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Out this week (8/28):
  • Beach House - Depression Cherry
  • Motorhead - Bad Magic
  • The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
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  • Little Feat - On the Eastern Front

Top Albums

Artist - Album
Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights
Ed Sheeran - X
Dr. Dre - Compton
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Various: NOW 55
Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby
Taylor Swift - 1989
Bullet for My Valentine - Venom
Future - DS2
Sam Hunt - Montevallo
Source: Soundscan, September 5, 2015

The 2015 MTV VMAs are officially going down this weekend. As previously reported, Taylor Swift has received nominations for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for "Blank Space," Best Collaboration for "Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar and Best Art Direction for "Bad Blood." Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Mark Ronson received nominations as well.

MTV will also have some of music's hottest artists gracing the stage. The network announced earlier this week that The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky, Justin Bieber and Pharrell Williams will all be hitting the stage.

  • MTV tweeted on Thursday (August 27th) that Nicki Minaj -- who recently criticized the VMAs for snubbing the video for her record "Anaconda," will be opening the show.
  • The red carpet pre-show will be hosted by Nick Jonas and Kelly Osbourne. The duo will be joined by Sway and Girl Code Live stars Carly Aquilino, Nessa Diab, and Nora "Awkwafina" Lum.
  • The mistress of ceremony however is Miley Cyrus.
  • The VMAs will air on MTV on Sunday (August 30th) at 9 p.m.
  • Check out the nominees below:
Video of the Year
Beyoncé – '7/11'
Ed Sheeran – 'Thinking Out Loud'
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood'
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk'
Kendrick Lamar – 'Alright'

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – 'Thinking Out Loud'
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk'
Kendrick Lamar – 'Alright'
The Weeknd – 'Earned It'
Nick Jonas – 'Chains'

Best Female Video
Beyoncé – '7/11'
Taylor Swift – 'Blank Space'
Nicki Minaj – 'Anaconda'
Sia – 'Elastic Heart'
Ellie Goulding – 'Love Me Like You Do'

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap – 'Trap Queen'
Nicki Minaj – 'Anaconda'
Kendrick Lamar – 'Alright'
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – 'See You Again'
Big Sean ft. E-40 – 'IDFWU'

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – '7/11'
Ed Sheeran – 'Thinking Out Loud'
Taylor Swift – 'Blank Space'
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk'
Maroon 5 – 'Sugar'

Best Rock Video
Hozier – 'Take Me To Church'
Fall Out Boy – 'Uma Thurman'
Florence + the Machine – 'Ship To Wreck'
Walk the Moon – 'Shut Up and Dance'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – 'Trap Queen'
Vance Joy – 'Riptide'
George Ezra – 'Budapest'
James Bay – 'Hold Back The River'
FKA Twigs – 'Pendulum'

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood'
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk'
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – 'See You Again'
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – 'Love Me Harder'
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – 'Bang Bang'

Video with a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson – 'I Still Love You'
Colbie Caillat – 'Try'
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend – 'One Man Can Change the World'
Rihanna – 'American Oxygen'
Wale – 'The White Shoes'

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood' (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – 'So Many Pros' (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – 'Would You Fight For My Love' (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – 'Go' (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – 'Where Are U Now' with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – '7/11' (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – 'I Won't Let You Down' (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – 'Gold' (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – 'Don't' (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – 'Never Catch Me' (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Never Catch Me' (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – 'Thinking Out Loud' (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood' (Christopher Probst)
FKA twigs – 'Two Weeks' (Justin Brown)
alt-J – 'Left Hand Free' (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood' (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk' (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – 'Alright' (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – 'Take Me To Church' (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – 'Sober' (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – '7/11' (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – 'Don't' (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood' (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – 'L$D' (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – 'Where Are U Now' with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – 'Bad Blood' (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA twigs – 'Two Weeks' (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – 'Telegraph Ave.' (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – 'Where Are U Now' with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – 'F****** Young/Death Camp' (Gloria FX)

Miley Cyrus has made it known that she didn't agree with Nicki Minaj's comments where she accused the MTV Video Music Awards of snubbing her "Anaconda" video for a Video of the Year nomination. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Miley initially avoided speaking on Nicki's Twitter rant and said, "I didn’t really get into it." She later said, "People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it."

Miley continued, "You made it about you. Not to sound like a b*tch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.’… If you want to make it about race, there’s a way… Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type. What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj which, if you know Nicki Minaj it’s not too kind. It’s not very polite."

  • The singer added, "I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose."
  • In other Nicki related news, MTV has announced that the Queens rapper will be opening the award show. The network tweeted, "@NICKIMINAJ will be performing at the 2015 #VMAs this Sunday at 9/8c for the second year in a row."

Lady Gaga has revealed that her character on American Horror Story: Hotel has inspired her new music. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gaga said, "Pop culture puts us in our own lanes doesn’t it? They say, ‘Oh these are the music people and these are the television people and these are the movie people.’ I believe that Ryan also has an ability to affect pop culture as a whole. But then he’s going to affect the music world now because he’s believing in me as an actress."

The singer also shared that she blocked off time in her schedule to focus on filming the show. She continued, "This is my focus right now. I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy. So it was planned out for me to do one project at a time and give my full attention to each so I can enjoy myself. I can give myself fully to the cast. If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years."

  • She added, "They’re extremely talented. I walked in on my first day and I was like, ‘I am going to give all of myself.’"

Simon Cowell is pro One Direction's decision to take a break. According to E! News, Cowell spoke of the band's forthcoming hiatus at the X Factor launch and said, "I've known for a while that they were going to take this year off. They had to because of their workload. I did what I've always done with the guys and said you make your own decisions and I hope you stay together, but you've got to want to do it yourself so they're smart guys, they'll work it out."

Simon then said that he hopes 1D reunites after their year-long break, but he won't be putting pressure on the fellas to get back together. He continued, "I hope so, but like I said, it's not going to be because of any pressure from me. It really has to be, like we said in the beginning, this is an opportunity, you won it, and I've always had that attitude with them. They're nice guys and they're loyal so it'll be fine."

  • He added, "Look, even though they're young, that is a grueling schedule and after a while I could see they were exhausted, so when they said, 'How do you feel about it?' I said, 'Do whatever you want.' Having a year off is going to be a healthy thing."
  • In other news, a rep from Sony has confirmed that 1D has not been offered solo deals with the label. According to, the rep said, "No discussions about solo deals are happening with any members of One Direction currently. Sony are fully committed to all of One Direction and are looking forward to the release of the group’s new album."

Chris Brown recently took part in US Weekly's "25 Things You Didn't Know About Me" and revealed that he owns 14 Burger King restaurants. The singer also revealed that he is the only singer who has been incarcerated and had a No. 1 record at the same time.

Other things you may not know about CB:

  • He's a neat freak.
  • He was 13 when he got his first tattoo.
  • He freestyles all of his songs
  • He recently went to church for the first time in 15 years and loved it
  • He bought his mom a $1 million dollar home when he was 15.
  • He talks to a pastor twice a week

Rita Ora has shut down rumors that she is dating Wiz Khalifa. During a recent radio interview, Rita said, "We love Wiz. What's crazy, in this world, is you get pictured with somebody, and you have to be dating them. What is that about? The funniest thing is, we were walking into a recording studio. It's not like we were walking into a strip club or a restaurant or a bar. We were walking into a work facility environment. So, we made a great record."

Meanwhile, Wiz joined Rita on stage Wednesday night (August 26th) during the L.A. stop of her promo tour.

  • As previously reported, rumors began to circulate about Wiz and Rita's alleged romance after the two were spotted getting rather cozy backstage at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. After the award show, the duo reportedly had dinner at The Nice Guy restaurant and hit the club afterwards.

There's evidence to suggest that Coldplay's seventh studio album, A Head Full Of Dreams, will be released this fall: the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, which features the NFL's Russell Wilson, has a sidebar listing the "Must Hear" albums of the fall, which includes Coldplay, Keith Richards and British singer Adele, who has been largely absent from the scene for four years.

  • Coldplay has been hinting at a new album with that title since last December, and have been working on it since at least May, although a release date and other details have yet to be unveiled.
  • The new disc will follow up 2014's Ghost Stories, a melancholy effort that was inspired largely by singer Chris Martin's breakup with his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • A source recently told The Sun that the band has gone for a "completely different" vibe on the new record, with the material being "more upbeat with a pop feel."
  • Martin told us a while back that the group's approach to making a new album always stays the same in one respect: "Our mission always is to just write songs that we want to whistle and then present them in as interesting a way as possible. That's the goal, and it has been the goal for a while."
  • Coldplay is also scheduled to play its first shows in nine months at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 18th and the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on September 26th.

TAYLOR SWIFT EXTENDS CELEBRITY GUEST LIST ON '1989' WORLD TOUR: Taylor Swift was joined by a few more friends at her final show in L.A. According to, Taylor brought out Phoebe Buffay -- also known as Lisa Kudrow, from FRIENDS, Justin Timberlake and her bff of eight years Selena Gomez.

BRITNEY SPEARS IS ATTENDING THE VMAS: E! News has reported that Britney Spears will be attending the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend. Sources have said that Spears will be presenting the first award.

A MICHIGAN MAN WANTS TO TRADE HIS YEEZY'S FOR A NEW KIDNEY: 26-year-old Matt Neal of Ann Arbour, Michigan needs a kidney and is willing to trade his pair of Yeezy's for a new kidney. According to Sole Collector, he reached out to the Facebook group "WDYWT" and said, "People are always joking that they would give a kidney for a pair of yeezy's!! Well here's your chance." Neal said that the wait for a kidney in Michigan can take up to seven years, and U.S. laws prevent him from outright buying, or even trading, for a new one. So that is why he is looking to "donate" these Yeezys to anyone who is able to donate the organ. Neal says his inbox has been flooded with replies and potential donors.

TYGA AND KYLIE TO WALK THE VMAS RED CARPET TOGETHER: Hollywood Life has reported that Tyga and Kylie Jenner are set to make their red carpet debut on the MTV VMAs red carpet. A source said, "Kylie and Tyga really want to walk the red carpet together at the VMAs. They’re finally free to show off their love. They’ve only done one other red carpet together, and that was out of the country, so this one is really a big deal."