June 28, 2017

Behind the candelabra: Liberace’s bling a legacy to classical music

Liberace didn’t invent showmanship, but the celebrity pianist sure helped it along. Decades later, pianist Yuja Wang, organist Cameron Carpenter and violinist Amadéus Leopold come across as 21st century Liberacistes.

He was a protégé of Paderewski, the legendary Polish pianist, who said that someday this boy would take his place. But this boy became a parody. Poor Liberace.

He may have cried, as he liked to quip, all the way to the bank, but he is poor Liberace if his legacy must be reduced to the pathetic, bitchy, superficial, desperate-for-attention queen portrayed by Michael Douglas in “Behind the Candelabra.” Steven Soderbergh’s trashy biopic about the pianist and his relationship with his young chauffeur had its premiere Sunday on HBO.

More on the film about Liberace here

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at 74

Ray Manzarek, who was influenced by John Coltrane, added a jazz component to the band’s rock sound and filled the role of bassist. The band charted 15 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 starting in 1967.

When the Doors were still a fledgling quartet, and the band members were honing their chops playing five sets a night at the London Fog club in Hollywood, it wasn’t rock stardom on keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s mind as he and his three band mates laid down an extended jam for their debut album that ran more than seven minutes.

Read more about Ray Manzarek on the LA Times

Drake Gets His Afro On While Filming Cameo For Anchorman 2

Because this week has been the best kind of Ron Burgandy overload EVER, between the multitude of celebrity cameos being filmed recently for the much-anticipated sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, as well as the just-released DEBUT theatrical trailer!

And get this: there are STILL unexpected celebrities showing up on set to get their ’70s on…in a big way!

Like Drizzy EFFING Drake!

Read the original on Perez Hilton

Eurovision goes back to basics in Malmo

Emmelie de Forest triumphed for Denmark in a year when the Eurovision Song Contest went back to basics.

The 20-year-old gave Scandinavia its second consecutive win and her country’s third victory in the history of the competition with her song, Only Teardops.

Read more about Eurovision here

Kanye West debuts new songs with dark twist on SNL

The two songs by Kanye West, ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘Slave’ are featured on the rapper’s upcoming album, rumored to be called ‘Yeesus.’

Both titles roil with dark, stabbing synth lines and rock-hard, electro-shock beats.

The songs will be featured on Kanye West’s upcoming CD, rumored to come out June 18th, under the name “Yeezus.” Earlier reports had the album appearing under an even more blasphemous title, “I Am A God.”

Read more here about Kanye West and his new songs

Jessie J Confirms New Song ‘Wild’ Featuring Dizzee Rascal And Big Sean

The ‘Domino’ star announces plans for her comeback single and posts studio footage from recording new album.

Jessie J has confirmed that her brand new comeback single will be called ‘Wild’ and features rappers Dizzee Rascal and Big Sean.

The ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ star has been teasing details of her second album for the past few months and took to Twitter the other night on 16th May to make the announcement.

Read more here about Jessie J and her new single