Wednesday, 23 July 2014

HOT! Röyksopp and Robyn premiere their ‘Do It Again' video

Röyksopp and Robyn premiere their ‘Do It Again' video which is also the first single to be taken from the critically- acclaimed ‘Do It Again’ mini-album out now. The video for “Do It Again” was shot in Mexico by award-winning Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah. The short film is called “Our Hearts' Desires” and is set in an unspecified era where a revolution is in the making. It tells the story of desire, ecstasy and forbidden love.  Says de Thurah, "'Do It Again' feels like it's an unstoppable pop mantra of something out of hand. A spiralling hypnotic maelstrom. The video touches 'our hearts' desires':  deep passions; revolutions full of hope and excitement; a dream of freedom; obsession; the ecstasy and escapism; the darkness. And it ends in a mix of violence and laughter, freedom and the loss of free will. All of this somehow ends on a note of hope through struggle. Something worth fighting for. Do it again."  Svein Berge from Röyksopp adds “I feel that the video in a clever way manages to emphasize one of the main themes of the song - doing something that might be considered morally wrong, and yet going through with it, fully aware of the consequences and potential repercussions. Some of these actions are driven by choice - others by necessity." Robyn concurs, saying, "I´m pleased that, for me, the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote 'Do It Again.' Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back.” Adds Röyksopp's Torbjørn Brundtland, “Being there on these locations, the crew, the actors and the locals made it an unforgettable experience. Oh, and yes, in a good way, I might add." Watch the awesome video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btBSxtKzF6Q

Saturday, 19 July 2014

SUPER HOT! Smashing Pumpkins to release 107 track 'Adore'

OMG! OMG! OMG! I first thought this was a music April fool's joke, but it's not. Rockers Smashing Pumpkins is goong to release a 107 track 'Adore', reports VN Music. The Adore Super Deluxe Package will include the 107 tracks over six-CDs/one-DVD, featuring a mono version of the album; In a State of Passage, with demos from Corgan's home Sadlands studio; Chalices, Palaces, and Deep Pools, devoted to outtakes, among them an instrumental version of For Martha, produced by Flood and Corgan, and Malice, Callous, and Fools, featuring an outtake from the Rick Rubin/Corgan collaboration, Let Me Give the World to You. A sixth disc, Kissed Alive Too, spotlights live tracks recorded in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, among others, while the DVD captures the Smashing Pumpkins in an August 4, 1998 performance at Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. A full booklet with liner notes is also part of the release says VN Music. This is a MUST for your CD collection.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Drake in BIG trouble over copied lyrics

Drake has learned a hard and expensive lesson - don't use other people's lyrics in your own song without giving credit. Digital Spy reports that Drake allegedly paid a six-figure fee to Rappin' 4-Tay after the Canadian rapper copied his lyrics without permission. According to TMZ, Drake's record label paid $100,000 in damages after the star took lyrics from Rappin' 4-Tay's 1994 track 'Playaz Club' on YG's 'Who Do You Love?'

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fatboy Slim tells Simon Cowell to "f**k off' over new reality show

Reality super guru Simon Cowell got a mouthful of super star DJ Fatboy Slim when he approached the DJ about a new reality TV show. Digital Spy reports that The X Factor mastermind has recently been developing the reality show Ultimate DJ to find the next superstar DJ, but Fatboy Slim argued that the format wouldn't translate well to television. Digital Spy revealed Fatboy Slim saying "Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and everyone in the business, he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, 'F**k off. No - that's a terrible idea!'" He went on to say "That's the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It's not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio," report Digital Spy. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Radiohead recording new album

I am so freakin' excited! One of my favourite rockers, Radiohead, is going to record a new CD in September! This will be the follow-up to 2011's 'The King Of Limbs'. Digital Spy reporrts that since the last album Thom Yorke has released 'Amok' with his supergroup Atoms For Peace featuring Flea from Red Hot Chili Pepoers.  Radiohead have released eight albums starting with 'Pablo Honey' in 1993. The biggest success was 1997's 'OK Computer' which sold over 2 million in the US, went 5 times Platinum in the UK (1.5 million sales) and Platinum in Australia (70,000 sales).

OneRepublic- Native

The repack contains the hit single “Love Runs Out” and the Alesso vs OneRepublic Remix of “If I Lose Myself”.
In creating their third full-length album, OneRepublic traveled to Paris, Greece, London, New York, Seattle, and Vancouver to write, record, and immerse themselves in elevating and expanding their already-sweeping sound. "There's this crazy juxtaposition happening on the album," says Tedder, whose bandmates include Zach Filkins (guitar), Drew Brown (guitar), Brent Kutzle (bass, cello), and Eddie Fisher (drums). "On one hand we tiptoed into the EDM world and brought in that energy, drive, and tempo, but on the other it's got a lot of acoustic guitar and a much more organic feel than what we've done before." For help in achieving that supercharged but soulful sound, OneRepublic collaborated with leading-edge producers like Philippe Zdar (the French composer known for his work with artists like Phoenix, The Beastie Boys, Cat Power, and Depeche Mode), Jeff Bhasker (Kanye west, Jay Z, the Rolling Stones,  Fun.) and Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Rihanna, Gym Class Heroes). Native also features some guest artists, such as Adele backup singer Bobbie Gordon, as well as Grecian harpist HarpEri, (recruited while OneRepublic was recording at the famed Black Rock Studios in Santorini). 

Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A.

A.K.A is the 10th studio album by entertainer Jennifer Lopez. The album sees Jennifer Lopez collaborating with long time producer Cory Rooney and executive producer Benny Medina, bringing a more pop and R&B sound to the album. A.K.A. re introduces fans to the sound Jennifer Lopez is synonymous with and made her famous – hip hop, r&B, dance, pop, latin and funk delivering a more entertaining and enjoyable album . A.K.A. is a showcase for where she’s at today,” says her Billboard Magazine cover story, “She raps alongside French Montana on sassy lead single “I Luh Ya Papi,” trades verses with Rick Ross on the head-bobbing gangster-love anthem “Worry No More” and delivers some of her most powerful vocal work to date on ballads “Emotions” and “Let It Be Me.” “The J.Lo we’ve loved since 1999’s On The 6 is here, absolutely - and has gotten better with time,” said People Magazine, going on to note, “She coos about romance on the catchy ‘First Love,’ but it’s the ballad ‘Let It Be Me’ that again proves she’s got the voice and, just as important, isn’t afraid to let us hear the vulnerability.” In an extensive track-by-track review, Idolator.com said, “A.K.A. is a career-best offering that takes the ultimate triple threat full circle” and hailed it as an “ambitious and eclectic pop album that is held together by sizzling beats, surprisingly personal lyrics, and Jenny’s inimitable swag.” A.K.A. features collaborations with French Montana, Rick Ross, TI, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal Kreviazuk, Kirby, Chris Brown, and producers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony, Pop and Oak and long-time collaborator Cory Rooney. Since her first album, On the 6, debuted in 1999, Lopez has been transforming the global music scene and has sold over 75 million albums.  

The Who - Quadrophenia: Live In London

In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London’s Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour. Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather,” “Doctor Jimmy” and a powerful performance of “Love Reign O’er Me.” With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for “5:15,” and Keith Moon for his signature song “Bell Boy.” In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as “Pinball Wizard,“ “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Tea & Theatre,” from their 2006 release Endless Wire,” with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

AC/DC's Malcolm Young in hospital

Malcolm Young of rockers AC/DC's is in hospital. According to Digital Spy it's due to 'ill health'. During a chat to TeamRock Radio band mate Brian Johnson revealed the news and described Young as "a fighter". He went on to say that the band is "holding our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again. "When you're recording [a new album] with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult." He added "he's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed, he'll be back." Digital Spy reported that no other details of Young's illness were revealed.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture Show

Shock rocker Rob Zombie’s first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, will be released Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Universal Music. The feature-length concert film, recorded live over two sizzling nights in Texas, captures Zombie's elaborate, multi-media production of mind-blowing SFX, animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, oversized LED screens and state-of-the-art light show combined with his powerhouse band featuring John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish. The Zombie Horror Picture Show, available on Blu-ray, DVD puts the viewer at the centre of the hot and nasty action for a blistering set of 16 Rob Zombie classics, including “Dragula,” “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” and the crushing cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” from the seven-time Grammy® nominee’s U.S. Top 10 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

Robin Thicke struggles to sell his new CD, Paula

When Robin Thicke released his hit song 'Blurred Lines' last year, I thought the singer's future will be paved by gold. I was sooo wrong. His new CD Paula, named after his estranged wife Paula Patton, is not selling. Digital Spy reports that in America Paula sold around 25,000 copies in its first week, which is down by 177,000 from Blurred Lines. In the UK the CD only sold 530 copies. OUCH! Robin and his wife Paula announced their split after nine years in February.

Paris Hilton releases new single 'Come Alive'

She's back! Socialite Paris Hilton has unveiled her new single 'Come Alive', Digital Spy reports. According to variois reports the 33-year-old Paris latest offering is a dance track. Meanwhile, last year she claimed that she was "so proud" of her new album, which is due to be released in the coming months. The new single is her second song after she released 'Good Time' in October last year. That track featured Lil Wayne. Digital Spy further reports that Paris is currently preparing to relaunch her pop career following her 2006 debut 'Paris', which featured the hit single 'Stars Are Blind'. Paris even went to so far to claim she is one of the world's highest-paid DJs. "I'm one of the top five." Seriously? Ok Paris, let's see if your new single can conquer the charts...

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Zebra & Giraffe Unplugged Shows in JHB, Grahamstown, CT and Durban

In preparation for the release of their brand new album “Knuckles”, Zebra & Giraffe will be playing stripped down (unplugged) shows across the country this June/July. The band will be playing re-arranged acoustic versions of all of their biggest tracks along with some brand new songs! 
 
27 June, - Pretoria - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged) with Werner Olckers (Wrestlerish)
Atterbury Theatre 
Address: 4 Daventry Street, Lynwood.
Performance Starts: 20h30
Tickets: R100
Pre-Sale: http://bit.ly/AtterburyZandG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490531197846233/
 
5 July, Durban - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Factory Cafe
Address: 369 Magwaza Mphalala Rd (Gale Street)
Performance Starts: 21h00
Tickets: R90 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1501641133382586/
 
6 July, Ballito - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Mozambik
Address: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Road, Ballito
Performance Starts: 20h30
Tickets: R60
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445939932326471/
 
8th July - Grahamstown - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Event: Late-Nite Sessions @ The Victoria Hotel
Address: Cnr New & Hill Street
Tickets: R40
Presale: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/
Contact: Stato 082 785 6403
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/635896643168198/?ref=70
 
9 July, Port Elizabeth - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
The Cash Store
Address: 278 Sardinia Bay Road
Performance Starts: 8pm
Tickets: R60
Book at 041 366 1211 / info@cashstore.co.za 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1446609568927263/
 
10 July, Plettenberg Bay - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Event: Food & Film Festival
Venue: The White House
Address: 6 Crescent St, Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay, 6600
Tickets: R180
Pre-Sale: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4845-plett-food-film-festival/
 
11th July - Knysna - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged) with Mac Stanley 
Event: Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Address: Festival Grounds, Waterfront Dr
Performance Starts: 16h30
Tickets: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/events/live-entertainment-60/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KnysnaOysterFestival
 
16 July, Cape Town - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
City Soiree - German Club 
Address: 6 Roodehoek Terrace, Gardens, CT
Tickets: R100 pledge @ http://www.citysoiree.co.za/events/zebra-giraffe-unplugged/
 
15 July, Noordhoek - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Cafe Roux
Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, 270 Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek
Performance Starts: 21h00
Tickets: R120.00
Book: bookings@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/436499446492168/
 
18 July, Johannesburg - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Pop Art Centre
Address: 286 Fox Street, Main Street Life, Maboneng Precinct
Performance Starts: 21h30
Tickets: R100.00 
Pre-Sale: http://www.webtickets.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/513237012109140/
 
19 July, Johannesburg - Zebra & Giraffe (Unplugged)
Pop Art Centre
Address: 286 Fox Street, Main Street Life, Maboneng Precinct
Performance Starts: 21h30
Tickets: R100.00

Soul veteran Bobby Womack dies

Yet another sad day in the music world. Soul veteran Bobby Womack died Friday. He was 70. Bobby is remebered as the legendary voice behind classic soul hits such as "Across 110th Street" and "Woman's Gotta Have It". The respected soul site SoulTracks.com described his career as "a link from '50s gospel to '60s soul to '70s rock, and to some of the greatest musicians in each genre. BBC News reports that the cause of death was not yet known, but Bobby had suffered from cancer and Alzheimer's disease and 'battled with drug addiction'. Rest in peace, Bobby....your music will live on forever.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Avicii fans knows how party hard!

It seems that fans of EDM DJ Avicii truly knows how to party hard at his concerts. According to the Boston Globe around 38 people were apparently treated for drug and alcohol related illnesses on Tuesday evening at Avicii's 'True' tour concert in Boston. At least no one died!