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Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy talks kicking his drug habit on VH1's 'Behind the Music' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

VH1’s long-running docu-series Behind the Music is on a roll of juicy reveals: So far this season, Train gave us the story behind hit ‘Drops of Jupiter’; Ne-Yo detailed his relationship with the late Michael Jackson; Carrie Underwood took us inside her marriage to hockey star Mike Fisher; and last week, former ‘X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger revealed her battle with bulimia.

Now, it’s Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy’s turn for the Behind the Music treatment. Among other things in the episode which airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on VH1, the rapper reveals how he kicked his drug habit, as seen here in this exclusive preview clip below.

Catch the full episode this Sunday, but for now get a glimpse of what’s to come here:


Watch Gym Class Heroes perform 'Stereo Hearts' with Patrick Stump on VH1's 'Unplugged' -- EXCLUSIVE


Did Adam Levine go blond? Do you need glasses? Just kidding, it’s Patrick Stump!

For their upcoming episode of VH1’s Unplugged series, the band performed a stripped-down version their breakout hit “Stereo Hearts.” With a twist: they replaced The Voice of Maroon 5’s Levine (see what we did there?) with that of former Fall Out Boy Stump, the guy who originally helped put Gym Class in a top-five Chokehold back in 2006. Sneaky move, Heroes.

Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve got an exclusive clip of the performance here. Check it out for yourself in the video below:


The 10 top music-video directors of 2011: Watch their best clips here

Looking back at the best music videos of 2011, one thing leaped out: All of the best clips were made by the same six or seven people.

So rather than call out individual entries for their greatness, we’re going to reward the directors who put together the best portfolios this year. Anybody can make one excellent video, but it takes serious jiujitsu to knock out three great ones. That left a lot of awesome videos on the table (all apologies to excellent entries like Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” and Ke$ha’s “Blow”), but this is a pretty good sum-up of the year in music videos.

1) Spike Jonze
Jonze only stood behind the camera for two videos this year, but they were both game-changers. Beastie Boys’ “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” was a sandbox revelation that was way better than the actual feature film based on GI Joe, while Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” turned that pair’s obsession with commercialism into a bombastic brand of Americana. Pour one out for the fallen Maybach, and raise your glass to Jonze, who proved that no amount of directing polarizing adaptations of beloved books for children can take away his four-minute spark. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine, LMFAO, and more to perform on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve -- EXCLUSIVE


Where does Dick Clark meet Dog Days with a super-bassed wiggle wiggle wiggle?

Only the final night of 2011 — and Dick Clark, who will ring in his 40th(!) year of hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, assisted by Ryan Seacrest — could bring together alt-pop siren Florence + the Machine, Nicki Minaj, and Speedo’d pop goofballs LMFAO.

Also on the roster for the show, set to air live from 8 p.m. onward on ABC: the Band Perry, blink-182, OneRepublic, Gym Class Heroes, Taio Cruz,, and Christina Perri. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will cohost, alongside Clark and Seacrest.

Where will you be when the ball drops, readers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Travie McCoy 'stoked' that 'Glee' is covering his summer smash 'Billionaire' on season premiere

Travie-McCoyImage Credit: Quang LeEven though he’s coming off a huge summer where his Bruno Mars-assisted “Billionaire” ruled the charts, Travie McCoy’s run isn’t slowing down just yet. Fox’s cheery drama, Glee, will breathe new life into the aspirational cut tonight (Sept. 21) on the premiere of its second season. The Gym Class Hero is a fan of the show, so he couldn’t turn them down when he heard they wanted his song.

“They just came to my management to get the okay,” Travie say.  “Once I found out, I was all about it. I was just watching Glee last night. I didn’t realize how deep that show is. It’s funny, but there’s definitely some serious s— going on. I’m stoked to be a part of it.” McCoy hasn’t seen or heard Glee’s version yet. He’ll be tuning in tonight like everyone else. “I’m excited to see how they’re going to pull it off,” he says.

Travie just released his latest single, the mid-tempo breakup cut “Need You” and is currently out with director Shane Valdés shooting its video. But he’s also excited about getting together with his group again for the next Gym Class Heroes album. They’ll be getting in the studio later this year to work on it. McCoy’s hoping to release the album next summer, saying that they’ve already knocked out a bunch of tracks.

“We had a little free time before the summer and we rented an abandoned church in upstate New York and we got about 12-13 songs done there,” he says. “Now we’re about 16-17 demos deep. They’re still all rough, but there’s a lot of potential there. It’s a good head start to have going into writing a record. There’s no pressure.”

Will you be tuning into Glee‘s premiere tonight? Are you excited for the next GCH album? Let us know.

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Travie McCoy says Gym Class Heroes want to 'recapture the rawness' with their next album

Gym-Class-HeroesImage Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesFrontman Travie McCoy is doing his solo “Billionaire” thing at the moment, but he and the rest of Gym Class Heroes are already thinking about their next move as a group. “We have close to 15 demos written for the next Gym Class record,” McCoy recently told EW.

I spoke with the rapper in between his opening performances on Rihanna‘s current tour, where Gym Class Heroes drummer Matt McGinley is keeping the beat for him. McCoy was looking forward to guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo visiting them on the road soon. “We’re going to start writing some more stuff,” he said. “Once things slow down a little bit for this cycle, we’re definitely diving head first into the next Gym Class record.”

While it’s too early to know exactly what the follow-up to GCH’s 2008 album The Quilt will sound like, McCoy has some ideas. “We’re going to go back to what drew people to us in the beginning: the four of us in a room just jamming until something sounded cool,” he said. “We’re going to try to stay away from working with a lot of producers on this record. We want to recapture the rawness that got us signed and revisit upstate New York, where we wrote a lot of [2005’s] The Papercut Chronicles.”

Are you looking forward to Gym Class Heroes’ return? What do you hope their next album will sound like?

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