Update: VH1 Divas 2010 has just been announced with performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Sugarland and others.? Kathy Griffin to host. Get all the details at VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.
The lineup for this year’s VH1 Divas has been announced! Click here to share your Divas Story and tell the world how your favorite diva influenced your life!
Pop, R&B, and hip-hop are known for their strong female artists, women who have made an impact on both a musical and cultural level. Those kinds of singers abound right now, so it’s a perfect time for VH1 to revitalize its respected Divas show. The 2009 edition of the multi-artist presentation takes place at a perfect venue, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, on September 17. VH1 will air the show live. A new generation of participants will be on board, and performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
The list of artists who have previously performed is tremendous. From Aretha Franklin to Debbie Harry to Joss Stone to Mariah Carey, an array of generations and perspectives has been presented. This year?s scope promises to just as wide. Producers have their eyes on strong women whose songs have brought joy, optimism and empowerment into the lives of listeners.
Further, they?d love for listeners to weigh in on who would make a great Divas participant. What does the term ?diva? mean to you in 2009? Someone heroic? Someone inspiring? Hit the comments field and lets us know. We?re also open to suggestions: feel free to make a list of the artists you?d like to see perform on the show, as well as cast your opinion on which two singers would make a perfect ?Diva Duet.?
Thanks for all this. Your participation will make this year?s edition of Divas that much more fun. Stay tuned for more information on the show. We?ll be posting it here in the blog.
WATCH OUR “LADIES ON TOP” MUSIC VIDEO PLAYLIST
Lady Gaga has certainly scored a royal flush with her recent hand of hits! Whether she’s urging us to keep up our guard by sporting a “Poker Face” or recommending delirium in “Just Dance,” her anthems grab pop fans by both the ears and butt. The young “blonde” diva is constantly being compared to early-era Madonna, transforming ordinary concert-goers to superfans as she thrills audience after audience on her Fame Ball tour, which she calls ?a travelling party.?
She?s got a background in burlesque, a deep appreciation for Andy Warhol, and a bit of dismay over wearing pants ? no wonder Gaga?s turning heads on stage. Her sensationalism has only just hit the scene, but she is already ranking alongside our faves of 2009!
She?s not alone either. It seems we?re in a pop season where there?s plenty of female aristocracy.
Get your dose of Gaga, Britney, Kelly, and Ciara music videos by checking out our Ladies On Top playlist.
– Lacey Seidman
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There’s something special about a summer concert – driving to the arena with the windows down and the music blasting, psyched to see your favorite rock gods storm the stage. This year VH1 Classic and Live Nation want to give you that perfect concert experience – only this time you’re not in the crowd, you’re with the band!
Through the middle of August, we’re giving away tickets (including backstage access) to the summer’s biggest classic rock tours, including: Fleetwood Mac‘s Unleashed Hits Tour, Def Leppard with Poison & Cheap Trick, Aerosmith & ZZ Top and, Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This sweepstakes is only open to subscribers of our VH1 Classic email alerts. You must sign up to become eligible.? Sign up here.
Next up is your last chance to win tickets to see Aerosmith and ZZ Top.
Enter to win by sending an email to us at email@example.com.
Please include your first and last name, telephone number and the email address used for the VH1 Classic newsletter subscription. You have until Noon ET on Wednesday, August 12.
Tour Dates and cities for the Aerosmith and ZZ Top tour are after the jump.
This could be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll summer of all time. So roll down those windows, turn up the volume, and sign up for our Classic newsletter to have a chance of winning the “I’m With the Band Sweepstakes.”
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Green Day freaks have been waiting a while for the superstar punk trio’s follow-up to their monumental American Idiot. But the wildly anticipated 21st Century Breakdown is on its way (due May 15) and to whet appetites, the disc’s first video is being premiered on VH1 Friday, April 24 at 8 pm ET. Director Matthew Cullen says that “Know Your Enemy” is going to visually overwhelming. It was shot in downtown Los Angeles, and features the band in performance.
“There’s a lot of symbolism that I tried to mirror [in the shoot],” Cullen told MTV news. “I took a lot of influence from Green Day’s lyrics and the imagery of [street artist] Banksy. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s huge visually. It’s gonna be a new experience for a lot of their fans. I mean, it’s still Green Day, but it’s just bigger.”
21st Century Breakdown tells the story of of a young couple, Christian and Gloria, as they negotiate “the mess and promise of the century so far,” according to the band’s record label. The tale features three acts: ?Heroes and Cons,? ?Charlatans and Saints,? and ?Horseshoes and Handgrenades.?
Songs include ?21 Guns,? ?East Jesus Nowhere,? ?Before the Lobotomy,? and ?Restless Heart Syndrome.? Rolling Stone has said the disc is ?a record of die-hard punk ideals?tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement,” and that the music is a “rock opera in which the rock always comes first.” Butch Vig, famed Nirvana producer, was at the helm of the new album.
Green Day has been testing the new material in clubs and theaters around their stomping grounds of the San Francisco Bay area for the last few days.
Stay tuned to the VH1 blog for more info and a sneak peek at the “Know Your Enemy” video.
Watch Green Day music videos and interviews in “Box Set”
Eminem’s just-released video for “We Made You” points its pop-culture skewer at Rock of Love, among its targets. Spoiler: the clip suggests that underneath the finest extensions Europe has to offer, Bret is bald. How searing!
Rock of Love Bus show page
Rock of Love videos and extras
Duff McKagan stops by to chat with Eddie Trunk and the boys. Their subjects: Velvet Revolver‘s new lead singer and the shadow Guns N’ Roses still casts over the bassist.? See what he has to say. And stay for the entire show, because Lemmy from Motorhead shares some tea and crumpets in the way that only he can.
Head to VH1 Classic for more great rock videos.
Watch previous episodes of That Metal Show.
The buzz around Anvil! The Story of Anvil gets louder by the week – seems hardcore metal heads and lots of other rockers have fallen for the story of the Canadian band who just wouldn’t say die. The film hits theaters on April 10th, and VH1 News caught up with the guys as they their did their thing down at the South by Southwest festival a couple of weeks ago.? Check the above clip for an interview.
Watch the movie trailer and three scenes from the film
Check out Anvil’s official movie site
Watch Anvil’s “My Playlist” of favorite music videos by other bands
Get info on the film screenings and Anvil performances? on Anvils VH1 artist page
Watch a great interview with Motorhead’s Lemmy in a preview to this week’s “That Metal Show”
Lance and Anna rock the house on VH1’s Free Radio – music is a key part of the show. Tonight, in the season premiere, The Blue Van‘s “There Goes My Love” is featured. And of course, each week you can hear Billy Boy On Poison‘s? “Dirty Bomb” kick-start the whole thing – it’s the Free Radio theme. Click the links to find out more about each act. Watch the show tonight at 11 pm ET.
Throughout the season, there’s going to be several cool artists featured as part of the show’s soundtrack. Each week we’ll bring you up to speed on each of ‘em.
Watch a full episode sneak peek of the Free Radio premiere
Download The Blue Van’s music on Rhapsody
Download Billy Boy on Poison’s music on Rhapsody
Connect with VH1 fans on Facebook
And speaking of radio, check VH1’s Radio Stations
We began our countdown of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s last night. Of course, when we make our mega list for one of our Greatest episodes, we start with more than 100 titles. And there are lots of people who love the songs that don’t make it to the final cut.? This time around some great music was pushed below the 100 mark. From Marshall Crenshaw to the Dream Academy to Al B. Sure, we thought we stack ‘em in a playlist and let it roll.? Young MC, too, as you can tell from the above clip of “Bust A Move.” Watch ‘em all and weigh in on what you think about the fact that they weren’t included in the final tally.
WATCH THE 30 VIDEOS THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT FOR 100 GREATEST ONE HIT WONDERS OF THE 80s LIST
Vixen, The Church, Midnight Oil, Aldo Nova ? they all found a spot on our list. We counted down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, and these guys, plus acts such as Timbuk 3, The Georgia Satellites, and Paul Hardcastle, all made a dent. Check the list below to see where they ranked. Click the links to watch the videos. Head to The Greatest page for more playlists and show information.
Haven?t gotten your fill of 80s music yet? Here?s some more for you.
Watch an alphabetical list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s
Watch 30 videos that missed making the top 100 list
100 Greatest Songs of the 80s: The Ladies
THE COMPLETE LIST…
1??? Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
2??? Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
3??? A-Ha: “Take On Me”
4??? Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”
5??? Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
6?? ?Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7?? ?Modern English: “I Melt With You”
8??? Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9??? Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
10??? Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
11??? Gary Numan: “Cars”
12??? Animotion: “Obsesssion”
13??? Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14??? Big Country: “In A Big Country”
15??? Devo: “Whip It”
16??? Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17??? Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18??? Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19??? Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20??? Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21??? Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22?? ?Michael Sembello: ?Maniac?
23??? Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24??? Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25??? Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”