Adele’s New Single “Skyfall”

Yesterday, the newest single from Grammy-winning singer, Adele was released.  Written by Adele and her longtime writing partner,y Paul Epworth, “Skyfall” is the theme of the twenty-third James Bond film of the same name.  Not only is this the best Adele song to date, it is also the best Bond theme to date.  Adele’s sultry voice in “Skyfall” is incredible and is one of the best Bond themes to-date.  Skyfall starring Daniel Craig hits theaters on November 9th.  The single by Adele is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play store now.

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Celebrities That I Would Love to Meet

Being a fan of pop culture, I enjoy getting to see and meet celebrities.  Since I’ve been in Las Vegas, I’ve been lucky with the celebrity encounters that I have experienced.  I love that I am able to document these occasions for all of you who read this blog and follow me on Facebook.  The following list is celebrities that I would like to meet, talk to, and take pictures of them and with them.  This is not a complete list (the actual list is already long and gets longer every day).

  • Neil Patrick Harris:  I have been a fan of Neil’s ever since he was on Doogie Howser M.D.  He’s a great actor and he’s also a magician.  He and his husband, David Burtka come to Vegas quite often.
  • Kristen Chenoweth:  The star of ABC’s new drama GCB, Kristen is someone who seems like she would be very cool to meet.
  • Adele:  There are many reasons I would love to meet the Grammy-winning singer but the biggest reason of all is that she and I were both born on May 5.  True I am 10 years older than her but it is so awesome to share a birthday with one of the best singers of all time.
  • Cameron Crowe: I have been a fan of Cameron Crowe ever since Jerry Maguire but it was his films Almost Famous and Elizabethtown that made me take a professional interest in him.  The guy puts some of the best music in his films because he understands how much of an impact the right song in the right place can make.
  • Jennifer Lopez: I first became aware of Jennifer when she starred in the movie Selena.  Since then she has become a superstar in all sense of the word.
  • Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi: For me, meeting Ellen and Portia has a lot to do with the fact that they are amazing as a couple.  Also, I know that it would be fun to meet Ellen because she is someone who would leave a lasting impression, and Portia is a classy lady that always looks fantastic.
  • Anne Rice:  After reading Interview With the Vampire in high school, I started reading other books by Rice and found my favorite book that Anne Rice wrote was Exit to Eden.  I loved Anne’s take on the whole S & M scene complete with an island resort that makes Fantasy Island a bit too tame compared to Rice’s Eden.
  • Heather Locklear: A seasoned veteran in the primetime soap genre, Locklear is known for many roles in her acting career.  Every week when I was a teenager, I would watch Melrose Place to see what Locklear’s character, Amanda Woodward, would do.
  • Dedire Hall:  I have been a fan of Days of Our Lives since I was a kid and for me Dedire Hall is soap opera royalty.  During her career as Doctor Marlena Evans on Days, Hall has been in storylines involving demonic possession, serial killers, and evil twins.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar:  From the moment I saw the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I became a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I loved her as Daphne in the Scooby Doo movies and loved her role in Cruel Intentions.  Her new show, Ringer, is one of the best shows on TV.

Again, I would like to stress this is a sampling of my long and ever-growing list of celebs I would like to meet.  I am happy with every celebrity I meet.

Thoughts About the 54th Grammy Awards

Before I go into my thoughts about last night’s Grammys, I wanted to make a major criticism to CBS and the Grammy Association itself.  Those of us who are music and pop culture bloggers on the west coast had to wait three hours behind the east coast to see the telecast of the Grammys.  It made it very difficult to tweet or blog about who was performing or who won what when the east coast knew three hours before we did.  It’s not like it couldn’t be shown at the same time as the east coast.  I have seen it done with other award shows.  Now that I got that complaint off my chest on to the show itself:

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Music Videos You Should See 1/15/2012

Welcome to another edition of “Music Videos You Should See”.  In this article, we have the newest single from Adele, a song that gained popularity from the hit TV show Glee, the first single from the Scissor Sisters upcoming album and a newish song from popular eighties/nineties pop group Roxette.

First up, we have “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele which is another guaranteed hit for the British singer.  The video is from the concert that Adele did at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 22, 2011.  The entire concert is available on DVD/ Blu-Ray/ CD.  If you have not listened to Adele, you should.  Adele’s songs are packed with emotional force that fans have connected with on a grand scale.

Thanks to Glee’s  Sectionals episode, “Hold on to Sixteen”, the band fun. gained popularity for their song “We Are Young”, which is the first single off their second album, Some Nights, to be released on February 21.  After the episode aired on December 6, 2011, the Glee cast version of the song shot to number one that night.  If you like this video you can get in on iTunes for free until Tuesday.  Here’s the Glee version of “We Are Young”.

On January 2, 2011, the Scissor Sisters premiered the video for “Shady Love”.  “Shady Love” is the first single for the band’s upcoming forth album.  For this single, Scissor Sisters enlisted Azealia Banks (Krystal Pepsy) to assist in the vocals with Scissors’ Jake Shears.  The video shows a group of elementary school children performing an elaborate play set to the song while an eccentric elderly lady plays the piano and the audience watches unaffectedly.

Finally, the Swedish pop duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle known as Roxette were popular in the late eighties thanks in part to their single, “It Must Have Been Love”, featured on the soundtrack to Pretty Woman.  For a few years, Marie and Per enjoyed success in the U.S. with their music but around 1994 in the U.S., interest in Roxette declined due to the introduction of new sub-genres of music.  Despite this setback, Marie and Per continued making music and retained popularity in many European countries.  In Feburary 2011, Roxette released their eighth studio album, Charm School, with the song “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)”.  The title of the song refers to a quote from Marilyn Monroe when asked about a calendar with nude photos of her: “It’s not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”

Music Videos You Should See

Welcome to what I hope will become a regular staple on Pop Culture Redefined, Music Videos You Should See.  The first video is from the legendary band Duran Duran.  The song is “Girl Panic” from their latest album, All You Need Is Now.  Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, “Girl Panic” is a nine and a half-minute film that serves as a faux documentary with supermodels as members of Duran Duran and the band as reporters, hotel bellmen and photographers.

The next video is from the band Foster the People.  As I had reported once before, Foster the People is the band to watch.  Their newest video, “Call It What You Want”, is the third single off their debut album Torches.  Directed by Ace Norton, the concept behind the video is rich kids finding ways to relieve boredom.

Another video that is worth viewing is “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.  Led by British born Florence Welsh, this band is amazing.

Last week,  the hit show Glee celebrated a milestone, 300 musical performances.  The 300th performance was the Troubletones, with former New Directions members Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), performing a mashup of Adele’s hits “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You”.

Finally, a big shout out goes out to my fellow Southern West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.  The America’s Got Talent winner came out with his debut album yesterday and Landau is making the rounds to morning talk shows.  If you are a fan of the classic singers like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I suggest you pick up Landau’s album, That’s Life, in stores now.

One final thing, as my readers are aware, I promised that next time I posted a music video post, I would post Lady Gaga’s new video, “Marry the Night”.  While the video itself has not been released , a prelude to “Marry the Night” is on YouTube.