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MTV Video Music Awards

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    December 26, 2013
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    October 17, 2013

    Nobody Cares About Robin Thicke By Himself (Yet)

    It could be the relatively short notice or the confusing name--I would not have pegged him as a jazz artist, personally--but it's happening, universe: The Robin Thicke Controversy Machine is coming to Ahwatukee, as one of the headlining acts of the Arizona Jazz Festival. It may have taken us a whi ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Britney Spears' New Single Perfectly Explains Why Miley Cyrus Is So Creepy

    I don't think anyone will be shocked by this admission, but I'll make it: I don't like Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus very much. (Aside from that Notorious B.I.G. mashup from a few years ago.) They are not really gyrating in my demographic's direction. But Britney Spears has a new single out--finally ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Top 5 Most Disturbing Things About Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" Music Video

    How do you top one of the most-talked about moments in MTV Video Music Award history? Release a boring music video, then bribe your fans to set records by watching it the most times ever in a 24-hour period. It's all a part of Little Miss Miley Cyrus' marketing plan for her upcoming album, Bangerz, ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Five Ways Eminem's "High" ESPN Interview Is Pop Culture's Pro Wrestling Moment

    Eminem has always explicitly played a character on his records, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised that he's playing one on TV now that he's re-dyed his hair and dumped his earnest Recovery/Chrysler commercial persona. Based on the reaction to his bizarre "high" ESPN interview with Brent Musburger ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    How Heavy Metal Was Framed By Disney's Tween Stars

    The VMA's, Miley Cyrus, "twerking," foam finger-humping--I'll be so happy when all the bullshit about this Disney star turned disgusting excuse for a pop culture icon is over. Usually it's supposed to be hard to look away from an emotional trainwreck, but Miley Cyrus's dead eyes and awkward tongue ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Backstreet Boys - Comerica Theatre - 9/6/2013

    Backstreet BoysComerica TheatreSeptember 6, 2013 The Backstreet Boys have been in comeback mode--yes, I know the album’s called Never Gone--for almost 10 years now. I don’t think we spend enough time thinking about how weird that is. When bitter rivals *NSYNC made their comeback at the ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    5 Reasons Why Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Was a Good Thing

    Miley Cyrus keeps breaking records. This week, her polarizing, bizarre, what-drugs-is-she-on? performance at the MTV Video Music Awards caused a Twitter avalanche, inspiring more than 300,000 Tweets per minute and upsetting the slightly classier Beyonce as the title holder of most Tweets in a minute ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    "Blurred Lines" and Marvin Gaye: Can You Copyright Cool?

    When I first heard "Blurred Lines," I was driving in my car. I knew I'd heard it before, but I couldn't place the song. So I Shazamed it. Still nothing. I didn't recognize the title. About a half-an-hour later . . . Abracadabra! I remembered Marvin Gaye's extended groove, "Got to Give It Up." I repl ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music History

    Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists col ... More >>

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    August 25, 2013

    NSYNC Reunion Confirmed By Verified Twitter Account, Because The Internet is Ridiculous

    God, the internet is weird. Also *NSYNC fans, but mostly the internet. Just days after Lance Bass's non-denial an *NSYNC reunion at Sunday's VMAs was confirmed, in this order, by Joey Fatone's dad and the opening of a verified Twitter account in their name. , which immediately drew 67,000 followers. ... More >>

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    September 30, 2012

    Sound Wave Music Festival/Red Bull Thre3style Massive at Big Surf, 9/29/12

    Sound Wave Music Festival & Red Bull Thre3style Massive: Calvin Harris, Z-Trip, Switch, Adventure Club, Crizzly, and Others at Big Surf | 9/29/12 The third time was most definitely the charm for the Sound Wave Music Festival. The inaugural edition of the electronic dance music massive back in April ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Rise Against's Tim McIlrath on SB 1070 and MTV

    It's been three years since Rise Against last performed in Arizona thanks to the band's participation in The Sound Strike. The terms of the boycott have changed, so Rise Against is making its triumphant return to the valley. The line-up couldn't get much better, as Rise Against is paired with long ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Metal's First Music Videos Ooze Green Jellÿ

    There's never been a huge a market for heavy metal music videos. Praise is far and few between, and they don't garner awards like pop music videos, clips like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which won seven MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, and even grabbed a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. But t ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in Arizona

    Last week, punk band Rise Against ended their boycott of Arizona by announcing two high-profile shows. That isn't to say that The Sound Strike , the boycott organized by rockers like Zack de la Rocha to impact the state in the wake of SB 1070 is over, but it's shifting it's focus away from boycottin ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Black One on Sampling Artists, Kanye West, and Why Phoenix's Hip-Hop Scene Reigns Over Tucson's

    ​Expat RecordsJason Ikner is Black One​I had never met a rapper who claims to like Adele, the Black Keys, and dubstep. That is, until I spoke to local hip-hop artist Jaron Ikner, commonly known as Black One. Black One draws from different sections of the record store than your average backp ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Miss Krystle Explains "I Don't Cry"

    Miss Krystle​Local singer/songwriter Miss Krystle has a lot to look forward to this week. On Saturday, August 13, the pop/electronic artist celebrates the release of her new sophomore 10-song album, Run, with a show at Crabby Don's in Gilbert. Besides hearing new tracks from her album, the show a ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

    I want my MTV back​Music Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant. Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music vid ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World Reflects on MTV's 30th Anniversary

    Jimmy Eat World​Cable channel MTV turns the big 3-0 today. Maybe this would be a big deal to music fans if the station was actually dedicated to music, like it was back when it launched on August 1, 1981, but these days, MTV's demographic keeps getting younger and the programming keeps moving towa ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Bruno Mars Arrested in Vegas for Drug Possession

    ​Hotel security found narcotics in Bruno Mars' bathroom Sunday, according to SPIN. He was arrested at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Apparently he's discovered that it's not so easy being in the spotlight all the time.The breakout hitmaker is scheduled to release his new album Doo-Wo ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Kanye West (Sort-Of) Acts Like a Man on "Runaway"

    Kanye West​Not surprisingly, preppy hip-hop star Kanye West managed to inject a lot of energy into his show-closing performance of "Runaway" at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. He started out playing a loop which served as the backdrop for the song, then he danced around in his bright red suit, al ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 9/16 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts.What did Paramore singer Hayley Williams think of our piece about why she cannot leave her boring band?What should ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The MTV Video Music Awards Get Worse Every Year

    ​MTV's annual Video Music Awards have been working their way steadily downhill for a few years now.This year's show was pretty damn near the bottom of the slope, one would hope. The 2010 iteration included predictable performances, a lack of pans to stars in the crowd, and a lack of award winners ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    YouTube Begins Live Streaming Trial

    ​YouTube has announced it's in a testing period for live streaming, according to TechCrunch.Today and tomorrow only, YouTube will partner with a group of companies to make a live broadcast schedule. Unfortunately the feature will be removed from the site once the trial is over, so be sure not to m ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    2010 Grammy Nominees Announced- Young'ns Dominate

    Taylor Swift may have to keep Kanye off-stage again if she wins at the Grammy's​After getting chummy at the 2009 Video Music Awards, Beyonc é and Taylor Swift will go head-to-head once again at the 2010 Grammy Awards, when they compete in several categories, including Album of the Year. Swift, ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Lady Gaga Sexy, Vulnerable on 'The Fame Monster'

    ​Everyone knows about the crazy side of Lady Gaga. There's the bubble outfit, the time she smeared (fake?) blood on herself at the MTV Video Music Awards and her affinity for not wearing pants. But on her new eight-song EP, The Fame Monster (the songs are also available on a deluxe ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    'Good Morning America' Needs to Get a Life, Cancels Adam Lambert

    ​In lieu of the whole, "I'm gay and open and will fondle whomever I darn well please on-stage" performance by Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards this past Sunday, ABC's Good Morning America has canceled an appearance by the fabulously glam singer on tomorrow's show. Because, you know, ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Kanye West Not Dead Despite Massive Rumors/Speculation

    No, Kanye West is not dead, despite the widespread rumor from early Wednesday morning​Sometimes you wake up, check out what's the buzz for the early day and something magical/bizarre/all too typical falls into your lap. Wednesday morning  just so happened to be the perfect example of one such ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Lady Gaga Announces New "The Monster Ball" Tour, Screws Over PHX

    The pants-less one, Lady Gaga, has announced her new North American tour and Phoenix is nowhere to be found.​Lady Gaga, that lightning rod of weirdness and pop music giant, has announced her new North American tour, appropriately dubbed "The Monster Ball." It was a month ago when she and professio ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    The Killers Vs. Kanye

    The Killers are fun but vapid, like their hometown

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    September 24, 2009
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    February 25, 2009

    Britney Spears to Incorporate Magic in 'Circus' Tour

    Introducing magician Britney SpearIntroducing magician Britney Spears Move over Criss Angel - Britney Spears may be after your gig. The pop songstress, known for lip-synching her way through her shows, will bring some magic to her "Circus" tour, according to E! Illusionist/comedian Ed "The Misfit ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Pity: Our Greatest Marketing Tool

    A look at 2007's most successful train wrecks

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    December 6, 2007

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    September 12, 2007
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    August 7, 2007
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    December 7, 2006

    Panic! At the Disco

    Emo! at the Arena

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    June 3, 2004

    It Took Some Time

    Why Morrissey is newly hip among bands that sound nothing like him

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    January 16, 2003

    Arizona Squeeze

    The Grammys blow off the state's most promising entries

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    Year in TV: Fear Factor

    But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott

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    September 26, 2002

    Belle du Jour

    Songstress Michelle Branch enjoys the spoils of success

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Revenge of the N*E*R*D

    After stepping out of the studio, Pharrell Williams finds the rock-star role suits him just fine

  • Culture

    June 14, 2001

    The Pound of Music

    STOMP motion comes to the Orpheum

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    December 14, 2000

    Y2 Chaos

    Looking back at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of local music in 2000

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    November 25, 1999

    A Country B-Boy Survives

    With influences ranging from old-school rap to old-time country, Kid Rock is as twisted as they come

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    November 11, 1999

    Catch a Falling Star

    Ricky Martin is in a show-biz tailspin. The boy needs help. And he needs it now.

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