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Beyonce Can Be ‘King Bey,’ But Madonna Is Still Queen Of Ratings And Viewership For Super Bowl Halftime Shows

What? You didn’t think Beyonce was going to come back quietly did you? It’s beyond Beyonce overload as we predicted in December, and Bey has returned snatching wigs. Her Super Bowl XLVII performance slayed and has helped solidify her place among the greats such as Prince, Diana Ross and Madonna. And the general consensus may have ranked Bey’s mini-concert (because that’s what she gave) above Madonna’s halftime performance last year, the numbers don’t agree. Read more…

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All Hail The Brits! Ed Sheeran And Elton John To Perform A Duet At The Grammys

Over at VH1 we feel like proud parents when one of our You Oughta Know alums goes on to conquer the world. Not to mention it gives us #humblebrag(ging) rights of having introduced a fairly unknown artist before they blew. Ed Sheeran is the latest from the YOK family to get his well deserved shine. Ed will share a stage with his fellow British crooner Elton John at this year’s Grammys. Ed broke the news by tweeting, “I’Il be playing at he Grammys on the 10th of feb, singing a duet of one of my songs with Elton John, very excited about that!” This is what they call legend ish. Read more…

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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…