Archive for ‘Music’

May 28, 2011

Justin Bieber sexy kiss for Selena Gomez on beach in Hawaii, is his mom OK with that?

[Samantha Templeton-Brewster, Celebrities Contributor]

MailOnline: It seems that to the bitter disappointment of his numerous female admirers and approval of his mom, world-class teen star, Canadian pop-star and the winner of six music awards,  Justin Bieber, has finally found love in the person of eighteen-year-old American singer and actress Selena Gomez, who is one year his senior.

The couple was seen frisking and frolicking on Maui beach in Hawaii and stayed in a $10,000 per night luxury apartment at Four Seasons Resort – apparently on their own celebrating Justin’s triumph at 2011 Billboard Music Awards, where he was recognized as the Top New Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song author.

Way to go Beeb!

May 25, 2011

Parents angry over kissing and raunchy scenes by Britney and Rihanna

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[Kimmy Jones Leadbetter, Celebrities Contributor]
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MailOnline:  Kissing, sexy dance routines on a recent TV show by pop stars, Rihanna and Britney Spears, have made parents furious according to the Parents Television Council (‘PTC’) which called the stars’ performance at the Billboards Music Awards:  ‘..a Vegas stripper show…totally was unsuitable for young children’.

The parent’s lobbying group is calling on families and advertisers to boycott the event which was shown on ABC network owned by family friendly Disney.

According to TPC spokesman Tim Winter: ‘It certainly has no place at 8:00 p.m. on the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves ..I cannot imagine what would possibly lead the ABC television network to air a profanity-laced, S&M sex show on primetime broadcast television… the overtly sexualized performance by Rihanna and Britney Spears was no accident or mishap, but a deliberate effort to target teens with images and lyrics that glamorize whips, chains and other sexual fantasies.’

There have been no complaints from young viewers thus far and the stars and ABC have made not comments.

May 1, 2011

‘Game over’ for 77 million users of Sony’s PlayStation Network as hacker makes off with their personal details

eWeek.com: Sony’s PlayStation Network, now down for a week, is a major embarrassment for the media giant which admitted last week that a hacker (‘unauthorised person’) has made off with personal data on 77 million of the network’s users.

According to Sony, the ‘unauthorised entry’ accessed user’s personal information (which includes addresses, users’ names, passwords and login details, email addresses, etc.) kept on the PlayStation Network and the Qriocity online music and video service. User’s credit card and purchase data may also have been stolen.

[Jerry Maines, PlayStation Network Contributor]

Hackers Are Selling 2.2 Million Stolen Credit Cards From The PlayStation Network (SNE) (businessinsider.com)
Sony PlayStation Network’s 77 Millions Users Information Stolen. (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
PlayStation Network And Qriocity Services Questions And Answers (slashgear.com)
“Sony Admits Security Breach In PlayStation Network, Qriocity Services” and related posts (moconews.net)
PlayStation Network Hacked – How to Protect Your Personal Security (lockergnome.com)
Sony says hacked PlayStation Network credit card data was encrypted (venturebeat.com)
Your PlayStation Network Info May Have Been Stolen (pamil-visions.net)
Sony Admits Security Breach In PlayStation Network, Qriocity Services (paidcontent.org)
Sony PlayStation Network security breach exposes millions of accounts (news.consumerreports.org)
PlayStation Network: hackers claim to have 2.2m credit cards (terryolgin.wordpress.com)

April 1, 2011

Karaoke World Championships 2011 – Killarney, Ireland

Latvia‘s Andris Drozdovs is a legend of high-class Karaoke and the organiser of the World Karaoke Championship trials in Latvia. The final event will be held in  Killarney, Ireland between the 8th and 10th of September 2011.

In his home country, Latvia, Andris, popularly known as ‘Mr. Karaoke‘, has transformed what used to be a drunken shouting/ slurring contest for halfwits, into an art form with participants competently dispatching at world-class level, songs ranging from Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s classics to the more raunchy contemporary pieces of Blackeyed Peas and the like.

The trials for the 9th world competition of karaoke singers from all over the world will be held in the 30 or so participating countries and will take place from May until August 2011.  All participants need to be non-professional singers of 18 and over – participation is free. The international finals, this year will be held in Killarney, Ireland.

Karaoke at world championship level is in a league of its own as the talent displayed by the top singer participants is easily equivalent to some of the world greatest performing artists.

The previous World annual ‘KWC’ (Karaoke World Championships) which was held in Moscow, had proved to be the world’s largest and highest-quality musical, or karaoke event.  In 2011, the KWC event will bring in participants from different countries to the Emerald Isle in Killarney –  a must see event for music lovers.

[Music & Media Contributor]

March 26, 2011

Are social media sites another ‘dot.com’ bubble? Myspace ‘for sale’ as millions leave in weeks


BBC News: following events reminiscent of the late 90s dot.com bubble, Myspace seems to be in trouble as millions of its members have left it in a matter of weeks despite improvements to the once hugely popular social media site.

Analysts say that 10 million of the site’s members departed the site between January and February of this year leaving it with around 63 million users.  In February 2010, Myspace had more than 110 million users. Myspace is reputedly blaming the popularity of Facebook and similar sites for its decline.

Myspace had assisted in the springboarding of the careers of several popular artists including Arctic Monkeys, Kate Nash and Lily Allen. But sadly things seem to be going from bad to worse for it and it has recently announced that it is shedding 500 of its employees worldwide

In 2005, News Corp had bought the company for £330 million, but now analysts are saying News Corp will be lucky to get more than £50 million from a buyer.  The company is reported to be actively looking for a buyer.

Could this be the start of the social media ‘dot.com’ bubble?  Investors are watching developments with interest.

[Tim Jenks, Social Media Contributor]

March 16, 2011

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March 15, 2011

“Friday” has over 5 million hits on Youtube

[Music & Song Contributor]

With more than 5,650,114 hits in record time, Rebecca Black’s “Friday”  video is a YouTube sensation.  The song’s lyrics are belted out in rap style and itself is a bewildering array of contradictions that should deny it any popularity. But popular it is – check it out and see. The video producer is Ark Music Factory, a Los Angeles company focussing on developing child stars in quick time. It was started in February by Patrice Wilson and Clarence Jey who are veteran producers.

March 1, 2011

Steaming hot ‘Cadence- lypso’ and the rise of a pop music legend

Julie Mourillon is the creator of the new sound craze, Cadence-lypso, which is igniting the Caribbean, French and niche European music scenes. Cadence-lypso is a  fusion of Dominican and Caribbean/ Latino rhythms and has totally revolutionized the music scene in its genre and is now the main dance music of Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and other French Creole Caribbean islands.

Born and raised in the Caribbean island of Dominica, Julie started getting involved in music very early in life playing with top Dominican bands of the early seventies and quickly became one of the top guitarists on the island. In 1973, he teamed up with several Dominican musician friends and moved to the neighbouring French island of Guadeloupe where they created the Group EXILE ONE and pioneered Cadence-lypso.

In 1975, Julie moved to Paris with his EXILE ONE colleagues. That same year he recorded his first solo album ‘Rock Your Bones’. The hit track ‘Pays a Moin’ shot up to number one in Dominica and other Caribbean islands. A number of musical experiences followed including the making of his own band ‘Emphasis’ and later, teaming up with some of his old colleagues giving birth to the group ”Roots of Exile”. Together, they launched a new beat dubbed Island Boogie, a fusion of cadence- lypso and North American funk and soul and toured Africa and Europe. In 1984, Julie went truly solo as a main act and since then has released 15 albums including 2 reggae albums, unleashing hits such as Aniece, Ecoutez, Piman Cho, Julianna, Trodding On, Jump Up Party, Keep the Feeling and Need U2Nite. In the following years, Julie toured Africa, Europe, the  USA, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Very much in demand as a session musician he has worked with top rap and reggae acts in Paris and Africa including Alpha Blondy as well as with top Jamaican musicians such as Cat and Rugs of Third World and more recently, superstar Jimmy Cliff.

Now, Julie’s music is being distributed by Jet Star Music, a worldwide record distribution company based in London.  ‘Jump Up Party’ is the newest offering of Julie Mourillon. It demonstrates his versatility as a composer, writer and singer. As its name suggests, it is a party album with great ambience and Julie is dishing out hot spicy Caribbean music: soca, bouyon, cadence-lypso and merengue.

Julie’s new album is scheduled for release in spring 2011 and a preview can be heard on http://www.myspace.com/juliemourillon. He is planning a tour of Russia and the Baltics scheduled for later on this year.

[Music & Arts Contributor]

March 1, 2011

High Rise Resurrection CD- music power on the move

‘Resonating music power on the move’ epitomizes B&M Records, run by Maurice ‘Ranger’ Walker, former C&W employee turned producer/songwriter. His company’s motto is: ‘Nothing beats a good song” and that seems to be the case with the success of  the company’s release of the label’s third compilation CD.

The HIGH RISE RESURRECTION CD showcases an array of talent and quality songs that’s bound to strike a cord with music aficionados the world over. The CD’s 14 tracks stand on its own and the compilation is an exquisite must-have for all music lovers. Currently only available digitally via Itunes, Emusic, Rhapsody, Amazon and all leading digital sites, the groovy retro one drop rhythm is currently experiencing a battle for top honours between tracks from L.U.S.T duo Lukie D and Tony Curtis. However,  brilliant efforts by Mitch, George Nooks and veteran Prezident Brown refused to be left far behind.  British songbird Tiffany Vinyard stands tall with her reggae debut as does recordings by Isiah Mentor, Harmony, Anthony Campbell one of the UK’s biggest Artist, Kirk Davis and Bijean Gayle.

HIGH RISE RESURRECTION content was initially featured in part in the 2006 release FRESH VOICES, BIG SONGS VOL. 1, which only featured new, unknown talents. Since then the riddim has undergone tremendous transformation with added riffs, phrases and overall superior production under the spell of a veteran engineer ‘Fatta’ from Fat Eyes label fame. Local and international radio have shown love to the project with heavy rotation being achieved in the UK.

Physical CDs will be available via Stringbean International Records Distribution www.stringbeanrecords.com in the UK (sales@stringbeanrecords.com Tele 44 (0) 2086164570/07963900576). B&M Records can be contacted at bmrecords168@yahoo.com

February 24, 2011

Beyonce goes tribal with new look

MailOnline reports that as a result of criticism about her ‘bleached hair and ‘paler’ look, pop icon Beyonce ‘blacked up’ in a tribal theme shoot in the French fashion magazine L’Officiel Paris.


For the magazine’s 90th-anniversary issue, Beyonce succumbs to the ‘African look’ wearing head covering, tribal clothes and accoutrements. In the picture below, her creamy skin is made dark by make-up.

The magazine says that Beyonce did the shoot in respect of  ‘African queens’ and as a gesture of returning to her African roots.

[Fashion & Entertainment Contributor]