Hip hop star and rapper Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion, had the local and international media eating out of his palms at the MTV All Star press conference. Snoop is performing tomorrow evening (Saturday night) as part of the MTV All Stars concert in Durban. Snoop said "I am happy to be back in the mother land where music started with drumming." Asked if he would like to record with a local artist, he said it would be great. Someone even mentioned he should sometime soon change his name again from Snoop Lion to Snoop Springbok, upon which he laughed and said, "it's not impossible."
Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Rapper Macklemore has opened up about a gay anthem he penned for his latest album The Heist, reports Digital Spy. The rapper's track 'Same Love' hears him openly speak about his support for gay marriage and equality, marking a breakthrough in mainstream hip-hop music. The track was inspired by his gay uncles and gay godfather and is an issue that is personal to him. "I was really nervous to play it for them," Macklemore told The New Review in a rare interview for this weekend's The Independent On Sunday. "It's obviously a very personal song, and I didn't want to cross any boundaries in terms of their privacy. But we actually ended up taking a picture of them and using it as the cover art for the single. "I wanted the art to reflect how personal the song was, and they are a big reason why I'm so passionate about the issue. "Talking about his decision to approach the subject, he continued: "I'm always trying to push the margins. I wanna be an artist that writes songs that are different; I don't wanna write the same song that everyone else is writing. "I wanna challenge myself, I wanna challenge society, and I wanna be the best version of myself, and the way I can do that is by expressing and talking about concepts that no-one else will, that people are afraid to address. "I wanna be able to talk about those openly and honestly and figure myself out and help those who listen to the records figure them out."
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Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Kings Of Chaos: Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge joins rock greats for one of the biggest concerts of 2013
|Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge|
Rock supergroup Kings of Chaos is set to electrify South Africa when they bring their unmatched energy and sound to the country on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June at the GrandWest Grand Arena, and on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June at the Sun City Superbowl. It was announced today, that Vocalist Sebastian Bach formally of Skid Row, who was originally included in the South African line-up, will be replaced by Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge on the South African tour. Originally formed in 2012 as Matt Sorum’s Rock n Roll All Stars, the group’s name was recently changed to Kings of Chaos. While the band has a core group of members such as Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan, all originally from Guns n Roses, and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, they are regularly joined by guest musicians from other rock bands. Eight original musicians from bands such as Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, Deep Purple, Collective Soul and now Alter Bridge, will perform together as Kings of Chaos in South Africa, with renowned guitarist Slash performing with the group for the very first time.
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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
The wait is over! One week before its official release in the U.S. , French house duo Daft Punk have unveiled their highly-anticipated Random Access Memories album on iTunes. The epic record can be heard in full on Daft Punk's artist page on iTunes, which means that, if you're still hoping for a productive work day, well, there's always tomorrow. Random Access Memories kicks off with the starry, sumptuous "Give Life Back To Music" and concludes with the rushing, rattling "Contact," and in between, there's more than 60 minutes of conscious-expanding, disco-tinged dance, including cameos from Giorgio Moroder (on the standout "Giorgio by Moroder,") Pharrell Williams (on first single "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself To Dance,") the legendary Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams (or "Rainbow Connection" fame) and Animal Collective member Panda Bear.
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Monday, 13 May 2013
As 2013 storms to its halfway mark, Rolling Stone Magazine asked their readers to vote for the 10 worst bands of the 90s. A difficult task, one might think, but the results were gob smacking interesting and even left us dumbstruck!
10. Dave Matthews Band
Although Dave and his buddies still continue to make zillions of dollars with CD sales and ticket sales for concerts, some fans felt that the band lost their way after the Nineties. A 2005 article from the Onion with the headline "Dave Matthews Not That Into Himself Anymore" captured this nicely. "Me and my band are still okay, but I feel like I've grown out of us," Matthews was quoted. "Back when I was in the college charts, we were about all I listened to, but I guess I'm at the point in my life where my music just doesn't speak to me."
9. Ace Of Base
The Swedish foursome had a hot brunette, a hot blonde and two anonymous dudes nobody cared about. Almost nobody in America and South Africa knew their names (and they couldn't pronounce them if they did), but for a good year or two they were huge. "All That She Wants," "The Sign" and "Beautiful Life" were everywhere. But as the decade ended, their musical career also came to a screeching halt. So, did they saw the sign? We doubt it.
8. Spin Doctors
In the early part of the 90s (1992/1993) every teen were listening to Spin Doctors as their songs Two Princes and Little Miss Can't Be Wrong stormed up the chart. Their CD Pocket Full Of Kryptonite was selling fast, but alas, it all started spinning out of control with the release of their second CD and the song Cleopatra's Cat. Although the band is now a regular on the nineties nostalgia circuit, The Beat is still surprised that they made the list. Weird.
Confession time, I'm a HUGE fan of Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush and were quite surprised that this band made the top 10 list. They contributed to the grunge era with brilliant songs like Glycerine and Comedown, but after their split in the mid-90s, people forgot about them, and even when their reformed in 2010, nobody actually cared.
6. Hootie And Blowfish
I saw this band live in South Africa way back in the 90s - weird show, with the band even trying to stop a fight that broke out in the crowd. But yes, they made us sing along to Let Her Cry, Only Wanna Be With You, and Hold My Hand. Everybody liked them. But their follow up releases sucked big time and the hoot died out.
Now this is a MAJOR SHOCKER! People actually considering Nirvana as a bad band? Geez! But again, those who voted weren't probably around when Nirvana crazed gripped the music scene. I just think people who voted for the legendary (YES! LEGENDARY!!) Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana were wrong. Nirvana don't belong on this list, or what is a secret conspiracy from faded 90s acts who stuffed the voting lines?
Damn. They should have been at number 1. The long-haired teenyboppers had the world Mmmbopping to their music accompanied childish innocent fun music video which parent probably felt were good for their young children. Boring! They irritated the hell out of me, and even made an appearance on Oprah - why? Yes, they should have been at the number 1 spot for most hated band of the 90s.
3. Limp Bizkit
Fred Durst was this angry white guy from America who hated everything and everyone and he sang about it in his band's nu-metal rap songs, but all good things come to an end, and so it was for Limp Bizkit as well. They came, they kicked ass, and vanished. People got tired of angry white guys rapping on metal about how they hate the world.
This is another surprise to see on the list, and even that it's number 2! Chad Kroeger and the boys shot to fame with their rock ballad How You Remind Me and we just loved Chad's hoarse voice, but then, all the singles featured the hoarse voice and some people got quite pissed off by it. Nevertheless, the band released, and continue to release, great rock music, so I don't understand why it's on the list. It's hard not to feel a little bad for Nickelback. Sure, they aren't the greatest band in the world, but people act like they make Nazi folk music or something. But alas, everyone is entitled to a vote and unfortunately for Nickelback, they made the number 2 spot.
Scott Stapp and his band had fans eating out of their hands with songs like With Arms Wide Open, My Sacrifice, One Last Breath and Higher, but soon fans became tired of them, and even sued the band after a famously bad show in Chicago in 2003. The band reformed in 2009 for a reunion tour, but their fans have moved on. Sales were so horrendous in Birmingham that tickets were lowered to 75 cents. Eish! Sorry boys...you just don't make the cut in this poll.
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Thursday, 9 May 2013
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013
|Jon Bon Jovi in action (CREDIT: BIG CONCERTS/FB)|
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
|Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) Credit: MTV Africa|
The Beat have 5 double tickets to the major MTV Africa All Stars featuring Snoop Lion and 10 of Africa’s finest to give away, courtesy of MTV Africa! Celebrating the growing power and appeal of African contemporary music, and to make sure the global spotlight is focused firmly on Durban, home to some of South Africa’s biggest stars, MTV Base and KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces to create the MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion – a stunning, 5-hour open air concert at Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park Durban on 18 May. Entertainment icon and multi-platinum artist Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg, will headline the concert, alongside South Africa’s Zakes Bantwini and Professor, 2Face and Flavour from Nigeria, Congo’s Fally Ipupa and a host of other contemporary greats from all over the continent. Snoop, the legendary rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, actor and reality star turned reggae artist, will perform a stunning set featuring tracks from his greatest hip hop hits interspersed with his new, “Reincarnated” reggae-flavoured repertoire. Tickets to the event are only R40, but The Beat and MTV Africa are giving 5 double tickets away. Just EMAIL your details (name, surname, age, contact information) with the name of ONE of the performers before Thursday 16 May. Put in the subject line, MTV AFRICA. Hurry up and enter! Names will be drawn randomly. Tickets are for entry only and does not include accommodation, transport. For more details on MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion, including additional performers, go to www.mtvbase.com, like MTV Base on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow MTV Base on Twitter @MTVBaseAfrica, using the hashtag #AfricaAllStars.
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Monday, 6 May 2013
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Thursday, 2 May 2013
OneRepublic release their third studio album Native. Lead single "If I Lose Myself" is the first single from the much anticipated group and their first since 2009's "Waking Up." "We're stoked to actually have this thing come out because we haven't put out an album in three years now and frankly I don't really want to do that again. I think the world's changed, musically and that's like the worst thing you can do as an artist today is to just disappear for three years. To just go away." Since forming in 2002, OneRepublic has released two studio albums. Their 2007 debut, "Dreaming Out Loud," reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and the followup, 2009's "Waking Up," which topped out at No. 21. While "Waking Up" sold about half as much as "Dreaming" (562,000 to 1.1 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan), the sophomore set enjoyed a long shelf life and produced four sturdy singles.