The Guardian - Music
3 days
Covering everything from mental health to military interventions, Damon Albarn and his celebrity friends deliver an inspired party album for a world gone mad It is easy to forget that, on arrival in 2000, Gorillaz looked suspiciously like a self-indulgent novelty turn, the kind of project record labels feel impelled to let rock stars do when they’ve shifted so much product that “noisnt really an option any more. It was a Britpop frontman and his artist flatmate’s sneery joke at the expense of manufactured pop, with cartoon figures replacing the hapless, manipulated band members and interviews conducted, a little wearyingly, in character. You would have got pretty long odds on it still existing 17 years on, longer odds still on their fifth album being a politically charged conceptual work that variously touches on the topics of racism (courtesy of rapper Vince Staples on apocalyptic choir-assisted opener Ascension), mental illness, the pernicious influence of the internetecho chamber”, western military intervention in the Middle East, the “alt-right” belief that China has fabricated global warming, and the importance of soul music in the Thatcherite heartlands of 80s Essex (the improbable latter topic surfaces on a lovely track called Andromeda, named after a defunct Colchester nightclub, which also finds Albarn ruminating on the deaths of both his partner’s mother and Bobby Womack over a four-to-the-floor house beat and frail electronics).
MacRumors
3 days
Jimmy Iovine, one of the heads of Apple Music , has given multiple interviews and visions for the future of Apple's streaming music service over the past few months, mainly detailing how Apple Music will morph into " an entire pop cultural experience " with the advent of original video content. In an interview with Bloomberg posted online today, Iovine continued that pitch by stating, "I’m trying to help Apple Music be an overall movement in popular culture," detailing plans that include original shows and videos with partners like director J.J. Abrams and rapper R. Kelly. The expansion of Apple Music beyond streaming new songs and music videos by artists began slowly for Apple, with the company releasing a tour documentary in partnership with Taylor Swift in 2015, as well as a 23-minute short film with Drake in 2016 . Those modest beginnings have helped Apple learn what works and what doesn't, with Iovine stating, "Were gonna grow slowly no matter what, I dont know how to do it fast.
HubSpot Marketing Blog
a month
Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded marketing professionals, but INBOUND offers a plethora of learning opportunities from interviews with some of notable, knowledgeable figures, like Alec Baldwin. Attend this event if you: Enjoy a side of "party" with your networking event -- this one offers plenty of opportunities to kick back, as well as learn Want to gain unexpected knowledge in unconventional parts of marketing that can actually be applied to your work Like some entertainment -- like live music and standup comedy -- mixed with your networking 14) MarketingProfs' B2B Marketing Forum October 3-6, 2017 | Boston, MA | Pricing Info As many marketing events as there are, it seems like those dedicated to B2B are few and far between. But it doesn't have to be that way, and MarketingProfs is doing its part to make sure that's no longer the case with its B2B Marketing Forum.
Open Culture
2 months
But of course, no popular entertainment succeeds without its controversies, and Desert Island Discs has had plenty of those moments as well. Sometimes scandalous moments—at least for the show’s host—have popped up in the midst of otherwise excellent interviews. In 2009, Morrissey sat down with Young for an interview that includedplenty of positive statements,” writes NME , including “his relative ease with life.” Yet she was shocked to hear him defend suicide as “honourable… an act of great control.” Whether he meant it or not, true fans of the singer would not have raised an eyebrow. Another exchange hardly out of character for the interviewee occurred during a much less engaging conversation. In 1989, Lady Mosley, aristocratic wife of British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley, proclaimed her admiration for Hitler and denied the Holocaust.
Open Culture
3 months
Rock is now “a career opportunity,” he says, and the Internet now has the allure that rock once did. What Bowie might not have seen is how quickly that allure would wear off. The Internet no longer has a mystery to it. It’s closer to a public utility, oddly a point that Bowie makes later when talking about the invention of the telephone. Bowie also approved of the demystification between the artist and audience that the Internet was providing. In his final decade, however, he would seek out anonymity and privacy, dropping his final two albums suddenly without fanfare and refusing all interviews. He also didnt foresee the kind of trolling that sends celebrities and artists off of social media. Paxman sees the fragmentation of the Internet as a problem; Bowie sees it as a plus. “The potential of what the Internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable.
The Huffington Post
3 months
The Huffington Post
4 months
24. Until then listen to the song, which Patrón says, is "really just about letting go of societal pressures and doing what you want to do with your life shamelessly." Oh, and Whitney Tai will also be on the lineup in Port Chester. Check out her single "Good at Being Bad" here! About A-Sides with Jon Chattman - thisisasides.com : Jon Chattman's music series typically features talent (established or not) from all genres performing a track or two, and discussing their latest news, songs, and everything in-between. A-Sides focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. From time to time, the series also features humor columns, film/TV personality interviews, and a kid-centric spin-off called "Lowercase A-Sides.
The Huffington Post
4 months
The Guardian - Music
4 months
The Guardian music team pick their most rewarding encounters with musicians from the last year • More on the best culture of 2016 I had a startling October, during which I got to interview Bruce Springsteen and REM. The former was the one I had been waiting for – the chance to talk to the man who had soundtracked my early middle age. But the latter turned out to be the one I felt most deeply about. REM were one of the most important bands of my teens and early 20s – in my memory, at least, I fell asleep every night listening to either Murmur or Fables of the Reconstruction on headphones. I was awfully nervous about meeting Michael Stipe, not just because his music had meant so much to me, but also because so many latter-day interviews had turned out to be cantankerous affairs. In fact, he was delightful. You’re never going to mistake him for Peter Ustinov – there are no anecdotes beginning, “So, Zsa Zsa Gabor and I boarded the Orient Express with a case of very fine whisky, a pair of budgerigars and one passport between us… ” – but he was engaging and engaged company, forthright and as honest as a rock star will ever be.
Mondoweiss
4 months
NPR News
5 months
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings perform at opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in New York City on June 8. Al Pereira/WireImage via Getty Images Updated at 4:59 p.m. ET Soul singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the group The Dap-Kings, has died, her publicist announced late Friday. She was 60. Music Interviews No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer She'd been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013, when she took a break from touring to undergo extensive surgery and chemotherapy, Fresh Air wrote earlier this year . The cancer went into remission, but returned this year. She told Terry Gross about the difficulty of her treatment: "I couldn't sing. I couldn't get air because, people didn't realize, I was cut across the diaphragm, all the way up from right under the center under my breasts, all the way down to the top of my navel, almost.
The Huffington Post
5 months
Ironically, many of them are Reagan Democrats. These blue-collar workers are still waiting to recover from the 2008 recession. Michael Moore, who warned of Trump's possibility of winning, chronicled in 1989 a documentary of this trend in Michigan called "Roger and Me." Moore is in touch with this angst and working class populism being from Flint, Michigan himself. He has recently released a documentary called "Trumpland" where he interviews Trump Michigan supporters at a town hall meeting. As Moore predicted the state went for Trump and it is usually a blue stalwart Democratic firewall. I don't believe all Trumpsters are racist, misogynist, and homophobic. They just want jobs and recognition and Trump's campaign rhetoric about bringing back steel and coal was music to their ears. No matter that the world is changing and these products are on the path of the iron forge and typewriter and cassette tapes and rotary phones.
NPR News
5 months
Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings performs during the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Dave Martin/AP Soul singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the group The Dap-Kings, has died, her publicist announced late Friday. She was 60. Music Interviews No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer She'd been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013, when she took a break from touring to undergo extensive surgery and chemotherapy, Fresh Air wrote earlier this year . The cancer went into remission, but returned this year. She told Terry Gross about the difficulty of her treatment: "I couldn't sing. I couldn't get air because, people didn't realize, I was cut across the diaphragm, all the way up from right under the center under my breasts, all the way down to the top of my navel, almost." Even after she returned to the stage, she told Terry, she didn't feel like the band's dynamic performances were the same.
Open Culture
6 months
Cohen did not write that last one, and yet, though he “is often incorrectly credited as the composer of the song,” writes Alex Young at Consequence of Sound , “he is certainly responsible for its survival.” Cohen universalizes the original French version; “the English lyrics contain no references to France or the Nazi occupation.” It spoke directly to the broken partisans in both France and the U.S. post-1968, a year very much like this one , wracked with violence, upheaval, tragedy, and resistance. Few songwriters have been able to consistently address the irrational passion, violence, and almost crushing determination of so much human experience with as much wisdom as Cohen, even if he downplayed what Remnick calls “the mysteries of creation” in his work, telling the New Yorker editor in one of his final interviews last month , “I have no idea what I am doing.
Open Culture
6 months
Cohen did not write that last one, and yet, though he “is often incorrectly credited as the composer of the song,” writes Alex Young at Consequence of Sound , “he is certainly responsible for its survival.” Cohen universalizes the original French version; “the English lyrics contain no references to France or the Nazi occupation.” It spoke directly to the broken partisans in both France and the U.S. post-1968, a year very much like this one , wracked with violence, upheaval, tragedy, and resistance. Few songwriters have been able to consistently address the irrational passion, violence, and almost crushing determination of so much human experience with as much wisdom as Cohen, even if he downplayed what Remnick calls “the mysteries of creation” in his work, telling the New Yorker editor in one of his final interviews last month , “I have no idea what I am doing.
The Huffington Post
6 months
I love this scene because it made me laugh so hard. It makes you want to get out of your seat and sing along with her. I also love the way that she gets back up no matter what, thinks positive and tries her best to help everyone, no matter what happens to her along the way. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 because younger kids will love the fun songs, colorful animation and the silly adorable characters and older kids will love the scary villain and the story line. This is a feel good family friendly movie that parents will enjoy as well. I give this film 5 out of 5 rainbow troll stars. Be sure to check my interviews on the rainbow carpet where you can meet actors who play these characters and learn more secrets. This film comes out November 4 in theaters nationwide so, go check it out. Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12 Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.
Mashable
6 months
If you're looking for dirt in Zayn Malik 's new book, Zayn , proceed in another direction. The former boy bander sticks to his script about the boys in One Direction, maintaining that he just wanted to make different music and dim the spotlight a little. He addresses his broken engagement with Little Mix's Perrie Edwards only to say that they were together, and then they weren't. He makes no reference to his romance with Gigi Hadid, despite being fairly public about their love. Instead, he looks inward and hopes it will provide clarity to fans, documenting his anxiety, the "freefall" he went into after leaving One Direction and his devotion to his mom. He's never been one for interviews, so he uses the book to get a few things off his chest, making it a must-read for longtime Directioners. Read more... More about British Celebrities , Books , Celebrities , Entertainment , and Zayn Malik
Mashable
6 months
LOS ANGELES Pete Burns, the vivacious and androgynous frontman for British pop and New Wave band Dead or Alive, died Sunday from cardiac arrest, his management confirmed Monday. He was 57. Dead or Alive's biggest hit was also its first "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" which charted around the world and peaked at No. 11 in the U.S. in 1985. The band, known as much for its proto-Goth style as its music, had a handful of lesser hits including "Brand New Lover" and "Something in My House." SEE ALSO: Don't call it 'Oldchella': Desert Trip proved that rock gods never fade away Burns, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, went through extensive rounds of plastic surgery around that time and significantly altered his appearance, which he talked openly about in interviews and a television special. At one point he won a significant settlement from his surgeon for a lip procedure gone wrong. Read more... More about The 80s , Obituaries , Dead Or Alive , Music , and Entertainment
NME Blogs
7 months
Mat Whitecross, director of Supersonic, has spent many hours doing new interviews with Liam and Noel and many months swamped by never-before-seen Oasis footage. Here he talks to Tom Howard about some of the film’s most entertaining and fascinating moments 1. The bit where Liam sings 'Sad Song' The scene: A never-heard-by-anyone version of the tune is used to soundtrack Liam and Noel’s bust-up at Rockfield Studios while recording ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ Mat Whitecross: “One of the first people we met was Mark Coyle [producer of early Oasis albums], who is this amazing psychedelic guru. Mark was a music obsessive. Him and Noel met touring with the Inspiral Carpets [in the early ’90s] and Noel would bring him tracks to mix. Every so often Mark would give us this stuff. With ‘Sad Song’ he was just, ‘I’ve got no idea where this came from.
TIME - Top Stories
7 months
How else was he supposed to say so in a way that would get attention, which is rather basic to contributing to an ideological moment? Was he supposed to tweet? Say some stuff in locker-room interviews? No. The writer pens editorials. The artist crafts portraits, music or plays. The community activist marches. The athlete might wear a certain kind of shirtor sit out the national anthem. To tar him as a traitor to the nation is as flimsy as calling a white person a racist for wearing dreadlocks. We must understand what Kaepernick is protesting. The tension between black people and the cops is not just one more race issue roiling the nation: it is the key one. It is the central cause of black people's sense of general alienation, the first thing that comes up when you ask black people why they think racism defines their lives. It was what the Panthers were all about, what gangsta rap was all about, what the O.
NME
8 months
Britney Spears has revealed that she had to make a stand on her new albumGlory’ as she felt the songs she was initially offered werent good enough. Spears was talking to NME as part of our special new Apple Music Festival issue, which features interviews with her, The 1975, Bastille and other artists playing the festival at London’s Roundhouse this month. Telling NME about the genesis of ‘Glory’, Spears said: “Honestly, this is the first project where I’ve really been hands-on. I was really specific about who I worked with, and I’ve been learning to say no. I’m a people pleaser, so that’s hard for me. Even if I dont like something, I’ll do it just to make a person happy. I made sure this album was everything I wanted it to be. I was really selfish with it.” ‘Gloryreached No 2 in the UK, matching the peak of four of her previous albums. Spears continued: “The beginning of the project was actually not that great.
Beijing Bulletin
8 months
He has been known to sit doing jigsaw puzzles while conducting interviews over the phone, such is Neil Hannons disdain for the often banal questions put to him about his life and music. But when
NME Blogs
8 months
And Damon Albarn becomes your mate. Fair dos, but not for me.” On politics “I am partial to Prime Minister’s Questions though. I’m not bothered about politics, Theresa May and that other cunt can get on with it.” On the current music sceneNo, it’s fucking shit. It’s boring without me, isnt it? On my game I will roast anyone. Anyone. Whether it’s interviews, photoshoots, on record or on that fucking stage. And there are a lot of people getting away with murder on that stage from my generation.” On his forthcoming solo tracks “We’ve demoed some songs and it’s sounding… I am not embarking on a solocareer’. Everyone should know that. There are just 10, 11 songs I’ve written that are eligible to be recorded. They’ve got flair, attitude, the melodies are sick and the words are fucking funny.” On when we’ll hear them “We’ll record them this year and release it next year.
Leicester Mercury
8 months
It's 7pm and Julian Marley has just stepped off the plane from Germany. I initially assume he must mean a few hours before, maybe, but no, he's just landed and is fitting in a few interviews before seeing family later in the evening.Tonight he starts the UK leg. It's the first time he's toured here in four, maybe five years, he says. This is, probably unsurprisingly, the Marley way, I learn. Life is not for rushing.I've got four other brothers that play music and we like to work on each...