Some celebs lend their name or give a bit of time or money to a cause, but Travis McCoy is willing to travel the globe. As the ambassador of the Staying Alive Foundation (MTV’s global AIDS charity), the Gym Class Heroes front man traveled from South Africa to the Philippines to India to encourage and empower young people who are involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns. In addition to his work on the ground, he also wrote a song about it. If you want to help Travis save lives, then download “One At A Time” at www.stayingalivefoundation.org. All proceeds will fund global HIV prevention projects.
Lifehouse, the pop/rock band with a knack for releasing top 40 hits, is exclusively premiering its video for “Halfway Gone” on VH1′s Top 20 today. Starting this weekend, fans can vote for the video here while mega fans can book a cabin now on the VH1 Best Cruise Ever, where Lifehouse will sail with us from Tampa to Grand Cayman (April 15 to 19). Hosted by 3 Doors Down, the cruise also features Shinedown and special guests Finger Eleven, Carolina Liar and SAFETYSUIT.
Get ready to watch and re-watch this year’s concert movie event of a lifetime: Michael Jackson‘s This Is It will come to TV via MTV Networks in 2011. Check the press release below for more info:
MTV Networks has acquired the exclusive United States television rights to air one of the most anticipated films of the year — Michael Jackson?s This Is It.
The critically acclaimed and commercially successful film becomes available to MTV Networks in 2011, and continuing through the entire six-year network window. The deal includes all domestic channels under the MTV Networks umbrella, including MTV, VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia and rounds out the music networks? commitment to celebrating the life and legacy of Michael Jackson. The arrangement also extends to Viacom?s BET Networks, including its newest channel, Centric. Channels and premiere dates will be announced at a later time.
?The film is a true testament to Michael?s musical genius, passion and commitment to his craft,? said Van Toffler, President of the MTV Networks Music Group. ?Michael Jackson has always been inextricably tied to our viewers as they witnessed his evolution from a talented performer to a global icon who redefined music. Now, with this film, we can help give his fans a chance to see his final performance.?
This Is It, premiered nationwide on October 28, earning the No. 1 box office spot for the weekend and offering Jackson fans and music lovers everywhere a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out, historic comeback concerts that would have kicked off this past summer at London?s O2 Arena. Chronicling from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind the scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing numerous songs for the show. Audiences are given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he was never before seen. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson?s This Is It is the last documentation of Michael Jackson at work, capturing the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work.
Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson?s creative partner for the concert tour and the director of the stage show serves as the film?s director, and Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware are producers. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film is being distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. One of the best reviewed film of the year, Michael Jackson?s This Is It has already reached $222.6 million in box office receipts worldwide.
The deal was brokered by Sony Pictures Television and Ben Zurier, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, VH1, VH1 Classic & Palladia for MTV Networks. MTV Networks will also collaborate with Sony Pictures Entertainment in marketing the DVD release of the film in early 2010.
CLICK HERE to check out our new interactive timeline of Music Milestones: 1985 – 2009, presented by AT&T. From the ascent of The Boss through the grunge revolution, the? Brit Pop Revival and the death of The King of Pop, see important moments in music history!
In the pop music universe, a Beyonce/Lady Gaga collaboration is like two supernovas colliding. We’re scared that such a project would spark a spontaneous black hole and suck the whole world into one of Lady Gaga’s giant hats. Turns out, the two megastars have already secretly shot a video for Beyonce’s “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” in Brooklyn last week — and not even the paparazzi got close enough to snap pics of the costumes or the set. It’s rumored that Beyonce wears a “feathered dress” and Gaga sports “something wild” (shocker!). Tune in to VH1 at 6PM on Thursday or check back here? to watch the music video premiere.
Many of you in our Hip Hop Honors Live Blog Party are asking questions about the show, sometimes the same questions, and sometimes three or four or 15 times! So we’ve compiled this cheat sheet to hopefully answer your every curiosity.
Q. When is the show?
A. Tonight (10/13) at 9PM EST on VH1.
Q. Can I watch it online?
A. You’ll be able to watch the full show online starting at 2AM EST tonight (10/14).
Q. Will the red carpet be televised?
A. No. The red carpet will not be televised. But you can check out photos from the red carpet here.
Q. Who are this year’s performers?
A. The Roots, Ludacris, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Redman, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Ashanti, Warren G, Kid Rock and others.
VH1 is teaming up with Fab 5 Freddy, Amerie and Global Grind to live blog tonight’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors (9/8c). Hosted by Tracy Morgan (a.k.a. Scoopy “Dumplin Butts” Giles), this year’s show pays homage to Def Jam’s 25th anniversary. So it goes without saying the lineup will be hot! Performers include The Roots, Ludacris, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Redman, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Ashanti, Warren G, Kid Rock and others. Join our live blog party? at 8/7c.
Bon Jovi have been cranking out catchy melodies for 26 years, so it’s no surprise the band is a VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown favorite. With their brand-new single “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” the New Jersey rockers show they haven’t lost their knack for writing a radio-friendly song with hit potential — even when that song has political overtones. But how does the video for this new single stack up against the rest of the Top 20 competition? Watch above and then vote here.? Note to ladies: Jon Bon Jovi should not get extra points for his all-American good looks.
All this week, we brought you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). For our last clip, we end where we started, continuing our chat with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and Boots Riley of the Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. The politically minded rappers talk at length about the depoliticized state of hip-hop in ’09. It’s about as revealing as political discourse over booming music, on a theater balcony, can be.
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