“B-Dubs” Is Back: Brian Williams raps “Baby Got Back” on The Tonight Show

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

After this weekend’s sad news about the death of iconic radio personality Casey Kasem, we figured you might be down for a little comic relief. And no one does comic relief like Jimmy Fallon and the geniuses at NBC’s The Tonight Show.

You may remember back in April I posted a video of NBC Nightly News‘ managing editor and anchor Brian Williams “rapping” to Snoop Dogg’s “Gin And Juice.” Well, B-Dubs is back, and Jimmy’s got him covering another classic rap song. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Williams rapping Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Enjoy! 🙂

These awesome mash-ups have become a semi-regular bit on the show, so it’s only a matter of time before “Bri-Wi” returns. Trust me, when that happens we’ll have it for you here.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Sing-N-Share for lots of your favorite rap and hip-hop tracks along with thousands of songs from other genres. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s lots of fun.

Coach Shelton: “The Voice” star coaches karaoke crooners at CMT Awards post-party

Country superstar Blake Shelton (above) turned CMT Awards post-party into a full-fledged karaoke session (Photo: courtesy wyrk.com)

Country superstar Blake Shelton (above) turned CMT Awards post-party into a full-fledged karaoke session (Photo: courtesy wyrk.com)

It appears as if country superstar Blake Shelton has taken his role as coach for NBC’s “The Voice” as a personal calling. Hollywood heartthrob James Van Der Beek told sources that the country crooner not only transformed an otherwise average post-CMT Awards party into a full-blown karaokefest, but personally doled out advice and encouragement to the participants, Van Der Beek included.

“I was handing off a drink, a song came on that I’d never heard before and a microphone was handed to me,” Van Der Beek told People Magazine. “Then Blake Shelton was coaching me through it note by note and I was on a table!”

The actor was humble enough, however, not to claim victory in the pseudo-competition. That honor went to Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, who transported those in attendance back to 1995 with his rendition of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” “He was amazing!” the actor told People. He also gave a little insight into the karaoke preferences of Nashville superstars. “When country stars karaoke, they don’t sing country.”

Sounds like an awesome party and we here at Karaoke Cloud wish we could have been there to see it for ourselves, but getting a firsthand account from James Van Der Beek runs a pretty close second. Thank you, James! Any final details you can give us?

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Be sure to check out our free Sing-N-Share app for lots of songs by Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and many other award-winning country music artists!

Ryan Lewis’ New Role? Troll!

Hip-hop sensations Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis (right). [Photo: courtesy of bet.com]

Hip-hop sensations Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis (right) [Photo: courtesy of bet.com]

Do you love hip hop? I mean, really love hip hop? Would you recognize your favorite artists on the street? Jay Z, Drake, Macklemore? How about Ryan Lewis; would you recognize him? Well Jimmy Fallon was willing to bet you wouldn’t, and who better to prove it than Ryan Lewis himself!

In a recent piece for NBC’s The Tonight Show, the musician/DJ/producer took to the streets of New York to ask people what they thought about Ryan Lewis. The results? Pretty damn funny.

I especially love the face of the girl in the white shirt! You can practically count down to the moment when she finally puts two and two together. 🙂

Lewis and Macklemore began their friendship and business relationship back in 2006 and have been working together ever since. While his partnership with the popular hip hop star is surely his most lucrative and prominent venture, Lewis has also collaborated with a variety of other artists and even produced his own album titled Instrumentals.

 

Fallon Showcases Brian Williams’ Mad Skillz!

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Jimmy Fallon is at it again! Famous for his comedic tributes to music with skits like the History of Rap with Justin Timberlake and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith, Jimmy has also featured NBC Nightly News’ very own Brian Williams in a series of re-mixed news broadcasts set to popular hip-hop tracks. Thanks to Fallon’s tech-wizards on Monday night (4/21) Williams was laid back, sippin’ on “Gin and Juice.”

While Williams is highly respected as a news journalist, the thing about pop-culture is that you also become famous for whatever the pubic decides you’re famous for. “It’s all anyone mentions to me anymore,” he told Fallon in an interview Monday night on the Tonight Show. According to Williams, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. approached him at a New York Rangers game and informed him that he, Williams, was now a “huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community.”

The Snoop Dogg remix is only the most recent in what has become an ongoing series featuring “B-Dubs,” one of the many nicknames Fallon has given to the prolific news man. Among others, Williams has also covered Sugar Hill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” (with an assist by fellow anchor Lester Holt) and “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

I love how Fallon regularly mixes music with comedy. Not only are the skits funny as hell, but they also help to pique interest in various music genres and remind people that yesterday’s music was pretty dang awesome!

Smokey and the Pundit: Willie Geist’s crazy family night karaoke

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It happens! You try your best to be “the cool dad,” only to find that the Universe may have a sense of humor, but your wife (and the fire department)… not so much. NBC’s TODAY host Willie Geist found this out the hard way over the weekend as his attempts to turn his kid’s karaoke party into a special effect spectacular went up in smoke!

According to Geist, his kids love to come together and have fun singing One Direction karaoke. In an effort to surprise his kids and make things a little crazy, Geist decided to bring home a fog machine. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men.

“I brought it home and my wife Christina’s like ‘What,'” he recalled Monday morning on TODAY. His response? “Trust me, it’s going to be great.” Oh, Willie. Willie, Willie, Willie.

After turning on the fog machine (and a strobe light for extra effect), the house began to fill with fog as planned. The problem: apparently smoke detectors can’t tell the difference between fog and smoke. To make matters worse, in his attempt to turn off the blaring fire alarm Willie accidently hit the carbon monoxide detector. All of this while receiving “the look” from his wife.

After the fire department and a state trooper had been officially invited to the party, Willie felt that he had learned a lesson. “We’re not going to have anymore fog machines,” he stated. Probably for the best there, Will. Though, in my opinion, you should have asked the firemen and the cop to belt out a tune or two for their efforts.

“Wild Wing Voiceoff” At Wild Wing Cafe! DigiTrax helps support another local music competition.

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It’s apparent that Knoxville, Tennessee is quickly becoming a hub for amateur singers and musicians. With singing competitions popping up seemingly everywhere, DigiTrax Entertainment is proud to help sponsor many of these events in an effort to support local musicians and artists. Yesterday we told you about the Knoxville Unplugged singing competition being hosted by local TV stations WBIR Channel 10 and WTNZ Fox 43. Now, we’re proud to announce that we are also throwing in with Wild Wing Cafe and their Wild Wing Voiceoff competition!

“The Voiceoff” begins this coming Sunday night (Feb. 9th) with blind auditions. The rules and procedures for the competition will be familiar to anyone who watches “The Voice” on NBC. The contest will be broken up into 5 rounds; Blind Audition Round (with the judges facing away from the contestants), Battle Round, Knockout Round, Semi-Finals, and Finals. The Finals round will take place on April 27th and the winner announced that night! You can get an idea of what to expect below.

So what’s at stake here? Not only will the winner receive a $1,000 cash prize, but, in addition, they will earn a recording session at DigiTrax’s state-of-the-art recording studio in South Knoxville worth an estimated $3,500! More importantly, they will have the opportunity to possibly turn their passion into a career.

You can find a full listing of the rules and competition dates hereBe sure to like our Sing-N-ShareSing-N-Jam, and Play a Tab Facebook pages for updates on this and many other music related topics. Good luck to everyone who decides to follow their passions!

Ylvis Has Left The Forest: “What Does The Fox Say” finds its way to Karaoke Cloud!

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How do you achieve international stardom in the pop-music industry? Apparently by making fun of the pop-music industry! Just ask Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo consisting of brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker. Their “anti-hit” video “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)” has embedded them firmly into Western pop-culture and now the satirical sensation has made its way to Karaoke Cloud!

Originally intended as nothing more than a promotion for their Norway-based comedy show, “I kveld med Ylvis (Tonight with Ylvis), The Fox was written and produced as a sardonic take on the electronic dance music industry. The video was posted to Youtube on September 3, 2013, and has gone uber-viral with over 287 million hits and the song itself claimed the #6 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. That makes it the highest ranking song by a Norwegian artist since a-Ha smoked the charts at number 1 with “Take On Me” in 1985! Ah…sweet irony.

What Does the Fox Say has spawned an amazing amount of covers and parodies and has even been featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live.

And now it’s your turn! You can download the original song on iTunes and be sure to check out the fully-authorized Karaoke Cloud version below (courtesy of KaraokeOnVEVO) to do your best Ylvis imitation. Or replace the words as you see fit and make your very own parody. We’d love to see some of your ideas on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter! You never know, you could be the next “accidental hit!”