Lorde

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Lorde is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand. She made a big splash with her album Pure Heroine and breakout song “Royals” in 2o13. She is one of the youngest artists to have a number 1 song in the US at age of 16.

She is 20 now and has released a few songs off hew upcoming album, Melodrama.

Her performances on Saturday Night Live recently caught my attention. There is something quite unique and connected about her performances. And she is 20!

Some artists come along and are clearly meant to do what they do.

Take a look and listen.

Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

Richard Simmons Portrait Session

LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/

 

 

Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

Full disclosure, Susan Blackwell is a friend of mine.

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So what, would you say, came before James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke? Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, perhaps?

The premise is straightforward: Susan interviews Broadway Stars in comfortable, unique settings while engaging in a specific activity, different each episode.

But now, the successful series and features, produced by Broadway.com have racked up over 60 episodes.And Broadway stars such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Kelli O’Hara, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto, and more have taken part.

It is an example of a good host who helps showcase the artists in a great, natural, and flattering light. It feels like you are sitting around listening to friends talk.

And it’s funny.

Check it out, especially if you love theatre.

Here are a few highlight episodes:

http://www.broadway.com/videos/series/side-by-side-by-susan-blackwell/

http://www.susanblackwell.com/

 

 

Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show – Bruno Mars & Beyonce

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Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: NFL

30FB8CC400000578-3436610-The_superstar_had_been_expected_to_deliver_a_political_statement-a-87_1454901654195 Technically, it was Coldplay’s Halftime Show for Super Bowl 50. But unofficially, Bruno Mars and Beyonce stole the show. Enough so that there is a youtube clip of just their portion of the performance.

It’s nothing against Coldplay. They have some great music. But when it came to deliver a performance that felt fresh, clever, playful, and alive, Bruno Mars and Beyonce succeeded.

The guys vs. girls, black/gold costumes to black/gold costumes, mash up to mash up was something to remember.

 

Justin Bieber – Sorry and Adele – Hello

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This Fall there are 2 singles that have been released by 2 major artists: Justin Beiber and Adele.

Justin Bieber has just released “Sorry” and Adele has just released “Hello”. Both artists are at the top of their game. Justin’s and Adele’s video came out on the same day, October 22nd, 2015. As of the writing of this blog Justin’s video already has 40 million views, and Adele’s video has over 115 million views.

Incredible times for artists who can reach so many people in such a short amount of time. The rules of music have changed so dramatically. And we are lucky enough to get to witness it and enjoy it.

And they are fortunate as artists to have such amazing exposure to their work.

Both songs are wildly different and share a similar quality, they are hits.

Thought it would be interesting to mash these 2 artists together. At least for this blog.

Enjoy Sorry and Hello.

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