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Actress, dancer and model Carmen Electra used her birth name Tara Patrick before meeting Prince in 1991. After the pop legend saw the then aspiring artist dance, he suggested a name change. "I auditioned for an all girl group that he was putting together and he ended up signing me to his label Paisley Park," Carmen told The Yo Show. "After I danced for him he said, 'You look like Electra. That should be your name.'" Carmen admits that the new moniker didn't initially stick. "At first I thought it sounded kinda like a super hero type of name which actually it is," she said. "So I was hesitant but it just sorta grew on me and that's it. I'm Electra now." Prince was right. Carmen's appeal and electric personality has lead to a successful career including a Playboy magazine cover, and dozens of television and movie roles including "Baywatch," "American Vampire," "Scary Movie," "Meet the Spartans," "Date Movie" and "Starsky & Hutch."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Since 1987, the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas has been a hot spot for young bands to demonstrate their skills to an audience of music industry professionals, with the hopes of developing some international recognition or landing a record deal. However, in more recent years the festival has also become a place to watch some of the biggest names in the business perform at special showcases, corporate-sponsored events, and late-night parties.
[Related: 10 Rising Artists to Catch at SXSW]
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music1 day ago
The South by Southwest music festival has long been considered a proving ground for fledgling musicians; bands that generate a lot of buzz at the annual Austin festival often go on to accomplish great things (Vampire Weekend, anyone?) But with so many artists performing at venues throughout the city, it's difficult to know where to begin. Here are our picks for 10 top rising artists to catch at SXSW next week.
Erika M. Anderson, otherwise known as EMA, brings just the right amount of dangerousness and confident swagger to her electro-garage-rock tunes. Channeling Kim Gordon and St. Vincent, EMA has serious sex appeal and the brains to back it up.
New York chillwave duo MS MR have been generating "next big thing" buzz with their danceable tunes that combine powerful female vocals akin to Florence and the Machine with the electronic-rock intimacy of Bat for Lashes. They've already booked slots at Coachella and Bonnaroo later this year, so don't miss the opportunity to catch them in a more intimate setting at SXSW.
- Elizabeth Durand Streisand at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Change is in the air — for Ke$ha, that is (or should we say, Kesha? It's all so unclear).
Two months after the singer entered a Chicago rehab facility to treat an eating disorder and "learn to love" herself again, she has checked out.
The "Tik Tok" songstress shared the good news in a series of upbeat tweets that included a telling photo.
Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music I can't thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me
— kesha (@KeshaRose) March 7, 2014
An hour later she added to that thought.
life is beautiful. I'm so blessed to have u all
— kesha (@KeshaRose) March 7, 2014
- Chris Willman at Yahoo Music1 day ago
The Rolling Stones seem determined not to let their set lists get too mossy. This week in Tokyo, the band played the Goats Head Soup song "Silver Train" on stage for the fifth time ever... and the first four of those five times were all back in 1973.
One likely reason the Stones haven't played it in 41 years — besides the fact that it was a B-side (to "Angie"), not a proper single — is that it prominently featured second guitarist Mick Taylor, who quit the group at the end of that '73 tour. When Taylor retired from the Stones, this feisty album track was retired, too.
But as any Stones fan well knows, Taylor has been brought back into the fold for the 2013-14 tour, not as a full-time member, but a guest player on two or three songs per night. That's led the band to revive some of the early '70s tracks he played on — some giants from the Stones' catalog, like "Midnight Rambler" (the one song Taylor solos on every night), and some more obscure, like "Sway."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Could the movie "Wayne's World" have led a prepubescent Adam Lambert to Queen?
No way? Way !
Back in 1992, when Lambert was 10 years old, he saw the film's lead characters Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) banging their heads to "Bohemian Rhapsody"... and he lost his mind.
"I thought, 'What is that song? It's so cool!' Lambert said during a press conference with Queen to announce the band's upcoming North American tour with the singer. "My dad said, 'Here, son. This is Queen.' I pulled out the Queen stuff [from my dad's record collection] and really dove in. I got to hear it on vinyl, which felt very legit."
Lambert retained his adoration of Queen, even as he performed in musical theater as a teen and developed into a pop singer in his 20s. When he auditioned for "American Idol" in 2009, one of the songs he sang was "Bohemian Rhapsody." And for his performance in the finale that year, he sang "We Are the Champions" with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Rock biopics are tricky to get right. Sometimes it works — as was the case of Joaquin Phoenix's spot-on portrayal of Johnny Cash in the 2005 flick "Walk the Line" — and other times we wind up with Chad Lowe channeling John Denver in the cringe-worthy "Take Me Home."
"Jimi: All Is by My Side," the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring OutKast's André 3000 (real name André Benjamin) in the title role, won't have its official premiere until next Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest. So it's too soon to give the final verdict on André 's portrayal of Hendrix, but some footage from the film has leaked, and we thought it instructive to compare them with actual clips of Hendrix.
Word of warning: the scenes are strictly dialogue. The Hendrix estate didn't bless the filmmakers with any of Hendrix's classic original music. Instead, the final film will feature André as Hendrix cover the Beatles, the Troggs, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and others.
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It was truly sublime intervention on the "Arsenio Hall Show" last night when Prince granted one lovelorn audience member a wish: The Purple One dumped the guy's girlfriend for him.
The eccentric music icon was the sole guest on Hall's show Wednesday night, and performed several songs, including a new song entitled "FUNKNROLL" backed up by his New Power Generation and an 11-piece horn section.
But what really shone through was the musician's aptitude for comedy, highlighted by a phone call on behalf of audience member Steven to his long-distance girlfriend Keegan. As Steven explained it, Keegan had started cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend. The couple had their first date at a Prince concert with 3rdEyeGirl, so it was only appropriate that the relationship end with Prince as well.
The show rang up Keegan, and when it came down to breaking the bad news, Prince delivered it in a very special way: with his own lyrics.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music3 days ago
Back in the late '80s, the Rave-Ups were a critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based band straddling the line between rock and country. Songs like "Positively Lost Me" led them to a major recording contract with Epic Records, while the connections landed them a role in seminal '80s teen flick "Pretty in Pink."
Frontman Jimmer Podrasky was dating Molly Ringwald's older sister, Beth, who eventually gave birth to Podrasky's child, Chance. After his son was born, Podrasky took time off from the music scene to raise Chance as a single dad. Now, he's back with his "The Would-Be Plans," his first new music in 23 years, released under the name of "Jimmer." Produced by former Smash Mouth drummer and current Dwight Yoakam sideman Mitch Marine, and featuring fellow Yoakam band player guitarist Brian Whelan, as well as multi-instrumentalist Ted Russell Kamp, it'll undoubtedly find a following with old Rave-Ups fans as well as new converts.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music3 days ago
When the film "This Is Spinal Tap" was released in March 1984, the public was initially unsure what to make of it. Like Orson Welles's radio drama "War of the Worlds," the movie was acted, produced, and presented so well that the project seemed like it could have been an actual documentary and not the spoof of a clueless hard rock band that stumbles from one hilarious mishap to the next.
Starring director Rob Reiner as an enterprising documentarian, Michael McKean as vocalist David St. Hubbins, Christopher Guest as guitarist Nigel Tufnel, and Harry Shearer as bassist Derek Smalls (all of whom shared writing credits), "This Is Spinal Tap" seemed too absurd to be real, yet so in stride with the lunacy of a traveling rock band that it couldn't possibly be made up. Many of the lines in the film were ad-libbed, which added to the realistic feel, and the actors went along with whatever came along like an expert theater improv troupe, the results being part Monty Python, part "Don't Look Back."