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Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' Set For Feb. 10 Release

January 11th, 2009 11:00am EST
Lily Allen
On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It's Not Me, It's You, the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

"We decided to try and make ...
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James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman Star In 'Wanted,' On DVD Dec. 2

November 7th, 2008 6:45pm EST
Wanted
James McAvoy (Atonement) and Academy Award® winners Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight) star in the sexy, visually stunning, action thrill-ride Wanted, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 2, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, creator of Day Watch and Night Watch, two of the most successful films in the history of Russian cinema, brings his incomparable imagination and innovative cinematic style to bear on the explosive story of an ordinary man transformed by destiny into a powerful assassin. Ba...
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'Remind Me In 3 Days…' The New Album From The Knux Out Oct. 28

October 18th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Knux
Hip hop used to be feeling, not form—A boom-bap rush that could, and would, be interpreted and articulated differently by it's various creators. It was this loose constitution, open to infinite amendments that bred the broad crop of creative, innovative rap in late '80s and early '90s. However, things changed. When the financial stakes is high, that which makes dollars makes sense, and consequently a more polished and rigid vision of hip hop emerged in the mid-'90s, and it catapulted the genre to new heights.

Hip hop continued to progress into the new millennium and brought even newer...
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The Best And Worst Music Videos Supporting Barack Obama

October 13th, 2008 12:37pm EDT
Barack Obama
Why does Barack Obama attract enough attention from musicians that they wish to create a song for him? Is it the fact that this is the point in history where a man of color has a chance to lead the free world? Perhaps it is as simple as the idea that widely-known musicians generally lean to the left on the political spectrum.

Today, musicians have a new medium to release their work on: the Internet - or, more specifically, YouTube. However, since it doesn't cost any money to publish on YouTube, it opens the door to amateur (that's putting it lightly) attempts. Here are the three best ...
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Going The Distance: Runners & Celebs Turn Out For L.A.'s Nike+ Human Race

September 2nd, 2008 11:02am EDT
Nike Human Race
As the sun began to set over Los Angeles on the last night of August, the anticipation of the crowd swelling at the Los Angeles Coliseum began to grow. A red sea of Nike+ Human Race t-shirts milled about restlessly, awaiting the start of a 10k race benefiting WWF, the global conservation organization, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the UN refugee agency's ninemillion.org campaign.

The new '90210' Cast at Nike Human Race - Los Angeles

The 8:30:08 start time for LA actually marked the end of the world's largest one-day running event in history: Beginning in Taipei, an esti...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...
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Cartier Announces The Launch Of New Lovecharity Bracelet

June 26th, 2008 5:15pm EDT
Janet Jackson
On Cartier's third annual Loveday, June 19th, 2008, Cartier celebrated the launch of a new bracelet and announcing a new Lovecharity group of ambassadors, eight musicians that have expressed their love in many meaningful ways and have shown an exceptional commitment towards a charitable cause.

Janet Jackson, Fergie, Good Charlotte, Eve, Common, Hilary Duff, Emmy Rossum, and Ashanti will each represent a charity and corresponding bracelet for the initiative. In addition, they have contributed their favorite love song to the Cartier Love Charity Playlist which will be available for free...
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Estelle Discusses Her Album 'Shine,' American Boys And Her Sense of Fashion

April 28th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Estelle
UK sensation Estelle has been dubbed John Legend's protégé. She's been compared to Lauryn Hill and has collaborated with a number of great artists (Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean, Will.i.am, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash) to come up with an amazing album called "Shine," which drops in the states tomorrow.

This 28-year-old dynamo is one artist who is comfortable in her own skin. She is willing to take risks to further her career, which characterizes an extreme sense of self-determination that cannot be ignored. Being the first artist to be signed to John Legend's new lab...
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Will The Candidates' Celebrity Supporters Have Any Impact On The Presidential Election?

January 23rd, 2008 11:38am EST
Barack Obama
Celebrities have long made their political affiliations known, to both the disgruntlement and delight of fans. They've turned on-air time into opportunities to express distaste for our current administration; they've used their fame to help their chosen candidates. Like it or not, some celebrities never turn down a chance to talk politics. And, like it or not, the public often listens.

Politicians have shown their discontent with glitterati appearing in front of Congress (Julia Roberts, Christie Brinkley, Michael J. Fox and even Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys have just done th...
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Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You!

December 10th, 2007 4:31pm EST
Britney
Calling all future auteurs! MTV and Jive Records will join forces to bring fans and MTV viewers the "Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You" fan video contest. Using the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com), the exclusive contest which launched on December 4th will give aspiring filmmakers and wannabes alike the opportunity to create their own distinctive video for "Piece of Me," the second single from Britney's hit album Blackout.

By utilizing the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com) fans will create their own interpretation of "Piece of Me" to compete for a chance to see their ...
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Universal Pictures Moves Release Of 'Wanted' To Summer 2008

December 6th, 2007 10:39am EST
Wanted
Universal Pictures has moved the release date of its hotly anticipated fantasy-action-thriller "Wanted" from spring to summer. The film will now be released on Friday, June 27, rather than its former release date of March 28.

The film stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common and Angelina Jolie as members of a secret society that carries out the orders of fate itself. It is the first English-language film directed by Russian visual pioneer Timur Bekmambetov, creator of the Night Watch series -- the most successful film franchise in his country's history.

Based upon Mark Millar's...
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Will.i.am Releases Third Solo Disc, 'Songs About Girls'; Win A Copy!

October 15th, 2007 11:21am EDT
will.i.am
First things first. The Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up. will.i.am, frontman and producer behind the multi-platinum group, wants to get that out of the way right from the start. "We're not going anywhere," he says, by way of introducing his new solo album, Songs About Girls. "I made the choice in high school to be with a crew and that's never going to change. It was just really important for me to try some things out on my own, with my own artistry and imagination."

Indeed. will.i.am has helped steer The Black Eyed Peas into one of the most popular groups in music. They have sold 1...
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Denzel Washington And Russell Crowe Star In 'American Gangster,' Opening Nov. 2

October 10th, 2007 4:22pm EDT
American Gangster
Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Oscar® winner Denzel Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.

Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of l...
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Voodoo Music Experience Gets New Site Within New Orleans City Park

October 2nd, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
This year's Voodoo Music Experience--set for October 26, 27 and 28--has a new location within its New Orleans City Park home. Adjacent to the site utilized in 2006, the new location is situated closer to Tad Gormley Stadium where the Voodoo Music Experience was born in 1999.

After festival-goers enter the grounds in front of the New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA), they'll walk by the 200, newly planted 6 foot Crepe Myrtle and Oak trees. These new trees are part of the ongoing efforts outlined in the park's master plan to "preserve and improve park spaces for recreational, educational, ...
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Voodoo Music Experience Expands To 3 Days In New Orleans' City Park, October 26, 27, 28

September 10th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins and Dr. John are among the more than 110 acts confirmed for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, which expands this year to three days to accommodate the number of artists who comprise the diverse talent line-up.

Set for Halloween weekend in City Park, New Orleans' signature fall music event encompasses three full days of music--October 26, 27 and 28--with performances from Wilco, Tiesto in Concert, Kings of Leon, Sinead O'Connor, Common, Ben Harper and Galactic, among others (full list below). These acts will appear in the Voodoo Music E...
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A Tribe Called Quest To Join Snoop Dogg & Others At 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

August 21st, 2007 3:39pm EDT
A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest will take the stage along with honorees Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliott, and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing at the fourth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." VH1 will also honor the seminal hip hop film "Wild Style."

Hosted by Tracy Morgan, VH1 will once again pay tribute to the hip hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon.

Taping at New York City's famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, October 4, and premiering on VH1 and VH1 Soul on Monday, October 8 at 10PM*, this year's show will feature pe...
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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Joss Stone North American Tour Dates

March 8th, 2007 11:24am EST
Joss Stone
British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone will hit the road in April for a North American tour supporting her new album, Introducing Joss Stone, which will be released by Virgin Records on March 20th. The tour, which begins April 27th in Connecticut, will make special stops at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and the annual Summerstage concert series in New York City's Central Park, before concluding in Virginia on June 13th.

For her first proper tour in nearly three years, the Grammy-winning star will be showcasing tracks from Introducing Joss Stone -- an electrifying m...
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Consequence's Debut Album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Out March 6; Check Out The First Single

February 14th, 2007 3:08pm EST
Consequence
Consequence was born in Queens at the dawn of the hip-hop era, when all rap was East Coast rap and all of rap's influential early artists were based in the New York City area. Throughout his career, Consequence gained credibility not only on the streets with his peers but with the critics as well. A gifted storyteller, he has a keen and unwavering sense of what he is all about. His objective realizm provides a clear alternative not only to gangsta rap but also to the watered-down and overly calculated pop-rap. "What I rhyme about is what I see around me, I'm a result of the hood, my rhymes ...
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James Blunt, TI, Mary J. Blige & Ludacris To Perform At Grammy Awards

February 9th, 2007 10:48am EST
Mary J. Blige
Multiple Grammy Award nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt, rapper T.I. and legendary funk band Earth, Wind and Fire together with Mary J. Blige and Ludacris are set to perform on "The 49th Annual Grammy Awards," live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM live, ET/delayed PT) on CBS.

Multiple Grammy Award winners Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire, rapper/actor Common, as well as actresses Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, actress/singer Mandy Moore, Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino and actor Luke Wilson have been added to present.
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Darien Brockington Preps Debut Release Somebody To Love

November 3rd, 2006 3:30pm EST
Darien Brockington
Darien Brockington's name is an ancient Persian word meaning "He who upholds the good." Darien believes that his name is the embodiment of his purpose in life and is the essence of the music he creates.

As Darien puts it, "I'm trying to create music that can be played throughout the ages." Drawing from a wealth of musical influences, Darien's music fuses jazz, rock, R&B and soul. With his talent, this dynamic artist hopes to set the standard by re-introducing the world to true music.

After meeting in college, Darien linked back up with Little Brother around the time their debut, ...
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Now Out: MTV2's "My Block: Chicago - The Soundtrack"

October 16th, 2006 1:44pm EDT
My Block Chicago
For the first time ever, MTV2, together with Asylum records, will release a My Block: Chicago – The Soundtrack on October 10 and feature 15 tracks by some of the hottest and most respected artists from the Windy City including Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Kanye West, and much, much more. MTV2's "My Block: Chicago – The Soundtrack" showcases essential tracks from Chicago's celebrated hip-hop history as well as exciting, fresh new sounds from the streets of Chi-town. The first single from "My Block: Chicago – The Soundtrack" is "Got What You Need" by one of Chicago's hottest MC's on the ris...
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John Legend Returns With "Once Again" Oct. 24; Listen to "Save Room" Here

September 24th, 2006 7:30pm EDT
John Legend
In 2004, John Legend (then known primarily as an in-demand all-star studio session man) stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer-songwriter-pianist-performer in his own right with his debut album Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles "Ordinary People" and "Used To Love U," Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- and selling more than three million copies worldwide.

For most performers, achievements of that ...
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VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" & Ice-T's "Rap School" Premiere Oct. 17

September 14th, 2006 3:46pm EDT
Hip Hop Honors Hosted By Ice T
-VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" Airs Oct. 17 at 9pm (EST)

VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Ice-T, this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances...
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Shakira, Chili Peppers Lead List Of Nominees For MTV Video Music Awards

July 31st, 2006 12:20pm EDT
Shakira
Hip-shaker Shakira and the rejuvenated Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the field with seven noms each, followed closely by the majestic Madonna and upstart Las Vegas rockers Panic! at the Disco, both with five nods. Christina Aguilera is next with four.

Nominations in the major categories are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"

Madonna: "Hung Up"

Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"

Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"

Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

BEST MALE VIDEO

Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliot...
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Jibbs' New Video, "Chain Hang Low," Premieres Today; Listen To It Here

July 20th, 2006 4:26pm EDT
Jibbs
Now signed to IGA’s Geffen Records (home to Snoop Dogg, Slim Thug, Common, Pharrell, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige) and riding the success of his new single "Chain Hang Low", teen rapper Jibbs is set to change the game with the release of his dynamic debut album, "Jibbs feat. Jibbs." He came up with the title as a nod to his musical diversity. "Every song on the album doesn't sound the same," he explains. "That’s where the title Jibbs feat. Jibbs came from. No songs sound the same, but you’ll always know it's me."

With a sing-along chorus, clever braggadocio and a block-rocking beat, "Chain H...
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Check Out 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party' On-Demand July 13

July 4th, 2006 8:10am EDT
Summer is off to a great start with Dave Chappelle's Block Party premiering on demand and pay-per-view July 13. A genuine crowd-pleaser, the film spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party.

The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for thei...
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Rhymefest Drops Major Label Debut July 11

June 23rd, 2006 12:55pm EDT
Rhymefest
With the humor of Biz Markie, the lyrical viciousness of Kool G Rap and the storytelling brilliance of Slick Rick, Grammy Award winning rapper Rhymefest is confirmed to release his highly anticipated major label debut album Blue Collar on July 11 on Allido/J Records.

Since winning a Grammy in 2004 for co-writing Kanye West's "Jesus Walks," along with the release of his first single (and Dave Meyers-directed video) "Brand New," -- and countless exclusive mixtapes in between -- Rhymefest has been dubbed the "one to watch" by critics and fans alike. Now with the July 11 release of Blue Co...
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Coachella 2006 Line-Up Announced

February 1st, 2006 4:11pm EST
Bloc Party
The official line up for the 2006 Coachella music festival has been announced! Tool, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blunt and dozens of other bands & artists will converge April 29th and 30th in Indio, California. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th at Noon (PST). The complete line-up is below...

Saturday, April 29th

Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Common, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-Fi, De...
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Kanye West, Mariah Carey & John Legend To Perform At Grammys

January 18th, 2006 12:10pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Kanye West, all up for eight Grammy Awards, are the first performers announced for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording Academy. The music industry's premier event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

Topping the nominations, Carey, Legend and West each earned eight nods. Two-time Grammy winner Carey is up for: Album Of The Year (Th...
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