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VH1's five-time Emmy Award-nominated documentary series BEHIND THE MUSIC returns to focus on eight of today's most influential icons in the music world. The series launches its landmark 15th year since inception with a roster of top artists including: NE-YO, Nicole Scherzinger, Gym Class Heroes, Toni Braxton, T.I. (updated), P!nk (updated) and the previously announced Carrie Underwood and Train. The franchise is also expanding on VH1.com with the addition of "Behind the Song," a companion series of original, standalone mini episodes where select artists discuss the inspiration behind a signature song. The new season will premiere Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT.
"Behind The Music: TRAIN" Airs Sunday, September 16 at 9pm ET/PT
"Behind The Music: Train" highlights the accomplishments of Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, and Scott Underwood; a rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1994. Train's original members Rob Hotchkiss and Charlie Colin, as well as Monahan, Stafford and Underwood achieved mainstream success with their debut album, Train, which was officially released in 1998 and was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada. After multi-platinum success, drug problems, fights over money and torn relationships, Train went into a 2 year hiatus. Upon reuniting, they climbed back on top of the charts with the Grammy-Award winning single, "Hey Soul Sister," the first single from Save Me, San Francisco. It became the #1 most downloaded song of 2010, leading Train to receive a Grammy Award and platinum status for the album.
"Behind The Music: Train" openly discusses what went wrong and how reuniting brought them closer together. The band discusses the emotional loss of Pat's mother dying from cancer and how she inspired the creation of "Drops of Jupiter," their biggest hit, which won 2 Grammy Awards in 2002. Train recently completed their 6th studio album, California 37. The album has 11 songs that were written over the course of 3 years while touring the globe. The 1st single from the new album, "Drive By," is currently dominating the radio charts.
"Behind The Music: NE-YO" Airs Sunday, September 23 at 9pm ET/PT
"Behind The Music: NE-YO" will show exclusive footage of the young singer/songwriter performing on Showtime at the Apollo as a member of the boy band Envy. The band opened up for then up-and-coming R&B girl group Destiny's Child. Years later, after getting career-making breaks from Jay-Z and LA Reid (who is interviewed in the episode), NE-YO would go-on to write one of Beyonce's biggest hits, ("Irreplaceable") as well as write and/or produce for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and others. He is one of the last artists to work with Michael Jackson, his idol. Additional topics in the episode include past heartbreaks, his current relationship and his love of fatherhood.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist NE-YO (Shaffer Chimere Smith) is currently working on his 5th studio album, R.E.D. He is the recipient of 2 BET Awards, 2 MOBO Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Soul Train Music Awards, and 3 Grammy Awards. NE-YO has also been appointed as Senior Vice President of A&R for Motown. In addition to his musical success, NE-YO has been cast in major studio films including Stomp the Yard, Battle: Los Angeles and Red Tails, the chronicle of the Tuskegee Airmen.
"Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood" Airs Sunday, September 30 at 9pm ET/PT
In "Behind The Music: Carrie Underwood," the singer speaks openly about the challenges that came along with her sudden fame and the process of auditioning for and ultimately winning American Idol. She also discusses her search for love, which led to her fairytale romance with her hockey player husband, Mike Fisher. Carrie's Blown Away album made history this spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47 year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. "Good Girl," her first single from Blown Away, has already achieved the No. 1 slot on both Billboard and Country Aircheck's country airplay charts and became her 15th career No. 1 single. Carrie will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley this fall and was recently nominated
as "Female Vocalist of the Year," her seventh career nod in this category.
Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 15 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007's Carnival Ride, and 2009's Play On making her the best-selling American Idol in the U.S. She's accumulated 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 no. 1 singles from their first two albums. She is a five-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Carrie will also take the stage for the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning series, "VH1 Presents: Carrie Underwood Unplugged" premiering October 2 at 4pm ET on VH1.com and 7pm ET on VH1.
"Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger" Airs Sunday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT
On "Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger," the singer discusses the road to stardom and the struggles along the way, including her relentless lifelong drive to be successful. She will open up for the first time about the behind-the-scenes tension that came with the mega success of the Pussycat Dolls. She also shares how her relationship with current boyfriend, race car driver Lewis Hamilton has changed her life.
Nicole Scherzinger knew from a young age that she was destined to be a singer. After competing in the reality show "Pop Stars," she won a slot as one of the lead vocalists in the all-girl group Eden's Crush, who scored the Top 10 single "Get Over Yourself (Goodbye)." Soon afterwards, Nicole joined the Pussycat Dolls. In 2003, the group became a worldwide phenomenon, releasing two albums, 2005's PCD, which has sold nine million copies worldwide and 2008's worldwide million-seller Doll Domination. They also scored a string of massive hit singles, including the No. 1's "Don't Cha" and "Buttons," the Grammy-nominated "Stickwitu," "I Hate This Part" and "When I Grow Up," which hit the Top 10 in 16 countries. The group won two Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and toured with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas. In addition, Scherzinger showcased her ability to groom and mentor other talent, serving as a judge on both The Sing Off and The X Factor. She was recently announced as a judge on The X Factor UK. This year, Scherzinger will also achieve one of her life-long dreams, the release of her debut solo album, released by Interscope Records.