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What happens when the man who once rapped, "Every week is fashion week and every week I'm pressed clean," is confronted with the reality that this week, in New York, it actually is Fashion Week? He makes a face like the one Kanye West is making above. It's kind of like people who go around talking about how much they love Christmas -- in August -- and then get a little depressed about it when the day actually comes.
Here we have Kanye West, who was one of several marquee names in attendance at GQ's The Best New Menswear Designers In America celebration at the Ace Hotel in New York. Jessica Alba was there. Kid Cudi was there. But nobody cut quite such a distinctive figure as West.
He might look a little nonplussed in the photo, but Kanye was obviously feeling some feelings on the inside, tweeting last night, "I just zoned on how ill it is to really fall in love... Pimpin' is whatev ... Love is that s***!"
My beautiful dark twisted Valentine's card! Sounds like someone's been shot by Cupid's arrow! Happy V-Day, 'Yeezy!
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+ The writing of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," was, according to the singer, an "immaculate conception," that took merely 10 minutes. (MTV News)
+ More "Born This Way" news: according to the song's producer, RedOne, the track is all about "freedom." (Idolator)
+ Beyonce will be headlining the English music festival Glastonbury this summer. (Billboard)
+ Rihanna has asked for her restraining order against Chris Brown to be lowered. (TheFABlife)
+ Miley Cyrus will be hosting the March 18 episode of "Saturday Night Live." (Just Jared Jr.)
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Here we go. Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." After months of speculation, the lead single and title track from the Mama Monster's highly anticipated new album is finally here. What's "Born This Way" like? Let's go to the tape and see.
"Born This Way" is pretty much what we thought it would be. A sociopolitical anthem and Gaga's musical statement of solidarity with her passionate LGBT fan base.
As Idolator and several other sites have pointed out, the most immediate reference point is clearly Madonna's "Express Yourself." Filled with memorable lines, like, "don't be a drag, just be a queen," a pulsating beat and soaring keys, Gaga sounds in fine, full form, belting out the chorus, "I'm beautiful in my way, because God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way."
In closing, let's say this: Lady Gaga, over the last few years, has become one of the few most legitimate, most talented pop icons of our generation. But, in a way, her style and persona have outpaced her music. "Bad Romance" and "Poker Face" are great (and dark) love songs, but they weren't nearly as outspoken as the woman who sang them. With "Born This Way," Lady Gaga's music has finally caught up with her and everything she stands for -- acceptance, change and hope. We can't wait to hear more.
+ Watch Lady Gaga perform "Born This Way" on the Grammys this Sunday, Feb. 13.
Trey Songz, sex inventor, continues to extract singles from his monster album of love and tenderness, Passion, Pain & Pleasure. And the latest expression of Trey Songz' love is "Love Faces." And we've got a sneak peek of his "Love Faces" video right here.
Trey Songz, as you probably can guess, is a rather sultry dude, so don't go into any of his videos expecting grainy, handheld mumblecore-type stuff. Nope, Trey Songz videos are sleek, sexy and full of consenting adults. And it looks like "Love Faces" doesn't stray from that winning formula.
We see some footage of Trey Songz and what looks like a very nice lady nearly kissing, some footage of Trey lamping in a Mercedes, and some footage of Trey standing against a wall, not doing much at all.
But "doing things" isn't really the point here. This is about mood, feeling, vibe and atmosphere. And who does that better than Trey?
Check out the sneak peek of Trey Songz' "Love Faces" video, below. And don't miss the video premiere of "Love Faces" on Monday, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day, no less!), at 12:01 a.m ET on MTV.com.
Britney Spears got on Twitter today to answer some fan questions, and she covered a lot of ground: everything from favorite candle scents to how she plans to promote her new album, Femme Fatale. It was pretty fun and educational, and it turns out we've got a lot of in things in common with Britney. (We too love "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." And Starbucks frozen things.) Here's what we never knew about Britney Spears... but we're glad we now know.
1.) Britney's favorite movie? No, it's not "Showgirls." It's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
2.) Britney can't imagine anyone thinks global warming is a good thing. AGREED!
3.) Britney's favorite Starbucks drink is Strawberry Frappuccino. Well, I think we all know Britney loves Starbucks, but I personally did not know which drink is the one she holds in higher esteem than all others. Also, I loved that coconut frozen thing they had a few summers back, but we'll totally back the Strawberry thing too.
4.) Among Britney's unrealized dreams? She would like to learn how to fly in a trapeze and run with lions. And can you blame her?
5.) Britney is not sure who would win in a dance-off between herself and "Glee" character Brittany S. Pearce.
6.) Britney will not be attending the Grammy Awards and never planned to. So THERE.
7.) Britney calls PerezHilton.com a guilty pleasure.
8.) Britney LOVES vanilla candles! LOVES 'em. I'm more into a mandarin orange scent, but I may have to switch to vanilla. Britney knows best.
9.) Britney's a big homebody who just likes being home with her kids.
10.) Britney would love to be in a movie directed by Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up") or Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"). Ahem, Judd? Todd? Are you listening?
+ Watch Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" video premiere on MTV on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 9:56 p.m. ET.
First there was Wiz Khalifa's "Black & Yellow," and it was good. Then there was the remix, with Snoop Dogg, T-Pain and Juicy J. And it was great. Then then there was Lil Wayne's "Green & Yellow," which on the back of the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory, stole a bit of that thunder. Now we have 17-year-old Miami artist Cris Cab's semi-acoustic take on the color-crazed anthem. You've got to see this.
Wiz's song is currently the No. 1 single in the country. And, in all likelihood, it's currently playing on a loop in your brain. But Cab's cover, spotted over at the awesome Pigeons & Planes, is anything but a cheap headline grab. It's a thoughtful and subtle musical take on the hip-hop anthem. And with its attendant video, it's a fascinating peek into how Cab built the reggae-tinged cover with a sampler, keyboard and acoustic guitar.
+ Watch Cris Cab's cover of Wiz Khalifa's "Black & Yellow" and watch the original below.
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With Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" dropping on Friday and a Sunday double feature of a "60 Minutes" profile and a highly anticipated Grammy Awards performance, we have officially entered Gaga territory. As if we needed more evidence that a tidal wave of Gaga is coming our way, the singer covers this month's issue of Vogue.
Rocking an adorable, Jazz Age pink hairdo, Gaga is photographed by famed fashion snapper Mario Testino. In the feature, we get a behind the scenes look at the pop icon on tour.
Catching her at the tail end of the Monster Ball Tour, writer Jonathan Van Meter finds Gaga run-down but full of confidence, "Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer. I am a talented entertainer. I consider myself to have one of the greatest voices in the industry. I consider myself to be one of the greatest songwriters. I wouldn’t say that I am one of the greatest dancers, but I am really quite good at what I do."
Who are we to disagree! You can read the entire feature over at Vogue's site. We recommend that you do. The March issue of Vogue hits newsstands on Feb. 22. Check below for some more amazing shots of Lady Gaga, taken by Mario Testino.
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows is one of the biggest new bands to surface from the alternative/hard-core underground scene in quite some time. With their powerful, pile-driving sound, offset by frontman Craig Owens' haunting vocals, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows' sounds effortlessly, expertly switch from hard-core to metal to electronica to damaged pop, without missing a beat.
Craig Owens, former Chiodos frontman, has populated Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows with some heavy-hitters, including Matchbook Romance, Story Of The Year and From First To Last alum. And with a debut album, D.R.U.G.S., on the way, the band's not only making an incredibly assured and rich debut, but they've produced visual companion pieces for each of the album's songs.
This week, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows began debuting a song a day from D.R.U.G.S., with album reveal videos to accompany each song. Below, Buzzworthy is proud to present the exclusive song premiere of "Graveyard Dancing," with voyeuristic visuals depicting a somewhat creepy man through the lens of a security camera.
Check out Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows' new song, "Graveyard Dancing," and its compelling visual companion below. D.R.U.G.S. is out Feb. 22, and you can preorder the album here.
[Album Reveal Video] - "Graveyard Dancing" from Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows on Vimeo.
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Or should we say... Jump Street. Hey-oh! We will, literally, be here all week. Here we have the world's greatest interview subject, John Mayer, arriving at LAX, looking very, very '90s Johnny Depp. I practically expect to see a "Heathers"-era Winona Ryder somewhere in the background.
You know who I feel bad for? The guy who sits next to John Mayer on the flight. Because, given the way he looks, you just know that Mayer's the type of dude to wait for you to look up from your copy of "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest," make eye contact with you and proceed to go on a cross-country-flight-long monologue about his journey and how powerful and mysterious and magical the universe is. Or at least that's what I'm getting from his facial hair.
Actually, given everything I've read about John Mayer, 1996 facial hair or not, he would probably be pretty good flight company. You just know that guy has some stories to tell.
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+ Lady Gaga will release her new single, "Born This Way," on Friday at 6 a.m. ET. Fans will be able to purchase the track at 9 a.m. that same day. (MTV News)
+ Taylor Momsen wore something NSFJustin Bieber movies to the premiere of Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never." (Just Jared)
+ Adam Lambert is prepping the March release of Glam Nation Live, a live CD and DVD. (Idolator)
+ Pete Wentz's friends have leapt to his defense over claims that the former Fall Out Boy's erratic behavior led to his soon to be ex-wife Ashlee Simpson filing for divorce. (TheFABlife)
+ Willow Smith wants Brad Pitt to play the role of Daddy Warbucks in her remake of "Annie." (PopEater)