The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!
Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.
This Monday, the artwork of celebrities â€“ many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley â€“ will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.
About 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.
The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.
For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.
Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad Oâ€™Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.
Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.
(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Music producer icon Clive Davis of Pound Ridge helped Billy Joel, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others hold a press conference yesterday to announce the November opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo.
A photographer at the event snapped this Davis photo, which either has no depth perception or showcases a Paul Bunyan-sized guitar. I’m going to pretend the latter, because it looks like that six-string is preparing to take the podium to deliver a speech and/or bust out some “Freebird.”
Another equally curious photo from yesterday’s press conference is one with Davis and Bloomberg offering a two-gun salute. And while I don’t necessarily agree with BestWeekEver.tv’s Dan Hopper that it’s “scientifically the most non-rocking thing that exists,” I’m not going to pretend I didn’t laugh at that assessment.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
So, how do you calculate “the top 12 most powerful musicians of today”? Well, according to MuchMusic.com, it’s a careful scientific formula based on album sales, clothing lines, fragrances, sold-out tours, charities, endorsement deals, and relevancyâ€”whatever that means.
And based on their calculations, New Rochelle native P. Diddy — labeled “The Unstoppable Entrepreneur” — came in right at No. 4, thanks in large part to his extra currics: “Making the Band,” his Broadway shows, and Bad Boy Records.
But soon enough, he won’t be Westchester’s lone representative on the list. If the rumor that Beyonce and Jay-Z are moving to Scarsdale comes true, we’ll have Nos. 7 and 2, respectively, in the hood, too.
Course, if we were ranking not just musicians but all-around music moguls, I’d be mobilizing to make the case for part-time Pound Ridger Clive Davis — the record producer behind everyone from Whitney Houston to the American Idol winners. No disrespect to Diddy, B, or Z, but when it comes to music biz heavy hitters, Clive trumps all.
“The Top 12 Most Powerful Musicians of Today” [MuchMusic.com]
(AP Photos — Beyonce: Evan Agostini; Diddy:Â Chris Pizzello; Jay-Z: Henny Ray Abrams)
On the big show this week: Joe Girardi visits Fox Lane High School, Emeril jumps ship from the Food Network, and Diddy’s Foxwoods bash.
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Quiz: Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers to be helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her hit “Bleeding Love.” Which singer with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley cowrote the song?
A. Mariah Carey, formerly of Bedford
B. Kimberley Locke, North Salem resident
C. Jesse McCartney, Ardsley native
The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break. It’s also revealed in, uh, the next post down.
You probably know by now that British singing sensation Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her song, “Bleeding Love.”
But did you know that Ardsley native Jesse McCartney cowrote the track with OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder and, after opting not to include it on McCartney’s own album, gave it to her?
MTV recently scored an interview with McCartney, who elaborated on the creative process behind the single that “some people didn’t hear (as a hit) at first”:
I recorded it and decided it probably wasn’t right for my album. So we just kind of swept it under the rug, and somehow Clive Davis heard it — I think Ryan played it for Clive — and he fell in love with it and called and said, ‘I really want this song for Leona.’ And we did not expect it was going to be the biggest song in Europe of ’07.
Using the ever-popular third-person point of view, he insisted that he was not upset that he did not include his version of the song on his own album:
A hit for Leona Lewis may not necessarily mean a hit for Jesse McCartney.
Don’t feel too bad for McCartney, though. Despite the fact that he has yet to chart a No. 1 single as a singer, his latest track — the Justin Timberlakesque “Leavin'” — is soaring up the charts and could soon give him his first chart-topper on lead vocals. As of this post’s publication, it was the seventh-most downloaded song on iTunes. LoHud power!
Check out MTV’s full video interview with McCartney after the break. Continue reading
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: With everyone from the Foo Fighters to Alicia Keys in attendance, Clive DavisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ pre-Grammy party has become almost as celebrated as the ceremony itself. Where does the music mogul live in Westchester County?
D. Pound Ridge
Who needs to attend a three-and-a-half hour Grammy ceremony when everyone wants to witness the real show before the show?
That’s how legendary the pre-parties have been for host and Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis. And last night’s festivities were no exception, according to MTV News.
The guest list at Davis’ Beverly Hilton soirÃƒÂ©e included — take a deep breath — Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia Barrino, Lindsay Lohan, Pink, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Michael Strahan, Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson, Nicole Richie, Chad Kroeger, Slash, Rihanna, Akon, Wyclef Jean and Raquel Welch.
Davis has famously used the venue not only to celebrate established industry talent, but also formally to launch the career of his latest protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ©. Last night was the launch party for British star but American unknown Leona Lewis, who took the stage after the Foos played their two most recent hits, “The Pretender” and “Best of You.”
Of course, Lewis worshiped at the altar of almighty Davis:
I can’t believe I’m here. Big thank you to Clive Davis. … It’s a real honor for me to be singing here and singing for everybody.
Note to Kelly Clarkson (of whom I’m a fan): This is how to treat Clive Davis.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)