If you’re asking yourself, “Hey, didn’t Justin Timberlake already release an album earlier this year?”, the answer is yes, yes he did. The 20/20 Experience came out in March and, thanks to pent-up demand for new Timbertunes, has sold 2.279MM copies, making it the best-selling LP of the year so far. Apparently, our pal JT abides by the ole “Strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, which is why you see that the The 20/20 Experience: Part II was just released yesterday. Which got us thinking: How have OTHER sequel albums released this century performed?
We are very excited to announce that the dynamic sister trio HAIM are VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of October. Haim first appeared on critics’ radar around this time last year when their track “Forever” started making waves in the UK, ultimately earning the #4 spot on NME’s Best Songs Of 2012 list. Since then, they have released a succession of fantastic singles, dazzled audiences at SXSW, signed on with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation management team, and are dropping their debut LP Days Are Gone today.
Lorde doesn’t even have an LP out yet—Pure Heroine comes out next week, but you can hear it today thanks to VH1′s exclusive stream—but she’s already the hottest new artist in the game. The 16-year-old’s first single, “Royals,” came out of nowhere to dominate the likes of Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, and she seems well poised to be nominated for a gaggle of Grammys when those nominations are announced later this year.
Dave Holmes rose to national prominence thanks to a stint as a VJ on MTV during what is affectionately known as the TRL years, and has remained a pop culture fixture on the small screen ever since, both as a talking head (he’s appeared on more VH1 shows than we have the space to list here) and a host (perhaps most notably FX’s DVD On TV). And now, he’s hosting a new web series called Indie Across America, in which he tracks down some of the most talented indie bands across the country and gets to the heart of what makes them tick.
Remember when Justin Timberlake disappeared from music for, like, five years? Well, this year, he completely flipped the script; his presence is now inescapable. He released The 20/20 Experience: Pt. 1 in March, went on tour with Jay Z in July, reunited with *NSYNC at the VMAs in August, and is set to drop The 20/20 Experience: Pt. 2 next week. Oh, and did we mention that he went and covered an old Jacksons track for the BBC yesterday?
All in a day’s work, right? Miley Cyrus appears hellbent on generating controversy everytime she steps out in public these days, and her performance at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas over the weekend was no exception.
Tomorrow sees the release of a very special box set that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s third and final studio album, In Utero. The “Super Deluxe Box Set” is filled with over 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material. Part of the live material that is included is footage of the band’s legendary 1993 Live And Loud performance, and VH1 is excited to share some never before seen rehearsal footage of that show with you today. Above, we have video of the band rehearsing “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter,” and below, footage of “Very Ape” (including a moment where Kurt Cobain gets behind the drum kit).
“This song’s about getting old, which I freak out about.” That’s Lorde, VH1′s current You Oughta Know artist, on her new song “Ribs,” which she debuted at the Greenwich Village club Le Poisson Rouge when she made her North American debut there last month. Considering that Lorde is but 16-years-old, we don’t think that aging is something that she need worry much about, but when the result is something as gorgeous as “Ribs,” we’ll begrudge her on that front (but just this once!).