Madonna Heard Doing A Cover Of Lady Gaga Song

It seems like Madonna still hasn’t gotten over the whole comparison being made between her and Lady Gaga. The queen of pop was heard trotting out a cover of the latter’s song Born This Way during a rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel. She did the whole thing as she was performing her very own Express Yourself, and I just have to say, she blended those two songs quite perfectly! Watch the video below.

Here’s the kicker: you can clearly hear Maddie singing “She’s not me” starting at 1:59. How’s that for snark?

Beyonce Makes a Comeback in Atlantic City

Beyonce makes a comeback after giving birth to her first child, Blue Ivy, four months later and it was a splendid performance, fitting her for a rising icon status.

The First Lady Michelle Obama with daughters were present at Atlantic City’s new Revel casino for Beyonce’s concert and it’s just proof that the former member of an all-girl group had seen another great breakthrough in her young career.

She performed hits from her debut album like Naughty Boy, Baby Boy and Sasha Fierce hits like Diva. She also sang Single Ladies and Run the World (Girls) that served as women empowerment, Get Me Bodied’ and Freakum Dress.

As she did her rendition of Halo with a lead in of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, Sasha and Malia were all pumped up and singing along.

Watch her tribute to Whitney Houston here:

Britney Spears Walks Out In Middle Of X Factor Audition

It was Britney’s first day on the job as a judge on The X Factor, everything was going quite smoothly, and just as when everybody (especially the press) was starting to think that nothing unusual is ever going to happen that’d be enough to be considered newsworthy, Britney suddenly stood up from her judge’s seat and just walked out of the set.

It could’ve been nothing; one could even argue that she must have just had one of those ‘emergency bathroom break’ moments and nothing more. But what gave this whole thing quite the buzz it’s been getting was the fact that she walked off just moments after a contestant has reportedly butchered her hit song, Hold It Against Me. Audience members report that Spears was visibly upset when she left.

A member of the audience was even nice enough to share a pic of a Britney-free judging panel on Twitter. The news spread over social media site with the hash tag “#Britneywalksoff???”.

Of course it didn’t take long before Britney responded with a tweet of her own with, “LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!”

She then followed it up with another saying, “Texas has a lot of talent – seriously! Loving The X Factor (USA) auditions so far…” Hmm, I don’t know. Her timing just seemed too coincidental to me. What do you think? Share it with us on the comments section below.

Jamie Cullum to Release New 2012 Album

Jazz-pop singer and pianist Jamie Cullum is set on planning to release his 6th album. He says that the new LP will be more focused than his previous release, 2009’s The Pursuit, which according to him is his favorite of all the albums he has made.

“I’ve written most of the songs now, so the writing part is done. There should be a few standards on there as well,” said Cullum, who is back in the U.S. for a private performance in Miami.

Cullum is known for mixing other elements like pop, rock and dance to his jazz repertoire. Such covers he made were Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music, Pharrell’s Frontin’ and the soothing jazz version of Radiohead’s High and Dry.

Though it’s early to predict which pop song he might cover on the next album, his list of favorite tunes as of late is full, listening to the likes of Rufus Wainright, Regina Spektor and more. For more updates, check out his official website.

Afghan Whigs Perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The Afghan Whigs are back and they performed See And Don’t See, a Marie Queenie Lyons original, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It’s the band’s first television appearance in over a decade and the song is their first new recording after getting reunited.

The band was formed in 1986 with Greg Dulli on vocals and guitar, John Curley on bass, Rick McCollum on lead guitar and Steve Earle on drums. They broke up in 2001 after geographic distance from members. They were the first non-Northwestern U.S. band who got signed by Sub Pop label of Seattle. Their first release under that label was “Up in It”.

In 2006 they had a semi-reunion and recorded I’m A Soldier and Magazine. A tribute album was made and released in 2009 which featured singer Mark Lanagan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and other musicians who were inspired by them.

Here’s a bonus vid from the show and this time, they performed a cut off their ’92 album “Congregation” entitled I’m Her Slave.

Founding Member Of ‘3 Doors Down’ Leaves Band

Man, I guess keeping a band together for more than say, five years is pretty much near impossible, isn’t it? Just this past Wednesday, alternative rock group 3 Doors Down announced on its website that founding member and guitarist, Matt Robert has left the group.

The reason? Health problems. The condition was said to have something to do with blood circulation (among other health issues).

Fans who have already bought tickets for their tour on the 27th and 30th of May need not fret though, the concert is still a 100% go, however the chances of Matt making an appearance have already started to get slim.

Despite this setback, there’s still a silver lining to all of this, which is that lead singer Brad Arnold said that the group will still welcome Roberts back if (or once) he’s able to return. *fingers crossed*

Roberts grew up with both Arnold and Todd Harrell (bassist) in Mississippi. They formed the band in Escatawpa, Miss., back in 1996. Other members are Chris Henderson (guitar) and Greg Upchuch (drums).

Bonus Trivia: Did you know that ZZ Top will be performing in 3DD’s tour for the month of May and June, they are also one of, if not THE, longest running rock band that hasn’t had any of its members changed? Well, now you know. ;)

Brothers Perform Awesome Castlevania Acoustic Cover Medley

These two talented brothers, namely Sam and Steve (YouTube ID: SuperGuitarBros), have been making a series of wicked acoustic guitar covers and medleys of classic video game themes.

In this featured video, they jam through several tunes from the first Castlevania game complete with appropriate props for a nice added effect. The duo did this as part of a project called Vampire Variations: A Musical Tribute To Castlevania, which you can find more about on their site by clicking here.

Check out the video below:

 

Pearl Jam to Headline Made in America Festival

Seattle rock legends Pearl Jam has announced that they will be headlining at Jay Z’s Made in America Music Festival which takes place on Labor Day Weekend at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.  Other featured artists on the said fest are Skrillex, D’Angelo, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Santigold, Afrojack, Passion Pit, X, Mike Snow and more acts to be announced for the coming weeks.

This is one of only three scheduled dates that the band has this year in the U.S. which also includes the De Luna Festival in Pensacola, Florida and Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta.

 

Robin Gibb Dies at 62

Just a few days after the death of disco diva Donna Summer, another sad news hit the music world. Robin Gibb, co-founder of the Bee Gees died at age 62. The one-third of the group and singer-songwriter who helped put disco become a global phenom by providing the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever has been battling from cancer.

The Bee Gees, composed of siblings Maurice and Barry, established their legacy through their falsetto harmonies. His last performance on stage was in February at the Coming Home charity concert held at the London Palladium.

Enter Shikari Releases “Live in London NW5” EP For Free Download

If you haven’t heard about the band Enter Shikari then allow me to introduce you to ‘em by letting you know that they’ve just released a Live EP entitled Live in London NW5, which you can download for FREE over HERE!

The band, which mixes metal, pop, dance, and other musical elements, just finished a 6-week, largely sold-out tour of the United States during which they also filmed a music video for Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here directed by Raul Gonzo (January, VersaEmerge). The band is now focusing on touring Europe and Asia.

Lastly, here’s a video treat for all of you of their performance of System/Meltdown in London.