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MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

Drake responds to Amanda Bynes sex tweet: 'It's a little weird and disturbing'

Back in March, onetime Lucille Ball cypher and current professional crazy person Amanda Bynes unleashed what is undoubtedly the greatest tweet in the short history of Twitter: Apropos of nothing, she announced, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.”

A month later, she decided that he was ugly. How did Drake process Bynes’ shifting enthusiasm for him?

Very calmly but with profound confusion, as it turns out. In an interview with XXL, Drake was asked about the tweets and said, “I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about. If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

So to recap: Even if Bynes still wanted Drake to end the life of her birth canal, he wouldn’t be into it, and in fact would be skeptical that such a request was actually legitimate. Thanks, Internet!

Meanwhile, Bynes remains in involuntary psychiatric hold in California, and Drake’s new album Nothing Was the Same will be out in September.

Drake teams with 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Aziz Ansari for 'All Me': Hear it here

As you probably know by now, Aziz Ansari is a friend of rap. Now thanks to Drake, the cuddly comedian is getting immortalized in song form: his douchey Randy character kicks of Drizzy’s latest, “All Me.”

Of course, he’s not the only guest; Big Sean and 2 Chainz also make sizable contributions to the track. Listen to it below, and let us know if you also think it’s kind of funny to hear 2 Chainz rap about Toronto:

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BET Awards: Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj win; Justin Timberlake performs with Charlie Wilson

Who won video of the year again?

The BET Awards were barely about the actual awards as wild performances stole the night. They also didn’t present the top honor Sunday.

Janelle Monae ended the three and a half hour-plus event with a top notch performance of “Q.U.E.E.N.” alongside Erykah Badu, who brought a white poodle onstage. It was just one of the night’s best performances, which also featured stolen moments from a seductive Ciara, a slick Miguel, a random — but welcomed — reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.

Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer, joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.

Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
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Drake leads BET Awards with 12 nominations

He started from the bottom, but now he’s on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.

BET announced the nominees Tuesday. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for 8 awards each. READ FULL STORY

Drake releases 'one for the city' with '5am in Toronto' video: Watch it here

“That might be like my first viral video,” Drake wrote in a Twitter post after October’s Very Own tweeted out the “5am in Toronto” video.

“Doing it for the city this time around,” Drizzy continued. “Well every time but this time especially.”

So, what did the city get? Pretty much just three-or-so minutes of dark footage of Drake and his crew walking around like they own the town and catching a particularly raunchy match of night volleyball.

How does it compare with Drake’s recent “Started From the Bottom” video? Well, that expansive, all-around badass clip gave its song a giant boost. And since this new one doesn’t feature an all-white-wearing Drake jumping out of a white car in the middle of a snowstorm… well, we’ll let you decide.

Take a look a the “5am in Toronto” clip below:

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Lil Wayne's 'I Am Not a Human II' tracklist revealed: Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz to guest

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Now that we’ve seen the DONDA-designed album art for Lil Wayne’s upcoming I Am Not a Human II, it’s time to check out the tracklist.

The official Young Money site has posted the album’s 15-song list, and, unsurprisingly, there are lots of guests on the record (due out March 26).

Among the non-Weezy names are old pals like Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Big Sean on “My Homies Still.” But there are also some lesser-known up-and-comers, including YMCMB’s Gudda Gudda, Detail, and Boo (formerly of the rap duo Boo & Gotti).

And those aren’t the only guests, either. Check out the full I Am Not a Human II tracklist below:

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Kendrick Lamar drops Drake-featuring 'Poetic Justice' video: Watch it here

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A few weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar wowed SNL audiences with his run through “Poetic Justice,” one of the standout tracks from his fantastic good kid, m.A.A.d. city. The song samples Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place” and also features a guest spot from Drake. Trifecta!

Earlier today, Lamar debuted the video for “Poetic Justice,” which is by far his most ambitious video both narratively and visually. Kendrick predictably macks on a lady until tragedy strikes; in the meantime, Drake raps into a cordless phone in a hotel room while a woman lies unconscious next to him.

Watch it below:

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'Harlem Shake' hits number one, ushers in new world of YouTube-fueled charts

After a five-week run with the number one song in the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” has finally abdicated its throne — thanks partly to a whole new chart formula.

As of this week, Billboard‘s Hot 100 now includes YouTube streams in its chart calculations, which means the king of the hill this week is Baauer’s nonstop meme instigator “Harlem Shake.”

Previously, the Hot 100 had used radio airplay, sales, and various forms of streaming through services like Spotify and Rhapsody to tabulate what the biggest song in the country was. Including YouTube numbers makes perfect sense, since in a way the online video service is the biggest streaming service available.

The extra numbers will undoubtedly mean a big boost for songs that do well with sales and streaming but can’t quite break into radio. “Harlem Shake,” for example, did an impressive 262,000 downloads last week, but is barely on satellite or terrestrial radio. It only scored a handful of impressions on radio, but its 103 million spins on YouTube easily confirm the track’s ubiquity.

The new tabulations have reconfigured the chart success of other songs that have been bigger than their old chart positions would have suggested. READ FULL STORY

Drake drops new single 'Started From the Bottom': Hear it here

Drake was supposed to debut his new single next weekend in the wake of the Grammys, but apparently Super Bowl fever overcame him and he just couldn’t wait.

Over the weekend, Drake unveiled “Started From the Bottom,” the first single from his still-untitled follow-up to his smash sophomore release Take Care. It deviates a bit from the norm for Drake, delving more into the hallucinogenic energy of Kendrick Lamar or A$AP Rocky.

Drake sets aside his warm croon for something a little harder and more confrontational, and there doesn’t seem like much crossover potential as a single, but the heads will certainly be happy. Give it a spin below: READ FULL STORY

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