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MTV Video Music Award nominations: Beyoncé leads with 8

Beyonce performs on the opening night of the

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The surprises from Beyoncé's unexpected "Beyoncé" album keep piling up, as she landed eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations Thursday to lead all artists.

Beyoncé racked up four nominations for her "Pretty Hurts" video, including best video with a social message, while her steamy "Partition" video landed two nods. However, it's "Drunk in Love," with hubby Jay Z, that nabbed the biggest nomination...

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Melanie Martinez shines at Marlin Room

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: SingerMelanie Martinez

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Melanie Martinez is the real deal. It’s as clear as the plastic on her handmade, see-through dress.

In the Baldwin native’s first New York show to support her “Dollhouse” EP (Atlantic), she charmingly showed fans at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room Tuesday night that her unique musical vision is ready for prime time.

Backed by a two-man band (dressed in man-size onesies with bibs that say...

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Beyoncé, Jay Z MetLife Stadium tickets on sale June 2

Beyonce and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

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Beyoncé and Jay Z won’t be the only ones “On the Run” next week.

The hip-hop-power-couple-turned-touring partners will finally put their July 11 concert at MetLife Stadium on sale next week.

Beyoncé Fan Club members will get access to tickets starting at 8 a.m. Monday. Chase cardholders can buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Those who sign up with Jay Z or Beyonce tour updates on...

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Jay Z, Beyoncé tour possibly in the works, reports say

Beyonce and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

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Is it time for a Mr. & Mrs. Carter Tour? Maybe!

Jay Z and Beyoncé are reportedly planning a quick, 20-date summer tour, including a possible stop at a New York stadium on July 4, according to the New York Post. No word from Jay or Bey's camps or the Yankees, who would have to host the show since the Mets have a homestand against the Rangers at Citi Field that weekend.

A short, co-headlining...

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Intro 12.16.13: Videos from Beyonce, Breeders, English Beat and more

FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo

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Wonder what surprises Beyonce has in store for her Barclays Center shows Thursday and Sunday, the last of her "Mrs. Carter World Tour." Could they be bigger than her great new album?

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE...

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'Beyonce' album review: Winner from start to finish

An image from Beyonce.com announcing the surprise release

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This was worth the wait.

Beyoncé finally unleashed her often-delayed fifth album, "Beyoncé" (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia) early Friday morning with no advance warning. Just as with the creation of the album itself, B wanted complete control of its distribution as well, selling it only as an all-or-nothing package on iTunes, with no songs available individually. She also created...

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MTV VMAs predictions: Best social message video

Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name

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To get ready for the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center Sunday night, we're going to look at the nominees in some of the top categories.

Let's start with the "Best Video with a Social Message" nominees:

(App users, watch the videos at newsday.com/backstagepass.)

WILL WIN: “Same Love.” It’s the strongest of messages in a strong...

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Beyonce Izod Center show explains a lot

Singer Beyonce performs during her "Mrs. Carter Show

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“The Mrs. Carter Show” explains a lot about how this year’s Beyoncé controversies have come about.

The stunningly polished spectacle at Izod Center Wednesday night can only be achieved through meticulous planning and exacting, repeated rehearsal. Queen B has clearly practiced everything – right down to how to look the most regal as she flies over the crowd on a harness.

It makes her...

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Jay Z to debut 'Picasso Baby' video on HBO Friday

Jay-Z performs at the Wireless Festival at the

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Jay-Z will unveil his video for “Picasso Baby” on HBO Friday night, following an interview on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The video is based on Jay’s six-hour performance of the song at the Pace Gallery earlier this month, rapping the song directly to people one-on-one -- some famous, including actor Alan Cumming, performance artist Marina Abramovic and New York magazine’s Jerry Saltz, and...

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Barclays Center debuts as America's top arena

Beyonce is scheduled to perform at Barclays Center

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 The Barclays Center has officially opened with a bang.

 The Brooklyn arena was named the top-grossing venue in America for the first half of 2013, according to Billboard, with $46.9 million in gross ticket sales revenue. According to Pollstar, the venue – which has hosted 51 concerts since it opened in September and will bring in Beyonce and Justin Bieber next week – was the third-biggest...

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