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GYM CLASS FRONTMAN RAISING AWARENESS

Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy is currently traveling to South Africa, the Philippines and India to raise awareness about youth driven HIV and AIDS prevention initiatives.   McCoy, who is the new MTV Staying Alive Special Ambassador, will be writing a new single inspired by his travels and those he meets along the way.…

M.I.A. AND VAMPIRE WEEKEND ON THE VERY BEST DEBUT

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and M.I.A. will appear on the Very Best’s debut album The Warm Heart of Africa. According to Pitchfork, the album will be released this fall and M.I.A. and Koenig collaborate on “Rain Dance” as well as the record’s title track.

LADY GAGA & AKON ON SEAN KINGSTON’S LATEST

MTV News reports that Lady Gaga and Akon will be appearing on Sean Kingston’s sophomore effort, Tomorrow.   The disc boasts Kingston’s new single, “Fire Burning,” which recently has been getting a ton of airplay.     Tomorrow will be released August 25th.

CAT STEVENS BACKS OFF COLDPLAY

Cat Stevens, better known as Yusuf Islam these days, is now acknowledging that any similarities between his track “Forgeiner Suite” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” wasn’t intentional. The famous songwriter told the Daily Express that he feels the British band did copy his song but that they did not do it on purpose. He even…

SANTIGOLD TO WORK WITH PHARELL ON NEW ALBUM

NME.com reports that Santigold has begun work on a new album and Pharrell will be producing it. She intends to begin recording in August and says that Otis Redding and rapper Egyptian Lover will influence the sound of the album.

LINKIN PARK GIVE DETAILS ON TRANSFORMERS

It turns out that “New Divide,” Linkin Park’s new song from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, isn’t just your average movie song. The band revealed to MTV News that they wrote the track after seeing almost half the film and that the song inspired composer Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the flick. The guys even disclosed…

NEW KATY PERRY VIDEO

There’s a new video out for the remix of Katy Perry’s hit song “Waking Up in Vegas” and you can watch it at PerezHilton.com. SKOPE IT HERE!

BEYONCE’S PREMIERES TWO NEW VIDEOS

Beyonce has unleashed a batch of new videos off her multi-platinum disc, I Am…Sasha Fierce. The latest to be released is “Broken-hearted Girl” and the revamped version of “Ego” featuring Kanye West. The videos are featured in Beyonce’s new video anthology, Above & Beyonce: Video Collection & Dance Mixes, which is in stores now. DIRECT…

THE WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL BUILDS AN ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR THE 21st CENTURY

Woodstock Ventures has teamed with Sony Music Entertainment to launch Woodstock.com, the official website for the Woodstock community. Woodstock.com will feature a cutting edge live music social network for all concerts, including complete artist and event information, access to ticketing, concert reviews, blogs and a forum to connect with other fan events throughout the world.…

YOUNG MONEY PRESENTS: AMERICAS MOST WANTED MUSIC FESTIVAL

Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Lil Wayne headlines this summer’s Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. Lil Wayne will be joined by artists Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Drake for the twenty one city tour through the United States and Canada. Tickets for the tour will go on sale June 20th and…

EYE’Z PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE FAN VIDEO CONTEST – $150

Eye’z is having the ultimate fan video contest and offering $150 to the winner! Do you love to watch Youtube all day? Do you love to post videos that you made on your own Youtube channel or other video sharing site? Do you love & adore Eye’z? If you answered yes, this contest is for…

MARIAH CAREY LOOKING SEXY AS EVER FOR “OBSESSED”

First came the emancipation, then came energy and power, and now come MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL, the new album by interna ­tional superstar Mariah Carey, scheduled to arrive on August 25th.   The first new single pick from MEMOIRS is “Obsessed,” which blasts out to radio today, Tuesday, June 16th.     The video…

ATLANTIC RECORDS GROUP CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK MUSIC MONTH

For more than 60 years, Atlantic Records has been home to the most innovative, compelling, and enduring artists in African-American music, spanning soul and R&B, jazz and hip-hop.   To commemorate this month’s 30th anniversary of “Black Music Month,” Atlantic has launched a dynamic online promotional campaign, dubbed “Atlantic IS Black Music.” “Atlantic IS Black…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: BUJU BANTON “BEDTIME STORY”

We at Skopemag.com get hundreds of exclusive tracks via various vendors on a daily basis. The goal for us is to share with our readers as many tracks that come in. Please note that some of these links expire so you got to get it while it’s hot! BUJU BANTON “Bedtime Story” Featuring WYCLEF JEAN:…

ROBERT GLASPER RETURNS WITH ‘DOUBLE-BOOKED’ TO BE RELEASED AUG. 25

Pianist Robert Glasper presents both sides of his musical persona with Double-Booked, his third album for Blue Note Records, which will be released on August 25. The album bridges Glasper’s parallel careers as the leader of an acclaimed jazz trio and a first-call sideman with hip-hop artists such as Mos Def, Q Tip and The…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: NADO “I’m Popular” Feat Ron Browz

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ACCLAIMED IRISH SOUL SONGSTRESS LAURA IZIBOR DEBUT OUT NOW

Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor releases her much anticipated debut album, Let The Truth Be Told, today.   The album, which features the hit single, “From My Heart To Yours,” is already shaping up as a breakthrough hit for the Dublin-based singer.   The song is currently ascending the airplay charts at multi-format radio outlets…

THE BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL TICKET SALES INCREASE

Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce that the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has completed another fantastic weekend that was just shy of a sellout. With Bonnaroo as the traditional rite of passage to the rest of their summer, nearly 80,000 fans experienced an incident-free weekend with over 140 bands performing…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: GUCCI MANE “AWESOME”

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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: DJ Smallz & Benz “Crumbs To Bricks”

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IT’S “JONAS DAY” ON THE DISNEY CHANNEL

Today is “Jonas Day” on the Disney Channel.   The 12 hour marathon kicks off at 10 AM Eastern and Western and features six episodes of their T-V show Jonas, plus music videos, a sneak peek at Jonas Brothers’ upcoming concert tour, and their June 12th performance of “Poison Ivy” and “Paranoid” on ABC’s Good…

T-PAIN PREPS NEW AUTO-TUNE iPHONE APP

According to the Las Angeles Times, T-Pain and Antares, the company which developed Auto-Tune, are collaborating on an Auto-Tune application for the iPhone. The feature will not be used for actual phone calls, however you will be able to access T-Pain’s beats and make music on the iPhone. No word yet as to when the…

ROB THOMAS STARTS A CLOTHING LINE

Rob Thomas is already busy as the frontman for matchbox twenty and as a solo artist.   And to add to his already full plate, the singer-songwriter is starting his own clothing line.   Thomas is teaming with Lyric Culture to make some limited-edition t-shirts and scarves that will be for sale at Bloomingdales.  …

KATY PERRY’S TOUR BUS GETS BROKEN INTO

Katy Perry is touring the U- and apparently someone broke into her tour bus while she was performing a show in London over the weekend.   According to PerezHilton.com, the singer took to her Twitter to write about the incident, tweeting that they caught the wannabe thief.

JAY-Z TEAMS UP WITH DRAKE FOR NEW SINGLE

According to Rap-Up.com, Jay-Z has enlisted Drake to be featured on his upcoming single, “Off That.” Fans will be able to hear the new track this July.   It is off Hov’s Blueprint 3 album which drops on September 11th.

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: NATSTAR “THE KING” – “EXTACY RMX”

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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: YOUNG JEEZY “24/23”

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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: RICK ROSS “MAGNIFICENT RMX”

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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: TI “THE WAY YOU WANT IT”

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CABLE NETWORKS TLC AND TNT TAP ERIC HUTCHINSON’S MUSIC

TLC Cable channel will debut its new summer promotional spot tomorrow — and it rocks! The 30-second spot prominently features Eric Hutchinson’s #1 radio hit “Rock & Roll.”   The campaign will run all summer long, through September 7th. Tomorrow also marks the day that tickets go on sale for Hutchinson’s upcoming tour. The news…

CURSIVE “I COULDN’T LOVE YOU” VIDEO

Visit the Danny Drysdale-directed (The Killers) video, which features actress Tania Raymonde (“Lost”), here. “I Couldn’t Love You”, praised for its “melodic hooks” and “offbeat instrumentation” by EW.com and deemed “insanely catchy, wild-eyed ’80s pop” by Stereogum, is the second single off Cursive’s new album, Mama, I’m Swollen, which was released March 10th on Saddle…

INFECTED MUSHROOM RETURN WITH ‘LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA’ OUT SEPTEMBER 8

For their highly anticipated release LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA, electronic-rock innovators INFECTED MUSHROOM return with their patented hybrid of thrashing metal and psychedelic trance to bring a frenetic rock energy to the form and venture where other electronic acts fear to tread.   The Israeli-bred, Los Angeles-based electronic duo continues to push sonic boundaries…

YACHT OFFER MP3 OF “PSYCHIC CITY”

Avant-pop duo, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, will release their new album, See Mystery Lights, July 28th on DFA Records. You can now download the single “Psychic City” MP3. “Psychic City”: SKOPE IT HERE!

MICROSOFT LOOKS TO UPGRADE THE ZUNE

Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally this fall. This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox…

CHOCOLATE INDUSTRIES SIGNS NEW ARTIST ESSER / VIDEO

Esser, a 23 year old UK native, created an album’s worth of forward-thinking, explosively catchy electronic pop songs in his bedroom. Braveface, with no label or marketing behind it, incited the Kaiser Chiefs to bring him on a sold out arena tour as their opening act, motivated Cee-Lo to enlist Esser to do production on…

RED STRIPE CELEBRATES THE INFLUENCE OF JAMAICAN SOUNDS

The makers of Red Stripe ® lager, brewed in Jamaica and known around the world, today announced the up coming release of It Was Written, featuring DJ/production aficionado Johan Hugo and Kingston, Jamaica-based emerging artist Terry Lynn. The five original musical tracks that compose the release were commissioned by the brewers of Red Stripe to…