Friday, November 27, 2009

AMA 2009 Performances;AMA Red Carpet Stars; Free Music Download Jay-Z and John Mayer Live Music "U Don't Know"; From the Archives-What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common?

A recap of the 2009 American Music Awards featuring performances by Alicia Keys, Jay-Z,Janet Jackson,Whitney Houston,Kelly Clarkson,Rihanna and others:

A shout out to Jay-Z who performed a special benefit on Fuse TV,September 11, 2009.Answer the Call, was broadcast live from Madison Square Garden and the televised event, benefited the New York Police and Fireman's Widows and Childrens Fund and raised over one milion dollars. It also served as the launch for Jay-Z's new CD, the Blueprint 3. Several of the other entertainers who performed at that benefit include John Mayer,Mary J. Blige,Kanye West,Beyonce and Rihanna. John Mayer joined Jay-Z on two of the songs he performed, "U Don't Know" and "DOA"(Death of Autotone). A free download of the concert version of "U Don't Know" can be found below.

Alicia Keys held her annual Black Ball Benefit for Keep A child Alive (KCA)on Thursday, October 15,2009. The organization raises money, awareness and purchases medicine and other medical supplies for AIDS orphans and children stricken with the disease in Africa and India. Joining Ms. Keys at the event was John Mayer, Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige, Gayle King, Queen Latifah, the Mistress of Ceremonies and a host of other celebrities. Keys and Mayer performed a duet of "Aint No Sunshine". Watch the video below:

Watch Alicia's New Video:

Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart 

From the Archives:

Mega Millions Raised from Katrina Relief Benefit Concerts

What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common? John Mayer and Alicia Keys to Perform Together At Grammies

Free Downloads:

Live music from "Answer the Call" Benefit Concert:Fuse TV -September 11, 2009 from Madison Square Garden

U Don't Know   Jay-Z featuring John Mayer

Permalink to entire Heavier Octaves internet podcast radio episode here

John Mayer Slams Dating Rumors

Today’s free download is “Half of My Heart” John Mayer’s duet with Country songstress, Taylor Swift and last week's winner of the American Music Award for Artist of the Year.

John performed a free concert on Monday, November 16, 2009  at the Music Hall of  Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.  The live version of “Half of My Heart”, which was performed during that concert is available for  download below. While Ms. Swift was not there to provide her vocals on the song during the concert, Mayer’s new background singers did a terrific job. You can listen to the studio version (featuring Ms. Swift) on John Mayer’s CD Battle Studies, available in most digital markets and at your local record stores.

 There is also a version of it on his radio premiere of Battle Studies broadcast on Radio Sophie on November 9, 2009. It is in the Heavier Octaves Radio Podcast Archives at this link.