To be a good DJ, you’ve got to have a memory as deep as your music library full of past, present and wanna be hits to play for your crowd. So, VH1 Divas house DJ Havana Brown will have to put those recollection skills to the test for her in-between-performances sets. We caught up with the Australian (and gorgeous!) turntable master after rehearsals and gave her a pop quiz on recognizing the music of tonight’s performers.
How’d she do? Well, she tried to cheat at first but we got switched it up on her and she earned her cred the old fashioned way. Check it out below along with behind-the-scenes pics we snapped as a preview of her set and watch Havana mix it up live on Divas at 9PM/8C.
VH1 DIVAS performer Kelly Clarkson is engaged to her boyfriend of a year, Brandon Blackstock. She announced the news at Twitter early yesterday then promptly showed up to rehearsals where we all oooo’d and ahhhh’d over her new jewelry. Believe me when I say it is more gorgeous in person than the photo of the canary diamond Kelly tweeted afterward! Looks like Reba McEntire‘s step-son knows how to make sure a girl won’t “Walk Away.”
Watch Kelly’s “Catch My Breath” performance tonight live at 9PM/8C, while we try to keep from passing out over the size of that ring. Congrats, Kelly!
You heard right. America’s controversial sweetheart, Miley is performing Billy Idol‘s “Rebel Yell” at this year’s VH1 DIVAS. We sneaked a peek at her closed rehearsal set, and it’s going to be wild. One word: cages. That is all.
Now, when the song and music video for the track that made British punk rocker Billy an MTV icon dropped in 1984, the future Mrs. Liam Hemsworth was like negative nine years old. But generation gap be damned, the similarities between the two stars is kind of hard to ignore. Here are five reasons Miley is the perfect choice to cover this tune:
#1 – The Hair
The spiky platinum blonde coif Miley’s sporting is looking a little familiar. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if she suddenly revealed she’s actually Billy Idol’s estranged daughter. When she first went blonde and sheared her signature brown tresses over the summer, people were critical of her P!nk-like pixie. So Miley did what any rebel would do. She went and shortened it more, more, more. Read more…
This new video for “Here With Me,” a heart-tugging ballad off The Killers recent Battle Born, really is something. With it we get the band performing an epic show in an empty concert hall somewhere, and then we also get a second and more uncanny subplot that stars Winona Ryder as a wax mannequin and the object of a beady-eyed kid’s (played by Craig Roberts) affection. Said kid sneaks her Winona out of her museum for a long walk on the beach, a trip to the movies and a home cooked meal, only to find in the end that he too is made of wax. All of this may seem odd, until you consider the video’s director: Tim Burton. How, um, illuminating?
Bon Jovi acknowledged that the show may have been a tad lengthy at six-hours — “You had to bring a lunch pail and a change of clothes” — but assured that is proud of the funds that were raised for the Robin Hood Foundation and the “joyous” feeling of unity the night seemed to raise in people. “You know, they may say bad things about us behind or back or sometimes in front of our back, but in our time of need they have an affinity with us,” he said.
Don’t know about you, but we have had our VH1 DIVAS 2012 outfits ready for months now (we’ll be comfy on the couch in our most glam sweats, if you must know) and we are now onto wondering what sort of diva-tastic looks the show’s stars will be rocking on Sunday and worrying that the evening’s host Adam Lambert might not be dancing and lyric-memorizing to be ready on time! When we spoke with him last week Lambert confessed that he hadn’t yet found time to nail down a look for the night. “My wardrobe is still being conceptualized,” he told us, assuring that “We have lots of ideas we’re throwing back and forth.”
Well, Adam, we have a lots of ideas, too! We’ve pulled some of Lambert most memorable looks from as of late, and thought that there might be a few Glamberts out there with suggestions, as well.
Celeb twitter beefs are the new headline grabber. One controversial tweet from a celebrity can quickly become the day’s news, overshadowing any of their, uh, artistic projects.
Lots of folks have their panties in a bunch over the artwork to Game‘s fifth album, Jesus Piece. It’s unclear if the outrage lies in Game’s audacity to portray Jesus with brown skin, or if it’s the depiction of Jesus as a gang-banging Blood rocking a Jesus piece. Most likely it’s a bit of both. Fox News 11 reporter, Michelle Malkin, felt strongly enough about the cover to write on her website, “Rapper The Game depicts Jesus as a tattooed Blood gangsta. See the blasphemously “dope” album cover here.” Malkin didn’t specifically write anything that hasn’t already been said. But the fact that she works for Fox News only added fuel to Game’s irritation. Read more…
Today’s Friday Face-Off honors VH1 DIVAS by having friends and fellow performersMiley 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.
“Diplo and an Orthadox Jew walk into a studio” sounds more like the opening line of an off-color joke than a surpisingly fruitful musical pairing.
While most people were likely introduced to British vocalist Alex Clare through a commercial for Internet Explorer 9 wherein his addictive single “Too Close” captivated unprepared television viewers’ eardrums, they may not have been aware that he actively studies the Talmud, has indeed collaborated with Major Lazer, or that he even used to date the late Amy Winehouse. Now happily married and tight-lipped on the latter, the electro-soul singer sat down with VH1 Tuner this week to candidly discuss the opportunity that saved his career, and the whirlwind that has been his last few months.
“I was stuck in a bit of a career rut,” remarked Clare on the period before radio would touch “Too Close,” a Mike Spencer-produced song that has since charted internationally and hit #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 domestically. “Without [the IE9 commercial], I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here right now… No one was really listening to my music, and now people are.” It’s been quite the 180. When his debut LP The Lateness Of The Hour dropped in the UK in July of 2011, incorporating electronic elements into soul music was more rare than it is now, but Clare has since surrendered to the fact that, as we approach 2013, “everyone’s doing it.”
After taking five weeks off to observe Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot in Israel, celebrating Hanukkah while on the road is “easy” for the gritty-voiced singer who performed at Irving Plaza on Tuesday night. “Wherever you go, you just light your menorah, sing some songs, eat some donuts – happy days.” But seeing an Israeli flag lifted in the show’s crowd on that fourth day of the Festival of Lights was a first for Clare, who could only really make sense of the incident with a geographical explanation: “I guess it’s New York and there’s a lot of us here.” Despite the venue’s sound being quite a bit off, Clare’s live show showcased his versatile voice well, and he was able to execute a wide variety of covers including Prince’s“When Doves Cry,”Etta James‘ “Damn Your Eyes,” and Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh” – a version of which he was forced to re-write since an actual cover of the dancehall song would be both “inaudible and slightly obscene.”
Happy Holidaze! In lieu of the traditional advent calender stocked with stale chocolates or tiny toys, VH1, MTV and CMT are gearing up and counting down the days to Christmas with 12 Holidaze worth of cheer. Each day until the 25th, we will unveil a new holiday-themed performance from some of your favorite artists. First up: Paloma Faith, singing the Christmas classic “Santa Baby”!
Anybody can get twelve drummers drumming, but few can fill us with a reto-sheened cheer quite like Faith can. The rising British songstress and The Voice UK coach has a voice that has earned her comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele, and a look that’s a little Joan from Mad Men and all the rest entirely her own (we’ve mentioned it already, but you should really take a look at that carcass necklace!), and this Christmas classic from 1953 is just perfect for her. It’s a teensy bit jazzy and just brimming with the warm and crackly cheer that’s sure to lure Santa down the chimney right quick.