Stephen Colbert has been celebrating his “StePhest Colbchella ‘012 — Rocktaugustfest” all week. Last night he brought VH1 staple Santigold aboard for a perplexing “gut mouth” versus “face mouth” discussion (Santigold, for what it’s worth, figures she sings from both: “the impulse is from the gut, there’s no thought in it at all.”), and then a three song set on the USS Intrepid stage. She was joined on stage by a troupe of dancers, who Colbert thought might have been raised by wolves. “I feel like they give physical life to the song, and the songs have a little bit of aggression,” she told him, assuring him otherwise. And so, all on stage together, they “gave physical life” to “The Keepers,” the funky and confident new single off of Master Of My Make-Believe. “One tough move, throw your hands up,” she sings, “Say I don’t make no rules, No one even knows I am here.” Santigold’s boat rocks to her own tune, and last night her tune surely rocked Colbert’s boat.
It’s clear from the very outset of Green Days‘s video for “Oh Love,” the first single from the first of three LPs that they’ll be releasing over the next 6 months or so, that they’re putting “protest rock” firmly in their rear view mirror. So much so that it takes nearly 30 seconds until we even get a glimpse at Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Instead, viewers are treated to images that are clearly the precursor to a party: Long eyelashes, sequins, tattoos, beautiful babes in fishnet stockings, take-out Chinese food and more than a few beers flood the screen as Green Day get ready to take the stage.
Looks like that June altercation could cost Drake and Chris Brown their dignity and then some. Entertainment Enterprises, the company that owns the nightclub where the now infamous late night brawl went down, has filed a lawsuit against the dueling rappers, alleging “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity,” and “illegal acts,” and seeking a not-so-cool $16 million in damages. And were that not enough to get the boys sweating, the suit goes on to suggest that defendant Brown and defendant Drake’s fight was a violent escalation of a “shared grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman.” That woman, of course, being Rihanna. Yikes!
Not much more has come of the fight since June — both continue to deny that they took part in the fight and neither seems to have the bait on that boxing match. Will they put their differences aside and come together to fight the case and maintain their innocence? Or will they take the strike, pay up, and continue to duke it out on the low — on the mic, over Moon Men, etc.?
This week, Flo Rida‘s “Whistle” song shakes “Call Me Maybe” from its comfy perch atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It took sixteen weeks to rise in the charts, but it was evident to all from first listen that Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit would be a smash. And so what, maybe she’s never actually given a guy her number. After sixteen weeks of rise and nine at number one, it seemed possible that “Call Me Maybe” beamed with a sort of pop magic that could never be dampened. But alas, here it has, and we now are forced to reckon: is the reign of “Call Me” over, maybe? Read more…
Some old outtake footage of One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful” video has picked up a bit of buzz lately. Why? The British fab-hair five sang a cover of Oasis‘ “Wonderwall!” Now take a minute to reconcile the fact that the most successful UK act between 1995 and 2005 was just covered by the tour de force of English boy bands whose members were likely between the ages of one and three when the track was first released.
Janelle Monae has joined the ranks of her fellow singing beauties like Taylor Swift and Rihanna as the new face of CoverGirl. Ms. Monae adds her signature coif tucked hair and tuxedo to the beauty maven company as the new spokesmodel. Yesterday CoverGirl broke the news via their Twitter page by tweeting, “Welcome @JanelleMonae to the @COVERGIRL fam! Excited to go on this beauty journey with you! #COVERGIRLJanelle.” In a press release the Grammy winning R&B star said, “I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around me. Becoming a CoverGirl is truly and honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.” Read more…
Prepare to be blown away: Carrie Underwood has both a VH1 Unplugged and a VH1 Behind The Music on the way! The shiny but tough country babe broke the good news this morning on Big Morning Buzz Live. “I’m excited,” she gushed, before sharing that she’s a little nervous, too.
We love that big voice and bold attitude of hers and we are eager to see her shine when it’s stripped down on Unplugged. “It’s really cool to have it really be all about the songs and the music and to just get and go and sing,” she says. “It doesn’t need all the extra stuff sometimes.”
And as for sharing her story with Behind The Music, she’s laughed that, “I hope mine’s not seriously boring, because I’ve had such a wonderful life, and it just seems like everything has really happened … and now I get to do the most wonderful job ever.” Which is exactly how we know it won’t be boring! The run from American Idol winner to chart-topper and Grammy winner and everything before and beyond sounds exactly the opposite. We can’t wait!
Carrie tapes her stripped down set later this week in New York, and both Unplugged and Behind The Music will air sometime this fall. And if you check back here, we will keep you up to date with info and sneak peaks until then! Read more…
Nicki Minaj is a woman of her word when it comes to promises made to her Barbz. The pink wigged Queens rapper made good on holding a free concert for fans after pulling out of Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert. At the Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night Nicki was all smiles as she performed hits like “Roman’s Revenge,” “Did It on Em” and “Pound the Alarm.” For the nearly two hour set she also reached back to her mixtape days with songs from Beam Me Up Scotty. Wardrobe changes and surprises were all part of the Barbie’s production. Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, Drake and Lil Wayne joined her for what was a fun hip-hop family affair. And because her fans mean the world to her, the show was live-streamed online and broadcast on the huge screen in Times Square. Throughout the show she talked to her fans to let them know they were all that really mattered. “I just want my fans here, ’cause I don’t want people to come and observe me,” she yelled to the crowd. “If you didn’t come here to have a good time, go home!” Check out the flicks from Nicki’s Roseland Ballroom concert sponsored by Pepsi. Read more…
Canadian synth-pop singer Grimes made a splash in the last year, her standout album Visions and her distinctive fashion — both on show in the weird and wonderful “Oblivion” video — earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and W Magazine the New York Times alike. Already a darling of the fringe, she made her American television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and we have to imagine she earned herself a few more fans with her performance. Draped in a long red robe and standing in a pile of flower petals, she sang “Genesis” while two women danced behind her in jets of stream. If her etheral-coo of a voice isn’t enough to charm you, then her impressive managing of the keyboard, mixer, and mic all at the same time is sure to get you.
KELLY CLARKSON WANTS TO BE A COWBOY
Kelly Clarkson took a break from all her touring and cover song singing to rep her team, the Dallas Cowboys, with a new anthem called “Get Up.” Silver, blue, white, away or home — you don’t have to be a Cowboys fan or even a football fan to get into this one. [Mix965Houston]
CROCS CO-FOUNDER CRASHES HIS PORSCHE, BLAMES HIS “GIRLFRIEND” TAYLOR SWIFT
Despite his drunk rantings, we are confident that this foam clog king is definitely not the guy Taylor wrote “Never Ever Get Back Together.” [NYDN]