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Sneak Peek: Weird Al Yankovic, “Perform This Way”


 
With previous Weird Al YankoVICTIMS including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Madonna, Nirvana, Coolio, Dire Straits, and the late, great, Michael Jackson, it would appear that Lady Gaga is in good company. On the heels of last night’s “The Edge of Glory” video premiere, we’re happy to present you with an exclusive 30-second sneak of Weird Al’s latest masterpiece, “Perform This Way.” If you’ve been living under a rock, the song is a parody of the pop matriarch’s hit, “Born This Way,” and like us, you should be mega-stoked that Gaga and Weird Al were able to squash their alleged beef and come to a mutual understanding to officially approve and greenlight the song.
 
While the lyrics were imagery-inspiring on their own, you’ll see in the sneak that Weird Al has delivered true-to-form visuals that manage to simultaneously mock and salute Mother Monster. Snatching Gaga’s signature looks and making them his own, Al transforms to perform, dancing around to her choreography (albeit with his head on a female body) and flaunting grossly exaggerated versions her outfits — a feat we didn’t think was possible! The full broadcast premiere of “Perform This Way” hits television airwaves Monday morning on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live, and will no doubt join the ranks of Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” and “Amish Paradise.” The parody wizard himself will be a guest on the show, so tune-in and check back with us then; we’ll have the full scoop on all things Yankovic!

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Lady Gaga Plays Rent‘s Mimi In “The Edge of Glory” Video

Lady Gaga premiered the music video for “The Edge of Glory,” her third Born This Way single, tonight on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. “The Edge of Glory” is the not only one of the album’s standout tracks (and in the running for Song of the Summer) but also the first remotely organic single from the album, which is to say both that the song was not a planned single but enough of a hit with listeners that it was released to radio and that the video is low-concept, particularly compared to the “Born This Way” and “Judas” videos.

Gaga has said the song is a tribute to her late grandfather, but through director Joseph Kahn Haus Of Gaga‘s eye, “The Edge of Glory” is about Gaga’s early days in lower Manhattan. In the MTV documentary Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, she discussed playing metal records onstage with Lady Starlight before she got her break, and her starry-eyed reminiscence of her Lower East Side experiences are translated visually, and through the lens of Gaga’s love of musical theater, into somewhat of a recreation of the choreography of “Out Tonight,” a number from the musical Rent. She dances and prances all over a fire escape and up and down a block, and her leathered-out getup reads as positively throwback (not in a bad way).

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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Rebecca Black Pulls “Friday” Off Of YouTube
Sorry, kids, there be no getting down this Friday, for TMZ reports that teen superstar Rebecca Black —who, you’ll recall from our interview with her at the OMAs, “does not believe in getting nervous”— is engaged in a beef with her record label, Ark Entertainment. Until they get their issues settled, YouTube is “Friday” free. Some might argue that’s a good thing, but those people would be wrong. [TMZ]

Premieres: Matt & Kim Video, J. Cole Single, Lady Gaga Video (Imminent)
OMA favorites Matt & Kim premiered the video for “Block After Block” over at MTV.com; the first single from J. Cole’s forthcoming debut full-length went out to radio today (and can be heard below); the video for Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” will premiere during So You Think You Can Dance tonight.

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Lady Gaga, Little Monsters Offer “Big Hug” To Clarence “Big Man” Clemons

In the first official word following saxophonist Clarence Clemons‘s stroke on Sunday, Bruce Springsteen released a statement about his ailing E Street Band member stating that “all initial signs are encouraging” and that “this is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”

Lady Gaga couldn’t wait that long. On Monday she tweeted a request for get-well messages and by this morning the Haus of Gaga had edited together and uploaded a thirteen-minute video of messages from Gaga and her Little Monsters, viewable above. Gaga recorded her introduction just after taping yesterday’s performance, for the French X Factor quarterfinals, of “Edge of Glory” and “Judas.”

In all, the video is a touching tribute, and while young, female fans predominate, the montage does serve to showcase the wide range of Little Monsters out there—like this shirtless bro with the I Want to Believe poster, who jammed Clemons’s “Thunder Road” solo in the background of his message:

We can only echo the sentiments of everyone involved in the video. Get well soon, Big Man.

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Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

We try to cover all the music stories that matter here on the VH1 Blog. Sometimes, though, we find too many stories to cover, stories that don’t exactly “matter” but are worth sharing, or even just good stuff from our peers. Here’s your Tuesday roundup:

Amazon’s 99-Cent Lady Gaga Deal Hurt Interscope
On Saturday, Ed Christman at Billboard noted on Saturday that while Amazon’s Born This Way price drop certainly helped increase overall sales figures for the album, it also shifted the balance from physical to digital sales to an extent for which Interscope was unprepared. Now, he calculates, 72% of Interscope’s initial shipment of physical copies of Born This Way—over 1.5 million CDs!—are taking up space on the shelves of retailers eager to return excess stock.

Is Britney Spears‘s Tour Underselling?
One of today’s Detroit Groupon Deals is a half-priced ticket to Britney’s July 28th show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. We can’t determine anything definitively from this, but we can presuppose that presales—at least, in Detroit—failed to meet expectations.

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Song Of The Summer Countdown: Adele Is Still Dominating, But Here Comes Bruno Mars


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If it doesn’t feel quite like summer yet, that’s because it’s still technically spring until the summer solstice arrives on June 21. After looking at the release dates of the songs atop this week’s Song Of The Summer chart, it certainly appears as if we’re still mired in springtime.

As you’ll see in our handy Microsoft Excel chart, Adele‘s dark and wintry chart topper “Rolling In The Deep” —which, we’ll continue to note until (if?) it leaves this countdown, was released in December (!)— has a strangehold on the Song Of The Summer crown for the third consecutive week. However, the smoky-voiced Brit seems to have some competition by the name of Bruno Mars, who lept over Katy Perry and J. Lo this week to snag the #2 spot with his breezy ditty, “The Lazy Song.”

However, even though “The Lazy Song” has yet to crest, we sorta feel like Pitbull‘s club-friendly plea as to why it’s best to just give in to your carnal desires, “Give Me Everything,” has the most momentum this week. Not only did it make its debut in the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, but it’s also holding down the number two spots on both the Billboard 100 and iTunes sales charts, which certainly signals that people are going to be listening Ne-Yo crooning this song’s catchy, Eurotrance-y hook all summer long.

What song do YOU think is poised to make a big leap this summer? Continue along with our analysis and then let us know in the comments!

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Clarence Clemons, Famed Saxophonist And Springsteen/Gaga Collaborator, Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke at his home last night at his home in Florida, an AP source confirmed after an initial Showbiz411 report surfaced last night. The Showbiz411 story suggests that the stroke was extremely serious, but there has not yet been confirmation nor denial of this report.

Clemons, the legendary saxophone player from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has also had a long history of guest appearances—most recently on several tracks of Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way. He also wrote a partially fictional memoir last fall. We wish him the best in his recovery, as does Lady Gaga, who sent this Tweet out earlier this morning:

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2011 Song of the Summer Countdown: Adele Continues To Roll Deep


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Welcome to Week Two of VH1′s Song of the Summer countdown. Each and every Monday from now until Labor Day, we’ll be utilizing today’s most advanced data collection techniques Microsoft Excel to chart the competition of what will become THE song that people will think of when they remember the summer of 2011.

Last week, Adele‘s monster smash, “Rolling In The Deep,” captured the top spot, scoring 87 of a possible 100 points. (For a reminder on how the scoring system works, click here.) Somehow, the English songbird managed to increase her stranglehold on the #1 spot in this countdown this week, racking up 91 (!!!) points and proving that no matter what medium people use to consume music these days, they’re using it to listen to Adele.

However, lest you think that Adele has got this summer on lock only two weeks in, there are a number of new songs that cracked the charts this week for the first time: Jason Derulo‘s “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” DJ Khaled‘s superstar-laced hit “I’m On One” (which features Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (which was just released on Friday) and Taylor Swift‘s bid for power pop domination, “The Story Of Us.” Oh yeah, and Adele’s powerful anthem of lost love, “Someone Like You,” managed to crack the Top 20, too.

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The Top Five Musical Feuds Of The Last 20 Years (Not Involving Moby)

Moby‘s comments last week about what types of pop are and aren’t music isn’t the first time he’s taken shots at other artists. At the 2001 Grammy Awards he called Eminem ”a racist, a homophobe, and a misogynist.” But he’s not the only artist who’s feuded over art (and, implicitly, integrity). Here are the five most notable feuds of the last 20 years.

FEUD: Nirvana vs. Guns N’ Roses
HOW IT STARTED: Nirvana never liked the lyrical misogyny and homophobia of Guns N’ Roses, but the feud officially got underway when Nirvana turned down an offer to open for the band on tour.
KEY NIRVANA PULLQUOTE: Kurt Cobain, interviewed by Kevin Allman in the February 1992 issue of The Advocate:

I can’t even waste my time on that band, because they’re so obviously pathetic and untalented. I used to think that everything in the mainstream pop world was crap, but now that some underground bands have been signed with majors, I take Guns N’ Roses as more of an offense. I have to look into it more: They’re really talentless people, and they write crap music, and they’re the most popular rock band on the earth right now. I can’t believe it.

KEY GUNS ‘N’ ROSES PULLQUOTE: Axl Rose, on stage in Seattle: “Nirvana would rather stay home and shoot drugs with their bitch wives than tour with us.”
WINNER: At the time, Nirvana by a mile, but as time has gone on and Cobain-as-icon has lost some of its political edge, it’s now closer to a draw.
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Summer Jams: Lacey Seidman’s Top Three Contenders for “Song of the Summer”

After a miserable NYC winter, the weather is again warm, and we’re all about hitting these streets! But what will our summer-lovin’ soundtrack include? Since the pop music monster is one that defies taming, most of us can already venture to guess what we’ll likely hear blasting out of car windows while dining al fresco and laying poolside, but for me, it’s all about the songs that may or may not hit the mainstream radar. Specifically, songs that light your summer on fire and arouse flashbulb memory nostalgia for years thereafter. As a music head, I can’t wait to find out what will be this year’s perfect audio accompaniment during glorious, sweaty cocktail-glass pre-game rituals, or what I’ll have on repeat in my headphones as I dodge European tourists in Times Square. Until then, here’s hoping that the radio gods are listening, and (fingers crossed!) that they have good taste.

NOMINATION: Friendly Fires, “Live Those Days Tonight”
EXPLANATION: If mainstream radio could just bend some rules and make room for an indie-pop dance record, this next few months would certainly be a bit lovelier. Summoning nostalgia for the (allegedly) more-fun 80s past that he never had the chance to experience, Friendly Fires’ frontman Ed Macfarlane vows to one-up his predecessors on this uptempo, synth-happy slice of audio heaven. Heavy with drums and feel-good vibes, “Live Those Days Tonight” is the first single off of the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore release, Pala, and is also the perfect summer party accessory!

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