Barry would want me to carry on performing – Paul Chuckle

Paul Chuckle says losing his brother Barry has been “the worst feeling ever” but he knows his ChuckleVision co-star would want him to carry on performing.
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Ramona Singer Performing “Milkshake” on Lip Sync Battle Will Make Your Day

Real Housewives of New York City, RHONYIf you’ve dreamed of Ramona Singer of The Real Housewives of New York City fame lip-syncing to Kelis’ “Milkshake,” then, well, your dreams have come true.
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Fans React to Camila Cabello Fake-Playing Guitar While Performing on Ellen

Camila Cabello’s performance on Ellen Wednesday provoked some quizzical tweets. The “Havana” singer, sexily made up in a black lace bustier with piles of pearls wrapped about her neck, sang her latest hit, “Never Be the Same.” Swinging forth a classic black and white electric guitar, the 21-year-old hitmaker strummed with passionate believability, only her guitar was seemingly disconnected and hence, inaudible.

Fans and foes lit up the Twitterverse with love — and snark. One viewer bitingly wrote: “Why do popstars pretend to play the guitar? It’s dishonest. Apparently she can play but this song doesn’t have any guitar in it. Anything for some rock cred eh?” Another tweeted: “I’m trying really hard to figure out why Camila Cabello, who clearly does not play the guitar, is using one as a stage prop…”

But her devoted fan base came to her defense:

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The former Fifth Harmony member, whose self-titled first solo album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has not responded to the accusations.


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Pharrell Williams Performing at Alibaba’s Singles’ Day Event

Alibaba is getting some star power from Pharrell Williams to create even more fervor around Singles’ Day.
The performer, designer, Chanel collaborator and campaign face is set to perform at Alibaba’s upcoming 11.11 Countdown Gala, a variety show that will take place during the hours before the massive Alibaba shopping event that is Singles’ Day, also known as 11.11, or Double 11.
“Our pre-sale gala has become immensely influential in China, with cutting-edge interactive technology at the heart at the heart of the event,” said Hong Ying, the general manager of the entertainment division of Alibaba.
The performance marks one of Williams’ first links with the powerful Chinese online marketplace, and he will also be launching on Tuesday a pair of custom-designed patchwork G-Star jeans exclusively with Alibaba.
Ying said the goal of the 11.11 event is to “seamlessly connect shopping with entertainment.”

An Alibaba poster for the 11.11 gala featuring Pharrell Williams. 

Williams will be performing alongside several “surprise guests,” according to Alibaba, but other confirmed appearances include actor and pop star Karen Mok, actor and model Zhang Ziyi and pianist Lang Lang.
Singles’ Day is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and this year, Alibaba aimed to spread out the event over

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Sorry? Justin Bieber Is Straight Up Banned From Performing In China Now

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‘We Are Not Heartless People’: Green Day on Performing After Fatal Stunt

About 30 minutes before the punk band’s set at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain, an acrobat fell to his death. But Green Day says it was unaware.
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Toby Keith Won’t Apologize For Performing At Donald Trump’s Inauguration Celebration

Country music star Toby Keith will perform at Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” concert on Jan. 19 (the eve of Inauguration Day), and he isn’t sorry about it one bit. 

I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, after hearing some criticism for his decision. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”

Keith will be joined at the celebratory concert by 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, The Piano Guys and the Frontmen of Country, according to an announcement posted on the Presidential Inaugural Committee site.

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday was also slated to perform but backed out. On Saturday, in a letter published by The Wrap, Holliday apologized to the LGBTQ community for agreeing to perform in the first place, calling the initial decision a “lapse of judgement.”

A handful of other celebrities, including Welsh singer Charlotte Church, have also turned down invitations to perform at any of Trump’s inaugural celebrations.

Rebecca Ferguson, Season 7 runner-up of the British “X Factor,” said she would only perform if she could sing the song “Strange Fruit,” which she said “speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States.” 

Meanwhile, “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho will be performing at the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20. 

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‘The Artist’s Compass’: Making a Life in the Performing Arts

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He was a self-taught musician who fought epic battles with music industry giants to gain control of his work. He championed the rights of artists at a time of great upheaval in the entertainment business, when the ability of artists to earn a living plummeted. If you are an artist who is less inclined to brandish a middle finger at the industry — as Prince did — or are not yet in a position to do so, then Rachel Moore’s new book, The Artist’s Compass, may be an invigorating read.

In years past, there were many large companies willing to invest in the development of young artists with talent, but those are fast disappearing, and it is becoming more and more important for emerging artists to become self-starters and create their own opportunities. The incubators for developing artists may be largely gone, but so are the gatekeepers, which means that anyone can create their own opportunities if they’re clever enough, determined enough, and talented enough to assess the marketplace and take advantage of what’s out there.

This sober, graceful “guide to building a life and a living in the performing arts” — remarkably compact for such a sweeping purpose — packs much useful information into its 180 pages. Perhaps its greatest value lies in its consolidation of nitty-gritty advice and broader, philosophical food for thought. Aimed at young people who aspire to a career in the arts, as well as those who are reinventing themselves in the arts, The Artist’s Compass tackles practical matters of self-marketing, auditions, employment contracts, personal budgeting and finance; it also steers the reader through critical career decisions, girding them to face the more common challenges, while smartly avoiding a “one size fits all” approach.

Most newly trained artists will find themselves operating as freelancers, working intermittently, figuring out where their next gig will come from and how to pay the rent until then. They will have been trained by experts but, as Moore sagely points out, “most teachers who are expert in their respective artistic disciplines are not necessarily expert in the business of the performing arts.”

That business has been profoundly altered — for better and for worse — by changes in demand and by advances in technology. Moore advises emerging artists on how to assemble their ‘personal board of directors,’ and how to harness tech not only to help them build their brand but also to streamline the logistics of their daily lives.

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Rachel Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center, at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre. Photo: John McCoy for The Music Center.

A leading arts administrator, Moore is impeccably positioned to deliver this wide-ranging advice. Once a struggling artist herself, she saw her career in the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre cut short by injury at age 24, went to university, then rose to become the CEO of American Ballet Theatre. She is now President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles. The thoughtful insights in The Artist’s Compass reflect not just her own personal experience, but also that of an array of talents including Sigourney Weaver, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, Misty Copeland, Natalia Makarova, and Daniil Simkin.

Simkin, who has a massive social media following, shares his thoughts on social media do’s and don’ts.

Copeland understands that fame often fuels a backlash, and has employed an admirable strategy for dealing with online vitriol.

Moore’s own comical experience being interviewed for Vogue magazine offers a valuable lesson in handling the press.

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Rachel Moore, ballet dancer. Photo courtesy Rachel Moore.

A vital chapter entitled ‘When things go wrong’ tackles nettlesome matters like workplace harassment sensibly and spiritedly. However, some of the space devoted to the perils of apartment subletting and traffic violations could more profitably have been diverted to navigating the increasingly common minefields in the music and arts world, such as breaches of intellectual property. Where penalties can be crippling, it is wise to be forearmed.

A list of books by experts in finance and other fields can be found under ‘Further reading.’ But a few topics such as IP, partnerships, and situations that call for the creation of separate business entities, bear touching upon in this bird’s eye view.

Another area that merits exploration is fundraising, the cause of much angst among freelance artists. How can an artist chase grants if she can’t afford a professional grant writer? Is crowd-funding all it’s cracked up to be?

Among the many pearls of wisdom in The Artist’s Compass, one finds exhortations to explore other art forms, to engage with the world, to prioritize a formal education, and to consider making a home outside the major art capitals. Moore makes a compelling case for each practice she advocates. She also has advice on eating and sleeping. I vaguely remember my mother saying something along those lines, but, as is often the case, a parent’s authority wanes in those late teen years. The Artist’s Compass packs a lot more power than one parent’s voice. Frank and engagingly written, it is likely to become a trusted resource for many an artist, even for those who are further along in their careers.

Many artists become fearful when they hear the words “negotiate a contract.” Visions of used-car dealers and fast-talking salesmen dance in their heads. Don’t be afraid… It isn’t about winning or losing, it is about finding common ground.

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Woman Performing ‘Lose Yourself’ In Sign Language Gets Us Super Pumped

We always wondered how to say, “Mom’s spaghetti” in American Sign Language.

Luckily we have Shelby Mitchusson, an ASL interpreter who performed Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on YouTube. It’s one of her first videos — though she appears to have interpreted bad-assery at rock concerts before — but we can tell she’s going to be an internet sensation.

She really gets into it — and it looks like she plans on rewarding us with more of her videos soon.

“I have a deep love for interpreting music and would love to share more as I am always interpreting music,” she wrote on YouTube. “As always your feedback is wanted! Again, thank you all — I’ll upload more soon.”

If you think Shelby’s awesome, meet the woman who took Public Enemy’s music to a whole new level with sign language.

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Seth Rogen Says Performing At Kanye West’s Wedding Isn’t The Best Idea

Last week we learned that Kanye West asked Seth Rogen and James Franco to perform their parody of his song “Bound 2” the night before the rapper weds Kim Kardashian. The performance isn’t actually happening, because, well it would just be kind of awkward for everyone involved.

“Me and Franco got a call, [West] said he was thinking it might be funny if he performed it at the wedding and we came out on a motorcycle. And we were like, ‘And then what do we do?’ And then we were all like, ‘I don’t know,'” Rogen told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday, May 1.

“That’s probably not going to be very funny then,” Rogen said they decided, adding that West realized he would just be rapping with Rogen and Franco for five minutes.

The 32-year-old, who stars in the upcoming movie “Neighbors,” was relieved they all arrived at the same conclusion, but added if West really wanted him at his wedding, there would be no hesitation.

“I would be there naked, with a shirt off, however he wanted me, on a motorcycle, doing whatever he needed,” Rogen said DeGeneres. “Because I’m a fan. That’s just as a fan.”

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