Can you believe Glee is airing its Season 4 finale on Thursday? It seems just like yesterday when Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Mike, Puck and Santana graduated from McKinley High. Don’t expect another commencement ceremony on the finale this season. Ryan Murphy is splitting up the school year between Season 4 and Season 5. Instead, here’s what to expect on Thursday.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) might or might not get engaged. An older lesbian couple (Kurt and Blaine in 20 years *wink*) played by TV vets Meredith Baxter and Patty Duke will undoubtedly play a factor in that. With regards to New Directions, they compete at Regionals against a formidable team headlined by Frida Romero portrayed by American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
In the meantime, Rachel heads to her Funny Girl callback. Will she choke or will she be Broadway bound for Glee Season 5? More importantly, what is she singing? Find out below. A few of the artists covered on the finale include Icona Pop, The Script, Celine Dion, Little Mix, DJ Zedd and an original track. Check them all out below.
Celine Dion recently performed in Beijing at the Chinese New Year’s Gala helping millions across the globe welcome in the Year of the Snake. The singer’s first song was a traditional folk song called “Jasmine Flower” that was performed as a euet with Chinese singer Song Zuying, who looked like a gay super villain, but get this… the entire song is in MANDARIN!
Honestly, you have to watch the video to believe it but homegirl kills it with her Mandarin singing. It’s absolutely the best video I’ve seen this year. I could have done with about half of the 3 million backup dancers that accompanied the two singers, but that’s just a matter of opinion.
In true diva fashion, when asked about singing in Mandarin Dion said, “I had wonderful people in the studio with me helping me understand the meaning of the song. But even in between the lines, between what you’re singing, you have to feel the music. You have to feel the passion. It’s very difficult to pinpoint passion. It’s very difficult to pinpoint emotion. This is something that is around us, and I think it lives through music.” Oooookay sister, settle down.
Dion also performed her massive hit, “My Heart Will Go On“, which to this day still manages to give me goosebumps.
It only took 36 years, but Barbra Streisand is returning to the Academy Awards stage to perform. The first, and only time so far, was in 1977 when she performed her Oscar-winning “Evergreen“- the theme song from A Star Is Born. I’m not sure how the producers coaxed the legend to getting back on stage, but I’m extremely thankful. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are going to be epic.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Seriously, I’m still in shock that Streisand agreed to do this. Why now? Back at the 1997 Academy Awards, her duet with Bryan Adams, “I Finally Found Someone,” was nominated for Best Original Song, but she opted out of performing it. Instead, Natalie Cole was supposed to sing the tune, but fell ill last minute. With only one day of rehearsals, Celine Dion stepped in and blew it out of the water.
With Adele already confirmed to perform “Skyfall” as part of the James Bond tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, and Barbra’s addition, the singing portions of the show are going to be must-see segments. Typically for me, it’s the perfect time for a bathroom break. Check out Barbra’s 1977 performance below, along with Celine’s last minute substitution back in 1997.
Too bad Lisa Kudrow didn’t think of reaching out to Justin Bieber for her NBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? Had she done so, she could’ve scored a jackpot with all the celebrities related to the “Boyfriend” singer. Ancestry.com began tracing Justin’s family lineage last year and discovered interesting family connections. As it turns out, the Biebs is distant cousins with three very famous Canadian entertainers- two are singers and one is an Oscar-nominated actor.
“The great thing about family history is that you never know what you’re going to find,” says Ancestry’s researcher Michelle Ercanback. “It was a very pleasant surprise.”
“Discoveries like this are rare, so the fact that some of the top entertainment industry stars are all related is especially fascinating,” says Lesley Anderson, Canadian genealogy expert with Ancestry.com. “There’s something special about discovering a shared connection. And to be able to go so far back in history while making that connection is one of the most satisfying aspects of family history research.”
Just in case you were wondering what inspired me to write this post, you can thank/blame the CW’s Beauty and the Beast. While the show starring Kristin Kreuk and that sexy Jay Ryan wasn’t nearly as bad as critics panned it to be, there were a couple things I wish were included. What you ask? Perhaps a singing teapot and candlestick ;) Obviously I kid, but watching the show made me nostalgic for the animated film’s theme song by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion.
During the Disney Renaissance era (late 80s and 90s), the Mickey Mouse studio returned to making successful animated films. Year after year, Disney raked in boffo dollars by adapting well-known stories which appealed to the masses and critics alike. Beauty and the Beast also became the first animated film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The Lion King til this day still remains as the highest-grossing traditionally animated film in history.
Not only were Disney films successful at the box office during this time, but they also fared well on the Billboard charts. Both The Lion King and Pocahontas OST hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and The Little Mermaid was certified 6x platinum. A few of the films even earned Best Oscar nods for their respective theme songs. Take a stroll down Disney memory lane below and find out what my Top 5 Disney Songs from the 1990s are after the videos.
Do you have someone on your Christmas list that’s a hardcore Whitney Houston fan? If so, you’ll have plenty of options this upcoming holiday season. The music industry certainly isn’t letting the “VOICE” fade away anytime soon.
Earlier this week, a re-worked version of “I Look To You” featuring a duet with R. Kelly was released. The track will appear on Houston’s first posthumous album titled, I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston. It’ll feature remastered versions of some of the late singer’s iconic hits plus unreleased material. The album will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on November 12, in time for the lucrative holiday season.
In addition to the album, a photo tribute book Whitney: Tribute To An Icon will be released by Atria Books. Donated works of 22 renowned photographers with essays from Pat Houston, Clive Davis and Randee St. Nicholas will be included. It’ll be available on November 27 with proceeds going to Teen Summit and to the Whitney Houston Estate for the care of her daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Things have been relatively quiet on the Celine Dion front lately. Perhaps, the French-Canadian chanteuse realized this as well and decided to orchestrate a splashy return to the public eye. The 44-year-old superstar posed for a series of ‘interesting’ photos for V Magazine’s Travel Issue where Nicole Kidman is showing off her butt on the cover. Apparently V is were middle-aged women go and get frisky ;)
Celine invited photographer Sebastian Faena inside her Florida home for an intimate shoot. The Diva is snapped topless in one photo and wearing a bunch of stuffed animals while wearing a bunny mask in another. The stylist for the fashion editorial certainly didn’t hold anything back when it came to accessorizing. “Taking Chances” was certainly the mantra for the day. In the accompanying interview, the “My Heart Will Go On” singer chats about her career and fellow belters, Adele and Whitney Houston. She calls the British songbird ‘a total package’, among other things. Check out a couple of quotes and pics below.
‘I think that her whole image is very good! The way that she is will definitely help the new generation of girls accept themselves.’ – Celine Dion on Adele
‘I have always been scared of the industry. I was just in shock when Whitney [Houston's] life had been taken because of drugs. It’s a big loss for all of us.’ – Celine Dion on Whitney Houston
Adele topped both Rolling Stone and Billboard’s year end charts. Rihanna reigned supreme on Facebook’s year end lists. While topping those lists are all well and good, everyone wants to be number one when it comes to earning bank. As Cuba Gooding Jr. said in “Jerry Maguire“… SHOW ME THE MONEY. Both Adele and Rihanna earned some decent moolah in 2011, but fell short compared to the Top 3 earning women in music. Check out what how much of your money these female superstars raked in.
10. Alicia Keys and Britney Spears ($10 million each)
9. Adele ($18 million)
8. Celine Dion ($19 million)
7. Carrie Underwood ($20 million)
6. Pink ($22 million)
5. Rihanna ($29 million)
4. Beyonce Knowles ($35 million)