You have to give it to Green Day, if not much else they do these days could be called punk, their unwillingness to stick to the script is at least kindred in spirit to the lifestyle that gave them rise. From the outset, they have been clear that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their protest rock past, and “Oh Love” already falls more closely in line with the Rolling Stones than The Ramones. This, though, we couldn’t have expected: apparently the “garage-y, Nuggets-type rock”¡Dos! includes some sort of hip hop track? But not one where Billie Joe Armstrong raps. No, “I’m just the hype man,” he says. Rather, he’s leaving that up to a pro.
Speaking with MTV News, Armstrong explained that they wanted to collaborate with this band called Mystic Knights of the Cobra who are from the Northern California town where Green Day got their start, and that Mystic Knights of the Cobra, it turns out, just happens to be fronted by a punk girl named Lady Cobra who raps. “She’s a good rapper, so we ended up collaborating with her. She’s this punk girl, she’s in this wild band that does anything from punk rock to hip-hop, so we collaborated with her and it ended up being great,” Armstrong said, adding that “this is the first collaboration in a long time.” So, they got a punk girl to rap on their self described “garage-y” new album? That’s the spirit!
Check out Lady Cobra’s rap and (roller skate!) skills in the colorful video for Mystic Knights of the Cobra’s “Text Messaging Slut.” Would you hit her up (for a verse)? Read more…
To test out the new ‘Pass The Pop’ feature on Pop Up Videos we asked our friends at Buzzworthy and BuzzFeed to join us in popping up fun’s “We Are Young” video. Did you know that singer Nate Ruess was “tipsy” when pitching the song to a producer? Or that guitarist Jack Antonoff‘s sister Rachel is featured in the video? You can join in on and Pop Up with us, or create your own video on the VH1 Pop Up Video site. Get popping! Read more…
It’s mid-August and summer is waning, but 98 Degrees are — as of today! — officially back to make sure things stay hot. They started early, giving their first performance in a decade on the Today Show. And then before shipping off to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Mixtape Festival, they stopped by VH1 headquarters for Big Morning Buzz Live for a game of “Because of Who” and a little bit of “Because of You.” What we learned? Drew is the prankster, Nick is the reality television buff (of course), Drew and Justin are the worst eaters, and Jeff is always down for one more round. Which, well, because of a few drinks, according to Nick, 98 Degrees is on the comeback: “We basically got together over a few beers and started singing and though, ‘This is not bad!’” And they then sang a little acapella “Because of You,” and we agree, not bad!
Got fur? Lady Gaga does, and PETA is not too pleased about it. Lady Gaga was recently photographed in a poster for her upcoming film Machete Kills and sported a fur earlier this week in Bulgaria. True to form, PETA’s Jeff Mackey wrote an open letter to Lady Gaga on their website reminding the pop star that she once declared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show “I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.” As if accusing of her of hypocrisy wasn’t crass enough, Mackey compared her to Kim Kardashian writing, “you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian.” Ouch. Read more…
Pull out your black leather jackets and get ready to moonwalk for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s BAD album. VH1 is sending a few lucky fans to the Pepsi Billboard Summer Beats Celebrates BAD25 & Michael Jackson, King of Pop event in NYC to take photos for VH1. On August 29 at New York City’s Gotham Hall you have the chance to groove to A-list performers who are all coming together for one reason: to celebrate the King. Are you so excited you’re singing “You know I’m bad, I’m bad, you know it” yet?
To enter to win it’s as simple as tagging your summer photos on Instagram and Twitter with #playnow. Easy breezy. Once you’ve tagged your photos with the hashtag you’re automatically entered in the contest. If you’re the lucky chosen fans you will win flight accommodations to NYC, exclusive access to take pictures from the event for VH1 and the opportunity to star in a VH1 News Hit. There’s no better way to celebrate MJ’s 25th BAD anniversary. So get to tagging those photos with #playnow. To learn more visit www.vh1livefornow.com.
Nickelback aren’t actually in the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” the latest single off of Here and Now. Instead they go full-caffeinated and funny, and it’s a refreshing change from the generally serious rock band. The clip stars Seinfield‘s Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) as Bud, the proud barista of the plainly named Cafe, and Baywatch‘s Brooke Burns as Gennifer with a G as the center of his latte art universe. Bud’s specialty is the half-caff mocha soy latte-ccino but Gennifer just wants a plain latte, and so he sets out to pour her one so beautiful it could send her into some sort of sexy espresso-bean-and-steamed-milk, 90′s music video referencing orbit. Think LIT‘s “Miserable,” but instead of Pamela Anderson on a fur rug, we get Burns shimmying in a pile of coffee grounds. Anyways, Bud’s good, but along comes a motorcycle riding, vest wearing, sunglass-shaded better one who can paint anything you want in a single pour and the latte-art battle for the lady’s heart is on. Worry not, though, because a coffee made with love is the tastiest cup of all.
Neon Hitch made her television debut as a solo artist on Jimmy Fallon, where she performed her new single, “Gold.” Co-written by Claude Kelly, Bruno Mars and Hitch herself, “Gold” is a equal parts club banger and lush pop anthem, aggressive beat and pretty vocals. Whomever she’s singing about may shine like gold, but last night Neon shined quite literally neon. In a glowing bra and with a set of glowing phoenix wings to match, she bounced around the stage while her neon-tibal painted back-up dancers pulsed around her. We find that artists generally keep things simple when they perform on late night, but no, not Hitch — she goes Lady Gaga-lite. The raunch may have been toned down a bit by her standards, but neon never fades and Hitch was as provocative as ever.
VH1 is excited to be partnering with our friends at Whole Foods Market on an awesome new contest that could land you –yes, YOU!– a trip to the upcoming Live In The Vineyard concert, along with a $500 Whole Foods Market gift card. All you have to do to get a chance to see amazing artists like Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Gavin DeGraw is to visit RawAndUnprocessed.com and vote for your favorite of 10 unsigned bands, all of whom are Whole Foods team members. You’ll be entered to win, and you’ll be giving the band that you voted for a chance to be the opening act for one of our VH1 You Oughta Know artists.