31 January 2007

Baby Bunton's Bun in the Oven

4 down, 1 to go. The youngest Spice Girl, Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, is pregnant with her first child. The father is her boyfriend of 8 years Jade Jones. Bunton, who has endometriosis, a condition which can make it difficult to conceive, is thrilled with the pregnancy. Bunton released her 3rd album "Life in Mono" in early January and just completed a successful run on the U.K. competition programme "Strictly Come Dancing". Her last single, a cover of Petula Clarke's "Downtown", debuted at no.3 on the U.K. Charts.

There are two Spice Girls currently with child: Melanie 'Scary Spice' Brown is pregnant with her second child. Melanie 'Sporty Spice' Chisolm is the only Spice Girl to not have a child.

24 January 2007

Death of a VJ

John Majhor played an integral part of my early adolescence. He hosted a Toronto video programme (before MUCHMUSIC) called "Toronto Rocks". This was THE show to watch if you were 11-18 years old in the mid 80s. There wasn't the Internet, there wasn't (as said above) MuchMusic - nothing. This was it. You had to wait for your favourite video to be played. Or, call in and request a video. Sigh ... RIP Mr Majhor. My youth goes with you. :o(

John Majhor, 53: Voice of CHUM

Former CHUM disc jockey John Majhor, pictured in 1991.

Commanding personality made shift easily from radio jock to video host
24 January 2007 Tamara CherryStaff reporter

To a generation of Torontonians that came of age before MuchMusic, John Majhor was the iconic voice – and also face – of rock and roll.

Majhor was the rare charismatic radio personality who was able to make the transition easily to television. Quick on his bare feet – he disdained wearing shoes, finding "they bug me for some reason" – and sporting a silver hoop earring in his left lobe, his shining brown hair and flirtatious smile made him a commanding television presence.
He died yesterday morning, surrounded by family in his suburban Minnesota home following a five-month battle with cancer. He was 53.

During the '80s, he was CHUM's prime rock interviewer, rubbing shoulders with Elton John, Meat Loaf and George Harrison, to name a few. But to his family, he was all that and then some.

"I think that what you hear on air from him was him – just a very straightforward guy, always a sense of humour, but also a very caring person," said Samantha Majhor, niece of the former 1050 CHUM disc jockey and host of Citytv's Toronto Rocks.

08 January 2007

Girls Aloud "Oooh!"

Girls Aloud have topped my 'best of' list for a second year in a row. This year they did it with their 'Greatest Hits Special Edition' and their first single from it 'Something Kinda Oooh!' Other highlights includes the fab 'Money', a cover version of 'I Predict a Riot' (originally from the Kaiserchiefs) and another cover version of Tiffany's 'I Think We're Alone Now'.

(This is the regular CD. The double 'Special Edition' is actually pink).


21 July 2006

Blame it on the BOOGIE!

It's a fair cop: Village People policeman blames "disco"

Victor Willis, the "cop" in Village People, was on the run from the law in California. Well, Victor was caught and has gone up against the beak.
Victor pleaded no contest to charges of possessing cocaine, crack and a loaded gun when stopped by traffic police. And for giving the police a false name and then going on the run for six months. He faces either a spell in rehab or two years in jail when he's sentenced on 1st September.

The cop says he's now sober, for the first time in 25 years, and blames everything on "the excesses of the disco era that many artists like me found difficult to shake almost 30 years later." Still, it's not all bad. Victor's got a book deal and plans to tour as the cop next summer, if he's not in the big house getting bummed in the showers.


14 July 2006

Paris tops Madonna; Lily Smiles her way to no.1

Paris Hilton is no.3 on the Canadian singles charts - topping Madonna's 'Get Together' which debuted at no.5 Of course singles charts in Canada mean very little ... I personally prefer Paris' song to "Get Together'.

Lily Allen, the Queen of the MySpace Scene recently topped the U.K. charts with her debut single 'Smile'. Her album is fab and is being released in the U.K. next week.
Canadian Nelly Furtado has somehow managed to shift her hideous new single 'Promiscuous Girl' to the no.1 spot in the U.S., no.4 in the U.K, (down from no.2) and no.4 in Australia. Although she hasn't charted in the Canadian singles charts with 'Promiscuous' - her album 'Loose' debuted at no.1 in Canada two weeks ago. There's no accounting for tastes I guess.

08 July 2006

10-year-old Spice Rack

The Spice Girls released their first single 'Wannabe' 10 years ago on 8 July 1996. There are rumours (and have been for the past 2-3 years) of a possible reunion performance. We'll see. Until then, I present this:

I made it!

20 June 2006

Top of The Pops in the dumps

The end of an era.
The British Broadcasting Corp. has announced it will cancel the long-running pop music program Top of the Pops.

The show began in 1964 with a broadcast that featured The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
It will end July 30 after riveting two generations of music fans and helping the careers of hundreds of pop groups.
"The time has come to bring the show to its natural conclusion," said the BBC's director of television Jana Bennett.
In a statement released Tuesday, the BBC said "ever-increasing competition" from multimedia outlets makes it impossible for the show to continue in its current weekly form.
At its peak in the 1970s, Top of the Pops had a weekly audience of 15 million viewers, but viewing figures fell below three million two years ago. In 2005, the show was moved from its weekday slot on BBC1 to Sunday night on BBC2, but failed to improve its ratings

Increased use of iPods, the rise of 24-hour music TV channels and the splintering of music markets into different genres has diminished interest in the show.
Only six episodes of Top of the Pops were commissioned in 1964, but the show proved so popular it became a Thursday night fixture on British TV. The 2,000th show ran in 2002.
Over the years, the program went through many makeovers, but always featured a countdown of the top 10 pop songs, culminating in the announcement of the No. 1 single of the week.

The current edition features Canadian singer Nelly Furtado at No. 1 with her hit, Maneater.
Before music videos, dancers would perform as background while the hit singles played. Many artists played their hits live. A hosting gig on Top of the Pops was often a ticket to celebrity status.
Top of the Pops featured most of music's biggest names from Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s, The Jackson Five and David Bowie in the 1970s, Madonna and Kate Bush in the 1980s to Oasis and The Spice Girls in the 1990s.

The mix of live TV and rock stars sometimes provided unwelcome surprises. In 1991, Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain sang "load up on drugs, kill your friends" during a live performance of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
TOTP2, a spinoff show, will continue to be seen irregularly on BBC.
Earlier this year, a U.S. music producer said he was planning to launch a version of Top of the Pops, based on the Billboard Top 20, in the U.S. (of course THIS will be what Canadians get to see. Good god we're pathetic.)