Posts tagged "George Michael"

Daft Punk Drop Surprise Remix Album: Morning Mix

Human After All
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:: Daft Punk has released a limited edition remixes album worldwide to iTunes, without warning. Human After All (Remixes), also featuring Basement Jaxx, Peaches and Justice, was first released in Japan in 2006. [HarderBloggerFaster]

:: Morrissey has been dropped by Capitol/Harvest, just weeks after the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business. He recently criticized the label for not funding a music video. [Consequence of Sound]

:: Speaking of Morrissey: When asked to tell a secret, George Michael said that The Smiths are reforming. Wait, what? [The Guardian]

:: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will perform “Black Widow” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The awards show airs August 24 at 9 p.m. EST. [Instagram]

:: The roles of Missy Elliott and Timbaland have been cast for Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic. The dynamic duo will be played by newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, respectively. [The Wrap]

:: While in Ibiza, Puff Daddy photo-bombed Kanye West and Zac Efron, as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton chat behind the scene. Yes, this is happening in one single photo. [BuzzFeed]

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Robin Thicke Sells Less Than 60 Copies Of ‘Paula’ In Australia: Morning Mix

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:: First week sales of Robin Thicke‘s Paula in Australia look bleak, more so than in the US and UK. The album failed to chart in the ARIA Top 500, meaning that it sold less than a Blondie compilation at #500 with just 54 copies sold. Oof. [NME]

:: Arctic Monkeys and George Michael have reportedly been dodging their taxes in England. Naughty, lads! [NME]

:: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now,” Garth Brooks says, in a letter addressed to Aiken Productions. The company behind his five comeback shows in Dublin (July 25 – 29) decided to cancel all of them, after Brooks refused to play just three concerts. [Rolling Stone]

:: Shania Twain hints that she will embark a tour following her successful Caesars Palace residency. “Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again, and I guess I’m enjoying it. So why not do more?” she says. [Calgary Herald]

:: Adam Levine has recruited legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks as a mentor for The Voice. Nicks appeared on the reality competition show’s first season, singing Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide” with eventual winner Javier Colon. [CNN]

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Future And Nicki Minaj’s “Rock Star”: Hear The Scrapped, George Michael-Sampling ‘Honest’ Track

When Future was promoting his sophomore LP Honest, he kept bringing up a song that he wished was included. He would even play it for journalists at listening parties to show what fans were missing.

“Rock Star” features Nicki Minaj and interpolates George Michael‘s “Careless Whisper,” allowing the Atlanta rapper to flaunt his enthused bars and hoarse crooning skills. However, Future was forced to scrap the song after Michael’s camp refused to clear the sample.

Thanks to XXL, “Rock Star” can now be heard online. Future brings up infidelity, though he refuses to sound as remorseful as Michael did in his 1984 hit single. Instead, the Atlanta rapper lifts the hook’s melody to gleefully sing of a rock star lifestyle, as if inspired by the glimpses of red satin sheets and yachting life featured in the “Careless Whisper” video. He shouts out “Jumpin’ Out the Gym” by bonkers rap triumvirate rappers Migos, Riff RaFF and Trinidad James. Meanwhile, Minaj spits a minute long shout-out to her own lifestyle, sponsored by Myx Moscato.

Is “Rock Star” a sequel to “Careless Whisper”? Hardly. Is it as inspired? Nah — but it’s still a delight to hear how enthused and infectious Future can be when he sees dollar signs. Hear the scrapped Honest song and revisit Michael’s classic below. More »

George Michael Was Rushed To Hospital For An Unexplained Illness: Morning Mix

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:: George Michael was rushed to hospital last week due to an unexplained illness. His representative refuses to comment apart from saying that he was getting routine tests. Sounds a little fishy… but get well soon! []

:: This piece of casting is either inspired or a disaster waiting to happen. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been hired to play a white supremacist on hit TV show Sons Of Anarchy. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. [Spin]

:: Foxes knows how to promote an album. She’s opening for Pharrell on his UK tour and just signed on to appear in an episode of cult TV show Doctor Who. We don’t know the nature of her role yet but she gets to perform a song. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Nobody loves their fans more than Ricky Martin. The Latin heartthrob was taking a stroll through the streets of Milan, Italy recently and stopped to kiss a fan. She looked suitably stoked. [Just Jared]

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George Michael’s ‘Symphonica’: Review Revue

Ten years after his last studio album, Patience, George Michael is back with Symphonica. It isn’t exactly the buoyant return to bouncy, slightly-sleazy pop we’d all been hoping for; rather, George worked with late, famed producer Phil Ramone to transform his orchestral 2011-12 tour of the same name into a consumer-worthy package.

In the UK, the results seem to have paid off, as Symphonica and fellow pop legend Kylie Minogue‘s Kiss Me Once are currently duking it out for the #1 position on next week’s album chart. But what did critics have to say about Michael’s latest release? Head below for our roundup of reviews on Symphonica, and then let us know your own thoughts on the record. More »

George Michael’s ‘Symphonica’: Album Review

It’s been ten years since George Michael released his fifth studio album Patience. It was geared to be his “comeback,” considering he hadn’t created any original music in almost ten years prior to Patience. A lot has happened since then. He’s toured, and toured some more, continued his activism, randomly dropped a track called “December Song” (but that was all the way in 2009) and then embarked on a Symphonica Tour in 2011.

Michael’s latest album of the same name is merely a collection of the live material during his 2011-2012 tour with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the swan song of production from the late Phil Ramone, who passed away in 2013. George Michael had his own brush(es) with death when he fell incredibly ill due to pneumonia a few years back, had a tracheotomy and then fell from a moving vehicle last Summer. All of that could have destroyed someone’s vocals, but in the case of George Michael, his live CD Symphonica (out today, proves that he hasn’t local his sonic touch.

George Michael’s “Let Her Down Easy” Video: Watch The Moving, Circus-Themed Clip

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Terence Trent D’Arby‘s touching 1993 ballad “Let Her Down Easy” has been covered by George Michael for the lead single off the latter’s Symphonica (out March 17), and the beautiful, piano-driven track now has an equally gorgeous video to go with it. Michael paired up with director Vaughn Arnell for the clip, who was behind such classic visuals as George’s own “Outside,” Spice Girls‘ “Say You’ll Be There,” Dead Or Alive‘s “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” and even One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful.” (He also shot the vids for Terence Trent D’Arby’s late-’80s classics “Sign Your Name” and “Dance Little Sister.”)

The cautionary tale told in George’s video centers around a pair of circus performers — a handsome, love-experienced ringmaster and a virginal young acrobat — who have a romantic interlude. It’s already a given that the young man is going to have his way with the girl. But, as the title suggests, the song’s lyrics implore the guy to not lead the girl on and just deflate her hopes for a future relationship as gently as possible. More »

George Michael’s “Let Her Down Easy”: Listen To The Lead ‘Symphonica’ Single

Good news for fans of all things orchestral and all things George Michael: The singer will be back with a crooner-worthy album of covers, both standards and re-worked versions of his own tunes, next month. Titled Symphonica (out March 17), the album’s lead single is “Let Her Down Easy,” originally a moving 1993 tune by Terence Trent D’Arby. Michael’s version of the piano-driven ballad premiered today on UK radio, and signals that, over 30 years into his storied career as a recording artist, he’s still got one of the most beautiful tenor voices in music.

Listen to George Michael’s cover of “Let Her Down Easy” below, and catch a preview clip of the song’s music video (plus Terence Trent D’Arby’s original clip). More »

George Michael To Drop New Album ‘Symphonica’ In March

George Michael will release a new live album, Symphonica, on March 17. The 14-song set features orchestral rearrangements of his own hits, plus select covers (Roberta Flack‘s “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” Trent D’Arby‘s “Let Her Down Easy,” Elton John‘s “Idol”) that were recorded during his 2011-2012 tour of the same name.

Symphonica arrives two year after the star canceled a string of Australian tour dates to get treatment for anxiety, which stemmed from a 2011 health scare. (He said that he had a “touch and go” battle with pneumonia.) The album is co-produced by 14-time Grammy-winner Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna), who died at age 72 last year.

Check out George Michael’s Symphonica standard and deluxe edition tracklist after the jump. More »

4th Of July Playlist: 13 Songs That Celebrate Liberty & “Freedom,” Plus The Red, White & Blue

Get To Gallantly Streaming These Pop Firecrackers!
Thank goodness for the Fourth of July, because aside from Labor Day, summer vacation and a different Pride event in a different city every weekend for the past month, we need an excuse to take one more day off. Of course, this isn’t just any day off, it’s a day to sit in a folding lawn chair next to a smoking hibachi and stare pensively into the sunset, thinking about what a wonderful country we live in. And heaven knows we can’t do that without some music pumping on the old speakers, can we?

So before you light up the grill, pour the margaritas or blow off your fingers with an illegal M-80, dial up these 13 freedom-themed anthems for the ultimate soundtrack to Fourth of July fun. We promise lots of surprises and absolutely no overplayed clunkers. That’s right, we’re saying ENOUGH! to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” That girl needs a day off, too. More »