Eddie Vedder Performs “Imagine” Live, Maintains Pacifist Beliefs.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder showcases anti-war sentiment with live performance of John Lennon's classic "Believe." (Photo: courtesy of MTV.com)

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder showcases anti-war sentiment with live performance of John Lennon’s classic “Imagine.” (Photo: courtesy of MTV.com)

Anyone who pays attention to news casts or happens to have picked up a recent newspaper knows that conflict and violence are, as usual, at the top of today’s headlines. The Israeli-Hamas conflict continues in Gaza, Iranian nuclear talks continue to stall, and world leaders are voicing strong condemnation of Russian president Vladimir Putin over the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy.

In the face of these violent times, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder decided to showcase his pacifist views with a live concert performance of John Lennon’s classic call for peace, “Imagine.”

Vedder has long been an anti-war activist, but he has recently taken flack for his pacifist stance, even from Israeli media sources implying that his anti-war statements are actually anti-Israeli. Vedder addressed these allegations on his website. “The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war,” he wrote. “War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.”

Vedder also took the opportunity to confront these accusations live as he spoke to the audience at his solo show in Meco, Portugal, on July 18. In his introduction to “Imagine” he stated, “If you’re anti-war it doesn’t mean you are ‘pro’ one side or the other in a conflict. However, it does make you ‘pro’ many things…Pro-peace, pro-human, pro-evolution, [it] makes you pro-communication, pro-diplomacy, pro-love, pro-understanding, pro-forgiveness.”

Here at DigitTrax/Karaoke Cloud, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are facing the horrors of war and with the families of those lost in the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Peace be with you…

Here Are The 2014 VMA Nominees! And, of course, Beyonce leads the pack.

Check out the list of nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

Check out the list of nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

A lot of questions will be answered in August at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. How many Moonmen will Beyoncé win? Who will be the next superstar to get all butthurt? Will Jay Z and Solange square off for another elevator kickboxing match afterwards? We’ll find out on August 24 at 9 p.m. (EST) as the ceremony airs live from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

In the meantime, we get to take a look at the list of nominees more than a month ahead of time. Beyoncé leads the way (not unexpectedly) with a whopping eight nominations, including video of the year for her collaboration with husband Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.” Close behind her are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nods each.

Pharrell Williams is also sitting pretty with multiple nominations for his phenomenally popular song “Happy.” He’ll have some stiff competition in the video of the year category, however, going up against juggernauts such as Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball“), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy“), Sia (“Chandelier“), and the aforementioned Beyoncé (“Drunk In Love”).

Pharrell is also up for the best male video award, going head-to-head not only with the likes of Eminem and John Legend, but also with… himself! Both “Happy” and “Sing,” his video collaboration with Ed Sheeran, are nominated in the category so it’s entirely possible that Williams could both win and lose at the same time. Something tells me he wouldn’t be too crushed, though.

Click this link to see the full list of this year’s VMA nominees, including the categories only the nominees themselves care about. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share your picks for this year’s big winners!

Will Drake’s Butthurt Ever End? The rapper disses Macklemore at the ESPY Awards

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Feuds in the music industry are certainly nothing new. Eminem and his mom, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster, Jay Z and Solange… all of these extremely public disputes have one thing in common; they usually stem from some deep seeded personal or professional issue. Drake‘s recent issues with Grammy winner Macklemore, however, seem to be rooted in nothing more than jealousy and an inability to just let things go.

He further proved this assumption by taking yet another shot at his perceived foe while hosting last night’s ESPY Awards on ESPN. As he performed an original (and admittedly entertaining) song titled “Honorable Mentions/Side Pieces,” Drake had a picture of Macklemore holding his newly won Grammys posted on the screen behind him as he belted out the lyrics “Real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” Classy.

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

Apparently, Drake still feels slighted after losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 2014 Annual Grammy Awards, at which the pair dominated the rap category by picking up awards for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. After the awards, Drake did an interview with Rolling Stone in which he stated that he felt “robbed” by the duo and slighted personally because he didn’t get a text from Macklemore like Kendrick Lamar did. Really, dude?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that “real talent” doesn’t need validation from other artists or awards organizations. Nor do “real artists” feel the need to belittle or begrudge others for their success. And here’s the thing; Drake is talented! Very talented. So why waste so much energy on such a pointless grudge? I guarantee Macklemore isn’t losing any sleep over it. Just my opinion.

 

 

Epicly Misheard Song Lyrics Make For A Great Mid-Week Laugh

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One of the best things about karaoke is the fact that it’s pretty hard to get the lyrics wrong. After all, we put them right in front of your face so unless you have eyesight or alcohol problems, mishearing and singing the wrong lyrics shouldn’t be much of a problem. The same, however, can’t necessarily be said of your personal mobile concerts as you jam along to the tunes blaring from your car radio.

We’ve all done it, replaced unclear lyrics in our favorite songs with words that at least sound relatively similar to the artist’s seemingly garbled enunciation. Remember this classic scene from Friends?

Buzzfeed has released a compilation of comical vine videos highlighting seventeen songs with commonly misheard/misquoted lyrics. Some of them are pretty ingenious, such as this little jewel…

Check out the full list here and enjoy. Hopefully this will help your hump-day speed by just a little bit faster. Also, be sure to download Sing-N-Share if you haven’t already. It’s free, it’s fun, and you won’t have to worry about flubbing up the lyrics. :-)

Weird Al + “Happy” = AWESOME! The Weird One releases newest parody with lots of celebrity cameos

Weird Al Yankovic dropped his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, today along with a new cameo-laden video for his new single, "Tacky." (Photo: courtesy of rcarecordspress.com)

Weird Al Yankovic dropped his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, today along with a new cameo-laden video for his new single, “Tacky.” (Photo: courtesy of rcarecordspress.com)

The Weird One is back and he hasn’t lost a step! Weird Al Yankovic shows that he is still the reigning king of music parody with the release of his newest album, Mandatory Fun, which hit stores and iTunes today.

But that’s not all! In a double whammy, Weird Al also chose today to premier the video for his newest single, a brilliant parody of the hit Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” packed full of hilarious cameos from Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet. Check out the appropriately titled “Tacky” at the link below.

http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/

Mandatory Fun is Yankovic’s 14th studio album and includes parodies of other massive hits such as Lorde’s “Royals,” Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Throughout his storied career, Al has parodied some of the biggest superstars in the history of the music industry including Madonna (“Like A Surgeon“), Nirvana (“Smells Like Nirvana“), and, of course, Michael Jackson (“Fat“). He’s even given us a taste of his own special blend of Christmas magic.

This album marks the end of Yankovic’s contract with RCA, but according to The New York Post Al has no plans on calling it quits. Instead, he’s looking forward to a future of new projects and self-released material. Long live the Sultan of Spoof!

Fact-Check Rap Memes: Starting your week off with a laugh!

Big Sean isn't the only one laughing at Kanye (Photo; courtesy of entertainmentwise.com)

Big Sean isn’t the only one laughing at Kanye (Photo; courtesy of entertainmentwise.com)

Happy Monday, my friends! The news is full of depressing stuff right now (always), from escalating turmoil in the Middle East to rioting in Buenos Aires following Argentina’s loss in the World Cup. so I thought we’d skip all that and kick your week off with a few laughs.

We all love memes. I mean, what better way to get your point across on the internet than by posting a picture you didn’t take with a sarcastic comment you didn’t write? Still, they’re always good for a laugh, so I thought we’d take a look at a few rap music fact-check memes by Emmanuel Hudson. This is what you get when you actually pay attention to the lyrics in your favorite songs. They’re funny ’cause they’re true. :-)

1. Ahh… terms of endearment and deep thoughts by Akon.emmanuel-hudson-fact-checking-rap-lyrics-052. Pit Bull = Ultimate Movie Trivia Champion!

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3. I bet you didn’t know that Kanye had originally planned to be a history professor: “I keep it 300 like the Romans…”

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4. Apparently at some point in his life Jay-Z was forced to choose between mic skills and basic scientific knowledge: “Thirty-eight revolve like the sun ’round the Earth.”

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5. Lil Wayne – ’cause when you’re rich, who needs an edukashun? “Weezy F baby & the F is for Phenomenal…”

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Garth Brooks Returns and Brings “Real” Country Back With Him

Garth Brooks' comeback in the works includes a new album to be released in November, 2014 (Photo: courtesy of wynnlasvegas.com)

Garth Brooks’ highly anticipated comeback includes a new album due for release in November, 2014 (Photo: courtesy of wynnlasvegas.com)

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson isn’t the only one making headlines with announcements of fresh new tunes. Rollingstone is reporting that country music superstar and double-Grammy Award winner Garth Brooks is ready to make his long-awaited comeback, including a brand new album and a world tour.

The laid-back ’90s icon made the energetic announcement at a lengthy press conference Thursday morning (7/10) in Nashville. Though specific details of his return were kept purposely vague, Brooks did offer a glimpse or two into his current mindset and the direction in which he plans to take this new journey. And what is that direction? One purposefully opposite from today’s “bro country” and “hick hop.”

While he did offer some praise for contemporary country music, Brooks made it clear that he has no plans to copy the pop-like feel that many of today’s biggest stars have attempted to generate. Instead, all indication are that his new album will pick right back up where he left off. “If you had to put it in a box for me, [it'd be] ‘Garth Music,’” he told reporters in an effort to describe his new work. He then punctuated his point by stating, “You’re damn straight we’ll do cowboy songs on this album.”

Garth apparently isn’t going to be satisfied, however, with simply giving fans more of the same old, same old. Based on statements made at the press conference, he plans to outdo himself, both in the studio and in his live performances. Brooks teased that at least one new song he’s working on may surpass one of his biggest hits. “This [album] holds a song on it that might take the place of ‘The Dance’ for me.” He went on to say that he also plans to wow audiences who attend the concerts. “For those who show up,” he said, “I hope we give you a show that makes you forget the ones that were in the Nineties.”

That’s a hell of a standard to live up to. In the 1990s, Brooks was famous for putting on raucous shows, always giving fans more than their money’s worth. Here’s hoping that this comeback is everything that Garth Brooks fans have been hoping for… and that he leaves Chris Gaines at home.