The music video aesthetic du jour of the late 90s and early 00s was “futuristic.” In the years surrounding the millennium, everyone seemed to become obsessed with technology and the future, and so much of that obsession played out in the themes, costumes and elaborate sets of music videos. With the Internet finding its way into households as a commonplace new amenity, literally everything was exploding with possibility.
“Get on up!” James Brown’s famous lyric echoes through the first trailer of the biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as the famed soul singer. Boseman is joined by Viola Davis (Ender’s Game) as Brown’s mother, Susie, Octavia Spencer (The Help), Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) in this Oscar-bait film. The trailer showcases a mix of glitz, glam and the dark side of entertainment.
Nobody is above the law, not even rock stars! We mostly just think of their awesome life style, huge paychecks and world-wide adoration, but those hard partying ways can lead to hard time and big trouble. That bad boy image isn’t always an act -you’d be surprised how many musicians have done time in the clink. And not just overnights from DUIs, either. We’re talking long stretches and serious sentences!
Lately we’ve been talking an awful lot about the hazards associated with being a world-renowned musician, and it kind of bummed us out. But then Billboard published its annual list of the highest earners in music, which reminded us that being a rock star is actually really awesome.
The singer that woke us all up on Avicii‘s hit record last fall is now “The Man” at VH1. That’s right, Aloe Blacc is the latest You Oughta Know Artist. The R&B singer joins the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars, Estelle and Leona Lewis. All of these performers created a unique blend of pop, R&B and soul, something Blacc is doing on his latest record, Lift Your Spirit (out now).
If you’re not familiar with Blacc, that’s okay because we’ve got you covered with four essential things you need to know about him. For instance, the singer has his eye on Leonardo DiCaprio. “Why,” you might be asking yourself. That’s because Blacc wants the Oscar-nominated actor to portray him in a biopic.
For most of us, being a teenager means slogging through high school, struggling with adolescence and desperately hoping for a hot date for the school dance. However, there are some teenagers out there who are instant musical legends. It didn’t take them years of doing crappy gigs to get to the top; the 20 pop music prodigies on our list wrote and recorded landmark albums before they were even old enough to legally drink.
Let’s get one thing straight: You do NOT mess with Beyonce! She will slice you down with a side-eye so strong your grandchildren will feel it. Hey, she’s not the Queen for nothin’. The lovely, beautiful and talented Mrs. Carter is adored around the world for her music and good deeds, but she’s not afraid to be tough as nails every now and again. We’ve collected 10 of our very favorite diva-tastic moments from over the years. So now, without further ado, here are Beyonce’s shadiest moments!
Michael Jackson tragically passed away back in 2009, and the past five years have yielded plenty of pretenders to the King of Pop’s throne. But 31-year-old Brandon Howard’s case is different. He claims to have irrufitable evidence that he is MJ’s son!
After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.
“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.
Think about what your grandparents look like and now look at the grandparents that we found in music. You are not going to believe your eyes…