Whether you’re one of her lambs or not, there’s no arguing the fact that Mariah Carey’s new single is motivational. Unveiled to the world this evening, the video for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” stars both of the song’s featured rappers, MMG ring-leader Rick Ross and his Philly protégé, Meek Mill. Given the opportunity to emerge a champ as the video’s protagonist and in real life, Meek plays the role of a boxer going twelve rounds in the ring against a hearty opponent, taunting him the entire time.
NICKI MINAJ UNVEILS HER “PINK FRIDAY” PERFUME ALL DECKED OUT WITH A PINK WIG
It’s when outer space and the future meet. Nicki’s perfume bottle is certainly unlike any other design on the market with its bustier, ‘Nicki Minaj’ gold chain, pink lips and signature pink wig to match. What can we say? It’s so…Nicki. [SPIN]
LAURYN HILL’S TAX WOES CONTINUE
As if facing three years in prison after being found guilty for not paying back taxes wasn’t enough to make anyone pull out their hair, Ms. Hill apparently owes the state of New Jersey $440,000 in back taxes. Luckily, she has yet to be charged criminally for this particular case. [JUICY]
P!NK IS FIERCE ON THE COVER OF BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
“I felt like I was in this video game and I collected all the gold coins and talismans you could collect — I had to either move to the next level or quit,” P!nk, 32, says on the phone from Santa Monica, Calif.’s Shutters on the Beach resort. “There’s this whole techno takeover going on right now that just does my head in, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’d rather dance around and sing goofy songs.” [Billboard]
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Remember when American Idol made stars? These days, it seems like the singing competition portion of the show is just reason to keep a judges’ table, stocked full with top shelf celebrities. Yesterday we reported that US Weekly‘s got good word from a source that Nicki Minaj has been tapped as a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol. Minaj allegedly turned down a similar gig already, but now with Mariah Carey on board, and with Britney Spears on The X Factor and Christina Aguilera on The Voice, who could blame her for wanting in on the fun?
Well, today TMZ reports that Carey is not down with the idea, and that she “hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the candidate” because she was under the impression that she alone would fill the season’s diva quota. Meanwhile, TMZ is also reporting that Idol execs have reached out to yet another potential celeb-judge: Kanye West, who is apparently “on the fence” because “he’s not sure if Idol is in his wheelhouse.” Though he’s not a woman like Minaj, we can’t imagine Carey being much more receptive to that Kanye call. TMZ will probably keep us posted. Read more…
Being the serious Walk The Moon fan that he is, VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer made sure to waste not a moment with the boys while they were at VH1 headquarters yesterday. With a camera in hand and a long list of tough questions at ready, he followed the boys into the men’s bathroom to catch their pre-Big Morning Buzz Live warm-up and then to the green room for some serious breakfast talk. And as it turns out, Walk The Moon do not believe in pancakes.
“I don’t think we are an anti-pancake band, I just don’t think we are a pancake enthusiast band,” Nick offered. Meanwhile, Sean was less diplomatic, suggesting instead that, “[Pancakes] are sent from the devil.” And as for Kevin, he likes waffles. The more you know! Read more…
Girl on girl football is pretty much a man’s fantasy dream come true. Forget about men in helmets and tights, Trey Songz has the ladies in booty shirts sprinting to the end zone in his new video for “Hail Mary.” Funny man Kevin Hart and Trey Songz serve as the unconventional coaches trying to lead their teams to victory through flirtatiously stretching and horseback riding with their players. Like any football game, there’s lots of aggression and women falling atop of one another from tackles. Read more…
In only a few more hours, you can tune in to see for yourself all the good that went down at Sunday Night’s Do! Something Awards. But until then, here’s this: Flo Rida performing his Song of the Summer contender “Wild Ones.” Flo Rida hit the stage with a blinged-out mic in hand and in camo pants, like he could jump from the stage straight into a service project if the evening’s spirit so struck him. And in a cat-woman like black jumpsuit and with a pink hair-bow atop her head, StayC filled in for Sia, and the bumping (and much deserved!) audience tells us that they, too, think she did a great job.
Check out their performance of “Wild Ones” above, and tune in for the full show tonight at 9 PM ET/PT! And if you think “Wild Ones” deserves to be this year’s VH1 Song Of The Summer (presented by Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant) VOTE TODAY by visiting sots.vh1.com!
Already, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the lead single off of Taylor Swift’s forthcoming Red, has climbed the Billboard 100, broken sales records, and become the anthem of strong-willed girls nationwide. And now, we get word that Taylor will give it the big-stage, live debut it deserves next month at the MTV Video Music Awards! There, she’ll be joining Green Day, One Direction, P!nk and Alicia Keys, which means all three of our strong, VH1 Storytelling women will be representing!
Taylor VMA appearances past have been nothing if not memorable, as she was the first country music star to win the award and of course there was that “I’ma let you finish” moment that so famously followed. And if Taylor’s hair-flipping and finger-wagging lip-synch of “Never Ever” is any indication, this performance too will be a show to be seen. So if you haven’t already, now would be a good time to mark your calenders: September 6 at 8 PM. We-eeeee!
In the wake of his fifth studio album Chapter V dropping today (and already #1 at iTunes), Trey Songz has us feeling a little warm and fuzzy here at VH1! Making time to visit our offices this week, Trey not only performed on Big Morning Buzz Live and made the VH1 staff squeel in delight at the very sight of him, he also helped us take to Twitter and see if any of his followers needed some direct-to-fan nurturing. That’s right: the man whose neighbors know his name and allegedly invented sex spent some time ruminating on the love-troubles of five others, and even got a bit personal, divulging his thoughts on the future of his love life and when he might want to start a family.
Couldn’t make the trek to London for Hard Rock Calling this year? Palladia’s got you covered, because the network is bringing you the best bits of the epic three day festival! You’ll get to see Bruce Springsteen’s historic duet with Paul McCartney (at least until the cops shut em down!), Paul Simon perform tracks from Graceland backed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and that’s not even close to all. Incredible performances from Soundgarden, Lady Antebellum, Christina Perri, Iggy & The Stooges and many more are set to make their U.S. TV debut this Saturday the 25th at 9 PM on Palladia, and also simulcast on VH1.
How can they fit that much rock into two hours!? You better spend this week prepping your ears for some serious kickass tunes. Viacom’s music channel Palladia will bring the goods in high def, so it’ll really feel like you’re there. Minus the drunk guy in front of you chanting for “Freebird,” of course. And the special will also air Sunday August 26th at 9PM on VH1 Classic, so you have no excuse to miss out. We were there, and we can tell you: if you love music, you’ll love this. Get pumped!
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Walk The Moon swung back by VH1 headquarters yesterday, to announce their September You Oughta Know gig and book-ending the summer with a Big Morning Buzz Live performance. A lot has happened since we first met the boys from Cincinnati in June — they’ve celebrated their eponymous label debut, toured Europe, and won hearts and sound-tracked the hot months with their song of the summer, “Anna Sun” — and, now with September and their month of You Oughta Know upon us, they are only just getting started!
They showed up yesterday with just acoustic guitars and suitcases, and with Nick wearing again a Navajo print shirt (can’t fix what’s not broken), to bang out their quick-stepping next single, “Tightrope.” All warmed up, they then shipped off to get ready for their You Oughta Know Live session. More on that soon! Because if you don’t know Walk The Moon yet, we think you really oughta.