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Don’t Get Too Excited About Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Just Yet

Zedd Talks About Lady Gaga's ARTPOPNext up on this week’s conveyor belt of crushing disappointments (if you happen to be a patriotic Bey stan and Cruel Summer apologist who is also a bit of a monster): There won’t be new Lady Gaga music any time soon. What? Then why did I watch Mother Monster ruin perfectly good cake? Despite the promise of a third album from Gaga in the new year, MTV News has learned that ARTPOP is taking longer than originally planned. It’s still on its way, we’ll just need to wait a while–something we happen to have experience with.

Our friends across the dial spoke with Zedd, the 23-year-old producer and EDM artist who opened for Gaga on last year’s Born This Way Ball and has been collaborating with her on a new sound for ARTPOP despite both of their packed schedules. “The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he explained. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.” Isn’t being “busy”–or just flat-out tardy–what caused the Gaga-Kendrick Lamar collaboration to fall apart last fall? Read more…

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Tamar Braxton’s “Love And War” Is Like A Sexy Photoshoot On The Beach

Tamar Braxton is stepping from behind her sister Toni‘s shadows. With the help of her friend Lady Gaga her first single “Love And War” shot to No. 1 on the iTunes charts within 24 hours of its release. Last night the Walid Azami directed visuals to the beautiful ballad debuted on BET’s 106 & Park. Snapshots of Tamar are captured throughout the minimalist black and white video which opts for serene scenery opposed to a Benny Boom-esque dramatic mini-film. Read more…

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VH1′s 13 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

VH1 13 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

Now that 2012 is firmly in the rearviewmirror, it’s time to look forward with hope and optimism as to what the year 2013 holds in store for music fans like us. Considering that we’re not even three weeks into January and we’ve already been blessed with two delightful surprises —A new Destiny’s Child song! A new Timberlake jam!— we feel confident that this is going to be another banner year filled with an abundance of both monster pop smashes and crossover gems.

With that in mind, the VH1 Tuner team has put together this list of 13 of our most anticipated albums for 2013, which includes a healthy mix of familiar faces (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga) and artists on the come-up (Big Sean, Diane Birch), brought to you in the order of when we expect them to release their new material.

Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob (Expected Release Date: January 29): Sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have long been staples at alternative radio, but the synth-driven Heartthrob appears like it might be the LP that finally breaks them into the mainstream consciousness. “We really look at this as an opportunity to stretch into a world that we’ve been just outside of for a long time,” Sara recently told our VH1 News crew, and one listen to the album’s lead single, “Closer,” seems to be indicative of the fact that they’ve reached their goal.—Mark Graham

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Are Beyonce And Lady Gaga Cooking Up Something “Ratchet?”

Has Beyonce convinced you she has a little ‘hood in her yet? Or at the very least that she’s not this shy boring persona all the time?

Even the biggest Beyonce fan has admitted that her personality can be a bit dry. Her overly-private and “shy” nature has been great for remaining above the tabloid drama, but hasn’t necessarily made her the most interesting celebrity. Luckily, her mystique carries a certain appeal. Once Bey said hello to 30 and motherhood, she slowly cracked the window for the public to see a little bit more of her life through Tumblr and most recently Instagram. Read more…

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When Hip-Hop And Classic Literature Meet: Jay-Z Confirmed To Score Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation Of The Great Gatsby

When it comes to creating a soundtrack to a classic such as The Great Gasby one must call on an artist with a level of musical genius. Director Baz Luhrmann already featured Watch The Throne’s “No Church in the Wild” and listened to Jay-Z on-set as motivation. The next step then doesn’t seem as much of a shock. Rumors sparked that Lady Gaga and Prince would contribute to the project’s soundtrack, but no other information had been confirmed. That was until a tweet from producer Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts. Read more…

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Is The World Ready For A Lady Gaga Documentary Made By Terry Richardson?

It was a Merry Christmas indeed for Lady Gaga‘s monsters who were gifted with the news of a Gaga documentary. On Christmas morning the larger than life pop star tweeted her 26 million followers the exciting news of her teaming up with renowned photographer Terry Richardson for what’s going to be a grand extravaganza, hopefully very different than Katy Perry: Part of Me.

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Lady Gaga’s “You And I” Gets A Jazzy Makeover

Lady Gaga‘s “You and I” gets a jazz makeover. The original Born This Way pop track’s production sounds like rock and country made love and birthed a baby. The blaring electronic guitar boom married with minimal drums made for mid-tempo energy. Gaga’s powerhouse vocals follow suit with the light rock/country sound. All jazzed up, the snare and the trumpet glide her gravelly vocals. As you listen to the new jazz version of “You and I” it’s almost impossible not to close one’s eyes and imagine Gaga singing in a cozy lounge with a band of musicians behind her in the 60s. Read more…

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Rolling Stones Close Out Their 50th Anniversary Tour With Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen And Gary Clark Jr.

Over the weekend, the Rolling Stones celebrated the end of their 50th Anniversary Tour, ending the memorable 2012 run with a blown out and star-studded show at the Prudential Center in New Jersey that included cameos from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and our You Oughta Know star Gary Clark Jr. If this really is “The Last Time,” at least the Stones made sure to go out in unforgettable style.

Lady Gaga made a grand and unforgettable appearance halfway through “Gimme Shelter.” Unlike the onstage-chemistry he shared with Florence Welch a few weeks back, Jagger seemed a little unsure what to do with the unusual pop star, who spent most of her turn skittering about in her trademark towering heels and wailing with great bursts of energy about how “it’s just a shout away!” It’s really hard to look away, and that she could throw a rock star so seasoned as Jagger off his game is probably a testament to just how good her weirdo pop-star game is. This is really fun to watch.

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Britney Spears Leads Forbes’ Highest Paid Women In Music List

“All you [chicks] is my sons,” is what Britney Spears is somewhere rapping in a mirror after topping Forbes‘ top earning women in music list. Britney indeed made a comeback–a $58 million dollar one. The bulk of the pop singer’s $58 million earning can be attributed to her latest album, Femme Fatale, and its tour. Her fortune increased with endorsements and her fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden. After a rough patch of misfortunes it’s good to see Brit back on top. Read more…

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The 9 Most Unexpectedly Delightful Musical Collaborations Of 2012

The year is running down, and like everyone else, we are bundling up our most memorable musical moments from the year into a slew of Best Of’s. Before we get to the more obvious lists — the best albums, the best songs — we thought we would have a little fun. First up: 9 delightful collaborations, made all the more so for their unexpectedness. We aren’t talking Watch The Throne-style of-course-they-would team-ups, we’re talking collaborations that we couldn’t in our wildest dreams have imagined or that we thought we would never see, like — well, these nine:

9. Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”


Barton Hollow is totally “an indie record much cooler than mine,” but more careful observer might have predicted this unlikely but delightful collaboration, as Swift began yammering about her fellow Nashville transplants The Civil Wars on twitter long before this was even a possibility. We, however, were left breathless upon learning that one of the day’s biggest pop stars had teamed-up with one of our favorite You Oughta Know acts — and for a song for such a pivotal moment in the Hunger Games movie, no less! Joy Williams harmonizing turns Taylor’s girlish coo haunting, and John Paul White‘s patient guitar plucking gets the whole thing swirling.  See also: “The Last Time,” Taylor’s distressed duet with Gary Lightbody of Northern Ireland’s mostly absent as of late folk rock set Snow Patrol. Taylor is a slick machine when it comes to her music, and it was a surprise to see her reaching out of bounds for this one.

8. Ke$ha and Iggy Pop, “Dirty Pop”


Hard to believe as it may be given the boom box beats and all the sing-rapping that resulted, Warrior is allegedly a tribute to the genre Ke$ha loves the most: rock and roll. If you really strain your ears, you may hear some of that “old hippie rock” in the breakdown of “Die Young.” You won’t have to try so hard with “Dirty Pop,” which features Iggy Pop, a true and blue rock star and someone Ke$ha has spent a lot of time talking about through the years. The joy she must have felt the first time she heard him call her “Wild Child” on her own song is evident. See also: “2012,” K$’s duet with fellow weirdos The Flaming Lips.

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