What’s better: the tinkly elegance of Downton Abbey‘s theme music, or the rhythmic intensity of Game of Thrones‘s title tune? If you just can’t choose, you’ll love this video — in which pianist Sagar Jethani seamlessly melds the two songs into one glorious mashup (with just a little help from Duncan, his loyal canine companion). It’s all the goodness of Sunday night’s best shows, compressed into one handy three-minute video!
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The place: Miami. The time: A few days ago. The girl: Jocelyn, a 17-year-old Belieber who may have gotten more than she bargained for at a meet-and-greet event. The crime: See above. The photo’s been removed from Bieber’s official fan page, but it lives on as Jocelyn’s Twitter avatar, pictured here.
Warning: Watching the following segment will probably give you a serious case of the sads.
Gospel great Cissy Houston stopped by the Today show this morning to talk about her new book, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped – and while the singer remained calm and composed even as Savannah Guthrie asked tough questions about her daughter’s drug abuse, Cissy’s quiet, stoic grief was somehow even more poignant than hysterics would have been.
The 79-year-old is still clearly in mourning — “I miss her so much I can’t even express it,” she said at one point. Cissy told Guthrie that she doesn’t blame Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown for anything, and that sometimes tragedies are just inexplicable — “Good mothers and good fathers and good families don’t always have great children. Bad people have good children… It’s all their responsibility when they get to a certain age to choose their way. [Whitney] was taught, she knew the way.”
Well, that settles it (maybe, possibly, probably not): According to CNN, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synched while performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday.
“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said, noting that the singer didn’t arrive in Washington D.C. until late Sunday night. The official doesn’t know why Beyoncé elected not to sing live — by all accounts, “she was spot on” in her pre-recording session, and “she’s actually a very good live singer.” There’s apparently no word on why Bey ripped out her earpiece mid-song, either.
There’s a silver lining to yesterday’s whole Beyoncé lip-synching debacle: If Bey did, in fact, mouth the words to the national anthem at Monday’s inauguration, at least she’s in good company.
As Jennifer Lopez noted on The Daily Show last night, basically every major musician has relied on pre-recorded tracks at some point — even giants like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston. (Not to mention lesser beings like Ashlee Simpson and Milli Vanilli.) So in honor of the earpiece-removal that scandalized a nation, let’s look back at some of music history’s most memorable lip-synching moments — both famous and infamous.
Here’s a truth bomb that will rock you to your very core: Sometimes, at big, important events, singers don’t actually sing.
An artist may choose to mouth along to a pre-recorded track during a “live” performance for any number of reasons. Maybe the weather is bad; maybe she simply isn’t feeling well. Whatever the excuse, though, lip-synching is about as ubiquitous as the common cold — especially if the singer in question happens to be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jennifer Hudson did it at Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Whitney Houston also did it when delivering her definitive version of the anthem in 1991.
Which brings us to Beyoncé, who reportedly used a pre-recorded track when she sang the national anthem at yesterday’s presidential inauguration. READ FULL STORY
So, just how much do Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj actually despise each other? We won’t be able to judge that for ourselves until American Idol‘s 12th season premieres next week — but in the meantime, there’s Carey’s new interview with Barbara Walters, which touches on the Mariah/Nicki feud.
A brief recap of the conflict: Mariah Carey had a vision of love — and a vision of herself as American Idol‘s only female judge. So when Fox invited Nicki Minaj to serve on the show’s new judging panel as well, there was some immediate friction between the two musicians — although both Carey and Minaj rejected rumors of bad blood. (“How can you feud in two days?” Carey joked shortly after the judging panel was made official. “I think a feud takes a little longer [to build.”)
Then TMZ released a video of Nicki cursing out Mariah during an Idol audition in North Carolina. Walters discussed the explosive clip on The View, saying that Carey had told her things got even more heated once the cameras were off. Specifically: Minaj supposedly said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that f—ing bitch.” Mariah responded by reportedly hiring extra security. President Obama and Stevie Nicks got involved. Nicki accused Walters of taking Mariah’s side “because I’m a little black girl that raps.” It was, in sort, a Class-A fustercluck.
The Voice is many things: an absorbing talent show, an extended high-end chair commercial, a crazy wig parade, NBC’s blessed ratings savior. That said, it hasn’t yet proven itself to be a reliable starmaker. Past Voice winners Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul have had limited success on the national stage, though Paul’s fortunes may change when his debut album drops later this week. Runners up like Dia Frampton and Chris Mann have had slightly more luck, but they’re still nowhere near the level of, say, Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood (let alone Jordin Sparks).
All that might change, though, when The Voice crowns its third winner tomorrow night. Every one of season 3’s finalists is talented; what’s more, each of the three has a specific niche that may make them more commercially viable than the R&B-singing Javier and Jermaine.
Terry McDermott of Team Blake is a Scottish classic rocker with a charming, lilting voice and a signature personal style (business in the front, party in the back). His teammate, Cassadee Pope, is an Avril Lavigne-esque pop rock singer who can also do a convincing country twang. And Team Cee Lo’s Nicholas David is a creature unlike any seen on reality TV before: a soft-spoken, deep-voiced ’70s funkster whose groove is as charmingly retro as his beard.
When you think “artist,” what immediately comes to mind? Georges Seurat, meticulously dabbing paint onto a canvas for two solid years to create A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte?
Or maybe Pepsi?
The New York Times writes that the soft drink giant has signed a massive, $50 million deal with Beyoncé, a “hybrid project” that will go beyond advertising. Specifically: The campaign includes “a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s chosen creative projects.” So… more documentaries about Beyoncé? Well, maybe — according to the Times, these collaborations could include “live events, videos, ‘a cool photo shoot’ or almost anything else.”
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