Music legend Kim Fowley died Thursday at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. Although perhaps best remembered as manager of the all-female rock band the Runaways, his influence extended far beyond. The brilliant yet eccentric artist was equal parts writer, producer and impresario, working with a genre-spanning list of talent over his half-century in the business. Whether proto-metal dynamite with Blue Cheer and The Lancasters (featuring a young Richie Blackmore), quieter acoustic fare with Cat Stevens, ’60s pop perfection with Paul Revere & The Raiders and the Byrds or harder ’70s rock with KISS and Alice Cooper, Fowley put his unique stamp on the musical world. As we mourn his loss, we take a look back at our 15 favorite tracks that he left behind.
Don’t let the shy smile and self-deprecating wit fool you: Mark Ronson will funk you up—in 11 tracks or less. Today marks the release of Uptown Special, the super-producer’s superstar-laden venture, destined to become the official party soundtrack of 2015. Don’t believe us? Just check the Billboard charts. “Uptown Funk,” the album’s irresistible lead single with Bruno Mars, just strutted past Taylor Swift to the Number One spot. The song is celebrated for injecting a badly needed shot of soul into the Top 40, and has been voted by many as one of 2014′s best cuts. Now Ronson has his eyes on the ‘Best Record Of 2015′ title.
Last week your friendly neighborhood VH1 staffers gave you their picks for the best albums of 2014. Now as we inch even closer to a new year, we’re back with our favorite songs from the last 12 months. From Sam Smith‘s explosive debut featuring numerous new-classics, to Taylor Swift‘s ubiquitous chart smashes, 2014 served up some incredible ear candy. Let’s relive some choice cuts!
It goes without saying that the music gods were extremely kind to us in 2014. Heck, we got a new album from D’Angelo from goodness sake! In addition to new offerings from pop powerhouses like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Ed Sheeran, the year saw thrilling new artists emerge onto the scene. Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Iggy Azalea and more staked their claim alongside the more seasoned chart vets, releasing albums that are destined to become (*ahem*) new classics. VH1 staffers weighed in on their choices for the best records of the year, so read on to see their picks!
The holidays are a time for family togetherness, joy to the world, egg nog, ancient TV specials, and (mostly importantly) giving. But with only five shopping days left, we’re starting to get down to the wire. Are you totally stumped on what to give the music lover in your life? Have no fear because VH1 is hear to help with some spectacular gift ideas for those who put music first.
You’re in luck today, music fans— because we’ve got a a double helping of interviews with two British rock icons! Def Leppard lead singer Joe ElliottandElectric Light Orchestra brain Jeff Lynne both sat down with VH1 Classic On Tap‘s Nik Carter and shared stories from their legendary careers. When you’re done watching these stellar videos, head over to VH1 Classic On Tap for more exclusive interviews with the biggest names in classic rock.
Merry Christmas from Diamond Dave! Perennial rock frontman David Lee Roth has unveiled his new song “Happy Holidays,” and it is destined to become a sure-fire Christmas classic. Captioned with “Happy Holidays from Diamond Dave’s Tiki Bunker” on The Roth Show‘s YouTube channel, the song is not an amped up stadium crushing jam like you might expect.
Mark Ronson is singularly responsible for funking up this fall, and we couldn’t be more grateful. “Uptown Funk,” his slinky groovetastic floor filler with Bruno Mars, has been blaring out of speakers worldwide, and that’s just the start of the story for the famed producer and DJ. He stole the show on an episode of Saturday Night Live with Mars and rapper Mystikal a few weeks back, and recently experienced a moment that he calls “the most amazing, surreal part of my musical journey.” For a man who has worked with everyone from Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, and Adele (just to name a very few), it must have been pretty damn incredible. From his new song and new album, to career highlights, Ronson revealed all to Jim Shearer On VH1′s Top 20 Countdown.
You may think you’re aBeatles fan, but a new website will prove that you don’t even know the half of it. The startling thebeatlesneverexisted.com claims to have blown the lid off one the biggest conspiracies of 21st century music. Or maybe it’s just a hilarious parody. Either way, your mind is about to be blown by this incredibly insane theory. Read more…
All Aaron Carter wants for Christmas is Hilary Duff. Earlier this year he posted a series of not-so-subtle tweets mourning the loss of their relationship, which has been over for more than a decade. Duff commented that she was a smidge uncomfortable about the whole thing, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to pine for her via social media. We’re all for fairy tale endings, but these latest tweets make us want to put our arm around his shoulder and tell him, “It’s over, man. Let it go.”