The latest rock beef came this week in the form of The Black Keys‘ Patrick Carney spouting completely unprovoked vitriol at Nickelback, including, “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” in a rather malicious rant in a Rolling Stone interview. The attack seemed petty at the time, and now seems pettier still given Nickelback’s response.
The band Tweeted yesterday, “Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe,” and it seems like not only are Nickelback taking the insult on the chin, they’re taking a novel approach to beefing — not taking it so seriously. No matter what your opinion of Nickelback, it’s clear the guys have a sense of humor, and we’re giving them a standing ovation for their jokey spin on the comments, and for not engaging in a back and forth slanging match.
The third single from Rihanna‘s album Talk That Talk, is the song by the same name, and it’s set to be a winner, climbing to number 31 on the charts from downloads alone. Featuring vocals by collaborator Jay-Z, the track is already epic enough, but now rumors are circulating that Kanye West could be making an appearance on the release. The rumor began when Australian Chart News Report listed Kanye West along with Jay-Z as a featured artist on the track, and now the Internet is talking the talk. While Kanye West isn’t featured on the album track, there’s still a possibility that there might be an added verse on the single release (much like the added Ye verse on Katy Perry’s “E.T.” release), especially given the trios propensity for working together. With Kanye’s vocal helping to propel “E.T.” to number one position on the charts, if the rumor is indeed true, it could do wonderful things for Rihanna’s already impressive record for hits.
Our You Oughta Know artist, Christina Perri, had a big year in 2011 with her song “A Thousand Years,” which was featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack. Perri, while on the promotional tour for the movie, chatted with VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer for the second installment of our VH1 Tuner podcast, which you can listen to in full here. In it, Perri says “A Thousand Years” was written specifically for Edward and Bella, and that she’s a self-proclaimed “Twi-hard”, getting “Bitten” tattooed to herself “[after] having read the books, and I felt as though I’d been bitten with the series, with the obsession of the love story.”
Aside from her love for Twilight and obvious excitement about being on the soundtrack, Perri revealed that she’ll be releasing one more single from her album lovestrong. According to Perri, the song will be an existing track from the album, re-recorded to include a duet with a male singer/songwriter. While she wont reveal who she’ll be pairing up with for the release, she says the artist is somewhere in the spectrum between Tony Bennett and Justin Bieber. But it doesn’t end there — Perri says she’s ready to start work on a new album and with 32 song ideas already in the vault, she says she just wants to come up with more: “I’m always writing… Writers should never stop writing.” Now 100% recovered from vocal surgery (fun fact: Perri’s doctor is the same doctor Adele used when she also underwent surgery last year), we’re excited to see what 2012 holds for Perri, and who the mystery duet will be with!
Last night Chris Cornell appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to perform his hit song “The Keeper.” The song has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the movie Machine Gun Preacher, and it’s not hard to see why. With Cornell’s gravelly vocal and a romantic string section backing him, the song is both revealing and captivating. The dimly lit stage on Leno, with it’s clean beams of light, assortment of gothic candles and Chris’ face surrounded in a halo-esque glow only added to the whimsical appeal of the track.
Back in November, word leaked out that Van Halen was planning on releasing a new album and embarking on a North American tour to support it. Classic rock fans were cautiously optimistic about the news, seeing as how prior reunions had ultimately fizzled out because of the legendarily testy relationship between guitarist Eddie Van Halen and loquacious frontman David Lee Roth. After a rumored reunion performance at the Grammy Nomination Concert Live!!! concert back in November failed to materialize, Van Halen fans were understandably nervous about the band’s current stability. However, during a 70-minute set at Manhattan’s tiny, 280 person capacity club Cafe Wha? tonight, the group looked happier to be in each other’s presence than they have since the early Eighties and, as a result, turned in a performance that David Lee Roth himself proclaimed as one of the best in the group’s storied history.
A Man Is Stabbed For Not Knowing Jay-Z And Beyoncé Are Married
A man was actually stabbed by someone else for his failure to comprehend that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are married. It’s lucky the attacker didn’t quiz him on the baby too… [Prefix]
Jack White To Collaborate With Tom Jones
Veteran crooner Tom Jones is reportedly set to collaborate with contemporary rock star Jack White. Apparently the unlikely couple will be covering Howling Wolf’s “Evil,” and also “Jezebel,” from Jones’ 2002 album, Mr. Jones. [Spin]
There’s no slowing buzz machineLana Del Rey down. From the dark, brooding “Video Games” that got everyone talking in mid-2011 to her equally enigmatic follow-up, “Blue Jeans,” Lana Del Rey managed to capture the imaginations of music aficionados in an almost cult-like fashion. With her debut album, Born To Die, due to drop later this month, the hype is becoming dizzying, as the sultry songstress continues to drop tease after tease, from the racy “Born To Die” video and now two new, previously unheard songs, “National Anthem” and “This Is What Makes Us Girls”.
Amping up the hubbub and controversy, both tracks are decidedly different from anything else we’ve heard from Lana Del Rey up to this point. Upbeat and poppy, both tacks are decidedly sweeter sounding than Lana Del Rey’s previously tortured vocals; her new tracks employ the verbal pacing of lite hip-hop and reminds us somewhat of a young Uffie, with the lyrical subject matter skewing slightly towards Katy Perry territory. Yep, the Lana Del Rey machine has managed to get fanboys sufficiently hot under the collar for the release of Born To Die with an excruciatingly drawn out, but seemingly genius marketing period. The album itself looks to be a concoction of several Lana Del Rey personas, from the self destructive, to the unassumingly sexy, to the romantic, to the girlie hedonist.
If you’re not familiar with 20-year-old Harlem rapper Azealia Banks, now’s the time to get acquainted. She released her first track, “Seventeen,” back in 2009 (which was produced by one of her biggest fans and supporters, Diplo), but the hype didn’t really start building around Banks until last year. With her brand of aggressive, dance led rap, reminiscent of East London’s garage scene, Banks is kicking up a storm in the music world, taking girl rap back to the no-holds barred days when we first met the potty mouthed Lil Kim. Except that Banks is a little bit ruder, and much more raw. There are a million reasons why you need to know Azealia Banks right this instant, but here are the top 6:
Banks got a lot of attention for her 2011 release “212,” which was one of the biggest, most critically acclaimed tracks of the winter. Half dance club, half rap, “212″ is unavoidably infectious, and comes with a generous helping of dirty words. Watch the video for “212″ here.
2. The Cool List
NME put Banks at number one on their Cool List in 2011. Out of 50 musicians, that’s no mean feat for the newcomer. And we definitely don’t disagree with the decision — Banks has that “cool without even trying” nonchalant defiance about her.
If you weren’t a Pitbull fan before, then we promise you will be now. In the second best Kanye West related thing to happen today (hot on the heels of his much talked about Twitter rant), Pitbull (featuring Sensato) has released a remix of Ye and Jay-Z‘s Watch The Throne hit, “Ni**as in Paris,” entitled “Latinos In Paris.” Not only is it a great concept — riffing on one of 2011 biggest hits with tongue firmly in cheek — Pitbull has even released a video for his remix, putting him one step ahead of the still video-less Throne duo. The video, the first Pitbull has directed, is pretty funny too, featuring Pitbull and Sensato rapping in front of an illuminated Eiffel Tower and cutting to images of tacky tourist souvenir mini-tours. We’re now waiting for this “Different Races In Paris” meme to kick off; what will be next? Should we start penning our own version, “VH1 Staffers In Paris?”
Does your brain seize up when you try to read things in reverse chronological order, like in a Twitter timeline? Ours certainly does. So, when Kanye West went on a Twitter rant during the wee hours of the morning, the first thing we thought was “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if someone organized these 80+ tweets into something actually sorta legible, you know with paragraph breaks and the like?” So, with that in mind, we did it for you. You’re welcome. (BOLD EMPHASIS OURS.)
I love being back at my fashion office learning and creating. It’s so challenging and fun and I’m surrounded by amazing people.
They say you only live once but every time I come to work I feel like I’m starting a second life. You guys might think I have some type of backing for my line but I don’t. I did the first fashion show out of my own pocket and used the money I made touring to follow my passion.
I’ve been working at this for 8 years now …from the first offers to do urban clothing lines that I turned down…To begging Bape to do my line and never making any real headway…To having an office in LA that was shut down after the “MTV” moment along with my tour with GAGA.