Come on, is this really a contest? 22-year-old British-born model Emily Ratajkowski burst onto the scene this year with her steamy (and very controversial) NSFW turn in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s summer-dominating “Blurred Lines”. We wish we could say that it was through a stunning display of acting, dancing, singing, or some other show of talent that she stole our hearts and stayed on our minds. But…well, it was mostly through gyrating while wearing next to nothing. Oh well. Love or hate the video (there were plenty of folks who fell on both side of that argument), one thing is for certain: Ratajkowski is beyond gorgeous. And she’s got plenty on her plate to ensure that she’s the next big thing in 2014!
December is nearly upon us, a month in which all of us take a fond look back at the year that was while also plotting on how we can make the following year even more awesome. That said, today is Thanksgiving, a day which is predicated on giving thanks for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. So it’s only natural that we spent some time over the last week carving our way through the archives here at the VH1 Music, being careful to toss the bones to the left and saving all the good, juicy stuff for you today. So, without further ado, here is our list of What We’re Most Thankful For From The World Of Music In 2013.
It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Lily Allen, the British songstress who has built her reputation on her unwillingness to play by the rules that govern today’s celebrity industrial complex. Her last album, 2009′s It’s Not Me, It’s You, gleefully genre-hopped from electro to country & western to pure pop, all the while making sly, sarcastic statements about the fetishization of celebrity (“The Fear”), boys who don’t believe in the concept of equality in the bedroom (“Not Fair”), and her issues with the politics of George Bush (“F*** You”). Allen took the last few years off to start a family, but she clearly kept one eye on the way popular culture was evolving (devolving?) while raising her two daughters. Her first statement as a new mom, “Hard Out Here,” dropped yesterday and immediately made waves online thanks to its timely critiques of the likes of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. However, while we applaud the underlying sentiment of the song, we can’t help but feel like the final video treatment ends up betraying the song’s message.
We can’t stop! (Discussing Miley Cyrus, that is.) Whether she’s twerking with Juicy J, grinding on Robin Thicke, spanking a dwarf or deepthroating a microphone wrapped in a banana sheath, Miley Cyrus has become a national obsession. And now she’s on the cover of Rolling Stone, and the profile written by Josh Eells is one of the most extensive (and hilarious) pieces on her to date. If you have 30 spare minutes, it’s worth a read, but if you only have 5, we’ve summarized it for you into this: The Top 10 Most Bonkers Quotes From Miley’s Rolling Stone Interview.
Hit songs become a part of our lives, whether we like it or not! We fall in love when them, dance to them, hear them everywhere we go, and then become sick of them…for a short time, at least. It’s a tale as old as time. But there have been quite a few mega-hits over the years that were almost mega-misses! Yes, some of the biggest songs of all times very nearly ended up in the trash, done by someone else, or were never written at all! Read on to learn 15 MONSTER hits that very nearly never made it to our stereos. It’s pretty scary to think of a world without these beloved classics!
While Avenged Sevenfold leads this week’s albums chart, the real story of the week involves a 96-year-old widower who’s making a big impact on the singles chart. As usual, #SoundScanner is all over it: