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Your week in music: The VMAs are here, 'NSync rumored to make surprise performance

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The 2013 Video Music Awards will air this Sunday and promise to offer quite a few surprises. (Source: MTV/Facebook) The 2013 Video Music Awards will air this Sunday and promise to offer quite a few surprises. (Source: MTV/Facebook)

(RNN) - Once a year, MTV remembers they were originally a channel dedicated to music, and pack one night with a year's worth of drama and hype, with a few awards and performances sprinkled in.

It's time, ladies and gentlemen, for the Video Music Awards.

The VMAs have brought us Gaga wearing a meat dress, Dennis Rodman in a midriff-baring tank and Kanye West speech-bombing Taylor Swift, and is always a more raucous version of the Grammys.

Justin Timberlake, who already has 14 Moonmen, is up for six more, along with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the most of any of the 2013 nominees.

JT is guaranteed to take home at least one piece of hardware - the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV's version of a lifetime achievement award. But the JT news doesn't stop there. It has been rumored that the former members of 'NSync will join him on stage for a surprise performance shortly after he accepts the award.

Aside from Timberlake, other performers lighting up the stage include Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.

The MTV Video Music Awards airs Sunday live from Brooklyn (or most likely, on a five-second delay in case someone does something crazy) at 9 p.m. EST.

For an entire list of nominees, click here.

Robin Thicke sues Marvin Gaye's family to protect Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke's hit single is currently facing some blurred lines of its own.

Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, the owner of some of Funkadelic's compositions, claim Blurred Lines is a knockoff of Gaye's Got To Give It Up and Funkadelic's Sexy Ways. Thicke starkly disagrees.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Bridgeport Music and the Gaye family have threatened legal action if Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris Jr. (T.I.'s real name) do not pay a monetary settlement.

However, before they could take legal action, Thicke beat them to the punch and filed a lawsuit of his own. He isn't asking for money, but rather that the court rule Blurred Lines doesn't infringe on Got to Give It Up and Sexy Ways.

Despite the hard feelings, the lawsuit's introduction is quite respectful. It starts out by saying:

"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists."

However, it cuts to the point rather quickly.

"The basis of the Gaye defendants' claims is that Blurred Lines and Got to Give it Up 'feel' or 'sound' the same. Being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing Blurred Lines was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work, and Bridgeport is claiming the same work."

At the end of the day, if you compare Got To Give It Up and Sexy Ways with Blurred Lines the lines are quite ... blurry.

However, George Clinton, the mastermind behind and lead singer of Funkadelic is siding with Thicke. He took to Twitter on Aug. 15 to voice his opinion on the matter.

@George_Clinton: "No sample of #Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' in @RobinThicke's 'Blurred Lines' - yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support @RobinThicke @Pharrell!"

So, what's your opinion on the matter? Did Thicke copy the classics or create his own hit? Check out our poll and let us know what you think.

Dave Chappelle graces the cover of Prince's new single

Prince has proved he has a great sense of humor through the cover art of his new single, Breakfast Can Wait.

On his newly-created Twitter page, Prince aka @3rdeyegirl, wrote "Game: Blouses" and posted a link to the picture as well as a clip of the single.

The tweet reference and cover shot are from a popular skit on The Chappelle Show in which Dave Chappelle played Prince and showed comedian Charlie Murphy that even guys wearing purple suits and frilly tops can play ball. Watch the full skit here.

You can listen to a sample of Breakfast Can Wait on YouTube and purchase the single on Prince's website.

Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert joining Glee

In the wake of longtime Glee star Cory Monteith's death, the show is booking some big names for their fifth season to add a little excitement to an otherwise tragic situation.

Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert both have signed on to act in season five of the popular musical TV series.

Very little details are known about Lovato and Lambert's upcoming characters, but we have to admit the show would be remiss if they didn't schedule a duet between the two.

According to Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on the show, Lambert will play his nemesis. And according to MTV, Lovato's debut will begin on Oct. 3 during the second part of two Beatles-themed episodes. She will be on the show for at least six episodes.

A tribute episode to Monteith will air on Oct. 10, before the show goes on hiatus.

The Glee season premiere will air at 8 p.m. EST on Sept. 26.

Kelly Clarkson celebrates upcoming marriage in Tie It Up video

Kelly Clarkson's video is finally out for the new country single she released a few weeks ago.

The singer throws a regular hoedown in her new video for her very-country single, Tie It Up, as a wedding singer in a barn. Peppered in are scenes of actual nuptials of some regular folks.

Clarkson herself has wedding on the brain. She's set to "tie it up" with fiance Brandon Blackstock in October.

Lily & Madeleine

Picture lying down in a field, a soft breeze blowing your hair, the sun shining, and that blissful feeling of relaxation - now imagine the background music. For us, it'd be Lily & Madeleine.

In a very She & Him-esque sound, sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz produce hauntingly serene folk music that is addictive due to the perfect blend of voices that only sisters could create.

Lily and Madeleine gained fame after a video of them singing their original song In The Middle was posted to Reddit, and then went viral.

Independent record label Asthmatic Kitty Records knew talent when they saw it, and quickly signed the sisters. They released their first EP, The Weight of the Globe, in June and then worked voraciously to finish a full-length album before they both had to go back to school - Lily to high school and Madeleine to her freshman year in college.

NoiseTrade is currently offering a free download of select songs from The Weight of the Globe.

Lily and Madeleine's self-titled album is due out Oct. 29.

New Releases

John Mayer: Paradise Valley - Aug. 20

Jimmy Buffet: Songs from St. Somewhere - Aug. 20

Lee DeWyze: Frames - Aug. 20

Tricia: Radiate - Aug. 13

Luke Bryan: Crash My Party - Aug. 13

Carrie Underwood: Blown Away Tour Live - Aug. 13

Yellowcard: Ocean Avenue Acoustic - Aug. 13

Upcoming

Ellie Goulding: Halcyon Days - Aug. 27

Stellar Kart: All In - Aug. 27

Alabama: Alabama & Friends - Aug. 27

For King and Country: Hope is What We Crave Live - Aug. 27

Sheryl Crow - Feels Like Home - Sept. 10

And Finally

Walk Off the Earth has done it again. By pulling out their ukuleles and taking on Lorde's Royals, they've created an oddly mesmerizing video with perfect synchronization.

In what we consider pop domination by uke, the cover offers some fierce competition to the original.

We'll call you "queen bee," Walk Off the Earth.

What we're listening to

OneRepublic - Counting Stars

Have a music tip? Drop us a line! You can also follow us on Twitter @AScottRNN and @ReporterJennRNN.

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  • Do you think the song 'Blurred Lines' sounds similar 'Got to Give It Up' or 'Sexy Ways?'

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    Yes, it's way too close to 'Got To Give It Up.'
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