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Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic.

Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic.

Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic.

Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic. Taylor Swift finds love ‘confusing’. The 20-year-old country star – who has dated Taylor Lautner and was famously dumped by Joe Jonas on the phone ‘ struggles to cope with the complexities of dating and relationships and tries to make sense of her romantic life by writing songs inspired by her romantic liaisons. She said: ‘Naturally, I want to write songs about love and relationships because I find it find it all very confusing. When I meet someone new I live somewhere between hope and fear. Hope that this time it could be different, and fear that it will turn out like it has before.’ While Taylor admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic, she feels ‘vulnerable’ when she listens back to the lyrics. She told our source: ”ve written all the songs on it about things that have happened over the last two years, and a lot has happened over the last two years. It’s been very eventful, a lot of adventures and misadventures. I have a lot fun doing this and getting to write songs about what happens in my life, but putting it all out there in your music ‘ all the details ‘ you’re taking a chance with that because you are very vulnerable.’ Taylor also revealed she now hopes to put the Kanye West controversy completely behind her. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), the rapper interrupted Taylor in the middle of her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video prize to tell the audience Beyonce Knowles should have won, resulting in an avalanche of criticism. Taylor ‘ who, along with Kanye, performed at the 2010 VMAs in September – said: ‘For me, I felt like performing VMAs was the best way to go out there and sing how I was actually feeling, being there really helped put all that behind me.’

Jane Lynch, Kanye West Lead New Season Of “SNL”

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Jane Lynch, Kanye West Lead New Season Of “SNL”.  “Saturday Night Live” is returning to NBC this week and among the guests, they’ve lined up an SNL alum, Sue Sylvester, and Kanye West. The show’s believe-it-or-not 36th season premieres September 25th and returning with it is former cast member and “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler. Katy Perry, coming off her #1 album and singles, will be the first musical guest for the season. On October 2nd, “Breaking Bad” star and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston will host for the first time. Kanye West, who included the lyrics “F—‘SNL’ and the whole cast/Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass” in this year’s “Power,” seems to have forgiven the show’s cast and crew for whatever angered him, seeing as he’s the musical guest for that show. October 9th sees Sue Sylvester herself Jane Lynch hosting her very own episode of “SNL.” Sue’s Corner on Weekend Update? Yes, please. The show will feature Bruno Mars, who recently made news for being arrested for drug possession, as the musical guest. He’s currently topping the charts with his hit “Just the Way You Are.” Also rumored to be lined up for “SNL” throughout the rest of the month are Emma Stone and Jon Hamm. Before her recent drug test failure, “SNL” was reportedly in talks with Lindsay Lohan to host. Looks like “SNL” could be doubling this year as an outreach program.

BET’s Fifth Annual Hip Hop awards 2010 are heading to Atlanta.

Drake

Drake

BET’s Fifth Annual Hip Hop awards 2010 are heading to Atlanta. Comedian Mike Epps will return to host the awards at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on Saturday, October 2. The awards show will premiere on BET Tuesday, October 12. In addition, a contest is coinciding with the BET Hip Hop Awards, too: DefJam Rapstar is hosting a competition where aspiring rappers can upload 16 bars of their raps to a beat provided by producers LL Cool J and Dr. Dre to win an all expenses paid trip to the Hip Hop Awards. For official contest rules and deadlines please visit BET Rapper Jay Z has the highest number of nominations with 11 nominations. Relative newcomer to the scene Drake is close behind with eight nominations. Eminem, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Diddy, B.o.B., and T.I. all made the list in multiple categories.

The nominees for all categories are below:

Best Live Performer

Busta Rhymes

Drake

Jay-Z

Kanye West

Lil Wayne

Lyricist of the Year

Drake

Lil Wayne

Nicki Minaj

Eminem

Jay-Z

Rookie of the Year

Chiddy Bang

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Roscoe Dash

Waka Flocka Flame

Hustler of the Year

Diddy

Drake

Jay-Z

Nicki Minaj

T.I.

Made-You-Look Award

B.o.B.

Jay-Z

Nicki Minaj

T.I.

Kanye West

People’s Champ Award

B.o.B.

Nicki Minaj

Eminem

Gucci Mane

Cali Swagg District

Drake

Kanye West

Track of the Year

B.o.B. – Airplanes

DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win

Young Money – Bedrock

Rick Ross – B.M.F.

Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind

Perfect Combo Award

B.o.B & Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You

Diddy-Dirty Money, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj

DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj

Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Best Hip Hop Blog Site

Thisis50

AllHipHop

NahRight

WorldstarHipHop

Rap Radar

DJ Of The Year

DJ Drama

DJ Holiday

Funkmaster Flex

DJ Khaled

DJ Tony Neal

Producer Of The Year

Boi-1da

Drumma Boy

Lex Luger

Swizz Beatz

Polow Da Don

Hip Hop Video Director Of The Year

Benny Boom

Hype Williams

Mr Boomtown

Chris Robinson

Gil Green

MVP Of The Year

Jay-Z

B.o.B

Drake Eminem

Rick Ross

Best Hip-Hop Video

B.o.B – Nothin’ On You

Drake – Find Your Love

Jay-Z – Run This Town

Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z – On To The Next One

Best Club Banger

Diddy-Dirty Money “Hello Good Morning”

DJ Khaled ft Snoop, Ludacris, T-Pain “All I Do Is Win”

Rick Ross ft Styles P “BMF”

Young Jeezy ft Plies “Lose My Mind”

Waka Flocka “O Let’s Do It”

CD Of The Year

Drake “Thank Me Later”

Eminem “Recovery”

Jay-Z “Blueprint 3″

Rick Ross “Teflon Don”

B.o.B “The Adventures Of Bobby Ray”

The Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson Thinks Taylor Swift Is “Horrible”

The Black Crowe's Chris Robinson

The Black Crowe's Chris Robinson

The Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson Thinks Taylor Swift Is “Horrible”. Taylor Swift’s fans will no undoubtedly take up arms against The Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson after they learn that he has called her “horrible.” Kate Hudson’s ex-husband doesn’t think the 20-year-old country pop star is talented. The 43-year-old rocker took issue with the country sweetheart, saying she may be cute, but that’s all that she is. He told our source , “I find it embarrassing that adults are like, ‘Taylor Swift is very talented.’ She’s not. She might be cute, but she’s horrible.” Clearly, many critics don’t agree with him. Swift, who was famously interrupted by Kanye West during her Best Female Video acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs last year, has won four Grammy trophies, six American Music Awards wins, and five CMT Music Awards just to name a few. It’s not just Swift, though. Robinson also can’t stand modern musicians because he says the computers are doing all the work for them. The long-haired, beard-wearing singer said, “They have stylists who dress them, they make records with producers who play a chord into the computer and it all comes out the same… When you have computers doing it all for you… there’s no individuality. Singing isn’t always about being on key; it’s about emotionality.”

Shakira, Nominated In New MTV Video Music Award Category

Shakira, Nominated In New MTV Video Music Award Category

Shakira, Nominated In New MTV Video Music Award Category

Shakira, Camila Earn Nomination In New MTV Video Music Award Category. MTV is adding one more category to the list of awards being handed out as part of this year’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Shakira and Pitbull are among the nominees vying for the newly announced Moon Man. Shakira, Pitbull, Camila, Wisin y Yandel, Aventura, and Daddy Yankee are all in the running for the “Tr3s Latino Artist of the Year” award. Fans can cast their vote online at http://www.tr3s.com/ for their favorite artist. The award won’t be announced during the regular MTV Video Music Awards broadcast. It’ll be announced when this year’s VMA’s airs on Tr3s, formerly MTV Tr3s, on September 18th at 5pm ET/PT.  None of the “Latino Artist of the Year” nominees are set to perform, but Eminem, Justin Bieber, Usher, Kanye West, Pink, Alicia Keys, Drake, Katy Perry Jay-Z, Florence + the Machine, and 30 Seconds to Mars are all set to perform. Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Ashley Greene, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and more to be announced will be on hand to present.  The 27th Annual MTV Video Music Awards are set to air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9pm. The special encore presentation, featuring the “Tr3s Latino Artist of the Year” winner, airs Saturday, September 18th at 5pm

Eminem To Perform At 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Lady Gaga leads the pack of nominees for this year’s awards

Lady Gaga leads the pack of nominees for this year’s awards

Eminem To Perform At 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. With more nominations than any other male artist this year, Eminem has been announced as the latest performer to take the stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.  
The rapper has performed at the 1999, 2000, and 2002 Video Music Awards. He’ll be hitting the MTV’s VMA stage for the fourth time in his career. Eminem joins Justin Bieber and B.o.B. as performers recently added to this year’s line-up. Also set to perform are Kanye West, Usher, Florence + the Machine, Alicia Keys, Pink, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Drake, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Among the stars set to present at this years show are Ke$ha, Ashley Greene, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Ne-Yo, Penn Badgley, and Trey Songz.  Eminem scored eight nominations at this year’s VMA’s, including “Best Male Video,” “Best Hip Hip Video,” and “Video of the Year” for “Not Afraid.” Lady Gaga leads the pack of nominees for this year’s awards, with a record-breaking 13 nominations, including double nods for “Video of the Year.” The 27th Annual MTV Video Music Awards are set to air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9pm.

Queen Latifah on BET Awards airing Sunday, June 27th

Queen Latifah on BET Awards airing Sunday, June 27th

Queen Latifah on BET Awards airing Sunday, June 27th

For the 10th anniversary of the “BET Awards,” the network continues to add more exciting performances to its already impressive roster. Along with performances from Kanye West, Diddy, and Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Usher, and T-Pain have also been added to the line-up. Eminem, whose latest album “Recovery” hits stores just days before the show, will hit the stage, while “Best Female R&B Artist” nominee Alicia Keys is also set to perform. Another nominee, Usher, in the running for “Best Male R&B Artist,” will also perform, as well as T-Pain.The 2010 BET Awards, airing Sunday, June 27th on BET, will also feature performances Drake, Ludacris, T.I., Rick Ross, and Trey. Grammy Award-winner and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah will host. Prince will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s show, while John Legend will receive this year’s Humanitarian Award. The 10th anniversary of the BET Awards is also sure to feature some major surprises. Some past memorable performances include TLC, SWV, and EnVogue hitting the stage together, a reunion of The Fugees, a hosting stint from Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, and last year’s emotional tribute to Michael Jackson.

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline “DJ Hero 2″

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline "DJ Hero 2

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline "DJ Hero 2

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline “DJ Hero 2. DJ Hero is going to spin gaming on its head once again with the release of “DJ Hero 2.” Set to hit stores this October, “DJ Hero 2″ will feature tracks from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kanye West, and more. Some of the biggest hits in dance, pop, and hip-hop will be featured in the upcoming sequel to the #1 new videogame IP of 2009.  Also set to be included in the game are artists like Metallica, The Chemical Brothers, Dr. Dre and over 85 more.  One of the new tracks, a mash-up of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Deadmau5′s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” is being offered free on the Xbox Marketplace and the Playstation Store from June 8th to the 14th to coincide with the announcement. Producer Deadmau5 is also being added to the game as a playable character.  Along with brand new music for mixing and scratching, the game will also boast brand new multiplayer game modes, including DJ battles, and freestyle gameplay, as well as the new Empire Mode, where players will start off working as DJ’s before moving up to heading their own entertainment empire. “‘DJ Hero’ was the best music game of 2009 and with ‘DJ Hero 2′ we’re delivering a new easy to pick-up, challenging-to-master experience that all players can enjoy together,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Office for Guitar Hero. “With new social game modes, the inclusion of full microphone support, all-new levels of creative freedom and an amazing soundtrack, ‘DJ Hero 2′ is the ultimate mixer of music and friends.” “DJ Hero 2″ will boast over 70 new mash-ups exclusive to the game featuring some of the hottest artists in music.

Meet THE MOOG – Hungary’s most popular alternative rock band.

Hungarian quintet the Moog

Hungarian quintet the Moog

Meet THE MOOG – Hungary’s most popular alternative rock band. Formed in Budapest in 2004 by then-teenagers Tonyo Szabo (vocals), Adi Bajor (guitar) and Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), and later joined by Csaba Szabo (bass) and Miguel Gyorgy (second guitar), they’ve been compared to such modern-day chart-toppers as The Strokes and The Hives; but The Moog’s influences run deep and wide: The Beatles, David Bowie, The Sonics, The Smiths, Nirvana, Ramones, Sonic Youth, Roxy Music and Bauhaus. These and other seminal bands come to mind upon hearing their two releases: 2007’s Sold for Tomorrow, and the upcoming Razzmatazz Orfeum. Yet, THE MOOG manages to infuse their music with their own personality and heritage, and the resulting sound is brightly original, fusing together elements of 60’s garage music, goth rock, punk, and pop. Under the influence of American and British rock, they write and sing in English but their sound is distinctively Eastern European, as heard in their immediate, contagious and haunting melodies. And despite Tonyo being The Moog’s primary songwriter, the other band members have stepped up their contributions here: Gergo penning “Lost Day,” and also collaborating with Tonyo on “Self and Soul.” Additionally, new guitarist, Miguel, contributes his surf-infused picking style and blends perfectly well with the more angular guitar playing of founding member Adi. The band’s debut album, Sold for Tomorrow was mixed by the legendary Nirvana producer Jack Endino, and it turned quite a few heads, thanks to the two indie underground hit singles and videos, “I Like You” and “Everybody Wants.” Both videos were heavily played on mtvU and even made the first-round nominations for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. SPIN.com acclaimed, “The album boasts rough-around-the-edges garage pop tunes, and “Everybody Wants” is a catchy three-chord gem.” To record their sophomore release, Razzmatazz Orfeum, the group set up shop in Seattle—its climate and weather not unlike Budapest—and they worked with one of the Northwest’s most respected contemporary producers, Geoff Ott (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan, Pearl Jam, etc.). Razzmatazz Orfeum kicks off with the roaring “This Is Horror,” its fade-in intro delivered true to the band’s name with a swirling vintage Moog synthesizer, before leading into another off-kilter rocker, “Panic,” culminating in Tonyo vocalizing his best Cobain. Up next is the album’s first single: the wry, catchy dance/goth rocker, “You Raised A Vampire,” and the blood-letting doesn’t stop as then comes the album’s second projected single, the hook-heavy “When I See You.” The emotional pull of “Can’t Say No, Can’t Say Yes” brings to mind Ziggy-era Bowie and Syd-era Floyd; “Lost Day” possesses one of the album’s catchiest choruses, while “Joyclad Armies” shows that the band has unmistakable roots in ‘80s Euro dance-pop-rock. The album wraps up with five tracks that when played back to back show how diverse The Moog is: the mid-tempo “Sphinx” (with its tasty bass lines); the ultra-catchy early 60s/Spector-esque “Make Me Happy;” the synth centerpiece “Self and Soul,” featuring Tonyo’s surprising falsetto; the progressive goth rocker “Mina,” a tribute to Mina Harker and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, and ending with the piano-heavy and slow burning “Epilogue.” The record’s second single, When I See You, achieved the biggest success so far for The Moog. The video which was shot in LA’s Bob Baker puppet theater by legendary director AG Garth (White Stripes, Von Bondies, Adult) has been on regular show on MTV2’s Subterranean program as well as on the newly started MTV channel LOGO. Another great success for The Moog is that one of the standout tracks on the album, Joyclad Armies is a featured song in the latest game NBA2K10 alongside The Gossip, Metric, MGMT or Kanye West. The result is an album that stands way out from the overcrowded alt-rock pack—and the group continues to mature musically at an impressively rapid rate. The Moog will soon receive another huge boost Stateside, when they land on U.S. soil for their fourth American tour in spring of ’10.

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