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Star Spotting: Here Is A Photo Of Usher Holding An Owl

All you need to know: Usher holding an owl.

So listen, Usher could literally do anything he ever wanted (short of killing a man), and I would still think he is God’s gift to Earth. I am not lying when I say that when my iPod’s on shuffle, I never skip an Usher song. (Hopefully my friends and family still respect me.) So when we came across this photo of Usher holding an owl on Twitter, I lost my marbles. And by “lost my marbles,” I mean “I’m pretty sure Usher and I are soulmates.”

Along with this photo Usher tweeted, “This is my lil homie… he would not let me go!” This is great for so many reasons: 1) Usher’s correct usage of an ellipsis, and 2) USHER CALLED AN OWL HIS LIL HOMIE. Yo, Ush — if you ever need a +1 to your next zoo date, I’m your girl. Or if you need anyone to help you commit a felony like in your “Climax” video, I’m also your girl. I’M A RIDE OR DIE B****.

Photo credit: @usherraymondiv

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New Video: Havana Brown Featuring Pitbull, ‘We Run The Night’

Pitbull and Havana Brown run the night in their latest video.

How do you make a super sexy songbird writhing sensuously in a mostly sheer outfit even sexier? Just add Pitbull to the mix! At least that seems to be the formula for Havana Brown, the stunning Australian DJ-turned-chanteuse who has just dropped the video for her new single, “We Run the Night,” which is probably the hottest vid we’ve seen since… Well, since Jennifer Lopez teamed up with Pitbull for “On The Floor.” (There might be a pattern here. Smokin’ hot lady + Pitbull = straight fire.)

“We Run the Night” already topped the charts in her native Australia — and now, reswizzled by in-demand hitmaker RedOne and featuring a guest spot from Pitbull, the track has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart. (Fun fact: She’s the first Aussie since Kylie Minogue to do so!) So what better way to celebrate her success than to drop a fresh video for the song?

Watch Havana Brown and Pitbull’s “We Run The Night” video after the jump.

The song is an ultra-ferocious club banger built around a universally appealing hook: “We run/ Yes, we run the night.” (We have every confidence that she does do just that.) Wondering about what happens to Havana Brown after she’s done running the night? The lyrics tell that story, too: “Party, party all night, night/ Sleep all day, then do it again.” The video for “We Run the Night” take this sophisticated narrative to a shmancy mansion nightclub thing (the kind that only exist in music videos), which can basically be broken down as follows:

1. Havana Brown is really bangin’. (There’s some skimpy outfits and gold jewelry and she’s sitting atop a throne, which is exactly where she belongs, and pulls off some of the most spectacular hair flips in recent memory.)

2. Pitbull is really bangin’. (He curls his upper lip with that signature Pitbull snarl and looks unusually flossy in a fire-engine red blazer that we totes want to borrow.)

We have no complaints about any of this. In fact, if Havana Brown keeps it up, we have no doubt that she’ll continue earning that “International Love.” (Get it?)

+ Watch Havana Brown featuring Pitbull, “We Run The Night.”

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Video Preview: Madonna, ‘Girl Gone Wild’

Madonna drops a steamy ‘Girl Gone Wild’ video teaser from her forthcoming MDNA album.

Madonna has just premiered a (way too) short teaser for her second MDNA single, “Girl Gone Wild.” Even though it’s only 26 seconds, we can safely say it bears no resemblance to those icky, infamous spring breaker videos of the same name.

In the stylish black-and-white clip, our gal Madge is in a hot, shiny black skintight number flanked by a couple of hot scantily clad men. When she’s not moving with the guys to the song’s thumping beat, she’s restrained by chains, which can’t keep her from finding a sexy groove. Silly chains, don’t you know it’s Madonna you’ve got there? Nothing can hold Madge back. As for being a girl gone wild, it’s the guys that look to be having the most fun in the clip — with a makeout sesh. Steamy!

“Girl Gone Wild” is from her forthcoming 12th studio album, MDNA, which is set for release March 26.

+ Watch Madonna’s video preview of “Girl Gone Wild.”

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Notorious B.I.G. Is The Reason This Suburban White Girl Listens To Hip-Hop

As a 15-year-old white girl growing up in a middle-class suburb of Chicago, I probably hadn’t heard a harder track than Notorious B.I.G.‘s mainstream hit “Hypnotize.” I was a teenybopper to the core — I had Hanson posters plastered over every inch of my bedroom walls, and I kind of lost my mind when I saw *NSYNC at the B96 Summer Bash. But there was something about Biggie’s 1997 album Life After Death that made me look deeper into this thing called “hip-hop,” and I haven’t turned back since.

The day it was released, I made my dad go to Best Buy after work so he could buy me Life After Death. First of all, I couldn’t drive, but second, due to the “Parental Advisory” warning, I couldn’t purchase it without an adult. (LOL at America.) Also, there was barely an internet at the time — when you wanted music in 1997, you had to go out and buy the physical album. My dad brought the album home (how cool of my dad?), and I skipped right to “Hypnotize” to perform some private booty dances in my room for my Hanson posters. But then I actually listened to the rest of the two discs — obviously the Diddy and Ma$e-assisted “Mo Money Mo Problems” was a hit, but I also played “Ten Crack Commandments,” “Notorious Thugs” and “Sky’s The Limit” until I knew all the words (still do — thought you knew). What did some white girl in Naperville, Illinois, know about “never getting high on her own supply”? Nothing. I thought taking NyQuil was living on the edge. But Life After Death introduced me to this entire world of music I didn’t know existed.

Read more about Life After Death and the 15-year anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s death after the jump.

I just love the way hip-hop tells stories: It’s set to insane beats you can’t get out of your head, and (if they’re good) the lyricists are so smart that you’re still picking up puns and metaphors 15 listens later. Sure, the stories most hip-hop artists are telling are from the perspective of someone I probably have very little in common with (again, white girl from suburbia), but as a teen, this music was presented to me at a very influential time. Just like grunge was an outlet for so many angsty kids during the ’90s, the dudes putting hip-hop on the map during that time were also underdogs.Teenagers love underdogs.

For whatever reason, I identified with Biggie on Life After Death — not his stories of selling crack or doing things with Lil’ Kim on “Another” that I didn’t even know two people could do together, but this dude just wanted to be big. He wanted to be famous, he wanted to be rich and he wanted his friends to join him at the top when we got there. He couldn’t believe his good fortune, and he celebrated it every chance he got.

I consider myself a lover of all genres of music (even country), but I always find myself gravitating toward hip-hop. Whether it’s because I always wanted to be a Fly Girl on “In Living Color” or because I went through this borderline obsessive phase with the Harlem Renaissance during my Intro to Poetry class sophomore year of college, I want to listen to new hip-hop artists, learn their struggles and how they choose to set their stories to music. Thinking back today on the 15-year anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s death, I have a lot to thank him for. And so does almost every major player in the hip-hop game right now.

From March 9 through March 25, MTV News will be rolling out exclusive and commemorative content from Notorious B.I.G.’s closest friends, collaborators and his biggest fans. To join the conversation on Twitter, hit @MTVRapFix using the hashtag #biggie15.

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Britney Spears Might Join ‘The X Factor’ As A Judge, We Might Die From Excitement

Guys. GUYS. According to some legit sources, word on the street is that Britney Spears might join “The X Factor” as a judge. Another word on the street is we seriously might suffer from cardiac arrest! Not only will this boost “X Factor”‘s ratings by like, one hundred thousand million billion, but we think this is the absolute next best step for Britney after rumors of her taking the year off surfaced/made us call in sick to work with depression. Also, have you seen her these days? Never looked better, IMHO.

“The X Factor” needs a judge who’s found success and longevity in the music industry and can offer contestants real-world industry advice. Um, HELLLLLOOOOO, we’re pretty sure Brit has a ton to say about that (read: her entire Wikipedia page). Also, this “X Factor” gig would be the perfect part-time job — she can still be a pop princess and a stay-at-home mommy during her downtime! Plus, the thought of turning on our TV every week and seeing Britney Spears not only sit there and be flawless but also like, speak and give career advice?! NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW.

Imagine the bragging rights the person who wins that season of “X Factor” will have for the rest of their life! “Yeah, I won the season that Britney Spears was a judge on. NBD.” Best dinner party story of all time.

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Video Premiere: Paul van Dyk, ‘Eternity’

A lot’s changed in the electronic scene since Paul van Dyk‘s 2007 album In Between, but the legendary DJ’s still light-years ahead of the competition. He heads for outer space in the video for “Eternity,” the new single from Evolution — his first studio album in five years. The visuals find the producer getting his sci-fi on, zooming through a vintage arcade game into an impressive world of cinematic references. Spacesuit-clad hero? Check. Primitive humanoids with great hair? Check? Possible Sith Lord? Yup. Four minutes isn’t nearly enough — can we get this on Netflix Insant yet?

Watch Paul van Dyk’s “Eternity” video after the jump.

The track gets some big-hearted vocals from Owl City‘s Adam Young, who borrows a page from Coldplay and sings about “the smallest drop in the ocean/ can start a wave of emotion” before name-dropping our favorite Frank Sinatra movie on the hook. (“From Here to Eternity,” which also is not on Netflix Instant yet. Tears.) Eternity sounds like about how long you’ll want to keep this on your iPhone: The blinking four-on-the-floor beat strikes a balance between Young’s breathy vocals and dance floor electricity, with the drums dropping out for the chorus before climbing back into the mix for a rave-y explosion.

Evolution drops on April 3, which gives us just enough time to finish watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” before we bump this all the way to Coachella.

+ Watch Paul van Dyk’s “Eternity” video.

Photo credit: Christoph Köstlin Fotografie

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New Video: Usher, ‘Climax’

Things get kinda dangerous in Usher’s video ‘Climax.’

Usher‘s gone on record stating that his new Diplo-produced jam “Climax” is not about sex. While we kinda find that hard to believe, his new “Climax” video features a few pretty sexual moments, so we’re calling your bluff, Ush. But that’s OK. Still feel free to call us any time you want.

In “Climax,” we see a forlorn Usher sitting in his car just, you know, stalking checking out his ex-girl’s house like that’s not creepy behavior or anything. As he watches his girl chill with her new man, he contemplates trying to steal her away. He gazes longingly at what he’s lost as he sings: “Don’t wanna give in/ So we both gave up/ Can’t take it back/ It’s too late, we reached the climax.” Eventually, Usher sneaks into the house and we see the duo twerk it out in some super steamy scenes. Just as they’re about to reach the “climax,” Usher’s ex’s current beau drives up to the house! The suspense!

Watch Usher’s “Climax” video after the jump.

While we don’t wanna give away too much of the cliff-hanger ending, we can tell you that Usher’s got a gun, a shot is fired, and we see him and his gal frantically running out of the house with a suitcase. DRAMZ!  Who knows if they’ll get caught or if Usher and his gal will stay together in the long run, but we’re always game for a dramatic story line. And an Usher video. Twofer!

+ Watch Usher’s “Climax” video.

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Justin Bieber ‘Punks’ His Pal Rob Dyrdek! (VIDEO)

Justin Bieber punks his bro Rob Dyrdek — dude is NOT feeling it.

We love a good punking, and leave it to Justin Bieber to deliver, big time! On an upcoming episode of MTV’s “Punk’d,” the Biebs decides he wants to punk pro skater Rob Dyrdek. And sorry, Rob, but he gets you, and he gets you gooooood.

In the clip, we see Rob, Justin and Sean Kingston having dinner at a restaurant. Things are going well until suddenly, some chick drives her car straight into the patio where the dudes are eating! She crashes into everything. The entire restaurant, including Rob, Justin and Sean, literally goes into shock. Once the car stops, the angry driver gets out, slams the door and starts coming straight for their table. Girlfriend is pissed, and she did this on purpose.

As the clip goes on it’s clear that someone, presumably Rob, knows this chick and did something to piss her off. Someone is overheard saying, “What did you guys say to her that she did this?” to which Justin replies, “You were screaming at her!” Sounds like a complete and total nightmare, which, thankfully for us, will make one of the most hilarious “Punk’d” episodes ever. And also, Justin Bieber’s involved, so it’s already set on the DVR.

+ Watch a preview of Justin Bieber and Rob Dyrdek’s upcoming episode of “Punk’d,” and catch the premiere March 29 on MTV.

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Star Spotting: If Cassie Can Rock This Denim Robe, She Truly Is Flawless

Cassie hangs out in the Nobu area of London.

Not saying that we’re like, fashion experts up in here (we leave those duties to MTV Style), but what the H is going on with Cassie‘s outfit? We’re from the school of thought that the “King Of Hearts” singer is a 100 percent flawless queen who does no wrong so it’s not like we’re dissing our main girl, but we just kind of think this whole getup looks a little… bum chic? We’re down with the all-black everything and that (hopefully faux) fur scarf, but is that a denim robe? It’s giving me such weird feelings.

Cassie’s been hanging across the pond lately — she made some time to stop by Kanye West’s fashion show, and here she was snapped out and about in the Nobu area of London. We hope she’s having fun and resting up before her new record basically takes over the world, but what I really wanna know is if she’s keeping up with her “McDonald’s once a week” rule. In an interview with Buzzworthy, Cassie revealed she actually goes in on a fish filet once a week! Yeah, we don’t believe her either, so maybe the paps can capture that moment the next time?

Photo credit: PCN News

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Buzz Bites (3/9/12): Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie To Star In ‘Duets’ Competition TV Show

Kelly Clarkson to star with Robin Thicke and Lionel Richie in ‘Duets’ talent competition.

+ Add another music talent competition to your TV schedule. “Duets” premieres this summer on ABC. The show will feature Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and Lionel Richie dueting with contestants. (Billboard)

+ Adam Lambert stopped by KISS 106.1 to chat about Trespassing. The host asked what the exact new release date would be, and Lambert said, “I don’t know… Mapril’s what I keep telling everyone.” Um, glad that’s cleared up. Peep the interview. (Idolator)

+The Monkees Davy Jones’ private funeral service was held yesterday near his Florida home. It was attended by immediate family. Two public memorials are planned, one next week in his native Manchester, England, and another as yet unannounced location in the U.S. (MTV News)

+ Watch Taylor Swift‘s performance of her “The Hunger Games” song contribution, “Safe And Sound,” in Brisbane, Australia. Side note: gorgeous dress, Tay. WANT. (Idolator)

+ Peep “American Idol” mentor Mary J. Blige singing her new single, “Why,” and last season’s runner-up, Lauren Alaina, performing her song “Georgia Peaches” during last night’s live results show. (Billboard)

+ Check out a new clip from LCD Soundsystem‘s forthcoming documentary “Shut Up And Play The Hits.” It features a scene from one of their swan song concerts at Madison Square Garden and an interview snippet with frontman James Murphy. (Pitchfork)

Photo credit: Harper Smith

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