26 Iconic VMA Performances You’ll Remember Forever
Originally posted on BuzzFeed.com
In the midst of one of the craziest award shows of the year, let’s remember the greats.
1. Britney Spears – “I’m A Slave 4 U,” 2001 VMAs
A true goddess walked among us that day, and still walks among us today. We were blessed with this snake performance, and the world WILL NEVER FORGET.
2. Justin Timberlake – Vanguard Award Performance, 2013
In a single moment, the entire world collectively sobbed at the glorious reunion of NSYNC. And JT was serving dance moves for days.
3. Mariah Carey – “Shake It Off” / “We Belong Together,” 2005
Anthems of the year and the century, TBH.
4. Beyoncé – “Ring The Alarm,” 2006
Beyoncé *literally* fights the police in this performance. She gave tooth and nail to serve you desperate housewife realness.
5. Guns N’ Roses featuring Elton John – “November Rain,” 1992
OK honestly just look at this collaboration. HONESTLY.
6. Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi,” 2009
Classic Gaga at her best. The voice, the costumes, the blood dripping from her eyes. EVERYTHING.
7. Shakira – “Hips Don’t Lie,” 2006
The hips that launched a thousand ships and a thousand memes.
8. Britney Spears and NSYNC – “Baby One More Time” / “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” 1999
This changed us all in a matter of minutes. Serving metallic pants, killer hair, and boy band outfits, Britney and the boys destroyed lives with this performance.
9. Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home” / “Started From the Bottom,” 2013
Admit it, you cried from enjoyment and sexual frustration. YAAAS, AUBREY.
10. Christina Aguilera – “Come On Over” / “Livin’ It Up,” 2000
The purple tips, the dance break, and Fred Durst? This is so ’00s it hurts. It hurts sooooo good.
Barack Obama Shares Summer Vacation Playlists
In a rather unusual move on Friday, the White House decided to kick off its official Spotify channel with the release of Barack Obama’s two personal playlists, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Obama split up “The President’s Playlist” into two categories: “Volume 1: Summer Day” and “20 picks for a summer night.”
Check out the track listing to Obama’s summer playlists below:
The President’s Playlist: Vol. 1 Summer Day
The Temptations – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
Isley Brothers – “Live It Up”
Talib Kweli and Hi Tek – “Memories Live”
Bob Dylan – “Tombstone Blues”
Bob Marley – “So Much Trouble in the World”
Coldplay – “Paradise”
Mala Rodriguez – “Tengo Un Trato (Remix)”
Howlin Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle”
Stevie Wonder – “Another Star”
Sly & the Family Stone – “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
Low Cut Connie – “Boozophilia”
Brandi Carlile – “Wherever Is Your Heart”
Nappy Roots – “Good Day”
John Legend – “Green Light”
Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
Aretha Franklin – “Rock Steady”
Okkervil River – “Down Down the Deep River”
Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Love Girl”
Florence and The Machine – “Shake It Out”
Sonora Carruseles – “La Salsa La Traigo Yo”
The President’s Playlist: Vol. 2 Summer Night
John Coltrane – “My Favorite Things”
Beyoncé and Frank Ocean – “Superpower”
Van Morrison – “Moondance”
Lianne La Havas – “Is Your Love Big Enough?”
Al Green – “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”
Aoife O’Donovan – “Red & White & Blue & Gold”
Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo – “Nothing Even Matters”
Frank Sinatra – “The Best Is Yet To Come”
Ray Charles – “You Don’t Know Me”
Mary J. Blige – “I Found My Everything”
Joni Mitchell – “Help Me”
Otis Redding – “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”
Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne”
Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”
The Lumineers – “Stubborn Love”
Cassandra Wilson – “Until”
Mos Def – “UMI”
Billie Holiday – “The Very Thought Of You”
Miles Davis – “Flamenco Sketches”
Erykah Badu – “Woo”
Due to popular request, here are my vacation playlists: http://t.co/uer5sIl4Vk http://t.co/zHEekHvQBr What’s your favorite summer song?
— President Obama (@POTUS) August 14, 2015
As Billboard wrote in its report on Barack Obama’s musical choices, there is nothing deep to be garnered here, except perhaps to celebrate Obama’s inclusive (and unapologetic) taste in music.
“If there’s anything about Obama’s current political or psychological state to be drawn from the playlists, it’s the sense of the president as an utterly relaxed lame duck with nothing to prove or sell. When he suddenly seemed to be down with Jay Z midway through his first term, Obama was accused of trying to court the youth vote, but there’s nothing here to suggest he’s playing to any constituency but the demo of 54-year-old boomers who still have their fingers on some pulses. Even if you didn’t know the purported curator, the personality profile you might put together from the song choices would be that of a cool, calm, and collected cucumber whose strong undercurrents of passion aren’t likely to lead to any untoward outbursts.”
Here Are The 2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominees
Video of the Year
Best Male Video
Best Female Video
Best Rock Video
Best Hip-Hop Video
Best Pop Video
Best Video With a Social Message
Artist to Watch
Best Art Direction
Best Visual Effects
Madonna Drops “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video with a Star Studded Cast
As if anyone could forget, her Madgesty dropped her “Bitch I’m Madonna” video earlier this week.
Madonna enrolled pals including Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Diplo, Nicki Minaj, and fashion designer Alexander Wang for some quick cameos.
Summer Songs 1985-2014: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer
originally posted on Billboard.com
Check out 30 years of summer songs, from “Papa Don’t Preach” to “Macarena” to “I Gotta Feeling” to “Fancy.”
Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 30 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Crank up these hits and feel the heat.
These hot tunes are ranked based on each track’s performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer. For the period of 1985 to 1991, prior to the advent of Nielsen BDS radio monitoring data and Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sales data, the rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For the years corresponding with Nielsen Music data, 1992 onward, the rankings are based on accumulated radio and sales points, and points from other data sets that were included in the Hot 100 during those respective years.
1. “Shout” – Tears For Fears
2. “Everytime You Go Away” – Paul Young
3. “The Power Of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News
4. “A View To A Kill” – Duran Duran
5. “Sussudio” – Phil Collins
6. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” – Sting
7 . “Raspberry Beret” – Prince and the Revolution
8. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” – John Parr
9. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams
10. “Never Surrender” – Corey Hart
Adam Lambert Unveils ‘Ghost Town’ Video
Adam Lambert is back with the new music video to just-released single “Ghost Town.”
Adam enlisted Hype Williams (Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’ and Kanye’s ‘Gold Digger’ ) to direct the video. ‘Ghost Town’ is released 7th June and is the first single from his forthcoming third album The Original High.
15 Recent Pop Songs That Weren’t Released as Singles (But Should Have Been)
Originally Posted on Billboard.com
These songs from Miley, JT, 1D and other pop superstars could have ignited radio, if they had just been given the chance.
Have you ever listened to a just-released album, gravitated toward one particular track and thought with certainty, “Oh, this song is definitely going to be a single!”? And then you wait, and other songs are chosen as singles from that album, and you keep waiting, and the album cycle ends… and you realize that the most obvious single choice (to you, at least) was never chosen?
We know that feeling of incredulity: there have been several high-profile pop projects over the past few years with out-and-out standout tracks that seem ripe for radio play… and yet, for one reason or another, they never make it there. These songs will forever exist as precious album cuts and fun hypotheticals for pop nerds to kick around. And, yes, your favorite hit-maker has a song that could (or did) make this list.
Check out 15 of the best pop songs from the past five years that weren’t released as singles before their respective artists’ album cycles came to a close, but really should have been:
Miley Cyrus, “#GETITRIGHT”
Rihanna, “Lost In Paradise”
Justin Timberlake, “Let the Groove Get In”
Demi Lovato, “Something That We’re Not”
Beyonce, “End of Time”
Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”
Usher, “Show Me”
Britney Spears, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful”
Katy Perry, “Double Rainbow”
Justin Bieber, “Roller Coaster”
P!nk, “Are We All We Are”
Lady Gaga, “MANiCURE”
One Direction, “Little Black Dress”
Kesha, “Only Wanna Dance with You”
Adele, “I’ll Be Waiting”
Destiny’s Child Reunites at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards
Destiny’s Child reunited for a surprise appearance at the 30th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, where they performed a rendition of Michelle Williams’ “Say Yes” single. It marked the first time the trio have shared the same stage since the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show in 2013.
Watch footage of the full performance below.
Beyoncé Shares “Die With You” on Tidal
The song was released on Beyonce and Jay Z’s 7th wedding anniversary on Tidal, Jay Z’s new music streaming service.