Whether you’re a longtime or brand-new 1D fan (we’re looking at you, North West
), there’s one essential truth we all agree on: OMG! ONE DIRECTION! AMIRITE?!
Frankly, we’re so chuffed that this cheeky quintet has conquered the world that we dare you to make it through even one of their music videos without smiling, singing along or squealing with delight.
In honor of our fave lads’ upcoming leap to the big screen in One Direction: This Is Us (in theaters August 30), we’ve rounded up 1D’s five most irresistibly charming music videos. Why five? Well, “all of them” just didn’t have the same ring to it…but let us know what you think of our selection in the comments!
Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis: you light up our world like nobody else…and that’s what makes you beautiful. More »
may seem like this flawless, smoldering R&B powerhouse
now, but it took him years to get here. Considering his dad is Alan Thicke
, aka the godfather of the Diff’rent Strokes
theme song — along with the notorious M.I.K.E. Seaver on the classic Growing Pains —
young Thicke had some pretty big shoes to fill. And he sure filled them. Turning the phrase “blue-eyed soul” into something favorable (and not just a euphemism for “white guy singing R&B”), Robin took his smooth vocals and paired them with his poppin’ pelvis to create a package that even has Justin Timberlake
breaking out his Moleskine notebook to take notes
Thicke has amassed a couple hit singles throughout his career, including his breakout song “Lost Without U.” And with “Blurred Lines” now in its seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100, and its same-titled parent album out tomorrow (July 30), let’s recall some of the less-than-successful attempts at chart success by Thicke. It’s not that these songs aren’t awesome; they really are. They merely slid under the radar, and were overshadowed by whatever else was happening in music at the time or lacked the promotional push from the earlier days of Thicke being signed to Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak imprint.
Check out five of Robin Thicke’s best slept-on singles below! More »
Some things just go so well together that they become forever linked in the public consciousness — you know, like chocolate and peanut butter, or Justin Beiber
and drop-crotch pants. One classic match that’s a favorite of ours —and that pop music is all the better for — is the mutually magnificent pairing of boy bands and pop music countdown shows. In other words: the Backstreet Boys
and Total Request Live
Yes, the rise of the boy band would likely never have happened without MTV’s long-running afternoon countdown show (it aired from September 1998 to November 2008 — so remember, the MTV VMA-winning “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” pre-dated the series by only a few months), a phenomenon the Backstreet Boys, along with *NSYNC, helped to cement in the annals of popular culture. With Backstreet celebrating their 20th anniversary this year (WHAT?) and ready to release their new album In A World Like This on July 30th, we’ve got them on our minds again. Not to mention, this fall marks the 15th anniversary of TRL’s debut and the fifth anniversary of its final adieu. In honor of both, we salute the 10 greatest Backstreet Boys videos of the TRL era: clips which just happen to have attained #1 status on the show’s fan-based countdown, thankyouverymuch.
So let’s all imagine ourselves as we were a decade back in time, seated on a bleacher in front of Carson Daly whilst a scrolling ticker displays the words “I LOVE A.J.!” across our hearts, and remember these peak moments of Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie and, of course that untameable rascal, A.J. More »
Musicians have been dating each other for decades, and when they join together in the studio, the results are pretty magical. One of the first mainstream pop duets performed by a real-life couple was 1965′s “I Got You Babe” by Sonny
. This feel-good song has become the platform for the artists of today to create their own musical love stories.
Sure, there have been boatloads of artist collaborations, features, mash-ups and pair-ups in recent memory, but we decided to stick with real-life amore, and compile a list of the best duets from 12 musical lovebirds over the past 20 years. Get in the mood below! More »
As if this year hasn’t been hot enough for the Disney girls of yore — and that includes Demi
’s chart dominance, Miley
and Vanessa Hudgens
’ werking a bikini and flip-flops in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers
— it’s about to heat up again with the release of Selena Gomez
’s new album, Stars Dance
Selena, a veteran of such Disney Channel fare as Wizards Of Waverly Place and Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, long ago proved she could deliver the goods away from the House of Mouse, scoring hits with her band The Scene and making her own impression with critics alongside Hudgens in the controversial Spring Breakers. Now the newly-minted showgirl (check that album cover) and erstwhile Beiber consort (she made him cry) is 21 and Scene-less, riding the wave of another big radio hit and to releasing her first truly “solo” album. In commemoration of this new phase in her career, we’re taking a look back at her top five greatest video moments!
Yes, a Selena Gomez retrospective: because when you’re 21 in Hollywood, it’s already time to start thinking about those Lifetime Achievement Awards. All kidding aside, if these five clips don’t cement Selena as one of pop music’s most exciting starlets, we give up on pop music. (Until Cher’s new album, at least.) More »
Despite their trademark deadpan demeanor and often sardonic song titles (“Love Is A Bourgeois Construct,”
anyone?), the Pet Shop Boys
have always been about caring and sharing. After all, some of their biggest hits have been in collaboration with other acts (Dusty Springfield
, Liza Minnelli
) and they’ve never shied away from giving some of their best work to other people. Madonna
, Lady Gaga
, Tina Turner
, Girls Aloud
, Robbie Williams
and Shirley Bassey
are just a few of the icons who’ve had the pleasure and success of working alongside the PSBs, and now we can add UK singer/rapper Example
to that list. His guest appearance on Electric
, the pair’s 12th album (out today), is already being hailed as a highlight of the Stuart Price
-produced set, and a contender for a future single.
So as we sink our teeth into another disco opus from England’s most prolific duo, let’s have a look back at the best-of-the-best of their musical pairings, team-ups and remixes. They really have worked with everyone — so many that we left out big names like Elton John and Yoko Ono (and even Alcazar) and still ended up with a dozen definitive titles. Check them out, then let us know which Pet Shop Boys collaborations you think should be on this list. More »
, 31-year-old beloved star of Glee
, was found dead this weekend while staying at a hotel
in Vancouver. It’s impossible to imagine what the award-winning Fox series would have been like without Monteith in the role of Finn Hudson, and it’s equally hard to ponder how Glee
will carry on without the Canadian actor.
Here, we’ve gathered five of Monteith’s most memorable music moments on the show — yes, as a way of mourning him, but, more importantly, to demonstrate the fact that he may be gone, but his legacy on Glee will live on through song.
Revisit some of Cory’s most unforgettable Glee performances below. More »
Back in 2006, Justin Timberlake
declared he was bringing sexy back. At first, nobody realized sexy had even gone away, but soon enough we realized he was oh so right. Today (July 12), Timberlake says he will “Take Back The Night,”
and initially we were confused again. First of all, didn’t someone already do that
? But then we realized, maybe he was just talking about taking back The Night in the music universe. So who was he taking it back from?
Well it turns out, in music there’s a Game of Thrones-level battle for The Night, with everyone trying to get their grubby mitts on it. 98 Degrees, they were polite enough to request just one night (una noche), but just about every other act out there has at some point been worked up about Thee Night. Pitbull and Havana Brown recently said “We Run The Night,” a bold statement, but modest compared to some of the other pronouncements bandied about in recent music history. Lady Antebellum lament that “We Owned The Night,” ceding their reigns to Tiesto and Wolfgang Gartner who decreed “We Own The Night,” present tense. More »
is a master of collaboration
. Just look at his back catalog for proof of the massive list of artists he’s worked with. But while Hova’s features with Kanye West
and his wife Beyonce
are interesting and make for great singles, the rapper hasn’t always made the most usual choices when it comes to collaboration. In fact, he’s made some pretty weird decisions that have yielded some pretty weird songs. From Linkin Park
to Lenny Kravitz
to his mom, Jay-Z has taken the road less traveled when it comes to collabs — for better or worse. Below we lay out six of his strangest. More »
Thank goodness for the Fourth of July, because aside from Labor Day
, summer vacation and a different Pride event
in a different city every weekend
for the past month, we need an excuse to take one more day off. Of course, this isn’t just any
day off, it’s a day to sit in a folding lawn chair next to a smoking hibachi and stare pensively into the sunset, thinking about what a wonderful country we live in. And heaven knows we can’t do that without some music pumping on the old speakers, can we?
So before you light up the grill, pour the margaritas or blow off your fingers with an illegal M-80, dial up these 13 freedom-themed anthems for the ultimate soundtrack to Fourth of July fun. We promise lots of surprises and absolutely no overplayed clunkers. That’s right, we’re saying ENOUGH! to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” That girl needs a day off, too. More »