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The Year of Come Backs: Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian

There must be something in the stars with the year 2008. Not just Cyndi Lauper, Paula Abdul and SMiLe.dk, but Lara Fabian has decided it’s time to sing again. New classical-inspired pop album is to be released by the end of the year. The album is recorded entirely in Qubec and as for song choice, quoting Fabian; “ I’ve never sung these kinds of songs, certainly not in an entire album and not in this kind of arrangement…” I pray that it won’t be one of those techno-disco albums… We already have Madonna, Kylie and Britney.

A fan meet & greet is set to be held in Belgium in October and then Paris.

Below is a clip of Fabian performing Je Suis Malade live

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SMiLe.dk Strikes Back this Summer

smile.dk doki doki

2008 is the year of come backs, with Cyndi Lauper, Paula Abdul and now SMiLe.dk.  I’m sure you have danced to the songs like “Butterfly” and “Boys” on DDR. The dance group that swept the world of DDR is coming back after a long break, with their brand new single “Doki Doki.”  They will be performing live at San Japan, an anime convention located in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on August 9th, 2008 (visit http://www.san-japan.org for more info).

You can listen to their songs from Doki Doki on their website. The party starts August 2008!

Nightwish Concert 2008 DVD Out NOW

nightwish live concert 2008 sydney dvd

With its new vocalist, Anette Olzon, Nightwish is definitely back. After their new album in 2007, Dark Passion Play, the legendary Finnish symphonic metal band took on the world with a tour. For those who have missed it or couldn’t get enough of Nightwish (like vampire hunger for blood, I know I did), the wait is finally over. The DVD records some pre-show footage and the live concert at The Enmore Theatre Sydney (why does it always have to be the concert in Australia? Remember Christina Aguilera’s Back To Basics: Live and Down Under?)

Anyway, here’s the track list:

1. Pre-show footage
2. Intro, Bye Bye Beautiful
3. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
4. Dark Chest Of Wonders
5. Ever Dream
6. Whoever Brings The Night
7. Amaranth
8. The Islander
9. The Poet And The Pendulum
10. Sacrament Of Wilderness
11. Sahara
12. Nemo
13. 7 Days To The Wolves
14. Wishmaster
15. Wish I Had An Angel

Here’s also a little teaser from the DVD, with them performing The Poet And The Pendulum:

He Loves Hats and We Love Him: Jason Mraz

jason mraz we sing we dance we steal things

In his new album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz has continued to refine his writing style from the cheerful guitar-driven pop of his first album. How can people NOT fall in love with a guy who writes such songs? I said it before and I’m saying it again, Mr. Sexuality is gonna break my heart someday.

Mraz strikes a sometimes precarious balance between impassioned love and stolid maturity, and the songs on We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things reflect that, with the equilibrium constantly in flux. Thick horn explosions ramp up the overindulgent points of love while Mraz’s trademark “man and a guitar” style remains a focal point of the new album. “Make It Mine” and “Butterfly” both scream radio hit, with their playful glitz somewhat masking the singer-songwriter’s kindred respect for love. His duet with Colbie Caillat, “Lucky,” will turn some heads even as the era of the male-female duet seems to have faded significantly in this sort of music. What makes “Lucky” such an outstanding ballad is that both Mraz and Caillat are excellent individually in the verses as well as together on the chorus. The only downside is that Caillat doesn’t necessarily distinguish herself as a guest on this song any more than if any of her contemporaries had taken the spot instead.

“Details in the Fabric” shows Mraz’s acoustic side, as the song tenderly moves along without becoming boring. “Coyotes” takes on almost a club vibe with some vocal distortion and beats, but the brief orchestral interludes serve to make it a really interesting track that may initially throw listeners for a loop. “The Dynamo of Volition” continues the poppy, upbeat delivery that Mraz enjoyed on much of his first album and about half of this new one. “If It Kills Me” is delivered with a charming piano melody, and stands out among the final few songs of the album. WSWDWST is punctuated by a slowly-building closer with “A Beautiful Mess,” which is most definitely worth hanging on until the end for.

Providing the carefree soundtrack to your summer, Jason Mraz combines the playful lyrics he’s always sported with lush instrumentals on his new disc, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. Featuring some of the best songs he’s ever written, it firmly declares that the eclectic and immensely talented musician is here to stay, proven with a huge leap forward in the songwriting and replayability factors of his music. Roll the windows down and belt out the faster songs, and pull that special someone a little closer for the slower ones; you’ll both be hooked on this CD.

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We Will Rock You: The Musical

we will rock you musical

We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton is an electrifying show that’s guaranteed to blow your mind. Now is its 6th year on London’s West End, where it continues to play to packed houses. Thas captivated 6 million theatre goers around the world form London to Las Vegas, Toronto to Tokyo and beyond.

We Will Rock You is a futurist adventure set in the year of 2350, a time when live music is banned on earth, but the kids are rebellion, fighting against the all powerful Globalsoft Corporation which controls their lives and feeds them a diet of synthesized pop. The show features 26 of Queen’s legendary hits ncluding Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Radio GaGa, Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Tour details for Hong Kong:

Venue Lyric Theatre
Address Hong Kong Academy of Performance Arts in Wan Chai
Tel +852 8203 0299
Price HK$350 – 895

we will rock you musical

Spotlight on Anastasia Volochkova

Anastasia Volochkova is a Russian prima ballerina trained in the Vaganova Ballet Academy by Natalia Dudinskaya, who was a famous pupil of Agrippina Vaganova. She then danced with the Mariinsky Ballet for four years and won the Serge Lifar Competition in Kiev in 1996.

In September 2003 Volochkova was fired by the Bolshoi administration amid accusations that she had become too fat and that male dancers had refused to work with her because of her height and weight, allegations which she emphatically denied. After a media storm subsided, she was invited by Yuri Grigorovich to work as a prima ballerina in a theatre he runs in Krasnodar.

Too fat? I don’t think so. The video is her dancing to “Adiemus” sung by Miriam Stockley, enjoy.

A time wrap back to the 90s, with youtube

Who will ever forget The Cranberries’ Zombie from the album No Need to Argue in 1994? he single has sold 2 million copies alone, and the song, since its release in late 1994, has been performed on every live tour. It’s still one of the most popular songs today.

Bad Girl by Madonna, the third single from her 1992 album Erotica. Many fans regard it as one of Madonna’s best ballads. Negative reception of the video criticizes the topic of misogynistic murder of women as too extreme for a pop video that is about a doomed relationship, highlighting America’s obsession with serial killers and violence. It was certainly the time when smoking was still cool.

Say you’ll be there, yet another one of Spice Girl’s single that was certified platinum. Released in 1996 and hit the world’s top charts by 1997. Written by the Spice Girls themselves, with the help of Jonathan Buck and Eliot Kennedy. The girls are dressed as techno-warriors with the style of futuristic high-tech ninjas, marking the pop culture of film during the late 90s.

Song 2, possibly the most well known song Blur has ever recorded. Released in 1997, still remains their biggest hit to date. I think we can all remember the “WOO HOO” from this song right? (If not, you simply did not exist in the 90s) It has been used in countless occasions and advertisements. WOO HOO!

Sarah Mclachlan – I will remember you. The song first appeared in 1995 as a sound track for a movie, but it wasn’t a hit until she released a live version of the song in 1999. A bit late, but still made it to a 90s hit.