Is this the hardest karaoke song in the world?

Tourism organization Inspired by Iceland wants you to know how to pronounce common words in their notoriously-difficult language, and to guide you along, they’ve created this helpful little video, which may indeed be the hardest karaoke ever.

With a catchy tune and simple(!) lyrics, performer (and native comedian) Steindi Jr guides you through everyday Icelandic words and phrases during the sing-along song, set among the stunning landscapes that the beautiful island nation has to offer.

We’ve tried it, and can testify that the words are… challenging. Here’s some tourists tryharding on the tune:

And if you’re ready to take up the challenge yourself, here’s the full video:

 

Tom Petty was a key voice of my generation

I’m not young, but every time one of our icons passes, it serves to take me back in time to when the influence those icons bore on me were yet new, and simultaneously, bring me crashing back to the present.

When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first burst upon the scene, it was with “Breakdown”, a song that would indelibly etch his band’s style into the conciousness of the rock music world, and one he’d never surrender. As a freshman in high school, I was umbilically attached to our local AOR radio station, where Petty would follow up those inroads with “Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” with the magical Stevie Nicks. Like an indestructable tractor plodding through the corn fields of my youth, Petty’s music wore well-rutted paths in the dusty and impressionable roads of my youthful brain.

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KaraoQ Partners with DigiTrax Entertainment to Innovate the Karaoke Experience

Nashville-based music tech company, KaraoQ, signs deal with DigiTrax Entertainment to provide a better karaoke experience from your mobile device. This partnership integrates the mobile application experience with a legally sourced karaoke catalog: it’s social, mobile and all legal. Continue reading

Famous songwriter helps education startup get off the ground

Mark-Radice-PerformsThree-time Emmy nominee and Sesame Street songwriter Mark Radice performs at the SoKnox Studios Grand Opening on April 8, 2014. Photo courtesy Cathy Vangieri.

Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.

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Beyonce gorgeous in her latest selfie

Bey-RoseQueen “B” is at it again! All the gossip and rumors about Beyonce’s marriage, photoshopped pictures, and possible new pregnancy haven’t seemed to phase her one bit…. Over the weekend Beyonce posted a picture on her personal Instagram account with seemingly no makeup on her face and wearing nothing but a rose crown on her head! This is the second time this year that Beyonce has posted a “no makeup selfie”. Could she be responding to all the backlash she has been getting for her possibly photoshopping other pictures on Instagram? The reasons don’t seem to be quite clear!

However, Beyonce does look simply beautiful in her selfie with no makeup on. The pop star seems to still be at the top of her game at the age of 33!


What do you guys think? Does “Queen B” still have the same appeal as she did in 2003 when she released the single “Dangerously in Love” ? Beyonce released the single just a year after departing from the famous girl- group “Destiny’s Child”. The song propelled Beyonce into a solo star as it became a worldwide hit! Doing some karaoke to “Dangerously in Love” is SURE to turn up your Monday!

Tomi Robb conquers at Knox Wild Wing Voice Off

WW Voice Off 2014 Tomi PrepTomi Robb performs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” at Knoxville’s Wild Wings Café during the Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Robb would go on to win first place in the singing contest.

Twelve outstanding singers assembled for the final round of Knoxville Wild Wings Café‘s Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014, but only one could emerge victorious. By the narrowest of margins, R&B sensation Tomi Robb took home the honors, the $1,000 cash prize, and a recording session at SoKnox Studios sponsored by DigiTrax Entertainment worth $3,500.

It was not a walk in the park for Robb, who was pushed to her limits by the field of eleven other competitors, each of whom brought both their natural talent and their “A-game” to the packed house.

Joining Robb in the Top Five were first runner-up Emily Struble and second runner-up Renee Maggart, along with Dylan Snowden and Cameron Dickerson.

Judges and coaches for the competition, which began in February, included Larry Blair, Linda Meyers, Mike Snodgrass and Sarah Goodpaster. The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Justin Marsh and directed under the watchful eye of Tara Thomas, with the crucial sound engineering duties masterfully executed by Mike Sosville.

Karaoke Christmas Bundle Spotlight: Silver Bells

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As Christmas draws nearer we continue our series on the world’s most beloved Christmas songs. Today we look at another of the traditional Christmas favorites recently released on Karaoke Cloud, Silver Bells!

Considered by many to be one of the more melodically pleasing Christmas carols, the origins of Silver Bells are actually somewhat comedic. Composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song was originally titled “Tinkle Bells.” Yup, you read that right; “tinkle.” Thankfully, the title was changed quickly when composer Jay Livingston’s wife pointed out the fact that the word “tinkle” was a popular slang word used by kids to refer to…um, well, urinating.

Silver Bells was first preformed in 1950 by the iconic comedian Bob Hope, along with actress Marilyn Maxwell, in the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Before the movie’s release, however, the first studio recording of the song, performed by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards and released by Decca Records, became extremely popular. This prompted producers to call back Hope and Maxwell in order to re-shoot the Silver Bells scene, making it a more elaborate production.

Regardless of which version of the song you prefer there is no denying the fact that it has become ingrained in American pop culture as one of the Christmas season’s top songs. You can enjoy it for free with KaraokeOnVEVO and even record and share your own performance with friends using our new mobile app Sing-N-Share, also free!

Merry Christmas, friends!