Beyoncé delivered an incredible performance during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night, one filled with the skill, swagger, and precision we’ve come to expect from music’s best and biggest live act right now (yes, we went there). Her show prompted conversation after the fact without help from a wardrobe malfunction or flipping of the bird, and further positions her as an arguable “heir” to Michael Jackson. Who else has sucked up all the power from a 73,000-seat arena?
Further proof that 2013 is the year all of your former musical flames decided to reconvene in the studio: Fall Out Boy is recording new music in effort to save rock and roll. Sorry if you were cool with Mumford and Sons raking in all the non-pop and non-hip-hop accolades, but these guys have other plans:
when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.
the future of fall out boy starts now.
save rock and roll…
After solo and side projects the band has completed their first group effort since 2008’s Folie à Deux. And today’s news about a forthcoming full-length album (Save Rock and Roll, out May 7) does not merely serve to gauge our interest–cough TIMBERLAKE cough–as the group comes bearing gifts, in the form of a new track, music video, and a string of live shows this spring.
If you’re not familiar with Olly Murs from his charismatic performances on The X Factor UK or genre-bending tracks with the likes of Flo Rida and Chiddy Bang currently climbing the charts, it’s time to get acquainted. Our You Oughta Know artist for the month of February is prepping for a full-blown U.S. takeover in 2013, which began last year when he opened for fellow U.K. act One Direction. Having honed his craft in front of both screaming girls and Simon Cowell, Olly’s drawing serious crowds in his own right thanks to his massive stage presence, throwback sound, and undeniable charm. He’s also a good enough sport to subject himself to our rounds of questioning and photo shoot requests.
We were lucky enough to spend the day with the up-and-comer here in New York City, before his sold-out gig at Irving Plaza. VH1’s fearless photographer Lauren Weissler was on hand to capture every moment, from makeup touch-ups to pre-show rituals, and we’ve got all the special stuff down below, ready for your enjoyment.
Beyoncé‘s halftime performance, which either further enraged existing haters or recommitted stans to a lifetime of worshiping her every move, was just the beginning of Sunday night’s bevy of Bey-formation. In addition to allowing Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams a few (micromanaged and most definitely timed) moments in the spotlight in the form of a faux DC3 reunion and potentially flashing signs of the Illuminati, Beyoncé made way for a Queen of Versailles-inspired royal announcement that should tickle those who enjoy group therapy sessions to the tune of “Halo.” Call it stealing some of the thunder from the Harbaugh brothers’ sibling rivalry or Ray Lewis in his final game, but Queen B was merely giving her audience what they wanted. Because whether or not she was responsible for the Superdome’s 34-minute loss of power, she had enough of a hold over the crowd to reveal a little bit about her 2013 travel plans. And they’re big.
Yesterday’s press conference was further proof that Sunday is a Beyoncé concert with a little bit of athletic competition on the side. With all that’s been said–and repeatedly questioned–about her potential lip-synching last week, along with the halftime show’s ability to ignite minor scandals family-first viewers can’t seem to let go of (wave hello, M.I.A.!) we thought it was only to fair to compose of list of things that could happen during the big show–as well a handful of dream scenarios we desperately hope will come true, but are willing to settle for having play out in our twisted minds until the end of time.
We’re still a few days away from kickoff, so why not play along at home? Do your homework, keep track of this list during the show, and tell us if we are brilliant or simply outstanding for putting this all together come Monday morning.
Youngblood Hawke brought the jubilant sounds of “We Come Running” to this morning’s episode of Big Morning Buzz Live. Scaled back a bit for the acoustic set–with no threat of approaching sharks, unlike the accompanying music video–the song is the lead single off their self-titled EP, and something you may have heard in an American Idol promo or two this winter. A stripped down version without the contributions from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir (who recorded the studio version with the band) transforms the punching chorus into a more haunting refrain, backed by delicate percussion.
Scheduled in between sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, their stop by VH1 Headquarters was also a celebratory trip, as the L.A.-based band will be a featured VH1 You Oughta Know artists in the coming months. Stay tuned!
Start preparing for Grammy Night right this very minute; it’s going to be a marathon. According to Billboard, Drake will drop “Started From the Bottom,” the first single from his upcoming third album, on Sunday, February 10. While he’s far from disappeared since wrapping up promotion for 2011’s Take Care, his name has spent a lot of time on the right side of the “featuring” credit lately. He’s also put a number of hours in at strip clubs and pool party videos, so we have to ask: Will the new material come from Sad Drake or Happy Drake?
Tonight, after seven weird and wonderful seasons, Liz Lemon’s world at 30 Rock comes to an end. Blergh. We’ve been brokenhearted for weeks–crying with one’s mouth doesn’t even begin to explain it–at the thought of saying goodbye to the kooky characters who have become our best friends, eternal crushes, and, in some cases, mortal enemies, as well as the lessons the show within a show has taught us should we ever become famous enough to hire two loquacious and opinionated entourage members.
But there have also been many musical moments that will be greatly missed as well. For Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), every passing second is an opportunity to audition for someone more famous than Harvey Weinstein, while Lemon’s unique philosophies are always best delivered in song. For a reminder of the longstanding rap beefs of Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and the stunning walk-off tributes for Kenneth Parcel (Jack McBrayer) check out our favorites.
If you’re celebrating the 35th anniversary reissue of Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, don’t even think about hosting an average sing-along or staging a dramatic interpretation of the band’s personal lives–Glee already beat you to the latter, anyway–without including some glorious contributions from an unexpected source: 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz and Fleetwood Mac?! Yes, the Earth is still spinning, even if we were one day too early in publishing our weirdest musical collaborations list. Stevie Nicks and Chainz both enjoy maintaining long locks, but who knew their musical stylings were so compatible?