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- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Wed, 31 Oct, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
How has Hurricane Sandy affected your favourite musician?
As a result of the devastating effects caused by the massive storm, musicians have reacted by sharing personal experiences, cancelling or postponing shows and sending out messages of love and support.
Taking to Twitter, New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg, who is in New York for production on his show "Blue Bloods", wrote, "My entire building is under a foot of water. Awesome neighbors all banding together to help each other! Stay safe!"
According to Billboard, artists such as John Legend, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def,) Ghostface Killah and Vancouver-born Grimes cancelled their respective Oct. 28 shows, while Bruce Springsteen moved his concert in Rochester, New York, from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31.
All the while, musicians have been sending their messages ofRead More »from Hurricane Sandy 2012: How musicians are coping with the disaster
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Tue, 30 Oct, 2012 1:45 PM EDT
Get ready to "Smile."
YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill can add Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber to his list of celebrity musical collaborations. The 17-year-old recently got the chance to duet with the pop star on his Billboard Hot 100 songs "As Long As You Love Me" and "Beauty and a Beat."
In the clip we see the Biebs showing off his abs and riding around on a Segway as the two lip-sync both tracks and look like they are having a great time singing and playing around.
Cahill, who according to his website has been "suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Mucopolysaccaridosis (MPS-6) since birth," shot to stardom when his cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" went viral in 2010 and today has almost 55 million views at press time.Read More »from Justin Bieber rocks out to his hits with Internet star Keenan Cahill
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Mon, 29 Oct, 2012 12:48 PM EDT
Billy Idol is joined on stage by Michael Henrichsen on Oct. 26 in Seattle. (Facebook)
After years of planning and hoping, Michael Henrichsen's ultimate birthday wish came true; to have Billy Idol sing at his 26th birthday party.
On Oct. 26 at Seattle's The Showbox SoDo, The Associated Press reports that Idol guitarist Steve Stevens played Happy Birthday and Idol himself called Henrichsen on stage for a rendition of the song.
Henrichsen's '80s cover band Nite Wave also got the chance to open for the English rock star.
"Michael's had quite a long campaign to get this to happen," Idol said. "About two or three years I think he's been putting together celebrity musicians, sport figures [and] YouTube films that he put together, exhorting me to play here in Seattle for his birthday. At first I thought he was just another fan, but then I started to find out about the 'Billy Idol Aid's 1, 2, 3 and 4' [charity concert events] where he got together $13,000 for charity, that's quite good for a band like that. "Read More »from Billy Idol plays for super fan Michael Henrichsen’s birthday
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Fri, 26 Oct, 2012 3:02 PM EDTBruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift backstage at her 'Speak Now' tour in 2011. (Taylor Swift/Instagram)
During her appearance on the Oct. 25th episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," singer/songwriter Taylor Swift recounted the story of when the one and only Bruce Springsteen surprised her during her concert in Raleigh, N.C., back in 2011.
According to Swift, The Boss came to the "Speak Now World Tour" show with his daughter, and in addition to meeting the 22-year-old "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker, Springsteen also signed and played a special song on her guitar.
"We heard that day that Bruce Springsteen [was] going to come to [the] show and I was immediately panic stricken," Swift told DeGeneres. "[I thought,] 'He's going to watch my show? That's going to happen? That's a thing that's happening?' And so they came back for a meet and greet backstage before [the show] and I brought this little writing guitar that I always write songs with and I asked him to sign it. Not only did he sign it, but he played it."Read More »from Bruce Springsteen surprises Taylor Swift at her own show
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Fri, 26 Oct, 2012 1:26 PM EDT
These kids sure can rock with the best of them!
Posted on Oct. 23, a video featuring two Irish boys with stellar voices singing Rihanna's "We Found Love" has gone viral with almost 360,000 views. The clip simply features the two boys with an acoustic guitar and the addition of new rap verse to the song.
According to YouTube user djminiedwards, the video's guitarist/rapper is a 16-year-old artist named Harrison Dodo (a.k.a. 'Harribo',). On Dodo's Facebook page, he reveals that he and the singer, Rob Scanlon, are part of a new band called Fresh Era.Read More »from Two young Irish musicians go viral with cover of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Thu, 25 Oct, 2012 3:15 PM EDT
Applying for all jobs should be this fun!
Although her first attempt at a video résumé failed to get Ellen DeGeneres' attention, Washington State University graduate Erica Norris landed herself a job on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after sending in her second special résumé via an over-sized box covered in bar codes.Read More »from Erica Norris gets hired on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show after rapping her résumé
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Thu, 25 Oct, 2012 1:08 PM EDTMarc Piasecki/FilmMagic
Showing her love and support for her new fiancé and the frontman of Canadian rock band Nickelback, pop/punk princess Lavigne has covered the Kroeger-penned hit "How You Remind Me" for a new anime movie due out in 2013.Read More »from Avril Lavigne shows support for fiancé Chad Kroeger by covering Nickelback song for new movie
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Wed, 24 Oct, 2012 2:54 PM EDT
You may already be aware of Cdza -- also known as Collective Cadenza, the group that creates music video experiments that usually go viral. They already have more than 4.8 million YouTube channel views and counting, and they've presented such gems as the "History of Whistling" and the "History of Wooing Women."
This time around, the collective has enlisted the help of youngsters Alyssa Lower and Aiden Medina for a new video that aims to help answer the burning question, "how do you get kids to listen to classical music?"
By pairing famous composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven with today's popular artists like LMFAO and Adele, Cdza seems to have found the answer.
Lower and Medina sing lyrics from Justin Bieber's "Baby" over top of Joseph Haydn's "Surprise Symphony," and they spout Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" lyrics along with Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Overture," andRead More »from ‘How to Get Kids Into Classical Music’ pairs classical tunes with today’s pop hits
- Grace Stanisci | Up Beat – Wed, 24 Oct, 2012 1:22 PM EDT
In July, Canadian YouTube singing sensations Lennon Stella, 13, and Maisy Stella, 8, announced on Twitter that they would be joining the cast of ABC's new musical drama "Nashville" this fall.
Together, they play Maddie and Daphne Jaymes, the daughters of show lead Rayna Jaymes, portayed by "Friday Night Lights" alum Connie Britton. And on Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Stella Sisters will make their singing debut on the new show.Read More »from Lennon and Maisy Stella, Ontario singing YouTube stars, to perform on ABC’s ‘Nashville’