Lauryn Hill made a rare US TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week to perform her classic hit Doo Wop (That Thing). Contrary to recent performances, the speeded-up rendition was fun-filled, energetic and focused. Now, what can we do about that Amy Winehouse?
Britney, Christina, Judy Garland, Kathy Griffin, Joan Cusack, Ellen and Owen Wilson. Comedian Miss Villasenor can do admirable voice impressions of them all.
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang along with Amy Adams and Jason Segel return to the big screen for the first time since 1999. If the various giddy parody trailers spoofing romcoms and The Green Lantern weren’t enough to whet your appetite, then the proper trailer will.
Original romcom style:
The Green Lantern parody:
- The other side of Groupon deals: one business owner’s story.
- The internet is coming!
- The Arty Bollocks Generator: For that one time when you need a waffle-filled artist statement.
- Richard Dreyfuss reads the iTunes user agreement.
- Some advice if you’re thinking of starting a crowdfunding campaign.
Every move that Apple makes in the digital sphere has implications on the digital entertainment world and last week’s announcement of the iCloud was no exception. As predicted, the company’s new cloud service stores the data that exists on various computers, smartphones and tablets to the virtual space so that that calendars, mail, contacts, photos, music and documents will be seamlessly updated on all your devices. Apple’s ubiquity and the fact that the iCloud is such an all-round data product means that it has already surpassed Amazon and Google’s cloud music services. It makes you think – where is Microsoft in all of this?
Apple’s iMatch feature is their answer to Google Music and Amazon Cloud Drive in terms of the management of music libraries. Firstly, iCloud means that any music you have bought from the iTunes Store in the past or future will automatically be available for your other devices: whether that’s a PC running Windows Vista (but not XP), a Macbook, an iPad or an iPhone.
Apple managed to secure what Google and Amazon could not: agreements with the major music labels. Most interestingly, for $24.99 a year (only available in the U.S for now), iMatch will scan your existing iTunes library for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes. It matches those songs with their equivalents in the iTunes Store and automatically adds the 256kbps iTunes version to your iCloud library. If no match is found, you can upload the song to the cloud yourself. The number of unmatched songs you can upload is limited to 25,000.
Reaction to iMatch was mixed. Many commentators seemed disappointed that the iCloud didn’t instantly revolutionise our entertainment habits. Apple are not offering a music streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify, rather they are offering fancy synchronisation of your existing music collection. While it’s true that with major label support and a catalogue of 18 million songs, iTunes would be the ultimate streaming service, that is not within the interests of Apple. Their modus operandi is to sell more of their iOS devices.
Birdy – Shelter
15 year old Jasmine Van den Bogaerde first came to attention with her cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love in the UK. This time around she turns The xx’s Shelter into a burning piano ballad.
Birdy – Shelter by OfficialBirdy
“She’s got the swag and it’s pumping out her ovaries.” Welcome to the new generation of hip-hop. 21 year-old female rapper Kreayshawn (pictured) has just signed a major label deal after her brilliant debut single Gucci Gucci hit over 2 million views on Youtube in under a month.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
A ridiculous name, some ridiculous head-dress and a guy called Orlando. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ new single Trouble sounds like a cross between a house-focused Hot Chip and Caribou. Catch him at Oxegen.
Active Child & How To Dress Well
Take one flame-haired former choirboy who’s interested in choral ’80s music and pair him up with a skewed alternative R&B producer and you get the unique collaboration Playing House which features on the former’s upcoming album.
Zooey Deschanel and friends have started her own “lady-friendly” entertainment website.
Wave At The Bus
One dad’s year-long task to embarrass his 16 year old son by dressing up in a different costume every morning as he leaves for school.
My Doodle Songs
Google’s interactive Les Paul guitar tribute now has its own site and instructions on how to play popular songs.
A supercut compilation of some of the most well-known internet video moments in recent times set to Bohemian Rhapsody.