Fans Want Weird Al to Perform At The Super Bowl

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The Super Half Time Show has always brought the hottest artists together. For this year’s entertainment fans of Weird Al Yankovic want him to perform. After he received his first number one album in his career fans created a petition. According to MSN.com the Change.org initiative, created by Ed Ball, has collected over 48,000 signatures.

Weird Al is well known for his parody songs such as Amish Paradise, Eat It, and Smells Like Nirvana. While attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, he hosted a radio show; he had his own radio show and earned his famous nickname. In college he recorded his first parody song “My Bologna” which was a parody of Knack’s “My Sharona.”

The song Eat It is a parody of Michael Jackson’s song Beat It. According to songfact.com the video for the song is a shot-for-shot parody of “Beat It.” They wanted to use the same sets, but those had been taken down so Al’s team had to re-create them. This parody is about a man who is a fussy eater and he needs to work on his table manners.

Smells Like Nirvana is a parody of Nirvana’s hit song Smells Like Teen Spirit. Songfacts.com states when Yankovic first heard Nirvana, he was very impressed but thought they wouldn’t catch on. He was thrilled when “Teen Spirit” became a huge hit, since that made the group a parody target (you don’t parody obscure songs).

Having him headline the Super Bowl Half Time Show would be a unique change. Something light hearted and funny. This for sure will get viewers talking good or bad. He is an artist who shocks people and makes them laugh their socks off. Below is the YouTube video of Eat It.

Gaga Teams Up With Bennett to Record an Album

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if artists from two different genres of music teamed up to do an album together? Well wonder no more because Lady Gaga is recording an album with jazz singer Tony Bennett which will be released on September 23. The album is titled “Cheek to Cheek.”

Lady Gaga is no stranger to jazz music. The pop singer revealed in an interview that she sang Jazz music since she was 13. The first song on the album to be released is called “Anything Goes.” This song was organically recorded by Cole Porter in 1934. The album will have remakes of other jazz songs such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” ”Sophisticated Lady,” ”Lush Life.” Gaga and Bennett’s voice will give these old jazz songs a unique sound.

This is not the first time that the pop star and jazz singer worked together. Four years ago Lady Gaga sang with Tony Bennett on his album Duets II. They recorded “Lady Is a Tramp” for the album. This song was originally recorded by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra in 1937. If you liked their version of this song, you don’t want to miss out on this new album. Below is a studio video of “Anything Goes”

 

 

 

Blondie at Orpheum Theater

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Yesterday in 1979 marked the day when the group Blondie performed at Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee according to thisdayinmusic.com. The American-Rock band became popular in the New Wave and Punk scene during the mid-1970. Blondie is known for songs such as Heart Of Glass, Call Me, and One Way Or Another.

The song Heart Of Glass was on the groups Parallel Lines album which was released in 1978. Songfacts.com states Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (who were later married) wrote the first version of this song in early 1974, shortly after they first met. This song is also on The American Idol video game. The site states Blondie re-recorded this in 1978 in a Reggae style, but their producer Mike Chapman suggested Reggae didn’t sell in America. As Harry and Stein had a fascination with the Disco sound that was then sweeping the country, so they adopted a sound that was an amalgamation of their New Wave background and Euro disco.

Call Me was recorded on the American Gigolo Soundtrack that was released in 1980. European Disco producer Giorgio Moroder wrote this with Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, who thus song was covered by Franz Ferdinand in 2009. It also covered by a heavy metal rock band called In This Moment during 2008.

One Way Or Another was another song recorded to the group’s Parallel Lines album. According to songfacts.com this song is about a stalker. The lyrics are very dark and go into detail about a guy with evil intentions, but the music is very light and catchy, which masked the meaning of the song. The song is featured in a few movies such as Coyote Ugly (2000), Seed of Chucky (2004), and Mean Girls (2004).

The music from this group has been around for many generations to listen to and enjoy. Blondie’s music may not be like today’s Rock, but that is what makes it so unique and standout from the rest. Below is the performance of One Way Or Another.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Mtv Music Video Awards Nominations Are Revealed

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Alert all music fans it’s that time again for the Mtv Music Awards airing live from Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday August 25 9/8c. This is one award show that shouldn’t be missed. There are always amazing performances and shocking moments that will have people talking about the next day. Who can forget the girl on girl kiss with Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 VMA’s? This award show is guaranteed to have moments like this that well knock viewers socks off.

Some of the nominations go to Eminem in the categories for Best Hip-Hop, Best Male and Best Collaboration. For Video of the Year the nominations are Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX with “Fancy,” Beyoncé ft. Jay Z with “Drunk in Love,” “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Sia’s “Chandelier” and Miley Cyrus with “Wrecking Ball.” There is a brand new category Best Lyric Video that will be announced later on. On Tuesday fans can do their part by voting for Video of the Year,” “Artist to Watch” on vma.mtv.com. They can also vote for “MTV Artist To Watch” by texting the artists name to 22444.

When it comes to this award show, the live performances disappoint. Some of the artists scheduled to hit the stage are Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer. Other artists performing will be announced at a later time.

Below is a YouTube video highlights of last year’s performances by the Wall Street Journal and the list of nominees.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX 1 “Fancy”

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z 1 “Drunk In Love”

Pharrell Williams 1 “Happy”

Sia 1 “Chandelier”

Miley Cyrus 1 “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP:

Eminem 1 “Bezerk”

Drake ft. Majid Jordan 1 “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Childish Gambino 1 “3005”

Kanye West 1 “Black Skinhead”

Wiz Khalifa 1 “We Dem Boyz”

 BEST MALE:

Pharrell Williams 1 “Happy”

John Legend 1 “All Of Me”

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell 1 “Sing”

Sam Smith 1 “Stay With Me”

Eminem ft. Rihanna 1 “Monster”

BEST FEMALE:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX 1 “Fancy”

Beyoncé 1 “Partition”

Lorde 1 “Royals”

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea 1 “Problem”

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J 1 “Dark Horse”

BEST POP:

Pharrell Williams 1 “Happy”

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX 1 “Fancy”

Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz 1 “Talk Dirty”

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea 1 “Problem”

Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc 1 “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK:

Imagine Dragons 1 “Demons”

Arctic Monkeys 1 “Do I Wanna Know”

The Black Keys 1 “Fever”

Lorde 1 “Royals”

Linkin Park 1 “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:

Sam Smith 1 “Stay With Me”

5 Seconds of Summer –“She Looks So Perfect”

Charli XCX 1 “Boom Clap”

Schoolboy Q 1 “Man Of The Year”

Fifth Harmony 1 “Miss Movin On”

 BEST COLLABORATION:

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z 1 “Drunk In Love”

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea 1 “Problem”

Pitbull ft. Ke$ha 1 “Timber”

Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga 1 “Loyal”

Eminem ft. Rihanna 1 “Monster”

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J 1 “Dark Horse”

 MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:

DJ Snake & Lil Jon 1 “Turn Down For What”

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams 1 “Stay the Night”

Calvin Harris 1 “Summer”

Martin Garrix 1 “Animal”

Disclosure 1 “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

Angel Haze ft. SIA 1 “Battle Cry”

Avicii 1 “Hey Brother”

Beyoncé 1 “Pretty Hurts”

J. Cole ft. TLC 1 “Crooked Smile”

Kelly Rowland 1 “Dirty Laundry”

David Guetta f/ Mikky Ekko 1 “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

30 Seconds to Mars 1 “City of Angels”

Beyoncé 1 “Pretty Hurts”

Arcade Fire 1 “Afterlife”

Gesaffelstein 1 “Hate or Glory”

Lana Del Rey 1 “West Coast”

BEST EDITING

Eminem 1 “Rap God”

MGMT 1 “Your Life is a Lie”

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams –“Stay the Night”

Beyoncé 1 “Pretty Hurts”

Fitz and The Tantrums 1 “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sia 1 “Chandelier”

Beyoncé 1 “Partition”

Usher 1 “Good Kisser”

Michael Jackson f/Justin Timberlake 1 “Love Never Felt So Good”

Jason Derulo f/2Chainz 1 “Talk Dirty”

KIESZA 1 “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION

DJ Snake & Lil Jon 1 “Turn Down For What”

OK Go 1 “The Writing’s On the Wall”

Miley Cyrus 1 “Wrecking Ball”

Beyoncé 1 “Pretty Hurts”

Eminemft. Rihanna 1 “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION

DJ Snake & Lil Jon 1 “Turn Down For What”

Iggy Azaleaft. Charli XCX 1 “Fancy”

Eminem 1 “Rap God”

Arcade Fire 1 “Reflektor”

Tyler, The Creator 1 “Tamale”

 BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

DJ Snake & Lil Jon 1 “Turn Down For What”

OK Go 1 “The Writing’s On the Wall”

Disclosure 1 “Grab Her!”

Eminem 1 “Rap God”

Jack White 1 “Lazaretto”

The Who Are Recording A New Album And Touring

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The British rock The Who said farewell to their fans in 1982. The band got back together several times to do reunion concerts. The group is coming together once more to record a new album and to put together a 50th anniversary tour according to msn.com. The band will hit the road in North America sometime next year after touring around England.

The Who is also heading back to the recording studio to cut a brand new album since they release the last studio album Endless Wire that went on store shelves in 2006. Msn.com states that lead singer Pete Townshend reveals that the sound of the new album will be prog rock than pub rock. The band is known for songs such as Pinball Wizard, My Generation, and We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Pinball Wizard was recorded on the album Tommy which was released in 1969. This song ranked number 10 on US charts. According to songfacts.com Townshend wrote it when he found out influential UK rock critic Nik Cohn was coming to review the project. Townshend knew Cohn was a pinball fanatic, so he put this together to ensure a good review.

The song My Generation was on the song titled album and it was released in 1965. Songfacts.com states this featured one of the first bass solos in Rock history. John Entwistle used a new-on-the-market Danelectro bass to play it, but he kept breaking strings trying to record it. A bit of a bummer that replacement strings weren’t available, as he had to go out and buy an entire new bass.

We’re Not Gonna Take It is another song off of the Tommy album. According to songfacts.com the song is about Tommy’s followers revolting against him, because they feel they are jealous of Tommy and they feel they are being exploited by Tommy’s family. The site also states the message of this song is “we’re not gonna take fascism”

Below is the YouTube video of My Generation

 

Latin Singer Shakira Will Perform at The World Cup

 

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The 2014 World Cup will soon come to a close and a team will be declared champion. This year Latin diva Shakira will perform at the closing according to msn.com. She will perform her single La La La (Brazil 2014) featuring Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. This song is off of the Latin diva’s latest tenth album which is self-titled.

The song on the album was originally called Dare (La La La), but Shakira reworked it especially for the World Cup states songfact.com. This is the third time she will perform for the sporting event. She also put on a show for the World Cup in 2006 and 2010. According to songfact.com she performed Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) with South African Afro-fusion.

According to msn.com She has been flying the flag for the World Cup since the competition began last month (Jun14), asking soccer fans to show their support for the event by taking a “flag-based selfie” and then sharing them online using the tag #daretodream. This is what got Shakira the opportunity to perform for the World Cup this year. She gave this statement about performing:

“I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons, and I truly understand what the World Cup means to so many people, myself included,” the singer said in a statement. “The fans have shown the most incredible support for this song and I can’t wait to perform it for them,”

The singer was hoping that her native team Colombia would advance, but they lost to the hosting team Brazil. It always entertaining when sports and music come together this way there is something for everyone to watch. Below is the video La La La (Brazil 2014).

 

 

Former Beatle Paul McCartney Plans Tour

Paul McCartney may be at the wise age of 72, but he shows no signs of stopping his music career anytime soon. According to msn.com the former member of the Fab Five is in good health and rescheduled US tour dates that were canceled. Some of the songs he is known for in his solo career include: Maybe I’m Amazed, Queenie Eye, and My Valentine.

According to songfacts.com the song Maybe I’m Amazed was written for Paul’s wife Linda who died from cancer in 1998. The site also mentions that this song was a standout track on Paul McCartney’s first solo album which was released in 1970 and placed number 10 on the US chart. Other bands such The Faces, Petula Clark, Elkie Brooks, Black Oak Arkansas, Jem, Joe Cocker, and Gov’t Mule has covered this song states songfacts.com.

The next song Queenie Eye is from the album New which was released in last year. According to songfacts.com McCartney performed this song at the Grammy Awards in 2014, backed by Ringo Starr on drums. Paul McCartney explains the meaning behind Queenie Eye. It was a game he played on the street as a kid:

“What used to happen is one person would turn away from us and throw a ball over his head which one of us would catch,” he goes on. “And then we would say, ‘Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye, who’s got the ball? I haven’t got it. It isn’t in my pocket. O-U-T spells out.’ And when we said, ‘Out,’ he could turn around … or she could turn around and look at us and try to work out which one of us had caught the ball, which, of course, we all pretended to have behind our backs. Anyway, so that was … I just liked the rhythm.

The song My Valentine was on the album Kisses On The Bottom. It was released in 2011. According to songfacts.com this ballad features some guitar work from Eric Clapton. These two also worked together on the Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The site also states The “Kisses On The Bottom” title is taken from a lyric on the album’s opening track, a cover of Fats Waller’s 1935 hit “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter.”

Below is the YouTube video of Maybe I’m Amazed.

The Byrds Hit #1 on US Singles Chart with Mr. Tambourine Man

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The Byrds remade Bob Dylan’s song Mr. Tambourine Man. Today in 1965 the group reach number one on the U.S singles chart with the song according to thisdayinmusic.com. Dylan wrote this song on his fifth album Bringing It All Back Home.

 

According to songfacts.com the band was just starting out, and was not very good musicians yet. The site also mentions that the song was inspired by Folk guitarist Bruce Langhorne. Here is what Dylan said:

 

“Bruce playing with me on a bunch of early records. On one session, [producer] Tom Wilson had asked him to play tambourine. And he had this tambourine. It was, like, really big. It was as big as a wagon wheel. He was playing and this vision of him playing just stuck in my mind.”

 

The song was also featured in a film called Dangerous Mind starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is about a woman who was a marine and is now a teacher trying to change the lives of the students in her classroom.

 

This is not the only Bob Dylan song The Byrds remade. According to songfacts.com other songs included “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” and “Chimes of Freedom.” Below is the YouTube video of Mr. Tambourine Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beatles Record The Song “She Said She Said”

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When it comes to Rock music, The Beatles are one of the British bands that are most remembered in music history. Today marks the day when the band recorded John Lennon’s song “She Said She Said” in 1966 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This song is on the band’s Revolver album which was released in 1966. The site mentions that this song is based on a conversation John Lennon and George Harrison had with actor Peter Fonda. Together both entertainers were on LSD.

The conversation between the two took place in The Playboy Mansion according to songfacts.com. This is where Hugh Hefner lives with his girlfriends and the play mates of his magazine. Peter Fonda knew what it felt like to be dead because at the 10 Fonda accidently shot himself and almost died states songfacts.com.

While The Beatles were in the studio recording this song, it took 9 hours to record the song and they rehearsed the song more than 25 times and recorded three takes of the rhythm track according to thebeatlesbible.com. John Lennon’s lead vocals, and backing vocals from both John and George were added at the last states the site. Here is Lennon’s recollection of the song from thebeatlesbible.com:

“It’s an interesting track. The guitars are great on it. That was written after an acid trip in LA during a break in The Beatles’ tour where we were having fun with The Byrds and lots of girls.”

This British Rock band made a big impact in the music world and they still get acknowledged for it today. Last Saturday The Beatles were honored at the 2014 Recording Academy Special Merit Awards held at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Olivia was there to accept the honor on behalf of George, alongside Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono. Below is the YouTube video of “She Said She Said”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Offspring Live In Concert

 

 

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On August 15, 2014 The Offspring will perform in concert at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach Florida. This California alternative rock band that formed in 1984 has eight albums under their belts. The members of The Offspring consist of Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums). Some of their hit songs include Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), Original Prankster, and Come Out And Play

 

Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) is on the America album which was released in 1998. According to songfacts.com The “Uno dos tres cuatro cinqo cinqo seis” line was sung by Higgins XX-13, the cousin of a member of the band’s internet mailing list. The site also mentions that Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this entitled “Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)” for his album Running with Scissors. If Pete Parada does a parody of a group or artist, that is one sign that the song is popular.

 

Come Out And Play was recorded on the album Smash and released in 1994. This song is about gang and gun violence in schools, and was the breakthrough hit for The Offspring according to songfacts.com. This site also mentions that in the 2006 Adam Sandler movie Click, this song can be heard being played by the marching band in the background during the swimming meet scene in the beginning.

 

This band has been around for many years. They show no signs of stopping anytime soon fans have enjoyed seeing them perform live. Here are some reviews from ticketmaster.com:

 

“The Offspring played another great show! I am always excited to see them when they come to town” said MCKlv

 

“The band was amazing, and still sound like their old selves. They played so many of their very best songs, and a few new ones as well” said Geerm

 

“This band has been killing it since the early 90s when I first seen them. They never disappoint playing all the songs you know and love and get the crowd going” said DFL92

 

Below is the music video Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)