Archive for June, 2011

Red Karaoke’s group recording for Japan

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

got together and started working on a group recording in honor of our friends there and to help us all remember to keep them in our hearts.

 

This was not the first time a group of Red Karaoke singers had gotten together in honor of friends. After the similar events that occurred in Haiti over a year ago, ColonelMac and nine other users joined together and recorded We are the world to help remember our Haitian friends.

 

Now Red Karaoke-ers have done it again. Yun5017, Smudgerk, ImaNutbar, and Karen_Jara have finished a beautiful recording of Heal the world in honor of Japan. JanettDiva and Quickblade also helped in making the recording but for technical reasons weren’t able to be included in the final version, which you can play below.

 


Heal The World 1 - Vote for my rendition!

 

This was a really beautiful effort on our Red Karaoke singers and we wanted to honor it by sharing it with everyone through the blog. As Karen_Jara posted in the forum thread organized for the project, “Think of this as a “singing card” from RK and everyone sign it sending the people of Japan your love and let them know that you care. Although Japan isn’t making the news headlines anymore, the people are still living this nightmare and will be for a very long time. For them, it’s not over.”

 

You can also see a very deep blog post from Yun5017 in his own Red Karaoke blog on the 100th day following the devastating events in Japan, with many pictures and lots of information for us who are so far away but want to know more.

 

Please share your comments with these wonderful singers and also share this wonderful recording to help friends and family remember Japan and keep them in their thoughts.

Who sang it better? Rolling in the deep

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Red Karaoke is glad to introduce its second installment of the fun series we host jointly in the blog and forums, where you get to decide which artist’s rendition of a hit song is better AND share your own interpretation. This week we are taking a look at one of music’s top current songs Rolling in the deep and asking, Who sang it better?

 

 

Rolling in the deep was recorded by the wonderful British singer Adele as the lead single off her sophomore album 21. Adele’s recording of Rolling in the deep not only cemented her early US success with Chasing pavement, but gained her world wide recognition for such epic, vocal work, has been featured in television and movies including the popular show Glee, and will most likely garner Adele all kinds of awards on top of its chart success.

 

 

But while Adele’s powerful voice is both moody and unique, the song is so popular that many other artists have taken it upon themselves to sing the hit. Mike Posner, a more hip hop/pop centered singer put a little of his own attitude filled spin on Rolling in the deep and even grammy winning soul singer John Legend gave the tune his own chilling vocals.

 

 

Listen to each of these incredible versions of Rolling in the deep and consider… do you prefer the lovely ladies original interpretation or did one of the boys do it better? Take a moment to think about it and tell us in the forums, Who sang it better?!

Artist Feature: The Beach Boys

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

With the first official days of summer here, what better artist to feature than The Beach Boys, the rock and roll group that combined their love of surf and pop into music that has survived from its most popular time in the 60s and 70s to today.

 

The Beach Boys were initially formed by four brothers, Wilson, Brian, Dennis and Carl, and later were joined by Mike Love, their cousin, and Al Jardine, and during their time in school formed a group together called The Pendletones.

 

Their first recording was made using three song, Surfin, Luau and Lavender, though after many recording sessions they ended finall with Surfin and Luaua as the Side B. When the box of their tapes finally arrived, imagine their surprise when the group name had been changed to The Beach Boys.

 

 

After calling for an explanation, they were told by somebody working for the company that, after listening to the sample, the company had decided “The Pendletones” wasn’t going to stick, and that “The Beach Boys” was much better for the type of music they were making… and so, The Beach Boys were born in December of 1961. Surfin became a huge hit, selling more than 50,000 copies.

 

After signing with another company, The Beach Boys put together their first studio album, released in 1962, named after their song Surfin Safari, and containing the hits 409 and Ten Little Indians.

 

 

The success continued through their second album, Surfin USA, released in 1962, which became their first gold album and is the second highest selling album ever in the US.

 

Surfer Girl, The Beach Boys’ third album was released the following year and was the first of theirs to gain any real success in the UK. The album contained some of their hits including Little deuce coupe and In my room, and led to country wide tours for The Beach Boys.

 

In July of 1964, The Beach Boys released All Summer Long, which included their biggest hit ever, I get around. The success of this song garnered them a spot on the Ed Sullivan show, the most important popular program on American television at the time.

 

 

The Beach Boys released Today in 1985, the first album from the group without their father as manager, and with Brian Wilson writing all of the music and no longer performing. The album marked an important change, the first of which to have songs no longer about surf and cars, but other themes and ballads that would later become classics such as When I grow up and She knows me to well.

 

Month later, they would release another new album, Summer days, which contained the hits California girls and Salt lake city.

 

Pet Sounds, released in 1966, was the biggest failure of the popular group. In the US the album barely sold, though it did achieve some success in the UK. God only knows and Sloop John B, along with the hit Wouldn’t it be nice, all managed to place on the British hits charts, and the album won several British accolades and comparison to The Beatles.

 

 

At this time, Brian Wilson began dealing with mental health issues provoked by the use of LSD, and The Beach Boys project, Smile, had to be put on hold. The group ended up producing several other albums at the end of the 60s, including Wild Honey, Friend and 20/20, receiving many poor reviews and bad sales, accused being stuck in the same place while the rest of the music world changed. Years later, these works are now considered classics and masterpieces.

 

During the 70s, the group began working on their individual talents, resulting in Sunflower, a compilation of their own personal works, slowly gaining new fame and sales for the group as a whole.

 

Surf’s up, which had been originally recorded for the canceled project Smile, became their next album, and contained some notable singles including A day in the life of a tree and Til I die.

 

 

After several reunion albums and big failures, the group did not have another major hit until the late 80s when they released Kokomo with the soundtrack of the movie Cocktail and led to the group recording the album Still Cruisin, a mixture of remastered works and song featured in the movie.

 

The 90s and the 2000s have seen The Beach Boys surfer inner turmoil and several personal problems, but also the release of several compilations of their greatest hits and some popular tours. You can sing all of The Beach Boys greatest hits on Red Karaoke, or on facebook with the new Red Karaoke facebook application.

Introducing the new Red Karaoke Application for Facebook

Friday, June 17th, 2011


If you have a Facebook account and you like to sing, now you can enjoy the best internet karaoke without ever leaving Facebook with the new Red Karaoke application. With the Red Karaoke application, all of your friends will see your recordings without leaving Facebook while everything you do in the application will publish on your wall and newsfeed without any extra effort. All of your best recording on Facebook so that your friends can listen and comment easily.

 

How do I access the Red Karaoke application on Facebook?

Log on to Facebook and click the link http://apps.facebook.com/karaoke

 

 

 

How do I install the application?

The first time that you access the application, you will be asked a series of questions. If you are already a Red Karaoke user, you will be asked to connect your Facebook and Red Karaoke accounts. If you are Facebook user but not a member of Red Karaoke, the application will ask you to choose a user name and password in order to create a Red Karaoke profile, although you can use the application 100% without ever leaving Facebook.

 

Exploring the application.

Once you have accessed the application, you will be shown four main options: Karaokes, recordings, my karaoke and info.

 

 

  • Karaokes. From here you can access all of the options related to karaokes: free karaokes, a list of genres, new releases and the karaoke search.
  • Recordings. This allows access to your recordings (in case you are alread a registered user and have recordings on Red karaoke), the latest recordings, Virtua Sing recordings and a recordings search, from which you can search recordings made by other users. The search must be done using the user name on Red karaoke.
  • My Karaoke.
    Access to your personal profile, you have to access your user name and password on Red Karoake. This will give you access to your fans, favorites, recordings and karaoke.
  • Info. All of the details about the application and how it functions.

 

Red Karaoke VIP.

Everyone will have access to sing 20 free karaokes.But in order to access the complete karaoke catalogue, you will have to a VIP user.

 

MP3 karaokes.

The karaokes in the Facebook application are in mp3 quality, so that everyone who tries to sing them will have access and be able to use the advntages of the Mp3 Karaoke player, including the configuration assistant and the 3D recording system, Virtua Sing.

 

 

RK Debut: Jessie J

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

With her recent hit on the radio every hour, it would be hard to believe you haven’t heard of British singer Jessie J. But her career predates her new found position in the spotlight, and now you can read all about Jessie J and sing her hit Price Tag, new to the Red Karaoke catalogue.

 

London born and raised, Jessie J was bred for the performing arts, attending both the Colin’s Performing Arts School and the BRIT School, where she learned along side classmates like Adele, and explored her musical skills with the girl group Soul Deep.

 

 

Early on, Jessie was signed to Gut Record and began creating material with them, though the company went under before she could release anything. But Jessie was able to find success as a songwriter with Sony ATV, eventually penning hits for Chris Brown and the particularly successful Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus’s breakthrough single.

 

Solo success came to Jessie with her first album Who you are, a six year effort that, after its release of January this year, gave Jessie a hit single Do it like a dude, only being beaten out on the UK charts by Bruno MarsGrenade.

 

 

Jessie’s followup and Red Karaoke’s current obsession, Price Tag, was even more successful, also reaching the number two spot behind Adele’s Someone like you in the UK, and peaking at number 23 on the US charts.

 

Now you can sing the hit Price Tag here on Red Karaoke and look forward to more great music from Jessie J soon.

Karaoke Challenge: Wild World

Friday, June 10th, 2011

This week is one full of fun new games and chances for you to get involved in our singing community. Not only did we start the fun Who sang it better game, today we are bringing back the long time tradition and much missed weekly Karaoke Challenge! Keep reading to learn how to join in the fun and sing this week’s challenge, “Wild world”.

 

First, let’s go through how the Karaoke Challenge works, for all the new people out there. Every Friday, a song will be featured in the blog with a little background information and video so that you know how it sounds. Then, after you’ve familiarized yourself with the song, you go and record your own rendition, whether its a video/audio/virtua sing, as long as its on Red Karaoke. Next you post a link to your rendition in the forum thread connected with that week’s challenge.

 

You can only post one rendition and it has to be recorded on Red Karaoke, and then your entered into the challenge! The following Friday, the administrator will pick what she thinks to be the best rendition, whether its the funniest or the highest quality or the most creative, and she will announce the winner in the newsletter, on the facebook AND in the forum! Not only do you get to have fun singing a new song each week, but you get the chance to have your recording splashed all over Red karaoke!

 

 

Now that you know how it works, let’s share a little bit about this week’s Karaoke Challenge, the well known hit Wild world. Originally recorded by Cat Stevens in 1970, the song has survived decades as one of his most well known singles. Its folk-rock sound was popular enough to be considered Stevens best work and topped charts in the UK and US.

 

Not only that, but Wild world has been covered by just about everyone. Whether its the reggae rendition by Maxi Priest that reached the number 5 spot on the billboard charts or sung live to a roaring audience by popular brit James Blunt, everyone loves singing this song.

 

 

Now its your turn to sing Wild World for this week’s Karaoke challenge. Record your rendition using our Wild World karaoke then share it in the Karaoke Challenge thread and you could be featured in next week’s newsletter!

Who sung it better: Halo

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Welcome to Red Karaoke’s first installment of a fun little series we’ll be hosting jointly in the blog and forums, where you will get to decide which artist’s rendition of a hit song is better AND share your own interpretation: Who sung it better? Join the fun with our first game featuring the 2008 hit from Beyonce, Halo.

 

You’ve probably heard Beyonce’s 2008 power ballad Halo, whether it was on the radio or in one of Beyonce’s many live performances of the popular hit. The single Halo, winner of several grammys, teen choice awards and many other accolades, is a beautiful love song, described by critics as “the most evocative power ballad Beyoncé has ever recorded} and “a hulking, epic love song”.

 

 

But what led us to feature Halo as today’s featured “Who sung it better” was the interesting and unique cover/remix that contemporary artist Mike Posner, singer of Cooler than me, released of Beyonce’s hit. Turning Halo from a dedicated love song to a smooth break up song, Mike Posner gives Beyonce and her original a run for the money.

 

 

But we want to know which version you think is better! Take a moment to listen to both unique versions of the single Halo here on the blog, then mosey over to the forums and vote in the Who sung it better? Halo thread. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, record your own version, whether you use the Beyonce lyrics or Mike Posner’s re-write and share it in the thread… but remember to tell us, Who sung it better?!