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Nirvana’s Nevermind: An All-Time Great, But The Greatest Of 1991?

Posted by James Montgomery On September - 14 - 2011

With the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind just around the corner, the mythology machine has been kicked into high gear, churning out oral histories, round-table retrospectives and vault-clearing reissues with a force comparable to the opening riff of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

And justifiably so; after all, Nevermind was the album that changed everything, bringing the underground to the forefront and making an unwilling icon out of Kurt Cobain (also, it was the reason the Melvins got signed to Atlantic). Twenty years after its release, we’re still trying to come to grips with its influence, a fact that’s just about as telling as any oral history could ever be.

Of course, we’ve been talking about the anniversary for a while here in the MTV Newsroom (there were meetings and everything). And a funny thing kept happening during all those discussions; we couldn’t help but reminisce about just how amazing that era of rock and roll was … and, in particular, the epochal year of 1991: the last time rock truly rocked.

To wit, last week, we rolled out a series of pieces that shone a light on some of the other iconic albums released that year, a list that includes everything from Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I + II and Metallica’s Black album to Pearl Jam’s Ten and Dinosaur Jr.’s Green Mind. In short, it was the kind of year that probably comes around once in a generation … and 20 years later, we’re still waiting for the sequel.

And now, as we get set for our own tribute to Nevermind (it’ll kick off next week), we figured it was time to put all this 1991 talk to bed … by determining just what is the greatest album of rock’s last great year. And we’re going to let you decide the winner.

But first, let’s take a look at the 10 albums we’ve selected from 1991: the year rock truly rocked.

Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion I + II
Metallica, The Black Album
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Nirvana, Nevermind
Pearl Jam, Ten
Primal Scream, Screamadelica
Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger
R.E.M.., Out Of Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
U2, Achtung Baby

See, classics across the board … but, which reigns supreme? Vote now!

Polls close Wednesday, Sept. 21 at noon! Vote now. Vote often!

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‘American Idol’ Top Three: Did Voters Get It Right?

Posted by Eric Ditzian On May - 13 - 2011

“American Idol” viewers have had a lot to grumble about this season. There have been shocking eliminations (Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams and, last night, James Durbin), judges with transparent biases and imbalanced critical stances, and obscure theme nights — Carole King? Leiber and Stoller? — that left many wondering if the producers were elitist or just lazy.

Yet for all these complaints, we now have a top three arguably comprised of the strongest contestants: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart. Which is to say that despite singers possibly exiting too early, judges who rarely served as expert guides for the audience, and random musical themes that could easily have become yawn-inducing, “Idol” voters might actually have gotten it right this time around.

Of course, not everyone agrees. One look at our “Idol” elimination story from last night shows how angry Durbin’s fans are about his ouster. “Now that James is gone I’m done with ‘American Idol,’ no need to watch it anymore,” wrote one typical Durbin-ite. So too do people continue to rage that Casey, Pia and others are no longer part of the competition. “When Casey left, I was outraged,” said another commenter. “He was so unique, and such an awesome talent — which is why they spent their only save on him.”

So clearly not everyone is on the same page. That’s why we’re putting the question to you in our “Idol” poll: Do Scotty, Lauren and Haley constitute the correct top three? Did “American Idol” voters get it right?

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Tiësto And Mark Knight’s ‘Beautiful World’ Is Miami Music Week Fan Favorite

Posted by MTV News On April - 12 - 2011

By Adam Stewart

I mean really, who can honestly say that dance music hasn’t become a global phenomenon? After 10 days of polling, and over 34,000 votes tallied from 108 countries, the masses have spoken in our quest to find the biggest track to come out of Miami Music Week 2011. Our Dutch friend Tiësto, and collaborator Mark Knight came in with a landslide win in the final days with their #1 Beatport smash, “Beautiful World,” featuring Dino.

When the poll first launched, Skrillex’s remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” was neck and neck with Calvin Harris’ Miami Monster “Awooga,” and Dirty South’s remix of Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home” stayed in the hunt in third place. But in the waning days of our poll, Tiësto and Mark Knight fans came through with a late effort placing the collaboration on top, scoring nearly 15,000 votes.

Not to be ignored was Sander Van Doorn’s “Koko,” which did not make our initial list of nominations, but was undoubtedly a fan favorite, and the topic of many reader comments. For this, we bestow a well-deserved Honorable Mention to SVD and his rabid following.

But in the end, it was the mighty Tiësto who reigned supreme. MTV News had a chance to catch up with him just before he took the stage as the headliner for Ultra Music Festival’s opening night a few weeks back.

“It’s amazing to see that song is doing so well,” Tiësto said of his track’s success on the Beatport charts. “Mark Knight approached me [and said], ‘Hey let’s do a song together!’ So I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ ” And from there the pair was off and running, with an approach that was perhaps a little atypical for the two

“I sent him that sound loop, and he put that melody in the middle. It’s amazing; it’s the best of both of us,” he explained. “But you would think it’s the other way around — that he made the melody and I made the techno drive, but I made the techno drive and he made the melody!”

Regardless of who put their Midas touch on which part of the track, there is no denying that “Beautiful World” is massive, and will remain in our memories and iPod’s as a Miami anthem for years to come.

What do you think of the results of the poll? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Who Should Britney Spears Collaborate With Next?

Posted by Jenny McCoy On April - 12 - 2011

There’s no doubt that Britney Spears is running the pop game right now with a #1 album, the confirmed addition of Nicki Minaj to her tour and of course, her steamy “S&M” remix with Rihanna.

So naturally, we’re wondering who’s next on Britney’s collab list. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few ideas.
First, let’s talk fellow pop femme fatales. A Britney and Gaga collaboration would make the charts (and several of Twitter’s servers) implode. And don’t think we haven’t noticed those friendly tweets back and forth between Brit and one of her original pop scene classmates, Christina Aguilera. Plus, who isn’t hoping Beyoncé hops back on the scene a little sooner than planned?

Next, the male collab contenders. Maybe she’ll follow Katy Perry’s lead and snag studio time with Kanye West? Or continue along the line of working with younger artists (like her recent work with Selena Gomez) and make the Beliebers go crazy with a Justin Bieber duet?

We asked Brit’s club bestie DJ Pauly D to chime in with his vote, and of course he wanted a piece of the action. “She should collab with 50 Cent and DJ Pauly D,” he told us. “That would be amazing and I would spin it in the clubs for sure.”

So what do you think? Should Britney keep things femme fatale and team up with another leading lady of pop, or should add a little testosterone to the equation?

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MTV’s Musical March Madness: Green Day Vs. Paramore For The Title!

Posted by MTV News On April - 4 - 2011

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

Well, it’s all come down to this: After millions of votes (and nearly as many shattered dreams), thousands of comments, 62 matchups, five rounds and three weeks, we’ve reached the championship game of MTV’s 2011 Musical March Madness tournament: Green Day vs. Paramore, for all the marbles. Both bands have survived tough challenges to get here, but only will lay claim to the MMM title. Who will it be? Only you, the fans, know for sure.

Voting in the 2011 MMM championship game will close on Monday, April 4 at midnight ET. Oh, and since we want to keep things suspenseful, voting results — and our champion — won’t be revealed until Tuesday on

(3) Green Day vs. (5) Paramore
Our championship matchup pits third-seeded Green Day against #5 Paramore, a clash of two battle-tested bands (Green Day knocked off the likes of U2, Blink-182 and Panic! at the Disco in this year’s tourney, while Paramore survived showdowns against foes like No Doubt and Tokio Hotel), that also serves as the culmination of a year-long quest for redemption: both were upset in the opening round of last year’s MMM tournament, and have spent the past 12 months seething about that fact. For one of them, the long road back will end with the MMM title. And it will be your votes that decide our winner!

Voting in our championship match-up is now closed … to see who won the 2011 MMM title, make sure to check out Tuesday afternoon!

Watch our updated look at the MMM championship game now!

Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.

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