Justin Bieber‘s Believe tour made a brief stop in Brooklyn last night, filling the seats of the newly-opened Barclays with teens and their chaperons–along with a slew of slightly older fans, the ones who noticeably sit down during the slow songs. You could say I was amongst that second crew, although I did plaster temporary tattoos that read “I <3 Justin Bieber” all over my face as to better camouflage myself in with the crowd. But there are things that divided us (beer, mostly) and as it turns out temporary tattoos are extremely difficult to get off of your face.
Believe is a masterpiece of lights and sound and spectacle, all focused on spreading the gospel of self-confidence and the rags-to-riches tale that is The Justin Bieber Story. Not to mention, the fact that Bieb is now a person in his late teens who has developed quite the impressive physique. On two occasions, while strapping himself into a harness, Bieb lifted up his shirt to reveal a bare stomach causing a flurry of deafening screams. Toward the end of the set, he donned a zipped open jacket that revealed what seemed to be a six to eight pack of abs.
When during Bieber’s rendition of “One Less Lonely Girl” he brought up an actual “lonely girl” to sit terrified in a chair made of stereo speakers while he danced around her, there was a spark missing. She sobbed while he expertly glossed through the song, occasionally mock stroking her tear-stained face. And while Bieb attracted quite crew of famous people (even Jay-Z was in the house!), I could sense the sadness. Sadness related to his recent break up with fellow teen sensation Selena Gomez? Maybe! There was something a little off about his 1, 2 step, a little too real in his audience call-outs asking, “Where are my single ladies tonight?” to an answer of thunderous (and by that I mean thunder LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD) screams.
Well here’s an idea. Schoolboy Records brethren Psy and Justin Bieber have plans to collaborate sometime in the near future. The K-Pop phenomenon teased the “explosive” project in an interview with Capital FM, during which he explained that: “We have a plan to do something together. Later but we don’t have any details yet. But sure, we gonna do some work later on.” Can we assume that’s a promise?
With Bieber busy out on tour and with Psy laboring over that English language single he’s promised, it may be a minute before this team-up sees the light of day. But together these two account for the number one and two most viewed videos on YouTube (“Baby” has 799 million page views while “Gangnam Style” has 714 million page views), and Psy knows that means that together they can’t lose: “I mean of course you know, hundreds of millions combined [YouTube views] on YouTube — it’s gonna explode right?” Yes, “gonna explode” sounds about right. Read more…
You may have caught glimpse of — or lingered over, because who could blame you? — Rihanna‘s sexy GQ “Men of the Year (And One Hot Woman)” cover that hit the web over the weekend and figured she had already bared all. But the accompanying story is now up, and the boundary-less star has more yet to show and tell, about the bottle brawl and her songwriting, her Caribbean culture and of course her love life. Rihanna and the writer enjoy a night out on the town that includes a papparazzi-flash lit dinner, an impromptu song-writing sesh in her hotel room and a dance-floor reunion with none other than Chris Brown.
Party president of the 305 Pitbull has a new album called Global Warming out next week, and on it he’ll be joined by some of pop music’s biggest names, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Chris Brown included. There’s got to be something on here for everyone. Two tracks made there way onto the internet last night, the Christina Aguilera collaboration, “Feel This Moment,” and “Have Some Fun,” featuring the The Wanted and superstar DJ Afrojack. And worry not that Mr. Worldwide may switch things up for lucky album number seven — Global Warming will be perfect kindling for all the season’s parties. It’s going to be a hot fall after all.
Alicia Keys is a talker, admittedly. For her VH1 Storytellers special tonight, telling the back story behind her songs was a piece of cake. Alicia knows how to interact with a crowd. “It’s actually one of my favorite ways to perform, though,” the “Superwoman” singer told the audience. “Really small and intimate. Close.” Alicia has so many hits narrowing them down to a six song set had to be challenging. Luckily, Alicia mixed it up with songs we know every word and ad lib to with new songs from her forthcoming album.
Alicia Keys‘ “Fallin'” may always be one of those songs that you automatically sing every single time you hear it. The beauty of timeless music! VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys aired tonight, and in case you missed it the full episode is available online, here. It’s only right we share the exclusive of the singer’s debut breakout song. It sounds as good live as it does on the album. Read more…
All day long we’re scouting out the newest, hottest, best, most-interesting songs to please your eardrums. You can find evidence of that on your TV, along your Twitter, across the newsfeed of your Facebook and even right in this very blog. But what about your jams? Those jams that are the jams–the ones that define a moment, a feeling, a topical holiday, anything that makes you wanna say: “This is my song and it’s AWESOME.” That’s where ThisIsMyJam comes into play. Literally.
ThisIsMyJam lets you choose that song you’re feeling, declare to the world that it’s your JAM and we’re excited that we can do the same. So sign up and join us in sharing some of the coolest music. We’ll be sharing songs that coincide with stuff that’s going on with VH1–everything from artist we love, new stuff we think you should hear and the songs you might have heard in some of our shows. So far we’ve recommended songs by Michael Kiwanuka, Young Jeezy and Marina + The Diamonds.
Kelly Clarkson is a lovely lady of the elements in her new video for “Catch My Breath,” the first single from her upcoming Greatest Hits–Chapter One compilation, which is finally out next Tuesday. The video’s premise is pretty simple, as it finds Kelly looking extra-svelte in a floor length dress and with her new bottle-blonde hair, calling forth wind, water and fire with her voice so powerful. No one can get her down, it’s all so simple now. Oh mighty Idol, hear ye roar!
Carrie Underwood‘s “Blown Away” tour mate and the Country Music Association’s newly anointed Best New Artist Hunter Hayes was the soundtrack to our morning here at VH1 headquarters, as his performance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live was so powerful it raised all the way to our desk upstairs where are heels have been taping to the tune of his eponymous studio debut since. Hayes played his No. 1 single, “Wanted,” a song much more soulful than his 21-years and still-boyish good looks. Though he played every instrument on the song for the album version, he performed with a full band. The help freed him up to really lean into “Wanted”‘s heart-tugging moments, and to get up from his lyric scribbled piano and grab the mic for an especially crushing final verse. Also included in the above clip: seriously adorable bonus footage of a teeny-tiny Hunter Hayes performing on Nickelodeon back in the day. Seriously, Hunter, if you wanted to wrap us up, make us feel wanted — we wouldn’t mind.
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.”