Rod Stewart - Carpool Karaoke
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Although the The Late Late Show with James Corden may be the sixth most watched late-night talk show, it hasn’t stopped well-known celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, and Iggy Azalea from partaking in Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. The segment, which is half interview, half jam session, takes place in Corden’s car as he and a musician drive to his studio. The other day, Corden might have had his most famous celebrity musician yet; a British rocker named Rod Stewart. The most interesting tidbit we learned from Stewart is that when toured with The Faces they would check into Holiday Inns as Fleetwood Mac because they were banned from the hotel chain for “smashing up hotel rooms.” Also featured in the clip is rapper A$AP Rocky, who pops out from behind the backseat to perform a verse from his recently released track, “Everyday.” The popular tune features sample vocals by Rod Stewart from the 1972 Python Lee Jackson song, “In a Broken Dream.” We hope there's more segements of Carpool Karaoke to come.
Being a popular musical act is tough. They not only have to manage the expectations of their fans, who want them to keep producing great material, they have to manage the expectations of their labels, who want them to keep producing great material. Over time, many artists suffer from changing winds in musical taste, and the type of music that made them popular in one decade doesn't get much traction in another, leading many fans to ask of new songs, "What is this crap?" Or else the artist or band tries to experiment, leading many fans to ask of new songs, "What is this crap?"
What I'm basically saying is that fans tend to have a strong preference for the music that made them initially like the artist; it's a kind of nostalgia effect, I suppose. So some artists who've been around for a long time, and are no longer bound to recording contracts, have decided to base their current success on exactly what their fans are expecting: the golden oldies that made them popular. They continue touring but stop recording for the most part, or else have very long gaps of time between albums which suggest recording isn't a priority for them. Here are a few examples that've done just that:
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are among the better bands on this list, since they've actually had a new studio album in the last 10 years, that being A Bigger Bang (2005). They've had several compilation and live albums since then, some with a few new songs, but that's about it. Since 1989, the Stones have definitely slowed down their release schedule, with three studio albums during that time period. The Stones have given no indication that they're done recording, so hopefully we'll see a new album soon.
Jason Pierre-Paul Loses Finger
It’s safe to say Fourth of July 2015 was not one New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul would like to remember. While celebrating America’s independence he injured both of his hands with fireworks, including a fractured right thumb and a severely burned right index finger. Although initial reports indicated the injuries he sustained weren’t serious, ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained a copy of medical charts that revealed Pierre-Paul had his right index figured amputated.
Pierre-Paul might have been able to save his finger, but it would have been a long road to recovery, most likely forcing him to miss the entire upcoming season. The area where the amputation occurred is only expected to take about three weeks to heal. According to an unidentified source, “Pierre-Paul is expected to be back on the field this year” and "could be ready to play by the start of the season.”
With the Broadway debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s much anticipated opus Hamilton coming up on July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, the Great White Way is abuzz with praise for the new musical. Ben Brantley of The New York Times, the paper itself a bastion of restraint and the last word in theatre reviews, gushed, “HISTORIC. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It's probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush. A MARVEL.” Fellow Gray Lady mainstay David Brooks similarly decreed, “BRILLIANT. HAMILTON is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a theater. Bold, rousing, sexy, tear-jerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that asks you to think afresh about your country and your life.” And the reviews gush on, and on, and on.
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