It was only a rumor a couple of months ago, but the folks over at Showbiz411 confirmed that Adele will be singing the theme for the upcoming James Bond movie 'Skyfall.' The song will most likely be called "Skyfall" and was also probably written by the soon to-be-mom.
The 8-time Grammy winner will be joining the ranks of Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Shirley Bassey and many others who have created memorable Bond themes. I do hope it's better than "Another Way To Die" from 'Quantum of Solace.' Although I love both Alicia Keys and Jack White separately, that collaboration wasn't as good as it should have been. It was reported that Amy Winehouse was originally asked to sing the theme for QoS, but at the time she wasn't healthy, and Mark Ronson had a falling out with her over the situation. (Did you remember that TODAY Amy would have been 29 years old?)
The 23rd Bond film will premiere in the UK on October 26th, and we'll get to see it here in the States on November 9th.
So, what is your favorite Bond theme? How well do you think Adele's will do? I'm partial to "You Only Live Twice" performed by Nancy Sinatra.
[Editor's Note: DivaJulia's favorite is a newer Bond theme--"You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell
from Casino Royale, Daniel Craig's first appearance as Bond. James Bond.]
Written by: Brittani
A year has gone by since Amy Winehouse died. We've watched as Amy was remembered during various award shows, listened to other people perform her music and thought and written about how she affected us personally, but now I suppose we should be thankful she was with us at all.
Jools Holland put together a lovely, yet visually troubling group of performances from his U.K. television show. Paul Weller is shown performing a soulful "Heard It Through the Grapevine" with Amy, and then again during the flawless "Don't Talk to Strangers". Such perfect tenderness...
Amy's physical deterioration over the years is apparent through this string of performances, but her talent always peeked through whatever mess she was drowning in...
We miss you, girl.
I love The Brit Awards. I'm a Brit pop girl through and through. Back in the 80's the line was drawn deeply: Either you swooned brightly to Duran Duran, Human League, David Bowie, Eurythmics OR you dorked around to
finger down the throat gagging Huey Lewis and the News and ZZ Top with a bottle of Bartles and Jaymes Strawberry Daiquiri Wine Coolers. Ack. J'knowt'mayne?
The 2012 Brit Awards have yet to happen here in the States (wait, what? Eight hour time difference!), but of course we have the full list of winners for you!
British Male Solo Artist
Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds
British Female Solo Artist
Florence and the Machine
British Breakthrough Act
(Top 5 selected by Voting Academy, category promoted by Radio 1)
(Top 5 selected by Voting Academy, promoted by Radio 2)
Chase & Status
(Top 10 Single - based on commercial radio airplay and sales on calendar year)
Adele - Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran - A Team
Example - Changed the Way You Kiss Me
Jessie J featuring VOB - Price Tag
JLS featuring Dev - She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives/Gareth Malone - Wherever You Are
Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
The Wanted - Glad you Came?
Mastercard British Album of the Year
(Sponsored by ITV Daybreak and The Sun's Bizaare column)
Adele - 21
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran - +,
Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
P J Harvey - Let England Shake
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Jay-Z and Kanye West
International Breakthrough Act
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding Contribution Award - Blur
Critics Choice Award - Emeli Sande
I was hoping for a bit more of a tribute for Amy Winehouse, but there was at least this:
Of course a lovely tribute was given to Whitney Houston.
All in all, Adele had another very successful night! (Poor Jessie J. having to go up against her this year, though.)
Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett ‘Body and Soul’ Duet (Full Video) and CNN Interview With Mitch Winehouse
Oh dear Lord. Today would have been Amy's 28th birthday. Last night I watched Piers Morgan interview Amy's dad, Mitch--twice. Once at 6:00 and again at 9:00 p.m.
The second viewing was even more heartbreaking. For those of you who know some of the personal details of my life, you might understand why I'm more emotional about the death of Amy Winehouse than the average fan. I haven't suffered the devastation of losing a child, but I know the fear. The fear of addiction (which I've personally dealt with in the past, then years later enduring the pain of one of my precious sons struggle with the same demons) brings it all so close to home. The horrific visions that punch you in the heart when you don't know what the next phone call will bring brought me to my knees. My son is doing very well now...but. There's always a "but" when you are a mother of a beautiful, talented child who carries the disease of addiction in his proverbial pocket.
The video footage of the two singing together is bittersweet, with Winehouse looking healthy and alert, twirling her hair flirtatiously as she matches Bennett note for note on the standard. Wearing a short black skirt and one of the plaid sweaters from her Fred Perry fashion collection, her hair in a signature bouffant and her lids smeared with Cleopatra-style cat-eye mascara, a smiling Winehouse holds her own with Bennett and seems to enjoy the challenge of working with the icon.
After moving her arms around nervously while singing, at one point Winehouse kisses her golden necklace, then looks up and points to the ceiling.
In an interview with MTV's Buzzworthy, Bennett praised Winehouse, saying she was
"someone who knows how to intuitively improvise and make it believable and sing with humanity and soul and honesty, no compromising. ... Amy had that gift. She was the only one of all of the contemporary artists that I've met through the years. ... She's the only one that was able to do it."
I stand by my opinion that we have lost one of the very best blues singer/songwriters the world has seen--at the tender age of 27 years (and I do NOT believe in the "27 Club" at all--COINCIDENCE and Conspiracy Theory, that's all.).
I celebrate the day of Amy's birth, but will always mourn her tragic death.
I'm not surprised by this statement, are you?
via The Daily Mail:
In statement released today a spokesperson for the family said: 'Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.'
'The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process.'
I doubt we will ever know the exact cause of Amy's death -- but we all know what led up to her sad demise. The terrible facts are that Amy struggled with addiction. Her tiny heart and body couldn't take the abuse anymore; 27-year old people don't just drop dead for no apparent reason, regardless of what a "report" indicates.
Amy Winehouse is gone. Her parents had to bury their daughter. I can't imagine anything more heartbreaking.