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Jasmine V f/Kendrick Lamar "That’s Me Right There" (Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of JasmineV-ThatsMeRightThere
Yo Gotti "Errrbody" (Epic) Click Hear for audio sample of YoGotti-Errrbody
Epic VP/Rhythm Crossover Sujit Kundu and FMQB's Bob Burke at Kundu's 19th Annual 21st Birthday Celebrations at TAO Downtown in NYC... It was another killer party to celebrate "The People's Indian!"

The MTV Video Music Awards were held on Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, and the show kicked off with a "Bang" courtesy of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. First Grande performed her new single "Break Free" backed by a slew of dancers, and that flowed right into Minaj's booty-shaking performance of "Anaconda." Then Jessie J appeared and the trio of ladies combined to perform their new smash "Bang Bang" for the first time ever.
      Katy Perry won one of the earliest awards in the show when she emerged victorious in the Best Female Video category for "Dark Horse." "We just want to say thank you so much," Perry said as she accepted her award from Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani. "We put a lot of time and effort and hard work into this song."
      Best Male Video went to Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams for "Sing." Drake won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Hold On (We're Going Home)," Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's "Problem" scored them Best Pop Video, and Best Rock Video went to Lorde for "Royals," making her the first female ever to win the award. However, the prestigious Video of the Year trophy was awarded to Miley Cyrus for "Wrecking Ball." Rather than take the podium herself, Cyrus stayed behind, letting a young man named Jesse walk to the mic. "I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your lives," Jesse announced, referring to his plight as one of America's 1.6 million runaway and homeless children. Cyrus’ eyes filled with tears as he told his story, and he directed people to her Facebook page where they can donate to help end the problem of displaced youth.
      Finally, the end of the show was all about Beyoncé. After already being honored with Best Collaboration for "Drunk In Love," and Best Video With a Social Message and Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts," Bey received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her career achievements. The award was presented to her by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. She also closed out the show with a powerful medley of songs from her latest album, including "Partition," "Blue," "XO," "No Angel," and "Haunted."
      As for some of the other performances, Taylor Swift utilized an old Hollywood theme for "Shake It Off." She was escorted onstage by dozens of suited men and she wore a fringy flapper-style dress to sing her newest hit. Sam Smith offered a Soulful and stirring "Stay With Me," accompanied only by a piano, and 5 Seconds of Summer did a stripped-down performance of "Amnesia."

Eminem and Shady Records will celebrate the label's 15th anniversary with its fifteenth release: ShadyXV, a two-CD compilation. One CD features an album of the label's greatest hits, including classics such as 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself." The second CD will be an album of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf as well as special guest-artist collaborations. ShadyXV, set for release on November 24, is preceded by the new Eminem single, "Guts Over Fear," featuring Sia. The song is out today, and fans will also hear it in the trailer for the upcoming film The Equalizer, which will be in theaters on September 26.

Afro-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz will release their first U.S. album, Black Star Elephant, on September 16 via Warner Bros. Records. In addition to their hit song "Am I Wrong," their debut features 13 tracks and 7 interludes which pay homage to their parents' nationalities. Additionally, the duo is set to perfom at the Fashion Rocks concert on September 9 in New York City. Airing live on CBS from Barclay's Center, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted special celebrating the relationship between fashion and music also will feature performances by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry and Usher.

It turns out that Prince will release not just one, but two albums via Warner Bros. next month. His long-teased album with the band 3rdEyeGirl, dubbed Plectrumelectrum, is due on September 30, as is a new Prince solo album called Art Official Age. Fans can order both albums at www.artofficialage.com. The Purple One will reportedly hold a series of special events and live dates around the world to celebrate the albums' release. More details are forthcoming.

Nick Cannon has confirmed rumors that he and Mariah Carey are currently separated. Speaking to The Insider with Yahoo, the TV star said, "There is trouble in paradise. We have been living in separate houses for a few months.” He added, “My main focus is my kids." A publicist for Carey told Yahoo, "I am not commenting on Mariah's personal life, but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour."

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Marissa Lanchak
APD/MD
WFLY/Albany

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