According to Twitter, it was all about Adele in the Tweetverse on the night of the Grammys. While the chart dominating singer took home six awards, Twitter exploded with a tirade of Adele related posts, and Twitter has reported that people sent 10,901 Tweets per second as she won Record Of The Year. That’s a lot of Tweet love. Twitter also reported that “Grammys” was mentioned in over 5 million Tweets between midday and midnight on the day of the event, and that the most Tweeted about artists behind Adele included Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. It’s an interesting mix of the night’s biggest winner, the most controversial, and the bereaved, which in turn have made up the biggest pop culture stories of the week.
She went on to give comment on “Stupid Hoe,” saying, “I’m pretty sure I feel the same way everybody else feels about it now. If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe’, you must be a stupid hoe.” We’re not the arbiters of what makes a good diss, but isn’t turning someone’s insult against you back on them sort of… school yard? Either these two ladies are very silly for carrying on this ridiculous verbal war, or they’re very savvy — at least for Lil’ Kim, who is making a comeback into the music scene right now, a beef with the hottest female rapper in the world is stirring up a world of publicity. Although we think a duet would have done the trick just as nicely.
We’re going to sound like a broken record saying this, but the truth is the truth and there’s no way around it — Gotye and Kimbra sound just as impeccable live as they do on record. And we should know — we got to witness the pair playing live for us in an intimate setting at our Times Square offices when they came to visit last week. While You Oughta Know artist Gotye played solo songs from his new album, Making Mirrors, and even an old favorite, “Heart’s A Mess,” we were blown away by “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring the dexterous vocals of Kimbra.
The pair gave us a compelling, moving experience in the intimate setting. While playing live with his band, tinkering with the menagerie of instruments surrounding him, the impresario Gotye crooned the lyrics, vocally gymnastic in the ease with which he switched from a whisper to a shout. When Kimbra joined him for her verse, emotions were high, as the two breathed life into the heartbreaking lyrics, giving real import to the occasion.
If you’ve got a sentimental heart, then Jason Mraz‘s new video for “I Won’t Give Up” is probably going to to resonate with you. Set in a semi-hazy, color saturated world, the video features dusty imagery of several different characters who seem in some way lost, or searching. Close up shots reveal a doe eyed child, the mascara stained cheeks of a beautiful young woman, the deeply creased face of a benevolent old man, the prosthetic leg of an army veteran, amongst others. Between these complex souls Mraz strums his guitar and croons the lyrics, “I won’t give up on us / even if the skies get rough / I’m giving you all my love.” The emotional climax of the video occurs as each character finds a friend — someone who loves them and who they can lean on during their hardship. It’s a poignant, hopeful video for a beautiful love song.
Unsurprisingly, Whitney Houston‘s untimely death last weekend has lead to a surge in album sales for the legendary performer, with her Greatest Hits compilation selling enough copies in just one day to steamroll the charts and land itself at number six on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Except that Billboard doesn’t acknowledge the would-be chart topper because of its age, so despite killer sales, the album wont actually appear on the chart. Selling 63,853 copies in one day, the album did make it to number one on Billboard’s Catalogue Album list (with her self-titled debut album making it to number five, also on this list), so the soaring sales haven’t gone entirely without recognition.
To put Houston’s posthumous sales in perspective, NY Daily News compares her numbers to Paul McCartney‘s Kisses On The Bottom, which sold 74,100 copies to debut at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. But McCartney had a full week to amass these numbers — Houston’s last minute sales bump was the product of one day, as Sunday night is the cutoff for Nielsen SoundScan’s stats, and we tragically lost Houston on the Saturday night. It’s expected that these big sales will just keep growing for the late Houston over the next week as fans continue to grieve and show support.
Miley Cyrus really is growing up, and it’s absolutely delightful to watch. The young star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night looking decidedly more mature with a sleek long-bob (we’re booking our hairdresser appointments right now!), to perform her cover of Bob Dylan‘s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” The song appears on Chimes Of Freedom, a compilation of Bob Dylan covers celebrating his career as well as Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary with all proceeds from sales going, naturally, to Amnesty. Miley’s rendition of “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” is absolutely beautiful, and at only 19 years old, Miley’s emotion when she sings it is wholly convincing. With her raspy country vocal and the already gorgeous music, it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with this performance.
Rihanna Is Releasing A Remix Of “Birthday Cake” With A Cameo That Will “Shock The World” Rihanna is releasing a remix of “Birthday Cake” from Talk That Talk next week, and producers Da Internz (Tuo and Kosine), while remaining coy, have said the remix will feature a cameo that will, “Shock the world.” Obviously, the only person who could possibly be a shock to the world on a Rihanna song would be Chris Brown — and so we wait with baited breath for what could possibly be the biggest train wreck of the year, praying for Rihanna that it’s all sensationalism and that instead she chose a nice guy like Drake for the part. [MTV RapFix]
Adele Is Heading Back To The Recording Studio After All
It seems that Adele confused years for days when she told US Vogue she was going to “f**k off for four of five years.” She’s now rescinded the remark with a blog post reading, “I’ve a few days off now, and then it’s the Brit Awards here at home and then I’m straight into the studio. BOOYAH! 5 years? More like 5 days!” And the world releases a collectively held breath. Phew. [Rolling Stone]
The controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj’s and Chris Brown’s respective performances this weekend have dominated most of the post-Grammy conversation over the past few days. However, now that the hubbub surrounding those performances is starting to die down, we here at VH1 want to take a few minutes to congratulate The Civil Wars on their two Grammy wins this weekend. Our April 2011 You Oughta Know artists beat out some stiff competition in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album categories, and stunned everyone with their totally-awesome-yet-all-too-brief performance of “Barton Hollow” during the live telecast. Thanks to the magic of the internet, now we’re able to see their acceptance speeches for their two wins which, sadly, were not shown during the CBS broadcast. Above, watch them accept the Best Country Duo/Group performance Grammy for “Barton Hollow” and below, check out their performance of that song here in the VH1 offices last May.
The Fray are delighting us here at VH1 as our featured Posted artist for the month of February. Every week they’ve been giving us some pretty juicy material in the form of some very personal blog posts. First, lead guitarist Dave Welsh told us about life on the road, and last week we read about the band’s experience watching the Super Bowl. We were also lucky enough to have the guys stop by Big Morning Buzz Live to give a stripped back performance of their new song “Heartbeat.” This week, thanks again to Dave Welsh, we’ve been treated with yet another candid blog post, and it’s about special drumsticks, dance parties, and head colds. Read it after the jump, along with some behind the scenes photos from the band’s shoot for the “Run For Your Life” video!
The Grammys certainly did stir up a healthy amount of controversy this year, didn’t they? We already asked you what you thought of Nicki Minaj‘s strange “The Exorcism Of Roman” stage show, and now we want to know what you think of the whole Chris Brown debacle — because conversation around the issue hasn’t diminished in the slightest since Sunday. We should all be familiar with the back story by now: in 2009, the night before The Grammys, rapper Chris Brown physically assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna (to which he pleaded guilty in court), forcing both to cancel their planned Grammys performances. Official court documents tell a very chilling tale of what went down between the pair on the night of the assault, and if you have the stomach for it, you can read the gruesome details at MTV News, and if you have an especially strong disposition, you can see the results of those acts at TMZ. Brown was then sentenced to 180 days of labor service, five years probation and attendance at a domestic-abuse program for a year. If you’re any good at math, you’ll notice that the justice system still has Brown on probation.
Controversy arose earlier this year over The Grammys’ decision to allow Brown to take the stage — not once, but twice (!)— to perform at the illustrious awards ceremony. This ruffled more than a few feathers, with women’s groups, activists, and a wide portion of the online community firing into a vitriolic rage. One of the most concise commentaries on the matter from Hello Giggles’ Sasha Pasulka gives a measured bur firm summation. While Pasulka is a proponent of rehabilitation for offenders, she still saw allowing Brown to perform at The Grammys as reductive for victims of a abuse, in a broader, more global sense:
“We – the grown-up influencers in this country, the people with platforms and with educations and with power — are allowing a clear message to be sent to women: We will easily forgive a person who victimizes you. We are able to look beyond the fact that you were treated as less than human, that a bigger, stronger person decided to resolve a conflict with you through violence. We know it happened, but it’s just not that big of a deal to us… We’re accepting the message that women just aren’t that important, that their health and their safety and their self-respect is only important until it stops being convenient for everyone. We should be angry about this, and we should be angry publicly about this.”