“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in the US). The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiotou; 25 June 1963) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”. Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30 year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

On October 26, 2011, Michael had to cancel a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall due to viral infection. On November 21, Michael was admitted to hospital in Vienna after complaining of chest pains at a hotel two hours prior to him performing at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and until December 1 was in an intensive-care unit. While Michael appeared to be “in good spirits” and was responding well to treatment following his admittance, hospital officials said on November 25, that Michael’s condition had “worsened overnight”. This development led to Michael’s remaining 2011 dates, most of them in the United Kingdom, to be cancelled and postponed. Michael’s friend, celebrity hairstylist Fadi Fawaz, told press that Michael’s health was improving “by the hour”. On December 1, doctors in the hospital Michael is staying in, announced that the singer was “steadily improving” and had moved out of the intensive care unit.

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SOULSPY Nu-Disco Edit of George Michael`s “Careless Whisper”. Release date: Dec 3, 2011.

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“Midwinter Graces” isn’t your typical holiday album and its deep beauty reveals itself upon repeated listenings, which includes Tori Amos’s version of the old classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” This song was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original.

Tori Amos’ love of this genre is more than evident. If some songs in the album don’t immediately grab you (this is a Tori Amos album after all), it’s just that this isn’t a “Christmas” specific album and there is nary a Santa or “White Christmas” in sight.  Instead a very angelic-looking Tori (floating in heavenly clouds) is featured on the album’s cover.

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. She was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include “Crucify”, “Silent All These Years”, “God”, “Cornflake Girl”, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, “Professional Widow”, “Spark”, “1000 Oceans”, and “A Sorta Fairytale”, her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date. As of 2005, Amos had sold 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. Amos was also named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996.

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Moody’s Mood (for Love) is part of the 1980 album “Give Me the Night” by George Benson. Originally, “Moody’s Mood for Love” is jazz saxophonist James Moody’s 1949 instrumental solo based on Jimmy McHugh’s 1935 song “I’m in the Mood for Love” with lyrics later added by Eddie Jefferson. King Pleasure eventually released a very popular vocal version in 1954. Other artists who later released renditions of the song include Van Morrison, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Tito Puente, Kermit Ruffins, The Ray Gelato Giants, Amy Winehouse, Mina and Georgie Fame. In 1995 Quincy Jones released a multi-harmony version of the track with his album Q’s Jook Joint featuring the artists Take 6 in collaboration with Brian McKnight. The song also has been featured on an episode of The Cosby Show, as well as in an early 1990s Gap television commercial.

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)is a ten Grammy Award winning American musician, whose production career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist. At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word – a singer of songs, a spinner of tales.

More than forty years after Benson cut his first recordings, could the songs ever become repetitive? Could the stories get old? “If they did, I would be the first to know,” he says, “because I get bored quickly. If that ever happens, I’ll find something else to do. But it has yet to happen, and it never will. Music is too incredible of an experience for me. There’s always someone new coming along with a fresh idea that turns the music inside out and changes the way we listen and think. There’s always someone out there – someone we’ve never even heard of yet – with a new song and a new story.”

In 2009, Benson was recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master, the nations highest honor in Jazz. In the fall of the same year, Benson finished recording a new album titled Songs and Stories. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century, including James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and several others. Some were written specifically for this new recording, while others were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

George and his wife Johnnie have been married since 1965.

Sources: Wikipedia 1, 2 | Official Website

On September 26, 2011 the first teaser featuring Taeyeon was released for the impending comeback with the group’s 3rd Korean album The Boys. The first image teaser for “The Boys” was released on the midnight of October 1, 2011 through SM Entertainment’s YouTube channel. After a few minutes after “The Boys” released, Girls’ Generation cleared (across the air) the “all-kill” status on many online music charts with their single “The Boys”, on top. The following week of their comeback performance, they won their first number ones for The Boys on M! Countdown on October 27th. The Boys sold 227,994 albums just within 12 days in South Korea alone, becoming the best selling album in October and third best selling album thus far in 2011, grabbing No.1 spot in K-POP music chart for 9 consecutive weeks which is the longest No.1 record.

The title track, “The Boys”, was released in both Korean and English. It was written, composed and arranged by Teddy Riley, who was Michael Jackson’s producer.

Girls’ Generation is a nine-member South Korean electropop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. The nine members are: Taeyeon (Leader), Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. Girls’ Generation has released three Korean full albums, three Korean mini-albums, one Japanese full album and various singles.

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Muita Bobeira is a track from Luciana Souza’s 2005 album, “Duos II,” which was included in the default, sample tracks of Microsoft Windows Vista, hidden inside the system folder “\Windows”, complete with album artwork and ID3 information. It’s probably some Microsoft employee’s favorite artist or song is my guess.

Grammy-nominated Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters, born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966. Daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos, she graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition. She then received a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Since age of three when she began recording jingles for commercials (more than 200 jingles and soundtracks), Souza career led her to work with various jazz greats, chambers, and philharmonic and symphony orchestras, to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, composer Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, to name a few. However, her longstanding musical relationship with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, who provides the acoustic performance in this track, has earned her accolades across the globe.

She has 50 records as a side singer and eight album releases, including four Grammy nominated records: Brazilian Duos (2002), North and South (2003), Duos II (2005), and Tide (2009). Since 2004, Souza has been the Jazz Artist in Residence with the San Francisco Performances. She also married music producer Larry Klein in 2006.

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