The Fray grew to be one of the most successful piano-pop acts of the post-Coldplay era thanks to the undeniable catchiness and emotional resonance of songs like “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life.” However, on their new song “Love Don’t Die,” the first single off their upcoming 2014 release Helios, there are no traces of piano to be found on the record whatsoever. And you know what? We love it.
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Civil rights activist, politician and all-around inspiration Nelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95. Those of us who were alive during the ’80s will no doubt recall that both he and the anti-apartheid movement became a focal point for the musical community during that decade. His plight attracted the attention of renowned musical talents like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, U2 and more.
As a means of paying tribute to the impact that Nelson Mandela made on the world, please read along as we recall the 5 Most Impactful Songs of the Anti-Apartheid movement.
HAIM joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family this fall, just as their debut LP, Days Are Gone, was about to hit shelves. It’s no surprise to us that this excellent album is racking up tons of positive buzz as critics’ Year-End lists are being compiled, including a #6 ranking by Stereogum and a Top 50 honor from SPIN. As great as critic love is, though, it pales in comparison as to when one of the greatest figures of the last 50 years in music takes the time to remix one of your songs.
One of the many reasons to love Lorde is that she doesn’t follow the normal rules that seem to govern most of today’s pop stars. Her album is wholly bereft of that whole Euro-Trance sound that has been dominating radio for the last few years, she’s not constantly posting duck-face selfies to her Instagram feed, and instead of covering “of the moment” songs to gain buzz, she instead prefers to channel Dio or Sheryl Crow. That said, now that she’s established herself as one of the breakout stars of 2013, it’s only a matter time before the paparazzi start crawling around.
We’d like to wish a very happy 44th birthday to one Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay Z. The one and only HOV is celebrating his birthday by—we kid you not—going vegan for the next 21 days. “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” he wrote on his Life and Times website. Well, while we’d certainly prefer to spend our birthday going H.A.M. on a frosting-covered ice cream cake than eating seitan, we applaud Mr. Magna Carta Holy Grail not just for his commitment to healthiness, but for the lady he’ll have by his side during this cleanse: Miss Beyoncé Knowles Carter.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! After successfully putting the national nightmare that is Black Friday firmly in the rearview, it’s time to move forward and focus on the important stuff … like listening to tons of Christmas carols while decking your halls with bows of holly. Savvy artists have long understood that releasing an album comprising solely of holiday tunes is a relatively easy way to make a buck (not to mention fulfilling one’s pesky record contract), which is why virtually every singer of note has released at least one of these LPs throughout their career.
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?” (EDITOR’S NOTE, 12/13/13: Beyonce had an album, after all! She dropped her eponymous album tonight out of the clear blue!) Or, as Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind would say, “Wha happened?”
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.