Sound Check
  • VMA attendees will walk away with Valentino sunnies, a luxurious stay at the Marriott and a bikini -- and that's not all. (Valentino/Marriott/Blue Glue)

    Celebrities attending this Sunday’s star-studded MTV Video Music Awards won’t just have a chance of walking away with a shiny trinket to put on their mantelpieces; they’ll also be taking home a swag-laden gift bag.

    Yes, as well as the fame and fortune; the freebies seem to be a big draw for those celebrities who are heading to New York this weekend. That’s because every A-lister who attends Sunday’s show will go home with a bag crammed full of exclusive goodies from sponsors and local businesses.

    So what kind of stuff can the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Drake expect to find under their seats?

    Since this year’s VMAs are being held in Brooklyn -- the first time the borough has acted as event host -- there’s plenty of BK-themed gifts, including Brooklyn Nets gear, H. Fox & Co. chocolate syrup and even a gift certificate for a local cycling studio.

    There’s also Valentino sunglasses, a bottle of Katy Perry’s new fragrance ‘Killer Queen,’ a free two-night stay in the New York

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  • Macklemore is up for six awards at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. (Slaven Vlasic/WireImage)It’s been a whirlwind year for Macklemore – a.k.a Ben Haggerty. Over the past 12 months, the Seattle-based star has enjoyed two back-to-back No. 1 songs on the Billboard 100, with his hit single “Thrift Shop” selling 2.2 million copies and receiving more than 400 million views on YouTube. The success continued when “Can’t Hold Us” also reached the top spot, making Macklemore and regular co-conspirator Ryan Lewis the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles reach No. 1.

    So what does the 30-year-old attribute his success to? Apparently it’s because he’s white. Or at least that’s what he told Rolling Stone as part of an in-depth interview which forms the cover story of the latest issue:

    "If you’re going to be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability," Haggerty says. "You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and

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  • *NSYNC at the Billboard Music Awards in 1999. (Getty Images)

    They might have said “Bye, Bye, Bye” to their fans back in the early 2000s, but if reports are true, *NSYNC are getting back together.

    The band made up of Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and of course Justin Timberlake, are rumoured to perform at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay Centre in New York City, where Justin Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.

    If true it would be the first time the band have performed together live on TV since delivering a Bee Gees tribute at the Grammys in 2003. Since then a reunion has long been touted. But the band, who had hits with songs like “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” has always denied reunion rumours, with Timberlake in particular too busy forging a successful solo career to return to the fold.

    If they do return this Sunday *NSYNC won’t be the first group who have got the back together. In fact reunions seem to be something of a rite of passage for boy bands. We take a look at five boy

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    When the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards take place on Aug. 25, Imagine Dragons will face off against acts like Fall Out Boy, Mumford & Sons, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Vampire Weekend in the category of Best Rock Video.

    It isn’t the first time the Las Vegas-based rock band has been named in the category (they received a nomination in 2012 for “It’s Time”). If they do take home the Moonman this year, they’ll join alumni like Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Metallica.

    Frontman Dan Reynolds and guitarist Wayne Sermon spoke to Yahoo! Canada Music about their second time being nominated for Best Rock Video, and it doesn't sound like they think that they’ll come out on top this time.

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    Kendrick Lamar is courting controversy after calling out some of the biggest names in rap in his newly released collaboration with Big Sean.

    “Control”, released online less than 24 hours ago and which features a guest turn from the 26-year-old Lamar, is already trending on Twitter and sending shockwaves through the industry.

    In the contentious track, Lamar, who was recently announced as the winner of MTV’s ‘Hottest MC’ poll, calls out some of the biggest names in the business including the likes of Jay Z, A$AP Rocky and Toronto native Drake. In his verse, Lamar promises to “murder” his competition and steal the stars’ fans out from under them.

    He states: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n----s i'm rhymin wit / But this is hip hop and them n----s should know what time it is / And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller / I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n----s / Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n----s."

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  • Rob Zombie (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Thanks to horror films like “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil's Rejects,” “Halloween,” “Halloween II” and his most recent movie “The Lords of Salem,” we’ve come to know multifaceted artist Rob Zombie as a heavy metal rocker with a flare for scaring us.

    However, it might shock you to learn that the next motion picture on the 48-year-old musician/director's agenda isn't a horror flick. Instead, the film will give Zombie a chance to showcase his love for a sport near and dear to many Canadian hearts: Ice hockey.

    “I played hockey as a kid and I’ve always been a fan, so when this project came up, especially this time period with the Philadelphia Flyers winning the Stanley Cup in 1974, I was very excited to do it,” the rock icon told Yahoo! Canada Music.

    He went on, “That was my major time period for hockey fanaticism. As a kid, [my favourite team] was always the Boston Bruins because that’s where I’m from. Bobby Orr ruled the world [when I was] a kid and a bunch of us second graders were obsessed with [him.]”

    Zombie's new film is titled “Broad Street Bullies” and it sounds like it’s just the first of many endeavours Zombie will be working on outside of the horror genre.

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  • A new music video has gone viral this week for all of the wrong reasons. “Asian Girlz” has attracted more than 208,000 views in just three days since it was posted on YouTube by the band Day Above Ground, an American emo outfit whose website likens them to Led Zepplin, the Doors, Linkin Park and Wu Tang Clan.

    Warning: This video contains very explicit language and graphic imagery.

    The entirely NSFW video shows the band locked in a cage and as they watch an Asian woman strip down to her lingerie. All the while we’re treated to lyrics that tick off just about every offensive stereotype you can imagine, with lyrics about “sticky rice,” “happy endings,” “slanted eyes” and “tofu all over you.” And those are just the lines we can publish here!

    The video has understandably sparked outrage online and there’s even talk of an organised protest outside of the band’s next gig. The uproar has prompted the band to post a response on their YouTube page

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  • Robin Thicke Was Not So Hot 10 Years Ago

    Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 10 years ago (Getty Images)

    What a difference a haircut makes! Just ask Robin Thicke.

    In decade-old photos that recently surfaced, the "Blurred Lines" singer rocks thick, wiry, shoulder-grazing locks reminiscent of Creed front man Scott Stapp (from his heyday back in the late '90s). The style features a bevy of face-framing layers up front and a whole lot of shine all around. In other words, Thicke put some real thought into this.

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  • It feels like just yesterday that Avril Lavigne tied the knot with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

    But it looks like there was no extended honeymoon for the Canadian couple. The 28-year-old pop-punk star revealed that she is hard at work on the set of her new music video "Rock N Roll."

    The song, which is the second single plucked from her self-titled fifth album, was revealed on Twitter last week when Lavigne prompted fans to unlock the audio for the single using the hashtag #UnlockRockNRoll. Now she’s back on the social network site giving fans a sneak peek at the set of her new video.

    As you can see from the photos Avril’s donned army fatigues for her desert-set shoot. Lavigne wasn’t alone however as she followed up her update by revealing a picture of her “partner in crime” Danica McKellar. The former actress-turned-New York Times bestselling author is perhaps best know

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  • A misguided fan has written to Nirvana to ask the band whether they could record a video message for the Virginia Tech's homecoming.

    A letter sent to Sub Pop headquarters.

    The request was was sent to Sub-Pop, the Seattle-based record label that found fame after signing a number of bands, including Nirvana, in the '80s and '90s. The label also published the request from the unnamed student, who seems to have no knowledge of who Nirvana are, nor the fact that the band have been inactive since 1994 when lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide.

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