Before Justin Bieber was the Justin Bieber, he was just kidrauhl, a boy singing to his computer from home. Before Greyson Chance was Ellen’s personal popstar, he was just greyson97. Indeed, more aspiring young musicians are turning to YouTube these days in order to find audiences for their music. After all, why should you play cheesy covers at your high school’s unattended open mic night when you could play cheesy covers to an online audience that will actually listen? Millions of people use YouTube every day, and many users (including yours truly) have found the website to be a treasure trove of great independent musicians. Though some of these singers possess gargantuan online fanbases, they often don’t get the media recognition that smaller, studio-supported artists might receive. Let’s change that! After the jump, check out five singer-songwriters who have made their mark on the web in the last year. READ FULL STORY
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Will and Jada’s child empire continues to rise with the release of the video—leaked early today, then continually pulled until its official debut on 106 & Park tonight—for young Willow’s breakout single, “Whip My Hair.” And whip it she does, like Corey Glover minus the agit-rock politics and the scuba shortie suit.
I confess I was inclined at first to dismiss her quick rise as the worst kind of showbiz nepotism, and the pop stage as an entirely inappropriate and overly sexualized place for one so young. (Exception!) But this clip is about to put a boom in the chiropracting industry (with possible ancillary benefits for housepaint), because girl can snap it: READ FULL STORY
Teen sensation Greyson Chance is busy recording his debut album for a planned fall release on Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven label, but in the meantime he’s keeping his fans happy with another of the piano covers that made him famous.
Chance, 13, just uploaded his version of Augustana‘s “Fire” to his YouTube channel. It’s nothing flashy — just Chance sitting at the piano in his L.A. apartment, playing and singing his heart out. Click through to the jump to check it out.
How do you like Greyson Chance’s take on “Fire”? Who’s looking forward to his album? Let us know in the comments! READ FULL STORY
In the meantime, the Tufts alumni have collaborated with Boston-based fine artist Jon Sarkin on both Easy‘s cover and the video for its first single, “Do You Love Me.”
See the whimsical results—and the band in their long-john underoos—after the jump: READ FULL STORY
So, this one time, at band camp, Ke$ha was still just young Kesha Sebert—a Tennessee teen who brushed her teeth with ordinary non-alcoholic toothpaste and needed no shift key to type her name.
Clearly, though, she was already rehearsing for a life of destroyed denim and general Tik-Tokery way back in 2001 as a freshman at Franklin High School Band Camp. Watch it after the jump: READ FULL STORY
The Key of Awesome parodies Eminem and Rihanna's 'Love the Way You Lie' grade-school style: Watch here
Oh, those crazy Key of Awesome kids! The folks who brought you that “Telephone” parody and that other Ke$ha/Bieber/Gaga parody and a bunch of other such YouTube shenanigans have now turned their sights on Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.”
In their hands, the somber domestic-violence lesson becomes a cutesy story about two elementary schoolers. “You stole my heart and you stole my bike,” sings a Rihanna impersonator, “But that’s all right, because I love the way you like.” See what they did there?
Click through to the jump to see the Key of Awesome’s “Love the Way You Lie” parody video. Funny? Lame? You tell us. READ FULL STORY
T.I. paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel‘s late-night show yesterday to promote his latest movie, Takers. Before bringing T.I. out Kimmel spoke about how busy the artist is–noting that he’s also got an album on the way. And he added that, “He has a new TV show premiering this fall on CBS, I think. It’s a remake of an old show. But with a younger, hipper, more urban twist. Check it out.”Atlanta rapper
Then came the classic theme song and intro to classic 80’s action drama Magnum, P.I. In a Hawaiian tee shirt, T.I. played Tom Selleck’s role as private investigator Thomas Magnum–mustache and all. For someone who’s known to be too cool for such a skit, T.I. provides some side-splitting humor here. Give it a look after the jump.
Michael Jackson and Nirvana come together in the YouTube mashup of the day: 'Smells like Rockin' Robin'
Here we are now, YouTube, entertain us! I was browsing my Twitter feed this morning when I stumbled upon this gem: Go Home Productions posted a mix of two fantastic (understatement) artists who might be gone, but will not be forgotten any time soon: Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a then-13-year-old Michael Jackson’s “Rockin’ Robin.”
And now, thanks to the wonder of technology, we can enjoy BOTH songs at the same time. Color me excited. Watch the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Levi Johnston is going to appear in a music video. Yes, that Levi Johnston — the former hockey player best known for knocking up Bristol Palin, having trouble staying engaged to her the first time around, spending the past year picking fights with the Palins at large, then magically re-convincing Bristol to marry him, which just proves that love is a magical force we should never, ever fight, because we will lose, or something. Anyway, according to Johnston’s attorney, Levi is looking forward to doing the video. “It will give him an opportunity to act a little bit in front of a camera,” says the attorney. “He’s done a commercial before, but something like this is a little more involved.”According to the AP,
Johnston will be challenging his acting chops as accompaniment to a song called “After Love,” a lukewarm slice of R&B cheesesteak from Brittani Senser, who is the daughter of a former NFL football player. The AP also caught a glimpse of the video treatment: “The couple share tender moments before they are driven apart by the young woman’s mother. Unaware that her mom’s interference forced her boyfriend to go, she ‘throws herself into her mother’s arms. She tells her mother that she was wrong about Levi.'”
I’ve gone ahead and embedded a live clip of Ms. Senser performing “After Love” after the jump. I invite you to spend as much time as you’d like envisioning her sharing tender moments with Levi (pictured above), and then being driven apart by a mother figure. Possibly one toting a shotgun. And bearing a faint resemblance to Tina Fey. READ FULL STORY
NBD, dudes.Standing in front of the leader of the free world and perhaps the greatest living pop icon in the world, performing one of said icon’s own songs?
It’s been a long road for Mr. Jack White from Hotel Yorba to the White House, but the White Stripes frontman/Raconteur/Dead Weather-er/hair artiste keeps his wits about him—while seeming appropriately subdued—in a performance of the 1968 Lennon/MccCartney ballad “Mother Nature’s Son,” from the upcoming Paul McCartney Gershwin Prize special, set to air on PBS July 28.
The show will feature Paul himself, as well as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock and … the Jonas Brothers. (Malia and Sasha, your vote has been counted).
See White’s solo acoustic performance—to a head-nodding, toe-tapping ‘Bama and Macca—below:
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