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Eminem drops Rihanna-assisted 'The Monster': Hear it here

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.

RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic. 

“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.

You can buy “The Monster” on iTunes starting at midnight; until then, listen below: READ FULL STORY

Voting now open for first ever YouTube Music Awards

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.
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Eminem's homophobic 'Rap God' lyrics: Still getting away with it?

Earlier this week, Eminem dropped “Rap God,” an epic six-minute cut from his highly anticipated The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song, with its rapid-fire, seemingly eternal string of spits, garnered praise from many corners — but not everyone’s so thrilled.

“Eminem is every bit the same lazy, offensive bile-spewer he was back then,” writes The Week, “back then” being when Eminem released his original Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. “Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ is full of homophobic slurs,'” reads a Huffington Post headline. Salon also held Em responsible, calling him “a grown-ass middle-aged man” who should know better.

What’s everyone talking about? Mainly about the following lines from “Rap God”:

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Eminem reveals 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' tracklist: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, more to guest

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Kendrick Lamar! Rihanna! That one guy from fun.!

All those characters will be featured on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he revealed today. Em also dropped new cover art and the full tracklist for the upcoming effort, due out Nov. 5.

As expected, the previously released video-game song “Survival” and the retro single “Berzerk” both made it onto the record. His old pal Rihanna shows up on a number called “The Monster,” as does his other lady-friend Skylar Grey, who’s listed on a song titled “Asshole.”

Perhaps most notably, fellow Dr. Dre protege Kendrick Lamar guests on something called “Love Game,” a collaboration that’s destined to break the rap-internet when it leaks. And randomly, fun.’s Nate Ruess — a person who sort of seems like someone Em would’ve mocked in his “The Real Slim Shady” days — pops up on the second-to-last track “Headlights.”

Mercifully, MMLP2 contains only one skit.

In keeping with the Detroit-tough theme, the album’s lineup shows up on the back cover art of a condemned-building notice issued by his bankrupt hometown (see above). The very not-bankrupt Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, who serve as the album’s executive producers, are touted prominently as well. It’s all meant to complement the front cover that he tweeted out last month, featuring an updated image of his childhood house — the same one that appeared on the original Marshall Mathers LP back in 2000.

Check out the full tracklist below:

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Eminem drops video for video-game song 'Survival': Watch it here

Hey, remember before how before Eminem dropped the Rick Rubin-produced Top 10 single “Berzerk,” he also released a song for the Call of Duty: Ghosts soundtrack?

Sure you do — “Survival” was the first new Eminem song you’d heard in a long time, so it surely has a special place in your 2013 diary entries. Now the track’s got a video as well, and it’s all you’d expect: grittiness, graffiti-ness, and video game-iness, all in one clip.

Check it out below:

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Eminem goes nuts with Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Rubin in 'Berzerk' video: Watch it here

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If Eminem’s championship-level trolling appearance during Saturday night’s Notre Dame/Michigan game wasn’t proof enough of his special kind of whimsy, now there’s his just-premiered video for “Berzerk.”

The clip features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, track producer Rick Rubin, Kid Rock, and members of Slaughterhouse. There’s also ample footage of Billy Squier (whose “The Stroke” provides one of the samples that make up the Rubin-produced beat), some backyard wrestling shenanigans, a little riot video, and visual references to both the Beastie Boys’ “So What Cha Want” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.”

Oh, and there’s also a big-ass boombox in there.

It’s a visual feast that, in typical Slim Shady fashion, makes a strident track a lot more palatable. Watch “Berzerk” below.

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Eminem does bizarre ESPN halftime interview: 'Live TV freaks me out' -- VIDEO

Eminem made an unlikely and puzzling appearance on ESPN’s Saturday Night Football halftime show.

The rap superstar, who has a new album out in the fall, appeared to premiere his “Berzerk” music video.

Sitting with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, Eminem seemed at first slightly confused, with his mouth hanging open.

Eminem rarely does interviews, and certainly not live on ESPN. Musburger asked him questions about his music and referred to him by his given name, Marshall Mathers.

Said Eminem: “Live TV freaks me out a little bit.”

But he soon seemed to relax, saying “Berzerk” would be the new theme of SNF. The Detroit native also talked about his devotion to the Detroit Lions.

Check out the video below:
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Katy Perry's 'Roar' knocks 'Blurred Lines' out of No. 1 spot

Katy Perry said she was a champion, and she meant it.

Though the raven-haired diva’s new single “Roar” spent two weeks stuck in second place — today she scored her eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart with her empowerment anthem “Roar,”  which ended Robin Thicke’s twelve-week reign atop the chart with “Blurred Lines.”

“Roar” has topped the Digital Songs chart for three straight weeks, and its sales figures are truly jaw dropping. In week one, the song sold 557,000 copies. In week two, it moved another 392,000 units. This week, “Roar” pummeled past the one million mark with a 14 percent increase (likely due to increased radio airplay and VMAs exposure) to 448,000 downloads.

Only two other songs by female artists have ever surpassed 400,000 downloads in two weeks: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Here’s another fun stat (via Yahoo!’s Paul Grein): “Roar” is Perry’s seventh No. 1 of this decade, making her one of just two artists to notch seven chart toppers since January 2010. Who’s the other pop powerhouse? Perry’s sometime-bestie, Rihanna.

Even better news for Perry? The jungle-vision video for “Roar” debuts tomorrow, which should boost the song’s prospects even more — especially on the streaming songs chart. Here’s a teaser: READ FULL STORY

Eminem goes old school on new single 'Berzerk': Hear it here

Eminem’s work has always vacillated between super-serious and turned-to-11 goofballery. His last album, the multi-platinum Recoverywas mostly the former, so it makes sense that the first single from Slim Shady’s forthcoming new album MMLP2 would focus on the latter.

“Berzerk,” which was teased during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, premiered last night on Eminem’s SiriusXM station Shade 45. It was produced by Rick Rubin and finds Mr. Mathers darting between old-school references, including some Beastie Boys nods and a bite of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke.”  Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Eminem sneakily announces new single, album release date during VMAs [UPDATED]

With most of the music world’s eyeballs fixed on one point — the MTV VMAs — Eminem took advantage of the moment to announce the name and release date of his upcoming eighth album. As his official site teases, the new album will be out Nov. 5.

The site calls the release MMLP2, which likely stands for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Also announced was the name of a new single, “Berzerk,” to be debuted this Tuesday.

UPDATE: A rep at Interscope has confirmed that the album’s formal title is indeed The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and that “Berzerk” will be on sale via iTunes on Tuesday, 12:01am Eastern. The song was produced by Rick Rubin, who with Dr. Dre co-produced the entire album.

The announcement also came with a snippet of the new song. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

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