Music Legends

A Lookback at Mandy Moore's Duet with Regine Velasquez

At home and abroad, Mandy Moore translates into every language. Spanning across Asia, Latin America and Europe, Mandy's super-sweet demeanor and gorgeous look has spawned countless magazine covers, photo shoots, and editorial campaigns.

As co-host of the MTV Asia Awards 2002, Mandy made a major impact on international music fans as she performed with Filipino recording artist, Regine Velasquez. Joining the popular songstress for a rendition of "Cry," then-17 year old Mandy delivered in a winning duet still remembered today.

The very first Filipino to ever perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Velasquez is considered to be the Philippines best selling artist of all time.  Winner of dozens of awards, she possesses a wide vocal range that is often compared to Mariah Carey. Known for such hit albums as Drawn, R2K and Low Key, Velasquez has personally released an astonishing 27 platinum records.

Enjoy!

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Throwback Video: Mandy Moore in "Crush"

In the hopes of maintaining that romantic feeling from yet another Valentine's Day gone by, we're going back to 2001 for a Crush-tastic Throwback Video featuring Mandy Moore!

Debuting on her third studio album, "Crush" appeared as Mandy's sixth single. Written by Kenny Gioia and Shep Goodman, it followed the release of "In My Pocket" in mid-2001. Accompanied by a colorful music video directed by Chris Applebaum, "Crush" was a popular sensation, reaching Number One on MTV's Total Request Live on September 10th, 2001.

Appearing alongside a number of other poppy favorites including "You Remind Me," "Cry," and "17," "Crush" is considered to be one of Mandy's most popular tracks to date. Boasting over four million views on YouTube, its popularity is well-deserved as a result of its catchy melody and sunny lyrics. Recalling the very best in 90's era pop, the music video is also notable for Mandy's look-a-like version of Michael Jackson's jacket from "Thriller."

Enjoy!

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Mandy Moore Enjoys the Music of Paul McCartney

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Everyone needs some Paul McCartney in their life, and Mandy Moore is no exception. Listening to the one of the legendary musician's classic albums, Mandy took to her popular Twitter-feed to address her fans:

"Song of the Day - "Every Night" by Paul McCartney," said Mandy. "Sigh, he can do no wrong." We agree! Now let's take a look at this amazing track by Sir Paul...

Off his 1970 album, "McCartney," "Every Night" was among the first solo music ever to be released by the ex-Beatle. Accompanied by such hits as "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "That Would Be Something," the album included backup vocals by artist's late wife, Linda McCartney

Following McCartney's penchant for catchy melodies and creative lyrics, "Every Night" is a sweet track with a decidedly organic feel. Beatles fans, incidentally, may recognize the similarity between the song's distinct instrumentals and some of the band's later works.

Thanks, Mandy!

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Bette Midler Wraps on Vegas Hit, 'The Showgirl Must Go On'

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Mandy Moore's idol, Bette Midler, capped a major milestone tonight as she completed a two year run in The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesar's Palace.  

Concluding a remarkable journey that began in 2008, Midler's departure marks the end of one of Vegas's most popular song-and-dance shows. Wowing audiences with her unique brand of fishnets and feathers, Midler appeared in 180 consecutive shows and generated more than $65 million in ticket sales.

Appearing in front of an estimated 750,000 fans, the Divine Miss M leaves on top of her game. Over the course of her run, fans included Tony Bennett, Taye Diggs, Dita von Teese, Pink, Yoko Ono, and of course, Mandy Moore!

As a long-time fan, songstress Mandy Moore has made no secret of her devotion to the legendary entertainer. In an interview featured in the L.A. Times back in 2004, Mandy noted: "I love Bette Midler. I think I'd probably faint if I met her. She's accomplished everything--Broadway, TV, movies, recording. Plus, she's a wife, a mom, and a household name. She's unique and I have so much respect for her."

Congrats Miss M!

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Throwback Video: Mandy Moore in "Drop the Pilot"

When it comes to a collection of classic music, few albums top Mandy Moore's 2003 album,"Coverage." Featuring music originally performed by such legends as Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King, the release is among Mandy's most memorable.

Among the album's best-known tracks is Mandy's rendition of Joan Armatrading's classic tune, "Drop the Pilot." Featuring a catchy melody and driving beat, the song is memorable for its classic pop feel with plenty of soulful substance.

Note Mandy's incredible look in this official music video. While never released in the States, we consider this to be one of her most dynamic selections.

Enjoy!

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Mandy Moore Enjoys the Music of Lucinda Williams

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Enjoying Mandy Moore's Twitter-feed recently, we were pleased to discover another musical gem in Mandy's "Song of the Day" featuring Lucinda William's acclaimed hit, "Jackson."

Recorded for the 1998 album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," "Jackson" is one of many acclaimed hits by the 56 year old Williams. An accomplished alt-country artist, her prolific career can be traced back three decades with such albums as "Happy Woman Blues," "Sweet Old World," and "West."  

Williams is perhaps best known, however, for her hit single, "Passionate Kisses," off ""Car Wheels On A Gravel Road." Winning the 1994 Grammy for Best Country Song, the popular track was later covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Named "America's Best Songwriter" by Time Magazine in 2002, Williams latest release came in 2008 with her tenth studio album entitled "Little Honey."

Thanks for the tip, Mandy!

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Throwback Video: Ryan Adams Gap Ad

Nearly a decade after the release of his first album, we decided to trove through the archives in search of a truly awesome throwback video featuring Ryan Adams.

Reaching into our trusty way-back machine, we selected Ryan's classic Gap ad with music legend, Willie Nelson

A widely-talked about commercial following its release, Ryan discussed his reasons for filming it, in an interview with CNN. "The number one main reason is because Willie [Nelson] was doing it...and you don't say no to Willie Nelson."

Enjoy!

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Throwback Video: Mandy Moore in Elton John's "Original Sin"

With album sales topping nearly two hundred million, five-time Grammy Award-winner Elton John is truly in a league of his own.

With hits like "Rocket Man," "Candle In The Wind," and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," it may come as a pleasant surprise that the 62 year old singer-songwriter featured songstress Mandy Moore on the acclaimed video for his 2001 hit, "Original Sin."

Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor play Mandy's parents in the video, which features our gorgeous starlet as as an awkward teen, circa 1976. Transforming into a bubblegum princess, Mandy is magically transported to the front row of an Elton John concert, where she rubs elbows with celebrity look-alikes of Liza Minnelli, Cher, and others.

At such a young age, the experience would seem to have left an indelible mark on then-17 year old Mandy. "The most amazing part was just talking to him," she said of Sir Elton. "It was honestly one of the most special times of my life. It is the coolest thing. My parents were completely in awe too...it was too cute!"

Enjoy!

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"Heartbreaker" Named #23 on Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of the Decade List!

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MandyMooreBlog.com would like to congratulate Mandy Moore's one and only, rocker Ryan Adams, on being named to Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of the Decade List

Landing at #23 for his solo debut "Heartbreaker," Adams joins the likes of Beck, Patty Griffin, Radiohead, and Wilco on Paste's vaunted list.

In yet another recent honor, Ryan's album, "Heartbreaker," was named #9 on Uncut Magazine's Top 150 Albums of the Decade List!

Congrats Ryan!!

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P.S. Tommorrow is the last day to enter our Ryan Adams "Hello Sunshine" Contest! You could win a hard cover copy of Ryan's latest book, entitled "Hello Sunshine!" For rules and details, click here!


Kate Voegele Chooses Ryan Adams!

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From Mandy Moore to Yoko OnoRyan Adams has earned many admirers in his day, but certainly none quite like Kate Voegele

Since signing to MySpace Records in 2006, Voegele has emerged as an unstoppable young singer, songwriter, and actress. Famously discovered by MySpace creator, Tom Anderson, Voegele has already released a pair of successful studio albums, and even gone on to star as Mia Catalano on CW's hit series, One Tree Hill.

Sitting down with College Times recently, the 22 year old singer/songwriter was asked who she'd rather duet with: Ryan Adams or Bob Dylan. "I have to say that I'm a huge Ryan Adams fan and that he'd probably win out," she said. "Bob Dylan is undeniably genius, but I've owned every Ryan Adams record since I was 15." 

When you get picked over Bob Dylan, you know you've made it!

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P.S. Don't forget to enter our Ryan Adams "Hello Sunshine" Contest by November 5th, 2009! You could win a hard cover copy of Ryan's latest book, entitled "Hello Sunshine!" For rules and details, click here!