wasn’t the only high-profile guest
to join host Jimmy Fallon
last night (December 21) on Saturday Night Live
. In between spot-on impressions of musical icons, Paul McCartney
and Bee Gees
‘ Barry Gibb
showed up unannounced.
Well, sort of.
During his monologue, Fallon stood before four mics as he “confessed” that he invited his favorite musicians — David Bowie, Bob Dylan and McCartney — to the show, only for all of them to get caught in New York traffic. Then, in between impressions of Bowie and Dylan, McCartney strolls in for an effortless duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Later on, Fallon and Timberlake team up for a sketch as the Bee Gees’ Robin and Barry Gibb, respectively, co-hosts of The Barry Gibb Show. (The talk show’s theme song? A revised version of the 1975 hit “Nights on Broadway,” later assisted by the actual Barry Gibb.) Of its guests, Madonna not only offers the most salient point, she even calms “Barry” down to the point where “Robin” calls her mythical, as if we didn’t know that.
Watch McCartney and Fallon’s duet up top, then see Madonna and Gibb’s appearances after the jump. More »
lives up to his title of The Bawse on the album chart — for this week, at least. The “3 Kings”
MC’s fifth LP God Forgives, I Don’t
, which received mostly favorable reviews
, debuts at #1 on the Billboard
Top 200 after selling 218,000 copies out of the gate. That pushes Zac Brown Band
(which sold another 39,000) down to the runner-up position.
God Forgives is now Ross’ fourth album to reach the top of the chart, and it more than bests the 176,000 opening of his previous LP, Teflon Don (which, incidentally, is his only one to not reach #1 on the Top 200 — it debuted and peaked at #2 in 2010). More »
, the lead single from Pet Shop Boys
‘ upcoming album Elysium
(out September 11), is officially released this week as a digital EP that contains three B-sides: “A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi”, “The Way Through The Woods” and “I Started A Joke”. Vocalist Neil Tennant told PopJustice
that “A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi” was originally penned in 2007 with Kylie Minogue
in mind, but the duo decided to keep the song for themselves.
Meanwhile, the UK pop legends’ official site noted last month that “I Started A Joke”, a Bee Gees cover, was recorded as a tribute to Robin Gibb, who passed away in May following a struggle with cancer. Hear all three additional tunes from the “Winner” EP (out in the US tomorrow on iTunes) below. More »
‘s new Top 200 album chart shows the first full effects of sales of Bee Gees
LPs following the death of member Robin Gibb
on May 20. (Gibb passed away on a Sunday, which is the day Billboard
uses as the cut-off for weekly chart data.) The publication noted
yesterday that the Bee Gees sold 27,000 albums in the past week, which is a 339% leap from the 6,000 the trio moved the seven days prior. More »
Funeral plans for Bee Gees
singer Robin Gibb
, who passed away on May 20 at age 62, have been revealed. The singer will be laid to rest in June during a private service near his home in Thame, Oxfordshire, in England. Following that, Gibb will be honored with a public memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in September.
Surprisingly, Robin Gibb’s son Robert-John told UK paper The Sunday Express that kidney failure had been the cause of his father’s death, not cancer, as has been widely reported. More »
Tributes have been pouring onto the Internet all week for late Bee Gees
singer Robin Gibb
, who passed away on Sunday at age 62 following a battle with cancer. But perhaps the one person fans of the legendary band have been waiting to hear from is surviving member Barry Gibb. While the singer has yet to publicly comment on the passing of his younger brother, he posted a moving tribute video on YouTube, set to the tune of Bee Gees song “Heart Like Mine”.
In the clip, titled “Bodding” (a family nickname for Robin), footage of Bee Gees members Barry, Robin and Maurice, and their younger brother Andy Gibb, who died at age 30 in 1988, is edited together while the somber ballad plays over top. Watch the many stages of the band’s career above.
After the passing of Bee Gees
star Robin Gibb
on Sunday at the age of 62, there’s been an outpouring of online tributes from the singer’s pop peers. The latest comes from Beyonce
, who, as a member of Destiny’s Child
, covered Australian artist Samantha Sang’s 1977 hit “Emotion”. The song was written by Robin and his brother Barry Gibb, and the original version sailed to #3 on the Hot 100 during the height of the Bee Gees’ success. (The Gibb backing vocals on the chorus are unmistakeable.)
Head below to read Beyonce’s words about Robin, and to flash back to Destiny’s Child’s cover of “Emotion”. More »
With the unfortunate passing of Bee Gees
‘ member Robin Gibb
, we’re inspired to take a look back at the group’s classic tunes and historic achievements from their celebrated career. Though Barry Gibb
typically took on the role as frontman, all three members of the group performed in immediately recognizable three-part harmonies, and were responsible for writing every one of their impressive amount of hits. Head below as we journey through the group’s most memorable moments in music. More »
, lead singer and co-founder of the Bee Gees
, died today (May 20) at 62 after an up-and-down two-year battle with cancer. Gibb’s death comes less than a month after he had emerged from a coma
and appeared to have a chance at recovery. It also comes just days after the death of fellow disco-era titan Donna Summer
and casts a new pall across the dancefloor. Details below. More »
Here’s some happy news from the music world — Bees Gees
‘ Robin Gibb has awakened from his coma and is reportedly in better health. The 62-year-old caught pneumonia following some intensive chemotherapy to treat his colorectal cancer and fell into a coma last weekend, from which his doctors weren’t sure he’d recover. Fortunately, Gibb is now awake and able to communicate with family members, though still dependent on an oxygen mask and feeding tubes. Leave it to a Bee Gee to keep on “Stayin’ Alive.” [Spinner