Before feminism pervaded the work of today’s artists like Beyonce, Lorde, and Pussy Riot, there was Lesley Gore from Tenafly, New Jersey. She sang “You Don’t Own Me,” the defiant feminist anthem whose power has only grown over the decades.
The beloved singer died of lung cancer on Monday in New York City at age 68.
This month’s You Ought Know artist George Ezra has been blowing up thanks to his sultry voice, passionate lyrics, and catchy track “Budapest.” You’ve heard it on the radio, but now we’re please to bring you an exclusive video of the singer/songwriter performing his hit in New York City for the very first time! If he can make it there, he can make it anywhere, right?
Let’s call a spade a spade. As a whole, Paris Hilton’s music isn’t that great — even by guilty pleasure pop standards. However, today is Hilton’s birthday —she’s 34! — and we’re choosing to keep things positive. While the socialite’s discography doesn’t exactly scream Lady Gaga (or even Selena Gomez), she does have a few tracks that warrant repeated listening. And they sound even better if you’re drunk.
Today we’re wishing our favorite musical redhead, Ed Sheeran, an incredibly happy 24th birthday. The ginger Brit has found our way into our hearts with his smooth, romantic sound— although he’s not the first musical carrot top that we’ve fallen irrepressibly in love with. Ever since Art Garfunkel and Daryl Hall were young men, we’ve held a soft spot for the orange haired troubadour. And when it comes to the ginger ladies, they’re not lacking in willful girl power: from Geri Halliwell to Annie Lennox to Neko Case to Shirley Manson to Tori Amos, red hair on a woman in music is synonymous with independence and power.
Beyonce performs “Higher Ground” with Gary Clark, Jr., Charli XCX and Tinashe star on a new track by Ty Dolla $ign, John Legend and Kanye West bring out an intimate side of Big Sean, and more on First Dibs.
This coming Saturday, That Metal Show, the only television series about all things hard rock and heavy metal, returns to VH1 Classic. Now as much as we love the witty banter and bromance of hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, we all know, the show is really about the music. One of the highlights of every episode is the musical guests, whether they’re shredding on guitar like the incomparable Yngwie Malmsteen, on the drums like Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, or on the bass like the legendary Billy Sheehan. With the new season less than a week away, and Dream Theater ‘s John Petrucci on deck as the first musical guest, we thought it a good time to go through the archives and list each and every musical guest that has ever appeared on the show. Read more…
Little monsters, Lady Gaga has officially tied the knot. She has taken to Instagram to confirm her engagement with actor Taylor Kinney after his proposal on Valentine’s Day. She shared with us an image of her huge heart-shaped rock and captioned the photo, “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!” The ring is almost as glamorous as her dog Asia.
What does Heaven look like to me? Last nights SNL after party painted a pretty vivid picture of it. If you thought the star-studded SNL 40 event was insane, wait until you see footage of what went down afterwards.
Whether the topic is politics (with Michael Moore on the left, Dinesh D’Souza on the right), sports (ESPN’s 30 for 30 series), penguins marching (uh… March of the Penguins), or global warming ( 2006′s An Inconvenient Truth), we are living in a golden age for documentary film-making. And fortunately for those of us who don’t want to bum out on how bad things are all the time, for penguins and humans, the 21st century has seen a plethora of thrilling documentaries about some of hard rock and heavy metal‘s most important and iconic bands. However, great non-fiction metal films and hard rock docs have been taking us behind the walls of Marshall stacks and inside the wailing lives of metalheads for several decades now. Being that this is Oscars week, and VH1 Classic‘s new documentary tv series Rock Icons premieres this coming Saturday, what better time to take a look back now at 15 of the very best. Read more…