In the last year, we have seen an explosion of reality singing competitions on the television airwaves. American Idol has, of course, been the most popular show on American television since its premiere ten years ago in June of 2002, but in the last year and change, we’ve seen NBC (The Voice), ABC (Duets) and Fox (The X-Factor) all launch competitors to the veritable Idol institution, to the point where the market for these programs has become totally saturated. Most Americans would be hard pressed to name the most recent winners of any one of these programs, let alone all four, but there’s no denying that reality television has given an incredible career boost for Adam Levine and his bandmates in Maroon 5.
Today sees the release of Maroon 5′s fourth studio album, Overexposed. One of the tracks on the album, “Tickets,” has been generating some Internet buzz as conspiracy theorists have suggested that it’s a diss track directed at Levine’s co-star on The Voice, Christina Aguilera. Lines like “She’s got tickets to her own show/But nobody wants to go” and “You’re perfect on the outside, but nothing at the core” certainly could be interpreted as being very Aguilera-esque, so when we caught up with Adam Levine and guitarist James Valentine at New York City’s Crosby Street Hotel yesterday afternoon, we asked them point blank to shed some light on the story. (See our video above.)
Carly Rae Jepsen is Justin Bieber’s favorite new artist, well at least it seems that way. In a recent interview with Fuse he was asked by a member of the audience, “What are some of your current favorite songs that you can’t get enough?” Instead of typical response of listing other artists he loves, Biebs busts out with an impromptu cover of Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Not only is he singing the song acapella, he dances around in his seat, which has to make the list (whenever someone creates it) of most funny covers. Bieber was right when he tweeted back in December that Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe” was “possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.” It is so catchy that his cover inspired the entire audience to sing along. Got to love that Bieber. Read more…
A letter writer consummate, Beyoncé has penned a sweet-as-ever note to the late King of Pop. “When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson,” she wrote in the note posted to her Tumblr on the third anniversary of his death, citing a live recording of “Who’s Loving You” that she would listen to “for hours back to back.” She goes on to recall Jackson’s audible soul and unimpeachable swag, and to thank him for the influence he has had on her as a performer. No longer on earthly stages himself, Bey makes it clear that he lives on through her every performance.
“Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut and just let it go,” she writes. “Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist that I am – thank you Michael.”
Our letter from the Queen B is coming soon, we just know it. Until then, read Beyoncé’s full tribute below:
Tamia is truly one of the most underrated R&B artists out today. We’ve loved the five-octave range soul singer since her debut album in 1998. After a three year hiatus, Tamia is back with her first single, “Beautiful Surprise,” from the upcoming album of the same title. There’s not much going on in the video, not that there needs to be with a voice like Tamia’s. She’s sprawled across the floor solo for the majority of the time as the radiant sunlight beams on her glowing skin. “For you to wake up, holding me/Telling me you loving me/You got my heart on lock,” she belts out. Read more…
Another summer, another sizzling hit from Pitbull. “To these rappers I apologize, I know it ain’t fair / Only ball I drop, New Year’s Times Square,” he raps on the opening to his newly leaked single, “Get It Started,” sounding sure that he’s sunk another one. And with his “Rabiosa” partner Shakira on the hook, he most definitely has.
Making reference to Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky, the (former) welterweight boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, and his multiple passports, Pitbull declares himself once and for all Mr. Worldwide. “I went from evictions to food stamps … To a passport, flooded with stamps,” he raps, sizing himself up.
As for Shakira, she’s into this jet setting attitude. On the chorus, she teases: “Everytime I look into your eyes/I feel like I could stare in them for a lifetime/We can get started for love.” And the Afrojack and RedOne conjured beat is so big and celebratory that you, too, will be immediately on board, and all your weird feelings about Tom Cruise forgotten. It’s going to be a hot summer, might as well “Get It Started.”
What Lana Del Rey says, she means. As promised LDR enlisted rap newcomer A$AP Rocky to play John F. Kennedy to her Jackie O. An odd pairing at first thought, but not when you think about LDR’s artistry, which is completely unconventional. It’s hard to pin down exactly what the Anthony Mandler directed video’s concept is from the trailer, but it so darn intriguing. JFK (Rocky) is gazing at the stage as he’s surrounded by loud applause when Jackie O (LDR) stares back at him. He blows his cigar smoke and flashes of an American flag whiz by in a split second. This brief sequence of events repeats itself for the entirety of the three minute long clip. What could it all mean? Read more…
Drake and Chris Brown’s bottle brawl is the bar fight that just won’t quit. Now, we see exactly what the narrative might be worth: Celebrity Boxing has gone ahead and offered the offending parties $1 million a piece to literally duke it out at L.A.’s Staples Center on August 25th. The fight’s potential organizer, Damon Feldman, says that Celebrity Boxing has organized 55 matches like this — think Danny Bonaduce vs. Jose Canseco, think Rodney King vs. a random cop — and he promises that “this would be the most interesting of all.” And as a cherry on top, he’s offered a portion of the proceeds to a charity that supports abuse victims. Yikes.
So, you know, should the two rap stars so choose, there is a venue, a financier, and a charitable motive ready to make this fight happen. So will it (happen, that is)?
Jay-Z, hold onto your hat, because the O Music Awards kick off tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET and that means the Flaming Lips are gunning for your record. Over the next day, in conjunction with the awards ceremony and with the help of a few friends and a bus named “Endeavor,” the Flaming Lips will attempt to best Hov’s record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period by playing eight shows between Memphis, TN and New Orleans. Along the way, they will be joined by Jackson Browne, Karmin, Neon Trees, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Grimes, as well as a slew of other artists and hosts.
And you can watch the whole thing, as it goes down. The record breaking attempt and the awards ceremony that will be broadcast on VH1, as well as on our sister stations MTV and CMT; and the full 24-hour record-breaking attempt will stream live on Omusicawards.com.
Anything can happen, and you won’t miss a thing. Check out the full schedule below:
Today we’re feeling a little dated seeing as how 16 years ago today Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted as their first single, which topped the charts in 31 countries. Yes, the Spice Girls were that girl group! Sixteen years later the group that disbanded in 2000 reunite to launch Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs. BBC News reports the British pop group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell unveiled the musical that explores the “bitter reality of fame” at a London hotel on Tuesday. Viva Forever! is the latest show in what is being called “jukebox musical,” which uses a set of songs for a fresh storyline. Read more…