In a recent interview, Lil Wayne admitted that he is “just into whatever works for me. I think that’s just age.” You might say that Wayne has found inspiration in his new older age, because the baggy tees and tight white tank tops he once favored gave way to designer hoodies and rock star-chic Chuck Taylor sneakers, all of which has since made way for a closets worth of animal printed jeggings, big fur hats, Ugg boots in colors we couldn’t have even dreamed of. And have we mentioned Trukfit? These days Weezy wears a lot of his own skate wear line. Today is Lil Wayne’s 30th birthday, and though still young, he’s a certain veteran in the game. He was basically just a kid when he first broke with the Hot Boys, he’s spent the past fifteen years raising the bar for rappers with his tongue-twisted verses and pushing the boundaries of fashion with his bold sartorial choices. And so, to celebrate this day, we’re taking a stroll back through his looks over the year. To many more, Wayne!
We’ve been struck by a bad case of Underwood fever over here at VH1, with her Behind The Music set to air this Sunday and her Unplugged ready to go live the week following, and the only thing that can fix us is this cool cover Carrie did of Coldplay‘s “Fix You.” Carrie and her crew learned the song while in London so that they could “pay tribute,” she said, becasue “they were so nice to welcome us there, and they have so much talent right there.” Carrie’s usual country twanging is as sonically distant to Coldplay’s arena rock balladry as Oklahoma is to London, but here she has managed to turn the song so that it sounds straight from her wheelhouse. Buoyed by strings and with her ever strong vocals promising to “guide us home and ignite our bones” left us chilled.
Rapper turned businessman 50 Cent played his best public servant last night when he warned his Twitter followers that, “Masturbation is a sin you stop right now fool!!! lol God is watching you.” Then, 50 being the man of many schemes that he is, came his easy-peasy way to quit said urges. Four steps, that’s all it takes to be free!
Months before P!nk‘s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” hit airwaves, what would be the singers first single from The Truth About Love was played for us in the VH1 office. Instantly we’d all concurred it was a certified banger. The type of lead that would put P!nk in a well deserved No. 1 spot. Low and behold after being in the business 13 years and six albums in P!nk has landed her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album. Billboard reports that according to Nielsen SoundScan The Truth About Love sold 280,000. Atop the charts is exactly where P!nk belongs.
This may be P!nk’s first number one, but it’s her sixth top 10 album. 2008’s Funhouse was close coming in at No. 2, but nothing’s sweeter than numero uno. The Truth About Love is this year’s third biggest debut behind only Justin Bieber’s Believe and Madonna’s MDNA. G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer presented by Kanye West copped the No. 2 spot behind P!nk impressively selling 205,000 units.
A toast is in order to P!nk, whose VH1 Storytellers episode debuts Tuesday, November 13 at 11pm ET/PT. Doesn’t matter when P!nk got to the coveted top spot. Bottom line: she got there.
Almost ten months after her death and since his moving performance at her funeral, the late Whitney Houston and R. Kelly have released a duet version of “I Look To You,” a song R. Kelly originally wrote for Houston’s 2009 album by the same name. Posthumous reworks are not always so easy — let Draketell you about that — but this rework is both respectful in remembering her legacy and impressively successful in keeping her spirit alive.
This new version of “I Look To You” remembers Whitney with apparently tearful gasps strewn throughout, with a quiet “Whitney” chant and with a nice eulogy from Kelly at the end: “We love you, Whitney. Rest in peace.” What’s more, though, is the way it works to keep Whitney’s spirit alive as well. Maybe it’s because they were originally his words, or maybe it’s because he really means it (as you’ll remember, performed a heartfelt rendition of this song at Houston’s funeral earlier this year, tears choked back and with a tissue clenched tight in hand just in case), but Kelly’s involvement seems to draw forth a Whitney that sounds stronger and fuller than she did even on the original. It’s chilling to hear Whitney sing “I don’t know if I am going to make it, nothing to do but lift my head” at this point, but Kelly’s insistence that “when melodies are gone, in you I hear a song” soothes, making her instead the song’s beacon of hope. Read more…
Yesterday we greedily devoured that goldmine of tapes TMZ somehow snuck from Lil Wayne’s tangled The Carter deposition hearings, and today we are happy to share the good news that there’s more.
In this new clip, filmmaker Quincy Jones III’s lawyer David Ross asks Lil Wayne if he remembers who he might have spoken to when he first realized he didn’t like The Carter. After much dodging, Weezy gives in and tells Ross that, per usual, he would have conferred first with the big man above. “The first person likely that would have been told by me would be God, because I tell him everything,” he says totally straight faced, before spelling it out “G-O-D” when Ross asked for further clarification as to “Who’s that?” exactly.
And so, Lil Wayne’s June 20th deposition hearing with lawyer David Ross, in summary: “I don’t recall … I don’t recall … That’s a stupid ass question … I don’t remember … She was crazy, stupid thick … God, G-O-D, the man above … I don’t recall.” Got it?
Goosebumps inducing is how we’d describe the great voice of Kelly Clarkson. Thanks to Kelly’s devotion to showing appreciation to her fans by selecting one of their suggested songs to cover, we’ve been treated to a plethora of amazing ones. Last night Clarkson kicked off her Australian tour in Brisbane and beautifully sang Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” Imagine covering Adele, people. Even Kelly was nervous about taking on a song by such a great vocalist. “I’ve actually been avoiding this song. Literally every fan request has had this song on the list. I’ve been avoiding it because Adele might be one of the best singers of all time,” she told the crowd. “It’s very hard to cover people that are rad. It was also a big moment in her career, but I think it’s been long enough. So, I think it’d be cool to do this song in honor of her. Hopefully I do it justice and I don’t suck.” Read more…
This Sunday, VH1’s Behind The Music goes long on American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and her ever ascendent country career. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “So Small,” a song that proves that Carrie’s talent goes far beyond her amazing voice.
Carrie Underwood took the country music scene by storm, releasing her record breaking debut album Some Hearts close on the heels of her American Idol win. Early hits like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel” really showed-off her pipes, but Carrie was eager to show that she can write, too. And so into the bullpen she jumped, co-writing four songs for her second effort Carnival Ride, the album’s inspired first single “So Small” included. “You just start talking, what does this song sound like,” she says of the process, making writing a hit sound as easy as riding a bike, though Brad Paisley and others argue otherwise in the above clip. “To start my second album with a song that I co-wrote, and for it to reach number one, it was just really wonderful,” she says. “It made me feel great.”
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 9/8c on VH1. Still wanting more? Carrie goes Unplugged on October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on-air on VH1. Read more…
At this point the MDNA tour is synonymous with controversy. From the tears to protests to swastika iconography to faux gun waving to lawsuits to nip slips, Madonna managed to ruffle more than a few feathers all before hitting the North American leg of the tour. Not wanting her North American fans to feel left out, while in D.C. Madonna gave a strange endorsement of President Obama. “Y’all better vote for… Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right?” she encouraged concertgoers. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? That was until she followed up with the now infamous, “We have a black Muslim in the White House.” Oh, Madonna, Madonna, Madonna. Read more…
Rihanna has never been singular in her sound — who would have dreamed up “We Found Love” after hearing “Pon De Replay”? — and so no surprise she’s trying on yet another sound for this seventh round. “Diamonds,” the “hippy and happy” first single off of upcoming seventh album, finds Rihanna taking the tempo down a tic and singing bright like, well, a diamond. Produced by longtime Rihanna collaborators Stargate and written by Sia, “Diamonds” is shimmery and elegant as the title suggests it should be, and without any clear reference to Chris Brown.