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Noted Thespian And Occasional Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs To Guest Star On “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”

Sean “Diddy” Combs is a man of many names and of many talents. In addition to his myraid business interests and music interests, the Rap Game Leonardo Da Vinci will net himself the occasional acting credit. In a bid to better pad that portion of his resume, Combs will be making a guest appearance on the upcoming season FX comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Details regarding Combs’ role on the depraved sitcom are scant though more information will likely come out soon as the hip-hop mogul will begin filming for his role early next week. Still no word on when Combs’ is going to make his Shakespeare in the Park debut, unfortunately.

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Top Artist Fanbase Names, Or; Where Do You Fit In?

The social media explosion allows fans to be more connected then ever before. Duh.

You can Skype with one of your friends as you both live stream a concert from one of your favorite artists and simultaneously take a picture of your screen with Instagram, which will also allow you to post your exploits to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare.

We are no longer people interacting with one another. Our clicks and key strokes are electrons that ping across a neural network made of fiberoptics. With the creation of new online matter generating and accelerating the sharing of content with fervor that hasn’t been seen before, our communication culture is turning entropy on its head.

One way that this new social paradigm has spilled into music culture is the new intensity of fandom. Major stars and cult performers alike can be more connected with their fanbase than ever before. As such, we wanted to take a look at some of the more noted fanbases and some of their communication habits.

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Skrillex Gets Digitized In ‘Wreck–It Ralph’ Cameo

In addition to scoring Wreck–It Ralph, Disney’s new computer animated movie about the lives of arcade video game characters, Skrillex will also reportedly portray himself in an animated cameo role within the film. The former screamo frontman–turned–EDM megastar is slated to appear as a DJ at a party in the video game world. While Skrillex has stated that there will not be any “dancefloor bangers” on the soundtrack, we can’t help but hope that his DJ cameo lets some of the film’s video game characters get their “whomp” on.

Wreck–It Ralph depicts the existential career crisis of an arcade video game villain who tires of his unappreciated work as a digital bad guy. Similarly, Skrillex probably got sick of people making fun of him for fronting a post–hardcore band that wrote songs about designer jeans. Watch the trailer below.

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Usher And Shakira To Replace Cee-Lo And X-Tina On ‘The Voice’

We previously discussed some of the big changes to The Voice as of Season 3, but there’s already huge news about Season 4: Usher and Shakira will be replacing Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera as judges. With all of the recent drama surrounding new American Idol judges, we were hoping that The Voice would continue to keep their loveable set of coaches. Sadly, the show must go on, and so must the coaches’ own careers.

With a new album and subsequent tour, X-Tina will be replaced by Latin/pop crossover artist Shakira. Shakira seems like an odd choice, considering the other coaches are constantly dominating the charts, but we’re willing to give her a shot. Usher, on the other hand, is an excellent replacement for Cee-Lo (though we’ll certainly miss Lo’s crazy outfits…and pet cockatoo). He will be leaving the show to work on his upcoming sitcom.

Season 3 of The Voice is currently airing on NBC on Monday and Tuesday nights.

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The Premium Headphone Market Is Now A Billion Dollar Industry In The U.S.

Used to be that convenience was the name of the game with music consumption. Our players got smaller while our music libraries got bigger, and for listening on a mobile device it was all about the tiny, unobtrusive earbuds that likely came prepackaged with your mp3 player of choice. However, according to a recent report on music consumer habits by market research company The NPD Group, it looks like that the times, they are a-changin’.

In Headphones Ownership and Applications, the NPD Group notes that the premium headphone segment of the audio market – a segment which is made up of headphones with a retail price point north of $100 – has grown dramatically in the past year. What was once a niche market that was the purview of audiophiles and musicians, premium headphones now make up 43% of all headphone sales in 2012. This shift in consumer tastes was reflected in a 65% growth in unit sales in the first half of 2012 alone and has made the headphone market into a billion dollar industry in the US.
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Company That Kinda Brought Tupac Back To Life Declares Bankruptcy

Sad news in the world of special effects today as The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Digital Domain Media Group, the company responsible for the Tupac Hologram that made headlines following its Coachella debut, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

While the Tupac hologram, which was really the product of Illuminati magic and thus not a real hologram, was the most recent effort of note from Digital Domain, their special effects work can be seen in a number of major motion pictures and television projects. The company, founded by deep sea explorer and occasional director James Cameron, has provided effects for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Speed Racer,” and “Titanic,” amongst other projects.


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P!nk And Eminem Keep The Party Going With Leaked Single, “Here Comes The Weekend”

It’s been 11 years since P!nk got the party started, and it’s still going strong.

Hot off the heels of the pop star’s latest hit, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Here Comes The Weekend” leaked this morning, and it does not disappoint. The stomping, drum-driven track features a verse from rapper Eminem, who calls out hip-hop forefathers Diddy and Biggie.

As pop’s token “bad girl,” collaborating with Slim Shady was a no-brainer for P!nk; the two also collaborated on Em’s track, “Won’t Back Down”. ”Weekend” is a refreshing break from the currently ubiquitous electronic dance music trend, and is sure to please fans of P!nk’s past work. In fact, we’re pretty sure this will replace “Friday” as the new weekend anthem. Maybe.

P!nk’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love, drops on the 18th. Other collaborators include fun.‘s Nate Ruess and Lily Allen.

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Green Day Plot First Installment Of Tour Dates For Album Trilogy, Release Music Video For “Nuclear Family”

A few things to go over. Numero uno, vererable pop punk outfit Green Day has three new albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, coming out in the near future. But you already knew that. Numero dos, the band has just announced a string of dates, likely the first leg in a three part installment, to support ¡Uno!’s impending release. Numero tres, the band also released the video for ¡Uno!’s first single “Nuclear Family.” I know that’s a lot of information to digest. But let’s just dig in after the jump, shall we?

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Hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Single “This Kiss” NOW

You might be sick of “Call Me Maybe” this point, given the fact that the song has almost certainly invaded your airspace a couple dozen times since spring. Unless you live under a pile of rocks. In a deep, dark cave. In the Marianas Trench at the bottom of the ocean. Maybe you haven’t heard it that much if that’s your living situation.

But surface dwellers, you’re in luck! There’s a new Carly Rae Jepsen song ready to dig into your brain and settle into every wrinkle and crevasse of grey matter for the next few months. Prepare yourself for Jepsen’s next incessantly catchy single, “This Kiss,” which can be heard after the jump.


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Mumford & Sons Premier Music Video For “I Will Wait” Live At Red Rocks

On August 28th and 29th, folk rock sensations Mumford & Sons performed at the famous and awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado. From this experience, the band plans to release a documentary called Road To Red Rocks, including footage of the live performance, life on the road, and, in an interesting twist, fan submitted home-videos of their experiences before, during, and after the show. Now, after a three part series of promo trailers, the band have released their official music video for new single “I Will Wait” off their upcoming album Babel, which will be out September 24th. Click here for preorders, and check out the video below:

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