June Playlist: The Best Jams From Your Fave VH1 Shows


At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. This past month was no different as VH1′s CMI team worked to synch the best tracks to shows like Mob Wives Chicago and Single Ladies 2, tunes that added an extra spark to the drama onscreen. We thought it would be neat to give you an inside look into this world of music supervision.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in June — from artists like Timomatic, Emeli Sande, and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and look out for our July playlist!


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Last Lap: Trent Reznor Composed The Theme Song For The New Call of Duty

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With the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network past, we are grateful that there is nary a soundtrack project that the Nine Inch Nails frontman will turn down. [USAToday]

Ted Nugent’s drummer was pinched by the popo in Waterfront, Maine, over the weekend. The twist? He was driving a golf cart. [TMZ]

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Music Seen: Say “Ho Hey!” To The Lumineers (Plus, Enjoy A Free MP3 Download Of Their Song “Big Parade”!)

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The Lumineers had us at firstHo Hey,” but their visit to VH1 headquarters a few weeks back really got our hearts and feet thumping. Looking the part in soft chambray shirts and suspenders, and with big smiles on their faces, they played a few songs before sitting down to talk about their move west from Brooklyn to Colorado and about hearing their music on television for the first time. All the while our photographer, Lauren Weissler, was tagging along to catch them setting up, hanging out, plugging in, and playing. We’ve named The Lumineers our You Oughta Know artists for July and August because we just can’t get enough of their warm, roots-revival rock; the rest of you, though, who have helped to propel their album to the #3 spot on Billboard’s Folk chart and #4 on the Indie chart, might have your own reasons for loving them. But check out the photos below and tell us: aren’t you so charmed, too?

But wait, we have a surprise for you! We have a special, free MP3 download of “Big Parade” by The Lumineers here for you!

DOWNLOAD “BIG PARADE” by THE LUMINEERS (right-click, save-as)

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The Killers Won’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Premiere “Runaways” Today

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The Killers‘ fourth album — and their first in as many years — Battle Born, is due out this fall (September 18th), and this first single shows promising signs of a full return to form for the Las Vegas rockers. Premiering this morning on L.A.’s KROQ, “Runaways” seems most of all to have roundly reminded the internet (or at least us) of all that’s been missing in the electronic dance-rock world. And few spins later we can comfortably report that, after two years hiatus and apparently not a beat missed, The Killers are back and ready to rock arenas once more. Read more…

Britney Spears Gets Down To “Ice Ice Baby”


Britney Spears Dances to Rendition of Ice Ice Baby

Britney Spears doesn’t care who’s around or who’s watching; if she wants to get jiggy with it she will. That is, if it’s a Vanilla Ice song. For Vanilla Ice she will happily jump to her feet, even if she’s at work and if even if none of her co-workers join in. Word to your mother. TMZ reports during the Greensboro, NC auditions for The X Factor Britney couldn’t help herself from boogieing to a contestant’s rendition of the popular 1990s “Ice Ice Baby.” Luckily, someone caught it on camera. Her dance moves are about as old as the song (we saw that little raising of the roof, Brit!), but who cares? The happy, not taking life too seriously Britney is a great look on her. With a new gig and fairly new fiancee there’s much for the pop star to dance about. Dance on. Read more…

Watch Team StarKid Try To Guess The Fake Catching Fire Quote (VIDEO)

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Yesterday, we put Team StarKid through the pop culture paces with a 50 Shades of Grey quiz — and they failed, spectacularly. We had such high hopes for the Chicago-based theater company since their big YouTube hits like A Very Potter Musical and Holy Musical B@man are pop culture parodies! This should be in their blood! However, we’re kind and we decided to give them a second chance on a slightly less NC-17 piece of work and see if they could rise to the occasion.

Today’s challenge – Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy that’s soon to be a film. We had them guess the fake quote amidst 3 real quotes from the novel. They may not know much about BDSM romance novels, but we’re hoping they do a bit better on post-apocalyptic societies — their most recent tour was the Apocalyptour, after all.

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Sucker MCs Better Watch Out, Run D.M.C. Is ReunitingTo Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest


Run DMC Reunite for Fun Fun Fun

Legendary hip-hop groups reuniting is as exciting as the day animator and film director Mike Judge revealed in an interview he thought about bringing MTV’s Daria back. Both of these things, although totally unrelated, give us great joy. Hold on to your britches because rap pioneers Run-D.M.C. are set to headline this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, per Rolling Stone. The possibilities of anticipated classics being performed like “Sucker MCs” or “My Adidas” are endless. For the first time in over a decade Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels will reunite on stage for what has the potential to be an epic performance. Let’s hope the Rev can take one day off  from his pastoral duties and just be Run–straight 1984 style.  Read more…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Patrick Stump on Having The Best Seat In The House For Gym Class Heroes Unplugged

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Earlier this afternoon we shared a sneak preview from Gym Class HeroesVH1 Unplugged taping, where they were joined by their longtime collaborator and Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump for a stripped down version of their smash hit “Stereo Hearts.” Stump, although filling in on the song, felt right at home. “Gym Class is a band I am more directly involved with than any other band except for Fall Out Boy,” he told us before the show, laughing that “the shortest call in the world” was all it took to get him there.

As Stump tells it, Gym Class Heroes first caught his attention with a shout out on an early demo of the 2004 time-capsule “Taxi Driver.” “We were super tickled by it,” he explains. “Unfortunately, it is very rare that something makes you sit up and be like, ‘Wow, this is great!’ And I was in the van and I was like, Pete [Wentz], listen to this, this is really good. And so he took it and ran with it, and before we knew it they were singed.”

The honor, though, he insists is mutual. “You have no idea how much they made themselves and how awesome it is to watch them,” he told us, making sure to point out that this will be his first Unplugged appearance with be with them and not his own Fall Out Boy. “I get to be a fan that has the best seat in the house.”

Before the tapping, we caught up with Stump to get the scoop on his work with Gym Class Heroes, his impressions (musical and otherwise), and what comes next:

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Nicki Minaj Accused By Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls Of Being A ‘Selfish Sh*thead’


frank turner of sleeping souls says nicki was a rude 'shithead'

Was Nicki Minaj being a total diva this weekend at T In The Park festival? Diva isn’t exactly a word we’d be surprised to hear associated with Nickster, but British group Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls had a less endearing term for the international pop star. According to the group, Nicki and her entourage were completely rude to stage crew backstage of the Scottish festival after showing up nearly an hour late. Sleeping Souls tweeted, “You know what? Nicki Manaj can just f— right off.” Offering a little more insight behind their feelings they explained, “I know nothing about her music but backstage her security guy just pushed a crew person off the path into the mud so she could walk past.” Read more…

VH1 Unplugged Preview: Gym Class Heroes, “Stereo Hearts” (Featuring Patrick Stump)

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“I’ve actually been dying for this day,” Travie McCoy admitted before the Gym Class HeroesUnplugged taping in New York City last month. “It gives us a chance to breathe new life into these songs as we strip them down, it’s very cool.” So down to acoustic guitars and brush sticks and strings they stripped for a catalog spanning set. And for their boombox-as-love anthem, “Stereo Hearts,” they stripped also Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, replacing his smooth crooning with — surprise! — Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump‘s singular, sweet wail. Read more…