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Usher brings explosive OMG tour to NYC's Madison Square Garden

usherImage Credit: Lyle A. Waisman/Getty ImagesLast night, R&B’s present and future pulled into New York City for the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden for Usher’s OMG tour. Upstart vocalist Miguel, riding high off the success of his “All I Want is You” single, warmed up the audience. But Trey Songz, with his recent surge of aggressive yet smooth sex-pop hits, made things sizzle.

After breezing through recent jams like “Say Aah” and even covering Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” Songz took some time to appreciate the signs out in the audience. “Can I have your t-shirt, tie, or towel?” one girl’s poster asked. Trey did her one better. He peeled off his sweaty tank top and lowered it into her eager arms. Her night was made. Then it was time for Usher to please everyone else.

While most stared at the stage watching his stick-wielding dancers flash lights, Usher opened the show hovering over the audience before eventually floating down front and center. In a black leather jacket with matching sunglasses and pants, Usher wasted no time getting to his smashes. He has plenty. “Yeah” was the first he leaped into. His dancing, crisp and precise as usual, mirrored the 2004 video. Next was “U Remind Me,” which was followed by a brief skit with his four lovely dancers. “You know I have a past,” he said to his irritated “girlfriend” as he pointed to three jealous women behind him. “But you’re my future.” Nice try, but the line didn’t work—his exes strutted off. As did his new girl. “That’s not how we rehearsed the s— earlier,” he joked. Such was the evening’s loosely tied storyline: a thriving playboy trying to walk the straight and narrow path of monogamy.

Alone again, Usher looked to the crowd to find his next girl to the tune of his steamy, role-reversing “Trading Places.” He pulled an absolutely giddy woman out of the crowd to join him onstage. Excited but poised, she had no problem grinding against the superstar on a chair in front of the sold out arena. Though as the song wound down she got a little too loose, attempting to swing her leg across Usher’s chest. Whap! Instead, she kicked the side of Usher’s face. Embarrassed and profusely apologetic, she quickly rose to see if her clumsy stunt left a mark on his dimpled cheek. Luckily there wasn’t one, and ever the gentleman, he was all smiles. “We play rough in the bed,” he quipped. “We kick each other in the face and all kind of good stuff.”

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Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, and Usher will quit Twitter for AIDS charity

gaga-keys_320.jpg Image Credit: Neil Mockford/FilmMagic.com; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosLady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Usher are among the celebrities who will sign off from social media platforms this Wednesday to benefit Alicia Keys’ AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive, according to the AP. The charity will accept donations through text messages and the participants will sign back on when the charity raises $1m. “I have a feeling that Gaga is going to raise it all by herself,” said Keep a Child Alive president Leigh Blake. Contributions will support families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa.

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AMAs: Artist of the Year goes to...

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Baby, baby, baby, oh, did Justin Bieber have a big night at the American Music Awards! The tween sensation picked up three awards during the evening (and a fourth off-air), including the night’s biggest honor: Artist of the Year. (Fun fact: Bieber is officially the youngest to take home the top prize.) And though he dedicated his first two awards to God and Michael Jackson, he saved the third win for his mentor — taking the stage for his acceptance speech, Bieber said, “You know, I really got this opportunity really about a year-and-a-half ago, and really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. And I don’t know, but I feel like he’s had such an amazing ride, and it would only be right if I invited up here to share this with me. Not only my mentor, but my best friend and my big brother. I love you man.”

Sweet gesture?

Far East Movement lands at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart for second straight week

Far East Movement’s plane still soars at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their “Like a G6″ tops the chart for the second week in a row. Bruno Mar’s “Just the Way You Are” holds at No. 2, while Rihanna moves up a spot to No. 3 with “Only Girl (In The World)”, switching places with Nelly’s No. 4 “Just A Dream.” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” from Usher stays at No. 5.

Trey Songz rises four places to No. 6 with “Bottoms Up.” It’s the highest he’s ranked in his career. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” and Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” all sit tight at No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9. while Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” moves up one place and rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

What do you think of this week’s singles chart? Surprised at how well Trey Songz is doing? Happy Pink’s new single is cruising up? Let us know.

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Far East Movement bumps Bruno Mars out of No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 chart

Bruno Mars has been dethroned. After a month at No. 1, his “Just the Way You Are” drops one slot this week to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Flying in to take its place is Far East Movement‘s “Like a G6.” Nelly’s “Just a Dream” follows them, holding on to his No. 3 spot. Next is Rihanna, whose “Only Girl (In the World)” moves up to two rungs to No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” remains at No. 5.

Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” debuts big at No. 6, while Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” slips three places to No. 7. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” loses a little bang and falls one to No. 8. Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” sticks to its No. 9 place. And Trey Songz’s “Bottoms Up” rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

What do you think of this week’s top 10? Let us know in the comments section.

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Bruno Mars' 'Just the Way You Are' holds No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 chart for third straight week

For a third consecutive week, Bruno Mars‘ “Just the Way You Are” is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Far East Movement‘s techno party-starter “Like a G6″ flies up four spots to No. 2. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” falls a spot to No. 3.

Nelly’s “Just a Dream” rises three to No. 4. Both falling one spot, Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” is No. 5 and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” is No. 6. Eminem‘s Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie” slides back four places to No. 7. But the red-haired singer is at it alone on “Only Girl (in the World),” which holds at No. 8. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” stays at No. 9. And “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Have you been dancing to Far East Movement’s hit at the club? Is “Just the Way You Are” your song? Which song do you hope makes it in to the top 10 soon? Let us know.

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Bruno Mars tops Billboard hot 100 chart for second straight week

Bruno Mars sits atop the Billboard hot 100 for a second week in a row as his  “Just The Way You Are” holds at No. 1. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” moves up two places to No. 2. While Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” drops a spot to No. 3. Both moving up one spot each are “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher featuring Pitbull to No. 4 and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” to No. 5.

At No. 6 is Far*East Movement’s “Like a G6.” Nelly’s “Just a Dream” jumps up one place to No. 7.  And Rihanna‘s “Only Girl (In the World)”  falls to No. 8. “I Like It,” by Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull slides back two places to No. 9. And Club Can’t Handle Me,” by Flo Rida rounds things out at No. 10.

How does this week’s chart look to you? Did you Bruno to stay on top? Think Rihanna will make it to No. 1? Let us know.

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Bruno Mars lands at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, while Rihanna leaps into top 10

Though his week started off rough, Bruno Mars‘ Thursday is a bright one. Today the singer/producer’s “Just the Way You Are” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Eminem’s Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie” comes in at No. 2. As expected, Rihanna‘s first single from her upcoming Loud album, “Only Girl (In the World),” hurdles up 72 spots to No. 3 this week.

Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” held the No. 1 spot for the last two weeks, but it falls back three spots to No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” moves to No. 5. And Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” falls two spots to No. 6. “I Like It,” by Enrique Iglesias, also drops two to No. 7. Nelly’s “Just A Dream” moves back a rung to No. 8. “Club Can’t Handle Me,” by Flo Rida, holds at No. 9. Far East Movement makes its top 10 debut, as their “Like A G6″ with Cataracs & Dev rounds out the set.

What songs in the top 10 do you love the most? Who do you think will be No. 1 next week? Let us know.

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Katy Perry still No. 1 on Billboard hot 100 chart

Katy Perry keeps her No. 1 standing on the Billboard hot 100 chart for a second straight week with “Teenage Dream.” Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” also holds at No. 2. While Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” improves, moving up to No. 3.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” backs up to No. 4, And “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull stays at No. 5. Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” remains at No. 6. But Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” creeps up two places to No. 7. Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” sits still at No. 8. Flo Rida’s David Guetta-assisted “Club Can’t Handle Me,” leaps four spots to No. 9. And closing out the top 10, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine,” falls three slots to No. 10.

It was a relatively slow week on the chart. Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)”, which debuted this week at No. 75, is expected to hurdle its way to the top 10 next week. And Bruno Mars is steadily inching towards No. 1. What do you think the chart will look like next week? Let us know.

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Inside the VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

Taylor-Swift-VMAsImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe crowd settling into the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday evening knew that anything could happen over the next two hours — primarily because anything did happen at the last MTV Video Music Awards. (Lil Mama, you are not forgotten.) I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in that auditorium wondering whether we were about to see any more jaw-dropping surprises when the lights went down at 6 P.M. West Coast time. But did we? Read on. READ FULL STORY

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