We don’t know if our Rock of Love superhero is a betting man, but do know he has opinions. And we also know that he grew up in the great state of Pennsylvania, even though he lives in the great state of Arizona. He’s been chatting with journalists about who he’s screaming for on Sunday. This interview right here should explain it all.? If you read it, you’ll also learn where he lost his virginity.
Everyone has their favorites when it comes to the competition for this year’s Grammys categories. During the next two weeks, we’ll list the artists that are up for an award, and you can watch videos and read news while you weigh in on who you think will take the prize.
This time it’s Rap Song of the Year. Hit the comments field to speak your mind. Is there any chance that Jay-Z could top Lil Wayne this time around? Click the artists’ names for videos, performances, photos, news, tour dates, lyrics, and lots more. The show airs on Sunday, February 8.
BEST RAP SONG
Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”
Flo Rida - “Low”
Snoop Dogg – “Sexual Eruption”
Jay-Z – “Swagga Like Us”
Lupe Fiasco – “Superstar”
The Fray has lots of fans, and they appreciate each and every one of ‘em (see the clip above). But these days the guys are looking for a Superfan – you know, the kind of zealot who wants to come to New York City to see the group celebrate the arrival of their new CD with a concert at Webster Hall.
If you’re think you’re one, enter our sweepstakes. You and a pal might be on your way to the Big Apple with a promise of seeing the Fray live, and meeting the guys backstage. That’s not all, of course. The Superfan will also get a year’s subscription to Rhapsody and a Squeezebox Boom audio system. The show takes place on February 4. Enter now, so enter right now.
“Call all your friends in the neighborhood/Get ‘cha party started.”
KISS knows what time it is. For the last two weeks, lots and lots and lots of music fiends have been blasting their way through our list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. From “Born To Be Wild,” to “Hot For Teacher” to “Cherry Pie,” the videos speak for themselves. KISS made it with “Rock ‘n’ Roll All NIght.” But they also had a tune that just missed making the cut. You can find out what it is by lighting up our new batch of clips. If you can’t make the first 100, it’s good to make the next 11.
This year the Critics Choice Awards are going to rock a little louder. Revered L.A. band Rooney will be on hand, playing presenters and winners on and off the stage with some of the smartest and catchiest pop-rock around. We’ve been Rooney fans for a long time, and during the years invited them into do an acoustic concert for us, and tell us all about their favorite videos.
Since they’re part of our CCA show on January 8 (start with the Red Carpet bash and watch it live on VH1 at 8:30 pm ET), we thought we’d get some info about their own movie habits. When they’re traveling in the band bus there’s a hierarchy in place. The back lounge tends to be the “low-brow scene,” and the forward lounge screens “art films or classics.” Jump on with them and you might see anything from Casablanca to Wild Hogs.
Here are the guys recent faves:
Robert Carmine: I used to go to movies a lot, but I?m staying home and watching ?em on DVD these days. It makes life better. I watched Trading Places and Stripes the other night ? fantastic. This year I liked Iron Man. I think Robert Downey, Jr is awesome. It was cool that they cast a non pretty boy. It was an oddball choice ? it made the movie better. I didn?t freak out over The Dark Knight, but it was really good. I don?t like how people try to make it into a ?masterpiece.? It was a great action movie; don?t make it into something it?s not. Don?t like it when something is over hyped. I saw Indiana Jones and James Bond ? no comment. I liked Burn After Reading a lot. I love the Coen Brothers, I totally jock anything they do. Pitt was funny. It?s cool when someone known for one thing does something unexpected. He?s bold.
See more after the jump.
A new anecdote just in time for the radically-tardy Chinese Democracy: Mike Piazza‘s story about how he confronted Axl Rose at a Guns N’ Roses “meet and greet” backstage at New York show eight years ago.? Seems the former Mets catcher was miffed because Axl was wearing every NY sports team’s jersey onstage ‘cept for you know who. Seems that Piazza was in high spirits. Seems that…oh you should hear him ‘splain the story himself.
It’s part of the latest edition of VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, a weekly confab that finds three loud rock crazies kicking around ideas and visiting bands on the road. This week the guys also spend some quality time with AC/DC.
Watch the entire show above.
Down to Nawlins, up to Chi-Town – for the last several weeks Nelson George has zig-zagged around the country, celebrating the impact of African American culture on certain metropolises. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 16 at 9 pm, Soul Cities comes to a conclusion on the West Coast, examining historic and modern aspects of L.A.
He begins with explaining the importance of Berry Gordy‘s decision to move his Motown headquarters from Detroit to the Sunset Strip, and he gets his hair cut at the High Line Barbershop, a place where Magic Johnson or Andre 3000 might walk in for a trim.? The show spills forward from there: a chat with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds about 80s groove music and 00′s business logic, a plate of fried chicken at? Aunt Kizzy?s Back Porch and Roscoe?s Chicken n Waffles, a tete a tete with Angie Stone where the singer discusses the spirits residing in in Marvin Gaye?s studios, and a connection with Al B. Sure, New Jack Swing hero and current radio jock, talking about the city’s R&B lineage.
And as he does in ever episode of Soul Cities, George goes crate-digging, this time at Amoeba Records where he declares Gaye’s I Want You to be the “best in-the-basement record ever.”
Facebook members can see photos from all the Soul Cities shoots on Nelson George’s page.
Check the full list of Team George’s L.A. stops, and see extra clips (Angie Stone and Amoeba Records) after the jump.
A couple of weeks ago Katy Perry asked you to tell her what was hot n cold this year. We knew she’d be swinging by VH 1, and we thought she might have something to say about the responses that we received. We were right. You guys hit the post with comments regarding 2008′s cool stuff (the Obama victory, and rocking out to your iPod while people gawk at you) and bad stuff (people who don’t use common sense, people who never smile).
Well, Katy did swing by, and yep, she commented on your comments. Check the clip above to see which ones impressed her most.
Nelson George says it right up front. “Country, gospel, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll all claim Memphis as home turf, but you know what? Memphis is a soul city.” There’s no question about that. While George tours the very funky town that borders the Mississippi, he highlights some very cool spots, like Beale Street, which Rufus Thomas called the “black man’s heaven.” He checks out W.C. Handy‘s house, hits a Baptist church to explain the impact of the black congregations, swings by the Gibson guitar factory to describe B.B. King‘s instrument and sits down at Ernestine & Hazels to have a soul burger and listen to the haunted jukebox.
Al Green‘s Green Is Blues disc, the Stax label museum, the 4-Way Grill (where Martin Luther King ate regularly), the Lorraine Motel (where King was assassinated), Isaac Hayes’ legacy, Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer – lots of important stuff in this episode. Watch the clip above, check the whole show on VH1 Soul this Tuesday at 9 pm.
Facebook users can check pictures from the Memphis episode on Nelson George’s page.
Check extra clips and the list of the spots that Team George visited in Memphis after the jump.
Last week we showed you how nicely The Fray‘s “You Found Me” worked as a theme to the mysterious hijinks on Lost. Seems like all that island angst connected with the song’s message. Fray fans who are into the tune can now get a bit more info about it in the clip above. It’s a behind-the-scenes portrait of the guys making their upcoming video for the song. Lots of interviews help explain how they see themselves as “angels” or “outside observers” in the lyrical tale. See what they have to say about the process and check out photos from the shoot.
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