After helping to pen three of this year’s biggest hit singles — “Billionare” for Travie McCoy, “Nothin On You” for B.o.B. and “F*ck You” for Cee-Lo Green — the time has finally come for R&B crooner Bruno Mars to step into the spotlight as a solo performer. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of legendary artists like Carole King and Neil Diamond, both of whom were able to achieve widespread recognition first as songwriters, then as singers. The 23 year-old’s debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, doesn’t drop until next month, but if the lead single “Just The Way You Are” is any indicator, the record is going to be a smash and Mars will be an ongoing fixture on our weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for months to come.
We’ve got such high hopes for Bruno Mars that we’ve put him alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Daniel Merriweather, The Script, Alpha Rev and Angel Taylor as members of the elite group of VH1 “You Oughta Know” artists. Be sure to let us know your thoughts about his first solo song in the comments below!
Just over one week ago, Fantasia popped by the VH1 offices here in Times Square, mere days after she was hospitalized following her overdose. Late last week, we brought you a clip of Fantasia performing “Free Yourself” as part of our Live At VH1 series, and today we’ve got two brand new clips for you. Above, you’ll find Fantasia’s emotional performance of “Bittersweet,” and below you can watch “Even Angels.” Each song is a testament to the strength and resolve she has as both an artist and a person.
Hard to believe that another month as flown by, but here we are, it’s September 1! We really hope that you enjoyed spending the month with John Legend and The Roots by way of VH1 Posted as much as we did. But saying goodbye to John, ?uestlove and the rest of the gang feels a little less bittersweet knowing that Travie McCoy is on-board for the entire month of September!
Travie, of course, has been spending the summer enjoying the fruits of solo success. His first single, “Billionaire,” was a monster smash and a staple of our weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for the better part of the last few months. And now, courtesy of Posted, you’ll get to spend the next 30 days or so following his every move.
As we have done with John Legend and The Roots, Sara Bareilles and Adam Lambert in the past, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to ask Travie ANYTHING that’s on your mind. Just pose a question to Travie in the comment section below and we’ll route them his way. Then, later this month, he — possibly in conjuction with his dog, Sitch! — will pick a few to personally respond to.
We hope you dig both the video and this little photo gallery of pics that Travie has taken on the road this summer. Enjoy!
It’s finally here! After showing you a :30 sneak one week ago and taking you behind the scenes yesterday, we’re excited to debut the first music video from Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Mine.” Whereas most of the songs on her last album had a distinctly autobiographical feel, this single shows Taylor extending her storytelling prowess to the third person.
This glossy pop number tells the (not always sunshine-y!) story of how romance changed a “careless man’s careful daughter” into a “rebel”; unlike some of her breezy teenage tales from the past, this song has the narrator singing about fights at 2:30 in the morning and stressing out about “paying the bills.” We’re excited to see Taylor stretching her creative muscles and taking her music in a slightly new direction (lyrically if not sonically), all the while ensuring not to offend her base (as you might expect, the song ends with true love conquering all).
So, what did you think of the song and the video? Be sure and let us know in the comments below! Oh, and when you do, don’t forget to check out the new behind-the-scenes clip of the video shoot that we’ve posted below.
Everyone knows that it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Fantasia. But, as anyone who has ever followed showbiz understands, “The show must go on!” Fantasia, the trouper that she is, popped by our offices here in the heart of Times Square on Monday and performed a few dazzling numbers for us as part of our Live At VH1 series. And, being the good people that we are, we’d love to share them with you!
Today, we’ve got a great performance of the title track from her 2004 debut album, Free Yourself. We’ll have some more cuts for you from this intimate performance here at VH1 next week. Oh, and don’t forget that her new album, Back To Me, came out on Tuesday! Enjoy.
Last week, we brought you a :30 sneak peek of Taylor Swift’s new video, “Mine.” And with the official debut of the video right around the corner — remember, it will premiere online tomorrow night, August 27, at 8:30pm! — we thought you’d be excited to see this behind the scenes clip of Taylor discussing what it was like to shoot this video on location in Portland and Kennebunkport, Maine. As one excited onlooker described, “It’s the biggest thing to happen [to Kennebunkport residents] since George Bush.” Well, having seen the whole video ourselves, we can say with a great deal of confidence that Taylor’s new video will certainly end up being more popular than the controversial president!
Also, we added two new pictures to our photo gallery of the “Mine” video shoot. Check them out below.
For better or worse, most of the songs that have topped the pop charts during the Obama presidency have been of the light, fluffy variety (think “I Gotta Feeling,” think “Single Ladies,” think “California Gurls”). However, if you’ve been craving a return to Bush-era heaviness on the radio, look no further than Linkin Park’s new video for “The Catalyst,” the first single off their upcoming A Thousand Suns LP. We showed you a :30 sneak earlier this week, but now we’ve got the whole, mega-intense 4 minute and 42 second clip for you to watch above!
In it, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and the rest of the boys in Linkin Park warn that “We’re broken people living under loaded gun” and that “We’re oceans bleeding to the sky” against a backdrop of violent floods, ominous smoke-filled rooms and crumbling cities. So much for “Yes We Can”, right?
So, do you think that it’s high time that nu metal jams like these returned to the top of the charts, or do you prefer your music to be catchy and carefree? Either way, be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown this and every weekend to find out what music videos are ruling the roost.
Last week, we gave you a taste of what Linkin Park’s video for “The Catalyst” would look like by way of a few still photos (which, if you missed them, are also included below). Now, in advance of the video debut of their first single off their forthcoming A Thousand Suns LP on Thursday at midnight, we’ve got a thirty(ish) second sneak peek of this super intense video for all of you Linkin Park fans out there. We’re still trying to figure out the concept for the video, but we now know that our prediction that it would be a tribute to Gotcha! was off the mark. Instead of a lighthearted romp featuring a friendly game of paintball, this clip shows Chester and the boys passionately trying to communicate to a hoard of hoodie-clad teens while surrounded by scary-looking dudes in gas masks. While we’re still not quite sure what’s going on here, we know one thing for certain — “California Gurls” this ain’t!
Also! Don’t forget to tune in to the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to see what Linkin Park’s new video looks like on something larger than your computer monitor!
Of all the bands that were born during the mid-90s nu metal era, few would have predicted that Linkin Park would one day be recognized as the genre’s most successful act. While Korn and Limp Bizkit grabbed all of the early headlines, both bands found themselves with rapidly declining followings by the time the early 2000s rolled along. Linkin Park, on the other hand, has managed to stay artistically and commercially viable to this date.
The band is preparing to launch their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, on September 14. We’re still a few weeks away from the video debut of the album’s first single, “Catalyst,” but we managed to get our paws on a few stills from the video and wanted to pass them along to you. It’s tough to tell exactly what’s going on here, but based upon the presence of exploding paintballs in a few of these shots, our fingers are crossed that they found creative inspiration from the movie Gotcha!
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.