Back in early December, Donovan wrote about the Sia’s live performance cover of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” which she also co-wrote. Now, her version of “Blank Page” (which she wrote for Christina’s album) has surfaced online. It’s very different from the Lotus version and they each have their own take on it. Other artists that Sia has worked with or collaborated with included Bliss n Eso, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Shakira, and more. She is one talented woman.
Listen to both songs below and vote on which version you like best: Sia’s or Christina Aguilera’s.
Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.
Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.
Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.
Not surprisingly, in light of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, has been dropped by radio stations. Given its lyrics, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / You better run, better run, outrun my gun … better run faster than my bullet,” it’s the sensitive thing to do.
Also receiving a ‘no play’ status at several stations, especially in the regions nearby the shootings, is Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” Even though it’s a pop dance track about seizing the day, some might misinterpret the title as being inappropriate, reveal a few radio spokespeople. Surprisingly, David Guetta’s “Titanium” with its “bulletproof” line is also getting the axe. I guess you can probably add La Roux’s “Bulletproof” to that list.
On the flip side, several songs have seen an increase in airplay since the tragedy. Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All,” have all received more requests than normal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sound bites featuring words from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night set to the music of Lifehouse’s “Aftermath” and White Lion’s “When The Children Cry” have played on WDAQ in Danbury, Connecticut.
Speaking of commemorative recordings, did you see last night’s moving tribute on The Voice. The show’s judges and contestants performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while holding cards with names of those who perished from the brutal shootings. Though relatively short, the performance was beyond powerful. Christina Aguilera’s solo was EVERYTHING. I go tingles and shed a couple of tears. When X-Tina utilizes her voice, nothing even comes close. Check out the performance below.
If you watched The Voice this week, you probably heard Christina Aguilera boasting that her Season 2 pet Chris Mann is the most commercial artist to come from the NBC talent show. To be fair, he’s got some pretty weak competition. No one from The Voice has broken out like a Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or even a Jordin Sparks.
Truth be told, had Aguilera not been involved with a petty feud with Adam Levine all season long, Mann might’ve done better than fourth place. Team X-Tina never does very well on the NBC singing show. This season, she’s the first judge/mentor to lose her entire team. Girl needs to work on her likability factor on the show. Anyhoo…
Chris Mann isn’t letting placing fourth get him down. The 30-year-old classically trained singer recently released his debut album Roads. As expected, it’s doing well on the classical charts, but he’s hoping it’ll crossover. The Kansas native appeared on The Today Show to perform the title track “Roads” and a cover of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Know“. Check out both performances below.
As the popularity of singing and dancing shows has increased, established pop stars (including the judges on the shows) have used the medium as a platform for promoting there own music. I don’t see anything wrong with that, but rather it’s just an observation. On November 28, for example, a preview of Britney Spears & Will.I.Am‘s music video for “Scream & Shout” will premiere on The X Factor. I can’t wait!
This week, three established female pops stars performed on three different reality competition shows and I’m curious to know which one was your favorite. I decided to include these three because each of them is a gay icon in their own way with all three being quite popular within the gay community. Kylie Minogue performed her legendary hit, “Locomotion” on Strictly Come Dancing, while Paula Abdul performed a medley of her hits on Dancing With The Stars last night. Christina Aguilera performed both nights on The Voice this week, performing her new duet with Blake Shelton called “Just A Fool” the first night, and “Let There Be Love” last night. For the record, those are two of my favorite songs on the album, but to keep it fair, I only included the latter performance in the poll below.
Watch the three performances and vote for your favorite below.
Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.
Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.
While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.
Christina Aguilera recently had Hoda Kotb in her home for a one-on-one interview with Dateline where she talked about both her personal and professional life. They talk about her new album, her role on The Voice, the scrutiny about her weight, being a mother, and a lot about her past.
Aguilera also talked about some of her inspiration in her music and some of that has been a result of bullying. “I have definitely experienced forms of bullying, and that’s why it’s so important for me to write songs like ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Fighter.’” She added, “On this current record, Lotus is all about being an unbreakable flower that survives the test of time. Throughout the roughest of surroundings and harshest weather conditions it remains strong and thrives.”
The interview is actually quite interesting, with Aguilera really opening up and speaking very honestly about everything. Watch the entire segment below.
Christina Aguilera’s seventh studio album Lotus is out and receiving better reviews than Bionic, but will that translate to album sales? Bionic was considered a commercial debacle and sold only 110,000 copies out of the gate. Since X-Tina is much more visible now thanks to her weekly stint on The Voice, she has a better platform to launch a new album. Just look at her co-judge Adam Levine who currently has the longest-running single of 2012.
Before I get to Christina’s numbers, I wanted to chat briefly about One Direction. The British boy band sensation also released a new album this week. In fact, it’s their second one of 2012. According to Hits Daily Double (which is pretty spot on usually), Take Me Home is on track to move 525,000 to 575,000 making it a sure thing to land No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart next week. Clearly, X-Tina isn’t going to match that number but will Lotus bloom for Auggie? Find out below.