THE BIG MONEY IN TELEVISION SINGING COMPETITIONS IN MAINLAND CHINA AND HOW JESSIE J SUCCEEDED WHERE MANY HAVE FAILED

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s been mentioned enough, especially over the last couple of years: In music, the really big money up for grabs is by appearing in the tsunami of television singing competitions that have again suddenly swept across Mainland China. This big dosh is in being a celebrity judge or being aContinue reading “THE BIG MONEY IN TELEVISION SINGING COMPETITIONS IN MAINLAND CHINA AND HOW JESSIE J SUCCEEDED WHERE MANY HAVE FAILED”

HIGH TIME MISS VANDETTA TAKES HER BROKEN WINGS AND FLY

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com My longtime friend Munir (Alsagoff) in Singapore shared some music videos with me last week of another friend from the fairly old days: Vanessa Fernandez. What stopped me in my tracks was seeing a very familiar name on one of them: Leland Sklar, one of my musical heroes and aContinue reading “HIGH TIME MISS VANDETTA TAKES HER BROKEN WINGS AND FLY”

THE SHUCK AND JIVE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” AND “THE VOICE”

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com And so “American Idol” and “The Voice” had their finales a day apart from each other. Who won? Anyone care? Really? Having watched each sporadically and appalled at the lack of talent on both shows, the programming/content/whatever proved just how much the world has changed and as Pete TowshendContinue reading “THE SHUCK AND JIVE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” AND “THE VOICE””

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? WHAT’S MUSIC SAYING TO YOU

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com It probably started with Chris Cornell: Slowing down an uptempo song and giving it a new twist just as he did with his amazing version of “Billie Jean”. Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones had given the world a slice of slick, danceable pop aided by a hugely importantContinue reading “WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? WHAT’S MUSIC SAYING TO YOU”