Yikes. Things aboard the #777Tour are getting intense. Janell Snowden and our trusty Tweeter Pegah are still stuck aboard the S.S. Rihanna and it doesn’t seem like they want to be there much longer. Meanwhile, there’s a livestream of Rihanna’s London show happening as we type, but what’s getting more attention are the antics on the plane. Only a few hours ago, a frustrated Aussie reporter streaked while the cabin chanted. That’s right. And we have the video so check it out. (Don’t worry, we’ve blacked out any evidence of nudity.)
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“Every time you’d see a show when I’m crying, it’s basically put on a new person,” says P!nk, referring to tearjerker ballad “Who Knew” — a song that was originally written for a friend killed by heroin and then went on to apply to each loss in the singer’s life. “Who Knew’s” story of frustration and regret soon became about her late Dog, Elvis, and even rang true with her late grandmother. In this sneak peek, P!nk details the emotional background of the song, and the proceeds to sing it out: as powerful as ever.
Along with “Who Knew”, P!nk performs a slew of her greatest hits–including a topical and equally emotional “Dear Mr. President”, written originally about George W. Bush. Check it all out on VH1 Storytellers: P!nk, which airs tonight at 11PM EST.
VH1 has partnered with our friends at FIAT to present a twist on our You Oughta Know franchise. Usually, we use the You Oughta Know program to introduce you to musical artists on the rise, but since we’re excited to be attending the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show in Miami next month, we’d like to introduce you to a few visual artists who we think You Oughta Know, too.
Meet Patrick Martinez, an artist whose work in the neon medium has earned him a highly coveted slot at this year’s SCOPE Art Show. As he explained to us, his work is heavily inspired by music. “I’ve been listening to rap music since I was a teenager, so [the musical influence] has always kind of been there. I started using it in my work a few years ago. If the lyric or phrase kind of resonates with me, it speaks to people and the current events that are going on, I find the opportunity to link the two.”
SCOPE Miami 2012 runs from December 4-9. For more SCOPE updates, you can head over to YouOughtaKnow.VH1.com, and also check out our You Oughta Know SCOPE playlist (featuring Hugh Hayden and Brent Birnbaum). Read our complete press release below.
All the way from across the pond Later…With Jools Holland‘s got some of the most incredible musical talents — everyone from Bat for Lashes to Adele — performing stripped down performances of their greatest hits. Even if you don’t have BBC, you can still watch (in full HD glory!) on Palladia.
Upcoming guests include Mumford & Songs, Lisa Marie Presley, Bobby Womack, Savages and Kings of Leon so make sure you tune in on Thursdays at 10PM EST.
The big day is upon us: Happy Election Day! After many months of endorsements and rallying, even the most famous and busy musicians are taking some time to hit the polls or submit their absentee ballots. And because it’s such a special day, many are snapping (sometimes illegal) photos and sharing the experience. Below, because we sincerely hope you’ll follow their example and exercise your right to vote today, we’re rounding-up all their Tweets and Instagrams as they share them. Until the polls close… Read more…
TLC is coming back. 10 years after their last album, 10 years after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away in a tragic car accident, the BBC is reporting that the girls are planning a comeback complete with a scripted VH1 biopic and a brand new album.
Despite the gaping hole in their line-up, T-Boz has assured that the heart and soul of TLC still remains. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” she said at the Mobo Awards in Liverpool. Rumors are swirling that the band might bring Left Eye out in hologram form on tour, which Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas addressed in an interview. “It will be hard on us, but I certainly think our fans would love to see it,” says Thomas, 41. “I think we would probably pass out, and all of our fans would break down, but it’s amazing how real the hologram looks. It’s almost like you can touch the person.”
The biopic was announced in December of 2011 (check out our fantasy line-up right here), but there is still not a firm premiere date set in place.
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You guys! Starting this Sunday night, November 12, we’ve got three consecutive nights of VH1 Storytellers amazingness coming your way. When we first found out that we’d have back-to-back-to-back nights of Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and P!nk coming our way, the first thing that popped into our heads was a twist on the famous Brady Bunch theme. “Here’s a story of some lovely ladies.” And, well, we couldn’t resist…
Tomorrow’s the big day and after a loooooong year of campaigning, the 2012 Presidential race will be decided. You’ve by now heard a plethora of musicians telling you to get out there and vote, but quite a few of them are also telling you who to vote for. Barack Obama has been a longtime favorite for many performers, but it has yet to be decide (See: tomorrow) whether or not that actually matters. All we know is that there are a ton of artists putting their chips (and their money, time, etc.) in the political playing field.
With endorsements happening left and right, we’ve concocted this megalist of musicians and who they’ve promised their vote to. Will it help you choose your side? Who knows. Will it at least put to bed the rumors that Ludacris has joined the Green Party? (There are no rumors.)
By Pegah Rashti (@PegahRashti)
We know Rihanna is full of surprises, but this just made our day, scratch that, OUR YEAR. The Bajan princess is set to embark on her 777 Tour to perform seven shows in seven countries in seven days, just in time for the release of her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, out November 19.
And the surprise part? The pop star has invited a group of superfans from her Rihanna Navy and 150 journalists (us!) from 82 countries to join her on a Boeing 777 Twin-jet (get it?) to travel to each show. Oh yeah, did we mention that WE’RE GOING???
That’s right folks, we’ll be there every step (er, flight) of the way giving you behind-the-scenes updates of it all. And hey: If we could pack you in our suitcase, we totes would.
Details of when and how to purchase 777 tickets to hang out with us along the way are yet to come. In the meantime, if you’re anything like us and need your Rihanna-fix ASAP, two limited edition deluxe box sets are available for pre-sale on RihannaNow.com.
By James Montgomery
The Foo Fighters have never been a band to duck the magnitude of the moment, from Wembley Stadium to a New Zealand gig last year that was so massive it registered on the Richter Scale.
So it’s no surprise that, when they took the stage Saturday (September 29) night in New York City’s Central Park for , they not only rose to the occasion, they blew they thing out of the water.