"I don't think [Lady Gaga] lives it because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want.They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3."
- Jack White comments on Lady Gaga's artificiality in the latest issue of British Esquire.
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John releasing a Christmas album.
The former co-stars are in talks of recording the album - which will feature a follow-up to their famous Grease! track "You're The One That I Want" titled "I Think You Might Like It" - and plan to give it an "intimate" feel.
"My desire was to make this Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy. I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration," John, 58, said.
Olivia, 64, also enjoyed the experience of being back in the studio with her on-screen sweetheart as she feels the pair - who played lovers Sandy and Danny in the hit movie - have bonded since filming together back in 1978: "John and I have always connected. That's never gone away. When we're together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We've been through some amazing experiences together."
Lady Gaga is planning a jazz album with Tony Bennett.
The "Judas" singer previously teamed with the crooner for a version of "The Lady is a Tramp" from his Duets II album and they enjoyed working together so much, they want to record a whole album.
"Of all things, she called me from New Zealand and said, 'I want to do a jazz album with you' and I said, 'You got it!' We're gonna do a jazz album with Marion Evans, a big swing band, and I'm looking forward to it because a lot of people don't know it, but she's a phenomenal jazz singer," Tony told Rolling Stone.
Tony has picked which songwriter they will record the compositions of, but isn't letting on who it is yet. "I can't mention the composer because I don't want anybody to do it before we do it, but there's a great composer that's very underrated, very famous, but not as famous as Gershwin or Porter. But he did as many hit songs as anybody, and so we're gonna do a big swinging album," he added.
Muse has included jazz, brass and dubstep on The 2nd Law.
The band unveiled the first track from their sixth album, "Survival" - the official song of the London Olympics - last night, and have promised it contains a diverse range of musical styles: "There's a bigger emphasis on groove, we've always tried to improve on that with every album and I think on two or three tracks we've really nailed it. There's a couple of tracks where we've captured the other side of us too, they're quite minimal. There's a really jazzy brass number, I even tried to get a sax solo," singer Matt Bellamy said.
Norah Jones says everyone should visit Elvis Presley's Graceland home at least once in their lives for inspiration.
The 33-year-old musician is a huge fan of the late "King of Rock 'n' Roll" and going to his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and the city itself inspires her songs.
"I love it in Memphis. It's the most amazing city full of warm people and great food. Everybody should visit Elvis' home Graceland once in their lives and while they're at it they should take a trip to the Sun Records museum. It's the record label that launched Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis."
Norah - the daughter of legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar - is more inspired by artists from the 50s and 60s than modern musicians. And the "Happy Pills" singer often dreams of hosting her idols at a dinner party: "I'm really inspired by other music and musicians. My fantasy dinner party would include Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. They're just some of the people I look up to. I have about 50 musical icons."
Adele's voice has got higher since she had an operation on her vocal cords.
The singer made her live return - singing publicly for the first time since last November - at the Grammy awards on Sunday and has noticed some distinct changes since she underwent the operation to save her voice.
"It feels really smooth. It's not as husky as it used to be, but that's because I was singing with a polyp. And it's higher than it used to be. Which is a bit weird. I really thought if my voice changed an octave it would go lower. But it still sounds like me," she told Vogue.
The 23-year-old vocalist also explained how she had to build her voice back up gradually, and keep silent for a number of weeks and reportedly speaking through a voice generating phone application before humming, then eventually singing again:
Amy Winehouse didn't like the James Bond theme she was set to record.
The singer - who was found dead at home in London in July - worked with Mark Ronson on a song which was set to be recorded for the last film in the British spy franchise Quantum of Solace, but the sessions were abandoned after they reportedly fell out. At the time, it was claimed Amy - who had a history of substance abuse problems - was unfit to record the track but her long time collaborator Salaam Remi claims the situation was different when she called him to visit her in a London studio.
"'It's this James Bond theme. I don't like the track. They've given me these chords to write to, but that's not how we work,'" he said she told him.
Instead, the Back to Black hitmaker started on another song with Salaam, which became "Between the Cheats," one of the songs included on her posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures. "She showed me the chords and I said, 'What do you want it to sound like?' She said 'Doo-wop. I said, 'give me 20 minutes,' so she went off somewhere, I sat down with her engineer, played bass, drums, guitar, piano, real quick. 'Is that what you want it to sound like?' she said, 'that'll work' and she went into the vocal booth and sang it," Salaam said.
Amy Winehouse had planned to form a supergroup to record a jazz album before she died.
The Back to Black singer was hoping to team with drummer Questlove of The Roots and saxophone player Soweto Kinch to make the record, according to producer Salaam Remi.
"There were a bunch of other names bouncing around," Remi added, speaking at a playback of Amy's posthumous Lioness: Hidden Treasures collection. He knew of Amy's plans as "she had written down everything she wanted to do."
He also talked about how the singer and songwriter was a perfectionist when it came to her songs and - as they were mostly drawn from her life experiences - was meticulous in crafting them: "She was taking her time with it, and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical. So she had to live through something, then get out of it and look back at it, to be able to write about it."
Even Esperanza Spalding was surprised when her name was called at the Grammys as the “Best New Artist” award winner.
Many fans believed the trophy would go to Justin Bieber, but some have become much more vicious in expressing their surprise than others.
Following Spalding’s Grammy upset, upset Justin Bieber followers directed their tweets at Esperanza.
“@ESPESPALDING @THEGRAMMYS Congrats u ppl! U just crushed a 16yr old boys dreams...hope ur proud of urselves! -_- #JustinDeservedIt”
“So, @EspeSpalding just won with less than 10,000 followers on twitter. LOL. Sorry, I must have accidently turned my t.v to Punk'd. #Grammys”
Other commenters got to the point much more quickly. One posts simply reads “@EspeSpalding hate u.”
Hear Bieber’s reaction to all the Twitter melodrama in the video from E! above.
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-A biopic about Jerry Garcia’s early years before the Grateful Dead is in the works. Topper Lilien adapted the screenplay based on Robert Greenfield’s book Dark Star.
-Color Me Badd’s Bryan Abrams was arrested last week in Hawaii after allegedly getting physical with his wife during an argument. The singer, who was booked on suspicion of harassment, was later released on his own recognizance.
-Jazz singer Al Jarreau has been moved out of intensive care after receiving treatment to correct a heart arrhythmia. His tour, which was temporarily halted last week, should resume next Tuesday in Germany.
-It looks like Darius Rucker is sticking with the country music scene. The former Hootie & the Blowfish singer plans to release his next solo album, Charleston, SC 1966, on October 12.
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