HAIM is one of the featured acts that will be performing live at the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert, which will be livestreaming exclusively on VH1.com TONIGHT, Monday, November 11, and then airing again in glorious HD on VH1 on Thursday, November 21. This California trio is made up of sisters Este (bass, vox), Danielle (lead vox, lead guitar) and Alana (keys, vox, rhythm guitar), and just released their debut LP Days Are Gone to widespread critical acclaim and a Top 10 chart debut.
Hunter Hayes is one of the most exciting new voices to emerge in today’s contemporary country music scene. How do we know? Well, we’ve seen him display his considerable talents on a few different occasions now, including the 2013 Grammy Awards, last week’s Philly Jam, and his Artist To Watch showcase set at New York City’s Webster Hall late last month. The latter concert was livestreamed by our friends over at MTV —you can catch the entire Hunter Hayes: Artist To Watch showcase here— and we sent our ace photographer Lauren Weissler to the show to capture the scene for the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.
We’ve been patiently waiting for this day for nearly two-and-a-half years, and now we can rejoice that Ciara’s fifth studio album—the self-titled Ciara—is finally available. Singles like “Body Party” and “I’m Out (feat. Nicki Minaj)” have already gotten everyone around the VH1 offices amped, and we’re fully expecting to hear the rest of the album blaring from computer speakers in the hallway for the rest of the week (and month and year!).
Once we saw the cover of the album, in which we see a mirrored Ciara showing off her legendary abs, we knew that there was only one way to celebrate release day — a mega-gallery of CiCi’s Top 50 Midriff Moments! Let’s talk a walk down memory lane and see Ciara showing off her taut tummy through the years, from her first record release party way back in 2004 to the BET Awards just last month.
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If you’re anything like us, you’re spending your Monday morning shaking the cobwebs off after a long holiday weekend of beaching and barbecuing. As you mentally steel yourself for the upcoming work week ahead, we thought we’d indulge you with 10 gorgeous shots of a bikini-clad Rihanna, who is currently working/vacationing/partying in Poland. Yes, we said Poland! (We didn’t know that they had beaches like that there, either.) Baltic Sea, represent!
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Missed the BET Awards last night in Los Angeles? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
I’ll admit to being weirdly obsessed with Riff Raff (aka Jody Highroller). Is he our generation’s version of Andy Kaufman or a talented hip-hop performer I’m supposed to take seriously? (The latter, me thinks.) Is he maybe kind of attractive with those sparkling blue eyes? (Yes.) Is he completely and utterly ridiculous in the best way possible? (Also yes.) Whatever your conflicting Riff Raff emotions may be, I have a story that is sure to charm you: I witnessed Riff Raff on the Grammys red carpet bonding with two tiny British girls, and it was nothing short of adorable.
If you’re not familiar with Olly Murs from his charismatic performances on The X Factor UK or genre-bending tracks with the likes of Flo Rida and Chiddy Bang currently climbing the charts, it’s time to get acquainted. Our You Oughta Know artist for the month of February is prepping for a full-blown U.S. takeover in 2013, which began last year when he opened for fellow U.K. act One Direction. Having honed his craft in front of both screaming girls and Simon Cowell, Olly’s drawing serious crowds in his own right thanks to his massive stage presence, throwback sound, and undeniable charm. He’s also a good enough sport to subject himself to our rounds of questioning and photo shoot requests.
We were lucky enough to spend the day with the up-and-comer here in New York City, before his sold-out gig at Irving Plaza. VH1’s fearless photographer Lauren Weissler was on hand to capture every moment, from makeup touch-ups to pre-show rituals, and we’ve got all the special stuff down below, ready for your enjoyment.
Beyoncé is the most polarizing contemporary artist in the game. The stans who make up the core of the BeyHive are the some most vocally supportive fans of any artist, but for every person who has pledged their undying fealty to King Bey, Beyoncé haters are just as fervent in their dislike for Miss Knowles. Regardless of which side you rep, tonight’s Super Bowl halftime show had something for everyone.
THE STANS: The last time we saw Bey perform something other than the National Anthem was in May of 2012, when she performed a five night stand at Atlantic City’s Revel casino. That said, this is her first nationally televised performance since she gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter just over a year ago and, if tonight was any indication, she hasn’t lost a single step. Coming out to an abridged version of “Love On Top” while silhoutted against a backdrop of a 40 foot tall flaming Bey, she quickly broke into “Crazy In Love,” putting her vaunted, high energy dance moves on showcase. Her hair looked FLAWLESS, and her body looked positively SICK. She was also gracious enough to share the spotlight with her Destiny’s Child brethren Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, which included a three-song medley of “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women Pt. 1″ and “Single Ladies,” once again proving that despite her superstar status, she remains one of the most gracious and selfless performers in the game.
THE HATERS: Ugh, BEYONCÉ! America’s least favorite robot had the AUDACITY to start off her Super Bowl set by lip-synching “Love On Top,” despite her claims that she would “absolutely” be singing live tonight. TYPICAL! She relied WAY too heavily on backing tracks and piped in vocals (Jay-Z’s verse on “Crazy In Love,” Sean Paul’s on “Baby Boy”), and refused to cede the spotlight AT ALL when Kelly and Michelle came out to share the stage with her. You’re meaning to tell us that of ALL the songs in the Destiny’s Child canon that they could have performed, she forced them to do one of her solo songs (“Single Ladies”)!!! And what, praytell, was WITH that finale? She spent the last three minutes of her set on her knees, not even dancing, pretending to sing “Halo.” Bring back the Black Eyed Peas, yeesh!
SETLIST: “Love On Top” / “Crazy In Love” / “End Of Time” / “Baby Boy” / “Bootylicious” (with Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams) / “Independent Women #1″ (w/Kelly & Michelle) / “Single Ladies” / “Halo”
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Yesterday’s press conference was further proof that Sunday is a Beyoncé concert with a little bit of athletic competition on the side. With all that’s been said–and repeatedly questioned–about her potential lip-synching last week, along with the halftime show’s ability to ignite minor scandals family-first viewers can’t seem to let go of (wave hello, M.I.A.!) we thought it was only to fair to compose of list of things that could happen during the big show–as well a handful of dream scenarios we desperately hope will come true, but are willing to settle for having play out in our twisted minds until the end of time.
We’re still a few days away from kickoff, so why not play along at home? Do your homework, keep track of this list during the show, and tell us if we are brilliant or simply outstanding for putting this all together come Monday morning.
It’s so much more than a weirdly tropical Hump Day here in New York City. The funny minds over at Saturday Night Live are letting you–yes, you–make a case for the musical guest you think deserves a shot on the late-night program. No promise on whether they’ll listen, but #SNLMusic Suggestion Day, as you’ve always dreamed, is finally here.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 30, 2013
20 years! Boy bands never really left though, so cue the legion of BSB diehards tweeting until their fingers turn blue:
While they present very logical arguments–and we fully support celebrating any anniversary with china–we have a few ideas of our own. Read more…