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  • Read Kanye West's Blunt, Poignant VMA Video Vanguard Award Speech

    The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards produced more talked-about moments in one night than the show has garnered in years. Nicki Minaj blasting Miley Cyrus. Cyrus' surprise new album. The return of (a high-flying) Justin Bieber. But in terms of poignancy, thoughtfulness and spontaneity, nothing beat…

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  • Beef, Bombast and Kanye West Reign at Wild MTV Video Music Awards

    The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards dished out a buffet of bombast and beef, a barrage of memorable performances and ridiculous outfits, and ultimately served as a pristine example of the transitive properties of pop: Host Miley Cyrus got into it with Nicki Minaj, who made nice with Taylor Swift, who...

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  • Miley Cyrus Surprise-Releases New Album Following VMA Performance

    Miley Cyrus capped off the show with a glittery, wild performance of a new song titled "Dooo It" before announcing her new album, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, was available to stream for free at her website. After a slow, solo entrance, past contestants from RuPaul's Drag...

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  • Kanye West Jabs MTV, Award Process in VMA Vanguard Award Speech

    Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, with Taylor Swift — the artist West infamously interrupted six years ago at the VMAs — presenting the award. Swift referenced the moment when West first met as she spoke highly of...

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  • Justin Bieber Marks VMA Comeback With High-Flying Performance

    Fresh off being pulled over for unsafe driving in Los Angeles less than 24 hours before the MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Bieber made his long-awaited return to the VMA stage Sunday night with a high-flying-performance of his Jack Ü collaboration "Where Are Ü Now" alongside...

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  • Watch Nicki Minaj Blast Miley Cyrus During VMA Acceptance Speech

    Nicki Minaj ended her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video at the Video Music Awards by thanking her pastor, then cursing out Miley Cyrus, passing it back to the host with the curt: "And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day...

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  • Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Open VMAs With Surprise Medley

    Nicki Minaj provided an unexpected opening for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards as she teamed with Taylor Swift, who the rapper briefly beefed with in the months prior to the VMAs, onstage for a surprise duet. Minaj and a cadre of dancers started things off with a thumping rendition of "Trini Dem...

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  • MTV VMAs 2015: The Complete Winners List

    With Nicki Minaj blasting Miley Cyrus, Cyrus' surprise new album, Kanye West's poignant Video Vanguard Award speech and the return of (a high-flying) Justin Bieber dominating the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, it's easy to forget that the show actually hands out awards throughout the night.…

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  • Charts: Disturbed Capture Fifth Straight Number One

    Disturbed kept their impressive Billboard 200 streak alive as Immortalized, the heavy metal band's first studio album in five years, grabbed the top spot in its debut week, giving Disturbed five consecutive Number One albums. The Chicago rockers join Metallica and Dave Matthews Band as the only…

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  • Jay Z Joins, Quits Instagram After Michael Jackson Tribute

    While Beyoncé ranks second on Instagram with 44.4 million followers, her husband Jay Z doesn't even have an account on the photo-sharing network. That is, until Saturday, when the rapper joined Instagram to post a photo remembering Michael Jackson on what would have been the King of Pop's 57th…

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  • Kanye West Sets '808s & Heartbreak' Concert in Los Angeles

    Kanye West will revisit his 808s & Heartbreak next month when the rapper takes to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to perform his groundbreaking 2008 album. While West hasn't formally announced the surprise concert, a listing for the September 25th show popped up on Ticketmaster (via Complex). A...

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  • Drake Cameo at Lil Wayne Fest Creates Apple, Tidal Friction

    The cold war between music streaming services heated up Friday night as a surprise collaboration between Drake and Lil Wayne – two rappers scooped up during the artist exclusive arms race – caused friction between Tidal and Apple Music. The situation occurred at Lil Wayne's Lil Weezyana Festival in…

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  • Skrillex, Deadmau5 Headline Hard Day of the Dead Fest

    Skrillex, Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, Future, A$AP Ferg, Hot Chip and Glass Animals are among the artists that will perform at this year's Hard Day of the Dead festival, which returns to Pomona, California's Fairplex on October 31st and November 1st. Method Man & Redman, Gesaffelstein, Armand Van…

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  • Roger Waters' 'Wall' Pig, Inflatable Freddie Mercury Headed to Auction

    The giant pig head that adorned the stage of Roger Waters' 1990 Berlin performance of The Wall, as well as other large-scale inflatable props and models used by the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Queen are headed to auction, the BBC reports. The items come from the Halesworth, England workshop of Air...

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  • Toro y Moi Drops Free, Surprise 'Samantha' Mixtape

    Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick has dropped a surprise 20-track mixtape titled Samantha as a free download, just four months after the singer released his new LP What For?. "'Samantha' out 8-28-15," Bundick wrote on Instagram before posting a Dropbox link routing fans to the 20-track...

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  • Hear Cee Lo's Soulful New Song 'Sign of the Times'

    "Why can't we open our eyes to the sign of the times?" Cee Lo Green pleads on his soulful new song, which samples Bob James' flute-and-keys groove from the classic TV series Taxi. The laid-back "Sign of the Times" – available to purchase via iTunes – is the singer's...

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  • After 'Compton' Success, DJ Premier Eyes Gang Starr Biopic

    The overwhelming success of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton may cause Hollywood execs to start digging around for more hip-hop backstories to plunder. If veteran producer DJ Premier, who worked with Dr. Dre on the latter's "Animals" track for new album Compton, has his way, his former group…

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  • Weekend Rock: What is the Best Elton John Deep Cut?

    Forty-five years ago this week, Elton John played his first U.S. concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. "Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning," Los Angeles Times pop critic Robert Hilburn wrote. "He's going to be one of rock's biggest and most important…

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  • Hear Keith Richards' Brash, Funky New Song 'Substantial Damage'

    Keith Richards has unleashed "Substantial Damage," a funk-inspired track from his upcoming solo LP, Crosseyed Heart.   Related: Keith Richards: 'I Want to See How Far the Stones Can Go' "Substantial Damage" is a groove monster, defined by Richards' brash guitar riffs and the propulsive drumming of…

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  • Maddie & Tae on 'Start Here' Album: 'It's Not Just Love, Boys and Rainbows'

    When Rolling Stone Country first encountered Maddie & Tae, they were a teenaged duo, so new to the spotlight that they hadn't quite worked out the elegant dance of taking turns responding to interviewers' questions. They'd only just released their clever, catchy inversion of a certain bro-country…

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