“HOLY SH*TBALLS”, MICHAEL BUBLE

His words, not mine.

A mother ransacked the stage at a recent Michael Buble concert. Yep, seriously. The determined mama interrupted the singer to inform the crooner that her son Sam (who just turned 15), wanted to duet with Buble himself.

Reluctantly, the cutie pie singer agreed and told the kid to join him onstage. Within seconds the band to fired up Feeling Good. Buble took a swing at the opening line and then turned the mic over to Sam to sing the second.

Long friggin’ story short: Sam’s voice blew Buble to infinity and beyond!

This all went down at a concert in Birmingham, England, on Oct. 9th. However, the clip was just featured on the This Is Michael Buble TV special, which was broadcast Saturday night in Britain. And now the vid’s quickly going viral.

Sam spoke with the Birmingham Mail about his Buble experience : “It was incredible. I can’t believe I got to go on stage to sing with Michael Buble. For the last few days my mum kept asking what my favourite Buble song was, but I had no idea she was going to do that. As she started walking to the stage, I thought oh no, what is she doing?”

Sam’s proud mama, Paula, told the paper that she was unsure if she was going to go through with it but knew it was her son’s dream and thus she knew she had to at least try.

She stated: “I wasn’t sure whether I would do it, but I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and I just thought, go for it, and I just marched up to the stage and told him. Sam was amazing. I am so proud.”

Well, thank you, Paula for going through with it! The clip is a joy to watch.

Check it out!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TALIA COLES

Check out our chat with the lovely Talia Coles…

ROB BRAYL: Your father played with James Brown and Wilson Pickett. I assume you grew up submerged in some sweet music?

TALIA COLES: Yes, music was a staple in my house. I was blessed to be around such authentic expressions. Great musicians are not always honored for the genius they possess. I can’t begin to tell you what that was like, being so intimately connected at such a historic time.

RB: Can you explain ‘Nikki Wine’ to those who may not have heard the single? Is ‘Nikki Wine’ an alter ego label? A la Sasha Fierce?

TC: [Laughs] No…’Nikki Wine’ was inspired by an old reggae song by General B. called ‘Nikki’. When my producer played the track I just started singing those words in a different melody and it stuck. It was really catchy and everybody started singing it! Although I think Sasha Fierce is a phenomenal alter ego, I Love Beyonce — I guess it would’ve been great for the story but that’s not quite the case. ‘Nikki Wine’ is no alter ego just the name of the song.

RB: Speaking of labels, you are also passionate about clothes and have your own line. I would imagine your music helps to inspire ideas for your designs?

TC: Music and fashion go hand in hand as far as the value that I have when expressing ones individuality, but fashion is its own beast and I treat it as such. Music whispers in my ear but fashion screams in my face!

RB: As a songwriter you’ve worked with some pretty heavy names (LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild, Teddy Riley, Slim from 112, among others). But I’m most curious how it was like to work with Tyler Perry. What’s the story there?

TC: I worked with Tyler indirectly, I spent most of the time with Kevin Liles, Joel C High (Music Director) and Jojo Brim who oversaw the soundtrack. So when Tyler got the music it was pretty much stamped. He liked it so that made it even better.

RB: Where is Talia Coles headed? And for those just now jumping on the crazy ride with you, what can we expect?

TC: Talia is expressing her truth and living her dream. I’m coming from a place of contribution and looking to push the culture forward!

 

‘CRIMINAL INTENT’: ROBYN’S BOOTY SHAKIN’ ELECTRONICA LEAVES A SCAR

When Robyn first dropped the news of her idea of releasing three albums in one year, I thought the peroxide Swedish fish had gone bananas! But now that Body Talk Pt. 2 has been released in the states and we are mid-way through our journey of a 3-disc platter of pop, I think the idea clearly has been a successful one.

The highly infectious first single, Dancing on My Own, captured listeners with it’s punch-to-the-face beats fused with the emotional attachment of being in love with someone who could care less about said feelings. The video, as with all of Robyn’s videos, was a visual treat, taking the song to a fresh place mentally. The same can be said in the simple documentary stylized video for Hang with Me, the lead single off Body Talk Pt. 2 — a sweet and vulnerable record, even if it is possibly, most likely about a friends with benefits type of relationship.

What I love the most about Robyn is how her music, even the most electronic, dancefloor declarations that make you want to shake your ass and stomp your feet — even those songs show complete intelligence and thought and often a vulnerable yearning-for-love heart.

In the end, do not let Robyn’s ferocious beats take away from noticing the emotionally charged ballad versions of her addictive songs, for those records/performances leave the ultimate scar (see the related post link below).

The final disc of the Body Talk series will be dropping this December.

[Related Post: Robyn Melts Hearts]

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CORY MONTEITH, WAL*MART GREETER (AND OTHER CELEBRITIES WHO HAD CRAP JOBS BEFORE LANDING A BREAK)

Stuck in a shitty job you hate? Read below for inspiration.

Madonna once worked at Dunkin Donuts, before exploding as, well, Madonna. Gwen Stefani mopped floors at Dairy Queen. Kanye West worked at The Gap. Pink, Macy Gray, and Shania Twain all worked at McDonalds. And Corey Monteith, before landing the role of a lifetime on the extremely popular Glee, worked as a Walmart Greeter.

Monteith, who recently appeared in ads for the chain, worked at the jumbo-sized retailer in Nanaimo, British Columbia. When he wasn’t handing out smiles to people on the hunt for a deal, Monteith spent his downtime playing the drums. During the auditioning process for Glee, Monteith made a video playing drums on everyday objects, which landed him a callback for the second phase of auditions. For the next round, he was told he would have to sing. According to Monteith, he had never sung before and went out and bought old Billy Joel records for inspiration. He decided to sing Honesty for the audition.

At about 4:00 p.m. the audition ended. And at 4:35 p.m. he received a call saying that that he had landed the part of high school jock Finn Hudson.

Bashed or embraced, no one can deny the goldmine of the series. According to Nielsen Soundscan, since Glee The Music: Volume 1, more than 7.4 million Glee songs have been downloaded in digital format.

Although his vocals are not mind-blowing, I love Monteith’s voice. It’s a great recording voice, one that spawned my favorite number from this past season of Glee, when Finn Hudson brewed a cup of steam over the classic Jessie’s Girl.

Listen to the track in its entirety, below (again and again and again). I can’t seem to stop playing this damn song!