BRACKET MADNESS: Does Celine Dion’s Voice Or Mariah Carey’s Hits Matter More?

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You wouldn’t want to go up against Celine Dion or Mariah Carey if there were some sort of singing competition similar to a battle rap. Whether both of them possess the pipes to ease through each note as if they were born to sing isn’t arguable. What is debatable for our Bracket Madness is which one should have the chance in the next round to take the crown for greatest artist of the 90s. Celine Dion has the voice and hefty album sells while Mariah has the voice and No. 1 hit singles. The 90s definitely was good to them, but both of these extraordinary singers have timelessly created timeless music that spans well past the 90s era. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Do You Get Chill Out With Dave Matthews Band Or Rock Out With Green Day?

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Pearl Jam and Nirvana having done their part to bring alternative edge to 90′s mainstream, Green Day and Dave Matthews Band swooped in just after Neverland and Ten to further atomized the scene. Each at the top of their own alt-genre, Green Day’s Dookie (1994) heralding an era of mainstream pop-punk while Dave Matthews Band “chilled” the mainstream with their seven-times platinum album Crash (1996). Radio is far more diverse these days, and for that we can thank all of the aforementioned. But Bracket Madness means there can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s. Who should it be?

Like we’ve done with Pearl Jam versus Nirvana and Boyz II Men versus TLC already, let’s break it down. Read more…

Justin Timberlake Is Sort Of Working On New Music, Just Not An Album

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Justin Timberlake Not Working On New Music

The good news: Justin Timberlake is working on new music. The bad news: He’s not working on an album. Word spread pretty fast that JT was working on fresh “crazy crazy stuff” after Digital Spy posted an interview with producer Jim Beanz.  According to the producer, he is set to work with Timbaland and JT on Shock Value 3. In addition, Beanz alluded to material for a new album, which sounded somewhat sketchy since JT is primarily focused on his acting career, running Myspace as the Creative Director, designing home decor and hopefully helping with wedding plans. Read more…

BRACKET MADNESS: Are You Down For The Syrupy Sweet Sounds of Boyz II Men Or CrazySexyCool TLC?

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To get you in the mood for Bracket Madness, we hope you’ve been grooving (even the word grooving is a blast from the past) to sweet melodies by your favorite 90s artists. By now you should have dusted off those ancient CDs or cassette tapes of Boyz II Men and TLC to help you decide which artist should advance to the next round. On one end of the spectrum there’s the quartet turned trio, Boyz II Men that brought us the tear jerker “On Bended Knee.” On the opposite end is TLC that delivered “Waterfalls” flawlessly. There couldn’t be a harder choice, but there can only be one. Read more…

VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer Talks To Just About Everyone At Lollapalooza 2012

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Anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend talked to VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer. Or maybe Jim Shearer just made sure to talk to anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend, so as to provide you with as thorough a recap of what went down as ever was. Really, the above five minutes tell the whole story: he got Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to laugh, Gaslight Anthem to punch him, fun. to talk about their summer jams, Aaron Paul to spoil Breaking Bad season 5 part 2 (just kidding!), Chairlift mourning their rained-out set, and he even gained access to headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers — well, the sign on their trailer. Very fun, and not a moment un-capped. Check it out!

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BRACKET MADNESS: Who Was The Greatest Grunge Band Of The 90s, Nirvana or Pearl Jam?

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Bracket Madness is upon us once more, and this time around artists from the 90s are off and battling for the “Greatest” crown. This first round pits Nirvana against Pearl Jam, and it almost feels unfair to have to choose. Both groups emerged from the hair and flannel and sludge of Seattle in the 90s as alt-rock legends, distinguished in their tunely post-punk and oftentimes painful sincerity. Eddie Veder with his masterpiece, Ten, and Kurt Cobain with his masterpiece, Nevermind, are giants in grunge but different in the shadows they cast. Which represents the greatest of grunge?

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Kelly Clarkson’s Top Five Covers This Year

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Kelly Clarkson Best Covers

It doesn’t matter if Kelly Clarkson were to sing the phone book. We’d want to hear it. When Clarkson put out the call to fans asking what songs they’d like her to cover the online requests flooded in. The Stronger tour that ended in April produced amazing covers of an array of musical genres. And like the great vocalist she is, Clarkson showed her range nailing everything from the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses” to Bruno Mars‘ “It Will Rain.” When the tour ended our sad faces began, but luckily for us her Summer 2012 tour with The Fray has reignited the covers we were so obsessed with. Because we know you love the covers as much as we do, we’ve chosen the best five covers from Kelly Clarkson’s tour and concerts this year. Enjoy! Read more…

Tuned In: Norah Jones Haunts Conan With “Miriam”

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Things don’t end so well for Miriam, we know that now. So it’s with a certain anticipation that we watch when Norah Jones performs the lurking Little Broken Heart lullaby, and all the more so when she plays it live, like she did last night on Conan. Seated at her piano in a pretty blue dress, Jones kept her eyes trained to the audience while she pleaded, “Miriam, was it a game to you? Was it a game to him? Don’t tell me lies.” This is a perfect song for late night, when all is dark and quiet and it lulls you to sleep and then haunt your dreams with it’s eery beauty. Oh, Miriam, that’s such a pretty name…

And below, watch her web-only performance of “Out On the Road”

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Karmin Bring It, Bring It In The Vibrant New Video For “Hello”

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Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are doing things a little different in this new video for “Hello,” a song meant to introduce the pop-duo as more than just a YouTube covers act. “I’m gonna do it do it, like I want to do it,” sings Heidemann over the zappy synth before she shifts gear to full spit-mode: “Don’t they know I came from Nebraska, am I going to quit? Nice of you to ask, but…” Yeah, no, not quitting. It’s more like she’s just getting started. Read more…