Full Performance of “How Will I Know” from Glee’s “Dance With Somebody” Episode

The first song from Glee’s Whitney Houston tribute episode, “Dance With Somebody”, is up on YouTube now.  The song performed is “How Will I Know” the third single from Whitney’s self-titled debut album.  The 1985 single is sung by Mercedes, Santana, Kurt and Rachel and it is the best song to feature all of their voices.  What do you think of Glee’s take on “How Will I Know”?

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Two Full Performances from Glee’s “Saturday Night Glee-ver”

On Friday, the GleeonFox channel on YouTube put up two full performances from this week’s episode of Glee, “Saturday Night Glee-ver”.  The first performance is Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing “Disco Inferno” with Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) as her backup singers/ dancers.

The next performance is the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing” performed by Blaine (Darren Criss), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), and Brittany (Heather Morris).

“Saturday Night Glee-ver” airs tomorrow night on Fox at 8 /7 pm.

GLEE- “Yes/ No” Episode Review

Glee returned this week with what is being heralded as the best episode yet.  The episode appropriately titled “Yes/ No” gave us two proposals, another character who got married before this episode, and an interesting look into the inner thoughts of a well-loved character with the voice of Helen Mirren.  Spoilers ahead after the jump. Continue reading “GLEE- “Yes/ No” Episode Review”

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Film West Side Story

2011 is the year of West Side Story.  First, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Oscar-winning film starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, and Rita Moreno.  To commemorate this milestone, Turner Classic Movies sponsored screenings of the 1961 film in theatres across the country.  Before the actual film, interviews with cast members and crew were shown.  The interviews gave some interesting insight into the making of the film:

  • George Chakiris played Riff in the London stage production of West Side Story and auditioned for the role for the film.  He ended up playing Bernardo.
  • The actors from both the Jets and the Sharks were encouraged to have a friendly rivalry off-camera to increase tensions for filming.
  • When told that her singing parts would be dubbed by Marni Nixon, Natalie Wood was not happy over the idea.
  • Making the film itself was a risk considering the fact that Hollywood was no longer making as many musicals at that time.

Also, on this season of Glee, one of the storylines focuses on some of the members of the New Directions starring in a production for McKinley High.  The actors pull off great performances of songs from the classic musical but the standout performance has to go to Santana (Naya Rivera) as Anita singing “America”.