クリスマス本番がいよいよ来週に迫ってきましたが、みなさんクリスマス気分を楽しんでいますか？ クリスマスと言えば、アメリカではマライア・キャリーの最新アルバム「Merry Christmas II You」が今年のクリスマスシーズンのベストセラーのひとつとなっており、先週の金曜日には、先月L.A.にあるオーフィウム劇場で収録された、マライア出演のクリスマス特別番組がABCテレビで放送されました。同番組で、マライアは1994年の大ヒットアルバム「メリー・クリスマス」から懐かしの名曲の数々、また最新アルバムからも数多く曲を披露しました。さらに、オペラ歌手でもある彼女の母親、パトリシア・キャリーも登場し夢の親子デュエットが実現しました！
ところでレディー・ガガと言えば、現在、彼女は3枚目のアルバム「Born This Way」の制作に大忙し。数か月前、MTVビデオ・ミュージック・アワードでアルバムタイトルを発表して以来、その内容やワールドツアー中の進展についてはほとんど明かされませんでしたが、先月、ポーランドでの公演で、ガガは新作について、約20曲の構成になっており、これが完成したら「ここ10年間でNo.1」のアルバムになるでしょう、とファンに向けて約束しました。また、最近の発表によれば、同アルバムには英語、スペイン語、北京語（中国語）、ポルトガル語、ヒンドゥー語、ロシア語の6つの言語による歌詞の楽曲も収録されているのだとか。日本でこれほどの人気を築き上げた彼女が、なぜ日本語の曲を作らなかったのか…不思議です。
Hi everyone, I hope you are getting into the Christmas spirit!!! It is JUST around the corner! Now speaking of Christmas spirit, Mariah Carey's latest Christmas album "Merry Christmas II You" has become one of the best selling holiday albums this year... and this past Sunday she also had a Christmas special on ABC television (which was taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles last month). This show featured some of the classics from her 1994 holiday album as well as many songs from her new one. Her mother, Patricia Carey, who is an opera singer, also joined her famous daughter on stage to sing a duet with her!!!
Well, of course the next big "project" for the superstar is the birth of her first child with husband Nick Cannon, which is due in spring sometime. Well, over the past day or so, there have been many rumors going around that Mariah is pregnant with twins!!!! If that is true, I am sure she must be ecstatic!!
In music news, it was just announced that Lady Gaga and Elton John (who the pop star calls her idol and mentor) are releasing a duet for the upcoming Disney film "Gnomeo & Juliet". The song will be called "Hello, Hello" and it will be officially released on February 8, 2011, as part of the soundtrack. If the song has even HALF the energy that the Grammy performance that Lady Gaga and Elton John put on, it will definitely be a HOT song!
In more Lady Gaga news, she has been hard at work on her upcoming third album, which is called "Born This Way".Since announcing the name of her upcoming album on the MTV VMAs a few months ago, she has been talking quite a bit about the album and the progress that she has made while on her world tour. Late last month she announced at a show in Poland that the album will have about 20 songs, and she promised her fans that it will be the "album of the decade" once it is completely finished. She also recently announced that the album will have songs featuring lyrics in SIX different languages...English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, HIndi, and Russian. Wow...I wonder why she didn"t do something in Japanese, though? Especially since she has such a huge fanbase here.....
FINALLY...the Golden Globe nominations JUST came out....and.....well, if you have been following the gossip leading up to the nominations, there isn't THAT MUCH to be surprised about. "The King's Speech", the film featuring British actor Colin Firth and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush leads the race with seven nominations, including "Best Performance by Actor in Drama" for Mr. Firth. According to the buzz on the street, he is also going to be a favorite to win Best Actor at the Oscars next year. "The Fighter", a film featuring actors Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg and "The Social Network" tie for second place with six nominations each. Right now the buzz on the street for "Best Picture" is that "Social Network" will be the film to beat. "Another film that will definitely be one of the strong contenders this year is "Black Swan" featuring the lovely Natalie Portman, who is nominated for "Best PerformanceActress In Drama". Finally, another actor that has been getting a lot of attention for his latest role is James Franco, who was nominated for "Best Performance by Actor in Drama" in the upcoming movie "127 Hours".