Divas in Japan are going all out this summer. With Ayumi Hamasaki’s world tour on the way, Namie Amuro and Kumi Koda have both released their new singles and videos. Amuro’s Do Me More is a catchy dance hit following her previous Black Diamond and I’d say it’s inspired by Gwen Stefani and Timbaland (watch the video and you’ll know what I mean). Koda’s Moon Crying is a sad ballad about a lover’s death. Miss Koda has sure changed her style from sexy pop diva to ballad queen in her past few albums. I think I like her being a diva more.
P.S. Koda should never be on tv without make-up again, ever!
Okay, So I’ve never been a fan of Rihanna’s vocal ability. Yet she always manage to get good songs so I just had to put up with her. I would be so much happier if her songs were sung by other artists that actually CAN sing (Rachel Stevens would be my first choice to take over her songs). Anyway, back to Rihanna and Disturbia. Another new video from her album, Good Girl Gone Bad. It’s another catchy dance song like S.O.S. and Pon de Replay. If you like those you’re gonna like this, and I suppose this song will go around for weeks (naturally for Rihanna). Moving on to the video, got some make-up, a little creepy, dark and dirty while letting Rihanna look good in it. It’s a nice pop video, but I don’t feel the Disturbia. Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum….
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 atThe 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
8. The Islander
9. The Poet And The Pendulum
10. Sacrament Of Wilderness
13. 7 Days To The Wolves
15. Wish I Had An Angel
Here’s also a little teaser from the DVD, with them performing The Poet And The Pendulum:
This is the third music video from their newest album Dark Passion Play. The lead singer for this single is not Anette though (no, not Tarja either!), but Marco. If you’re familiar with Nightwish, it’s no doubt that Marco is good at heavy metal and hard rock. Yet I was never sure about him with songs like this (remember his scary performance in “While Your Lips Are Still Red”?) He truly delivered in this song though, showing he can sing outside his comfort zone. Reminds me of how Tarja always sings as if she’s telling a story. Rock on, Marco.
A few weeks ago, Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41,survived a heart attack in December.
According to this article by New York Times, many bloggers are suffering from sleep disorders, exhaustion and other types of non-stop strain of producing blog entries.
To make you feel better, it also says “To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.”