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9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

April 17th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

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Howard Students Mad That Dropout Sean 'Diddy' Combs Will Give Commencement Address

April 16th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Howard Students Mad That Dropout Sean 'Diddy' Combs Will Give Co
Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs is delivering the commencement speech at Howard University next month, but his presence won't be welcomed by the entire student body.

Combs studied at the university in the late 1980s, but he dropped out to pursue a music career. President Wayne Frederick confirmed that the college will be bestowing an honorary degree on the rapper.

"We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker. He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked 'The Yard,' and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard," Frederick said in a statement.

Many st...
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Review: Jason Derulo, 'Talk Dirty': Over-Reliance On Sex And Swagger Holds Album Back At Times

April 16th, 2014 3:30pm EDT
Jason Derulo, 'Talk Dirty
It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think ole boy had something fresh about him. Judging by the uniqueness of that number one hit, it seemed he was well on his way to conquering the music industry. Things didn’t quite work out that way for a number of reasons. Sure, Jason Derülo hasn’t exactly set the Billboard 200 on fire (understatement), but nor has his music since his debut truly stacked up either (no shade – or at least ...
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Jay Z & Beyonce To Tour Together This Summer?

April 16th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Jay Z & Beyonce
Jay Z and his wife Beyonce have sparked rumors that they are planning a U.S. stadium tour this summer after recent surprise appearances at each other's concerts.

A source told Page Six that the pair will kick off their tour in June with stops at 20 venues. The power couple are also reportedly planning a concert in New York City on July 4.

Jay Z completed his "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" tour in January. Beyonce wrapped up her "Mrs. Carter" world tour last month in Lisbon, Portugal. She told the crowd: "This has been an incredible tour ... If you all don't know, tonight makes 132 shows."

Be...
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AC/DC Frontman Addresses Retirement Rumors, Says The Band Is Definitely Performing In May

April 16th, 2014 8:36am EDT
Brian Johnson
Rumors have been circulating that AC/DC is calling it quits due to guitarist Malcolm Young's "debilitating illness," but frontman Brian Johnson insists the band has come forward to set the record straight.

The singer told The Telegraph: “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it. I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out."

As for reports that Young, 61, is severely ill, Johnson explained: “One of...
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Review: Martina McBride, ‘Everlasting’

April 15th, 2014 9:15pm EDT
Martina McBride - Everlasting
Martina McBride balances soul music and her country roots soundly on Everlasting

Veteran country superstar Martina McBride’s 12th album, Everlasting, is certainly a surprise. No, McBride doesn’t go radical and become a pop artist or anything like that, but rather than opting for new original material, she hearkens back to the past. What specifically from the past one asks does Mrs. McBride hearken back to? Soul. While a country artist singing soul music seems somewhat far-fetched given the contrasts of styles, Everlasting proves to be an enjoyable and effective album. McBride isn’t suddenl...
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Childish Gambino Blasts Label: 'Buy Me Out Of This Contract'

April 15th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, isn't happy with the way Glassnote Records is handling the release of his latest single.

Yesterday the music video for Sweatpants was released via his Deep Web Tour blog. The video features the rapper walking through a diner and having a Groundhog Day episode of recurrences. While Glover wouldn't describe why, he appeared furious in a series of tweets following the video's release.

He wrote over nine posts, "So this sweatpants video and blog was important to us. And it wasn't handled correctly. We were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they...
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AC/DC's future in doubt as retirement rumors grow

April 15th, 2014 3:46pm EDT
AC/DC's future in doubt as retirement rumors grow
Speculation is growing over the future of rock legends AC/DC amid a swirl of rumours suggesting the band is on the verge of retirement.

The Back In Black hitmakers hit headlines in their native Australia on Tuesday when unconfirmed reports from Down Under pointed towards a possible split.

The rumours come just weeks after frontman Brian Johnson revealed the group has been keeping a low profile in recent months due to health problems affecting one of the bandmembers.

He told Florida radio station 98.7 The Gater in February , "One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn't like to say anyth...
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A Conversation With The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban

April 15th, 2014 12:23pm EDT
A Conversation With The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban
The Oak Ridge Boys have been around in one form or another since the 1940's, so it might surprise you to know that they're just now releasing their first live record, Boys' Night Out. As the album becomes available today, BFTV spoke with bassist Richard Sterban - who's been with the group since 1972 - about what made 2014 the right time to put out a live disc and the Oaks' enduring popularity.

"It just feels like the timing is right," Richard explained. "We'd been wanting to do a live album for several years. Our fans have been requesting a live album for a long time. We've been wanting to...
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Pharrell Cries Listening To 'Happy' Tribute

April 15th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Pharrell
Happy is an uplifting tune, but Pharrell can't help but cry when he watches people enjoy his song.

The singer sat down with Oprah to talk about his album G I R L and the worldwide hit, explaining the song didn't get any traction until he released the music video.

Happy first appeared on Despicable Me 2's soundtrack last June, but it didn't receive much attention until November when a 24 hour music video was created using various celebrities dancing around Los Angeles. The video was immediately re-created by fans around the world, with over 1000 appearing on YouTube.

Oprah shared a coll...
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