2Cellos Make Their Album Debut

Every now and then, an artist or group comes along and just knocks my socks off. This is one of those times.

2Cellos, (Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser) a duo from England who play, you guessed it, cellos, recently became a worldwide YouTube sensation with their rock dueling cellos in their rendition of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, and their brilliant cover of Guns N’ Roses Welcome to the Jungle. Their debut album, set to be released on July 19, 2011 is an amazing collection of Rock and Pop songs from U2, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Muse, and other greats. The album also includes the aforementioned MJ and GnR tunes. Commenting on their music, Stjepan says: “Both Luka and I love classical music and have studied it for years, but we are really excited to put our own take on classics by some of our favorite pop and rock artists.” We are too.

This is some seriously great cello work, and you two are rock stars in my eyes. Apparently, also in Sir Elton’s eyes, since they were asked to join him on his Summer European tour this year. Oh how I wish this tour would visit Los Angeles!

If you haven’t yet heard them, enjoy the below videos. I know you will. Click here to Pre-Order this terrific album. I already got mine.

What We’re Arguing About…

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We also however have a special section that we can debate (Argue) some more controversial issues. Currently, we are discussing how Hollywood seems to have a double-standard. How celebrities seem to be able to get away with things that the otherwise normal person, like you, can’t.

One of our members mentions Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, OJ, Lindsay Lohan… Saying the former three are abusers, Jackson of course with the child molestation, and well, you know the deal on the latter two.

Another member says “If you have fame and money, you can sleep with children, kill your wife, bite your girlfriend, etc. All of that is socially acceptable here. But if you even THINK about lighting a cigarette, it’s the end of the world; never to be forgotten or forgiven.”

Another one of our members feels that Celebrities are like Gods, and should be able to live the double standard.

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Flashback Friday! The Day The Popsicle Was Split and a Jackass Was Born

It was March 11th, 1986 and I was in the midst of my pre-adolescent Michael Jackson obsession which included but was not limited to a replica of that infamous glove, a 45″ record player with a picture of him on it that I carried everywhere and of course the cherished Thriller album. I grew up with three older siblings, all boys, so I had to grab every luxury I could as fast as I could or it would inevitably end up shredded. I would like to send a belated apology to every Barbie doll I had that my brothers told me were in a car wreck (in that Barbie car of course) and had to have her legs amputated or risk gangrene.

Our household, I’d say, was a typical Midwestern middle class home. We had the Atari (and still do, it works save for one paddle that is broken). We had the Commodore. We had cable television and HBO that we watched Fraggle Rock on. Every week my parents would buy an 8 pack of soda, back when they came in the glass bottles and each one of my siblings and I would get to drink two for the week. Our choice as to when. I’d save mine for Friday and Saturday nights when dad would pop popcorn and we’d sit down together to watch Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dallas and Falcon Crest. But the coup de gras for me was the popsicles. God I loved popsicles, but not just any popsicle…..it had to be the twinsicle. I’m sure y’all remember those lovely gems, they were two popsicles in one, complete with double sticks. I think the main reason I loved them was because I felt like I was cheating the nutrition gods by getting a double treat. It was golden, a masterpiece of childhood sugar frenzy. But sadly, on this day in history, March 11th, 1968, Popsicle announced it’s plan to end the traditional twin-stick popsicle for a single one. Greedy buzzards, the lot of them! Gone were the days of indulgence and gluttony over this frozen delight. Sad, truly sad.

But never fear, my dear Popsicle lovers, because another great moment occurred on this day in history. It was March 11th, 1971 and a genius made his way into this world…..a genius by the name of Philip John Clapp. Who? Philip John Clapp! Aw, come on, he’s a jackass! Okay, I’ll give you a clue. His friends have done things such as getting their buttcheeks pierced together, stapled notes to their body, made snow cones out of actual snow, peed on them and then ate them……still stumped? Okay, FINE. He co-starred with The Rock in “Walking Tall”. Ding, ding ding, we have a winner! Yes, yes, yes my friends, rejoice for on this day in history the premiere jackass, Johnny Knoxville himself, was born to bless this world with his crazy hijinks.

Born to a Sunday school teacher mom and a tire selling father said to encourage his son’s practical jokes from early on, Johnny Knoxville was known then as “P.J.”. Raised in Knoxville, TN (get it?), one of his earliest pranks was to fake a report card to show all F’s when he actually had earned all A’s, and spread false rumors of his own venereal disease. Lasting less than a month at the Pasadena Academy of Dramatic Arts, he’d moved to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. He soon began to write for skateboarding magazines like Blunt, Bikini, and Big Brother, where the staff enjoyed a pasttime of creating dangerously stupid stunts- such as Knoxville displaying his willingness to test the dependability of a bulletproof vest by shooting himself with a .38. The editor of this magazine soon convinced Knoxville to videotape these stunts, and released under the name of Big Brother Video Triology it soon became an underground cult hit. Word soon spread and soon Comedy Central and MTV were in an all out bidding war. MTV won out, and Jackass was born.

So, even with the popsicle split, I’m sure “P.J.” and his boys would find a creative way to remedy that travesty…..maybe I should give them a call!

Breaking: Michael Jackson Album Announcement

New York, NY – The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Tomorrow, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on www.michaeljackson.com; on Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.

The attached image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from MICHAEL later this month.

Press Release

Michael Jackson, Still Making News!

Michael Jackson, (and family) are still making the news. The King of Pop may have passed on, but his presence is still very much felt. Here is your Jackson round up:

Michael Jackson was recently named the top earning dead celebrity, according to Forbes, earning a total of 275 million in the last 16 months following his death. Fans have certainly not forgotten him, nor do I think they will for a long time to come. I know it was reported that when he died, he had left behind a lot of money troubles. Hopefully for the kids sake, those have been taken care of.

Since we are already on the topic of money, let’s move on to his father Joe, who has been trying to get the Jackson fortune in court. Well, a California Appeals Court ruled today that Joe can not have a say in the Administration of his late son’s estate, and unanimously ruled that he has no legal standing to do so. My guess is Michael would be releived to say the least.

In other news, Michael’s individual music videos are going to get released to DVD. The three DVD set will have 40 videos and cover Jackson’s solo career. Calling it “Michael Jackson’s Vision”, it will be released on November 22, and include such legendary videos as the full length version of “Thriller”, “Black or White”, “Bad”, and more. It is also set to contain more obscure videos of his, such as “Ghosts” made in collaboration with special effects legend Stan Winston. I have to say, Ghosts is one of my all-time favorites of his. If you haven’t seen it, it is certainly a must watch.

There is also a deal in the works from the Jackson estate to release an album of unreleased Jackson music, and a deal with Cirque du Soleil for a Jackson-themed touring show.

As you can see, Michael Jackson is still among us, and I believe he will be for a long, long while. Did you watch “This is It”? Will you buy the album or video collection? Are you still a Jackson fan? Let us know below or in the FORUM!

‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, Dead at Age 50; Farrah Fawcett, Dead at Age 62…

[singlepic id=98 w=320 h=240 float=left] The entertainment industry has lost two great figures today. Farrah Fawcett, first catapulted to fame with “Charlie’s Angels” and Michael Jackson, the king of pop.

Official reports state that Jackson died of a heart attack, with Farrah Fawcett passing on after a long battle with anal cancer. [singlepic id=97 w=320 h=240 float=right]

I vividly remember the first time I saw the ‘Thriller” video, and used to go around clutching my copy of the ‘Thriller” album (and if I could find it would probably be worth a lot more now). Michael Jackson, no matter how you viewed his personal life, was an icon of song and dance, with a career spanning a lifetime. His “Thriller” album won eight Grammy’s and was the best selling album of all time. He pioneered the “moonwalk” along with many other milestones in the music industry.

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