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Fourth Of July Playlist: Throne, Katy Perry Get Patriotic

4 Jul

If you’re tired of the same old playlist of predictable Bruce Springsteen/ John Mellencamp/ Tom Petty/ Neil Diamond/ Lee Greenwood songs your buddy always rolls out for his annual Fourth of July barbecue, take heart. While we love us some "Born in the U.S.A." and "Proud to Be an American," the Independence Day soundtrack needs a serious makeover, and we’ve combed through our collections to come up with a fresh take on patriotic songs for the nation’s birthday.

Sure, some of them are flag-waving in name only, others make it unclear how the artist feels about the nation and some are just on there because they’re awesome, but all will light your wick and make your Fourth extra fiery.

Katy Perry, "Firework": OK, this song has nothing to do with jingoistic chest-beating, but it does have a killer Fourth-centric title, a video full of CGI bottle rockets and a nice message about American individualism.

The Throne, "Made in America": Jay-Z liked this song from his collabo album with Kanye West so much he used it as the name of his upcoming music festival in Philadelphia. In addition to name-checking such iconic Americans as Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Coretta Scott King and Malcolm X, Jay pledges allegiance to his granny for serving up his slice of Americana: her banana pudding. Jigga also gives props to apple pie while Kanye focuses on his only-in-America success story and brags a bit about the riches he’s earned from rapping. Because conspicuous consumption is, after all, as American as baseball, apple pie and morbid obesity caused by all that apple pie. (See also: Jay’s "Empire State of Mind.")

Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem": The wispy chanteuse paid homage to two of the ultimate American icons in the JFK-focused video for this song. While you won’t find it blasting at a good ‘ol boy backyard bootscootin’ party, Rey also nods to the national obsession with fame and fortune in the lines, "Money is the anthem/ Of success," begging her lover to call her his national anthem and waxing philosophical about "red, white and blue[s] in the skies."

Lenny Kravitz, "Black and White America": The "American Woman" singer made his life as a biracial American the theme of his most recent album. The title track opens with a lyric about MLK’s vision and a plea to not look back on the civil rights leader’s dream of a unified country, before moving on to Kravitz’s own tale of growing up in a mixed household. "We’re the children of one father," he sings. "If you’re looking back don’t bother/ We’re black and white America." If that doesn’t get your flag waving, nothing will.

Lady Gaga, "Americano": We will fully admit we have no clue what this funky bilingual song is about. Other than the Latinized title and lines about meeting a "girl in East L.A. in floral shorts" and skirting the law, it has nothing to do with Independence Day. But Gaga gets a pass because what’s more American than making a mariachi dance pop song about immigration, gay marriage and Christianity? Think of it as the liberal baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.

Animal Collective, "Fireworks": Like the Perry song, this one pretty much has nothing to do with celebrating our freedom. It does, however, touch on a genie who makes humans out of the Earth’s skin, blood rivers, warm cereal, pickpocket elephants and color blindness. Did we mention how awesome fireworks are?

Kelis, "4th of July (Fireworks)": Like bands who release nostalgic songs with wistful titles just in time for graduation, Nas’ ex clearly had seasonal sales (and Google searches) in mind with this one. Hell, this is mostly a bitter break-up and rebirth song with an almost afterthought nod to the holiday right near the end. Still counts, though.

Wilco, "Ashes of American Flags": On its surface, the title alone seems to disqualify this song from the running. And the lyrics, well, they’re a poetic trip through Jeff Tweedy’s twisted psyche as he ponders materialism, the emptiness of our daily existence and our society’s lack of substance. Did you catch the title though? America, f— yeah!

Have a great Fourth!

What’s your favorite non-traditional Fourth of July song? Let us know in comments below!

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City Go Camping For ‘Good Time’

4 Jul

SILVER MINE LAKE, New York — Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young were hanging out on a campground in upstate New York on Tuesday (July 3). But they weren’t just sitting around roasting marshmallows: They were there to film the feel-good video for their soon-to-be summer anthem "Good Time," and MTV News tagged along.

Set under the trees and beside a lake, the video follows the pop partners as they embark on some summer lovin’. The clip also joins in the grand tradition of summer-themed music videos, so we had to ask both Carly and Young whether they had a favorite warm-weather video of their own.

"There’s this band called Further Seems Forever and they have this video ‘Snowbirds and Townies,’ and it’s as summery as you can get," Young told MTV News. "There’s like a pier … the ocean, there’s a really nice car in that video."

Meanwhile, Young’s "Good Time" partner-in crime had her own pick. "Colbie Caillat, I’m thinking," Jepsen shared. " ‘Bubbly,’ that one’s good."

With sunny clips like those to draw on for inspiration, the pair had some fun teases for fans eager to know what to expect when the video finally drops. "My three words, they’re a little bit intense, but I would say, it’s really hot," Young hinted.

So does Jepsen agree with that assessment? "I would say it’s fun, it’s carefree and it’s … I love it, spontaneous," she laughed after getting some assistance from Young.

"Good Time" is the lead single off Owl City’s August album, The Midsummer Station; the track will also be featured on Jepsen’s debut album, dropping in September.

Is "Good Time" your summer anthem? Share your picks in the comments!

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Exclusive: Preview 50 Cent’s ‘You Will Never Take My Crown’

3 Jul

After months of anticipation, 50 Cent fans are going to have to wait a few months longer for the rapper’s next official LP. Despite previous plans to release his next album on Tuesday (July 3), Fif announced early this morning that he’ll release Street King Immortal in November, with or without the support of his longtime label home, Interscope Records.

"My official Interscope album is called STREET KING IMMORTAL due out in nov," the G-Unit CEO, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, tweeted early Tuesday.

5 (Murder By Numbers), which was widely believed to be his fifth official album, will now be offered to fans on Friday for free — as what he called an "appetizer" — instead of being released for sale as planned.

MTV News has obtained an exclusive snippet from one of the songs off 5 (Murder By Numbers — a reggae-tinged, New York-flavored number called "You Will Never Take My Crown." "Gram after gram, time after time, I got the grind/ I can’t help it, I got the shine," he raps on the drum-heavy track.

Claiming that he was receiving little marketing or support from Interscope, 50 recently lashed out at his label and the industry, saying it will be the last in his turbulent deal with the label.

"I said I was gonna put a record out that was completely up to album standard, and I’m gonna do that. I worked on this album for a long time," he said in a June interview with Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9 radio station. "It’s been three years."

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Exclusive: Hardwell And Showtek Debut ‘How We Do’ Teaser

3 Jul

When MTV News last caught up with Hardwell, following Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, he teased what he called a "hard" new single with fellow Dutchmen Showtek called "How We Do." Riding high off his epic EDC show, Hardwell also told us they shot the video for the single at the annual festival.

In just two days, MTV Clubland will be premiering the much-anticipated "How We Do" video. But to give fans a taste of what’s to come, we have an exclusive teaser just for you.

"The whole video and the teaser is based on EDC. That’s really cool," Hardwell, born Robbert van de Corput, told us back in June. "The vocal in the track says, ‘Yeah! That’s how we do!’ So, it’s like, ‘This is how we get down!’ It’s a pretty crazy track. It’s not radio-friendly stuff. It’s real hard.

The teaser begins with Hardwell flanked by the Showtek brothers to reveal the video’s title, and goes onto show Hardwell and Showtek taking their respective chopper rides to EDC’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway, inter-cut with panoramic shots of the Vegas skyline. Just before the song presumably is about to reach its climax, we are briefly shown snippets of their individual EDC sets, with sweeping shots of the masses in attendance.

In fact, when we caught up with the Netherlands-born DJ/ producer, he told us his show at EDC 2012 was one of his biggest so far. While Mother Nature and traffic kept a few artists from performing at Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, nothing could stop Hardwell from giving an epic performance for tens of thousands of fans.

The single will be available for purchase July 30. "It was my second time at EDC, but my first time I played on the main stage. It was crazy!" Hardwell revealed. "I think it’s probably one of the biggest shows I’ve ever done. It was more people than Ultra [Music Festival]."

To catch the full video of Hardwell and Showtek’s "How We Do," tune into MTV Clubland Thursday (July 5) at 3 a.m. ET.

For updates and the latest EDM news follow @MTVClubland.

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Eminem Gets ‘Shout Out’ For Mixing Slaughterhouse Album

3 Jul

Good things come to those who wait, but Slaughterhouse didn’t just sit idly by since signing to Shady Records last year. Royce da 5’9", Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their second LP, Welcome to: Our House. And now that the album has a firm August 28 release date, the four horsemen of rap are just counting the days.

"It’s finally here. We dealt with a couple of pushbacks, we dealt with being creative the whole way through, putting new music out there. Now, we’re here," Joe Budden told MTV News on Sunday evening on the BET Awards red carpet in Los Angeles. "August 28, we’re going to make it do what it do. Hopefully, the fans are just as excited about the release as we are, and we can’t wait."

The group officially formed in late 2008, and the following year, they independently released their self-titled debut. Because each of the four members was a noted soloist with separate deals and obligations to deal with, they recorded their first album together in less than a week. The result was a critically acclaimed, rap fan’s lyrical dream. Each track was packed with intricate flows and an accelerated word play. The fact that SH has had more time to work on Welcome to: Our House is very encouraging for the group.

The album’s first single, "Hammer Dance," is an aggressive street tune, while the Cee Lo Green-assisted "My Life" is a rags-to-riches track that should earn the rap quad some much-deserved radio play. "There are records where those core Slaughterhouse fans will get their ‘Ohs and ahs,’ like, ‘OK, the pen is pushing,’ " Joell Ortiz told us during a May set visit to the group’s "My Life" video. "It’s themed, but we take you on a ride through this album. Y’all gonna enjoy it."

Now, a few months later on the BET red carpet, and Ortiz is even more excited. "We really got busy this time around, man. The first album, we had six days to do it, this time around we’re with a major label, Shady Records," he said. "Shout to Eminem: He mixed the entire record. This album is going to be incredible."

What are you hoping to hear on Welcome to: Our House? Leave your comment below!

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Christina Aguilera Readies Single For August

3 Jul

Call it a collaboration too long in the making. Christina Aguilera has reportedly (and finally) worked with Swedish power producer Max Martin on her first single off her next album.

Sources tell Billboard.com that the powerhouse vocalist will drop the Martin-produced track in early August. The source adds that the fist-pumping tune includes this line in the chorus: "All I want to do is what you wanted." While Martin has worked with Aguilera’s onetime rival Britney Spears several times over, he and Xtina have yet to cross paths musically.

Little else is known about the single, but in a previous interview backstage at "The Voice" earlier this year, Aguilera made it clear that she would release new music by year’s end and that it would be "amazing."

"Well, I started [it] whenever I started this show, and then [the show] kind of took off into this big thing. So the show used to be a side project [and it] kind of turned into a bigger time-fulfilling, dedicated project for me," she said.

"I’ve been in the studio, hard at work," she added. "Different producers I’m working with have just excited me so much and have given me amazing tracks and beats and material I’ve been writing to and [with] writing partners. It’s just filled with fun and excitement, and it’s gonna come out later this year, and I’m very, very excited to share it with my fans, finally."

In addition to Martin, she is also rumored to be working with British production team Xenomania, who have worked with Cher, Kylie Minogue and, interestingly enough, the Wanted. (The Wanted took shots at Aguilera after they felt she had treated them coolly during their appearance on "The Voice.")

Having already worked with "Voice" judge Adam Levine on Maroon 5’s "Moves Like Jagger," Aguilera is expected to work with Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green on this project.

"It’s a song for her album. I won’t disclose the title, because it could possibly be a working title," Green said. "We’ve talked about it amongst ourselves, and I’m gonna go in on it and work it out. It’ll be the second song we’ve done."

The twosome previously worked on the track "Nasty," which didn’t end up making the final cut for the soundtrack to Aguilera’s film "Burlesque."

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One Direction Still Amazed By ‘Mind-Blowing’ Success

3 Jul

Sure, One Direction just wrapped up a hugely successful U.S. tour, but that doesn’t mean they don’t already have their even more enormous 2013 world tour on the brain.

As soon as the guys take a bit of a summer vacation and hit the studio to work on their sophomore album release, they will turn their attention to the highly-anticipated jaunt, which kicks off abroad at the beginning of 2013 before heading back to the U.S. just in time for summer.

"To be honest, if you had said to us a year ago, and this sounds so cliché, [but] if you had said to us a year ago that we were gonna be touring America, we would absolutely have fell on the ground laughing at ya," Niall Horan told MTV News about how quickly 1D have become popular all over the world.

"Obviously when the record label and stuff wanted to send us to America just to see how it would go, no one, not even them, had an idea of how it was going to go," he added. "And self-admittedly no one could tell how it was going to go. So to think that we’re going on a world tour next year and about 85 percent of it is sold-out already is just mind-blowing."

It’s a good thing that Niall and the boys have some downtime before they hit the road, since he’s still trying to wrap his head around his inevitably busy 2013. The guys have a few one-off shows at the end of this year, before the tour kicks off at London’s O2 Arena in February. They will swing around the globe before landing Stateside again on June 13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "I don’t know how we’re gonna do it," he said, before adding that the guys will do "what we be doing, I suppose, and hopefully it all works."

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