And so Bracket Madness begins again, this time pitting your favorite artists from the last decade against each other because at competition’s end there can be but one VH1 The Greatest Artist of the 00s! First up, we have *NSYNC versus Backstreet Boys, the great boy band battle. The turn of the millennium heralded a golden age of pop, and both *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys arrived on the scene already prime boy band specimens, complete with Mickey Mouse Club alums, glossy singles, and sweet choreographed dance moves. They weren’t the same, though, and the masses were quickly divided — each with their preferred band, each with their favorite boy. And now there can only be one. Who should it be? Read more…
Another year, another rocking late-August weekend at the Reading Festival. The annual U.K. festival stunned this year, with highly anticipate sets from the Foo Fighters, At The Drive-In, Kasbian and The Cure; roaring young acts like Azealia Banks, Odd Future and Florence + The Machines; and surprise appearances from Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We didn’t make it across the seas in time for the fest, but lucky for us those who did have got us covered. Didn’t make it either? Check out five sets from the three day fest that we wouldn’t have missed, courtesy of YouTube!
Earlier this month, after a tough three rounds of voting, we crowned Mariah Carey as The Greatest Artist Of The 90s. That settled, we are looking forward to the near past: the ’00s. The new millennium brought a whole new slew of greats, as rock and rap and otherwise broke into the Top 40 and anyone at No. 1 seemed possible. Who’s next in line for the crown?
Round One faces off the best of the boy bands *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys; leading ladies Beyoncé and Britney Spears; kings of the rap game Eminem and Jay-Z; and rockers Nickelback and Linkin Park. Eight great Aught acts to be sure, but only one can be The VH1 Greatest Artist of the 00s. Did Justin Timberlake drive you “Crazy” or did Nick Carter have it “Goin’ On”? Were you “Dangerously In Love” With Bey or a “Slave 4″ Brit? Were your 00s “99 Problems” or about cleaning out your “Closet”? Were you about Chad Kroegers arena rocking or Mike Shinoda’s rap-rock?
If you heard a muffled boom tonight around 9 PM, that was just the sound of our minds being blown while watching the U.S. television premiere of the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival. The 2-hour special was simulcast on both Palladia and VH1, and it brought out all of the hard hitters like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Soundgarden, Lady Antebellum and more! Never has the phrase “all killer no filler” been more appropriate, and from the moment Bruce kicked things off with an slow-burning hymnal version of “Thunder Road” we knew we were in for something special.
Now full disclosure, we were actually there on the front lines to see HRC live in London last month, but seeing it in full HD on Palladia was a totally different animal all together. When we watched former VH1 You Oughta Know artist Christina Perri perform “Jar of Hearts” and “Arms” in front of 60 thousand people, it felt just as close and intimate as when we first saw her perform in our office! It’s the magic of technology, folks.
Lady Antebellum and the Punch Brothers turned the iconic London park into a down home Nashville ho-down, while John Fogerty burnt the place down with his serious guitar shredding that left dudes half his age in the dust. Tom Morello stepped out from Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave to deliver some protest folk music aimed right at the heart of cooperate America with the Woody Guthrie song “Ease My Revolutionary Mind.” Soundgarden and Iggy & The Stooges went with the more punk tactic of assaulting the audience with bone-crushing volume.
Owl City only knew about as much about Carly Rae Jepsen as you probably did when he first hooked up with her for his Song Of The Summer bid, “Good Time.” Introduced by their managers, they recorded the song in separate cities and talked mostly over the internet until they finally met in real life for to shoot the video. Adam Young told Carrie Keagen this morning on VH1’s Good Morning Buzz that “it was cool,” but admitted that their IRL meeting was also “slightly creepy.” “After studying her voice, I knew how she enunciates words and says s‘s and stuff,” he laughed. “It was creepy, I felt like I knew her, and she didn’t know I knew her, but it was good.”
Afterwards, he performed a mostly acoustic (and Carly Rae-less) cover of “Good Time.” It was down-tempo and less effervescent than the original, sounding more like the warm memory of a good time than a party starter, and it was the perfect late-August rework of a Song of the Summer contender. Check it out above!
Ah, lucky day, Barbz, as Nicki Minaj is sending us into the weekend with not just one, but two eye-popping videos! This Colin Tilley directed clip for “I Am Your Leader” finds Nicki showing off her home sweet hyper-cartoonish home, fit only for a colorful rapper like she.
“I Am Your Leader” is cut from the hard-going opening salvo of Roman Reloaded wherein Nicki unhinges and raps, something she didn’t really get a chance to do on the album’s poppier first few singles. In the video, she raps in a room that’s slime green and pink and a little bit twisted — like Pee Wee’s Playhouse or a Dave La Chapelle set — peeks through crooked windows, and then raps some more from a bubble bath, her legs hung over the edge to show off her sparkly knee-high boots. Next up, Rick Ross serves his verse from the dinning room, siting like Rick Ross does, shirtless at the head of a never-ending gold gilded table. And last comes Cam, in a stairwell hung with portraits of the three, wearing a button-up that might be considered subdued for the pink mink rocking rapper were it not throbbing colors. The home is wacky, sure, but it’s Nicki, and like she says: “If you’re not a believer, suck a big d***.” Read more…
Straight jackets and padded rooms, oh my. B.O.B.‘s crazy act in “Out Of My Mind” is surprisingly naturally great. But if any rapper can play loony, and do it well, it’s Nicki Minaj. B.O.B. is trapped in a prison-like insane asylum that he desperately wants to escape. In the Benny Boom directed video he’s forced to have a Psych evaluation with Dr. Minaj after fighting from being restrained. Dr. Minaj is slightly nutty herself, so there encounter isn’t an ordinary patient/client visit. Minaj strips out of her white doctor’s coat casting no shadow of a doubt that she’s just as cookoo as him. The parole board (is this prison or an insane asylum? I’m just sayin’) hearing doesn’t go too well. The rest is, uh, madness. Any artist that does “crazy” after B.O.B. and Nicki have a hard act to follow. Everything about this video was bananas!
B.o.B & Nicki Minaj’s ‘Out of My Mind’ Video Premiere – Watch Now! [Just Jared]
It’s been three years since Alicia Keys last album The Element of Freedom, but this fall she’ll returning with a fury, a new album, a VMA performance, a VH1 Storytellers and all! Bit by bit, she’s been dropping information and giving hints as to what we might expect from this return. Like, for example: although the title might suggest otherwise, her new album has nothing to do with a certain Miss Everdeen, and maybe because after giving birth to her son Egypt she feels like a “full-on f****ing grown up.” Here is what else we’ve got so far: Read more…
The first verse of Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” begins with a little boy listening to his mother rap along to lyrics where she refers to herself as a “bad bitch.” Lupe’s latest single and its accompanying video examines the dualities surrounding the word “bitch”; namely, it’s a word that can be viewed by some as damaging to women, yet also a word that is held up by some as a feminine ideal. In the video the video vixen has accepted the title of “bitch” as being something to be proud of, and an ideal that she attempts to live up to by rocking a pink wig, short shorts and removable breast enhancements. Little boys pack the theater seats to watch the faux gangster with his rolled blunt underneath a blue bandana accompanied by a gun to give credence to his street cred. The kids idolize him because he has a “bad bitch.” Only they are too adolescent to understand the way the entertainment they’re exposed to as kids may eventually shape their realities. Read more…
Adam Lambert is no reggae artist, but that didn’t keep him from doing justice to “Is This Love” by the legendary Bob Marley. Lambert stopped by Sydney, Australia’s Top 40 Live Lounge to promote his sophomore album Trespassing. On the bill was his rendition of “Is This Love” was enough to make it his own while still keeping the sound of the original in tact. This isn’t a song you’d expect a pop-rocker to cover, but Marley’s long list of classic songs inspire many. We also couldn’t help but notice the new blonde ‘do Lambert was sporting, which is quite the contrast from the dark hair he had on the set of Pretty Little Liars. Can his version hold a candle to the 1978 classic? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. Read more…