Posts By Nick Minichino
Beyonc? is coming to middle schools across America?in video form! The latest effort by First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! Initiative is a choreographed dance workout routine for middle schoolers to attempt simultaneously on Tuesday at 1:42 EDT. It’s only about three and a half minutes of exercise, but with the double-time claps and the Swizzy beat, that may be more than enough! The producer even provides encouraging vocal drops throughout, all the way to “Now cool off, cool off!” at the end.
The whole routine is under the cut, in case you want to rehearse: Read more…
Buoyed by an extended onslaught of promotion, the premiere of NBC’s new series The Voice scored big ratings, outranking stiff competition in its two genres: music (Glee) and reality (Dancing with the Stars). The show’s structure is overly complicated (the four judges each recruit a team of eight singers, then train their team for competition against the other judges’ teams), and a few suspense beats that would have worked on series creator Mark Burnett‘s biggest success, Survivor, fell flat, but overall, the show works. So, a quick rundown:
By way of introduction, The Voice‘s four artist/judges performed Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy,” with Adam Levine on drums, Blake Shelton on guitar, and Christina Aguilera joining Cee Lo Green on lead vocals. The quartet won’t be forming a super-group anytime soon, but their rendition was polished, and successfully communicated the artists’ willingness and ability to succeed in a variety of musical genres.
The contestants range from rank amateurs to near-professionals: After belting Faith Hill‘s “Breathe,” Tarralyn Ramsey tearfully ad-libbed a few bars of “What a Girl Wants” when she was selected by Aguilera, confessing that she sang along to all of Aguilera’s songs, “even the Spanish ones.” She didn’t mention that in 2003, she won VH1′s Born to Diva competition, performed on Divas Duets, and got a one-record deal with Universal?the same grand prize offered by The Voice.
Jeff Jenkins, on the other hand, isn’t even a webcam Youtuber like some of the amateur hopefuls, yet he impressed all four judges with his rendition of “Bless the Broken Road,” made famous by Rascal Flatts.
But the clear audience favorite was Javier Colon: his emotive guitar-and-vocal rendition of Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time” is currently the 43rd best-selling song on iTunes, where all of the audition songs became available for purchase immediately after the premiere.
A double outpouring of grief has swept through the music community today at the news that both Poly Styrene and Phoebe Snow had passed on (Poly Styrene last night after battling breast cancer and Snow this morning due to complications from a January 2010 brain hemorrhage).
We’re always excited when a You Oughta Know artist comes to our offices and performs an exclusive You Oughta Know Live set, but The Civil Wars particularly enthralled the room (even if the “room” was our lobby). Before they took the impromptu stage, the audience was more hesitant than usual, largely hanging by the elevators or against the back wall.
But the instant they launched their their four-song set with their single “Barton Hollow,” the band’s presence drew in the crowd; Joy Williams and John Paul White are almost instinctual performers. Williams in particular accentuated her vocals by gesturing and dancing, and when, on “Poison & Wine” (“the loud version,” as White called it), she was behind the keyboard, the two locked eyes, not only to “perform” the doomed love of the song but also as a substitute for any rhythmic accompaniment besides White’s strumming (which also allowed them to end on a rather long shared note). These two belong on a stage. No wonder they scored opening gigs for Adele next month.
We never pretended not to be Hanson fans (they are, after all, this month’s VH1 Posted artist) but apparently Dancing with the Stars did: last night’s “Guilty Pleasure” episode included a live performance of “MMMBop.”
But we forgive them, because apparently Hanson did, too?they were the episode’s house band, taking on not only their own single (above) but also ripped into Lionel Richie‘s “Hello,” Billy Ray Cyrus‘s “Achy Breaky Heart” Quiet Riot‘s “Cum on Feel the Noise,” and even Vanilla Ice‘s “Ice Ice Baby.” (The full episode is streaming on ABC’s website.)
Lollapalooza announced its 2011 festival lineup at midnight last night, with headliners Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, the Cars, and Ween sure to a draw massive crowd to Grant Park in Chicago on August 5-7.
The Beastie Boys are having lots of fun with the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. First they made Fight for Your Right (Revisited), a music video-cum-short film (as only Michael Jackson could ever really pull off), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was recut into the “Make Some Noise” video that premiered Wednesday in advance of the film’s television premiere that night at midnight on VH1 and MTV. (The entire 22-minute film is streaming above.) Read more…
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have lots of fans here at VH1. It’s not just any group that gets selected as You Oughta Know artists, invited to play “Paris (Ooh La La)” at 2010′s VH1 Divas Support the Troops and a set in our You Oughta Know Live series with a four-song set featuring a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (as part of a month we spent with the band as part of VH1′s Posted series).
So of course we were excited to see the band taking on another challenge of a cover, Beyonc?‘s “Why Don’t You Love Me,” over at Billboard.com. Watch the band’s rendition above, and click through for the full story.