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Playing The Lesbian Card: 5 of Music’s Top Stars Who Used Bisexual or Gay Antics To Gain Popularity

If you haven’t already heard of Kreayshawn, the white, female rapper from Oakland, California has been snagging some serious buzz on the internets since she released her video for “Gucci Gucci” two weeks ago. Being chummy with Soulja Boy, “Based God” Lil B, and members of the hardcore L.A. rap collective Odd Future certainly hasn’t hurt the tiny, blunt-smoking lady-goon’s popularity, and rumors are swirling that she landed a million-dollar record deal with Sony over the weekend. Her quirky lyrics might make us giggle, but why should she be on your radar, and what does all the hoopla around her really stem from?

“Gucci Gucci” is an ode to Kreayshawn’s own flyness, but what makes us scratch our heads the most while watching this braggadocio-laden clip is the fact that the loudly-dressed, foul-mouthed rapper announces she’s openly into girls. Lots of girls. And she’ll even snatch up YOUR bitches — at her leisure. But is this bi-curious shtick organic? If it is, more power to her; we’re just a bit skeptical because, frankly, we’ve seen it before. Especially recently. It almost seems like becoming a successful female pop star these days means pseudo-lesbianism is baked into the artist’s marketing plan!

Just take a look at our list of five female artists below; they’re at the top of their game and crushing competitors, but at one point or another, they all allegedly dabbled in bisexual or gay experimentation. But was it Truth or Farce?

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Death Cab For Cutie Discuss Their Crappiest Jobs Before Hitting It Big

“There are few things more demoralizing than groveling for a job that you don’t even want,” said Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard at last month’s VH1 Storytellers taping when he introduced and explained the inspiration behind “Employment Pages.” Been there, bro! It was a statement that’s bitter truth stuck to us until now, but since that song didn’t wind up making our on-air show, you’re not likely to hear it when the band’s Storytellers airs tonight at 11 p.m. Luckily for you, however, VH1.com has a Bing online exclusive of Death Cab performing that track, and we even snagged some footage of Ben and bassist Nick Harmer talking about one of the most demoralizing jobs that Ben first had in Seattle during the days they were fighting to make a splash in the music biz. Check out the interview below, and if you’re still hungry for DCFC, feast on already-released clips “You Are a Tourist,” “Title and Registration,” and, hot off the presses, “The New Year.”
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Music’s Top Ten Most Powerful Couples

Death Cab For Cutie’s VH1 Storytellers is airing at 11 p.m. tonight on VH1, and since lead singer Ben Gibbard is now married to his indie beloved Zooey Deschanel, we got to thinking about music’s most powerful couples of the moment. Because these lists are often tricky to compile and put into an order that everyone can agree on, we took to the streets and polled over 5,000 people. JK! We actually did something smarter and more efficient, combining stats from Billboard charts, YouTube clicks, and social media followings, and mixed it with our interpretation of je ne sais quoi cool-factor buzz. Confident in our rankings, we hereby give you VH1’s list of the most powerful couples in music today.

Who did we miss? Care to offer up any suggestions of your own? Hit us up in the comments section below!

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50 Cent Explores How Slavery Affected His Ancestors in 50 Cent: The Origin of Me

50 Cent has come a long way since his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ days. Now that he’s in a more comfortable position than he was during his days trying to survive life in one of Queens’ roughest neighborhoods, he has the time, ability and opportunity to pursue some of his passion projects. Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the fruits of 50′s labor and a new addition to the Emmy Award winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise, 50 Cent: The Origin of Me, will premiere on VH1, allowing the rough-and-tumble rapper to publicly and personally answer the question: Who is Curtis Jackson?

In the truth-seeking documentary film, 50 journeys to Edgefield, South Carolina to learn more about his great-grandfather Will Jenkins, triggering a domino effect of discovery within his family’s history. Warmly welcomed by the sisters of Buelah, his grandmother and adopted parent, we follow 50 as he receives help from genealogists, census data, and archivists to answer questions that, prior to shooting, he couldn’t have even imagined. “I didn’t expect to go back two-hundred years in my bloodline,” 50 admits of the project, noting, however, that he was aware of Edgefield’s intense race relations and ties to violent slavery in the past. “History can be ugly, but I’m willing to look at every angle to get the best possible picture.” And he did.

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You Oughta Know Alum Matt Nathanson Thinks Lykke Li’s Album Is The Year’s Best

Fresh off of his appearance on yesterday’s Big Morning Buzz Live, we had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Nathanson, former You Oughta Know artist and the voice behind 2009′s platinum hit, “Come On Get Higher.” The self-proclaimed “music nerd” constantly suggests that his Twitter followers tap into the experience of listening to artists’ full albums, so every morning, he recommends one LP per day via the hashtag #morningrecords. The tune talk doesn’t stop there for Matt Nathanson, though; with a new album coming June 21st, he has his ears to the street, and since he’s a You Oughta Know alumnus, we were curious to know what artists he thinks are “on the rise.”

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Cee Lo Sheds Tears at VH1 Storytellers

Cee Lo Green has never performed “She Knows” in concert. Not once. So when the singer with multi-faceted talent announced to our privileged VH1 Storytellers audience that he’d do so for the very-first time, it was only natural that he gave the Gnarls Barkley song the proper introduction it deserved. Shifting the upbeat vibe in the room after a reunion performance with Goodie Mob, Cee Lo dug deep into his emotional cellar to articulate how the death of his mother Sheila directly relates to the beautiful-but-eerie Odd Couple track.

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What’s The Significance of Jay-Z’s New Haircut?

At left: Jay-Z attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala on May 2. At right: Jay-Z performing at the Adult Swim upfronts on May 18.

Just because they’re married doesn’t mean that Jay-Z and Beyoncé use the same methods of promoting their music!

As a guest mentor on last night’s American Idol, Beyoncé debuted her new video for “Run The World (Girls)” live from Los Angeles (more on that to follow).Shortly after the show, her album cover conveniently leaked via New York’s Hot 97 News correspondent and blogger extraordinaire, Miss Info. But on the other side of the country, hubby Jay-Z discretely revealed some album information of his own…

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Ray LaMontagne Comes Out Of His Shell During Intimate VH1 Storytellers Taping

Being different isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can sometimes serve to enhance the ordinary, making bland beautiful and transforming simple into sensational. Following in the footsteps of this season’s previous performers My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, and Maxwell, folk singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne took his honey-coated vocal chords to the VH1 Storytellers stage last Thursday night at Metropolis Studios in uptown Manhattan, delivering what can only be described as a bizarre-but-compelling performance. As an artist recognized for being deeply, deeply introverted, the very-serious LaMontagne was forced to come out of his shell before our very eyes, and although it admittedly took a minute for him to bust out of his comfort cocoon, the transition was well-worth the wait.

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Fare Fit For A King: Kings Of Leon’s Guide To Nashville’s Best Eats (And Drinks)

Throughout its eclectic fifteen-year run, the majority of VH1 Storytellersepisodes have been shot in sound stages in either New York City or Los Angeles. While we certainly are adept at capturing your favorite star-songwriters and musicians in their purest creative form, it’s almost unheard of that we do so on the artist’s home turf. That, my friends, is yet another reason why this season’s Storytellers premiere is SO exciting; taped in Nashville where the band actually lives, Kings Of Leon were able deliver a performance tailored for their adoring local fans. But rest assured: you don’t have to LIVE in Nashville to get a piece of the pie action. During our journey down South to cover KOL’s regal Storytellers taping last month, we sat down with the band and decided to do a little recon of our own, all in hopes of serving up a few enticing slivers of information for all you KOL fans to sink your teeth into.

Curious as to why we’re using so much food-related imagery?! Well, we’ve already given you a behind the scenes glimpse at the band’s Storytellers shoot, and all week we’ve been releasing clips from the show that airs TONIGHT at 11 p.m. ET/PT. But what we haven’t sent your way yet is Kings Of Leon’s personal list of restaurants and bars that they themselves frequent in Music City. That’s right, we’re psyched to present to you Fare Fit For A King: The Ultimate Nashville City Guide.

Follow along for pictures and descriptions of the places where the Followill brothers —Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew— like to get their grub on when they’re not on the road.

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Maxwell Induces Mass Cooing, Swooning During VH1 Storytellers Taping

The perfect man does not exist in reality, but if he did, he’d probably be a little sumthin’ sumthin’ like Maxwell. Harnessing the perfect concoction of modesty, confidence and unapologetic vulnerability (and did we mention the voice of an angel?), it’s no surprise that the soulful singer/songwriter maintains a fan base that is notorious for teeter-tottering into obsession. Last night, in a warm, packed room full of cooing and swooning in East Harlem, Maxwell brought the house down during a performance that, according to him, was literally “fifteen years in the making.”

“We share a birthday,” announced VH1 Storytellers Executive Producer and show creator Bill Flanagan to the room of sweat-glistened super-fans during the taping’s introduction. And we do! Just as VH1 celebrates fifteen years of Storytellers, Maxwell celebrates the same milestone of time for surviving in the music industry- an achievement that started off when he was only a teenager. Making disclaimers about being nervous, scared, and reluctant to comfortably discuss his craft, the charismatic singer joked that he wished Oprah was there to help him verbalize his thoughts, openly confessing “this is not my forte” at the onset. But as he began knocking out a set list that was heavy with double-platinum, debut album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite tracks, “Max… from Brooklyn, New York” loosened up quickly, comparing the experience to being on Twitter (but with real avatars), and began to discuss the moments in his career that birthed the baby-making music he’s heralded for.

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