For each and every show that airs on VH1, a team of music supervisors here at the network have spent countless hours determining exactly what pieces of music best complement the footage that we have shot. This team —the CMI (Creative Music Integration) group— listen to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Mob Wives and Basketball Wives, so we thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into their world.
Each month, we’ll put together a list of all the songs that have been featured on the programs and promos that you see on VH1, which will be accompanied by two things: Specific commentary from the music supervisor as to why they selected a particular song for a particular scene in a show, as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample these songs. Without further ado, here are all the songs that we featured on VH1 during the month of February!
Carmen Liana’s “Who I Am” in Black History Month Promo “When the promos department approached us for ideas on a song to be used in several Black History Month promos, Carmen Liana’s ‘Who I Am’ immediately came to mind. It’s a driving track with a touch of attitude in the hook that catches your attention. Lyrically, the theme of the song, which celebrates embracing your identity, ties in nicely with Black History Month.“—Lacey, VH1/CMI Department Assistant
If you’ve been missing Mariah Carey since she gave birth to her twin bundles of joy (who she apparently shouted out during her performance as “Dem babies!”), then miss no more — the babe is back, and how! The soul DIVA stepped out at New York’s Gotham Hall last night to perform “Shake It Off” and not only did she look divine in a black gown, she was glowing with that coquettish charm we love so much about her. Her smile, endearing as always, lit up the whole stage as she effortlessly gave a perfect vocal performance, not skipping a beat or missing a note. The bouncy performance was elegant and gorgeously executed, her backup dancers adding just the right amount of energy to the stage without turning it into a gaudy spectacle. Now let’s take a second to talk about that body, and only 10 months after giving birth to twins! The performance was part of a launch event for Caesar’s Entertainment’s “Escape To Total Rewards,” that also saw artists including Lil Wayne, Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles take to the stage.
Maybe Jack White always looks this uncomfortable, or maybe not, we don’t know the man personally. All we know is that regardless of his regular stance, the charismatic musician seems somewhat perturbed in this new promo for this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. White, who is set to appear on the show as a musical guest, spends almost the entire promo next to host Lindsay Lohan and funny man Andy Samberg with his arms folded in front of his body. Add to that a few sideways glances, the hint of an eye roll and the unenthusiastic exasperation with which he delivers his lines and it seems like he’d prefer to be anywhere but there. And let’s not mention that he seems to lean nervously away every time Lindsay gets close to him — or is that just our over active imaginations? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
The lead track from the forthcoming Hunger Games film soundtrack, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter” has been released, and it’s as cinematic as you would expect from the Grammy winning band. You can listen to the track here. There’s a certain sense of foreboding in the darkly whimsical tribal beating of the song, and Arcade Fire seems largely predisposed to this sort of grandiose film score. Of the track, front man Win Butler said, “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a Film)” in [Baz Luhrmann’s] Romeo + Juliet when I was that age.. Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film… There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss.” The climactic track is apparently set to play as the end credits of the film roll.
If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, then VH1 Classic has a treat for you — you can enter our sweeps for a chance to win tickets to The Wall tour. All you have to do is head to VH1 Classic’s Facebook page and click “Like” in order to go into the draw to win tickets to The Wall tour at Yankee Stadium in New York. There’s lots of other prizes to give away too, including 15 prize packs with Pink Floyd Immersion, Experience, or Discovery box sets, so hurry and enter the draw to win.
Big news! On March 5, VH1 and VH1 Tuner will be exclusively premiering the brand new video from Brandy and Monica, entitled “It All Belongs To Me”, at 11 p.m. ET. The song is the duo’s first since the 1998 smash, “The Boy Is Mine”, which, according to the Billboard charts, was the #7 song of the 1990s. That song was all about the girls battling, but this time around, the girls are teaming up to take on a no good dirty Lothario type. You’ll have to wait until Monday to see the whole thing, but we were able to get our hands on this :30 sneak preview as something to whet your appetite. Bon appetit!
Full press release, which just hit the wires, is below:
IT BELONGS TO US! VH1 PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF MONICA AND BRANDY’S NEW HIT SINGLE “IT ALL BELONGS TO ME”
First Video Collaboration For The Pair Since Their 1998 Grammy Award-Winning Hit Single “The Boy Is Mine”
Premieres on VH1 and VH1.com on Monday, March 5 At 11PM EST ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY– March 2, 2012 – Grammy-Award winning R&B songstresses Monica and Brandy belong to VH1 on Monday, March 5 with the exclusive premiere of the music video for their new single, “It All Belongs To Me” Monday, March 5 at 11PM ET/PT on VH1 and VH1.com. This premiere commemorates the first time the R&B superstars Monica and Brandy have reunited for a video since their 1998 Grammy Award-Winning hit collaboration “The Boy is Mine.” “The Boy Is Mine” held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 Chart for 13 weeks and won the Grammy for R&B Performance by A Duo or Group. It was declared the best-selling song of 1998.
Here are my five all-time favorite rock/rap pairings:
5. “Airplanes,” B.o.B & Hayley Williams of Paramore
This song helped spread Hayley Williams’ wings — at least for me — as more than a front-person in an emo band. Her vocals on the chorus blend superbly with B.o.B’s rhyme flow. This track, about the downsides of fame, was inescapable during the summer of 2010.
4. “Clint Eastwood,” Gorillaz & Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Though we were lead to believe an animated band played this gem in the early ‘00s, it was a genius collaboration between real human beings: Blur’s Damon Albarn, producer Dan The Automator and rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. It wasn’t hard for the public to latch on to this one; it clicked on so many levels.
Want to see one rock legend cover the song of another rock legend? Well here you go: Elvis Costello covering Bruce Springsteen‘s “Fire” on Jimmy Fallon’s Springsteen Week (which kicked off on Monday with The Boss & E Street Band playing “We Take Care Of Our Own”). Try not to let your head explode, because that would suck for you and also, gross. But this really is a treat to behold — Costello’s husky vocals fit Springsteen’s lyrics perfectly, and with The Roots providing funky, summery beats, the song transcends either artist, and just becomes something of an icon in itself. Costello’s rendition might not have the raw, gritty sex appeal of Springsteen’s, but it has all the romance and desire, and we’d be happy to just sit here all day and alternate between the two, thank you very much.
Best Coast Launch A Line Of Clothing With Urban Outfitters Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino is collaborating with Urban Outfitters in her first foray into fashion. We’re guessing that the line is going to mimic her indie-cool vintage style, with flirty florals and lots of cute dresses. [Pitchfork]
Listen To Kurt Cobain’s Isolated “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Vocal
This is absolutely haunting to say the least. Kurt Cobain‘s stunning isolated vocal from Nirvana‘s iconic “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” will send chills up and down your spine. [SPIN]
Green Day have sung about a lot of things in their time, from the 90s anxieties expressed in Dookie (apathy, ex-lovers and masturbation, which seemed to be running themes in post-punk at the time), Nimrod‘s self-aware nihilism, and American Idiot‘s culturally and politically poignant post 9/11 statement. Now, Green Day are going where they’ve never gone before — they’re going to sing about sex, or as it’s put so articulately in the above NSFW trailer for their new album (above), “f**king”. Billie Joe Armstrong says in the album teaser trailer that this is, “The first time we ever really sung about f**king”. We’re pleased to see the boys taking a less serious turn and perhaps revisiting their early days as mid-level anarchists, and are slightly enamored by the whimsy of the Peter Pan & Lost Boys theme that seems to be happening with their ninth studio album. As grown men, the band still have that cheeky edge that made them a favorite of confused teens in the 90s, and the teaser for their new album captures that spirit as they hang out and joke around while recording. We’re now filled with Green Day nostalgia, and adding “When I Come Around” to our current playlists.