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

Retro microphone on stage

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.

Britney Spears Minus Auto-Tune = Oh… Oh My.

(Photo: courtesy of businessinsider.com)

(Photo: courtesy of businessinsider.com)

Pop-music has changed drastically over the last decade or so. Sometimes it sees as though talent is no longer a requirement to become a superstar, and often even those who do possess talent still rely on technology to make their music sound unique. So what happens when an unedited version of a song which was meant to be tweaked with Auto-Tune leaks? Unfortunately, you’re about to find out.

On July 2, an un-edited version of Britney Spears‘ hit song “Alien” was leaked to the public… and it ain’t pretty. Warning: what you are about to hear may not be suitable for human consumption.

Spears’ track producer William Orbit claims that the, um… “performance” was part of a warm-up set and was never intended as a final take. “I’d like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up,” Orbit wrote in a statement picked up by the Huffington Post. “Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.”

So what’s your take on this? Is this simply a leaked warm-up routine or was Spears just phoning it in and depending on Auto-Tune to make things sound legit?

 

 

Hell Of A Day On The “Highway To Hell!” AC/DC’s Brian Johnson receives honorary degree, announces new album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson  (Photo: courtesy of www.mirror.co.uk)

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson (Photo: courtesy of http://www.mirror.co.uk)

They say that good things happen to good people. Well, Brian Johnson is good people and Karma has officially recognized this fact.

The AC/DC frontman has kept his promise to fans that the hard-rocking group would continue making music, even with founding member Malcolm Young sidelined due to health issues. According to a recent Music Feeds article, the Aussie rocker has stated that the band’s new album isn’t merely in progress; it’s finished! Johnson’s karmic reward? An honorary doctorate from the University of Northumbria.

The university’s website states that, “The recipients of honorary degrees are nominated by the University’s staff for their achievements, their links to the University – and for their sheer inspirational qualities.” Johnson was selected as one of this year’s recipients and is due to receive the honor today (July 9th).

While the title of the new album is yet unknown (though “Man Down” was a possibility as an homage to Malcolm Young’s continuing health issues), we do know, according to Blabbermouth.net, that it’s due out later this year.

Taylor Swift Sounds Off: “Music Is Art, and Art Should Be Paid For.”

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

It’s not exactly rare for famous people to let their opinions be known. From full-blown interviews to short quips on their Facebook or Twitter accounts, Hollywood and music industry superstars don’t typically hide their feelings on politics or anything else they feel passionate about. It is, however, rare for one of the pop-culture elite to actually write an entire op-ed for a nationwide newspaper.

Well, that’s exactly what Taylor Swift has done. The beautiful and talented singer/songwriter has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she gives her optimistic two cents about the future of the music industry.

“In recent years, you’ve probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal,” she wrote. “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.”

While many artists are scathing in their remarks when it comes to revealing their personal opinions about their own industries, Swift remains typically upbeat, refusing to tarnish her famously sunny disposition. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” she wrote. “Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

While celebrity has always been a popularity contest (that’s kinda how you get to become a celebrity in the first place), Taylor took some time to address the rising trend of social media-based popularity within the entertainment industry. “A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers,” she said. “I see this becoming a trend in the music industry.”

This is more than just a valid point. In a society where people can now become famous for simply being famous, sheer talent and ability are no longer enough to either grant or prolong success. Social media has changed everything and it appears that there is no going back.

To see what else Taylor had to say, click on this link to read the full Wall Street Journal article.

Melancholy Monday: Good times and good friends

The Damn Yankees rang in the decade that defined my youth (Photo: courtesy of metrotimes.com)

The Damn Yankees rang in the decade that defined my youth (Photo: courtesy of metrotimes.com)

I hope you all had a great time this Independence Day! I know I did. Maybe a bit too good, actually. I paid for all the food I ate and, uh… beverages I drank the next morning. Not feeling so great, I decided to stay home Saturday and just rest. Sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about the previous night’s festivities, I couldn’t help but feel a little melancholy about other good times I’d had and the music which defined them.

For example, back in the early ’80s I remember tagging along with my older cousin, her boyfriend, and their friends. We’d go to the arcade (those long forgotten places where kids used to go to play video games before there was such a thing as Xbox), the water park, or the movies, and no matter where we went the entire trip there would be filled with music from her favorite band, The Police.

When I got a little older and was able to talk my parents into letting me hangout with friends without my cousin around, I remember that no matter where we were, be it the mall, the arcade, or at a friend’s house watching MTV (believe it or not, they actually used to play music on that channel), you couldn’t seem to go more than an hour without hearing either something from Madonna, Duran Duran, or this classic from a-ha with the most impossible high-note of the decade…

Then, only a few years later, came a song that, for me, defined a decade; my decade. Puberty, girls, parties, and high school; the 90’s had arrived! In the late 80s, hair bands such as Poison, Motley Crue, and Def Leppard dominated the music scene, and though it wouldn’t be long before a couple Seattle-based bands would take music in a completely different (and awesome!) direction, 1990 produced one more iconic power ballad. A song that also just happened to be playing in the background at a party during my first, um… meaningful “romantic encounter.” Thank you, Damn Yankees!

Though the rest of my teenage years would still be full of good times and great friends, there was also angst, confusion, and even anger. Nothing new, of course, but it was new to me and the 90s gave my generation the perfect opportunity to express those feelings of disenfranchisement through music… and combat boots. Enter, “grunge,” and one of my favorite bands of all time, Nirvana! High school dances became flannel-clad moshpits and we never had a better time being pissed off.

So what songs and music genres define your younger days? Which artists and tunes bring back memories of old friends and good times? Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and download the free Sing-N-Share app for your smartphone or tablet if you haven’t already! It’s a free, easy way to relive those music-filled good old days.

Happy Independence Day From Karaoke Cloud!

Photo: courtesy of wallope.com

Photo: courtesy of wallope.com

As we Americans prepare for a 3-day weekend of grilling hamburgers, drinking beer, and participating in admittedly poorly thought out experiments involving fireworks and other explosives (many of which will undoubtedly end up on Youtube), we here at Karaoke Cloud/DigiTrax Entertainment want to take the time to wish you, our faithful readers, a very happy Independence Day!

And here to kick off the festivities, we “proudly” present stupid people doing what stupid people do best. You’re welcome! 🙂

WARNING: Language NSFW

On a more serious note, we very much hope that you will take time out this weekend to remember exactly what it is we’re celebrating. We live in a country which has many faults. Several of our leaders, whom we voted into power, have done significant damage to our civil liberties, our education system continues to decline as our children rank lower and lower among other nations in math, science, and literacy, and more Americans can name the cast members of Duck Dynasty than can name their own congressman. We have a lot of problems which need fixing, yet to this day we remain free. And that freedom not only comes with a price, it comes with a responsibility; a responsibility which all Americans must bear. That responsibility is to never take our freedom for granted, lest we lose it entirely!

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Oh, Baby! Study shows music turns toddlers into “team players.”

Study shows bouncing to the beat may induce cooperative behavior in toddlers

Study shows bouncing to the beat may induce cooperative behavior in babies and toddlers

Alright, parents. We’ve all been there. It’s one of those days and you’ve been anticipating the meltdown all afternoon. Sure enough, be it bath time or bed time… critical mass! Now the rest of your evening is filled with pleading and begging the gods for quiet and, quite possibly, your sanity. Fear not! For music may be your salvation!

I’ve posted several times about how music affects the human brain in many different ways. Now, developmental researchers are claiming that bouncing your baby to the beat of your favorite song may significantly increase the infant’s desire/ability to cooperate.

Anyone who’s seen this episode of Friends knows that music makes babies happy…

… but cooperative? According to an article in the New York Times, researchers worked with 48 toddlers and gently bounced them to the beat of The Beatles‘ “Twist And Shout.” Some were bounced on beat and others off beat. The researchers found that the toddlers who were bounced on beat were more willing to “help out” with things like picking up an “accidentally” dropped object than those who were being bounced off beat. So it isn’t just music that’s important, but rhythm, also.

So dance with your babies, parents (though, “Baby Got Back” may not be the most appropriate choice of songs). Laugh with them, sing with them, and let the rhythm move you both. It makes the child happy and could make your life just a little bit easier. You’re welcome! 🙂