More than anything, Nikki Yanofsky is just excited to finally be able to talk about her performance of the Canadian national anthem at the Olympic opening ceremonies. “All week we had rehearsals, and I couldn’t say what I was doing,” the 16-year-old said of her powerful rendition of “O Canada,” kept a secret until the big day. Nikki shared this with anchor David Muir in a recent segment from ABC World News, which also includes a brief look back at the young singer’s impressive career and recent success with “I Believe,” CTV’s Official Song for Vancouver 2010.
In addition to her 16th birthday, Nikki also recently celebrated her first #1 hit single as her version of “I Believe” topped the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and iTunes Canada Top Songs chart. “I Believe” reached #1 within two weeks of release and is currently out-selling top artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas and Ke$ha. Fans can download the track here.
Nikki’s U.S. album debut will be out in late Spring (Decca). Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone and Jesse Harris (Grammy-winner for his work with Norah Jones), the album will showcase Yanofsky’s “purity across her multi-octave range” (NY Post) with music that includes standards by the Gershwins and Ellington, an original song by Feist, and Nikki’s writing collaborations with Harris, Ron Sexsmith and others. Visit NikkiYanofsky.com for more information.
Whenever AFI unveils a video fans immediately react with questions on the video’s meaning — from hidden messages to overall themes. The premiere of the “Beautiful Thieves” was no different, and to sate fans the band has released a behind the scenes look at the video. In the six minute piece each member of AFI shares insight on the song itself, the meaning of the video, or what it’s like on the set of a video shoot. In describing the overall video lead vocalist Davey remarks, “[It] shows people actually being forced to be responsible for their actions. We implement that retribution, if you will.”
Pop rockers Allstar Weekend have just premiered their new video for “A Different Side Of Me.” The track will appear on their forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Hollywood Records.
Allstar Weekend were discovered by the founders of Drive-Thru Records, and they are currently in the studio with the likes of Howard Benson (The All-American Rejects, Kelly Clarkson), Eddie Galan (Colby O’Donis, Mitchel Musso), Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s), John Feldmann (Goldfinger, The Veronicas), and Dave Bassett (Marie Digby, Shinedown).
From the album ‘Almost Alice’ – Official track from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – in cinemas March 5. From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Visit disneymovies.co.uk/alice for more details.
The world premiere of Cypress Hill “It Ain’t Nothin'” video is now live at OnSmash. The song is currently available for free download at CypressHill.com and is off the group痴 forthcoming album Rise Up, due out April 6. The album will be the groups first since 2004’s Til Death Do Us Part, and will feature a special guest appearance from Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morrello. Watch the brand new video here, and head over to the official Cypress Hill website for the latest information.
Selena Gomez stopped by Good Morning America this morning to perform her Gold selling single “Naturally.” The Disney starlet also chatted with George Stephanopoulos about her busy schedule and experience at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
Kiss & Tell, the new album from Selena Gomez & The Scene, is available now.
Wolfmother have just unveiled their brand new music video for “White Feather”. The song appears on the psych-rockers recently released album, Cosmic Egg, and has been described as a track with “heavy-funky groove” (LA Times), “crammed with brilliantly cruch riffs” (BBC) and “immensely likeable” (Pop Matters). Check out the video here and watch Wolfmother deliver an electric studio performance filled with energetic guitar solos.
Debi Nova’s sizzling video for “Drummer Boy” has finally arrived! Filmed in the beautiful Vasquez Rocks State Park in California, the “Drummer Boy” video is a visually captivating clip capturing this exciting artist’s magnetism, charisma and presence. Nova is featured dancing the freestyle, energetic “murga” – a street/carnival dance from Uruguay and Argentina, including the “borracho,” or “drunk” dance, often done to express the joy of life. Director Thomas Kloss brings to life this vibrant, passionate and playful, hip-hop-inspired song, with gorgeous landscapes, and the natural environment as Debi’s backdrop. Kloss has contributed directing and/or photography credits on an impressive array of music videos from superstars including The Pussycat Dolls, Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Manson and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.