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Grammy Performances And Winners 2011

In: Music, TV Shows, Tyrell

Tonight, the stars came out to play for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The anticipation for some of the hottest performances were high, but did they deliver? Did all of your predictions come true

We kick off the evening with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. LL Cool J introduces the women who will be singing some of her biggest hits. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.

Lady Gaga took to the stage to perform for the first time her new single Born This Way. After her much talked about walk down the red carpet, her egg appeared on stage and she hatched with a group of dancers in see-through choir robes. In the most simple Gaga performance to date, she wowed the audience with a full out dance routine and organ playing skills.

Read more about the performances and see the winners after the jump…

TV BackTalk: Brand & Brown On SNL

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

Last night, British sensation Russel Brand took on the hosting role of SNL. I have loved Russel ever since I first saw him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek so I assumed that he would be the most hilarious on SNL. However, his performance was only luke warm for me.

His opening monologue contained some funny moments where he explained how he is more famous over in the UK and how you can tell he is a famed British actor is by the tightness of his trousers. He also went on to talk about his wife Katy Perry and the ‘normal problems’ they have compared to his life over in the UK before he met her.

Aside from the funny moments he talked so much with his hands and arms that I was completely distracted. During the show, Russel took part in 5 sketches that emphasized heavily on his British accent.

Check out my review on the sketches after the jump…

As you all know I love “American Idol“, and I’m glad it’s finally back on track this season. A lot of people enjoy watching the show for the drama or the trainwrecks, but I really enjoy hearing someone doing a solid rendition of a popular song. In other words, I love song covers. When done right, it can breathe new life into an overplayed track or expose an unknown gem to a new audience. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been meaning to do separate posts on the following covers, but always kept pushing them back.

Since, we’re all off in Whistler enjoying a weekend of gay fun on the mountains at WinterPRIDE 2011, I decided to write this post before we left, compiling four covers that I’ve really enjoyed recently. It’s a grab bag of established singers covering hits of yesteryear mixed in with a couple of YouTube users giving their spin on new classics. Hope you enjoy the following selections.

Adele Covers The Cure’s “Lovesong”

I decided to start off with my favorite of the bunch. Adele’s version of The Cure’s classic 80s hit leaked on the internet a few weeks ago. Rumor has it, that it’ll show up on Adele’s super highly-anticipated sophomore album, “21″. I’m not even joking. The buzz and anticipation is almost deafening. I just adore the English songstress and in awe of her rendition. The way she effortlessly transforms the peppy 80s pop song into a warm emotion-filled bluesy track is amazing. Check it out, and I guarantee you’ll be moved as well. Anyone else here, an Adele fan?

listen to three other covers after the jump

AskMen.com has released their Top 99 Women of 2011 and the woman on top is Gossip Girl’s 23 year old Blake Lively – nice choice! She makes a big jump from number 85 last year.

In the last couple years, Blake Lively has gone from TV star to movie star and Fashion icon, gracing the cover of countless magazines and having starred in The Town and the upcoming summer blockbuster hit, The Green Lantern. In the film, she’s the love interest of People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2010, Ryan Reynolds. Lively may be in the spotlight, but she knows how to handle it. No rehab or scandals for this beauty! The only noteworthy non-career related story for her this year was the big (amicable) breakup between her and her Gossip Girl costar, Penn Badgley. Perhaps her new single status was a draw for men to move her up on the list as well.

The stunning Mila Kunis took the number two spot on the list, also recently single after having dated Macaulay Culkin since 2002. Recently, she was photographed chatting with Glee’s Chord Overstreet after the SAG awards, who actually looks like a hot version of the Home Alone star. Forget “Bitch stole my look,” more like “Bitch stole my bitch!” in Culkin’s eyes!

Who else is in the top 10 on this list of 99? Find out below.

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

In the infamous words of Destiny’s Child. Can you handle it? I don’t think you can handle it. Let that be your warning because hearing this amazing mashup will leave you in such a euphoric state, you’ll think you popped a few mind-altering pills. Seriously, this guy is amazing. My good friend, Scott, who’s currently living in Australia introduced me to this musical genius.

Robin Skouteris is a music producer, DJ and a video director from Athens, Greece. He’s mostly known for his mashups. Beside sharing his audio masterpieces to the world, Robin also remixes and composes for music artists, tv commercials and short films. His latest creation is titled “Popalicious!” and includes artists like The Pet Shop Boys, Destiny’s Child, Kylie Minogue, Salt-N-Pepa and much more. A couple years back, I claimed DJ Earworm had created the best video mashup ever, but after hearing this awesome mix, Robin Skouteris has supplanted Earworm in my eyes. Especially, given DJ Earworm’s less than stellar 2010 year-end video mashup.

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Onto her fourth single from her “Teenage Dream” album, Katy Perry is set to release “E.T.” and has just revealed the artwork for the “out of this world” track. The song is produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin (the men behind Britney’s monster hit “Hold It Against Me“), and Ammo and is about falling head over heals in love with an alien (aka Russell Brand). Although fans thought that it was going to be Peacock, E.T. has been confirmed as the next single and is set to be released in February.

A song about extra terrestrial gives a lot of room for creativity in a music video. The video will be directed by Floria Sigismondi (Christina Aguilera – “Hurt” & “Fighter”, Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”).

Listen to the track after the jump…

Glee’s SuperBowl Episode Music Sneak Peek

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

SPOILER ALERT! Glee’s spoilers have been hot and heavy this week. Not returning until February 8th on FOX, star Matthew Morrison did an interview with TV Guide and spilled the beans on their Valentine’s Day set list. He says in the interview that his assignment to the kids is to have them sing “love songs”. However, when I list the songs below, you’ll see that some of the kids have an interesting take on what love songs are to them.

The list includes Firework by Katy Perry, Fat Bottom Girls by Queen, P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson and the list continues. However, before this episode airs on Tuesday the 8th, Gleeks will be treated to a special post-Superbowl episode on February 6th. What was once rumoured to be a Michael Jackson tribute episode has now been squashed by some of the songs and sound bites being released on the internet this week.

Finn and Rachel will tackle Need You Now by Lady Antebellum while Artie and the gang will sing a mash-up of Thriller with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s hit Heads Will Roll. Another exciting track will be Darren Criss and his pack of boys taking on Destiny’s Child’s Bills, Bills, Bills. I am already so excited!

Check out the music preview for the Superbowl episode after the jump.

Billboard Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

In: Music, Tyrell

These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.

Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.

Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.

Read more about Uncharted after the jump.

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