You will laugh, then you will feel all warm and fuzzy inside after watching Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine nicely scold concertgoers for fighting at her show. In Aberdeen, Scotland a fight near the stage broke out while she was singing “Shake It Out.” Florence immediately stopped the performance with a demand: “I can’t have you fight in front of me while I try to sing this song,” she said in her lovely British accent. “No fighting allowed. I don’t know what’s happening, but I’d quite like it to stop. Doesn’t matter whose fault it is.” Tell them Flo! “Excuse me, all of you, stop it.” We’re fawning over her for taking matters into her own hands. Besides, who fights at a Florence & The Machine concert? As someone who has seen the group’s awesome live show, let us reassure you there is nothing to fight about. Read more…
According to the Telegraph, previously announced performers Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl will be joined at tonight’s star-studded 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. Or in other words, Nirvana are back! But with McCartney taking over for the late Kurt Cobain, and they will probably only play non-Nirvana songs or maybe a new track that they’ve been secretly working on ever since Paul asked his “mate” Dave to “jam.” (Seriously, McCartney insists he didn’t mean to getting Nirvana back together: “I didn’t really know who they were … And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”)
Which is mostly all to say that we may not get to hear Paul McCartney really loose himself to “Heart Shaped Box,” but whatever they do end up doing will almost certainly be awesome. And with Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and more already on-board and now this, tonight’s show is shaping up to be an impressive one. That’s why we here at @VH1 will be airing it live on VH1 Classic or Palladia, as well as live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com.
Allen Stone really means it when he says he spends his nights howling at the moon. Last night the up-and-coming soul star and our January You Oughta Know artist hit the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he gave his fellow late night howlers a show that was sure not to put them to “Sleep.”
The 25-year-old Washington native took the stage with his signature blonde curls tucked under a fedora, and with three backup singers and a backing band that counted an organist among its members. They were super concise, and Stone sort of bounces around the stage seemingly possessed by the jaunty and inspiring Allen Stone single. His father’s church that he began his career singing in is dwarfed by the Leno stage, and we suspect this guy will soon be playing even bigger, so apparently all those nights spent shooting at the stars have paid off. If Stone sleeps until noon today like he says he does in the song, he’s well earned the extra hours.
Allen Stone — “Sleep” 12/11 Leno [AudioPerv]
It wouldn’t be VH1 Divas week without a daily dose of this year’s host Adam Lambert. And guess what our fearless dance party maestro had to say when we told him Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea and Bootsy Collins are performing Deee-Lite‘s “Groove Is In The Heart” this Sunday? The only appropriate response: “That’s f***ing genius! I love that song!”
If it were up to me, Adam’s opinion about anything would be taken as law, because beneath that carefully coiffed mass of hair lurks a mastermind with perfect eyebrows. That said, we have journalistic integrity, so let’s back up Adam’s endorsement with some stats about the stars singing the middle school dance favorite. Read more…
This was made inevitable with their engagement, but we can’t say we thought it would come this soon or that it would be so on-the-nose, but here we have it: Avril Lavigne has covered her soon-to-be husband Chad Kroeger‘s super-sized breakout hit “How You Remind Me,” and for an upcoming anime film called One Piece Film Z, at that! Avril takes the brutish, blustery anthem and turns it into a nice and thoughtful piano ballad. She throws in a few cymbal flourishes and — well, it’s really not so bad! If a series of finely executed covers is how Chavril chooses to remind us of their love, that would be just fine by us.
“Payphone” still ringing in our ears and “One More Night” only just now beginning its decent from the top of the charts, Maroon 5 have already begun negotiating the success of their next entry: “Daylight.” The pop titans premiered the melancholy new Overexposed single on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back, and have since worked it into their Grammy Nomination Concert medley. Today it gets a lengthy and crowd-sourced music video, which neatly doubles as a ‘Thank You’ for and a testament to the flesh and blood fans that have helped them in their quest for total chart domination.
The self-proclaimed King of the South has our attention. T.I. promised Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (December 18th) would give the Trap Muzik fans what they’ve been missing from him. So far “Trap Back Bumpin,” “Ball” featuring Lil Wayne, “Sorry” featuring Andre 3000 and now his latest “Hello” featuring Cee Lo, has not disappointed. Read more…
Rick Ross is still out here waving his gangsta flag as if his former correctional officer status isn’t widely known. But ok, bawse. In an interview with Florida’s 99 Jamz, Ross used his promo time to clear up recent rumors claiming he canceled tour dates due to gang related threats. According to the MMG leader, no one puts fear in his heart. He says his tour was canceled due to a promoter’s lack of communication. Read more…
We’re five days out and the VH1 DIVAS announcements keep flooding in! Newcomer British diva Paloma Faith has joined our growing list of performers set to take the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/8C this Sunday, December 16. And if her amazing performance at Live in the Vineyard is any indication, the “Picking Up The Pieces” star is about to make an amazing statement in the U.S. Her latest album, Fall To Grace, was released stateside on December 4, and VH1 DIVAS is the perfect platform to introduce to such a theatrical and emotional performer to this side of the pond.
I can only imagine what she’ll wear! A few years ago, the singer-songwriter straight up worked an animal carcass on a necklace. Can we hope for something even more outlandish on the Divas red carpet? Find out Sunday, December 16, at 9PM/8C – a red carpet live stream kicks everything off at 8PM. Read more…
The days of summer beach hopping and brunching outside of lofty restaurant patios in the sun seem like only days ago. Now Christmas is two weeks away, which means 2012 is winding down and 2013 is on the horizon. VH1 Tuner is excited to present to you with a myriad of fun end-of-year lists for the rest of December, as we reflect back on the year that was. And what would 2012 be without the music YouTube phenomenons that made us laugh, scratch our head and dance? Without further ado, here’s to the rising crop of music stars (or at least popular for the moment) who can credit “going viral” for their success.
8. Austin Mahone, “Say Somethin”
He’s not the next Justin Bieber. We’re only writing it because the comparison has been made a zillion times. Austin’s teeny bopper song “Say Somethin” spread quickly in the cyber world after his popularity grew from his covers of pop stars’ hit songs. The kid’s YouTube page of 90 million views and over 500,000 subscribers ultimately led to one of his biggest opportunities to date. From YouTube sensation to opening for Taylor Swift’s her RED tour, another one bites the good ol’ YouTube dust.
7. Rap Battle Royale: Loaded Lux vs. Calicoe
One rap battle, two MCs, lyrically spar for bragging rights as the dopest rapper. This year’s most noteworthy battle birthed the infamous quote: “You gon’ get this work.” Loaded Lux and Calicoe battled for over 30 minutes in front of an anxious crowd vigilantly waiting to decide which rapper would hold the championship belt. The video quickly made its way to hip-hop sites galore where Loaded Lux’s “you gon’ get this work” had even Jay-Z tweeting the line. Shoutout to Lux for one of the hottest catchphrases of 2012.