Sony Music has been hacked — and 50,000 songs have been stolen, including Michael Jackson‘s entire back catalog and a reportedly large amount of his unreleased work. Despite the attack occurring in April last year (when hackers stole the personal data of 77 million registered PlayStation Network users), the event has only now come to light. At the time of the attack, over 50,000 music files were simultaneously stolen, and while it remains unknown exactly what artists and songs were included, reports are suggest that Jackson’s entire back catalogue including previously unreleased duets with Will.i.am and Freddie Mercury were stolen.
And Sony owns a lot of Jackson material — in 2010 they paid the Jackson estate a $200 million guaranteed contract for 10 projects over seven years which included unreleased material from Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad studio sessions, and according to a source, “Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised.” While Sony has not commented, the Jackson estate has been alerted to the breach, and two men have been charged in connection with the breach but both have pleaded innocent, released on bail to stand trail next January.
We’d like to introduce you to our March You Oughta Know artist, Graffiti6. Hailing from London, the duo (made up of Jamie Scott, pictured above, and Tommy “D” Danvers), are a breath of fresh air with their soft, guitar-led pop. With a sentimental edge to their persona, the band released their debut album, Colours, in January, and we’ve been hooked ever since. Even though the band only started making music in 2009, there’s a wealth of maturity in their dulcet, tonal sound. With a hint of nostalgia in Scott’s folksy vocal, we’re falling in love with Graffiti6, and here are five reasons you should too…
1. The video for “Free”
We just loved the video for “Free”, the first single from their debut album, Colours. You can watch the video below, and read what we thought about it here.
2.Their famous friends
Before Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers were Graffiti6, they worked with some pretty high profile collaborators. Danvers remixed tracks by Michael Jackson and Bjork, and had worked alongside his wife arranging and orchestrating concerts and recordings for super stars like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Adele, Beyonce and Noel Gallagher. He went on to produce the number one chart single, “I’m Too Sexy,” for Right Said Fred, before writing several songs for KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue before joining forces with Scott to make music for Graffiti6. Scott, no less accomplished, has toured with Alica Keys and Kelly Clarkson with his previous band, Jamie Scott & The Town. With such full resumes and a cast of friends worthy of pop royalty status, we’re excited to see what future collaborations Graffiti6 might have up their sleeves!
Go Behind The Scenes Of Karen O’s Psycho Opera, Stop The Virgens
If you loved Karen O‘s Stop The Virgens psycho opera as much as we did, then this is a much watch. The Creator’s Project, in conjunction with Karen O, have released a great two-part documentary giving a behind-the-scenes style insight into the making of the musical. The revealing documentary has Karen revealing, “It was the first time I made something that was so euphoric and so free of suffering or frustration or pain.” [Prefix]
Lil Wayne Plays Truant On Kimmel; Carl Covers His A** Lil Wayne was a no show on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, with no sign as to why the truancy occurred. Never mind — Kimmel barely skipped a beat as he pulled the reluctant “Carl” from the audience, slapped a Weezy style dread-locked wig on his head and forced him to pretend to be Wayne. There are some giggle worthy moments, especially when Carl/Weezy tells Jimmy he didn’t buy Justin Bieber a birthday present because the Biebs is “rich”. That’s exacting some serious social justice, if you ask us. [Idolator]
For each and every show that airs on VH1, a team of music supervisors here at the network have spent countless hours determining exactly what pieces of music best complement the footage that we have shot. This team —the CMI (Creative Music Integration) group— listen to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Mob Wives and Basketball Wives, so we thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into their world.
Each month, we’ll put together a list of all the songs that have been featured on the programs and promos that you see on VH1, which will be accompanied by two things: Specific commentary from the music supervisor as to why they selected a particular song for a particular scene in a show, as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample these songs. Without further ado, here are all the songs that we featured on VH1 during the month of February!
Carmen Liana’s “Who I Am” in Black History Month Promo “When the promos department approached us for ideas on a song to be used in several Black History Month promos, Carmen Liana’s ‘Who I Am’ immediately came to mind. It’s a driving track with a touch of attitude in the hook that catches your attention. Lyrically, the theme of the song, which celebrates embracing your identity, ties in nicely with Black History Month.“—Lacey, VH1/CMI Department Assistant
If you’ve been missing Mariah Carey since she gave birth to her twin bundles of joy (who she apparently shouted out during her performance as “Dem babies!”), then miss no more — the babe is back, and how! The soul DIVA stepped out at New York’s Gotham Hall last night to perform “Shake It Off” and not only did she look divine in a black gown, she was glowing with that coquettish charm we love so much about her. Her smile, endearing as always, lit up the whole stage as she effortlessly gave a perfect vocal performance, not skipping a beat or missing a note. The bouncy performance was elegant and gorgeously executed, her backup dancers adding just the right amount of energy to the stage without turning it into a gaudy spectacle. Now let’s take a second to talk about that body, and only 10 months after giving birth to twins! The performance was part of a launch event for Caesar’s Entertainment’s “Escape To Total Rewards,” that also saw artists including Lil Wayne, Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles take to the stage.
Maybe Jack White always looks this uncomfortable, or maybe not, we don’t know the man personally. All we know is that regardless of his regular stance, the charismatic musician seems somewhat perturbed in this new promo for this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. White, who is set to appear on the show as a musical guest, spends almost the entire promo next to host Lindsay Lohan and funny man Andy Samberg with his arms folded in front of his body. Add to that a few sideways glances, the hint of an eye roll and the unenthusiastic exasperation with which he delivers his lines and it seems like he’d prefer to be anywhere but there. And let’s not mention that he seems to lean nervously away every time Lindsay gets close to him — or is that just our over active imaginations? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
The lead track from the forthcoming Hunger Games film soundtrack, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter” has been released, and it’s as cinematic as you would expect from the Grammy winning band. You can listen to the track here. There’s a certain sense of foreboding in the darkly whimsical tribal beating of the song, and Arcade Fire seems largely predisposed to this sort of grandiose film score. Of the track, front man Win Butler said, “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a Film)” in [Baz Luhrmann’s] Romeo + Juliet when I was that age.. Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film… There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss.” The climactic track is apparently set to play as the end credits of the film roll.
If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, then VH1 Classic has a treat for you — you can enter our sweeps for a chance to win tickets to The Wall tour. All you have to do is head to VH1 Classic’s Facebook page and click “Like” in order to go into the draw to win tickets to The Wall tour at Yankee Stadium in New York. There’s lots of other prizes to give away too, including 15 prize packs with Pink Floyd Immersion, Experience, or Discovery box sets, so hurry and enter the draw to win.
Here are my five all-time favorite rock/rap pairings:
5. “Airplanes,” B.o.B & Hayley Williams of Paramore
This song helped spread Hayley Williams’ wings — at least for me — as more than a front-person in an emo band. Her vocals on the chorus blend superbly with B.o.B’s rhyme flow. This track, about the downsides of fame, was inescapable during the summer of 2010.
4. “Clint Eastwood,” Gorillaz & Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Though we were lead to believe an animated band played this gem in the early ‘00s, it was a genius collaboration between real human beings: Blur’s Damon Albarn, producer Dan The Automator and rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. It wasn’t hard for the public to latch on to this one; it clicked on so many levels.
Want to see one rock legend cover the song of another rock legend? Well here you go: Elvis Costello covering Bruce Springsteen‘s “Fire” on Jimmy Fallon’s Springsteen Week (which kicked off on Monday with The Boss & E Street Band playing “We Take Care Of Our Own”). Try not to let your head explode, because that would suck for you and also, gross. But this really is a treat to behold — Costello’s husky vocals fit Springsteen’s lyrics perfectly, and with The Roots providing funky, summery beats, the song transcends either artist, and just becomes something of an icon in itself. Costello’s rendition might not have the raw, gritty sex appeal of Springsteen’s, but it has all the romance and desire, and we’d be happy to just sit here all day and alternate between the two, thank you very much.