Joyce DiDonato is one of those artists I try to catch whenever she appears. Last year, I saw the Kansas native at the Metropolitan Opera in Rossini’s comic opera Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Florez, and I also attended her Carnegie Hall debut. She ended the concert with a heartfelt rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” the last song her father heard her perform.
Aside from having a glorious voice and dramatic flair, DiDonato comes up with clever ideas for her albums. She won the Grammy Award last year for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her gender-bending album, Diva, Divo in which she performed arias from trouser roles and female heroines from different operas.
DiDonato’s new album, on which she is accompanied by conductor Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco, is titled Drama Queens. In real
One of our favorite Hollywood couples has decided to part ways: Josh Brolin and Diane Lane announced their split on Thursday.
“They’ve been separated for several months. This was a hard decision for both of them to make,” a source close to the couple People.
“The relationship just ran its course.”
They married in 2004 at the actor’s ranch in Central California. Though they had met years earlier, they were reintroduced at a party in 2002 by Brolin’s stepmother Barbra Streisand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kim Kardashian’s divorce case is returning to court Friday with her attorney urging a speedy end to her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.
Lawyers for the pregnant reality star and the Brooklyn Nets power forward disagree over a timetable for a trial to end the marriage, which Humphries wants annulled.
Kardashian is asking a judge to order a trial as soon as possible. Humphries wants the case to remain on hold until the basketball season ends.
Setting a trial date may be complicated by a filing Thursday by one of Humphries’ attorneys to leave the case, citing “irreconcilable differences” with Humphries. Read more…
Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I’m Brittany Strummer and I’ll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting. Here’s what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week:
- Black Flag alumni, Dez Cadena, joined the impressive line up of Flag.
- Fall Out Boy announced the end of their hiatus by revealing a new single and plans for a new album.
- Alkaline Trio unveiled the details for their upcoming release, My Shame is True.
- Against Me! entered the studio to begin work on their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, with Rocket From the Crypt drummer, Atom Willard.
The lyric video – which features words onscreen while a song plays – is not a new phenomenon in music. Some consider Bob Dylan the pioneer of the lyric video when he released his 1965 song “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” which features the singer holding up large cue cards with the song’s lyrics.
But these days, lyric videos are used to promote new songs, giving fans something to hold on to between a song’s release and the launch of an official music video. It has become a part of the marketing repertoire for many of music’s top acts, including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Prince, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Maroon 5 and dozens of others.
Justin Timberlake, who recently released a lyric video for his new single, “Suit & Tie,” took things to new heights when the clip broadcast on TV – MTV to be exact.
“As soon as we knew (Timberlake’s label) was going to push out a lyric video, we proactively asked them to let us make this an event the biggest way possible,” said Amy Doyle, MTV’s executive vice president of music and talent.