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Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. Continue reading ‘Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album’

SycAmour Cover Adele At Warped Tour

Unsigned Michigan rock outfit SycAmour debuted a stunning rendition of Adele‘s “Set Fire To The Rain” at a recent Warped Tour performance. Fortunately for us, the footage is now online.

Taking place last week when Warped Tour rolled through Detroit, SycAmour’s set included a number of fan favorites and only a single cover. Deep into their set, the six-piece crowded the Ernie Ball stage for a slow building rendition of “Set Fire To The Rain,” and the Warped fans absolutely went nuts. You can view the performance, complete with plenty of shaky camera work, at the end of this post.

SycAmour will be in the midwest for the immediate future, but currently have plans to embark on a fall tour with Our Last Night later in the year. Stay tuned for additional details on their travel plans in the weeks ahead. Continue reading ‘SycAmour Cover Adele At Warped Tour’

Pusha T Wants To Work With Adele

G.O.O.D. Music artist Pusha T is a busy man. After performing at SXSW last week, Pusha is gearing up for a series of US dates while continuing to work away his days in the studio.

Speaking with MTV Hive recently, Pusha discussed his desired collaborations if money and time were not an issue. The first person on his mind? None other than “Skyfall” Oscar winner Adele.

“I feel like I could get Kanye to do the track of all tracks and I could get Adele to sing the soul of all soul on one of my most introspective records ever, that would be it.”

We have to agree with Pusha on this one. After building a career on his own story of struggle and perserverence, the only thing that could take Pusha’s emotional depth any further would be the angelic-yet-heartbreaking voice of Adele. Whether or not it will happen is anyone’s guess, but it’s not like a superstar guest appearance would be the most insane thing someone working with Kanye West has ever done, right?

Associated Press Names Adele Entertainer Of The Year

With all those Grammys she won in early 2012, it comes as no surprise that powerhouse soul/pop singer Adele has been dubbed Entertainer Of The Year by Associated Press. Not just singer of the year, or musician, but entertainer. That means she even beat out that guy down the street with the flaming hula hoop and the unicycle! And let me tell you, that guy is one hell of an entertainer. AP readers and staff rated her far above other major entertainers and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, E.L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey), PSY, and the entire Twilight cast. Now that’s some high praise.

While she did not release a new album or do a world tour this year, Adele’s singles from 2011 still remain among the most highly played tracks on radio, television, in movies, and more. We seemingly can’t get enough Adele. Her most recent accomplishment, apart from delivering a baby, of course, is the single “Skyfall,” written to be the title theme of the new James Bond film. According to Billboard, “The song recently received a Golden Globe nomination. No Bond theme has ever won the best original song Oscar, but given Adele’s awards success thus far, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think she has a chance of changing that.” Regardless of whether she wins or not, Adele has still achieved more in one year than most entertainers do in their lifetime.

If you like Adele, then check OurStage artist Brittany Campbell.

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Sound And Vision: The Best and Worst of James Bond Themes

The 007 Effect: What getting cast as the main theme for one of the James Bond film franchise’s 23 official entries can do for a song. Alas, the results of being Bonded can be as mixed as the songs themselves.

Adele’s brand new theme for Skyfall, aka “James Bond XXIII” (in U.S. theaters November 9), sure to be Top 10 or rapidly approaching that hallowed chart vicinity by the time you read this, is the first James Bond song to become a hit since the Pierce Brosnan era (1995-2002).  That was when Madonna’s “Die Another Day,” from the 2002 Bond film of the same title, went to # 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: The Best and Worst of James Bond Themes’

Sound And Vision: The Diminishing Returns of the No. 1 Single

No. 1 with a bullet: Ah, that once-relatively elusive and exclusive room at the top. The holy grail for the pop single, it used to be as high an honor and as highly desirable as gold and platinum albums. But what does it mean when a star as marginally talented as Katy Perry can hit No. 1 five times on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the space of one album (six times in one and a half albums, if you count Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection)? Or when Rihanna, who still hasn’t scored a chart-topping album in six tries, can do in less than six years what took Madonna a dozen (hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 one time short of a dozen)?

Does Teenage Dream have, well, a dream of ever being as iconic as Michael Jackson’s Bad (which spawned five No. 1 hits and thus shares the record for most No. 1 singles from one album with Teenage Dream), George Michael’s Faith (which produced four) or even Adele’s 21 (a contemporary that launched three), none of which had to be re-released as a special expanded edition in order to pad its hit list and sales tally? For all her No. 1 singles, will any Rihanna album thus far ever be considered as landmark as Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut through 1989′s Like a Prayer, which covered a comparable career time frame? Rihanna’s yet to even break through the double-platinum glass ceiling.

Then there’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which just spent nine weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, making it the biggest song of the summer, if not 2012. It also makes her a surefire nominee for Best New Artist at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards ceremony. She’ll face stiff-ish competition from Gotye and fun., who spent eight and six weeks at No. 1, respectively, with their respective singles, “Somebody That I Used to Know” and “We Are Young.” Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: The Diminishing Returns of the No. 1 Single’

Guinness Style: PSY Sets A World Record

Forget cars, computers, and costly petrochemicals. These days, South Korea’s most famous export is pop star PSY, who has just set the Guinness World Record for the most liked YouTube video of all time. It only took a few weeks for the rapper/producer’s massive hit “Gagnam Style” to become a viral sensation with millions of hits, hundreds of parody videos, and, surprisingly, several workout routines. By nabbing the Guinness record, PSY’s colorful montage of explosions, invisible horse riding, and sketchy yoga voyeurism has outstripped former YouTube record holders Adele, Justin Bieber, and LMFAO. While “Gagnam Style” is generally regarded as a much–loved worldwide sensation, some have questioned its reproduction of negative Asian stereotypes in the West. Others are just comfortable with emphatically screaming “You know what I’m saying!” while sitting on the toilet in a public restroom.

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