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Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie' video: Is this depiction of domestic violence too much?

eminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicEminem premiered his new video for “Love the Way You Lie” tonight, and it features Rihanna standing in her underpants in front of a flaming house where Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox are intermittently beating the crap out of each other and playing intense, Stanley Cup levels of tonsil hockey. Meanwhile, Em is standing in a field of pure and innocent tall grass, rapping about how he is sorry. All the rage and beatings are lit in a very dramatic and sexy way, because the people doing the raging and beating are very lithe and muscular and gorgeous. As far as one can tell, it is still not Penny’s boat.

Watch the video after the jump and weigh in, Mixers. It’s a great track, and a star-powered video. The moral of the story is, clearly, that stealing vodka is wrong. But does it take responsibility for its dramatization of domestic violence? And knowing all we know about Rihanna’s personal life (and Em’s), is this collision of reality and fame-world cleansing or just awkward? READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' makes a splash on the Hot 100; Eminem still at No. 1

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Nigel Parry; Ari MichelsonEminem may not have the No. 1 album in the country anymore, but he’s still got the top single. His Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” reigns supreme at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katie Perry’s “California Gurls” hangs tight at No. 2. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” maintains its No. 3 ranking, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 4. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” moves up a spot to No. 5. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner does the same, rising a rung to No. 6. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” splashes into the top 10 in its second week on the chart. After debuting at No. 20 last week, it’s currently No. 7.

Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” falls back three spots to No. 8. Usher rounds out the top 10. His new single from him upcoming Versus album, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” climbs  three spots to No. 9, while his summer banger “OMG” closes the list at No. 10.

Will Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” cruise to the top spot? What about Usher’s new one? Let us  know what you think.

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Avenged Sevenfold bumps Eminem to No. 2 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Avenged-SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare debuts at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 163,000 copies sold, ending Eminem‘s five-week run as the list’s leader. Now at No.2, Em’s Recovery moved 159,000 albums. Last week’s No. 2, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don, moves to No.3 with 63,000 copies sold. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 moves up two spots to No. 4 selling 38,000 sets.

At No. 5 with 34,000 copies sold is Drake’s Thank Me Later, which fell one spot. The Kidz Bop 18 collection falls one space to No. 6 moving 29,000 units.

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum jumps up two to No. 7, selling 27,000 copies. Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis drops five positions to No. 8, with 24,000 sets sold. Lady Gaga’s The Fame moves up one to No. 9, selling just under 24,000 albums. Rounding out the top 10 is the Now 34 compilation, falling two to No. 10 and selling 22,000 copies.

Surprised Eminem came in at No. 2? Buy any of this week’s new releases? Let us know.

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MTV’s VMA nominations: Five surprise winners and losers

vma-nominationsGetting worked up over this year’s just-announced MTV Video Music Award nominations is kind of like being mad at the WWE for not honoring the traditions of Greco-Roman wrestling; it is what it is, kids. And what it is in 2010 is pretty much The Gaga Sweeps Show.

Meaning, essentially, that just about anyone who is not the thirteen-times-nominated Lady is a tramp. As in hobo. As in sad clown who will be going home with no Moon Men—or at least not great gobby handfuls of them, as Gaga is nearly guaranteed to do. (One possible exception? Eminem. Mr. Mathers snagged eight noms altogether, and will undoubtedly win several; MTV loves a comeback kid).

Even if la Gaga has single-handed saved both the music industry and the production of ash-colored Lady Godiva wigs, it is lovely to see a little attention paid to women who weren’t born Stefani Germanotta—including Florence and the Machine, Nicki Minaj (though for the wrong song), and Janelle Monae. And Dan Black, you kill it with that GarageBand “Umbrella” beat! Twice!

But we digress: Odd and unreflective of other industry awards shows as the VMAs may be, there are still a few shockers in today’s announcement; below, a (very subjective) top five: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga is nominated for a record-breaking 13 VMA awards, Eminem gets 8 nods

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty ImagesLady Gaga has been nominated for a record-breaking 13 MTV Video Music Awards—including Best Pop Video and Best Female Video—while Eminem received eight nods in the list of nominations, which was released at noon today. This means Gaga has the most nominations ever in a single VMA. She is also the first female artist to be nominated for two different clips in the Video of the Year category with both “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” getting nods. First-time VMA nominees included Ke$ha, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and young Mr Justin Bieber.

The VMAs will be broadcast on Sunday, September 12. You can find the list of nominees after the jump.

Obviously, the big news is the love the VMAs have shown Lady Gaga. What do you think of her 13 noms?

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VMAs exclusive: We have the Video of the Year and Best Male Video nominees!

eminem-lady-gagaImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosThat’s right, MTV is announcing the full list of 2010 Video Music Award nominees at noon today, but we have an early peek at the list of artists vying for Best Male Video and the big dog of VMA categories,”Video of the Year.” Showing up on both of those lists is Eminem, whose “Not Afraid” video is up for eight awards at this year’s VMAs, set to air live from L.A. on Sept. 12. “Apparently, MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMA’s. F me, right?!?!,” Em said in a statement released exclusively to EW. “I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.”

Without further ado, the 2010 VMA nominees for Video of the Year and Best Male Video: READ FULL STORY

Eminem tops albums chart for a fifth week, fending off Rick Ross

rick-ross-eminemEminem just rode to a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, selling another 187,000 copies of his Recovery according to Nielsen SoundScan. Scoring a big opening number is hard enough these days; sustaining such high sales for more than a month is rarer still.

Rick Ross, the man whom some expected to end Em’s chart reign, missed the mark by just 11,000 units in the end. Ross’ Teflon Don debuts at No. 2 with a solid 176,000 copies sold. That’s actually a bit higher than his chart-topping Deeper Than Rap did last year (158,000), so hopefully Ross is celebrating somewhere today even though he had to settle for second-best.

From there it’s a steep drop to No. 3, where we find Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis with an okay-not-great 55,000 copies sold. No. 5 goes to those irrepressible Kidz Bop Kidz, whose Kidz Bop 18 (featuring covers of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and more) sold 43,000. At No. 7 it’s the Jonas Brothers’ Jonas L.A. soundtrack, whose 32,000 bow hardly compares to the kind of digits they were once able to post.

Those were the only notable new entries in this week’s Top 20. What do you think? Surprised that first-week Rick Ross couldn’t quite beat fifth-week Eminem? Who do you think will finally knock Em out of that No. 1 spot?

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Eminem slams Kanye West over Taylor Swift incident: 'He shouldn't have done that.'

kanye-eminemImage Credit: Eminem: Nigel ParryIn the new issue of Spin, cover star Eminem offers his opinion on the incident at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye West stormed the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting the award for Best Female Video.

“He shouldn’t have done that,” says the Detroit rapper, who is currently No. 1 on the Billboard album charts with his Recovery CD. “I mean, she’s a little girl.” Eminem also recalls how, during a personally bleak period a few years ago, he became jealous of Lil Wayne’s success and considered releasing a track dissing both the New Orleans rapper and West, before he thought better of it. “It would have been career suicide,” he claims.

Do you think Eminem is right to criticize West? Or do you think his words are hypocritical, given how many people he himself has attacked in rhyme over the years?

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Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' pushes Katy Perry's 'Gurls' to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Karin Catt; Ari MichelsonKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” reigned at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks. But it’s over now. When the entire chart is released tomorrow, Eminem‘s Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” will be No. 1 and Perry No. 2. This is the Detroit rapper’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1. single, and the second from his latest, Recovery. His first single from this album, “Not Afraid,” debuted at No. 1. Em’s having an amazing day; this morning we reported that he’s also got the No. 1 album in the country again.

No one new entered the top 10 this week. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 3, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” moves from No. 6 to No. 4. Usher’s former No. 1, “OMG,” drops one place to No. 5. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” moves up one to No. 6. While “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy falls two places to No. 7. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias holds at No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” stays at No. 9. And Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” remains at No. 10.

What do you think of Eminem’s run? Are you a fan of Recovery and it’s singles? Think Katy can regain her No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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Eminem doesn't budge from Billboard 200's No. 1 spot

eminemEminem‘s Recovery remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week, selling 195,000 copies. He’s the first to own the spot for four straight frames since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream spent six consecutive weeks on top last year. This week’s highest debut is Korn’s Korn III – Remember Who You Are at No. 2, selling 63,000 copies. Drake‘s Thank Me Later moves back a spot to No. 3 with 50,000 copies sold.

Newsboys’ Born Again album comes in at No. 4 with 45,000 records sold. Selling 41,000 copies of his My World 2.0, Justin Bieber’s  stays at No. 5. Sting’s reworked classics album, Symphonicities, debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 records sold. This marks Sting’s tenth solo top 10 album. Country’s new man Jerrod Niemann enters the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, selling 34,000 in its first week.

Rock group Hellyeah’s second album Stampede stomps to No. 8 with 28,000 records sold. M.I.A.’s Maya debuts with 28,000 albums moved at No. 9. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack plummets six spots to No. 10 with 28,000 records sold, rounding out the top 1o.

Next week Rick Ross’ Teflon Don makes it’s chart debut. Do you think he’ll knock Eminem off the No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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