Archive for September, 2008

In Honor of Paul Newman

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Today's entry is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Paul Newman who passed away last Mondayat the age of 83. An Academy Award winner and seven time Academy Award nominated actor, Newman was also a film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian and auto racing enthusiast. He was awarded with an Oscar for his performance in the classic Scorsesse's film "The Color of Money" in 1986.

 

As a philantropist, reportedly Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity from his company Newman's Own. In fact, as of May 2007, these donations had exceeded US$220 million. Newman, one of the most highly esteemed Hollywood actors has undoubtedly left his mark. Robert Redford, a long-time friend was quoted saying, "there is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life — and this country — is better for his being in it." Also, Newman's daughters put out a statement saying, "our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special."

 

 

So as we say good-bye to Paul Newman, we honor his memory by bringing you B J Thomas' "Raindrops keep falling on my head", a song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, one of Newman's classic films. RIP Mr. Newman!

 

Sing and Record to the Music of Collective Soul

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The post-grunge boys of Collective Soul had great success during the late 90's. However, that doesn't mean that the all-male quintet from Stockbridge, Georgia has not released anything lately. Last year they were back on the spot with the released of the album "Afterwords". In fact, the album debuted at # 25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart and # 5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart.

 

 

Throughout the years the band has managed to remain relevant although with a low profile. However, recently the band held an auction for the VH-1 Save The Music Foundation. Apparently, the response was quite good since they managed to raise $5600.00. The proceeds from this auction went to help put musical instruments in the hands of underprivileged school children.

 

 

Rolling Stone refers to the members of Collective Soul as, "mellow Georgia boys that have never been anywhere near fashionable, but they have enjoyed a longer and more fruitful run than most of their flashier grunge-era." If you remember these are the guys that brought us some great hits such as December, Shine, The World I know, Listen and Why.

 

 

Thus, honoring their legacy, we have put together a set of Collective Soul karaoke tracks that you'll have a blast singing to. So get on the groove and start remembering all those post-grunge/alternative rock memories!

 

Take Some Breaks or You’ll Break

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

There is abundant literature about the fact that singing for prolonged periods of time whithout taking breaks or drinking water can strain your voice and put your vocal health at risk. In a recent research study conducted among 20 karaoke singers in Asia, 10 male and 10 female with ages ranging between the 20-25 years old it was demonstrated that keeping your throat moist as much as possible is the first step towards a healthy set of vocal cords.

 

The study consisted of singing for about a 4 to 5 hour period during which 10 singers were given water and took regular breaks. Meanwhile, the other 10 singers continued singing uninterruptedly and without taking breaks for drinking water. The results were quite obvious, those who did not take a break nor drank water after after brief periods of singing started to strain their voice and to experience problems vocalizing. In addition, their throats showed signs of dryness and irritation. Meanwhile, those who took little breaks and hydrated themselves did not loose their voices and managed to continue singing for a period of over 4 hours.

 

Consequently, we at Red Karaoke would like to encourage our users not to forget to take breaks and to hydrate yourself in order to avoid throat problems which in time can degenerate into vocal cords ailments. In this way, you will be able to sing all the karaoke tracks of your choice plus the quality of your performance will not have to be compromised. And most importantly, please don't drink coffee or alcohol! Water rocks!

 

The Pussycat Dolls: New Karaokes

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Alright so the gorgeous girls of Pussycat Dolls are on the spot again. Yeah, their new album Doll Domination was released on September 23. The new long-awaited production contains 16 tracks produced by composer, rapper and singer Timbaland who has produced material for luminaries such as Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Destiny’s Child.

 

One of the most popular singles from the new album is "When I Grow Up", which is already a hit having peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video won the award for "Best Dancing in a Video" at the recently held 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. But the Pussycat Dolls are not only famous in America. "When I grow up" has also been a a success in Australia, peaking at number two, and number three in the United Kingdom and Canada.

 

 

But aside from being a worldwide phenomena the all female pop band have also done some modeling for print publications. Recently, the pop quintet of girls (Nicole, Ashley, Jessica, Melody and Kimberly) showed a different side of themselves with a racy underwear pictorial in Blender Magazine. So these girls are definitely moving up in the world keeping themselves busy whether is singing, recording, promoting their material or catching overall media attention.

 

 

So what do you think about "Doll Domination"? Here we bring you new PCD karaokes such as “When I Grow Up” , “Buttons” and “I don’t need a man” Drop us a line and share your comments.

 

Ludacris: “I Know What Them Girls Like”

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Although Ludacris is not necessarily what you call East Coast or West Coast hip hop establishment, he is a three-time Grammy Award winners and his popularity keeps rising. One of Ludacris most recent video clips is "I Know What Them Girls Like" is directed by Chris Robinson and produced by Amanda Fox and features Chris Brown & Sean Garrett. The single was released last August 7 and is part of the new album "Theater of the Mind" . The album is scheduled to be released on November 11.

 

 

As for the single "I know what them girls like" is currently ranked as # 15 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. The "I know what them girls like" is also one of the top downloads on iTunes. So while you wait for the Ludacris album, We at Red Karaoke bring you the karaoke track "I know what them girls like" so and your your friends are ahead of the curve.

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Show us whatcha got now!

 

Can’t Get Enough of Usher?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

After a prolonged wait the five-time Grammy award winner Usher released a new album, entitled "Here I Stand" last May 27th. Apparently, the first single from the record, "Love in This Club," is getting tons of airplay across the country. The song has also marked Usher's 8th number one spot on the Billboard charts.

 

 

Since expectations are always high, considering the fact that his last production sold over 19 million copies and went not gold-not platinum- it went Diamond! So the question is how are Usher's album sales expected to fare? Well, insiders say that even Usher might have trouble keeping up with himself. Without a doubt everything touched by User turns into gold. All albums have turned out to be recipes for success. So far, Usher has sold approximately 30 million albums worldwide and won 5 Grammy Awards, Most recently, the entertainer received the 2008, Best Rap/R&B Collaboration Award for "Love in this Club" with Young Jeezy.

 

 

But aside from conquering the music world, Usher has also done the crossover and established himself as a television, film, Broadway actor, and most recently businessman. The mutifaceted Usher has also taken on the entrepreneurial path, and is now part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. In addition, Usher has created its own record label: US Records. Undoubtedly, he is a busy man.

 

So we invite you to sing and record to the music of this truly worldwide pop singer, songwriter, actor and businessman phenomena. Enjoy!

 

Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright Dies at 65

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The world's rock establishment is mourning the loss of Richard Wright, keyboardist and one of the original founders of the acclaimed rock band Pink Floyd Wright passed away as a result of a prolongued battle with cancer at the age of 65. Wright together with Roger Waters and Nick Mason formed one of the best rock bands in history leaving us a legacy of over 40 years of classic artistic trajectory.

 

 

Wright wrote songs and sang on Floyd classics such as "Time" and "Echoes." On an interview for Billboard magazine in reference to Pink Floyd's stardom, Wright was quoted saying, "Oh, God, I don't understand it. All you writers need to talk about that. I know we've made some great songs and great music, but I can't tell you why we're so popular."

 

So in light of the sad news we, at Red Karaoke, would like to acknowledge the life and work of Richard Wright and the rest of the band with a small proof of appreciation on our blog. For all those fans of Pink Floyd we present you here with over 20 songs available in the Red Karaoke database.

 


Comfortably numb - Vote for my rendition!

 

By the way, here's a rendition of "Comfortably Numb by IONIC.

 

RIP Rick!

 

Karaoke of the Week: “Pocketful of Sunshine”

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The pop diva Natasha Bedingfield was born in New Zealand but grew up in the northeastern section of London. Since early age Natasha showed a great predisposition to be a recording artist. In fact, she happens to be the sister of Daniel Bedingfield. Natasha and Daniel share the Guinness World Record for being the only siblings to have had solo number ones in UK chart history.

 

So success is no stranger to this Brit pop diva. Bedingfield has achieved 5 top ten singles in the United Kingdom to date and as of April 2008, she has sold over 10 million singles and albums worldwide. Recently, Bedingfield was also featured on the "Stand Up To Cancer" show that aired on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Natasha sang "Stand Up Together" next to luminaries such as Fergie, Mariah Carey, Rhianna, Ciara, Ashanti, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, Leona Lewis, Mary J Blige and Miley Cyrus. Her most recent album "Pocketfull of Sunshine" is the second North American and third European album and features collaborations with Jamaican American reggae artist Sean Kingston and Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine.

 

 

At 26 years old, Natasha Bedingfield is without a doubt getting a lot of exposure. On a recent interview Natasha said that glamour is all well and good, but that it doesn't mean much if you "ain't got soul." Wel, that is easy to say for you Natasha!. "I don't want to be the next anyone. I just want to be me, now. And that means all different things." Well, she's definitely being all different things to everyone and her record sales on both sides of the pond can certainly attest to that.

 

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

At twenty four years old, pop star Katy Perry has definitely ruffled some feathers. So a lot of people are thinking so what's the big deal about kissing a girl. I guess it is a matter of perspective. Depending on where you are on this big planet earth. For instance, if you live in Europe, a song about kissing a girl would probably not be as controversial as in the U.S. But on this side of the pond though, that's seemingly another story.

 

Speaking of Katy Perry and europeans, are you guys familiar with t.A.T.u.? t.A.T.u. (aka Taty) is comprised of Julia Olegovna Volkova (aka Julia Volkova; born 1985) and Elena Sergeevna Katina (aka Lena Katina; born 1984). According to allmusic.com, the pop duo was named after an internationally fashionable word and has produced controversial lyrics. They also created some fun and interesting tracks to talk about it. In fact, their debut single, "Ya Soshla s Uma (I've Lost My Mind)," was based on a story about a lesbian affair between two young girl. This single became their first smash hit, gaining international exposure through MTV.

 

 

So perhaps we are being too tough on the young Katy Perry who is becoming a world wide phenomena hitting the charts in more than 20 coutries. From the U.S. to Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and even the United World Chart. Although commercial success doesn't necessarily translates into social acceptance Katy Perry has come a long way. And did we mention that she is the daughter of two pastors who grew up singing gospel music at church. Wow! I wonder what the parents reaction was when they listened to "UR so gay" and "I kissed a girl". Hopefully, she is not getting too much flak about it.

 

 

As for "UR so gay", on a recent interview for 'The New Gay' website, Katy Perry responded to the controversy about the word "Gay". "It’s not a negative connotation. It’s not “you’are so gay,” like “Your so lame,” but the fact of the matter is that this boy should’ve been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever…I wasn’t stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about an ex-boyfriend". Misconstrued or not, Katy Perry has definitely caught the attention. But what is more important to know is what would critics and media think of a song sung by a boy about kissing another boy. Would it rise to the top of the charts? I don't know. The jury is still out on this one. What do you think?

 

Jessica Simpson Goes Country with “Do You Know”

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

So Jessica Simpson is back with the release of the deluxe edition two CD set titled "Do You Know". This has been a highly anticipated Coutry album and 'Come on Over' the first single was actually written by Jessica, Rachel Proctor, and Victoria Banks.

 

"Do You Know" was produced by Grammy® Award winning songwriter Brett James (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts) and famed producer John Shanks (Alanis Morissette, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban). Without a doubt Jessica Simpson knows who to partner with.

 

In the crossover production of Jessica Simpson's "Do You Know" Nashville luminaries such as Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey collaborated in the production. In fact the title track, "Do You Know," was written by one of Jessica's musical idols, Dolly Parton. "Come on Over" another single that made its debut on the Country charts as the Hot shot back in June at number 41 actually topped Keith Urban’s new one at number 42.

 

 

As to why the change in musical direction to Country, Jessica was quoted saying, "In country, it's really different. People really care about the music and the lyrics and why you wrote it because they can relate to". And in regards to her erstwhile pop status, Jessica stated that she wasn't really a pop trendsetter. "I was trying to keep up with the trends," she said. "I finally found where I'm supposed to be." Good luck to you Jessica.