“Like A Prayer” Gets 40’s Flare: Postmodern Jukebox’s take on Madonna

Postmodern Jukebox takes pop music into alternate realities (photo: huffingtonpost.com)

Postmodern Jukebox takes pop music into alternate realities (photo: huffingtonpost.com)

I’m a huge fan of alternate reality tales. Some of my favorite movies, books, and TV episodes of all time are those based on time travel and “what if” scenarios. It should be no wonder, then, that I find myself infatuated with Postmodern Jukebox, and not just because of the ravishingly beautiful Robyn Adele Anderson.

This unique and extremely talented band specializes in giving us “An Alternate History of Pop Music,” and they pull it off with style and pizazz. While they usually center their performances around the most popular songs of the day, this time around they add their distinctive flavor to Madonna‘s 1989 hit “Like A Prayer.” Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1940’s!

Give your favorite songs your own personal flare with Sing-N-Share, available for all Android and Apple smart devices.

Partners In Rhyme: Jay Z and Kanye kickstart Samsung’s concert series at SXSW

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Kanye and Jay Z kick off Samsung’s concert series at SXSW/photo courtesy itsbizkit.com

The dynamic duo of Kanye West and Jay Z gave a Texas-sized performance last night/early this morning, helping to kick off the music portion of this year’s SXSW conference in Austin. The concert was the first in Samsung‘s series of performances and filled the 4,600-seat Austin Music Hall.

According to the AP’s Chris Talbott, fans were lined up hundreds of yards around the block waiting to get in. Of the ones lucky enough to gain entry, many were admitted free of charge! How? Simply by showing their Samsung device complete with Samsung’s new Milk Music streaming service. Nice!

The hugely successful show also succeeded in stealing some of Apple‘s thunder as it was scheduled at the same time as the iTunes Festival hip-hop night (taking place just down the road at the ACL Moody Theater) featuring Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q.

Some speculate that it was a purposeful dig given the fact that Kanye had recently voiced some scathing remarks directed toward Apple CEO Tim Cook. During a concert in New Jersey, Kanye took a moment to state, “Stop trying to get performers to play your festival for free! You are rich as (expletive).” Coincidence? Not likely. 🙂

Check out songs featuring Jay Z, Kanye West, and many other hip-hop icons with KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share.

L.A. Goes Country: New art exhibit honors country music icons

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When you think about Los Angeles, what images usually come to mind? Movie stars? Liberal politics? Rap music? If you were to take a poll my guess would be that country music wouldn’t exactly top the list. “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” a new photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography may take strides in changing that.

Running from May 31 through September 28, the new exhibit will feature photographs of the most iconic country music performers of all time taken by various photographers, pro and amateur alike.

“Country: Portraits of an American Sound” will be curated by Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, along with Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit promises to showcase legends such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Merle Haggard.

Also featured will be more contemporary artists such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, along with displays of country music albums, posters, instruments, and stage costumes provided by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There will also be screenings of a full-length documentary exploring the evolution of country music over the last 80 years.

L.A. may not be the hub of country music, but from May 31 to September 28, it will definitely be a mecca. For those who live seemingly a world away, fear not! The exhibit is expected to tour the country following its stint in Los Angeles.

Be sure to check out KaraokeOnVEVO and our Sing-N-Share app (available for both Android and Apple devices) where you can sing thousands of country songs from your favorite artists.

Mark McGrath — Killer Choice For “Killer Karaoke.”

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TruTV‘s laugh-fest Killer Karaoke is getting a facelift for its second season. While making some changes to the sadistic music-based competition itself, the show is also welcoming a new front man, Sugar Ray lead singer and former Extra host Mark McGrath.

The tatted-up McGrath takes the reins from former Jackass star Steve-O, who fronted the show during its first season. While Killer Karaoke‘s twisted Fear Factor-like venue seemed to be a perfect fit for the irreverent Steve-O, this isn’t exactly McGrath’s first rodeo with a karaoke-style game show, either. He hosted the American version of the show Don’t Forget The Lyrics on Fox in 2010.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Killer Karaoke then you owe it to yourself to check it out. I mean, karaoke plus snakes, shock therapy, and 500 lb. male strippers? What’s not to love?!

Of course, you can start your own karaoke competition (sans the spiders) with KaraokeOnVEVO or our free Sing-N-Share app for all Apple and Android devices! Then again, what’s the harm in adding a few snakes and tarantulas to liven things up? 🙂 Enjoy!

A Steamy Comeback: Shakira heats things up with Rihanna in provocative new video

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Shakira is shaking and gyrating her way back to prominence in the music industry with the help of American Music “Icon” Award winner, Rihanna. The Colombian-born singer and dancer was once on top of the world with what has thus far been the best-selling song of the 21st century, “Hips Don’t Lie,” from her 2005 album “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2.” In 2010 she released the single “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” as the official song of the 2010 World Cup. Selling over 4 million copies world-wide, it is the best-selling and fastest-selling World Cup anthem in history.

Since then, however, the Queen of Hips has been relatively quiet. In 2012 she released the single “Get It Started,” her 3rd collaboration with American hip-hop artist Pitbull. After reaching #64 on the UK charts and only hitting the 89th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 the song quickly fizzled out.

It seems, however, that those quiet days are now in the past. Shakira has teamed up with fellow sexy-siren Rihanna for her newest single, “Can’t Remember To Forget You.” This is the first single off of her forthcoming self-titled album, “Shakira,” due for release later this year.

The steamy video, which features Shakira and Rihanna sharing some tender moments (and cigars) in bed, has already generated more than 71 million views on Youtube only 5 days after its release. The song itself is reminiscent of the new-wave pop style of her previous English-language album, “She Wolf,” which has sold more than 2 million copies world-wide.

Teaming up with Rihanna certainly can’t hurt Shakira’s chances of once more reaching the top. The seven-time Grammy Award winner is one of the best-selling artists of all time with 13 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2012 she was ranked as the fourth most powerful celebrity of the year by Forbes and named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME. Add all of this to the fact that she is undeniably sexy and it’s a good bet that Shakira couldn’t have made a better choice of partners than Rihanna.

Be sure to check out our free Sing-N-Share app for Apple and Android devices. You can sing along to several songs from both pop-divas and then share your performances with the world through Facebook and Twitter!

Sing-N-Share Hits The App Store!

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Sing-N-Share hit the Google Play store the week before Christmas and that was enough to keep us jacked up into the new year. “Jacked up,” but not satisfied. As excited as we were for Android users to finally get their hands on Sing-N-Share, we immediately turned our attention toward getting the app approved and pushed through on the Apple App Store. That time and energy has payed off as Sing-N-Share is now available for Apple users on iPhone, iPod, and iPad!

For those not 100% sure what Sing-N-Share is all about, it’s a completely free, add-supported (thanks to LiveRail) mobile karaoke app developed by DigiTrax Entertainment and Deansoft which gives you total access to thousands of songs from the Karaoke Cloud catalog with more being added all the time! Sing-N-Share is much more than that, however, as it also allows users to not only sing along with their favorite tracks, but to record their performance and share it with friends and family anywhere in the world by posting it to Facebook or Twitter!

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself on either Google Play or the Apple App Store right now and share the fun!

 

“They’re Heeeeere…” Sing-N-Share hits Google Play with thousands of free tracks from Karaoke Cloud!

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The wait is over! Sing-N-Share is now available on Google Play for all Android devices and it’s rolling out to rave reviews and 5-star ratings. 

DigiTrax is excited to announce that it’s new mobile-karaoke app is now available to Android users and is awaiting final approval for release in the Apple App Store. With Sing-N-Share you’ll have access to thousands upon thousands of hit songs that you can sing, record, and share through social media anywhere at anytime.

“I have a lot of fun with this app!” stated one user in his review, “Especially since I am way too shy to sing in front of a bunch of people.” Another user said “This thing is awesome!!!!! My friends and I have started singing competitions!” Great idea! Bring your friends and family closer together through a little friendly competition. 🙂

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My friends, I’ve used the app myself. I’m not big on singing in front of people, but I’m really having fun with this thing! I like all sorts music but I’m particularly fond of 90’s alternative and pop rock. Those were my high school and college years after all! Yesterday, I sang and recorded my own rendition of “Found Out About You” (originally performed by the Gin Blossoms). The track was beautifully produced and sounded so close to the original it was amazing. I recorded it and then posted it on Facebook, taking no small amount of courage on my part, with no problems whatsoever.

Try it! I promise you’ll like. It’s free, easy to use, and a lot of fun. Get it here in the Google Play store. If you’re an iPhone/iPad person, fear not. You’ll have your chance to join in the fun very, very soon!