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Be Relevant This Halloween: How To Dress As 2011′s Biggest Music Moments And Memes

Halloween is coming up and it’s time to start getting serious about costumes if you don’t want to be a sexy [insert noun here] or a regular-person-but-just-covered-in-blood-because-that’s-all-you-had-time-to-buy. This Halloween dare to be a little bit braver, a little more irreverent, and a little more clever with your costumes. That’s right folks — no more Lady Gaga get ups, lest you be deemed “like, sah 2010!” There’s a wealth of cultural reference at your disposal this year, with 2011 being renamed the Chinese Year Of The Meme (it hasn’t really, I just said that to get your attention). We’ve picked out some of our favourite musical memes of the year in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to trick yourself out in the spirit of a wickedly self-aware Halloween…

PREGONCÉ

Why? Only the baby of hip-pop royalty Jay-Z and Beyoncé could become an Internet meme and every GIF aficionado’s wet dream before the little tyke is even born. Barely beyond conception, Baby Bey-Z hit the Internet harder than “Friday” (see below) and made “Pregoncé” a word faster than you can say, “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” For Halloween, go as Pregoncé in the costume she wore at the VMAs earlier this year when she unleashed unveiled her newly rounded belly to the world.

How? We’ll start from the top down: first you need some crazy 70′s flicked blonde hair, wig it if you’re a brunette or a dude, and if you’re already blessed with the golden tresses, heat up those rollers, girl! Next you’ll need a white shirt (stuffed with a pillow, of course we don’t expect you to actually get pregnant) and black pants; easy. The sparkle blazer might be a bit harder. I suggest taking a cheap / second hand blazer, a can of spray on glue, a butt-load of glitter and having the absolute time of your life. Add some velcro to the inside of the blazer so it’s easy to rip open over the course of Halloween as you constantly re-enact the big reveal. Carry around a fake microphone so you can throw it down dramatically before you rub your belly emphatically and smile, smile, smile!

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Song Of The Summer Countdown: Katy Perry And Adele Are Neck And Neck At Summer’s Halfway Point


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This marks our eighth week of charting this year’s Song Of The Summer contenders, and it’s been quite the race so far. Adele‘s unstoppable behemoth, “Rolling In The Deep,” has been at the top of the charts for five of those weeks, and Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” has held the top spot for three of ‘em. However, it’s Perry’s jubilant anthem about the joys of getting blackout drunk that has all of the momentum in its favor after grabbing the top spot in our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for the first time this week.

At the moment, everyone who isn’t named either Adele or Katy Perry is currently playing for third place, but that’s a tight race, too. Pitbull and LMFAO each continue to hold strong with their club-friendly megahits, while Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge Of Glory” makes its highest appearance on the charts so far this summer, despite its video being widely panned as being too underwhelming and not up to snuff with the rest of Gaga’s video canon. It’s also worth noting that OneRepublic‘s “Good Life” would also find itself in the running for the top prize, if not for a total lack of traction on YouTube and LastFM.

One last note: Rebecca Black‘s follow-up to “Friday”—a song which might just be the most popular (and hated) song of 2011 so far—is scheduled to be released at 8 p.m. this evening. We should know in less than 24 hours time whether this song has got what it takes to make a late summer run at #1.

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Step Off, Haters: Rebecca Black Is Ready For Her “Moment”

Internet sensation Rebecca Black, fresh off a starring role in Katy Perry‘s Song of the Summer frontrunner, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” clearly isn’t your typical 14 year-old. Not only does her confidence belie her years—as she explained to us, she doesn’t get nervous because “I don’t see the point in it”—but she has no intention of spending her summer vacation simply marinating with friends. Instead, she’s looking to catch viral lightning in a bottle for the second time in less than six months.

On July 18, Rebecca Black will make her new single, “My Moment,” available on both her YouTube channel and on iTunes. It seems highly unlikely that she’ll be able to grab the cultural zeitgeist by its proverbial cojones once again, but you never know! One thing we do feel fairly certain of is that, regardless of the quality of her song, she’ll quickly outpace Lexi St. George, the girl handpicked by Ark Music Factory CEO Patrice Wilson to be his company’s Next Big Thing™. Despite getting a week’s worth of promotion on ABC’s Good Morning America, “Dancing To The Rhythm (With Me)” has stalled out at 194,000 views and failed to crack either the Billboard or iTunes 100.

Rebecca Black to debut new single on July 18 [USA Today]

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Is Lexi St. George The New Rebecca Black?

If Ark Music Factory CEO Patrice Wilson has anything to say about, she will be! The man who turned Rebecca Black into an overnight sensation back in March has a new protégé named Lexi St. George, who was introduced to American audiences yesterday during a Good Morning America segment called “Instant Pop Star” (a name that, at least to us, doesn’t seem to place any sort of value in oldster values like “artistic integrity” or “career longevity”). The 14-year-old debuted her (unnecessarily parenthetical-laden) first single, “Dancing To The Rhythm (With Me),” on the show and, if you’ll allow us to damn it with faint praise, it sounds like just about everything else on Top 40 radio these days. Which is to say, it’s sung by someone with an appealing yet thin affect –think Katy Perry, think J. Lo– and, of course, its bridges and choruses are punctuated by sweeping, lite trance rhythms. It’s catchy, yet disposable, which sort of makes it a perfect pop song to play for your cadre of bleeding edge, irony-appreciating friends at a barbeque this weekend.

Lexi St. George reminds us a lot of Hermione Granger, if Ron Weasley‘s best babe decided to forego a career pursuing Defence Against Dark Arts and instead went the pop star route. She’s got clean-cut Everygirl good looks, and her dance floor skills would blend in perfectly at a junior high mixer. Most importantly, though, she looks like she’s having “fun fun fun fun” with her group of (hilariously) multicultural friends¹ in her video. Speaking of Rebecca Black, it’s too early to say whether or not Lexi St. George will experience the same rocket ride into the spotlight that Black enjoyed, but no matter what happens to her, you can bet that she’ll be the star of her school’s Homecoming dance come this Fall.

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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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Katy Perry Throws An Eighties Style House Party In The Video For “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

It’s Monday, but Katy Perry is hoping people will be thinking—and talking—about her new video “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” She teased the video over a month ago by quoting, on Twitter, a friend who said the clip would “break the internet.” The clip certainly appeals to that demographic, which is no surprise: director Marc Klasfeld was also responsible for the clip “Scarface School Play,” so he knows a little something about viral videos.

In the first place, Perry’s costar in the video is Rebecca Black, whose “Friday” video, as of today, has 165 million views and remains in the YouTube Music Weekly Top 10 despite its 88% thumbs-down rating. Black is, of course, internet catnip, especially since she is apparently magical in this clip:

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Putting A Wrap On The 2011 O Music Awards With A Gallery Of Photo Highlights

What a whirlwind couple of days it’s been! We arrived in historic downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon for the O Music Awards and now, less than 48 hours later, it’s already time to leave. Boo!

Before we go, we thought we’d share a few snaps from last night’s festivities, in case you missed it. Some were taken by our friends at Getty Images, but we were also able to whip out our handy iPhone 4 to grab a few moments that the professional photographers didn’t catch. Like, for example, when we won $19 on slots! (Clearly, a personal highlight, but one we couldn’t resist sharing.)

One last thing: We managed to scoot away from our laptop in the press room JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to catch this moment, which was pretty awesome (but not quite as awesome as when we met Rebecca Black). Hope you enjoyed our coverage!

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Rebecca Black, Internet Superstar: “I Don’t Get Nervous. I Don’t See The Point In It.”

Rebecca Black Interview at the 2011 O Music Awards from Mark Graham on Vimeo.

Well, well, well! It was quite the night at the O Music Awards; not only did we see Chiddy Bang smash the #RapWorldRecord for Longest Freestyle (9 hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds!), but the house band, Matt and Kim, won themselves thousands of new fans with their energetic performances. It’s safe to say that Fremont Street in historic downtown Las Vegas hasn’t seen this much action since U2 shot their epic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” music video back on April 12, 1987.

However, our personal highlight of the evening was when we were able to steal a few minutes of internet superstar Rebecca Black’s time, just moments after this evening’s extravaganza wrapped. We only had a few minutes with her and, in the interest of expediency, we uploaded our shaky, iPhone-shot interview with her straight to Vimeo. We pressed her on a few things, like whether or not she’s really going to record “LOL” as her next single and if the 13 year-old is going to hit the slot machines while she’s here in Vegas, but our highlight of the 2-minute interview was when we asked her if she was nervous before the cameras turned on tonight. “I don’t get nervous,” she replied with the kind of brazen confidence that comes after your video has been streamed 120 million times in six weeks. “I don’t see the point in it.” Swag!

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Rebecca Black Confirmed For O Music Awards Appearance, While Daryl Hall Picks Up An Award

Daryl Hall and Rebecca Black are two names that we never expected to occupying the same headline, but that’s just part of the beauty of the inaugural O Music Awards. Daryl is, of course, one half of the most popular successful duo in musical history —Hall & Oates racked up 34 Top 100 singles, including six #1s!— and, well, Rebecca has been internet famous for six weeks or so, during which time her “Friday” video has been streamed over 120 million times on YouTube alone.

Daryl just picked up his first O Music Award in the category Best Performance Series for his outstanding web-only broadcast, Live From Daryl’s House. If this show has missed your radar, well, now’s as good a time as any to catch up! Be sure and check out his recent collaborations with You Oughta Know fave Fitz & The Tantrums and one of this writer’s all-time favorite bands, Guster, to get a feel for the show.

And as far as Rebecca is concerned, a press release just hit the wires about her appearance on the show tomorrow night. Follow along for the whole shebang…

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