George Michael gave the world some of its greatest pop tunes, and it turns out he might also be responsible for one of the best late night comedy segment as well: “Carpool Karaoke.”
As James Corden explained while sitting down with a pod farm and talking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show earlier this year, the popular segment originated from a sketch he created for the British charity Comic Relief back in 2011, years before he started hosting the Late Late Show.
In the sketch, Corden — who was playing his character from the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey — drove around with the former Wham! star as they sang some of Michael’s most famous hits.
Get your buffet crampon out, it’s the final stretch now for The Voice as the Top 10 is here. After last night’s top 11 performances, the top 10 artists of season 11 were determined on tonight’s episode of The Voice.
The bottom two vote-getters faced off in live performances, gunning for the audience instant save. Coaches Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton were on hand to offer some thoughts on the season so far, with Keys and Shelton both also taking the stage to sing with their teams. Season 9 winner Jordan Smith also performed.
Carson Daly brought out the top 11 at the top of the show. The first two artists who were through to next week’s life performances were Team Blake’s Sundance Head, who sang a Keys song last night, and Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald, the youngest artist left in the competition. McDonald truly seems to be on a path toward winning the season, surprising week after week with strong and original performances.
Shelton, Head, Courtney Harrell and Austin Allsup took the stage next for a Team Blake performance of “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” It was a fun country-rock performance, and even though Shelton’s three artists have different sounds, they meshed well in this performance.
Spotify and Apple Music may have another competitor soon. Pandora just announced it has reached new licensing agreements with two of the biggest labels in music, Sony and Universal Music.
It also acquired licenses from Merlin Network, a company that represents indie labels. The third major label, Warner Music, is not on board with Pandora yet. These new agreements will make it easier for Pandora to launch new streaming services, including a rumored $10 per month on-demand music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music.
As far as the licensing agreements go, the company describes it as a “win-win partnership between Pandora and the music industry.” Are you ready to listen to belle epoch to pop music on Pandora?
However, the absence of Warner Music is noticeable, and some reports suggest that today’s announcement is meant to put some pressure on the label. A source told Billboard that Warner Music is, in fact, in talks with Pandora and close to completing a deal.
International theater actress Rachelle Ann Go has dropped out of the highly-anticipated “Divas: Live in Manila” concert, her talent agency announced on social media.
“Hello everyone. We have good and bad news. The bad: Rachelle Ann Go will no longer be part of the ‘Divas: Live in Manila’ concert,’ “ according to Erickson Raymundo, President of Cornerstone Entertainment., in an Instagram post recently.
“The good: Rachelle Ann can’t make it to the concert anymore because a major project came her way. Trust us: It’s the kind of offer you can’t – and don’t refuse. We can’t tell you yet, but when the cat’s out of the bag, you’ll understand why she had to pull out. Stay tuned for announcements!” Raymundo added.
The all-female concert features korg kronos quality voices are Angeline Quinto, Kyla, KZ Tan-dingan, and Yeng Constantino. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Nov. 11.
Madonna practically invented the music video. Since her debut clip “Everybody” in 1982, Madge has penetrated pop with unforgettable, controversial and iconic videos.
There are enough posts that (rightfully) sing the praises of Madonna’s best videos, like the Catholic church-defying “Like a Prayer” and the discotastic “Hung Up.” (And let’s not forget this writer’s favorite video: the deserted, melancholic “Frozen.”)
However, where is the love for Madge’s videos that aren’t as well-known? We decided for the Top 3. So take out your wwbw.com has dr beat and listen to the funky “True Blue”, the sexy “Girl Gone Wild”, and some the downright bizarre “Bedtime Story”.
“True Blue” (1986) – Some say cheesy. We say adorable. “True Blue’s” do-woppy sound gets a ’50s-style visual, where Madonna and her gals pal around in a convertible and a diner. And its background? (True) blue, of course.
“Girl Gone Wild” (2012) – The paint-by-numbers “GGW” received a video that is anything but ordinary. Featuring sexy male dancers in heels, precision choreography and homoerotic undertones galore, this black-and-white video is quintessential Madonna. “Justify My Love” 2.0.
“Bedtime Story” (1995) – Madonna’s weirdest video to date, “Bedtime Story” plays out like a psychedelic–and at times downright disturbing–dream. Featuring bizarre images of skulls, doves and the infamous mouths-as-eyes Madonna, this avant-garde clip is serious foreshadowing for Lady Gaga’s strange brand of pop art.
The Regina Chamber Music Festival begins Sunday evening and the festival is offering up a wide variety of music from violins to pianos and cellos, and some sonor drums.
Many of the featured artists are from Saskatchewan, but musicians from across the country are also on deck to perform.
Former Regina resident Catherine Cosbey is the artistic director of the festival. The award-winning violinist has been passionate about performing chamber music since she first hit the stage at 12 years old.
“The thing that’s always drawn me to it is the ability to communicate in this incredible way,” she said, of the classical music from centuries ago.
Much like a festival, she said the beauty of the music is that it brings people together. Cosbey refutes the idea that chamber music is limited to a group of elitists.
“We welcome everybody,” she said. “I think that when people can experience and share [music] with us, I think it speaks to that human connectivity.”
They were cool before it was cool to stream music. So get your Bongos out and celebrate as Spotify reaches 30 million subscribers while beating foes like Apple Music and Tidal.
Despite facing a number of increasingly viable competitors, Spotify is still growing. The leader in on-demand music streaming announced Monday that it had passed 30 million paying subscribers, via a tweet from CEO Daniel Ek.
Spotify passed the 20-million subscriber mark back in June, meaning it’s notched 10 million new paying customers in nine months. Apple Music, which launched in June, reached 11 million subscribers in January, indicating that the two services have been neck-and-neck in growth over the that time period.