Barry Manilow is out with a live video for ‘Bring On Tomorrow’, taken from the veteran pop a rtist’s first original album in 10 years, ’15 Minutes’, set to be released on June 14th on Stiletto Entertainment. The guitar-driven pop album explores the perils and pinnacles of fame’s double-edged sword.
“Fame and success are something we all strive for, and yet when we get it how do we behave? That question jumps out at us daily from magazine covers, TV news and online gossip sites. In my world of entertainment, I’ve watched perfectly decent and talented people achieve the success they’ve been striving for only to crash and burn as their star rises,” explained Manilow. “It happens in every walk of life, not only in the entertainment field; in sports, in politics and in daily life when the assistant manager gets promoted at the grocery store. It’s something that continues to fascinate us, and for me it represented an interesting musical journey to explore.”
The video at YouTube has since been removed.
Barry Manilow may like Cee Lo Green’s hit song ‘Fu** You’ musically, but he tells the Daily Mail that he’s not down with the words expressed in the controversial tune. “That’s why the Grammy’s were so difficult to watch this year,” the 67-year-old said. “I’m all for young people doing their thing. But for an old guy who cares about George Gershwin to be listening to a No 1 song called ‘Fu** You’? That was really hard. Don’t get me wrong: it’s the catchiest song I’ve heard in years. It could almost be an old Al Green or Detroit Spinners track, and that’s my absolute favorite kind of pop. Yet the way they got attention for it was by using the F-word? Call me old-fashioned, but I really wish they hadn’t.”
Barry Manilow performed ‘Where Do I Begin?’ and ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ during an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in Hollywood last week. Both songs are off his latest album ‘The Greatest Love Songs of All Time’.
Video at the ABC show’s YouTube channel has since been removed.
Barry Manilow updated fans on his blog at MySpace (@barrymanilow) on Monday (September 28), talking about Manilow.tv, his show at the Hollywood Bowl, and a couple new albums he has in the works. The veteran singer songwriter tells readers:
My “Fifteen Minutes” CD isn’t ready to release yet. As I’ve told you, it’s more guitar driven and rock oriented than I’ve ever done. Since I’m in uncharted waters, it’s taking me longer to create this one than I expected. I’m very proud of the 17 songs that Enoch Anderson and I have written. They’re emotional and edgy and they all tell a story. I think you’ll like it. However, it won’t be done until next summer.
In the meantime Clive Davis has asked that I record a CD called “Barry Manilow Sings The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time”. i know I said that I was done with recording cover albums, but getting to sing and arrange songs written by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Burt Bacharach was a very difficult thing to turn down. We’re nearly done with this CD and I must tell you it’s turning out to be one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever made. It’s an honor to sing and arrange songs written by the greatest composers of all time.
Barry Manilow tells TMZ he has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on ‘The View’ on Tuesday because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s conservative views. “I strongly disagree with her views,” Manilow said. “I think she’s dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her.” Read more.
Following the ratings success Barry Manilow enjoyed for his guest appearance on ‘American Idol’, Neil Sean of Sky News reports that he and show judge Simon Cowell are working on plans for a show about how to write the perfect song. “It’s very early days but both love the idea, which will result in a phone vote and a winning song,” an insider revealed. “Together they would be a ratings smash.”
Barry Manilow tells ‘The Insider’ he gives all the brave ‘American Idol’ contestants’ credit for doing what they’re doing. “I would never have done it,” he admitted. “I would have been thrown out of that hotel room.”
March 23, 2006 – Reality TV Magazine reports that for four straight years, the ‘American Idol’ winner has been from a Southern state, and this season looks to be shaping up to follow the trend. With the elimination of New York’s Kevin Covais last night, 70% of the remaining ‘Idol’ contestants are from Southern states. The only three left to stop the trend this season are non-Southern American Idol contestants remaining are Colorado’s Ace Young and California’s Katharine McPhee and Lisa Tucker.
Web Site Asks Fans To Vote For ‘Idol’s’ Worst
March 22, 2006 – Votefortheworst.com is at it again, backing the ‘American Idol’ contestant it feels is the worst singer. This season, the site is asking people to vote for Kevin Covais, the geeky singer nicknamed Chicken Little because ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest said he saw a resemblance between the 16-year-old singer and the animated feathered fowl. The web site gained attention last season for backing ‘Idol’ finalist Scott Savol.
Mario Vazquez On Why He Left ‘Idol’
March 22, 2006 – ‘Extra’ spoke with Mario Vazquez to ask the singer what was the real reason for his leaving ‘American Idol’ last season. “The real reason,” Mario said, “Was I wanted to do it on my own terms; just take hold of my career.” Mario added that he kept quiet until now out of respect for ‘Idol’, and he only auditioned for a record deal after Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner. Vazquez’s debut album is out in June.
‘Idol’ Hookup: Anthony Fedorov Dating Heather Cox
March 21, 2006 – TMZ.com has learned ‘American Idol’ season four finalist Anthony Fedorov is dating ousted ‘Idol’ season five semi-finalist Heather Cox. The pair met at an ‘Idol’ party in Hollywood last month.