Thursday, 28 March 2013

Lady Gaga's Mad Hatter tea party

Lady Gaga...tea for anyone?
And I thought I was the only one a bit loony around here, but it seems not! Lady Gaga is throwing a Mad Hatter tea party for her birthday party, reports music-news.com. The singer's boyfriend Taylor Kinney and her friends are organising the themed bash to celebrate her turning the age of 27 on Thursday 28 March. The eccentric star is known for her love of delicate china and has even incorporated the look into her outfits in the past. "Gaga's always been obsessed with taking tea and tea sets on tour to keep her happy, so they are putting a smile on her face with this Alice In Wonderland-themed do," a source told British newspaper The Sun. The insider revealed Gaga was gifted a Victorian poison bottle for the occasion, which was inspired by her recent beauty launch. Apparently she is interested in the intricate designs on the vintage containers. "She's been collecting the antique blue and green glass containers after creating her Fame perfume, as she loves the morbid look of the skull and crossbones logo on the bottles," the source added. We love you Gaga!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Elvis Blue support act for Bon Jovi tour

Elvis Blue
Big Concerts confirmed today that recent 2013 SAMA nominee Elvis Blue will be the opening artist for Bon Jovi’s South African tour dates. Elvis Blue’s journey started when he was a young boy, singing in school choirs, and busking on the streets of Johannesburg and Scotland. After a stint overseas as a street musician, Elvis returned to South Africa where he decided to study contemporary music. While living in George he met the friend whose name he would adopt in 2008. “My wife works at an organisation that is a hospice and children’s home and I met this little boy there when I used to go and play my guitar for them. He really wanted to be a keyboard player, and his name was Elvis Blaauw”, he says. When he passed away in 2009, as a tribute to this amazing young man, Jan Hoogendyk adopted his name and Elvis Blue was born. In 2010, Elvis Blue won the title of Mnet Idol for that year – sharing half the profit with runner up Lloyd Cele. In that year Elvis Blue released the album simply titled Elvis Blue. On the album’s release in November 2010, it shot up the radio and sales charts and today enjoys platinum sales status with sales in excess of 50 000 copies, all powered by its three smash-hit singles “Things my father said”, “Lighthouse” and “Save Me”. His latest album ‘Journey’ has just recently been nominated for three SAMA awards including ‘Male Artist of the Year’, ‘Song of The Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’. With one of the greatest catalogues of songs in the history of rock n’ roll,
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million albums and racked up a stellar resume of career accomplishments.   Bringing their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll back to the people, Bon Jovi will be performing live in South Africa in May 2013.The band will play Cape Town on 7 May at the Cape Town Stadium and Johannesburg on 11 May at the FNB Stadium. Tickets from Computicket.

5FM Presents POWERBYTES Vol.1.1

Fancy some kick-ass music for your collection? National hip radio station 5FM is launching its 5FM Presents POWERBYTES Vol.1.1 compilation, which includes 40 of the hottest Indie tracks, local and international, and is available exclusively on iTunes! If you order on iTunes, expect to pay about R89.99. Some of the awesome artists on this release include Bittereinder, The Heavy, Foals, Spoek Mathambo, The Plastics, Iso, Ladyhawke, Passion Pit, Woodstock Mafia, iScream & The Chocolate Stix, Band Of Skulls and many more.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CD REVIEW! Depeche Mode - Delta Machine

Electro synth outfit Depeche Mode will most definitely win new fans with their 13th CD, Delta Machine. Unlike their previous CD, Sounds Of The Universe, Delta Machine taps into elements of their previous legendary CDs Violator (1990), Songs of Faith And Devotion (1993) and even their debut CD Speak & Spell (1981) and their sophomore CD, A Broken Frame (1982). The band was known for their melodic pop sounds, but for their past CD releases opted to go for atmospheric and themed sounds. The new CD relies heavy on a bluesy influence which works 100%. Songs like Slow, Soft Touch/Raw Nerve and Should Be Higher almost take their sound to perfection. Although there is no big radio hit in the collection of songs, which was so evident in their 80s and early 90s releases, Delta Machine is a solid CD which is well suited for a matured band. As Metro.co.uk explains, "Delta Machine is anchored in unmistakeable qualities: sinewy electro production; Dave Gahan’s anguished growl (opening track Welcome To My World casts off tranquillisers and drama queens); Martin Gore’s brilliant brainstorms. It’s comfortingly (and seductively) bleak." Now do yourself a favour, and go and buy the CD, you won't be disappointed!

Michael Bublé: "I only write drunk"

Michael Bublé
Crooner Michael Bublé has joked that he never writes songs when he is sober, reports music-news.com. The Canadian music star is currently promoting his new album To Be Loved and has discussed his song writing process. Musicians often have a unique way of letting their creative juices flow and Michael claims that alcohol helped him find inspiration for his new song It's a Beautiful Day. "I have always written these songs about love, or loss or longing. I just sat down at the piano and I started to work on this tune and the lyrics just came right out. I was drunk, that's the truth. I have never written anything sober in my life. I think if I tried to write sober," he laughed to BBC News. "I thought this is a great concept, I am going to write this song about a guy whose girlfriend thinks she's the greatest and dumps him. And he realises that once she is gone, his life gets so much better." The 37-year-old star insists the song isn't based on personal experience. Michael is happily married to Luisana Lopilato and the Argentine actress-and-model is currently expecting the couple's first baby, a boy. As well as new tracks, Michael has also covered some of his favourite songs for the new album. He teamed up with Reese Witherspoon for a rendition of the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet Something Stupid and was impressed by the Oscar-winning actress' talent in the studio. "I had gone through the singers I knew, like Adele and Katy Perry, and my manager said, 'What about Reese Witherspoon?' because both of us were absolutely fascinated by Walk the Line, he explained. "She walked into the studio and nailed it, there was no messing around or having to piece things together. "To Be Loved is Michael's sixth studio album and will be released worldwide next month.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's “Amazing Man”

Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a legend in the South African music industry. She has been a trailblazer for artists and a champion for ordinary people over her illustrious career, spanning 27 years. With her latest offering, Amazing Man, Yvonne Chaka Chaka proves that she remains an amazing woman indeed. Amazing Man is Chaka Chaka’s 22nd album, and she has put together a work that reflects her creative force, love for mankind and remarkable talent in a way that bespeaks her years of dedication to a life in music – a life that has meant so much to so many people. She tackles a range of topics – from love to death and war – never shying away from inciting change through music. Chaka Chaka lovingly describes each track on the album, with the same care and attention she used to breathe life into the songs. The title-track, “Amazing Man” is a tribute to the man of the world, Madiba and all our African leaders who gave us back our dignity and to celebrate Africa.  “Madiba, you are indeed an Amazing Man,” Chaka Chaka explains. With her continued commitment to people and her divine love for music, Yvonne Chaka Chaka continues to break barriers and champion causes that few others would dare to. This is evident on Amazing Man – a brilliant collection of passionate, beautiful songs that reifies Chaka Chaka’s reputation as a legendary musician and an amazing woman.

Monday, 25 March 2013

New Daft Punk CD out in May!

Robot boys, Daft Punk
The robot guys are back! French dance duo Daft Punk (the two guys dress as robots for live performances) have finally confirmed details of the new CD - Random Access Memories will be coming out 21 May. This is the band's long awaited follow-up to 2010's Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Random Access Memories is available for pre-order on iTunes. The site indicates that there will be 13 tracks on the album, but the titles are not yet listed. Vinyl and CD copies can be pre-ordered through the band's new website for the album. The duo gave fans a taste things to come with a teaser video, and what we've seen and heard, it's gonna rock like any other Daft Punk CD. It's electronic dance music at it's best and done in a typical Daft Punk sty. What the teaser for the CD, HERE!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Various - The Only Woman Album You'll Ever Need

40 years of massive hits have been crammed into this monstrous 3 CD collection. This is the fourth title in the "The Only Album You’ll Ever Need" range. It lives up to expectations. This specially priced 3 CD set includes hits from past to present. Starting with smash hits from Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls, Mariah Carey and Amy Winehouse and moving back through the decades. Pop classics from Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears, Dido, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, Atomic Kitten, Gabrielle and Cher are also included. The earlier years are represented by the likes of Donna Summer, Laura Branigan, Diana Ross and Bananarama. It’s a great release for something that caters for young and old. Not a bad price at all and a must for your collection.

Justin Bieber Vs. Rihanna: The YouTube War

Justin Bieber and Rihanna are locked in a battle to become the most viewed person on YouTube, reports music-news.com. Rihanna snatched the title from Bieber just three weeks ago but her success was short-lived as the 'Baby' singer has now regained his YouTube crown, according to Starcount's social media tracker. With over 3.5 billion views on his main channel (JustinBieberVEVO) Bieber passed Rihanna's 3.4 billion views (RihannaVEVO) over the weekend. It was Lady Gaga who first reached 1 billion views in October 2010, but the Beliebers pushed Bieber to the top shortly after - in November 2010 - and helped the Canadian star become first to 2 billion and 3 billion view milestones on YouTube. Gaga has now slipped into fourth place behind Eminem in the ranking of top artists on YouTube. However, the Beliebers cannot yet relax, as Rihanna is in hot pursuit - gaining 6 million YouTube views, compared to Bieber's 4 million over the last day. The Canadian teenager will also be looking over his shoulder at PSY - whose 'Gangnam Style' is the most popular individual YouTube video in history with 1.4 billion views, and whose channel now has 2 billion views in total.

HOT VIDEO! Justin Timberlake's Mirrors

Hottie Justin Timberlake gets all sentimental in his latest music video for his hit song, 'Mirrors'. According to Digital Spy, the eight minute-long promo - directed by Floria Sigismondi - features a couple through a number of timeframes as they reminisce about their life together. The video opens with a title card bearing a dedication to Timberlake's grandmother Sadie Bomar and late grandfather William Bomar, who died in December 2012. The pair are seen during their first meeting in a pool hall, falling in love at a party during their youth, experiencing apparent relationship difficulties and dancing together in their bedroom during their later years. Justin also appears in a hall of mirrors in the final third of the video, performing a dance routine. 'Mirrors' is the second single to be taken from Timberlake's third studio album The 20/20 Experience, which is out this week. The entertainer has confirmed that there will be "another half" to the record following comments made by The Roots drummer QuestLove about additional material. Watch the video, HERE!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Another new Justin Timberlake CD for end of 2013

Yes, the rumours are true. Justin Timberlake has confirmed plans to release a second volume of his new album The 20/20 Experience. Online rumours of the follow-up were ignited over the weekend after Roots drummer QuestLove revealed plans for a second instalment to the collection for later this year. "I've got to clear up the rumours," Timberlake is quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying. "This whole thing about this only being the first part is true." He added: "There is another half. I'm not giving you a release date." Meanwhile, Timberlake has also hinted at plans to release a collaborative album with Jay-Z, saying the pair have recorded a lot of new songs together. The star's new album The 20/20 Experience is out no.

Monday, 18 March 2013

CD REVIEW! Hurts - Exile

If you like the late 1980s electro synth pop of OMD and Depeche Mode, than Hurts second CD, Exile, should be something that appeals to you. It's not a masterpiece as their first/debut CD, so don't expect any fireworks. The thing that's lacking on Exile is there's nothing ground breaking that gives any real excitement. I'm not saying it's a bad release, but rather a 8.5/10 where their debut was a 9/10. The final track, Help, on this 12-track CD is by far the true gem. It has it all: skilful piano (thanks to Sir Elton John), powerful synth, epic lyrics, and all in all epitomises what Hurts are all about. Give the CD a listen, you might just be surprised. 

Rapper Tone Loc collapses on stage

Funky Cold Medina rapper Tone Loc has reportedly collapsed on stage on Saturday evening, reports music news. This is on the reports that rapper Lil Wayne was found unconscious at his home on Wednesday. Tone Loc was busy playing a gig in Des Moines when he collapsed. According to the Mercury News, the rapper was treated for a number of minutes before the audience was asked to leave. It was not known whether he was transported to a hospital. The rapper has a history of collapsing, having done it at a L.A. Lakers game in 1995 and, once again, at a 2009 concert in Pensacola, FL where he also had a seizure. TMZ also reports that there were collapses in 2011 and June and August of 2012.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Local drummer dies in accident

Local rockers Wonderboom and Sugardrive are in shock after the sudden death of their drummer, Garth McLeod. Rolling Stone reported on Friday that Wonderboom frontman Cito confirmed the death on Friday. Channel24 reported on Sunday that tributes and messages of condolences to McLeod and his family have been pouring in on Facebook and Twitter. Former Van Coke Kartel drummer Justin Kruger wrote: "I am absolutely devastated by the news of the very tragic passing of the most incredible friend and person known to man Garth McLeod!!!! You are the last person that deserves to be taken away from us! Rest in Peace Boytjie!" "A truly sad loss for SA music. R.I.P Garth McLeod - legend human and incredible drummer for Sugardrive, Wonderboom. Condolences to all," Just Jinjer tweeted. Another friend said: "What a terrible tragedy. RIP Garth. Condolences to Anne-Mari, Garth's family and his friends." Garth is survived by his wife Anne-Mari.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Rapper in critical condition in hospital

US rapper Lil Wayne is in the hospital again in critical condition, it has been reported by Cover Media. The rapper was allegedly taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital where he spent several hours being treated for seizures Tuesday night. TMZ reports Lil Wayne was found unconscious in his room by one of his bodyguards, just hours after his release early Wednesday morning. Apparently, he was rushed to the same Los Angeles medical centre, but this time the star did not come to his senses. It is said that he is “unstable” and in an induced coma. Sources tell the website the musician’s body has been tied down with restraints because he is “shaking uncontrollably”. The scene has been described as “violent”. PIt is thought Lil Wayne went on a “Sizzurp binge” on Wednesday. The concoction, also known as Purple Drank, includes prescription strength cough syrup containing codeine as its primary ingredient. Lil Wayne is rumoured to have gotten his stomach pumped three times to expunge his system of the opiate.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

HOT STUFF! Depeche Mode live on Letterman

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode
It was like a dark cigar smoke filled venue somewhere in a New Orleans blues bar when Depeche Mode took to the stage in about 3 years. The best part was that it wasn't New Orleans but the Ed Sullivan Theater for Live On Letterman. The band did a 45 minute show  where they performed new songs and old hits such as "Should Be Higher," "Personal Jesus," "Walking in My Shoes," and "Angel". The familiar strains of Martin Gore's guitar lick on "Personal Jesus" caused the crowd to erupt with joy. The new songs are proving themselves instantly. "Soft Touch/Raw Nerve" and "Soothe My Soul" kept the crowd in Depeche Mode's thrall before they ended the evening by playing their hit "Enjoy the Silence." Most fans agree that the classics in Depeche Mode's catalog sound as relevant as they ever did and the new album is hotly anticipated. “I’m really looking forward to getting out there and performing. There are so many die hard Depeche Mode fans who have been with us every step of this journey that I can’t wait to see. I also hope that we gain some new fans with the release of "Delta Machine" and I look forward to exposing them to a great Depeche Mode live performance,” said Dave Gahan. What I LOVED about the show was that it had this bluesy kind of feel to it and of course, the new songs which came across so good live! Depeche, which was ranked by VH1 at no. 98 on his list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time, sounded good live – rejuvenated and back to old form. The new Depeche Mode CD, Delta Machine, is out on 26 March. Watch the broadcast of the show, HERE!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

EXCLUSIVE! Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience

September 2006 former *N SYNC heart throb Justin Timberlake unleashed his FutureSex/Lovesounds CD on the music world. He conquered. Kicked serious ass and reinvented pop music into something the music world has never seen. The sounds lingered and everyone wondered what Justin would surprise us with next. Besides calling quits his much publicised relationship with Cameron Diaz only to marry Jessica Biel, nothing musical was heard from Justin, until now. His latest hot anticipated release The 20/20 Experience is here and The Beat got and EXCLUSIVE fist listen to his new masterpiece. Yes, masterpiece. It won't blow you over with the first listen like FutureSex/Lovesounds did, but eventually it sinks its teeth into you. It's not much pop, but more a soul trippie poppie ambient musical landscape where he and his long-time partner Timbaland roll out the beats and the squeaks to create the canvas for The 20/20 Experience. As Rolling Stone so honestly puts it: "that guy in the suit and tie, that showbiz savant – in the end, he makes it sound like pop".

Vuurwarm RSG-CD

Soms beland daar ’n CD op jou lessenaar wat jou dag maak. Dit is nou daardie plaaslike kompilasie-CD’s wat minder aandag trek as hul Engelse eweknieë. So is RSG se nuutste dubbel- kompilasie CD, Oggend Op RSG. Jissie man, dit is nou kookwater. Dis soeter as die soetste waatlemoen en dit gaan jou voete behoorlik laat jeuk op die dansbaan. Die musiek is treffers van vervloeë dae toe musiek nog musiek was sonder enige fieterjasies of opgesmukte mooimaakmiddels. Dit laat jou herinner aan onskuldige laer- en hoërskooldanse toe dit nog veilig was om saans rond te loop en kalwerliefde. Tussen die 36 snitte deur kry jy Afrikaanse musiek wat gemaklik langs Engelse snitte skouers skuur, asook kwaito en self nostalgiese treffers, soos Mama Tembu's Wedding en die musiek van ABBA. Dit is nou regtig ’n CD wat hoog aanbeveel word en gehaltemusiek is.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

CD REVIEW! Bon Jovi - What About Now

Bon Jovi always reminds me of my high school days back in the 80s & 90s. Radio friendly rock that you can actually bob too. In that same breath, I'm still intrigued by the band's longevity, as their music are a bit dated. But you can say the same about The Rolling Stones, but good music still remains good music. Not that What About Now is Bon Jovi's best offering yet, but for a rock band that has withstood the test of musical times, this is not a bad offering at all.  The 12th studio release from the New Jersey rockers is a throwback at old rock, and guitarist Richie Sambora characterised the new material as a compilation of “different elements”. Die-hard fans of the band will enjoy the CD, but I doubt if it will win them over legion of new fans. But hey, who the hack am I to 'not to like' the CD. They have sold out stadium shows and will be rocking the South African block in May. They will still make their dollars and some fans might just enjoy the new release.

Mama duty for Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola

Zolani Mahola
I  am just so excited when I read on Times Live the Freshlyground's cute lead singer Zolani is going to be a mommy! Yes, the 31-year-old singer revealed the awesome news on the eve of her and the band's trip to the US for a five-city tour, and a small matter of the inaugural Next Generation award at the Shared Interest Annual Gala.The baby is due in August, and she's making sure she doesn't jeopardise the pregnancy à la Kim Kardashian - what with the busy travelling schedule of the seven-member band. She will hold off from international touring by May. Yesterday, Zolani said: "Any time you have a baby is a blessing, but this feels so much cooler because myself and my partner decided to have a baby, so it was a considered thing. "We're in a good relationship and in a good space in our lives. It feels so good to go into something having thought it through."

Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke unplugged

Rockers Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke will pair up during the month of May, performing in Cape Town, Sandton and Pretoria as part of an unplugged collaboration series that will include Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel hits, as well popular tracks from Arno Carstens solo career and a few covers from both artists. Francois van Coke is the lead singer of Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. During his ten-year career as lead singer of these Afrikaans rock bands, he has released 6 full-length albums, 3 EP’s and collaborated with likes of Jack Parow, Die Antwoord and Die Heuwels Fantasties. He has received 3 SAMA awards and multiple MK Awards.
Arno Carstens and Francois Van Coke
"Francois is one of the hardest working and most powerful performers I have ever encountered.  I’m looking forward to see what the outcome of our collaboration holds.  Our mutual love for rock music will be celebrated in a stripped down fashion. All I can say is that I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Francois. I know the shows are going to be something very special." says Carstens. As the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums (5 as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as half of the Electronica project, Bhelltower and 4 as a solo artist). He has had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM. "I have been a fan of Arno, his voice and the Springbok Nude Girls for more than 15 years and I am very excited to tour and play with him.  We have shared the stage a couple of times in the past, but this time it will be more structured and rehearsed. I'm also excited to do some of our favourite covers together in the show." says Francois. Catch them on 16 - 18 May at Die Boer Theatre in Cape Town (www.dieboer.com ); 19 - 20 May at Theatre on the Square, Sandton (www.theatreonthesquare.co.za) and 22 May at Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria (www.atterburytheatre.co.za ).

CD REVIEW! Various - Now 63

I think every music lover should at least have one Now That's What I Call Music compilation CD in their music collection. It's just wrong not to have one. Hey, I still have the first one ever released in South Africa way back in the early 80s! Fast Forward to 2013 and we have Now 63. SA’s biggest compilation brand is back with a mix of the biggest songs on radio. The album kicks off with the Rihanna smash hit ‘Diamonds’ and continues with 21 other massive radio hits, including: P!nk, The Lumineers, Justin Bieber and more. What make this CD so extra special are that are really nice musical treats on here for fans. My favourites includes P!nk (Try), Mumford & Sons (I Will Wait), Swedish House Mafia (Don't You Worry Child) and Labrinth ft Emeli Sande (Beneath Your Beautiful). It's pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, EDM and local flavours all thrown together on this sugar sweet collection. You'd be a fool if you don't get it. 

Monday, 11 March 2013

New Lady Antebellum CD out in May

Lady Antebellum live in concert
The American country pop music group Lady Antebellum will release their fourth CD, Golden, in May. "This album feels to me like one of those that from start to finish could be a good road-trip record and that's what we wanted," said Lady A's Charles Kelley. "It's one of the reasons why the term 'golden' was cool. I think about road trips and driving down the road with those little streaks of sunshine popping through the trees, especially at sunset. 'Golden'.it just gives you this warm, easy feeling."  Hillary Scott adds: "Writing and recording this record really took us back to when we first met each other. When I first met the boys, we spent a lot of time around the piano at the house they lived in at the time. We didn't really know each other at all, but there was still some magic and then the harmonies ' that's how it all started ' that blend of our voices and that blend of our songwriting craft. So, it's exciting that even on our fourth record, we can still find that."

Kings Of Chaos heading to South Africa

Loves of rock music  - we have some awesome news! The Guns N’ Roses line-up of Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Duff “Rose” McKagan and Slash is heading for South Africa in the form of an all-star super-group called Kings of Chaos. The rest of the group comprises Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot and Vivian Campbell, Skid Row’s lead singer Sebastian Bach and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. Completing the line-up is Glenn Hughes from Black Country Communion and Deep Purple. The rockers will play GrandWest’s Grand Arena in Cape Town on June 8 and the Sun City Superbowl, North West, on June 15 and 16 courtesy of AMP Events and Sun International. The idea to perform in South Africa took root when Collective Soul’s Ed Roland came here to perform in Heineken Symphonic Rock, which features South African artists such as Ard Matthew and Francois van Coke performing their hits with a full orchestra. Last year was the first time an international artist participated in the concerts. “Besides them playing songs like Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle, they will also do big anthemic hits such as Def Leppard’s Animal as well as hits from Collective Soul. They have some fun when they throw in the odd Billy Idol cover. This is going to be incredible,” said Andy Mac, director of AMP Events. * Tickets for Cape Town are priced from R375 and for Sun City from R460 and are available at Computicket.