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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1992
I wonder if Arsenio Hall could get President Bush to appear on his show to prove that he was not lip-syncing his 1988 hit "Read my lips"? MARK MARTINEZ West Hollywood
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February 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jimmy Fallon has learned a valuable lesson in Week Two of his "Tonight Show" run: Never ever challenge Paul Rudd to a lip sync contest unless you're prepared to go all out. On Tuesday night's show, Rudd and Fallon had "Tonight's" first such contest. The rules were simple: two songs were selected. Neither competitor knew what the other picked. And the winner was the person who lip synced the best. As a guest on the show, Rudd had the honor of going first, and his selection was Tina Turner's "You Better Be Good to Me. " Rudd gave an impressive showing, but Fallon would not be outdone.
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HEALTH
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Did Eminem lip-sync his way through "Saturday Night Live"? And does it matter if he did?  We ask because the fine guardians of musical integrity over at TMZ.com have accused the glowering rapper of moving his mouth to a pre-recorded track during his performance of the new song "Berzerk" on last weekend's show.  Showtracker caught Eminem's performance during the regularly scheduled West Coast airing and then rewatched the bits highlighted by...
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It isn't enough that Olympic athletes ride the rails with skill and verve, get to the bottom of the course faster than the rest of the field or even hurl stones with reasonable accuracy down a sheet of ice. That's just not sufficient any longer. How about adding singing, dancing and lip syncing to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger? In the realm of parody videos, it all really picked up momentum two years ago at the Summer Games in London. USA Swimming's video, a visual rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," went viral just before the Games, a byproduct of the vision of Olympic swimmers Kathleen Hersey, Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, and USA Swimming staffer Mark Russell.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Lip-syncing has come to the opera. English National Opera singer Clive Bayley was midway through the first act of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" when he started losing his voice. Searching for a stand-in, the show's directors grabbed understudy Paul Whelan from his seat in the audience. He had no time to change into costume and hadn't rehearsed the part onstage. Instead, he sang from the side of the stage while Bayley mouthed the words of the tutor, Raimondo, during Saturday's performance in London.
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April 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Luciano Pavarotti, in severe pain months before his cancer diagnosis, lip-synced his last performance, according to the maestro who conducted the aria at the opening ceremony of the Turin Olympics. The late tenor's manager said Monday the bitter cold made a live performance impossible at the 2006 Winter Games. The conductor, Leone Magiera, reveals in a book that the rousing rendition of "Nessun Dorma" ("Let No One Sleep") was prerecorded because "it would have been too dangerous for him to give a live performance in that physical condition."
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February 21, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three months after the Milli Vanilli pop scandal, lip-syncing remains a live issue in the record business. Anyone short on evidence need look no further than the hottest dance-pop hit of the season: C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat." The million-selling song has topped the pop, dance and R&B charts in recent weeks, thanks in part to veteran R&B singer Martha Wash's dynamic "Everybody dance now" vocal hook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The New Kids on the Block sang on "The Arsenio Hall Show" Wednesday. Sang is the operative word. Those were their voices going out to millions of viewers--not someone else's, or even prerecorded tracks of their own. Harmonies were off and notes were missed on several occasions, leaving little doubt that it really was the New Kids performing their two musical numbers on the show, taped Wednesday afternoon at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
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May 5, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Greg McPherson, the former music director for New Kids on the Block, recanted his claim that the Boston-based teen sensations were primarily a lip-sync act, most everybody in the music industry thought the hatchet was buried. Not so. New Kids singer Jordan Knight, whose group filed a defamation lawsuit against McPherson in February, says the group intends to push on with its legal case and won't be satisfied until its name is cleared in court.
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February 11, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Teen sensation New Kids on the Block sued their former music director Gregory McPherson for defamation of character on Monday in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. The defamation suit, which seeks unspecified damages, comes less than a week after the pop quintet interrupted its Australian tour to perform live on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in Los Angeles to counter charges by McPherson that the group is primarily a lip-sync act.
HEALTH
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Did Eminem lip-sync his way through "Saturday Night Live"? And does it matter if he did?  We ask because the fine guardians of musical integrity over at TMZ.com have accused the glowering rapper of moving his mouth to a pre-recorded track during his performance of the new song "Berzerk" on last weekend's show.  Showtracker caught Eminem's performance during the regularly scheduled West Coast airing and then rewatched the bits highlighted by...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Did she or didn't she? That's the question many viewers were left with after Mariah Carey's performance on the BET Awards Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., where she unleashed a flurry of speculation that she was lip-syncing during her performance of her hit duet with Miguel “#Beautiful.” “Is it me or is Mariah lip-syncing?” Aliyah Harmony tweeted with the #MariahBET hashtag. PHOTOS: BET Experience at L.A. Live “I thought my TV was lagging a few seconds,” F_Beezus responded.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
With "The Office" set to retire May 16 after nine seasons on NBC, series star John Krasinski has been hitting the talk-show circuit. On Tuesday, he stopped by "Late Night," where he recalled the terror he felt his very first day on the show, talked about attending the Met Gala on Monday and, most notably, engaged in an epic lip-syncing battle with host Jimmy Fallon. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The two went head-to-head, hamming it up to a series of hits by Katy Perry, Run DMC, Das EFX and Boys II Men. They started out relatively tame, gradually working up to James Brown levels of exertion.
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February 11, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Strutting the stage in her white tuxedo jacket, shorts and sparkling top hat, Taylor Swift opened Sunday's Grammy Awards with a live performance of her current hit, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. " Inside Staples Center, the singer's performance earned loud applause. But to the Twitterverse watching at home, the pop and country superstar sang a little bit flat. Swift was dancing in the footsteps of countless artists who have performed live at music's biggest night.
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January 22, 2013 | By August Brown
Fans who marveled at Beyonce's prowess when she ripped out her in-ear-monitor during Monday's national anthem at President Obama's inauguration might prepare to be a little disappointed. Suspicions that the anthem performed by Beyonce and the U.S. Marine Corps Band used prerecorded backing tracks - as documented by L.A. Times reporters on hand for the inauguration, among others - were confirmed when Marine Corps band spokeswoman told the Times of London that Beyonce made a last-minute decision to use prerecorded music for her anthem performance.
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November 3, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
For director Tom Hooper, his Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" was all about the power of the spoken word. For his new film, an adaptation of the long-running musical "Les Misérables," it's all about tying song to the power of emotion. Unlike traditional musicals, in which the vocal performances are recorded in a studio and then played back for the actors to lip sync to while filming - sometimes months later - Hooper wanted to film the actors singing live on set while they were in the moment of each scene.
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February 1, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pop teen heroes the New Kids on the Block will interrupt their Australian tour to perform live Wednesday on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in Los Angeles to counter charges made this week by their former musical director that the group lip-syncs in concert and contributed less than 30% of the singing on their records. The group was sued Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits filed against Milli Vanilli's record company have been denied certification by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2011 | By Emal Haidary, Los Angeles Times
The Clovis High School Class of 2011 has left a lasting legacy: Members made a video aimed at portraying all aspects of their school life — and featuring nearly every one of the 600 graduates. In a lively, nearly 11-minute video posted on YouTube, the students at the school near Fresno lip-sync to two songs and lead viewers on a tour around campus. Nearly all parts of student life are presented, among them the athletes, the cheerleaders, the folklorico dancers. The video, "Clovis High Class of 2011 Lip Dub," was notable because the students shot it silently — the other students on campus were taking state-mandated exams and the seniors couldn't distract them.
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