We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Janet Jackon’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and bowing down before the pop goddess that is Janet Jackson. Almost from the start Janet was a trailblazer, fusing pop, R&B and hip-hop, raising the bar for music video choreography, speaking out about social injustice and breaking racial and sexual taboos. The trends she started in fashion and music can still be seen in the work of today’s female stars, such as Ciara, Britney Spears and Beyonce among many others.
It’s not news to say that rock ‘n’ roll is a pretty dangerous lifestyle. From plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, it makes sense that many musicians contemplate their own premature demise a little more often than most folks. But some stars have had eerily specific visions that tragically came true.
Whether lashing out at the world, their family, their record labels, or one another, singers have gone to extremes over the years to give the big middle finger out in public. Who’s to stop them? Artists will be artists.
It’s been five years since the passing of Michael Jackson, who would’ve been 56 years old today. To honor his life, we’re looking back to a recent VH1 exclusive interview with his close friend and collaborator, legendary producer Quincy Jones.
Meghan Trainor has one of the hottest summer jams this season with “All About That Bass,” her tribute to those girls with that extras “boom boom that all the boys chase.” And no summer jam worth it’s saltwater taffy doesn’t have that deep low end, usually thanks to a grooving bass riff, that makes you want to grind into the wee hours on a hot summer night. We asked Meghan to share some of her favorite bass-riffs with us and pulled together 8 more down rump thumpers that will have you shaking the junk in your trunk until school starts in the fall. From disco to classic rock, from the King of Pop to the King of Punk Funk, check out 10 songs that are all about that bass.
Each year, MTV’s Video Music Awards boasts a fantasy lineup of every artist you’d ever want to see in concert. But unlike many festival extravaganzas, the most crucial performance is usually the opener. This prized slot always goes to the superstar guaranteed to bring the gasps with awesomely unexpected antics. Among the unforgettable opening acts are Britney Spears and Madonna‘s infamous kiss, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky‘s sizzling duet, and Eminem leading an army of bleach-blonde Eminems through New York City. This year, reigning pop queen Ariana Grande has been tapped to open the proceedings. How will she measure up to these past greats? We can’t wait to find out!
Fans are repeatedly disappointed when facing the fact that their favorite artists are far from perfect. However, it’s not every day that devotees are totally grossed out by musicians’ shortcomings. Which stars have been accused of — or even admitted to — some seriously nasty habits?
Fashion industry veteran Kelly Cutrone slams Kanye West by saying no one gives “a flying f-ck” about him in fashion, Paul McCartney will score the soundtrack for the new video game “Destiny,” Michael Jackson may have been the dirtiest person in Hollywood and more on Last Lap.
Just as fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a happy ending, music videos tend to follow a stock list of tropes. It may seem pretty standard today, but let’s not forget that concepts seemed so fresh and new back in the day. Britney Spears‘ “…Baby One More Time” got millions of teens daydreaming about skipping class to dance in pigtail braids. Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again” made us want to run around naked in public, and Backstreet Boys‘ “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” made it cool to sing about unrequited love in a futuristic hotel.
Now these tropes are old and tired after we’ve seen them in dozens of derivative videos. How many times are we going to see rappers pop bottles in the club? How many R&B singers will feel lonely and angry in an empty hotel room? The answer is: a lot. Let’s examine each overused music video cliche specifically, shall we?