VH1 is excited to announce the world television premiere of the iHeartRadio Festival, which will be airing next Wednesday, November 23. As you’ll recall, this festival took place back in late September of this year, and featured performances by the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Coldplay. You’ll be able to catch all the highlights from that two-night spectacular beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT next week.
For the complete details of our Thanksgiving Music Festival, check out this press release that just went over the wires…
VH1 GIVES VIEWERS A THANKSGIVING CORNUCOPIA OF MUSIC PROGRAMMING WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL,” MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT, “THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”
AND “QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL”
New York, NY- November 17, 2011- The music harvest is bountiful at VH1 this Thanksgiving with exclusive events featuring today’s biggest artists! Beginning Wednesday, November 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, music lovers can begin their Thanksgiving feast with a hearty portion of music by their favorite artists with the world television premiere of Clear Channel’s “iHeartRadio Music Festival” taped September 23rd and 24th, 2011at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This show-stopping concert, which celebrated the launch of the new iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free, industry-leading digital radio product, includes performances by Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler and many more.
It’s just over a month until VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul airs on VH1, and we’re already doing backflips of excitement about this year’s lineup, which will feature Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson. Regarding the latter, we’re excited to reveal this new promo image of the Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer/actress J. Hud! We haven’t heard any advance word about what songs she’s planning on performing that night, but seeing as how one of the featured soul-music capitals we’ll be spotlighting is her hometown of Chicago, we’re sure she’s got some exciting tricks up her sleeve about how to best honor the rich musical legacy of the Windy City.
Be sure to come on back to VH1.com this evening at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT when we reveal the full VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson set. And don’t forget to set your DVRs to record VH1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT tomorrow night to see this truly amazing Unplugged performance in glorious high-definition.
So, will the gamut work? Quite frankly, the road to #1 looks pretty daunting at this point. The song is currently sitting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and will have to find a way to eclipse heavy hitters like Rihanna‘s “We Found Love,” Adele’s weepy “Someone Like You,” and the red-hot David Guetta/Usher collabo “Without You” over the next few weeks to hit the top spot (not to mention Lady Gaga‘s “Marry The Night,” which promises to be a huge hit during the holidays). Additionally, the song does not benefit from its striking sonic similarities to Ke$ha‘s “Animal”; the choruses of both of these songs share virtually the same melody, and the vocal inflections of Katy and Ke$ha are also remarkably similar, which makes sense considering that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald was a credited writer on both tracks. Nor does it benefit from covering the same thematic territory as the aforementioned “Someone Like You” in an arguably less emotionally resonant fashion.
VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson makes its highly anticipated premiere exclusively on VH1.com this Thursday night, November 17, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already told you how stunning Kelly looked when this show taped back in late October, and if you caught her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” when we premiered it last week, you have an idea yourself. However, VH1 photographer Colin Gray just sent us a bunch of the photos that he was able to take that afternoon and we couldn’t resist sharing his insanely awesome work with you (as well as a quick video of Kelly explaining why she didn’t perform barefoot, like she usually does, while taping VH1 Unplugged). Enjoy!
As big as Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” was, her follow-up single, “Someone Like You,” is in a position to become the most memorable song from 21. Whereas “Rolling In The Deep” was defiant in its tone, “Someone Like You”—which, we should mention, is currently the #1 song on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown—instead allows Adele (and, by natural extension, the listeners) to wallow a bit in the feelings of anguish, hurt and regret that come on the heels of a difficult breakup. Well, the writers of Saturday Night Live recognized the seismic emotional impact that the song has had on people of all ages, shapes and sizes (even Coldplay!), and devoted a whole sketch to it on this weekend’s show.
Warning: The sketch might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it very well make you do both at the same time. It’s one of the most memorable sketches of the season to this point, not just because it’s built around a song that everyone knows and adores, but because it recognizes a fundamental truth in today’s culture—no matter who you are, “Someone Like You” packs one hell of an emotional wallop!—and spins it for comedic gold. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go into the supply closet and have ourselves a good cry.
It’s safe to say that the genre of music known as metal might not have happened if John Michael Osbourne, Francis Anthony Melby Iommi, Terence Michael Joseph Butler and William Thomas Ward hadn’t met as teenagers in Birmingham, England (not to mention adopting nicknames like Ozzy and Geezer). The foursome, better known as Black Sabbath, formed in the late sixties and forever transformed the landscape of music with their sludgy riffs, foreboding lyrics and totally bad ass attitude. After releasing five platinum albums, the group disbanded in 1978, but the impact they made was undeniable, so much so that VH1 named them the #2 artist on our list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Black Sabbath briefly reformed in the summer of 1997 (sans drummer Bill Ward) for the Ozzfest tour and the 1998 album Reunion, but outside of that, the group has been dormant since the late seventies. However, earlier today at a press conference held in Los Angeles, the band announced that all four of the band’s original members have committed to recording their first album of original material since 1978, and will be embarking on a 2012 World Tour. (The rumors were true!)
Many metalheads and music fans are really excited about this news, because, well, how could you not be? It’s Black Sabbath! (Not to mention, their record is set to be produced by Rick Rubin.) However, some cynics out there might be curious about the band’s motives for deciding to bury the hatchet after 30+ years of acrimony, and here’s what they’re wondering:
We’re just one week and oh, say, six hours away from the premiere of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson! Her five-song Unplugged set will debut exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, but we absolutely, positively couldn’t wait that long to share the above clip with you.
As part of her set, Kelly decided to cover “I Know You Won’t,” which was originally recorded by another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, on her 2007 LP Carnival Ride . Carrie’s version is gorgeous, no doubt, but whereas her version is languid to the point of being passive, Kelly infuses her take—which, we should add, is brought to you by our friends at Starburst—with her trademark combination of dignity, strength, and a touch of heartbreak. Try to listen to the whole thing and not get goosebumps, we dare you.
However, the evening’s best moment didn’t involve pandering to Hollywood (Blake Shelton’s raucous version of “Footloose”) or even a huge, pyro-laden production number (sorry, Miranda Lambert!). It occured when Kenny Chesney and VH1 fave Grace Potter each slung an acoustic guitar over their shoulders, hopped on a stool and duetted on a positively gorgeous version of their hit, “You And Tequila.” Of course, we’re suckers for any and all things Grace (those stems!), but the way these two harmonized last night reminded us why we listen to country music in the first place. There’s no slick production, no glossy radio sound, just two great voices (and some palpable chemistry) blending together to make something special. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.