Posts tagged "Frank Sinatra"

St. Patrick’s Day Playlist: Get Lucky With These 17 Green And Golden Songs

Today, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day, which means you should expect green beer, loud, party-ready people shouting in the streets and possibly a Shamrock Shake in your immediate future. But before you head off to the pub or the parade, we thought we’d help set the mood early in the day with a nice holiday-themed playlist.

We rounded up 17 green, golden, lucky and rainbow-filled songs to properly sound-track your St. Patty’s Day. (Did we miss any other cliches, readers? No, no — we already have “Top O’ The Mornin’” taken care of, silly.) Head below to get an earful of pop gold! More »

‘Michael Jackson: Bad25′: Watch The Spike Lee Documentary

Behind the Scenes of 'Bad'
During the making of 1987′s Bad, Michael Jackson wrote “100,000,000″ in red Sharpie on every mirror that he used — as in, number of copies he hoped to sell. Jackson wanted to outdo his success with Thriller, and as Spike Lee‘s new documentary reveals, he turned to a wide range of sources, both old (Frank Sinatra) and new (Public Enemy, KRS One), for inspiration.

After making its television debut last night (November 22) on ABC, a pared-down version of Michael Jackson: Bad25 is available to watch online. The Roots‘ drummer Questlove has already complained of crucial information being left out of this edited version, but what’s left is still worth watching. Check out Bad25 above, which features an early interview with “Bad” music video co-star Wesley Snipes, a breakdown of the dancers that most inspired Jackson and a crucial question posed with the help of Justin Bieber: Who is Annie?
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‘NOW 43′ Compilation Sneaks To Top Of Chart After Slow Release Week

Last week was relatively quiet as far as new album releases are concerned, which allows for the 43rd NOW That’s What I Call Music compilation to debut in the peak position on the Billboard Top 200 after selling 111,000 copies. The latest edition in the long-running series that rounds up current hits includes such recent chart smashes as Maroon 5‘s “Payphone”, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe”, Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights” and David Guetta‘s Sia pair-up “Titanium”. More »

Kanye West Would Like To Offer Up A New Celebrity Taxonomy

In the midst of praising a sort of mediocre, but I guess well-framed paparazzi photo of Rihanna, Kanye West took some time out to offer up his thoughts on today’s biggest stars, and which current celebrities were serving as analogies of stars gone by, I guess because we live in the post-everything age. If you ever wondered which current somewhat-superstar Kanye West views as the new Jimi Hendrix and/or Roger Waters, the answers lie after the jump.

JUSTIN IS THE NEW MIKE (Jackson, I guess? Has anyone ever heard him called “Mike”? Are we just not famous enough?)
GAGA’S MADONNA (God help us)
WAYNE IS HENDRIX (Not with that guitar playing)

So, putting aside the, um, timeframe-spanning analogies that Kanye’s offering here, I have a question: Which “legend in the making” does he represent? Marvin Gaye? Andy Warhol? One of the Studio 54 guys? Or is he just, well, his own thing, defying comparison? And isn’t it sort of a cheat, if he thinks he is?

FRESH ASS PICTURE!! [kanYe West: Blog]

On The Borders: What People Aren’t Buying

As part of book giant Borders’ slashing of its DVD and CD sections, the store here in Athens, Ga., is selling its CD and DVD inventory at 50% off. The standard pre-liquidation price for a CD? $18.99. So at 50% off, most of the remaining inventory was still as much as it would have been at Best Buy, Target, or Wal-Mart. In fact, in most cases the prices were exactly twice what they were at the Big Boxers, particularly in the DVD/Blu-Ray section. I decided to document the dregs of Borders’ music collection to see what people weren’t buying, much like I did last year during the Circuit City fire sale. All of the releases documented after the jump had at least four copies for sale.

The shelves are picked over. If all of the Borders are on the same timetable, you better hustle. I did see that awesome Forever Changes two-disc collection for 10 bucks.

This is endemic of what I saw. The Killers, Bavarian Tradition, and a 2009 Grammy Nominees CD, all lying on top of Igor on Blu-Ray. I don’t know why, but this is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.

The Airborne Toxic Event and Loudon Wainwright III: together again for the first time. These guys were all over the place, never where they were supposed to be. Not a bad deal on TATE, if you’re into that sorta thing.

There was plenty of Sinatra to be found, all of it originally overpriced. These are great records, sure, but they had Super Savers in there for $16.99!

Maybe someone at Borders was a big Andre Rieu fan. There were at least 30 of his CDs all told. Looks like a nice enough guy. He’s really going for on the cover of New Year’s in Vienna.

Not to pick on Mindi Abair, but she joined Andre Rieu as the most un-bought artist at Borders. There was another stack there, next to a whole bunch of Michael Franks and Earl Klugh. Who did Borders’ stocking? The Weather Channel? My dad?

You could get “snowed under” in Snow Patrol CDs (haw haw), probably because this CD+DVD combo was priced at $21.99 originally.

Nothing against Atmosphere, but there was absolutely no reason for Borders to have ordered eight copies of this in our current music-selling climate. You can always order more. You can’t order less.

I’d like to think that Saul Williams was here en masse because everybody had already downloaded it, but I’m not so sure of that. Borders’ selection was overall more interesting than Circuit City‘s, if a little more mystifying.

Ingrid Michaelson was well-represented. “As heard on Grey’s Anatomy” doesn’t mean what it used to, but this thing was priced to sell and didn’t. It looks like a 90s cut-out bin record, like it should be laying next to Ednaswap and Echobelly.

I have this and have never listened to it. What am I afraid of? Oh, yeah…it sounding like the artwork.

Delta Spirit was out in force. I don’t have any good puns for this.

Wow! I wonder why this never sold? As a music consumer, I can think of no more inspiring words in the year 2009 than “Goo Goo Dolls, Vol. 2.”

The theme song is on this. ‘Nuff said.

There was lots of John Legend on display; maybe people heard him sing at the Academy Awards.

Now this is just a shame. Who doesn’t love “Lido Shuffle”?

Plain White T’s: One of those bands that seems more popular in theory.

I know Switchfoot and Nickel Creek are popular, but seven copies of the collaboration between members of those bands is probably overestimating demand just a bit.

Turn away, Maura! Turn away!

These Melissa Etheridges were like this when I got there.

No love for My Love by Celine Dion.

This Atreyu package would be a good deal if I liked them at all.

Some around these parts will feel no small amount of schadenfreude at this picture.

These things were everywhere, a symbol bit of music industry detritus.

Just plain odd. Somebody must have a really bad back. It shows you how much they cared about the aesthetics of the music section.

Howie Day: the loneliest featured CD ever.

Who thought this was a good idea?

This is my version of hell.

Oh, no, wait. This is.

Overall, in most cases, it’s not hard to see why what’s not selling is not selling. A lot of times it what the pricing, but a lot of it had to do with target markets. This is a Borders in Athens we’re talking about—the chamber of commerce practically hands you cardigans, ironic mustaches, and plastic-framed glasses when you move here, so it’s no wonder Dream Theater DVDs aren’t moving out the door.

Bono Would Like The Road To Rise Gently To Meet You (And Frank Sinatra)

So, Bono’s first New York Times column appeared in yesterday’s paper, and the topic at hand was not poverty or world peace or even losing that hat of his a few years back but Frank Sinatra’s Duets. Which just so happens to be an album that, hey what do you know, Bono himself appeared on. The overall gist of the column is about the uncertainty surrounding the present day and the duality of moments and how a true artist can bring duality and complexity out of his work. All well and good, but I couldn’t help flashing back to monologues from the 1991 film The Commitments, about an Irish soul band with lofty (some might even say Bono-like!) aspirations but only limited success, while trying to get through Bono’s slightly purple prose. After the jump, try to pick which quotes from the movie and which are from yesterday’s Week In Review section.

1. “Is this knotted fist of a voice a clue to the next year? In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn—such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.”

2. “Soul is the music people understand. Sure it’s basic and it’s simple. But it’s something else ’cause, ’cause, ’cause it’s honest, that’s it. It’s honest…. It sticks its neck out and says it straight from the heart. Sure there’s a lot of different music you can get off on but soul is more than that. It takes you somewhere else.”

3. “I was lucky to duet with a man who understood duality, who had the talent to hear two opposing ideas in a single song, and the wisdom to know which side to reveal at which moment.”

4. “The success of the band was irrelevant—you raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons.”

5. “This is our moment. What do we hear?”

6. “Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.”

OK so that last one was a bit easy. (1, 3, and 5 are Bono.) But really, shouldn’t someone at the Times get Roddy Doyle on the phone, at least for ghostwriting duties? They may have to loosen their profanity standards, but it’d be worth it.

Notes From The Chairman [NYT]
The Commitments – Memorable Quotes [IMDB]

Death Cab Bounced Aside By 3 Doors Down

cursedselftitledalbums.jpgDeath Cab For Cutie’s reign at the top of the album charts was fun while it lasted, but Alabama natives and Hinder/Staind touring buddies 3 Doors Down are projected to take the No. 1 spot on Wednesday by a landslide, with around 150,000 projected sales of their new, self-titled album. Bun B’s post-UGK solo album trails in the No. 2 spot, with sales likely falling just short of the six-digit mark, and squeaky clean, yet scantily clad dancer turned country star Julianne Hough grabbing No. 3 with 60,000 sales. Last week’s chart slides down with Frank Sinatra at No. 4, Death Cab as the likely No. 5, and the deathless Leona Lewis at No. 6. Duffy, Mariah Carey, Toby Keith, and Madonna are the likely picks for the rest of the top 10, with all those albums projected to sell in the 40,000-copy range. [HITS Daily Double]

What Will Death Cab Have To Be Sad About Now?

lookatallthoseprettycolors.jpgThe largely accurate Hits Daily Double Friday chart preview has been posted, and Death Cab for Cutie are projected to hit the top spot on this week’s album chart with sales in the neighborhood of 150,000 copies. Everyone else probably won’t make it past 100k, including a Frank Sinatra Reprise best-of repackaging at #2 (80,000 or so), Mariah Carey (70-ish thousand), Jason Mraz, Leona Lewis, Neil Diamond, Madonna and Toby Keith. Fighting it out for the ninth and tenth spots: active rock newcomers 10 Years, and the always charming Keith Sweat. Next week, a parade of exciting releases honoring my birthday from Bun B, 3 Doors Down, Jesse McCartney, and the Flobots. [Hits Daily Double]

Frank Sinatra Invented The Internet

franknancy.jpgUSA Weekend celebrated the tenth anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s passing with a series of rememberances from friends, legendary figures, and Gay Talese. While it was touching to read Bill Clinton and Tony Bennett respectively recall discussing Duets and founding the Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts, the most startling revelation involved his Web site. Did you know that Nancy Sinatra would read him messages from, and that he would dictate his response to her? In 1997? His passing was already tragic enough without knowing how enthusiastic he was about the ever-blossoming information superhighway. The ol’ Reprise CEO might have shown ding-a-lings like Trent Reznor and Thom Yorke how it’s done.

My dad may have been old school in certain ways, but he was on top of all the new technology. He stayed on the Internet until the end. He and I started his official website together (now He loved it. He’d read comments from fans all over the world and dictate his thanks to them through me. (I did the typing.) It made him happy to see people who were as young as 14 or 15, who had discovered his music, writing to him.

“Please keep this site going,” he said to me. “It’s really a great way to stay in touch.” I’m so glad he was able to see that before he died.

RIP, Frank. I would have loved to see your vlog.

Remembering Frank Sinatra [USA Weekend via Online Fandom]

Is Alicia Keys Going To Duet With Ol’ Blue Eyes At The Grammys?

 We’re hearing rumors that Alicia Keys’ splashy performance at this Sunday’s Grammys won’t have her singing with Whitney Houston, as previously speculated; instead, she’ll share a stage with Frank Sinatra, or rather a “virtual” version of the nearly-10-years-gone crooner. Said holographic fever dream will be projected onto the stage in a fashion similar to the way Elvis Presley appeared on the American Idol charity special alongside a bejumpsuited Celine Dion. (Ah, memories.) No word on what Ol’ Blue Eyes and Young Piano Fingers will sing yet, but you can bet your copy of Duets that a saleable version of it will make its way to iTunes faster than you can hum “The Lady Is A (Cross-Promotional) Tramp.” [Photo: AP]