From humble beginnings as part of the controversial collective Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All, Frank Ocean is splashing out on his own and is not only vastly popular, but increasingly influential. Indeed, the singer/songwriter has appeared on Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s much hyped Watch The Throne album (co-writing and singing on “Made In America” and “No Church In The Wild”), and has even written a tune for Beyoncé (“I Miss You” from her new album, 4). All this without even having released an official album.
The fledgling performer could be, in this light, easily mistaken for a veteran, especially when he returned to hometown New Orleans on Saturday night to play his first ever solo show. All accounts tell of an enthusiastic, even hysterical reception, with fans singing along to lyrics and cheering for the rising star even when he fumbled with technicalities on stage. In the above video of Ocean performing “Thinking About You,” you can hear the crowd expertly keeping up with Ocean’s vocal, as if his songs were well-worn, tirelessly played classics. Ocean also beautifully covered his song for Beyoncé, “I Miss You,” at the New Orleans show (below).
So, what’s your favorite? Is it a Jackson 5 classic like “ABC”? Or something for MJ’s early solo career, like “Thriller”? Are you more of a contemporary fan for songs like “You Rock My World”? Or do you just love it all and can’t make up your mind so you wish you could vote for everything? It doesn’t matter what your opinion is, if you’re black or white or whether or not you can do the moonwalk — we want to hear from YOU!
Don’t forget, the world broadcast premiere of This Is It is happening TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET, only on VH1!
The 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards went down in Belfast, Ireland last night, featuring many of the same performers that took the stage at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards back in August (such as Bruno Mars, Queen‘s Brian May, Jessie J, and more). Fortunately, fans of tight monologues caught a break when Jo Calderone was denied his Visa by the Irish government, which resulted in an epic Lady Gagaperformance of “Marry The Night”. Gaga’s performance took place on the moon (literally!), and saw her dressed as some sort of highly colorful piece of space fungus, and was highly reminiscent (in a good way) of her performance of “Edge Of Glory” on the American Idol finale back in May.
However, all of the artists and celebrities who presented and performed last night were upstaged by a naked Irishman who ran on stage while Hayden Panettiere was introducing a segment. Soy Bomb, he wasn’t; rather, the lothario leprechaun (actor David Monahan) appeared to be a plant by show producers to get people talking. How else do you explain that he was able to speak freely on the mic for two minutes without being tackled by (what we’re assuming to be) burly Irish security dudes? Either way, this fellow’s lucky charms were on display; we’ve got video of the NSFW moment for you after the jump. (You have been warned.)
This weekend on Saturday Night Live, Maroon 5 sang Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts,” accompanied by GCH frontman Travie McCoy. And there was not a fleck of skin in sight as both Adam Levine and McCoy sported heavily tattooed arms as they performed side-by-side. Soulful and summery, “Stereo Hearts” effortlessly combines Levine’s r’n’b influenced pop sound with McCoy’s laid back rapping style. Not to mention all the kinds of good looking happening on stage as the two musicians sang together!
Kelly Rowland Confirms Baby Bey-Z Is Indeed A Girl
The Internet has been rife with rumors that Beyoncé & Jay-Z‘s baby is going to be a girl, and Kelly Rowland (accidentally?) confirmed this to be the case at London’s Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. [NME]
Rihanna Rides London’s Tube To Her London Gig Rihanna: A performer of the people, for the people. RiRi caught London’s subway, the tube, along with some breathless fans, to her concert at O2 Arena. Watch the video at Billboard.com. [Billboard]
Well, from what we can gather from this preview of “The One That Got Away,” her chances seem promising. Although it has some similarities to Rihanna‘s voice over/narrative-led video for “We Found Love,” Katy’s video seems much more whimsical, with a soft focus aesthetic and some very Zooey Deschanel moody eyes and eyelash batting. With building hype around the single and an emotional trailer, will “The One That Got Away” make Katy the kitty that got the cream?
Last night we caught up with the Watch The Throne tour in DC, and we were positively blown away. From the moment Jay-Z and Kanye West took to the stage and the audience erupted into a deafening roar, to the moment when the powerful pair closed with explosions and Hov’s “Encore,” we were on our feet with our hands in the air, dancing as if we were on Mount Olympus, partying with the Gods. Gods indeed — Hov and Yeezy commanded the reverent audience with the infallibility of deities, as both crowd and performers seemed indubitably ensconced in Watch The Throne dogma.
The show began with Jay and Kayne rising into the air on huge flashing cubes on opposite sides of the arena, rapping violently to “H.A.M” and inciting the audience into a fist pumping frenzy. True to form, Yeezy was wearing a leather skirt, which during the course of the show only amplified his jubilant unpredictability and erratic persona. The two continued with hits (aren’t they all?) from Watch The Throne “Who Gon Stop Me,” “Otis,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” and “Gotta Have It” before Jay-Z took off on his own for “Where I’m From” and “N—- What, N—- Who.” Kayne Came Back with one of our personal favorites, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” but it wasn’t until “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” followed by Jay-Z’s reemergence for “Public Service Announcement” that it became clear — Jesus really does walk, not in the shadow of, but side-by-side with God.
New Orleans band MUTEMATH brought the blues to the VH1 studios for an intimate You Oughta Know Live performance recently—check out their cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys—and we recently selected them as our You Oughta Know artist thanks to their catalog of soulful, dusty, all-American tunes. Bringing joy, laid back cool and their infectious sounds to New York City, MUTEMATH (tailed closely by our photographer Colin Gray) personify dirty, heartfelt rock. After the jump, see MUTEMATH performing under ambient light, laughing in conversation, and some special moments between the band mates and their special ladies.
Yesterday, the Twitterverse exploded when Justin Bieber was hit with a paternity suit by a 20-year-old Californian woman. Never mind the issue of statutory rape, we all started chanting “Maury!” as the Bieb-Father scandal overshadowed the hysteria surrounding KardashianGate. Enter Jimmy Fallon, performing as his alter-ego Justin Bieber, parodying JB’s hit “Baby” with what we predict to be an even bigger hit, “(It’s Not My) Baby” on his show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Busting some awesomely accurate Bieber dance moves, Fallon makes a surprisingly convincing teen idol, and we guarantee you’ll be starting your day with giggles if you click play above…
You Can Now Make Music On The Go With Apple’s New iPhone App
Apple has adapted its GarageBand software so you can now download it to your iPhone and make music on the go. This is going to make for some very interesting subway commutes, indeed… [Prefix]
Mumford And Sons Are Back With A Brand New Song, “Ghosts That We Knew”
We were starting to feel like Mumford & Sons might ride off the success of Sigh No More forever, so we’re pretty excited to see they’ve got some new material. [NME]