We all know the drill when it comes to Elvis impersonators. An elderly man in tight white pants strolls on stage, gives a little hip-wobble, and then proceeds to warble out some truly painful melodies.This 16 year-old, by those standards, is a breath of fresh air.
Harlem Shake, the fox, Miley Cyrus, the russian meteorite – they’re all there. But there are a few surprise inclusions. For your educational edification, please enjoy this run down of the top viral, music, and news videos on YouTube in 2013.
Hundreds of corporate entities have expressed tributes to Nelson Mandela since his passing last week. Notable examples have included Business Day and First Rand Bank. Woolworth’s released their own tribute in partnership with the Soweto Gospel Choir via video, and it’s pretty special. And here’s a video of the time Nelson Mandela cruised onto the stage during a Johnny [...]
In which she sings repeatedly about a day of the week, rides a stuffed triceratops, recovers from a Friday hangover (see what she did there?), and gets her friends to mock Miley Cyrus. Yep, this is actually happening.
You’ll never guess what humans and crickets have in common – and it’s either amazing or completely terrifying. Composer Jim Wilson recorded crickets, slowed down the track and produced what sounds like human voices singing.
In a massively unexpected move, Billy Joel attended a New York press conference,where he said he would assume residency at Madison Square Garden.
Seeing that Eminem will be arriving on our shores next year, we thought we’d try and pick out those ‘real’ slim shady fans among you.
The world held its breath on the day that international DJ David Guetta challenged Dr Dre to create the perfect set of world-class ear cups. One year later, the collaboration between Dre and Guetta led to the creation of the lightest, loudest and most neon headphones ever.
Matthew Mole made South African music history not long ago when he became the first local artist to enter the iTunes charts at the number one spot. He’s back with a brand new music video for ‘Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine’. Enjoy that.
A 20-year-old interview with Kurt Cobain has been unearthed, in which he opens up about his school years, his feelings of alienation and his sexual confusion.
After all that controversy and all those kiddy-sex accusations, R. Kelly has returned from his three-year hiatus to release his 12th solo album, ‘Black Panties’. That’s when he claimed, “With my gift, I can pretty much write a song out of anything.”
This is quite possibly the most lucrative property rights transaction in a long time, as the Elvis Presley name, his songs, and his Graceland resort now belong to someone else.
That’s right, you 90s kids read correctly, and you have reason to celebrate – the Backstreet Boys are back with a brand new video. Now fully-fledged men, the Backstreet Boys choose not to wear silly outfits and do dance routines. Rather, they take their shirts off.
It’s been almost half a century since Bob Dylan dropped ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, but finally, after teaming up with a 27 year-old tech-whizz, Bob Dylan has released a music video to go along with his 1965 hit song.
The nice thing about making Kim Kardashian your fiancee is that you don’t have to spend any money hiring back-up dancers for your videos. You just give her a call and say, “Hey Kim, do you mind getting naked on a motorbike in front of a green screen with me?”
The official music video for Jack Parow’s P.A.R.T.Y dropped yesterday, and it might be the most South African video ever. (Sorry, Waddy.) In the video, directed by Paul Ward, Jack is on a road trip with his buddies. He lounges on the beach, drinks at a bar, watches sport, surfs, eats at Wimpy and bounces with children and petrol attendees. Like we all do.
The Vans Warped Tour was cancelled yesterday, after a show in London saw one of the artists leap into the crowd from 12 metres. A rapper from the US, George Watsky, thought it would be cool to leap off the lighting rig and into the waiting crowd below. It wasn’t.
The English just love doing this sort of thing. Every year around Cristmas, they gather around and try to get a certain song up to number 1 in the charts just in time for Christmas. Why? Well, because they’re bored and lonely and live on a cold, rainy Island where it gets dark at 3pm.
You know it’s a typical boy band song when it starts with the words, “Yeaahh yeeaahh, yeaahh”, and is backed by soulful guitar picking that morphs into a powerful crescendo of bromance.
Lily Allen you biscuit – where have you been? The world has been missing a little bite and cynicism, thank god she chose to make her musical comeback now.
Justin Bieber’s South American tour is in the toilet after he sauntered offstage for the second time without completing his set, last night. The packed Beunos Aires crowd went mental, booing the Canadian for their money’s worth.
Kimberley Rose had always dreamed of being a superstar on the world stage, but she was diagnosed with cancer before she could make her dream a reality. This prompted local band, The Plastics to step in and help make her dream come true.
In yet another case showcasing Australia’s uber-tight border control regulations, officials at Australia’s customs desk have declared international copies of Katy Perry’s new album, “Prism,” to be an indisputable bio-hazard. Why? Is it because her album is just so terrible and they need an excuse to get it off the number one spot on Australia’s Aria chart? No. It’s because Katy Perry gives away free seeds with her album.
This is awesome. A busker in Berlin was caught on camera by a passer-by when he was playing ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beat. Halfway through, a bald man and his dog approach him as the man begins to chime in. Surprisingly, he sings pretty well. The busker doesn’t seem too fazed by the whole ordeal, until he realises that the bald man just happens to be Bronski Beat’s legendary frontman, Jimmy Somerville.
We get sent links to cool stuff all the time. Sometimes the cool stuff is genuinely cool, sometimes it just isn’t. But every once in a blue moon we get an absolute gem sent to us – something from the deep web that mainstream media hasn’t been able to pick up quite yet. This time it’s a music video from somewhere in South Africa.
Meet Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia. Originally from Johannesberg, St. Lucia grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in KwaZulu-Natal. Nowadays he lives in Brooklyn, and is blowing up on the New York music scene. On October 31 he posted the following announcement to the band’s Facebook page:
The video of David Attenborough narrating Miley Cyrus twerking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (that you’ve been waiting for) is finally here. If you watch nothing else today, watch this.
You think Britain’s got talent? Think again – Holland has got talent. In another one of those video clips that turn a nobody into an overnight somebody for at least a week (see Susan Boyle), we now have nine year-old Amira Willighagen. Her absoluely astounding rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the opera “Gianni Schicchi” earned her a Golden Ticket from the judges – taking her straight through to the live show.
It’s always tetchy when it comes to copyright infringement of musical elements. You could,on the one hand, argue that nothing is an original in the first place, and that every piece of music somehow borrows from others. But then again, there are some clear-cut cases of copycat music. This time, we have two of Marvin Gaye’s children in the one corner, and Robin Thicke in the other.
In an industrty that takes itself pretty serioulsy, Maria João Pires is a seriously big deal. Classical piano is an earnest, time-honoured tradition. And like any classical pianist, Maria wanted to get off on the right foot when she played at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She was supposed to be playing a Mozart Concerto, only to hear the orchestra start playing another Mozart concerto – no 20 in D minor.