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Donna Summer was one of disco’s greatest chart divas. But the singer, who passed away Thursday at the age of 63, also made her presence felt on both the big and the small screen.
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A 21-year-old Summer appeared on the German TV series and sang the song “Black Power,” written by Peter Thomas.
As another pop star put it a decade ago, Justin Bieber is not a boy, not yet a man. But he’d certainly like to transition to an older fan base, so as Bieber Fever hits adults (or is it just me?), the eighteen-year-old opened up to GQ about drinking, haters, and the struggles about how one goes from teenybopper to Timberlake in 2012 .
Features in magazines for adults, as opposed to Tiger Beat and Seventeen, certainly help, and this latest interview shows a more mature Biebs than when Rolling Stone caught up with him last year and he made some ill-advised remarks about abortion and Korea.This new media-savvy Bieber is a “Baby” no more. He even shot a fun cameo for last week’s NSFW Saturday Night Live digital short. With his new album Believe out June 19th, the timing is perfect for a big leap forward. Adult superstar? Never say never. (Side note: The new video for “Boyfriend“ is certainly helping things.) We parsed through the profile below to bring you up to speed.
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'Re-Animator: The Musical': Director Stuart Gordon talks about his singing-and-beheading theatrical spectacular
A few years back, film director Stuart Gordon had the thought that his gore-filled 1985 horror movie Re-Animator might be improved with the addition of some songs. It was an odd idea — but an ultimately successful one. In the spring of 2011, Re-Animator: The Musical opened at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater to great reviews (Variety hailed it as “an entertainment of rich rewards and high accomplishment”) and tonight the play officially starts a second run at the Hayworth Theatre, prior to engagements at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. The H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tale stars Graham Skipper as the corpse-reanimating Herbert West, George Wendt as the unfortunate Dean Halsey, and large amounts of fake blood as, well, large amounts of not-fake blood.
Gordon — who is both the show’s director and coauthor of its book — talks about his hopes for Re-Animator: The Musical, the possibility of fourth Re-Animator movie, and why his brother eats bugs — literally.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did Re-Animator: The Musical come about in the first place?
STUART GORDON: I just saw it in my head, how you could do this as a musical. People had been suggesting it to me for several years and I kind of laughed. I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But one day it sort of hit me — all of the effects in the movie were done practically on a stage, so we could do them all live in front of audiences.
When EW interviewed Adele last spring in the garden of her hotel in Munich, the British singer-songwriter admitted she hadn’t thought her recently released second album, 21, would sell many copies in America. “I was saying, ‘I don’t think this record is going to do anything,” the chanteuse recalled. “I can’t feel the buzz in America.’”
What no one knew then, of course, was that 21 had only just started its spectacular run on the charts. Over the past year, the album has continued to sell…and sell. And sell. 21 has now shifted more than 19 million copies around the world — a figure which seems doubly remarkable given the ailing record industry, and triply so when you remember Adele wasn’t able to promote the album for many months due to a vocal cord hemorrhage and subsequent operation.
The cover story of Entertainment Weekly‘s Special Music Issue details how 21 became such a blockbuster, and the ways in which that success has affected so many aspects of the music industry, from the songs you hear on the radio today to the hunt for the “next Adele” being conducted by frantic A&R men from every label, particularly in the singer’s homeland.
As one U.K. talent scout told EW, “Obviously in meetings there’s a lot of ‘Why didn’t you sign Adele?’ Everyone goes out, tail in between their legs, and says, ‘Right, give me a girl singer with a voice!’”
Of course, the British Isles export more than just girl singers. Brit-Irish boy band One Direction recently topped the Billboard 200 chart with their debut album. In another of our Special Music Issue features, EW hit the road with Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry to experience the (occasionally PG-13) 1D mania firsthand.
So much good stuff! And the show has barely begun. In our list of the 30 Greatest Artists Right Now we explain the importance of Rihanna, Taylor Swift, the Black Keys, Drake, Jack White, Azealia Banks, and two dozen other musical phenomena; in our Ultimate 2012 Playlist we lay out the tracks you need to check out asap; and in our 2012 Coachella Preview we tell you the 10 bands we can’t wait to see. In short, you’ll find everything you need for your music-listening pleasure, including a free pair of ears*.
*Free pair of ears not included with magazine.
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Album sales: Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ debuts at No. 1, Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ lands in second
Album sales: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ finally knocks Adele’s ’21′ out of the top spot
Adele baby pictures revealed: See her rolling in the diapers
Miley Cyrus, who recently transformed from a mildly irritating tween megastar to that liberal arts student in your freshman dorm with this poster on her wall, came under fire earlier this week for tweeting a photo that contained this quote, from physicist Lawrence Krauss:
“You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
Unsurprisingly, some of Cyrus’ more devout Christian followers took offense to the “forget Jesus” segment of the quote, and took up verbal arms against the 19-year-old. “Forget that Jesus?” inquired one follower, before adding a simple, but profound, “:/”. Other followers told Cyrus to go to hell, bemoaning the apparent loss of her trademark Southern Baptist beliefs. READ FULL STORY
I’m old. I’m older than I used to be, but when it comes to music, I’m not a complete dinosaur. I probably listen to more music today than at any time in my life except college, and I purchase just about all of it on iTunes. In fact, I haven’t purchased a real CD in nearly two years, which isn’t exactly unusual any more, what with more than 50 percent of the music business’ sales now coming digitally. (I just assume the other 49.7 percent of sales from CDs comes from Josh Groban fans and sweet old grandmothers at Christmas time.)
But tomorrow, I’m going to get in a way-back machine and visit a “music store,” an establishment that actually sells music you can hold in your hand. (There used to be lots of them, believe it or not.) Tomorrow, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball comes out and I feel compelled to have a tangible copy that I can hear and hold. CDs don’t have the nostalgic feel that perhaps vinyl did to those who grew up in that era, but there remains something special — to me, anyway — about being able to cradle an album, peruse the liner notes to see who plays sax, and proudly display the case among its brothers, from Greeting from Asbury Park to Working on a Dream. Back in college, Tuesday mornings — and sometimes Monday nights — were all about getting the new Smashing Pumpkins or R.E.M. before the guy down the hall. Those days are long gone, for me and the industry, but when the right album comes out from the right artist, I still feel that urge to have a version of it that I can treasure.
I assume Springsteen still sells his fair share of actual CDs (thanks, hip grandmoms), but what artist sends you back to the music store (or one of the online warehouses)? What singer or group demands a real musical artifact?
You don’t have to wait until Sunday’s Grammys to find out if Adele sounds just as heavenly post-vocal cord surgery. During her 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS, she sang “Rolling in the Deep” for him a cappella. Watch a clip below. What’s better: That Adele had to sing it a cappella because her nails were too long to play the piano, or that Anderson admits he jogs to “Rolling in the Deep” every day? READ FULL STORY
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