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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:


December's 'VH1 Divas' adds Chaka, Eryka, Estelle, and -- yes -- some boys

Divas, make way! VH1 has added a bevy of other ladies — and, yes, some dudes, too — to the line-up for its annual special VH1 Divas, including Chaka Kahn (pictured here), Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius. The non-diva entities –i.e. those who have a Y chromosome — added include Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

The seven new acts join the previously announced divas, which include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott. The Roots will serve as the house band for the engagement.

VH1 Divas will celebrate soul this year, honoring so-called “soulful cities” — Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia — that inspired the participating divas and their art. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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Travie McCoy chases through Chinatown in his 'Need You' video: Watch here

In his video for new single “Need You,” Travie McCoy wears chopsticks in his hair and follows a beautiful woman around L.A.’s Chinatown neighborhood. Only problem? She keeps vanishing into thin air every time he gets near. How inconvenient!

Does the Gym Class Hero find his lady in the end? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Check it out right here after the jump and let us know how you like “Need You” — and whether you think this song will be a hit for McCoy. READ FULL STORY

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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'Sims 3' exclusive: Travie McCoy, My Chemical Romance and more sing in Simlish

Travie-McCoyWhen you turn on a radio, stereo, or jukebox in the new Sims games arriving on Oct. 26, you might find some of your favorite musicians singing in Simlish. Electronic Arts has given the Music Mix an exclusive sneak peek at the artists who have re-recorded their tunes in the popular gaming series’ fictional language, and the list includes some pretty big names.

Selected highlights of the re-recorded Simlish songs in The Sims 3 (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii) include 3OH!3’s “Double Vision,” Flo Rida and Jovi’s “Fresh I Stay,” and School of Seven Bells’ “Dust Devil.” The Sims 3 Late Night expansion pack (for PC and Mac) will feature Simlish versions of Travie McCoy’s “Need You,” My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na,” Soulja Boy’s “Speakers Going Hammer,” Kelly Rowland’s “Rose Colored Glasses,” and many more.

Excited for any of those artists to join The Sims? Who else would you like to hear singing in Simlish?

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Eminem leads Billboard Hot 100 chart again; Lil Wayne debuts big

lil-wayne-eminemImage Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesEminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” leads the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for its sixth week,  leaving Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” waiting in the wings at No. 2 for its third straight week. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” rises two spots from No. 5 to No. 3. Her former No.1, “California Gurls,” drops five spots to No. 8.

Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It,” with Pitbull, holds its place at No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” moves up two spots to No. 5. Lil Wayne‘s “Right Above It,” featuring Drake, debuts at No. 6. It’s the incarcerated rhymer’s first major hit since entering Rikers Island last spring. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” slips a rung to No.7.

After producing and featuring on two of the summer’s biggest records, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Bruno Mars lands his first hit record of his own. “Just The Way You Are” leaps seven places up to No. 9. B.o.B rounds out the top 10 as his “Magic” moves up a spot to No. 10.

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Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' makes a splash on the Hot 100; Eminem still at No. 1

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Nigel Parry; Ari MichelsonEminem may not have the No. 1 album in the country anymore, but he’s still got the top single. His Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” reigns supreme at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katie Perry’s “California Gurls” hangs tight at No. 2. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” maintains its No. 3 ranking, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 4. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” moves up a spot to No. 5. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner does the same, rising a rung to No. 6. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” splashes into the top 10 in its second week on the chart. After debuting at No. 20 last week, it’s currently No. 7.

Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” falls back three spots to No. 8. Usher rounds out the top 10. His new single from him upcoming Versus album, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” climbs  three spots to No. 9, while his summer banger “OMG” closes the list at No. 10.

Will Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” cruise to the top spot? What about Usher’s new one? Let us  know what you think.

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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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Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' pushes Katy Perry's 'Gurls' to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Karin Catt; Ari MichelsonKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” reigned at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks. But it’s over now. When the entire chart is released tomorrow, Eminem‘s Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” will be No. 1 and Perry No. 2. This is the Detroit rapper’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1. single, and the second from his latest, Recovery. His first single from this album, “Not Afraid,” debuted at No. 1. Em’s having an amazing day; this morning we reported that he’s also got the No. 1 album in the country again.

No one new entered the top 10 this week. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 3, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” moves from No. 6 to No. 4. Usher’s former No. 1, “OMG,” drops one place to No. 5. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” moves up one to No. 6. While “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy falls two places to No. 7. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias holds at No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” stays at No. 9. And Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” remains at No. 10.

What do you think of Eminem’s run? Are you a fan of Recovery and it’s singles? Think Katy can regain her No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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Katy Perry leads Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Black Eyed Peas return to top 10

katy-perry-bepLike we said yesterday, Katy Perry is queen of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “California Gurls” landing at No. 1 this week. Usher gets pushed aside. His “OMG” steps back a spot to No. 2. B.o.B’s Hayley Williams-assisted “Airplanes” sits  at No. 3 again. Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug” remains at No. 4.

Travie McCoy jumps into the top 10 for the first time as a solo act with “Billionaire.” It moves from No. 11 to No. 5. Singer Bruno Mars is secretly the big winner in the top 10. He’s the featured vocalist and producer on McCoy’s “Billionaire” and B.o.B’s No. 8 hit “Nothin’ On You.”

Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” slips a place to No. 6. Lady Gaga‘s “Alejandro” also falls a spot to No. 7. After a brief vacation from the top 10, the Black Eyed Peas return with their fifth top 10 single from their multi-platinum set The E.N.D. The latest, “Rock That Body,” leaps from no. 19 to No. 9. La Roux‘s “Bulletproof” closes out the top 10, dropping from No. 8 to No. 10.

What do you think of this week’s results? Happy the Peas are back to their old ways? How long do you think Katy Perry will be at No. 1? Let us know.

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