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Which live debut was the best of the VMAs? Take our poll!

While many awards show ceremonies focus on displaying nominated songs from the past year, this year’s MTV VMAs took another route: letting its top artists showcase their newest material.

Standout 2011-2012 singles like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and fun.’s “We Are Young” fell by the wayside in favor of cuts most people have yet to hear from albums that won’t be hitting the streets for a few weeks, if not months.

There was Alicia Keys performing her new smoking-chorus ballad “Girl on Fire,” which will be on her November-slated album of the same name. Before that, Pink vividly brought to life “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, taken from Sept. 18’s The Truth About Love.

Resilient punk trio Green Day gave fans a live whiff of the spiky “Let Yourself Go,” the third single from Sept. 24’s trilogy-starting album Uno! And, to close the show, Taylor Swift trotted (and hopped, and twirled) out her wildly catchy, chart-topping “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” READ FULL STORY

The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Green Day crash a rave in their new 'Kill the DJ' video -- Watch it here

“Shoot the f—ing DJ,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong instructs in “Kill the DJ,” the latest single from his band’s upcoming album Uno“Hold him underwater til the motherf—er drowns.”

OK! The accompanying new video delivers Armstrong’s DJ-homicide dreams a little more gently. Directed by Samuel Bayer, the clip begins with black-and-white footage of the boys revving their motorcycles and riding across the desert, like rock and rollers do. The boys end up at a rave-type affair, filled with disco balls and animal costumes and glowsticks.

Ew! Green Day look nonplussed as they enter, so they head straight for the stage and show the kids the power of guitar rock by playing a song that sounds like a mix of the Clash and the Arctic Monkeys.

Check it all out in the video below:

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rushed to hospital, band cancels Italy show

Labor Day weekend is a time for rest, though Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong got more rest than he bargained for on Sunday.

While on tour in Italy, Armstrong was rushed to the hospital, forcing the group to cancel a performance in Bologna.

The other two members of the band, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, took to YouTube to post a video apology to the fans who were looking forward to the show at the I-Day Festival. Check out their comments below.

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Green Day performs for bored models in 'Oh Love' video -- VIDEO

What does a band have to do to impress a model these days? After all these years, it looks like Green Day’s still trying to figure that out.

To help jumpstart their upcoming ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tre! blitz, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys have dropped a relaxed, tomfoolery-filled video for their album trilogy’s first single, “Oh Love.” The Samuel Bayer-directed clip shows the band performing in a rehearsal space for a small audience of boreder-than-thou pretty ladies. Only after the punk-y single starts kicking into gear do the women start acknowledging that a multi-platinum rock band is playing 10 feet away from them — but even then, they seem pretty over it.

See it all go down in the video below:

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Green Day release 'Oh Love,' first single from trio of albums: Hear it here!

Fans of Green Day, prepare to have your cup continuously runnething over for the next six months or so. The band already announced that they will be releasing three albums between September and January, and now we have the first single from the group’s epic project.

“Oh Love,” the first track to emerge from Uno! (out Sept. 25), is a choppy midtempo jam that recalls the ambling power pop of the group’s pre-concept album turn-of-the-century stuff (if you said this was a track rescued from the Warning sessions, people would believe you).

Give it a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performed at Mark Zuckerberg's wedding -- where does he fall in the celebrity-wedding musical guest pantheon?

No matter who you are, Facebook founder and sandal enthusiast Mark Zuckerberg had a better weekend than you did.

First, his company’s IPO on Friday sent the value of his business over $100 billion (though it has had a rough second day on the trade floor). Then Zuckerberg surprised everybody on Saturday when he got married to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The nuptials had been in the works for months and had been kept a secret — almost all of the 100 attendees thought they were going to a surprise party for Chan in honor of her graduation from medical school.

Easily the most impressive aspect of this event was the entertainment: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. According to People, Zuckerberg and Armstrong have known each other for a while, and Armstrong sang as a wedding gift.

That’s certainly better than a blender, and probably one of the only things you can get a dude whose personal net worth hovers around $20 billion. It also immediately makes Armstrong the coolest wedding performer in recent memory.

There’s a proud tradition of this sort of thing, usually involving either longtime friendship between famous people or gigantic checks. Regardless of how they got there, here are some of the best and worst wedding performers we’ve come across. READ FULL STORY

Green Day releasing three albums over the next eight months

Green Day put their humble beginnings to bed with the release of two epic concept albums that solidified themselves as one of the most essential contemporary American rock bands. But now, even the sprawl of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown is too confining for the boys from Berkeley, as they have announced that they will be releasing a trio of brand new albums between September and January.

“We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives. This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” the band said in a statement released by their publicist last night. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy.  Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.”

The albums will be titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, the third eschewing the proper Spanish spelling of “three” in favor of a reference to drummer Tré Cool. READ FULL STORY

Green Day's 'American Idiot' Broadway musical to become a movie; who should they cast?

Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock opera based on the band’s album of the same name, will stage its final Broadway performance on April 24 in New York, but it looks like the story may move to the big screen once the stage curtains close.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Universal is negotiating the screen rights to American Idiot, and carrying over the show’s director, Michael Mayer. Apparently screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (he won an Oscar for Milk) and Tom Hanks are also in the project’s gravitational pull (Hanks would be involved in some kind of production capacity and probably not playing St. Jimmy, the show’s nefarious dealer/guest-star magnet).

Which brings us to the next point: There are plenty of issues in translating splashy stage musicals into compelling films—you need look no further than 2008’s  Mamma Mia! for proof—but the biggest sticking point in making a movie out of American Idiot will be finding a suitable performer to play the lead role.

Celebrity cameos in the St. Jimmy role from Melissa Etheridge, AFI’s Davey Havok and Billie Joe Armstrong himself aside, the Broadway cast is largely made up of stage vets like Van Hughes (Hairspray, 9 to 5) , David Larsen (Good Vibrations), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange). Also, Justin Guarani. Yes, that one.

Who would you like to see reprise their roles onscreen, AmIdios? Original Johnny (and Tony-winning Spring Awakening alum) John Gallagher Jr.? Original Jimmy Tony Vincent? Or are there better-known TV or film actors with the singing and dancing Broadway-baby chops to fill those roles—and the celebrity draw to fill cineplex seats?

More on EW.com:
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to return to ‘American Idiot’, show will close April 24
Melissa Etheridge to rock out in Broadway’s ‘American Idiot’
Stage Review: American Idiot

'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.

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