Several pop artists turned to Twitter to react to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday. Among them:
Teddy Geiger (@Teddgeiger): Japan, I can only imagine, keep breathing
Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls (@OfficialMelB): My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in japan I can not believe what just happened
Bonnie McKee (@BonnieMcKeee): #PrayForJapan!! This is what my nightmares are made of. :(
Mandy Jiroux of BG5 (@MandyJiroux): My prayers are with you Japan!
Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 (@JRCarmichael): Really focusing prayers of love for Japan and for everyone who will be affected by this. I’ll keep you posted from Hawaii…
Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): Stay safe!!! #PrayForJapan
Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls (@EmmaBunton): Thinking of everyone in Japan, my prayers are with you all.
Christina Perri (@christinaperri): sending love like a little care bear to Japan + Hawaii.
Jessica Veronica of The Veronicas (@Jessicaveronica): Mother Nature is cleansing for something. Keeping Japan in my prayers.
Tom Fletcher of McFly (@tommcfly): All our thoughts with everyone in Japan right now.x
Eliza Doolittle (@1elizadoolittle): My thoughts are with Japan …. I hope everything is alright behind those scary images. Oh my. The World’s falling to pieces.
Marie Digby (@mariedigby): Thank you all for your concern.The worst may be over for Japan. But the rest of the world will be affected..praying for their safety
Behind the scenes footage from Orianthi’s new music video for ‘Courage’, featuring Flyleaf’s Lacey Mosley, has been posted online. ‘Courage’ can be found on Orianthi’s album ‘Believe (II)’. “The idea for the music video was to really bring the lyrics to life by interspersing my and Lacey’s performance with images that we think project courage,” said Orianthi.
The Australian singer songwriter also let fans in on a secret – she’s not a very good driver. “We had lots of different scenes; the first one was set in an RV, driving around,” Orianthi explained. “Thank god [Lacey] was driving, otherwise we’d probably end up in the closest tree!”
Orianthi will be sitting in with Michael Beardon and the Esse Vatos band on ‘Lopez Tonight’ this evening at 12 midnight ET/PT on TBS, after ‘Conan’.
Orianthi has released a new music video for the song ‘Courage’, from the Australian singer songwriter’s recent release ‘Believe (II)’. “Courage is one of my favorite songs to sing live… It’s very spiritual and it takes you to a colorful place,” she says of the track, which showcases the rocker’s softer side and features friend Lacey Mosley of the band Flyleaf. “I had a great time making the video with Lacey. I love the setting and the colors that were used in this clip – very earthy and exactly the way I envisioned the video for this tune to be.”
Orianthi did a Q&A with guitarinternational.com, where the Australian singer/guitarist talked about her ‘This Is It’ tour rehearsals with Michael Jackson before the King of Pop’s tragic death on June 25, 2009.
“He gave me a lot of moments, and he wanted me to solo out in the audience,” the 25-year-old said about her role in the production. “He wanted me to come up with an ending to ‘Black or White’, which was actually called ‘Aftermath’, and he asked me to put something together. It’s really guitar-based and it’s all about me and Michael’s other guitar player. At the end of ‘Black or White’ I would just solo with the spotlight on me. I would come through the rubble. There’s gonna be rubble all over the ground with explosions and pyro and stuff. I’d be soloing in the audience, then I’d invite Tommy to come over and play with me and do this trade off thing which you can see on ‘This is It’.”
Orianthi added that “the other day was really hard for me because it’s been a year since he’s passed. I was just remembering the amazing moments that we all had, and how wonderful he was to work with. We had really good times.”
Kimmel Jokes About ‘Michael Jackson And Bubbles: The Untold Story’
June 27, 2010 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about the Animal Planet show ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story’, featuring Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya going to visit Bubbles at a reserve in Florida.”Can you imagine being so famous that when you die a television channel does a documentary about your sister visiting your monkey,” Kimmel asked. “That’s pretty famous.” Video of the comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.
Orianthi did a meet and greet during 103.5 KISS FM’s DreXtacular VIP Experience at Fantabuloso on May 21st at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Watch footage of the Australian pop singer signing autographs and posing for pictures via YouTube below.
Cash Conners talked with Orianthi before her big performance at the Kiss 92.5 Wham Bam 2010 concert in Toronto on June 19th. The Australian pop rock singer talked about her background, beginning guitar when she was 6 and moving to electric when she was 11 after seeing a Santana show, and getting to jam with Sanata when she was 18. Watch the brief chat via YouTube below the cut. (more…)
Beatweek recently caught up with Orianthi, talking with the Australian pop-rock singer/guitarist about how her ‘Believe (II)’ track ‘Addicted To Love’ differs from what fans have become accustomed to hearing from her. “It was a really different sort of musical style,” the 25-year-old said of the RedOne produced song. “So going in there and coming up with that song, it’s really different from the rest of the stuff that’s on the record, but I’m always up for trying different things and experimenting. I mean, that’s what music’s about, just creating and collaborating with different artists from different musical worlds. Getting in there and recording with him, he’s more of the electronic world, and I kind of come from the world of going in the studio with a live band.”
The complete story at Beatweek.com has since been removed.
Orianthi and Jordin Sparks were videotaped signing photos and posing for pictures with fans in Los Angeles last month ahead of the ‘American Idol’ finale. Watch it via YouTube below.
The Weekender caught up with Orianthi for a Q&A, asking the Australian artist about how she’s able to mesh her pop music with guitar licks. “When I was younger, I used to have Stevie Ray Vaughan and Santana and Eric Clapton records and posters on my wall next to Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Savage Garden,” the 25-year-old explained. “So I’d be listening to Top 40 and Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray. For me, it was kinda just a record I wanted to make because I wanted to inspire more kids to pick up guitars, especially girls. By putting guitar solos in really commercial songs, they hear it, they see the film clip, they thing ‘Oh, that looks like fun, I want to do it, too.’ It’s not easy being a female guitar player because you have to play twice as hard to get respect.”
The entire interview at theweekender.com has since been removed.