When Beyonce isn’t sitting courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game, or gyrating on stage alongside her hubby she’s penning letters to the president. Bey’s support for President Obama dates back to 2008. As an avid supporter she campaigned for then Senator Obama and was later rewarded the opportunity of a lifetime to sing at the president’s inauguration while he and the First Lady slow danced. Never underestimate the power of a singer who creates a “Single Ladies” anthem. Read more…
VH1 You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae has been working the campaign trail in support of President Barack Obama; in addition to encouraging young people in their homestate of North Carolina to go vote early, they played an event hosted by Michelle Obama just a few short weeks ago where, according to singer Brittany Holljes, everyone in the band received “full Mama Bear hugs” from the First Lady. However, now that it’s Election Day, Delta Rae wants you to get out and vote, regardless of your party affiliation.
“Voting is very important, especially in an election like this,” Brittany explained to our own VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer in Napa, California last week, just moments after performing a scorching set at the Live In The Vineyard festival. “It’s close!”
Her brother, Delta Rae singer/keyboardist Eric Holljes, weighed in next. “I think it’s important for everybody, no matter your age, to have some foresight and think about where we’re going to be in 30 years. The decision we make right now is going to impact that, so I hope everybody out there goes out to vote.”
Listen up: Angel Haze is rhyming over some of the classics, not only invoking nostalgia for the greats (See: Lauryn Hill‘s “Do Wop (That Thing)”, Missy Elliott‘s “Gossip Folks”) but also reworking some of the more recent greats (See: Eminem‘s “Cleaning Out My Closet”, Lupe Fiasco‘s “Bitch Bad”) on her new mixtape Classick. Haze isn’t simply repeating old verses, she’s adding her own unique spin to every track. And she just so happens to spin really quickly. It’s awesome.
Watch the video for “Gossip Folks” above, and download the entire mixtape here.
Election Day is finally here! There were seemingly endless months of commentary, satire, parodies and intense arguments with loved ones that made it seem like you were choosing sides for the American Civil War instead of a president. But that’s over, because today We The People cast our ballots for red, blue, green or Honey Boo Boo! Stave off that voting postpartum with five politically charged music videos that celebrate your new-found surge of political empowerment – which, let’s be honest, will go hibernate the next two to four years in some of us.
The 2003 chart-topper crossed B.E.P. over into the pop world and introduced us to Fergie. But The Black Eyed Peas didn’t just milk their new level of fame. They used the popularity of the hit to address global social injustices like war, pollution and intolerance in the music video.
Hype surrounding an artist is one thing. That artist living up to the hype is quite another. Singer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. certainly rises to the occasion. The 28-year-old jazz and blues singer whose music mixes country and Rock ‘N Roll plays the guitar with such precision and skill he was an easy choice for VH1’s November You Oughta Know artist. His new album, Blak and Blu, is like honey drizzled into a warm cup of tea. It soothes. Through and through it’s real feel good music. Read more…
The big day is upon us: Happy Election Day! After many months of endorsements and rallying, even the most famous and busy musicians are taking some time to hit the polls or submit their absentee ballots. And because it’s such a special day, many are snapping (sometimes illegal) photos and sharing the experience. Below, because we sincerely hope you’ll follow their example and exercise your right to vote today, we’re rounding-up all their Tweets and Instagrams as they share them. Until the polls close… Read more…
Firstly, there’s nothing smarter than pairing the adorable lads of One Direction with some adorable puppies. Whoever had that idea, I applaud you. And so does the Internet! We all congratulate you on picking the perfect concept for a magazine cover.
Meanwhile, could somebody cheer up those puppies? All of these adorable dogs look upset.
There’s even more! I’m heading over now with some puppy treats and a lint roller.
Looks like Lil Wayne‘s brilliant deposition performance was not enough to win Weezy the case. As you’ll remember, earlier this year, Lil Wayne took Quincy Jones’s son to court, alleging that his use of Lil Wayne’s music in the 2009 documentary The Carter was copyright infringement. Yesterday a Los Angeles jury dismissed that case. Turns out there was also a countersuit in the mix, this one raised by Jones and claiming that Lil Wayne “wrongfully limited the film’s profit potential;” Wayne lost that one, too. According to TMZ’s report, when Lil Wayne missed his day in court after suffering a mid-flight health scare, his lawyer was forced to the aforementioned deposition tapes for a less than amused judge and jury. Unfortunately for Wayne, they were were less than amused and have ordered him to cough up a hefty $2.2 million. Ouch!
Written six years ago, P!nk‘s “Dear Mr. President” spoke directly to former President George W. Bush. And now, it speaks directly to the history of politically charged anthems, one that spans years of candidates and every age of our country’s history. P!nk’s open letter to George W. never made it to the charts, as she decided it would never be a single because “it was too important to be perceived as a publicity stunt.”
Meanwhile, the lyrics are loud and clear on the singer’s feelings on our former President. Unabashedly, she calls him out for his reported contradictions:
What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.
If all goes as P!nk hopes, as she’ll be voting Obama today, she won’t be writing our President such a strongly-worded musical letter for (at least!) the next four years. To hear more of the story behind “Dear Mr. President”, check out P!nk’s full VH1 Storytellers on Tuesday, November 13th at 11PM EST.
TLC is coming back. 10 years after their last album, 10 years after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away in a tragic car accident, the BBC is reporting that the girls are planning a comeback complete with a scripted VH1 biopic and a brand new album.
Despite the gaping hole in their line-up, T-Boz has assured that the heart and soul of TLC still remains. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” she said at the Mobo Awards in Liverpool. Rumors are swirling that the band might bring Left Eye out in hologram form on tour, which Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas addressed in an interview. “It will be hard on us, but I certainly think our fans would love to see it,” says Thomas, 41. “I think we would probably pass out, and all of our fans would break down, but it’s amazing how real the hologram looks. It’s almost like you can touch the person.”
The biopic was announced in December of 2011 (check out our fantasy line-up right here), but there is still not a firm premiere date set in place.
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