We are hard at work here at VH1 headquarters burning off the calories we put on over the long Thanksgiving weekend by pulling together our lists of the Best Albums, Best Singles and Best Videos of 2013. As we take a look back, though, we couldn’t help but notice that some of 2013′s Most Anticipated Albums never actually came out! While we were blessed with tons of great albums to listen to this year, there’s still a part of us that can’t help but wonder “How come that Beyoncé album never came out, anyway?” Or, as Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind would say, “Wha happened?”
If you aren’t able to leave the cold temperatures behind and party with us during our ART + MUSIC + BEACH art show in Miami this week, at least you can listen to some hot tunes, courtesy of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean!
The Soul Train Awards 2013 aired on BET last night. The program was hosted by Anthony Anderson and honored all that is good and golden in the land of soul and R&B. Not so good and golden? Some of the outlandish outfits that the night’s biggest stars sported on stage–and the red carpet. We’re sad to say that we’re looking at you, K. Michelle…
Eminem has plenty to be thankful for this week; the Detroit rapper rules Nielsen SoundScan’s singles and albums chart this week, as Lady Gaga watches sales of her Artpop plummet. For more, we turn to this week’s SoundScanner:
Come on, is this really a contest? 22-year-old British-born model Emily Ratajkowski burst onto the scene this year with her steamy (and very controversial) NSFW turn in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s summer-dominating “Blurred Lines”. We wish we could say that it was through a stunning display of acting, dancing, singing, or some other show of talent that she stole our hearts and stayed on our minds. But…well, it was mostly through gyrating while wearing next to nothing. Oh well. Love or hate the video (there were plenty of folks who fell on both side of that argument), one thing is for certain: Ratajkowski is beyond gorgeous. And she’s got plenty on her plate to ensure that she’s the next big thing in 2014!
The BBC Live Lounge is known for producing stellar live covers of pop songs. Just in its seventh year, the ongoing series has quickly become a popular way to explore new ground with hit songs of the past year while showcasing the amazing talent of the artists who owned the past twelve months. Florence Welch, Jamie Cullum, Taio Cruz have all made their way through the studio to produce a rocking cover jam. This year proved to be no different. Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend and Bastille all knocked it out of the park with unexpectedly amazing covers that really made one wonder if they should have sung the song in the first place.
Greatest Hits albums and Best Of collections can be pretty devisive. In one way, they’re a nice and convenient chance to get all of your favorite songs in a single convenient disc. Just look at Eagles Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which sold more copies than any record in the 20th century! But these compilations can also be seen as a cheap last-ditch effort to milk a few more dollars out of an artist who’s long been on the decline. This is goes double if the artist hasn’t actually had enough hits to fill an album to begin with!