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Chris Brown says he may quit music

If his tweets are to be believed, we may not have Chris Brown to push around much longer.

Though the controversial R&B star has a new album coming at the end of the month called X, he announced on Twitter that he probably only has one other album left in him. “Don’t worry mainstream America,” he wrote, “After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.” He followed that up with the statement, “Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when i was 18. I’m cool & over it!”

The “mistake” mentioned in that tweet is, presumably, his arrest for domestic assault after attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards in 2009. (It should be noted, of course, that Brown was actually 19 when that incident occurred, but math is hard.) And he’s not done making mistakes—just yesterday, Brown turned himself into authorities in Los Angeles to be booked for a hit-and-run case against him.

Though this retirement idea probably won’t stick (the only stars whose retirements mean less than musicians are professional wrestlers), it should be noted that Brown’s nearly 13 million Twitter followers have been getting quite a stream of downers recently, including melancholy musings like “Home don’t feel like home. Too many empty rooms” and “Aspire to be great and the person you wanna be. Don’t conform because ur worth is more than any money or status. We live. We die.”

But with all that new time on his hands, what will Brown do with his time? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

MTV announces Kanye performance at this year's VMAs

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Somebody at MTV better get their croissant guy on speed dial — Kanye West is coming to the VMAs.According to the channel’s press release, it’s actually historic:

Following his performance of “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD,”  Kanye will triumphantly enter the history books by tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances. Both artists have notched performances at seven separate VMAs.

In celebration of the forthcoming performance and feat, MTV Jams, MTV’s 24-hour hip-hop music channel and MTV Hits, MTV’s 24-hour music channel, will feature an hour block of Kanye West videos and performances from 4-5pm ET/PT.  On Wednesday morning, MTV’s AMTV will feature playlist of Kayne videos and performances.

So put that one in your day planner, T. Swift!

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25 at 9pm ET/PT.

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 2: Mumford & Sons set the tone, Kendrick Lamar ascends, and Postal Service run a victory lap

Most of the time, Lollapalooza’s scheduling seems left to the whims of fate, the daily lineup strung together seemingly at random so that indie poppers bump up against metal acts and soul throwbacks open for folky singer-songwriters. It makes for some wildly jarring juxtapositions, with occasional stumbles into transcendence.

Saturday was different, at least at the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park. The ascendance of headliners Mumford & Sons rippled all the way into the afternoon, where banjo-friendly arrangements and country twang informed the bulk of the performances: Court Yard Hounds brought their pop-friendly version of crossover bluegrass, Eric Church stomped through a set of outlaw Southern rock, and twee Irish strummers Little Green Cars crafted colorful tapestries out of all manner of acoustic thread. (The National, sandwiched in between Church and semi-main eventers the Lumineers, must have been deeply confused by all the headband-wearing sunflower girls hanging around, as they’re used to playing for broodier types. Still, they did dedicate “England” to Mumford & Sons.)

It all led up to a triumphant turn by Mumford & Sons, who drew a massive throng of folk-hungry youth to sing along with Marcus Mumford’s every bellow and wail. There wasn’t a single tune across Mumford’s nearly two-hour set that wasn’t greeted as a massive hit, though the gathering masses reserved extra glee for “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait,” and “Lover of the Light.”

Mumford & Sons are not showmen, and their performance was free of both bells and whistles, but their songs clearly resonate across a wide spectrum, and they’re savvy enough to get out of the way of their trainload of sing-alongs.

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Miley Cyrus does Big Sean a big favor by starring in his 'Fire' video -- Watch it here

No, Miley Cyrus does not twerk in this video. Yes, she wears a sweater that ends just below her nipples. But with a bra under it. But with the cups torn out. No, she does not slap her own behind. Yes, she wears other truncated, torn-up, peekaboo, see-through, shiny, leathery micro-articles of clothing.

Yes, Big Sean was savvy to make a video for “Fire”—a song off his album Hall of Fame, due out August 27—that stars Miley Cyrus and shows only a glimpse of him, wearing sunglasses, with flames superimposed over his face.

No, this is not merely a ploy for publicity. Although it is also that. Yes, it is a juxtaposition of dense, exultant music with spacious, drifting visuals.

No, Miley Cyrus does not sing on the song. But it is a great song. Yes, Big Sean is on “fire” here. Yes, Miley Cyrus has done it again. Yes, you can watch it here:

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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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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels reinvents himself as a comic book mogul, superhero - EXCLUSIVE

Darryl McDaniels grew up in the working-class New York neighborhood of Hollis in Queens, where he wore glasses and read comic books obsessively. Once he discovered hip-hop, he traded in his Marvel adventures for two turntables and a microphone and morphed into DMC, one third of the most influential collective in the history of rap music.

That transformation has all the makings of a superhero origin story, so it’s only natural that McDaniels now has his own comic book. The Run-D.M.C. co-founder is launching Darryl Makes Comics, a new company that will bridge the gap between the worlds of hip-hop and the fantastic adventures he got wrapped up in as a youth.

“Three years ago, I went to the comic convention in Philadelphia to do a celebrity signing. I just went to make a couple of bucks, and it ended up bringing my love of comics back again,” McDaniels explained. “I went there, and just being at this comic convention, the memories started coming back and filtering in. The problem was I lost a lot of money because I didn’t just stand there to sign autographs—I ended up taking a tour of the whole convention. I remembered a lot of old stuff, but I was introduced to a lot of new publications and productions.”

He was so inspired that he went about recruiting an all-star team of collaborators. He teamed up with fellow comic book obsessives Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Riggs Morales, and drafted writer Ronald Wimberly (Vertigo’s awesome Prince of Cats), artist Damion Scott (BatmanBatgirlRobin), inker Dexter Vines (Superman, Wolverine, Civil War), and cover artist Sal Buscema (Avengers, Incredible Hulk). The resulting book, DMC, casts McDaniels as an alternate universe version of himself who instead of growing up to be an MC became a super-powered crime-fighter (albeit one who still rocks Adidas shell-toes).  READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean tears vocal cord, cancels tour dates

Did the forces of Chris Brown karma put a hex on Frank Ocean’s pipes?

The Grammy-winning singer played the opening night of his first Australian tour with a sore throat, and a trip to the doctor revealed that he has actually torn a vocal cord, which has forced him to cancel the entirety of the run Down Under.

“After last night’s concert… it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced during the show,” Ocean’s tour promoter said in a statement. “It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal cords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice.”

The status of his shows next weekend (he’s due to play two Canadian festivals on August 3 and 4) are uncertain, though it’s highly unlikely Ocean will be able to perform. The severity of his vocal cord injury is unclear, but even the most mild tears require several weeks of vocal rest.

Ocean’s voice troubles came only a day after Ocean published a verse he added to Migos’ “Versace” on his Tumblr. The lyric sheet contains a reference to the incident at this year’s Grammy Awards, when Chris Brown notoriously stayed seated during Ocean’s standing ovation when he won.”You could stay seated I’m taking that Grammy/ Your music is sloppy,” Ocean wrote. Which seems a little petty considering he was already the good guy in that scenario but hey, that’s his prerogative. Your move, CB!

Read More on EW.com:
Frank Ocean unveils new music at live show in Munich: Watch video here
Frank Ocean, The Onion, ‘Burning Love’ among this year’s Webby winners — VIDEO
Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean are honored at GLAAD Media Awards
Frank Ocean tours the world in ‘Lost’ — VIDEO

Busta Rhymes gets Nicki Minaj to 'Twerk It' in new video: Watch here

There are many ways Busta Rhymes tries to get our attention in the new “Twerk It” video – wearing his best leather-daddy get-up, randomly morphing into Spider-Man baddy Venom, bringing in Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled — but it’s all for naught, because the show clearly belongs to Nicki Minaj.

The song is called “Twerk It,” after all. Check it out below:

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Childish Gambino gives away awesome new song 'Centipede': Hear it here

Here’s the bad news, Community fans: Though he will be appearing on the unlikely fifth season of Community, Donald Glover isn’t going to be around as much. But the good news is that part of the reason he is stepping back is so he can focus on his music career as rapper Childish Gambino.

Glover has been steadily showing up on tracks and releasing new music since his debut album, Camp, dropped in 2011 (his Royalty mixtape was one of the best of 2012, and not just because it featured the rap debut of Tina Fey), but he’s got a proper follow-up coming out soon, and he just made a track called “Centipede” available as a free download.

“Centipede” is a pretty nutty track, opening with some a cappella scatting before giving way to a spacey beat built around a chunky piano riff and Glover’s confident delivery. From a performance standpoint, Childish Gambino is all the things we love about Kanye West without all the messianic self-aggrandizing. Give “Centipede” a listen (and download it gratis) below: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West's dark, interactive 'Black Skinhead' video finally arrives

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A few weeks ago, an unfinished version of Kanye West’s video for “Black Skinhead” hit the Internet, and nobody knew what to think. Was it real? Was it incomplete? It turned out the answers to those questions were “Yes” and “Yes.”

Having finally gotten over the heartbreak of the leak, West has now pulled back the curtain on the finished version of “Black Skinhead.” The video was directed by Nick Knight (the British fashion photographer who also directed Lady Gaga’s unicorn-centric “Born This Way” clip and who also helmed that “New Slaves” video that was projected onto the sides of buildings), and it is designed to be a fully interactive experience — you can speed it up, slow it down, and capture images from it, which West hopes leads to a proliferation of images from the video on all Facebook pages everywhere.

Perhaps the most impressive element of the “Black Skinhead” experience is the middle-fingered cursor, which was an element my freshman year roommate added to his then-state-of-the-art computer to make it more “edgy.” (Did that overhaul also include a ton of quotes from the South Park movie? You better believe it did.)

Anyway, you can experience the madness of “Black Skinhead” (which, admittedly, looks pretty awesome) over at Kanye West’s official site. It’s impressive, though honestly it’s not nearly as good a promotional clip for “Black Skinhead” as the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. Could the “Black Skinhead” video be the thing that gives Yeezus a second life? And now that everybody has spent some time with it, what’s the final verdict? Sound off in the comments.

(Or, if you’d rather debate something else, just consider Kanye’s latest proposition. Never change, Kanye.)

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Kanye West, Yeezus
Kanye West scuffles with paparazzi at LAX
Kanye West’s pricey clothing line sells out, crashes site
Album sales: Wale tops chart, Kanye West sees ‘Yeezus’ fall big
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ gets a single after all: ‘Black Skinhead’ heading to radio

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