Monthly Archives: May 2012
Sorry for the lateness posting this. Honestly, I forgot ! All this nice weather we are having here has gone to my head. (I’m sure that one week I’ll even forget to make the show!)
Here’s the latest Euro Chart Show . . . .
And the music we play this week, not in any order:
Footage from Madonna‘s ‘MDNA’ tour rehearsals has surfaced online, sparking rumours that the singer may be taking jabs at Lady GaGa during her set.
The singer came under scrutiny last year with the release of her single ‘Born this Way’, which some critics claimed sounded far too similar to Madonna’s 1989 hit ‘Express Yourself’.
Gaga dismissed the accusations, saying that claims that the song was based on Madonna’s track were “retarded”.
However, Madonna said of the song: “I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to redo my song’. I mean, I recognised the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting.” She later described Gaga’s music as “reductive” in an interview on Nightline.
In the footage – which is believed to be from rehearsals at the Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv – the 53-year-old star sings lyrics from ‘Born this Way’ over the music for ‘Express Yourself’. The medley ends with a rendition of ‘She’s Not Me’ from Madonna’s 2008 album Hard Candy.
Some now believe that the ‘Like a Virgin’ singer may be trying to make a dig at GaGa, who recently was forced to cancel a Indonesian concert on her own tour due to threats from religious groups.
The ‘MDNA’ tour launches in Israel on Thursday (May 31). Madonna has yet to comment on the audio.
Watch Madonna’s medley during the ‘MDNA’ tour rehearsals below:
Here is the latest Euro Chart Show as heard on radio around the world – it’s the Chart That Counts !
And here is the music played this week, not in order . . . .
Bee Gees’ singer Robin Gibb has died following a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have said.
British-born Gibb, 62, had been battling colon and liver cancer.
Gibb’s musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958.
The group is among the biggest-selling groups of all time with hits spanning six decades including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.
In a statement, Gibb’s family said they were announcing his death with “great sadness”.
Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the singer as “one of the major figures in the history of British music”.
The Beegees notched up record sales of more than 200 million since their first hits in the 1960s.
“Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music,” said Gambaccini.
“Their accomplishments have been monumental.
“Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.
“What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts.”
Gibb’s family said in a statement: “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.
“The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Gibb’s twin brother and band partner Maurice died in 2003 at the age of 53 following complications from a twisted intestine.
Last month, the singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia but a week later he regained consciousness.
Gibb’s son Robin-John said at the time: “They (doctors) gave him an under 10% survival chance and he has beaten the odds… he really is something else.”
The singer was diagnosed with cancer of the colon after having surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition.
He was later diagnosed with cancer of the liver, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.
Coldplay have been confirmed as the star act for the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony.
The International Paralympic Committee announced the news via today (May 20).
The band’s frontman Chris Martin said: “Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is a great honour for us.
“It will be a spectacular closing ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium and everyone watching around the world and we’re so happy to be involved.
“It will be one of the biggest nights in our lives and we’re very excited to try and create a performance for the last night of the Games that will close London 2012 in style.”
The closing ceremony – called the ‘Festival of Flame’ – takes place on Sunday, September 9 at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven said that he is confident that the 2012 Paralympics will be “best Games ever”.
“Athletes are delivering record breaking performances on a regular basis and ticket sales are the best yet, so far out from the Games,” he said.
“Add Coldplay into that mix and I think the ingredients for there best ever Games are coming together.”
Some 4,200 athletes from 165 countries will compete at the London 2012 Paralympics, which kick off on August 29. The remaining tickets will go back on sale from 11am tomorrow (May 21).
Donna Summer has died at the age of 63.
The disco superstar passed away after a battle with lung cancer, according to reports.
“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” her family said in a statement.
“While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.
“Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
A multi-award winning artist famed for her work with producer Giorgio Moroder, Summer was best known for her disco hits ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Bad Girls’.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on New Year’s Eve in 1948, Summer was one of seven children.
She received five Grammy awards, the first in 1979 for ‘Best R&B Vocal Performance (Female)’ for ‘Last Dance’, and the last in 1998 for ‘Best Dance Recording’ for ‘Carry On’.
Summer had a Top 40 hit in the Billboard Hot 100 every single year from 1976 to 1984.
Watch Donna Summer perform ‘I Feel Love’ below:
Here’s the latest edition of the Euro Chart Show that has been airing on stations worldwide over the past few days.
Music played, not in order: