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On Saturday, I teased you with pictures and a video that Katy Perry had released to promote the release of her video for E.T.. This Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Ammo produced song is the third promo single of her album Teenage Dream. However, for the video and full release of the single, Katy added Kanye West to the mix and in all honesty, I’m not to sure why. I liked the song without him before and his verses don’t add anything to the song. In fact, they don’t really fit.

The video despite its major use of effects, green screen and computer generation is pretty basic. We begin with Kanye spinning around in a zero gravity while an alien floats through space. That alien suddenly turns into Katy and we watch her float through the stars in some pretty impressive costuming and make up. Once she hits a planet, she makes eyes with a robot and kisses it to turn into a skinny man, painted white and naked. Katy removes her dress and we see that she actually has the legs of a deer. WHAT?!

Check out the “E.T.” video here.

Get ready, because the alien formally known as Katy Perry will land with her new music video for E.T. on March 31st. As you can see from the picture, this video is going to be a trip (and I actually can’t wait). I have had the Teenage Dream album since its release last year and E.T. was one of my favorite tracks. I am kind of sick of it now, but with the creation of this video came something exciting; a new version of the track featuring Kanye West.

In more of the pictures you’ll see after the jump, Katy looks like a drag queen on steroids from another planet, but still looks absolutely stunning. MTV is planning a full Katy Perry Day extravaganza in support of the launch of the new video. This will include Katy Perry video blocks and an interview on The Seven. The official TV broadcast premiere will be at 7:53pm EST but you’ll be able to catch the video on MTV.com and NewNowNext.com at 12 noon. Exciting!

Check out the teaser vid and more pics here.

All of the Lights is the fourth single from Kanye West’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye produced the track for himself and it features many an artist contributing to the backing vocals including Elton John, Fergie, Alicia Keys, The-Dream, John Legend, Elly Jackson, and Kid Cudi. However, West chose to solely feature Rihanna as the artist accompanying him on the single. The song didn’t crack Top 10 on the charts however many critics praised the song for its dramatic theme and precise and detailed production which is shown in how the backing vocals is layered. One of Kanye’s producing partners explained it to MTV.

“He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out”.

The video was filmed in January with Hype Williams at the helm. It features a lot of word graphics classic to Hype’s style with strobe and colored clips of Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Kanye in reference to Gasper Noé’s 2009 film Enter The Void.

Check out the video after the jump…

Billboard Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

In: Music, Tyrell

These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.

Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.

Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.

Read more about Uncharted after the jump.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, special guest Josh Groban took the chance to remind America that he is still around. He wasn’t promoting a new album of original music however, but a collection of quips from one of Twitter’s most adored… Kanye West. Yes, Josh Groban took some of Kanye’s best 140 character ramblings and turned them into little jingles for our hearing pleasure and I’ve got to say, the songs are just as hilarious as the tweets themselves.

The faux-commercial is pretty convincing. Its really too bad that this little LP isn’t available for sale. Not like it would have any practical use on anyone’s iPod’s or playlists, but just for comical relief. Some of the golden tweets include: “Do you know where to find marble conference tables? I’m looking to have a conference… not until I get the table though.” and “Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on.” Classic. And they only get more ridiculous from here.

Check out Josh’s “commercial” after the jump.

Kanye and Jay-Z To Release Joint Effort This Week

In: Music, Tyrell

While celebrating at Jay-Z’s New Year’s Eve bash in Vegas, Kanye West made a huge announcement to the crowd. Back in August, Kanye teased us on Twitter when he announced that the duo would be releasing a mini-album project together and that the first single would be the now released, Monster. The EP would be called Watch The Throne.

He later announced that the EP would turn into a full length album and shortly after this, headed to England to begin work on the project with Jay-Z. Kanye’s description of the album? He says, “[its] going to be very dark and sexy, like couture hip-hop.” If there is anyone who could pull this off, it would be these two. Another single surface on the internet in November titled That’s My B**ch and it features Elly Jackson from La Roux and is said to be another single from the EP.

Check out Monster and That’s My B**ch after the jump.

Rolling Stone Picks Their Top Songs & Albums of 2010

In: Donovan, Music

We’re still recovering from our NYE celebrations, so we decided to take today off. In lieu of new articles, we decided to repost some of our favorite 2010 Year End List-themed posts from this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

Spin Magazine and MySpace already named their best music picks of 2010, and now it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s turn. Kanye West’s latest opus has once again soared past the competition and claimed the top spot. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” took the No. 1 spot on Spin and the runner-up slot on MySpace’s list. Looks like someone is on a roll.

Rolling Stone’s list includes several of the same artists found on Spin’s, but there are a couple of WTF selections. Which ones you ask? I love me some Elton John, but seriously… his latest CD is at No. 3? If anyone’s listened to it, please enlighten me on what I missed out this year. The other selection that had my head scratching was Robert Plant. Maybe my musical tastes aren’t as refined, slash ancient as the editors of Rolling Stone.

Here are Rolling Stone’s picks for the crème de la crème of 2010.

  • 10. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  • ?9. Eminem – Recovery
  • 8. Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
  • 7. Drake – Thank Me Later
  • 6. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  • 5. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
  • 4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • 3. Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
  • 2. The Black Keys – Brothers
  • 1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What did you think of the list? Personally, I like Spin’s list much better. How many of the Top 10 have you checked out or own?

view Rolling Stone’s Top 10 songs after the jump

Ballerinas Are SO The New Vampires

In: Fashion, Nic, The Arts

It’s been a LONG TIME coming that those blood sucking children of the undead climbed off the trendy train. I’m not really anything other than neutral that this trend became popular quite honestly. But really, who hasn’t watched True Blood and loved it, (just the raunchiest show on television), and what prepubescent teen, or Tommy D, hasn’t done the Beatles cry over Twilight (my warm soft spot for those films ends at Lautner). After only a few examples, we can see that the pop culture phenomena that IS vampires, post Anne Rice, has been riding high the last couple of years. But WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF SOMETHING NEW!

The dark side of Ballet has taken over, and we can thank a few seemingly unrelated groups for the next craze. Anyone who has not seen Black Swan SHOULD. It’s an incredibly suspenseful, demented, and claustrophobic film that I can see someone (PORTMAN PORTMAN PORTMAN) thanking the Academy for very soon. But something caught my eye and hit a nerve (mixed analogies?) when I first saw the trailer for it. I thought it seemed like a slightly underplayed theme that had serious nuclear potential, and then I noticed I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The tutu is IN.

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