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Lyric Videos: Is this a trend now? Britney Spears' 'Criminal' joins the YouTube fray

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Lyric videos: They aren’t just for your kid sister’s Justin Bieber fan clips anymore.

Yesterday, Britney Spears released an official lyric video for “Criminal,” her upcoming fourth single off Femme Fatale.

First of all, awesome: That song has a darker edge than some of her previous work, but still retains her trademark computer-y syrup-y sweet voice, if that’s your thing (and it’s kind of mine).

But it got me wondering: When did lyric videos become an official, publicist-touted release? Spears still plans to be put out a traditional music video—in fact, she’s been making headlines across the pond for her Criminal video shoot. So apparently, this lyric video is just to build buzz and get you talking about the song.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez outruns stunts and shills for Fiat in video for 'Papi': Watch it here

If you watched any NFL football yesterday (or at least the underwhelming drubbing the New York Jets dealt out to the Jacksonville Jaguars), then you undoubtedly caught the new commercial for Fiat that prominently features Jennifer Lopez, a series of daredevil stuntmen, and Lopez’s latest Love? single “Papi.”

And shortly after you realized it was an ad for Fiat, you probably thought to yourself, “Huh?”

The whole thing has been clarified a bit thanks to the just-premiered clip for “Papi,” which is essentially a five-minute version of the car ad you’ve already seen, with a plug for Crown Royal Black tossed in for good measure.

Refreshingly, there’s a narrative in the clip that finds Lopez eating some sort of magical cookie that makes every man she comes across obsess over her. The chase becomes infinitely more complicated (and expensive) until she finds herself trapped in a flash-mob production of West Side Story.

You can watch the whole thing below, though prepare to suppress your sudden craving for 90-proof liquor. READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly says his new album, 'Black Panties,' gets back to his nasty ways: Are you going to miss his sweeter side?

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Last winter R&B icon R. Kelly dropped Love Letter, his most tasteful album in years. The ‘60s soul-inspired set was more about affection and courtship than threesomes and other R-rated exploits, which was the lane Kells had been cruising in for a while.

But yesterday on 107.5 WGCI’s The Morning Riot, Kelly announced that he’s headed back to Nastyville on his forthcoming album, brilliantly titled Black Panties.

“I just did the whole Love Letter joint and everybody’s thinking, ‘ That’s the direction he’s going now,’” Kelly said on his Chicago hometown station. “No! That was a moment in time, just like ‘Ignition’ and ‘Bump N’ Grind.’ Now this Black Panties is the new 12 Play.”

Of course he’s referring to his classic album, one that’s warmed up many fans’ nights since it came out in November 1993. Kelly even confessed that he has three kids of his own thanks to it. Whoa.

Kelly promises that the first single from Panties, “10 Minutes,” is coming soon. Though he didn’t reveal any details about it, I imagine that what we’ll be hearing will be fit to soundtrack various bedroom romps.

But considering the success he had with Love Letter, is leaning on raunchiness the way to go?  Its first single, “When a Woman Loves,” scored him major points in the R&B adult-contemporary world. And let’s not forget that Kells is a grown man. He’s 44. I’m not sure I want to hear about him doing things that artists nearly half his age (hello, Trey) do.

What do you think? Looking forward to Kelly getting back to his explicit ways? Or should he “grow up,” so to speak?

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Rapper Game quotes Beyonce, talks about gay people, and really should have stopped there

For all the violence and misogyny present on his chart-topping The R.E.D. Album, Game has been getting into hot water lately thanks to stuff he’s been saying outside of his music. He got into a bunch of trouble a few weeks ago for pulling a Twitter prank on the sheriff’s office, and now he’s mouthing off about AIDS.

During a conversation with VLADTV, the Compton rapper born Jayceon Taylor was asked about whether or not it would surprise him if an established rapper came out as gay. “I don’t have a problem with gay people,” he said. “Beyoncé should have said, ‘Who run the world? Gays.’ Because they’re everywhere. And rightfully so … It’s a free country. The Game does not have a problem with gay people.”

That all sounds well and good, but then the conversation drifts into the sort of conspiracy theories you might hear on that TV show hosted by the former wrestler. (No, the other one.) “Game has a problem with people who are pretending not to be gay, but who are gay,” he said, suddenly becoming yet another wrestler. “The number one issue with that is you could be fooling somebody, and you can give them AIDS, and they can die. That in the closet s— is real scary. It’s not cool to be in the closet. Be gay and be proud.”

So in Game’s mind, there are a lot of closet homosexuals (carrying AIDS, of course) who make a habit of faking out ladies to spread the disease? That seems less like an epidemic and more like an urban legend the dude heard once. Snopes is silent on this one, so it’s probably got a few rumors to go before it becomes a full-blown piece of playground fakery.

In all honesty, it’s refreshing to hear the first part of Game’s statement— too many rappers are hostile towards gay people (and very willing to voice those opinions in an open forum).

Still, the scenario wherein closeted guys fool women into sex and kill them with AIDS seems like a problem that is not actually a problem. You know, like the debt ceiling.

Read more on EW.com:
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Michael Jackson tribute tour to be launched by David Gest, Tito Jackson, and more

David Gest—a concert promoter and longtime Jackson family friend perhaps best known as the short-term spouse of Liza Minnelli—is spearheading a tribute to the late King of Pop entitled “A Jackson Named Michael: Remembering a Legend.”

Reuters reports that Gest has recruited Michael’s brother Tito and sister Rebbie, singer Deneice Williams, and others to sing songs and tell stories from the late icon’s life, and participate in a question-and-answer session with audience members at a series of dates throughout Europe and the U.K.

“The majority of the show will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard,” he said in a statement.

The tour is scheduled to kick off  in the U.K. in March of 2012; a controversial one-night tribute to Michael is still scheduled for this Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.

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The Jersey Shore's Pauly D working on an album with 50 Cent: You ready to fist pump?

Jersey Shore’s Pauly D recently revealed that he plans to do more on the music front than just DJ.

“I’m focusing on music. That’s my passion,” he told Billboard of his future plans. “I’m working with 50 Cent now.  I’m going to do an album with him. It’s going to be a little bit of everything. It’s almost like DJ Khaled and kind of David Guetta but my own DJ Pauly D style.”

There was a time that news like that would elicit shock and awe from me. Something like, “I can’t believe a reality TV star is putting out an album!!!”

But I’m all screamed out. This stuff happens often. Also, it must be noted that Pauly actually has a skill. DJing is no joke craft. He’s currently holding court on Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour. Whether he’ll be a talent gatherer with a good ear for music like DJ Khaled or a gifted, hit-making producer like Guetta remains to be seen, though.

For now, I’m going to save my voice, because, hey, he might know what he’s doing. Working with 50 is a good start, too. He definitely knows a thing or, um, 50, about big albums, great songs, and singles.

What do you guys expect from Pauly D’s forthcoming project? Looking forward to fist pumping to his beats? Let us know.

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MTV VMAs wildest moments: EW predicts what's coming this Sunday

With the 2011 MTV VMAs just two days away, it got us thinking: Boy, some nutty things have happened over the years. Butts have been exposed, pop queens have kissed, and there have been just plain awkward moments.

The question now is what’s going to happen next: Maybe Lady Gaga will wear a live animal—who knows? So while we wait for the madness to ensue, let’s speculate! Below are some things that just might happen.

Award Theft

Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” loses to Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in the Best New Artist category. While the band accepts their award, ‘Shawn storms the stage (kind of like this guy) and steals the mic and the award, calling them and fellow nominees Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean “basic b—-es.” Tyler, of course, is the only one who finds this funny.

Check out the rest after the jump.

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Does Auto-Tune have any place in country music? Listen here and decide

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First pop, now country music. T-Pain, you’ve won.

The JaneDear girls, an up-and-coming female duo that shimmied onto the country scene with their self-titled debut in February, are releasing their third single, “Merry Go Round,” next month, and it’s sure to raise a few eyebrows.

The rollicking, fiddle-laced track features a hefty dose of Auto-Tuned vocals, the kind that sound more at home on Top-40 radio than country stations.

Listen to the song below: READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z says wife Beyonce is 'the second coming' of Michael Jackson: Yes, he knows it's blasphemy

His comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt, considering he’s the lady’s husband, but Jay-Z recently bestowed Beyoncé with a heavy compliment.

During an interview with Miami radio station 99 Jamz, Jay compared his wife’s work ethic to that of late pop icon Michael Jackson. Then he took it a step further, saying she’s the closest thing we’ve got to MJ now.

“What I’ve learned from her is the same thing I learned from Mike,” Jay said after being asked what Beyoncé’s taught him.  “And I know it’s blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator. But I think she’s like the second coming. The hard work and the dedication that she puts into her shows… It just makes you want to work harder at your craft. She’s like a machine.”

Before you just go on and dismiss Jay completely, know that he’s more than just a loving husband; he is of course a major artist himself, one who even collaborated Jackson years ago.

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Where are all the solo female country stars?

Want to hear a staggering statistic?

In the last four weeks, there has been only one song by a female solo artist in the Top 30 of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart: “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift, which currently sits at number 23.

Meanwhile, on the pop charts, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj continue to dominate.

Country music in 2011 is apparently a man’s world. But it shouldn’t have to be!

Where is the love for Kellie Pickler’s rough-and-tumble new single, “Tough?” Why did Sunny Sweeney’s latest track, the heartfelt “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” stall at number 41? Why won’t Sara Evans’ “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” take off at radio? Does Nashville have a problem with female singers right now?

Before you all jump down my throat—Listen, I know that Lady Antebellum includes singer Hillary Scott. I know that Kimberly Perry provides the vocals for The Band Perry. I know Carrie Underwood is a guest on Brad Paisley’s “Remind Me.” I know Thompson Square is one-half female. I know that Kelly Clarkson sings on Jason Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and that Grace Potter is featured on Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila” But all these ladies are successful alongside men—where are the solo country females?! READ FULL STORY

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