VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged
As the Internet gets hyped up over Kelly Clarkson‘s upcoming Unplugged set (premiering at VH1.com on November 17 and airing on VH1 the next day at 11 p.m. EST), VH1 President Tom Calderone tells Billboard that Kelly is a social media fiend, and shares some recollections about Unplugged episodes past.
Hans Zimmer Crowdsources For The Dark Night Rises Soundtrack
In an unorthodox project, composer Hans Zimmer is working on recording a crowdsourced chant for the new Christopher Nolan Batmanfilm. You can even get involved! [Flavorwire]
With the Mother Monster refusing to provide closure, the carrot is dangling and the throngs of fans hopping around below are all anxious for a bite. What could this mystery reveal entail? Will it be more images of A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the exotic pop-star’s first (and eagerly anticipated) Thanksgiving special? Or will it be the official video for “Marry The Night” to follow her epic performance of the track at MTV’s EMAs? Or have we missed the mark entirely, and will it be something completely unexpected? We know Lady Gaga can be a bit of a mixed bag — which only adds to our anticipation when we know the girl has something special on the boil!
What is Beyoncé? Some might mistake her for a performer, a pop star, but we know better. We know that she’s a phenomenon, a brilliant whirlwind, an aurora borealis in the sky at night — she’s the thing that makes your heart race and stop, inspiring you with some cosmic, almost primordial, infinite awesomeness. Try not to freeze with anticipation, feel your heart skip one beat, two, when, on slow motion film, she pops her hip violently to the side as the beat drops, her arms spread wide to the heavens and her hair billowing as she conjures a storm around her. Just try not to wonder if you felt that pop inexplicably kick inside your bowels, or if she bruised the fabric of time with the force of her movement.
As you can tell from all the gushing we’re doing, we’ve been swooning over the preview of Bey’s Live At Roseland: Elements of 4 DVD (due for release November 29, but, you know, we’ve already put our pre-orders in. 5 copies each, thanks!) and have maybe even done a little wee of excitement in the process (jokes! We did a HUGE wee of excitement). OK, so we’re crazy about Beyoncé. We’re crazy about the release of her DVD. And we’ve wet our pants, too. If you’ve got a problem with that, we suggest you watch the preview above and then get back to us. Because you will be moved. WE GUARANTEE IT (weeing optional).
We’re just one week and oh, say, six hours away from the premiere of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson! Her five-song Unplugged set will debut exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, but we absolutely, positively couldn’t wait that long to share the above clip with you.
As part of her set, Kelly decided to cover “I Know You Won’t,” which was originally recorded by another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, on her 2007 LP Carnival Ride . Carrie’s version is gorgeous, no doubt, but whereas her version is languid to the point of being passive, Kelly infuses her take—which, we should add, is brought to you by our friends at Starburst—with her trademark combination of dignity, strength, and a touch of heartbreak. Try to listen to the whole thing and not get goosebumps, we dare you.
Amidst the fanciful costumes and ostentatious fanfare of the annual Victoria’s Secret “fashion” show, some of our favorite artists got on stage to sing the angels down the runway. Nicki Minaj, in a characteristically brazen ensemble, gave the Angels a run for their money with her other-worldly costume, and was just as sexy as the girls stomping past her, even though she was—ahem, we hope you can appreciate the irony in this—dressed somewhat more demurely. Kanye West was joined by surprise Watch The Throne collaborator Jay-Z to perform their hits “Otis” and “Stronger.” Fashion-forward Kanye cheekily appeared to be wearing a bomber jacket from the yet-to-be-released Versace for H&M range. Maroon 5 also performed, with frontman Adam Levine getting all cute (or sickening, depending on how you feel about love and couples right now) on stage with his long-time model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna.
However, the evening’s best moment didn’t involve pandering to Hollywood (Blake Shelton’s raucous version of “Footloose”) or even a huge, pyro-laden production number (sorry, Miranda Lambert!). It occured when Kenny Chesney and VH1 fave Grace Potter each slung an acoustic guitar over their shoulders, hopped on a stool and duetted on a positively gorgeous version of their hit, “You And Tequila.” Of course, we’re suckers for any and all things Grace (those stems!), but the way these two harmonized last night reminded us why we listen to country music in the first place. There’s no slick production, no glossy radio sound, just two great voices (and some palpable chemistry) blending together to make something special. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
On last night’s episode of The X Factor, 13-year-old schoolchild sensation Rachel Crow tore the house down with her performance of Etta James‘ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” It inspired an interesting contrast in the judges’s reactions; Simon Cowell looked like a giddy school boy the entire way through the epic performance—the only time you ever see him smile like this is when he knows he’s found himself a cash cow—while Nicole Scherzinger looked as if she might lose it at any moment. We’re with Simon though — Crow’s performance was breathtakingly spectacular, and we’re thinking the girl might be a serious contender for top spot. So, with that in mind, we’re officially adding Rachel Crow to our list of reasons why The X Factor is better than Idol (especially if she promises to change her shoes!).
There is a line in Bruno Mars‘s new single, “It Will Rain,” that goes like this: “There’ll be no sunlight/If I lose you baby.” A romantic line, to be sure, but one that shouldn’t be read too literally, especially considering the song’s inclusion on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack. After all, as any Twi-Hard worth their salt would tell you, Edward Cullen would probably prefer it if there were no direct sunlight ever again! That way, he and Bella could live out their days without worrying about spending money on silly things like 1000 SPF sunblock and Ray-Bans, and could instead make half-human, half-vampire babies underneath the moonlight for all eternity.
But what we REALLY wanna know is this: How did Bruno and his ladyfriend get their hands on a film canister containing a print of Breaking Dawn a full nine days before the movie hits theaters? We know some peeps down in Chinatown that would pay top dollars to get themselves a bootleg of that reel. Regardless, enjoy this video on your computer monitor for now, but be sure to tune into VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to be able to see it in glorious HD on your flatscreen at home!