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More than just celebrity gossip

Chris Brown Has Some Issues With Jay-Z

Inside the October 14th issue, Chris Brown opens up to JET magazine about his troubled past, personal growth, what it takes to be Chris Brown, his relationships with Rihanna and Karrueche and why he has beef with Jay-Z.

Check out some of the highlights from the interview below:

On his beef with the media

“The media is full of yellow journalism. A lot of things I say, they will flip it. Instead of them getting off on all the positive stuff that I do, they will bring out the negative and draw out that story.”

On his beef with Jay-Z

“No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that [Jay Z] stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”

On Trayvon Martin

“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as.”

On controlling his anger issues

“You have to go through the struggle before you can get to the good part. I don’t try to lash out at people, or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be. I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings.”

On his relationships with Karrueche Tran & Rihanna

“Relationships are the most difficult part. That’s why I was honest with those two girls and I put out that video. My ex and I broke up because of the “situation” and she had moved on. I fell in love with another girl. Then my ex came back, so it was like, ‘What is a man to do?’ I told them both the truth. I didn’t do the sucker role.”

Pink Calls Miley’s VMA Performance And Latest Antics “Tacky”

Pink knows what it takes to be a successful and popular pop star. So what did she think of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance filled with gyrations, foam-finger humping and Robin Thicke rubbing?

To sum it up in one word? “Tacky”.

So what does she think about Miley’s latest antics?

Pink told E! Online, “Am I into it? No, I think it’s tacky. She’s really freaking talented. She’s beautiful. She can sing her arse off and to go up there and do that? She’s cheating herself and she’s cheating the rest of us… She can do what she wants. People can like it if they want. I’m not going to buy it. She can do better. I’ve seen her do better.”

And according to Pink, she feels that Miley owes it to her fans to be classy and think things through before going up on stage acting like a classless clown.

Pink added, “I’m a performer and I take my craft very, very seriously and I always try to evolve and be better and I never just kind of phone it in, because I believe if people are going to get up and get out of bed and go to work and spend their hard-earned money on me to entertain their family, I’m going to do it well and I’m going to do it interestingly and with class and creativity. I’m not saying I always get there, but that’s where I try to get to.”

In other words, you can be successful without being nasty.

Get Your Britney Spears Vegas Tickets, Y’all!

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Britney Spears isn’t done making money yet y’all. In fact, she’s ready to work, bitch…in Vegas. The pop star confirmed plans for a new show, aka residency, at Planet Hollywood called “Piece of Me’.

She is offering fans a selection of tiered ticket options. If you want to check them out and snag your tickets up, you can do so on Ticketmaster.

Here’s what you can get:

* A ‘Meet & Greet’ package will allow fans to meet the US superstar ahead of her show, as well as first row reserved seating and backstage access.

* A ‘Front & Center VIP Table’ package includes a table for six guests, as well as an array of signed Britney memorabilia.

* A ‘VIP Table’ package also offers spaces for up to six guests, along with a complimentary magnum of Belvedere vodka or bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial.

* A ‘Fan Package’ offers one ticket in the front row, along with a special edition T-shirt and poster and a commemorative VIP laminate.

Don’t expect hardcore vocals here peeps. You all KNOW Brit Brit. She is more of the entertainer. Here’s hoping that she’s polished up those dance moves and tapered off the lithium a tad. We don’t need another GMA type situation.

The Boston Boys – Keep You Satisfied

Fans of funk rock soul can now breathe a sigh of relief as their musical saviors have possibly found it in The Boston Boys, a foursome that fearlessly blends the genres to an engaging aural mix. With their fresh take on pop music, they are set to release their EP Keep You Satisfied, which fives straight into the beat and takes the listener on a fresh ride. When they sing about ‘Amelia’, the lyrics are heartfelt, with the Latin-tinged rhythm adding depth to the song. The title track serves up quintessential country rock and through the five songs, The Boston Boys cover enough genres to keep nearly anyone entertained at some point.

Since 2009, The Boston Boys have kept busy touring and producing music in the Boston area and beyond. The band went on tour in the Middle East and North Africa in support of their 2012 debut EP What You Say?! With performances at the prestigious SXSW and even as one of the bands for President Obama’s re-election campaign, their sound has criss-crossed the country and soon The Boston Boys are set to release their album on October 8th and then hit the road on a European tour. Their latest offering proves that they will be keeping their current fans more than satisfied.

A visual teaser is on Youtube:

A video for Amelia can be viewed here:

Websites:
www.thebostonboys.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBostonBoys

http://instagram.com/bostonboysband

https://twitter.com/BostonBoysBand

http://www.youtube.com/user/bostonboysofficial?feature=watch

Videos:
Satisfied EP Teaser – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wjqzd5c84Q
Hypnotized – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDr_NHa5bC4
Wish I Knew How Tt Would Feel To Be Free – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYj89T3apJ8
Tuk Tuk live – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oEnrTTkGZA

X Factor Ratings Drop Even More

Perhaps Simon Cowell should beg Britney back on the show, then steal her ‘scripts and watch her go mental on live television. Because he may have booted the allegedly crazy singer from the show and blamed her for the falling ratings, but it ain’t Britney’s fault, y’all!

Something in the milk ain’t clean!

X Factor returned on Wednesday with not a bang but a thud this week, averaging 6.2 million viewers. With new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joining Cowell and Demi Lovato, many insiders (including Simon Cowell himself) thought the show would get a boost in the ratings. As it turns out, that is not the case and now the finger pointing has started. Why are the ratings dropping?

Is it possible that it could be Simon Cowell himself?

No one close to him would dare say it, but it very well could be. His recent babymama drama certainly has not endeared him to any new fans, and his big-headedness means he will never lave his own show even if it’s fault the ratings are in decline.

So what say ye, VIPers?

Why is this ship sinking so fast that even Kelly Rowland’s glorious breasticles cannot keep it afloat?!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Has Miley Dumped Her Man?

A flashback photo from when Miley actually looked clean and STD free!

Ah, memories.

And now back to business. Has Miley Cyrus dumped her man?

Or vice versa?

Because everyone knows the most adult way to let everyone know about the status of your relationship is through Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, Miley Cyrus didn’t try to break new ground and announce it in an interview or through a spokesperson.

No.

The Queen of the Twerk, has decided to let us have our own bit of blurred lines to read between by un-following her fiance Liam Hemsworth on Twitter. News of their imminent breakup has been reaching a feverish pitch of late, so this is not exactly so shocking. What we at VIP really want to know is who dumped whom?

We say Liam saw Miley’s crotchal units on Mr. Thicke and then flew the coop!

It’s probably for the best anyway. Does the world really need to see a child with her beaver teeth and his giant forehead? And for those that say Miley is too young to be birthin’ babies, let us remind you which side of the swamp she’s from.

Yeah, the same side that Britney bathed in.

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Gloria Estefan: The Standards is #1

Gloria Estefan just further proves she is the number one Latina diva!

With just a few days after its release on September 10th, Gloria Estefan’s new album The Standards is already No. 1 on Amazon Bestsellers charts in Music, Pop, Vocal Pop, Broadway & Vocalist; iTunes Latino; and Barnes & Noble in the United States. In support of the album Estefan performed songs on Good Morning America, The View, CBS “Second Cup Cafe”, Rachael Ray, The Chew, and Fox & Friends.

The Standards celebrates great tunes from the American Songbook, reaching out to Estefan’s global fan base via international song classics sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, some with new lyrics written by Estefan herself. The album also features collaborations with world class, award-winning artists like singer songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz.

Estefan will travel to Europe in October, performing at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London on October 17th. She will also perform in Basel, Switzerland and for the Night of the Proms in Belgium and Holland.

Be On All Time Low’s Guest List For Life Or Until They Die

Hopeless Records and All Time Low are thrilled to announce Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! – A re-issue of the band’s successful October 2012 release Don’t Panic, which debuted in the Top 10 in both the U.S. and U.K! The album includes 7 new songs (4 original, 3 acoustic) and will be released September 30, 2013! The physical CD version of the album is limited to only 15k copies worldwide, all individually numbered.

In addition to the new album and song the band is launching the All Time Low Dinner Date Giveaway. One lucky fan will get a chance to go on a dinner date with All Time Low and be on the band’s guest list for life! Fifteen other lucky fans will receive other awesome prizes. Every physical CD preorder from Merchnow (USA) or Silverbullet Merch (UK), both of which can be accessed from alltimelow.com, will automatically put fans in contention to go on the date or one receive one of the other great prizes. There is no purchase necessary to be part of this and all details can be found at Alltimelow.com. Randomly selected winners will receive a one of a kind signed photo of the band inside a copy of Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now with a note indicating what prize they have won.

ALL TIME LOW DINNER DATE GIVEAWAY

GRAND PRIZE (ONE LUCKY FAN) – ALL TIME LOW DINNER DATE + LIFETIME BUDDIES

• Guest list +1 for life to any All Time Low headline shows (sorry no support dates or festivals) you can make it to until you or ATL dies

• Dinner with you and a friend and the band before the show plus hang out backstage at one show of your choice

• Signed All Time Low stage backdrop (It’s Very Big)

• Signed, one of a kind, movie poster used in the A Love Like War music video

• Signed, one of a kind Polaroid photo of the band

FIRST PRIZE (FIVE LUCKY FANS) – ROADIE FOR A DAY

• Roadie for a day at an upcoming All Time Low show of your choice (sorry no support dates or festivals)

• Guest list +1 to the show you are being a roadie at

• Don’t worry, you won’t be doing any actual hard work. The winner will get to hang back stage at the show, be shown around by the band’s tour manager, get to meet the crew and band and see how the show gets put on.

• Signed, one of a kind Polaroid photo of the band

RUNNER UP (TEN LUCKY FANS)

• ATL Prizepack including CDs, Merch, stickers and more

• Signed, one of a kind Polaroid photo of the band

Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! Track Listing

1. The Reckless and the Brave

2. A Love Like War (Feat. Vic Fuentes)

3. Backseat Serenade

4. Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)

5. If These Sheets Were States

6. Somewhere in Neverland

7. So Long Soldier

8. Canals

9. The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver

10. To Live and Let Go

11. Outlines

12. Thanks to You

13. For Baltimore

14. Paint You Wings

15. So Long, and Thanks for All The Booze

16. Oh, Calamity!

17. For Baltimore (Acoustic)

18. Somewhere In Neverland (Acoustic)

19. The Reckless And The Brave (Acoustic)

20. Backseat Serenade (Acoustic)

All Time Low will soon embark on an arena House Party Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink with A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil and label mates The Wonder Years! Tickets are on sale now!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

HOUSE PARTY TOUR

Sept-11 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center

Sept 12 Magna, UT- The Great Saltair

Sept 17 Seattle, WA- WaMu Theater

Sept 18 Portland, OR- Expo Center

Sept 20 San Jose, CA- Event Center At SJSU

Sept 23 Henderson, NV- Henderson Pavilion

Sept 25 Tulsa, OK- Tulsa Convention Center Arena

Sept 26 Cedar Park, TX- Cedar Park Center

Sept 28 Grand Prairie, TX- QuikTrip Park

Sept 30 Lincoln, NE – Pershing Center

Oct 1 Minneapolis, MN- Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Oct 3 Bloomington, IN- U.S. Cellular Coliseum

Oct 5 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion – Outdoors

Oct 6 Pittsburgh, PA- Stage AE – Outdoor Stage

Oct 8 Lowell, MA- Tsongas Center

Oct 9 Uncasville, CT- Mohegan Sun Arena

Oct 11 Trenton, NJ- Sun National Bank Center

Oct 12 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Oct 13 Greensboro, NC- Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Oct 14 Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center

Oct 16 Atlanta, GA- Aarons Amphitheatre At Lakewood

Oct 17 Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheatre

Oct 20 Houston, TX- Reliant Arena

Oct 23 Boca Raton, FL- Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

Oct 24 Orlando, FL- UCF Arena

Jonny Lang Still Has The Blues

It’s been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album, but the wait is almost over. Lang has signed a new recording deal with Concord Music Group and will release Fight For My Soul – the follow up to his Grammy Award Winning 2006 album “Turn Around”, in North America on September 17th. The album will be released on the Mascot Label Group in the UK and Europe on September 2nd.

“This particular record has taken quite a long time to finish for a lot of different reasons, Lang remarked. “Most of all, I started having kids a few years back. Between being with the family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go make a record. I’m really happy with the body of work we have for this one. It’s kind of hard to be excited and know what the record is going to be like when the process is extended over such a long period of time. Today, sitting here, I’m really proud of the recordings.” The first single from Fight For My Soul “Blew Up (The House)” is available today for fans to hear at USAToday.com

Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s Grammy winning “Change the World.” The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up.

Fight For My Soul truly defies categorization by a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what defines the album. It is unequivocally what Lang aimed to achieve over the long period he has been working on reaching a realized vision. He offers, “Much of what I’ve experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it’s all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day.”

Since the release of his 1997 major label debut “Lie To Me”, the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. As always, Jonny Lang will be on the road leading up to and beyond the release date of Fight For My Soul. Along with a full North American tour schedule, in October Lang will embark on his first extended European tour in over a decade.

FIGHT FOR MY SOUL TRACKLISTING
Blew Up (The House)
Breakin’ In
We Are The Same
What You’re Looking For
Not Right
The Truth
River
Fight For My Soul
All Of A Sudden
Seasons

Mariah, Tyson Beckford, Olivia Munn Party With Nas For His 40th (PHOTOS)

Earlier this week, Hennessy hosted an intimate dinner and exclusive after party with Nas in celebration of his milestone 40th birthday.

The extraordinary dinner was held at New York City hot spot Avenue.

The group dined on a menu created by award winning chef Mario Carbone followed by a post-dinner celebration where the group enjoyed masterfully blended Hennessy V.S mixed drinks while entertained by DJ Mos and D-Nice who provided the music for the night.

After dinner, Hennessy Senior Vice President, Rodney Williams presented Nas with gifts to commemorate his 40th birthday, including an engraved bottle of Hennessy Paradis Impérial. Nas was also gifted with a custom, engraved Hublot Classic Fusion Classic Ultra-Thin timepiece featuring a “cognac colored” crocodile watchband.

Musicians, celebrities, and tastemakers all came out to celebrate Nas’ birthday including Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Olivia Munn, Estelle and Anthony Mackie, Tyson Beckford, Melanie Fiona, Tristan Mack Wilds, Q-Tip, Cassidy, Nas, Pusha T among many others.

Photos via KirillWasHere

Katy Perry’s Roar Is Probably About John Mayer

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Roar sounds more like an inspirational song than a lover scorned song, but contrary to belief, Katy Perry has hinted that her new single is about her now on again boyfriend John Mayer.

Perry revealed the track she wrote while reeling from a breakup and we can only believe that the guy is Mr. Mayer as he is the guy she has recently been linked to.

Perry tells BBC Radio 1, “Roar is a song I wrote as I was a little bit upset. I found myself having a break with my boyfriend, who I loved very much and it really hurt my heart. I said to myself, ‘I need to see what is going on with me and make sure I’m all good.’ When you break up with someone it’s easy to say they are crazy and think it’s all them, but, honestly, maybe there is 50 percent responsibility on your behalf. It was just time for me to be honest with myself.”

So, she is woman…hear her roar! That’s what I got out of the whole ordeal.

Lady Gaga Releases New APPLAUSE Video

Check out this special video for Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” set to footage from Gaga’s secret V Magazine performance, thrown earlier this week. The video features appearances by Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, Daphne Guinness, Paris Hilton, Mama Germanotta getting down, and more!

Yes, this isn’t the official Applause video but this is rather entertaining to say the least.

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Introducing…The Rick Webster Project

Musician Rick Webster is a musical force to be reckoned with, and his latest EP proves the music that brought success the first time around was no fluke. The first EP, Rick Webster, was released in 2011 and featured many of the influences that brought him acclaim, including his tutelage as a jazz aficionado. The EP scored nominations at the WAM Awards for best jazz act and jazz song of the year in 2012. Not resting on his laurels, Rick Webster quickly followed up this EP with The Rick Webster Project.

For those that love the timeless musical essence of groups like Steely Dan, these influences can best be heard on the first track off the EP, ‘Write for Me’. The essence of being a singer-songwriter is vibrantly felt on the track ‘Long Way Home‘, with Allira Wilson’s vocals adding just the right touch. For those that are eager to hear more jazzy offerings from the band, they can be satiated with a taste of it on the closing track, ‘Already Mine’.

Rick Webster has achieved a loyal following through tireless touring. A native of Perth, Australia, his background in jazz was cemented at the Academy of Performing Arts. He is known as one of the most professional guitarists in Australia and his works have gained him recognition throughout the industry. His musical chops awarded him the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for the jazz category, and he was also a finalist in the American Songwriting Competition last year. The artistry his band exudes on stage has been compiled and placed on a live DVD, which features over two hours of music – improvisation and interaction with the crowd being standouts from this musical feature. For fans of true artistry and musicality, The Rick Webster Project delivers.

Members/Instruments:
Rick Webster: Guitar
Robin Murray: Bass
Bronton Ainsworth: Drums
Glyn Macdonald : Keys
Allira Wilson : Vocals

Websites:
Official: www.rickwebstermusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Webster/217390771607006
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rwebstermusic

Videos:
Grapevine Stories Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ELg1avDoys
Write it for me Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoG5W6vUMto

The Como Brothers Band – ‘Baby Steps’ of a Musical Journey

The Como Brothers Band duo of brothers Matt and Andrew Como have quickly gained a footing in the music business, with their unique brand of pop/rock music featured commercially on stations such as MTV, E!, and Oxygen. These two singer-songwriters have earned their chops playing for clubs and festivals in and around the New York area over the last few years. But it was not until 2010 that The Como Brothers Band began in earnest to pursue their musical dreams and in quick succession they are coming true.

With the release of their album Baby Steps, Matt and Andrew are out to prove that their rise is not a fluke, but an attempt to cement their place in the hearts of their fans and the respect of the critics. With their album release set for October 1st, the duo have already given their fans something to satiate their appetites in the interim. The single ‘Late Nights‘ and ‘Straight Face‘ show off their songwriting skills, and they’re touring schedule is picking up all over the New York area. After the success of their EP Still Waters in March of this year, anticipation is high for their full-length album Baby Steps. The Como Brothers Band are eager to sing and perform their way into the hearts of music fans worldwide.

Fans and new listeners to The Como Brothers Band can check out the links below and get a preview of their pop rock.

Late Nights:

http://comobrothersband.bandcamp.com/album/straight-face-and-late-nights-singles

Straight Face:

The new music video Late Nights is also available:

Websites:

http://www.comobrothersband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ComoBrothersBand

https://twitter.com/ComoBrosBand

http://www.youtube.com/ComoBrothersBand

http://comobrothersband.tumblr.com/

https://soundcloud.com/comobrothersband/:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-como-brothers-band/id509053062
CdBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheComoBrothersBand

Kanye West: Charged for Pap Beatdown!

Perhaps God has been listening to us when we begged for a Kardashian redux in 2013. Everywhere we look these days, a Kardashian Klan member is seemingly down on their luck. And we have no love lost for these twits, whether by blood or by marriage, so if one goes down, we hope they all follow quickly and in quick succession!

It’s Lamar Odom and Kanye West today, but f*ck it. That’s close enough for us. We’ll take it!

Kanye has been slapped with a criminal battery and grand theft charge for beating a pap at LAX on July 19th. The photographer hired Gloria Allred to represent him, so you know this is not going to end any time soon. He could face a year in jail if convicted. Perhaps he and Lamar could share a cell?

Yeah, riiiiiiiight.

Now, can someone please go arrest Scott Disick too?!

additional reporting: A. Neff King