It’s T-minus two days until the U.S. premiere of Hard Rock Calling 2012 blasts off on Palladia and VH1! Sure that’s pretty soon, but we can’t wait to share the a few of the highlights from the multi-day music festival that rocked so hard that the cops showed up! So direct from us to you, here are some performance sneak peeks to show you what all the fuss is about, and get you even more pumped to see the full two hour feature this Saturday at 9 PM.
First off, we’ve got Iggy Pop, making you forget his age (and that insurance commercial) by tearing into his iconic track, “I Want To Be Your Dog.” The performance was so good, fellow rock legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came out to watch! If it’s good enough for those guys, it’s good enough for us. Backed by his old band the Stooges, the inventor of the stage dive does not disappoint.
Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave veteran Tom Morello took to the stage as his alter-ego the Nightwatchman, serving up some searing protest music that touched on everything from the financial crisis to striking firemen. This guy has a lot to say. His set at HRC happened to coincide with what would have been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, so Tom payed his respects by doing a spine-tingling cover of the late singer’s “Ease My Revolutionary Mind.” With his shout outs to the Occupy movement and other current events, Tom made the song more relevant than ever.
Boobs are flying everywhere! In Lady Gaga‘s latest NSFW “Monstervision” video Lady Gaga talks to her beloved monsters, fresh faced with wild blonde hair before sharing three personal home videos. Gaga’s maternal side made our uteri do a flip as she holds her godson Zachary (Elton John‘s son). Once she kissed his chubby cheeks, we melted. Following her glowing god-mommy moment Gaga showed a clip of herself dancing to “Shiza” on Christmas. As she dances/jumps around the living room she lifts her sweater exposing her bare breasts…over and over and over. Not that anyone is complaining. Her sister, who is recording the video, snickers at the silliness of it all. In a flash mom joins her daughter to dance along, handing Gaga a Christmas tree lamp to use as a microphone. Could this mother and daughter moment be more adorable? Read more…
Like, ever? Taylor Swift has ranked her first ever No. 1 single, and she broke more than just hearts climbing to the top: in it’s first week out, “Never Ever” moved 623,000 digital downloads, just missing Flo Rida’s all-around high mark (“Right Round,” sold 636,000), but enough to take the record for for first week sales by a female artist. And with an album, a VMA performance, a VH1 Storytellers, and a crisp New England fall with the Kennedy’s still to look forward to? Taylor is set to have the best year ever ever. “I can’t stop smiling,” she tweeted with thanks.
It’s almost hard to believe that this is Taylor’s first number one on the Hot 100. “You Belong With Me” and “Today Was A Fairytale” came close, both topping out at No. 2; and “Mine” and her breakout “Love Story” both reached No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. But Grammys, CMA Awards, sold out tours, shiny boyfriends and quadruple-platinum albums already, she’s still got a long ways to go before she catches up to Mariah Carey and her 18 No. 1 singles. Will Red‘s 16 songs include another 10 hits, so that she might at least match Rihanna’s 11? This year seems so far to be Swift’s fairy tale — we’re just living it — so maybe? We do hope.
2 Chainz‘s rap game takeover has been a long time coming. The Georgia rapper that had us all screaming, “2 Chaaaaainnnnz” was a coveted feature artist in the way Nicki Minaj was in 2009. Those days are long gone and the wait was certainly worth it. His debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story topped the charts for the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan the album sold 147,000 copies. For a little perspective: that’s almost 20,000 more units sold than pop star Chris Brown‘s Fortune. Talk about coming out the gate swinging. Read more…
VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer bumped into Olympic snowboarder Shaun White on the top of VH1’s Times Square headquarters yesterday post his Big Morning Buzz Liveinterview. Sport talk out of the way, Shearer and White got down to music business, imagining up a bill for the festival of White’s dreams. “The cool people are dead,” White said, before inviting his friends The Black Keys and a reunited White Stripes. And as for hitting the stage himself, he says, “I would just hit one note. I would let it ring, and I’d walk away.” We would show up for that. Would you? Read more…
Surely you’ve heard by now, but for those who have missed today’s big news: Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger have gone and gotten engaged. Which, well, “What The Hell”? According to People magazine, the two met last February when they got together to co-write a song for Lavigne’s upcoming fifth studio album. Plenty of relationships have started like this, Avril’s first marriage to Sum 41‘s Deryck Whibley included. But that made sense: the king and queen of mall-punk, united in pop derelictions and eye liner. Avril and Chad’s collaboration — neither nuptial nor musical — we can’t say we saw coming. Together they’ll share an enormous combined audience, and so probably their meeting was destined by the radio gods. But otherwise? Read more…
“It was all good just a week ago.” So much for the publicly squashed beef earlier this year between Puffy and Shyne. Shyne has a bone to pick with the head of Bad Boy and refuses to bury it in the dirt. According to Miss Info, the former Bad Boy emcee called her from Paris to express his hurt feelings that Puffy hasn’t delivered on the promises he made to fight for his return to America following Shyne’s deportation to Belize after his prison release for a 10 year sentence. And why would this be Puffy’s problem? Well, word on the street is Shyne took the fall for Puffy in a 1999 NYC nightclub shooting where Diddy and then girlfriend J.Lo fled the scene. Shyne has always accused Puffy of not contacting him or sending him money while he was incarcerated, but the two buried the hatchet and were photographed together during this year’s Paris Fashion Week. My how quick things change. Read more…
Live over the weekend (and again last night for those tuning in from home), .fun treated the much deserved do-gooders at the Do Something! Awards to a performance of their smash hit and Song of the Summer contender “Some Nights.” fun. is always fun to watch, because Nate Ruess tends to bounce around like the stage is charged. This performance was extra thrilling, though, because they they are straight allies for gay rights, and so they stripped the song’s usual effects and distortion and brought in the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to help instead. We have to imagine that the Do Something! Awards was not one of those “some nights” where they have to ask, “What do I stand for? What do I stand for?”
Also that night, Flo Rida returned to the stage for a second time to perform his seductive and chart toppingotherSong of the Summer bid, “Whistle.” He wore the same community service ready cargo pants, with him the same dancers behind him, the same blinged out mic in hand, and most importantly, with all the same good energy. Watch that performance below, and if you missed “Wild Ones,” you should check that out here!Read more…
Whether you’re one of her lambs or not, there’s no arguing the fact that Mariah Carey’s new single is motivational. Unveiled to the world this evening, the video for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” stars both of the song’s featured rappers, MMG ring-leader Rick Ross and his Philly protégé, Meek Mill. Given the opportunity to emerge a champ as the video’s protagonist and in real life, Meek plays the role of a boxer going twelve rounds in the ring against a hearty opponent, taunting him the entire time.
NICKI MINAJ UNVEILS HER “PINK FRIDAY” PERFUME ALL DECKED OUT WITH A PINK WIG
It’s when outer space and the future meet. Nicki’s perfume bottle is certainly unlike any other design on the market with its bustier, ‘Nicki Minaj’ gold chain, pink lips and signature pink wig to match. What can we say? It’s so…Nicki. [SPIN]
LAURYN HILL’S TAX WOES CONTINUE
As if facing three years in prison after being found guilty for not paying back taxes wasn’t enough to make anyone pull out their hair, Ms. Hill apparently owes the state of New Jersey $440,000 in back taxes. Luckily, she has yet to be charged criminally for this particular case. [JUICY]
P!NK IS FIERCE ON THE COVER OF BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
“I felt like I was in this video game and I collected all the gold coins and talismans you could collect — I had to either move to the next level or quit,” P!nk, 32, says on the phone from Santa Monica, Calif.’s Shutters on the Beach resort. “There’s this whole techno takeover going on right now that just does my head in, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’d rather dance around and sing goofy songs.” [Billboard]
IN BRANDY‘S “WILDEST DREAMS” SHE NEVER THOUGHT SOMEONE COULD CARE ABOUT HER Brandy is bringing R&B back. And you will deal. [Necole Bitchie]