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

Katy Perry, YouTube, Dark Horse

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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Halftime Havoc: The best Super Bowl halftime shows EVAR!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers set to headline this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, we thought we’d take a little time to countdown some our favorite halftime performances and moments from past Super Bowls. So take a break from the party prep (the chili-cheese dip can wait) and check out our fav-5!

#5 Janet and Justin: “Wardrobe malfunction” (NSFW) It’s been 10 years since the infamous “Nipplegate” incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII (38), but Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson will never live it down… mostly because we won’t let them. The controversial ending moment may have stolen the spotlight (and pretty much all of the media’s attention), but it’s a shame that it had to detract from what was otherwise a great halftime performance.

#4 Beyoncé: It’s DestinyThe best concerts aren’t limited to glitz, glamour, and special effects, although Beyoncé‘s outstanding halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII (47) certainly had all that. What really sets a performance apart is the performer him/herself. In today’s music industry Beyoncé is beyond compare in this category and she proved it with last year’s performance. But that wasn’t all! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the audience was treated to a surprise Destiny’s Child reunion as former band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams exploded onto stage and joined Queen Bey for a few unforgettable moments. Amazing.

#3 U2: We will never forget — Music, as an artform, is all about emotion. And nothing brings out more emotion in us Americans than remembering the tragic events of 9/11. Just months after that horrific day U2 kicked off the Super Bowl XXXVI (36) halftime show with their song “Beautiful Day,” but it was their stirring tribute to those lost on 9/11 that will always be remembered. The band performed their classic hit  “Where The Streets Have No Name” as a running list of victim’s names filled the background and brought tears to the eyes of many of us watching at home.

#2 Prince: The artist STILL known as awesome — Only three years after Janet’s infamous wardrobe “malfunction,” tensions were still running high regarding live television performances, so choosing an artist  well-known for his highly sensual music videos and live performances to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI (41) seemed like a risky choice. True to form, however, Prince used the opportunity to prove why he is one of the most legendary performers in music history and once again solidified his status as the “Prince of Rock.” Watch the full performance here!

#1 Michael Jackson: The “King of Pop” is the king of halftime — No auto-tune, no surprize guest appearances, no fancy monitor effects. There is one thing that made Michael Jackson #1 at everything he did; pure talent. Say what you will about his controversial personal life and legal issues, there is no one who rivaled the King of Pop when it came to live musical performances. Jackson’s iconic performance at the Super Bowl XXVII (27) halftime show in 1993 (even if it was lip-synced) proved this even further as it marked the first time in history that Super Bowl viewership increased during halftime.

What was your favorite Super Bowl halftime performance? Let us know in the comments below. Also, be sure to check out Karaoke Cloud and Sing-N-Share (like us on Facebook!) so that you can sing along to hits from several of the artists listed above and many, many more. You may now resume your party preparations.

Karaoke Christmas Bundle Spotlight: “Deck the Halls”

Deck The Halls

Seven more days until Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year (though, tied with football season in my book). Once more we delve into the days of yore as we look at the origins and history of yet another seasonal favorite, “Deck The Halls!”

The origin of Deck The Halls is one of collaboration and evolution as opposed to a firm date of creation. The song’s earliest roots stretch back to the 16th century and the Welsh winter carol “Nos Galan (New Year’s Eve)” from which Deck The Halls adopted its famous melody and iconic “fa la la” repetition. The modern lyrics to the song, however, are not simply an English translation of the original Welsh, but entirely new lyrics penned by musician Thomas Oliphant and originally published in 1866 under the title “Deck The Hall” (singular). The tune spread prolifically in the 18th century thanks, in no small part, to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who used it in a piano and violin concerto.

In 1994, the Red Hot Chili Peppers jokingly released what is possibly the most… “interesting” version of the carol as a very rare 7″ promo single to radio stations. It included the band’s 1989 single “Knock Me Down” as its b-side.

Be it Boxcar Willie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, or a more traditional version, we hope you enjoy this Christmas classic and look forward to sharing more with you over the next few days. Peace and joy, my friends.