Mary J. Blige Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

Mary J. BligeA documentary chronicling the recording of Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26 in New York. Blige will perform at the festival as well.

The documentary shows the singer’s creative process as she writes and records with artists such as Sam Smith, Disclosure and Emeli Sandé.

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Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige Bring The House Down With “Stay With Me”

Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith

The performance of a stripped-down “Stay With Me” with a giant orchestra was EPIC. He was joined by the always-amazing Blige and a host of backup choir members.

Smith ended up taking away four awards in his first grammy appearance.

Well This is Awkward — President Obama (sorta) Sings Along to “On the Road Again” with Willie Nelson

 

Yesterday (November 7), the White House honored American troops with a concert featuring performances from Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Mary J. Blige, Common, and others.

Willie invited President Obama to join in on the sing-along of “On the Road Again”. The only problem? The President didn’t seem to know the song’s lyrics and just kind of snapped along to the music.

Watch in horror below.

The best mass musician sing-a-longs EVER

from Hello Giggles

by Sophia Elias

Before Tuesday night, mass musician sing-a-longs were few and far between. Thankfully, BBC Music pulled out all the stops with their star-studded cover of the Beach Boys 1996 hit, “God Only Knows”. In light of the BBC Music launch, the network got everyone (and by everyone, I mean 29 world class musicians) to participate in the promo. With the likes of Elton John, Florence Welch, Pharrell, Lorde, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl and Sam Smith, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Much like its all-star predecessors, “God Only Knows” will contribute to a good cause. The song is set to be released as a single in order to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. I have to say, I haven’t been one to seek out celebrity sing-a-longs, but there is something powerful about world class artists collaborating on a single project. I think we ought take a trip down memory lane and give a nod to all those great musical collabs from the past. There are more than you probably know:

1. We Are The World (1985)

“We Are The World” is the mother of all mass musician sing-a-longs. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, “We Are The World” was released in an effort to raise awareness and bring relief to the famine in Africa between 1983-1985. The song raised over $10 million in record sales from the United States alone. The song included performances from over 44 world class musicians—including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Ray Charles—who operated under the name of USA for Africa. Fun fact: When the musicians entered the studio, they were met with a sign that read: “Check your egos at the door.” Continue reading