R5 on R5: The World
R5 on R5: The World
Sisqo - Dance For Me
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Music video by R5 performing R5 on R5: The World. (C) 2013 Hollywood Records, Inc.
Music video by Sisqo performing Dance For Me.
Janet Jackson, who gave us some of the biggest hits of the '80s, turns 48 on May 16. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at her 1986 chart topper "Control." In the song, and in real life, the singer declared her independence. The <a href="http://yhoo.it/1lF9v23">music video</a>, which mimics her life, opens like a television drama: Jackson, in a suburban home, talks with two actors playing her parents on the day of her first big show. "Don't you think it's about time I moved out of here and got my own place?" she asks in her trademark soft voice, adding that she put a down payment on an apartment in Westwood. "No," says her father. "You're not getting any apartment in Westwood or anyplace else by yourself." Poor, deluded dad. She leaves the house with her friends, who bring her to the concert hall. Clearly in charge, Jackson performs "Control" to a roaring crowd. "When I was 17 I did what people told me, uhh," she <a href="http://rapgenius.com/Janet-jackson-control-lyrics">sings</a>. "Did what my father said, and let my mother mold me/ But that was long ago." The moment seems to reflect Jackson's real-life struggles with her father and manager, Joe Jackson. After the runaway success of the title track of her top-selling album, she reportedly fired her dad. "'Control' came from the heart," she <a href="http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=31668">said</a> of the single. "It was all about stepping out, taking control of your life ... a certain point in your life when you ask yourself who you are and what you want to do." An odd footnote on filming: Fans had arrived at the Los Angeles auditorium expecting a free concert from Jackson but instead had to endure "50 takes of Janet lip-synching," recalled producer Sharon Oreck. The soon-to-be superstar made some savvy choices for the single. She hired <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/paula-abdul-20631149#early-life&awesm=%7EoEmzEoui669sS4">Paula Abdul</a> to choreograph her signature dance moves. And "Control" marked her first collaboration with the hit-making songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001390/bio">peaked</a> at No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and has continued to be heard through other artists. Singer Kylie Minogue <a href="http://www.whosampled.com/sample/256104/Kylie-Minogue-Too-Much-of-a-Good-Thing-Janet-Jackson-Control/">sampled</a> some of the spoken words in her 1991 single "Too Much of a Good Thing." And the tune was <a href="http://glee.wikia.com/wiki/Control">performed</a> in Season 3 of the TV show "Glee.” — Claudine Zap (@zapkidd)
Music video by Jenny Simpson performing Ticket Out Of Kansas (Karaoke). www.KaraokeCloud.com, a div. of DigiTrax Entertainment
Carrie Underwood Promises to 'See You Again' Carrie Underwood's military-themed "See You Again" is a fitting tribute for Memorial Day. The 2013 ballad of love and loss focuses on life's most emotional times. In it, the country music star promises that she will "see you again," in either this life or the next. "Said goodbye, turned around and you were gone, gone, gone," Underwood sings. "I will see you again, whoa. This is not where it ends. I will carry you with me, oh. 'Til I see you again." The music video features hope and heartbreak: joyful graduations, sweet marriage proposals, and tearful reunions of military members and their families. But there are also moments of anguish: a touching tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings, views of an Oklahoma tornado's aftermath, and a Vietnam veteran's headstone. Underwood said the lyrics reflect her beliefs. "It just takes a positive spin on moving on out of this life, on death," she <a target="" href="http://tasteofcountry.com/carrie-underwood-see-you-again-lyrics/">said</a>. "And it's not the end. In my mind and in my faith and in what I believe, there is a heaven, there is a God. And we're gonna be there someday." There's no one storyline — and that's the point, Underwood said in <a href="http://www.countryweekly.com/news/what-does-carrie-underwoods-see-you-again-mean-you">Country Weekly</a>. "I've been hearing the most amazing stories on what it means to different people, and it means different things." — Claudine Zap (@zapkidd)
Hard to believe, but Will Smith's 1997 rap came out the same year as his first "Men in Black" movie. Fans still love to get jiggy: The YouTube video has been seen over 6.2 million times. The popular performer's kids have followed his lead: Jaden Smith starred with his dad in "After Earth." And daughter Willow Smith premiered a best-selling single, "Whip My Hair," in 2010.
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