We are hard at work here at VH1 headquarters burning off the calories we put on over the long Thanksgiving weekend by pulling together our lists of the Best Albums, Best Singles and Best Videos of 2013. As we take a look back, though, we couldn’t help but notice that some of 2013′s Most Anticipated Albums never actually came out! While we were blessed with tons of great albums to listen to this year, there’s still a part of us that can’t help but wonder “How come that Beyoncé album never came out, anyway?” Or, as Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind would say, “Wha happened?”
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December is nearly upon us, a month in which all of us take a fond look back at the year that was while also plotting on how we can make the following year even more awesome. That said, today is Thanksgiving, a day which is predicated on giving thanks for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. So it’s only natural that we spent some time over the last week carving our way through the archives here at the VH1 Music, being careful to toss the bones to the left and saving all the good, juicy stuff for you today. So, without further ado, here is our list of What We’re Most Thankful For From The World Of Music In 2013.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today marks the official start of the 2013 holiday season, as people across the country are home plotting out their Black Friday shopping strategy thick in the midst of a tryptophan haze. Whether you’re going to battle the masses at your local retailer tomorrow or planning to carve out a few hours on Monday to shop while basking in the glow of your computer monitor, the staff here at VH1 Music put together some gift suggestions for the music lover in your life. Our Gift Guide contains products that can do everything from vastly improving the way you experience music (seriously, get yourself a pair of Monster DNA headphones!) to remembering some of history’s most memorable music moments (Ed Sullivan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classics DVD set) to helping you create some sweet tunes of your own (a Roland keytar is where it’s at, y’all!).
One of the most difficult things about being a successful musician is finding the inspiration to be creative. Some people accomplish this by relentlessly poking the still burning embers of charred relationships (*cough* Taylor Swift *cough*), others turn to illegal drugs to change their worldview, but the following artists were able to find their muses not with their bandmates, but rather by pairing off with other musicians that appear on the surface to be incongrous with their vibe. So, in salute of the deeply strange pairing of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and ivory tickler Norah Jones on the new album of Everly Brothers covers called Foreverly, here’s a rundown of unlikely musical collaborations from over the years and their results.
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for some of our favorite hip-hop and R&B songstresses! Just a week and some changed removed from K.Michelle’s wardrobe malfunction on stage, the one and only Lil’ Kim has apparently been victimized by an overly tight pair of red leather hot pants. (Warning: Pics in the gallery above are NSFW, aka Not Safe For Work.)
Last weekend, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly set The Internets™ on fire with their rendition of “Do What U Want” on Saturday Night Live, a performance that reintroduced the concept of sex pushups back into the national consciousness. Earlier today, though, Kells set the bar for tonight’s performance at the American Music Awards impossibly high when he told Rolling Stone that “No offense to #SNL but that was a dress rehearsal for #AMAs.”
Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle is regarded as one of the landmark albums in hip-hop history and, along with Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic, the LPs that exemplify the West Coast G-Funk sound. The album dropped on November 23, 1993, and today is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its release.
We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Miss Miley Cyrus, Queen of Twerking. It’s been a very tumultuous adolescence for the former Hannah Montana, a young woman that grew up in the unforgiving glare of the white hot spotlight. Due to the pressure, she’s made lots of headscratching decisions along the way, including doing a great number of things that we really wish she would’ve waited ’til she turned 21 to do.
VH1′s first ever You Oughta Know In Concert went down at the Roseland Ballroom on November 11, 2013, and aired on VH1 last night. It featured performances from a wide-range of You Oughta Know alumni which ran the gamut from brand new artists (Lorde, JOHNNYSWIM, HAIM) and veterans (The Lumineers, Matt Nathanson, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé) alike.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Matt Nathanson was the MVP of the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special, as he and his band played in eight, count ‘em, 8 songs for the adoring audience. Nathanson is the longest-tenured You Oughta Know artist of anyone on tonight’s bill, and he proved to be the most versatile of the bunch, too, performing 4 songs of original material, leading the way on three dynamic covers, and singing along to the all-star jam of “Ho Hey” led by The Lumineers.