It’s the most wonderful time of the year — especially if you’ve been naughty like us! Over at VH1 Classic we just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for rockin’ with us this year and we hope you get most of what you asked for. But don’t blame us if you find a giant mound of coal–let’s be real, we all know you deserved it!
Enjoy this message from VH1 Classic + Satan Santa — Happy Holidays!
Contrary to popular belief, the music most celebrated on the charts isn’t always the best. Okay, that was sarcasm. But even artists with hits on the charts have a slew of singles that fall by the wayside. Not every album is a Katy Perry string of #1s. Thus, here is a list of artists whose albums were certainly recognized, but had singles that didn’t quite get the attention they deserved.
Rye Rye’s delayed and delayed album Go! Pop! Bang! finally came out in May of this year–and is really fantastic. An upbeat, eletro-pop banger that not only samples the Vengaboys‘ “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom”, but also elevates Rye Rye’s signature sound. Unfortunately, it didn’t do so well on the charts, only hitting #9 on Dance Songs.
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
The critical acclaim the Compton newcomer has received from good kid, m.A.A.d city has Kendrick Lamar gassed. He lived up to the hype and delivered one of the year’s best albums, thus his confidence is understandably high. It’s level of highness has him thinking he can spar with Nas and Jay-Z in the studio. GQ’s Mark Anthony Green profiled the 25-year-old rapper and here’s what we learned:
Kendrick’s dad never got back his dominoes.
All the scenarios in GKMC are real, and actually took place in one day.
Sherane is a real person. In case you were wondering, her name’s not Sherane. “Hopefully she’s doing good, you know, but karma is a bitch.” Read more…
If it isn’t obvious by now: Lil Wayne loves sports. When there’s a college or NBA basketball game with one of his favorite teams, rest assure he’s nearby. During his one-on-one interview on the Jim Rome On Showtime show Wayne talked about sports and athletes who’ve rapped. On a more personal note the “How To Love” rapper showed his softer side.
The interviewer asked Lil Wayne about his 2010 criminal possession of a weapon conviction, which he served time for in New York’s Rikers Island. Considering last week’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT Wayne wanted viewers to know if there’s one thing in his life he could change it’d be the whole weapon incident. “Before I leave, I want to say you mentioned that in 2010, I was locked up for a weapon. If there was anything I could do in my life that I could ever change, it’d be that,” he said. Without being asked about Sandy Hook Wayne concluded the show with a message to Newtown, CT. “Sandy Hook Elementary, my heart goes out to you,” he said showing Sandy Hook written on his white tee.
Slews of celebrities sent out their condolences to the families affected by last week’s shootings. Celebrity parents in particular took the news hard. This father of four is maturing. It’s all about growth, Weezy F. Baby.
Would you like to see something that you’ve never seen before? Open YouTube in a new tab and search for “Psy” — chances are good that you’ve done this before, but stick with us! — and his “Gangnam Style.” What the video until you’re all “Oppan!”-ed out, and then shift your eyes to where the view-counter below the video. Do you see that? A ten-digit number, punctuated by a very cute animated Psy, because “Gangnam Style” has become the first video in the history of the internet to reach one billion views and what better way is there to celebrate than with a giddy-up GIF! WE DID IT!
Last month The Civil Wars left their growing cadre of fans brokenhearted when they cut their North American tour short over “internal discord and irreconcilable difference of ambition.” However, we were touched by their generous return policy, and we were able to take solace in the fact that the announcement didn’t disqualify new Civil Wars music in the future. And so it seems a little time off the road was all it took to reconcile ambitions, because as Rolling Stone points out, the duo seem to be back at work on new music!
It’s not exactly an official announcement or anything, but last night Joy Williams let slip during a Twitter interview with Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy that she was in the studio and — better yet! — listening to new Civil Wars songs. Then later on in the evening, Williams’ husband and the band’s manager, Nate Yetton, posted a photo of a studio (above) with the caption that read “Today.” Good thing that Mayan Apocalypse was a bust, because 2013 is shaping up quite nicely.
Madonna is not here for your second hand smoke. During her outdoor concert in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday Madge had a few choice words for the cigarette puffers once she caught a whiff of the smoke.
Scenario: You’re in Chile and a huge Madonna fan. You’ve paid a nice price for tickets to stand watching her perform songs that will end up on YouTube the same night. But IT’S MADONNA! The day of the show the overcast in the sky is killing your vibe. You hope the rain holds out, but don’t bother dressing super cute just in case. You arrive at the outdoor venue only to be cursed by the weather gods with a downpour of rain. You’re still excited because IT’S MADONNA. To ease your annoyance with the weather conditions you pull out a cigarette. Puff, puff. Read more…
Evidently, January’s You Oughta Know spotlight artist Allen Stone has already made himself right at home in VH1 headquarters! You see, today mtvU has premiered the new on-the-road video for his “Sleep” and it begins with footage of the funky troubadour cruising, guitar in hand and his trademark fedora atop his head, up a set of escalators that looked awfully familiar to us because we take them to work everyday. Very cool, because — Allen, feel free to drop by and play us a little diddy or whatever whenever, you know?
Really, though, this is a nice example of a video that’s perfectly set to a song and its star. Stone is a star hard at work on the come-up, and “Sleep” is more or less a song about his kindhearted hustle; or, as he puts it: “trying to change the world with his guitar/ And I know it’s a long shot, but it’s working so far/ So I spend my nights shooting at the stars.” The video gives us a glimpse at what all this “shooting at the stars” business is about, cutting together actual footage of him on the road, in dressing rooms, performing, signing autographs and — oh hey! — hanging out at VH1/MTV headquarters. Catch a quick glimpse of him dosed off in the van at around the :50 mark, but otherwise you’ll see that he really means it when he says he “never gets sleep.”
Last weekend, Keri Hilson performed a sizzling “She Works Hard For The Money” for VH1 DIVAS 2012‘s spectacular Donna Summer tribute, reminding us that Hilson’s got the pipes, Hilson’s got the moves and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Hilson’s got the legs and looks, as well. It’s been two years since No Boys Allowed dropped and we’re still pumping “Pretty Girl Rock” on a more than semi-regular basis, to be sure, but every spin has us asking: where’s Keri been? We caught up with the Hilson back stage, and she promised us that she’ll be back to pretty girl rocking in 2013 with her acting debut and new music, too!
“I took a little break, and I’m back,” Hilson explained, teasing a new album set for release in the first quarter of next year and beaming with excitement for her upcoming silver-screen debut. Hilson is set to star alongside Vin Diesel — “He’s become my mentor!” — in Chronicles of Ridick: Dead Man Stalking, and she is “super excited” about getting back to her more theatrical roots. “I was a theater major in college,” she said, “Acting is just as much a part of the things that inspire me, and the things that keep me creatively juicy, just as much as music is. I’d love to have a lasting acting career.” And as long as that doesn’t mean an end to the music, we would love her to have that, too.