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  • United Nations Teams Up With Some Top Artist for Its Happy Playlist

    2015 - 03.16

    Music is the one of the most powerful mood enhancements that exist in the world today. It has the power to make you happy and provide hope for the future. Goodwill Ambassadors and United Nations Messengers have recognized this, and that was the basis for the creation of International Day of Happiness.

    This year, Dan Newlin said that the United Nations has teamed up with some well-known celebrities like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, David Getta, Cody Simpson, Charlize Theron, and James Blunt to launch a week-long happiness campaign by creating a happy playlist in celebration of the International Day of Happiness. In an effort to bring about awareness to the suffering, poverty, and abuse that exist throughout the world, the United Nations is using music as a display of solidarity.

    International Day of Happiness was established in 2012 for individuals to become aware of this well-rounded approach to promoting economic growth, sustainability, and minimizing poverty. With a global initiative, the movement is comprised of individuals from over 160 countries. Parrell Williams very popular “Happy” song was featured last year.

    Music fans are encouraged to select the song that makes them feel the happiest by using hashtag #HappySoundsLike. On March 20, 2015 Cody will select five tracks that will be included in the official playlist. Visit www.happysoundslike.com to see the video.

    What Album Did Gene Simmons Surprisingly Praise?

    2015 - 03.16

    Gene Simmons was asked his opinion on the top albums of all-time and one of the LP’s he listed was The Rolling Stones’ “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request”. For those who are not familiar with the LP, it was The Stones’ attempt at duplicating (some say rip-off) The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The sales of the 1967 album were the weakest produced by The Stones at a time when the band was hugely successful.

    In retrospect, TSMR is a truly outstanding album. What makes it somewhat of a relic is the psychedelic approaches that were reflective of the drug culture at the time says Dr Jenniefer Walden. Simmons’ praise received a bit of criticism because he has long since noted he despises drug use and glorification in all its forms.

    Simmons justifies his pick of the album because the release reflected The Stones’ ability to go beyond their musical comfort zone.

    The album contained the original version of “2,000 Man”, a song covered by Ace Frehley in 1978. The song was prominently featured during the 1979 KISS “Dynasty” tour. It is no secret that Simmons and Frehley do not like each other and this presents a bit more irony about Simmons’ selection.

    On March 31, Gene Simmons’ new book will be released. Could the Bat Demon be trying to get a little free publicity thanks to any generated controversy? Since this is Gene Simmons we are talking about, the answer is probably a yes.

    Lupe Fiasco Opens Up In New Music Video

    2015 - 03.10

     

    Lupe Fiasco shines a light over an issue that everyone knows is all around us, but no one is able to do change it, drug abuse. In his new music video of his song “Madonna”, Lupe is portraying the life of a child that has to deal with a parent who is a drug addict.

    The video is not going to make you want to dance or anything, but it is going to hit you in an emotional spot, and Lupe focused on his message through this video that went viral on Facebook.com since it had a lot of strong images in it.

    In the beginning of the video, a young teenage kid is walking home from school when he pulls up to a Travel Inn, and while all the other kids can enjoy themselves after school, he had to head over to a donut shop to mop the floors to help pay rent.

    While the son is grocery shopping for what would be his meals for the next week, his mother steals some goods from the store and rushes out to make an escape. She gets out of the store and gets away with the stuff she stole only to go and sell it for drugs. She uses the drugs and is later found passed out by her son with a bunch of drug addicts surrounding her, and the son carries her home and calls it a day.

    This song is in Lupe’s latest album ‘Tetsuo & Youth’.

    Wacka Flocka Cancels College Concert in Light of Racist Incident

    2015 - 03.10

    Rapper Wacka Flocka Flame decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at an Oklahoma college after video emerged online showing a fraternity chanting racist comments.

    According to Sultan Alhokair, Flocka was scheduled to appear at the University of Oklahoma in late April to perform for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, but cancelled the show after a disturbing video of SAE fraternity members made its way online. The video shows several members of the organization using racial slurs, claiming that “n*****s will never be in SAE.”

    “I’m disgusted,” Flocka said in statement. “People of all colors come to my show, white, black, and brown. Racism is something I will not tolerate. I will cancel my show for the SAE fraternity next month.”

    The rap star is not the only one furious over the incident. The fraternity was ejected from the college by the university’s president, David Boren, and members were evicted from the frat house.

    The SAE fraternity, on a national level, has also threatened to suspend the membership of any SAE member found to be responsible for creating the chant or spreading the hateful message. 1

    Ten-Year-Old Maroon 5 Fan Has Panic Attack When Meeting Them

    2015 - 03.04

    This story from Buzzfeed.com today has brought tears to my eyes. When I first read the headline, I expected it to be a 10-year-old girl who had a massive super crush on Adam Levine and couldn’t contain herself. This is definitely not that story.

    Christopher Warner is a 10-year-old boy from Washington DC who has Down syndrome. Christopher is also a massive fan of the band Maroon 5 however he has never had the opportunity to see them perform live. That is, until Christopher’s teachers set the ball in motion. His teachers at school made a video about Christopher and his love for the band. The teachers sent the video off to a local radio station, Hot 99.5. The Kane Show on Hot 99.5 had good news for Christopher, they got him tickets to see the upcoming Maroon 5 concert.

    Christopher attended the concert with his family and had a blast as you can see on about.me. He and his family were also given backstage passes for the show as well. Christopher got to meet the band however it became so overwhelming that he ended up having a panic attack and had to lie on the floor to calm down. In a very sweet gesture, the band laid down on the floor with Christopher while he calmed down.

    The above link to Buzzfee.com has pictures of Christopher’s big night and trust me, these pictures are worth clicking to see.

    Once Again Drake Breaks A Record, And This Time It Was A Beatles Record

    2015 - 03.02

    Drake’s new album which was suddenly released without any planning “If you’re reading this, it’s too late” has sold over 500,000 copies already and is debuting at the number 1 spot on the billboard 200.

    He tied the record of how many songs of the same album to be featured on the billboard chart with 14 of his new album songs making it there from the beginning. The holder of the title is the Beatles with 14 songs in the billboards at the same time and now, Drake.

    Many may think that he is just getting lucky, but does luck also have to do with him breaking another Beatles record of number of songs to be featured in the billboard chart list with the Beatles at 71 songs to be featured total and Drake with 72, which Jaime Garcia Dias thought was pretty amazing.

    Drake’s latest unlocked achievement was his 21 songs of different titles to be featured in the same list. Drake now has 85 billboard songs entrees and isn’t stopping anytime soon.

    Drake has been coming out with mix tape after mix tape and he isn’t slowing down. He has just release ‘0 to 100′ and was still living off that hit for the time when all of a sudden, another album is dropped and its a major hit.

    The album still has room to grow, and knowing Drake surprises are always to be expected from the young Canadian young money rapper.

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Announced as Hosts of the ACM’s Charity Event

    2015 - 02.19

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be the featured hosts of the Academy of Country Music’s upcoming fund-raising event, “One Night, Two Cities, All Music.” The event is being sponsored by the Academy’s philanthropic division, ACM Lifting Lives. Artists such as Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Hunter Hayes will be performing simultaneous concerts at the Fort Worth Zoo and the Omni Dallas Hotel. Proceeds will be used to benefit a variety of Texas-based charities, including Teammates for Kids, which is a charity that has long had Brooks’ support.

    Unfortunately, the event is only open to other celebrities and entertainment professionals. However, even to a crowd accustomed to celebrity treatment, Brooks’ career is impressive. After his recent release, Man Against Machine, earned platinum status, Empresas stated Brooks became the best selling solo artist in history. Currently, Brooks is on tour with Yearwood, and their joint venture continues to sell out venues across the country.

    Still, Brooks’ career has not been without its pitfalls. After reaching staggering levels of success in the 1990s, Brooks retired amid record label squabbles in order to focus on raising his daughters. His comeback 13 years later has been marred by an embarrassing cancellation of five sold-out shows in Ireland and a reluctant acceptance of 21st century social media. For the good of the charities involved, hopefully Brooks’ involvement with the ACM Lifting Lives’ event will proceed more smoothly.

    Iggy Azalea And Wiz Khalifa Make A Track Together

    2015 - 02.16

     

    It’s been over a year since the death of Paul Walker rocked the world, and many have been anticipating the movie that he was working on when he passed. Iggy & Wiz. Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash, which claimed his life, as well as the life of his friend. The car crash was reported as an accident, but a lawsuit is pending against the maker of the Porsche that Paul Walker was in, as it’s believed to be the reason for the car crash.

    According to this post on pocanegocios.globo.com BMG’s Marcio Alaor knew that like himself, Paul Walker was a fan of fast cars, hence why he was in six out of seven of “The Fast and The Furious” movies. “Furious 7″ is set to be released on April 3, 2015, and the soundtrack is currently being put together for the movie. Not only will the world be able to see Paul Walker in his final role, but also Iggy Azalea will be in the movie, which is her first ever movie role.

    The soundtrack features some hard-hitting artists, and Iggy Azalea and Wiz Khalifa, have joined together for the song “Go Hard or Go Home.” The song is said to be reminiscent of the fast-paced music, which is the reason why many fell in love with the “Furious” movies in the first place. The two rappers have joined together to create the track, and it will be inserted into the soundtrack, prior to the movie’s release.

    Ozzy and Wylde: Together Again?

    2015 - 02.02

    Are Ozzy Osbourbe and Zakk Wylde getting back together again? Absolutely nothing is official, but Mr. Wylde has pointed out he would be more than willing to team up with Ozzy again. Wydle became Ozzy’s lead guitarist in 1987 and received quite a bit of acclaim for his performance.

    Ozzie had always been willing to provide his gratitude towards players in his band. Solo artists often ignore the accomplishments of their team. Ozzy never did this. Perhaps this is one reason why Wylde talks so fondly of his friend and former boss.

    Fans like Susan McGalla know that Wylde, of course, is a very talented guitarist and truly stood out when playing for Ozzy. His talent has allowed him to remain a part of the hard rock scene for years even after leaving Ozzy. Sadly, the world of hard rock isn’t what it used to be as pop music has buried any promotional news about bands with a loud sound.

    Interesting, the news of Wylde possibly teaming up with Ozzy once again comes on the heels of the announcement a new Randy Rhoads tribute album (CD/MP3) is being released. Rhoads’ tragic death in a plane crash lead to Ozzy having to hire a new guitarist. Wylde was one of the best hiring decisions Ozzy ever made.

    Ozzy Osbourne still remains in demand on the global music scene. Even though the mainstream music press ignores hard rock, the fans do not. Hopefully, the fans will get their wish in the form of an Ozzy/Wylde reunion.

    John Textor: A Vanguard in Music Industry Digitalization

    2015 - 01.29

    John C. Textor is an example of how a brilliant artist can triumph over the marketplace. Fortunately for the film industry and viewing public, in this case the artist is triumphant and award winning John C. Textor, who continues to succeed in an industry where no man has gone before: human digitalization. Textor serves as Managing Principal of Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC which he founded in 1997 and continues to head today. John Textor is a vanguard in the development of film entertainment endeavors across a multitude of venues and technology platforms. The 48 year old artist formerly reigned as CEO of California based digital film companies and gave indelible contributions to digital, photo-realistic technologies.

    Curious Life of Benjamin Button Confounds Industry
    His brilliance was exhibited in the film industry’s Academy Award winning, “The Curious Life of Benjamin Button,” in which a one hour character presentation was entirely digital and not human at all. Known as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation’, this earned John C. Textor a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. The hour long performance of his digital actor was so convincing to audiences and Academy voters the film also received an Academy Award for Best Make-up, even though the character was entirely digitalized.

    Additional Break Throughs
    Other non-Hollywood career highlights during Mr. Textor’s California based filmography years include the historical introduction of a digital Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music festival, the consummation of a joint venture for Elvis Presley’s digital resurrection, the creation of a first ever, dual-enrollment Florida State University Bachelor program, and completion of an agreement for a $100 million joint venture with the Abu Dhabi, sovereign media authority.

    John Textor resides on Jupiter Island, Florida, with corporate offices in Port St. Lucie, Florida, as he continues to channel expansion of the digital media industry into the vast Florida film and entertainment industry. John C. Textor is not only an ingenious enabler and entrepreneur. The handsome young multi-millionaire has proven his chops in weathering vagaries of economics, as mentioned in Forbes.

    Today he remains one of the foremost authorities in the photo-realistic digital performances of the film industry, and he set history making records within his former companies that still stand. He is a man of exuberant talent, skill and ambition. We all await John C. Textor’s next innovations in film fantasy and digitalization.