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I'm currently looking for some new writers in order to expand the blog given that I can't post the amount of things I'd like to. So if you are interested in writing about anything related to music (news, TV shows, album reviews, introducing artists) just drop me an email to musicisthedoor@gmail.com and we can discuss some of your ideas.

Katie Melua, the Underwater Singer








Ketevan "Katie" Melua was born on September 16, 1984 in Georgia, but later moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then relocated to England at the age of 14.

Because of her upbringing in politically unstable Georgia and troubled Belfast, Melua initially planned to become either a historian or a politician. Imagine that! We would have lost her amazing music. This changed in 2000 (fortunately), at the age of 15, when Melua took part in a talent competition on British television channel ITV called "Stars Up Their Noses" (a spoof of Stars in Their Eyes) as part of the children's programme Mad for It!. Melua won the contest by singing Badfinger's "Without You". The prize was £350 worth of MFI vouchers, with which she bought a chair for her father.

It was when performing at a Brit School showcase that Melua caught the eye of Mike Batt, an English songwriter and producer who was originally looking for an acid-rock band, bass player and a singer capable of singing "jazz and blues in an interesting way". After hearing Melua sing "Faraway Voice" (a song she wrote about the death of her idol Eva Cassidy) Batt signed the 18 year-old Melua to his small Dramatico recording and management company and sent her into the studio. She made her musical debut in 2003. By 2006, she was the United Kingdom's biggest-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.

World Record

On 2 October 2006, Melua entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing the deepest underwater concert 303 metres below sea level on the Norwegian Statoil's Troll A platform in the North Sea. Melua and her band underwent extensive medical tests and survival training in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig. Melua later described achieving the record as "the most surreal gig I have ever done". Melua's concert is commemorated in the DVD release, Concert Under the Sea, released in June 2007. 

And yes, she was the girl in the picture of the theme week, you see it now, don't you?. It wasn't so hard at the end.


Discography

CALL OFF THE SEARCH

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PIECE BY PIECE

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PICTURES

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Sophie Millman, a Russian Diamond

Jazz vocalist Sophie Milman is a Russian born jazz vocalist who currently lives in Canada. After emigrating from Russia in the early 1990s, Milman, who is of Jewish heritage, spent most of her childhood years in Israel where she listened extensively to jazz. 

Sophie is also a student of commerce at the University of Toronto. What that has to do with music? Practically nothing. 

In 2004, a chance performance at "Real Divas" night (a local Toronto jazz series) brought Milman to the attention of producer Bill King, who then secured a few showcase performances. Subsequently, Milman signed a recording contract with Linus Entertainment and released her self-titled debut album. Take Love Easy is her latest release.

She won a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for "Make Someone Happy" in 2008.

Sophie has proved that blondes aren't always dumb. Apart from having a degree, she is also a successful singer who has won a spot on our favourite new singers.




Discography


SOPHIE MILLMAN

MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY

TAKE LOVE EASY

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Melody Gardot, the Woman who had an Accident


Melody was born on February 2, 1985 in New Jersey. The talented singer suffered an accident in 2003. While cycling in Philadelphia in November, she was hit by a Jeep Cherokee whose driver had ignored a red traffic light. In the accident she suffered serious head and spinal injuries and her pelvis was shattered in two places. Because of these severe injuries she was confined to her hospital bed for a year and had to remain lying on her back. As a further consequence of her injuries she had to re-learn simple tasks such as brushing her teeth and walking. The most noticeable effect of the neural injuries she suffered is that she was left hyper-sensitive to both light and sound, therefore requiring her to wear dark sunglasses at nearly all times to shield her eyes. The accident also resulted in both long and short term memory problems and difficulty with her sense of time. Melody has described coping with this as like "climbing Mount Everest every day" as she often wakes with no memory of what she has to do that day.

So after her accident she began writing music and since then often speaks and advocates in favour of using music for therapy. Music involving listening and making a verbal attempt to sing or hum is thought to help the brain form new pathways. At first, Melody learned to hum and was eventually able to sing into a tape recorder. She made good progress and was eventually able to write original songs that sometimes referred to her rehabilitation.

Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism, is a macrobiotic cook and humanitarian. She has visited various universities and hospitals to speak about its ability to help reconnect neural pathways in the brain, improve speech ability, and lift general spirits. In a recent interview she was rumored to be working closely in a university in the United States to help develop a program for music therapy and the management of pain, something she has spoken about establishing in the future on her own.

Gardot started music lessons at the age of nine and began playing piano in Philadelphia bars at the age of sixteen on Fridays and Saturdays for four hours a night. Her first full-length album was entitled Worrisome Heart. After meeting her in New York City in 2008, producer Larry Klein began working with Gardot and they released her second album, My One and Only Thrill, on April 28, 2009.

Melody is a woman who suffered a lot but the accident helped her becoming a better person and singer. Her music is so good that it very difficult to describe. She seems to have Latin influences as in many songs there are Latin beats.


Selected Discography

WORRISOME HEART


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MY ONE AND ONLY THRILL


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White Hinterland, the Genere Mixer

Born on January 4, 2008, White Hinterland is really the name of Casey Dienel (born March 10, 1985) an artist who got bored of her name?.

White, is a real mixer, blending  cabaret, pop, folk and jazz. That seems a difficult task for a young lady, doesn't it?

Casey Dienel spent the bulk of her young life living in Scituate, Massachusetts. Her first piano lessons were at 4, and at 14 she began writing her own songs. While attending Scituate High School, Dienel formed a short-lived band named Helen Keller.
After high school, Dienel moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, having turned down an offer of acceptance from Sarah Lawrence College. After one semester of studying classical vocals, she opted to switch her major to classical composition. During her two years at the conservatory, Dienel studied with many notable musicians, including jazz vocalist Dominique Eade and composer Lee Hyla, before taking an indefinite leave of absence to pursue her own music career. While living in Boston during her Conservatory years, Dienel met Dylan Metrano of the band Tiger Saw, and was an occasional member of the band's rotating lineup.

Her debut album, Wind-Up Canary, was released in 2006 on Hush Records. Dienel presently performs and records as White Hinterland, whose first album, titled Phylactery Factory, was released on March 4, 2008, by the independent record label Dead Oceans.

White might not have the best voice, but she has such an uique style that she is worth mentioning. Her music is so pure and peaceful that it works perfect for some relaxing time.

Discography

WIND-UP CANDY


 
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PHYLACTERY FACTORY


 
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Stacey Kent, the Woman with the Sweet Voice


Born March 27, 1968 in South Orange, New Jersey, Stacey never planed a carrer on music. She is actually a  Sarah Lawrence College graduate with a degree in comparative literature. So what has literature to do with music? Well, they both have letters, right?.

After graduating from college, she moved to London and decided to took up singing and she never looked back. Kent became acquainted with several musicians at Oxford in 1991 and through them she found herself participating in a jazz course at the famed Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 1996, Kent inked a deal with Candid Records and a year later, the critically acclaimed debut, Close Your Eyes, was released. The Boy Next Door achieved Gold album status in France in September, 2006. Breakfast On The Morning Tram  achieved Gold album status in France in November, 2007 and Gold album status in Germany in February, 2008 and was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards. On 31 March 2009 Kent received the National Order of Arts and Letters, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a government decoration, in recognition of her contribution to the arts, from French Culture Minister Christine Albanel.

 
Stacey is the classical jazz singer, not in the bad way, she has that soft and sweet voice which is so appreciated in the genere. 

Selected Discography

CLOSE YOUR EYES

THE BOY NEXT DOOR

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BREAKFAST ON THE MORNING TRAM

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Michael Bublé, the New Jazz King

Doing a Jazz Week without including Michael Bublé would be like a strawberry cake without strawberrys. The Canadian singer born 9 September, 1975 in Burnaby has won several awards, including Grammys and multiple Juno Awards. 

One of the biggest sellers of all time with more than 20 million albums worldwide. Her latest record, Crazy Love, (released October 9, 2009) opened atop the Billboard 200 chart with 132,000 copies, giving the singer his second No. 1 album, it has sold 3,338,000 copies so far. It has since spent 12 weeks in the top 10 and is certified 3× platinum.

 The son of a salmon fisherman and the grandson of a plumber, it's not a surprise he has a good voice. You know, the good singers are always the one you less expect. His first singing engagements were in nightclubs at the age of 16 and by the age of 18 he was already a talent show master. He later acted in some movies no worth mentioning.



In 2000, Bublé's career breakthrough came from a surprising chain of events. Michael McSweeney saw Bublé's performance at a business party and received a copy of Bublé’s self-financed independent album . McSweeney, an aide to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, showed the album to Mulroney and his wife. Subsequently, Bublé was invited to sing at the wedding of Mulroney's daughter Caroline, where he sang Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife". At the wedding, Bublé was introduced to David Foster, a multi-Grammy Award winning producer and record executive. Initially, Foster was reluctant to sign Bublé to his 143 Records label because he “didn’t know how to market this kind of music.”  Bublé moved to Los Angeles for a brief period, with his agent, to convince Foster to sign him. Eventually, Foster agreed to produce an album for him if he raised $500,000 to cover the costs of the production, which Bublé did. Foster ended up covering the costs of production in the end under his label, with no assurances of support from Warner Brothers, and after Bublé received the personal stamp of approval and support of Foster's friend Paul Anka. After David Foster agreed to produce Bublé’s debut album, Bruce Allen, who Bublé had pursued for years to be his manager, also signed Bublé.

And Michael proved wrong Foster's initial thought. He is one of the most loved jazz singers and he continues to impress us with his amazing vocals.

Discography
MICHAEL BUBLE


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IT'S TIME



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CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE

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CRAZY LOVE



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Alice Russell, the White Chaka Khan?

A British singer born in 1975. Daughter of an organist, she grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk where she sang in choirs before starting studies in art and music in Brighton in 1994.
Alice became increasingly known throughout the early 2000s with her contributions to recordings from Bah Samba, Quantic, TM Juke, and Nostalgia 77. Her latest release Pot of Gold, maybe her most popular record,  was released on November 4, 2008.

Stylistically speaking, she is a soul singer. But I decided to include her in the Jazz Week because she blends so many styles in one that it's almost unclassifiable. And she does have a jazzy voice! Her powerful voice resembles the very popular Chaka Khan, also known as The Queen of Funk Soul. I never imagined a white girl with such a deep voice, she is a white with a black voice, and that's amazing.

I don't know why, maybe it's because her name and that she is blond, but I can't see her without Alice in Wonderland coming to my mind. It might be the reason for me to love her (I really like Alice character). You know, she is one of that artists that I instantly fell in love with, and you may fall in love with her too!






Selected Discography

UNDER THE MUNKA MOON

Her debut EP, released on August 31, 2004.


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Mean To Me

The opening track, I think this is the song were her jazzy voice stands out more. It's soft (an acoustic version) and her voice really shows.



MY FAVOURITE LETTERS

Alice's second album released on September 27, 2005.



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Munkaroo

A great song which combines jazz and funk.



POT OF GOLD

Her fourth and most recent album released by Six Deegres Records.





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Got the Hunger?

She shows her vocal ability with this song, hitting very high notes.




Let Us Be Loving Video

The first single of the album official video.



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Lisa Ekdahl, the Woman with the Childlike Voice


Lisa Ekdahl seems to be an inoccent 20 year old girl. In fact, you will swear she is in her twenties unless you know she was actually born in July 29, 1971 in Mariefred, Sweden. Yes, she is 38!. In 1990, she started singing jazz with the trio of pianist Peter Nordahl. The swedish singer has so far published 10 albums, most of them in the Swedish language but some entirely in English. Her debut album, the eponymous Lisa Ekdahl, was released in 1994 and she has been recording since then. Lisa's latest album, "Give That Slow Knowing Smile", was released on March 24, 2009.




While her Swedish albums are considered to be pop, her english albums are jazz. She is best known probably for her single "Vem Vet" (which is Swedish for "Who Knows") who made her a superstar in Scandinavia at the age of 23. The singer's first English album, "When Did You Leave Heaven", was also her first jazz album and the first Ekdahl album to come out in the U.S. "When Did You Leave Heaven" was a big seller in Sweden, but the album (which came out on RCA Victor in the U.S.) received its share of negative reviews from American jazz critics, who felt that Ekdahl's thin, very girlish voice was wrong for standards and straightahead jazz and argued that she should stick to pop. What were they thinking? Although Lisa's voice may be considered too thin, she has TALENT, Lisa is an amazing singer, who cares if her voice doesen't fits "STANDARS".

Selected Discography



LISA EKDAHL


Lisa's debut album released in 1994. The album lifted Lisa to stardom and she became a well known singer in Scandinavian countrys. Ekdahl became famous overnight in Sweden with the #1 hit single "Vem Vet (Who Knows)". The record sold almost 800,000 copies and she was awarded three Swedish music prizes, one of them as the nation's best artist of the year. She repeated the success in Denmark and Norway as well.

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Vem Vet



She was signed with EMI Records, but later recorded two pop albums with RCA/BMG: "Med Kroppen Mot Jorden" and "Bortom Det Blå" in 1996 and 97.


MED KROPPEN MOT JORDEN

BORTOM DET BLA

Lisa Ekdahl's sixth album, "Lisa Ekdahl sings Salvadore Poe" released in 2000, signaled a new direction and critical esteem. As the new album's title indicates, Ekdahl exclusively sings songs written by her husband, primarily in the bossa nova style. Their album was a smash in France and Scandinavia, where it sold over 120,000 copies by early 2001.

LISA EKDAHL SINGS SALVADORE POE


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Color of You
In this album Lisa sang songs exclusively written by her husband. The album is considered to be bossa nova.



HEAVEN EARTH AND BEYOND

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Rivers Of Love
A song that had appered first in the previous album, the uptempo song opens with a naive laught by Lisa, which is the beginning of a rythmical song.



OLYCKSSYSTER


PARLOR AV GLAS


GIVE ME THAT SLOW KNOWING SMILE

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Give Me That Slow Knowing Smile

The song that gives name to the album. I consider it a masterpiece, from the soft whistles to the excelent vocals, it's one of  Lisa's best songs.





Clicking on the album covers will take you to the Amazon store, so you could by her album if you liked her. Sorry I didn't posted yesterday but I have a terrible headache. Remember to vote for next week's theme and to follow me. Still wondering who is the girl in the picture? Wait till Sunday to know it!
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It's Jazz Week!



Here we are, the first theme week! I choosed to start with Jazz Week because it's not such a popular genere (as rock or pop), so I wanted to make some highlights on some great Jazz singers. I'll foucus on artists from different nationalities, not just the classical american/british singers, (I won't say who they are, you should come back every day if you want to know :)), one or maybe two per day. Tomorrow I'll post the first one. You can also start voting for next weeks theme week (the pool is in the sidebar, where you can also find a direct link to this page). In case you don't know who the girl in the photo is (she will be featured this week), I'll give you a clue, she is a georgian singer, easy, right?.
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Glee Wins at the SAG Awards!


More good news to the cast of Glee! They won the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award at yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The entire cast assembled on stage, but it was Jane Lynch who spoke for the group. She thanked producer Ryan Murphy for giving them all "the roles of a lifetime" and along with the writers, cast and crew.
Glee returns with all new episodes on Tuesday, April 13!

E! Interview With Cast Members:


Acceptance Speech:
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Sarah McLachlan: One Dream Video Premiere



"One Dream," was released on September 29, 2009 and is a rumored contendor for the official theme song of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Work on a new full-length album continues with an anticipated release in 2010 per an interview between McLachlan and Yamaha All Access Magazine Summer Edition.
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Morgan Page: Fight For You Video Premiere



"Fight For You" is the first single from Morgan Page's fourth ablum, "Believe", which will be released on February 23rd. It charted at #6 on AOL's Top 10 Dance Tracks of 2009, and is also featured as a free themed track on the iPod Touch/iPhone app Tap Tap Revenge 2. It features Elisabeth Morris.
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Jason Derülo: In My Head Video Premiere



"In My Head" is the second single from Jason Derülo's self-titled debut album. It was released on December 8, 2009, in the United States, and has been released in the UK on January 18, 2010. During Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour, in St. Louis, Derülo stated that the idea of the song came about while he was in St. Louis. He stated that it was written about a one night stand he had encountered while there.
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Sugababes: Wear My Kiss Video Premiere



"Wear My Kiss" is the third single from the Sugababes' seventh studio album, "Sweet 7". It was produced by Fernando Garibay in 2009. The song will be released as the third single from the album and will be released as a digital download on February 21, 2010, and releasing as a CD single a day later on February 22. It is the second release featuring vocals by new band-member Jade Ewen, following the departure of Keisha Buchanan in September 2009. The music video was filmed on December 14 and 15 by the same director as "About a Girl". The full length music video premiered on the Sugababes official myspace on January 20, 2010. The video version is 30 seconds shorter than the original radio edit, cutting out the final part of the bridge as well as changing the outro to a non-fade edit.
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Theme Weeks!!

Last night I was reading a blog and it had the great idea of doing theme weeks, there were bios, albums reviews, recommendations, etc.; so I thought, I should do that!! The first theme week will begin on Monday and it will be Jazz Week!! You should come back every day so you can see the different artists and recommendations. There will also be a votation on the side under My Fave Albums of 09' to decide the next theme week, the votation and the first post will be on Monday. So, remember to come back every day for updates and follow me!!
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Glee Wins at the Golden Globes


"Glee" won top TV honors at the Golden Globe Awards on January 17, taking home the award for best musical or comedy television series over such veteran shows as "The Office," "30 Rock" and "Entourage". "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and Miss Barbra Streisand," said "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy during his acceptance speech, as the cast celebrated behind him. "We would like to thank all the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on primetime televsion."

Though "Glee" won the biggest award in its category, it lost the other three awards for which its cast members were nominated. Leah Michele ceded best actress in a musical or comedy series to Toni Colette from "The United States of Tara," while Chloe Sevigny of "Big Love" won best supporting actress over Jane Lynch. Matthew Morrison, who earlier this week inked a label deal with Mercury Records, lost in the best actor category to Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock."



Red Carpet:




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Pants On the Ground Takes America by Surprise

General Larry Pratt is 62 years old, which is over twice the age limit to audition for "American Idol." The Atlanta native performed his original song, "Pants on the Ground" in front of the judges panel. Since his appearence on Idol, the song has been covered by many artists and he has appeared in different shows. Will this be his 15 minutes of fame or will this be his carrer launcher?

A Contestant Video Before he Auditioned for the Judges:



Judges Audition:



The View:



Jimmy Fallon's Cover:



The Awesomeness Cover:

I found this video really funny and they aren't bad singers!



Really? You should be Ashamed Parents!

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Susan Boyle + Mop? + Oprah's Show

It seems that dealing with fame is a bit too much for british sensation Susan Boyle. Apparently she stunned passengers in a VIP lounge at London's Heathrow Airport after she started shouting swear words and singing into a mop, The Sun reported Friday. The singer suddenly grabbed the mop from a cleaner and began to treat it as a makeshift microphone as she suffered another public meltdown on Tuesday. During her performance, which sparked complaints to British Airways (BA) staff, she also used the mop to polish passengers' shoes. Airline employees tried to calm her down only for Boyle, to flee the Terminal 5 lounge, yelling, "I've escaped, I've escaped!" A source said: "It was chaos. Susan was very restless and agitated from the minute she walked in and immediately started making a scene. She was singing and dancing around, shouting obscenities at full volume." Her rampage was finally ended by a BA official, who sat with the Scottish spinster until she boarded her flight to Chicago. British Airways confirmed, "A customer in the BA lounge on Tuesday was asked to temper their behavior as it was becoming disruptive." She was flying to the U.S. to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. Was this incident a crisis or was she only showing her personality?

Susan on Oprah:
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Adam Lambert: Whataya Want From Me Video Premiere



"Whataya Want From Me" is the second single by Adam Lambert. It is the second radio single release of his debut album, For Your Entertainment. This song was written by Pink, Max Martin, and Shellback and was recorded by Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse, but didn't make it to the final cut. The music video for "Whataya Want from Me" was directed by Diane Martel and shot on December 20, 2009. The video premired Friday 15 January on VH1, it features Lambert alone in an apartment being harrased by a camera man. There are also performance clips throughout the video where Lambert is performing with a live band. One scene in the video features Lambert making his way through a crowd of paparazzi and fans into a car.
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Erik Hassle: Hurtful Video Premiere



This is Hassle's first single, "Hurtful", of his debut album "Hassle". The song was originally released  in May 2008 in Sweden and in December 2008 in United Kingdom. This is a new version of the same song  remixed by  Starsmith. In it we see Erik with a Penelope Cruz lookalike going very futuristic.
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Timbaland: If We Ever Meet Again Video Premiere



"If We Ever Meet Again" is the fourth single from Timbaland's third studio album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II. The song will serve as the second official single in the UK, being released on February 15. The song features Katy Perry. The video premiered on January 18, 2010 and was filmed in December 2009. It was directed by Paul Allen, who directed “Morning After Dark” and “Say Something”. Timbaland told MTV that he wanted the video to be serious and to have Katy playing his guardian angel: "I wanna make something deep, I don't know if I wanna make it like a relationship. I wanna make it like she saved my life with whatever depression I was going through, whether it be drug depression, weight-loss depression — something. ... Will she be around if I go through this again?".
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Katy Perry's Rumors


Katy Perry and Russell Brand are officialy engaged. The couple's romance began heating up in September at the MTV Video Music Awards, where the comedian served as host and the singer performed. Perry's label also confirmed the news, citing Glamour.com. In a Glamour article, the singer praised Brand's quick wit and said she's found her match in him. "When I find a partner who is my teammate, I'm not going to play by any rules, I'm just going to go with my heart. Why wait? I just wrote a song ... They say it's hard to meet your match, gotta find my other half so we can make a perfect shape." According to an initial report on UsMagazine.com on Tuesday, the pair got engaged five days ago, while on vacation in Jaipur, India.
There were also rumors (that she started in Twitter) that she was pregnant, but this was later denied (again in Twitter) by Katy saying: "ur gonna make me cry, maybe that's my period tho. THAT'S RIGHT I'M BLEEDING. Face. Better luck next month peepz."
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Lady Gaga Collapses and Cancels Shows


Lady Gaga cancelled an Indiana concert appearance on January 14 after collapsing backstage due to exhaustion and dehydration. "An hour before the show I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing," she posted on Twitter. Paramedics diagnosed her with a regular heartbeat, she said. The performance, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., has been rescheduled for Jan. 26. A day after cancelling the concert at Purdue University, she performed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Gaga showed no apparent signs of illness as she performed a medley of her hits. She later apologized with her fans via Twitter for cancelling the show.









CelebTV Report and Oprah:
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Message from Me

As you can see, I have added my favourite albums of 2009 under Follow Me On (Remember to follow me and tell your friends). Clicking on the album cover will take you to the iTunes Store. Although the majority are in the US store, I couldn't find some albums in it so I used others (UK, Sweden, Spain). I'm still working on the blog layout, so I apologize if you have any inconvenient.
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Licky (Under the Covers) Video Premiere



Licky (Under the Covers) is the lead worldwide single from Barbadian singer Shontelle's sophomore studio album, Licky. The song will be released as the lead single from the album on January 26, 2010, and as the second US single and the same day. The music video was filmed on November 18, 2009 and was directed by Ray Kay. The video premiered today.
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New Sections!!!

First of all, I haven't been posting much cause I'm working on a new desing for the blog. It'll change a lot, hopefully I finish before the weekend. I also decided that the Second Round of the Soul Awards will be cancelled being the winners the one with the most amount of votes, I'll continue posting the Idol Series.

There will be 3 new sections (starting next week probably):
*Music & Life, where I'll post interesting stories involving music, or about music.
*Styles, one different musical style per post, with info of it and some examples, posting songs of artists identified with that style.
*Discoverys: like the featured artists but this section will be foucused on new and mainly unknown artists.
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AMERICAN IDOL Premieres Tonight !!!

AMERICAN IDOL's New Season Premieres Tonight

American Idol Season 9 premieres tonight on Fox with the Boston Auditions with a 2 hour show, Victoria Beckham will guest judge. Tomorrow there will be the Atlanta Auditions with Mary J. Blige as a guest judge. If you want to see some auditions preview, check the video below in which Ellen (Abdul's replacement), discusses Simon's exit and previews a great auditionee (Ashley Makailah) and a total disaster.



Simon Announced this will be his Last Season on Idol



Simon Cowell is leaving Idol at the end of 2010. Simon just signed an agreement with FOX to bring The X-Factor to USA in the fall of 2011, being executive producer and judge. "We reached an agreement formally…this morning. What we have agreed is that 'The X Factor' will launch in America in 2011 with me judging the show and executive producing. Because of that, this will be my last season on 'American Idol'" Simon told reporters today. "I was offered a lot of money to stay on. But that wasn’t the reason behind it. I wanted to do something different. I wanted a new challenge." As far as a possible replacement for Simon, FOX Chairman, Peter Price would not speculate, "We have to take our time on that," he said, "We have to make sure the chemistry of the judges is as good as it can be.".


Amanda Holden and Constantine Maroulis on CBC News Reaction

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Soldier of Love Video Premiere



"Soldier of Love" is a single from Sade's upcoming sixth album of the same name. It premiered worldwide on December 8, 2009 and it was released on iTunes digitally on January 12, 2010. It is also the band's first new material in almost ten years, preceding their long awaited album which is to be released on February 8, 2010.
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YT/MS Featured Artist: Lisa Scinta

Lisa Scinta is an american singer/songwriter originally from Buffalo, New York, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has performed in church, talent shows and with her family "The Scintas" at The Las Vegas Hilton, The Rio and The Sahara Hotel and Casino. She was a gymnast for 15 years. Lisa performs in almost all of her videos either with her guitar or the keybord. She has stated in her YouTube chanell that her original songs are entirely inspired by her life and the people she cares about. I can't figure out why this girl isn't signed, she has an amazing voice, a great look and an adorable personality. What I like about her is that she doesn't try to copy the original song, she makes such good arrengments, take for example Tik Tok/In My Head medley. She also has skills in songrwiting, I love her original song "Shadow", it has such deep lyrics. Conclusion: Great singer who should definitely get signed.





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