It’s been six years since Estelle first blasted her way on to U.S. radio with “American Boy.” In the years since, she’s has had ups and downs trying to recapture that same attention of her first single, but now we’re happy to say Estelle is back! Following a Grammy nomination for “Thank You,” her second single from All of Me, the singer is returning with a striking new ballad, “Conqueror.” The song is the perfect anthem for anyone who won’t accept defeat.
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With LeAnn Rimes joining the VH1 family — her new series, LeAnn & Eddie, premieres July 17 at 10 pm EST only on VH1 — we wanted look back on her extended discography, which dates back to 1996. At the age of 13, the singer broke out onto the scene with her stunning cover of the Bill Mack country song, “Blue.” Since then, she has had a number of hits, including the Grammy nominated single, “How Do I Live,” and “Nothin’ ‘bout Love Makes Sense.” But arguably her best song is “Can’t Fight the Moonlight.” Sure, it wasn’t her biggest hit — but it had a lasting impact.
Join us as we look back on the hit single and explain why it’s our favorite Rimes’ song.
You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is one glamorous girl. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the singer is blessed with those modelesque Scandinavian genes. When Lo — born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson — spent the day at VH1, everyone was stunned by her natural beauty. It’s no wonder she’s ready to step into the spotlight. After writing hits for Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, and Cher Lloyd, Lo is turning her attention onto herself (and letting herself shine).
Thanks to the buzz surrounding her first single, “Habits (Stay High),” Lo isn’t just about looks. She’s has an ear for smart, pop music.
Check out the behind-the-scenes photos of Lo hanging out at the VH1 office, performing her single in less than 60 seconds, and showing off those hipster model looks.
If there is one hit maker who knows how to churn out a Summer Jam, it’s Pharrell Williams. For over 20 years — yes 20! — the singer, songwriter, producer has been cranking out hits for both himself and popular rappers, singers and Daft Punk. Since he has had some many summer hits, we wanted to round up his most successful (as well as our favorites) into one fantastic playlist. All the hits are here, from his first for Wreckx-n-Effect (“Rump Shaker”) to his most recent, “Happy.” But what song was the biggest of his career? We bet you can guess.
Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams where each week two hit songs are facing off against each other to find out just which you love the most. Last week you voted Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg into the finals with a commanding 89 percent of the vote. Lil Jon and DJ Snake had nothing on “Wiggle.”
This week features two chart-toppers from Magic! and Nico & Vinz. Both are relatively new acts with songs that are tapping into the laid back vibe of the warmer months. But only one song can join the winner’s circle.
It’s hard to believe the ‘90s — one of the most influential eras on modern pop culture — is nearly two decades old. When it came to music, music was all over the map. Grunge, gangsta rap, New Jack Swing, bubble gum pop, pop punk all had a moment to shine. While there were a number of hit-makers, there were plenty of forgotten blips on the radar, especially in the competitive world of R&B groups. Sure, we all remember Boyz II Men and Jodeci but what about Color Me Badd, Dru Hill, or Silk?
Put your rewind caps on — it’s time to revisit the forgotten world of ‘90s all-male R&B groups. (And don’t forget to relive all the hits of your favorite ‘90s R&B girl groups.)
Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams where you determine the song of the summer in a weekly battle of chart-topping hits. This week Jason Derulo and Lil Jon are facing off with two club jams. But first we need to look back on last week’s battle, which saw Demi Lovato topple Jennifer Lopez with “Really Don’t Care.” She’ll join Becky G and Iggy Azalea in the winner’s circle. But which of the two hip-hop stars will join this female-dominated Summer Jams?
Are you ready to wiggle to Derulo and Snoop Dogg or turn it down for DJ Snake and Lil Jon?
During the ‘90s it was next to impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Diane Warren song — it’s just that you may have never realized you were listening to a Diane Warren song. The prolific songwriter had a huge career over the past three decades penning hits for Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. (The same artists that dominated VH1 back in the heyday of music videos.) At one point she had seven hits by seven different artists on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
After awhile, Warren songs became recognizable for their distinct sound. Typically a power ballad, Warren’s music incorporated heartbreak-fueled lyrics, drippy orchestral arrangements, and—most likely—Dion’s signature wail. While Warren produced hit after hit, her songs weren’t exactly ones that you blasted at parties. Instead, you found yourself secretly singing them in the shower, or alone in the car, or even at high school talent shows—just to prove how talented you were.
Oh Michelle Williams, how interesting your life after Destiny’s Child has been. It started off promising with the release of Heart to Yours, your debut solo gospel album but then it just slid and slid and slid. Most recently, things looked like they were turning around when it was announced you would be starring in a national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar but then at the last minute it was canceled. But fear not, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a Beyoncé-directed music video for your new song. There’s still (some) hope left because it hasn’t been all bad. So let’s look bad on the highs and lows of your solo career.
Every summer—when it comes to music at least—it’s all about the music. Which song is going to be the jam that gets us through the warm weather? Which artist are we going to hear at the beach, the club, on TV, at the movies? The battle for the top summer jam is a fierce one. (VH1’s weekly battles are not for the weak.) But what about the top summer jam artists? Which singer has consistently churned out hit after hit each year? Just how many hits does Katy Perry have?