As you know, Hanson is our VH1 Posted artist for the month of April. This missive just arrived in our inbox a few moments ago, straight from Taylor’s mobile device. We’ll let him take it from here. Taylor, the floor is yours…
While running all over the country spreading the word about the new record/single “Give A Little” (Ed. Note — Watch the video!), we made a not so painful stop in Napa Valley for the Live in The Vineyard event, which included other artists like Marc Broussard, Lenny Kravitz and Michael Franti (plus our friend Michelle Branch who stopped in for a hang and some vino). I caught a few random pics during the daylight hours and our stop at the Monticello Winery … Ike might have bought 12 bottles. It was a long night.
Continue along for more snaps of this excursion, sent to us direct from the Hanson fellas!
After Lady Gaga took such a bold, pro-gay rights stance on the title track off her upcoming Born This Way LP, one might have expected her second single from the record to be less about stirring up controversy and more about getting people to cut loose on the dance floor. Well, with “Judas,” which leaked earlier today (and then was quickly put up for sale on iTunes), she somehow manages to whip people into a frenzy both with her subject matter AND her beats. Score another one for Gaga!
Teaming up once again with her production maestro RedOne, the man responsible for the dancefloor destroying beats of “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Gaga’s “Judas” marries sweeping synths and thumping techno with some fairly overt religious symbolism. In addition to the titular reference to the man who betrayed Jesus Christ (with an umlaut, to boot!), Gaga also works in shout outs to New Testament staples like Mary Magdalene (“I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs”) and the apostle Peter (“Even after three times he betrays me”), all the while proclaiming she’s “just a holy fool” despite falling for “the demon I cling to.” Hmmm, if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that Gaga is clearly conflicted with her Catholic upbringing!
On May 10th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will kick off the Songwriters Music Series at the Hard Rock Cafe New York with an intimate acoustic performance by musician and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Presented by Starburst, the Songwriters Music Series which will launch in NYC, travel to Nashville on June 2nd with a performance by ACM Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry at the Hard Rock Cafe?s Reverb Room and close-out in Los Angeles this September. All proceeds from the series will benefit VH1 Save The Music in their mission to provide all children with access to a complete education that includes music. For more info and to purchase tickets, please call (212) 846-7882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Morrison?s self-titled debut will be available May 10th on Mercury Records. In support of the album and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Matthew is launching a major summer tour, which will feature songs from his forthcoming album, including the hit single ?Summer Rain,? along with many of the Glee fan favorites. In tribute to the great glee clubs across the country, the tour will also offer regional glee clubs the chance to compete for the “opening act” performance slot in each market and the winner will be chosen by Morrison. Entries can be submitted at www.matthewmorrison.com/gleeclubcontest.
We just received the following missive from Hanson fellas, our Posted artist for the month of April. Rather than translating their words, we figured it would be more fun if we just turned the blog over to them for this one post. The floor’s all yours, gents!
Last Thursday was a pretty nuts day, which started off with an early call time at Conan to record his show that evening, and ended with a chartered flight to get to Denver in time for a radio show we had planned for some time with KALC. Conan was a blast. We love being on the show. We snapped a few pics during the rehearsals as everyone was getting their bearings. It’s always fun to play with a great horn section, even better if you have somebody named La Bamba in your section.
In order to pack in a big TV show in one city and a radio show performance in another city the same day you pretty much have no choice but to charter a flight; lucky for us, we were in Burbank recording Conan which put us close to the regional private airport of choice. Here’s a few pics from the trip inside the mini-plane which, thankfully, got us to Denver just in the nick of time. There’s also some corresponding vids from this little jaunt that we hope you enjoy.
Just over a year after the release of Sade‘s most recent album Soldier of Love, Epic has compiled the 2-CD Ultimate Collection, coming May 3. The first disc largely replicates 1994′s quadruple-platinum The Best of Sade, but the second disc, in addition to five tracks and a b-side from Lovers Rock and three tracks from Soldier of Love, includes four new recordings: Thin Lizzy cover “Still In Love With You,” two new original tracks (“Love Is Found” and “I Would Never Have Guessed”) and a new remix of “The Moon and the Sky” featuring Jay-Z, the latter of which you can hear below:
Sade is no stranger to hip-hop collaborations; in 2001 alone she sang the hook on Krayzie Bone‘s single “Hard Time Hustlin’,” while her band’s own single “By Your Side” was remixed by The Neptunes. And “Moon and the Sky” is a hot track even before the stripped-down, added-low-end remix. But Jay-Z’s verse is fascinating. Outside of the framework of best-rapper braggadocio, he gets back to his storytelling roots and can really shine. Or maybe he just does a really really great Andre 3000 impression. Either way, it’s a great verse.
On tonight’s episode of Love & Hip Hop, we get to spend some extended time with the ladies as they prepare to take their next step in the music industry. First up, we’ve got Olivia, who has already tasted success in the biz. Not only was she the first artist ever signed to Clive Davis’s J Records, but she was the featured vocalist on 50 Cent’s number one smash from 2005, “Candy Shop.” Despite this success, she still feels like her fans have yet to hear the true Olivia on wax, so she heads to the studio to record a lovelorn ballad entitled “December.”
In what is surely the greatest combination of flavors since you got YOUR chocolate in MY peanut butter, two of your favorite Celebreality superstars just made some sweet music together. Literally.
TMZ reports that Flavor of Love star Flavor Flav joined Rock of Love star Bret Michaels on-stage in Dubuque, Iowa (of all the places!), for a killer version of Public Enemy’s 1990 Top 40 smash, “911 Is A Joke.” As you’ll see from the (admittedly crappy*) video above, Flav started the jawn off a capella style, but then Bret and his band joined in with some ferocious instrumental backing, at which point everyone in the audience got up and then got, got down.
What do you guys think? Should Flav and Bret go out on tour together? Or should they stick to romancin’ the ladies?
If you were to ask us to rattle off a list of some of the worst band names ever, it would probably be awhile before we got to the name Foo Fighters. Not Dave Grohl, though; according to him, “Honestly, had I taken this whole career thing seriously, I would’ve named it something else [besides Foo Fighters], because it’s the worst f*****g band name in the world!” This revelation, along with many more about the band’s tumltuous 16-year career (which has been filled with drug overdoses, creative in-fighting and a rotating lineup of musicians), are all presented, straight from the horse’s mouths, in the new documentary film, Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.
The film, directed by Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker James Moll, made its debut in front of a raucous audience at SXSW a few weeks ago, but you’ll be able to catch it in the comfort of your own living room on VH1 tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The level of access that Moll got into the world of the Foos was unbelievable, and you’ll see each of the band members candidly discuss the pros and cons of being a member of a band that formed in the wake of Nirvana’s untimely collapse. If you’re a fan of rock music, this doc is DEFINITELY a must-see. Set your DVRs!
At the tender age of just 26, Avril Lavigne has already sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She first exploded onto the pop scene back in 2002 with an abundance of both hooks and attitude, and now, almost ten years later, her skills as a singer and songwriter continue to shine. Her latest record, Goodbye Lullaby, came out last month and has already spawned the hit track, “What The Hell,” which has been sitting near the top of the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for the last few weeks.
When Avril recently popped by our Times Square offices, we thought that her distinct fashion sensibilities (see also: Avril Lavigne’s Top 20 Hottest Outfits) made her a perfect candidate for our recurring style series, Head to Toe. “In fashion, you have the option to express yourself, go overboard and have fun with it,” the punky pop princess told us. “Never be afraid of what other people are gonna to think of your outfit. If it’s weird and out there and makes you feel good, then go for it.”
Check out our gallery of Avril images below, and be sure to follow along for a video where she discusses her look from, you guessed it, Head To Toe.
So, what was it about the song by the upcoming Unplugged artists that appealed to Swift? If you’ll allow us to (wildly) speculate for a minute, perhaps it had something to do with the song’s strong sexual and religious undertones? One potential reading of “White Blank Page” is that it’s written from the perspective of someone whose religious beliefs strongly encourage them not to have sex before marriage (“Can you kneel before the King and say I’m clean, I’m clean?”), which clearly amounted to be a dealbreaker between of the lady that the song addresses and the song’s narrator. Which, if you’ve ever heard Swift’s “Dear John,” seems like something Swift can readily identify with.