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Travie McCoy & Brendon Urie’s “Keep On Keeping On” Video: Idolator Premiere

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Swan Song
Travie McCoy returned last night (March 23) with his anthemic new single “Keep On Keeping On,” which features Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie on the hook, and today we’re excited to premiere the video. The song riffs on Black Swan, but twists its story of transformation into something positive and inspiring, and the visual furthers the theme, depicting a young Travie as he answers his true calling (while finding a few black feathers sprouting from his back in the process).

It’s all uplifting but never cloying, and much of that is thanks to McCoy and his pal Urie, who exhibit a palpable enthusiasm and chemistry on screen. Also? Travie busts out a sweet air guitar solo.

The video was shot in L.A. by Mark Staubach, who also directed Travie’s “Billionaire” clip. “Keep On Keeping On” is available now on iTunes, and you can watch the video up top. More »

KIIS Jingle Ball 2013 Rolls Into Los Angeles: Tears, Audio Issues & Great Entertainment

The KIIS Jingle Ball rolled into Los Angeles last night (December 6) and the who’s who of the pop world turned up to entertain the sold-out crowd at Staples Center. It’s a genius format. Each act performs between two and six songs, so the emphasis is on big hits and grand gestures. Think 11 encores in a row from an oddball mix of superstars.

While the event flowed smoothly and delivered no shortage of highlights, it also had a couple of dramatic moments due to audio issues and a very public meltdown from one diva having an awful day at the office. The thing is — those blips just upped the entertainment level. In addition to great music, fans also had something to talk about between performers. But more about that later.

An out of place Travie McCoy kicked off Jingle Ball 2013 with a bunch of relatively stale hits, while an unexpected cameo from Neon Hitch just left people confused. Next up was Danish indie-pop band New Politics, who impressed with an electric live set built around breakthrough hit “Harlem”. More »

One Direction Are D*ckheads, According To Wolfgang Van Halen: Morning Mix

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:: Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang Van Halen ran into One Direction on their home turf and later tweeted, “Fun fact: Was just insulted by that shitty boy band #OneDirection in the lobby of our hotel” followed by “That group of kids in #OneDirection were dickheads to @IIEROCKII @GWDrums and I.” When told Wolfgang Van Halen was shading them, we’re guessing 1D responded in unison: “Who?” [Spinner]

:: Move over Rebecca Black, there may be a new Rebecca Black in town and her name is Gnesa. Behold her soon-to-be-smash-for-all-the-wrong-reasons “Wilder.” [Jezebel]

:: Beats By Dre has a new partner in Nine Inch Nails frontman and Oscar-winner Trent Reznor. Reznor said for the past year he’s been working with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine on “a number of very interesting projects that will start to emerge next year.” As for what the project is, he kept quiet. [Spin]

:: In case it weren’t clear from her Lotus cover, Christina Aguilera has embraced her age and body. She said she loves “maturing and gaining wisdom” and continued, “I embrace my body, and I embrace everything about myself. Coming full circle is a celebration of freedom and happiness because that’s what Lotus is representing.” [People]

:: Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy on his recent episode of VH1′s Behind The Music claimed Katy Perry dumped him via email. “It started off with ‘I love you so much I hate to do this…’ Someone that you are ready to spend the rest of your life with sends you a f**king email just s**ting on your whole parade. It destroyed me,” he said. [Popdust]

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Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy Talks Drug Addiction On ‘Behind The Music’

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Travie Kicks The Habit
VH1′s Behind The Music has rolled out another bombshell following Nicole Scherzinger‘s revelation that she struggled with bulimia. On the forthcoming episode (airing October 14) time, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy talks about the moment he made the decision to kick his drug habit.

After four failed stints in rehab and his 2009 breakup with Katy Perry, the rapper took a look in the mirror and saw that his “face was sunken in” and realized, “If I didn’t do something, I was gonna end up dead.” So the next morning, with his friends around him, McCoy decided to quit cold turkey. Watch the rapper tear up in the preview clip up top.

[via EW]

Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Tribute: Watch

A day after the tragic death of Beastie Boys‘ MC Adam Yauch, HBO broadcast last month’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which featured a tribute to the band — with Travie McCoy, Kid Rock and Black Thought standing in for the trio. HBO, which decided Friday (May 4) to dedicate the show to Yauch, made late revisions to the broadcast, ending it with a photo of the late MC and on-screen text reading: “In Memory of Adam Yauch.”

The Beasties’ tribute performance, with Questlove of The Roots providing the beat, included renditions of all-time classics “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “So What’cha Want,” “Sabotage” and “The New Style” before an audience that knew all too well that Yauch was in the late stages of his battle with cancer. More details below. More »

Mega Millions, Mega Hits: 11 Pop Songs About Money That Won The Chart Lottery

The country is going insane right now as the Mega Millions lottery has reached a record-breaking $640 million. We thought we’d celebrate (before making another lottery ticket run) with 11 pop songs about being filthy, stinkin’ rich that had a few lucky numbers of their own, so to speak, when they hit big on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Jump below to sample the tunes you’ll be having your chauffeur blast through your stretch limo when you hit the jackpot. More »

Jessie J, Tinie Tempah & Gym Class Heroes Launch Nova’s Red Room (PHOTOS)

If you’re an Aussie, you have a new place to see your favorite performers — Nova’s Red Room in Sydney, which is an intimate performance space that allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite musicians. Kicking off the launch party for the new venue were Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, and Gym Class Heroes, who each performed some of the hits they’ll reprise as part of the lineup for Australia’s massive Future Music Festival.

Gym Class Heroes Talk Best Cocktails, Date Activities, Jokes & More: Favorites

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Favorites is our recurring video series on the personal preferences of the pop artists who inspire us. Because the artists we love love stuff too.

Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley are from the same small town in Upstate New York. They both have last names that start with “Mc,” and, let’s face it, have logged more than a few hours together touring and recording the group’s top-selling albums, including their latest, The Papercut Chronicles II. (That’s the album that kicked off with the smash “Stereo Hearts”, which we premiered last June). That said, the two couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their personal preferences. From the culinary arts to the best way to spend an evening with a lady-friend, learn how each of these Heroes roll.
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Travie McCoy Joins Stooshe In “Love Me” Video

The Gym Class Heroes may want to get their “Ass Back Home,” but at least one member wouldn’t mind staying in the UK for a few days. Travie McCoy joins the three colorful, outrageous ladies who make up Stooshe in the trio’s “Love Me” video, which features the girls as randy hotel employees who engage in some frowned-upon-by-corporate activities with their guests. Why so raunchy? Well, “Love Me” is actually a reworking of Stooshe’s “F*ck Me,” which saw a lower-budgeted (and higher-libidoed) clip emerge last year — but since they’ve signed with Warner Bros., they’ve had to tone it down a notch. Compare the kinda-SFW and the NSFW versions below. More »

Best Music 2011: Gym Class Heroes Pick Their Favorite Album Of The Year

We’ve had the honor of Patrick Stump, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey and Oh Land treating us with their picks for the year’s best music, and now Travie McCoy and Matt McGinley of Gym Class Heroes tell us which albums made their 2011 totally rock. It goes without saying that this year was a big one for Gym Class Heroes — after taking a break so that McCoy could drop his solo LP, Lazarus, the hip-pop-rap group returned to release The Papercut Chronicles II, scoring a Top 10 hit with their single “Stereo Hearts”, which has a permanent spot on our stereo.

So what killer tunes did Travie and Matt love the most from the past 12 months? Jump below to find out. More »