One of the most difficult things about being a successful musician is finding the inspiration to be creative. Some people accomplish this by relentlessly poking the still burning embers of charred relationships (*cough* Taylor Swift *cough*), others turn to illegal drugs to change their worldview, but the following artists were able to find their muses not with their bandmates, but rather by pairing off with other musicians that appear on the surface to be incongrous with their vibe. So, in salute of the deeply strange pairing of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and ivory tickler Norah Jones on the new album of Everly Brothers covers called Foreverly, here’s a rundown of unlikely musical collaborations from over the years and their results.
VH1 + SCOPE are coming together and celebrating ART + MUSIC + BEACH at Art Basel Miami next week. We spoke to hip hop artist, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and artist, Hebru Brantley who explained the close relationship between music and art. We’ve decided to explore this relationship a little further by looking at some of pop culture’s biggest music artists and their music videos that were inspired by famous artists.
Tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins. The holiday, which will occur over the next eight nights days, celebrates the victory of Judah Maccabee and the ancient Judeans over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes which already sounds like the subject of a totally awesome metal song. Given the New York City area’s rich hard rock tradition and large Jewish-American population it goes without saying that quite a few of our favorite head bangers have lit the Menorah. From old school hard rockers like Kiss and Mountain, through thrash heroes Anthrax and up to modern bands like Killswitch Engage and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jewish musicians have played a huge role in the history of hard rock so this Hanukkah let’s light a candle and say l’chaim to 20 of the greatest Jewish metal heads of all time.
What special keepsake did Chris Brown want to take to rehab? The motorbike from Kanye West‘s “Bound 2″ video is no longer up for auction, and Suge Knight raises a big question about Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle.
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for some of our favorite hip-hop and R&B songstresses! Just a week and some changed removed from K.Michelle’s wardrobe malfunction on stage, the one and only Lil’ Kim has apparently been victimized by an overly tight pair of red leather hot pants. (Warning: Pics in the gallery above are NSFW, aka Not Safe For Work.)
What better way to take a break from the holiday season than to escape into the world of art and music? Well we’ve got just the thing for you — Art Basel Miami Beach. Kicking off in just a week, Art Basel is a four day art fair where artists, curators and fans of art from around the world descend on Miami to explore art while having a big party.
What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!
You know that feeling when your belly is growling, you’re acting a crazy shade of cranky and you’d kill for a dang bar of chocolate? Yeah, that’s called hunger. Wait a minute… what did you think I was talking about?
Thanksgiving is just TWO days away, and the VH1 team has one thing on the mind: FOOD. Okay, and music too. Whether your favorite T-Day treat is sweet potato mash (and y’all know it’s gotta have that marshmallow topping deliciousness) or a perfectly basted leg o’ turkey, we know you love this foodie day as much as we do. Thus, in honor of this feast-ivity, we’ve created a list of our favorite bands and solo artists who have names inspired by food and the delightful process of munching and noshing. Eminem made the list of course, a closeted M&M’s candy junkie, or so we imagine thanks to his infamous name. Then there’s Iron & Wine, Chickenfoot and so many more. But I won’t give them away, I’ll let you sort through our menu. Heh, I mean… gallery. So grab a napkin and some utensils and check out 30 Musicians Who’ve Named Themselves After Food! It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.