Posts By Mark Graham

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One More Day Left To Enter VH1 and Do Something’s Battle of the Bands Contest

Just a quick reminder to let all of you aspiring rockers out there know that tomorrow, April 16, is the deadline to enter Vh1 and Do Something’s Battle of the Bands contest. As you’ll recall, the winner gets $5,000 for their school’s music program and the opportunity to perform live at the legendary Apollo Theater, and five runners-up will receive $1,000 for their school music program, concert tickets, Fender guitars, and Rock Band video games.

As a means to stimulate both your creativity and competitive spirit, take a look at the video that New Orleans’s own NOCCA Riverfront submitted. Be sure to enter the contest before it’s too late!

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Deadline For VH1 and Do Something’s Battle of the Bands Contest Quickly Approaching

VH1′s Save The Music Foundation and DoSomething.org have partnered together in an attempt to raise the awareness of music education in our schools. As part of this cause, we have put together a Battle Of The Bands contest. Over 850 bands from all over the country have already entered to win a the $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to perform live at the legendary Apollo Theater. The deadline for entering this contest is next Friday, April 16th — that’s one week from today! — so get your friends together this weekend and be sure to enter the contest.

Above, watch the video submitted by one of this year’s contest entrants, Hover! These rockers might not be old enough to have their driver’s licenses, but these Owego (NY) Apalachin Middle School students have been writing their own blend of catchy pop songs since the sixth grade. And below, please follow along and check out a sampling of some of the other bands that have already submitted their videos.
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Christina Aguilera Debuts Bouncy New Single, “Not Myself Tonight”

It seems almost unfathomable that Christina Aguilera, for all of the impact she has had on the music world, has only released three full-length studio albums during the course of her ten-plus year career. Her self-titled debut stormed the pop charts way back in 1999, she got herself all “Dirrty” in 2002 with her Stripped LP and went Back To Basics with a big band-influenced sound in 2006. But after taking the last few years off to focus on raising her first child, Max, she’s gearing up to release her latest album, Bionic, in June. As a means of whetting the public’s appetite for the project, Aguilera debuted the first single, “Not Myself Tonight,” on her official website last night.

Judging from the electro-flavored synths and pulsating, dance floor ready rhythms of this Polow Da Don produced banger, it’s immediately apparent that Aguilera recognizes that her biggest competition these days is no longer her old Mickey Mouse Club rival Britney Spears, but rather the omnipresent Lady Gaga. To wit, Aguilera begins the song by announcing that she’s feeling “out of character” and “in rare form” as she hits the club, ready to embrace the kinds of pansexual behavior that Gaga has built her reputation on. Although she promises (Her lover? Her husband? Herself?) that “In the morning, I’ll go back to the girl I used to be,” tonight she’s unrepentantly “taking shots” and “kissin’ all the boys and the girls” who cross her path. Got a problem with that? Aguilera has two simple words for the haters: “F*** you.”

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