Friday, 31 October 2014

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams going to court over Blurred Lines

Ouch, I don't want to be in the shoes of Robin Thicke or Pharrell Williams. The two's case against Marvin Gaye's family will now go to trial. Music-news reports that "The musicians have been embroiled in legal proceedings for more than a year after Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., who raps on the track Blurred Lines, sought in August 2013 to pre-emptively protect the song from claims it originated from the Motown legend's 1977 smash hit Got to Give It Up. The Gaye family responded with a countersuit, accusing Robin and Williams of stealing elements for Blurred Lines. They also allege Thicke ripped off Gaye's After the Dance for his song Love After War. On Thursday U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt denied Williams and Thicke's motion for a summary judgement, ruling the issue must now go to trial, Billboard reports. In his ruling, the magistrate wrote members of the Gaye family 'have made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Got to Give It Up,' adding, 'Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection." Kronstadt also cited 'conflicting analyses' on 'signature phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords, harmonic structures and vocal melodies' by experts hired by both the plaintiffs and the defendants." What do you think? Below is the Marvin Gaye song and Robin’s Blurred Lines. Also there is a comparison video of the two songs. Are there any merit in the case?




Koos Kombuis – die treklorrie, Madiba, Lisa Se Klavier en Afrikaans

Die vroegste herinnering wat Koos Kombuis van sy kinderdae het, is die van ‘n treklorrie. “My pa het dikwels van werk verander en daarom het ons ook aanhoudend getrek van dorp tot dorp. Ek het my kinderjare geslyt in Riversdal, Paarl, Wellington, Kuruman en Bellville. Uiteindelik het ons vasgehaak in Stellenbosch.” Koos is gebore “kort voor teetyd op 5 November 1954 in ‘n kraaminrigting in Duiwelspiek, Kaapstad”. Hy is gedoop as André le Roux du Toit en ons wou by die guru van Afrikaans weet waar hy die naam Koos gekry het, asook wat hy onthou van sy dae in die Paarl en sy herinneringe aan Johannes Kerkorrel.

Wat onthou jy van jou tydjie in die Paarl? Ons het in ‘n klein huisie in Olyvenstraat gewoon, waar ek baie gelukkig was. Ek was toe agt jaar oud, en reeds voltyds aan die stories skryf op my pa se ou Underwood-tikmasjien. Ek onthou dat ek op ‘n stoel met twee of drie kussings moes sit om die klawers by te kom. Die Paarl het ‘n ou-wêreldse atmosfeer wat vir my baie bekoorlik is. Vandag nog geniet ek dit om soms daar op te tree.

Jy’t op skool jou bynaam Koos gekry, hoe het dit gebeur? Die bynaam het ek in standerd drie (Graad 5) gekry, toe ek die hanswors van die klas was. Op daardie stadium was “Koos van der Merwe”-grappe hoog in die mode.

Lisa Se Klavier was en bly steeds een van my gunsteling liedjies. Plaaslike rockers The Parlotones het ook ‘n weergawe van die liedjie opgeneem. Vertel ons meer van die liedjie. Lisa Geldenhuys was ‘n goeie vriendin van my wat in Kaapstad gewoon het. Ek het dikwels vir haar gaan kuier as ek depressief voel en dan het sy my laat beter voel deur vir my klavier te speel en vir my appelkoopstee te bedien.

Een van jou beroepe was brandweerman. Ek het vir ‘n paar jaar lank vir die brandweer gewerk. Dit was dalk nie ‘n goeie keuse nie, want ek is bang vir hoogtes en kon niks verstaan van die noodhulpklasse nie. Nietemin was dit van my gelukkigste jare en het ek baie vriende daar gemaak.

Jy was in ‘n stadium in Weskoppies Psigiatriese Hospitaal opgeneem. Hoekom? Ek het self gevra vir sielkundige hulp in 1977. My ouers het my verkeerd verstaan en my na ‘n psigiater geneem, wat verkeerdelik aangeneem het dat ek ‘n dwelmprobleem gehad het en my laat opneem het in Saal 6 saam met verskeie dwelmslawe en sogenaamde “skisofrene”. Dit was ‘n interessante ervaring.

 Jou eerste plaat, Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari, was as ‘ongewens’ gebrandmerk deur die destydse sensuurraad. “Ver van die ou Kalahari” was nie eintlik ‘n plaat nie, maar ‘n ‘low budget’ kasset. Destyds kon ek glad nie verstaan waarom dit so ‘n opskudding veroorsaak het nie. In retrospek besef ek dat die meeste Afrikaanse musiek van daardie jare gemaak is deur kunstenaars soos Gé Korsten en Sonja Herholdt, en dalk was Afrikaners nie heeltemal gereed vir liedjies met titels soos “Ontug in die Lug” nie.

Die Voëlvry Toer was supergewild onder studente en berug onder die regime. Dit word beskryf as die ‘Boere-Woodstock’. Wat was die doel van die hele toer? Die doel was eenvoudig: om apartheid omver te werp. Dit het gewerk, hoewel ek moet erken daar was ook ander faktore wat gehelp het. Ons wou werk vir ‘n breë demokrasie en ook vir die de-stigmatisering van Afrikaans as “taal van die onderdrukker”.

Johannes Kerkorrel was deel van die toer. Wat onthou jy die graagste van hom? Johannes (Ralph) was ‘n baie goeie vriend en ek mis hom vreeslik. Die meeste mense onthou hom as ’n wilde rocker, maar hy het ook sy sagte kant gehad. Ek onthou hom vir sy menslike empatie, sy goeie maniere en sy vlymskerp humorsin.

Ek kry soms die gevoel Afrikaans word effe geboelie in die land. Hoe sien jy die toekoms van die taal? Afrikaans word nie so erg geboelie soos wat baie mense hulle verbeel nie. Ek sien geen probleme vir die toekoms van die taal nie. Die enigste dialek van Afrikaans wat dalk in gevaar is, is ongelukkig standaard-Afrikaans.

Wat is jou siening oor woorde soos Afrikaan, Afrikaanses, Suid-Afrikaan, Suid-Afrikaner? Ek is seker maar ‘n Afrikaanssprekende Suid-Afrikaner. Dis vir my ‘n beter beskrywing as “Afrikaner”, hoewel ek nie deesdae meer vreeslik baie waarde heg aan sulke etikette nie.

Dink jy die huidige regering doen genoeg om Afrikaans te beskerm? Die regering doen hopeloos te min vir alle inheemse tale. Dis asof hulle glad nie dit as ‘n prioriteit beskou nie. Ek kan verstaan dat Engels ‘n gerieflike lingua franca is, maar dit maak mense ook lui om mekaar se tale aan te leer.

Op jou CD Dertien het jy ‘n liedjie, Dankie, Madiba. Wat is die storie agter die liedjie en wat dink jy is die naletanskap wat Madiba vir ons gelos het? Ek waardeer Madiba se nalatenskap van vrede. Die interessante ding van daardie liedjie was dat my eerste groot uitvoering van daardie lied, lewendig op ‘n verhoog in die reusagtige Atterbury-teater in Pretoria, gebeur het op die presiese oomblik toe Madiba besig was om te sterf. Die meeste van ons het die nuus eers die volgende oggend gekry.

Wat was die eerste plaat wat jy gekoop het? “My Boy Lollipop” deur Milly, ‘n solus-sewe-plaat uit 1964. Dit het sestig sent gekos.

Jy skryf deesdae meer as musiekmaak. Ek voel dat ek ‘n plafon bereik het met my musiek, en dat te veel van my lewendige vertonings ‘n herhaling is van ou liedjies wat mense tot vervelens toe wil hoor. Om nuwe stories en idee’s uit te dink in my studeerkamer is ‘n veel groter uitdaging.

Wat weet mense nie van Koos Kombuis nie? Dat ek die vier-en-sestig hoofstuktitels van Confucius se i-Tjieng-teks uit my kop uit ken.

Wat maak jou kwaad en huil? Ek word kwaad as mense nie hul ‘indicators’ gebruik by mini-verkeersirkels nie. Ek huil oor al die misdaad en die plaasmoorde in hierdie land.

Waarvoor lag jy die meeste? Politici.

As jy eendag jou kop neerlê, wat moet op jou grafsteen staan? “Sien jou weer”

Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 2015 – it`s a festival: 25th Birthday – Party like you own it!


Creekers, we know that you are rambunctiously excited to know which bands will be playing at Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 2015. Bring out the whifflers to clear the path; come closer; hear hear! Round up your friends who suffer from Deipnophobia because their mother-in-laws wear Winklepickers; wake the fudgelling folk and phone your nearest and dearest friends; your annual weekend of sheer joyful abandon at the Breede River awaits! The good news is that none of our stages will be overlapping, so you will not be subject to spaghettification – that is, “the process by which you would be stretched and ripped apart by such gravitational forces.” Shame on those quomodocunquizing clusterfists that put up callithumpian parades to discombobulate the audience. What a waste! Do it properly we say! Our fabulous 2015 line up include Zebra & Giraffe, Shortstraw, aKING, Bye Beneco, Al Bairre, The Black Cat Bones, Taxi Violence, Red Huxley, Manouche, December Streets, Hot Water, Piet Botha, Grassy Spark, Kite Rider, The Kiffness and Diamond Thug and many more!  We know. Habromania right?  Sign up for a 2015 sticker and stand the chance of winning awesome prizes:
We would love to send you a postcard and your very own Up The Creek 2015 sticker for your car’s back windscreen, directly to your postbox. Fill in your details here (https://www.facebook.com/UpTheCreek.MusicFestival/app_128953167177144 ) and look out for that friendly envelope in your mailbox.
Also, once you have uploaded your details via this #Creekspotter app, you will automatically be entered to win a set of double weekend tickets. Two winners will be randomly selected.  T’s&C’s apply.
Apply your sticker, take a photo, and tag @Upthe_Creek using the hashtag #CreekSpotter.  Anyone that spots the sticker in traffic can also enter via Twitter to stand a chance of winning our monthly #CreekSpotter prize. Up for grabs is a set of double weekend tickets from September through to January. T’s&C’s apply.
Type, mail, stick, click. Good luck!

Kid Rock surprises fan on his 30th birthday


Kid Rock is the real American Bad Ass. Not in a bad way, but in a super-awesome-you-rock way! He surprised his "biggest" fan on his 30th birthday. Huffington Post reports that "In August, Dan McGurk, who has Down Syndrome, posted a video on YouTube in which he invited his favourite singer to his upcoming birthday dinner. “It’s not until 27,” Dan said in the clip, showing off his sizable collection of Kid Rock memorabilia. “I’m the biggest and number one Kid Rock fan,” he said in the video. “Please be there for my 30th birthday … I hope you come.” One would think that many rock and pop and super stars get invitations like this, but not everyone responds to it, not if you are Kid Rock. The dude surprised Dan on his birthday party and sang for him Happy Birthday. And of course, Kid gave his #1 fan presents: a cap, a photograph and a custom guitar. You rock Kid! Check out the awesome moment below!!

Michael Jackson ruling Halloween

So guess what is the most popular song to play on Halloween parties today (31 October)? Having trouble? Let me help you: Michael Jackson's THRILLER. Music-news reports that Spotify analysed over 600,000 Halloween themed playlists with Thriller by Michael Jackson coming out as the most featured song, with Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's Monster Mash, following closely behind. So let's go carve a pumpkin, put on our scariest outfits and go trick or treating, with THRILLER blearing from the hi-fi.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

REVIEW! Taylor Swift – 1989

Back in 1989 I was almost in my senior year. The sound of the 90s was acid house, friendly pop-rock, teen pop and dance pop. I couldn't care less. Ok, I lie. I did listen to some of the 90s music, and yes, I confess I have some of the 90s biggest best known CD. The truth is that I am a child of the 80s, the synth pop era. So I was VERY surprised when listening to country-pop star Taylor Swift's latest CD only to find there is NO country elements! GASP! Could it be the result of the singer moved from Nashville to New York? For sure! On 1989 she shed every last country gene she had left. Listening to 1989 sounds like listening to a Pet Shop Boys CD, Bouncy, synthy and good. Did I really just say Taylor is good? I did! Oh the shame... All jokes aside, "1989 is a glitzed-up pop powerhouse about living in the big city, leaving old selves behind, and, yes, dating people you probably really shouldn’t be dating. It’s not that Swift is making the same mistakes she promised herself she’d stop making in “Trouble”; it’s more like she’s accepting that making mistakes is a necessary part of the fucked-up charade we call adult life." says consequenceofsound.net - and so true! This album has everything that a Taylor fan could want, love songs, guy advice and tons of dance hits that will brighten up your mood. The CD is a 100% cross over to pop and fans will love it. I did…

INDUSTRY NEWS! Armin van Buuren on CNN’s Ones to Watch


CNN International’s new series, ‘CNN’s Ones to Watch’ shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts. The second episode is dedicated to electronic dance music (EDM), the world’s fastest-growing musical genre, worth over six billion dollars a year. Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, voted the world’s number one DJ a record five times, is this episode’s ‘master’, who chooses two artists he believes have the potential to become global stars in the dance music world. He knows that in the music business, popularity can be a passing moment. It’s hard to breakthrough and even harder to stay at the top of the tree. This is echoed by French DJ and producer of electronic music David Guetta, who tells ‘CNN Ones to Watch’: “When I started, it was about being a good DJ, feeling the people, playing a type of music that is very unique, taking the people on a trp. It's still the case, but there's no way you can become famous as only a good DJ now, you have to be an amazing producer to keep the crowds following you.” American electro house musician and record producer Steve Aoki agrees: "The ingredients for a great DJ…lot of things, you know - it's the connection to the audience, the crowd, the mixing of your songs, the song selection, and the different emotional peaks and highs and lows, and you’re there, conducting it.” But for those looking to the future, Armin van Buuren believes Moldova and Argentina are the places to find the ‘CNN Ones to Watch’. The programme’s journey begins in Argentina, a country at the forefront of a Latin American boom in dance music. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is home to two young men, Augustin and Matias, who are fast making a reputation as one of the hottest prospects on the DJ scene. They came to van Buuren’s attention as Heatbeat, which the duo formed after hearing each other’s tracks uploaded to a dance music website. The Dutch DJ spotted their creativity and unique sound, being able to tell a Heatbeat track from a million others. ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ follows Heatbeat putting the finishing touches to their debut album in the studio, before preparing to play their new music to fans for the first time, during an all-night set in Buenos Aires. 2,000 kilometres away, van Buuren’s other choice hails from a town in one of Eastern Europe’s smallest countries, Moldova. Armin van Buuren believes the country harbours a talent who could become the next big thing on the dance music scene – DJ Andrew Rayel. 'CNN Ones to Watch’ sees Rayel working in his studio, creating melodies and improvising with virtual instruments. At the age of 21, Rayel has already crossed continents, giving over 650 performances. His toughest challenge is yet to come through – playing at one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals, Tomorrowland. Before he gets there, Rayel is set to open for van Buuren at one of Ibiza’s hottest party venues, Ushuaia. This is a chance to rehearse his set before Tomorrowland, and is the perfect place for a young DJ to be noticed. An open air performance under the setting sun provides a memorable start to a night in Ibiza, before he hands over the decks to van Buuren. If his Ushuaia set is a success, he’ll have renewed confidence to face the crowd at the most important performance of his career – at the dance world’s favourite festival, Tomorrowland in Belgium, attended by 400,000 fans. Reflecting on how far they have come, Heatbeat tell the programme: “You can have charisma. You can have really good production skills. But if you reach that level of showing something different, you can say we have our own brand, we have our own signature. We may say ok, you did a really good job.” Andrew Rayel confesses to ‘CNN Ones to Watch’: “I was always a shy person. I never thought that me, from Moldova…can be right there with the big names, with the big DJs. I was dreaming about that – and it’s happening right now.”

HOT! Pet Shop Boys are heading to South Africa for Sónar

Next to Depeche Mode, I've always like the music of Pet Shop Boys. Now Pet Shop Boys are coming to South Africa, finally! They have sold over 50-million records worldwide, have achieved an overwhelming twelve top 10 studio albums, forty top 20 singles, four number one records, received three Brit Awards and seven Grammy nominations. Last year Pet Shop Boys headlined two nights at Sónar Festival in Barcelona and now, for the first time in music history, the pioneers of synth-pop will perform to audiences in South Africa. Pet Shop Boys will headline the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night on 15 December 2014 at the city’s Good Hope Centre, as well as A Taste of Sónar at Johannesburg’s Nasrec Expo Centre on 12 December. Their latest, spectacular live show forms part of their sold-out ‘Electric’ 2014 world tour and showcases some of the most cutting-edge production design and creative direction in the world. The iconic pair, made up of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, has always been ahead of their contemporaries and pioneered the electronic music landscape on a global scale with their ability to redefine the pop and dance music genres. Considered to be the most successful duo in UK music history, Pet Shop Boys have a massive local fan base and have sold over 300,000 albums in South Africa alone. In Cape Town and Johannesburg fans can expect to hear songs from across their entire career including global chart-toppers like ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always on My Mind’, songs from their recent acclaimed Stuart Price-produced album 'Electric', and classics like "Suburbia" and "Go West”. In addition to announcing the headline act, Sónar Cape Town can also confirm that Spanish DJ and producer Uner will deliver a powerful set to fans of house, techno and vocal harmonies at The Good Hope Centre on Tuesday 16 December alongside already announced international artists The Bloody Beetroots (Live), Jon Hopkins, Ten Walls, UZ and a host of South Africa’s finest local talent. Belgian brothers 2manydjs will perform their highly anticipated DJ set after Pet Shop Boys’ performance on the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night and at A Taste of Sónar Johannesburg. Pet Shop Boys will also be performing a standalone show in Durban on 19 December. For more information visit www.facebook.com/seedexperiences
* The Pet Shop Boys have come out the winner of a new BBC poll to name the greatest cover version of all time. Covers have been a long tradition in popular music. During the 60's, it wasn't unusual to find covers of some of the biggest hits of the day on albums by the very biggest artists. That isn't the case with the top songs in the new poll. None were album "fillers". Topping the list is the Pet Shop Boys' take on Willie Nelson's Always on My Mind. Although Nelson has the best known version of the song, many artists recorded it before him including Elvis Presley and it was a TV special in 1987 marking the tenth anniversary of Presley's death that saw the Pet Shop Boys first perform the cover. The performance was so well received that they decided to record the song and release it as a single.


 

HOT! Led Zeppelin music remastered by Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues, it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk), into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only connection the audience had with the band was through the records and the concerts. More than any other band, Led Zeppelin established the concept of album-oriented rock, refusing to release popular songs from their albums as singles. In doing so, they established the dominant format for heavy metal, as well as the genre's actual sound. In 2014, Led Zeppelin launched a massive catalogue campaign supervised by Jimmy Page, containing newly remastered versions of all their albums, available on CD, high-resolution downloads, and vinyl. Additionally, there were deluxe editions containing previously unreleased material from the vaults. The first round of reissues contained the band's first three albums and appeared in June 2014. Do you have yours yet?

Toya Delazy Unveils New Music Video for “Forbidden Fruit”

Acclaimed South African Pop Star Toya Delazy shared the glowing new music video for her latest single ‘Forbidden Fruit’. Forbidden Fruit was shot in Cape Town and was directed by  Kyle Lewis from Dirty Soul Productions. Forbidden Fruit, the lead track from Toya’s new album ‘Ascension’ has moved quickly up the SA Top 100 chart thanks to nationwide crossover radio play listing. Forbidden Fruit grew from a production collaboration with industry stalwarts Craig Massiv & Troydon Murisan – known now as Loskop . Toya describes the ideas behind the track: “You love who you love. This life has no rules, there is no instruction manual, we don’t live to find ourselves, we live to create ourselves…” After walking away with three South African Music Awards in 2013 for her gold selling debut album Due Drop and a 2013 BET Nomination for Best International Act (Africa), Toya Delazy announced the release of her brand new album ‘Ascension’. Ascension is characterised by a crystal clear artistic vision and was formed through Toya’s unique writing process & significant production collaborations, both local & international. Craig Massiv & Troydon Murisan, Shane Cooper, Ross Jack & Toya herself formed the heart of the production team, with US based Fresco Kane & Jazziel Sommers adding an international flavour to the collab credits. The key artistic collaboration comes from Cassper Nyovest appearing guest feature on the anthemic ‘My City’, earmarked to be the album’s 2nd single. Check out the video, HERE

It's time for SYNERGY LIVE 2014!

Packed into three days Theewaterskloof, less than an hour outside of The Mother City, welcomes back the annual pilgrimage and much-loved institution that is SYNERGY LIVE 2014! Friday 28, through Sunday 30 November 2014 is when 11 international headliners, a colossal line-up of SA bands, live acts, comedians and electronic artists descend, delight and dissolve into all things festive. In the midst of its open-air hub of rising stars and seasoned headliners, SYNERGY LIVE 2014 is set to pop, and go down as your best weekend ever! But what exactly separates this life-affirming entertainment extravaganza from everything else out there? Variety, quality and quintessential originality – all of which punters are known to travel far and globally wide to confirm. As with any respected major festival, anywhere on the planet, the Main Stage is what excites the imagination long before the three-day weekend reveal unwinds. SYNERGY LIVE 2014 knows and swears by theirs, if only because it’s not merely a stage, it’s the festival self-proclaimed home made up of an extraordinary audio visual production and showcasing a world-class line up of bands, acts and artists. The big names will blow you away, but look out for future superheroes earning their stripes. It’s a full widescreen HD experience that forms the on-going soundtrack to a spectacular weekend in the sun and between the stars.  SYNERGY LIVE 2014’s Main Stage wishes to count as the one playing the right tunes at the right time. All you have to do is turn up! Add the Red Bull Studio Live experience to  what’s patently apparent, even before the beats bleed out, is every style of music will get a look and listen in at SYNERGY LIVE 2014. With Red Bull commissioned and conscripted to deliver the finest electronica, made up of drum and bass, dubstep, deep and tech house, blended into a background filled with techno and trance and what’s assured is you’ll be reaching for an ice-cold can between their impressive beats per minute delivery. Watch out for the likes of S.P.Y, Egbert and Secret Cinema, to name a few. Diversity is the guaranteed constant, on tap, at SYNERGY LIVE 2014, and in order to reinforce that ideology the electronic music fraternity will happily acknowledge and support the Sirius Sunday Electronic Music Experience. The nine-hour electronic music party, from the likes of international acts Captain Hook, right through Atmos and Mindwave, each will drop the punchiest bass lines and most hypnotic rhythms turning the world on right now. Add the ERA Beach Club, with mandatory sarongs, cocktails and a collection of deep house and techno, and what’s sure to ensue is a party of epic proportion. Dished up by Cape Town’s CBD of dance, ERA, together with their whole crew and fiery foursome of international cameo acts – Stimming, Ron Costa, Lake People and DJ Anna – ERA Beach Club looks set to be the perfect go-between stages, The Market Place, The Traders Square and your tent or boutique-styled outdoor glamper’s investment in Heartbreak Motel luxury. For less than two bars you and your significant other can bed down, shower up and sleep soundly in a tent already pitched before you arrive. Fresh linen and 24-hour security makes perfect sense if you’re looking for a pampered party solution. Remember though, accommodation and festival tickets are sold separately. And for laughs? Look no further than The Comedy Club, the laughter zone. With its non-stop daily stand-up makes for a welcome respite between sets from some of the biggest names in music today. Between sets explore the various activation areas peppered all around SYNERGY LIVE 2014. There’ll be lounges, bars, promo girls, drinks and competitions to enter and win, that will feed and leave you replete – ready for more high-grade entertainment. Bring a bank card, rather than wads of cash as there’ll be ATMs on site too. The My Music Matrix Team make a welcome return to SYNERGY LIVE 2014 too, bringing with them all the essential oils and ingredients to satisfy your retail therapy wants. From T-shirts to CDs, and everything in-between, you’ll get to wear your memories, quite literally on your sleeve, long after you’ve made the trek home from one of the most beautifully placed man-made entertainment experiences ever.

Durban-based Connecting Stars release their US BILLBOARD charting single "Stuck" to SA radio

Peaking at #28 on the US BILLBOARD Adult-Contemporary chart,  Connecting Stars' "Stuck" entered the Billboard charts at #30 at the end of July: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6191280/chart-highlights-magic-bleachers-lil-wayne-drake-score-new-no-1s."Stuck" was first released in the US on the 10th of July 2014 when it was premiered on Guitar World: http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-exclusive-song-premiere-connecting-stars-stuck. “Getting onto the AC Billboard charts has been an amazing achievement for us as a band. It is difficult to put into words, because we know with radio play there are no guarantees and even getting a song play-listed isn’t easy. So getting on the charts has been mind-blowing for us and we are just so thrilled that our music has been so well received by the US”, comments an ecstatic Cheryl. Taste of Country had the World Exclusive of the “Stuck” Video Premier - http://tasteofcountry.com/connecting-stars-stuck-video/?trackback=fbshare_top OR watch the music video for "Stuck" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8v36vgGFY Following the release of the single, Connecting Stars toured the US in August performing in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and San Diego at the same time as the release of their Debut album in the States through American label Morada Music. “We are very selective in the artists we take on but Connecting Stars is very special.  The music speaks for itself.” comments Marshall Blonstein, music industry veteran and president of Morada Music. The Duo will return to the US in March 2015 and plan to tour the States twice a year. SA music fans will get to see them live across the country over the next few months before they head abroad again. "Stuck" is taken from Connecting Stars' self-titled Debut album, which was produced by long time musical peer and friend of the band, John Ellis - also from Tree63 fame.  Ellis also played a variety of the instruments on the record and helped them create the country-tinged pop masterpiece that has been likened to acts such as Lady Antebellum.

New Coldplay track featuring on the 'Unbroken' soundtrack

So you have been yearning for new Coldplay music? Don't worry, me too. The good news is that Coldplay have written and recorded a new song, “Miracles,” especially for Universal Pictures’ upcoming film “Unbroken.” Directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” is an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, “Unbroken” brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. The “Unbroken” soundtrack will be released in the U.S. 16 December and in the U.K 15 December. The film “Unbroken” will be released in the U.S. on 25 December and in the U.K. on 26 December. Visit www.unbrokenfilm.com

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Extra date for James Blunt concert in Cape Town

Don't despair Cape Town fans of James Blunt, an extra date has been added to the singer's tour of South Africa next year. James Blunt’s Moon Landing Tour gets an extra date on Wednesday 11 February 2015 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. Fans will be treated to an evening of all his songs live in an intimate setting. Don’t miss getting tickets before they sell out. Blunt’s first album, “Back to Bedlam,” catapulted him to worldwide superstardom on the strength of massive songs such as “You’re Beautiful,” “High” and “Goodbye My Lover.” Add on two more albums, three world tours, four number one singles, five Grammy nods (plus two BRIT awards, two Ivor Novellos and a host of MTV awards), a six piece band and seven whole years on the road, James Blunt has proven his musical success is here to stay. Moon Landing is the fourth album by James Blunt. The album is the follow up to 2010’s “Some Kind of Trouble” and is Blunt’s first new material in three years.  Blunt commented: ‘its about getting back to basics and rediscovering the power of music to communicate emotion directly and honestly, without too much polish or complication’. The result is a collection of songs that are raw, direct and emotionally honest. The album features production from the likes of Steve Mac, Guy Chambers and Steve Robson and was executively produced by Tom Rothrock, who worked with Blunt on 2005’s “Back to Bedlam”. His first single “Bonfire Heart” reached the Top 10 on national South African charts and his latest single ‘When I Find Love Again’ is climbing the international and local charts proving to be another big hit. Presented by M-Net. Tickets for the additional Cape Town date are on sale now. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for all the information.