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DAVID LETTERMAN is entering his last full week of Late Show’s after a record 33 years in Late night TV. While a comedy pioneer and a huge presence in entertainment himself, Late Night has been a bastion for musicians and performers to showcase their wares. We’ve collated some of the best and iconic performances below:

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I wonder if anyone has done something similar for television.

Via: University of Florida

DJ Earworm has released his annual mashup of the Top 25 Billboard Hits of 2010.  Enjoy!

Does anyone know the name of the song that is played in the new Prime: 50 Years Of Television ad?  It starts with Doctor Who and then shows a clip from SGU and so on.  The lyrics I remember are:

Drifting out in space, Dry your eyes and fix your face, Nothing left to fear but the truth dear

Is anyone else looking for this song?

Help would be much appreciated!!!

update: The song is called Stars by Jay Price and you can get it here:

Stars

Check out this awesome mashup of 2009’s top 25 songs in a single song.

TW Title Buy
1 Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say - Single - Whatcha Say
2 Ke$ha – TiK ToK Ke$ha - TiK ToK - Single - TiK ToK
3 Owl City – Fireflies Owl City - Fireflies - Single - Fireflies
4 Miley Cyrus – Party In the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus - Party In the U.S.A. - Single - Party In the U.S.A.
5 Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway Black Eyed Peas - Meet Me Halfway - Single - Meet Me Halfway
6 Jay Sean – Down (feat. Lil Wayne) Jay Sean - Down (feat. Lil Wayne) - EP - Down
7 David Guetta – Sexy Bitch (feat. Akon) David Guetta - Sexy Bitch (feat. Akon) - Single - Sexy Bitch (feat. Akon)
8 Lady GaGa – Bad Romance Lady GaGa - Bad Romance - Single - Bad Romance
9 Rihanna – Russian Roulette Rihanna - Russian Roulette - Single - Russian Roulette
10 Sean Kingston – Face Drop Sean Kingston - Tomorrow - Face Drop
11 Chris Brown – I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) Chris Brown - I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) - Single - I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz)
12 Gin Wigmore – Oh My Gin Wigmore - Oh My - Single - Oh My
13 Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind - Single - Empire State of Mind
14 Britney Spears – 3 Britney Spears - 3 - Single - 3
15 Beyoncé – Sweet Dreams Beyoncé - Sweet Dreams - Single - Sweet Dreams
16 Glee Cast – Don’t Stop Believin’ Glee Cast - Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version) - Single - Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version)
17 Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [Radio Edit] - Single - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [Radio Edit]
18 Jay-Z – Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 - Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)
19 Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling - Single - I Gotta Feeling
20 3OH!3 – Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry) 3OH!3 - Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry) - Single - Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry)
21 Muse – Uprising Muse - The Resistance - Uprising
22 Foo Fighters – Wheels Foo Fighters - Wheels - Single - Wheels
23 OneRepublic – All the Right Moves OneRepublic - All the Right Moves - Single - All the Right Moves
24 Little Boots – Remedy Little Boots - Remedy - Single - Remedy
25 P!nk – Funhouse P!nk - Funhouse (Deluxe Version) - Funhouse
26 Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying Kris Allen - Live Like We're Dying - Single - Live Like We're Dying
27 Kidz In Space – Downtime Kidz In Space - Downtime - Single - Downtime
28 Dizzee Rascal – Holiday Dizzee Rascal - Holiday - Holiday
29 Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor - Evacuate The Dancefloor
30 Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk - Single - Love Drunk
31 Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything Alicia Keys - Doesn't Mean Anything - Single - Doesn't Mean Anything
32 Gossip – Heavy Cross Gossip - Heavy Cross - Single - Heavy Cross
33 Pearl Jam – The Fixer Pearl Jam - Backspacer - The Fixer
34 Livvi Franc – Now I’m That Bitch (feat. Pitbull) Livvi Franc - Now I'm That Bitch (feat. Pitbull) - Single - Now I'm That Bitch (feat. Pitbull)
35 Taylor Swift – Should’ve Said No Taylor Swift - Fearless (Deluxe Version) - Should've Said No
36 J.Williams – Your Style (feat. Erakah) J.Williams - Your Style (feat. Erakah) - Single - Your Style (feat. Erakah)
37 La Roux – Bulletproof La Roux - La Roux (Bonus Track Version) - Bulletproof
38 Leona Lewis – Happy Leona Lewis - Happy - Single - Happy
39 JET – She’s a Genius JET - She's a Genius - EP - She's a Genius
40 Cobra Starship – Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester) Cobra Starship - Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester) - Single - Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)

Copyright 2009 Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Compiled by Media Sauce Limited.

A rare look behind the scenes as Neil Finn brings Johnny Marr, Wilco and other top musicians and their families to New Zealand to ambitiously record an album of 30 songs in three weeks to fundraise for Oxfam.

Seven years ago, Neil Finn called on a very special group of musical friends. They came from all around the world and converged on Auckland, New Zealand. Over a short few days in 2001, they formed a band and rehearsed a lengthy set, taking it to the stage of Auckland’s St James Theatre for a series of five incredible shows under the banner Seven Worlds Collide.

Some would call it a risky move, but the resulting shows were simply extraordinary. The band members included Radiohead’s guitarist and drummer Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway; legendary guitarist Johnny Marr, founder member of The Smiths and current member of US alternate rock innovators Modest Mouse; New York avant-garde group Soul Coughing’s bassist Sebastian Steinberg; and American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Germano; alongside Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder; and members of the musically gifted Finn family – Neil, his son Liam, and brother Tim.

This story isn’t a music documentary with recordings and concert footage, but a glimpse of families coming together and enabling such a unique creative collaboration to take place. It’s also a look at Oxfam, and the great people behind it, as well as these diverse, hugely talented musicians giving up their Christmases to record an album for them.

“Many of us have had previous connections with Oxfam,” says Neil, “We are working with them on this album not only to highlight the great work they do but to hopefully make some money for them as well.”

Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Barry Coates says, “We are honoured to be working with Neil and so many other talented and committed artists on this project, many of whom have supported Oxfam over a number of years. At a time when the number of people living in extreme poverty is growing, funds generated from this project will be urgently directed to those in need, providing opportunities and hope for a better future.”

It may have taken seven years, but for Neil Finn, and his friends and fans, seven worlds are about to collide once more – tonight at 10.30pm on TV ONE.

Photo: Neil Finn.

To celebrate NZ Music Month, this May C4 is embarking on a search to uncover The Nations Favourite (NZ) Song!

The success of NZ songs are celebrated in a number of ways – last year Opshop’s “One Day” was awarded both the prestigious Silver Scroll and Single of the Year at the NZ Music Awards.  This week Smashproof broke a 23 year record by sitting at the top of the chart for 10 weeks with the single “Brother”, the song sits in a kiwi flavoured chart – 25% of this weeks Top 20 are NZ songs.   In 2001, to celebrate 75 years of existence – APRA members voted “Nature” by Fourmyula as the top song of all time whilst OMC’s “How Bizarre” remains the biggest selling NZ record of all time.

BUT, sales measures and industry accolades aside – what does the Nation really think?  This NZ Music Month, the nation will decide.

Have your say and vote for the Nations Favourite Song at  www.c4tv.co.nz – voting will culminate in a mammoth 8 hour countdown, Saturday 23rd May where THE NATIONS FAVOURITE SONG will be revealed!

Triangle and Stratos TV bring back iconic Eurovision Song Contest

The show that gave the world ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richards, Julio Iglesias and even Riverdance is about to hit New Zealand television screens again in May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is viewed each year by more than 100 million people throughout the world. Now it is returning to New Zealand screens thanks to the canny courting of the European Broadcasting Union by a Kiwi TV doyen.

Jim Blackman, founder of the Triangle and Stratos Television channels, says the Eurovision Song Contest is a global television iconic event that’s been screening annuall for 53 years. ABBA, which won for Sweden in 1974, has been the most successful after taking the title. The group’s winning song, “Waterloo”, was in English and most winning songs have been performed in English.

“The Eurovision Song Contest screened in New Zealand more than three decades ago,” Blackman says. “Bringing it back fits with Triangle and Stratos’ mission to provide NZ viewers an alternate window on the world, something we already do through the English version of Al Jazeera, PBS and other news and programming.

“New Zealanders have quite sophisticated and varied viewing tastes, which we know our programmes are helping to satisfy. The Eurovision Song Contest will add to Triangle and Stratos’ smorgasbord.”

This year Eurovision  (www.eurovision.tv ) is being staged May 12, 14 and 16 at Moscow’s Olimpiyski Indoor Arena, which holds 80,000 people. During the two semi-finals and final that make up the live show, more than nine million people are expected to call or text to vote support for their favourite acts. Those performers represent 42 countries. Twenty make the final to join five pre-qualified countries.

Blackman says Triangle and Stratos will screen a composite of last year’s semi-finals on May 3 and the 2008 finals on May 10 in the run up to this year’s event. The 2009 three hour final will be simulcast on Triangle and Stratos on May 17, less than 12 hours after it screens across the Northern Hemisphere.

Eurovision 2009 will screen in NZ on May 17 this year thanks to Stratos/Triangle.

It’s the first time to screen here in 30 years!

Can’t wait!!