Blog Posts by Grace Stanisci

  • Exclusive: Would Hanson listen to Hanson?

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    This year marks Hanson's 21st anniversary as a band, and to celebrate their milestone, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac have created their own beer called Mmmhops, planned a world tour, and released their new album “Anthem.”

    We all know Hanson because of such ubiquitous tunes like 1997's “MMMBop” and “I Will Come To You,” along with 2000’s “This Time Around.” But as the Hanson brothers have gotten older, their music has also matured over the last decade and a half.

    So, would the Hanson of today listen to the Hanson of the late 1990s?

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  • Led Zeppelin guitar sells for over $41,000 at auction

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    We’ve seen celebrity collectables like Madonna’s cone bra, costumes worn by the Spice Girls, and John Lennon’s tooth all take their turn on the auction block.

    On July 3, a guitar once owned and played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page went up for sale during an entertainment memorabilia auction at Bonhams in London. The instrument fetched a whopping £26,250, which works out to around $41,300 in Canadian dollars.

    The instrument is a Martin D-28 Marquis 'Birthday Special 2007' acoustic guitar and, as NME reports, Page donated the item to be sold on behalf of his charity Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.

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  • Jay-Z taps Ontario teenager WondaGurl for ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’ album track

     

    Brampton, Ont.’s Ebony Oshunrinde is in the spotlight after earning a producing credit on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta... Holy Grail.” Now, it seems like the music world has opened their eyes (and ears) to the talents of WondaGurl after hearing the song, "Crown."

    “A lot more people want to work with me now,” Oshunrinde told the Toronto Star. “It’s pretty cool … It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it … Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from.”

    The 16-year-old artist created the stage name WondaGurl as a take off from Canadian producer Boi-1da's moniker (pronounced “Boy Wonder”), whom she met while competing at Battle of The Beat Makers.

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  • Rihanna covers No Doubt and Kings of Leon at karaoke

    While on her “Diamonds World Tour,” Rihanna stopped by a karaoke bar in Cologne, Germany -- and by the looks of things, she was having the time of her life performing tracks by No Doubt and Kings of Leon.

    “She had just ordered some drinks and fries for the table then just decided to get up and sing,” a witness told the Mirror. "It was nice to see her having a lot of fun and she was clearly enjoying herself on her time off."

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  • Baby girl born shortly after Rolling Stones concert at Glastonbury Festival

    Oh Baby.” The Rolling Stones played The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts for the first time on June 29 and after their set came to a close, a woman gave birth to a baby girl.

    Festivalgoer Heidi Wesson, 33, went into labour two weeks prematurely at the concert and delivered a daughter at 3 a.m. on June 30. Wesson named her daughter Ivy, after the site’s Ivy Mead Medical Centre where she gave birth.

    "Thanks to everyone for looking after us,” Wesson wrote on Facebook after the event, reports Metro. “We are over the moon and a little shattered ;-) xxx ps: sorry for interrupting your night off Nana bloody love you xxx.”

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  • Justin Bieber gives 200 concert tickets to Oklahoma tornado survivors

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    Prior to hitting the stage at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on July 2, Justin Bieber revealed that he had a surprise for his Oklahoma City Beliebers.

    On May 20, a deadly tornado devastated the city of Moore in Oklahoma. According to CBC News, the twister measured three kilometres wide and was the cause of destruction in more than 10,000 homes and killed 24 people, leaving 400 injured.

    Oklahoma’s News 9 reports that multiple elementary schools were also destroyed in May, one of which being Plaza Towers Elementary.

    Plaza Towers Elementary school student Kayle Edwards, who got to go to Bieber’s concert, told News 9, "I feel really happy. My house is half way gone, my room is the worst room in the house. I came [to the concert], it makes me feel a lot better."

    After its posting, the Canadian singer’s tweet gained a life of its own, earning almost 60,000 retweets and prompting messages of gratitude from fans eager to say thank you to the superstar for donating tickets to worthy cause.

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  • Five-year-old pianist Ryan Wang plays for a 101-year-old fan

    Dorothy Landry, a 101-year-old music fan, got the chance to hear five-year-old pianist Ryan Wang perform live, thanks to CBC Music. What transpired between the two during their meeting is truly heart-warming.

    “I don’t care for rock and roll and all that modern thing,” Landry says in the clip. “I guess he was about three maybe and that’s when I first met him. I’m looking forward to hearing him again. He’s a very special little person [and] I’d like to thank everyone for today. It’s been a wonderful experience … I feel very honoured.”

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  • Did Justin Bieber refuse to listen to “Selena music” during a photo shoot?

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    On June 28, TMZ obtained what was deemed a copy of Justin Bieber’s photo shoot list of demands. The list reportedly included items like a large pack of Swedish Fish, Ritz Bits Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Ritz Bitz Cheese Sandwiches -- oh, and a stipulation that there be “No Selena [Gomez] Music on set.”

    However, while we were left pondering if the Canadian singer is or is not a fan of “Come and Get It,” E! News confirmed through Bieber's reps on June 29 that the rider is indeed a fake. (Phew!)

    The 19-year-old pop artist is currently on his “Believe Tour.” When asked for comment on the subject of new music, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun told MTV News that the superstar’s next album will be delivered differently.

    "So we're hoping the witch hunt [is] gonna end when he really just speaks for himself in the music," he said. "And we're gonna do it in a way that's very, very unique, so when you see 'Heartbreaker,' know it's coming directly from him and don't think [of] the normal 'Oh, this is my single and this is going to be on the album' [rollout], realize there's gonna be a very unique way of how this music is going to be released unlike we've seen before from him."

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  • Jimmy Kimmel proves that Beliebers will let Justin Bieber get away with anything

    During the June 27 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” host Jimmy Kimmel presented a “Justin Bieber Concert” edition of “Lie Witness News,” which saw his correspondent pull the wool over multiple Beliebers' eyes.

    In the segment, the late night show host sent a camera crew to a Justin Bieber show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in order to ask fans about their opinions on fake stories about the pop star.

    “We want to see how blindly [Justin's] fans follow will him,” Kimmel said. “It turns out the answer is very, very blindly.”

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  • Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Justin Guarini is heading to Broadway!

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    Most of us remember Justin Guarini as the singer who lost to Kelly Clarkson during the first season of “American Idol” in 2002. You probably don't remember him for much else, as Guarini has mostly flown under the radar since his "Idol" stint.

    But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old artist will add "Shakespearean actor" to his resume. Guarini will appear on Broadway alongside thespians like Orlando Bloom in “Romeo and Juliet,” which opens on Sept. 19.

    Guarini will play Paris, the man betrothed to Juliet Capulet. You might remember that in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version of William Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo + Juliet,” Paul Rudd was featured in the role of Dave Paris.

    THR notes that this isn’t the first time Guarini has appeared on Broadway. Some of his previous roles include musicals like “American Idiot” and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

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