Backstreet Boys‘ minute-long condensed version of their single “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)” for VH1′s Stop/Watch is simply gorgeous. They sound just like you remember them live in the ’90s and early oughts. So, if BSB’s sound is frozen in time, does this mean we all still look as young as listening to this song makes us feel? Let’s just go with yes.
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Sure, creating a hit song is hard, but try shortening that hit into 60-seconds of earwormy genius and you’ve got VH1′s Stop/Watch which has artists like Sara Bareilles throwing down her Billboard 100 track “Brave” in under a minute. Just when you thought that song couldn’t be more addictive.
Our You Oughta Know alumna isn’t the only singer stepping up to our music challenge. Goo Goo Dolls reworked “Rebel Beat” while YOK alums JOHNNYSWIM and fan-picked Russell Taylor bravely served up abridged versions of “Don’t Let It Get You Down” and “War of Hearts,” respectively. Check out our video gallery to see if they all beat the clock.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton would have turned 35 years old today had it not been for the tragic plane crash that took her life and eight others in 2001. It’s phenomenal how easy it still is to be swept up in imagining what could have been for the R&B singer, dancer, actress and model who burst onto the scene with her debut Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number as a high school freshman. After all, Aaliyah was only fully in the public eye for seven years before her death at 22. And yet, in just those few short years, the “Back & Forth” star truly embodied the title of that initial multi-platinum release.
It’s Christina Aguilera‘s birthday today! And while we’ve all been caught up the December Beylizzard that accompanied the drop of Beyoncé‘s new visual album, it’s time to poke our heads outside to pay that other pop diva with pipes her due (we’ll let you finish your birthday later, Taylor Swift). Now, I’m sure you’re content to spend now through the spring thaw rhapsodizing about Iliad-like qualities of King Bey’s epic audio-video release, analyzing its staunch feminist undertones. But let’s not forget that, at 33, X-Tina has been a strong feminist force in pop music for most of her career.
When rapper Nelly burst onto the scene with Country Grammar back in 2000 and declared himself “hot sh*t” everyone jumped on board. Not just for his danceable beats, clever rhymes and then-atypical singsong swagger, but for that toned and tatted physique he’s proudly displayed for more than a decade of drool-worthy music videos from “E.I.” to “Just A Dream” (underwater Nelly can get it). So happy birthday, Nelly! Check out our gallery for proof of why ,even at nearly 40, he keeps making it hot in herre when he takes his clothes off.
After weeks of anticipation, teases and a week of T-Boz and Chilli mania, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story finally premieres tonight at 9/8C! And it looks like we’re not the only ones excited. Some of TLC‘s real-life celeb pals have been sharing their favorite songs from the trio for weeks. Jennifer Hudson, Nelly, Lil Mama and the rest of the movie cast couldn’t help but get straight up karaoke with it when we asked. Read more…
Let’s be honest. Nineties R&B remains one of the only genres in music where, “Oh, girl! That’s my song,” is said compulsively without a trace of irony. But while three- to five-part harmonies reigned supreme back in the day, so did bitter fallings out between members and labels. Even TLC was touched by group conflict before the unexpected death of their beloved bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. But through the loss, remaining members T-Boz and Chilli stuck it out to the tune of 20 years as their latest compilation album suggests. Meanwhile the shelf life for most groups born in that glorious era was over before you could say 1999. We count down the ones that devastated us and our tape decks most.
Rapper Nelly hams it up with co-stars Kevin Hart, JB Smoove, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon and Duane Martin every week on TV’s fakest reality show, BET’s Real Husbands Of Hollywood. But Nelly put his acting chops on the shelf for a second and went back to dropping bars with the RHOH crew during one of the most entertaining cypher sets of the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night.
Leave Miley alone! So says her Bangerz collaborator, multiplatinum hip hop heavyweight Nelly. Naked antics aside (see here, here and here) Miley has been getting flack for the risqué promotion of her equally tongue-in-cheek titled album. But for every detractor, Miley’s had an army of industry A-listers defending her legitimacy as a singer and genius hot mess marketing strategy. Among them is Nelly who lays down a verse on “4×4″ on the new record. So why has Nelly joined The Movement and cosigned Miley as “dope”? And did he just call her Madonna?
Last week’s release of M.O. marks Nelly‘s seventh full-length solo album, his first in nearly three years. Hard to believe the Midwest twanging rap mogul has been churning out hits for us to cruise and grind to for nearly two decades. And though the Nielsen SoundScan numbers released this morning don’t reflect the quality of Nelly’s latest - M.O. debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales topping out around 15.5k – he isn’t sweating the quantity.
The man who taught a generation to spell here with two r’s recently talked to VH1 about being an underestimated veteran, his cameo-filled and powerhouse-produced LP (2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams) and the vibe Cornell Haynes Jr. is about in 2013.