June 16, 2016 |
Funeral services will be held Friday for South Jersey native Christina Grimmie, the singer who catapulted to fame on The Voice and was shot last week after an Orlando concert. A viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fellowship Alliance Chapel, 199 Church Rd., Medford, followed immediately by a memorial service there. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Christina Grimmie Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts of Cherokee High School in care of Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, N.J. 08009.
June 6, 2016 |
Is there anything left to parody in the world of pop-music docs? Take Justin Bieber's self-promoting extravaganzas Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Justin Bieber's Believe - notably the soul-baring scene from Bieber's Believe where he runs his finger over some upper-lip peach fuzz and observes, "This 'stache is to make me feel a little bit older. " Take Katy Perry's Katy Perry: Part of Me , which tracks the bubblegum princess on her California Dreams World Tour, stopping to reflect about "the depressing, dark times" she's experienced along the way. "But it's a journey.
June 5, 2016 |
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping follows a comedic tradition of mock documentaries. Mockumentaries, if you will. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone cited some of their faves: This is Spinal Tap. If there's one movie the Lonely Island trio holds up above the rest in the music-biz mockumentary genre, it's Rob Reiner's rock-band parody. Released in 1984, the faux chronicle of a very loud British outfit's fateful final tour stars Christopher Guest, David Kaff, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as the hard-core heavy metalers, with R.J. Parnell as the latest in Spinal Tap's succession of unlucky drummers.
May 27, 2016 |
WHEN IS borrowing a piece of music an homage and when is it thievery? According to MTV.com, Massachusetts songwriter Casey Dienel (a/k/a White Hinterland) is suing Justin Bieber because she claims the Biebs has taken the vocal riff which opens her 2014 song "Ring the Bell" and uses it (or a rerecorded version) to open his new hit "Sorry. " It's only a few notes but they're recognizable notes. And if someone borrowed the first four notes from Beethoven 's 5th Symphony (perhaps the four most recognizable notes of all-time)
May 25, 2016 |
Meet Bieber, cultural critic! At 22, Justin Bieber has evolved from a child into an insightful chronicler and critic of the culture. Or maybe he hasn't. He sure is critical though, when it comes to awards shows. Bieber, who won best male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, sat down the next morning to express his distaste - nay, his utter disdain - for the fakeness of such events. "I don't know about these award shows," the latter-day Gore Vidal (or is he more the Theodor Adorno type?
May 21, 2016 |
Bad news for the casino business often means good news for music fans. That is, when the gambling industry is hit hard, the usual prescription for bringing bodies to town means beefing up entertainment options. This summer in Atlantic City is no different. The last two years each featured two mega-concerts on the beach, with the likes of Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum. This year, there will be six, with the two announced so far keeping it country with Toby Keith (see below) and Florida Georgia Line on Sept.
May 10, 2016 |
Justin Bieber does not smile. During the Purpose World Tour on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the 22-year-old Canadian pop star wavered between a hardened stare and a blank expression as he bounced, flipped, and falsetto-ed his way through a two-hour spectacle. It was difficult to determine whether the constant shrill screams of the mostly female crowd were in support of this newfound stoicism or a cry to let loose and take his shirt off. Either way, Bieber commanded their attention and delivered a set that both baffled and entertained.
March 26, 2016 |
Advice from Russell, Stamos What if you could send a message back to your younger self to warn against making idiotic decisions? A gaggle of celebs participated in the thought experiment on Late Night with Seth Meyers . Remarkably well-preserved Grandfathered star John Stamos , 52, said, "On your 18th birthday, the Prince of Darkness, Satan , will offer you eternal youth in exchange for your soul. Little John, I'm telling you right now, you take that deal, son. " Keri Russell , who plays a KGB officer on The Americans , spoke of her '90s hit. "Whatever you do, don't cut your hair short during the second season of Felicity ," she said.
March 17, 2016 |
Taylor Swift by the numbers Taylor Swift , Wyomissing's own girlie-girl-turned-global- music-industry-giant, is ready to commit to beau Calvin Harris , 32, till death - or a no-fault divorce - do them part in a $2 mil wedding, says OK! mag. ( Selena Gomez will be maid of honor, Hollywood Life says.) Swift, who has dated the Scottish DJ and producer for only a year, reportedly doesn't want him to sign a prenup. It's a dangerous idea: She's worth $280 mil, while his fortune adds up to a paltry $110 mil. The couple has not confirmed or refuted the various reports.