My favorite Mongolian folk metal band is Nine Treasures, but you have probably never heard of them.
The folk elements of the band’s music mostly come from two instruments: the morin khuur, a traditional two-stringed ; and the balalaika, a triangular Russian folk instrument that sounds a bit like a mandolin and typically has three strings. –
“The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie blows me away. Her of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is currently , ahead of John Legend, Idina Menzel, and Justin Timberlake. Way ahead of coach Shakira (35) and the next closest contestant Audra McLaughlin (40).
I predict that Christina Grimmie will win The Voice, hands down.
Below is Christina’s rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” for the blind auditions.
This is the latest video from 2Cellos, released last week. It is getting one million views per day.
2CELLOS is a duo of young Croatian cellists. More from :
“Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. Their unique cello version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. Within only a week, this YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.”
I wrote about their when it first came out. Glad to see their popularity growing.
In case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the story: A “funnyman” tricks a US Olympic athlete into tweeting a fake video purporting to show a wolf on the loose in the athlete’s hotel in Sochi. The funnyman’s network (ABC) knows about the plan, but keeps mum. The story goes viral, as other legit news networks (NBC, CNN) report it as true. The funnyman goes “Sike!” ABC goes:”It is a piece of comedy.” Ha-ha!
Not everyone’s laughing. and managing editor overseeing Olympics coverage:
“It wasn’t just that it was a potentially viral video. The news was that security may have been breached where the athletes stay. How did a wolf get into a place that was supposedly fortified? Was there a hole in the fence? Were there other weaknesses? How did it get past the guards? Was it even a wolf? These were all legitimate questions in the context of what has been reported about Sochi.”
In my opinion this “prank” goes well beyond stupid and irresponsible, into malicious and probably criminal. Confession: I am a little angrier than usual because I thought the story was true and shared it on social media as such. I am also no fan of ABC’s for other reasons.
[UPDATE January 27, 2014] You can buy Lorde’s album
(featuring the Grammy-winning song “Royals”) from Amazon.
Everybody will be talking about Lorde tomorrow, so let me get ahead of the pack and predict that Lorde will win a Grammy tonight with “Royals” — for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, or both. (Here is the .)
Below is the original “Royals” video. The subsequently-released US version removed the tennis court scenes in the end, for some strange reason.
What do you get when you cross Miley Cyrus with Beyoncé? You get 17-year-old Marrialle Sellars, who dominated the Detroit auditions of American Idol Season XIII, and — according to this observer — already won the competition.
See Marrialle’s audition, performing Grenade by Bruno Mars: