You might already know VH1′s latest You Oughta Know act, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The band’s new album hit #6 on iTunes’ most downloaded list. They’ve appeared on Ellen and Jay Leno. Their songs have been featured on ER and Grey’s Anatomy. They performed on Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. And VH1 just announced that they’re part of this year’s VH1 Divas Salute the Troops lineup with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. So why all the hoopla?
For starters, the Vermont-based quartet has attracted a loyal fan base by releasing three well-reviewed albums since forming in 2002 and paying some serious dues on the tour circuit (up to 200 gigs a year). But of course Grace Potter’s sound is the main draw. It recalls the soulful side of 70′s rock, and we’re guessing that some fans are latching onto it partially as an alternative to the prevalence of auto-tune. It also doesn’t hurt that frontwoman Grace Potter has a powerful bluesy voice and happens to be more than a little attractive.
Speaking of attractive, we caught up with Grace at Austin City Limits music fest last month and she posed for some pics. Click the jump to see.
If you watched VH1′s Divas last year, you may recall presenter Kathy Griffin being called a “fire-crotch” by host Paula Abdul. Now it’s Kathy’s turn to dole out the jabs. VH1 is announcing that the quick-witted “D-List” comedian will serve as host of “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops,” airing Dec. 5 at 9/8c. And she’s already promised VH1 that she “will not hold back.” Also announced: the rock quartet Grace Potter & The Nocturnals has been added to a lineup that already includes Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson and Paramore. Full press release after the jump.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Christina Perri, our latest You Oughta Know artist. Luckily for us, she was in town recently and carved some time out of her schedule to perform in our glamorous elevator lobby as part of our ongoing Live At VH1 series. Since we are nothing if not generous, we figured we would share her entire three-song performance with you, the VH1 Blog reader. Above, we’ve got her performing her hit single, “Jar Of Hearts,” and below, her take on “Arms” and “Bang Bang Bang.” Enjoy!
John Legend, John Mayer, Julie Andrews and the ASCAP Foundation are among those set to be honored by VH1′s Save the Music Foundation at a gala on Monday, Nov. 8. Pete Wentz, Lauren Conrad, Jason Mraz and Common are among those set to attend the New York event. Information including how to get your hands to tickets is in the press release below…
On Monday, November 8th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will honor Julie Andrews along with Grammy? Award Winners John Legend, John Mayer and The ASCAP Foundation. Paul Williams, legendary songwriter and President of The ASCAP Foundation, will accept on behalf of The Foundation. Additionally, Natasha Bedingfield, a member of the VH1 Save the Music Alumni Ambassador Group, is scheduled to perform and the program for the evening, presented by LG Mobile Phones, will celebrate music as a universal language that shapes our life stories and include a special tribute to the 45th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein?s The Sound of Music by Kristin Chenoweth. The festivities will be hosted by Broadway veteran and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson.
Pete Wentz, Lauren Conrad, Jason Mraz, Common, Billy Burke and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also be on hand for this incredible evening as presenters. As a prelude to the Gala celebration, which marks 13 years of restoring instrumental music programs in our nation?s public schools, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation announced their 2011 Ambassador class via twitter on Tuesday, October 26th. Ciara, a member of the 2011 class, informed her fans through the social media platform with a video message and was joined by her fellow Ambassadors in celebrating their generous commitment to the Foundation.
If you’re a country music fan, you’ve no doubt been up to your ears* in high quality album releases this month. Albums like Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now and Sugarland‘s The Incredible Machine are both tearing up the charts and earning widespread critical acclaim. Speaking of Sugarland, both Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush swung by our New York offices recently and were kind enough to play Five Questions with us. After watching this, if you ever hear Jennifer call Kristian “chicken,” you’ll know why!
*Is “up to your ears” even an expression? Well, it is now!
We’ve asked you this before, but it can’t hurt to ask again: Do you like to dance? Do you have a computer? Do you like money? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then you?re not only going to love Dance Cam Slam, but you should probably enter to appear on the show, too! We’re only a few days away from the show’s premiere at 10/9c on Tuesday, October 26, and we just wanted to share some of the amazingness that we have received at the show’s casting site. Since you’ve already seen our compilations of contestants performing to “Bootylicious” and “Everybody Dance Now,” we figured it’s high time to share this clip of people just like you getting down to Usher’s “Yeah” (including Philip from Money Hungry).
There’s an ancient maxim that claims people either have brains or beauty, never both. But Caleb and Jared Followill of the Kings of Leon are an exception to the rule. They seem to have it all, plus a sense of humor! The humor element is what we weren’t entirely expecting when the Nashville-based crew sat down to talk with VH1 News’ Janell Snowden about their new album, Come Around Sundown. That’s not to say the standard topics weren’t covered, like how their music has evolved and what it feels like to win a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
But both of the Followill brothers had such a self-deprecating, polite sense of humor and were so spontaneous and lighthearted that VH1′s BestWeekEver.tv clipped out the funniest moments of the Kings of Leon interview. Check VH1.com later to watch the full VH1 interview and vote for the Kings of Leon’s single “Radioactive” on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown.
Here’s a heads-up that in addition to premiering on MTV, BET and MTV2, Kanye West‘s short film Runaway (featuring the song of the same name) will simultaneously stream live on VH1.com, MTV.com and BET.com. This is all going down Saturday, October 23 at 8/7c. More details in the press release excerpt below:
Capitalizing on this burst of energy in the ongoing campaign towards the much-anticipated November 22 release of his new album, West boarded a plane for Europe and elsewhere, embarking on a whirlwind tour of the globe. Beginning in Paris, and then moving on to London, Tokyo and Sydney, Kanye hosted VIP premieres of Runaway the short film debut and visual accompaniment to the new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Written and directed by West ? and starring Kanye and Selita Ebanks – MTV News hailed Runaway as ?an intense and gorgeous experience that should earn West some serious credibility as a filmmaker.? Runaway will make its television and online premiere on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00pm EST/PST via a simultaneous broadcast event on MTV, BET, MTV2 and live stream on MTV.com, BET.com and VH1.com. Immediately following the film, Kanye will take part in a live Q&A session from MTV headquarters in Times Square.? VH1 will debut the film on Tuesday, October 26 at 12am EST/PST. Kanye has always dreamed of bringing his music to life in the form of film; Runaway is the realization of that dream.? A tale of loss and renewal, through West?s ambitious new film we are able to glimpse his unique vision as never before.
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We just received an email from 30 Seconds To Mars drummer Shannon Leto, so we wanted to make sure to get it in your hot little hands as quickly as possible. Don?t forget, we?re constantly grabbing updates from Shannon and the rest of the guys all month long and putting them up over on our VH1 Posted site. Enjoy!
Hello all, just landed in NYC from London, slept the whole way! We were over there to do Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, and it was amazing, one of those times where you’re challenged with all sorts of things the whole day and then it all works out at the end. It’s kind of how it is when you try to do the best you can possibly do. Anyway, I’m here in NYC for a couple of days, where we will focus on the production aspect of our sold-out arena tour in the UK and Europe. Of course, we have nothing in place yet, and the tour starts in six weeks!!! Yeee haaaaw!!!
[Photo Credit: Shannon Leto]
Michael Bublé scored himself the biggest pop hit of his young career earlier this year with “Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” the first single off his Crazy Love LP. Just in time for the holidays, he’s re-releasing the album along with a brand new, 8-song EP called Crazy Love Hollywood Edition. The new EP’s first single is its title track, “Hollywood,” in which Bublé warns that pursuing fame and fortune in today’s TMZ/Radar Online/Perez Hilton culture isn’t as valuable as finding your own inner strength. If you find this statement to be somewhat ironic coming from Bublé, you’re not alone: As much as we love him, it’s a difficult task to listen to this kind of rhetoric coming from a dude whose dating history is riddled with the likes of Emily Blunt and Argentinian supermodels.
That said, the video — which comes complete with Bublé’s best Justin Bieber imitation — is quite fun, and will no doubt be a mainstay of our weekly Top 20 Video Countdown for weeks to come. Enjoy!