To Pitchfork two weekends ago for Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, and then back again for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flo at Lollapolooza next. Summer’s busy festival season draws fans to corners of the country far and wide with line-ups that bundle all their favorite acts into one great go. But what does it take to get those artists here and there and onstage, week in and week out? VH1 News caught up with California indie rockers Young The Giant at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival this past weekend to see. There’s their big-red bus decked with beer cubbies (“It’s like living on a submarine”), friends (“It’s like working summer camp”), and dressing rooms stocked with soda pop and candy (although one day, they hope to find “a room filled with tiny wolverines, like Mariah Carey and her puppies). And most of all there is the crowd. “When we can get the audience to kind of move around and dance and just look happy? That’s pretty much it,” says drummer Francois Comtois. Read more…
If early front-runner Carly Rae Jepsen was rooting for her own “Call Me Maybe” for Song of the Summer, we wouldn’t have held it against her. Big Sean has got her back, and she would hardly be alone in her vote. But when we caught-up her last night on the red carpet at of the Teen Choice Awards she instead deferred the title to a fellow nominee. “I mean, I have a lot of songs that I love about summer,” she offered diplomatically before admitting, that this time around, she’s really into the fun.‘s indie-pop anthem “We Are Young.” She also showed some love “for sure” for No Doubt, who returned to the stage last night. “I want to shake their hands, say thank you for the amazing music,” she gushed. No shame in either choice!
It’s nice that, even though there were Summer Song and Breakout Artist boards waiting for her, Jepsen is still feeling all “I-just-met-you” about her quick rise to fame. “I’m not quite used to it yet,” she said, looking and sounding truly demure in a satin-white blazer and palm-tree covered skirt. “But I don’t think I ever want to become used to it, because it’s really fun to be here and be like, ‘Ah! This is crazy!'”
If there’s one place to see fresh faced young talent it’s the annual Teen Choice Awards. Always filled with fun surprises and performances, this year the five cutest moments, which was pretty hard to narrow down, and the worst dressed celebs who get an A for effort, were some of the highlights. But on the red carpet is where the special magic happened when we chatted with Carly Rae Jepsen and Big Sean about their picks for VH1‘s Song of the Summer. Read more…
Mariah Carey is poised for a “Triumphant” return next month — August, for an august diva like she! — with the help MMG comrades Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Mimi shared the good news yesterday on Twitter, where she explained also that, “I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it. When you hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics.” An intriguing tease, as she sure has had quite the year or two between Dem Babies and her husband Nick Cannon’s health issues. It’s not like she needs a reason to sing it out, but if it gets her back to the studio? We’ll always be here to listen, Mimi.
Mariah has worked with Ross in the past on that “Touch My Body (Remix)”, and she bares an impressive catalog of rap collaborations past — who could forget that Bad Boy Remix of “Honey” or Jay’s verse on “Heartbreaker”? It’s exciting to see her hooking up with two of today’s biggest gets, but we worry that her comeback might get lost in the bunches of other Maybach Music branded singles currently dominating radio waves. We won’t worry too much, though, because Mimi’s no mere hook-girl, and one of her trade mark vocal runs and a twinkle of that whistle register will be quick to remind us of why she always “Triumphs.”
People hellbent on comparing Rita Ora to her Roc Nation label mate, Rihanna may have a stronger argument with Rita Ora’s third single “Roc The Life.” Here in the office it was noted that “Roc The Life” sounded similar to Rihanna’s “Breakin’ Dishes” from Good Girl Gone Bad. Rita Ora teamed up with hitmaker The Dream to co-write “Roc The Life,” which is a pop tune ode to living the good life. For those that may have no connection to the glamorous life, Ora threw in a more relatable note for those chasing a dream– making it one day. “Maybe one day I’ll live there/Beyond the stars I can see it/Now put your diamonds in the air/You can hate this all you want/But roc is everywhere,” she croons. Read more…
President Barack Obama is getting good at this. Like he did with Carly Rae Jepsen and the Biebs’ before, he nails this lip-dub of One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful.” It’s nice to hear him say things like, “You’re insecure, don’t know what for,” and not think it a testament to his national security acumen so much as an ode to his lovely FLOTUS or an inspiring missive for his electorate. A commander-in-chief and a teen-dream, we suggest he keep this charming act up — it will be hard to forget he thinks we’re beautiful come voting day!
Obviously Iggy Azalea is not literally in the murder business as the title of her first single “Murda Bizness” featuring T.I. implies. The song is actually more about killing the competition through style and flossing more money than anything related to violence. To demonstrate annihilating one’s opponents, Iggy pokes fun at the cut-throat kiddy pageantry industry. The folks involved with the Toddlers & Tiaras show may not find this too funny. Oh, but it is. Read more…
Any actual teens tuned in last night were just kids the last time No Doubt hit the Teen Choice Awards, but it was no matter as Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheater was buzzing with excitement for the iconic band’s return to the stage. And they didn’t disappoint, as they were in fine form performing their new single “Settle Down” for the first time live. The entire crew was dressed in black and white, and the rest of the act was kept simple, as well. Their return was spectacle enough. Gwen held court with a big (probably L’Oreal Paris lined) smile and all her usual swag, seeming perfectly at home back on stage, bouncing around and singing at the same time. Two kids and many years later, she’s still hella fine for real. Nothing’s gonna knock that girl down.
FRANK OCEAN SAYS HIS “STAR WAS RISING”
In a touching interview with the Guardian he explains that, “I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.” [GaurdianUK]
Looks like new moms P!nk and Lily Allen will be together in their return to music! P!nk announced on Carson Daly’s radio show that Allen has joining the already impressive list — which so far only includes P!nk’s 13-month old daughter Willow, who is apparently “better on bass than” her mom — of confirmed features for her upcoming album, The Truth About Love. “For the last 14 years, everyone has said no. But this album, everyone said yes,” she said of the get. “I think that’s because people think I’ve softened.”
Both women are currently at work with producer Greg Kurstin on their albums, and so this collaboration makes perfect sense. Aside from the fact that they are both new moms, both P!nk and Lily Allen are known for their no holds barred attitude, as well as their sense of humor when it comes to music. We imagine whatever they come-up with will be fun and full of kick. And as for Allen, who has only just returned to making music after years away, a high-profile feature like this will surely whet fan’s taste for more. And hey, if we’re lucky, maybe P!nk will return the favor!