Mega-star Mariah Carey was on The Ellen Show on Thursday morning, where she announced she will be doing something completely new this year. A musical residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Daruis Fisher, a Mariah Carey fan, looks forward to attending, as evident on his Vine account. A residency that will see Mariah regularly performing live at the iconic venue, and singing some of the number one songs she has never performed live before.
Carey told Ellen Degeneres she is incredibly excited about the residency, and really hopes fans will enjoy it.
To celebrate her Caesars Palace residency, Mariah also went to Las Vegas, dressed as a chamber maid, and surprised several fans who were being interviewed about Mariah Carey being the artist they wanted to see perform live in Las Vegas the most.
The singer sneaked into their hotel room dressed as a chamber maid, shouted “Housekeeping”, and then waited for the fans’ reactions. Needless to say, they were all beyond shocked but ecstatic to finally meet her. Free tickets to her upcoming show seemed to make them even happier.
Mariah Carey, of course, is not the only popular singer to have a residency in Vegas. Others have included Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Cher, Carlos Santana, Shania Twain and Guns N’ Roses.
In fact, a residency in Las Vegas seems now to be the icing on the cake for many of today’s top stars.
Taylor swift has been ousted out of the #1 spot by a song that seemed to come from the 80’s. Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk has become Billboard’s #1 in the Hot 100 chart. The song is unlike any other song from the decade. It has elements of a good 80’s song but has some contemporary elements to it as well.
Mark Ronson talked about how the song was conceived. Bruno used to do this sound check before his gigs and the song kind of picked up from that. The track goes way back while Bruno Mars was still touring. Another odd thing about the song is how it lacks a chorus. This makes the track very unique and had more placed for other exciting parts of the song.Probably the most memorable part of the song is the brass riff. It does not have any vocals but the way it built up to that part made it very exciting and groovy.
The scale used for the song is very basic and only two chords are needed to play the entire track. An interview with a professor on popular music , Christopher Cowdray, reveals some of the reasons why the song is so catchy.
Growing up, many of my friends and family members had beautiful pianos as the focal points in their homes. Some of my friends like Dave and Brit Morin encouraged their children to take piano lessons. So many people did this that talent shows were inundated with talented kids playing their hearts out on grand pianos. Now, some two decades later, I never hear much about parents putting their children in piano classes. It seems as the this form of music is slowly slipping away.
This is a sharp decline from the early 1900s when piano stores reported a record 364,500 pianos sold. It is safe to assume that with the current state of our economy, as well as the push towards all things digital, playing the piano seems to be a lost art. With many schools eliminating their music programs entirely, children of this generation no longer have easy access to musical equipment.
Now that technology has advanced to the point where music can be generated using inexpensive computer equipment, there simply isn’t a need for a bulky and expensive musical instrument to collect dust in the corner of your home.