12 items from 2011
You knew Trey Songz could make magic with his voice, but did you know that his true passion lies with his charitable efforts?
The singer performed at an NYC Benefit on Friday night, sponsored by the Hot 97 radio station, for the Angels With Heart Foundation. Songz launched the Foundation that night. Angels With Heart is particularly focused on helping underprivileged children and at-risk youth, with special attention given to encouraging successful artists and actors to donate their time and resources to brightening up the kids' days.
"This is something bigger than myself," Songz said at the event. "I realized I have the power to impact lives, and it's time to send that love back into the world. Every dollar from tonight's show will go to my foundation."
He performed songs like "Love Faces," "Good Feelings," "One in a Million," and "Invented Sex." The final song of the evening was an »
It was 10 years ago Thursday (Aug. 25) that R&B star Aaliyah was killed. The singer and emerging actress was just 22 when her plane crashed in the Bahamas. She was there filming a video for her song "Rock the Boat."
Her close friend Missy Elliott took to Twitter to remember the late star.
She writes, "Aaliyah til this very day u r still in Your own Lane! Ure music is Timeless! We miss u!"
Aaliyah had a brief but prolific show business career including three platinum-selling albums: "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number", "One in a Million" and "Aaliyah." She also starred in the movie "Romeo must Die," a film with a U.S. box office grossed of nearly $100 million.
Aaliyah is being remembered on Thursday as one of the stars that died too young. The beautiful singer who was dubbed hip-hop’s Princess Di,” a young woman known for keeping it clean, who described herself as being “street but sweet,” perished 10 years ago in a plane crash. The singer-actress was only 22 years old. Bet will air “Aaliyah: One in a Million,” a one-hour special featuring interviews from the late stars’s friends and family, tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. “With Aaliyah: One In A Million, we celebrate her life, her music and what she meant to so many,” Stephen Hill, Bet’s President of Music Programming and Specials, said in a statement. “Aaliyah was a beautiful angel and we’re so glad that we were able to assemble her friends and loved ones for this unique show.” More here. (Image: WENN) »
A tribute to Aaliyah will be aired later this month, exactly ten years after her death. The documentary special will pay tribute to the late R&B singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001 aged 22. Artists expected to feature on the program include Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliot, Patti Labelle and producer Timbaland, who all attended the star's funeral. The tribute, called Aaliyah: One in a Million, (more) »
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It’s easy to get lost in the slew of new, digitally-tinged indie bands that offer little beyond what Mgmt already created four years ago. Oversaturation of a genre can cause some bands to get lost in the mix, which is a shame when the band is great. Case in point: Solid Gold, who concoct some of the most original, experimental synth pop sounds whole music world has to offer.
Solid Gold was formed ten years ago by a trio of friends at the University of Wisconsin. After a migration to equally chilly Minneapolis, Minn., and some lineup adjustments, Solid Gold finally began shaping their psychedelic persona. Originally sticking to a drum machine for percussive duties, the group eventually enlisted a real drummer, and added a slide guitarist for a little something extra to expand their sound.
The band released their debut album, Bodies of Water, in »
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Demi Lovato is working hard on her new, as-yet-untitled album. The first single from the Sept. 20 release, “Skyscraper,” dropped earlier this month and was a hit with fans and supporters of the recovering young singer, debuting in the Billboard top ten. Its buzzed-about video was directed by Mark Pellington, the man behind clips from Alice in Chains, Bruce Springsteen, Inxs, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy and, most famously, Pearl Jam’s 1993 MTV Vma Best Video-winning “Jeremy.”
So that’s weird (in a good way)!
The former Disney diva is currently in the studio working on tracks with Timbaland and Missy Elliott. That’s right, not Dr. Luke or RedOne or The-Dream … Timbaland and Missy Elliott. (Which is also kind of strange, isn’t it?)
These guys are pros, of course, and are sure to deliver the goods, but the entire endeavor feels straight out of the early aughts. Maybe that »
- John Mitchell
Crystal Harris is wasting no time shedding tears over her failed engagement to Hugh Hefner, or concerning herself over Hef's new leading lady Anna Sophia Berglund. Just one weekend after hanging poolside in Las Vegas with Heidi Montag, Harris, 25, again hit the party circuit. Coming out for the grand opening of F6ix nightclub in Harris's California college town of San Diego, Hef's ex showed up with high-school girlfriends and even her mom. Photos: Broken Engagements: Famous Runaway Brides & Grooms"She danced the night away with her crew," an onlooker tells People. "Crystal seemed to be in a really great »
- Dahvi Shira and Jennifer Garcia
UK charity Bottletop is proud to announce the release of the new single from their star-studded musical collective The Bottletop Band. ‘One In a Million’ featuring Eliza Doolittle (June 27) is the second track to be released from their upcoming debut album Dream Service (August 8 2011).
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While we wait around to see his new film Tabloid (which, between our recording this episode and its publication, has a new trailer – see below), we thought it appropriate to take a look at Errol Morris’s First Person, the two-season TV series Morris directed. Mike, Derek and Simon pick out three of the series’ seventeen portraits of the damaged, the brilliant and the disturbed: “The Killer Inside Me,” starring “serial killer groupie” Sandra London; “I Dismember Mama,” the tale of a man, a dream, and a frozen head; and “One in a Million Trillion,” the story of what happens when an immovable object meets Regis Philbin.
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- Simon Howell
The Harold Greenberg Fund, a Canadian private cinematographic patronage program, announced the title of the 26 films that got supported by its script development program. Here are the projects:
The Flying Troutmans
Four Seasons Productions Inc.
The Journal of Mortifying Moments
Marcon Pictures Inc., T.L. Boulton Productions Ltd. & Calder Road Films Inc.
Strada Films Inc. & Triptych Media Inc.
Screenwriter: Esta Spalding
Markham Street Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Johanna Schneller
Treatment to First Draft
Happy Clean, The Last Chinese Laundry
Picture Plant Ltd.
Screenwriter: William D. MacGillivray
Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Screenwriters: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
A Royal Day
Conquering Lion Pictures Inc.
Screenwriter: Gerald Wexler
Amf Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Ann Marie Fleming
First to Second Draft
Whizbang Films Inc. »
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In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have been gathered by Universal Music Group to join together for "Songs for Japan" compilation album. The full line-up was announced on Friday, March 25.
The likes of Eminem, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, Adele and Sade are listed in this album. They join previously-announced artists like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Bon Jovi and U2. Beside revealing a number of new participants, the tracklisting also confirmed swirling rumor about Lady GaGa's involvement in this project.
A mix of current chart-topping hits and classic tracks, the charity album will be made available for digital download for a worldwide release on iTunes music store for $9.99 starting today. "We are doing it only digitally because it is faster," spokesperson for Umg previously said in a statement. »
Here are all of the stars –including Rihanna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga — and the tracks they’re contributing on iTunes to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims!
More than 30 of the biggest names in music have joined together for the worldwide release of Songs for Japan, an album of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan). Proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Here’s the track listing:
1. John Lennon “Imagine”
2. U2 “Walk On”
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around The World”
5. Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
6. Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
7. Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon”
8. Katy Perry “Firework”
9. Rihanna “Only Girl (In The World)”
10. Justin Timberlake “Like I Love You”
11. Madonna “Miles Away”
12. David Guetta “When Love Takes Over”
13. Eminem “Love The Way You Lie”
15. Josh Groban “Awake”
16. Keith Urban »
12 items from 2011
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