In the last year, we have seen an explosion of reality singing competitions on the television airwaves. American Idol has, of course, been the most popular show on American television since its premiere ten years ago in June of 2002, but in the last year and change, we’ve seen NBC (The Voice), ABC (Duets) and Fox (The X-Factor) all launch competitors to the veritable Idol institution, to the point where the market for these programs has become totally saturated. Most Americans would be hard pressed to name the most recent winners of any one of these programs, let alone all four, but there’s no denying that reality television has given an incredible career boost for Adam Levine and his bandmates in Maroon 5.
Today sees the release of Maroon 5′s fourth studio album, Overexposed. One of the tracks on the album, “Tickets,” has been generating some Internet buzz as conspiracy theorists have suggested that it’s a diss track directed at Levine’s co-star on The Voice, Christina Aguilera. Lines like “She’s got tickets to her own show/But nobody wants to go” and “You’re perfect on the outside, but nothing at the core” certainly could be interpreted as being very Aguilera-esque, so when we caught up with Adam Levine and guitarist James Valentine at New York City’s Crosby Street Hotel yesterday afternoon, we asked them point blank to shed some light on the story. (See our video above.)
We’re totally swooning over how fine Adam Levine looks in the “Payphone” video featuring Wiz Khalifa. (Admittedly, the repeat button was abused.) It’s all shoot ‘em up bang bang in this hot new vid, which is the lead single off Maroon 5′s upcoming Overexposed album. The story begins at the ending. A scraggly Levine attempts to reach a woman on the payphone. Although this happens first in the video, in the timeline of events this really occurs after he plays superman at the bank to save the woman he loves from robbers. He escapes a hail of gunfire only to find the police outside, and guess who they think is the culprit of the robber? Surprise (not really): Levine.
Shortly after Wiz valet parks his drop top Levine steals the car and take the cops on a high speed chase leaving his lucky woman behind. Hence the “I’m at a payphone, trying to call home” chorus. He eludes the cops and makes it to the desperately needed payphone. “Payphone” is without a doubt action packed — a gun fight, police chase and exploding cars all withing less than five minutes. Is Levine trying to tell us something regarding acting aspirations? We totally envisioned this as a movie. A predictable one, but a movie nonetheless.
Grammy fever is surging ahead of Sunday’s awards ceremony. And if this latest announcement doesn’t get you giddy with excitement, then we’re afraid nothing can help you. The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform for the first time in over 20 years at the Grammys — and will be joined by Maroon 5 and Foster The People! Knowing our excitement at merely playing witness to the iconic occasion, we can only imagine the pure happiness that the Foster boys and Maroon 5 must be feeling to be included in what will surely be a moment to remember.
It’s almost New Year’s Eve, that one, glorious, most hopeful night of the year. It’s also that one night you’re going to party like it’s 1999, so let this week be dedicated to mani-pedis, haircuts, outfit buying, midnight kiss daydreaming, preemptive sleeping and playlist making. When it comes to partying, everyone has a distinctive song, an anthem, if you will — and we’re here to tell you what your New Year’s Eve theme song, that banger you’re going to be cranking at midnight, says about your party style, and what kind of New Year’s Eve you can expect…
Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
You’re either a strong believer in Mayan mythology or you just really, really love dancing. Chances are you’re going to be on the dance floor all night — forget about everything else, you just want to dance (until the world ends, heh). We’re going to take a punt and guess that you were going through puberty the first time you heard “… Baby One More Time,” and that Britney just so, like, makes you feel like a teenager again! If you’re anything like us (a Britney stalwart since the start), you’re just completely ecstatic to see Britney get her groove back.
What a year, right? As we get ready to put the finishing touches on the year that was, it’s time to look back at the music videos that define the year 2011. Tonight, we’ll be airing a supersized edition of the VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown that takes a look back at the Top 40 music videos of the year. Be sure to tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7 p.m. ET/PT to see your favorite videos of the year in all of their widescreen, HD glory, but we couldn’t resist giving you guys a sneak peek at the list here on VH1 Tuner this morning.
So, without further ado, here is our list of the Top 40 Videos of 2011…
Besides whistling, shouting-out famous musicians in song titles seems to be all the rage this year.
Here’s how they rank:
10.) “Marvin’s Room,”Drake
This dizzying, chilled-out tune seemingly has nothing to do with Marvin Gaye, except when you discover that the song was apparently recorded in a studio used by the late-great singer, aptly named “Marvin’s Room.”
9.) “Marvin & Chardonnay,” Big Sean (feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
Another ode to Marvin Gaye, this one, however, mentions him by name in the song’s lyrics.
8.) “The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine,” Beastie Boys
Not so much a song as it as an outro for the Beastie’s latest album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. Regardless, both musical acts from the 1980’s (Full Force and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) are curiously shouted out.
7.) “I Need A Doctor,” Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)
Don’t call Dr. Dre conceited for name-dropping himself in his own song title; he appears in less than a minute of the actual track.
Demi Lovato began her Unbroken tour last night in Detroit, and in a gossamer gown, sashaying back and forth across the stage before her screaming fans, she let it rip. While Demi didn’t necessarily have moves like Jagger—her performance lacked any sort of dancing other than the occasional sway—she did have the song, covering Maroon 5 and Christina’s Aguilera‘s upbeat number “Moves Like Jagger.” She may not have bought the moves, and the super sweet Disney princess certainly didn’t bring the sexy the way Adam Levine and Christina do, but she did belt it out with her strong, confident vocal, which in our books, totally rocks.
Amidst the fanciful costumes and ostentatious fanfare of the annual Victoria’s Secret “fashion” show, some of our favorite artists got on stage to sing the angels down the runway. Nicki Minaj, in a characteristically brazen ensemble, gave the Angels a run for their money with her other-worldly costume, and was just as sexy as the girls stomping past her, even though she was—ahem, we hope you can appreciate the irony in this—dressed somewhat more demurely. Kanye West was joined by surprise Watch The Throne collaborator Jay-Z to perform their hits “Otis” and “Stronger.” Fashion-forward Kanye cheekily appeared to be wearing a bomber jacket from the yet-to-be-released Versace for H&M range. Maroon 5 also performed, with frontman Adam Levine getting all cute (or sickening, depending on how you feel about love and couples right now) on stage with his long-time model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna.
This weekend on Saturday Night Live, Maroon 5 sang Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts,” accompanied by GCH frontman Travie McCoy. And there was not a fleck of skin in sight as both Adam Levine and McCoy sported heavily tattooed arms as they performed side-by-side. Soulful and summery, “Stereo Hearts” effortlessly combines Levine’s r’n’b influenced pop sound with McCoy’s laid back rapping style. Not to mention all the kinds of good looking happening on stage as the two musicians sang together!
“Moves Like Jagger” is big right now. The Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera collaboration may not have hit #1 quickly enough to prevent Katy Perry from tying the once-untouchable record set by Michael Jackson, but the song has since been topping the charts (not to mention placing well in VH1′s Top 20) for a month?except for the week after the VMAs, when “Someone Like You” briefly unseated it. With the video for that Adele single set to premiere tonight on MTV, the Los Angeles quintet has recruited a guest rapper for an official remix?either in an attempt to hold off Adele on the charts, or maybe just for the heck of it. The guest? Mac Miller. (Hey, Maroon 5 and VH1′s Single Ladies have something in common!) The band premiered the remix via Twitter; it’s available to stream at HipHopDX before it officially hits radio (and iTunes) next week.