Thursday, May 30, 2024

Music: Adele “Skyfall” Single is Back; Law & Order SVU Has a Singing Medical Examiner


“Skyfall,” the James Bond theme song from Adele, is back. You may recall that we had the Adele single first, and it debuted a couple of weeks before the movie opened in the UK. “Skyfall” went straight to number 1 on iTunes and amazon, and had a strong run before waning a bit. But now that the movie has finally opened here, “Skyfall” is back. It’s up to number 4 again on iTunes and 3 on amazon. It could easily go back to Number 1. Expect “Skyfall” to be the Oscars’ Best Song in a Motion Picture. “Skyfall” was Adele’s first release since her “21” album, which is still selling on the charts almost 2 years and nearly 10 million copies later. Everyone is hoping to see Adele on the Academy Awards next February…

Last week, Tamara Tunie, who’s played the long time medical examiner on “Law & Order SVU,” made her singing debut at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Tunie is also well known for her 20 years on and off on “As the World Turns.” She’s currently featured prominently with Denzel Washington in “Flight.” Tunie’s husband, Gregory Generet, is a well known and beloved crooner. No one really knew Tamara was a warbler, too, but it turns out she a long history with musical theater, knew Cy Coleman, loves Sondheim, and knows her way around a jazz ensemble. Full throated with an Anita Baker-esque range, Tunie wowed the crowd for two shows. Among her fans: Diana Ross and Berry Gordy’s singer daughter Rhonda; upcoming “Motown” musical star Marva Hicks (she’s going to play Berry G’s sister Estelle); and Gretchen Cryer, mother of Jon, and the great star of the legendary “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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