A few days ago, a 29-year old from Boston named Robert Jeffrey decided to share a video of him from the summer of 1991 where at 9 years old, he performed to Madonna’s “Vogue” in front of a blue screen background. The video has since gone viral.
That summer, his parents took him to Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire where there was a business in the casino that gave tourists the chance to lip-sync to their favorite pop songs in front of a blue background. Needless to say, little Robert was eager and ready to participate!
Why did he decide to upload the video now? He figured he’d do so in honor of the twentieth anniversary of Madge’s “Truth or Dare” and in celebration of the upcoming film “W.E.“, which she is directing. He introduces the video by saying, “Here is my nine year old self paying tribute to the woman who changed my life and continues to inspire me just as much today as twenty years ago.” Watch the video below. This kid killed it! I’m so glad his parents let him “express himself,” considering what other parents may have done as I mentioned in the “sissy boy” story the other day.
Britney Spears is not shy about her open love for queen of pop, Madonna. Before Lady Gaga came around and started being inspired by her songs, Britney performed with her live on stage and even collaborated on her track Me Against The Music. And, if you’ve seen Britney’s terrible movie Crossroads you remember her little rendition of Open Your Heart at the very beginning.
Well, rumor was that Britney was going to be doing a very exciting cover on her upcoming Femme Fatale Tour and speculation was definite that it would be a Madonna song. When a 13-second clip of Madonna’s 1983 classic Burning Up hit the web, we all rejoiced… could this be the cover we’re all dying to hear?
Now, a HQ recorded version (so that Britney can lip sync for her life on stage I’m sure) has hit the web and we are absolutely loving on it. The tour kicks off in Sacramento in six days so only time will tell if the leak is true. Regardless, the cover itself is a lot of fun and doesn’t stray very far from the original hit. Let’s hope she fills the stage with some seriously great 80′s dance moves and some killer outfits.
Coincidentally, I was just telling Tyrell the other day that I hope 14 year old Lourdes follows in her mother’s footsteps and becomes a huge pop sensation. She has the best person in the world to train her! Perhaps this will come true now that’s she’s recorded a song with her mother, Madonna.
When Madonna, 52 years old, released her “Celebration” album a few years back, there was a song called “It’s So Cool” that was released as a bonus song on iTunes. It’s a great track, but was never promoted too much. Well, the song was also recorded with Lourdes but that version was never released. Now, the track is going to be featured on Madonna’s next album (and/or) the upcoming soundtrack to her movie ‘W.E.’. I’m stoked to have Lourdes join Willow Smith and the others in the next generation of pop superstars.
If you haven’t heard “It’s So Cool,” check it out below. Personally, I recently revived it and added it into my current playlist.
Starlets, models, divas, and legends all brought their fashion A-game to last night’s 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City. The night celebrated the unveiling of the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the museum. Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was on hand to honor the work of the late designer and unveiled the exhibit. It was the biggest night of the fashion calender.
With all these ladies fighting it out for top fashion honors, you knew there were would be as many hits as there would be misses. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint on either fronts. Check out a few of the ladies who looked stunning and those who stunned, and not for a good reason.
Leighton Meester: Louis Vuitton
Blake Lively: Chanel
Jessica Szohr: Topshop
Normally Blake doesn’t disappoint, but this was not good. It didn’t compliment her banging body. Jessica looked a little too clubby for a gala. Loved Leighton’s dress and shoes, but not together. As a whole, the Upper East Siders didn’t fare so well.
In conjunction with her long-awaited album “Love?” dropping tomorrow, Jennifer Lopez debuted the music video for “I’m Into You” on The Today Show. It’s the follow up to her humongous hit, “On The Floor“. Just like it, she’s enlisted a rapper to add some hip-hop edge to the track. Even though Lil Wayne provides sick rhymes for the single, he doesn’t appear in the music video. Instead, she enlists hunky telenovela star and former Man Crush of mine, William Levy to provide added heat to the hot video. Here’s J. Lo explaining why she chose the Cuban sex stick to co-star with her.
“It was funny because over Christmas, I had my whole family at my house, and every day my cousins and my aunts and everybody tuned in to this thing [telenovela] to see this guy … I called my cousins and they were like, ‘It’s William Levy. You’ve got to get William Levy!’”
I have to admit, I like the song more after watching the music video. When I first heard the track, I wasn’t a super fan and thought she was copying Rihanna‘s footsteps by releasing an island-sounding track as her second single. But consider me a convert now. La Lopez traveled to the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza to film the scenic clip. Melina Matsoukas directed the pop singer who looks absolutely stunning in every shot. It’s like Madonna’s “Cherish” music video fused with Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” set in a Mayan setting. Watch the clip and you’ll totally agree with my references.
Initially, Lady Gaga gave Weird Al Yankovic’s parody on “Born This Way” two thumbs down and refused to give him permission to include it on his next album. Even though Weird Al’s creative liberties is protected legally by fair-use statues, he always seeks the approval from the artists before going public with his parodies. When Gaga’s team saw the lyrics and heard the finished song, they refused to give their seal of approval. I wonder what specifically they found so offensive, it rubbed them the wrong way.
No longer allowed to use “Perform This Way” as the first single off his upcoming album, he decided to release his version for free on his website. He also wrote a blog post explaining the circumstances surrounding his track to his fans. Maybe it was Weird Al’s public outing of Gaga’s lack of a sense of humor or pissing off Al’s over two million Twitter followers, but Gaga’s team eventually changed their minds and gave him the go-ahead to include it on his next album. Check out the single below and try to figure out what initially ruffled Gaga’s feathers.
I’m loving the newly released pics of Madonna, Out Magazine just released. For their “Ladies We Love” issue, the magazine chose both Britney Spears and Madonna to share the honors of gracing the cover. Last week, we saw a sneak peek of Brits, and this week it’s her idol’s turn. While Spears’ pictures are new and fresh, the magazine chose to go old school and compiled a bunch of never-before-released pictures of the Material Girl.
Photographer Richard Corman snapped Madonna, who was 24 at the time, a year before she became famous. Snaps of Madonna dancing with neighborhood kids, hanging out with senior citizens and other scenarios in the backdrop of 1980s New York, are pretty amazing. Even though you can see Madonna’s undeniable star quality, there’s this sense of innocence in the photos. Few would’ve predicted that Madonna, who’s still sporting some baby fat in the pics, would revolutionize the music industry. Truly a pioneer.
Another day, another “That beyotch Lady Gaga stole my song” claim. Ever since the Fame Monster released “Born This Way“, claims of Gaga ripping people off have surfaced. In the short time the song is been out, she’s been accused of biting Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way” and Madonna’s “Express Yourself“, which BTW I still don’t see. Having said that, the latest claim coming from Asia seems to be the most credible of them all.
Music producer E-Tribe who worked on SNSD’s “Be Happy” , has come forward to comment on the similarities between Gaga’s hit and the K-Pop group. Here’s what E-Tribe said in a statement:
“Someone this morning told me that there were reports of Lady Gaga plagiarizing SNSD’s ‘Be Happy.’ I listened, and I do feel that there are similarities. The way the song flows and the arrangements are, honestly, the same. I am currently working to get in contact with Lady Gaga’s publishing label to find further information.”
SNSD aka Girl’s Generation is Korea’s current IT girl group of the moment. Forbes named them as Korea’s most powerful celebrity due to their influence extending to other Asian countries. They have multiple endorsement deals including Nintendo, Dior Cosmetics, and Domino’s to name a few. If these accusations turn out to be true, the publicity surrounding the scandal could elevate the K-Pop girl group onto a worldwide stage.