Aretha Franklin Does Unique Performance For Carole King

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is a rare sight on the stages of the world these days.

But last week the 73 year old icon decided to pay tribute to Carole King, the singer-songwriter who penned Franklin’s major 60’s hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Carole King was honored at the annual Kennedy Center Honors where she was celebrated for her contribution to the arts. What better way than by Aretha Franklin gracing the stage and performing Natural Woman?! Her performance wowed the crowd and even brought tears to Obama’s eyes.

Since the video went up on Youtube a few days ago it’s already had almost 8 million views, but if you haven’t seen the performance yet, here’s your chance:

Wow!

While we’re at it, here are two other performances by Janelle Monae and James Taylor:

Best Of 2015

It’s always a bag of mixed emotions for me, the last day of the year.

On one hand it’s sad to say goodbye to the past 12 months of happenings, on the other hand it’s exciting to look foward to the unknown.

But before we do look forward, I am going to look back and list some of my favourite stuff of 2015. Now, I only name the new pieces I’ve actually taken the time to enjoy myself, so the list is obviously not very… complete, in that sense.

Best Film

“The Theory Of Everything”.
Because of Eddie Redmayne’s outstanding performance.

Best TV Show

“Game Of Thrones”.
Because it’s still the most gripping stuff on TV. And I have yet to see the last seasons of Mad Men and Downton Abbey…

Best Late-Night TV Host

James Corden on “The Late Late Show”.
Took over from the great Craig Ferguson this year and put his own spin on the show. Trevor Noah, who replaced Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, is good, but sadly not as charistmatic and brilliant as his predecessor.

Best Song

This was so incredibly hard. Impossible to decide really. So I mention some of the best instead:
“1000 X’s & O’s” (Prince), “Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift), “Hello” (Adele), “Sugar” (Maroon 5 ), “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars – although it was released 2014 already) and more…

Best Album

“1989” by Taylor Swift.
From end of last year, but is also part of 2015. Made the list because of strong pop songs and hardly any lackluster fillers. I wish I could name Prince’s two new albums instead, but they just contain too many bland tunes.

Best Music Video

“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift/Joseph Kahn.
Because I can’t resist the overload of girl power.

Best Youtuber

Grav3yardgirl (also known as Bunny).
Kind of a tie between her and Shane Dawson. Love the goofiness, vibrant personality and simple video ideas. Also appreciate Bunny not being afraid to skip makeup.

Best Novel

“The Fortune Hunter” by Daisy Goodwin.
From last year really, but whatever. It’s almost like a better version of a Harlequin novel. Hence, not classic material for future generations, but an enjoyable read for everyone who likes history and romance. And strong female protagonists.

Photo via eluxemagazine.com

Sinead O’Connor Tells The Story Of How Prince Scared The Crap Out Of Her

It is an age old story that has been debated numerous times over the years.

What really happened that night Irish singer Sinead O’Connor visited Prince’s Paisley Park Studios?

Eight hours ago, Sinead seemingly felt like finally telling us the story via Facebook.
Here it goes (it’s a long, but good read):

Wooha!

So, was Prince just playing “Shine-head” a horrific prank?
Or is he, in fact, a bloodcurdling demon??

To be continued…

Photo via fanpop.com

Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News Discuss 2015

Gotta love Lie Witness News!

Jimmy Kimmel’s people go out on town to talk with people about important events. Usually very fake ones. But people still seem to know about them! The magic of trying to sound informed…

A week ago they asked people about the major events of 2015. Made up ones, of course.

So, since we’re just a couple of days away from the new year, let’s revel in the fake  happenings of the past 12 months… Apparently John Lennon gave a great concert!

First Photo Of Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange

Entertainment Weekly made the Internet buzz today by showing the very first picture of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel hero Doctor Strange.

The superhero look definitely suits him!

The movie also stars Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen, among others.

But don’t get too excited, Cumberbitches! Doctor Strange doesn’t hit cinemas until November 2016… Meh.

Photo via ew.com

Star Wars Sings Stayin’ Alive In New Mash-Up

I’ve probably said this before, but boy do I love well made mash-ups!
Jimmy Fallon and his gang have created some fantastic ones over the years.

In honour of the new Star Wars movie, which I saw yesterday and enjoyed every minute of, the Tonight Show has created a new mash-up.

How? By taking a bunch of the old movies and editing them into one video where the cast sings Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive. Because it’s genius.

I can only guess how long this took to make. And how much fun it was!

New Star Wars Received With Open Arms & The Cast Sings

Today the new Star Wars film has it’s official premiere. A lightsaber or two can be seen every once in a while around town.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most hyped film of the year, or decade even, and could easily have been met with disappointment, as is often the case.

But from what I can see now already the reviews are surprsingly unanimous.

If you hate too much information, then stop reading now! Spoiler alert!

The film has so far a whooping 9.1/10 ranking on imdb and both movie-goers and critics seem to love what they’ve seen.

HERE‘s a review by Variety, which starts with the words “J.J. Abram’s hugely anticipated blockbuster brings welcome jolts of energy, warmth and excitement back to the biggest franchise in movie history.”

Not bad, not bad indeed. Now I definitely want to see it…

In honor of this magical world of stars and wars, I give you the cast together with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots doing a nice acapella tribute. Yes, Harrison Ford is in it as well.

Photo via psnprofiles.com

Prince Surprises Fans With New Album

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s Prince surprising you. Even when you should be used to it. You’re never really ready for it.

Just a week ago I wrote about him being OK with his cover of Creep being online again.

Now there’s more.
On Saturday the guy simply decided to drop a new album! Because why promote it beforehand?

The new album HitNRun Phase Two is a follow up to the one he released only a couple of months ago.

The tracklist is as follows:

01. Baltimore
02. RocknRoll Love Affair
03. 2 Y. 2 D.
04. Look at Me, Look at U
05. Stare
06.. Xtraloveable
07. Groovy Potential
08. When She Comes
09. Screwdriver
10.. Black Muse
11. Revelation
12. Big City

From what I’ve heard the album is very upbeat and cool. Most of the songs aren’t new, but he supposedly put a new spin to them. I definitely like the cover. It’s similar to the last one, but it looks better, with those shades and that type of fro. And the colours. That’s about as different as they are.

Unfortunately the album is so far only available on the streaming service Tidal, but I assume that it will be, just the like the previous album,  availabe for physical purchase soon. I’m definitely excited to hear what it sounds like and how the new versions are.

Thanks for the surprise!  😉

Photo via consequenceofsound.net.

The Olsen Twins Will Not Be In Fuller House, But…

Baby Michelle Tanner was everyone’s darling in the 90’s. She’s was one of the daughters in the hit sitcom Full House, played by the Olsen Twins who grew up to be quite successful women.

Unfortunately Mary-Kate and Asleh won’t be taking part in the Full House reunion, which will be available on Netflix next year as Fuller House. But Michelle can’t have died or something, we wouldn’t like that, no!

So…. In the new series baby Michelle won’t be a little girl anymore, obviously, but a grown woman with a job. A creative job as a fashion designer in New York. Just like the girls in real life! With that story there is good reason for Michelle to be away and busy. And the show can be done without any drama.

Clever move! Or just a quick fix to the problem…

Anyhow, looking forward to seeing if Fuller House will be a fun thing or something that should have been left on the shelf of ideas.

 

Photo via photos.toofab.com

Prince’s Cover Of Creep Back Online

A couple of weeks ago something unusual happened. A Prince tune went back online after having been removed.

Granted, this isn’t an original, but a cover the man did 2008 at the Coachella festival. Creep is originally a haunting song by Radiohead.

Apparently the band gave the uploader permission to put it back on the Tube, a few years after it was first removed by Prince’s camp. It’s Radiohead’s song after all. And since Prince’s Twitter account also tweeted it I guess it’ll stay up for a while, at least.

Now, reading the comment section it becomes obvious that a lot of people are unhappy with the cover.
“I like Prince, but this is absolutely horrible”, writes user Milsurp Mike.

Even if I don’t agree, I can understand the critizism. Especially if you happen to love the original version.

When it comes to Prince he usually takes a song and rearranges it to put his own spin on it. Plus there’s definitely some desperate screaming going to happen. If that’s not your cup of tea, chances are you’re not going to like the “cover”.

Personally I enjoy the piece, especially considering it’s a live performance at a festival. It’s got a dirty, unpolished sound and passionate guitar playing. Plus there’s that kind of feeling that Princey is slightly absent-minded because he’s singing about a certain someone, whoever that lady might have been.

Anyhow, if you haven’t heard the performance yet I’m sure you finally want to hear it. So go ahead: