Backstage before last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy, Mariah Carey, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you’d find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night “Music Room” to sing Mariah’s holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It’s such a cute video with all the kids joining in as well! Definitely something that will get you into the holiday spirit and Mariah’s song is up there as one of my favorite Christmas songs.
You may recall that Christina Aguilera was also recently on the show and performed “Your Body” with Fallon and The Roots, with everyone only using office supplies as instruments. More recently though, Fallon has been getting into the holiday spirit and last week performed a hilarious holiday mashup with Rashida Jones – definitely worth watching if you haven’t. Watch last night’s performance below and it’s bound to brighten your day.
Last night, Christina Aguilera was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where she performed “Your Body” alongside Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with everyone using office supplies as instruments. I actually really enjoyed this acoustic rendition of her hit single.
Today, Aguilera released the full track of one of her new songs called “Blank Page” and I think you’re gonna love it. Very different from her first single, “Blank Page” is a power ballad, sort of along the same lines as one of her biggest hits, “Beautiful“. In the track, Aguilera sings, “Oh, for the things you said / If I could’ve knew / That I hurt you / I would do anything / For us to make it through / Got me a smile and save me tonight / I am a blank page waiting /For you to bring me to life.”
Listen to the beautiful new song and also check out her performance last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon below.
Last year, VH1′s popular concert series saluted the troops. This year, the beloved franchise is paying tribute to the cities where soul music was born. Can I get a hallelujah? The cities slated to be honored are Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia and London. London, WTF? I guess with the resurgence of soul thanks to Adele, it sorta makes sense.
With soul music taking front and center, this year’s Divas lineup is packed with ladies who have some serious pipes. Sorry Miley Cyrus, your services aren’t needed this year. I still can’t get over the “Party In The USA” singer was deemed a Diva two years ago. So not fetch. Yes, Grechen Weiners I’m still trying to make it happen.
“This year’s ‘Divas’ offers a modern twist on soul music, all while tipping its hat to the legacy of key cities that created this musical heritage.” – Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic
Taking place at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, some of today’s most powerful singers will be taking on timeless classics. As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.
I love when celebrities makes bets with each other. The result is always amazing stuff like this. When Stephen Colbert challenge Late Night host Jimmy Fallon to raise $26,000 for charity, I don’t think Stephen realized the power that Jimmy had to pull in funds. In losing the bet and being a great sport, Stephen took to the stage at Jimmy’s show to sing a rendition of Rebecca Black’s song, Friday.
The musical number involved some pretty awesome special guests. For the rap, Jimmy’s house band The Roots kicked it mocking the car scene by driving in with just a car door. For the famous bridge, Jimmy Fallon made his own cameo and then out of nowhere, forgotten American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
To finish off the number with a bang, the New York Knicks’ Dance Team jumped on the stage with an explosive dance routine. This was absolutely hilarious and so much better than the original. I think they should record a full version and sell it on iTunes to raise more money. What do you think?
On Monday, the stars and the pros had a big challenge on their hands. Not only did they have to learn one routine, but they also had to learn a second routine knowing only their style but not knowing their music. After their first performance, each couple picked their song out of a mirror ball and had 20 minutes to configure their routine backstage, before hitting the floor and performing for the judges. The instant dance brought out the best in some of the stars like Jennifer and Kyle but brought out the worst in Maks who didn’t agree with Carrie Ann’s criticism that they should have started the dance right when the music started. A top the leader board is Brandy and Maks and Jennifer and Derek while at the bottom is Bristol and Mark once again. Has Bristol finally put the nail in her coffin or will the ballroom be shocked once again?
Here are the stars that are safe and in jeopardy:
Kyle and Lacey: SAFE
Jennifer and Derek: SAFE
Kurt and Anna: IN JEOPARDY
Bristol and Mark: SAFE
Brandy and Maks: IN JEOPARDY
Hallelujah, the Welsh goddess is back and she comes bearing gifts. Duffy’s 2008 debut album “Rockferry” was a massive hit around the world, lead by the enormous single “Mercy”. That album went to sell over 6.5 million units worldwide. I was one of those 6.5 mil who bought that album and I LOVED it. Nowadays, It’s very rare for me to listen to an entire album in its entirety. The recording industry is all about a singles market these days and most albums are packed with filler rubbish (smell me, I’m so British). “Syrup and Honey” and “Warwick Avenue” were two of my favorites.
In anticipation of the release of her sophomore album, “Endlessly“, on November 29, the official lead cut was just released. “Well Well Well” is the perfect track to signal her return to her fans. It’s in the same vein as “Mercy” with its catchy radio appeal, but with an edge. The track features a rhythm section by The Roots and gives the soulful track a bit of funk.
Another stunning weekend in Vancouver has unfortunately come and gone, but I have to admit this is definitely shaping up to be one of the best summers ever. Flash back to last week Tuesday when my good buddy Kyle from Victoria texts me and says he can get free passes to VirginFest for both the Saturday and Sunday shows. Naturally I jumped at the chance to spend the entire weekend outside surrounded by shirtless men, lounging in a beer garden and listening to live music.
As per usual Kyle came over on Friday night and we felt it was definitely mandatory to celebrate on the eve of the festivities as well to ensure maximum weekend awesomeness was achieved. Needless to say Saturday morning was extreme rough and the transit ride was a nightmare to get to Deer Lake Park (this mystical land in the middle of nowhere Burnaby – who knew?!), taking over 45 minutes on one (very wrong) bus. Once getting to the grounds it turned out that Kyle’s friend Sean had managed to score us VIP passes, which automatically cranked the weekend up a notch. Kyle then proceeds to tell me Sean is in Marketing for Virgin and well connected to the VirginFests all around the country. Sweet deal, and thanks again Sean!
We got to the festival around 3pm on Saturday and the event was already in full swing. Bands were playing, switching back and forth between the Main Event Stage and the Festival Stage. Kyle and I headed straight to our fenced in VIP area to check out the scene. Stellar food tents, ice cold beer, ‘Virgin Angels’ and dancing shrubs awaited us at every turn.