While downing my fifth helping of mac and cheese with my sixth glass of wine, I realized how much I’m loving pop music this year. It could be too much turkey and carbs making me nostalgic, but despite many personal disappointments in 2012 – why, Amy Poehler and Will Arnette? why?! – the music scene has been steadily rocking my existence the past 11 months. All credit goes to YouTube and its community of awesome for constantly breathing new life into even the most overplayed hits by celebrating or ridiculing them just when I get bored. Give thanks with me to Google’s greatest acquisition by checking out my top three favorite, time-sucking viral music clips, covers and parodies. You’re welcome!
All the way from Frankfurt, Germany, this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards is serving up a platter of musical guests for the continent’s biggest award show. Taylor Swift‘s album promotion and upcoming VH1 Storytellers debut won’t keep her from flying across the pond to grace the stage for the big night. No Doubt and Muse will also show Germany what they are made of. Secretly we’re hoping No Doubt rocks out with a wild performance of “Just A Girl.” Is that too much to ask? 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!
Carly Rae Jepsen wanted her beau to call her, maybe, on her last hit song. The infectious tune shot up the Billboard charts with the help of a Justin Bieber co-sign. Her latest single isn’t as catchy as “Call Me Maybe,” but it does give the retro 80s pop feel. Jogging suits, scrunchy hair ties and head bands immediately come to mind when this tune plays from the speakers. And in all her uncertainty of wanting a boy to maybe call her, she’s quite sure she doesn’t want to miss a kiss. “This Kiss” is the second single from her forthcoming debut Kiss. “Call Me Maybe” may have been the longest No.1 hit of the year, but the verdict is still out on if CRJ is the fad of the moment or if her music has what it takes to take it to the long haul. Is “This Kiss” a good follow-up to her debut single? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Carly Rae Jepsen releases new single ‘This Kiss’ — Hear it now [Entertainment Weekly]
[Photo: Getty Images]
It was just last month we reported on who PSY is and why his “Gangnam Style” video had 23 million views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. One viral hit, over 100 million views later and the South Korean singer/rapper has signed with Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic. Braun manages Justin Bieber and also signed Carly Rae Jepsen to his label. PSY uploaded his big announcement on Monday showing both Braun and PSY chatting about making history. “And we’ve come to an agreement to make some history together,” said Braun. “[To] be the first Korean artist to break a big record in the United States.” To celebrate the moment the two cheers with South Korean alcohol soju in hand, to which Braun says tastes like rubbing alcohol. “One of two things are going to happen here. Either we’re going to have a great successful career, or I’m going to throw up and the whole thing’s over.” How’s that for a toast? Read more…
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen have been making rounds together in support of his recently released album and ahead of hers. Earlier this week, they “Good Time”-ed together on America’s Got Talent and The Today Show, and last night, they did it again on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He looking daper in a dress vest and she cute in a sparkling gold dress, the Carly and Adam looked like they were having a “Good Time” performing their Song Of The Summer contender, made extra-rocking by a full band behind them. We had a good time watching, did you?
Welcome to Week 7 of VH1’s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant! As mentioned last week, Katy Perry is killing it for the third consecutive summer. “Wide Awake” has held tight at the top of the charts since early in the race, and with only one week of voting left in the competition, the title is close in sight. That is, unless you, voters, have something to say about it! Read more…
Owl City only knew about as much about Carly Rae Jepsen as you probably did when he first hooked up with her for his Song Of The Summer bid, “Good Time.” Introduced by their managers, they recorded the song in separate cities and talked mostly over the internet until they finally met in real life for to shoot the video. Adam Young told Carrie Keagen this morning on VH1’s Good Morning Buzz that “it was cool,” but admitted that their IRL meeting was also “slightly creepy.” “After studying her voice, I knew how she enunciates words and says s‘s and stuff,” he laughed. “It was creepy, I felt like I knew her, and she didn’t know I knew her, but it was good.”
Afterwards, he performed a mostly acoustic (and Carly Rae-less) cover of “Good Time.” It was down-tempo and less effervescent than the original, sounding more like the warm memory of a good time than a party starter, and it was the perfect late-August rework of a Song of the Summer contender. Check it out above!
The “Call Me Maybe” phenomenon just won’t die. And we kind of love it. During the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Kelly Clarkson joined the laundry list of alumni who’ve covered newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen‘s longest running No. 1 hit this year. Before going into her own rendition of the catchy pop tune Clarkson said, “I’m still slightly confused ’cause I’m like, ‘boy you better call me or just leave it alone.’ I don’t get the maybe part.” We swooned for that down-to-earth sassy declaration that there shouldn’t be any maybe when it comes to a boy calling her! Read more…
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!