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fun. Perform “We Are Young” On X Factor UK

Some bands have a certain undeniable charisma both on and off the stage, captivating fans within an instant. For so many, fun. is exactly that type of band. Exploding onto the scene earlier this year with “We Are Young,” fun. has been non-stop, with live performances on award shows, tours and now the UK’s X Factor.

You can check out the performance right here and don’t forget to catch fun. on tour with dates all through April.



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Going Out On Your Own: When Affiliates Break Away From The Posse

The group is a celebrated convention of hip-hop music culture. N.W.A. Wu-Tang Clan. Public Enemy. De La Soul. Need we say more? Greater than then sum of their parts, these are groups with famous individual members whose collective efforts are generally more celebrated than their solo material.

Cut to the modern day. The tradition of the hip-hop group is still alive and well. Black Hippy, for example, is a supergroup of sorts though they don’t have a release to their collective name. Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q both enjoyed well-received releases this year, with Control System and Habits and Contradictions respectively. Yet neither release made the same splash as Kendrick Lamar, the most visible member of Black Hippy, and his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city. But little else did. Even Jay Rock, the fourth and most slept on member of Black Hippy, has seen his profile rise considerably as of late, if only by proxy.

Black Hippy’s success is exceptional in a number of ways. No one release or member can be pointed to as the genesis for the success of the rest. Lamar is flying high right now, but Black Hippy was never entirely his show. It’s also rare for a group to have all of their members do as well as all four in Black Hippy have. In a hip-hop group dynamic, it’s not unusual for a member or two to become prominent. The rest will experience varying levels of popularity but the likelihood that each member fully breaks through is low.

But egos clash. Friendships fray. Artistic visions deviate. So, what happens to rappers who try to make it on their own?

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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases “This Kiss” Music Video

Ever since the debut of Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakout US hit, “Call Me Maybe,” fans have been craving a glimpse of her next hit. We got a taste with her appearance in Owl City’s “Good Time,” but since then it’s been slow goings.

After premiering her latest work, “This Kiss” in September, Jepsen has finally released the highly anticipated accompanying music video.

While “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” deliver solid sound of summer vibes throughout their respective videos, “This Kiss” doesn’t quite hit the same irresistibly catchy hooks that “Call Me Maybe” did, and perhaps for better, the music video also takes on a completely different vibe.

Although there’s no doubt it holds its own in the way of pop-synth melodies and playful lyrics, the direction of the video is much darker (literally!) with Jepsen inside a club, performing, flirting, and yes, let’s just say it, having a “Good Time.”

You can check out the video for yourself right here.

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Azealia Banks Dishes On Gaga And Kanye Collaborations, Gets Subtitled In Brazilian Interview

Azealia Banks has kept mum in the past about some potential collaborations with some of pop’s heaviest hitters despite some heavy teases. So how do you get a burgeoning star like Banks to spill the beans? Have the interview in another country! I mean, it’s not like everything is recorded and uploaded to the internet for everyone to see these days, right?

Brazil’s Mix TV got a couple of heavy scoops when they spoke with the 20 year old rapper and got right down to brass tacks. So you worked with Kanye West right? What was it like making music with Lady Gaga?

Woah gorgeous Brazilian interviewer, don’t you think you’re being a little forward? Weren’t those collabs just rumors and conjecture?

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FACT: PSY’s “Gangnam Style” Will Be The First Video With A Billion Views

Did you know that the internet can be used as a forum for intelligent discussion and as a platform for discovery? It’s true!

PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is a viral smash, the likes of which has never been seen before. It’s been viewed hunderds of millions of times (north of 550 million at press time). It’s already got the Guiness World record for being the most liked video of all time. But it doesn’t look like that’s the only record the video is going to smash.

The good nerds over at ChannelMeter have access to reams of proprietary Youtube data on popular channels and videos. On Friday, the company posted a piece to their industry analysis blog Inside ChannelMeter that stated, according to their projections,”Gangnam Style” would be the first video to break the billion view barrier.

That the clip is already on its way to being the most watched video on Youtube is already a foregone conclusion; ChannelMeter bets that “Gangnam Style” will pass Justin Bieber’s “Baby” on or before November 21st. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

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Warped Tour Announces 2013 Tour Dates

You may be pulling out your winter coat and throwing wood in the fire, but Warped Tour has just announced their 2013 tour dates. Start envisioning those long summer nights, and dreaming up your ideal line up, because before you know it, it will be Warped Tour season again. We for one, can not wait. Check out the dates after the jump.

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Sound And Vision: Will Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey Hurt the Rapper While Helping “American Idol”?

“I’m gonna knock you out…. I told you I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there!”

It’s not exactly prose worthy of Bob Dylan, or even Eminem, her sometime partner in rhyme, but with those fighting words, rapper Nicki Minaj recently helped make American Idol hot for the first time in years. She hurled them directly at Mariah Carey on October 2 in Charlotte, N.C., during the audition rounds for season 12 of Idol, which kicks off in January of 2013. Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: Will Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey Hurt the Rapper While Helping “American Idol”?’

Bamboozle Will Not Return To Asbury In 2013

Last year over 90,000 people rushed to the site of New Jersey’s largest music festival, to bask in three days of pop punk, rock, hard rock, electro, and everything in between. However, after making its home on Asbury’s beachfront, it has been announced that Bamboozle will not be returning to the city next year. You can find all the details after the jump. Continue reading ‘Bamboozle Will Not Return To Asbury In 2013′

Patrick Stump Denies Fall Out Boy Reunion Rumors

Yesterday afternoon, the earth saw a brief shift as Fall Out Boy fans spent a few joy filled hours jumping up and down at Insider employee Keltie Colleen’s Twitter announcement that the band was writing new material.  Patrick Stump, no stranger to reunion rumors, quickly put an end to that, stating that “One of these days there may actually be news and you won’t be able to hear it over all the rumors. That’s no disrespect to @Keltiecolleen btw. She’s awesome.”

Fans may remember back in August, Stump was confronted with the same rumor, from blessthefall’s Beau Bokan. While Bokan claimed that sources had confirmed Fall Out Boy were writing a new album, when questioned by a fan, Stump simply responded, “Another day, another rumor.”

Hang in there, Fall Out Boy fans.

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Is The Postal Service Going To Deliver Another Album Any Time Soon? Don’t “Hold Your Breath,” Says Gibbard

Has it really been ten years since the release of Give Up, the debut album from electronic duo The Postal Service? Not quite, but it will be in about five months. Wow, I’m getting old.

So when can nostalgics and fans of fey indie rock/electronic music expect a followup from the group comprised of Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello aka Dntel? Probably not for a long time, if ever.

In a recent interview with Spinner, Gibbard stressed that while he enjoyed composing and creating with Tamborello as The Postal Service, the whole electronic music production thing just isn’t his bag, man.

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