Posts tagged "Susan Boyle"

In Case You Missed It: Susan Boyle Also Did The Ice Bucket Challenge

Just when you thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had spawned its last viral video, Susan Boyle went and filmed the best one yet. The 53-year-old vocalist, who came to fame on Britain’s Got Talent before selling millions of records around the globe, took a pragmatic approach by stripping down to her swimsuit and wrapping a towel around her head.

“I am freezing but it feels amazing,” the “I Dreamed A Dream” songstress said afterwards. “It’s great that so much money has been raised for a worthwhile cause.” Susan is the latest in a long line of artists to put their own twist on the challenge. Calvin Harris removed his shirt and Emblem3 went completely naked but nobody did it with as much style and sophistication as the big-lunged Brit. See the video after the jump. More »

British Artists, Including One Direction And Adele, Accounted For One Of Out Every Eight Albums Sold In 2013

Buy British!
Did you buy an album last year? There’s a 13% chance it was made by a Brit.

According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & SonsBabel and Adele‘s 21.

And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories. More »

Susan Boyle Sings “O Come, All Ye Faithful” With Elvis Presley: Listen To The Christmas Classic

There are only two things you can count on in popular music — Rihanna‘s annual LP and a hearty dose of festive cheer from Susan Boyle. Since coming to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, the lovable 52-year-old has made a habit of dropping an album just in time for the Christmas rush and 2013 is no exception.

Susan’s latest yuletide classic is called Home For Christmas and features collaborations with The Overtones and Johnny Mathis. The big-lunged diva also got permission from Graceland to record a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley. Their version of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is actually quite lovely. Their voices blend nicely and the piano-based production is simple but effective. Listen to the duet after the jump. More »

Susan Boyle To Make Film Debut In ‘The Christmas Candle’

Best tell grandma to start popping the kettle corn! Untamed pop hellion Susan Boyle, one of the most beloved figures in music in 2009, is still out there making wages. And this coming holiday season — you know, like, nine months from now — she’ll be glowing on the silver screen.

The Scottish minx is set to star opposite Les Miserables actress Samantha Banks in The Christmas Candle, a story about “an English village in the 1890s, where blessed candles throughout the village begin to answer its residents’ prayers,” according to Broadway.com. More »

Susan Boyle Receives A Standing Ovation At The Musical About Her Life (PHOTOS)

Susan Boyle looked radiant as she took the stage at the Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday night (Mar. 27), making a guest appearance for the premiere of her musical I Dreamed A Dream in Tyne, England. Based on the Someone To Watch Over Me singer’s autobiography The Woman I Was Born to Be, the show follows the Britain’s Got Talent alumna’s journey from humble beginnings to overnight stardom using a soundtrack of the platinum-selling artist‘s best-known songs, including the Les Miserables tune that made the 50-year-old a household name and after which the musical is named. Check out Susan beaming before a standing ovation as she takes her curtain call below. Then tell us, will you be attending I Dream A Dream on its 11-stop tour?

Davy Jones R.I.P.: 7 Eclectic Monkees Cover Songs

The Monkees’ Davy Jones has passed away today at the age of 66, but it’s never too early to remember what made Jones and the band so big in the first place — their infinitely catchy, free-spirited songs. Many artists throughout the years – from the Four Tops to acts like Run DMC and even Susan Boyle – have flipped through The Monkees’ songbook and put their spin on their pop classics. Celebrate Davy’s contribution to music by listening to some major stars perform covers of The Monkees’ biggest hits below.

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PopJustice’s Best Songs And Albums Of 2011

Our pop peers over at UK music site PopJustice unveiled their picks for the Top 33 Albums and the Top 45 Singles of 2011, and their lists offer both the familiar and the fresh — Lady Gaga’s Born This Way topped their album picks, while Martin Solveig’s collaboration with Dragonette on “Hello” was their favorite tune from 2011. Their taste is heavy on dance tracks and larger than life melodies, so if your heart beats pure pop, you’ll be pleased with these picks, especially if you crave some tunes yet undiscovered here in The States. Top 10 for both lists below.  More »

Popping Up: Emeli Sande

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey—Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Emeli Sande knows a thing or two about writing successful singles — after all, before heading out on her own, the Scottish singer cut her teeth by writing songs for several of her fellow UK artists. “I think it’s probably melody and I think a lot of people forget that you have to understand melody and what people want to hear,” she said in a recent interview with MTV UK. “I mean, you can have the coolest words used, but if you don’t have something that people want to sing back, it’s not gonna be a hit.”

Emeli has been putting cool words to paper and laying down catchy melodies over the past year for her debut album, which is due out in February. Ahead of that, she released “Heaven”, a sweepingly-epic, soulful summer hit on the UK chart, and paired up with London rapper Professor Green on his latest single “Read All About It”.

Now we’re just waiting for this talented singer-songwriter to make a splashy stateside debut. Until that happens, find out just why Emeli Sande has been popping up on our radar below.
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Justin Bieber Lands Second Chart-Topping Album Of The Year

The Mariah Yeater baby scandal didn’t seem to affect Justin Bieber’s album sales during Under The Mistletoe‘s first week of release, as Billboard reports that Beliebers snatched up 210,000 copies of the holiday LP — enough for a #1 debut on the Top 200. This marks Justin’s second trip to the top of the album chart in 2011, following Never Say Never: The Remixes. Billboard also notes that Under The Mistletoe is the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 on the Top 200 in the chart’s history.
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Whatcha Say: Justin Bieber’s Baby Drama (And New Haircut) Got Readers Talking This Week

Over the past week, Justin Bieber shocked his fans with his brand new haircut, and then shocked the world when rumors surfaced that the 17-year-old singer had fathered the child of a 20-year-old Californian. In other news, Adam Lambert was a winner at MTV’s O Awards, JoJo’s new music video premiered and Rihanna landed her 11th chart-topping hit on the Hot 100. Naturally our readers had plenty to say about all this pop hustle. Read on!
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