Last year was dominated by celebrities, athletes and even politicians miming the lyrics to an undeniable musical force known as “Call Me Maybe.” The first few spoofs were cute–dare we say entertaining?–but after a while the sheer ubiquity forced us to temporarily break up with Carly Rae Jepsen and her infectious piece of pop perfection. It was for the best! Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” stepped in toward the end of 2012, but which act and his or he super duper catchy track will receive the same treatment in the new year?
These trends start with the kids, but often get the biggest boost once celebrities get involved. James Franco made a case for Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” last week, which was interesting (as all things Franco tend to be) but covering a song that’s nearly a year old feels like too little too late; there are more important Bieber topics to discuss nowadays. The latest entry vying for most shareable proof of celebrity goofiest comes courtesy of BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, and features a bevy of British acts giving their best G.O.O.D. Music audition. Oh, God!
2012 has been an interesting year for the music business. As chart genres shift and technology continues to influence how and what we consume, in-flux trends seem to fly in out of nowhere.The viral sensation breakout star, for example. But can we go back to basics for just a moment? These people are here to entertain us and sing, right? Like, into microphones and send sound waves into the universe. Whether their songs permeated the charts all year or their pipes are ones to keep an eye out in the future, the following 15 voices were the most noteworthy in 2012.
Having created what’s sure to be a sing-along bar anthem for years to come, Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” is a monster. Shout out to Kimbra for the solid assist, too!
In addition to being the voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” this year, Sia also wrote the lyrics and melody for Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and her talent should be recognized, damn it.
3. Kendrick Lamar
Through storytelling, K-Dot has the versatility to sound nervous, vulnerable and shrieky, macho and intimidating, soft and robotic, Compton tough, and instructively monotone.
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It’s your favorite floppy-haired DJ’s 45th birthday and we’re pretty sure we have the perfect GIF(t). You’re not reading that wrong, our friends over at Guetta GIFs have shared a few of their all-time favorite GIFs for G’s b’day — featuring David Guetta doing all his most signature moves. What are those moves, you might ask?
Let us show you…
With her Diamonds World Tour about to kick off, Rihanna Instagrammed a photo of the track list for Unapologetic causing immediate speculation on every level.
Here it is deciphered from her handwriting:
1. “Fresh Out the Runway”
3. “Numb” (ft. Eminem)
4. “Pour It Up”
5. “Loveeeeeee Song” (ft. Future)
7. “Right Now”
8. “What Now”
9. “Stay” (ft. Mikky Ekko)
10. “Nobodies Business” (ft. Chris Brown)
11. “Love Without Tragedy” / “Mother Mary”
12. “Get It Over With”
13. “No Love Allowed”
14. “Lost in Paradise”
15. “Half of Me” (Bonus Track)
Let’s go over what we’ve got on this track list…
EDM is the new wave of the future for music. No, seriously. Ludacris is the latest artist to jump on the bandwagon of EDM craze with his latest single “Rest Of My Life” featuring Usher and David Guetta. Usher opens the track with his airy vocals to the house-electro production by David Guetta. Luda raps, “They say what don’t kill me can make me stronger/So two drinks tonight should help me live longer.” The song isn’t exactly innovative. Like any other EDM track, expect to see 20 somethings fist pumping when this drops in the club. Read more…
For the last 8 weeks, VH1 and our friends at Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant have been keeping close tabs on the tracks in the running for the 2012 Song Of The Summer crown. We monitored SIX different data sources —the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, the Billboard Hot 100, Spotify‘s most streamed songs, the iTunes Singles Chart, YouTube’s Music Chart, and votes from you guys, THE FANS, to determine what song will go down in history as this summer’s most memorable song. Well folks, after crunching the numbers, we have ourselves a winner…
A huge congratulations goes out to Katy Perry, whose relationship rebound anthem “Wide Awake” bested all of the competitors for the 2012 Song Of The Summer title! You might remember that Katy took home the 2011 Song Of The Summer prize, too, for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” And, just like last summer, we have a very special acceptance speech from Katy herself, in which she accepts our supremely summery VH1 Snow Cone Trophy and thanks all the Katycats out there.
Continue along for more details about the Song of the Summer voting!
Welcome to Week 6 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. For the third consecutive summer, Katy Perry has managed to keep the #1 spot on lock (See: “California Gurls” in 2010, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in 2011) with her post-divorce empowerment anthem, “Wide Awake.” That song has been dueling with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” for the crown all summer long, but as we near the conclusion of our Song Of The Summer race, a new challenger for the crown has emerged. That’s right, put your lips together for Flo Rida‘s “Whistle!”
Flo, who is performing on VH1′s Do Something Awards tomorrow night, is no stranger to SOTS success himself. Back in 2010, his collaboration with French house DJ supreme David Guetta and Nicole Scherzinger, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” made a run at Perry’s “California Gurls.” It went to #1 in five countries, including the U.K., and cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks in part to the prominent role it played in Step Up: 3D. This summer, his “Whistle” just ousted “Call Me Maybe” from the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, but does he have what it takes to topple Katy?
That, dear readers, is entirely up to YOU. Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM to vote for your the 2012 Song Of The Summer; hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast so far, but there’s still plenty of time to make sure your favorite artist gets their due!
Welcome to Week 5 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends over at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. Having elbowed her way past presumptive frontrunner Carly Rae Jepsen to take the top spot early in the race, Katy Perry and “Wide Awake” have yet to budge from the top spot. “Call Me Maybe” keeps hold on that runner-up spot, while Flo Rida‘s impossibly catchy “Whistle” continued its rise, finally bumping Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” from the Top 3. Don’t see your favorite song near the top of the list? Vote for your Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com! Summer’s not over yet, you know.
The biggest mover and shaker on this week’s chart was Justin Bieber, whose “As Long As You Love Me” tore up seven spots to land at #5. Might we call this the Madsen bump? David Guetta‘s “Titanium” (#8 up to #7), Owl City‘s all-fun-everything anthem “Good Time” (#14 to #11) and P!nk‘s no hold’s barred “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (#17 to #13) also saw some upward momentum this week.
Welcome to Week 4 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends over at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. The top of this week’s chart remains unchanged from last week, with Katy Perry‘s triumphant breakup anthem “Wide Awake” continuing to hold court over Carly Rae Jepsen‘s impossibly catchy “Call Me Maybe” and Maroon 5‘s unstoppable “Payphone.” Don’t see your favorite song near the top of the list? Vote for your Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com!
While the top of the chart didn’t see much movement this week, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some movers and shakers on the chart with their eyes on the Song Of The Summer prize. Flo Rida‘s latest jam, “Whistle,” jumped from #7 to #4 this week, and Cher Lloyd‘s girl power hit is gaining some serious momentum; it debuted at #11 on our weekly chart, propelled by strong sales in the iTunes Store and a rising spot on the Billboard 100 Chart.
When it came to our reader votes, though, the Directioners and Lovatics made their mark; One Direction‘s “That What Makes You Beautiful” lead all SOTS contenders, with Demi Lovato‘s “Give Your Heart A Break” coming in a close second. Your votes really do count, so keep those votes coming! Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM and vote for your favorite artist today.
Welcome to Week 3 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, brought to you by our good friends over at Dove Clinical Protection Deodorant. Each week from now until Labor Day, VH1 will be keeping tabs on which songs will ultimately come to define the summer of 2012, as measured by their performance across six categories: the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, Billboard‘s Hot 100, Spotify‘s most-streamed songs, the iTunes Singles Chart, YouTube’s music chart, and YOUR VOTES (which, btw, if you haven’t voted yet, you should totally vote now!).
Last week, Katy Perry outmuscled presumptive frontrunner Carly Rae Jepsen to overtake the #1 spot on our countdown, and the top of the chart remains the same this week. Buoyed by a strong number of votes from the Katycat contingent —only One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful” and Pitbull and Shakira‘s “Get It Started” received more fan votes on sots.vh1.com— Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” is staying put in the #1 position this week. (Subscribe to our VH1 Song Of The Summer 2012 playlist on Spotify!)
That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have some challengers, though! In addition to Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer smash, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” lept up three spots to #7 this week, and the aforementioned One Direction climbed from #17 all the way to #7 with their irresistable hit, “What Makes You Beautiful.” Who will be on top next week? Be sure to check back with us all week for updates, and don’t forget to vote for the Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com! (Oh, and if you want to see how this week’s chart was formulated, check out our super detailed/nerdy chart below.)