by (@Lacezilla)

VH1′s Top 100 Videos of 2011 … So Far, Part II: #50-11

Yesterday, we introduced you to the upper reaches of our Top 100 Videos of 2011 … So Far list, serving up the #100-51 videos that you’ve been clicking on most so far this year. Although a hefty portion, consider that first installment just an appetizer for today’s first course and tomorrow’s main entree. Going a bit deeper into the list, we now give you #50-11, inching closer and closer to #1.

50. Train, “Hey, Soul Sister”
49. Goo Goo Dolls, “Notbroken”
48. Jennifer Lopez, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”
47. Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”
46. Beyonce, “Run The World (Girls)”
45. My Chemical Romance, “SING”
44. Adam Lambert, “If I Had You”
43. Fitz and The Tantrums, “Money Grabber”
42. Kid Rock ft. Sheryl Crow, “Collide”
41. Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are”

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Dave Grohl Ejects Violent Fan From Free London Show (Language NSFW)

Dave Grohl brought his inner Ian MacKaye to the fore Monday night at Foo Fighters‘s iTunes Festival performance in London. No, he didn’t wear a goofy bucket hat?he stopped the band’s performance of In Your Honor b-side and live favorite “Skin and Bones” to address a violent fan from the stage, as MacKaye often did as the frontman of Fugazi. “Hey! Hey!” he shouted when he saw a fight erupting. “Who’s fighting? Let me see him!” When the crowd parted to reveal the “f—ing guy in the striped shirt,” Grohl addressed him directly. “Get the f— out of my show!”

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Tuned In: Blake Shelton Sasses Regis, Brings “Honey Bee” To Letterman

The Late Show with David Letterman was firing on all cylinders last night, what with the always entertaining Roseanne Barr promoting her macadamia nuts (and her reality show about her macadamia nuts), actor Tom Felton promoting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and surprise guest co-host Regis Philbin doing his best Ed McMahon all night. But Blake Shelton was not to be upstaged: “Will y’all stop talking long enough to let me [play]?” he quipped to Philbin. As country fans have known and The Voice fans have discovered, Shelton is, to put it plainly, a charismatic goofball.

He’s also a heck of a country singer, and this, his first post-Voice late-night television appearance, was no exception. “Honey Bee,” (which he’d sung with Dia and Xenia during The Voice semifinals,) has somewhat less overt country sonics than previous singles, but lyrics like “You be my little Loretta; I’ll be your Conway Twitty” keep Shelton firmly within Nashville’s borders. The song, which has spent a month atop the country charts, is the lead single from Red River Blue, which was released yesterday and is available to stream at Rolling Stone. Shelton will appear on two more networks tonight; he’s Jimmy Fallon‘s musical guest, and he’s also among the interviewees for his wife Miranda Lambert‘s episode of Behind the Music, which premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

Elsewhere on late night?

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A Primer On The Washed Out Sounds Of “Chillwave”

Yesterday marked the release of Within and Without, the debut LP from Georgia’s Washed Out, and it’s gotten rave reviews from Brandon Soderberg at Pitchfork (who gave it their “Best New Music” moniker) and Andy Beta at Spin, who in their sub-headline called the album “Lush chillwave for people who can’t stand chillwave.” Washed Out is not about to top the charts with this album, but its release more or less marks the second anniversary of chillwave, a joke name that stuck for a genre that, for the moment, isn’t going anywhere. So, what do we talk about when we talk about chillwave?

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Katy Perry Mermaid Planking Draws Ire From Gaga’s Little Monsters

Only Katy Perry could make planking controversial. At about 1:45AM ET she posted the twitpic above of herself dressed as a mermaid, ostensibly on some sort of set, in this tweet:

In less than an hour, the TwitPic’s comments were swarmed by angry Gaga fans. Remember Lady Gaga’s “Yuyi the Mermaid” character from “Edge of Glory” her next single? How could Katy copy Gaga, these fans wonder, generally by tweeting the hashtag #KatyCopyGaga (and, not infrequently, referring to Perry as a b?ch). Pastiche is an essential part of pop iconography, and Gaga herself has been accused of much more specific and serious appropriation, but try telling that to her superfans.

Gaga is an expert at directing her fanbase, whether for self-promotion or the “Get Well” video for Clarence Clemons. This independent call to arms (call to paws?) among Little Monsters, ostensibly acting on Gaga’s behalf, is hardly different from, say, hacking Amy Winehouse’s website. Apparently, this is what happens when you (appear to) copy a singer on the Internet.


Beyonc?’s Father Claims He Was Falsely Accused Of Theft

Either Beyonc?‘s father Mathew Knowles is getting sandbagged by Live Nation, or else he just made the most colossal publicity mistake of his life. According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Live Nation claimed to Beyonc? that her father had, as her manager, stolen money from the artist. An audit conducted by Beyonc?’s legal team corroborated Live Nation’s claim. This resulted in Knowles’s dismissal (replaced by a Live Nation employee!) just prior to a potentially profitable tour. Knowles’s legal filing requests depositions from Live Nation employees to determine how the company concluded that he was claiming an unlawful share of Beyonc?’s income.

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Sneak Peek: Lenny Kravitz Leads 1970s “Run For Your Money” House Band In “Stand” Video

Lenny Kravitz flexes his acting muscles (perhaps in preparation for his role as Cinna in The Hunger Games) in the new video for “Stand,” which premieres Thursday at 12 p.m. ET on VH1. In the sneak peak above, he appears as the host of a Let’s Make a Deal homage called “Run for Your Money,” as well as both the drummer and the vocalist of the Run for Your Money Band. The clip recalls the eight Andr? 3000s of The Love Below in “Hey Ya”, but unlike that video, and other homages to the Beatles‘ American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show (like Nirvana‘s “Lithium”), this clip’s aesthetic is gonzo-seventies, not mod-sixties. That’s enough to make us very excited to see the rest of the video.

While we wait for tomorrow’s premiere, we’re going to listen to the song thanks to the lyric video embedded below, and try to decide which costumed contestant is our favorite. (Right now we’re going with American flag-night sky motorcycle-helmet dude in the bottom right, but there are so many good options.)

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by (@unclegrambo)

R.I.P. Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011)

TMZ is reporting that Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of the famed Gen X television staples The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, passed away earlier today at the age of 94. It’s fair to say that those shows have two of the most recognizable and memorable theme songs in the history of television medium, and Schwartz (pictured above being kissed by Florence “Carol Brady” Henderson and Dawn “Mary-Ann” Wells) had songwriting credits on both of them! If there were a Hall of Fame for this sort of thing (and, frankly, it’s a shame that there isn’t), Schwartz would be a shoo-in to be inducted on the first ballot.

Of course, network television shows these days rarely utilize minute-long theme songs during their credit sequences as a way to ease viewers into the world that their characters occupy, mainly because that is time that the suits would rather sell to advertisers and the showrunners desperately need to develop their plotlines. However, at the time when Schwartz rose to prominence, the medium was still emerging from its primordial ooze stage, and theme songs were a handy narrative device carried over from the days of radio serials. To write just one of these legendary theme songs would surely place Schwartz in rare company, but to have TWO of them to his credit is just plain bonkers. Guess this means that Alan Thicke –yes, THAT Alan Thicke, the dad from Growing Pains, but also the same guy who is credited with writing the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes– is responsible for carrying the TV theme song torch from here on out. Rest in peace, Sherwood.

Here’s the theme song for the Brady Bunch; bet you know every word by heart!

And here’s Gilligan’s Island
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