Friday, June 6, 2014

One Week From Today: Appearance on ABC News' '20/20'

One week from tonight, I'm scheduled to appear on ABC News' primetime news magazine "20/20," in a segment about lip-syncing. Always bad, ever acceptable? Hope youse can tune in: 10p Eastern. *

People Magazine: Celine Cozies With David

A picture's worth a thousand songs... Now this is a diva picola, if I've ever seen one! Go, girl!

From Robin Leach's ever-fab Las Vegas Sun column:

It was Celine Dion’s own crazy idea for a stunt photograph, and it turned out to be a first. All four of the superstars performing at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace — Shania Twain, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Celine — agreed to a unique photo shoot that next week in People magazine. 

“I don’t like to do things that are easy,” 46-year-old Canadian songbird Celine told the weekly celebrity publication. It was a coup to have all four pose for the photos. Celine was hauled 11 feet into the air to pose in the arms of the hotel’s replica of the Michelangelo masterpiece of the statue of David. 

The original ideas for the shoot didn’t get Celine excited, and she came up with her own “dream” of winding up in David’s arms. The magazine photographers loved her idea and said, “Let’s do it.” Afterward, Celine told People’s Mark Gray: “I don’t know if anyone else went into David’s arms, but, if I am the first, I am very honored.” Turns out she was the first... *

Meanwhile, a wondrous collection of still shots from Celine & NeYo's "Incredible" video (courtesy of Facebook's Celine Dionn).

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

At (Long) Last: Celine Dion Releases Video Clip For Neo Duet 'Incredible'

I'll never understand why it took six months to release a music video for Celine Dion's duet "Incredible" (with Neo) from album "Love Me Back To Life." For god's sake, word broke in January that the pair was filming the clip. And astonishly, even after it made its long-awaited debut on ABC's "Good Morning America," it's still not on YouTube. Grrrrr!

In fact, at this point, it appears that all momentum has been sapped from the project... at least in the States. Shame, shame, shame on Sony. THIS should have been the second single, following the title track... instead of the tepid "Somebody Loves Somebody."

The video itself is vaguely amusing, with waaaaay too much superfluous footage from secondary players. Aside from Celine and Neo giving it their all on an NYC rooftop, about the only intriguing footage is of a giraffe walking down city streets. Really? This is the best we got after six months?

I was truly hoping that this would be the track to restore Celine to the mainstream Top 40, with Neo's assistance. It's a mighty fine track and a should-be single. Fortunately, views on social media now count toward the Billboard Hot 100... so if Sony doesn't have the gumption to make a proper push, maybe... just maybe... the public's might will make a difference.

And yet here we are in 2014... as the latest, greatest non-talent Iggy Azalea rules the Hot 100 with the decidedly low-octane "Fancy." Oh, mercy, what a world, what a world!

UPDATE... At last, posted publicly...

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014: The Hottest Global Magazine Covers!

The grand return of The Smoking Nun's take on the hottest, most beautiful and alluring magazine covers from around the world for June 2014. Best of the Best: "Out" mag's cover of Matt Bomer. Wowsah! Starting with those blue eyes...
And then some... Hugh Jackman on three global covers of Men's Health...
And then some more... The best of the rest...
And the dubious WORST magazine covers of the month...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Brendan Apollo Signs With Young Swaggazar Entertainment

Edited from PRLog: New York City-based recording artist Brendan Apollo has signed a multi-million dollar, five-year deal with Young Swaggazar Entertainment (YSE) in collaboration
with Industrial Motion Pictures (IMP).

Apollo's new single "Apollo Rising," is available on iTunes as the launch track from his debut EP "Clouds," to be released June 9. The music video for "Apollo Rising"—featuring the artist performing in a Nigerian village—is available on YouTube and premiered at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas. Apollo wrote and co-produced the songs on "Clouds."

"Apollo's music hits the bulls-eye of radio-friendly, hit-worthy pop fare, packed with sing-along hooks and full-bodied production," wrote Chuck Taylor, reporter, columnist, and former senior editor at Billboard magazine.

Apollo started writing original music as a teenager growing up in Illinois. He continued to pursue his dream and moved to New York City in 2008. "We are thrilled to be working with such a talented artist whose soulful sound promises to appeal to music lovers around the world," said Brian Mehling, M.D., CEO of IMP.

For information, visit Industrial Motion Pictures.