Tamar Braxton is stepping from behind her sister Toni‘s shadows. With the help of her friend Lady Gaga her first single “Love And War” shot to No. 1 on the iTunes charts within 24 hours of its release. Last night the Walid Azami directed visuals to the beautiful ballad debuted on BET’s 106 & Park. Snapshots of Tamar are captured throughout the minimalist black and white video which opts for serene scenery opposed to a Benny Boom-esque dramatic mini-film. Read more…
After a brief vacation from think pieces and heated debates around the Internet, Girls is the topic of conversation once again, following its season premiere and big wins at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. To further celebrate–or cue your long winters nap, depending on your opinion of the show–comes the official soundtrack (Girls Soundtrack, Volume 1) consisting of a diverse collection of contemporary acts (fun., Santigold) occasionally singing old tunes (Tegan and Sara cover the Stones!) that are close to the show’s heart. Lena Dunham‘s Robyn-assisted acceptance speech has already boosted the Swede’s sales numbers this week and music will play even more of a role as Season Two unfolds, particularly when Hannah tries cocaine for the first time to the sounds of Icona Pop. We love it! Er, not the white stuff, of course. Drugs are bad, kids.
The arrival of Santigold’s aptly-titled video from the soundtrack, set in the Girls‘ backyard gives us even more reason to talk about just how she and Dunham are portraying New York City, millennial culture and fellow loosely-tied down young women who also happen to be nursing ex-boyfriends back to health. Sorry, haters. But between the increasingly direct (and steamy) approach to both sex and its critics AND a Tuner-approved playlist, you might want to throw up a white flag and jump aboard. We’ve come so far from the sounds of Charlie and Ray’s underwhelming live shows in sweaty basements!
If you thought “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young” were completely uninhibited in their level of gosh darn cuteness, One Direction‘s latest video for “Kiss You” takes adorable to new heights in 2013.
Like the lyrics say (“Oh, I just wanna take you anywhere that you like”) all five guys are up for just about any kind of dating activity, be it in the surf or snow—which means they each have the makings of the perfect Bachelor contestant, should they ever need help in that department—as they travel from various Elvis Presley-inspired locales (just in time for his birthday!). The diverse settings serve as nods to the King’s classics like Jailhouse Rock and Blue Hawaii, as well as Frankie Avalon‘s various cinematic vacation parties on the slopes and sand, allowing the guys to show off their sillier sides and their swim trunks.
Big Boi came back in the game figuratively screaming, “I will not lose.” Aside from the positive reviews Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors has received, we finally will get the Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunion we’ve impatiently waited six years for. There’s no Outkast album that we know of in the works, but Big Boi is planning on adding a verse to Frank Ocean‘s “Pink Matter,” which already features 3 Stacks. Read more…
So the end of the world didn’t come, but the end of the year still approaches. In the spirit of second chances, this week’s Friday Face-Off salutes the Mayan Apocalypse that never was and 2013 yet to come. Does R.E.M.‘s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)“ or Britney Spear‘s “Till The World Ends” say, sayonara 2012, best? Vote after you read our case for each, while I figure out to do with all these cases of bottled water.
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder”
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”
‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all through VH1 everyone in the office was starting to hum. Beats By Dre buds were hung in ears with care in hopes a good Xmas tune soon would play there. PA’s tapped their toes all snug in their chairs, while visions of *NSync danced in their heads. And our editor with his iPad, and I mine too, listen on repeat to “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” So show us your preference, no matter your taste. Vote Mariah or *NSync to win first place! Now go, read our arguments for each cheery chart-topper while I go hang some mistletoe around the office.
Today’s Friday Face-Off honors VH1 DIVAS by having friends and fellow performers Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato duke it out. Let’s see who’s video proves she’s the sassier diva before they hit the big stage Sunday at 9PM/8C: Miley’s “Party In The U.S.A.” or Demi’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Can’t decide between the former Disney teen queens? Read our argument for each and vote while we hunt down someone to pick the brown M&M’S® out of this bowl.
Uh oh, Taylor Swift‘s in trouble. Like, a lot of trouble. So much trouble that she’s been forced to act. And act she shall–putting all the emotion in her now-23 year old body into the “I Knew You Were Trouble” video. It’s perfect, actually–those dip-dyed locks were made to roll around on the desert floor. Even a meaningful key drop is made dramatic by Taylor, who is a huge fan of metaphors. Want to see what we mean?
This new video for Taylor Swift‘s dubbed-out new single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” is a curious thing. Gone are her pretty ballet flats and handsome fellas, the woodland creatures and Parisian skyline; and that cutesy Dirty Dancing routine she did with Harry Styles this is certainly not. Rather, we get Taylor with messy, pink ombre hair and a love interest who looks an awful lot like Pete Doherty, a crusty looking motel room and several ratty t-shirt changes, a long opening monologue ala Lana Del Rey‘s “Ride” video and lots of other moments that will have you thinking Taylor may not be such a goody two-shoes after all.
The mini-epic begins with Taylor alone and in the desert, just woken up in the detritus of some festival — if we had to guess which we would say Coachella, because she’s in the desert and too clothed to have just attended Burning Man –and all alone. An ominous score plays, and to the thumping of a heartbeat she delivers this dozy of a speech about her “kaleidoscope of memories” and “how can the devil be pulling you towards someone who looks so much like an angel” and the meaning of life, just in general: