Well played, sir. Well played. President Obama’s campaign has turned his short tribute to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” sung last Thursday during a speech at the Apollo Theater, into a ringtone. Get it on the president’s site. And tell us if you’ve already heard someone’s phone crooning it. READ FULL STORY
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We Americans are a proud people. It’s no surprise that we expect our national anthem to be sung correctly. So I do understand those of you upset at Steven Tyler for flubbing one teensy lyric during his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens playoffs game Sunday night. (The American Idol judge sang “as bomb bursting in air” instead of “the bombs bursting in air.”) But I’d also like to think that we Americans are a smart people. So, I have no choice to say that, folks, you’re going all too “Crazy.” (Sorry, pun Monday!)
Yes, the Aerosmith frontman delivered a version of the song that was loud and screechy. But what did you expect? READ FULL STORY
Remember last year when Blake Lively admitted, “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack” to WWD? Well, she has company. Sort of. In the February issue of Los Angeles Confidential, Shailene Woodley, 20-year-old costar of The Descendants, was asked to name the first film that affected her as something more significant than mere entertainment. Her response: “Some movies have made me cry; some movies have made me laugh, but I’ve never thought, Wow — if it weren’t for that movie, I’d be a different person. Except Pocahontas. It’s true! If you listen to the lyrics they actually have incredibly valuable lessons for human beings to learn, and whenever I need a pick-me-up I just watch Pocahontas.” READ FULL STORY
It’s impossible to remember the late Etta James and not think about her song “At Last.” When EW named the 50 best love songs in 2005, it came in at No. 14. I remember writing the entry: “It’s not the first rendition of this 1942 tune, but Etta’s is the finest, thanks to a strong, sensual delivery that says (or is it shouts?) I deserve this! No wonder every bride on earth thinks it was written just for her.” The lyrics are so simple, her voice and string section so triumphant — no song captures the jubilation of knowing you’ve found love better.
Share your memories of the song below. READ FULL STORY
very protective of girls, especially young performers” and reiterated that critics should “cut some slack” because it’s “hard to entertain people and it takes a lot of work.” READ FULL STORY
The great Lana Del Rey debate rages on. While many have come to the defense of the singer since her much talked-about performances during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live (including host Daniel Radcliffe), others still maintain that the controversial music sensation is one of the worst guests in the show’s history, if not the very worst. (Juliette Lewis and Eliza Dushku seemed to think so. Heck, so did Brian Williams.)
Are people, like Radcliffe suggested, simply letting their personal feelings about Del Rey’s rise to fame cloud their judgment of her appearance? Or were her performances of “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” quite simply that bad? I happen to be in the latter group of those who were downright flabbergasted by Del Rey’s warble-y, emotionless numbers and were left with burning questions, like: Who was this girl? Where did she come from? And why… why?! Watch her performance below and see what all the noise has been about: READ FULL STORY
In 1984, Lionel Richie made a music video for “Hello,” a tender/creepy tale about a teacher who stalks a blind art student. It’s become more troubling with every passing year.
Now, the song/video has been redeemed by a clever supercut that puts the song’s poetry in the mouths of some iconic movie characters. From Frank Drebin to Oskar Schindler, this is what the song was always meant to be. If this were “We are the World,” Morpheus nails the Springsteen role, no? Watch. READ FULL STORY
Let’s pretend for a quick, brilliant moment that you’re Beyonce. You’ve just given birth to your first child, who’s already breaking Billboard records and has the acceptably eccentric celebribaby name of Blue Ivy — so you’ve got that going for you. But you’re also in the middle of a bad-PR mini-scandal involving the hospital’s handling of the security surrounding the delivery of said infant, threatening to tarnish even a smidge what should be a blessed, beautiful event.
And then someone names a horse fly after you.
Specifically, Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae, a rare fly native to Australia, that has been so christened because its hind quarters are filled with dense, gold hairs. That may make the insect sound visually appealing, but, well, it’s not: READ FULL STORY
'Saturday Night Live' recap: Daniel Radcliffe gave it his all; Lana Del Rey felt the wrath of the Internet
“I tried, and therefore, no one should criticize me.” That was one of the lines uttered by Daniel Radcliffe‘s hopelessly ambitious character Brad during the people-with-no-self-awareness sketch “You Can Do Anything.” Still, the sentiment certainly applies to Radcliffe’s effort as a first-time Saturday Night Live host. While the show itself was certainly worthy of criticism (as was musical guest Lana Del Rey, but more on that in a bit) it’s hard to rag on The Woman in Black star, who gave it his all in spite of working with some rather subpar material. Read on for the sketch-by-sketch rundown of last night’s disappointing episode.
Last night’s SNL kicked off with a tepid cold open featuring a flat Jason Sudeikis as an even flatter Mitt Romney, which lamely addressed his troublesome firing comment. (Wouldn’t a meeting with fire-happy Donald Trump have been better here?) Things picked up once an enthusiastic Radcliffe hit the stage for his spirited opening monologue in which he shared with the audience his trepidations about doing a Harry Potter sketch. (Don’t worry, it still happened.) Radcliffe earned some solid laughs, but it was Taran Killam who stole the whole thing (something the rising star seems to be doing more and more of each week) with his version of a displeased Dumbledore. Watch as Snooki and “The Situation” drop in for a visit during the monologue, too:
Mixing football phenoms with pop music can often lead to disastrous results (the Black Eyed Peas halftime show, the Super Bowl Shuffle) but leave it to — who else? — Tim Tebow to restore the faith. Tebow has already been the divine inspiration for catchy, clever fan mixes and a genius rewrite of “St. Elmo’s Fire” (“Tim Tebow’s Fire”) by none other than John Parr himself.
Last night Jimmy Fallon joined the legion of musical reimaginings about the Denver Broncos quarterback when he turned David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” into an ode to Tebow. READ FULL STORY
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