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)”
Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are doing things a little different in this new video for “Hello,” a song meant to introduce the pop-duo as more than just a YouTube covers act. “I’m gonna do it do it, like I want to do it,” sings Heidemann over the zappy synth before she shifts gear to full spit-mode: “Don’t they know I came from Nebraska, am I going to quit? Nice of you to ask, but…” Yeah, no, not quitting. It’s more like she’s just getting started. Read more…
You may be surprised, given her vicious flow at the end of the above video, but Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann was not born rapping. Rather, she was born to a Christian family in a small town in Nebraska where “it was hard to get my hands on the really good rap.” It took a thoughtful middle school boyfriend who included a little Dr. Dre his mixtapes and a lot of elbow grease. “I did a lot of studying, a lot of imitating,” Heidemann admitted, when we caught up with her at the “Women Who Rock” Showcase during the rainy Lollapalooza weekend. The pop duo played an after-party for Rolling Stone and then Heidemann did a little spitting just for us, to prove that all the hard work has paid off. And it’s clear that she’s a natural “Ringer” — a rapping singer — who can “Karminize” just about anything on the spot. World, watch out!
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The O Music Awards are full speed along and, 15 hours in, everyone still seems to be having fun! Don’t believe me? Tune in now: the team is currently in Biloxi, Mississippi, poolside with a bunch of bikini clad girls and the Neon Trees, waiting for the Flaming Lips to set up for their sixth performance. Just nine hours, two cities, three more shows, and the record is theirs!
The Lips and friends seem, so far, to be having a blast. After kicking things off with a performance of their own (Show #1) and before bouncing from Memphis to city two, Wayne Coyne dropped in on Sun Studio where Karmin performed a stripped down version of their “Brokenhearted.” Unlike the host, he did not know all the words, but the huge grin on his face suggests that he will soon enough. (Watch the video above.)
Jay-Z, hold onto your hat, because the O Music Awards kick off tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET and that means the Flaming Lips are gunning for your record. Over the next day, in conjunction with the awards ceremony and with the help of a few friends and a bus named “Endeavor,” the Flaming Lips will attempt to best Hov’s record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period by playing eight shows between Memphis, TN and New Orleans. Along the way, they will be joined by Jackson Browne, Karmin, Neon Trees, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Grimes, as well as a slew of other artists and hosts.
And you can watch the whole thing, as it goes down. The record breaking attempt and the awards ceremony that will be broadcast on VH1, as well as on our sister stations MTV and CMT; and the full 24-hour record-breaking attempt will stream live on Omusicawards.com.
Anything can happen, and you won’t miss a thing. Check out the full schedule below:
What do Bon Iver, Zooey Deschanel and Karmin all have in common (aside from being amazing musical artists)? They’re all appearing on Saturday Night Live in February! Grammy nominated Bon Iver will be performing with a full nine-piece band, on a Channing Tatum hosted SNL on the 4th of February. While it’s unclear exactly what Bon Iver will be playing, the band will stick to tracks off their critically acclaimed 2011 album, Bon Iver (sorry to For Emma fans!). We wonder if Bon Iver will mix it up and snub their hit track “Holocene” in favor of something more left-of-center; but given the popularity of the song and its Grammy nomination nod for Song Of The Year, we’re guessing it’s a safe bet for the live performance.
The following week on February 11, She & Him‘s Zooey Deschanel will host the show, and we’re hoping she’ll put her slashie skills to work (being the wonderfully adorable actor slash musician that she is) and give her vocal cords a workout in a sketch or two, the way Katy Perry did when she hosted SNL. While Zooey is busy hosting, Karmin will be the musical guest — we were lucky enough to spend some candid time with the vibrant pair recently so we can tell you that it’s going to be a performance to remember!
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Channing Tatum, Zooey Deschanel to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in February [TV By The Numbers]
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Dynamic duo Karmin popped by the VH1 studios for a hang, and it was as vibrant, colorful and fun filled as you would expect from Karmin! Our photographer, Colin Gray, followed the pair around and got plenty of snaps of them goofing off (after the jump). We were also lucky enough to be able to head behind the scenes for the shoot of their new video “Crash Your Party,” which is Karmin’s first ever professionally-shot clip, and the two appear in awe of the whole process, saying, “only 6 months ago we were just in our living room making home videos!” Well, home videos no longer — Karmin are about to hit the big time!