Archive for November, 2010

Discover and Download: Guns and Horses by Ellie Goulding

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Though Ellie Goulding may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, this rising star certainly has made her impact on the other side of the world with her song writing skills and mix of indie and electropop sound. Join RK for our first installment of Discover and Download as we take a look at Ellie Goulding's budding career.

 

 

Born and raised in London, Ellie Goulding began playing the clarinet and guitar at the tender age of nine and started writing her own pop infused music not long after. Still, her direction in life led her to study Drama at the University of Kent,  but after exposure to electronic music and experimentation with artists Frankmusik and Starsmith, Goulding decided to leave the university under a gap year engagement at the advisement of her tutors.

 

 

After moving to West London in 2009, the british songbird signed a deal with Polydor Records and began writing music withe helps of Starsmith. Her debut single, Under the sheets, was released independently to test the waters. The single premiered on BBC radio in September and peaked midway on the UK Singles Charts.

 

 

After Under the sheets, a second single featured on iTunes entitled Wish I'd Stayed, a supporting tour with Little Boots and work with Starsmith on other projects led to Goulding being featured on the top of the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, which showcases the critics, broadcasters and music industry insiders' top choices for rising stars and artists for the coming year.

 

 

This honor preceded Goulding being chosen for the Critics Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards and the success of her debut album, Lights, which had several hit singles, including Starry Eyed peaking at number four, Guns and horses peaking at twenty six and The Writer which made it into the top twenty.

 

 

Goulding has performed with numerous big name artists like John Mayer, and at huge music festivals such as the 40th Glastonbury Festival and is currently touring for her first UK Lights tour as well as preparing for the release of Bright Lights, a re-release of the album with six new tracks.

 

 

You can check out Ellie Goulding's audacious electro-pop hit Guns and horses, a song about a frustrating romance that veers from acoustic pickings to a trance sound in the Red Karaoke store. Discover and download this unique british hit as an mp3 instrumental backing tracks and see if you can match Goulding's commanding voice.

The 2010 AMAs

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This past weekend the 2010 AMAs were as interesting and exciting as ever with young artists sweeping the wins, memorable performances even without Lady Gaga present and an all star crowd in show. Join Red Karaoke as we take a look at the winners and performances.

 

 

Without a doubt, the 2010 AMA night belonged to 16 year old Justin Bieber, who won four of the most coveted awards; Pop/Rock Album, Pop/Rock Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist and the esteemable Artist of the Year award.

 

 

Though Bieber beat his mentor Usher in two categories, the man was still proud of his young protegee and had two of his own achievements to boast about; Soul/R&B Album and Soul/R&B Male Artist.

 

 

Rihanna won the counterpart to Usher's awards, taking home the trophy for Soul/R&B Female Artist after a show starting performance of Love the way you lie Part II.

 

 

Rihanna's collaborator on the first Love the way you lie, Eminem once again reigned over the hip hop community with his wins for Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist.

 

 

On the other end of the spectrum, Taylor Swift took home Country female artist while showcasing a sleek new do and her newest single Back to decemeber. Fellow country sister Carrie Underwood took home the Country album award.

 

Brad Paisley repped the country fellas, taking home Country male artist while Lady Antebellum, not surprisingly, won Best country group after such an enormous success with Need you now.

 

 

Other group winners included the Black Eyed Peas for the Pop/Rock genre and Muse for the Rock artist award. Mercyme rightly was honored as Contemporary inspirational artist.

 

Other big wins for the night included Michael Buble, Lady Gaga and Shakira as well as everyone's favorite musical television show, Glee.

 

 

Check out all of these great artists and their amazing hits here on Red Karaoke and sing your own awesome renditions!

RKs Five Fave Double Threats

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Here at Red Karaoke we were super excited to hear that Lea Michele, star of every singer's favorite musical television show Glee, will be awarded with the groundbreaking title from Billboard, The triple threat award, for her amazing skills in acting, dancing and, of course, singing. But there are a few other celebrities out there who have crossed over from the silver screen to behind the mic, or vice versa, that we know and love. Join RK as we take a look at five of our favorite double threats.

 

 

Gwenyth Paltrow

 

Though she may be married to a world famous rock star, Gwenyth Paltrow's celebrity family has more than one musical talent. Paltrow, who became well known for her incredible performances in moves like Seven and Shakespeare in Love, also has showcased her singing skills in various other roles.

 

 

Paltrow first sang for us in 2000's Duets (a Red Karaoke favorite) as a karaoke contest ringer, and even gained a numbe one hit (in Australia) with the film's lead single, a cover of Smokey Robinson's Cruisin, and a third place charter with Bette Davis Eyes. Paltrow went on to use her vocal chords in several other films, including the movie Infamous and the upcoming Country Strong, as well as sing with none other than Jay Z, both live and on his track Song Cry.

 

 

Paltrow's latest foray into song and dance? A crowd pleasing appearance on Glee, covering numbers like Cee Lo Green's Forget You and a mashup of Singin' in the rain and Rihanna's Umbrella alongside everyone's favorite musical cast. Blonde, beautiful and a talented actress/singer? No doubt about it, Paltrow is one of our favorite double threats.

 

 

Queen Latifah

 

Queen Latifah started out her career as one of the first successful women in hip hop, cementing the beginning of a career in which she has garnered nothing but gold in a solid musical and acting career. With two musicals, Chicago and Hairspray, under her belt, its no wonder Queen Latifah is one of our favorite double threats.

 

 

For her work on the screen and behind the mic, Queen Latifah has earned one Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination, and holds the honor of being one of few (if any) hip hop musical artists to achieve such success.

 

 

Justin Timberlake

 

When your celebrity career begins in the Mickey Mouse club, its hard to imagine the same person could end up one of the world's sexiest singers, or as a surprisingly moving actor, much less both. But Justin Timberlake, who went from boy band member to world rocking solo artist, became one of our favorite double threats the instant he hit the big screen, and blew us away with performances in films like Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan.

 

 

Though at this point Timberlake has had a few misses and no real big hits yet, there is no denying that the boy's got incredible talent. We have no doubt his music career isn't going anywhere but up, and with several television and film projects in the works, we hope the same for his career in front of the camera.

 

 

Mandy Moore

 

Mandy Moore started her bumpy road to fame as part of the teeny bopper battle of the blondes, back in the days when teen icon was spelled Britney Spears, and thought she never reached quite the same pop star status that Spears or her counterpart Jessica Simpson may have, she definitely did one (or more) over on both of their attempts at making it on the big screen.

 

 

From A Walk to Remember to the satirical masterpiece that is Saved, Mandy Moore has really shown, over and over again, that she is a sweet, endearing, and sometimes downright hilarious actor, all the while holding tight to those musical roots that she began with. And though she may not be a grammy or oscar toting double threat, her sincerity as a human being makes her one of our favorites.

 

 

Will Smith

 

Practically the Godfather of double threats, Will Smith seems able to do no wrong. In fact, his entire success was more or less satirized in the movie flop Jersey Girl, when the main character criticized a rapper kid with a flattop hairstyle and a show called "Prince of Bell Air", who then turned around and become one of the biggest blockbuster selling actors and a pretty darn good musician too.

 

 

Whether you prefer Smith's old school hits like Gettin' jiggy with it, or his newer music like Switch, whether you like his romantic comedies like Hitch or your more a fan of his actions films like I am Legend, even if you're on the serious side and in the mood for something like The Pursuit of Happyness or Seven pounds, Will Smith has got something for everyone. And that is probable what makes him our fifth, and maybe most favorite, musically inclined, acting fool, a.k.a. double threat.

Artist Feature: Far East Movement

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

If you are at all interested in pop culture, you have definitely heard of RK’s latest addition to the karaoke catalogue, Far East Movement and their hit Like a G6. Whether it was on the top 40, in your favorite series of CSI or maybe on stage performing with the likes of Jay-Z or Lady Gaga, these four guys from Koreatown are all over the place, and now you can read about them here on RK.

 

 

Far East Movement got their start as Emcee’s Anonymous back in the early 2000s, before they decided to rename the group after one of their singles of the same name. It started as a trio; Kev Nish, Prohgress, and J-Splif, childhood friends sharing a passion for music who were later joined by DJ Virman to represent different generations of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Filipino ancestory within the Asian American and hip hop community.

 

 

After a couple of years producing on their own, they organized an event called Movementality in 2003, a show in Koreatown that featured ten different performances and benefitted a local youth drug rehabilitation center.

 

 

A few years later, the group released Folk Music, their first serious album in 2006. Folk Music featured the single Round round which, after being featured in the blockbuster The Fast and the furious: Tokyo Drift, cemented their launch into the proffesional realm of music.

 

 

Two world tours later, two hit singles You’ve got a friend and Lowridin, and a featured song in a Sundance Film Festival success, they released their second album Animal in 2008. Animal featured, along with the above hits, Far East Movement’s first Billboard charting hit Girls on the dance floor, as well as collaborations with artists like Baby Bash, Bruno Mars and Lil Rob.

 

 

Music from Animal appeared on dozen of primetime shows including CSI, HBO’s hit show Entourage, Gossip Girl and more, and lead to their major record deal with Cherrytree Records and their chance to tour with Kelis and show as the opening act for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour in Japan.

 

 

Free Wired is their latest album and their debut with Cherrytree and has lead them to even more widespread fame. Collaborations include songs with Keri Hilson, Lil John and Snoop Dog, and their first single Rocketeer already charted.

 

 

This October, Far East Movement saw years of work land them the number one spot on the Billboard charts with their infectious hit Lika a G6 and have already sold over one million singles. Now you can sing Like a G6 on Red Karaoke or download the backing track for that party later from the Red Karaoke Store.

RK Artist Debut: Mike Posner

Friday, November 12th, 2010

With his Justin Timberlake-esque appeal and two hit singles that are stuck in everybody's heads, Mike Posner is ready for "takeoff". Join RK as we take a look at the newest addition to our catalogue and his budding career and what might be next.

 

 

Michigan native Mike Posner's story doesn't start off too differently from most twenty something year olds. Catholic school followed by Duke University where he was a frat brother and studied marketing. But while most Duke students spent their weekends studying and partying, Posner spent his Saturdays and Sundays off from classes writing songs with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi, recording and touring.

 

 

During school, Posner released two mixtapes, Lost Teen and A Matter of Time, from the comfort of his dorm room in 2009. That same year he was signed with J Records, but he continued at school while working on his debut album.

 

 

31 Minutes to Takeoff debut on August 10th of this year with the lead single Cooler than me climbing the charts to top out at the number six spot. The infectious song paved the way for the second single, Please don't go, which has been a quick radio hit and is making its way up the ranks as we speak.

 

 

Posner's appeal lies in his slick vocals and a better than average face and he has already appear on Carson Daly and Jimmy Fallon's shows, among many other, as well as joined Bonnaroo and Warped tour.

 

 

After collaborations with artists like Kid Cudi and 30H!3, Posner is experimenting with alot of different hip hip producers for his sophomore album. "It'll be better than my first album…just 'cause I've grown as a writer and producer and a singer," Posner told Billboard, explaining his theories about sampling and expectations that his "best music is ahead of him".

 

 

Sing Mike Posner's hit Cooler than me here on Red Karaoke, or buy your own instrumental backing track of the song in The Red Karaoke Store.

RK Fave Five Young Musical Stars

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

You'd have to be living under a rock to not have heard the hit song Whip my hair by Willow Smith, the ten year old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. With a music video and TV appearance, Willow has become a sensation over night, joining dozens of other young celebrities who have found fame at a tender age. Join RK as we take a listen to some of our other favorite young music celebrities.

 

 

Justin Bieber

 

 

Youtube is a poweful entity these days, and without it, many young stars, Justin Bieber included, would not have risen to wear they are. At just 16, Bieber himself is a worldwide phenomenon in the pop industry, with several hit songs and collaborations with artists like Ludacris under his belt, and it all started with a few youtube videos of his incredible R&B renditions.

 

Bieber can thank his lucky stars for the accidental discovery of his music by a music agent with ties to Usher, because now he is one of the world's youngest heart throbs and most recognizable teen singers with hits like Baby and One time all over the pop charts.

 

 

Miley Cyrus

 

 

While she used to be known as the squeaky clean star of Disney's Hannah Montana, there is no denying that Miley Cyrus is trying to grow up fast, though she is still just the 17 year old celebrity teen girls look up to and mother's of teens pray won't influence them too much.

 

But Cyrus has been known for pushing the boundaries of her role as teen star since her controversial photo shoot for Vanity Fair at age 15, and that rebellious attitude is what has helped her become what Time magazine called one of the 100 most influential people. Now with a budding acting career on top of pop hits like Can't be tamed, Miley seems poised for even more success.

 

 

Taylor Swift

 

 

Though she may be completely legal now, there is no forgetting the youthful success of Taylor Swift, who at the age of 17 had two albums and dozens of hit singles that helped her break practically every musical record there was, making her one of the youngest and most succesful pop and country crossover artists ever.

 

She's already been artist of the year, had more weeks in the number one spot than any other musician, and won dozens of awards including the ACM Album of the year. Well known for writing for her fans, Swift's all over the world have a lot to look forward to as they grow up together.

 

 

Charice

 

 

We already know about Youtube and how its helped young stars become famous, but perhaps there is no better instance of this than in the case of the lovable Filipina singer Charice. Though she competed in several Asian compeitions similar to American Idol, it was Ellen DeGeneres who gave her a big break at the tender age of 15 and invited her to perform after seeing Charice on a youtube video.

 

From there it has been a roller coaster of one appearance after another, including this year alone a hit song with Iyaz and even an appearance on the super popular show Glee. Without a doubt, Charice may be one of our favorite young musical stars… ever.

 

 

Michael Jackson

 

 

No list of favorite young music stars can do without the very first of their league, the young and perfectly adorable Michael Jackson, circa his Jackson 5 days. Jackson was described as a prodigy by Rolling Stone early on in the career of the Jackson 5, as he emerged as the lead singer and main draw of the group with their first singles including ABC and I'll be there.

 

Michael Jackson's early career has become one of the epitomizing ideas of a child star, with both success and drama, but overall the huge affect a young person can have on fans all over the world.

 

 

These are just a few of our favorite young musical stars, who are yours? Share with us in the forum or check out some of these great songs in The Red Karaoke Store.

Artist Feature: Orianthi

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Australian born and raised sing-songwriter and guitar wonderkid Orianthi may not seem all that familiar to you, but trust me, you've heard her guitar genius somewhere before, whether it was shredding on Adam Lambert's hit Sleepwalker or during that awesome guitar solo on the 25 for Haiti tribute. And while she's known best for her time as Michael Jackson's guitarist during the ill fated This is it series, Orianthi has been strumming for big timers long before that.

 

 

Surrounded by the music of greats like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and with a musically inclined father, it wasn't long before Orianthi was going to start strumming her own chords. By six she was playing acoustic guitar and by eleven, after seeing Carlos Santana live, she begged for an electric guitar and after that, it was history.

 

 

Since the age of fourteen she has been playing with bands all over England and France, including her first stage show for her musical her Steve Vai at the age of 15. Since then she has jammed with the likes of Prince and even was invited to perform with Santana when she was eighteen after what was a very successful sound check.

 

 

During the 51st annual Grammy Awards, Orianthi appeared as Carrie Underwood's lead guitarist, which lead to Underwood inviting Orianthi to become a member of her band. The blogosphere went crazy with news of this little-known guitar prodigy seen dancing around on stage which led to Michael Jackson's interest in her.

 

 

After that performance with Carrie Underwood on stage at the 2009 Grammy Awards, Michael Jackson was prompted to call with an offer for her to audition as his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London.

 

 

“I don’t know exactly why he picked me, but he watched my YouTube videos and loved them." Orianthi remembered, "He had his choice of guitar players, but I came in and played the ‘Beat It’ solo for him. Afterward he was so happy he got up and grabbed my arm and started walking up and down the stage area with me. He said, ‘Can you play once for me?’ and hired me that night. I wish he was still around. He made me believe in myself more, and I learned so much. Going into it, I thought it would be all about playing guitar solos. But the majority of it was playing chords and funky rhythms.”

 

 

Orianthi is prominently featured in the This is it film, and she played and sang at Jackson's memorial, globally televised live on 7 July 2009. With fond words for Jackson, she presented an award at the 2009 American Music Awards, which Jackson won posthumously.

 

 

 

In 2009 Orianthi released her debut solo album Believe, whose premiere single According to you peaked at number 8 in Australia, 17 in the US and was the Single of the Week on iTunes on 27 October 2009. The song also appears as downloadable content on the video game Rock Band 2, just like her single Suffocated appears on the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

 

 

Orianthi released a second hit single this year, Shut up and kiss me, as she began touring with American Idol contestants Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta during the summer of 2010. She was featured on Don't waste the pretty by Iraheta, a good friend of hers, as well as a cover version by Mary J. Blige of Stairway to heaven.

 

 

Following the success of high-energy singles According to You and Shut Up and Kiss Me, Orianthi shows a softer side with her latest release Courage, featuring another gal pal, Lacey Mosely of Flyleaf.

 

 

Check out all the Orianthi inspired karaokes to sing along with here on Red Karaoke, or purchase your favorites to take with you anywhere in the Red Karaoke Store!

Halloween Iconic Karaoke Contest Winners!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here at Red Karaoke we hope you all had a fabulous Halloween dressing up and trick or treating, but now that Halloween has come and gone, its time to announce the 2010 Halloween contest winners!

 

 

This year for Halloween we invited the members of Red Karaoke to dress up as your favorite musical icons and make creative karaoke video of you singing one of their hit songs. In this fun Iconic Karaoke Contest we had a couple of really great entries and were are very happy to share those videos here with you all today! On top of that, the two winning videos will be posted on Red Karaoke's official facebook page and win some special prizes. So without further ado…

 

 

The runner up prize goes to Ironman2 for his awesome rendition of Merle Haggard's country hit You take me for granted. Ironman2 had the perfect voice, and it seems, the perfect look to pull off the classic country persona of "The Hag". As a special surprise and thank you from the Red Karaoke team for participating, Ironman2 will receive one free Mp3 backing track from the Red Karaoke Store!

 


you take me for granted - merle haggard - Red Karaoke

 

First place goes to the creative and fun video of Kenny Loggin's Danger Zone by Yun5017, whose impersonation of Loggins was great to watch and hear. Kudos to Yun5017 for making a fun video for this contest and winning our grand prize of a free pack of Mp3 instrumental tracks from the Red Karaoke Store!

 


danger zone - Red Karaoke

 

Special thanks to these great competitors and congratulations on winning our special prizes! Make sure to check out these spirited videos, and the rest of the great karaokes be these two winners.