Cyndi Lauper Gearing Up For The GRAMMYs, Releasing New Remix Album
Isn't she just looking divine?
That's Cyndi Lauper in a brand-new video for a mash up of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Set Your Heart" that is taken off her upcoming remix album. Also, make sure to keep you eye on Cyndi on February 8 when we'll find out if she's will receive a GRAMMY for "Best Dance Recording." Catch the full track listing of her new remix album after the jump.
01 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun x Set Your Heart – Remix by Rich Morel
02 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun x Set Your Heart - Mashup Remix by Rich Morel
03 - Set Your Heart – FreedomBunch Remix
04 - Time After Time - FreedomBunch Mix by Jap DJ Mix
05 - Same Ol’ Story - Extended Mix by rich Morel
06 - Same Ol’ Story - Pink Noise Mix by Rich Morel
07 - True Colours - Ukawanimation Mix
08 - Into The Nightlife - FreedomBunch Mix
09 - Into The Nightlife - Soul Seekerz Club Mix Dub
10 - High And Mighty – Tom Novy Remix
11 - Echo - Remix
12 - True Colors - Ukawanimation! Ocarina Mega-Mix
The Thursday Crunch: GRAMMY Nominations Announced Today
The 2009 GRAMMY Award nominations were announced this morning and the list is full of surprises. In a good way! The usually he stuffy GRAMMY Academy got some of the categories and nominees totally right this year, showing that they are keeping up with the times. I'm mostly excited about worthy nominations for Janelle Monae, Sam Sparro, Robyn, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Kenna and Kylie Minogue. This year might also be a break-through year for Adele who is up for multiple nominations, including Song of the Year.
Adele, Leona Lewis, Coldplay and Sara Bareilles are the stand out artists with each over three nominations in the pop categories. Coldplay also a multiple nominations in the rock categories totaling 7 nominations. Lil' Wayne might be the big winner with 8 potential awards. I'm surprised Keane is not appearing in any of the categories.
Lady GaGa and Sam Sparro (!) are both up for Best Dance Song Award together with Hot Chip, Madonna, Rihanna and Daft Punk.
Competing in the Best Album category are Lil' Wayne, Ne-Yo, Coldplay, Radiohead and Robert Plant with Allison Kraus. This one is Coldplay's to loose.
Finally the GRAMMY folks got with the times. Cyndi Lauper, Robyn and Kylie Minogue are competing in the Best Dance Album category. I don't have an immediate favorite, but I'm leaning towards Cyndi Lauper just because that record was so fresh and unexpected.
Rufus Wainwright is nominated for Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the recording of his Judy Garland show at Radio City Music Hall. I'm sure he's thrilled right now.
Beyonce, J-Hud and Alicia Keyes are competing in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. All very worthy competitors. Beyonce really took her act to a whole new level and should be recognized for that.
HOORAY! ArjanWrites.com fave Janelle Monae is up for a Best Urban Performance Award for "Many Moons." Not sure if the categy fits her as this as much a pop record as it is an "urban" record. But I guess if you break the mold, people have a hard time fitting you in categories.
This is so awesome: Kenna's "Say Goodbye To Love" is up for Best Urban Performance as well.
Jazmine Sullivan is most definitely the R&B break out artist with nods in almost all R&B/urban categories.
Crooner Lila Downs gets a deserving nod in the World Music category.
Rick Rubin, will.i.am and Danger Mouse compete in the Producer of the Year category. Surprisingly, Timbaland and Pharrell are not included.
My fellow Dutchman JunkieXL is up in the Best Remix Category for Madonna's "4 Minutes." Gefeliceerd!. One of my favorites remixes of the year, the Deadmau5's remix of Morgan Page's "The Longest Road," is up as well. I'm bummed Paul Oakenfold's remix of Madonna's "Give It To Me" was ignored. That was hands-down one of the best of the year as well.
Listen to Cyndi Lauper ft. The Hives "A Christmas Duel"
Best. Christmas. Song. Ever.
Listen to the totally unique teaming of '80s icon Cyndi Lauper and indie rockers The Hives. You can tell they had a blast doing it. This song really invokes memories of vintage Lauper. Just having fun and rocking out. Thank you for this. This is fantastic. (I got lots of questions about this though. How did this come about? It's so unexpected. More about that later.)
In a press release Cyndi and The Hives explained, “It may sound weird and come as a surprise to some, but we had to. It came to us. It landed in our lap and was way too good to shake or toss. We knew we had to record it. A sign if you will.” Cyndi Lauper offered “this goes to show even rat sideswipers can have a good Xmas too.”
And there you have it.
Cyndi Lauper Premieres Brand-New Song
Cyndi Lauper is such a class act.
After more than 2 decades in the music business, she continues to crank out music and performances that surprise and move people. And she still looks the part - like she never aged a day after she first hit the scene in the early '80s. Amazing. (I finally got to meet Cyndi last night. More about that later.)
Check out her brand-new song "Into The Night Life," an electro-driven dance stomper taken from her forthcoming new album "Bring Ya To The Brink." The singer explains in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the song title was inspired by Henry Miller's book Into the Night Life that "inspired Lawrence Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind, which inspired me to describe the images of nightlife here in NYC."
The track was produced by savvy soundboard wizard Peer Astrom who previously worked with Britney Spears and Madonna. It is good to get some hot fresh material from the singer after she previously released cover and acoustic albums.
Make sure to catch a performance of Lauper performing "Into The Night Life" on MTV Logo's NewNowNext Awards on June 7.
Listen to Cyndi Lauper "Into The Night Life"