The Legendary Bill Murray: Actor, Golfer, Karaoke Master

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Photo courtesy of complex.com

Whether it’s his PBR pants or outlandish fan stories no one will ever believe, Bill Murray and entertaining go hand in hand. We can now add karaoke extraordinaire to his resume! While in St. Augustine, FL for the annual Caddyshack Charity Golf Game, he carved out time to put on a 45-minute show at his own Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant Friday night.

Tambourine in hand, Bill belts out “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals. He took on other classics such as Van Morrison’s “Gloria” in the video below. His crowd pleasing performance is reminiscent of his Lost in Translation karaoke scene.


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Biceps, Triceps… Ear Drums? Combating hearing loss with exercise.

Exercise leads to better hearing

Exercise leads to better hearing

By now we all know the physical benefits of exercise; weight loss, increased energy, physical strength, stamina, heart health, etc. We also know that exercise elevates our mood and makes us feel good, although it doesn’t always seem that way while we’re doing it. But did you know that regular exercise can decrease the likelihood of hearing loss?

According to Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, audiologist and chairperson of the Audiology Awareness Campaign, exercise and proper nutrition are important in maintaining good hearing. In an article published by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Dr. Landau Goodman stated, “Just as a healthy body is fostered through proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hygienic practices, so is the ability to hear well.”

Some of the healthy practices that can help reduce the risk of hearing loss include maintaining a healthy weight, 20-30 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise five days per week, eating five servings of fruits/vegetables per day, eliminating smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, and reducing the loudness of music and other noise (obvious).

Another way to combat hearing loss is learning to play a musical instrument. According to the same article, “…people who regularly play musical instruments maintain their ability to better process and understand the sounds they hear in daily communication.”

Hearing loss is a major concern to music lovers and musicians. Whether you like to sing karaoke, play guitar, or just sit in a comfortable chair and listen to your favorite album, your quality of hearing can greatly affect your performance and/or level of enjoyment. So take care of yourself. Be good to your body and your body, including your ears, will be good to you.

Injunction Junction: Sony/ATV sues California-based karaoke distributer

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The war against illegally distributed karaoke continues

San Diego-based Bertrand Music Enterprises is the latest high-profile subject of a lawsuit in the continuing crackdown against illegally distributed karaoke tracks, according to an article published Wednesday (March 26) by the Nashville Business Journal.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and affiliates have filed the lawsuit through the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee claiming that Bertrand sold and distributed thousands of karaoke tracks without first obtaining a licensing agreement.

While no numerical specifics have been reported, we do know that Sony/ATV, which is co-owned by the estate of Michael Jackson, has filed for an injunction, an unspecified amount in damages and profit loss, and separate statutory damages.

Public records show that the New York-based Sony/ATV has filed several claims against karaoke distributors in recent years, all centered around copyright issues. Bertrand Music Enterprises has yet to comment on the case.

Guys, there’s only one way to insure you don’t face legal issues regarding your karaoke library and that’s to make sure you’re using only legally licensed material. Rest assured that DigiTrax Entertainment and Karaoke Cloud will never steer you in the wrong direction. We’re here for you!

Nick Cannon Goes Whiteface for “White People.”

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Nick Cannon is preparing to release his first studio album in 11 years. The title of said album, “White People Party Music,” has sparked some controversy, but not nearly as much as as his new promotional gimmick and recent tweets.

Cannon, most recently noted for his marriage to R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey, posted a picture of himself on Instagram done up in “whiteface,” dressed in stereotypical “caucasian” clothing, and with a caption which read “It’s official… I’m White!!!” This was then followed by the hashtags “#WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC… #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft ‘Bro I got drafted!!’”

The artist’s promotional stunt has set off some rather heated responses in the Twitterverse. One user posted “This is so f–king offensive. What if Britney spears made herself black and put a pic up that says ‘it’s official.. I’M BLACK.’” Others have chimed in stating that Cannon is perpetrating a racial double standard.

Cannon has also taken to his Twitter feed, in part to defend himself while, at the same time, feeding the flames. He recently tweeted, “Damn I didn’t know it was going to be this hard being White! … I’m exhausted with all this ‘privilege’ LOL #WhitePeopleProblems.”

“White People Party Music” is due out April 1st.

So what’s your take? Is this an innocent gimmick in order to promote his new album or has Cannon gone too far? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

20 Styles, 1 Song: Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” gets the ultimate cover treatment

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Katy Perry’s controversial “Dark Horse” gets an epic cover treatment

Almost everyone, in one way or another, performs covers of their favorite artists or songs, be it in a karaoke club, in the car on your way to work, or even in the shower when you think no one is listening. Anthony Vincent, however, takes cover tunes to all new heights!

The bearded/tatted/pierced Vincent (who reminds me, in no small way, of the character Peter Vincent from the remake of Fright Night) absolutely kills it by singing Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse.” But this is no mere cover, my friends. Vincent breaks it down into 20 10-second segments, each one a totally different style. From Rock to rap, to heavy metal and even opera, this brilliant montage has it all!

Okay, I have to admit that I geeked out in parts of this video. No, I’m not a Katy Perry fan. Sorry, it’s just not my kind of music. I am, however, a huge metal fan. Hearing Katy Perry in the style of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, and Slipknot put a smile on my face for which I am grateful no one was around to see. I also thought the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Sinatra pieces were particularly inspired.

After watching this video I immediately headed to Vincent’s YouTube channel (Ten Second Songs) in hopes of finding many more smile-inducing performances. Alas, the channel is new, but here’s hoping that this newcomer pumps out more videos faster than Justin Bieber can piss off a Miami cop.

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Miley’s “Baby Got Back” Karaoke: Oh, sweet irony!

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It’s certainly not unusual for pop stars to unwind by singing karaoke to their favorite hits from other artists, and that’s exactly how Miley Cyrus spent part of her St. Patrick’s Day in the Big Easy.

The controversial tongue-toting superstar took to the stage at the Cats Meow karaoke club in New Orleans on Monday to belt out some cover tunes, including a giggle-filled rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back.”

I don’t know about you, but I think this is pretty ironic. Why, you ask? If you’re familiar with the song, and I’m sure you are, then you’re also familiar with the song’s subject matter; big ol’ butts! Miley, I’m glad you’re out there kickin’ it with your friends and enjoying life and all, but we’ve all seen you twerk (kinda), and baby… back is one thing you ain’t got! Maybe she did too many side bends and sit ups. 🙂