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Jonas Brothers officially break up

A “deep rift” has now become a permanent one — the Jonas Brothers are no more. (Well, they’re still brothers, but no longer bandmates).

After abruptly cancelling their 19-date tour two days before its scheduled Pennsylvania kick-off due to “a big a disagreement over their music direction,” the trio has announced that they are officially no longer together. “It’s over for now,” Kevin Jonas, 25, told People magazine, and Joe, 24, calls the decision “unanimous.”

Youngest brother Nick, 21, said, “I was feeling kind of trapped. I needed to share my heart with my brothers …. It’s really hard to say ‘forever. We’re closing a chapter, for sure.”

Since 2006, the Jonas Brothers have released five albums and sold some 8 million copies; they also found success on television via the Disney series JONAS (later Jonas L.A.) and the 2008 TV movie Camp Rock and its sequel.

All three have pursued solo projects over the last several years — Nick released a 2010 album with his own band, Nick Jonas & The Administration, and starred in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2012; Joe has made various guest appearances on television, and Kevin stars with his wife Danielle on the E! reality show Married to Jonas.

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

Sharon Osbourne, guns, and Lady Gaga -- VIDEO

The feud has escalated.

What started out as a seemingly simple battle of celebrity words (Lady Gaga accused Kelly Osbourne of bullying, and Sharon Osbourne responded with a long Facebook post) took a turn Monday on The Talk. In the days since Osbourne wrote her response, she and her family have received threats of violence from Gaga’s fans. So Osbourne took to her talk show to address the Little Monsters and to ask Gaga to live up to the mission statement of her Born This Way Foundation.

“My opinion is, Gaga wants a kinder world. Don’t let your fans be so hideously damaging, hurtful, violent, spread violence on your website,” Osbourne said. Click past the jump to watch Osbourne’s impassioned plea.

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T.I. on VH1's 'Behind the Music': 'Prison sucks' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

T.I. famously served two stints in prison at the near-height of his career, and that time is one of the many subjects the rapper delves into in tonight’s Behind the Music on VH1. The hour of television — which EW has an exclusive video sneak peek of below — is an update to the 2009 episode the series originally produced on T.I.

Of course, after T.I. (born Clifford Harris) was released from jail in 2010, he embarked on a media tour that found him talking about his time behind bars — and one of those appearances, a portion of a Larry King interview, is included in the exclusive clip below.

But T.I. also does a fresh interview with VH1, where he expresses some of the hardships of serving time. “I don’t think I have to sell the fact that prison sucks,” the rapper and father of six says in the exclusive clip below. “When you have your liberties and the loves of your life taken away from you, it puts a lot of things in perspective.”

You can catch the entire Behind the Music: T.I. episode tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1, but until then, whet your appetite with this exclusive sneak peek at the hour here on EW.com:

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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:

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Train on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The story behind hit 'Drops of Jupiter' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can you believe that VH1′s Behind the Music is turning 15?

The series launches its latest season this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. with an hour focused on pop-rock band Train, which delivered its biggest hit in 2009 with “Hey, Soul Sister.” But it’s actually another of their singles — 2001′s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” — that truly launched them, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That song is the subject of an online-only, Behind the Music companion series titled Behind the Song, which EW is exclusively debuting below.

The process of creation wasn’t easy, according to frontman Pat Monahan: “I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere,’” he remembers. “It was just her way of saying what it was like — she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”

The rest, as they say, is history. The full, four-minute Behind the Song episode is below, and parts of it are woven into Sunday’s season premiere episode of Behind the Music, which will also touch on Train’s multiplatinum success, struggles ith drug addiction, money woes, and two-year hiatus.

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Early female rapper Ms. Melodie is dead at 43

Ms. Melodie, the ex-wife of rap icon KRS-One and former member of the legendary Boogie Down Productions family, died yesterday at the age of 43.

The cause of death is still unknown, but The Urban Daily has reported that the Brooklyn emcee passed away in her sleep.

Ms. Melodie, born Ramona Scott, first stepped onto the hip hop scene with her 1988 single “Hype According to Ms. Melodie.”  One year later, she released her lone studio album, Diva, which featured the track “Live on Stage”– later famous as one of the classic music videos from rap’s foundational era.

Many in the hip hop community has taken to Twitter to commemorate the life of one of rap’s first leading ladies, including Russell Simmons and fellow New York rapper Talib Kweli, who tweeted, “I’m Ms. Melodie and I’m a born again rebel. Rest in power sister.”  (His words are a reference to Melodie’s verse on BDP’s 1989 socially conscious hit, “Self Destruction.”)

She is survived by her two sons.

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Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' -- the EW review

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Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam)

If Southern California needs an avant-R&B soundtrack, let this be it: Ocean’s hypnotic major-label debut plays like an indie movie, with songs about sun-faded palm trees, cokeheads in Polo sweats, and strippers in Cleopatra makeup. (Think Drive by way of baby-maker-pop maestro Maxwell. )

A transplant from New Orleans, Ocean is less concerned with urban realism than with his own ‘80s-noir fantasy of what the city’s like, and his music captures that vibe perfectly, pulsing with electro-soul grooves, vintage jazz-funk, and Angelino-friendly cameos by John Mayer and Andre 3000.

Orange even echoes other great odes to California glitz (“Super Rich Kids” nods to Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets,” while “Lost” references Eve and Gwen Stefani’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”). The Hollywood clichés are intentional—there’s a song called “Forrest Gump”—but Ocean’s smart about tweaking them, especially on the love songs, where he’s just as likely to praise a girl’s double-D’s as allude to his crush on a guy.

On the gorgeous “Bad Religion,” he pours his heart out to his taxi driver, crying over a relationship he’s sick of hiding. Considering that he just recently admitted he was once in love with a man,  it’s an especially poignant moment. “I could never make him love me,” Ocean broods. But with a confession this heartfelt, it’s hard to believe that’s true. B+
—Melissa Maerz

Read more on EW.com:
Def Jam: Early release of Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ part of original marketing plan
Frank Ocean from Odd Future opens up about sexuality
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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Adele dominates Billboard Music Awards with 12 wins: See full list of winners here

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards were doled out last night during a live telecast from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas that was broadcast on ABC and hosted by the network’s Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.

Of course, much like the Grammys, just a fraction of the 46 awards were given out during the show, which — also like the Grammys — played more like a concert. Although she wasn’t in attendance at the show, Adele dominated with 12 awards, followed by LMFAO with six awards and Lil Wayne and Coldplay with four each.

The full list of 2012 Billboard Music Award winners is as follows:

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