Dave Matthews Talks About His New Disc


Last week we brought you an interview with the Dave Matthews Band. The boss and his buds explained a bit about their new Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. It’s their tribute to fallen bandmate LeRoi Moore, who passed away last year.

Here are some more clips from that interview. The one above explains how the album title, which Dave says sounds like “a fairy tale for grown-ups,” came about. New Orleans has more than a little to do with it.

After the jump you can learn how Dave believes there’s no drummer finer than the DMB’s Carter Beauford.

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Rock Band Breaks Out The Beatles in September!


Fans of the Fabs now know that the Beatles catalog is going to be digitally remastered and placed in stores this September, 9/9/09 to be exact. From “I Should Have Known Better” to “Carry That Weight,” all those jewels are going to gleam.

But 9/9/09 is big – make that massive – in the gaming world, too. The Beatles: Rock Band will be released that day. It’s the first time that rock’s most influential songbook has been applied to a game. The opportunity to grab an instrument and knock out everything from “I Feel Fine” to “Get Back” is going blow a lot of minds. Paul, Ringo, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison helped tell the world at the E3 confab last week. As you can see from above, VH1 News was there.

Perhaps the coolest part about the game is its authenticity. The instruments are superb replicas of the signature basses and guitars the band played. The “venues” that participants rock out in are the ones the Beatles actually played, from the Cavern Club to Shea Stadium.

We’ll deliver more Beatles: Rock Band news as it’s announced.? CHECK A GAMEPLAY TRAILER

Music Videos: Let’s Hear It For The Boys!


No need to sign him up for Celebrity Rehab 3! He?s handling those drug problems on his own. After a four-year hiatus it was questionable if the best-selling hip hop artist of all time could still kick it, but with loads of promotional buzz leading up to the new Relapse, Eminem has proven himself once again. Leading us down a path of addiction and abuse flashbacks, the Marshall Mathers we?ve known for over a decade is as provocative as ever on the new disc.

The wacky video for debut single ?We Made You? mocks celebrity and its power. Did you ever think you?d see Em as Bret? Combine that with his extremely dark clip for ?3AM,? and its obvious Slim Shady hasn?t lost his flair for controversy! It pays off. He recently set the charts on? with the highest debut record sales of the year so far.

Also returning from some time off is Rob Thomas, whose new solo album, Cradlesong, hits stores on June 30th! Even after taking a break, both of these guys are working to confirm they still got it, moving into the spotlight without breaking a sweat.

Our ?Leading Men? playlist features Rob?s ?Her Diamonds? (with a cameo from Alicia Silverstone!) alongside Em?s more scandalous vids. Check it out right now. David Cook, Kanye West and other dashing gents will also be found there! – Lacey Seidman

VH1 News: Do Something Awards Winners


Don’t believe the cranks when they say today’s youth are Twittering their lives away. Plenty of young adults are applying themselves in a major way, making a real dent when it comes to helping others.? Take Maggie Doyne: the 22-year-old Jersey girl was recently celebrated at NYC’s Apollo Theater for building housing for orphans in Nepal – with her own life savings. She wasn’t alone. Four other heroes were recognized as well. Check the VH1 News clip above.

The Do Something organization has been helping volunteers realize their dreams of changing the world. Thursday night’s show celebrated a number of hard-working and creative activists, along with Usher, Akon, and other celebs.


Win A Trip To VH1′s Storytellers!


You know how we do. Whenever we have a big show, we make it possible for VH1 zealots to get on board, too. Handing out tickets comes easy to us. This time we’ve got a bunch of options for fans of Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. This summer MTV Networks is giving away tickets to a Roast, a Spring Break Getaway, and one of our upcoming Storytellers shows. Jump in now to participate!

Jason Mraz Saves The Music


When he?s not tending to his San Diego avocado farm, Jason Mraz continuously projects positive messages to his fans. Guess that year-long sabbatical he enjoyed a while back not only generated some great songs, but some rediscovery, enlightenment, and self-improvement vibes as well. Mr A ? Z seems to always be helping someone.

Already a contributor to MusiCares, the singer is now giving kids a chance to make a a joyous noise by donating a portion of his ticket sales from the upcoming ?Gratitude Caf? Tour? to VH1?s Save The Music Foundation, which benefits public school music programs.

The tour, which features G. Love and Special Sauce as well as Plain White Ts and Eric Hutchinson, kicks off on Saturday, July 25th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland and continues through the summer with dates across the country and in Canada.

Although the second leg of the ?Gratitude Caf? Tour? has not yet been announced, tickets for the initial set of shows are on sale now at gratitudecafetour.com. Save The Music?s core mission is to restore instrumental music education programs, ensuring that every child has access to a complete education that includes the benefits of music instruction, and Mraz is no stranger to the cause — he has already raised over $23,000 through ticket sales from his own most recent gigs! Check his Web site to see if he?s coming to a concert spot near you. By just checking out a show, you could help kids, too.? – Lacey Seidman


Hip Hop Honors 2009 Salutes Def Jam Records


Every year VH1 tips the hat to rap’s musical, political, and cultural impact with Hip Hop Honors, and our 2009 show keeps that approach alive by saluting the incredible legacy of Def Jam records. It airs on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13, at 9 pm ET/PT.

Tracy Morgan is this year’s host.

VH1?s Hip Hop Honors 2009 is the first time that the show has honored a record label.? For 25 years, Def Jam created the stars that pushed hip hop culture forward, including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Kanye West, Slick Rick, Rick Ross and Rihanna.? The men behind the scenes are as legendary as its artists, including Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, LA Reid and Jay Z.? The Def Jam brand didn’t just innovate in music, it also launched a breakthrough comedy show (Def Comedy Jam), a dynamic spoken-word showcase (Def Poetry Jam), and set trends in fashion, film and advertising.? Def Jam led a cultural movement that changed the world.

?It is impossible to pay tribute to the best in hip hop without recognizing Def Jam Records.? Throughout the years VH1 has honored numerous artists from the Def Jam label, but due to the magnificent impact that Def Jam as a company has made on not only hip hop culture but pop culture as a whole, we thought they definitely deserved the opportunity to be honored,? says Lee Rolontz, EVP of Music Production.

The show will take place in one of hip-hop’s original musical hot beds, New York’s famed borough of Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.? Stayed tuned to the VH1 blog as more updates about Hip Hop Honors 2009.

For more Hip Hop Honors exclusives, check out Global Grind.


$5 Cover: Life on the Memphis Indie Scene


If you’ve spent any time in Memphis, you might know it’s a creative hotbed. The scraggly little city in western Tennessee boasts a rich history of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, has given us both Elvis and Justin, and offers lots of cheap rents to sustain the creative spark of modern indie rockers such as Lucero, Amy LaVere, and Two Way Radio. Those last three, plus several other Memphis-based artists, are at the center of $5 Cover, MTV’s ongoing Web series that explains how all the people and passion of a scene – could be Austin, could be Seattle – is interconnected. It’s rather addictive.

One of the reasons it is so addictive is Craig Brewer‘s direction. The guy behind Hustle & Flow (another Memphis tale), Brewer’s got a knack for telling the stories of striving musicians. As these characters interact through an ever-churning blend of career moves, clique dynamics, and sexual hook-ups, they share themselves completely. Black, white, young old – Brewer reveals alot about each of them in a short amount of time.

Check the latest Webisode above, and cut yourself some time. No doubt you’re going to want to absorb all the earlier parts of the story. As each new Webisode drops, we’ll slap it in here for you. The Hills ain’t the only show in town. Get ready for the steamy side of life on the Mississippi.





Brooke Hogan’s New Video And Song List


Call it “Brooke on the Beach.” The video for Ms Hogan’s “Fallin’” finds her daydreaming in the Miami sand – nice way to spend an afternoon.? Check the clip above and circle July 21 on your calendar. That’s the date Brooke’s dropping The Redemption. The must-see CD cover and list of tracks is after the jump.

Real fans don’t have to wait that long for their fix, however. The second season of Brooke Knows Best premieres on VH1 on Sunday, June 7 at 10 pm ET. This Sunday night, June 31, you can a full fix of Season One on VH1 starting at 6 pm ET. Tune in.

And be here Monday, June 1. That’s when we’re premiering Season Two’s first episode online.

Oh, one last thing. Brooke’s coming in next week, and she’s answering romance questions you guys send her. Submit yours today.


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