The Veronicas Get It Just Right With Their Epic “You Ruin Me” Video: Watch The Twisted Ballet Drama

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After years of label limbo, The Veronicas kicked off their long-awaited comeback with tortured ballad “You Ruin Me” last week. The semi-orchestral, hate-drenched break-up anthem is a massive departure from the catchy pop/rock of global hits “Untouched” and “4Ever” but it’s a great reminder of both their songwriting and vocal prowess.

The video arrived today (September 18) and it’s something of a blockbuster. Filmed at Sydney’s State Theatre, Jess and Lisa perform the song on stage while a twisted back story about a jealous ballerinas and a particularly creepy instructor unfolds. It’s weird, twisted and strangely beautiful. Kind of like the song. Get acquainted with The Veronicas 2.0 up top. More »

Jessie J And Ariana Grande Ditch Nicki Minaj For A Rapless Version Of “Bang Bang”: Listen

This is kind of shady. Jessie J and Ariana Grande have released a rap-free version of (late-)summer smash “Bang Bang”. That, dear friends, means that Nicki Minaj‘s cute verse is no longer with us. It’s not that uncommon for a featured artist to be removed for a remix but the whole appeal of the song is that it brought together three very different divas.

What we’re left with is a migraine-inducing scream-off between the British comeback queen and mini Mariah. Jessie’s powerful pipes win that battle (easily) but Nicki’s absence is palpable. Hopefully, this isn’t an official release and never finds its way to iTunes or the Barbz will revolt. On the bright side, this version gives you a whole new appreciation for the original. Listen after the jump. More »

Miley Cyrus Faces A Fine Or Jail Time Following Flag Spank While Twerking On Stage

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Miley Cyrus could reportedly find herself hauled off to the slammer for 36 hours or, at the very least, paying a $1,200 fine that lawmakers have issued following an incident on stage where — get ready — Miley’s dancers spanked her with a Mexican flag while she was twerking. Reuters reports that Mexican state legislature asked the country’s federal government to fine the “Wrecking Ball” singer after the offensive naughtiness occurred during an independence day performance. Local lawmaker Francisco Trevino said that the Nuevo Leon state legislature had approved a warrant for the Interior Ministry to enforce the law on use of the flag.

Watch video of the scandalous flag spank below, and don’t worry — none of this, of course, has deterred Miley from twerking while on tour. More »

Cyndi Lauper Performs “True Colors” On ‘America’s Got Talent’: Watch

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Over the years, pop legend Cyndi Lauper has had somewhat of an unofficial mentoring role within the world of singing reality TV competitions.

She’s performed “Time After Time” with Allison Iraheta on American Idol. She’s sang “Money Changes Everything” with Beverly McClellan on The Voice. And last night, the She’s So Unusual icon took to the stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform another timeless classic, “True Colors,” with finalist Emily West. More »

Tokio Hotel Raise The Bar For Sleazy Single Covers With “Love Who Loves You Back”: See The Eye-Popping Artwork

You know, I thought Nicki Mianj‘s “Anaconda” cover was a lock for the year’s most eye-popping artwork but then Bobby Brackins upped the ante with “Hot Box” and now Tokio Hotel takes the lead with new single “Love Who Loves You Back”. The German pop/rockers went with a raunchy optical illusion that looks like a female body part, at least at first glance. (Don’t worry, it’s only a mouse).

Does this go too far? I think it’s kind of gross but shock value is a hotter commodity than ever in 2014, so I guess all is fair in love, war and the music business. The enduring cult band is busily promoting their first ever English only LP Kings Of Suburbia, which drops October 6. Tokio Hotel have a huge following around the globe, so expect to hear a lot more from them this quarter. More »

Miley Cyrus Shakes Her Semi-Nude, Fake Ass In NSFW Backstage Videos: Watch The Sexiness

In case you have yet to tire of Miley Cyrusnonstop ass assault or twerking or overall cabaret of nudity, then you’ll be thrilled to watch her latest couple of Instagram videos below. Granted, the butt in question is the artificial one she wears on stage for her Bangerz Tour. But just suspend the disbelief, pop perverts, and clutch your candy while taking in the probably-NSFW clips below. More »

Kanye West Reportedly Wants To Work With Lorde

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Lorde will never be a royal…but perhaps she’s down with being a God?

According to a new item today in Page Six (so go ahead and take this one with a heavy grain of salt), rapper/media fixation Kanye West is reportedly eying a collaboration with the Pure Heroine brooding alt-pop songstress.

From Page Six:

Kanye West is back from his concert dates in Australia and is about to start recording with Lorde, sources tell Page Six. After his headline-grabbing appearance in Sydney, West touched down in LA on Tuesday with Kim Kardashian and baby North and is ready to head back into the studio with the edgy female artist. Music industry sources say it makes sense for West and Lorde to record together — she has cited the rapper as an influence and covered his songs on tour, including “Flashing Lights” and the “Yeezus” track “Hold My Liquor.” Their reps didn’t get back to us.

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Chris Brown Shows Off His Six-Pack In ‘X’ Album Art: 7 Pics

Chris Brown‘s sixth studio LP X dropped this week and it’s predicted to debut at number two on the Billboard 200 with an extremely healthy opening bow of 130,000+ copies. (The only thing standing between the 25-year-old and another number one album is Barbra Streisand‘s duets LP Partners, believe it or not). Not bad considering promo was interrupted by a stint in jail!

Not only does the album boast a batch of hits (“X”, “Loyal” and “New Flame”) and some high-profile collaborators (Usher, Kendrick Lamar and Jhene Aiko), it also has a pretty wicked booklet full of black-and-white Breezy pics. He incorporates crosses into each snap and shows off his impressive six-pack, which happily survived prison food intact. More »

Clean Bandit Perform “Rather Be” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

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When we interviewed Clean Bandit this past spring, we obviously had quite a crush on the UK band’s addictive pop-meets-house-meets-classical sound, but we had no idea how big their crossover hit “Rather Be” would become in America. Fast forward to September, a time when the quartet’s Jess Glynne-featuring single has been hovering just outside of the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks and they’ve been trekking across the States doing live shows in support of their debut LP New Eyes.

Neil, Grace and brothers Jack and Luke played at New York City’s Webster Hall on Tuesday evening, then followed that up with a performance of “Rather Be” (sans Jess Glynne, but with vocalist Elisabeth Troy in tow) on Good Morning America. More »

Pitbull Performs “Fireball” With The Rockettes On ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale: Watch

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America’s Got Talent crowned a new winner during their live grand finale yesterday night at Radio City Music Hall. So, what better way to celebrate than by enlisting Mr. Worldwide and some of New York’s most talented dancing divas to bring the house down?

After an extended intro by the leggy dancers, international playboy Pitbull arrived on a smaller stage, setting the room ablaze with his latest party anthem, “Fireball.” The superstar shimmied down the aisle to the stage and ran all over the place (and around the judges!), bringing it down and taking it back up again with the girls. Who knows? If this whole pop star thing doesn’t work out, he’s always got a shot strutting his stuff with The Rockettes.

Check out Pitbull’s finale performance of “Fireball” up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »