What the Hell is Babymetal?

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Metal music is a genre of music that transcends all parts of the world, and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East, recorded in Tokyo, the music has always been popular throughout Asia, with many popular metal and rock bands originating from the continent over the years and recently, including bands like Loudness and X-Japan, Sigh, Cthonic, Crossfaith and tons more established and emerging artists and bands.

But in 2010, a new breed of metal music surfaced, with a group known as Babymetal, a rising trio of famous teenage Japanese female models, this act has a foundation of 'J-Pop,' a fast, upbeat style of pop/dance music, more suitable for clubs playing Britney Spears and other teen idols, than dive bars blasting Pantera and Behemoth. But the vocalists are backed by a band of musicians that merge the heavy sounds of Slayer, System of a Down, Slipknot, Ministry and Lamb of God, with traditional pop/dance music with hints of techno and hip hop, skillfully blending the two genres into a cohesive force that leaves many new listeners confused yet curious. It may have started in Japan, but look out...their evil is spreading.

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Green Day Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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MaryAngelinaArt on etsy
Green Day's Dookie turned 20 years old last month. If that sentence sounds odd, it was intentional. Speaking about the name, Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone:

"Obviously, it was a stoner thing. It really was. We were smoking a lot of weed. 'Hey, man, wouldn't it be funny if...'

But I was thinking about that Sonic Youth record, Goo. When we gave the title to [cover artist] Richie Bucher, he was like, 'OK'. We get it back, and it's dogs exploding shit all over Berkeley. [Laughs] I don't know, man. It was one of those impulsive moments. And we were like, 'Fuck it'."

Dookie went on to produce five hit singles for the band: "Longview," "When I Come Around," "Basket Case," "Welcome to Paradise," and "She." The album also won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995. Dookie is unarguably, the band's best-selling album, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Not bad for an album named after a slang word for 'shit', written by a couple of punk stoners.

To celebrate Dookie's 20th year milestone, we've collected some of the best Green Day fan art on etsy.

My what green eyes you have, Billie Joe. This portrait by MaryAngelinaArtis (above) is painted on a vinyl record.

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Vanilla Ice Fans, Rejoice!

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Rob 'Vanilla Ice' Van Winkle will receive Wellington, Florida's 'Outstanding Citizen of the Year' award on Wednesday, Feb 26.

Van Winkle earned this title for his "spirit of giving and dedication" to the town he calls home for more than 10 years.

Another noteworthy achievement is Van Winkle's new commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shapes. Van Winkle sings and dances to "Ninja Rap", a song he provided for the soundtrack of 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11: The Secret of the Ooze.


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Miley Cyrus - Honda Center - February 20, 2014

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2/20/2014

There was a lot of tongue, weed paraphernalia, and bananas in the crowd at the Honda Center last night as Miley Ray Cyrus, the untamed former Disney-star-gone-bad-girl, hit the Honda Center for part of her Bangerz world tour. Miley did her thing on stage in half-naked leotards, sequins, wigs, cowboy boots, and long gowns. Although she's received a lot of criticism for her racy live performance, and her public image has gone from child star to ratchet rebel, she still has a tremendously large fan base.

Last night, Cyrus celebrated her fourth studio album, Bangerz which came out in October 2013, going platinum despite (or probably due to) her crazy endeavors. She has become this generations most contentious pop star who knows how to deliver an entertaining live show of Britney Spears proportions. It was so unforgettable, we had to review each moment with a minute-by-minute breakdown.

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Troy Gua: The Artist Formally Stifled by Prince

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Le Petit Prince meets Le Petit Troy.
Prince is officially dropping a $22 million lawsuit against 22 fans, whom he accused of "massive infringement and bootlegging," since the targeted fans have since removed links to footage of his live performances.

Seattle-based artist Troy Gua is another fan familiar with the demands of Prince's attorneys. In 2012, he received a cease and desist notice from his favorite artist, after he recreated famous Prince moments and album covers using 'Le Petit Prince,' a doll he sculpted in the likeness of the Purple One. Gua has successfully (and optimistically) turned the threat of legal action from Prince into a marketing strategy; and credits the end of his 'Le Petit Prince' series for spawning the birth of his latest self portraiture series.

Here's what Gua had to say about his idol, fair use, and a famous fan--Questlove.

See also: Prince Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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Rihanna Fandom Gone Wrong: The Most Awkward Shirts Ever

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FANdamonium on etsy.

Sometimes fan art hits the mark, and sometimes it should stay hidden in a closet. As a celebrity, it must be a awkward to see people wearing your likeness (or images of your body parts) across their chest. These horrible Etsy finds have proven to be the most awkward instances of Rihanna fandom gone wrong.

Rihanna's grandmother should be the only person ever to wear a this sweatshirt by FANdamonium (above).


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Current Hits That Sound Like Rip-Offs, Here's Proof

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Hey, your new song sounds a lot like another band we know...
Lately our ears have been doing double-takes. The hits the radio plays are new, but the riffs sound similar to riffs we've already heard. Are the similarities found in following song pairings a coincidence or deliberate rip-off? You be the judge:

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The Best Vintage Van Halen Tees

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LotusvintageNY on etsy.
Sure, you could buy a reproduction Van Halen tee for $12.99 from Target, but for three or four times that amount, you can score the real deal and wear a shirt not many people still own. We're suckers for 3/4 sleeve baseball tees on both guys and girls.

Here are the best vintage Van Halen tees listed on etsy:

Vintage Van Halen 1979 Tour Tee Shirt from LotusvintageNY (above).

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Bruno Mars Fan Art You Really Must Own

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FullOfLifeArtistry on etsy.
Bruno Mars has spread faster as the flu virus and he's going to be here awhile. Since there isn't a vaccine for his music, you might as well purchase some fan art. We found some cool Bruno products on Etsy.

This print of an original drawing by FullOfLifeArtistry (above) looks just like the real deal!

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Check Out These Miley Cyrus Inspired Arts and Crafts

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BestCase on etsy.

Online shoppers can relive Miley Cyrus' VMA stunt over and over again. Thank goodness, we were starting to miss her ubiquitous media presence. (Actually, we're really just wondering who buys this crap.)

We lol-ed over BestCase's cell phone case series of Miley twerking against famous art (above). Check out the rest of Etsy's Twerk-fest inspired wares here:

See also: Here's How Miley Cyrus Infiltrated the Hip Hop Community


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