While it may not be as catchy of a nickname as “The Situation,” there’s no denying that Trey Songz’s self-given moniker, Mr. Steal Your Girl, informs his work on wax. After bragging that he “invented sex” just a little over a year ago, Trey is back on the scene with a whole set of sexually driven material on his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Right out of the gate, his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Bottoms Up,” blew up on the club circuit — Rest in peace, Anna Nicole Smith! — and now his second single, “Can’t Be Friends,” is also starting to climb the charts. We caught up with Trey here in NYC a few days ago and asked him 5 Questions; take a look at the video above to find out what songs are in heavy rotation on his iPod and who his dream collaborator would be.
So you thought that videos didn’t get any sexier than Shakira’s “She Wolf”? It’s entirely possible that you’re right, but then again, we haven’t seen the entire video for her new single “Loca” yet! Based on the :30 sneak preview that we’ve got for you above, though, it’s going to be a close race (which, really, makes us all winners). In these thirty quick seconds, Shakira is seen on rollerskates, dropping trou in a crowded Barcelona street corner before changing into skintight leather pants, riding a motorcycle in a bikini top and frolicking in a water fountain. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to catch our breath. Look for the full video to debut online at midnight on September 29 and on our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown show this weekend.
…Then you should enter the Speak Now with Taylor Swift contest! In anticipation of her eagerly awaited album, Speak Now, we’re partnering with our friends over at CMT to send four lucky fans to the album release party in New York City next month, who will then fly to LA with Taylor Swift herself (!) and interview her while on the plane. Between her new music video for “Mine”, her romantic dalliances with teen celebrities, and her widely debated performance on the VMAs last weekend, we can’t imagine you’d run out of things to talk about! Good luck.
Those of us who work here at VH1 realize how fortunate we are that so many talented musicians decide to stop by our office and perform for us. As a means of sharing the love with you, our readers/viewers, we created the Live At VH1 series, which showcases artists performing right here on the 20th floor of 1515 Broadway. Just a few weeks back, Fantasia knocked our socks off. Then, a week ago Wednesday, the Australian songbird Sia stopped by our humble elevator lobby and took everyone’s breath away with her incredibly powerful, emotionally rich vocals. Above, we’ve got a clip of her new single, “I’m In Here.” And below, you’ll see her singing “Breathe Me,” the song that was famously used a few years back to score the devastating final scene of Six Feet Under. Enjoy!
In an era where the Billboard and iTunes Top 10 is dominated by with same-y sounding, club-friendly, largely disposable AutoTune jams, the Kings of Leon are outliers. Their last album, Only By The Night, was released nearly two full years ago and is still firmly entrenched in the Billboard 200 (currently #115), and you would be hard-pressed to take a spin up and down the radio dial without coming across either “Sex On Fire” or “Use Somebody.” Their anthemic twist on Southern fried rock music is unique in the music industry today, which is just one of the many reasons that people are nine kinds of excited for the release of the Grammy-winning band’s fifth studio release, Come Around Sundown, next month.
The LP’s first single, “Radioactive,” picks up right where their two monster singles left off. While the formula of song — a slinky, way-down-the-neck guitar riff sits on top of a propulsive bass line, all the while building up to a monsterous, sing-along chorus — may seem familiar, we are forced to recall the wise idiom, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Followill brothers seem quite comfortable to live by those wise words, and we have very little doubt that their growing legion of fans will object. This song will no doubt be perched in our weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for weeks and months to come.
What do you think of the song? Will this be in heavy rotation on your iPod? Or were you hoping that the band would stretch in another direction? Any and all opinions are welcome, natch!
Sad news to pass along this evening. LFO lead singer and member of the VH1 family Rich Cronin passed away earlier this evening of leukemia.
Cronin first rose to fame as the lead singer of the 90s era boy band success story LFO, a group perhaps best known for their 1999 hit, “Summer Girls” (which would be on the short list for songs of that particular summer). After the band’s popularity waned in the early aughts, Cronin then joined up with Chris Kirkpatrick, Jeff Timmons, and Bryan Abrams on the inspirational reality show that aired right here on VH1, Mission: Man Band.
On Rich Cronin’s official Facebook page, his manager, Michelle Holland, left the following statement: “On behalf of the Cronin family and all at the Hope Foundation and [his record label] Orange Freeze, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. Continue to post them as a tribute to a great man, a better artist and the best friend I could ever have.”
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After helping to pen three of this year’s biggest hit singles — “Billionare” for Travie McCoy, “Nothin On You” for B.o.B. and “F*ck You” for Cee-Lo Green — the time has finally come for R&B crooner Bruno Mars to step into the spotlight as a solo performer. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of legendary artists like Carole King and Neil Diamond, both of whom were able to achieve widespread recognition first as songwriters, then as singers. The 23 year-old’s debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, doesn’t drop until next month, but if the lead single “Just The Way You Are” is any indicator, the record is going to be a smash and Mars will be an ongoing fixture on our weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for months to come.
We’ve got such high hopes for Bruno Mars that we’ve put him alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Daniel Merriweather, The Script, Alpha Rev and Angel Taylor as members of the elite group of VH1 “You Oughta Know” artists. Be sure to let us know your thoughts about his first solo song in the comments below!
Just over one week ago, Fantasia popped by the VH1 offices here in Times Square, mere days after she was hospitalized following her overdose. Late last week, we brought you a clip of Fantasia performing “Free Yourself” as part of our Live At VH1 series, and today we’ve got two brand new clips for you. Above, you’ll find Fantasia’s emotional performance of “Bittersweet,” and below you can watch “Even Angels.” Each song is a testament to the strength and resolve she has as both an artist and a person.
Last week’s reveal of the list of VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (to be counted down on air starting Monday, September 6 at 10/9c) caused plenty of chatter and dissent regarding rankings and omission. Hit back with your own opinion via our 100 Greatest Artists Rally Machine, which allows you to vote for and rank not just your favorite artists of all-time, but your favorites of hard rock, hip-hop, the ’80s, the ’90s and today. Hit the site, sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account and start projecting your digital voice today. Additionally, you can submit a unique message in their Tweet or Facebook post ? we?ll be watching and we may retweet and the best messages may end up on the VH1 homepage.
VH1 is getting into the game-show…game by picking up the next season of Don’t Forget the Lyrics (premiering Monday, September 20 at 7/6c). This time, it has a new host, Mark McGrath. Details in the mini-press release below.
Don?t Forget the Lyrics! is a musical game show that tests contestants? knowledge of song lyrics from different genres, decades and artists.? Don?t Forget the Lyrics! is the ultimate rock-star fantasy, taking people on a heart pounding, roller-coaster ride of music and edge-of-your seat entertainment.? This season kicks off? Monday, September 20 at 7 PM ET/PT with new host Mark McGrath. Don?t Forget the Lyrics! brings ordinary people center stage for a chance to win a fortune, just by knowing the words to the biggest hit songs ever recorded. Sit back, turn up the volume, and get ready to sing along to the biggest hit songs of all time! But, if you want to be successful in this game, there is one thing you have to remember… Don?t Forget The Lyrics!