Well folks, here it is: The long-awaited music video for Lady Gaga‘s “Applause”!
Mumford & Sons enthralled tens of thousands of fans in Chicago this weekend when they headlined Day 2 of Lollapalooza, a set that was met with near-universal raves. The band has pretty much accomplished it all over the last few years —winning Grammy awards, headlining festivals the world over, joining the You Oughta Know family, convincing megababe Carey Mulligan to enter a state of wedded bliss with lead singer Marcus Mumford—but that didn’t stop them from turning their gaze inward in an attempt to improve themselves. After doing some soul-searching, the band apparently recognized that there was one area in which they didn’t quite excel: Comedy.
It’s been nearly eight months since The Civil Wars announced their “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” and, quite frankly, we’re still gutted by the news. Even though Joy Williams and John Paul White are no longer on speaking terms, there is a small silver lining for fans of the Grammy-winning duo: August 6 will see the release of The Civil Wars, the follow-up to the duo’s much beloved 2011 debut. VH1 and CMT are excited to exclusively premiere the first video from this project, which is for the album’s single, “Same Old, Same Old.”
When it comes to chillin’, few are better at it than Jack Johnson. The native Hawaiian troubadour has more or less cornered the market on casual cool with his whole laidback acoustic vibe, along the way building one of the most dedicated fanbases in all of music. He just headlined Bonnaroo last month, and his next album, From Here To Now To You, is set for release in September. Our colleagues over at VH1 News recently caught up with the mellow pop-folk singer and asked him about his extremely casual new video, “I Got You.”
Hunter Hayes is one of the most exciting new voices to emerge in today’s contemporary country music scene. How do we know? Well, we’ve seen him display his considerable talents on a few different occasions now, including the 2013 Grammy Awards, last week’s Philly Jam, and his Artist To Watch showcase set at New York City’s Webster Hall late last month. The latter concert was livestreamed by our friends over at MTV —you can catch the entire Hunter Hayes: Artist To Watch showcase here— and we sent our ace photographer Lauren Weissler to the show to capture the scene for the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.
Miley Cyrus is back with a vengeance! The singer released her brand (butt) spanking new music video for her hit summer jam, “We Can’t Stop,” and we promise you that we can’t stop watching it–and you won’t want to stop, either.
T.I.‘s Family Hustle is expanding in a Major way. Pun intended. For the Marc Klasfeld visuals to “Hello” featuring CeeLo he’s brought along the whole clan to star in their very own T.I. style western.
Sara Bareilles has struck a chord with her new single “Brave,” which was co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. The track is a powerful empowerment anthem meant to inspire those who feel like the odds are stacked against them. “[Brave] is totally my mantra right now,” she told our VH1 News team on the set of the video (directed by Rashida Jones!) a few weeks back. “Find out what’s scaring you, and be brave and face it.”
Mariah Carey and Miguel dropped their new single, “#Beautiful,” on Monday, and it quickly rose to the top of the iTunes Singles Chart (it’s currently sitting in the #6 position). Response to this song has been incredibly positive, even if The Lambily seems to be aching for a bit more Mimi on the track. Either way, these two wasted no time in dropping a video for the song, which proves once and for all (as if there were any doubters out there!) that Mariah’s still one of the hottest chicks in the game.
Sheryl Crow has always had an easygoing, Southern way about her, so her recent foray into country music definitely feels like a natural progression for her as an artist (as opposed to a calculated, careerist maneuver). In fact, her 2002 duet with Kid Rock, “Picture,” was nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the 2003 Country Music Awards, so she’s by no means a stranger in Nashville circles. Her debut country single, “Easy” —the video of which we’re excited to premiere tonight!— has a laidback feel to it, with its references to skipping a planned vacation in Mexico in favor of an adventure in her own backyard.