When we saw Van Halen perform in front of an audience of 300 people at the tiny Cafe Wha? back in January, there didn’t seem to be any noticeable tension between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The duo appeared to have put their legendary differences aside in advance of the release of A Different Kind Of Truth, the reunited group’s first studio album since 1984, and the massive North American tour that they had planned. Fast forward five months and change, though, and now it appears that the second third honeymoon between Diamond Dave and Eddie has come to a crashing halt.
Rolling Stone reports that Van Halen has “abruptly postponed” 30 North American tour dates that were recently added to the the original schedule that was announced back in December. The tour’s promoter, Live Nation, did not comment on the matter, but a source told Rolling Stone that Van Halen’s members are “arguing like mad” and “hate each other.” Not surprising news, exactly, but definitely disappointing for fans of huge riffs and karate kicks. Speaking of which…
Falling head over heels in love with Kim Kardashian isn’t the only thing Kanye West is up to. According to MissInfo.TV, West is screening his short art film “Cruel Summer” at Cannes Film Festival in France, which is open to the public on May 24 and May 25. As if being a super producer, rapper and fashion designer weren’t enough to keep the superstar busy, he’s moving forward full throttle with his interests in filmmaking and directing. He’s taken a stab at directing before with his 35 minute video to “Runaway” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. What exactly “Cruel Summer” will be about was left a mystery. But it’s Kanye West, so we’re confident it’s going to be an explosion of abstract art following a concept that is provocative. It will get the people going!
Per the Def Jam released press release, Kanye and his creative collective DONDA are screening the film out of competition. It promises to deliver something unlike anything we’ve seen from Yeezy before. The press release stated, “Inspired by the new G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name, CRUEL SUMMER is a fusion of short film and art installation; an immersive ’7 Screen Experience’ for the eyes and ears unlike anything West has attempted before.” If you’re in France, the RSVP details are on Mr. West’s website.
For those of us that can’t make it to Cannes, France, we’ll have to live vicariously through YouTube (at least we hope it ends up on there anyway). The possibilities of what Yeezy will do are endless. And considering he’s working on an upcoming album of the same title makes it all the more sweet. Let the “Cruel Summer” begin.
It’s been a long, long time since “alternative” songs have dominated the Billboard charts like they have this year. After Katy Perry, Adele and LMFAO locked down the uppermost reaches of the Hot 100 last year, this year has belonged to artists like fun. and Gotye, who have managed to fend off pop powerhouses like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna from hitting that #1 spot.
Perhaps as a sign of solidarity with their alternative brethren, perhaps as a show of mutual admiration, fun. decided to cover “Somebody That I Used To Know” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge series. This British program is best known for their ability to get huge pop stars to do semi-unlikely covers —you might recall that Florence Welch covered Drake’s “Take Care” for the program late last year— and this proves no exception. fun. even recruited Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, herself a former VH1 Diva, to sing the Kimbra portion of the song. Let us know whose version you prefer in the comments below!
Mr. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is feeling a little under the weather. Curtis “50 Cent” Jacksontweeted photos of himself lying in a hospital bed and alluded to a forthcoming surgery. According to Gossipcop.com, the rapper tweeted a series of tweets on Wednesday showing himself in a hospital gown, but he did not mention why he was in the hospital outside of the mystery surgery. Out of the blue 50 Cent took a page from Rihanna’s book and tweeted: Read more…
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by The Cult’sIan Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. Tom Morello stopped by to help out with our TMS Top 5 segment and welcomed back TMS Alum Frank Hannon who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. Did you miss the episode? Watch it online right here.
This week on the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show, we welcome former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, who discusses Pantera’s album artwork for Vulgar Display Of Power and previously unreleased track, “Piss.” We are also joined by Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young of Styx and rock out to guest shredder Steve Stevens. Watch the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…
So far Nicki Minaj is holding it down with the summer boo anthem “Right By My Side” featuring Chris Brown. Nicki puts aside the characters and trades in the over the top costumes for pretty frilled dresses in the the fun, hold-hands-with-your-significant-other video. Instead of going with Chris Brown as the obvious romantic interest, Nicki opts for Nas to play her leading man. The track alone instantly sparks a warm fuzzy feeling of wanting a beau “right by [your] side.” With the complement of the on screen couple showing affection through hugs and strolls walking arm-in-arm, we’re feeling a double side of warm and fuzzy. On the rocks. Read more…
Whitney Houston‘s death has been an emotion roller coaster for those that loved her the most. If it’s not the Houston’s upcoming Lifetime reality show it’s salacious interviews with Bobby Brown‘s sister claiming the pop star’s death wasn’t an accident. On a brighter (but still sad) note, Bobby Brown debuted a song for Whitney on “The tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “Don’t Let Me Die” is featured on his upcoming album Masterpiece, scheduled for release on June 5. Brown details his feelings in the heartfelt tribute to his late ex-wife of 15 years. Disguised in dark sunglasses Brown sings, “I didn’t realize, every breath I took was for you, and you were my air.” Beautiful words to honor The Voice, but we don’t know if his current fiancee will think it’s so sweet.
Struggling to get the words out in what sounds more like him talking than singing, Brown reveals he has regrets from his tumultuous relationship. “I guess I messed up pretty bad,” he croons. “I didn’t know who you were, I didn’t know what we had.” Recently he rebutted the rumors that he was the cause of Whitney’s drug use in an interview with “Today’s” Matt Lauer. But he’s not denying the fact that the relationship was troubled, which we all witnessed on “Being Bobby Brown.” Emotions are high when he nearly hollers, “It’s killing me softly…don’t let me die.” Dang, Bobby. We can’t imagine the type of pain he’s in, especially since he’s admittedly living with regrets. This is a thoughtful tribute coming from an honest place. We want the reformed badboy to take some time to grieve. And while he’s doing that hopefully his fiancee doesn’t question whether or not he’s yearning for the love that once was.
When Donna Summer passed away today at the age of 63, the world lost its undisputed Queens of Disco. During the year 1979, which was arguably the high point of the disco craze, she had five songs chart in the Billboard Top 40 (!!!), three of which — “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”— made it all the way to #1.
Thanks to her incredible vocal range and an ability to appeal pop, rock and R&B audiences, Donna Summer was able to survive the disco implosion (a fate that a lot of her peers cannot claim). In fact, there was a 14-year span in which Summer had songs that made America’s Top 40, a period that began with the release of the sensually charged “Love To Love You Baby” in December of 1975 and closed in May of 1989 with her Top 10 single “This Time I Know It’s For Real.” And although her mass appeal dimmed as the Nineties dawned, she remained a vital creative force; she picked up a Grammy in 1998 for Best Dance Recording, which was just one of five Grammys she won during her legendary career.
While we mourn the loss of an American legend, we thought the best way to pay tribute to her incredible body of work was to put together the following Spotify playlist, which includes all of her songs that charted in the Billboard Top 40*.
Summer is fast approaching and we’re ready to bring on the BBQs, rooftop parties and most of all the concerts. What’s summer without indulging in live performances of the artists you love? Two of the biggest hip-hop concerts this summer, Summer Jam and Rock the Bells, have some acts lined up that are going to be bananas! Not that you’d go wrong attending either, but because they’re as different as night and day, we’ve broken down why one of these concerts rules as the must-see concert of the summer.
1. The headliners tell you everything you need to know about a show.
One of the biggest names in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, is headlining Summer Jam along with Rick Ross, Waka Flocka and Young Jeezy. As far as mainstream rap, Summer Jam has it covered. With Nicki you’ll get a bit of hip-pop, Waka will make everyone dance and Rick Ross and Jeezy offer the trap anthems to make even the most suburban girl get hype.
Where do we even begin with the headliners for Rock the Bells? Its very big name acts run the gamut of the likes of Nas, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliott & Timbaland and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It doesn’t get more versatile than Nas, one of hip-hop’s legends, and the fairly newbie Wiz Khalifa rocking the stage at the same festival. And Missy Elliott & Timbaland…together! That’s some epic 90s skeez right there. We’re singing, “Supa dupa fly, supa dupa fly” just thinking about it.
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Sad news to pass along today. We’ve just learned that Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63. TMZ reports the Queen of Disco was battling cancer, but chose to keep her illness under wraps. She was in Florida at the time of her death.
Summer’s career began in the mid 70s when she met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Summer rose to fame in the 70s with disco hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” She climbed the charts with 20 Top 40 hits and 4 No. 1s: “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls and “No More Tears.”
At the beginning of her career Summer signed to European label Groovy Records creating her first album Lady of the Night in 1974. Her first American hit, “Love to Love You Baby,” was what would lead to a successful international career. In the UK “Love to Love You Baby” charted in the Top 5, and by 1976 reached the No. 2 spot on the US Billboard 100. The album of the same name sold over one million copies. “I Feel Love” from her 1977 album I Remember Yesterday led to the second Top 10 single for the Queen of Disco. Nearly a year later she landed her first US No. 1 hit with “McArthur Park” featured on her first live album Live and More. It was also her first album to top the charts at No. 1 on Billboard. Live and More went platinum becoming one of the stand out records of her early career. Read more…