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The MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is London-based duo Graffiti6. There are lots of ways to describe this charismatic band's sound, but the best way would be this: Turn on the radio, spin the dial, and hear some of your favorite songs from a variety of genres, then consider them funneled into one band's mashed-up sound.
Graffiti6 is singer Jamie Scott and producer/DJ Tommy D. Together they combine Coldplay-esque arena rock, the sultry pop of Maroon 5, slick R&B rhythms and a classic soul sensibility. On its debut album, Colours, the band effortlessly weaves its influences to create a sound of its own.
Get to know Graffiti6 better by watching Jamie Scott explain the group's origins, watch the "Stare Into The Sun" video, and watch the group perform "Lay Me Down" and "Over You" live at MTV in New York.
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Kinda looking forward to hearing, "And here's your host, Miley Cyyyyyyyyyyyyrus!" this Saturday from Don Pardo, the long-serving announcer of "Saturday Night Live." Miley Cyrus will be hosting this weekend's episode of the show with musical guest The Strokes.
This week Miley has no doubt been hard at work, rehearsing for the show, no doubt giving SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer help with her Miley Cyrus impersonation.
She's also been out and about in New York City, with friends and family and... scarves. Yeah, Miley is looking mad autumnal in the wintery New York City streets. Above she's seen heading out to the trendy eatery TAO and below, shoe shopping and throwing up "deuces" in NYC's West Village.
After a couple of rough months, tabloid-wise, Miley looks fairly happy in these pics (to the extent you can tell something like that), and we have to say, the scarfed-up look really suits her!
Are you looking forward to watching Miley on "Saturday Night Live"? Think she'll be funny? Let us know in the comments. Think about it while checking out another photo of Miley Cyrus in New York.
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As part of MTV's Indie Music Month, we're premiering videos from some of the most vibrant, inventive and fresh artists in the indie music scene. And today we have a special one from one of most consistently rewarding bands in indie rock: Minus The Bear.
For almost a decade Seattle's Minus The Bear has been mesmerizing listeners with gorgeous, idiosyncratic guitar and keyboard interplay and singer Jake Snider's razor-sharp lyrics, which manage to be cynical and vulnerable at the same time.
On the latest album, Omni, the band wedges its unique sound into more traditional song structures, and the results are pretty stunning. Also stunning is the band's live show, which is artfully captured in the below video for the single "Hold Me Down."
The video, directed by Adam Rothlein, captures a raucous Minus The Bear gig from a variety of perspectives and features some really lovely camera work and cinematography.
Check out Minus The Bear's "Hold Me Down" video below. Omni is out now.
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We all have songs that bring us to tears. For some of us it's Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings," for others, it's Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," for Lady Gaga it is, apparently, one of her own creations: "Born This Way."
Above we see a teary-eyed Gaga, as she watches YouTube sensation Maria Aragon sing her single "Born This Way." It's been a crazy week for Aragon, a Canadian kid singer, who found herself catapulted to fame after Lady Gaga tweeted the YouTube clip of her singing a solo version of "Born This Way."
Next thing you know, Maria is on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, performing for millions and then, last night, on stage in Toronto, for a duet with the woman who wrote the song, Lady Gaga.
Aragon managed to keep her cool, more so than Gaga, really, and at the end of the song she adorably shouted out, "all my friends in Winnipeg and my family." Awww.
Check out another shot of Maria Aragon and Lady Gaga, onstage in Toronto, below.
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+ Ke$ha has revealed the true purpose of "'Till The World Ends," the song she wrote for Britney Spears: "I hope it gets everyone's ass on the dance floor cuz y'all know that's what K-Monay does best!"(MTV News)
+ Christina Aguilera isn't letting her arrest get her down. The "Not Myself Tonight" singer is already back at work, seen at a Los Angeles recording studio. (TheFABlife)
+ Check out some more sultry pics of Kim Kardashian on the set of her "Jam" video. (Celebuzz)
+ Miley Cyrus hammed it up with a fake mustache last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." (Just Jared Jr.)
+ Lady Gaga's music can create havoc for sign language interpreters. (Vulture)
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Here we have Rihanna, going au naturel in an ad for Nivea, celebrating the brand's 100 years of...caring for skin, one would imagine. In turn, Nivea is sponsoring Rihanna's world tour.
Not a ton to say here, other than the fact that Rihanna looks amazing, her skin looks immaculate (which I suppose is a requirement of being a skin-care model) and she seems pretty happy.
We mention the "happy" part because earlier today we heard that Jay-Z was worried Rihanna was working too hard. If she is we can only hope working too hard has this effect on all of us. Girl is radiant!
Maybe she's borrowing a page from Kanye West's book (he dropped almost all of the songs from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy before the album's release), or maybe she's just doing it because she's Britney Spears and she therefore can. Either way you look at it, Britney Spears has adopted a sort of serialized, piecemeal, here-have-another-appetizer-before-the-meal method of rolling out her new album, Femme Fatale.
First there were more than a dozen teasers for her "Hold It Against Me" video. And now, over the last week, we've been treated to three new songs, all presumably taken from Femme Fatale, in teaser/preview form. Earlier this week it was "The Big Fat Bass," featuring Will.i.am. And today we've got two more songs: a teaser of "Criminal" and the full version of "'Til The World Ends."
"'Til The World Ends" was reportedly produced by Dr. Luke and cowritten by Ke$ha. And it doesn't take a genius to hear Ke$ha's us-against-the world/ we're-going-out tonight effect on the song. It's an up-tempo club track, and its "whoa-oh's" will likely be a battle cry all spring and summer. A snippet of the song showed up earlier today, with an unofficial, full-length version spreading through Tumblr like wildfire today.
"Criminal" is an altogether different animal. On this mid-tempo, elegant pop track (reportedly produced by Max Martin), Britney sings about why bad guys finish first with her. It's a really different sound from what we've heard so far off of Femme Fatale.
+ Listen to "Criminal" and "'Til The World Ends."
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You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because Lil Wayne is here! With a new video for his awesome "6 Foot Seven Foot."
This Hype Williams-directed clip starts with a re-creation of a scene from "Inception" (hence the beginning of this post). Weezy gets the kick from a guy who does not look at all like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that's hardly a problem, when the Cash Money MC is going as hard as he does on this track.
What with the "Inception" theme, this video is appropriately dream-like; many of Weezy's twisting and turning lyrics from the song are amusingly represented, visually. It's definitely a clip worth repeated viewings, just to catch all the jokes, double meanings and everything else.
"6 Foot 7 Foot" is presumably the first single from Lil Wayne's Carter IV, which can't arrive soon enough. Check out the video, below.
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A while back, Lady Gaga debuted "Born This Way," in a fashion, at a fashion show, premiering the song at Thierry Mugler's New York Fashion Week runway show. Yesterday, Gaga repeated the trick, dropping her new song "Government Hooker" during Mugler's Paris show. And as an added bonus, Gaga walked the catwalk.
Making it work (or werque-ing it, whichever you prefer) in get-outta-my-way platform heels, Gaga strutted her stuff to the sounds of... well, to the sounds of Gaga.
The show opened with a version of Gaga's "Government Hooker." Like the Mugler debut of "Born This Way," it's likely that the album version of the song will be rather different than the fashion show remix. But we were able to hear some sneak peeks of lyrics ("I’m gonna drink my tears tonight. Gonna drink my tears and cry").
Check out a preview of Lady Gaga's "Government Hooker," while she walks in Thierry Mugler's Paris Fashion Week show. And peep another photo of Lady Gaga, the supermodel, below.
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