As fans get ready for the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers they may find themselves thinking of Janet Jackson‘s famous wardrobe malfunction that happened 10 years ago. The incident involving Justin Timberlake was considering the “nipple seen around the world.” Within hours following the the halftime show, the fallout had begun. Blame was placed on MTV (which was in charge of producing the halftime shows), Timberlake and, of course, Jackson.
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It may have come as a bit of a shock when MTV announced Miley Cyrus was reviving Unplugged, if only for a night. However, the singer is the perfect artist to strip down her music for an intimate evening with fans. Her powerful vocals are rarely showcased on her number 1 hits, such as “We Can’t Stop” and “Party in the U.S.A.” In fact, it wasn’t until Cyrus’ Saturday Night Live performance that many even remembered there was some true talent behind all the nipple pasties and twerking craziness.
What does remain to be seen is how will her showcase compare to the long list of artists to unplug before her? Will she crash and burn on stage like Lauryn Hill? Highly unlikely. Or will she produce one of the great Unplugged performances like Eric Clapton? Also unlikely.
However, with only a few artists to produce actual records based on these shows, she has a chance to join the list of the best Unplugged albums. 10,000 Maniacs comes is at number 10, with a solid yet basic acoustic set that Cyrus could easily knock off. Though, she’ll have to work at it if she wants to topple Jay Z, Nirvana or Tony Bennett.
Last night at the Grammys, everybody was getting jiggy with it thanks to a number of energetic performances. Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Niles Rodgers and Pharrell Williams) inspired everyone to do their best white girl dance as they performed their undeniably catchy hit single, “Get Lucky.” It literally felt like everyone was on their feet having a good time. But who can blame them? We were dancing in our living room.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift couldn’t help but out Taylor herself with a bunch of dance moves of her own. Beyonce and Jay Z are singing? Taylor’s got a couple of moves for them. Willie Nelson is on stage? Sure, she can throw her hands in the air.
Performing on Saturday Night Live this week is the emerging rock band, Bastille. The English quartet is making waves here in the U.S. following the release of their buzzworthy debut album, Bad Blood. On the record, they’ve blended together an unique mix of rock, alt, EDM and R&B sounds. In 2013, the group scored a year-end charter with “Pompeii” and have been enjoying more radio play thanks to their latest offering, “Things We Lost in the Fire.” With SNL about to expose to mainstream attention, it’s time to get to know your new favorite band.
Fans of VH1’s hit reality shows may be surprised they are ahead of the curve when it comes to new music. Mob Wives: New Blood and Couples Therapy both have featured the British import, John Newman, who just recently debuted his first album, Tribute, in the U.S. In addition to being featured on VH1 shows, Newman’s songs have been picked up by the likes of Oxfam International and the Paralympics.
“It’s quite bizarre,” Newman says of hearing his songs on TV. “They’ll often cut the vocal out and you realize it’s your own song. [But] It’s all right. It’s cool.”
What happens when Noel Gallagher watches all of Oasis‘s music videos? He rips them into pieces! Even though Oasis: Time Flies 1994-2009 came out over three years ago, someone dutifully (and brilliantly) clipped together all of Gallagher’s video commentary. It’s 10 minutes of nonstop insults, complaints about the creation of videos and confusion about what he’s watching. There are even more f-bombs than The Wolf of Wall Street! (Okay, that was a hyperbole, but you get the idea.) Check out his most ridiculously funny comments.
Last year turned out to be a breakout year for You Oughta Know artist Lorde, who took over the charts with “Royals.” However, she may have to make room for her 15-year-old sister in 2014. Over the weekend, India “Indy” Yelich-O’Connor tweeted a link to her cover of fellow YOK artist, A Great Big World. Indy took on the band’s “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera, proving she has vocal talents of her own. Maybe a duet with her big sister is in order?
Who doesn’t love a good duet? There’s something exciting about when two artists come together on a song and create something special. The right pair knows how to blend their vocals, merge their best assets and play off each other’s talents. Brandy and Monica knew how to do this when they recorded “The Boy Is Mine.” Although it was a huge hit, that’s all fans got. We never got a second duet single or even an album. That’s a real shame considering how those two would have brought the house down with an entire record. The same goes for regular collaborators, Beyonce and Jay Z, or Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. These artists make up the list of duet albums we hope that happen!
The year was 1999 and it felt like anything could happen. (For the most part it did.) One of the breakouts of the year was a group comprised of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett known as Destiny’s Child. For many fans, it was the first time they even heard of or really listened to the group. But for longtime fans, the ones who knew them from their “Killing Time” days, this was just the next chapter in the girls’ story.
Formed in 1996, the Destiny’s Child had been steadily building an empire, chipping away at the success of girl groups before them. With many of the ’90s acts on the way out, there was only TLC to contend with. But just as quickly as it started, it was over. Like we said: it was 1999, the last year the original line up of Destiny’s Child was together.
British singer John Newman is the latest import to make his way Stateside to see if he’ll strike gold like those who came before him. He’s not taking the challenge lightly. His first single, “Love Me Again,” a smash in the UK is a bombastic tune about love loss and (hopefully) found again. The EDM/soul track is paired with an equally energetic video, featuring two lovers who appear to be from opposite ends of town. Newman tells VH1 that the video is inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo & Juliet.