Summer Jams: Lacey Seidman’s Top Three Contenders for “Song of the Summer”

by (@Lacezilla)

After a miserable NYC winter, the weather is again warm, and we’re all about hitting these streets! But what will our summer-lovin’ soundtrack include? Since the pop music monster is one that defies taming, most of us can already venture to guess what we’ll likely hear blasting out of car windows while dining al fresco and laying poolside, but for me, it’s all about the songs that may or may not hit the mainstream radar. Specifically, songs that light your summer on fire and arouse flashbulb memory nostalgia for years thereafter. As a music head, I can’t wait to find out what will be this year’s perfect audio accompaniment during glorious, sweaty cocktail-glass pre-game rituals, or what I’ll have on repeat in my headphones as I dodge European tourists in Times Square. Until then, here’s hoping that the radio gods are listening, and (fingers crossed!) that they have good taste.

NOMINATION: Friendly Fires, “Live Those Days Tonight”
EXPLANATION: If mainstream radio could just bend some rules and make room for an indie-pop dance record, this next few months would certainly be a bit lovelier. Summoning nostalgia for the (allegedly) more-fun 80s past that he never had the chance to experience, Friendly Fires’ frontman Ed Macfarlane vows to one-up his predecessors on this uptempo, synth-happy slice of audio heaven. Heavy with drums and feel-good vibes, “Live Those Days Tonight” is the first single off of the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore release, Pala, and is also the perfect summer party accessory!

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The Civil Wars Keep Us Posted in June

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It’s a new month, so say “Au revoir” to Christina Perri and welcome June’s Posted artist, The Civil Wars. It seems only yesterday the duo was a VH1 You Oughta Know group, but now they’ve come off a successful tour stretch with Adele and later this month will be kicking off a mostly sold-out headlining West Coast tour. (They grow up so fast!)

Don’t forget to check Posted.VH1.com all month long for exclusive updates from the band.

Premiere: Linkin Park’s “Iridescent” Transformers-Themed Clip

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Joe Hahn has come a long way in the last decade. Linkin Park‘s turntablist has guided the band’s visual presentation since designing the concept for their first video (“One Step Closer”) and new single “Iridescent” is his fifteenth directorial credit.
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Submit A Question To One Of Our Big Morning Buzz Live Celebrity Guests, Have It Answered Via Webcam

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VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live airs every weekday morning at 9:30 a.m., but if you want even more of the hot Buzz action, you can actually interact withour celebrity guests online while they’re here in our studio.

We have partnered with a new company called VYou to give viewers a chance to interview guests for yourselves from the comfort of your own couch. Just submit a question for either our lovely host Carrie Keagan or any of our upcoming guests through the widget above or by visiting our Big Morning Buzz Live page on VYou.com and wait for them to respond to you via our in-studio webcam.

This week’s confirmed Big Morning Buzz Live guests are: Renee Graziano, Steve-O, Sanaa Lathan, Piper Perabo, Natasha Bedingfield, Toni, Tamar, and Trina Braxton, Andy Grammer, Teresa Giudice, and David Cook.

Why wouldn’t you want to get some juicy dirt out of these people?

Summer Jams: Nick Minichino’s Top Three Contenders for “Song of the Summer”

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Memorial Day has come and gone, so the season of the summer jam has officially begun! We will be paying close attention to the competition for the 2011 Song of the Summer here on the VH1 Blog. Of course, the pop audience will decide who will win, but here are three of our favorites:

NOMINATION: Lady Gaga: “Edge of Glory”
EXPLANATION: “Edge of Glory” seizes on a combination of rock and Euro-house not heard since 2002 (when DJ Sammy’s cover of Bryan Adams’s “Heaven,” among others, hit huge). Gaga’s song provides something not only for fans of the dominant sound of dueling pop kings Doctor Luke and RedOne, but also for those who appreciate more of a classic rock sound.

On top of that, the Clarence Clemons solo happens to coincide with the return-of-sax zeitgeist. Willa Paskin pronounced 2011 the “Summer of Sax” at New York‘s Vulture blog, but her only other evidence was Katy Perry‘s upcoming single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F),” so the claim is a bit overstated. But it’s true that sax is back in vogue?indie rockers like Destroyer, and to a lesser extent Gayngs (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver), have returned to a smooth-sax sound, and other artists on the edge, like Gorillaz collaborators (and Raphael Saadiq favorites) Little Dragon, have revived that specific smoothness, though with different instrumentation.

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Video Premiere: Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”

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Kenny Chesney‘s fourteenth album Hemingway’s Whiskey came out last September, but standout track “You and Tequila” only this morning premiered on CMT as the album’s fourth single. Chesney may have saved the song, a duet with You Oughta Know bandleader Grace Potter, for the summer, since its late-night, drunk, California love themes suit the warmer weather.

Potter’s Nocturnals have had success on the VH1 Top 20, and country has made its inroads, but can this summery love duet break into next Saturday’s charts (or possibly the race for Song of the Summer)? Your votes, starting next week, will decide.

Summer Jams: Jim Shearer’s Top Three Contenders for “Song of the Summer”

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It might not be officially “summer” until June 21, but that’s not stopping us from starting our 2011 Song of the Summer Countdown. All day today, we’ll be highlighting Song of the Summer contenders as chosen by people who not only work here, but those that live and breathe music. Up first, we’ve got three picks from Jim Shearer, host of the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, which airs each and every Saturday morning. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

NOMINATION: Beastie Boys feat. Santigold, “Don?t Play No Game That I Can?t Win?
EXPLANATION: To the naked ear it sounds like a Santigold song featuring the Beastie Boys, but don?t be fooled. When MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock were crafting the instrumental for this beachside-reggae delight, they were having trouble piecing it into a proper song until they got on the bat-phone and rang Santigold. ?Don?t Play No Game? is pop enough for mainstream radio, but will Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Ke$ha fans open their ears to listen?

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Keep An Eye On This Summer’s Hottest Jams With VH1′s 2011 Song of the Summer Countdown

by (@unclegrambo)

According to the calendar, until the Summer Solstice occurs on June 21, we’re still firmly in the grasp of Spring. That said, pretty much everyone we know considers “summertime” to be the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. To wit, this past weekend millions of Americans broke out their barbeque grills, removed their sandals from storage, and spent the long weekend soaking up the sunshine with family and friends for the first time since last summer (and, if the temperatures here in NYC were any indication, it sure as hell felt like summer with temperatures hovering in the low 90s).

One of our favorite parts about the summertime is the way that music takes on an even more omnipresent role in all of our lives. Sure, we all listen to music year-round, but during the winter months, music is generally something you only experience either inside or through earbuds. Once the summertime rolls around, though, suddenly you start hearing music blasting EVERYWHERE: rattling out from car speakers, blaring from boomboxes while you’re lounging poolside, emanating from an iPod dock when you’re chilling in the park enjoying a picnic, and even crackling through old transistor radios while you’re camping in the woods.

And each year, one song emerges from the pack to stand out as that year’s Song of the Summer. It’s not generally a title that is officially anointed by any governing board, but we here at VH1 wanted to put a little science behind the emotion that these Songs of Summer convey.

Hence, we’re excited to announce that we here at VH1 will be tracking this year’s Song of the Summer from now until Labor Day. So, you’re no doubt wondering, what artist has the lead out of the gate: Lady Gaga? Adele? Bruno Mars? Continue along to find out…

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T-Pain Launches Auto-Tune Competitor “The T-Pain Effect”

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T-Pain and Auto-Tune have become nearly synonymous over the past six years. If you’re T-Pain, that may once have been a distinguishing characteristic that helped you stand out, but now that you’re well-known, it’s a real problem. Now you’re an unpaid advertisement for Auto-Tune, instead of the other way around. So what do you do?

Simple: you partner with an Auto-Tune competitor and brand the software “The T-Pain Effect.” Unlike the “I Am T-Pain” iPhone app (which does use Antares’s proprietary Auto-Tune software), “The T-Pain Effect” is independently developed. T-Pain’s statement to allhiphop.com hints at new possibilities through “The T-Pain Effect” but details have yet to be unveiled.

[HT SOTC/Popdust; Image: Getty]

Premiere: Dave Grohl Takes A “Walk” Through New Foo Fighters Video

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Ready kids? It’s time once again for the best kind of Foo Fighters video: the high concept comic Foo Fighters video!

“Walk” is very much in the vein of Airplane! parody “Learn to Fly,” but also features the recurring character of “mild-mannered Dave Grohl.” Here, he finds himself in the nightmare that opens 8?, only he can’t fly away, so he walks out of Fellini and into Falling Down.

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