After getting a taste of chart success penning hits for the likes of B.o.B., Cee-Lo Green and Travie McCoy, VH1 You Oughta Know artist Bruno Mars figured it finally was high time to step out of the shadows and soak up the spotlight himself. His first solo single, the sentimental ballad “Just The Way You Are,” quickly became one of this year’s most ubiquitous hits. Thanks to its subject matter, it stands a pretty good shot at being one of next spring’s most popular choices for Prom theme.
The same cannot be said for “Grenade,” Bruno’s latest single off Doo-Wops & Hooligans. But, mind you, this is not a bad thing! As sunshine-y and sweet as “Just The Way You Are” was, “Grenade” — which, thankfully, has nothing to do with The Situation’s description of girls who won’t sleep with him — is equally dark and depressing. That doesn’t mean that it’s not catchy, though: this song’s got one of those propulsive piano loops that will stay in your head for hours and hours. And, of course, Bruno’s voice is as silky smooth as its ever been. What do you think? Be sure and let us know.
One last thing! Do you notice any similarities between this video and the one we debuted last night, My Chemical Romance’s “SING”? First person to note the similarity correctly in the comments below wins NOT a prize, but rather, our undying admiration. It’s not as good as a cash prize or swag, we know, but it’s gotta count for something, right?
After we gave you My Chemical Romance fans a tantalizing tease of what their new video, “SING,” would look like on Monday, it’s finally time to let you see the whole shebang. Here’s the quickie synopsis: In a dystopian future that’s kind of reminiscent of the worlds of Watchmen and A Clockwork Orange, Gerard Way and his cohorts in MCR hop in a vintage (and totally bitchin’) Trans-Am and storm the headquarters of Better Living Industries (“Blind,” get it?) in an attempt to rescue what must be the world’s most important pre-teen (who, for the olds out there reading this, looks a lot like Cool from the original Parenthood). Along the way, they encounter creepy guys in vampire masks and Sonny Crockett’s left-over sportjackets who try to thwart their rescue attempt with laser pistols. Fortunately, My Chemical Romance is also armed with laser pistols and, as you might expect, an epic battle — which comes complete with a duel between Gerard and some incubated bald baddy! — for the kid dressed like Mork from Ork ensues.
What does it all mean, people? We’ll leave the theorizing up to you in the comments below. If you want to see how this video looks on your big screen at home, be sure to tune into VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend.
We couldn’t resist sharing these brand new, WWII-inspired promo shots of the lineup for The USO Presents: VH1 Divas Salute the Troops (premiering Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9/8c). In the gallery below are pin-up sized individual shots of Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles, Nicki Minaj, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals‘ Grace Potter, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry and Paramore‘s Hayley Williams. Print them out, hang them up and you’re guaranteed to feel a rise in your…patriotism.
In other Diva-related news, VH1 is partnering with Glamour Shots to bring out your inner DIVA with a pin-up or patriotic-themed photo session. This free session includes: makeover and hairstyling; photo session; free 10×13 portrait; and a special Divas gift with purchase! The offer ends Dec. 10th. Book now at www.glamourshots.com/Divas.
Hey there! Remember when we told you that if you asked VH1′s Posted artist for the month of November, Keri Hilson (aka @MissKeriBaby), a question, we’d pass it to her and she’s answer it? Well, she did, and the results are above! Remember, if you want to keep daily tabs on one of the stars of the 2010 VH1 Divas Salute The Troops show, it’s as easy as typing posted.vh1.com into your web browser. She’ll be here all month, don’t miss any of the action!
We’re super excited about VH1 Storytellers: T.I., premiering Friday, December 10 at 11/10c. We hear the shooting time was epic (we’ll have a whole batch of online-exclusive performances from it in coming weeks) and if anyone’s got a story to tell, it’s this guy. More info on T.I.’s forthcoming rap-and-tell session is in the press release below…
Just three days following the debut of his 7th album titled No Mercy, VH1 will premiere T.I.?s very own VH1 Storytellers special.? Taped at NYC?s Hammerstein Ballroom, the event features tracks from his newest album No Mercy as well as hits from his critically acclaimed releases including, I?m Serious (?Still Ain?t Forgave Myself?), King (?Live in the Sky?), Urban Legend (?Motivation,? ?Bring Em Out?) and Trap Muzik (?Rubber Band Man,? ?I Still Luv You”).? VH1 Storytellers: T.I ., will air on Friday, December 10th at 11/10C on VH1.
Following in the VH1 Storytellers format, T.I. answered fan questions and talked about redemption, accepting responsibility for past decisions and finding his way through troubled times.? T.I. confessed, ?Even when I lose faith in myself there is something in me that speaks through and says I am not finished yet.? Viewers will gain a unique opportunity to hear T.I. share his stories and the inspirations behind each song. One example came later in the show during one of his most poignant songs, ?Live in the Sky? where he opened up about the subject of the song by saying, ?Before I could make my way to real success my cousin found himself in a situation and he took the bad end of a gun and lost his life in the same house as his 3-year-old son and his wife. That just hit me real hard and for him to have had as big of a part in the beginning of my career and not be there to see it turn into what it has turned into today opened up a lot feelings and emotions to me that I just had to put into music.?
If you’ve been paying attention to this blog for the last few months — you HAVE been paying attention, right? — you will no doubt recognize the name Christina Perri. Not only is this new artist one of VH1′s You Oughta Know artists, but she just played a stunning, acoustic version of “Jar of Hearts” in our elevator lobby just a few weeks ago.
It’s no secret that male winners of American Idol have yet to experience the same kind of success in the marketplace as their female counterparts. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and our own Fantasia all have multiple gold LPs under their belt, while the likes of David Cook, Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen have yet to strike the same kind of chord with the record buying public. That said, Lee DeWyze has already beaten the odds once, so what’s in the way of him having the biggest post-Idol career of not just the guys, but also the girls?
When you consider the astonishing rate at which the pop culture machine moves at these days, September 2006 seems like it was an eternity ago. That’s when My Chemical Romance, the New Jersey “Don’t call us emo” rockers, last released an LP of new material (the critical and commercial smash, The Black Parade). In the four years since this album’s release, other bands — notably 30 Seconds To Mars — have had great success employing similar sounds and themes, and it goes without saying that a lot of My Chem’s fan base has done a lot of growing up since then. In other words, now that it’s a new decade, are they still relevant?
Well, we’ll know more when the band’s fourth studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, is released next week. For now, their first single, “Sing,” looks as if it’s going to stand near the head of the class when we all look back at 2010′s most ambitious music videos. You’ll have to wait until Thursday to see the whole extravaganza, but based on the 30-second sneak we’ve got for you this morning (as well as the trailer that the band released on YouTube), it looks as if the band drew inspiration from their love of dystopian comic books like Watchmen for this impressive and high concept video. Let us know what you think about the latest from Gerard Way and the boys in the comments below.
Seeing as how The Script hail from Ireland and perform majestic pop-rock songs with soaring melodies, it makes perfect sense that many have compared the VH1 You Oughta Know band’s sound to U2. While only time will tell if The Script will be able to match the career longevity of Dublin’s favorite sons, the band clearly seems happy with the comparison. So much so, in fact, that they cast Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson, as the lead in the video for “For The First Time,” the first single off the group’s second LP, Science & Faith. The song went to #1 in Ireland when it was released overseas back in August, but it’s just arriving on these shores now. The video will make its on-air this weekend on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, but thanks to the magic of streaming technology, you can watch it on your computer monitor ’til your heart’s content starting right this very second. Enjoy!
After spending the month of October riding shotgun with the boys in 30 Seconds To Mars, it’s time to bid the emo rockers adieu and say hello to our VH1 Posted artist for the month of November, Keri Hilson (aka @MissKeriBaby on Twitter).
Keri Hilson has been building her rep in the music industry for the better part of the last ten years, but it’s only been in the last few where she’s really blown up into a household name. Her collaborations with Timbaland in 2007 (“The Way I Are”) and Kanye West in 2008 (“Knock You Down”) were some of the biggest chart smashes of each of those respective years, and her starring appearance in Usher’s “Love In The Club” video has been streamed more than 41 million (!) times. As amazing as these past successes have been for Hilson, her biggest moments have yet to come.