He told us back in 2001′s “U Don’t Know,” “I am a hustler baby, I’ll sell water to a well.” Jay-Z wasn’t speaking in hyperbole either. Today he’s one of rap’s greatest moguls due to his entrepreneurial (aka hustling) ethics. According to Heavy, the bus-iness man’s latest venture includes launching a new YouTube channel named after his website Life+Times. Hold on to your chairs because the good news gets even better. On Saturday, October 6 the channel launches at 9:30 with a live stream of his final show of the eight-concert series at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s right, folks. You can watch Jay-Z perform your favorite hits from the comfort of your living room sofa. Read more…
British dance-floor darling Ellie Goulding has joined forces with Scotland’s club king Calvin Harris for “I Need Your Love,” a shimmering new cut from Harris’ upcoming album 18 Months and a bonus track off of Goulding’s own Halycon. It has only ever been a matter of time before these two found one other, and it was inevitable that their meeting would result in such a spark. They shouldn’t have to ask, though — of course they can have our love!
The stripped vocals on “Anything Could Happen” had us thinking that Goulding might be edging out of “Lights” Lite-Brite like glow for this second round, but Harris seems to have dragged her back to the dance floor, and to an ecstatic effect. “I Need Your Love” bleeps and bloops and bounces along an electronic beat, which might have sounded two-bit if not for that piano line. Goulding meanwhile returns to her signature smoky-cooing, begging that: “I need your love, I need your time/ When everything’s wrong, you make it right/ I feel so high, I come alive/ I need to be free with you tonight.”
What do you think, does “I Need Your Love” earn your love?
Adele‘s much anticipated Skyfall theme song is at last a mission accomplished. The titular song’s reveal has been less than stealthy, months of speculation as to Adele’s part in the project giving way to a Tweeted clue and then a substantial week earlier this week — a falter that we imagine 007 might have gotten a finger wagging for. But all is forgiven now that the thing’s landed, because the song does better than well to uphold the mission and is as Bond-y as a James Bond theme song need be. And as a bonus, it also serves well as a new Adele song, something we’ve all been jonesing for.
Adele sounds ever so glamorous singing over the cinematic strings and wide-screen orchestration, but she also plays it cool, saving the rousing “Rolling In The Deep”-scale vocal show until the end of the song. It’s like she spent the first two thirds of the song cooing over martinis — shaken, not stirred — in a dusky bar, just waiting for the right moment to break out the big guns. You know, Bond style.
On Tuesday, rising R&B star Miguel dropped his new album Kaleidoscope Dream to critical acclaim. On Wednesday, he introduced us to his hot girlfriend Nazanin Mandi with his “Do You…” Video. And yesterday he shared a second video, this one for “The Thrill,” a song so giddy as to be almost woozy. Miguel’s ride is only just getting started.
The quick-clipped, black-and-white visual finds Miguel reaping the benefits of Miguel’s many years of patient work — flashing lights and glasses always full, hotel suites and all the pretty ladies he needs to fill them, and etc. And it may be because all the footage was shot at Naz’s last birthday, or it may just be that thrill, but the surest sign of all that Miguel is living the life these days is that big, cheesy grin he’s beaming all the while. It’s that thrill you can feel, you know?
Aspiring songwriters: listen up! NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT is offering novice songwriters the chance to submit your work, win awesome prizes and advance your career. This year’s winner will receive a 60-minute session with legendary songwriter and artist Lionel Richie. Other prizes range from your song pitched to music industry executives to a three day trip to Nashville to a private tour of the CMT studios. CMT encourages contestants to enter songs of all genres of music. Read more…
The new video for Walk The Moon‘s “Tightrope” drops the boys into a campy camp-ground dance party, complete with face-paint like they wont and woodland creatures seemingly still dancing off Taylor Swift’s last break-up. The boys are joined round the roaring orange campfire by dancing lions and tigers and zebras, and also some warriors carrying worrisome weapons and looking hungry for the blood of a You Oughta Know artist. Looking only a little concerned, the boys get on their trademark face paint — which, for the record, looks seriously expert compared to the smeared on war paint-style look they wore in the “Anna Sun” video — and start rocking. Are these guys ever not having fun? So serious as they are about making good music, they are about having a good time — and here, that really shows.
This Sunday at 9/8c on VH1, Behind The Music puts a spotlight on Nicole Scherzinger. Tune-in at 9/8c to get the story behind her rise to fame with the Pussycat Dolls, her struggle with an eating disorder and her love of Whitney Houston — “People don’t even know the story,” she teases. Catch a sneak peek of the show’s first act above!
“I used to tell myself that I must be an artist because I am f-ed up,” Scherzinger laughs, recalling her bumpy road to stardom. This first act finds Nicole back in the studio where she first auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls all those years ago, this time laying down vocals for her forthcoming sophomore solo album. Music — or as she calls it, “prescription music” — has long served as her “emotional outlet,” helping her through eating disorders and identity issues before propelling her to unthinkable heights with the Dolls.
Growing up in the Midwest with dark Polynesian, she always felt “less than.” And so she picked up a mic, honing her skills in school plays, at local fairs and as back-up singer for a rock band. Onstage she “felt accepted,” she says. “And that’s when I knew, I must not suck at this. We might have something going on here.”
“Oh man, i hope I don’t get in trouble for what I say,” she says in the end, so be sure to tune in when Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger airs on Sunday, October 7th at 9/8c.
Alicia Keys is passionate about her music. Whether it’s her riveting VMA performance of “Girl On Fire” or her more stripped down version of the same song from VH1 Storytellers, this passion is what drives her on-stage persona. Almost in a shout, Alicia sings to the tune of the piano keys she is stroking. Her energy is highest when she wails, “This girl is on fire.” She sings each note like they all mean something to her. The back story behind the song, which is not shown in the clip, is that the title was inspired by a New York Times article she read about herself. The writer used “girl on fire” as a descriptor. From that moment Keys was determined to write a song of the same title. Read more…
Bananarama are back! After bringing us hit after hit in the 1980s, the group has returned to U.S. soil after 23 long years, and it’s all for a good cause. Singers Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward launched their first American tour since 1989 in support of Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER breast cancer campaign that will fund the work and pay the salaries of three cancer researchers for an entire year. October being breast cancer awareness month, it’s the perfect time to amp up the fight for a cure…with guitar amps. Plus it allows for U.S. fans to see the pair of pop Venuses live and in person for the first time in two decades. Double win!
The 8-city concert series kicked off Tuesday night at Hard Rock’s massive Times Square location, formerly the home of the legendary Paramount Theater. Not a bad place to stage a comeback. Sadly, the reunion did not feature original third member Siobhan Fahey, who left the band in 1989. But Sara and Keren did just fine on their own as they took to the stage with their stellar band and two rubber-limbed backup dancers who bore the brunt of the girls’ musical flirtations.
The Idol rumor mill is spinning out extra-nasty news today, with reports that Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj drama have escalated from the initial maybe a little side-eye and screaming matches to alleged gun taunts. That’s right, according to Barbara Walters, Mariah says Nicki said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the bitch.” Barbara versus the Barbz, dem babies and guns — has it really come to this?
As today’s story goes: Walters called her “good friend” Mariah this morning to hear her side of the story, and then reported back on their conversation this morning on The View, saying that the video is “troublesome, but that’s not what really worried her.” As Walters relays it:
“She said that when Nicki walked off the set, she heard multiple say, ‘If I had a gun, I would shoot the [bleep] bitch.’ [audience gasp] And she said there were staff members who heard, there were hairdressers, producers, other people. She said she is is very concerned, she is with her twins, she doesn’t feel that anything would happen. I am quoting now, but “nicki is unpredictable and Mariah says she can’t take a chance and she has hired extra security.” Read more…