UPDATE: Now featuring a special greeting from Miss Sara Bareilles herself!
If you were paying attention back when Sara Bareilles was our July 2010 Posted artist, you’ll recall that she had a very difficult time writing the material that would ultimately make up her second studio album, Kaleidoscope Heart. In one of her entries that month, she candidly admitted that “As the time passed, I slowly started writing again, and truly amazed myself with just how horrible the songs were. And then the fear set in.”
Well, we hate to cut to the chase, but Spoiler Alert! She was able to conquer that fear, get over her case of writer’s block and pen the exceptional Kaleidoscope Heart, which spawned the #26 video in VH1′s Top 40 videos of 2010, “King Of Anything.” Speaking of writer’s block, that’s precisely what her latest single, “Uncharted,” is about. And, we’re presuming, the familiar subject matter is why she was able to convince artists like Josh Groban, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and more to appear in her star-studded new video.
It’s been almost fourteen years since “MMMBop” exploded into our national consciousness, an event that turned the three brothers who make up Hanson into teen idols overnight. Unlike so many other artists who experienced worldwide fame at an age before they were properly equipped to deal with it, Issac, Taylor and Zac never went off the deep end and landed themselves in jail, rehab or worse. Instead, the brothers kept cranking out their patented blend of blues-tinged pop/soul music (seven albums worth!) and playing to legions of fans across the country.
Last summer, Hanson released their eighth studio album, Shout It Out. And now, the latest single off that LP, “Give A Little,” has got itself a shiny, brand new and primary color packed video that matches the energetic, get up and dance spirit of the song. Bonus points for the sax solo, too, guys; between this song and the woodwind-meets-electronica sounds on the new Destroyer LP, Kaputt, maybe 2011 will be the year that the once ubiquitous sound of an alto sax regains its stature as a “cool” instrument for pop-leaning bands to work into their repertoire.
We’d be hard pressed to give you a definitive answer as to what exactly the message of the new Britney Spears video, “Hold It Against Me,” is. While the lyrics make a fairly straightforward case about why the object of desire in the song should cash out his tab at the bar and head back to Britney’s place for an evening of carnal delights (bonus points for the double entendre of the title, though!), it’s pretty clear that the Jonas Ã…kerlund directed video aims to make a broader statement about the State Of Britney today. However, after watching the video a few times, we have to admit that we’re still not entirely sure what exactly that statement is supposed to be?
Here’s what we do know: The video takes place on Earth in the year 2011. The rest, quite frankly, could be interpreted many different ways. Is it a “Leave Me Alone” meets “Freedom ’90″ type of statement, in which Britney struggles to free herself from a media-created prison of her past success by spraying day-glo paint all over a virginal white dress and monitors showing her old music videos on loop? Is the Yuen Woo Ping style battle between Red Cape Britney and Purple Cape Britney meant to pay homage to the classic Mariah Carey vs. Bianca battle from her “Heartbreaker” video? Does the fact that she spends a good deal of time in this video in the company of men who don’t have any eyes mean that she is sick and tired of the male gaze? Why is the first thing she does when she arrives on Earth — we are just going to go ahead and assume that was her in that meteor — is participate in a photo shoot wearing clothes that look like they’re left over from David LaChappelle’s Rize? Honestly, your guess is as good as ours!
If you’ve got theories about what the video means (or even how you think Britney looks/sounds these days), we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in the comments below, fire off a tweet to @vh1 or share your thoughts with us on the VH1 Facebook page.
Music lovers, rejoice! We’re bringing back one of our most popular music franchises, VH1 Storytellers, for its fifteenth season. And this time around, you’ll notice that the artists have a decidedly more indie slant than they have in previous years (which, considering Arcade Fire’s surprise triumph at the Grammys this weekend, makes perfect sense). Read all about it in this press release that just went out a few minutes ago…
VH1 ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF ICONIC MUSIC SERIES VH1 STORYTELLERS PREMIERING THIS SPRING
Featured Artists Include Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne
New York, NY, February 16, 2011 – VH1 announced today its lineup for the 15th anniversary season of the renowned music franchise VH1 Storytellers. Featured bands and artists this season will include Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne. Hailing back to the show – ??s early roots, the new season will aim to provide a truly personal showcase for some of the greatest songwriters of today. The VH1 Storytellers music specials focus on the anecdotes, artistic musings and stories that inspired the artists and their music. These performers aren – ??t afraid to tell all as they expose the most intimate details of their creative process for the audience. Kings of Leon will kick off the new season of VH1 Storytellers beginning this May.
If you’re the kind of pop music fan who finds yourself a bit dismayed when you turn on the radio and rarely hear songs that sounded like they were created using real, live instruments rather than bleeps, blips and bloops from some super producer’s laptop, we’ve got exciting news for you. Say hello to Two Door Cinema Club, a young Irish trio that are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. Their highly danceable sound pays homage to the slinky basslines and jangly guitars of the late 70s and early 80s New Wave movement, but with a modern twist: Their drummer is a MacBook Pro.
We have had the date February 14 scheduled on our calendar for some time now. No, not because it’s Valentine’s Day (although we’re smart enough not to ignore that day!), but rather because that was the day that Lady Gaga had promised we’d finally get a chance to listen to the title track off of her highly anticipated follow-up to her multi-platinum smash album, The Fame, called Born This Way. However, earlier this week, Gaga set the Twitterverse afire when she tweeted “Can’t wait any longer, single coming Friday.” And just like that, all of the Little Monsters — ourselves included — set our alarms for 6 a.m. this morning to listen to “Born This Way” for the very first time.
So, what did people think of the Gaga’s new disco stomper?
- “It – ??s f**king amazing. ‘Born This Way’ … will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor – ??s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive’ – ??This is the new gay anthem.” — Elton John
- “‘Born This Way’ sums up all the complex Gaga mythos, all her politics and Catholic angst and smeared lipstick, in one brilliant pop blast.” — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
February’s Posted artist of the month is Cee Lo Green and, much like his Posted predecessors like Adam Lambert and Keri Hilson before him, he wants to hear from you. However, this time around, there’s a twist: Cee Lo doesn’t just want you to ask him questions (although you’re more than welcome to do just that in the comments below), he’s actively taking requests to do, well, anything! As he himself puts it, “If there’s anything you want to see me do, you just let me know. There’s nothing too crazy.”
Well then, you heard the man, get to it! You can leave your requests in the comments below, tweet them to @vh1, or leave them on the official VH1 Facebook page. We can’t promise Cee Lo will get to ALL of your requests, but he’ll definitely make a few of your dreams come true.
We had heard some rumors that Cee Lo would be performing his hit smash “Forget You” at the Grammy Awards this weekend with his new bestie Gwyneth Paltrow, so when he popped by our offices the other day, we asked him whether or not the rumors were true. “I wanted it to be a surprise,” The Lady Killer himself told us, “but it’s not anymore. The cat’s been let out of the bag.” He went on to tell us that he’ll not only be performing alongside the Oscar winner, but that the Muppets will also be joining in on the action!
For more scoops and insight into the world of Cee Lo Green, be sure to follow him all month long on VH1′s Posted!
It’s tough to think of an artist who had a more successful 2010 than Nicki Minaj. When the year began, she had built up a decent reputation on the underground mixtape circuit, but her only real exposure to the mainstream was a brief (yet instantly memorable) appearance alongside Robin Thicke on BET’s 106 & Park for a performance of “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy.” However, it was only a matter of time before the public-at-large realized that Nicki had star quality for days; by the time the year had wrapped, she had a platinum album (Pink Friday) under her belt, turned in memorable guest verses for Kanye West and Trey Songz (among others), brought the house down during VH1 Divas and got her famous booty smacked on live television by none other than Regis Philbin.
As you might expect, Nicki is a hustler, not the kind of artist who is not content to rest on her laurels, so you can bet she’s got some big things planned for 2011. She’s appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend and, tonight, her “Moment 4 Life” video makes its long awaited debut. The video, which co-stars her rumored paramour Drake, is the most elaborate of her career to date. We can tell you that the video has got a bit of a Cinderella theme to it, but we’re hesitant to give much more away. Will Nicki find her Prince Charming in time, or will her proverbial carriage turn into a pumpkin at midnight? You Barbies will just have to watch to find out (and, don’t forget, let us know what you think, either in the comments below or by hitting us up on Twitter!).
After toasting to the anti-douchebags in her “Raise Your Glass” video, P!nk treads similar thematic ground in her brand new video, “F****** Perfect.” Only this time around, she does a 180 from the light “Don’t get fancy / just get dance-y” message of that party jam and, instead, reminds the section of her fanbase that are suffering from the repercussions of having a negative self-image that things do, indeed, get better.
The song recalls the likes of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” other powerful anthems that carried an empowerment message meant to remind us all that no matter how dire things may seem, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. “F****** Perfect” follows the plight of a young woman (actress Tina Majorino, who you might recall from Napoleon Dynamite) who has been bullied by both teachers and mean girls while growing up and found the pressure to be “cool” overwhelming to the point where she considers taking her own life. We won’t spoil the ending of the video for you but, suffice to say, our protagonist does finally find an outlet where her talents can shine.
Before we let you go, we’d like to pass along this personal note from none other than P!nk herself about why the subject matter of this song and video is so important to her: