P!nk is one of those seriously underrated artists who consistently produces pop hits ranging from heart-wrenching to hilarious and rarely gets recognized as being fully in the realm of powerful pop star. Perhaps it’s because she rejects the idea that she is one herself, but perhaps it’s also because she so blatantly doesn’t fit within the box. Her songs are rich with context, be it blatant middle fingers to record label rules (“Don’t Let Me Get Me”) or a weaving tale of addiction and heartbreak (“Just Like A Pill”). All of that makes her the perfect VH1 Storytellers artist. The stories happen to flow endlessly, and they unsurprisingly turns out to be completely unlike the cookie-cutter explanations you’ve heard before.
“Every time you’d see a show when I’m crying, it’s basically put on a new person,” says P!nk, referring to tearjerker ballad “Who Knew” — a song that was originally written for a friend killed by heroin and then went on to apply to each loss in the singer’s life. “Who Knew’s” story of frustration and regret soon became about her late Dog, Elvis, and even rang true with her late grandmother. In this sneak peek, P!nk details the emotional background of the song, and the proceeds to sing it out: as powerful as ever.
Along with “Who Knew”, P!nk performs a slew of her greatest hits–including a topical and equally emotional “Dear Mr. President”, written originally about George W. Bush. Check it all out on VH1 Storytellers: P!nk, which airs tonight at 11PM EST.
Alicia Keys is a talker, admittedly. For her VH1 Storytellers special tonight, telling the back story behind her songs was a piece of cake. Alicia knows how to interact with a crowd. “It’s actually one of my favorite ways to perform, though,” the “Superwoman” singer told the audience. “Really small and intimate. Close.” Alicia has so many hits narrowing them down to a six song set had to be challenging. Luckily, Alicia mixed it up with songs we know every word and ad lib to with new songs from her forthcoming album.
It takes her to tell the funny story of working with John Legend and Kanye West in the studio for “You Don’t Know My Name.” If you missed VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys you’re in luck. Watch the episode online right now, or check out our clips of her entire set. Read more…
Alicia Keys‘ “Fallin’” may always be one of those songs that you automatically sing every single time you hear it. The beauty of timeless music! VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys aired tonight, and in case you missed it the full episode is available online, here. It’s only right we share the exclusive of the singer’s debut breakout song. It sounds as good live as it does on the album. Read more…
There’s no way that Alicia Keys has the problem of a guy not knowing her name. That is, if she wanted him to know her name, which she obviously wouldn’t as a married woman. But we’re talking the single Alicia Keys days. We don’t want to spoil tonight’s VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys by giving all the intriguing tidbits on how some of her greatest songs were created, but the sneak peek of “You Don’t Know My Name” is too good not to share. Alicia tells the story of working in the studio with relatively unknown artists Kanye West and John Legend. Yes, think back to the time Kanye was unknown. In the studio John and Kanye sang on one mic together, like the ol’ school artists–before the days one could send in their verse to be pieced together with fancy equipment. Read more…
Did you watch Taylor Swift‘s VH1 Storytellers? If you missed it, check out the entire show here. If you caught it, you might have been disappointed that Taylor only rocked one frock for the entire session. She did, however, channel those missing colors into her guitar(s) — which changed almost as often as the song — from silver glitter to cerulean blue.
This didn’t make the final cut of VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift (which you can watch in full below or here), but we think it’s too good not to share. Somewhere between the show-opening “You Belong With Me” and the grand finale, a spirited rendition of “Love Song,” Taylor Swift took a break from all the Storytelling to play the melancholic “Eyes Open,” one of the two songs she recorded for The Hunger Games soundtrack. She played it seated on the couch at center stage, with her trusty and longtime guitarist Grant Mickelson by her side. This song may be about District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen’s first trip to the shiny Capitol, but we suspect that Taylor — who was raised on a Christmas Tree farm, but now a regular amongst pop’s top brass — might relate to it’s message of caution: “Keep your eyes open / Everybody’s waiting for you to break down / Everybody’s watching to see the fallout / Even when you’re sleeping, sleeping / Keep your eyes, eyes open.”
Taylor Swift couldn’t have done it without you. “You know, it’s interesting because you never know where a song is going to go when you write it,” she explained during her VH1 Storytellers session, which premiered tonight and is now available online for your viewing pleasure. “You never know what’s going to happen to it when it goes out into the world, and what you guys are going to do to it. And, you know, how big you guys could possibly make it.” If the sales of her most recent album, Red, are any indication, then big — very, very big. And so, as a thank you to her fans and to ensure that the evening would be “spirited,” Taylor took her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift to the winning Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. And spirited an evening it was, she eager the stories behind some of our favorite songs and the audience excited to chip in questions and singalong.
If you missed tonight’s premiere, it’s not to late to join in. VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift is now available online! Watch the full episode above, or click through for a rundown of the evening.
When Taylor was fourteen, VH1 Behind The Music: Faith Hill gave her the guys she needed to take the dive and move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. A successful turn on the famed Music Row gave way to a record deal with and, well, the rest is history. In preparation for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift, which airs Sunday, November 11th at 6PM and then again at 11PM, we have marked the greatest milestones that earned her the episode!
“This is unlike any show I will ever play again and have ever played before,” announced Taylor Swift during her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift taping at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. This is a big admittance coming from one of today’s brightest stars. Forget all the high-grossing and guest-starring tours that have taken her round the world, the turns she’s taken on Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America and the Grammys, and the stages she’s shared with everyone from Tim McGraw to T.I. to James Taylor, becauseVH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift was unlike anything she’s ever done before because it gave her a chance to air the story behind her biggest hits and favorite songs before she performs them. So, mark your calenders, set your DVRs, and tune-in on Sunday, November 11th at 6PM EST and again at 11PM EST to VH1 for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift. And because we can’t wait until then, we thought we would share this sneak peak of Taylor playing the title track of her brand new album Red. Taylor shares her color theory behind the jump