If VH1 were to have its own zodiac, it would be the year of Kelly Clarkson. Tomorrow (November 17), we’re premiering VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET. In December, Kelly returns to VH1 for a performance on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. And today, we’re happy to present our first-ever weekly VH1 Tuner Podcast, hosted by Jim Shearer of VH1 Top 20 Countdown fame, with an all-Kelly Clarkson edition. In this episode, Jim chats with Kelly about Stronger, her relationship status, wanting to collaborate with Adele, her video for “Mr. Know It All,” and how she feels about being our very first podcast guest. Enjoy the audio now and look for us soon in iTunes.
Like proud parents, we’re watching You Oughta Know alumna and VH1 Unplugged darling Adele attempt to maintain her chart-topping hot streak with the third single off her multiplatinum 21, “Set Fire To The Rain.” Rumor had it that “Rumor Has It” was going to be the third single, but “Fire” ended up winning out. Already a fan favorite, the mid-tempo power ballad has the potential to complete her hat trick of singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
Sadly, Adele’s recovery from vocal cord surgery kept her from shooting a concept video for “Set Fire To The Rain.” Instead, her camp released an exclusive performance from her forthcoming 90-minute concert film Live At The Royal Albert Hall (due in stores on November 29). It’s a departure from the beautiful, Jake Nava–directed “Someone Like You,” but “Set Fire To The Rain” clearly benefits from a concert setting more than it ever could from a four-minute mini-movie lip-synced on a sound stage. Watching the British belter’s chill-inducing pipes rise above the swelling sound of a full band and orchestra is a beauty all its own. It’s Adele in her element, sounding fabulous and looking, well, hot!
If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. Adele might currently be sidelined from touring while she recovers from vocal cord surgery, but her video for “Someone Like You” was able to topple Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” video from the top spot on this week’s countdown. Check out the complete list of videos below, and be sure to visit Top20.VH1.com to vote for your favorite videos all week long.
1. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
2. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr Know It All” [WATCH]
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” [WATCH]
4. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
5. Britney Spears – “Criminal” [WATCH]
6. Gym Class Heroes – “Stereo Hearts” [WATCH]
7. Jason Derulo – “It Girl”
8. Dawes – “Time Spent In Los Angeles”
9. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
10. Cobra Starship ft Sabi – “You Make Me Feel”
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Kelly Clarkson‘s video for “Mr. Know It All” is currently sitting atop the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, and on this past weekend’s show, she sat down with our buddy Jim Shearer to not only discuss her new record, but also her current relationship status. Jim mentioned that the guys from Gym Class Heroes were crushing on Kelly, but she quickly shot the matchmaking suggestion down. “I try not to date musicians,” she told our fearless host. “It’s all I’ve dated. Every guy I’ve dated is a musician. Obviously, it’s not working.”
Well, from our vantage point, Single Kelly is sitting pretty. As we mentioned, “Mr. Know It All” is currently blowing up on our Top 20 Countdown AND on the Billboard charts. Additionally, her VH1 Unplugged performance is getting ever closer! VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson will premiere exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, and you’ll be able to catch the special on your television the next night, Friday, November 18, at 11 p.m.
We dare you to think of a band that puts on a better show!
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.
In conversation–because of my profession–people usually ask me if I’ve seen any good shows lately. Without hesitation, I tell them that they must see the Foo Fighters, who are currently putting on a rock show for the ages (and that’s not me speaking in hyperbole).
I’ve seen two performances from their current tour, and I can tell you for a fact that no other band is putting on a better show than the Foo Fighters right now.??You need more reasons to see them? Good, here goes:
1.) Grohl on Drums
Cage The Elephant are currently opening up for the Foo Fighters, and after their drummer Jared Champion’s appendix burst, Dave Grohl said he’d fill in on drums so the band wouldn’t have to drop off the bill.?As you know, Dave Grohl has played drums before, but whenever he steps behind a kit, its met with the same astonishment as if he’s walking on water. It’s not that miraculous, but it is still pretty freakin’ cool (especially since Cage The Elephant’s music is inspired by the decade in which Dave Grohl was a full-time drummer)!
Fitz And The Tantrums are putting in WORK to get the word out about their fantastic debut LP, Picking Up The Pieces. Since being named our You Oughta Know artist back in April, the funky soul revivalists have been touring relentlessly, earning kudos from industry insiders like Bob Lefsetz and winning scads of new fans at festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. We have no idea when they found themselves with enough time to shoot another music video, but lo and behold, we just got our mitts on the brand new “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” video.
The video begins with a curious homage to Pulp Fiction (or maybe Repo Man?), as lead singer Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick stumbles onto a briefcase of indeterminate origins and opens it up, resulting in him being bathed in golden light. He then proceeds to walk/jog through a series of urban alleyways in search of vocalist Noelle Scaggs and the rest of the Tantrums, while lens flares invade the frame at a clip that would make even J.J. Abrams blush. Along the way, a slew of feathers begin floating down through the atmosphere, which makes us think that either Sully Sullenberg was in the vicinity exacting more revenge on the geese population or there was an explosion at a nearby down pillow factory. Just when we think we might have an idea where this video might be going, Fitz falls to his knees in an alleyway and gets drenched by a raincloud that only has eyes for him.
So, what does it all mean? Well, even after watching it a few times, we’d be hard pressed to explain the video treatment, but we are certain of one thing: This song is totally boss.
When it comes to embracing new artists, The Big Apple is notorious for being standoffish. Countless acts come through this town feeling intense pressure to perform, and like a picky suitor at a speed-dating event, New York and its sometimes-jaded tastemaker underbelly can often?discard a group within minutes. This premature blow to the ego, however, did not happen at the Lower East Side’s Bowery Ballroom last night. Performing their second sold out show in the concrete jungle in as many nights?—the first of which was held Monday night in Brooklyn— indie pop rockers Foster The People managed to create an atmosphere that was full of wild, supportive energy, and not a heckler was in sight.
After their VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live interview yesterday morning with Top 20′s Jim Shearer, the band then graced our offices with a stripped-down You Oughta Know Live performance of four songs. Powered by Subway, Foster The People’s You Oughta Know run will officially kick off next week, so we were beyond stoked to see the trio’s exclusive taping before running downtown to experience the band’s full, five-man show in all it’s glory.
The Beastie Boys are having lots of fun with the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. First they made Fight for Your Right (Revisited), a music video-cum-short film (as only Michael Jackson could ever really pull off), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was recut into the “Make Some Noise” video that premiered Wednesday in advance of the film’s television premiere that night at midnight on VH1 and MTV. (The entire 22-minute film is streaming above.) Read more…
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.