To quote one of his song titles, sorry really does seem to be the hardest word for Elton John. In depicting his legendary rise to the top of the music industry, Rocketman offers no apologies for some of the rock star’s bad behavior along the way. That’s exactly how it was meant to be — since John himself is one of the film’s producers, he was adamant from the very beginning that the film be an accurate depiction of who he was back in those days, and not some sugar-coated version of the story meant to make him look better than he was. He told us why making an honest movie about his life was so important to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)
We’ve seen plenty of singing competitions on TV over the past couple of decades, but behind every singer’s performance, there’s a songwriter. Now, the producers of The Voice put the spotlight on the songwriters with Songland, a songwriting competition featuring superstar collaborations and recording sessions. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder are part of the production team behind the show, and Tedder talked to us about the concept behind Songland. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood paid a visit to the show this season, and of course she’ll be watching when Idol crowns its new champion this weekend. When she does, her mind will inevitably drift back to that magical night in her own past when she was on that stage, though she admitted to us that she was so nervous, she doesn’t really remember all of the details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Although her own memories of Idol finale night are a bit fuzzy, she definitely knows what this year’s finalists will be going through as they await the results. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
The American Idol finale will air live across all time zones Sunday night at 8 ET/5 PT on ABC.
At this point, it’s not like Kelly Clarkson needs the help. After all, she’s been a superstar since winning the first American Idol competition nearly 17 years ago. But if the shoe was on the other foot, and she was one of the contestants on The Voice rather than sitting in one of the chairs, which coach’s team would she want to be on? (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)
Fifty years ago, Elton John released his very first album. Twenty-five years ago, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And now, he’s going to have a movie about his life in theaters. John has had one of the most enduring careers in music history, and new audiences keep discovering his music all the time. For that, he’s grateful, and he feels like having Rocketman in theaters will help his music find new listeners the same way The Lion King has introduced him to younger audiences. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)
Richard Curtis has always been a big music fan — it’s played a big part in several of his movies, like Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Pirate Radio. And he’s also been a huge fan of The Beatles. So, for his latest project, he wrote a screenplay about a musician who realizes he’s the only person left on Earth who actually remembers The Fab Four existed. It wasn’t exactly a long and winding road to get Yesterday to the screen, since Curtis also produced the film, and he told us he was so passionate about telling the story because, when it comes to modern music, he thinks it will never get any better than The Beatles. (Click on the media bar below to hear Richard Curtis)