Tuesday, 26 August 2014

CONFIRMED! Eminem reveals details of new Shady CD

Eminem
has revealed details of a new CD, Shady XV, which will be out in November. The CD will feature Shady Records' greatest hits and all new material. 'Shady XV, a two-CD compilation featuring an album of the label's greatest hits, including classics such as 50 Cent's In Da Club and Eminem's Lose Yourself plus an album of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf as well as special guest-artist collaborations,' read a statement from the label, celebrating its 15th anniversary.' The rapper appeared to tease the release of Shady XV during the final performance of his Monster Tour last weekend, wearing a shirt with the album's name emblazoned across and briefly posting its title on his website with the phrase 'Black Friday'. Eminem founded Shady Records in 1999 with manager Paul Rosenberg. The label signed artists including D12, 50 Cent and Obie Trice, and announced Monday new music from Slaughterhouse and Radioactive hitmakers Yelawolf is coming 'soon'.

Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love voted Greatest Guitar Riff

The first time I heard Led Zeppelin's song Whole Lotta Love was in this dodgy alternative club in Johannesburg on the wrong side of town. I was standing in the corner puffing on a joint and looking over the masses as they moved around to music  that was not mainstream. Then suddenly, boom, the guitar riff of Whole Lotta Love spilled out of the sound system. It was addictive, catchy and groovy. And that is where my love for Led Zeppelin started. Now, in the UK, listeners to the radio station BBC 2 voted that song as the song with the Greatest Guitar Riff. Digital Spy reports that fans have been voting for the top 100 riffs since July, choosing from a selection put together by a panel of music critics, record producers, and BBC Radio DJs. The report also stated "'Whole Lotta Love' was followed by Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine' in second, AC/DC's 'Back in Black' in third, Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' in fourth and 'Layla' by Derek And The Dominoes at five. The Smiths, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and Status Quo also appeared in the top ten. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said that he was "knocked out" by the result. "I'm knocked out by this, because I didn't expect that to happen," he said.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Dave Grohl welcomes baby nr 3

Woo-hoo! Now this is just awesome news. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl became a dad for the 3rd time! Sweeeeet! Digital Spy reports that Dave welcomed a baby daughter with wife Jordyn Blum earlier this month. "The announcement was made via a post on the David Grohl Alley Scholarship Programme's Facebook page, his non-profit organisation." The baby news comes shortly after his father died on 6 August 6 following a long illness. "Bittersweet news - congratulations David Grohl and Jordyn Blum who have welcomed a new baby girl #3 Ophelia Grohl! The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away!!" the Facebook post stated. Dave and his wife has been married for 11 years. The couple already have 2 daughters - Violet Maye (8) and Harper Willow (5). Foo Fighters is touring South Africa for the first time EVER in December. Make sure to get your ticket NOW!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Leonard Cohen releases 'Popular Problems

In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy.  Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as "the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing."  His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.  The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over. In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans. “Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records, “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.” BPopular Problems is Cohen's 13th studio album, and will be released on 22 September, three days after his 80th birthday. 

Tomorrowland: 10 Years of Unity, Love, Madness and Magic

MTV (DStv Extra/Compact, Channel 130) invites you to celebrate the story of legendary electronic dance music festival Tomorrowland in an exclusive, feature-length documentary “TOMORROWLAND: 10 Years of Unity, Love, Madness and Magic” premiering on MTV on Friday 29 August at 22:50 CAT. Shot on location in the lead up to and during Tomorrowland 2014 in Boom, Belgium, the 60-minute documentary will take viewers on an exhilarating journey that commemorates Tomorrowland’s 10-year history as the world’s leading electronic dance music festival and will feature performances and interviews with many of the world’s premiere DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Moby, David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Hardwell. Leading up to the documentary’s premiere, MTV will also air two hours of Tomorrowland 2014 as part of its popular MTV World Stage franchise. The two, 60-minute “World Stage: Tomorrowland” specials will premiere on 22 & 29 August at 23:40 CAT, marking the first time the hugely popular festival has ever been televised.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Taylor Swift going Pop on new CD

Expect a pop sound on Taylor Swift's new CD, 1989. Digital Spy reports: "Taylor Swift has announced that she is releasing her first official pop album, titled 1989. The singer also debuted its first single 'Shake It Off'. The album will be released on 27 October. Swift said in a Yahoo live stream on 18 August: "I woke up not wanting but needing to make a new style of music." She added that 1989 is mostly inspired by the late '80s and took her two years to complete. "We've made my favourite album I've ever made," she went on to say. Digital Spy further reported that  1989 is the singer's birth year. The artwork features her in a cut-off Polaroid photo with "T.S. 1989" written with marker at the bottom."

CONFIRMED! U2 to release new CD this year

Finally! Irish rockers U2 has confirmed their long awaited new album will be released this year. Digital Spy reports that A spokesperson for the band has dismissed rumours about a delay to the record until 2015, telling Rolling Stone: "We've always said an album is expected this year." U2's last album was 2009's No Line on the Horizon and included singles 'Get on Your Boots' and 'Magnificent'. Since the release of their last record, the band have worked with producers including will.i.am, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder and David Guetta. Ok, David Guetta? Will it then have the same vibe as their CD, Pop? Mmm, waiting in anticipation! 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Ed Sheeran's CD X tops UK album chart for 8th week

Well done Ed! The singer's highly acclaimed CD X has topped the UK album chart for the eighth week running. Digital Spy reports that X becomes the joint longest number one album for a British male solo artist, equalling James Blunt's Back to Bedlam, which claimed the number one spot for eight weeks in 2005. X has now also spent the longest consecutive time in the number one spot since Adele's 2011 album 21.

Friday, 15 August 2014

New Michael Jackson video created by Nirvana director

Michael Jackson might be dead, but his music lives on! The King Of Pop's latest music video, A Place With No Name, was made by Sam Bayer, the director who created the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' clip for Nirvana reports music-new.com. 'A Place With No Name' was based on America's A Horse With No Name. Jackson admitted that the America classic was the inspiration for the 'new' track which was recorded in 1998. Below is the official video for the track, the second from Jackson's Xscape album. There may also be a bit of Deja vu in the shots of Jackson used in the video. They had previously appeared in the video for his hit In the Closet. 

New Michael Jackson video created by Nirvana director


Michael Jackson might be dead, but his music lives on. The King Of Pop's latest music video, A Place With No Name, was made by Sam Bayer, the director who created the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' clip for Nirvana reports music-new.com. 'A Place With No Name' was based on America's A Horse With No Name. Jackson admitted that the America classic was the inspiration for the 'new' track which was recorded in 1998. Below is the official video for the track, the second from Jackson's Xscape album. There may also be a bit of Deja vu in the shots of Jackson used in the video. They had previously appeared in the video for his hit In the Closet.

Annie Lennox ready to release new CD


The famous face from Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, is ready to release her new CD, Nostalgia in October. Music-news.com reports Annie Lennox has recorded an album of classics from the 1930s and 1940s covering songs from greats such as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. 'Nostalgia' will be Lennox's first album since her Christmas release 'A Christmas Cornucopia' of 2010 and her original album 'Songs Of Mass Destruction' of 2007. Seriously, I can't wait. I'm an absolute fan of her and her music as well as the music of Eurythmics. I only got to see them live once, at the first 46664 concert for former South African President Nelson Mandela that was held in Cape Town back in the day. Ah, the memories....

Marilyn Manson and other A-listers in the Die Antwoord music video

Marilyn Manson and Ninja from Die Antwoord (Instagram)
As I said before, and I'll say it again, I LOVE the South African zef-rap group Die Antwoord. And now news emerges that my other favourite singer, Marilyn Manson is set to appear in Die Antwoord's latest video for their single Ugly Boy. Besides Marilyn the 21-year-old model and actress Cara Delevingne is also in the video. The video also features Marilyn's, his ex-wife Dita Von Teese and actor-and-comic Jack Black. A source told The Sun newspaper: “Cara was spanking some people in bondage outfits at one point and that was a tame scene. The video is so graphic it will only be allowed to go up on their website.” The song is from the group's latest hit CD, Donker Mag.

Nicki Minaj beats Michael Jackson's US chart record

The King of Pop has been dethroned. Singer Nicki Minaj has bettered Michael Jackson's record for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, reports Digital Spy. Nicki's latest single 'Anaconda' has debuted at number 19, giving the rapper her 51st Hot 100 hit, beating Jackson's previous record of 50, Yahoo! Music reports. Digital Spy reports that "Nicki made her chart debut in February 2010 when she featured on Lil Wayne's 'Knockout', while her first as a lead artist came four months later with 'Your Love'. Nicki's 51 singles, only 20 feature her as the lead artist, with 31 guest features. All of Jackson's 50 Hot 100 hits feature him as the lead or co-lead. Michael's guest features are not included in his tally as he didn't take a credit for his appearances on Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me' or Diana Ross's 'Eaten Alive'".

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Zebra And Giraffe releases new single off forthcoming album

Zebra & Giraffe
announce the release of ‘I’VE BEEN BAD’, the first single off their forthcoming album, “KNUCKLES”, backed by a new video and supported with extensive touring across South Africa that starts with a headline slot at “Oppikoppi Odyssey”. The eight-track album is a powerful reminder of why Zebra & Giraffe have twice been awarded the SAMA for ‘Best Rock Album’, and the MTV All Africa award for “Best Alternative Band”. ‘I’VE BEEN BAD’ was written and recorded by Zebra & Giraffe, dual produced by Grammy-winning engineer Darryl Torr and performance craft maven Shy, and mixed in Los Angeles by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac). The accompanying video for the new single was directed by Ross Garrett (who co-directed Die Antwoord's ‘Fok Julle Naaiers’) and shot by acclaimed D.O.P Rob Malpage (‘The Knife’, ‘End Of The Road’). It features members of the Hell’s Angels South Africa, a “Playboy” Playmate, a cameo by Bert Carlin and a select cast of Zebra & Giraffe fans & friend. `I've Been Bad' is one my favourite songs from this new collection” says Greg, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band. “The lyrics covered new ground for me – it isn’t all the doom and gloom that was so prevalent on the last album. In this song, I really tried to offset the idea of a ‘dark, tainted past’ (which I sing about in the verses) with a massive uplifting chorus that sees me opening up to someone new; opening up to love. I really enjoy the contrast between the two themes in the song. We tried to push that idea visually too. Ross did an amazing job creating a dark and seedy world in the video, one the band seems desperate in, and desperate to escape from. The video breaks out so beautifully at the end, showing the idea of escape and freedom.”

Arrested Development actor Michael Cera releases folk album

Michael Cera
, best known as George-Michael Bluth in the TV series Arrested Development, has released a folk album. Digital Spy reports that the 18-track album is mostly comprised of instrumental pieces, and also features a cover of the American singer-songwriter Blaze Foley's 'Clay Pigeons'. Expsure grew significantly after Superbad co-star Jonah Hill posted a link via Twitter, saying: "My great friend Michael Cera not only is a brilliant actor, he also makes great music. Check it out." The actor previously featured as a backing singer for American rock band Weezer, providing vocals for 'Hang On'.