“Your body is a temple.” This is a truth that takes some a lifetime to understand, especially when so much of what we consume is slapped with a picture of an impossibly thin model — or lately, Kendall Jenner. Fewer things in life are more urgent than having a healthy relationship with your body, and female singers such as Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato have important things to say about it.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and if you’re as single as I am you’re probably thinking about gifting yourself a bunch of chocolate, eating all by yourself alone in your apartment, and then watching Channing Tatum’s stripping video on repeat. Like, for the whole day. Maybe it’s pathetic, but just know that if you’re headed down that route towards major single self-awareness, you don’t have to go it alone. Many have gone before you. Some of them even wrote entire albums about it, albums that are some of the most depressing albums you’ll ever hear, and we all know that the greatest cure for the blues is the blues. So if you’re single, and even if you’re not and you’re just sad or whatever, get yourself through the day with some of the saddest albums of the decade — so far.
Katy Perry makes a huge donation to TLC‘s Kickstarter, Sam Smith battles through a breakup, A$AP Rocky will make his acting debut at Sundance and more on First Dibs.
Selena Gomez posts a picture of herself doing yoga pantsless, John Legend celebrates his birthday with Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, Aloe Blacc and Lady Antebellum team up for “Wake Me Up” and more on Last Lap.
Last week Aretha Franklin reminded us that she’s still the Queen of Soul by dropping an incendiary rendition of Adele‘s torch song, “Rolling In The Deep.” Within hours the song had invaded social media, racking up more than a million views on YouTube and stoking the buzz for her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. Some accused the 72-year-old vocalist of relying on auto-tune and other studio tricks, but Ms. Franklin soon silenced the haters with a flawless performance on The Late Show With David Letterman.
The rapturous reception is a testament to the staying power of a performer whose career has endured for seven decades. At a listening party and panel discussion held at New York City’s elegant 92Y venue, VH1 sat down with the music monarch and her long-time collaborator, Sony Music Chief Creative Officer and industry icon Clive Davis, to discuss the new project, and how to make music that lasts.
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Adele just received the ultimate compliment. Today, Aretha Franklin gave fans a taste of her upcoming album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. Apparently, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” is one of those classics, and the original Queen Of Soul covered the British singer’s 2010 smash single.
Some of our favorite songs are truly great, until they’re not. Sadly, we can thank other artists who have beaten them to death for that.
Celebrate making it halfway through the week with First Dibs: R. Kelly says goodbye to R&B and hello to House, Rihanna talks Palestine (not really), Us the Duo is the first ever musical act to get signed through Vine, and more.
Six years ago, VH1 tapped a talented young English woman to become a You Oughta Know artist. Back then she was known as Adele Adkins, but todays she’s known all over the world as simply Adele: the gazillion-selling voice of passion, vulerability, emotional honesty, and soul. We met her when back when she had just dropped her debut, 19, watched with pride during the hysteria of her latest, 21, and today celebrate her 26th birthday!