Beyonc? is coming to middle schools across America?in video form! The latest effort by First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! Initiative is a choreographed dance workout routine for middle schoolers to attempt simultaneously on Tuesday at 1:42 EDT. It’s only about three and a half minutes of exercise, but with the double-time claps and the Swizzy beat, that may be more than enough! The producer even provides encouraging vocal drops throughout, all the way to “Now cool off, cool off!” at the end.
The whole routine is under the cut, in case you want to rehearse: Read more…
Buoyed by an extended onslaught of promotion, the premiere of NBC’s new series The Voicescored big ratings, outranking stiff competition in its two genres: music (Glee) and reality (Dancing with the Stars). The show’s structure is overly complicated (the four judges each recruit a team of eight singers, then train their team for competition against the other judges’ teams), and a few suspense beats that would have worked on series creator Mark Burnett‘s biggest success, Survivor, fell flat, but overall, the show works. So, a quick rundown:
By way of introduction, The Voice‘s four artist/judges performed Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy,” with Adam Levine on drums, Blake Shelton on guitar, and Christina Aguilera joining Cee Lo Green on lead vocals. The quartet won’t be forming a super-group anytime soon, but their rendition was polished, and successfully communicated the artists’ willingness and ability to succeed in a variety of musical genres.
The contestants range from rank amateurs to near-professionals: After belting Faith Hill‘s “Breathe,”Tarralyn Ramsey tearfully ad-libbed a few bars of “What a Girl Wants” when she was selected by Aguilera, confessing that she sang along to all of Aguilera’s songs, “even the Spanish ones.” She didn’t mention that in 2003, she won VH1′s Born to Diva competition, performed on Divas Duets, and got a one-record deal with Universal?the same grand prize offered by The Voice.
You Oughta Know artistFitz and the Tantrums‘ music could be described just like its fashion — Motown roots with a pop twist. Frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick embraces this fusion by pairing skinny suits a la the 1960s with new sneakers and a hairdo reminiscent of New Wave. The rest of the six-piece Tantrums, mostly guys who make up the group’s tight horn section, share Fitz’ penchant for sporting skinny suits on stage. And the group’s lone gal, knockout co-singer Noelle Scaggs, favors vintage dresses and a retro bob. For our inaugural Music Seen feature, VH1 photographer Zev Schmitz spent time with the Fitz and the Tantrums as they dropped by VH1 to perform a You Oughta Know Live set in our lobby. After the jump, photos and commentary by the band members themselves. — Matt Muro
A double outpouring of grief has swept through the music community today at the news that both Poly Styrene and Phoebe Snow had passed on (Poly Styrene last night after battling breast cancer and Snow this morning due to complications from a January 2010 brain hemorrhage).
We’re always excited when a You Oughta Know artist comes to our offices and performs an exclusive You Oughta Know Live set, but The Civil Wars particularly enthralled the room (even if the “room” was our lobby). Before they took the impromptu stage, the audience was more hesitant than usual, largely hanging by the elevators or against the back wall.
But the instant they launched their their four-song set with their single “Barton Hollow,” the band’s presence drew in the crowd; Joy Williams and John Paul White are almost instinctual performers. Williams in particular accentuated her vocals by gesturing and dancing, and when, on “Poison & Wine” (“the loud version,” as White called it), she was behind the keyboard, the two locked eyes, not only to “perform” the doomed love of the song but also as a substitute for any rhythmic accompaniment besides White’s strumming (which also allowed them to end on a rather long shared note). These two belong on a stage. No wonder they scored opening gigs for Adele next month.
We never pretended not to be Hanson fans (they are, after all, this month’s VH1 Posted artist) but apparently Dancing with the Stars did: last night’s “Guilty Pleasure” episode included a live performance of “MMMBop.”
We’re still two full days away from the first annual O Music Awards, which will be streaming live on a computer near you this Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. However, because this is unlike any awards show you’ve ever seen, we’ve already started announcing some of this year’s big winners. So far, prizes have been given out for the Most Innovative Music Video (congrats, Andy Grammer!), the Favorite F**k Yeah Tumblr (shout-out to F**k Yeah Adam Lambert, see the award presentation below!) and, just a few minutes ago, the Favorite Animated GIF, which you can see directly above!
Don’t forget to check out the official O Music Awards site all day Thursday, where we’ll be bringing you awesome content straight from the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure not to miss the show itself which, as we mentioned above, will be starting at 11 p.m. ET and will feature performances from Mumford & Sons, Chiddy Bang, Matt and Kim and much, much more.