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Russell Brand and Katy Perry Split

30 December 2011 11:46 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Russell Brand has filed to divorce Katy Perry in La today citing irreconcilable differences. He confirmed the news in a statement saying, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends." Katy was spotted without her wedding ring while vacationing in Hawaii on Christmas with friends. Meanwhile, Russell was also seen without his wedding band over the holidays in the UK. Katy resumes touring Jan. 19 in Jakarta and from there she moves on to Manila before returning to the States for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. Katy incorporated video from her top secret Indian wedding to Brand during last year's Grammy performance while belting out a medley of her hits. She's once again nominated and will face off against Adele, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, and Mumford & Sons, for record of the year. »

- Katie Henry

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10 Best Albums Of 2011 – Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine & More

29 December 2011 4:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Christmas greetings to all; had enough of your Mum blasting out some Bruno Mars and your Nan playing Buble on repeat, well here’s my top 10 best albums of 2011 just in time, ready for some light hearted discussion on this year’s music.

Whilst 2011 was a killer 12 months for games fans, cinema was crazily mediocre, but the music world was blessed with another good year. I was lucky enough to attend the Leeds Festival, one as usual set amongst a hectic summer schedule of mud, sweat and tears. I also found myself buying more albums as the year offered some impressively talented LPs. Below is a list of my top ten favourite albums of 2011. As I have quite a mainstream taste for music, I’d love some further suggestions on what you think are the best albums of 2011, enjoy.

 

10. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs

Sneaking onto the scene in early February, »

- Adam Lock

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to appear on workout DVD

27 December 2011 11:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bon Iver will appear on a workout DVD. The Grammy-nominated band's frontman Justin Vernon will be featured on the forthcoming exercise video, titled On the Road, the Wisconsin Leader-Telegram reports. Vernon agreed to appear on the DVD after personal trainer Jeff Rogers helped the singer to deal with his sciatica - pain, weakness or numbness in the leg caused by injury to the sciatic nerve. "To put it simply, without Jeff I could not have reconnected my body to my mind," Vernon said. "Some things in life are meant to be explored and discovered, but in the case of my (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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Bon Iver To Appear In Workout DVD

27 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

The above headline is brought to you by the Weird Stories You’d Never Think You’d See in a Million Years Department of When Hell Freezes Over University.

Actually, it comes courtesy of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram (via Huffington Post), which reports that the Grammy-nominated indie outfit fronted by Justin Vernon appears in “On the Road,” Chippewa Valley, Wi, personal trainer Jeff Rogers’ fitness DVD hitting stores in early 2012.

And this is no joke. The acclaimed band’s appearance seems to be something of a favor to Rogers, who discovered that Vernon suffered from sciatica - pain, weakness and numbness or tingling in the leg caused by problems with the sciatic nerve - while playing basketball with the singer at a local Ymca and has been training him for the two-and-a-half years since.

Rogers showed Vernon some workout routines to strengthen his lower back, and the singer-songwriter was »

- John Mitchell

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Amazing Albums You May Have Missed In 2011

22 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Zachary Swickey

It’s hard to believe that we are already about to wave goodbye to 2011. It’s been quite a kickass year for music too with new albums from all sorts of big-names artist. However, considering the wealth of bands out there these days – thanks to modern technology making it an easier process than ever before – it can be tricky to even get the attention of one’s own fans.

So while everyone is freaking out about the new Lady Gaga or Bon Iver record, I find myself listening to plenty of other albums much more – like my personal album of the year (to which New York magazine agrees), Canadian act Austra’s debut, Feel It Break. We felt it was our duty (and privilege) to introduce you to some of the best albums in 2011 that didn’t get the full-blown attention they deserved.

Read on to see which albums made the cut! »

- MTV News

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Bon Iver, Decemberists, Civil Wars join the Chieftains for 'Voice of Ages'

16 December 2011 11:12 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Decemberists,  Bon Iver, The  Civil Wars, The Low Anthem, Pistol Annies and Carolina Chocolate Drops all join The Chieftains on the legendary Irish outfit’s “Voice of Ages,” out  Feb. 21. Co-produced by T Bone Burnett, the set also features Punch Brothers, Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan and Paolo Nutini mixing it up on a collection, as well as writing some of the material: The Civil Wars write a song specifically for the project. The Chieftains will kick off a tour in conjunction with the release on Feb. 17  in Santa Barbara, which will culminate in their annual St. Patrick’s Day show »

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Readers' cultural review of 2011: What, no Katy B?

15 December 2011 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Last week our critics picked their highlights of 2011. Did they get it right? Readers respond with their own highs (and lows)

MattB75

One Man, Two Guvnors was the most fun I've had in a theatre for years – easily the best play of 2011, and James Corden best performer. The National theatre largely misfired for me: A Woman Killed with Kindness, Cherry Orchard, 13, The Kitchen, Frankenstein and Greenland were all largely disappointing.

The RSC's Homecoming was the best revival. Rupert Goold's Merchant of Venice was great fun, even if the inconsistency in Portia's characterisation (from ditzy blond Glee fan to brilliant prosecutor, hm) took the edge off it.

Tom Brooke was my favourite actor of the year – in The Kitchen, and I Am the Wind.

oogin

Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are still two of my least-admired starchitects. However, credit where it's due. I had the pleasure of wandering Toronto's Ago »

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Readers' cultural review of 2011: What, no Katy B?

15 December 2011 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Last week our critics picked their highlights of 2011. Did they get it right? Readers respond with their own highs (and lows)

MattB75

One Man, Two Guvnors was the most fun I've had in a theatre for years – easily the best play of 2011, and James Corden best performer. The National theatre largely misfired for me: A Woman Killed with Kindness, Cherry Orchard, 13, The Kitchen, Frankenstein and Greenland were all largely disappointing.

The RSC's Homecoming was the best revival. Rupert Goold's Merchant of Venice was great fun, even if the inconsistency in Portia's characterisation (from ditzy blond Glee fan to brilliant prosecutor, hm) took the edge off it.

Tom Brooke was my favourite actor of the year – in The Kitchen, and I Am the Wind.

oogin

Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are still two of my least-admired starchitects. However, credit where it's due. I had the pleasure of wandering Toronto's Ago »

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Stocking Stuffers From Some Of Our Favorite Bands We Like

12 December 2011 10:08 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Zachary Swickey

With Christmas officially less than two weeks away, it’s about time that procrastinators like myself get off the couch and do some final shopping for the holiday season. If you don’t feel like getting 26-pound gummy bears for your whole family, then why not consider the gift of music? Don’t go the lazy iTunes gift card route either. Instead, put some thought into this to show how much you care and try to gift someone with tunes they’ve probably never heard but you think they will fall for. They'll never forget the guy or gal who introduced them to their favorite new band, and they’ll appreciate the fact that you seem to know them pretty well.

Here in the MTV Newsroom, we always want to do our part, so here are some albums that would make ideal stocking stuffers from some of »

- MTV News

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Tsr Buzz: Save Greendale, Megan Mullally makes actresses cool and superpowered kids run off to “Midnight City”

11 December 2011 1:49 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

With Tsr Buzz, you’ll find links to articles, videos and other random things that will help you waste your time just a little bit more.

When the news came down that NBC didn’t have a spot in it’s schedule for Community for the rest of the season, the internet cried. But the cast and crew aren’t going down without a fight. Check out their “Save Greendale” video.

 

Actresses from my other NBC comedies, including Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Rec and Ellie Kemper of The Office show up in this video for Megan Mullally’s “Home for Actresses.”

Home for Actresses from Megan Mullally Bon Iver’s new self-titled album might be my favorite of the year. It’s been nominated for a bunch of Grammys, including for this video for “Holocene.” It’s really beautiful.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcyIpul8OE

The Tindersticks are an old favorite, »

- Megan Lehar

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Watch The National and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon perform "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks"

11 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Earlier this week, Bon Iver and Brookyn-based indie rock band The National appeared as guests on CBC Radio's "Q" show in Toronto. The National played two new songs, and, along with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, performed their sadly beautiful "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," the last song off 2010's High Violet. The tune features a haunting melody, aching vocals from lead singer Matt Berninger, and vague, opaque lyrics reminiscent of early R.E.M. ("All the very best of us, string ourselves up for...") Berninger has said he added the word "geeks" to the title because people mistakenly thought he was saying the word "geese." This was a much drier affair, after The National performed the tune for a Dutch crowd in the rain this summer, as Berninger mingled with the crowd.  Vernon's critical acclaim recently landed him [...] »

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Which Band We Liked Will Blow Up In 2012?

5 December 2011 9:58 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Zachary Swickey

We’ve covered quite a few diverse rock acts for Bands We Like – from the soul-powered retro pop of Fitz & the Tantrums to the always evolving musings of Dredg – and all of the groups had a stellar year in 2011. Other Lives will soon be the opening act for Radiohead, El Bronx fulfilled their own fantasy by appearing on Conan’s late night show, and The New Regime’s Ilan Rubin is now the new drummer for Tom DeLonge’s side-project, Angels & Airwaves. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the five bands to keep an eye on in the New Year and wonder which one you think will be the breakout act of 2012?

Check out the Bands We Like All-Stars and vote in our poll, after the jump!

Mariachi El Bronx

Seriously, we can’t recommend the Spanish-soaked sounds of Mariachi El Bronx enough. The group »

- MTV News

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What Is the Best Indie Rock Album of 2011?

4 December 2011 3:05 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

This year had lots of great music releases, though some of us gravitated away from the mainstream and toward indie artists. If you got into a lesser-known album this year, we want to hear which one was your favorite. Did you like the new albums from seasoned artists like Beirut or TV on the Radio, or did you fall in love with the debut of a brand-new act, like Cults or James Blake? Vote now on the best indie rock album of 2011. What Is the Best Indie Rock Album of 2011? TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light Cults, Cults M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Bon Iver, Bon Iver Beirut, The Rip Tide Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues Cut Copy, Zonoscope Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde James Blake, James Blake »

- BuzzSugar

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Music Power Rankings: Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Skrillex and Pauly D make the list

3 December 2011 10:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

1) Michael Buble: Its only a few days into December, but he’s already looking like the winner of the Holiday sales derby. “Christmas” tops the Billboard 200 by the slimmest margin over Nickelback and it looks like it is there to stay until after Santa returns to the North Pole. Susan Boyle has just scratched him off her Christmas present list. 2) Skrillex: People are still saying “Who?” But at least now it’s following by “Who is that dude who got five Grammy nominations?” #thatsmrskrillextoyou 3) Bon Iver: Justin Vernon-led outfit surprisingly grabs song, record and best new artist nominations from »

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News Nuggets: Grammy nominations roundup

3 December 2011 1:50 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Justin Vernon (of Grammy nominated band Bon Iver) considers whether pursuit of awards compromises music: "I don’t think Arcade Fire was compromised, but 98 percent of the people in that room, their art is compromised by the fact that they’re thinking that, and that they’re hoping to get that award. And who is that award given by? It’s like they think it’s literally handed down by the musical-history gods. And I don’t know who the voters are. Like, I have a friend who’s a voter who was like, 'I had to be a voter because I don’t trust the other voters.' And I was like, 'Me either!' And it’s just not important and people spend too much time thinking about it." New York Times Can anyone defeat Adele at the Grammys? "'She's the coolest, most down-to-earth woman, and of course »

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Weekly Twitter Drama Roundup

2 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Kara Klenk

With millions of inane tweets being pumped out every day, it can be hard to keep track of actual celebrity gossip, feuds and random observations that make Twitter so much fun. So we’re rounding up the week in Twitter drama – or Twama for those of you not yet sick of cutesy word combos!

Nicki Minaj vs. Cher

So here’s what went down: A fan told @Cher that @NickiMinaj dissed her in the song "Did It On 'em" (which came out a full year ago, way to be a topical, pot-stirrer) to which Cher casually replied, "I've seen lots of people come & go! No biggie!" (I mean, to be fair to all involved, she has – she's Cher!) This brought the #Barbz out with pink pitchforks in hand explaining the reference as a metaphor (I still don’t get it). Nicki asked her to "#stopit5" (the number »

- MTV News

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Grammy nominations: The good, the bad

1 December 2011 8:31 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In an effort to make the Grammy Awards more prestigious, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Naras) slashed over 30 categories earlier this year. So how come the nominations for the 54th annual edition of these kudos are such a mixed bag? Sure, there are the expected and deserving contenders as well as some pleasant surprises, but, overall, a sea of mediocre music overshadows the Grammy nominees. The Good Adele capped off an incredible year with six, well-deserved nominations, including Album, Record and Song and of the Year for her multiplatinum “21.” As her competition is fairly underwhelming the British chanteuse, who won 2008 trophies for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal (“Chasing Pavements”), will likely go 6-6. Many talented, quality acts who didn’t dominate pop radio -- including folk group Mumford and Sons, indie sensation Bon Iver, rap artist J. Cole and dub step act Skrillex -- all scored bids. »

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'Twilight Saga' soundtrack artists nab Grammy nominations

1 December 2011 6:54 AM, PST | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

Several Twilight Saga soundtrack artists received Grammy nominations this year. Sadly, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1's soundtrack did not receive any, as the former films did, but here is a list of those Twilight soundtrack alums who did. Bon Iver (“Rosyln” – New Moon): Record of the Year – “Holocene” Song of the Year – “Holocene” Best New Artist Best Alternative Music Album – “Bon IverBruno Mars (“It Will Rain” – Breaking Dawn – Part 1) Advertisement Record of the Year – “Grenade” Album of the Year – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Song of the Year – “Grenade” Best Pop Solo Performance – “Grenade” Best Pop Vocal Album – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” The Black Keys (“Chop and Change” – Eclipse) Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Dearest” Cee Lo Green (“What Part of Forever” – Eclipse) Best Pop Vocal Album – “The Lady Killer” Best Traditional R&B; Performance – “Fool For You” Best R&B; Song – “Fool For You” Death Cab for Cutie »

- thetwilightexaminer

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2012 Grammy Nominees: Adele, Rihanna & More Battle It Out

1 December 2011 6:05 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

It's an all-out Grammys cat fight! Check out the full list of 2012 Grammy nominees here. The 2012 Grammy Awards are more than two months away, and aside from the omnipresent Kanye West, it looks like Feb. 12 is going to be a ladies' night, as some of the music industry's finest females are leading the pack with the most nominations. Adele, the reigning queen of emotions, snagged a whopping six nods, with fellow super stars Lady Gaga and Rihanna not too far behind. Here's a taste of who'll be fighting for the gold at this year's Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year: 21- Adele Wasting Light- Foo Fighters Born This Way- Lady Gaga Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars Loud - Rihanna Best New Artist: The Band Perry Bon Iver J.Cole Nicki Minaj Skrillex Song Of The Year: "All of the Lights" "The Cave" "Grenade" "Holocene" "Rolling in the Deep" Record Of »

- Andy Swift

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Grammy Nominations: Why Adele Only Got Six, Other Shockers Explained

1 December 2011 5:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You might be excused for doing a double take when seeing that Adele does not lead the nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday night. How the heck could that be after the phenomenal year that she's had with 21 - easily the biggest-selling album of 2011 as well as one of the most critically acclaimed? Well, truth is, Adele is nominated in pretty much every single category she was eligible for. (Next time do a song with Jay-z and you can be nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration!) That leaves her with six nominations, including album, record and song »

- Chuck Arnold

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