Posts tagged "Sheryl Crow"

Sheryl Crow Wasn’t A Fan Of Jennifer Lopez’s Performance At The American Music Awards: “Less Pole Dancing Please”

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Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea closed the American Music Awards last night (November 23) with a jaw-dropping performance of Diplo-produced club-banger “Booty”. It was generally praised as one of the best moments of an otherwise lackluster night but the sexy spectacle obviously didn’t sit well with Sheryl Crow. The veteran singer/songwriter jumped on Twitter to ask for: “More real singing, less pole dancing please.”

She was referring to the segment where J.Lo and Iggy twirled around a stripper pole in swimsuits/leotards. While I agree with Sheryl about the singing — the whole night was littered with underwhelming vocal performances — it seems odd that she would use her platform for misguided slut-shaming. Jennifer sang live while dancing around the stage like a woman possessed and still managed to look sexy, powerful and in control. She also deserves props for being only one of two women over 40 (the other being Mary J. Blige) considered relevant enough to perform at the AMAs. See the “Strong Enough” hitmaker’s tweet after the jump. More »

The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering the second year of his first term as President. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite silver screen star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave off the list. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, get set… More »

Colbie Caillat’s “Try” Lyric Video: Watch Her Go Makeup-Free With Sara Bareilles & Others

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Just Plain Lovely
Yesterday, Colbie Caillat surprised fans by pulling a small-scale Beyonce and releasing Gypsy Heart Side A, a five-track EP that is to precede the singer-songwriter’s full-length Gypsy Heart album (due out later this year). The Babyface-produced “Try” serves as a single for this particular appetizer of Caillat’s.

“We did four or five songs. I love him as a producer and writer,” Caillat told Idolator a few months back while discussing her work with Babyface. “I just tell him any style that I’m in the mood for and we write it. It’s not like he’s pigeonholed in being an R&B producer.”

The lyric video for “Try” features Caillat, her fans and other famous faces — like Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Osbourne, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Perri and Jessie J — going sans makeup in an effort to spread the message that beauty truly is on the inside. More »

Blake Shelton & Sheryl Crow Get Festive On “Silent Night”: Listen

Well! Everyone is getting mighty festive, including country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton, who has just released a cover of the Yuletide standard “Silent Night” with his old pal Sheryl Crow. The campy cover artwork aside (that outfit! That pose!), it’s a solid offering from the country king, pairing his twangy, raspy vocals with the more velvety vocal stylings of Crow.

Sure, it’s a little self-serious — it’s rare to find a holiday offering in the country genre that doesn’t — but hark! Just try to listen to these two wailing together in the song’s final moments and tell me it isn’t great. More »

Watch HAIM Cover Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”

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Are They Strong Enough?
The three sisters of HAIM were raised on ’90s radio, and their music refracts all those influences into an exciting pop tangle. Amidst their cornucopia of reference points, though, is a clear reverence for strong female acts from that era: Fiona Apple, Alanis Moriessette, Spice Girls. And, of course, there’s Sheryl Crow, who similarly churned out rock music slathered in pop sensibility.

So it makes sense that the L.A. band recently covered Crow’s 1995 hit “Strong Enough” for Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version series. Lead singer Danielle Haim offers up huskier vocals, as well as a smooth guitar solo, and the gals add some synth to the earthy song. Check it out up top.

Sheryl Crow To Mentor Blake Shelton’s Team On ‘The Voice’

While Lance Armstrong thrashes against the current of ill will flooding over him from a betrayed American public, his ex Sheryl Crow has announced she’ll be a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice. Crow will coach Blake Shelton‘s team, a spot that has been filled previously by Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. Speaking about the announcement, Shelton called his friend Crow “one of the coolest people in the music industry.”

The new season of The Voice begins March 25 and will feature Shakira and Usher in place of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, which is sad news for fans of ridiculous The Voice GIFs.

[via MSN]

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

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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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The 10 Best James Bond Songs (Until Adele’s 007 ‘Skyfall’ Theme Drops)

Rumor has it the producers of the next James Bond film, Skyfall, have only one diva in their sights for the sure-to-be-blockbuster theme song: multiple-Grammy-winner Adele! Nothing has been officially confirmed by either camp, but we think the platinum 21 songbird is an ideal fit for the classic James Bond motif. Not only is she dynamic enough to follow in the footsteps of Bassey, Sinatra, and, er, Garbage, she’s got the talent and smarts to make the job completely her own. UPDATE: it’s no longer a rumor — Adele’s “Skyfall” has finally been confirmed!

To further illustrate our point, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list of our favorite Bond themes of all time. (Nobody does it better, right?) More »

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Doc ‘Bad 25′ To Air On Thanksgiving

Today (Aug. 29) would have been Michael Jackson‘s 54th birthday, so it’s fitting that Spike Lee’s Bad 25 documentary — about the King of Pop’s seminal follow-up to Thriller — has finally found a home. On Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) ABC will air Lee’s in-depth look at the making of Bad and its impact 25 years later. (Can you set DVRs three months in advance? No? Shoot.) More »

Sheryl Crow Diagnosed With Benign Brain Tumor

Sheryl Crow bravely won her fight against breast cancer in 2006, but the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has revealed that she has struggled with another serious health issue. The 50-year-old “If It Makes You Happy” singer has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, though, thankfully, it’s benign. “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor,” she told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “And I was, like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong.’” More »