When you can’t stand the heat, get off of Twitter. That’s exactly what Azealia Banks did over the weekend. The upcoming Harlem rapper has had enough of the back and forth Twitter beefs and decided to pull a disappearing act by deleting her Twitter account. Not only is she over social media, she’s also tired of the rap game. When Nicki Minaj deleted her account the Internet was in a frenzy, but luckily for Nicki’s Barbz she returned a week later. We give Banks two weeks tops to rejoin the social media network celebs love to hate. Read more…
Last night, VH1 aired the debut episode of Mob Wives: Chicago. From the opening moments of the program, many people on Twitter were wondering how they could get their hands on a copy of the show’s dynamic theme song, “Playing For Keeps” by Elle King. Well, VH1 Tuner readers, you’re in luck: We’ve got a FREE MP3 of “Playing For Keeps” that you can download now. All you have to do is leave your email address below and you’re good to go!
Elle’s debut EP, The Elle King EP, will hit stores tomorrow. Stay tuned to VH1 Tuner for more updates from this exciting new artist!
Within the last 10 years there hasn’t been a music success story quite like the one of Kanye West. He managed to transform himself from a well respected but not yet household name producer to a global rapper. He began producing in the late 90s for heavy hitting acts and became known for his soulful beats. It wasn’t until 2001 when he got his big break from Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” From there he continued producing but began vocalizing his interest in rapping. Admittedly, no one one believed he could rap, thus labels weren’t willing to take the risk on signing him. Finally he signed to Dame Dash and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella record label and debuted College Dropout in 2004. Kanye had proved everyone wrong, not only showing that he could rap, but that he could be great while doing it (College Dropout debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts).
That was eight years ago when Kanye was a hungry 27-year-old trying to turn his dreams into reality. Today he’s 35 with five albums under his belt, one collaboration album, countless producer credits, a fashion line and his own G.O.O.D. Music record label. Publicly, he’s been scrutinized for his crass statements on live TV. His public missteps and ego aside, Ye continues to be one of the greatest music talents that has emerged in the last decade. To honor his 35th birthday, check out our list of his 35 greatest songs (which we have also turned into a Spotify playlist). Feel free to disagree with our list and add your own in the comment section below.
35. “Who Gon Stop Me”
The production is insane, Kanye and Jay’s verses are a mere bonus.
34. “Hell of A Life”
Yeezy’s darkest moment has him falling in love with a porn star. Naturally, it doesn’t end well.
For the dream chasers out there, “I wonder/if you know/what it means/ to find your dreams.”
32. “All Falls Down”
We can’t help but think of Stacey Dash every time we hear this one.
31. “Gotta Have It”
Outside of the tambourine in the opening, there’s a whole lot of flossing in this one track. Read more…
Dee Snider is back on your TV, but this time you won’t see him on The Celebrity Apprentice. Actually, if you were watching the finale of Donald Trump‘s reality show a few weeks ago then you would’ve seen the Twisted Sister frontman starring in a new commercial for Stanley Steemer. In the ad, the rocker shows up at a suburban house where he tells a woman she’s won a Dee Snider Weekend. Her husband flips outs (in make-up like Dee, of course!), trashes the house, and — you already know what happens next — Stanley Steemer shows up to save the day! (YAY!) We feel comforted knowing they are able to “get the rock ‘n’ roll out of your carpet.” We’ll be sure to hit them up after the next house trashing, mosh pit, food fight we have (which, we’re loathe to admit, happens more than you think).
Robin Thicke knows how to make a true R&B song. With his new gig on ABC’s new show Duets we get to see his chemistry with his partners, and hear how The Beatles (who he thinks have the best duets of all time) has influenced his music. But for “All Tied Up,” the third single from his fifth album Love After War, he’s singing solo and beautifully. Thicke is giving R&B the much needed breath of revitalization it needs. And he has the chops (singing chops that is) to do it. Like the song–sultry, smooth, soulful–the video captures how the music makes you feel. Read more…
Remember Lana Del Rey? Back in early January, she seemed poised to dominate the music headlines this year; thanks to the strength of her singles “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” the anticipation for her second full-length LP, Born To Die, was at a fever pitch. Then, of course, she appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, turning in a performance that ended up being so controversial and maligned that it will likely follow her for the rest of her career. In a matter of hours, she went from being the Next Big Thing to having bloodthirsty music bloggers gleefully penning her career obituary. In fact, the pendulum of hype swung at such a rapid rate that her concerned management team felt that the best course of action to save Lana’s promising career was to pull her out of the spotlight altogether here in the United States, canceling high-profile bookings at SXSW in favor of focusing on the international market. This effectively stalled the prospects for Born To Die to latch on with Stateside audiences — the album has yet to go gold — but turned out to have worked quite well worldwide, as her record has sold over 1.5 million copies to date.
Aside from a pre-taped performance on American Idol back in March and a rumored fling with Axl Rose, it’s been pretty much radio silence from Team LDR here in the U.S. for the last few months. Last week, she performed a three-night residency at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, but tonight at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, she made her first live appearance in the city since a low-key, one-song performance on the Late Show With David Letterman in early February. She had every right to be nervous performing for the sold-out crowd, especially considering that it was her first full show in town since her Bowery Ballroom performance in December, a show that was plagued with technical issues and one that she confessed to us that she wished “had gone a little differently.” However, the vibe in the room this evening — her first of three shows here over the next few days — was palpably different from the outset, as eager fans were anxious to show their support for Lana and convince her that her career had now entered the “Backlash To The Backlash” stage on New York Magazine‘s Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations. As she strode out on a stage filled with lush greenery, she was bathed in a warm round of applause and cheers, which prompted her to gleefully stick her tongue out before launching into “Blue Jeans.” Read more…
Awful news to pass along this evening. Bob Welch, who sang and played guitar for Fleetwood Mac during the pre-Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham era, was found dead in his Nashville home this evening after an apparent suicide. The singer, who was 66 years old and had reportedly been suffering from health issues for some time, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, but left the group before the band experienced its massive success with their eponymous 1975 album. He did, however, go on to experience some success as a solo artist; his song “Sentimental Lady,” featuring backing vocals from Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, was a Top 10 hit in September of 1977.
Welch’s death is the second high profile suicide to strike the rock world this year, following the March death of former Montrose guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Everyone here at VH1 offers their condolences to Welch’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Police: Musician Bob Welch kills self [CNN.com]
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On Kanye’s “Last Call” from debut album College Dropout he rhymed, “It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him/Last year shoppin’ my demo, I was tryin’ to shine/Every motherf*cker told me that I couldn’t rhyme.” Yeezy is arguably the biggest producer turned rapper story in hip-hop. Next up may be GRAMMY nominated producer Hit-Boy who is known for producing hits like “N**** in Paris.” Today Hit-Boy released “Jay-Z interview,” which is the world’s introduction to rap skills. Although he doesn’t do an actual interview with Jay, the G.O.O.D. Music artist includes clips of Hov (nice marketing ploy!) on tour and his studio time with. Read more…
There’s almost almost no better way to sum up Rihanna’s career than “that Rihanna reign just won’t let up.” What makes the magnitude of her success notable is the short time its taken her to break records in the way new artists can only imagine. “Where Have You Been” from Talk That Talk recently jumped from the No. 11 to No. 9 spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts making this her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes 22 top 10s in seven years. No wonder she lives by her own rules with very few f’s to give. She talks the talk and clearly walks the walk. Read more…
Uncle Sam is one guy folks should try to avoid at all costs. Lauryn Hill is learning the hard way that the wrath of this guy is not pretty, especially when you haven’t filed taxes for three consecutive years. Per TMZ.com, the feds are coming after Hill for not filing her tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Here’s the kicker: Hill earned more than $1.8 million, but couldn’t be bothered with the minute things in life, like filing taxes. Read more…