Pharrell and Busta Rhymes cooked up a strip club/club banger for the summer with “Twerk It,” the lead single from Busta’s upcoming 10th album. There’s not many successful rappers who can mesh rap-reggae into something that goes hard, but Busta delivered. Read more…
Much like the parents of the creepy undead toddler from Pet Semetary learned, Nick Lachey and his bandmates in 98 Degrees found out the hard way this week that some things are better left dead. Meanwhile, Jay-Z‘s involvement in the The Great Gatsby soundtrack paid huge dividends. Here’s a look at those two stories and the rest of the big news from this week’s Nielsen SoundScan chart:
The 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ Presented by Coca-Cola® will feature one of the best R&B lineups around, with Beyonce, Maxwell, and Jill Scott heading to New Orleans for the three-day celebration. Need more proof of just how hot the party will be? Check out our gallery of last year’s performers and view the full 2013 lineup after the jump.
The O Music Awards are back! Last year, The Flaming Lips set a Guinness World Record for the Most Concerts Played in 24 Hours (Multiple Cities), and this year’s outing looks to be equally exciting. The O Music Awards return on June 19th at 7PM ET for a 24-hour live stream party to celebrate and honor the artists, innovators and fans that are impacting music, technology and counter culture.
VH1 prides itself on being a mashup of pop culture, so it seems only fair that we turn our attention to mashups of the musical variety! Although sometimes frowned upon for teetering towards copyright infringement, blends done with exquisite skill create a track that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Done right, a mashup enhances both songs, allowing us to discover new sonic possibilities contained within sounds that had become stale and boring. If that ain’t art, we don’t know what is.
Since the advent of cheap audio editing software and websites like YouTube, it’s become much easier to create and share “revisions” of well-loved tunes. These DJs work hard on their tributes, and so we’d humbly like to offer a showcase for some of our favorites. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Remix Rewind!
To get us started, we tapped Jay-Z to head-up our inaugural post. Mr. Shawn Carter helped spark our love of mashups back in 2004, when his Black Album was expertly mixed with the Beatles‘ White Album by DJ extraordinaire Danger Mouse, creating (what else?) The Grey Album. The best of two (very different) worlds blew our 16-year-old mind at the time. So now we’d like to check out 10 other awesome uses of Hova’s verses and beats. Enjoy!
If you looked this good at 47 wouldn’t you tell people to call you Miss Jackson, if ya nasty? Forget the “Yeezy taught me” meme. All pop stars 35 and under need to pay homage. “Janet taught me” props to the original, incomparable Janet Jackson are long overdue.