Posts By Zara Golden

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VH1 Storytellers Stars Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Will “Never Go Back”

Here at VH1, we are letting Grace Potter & The Nocturnals drive us into the weekend.

This morning, the band dropped in Big Morning Buzz Live. Performing “Never Go Back,” the first single off of their fantastic The Lion the Beast the Beat. The song, as Potter has explained, was written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach in 45 minutes and is “one of those great rock and roll moments that I’ll never forget.”And probably neither will we, thanks to Potter’s cooly powerful vocals and those almost dangerous sounding guitars. Alive with rock and roll and glamor, their performance has us amped for the weekend when we will never go back to work no more (until at least Monday).

And tonight, you’ll want not to miss VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals when it premiers tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the sneak-peak of them playing “Never Go Back” below and you’ll see why.

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Big Sean And 7,000 Screaming Girls Join Justin Bieber On Today Show

The screaming (and crying) fans who spent days camped out in Rockefeller Center were well rewarded this morning when Justin Bieber showed up on the Today Show stage to preform a new favorite, an old favorite, and a soon-to-be favorite. The audience loved it all.

Backed by a swarm of dancers and wearing a baseball tee, a hooded-vest (Bieber staple), and a nice looking pair of black and white high tops, Biebs hit the stage with his current single “Boyfriend.” Like he did at the BET Awards, it looks like he relied pretty heavily on the backing track for some of song’s the harder-to-hit notes. No bother, though, the Bielibing audience was thrilled enough to have their boyfriend there, and for a lucky few in the front row, within arm’s reach.

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Best Coast Has Fun, Has Fun, Has Fun In “The Only Place” Video

Surely you’ve noticed: Best Coast frontwoman and hipster clothier Bethany Cosentino loves her some Los Angeles. And in the new video for “The Only Place,” directed by Ace Norton, she and guitarist and Best Coast other-half Bobb Bruno shows us exactly why.

For starters, as she sings in the title-track to Best Coast’s well-received The Only Place, the video contains multiple references to the ocean, babes, the sun and waves. Those things exist on both coasts, though, so it’s the details that make L.A. is the true “Only Place.” Details like the bunny rabbits that roam the remnants of house parties and the outdoor couches; the watermelons and the blenders readily available for blended beverages; the troops of cheerleaders and the pyrotechnic bicycles and guitars. And everyone gets a matching “Best Coast” emblazoned jean jackets. (Just kidding, only Consentino and Bruno get those. But an East Coast girl can dream, can’t she?) It’s to these sun-soaked, oddball adventures that this love song sings.

Earlier this year, Cosentino told us that this song was inspired by a bout of homesickness. As she explained: “‘The Only Place’ is supposed to mean my bedroom, my home, Los Angeles, California. It’s a place where I feel the most comfortable and confident. I wanted to make a record that reflected that this place is my safe place, and all these songs that are written about more darker, kind of lonely feelings, those all go away as I get back to this only place.” And after watching this video, how could you blame her?

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As Carly Rae Jepsen Hits No. 1, We Count Down Our 4 Favorite “Call Me Maybe” Mashups

Does the world look a little clearer today? Because yesterday, after 16 weeks on the charts, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s seriously infectious “Call Me Maybe” took its deserved place atop the Billboard Hot 100. Accepting the honor, Jepsen told Billboard that she feels “so blessed” because “life keeps surprising me lately,” but we are pretty that anyone with ears and a heart has known since that first listen that this would happen. And, thank you Justin Bieber co-signs and Katy Perry lip synchs and Carlos Pena productions, it finally has!

In honor of the inevitable — and because, really, we still can’t get enough — we’ve rounded up a few new ways for you to listen to America’s favorite song:

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Passion Pit Take A Bounce In “Take A Walk” Video

More accurately, Michael Angelakos wants you to take a bounce in the new video for “Take a Walk,” the lead single off of Passion Pit‘s upcoming Gossamer. The video begins with a well-dressed Angelakos asleep, in the middle of a suburban street, with a basic blue rubber ball in his hand. Risen by an eager dog, he chucks the ball and, taking its prospective, we bounce with it from the suburbs through baseball fields and running rivers, eventually finding our way into the big city and then beyond into the sky. (Actually, come to think of it, it’s not really so basic a ball after all!)

Already a veteran of the electro-dance scene after the success of 2009′s Manners, Anelakos has suggested that this this follow-up will be, needs to be, more expansive than the last. “I needed to do it in a way that was interesting and I wanted to do it in a way that would excite the listener with different sound and different worlds and movements,” he told NME. “It moves like an opera.” His famed falsetto toned slightly down, and his storytelling up (this seems be a tale of an immigrant working to bring his family to the stateside, addressing meanwhile taxes and the financial crisis), this first look and listen certainly show expanding horizons.

‘Take a walk’ Video: Passion Pit See the Ball, Are the Ball [NYM]

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50 Cent Shows Off His SMS Headphones On QVC

Get Rich or Die Trying, right? 50 Cent came up with that motto, and it’s clear to us that he abides by it to this day. Last night, the G-Unit head popped over to home shopping network QVC to hawk his SMS headphones. According to his pitch, the headphones sound “absolutely extraordinary,” and work wirelessly from up to 50 feet away. They are, he says, “an extension of his pasion for music.” And at a steep $249.95 —or 5 easy payments of $49.95!— and with the help of the nice host and a very excited woman, they are sold out.

The first thing 50 did was sell himself. Referring to himself as “his favorite rap artist” and joking that “every now and then he comes out with something that’s pretty good” while “21 Questions” plays. He is his number one product, after all.

The second thing he did was knock a pair a pair of headphones off their display stand. By our count, he does this at least twice in this seven-minute clip. But, like he says, they are durable!

50 Cent Sells SMS Headphones On QVC [RapRadar]

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Drake Calls Y.O.L.O. an “Epidemic,” Might Rename His Rick Ross Collaboration

Zac Efron (pictured above) has famously inked the motto to his wrist, and kids are adopting it as a clever excuse. Your mom probably knows what it means. And Drake can hardly believe it. “It’s like an epidemic,” he said, suggesting that “Y.O.L.O.” — the acronym he uses for “You Only Live Once” on the hook of “The Motto” — has taken on a life of its own. And he doesn’t seem upset that you all like it so much, but he has begun to wonder if he can still use it as a title for that collaborative mixtape he and Rick Ross have been teasing for some time now.

“The title has become so… it’s like an epidemic,” Drake told MTV’s Sway Calloway. “I hope by the time we finish it, it would still hold weight and substance. We might have to call it something different.”

But worry not: as Y.O.L.O. or otherwise, the tape will probably still happen. “A Drake and Ross project I think would be amazing,” he says, adding that, “That’s something even I would want to listen to.”

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Ed Sheeran Deftly Covers Lil Kim’s “Lighters Up” in New York

Lil’ Kim‘ probably didn’t imagine that, when she rapped “no matter where you from, put your lighters up” in “Lighters Up,” a young troubador from England would eventually take heed. But, here we have it: Ed Sheeran, putting his lighter up, so to speak, during a set last night at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. In town to celebrate the stateside release of his debut album +, the 21-year-old You Oughta Know artist who hails from Halifax, England skillfully wove a cover of the Queen Bee’s ode to Brooklyn into his own “Grade 8.” And, of course, the crowd went wild.

In the above video, Keernan sets up with a little beat boxing and then transitions into his half-rapped “Grade 8,” at one point dropping in (at around 2:40) a few lines borrowed from Kim. “It’s the land of trouble / Brooklyn home of the greatest rappers / Big comes first then the queen comes after,” he rhymes, leaving —at least for now— himself out of it.

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Celine Dion Belts Out A Cover Of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

Patti Smith has done it, as have Childish Gambino and Jamie XX and probably also everyone else you know with a YouTube account. And now we have Celine Dion, legendary chanteuse, adding to the cannon and giving Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” a go of her own. Obviously, she kills it.

Powerful and sultry, Dion’s cover is at once faithful to the Grammy-sweeping original and worthy of its place in Dion’s hugely successful Vegas show. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the cover takes the place of that the Michael Jackson medley she did in runs past. It may also show up on her upcoming album, Water and Flame, which will include covers, some new material, and a duet with Ne-Yo.

“I love Adele so much. She’s amazing,” Celine professed to the approving Sin City crowd. So do we, Celine. So do we.

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New No Doubt Album Gets A Name, A First Single

No Doubt‘s long await comeback album has, at last, a name! The band revealed in a note on their website that their first record in 11 years, which is set for release this September, will be called Push and Shove. They also shared news that the album’s first single “Settle Down” will drop July 16th (finally!) with a video treatment by Sophie Muller, whose past work with the band includes classics like “Don’t Speak” and “Simple Kind of Life.”

Last month in a webisode, the No Doubt previewed a track — which we now know is the title track — called “Push and Shove.” Over a beat produced by the on-trend Diplo and Switch,  Gwen Stefani sings: “You push and shove / I take the bait / It’s a risky business / Gonna play it anyway.” Which, given the time the that’s eclipsed since their last outing, could perhaps be about the pressures of returning to the studio. If so, it’s good to know that, solo albums and clothing lines and babies later, they are still willing to play together.

The full announcement, signed “Gwen, Tony, Tom & Adrian,” via the band’s official website, below: Read more…