Tuned In: Snow Patrol Go To “New York” On Letterman

by (@kat_george)

It isn’t much of a surprise that a band with a song called “New York” should chose to play said song while in New York. What is a surprise is just how lovely that song is. Last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Snow Patrol played the deeply melancholic “New York” to a reverent silence. Without all the excesses of grand instrumentals and layered melody, Snow Patrol played simply with voice and piano to evoke true emotion. Warning: Don’t watch this video if someone you love/miss/are heartbroken by has recently moved to New York without you — it will definitely make you cry, and we can’t have that!

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The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg To Headline Coachella 2012

by (@unclegrambo)

Just moments ago, the official Coachella Twitter feed (@coachella) posted their 2012 lineup, which will feature headlining performances from The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (!!!). Regarding the latter, this year marks the 20th anniversary of The Chronic‘s release, so we’re guessing that the pair might perform the classic album from front-to-back?

Also of note: It looks like Coachella organizer Paul Tollett is NOT a fan of indie chanteuse du jour, Lana Del Rey. At first glance, she seems to be the most obvious snub on this year’s lineup. More analysis to follow tomorrow!

Coachella 2012 Lineup [Stereogum]

Last Lap: Lana Del Rey Releases Official Album Track List

by (@kat_george)

Lana Del Rey Releases Official Album Track List
The day everyone spent the second half of 2011 pining for is almost here — Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die album release. The Princess Of Buzz has released the track listing, but don’t get too excited, you’ve already heard most of it before. [NME]

Paul McCartney Reveals The Inspiration Behind Kisses On The Bottom
Did anyone else get some seriously vivid imagery of Paul McCartney kissing someone on the butt when they heard the name of his new album? Luckily, McCartney revealed the titled of the album, Kisses On The Bottom, is a lyric from Fats Waller‘s 1935 song, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter,” which has cleared our minds of foul thoughts. Phew. [Billboard]

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Music Seen: Scars On 45′s Beauty Runs Wild At VH1 Headquarters [PHOTOS]

by (@kat_george)

Scars of 45 let their beauty run wild at VH1 headquarters when they came to our offices late last year and played a short set for us. Our featured You Oughta Know artist this month, Scars on 45 dropped by to share their unassuming, sentimental, guitar-driven music with us. One of our favorite numbers was “Beauty’s Running Wild” (watch the video below), which got the band some much deserved attention when it was featured on an episode of CSI: New York last year. Our photographer, Colin Gray, followed the band around while they were visiting and managed to grab some candid moments on film for us…

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Beyonce’s Alleged Miscarriage, Aaliyah’s Death And Other Insights Into Jay-Z’s New Song, “Glory (Featuring B.I.C.)”

by (@unclegrambo)

The Internet has pretty much come to a standstill this afternoon thanks to Jay-Z’s new track “Glory”, which features vocals from the youngest MC in the game, his 2-day-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter (aka The Notorious B.I.C.). In the halls here at Video Hits One, the song is pumping out of offices, tinny laptop speakers and even iPod earbuds, and has driven all of the women (and even some grown ass men) to tears. Well, your friendly VH1 Tuner editors have managed to keep the tears at a minimum and stay focused on the task at hand, and we’re happy to bring you this close reading of “Glory”:

BEYONCÉ SUFFERED A MISCARRIAGE … OR DID SHE?
Lyrics In Question: “False alarms and false starts, all made better by the sound of your heart / All the of the pain of the last time, I prayed so hard it was the last time” and “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you’d disappear but nah baby, you magic”
Translation: Everyone in the media is inferring that this lyric is about Beyoncé, but there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t. In Jay-Z’s song “This Can’t Be Life,” he makes reference to a stillborn baby (“Baby came out stillborn / So I gotta move on”) from a previous relationship, a fact that was also confirmed in his book Decoded. Now, this isn’t to say DEFINITIVELY that the reference isn’t to something that happened between Jay-Z and Beyoncé —as we know, these two are nothing if not tremendously private— but rather that all of the media speculation attributing this reference to Bey is a bit premature.

THAT SH*T CRAY: BLUE IVY CARTER WAS CONCEIVED IN PARIS
Lyric In Question: “You don’t yet know what swag is / But you was made in Paris / And Mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.”
Translation: Step off, Beyoncé birthers! Much has been made of the legitimacy of Beyoncé’s pregnancy, and the inclusion of this line is a not-so-subtle “Eff you” from Jay-Z to the haters. Because we’re nothing if not sticklers for the truth, we did some research and discovered that Bey and Jay took a 9-day trip to Paris from April 19, 20102011 until April 28, 2011. During this time, they recorded the vocals to “Lift Off” (which appeared on Jay and Ye’s Watch The Throne collaboration) and, apparently, made sweet, sweet love. If you do the math, that trip was eight months and some change ago.

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The 5 Most Boring “Look, I’m A New Dad!” Songs

by (@kat_george)

All the daddies in the house holla at us! Obviously the joy of bringing a child into the world is boundless, and Jay-Z proved so today when he uploaded a new track celebrating the birth of Blue Ivy, “Glory,” to his website. Far from being staid or predictable, the song was raw, emotion filled and penned in Hov’s expert style. Unfortunately, not all songs daddies write for their babies are as touching as “Glory,” so we’ve taken this moment to reflect on some of the most boring “Look, I’m A New Dad!” songs from some high profile daddies. (Disclaimer: we get that you love your kid. We’re not disputing that or saying it’s wrong. You have every right to express your happiness, all we’re saying is that your song is boring, ZzzzZzzz).

Creed – “With Arms Wide Open”
Creed’s emotion fulled ode to front man Scott Stapp‘s son, Jagger, is the ultimate in “Look I’m A New Dad” snooze fests. Although now that we’re revisiting the track, we’ve got to say the epic power guitar solo in the second half saves the song from giving us the same “ho-hum” feeling we get when we see a Facebook friend post the seventy jillionth photo of their new born baby on their wall (if it still looks like a potato, we’re not interested). The apocalyptic video is pretty sweet too, and it’s made us a little bit nostalgic for really crappy CGI.

Will Smith – “Just The Two Of Us”
Dude. You used to be The Fresh Prince.

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Jay-Z Features Vocals From His Baby Daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, On New Track “Glory”

by (@unclegrambo)

Well, that was quick! Earlier today, we predicted that Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s brand-new baby daughter, would make her recording debut when she turned 11 years-old. Well, it turns out she simply couldn’t wait that long for her shot at chart glory; the 2-days-old’s “vocals” are featured on Hova’s brand new track, “Glory”, which was just posted on his website LifeAndTimes.com. She’s credited here as B.I.C., which is an obvious tip of the cap to Jigga’s old friend, The Notorious B.I.G. Also, if you’re curious, the song was produced by Pharrell of The Neptunes.

For an artist who has built his entire career on his honest, confessional lyrics, this might just be the most candid and emotional song that Hov has ever put on wax. In it, he confesses that he and Beyoncé may have suffered through a miscarriage at some point in the past (“Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you’d disappear / But nah baby, you magic”) and ecstatically describes the joy at becoming a father (“Baby, I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you”). Being Jay-Z, though, he can’t help but get a bit braggadocious on the cut; in it, he sings “You don’t yet know what swag is / But you was made in Paris / And Mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.”

You can listen to “Glory” below:

RELATED: Beyonce’s Alleged Miscarriage, Aaliyah’s Death And Other Insights Into Jay-Z’s New Song, “Glory (Featuring B.I.C.)” [VH1 Tuner]

Beef Alert! Common Disses Drake On New Track, “Stay Schemin”

by (@kat_george)

“Soft” rapper Drake seems to be illiciting some extreme reactions from people recently — they’re either madly in love and having his name tattooed to their forehead, or just plain mad and looking to beef. First it was Ludacris having a dig at Drake on his track “Bada Boom,” and now it looks like Common wants in on the Drake bashing action. On his new track, “Stay Schemin,” Common isn’t shy about blasting Drake.

Calling Drake out for starting the beef but failing to name Common as the subject of that beef, Common raps “Don’t play dumb, I’m the one that acknowledged it / Son of a b**ch, I imagine what your father is / She said, “How you make your opponent / The rapper of the moment?” His style, he don’t own it / Acting all hard when he hardly like that / You gon’ mess around and make me catch a body like that.” Common goes on to refer to Drake as “a b**ch that’s eighteen,” “amateur guy” and “Canada dry.” Common speaks the final verse, “Soft n***a. Make no mistake, I’m talking to Drake,” and challenges Drake with “don’t hide behind them other n****s,” before a sample of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” is played, presumably because Common wants Drake to be upfront about the beef. Yikes! We wonder if Drake will respond in kind, or if he’ll stay quiet and cryptic, which seems to be his M.O. (and it’s clearly offending people!). Listen to the track below.

Common – “Stay Schemin (Remix/Drake Diss)” [Pigeons & Planes]

[Photos: Getty Images]

Diagnosed With Lymphoma, Tony Iommi Remains Committed To Black Sabbath Reunion

by (@kat_george)

Diagnosed with lymphoma, Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi is refusing to let his illness put a dampener on the band’s much anticipated reunion. At 63 years old, Iommi announced that the lymphoma is still in early stages and that he’s “upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.” Last year Black Sabbath announced that they would reunite for a tour and new album, and it seems that despite Iommi’s health problems they plan to soldier ahead. The album will be the first album in 30 years featuring the band’s original lineup, and while we’re looking forward to the release, we’re now preoccupied with sending Iommi well wishes.

Tony Iommi has lymphoma, still participating in Black Sabbath reunion [A.V. Club]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Welcome To The World Of Famous Musical Offspring, Blue Ivy Carter! (PS: Here’s How Fast Your Peers Got On Stage)

by (@kat_george)

This weekend, the world welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter, the offspring of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and possibly the most important baby on earth right now (or ever, who knows?) into its open arms. After months of speculation, second guessing, and red herrings, the baby girl is finally here and now we’ve got a whole new set of questions to deal with. For starters: When are we going to see baby Blue Ivy? Do you think she’s made of gold or magic or sparkles? Does she have super powers? Will she grow up to fulfill Mom and Dad’s musical legacy? And if so, how long do we have to wait to hear the chosen one’s voice on a record?

With all these questions in mind, we tracked down some other famous babies with musician parents, found out how long it took them to get from the womb to the recording studio, and employed the law of averages to try and figure out when we can expect Blue Ivy’s first number one song. According to the following cross section, we’re expecting Blue Ivy to lay down her first album by age 11…

  • Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 1981, at the age of 5, Sean recited a story on his mother’s album Season of Glass.

  • Hailie Jade Mathers, daughter of Marshall Mathers a.k.a Eminem. At age 6, Hailie’s vocal was featured on Eminem’s “My Dad’s Gone Crazy”.
  • Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of Olivia Newton John. At age 8, Chloe provided backing vocals for “The Way Of Love” from Olivia’s 1994 album Gaia.

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