May 2011

“When You Loved Me” iPad 2 Contest

May 19 2011
By: chimarx4
Categories: News

“When You Loved Me” iPad 2 Contest
*Only open to video enabled iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users – if you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend!

Here is how to enter:

1) Download my new single “When You Loved Me” from iTunes (or Amazon)
2) Download the FREE Videolicious app from the Apple app store
3) Using the song & app, make a creative video telling me about yourself
4) Post your video on my Facebook wall and tag it “Richard Marx”

Here’s how to use the app

We’ll narrow down the Top 3 videos by June 1 and let the Facebook community decide the winner by June 10. GOOD LUCK!

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RM sings on new Rhonda Vincent single, “Taken.”

May 18 2011
By: chimarx4
Categories: News

I was thrilled to find such a beautiful song that epitomizes the pledge of love from one to another,” bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent tells The Boot of her new song, ‘Taken.’ “It was an honor to have Richard Marx sing with me. He’s a friend I’ve now sang with, but never met face to face. His voice was perfect for this song.”

And the beach was a perfect place to bring ‘Taken’ to life. “We filmed the video in Costa Rica and Panama City,” explains the Grammy winner. “The scenery was breathtaking; the people were friendly and accommodating. The only scary part was the poisonous frog. It’s a perfect summer video that displays the promise of love, and lots of fun in the sun!”

‘Taken’ is the title track to Rhonda’s latest album, released last year on her own Upper Management Music label, which she formed after leaving Rounder Records. “This project was a little more challenging, knowing we were doing everything from producing to putting every viable piece together, even in marketing and media,” Rhonda says. “It has given me some sleepless nights, knowing we were responsible for every aspect of making this work. I researched it and talked to everybody I could talk to, and all my research pointed to me doing this myself. I’m learning a lot of new things that I’ve never done before; I’m kind of in a new phase of my musical college years.”

In addition to Richard Marx, the album also features guest vocals by Dolly Parton and Rhonda’s two daughters, Sally and Tensel Sandker.

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For Your Consideration: Richard Marx As An ‘Idol’ Judge

May 17 2011
By: chimarx4
Categories: News

Posted Tue May 17, 2011 2:15pm PDT by Lyndsey Parker in Reality Rocks

It’s not every day that a member of pop royalty like Richard Marx comes to my office. So of course, being the “American Idol” dork that I am, I had to take advantage of the opportunity to ask him about his work on the upcoming Daughtry album and a rumored unreleased Chris Daughtry/Kelly Clarkson duet. It turns out that duet might not ever get released, which was the bad news…but the GOOD news is, Richard was more than willing to express his “Idol” opinions, and he was friggin’ hilarious.

Despite having many of his compositions covered on “Idol,” it turns out Richard isn’t too big a fan of the show–which, in a most Simon Cowell-esque fashion, he dubbed “one long karaoke night.” And despite the fact that he’d probably never consider taking a job as a reality show judge–because it would require him to, you know, actually WATCH a reality show–I admire his honesty and still think he’d be a great guy for the job.

“It’s not about artistry,” Richard said of “Idol” and similar shows. “How am I supposed to know about some 20-year-old’s artistry when they’re making him sing some old Motown track to a horribly bad arrangement?” Hey, the man had a point.

Additionally, Richard argued, with great validity: “Audiences seem to think that a singer is really good not necessarily because that singer is singing well, but because they’re just singing loud. Singing loud doesn’t necessarily mean you’re singing well–and everyone on ‘American Idol’ sings loud!”

Still, I’d love to see Richard on a panel alongside Randy Jackson, as it would undoubtedly be a total lovefest. Said Richard of The Dawg: “I love that Randy Jackson has become a gazillionaire because of ‘American Idol,’ but what I don’t like is that people don’t know that he’s one of the most talented people we’ve ever had in the music business. He is such a deeply gifted musican, and he’s sort of become a little bit of a cartoon because of that show.”

Well then, maybe Richard could give Randy some tips on how to be a tougher, better judge? And maybe Richard would reconsider taking a judging job like Randy’s? Mr. Marx may be a little polarizing, and more than a little snarky, but his refreshing hard-stance opinions are just what reality television needs.

Watch Richard’s hysterical anti-“AI” interview below:

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A Night of Love Songs

May 16 2011
By: chimarx4
Categories: News

A night of love songs
Screams for Rick, Richard
By Sateesh Maharaj

Story Created: May 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM ECT

Story Updated: May 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM ECT

Thousands of patrons packed into the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Saturday night to witness four of the United States music industry’s biggest ballad entertainers perform live.

The five-hour event was well attended with a near sold out VIP and VVIP section. Even the general admission stands held a sizeable crowd.

The event, billed “The Ultimate Night of Romance”, was organised by Concerts International which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

The perimeter of the Oval and nearby side streets were lined with parked vehicles as police officers directed vehicles away from blocking the free flow of traffic in the area.

Following the National Anthem at 7.30 p.m., former Survivor lead vocalist Jimi Jamison took the stage unannounced, catching many at the drinks concession stand by surprise.

He opened up his half-hour performance with “Burning Heart”, from Rocky IV and included other favourites such as “The Search is Over” and “Is This Love?” Dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, and sporting a low haircut, Jamison set the tone for the afternoon.

“Trinidad rocks, man,” he told the appreciative crowd.

He ended his set with another tune from the Rocky series, “Eye of the Tiger”.

After an hour’s wait and a thunderous drum instrumental, Rick Springfield took the stage with “I’ve done everything for you”. The wailing guitars and energetic music were matched only by the screams of thousands of women eager to see the popular singer remove his shirt.

Springfield was last in Trinidad three years ago in the same venue, where he was billed together with REO Speedwagon and Vertical Horizon. Whilst Jamison commanded an older audience, Springfield was a hit with teenage girls and women who felt young upon seeing the svelte superstar thrust his hips onstage.

The veteran rock star did let some profanity slip but later apologised upon seeing a child in the audience.

“I thought this was an adults-only night,” he said.

Springfield had the most interactive session of the night and went into the audience twice, much to the delight of the thousands of women in the VVIP section.

Almost 45 minutes later Richard Marx welcomed the Queen’s Park Oval crowd.

“I’m so glad to see you guys,” he said with a smile. “When I landed I was reminded of how beautiful everybody is here… and the women aren’t bad either.”

With over three decades of music to his credit, Marx slowed the tempo a bit with popular ballads such as “Endless Summer Nights” and “Angelia”. The audience sang along to the hits and watched a video of the singer’s three sons playing along to his latest song, “Save Me”. He gave his version of “This I Promise You”, a song he composed for boy band ‘N Sync.

The skies had been overcast for most of the afternoon, but even the heavens seemed to weep as Marx sang “Through My Veins”, a tune in memory of his father. The light drizzle sent many to seek shelter but thousands still sat through the persistent sprinkle—umbrella or not.

The versatile musician took to the keyboard a few times and as midnight approached he ended with “Right Here Waiting For You”.

A chant of “Richard! Richard! Richard!” went up after he left the stage but there was no encore.

Michael Bolton, the final performer of the afternoon, began with “Soul Provider”, his version of the international hit “You Don’t Know What It’s Like” then “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” and “Said I Loved You”.

“You all still awake?” he asked the audience. A loud cheer let him know that they were.

Bolton’s set was a trip back to the oldies and for those who could not relate to Jamison, Springfield or Marx. He was the only performer to use back-up singers and included an instrumental number by saxophonist Michael Lington.

After a soulful rendition of “Lean on Me,” Bolton thanked the audience and bade them goodnight at around 1.30 a.m.

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