12 items from 2017
Lip-syncing? What lip-syncing? Britney Spears certainly gave fans and critics something to talk about at her Piece of Me residency show in Las Vegas Saturday, deviating from her usual setlist and singing a rare cover—of Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About." Man fans were impressed by her vocals as she performed the song, which has a wider range than most of her own. "Oh. My. God. I live for Britney's live vocals!" tweeted user @JakobZwolle. "Please continue doing this @britneyspears. Sounds awesome!" "Britney f--king Spears is singing Completely Live and she sounds Incredible," tweeted user @GodneyIsBritney. "Im Crying »
Britney Spears strayed from her usual set list and gave her critics “something to talk about.”
The 35-year-old singer, decked out in a racy black ensemble, surprised the audience at her Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas on Saturday with a live rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About.”
Before she began, she addressed the crowd by saying, “So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up and I was like, ‘There’s a lot of things going on in the world’ and stuff, but basically I looked and I was like, »
- Stephanie Petit
By turns festive and elegiac, and sometimes both at the same time, Scott D. Rosenbaum’s “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” celebrates three blues greats — pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarist Hubert Sumlin and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith — who made their mark performing with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and significantly influenced generations of rock and blues artists. The eloquence of the documentary’s title becomes clear as its double meaning gradually comes into focus in the overarching narrative constructed by Rosenbaum and co-scripter Jasin Cadic: Their three subjects spent much of their lives overshadowed and underappreciated before receiving their due recognition. And all three “went to glory” within eight months of each other in 2011.
Lest that sound too melancholy, it should quickly be added that “Sidemen” is an exceptionally entertaining and captivating tribute to the men and their music — and that there’s more than enough of said music here to please blues »
- Joe Leydon
Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.
This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.
The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. »
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.
– Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse »
- Graham Winfrey
Abramorama has acquired rights to to blues-music-driven documentaries: Scott Rosenbaum's Sidemen: Long Road To Glory and Sam Pollard's Two Trains Runnin'. Both will get August theatrical releases. Sidemen, narrated by Marc Maron and featuring the late Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, the Doors’ Robby Krieger, Joe Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks and more, looks at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes… »
Abramorama has become a specialist in handling long-form music documentaries, including Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip,” John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane” and Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years.” Earlier this year, the company announced a deal with Sword Rowe Capital to invest further in music driven films.
“These two films are powerful illustrations of how the blues, a great and original American art form, has resonated across the entire spectrum of life in this country throughout the past century,” said Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama. “Its impact on music and its confluence with social justice has been, and continues to be, profound and we’re proud to help bring these sterling examples out into the world.”
- Dave McNary
The Grammy Award-winning singer took to Instagram Thursday to share a major #tbt moment that occurred 12 years ago.
“12 years later and I’m still not sure how it all happened to me!” she wrote. “12 years ago today, my dreams came true and life has been a dream ever since! I am beyond blessed and so thankful! #AmericanIdol #Tbt.”
Underwood, 34, beat out Bo Bice in the fourth season of the long-running music show. Since then, she’s won seven Grammy Awards and 11 Country Music Awards.
The “Church »
- Alexia Fernandez
This American Idol reunion brings us back to 2005!
Paula Abdul, who served as a judge for the first eight seasons during the show’s original run on Fox, got together on Wednesday evening with season four winner Carrie Underwood at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, where Abdul, 54, co-headlined The Total Package Tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men.
“So happy to reunite with the amazingly talented and equally beautiful @carrieunderwood tonight. So proud of your journey,” Abdul wrote on Instagram and Twitter, along with a picture of her hugging 34-year-old Underwood.
“Well, look who I ran into backstage at #TheTotalPackage Tour! »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Minnie Driver says it wasn’t until she came to Hollywood at the age of 25 that she began wearing makeup.
Driver, 47, who posed without a stitch of makeup in People’s annual World’s Most Beautiful issue says when she’s not working, less is more.
“In my everyday life you won’t see me wearing a lot of makeup,” Driver tells People. “Even when I have what I consider quite a lot of makeup on, some online rag will ‘wearing no makeup while having lunch.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, I did my eyelashes and my eyebrows. I am wearing »
- Mia McNiece
Now here is a documentary I’m excited about. While Bill Frisell may not be a household name, I first discovered him on the soundtrack for “Finding Forrester“, and Frisell’s music has been part of my life ever since.
For the few of you who don’t follow jazz guitar, Bill Frisell is one of the most respected studio guitarists working today. He has been featured on albums for such musicians as Elvis Costello, Loudon Wainwright II, and Bonnie Raitt, in addition to putting out his own records, my favorite being History, Mystery.
Continue reading SXSW: Discover An Unsung Genius In Trailer For Documentary ‘Bill Frisell, A Portrait’ at The Playlist. »
- Christian Gallichio
Kelly Clarkson was emotional the night she won her first Grammys — but it wasn’t because her dreams had come true.
“I was told that morning that I had cancerous results for something,” the singer says of the 2006 Grammy Awards on this week’s episode of Billboard‘s Pop Shop podcast.
That year, the American Idol alum, now 34, was nominated for — and won — the Best Pop Vocal album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance honors for her hit album Breakaway and smash single “Since U Been Gone.”
“I go the whole day, and I like completely cried; they had to »
- Jeff Nelson
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