Posts By Mark Graham

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SXSW 2012: A Preview Of What’s To Come

Late last week, thousands of nerds people who work in the technology sector began making their way to Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. However, come tomorrow, they’ll be headed back to their computers and ceding back control of the town to music-lovers as the Music portion of SXSW 2012 kicks off in earnest. VH1 will be bringing you beer-and-barbeque-soaked coverage from the ground in Austin beginning tomorrow, but before we hop on an airplane, there are a couple of things that we wanted to make sure to keep an eye out for.

  • PEREZ HILTON’S “ONE NIGHT IN AUSTIN” TO BENEFIT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION: The VH1 Save The Music Foundation has been selected as the benefitting charity of Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Austin” event at South By Southwest on March 17, 2012. Returning to Austin for the fifth consecutive year, this legendary series, produced by The BMF Media Group, will feature performances and DJ sets by an array of today’s top artists (to be announced the weeks leading up the show). There are a limited number of tickets available and can be purchased at $25 (General Admission) and/or $50 (VIP) at www.vh1savethemusic.com/perez. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its mission to restore instrumental music education programs in our nation’s public schools.

  • CHECK INTO A MUSIC VENUE USING FOURSQUARE AND HELP VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC: VH1 will donate $1 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation throughout the month of March for each check in on Foursquare at any music venue across the country, not just those in Austin. With each check in, participating individuals will receive the exclusive “VH1 Save The Music” badge. Through these combined efforts, the Foundation can receive up to $50,000 in donations, enough to restore a complete music education program. Users must follow VH1 on foursquare to unlock the badge and trigger the donation at: https://foursquare.com/vh1.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Watch The Trailer For Uprising, The VH1 Rock Doc Set To Premiere At SXSW

“Rodney King was the confirmation of everything we have been rapping about since the early 70s,” KRS-One explains in Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, one of two VH1 Rock Doc features that will debut next week at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Narrated by Snoop Dogg and featuring new interviews with Nas, Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton and more, as well as rare archival footage of the likes of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, the film takes a look back at the riots that went down in South Central Los Angeles back in 1992 in the wake of the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. The documentary will examine the relationship between the violence manifested on the streets and the rage expressed in hip-hop music, and will premiere on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 p.m. CT.

For those of you who won’t be down in Austin next week, you’ll be able to catch Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots on VH1 on May 1, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

RELATED: VH1 Rock Docs To Premiere Two New Films At SXSW [VH1 Blog]
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Brandy And Monica, “It All Belongs To Me Music”

Log off your Facebook, it’s time to watch the brand new video from Brandy and Monica, “It All Belongs To Me”! We’re super psyched to debut the first video from this pair of superstar ladies since 1998′s “The Boy Is Mine.”

Lensed by A-List hip hop video director Chris Robinson, the clip shows the one-time rivals teaming up together to exact revenge on a couple of guys that did them dirty. Thematically, the song recalls Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable”, but “It Belongs To Me” ups the ante significantly; instead of encouraging their exes to put their ish in a box “to the left, to the left”, Brandy and Monica instead instruct their men to leave all of the things they were gifted —their cars, their clothes, those rings, and, most importantly, THAT MACBOOK!— exactly right where it is. And the video takes it even one step further when the girls load up a vintage Porsche that Monica had bought her man with …wait for it… explosives (and then, of course, blow that piece sky high). Hell hath no fury, indeed!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Graffiti6 Perform A Gorgeous Version Of “Free” For You Oughta Know Live

It’s always a treat when we get to see one of our favorite new tracks played live. Our March You Oughta Know artist, Graffiti6, was in the studio this week to play us a stripped back rendition of their amazing lead single, “Free”, from their album Colours. We loved the romantic video for “Free” and we just love the song even more every time we hear it. Singing live, Graffiti6 gave some raw emotion as front man Jamie Scott tugged on our heartstrings with his gentle, honey-like vocal and lovely blue eyes. We’re very much looking forward to a whole month of Graffiti6 and you should be too — keep checking back because we’ve got some great exclusives to share from the boys’ visit to VH1 headquarters!

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by (@unclegrambo)

How Waiting To Exhale And Thelma And Louise Inspired Brandy And Monica’s New Music Video

On Monday night at 11 p.m. on VH1 and right here on VH1 Tuner, we will be premiering the brand new music video for Brandy & Monica‘s “It All Belongs To Me.” The video was directed by veteran hip hip auteur Chris Robinson and, as the women describe it, has a Waiting To Exhale and Thelma And Louise vibe to it.

In this exclusive interview, Brandy and Monica discuss shooting the video for the pair’s first song together since 1998. “I love how the video represents a friendship between the two of us,” Monica tells us. “Just us being there for each other in both of our circumstances.”

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by (@unclegrambo)

Brandy & Monica Discuss How Their Brand New Song, “It All Belongs To Me”, Came Together

On Monday night at 11 p.m. on VH1 and right here on VH1 Tuner, we will be premiering the brand new music video for Brandy & Monica‘s “It All Belongs To Me.” This marks the first time that Brandy and Monica have paired up on the same track since 1998, but this time around, the ladies are allies, not enemies.

In this exclusive interview, the two vocal heavyweights discuss how the track came together, as well as the message that they’re hoping to send to young women. “It’s empowering,” Monica tells us. “It should make you feel good. Even if he made you feel wrong, we’ll make you feel right.”

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by (@unclegrambo)

EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK: Brandy & Monica Re-Team For “It All Belongs To Me” (VIDEO)

Big news! On March 5, VH1 and VH1 Tuner will be exclusively premiering the brand new video from Brandy and Monica, entitled “It All Belongs To Me”, at 11 p.m. ET. The song is the duo’s first since the 1998 smash, “The Boy Is Mine”, which, according to the Billboard charts, was the #7 song of the 1990s. That song was all about the girls battling, but this time around, the girls are teaming up to take on a no good dirty Lothario type. You’ll have to wait until Monday to see the whole thing, but we were able to get our hands on this :30 sneak preview as something to whet your appetite. Bon appetit!

Full press release, which just hit the wires, is below:

IT BELONGS TO US! VH1 PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF MONICA AND BRANDY’S NEW HIT SINGLE “IT ALL BELONGS TO ME”

First Video Collaboration For The Pair Since Their 1998 Grammy Award-Winning Hit Single “The Boy Is Mine”

Premieres on VH1 and VH1.com on Monday, March 5 At 11PM EST ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY– March 2, 2012 – Grammy-Award winning R&B songstresses Monica and Brandy belong to VH1 on Monday, March 5 with the exclusive premiere of the music video for their new single, “It All Belongs To Me” Monday, March 5 at 11PM ET/PT on VH1 and VH1.com. This premiere commemorates the first time the R&B superstars Monica and Brandy have reunited for a video since their 1998 Grammy Award-Winning hit collaboration “The Boy is Mine.” “The Boy Is Mine” held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 Chart for 13 weeks and won the Grammy for R&B Performance by A Duo or Group. It was declared the best-selling song of 1998.

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R.I.P. Davy Jones (1945-2012)

Davy Jones, the pint-sized Englishman who became a teen idol for the Baby Boom generation as the lead singer of The Monkees, died today at the age of 66. TMZ is reporting that Jones, whose lead vocal propelled “Daydream Believer” to the top of the pop charts in December of 1967, suffered a heart attack in his Florida home.

Jones rose to fame in 1965 when he was selected to become a member of The Monkees, a group that was originally constructed to be a made-for-TV replica of The Beatles. Jones, along with Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, proved to be a hit on both the small screen and the radio; the group churned out a number of wildly successful pop songs, including the #1 hits “Daydream Believer”, “Last Train To Clarksville” and “I’m A Believer.” Despite their prefabricated origins, The Monkees were eventually able to break free from their pop shackles; aided by the heady times and hallucinogens, the group released the experimental film and album Head in 1968, which has come to be recognized as essential documentation of the psychedelic era.

The group split up shortly after the release of Head, but that didn’t prevent Jones from experiencing some solo success. In a memorable episode of The Brady Bunch, he and Marcia Brady spent an episode tamely flirting with each other as Jones recorded “Girl” in the studio.

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Clearing The Air About The Controversial Results In The Britney/Gaga Greatest Woman In Pop Showdown

Hey everyone. We want to thank you for voting (and continuing to vote!) in our 8 Greatest Women In Pop poll that has been running all week long. Now, we’ve seen the chatter on Twitter this afternoon about the controversy surrounding the Final Four showdown between Lady Gaga and Britney Spears and we wanted to address the issue head-on.

When the voting for the 2nd round of this tournament closed at 11 a.m. ET today, Lady Gaga had narrowly defeated Britney Spears to earn a place in the finals against Mariah Carey; the final vote tally showed Gaga with 51% (10,746 votes, to be exact!) to Britney’s 49% (10,361 votes). However, after the voting period had closed, someone wrote a piece of script that altered the results of our contest to tip the scales in Britney’s favor; essentially, this nefarious piece of code automatically and illegally voted for Britney enough times to put her on top of Gaga after the round of voting had closed. We noticed that this was happening thanks to the eagle eyes of you, our Twitter fanbase, so thank you for alerting us to the issue.

Now, we want to make sure you know that we have NO vested interest in who wins this contest. This is purely a thing we did so that you, the fans, could have a voice in who you think is the Greatest Woman In Pop right now. We just ask that you guys play by the rules, that’s all!

We wish the best of luck to both Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey, as well as their respective fan bases, in their race to be named the Greatest Woman In Pop by you, our totally awesome viewers and readers.

by (@unclegrambo)

Buzzy Band fun. Performs Their Top 5 Hit “We Are Young” On Big Morning Buzz Live

It’s been a slow yet steady climb for New York indie rock outfit fun.‘s first single, “We Are Young.” The single was first released back in September to little fanfare, but thanks to the song’s appearance in a December episode of Glee, the track gained new life and made its way all the way to the #1 spot on the iTunes alternative charts. The anthemic qualities of “We Are Young” are manna to the ears of music supervisors everywhere, and this song was featured prominently in a Chevy commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Enough people were curious about the song that it made its way all the way to #3 in the Billboard charts; it currently sits at #6 in the Hot 100 (but, we should also note that it’s currently #1 on the iTunes charts).

.fun’s latest album, Some Nights, just hit stores this past Tuesday, and the band stopped by our headquarters here in Times Square this morning to perform a live version of “We Are Young” on Big Morning Buzz Live. Check out the video of this performance above!

RELATED: A Flash Mob Starts An Epic Food Fight In The New Video For “We Are Young” By fun.
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