As part of VH1′s Top 20 Live series, Daughtry recently performed an intimate acoustic set at our New York City offices. Covering the Black Crowes classic “She Talks To Angels,” Daughtry stayed true to the original, in what was an emotive, moving performance. Powerful and heartfelt, the gravelly vocal translated the Black Crowes’ sentiment perfectly, while the acoustic instrumental offered a pared back version of the song, allowing the earnest lyricism to shine. Daughtry also performed some other songs for us, including their new single “Crawling Back To You,” and all we can say is that they were just as magical as their wonderful cover, but you’ll just have to watch this space… We’ll be posting more Daughtry live performance videos for your listening and viewing pleasure this week!
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M83‘s lead single from their new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has an almost unstoppable momentum behind it, and it’s not showing any sign of slowing down. The song has already appeared on a Victoria’s Secret commercial and on the end credits for HBO’s How To Make It In America, and last night the band performed the electronic hit live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On stage last night (after being introduced by a giddy Fallon) M83 gave an energetic performance — we never thought that watching electronic music live could be so compelling. There was even live saxophone, and we’ve got to say, it’s rare that we’ve seen a saxophonist rock that hard!
Lady Gaga Cooks A Chicken And Performs On Alan Carr
Only Lady Gaga can look glamorously couture while cooking a chicken and making jokes with British television personality Alan Carr. The ostentatious star also performed an acoustic version of “Marry The Night” with a huge pink bow on her head. [Idolator]
Lulu Gainsbourg Honors Late Father Serge With A Collaborative Album
A 16-track album, produced by daughter of the late Serge Gainsbourg, Lulu, is set to be released on November 29 featuring covers by Iggy Pop, Rufus Wainwright, The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, and Johnny Depp. [Consequence Of Sound]
Divas take on divas in this supercut from our old VH1 cohort Rich Juzwiak in which the first ladies of pop music wax lyrical on their contemporaries. From the heartfelt, gushing rants of love and affection by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears over Madonna, to the ambiguous relationship between Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, to the decidedly more acerbic back-and-forths between Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney and Cher, the video spans the gambit of famous diva on diva mouth-offs. As is mentioned several times in the super cut, it’s a shame that female performers are often cast in such a catty light, and often poked and prodded by prying reporters. As Christina Aguilera so sagely points out, “it just sucks that as women we have to deal with that comparison thing that men don’t necessarily have to.” Amen sister. Now can we all just kiss and make up? We’re looking at you Celine!
If you’d like to see divas being friends and doing what they do best — belting out their awesome hits — tune in for VH1′s DIVAS Celebrates Soul premiering Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.
The DIVA Chain [FourFour]
Florence + The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch flexed her funny bone on Saturday Night Live this weekend, performing in a sketch as Flow-Diggity Flow-Doubt in a satirical take on New Jack Swing. The sketch features parody characters like Sweaty Keith and Cross Cris, performing hilarious “turkey themed r’n’b rap fusion songs.” Florence shines in the first comedic role that we’ve ever seen her perform, showing her lighter side after taking a noticeably darker turn with Florence + The Machine’s new album, Ceremonials. Belting out a hilarious tune about the “adult table,” Flo croons about forgetting footsies and going straight for “full on sex.” Her deadpan expression is priceless and she stares down the camera with her best bedroom eyes, hand on hip and declares “it’s time to grow up.” The clip has not only got us giggling, but sort of hoping Flo will consider releasing an R & B album in the future … We can only dream!
Florence also appeared in another sketch as an enthusiastic dancing groupie for Jason Segel’s fictional band, The Blue Jean Committee (below), but the Florence Fest didn’t stop there. The performer took to the stage with The Machine for “No Light, No Light” and “Shake It Out.” A far cry from the irreverence with which she played Flow-Diggity, Florence was poised, graceful and elegant as she sang both songs. Not to mention divine, first while wearing Balmain, and second in a floor length black and lace cascading gown in signature Florence style. Keep an eye out for the impeccable Florence performing with The Machine for VH1′s DIVAS Celebrates Soul on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.
Soul music veterans Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist, just in time for the release of Soul Time!, the band’s forthcoming release of rare tracks and b-sides. Since 1996, Sharon and the Dap-Kings have been at the forefront of funk and soul revivalism, capturing the spirit of the genre as it blossomed in the ’60s and ’70s. Using traditional analog recording methods and equipment, SJDK have no use for modernity, and are loyal to the authenticity of their sound.
The band was originally formed by Philip Lehman and Gabriel Roth as the Soul Providers in the mid-nineties, and discovered Sharon Jones during early recording sessions for their first album, after she recorded back-up vocals for one of the Lee Fields tracks. So impressed were the Soul Providers with Jones’ vocals that the album, Soul Tequila, was released in 1996 featuring two solo Jones tracks (“Switchblade” and “The Landlord”). Shortly after, Roth and Lehman started a new label, Desco Records, in Brooklyn, New York, and reissued Soul Tequila as Gimme The Paw and began championing New York performers, creating an entire scene around Desco. As the reputation of Desco grew and more records were released, it eventually came time for Lehman and Roth to split in 2000 — and for Roth to start his own label, Daptone Records, with current Dap-King tenor saxophone player, Neal Sugarman. You can see where this is going, right?
You know it’s going to be a good day when you wake up to news that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced a world tour for 2012, because that’s the day you can dream about having your own Courtney Cox “Dancing In The Dark” style moment. We’ve also turned our thoughts to the late Clarence Clemons, whose death earlier this year rocked this tight knit unit to its core. This will be the first official tour the band is embarking on without the iconic saxophone player, and we’re sure that while his absence will be felt, his legacy will be carried on with love and affection by his surviving bandmates.
With dates released for the UK leg of the tour (below), and The Boss’s European sojourn scheduled for the middle of May until the end of July, the US and the rest of the world must wait with baited breath for the rest of the tour dates to be released. If that wasn’t enough to get you into your party pants, Bruce and the band have also announced that there’s a new album in the works, although they candidly admit that “we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet).” Either way, there’s plenty to look forward to from The Boss in 2012, and that’s a good thing.
Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street [BruceSpringsteen.net]
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Last night, Beyoncé premiered her Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4 DVD at New York’s Paris Theatre and, fortunately for us, we were able to score tix! The mood outside the theatre was palpable as guests waited, pacing nervously and craning their necks in anticipation of King B’s arrival. A crowd of patient fans had also accumulated behind the barriers across the street, with cameras poised and hand-painted signs of affection waving, it became very clear that Beyoncé’s legion of loyal followers weren’t messing around. When the star finally emerged the crowd — guests and fans alike — erupted into applause, loud whoops and a few tears. Pregnant, glowing, and with that winning smile plastered across her face, Beyoncé took her time, being sure to bestow her royal wave in every possible direction. And for the brief moment she was there, no attention was divided. In that moment, Beyoncé was all that existed.
Inside the theatre, once Beyoncé had taken leave, the mood did not dim. When the DVD began playing, again, guests erupted as though Beyoncé were performing right in front of them. Opening on a blurry hotel room, a dim light falling across two ambiguous characters, the first scene of the DVD met its intended task — we were sitting on the edge of our seats. Once the characters were revealed by the telling “IV” tattooed to their ring fingers, the crowd whipped into a frenzy of cheers, with guests bouncing on their seats and fist pumping (which didn’t stop until the lights came up at the very end). And then, there she was: in her spangled costume, Beyoncé, on stage, live at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
What followed was moving, inspirational and infectious. Immaculately produced, Beyoncé’s voice cut through the screen and entered the room. The stories she told, from her early days as a 9-year-old at Destiny’s Child‘s first audition to the conception of 4, were compelling and endearing, her giggles met with the audience’s giggles, her love completely sincere, and again, met with the audience’s love. After performing her pre-4 medley, Beyoncé performed 4 in its entirety, and the one thing that struck us was that even in the slower songs like “I Miss You” and “1 + 1″, there wasn’t one yawn-inducing moment. Tight and succinct, there’s no filler in the Live At Roseland DVD — it’s high energy from the beginning to the end, and doesn’t give you a chance to lag or lose interest. Indeed, we were shouting “Again, again!” by the time the credits rolled.
(There’s more of our review below!)
Lady Gaga’s Old Apartment In New York’s Lower East Side Is For Rent
Something tells us this one won’t be on the market for long, and that there will be a few Lady Gaga fans clamoring to move house even though the rent is advertised at $1,850 a month. [Spin]
Katy Perry Has Announced She Will Be Taking A Year Long Break From Music
It looks like a Baby Perry is on the cards as Katy Perry, despite blitzing the charts this year, will be taking a year off music to start a family with hubby Russell Brand. [NME]
On a recently taped episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show, Rihanna got personal about her love life, revealing that she’s not dating anyone right now (Ed. Note — DM me, BB!). RiRi then went on to draft a personals ad for Ellen, revealing what she’s looking for, “I like men that are more aggressive but mysterious but I like a man to be very sure. I like them to be sure of themselves and know that you’re the man. I’m the lady and the only way for us to make this work is for us to play our roles. You know, I can’t really be the man for you. I don’t want to have to be. I’m the man at work all the time.” Rihanna’s perfect man criteria got us to thinking, and we took the liberty of creating some personals ads for some of our favorite single stars who are so awesome they definitely shouldn’t be single.
I’m looking for someone to love me for me, because I will love you for you, and that includes all your freaky business. Sure, I’m a monster (this will bode well for you in ‘special’ moments *wink*) but so are you. At least you should be. I only date other monsters. You must be tolerant of my many hats, wigs and vertiginous shoes. If you’re so inclined, you’d be free to share these things and borrow them for your own personal use. You should be creative and boundary pushing and passionate. Our relationship will be an art work, and we will perpetuate high-culture through our love.