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Trivia Tuesday: Special Thanksgiving Edition

Surprise!! It’s Trivia Tuesday a couple of days early!

Question: At the end the Cheers Thanksgiving episode “Thanksgiving Orphans”, who gets hit in the face with a pie?


Last Week’s Question: What was the second music video that aired on MTV?

Answer: “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” was the second music video ever aired on MTV on August 1, 1981 after “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. “You Better Run” came off of Benatar’s 1980 album Crimes of Passion, and reached #42 on the charts. So Pat Benatar became the first feamle and first American to have a video on MTV.

Here is MTV’s liftoff, which includes the first 2 videos:

Music Video of the Week – 11/17/10

This week’s selection, in honor of Ronnie DeVoe’s 43rd birthday, is “Cool it Now” by New Edition:

“Cool It Now” was released in 1984 as the first single off of New Edition’s second album, New Edition. The song was the group’s first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit. The original members included Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell. Bobby Brown left the group in 1985 to go on to a successful solo career. New Edition continued on with four members for a while, until Johnny Gill joined them in 1988. In 1990, the group when on hiatus while the went on to their own projects. Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant had solo projects, and the remaining members formed Bell Biv Devoe, who were successful with the song and album Poison.
New Edition has reunited in 1996 for a short time, and again in 2004. There are rumors that they will reunite once again.

On December 20, 2009, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill joined New Kids on the Block onstage at a House Of Blues benefit show for Toys For Tots in Boston, performing Full Service and This One’s For The Children.

Johnny Gill confirms that New Edition will reunite once again and will sign with manager Irving Azoff. They are currently signed with Geffen Records and Interscope Records.

Steve Perry Wants to Reunite With Journey?

“Don’t Stop Believin'” Steve Perry and Journey fans. The rumor mill is starting up once again. According to Pollstar, London’s Daily Star an a short piece saying Perry had asked to rejoin the band after seeing “Don’t Stop Believing” performed by cast members on the hit TV show “Glee.” Or maybe he got re-energized after this performance at a Giants playoff game in San Francisco a few weeks ago:

But Journey founder/guitarist Neal Schon said, “He seems to be enjoying the spotlight a little too much. The fact is he’s no longer the lead singer. He walked out.”

Also, Journey already has a new singer, Arnel Pineda, and the band has an album scheduled to be released in 2011, and they plan on a world tour.

New Michael Jackson Single to be Released and Album Track Listing Announced

MichaelJackson.com has announced that the first official single from the upcoming Michael album will be released this coming Monday, November 15th at 12:01am EST. The song is called “Hold My Hand”. It will appear on http://www.michaeljackson.com and will then go on sale digitally. The song, a duet with Akon, was recorded in 2007. Jackson had a handwritten note indicating that he wanted this song to be the first single to be released on his next project. The unfinished version of the song was leaked in 2008.Akon recently completed the new and final production of “Hold My Hand.”

Akon comments, “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it. But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”

The new album, Michael, will be released on December 14. Here is the track listing:

1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon

Music Video of the Week – 11/10/10

Since tonight is the Country Music Awards show, this week’s selection is “Is There Life Out There” by Reba. Even if you’re not a Country Music fan, you can still get an ’80s fix as Huey Lewis has a big part in the video:


“Is There Life Out There” was released off of Reba McEntire’s 1991 album For My Broken Heart. The song debuted at #64 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks and peaked at #1 for the week of December 21, 1991, and it stayed at #1 for two consecutive weeks. This video is one of the first country music videos to include significant amounts of dialogue that portray the song’s storyline. According to Entertainment Weekly, Reba and her label (MCA Records) received complaints from the television network CMT over the video that she was “putting message ahead of music”, and it was almost banned from the network. Maybe they never heard of Thriller? The video then won Video of the Year at the 1992 Academy of Country Music awards.
Reba starred in a 1994 television movie on CBS, also titled Is There Life Out There?, which was based on the song’s storyline. Instead of co-starring with Huey Lewis, Keith Carradine starred along with Reba.

New Bon Jovi Greatest Hits (with 4 new songs) Released Today

“Raise Your Hands” if you are going to buy, or have already bought the new Bon Jovi Greatest Hits. No, that song isn’t on there, but if you get the Ultimate Collection version of this album, there is a very good combination of Bon Jovi’s classics, and their more recent hit songs. You can see the list of songs here.

The down side of this collection (for those of us who download legally) is that you need to purchase the whole album in order to get the new songs. That is probably a good idea business-wise, but not cool for fans like myself who already own everything else they ever came out with! If you just download the “1 disc” version, you only get 2 new songs. But I coughed up $15.99 of my iTunes credits to get the Ultimate Collection, which contains 4 new songs, and I do have to say that I’m not disappointed!

“What Do You Got?”

The first new song (Track 15 on disc 1) is a very good slower tempo song. This is also the first song released off of the album as a single. The video is part of the package of the “Ultimate” collection. It is a typical timeless Bon Jovi song, and worthy of being part of this collection.

“No Apologies”

The second new song (Track 16 on disc 1) is a great fist pumping rocker. It is kind of similar to “We Weren’t Born to Follow” from their last album The Circle. It is about standing by what you believe in. It is a very anthemic song.

“This is Love This is Life”

Track 11 on the second disc is a very good up-tempo song. There is some throwback vocoder in it. It kind of has a “Born to Be My Baby”, “Livin’ On a Prayer” feel to it.

“The More Things Change”

And they saved the best for last. It is kind of autobiographical, and also suits us ’80s fans. With lyrics like this:

If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back
Just take a look, we’re living proof and baby that’s a fact

this was a perfect song to end the album with.

So, I would say that if you are a Bon Jovi fan, this is a great album to add to your collection. It is better that their last Greatest Hits compilation – Cross Road, and is not as overwhelming as the box set, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong.
This is also a great album for any younger music fans who are beginning to get into Bon Jovi.

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New Michael Jackson Album to be released on December 14

Sony Records and Jackson’s estate announced that a new Michael Jackson album, titled Michael, will be released on December 14, 2010. These will be songs recorded just before he died – not a greatest hits compilation. The first single is called Breaking News and will be streamed on www.michaeljackson.com for one week starting from Monday. A teaser of the song will appear on the site today (November 5). The album cover is shown here. It looks pretty awesome! The album can already be pre-ordered from the site. It looks like it is $12.99 and Free Shipping, or you can get the MP3 download for $10.99.

Here is the official press release from the web site:

MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FROM THE KING OF POP
MICHAEL TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 14

Exclusive Teaser and Song to be Unveiled on MichaelJackson.com

New York, NY – The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Tomorrow, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on http://www.michaeljackson.com; on Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on http://www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.

The attached image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from MICHAEL later this month.

Music Video of the Week – 11/3/10

This week’s selection is “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News from Back to the Future, which came out 25 years ago this year:

“The Power of Love”, along with the Back to the Future movie, was released in 1985. Huey Lewis and the News also had a hit with “Back in Time” from the movie.
“The Power of Love” gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skateboards to school, then when he and his band played the song for a Battle of the Bands auditions (which Lewis, himself, is judging, and tells Marty’s group that they are “just too darn loud”).

Music Video of the Week – 10/27/10

In honor of Simon LeBon’s 52nd birthday, here is an alternate video version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”:

You can click here to see the original version.
“Hungry Like the Wolf” came off of Duran Duran’s second album – 1982’s Rio. This is Duran Duran’s signature song, and made them internationally. The original video constantly played on MTV. It was pretty cool though, since it had a Raiders of the Lost Ark feel to it.