Months before P!nk‘s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” hit airwaves, what would be the singers first single from The Truth About Love was played for us in the VH1 office. Instantly we’d all concurred it was a certified banger. The type of lead that would put P!nk in a well deserved No. 1 spot. Low and behold after being in the business 13 years and six albums in P!nk has landed her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album. Billboard reports that according to Nielsen SoundScan The Truth About Love sold 280,000. Atop the charts is exactly where P!nk belongs.
This may be P!nk’s first number one, but it’s her sixth top 10 album. 2008’s Funhouse was close coming in at No. 2, but nothing’s sweeter than numero uno. The Truth About Love is this year’s third biggest debut behind only Justin Bieber’s Believe and Madonna’s MDNA. G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer presented by Kanye West copped the No. 2 spot behind P!nk impressively selling 205,000 units.
A toast is in order to P!nk, whose VH1 Storytellers episode debuts Tuesday, November 13 at 11pm ET/PT. Doesn’t matter when P!nk got to the coveted top spot. Bottom line: she got there.
Almost ten months after her death and since his moving performance at her funeral, the late Whitney Houston and R. Kelly have released a duet version of “I Look To You,” a song R. Kelly originally wrote for Houston’s 2009 album by the same name. Posthumous reworks are not always so easy — let Draketell you about that — but this rework is both respectful in remembering her legacy and impressively successful in keeping her spirit alive.
This new version of “I Look To You” remembers Whitney with apparently tearful gasps strewn throughout, with a quiet “Whitney” chant and with a nice eulogy from Kelly at the end: “We love you, Whitney. Rest in peace.” What’s more, though, is the way it works to keep Whitney’s spirit alive as well. Maybe it’s because they were originally his words, or maybe it’s because he really means it (as you’ll remember, performed a heartfelt rendition of this song at Houston’s funeral earlier this year, tears choked back and with a tissue clenched tight in hand just in case), but Kelly’s involvement seems to draw forth a Whitney that sounds stronger and fuller than she did even on the original. It’s chilling to hear Whitney sing “I don’t know if I am going to make it, nothing to do but lift my head” at this point, but Kelly’s insistence that “when melodies are gone, in you I hear a song” soothes, making her instead the song’s beacon of hope. Read more…
Yesterday we greedily devoured that goldmine of tapes TMZ somehow snuck from Lil Wayne’s tangled The Carter deposition hearings, and today we are happy to share the good news that there’s more.
In this new clip, filmmaker Quincy Jones III’s lawyer David Ross asks Lil Wayne if he remembers who he might have spoken to when he first realized he didn’t like The Carter. After much dodging, Weezy gives in and tells Ross that, per usual, he would have conferred first with the big man above. “The first person likely that would have been told by me would be God, because I tell him everything,” he says totally straight faced, before spelling it out “G-O-D” when Ross asked for further clarification as to “Who’s that?” exactly.
And so, Lil Wayne’s June 20th deposition hearing with lawyer David Ross, in summary: “I don’t recall … I don’t recall … That’s a stupid ass question … I don’t remember … She was crazy, stupid thick … God, G-O-D, the man above … I don’t recall.” Got it?
Goosebumps inducing is how we’d describe the great voice of Kelly Clarkson. Thanks to Kelly’s devotion to showing appreciation to her fans by selecting one of their suggested songs to cover, we’ve been treated to a plethora of amazing ones. Last night Clarkson kicked off her Australian tour in Brisbane and beautifully sang Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” Imagine covering Adele, people. Even Kelly was nervous about taking on a song by such a great vocalist. “I’ve actually been avoiding this song. Literally every fan request has had this song on the list. I’ve been avoiding it because Adele might be one of the best singers of all time,” she told the crowd. “It’s very hard to cover people that are rad. It was also a big moment in her career, but I think it’s been long enough. So, I think it’d be cool to do this song in honor of her. Hopefully I do it justice and I don’t suck.” Read more…
This Sunday, VH1’s Behind The Music goes long on American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and her ever ascendent country career. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “So Small,” a song that proves that Carrie’s talent goes far beyond her amazing voice.
Carrie Underwood took the country music scene by storm, releasing her record breaking debut album Some Hearts close on the heels of her American Idol win. Early hits like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel” really showed-off her pipes, but Carrie was eager to show that she can write, too. And so into the bullpen she jumped, co-writing four songs for her second effort Carnival Ride, the album’s inspired first single “So Small” included. “You just start talking, what does this song sound like,” she says of the process, making writing a hit sound as easy as riding a bike, though Brad Paisley and others argue otherwise in the above clip. “To start my second album with a song that I co-wrote, and for it to reach number one, it was just really wonderful,” she says. “It made me feel great.”
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 9/8c on VH1. Still wanting more? Carrie goes Unplugged on October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on-air on VH1. Read more…
At this point the MDNA tour is synonymous with controversy. From the tears to protests to swastika iconography to faux gun waving to lawsuits to nip slips, Madonna managed to ruffle more than a few feathers all before hitting the North American leg of the tour. Not wanting her North American fans to feel left out, while in D.C. Madonna gave a strange endorsement of President Obama. “Y’all better vote for… Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right?” she encouraged concertgoers. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? That was until she followed up with the now infamous, “We have a black Muslim in the White House.” Oh, Madonna, Madonna, Madonna. Read more…
Rihanna has never been singular in her sound — who would have dreamed up “We Found Love” after hearing “Pon De Replay”? — and so no surprise she’s trying on yet another sound for this seventh round. “Diamonds,” the “hippy and happy” first single off of upcoming seventh album, finds Rihanna taking the tempo down a tic and singing bright like, well, a diamond. Produced by longtime Rihanna collaborators Stargate and written by Sia, “Diamonds” is shimmery and elegant as the title suggests it should be, and without any clear reference to Chris Brown.
For every Michael, Beyoncé and Usher, there’s a Christina, Mariah or Rihanna. Try as they might, the latter group of hot pop acts just can’t coordinate that whole singing-while-dancing thing. Their beats and belting may be tight on the radio, but when it comes to rocking dance moves in a music video, even some of the best sirens fall flat. For your amusement, check out these hilarious GIFs (you’re welcome) of crooners we adore who demonstrate some of the worst rump shaking we’ve ever seen. Debate our list in the comments below and, more importantly, let us know whose lack of rhythm we failed to catch.
Moroccan and Monroe weren’t even zygotes yet, but Mariah looks like she was practicing serious mom moves in this video. Luckily, Mimi’s vocal acrobatics helped us shake off the memory of her awful wannabe thug life bleacher rocking, so all is forgiven.
There are a few important factors that make hard rock and heavy metal music one of THE best genres in music:
1. Musicians who can head bang and hold a chord
2. The fans (that’s a no-brainer)
3. Facial Hair
I know you probably think we are crazy for even saying that, but can you imagine Ozzy Osbourne with a mustache like Tom Selleck? Zakk Wylde with a unibrow? Or maybe even KISS with ZZ Top beards? Strange right? (We can only imagine how long it would take to get the paint out.)
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and John 5 who brought nothing less than amazing riffs for the second week in a row as our guest musician. We also paid homage to the rockers with the best facial hair and counted down our TMS Top 5 Facial Hair in Rock with help from heavy metal rocker Marilyn Manson. Here’s our TMS Top 5 list of artists with the Best Facial Hair in Rock: Read more…
Wiz Khalifa brings the high energy party vibe to a track whereas The Weeknd‘s Abel Tesfaye offers breathy R&B. For Wiz’s “Remember You” from the pushed back O.N.I.F.C. (set to release December 4) the two collaborated for a mix between a sultry slow jam and smooth rap offerings focused on the good life. Against the deep bass, distant booms and scratches, Abel’s vocals are steady–not low, not quite high–as he pleads for said woman to make him remember her. Read more…