Posts By Mark Graham

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Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds & Ends In Music News

Of course she did! The only controversy here seems to be whether or not she should be called Gagapanda or PandaGaga. [Buzzfeed via Natasha VC]

In honor of today’s release of Beyoncé’s 4, our good friends over at Popdust put together this comprehensive countdown of every single that Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child. We won’t spoil their #1 pick for you, but we will tell you that neither of the singles that have been released from this album thus far (“Best Thing I Never Had,” “Run The World (Girls)”) cracked their Top Ten. [Popdust]

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It’s Time To Ask Lenny Kravitz Anything!

Last month, we brought Jordan Knight into our offices and invited you to Ask Him Anything. By all accounts, that experiment went extremely well, and most of you did not abuse the privilege. (Those of you that did, though –and you know who you are!– have been forgiven.)

Well, great news! We’re doing Ask Me Anything again now, but this time the subject will be the multi-talented musician/model/actor/raconteur Lenny Kravitz, whose new album, Black And White America, comes out on August 30. And, in case you didn’t play this game the first time around, we really mean it when we say you can Ask Lenny Kravitz Anything! Wondering if he kept the dreadlocks he shaved off (and if he can send them to you)? You should ask! Curious as to whether he’s a boxers, briefs or commando kind of guy? You should ask! Have you always been interested in learning how he divvys up his 401(k)? Now’s the time to ask, partner.

So, how do you ask? Well, there?s a few ways. You can leave a comment below, or you can tweet @vh1 with the hashtag #askmeanything. We?ll compile as many questions as we receive BY THIS THURSDAY MORNING (6/30/11) and do our best to get Lenny to answer them all. Remember, you can Ask Lenny Kravitz Anything, so make your questions as crazy or funny as you possible. The only limit is your imagination!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Rapper C.I.* Joe, AKA The Man On The Pole, Has A History Of Crazy Public Behavior

C.I. Joe from Greg S. on Vimeo.

Earlier today, Brooklyn rapper C.I.* Joe –real name Raymond Velasquez, AKA Coney Island Joe– caused a major scene in Times Square when he climbed atop a light pole and refused to come down. The stunt landed him a quick trip to Bellevue Mental Hospital, and will likely see him charged by the NYPD, but it also landed him an offer to work with Grammy winning producer Jim Jonsin.

However, it turns out that this morning’s Times Square stunt is not C.I.* Joe’s first run-in with authorities. According to some (*cough* extremely crappy *cough*) video posted to C.I.* Joe’s MySpace page, he interrupted BET’s 106 & Park in April of 2010, and also the CBS Early Show in December of 2010, both times as a way of trying to promote his rap career. Speaking of which, we’ve got his video, “Warriors,” for you above. We’ll let you judge for yourself as to whether his future as a rapper is strong enough that it will make his trip to Bellevue worthwhile.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Grammy Winning Producer Jim Jonsin Offers To “Make A Beat” For Times Square’s Man On The Pole

For a short period of time this morning, the hashtag #manonthepole was a trending topic on Twitter. You see, some (currently unnamed) guy 34-year old Brooklyn rapper Raymond Velasquez (aka CI Joe) decided a good way to get some attention would be to climb a light pole in the heart of Times Square and refuse to come down. And you know what? His gambit worked!

Well, that man is currently in police custody, but that doesn’t mean that his fifteen minutes of fame are quite over yet. Sure, there will be the obligatory press conference when he’s released later today, and of course there will be some punny New York Post headline to come tomorrow (Pole Dancer, perhaps?), but if the Man On The Pole has any ambitions at pursuing a music career, he need only get in touch with Grammy winning producer Jim Jonsin.

Jonsin, who took home a Grammy for his work on Lil Wayne‘s “Lollipop” in 2009, happened to be in Times Square this morning and offered to “make [the Man On The Pole] a beat if he gets down [from the pole].” Apparently, the Man On The Pole had been freestyling while 20 feet above the ground in Times Square (paging Chiddy Bang!) and, at one point, handed the cops one of his CDs. So, assuming that the Man On The Pole can put up some bail money to spring himself from the pokey, his first order of business really should be to give Jonsin a call to see if he’ll make good on his word.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Exclusive: First Look At The New Pop Up Video Logo

A little over a month ago, we announced that Pop Up Video would be making its long awaited return to the VH1 airwaves this fall. While we’re still waiting on an official premiere date from our friends in programming, we thought that we would share this with you guys: It’s the updated Pop Up Video logo!

Since we just did you guys a solid, maybe now you can do us one in return? Check out our brand new Pop Up Video Facebook page and, if you like what you see, feel free to “Like” us! Also, we’ll be using our Facebook presence as a way to get valuable (and, hopefully, hilarious!) content from you guys, the viewers, that we may end up including in the show itself. Just yesterday, we began working on our treatment for Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” by asking our fans “If the world ended tomorrow, I would _________ [fill in the blank].” Leave a comment and your reply just might end up on TV!

To help get you in the spirit, check out our old Pop Up treatment of Madonna‘s “Vogue” below (if you want more, check out this playlist, which also includes George Michael‘s “I Want Your Sex,” Paula Abdul‘s “Straight Up” and more):

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Top 20 Live: David Cook Leaves His Fans “High And Dry” (In A Good Way)

The road that American Idol winners have to travel is not always paved with gold. Sure, there are but a handful of artists who would turn down the opportunity to have national television exposure every week for five months straight, but as we have seen since the show first debuted in 2002, the same fans who call in to vote for artists week after week don’t always follow their faves to the record store by the time their albums actually come out. And, unless you’re Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, chances are that even fewer fans are still riding your bandwagon by the time your second post-Idol album comes out.

David Cook is looking to be an exception to that rule. After his eponymous post-Idol album went platinum back after its release in 2008, he’s releasing his brand new LP, This Loud Morning, tomorrow. Judging on what we heard when he came through our offices a few weeks back, he’s got a really good chance to become the most successful male Idol winner of all-time. Rather than simply coasting on his fame, he worked extra hard in the studio and stretched himself musically, collaborating with esteemed songwriters like Marti Frederiksen, John Rzenik of the Goo Goo Dolls, hitmaker du jour Ryan Tedder, and many more.

Above, we’ve got David Cook’s outstanding cover of Radiohead‘s “High And Dry” for you, but during his four song, Top 20 Live set performed live here at the VH1 offices, he also laid down “Come Back To Me,”, “The Last Goodbye,” and his mammoth hit off of David Cook, “Light On.” Enjoy!

by (@unclegrambo)

Song Of The Summer Countdown: Will Katy Perry Claim Her Third S.O.T.S In Four Years?

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For the first time since we started counting down this year’s Song Of The Summer, someone other than Adele is sitting in the proverbial cat bird’s seat. Weirdly enough, though, “Rolling In The Deep” has been usurped by another song that audiences first heard back in 2010.

While we’re plenty excited that Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” knocked Adele out of the top spot, we can’t help but lament the fact that Katy Perry is still ruling the airwaves with songs from her Teenage Dream album. If you’ll recall, that record came out way back on August 24, 2010, but last year’s Song Of The Summer, “California Gurls,” was released even further back (May 11, 2010, to be exact). And if you flip the calendar back to the summer of 2008, Perry’s first smash single, “I Kissed A Girl,” was that summer’s biggest party jam.

So, folks, you tell us: What exactly is it about the summertime that makes you want to listen to Katy Perry? Why does her particular blend of breezy pop music make you want to roll your windows down and turn the singles from Teenage Dream up? Let us know in the comments, and check back here next week to see if Katy can fend off the likes of Britney Spears, Pitbull and Lady Gaga to keep the top spot in VH1’s Song Of The Summer countdown!

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Gavin DeGraw Set To Debut His New Video For “Not Over You” Monday on Big Morning Buzz Live

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Exciting news to share with you guys. We just got word that the talented singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will be making an appearance at our offices here in Times Square this coming Monday, June 27. He’ll be stopping by the set of Big Morning Buzz Live, which airs every weekday starting at 9:30 a.m., to present the world premiere debut of the music video for his new song, “Not Over You.” And to mark this occasion, Gavin himself sent us this exclusive clip earlier this morning as a way to help get the word out to his fans.

If you can’t catch the Monday morning debut on Big Morning Buzz Live, don’t fret: We’ll have it here for you on the VH1 Blog as soon as it airs, and it will also appear on next week’s Top 20 Video Countdown show as well.

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A Handy Guide To Which Of The Four Finalists On The Voice You Should Root For

From L to R: Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan.

Thanks to a combination of high wattage star power and a weakened roster of American Idol candidates, NBC’s The Voice was able to capture the fancy of American television audiences this springtime and delivered huge viewership numbers to its network. Last night, the judges and audience voted to select the show’s four finalists. If you haven’t been watching (or even if you have!), we put together a quick primer for you on who the remaining candidates are and why you should root for them, which you can use to prepare for next week’s finale, airing on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

WHO: Javier Colon (Top Left)
COACH: Adam Levine
SOUNDS LIKE: Brian McKnight
WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR HIM: Funny, the reason you should root for him is the same as why some are rooting against him. You see, Javier Colon released two albums —he was simply called Javier at that time— on Capitol Records in the mid-aughts. Some would argue that he never really got a fair shake from his label during those tumultuous years for the industry, while others would say that he’s already got his shot and doesn’t deserve another one.

WHO: Dia Frampton (Top Right)
COACH: Blake Shelton
SOUNDS LIKE: Vanessa Carlton
WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR HER: Much like her competitor Javier Colon, Frampton has a major label background; along with her sister Meg, the two released the album Here, Here, and Here on Sire Records in 2009. They were later dropped by Warner Bros., Sire’s parent company, in July of 2010. Will America give her another chance to make it big?

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Voting For Your Favorite Videos Is Easier Than Ever With Our New VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Site!

Good news, VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown fans! Earlier this afternoon, we launched a brand new site which makes both watching and voting for your favorite videos easier than ever. Just head over to and check it out our new digs.

Not only can you now cast up to 20 votes for your favorite videos per week, you can also share your votes with your followers on Twitter and your Facebook friends. This makes it easier than ever to rally support for your fave videos and, hopefully, propel them up our weekly chart.

Don’t forget to tune in to VH1 each and every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET/PT to catch host Jim Shearer count down what’s topping the chart that week.