Pull out your black leather jackets and get ready to moonwalk for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s BAD album. VH1 is sending a few lucky fans to the Pepsi Billboard Summer Beats Celebrates BAD25 & Michael Jackson, King of Pop event in NYC to take photos for VH1. On August 29 at New York City’s Gotham Hall you have the chance to groove to A-list performers who are all coming together for one reason: to celebrate the King. Are you so excited you’re singing “You know I’m bad, I’m bad, you know it” yet?
To enter to win it’s as simple as tagging your summer photos on Instagram and Twitter with #playnow. Easy breezy. Once you’ve tagged your photos with the hashtag you’re automatically entered in the contest. If you’re the lucky chosen fans you will win flight accommodations to NYC, exclusive access to take pictures from the event for VH1 and the opportunity to star in a VH1 News Hit. There’s no better way to celebrate MJ’s 25th BAD anniversary. So get to tagging those photos with #playnow. To learn more visit www.vh1livefornow.com.
Nickelback aren’t actually in the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” the latest single off of Here and Now. Instead they go full-caffeinated and funny, and it’s a refreshing change from the generally serious rock band. The clip stars Seinfield‘s Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) as Bud, the proud barista of the plainly named Cafe, and Baywatch‘s Brooke Burns as Gennifer with a G as the center of his latte art universe. Bud’s specialty is the half-caff mocha soy latte-ccino but Gennifer just wants a plain latte, and so he sets out to pour her one so beautiful it could send her into some sort of sexy espresso-bean-and-steamed-milk, 90’s music video referencing orbit. Think LIT‘s “Miserable,” but instead of Pamela Anderson on a fur rug, we get Burns shimmying in a pile of coffee grounds. Anyways, Bud’s good, but along comes a motorcycle riding, vest wearing, sunglass-shaded better one who can paint anything you want in a single pour and the latte-art battle for the lady’s heart is on. Worry not, though, because a coffee made with love is the tastiest cup of all.
Neon Hitch made her television debut as a solo artist on Jimmy Fallon, where she performed her new single, “Gold.” Co-written by Claude Kelly, Bruno Mars and Hitch herself, “Gold” is a equal parts club banger and lush pop anthem, aggressive beat and pretty vocals. Whomever she’s singing about may shine like gold, but last night Neon shined quite literally neon. In a glowing bra and with a set of glowing phoenix wings to match, she bounced around the stage while her neon-tibal painted back-up dancers pulsed around her. We find that artists generally keep things simple when they perform on late night, but no, not Hitch — she goes Lady Gaga-lite. The raunch may have been toned down a bit by her standards, but neon never fades and Hitch was as provocative as ever.
VH1 is excited to be partnering with our friends at Whole Foods Market on an awesome new contest that could land you –yes, YOU!– a trip to the upcoming Live In The Vineyard concert, along with a $500 Whole Foods Market gift card. All you have to do to get a chance to see amazing artists like Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Gavin DeGraw is to visit RawAndUnprocessed.com and vote for your favorite of 10 unsigned bands, all of whom are Whole Foods team members. You’ll be entered to win, and you’ll be giving the band that you voted for a chance to be the opening act for one of our VH1 You Oughta Know artists.
The line-up for next week’s Do Something! Awards just keeps getting better, with Flo Rida and fun. already set to perform, and now news that the precocious Kids These Days will be jamming as the Do Something! Awards house band. This up-and-coming band has already showcased their talent on stage at Lollapalooza and SXSW, as well as at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Conan, winning over audiences all along the way with their high energy live show and their genre-blending. In short, they’re a band that seems wise beyond their oldest member’s 21-years. So, if you are just now being introduced to this Chicago-based crew, you are in for a treat. Read more…
Since your calendars are already marked for August 19 we know you’re oozing with angst for the premiere of Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” video. Yesterday the R&B singer met with Anderson Cooper to talk about her partnership with the UN to spread awareness regarding World Humanitarian Day. Bey wants her video to inspire small acts of kindness because every bit makes a difference. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Read more…
Meet Marina and the Diamonds. This pretty, Welsh-Greek “Primadonna” has spent the past six weeks stateside touring with Coldplay, and she’s rounding out the trip out with a handful of New York dates to celebrate the release of her new record Electra Heart, including a special acoustic set on the roof of the Mondrian SoHo on Monday night. Marina arrived looking angelic in a beige crop top and glittery pencil skirt, and was awash in the twilight of the city sunset. Staked out in a corner of the roof where Brooklyn and Queens glowed behind her, she performed a five song set with only a keyboard and guitar to back her.
It’s mid morning and the self-proclaimed King of the South is in the hallway of the VH1 offices sans shoes. In his socks T.I. rakes through a wardrobe rack in search of the perfect attire for his Big Morning Buzz Live appearance with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris. Slightly blocking the hallway I mumble a soft, “Excuse me” in order to walk by. “Oh. I’m sorry sweetheart. How are you?” he asks. The epitome of a southern gentleman to the core.
At 31, Clifford “T.I.” Harris has conquered more than rap. Acting, film producer, CEO of his record label Grand Hustle Records, owner of his own clothing line and reality TV star are only a few of the titles he’s held since his 2001 debut I’m Serious. Nearing the release of his eighth album Trouble Man (with no official release date) and T.I.’s excited again. During an interview with 105.1’s Breakfast Club he said he wanted out of the game. But things change. Read more…
Today is Madonna‘s 54th birthday, and she is no less edgy nor relevant than she was when she first broke onto the scene. As much the Queen of Pop as she is the Queen of Controversy, she has defined herself as a good at the game and even better at breaking the rules. And she is still, after all these years, causing trouble and making hit songs.
Throughout her career, she’s challenged pop to be better and badder, forever changing the game on one simulated sex act, defiant F-bomb drop, and hot young boy toy at a time. And at 54 years-old, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in honor of this day, we are taking a look back at her 54 most gloriously controversial moments. To many more!