Storytellers

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P!nk Turns Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” Into An Edgier Rock Version

P!nk vocally has the ability to cover the gamut of hard rock to soulful R&B. Over in the UK P!nk put her trademark stamp on a cover of Alicia Keys‘ hit single “Girl On Fire” on BBC Radio. Both Storytellers singers have vastly different musical styles. P!nk’s badass rocker chick influences her music versus Alicia Keys’ more safe pop and R&B zone. Weirdly enough the two sound quite similar in their different variations of “Girl On Fire,” and we think it’s the yelling the song almost demands. Read more…

by (@katespencer)

Taylor Swift: I Write About The End Of Relationships “Because That’s What I Know”

“I tend to write songs about relationships, that tends to be a thing that happens,” said Taylor Swift, in a sit-down interview with VH1 before her Storytellers show. “Usually beginnings and endings,” she added with a laugh. “Because that’s what I know most.”

Taylor’s Storyteller’s show took place at Harvey Mudd College, after students won an online voting contest to bring her to the school. She spoke of the connection college students feel to the emotional journeys she details in her music. “For me being here at a college, these are kids that are my age,” said Taylor, “and so were all going through the constant up and down, twists and turns of who are you going to love, and who are you going to end up and who do you want to avoid because they just broke your heart. I really hope this crowd relates to the stories I tell because were all kind of going through the same stuff.”

It was reported yesterday that Taylor and boyfriend Conor Kennedy split in the past month (cue sad groans). We guess this means we can expect another song about the end of a relationship on her next album?

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It’s A Different World In Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ “Never Go Back”

It’s all vintage everything in Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Never Go Back” video. Grace Potter’s heavenly voice pierces as she travels back to her childhood, which for this video’s purposes seems pre-civilization. Facing those demons she sings about the quiet girl is taunted by tiny warriors in face paint. They jump on top of the table and eat with their hands. As if that wasn’t barbaric enough they break plates, throw a violin over the stairwell and jump on the bed. We totally understand how unappealing going back is, and why she sings, “I’ll never go back there no more.” We don’t blame you, girl. Read more…

by (@Lacezilla)

Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed? Ray LaMontagne Discusses a Violent Intruder at Storytellers

Imagine you’re a successful musician, returning home after being on tour for months. Groggy and wiped, you walk in your bedroom to find your most prized possession destroyed, and the blade of a 12-inch carving knife stuck, standing up, in the middle of your bed. Creepytown, right? For Ray LaMontagne, this was actually a reality, and on Wednesday morning, our friends at Rolling Stone?debuted a sneak from tonight’s episode of VH1 Storytellers wherein the talented singer explains how and why it all happened. After the deeply personal account that was a favorite of ours from the show’s taping, LaMontagne then performs new single “Repo Man,” giving us a taste of what’s to come on tonight’s incredible episode.

In case that’s not enough Ray for you to chew on before this evening’s show, we can now proudly present you with an online-only exclusive from the show, brought to you by the good folks at Bing. A bit less intense, “For The Summer” is the perfect, tender compliment to Wednesday’s “Repo Man”?sneak, whose lyrics perhaps offer a healing solution to the dramatic knife story he discussed. If you’re already a fan, you’ll get it, and if you’re not, it’s compelling enough to turn you into one.

To get the full scoop on Ray’s bedroom fiasco, watch both clips now, and don’t forget to set your DVRs for Storytellers: Ray LaMontagne, premiering tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 Storytellers Set To Return With Episodes Featuring Kings Of Leon, Cee Lo, Death Cab For Cutie And More

Kings Of Leon VH1 Storytellers

Music lovers, rejoice! We’re bringing back one of our most popular music franchises, VH1 Storytellers, for its fifteenth season. And this time around, you’ll notice that the artists have a decidedly more indie slant than they have in previous years (which, considering Arcade Fire’s surprise triumph at the Grammys this weekend, makes perfect sense). Read all about it in this press release that just went out a few minutes ago…

VH1 ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF ICONIC MUSIC SERIES VH1 STORYTELLERS PREMIERING THIS SPRING

Featured Artists Include Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne

New York, NY, February 16, 2011 – VH1 announced today its lineup for the 15th anniversary season of the renowned music franchise VH1 Storytellers. Featured bands and artists this season will include Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne. Hailing back to the show – ??s early roots, the new season will aim to provide a truly personal showcase for some of the greatest songwriters of today. The VH1 Storytellers music specials focus on the anecdotes, artistic musings and stories that inspired the artists and their music. These performers aren – ??t afraid to tell all as they expose the most intimate details of their creative process for the audience. Kings of Leon will kick off the new season of VH1 Storytellers beginning this May.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Share Your Favorite Christina Aguilera Story With VH1 Storytellers

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Where were you when you first heard “Genie in a Bottle”? If you’re a Christina Aguilera fan, you can probably recall that very moment ? and many others throughout her career ? when her star power truly spoke to you.

Here at VH1, we have been following her career since those very early days, which is why we?re so thrilled to have her on tap for the next chapter of VH1 Storytellers: Christina Aguilera. Now, here’s the part where YOU come in. Share your own story with us about the Christina Aguilera songs you love most, and your video or written submission may become part of the Storytellers legacy and make their way into the program, which premieres on June 13!

Was an Xtina song ever your anthem? With so many amazing hits and videos to choose from, we’re guessing that there has to be at least one that holds special meaning for you. Did the self confidence-building mantra from “Beautiful” lift your spirits when you were down? Did you stay strong after a bad breakup because “Fighter? helped to pull you through? Did ?Ain?t No Other Man? make you realize how much you loved that someone special in your life? Let us know!
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Mary J. Blige Tells Stories, Schools Us

Mary J. Blige?s episode of Storytellers airs tonight at 8/7 c, but we were treated to a preview and an exclusive chat with the people?s diva last month when she taped the show at New York?s Hammerstein Ballroom. (Check out the clip above — we even got you a preview of tonight’s show, too.) Touching on major tracks from throughout her career, and paying special attention to her latest album, Growing Pains, Mary chronicled her life in song with personal anecdotes, tales of inspiration and emotional rallying cries. What follows is a list of 10 things we learned from a performance in which Mary seemed intent in proving that a story is only as good as its lesson.

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