It might be Madonna Week, but it seems like there’s a generous helping of Kelly Clarkson scooped on top of the Madonna madness. While Madge is taking care of half time entertainment at the Super Bowl, Kelly has been tasked with the honor of singing the national anthem, and we’re just as excited to see her belt it out as we are to see Madonna leaping across the stage in a sparkly catsuit. And it looks like it’s not only us jumping on the Clarkson band wagon — Kelly is shooting up the charts with some impressive steam.
Kelly’s track “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (watch the video after the jump) has made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 today, and if we were in primary school we’d be singing something like “First is the worst, second is the best!” (although number one placeholder, Adele, is most certainly not the worst!). And speaking of Adele, will Kelly be able to topple her this week? We learned the power of an Adele number one last year; and as we’re learning this year, her reign is absolutely unassailable. Adele’s latest number one “Set Fire To The Rain” will be a tough one to beat, especially with Adele’s record at the top, and her forthcoming first post-surgery performance at the Grammys (where Kelly is also performing, albeit less momentously). But interest in Kelly has certainly been piqued this week — will she prove to be the stronger of the two?
You haven’t seen excitement until you’ve seen us talking about Madonna’s Super Bowl half time show. It’s palpable, electric, maybe a little bit Pointer Sisters — basically, we’re doing all that we can to stay calm for the next 72 hours or so. In order to curb our energy into something a bit more productive, we’ve spent the morning playing Madonna‘s Musical Director and coming up with both predicted and dream setlists for her roughly 12-15 minute show. See what you think and if you agree — let us know what your dream set is in the comments section!
PREDICTED SET LIST by Mark Graham (@unclegrambo):
“Ray Of Light” / “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)” / “Express Yourself” / “Vogue” / “Music”
Billions of people will be watching Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, so there’s no doubt that she’ll be feeling the adrenaline and deliver a high energy, dance-y set for the fans. “Ray Of Light” is a very recognizable track that will get fans out of their seats and grooving from the get-go, at which point she can safely transition into the requisite “Go buy my new single!” part of the show. After she welcomes (and then quickly boots) Nicki Minaj and M.I.A to/from the stage, she’ll move into the portion of her set that, to paraphrase her backup dancer, “brings the gay.” Playing “Express Yourself” will be a subtle “In your face!” to Lady Gaga, and “Vogue” (maybe with Cee Lo?) would get both the fans in Indianapolis and on their couches all over the world going berserk. Closing with “Music” —featuring its anthemic chorus of “Music makes the people get together”— would be the most frenzied way to end her short set, and send everyone who’s watching off thinking “I LOVE MADONNA!”
So we’ve now reached a point where there is absolutely no reason for you not to be excited about the Grammys. This morning it was announced that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be joining the already impressive performance line up, so even if the pop-stars billed to play at the awards show aren’t really your thing, now you have something that is — because Bruce Springsteen is everyone’s thing. With 20 of their own Grammys safely on the trophy shelf, we’re guessing that The Boss and Band will play “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the lead single off their new album, Wrecking Ball, but you never know, we could be in for a new surprise or even an old favorite.
If you’re looking for your daily dose of goosebumps then look no further than You Oughta Know artist Gotye performing “Somebody That I Used To Know” with Kimbra on Jimmy Kimmel Live. With both artists singing just as powerfully and flawlessly as they do on record, it’s no wonder the crowd in the theatre didn’t seem to know whether to cheer or watch in reverent silence. Now that we’ve addressed the massive talent that is undoubtedly about to take America by storm, let’s talk about Kimbra’s dress — where do we get one? The singer’s sparkling cocktail dress spoke to old Hollywood glamor with an avant garde edge, which resonated perfectly with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a song that is bolstered by its references but propelled forward by small, nuanced innovations. We’re looking forward to having the spine tingling pair at VH1 headquarters this week, so stay tuned for all the Gotye and Kimbra action as it unfolds for You Oughta Know!
Madonna Announces Her Love And Admiration For Nicki Minaj And M.I.A. Madonna‘s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and forthcoming appearance at the Super Bowl both feature appearances by M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, of whom Madonna has said “They’re not conventional pop stars and I really admire them both. I love both of them actually.” We’re guessing having the Queen Of Pop say things like that about you is going to be both humbling and ego boosting, so a big round of applause for the “non-conventional” gals! [NME]
Following the tragic death of Don Cornelius today we’ve been looking back over the archives at some favorite Soul Train moments. Watching old Soul Train clips has us in awe of some of the awesome talent that joined Cornelius in the studio, and we smiled all the way through this footage of the Soul Train host playing basketball against the legendary Marvin Gaye. The two superstars act like boys in a schoolyard, playfully breaking the rules and scuffling across the court. We won’t give away the end result and ruin the above video for you — but there is a clear winner!
Once you’ve digested this video of Cornelius and Gaye going head-to-head on the court, try wrapping your head around this one — a young Ike & Tina Turner being interviewed by Cornelius! Tina dominates the conversation but is wonderfully charming, stating her favorite hobbies as “to skate, to go into the country for a while, and I like being a woman.” Recounting their meeting in St. Louis Tina smiles from ear to ear as she recalls the magical encounter, ending the story with an emphatic “pow!” You can watch the clip after the jump.
This week, we’re not only welcoming February (and maybe an early spring if you live in New York), but also our newest You Oughta Know recruit, the Australian sensation Gotye. Gotye is the stage name of the Belgian born, Australian raised Wally De Backer, who has been a household name in Australia since his 2006 album Like Drawing Blood made a hit singles out of “Heart’s A Mess” and “Learnalilgivinanlovin.” His 2011 release, Making Mirrors, however, sent Gotye into the stratosphere of superstar status in the home land, with the lead single, “Somebody That I Used To Know” making the most sales of any track Australia wide for 2011 and earning him various accolades and awards.
And now the rest of the world is standing to attention, too. Making Mirrors is taking the US by storm, currently sitting pretty at #12 on the iTunes charts, with “Somebody That I Used To Know” in the iTunes Top 10 singles chart. Gotye’s unique brand of emotional pastiche electo-pop paired with his power vocal have the world talking, and that’s why we’re telling you this is one artist you definitely oughta know! With many high profile covers and celebrities Tweeting their praise for Gotye, we’re thinking that the hype train has only just departed the station, and will pick up speed as Gotye launches his 2012 US tour (including a performance at Coachella and a stop at our NYC headquarters next week) with his “Somebody That I Used To Know” collaborator, Kimbra.
Exclusively for Posted, once a week each member of the band will be giving us a blog post, letting us know what’s up! Our first one is an intimate, poignant post about life on the road from lead guitarist, Dave Welsh, from January 31st, after the jump!
Sad news to pass along this morning. Don Cornelius, the creator and host of Soul Train, was found dead in his California home earlier today. TMZ is reporting that the 75-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after struggling with health issues and a messy divorce over the course of the last few years.
His longtime friend, Quincy Jones, just released the following statement to USA Today: “I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius. Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was Soul Train, that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don’s family and loved ones.”
Back in 2010, VH1 put a spotlight on Cornelius and the revolutionary program that he created with the VH1 Rock Doc, Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America. To remember exactly how awesome Soul Train was, take a look at this incredible footage of the Soul Train audience doing a line-dance to “Respect Yourself” by the legendary Staple Singers.
When Björk takes to the stage you get to thinking that modern pop stars like Lady Gaga might not exist if it hadn’t been for the pioneering avant garde of pop. Suitably fruity in a voluminous orange hairstyle and futuristic electric blue dress, Björk intersects experimental fashion and art with pop music in a way that is now commonplace, but somehow the Icelandic beauty still manages to make it completely unique, without a hint of repetition or tiredness. Performing “Cosmogony” from her new album Biophilia on The Colbert Report, Björk was simply divine, her haunting vocal cruising along the wave of sweet harmonizing by an all-female choir.