Most of my childhood memories before age 12 involve Spice Girls. Some say this is a bad thing, but to those people I say pshhh! You’re just a Wannabe and I could Holler Goodbye in your face. Who Do You Think You Are?
“Fun fact,” tweeted Taylor Swift before last night’s premiere of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” proud to have you know that the wheEEEE-msical new video — which includes five costume changes, multiple dance parties, and a boyfriend very dismissed — was shot in one continuous and unedited shot. And as she should be, as the latest to pull-off the one-shot feat.
A particular fixture of the 90s, this sort of one-shot music video was popularized by Michel Gondry, and includes classics like Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” and Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song).” But the one-shot seems to have fallen out of favor as late, computers generally being the video-director’s preferred trick. It’s nice to see reviving this old one. And so, in celebration of Taylor’s entry into the One-Shot Club, let’s take a look back at five other important one-shot videos:
As promised, the Spice Girls performed last night at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. And it didn’t matter that they haven’t performed together since 2008, or that “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” are both older than most members of the gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team — aka, the other Fab Five — because this was like a two-and-a-half twists to a blind landing Amanar and they totally stuck the landing. Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby looked and sounded great from the moment they arrived on stage each in their own jazzed-up black cab until the moment they disappeared. There was a little bit of dancing, lots of sparkle and platformed shoes, of course. Even Posh seemed to have fun (though she looked a little nervous atop her taxicab). The whole thing was everything we wanted, really really wanted, zig-a-zig-ah! Read more…
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]
THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire,
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!)
Earlier this summer and before the temps had truly peaked, word spread that 98 Degrees would be reuniting for one night, and una noche solamente at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania on August 18th. Talk about news that leaves you wanting! Of 98 Degrees’ colleagues in 90′s pop, the Backstreet Boys are back in the studio together, and the Spice Girls are prepping a new musical memoir. No Doubt and Green Day are also both back and running the charts like they never left. Dusting off all those old dance routines and cueing up the hits takes work, and for only one show? It’s best to make it count. And the boys are going to do just that, with a newly announced Today Show performance and new music! “With so much to celebrate, this reunion is going to be one big party,” the band says. “Everyone’s invited.” Count our calenders marked.
The Spice Girls have been at the center of a lot of rumors lately. In the past few months, we’ve heard word that the Girls will reunite for their musical memoir Viva Forever, if not also for some Olympic fun. Any Spice Girls news is good news, but we’ve been waiting on confirmation to pull out our platforms. Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham addressed some of these rumors yesterday on British radio, where she batted back hopes of a comeback tour before letting slip that the girls are “very excited about the Olympics.” And so are we, especially so knowing that we’ll finally get that Spice Girls reunion we have so long been waiting (and planning our outfits) for!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the good word on the streets this morning is that all five of the original Spice Girls are “expected to” preform together at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony on August 12th. Dusted-off and decked in the Union Jack like Jerri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell always was wont to be, they’ll join the Kingdoms’s finest — Queen, The Who, George Michael, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and several sheep dogs, to name just a few — for two songs, one of which is likely be “Wannabe,” aka, what we want, what we really, really want! How zig-a-zig-ah would that be?
Today we’re feeling a little dated seeing as how 16 years ago today Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted as their first single, which topped the charts in 31 countries. Yes, the Spice Girls were that girl group! Sixteen years later the group that disbanded in 2000 reunite to launch Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs. BBC News reports the British pop group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell unveiled the musical that explores the “bitter reality of fame” at a London hotel on Tuesday. Viva Forever! is the latest show in what is being called “jukebox musical,” which uses a set of songs for a fresh storyline. Read more…
We here at VH1 are strong believers that mothers are worthy of appreciation 365 days a year. That said, this Sunday is the official day we honor those special women in our lives. Seeing as how music has always been expressive and a reflection of the artist’s own life, it only makes sense that everyone from Tupac to Taylor Swift have created songs expressing their love for the woman that brought them into the world. Those songs cover the entire spectrum, from light and fun to heartfelt and emotional. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs dedicated to moms. Since we don’t sing or rap, we’re leaving it to those that do to honor all the mamas. Happy Mother’s Day!
1. “Dear Mama”- Tupac
Tupac’s ode to his mother Afeni Shakur has to be one of the most touching and well known dedication songs in music.
2. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood
In this guitar heavy country song, Underwood reassures her mom that her husband to be is a great man, and marrying him doesn’t mean her mom is losing her.
3. “Hey Mama”- Kanye West
“It don’t got to be Mother’s Day or your birthday for me to call and say, ‘Hey, mama.’” When Kanye made this fun track for his mother, we never imagined it’d be the very song he’d perform in her honor after her death. Counting our lucky stars that she was able to hear it before she passed.
4. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift probably has a lot of great days seeing as how she’s one of the biggest country singers and all. But spending quality time with her mom tops the list of best days she’s ever had.
5. “A Song For Mama” – Boyz II Men
When Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” played on the popular late 90s movie Soul Food, eyes welled with tears. Soulful voices singing lyrics that helms mothers as Queens would make any mama proud. Read more…