If VH1 were to have its own zodiac, it would be the year of Kelly Clarkson. Tomorrow (November 17), we’re premiering VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET. In December, Kelly returns to VH1 for a performance on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. And today, we’re happy to present our first-ever weekly VH1 Tuner Podcast, hosted by Jim Shearer of VH1 Top 20 Countdown fame, with an all-Kelly Clarkson edition. In this episode, Jim chats with Kelly about Stronger, her relationship status, wanting to collaborate with Adele, her video for “Mr. Know It All,” and how she feels about being our very first podcast guest. Enjoy the audio now and look for us soon in iTunes.
We love a good hunk of beef, and it seems like veteran rapper Ludacris has slapped new-kid-on-the-block Drake in the face with a big, fat, juicy steak’s worth. On his new track, “Bada Boom”, Ludacris not only samples The Fifth Element with Leeloo’s iconic line, “big bada boom,” he throws down against Drake — lyrically, of course.
The beef began after AllHipHop interviewed Drake and asked, “How much do Young Money artists bounce off each other? I noticed you have similar inflections and cadences or rhyme patterns.” Drake attributed the style to Big Sean and tacked on some cryptic, but not so cryptic so as not to ruffle any feathers, editorial, “I don’t want to offend somebody. I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] It’s a parade! MACYS!”?
These Jeopardy contestants have got some catching up to do. When presented with the question “Got that song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ stuck in your head? Blame this trio led by Mark Foster,” all three contestants were hilariously silent. One of the catchiest songs of 2011, Foster The People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” has been unavoidable; it was played everywhere, all the time, and as a result, has been stuck in our heads since the spring. We’re finding it hard to believe that these contestants completely missed the boat on one of the most fun, danceable songs of the year. Memo to Jeopardy contesants: add our You Oughta Know section to your bookmarks, stat!
Everyone’s got a dark side, even Kelly Clarkson, and she’s asking if you can love hers. So, can you? We know we can, especially after watching this exclusive sneak peek video of Kelly singing “Dark Side” on VH1 Unplugged, which will debut on VH1.com tomorrow night (Thursday, November 17) at 7 p.m., followed by the on-air premiere at 11 p.m. on Friday. In fact, this is what we love best about Kelly — that she’s just a regular girl. Acknowledging the pitfalls of her personality, Kelly invites us all to be imperfect without letting us (or herself) be any less perfectly loveable.
Did you ever think a Christmas classic like “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” could be so sexy? We definitely didn’t; then Michael Bublé came along and made us rethink the whole entire thing. The video for the first single off his new album Christmas finds our hero singing and dancing down a snow covered street, bouncing up and down stoops in front of wreathed doorways and smiling at the present-laden folks passing him in the street. In short, Bublé is divine. In a sharp suit, he jumps about, twisting and shaking in the stylish way that only Bublé knows how, playfully throwing up snow and making us swoon at our desks. We can’t wait for Christmas now, and are going to be good girls and boys right up to the day with the hopes that Santa might pop a little Bublé into our stockings.
What’s an Internet meme to do when her “Moment” seems like it might be over? Release a new song, of course! Viral sensation Rebecca Black sure doesn’t quit — just when you think the teenager is about to disappear into obscurity, BOOM! she comes back with yet another song. Maybe appearing in Katy Perry’s video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” bolstered her resolve, maybe she has an over zealous stage-parent team, maybe despite her small years she’s already ravenous for money or maybe, just maybe, we’re tired old cynics and the girl is just doing what she does because she loves it, she can, and why the hell not?
The new track, “Person Of Interest,” is sort of upbeat, but not particularly inspiring. Firstly, Rebecca Black is fairly flat (come on vibrant, perky teenager, we know you’re hidden in there somewhere!) and secondly, whoever is writing her music isn’t really helping her bring the attitude. With lyrics like, “There’s a chalk line on the dance floor in the shape of my heart / Crime scene tape on the front door,” Rebecca Black is probably as confused as us. The lyrics suggest a distinctly stalker vibe and there’s not much that’s particularly sexy or celebratory about crime. But maybe that’s just Rebecca “thing” now — weird lyrics. Listen to the new track below and tell us what you think!
A far cry from a cash-grab, the album is reportedly an incredibly emotional, not to mention immpecably produced, project; not just for those surriving her, but for Amy herself, as friend and collaborator Salaam Remi recounts to Rolling Stone how the troubled performer broke down during their recording sessions. “Playing guitar and singing into a small hand-held mic, Winehouse unleashed a devastating version of “A Song for You,” Leon Russell’s pained ballad about an entertainer’s regrets. As she sang, Winehouse began to cry. “It’s as if she was literally singing about herself,” Remi recalls. “She was really putting herself into it.””
The ever adorable, completely relatable Kelly reveals that she’s often left stumped by the lyrics to her own songs, and is renowned for forgetting them when on stage. With a cheeky grin on her face the singer admits, “I’m not going to lie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new song or an old song, I will screw up the lyrics.” Kelly’s forgetfulness is endearing, and as she points out, at least she’s not lip synching: “That means I’m singing live, so that says something.” In the second sneak peek clip (below), Kelly talks about ominous dreams she has before shows of falling down on stage. She tells how following a dream of falling, she almost fell on stage at UK’s X Factor because she “was trying to be all sexy in heels.” Awwwww, Kelly, we really love your honesty!
Since we first saw The Black Keys‘ video for “Lonely Boy”, the first release from their forthcoming album El Camino, we’ve been dancing around our bedrooms in the wee-hours of the morning, trying to get our moves as flawless as the video’s star, Derrick Tuggle. And now, our second favorite dancer in the world, Ellen Degeneres, has interviewed Tuggle on her show, and yes, the two danced together and we basically lost our minds with excitement. It was awesome.
Tuggle was visibly uncomfortable during the interview, which made him even more endearing; it turns out that he’s just a regular guy with some mean moves who stumbled upon his moment in the spotlight completely unexpectedly. His earnestness about his dreams, his family, and his dancing just made us love him even more. And even though Tuggle looked like he was trying desperately not to fall off his seat while chatting to Ellen, he was completely at home on the dance floor, where he reprised the moves that made him a viral sensation for The Black Keys.