20 GREAT CHRISTMAS KARAOKE SONGS
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MEANING OF KARAOKE
Karaoke is a word formed from putting two Japanese words together. "Kara" that comes from Karappo and means empty and "Oke", shortened from Okesutura meaning "orchestra". So Karaoke means "empty orchestra"
HISTORY OF KARAOKEThere are various disputes about who first invented the name karaoke. One claim is that the karaoke styled machine was invented by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan, in 1971. Although the audio company Clarion was the first commercial producer of the machine they may have also invented the machine, but there is no existence of the patent.
In Japan, it has long been common to provide musical entertainment at a dinner or a party. Japanese drummer Daisuke Inoue was asked frequently by guests in the Utagoe Kissa, where he performed, to provide recordings of his performances so that they could sing along. Realising the potential for the market, Inoue made a tape recorder-like machine that played songs for a 100-yen coin each.
Instead of giving his karaoke machines away, Inoue leased them out so that stores did not have to buy new songs on their own. Originally, it was considered a somewhat expensive fad, as it lacked the live atmosphere of a real performance and 100 yen in the 1970s was the price of two typical lunches, but it caught on as a popular kind of entertainment. Karaoke machines were initially placed in restaurants and hotel rooms; soon, new businesses called karaoke boxes, with compartmented rooms, became popular. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other."
"Thinking Out Loud" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was written by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge and produced by Sheeran's frequent collaborator Jake Gosling. The song was released as an "instant grat" digital download to the iTunes Store on 18 June 2014, serving as a promotional single from Sheeran's second studio album x(2014).
The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 26 upon release of the album and spent almost 20 weeks climbing the chart before it finally peaked at number one in early November 2014, giving Sheeran his second UK number-one single. "Thinking Out Loud" impacted Australian radio on 14 August 2014, later being released in America on September 24, and was released as the third single off x, the second track to go to number one in the UK from the album. The song has also reached the top spot in Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, and the Netherlands, and is also Sheeran's highest charting single in North America to date, peaking at number two on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian Hot 100."Thinking Out Loud" is the 67th song in history to spent at least 20 weeks inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
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In the Style of Ed Sheeran
Before Whitney Houston, before Madonna or even Donna Summer, there was Gloria Gaynor. The true first lady of disco, Gaynor was the dance floor's first reigning diva. Born September 7th, 1949 in Newark New Jersey, Gaynor born as Gloria Fowles, was one of several children which included brothers Ronald, Larry, Ralph, Robert, Arthur and eventually baby sister Irma.
Gloria grew up poor, but loved.
The family lived in public housing until 1970 and singing was always a part of her home life. Her first public singing performance came in high school as part of the mixed choir. She nearly missed her chance by succumbing to stage fright. After struggling through her performance, encouraging words from her teacher helped her to overcome the stage fright and instilled a confidence that lasts till this day.
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In the Style of Gloria Gaynor
Un-Break My Heart" is a song performed by American recording artist Toni Braxton, taken from her second studio album, Secrets (1996). The ballad was written by Diane Warren. Braxton expressed a dislike for the song; however, L.A. Reid was able to convince the singer to record it and include on her album. It was released as the second single from the album in October 1996, through LaFace Records. Lyrically, the song alludes to a "blistering heartbreak" in which Braxton begs a former lover to return and undo the pain he has caused. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1997.
"Un-Break My Heart" attained commercial success worldwide. In the United States, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed a total of eleven weeks, while reaching the same position on the Hot Dance Club Songs and Adult Contemporary component charts. When Billboard celebrated their 40 years charting from 1958 to 1998, the song was declared as the most successful song by a solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 history. In Europe, the song reached the top five in more than ten countries while peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Sweden, and Switzerland.
Bille Woodruff directed the accompanying video for the single. It portrays Braxton mourning the death of her lover, while remembering the good times they had together. Braxton performed the song on the opening ceremony of the 1996 Billboard Music Awards.
"Un-Break My Heart" has been covered by several artists, including American alternative rock band Weezer on the album Death to False Metal.
Un-Break My Heart - Karaoke Video
In the Style of Toni Braxton
"My Love" is a love song written by Paul McCartney to his first wife Linda. The ballad was a number one single and the most successful track from the Paul McCartney and Wings 1973 album Red Rose Speedway.
The song was recorded live with an orchestra at Abbey Road Studios with Richard Hewson conducting: according to his recollections, a large number of takes were performed, as the guitar solo was different every time. It contains a guitar solo by the Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, then part of the Wings line-up.
"My Love" was also released as a single in March 1973, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. It also went to number 1 on the Easy Listening chart for three weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1973. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies
"My Love" has been covered by several vocal artists, including Nancy Wilson, Johnny Gill, Cher, Brenda Lee, Cass Elliott, Margie Joseph, Salena Jones, Mina, Shinehead, Andy Williams, and Dottie West. There have also been three jazz instrumental cover versions, by Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones, Pieces of a Dream (from 1996 album The Best Of Pieces of a Dream), and Michael Lington (from 2004 album Stay With Me).
Harry Connick Jr. covered the song on the 2014 covers album The Art of McCartney.
In 2011, Corinne Bailey Rae released a cover of the song on The Love E.P.
In 1974 Lincoln Mayorga included an instrumental version on his LP "Lincoln Mayorga & Distinguished Colleagues - Volume III", on the esoteric audiophile label Sheffield Lab, naming the track "The Perfect Song".
An instrumental of the song can be heard during Monica and Chandler's wedding in the American sitcom Friends.
In the Style of Paul McCartney
"Candy" is a song from Paolo Nutini which was released on 18 May 2009.
The song is the lead single from his second studio album "Sunny Side Up"
Release and Chart Performance
The single made the A' list on Radio 2, the B' list on Absolute Radio and the A' list on Radio 1. It charted at 19 in the UK Singles Chart making it his third highest charting single behind "Last Request" (#5) and "Pencil Full Of Lead" (#17), so far, and at 25 in the Irish Singles Chart.
Candy - Karaoke Video