Well, here we are. As 2016 winds down, it means it’s a time for a bit of a reflection period. Counting down the best of anything is a good start, but what about the most controversial, buzzed about, discussed and confrontational? I’m applying the latter terms to the most popular music videos of 2016 and the results may surprise you. There was a bevy of popular music videos that wormed their way into our brains over the course of the year, be it Rihanna and Drake’s videos for “Work,” The Chainsmokers … read more
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Carrie Underwood!
The 33-year-old country star recently jetted to Sydney, Australia, where she is set to perform two concerts this week as part of her Ripcord world tour, and made a pit stop over the weekend to do something unusual and exhilarating for herself; She decided to go skydiving.
Underwood chronicled her death-defying adventure on Instagram, starting with a montage of selfie videos of her on the ground, lip-synching songs to get her in the mood (and likely … read more
It’s strange to imagine now that Stevie Nicks was ever an afterthought. In 1974, Nicks was working as a waitress in Beverly Hills, California, supporting her guitarist boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham; the duo played together as Buckingham Nicks and had cut an album for Polydor the year before without much success. Fleetwood Mac bandleader Mick Fleetwood wanted to recruit Buckingham as the band’s guitarist, but the two were a package deal, and so Stevie was in. As remarkable a band-of-equals as … read more
By Simon Reynolds
Forty-four years ago, Alice Cooper ran for president. OK, not really – but the singer and his group did release the single “Elected” in September 1972, timed for the final stretch of Richard Nixon and George McGovern’s race for the White House. A bombastic blast of proto-punk fury, “Elected” proposed Alice Cooper as the leader of “a new party, a third party, a wild party” that would “take the country by storm.” The single was accompanied with an uproarious promo … read more
Ten years ago, KT Tunstall had just solidified herself as one of mainstream music’s most promising new stars, thanks to her ubiquitous breakout acoustic-pop hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See.” With the success of her debut Eye to the Telescope, the Scottish singer-songwriter became an international star, touring the world and releasing three more albums by 2013. Over the years, though, Tunstall struggled with her newfound fame and endured the loss of her father, which led … read more
Tanya Tucker has a new album in the can, almost ready to go. All that’s left to do are some finishing touches, including mixing and final packaging. The upcoming set (release date to be determined) would mark her first new studio effort since 2009’s “My Turn.” And by the sound of it, she’s pretty proud of the result. “I think it’s the best I’ve done … What makes me say that is that I’ve been involved in every part of it … every intricate detail, I’ve been there. I’ve been … read more
For Old Dominion, their third single – “Song For Another Time” – might just be their most charming, and certainly their most unique, yet. “This song means so much to me and I’m so proud of how it came out,” frontman Matt Ramsey tells PEOPLE of the band’s follow-up to their big hits “Break Up with Him” and “Snapback.” What makes it so special? The lyrics are actually made up of 20 other song titles – and the song almost didn’t make the album. It was written on their tour bus one evening last … read more
Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued by the estate of Ed Townsend, who cowrote Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On,” on the basis that Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” contains similarities that verge on duplication. Sheehan, 25, is also facing a lawsuit over his song “Photograph” and its supposed “striking similarities” to another song by songwriters Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard. If Sheeran can take any solace in his legal troubles this summer, it’s that he’s hardly the first musician … read more
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If we can thank/blame anyone for the state of modern pop fame, it’s Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. In the early 1980s, as MTV fused a new form of music consumption with a heightened awareness of celebrity culture, they emerged as America’s holy trinity.
All three singers were born to complicated childhoods in the spring/summer of 1958, and each became preeminent visual artists who reinvented themselves as the years progressed. … read more
Here are some of the news stories that you may have missed today, featuring Stephanie March, Lisa Marie Presley, Billy Zane and more.
Stephanie March recalled in an essay for Refinery29 that prior to her April 2015 divorce from Bobby Flay, she went under the knife and had a horrible, horrific experience. [Us Weekly]
Lisa Marie Presley has filed for divorce and wants full custody of the couple’s twin 7-year-old daughters. She wants to give her musician hubby, Michael Lockwood, visitation, but only … read more
mtv founders contributor I was privileged to have been raised on some of the best names in rock and roll. Growing up in a musical household half an hour from the Jersey Shore, my adolescence was set to the soundtrack of my father playing Billy Joel on the piano after dinner and my mother blasting Prince and Bruce Springsteen whenever she drove my younger brother and me anywhere. That early exposure eventually transformed into a zeal for experiencing live music. From sixth grade on, I saw concerts … read more
Television loves families, and for good reason. No other medium better comforts audiences with images of steadiness and consistency. Whether bound by blood, work, friendship, or circumstance, TV families are there for each other through crisis, adversity, and casting changes. Theoretically, then, Cameron Crowe’s aw-shucks, feel-good sensibility is a great match for television. But his new Showtime drama, Roadies (premiering Sunday, June 26), is too gentle and cornball to sustain interest, squandering … read more
Ask The Avett Brothers what scares them the most and the answer may surprise you. Forget about performing in front of massive crowds or releasing a new album. The scariest part of their day-to-day lives involves kids. “It’s being at a child’s teacher conference and speaking to a teacher, or going to a party … Kids birthday parties are the most stressful things,” bassist Bob Crawford told The Huffington Post. Yep, you read that right. Crawford’s bandmate Scott Avett actually backs that … read more
Eight years ago today, the Jonas Brothers truly exploded onto the scene with the iconic Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock. It taught us important life lessons such as “sing your heart out, especially if you sound like Demi Lovato” and “Kevin Jonas should never straighten his hair ever again.”
But one of the most important things it did was solidify the world’s crush on Joe Jonas the middle bro of the boyband. He’s basically the star of Camp Rock, and he quickly became the ultimate late 2000s … read more
–Mindy Kaling stunned in an orange dress paired with a green purse at the The Mindy Project Style event, presented by Citi / AAdvantage, at The Grove in L.A.
–Reese Witherspoon carried the Bally Bloom bag while out in L.A.
–Jaime King wore a custom B Floral flower crown with real flowers to an event in Santa Monica, California.
–Claire Danes and a friend had drinks and catfish at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen in NYC.
–FKA Twigs celebrated marketing director Michael Goldberg’s birthday at Up … read more