It’s not hard to record a song nowadays—a laptop, GarageBand and microphone are all one needs to crank out a decent track. And with the magic of Auto-Tune, you can even sound pitch perfect. It’s no surprise that artists flock to this tool to amp up their game, some abusing it to disguise the fact that they can’t really sing at all. It’s like a pop P.E.D.! But music’s most notorious tool isn’t always used for evil.
During the ‘90s it was next to impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Diane Warren song — it’s just that you may have never realized you were listening to a Diane Warren song. The prolific songwriter had a huge career over the past three decades penning hits for Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. (The same artists that dominated VH1 back in the heyday of music videos.) At one point she had seven hits by seven different artists on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
After awhile, Warren songs became recognizable for their distinct sound. Typically a power ballad, Warren’s music incorporated heartbreak-fueled lyrics, drippy orchestral arrangements, and—most likely—Dion’s signature wail. While Warren produced hit after hit, her songs weren’t exactly ones that you blasted at parties. Instead, you found yourself secretly singing them in the shower, or alone in the car, or even at high school talent shows—just to prove how talented you were.
We all go a little crazy from time to time… but these singers are full-on WIGGIN’ OUT! Some celebs choose to flaunt their striking looks on red carpets, while others create a wow factor with costume-clad performances. Whatever the reason, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj are just a small selection of the many stars who’ve gotten the radest hairstyles on locks-down. Yep, that was a hair pun. Check out the full gallery of 40 Times Celebs Rocked Crazy Wigs!
America’s Sweetheart turned Tim Burton muse turned shoplifting pariah, Winona Ryder, will always be the coolest girl of all time. Okay, the coolest woman, as she officially turns 41 years old today. No matter her age, we’ll always remember her as *the* It Girl, not to mention star of films with the coolest soundtracks. We’d like to think she’s had a hand in the soundtracks–the girls has dated rock stars from Pete Yorn and Evan Dando to Chris Isaak and Beck.
In honor of her 41st, we’ve made the ultimate ‘Winona Forever (Young)’ playlist, chock full of the most memorable tracks from Wino’s most memorable films.
Maybe Twitter isn’t the best outlet for Chris Brown to express himself at this stage in his career. Only days after his Twitter spat with Brian McKnight, Brown was accused of allegedly tweeting that Cher needs a beating, according to Rollingout.com. Like, who has beef with Cher? Allegedly Brown tweeted:
Kelly Clarkson Gives “Mr. Know It All” A Sweet Country Remix
We’re really digging Kelly Clarkson‘s country-style recording of “Mr. Know It All”. It’s like someone took one of our most favorite things and bedazzled it or added a kicky beret — we love the original, but we love the upgrade too! [Pop Dust]
Cher Is Not Dead
Poor Cher was the subject of an internet death hoax, but it turns out that she’s thankfully alive and well. While we haven’t yet seen a cheesily wonderful Jon Bon Jovi display of life, we think there’s still time for Cher to post a photo with a sign saying something like, “Do you believe in life after Twitter hoax?” [NME]
This weekend, the world welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter, the offspring of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and possibly the most important baby on earth right now (or ever, who knows?) into its open arms. After months of speculation, second guessing, and red herrings, the baby girl is finally here and now we’ve got a whole new set of questions to deal with. For starters: When are we going to see baby Blue Ivy? Do you think she’s made of gold or magic or sparkles? Does she have super powers? Will she grow up to fulfill Mom and Dad’s musical legacy? And if so, how long do we have to wait to hear the chosen one’s voice on a record?
With all these questions in mind, we tracked down some other famous babies with musician parents, found out how long it took them to get from the womb to the recording studio, and employed the law of averages to try and figure out when we can expect Blue Ivy’s first number one song. According to the following cross section, we’re expecting Blue Ivy to lay down her first album by age 11…
Divas take on divas in this supercut from our old VH1 cohort Rich Juzwiak in which the first ladies of pop music wax lyrical on their contemporaries. From the heartfelt, gushing rants of love and affection by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears over Madonna, to the ambiguous relationship between Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, to the decidedly more acerbic back-and-forths between Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney and Cher, the video spans the gambit of famous diva on diva mouth-offs. As is mentioned several times in the super cut, it’s a shame that female performers are often cast in such a catty light, and often poked and prodded by prying reporters. As Christina Aguilera so sagely points out, “it just sucks that as women we have to deal with that comparison thing that men don’t necessarily have to.” Amen sister. Now can we all just kiss and make up? We’re looking at you Celine!
If you’d like to see divas being friends and doing what they do best — belting out their awesome hits — tune in for VH1′s DIVAS Celebrates Soul premiering Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.
Cher, who counts among her pop innovations the origin, with “Believe,” of Auto-Tune-as-aesthetic, is recording a new album, and its lead track is written by none other than Lady Gaga and her writing partner RedOne:
“The Greatest Thing” was written, and recorded by Gaga, for The Fame, but ultimately not officially released. Naturally, that demo is on YouTube.