Friday, October 24, 2014

Bette To Pre-Tape Live With Kelly And Michael

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If you were planning to go see Bette on Live with Kelly and Michael on the 7th….don’t bother. She’s taping her appearance, but I don’t have the date when. How do you do that on a Live show?

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These 4 Songs Are Your Absolute Must-Listens of the Week

Mister D: Bette hit the real time feed Billboard charts last night at Number 5 among only kids of the industry. If you want to help keep the momentum going just tweet #BetteMidler and #Waterfalls

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These 4 Songs Are Your Absolute Must-Listens of the Week
By Lynsey Eidell
October 24, 2014

What better way to kick off Friday (and the weekend!) than with our favorite new songs of the week? If the S Club 7 playlist wasn’t enough, we’ve got new singles and new sounds to old favorites to add to your must-listen line-up, and I promise—none are to be skipped over. Happy listening!

Iggy Azalea “Beg For It”

With love Iggy by herself (“Work”) or paired up with another awesome lady artist (“Fancy”, “Black Widow”)—and her latest single, “Beg For It”, is an excellent example of the latter. She introduces us to Danish singer MO and delivers what is sure to be your going-out anthem of the weekend (and the fall!).

Bette Midler “Waterfalls”

This cover is certain to be very polarizing: You’re either going to be Team TLC or Team Bette when it comes to their renditions of “Waterfalls”. Midler’s cabaret-esque version is the first single from her girl-group tribute album, It’s the Girls!, due out November 4.

Sia “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”

If Midler took a retro spin to a modern favorite, Sia’s taking the opposite approach with her remake of the Annie classic for the upcoming film version starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Her upbeat pop version of the song is perfect for any day you need a little pick-me-up (like…today).

Jessica LangeGods and Monsters

Let’s be real: The only scenes I can watch without closing my eyes (either partially or fully) during American Horror Story: Freak Show are the musical numbers. And Elsa Mars’ (Jessica Lange) cover of Lana Del Ray‘s “Gods and Monsters” was worth my full attention—Lange’s rendition was hauntingly perfect (even if it did summon the ghost of Edward Mordrake).

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Bette Midler – It’s The Girls

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The race to redefine the meaning of a “hit” song just got interesting.

Pandora just launched a Chartbeat for music
WRITTEN BY John McDuling
October 22, 2014

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The race to redefine the meaning of a “hit” song just got interesting.

Today, the internet radio company Pandora Media is turning on AMP, an artist management portal, which will give musicians, their managers and labels access to a trove of information about how music is being played on the service.

This includes the ability to track the performance of individual songs with a few different metrics.

Those metrics include the number of spins and the number of “thumbs ups”—which signals that a user likes the track and makes it more likely to reappear in a future playlist—as well as the number of people who have created stations based on the artist and demographic and geographic breakdowns.

As the screenshot here shows, the service looks and feels a bit like a Chartbeat for musicians on Pandora. (Chartbeat is a measurement tool many online media publications—including Quartz—use to track web traffic.)

In theory, this information could be used for a variety of purposes, including helping an act  decide which cities to visit on a tour, and which songs to play in a setlist and certain demographic niches where their tunes are resonating.

Pandora is the biggest audio streaming service in the US with 76 million active users at last count. But  it also has had some high-profile detractors in the artist community (like Pink Floyd and Bette Midler). And its overall relationship with the music business establishment: labels, publishers and so forth, is an extremely tense one.

The company may be hoping AMP will help soothe these tensions. And since more than 80% of the artists on Pandora don’t get played on traditional radio, according to the company, moves like this could enhance its credentials as a promotional partner for the industry rather than the adversary it is sometimes made out to be.

Spotify, which operates a slightly different business model to Pandora, but has also encountered stiff criticism from musicians over royalties, launched an artist analytics portal of its own about a year ago.

“We want to harness the power of our scale and data to make artists’ lives easier,” Pandora founder Tim Westergren said in a prepared statement.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEWS/ Bette Midler Covers TLC’s “Waterfalls”–Listen Now!

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NEWS/ Bette Midler Covers TLC’s “Waterfalls”–Listen Now!
by REBECCA MACATEE
Oct 23, 2014

For the most part, “Waterfalls” should be performed by TLC.

Bette Midler, however, is an exception, because the 68-year-old’s cover of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and the late Left “Eye” Lopes’ 1995 single is a fresh, soulful take on the beloved R&B hit.

The song, debuted by The Advocate Thursday, will be featured on Midler’s new album It’s The Girls! This album–Midler’s first since 2006–is all about the celebration of girl groups.

“I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid; I always sang along. Didn’t we all?” Midler told Billboard. “I think the idea that you could become part of the group was the thing that endeared me to the girl groups. You weren’t just singing along, you were THERE!”

“Since this is a kind of overview of girl groups, I wanted to re-arrange some of the really popular songs and put a new spin on them,” she explained. The “most extreme example” of this, Midler said, is what Billboard calls her “country-fied take” on The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.”

It’s The Girls! features Midler’s take on songs from seven generations of girl groups, including The Crystals and The Chiffons (sorry, ladies, no Spice Girls). On her website, she called the album “an exquisite explosion of estrogen!”

“Yes, I love the music these women made, but I also love the world of the groups themselves,” she wrote. “The legends, the rumors, the hair!! How many movies and books have come out of that world? Not enough, if you ask me!! Some of the groups were formed and trained at home, like the Boswells and the Andrews Sisters, some were put together by the labels themselves, and some met on street corners or subway staircases, looking for an echo. But whether they were sister acts or musical arranged marriages, they all had one thing in common–that SOUND!”

“Well, the fantastic outfits didn’t hurt either,” she conceded. “Or the synchronized dances. Okay, so maybe three things in common.”

“Some girl groups survived, some didn’t; some were taken advantage of, some wrote their own rules, many went through fire just for the chance to sing,” Midler acknowledged. “There is no denying that much of what they went through, just as women, was difficult, but there is also no denying that what they gave to the world is still relevant, and still necessary; joy, attitude, and the golden dream of a youth that will never fade.”

“They say behind every great man, there’s a great woman,” she wrote “Well, I think that behind every great woman, there should be at least two other women singing and dancing in perfect unison.”
It’s The Girls! is set for a Nov. 4 release.

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Bette Midler Covers TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’

Bette Middler is paying tribute to some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups in music history with her upcoming collection of covers It’s the Girls.

The album, available November 4 from Warner Bros. records, features 15 classic tracks by legendary ladies including the Ronettes, the Supremes, TLC, and the Chiffons, among others.

“A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” Midler said in a press release. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.”

Listen to the iconic singer’s smooth rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” below, (debuting exclusively through The Advocate), delicately delivered as only the Divine Miss M can.

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Miley Cyrus Recasts ‘Hocus Pocus’

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Miley Cyrus Recasts ‘Hocus Pocus
I want to play the cat.
by brenna ehrlich
October 22, 2014

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Your favorite ’90s Halloween flick, “Hocus Pocus,” is getting a hypothetical reboot — via Miley Cyrus. The “Wrecking Ball” singer has gone ahead and dreamt up a new cast for the flick with a little help from her fwends.

Cyrus shared the below snap to Instagram this week, switching out the faces of The Sanderson sisters with her own mug (as Winifred), Wayne Coyne (as Sarah) and her assistant, Cheyne Thomas (as Mary).

We’re not exactly sure what a Miley-fied “Hocus Pocus” would look like, but we’d definitely be down to hear Miley and Wayne cover Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You,” like Bette Midler does in the flick.

 

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Bette Midler To Appear On Live With Kelly and Michael November 7

News: Set Your DVR’s – Bette will be on Live With Kelly and Michael November 7, 2014

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