Posts By Mark Graham

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Adam Lambert’s Holiday Gift To The Glamberts? A New Single!

YESSSSSS! We have barely been able to breathe for the last 12 hours or so, ever since Adam Lambert sent out this tweet earlier this morning: “Countdown begins…. 12 hrs until a big unveiling….” All day, we’ve been pacing around the office, staring at our watches every couple of minutes, constantly refreshing our Twitter feed, wondering what the one and only Glambert was going to offer up to us. Would it be a special holiday video message to his fans? News that he’s joining Queen on a full-time basis? A picture of him wearing nothing but a piece of mistletoe?

Well, it ended up being none of those things, but we’re not complaining because guess what? A NEW SINGLE IS ON THE WAY! Adam just dropped the cover art for his new song, “Better Than I Know Myself,” on Twitter and announced that “it drops on December 20th! avail on all digital music providers. Happy Holidays!!” We haven’t heard Adam’s version of this track yet, but we’re huge fans of the demo of this song that Claude Kelly cut back in 2009. This song was written by Dr. Luke and Claude, both of whom has a history with Glambert; they co-wrote the title track off Adam’s 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment. (Most versions of “Better Than I Know Myself” have been scraped off the Internet, but if you search hard enough, you’ll be able to find it.)

We’re going to do our best to stay calm until Adam’s release of “Better Than I Know Myself” in six days, but until then, check out his full cover art below!
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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1′s Top 40 Videos Of 2011 [COMPLETE LIST]

What a year, right? As we get ready to put the finishing touches on the year that was, it’s time to look back at the music videos that define the year 2011. Tonight, we’ll be airing a supersized edition of the VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown that takes a look back at the Top 40 music videos of the year. Be sure to tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7 p.m. ET/PT to see your favorite videos of the year in all of their widescreen, HD glory, but we couldn’t resist giving you guys a sneak peek at the list here on VH1 Tuner this morning.

So, without further ado, here is our list of the Top 40 Videos of 2011…

40. Daughtry“Crawling Back To You”
39. Jessie J“Domino”
38. The Civil Wars“Barton Hollow”
37. Demi Lovato“Skyscraper”
36. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals“Paris (Ooh La La)”
35. Britney Spears“Criminal”
34. Nickelback“When We Stand Together”
33. Colbie Caillat – “Brighter Than The Sun”
32. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
31. David Guetta featuring Usher“Without You”

Continue along for the Top 30 videos of 2011!
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by (@unclegrambo)

EXCLUSIVE: The Black Keys Discuss Their Decision Not To Allow El Camino On Spotify; “For A Band That Makes A Living Selling Music, It’s Not At A Point Where It’s Feasible For Us”

The Black Keys just released their new record, El Camino, and are currently in the midst of a huge promotional push to get the word out about it. Still riding the crest of viral popularity of their video for first single “Lonely Boy,” the band has showcased their new songs on SNL and an MTV Hive livestream, but are currently causing waves with fans (including our own Kat George) by not allowing El Camino to appear on popular streaming sites like Spotify, Rdio and MOG.

Well, we were lucky enough to grab some time with The Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney over the weekend and were able to ask them about this controversial decision. Carney told us that, “[Streaming services] are becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams…For a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point where it’s feasible for us.” He went on to explain that he endorses services like Pandora, where fans are able to sample and discover new music on a song-by-song basis, but commented that the Spotifys of the world are “set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists.”

What say you guys, the music fans, about this hot button issue in the today’s music industry? Are you on the side of the Black Keys, and think that fans should support their favorite artists by buying their albums and singles through retail outlets? Or does the Black Keys’ decision not to allow El Camino to appear on streaming services like Spotify make you less likely to listen to their music? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Video Premiere: T.I. Featuring Sk8brd, “Here Ye, Hear Ye”

On tonight’s episode of T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, Tip and Tiny spend some quality time with T-Swizzle (aka Taylor Swift) at the Atlanta stop of her Speak Now tour, which culminates in the two duetting on a killer version of “Live Your Life.” Well, that isn’t T.I.’s only duet of the night; we’re excited to be premiering the video for “Here Ye, Hear Ye,” which T.I. cut with Sk8brd (who is also known as Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes).

“Here Ye, Hear Ye” was one of the first songs that Tip recorded after he got sprung from the Big House back in October, and it’s a real window into T.I.’s state of mind during the 11 months that he spent incarcerated in the federal prison system (“Still baffled how my life unraveled / In the meantime time just traveled.”) As for how it came together, Pharrell told Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex back in October that “My man came home and I just sent him something. And he got to it. You know what it is? He just got home. He’s in training. He’s getting ready. These are pull-ups, push-ups for Tip.”

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by (@unclegrambo)

“Can I Take You To The Mountaintop Tonight?”: Robin Thicke Live At The Highline Ballroom

“There’s white people in the house, I must be blowin’ up or somethin’!”

Robin Thicke sounded genuinely surprised when he made this statement about halfway through his 19-song set at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom last night. Arguably the most successful white R&B artist of the last decade, Thicke has earned himself the adoration of ladies of all races, creeds, and religions, many of whom showed up in their finest Friday wear to squeal and scream their enthusiasm for the 34-year-old crooner. Thicke’s new album, Love After War, hit streets this past Tuesday, and is another outstanding collection of brassy, high-energy jams and soulful, babymakin’ mood music.

After an errant fire alarm and persistent strobe lights delayed the start of last night’s show by a good 30 minutes, Thicke and his four-piece band belted out from backstage and shook the crowd out of their stupor by serving up the Stax style funk of “An Angel On Each Arm,” the lead track on his new LP. Thicke was wearing the same Aviators that he wore during his appearance on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live earlier this week, and posed a question to the largely female audience: “Can I take you to the mountaintop tonight?” Judging by the volume of shrieks and the way Thicke exploded into an ear-to-ear grin, the answer was a resounding “Yes, please.”

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown For The Week Ending December 10, 2011

If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. After narrowly missing out on the top spot to Usher and David Guetta last week, Katy Perry‘s wistful “The One That Got Away” has snatched this week’s top spot. Check out the complete list of videos in the final Top 20 Video Countdown episode of 2011 below.

A reminder: VH1′s Top 40 videos of 2011 will be airing at a special time: Wednesday night, December 14, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Watch this space for more details!

1. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” [WATCH]
2. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr Know It All” [WATCH]
3. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
4. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain” [WATCH]
5. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
6. Rihanna, “We Found Love”
7. Coldplay – “Paradise” [WATCH]
8. Safetysuit, “Let Go”
9. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
10. The Fray, “Heartbeat” [WATCH]

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by (@unclegrambo)

Steven Adler Discusses the Likelihood of a Guns N’ Roses Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Reunion: “Unfortunately, I Don’t Foresee It”

Guns N’ Roses is headed for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in April, and since Wednesday’s announcement, nary a critic has debated their worthiness for inclusion. Instead, the conversation around G N’R this week has mainly revolved around speculation as to whether or not Axl and Slash will be able to put aside 20 years worth of acrimony and actually show up in the same place at the same time. No one has been able to get either Axl or Slash to go on the record with their intentions, but Rolling Stone was able to get former G N’R drummer (and Celebrity Rehab cast member) Steven Adler to dish on whether or not they’ll be getting the band back together for one last night, as well as what he thought about Axl’s recent interview on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.

“Unfortunately, I don’t foresee it,” Adler explained to Rolling Stone‘s Andy Greene. “You figure that time could heal all wounds, but some people just REALLY hold a crazy grudge.” Greene pressed Adler further on the issue, and being the eminently quotable guy that he is, Adler delivered:

If the Police could do a reunion … One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting,” Adler dished. “If he can do it, then anyone can do it. It’s not that big a deal. And the Eagles! They did it! They severely hated each other. It’s just rock and roll. It’s not like anyone has f***ed anyone’s wife or stole their wife, like the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones and Keith Richards. None of that crap happened.”

During Axl Rose’s interview with That Metal Show, he pretty much said the same thing. At the time of the interview, the band was only on the short list of nominees and they had not been informed of their eventual induction, but Axl still weighed in:
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by (@unclegrambo)

Madonna Becomes The Bajillionth Artist To Feature A Guest Appearance By Nicki Minaj (Ok, Only The 35th, But Still…)

The Internet was set ablaze last night when word began spreading that Madonna and Nicki Minaj were on-set at an undisclosed location filming a video for “Give Me All Your Love,” the new single from Madonna’s forthcoming LP (yes, the one that leaked last month and got Madge’s camp in a tizzy). Twitter nearly melted when word of a Madge/Minaj kiss leaked out, news of which came straight from the Queen of the Barbz herself: “OH MY f’ingggg Gahhhh!!!!! MADONNA jus kissed me!!!!! On the lips!!!!!!! It felt sooooo good. Soooo soft!!!! *passes out* aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!”

Well, Madonna has been known to suck the life force from delicately smooch up-and-coming pop starlets in the past, and this kiss element definitely lends a level of excitement to the upcoming collaboration between Her Madgesty and Nicki Minaj that might otherwise have been a bit lacking. By that, we mean that Madonna has always taken great pride in being ahead of the curve and pushing the envelope, creatively speaking, and at this point, trading verses with Nicki Minaj is, quite frankly, something that has been done before. 39 times before, to be precise, with 34 different artists. (See our complete timeline of Nicki Minaj guest appearances below.)

So, what we’re wondering is this:

Below, we’ve got the complete timeline of Nicki Minaj collaborations!

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Adds Anita Baker, Mavis Staples And More To The List Of Performers

We’ve been counting down the days to VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul as part of our 12 Days Of DIVAS retrospective; if you’re playing along at home, today’s magic number is 10! This year’s extravaganza will be airing on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT, and will feature performances from superstars like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and more.

As awesome as this lineup is going to be, we’ve got even better news to share with you this morning: Motown legend Anita Baker, Windy City native Mavis Staples, Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and jazzy vocalist supreme Ledisi have been added the list of this year’s oustanding stable of talent. We’ve also made some announcements regarding this year’s presenters, which you can read as part of this press release that just hit the wires…

VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL ADDS ANITA BAKER, MAVIS STAPLES, WANDA JACKSON AND LEDISI AS PERFORMERS AND DOLLY PARTON, QUEEN LATIFAH, TERRENCE HOWARD, NAS, COMMON AND LA LA ANTHONY AS PRESENTERS

Red Carpet to be Livestreamed on VH1.com on Sunday, December 18

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Pays Tribute to the Great Cities of Soul Music Including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia

Special will air Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1

To Tweet This Release: http://on.vh1.com/divaspr3

NEW YORK – December 8, 2011 – VH1’s beloved, popular franchise, VH1 DIVAS, announced today additional performers to join this year’s tribute to soul music including: Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony will participate as presenters in paying homage to these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

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The Singer With The Dragon Tattoo: Skylar Grey Performs Live In New York City

Whenever studies about the behavioral patterns of Millenials get published, words like “positivity” and “individuality” and “idealistic” make frequent appearances; if you believe what the academics and marketing folks tell you, this is a generation that believes that the world can be saved solely by the power of a tweet. However, anyone who has actually spent any significant amount of time with people who fall into this age-range know that they aren’t this shallow nor as eternally optimistic as the so-called experts suggest, and are just as apt to fall under spells of disillusionment and succumb to periods of disenfranchisement as the rest of us (whether you’re Gen X, Gen Y or a Baby Boomer). Well, after seeing Skylar Grey perform at a small industry showcase in Manhattan last night, it’s pretty apparent that she is an artist that is well-positioned to resonate with this “darker” side of Millenial culture.

Skylar Grey rose quickly in the Interscope farm system over the last eighteen months and change on the strength of her ability to write massively catchy hooks; she’s responsible for the sing-along choruses of Eminem and Rihanna‘s “Love The Way You Lie,” Diddy-Dirty Money‘s “Coming Home” and Dr. Dre‘s comeback single, “I Need A Doctor.” She’s now attempting to launch a solo career of her own, with an album of original material likely to materialize sometime in 2012.

Grey emerged on stage last night at the tiny club Dominion dressed in full, gothy Lisbeth Salander chic (aka The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) — jet black hair, tight leather jacket, Doc Marten-esque boots and a pair of plaid pants worn well below her waist with a wallet chain attached; Katy Perry, she most certainly is not. Like her stage name* evokes, Grey stands in stark contrast to today’s bubblegummier pop stars (think Demi Lovato, think Selena Gomez), delivering lyrics like “I’m addicted to your torture”, “I’m proud to be your f***in’ weirdo” and even something that sounded a lot like “Come here necrophelia” with a whispery, attitude-laden intensity.

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