When NBC’s a capella singing competition The Sing-Off returns this fall, there will be some changes to the judging panel since the series last aired. With Nicole Scherzinger departing for a spot on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor panel, the Peacock Network made the wise decision that longtime VH1 fave Sara Bareilles was the perfect person to join Ben Folds and Boyz II Men‘s Shawn Stockman on the judging panel. Once we heard the news, we decided to give Sara a ring to congratulate her. We caught up with her by phone this afternoon while she was in Missoula, Montana, preparing for a sold-out show this evening. Sara spoke to us about whether her judging style on The Sing-Off will lean more towards Simon or Paula, her new “old soul/kind of Motown feeling” EP that she’s about to record with Ben Folds in the fall, and what director Jonah Hill brought to the next video she’s going to make for her single, “Gonna Get Over You.” (Hint: It may have a “kind of a ’50s greaser vibe.”)
VH1: When did you first hear that becoming a judge on The Sing-Off might be a possibility, and what was it about the project that appealed to you?
Sara Bareilles: I’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning, so it was really exciting to me to have the opportunity to even be considered as a potential judge. A couple of weeks ago, my manager came to me to gauge my interest in doing it. And I was like, “Oh my God, yes, of course.” Then I had a meeting with the executive producers, who are super sweet, and it felt like I was a really good fit for the show. Because I have a background in a capella, it just felt like a very organic, natural, worlds colliding kind of thing. It’s very exciting.
Did you ever harbor any desire to be on television in any capacity other than as a performer?
It didn’t really cross my mind until this show. This is the only way I would sort of consider it, because I can bring something to the show in terms of a level of expertise with a capella performing. I get a little nervous about being put in the position of having to judge people, but I know from experience that we can always improve in our craft. I really love getting constructive criticism from people I respect when it’s put in a good way. To me, it’s all about how you phrase things and how you deliver your opinions. It’s something that I’m going to have to feel out and test the waters a little bit, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. The best part is that I still get to watch the show, but now I get to watch it closer.
If you were to describe your judging style, would you say you?re more of a Simon or a Paula?
Any media savvy celebrity worth their Q rating knows that the best time to release bad news is late on a Friday afternoon during the summertime, when most media-types are off in the Hamptons doing whatever it is people do when they’re out in the Hamptons. Latino power couple (or should we say EX power couple) Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are nothing if not media savvy, which is why they chose to release the news that they’re getting divorced to People at 5:20 p.m. on a Friday. Well, lucky for you, we don’t even know where the Hamptons are, so we’re bringing you the shocking news while it’s still piping hot.
In a statement released exclusively to People this afternoon (Side Note: I wonder how much People paid for this scoop?), they wrote: “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
The couple looked really happy together as recently as the American Idol finale in May (pictured above), in which J. Lo shook her tailfeather while Marc “Don’t Call Me Skeletor” Anthony crooned in his inimitable style. We suppose we’ll learn more about this split of two music industry powerhouses in the coming days and weeks, but for now, it looks like Jenny From The Block and her baby daddy couldn’t figure out a way to stop scratching themselves after the dreaded Seven Year Itch set in.
Less than a month from now, dozens of bands and tens of thousands of music fans will be making their way to Chicago’s Grant Park for the annual Lollapalooza music festival. If you currently find yourself on the outside looking in—three-day passes to the festival are currently sold out—well then, we have some good news to share with you.
To enter the contest, all you have to do is head over to the You Oughta Lolla contest entry page and fill out the required information. Complete contest rules and regulations are on that site as well. GOOD LUCK!
Sporting a handsome suit and a shiny pink bow tie, Chris Brown took to the stage this morning before upwards of 18,000 fans (!), performing “Forever” (video above), “She Ain’t You” (video below) and “I Can Transform Ya” on NBC’s TODAY in New York City. While a string of recent controversies seem to follow the troubled young singer, the large audience may serve as a band-aid step in the right direction.
NBC stated on their site that the show was “one of their biggest concert events ever,” but OK Magazine is reporting that this concert was, in fact, the largest in TODAY history, beating out pop force of nature Lady Gaga. However, Jezebel claims that 20,000 Little Monsters showed up to watch their Mother Monster perform, so
Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer?s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, when the Top 20 Spotlight will be shining on none other than Beyoncé!
If you?re not watching the USA vs. Japan Women?s World Cup finals match this Sunday at 2 p.m., I don?t think we can be friends (unless, of course, you have a really good excuse).
Here are three songs that will be included on my pre-game playlist:
I?m sending this one out to USA?s Hope Solo. I decided to go with this Jason Derulo tune, because in sports, you always pin your hopes on your star player, and ?ride? them through the finals. And because Solo plays the lonely position of goalkeeper, she is ?ridin? solo? in many ways. For any of you taking this song title out of a sports context and bringing it into, say, the bedroom; shame on you, what a dirty mind you have.
R&B is a tough business, and anyone with even a passing interest in the genre has a favorite artist who had one hit single but hasn’t been able to catch a break since. (A popular choice in this category is Cassie.) But no artist has hit bigger, and then followed up with such high quality material only that was met with lackluster commercial response as Ameriie (formerly Amerie). “1 Thing” topped the R&B/Hip-Hop charts in 2005 and placed second in the year-end Pazz & Jop critics’ poll, behind only “Gold Digger” (and ahead of even “Since U Been Gone”), but her fantastic follow-up record Because I Love It failed to chart a single in the United States, as a result of which Columbia held back the album’s release for nearly a year and a half. Ameriie and her boyfriend/manager/executive producer Lenny Nicholson cut their losses and parted with the label, but her 2009 album In Love and War hardly performed better (so from a business perspective, Columbia may have been right all along).
Fans who are hoping Ameriie’s forthcoming album will be a commercial success will likely be discouraged by the interview Billboard published today. Ameriie has continued following her muse into interesting artistic territory, but she’s likely off the map commercially. The first clue is the album title, Cymatika Vol. 1. The title refers to cymatics, the study of visible sound and vibration. Or as Ameriie explained on Twitter, “It’s some spiritual, metaphysical, literally outer space s?t.”
Another Side To The Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Story
A main source of the tension on A Tribe Called Quest‘s 2008 tour, as documented in the new film Beats, Rhymes, & Life (directed by Michael Rappaport, pictured above with Phife Dawg), is an interview Q-Tip gave to Spin. Today the Awl ran a complementary piece by the author of that Q-Tip profile. [The Awl]
Morrissey Prefers Edith Piaf To “McDonna” And Has “No Love For” Himself But Plenty For His Music
Also among the unsurprising quotes in the interview Billboard published today: “The word ‘indie’ is meaningless now.” We’d say, “Never change,” but Morrissey certainly isn’t in danger of that. [Billboard] Read more…
For those of you who haven’t been following along this week, welcome! We are in the home stretch of counting down the Top 100 Videos of 2011 … So Far, and for those of you who been riding shotgun, scanning through #100-51 and #50-11 of our list of the most-watched videos on VH1.com, we salute your dedication and loyalty! Now, it’s onto the Top Ten. Drums, please…
10. Cee Lo Green, “F*** You” What a year it’s been for Cee Lo! Kicking off his The Lady Killer album release with a powerful single that even had your grandma using cuss words, it was only right that he delivered a visual that packed the same punch. Co-written by Bruno Mars, the video for the happily hostile post-breakup anthem chronicles Cee Lo in a diner from childhood to adulthood, dealing with the hardships that often plague those looking for love. In case you can’t get enough of him, hold on to his sweet, nasty and sarcastic Valentine’s Day messages for next year, and check out his incredible Storytellers performance, too!
9. Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts”
In a much more intense version of Cee Lo’s #10 video, You Oughta Know songstress Christina Perri airs some love-related greivances of her own. Stating very plainly that she refuses to become a notch on someone’s belt, the tattooed beauty opts to avoid an unhealthy romantic encounter with an ex. In the dark video, the male antagonist is literally running around leaving scars, sucking womens souls from their bodies. Eek! Who does he think he is? In any event, we’re proud of Christina for abstaining and staying strong. If you want to catch more of her, check out her Posted content and a super special YOK Live performance she graced us with.
Have you ever found in a situation where you want to get down, but can’t, erm, get it up? In one of the more bizarre paid endorsements we’ve ever seen, “legendary recording artist” Warren G has some advice on the topic: “You need to take your Affirm XL and regulate.”
This series of ads has been around for a minute (inauspiciously enough, they were all uploaded within 48 hours of the passing of Warren G’s primary musical collaborator, Nate Dogg). But they just came to our attention today, thanks to ego trip (with whom we partnered in 2007 to produce The (White) Rapper Show) and we had to share them with you. The rapper is featured in four spots: “Warren G in the Bathroom,” above; “Bedroom Scene,”“Shower Scene,” and “Beach.”ego trip is polling its readers on which is their favorite of the four. And yes, they all contain references to, erm, regulating.
Cher, who counts among her pop innovations the origin, with “Believe,” of Auto-Tune-as-aesthetic, is recording a new album, and its lead track is written by none other than Lady Gaga and her writing partner RedOne:
“The Greatest Thing” was written, and recorded by Gaga, for The Fame, but ultimately not officially released. Naturally, that demo is on YouTube.