “Clique”

Kanye West, Big Sean, Jay-Z "Clique"

Kanye is always up to something. He may not have attended last night’s MTV VMAs, missing his very pregnant ex-girlfriend Amber Rose‘s baby bump reveal, but he did drop his latest single “Clique” with Big Sean and Jay-Z from the forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer. Big Sean opens with his “young player from the D” flow that has carved out a lane all of his own. His witty wordplay gets you amped. It’s a great segue into Jay and Ye’s verses. Jay does his typical braggadocio about being bossy, “I ain’t talking Kelis.” He couldn’t go the entire verse without mentioning drug dealing, something he hasn’t sold in over a decade. Where he shines is his brief sped up flow rapping about numbers. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Linkin Park Is The Greatest Artist Of The 00s

In the beginning of Bracket Madness there were eight acts, impossibly chosen from a decade with so many worthy to compete for the Greatest Artist of the 00s title. One by one, they dropped off: *NSYNC beating the Backstreet Boys, only to be beaten themselves by Britney Spears in the next round; and Eminem topped Jay-Z before being knocked by Linkin Park. Left with Britney versus Linkin Park, and with more than 124,000 votes were cast between them, we at last have a winner: Linkin Park is your Greatest Artist of the 00s.

Accepting the crown in their absence, Linkin fan Bryan Bruner joked that the band was “too busy screaming at the world and saving it at the same time” to be there themselves. Only sort of joking, though. Linkin Park may have been the Greatest Artist of the 00s, but they are great artists still in this next decade. Still out and about, on tour and making new music, they continue to expand the boundaries of rock and roll and inspire fans with their hard working lyrics. So here’s to their Greatest Artist of the 00s win, and to a decade more of greatness!

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Dr. Dre Is Hip-Hop’s Cash King And We Wish We’d Invented Beats By Dre

Dr. Dre Is The Cash King Topping Forbes List

Now that the Forbes highest earners in hip-hop list is out we have one wish: that we’d invented Beats By Dre. Topping the list as this year’s Hip-Hop Cash King, Dr. Dre raked in $110 million largely due to his popular $100 and up headphones. Dre made $100 million pre-tax money after HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. Being the businessman that he is, Dre and his partners bought back the 51% stake HTC purchased. With the kind of revenue Beats By Dre is bringing in we get why Detox seems like the album that will never be. Read more…

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“We Love You So Very Much:” Beyoncé Gets Lots Of Love From Family And Famous Friends On Her Birthday

Surprise! Today is Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, and to celebrate the occasion her loved ones snuck into the BeyHive and left it graffitied with the cutest, handwritten and heartfelt Bey-day messages. Included amongst the sneaky well-wishers were family members, team members, former Destiny’s Child members and famous friends, whose wishes include sweet recollections of the birthday girl as “one of the greatest gifts in my life” (from Mom Knowles) to a friendly “HEY” (from Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita) to the more formal but no less lovely “We love you so very much” (Gwenyth Paltrow-Chris Martin clan — young Apple and young Moses included!).

Of all the messages, our favorites are the ones that include inside jokes, like her mother-in-law Mama Carter‘s “You came into my life a sweet southern girl. (LOL),” Michelle Williams‘ post-scripted “Me and you will never part! Ma Te Ta Ta!!” and — most inexplicably — the “‘That’s a lot of paper!’” scribbled next to Gwyneth’s note. There’s a lot of stories to be untangled from these messages, if only we knew what Mama Carter thinks is so funny. Clearly, though, Beyoncé is well loved and admired.

What would you write on Bey’s birthday card, if given the chance? Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Are You A “Stan” For Eminem Or “Do U Wanna Ride” For Jay-Z?

The 2000s seem like nearly yesterday. Really. It doesn’t feel like 12 years ago we were rapping along to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” and Jay Z‘s “This Can’t Be Life.” We’re back with another Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 2000s. While NSYNC and Backstreet Boys go toe-to-toe on the boy band front, and Beyonce and Britney Spears face-off for their pop singing match, Eminem and Jay-Z will battle in a street corner cipher (obviously not literally, although this would be awesome) for votes to send one of these rhyme slayers to round two. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Vote For The Greatest Artist Of The ’00s!

Earlier this month, after a tough three rounds of voting, we crowned Mariah Carey as The Greatest Artist Of The 90s. That settled, we are looking forward to the near past: the ’00s. The new millennium brought a whole new slew of greats, as rock and rap and otherwise broke into the Top 40 and anyone at No. 1 seemed possible. Who’s next in line for the crown?

Round One faces off the best of the boy bands *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys; leading ladies Beyoncé and Britney Spears; kings of the rap game Eminem and Jay-Z; and rockers Nickelback and Linkin Park. Eight great Aught acts to be sure, but only one can be The VH1 Greatest Artist of the 00s. Did Justin Timberlake drive you “Crazy” or did Nick Carter have it “Goin’ On”? Were you “Dangerously In Love” With Bey or a “Slave 4″ Brit? Were your 00s “99 Problems” or about cleaning out your “Closet”? Were you about Chad Kroegers arena rocking or Mike Shinoda’s rap-rock?

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Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About Spreading Positivity Through Humanitarian Day

Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About World Humanitarian Day

Since your calendars are already marked for August 19 we know you’re oozing with angst for the premiere of Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” video. Yesterday the R&B singer met with Anderson Cooper to talk about her partnership with the UN to spread awareness regarding World Humanitarian Day. Bey wants her video to inspire small acts of kindness because every bit makes a difference. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Read more…

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Beyonce’s Family Photos Are The Cutest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Beyonce, Solange and Tina Knowles

Many praises go to whoever is responsible for Beyonce joining Tumblr. Checking daily to see if Queen Bey has uploaded new photos has become quite the guilty pleasure. The 30-year-old new mom is notoriously private about her personal life, but mommyhood has opened her up more now than ever before. Over the weekend she gifted the world with family photos from her trip to Texas and her overseas travels where she Watch(ed) The Throne. Jay-Z, Solange and Tina Knowles make a cameo in the photos of the family living the good life. Be prepared to let out a loud “Awwwwww” when you see the back of baby Blue Ivy Carter with her Watch The Throne t-shirt while mama Bey feeds her a bottle. And Jay-Z pushing Bey on the swing? It doesn’t get much better than this ladies and gentleman. Read more…