Shearer’s Spotlight: On the Road

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

As I’m sure you know, summertime is a great occasion for music-filled road trips.

I’ve already gone on a couple, and while enjoying music on CDs (yes, I still represent the format), an overstocked iPod, and FM radio; I observed the following:

Hit Song/Bad Lyrics
Though I respect Sia as an artist and songwriter, every time I hear her following lyrics on Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones,” I wince in agony: If I took you home, it’d be a home run. Ouch.

(A few weeks ago I was on a 1970s music kick, so the next four observations will reflect that era. Groovy?)

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by (@zaragolden)

Carly Rae Jepsen Runs the MuchMusic Video Awards 2012


There are no maybes about it, Carly Rae Jepsen owned last night’s MuchMusic Video Awards. Performing early in Canadian music channel’s annual awards show, Jepsen sang her Billboard-topping “Call Me Maybe” from a giant, colorful telephone-shaped swing while wearing a too-cute TopShop dress. After picking up a hefty load of awards —the Video of the Year, the Most Watched Video, and the crowd-sourced UR Fave Video of the Year all for her “Call Me Maybe” video— she joined non-Canadian Flo Rida for “Wild Ones,” filling in for the absent You Oughta Know‘s Sia and proving herself more than “Maybe” capable.

Her “Wild Ones” cameo, though, was for many of us the first time hearing her do anything other than “Call Me Maybe.” If she hopes to be celebrated again in years to come, she will soon need to start harnessing some of the excitement around her into something new. Her EP Curiosity has yet to see release in the States, but has been well received in Canada — why not start not start with that, and in front of a hometown crowd?

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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds and Ends In Music News

We try to cover all the music stories that matter here on the VH1 blog. Sometimes, though, we find too many stories to cover, stories that don’t exactly “matter” but are worth sharing, or even just good stuff from our peers. Here’s your Thursday roundup:

Flo Rida Arrested for DUI in Miami
TMZ reports that Flo Rida attempted to decline a walk-a-straight-line test: “Officer, I can?t do this. I don?t feel I can?t walk a straight line. I had a few drinks. Let?s try another test.” [Rap Radar]
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Grammys: What’s 2008′s Best Rap Song?

Everyone has their favorites when it comes to the competition for this year’s Grammys categories. During the next two weeks, we’ll list the artists that are up for an award, and you can watch videos and read news while you weigh in on who you think will take the prize.

This time it’s Rap Song of the Year. Hit the comments field to speak your mind. Is there any chance that Jay-Z could top Lil Wayne this time around? Click the artists’ names for videos, performances, photos, news, tour dates, lyrics, and lots more. The show airs on Sunday, February 8.


Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”

Flo Rida - “Low”

Snoop Dogg – “Sexual Eruption”

Jay-Z – “Swagga Like Us”

Lupe Fiasco – “Superstar”

Watch videos by this year’s Grammy nominees

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