July 29, 2014 |
Until his death in 1991, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was one of Western music's great anomalies: a flamboyant, gay Persian gentleman with an octave-crashing range and operatic highs whose emotive voice graced some of rock's heaviest moments. In so many ways, Mercury at the time seemed irreplaceable (and still does). Still, Queen's Brian May must have thought the heavens opened when American Idol contestant Adam Lambert - a flamboyant, gay Hoosier with an octave-crashing range - played with the guitarist during that show's 2011 finale.
July 14, 2013 |
The Monster Mistress returns!! Lady Gaga said Friday on her Facebook page that her new album, ARTPOP , will be out Nov. 11, and the new single from it, the first monster spawn, shall plop Aug. 19. She even has had ARTPOP , a word that evidently means everything and not much, tattooed on the side of her left arm. It says here in this here press release that for Lady G, it is a "celebration of obsession," and after all, what isn't?...
January 2, 2013 |
Anyone can take the road to fame and fortune. Anyone. Just ask Muhammad Shahid Nazir , a Pakistani-born fishmonger who became an overnight sensation while hawking frozen snapper and mackerel for one British pound ($1.61) at a London market. Following in the well-trodden footsteps of that adorable Canadian teen Justin Bieber , Nazir, 31, found a massive audience after a video showing him singing a catchy tune was posted on YouTube. Unlike Justin, Nazir performed not a love song, but a tune about selling fish.
September 12, 2012 |
Using the human voice as a competitive sports device has reached dangerous levels of overexposure. Sure, magnificent vocalists have come from television's retinue of singing battle shows: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Fantasia Barrino. Philadelphia's Ali Wadsworth, a current competitor on The Voice , is another. But there are too many televised bouts of vocal brio to contend with, too many losing singers to balm or ignore after defeat. No show is more bloodthirsty than the Gladiator -like bombast of The Sing-Off . Singing a cappella is like boxing without gloves.
May 24, 2012 |
Philadelphia's dance-centric Q102-FM has realized that one ball (the Jingle Ball, presented during the Christmas season) isn't enough. So all hail the rhythmic rite of spring it calls the Springle Ball. This year's sold out the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday to a crowd mostly of teenage girls, whose knees were visibly scuffed after standing on — and falling through — the arena's folding chairs. Veterans of various Q Balls — the sturdily melodic Train, or Flo Rida, hip-hop's catchiest sampler — headlined Springle with their individual brands of swagger.
January 30, 2012 |
TOM BURGOYNE, the Phillie Phanatic's best friend, says the Phanatic didn't know his "30 Rock" episode was airing last Thursday until "The Phanatic got a text from Swoop. " The Phanatic and the Eagles' mascot are buds. Burgoyne said he and the Phanatic spent about 5 hours in October shooting the scene in which Alec Baldwin 's character Jack Donaghy gets the Phanatic, TastyKake, soft pretzels and other Philly staples to impress a visiting Kabletown (Comcast) executive.
January 17, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Comic Fred Armisen. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Ricky Gervais; Kathleen Edwards performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., Actor Sam Worthington; comic Sherri Shepherd; Adam Lambert. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actress Katherine Heigl; rapper Ne-Yo; Grouplove performs.
December 23, 2011 |
"CELEBRITY CIRCUIT," a non-news division of CBS, reports that Adam Lambert and his Finnish "Big Brother" boyfriend Sauli Koskinen have made up after causing a gay bar brawl (that's a phrase you don't hear too often) in Helsinki. Both were detained by Finnish police early yesterday. There is no truth to the rumor that the fight started when Sauli mocked Adam's runner-up finish on "American Idol" when he won "Big Brother. " Adam tweeted the real reason for the incident: "Jetlag+Vodka=blackout," he wrote.
May 21, 2011 |
So do we get the American Idol we deserve? Or do we get the singer the record company foists on us? As long as the Fox karaoke juggernaut refuses to make the voting results transparent, the suspicion will persist that Idol is fixed. This week's semifinals brought a record 95 million votes. And how do we know? Because Ryan Seacrest tells us so. Notice how volatile the results have been this year, with heavy audience favorites ambushed early. First, Pia Toscano gets the heave-ho.