Legendary singer Nat King Cole's nephew has emerged as a frontrunner to win the new season of Australia's hit talent show The Voice. Dreadlocked Lionel Cole, 40, wowed judges Kylie Minogue, Joel Madden, Ricky Martin and will.i.am as they kicked off season three of the programme on Sunday (04May14), with his rendition of his uncle's Unforgettable.
will.i.am said, "In this competition you’re going to bring a world of soul, depth and cool," while Minogue insisted on giving Cole a hug, stating, "You’re amazing."
The hopeful then revealed that he has worked with will.i.am before when his former band supported the Black Eyed Peas.
Model/actress Christie Brinkley has called on her ex-husband Billy Joel to duet with their singer daughter before it's too late. Alexa Ray Joel has followed in her famous father's footsteps and established herself as a musician, and although she covered his classic love song Just The Way You Are for a Gap denim commercial last year (13), the pair has yet to hit the stage or the studio together since performing the rock legend's track Baby Grand at a political fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008.
Brinkley admits she would love to see her ex make a surprise appearance during Alexa's two-week residency at New York's Cafe Carlyle, which wraps on Saturday (12Apr14).
The blonde beauty tells the Hampton Sheet magazine, "She (Alexa Ray) has proven herself and she should say to herself, 'I'm the daughter of a legend... I'm so lucky and I want to sing with my dad while I can.'
"Look at Natalie Cole, she had to sing with a film (of her dad Nat King Cole)... I don't want that to happen, I want them to work together. I think it would be logical now for them to be able to do something together."
Alexa isn't the only Joel to book a New York residency - the Piano Man is playing at the city's iconic Madison Square Garden venue every month throughout 2014.
Soul singer Natalie Cole reworked her father's classics Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love for hit virtual duets, while she also made use of recording technology again last year (13) to 'sing' Acercate Mas (Come Closer to Me) with her dad, who died in 1965.
Chris Walter/WireImageFollowing the opinion-dividing news that Susan Boyle is to record a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley for her upcoming Christmas album, here's a look at five of the best collaborations between the living and the dead.
Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – "Turn Your Lights Down Low"One of her last great musical contributions before her wasteful descent into tax-evading reclusiveness, the former Fugees star joined forces with the late father of her then-partner Rohan Marley for a typically chilled 1999 retooling of Exodus album track, "Turn Your Lights Down Low."
Aaliyah feat. Drake – "Enough Said"Ignore the loathsome Chris Brown’s attempt to overshadow his rival's tribute to Aaliyah, long time Baby Girl obsessive Drake's hazy electro-R&B offering was a far more respectful use of the tragic star's goosebump-inducing vocals.
2Pac feat. Elton John – "Ghetto Gospel"Famous for releasing more material following his 1996 murder than before it, Tupac's back catalogue is littered with duets from beyond the grave. But continuing producer Eminem's unlikely affiliation with Elton John, it was this 2005 hook-up with the Rocket Man that proved to be one of his most emotive.
Nas feat. Amy Winehouse – "Cherry Wine"Nas admitted he was initially reluctant about the idea of using the troubled soul diva's vocals on new material after she became the latest member of the dreaded 27 Club in 2011. But he needn't have worried as this tasteful jazz-tinged standout from Life Is Good is up there with the best of Back To Black.
Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – "Unforgettable"Having previously refused to cover any of her late father's classic big band standards, Natalie Cole finally relented in 1991 with an entire album dedicated to the 'King,' the highlight of which was this touching Grammy-winning virtual duet.
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R&B singer Natalie Cole was inspired to record her new album entirely in Spanish after receiving a kidney transplant from an Hispanic donor. The daughter of music icon Nat King Cole, who suffers from hepatitis C, underwent the life-saving procedure in 2009 after a young woman from El Salvador died during childbirth.
Cole, 63, has bounced back from ill health thanks to the operation and she has decided to pay tribute to her donor with the release of Natalie Cole En Espanol, her first project since the surgery.
She tells Billboard.com, "I don't believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason. That this (donor) was (from) a Latin family, I feel like I'm part Latino now. That (made) the desire to make this record became even stronger..."
Cole, who does not speak Spanish, learned the language phonetically to cover Latin American classics by artists such as Agustin Lara and Juan Luis Guerra, and she even collaborates with her late dad on Acercate Mas, using a recently-discovered recording of her father performing in Cuba in 1956.
Natalie Cole En Espanol is the star's first studio disc since the 2008 releases of Still Unforgettable and her holiday album Caroling, Caroling: Christmas with Natalie Cole.
Singer Natalie Cole has teamed up with her late father Nat 'King' Cole for another emotional ballad on her first Spanish-language album. The Pink Cadillac hitmaker, who reworked her father's classics Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love for hit virtual duets, is using recording technology again to 'sing' Acercate Mas (Come Closer to Me) with her dad, who died in 1965, for her upcoming release Natalie Cole en Espanol.
The collection will also feature duets with Juan Luis Guerra and Andrea Bocelli on the classic Besame Mucho.
The album will be released in June (13).
Pop star Kylie Minogue was honoured for her bravery in the face of cancer at a special awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday (02May13). The Spinning Around hitmaker, who battled breast cancer in the past, was handed the 2013 Courage Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera took home the Nat King Cole Award in honour of her philanthropy at the star-studded event, titled An Unforgettable Evening.
R&B star Bruno Mars took to the stage at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel to entertain guests, while funnywoman Chelsea Handler hosted the glitzy ceremony.
Minogue later took to her Twitter.com page to share a snap of herself with fellow honouree Herrera, writing, "Thank you for an Unforgettable Evening (Entertainment Industry Foundation) and congratulations on all your good work."
Cancer survivor Kylie Minogue is to be honoured in America for her work helping others battling the disease. The Australian pop star, who has fought breast cancer in the past, will be presented with the 2013 Courage Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Minogue will be handed the honour at a glitzy ceremony in Beverly Hills, California next month (May13) in recognition of her "fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for (sic) the disease".
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera will take home the Nat King Cole Award in honour of her philanthropy.
The gala, titled An Unforgettable Evening, will be hosted by funnywoman Chelsea Handler at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel on 2 May (13) and will feature a performance from singer Bruno Mars.
Hot on the heels of that rumor that Drake has a plan to produce a posthumous album for Aaliyah, who was tragically killed in a plane crash 11 years ago, music producer Noah "40" Shebib has released a new single by Aaliyah, featuring Drake. With never-before-heard vocals by Aaliyah and new verses by Drake, the single "Enough Said" comes eerily close to bringing the deceased R&B star back from the dead.
But Aaliyah isn't the first musician to be resurrected for fans. From a legacy concert to a touching father/daughter duet and an unnerving music festival apparition, here are the top five instances of musician resuscitation.
5. Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" Duet
Soul singer Natalie Cole brought her deceased father Nat King Cole (who passed away in 1965) on stage for a duet of his classic song "Unforgettable" during a 1992 concert. '90s technology prevented the pairing from being as dramatic as some of the examples further down on this list, but hearing Cole's silky voice mix with her father's — and seeing his image projected behind her — is chill-inducing. Cole's "Thanks Dad" at the song's close is enough to bring tears to the stoniest of eyes.
4. Elvis Appears on American Idol
In the 1997 broadcast of American Idol's Idol Gives Back fundraiser, Celine Dion appeared onstage with Elvis Presley to sing a duet of his 1968 hit, "If I Can Dream." The effect was created using a technique called rotoscoping, which combined archive footage of Presley — who died in 1977 — with video taken of Dion singing with an Elvis body double. The result made it appear from practically every angle as though Presley was standing right next to Dion.
3. Michael Jackson's This is It Concert Documentary
When production began on Michael Jackson's This is It, the film was intended to provide a behind-the-scenes look at Jackson's concert series planned for the summer of 2009. When Jackson unexpectedly died in June of that year, however, the documentary turned into something totally different. When the concert documentary was released in theaters in October 2009, fans were able to see Jackson perform on stage once again.
2. Amy Winehouse's Posthumous Album
Just months after Amy Winehouse's untimely death in July 2011, a posthumous 12 track EP titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released. Lioness shot to the top of the UK charts, and prompted Winhouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, to tweet, "My heart is sad but bursting with pride." Mr. Winehouse also told British paper The Sun that he would be open to seeing his daughter on stage again, in the form of a hologram tour. “The most important thing to Amy was the music and I’m sure a lot of people would like to hear her sing again… It depends on what Amy’s fans want as a way to keep her memory alive," he said. "If it’s a book, an album or a hologram, then so be it."
1. Tupac Shakur Hologram at Coachella
Thousands of music fans present at the 2012 Coachella music festival thought they saw a ghost when rap legend Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996, took the stage. Immediately following the big reveal of Tupac's hologram, reports that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (who appeared with Tupac on stage) wanted to take a virtual Tupac on tour began swirling.
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