Monday, 31 October 2011

A George Michael and Justin Timberlake duet?

Justin Timberlake
 It is rumoured that Justin Timberlake is quite keen to record a duet with George Michael, reports Digital Spy. The 'Cry Me A River' singer flew into London over the weekend to see the Wham! star perform at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of his 'Symphonica' tour. Justin sat front row at the sold-out show as a special guest by invitation from Michael along with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, reports The Sun. The 48-year-old told the audience: "I've really got to be at my best tonight – there is a very special singer here for the show, Justin Timberlake." According to the tabloid, the pair then met up backstage and Timberlake used the opportunity to discuss future recording plans. A source revealed: "Justin was blown away with the performance and is keen to work with George."

HOT NEWS! New Amy Winehouse CD on the way. . .

Amy Winehouse
A new CD with music by recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse, will hit music stores in December. The Sun reports that the CD wil be called, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures. The CD features 12 tracks recorded by the late singer in various stages of her life handpicked by her producer friends Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. "It has been hard, but it has also been an amazing thing," Remi told The Sun. "Amy was a gifted girl. I believe she has left something beyond her years. She has put a body of work together that will inspire an unborn generation." It is said that one song was recorded while Winehouse was under the influence of heroin and another - called 'Between the Cheats' - tells of her divorce from Blake Fielder-Civil. Other highlights include covers of 'A Song For You' by Winehouse's favourite artist Donny Hathaway on which she plays the guitar, and 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' by Carole King, which was produced before the star began battling drink and drug addictions in 2004. Amy's last recording, Tony Bennett duet 'Body & Soul', also appears, along with demo versions of songs from Frank and Back to Black. Lioness: Hidden Treasures has received the backing of Winehouse's parents Mitch and Janis, who both dismissed previous fears that a posthumous album release could ruin the 'Back to Black' singer's legacy. "I spent so much time chasing after Amy - telling her off - that I never realised what a true genius she was," Mitch commented. "It wasn't until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of her talent. From jazz standards to hip-hop songs, it took my breath away." Mom Janis, meanwhile, identified an "incredibly beautiful" song called 'Halftime' as her favourite of the collection. "Had the family felt this album wasn't up to the standard of Amy's others, Frank and Back To Black, we'd never have agreed to release it," she added. "We believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to her musical legacy."
The full tracklisting for Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures is as follows:
1. 'Our Day Will Come' (reggae version)
2. 'Between the Cheats'
3. 'Tears Dry'
4. 'Wake Up Alone' (demo)
5. 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow'
6. 'Valerie' (demo)
7. 'Like Smoke' (featuring Nas)
8. 'The Girl from Ipanema'
9. 'Halftime'
10. 'Best Friends'
11. 'Body and Soul' (with Tony Bennett)
12. 'A Song for You'

Final REM video featuring well-known actress

The Melancholia actress Kirsten Dunst has starred in a special music video for REM's final single before their recently-announced split, reports Digital Spy.  While Kirsten appears in the video for 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong', poet and activist John Giomo also stars in a second video for the single. "To be able to work with John and Kirsten was a dream I carried since we recorded the song, and their participation completes the song for me," frontman Michael Stipe wrote on the band's official website. REM announced their dissolution last month, and will go their separate ways following the release of 40-track double-CD compilation Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage in November. The greatest hits collection include three new tracks alongside fan-favourites like 'Everybody Hurts' and 'Nightswimming'. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage will be released on 15 November. See the  video with Kirsten HERE.

Friday, 28 October 2011

NEW! Adele DVD

Monday 28 November sees the release of Adele's "Live At The Royal Albert Hall" concert film. It has been an incredible year for Adele, starting with her #1 album "21", her #1 single "Someone Like You", the global smash "Rolling In The Deep" and her spellbinding live appearance on The Brits. Her album "21" has become the biggest selling album in the world this year -12 million copies sold and counting - and "21"and "19"  remain the UK’s 1st and 2nd highest  selling albums so far. She has received rave reviews for her live shows and "Live At The Royal Albert Hall", recorded at the height of this amazing year, showcases exactly why Adele has become one of the most sought after live performers in the world. "Live At The Royal Albert Hall" will be available on DVD and Blu Ray and features the full 90 minute performance, plus behind the scenes footage shot throughout that day. The package also contains an exclusive live CD of the entire show. This is the first time fans will be able to hear all of Adele’s hits and best loved songs on one CD plus her stunning covers of Bonnie Raitt’s “If I Can’t Make You Love Me” and The Steeldrivers “If It Hadn’t Been For Love”. 

Keri Hilson "attacked" on stage

Keri Hilson
Singer Keri Hilson was performing in Paris on October 9 when a fan got a little too excited to see the singer, rushed the stage and actually grabbed her before being subdued by security. The incident was caught on video. She Tweeted afterwards, "“To the guy who ran on stage & stole a kiss, I LOVE YOU TOO. Didn’t appreciate how u were handled. But next time, enjoy from the audience ;)” she wrote. Later, she tweeted, “I just learned that dude jumped from the 2nd story balcony for the task… ok, so maybe he was a lil crazy! Just jokes. I love my fans, yo!!!” See the video HERE.

Afrikaans: Vuur en vlam

Karlien van Jaarsveld
Die Vir Afrikaanse Musiek Toekennings (VAMT) het Steve Hofmeyr, Gerhard Steyn en Jay is Woensdagaand met plantinum-eretoekennings bekroon en Juanita du Plessis met 'n eretoekenning vir dubbel-platinum tydens die sewende jaarlikse  Afrikaanse Musiek Toekennings VAMT. Die ABSA Beleggings VAMT 2011 is vanjaar in Carnival City se Big Top-arena, Brakpan, aangebied waar Afrikaanse musiek se goue en platinum-sterre vereer is. Altesame agt goue toekennings, drie platinum en een dubbel-platinum VAMT is oorhandig. Die VAMT is geskoei op albumverkope in Suid-Afrika en die verkoopsyfers is deur RISA (Recording Industry of South Africa) geverifieer. Goue status is gelykstaande aan albumverkope van 20 000 eksemplare of meer, terwyl platinum vir 40 000 eksemplare of meer is. Karlien van Jaarsveld, Lianie May, Sorina (oftewel die Flooze), Rocco de Villiers, Bok van Blerk, Gerhard Steyn en Juanita du Plessis het elk goue ere-toekennings ontvang. Een van die aand se verrassings was toe die Italiaanse minnesanger Patrizio Buanne die VAMT ambassadeurs toekennings ontvang het vir sy bydrae tot Afrikaanse musiek. Hy het pas 'n album met hoofsaaklik Afrikaanse liedjies uitgereik, getiteld Life is Beautiful, Dankie Suid-Afrika.

Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes

Teen sensation Justin Bieber is rapping on a cover of the Bing Crosby classic Drummer Boy, which will feature on Justin's forthcoming album, Under The Mistletoe. For his version of the song, Justin teamed up with Busta Rhymes. The CD will feature a collection of festive tracks including his recent single 'Mistletoe', which reached number 11 on the US Hot 100 and 21 on the UK chart. Other collaborations on the set include 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' with Mariah Carey and 'The Christmas Song' with Usher. To date, 'Drummer Boy' has been covered over 220 times with renditions from artists including Johnny Cash, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey.