“It’s been a very long journey to this moment"
Last week we learned that pop icon Janet Jackson would be honored with a performance tribute and a special award during The BET Awards show that aired live on BET last night. Today we get to see video of the fun tribute performance that featured Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara dancing up a storm to Janet‘s hit career-spanning songs Pleasure Principle, All For You, If and Rhythm Nation. Janet then made an appearance on stage to accept the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award … her first public on stage appearance at an awards show in years. The tribute was great, Janet looked amazing and with the forthcoming release of her new album & launch of her Unbreakable World Tour, we are now one step closer to her full-fledged return to the music scene. Click below to see Janet‘s return to The BET Awards last night. More »
For the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment
For some time now there has been a lot of chatter going around about the push to get a woman featured on paper US currency (specifically, the $20 bill). Today we learn officially that the US Treasury has announced that they will put a woman on the $10 bill by 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gave women in this country the legal right to vote. At present, no decision has been made about which woman will be placed on the $10 bill but who ever she will be, she will be the first woman to be featured on paper US currency since 1896 when Martha Washington was featured on a $1 silver certificate (tho, more recently, both Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea have both been featured on the $1 coin). How exciting! More »
Posted under: US Treasury
Jenny Lewis FTW!
In late March, singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis teased that she would be paying homage to her child actor appearance on The Golden Girls in the music video for her new single She’s Not Me. Today, we get to see Jenny‘s music video in full and see that she not only references her guest appearance on The Golden Girls (1987) but also her starring roles in the movies Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and The Wizard (1989). Lewis, as you may know, was a kinda successful child actor back in the day but has since become a much more accomplished musician both as a solo artist and as the frontwoman of Rilo Kiley. I love this song, I LOVE her nods to her acting past and I really love Fred Arminsen as GG‘s Sophia Petrillo. This has to be the music video of the year!
An industrious fan decided to take the new music video for Britney Spears‘s new single Pretty Girls, which features Iggy Azalea on guest (c)rap vocals, and give it a LEGO make-over … and the results are utterly and completely brilliant. As you can see above, the video is a scene-by-scene recreation of the Pretty Girls video but with LEGO figures and building blocks. I about died when the short hair version of Britney first appeared at the car wash … then did, in fact, fall down #DEAD during the final dance scene in the club (Her hair! I can’t!!). As much fun as the original video is, I think this LEGO version is pretty damn great, too. Have a look, fall in love.
Season 1 Coach Auditions
Back in February, Christina Aguilera showed off her pretty impressive impersonations of Britney Spears, Cher and Shakira while playing Wheel of Musical Impressions on The Tonight Show. Today, we get to see video of Xtina doing impressions of those same pop stars and a few more in a new video promo for The Voice that, I’m guessing, was inspired by her bit on The Tonight Show last winter. The gimmick is that Xtina is impersonating all of the other singers who auditioned to be coaches on season 1 of The Voice. Some of the impressions are cute, mostly because of the costuming, but I think she did a better job sounding like the other singers back in February. Watch the video above and judge for yourselves. Is Xtina truly the Queen of all Impressions?
"If there ain't not justice / Then there ain't no peace"
Last week it was announced that Prince had written and recorded a song in tribute to Freddie Gray and the people of the city of Baltimore. Just a few days ago, it was announced that Prince and his band 3rd Eye Girl would be playing a tribute concert in the city of Baltimore, MD this weekend with proceeds going to Baltimore-based youth charities. Today, one day before Prince‘s concert performance in Baltimore, we get to hear the just-released tribute song that Prince wrote for the Freddie Gray and the city of Baltimore … appropriately titled Baltimore. Click below to have a listen of the song in full. More »
Recorded at Paisley Park
In the wake of the protests that have sprung up in the city of Baltimore, MD (and around the country) over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore Police Department, Prince has announced that he has recorded a song that was written as a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore” which is meant to “addresses the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men”. At this point, details about the song are very scarce … we don’t know when the song will be released, we don’t even know what it has been titled. But Prince has released the cover artwork for this tribute single, which you can see in full below. More »
Posted under: Freddie Gray, Prince
"Hands up for Selena and Los Dinos!"
Last month we marked the sad occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and last night, she was honored with a live tribute performance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Jennifer Lopez, the actress who portrayed Selena on film back in 1997, teamed up with Selena‘s band and family Los Dinos for the tribute performance last night and … OMG, it was everything. Unfortunately, the only video I can find of the Selena tribute performance is fan-shot cellphone video of a TV set (which you can watch in full above) but even in such low quality, you can see just how special last night’s Selena tribute by J. Lo truly was. Watch the video above then click below to read some deets about the performance from The Hollywood Reporter. More »
Forever the Queen of Tejano Music
20 years ago today, on March 31, 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was gunned down and murdered at the far too young age of 23 — in the literal prime of her life. At 23, Selena was a Tejano Music superstar and was on the verge of breaking through into the Pop Music mainstream. Had Selena not been murdered, it is my opinion that she would’ve gone on to enjoy a Jennifer Lopez level of stardom (which is so ironic considering J. Lo‘s meteoric rise to fame began when she portrayed Quintanilla in the biopic film Selena back in 1997). As a kid growing up in Michigan, I wasn’t really aware of Selena‘s fame until after her death but my family members in Texas were huge, devoted fans who were gutted when Selena was killed. I did go back and listen to Selena‘s music (her songs are in heavy rotation on my most favorite playlists, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is prob my fave go to Selena song) and fell in love with her story in the biopic and became one of her biggest posthumous fans. Today is a sad anniversary but Selena‘s impact on the world of music is still felt 20 years after her death so I decided homage needed to be paid. Click through the gallery to see some of my fave photos of Selena then click below to read excerpts from an interview that the Associated Press did with Selena‘s father Abraham Quintanilla. More »