- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music3 hrs ago
This week at Austin's South By Southwest festival, New Romantic legends Spandau Ballet will perform in the U.S. for the first time in 28 years, and they'll also premiere their new documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World." (Watch the movie trailer here.) To cut a long story short, we know this much is true: It's going to be awesome.
What's especially awesome is "Soul Boys" will feature some rare footage of the group's iconic showdown on the '80s BBC game show "Pop Quiz." On Dec. 28, 1984, the United Kingdom's two prettiest, pin-uppiest, and pouffiest new wave bands, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran — sort of the Beatles-vs.-Stones of their day — faced off in an epic TV war of wits and wingtips, answering trivia questions about Howard Jones, Tracey Ullman, the Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper, and even each other's music. Television "gold" (ahem) was created that day.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music6 hrs ago
It's a common complaint among diehard reality-watchers that when a young singing-show contestant takes on an older artist's material, the wannabe's lack of life experience makes it impossible for them to bring enough true grit to the stage. But when tiny "Norway's Got Talent" hopeful Angelina Jordan took on Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday" this week, she not only somehow tapped into the world-weary song's raw emotion, but she seemed to be channeling Billie herself.
And she's only 7 years old .
Angelina's audition rendition of the late jazz legend's 1941 maudlin ballad — a song about social injustice and personal heartache so deeply depressing, it was reportedly banned by the BBC for being damaging to wartime morale and has been linked via urban legends to multiple suicides — brought to mind a baby Billie. Or at least a baby Amy Winehouse. And Angelina's performance elicited both tears and a standing ovation from the stunned judges. But just how much did this sweet child grasp the gravity of what she was singing?
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music7 hrs ago
Leave it to Bieber. Not only did pop's most notorious/annoying bad boy make a surprise appearance Sunday night at South by Southwest, but he serenaded on-and-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez from the stage.
Bieber's acoustic set at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden featured "Boyfriend" and "As Long as You Love Me," the latter of which he dedicated to Gomez. "This next song goes out to my baby," the Biebs said, before launching into the tune. And Gomez, who is back on with Bieber, was there to take it all in.
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March 9 is a sad day for Notorious B.I.G. fans. It's the anniversary of his 1997 death to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. But producer David Catalano has given the late rap star's followers a reason to smile. On Sunday, Catalano released "Nasty Boy," the sixth episode of his hilarious webisode series "The Smalls Family." For the new segment, characters Tess Strohm (Katie Smalls), James Hook (Big Poppa) and Jill Bresnahan (Step Momma Smalls) transform Biggie's boastful freaky tales into a modern-family storyline about parents' concerns about their children's choice of friends.
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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 Music2 days 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 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 Music3 days 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 Music3 days 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 Music3 days 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 Music4 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.