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The Black Keys use Mike Tyson's Twitter account to announce new album, 'Turn Blue'

The Black Keys have had some pretty great collaborations over the years. But we certainly did not expect a partnership with Mike Tyson.

The blues-rock duo announced the title and release date of their new album — Turn Blue, out May 13 — via the boxing icon’s verified Twitter account on Friday:

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Valentine's Day: YouTube unveils top 10 literal 'love' songs -- VIDEO

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is here. To celebrate, YouTube has released a list of the top 10 songs with the word “love” in the title.

According to stats compiled by the video-streaming website, there are approximately 5 million music videos with the word “love” in the title, which have generated a combined total of 50 billion views. Read on for all the “love” songs:
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The biggest videos on YouTube this year

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Oh Psy, you scamp — running the table two years in a row.

South Korea’s pony-danciest pop import had another bang-up year in video pageviews, following last year’s no. 1 “Gangam Style” with “Gentleman” in 2013. But Miley Cyrus, bless her, came close to wrecking him — and still beat him in total views.

Also on the list? The usual suspects: Katy, Rihanna, “Blurred Line” boobs, and more.
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Lady Gaga stares into our souls in 'ARTPOP' YouTube film

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“This album is a celebration…My pain exploding in electronic music…It’s heavy, but after I listen to it, I feel happy again. I feel lighter,” Lady Gaga waxes meaningfully at the start of her new short film, An ARTPOP Film Starring Lady Gaga. Part commercial, part music video, and part fashion shoot, the film is directed, like much of her recent images and videography, by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez & Vindoodh.

In the clip, she dances, cries, rubs dirt on herself, whips her hair back and forth, and even makes out with her wig’s mannequin head. But Gaga spends most of the video staring straight at the camera, rocking every look from Blue Steel to Le Tigra.

The video also serves as a survey of the latest looks in Gaga’s arsenal, which includes everything from the Gilding Primal Instinct teeth cuff bracelet/grill to the long white dreadlocks previously rocked by the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reloaded.

Watch the two-minute, thirty-eight second music video film here:

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Bonnaroo 'Soopergroop' documentary and mixtape feat. YouTube stars Soul Khan, Jeni Suk, Black Violin and more -- watch and listen here EXCLUSIVE

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What happens when the Internet meets the mud- and rock star-infested playing fields of rural Tennessee?

At this year’s Bonnaroo, festival organizers and INDMUSIC gathered YouTube stars Knower, Jeni Suk, Black Violin, and Soul Khan to form a liberally spelled ‘Soopergroop’ — and recorded it for posterity in an eight-part documentary series and original mixtape. Listen after the jump: READ FULL STORY

YouTube Music Awards: Watch it now

UPDATE: Live stream has ended; full show and highlights at YouTube.

ORIGINAL POST: The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are live now.

Nominees are across the board — from megastars Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire (all of whom are also performing) to relative rookies Naughty Boy and Rudimental — which should make for an unpredictable show.

Entertainment Weekly is on the scene, and we’ll be bringing you plenty of coverage from New York City, but check out the show now to get in on the action:
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Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire

Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.

The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.

Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.

We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.

So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
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Voting now open for first ever YouTube Music Awards

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.
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Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire to headline first-ever YouTube Music Awards

YouTube has announced that the very first YouTube Music Awards will take place Nov. 3, with nominations being announced Oct. 17. Nominations will be based “on the videos that the world watched and shared over the past year,” with fans voting on winners. The show, which will be live streamed on YouTube, will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire as well as “some of YouTube’s biggest stars including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA.”

It’s not clear if artists that dominated YouTube this year, such as Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, will be appearing.

“YouTube is home to both established artists and the next generation of musical talent,” said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube’s Vice President of Marketing, in a release. “From catalyzing careers and pop culture phenomena to propelling a song’s rise to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, our global community’s influence is felt across the music industry. We’re thrilled to celebrate our fans and the music they love with a whole new kind of awards show –  the first-ever YouTube Music Awards – judged by you.”

The show will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman.

Russell Simmons on his new YouTube channel and the controversial 'Harriet Tubman Sex Tape'

Russell Simmons is no stranger to controversy: Over the course of his career as the business mastermind behind outlets like Def Jam Records and Def Comedy Jam, he’s gotten plenty of heat over content that was considered edgy, political, and vulgar. As he notes, “They almost shut down my company over Public Enemy.”

But the swirl of negativity surrounding Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, one of the shorts that is a part of his just-launched All Def Digital channel on YouTube, was too much. The piece, which depicted the famous titular abolitionist bedding an older white man she refers to as “Massa,” was taken down—though not without considerable hand-wringing from Simmons.

“For my entire life, I have been protective of artistic freedom and protective of artists,” he told EW via phone. “In the history of Def Comedy Jam or Def Poetry Jam or Def Jam Records, I have never censored an artist. But I took it down, because all the artists involved agreed it was okay. What broke my heart was how upset and enraged black women were.” READ FULL STORY

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