When you think of LL Cool J these days, you think of him as the star of NCIS: LA or the host of The Grammys and Lip Sync Battle. Way before all of this, he was a rap star who sang Mama Said Knock You Out and Going Back to Cali in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
I guess he has still been releasing music since then because today he took to Twitter to announce that he is retiring from music. Now I have to ask you, did you know he was still doing music? I know I didn’t. Now, if he retired from acting or hosting, I would think that was a bigger deal.
How are you taking his retirement from music?
Believe it or not Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is 40 years old, so The Guardian decided to re-imagine the legendary tune with classic styles. They had the song interpreted with a ballet dance routine, a boy’s choir with heavenly voices and a string quartet composed of four women who gave it their all. Not since Wayne’s World has this song, that can unite people, been given the justice it deserves. So sit back and let this version send shivers down your spine.
Anyway the wind blows
Ever since 1972, people have been wondering who Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain is about, and after 43 years she finally named a name. She told People that the second verse is about…Warren Beatty. It has long been rumored that the tune is about him, and now we know a verse is indeed about the former lady killer.
Will she ever name the other two men, she simply told the magazine, “I don’t know if I’ll do it. I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person!”
Many have speculated that the song could also possibly be about another one of her former-lovers, Mick Jagger, but now we have a third name to contend with. Who is it? We might never know. But then again we never thought she would confirm any of the names that the single was written about.
Ever wonder what songs put you in a really good mood? Well Dr Jacob Jolij, an expert in cognitive neuroscience and emotion at Holland’s University of Groningen, did a study to find out which songs put people in a good mood and he discovered these are the Top 10 songs that have done over the last fifty year in Ireland according to Sunday World. I think we call all agree all but Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl are the International happiest songs.
So sing the titles of all of those songs and don’t tell me you aren’t walking on sunshine when are done singing them all!
1. Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen) 1978
2. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) 1982
3. Dancing Queen (Abba) 1976
4. I will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 1978
5. Uptown Girl (Billie Joel) 1983
6. Living on a Prayer (Jon Bon Jovi) 1986
7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) 1983
8. I’m a Believer (The Monkeys) 1967
9. Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves) 1983
10. The Boys are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy) 1976
British singer-songwriter, entertainer, and television presenter Jamelia is set to switch gears to the professional dancing world as it was revealed that she will be appearing on the popular British show Strictly Come Dancing. The programme, which has mainly brought in talent from the sporting and acting world previously, is keen to get more entertainers involved like Jamelia. She is known for her successful music career which has seen her achieve eight top-ten singles and three accomplished studio albums. During this time, she earnt four MOBO Awards, a Q Award and nine BRIT Award nominations. She is expected to appear on the show later this year and is quite from her role on Loose Women; she has regularly appeared alongside other female presenters to give comment on topical news items and to interview celebrity guests.
It was thought previously that Jamelia may appear in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Which, in fact, airs at around the same time as Strictly Come Dancing. The star was rumoured to be appearing on the next series airing in November, as she was seen as an ideal contestant due to having previously been on the Bear Grylls series, Mission Survive. The latter entertaining programme followed eight celebrities on a twelve-day survival mission in harsh environments. The latest season saw her finish in fourth place, but even after this performance, she chose to move away from survival shows to become involved in a show that revolves around performance, something that Jamelia has shown an expertise in.
As well as her successful stints in entertainment programming, she’s manage to make a name for herself in the independent film world, bagging acting roles in movies such as Jericho’s Walls Are Falling and Magic boys, demonstrating another addition to her talents.
Jamelia started her career early when she was signed to a record label straight out of school at the age of just fifteen. Her music career took off in 1999 when she released her first single So High and later her debut album ‘Drama’ in June 2000. She is best known for her smash hits Superstar and Thank You, both of which charted at third and second place respectively in the UK Singles Chart. Superstar also went on to chart at No.1 in Australia and eventually went platinum. In 2010, after having made three albums, she decided to sign a new record deal with the label All Around the World Productions.
Jamelia’s success and popularity has led her to achieve some high-up roles in entertainment programmes, such as becoming a judge on the programme Move Like Michael Jackson. She has also earned her place in three TV documentaries, presenting two on BBC Three entitled Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway and Jamelia: Shame about Single Mums, as well as featuring in Channel 4’s The House That Made Me. Through these programmes, she acts to inform the general public about issues that concern many of the public.
Jamelia is also very involved in charity and has helped raise £40,000 with the Princes Trust for disadvantaged young people. As an ambassador for the charity, she also acts to offer her support through public appearances on behalf of the Trust. Jamelia has been described as having demonstrated confidence and motivation throughout her career, values that the charity hope to impart to young people needing their help. She has been a highly influential figure in Birmingham, the city where she was born, as well as the rest of the English Midlands.
Jamelia receives bookings for numerous speaking engagements and appearances through the global booking agency MN2S. If you would like to book Jamelia for a presenting role, a corporate engagement or an entertainment event, contact the MN2S booking agency here.
Shelby Mitchusson translated Eminem’s song into sign language, and she captured the emotion of the song with her body like he did his voice. In ways, she might have made the song even more powerful. Don’t you think?
If you love They Might Be Giants as much as I do, then you are going to love the fact that they are giving away an album for free on their site. Not just any record, but a live version of Flood to honor its 25th anniversary.
Last year, when the Johns were touring Australia, they were so overwhelmed by the love they were getting from the land Down Under that they decided to do something special for them. To make one of their sold out shows ever more memorable for their fans, they told Yahoo! Music that they played Flood in its entirety during one of them. The band recorded their performances on the tour and from those recording we get a free album.
Almost all of the songs sound just like did a quarter of a century ago, but some of them have a new sound. The opening to Istanbul (Not Constantinople) will amaze you. Birdhouse In Your Soul will make you feel like you are at the show. That is, if you close your eyes and start Whistling in the Dark.
This album is a must have for fans of music and TMBG.
I will admit, I am promoting this digital download, even after one of the Johns called me strange, many many moons ago. I can’t remember what I said to get that response, but it still hurts. Listening to live version of Flood makes it a little better, just a little bit.
Sometimes if you are not familiar with a genre of music, it all sounds alike to you.
Well, Sir Mashalot took six Country songs and mashed them all together as one song. If you didn’t know it was six different singles, you would swear it was just one. How scary is that?
So listen to Sure Be Cool If You Did by Blake Shelton, Drunk on You by Luke Bryan, Chillin’ It by Cole Swindell, Close Your Eyes by Parmalee, This is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line and Ready, Set, Roll by Chase Rice as one tune and see if you can tell them apart. I mean the voices sound different, but the melody sounds the same.
BTW is it wrong, I want to see more people do this with other types of music like Rock’n’Roll, Jazz, Pop and Rap to name a few for starters?
OK Go is the King of Music Videos for the new century and they want to wow you with their new one. I Won’t Let You Don’t Down starts off slow, but then there is a moment that will leave you in awe for the rest of it. Once it all syncs together, you won’t be saying that their latest let you down.
Luke Bryan was on Good Morning America today and he posed for a picture to let the world know what his hashtag is for the performance. But I wasn’t looking at the sign, I was looking at the ball of light by his, you know, balls. Who knew he had flashlight down there? The last time I saw a guy’s, you know, light up like that, was when we tried a glow-in-the-dark condom. Although my guy’s, you know, didn’t have the angelic glow that the Country singer’s does in this photo.