Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Video Of The Day - NKOTB/Backstreet Boys Surprise Performance

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys teamed up for a surprise performance at the NKOTB show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City June 19. NKOTB started an acoustic version of one of the Backstreet Boys' biggest hits, "I Want It That Way" then had the curtain lifted to reveal the Backstreet Boys, who joined their boyband predecessors for the rest of the song.

Video from janinehrtsnkotb

Entertainment Tonight also had some video plus interviews with the two groups.

Kris Allen Celebrates 25th Birthday

Kris Allen has had quite a memorable 25th birthday on Monday. First, his fans collected donations of over $25,000 to Heifer International to buy 50 cows in his honor (the initial goal was $500 and 1 cow and it snowballed in a hurry!). Then he performed in a private lunchtime show for 100.3 the Peak listeners and even got a cake from the radio station. Finally, that evening, in the middle of his concert at the Sunshine Theatre, the audience, his band and Green River Ordinance, serenaded him with Happy Birthday and presented him with more cake onstage. Horns, elephant hats and decorations were passed around, thanks to the planning of some industrious Kris fans.

Here's video of the birthday shenanigans, which includes a sweet shoutout from Kris to the Alright With Moo participants:

And another in HD, from AINow:

Kris's setlist was: Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, Red Guitar, The Truth, Alright With Me, Bring It Back, Maybe, Before We Come Undone, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, Falling Slowly/With Or Without You, Come Together.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Alright With Moo: $20k+ Raised For Heifer International

Kris Allen fans set far too modest of a goal in their charity fundraiser in honor of Kris's 25th birthday. Hoping to raise $500 for the charity Heifer International to purchase a cow for a family in need, the Alright With Moo group has instead raised over $20,000 in just four days, thanks to incredibly generous donations from people all around the world.

Some high-profile names have even contributed to spreading the word on the fundraising, notably Bill Gates, who featured the Alright With Moo birthday video (see below) and the Heifer International blog about the charity drive on his Daily on Twitter page.

Kudos to everyone who contributed to this great cause and to Kris Allen for inspiring such generosity. And if you're still feeling inspired to donate, $25,000 would be a nice even number to reach for Kris's 25th birthday. :)

Click here to join and donate to the Alright With Moo team

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kris Allen Fans To Donate Cows For Birthday

To celebrate his 25th birthday on June 21, Kris Allen fans are banding together to make a charitable donation in his name to Heifer International to purchase cows for families in need.

Heifer International is a charitable organization based in Little Rock, AR whose mission is to "work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth." The organization gives gifts of livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communicaties world-wide. The idea is to give families a source of food rather than short-term relief. Heifer International was affiliated with Kris's recent trip to Rwanda with Bridge2Rwanda and TOMS shoes.

For more information on the donation efforts, CLICK HERE. Or to go straight to the "Alright With Moo" donation page (LOL GENIUS), CLICK HERE. As of this posting, the team has raised over $3500 in just over 12 hours.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kris Allen, GRO Collaborate On New Mashup

Kris Allen and Green River Ordinance stopped, collaborated and listened, teaming up for a new mashup (-ish) Tuesday night in Hattiesburg, MS, of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Free Fallin'" combined with a rap solo of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" by GRO's Jamey Ice (naturally) and Kris's drummer Ryland Steen.

Kris came out on stage holding his guitarist Cale Mills' ET doll, which is becoming their unofficial tour mascot, and presented a rose to GRO lead singer Josh Jenkins before they sang.

(video by badbamabunny)

For his set, Kris sang Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, Lifetime, The Truth, Alright With Me, Send Me All Your Angels, Maybe, Paranoid Android, Red Guitar, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, Falling Slowly/With Or Without You (encore), Come Together (encore, with Green River Ordinance and ET).

(videos linked above are from 1AsianLatinaGirl)

An Idol Gives Back ... With Wheat Thins

Kris Allen has been known for his charitable ventures, donating proceeds of his "Let It Be" single to Idol Gives Back and the UN Foundation and traveling to Haiti and Rwanda to help out. He extended his giving Monday night to the audience at his show in Nashville, throwing out Wheat Thins to the crowd and feeding opening act Green River Ordinance during their song "With A Little Help From My Friends." HA. That boy is so random sometimes.

Video by transplant42

Kris sang 16 songs in the Nashville show: Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, Lifetime, The Truth, Alright With Me, Maybe, Before We Come Undone, Paranoid Android, Man in the Mirror, Bring It Back, Red Guitar, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, Falling Slowly/With or Without You (encore), Come Together (encore).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kris Allen Plays 17-Song Set In Cherokee

Kris Allen played his longest show yet on Saturday night, playing 17 songs in a solo show in Cherokee, NC. He sang Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Before We Come Undone, Red Guitar, Lifetime, Alright With Me, Maybe, Paranoid Android, Send Me All Your Angels, Written All Over My Face, The Truth, Bring It Back, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, Falling Slowly/With Or Without You (encore), Come Together (encore).


Bring It Back:

Is It Over:

Falling Slowly/With Or Without You (amazing vocals here, especially considering this was his 16th song!):

Come Together:

Videos from bglbayley, tawneej23, kmt8871

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vote For Internet Studio

Asking for a personal favor here if you could ... a very good friend of mine is trying to build and conceptualize an internet studio, a platform in which people can interact and participate with experts, professionals, and other individuals worldwide through any internet device.

To get started, he needs your votes in the Create Your Opportunity contest. The grand prize is $50,000 ($25k in cash and $25k in web design/development services). You can vote once a day until June 14. He is currently in third place but needs a lot more votes to catch up to first.

To vote, CLICK HERE.


More Tour Hijinks From GRO, Kris Allen

On Thursday night in Mobile, AL, Kris Allen and his band joined Green River Ordinance onstage to sing "With A Little Help From My Friends" with them. On Friday night in Huntsville, AL, GRO returned the favor in their own special way, joining Kris decked out in costume, with guitar player Jamey Ice dressed as a banana, another drummer Denton Hunker dressed as a monkey and lead singer Josh Jenkins dressed as ... lord knows what.

Watch the hilarious video from j123superman here:

And another video from Friday night, from tidegirl84 - Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise:

Friday, June 11, 2010

GRO Gets A Little Help From Kris Allen

Green River Ordinance got a little help from their friend Kris Allen last night in Mobile, AL. The band has been opening for Kris in solo shows this month, and Kris and his band dropped in on GRO's set at the Soul Kitchen, helping them sing "With A Little Help From My Friends."

Kris, who had to stand on his tiptoes a bit to reach the microphone (LOL) since GRO lead singer Josh Jenkins is pretty tall, played the tambourine, while drummer Ryland Steen picked up a guitar. The other guitar players, Chris Torres, Cale Mills and Andrew DeRoberts, all played various percussive instruments. And they all look like they're having the time of their lives.

GRO also did this song with David Cook, Angel Taylor and Matt Hires at a concert last month.

Kris's setlist last night changed a bit from previous shows. He played: Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, The Truth, Alright With Me, Maybe, Send Me All Your Angels, Paranoid Android, Man In The Mirror, Red Guitar, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, and Come Together.

Also, check out this video of Kris singing Happy Birthday to two girls. After one of them apparently flipped him off, Kris said she wasn't going to get a Happy Birthday, but he decided to be nice and sing it to her anyway (but not before calling her out and rolling his eyes at her)

Videos by naquitajp

Thursday, June 10, 2010

SYTYCD Top 11 Showcase

Similar to last season, So You Think You Can Dance 7's Top 11 were introduced to the voters with a showcase prior to next week's voting rounds. Each member of the Top 11 danced in their own style with an All-Star partner(s).

After seeing this, I do have a few concerns about this new format of pairing the contestants with an All-Star. While I love a lot of the all-stars, this season is not about finding the best SYTYCD alumni. The show really needs to make sure that the choreography and camera isolations make the contestants stand out, and not so much their all-star partner. For example, Anya and especially Pasha were given all the standout moves in their dance with Cristina. I do have to say, though, that Mia Michaels played it best with her choreography, giving Billy and Alex the most opportunity to stand out while still making Ade a critical part of the dance.

In addition, some of these all-stars need to be more cognizant about making their partner stand out. This is one reason why I was really disappointed that Brandon Bryant from Season 5 wasn't part of this cast because he was the epitome of a perfect partner. He always made his partners look good, and he kept every single partner he danced with safe from elimination that week. At the same time, some of the contestants really need to pick up the pace and make themselves stand out more, to find that "magic quality" that Nigel was talking about. Alexie, I barely even noticed you (although her pale pink dress didn't help).

Group Dance (jazz, choreographed by Wade Robson) - "Fame" by David Bowie
iTunes | Amazon

Lauren Froderman/Kent Boyd, with Mark Kanemura/Kathryn McCormick (contemporary jazz choreographed by Travis Wall) - "Paris is Burning" by St. Vincent
iTunes | Amazon

Alexie Agdeppa/Melinda Sullivan, with Allison Holker/Lauren Gottlieb (broadway, choreographed by Tyce Diorio) - "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" from Sweet Charity (OBC)
iTunes | Amazon

Jose Ruiz, with Twitch/Comfort Fedoke/Dominic Sandoval (hip-hop, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon) - "Din Daa Daa (District 78 Remix) by George Kranz
iTunes | Amazon

Cristina Santana, with Anya Garmis/Pasha Kovalev (Latin Ballroom, choreographed by Jason Gilkinson) - "Work (Freemasons Radio Edit)" by Kelly Rowland
iTunes | Amazon

Alex Wong/Billy Bell, with Ade Obayomi (contemporary, choreographed by Mia Michaels) - "This Bitter Earth/On The Nature Of Daylight" by Dinah Washington/Max Richter
iTunes | Amazon

AdéChiké Torbert/Ashley Galvan/Robert Roldan, with Neil Haskell/Courtney Galiano (jazz, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh) - "Freak" by Estelle feat. Kardinal Offshall
iTunes | Amazon

Meet The SYTYCD7 Top 11

The changes/surprises keep rolling in for So You Think You Can Dance's seventh season. After changing the format to have just 10 finalists paired up with an All-Star dancer week-to-week, last night's episode threw in another curve to the Top 10 selection show, adding an 11th finalist in Billy Bell. In other words, he got Anoop Desai'd. You might remember Billy from last season. He made the Top 20 but had to pull out before the first live show due to an illness.

So here is this year's Top 11:
AdéChiké Torbert, 23, contemporary dancer from Brooklyn, NY
Alex Wong, 23, ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC
Alexie Agdeppa, 26, jazz/contemporary dancer from Rowland Heights, CA
Ashley Galvan, 19, lyrical dancer from Visalia, CA
Billy Bell, 20, contemporary dancer from Palm Beach, FL
Cristina Santana, 24, salsa dancer from San Diego, CA
Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz, 21, breakdancer from Miami, FL
Kent Boyd, 18, contemporary jazz dancer from Botkins, OH
Lauren Froderman, 18, contemporary jazz dancer from Phoenix, AZ
Melinda Sullivan, 22, tap dancer from Thousand Oaks, CA
Robert Roldan, 19, contemporary dancer from Thousand Oaks, CA

Video Of The Day: Salma's Snake Scare

During a press junket for the new TV show Grown Ups, Salma Hayek and co-stars Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph received an unexpected and unwanted visitor in the form of a snake. Maria and especially Salma FREAKED OUT, with Salma climbing on top of her chair and on top of a relatively calm Maya. Extra was filming the interview at the time and put up the raw video. It's pretty hilarious.

Monday, June 07, 2010

New Versions Of Don't Waste The Pretty Available For Purchase

Two new versions of Allison Iraheta's new single "Don't Waste The Pretty" will be available for purchase at Amazon.com and iTunes? at midnight local time on Tuesday, June 8. The first version is the radio edit featuring Orianthi, and the second version is an acoustic version.

To purchase the album for just $1.49 for both versions, click here:

To purchase the songs individually on iTunes, click here:
Don't Waste The Pretty feat. Orianthi
Don't Waste The Pretty (acoustic)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Glam Nation Tour Kicks Off

Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Orianthi kicked off the Glam Nation tour Friday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Allison performed first, a six-song, 20-minute set that consisted of Holiday, Still Breathing, Scars, Don't Waste The Pretty (with Orianthi), Heartbreaker and Friday I'll Be Over U.

Orianthi performed next with a 40-minute set that included a cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy."

Adam, the headliner, performed Voodoo/Down The Rabbit Hole/Ring of Fire, Fever, Sleepwalker, Whataya Want From Me (acoustic), Soaked (acoustic), Aftermath (acoustic), Sure Fire Winners, Strut, Music Again, Broken Open, If I Had You and Mad World (encore).

Allison/Oritanthi - Don't Waste The Pretty:

Adam - Aftermath:

The tour continued in Sayreville, NJ Saturday night and hits Toledo, OH on June 8. For the rest of Adam's tour dates, click here.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Danny Gokey - I Will Not Say Goodbye Acoustic Video

I discovered this video of Danny Gokey, hidden on AOL Music. It's a an acoustic, piano-only version of his new single "I Will Not Say Goodbye". It's a pretty song, and Danny's voice is just soaked in emotion on it. I haven't really heard the original much, but I definitely prefer it stripped down like this with just piano. It totally enhances the song and its lyrics.

Check it out here:

ETA: Oops, looks like that was supposed to be an exclusive video for his website. LOL sorry! Here's a link to that video: "I Will Not Say Goodbye (Ocean Way Acoustic Session)"

Kris Allen Debuts I Need To Know

Kris Allen's angsty, heart-wrenching ballad "I Need To Know" was one song that I thought was going to be the holy grail of Kris Allen live songs, one that we would never hear or only hear once or twice, kind of like David Cook's "Permanent." It may still end up being so, but Kris actually brought it out for the first time Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, MI as part of his encore.

Here's his debut performance, from Janelle088:

And an HQ close-up video, from kristen8110:

Kris sang a total of 16 songs (!!) in the nearly hour and a half concert. He sang every song on his album except for "Let It Rain", plus two covers from American Idol ("Man In The Mirror" and "Come Together) and two new covers ("Maybe" by Alison Krauss and "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead).

Here's Paranoid Android, from reader1148:

The 16-song setlist for Grand Rapids was: Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, Red Guitar, The Truth, Alright With Me, Maybe (acoustic), Before We Come Undone (acoustic), Paranoid Android (acoustic), Lifetime, Bring It Back, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, I Need To Know (Encore), Come Together (Encore).

The Grand Rapids Press gave Kris's concert a glowing review, rating it 4 out of 4 stars and noting the high point as being Alright With Me and the low point as "None". :)

In Madison on Tuesday, Kris had a similar setlist, minus I Need To Know. The 15-song setlist was: Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Written All Over My Face, Red Guitar, The Truth, Alright With Me, Maybe, Before We Come Undone, Paranoid Android, Lifetime, Bring It Back, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Live Like We're Dying, Come Together.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Allison Iraheta Teams Up With Orianthi For New Single

As suspected, Allison Iraheta has teamed up with bad-ass guitarist Orianthi for her third single, "Don't Waste The Pretty". Orianthi is featured on guitar (and has a killer solo after the bridge) on the re-tooled track, which will be available for purchase on iTunes on June 8.

Allison and Orianthi will be on the road together all summer as the opening acts for Adam Lambert's Glam Nation tour, which kicks off June 4 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Allison's record label, Jive, seems to like collaborative efforts with their Idols. Jordin Sparks had a monster hit with "No Air" with Chris Brown, and Kris Allen re-did "The Truth" with Pat Monahan for his latest single, which is doing quite well for itself early in the radio airplay department. Here's hoping that Allison sees success with this as well.
You can listen to the new and improved "Don't Waste The Pretty" at Entertainment Weekly.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Amazon's $5 Mp3 Album Specials For June

One of the things I most look forward to at the top of the month is the new Amazon mp3 album specials - 100 albums for $5. The last few months have had some pretty weak selections, but June has some new releases in B.O.B. ("Airplanes" and "Nothin' On You"), VV Brown ("Shark in the Water"), OneEskimo ("Kandi"), LifehouseJustin Nozuka, and Barenaked Ladies.

Also on sale are older hit albums from John Mayer (Continuum), The Fray, Daughtry, Coldplay (A Rush of Blood to the Head), Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Jay-Z (The Blueprint), in addition to the Once Soundtrack and the Best of the Dixie Chicks.

Check out the full selection here:100 Albums for $5 Each