Ozzy Osbourne and the MTV Europe Music Awards

The 20th annual MTV Europe Music Awards will be held in Glasgow, Scotland this year and hosted by Nicki Minaj. The awards show will air TONIGHT in the U.S. at 7:00 p.m. on MTV. There will be an array of American artists performing at the show. Some of these artists include: Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Jonas, and Nicki Minaj!

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Ozzy Osbourne is this year’s recipient of the 2014 Global Icon Award and will perform in celebration. Last year, Eminem was the winner of this covenant award. Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi are also among the previous winners of this award.

So, Celebrate music with us this Sunday night on MTV for the 2014 MTV EMAs

Nicki Minaj talks her new music video and new, natural look

GQ’s newest correspondent, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, sat with the very colorful Nicki Minaj to chat about her newest Anaconda video. Minaj is known for having creative and unique outfits, songs, and music videos. However, Minaj doesn’t seem to think that her newest video “Anaconda” is anything out of the ordinary, ” I’m being serious.I just see the video as being a normal video.” Most people who watch the video say there is a hidden meaning and female form to her new video, but Nicki refuses to agree with that. Minaj does admit that the video is about her having power and control in her relationships. She goes on to say that “it’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has also been spotted on red carpets recently being very toned down and much more natural looking. Minaj admits that she no longer feels the need to hide behind outrageous outfits, ” always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

Nicki Minaj obviously knows what she is doing and having great success with her new video “Anaconda”! Gotta love Miss Minaj, even her oldies are still goodies!

Questlove’s Quest: Bringing televised music back into prominence

The Roots' Questlove is using his knowledge and unique position to reinvent televised music (Photo: courtesy of npr.org)

The Roots’ Questlove is using his knowledge and unique position to reinvent televised music (Photo: courtesy of npr.org)

MTV has failed. Once hailed as the place to go for televised music 24/7, much of its melodic programming has been replaced by dumbed-down reality shows and celebrity gossip. Questlove knows this and he has made it his goal to see music return to prominence on TV.

Ahmir Thompson, a.k.a. Questlove, is the drummer and leader of The Roots, the extremely talented and eclectic house-band featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He’s also one of the creative geniuses behind much of the musical frivolity on the show, from Jimmy and Justin Timberlake’s “History of Rap” segments to what has to be the most unique rendition ever of Idina Menzel’s hit song from the movie Frozen, “Let It Go.”

Still, that’s just not enough for Quest. As someone who was raised on televised music programs like Soul Train and Midnight Special, Questlove has an affinity for the genre and he is doing everything possible to share that love with as broad an audience as possible. Thus, the reason behind his newly created TV show, SoundClash!

The show premiered Wednesday night on VH1 and, according to an article in The Daily Beast, has a simple, yet extremely interesting concept: “Take three artists from three wildly different genres and have them play a concert together. Each artist has a chance to take the spotlight, and after an hour of music that transitions from rap to rock to pop and back again, the three acts unite for one collaborative performance.” Check out the trailer below.

As someone who has been a fan of The Roots and Questlove for sometime, I’ve got my fingers crossed that this new show will be a hit. Quest’s vision – his mission in life – is to take music out of the box and unleash it, in all of it’s wondrous forms, upon the world. Hardly anyone listens to just one genre of music, and a show like SoundClash is a perfect opportunity for people to discover diversity and collaboration. It can also go a long way towards revitalizing interest in music television in a way that popularity contests such as American Idol or X Factor could never achieve.

Here Are The 2014 VMA Nominees! And, of course, Beyonce leads the pack.

Check out the list of nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

Check out the list of nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

A lot of questions will be answered in August at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. How many Moonmen will Beyoncé win? Who will be the next superstar to get all butthurt? Will Jay Z and Solange square off for another elevator kickboxing match afterwards? We’ll find out on August 24 at 9 p.m. (EST) as the ceremony airs live from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

In the meantime, we get to take a look at the list of nominees more than a month ahead of time. Beyoncé leads the way (not unexpectedly) with a whopping eight nominations, including video of the year for her collaboration with husband Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.” Close behind her are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nods each.

Pharrell Williams is also sitting pretty with multiple nominations for his phenomenally popular song “Happy.” He’ll have some stiff competition in the video of the year category, however, going up against juggernauts such as Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball“), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy“), Sia (“Chandelier“), and the aforementioned Beyoncé (“Drunk In Love”).

Pharrell is also up for the best male video award, going head-to-head not only with the likes of Eminem and John Legend, but also with… himself! Both “Happy” and “Sing,” his video collaboration with Ed Sheeran, are nominated in the category so it’s entirely possible that Williams could both win and lose at the same time. Something tells me he wouldn’t be too crushed, though.

Click this link to see the full list of this year’s VMA nominees, including the categories only the nominees themselves care about. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share your picks for this year’s big winners!

Melancholy Monday: Good times and good friends

The Damn Yankees rang in the decade that defined my youth (Photo: courtesy of metrotimes.com)

The Damn Yankees rang in the decade that defined my youth (Photo: courtesy of metrotimes.com)

I hope you all had a great time this Independence Day! I know I did. Maybe a bit too good, actually. I paid for all the food I ate and, uh… beverages I drank the next morning. Not feeling so great, I decided to stay home Saturday and just rest. Sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about the previous night’s festivities, I couldn’t help but feel a little melancholy about other good times I’d had and the music which defined them.

For example, back in the early ’80s I remember tagging along with my older cousin, her boyfriend, and their friends. We’d go to the arcade (those long forgotten places where kids used to go to play video games before there was such a thing as Xbox), the water park, or the movies, and no matter where we went the entire trip there would be filled with music from her favorite band, The Police.

When I got a little older and was able to talk my parents into letting me hangout with friends without my cousin around, I remember that no matter where we were, be it the mall, the arcade, or at a friend’s house watching MTV (believe it or not, they actually used to play music on that channel), you couldn’t seem to go more than an hour without hearing either something from Madonna, Duran Duran, or this classic from a-ha with the most impossible high-note of the decade…

Then, only a few years later, came a song that, for me, defined a decade; my decade. Puberty, girls, parties, and high school; the 90’s had arrived! In the late 80s, hair bands such as Poison, Motley Crue, and Def Leppard dominated the music scene, and though it wouldn’t be long before a couple Seattle-based bands would take music in a completely different (and awesome!) direction, 1990 produced one more iconic power ballad. A song that also just happened to be playing in the background at a party during my first, um… meaningful “romantic encounter.” Thank you, Damn Yankees!

Though the rest of my teenage years would still be full of good times and great friends, there was also angst, confusion, and even anger. Nothing new, of course, but it was new to me and the 90s gave my generation the perfect opportunity to express those feelings of disenfranchisement through music… and combat boots. Enter, “grunge,” and one of my favorite bands of all time, Nirvana! High school dances became flannel-clad moshpits and we never had a better time being pissed off.

So what songs and music genres define your younger days? Which artists and tunes bring back memories of old friends and good times? Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and download the free Sing-N-Share app for your smartphone or tablet if you haven’t already! It’s a free, easy way to relive those music-filled good old days.

Death Can’t Stop The “King Of Pop!”

MJ is unstoppable! (photo: thrilltheworldnyc.com)

MJ is unstoppable! (photo: thrilltheworldnyc.com)

In June of 2009 the world lost arguably the most popular and beloved pop-music artist of all time… or so we thought. Apparently, death ain’t got $@%# on Michael Jackson or the proliferation of true talent as the “King of Pop” prepares to release his second full album from beyond the grave!

Xscape is due for release on May 13, 2014 and includes eight previously unreleased tracks for which Michael had completed vocals before his death. In a collaboration between top producers such as Timberland and Rodney Jerkins, the tracks have been “contemporized” and prepared for release in the modern market. But why wait?! Check out MJ’s highly anticipated collaboration with Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good,” right here!

Jackson accomplished a lot of firsts in his career. He was the first black artist ever to have a music video aired on MTV, the first person to sell more than a million downloads in a single week, and the first to surpass 1 billion (yes, billion) online video views. While he may not be the first artist to release albums posthumously, could he be the first to become even more popular after his death?

According to a Huffington Post article from 2013, indications may lean in that direction. His name is still one of the most popular searched for, beating out the likes of One Direction, Nike, and even Barack Obama. In 2012, three years after his death, he gained 500k Twitter followers. His Youtube channel gets 780,000 views per day.

Say what you will about life after death, Michael Jackson is proving that immortality is much more than just fantasy.

Be sure to check out our huge selection of Michael Jackson karaoke tracks on KaraokeOnVEVO, Karaoke Cloud, and Sing-N-Share and pay tribute to the king in your own way.

Heeeeeeere’s Jonny! The scoop on Play a Tab’s front-man.

JS on Set

With DigiTrax Entertainment’s Play a Tab guitar learning system about to hit the market, we feel there’s no time like the present to get to know the face of Play a Tab, musical prodigy and entrepreneur Jonathan (Jonny) Sexton.

There is no more important aspect of an instructional program than the person chosen to pass on the information itself. When DigiTrax Entertainment began the development process for its upcoming Play a Tab guitar instructional system there was no doubt that Jonathan Sexton would be their number one guy.

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Born and raised in the small town of Seymour, Tennessee, Jonathan has been playing guitar since the age of fifteen. Though destined for a career in music, Jonny took some time before plunging head-first into the industry to pursue another heart-felt dream, that of an educator. Graduating from the University of Tennessee, Jonny spent his next four years as a kindergarten teacher before an opportunity in Nashville provided the chance he needed to chase after his first love — music.

Now the front-man for his own band, Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir, Jonny has also made a big name for himself in the music industry as an entrepreneur with the development of his own music management software app, Artist Growth. This revolutionary app won the 2012 MTV Music Award for “Best Music App” and is currently being used by industry leaders such as Vector Management, BMI, and Spalding Entertainment Group.

JS and Big Love Choir

With credentials like these is it any wonder why DigiTrax chose Jonathan as the face of their new Play a Tab system? Aspiring musicians of all ages will be able to learn quickly and easily as Jonathan takes them step by step through all the basics such as how to hold a pick, proper hand placement, and strumming. He guides users effortlessly through how to play the basic chords giving students the ability to play hundreds of songs which are included in the system.

Play a Tab will be available soon so if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, here’s your chance!