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Adele, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown set to perform at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

This morning, MTV announced that Adele will be making her first appearance as a performer at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Along with the English songstress, rapper Lil Wayne and R&B stud Chris Brown–both familiar with the VMA stage–will return to give it a go this August.

“I am excited about my nominations and to be back on the VMA stage,” Brown, who hasn’t performed at the VMAs since 2007, said in a statement. “I have a special performance planned for my wonderful fans.”

The timing of the show couldn’t be any better for Wayne. His new album, Tha Carter IV, drops the day after the show. “Being a nominee and performer on the VMAs once again is an honor because everyone doesn’t get that opportunity,” he said in a statement. “Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week!”

Several more acts will be announced in the coming days leading up to the big show. The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Chris Brown’s ‘Today’ performance draws biggest crowd of all Summer Concert Series’ concerts: Watch it here

Chris Brown's 'Today' performance draws biggest crowd of all Summer Concert Series' concerts: Watch it here

Al Roker tried to take a quick head count, but there were just too many fans out at New York City’s Rockefeller Center this morning for Chris Brown to track.

Roker and fellow Today show anchor Matt Lauer estimated that 18-20,000 folks made their way to the show’s midtown NY stage to see the young star, besting any other performer’s audience attendance for their Summer Concert Series (including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars). Today screamed the news on Twitter, writing “The crowd for Chris Brown concert is now the biggest @todayshow crowd ever!”

The love Brown got was so great that authorities were forced to shut down an additional two blocks to accommodate those who wanted to catch a glimpse of his set, which included “Yeah 3X,” his 2008 smash “Forever,” and his latest single “She Ain’t You.”

Considering the negative press (much of it earned) that Brown’s received in the last two years, some may be surprised that he’s such a draw. Guess that goes to show what real fans and a truly solid album can accomplish. Check out his go at “Forever” after the jump.

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Rihanna talks Chris Brown aftermath: 'It was a very aggressive and defensive time'

Rihanna has already spoken out about Chris Brown a number of times.

She’s talked with Diane Sawyer, opened up to Rolling Stone, and (allegedly) tweeted about the R&B singer as well. In the August issue of Cosmopolitan U.K., Rihanna again speaks out about their breakup, but this time, the conversation is not centered around Brown—it is about her own attitude following their very public split.

Rihanna claims that dating has been tough since Brown: “It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry,” she says. “It’s really hard to find a guy who doesn’t care about that stuff. Right now, it’s easier just having my career to focus on.”

“I’m open to love,” she continues, “But guys should have to earn it. Because the minute they get it, they want something else,” the singer explains.

Dating might be difficult, anyway, since the pop singer admits that openness is not her strong suit: “I’ve always been good at masking my emotions. For me, it’s tougher to be vulnerable than to be tough.”

That sentiment appears to have been exacerbated by her assault, which left Rihanna feeling understandably angry. She remarks, “It was a very aggressive and defensive time, and that allowed me to start not giving a s–t. I walked around with a very f–k-you attitude.”

Not much to object to here, Music Mixers—I think we would all agree that Rihanna’s feelings make sense, right?

She’ll probably be forced to talk about her ex in interviews for years to come, but at least she handles those questions with what seems like genuine honesty—and a lot of patience, considering how much she would likely prefer to move on from that time in her life. Readers, do you agree?

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Rihanna furious with MTV Canada over erroneous Chris Brown report

Though they have both gone out of their way to put the incident behind them, neither Chris Brown nor Rihanna have been able to shake the long shadow of Grammy night 2009, when Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend.

The latest resurrection of the story comes care of MTV Canada, who felt the wrath of Rihanna after they reported on a tweet that showed up in her Twitter feed on Thursday morning.

The tweet (which was revealed to be fake) read, “I admit, I provoked Chris to hit me. It was not entirely his fault. #ImSORRY.” A handful of sites reported on the message, but Rihanna zeroed in on the article posted on MTV Canada’s news site (which has also disappeared), tweeting “are u f—ing kiddin me?????? You’re supposed to be a RELIABLE source for news on music and this is the bulls— u post?”

In response, MTV Canada sent out a defense tweet, saying “We were reporting on a story that was posted on several sites today. We had no intention to be salacious.”

This isn’t even the first Twitter-related incident involving Rihanna and Brown this week. A tweet recently showed up in Brown’s feed that was addressed to Rihanna and said “You got that pic I sent you?” Fans went crazy thinking that the two had been in contact, and the tweet was reported on several websites, but Brown later deleted the message and corrected people, saying “Don’t listen to the blogs. Stop tryna make a story out of nothing.” (That message has also been deleted.)

The lesson in all this? Both Rihanna and Chris Brown should let their tweeting fingers take a rest for a good, long while. All it seems to do is create problems for them, and if their feeds are that easily hacked, it’s probably not safe for them to continue using the service anyway. Don’t you think, readers?

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Chris Brown and Justin Bieber stand by their girls in 'Next to You' video: Watch here

Song of the summer alert! With their mid-tempo love cut “Next 2 You,” Chris Brown and Justin Bieber might have the jam pop radio will be spinning for months to come.

This morning, Brown released the apocalyptic video for his latest single. “One day when the sky is falling/ I’ll be standing right next to you/ Nothing will ever come between us/ ’cause I’ll be standing right next to you,” the two sing on the hook. And their promises are certainly tested in the clip. The world’s coming to an end, literally tearing the fellas away from their ladies.

Will Chris and Justin get to stand by their sides when it all falls down? Check out the video after the jump.

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Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz to perform at 2011 BET Awards on June 26 -- EXCLUSIVE

Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz are the latest artists set to perform at the 2011 BET Awards, EW has learned exclusively. Additionally, Cee-Lo Green will also make a “special appearance” at the show, which will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on June 26 on cable network BET.

BET has already announced some talent for the telecast, including host Kevin Hart, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Patti LaBelle, Humanitarian Award honoree Steve Harvey.

Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, and Jill Scott have also been previously confirmed to be performing. Nominees for the show’s awards — including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj — were revealed last month.

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Chris Brown earns six BET Awards nominations, leading nominees Lil Wayne, Kanye, and Nicki Minaj

Chris Brown earns six 2011 BET Awards nominations, leading nominees Lil Wayne, Kanye, and Nicki Minaj

Chris Brown‘s unlikely comeback continues.

Yesterday, BET announced the nominees for their 2011 BET Awards, and the embattled pop star pulled in six noms, more than any other artist this go around.

Amongst his noms, he’s  up for Best Male Artist, and Best Collaboration  and Video of the Year, for his Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes-assisted “Look at Me Now.”

The rest of the nominees feature the usual suspects. Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne are featured in the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist circle. Nicki Minaj, really the only relevant rapstress out, headlines Best Female Hip-Hop category.

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Rihanna, New Kids on the Block, Chris Brown, Lenny Kravitz, and more set to rock Today show's Toyota concert series

NBC’s Today show recently announced the lineup for their annual concert series.

Flame-haired songstress Rihanna will kick off the Toyota-sponsored affair on May 22, making this her fourth time on the Rockefeller Plaza stage.

Nineties pop studs and upcoming tour brothers New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys perform a few Fridays after, on June 3, while acts like Chris Brown, Train, an Maroon 5 all join later.

Check out the entire roster of performers after the jump:

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Chris Brown pays homage to his idol Michael Jackson in 'She Ain't You' video: Watch here

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Chris Brown‘s style as a singer and dancer has been heavily influenced by one man: Michael Jackson.

Brown, who payed homage to Jackson at last summer’s BET Awards, often gives the “King of Pop” his credit. So it’s only right that after sampling a Jackson classic for his new single “She Ain’t You,” the young talent acknowledge his favorite teacher in its video.

“Dedicated to my biggest inspiration of all time… I Love You,” Brown writes at the start of the clip. “You,” which pulls from Michael’s Thriller ballad “Human Nature,” adds a little more bounce to the idol’s solemn cut. It sounds more like SWV’s 1992 incarnation.

In the video Brown wears an MJ-esque fedora and in addition to his tremendous dancing, there’s a a little movie magic with him doing some extreme leans and levitating. Watch the clip after the jump.

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Watch Boston duo Karmin's amazing cover of Chris Brown's 'Look at Me Now'

Nicki, Ke$ha — meet Amy Heidemann. She’s one half of Boston musical duo Karmin (the other is Nick Noonan), and she happens to rap as well as she sings. Which, as luck would have it, is very, very well.

In just three days, Karmin’s fantastic cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” has been viewed over 560,000 times on YouTube. In it, Amy flawlessly recreates verses spit by Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne, while Nick backs her up on keyboard (and sings occasionally himself). Never thought a white girl could convincingly flow like Weezy? Think again: READ FULL STORY

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