Posts tagged "Billy Joel"

Barbra Streisand Announces New Duets LP ‘Partners’ Featuring John Legend, Stevie Wonder & Elvis (!)

Barbra Streisand has been on Instagram for less than a week and she’s already putting it to good use. The veteran diva announced her upcoming LP Partners on the social media platform this morning (August 11) and named an impressive list of duet partners that includes John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Billy Joel, Josh Groban, her son Jason Gould and even Elvis Presley from beyond the grave!

The 72-year-old previously released a compilation of duets in 2002 (titled Duets, funnily enough) but Partners appears to be comprised of original material, so don’t be surprised if Barbra adds to her incredible tally of 32 top 10 entries on the Billboard 200. Expect details on the tracklist and lead single to emerge in the next few days. In the meantime, stay glued to Babs’ Insta! More »

Billy Joel Forgets The Lyrics To “We Didn’t Start The Fire” Then Slams The Song: Watch

Billy Joel is back on tour, which will culminate with another of his infinity-night stands at Madison Square Garden. But first he performed in Toronto recently, and the Piano Man forgot the lyrics to his most inescapable song, “We Didn’t Start The Fire. “Wait a minute,” he said at the top of the first verse, cutting off the band before pointing out the inherent danger of performing the song live. “That ain’t right. All you gotta do is fuck up one word in that song and it’s a train wreck.”

After that, he let the crowd know what he really thinks about the 1989 hit. “It’s the same thing verse after verse,” he said. “Just the words change. ‘Na na na-na, na-na na,’ it’s one of the worst melodies I ever wrote.” It’s rare to see that kind of candor from a pop star not named Lily Allen. But, ever the professional, Joel finished the song for the crowd, and correctly guessed the flub would be “all over YouTube.”

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Behind The Candelabra: 15 Great Piano-Driven Pop Songs

From Bowie To Britney, These Songs Hit All The Right Notes
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.

In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »

One Direction’s Zayn Malik Hurt His Hand, Selena Gomez Should Kiss It & Make It Better: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: It looks like One Direction‘s Zayn Malik injured himself somehow. The Selena Gomez kiss crush was spotted with bandages on his right hand, Chris Brown-style. That’s the prettiest mangled hand we’ve ever seen. [E!]

:: By now, we all know about Rick Ross‘s narrow escape from serious injury and/or death via a drive-by shooting (on his birthday, no less). New footage from the scene of the crime shows walls and windows riddled with bullet holes. This evidence would seem to indicate that Rozay was, in fact, shot at (looking at you, 50 Cent). [MTV]

:: Billy Joel and Sir Elton John have yet to kiss and make up after the Brit publicly addressed Joel’s drinking problem in a 2011 interview, imploring him to take rehab seriously. Although the Piano Man admits Sir Elton’s heart was in the right place, he’s revealed that the longtime friends haven’t spoken since. [WENN]

:: Official statements have yet to be made, but after a recent radio interview from Big Boi it seems pretty safe to say that Outkast has something planned for the upcoming 20th anniversary of their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. We bet it will make us all want to shake it like a Polaroid picture. [2 Dope Boyz]

:: Donald Trump is back to doing what he does best: launching Twitter tirades. The real estate mogul/reality star/wig stand is now threatening “little” Mac Miller with a lawsuit for using his name as the title of a song. [Rap Radar]

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Frank Ocean, Maroon 5, John Mayer & More To Play New Orleans Jazz Fest

Frank Ocean, John Mayer and Maroon 5 are slated to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Fest later this year, because, jazz? We kid, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (held April 26 – May 5) is much more than just a showcase of jazz music. Plus, despite his Odd Future membership, Frank Ocean is a NOLA native.

The eclectic city’s festival is fittingly eclectic, additionally featuring Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews Band, Earth, Wind & Fire and Hall & Oates (as Daryl Hall and John Oates). Not to mention dozens and dozens of bands nowhere near the realm of pop. Check out the full lineup here.

Christina Aguilera, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi & More To Perform At Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Hurricane Sandy was a once-in-a-lifetime storm that left the East Coast reeling, but victims of the disaster are about to get a little help from some famous friends: NBCUniversal has announced that its portfolio of networks (including NBC, Bravo, USA, E! and a host of others) will be running a telethon at 8 p.m. this Friday to raise money for those affected by Sandy. It will be broadcast live from NBC’s Rockefeller Center studios and also streamed live on NBC.com.

Confirmed to perform are Christina Aguilera, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi, with non-singing TV personalities Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon also slated to make appearances. 

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

‘American Idol’: Top 10 Take On Billy Joel

Last night the Top 10 touring American Idol contestants took on Billy Joel’s all-American songbook. (Sadly, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” wasn’t included.) And who better to mentor the singers during Billy Joel week than … Diddy? (JLo apparently has a thing for working with exes on reality competition shows.) Tommy Hilfiger was also in tow as the style guru, so it was a blown-out episode. Read on to find out who blew up the competition. More »

Lady Gaga, Will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, & More Celebrate Sting’s 60th Birthday

Happy birthday, Sting! Not that our birthday wishes really matter, given that so many huge names in music turned out to help the Cherrytree House Sessions legend celebrate his 60th year in style. After joining Sting on stage to perform “Stand By Me” at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Lady Gaga turned out for the lavish affair, a charity concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation. The none-too-shabby turnout also included Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, will.i.am, Herbie Hancock, and Robert Downey, Jr. — you know, nobody special. Catch photos and a clip of Gaga’s “King Of Pain” performance with Sting after the jump. More »

The Morning Mix: Heather Morris Poses For Controversial Photo Shoot

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:: Photographer Tyler Shields cast Heather Morris in a “bruised-up Barbie” photo shoot, depicting the Glee star sporting a black eye. (Check out more of the skeevy pics here.) Not surprisingly, the shoot immediately drew controversy for glamorizing domestic violence. Makes posing in your underwear in the locker room seem tame by comparison, doesn’t it? [E! Online]

:: Lindsay Lohan got a Billy Joel lyric tattooed on her upper torso. And no, it’s not “Don Perignon in your hands and a spoon up your nose” from “Big Shot.” [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: It appears that wax Justin Timberlake’s ambitions go beyond acting and veer into politics. Is this Madame Tussauds’ way of encouraging JT to run for office? [MTV Buzzworthy]

:: The reviews for Madonna’s newest directorial effort W.E. are… well, let’s just say that Madonna shouldn’t quit her day job as a pop star. [Vulture]

:: Twilight‘s Kristin Stewart makes her music video debut in Marc Foster’s “I Was Broken.” [Huffington Post]

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9 Of Music’s Most Mismatched Couples (PHOTOS)

Katy Perry shattered many a teenage dream when she and Russell Brand tied the knot in India this past weekend. In doing so, our Halloween costume inspiration has officially joined the ranks of some of pop music’s oddest romantic pairings. While many of the marriages didn’t last—some even a week (we’re looking at you, Britney Spears)— we’re sure that Katy and Russell have what it takes to make it work. Now, a look back at the strangest pop star couples all thanks to Cupid’s misguided arrow.