Aspiring songwriters: listen up! NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT is offering novice songwriters the chance to submit your work, win awesome prizes and advance your career. This year’s winner will receive a 60-minute session with legendary songwriter and artist Lionel Richie. Other prizes range from your song pitched to music industry executives to a three day trip to Nashville to a private tour of the CMT studios. CMT encourages contestants to enter songs of all genres of music. Read more…
The new video for Walk The Moon‘s “Tightrope” drops the boys into a campy camp-ground dance party, complete with face-paint like they wont and woodland creatures seemingly still dancing off Taylor Swift’s last break-up. The boys are joined round the roaring orange campfire by dancing lions and tigers and zebras, and also some warriors carrying worrisome weapons and looking hungry for the blood of a You Oughta Know artist. Looking only a little concerned, the boys get on their trademark face paint — which, for the record, looks seriously expert compared to the smeared on war paint-style look they wore in the “Anna Sun” video — and start rocking. Are these guys ever not having fun? So serious as they are about making good music, they are about having a good time — and here, that really shows.
This Sunday at 9/8c on VH1, Behind The Music puts a spotlight on Nicole Scherzinger. Tune-in at 9/8c to get the story behind her rise to fame with the Pussycat Dolls, her struggle with an eating disorder and her love of Whitney Houston — “People don’t even know the story,” she teases. Catch a sneak peek of the show’s first act above!
“I used to tell myself that I must be an artist because I am f-ed up,” Scherzinger laughs, recalling her bumpy road to stardom. This first act finds Nicole back in the studio where she first auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls all those years ago, this time laying down vocals for her forthcoming sophomore solo album. Music — or as she calls it, “prescription music” — has long served as her “emotional outlet,” helping her through eating disorders and identity issues before propelling her to unthinkable heights with the Dolls.
Growing up in the Midwest with dark Polynesian, she always felt “less than.” And so she picked up a mic, honing her skills in school plays, at local fairs and as back-up singer for a rock band. Onstage she “felt accepted,” she says. “And that’s when I knew, I must not suck at this. We might have something going on here.”
“Oh man, i hope I don’t get in trouble for what I say,” she says in the end, so be sure to tune in when Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger airs on Sunday, October 7th at 9/8c.
Alicia Keys is passionate about her music. Whether it’s her riveting VMA performance of “Girl On Fire” or her more stripped down version of the same song from VH1 Storytellers, this passion is what drives her on-stage persona. Almost in a shout, Alicia sings to the tune of the piano keys she is stroking. Her energy is highest when she wails, “This girl is on fire.” She sings each note like they all mean something to her. The back story behind the song, which is not shown in the clip, is that the title was inspired by a New York Times article she read about herself. The writer used “girl on fire” as a descriptor. From that moment Keys was determined to write a song of the same title. Read more…
Bananarama are back! After bringing us hit after hit in the 1980s, the group has returned to U.S. soil after 23 long years, and it’s all for a good cause. Singers Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward launched their first American tour since 1989 in support of Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER breast cancer campaign that will fund the work and pay the salaries of three cancer researchers for an entire year. October being breast cancer awareness month, it’s the perfect time to amp up the fight for a cure…with guitar amps. Plus it allows for U.S. fans to see the pair of pop Venuses live and in person for the first time in two decades. Double win!
The 8-city concert series kicked off Tuesday night at Hard Rock’s massive Times Square location, formerly the home of the legendary Paramount Theater. Not a bad place to stage a comeback. Sadly, the reunion did not feature original third member Siobhan Fahey, who left the band in 1989. But Sara and Keren did just fine on their own as they took to the stage with their stellar band and two rubber-limbed backup dancers who bore the brunt of the girls’ musical flirtations.
The Idol rumor mill is spinning out extra-nasty news today, with reports that Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj drama have escalated from the initial maybe a little side-eye and screaming matches to alleged gun taunts. That’s right, according to Barbara Walters, Mariah says Nicki said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the bitch.” Barbara versus the Barbz, dem babies and guns — has it really come to this?
As today’s story goes: Walters called her “good friend” Mariah this morning to hear her side of the story, and then reported back on their conversation this morning on The View, saying that the video is “troublesome, but that’s not what really worried her.” As Walters relays it:
“She said that when Nicki walked off the set, she heard multiple say, ‘If I had a gun, I would shoot the [bleep] bitch.’ [audience gasp] And she said there were staff members who heard, there were hairdressers, producers, other people. She said she is is very concerned, she is with her twins, she doesn’t feel that anything would happen. I am quoting now, but “nicki is unpredictable and Mariah says she can’t take a chance and she has hired extra security.” Read more…
Creed frontman Scott Stapp was on Big Morning Buzz yesterday, talking inspiration and chatting about his new tell-all, Sinner’s Creed. And at the gentle urging of host Carrie Keagan, he opened up about an unlikely and life-saving moment he shared with T.I.
As Stapp tells us, he was cooped up in an all-white-everything penthouse suite at Delano hotel in Miami, several days deep into a binge — “that prism of alcohol and drug addiction,” he calls it — and looking for an end or out. He climbed over the balcony and fell the forty feet to the ground, really doing “some damage” along the way. “I couldn’t move, I laid out there for about two and a half hours and a guardian angel showed up,” he recalls.
The “guardian angel” was wearing an Alabama hat that tipped Stapp off to his identity: Stapp and T.I. first met while working on Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired By The Film, and had discussed their shared love for the ‘Bama ballers. “I said, ‘Roll Tide’ and he looked at me and put two and two together. He really saved my life,” Stapp said, recalling the blood dripped on T.I.’s feet and adding with a laugh that “there’s more details in the book.” Sinner’s Creed is out now.
There are stranger occurrences, but none quite like the treat of Rick Ross‘ upcoming The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape cover. Hey, he’s made reference to being the “only fat n—- in a sauna with Jews,” and maybe he was inspired by Drake‘s bar mitzvah themed “HYFR” video, which in turn led to Ross’ head protruding from the Star of David. But since it’s a “black” bar mitzvah celebration, in Rozay’s mind this equates to flashiness. The fox fur draped across his shoulder, the blinged out shades, the gold pinky ring, these are all signs of success for a crop of rappers like Ross who grew up with nearly nothing. Leave it to Ricky to put a hood tale spin on God’s “chosen people” like only a boss could. Read more…
Justin Bieber‘s Believe tour has gotten off to a shaky start, Justin letting bad milk get the better of him onstage the first night — twice. But that didn’t stop a sold-out and star-studded audience from swarming his show at L.A.’s Staples center last night, potential for vomit disregarded. Everyone from Katy Perry to Khloe Kardashian, Lena Dunham to Heidi Klum showed up, ditching the evening’s wine-and-presidential debate parties to brave a stadium’s worth of screaming tweens for the Biebs. And from what we can tell, they have no regrets. Justin Bieber concerts are no longer the province of the young, and everyone seemed to have a great time: Read more…
The nominees for the 2013 Class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were announced this morning. The group is, as it has been for the last few years, an eclectic bunch made up of artists from a wide variety of musical genres: First-time nominees this year include prog-rock legends Rush (who finally made the ballot after being inexplicably snubbed for years), heavy metal originators Deep Purple, politically-charged hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, gangsta rap stalwarts N.W.A., Motown trendsetters The Marvelettes, moody British rockers Procol Harum, and blues guitar aficionado Albert King.
Returning to the bill are disco pioneers Chic (their seventh nom), the late, great Donna Summer (her fifth), and a whole slew of second-time nominees: Heart, Joan Jett, Kraftwerk, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Randy Newman, and The Meters.
The RRHOF’s induction process is mysterious and secretive, so you don’t see the same kind of public campaigning by nominees for induction that you see in, say, the sports world. However, that doesn’t mean that the committee off 600 or so people who makes the decisions of who gets honored and who gets snubbed isn’t reading this blog post. So, with that in mind, vote for the act that you feel is most deserving of the honor in our poll below, and maybe, just maybe, Jann Wenner and his band of choosy cronies will pay heed!
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