By this point, it is no secret that the members of Echosmith are related. Can’t you see the family resemblance? So instead of spending more time on what you should know about the band, we want to help you get to know the members. Don’t you want to find out who Sydney’s celebrity crush is, what Noah’s sign is, who is the oldest and more fun facts about the band and members of Echosmith?
Lil’ Kim has been pushing boundaries with her outrageous fashion for nearly two decades. Today’s female hip-hop artists owe their style inspiration from Kim’s use of outrageous wigs, bright colors and scandalous cut-outs. From her infamous purple pasty at the 1999 VMA’s to her more demure looks and attempts at business chic, Lil’ Kim is always surprising us with her next evolution.
People love their music gossip and hearing about who hates who and tweeted what about whom, but far more often the truth is that most real musicians have nothing but love and admiration for each other. So it comes as no surprise that one of the realest and most talented singers currently out there, one Miss Kelly Clarkson, is a big fan of another great singer, Sam Smith. To show her love of Sam’s music she busted out a performance of his smash hit “Stay With Me” live in concert this weekend and it is just about as amazing and soulful as you would expect it to be.
Introducing the number, she said “It’s bluesy and it’s awesome. I love this song.” Her tremendous vocal power is on full display, even as she dials it back to match the mood of one of the most classic soul songs to emerge in recent years. Check out her killer performance below and prepare for the song to blow you away all over again.
As the old adage goes, good artists copy, great artists steal. The victims of such artistic theft, however, might contest the veracity of such a statement. And while the musical greatness and innovations of classic rockers Led Zeppelin are an uncontestable fact, so too is it true that they have more than once used other artists riffs and lyrics and failed to properly credit or compensate them. On Monday a Pennsylvania judge ruled that relatives of deceased guitarist Randy California, nee Randy Craig Wolfe, could move forward with a lawsuit claiming Led Zeppelin stole the music from their career-defining 1971 epic “Stairway To Heaven” from his band Spirit’s 1968 recording “Taurus.” The intros of both songs are startlingly familiar, and the band’s were familiar with each other, however actually proving copyright infringement is a harder task.
Generally speaking, in order to prove a musical plagiarism lawsuit, one must prove that the lyrics or main vocal melody were copied. Chord progressions, instrumental riffs, and song titles do not typically receive a copyright. In addition, there is a long musical tradition of players borrowing ideas from each other and incorporating them into new compositions. This was especially true in the blues, on songs such as “Walking Blues” for example, which has been credited to both Robert Johnson and Son House. While Led Zeppelin are far from the only rock band that has claimed a blues lyric or borrowed riff as their own, there are unfortunately some rather egregious examples of the band’s liberal idea of original compositions that demand review in light of current events.
Led Zeppelin “Stairway To Heaven” (1971)
Everyone knows this 8-minute classic rock epic, which regularly tops lists of the greatest rock songs of all time and in many ways is the original power ballad. According to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, the song was composed in 1970, during writing sessions in the Welsh countryside for the band’s fourth album.
Spirit “Taurus” (1968)
Members of this Los Angeles psychedelic rock group claim this instrumental, which is under 3 minutes long, was the basis for Zeppelin’s most famous song. The intros do sound exactly the same, however after that, the similarities between them end. Bolstering their argument though is the fact that the two bands toured together in the late ‘60s and Led Zeppelin was known to jam on Spirit’s “Fresh Garbage” live in concert.
Eric Clapton “Let It Grow” (1974)
For historic note, and also to illustrate the way songwriters sometimes unintentionally copy each other, in his 2006 autobiography, Eric Clapton acknowledges this song off his landmark 461 Ocean Boulevard album “totally ripped off” the Zeppelin classic in the verse.
When it comes to the You Oughta Know class of 2014, we all know the artists this year TOTALLY brought it – but now it’s up to you to decide who should be crowned You Oughta Know Artist of the Year. Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Bleachers and Mary Lambert were just a few of the stellar performers to join the VH1 family. Represent your favorite in the simplest voting system known to man. Either listen to any Spotify track (1 play = 1 vote) by your favorite artist or tweet your vote using the hashtag formula #ArtistNameYOK. Then, watch You Oughta Know Live Concert on November 13 at 9/8 C to see who takes the title of You Oughta Know Artist of the Year. Told you it was easy. Let the voting begin!
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor are set to perform at the 2014 CMA Awards, Ed Sheeran responds to the Isle Of Wight Festival boss calling him boring, T.I. settles the dispute between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg and more on First Dibs.
Ah, the ’90s R&B music video and its life-changing choreography. What could be more right about these precious nuggets of perfection? Nothing.
FKA twigs directs and stars in a new Google Glass campaign, Kanye West makes an appearance in Big Sean‘s video for “IDFWU”, Ringo Starr is the new spokesmodel for Sketchers and more on Last Lap.
It seems like only yesterday the KONGOS brothers were in our studio telling us why we should be listening to their music, and now they’re killing it at places like Austin City Limits. They grow up so fast! We just want the record to show, we saw them first.
New music is easy to come by. Everyday a new song, new album, or new mixtape will infiltrate your favorite blogs but it can be overwhelming when it comes to deciding what to listen to first. Luckily, we’ve complied a list of 10 must-hear songs streaming on SoundCloud featuring Raury, Grace Mitchell, AlunaGeorge, T.I. and more. Trust us, it’ll make it much easier to sort through the noise.