Sara Bareilles has struck a chord with her new single “Brave,” which was co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. The track is a powerful empowerment anthem meant to inspire those who feel like the odds are stacked against them. “[Brave] is totally my mantra right now,” she told our VH1 News team on the set of the video (directed by Rashida Jones!) a few weeks back. “Find out what’s scaring you, and be brave and face it.”
Movie star and SNL frequenter Justin Timberlake sold a lot of albums (who knew?), while P!nk finally got herself another #1 song (with some help from Nate Ruess of fun.). Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures:
As Sunday evening’s festivities loom, our thoughts turn to a Grammy category that recognizes not an isolated song or collaboration, but the artists’ entire cohesive work: their album. Regardless of how well-crafted this year’s nominated LPs are, the contenders behind them all have big shoes to fill.
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder”
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”
Silly as it may be to have Louis C.K. introduce them as such, fun. really are exactly that: fun. They’re sound is always tight and their performances heartfelt, and frontman Nate Ruess inevitably winds up bouncing around the stage like it’s electrified. Their performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend proved no exception, as it was necessarily spirited for a city still wringing itself out after a week of scary weather.
His trench coat on (can’t knock the preparedness) and his hair a tad unkempt (but who are we to judge, we only peeled-off our hurricane leggings this morning), Ruess belted out the indie-pop trio’s latest and buzzy chart entry “Some Nights,” playing with auto-tune at the end for longer than usual, before signing off with their appropriately resilient “Carry On.”