Finally, after years of clamoring, the powers that be have heard our desperate, fevered cries and rewarded us with the thing that we want most: Kelly Rowland and Michael Bolton covering Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell‘s 1967 version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The hotly anticipated tune (which we don’t think anyone knew was happening?) comes by way of Bolton’s upcoming Motown-themed covers album Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Tribute Hitsville, and, well, there’s a lot of Motown spirit on this track!
Sort of. It’s mostly a grimly colorless elevator song with really great vocals from both parties that never transcends how pedestrian the production is, like two very talented karaoke singers trying to squall each other out, and from a “branding” perspective, it doesn’t align particularly well with the sultry songbird of “Ice” and “Kisses Down Low.” But hey, we all have to pay our cell phone bills. And she does sound really good! Listen below. More »
We don’t know how. We don’t know why. All we know is that somehow, thank God, a video clip of Drive actor Ryan Gosling at age 10 — where he’s decked out in MC Hammer pants, has a bowl haircut and is singing Michael Bolton‘s cover of “When A Man Loves A Woman” (quite well, actually) — has found its way online. According to the video description on YouTube, this magic occurred “at a Mormon talent competition in late 1991.” More »
Last night’s Emmy Awards telecast didn’t hit too many high notes when it came to recognizing music-related shows (though Outstanding Directing for a variety, music or comedy series went to Don Roy King, for the May Saturday Night Live episode starring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga). That said, at least there was the SNL spin-off “group” The Lonely Island, who performed a medley of their Turtleneck & Chain jams “I Just Had Sex” and “Jack Sparrow” — complete with Akon and Michael Bolton on backup — and “3 Way” (featuring Maya Rudolph filling in for Lady Gaga). Get sexy below. More »
The cast of Gleefared pretty well with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year, but the musical comedy series surprisingly wasn’t nominated for “Original Music & Lyrics” despite this season’s addition of original tunes. Instead, Saturday Night Live dominated the category with four nominations, leaving room for only Family Guy’s “Christmastime Is Killing Us” and “An American Prayer—Hymn II?” from the HBO comedy special Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced. (Another HBO special that went over well with the Emmys? Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball snagged five nods!) Watch the nominated clips below, then vote for the winner in our poll.
Dancing With The Stars announced the cast of their latest season, and buried beneath reality show personalities, sports players and whatever you consider Bristol Palin to be is pop/R&B star Brandy and smooth crooner Michael Bolton. Will Brandy triumph like last year’s pop star winner, Nicole Scherzinger? We’re not as convinced about her chances as we were the Pussycat Doll’s—Ms. Norwood never had to bust a move on-stage while performing “The Boy Is Mine” or any of her other hits. Plus, we’re too excited that Jennifer Grey (aka Baby from Dirty Dancing) is putting her cha-cha shoes back on! Check out the full cast at E! Online.
Michael Bolton, the adult-contemporary crooner who pretty much set the groundwork for a lot of yarling post-grungers with his semi-strangled style of belting, is on the comeback trail! He has a new album, One World One Love, coming out next month, and in order to get in with the “kids,” he’s enlisted the help of popular songwriters of now like Ne-Yo and Lady GaGa. The GaGa collaboration, “Murder My Heart,” leaked over the weekend, and, well… it certainly sounds like it was made in 2009, with its punch-ins and digitized-to-next-week backing track. Clip after the jump.
And here’s a quote purportedly from Bolton about what it was like to work with the GaGster: “She reminded me of a young Madonna—with more exuberance and emphasis on the art rather than the marketing.” BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh jeez. Can the two even be separated these days?