Dec 11

Listen to Lewis Capaldi butcher Katy Perry, Adele & more in ‘ELLE”s Song Association game

Alexandra GavilletWhile Lewis Capaldi has a great voice, that talent apparently applies only to his songs.  While doing a Song Association video for ELLE magazine, he managed to butcher hits by artists from Katy Perry and Adele, to the Beatles and Elton John.

The idea of the game is that Lewis is given various random words, and he has 10 seconds to come up with a song that mentions that word. His first word is "funny," and he immediately chooses "Teenage Dream" by Katy -- specifically the line, "You think I'm funny/when I tell the punchline wrong."  But instead of just singing that one line, he continues to sing the entire chorus of the song, and it ain't pretty.

When he gets to the end, he sings, "We'll be young forever" -- and then notes, "Statistically NOT possible."

As the game proceeds, Lewis does a great job of coming up with songs for the words "hand," "stranger," "first," "hello," "love," "hell" and "sun," among others.  Unfortunately he sounds terrible singing all the songs, which include Adele's "Hello," Niall Horan's "Slow Hands," The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love," Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith, "Kiss On My List" by Hall & Oates and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John.

When Lewis is given the word "one," he thrilled to reveal that he himself has a song called "One" -- but even that sounds pretty bad.  We'll just have to assume he wasn't trying very hard.

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   Dec 10

Sam Smith figured into Merriam-Webster’s choice for its “Word of the Year”

Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImageWhen Sam Smith changed their pronouns to "they/them" in September, it made a huge impact -- and not just for journalists who have to write stories about them.  Merriam-Webster dictionary has chosen "They" as its Word of the Year, in part because of the attention Sam focused on it. 

In its announcement, the company says, "Lookups for they increased by 313% in 2019 over the previous year," because, it says, of the word's new use as a way to "refer to one person whose gender identity is nonbinary."

The company's announcement goes on to say, "Nonbinary they was also prominent in the news in 2019...singer Sam Smith announced in September that they now use they and them as is increasingly common to see they and them as a person’s preferred pronouns in Twitter bios, email signatures, and conference nametags."

Sam evidently approves: They retweeted a Billboard article reporting on the announcement.

Speaking to the November issue of Out magazine, Sam explained, "In changing my pronouns, I felt incredible freedom. It’s like a brick was lifted off my chest...My art has become truer and more honest after coming to peace with being nonbinary."

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   Dec 10

Sheryl Crow & Usher to ring in 2020 from New Orleans on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

Sheryl Crow: Dove Shore; Usher: Jordan Taylor Wright/dick clark productions Sheryl Crow and Usher will be ushering in 2020 by performing live in the Big Easy.

On December 31, both artists will perform in New Orleans as part of the Allstate Fan Fest, which takes place ahead of the Sugar Bowl.  Their performances will air on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Pose star Billy Porter will also be on hand to countdown to 2020 in the Central Time Zone -- which is marked by the drop of -- not a ball, but a "fleur de lis," the symbol of New Orleans.

As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest will hold things down live in New York's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and on the West Coast, Ciara will host performances by Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Dan + Shay, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Salt-N-Pepa, SHAED and more.  The show gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Jeff Hundley said in a statement, “With performances by Sheryl Crow and Usher, fans in town for the Allstate Sugar Bowl are going to be treated to a New Year’s experience second to none. It’s going to be fun to be a part of it all.”

More artists will be announced shortly.

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