by (@BHSmithNYC)

Pharrell’s “Happy” Played On Toy Instruments? That’s How The Make A Band Famous Celeb Judges Get Down!


As you may have heard, bands have been competing since 8 last night for a once in a lifetime recording contract from Republic Records in the Make a Band Famous contest, hosted by The All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter. Judging the competition are international pop star Natasha Bedingfield, famed musical director to the stars Adam Blackstone, YouTube music star Kurt Hugo Schneider, and indie artist / composer Robert Schwartzman. One of the coolest moments so far was the “Box Of Beats Challenge” where the bands were asked to cover a hit song from the past using only toy instruments. Not to be outdone, the celebrity judges and guest Bonnie McKee decided to work up their own toy instrument cover of one of the biggest hits of the season, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and you won’t believe how cool it came out.

The competition is still going strong and your vote matters so be a part of music history and head to MakeABandFamous.VH1.com to watch the live stream until tonight’s finale and continue to use #MABF and #(BandName) to see your favorite artist rise to the top!

by (@sllambe)

5 Of Katy Perry’s Most Important Collaborators

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The release of PRISM marks the return of Katy Perry but also several key musical players responsible for some of the best pop music of the past two decades. These producers and songwriters have had a hand in nearly everyone of Perry’s hit singles as well as mega hits by Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ke$ha, and more recently, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Katy Perry Is “Wide Awake” After Her Divorce From Russell Brand

At the moment, there is no more formidable team in music than Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. During the 2009-2010 writing/recording sessions for Perry’s Teenage Dream album, this group wrote four songs together — “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “Part Of Me”. All four of those songs went to #1.

So when it came time for Katy to put together Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection earlier this year, she made sure to enlist the help of her dream team when it came to writing the sole “new” track for the record, which ultimately was titled “Wide Awake.” Back in March, she told our friends over at MTV News that the team wrote and recorded the track over the course of just four days. “I can’t wait eight months to be able to put out this feeling that I’m feeling right now,” she explained. “Not only did I write the song because I needed to flush that out of my system, but I wrote it for the film as well.”

Katy debuted “Wide Awake” at the Billboard Music Awards last night, and then dropped a brand new lyric video for the emotional track after the show. There is a “real” video for the track on the way, but as a way to satiate the masses until its release, this lyric video was released. It does not refer to the lyrics of the song directly — lyrics in which Katy comes to painful grips with her recent divorce from Russell Brand — but is notable in that it’s the first video to take on the look and feel of Facebook’s new(ish) timeline feature. And hey, if you pay close enough attention, you’ll see that VH1.com even gets a shout-out in it. Look ma, we’re finally famous!
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by (@kat_george)

Adam Lambert Describes His New LP As “Nine Inch Nails Meets Saturday Night Fever

American Idol runner-up and super duper pop star supreme Adam Lambert has revealed he’s pulling out the big guns for his next album, Trespassing. Enlisting the services of A-list producers Pharrell Williams and Dr. Luke, Lambert is taking his music in a new direction, and we’ve been warned — there will be dancing.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lambert describes his new musical direction as a bit of dubstep, a bit of electronica, and even some “Nine Inch Nails meets Saturday Night Fever” sounds mixed in there. It’s not all about partying and clubbing, though, as Lambert makes it patently clear that his album will retain his trademark depth and boundary-pushing material. “There’s party music, sex music, f****d-up-relationship S&M music,” he tells RS. “But every song explores something real.”

Although his sophomore effort has been delayed a few times now, things seem to be on track for the album to come out sometime early next year. As much as we love the holiday season, 2012 can’t get here quickly enough! After all, we love us some Glambert!

Adam Lambert Storms the Dance Floor on New LP [Rolling Stone]