If any member of the six-piece, retro-soul phenom Fitz and the Tantrums offers to write you a note to ditch work the next day “if you cut loose tonight,” take it because you know you’re in for some intense “booty shaking” (believe us, we were trying). Wish we took vocalist Noelle Scaggs up on her offer, because the crowd’s frenzy reached a cardio workout levels by the end of the Tantrum’s six-song set at New York’s Irving Plaza, and who could go home after that?
The You Oughta Know alums burst onto the stage with an animated intro to “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” courtesy of keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, while the act’s namesake vocalist Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick cranked up the energy level up further with just a two-note belting of “Baby.” They bookended the showcase with equally hyper hit “MoneyGrabber,” in all working it through half of their outstanding Pickin’ Up The Pieces LP start to finish. Noelle’s pervasive dance moves (made dazzling by a sparkly silver top) and her charismatic harmonies with Fitz were on full display, while James King’s horns raised the swagger quotient especially during their cover of Eurhythmics classic “Sweet Dreams.” As a fan let rip from the audience, “Dig that horn, mannnnn!” Indeed.
Well, Madonna has been known to suck the life force from delicately smooch up-and-coming pop starlets in the past, and this kiss element definitely lends a level of excitement to the upcoming collaboration between Her Madgesty and Nicki Minaj that might otherwise have been a bit lacking. By that, we mean that Madonna has always taken great pride in being ahead of the curve and pushing the envelope, creatively speaking, and at this point, trading verses with Nicki Minaj is, quite frankly, something that has been done before. 39 times before, to be precise, with 34 different artists. (See our complete timeline of Nicki Minaj guest appearances below.)
So, what we’re wondering is this:
Below, we’ve got the complete timeline of Nicki Minaj collaborations!
At this stage, it would be hard to argue that there was a better, more universally acclaimed and globally received album than Adele‘s 21, featuring consistently on “Best” and “Top” lists for 2011. Rolling Stone named the album #1 in their 50 Best Albums Of 2011 list that came out today, saying that the magic of 21 was all in the voice, both literally and figuratively; “More than any other album this year, 21 made you feel its pain – from the triple-hankie tear-jerker ‘Someone Like You’ to ripsnorting revenge songs like ‘Rumour Has It,’ where Adele rides a roiling groove and flattens everything in her path.”
Strangely enough, however, Rolling Stone gave the #2 spot to Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne which, while possibly being the most hyped album of the year, wasn’t as well received as Kayne’s 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The Top 10 also features Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way at #6, which also failed to strike a chord with the critics this year, despite its epic release and subsequent run of artful, shock-value Gagaist videos. Predictably enough however, Rolling Stone fit Radiohead‘s King Of Limbs in at #5, controversial because it was considered a sub-par Radiohead offering, but believable enough given that despite criticism, the album has still found its way into an overwhelming number of Top 50 lists.
You all right? How’s things? Getting pretty famous over there, I noticed. Congratulations! No seriously, you deserve it. I still remember the first time I heard “I’ll Be Your Man.” I was still a teenager and it was definitely one of those songs that changed me, especially after growing up in a rock-centric household with my parents breeding me on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen as well as a constant serving of the blues. So yeah, you’re rock — classic rock, organic rock, non-pretentious, no bullsh*t rock.
Which is why I’m slightly confused about your decision not to release your new album, El Camino, on music sharing devices like Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio because you believe it will eat into your album sales. I know you gotta eat, blah blah, but since when is a #1 record of more importance to The Black Keys than the music and the fans? Strategic chart climbing just isn’t very rock’n’roll now, is it? Why are you suddenly so concerned with being the biggest rock band in the world? Why are you no longer happy to simply be the best rock band in the world?
Today, we have one of the world’s biggest divas, Whitney Houston, and we’ve even made up a jingle to go along with the performance: “On the 4th day of DIVAS, Whitney Houston is sublime — the way she’s singing back in ’99!” Her performance of “It’s Not Right But It’s OK” is dance floor anthem Whitney at her best. Whitney is fierce as she snarls into the microphone, reminding us of everything we loved about the soulful girl music of the nineties. She’s even got the moves to go with the track, busting out some hip shaking along with her backup dancers, and she does it with all the attitude we’ve come to expect from our Whits — yep, she’s partying like it’s 1999, alright!
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
It seems that after a long career, The Black Keys have skyrocketed from cult status to household name almost overnight. Playing songs from the new album including “Lonely Boy,” “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Sister,” The Black Keys also gave the crowd a healthy dose of classic tracks from their back catalog. MTV Hive streamed the whole show live, but in case you missed out, you can still watch the videos online. Our favorite song of the night, “Howlin’ For You,” from The Black Keys’ Brothers, was a slightly sped up version of the original, and brought an extra dose energy to an already raucous show. With the audience bouncing along to the beat and The Keys dripping sweat, this is rock music, the way rock music should be — raw, passionate and inclusive.
Last night, X Factor contestant Chris Rene sang a song he had written himself, “Where Do We Go From Here.” Chris gave an endearing performance, sitting mid-stage on a stool and strumming an acoustic guitar. Super sweet and beachy (a little bit Jack Johnson, maybe? Remember that guy?), the performance was received by the judges with an outpouring of praise, even from Simon Cowell who called the performance “a stroke of genius.” The audience agreed in a cacophony of applause, and Stevie Wonder even made a personal call to tell Chris “You are inspiring me right now. We’re thinking Chris might have taken the lead in the competition — who better to win a musical talent contest than one who is not only musically talented, but multi-talented?
As awesome as this lineup is going to be, we’ve got even better news to share with you this morning: Motown legend Anita Baker, Windy City native Mavis Staples, Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and jazzy vocalist supreme Ledisi have been added the list of this year’s oustanding stable of talent. We’ve also made some announcements regarding this year’s presenters, which you can read as part of this press release that just hit the wires…
VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL ADDS ANITA BAKER, MAVIS STAPLES, WANDA JACKSON AND LEDISI AS PERFORMERS AND DOLLY PARTON, QUEEN LATIFAH, TERRENCE HOWARD, NAS, COMMON AND LA LA ANTHONY AS PRESENTERS
Red Carpet to be Livestreamed on VH1.com on Sunday, December 18
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Pays Tribute to the Great Cities of Soul Music Including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia
Special will air Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1
NEW YORK – December 8, 2011 – VH1’s beloved, popular franchise, VH1 DIVAS, announced today additional performers to join this year’s tribute to soul music including: Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony will participate as presenters in paying homage to these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.
Foster The People just released a video for their new single “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)”, and it’s just as fun filled and irreverent as we’d expect from one of our favorite You Oughta Know bands and the most talked about electro-pop act of the year. The video, which will make its television premiere oh our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown show this weekend, features actress Gabourey Sidibe as an unwitting student on a driving lesson, and Mark Foster dressing himself down via a dorky dad suit and suspicious 70s pornstache.
At first, it appears that Mark is Gabourey’s driving instructor but lo! Of course he’s not! This is a Foster The People video we’re talking about, and there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Gabrielle reveals Mark’s stache as an impostor and uncovers a bag filled with bank notes, just in time for a high energy police chase to ensue. And what would a Foster The People video be without explosions of colorful paint? “Nothing!”, you say, which is lucky because the video sees the getaway car careening though a construction site, simultaneously coloring life! We don’t want to give too much away before you watch the clip, but we will say this — there’s a climactic ending and a healthy dose of Stockholm Syndrome.
Of the moment band Hot Chelle Rae dropped their second album, Whatever, last week, and spoke candidly to VH1 about serious things like the album title, writing music, singing karaoke and… playing the kazoo! If you like your pop stars relatable and irreverent, then Hot Chelle Rae are the guys for you, especially if you like an extra helping of super cute thrown into the mix. With sparkling smiles and an infectious energy, the guys told us that when it comes to making music, they’re just doing what they love. “We definitely want people to be humming it but it’s not like every time we sit down to write a song we’re like let’s make the catchiest thing known to mankind, we kind of just really write what we love,” offers HCR front man, Ryan Follese. Ryan also acknowledges that the band, even though their work is largely a labor of love, work incredibly hard and that it’s “ironic” that given their efforts, they decided to call the album Whatever on a whim.
But HCR know that all work and no play will make them dull boys — which is probably why they’re so charming! Of their leisure time, Ryan chuckles, “There is a good chance that you will find me at around 11.30 at night singing Bon Jovi at the top of my lungs,” to which Nash Overstreet replies, “Nashville is full of karaoke bars, and it’s full of us running crazy!” Becoming jovial, Ryan reveals that the only instrument he played on the entire album was the kazoo, “On “Downtown Girl” I am ripping that kazoo up.” We love that the boys have a kazoo on their album, if only because we love saying kazoo so much! Kazoo, kazoo, kazoo!
Check out their performance of their new hit single, “I Like It Like That,” from a recent episode of Big Morning Buzz Live below…