The HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Life Is But A Dream documentary hits the air for the first time tonight, and lord knows Bey stans and haters alike have been biting their nails in anticipation. But before you all launch into either jocking or too harshly critiquing the Queen’s new film, there are some other fantastic documentaries out there you may want to, as an alleged music fan, add to your Netflix queue. ALLOW IT.
Whatever mistakes were made on Valentine’s Day (too much chocolate, too many ex texts) let’s hope they weren’t as regrettable as the videos in this week’s Face-Off. It’s only natural to want to document every moment of your boo time when that bastard Cupid first starts pelting arrows, but don’t make the mistake of immortalizing your lurve in a music video like Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez did with Lisa Marie Presley and Ben Affleck, respectively. You tell us, was “You Are Not Alone” or “Jenny From The Block” more cringe-worthy post breakup? Vote after you read our case for each, while we make conversation with these leftover candy hearts and try not to cry into our flat Champagne. Read more…
Get rich or die trying is a motto that no longer suits 50 Cent. He’s filthy rich and didn’t have to die trying. Best believe 50′s still chasing the mula, but he’s starting to think about what he wants his legacy to be after he’s gone. It’s a bit morbid to think of how you want the world to remember you. But 50 Cent is clear he wants to be named among the greats. Read more…
Just when you thought you’d never have to hear about 50 Cent‘s old fling with Chelsea Handler again, 50 does an hour and 15 minute interview with Howard Stern. After his one-on-one with Oprah which addressed much of what folks wanted to know, who knew there was even more to divulge. One thing about Howard is he wastes no time cutting to the chase.
Howard flat out tells 50 he was disturbed by Chelsea’s comment that “all my white friends think it’s hilarious” that she was dating the Queens rapper. Of course 50 makes excuses for Chelsea’s liberal-racism saying her comment had more to do with his image than race. Remember Chelsea accused Ciara of being the cause of her and 50′s breakup. Until now he has remained mute on the topic. First things first: Is Chelsea any good in bed? “Tell her I called her Gator. She’ll know what I’m talking about,” 50 responds. Read more…
As we go to press tonight, the future of The Civil Wars is still very much up in the air. Back in November, the Grammy winning duo and You Oughta Know alumni abruptly canceled their planned slate of tour dates citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” However, December brought a shimmer of good news when the band’s manager posted a photo to Instagram of the band in the studio working on new material. Our fingers and toes are beginning to cramp after having them crossed for the last few months in hopes that we haven’t heard the last of John Paul White and Joy Williams, and today brought The Civil Wars faithful some more good news.
Today marks the release of The Civil Wars: Unplugged On VH1, a 7-song album that was recorded last spring when the band performed a knockout VH1 Unplugged set (while, we might add, Joy was pregnant). For the low low price of just five American dollars and 99 American cents, you can get your hands on a copy of the video AND audio of this truly memorable entry in the famed Unplugged canon. In addition to originals like “Barton Hollow” and “I’ve Got This Friend,” the set includes remarkable covers of Portishead‘s “Sour Times” and Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” (the latter of which did not air in the original special!).
Ciara is bringing Michael Jackson to VH1 Divas! No, not hologram MJ. A little birdie told us that on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM ET/8C CiCi will be using one of his classics to kick off her “Got Me Good” set.
Though, she’s not the first to draw inspiration from the King of Pop, we’ve seen her perform tributes to his work in concerts over the years, work the red carpet like Mike and peeped his dance moves in some of her own gravity-defying choreography (does the woman have a spine?!). So, if any Diva can “Work” his presence on stage, it’s Ciara. We don’t yet know which minute-long snippet I’ll be screaming, “That’s my jam!” to in six days, but here are a few theories:
Thirty years ago today, at the age of 24, Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the release of Thriller. It’s the album that produced hits like “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and “PYT (Pretty Young Thing),” plaques on plaques on plaques and that jacket. You know the one — that jacket that he wore in the seminal “Thriller” video, the one cut from candy apple red and black leather and with angular and alien-like shoulder plates. That jacket has since been sold on auction for cool $1.8 million dollars to a Texan gold trader who called it “the greatest piece of rock and roll memorabilia in history.” We wouldn’t dare disagree, especially on this day, but we must ask also: what of those ankle-cut jeans? Those patent leather shoes? The shades? Jackson’s Thriller sartorial is much more expansive than that one jacket, and so to celebrate thirty years, we thought we would break down some of our favorite looks that he rocked during that time.
There will never be another musical genius like Michael Jackson. Now that that’s out of the way, today marks the 30th anniversary of MJ’s classic sixth studio album, Thriller. One album produced greats like “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” As usual he outdid himself with a project draped in smooth vocals, feel-good lyrics and melodic instrumentation. But aside from the album’s greatness, Thriller is etched in history books for one reason: the video to “Thriller.” Read more…
This Thanksgiving, we all have something to be thankful for. Just as you’re waking up from your post-meal nap to snag some second-plate leftovers from the fridge, Spike Lee’s Bad 25 will hit ABC’s airwaves to make it’s nationally televised debut at 9:30/8:30c. Chronicaling Michael Jackson’s 45-million-copies-sold second album and corresponding tour, I can say with full conviction that the documentary is not to be missed. Trust me, I saw it twice. For those who may not be MJ fans or perhaps need some convincing, I present you with a list of 25 Reasons You Should Be Watching Spike Lee’s Bad 25. Not completely spoiler-free, however, I urge all the purists out there to tread lightly with this list if you’d prefer to see the film without advance info!
- 1. Mariah Carey makes an LOL-worthy joke about being a fuss-causing diva when she threatens to scold Clive Davis.
- 2. The film summons nostalgia for an era when music was successfully flourishing and record sales were at their peak. Ah, those were the days.
- 3. Viewers receive a non-verbal explanation of the infamous “Smooth Criminal” dance-lean.
- 4. Martin Scorsese watches his old footage and breaks down the making of the “Bad”
- 5. Quincy Jones’ wacky 80s sweater during an interview. You’ll see what I mean.
F*** yeah, America! It’s Friday and you know what that means. Time to exercise your freedom and vote for today’s Face-Off Music Video poll. The United States presidential election is nearly upon us. Practice making those tough decisions on November 6 (if you haven’t already voted early like the eager little patriots you are) by choosing between these politically charged clips: Michael Jackson‘s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” or Eminem‘s “Mosh.” Who gets your flag waving faster? Mull it over while we make a case for each.
“They Don’t Care About Us” – If there was ever a song to get you racing to the nearest polling place, this is it. With a driving beat that keeps time like a military march and a resounding chorus chant of “They don’t really care about us,” this HIStory tune sounds more like a battle cry for democracy than a SoundScan single. Paired with visuals of Michael Jackson in prison blues and handcuffs, dancing around pissed off inmates, The King of Pop easily takes this week’s face-off. Is Eminem Better Than MJ? Take Our Poll