In the wake of his fifth studio album Chapter V dropping today (and already #1 at iTunes), Trey Songz has us feeling a little warm and fuzzy here at VH1! Making time to visit our offices this week, Trey not only performed on Big Morning Buzz Live and made the VH1 staff squeel in delight at the very sight of him, he also helped us take to Twitter and see if any of his followers needed some direct-to-fan nurturing. That’s right: the man whose neighbors know his name and allegedly invented sex spent some time ruminating on the love-troubles of five others, and even got a bit personal, divulging his thoughts on the future of his love life and when he might want to start a family.
Couldn’t make the trek to London for Hard Rock Calling this year? Palladia’s got you covered, because the network is bringing you the best bits of the epic three day festival! You’ll get to see Bruce Springsteen’s historic duet with Paul McCartney (at least until the cops shut em down!), Paul Simon perform tracks from Graceland backed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and that’s not even close to all. Incredible performances from Soundgarden, Lady Antebellum, Christina Perri, Iggy & The Stooges and many more are set to make their U.S. TV debut this Saturday the 25th at 9 PM on Palladia, and also simulcast on VH1.
How can they fit that much rock into two hours!? You better spend this week prepping your ears for some serious kickass tunes. Viacom’s music channel Palladia will bring the goods in high def, so it’ll really feel like you’re there. Minus the drunk guy in front of you chanting for “Freebird,” of course. And the special will also air Sunday August 26th at 9PM on VH1 Classic, so you have no excuse to miss out. We were there, and we can tell you: if you love music, you’ll love this. Get pumped!
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Walk The Moon swung back by VH1 headquarters yesterday, to announce their September You Oughta Know gig and book-ending the summer with a Big Morning Buzz Live performance. A lot has happened since we first met the boys from Cincinnati in June — they’ve celebrated their eponymous label debut, toured Europe, and won hearts and sound-tracked the hot months with their song of the summer, “Anna Sun” — and, now with September and their month of You Oughta Know upon us, they are only just getting started!
They showed up yesterday with just acoustic guitars and suitcases, and with Nick wearing again a Navajo print shirt (can’t fix what’s not broken), to bang out their quick-stepping next single, “Tightrope.” All warmed up, they then shipped off to get ready for their You Oughta Know Live session. More on that soon! Because if you don’t know Walk The Moon yet, we think you really oughta.
The “Call Me Maybe” phenomenon just won’t die. And we kind of love it. During the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Kelly Clarkson joined the laundry list of alumni who’ve covered newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen‘s longest running No. 1 hit this year. Before going into her own rendition of the catchy pop tune Clarkson said, “I’m still slightly confused ’cause I’m like, ‘boy you better call me or just leave it alone.’ I don’t get the maybe part.” We swooned for that down-to-earth sassy declaration that there shouldn’t be any maybe when it comes to a boy calling her! Read more…
Last night, Train pulled into the Late Show with David Letterman to perform “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” the newest single off of California 37. And “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” it turns out, is more or less the opposite Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways To Leave A Lover,” a cool list of ways to end a relationship. Rather, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” is a goofy and mariachi-tinged catalog of lies to tell your friends after you’ve been dumped.
“That’s cool, but if my friends as where you are I am going to say,” goes the refrain, which is followed by a long list of excuses that range from maybe reasonable (“danced to death at an east side night club”) to Final Destination cribbed (“fried getting suntanned”) to hilarious (“How could you leave on Yom Kippur?”) to probably sponsored by the Nissan Cube (“Got run over by a crappy purple Scion”). It’s silly but fun, especially when the big chorus hits. Train performed it last night with a full brass and plenty of flare, and Pat Monhan stayed cool and confident, even while he sang things like, “She’ll think I’m Superman, not super minivan.” Recently heartbroken? You might want to take notes.
During the last few seasons of VH1 Storytellers, we have been fortunate that some truly amazing artists have taken the stage and shared their stories with us. Earlier this year, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Grace Potter blew us all away by opening themselves up and giving us the emotional backstories to the songs in their respective catalogs. This November, though, the VH1 Storytellers franchise is taking things to the next level.
We’re excited to announce that the 17th season of VH1 Storytellers will feature appearances from bona fide music industry superstars Taylor Swift, P!nk, and Alicia Keys. Collectively, these three women have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and have over 20 Grammys sitting on their respective shelves, and they have more more hits than we can count. We cannot possibly be more psyched to share these sessions with you in November, but before that, we have some even more exciting news: Take it away, Taylor!
In case you missed any of that, be sure to head to TaylorSwiftOnCampus.com to enter YOUR school. Who knows, maybe your vote will be the one that sends Taylor Swift to your school to record her episode of VH1 Storytellers!
And now, here’s the rest of the press release!
Dwele‘s new album, Greater Than One, won’t be available for purchase until Tuesday, August 28. But you don’t have to wait that long to hear it! VH1 Tuner is thrilled to present an Exclusive First Listen to the fifth studio LP from the Grammy-nominated singer best known for dropping his soul vocals on Kanye West tracks “Flashing Lights” and “Power.” No joke — for one full week before you’re able to purchase it, you can stream the entire album right here! Read more…
Tonight’s episode of Single Ladies features an extremely saucy scene in which Raquel (Denise Vasi) has a fantasy about having sex with Antonio (William Levy). We’ve had the song that appears in the scene, Tinashe’s “Boss,” playing on endless repeat in our offices for a few weeks now, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you.
Tinashe just got signed to RCA Records, but as we wait for her major label debut to drop, we wanted to share a free MP3 of “Boss” —which first appeared on her mixtape, In Case We Die— with you now! But before we do, here’s an exclusive message from Tinashe herself to all you Single Ladies fans out there…
And now, without further ado, here’s your free download of “Boss”:
DOWNLOAD: Tinashe – “Boss” (MP3)
Nicki Minaj is unpredictable. Get ready to be entertained by the head Barb and her alter egos, Martha and Roman, on this season’s American Idol. According to US Weekly, the rapper will join Mariah Carey to judge TV’s most popular singing contest. An exclusive source tells US Weekly, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” Read more…
Welcome to Week 6 of VH1’s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. For the third consecutive summer, Katy Perry has managed to keep the #1 spot on lock (See: “California Gurls” in 2010, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in 2011) with her post-divorce empowerment anthem, “Wide Awake.” That song has been dueling with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” for the crown all summer long, but as we near the conclusion of our Song Of The Summer race, a new challenger for the crown has emerged. That’s right, put your lips together for Flo Rida‘s “Whistle!”
Flo, who is performing on VH1’s Do Something Awards tomorrow night, is no stranger to SOTS success himself. Back in 2010, his collaboration with French house DJ supreme David Guetta and Nicole Scherzinger, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” made a run at Perry’s “California Gurls.” It went to #1 in five countries, including the U.K., and cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks in part to the prominent role it played in Step Up: 3D. This summer, his “Whistle” just ousted “Call Me Maybe” from the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, but does he have what it takes to topple Katy?
That, dear readers, is entirely up to YOU. Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM to vote for your the 2012 Song Of The Summer; hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast so far, but there’s still plenty of time to make sure your favorite artist gets their due!