Last month, Calvin Harris helped Rihanna take home the MTV VMA for Video of the Year with “We Found Love,” a video whose dysfunctional romance and dark-but-beautiful imagery has been permeating the hearts and minds of viewers since last year. In keeping that gloomy theme alive, Harris has returned with a video for his forthcoming album’s fifth single, this time alongside Florence Welch, to deliver an intense visual for an already powerful song.
Her soprano operatic voice is made for beautiful ballads. Leona Lewis has the chops to pour her soul into “Bleeding Love” or “Run.” Unlike it’s predecessors, the title track “Glassheart” is a gritty dubstep song with a house beat. It’s about love, more specifically heartbreak. Melancholy doesn’t exist in the sound despite the sadness of the lyrics. Dancing through a broken heart seems like the only thing left to do while “Glassheart” plays. Anything else would be unfitting. Read more…
UPDATE (9/28/12): Head over to GlobalFest.MTV.com to watch the festivities, beginning on Saturday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET!
VH1 is excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming the Global Citizen Festival, a benefit concert to support the Global Poverty Project, right here on VH1.com on Saturday, September 29 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. The festival, which will be held in New York City’s Central Park and feature performances from the likes of Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and VH1 You Oughta Know artist K’Naan. Our friends over at Palladia will also be broadcasting the concert in its entirety in glorious HD. We’ll have more details on this exciting project coming soon, but for now, here’s a press release about the event that just crossed the wires.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL PARK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE LARGEST SYNDICATED MUSIC CHARITY WEBCAST AND BROADCAST
Performances By Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan; Hosted by Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Olivia Wilde, Minka Kelly, Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez, Katharine McPhee
Historic Event & Ongoing Online Campaign Aims to End Extreme Poverty
New York City, NY, September 20, 2012 – The Global Poverty Project is proud to announce that their upcoming Global Citizen Festival, produced by AEG Network LIVE and delivered by AEG Digital Media, will be live streamed and broadcast by an impressive list of media partners. The simultaneous distribution of this historic event allows the world to “attend” the festival, which will bring together leading non-profit organizations, musicians and notables in Central Park on September 29, 2012 as part of a mass movement to end extreme poverty.
This morning the video for “Live While We’re Young” made it’s way on to the internet, and alas we get our first taste of One Direction‘s much anticipated sophomore album Take Me Home. We’re still listening to “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing” like we’ve only just met them, but let’s skip the pretending and just admit already that it’s love because this song vibrates with even more boy band magic than anything we’ve heard from them in the past.
“Live While We’re Young” opens with a guitar lick lifted from The Clash‘s “Should I Say or Should I Go?” and Niall hollering at us: “Hey girl, I am waiting on you.” And it only gets bigger and more fun from there, with gang sung “woo-ohh ohh ohhs,” a persistent cow-bell and suggestive insistences like “if we get together, don’t let the pictures leave you’re phone” and “I know we only met, but let’s pretend it’s love.” And the accompanying video really drive the song’s message home, as it finds the 1D boys showing off what it’s like to “Live While We’re Young” while hang out in a tent, playing with giant inflatable fruits and just generally goofing off. Because, these guys are young and hot and on the rise — so why not?
So what does it mean to “Live While You’re Young”? Let’s let the boys of 1D show us via .gif: Read more…
You may know Vivian Green from her #1 dance singles “Emotional Rollercoaster” or “Gotta Go Gotta Leave,” but did you also know that the soulful singer-songwriter is a huge NFL fan – “I’ll watch RedZone all day!” – and lives just blocks from the park where Jay-Z’s Made In America festival took place? No? Neither did we! With a new album coming our way next month, VH1 Tuner recently sat down with Green to get the skinny on her forthcoming project and chat about everything from her stay-fit workout habits to her (cough, cough, Cuffin’ Season) dating life.
Only five more days, folks before No Doubt‘s Push and Shove rocks your world. In the meantime they’ve dropped their official second single “Looking Hot” to satisfy our appetites for all things No Doubt. Gwen Stefani leads the euro bass infused song with a command: “Go ahead and stare.” We’re sure she never has any problems in that department. Read more…
Like President Obama, who invited them to open for him at his Democratic National Convention, we dig North Carolina’s Delta Rae. We love that they are a family — Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) being actual siblings, and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) being close enough — and the way the incorporate sounds from across all genres — folk, blues, rock — into their sound. Most of all we love watching them perform, feet stomping and sounds flying as all six come together as one great big band.
That’s exactly what they did last night on Conan, where they broke-in their new trash can while performing a drawn out and dramatic rendition of “Bottom of the River,” the new single off of their album Carry The Fire. Leaving most of their instruments aside for this one, they stomped out the song instead, singing a capella and adding the violent clanking of chains in the aforementioned trash can when necessary. “Bottom of the River” is dramatic as is, but performed like they did last night it is straight chilling. Check it out above, and keep an eye on these gals and guys — we’ll have plenty more to say when we celebrate them as our You Oughta Know artist in October!
Delta Rae “Bottom Of The River” 09/19/12 [TeamCoco]
We get it. Lupe Fiasco isn’t into voting. He said it in 2011′s Lasers “Words I Never Said.” “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s—/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” he rapped. His voice on not voting has been pretty consistent since the song dropped, whether in interviews or on Twitter. As we inch closer to the 2012 election in November a few prominent voices are taking issue with Lupe expressing his views so carelessly. Read more…
This week Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” tops Billboard‘s Hot 100, marking the band’s third summiting of the charts, only 2007′s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” having made it there first. The dippy and slightly ska-inflected “One More Night” is of course worthy, but we can’t help but wonder how Maroon 5′s serious Song of the Summer contender “Payphone” didn’t make it to the top spot first. According to Billboard, “Payphone” spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100′s top 10, including six weeks at No. 2, but was never able to break through to the top. Was this summer’s batch of singles — namely a little song called “Call Me Maybe” — too hot for Maroon 5 to handle? In order to claim No. 1 this week, “Night” first had to unseat Taylor Swift‘s strong-willed “Never Ever.” And considering the record breaking force with which that song entered the charts, doing so could not have been easy. Why do you think “One More Night” was able to do what “Payphone” couldn’t?
Today progressive hard rockers Rush’s almost-hit “Limelight” goes up against thrash masters Slayer’s harrowing “Seasons In The Abyss” and the surging alternative grunge of Stone Temple Pilots‘s “Wicked Garden,” plus classics from Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and more.