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When you release a song called “F*ck You,” you’re bound to get a lot of attention for your upcoming album. Of course, for a musician of Cee Lo Green’s stature, getting attention shouldn’t really be an issue.
In his latest appearance on MTV, Kid Cudi stated that he no longer gets as much of a thrill as he once did from rapping. The passion once there is fading, and been for a while, Kid Cudi said. The (former?) rapper went on to say that he has a “new-found love” in playing guitar and song writing. He explained that he’s been doing both for several months behind the scenes and unveiled the name of his new rock group, Wizards. Kid Cudi said this would be his main project as he takes a hiatus from rapping.
Lady Antebellum, who performed the hit “Hello World” at the CMA Awards, have received a lot of praise for the song, which has a hopeful message and displays an appreciation for the little things. While the “Hello World” lyrics are rather straightforward, Lady Antebellum shared the story behind the lyrics, and you can read all about it below.
Jared Evan, best known (for know) for the tight single “In Love With You,” which fuses in-your-face guitar and rocking hip-hop, is giving fans a unique look into his upcoming album and an exclusive preview of the new song “Amazing” in the video below.
No, you’re not reading that incorrectly. This is another Weezer release, mere weeks after Hurley hit stores. Weezer’s Death To False Metal is a b-side collection, but anyone who is familiar with Weezer’s history (or just remembers tracks like “Waiting on You,” “Devotion” and “Tragic Girl”) knows that what doesn’t make a Weezer album is often as excited as what does. In the case of Death To False Metal, this is true – Weezer shows a wide variety of sounds on this album.
Gregory Isaacs, known for his smooth, distinctive reggae sound, died after a year-long battle with liver cancer. He was 59. Isaacs passed at his home in London surrounded by family.
O’Spada has a poppy, upbeat sound, but this band is a lot different from your average pop act. Unlike most of the manufactured musical acts dominating the airwaves today, O’Spada packs an intense level of passion into each song, and the difference is obvious.
Ari Up, who led the innovative British punk band the Slits, died Wednesday at 48. According to John Lydon of the Sex Pistols, Ari Up – real name Arianna Forster – had been battling a serious illness for some time.
In a surprising turn of events, there is a pending musical plagiarism lawsuit that doesn’t involve Coldplay. This time, it’s Red Hot Chili Peppers who may be suing Diana Vickers, as her song “My Wicked Heart” is said to bear too much of a resemblance to the RHCP classic “Under the Bridge.” Are the songs too similar? You can check them out in the videos below.
The indie music scene lost one of its brightest stars today, as Eyedea, real name Michael Larsen, was found dead by his mother this morning. Eyedea was well known throughout the Twin Cities area and beyond for his work as a Rhymesayer, lyricist and singer. Eyedea video and downloads are below.
When Kanye West talked about sending out e-mails with pictures of his manhood in the song “Runaway” (download here), we thought he was just being poetic. Turns out he was telling the truth. Radar Online claims to have seen the photos, though the website has (thankfully) not yet posted the nude Kanye West pictures.
Our music editor catch up with Bruno Mars to discuss the origin of some of his songs, talk musical inspiration, creative writing, and his passion for the music industry.
It seems like every time Kanye West hits the studio he brings along an entire posse. This time, for the track “Lord Lord Lord,” which you can download free here, Kanye hooked up with Mos Def, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz and Charlie Wilson.
Kelis has just been featured on the cover of Trace magazine and is featured with never-before-seen illustrations and pictures throughout. The pictures come shortly after the release of Kelis’ latest album, Flesh Tone. You can download Kelis music here and see the Kelis pictures below.
For someone who just released an album, Tamar Kaprelian is surprisingly grounded. And perhaps that is also why Tamar’s music has an undeniable sense of honesty and sincerity. The talented singer introduces a flurry of emotion on Sinner Or A Saint, but whatever the mood, it never feels manufactured or forced. In this Bloginity exclusive interview, Tamar discusses her album as well as her inspirations, and divulges some secrets about her personal life.
Evidently, Lady Gaga chose the MTV VMA 2010 show to illustrate her new movement in fashion – that clothing should be tasty as well as stylish. The Lady Gaga meat dress married fashion and function in a carnivorous sartorial delight. Although PETA probably didn’t appreciate the Lady Gaga meat dress, Bloginity sure did. And we were so inspired by Lady Gaga’s meat dress that we’ve prepared a special MTV VMA 2010 recipe: Lady Gaga Kebabs.
Eminem hasn’t won any awards yet, but MTV has bestowed quite an honor on the rapper – it’s been announced that Eminem will open the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards show. Eminem is nominated for eight awards at the 2010 VMAs, thanks to his tremendous effort, Recovery.
9-year-old Willow Smith, the daughter of Will and Jada Smith, has just signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and has released her first single, “Whip My Hair.” The official video for “Whip My Hair” will be shot later this month. According to Will and Jada, they found Roc Nation to be a good home for Willow Smith because of the label’s passion and integrity.
The 2010 MTV Video Music Award show is just a few days away, as all the action goes down September 12 at 8 p.m. As a preview of chaos to come, you can see the extended version of Eminem’s 2010 VMA promo video below. The extended version of the Eminem VMA promo features the song “Not Afraid,” which was the first single from Eminem’s recently released album, Recovery.
It seems as though every day, we discover something new that iPods, iPads and iPhones can do. Today, it’s controlling the Parrot AR Drone, a unique quadricopter, also known as the Drone missile.