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George Michael’s “Last Christmas” Has Been Released In 4K Video And We Need To Discuss

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As part of a new remastering of Wham!’s holiday song “Last Christmas” the music video has been re-released in High Def glory, and it totally takes you back to 1984.

The 80’s were a time when not all music videos were all that groundbreaking, and directors didn’t always feel compelled to really tell an in depth story. This is no exception. In the video, a gang of friends go on a ski trip and George is eyeing his bandmate’s girlfriend.  (She has her eye on him too.) That’s it. They basically eat and decorate the tree and have a snowball fight and very little happens. It’s as if someone just said, “I rented a cabin in Stowe, let’s make a music video doing whatever.” There’s little to no connection in the story to the lyrics of the song, which is weird, but not all that uncommon for the time. The best part is watching how the hairstyles and outfits, in full 4K HD, seem as if they were shot just this year. It’s like watching Stranger Things – when they recreate that era. But this is the real deal, with George Michael, who was still in the closet at the time, in heavy makeup (heavy on the blush!) and full blown out blond, highlighted hair. But with that voice and those looks, it’s no surprise he was the ‘it’ pop star of the decade. The hair cuts and styles of the women are not to be believed. Somehow at the time we all went along with these styles as though it was amazing. What on earth were we thinking.

The video has been viewed nearly 8 million times since it was put on YouTube just over a week ago. The original version has been viewed more than 485 million times since it was published online in 2009.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

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Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

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The Netflix Trailer For Ben Platt’s Radio City Music Hall Concert Just Dropped And Of Course It’s So Good I’m Crying

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Today will be a good day and here’s why…

Ben Platt, if you waved at me through a window I’d be tempted to break social distancing guidelines…there I said it.

The trailer for Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall just dropped and it looks like it’s going to be an inspirational roller coaster of emotions that I cannot wait to ride. Long are the days since Platt was first introduced to us as an awkward, magic loving, a cappella singing, frizzy haired freshman in Pitch Perfect. The Ben Platt shown in the Netflix trailer is all man and dazzles viewers with his captivating voice and quiet vulnerability. The concert special documents the final stop on Platt’s Sing To Me Instead tour and was filmed back in September. The trailer begins with the 26-year-old revealing how he copes with anxiety.

“I’m a very anxious person so I live very much in my head. And I have a really hard time being present where I am and one of the most special ways for me to do that is with music. You have given me such a gift by letting me do that for you tonight.”

Already crying. If you have ever gotten the chance to see Platt perform live in one of his theatrical roles…like Dear Evan Hansen for example…you know that his talent is beyond measure. Platt is accompanied by a full band and a Radio City audience to insure that this Netflix special will be one to remember. At the very least, Platt promises 85 minutes of carefree entertainment.

“I hope this lets you forget your worries and troubles and just be here with me.”

The good news is we only have to wait until May 20th to stream the special on Netflix but the bad news is that today is not May 20th! Check out the trailer below and then stare at your calendars like I will be doing for the next nine days…

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Noah Reid Just Released A Beautiful Music Video For His New Single, ‘Hold On’ 

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Some might say this music video is simply the best

Fresh off the Schitt’s Creek series finale, Noah Reid dropped the first single off of his new album, Gemini. Reid, who played the adorable Patrick Brewer on the beloved sitcom, released the music video for the single, “Hold On,” and it will totally put you in the feels in the best way possible. The video was artistically shot on 8mm film, from a safe distance, and all filmed in one day. Reid is proud of the dreamlike quality of the video and says it contains messages of hope during this unprecedented time. Talking with E! News the crooner said

“The video for ‘Hold On’ had to be done fast and had to be done carefully. I had other songs that were ahead of it in the singles line-up, but once it was clear the effect COVID-19 was having on the entire world, it felt like this was the song that would resonate the most. I wanted the video to represent the feeling of being isolated and unsure of how things would work out, and also the feeling of joy and celebration when you’re on the other side of the challenges you’ve been facing.”

The video was filmed at a friend’s home which is currently under renovation. Reid felt that the bare bones of the gutted space represented a perfect metaphor for what we are all going through right now. Making the video (and the singer) even more swoon-worthy is the fact that Reid’s partner, Clare, plays his opposite. Ugh, be still my beating heart!

Check out the video below and be sure to get your hands on a copy of Gemini when it drops on May 29th!

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