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Behind The Song: Carrie Underwood Stretches Her Wings With “So Small”


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This Sunday, VH1′s Behind The Music goes long on American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and her ever ascendent country career. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “So Small,” a song that proves that Carrie’s talent goes far beyond her amazing voice.

Carrie Underwood took the country music scene by storm, releasing her record breaking debut album Some Hearts close on the heels of her American Idol win. Early hits like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel” really showed-off her pipes, but Carrie was eager to show that she can write, too. And so into the bullpen she jumped, co-writing four songs for her second effort Carnival Ride, the album’s inspired first single “So Small” included. “You just start talking, what does this song sound like,” she says of the process, making writing a hit sound as easy as riding a bike, though Brad Paisley and others argue otherwise in the above clip. “To start my second album with a song that I co-wrote, and for it to reach number one, it was just really wonderful,” she says. “It made me feel great.”

Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 9/8c on VH1. Still wanting more? Carrie goes Unplugged on October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on-air on VH1. Read more…

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Kelly Clarkson Unplugged: On Forgetting Lyrics And Ominous Dreams

We’re gearing up for the airing of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson, debuting exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, which will be followed up the next night with the show’s on-air premiere (11 p.m. on 11/18 on VH1). For now, we’re swooning over snippets of Kelly dressed like a vixen in red and just being her goofy self in front of the camera. We’ve already seen her gushing about her contemporaries, refusing to date musicians and covering Carrie Underwood, and now we’ve got her chatting about forgetting lyrics and her ominous pre-concert dreams.

The ever adorable, completely relatable Kelly reveals that she’s often left stumped by the lyrics to her own songs, and is renowned for forgetting them when on stage. With a cheeky grin on her face the singer admits, “I’m not going to lie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new song or an old song, I will screw up the lyrics.” Kelly’s forgetfulness is endearing, and as she points out, at least she’s not lip synching: “That means I’m singing live, so that says something.” In the second sneak peek clip (below), Kelly talks about ominous dreams she has before shows of falling down on stage. She tells how following a dream of falling, she almost fell on stage at UK’s X Factor because she “was trying to be all sexy in heels.” Awwwww, Kelly, we really love your honesty!

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Before He Won The Voice, Javier Colon Appeared On VH1 Unplugged


 
Javier Colon got a fresh shot at music superstardom when he was announced as the winner of NBC’s The Voice last night. But before he caught his (second) big break, he recorded two albums with Capitol Records, 2003′s Javier and 2006′s Left Of Center. While he was working the promotional circuit in support of his eponymous self-titled album back in ’03, he stopped by our VH1 offices for a lively Unplugged show. We decided to unearth two of the clips from this session, his cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” (above) and his very first single as a major label recording artist, “Crazy” (which is below). As you’ll see, even then, his trademark cap was in place.
 
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Remembering Kurt Cobain

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Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. The music he and his bandmates in Nirvana created helped to catapult the indie rock underground of the 1980s into the public spotlight and forge a new rock mainstream, inspiring and influencing millions of listeners.

But Cobain, who never found an effective way to cope with that spotlight, would likely prefer to be remembered as a person, not as an icon of sadness, forever moping over his guitar on the set of Unplugged:

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Train’s Comeback Continues With A Special Unplugged Performance

If the Grammys gave out a Comeback Performer Of The Year award (and, really, why don’t they?), the guys from Train would have to prepare themselves an acceptance speech. After all but disappearing from the music scene for nearly five years, last October saw the release of their album Save Me San Francisco. Although expectations weren’t high for the band to reclaim their former position as hitmakers, the song “Hey, Soul Sister” came out of nowhere to be a massive smash not only on radio, but also in our Top 20 Video Countdown. And now, the band’s second single, “If It’s Love,” is connecting, too; it’s currently sitting in the #7 spot in our countdown this week. And that’s not all!

Patrick Monahan and the rest of the fellas in Train recently took time out of their touring schedule to sit down for their first Unplugged session. The band performed six songs, two of which you can see in this post, the rest of which are available on Train’s Unplugged page. Above, you can watch them perform their monster single, “Hey, Soul Sister.” And below, watch them cover Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with the help of some very lucky audience members.

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