Arika Kane‘s name may not be familiar to you now, but if you watch VH1, you’ve definitely heard her voice. Kane, whose music defies genres (she’s a mix of pop, R and B, and soul) has had her songs featured on shows such as What Chilli Wants, Basketball Wives, and Single Ladies, but she scored big this season when her single “Make It” became the theme song to Hollywood Exes. We spoke to her this week to find out more about this independent Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who tells us she refuses to sell out. You can purchase her music on iTunes, connect with Arika on Twitter and Facebook, she tells us she loves to hear from fans, and she’ll be going on tour this fall.
You have a strong VH1 connection already, having had your music on several of our shows, but how was “Make It” chosen as the Hollywood Exes theme?
I know that VH1 had access to both my first and second albums and the songs from my music library, but specifically in the case of Hollywood Exes, I think it was a case of the right song with the right message for the show, that’s my intuition, I honestly don’t know how it happened! But once they told us they chose the song, we were like, wow, it must be an inspiring show with a positive message, because that’s what “Make It” is.
Inspiring and empowering women is definitely a big theme here, especially that show and Single Ladies where you’ve been featured heavily. I hate to say your music is about girl power because that’s very Spice Girls—
Women power! Exactly. I think that TV and my music seem to be a wonderful fit, the radio isn’t so much about playing music with substance, it’s more about what’s selling, what’s the hottest dance record, the hottest artist, but for me it’s always been so much more than that. Actually having my song placed with a visual and a reason for the song is awesome for me. Read more…
For those of you who are uninitiated and uninformed, the Do Something! Awards are not about food, sports, or the ocean. So I guess that means that hosts and New Girl stars Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson should brush up a bit on what they actually are about before they take the stage. In the latest promo for the awards show, they seem to have it all wrong.
The Do Something! Awards air on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Nora Schweihs has had an epic journey this season on Mob Wives Chicago, all in the name of her father. Having moved back to Chicago after being away for years, she spent these past eleven weeks trying to honor the legacy of her father as best she could, trying to get the truth about his past out there, and attempting to exhume his body to get a sense of closure after his death. Oh, and to also start a wine label called “The German” in his honor so he could course through her veins from beyond the grave.
In this special sneak peek, we take a look at Nora’s season-long arc that began when she arrived in Chicago, and ends with the exhumation of her dad. But will this be the closure she needs? Find out Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Mob Wives Chicago season finale.
Palladia, VH1’s sister network, and the channel we stop on when we need a serious music fix, has announced the acquisition of two of our favorite music shows. Starting this September 6th, the network will be broadcasting BBC series Later…with Jools Holland and internet cult fave Live From Daryl’s House, starring Daryl Hall. For a full schedule of both shows, including the incredible, star-studded musical lineups set to appear on both of them, check out the press release below.
VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS’ HIGH-DEFINITION MUSIC CHANNEL PALLADIA ANNOUNCES TWO NEW SERIES ACQUISITIONS
BBC’s “LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND” AND “LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE”
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 15, 2012–Palladia, Viacom Media Networks’ high-definition music channel, is adding two highly-acclaimed series to its regular line-up. The legendary BBC series “Later… with Jools Holland”premieres on Palladia on Thursday, September 6 at 10pm ET/PTand born-on-the-internet hit “Live From Daryl’s House” immediately follows,premiering at 11pm ET/PT. Read more…
Evelyn Lozada released a statement earlier today regarding the recent events that led to her eventual decision to file divorce papers against Chad Johnson, and now, Chad has released a statement of his own.
Accused by Evelyn of domestic violence, Chad was arrested on Saturday and was later released from his contract with the Miami Dolphins as a result of the arrest. On his website, OCNNReport.com, Chad offers and apology to fans and professes his love for Evelyn. He writes:
“I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.”
The pair was married on July 4. Their TV show, Ev and Ocho, which chronicled the event, has since been pulled from the VH1 schedule.
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Immediately after writing a statement to her fans claiming that she is “deeply disappointed that Chad [Ochocinco] Johnson has failed to take responsibility for his actions,” we have learned that Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from her husband of forty one days.
According to TMZ, Evelyn filed papers in Florida today citing that her marriage is “irretrievably broken.” It’s been a tumultuous, emotional week for Lozada, in addition to her marriage trouble, her brother-in-law Anthony Ochoa also passed away last night.
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La La is back! VH1 is excited to officially announce that La La Anthony will be returning to the network with a third season of La La’s Full Court Life in early 2013. We mentioned last week that La La was in London at the Olympics supporting her hubby Carmelo as he and the Dream Team played for the gold medal in basketball, all of which will be featured on the show next season. Po, Dice, and a cavalcade of other celebrity friends will also appear on the show. For more information about season three, check out the press release below.
VH1 Shoots For Gold With A Third Season Of
“La La’s Full Court Life”
LA LA AND HER TEAM VISIT ENGLAND FOR THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS
Season Three Premieres Early 2013
New York, NY – August 14, 2012 —VH1 has ordered a third season of “La La’s Full Court Life,” featuring and following successful entrepreneur, actress, TV host, wife and mom, La La Anthony, as she embarks on a whirlwind adventure,including a trip to London to preview her Motives for La La line in the UK and cheer on NBA superstar husband Carmelo Anthony as he plays on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Dream Team. The third season of “La La’s Full Court Life,” premieres early 2013. Read more…
Big Ang was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and, in between plugging her show and talking about wiseguys, she made a surprise announcement that she’s engaged to, well, her husband, Neil. “I was having a party in my yard and he said ‘I wanna give you somethin’,” Ang explained, and he handed her a ring. The couple was separated, but it sounds like they’ve worked through their past and are very much in love again.
As she showed off her ring, Jimmy joked “Everyone in the audience is getting one of these!” After the jump, watch the other half of her interview with Jimmy and check out a picture of her brand new rock.
Did you know that the Do Something! Awards have a theme song? Well, I mean, they never did before but they do now, thanks to hosts Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Lamorne Morris. It’s not good, but it’s something. Take a listen.
The Do Something! Awards air on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT right here on VH1.
Both Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson have remained relatively silent following the domestic dispute at their home in Florida on Saturday which left Evelyn with a head laceration and landed Chad with an arrest on his rap sheet. Now, Evelyn has released a statement addressing the situation, saying she’s “deeply disappointed” in Chad and she thanks her fans for their support. Her statement is below.
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday. I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I’m grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.”
Related: VH1 To Pull Ev And Ocho From Schedule
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