It looks like The Wanted are headed out on tour with the Biebs! In an interview with Scotland’s Daily Record, they let slip that their new manager Scooter Braun has hooked them up with the ultimate gig for an act looking to break: opening for Justin Bieber when he kicks off his Believe tour this fall. You can bet that the next time you see them, their name will lead.
“Hopefully with Scooter now as our manager, things will really take off,” said a grateful sounding Jay McGuiness, before went on to make two other interesting points: 1. that they are working on some new, “Justin-worthy” stuff; and, 2. that they hope Scooter will help make them “presentable to America.” Bieber really expanded his musical horizons with Believe, singing sweetly on “Die In Your Arms,” courting groupies with “Out Of Town Girl,” and even rapping on “Boyfriend.” In many ways, it seems like he is working hard to keep his musical horizon as open as possible. The Wanted, meanwhile, lodged themselves comfortably into the club-pop circuit stateside with their synthy, Ibiza-after-dark anthem “Glad You Came.” It’s hard to say if, with this match, Braun is trying to highlight the dancier tracks from Bieber’s catalog or if he is hoping to draw The Wanted away from the smoke-and-lasers show and towards someplace a little more “swaggy.”
At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. In fact, the team responsible for this task, known as the Creative Music Integration (CMI) group, listens to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Single Ladies and Basketball Wives. We thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into this world.
To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in May — from artists like Santigold, Estelle, Tank, Neon Hitch and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our June playlist!
VH1 SHOW PLAYLIST: MAY 2012
The Wanted’s long-awaited U.S. debut finally dropped this week, and with its release came the return of the UK boy band to American soil. One of their first stops? VH1, of course, for an interview plus acoustic-style performances of rising Billboard Hot 100 single “Glad You Came” and latest release “Chasing The Sun” on our morning show Big Morning Buzz Live. We grabbed some bonus time with The Wanted, who were still hilarious and full of energy despite just flying in from London the night before and crooning all morning (do they make a special Red Bull in England?).
The guys opened up about everything from what music they’re listening to on those long, cross-continental flights —Siva Kaneswaran’s a Skrillex fan, Tom Parker has Coldplay on repeat, Nathan Sykes digs UK singer-songwriter Labrinth— to sexual advances from fans and secret guilty pleasures (Two words: Gossip Girl). The fab five even teased a forthcoming single off their US debut EP that features a bridge solo from Nathan who “sings the best vocal you’ve ever heard,” according to Jay McGuiness. Sold!
If you haven’t been paying attention, the boy band wars are ON. One Direction set plenty of hearts aflutter when they appeared on SNL a few weeks back, but now it’s The Wanted‘s turn to capture your fancy.
The UK boy band, whose hit song “Glad You Came” is currently #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 , will be appearing on Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday, April 23 and want to answer YOUR questions live on-air. All you have to do is email your video to firstname.lastname@example.org (and then make sure to tune in 4/23).
Naturally, we have some guidelines for you about video submission: