Posts By Rahsheeda Ali
Beyoncé marked her fifth MTV Video Music Awards performance with a medley of songs from her self-titled surprise album. The set included somber reflection, sex appeal, and surfboardts. Though fans were mesmerized, does last night’s performance go down as Bey’s best VMA set yet?
In case you were vacationing under a rock last week, Taylor Swift released a catchy new single, “Shake It Off,” and announced a forthcoming LP called 1989. We can’t wait to hear the whole album, which the singer says was inspired by all of the great pop music from the year of her birth. She has called the late 1980s “a time of limitless potential,” full of “bright colors, bold choices, [and] rebellion.” Her new video even pays homage to some trends from that era, with Swift incorporating b-boys and Toni Basil-style cheerleading into the clip.
While Swift is totally right about music’s high points in 1989, we started to have flashbacks about some of the moments that should definitely stay in the past. Whether cheesy fads or serious snubs, there are things we hope Swift doesn’t touch upon as she shows props for her birth year. Considering she was only alive for 18 days of the ’80s, we’d decided to make her a handy list of musical moments to avoid at all costs!
Tomorrow’s MTV Video Music Awards will feature 2014’s hottest performances. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that artists can bring down the house while making egregious fashion fails. Miley Cyrus twerked her way toward infamy last year, yet her forgettable ensemble looked like it came from a retailer’s discount bin. In the `90s, Marilyn Manson disturbed us with leather and mesh, while Paula Abdul doubled down on using rhinestones.
Bleachers, this month’s You Oughta Know artist, channeled the spirit of the `80s for the band’s debut LP, Strange Desire. Given that the band’s founder, Jack Antonoff, is so fond of the decade he was born, VH1 decided to challenge him to a little quiz.
Singer Sarah Jaffe has been sitting just below the radar of the mainstream scene for a few years, but tonight she’s ready to properly take the world by storm. Hailing from Texas, Jaffe’s brand of alt-pop blends electronic beats with soulful rhythms. You tasted her song “Don’t Disconnect,” during tonight’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta finale tonight, and now you can download it for free for the next 24 hours!
Last Lap is here to give you a rundown of today’s music news. Two of R&B’s biggest stars might hit us with a huge collaboration, Justin Bieber shows some love for the Lord, and J. Cole pens a track in the wake of a controversial shooting.