Archives Monday, April 4, 2011

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In Two Unrelated Cases, Jason Davis Pleads Not Guilty While Megan Hauserman Fesses Up

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We’ve got a few court-related updates to share with you about some members of the extended VH1 family. As you may recall, Celebrity Rehab 4 star Jason Davis was arrested back in January for heroin possession some 24 hours after appearing on the CR4 reunion show. Well, Davis appeared in an Orange County courtroom earlier today and plead not guilty to felony heroin possession charges, as well as to two other minor drug charges. A trial date has not been set yet, but if convicted, Davis could serve up to three years behind bars.

Meanwhile, Rock Of Love 2 star Megan Hauserman was finally asked to enter her plea in a Miami courtroom today in connection to her April 2010 arrest on DUI charges. Rather than press her luck with the judge, TMZ reports that Hauserman struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will allow her to avoid jail time in exchange for six months of probation, 100 hours of community service, a suspended driver’s license and a $1,000 fine.

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Be a Tourist at Death Cab for Cutie’s Live Video Shoot Tomorrow Night

To promote their new album Codes and Keys (out May 31), upcoming VH1 Storytellers performers Death Cab for Cutie digitally released “You Are a Tourist,” the record’s first single, last Tuesday, and they’re preparing to shoot a video tomorrow night at 7PM EDT that will also premiere tomorrow night at 7PM EDT. Confused? Listen to the song and its accompanying image will explain:

“You Are a Tourist” will be, this clip claims, “the first live, scripted, one-take music video shoot. Ever.” And VH1 will be carrying this event live –yes, as it’s happening!– in conjunction with our friends over at Ustream.

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Voting Opens Tomorrow For The 2011 O Music Awards

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Despite what you might have read, the future of music and technology is not in the cloud or on some device or through whatever new gadget tech companies distribute from on high in an attempt to capture the tech-blogger zeitgeist. No, the future of music and technology is with you, the fans, and with the artists, which is why the O Music Awards exist. The OMAs, which will descend on a currently undisclosed location on April 28, are a celebration of the ways in which music exists, spreads, and is shared and remixed (aurally and visually) in ways that necessarily require online technology. The twenty categories of the OMAs recognize those who have achieved greatness in music via the blends of media that the internet enables and encourages.

Of course, such an award could only derive legitimacy from its participants, which is why all the winners will be determined by your online votes. The nominees in all categories will be open for voting beginning tomorrow, April 6, and write-in candidates are highly encouraged. Your voices will determine the winners. Voting closes as early as April 17 for some of the categories, so hurry up and let your voice be heard!

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Follow Hanson All Month Long With VH1′s Posted

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We hope you enjoyed spending last month with March’s VH1 Posted artist Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as much as we (and they) did, but after a whirlwind month, notably including a killer You Oughta Know Live set featuring their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” the band has returned home to Vermont.

But time marches on! April’s VH1 Posted artist is none other than Hanson! If you’re still under the misapprehension that the brothers are a boy-band one-hit wonder, here’s a corrective-in-brief: After the massive success of 1997′s triple-Grammy-nominated Middle of Nowhere, the band toured incessantly, reissued their indie back catalog, and then recorded follow-up This Time Around. But personnel changes at Mercury during its late-1998 absorption into Island Def Jam left the band without any label support for that nonetheless critically acclaimed 2000 record. Four years years of negotiation (documented in the 2005 film Strong Enough to Break) later, Hanson and Island parted ways, and the band has continued to release modestly successful, well-reviewed records on their own label, 3CG Records—most recently 2010′s Shout It Out, featuring “Thinking ‘Bout Something” and “Give a Little”:

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The Civil Wars Are VH1′s Latest “You Oughta Know” Artist

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At first glance, The Civil Wars (songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White) have a familiar backstory: they teamed in Nashville circa 2008, got some buzz for their 2009 EP Poison & Wine and then received a ton of attention when that EP’s title track was featured on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. But there’s much more depth and range to the neo-Americana duo than is suggested by that tale of canny cross-marketing, which is why The Civil Wars are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist.

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8 Pop Culture Moments That Shaped Katy Perry’s “E.T.” Video

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When we first saw Katy Perry’s “E.T.” music video last week, we noted that director Floria Sigismondi worked quite a few visual references to other famous directors’s work into her five-minute space epic. Well, since we always preferred the “Show” portion of the grade school classic Show & Tell to the boring old “Tell” part, we figured we’d grab some screenshots that we referred to in our video review last week to help illustrate our case (and since we couldn’t help ourselves, we added a few others in for good measure). This isn’t quite Behind The Music, but we hope you enjoy it all the same.

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