Interesting Facts about Famous Musicians

Do you know Elvis Presley’s natural hair color? Or who from these musicians is actually a Christian? How about how legendary band have gotten their band names?

Find all that out and more from the following top list of interesting facts about famous musicians.

1. Elvis Presley

Our kind of Rock’n’Roll definitely had a natural talent for singing and touching people’s lives with his voice and dance moves but what you may not know about him is the fact he was a natural blonde. Yes, you read it right, Elvis Presley used to dye his hair in that pitch black color, his natural hair color being a sandy blond.

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2. Johnny Cash

During his early years, in 1953, Johnny Cash wrote a science fiction short called “The Holografik Danser”. The short was about a 21st century America that was conquered by the Russians. Although the story has never been published, if you are interested in reading it, you can find it in Songs Withour Rhyme: Prose by Celebrated Songwriters by Rosanne Cash.

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3. Bob Marley

The father of Bob Marley was a white English man born in Jamaica named Norval Sinclair Marley.

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4. Def Leppard

Def Leppard is a legendary band that can be put together with big names of the rock music industry such as Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. The band’s initial name was Atomic Mass until Joe Elliot, the lead singer came along and proposed the name Deaf Leopard. However, to make the name resemble a rock rather than a punk band, the spelling was slightly changed into Def Leppard.

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5. Marilyn Manson

Brian Hugh Warner also professionally known as Marilyn Manson chose his stage name in a rather unconventional way. He put together the names of both the most loved and the most hated personalities in the US, during the 50’s – Marilyn Monroe, a movie star and Charles Manson, a serial killer.

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6. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is also known as the Prince of Darkness but what many people don’t know is the fact that the darkness he’s talking about can only be found around the singer’s eyes and sometime in his music, but not in his heart. Osbourne is a Christian and a member of the Church of England. Moreover, he says a prayer before every show.

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7. Alice Cooper

Vincent Damon Furnier known as Alice Cooper has received in 20014 a doctoral degree from the Grand Canyon University in Performing Arts.

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8. Keith Richards

Rolling Stones. Who has not heard at least once in their life about Rolling Stones? What about their major hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”? What you probably haven’t heard of is how Satisfaction was actually created. One can think that due to the fact that up until today, this was the best song ever recorded by the Rolling Stones, it must have been a carefully written song, well thought of. You will be surprised to know that the song was actually dreamt by Keith Richards, the lead guitarist of the band. He woke up in the middle of the night at a hotel room, turned on the tape recorder and started playing the riff of the iconic song.

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9. Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick is the guy who started ‘N Sync. Kirkpatrick was put in the position where he would have to form another band in order to see his dream of becoming a singer come true after Backstreet Boys rejected him.

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10. The Beatles

The Beatles have no need of any sort of introduction but what you probably did not know about them is the fact that during the sixties, in Hamburg, Germany, the legendary band used to perform in strip clubs.

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11. Brian May

Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen was studying mathematics and physics at the Imperial College of London during the first years of Queen. After graduating, he started working at on his PhD degree but abandoned his work in 1974 when Queen started being successful. However, in 2006, May resumed his work and finally got his PhD in Astrophysics.

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6 Awesome Mashups you need to listen to

Sometimes, two songs are so good that someone has to put them together and see what they can create. Other times, two songs are so different that when they are put together, something surprising might happen.

Given these facts, here are 6 awesome mashups you need to listen to in order to give your opinion on whether or not the songs actually work together.

Some of these combinations can be quite surprising while others sound so good that you may wonder why people haven’ done this sooner.

Let’s get started!

1. Nirvana and Michael Jackson

Smells Like Teen Spirit and Billie Jean. What can go wrong? I mean, both Nirvana and Michael Jackson are big names in the music industry and their music have inspired millions of people. But does this combination actually work? You might be surprised. “Smells like Billie Jean” is the name of the mashup which can be found on youtube.

2. Bullet for My Valentine and Lady Gaga

Bullet for My Valentine? Yes, I heard about them. A welsh rock band with some cool tunes.

Lady Gaga? Meat dress? Worldwide phenomenon of rebel woman with sometimes nasty outfits and some okay music.

Bullet for My Valentine AND Lady Gaga? In one song? Well what do you know…

Yes, Bullet for My Valentine and Lady Gaga put together actually sounds like something catchy and you can check it out here.

3. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Sometimes, people create mashups by covering two songs at the same time rather than editing two songs together. This is the case of this Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith mashup with Thinking Out Loud and I’m Not The Only One. The mashup was created by SamTsui on youtube and is definitely worth checking out as this covered mashup is amazing.

4. Taylor Swift and Swift Taylor

You don’t always have to put together two songs of two different artists to achieve something great. Here you will find a mashup of two songs performed by the same artist, “Style” and “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. Both Songs are covered on Louisa Wendorff’s youtube channel and they are even more catchy when put together. Of course, the performance of the two artists is also notable, in fact it was so notable that even Taylor Swift saw it and shared it on here twitter so overall, this is one of those mashups you need to listen to.

5. Katy Perry and Bruno Mars

Sometimes, two songs are different but still similar in tune so they can be put together with a sort of ease. This is the case for this awesome mashup between Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”. Taken by themselves, both songs can be considered major hits so combining them should lead to an even bigger hit, right? Find out here how a guy covered both songs, thus realizing a great mashup.

Mashup of 2014 Songs

DJ EarWorm has become quite famous on youtube due to his annual Mashups of Pop Music. Every year, this youtuber makes a huge mashup of all the popular songs that filled our radios in the previous year. Here you will find the 2014 version of DJ Earworm’s mashup which features all the famous pop songs in 2014 starting “Animals” by Marron 5, “Black Widow” by Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea and “All of Me” by John Legend. Even though many people who follow the DJ’s work claim that the 2009 version of the Masup is the greatest, you have to check it out by yourself to reach a conclusion.

These were 6 awesome mashups you need to listen to. What do you think about mashups in general? Do you think that these songs should be left alone?



Things you Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson Billie Jean

Although it has been six years since the King of Pop passed away, his memory is still alive through his songs.

His best period was certainly in 1983, when Thriller and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever  were the two points which jump-started his whole career. In 1983, Thriller became the best-selling album worldwide and it is still the best-selling album of all time in the United States.

“Billie Jean” was released over 22 years ago but it has not been forgotten, especially not by Michaels fans and you would be surprised about some of the things you did not know about the song.

Here are some of the most interesting things regarding Michael Jackson Billie Jean.

1. Moonwalk, Jackson’s autobiography features a passage in which the pop stars said that Quincy Jones wanted to rename the song to “Not My Lover” so that it will not be confused with Billie Jean King, a famous tennis star. However, Jackson did not want to change anything about the song so it’s needless to say Quincy failed.

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2. “A musician knows hit material. It has to feel right. Everything has to feel in place. It fulfills you and it makes you feel good. You know it when you hear it. That’s how I felt about ‘Billie Jean’.

– This paragraph can also be found in Moonwalk and it depicts how Michael simply felt music. By reading the full section of the autobiography you can also find out about the fact that Jackson was so absorbed by the song that he did not even notice that the bottom of his Rolls-Royce was on fire. A kid on a motorcycle pulled him over and probably saved the Pop Star’s life.

3. “Billie Jean” is said to be the song which broke the color barrier on MTV, being the first song by a black artist making heavy rotation on MTV’s network. There was actually a racism scandal in that era involving MTV and their lack of consideration for black artists. However, the song was not played on MTV until it was ranked #1 hit song.

 4. The album cover’s 7 digit UPC code was presumed to be Michael Jackson’s phone number so a lot of people in many different area codes who had that number got a lot of phone calls from Jackson’s fans.

5. Although during an interview in Thailand, Michael Jackson tried to make “Billie Jean” a current more than an actual person, there is still no clue about whether or not Billie Jean was real. During the interview, Jackson said that “Billie Jean” was mainly a song which depicts groupies in the 60s and that many girls claimed to have a son related to one of his brothers. However, there was actually a woman who stalked Jackson and claimed that he was the father of one of her twins. The idea itself was considered amusing by his producer Quincy Jones and no other information is available about the identity of the woman.

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6. Jones stated that he hated both the bass line and the intro of “Billie Jean” and that he did not even want the song on “Thriller”.

7. According to the Rolling Stones magazine, Michael Jackson nailed the entire vocals of “Billie Jean” in only one take.

8. Billie Jean Michael Jackson was also used as a soundtrack for a Pepsi-Cola commercial in which Michael’s head was set on fire with the help of special effects explosions.

9. In 2012, the handwritten lyrics of “Billie Jean” sold for almost $30,000.

10.There are many covers of “Billie Jean” available on youtube. A lot of artists tried their own take on the song, including Chris Cornell, Ian Brown and even Kanye West.

11. Quincy Jones told the audio engineer who took care of “Billie Jean” to add sonic personality to the song.

12. Good songs will never grow old and will always have a special meaning for the people who listen to them.  “Billie Jean” is only one of the many, many songs that made each and every one of us think Michael Jackson was a music genius and an extraordinary performer.

13. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever was an NBC special show which aired in May, 1983 and it involved Michael and his brothers reunited for an extraordinary live performance. During this show, Jackson performed “Billie Jean” solo and also introduced his signature dance move, the Moonwalk, earning his first Emmy nomination. He performed the Moonwalk while first time wearing his trademark glove.

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From sparkly costumes and outfits, to difficult chords and tabs and kids scandals, Michael Jackson will surely never be forgotten and will always remain the King of Pop.

Here is a list of useful links:

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Michael Jackson Billie Jean mp3

Michael Jackson Billie Jean live on Motown 25

Michael Jackson Billie Jean video

Michael Jackson’s official website at

Modern Christmas Songs List for the Holidays

In just a few days, Christians all over the world will be celebrating Christmas. This means good food, Christmas songs, family get-togethers, presents, Christmas tree, Nightmare before Christmas and Santa Claus. Some say that this is the most beautiful time of the year and if you agree, then we’re going to make it even more beautiful by compiling a traditional Christmas songs list for you. Start a new tradition this year and let Elvis or Celine into your house and let the old carols rest for a bit. Here are our picks for the best modern Christmas songs that will make the Holidays even better.

10. Dean Martin – White Christmas

This is as classical as modern gets! Famous Dean Martin’s version of White Christmas is so lovely and fairy-like that you’ll want to only listen to this song throughout December. If you do that and you find people randomly shouting at you to stop playing this song, get yourself a pair of headphones and press play with pride!

9. U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

One of the greatest rock bands, U2, has made their version of the classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and it’s really good. If you love U2 and Bono, we suggest you turn your volume way up and enjoy it with your neighbors.

8. Amy Grant – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This woman really does sing like an angel and this version of the classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is really exquisite.

7. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

If you’re a child of the 60s or you simply love the amazing John Lennon, then you should play this song in your house around Christmas

6. Michael Bublé – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

If you’re not much of a rock lover, then we suggest you give Michael Bublé’s version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). It’s much more mellow and smooth.

5. Taylor Swift – Christmas Must Be Something More

Seven years ago (yes, Taylor is old enough that we can say that little line), Taylor was a young country singer putting out songs like there was no tomorrow. Naturally, she had to put out a Christmas album, because money wasn’t going to enter her wallet just like that! It’s a nice, simple song that will make you love the new Taylor even more.

4. Celine Dion – So This is Christmas

What’s Christmas without a little bit of Celine? This woman can pretty much make any holiday better, with just her songs, so give this one a try!

3. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas

If there’s one thing you can’t say about Destiny’s Child is that they’re timeless. They’re talented, beautiful and used to make nice music, but they’re not timeless. Still, this modern take on 8 Days of Christmas is quite funky and still very much cool.

2. Wham! – Last Christmas

If you can live through a Christmas without listening to Wham’s Last Christmas, then tell us how, because we believe it’s almost impossible. So why not embrace this lovely long and sing along with them! Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away! Everybody, now!

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

There really can’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, can there? Watching the video and listening to this Christmasy song gets you in the mood for Christmas!

What is your favorite modern Christmas song?

10 Top Pop Songs of 2014

A couple of artists like Pharrell and Pitbull proved once again they deserve the title of international stars, while other artists like Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor found their place on the burgeoning pop scene of 2014. These are the top pop songs you could still hear today on the radio, although they’ve been played all year long.

1. John Legend – All of Me

The piano power ballad created in 2013 is related to Legend’s fiancée, Chrissy Teigen. ‘All of Me’ is the third single from “Love in the Future”, but critics say it is the best example of Legend’s both soothing vocal range and his creative touch of keys.

2. One Republic – Counting Stars

One Republic hasn’t managed to come up with such a successful song since ‘Apologize’, which was released seven years ago. Although it hasn’t reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Counting Stars’ spent an impressive 25 consecutive weeks in top 10. Reaching no 1 in the same week when Pitbull’s new single is a direct competitor seems quite of a challenge.

3. Pharrell Williams – Happy

Pharrell hit the jackpot once again. Without a doubt, ‘Happy’ was the song of the summer. After reaching the top, ‘Happy’ stayed among the first ten positions for almost half a year. The success makes sense, as ‘Happy’ was recorded in roughly the same period of 2013 as ‘Get Lucky’.

4. Katy Perry feat Juicy J – Dark Horse

Together, Perry and Juicy J wrote the lyrics to what turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. Reaching number one in February, ‘Dark Horse’ stayed in top ten for an impressive 22 weeks. From one point of view, the ‘Southern rap-techno mashup’ is a side of a mature Katy Perry.

5. Sia – Chandelier

This is Sia’s highest ranked song ever, although the Australian artist gradually climbed the stairs of success. Since working with Zero 7 in the early 2000’s, Sia wrote songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and many others. But ‘Chandelier’, a powerful, yet melancholic, electropop piece, showed that Sia is one of the most complex artists of the moment. So no surprises here, as Sia got everything right.

6. Pitbull feat Ke$ha – Timber

Talking about top pop songs without mentioning Pitbull would be a sacrilege. Whatever Pitbull touches, it turns into gold. ‘Timber’ reached no 1 in January and spent 17 weeks in top 10. Although Pitbull uses the same winning formula, this time he adds a touch of country and folk to get another thing going strong.

7. Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX – Fancy

This kind of full on chemistry between the two singers was a well-received surprise by both critics and larger audiences. In June, ‘Fancy’ enjoyed the first position in Billboard Hot 100. Overall, Azalea’s and Charli XCX’s biggest hit stayed in top ten for no less than 17 weeks.

8. Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

‘Shake it Off’ is Taylor Swift saying good-bye to country-pop, the style that made her famous. Along with its fifth album at just 24, Swift turns into a mature international music star. The uptempo pop hit spiced up with a sassy sax conquered the top in September. Now it’s still in the first 10 hottest hits.

9.  Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Critics stated that ‘Stay with Me’ is an instant classic. Sam Smith’s pop ballad highly benefits from its gospel themed chorus, which makes it stand out among other dramatic songs. ‘Stay with Me’ hadn’t managed to attain the first position, although it spent 21 weeks in top ten. The soul themed hit reached no. 2 in August.

10. Meghan Trainor – All About that Bass

Trainor conquered the top in September with this feminist anthem which still stands among the first 10 positions. Eighteen weeks and still going strong because the bubblegum pop retro piece ‘All About that Bass’ is incredibly catchy. There you have it, these are our choices for best pop songs of 2014!