Spice Up Your Life (In Other Ways)
A few weeks ago we heard the exciting rumor that the Spice Girls may be reuniting this year. It was first suggested that it would be for the London Olympics, then Melanie Brown suggested that the much anticipated reunion would be as a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The news spread like wildfire and caused MUCH excitement. Both events are a big deal for the U.K. and the Spice Girls are a beloved British pop act, so even though the news was never confirmed it was feasible and believeable and oh so, wonderful. Today the hope has been crushed though as Victoria Beckham has confirmed a proposed Spice Girls reunion this year “isn’t going to happen” because the singers are too busy. More »
... But Manages to Make It to the Concert Stage Later That Night
Earlier today we learned a bit about Whitney Houston‘s funeral yesterday, specifically the amazing eulogy delivered by actor Kevin Costner, and right now we learn about ex-husband Bobby Brown‘s involvement (or lack, thereof) in yesterday’s special event. After it was in doubt that Bobby would even be allowed to attend the ceremony at all, he managed to be allowed to attend Whitney‘s funeral yesterday with two guests. Bobby showed up with 9 people and was turned away by security. After he was, eventually, allowed access again, he took issue with the seating arrangements and decided to leave altogether. Brown missed the funeral altogether and only stayed long enough to kiss Whitney‘s casket and then leave. Later that night, he was on stage performing in concert. Class act, all the way. More »
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The TV Guide
Early last month I passed along the exciting info that visionary musician Björk was planning a 10 concert residence in NYC as part of her Biophilia Live Tour. Last night I was able to attend the 4th concert performance of Björk‘s NYC residency at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Over the years, I’ve missed out on a lot of Björk concerts (I used to have the WORST luck with show cancelations) but I was able to see her on her Voltaïc: The Volta Tour when she performed at Radio City Music Hall back in 2007 and KNEW I had to see her again as soon as possible. Last night was my chance … and it was a GLORIOUS performance. More »
"You Chew Me Up And Spit Me Up"
There have been a lot of Grammy stories today, as to be expected… and here is one more for ya. There are a few reports going around about Katy Perry’s performance last night because her new song (which was leaked a few months ago) seemed to be a direct reference to her divorce from Russell Brand. The song, and performance, did appear to be an empowerment anthem, in what was her first performance on TV since they split. Watch the performance again and notice the lyrics this time…it is a very timely release. Girl power or girl damaged? More »
Is This Better Than Her SNL Performance?
Last week there was lots of news to report about Lana Del Rey. First we heard that her U.S. tour had been canceled in the wake of the scathing ‘Saturday Night Live’ reviews. Then her reps confirmed that she never had an official spring tour planned and will continue performing for fans around the country. She put on a performance in L.A. on the 7th and then on Thursday, at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, so it certainly does seem like she is still performing. Check out the video of her performance. Is it better than her now notorious ‘Saturday Night Live’ show? Do you think her live performances are improving? More »
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Prayers & Song for Whitney
The 54th annual Grammy Awards were handed out in a lavish musical ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA on Sunday night and while the focus of the awards show was to hand out awards to the best musical performers of the last year, as decided on by Grammy voters, a portion of the night was devoted to the memory of the late Whitney Houston. Grammy Awards host LL Cool J opened the show with remarks that paid tribute to Whitney‘s life and legacy and he shared a personal prayer for and in her memory. Later on in the show, singer Jennifer Hudson performed a powerful rendition of I Will Always Love You in tribute to Whitney. We will hear more about the Grammy show itself a bit later on but, for now, let’s see how tribute was paid to Whitney Houston at Sunday night’s show. More »
Just two days before her tragic and untimely death yesterday, Whitney Houston made an on stage appearance at a pre-Grammy Awards party in Hollywood, CA where she jumped up to give an impromptu performance of the church hymn Yes, Jesus Loves Me with singer and friend Kelly Price. Little did people in attendance at the time know that it would prove to be Whitney‘s final musical performance ever. Altho the vocals aren’t her best and yes, she appeared to be a bit … off … I find it ironic, touching and a bit sad that Whitney‘s last song performed ever was Jesus Loves Me (which she originally recorded for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard). Click below to watch video of Whitney‘s final performance ever. More »
"Whitney would have asked that the music go on."
As was reported earlier, it appears that Whitney Houston passed away by drowning yesterday afternoon just hours before she was scheduled to appear and reportedly perform at The Recording Academy and Clive Davis Annual Pre-Grammy Party that famously takes place annually each night before the Grammy Awards. Because the event was so beloved by Whitney, her mentor and friend Clive Davis decided that the show would go on despite her death and would, instead, be turned into an impromptu memorial for the late Whitney Houston. Clive Davis opened the show last night with remarks about Whitney‘s passing and then led the assembled audience in a respectful moment of silence … and then the party got underway. Click below to see photos and watch video from last night’s somber yet celebratory event. More »
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'Born This Way' Is Coming Your way
Lady Gaga has announced the dates for her Born This Way Ball world tour kicking off in Seoul on April 27th, and then onto Australia before heading off to Europe, Latin America and North America. She wont be here in the U.S. until the end of 2013 unfortunately, but she has shared on Twitter a sneak preview of her stage setup. Check it out below.. More »
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'Crazy For You'
Yesterday we watched video of Kelly Clarkson performing The Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLVI but right now we get to watch video of another fantastic Kelly performance. During her concert stop in Bossier City, LA last Saturday night (before she flew up to Indianapolis, IN to perform at the Super Bowl), Kelly performed a cover of the classic Madonna ballad Crazy For You. It should come as no surprise that Kelly gave a beautiful rendition of the song. Click below to check out her Crazy performance in full. More »