Thursday, 5 December 2013
Now how is this for a kick-ass show! Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello will perform with Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band on their tour of South African in January! Tom will be part of The E-Street Band. Tom is known for his unique and creative playing style and was influential in crafting Rage Against the Machine’s signature sound. After Zack De La Rocha left Rage Against the Machine, the remaining members were joined by former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell, and formed Audioslave. Once again, Morello was instrumental in forging Soundgarden’s unique style. After Audioslave’s dispersal in 2007, Morello produced his own solo album under the moniker the Nightwatchman and played with various artists, most recently, the E Street Band.Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live for the very first time in South Africa on 26th, 28th and 29th January at the Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town and 1st February at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Another Big Concerts Experience.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
With Eminem touring South Africa for the first time ever in 2014 (Wed 26 February in Cape Town and 1 March in Johannesburg), here are some interesting facts about the Detroit rapper we have gathered from the Internet.
13. He is a Spiderman fan. - via 9gag.com
15. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has already spawned three top 10 hits on the Hot 100: "Berzerk," "Rap God" and "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna). It's Eminem's first studio album to contain more than two top 10 hits. - via Yahoo Music
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1. He thought of the "Slim Shady" character on the toilet, then got up and "called everyone [he] knew." - via Rolling Stone Magazine
2. The first rap song he heard was Ice-T's "Reckless," at the age of nine. - via Rolling Stone Magazine
3. He says that he decided to pursue rapping after hearing the Beastie Boys. - via Spin Magazine
4. He was still making payments on his trailer home when The Slim Shady LP dropped. - via Rolling Stone Magazine
5. In order to record Hailie's part for the song "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," from his Slim Shady EP. he lied to his now ex-wife Kim and said they were going to Chuck E. Cheese ( American family entertainment centers). - via Rolling Stone Magazine
6. The Marshall Mathers LP was originally titled Amsterdam because he wrote a good chunk of the album there, and Dutch journalists inspired some of the content on the album. - via Spin Magazine
7. He apparently got shot at while walking to Kim's house as a teenager. - via Vibe Magazine
8. He's said that after listening to "My Name Is" and "The Real Slim Shady" a few times, they became "cheesy" to him. - via VH1 Ultimate Album Eminem
9. He cracked multiple ribs after a 10-foot fall from the stage on his first tour. - via Los Angeles Times
10. He wrote "Lose Yourself" in one take while on the set of his hit movie 8 Mile. - via Rolling Stone Magazine
11. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is Eminem's seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, a total matched or surpassed by only one rap artist — Jay Z, who has had 13. All of Eminem's No. 1 albums have come since January 2000. Only two other artists from any genre have had seven or more No. 1 albums in this century. Jay Z leads with 11. Kenny Chesney has also had seven. - via Yahoo Music
12. Eminem has a double. His name is Joe Pace aka ‘Partial Mathers’. He has toured with Em at the Anger Management Tour and was a part of the ‘vanishing’ act. He’s also performed with Em at the 2002 MTV Movie awards wearing the ‘Rap Boy’ costume. He also works as a decoy and does camera-blocking sessions for Em’s videos. - via eminemlounge.com
14. Artists looking to be signed to Eminem’s label Shady Records must compete against him in a rap battle. - via eminemlounge.com
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Rapper Snoop Dogg keeps changing his name. Earlier this year it was Snoop Lion with his reggae record and now for his latest release, it's Snoopzilla. Music-new.com reports that the 42-year-old rapper joined forces with producer Dâm-Funk on his upcoming seven-song 7 Days of Funk album, and that he will now be known as Snoopzilla. "Me and Dâm, we always wanted to work together, now we're able to so we said, ''Let''s just go in and do a project where nobody tells us what to rap about or what to sing about or what to make the beats about, but let's just go from a perspective of what feels good to us right now.'' This is what feels good," Snoop told MTV News of his latest musical transformation.
Monday, 2 December 2013
A select few of Kurt Darren’s close friends, music partners as well as media guests were invited to enjoy a wine tasting at the Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant. Pasella filmed the processions of the day that included a polo lesson and private brunch with Kurt who revealed the concept behind his new venture and his love for the Cape winelands. The Rhone blend is a delightful combination of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut – made exclusively for Kurt Darren by the Val de Vie Estate winemaker, Harold Versfeld. A burst of red fruit, red berries, strawberries and cherries with nuances of well integrated oak makes for an easy drinking and sociable wine. According to Darren, his love for quality wine has accompanied many inspired moments that birthed the lyrics of his well-known songs. The Kaptein Red Blend is a celebration of the success of the star’s 19-year career in the South African music industry, “Wine is a bottle full of lyrics waiting for just the right melody”. Now available in all Shoprite Checkers Stores country-wide and online from the Val de Vie Estate Wine Shop: www.valdevie.co.za/buynow
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Local rockers Die Heuwels Fantasties has teamed up with South African kwaito musician Mandoza for their song, Afrikaan, from their deluxe package which contains an EP with five brand new tracks, the Alles wat Mal is album and the Live op Paul Cluver DVD.“Mandoza is an absolute legend in this industry. His music resonates with young and old. It is the first time that Mandoza collaborates with Afrikaans artists, so this song is unique”, says Pierre Greeff, lead singer of Die Heuwels Fantasties. According to Pierre the song conveys the sentiment that “although we can sometimes feel alienated in our circumstances, there is still a feeling of unity amongst many South Africans; no matter what your background is.” Hou Aan (Hold On) is the first single and music video from Wens jy was hier. 187 Pictures and Die Heuwels Fantasties teamed up once again to present this visual masterpiece.Nicol Dippenaar is Director of Photography and the video was filmed in Graaff-Reinet.
The cream of the British music industry will be crowned at the Brit Awards 2014 which is to be held at the 02 Arena in London on 19 February. Katy Perry and Arctic Monkeys are among the first acts to be confirmed to perform at the ceremony. Digital Spy reports that the 2014 awards will see recipients receive a brand new designed award. The new trophy has been designed by fashion icon and hat designer to the stars Philip Treacy and has a glossy black finish. "Music has always been my inspiration and I'm fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry's greatest artists," Treacy said. "My inspiration for the trophy comes from a uniquely British genre of music, punk." Brits Chairman Christian Tattersfield added: "Philip is renowned for his distinctive and memorable designs so we are thrilled to have him on board for this year. His involvement guarantees that the 2014 award will continue the tradition of iconic Brits statues and we are pleased to be able to reward music creativity with something so unique and special." It was also announced that British comedian James Corden will host the Brit Awards 2014, but revealed that his fifth time in the role will be his last.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
It is sad that Madonna fans in South Africa actually never had the chance of seeing the pop icon performing here - ever. So, the next best thing Madge fans can look forward to is her MDNA World Tour DVD. Although there was initial complaints the sound quality and some visual quality was of a substandard, the copy I got my hands on was good. As expected, Madonna delivers a show of note. The visuals, music and dancers will have your glued to the screen. What impressed me most about the show was how she mash certain songs with older hits and even include Lady Gaga's Born This Way in her song, Express Yourself. The only downside of this DVD is that she didn't include all the big hits as I would have like to hear. Revolver is one of those songs that could have been left out - it's not that of a big hit for her. The same goes for Erotic Candy Shop. A mash-up that could have been left off the set list. The true gems on here are the songs I'm Addicted, I'm A Sinner and the remix version of Give Me All Your Luvin'. And of course Madonna speaks her mind and is controversial as usual, and her visuals also had tongues wagging. But,it didn't put me off, I love the show, just a pity we never got a chance to see it in South Africa...The DVD also includes a documentary, MDNA Workshop.
11 million albums. 10 years. 5 number one albums. The Best of Keane in 20 songs. The album features 18 fan favourites, plucked from the band’s five consecutive UK Number One albums, alongside two powerful new songs, ‘Higher Than The Sun’ and ‘Won’t Be Broken’. My first introduction to the band was the song Everybody's Changing, Bedshaped and Is It Any Wonder? It was kick-ass songs! Lead singer Tom Chaplin says, “It’s over a decade ago that we were busy making our first record’ Hopes & Fears’. Having got together in the mid-90s, things took a while to get going for us as a band, but once they did, it became an incredible ride! We've had 5 consecutive number 1 albums, toured the world countless times and experienced some very heady days. We wanted to put something out there to mark this milestone, to say thank you to all our fans and to try and send you all on a journey through the songs which we're most proud of. Listening through this ‘Best Of’, I feel like we given a pretty good account of ourselves over the years. We hope you agree!” Yes, Tom, we agree.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
South Africa’s most dangerous romantic Afrikaans rapper, Jack Parow, will pack a punch into 2014 with the release of his third full-length album in February. Parow is taking it to the next-next-level with the new CD Nag van die Lang Pette. It will be released as a double album showing off both his romantic and dangerous sides. So lekker, more Parow for your Pound! The romantic side comes with Parow’s brand new compositions and older reworked acoustic songs. The reworked songs include Byellville, Eksie Ou, Tussen Stasies, Hard Partytjie Hou and other hits. Expect epic collaborations with Valiant Swart, Francois van Coke, Pierre Greeff and Mr. Cat & the Jackal. Parow cruises into a new wide-open landscape with acoustic guitars, double bass, percussion and dark Blues riffs, which is a first for South African Hip Hop. The infamous dangerous side is represented pumping new beats and gevaaarlike collaborations that will make the old ladies scared. Dirt Nasty, Francois van Coke, Klipwerf Boere Orkes, Rian Zietsman from Taxi Violence and PHFAT – are you excited yet?!
Amber Run – Heaven
Amber Run have been kicking around for a little while now, but they're starting to make a name for themselves and it's down to atmospheric songs like this. 'Heaven' is the kind of heartbreak anthem you're likely to start hearing on American TV shows as couples implode on-screen. With big guitar licks and dramatic percussion, it's ripe with more emotion than a frustrated teenager, but it manages to be uplifting rather than self-indulgent in one irresistible balancing act. They're also starting to pick up traction thanks to some support from BBC Radio 1 and Fearne Cotton, who both tip them for big things next year following the success of The 1975 and Kodaline.
Listen Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3LuLKuVjZU
R Kelly – Cookie (Clean)
R. Kelly is set to release his highly anticipated 12th studio album BLACK PANTIES on 9 December. Combining sexual innuendos and witty word play on such tracks as “Cookie,” “Genius” and “Legs Shakin’,” Kelly harkens back to a style that has undoubtedly embedded him into the fabric of contemporary R&B music over the past two decades. Black Panties also includes the hood anthem “Right Back,” a sensual duet with Kelly Rowland “All The Way,” and surefire club hit “Spend That,” featuring Jeezy. Other guest appearances include Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Migos and Juicy J. The standard version of Black Panties is packed with 12 tracks, while the deluxe version will include 4 additional tracks. Since the 1993 release of his debut album 12 Play, no other artist has possessed the musical versatility quite like R. Kelly, evident by chart-topping hits that range from “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Calling” to Grammy Award winning “I Believe I Can Fly” and everything in between. In addition to recent collaborations with Lady Gaga (“Do What U Want”), Justin Bieber (“PYD”) and Bruno Mars (“Gorilla” remix), R. Kelly has scored hit songs for Michael Jackson (“You Are Not Alone”), Celine Dion (“I’m Your Angel”), Maxwell (“Fortunate”) and countless others. Named #1 on Vibe Magazine’s list of “20 Greatest Musical Geniuses Since ’93,” R. Kelly has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, has won 3 Grammy Awards (24 nominations), 6 American Music Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, 8 Soul Train Awards and 3 NAACP Image Awards.
Listen Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_o-qyOd7CA
Santana ft. Juanes – La Flaca
Rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana will release a star-studded album project CORAZÓN early 2014. Superstar performances on the forthcoming album include Lila Downs (Mexico), Ziggy Marley (Jamaica), and Romeo Santos (Dominican Republic). The first single from Santana’s forthcoming album entitled “La Flaca” featuring multi-platinum recording artist Juanes, was unveiled this week at a Latin GRAMMY Awards ® press conference in Las Vegas at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. “CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT” concert event in Guadalajara, Mexico (in Santana’s native state of Jalisco) will be held on December 14th at the Vicente Fernandez Arena, with a star-studded cast of musicians, all celebrating their Latin music heritage. Confirmed celebrity performances at the concert include Chocquibtown, Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Salvador Santana, Soledad, Diego Torres, among others. CORAZÓN, the concert and album project brings Carlos back to his birthplace, in the city of Autlan, just south of Guadalajara and celebrates Carlos’ love of his musical heritage, as well as showcasing Carlos’ own personal influence on Latin music and on today’s generation of Latin superstars. Many genres of Latin music are represented in these collaborations including pop, rock, salsa, hip-hop, folk, reggae, traditional and bachata. Santana is currently in the studio in Las Vegas recording many of these
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx3dIQlFonA
Posted by Emile Jean Butler at 06:40
Sunday, 24 November 2013
If you thought Applause singe Lady Gaga might be a bit, how shall we put it...weird, then here is another interesting little fact, the singe says her boyfriend Taylor Kinney is a "secret weirdo". The pop star has been dating the Chicago Fire actor since they met on the set of her 2011 music video for You & I. Mother Monster told American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview scheduled to air on Monday that Taylor is a a "hidden weirdo." She explained that "he is extremely strange actually and we complement each other's weirdness. That's actually one of the first things he ever said to me. It's a Dr. Seuss quote that you find in someone else a compatible weirdness. And it was one of the first things he's said to me." The star remembers the first time the pair met. She was wearing a ridiculous costume and is still stumped as to why Taylor was attracted to her. "We were filming this scene where he's electrocuting me to bring me back to life to the woman that he once loved. I've got these pins sticking out of my head and I'm wearing cork and I got no hair and I'm bald. Why he found me attractive just completely behooves me," she laughed. She was stunned when their chemistry sparked on set. Taylor surprised her with a kiss and that was the start of their romance. Two years later, she says they're "best friends".
Saturday, 23 November 2013
It's that time of year where Christmas is just a few weeks away and you're looking for that favourite songs that you can listen to over the festive season, well, don't looking any further! If you don't have any compilations of Christmas pop music and you only want one, you can’t go wrong with ‘Now That’s What I Call X-Mas’. 58 festive favourites on a 3 CD set which includeds original Christmas hits from Boney M, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Elton John, Norah Jones, Dido, Elvis Presley, Diana Krall and many more…..from ‘Mistletoe’ to ‘Happy New Year’…designed for those ‘Happy Holiday’ moment.
Posted by Emile Jean Butler at 16:47
Thursday, 21 November 2013
The first image of the video shoot for Eminem's song The Monster featuring Rihanna was posted on Em's instgram profile. The pair recorded new cut 'The Monster' for Eminem's latest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which topped the UK and US charts last month. Digital Spy reports that the shot sees Rihanna sporting a new cropped hairstyle, while both stars are dressed completely in black clothing. 'The Monster' is the second hit for Eminem and Rihanna, following the worldwide success of previous collaboration 'Love The Way You Lie' back in 2010. Eminem is bringing his Rapture 2014 tour to South Africa - but for 2 dates only! He will be kicking it up at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 26 February 2014 before moving to Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday 1 March 2014.