Friday, 30 March 2012

Rihanna and the UFOs

Rihanna (celebmoon.com)
Rihanna in Battleship
Barbados singer Rihanna once searched the sky for little green men from Mars. The singer told the British newspaper The Sun. that her father, Ronald Fenty, was fascinated with the idea of extra-terrestrials. He encouraged Rihanna to keep a look out in case a spaceship appeared and she prided herself on being vigilant. "My dad used to make me sit outside on the steps all night long looking for UFOs flying by, and I had to do that for years. I didn't see any but I saw a falling star once and I was like, ''Yessss, Dad! Come and see, it just darted!'' Aliens are still a big part of Rihanna's life as they have a starring role in Battleship, her first feature film. The movie is about a group of naval officers who battle an other-worldly invasion on earth. She portrays Petty Officer Cora Raikes, who is tough and determined. Playing such a strong role was thrilling for Rihanna and it reminded her of her time in the Cadet Corps. She enjoyed training for the organisation before she was famous but can't image what it would be like to do that for a full-time job. "A soldier? I don't know. That is, I mean, if I had to I definitely would - I have so much respect for soldiers," she said. "They dedicate their lives to saving other lives and saving their countries and a lot of times they don't even get recognised for it, even when they come back. Sometimes they don't have a place to go. It's really sad but they put themselves on the line out there and I admire them so, so much. It really takes a certain character and person with a certain discipline to be a soldier."
* Still now new if Rihanna is touring South Africa this year. Rumours are rife, but as soon as The Beat knows, we will shout it out to all her fans!

Florence Welch & the Evil Queen

Florence Welsh
Florence + the Machine singer Florence Welch has revealed that she was inspired by the Evil Queenwhile writing her song 'Breath of Life' for the Snow White and the Huntsman soundtrack. Digital Spy reports that the singer viewed several scenes from the forthcoming fantasy film and found herself drawn to Charlize Theron's Queen Ravenna when sitting down to come up with the track. "The Queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside. She's sort of eternal, but inside there's nothing. She's kind of like charcoal or something," Welch explained to MTV News. "There are these amazing scenes where she's kind of picking out birds' hearts and eating them. [She has] this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she's so beautiful, so it's this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death."  Florence went on to say that the experience of actually recording the song in the studio was an especially memorable one. "We went in and demoed the track, these big, clattering drums, huge bass sounds and everything was very intense... and then we sent that to the guys in LA who composed it. And it was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing," she recalled.  "You feel in a bit of a way like you're kind of making it up as you go along, and then when you see it done, laid out before you in such a beautiful, orchestral fashion, it's really incredible... I love choirs and I love choral music, and there was a 60-piece choir singing the vocal parts that I had written. When the baritones came in, I nearly wept, it was so emotional."

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Hot CDs for Easter 2012

With Easter around the corner, we take a look at three CDs that is perfect for music lovers - young and old. Some of the CDs will have you rocking to nostalgic pop and rock and others are just pure club music pleasure.

Various - 5FM's Fresh Drive Presents - Cheese of the Day
If you are one of those people who can't wait for 5FM's Cheese Of The Day track on the DJ Fresh show, then this CD is a gem! The Cheese of the Day is one of the most popular and successful features on 5FM’s Fresh Drive. The feature runs every afternoon from 17:35pm and classic “cheesy” (70’s, 80’s, 90’s & dance) tracks are played for listeners to “sing along in the traffic”. This 3 CD set were chosen by 5FM listeners and it's great fun CD of songs from way back then (actually, some of the songs were mega hits when I was at school...oops, think I just gave my age away!) Some of the "fun" tracks on this 60 song collection include Ice Ice Baby (Vanillia Ice) It's My Life (Dr Alban), Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles), Joyride (Roxette) and Straing Up (Paula Abdul). Total cheesy songs for a great driving experience!

Various - The Best Of Springbok Radio Top 40
During 1950 - 1985 Springbok Radio ruled the South Africa airwaves. The radio station was the number one stop for all things music. In an attempt to mix the nostalgia pot, a best of the Springkbok Radio CD collection has now been released in a 2-disc set. It's a great mixture of songs from way back then and now. It's features songs from the 70's and 80's. CD 1 kicks off with Queen (I Want To Break Free) and also includes Suzi Quatro's She's In Love With You, Clout's Substitute and Gleny's Lynne's Ramaja. CD 2 features John Lennon, UB40, Level 42 and Laura Branigan to name a few. An AWESOME collection for those who like the nostalgia music.

Various - The Best Club Anthems 2012
If you like your doof doof music a bit more harder, then Kevin Grenfell's three disc compilation, The Best Club Anthems 2012, is right up your alley. The 51-track dance tunes can be a bit monotonous at times, but Kevin throws in some surprising songs just to give it that extra edge, like the Fedde Le Grand remix of the Coldplay hit Paradise. Other floor bangers include Martin Solveig song Big In Japan Davig Guetta with Usher song Without You (Armin Van Buren remix). It’s a great CD collection if you wanna get your party startin’ and should appeal to dance music lovers.

NEW Linkin Park song coming 16 April

Linkin Park
Rockers Linkin Park will release their new single, Burn It Down, to radio on 16 April. The track comes off the band's fifth LP, which is being recorded now. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington recently appeared to have admitted that the band went too far with the experimental, heavily electronic sound of its last album, "A Thousand Suns". Speaking with Kerrang! magazine about the band's forthcoming CD, Chester said, "With this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than 'A Thousand Suns' was, where we were like 'Fuck it, we're just going to go bonkers." Mike Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that the band were glad they went in a new direction. "I think we were just at a point where we’re hearing out things out there in the music world, a lot of stuff that was kind of boring us," he said. "The music that we were writing that sounded like something that Linkin Paark would do was kind of boring us. And we wanted to really challenge ourselves to try something that felt fresh and exciting." As for "Burn It Down," well, Chester said the band chose it as the first single mostly because it showcases everything they're hoping to accomplish on the new disc: a combination of their crackling, crushing past and their ethereal, electro-tinged present. And while we can't reveal any details about the "Burn" video just yet, we'll let Bennington tell you all about the new song: "All of our songs take these really big creative turns and twists throughout the process, so sometimes songs will start out as a melody or some musical chord progressions. ... Other times, they'll start out as beats, and the next thing you know they kind of evolve over the course of the making of the album," he said. "But what's interesting about this track is the really high energy and the really strong electronic melodies and hooks kind of set this song apart, which is why we chose it as our first single. "We've kind of drifted into a lot more kind of electronic, digital feel, but what's interesting about this record is that a lot of songs - people might pick up on this - but a lot of the songs kind of were started as these folk-driven songs," he continued. "So there's a very organic element to the record, as well as a very modern, kind of futuristic element too. We can't wait for our fans to hear it."

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

REVIEW! Sting - Back To Basics concert

Rock maestro Sting with violinist Peter Tickell
Cape Town, GrandArena - 
27 March 2012
Sting's Back To Basics concert on Tuesday proved that playing the violin is ice cool. The young violinist Peter Tickell had the full house standing on their feet with his electric rock violin. He commanded the stage next to rocker Sting and had the audience scream for more. Just as impressive was long time guitarist Dominic Miller, his son Rufus Miller also on guitar, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and Australian jazz singer Jo Lawry's harmonies. The stage was simplistic. Nothing fancy. A stripped down production with no gimmicks and pyrotechnics  - just captain Sting and his crew wowing the audience in a 2 hour show concentrating on Sting's solo career - supporting a new retrospective box set, “Sting: 25 Years” - with a few Police hits thrown in. Before the song I Hung My Head Sting told the audience that the late Johnny Cash also did a "brilliant" cover of the song, but we think the Sting version is perfect. Fiels of Gold blew us away while Desert Rose, Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and King Of Pain had the crowd up and dancing. A brilliant show for those who attended and we're hoping the legend will return to South Africa in the near future for more of his musical brilliance.

NEW! Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

Smashing Pumpkins
Rockers Smashing Pumpkins are about to unleash their latest CD, Oceania, to the world on 19 June. It's their first stand-alone album since 2007's Zeitgeist, and one which originated as part of the massive concept project Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Beginning in 2009, the Pumpkins - frontman Billy Corgan, bassist Nicole Fiorentino, guitarist Jeff Schroeder and drummer Mike Byrne - started slowly revealing the 44-song Teargarden set, releasing a song at a time with a plan to issue 11 four-song EPs. In early 2011, however, Billy decided to focus on a batch of songs that became the "album within an album" Oceania. I'm looking forward to making one cohesive statement," he told MusicRadar last April, "the idea that you can say something bigger with a group of songs. And if it pushes me harder to write better music, and people only end up listening to the three best songs, I can live with that. In the past that would have really pissed me off." MusicRadar spoke with Billy again last October, after he and the band had finished recording Oceania, and he was positively ebullient: "The good news is that the response to the new music is overwhelmingly positive," he said. "It's kind of weird, though, because I got used to people saying, 'Yeah, it's good, but…' There was always a 'but' there. [laughs] This is the first record I've had in 15 years where there's no 'but.' Now it's just 'Wow! Amazing…epic…wow!' There's a lot of 'wow!'". The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore.  The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.  The band returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

NEW SONG! Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has release a clip of her new single online, reports Digital Spy. The singer will officially premiere new cut 'Dance Again' in full on 30 March, while the accompanying music video will follow on 5 April. The song will feature Pitbull. He previously collaborated with Lopez on her worldwide smash 'On The Floor', which topped the US and UK charts last year. It is not yet known whether 'Dance Again' will head a new studio album from Lopez or serve as a new single to be included on a greatest hits compilation. Vocal producer Kuk Harrell has previously said that he will be working with Lopez on a greatest hits release and revealed that Tricky Stewart and The-Dream have been booked to work on the project. Visit THIS WEB PAGE to listen to a snippet from the song!


It's always an interesting thing to listen to a new Madonna album. You never know what you’re going to get. The grand dame of pop keeps reinventing herself and sometimes she’s spot on (Confessions On The Dancefloor, Ray Of Light, Music) and sometimes it's a just bad (Hard Candy, American Life, Erotica). Madge's 12 studio album is one of her 'better' releases since the hip-hop influenced Hard Candy CD (and big flop) of 2008. On MDNA she takes to the dance floor with hard beats and just enough dance-floor bonhomie. Producer William Orbit, who also worked on her 1998 CD Ray Of Light, sits alongside French electronic music DJ and producer Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi in the production chair and they make sure fans will keep moving all the way through the 12-track CD. Most of the tracks are party bangers with Turn Up The Radio, Superstar and I'm A Sinner standing out as some of the best tracks she’s ever recorded. But while the CD is a collection of good music, she's not really pushing any envelopes or buttons and sadly, this record won't be the stand-out CD of her career. But at least it’s entertaining music, for now.

What others said:

* The Los Angeles Times, “On Madonna’s best albums — Like a Virgin, Ray of Light and Music — she lived in that pocket between pop’s present and future, and with each hit single she offered a dose of the new that confirmed her ability to seduce us. But the enemy of seduction is familiarity. The power to jar a lover requires the element of surprise, one that’s sorely lacking on MDNA. We’re 30 years into this relationship, after all.”

* The Seattle Post Intelligencer, “In short, the album is a dancefloor slave/party animal’s dream record fueled by a channel-surfing of moods and emotions running the gamut from rage and longing to danger and desire. At a tidy 50 minutes, the 12-track CD deserves repeated listens. It’s so tantalizingly good that there’s hardly a dull moment.”

* The New York Daily News, “So many good tracks crowd the disc, in fact, that even the four extras on the deluxe version rate as must-owns. The dance songs that dominate aren’t pushing mainstream club music ahead, as Madonna did on albums like Erotica or Ray of Light. But they’re in step with the most pleasurable tics and beats of now.”

* The Chicago Tribune, “It’s her best album since Ray of Light in 1998, an album that balanced introspection and pop dazzle in collaboration with U.K. electronic artist William Orbit. Not coincidentally, Orbit returns for the first time in a decade to play a key role on the new album.”

Monday, 26 March 2012

Musiek Trivia met Johan Stemmet

Die Noot Vir Noot-gesig Johan Stemmet sprei 'n bietjie sy vlerke met 'n kraakvars nuwe TV-musiekprogram Musiek Trivia, wat op 14 April om 20:00 begin. The Beat het my Johan gaan aanklop om met hom te gesels oor die nuwe reeks, en om ook te hoor of dit nou die einde van Noot vir Noot op SABC2 beteken.
Johan op die stel van Musiek Trivia

Waar kom die konsep vandaan vir Musiek Trivia? Die basiese konsep is om uiteenlopende musiekvrae aan deelnemers te stel. Die inhoudelike moet oor alle eras strek sodat alle 'generasies' saam kan speel. Die vrae en antwoorde moet ook geskoei word rondom interessante gegewens/trivia wat kykers sal vermaak.
Wat is Musiek Triva presies? Dis n musiek Vasvra speletjie waarin deelnemers se kennis van plaaslike en internasionale musiek getoets word. Ons werk met die hele spektrum musiek en kunstenaars, van die goue oues van eergister tot die huidige kunstenaars en hulle musiek.
Hoe verskil dit van Noot vir Noot? In Noot vir Noot gaan dit om die herken van liedjies in verskillende speletjies. In Musiek Trivia gaan dit om die interessanthede en die agtergrond tot en rondom kunstenaars en die liedjies van toeka tot nou.
Wanneer het julle met die idée vorendag gekom en hoe wanneer het julle begin opneem? Ons werk en ontwikkel reeds sedert Maart 2011 aan die formaat en die rekenaar sagteware vir die speletjie. Ons het aan 'n Musiek Trivia boek gewerk wat ook in hierdie dae verskyn en die gedagte om n televisiespeletjie te ontwikkel het gepaard met die navorsing gegaan. Ons het in Februarie vanjaar begin opneem aan die eerste dertien aflewerings en neem die volgende 13 in Mei op.
Wat dink jy is uniek aan Musiek Trivia? Dis n eerste op Suid Afrikaanse televisie. Die formaat is uniek en heerlik oorspronlik. In die eerste afdeling van die speletjie maak jy soveel van 'n moontlike R10 000 bymekaar. Daarna moet jy so min van jou persoonlike beurs moontlik prysgee in n strategiespel waarin jy besluit op moontlike opsies wat aan geldwaardes gekoppel is om jou antwoorde op vrae verskaf. Elke Rand wat verbeur word in deelnemers se pogings om by die korrekte antwoorde uit te kom beland in n boerpot en die wenner van die aand kry die geleentheid om elke sent wat in die boerpot beland het terug te wen.
Hoe lyk jou skedule nou dat jy Noot vir Noot het en Musiek Trivia? Ons soek maar 'n paar ekstra ure in elke dag en begin soggens 7 uur werk. Die kantoordeure sluit nooit voor 7 saans nie. Almal in die span is geweldig opgewonde oor Musiek Trivia en is oorgretig om die eksta myle daarvoor te loop.
Ons moet vra, beteken Musiek Trivia dat daar dalk een of ander tyd ‘n einde aan Noot vir Noot gaan wees? Ek dink nie die een neem by die ander oor nie of dat die een  noodwendig moet sneuwel sodat die ander bestaansreg kan hê nie. Musiek Trivia is n heel andersoortige program as Noot Vir Noot en ook op kykNET in plaas van SAUK. Ons sprei slegs ons vlerke op hierdie stadium en probeer bietjie uitbrei soos van enige gesonde sakeonderneming verwag moet word. Noot vir Noot sal nie ophou agv Musiek Trivia nie en as hy dan moet ophou om watter rede ook al, sal ons Noot vir Noot onmiddellik vervang met 'n soortgelyke musiekspeletjie. Ons sal nie die gehoor en ondersteuning wat ons die afgelope 22-jaar geniet het teleurstel nie!
Het SABC2 dalk enige goedjies laat val dat Noot vir Noot nie hernu gaan word nie? Nee glad nie. Die program doen geweldig goed en genereer steeds volgens " the Media shop" saam met 7de laan die grootse inkomste vir die kanaal. 
Gee vir ons ‘n voorbeeld van ‘n Musiek Trivia-vragie: moeilik en maklik? Wie sing onder die skuilnaam " Harold Wise" in die twintigerjare? Antwoord: Chris Blignaut van ou Ryperd en Ou tante Koba faam. Daar is in hierdie jare geglo dat jy noodwendig 'n Engelse naam moes hê om dit in die musiekwereld te maak.  Eers toe hy die eerste sanger geword het om  in Afrikaans oor die radio te sing het hy besluit om onder sy eie naam op te tree. En so van Engelse skuilname gepraat. Gene Rockwell tref in die sestigerjare met " Heart" . Sy regte naam? Gert Smit! Die gedagte rondom Musiek Trivia lê juis daarin dat kykers in elke vraag en antwoord n stukkie interessante trivia sal ontdek.
Enige kans dat ons jou in jou eertydse helderkleurige onderbaardjies op Musiek Trivia gaan sien? Nee wat, daardie era is 10 jaar gelede reeds iets van die verlede. Die onderbaadjies was om aandag op Noot vir Noot te vestig en mense aan die praat te kry. Dit het uitstekend gewerk want daar word tot vandag toe nog oor die onderbaadjies gepraat. Musiek Trivia vra vir meer ontspanne informele drag en dis die paadjie wat ek hiemee gaan loop!
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