by (@SamSpokenWord)

Friday Face-Off Father’s Day Edition: Usher Vs. Lil Wayne

The Father of all holidays is approaching. This means brewing the old man who lent you a chromosome a fresh pot of coffee, handing him the Sunday paper and letting him recline while we whip him up some finger lickin’ BBQ. In light of this daddy-lovin’, vote to tell us if Usher’s “Hey Daddy” or Lil Wayne’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” makes fathers look more badass. Read more…

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Friday Face-Off: Usher vs. Justin Timberlake

Spring is here, but all these April showers may send me into a rage. Luckily our friend Meghan O’Keefe over at VH1 Celebrity reminded me that a little seasonal rain can be sexy. So today’s Face-Off is between Usher‘s “U Got It Bad” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me A River.” Read more…

by (@shakeyourbeauty)

Wait, Who Wrote That? 15 Shocking Songwriters Behind Pop Hits

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So, we were sitting around the VH1.com offices, discussing the various merits of Britney’s bad-good hit “Till the World Ends,” when we remembered that pop tart Ke$ha actually wrote the song (yep, the gin-soaked starlet is a total wordsmith)! Which begged the question — how many other pop stars in their own right had penned huge smashes for other artists?

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by (@emilyexton)

20 Songs To Help You “Hit It And Quit It” This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Songs To Help You Hit It And Quit It

No, you’re not having a nightmare. Valentine’s Day is officially here, a day when we’re encouraged to binge on cutely shaped chocolates and cry into our wine glasses. Don’t have someone special lined up this year? Me either… but we could! It’s never too late to snag someone for the night–sorry, Mom–and Usher, One Direction, Madonna, and JC Chasez are among the many famous friends who are going to show us how it’s done.

Behold a powerful playlist curated by your Tuner Valentines, featuring 20 songs geared to help you gather your mojo and make the most of the next 24 hours. Because as Pitbull, Drake, Ke$ha, and Future have taught us, we might not get tomorrow to only live once so we should find L-O-V-E-E-E before we die young.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jermaine Dupri Has A Few Words About Whether The Grammys Shows Enough Love To Hip-Hop And R&B

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Jermaine Dupri‘s been making hits and superstars since the early 90s when you couldn’t escape hearing his voice on a record dropping the infamous “So So Def” tag. When the music mogul talks you listen. After sitting down with him here in New York City yesterday, we learned how his feelings on how the Grammys recognize hip-hop and R&B are too (un)politically correct for Twitter. Read more…

by (@emilyexton)

Katy Perry Schedules More Facetime With Barack Obama

Katy Perry To Perform At Barack Obama Inaugural Ball

Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are already booked to perform at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony but because there’s likely no limit to how many diverse musical offerings Barack and Michelle blast behind closed doors, even more talent has been acquired for Inauguration Weekend 2013. According to the AP, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Smokey Robinson and Usher have been added to the inaugural ball on Monday, January 21 as well as a children’s concert on the 19th.

Hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden (there to make sure Leslie Knope doesn’t make a move on her husband) Saturday’s children’s event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will also feature performances from the likes of Far*East Movement, fun., John Legend, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior and members of the Glee cast. Despite the wide cross-section of musical talent, all eyes will be on Katy to see what political piece of clothing she could possibly wiggle herself into this time.

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Skateboards, Bass Drops And Name Changes: The 4 Most Surprising Lane Changes Of 2012

This year a handful of artists surprised us by up and changing their lanes. There were rap stars gone skate stars, name changes, game changes and bass drops, and (mostly!) better. Four, for example:

The Year Of 2 Chainz; or, The Most Successful Rap Name Change Ever
Nobody was more productive than Tauheed Epps in 2012, who, according to some records, tallied something like 98 singles, a BET Rookie of The Year trophy, a No. 1 album and three Grammy nominations to his new name. To his new name, 2 Chainz, that is. Prior to this year, he was going by Tity Boi, one half of Playaz Circle or “Duffle Bag Boy,” or he was simply hanging somewhere off our radar. So why the name change that wrought this best year ever? As he explained once and for all to Shade 45 — “Every single interview I do they like, ‘What’s up with the name change?’ This is the universal answer,” he said — earlier this year, the motivation for the moniker change was threefold: 1. He likes jewelry; 2. It’s more “family friendly;” and, 3. He was ready for a second act. “You know,” he said, “like 2 Chainz, second chance. So I thought that that would have a little more substance.” And what a substantive second chance it has been. 2 CHAAAAINZ!

SWERVE!