Daily Archives: June 15, 2017

Inamori Foundation Announces Three Laureates of 2017 Kyoto Prize

KYOTO, Japan, June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
– Semiconductor Engineer, Plant Physiologist, Musicologist Share Award –
The Inamori Foundation announced on June 16 three laureates of the 2017 Kyoto Prize for their contributions in the fields of Electronics, Biological Sciences and…


Grey Presents Pussy Riot At Cannes In 11th Annual Music Legends Seminar

Pussy Riot at Grey Cannes Music Seminar (PRNewsfoto/Grey)NEW YORK, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Grey, the global advertising company, announced that its 11th Annual Legends of Music Seminar will feature Pussy Riot, the Russian conceptual art and political activist group that has become world-famous for focusing attention on human rights…


The Killers Release First New Song in Five Years, 'The Man'

The Killers have unveiled new song, “The Man.” The single hails from their forthcoming fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, which is “soon to be completed,” according to a statement. It’s the first new album material since the band released Battle Born in 2012.

Produced by Jacknife Lee, the funky track finds frontman Brandon Flowers reflecting on his presumably cockier early years in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek fashion, declaring himself “the man” several times and that “nothing can break me down” in the lyrics. “I got gas in the tank/I got money in the bank,” he sings. “I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man.”

The funky, bass-driven track packs extra grooves with the addition of a backup choir. The Killers premiered the track on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac show, which featured an interview with Flowers. He unveiled the album’s title during the show. “Sonically, it’s pretty funky, funkier than we’ve ever done before,” Flowers said of the new tune.

During the interview he revealed that while getting together to rehearse old songs comes easily for the band when preparing for tour, writing together can be more challenging. “You’re literally waiting for lightning to strike,” he said. He also added that the album represents the band sonically moving forward and that “we’re growing in a lot of ways.”

The Killers embark on several European festival dates this summer, beginning on June 22nd at Tinderbox Festival in Denmark. They return to the States to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 4th.

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See Coldplay's Animated Lyric Video for 'All I Can Think About is You'

Coldplay ponder earthly matters and beyond in their new animated lyric video for “All I Can Think About is You.” It’s the first track on their forthcoming Kaleidoscope EP, which will be available for download and stream on July 14th via Atlantic, with the CD and vinyl due on August 4th.

The contemplative song’s slowly unfurling bassline ushers in singer Chris Martin’s countdown to messy world issues. “Chaos giving orders/ Everything is upside down,” he sings. Directed by I Saw John First, the animated visuals depict cells morphing into animals and then into humans when the clip opens, and later it expands into space themes.

Despite the lyric’s initial dire outlook, the song ends on a romantic, hopeful note. While there are “troubles on the outside,” Martin croons, “All I can think about is you.” The song’s meditative melodies build into a dramatic crescendo as Martin concludes, “love is the only thing left that’s true.”

The five-song Kaleidoscope EP features the previouslyreleased “Hypnotised” and a new live version of Coldplay’scollaboration with The Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This,” which was recorded in Tokyo in April. Newsongs include the Brian Eno-penned “Aliens” and “Miracles(Someone Special),” Coldplay’s collaboration with Big Sean.

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See Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine in Star-Packed 'Defiant Ones' Trailer

“Holy shit, this is Jimmy Iovine. Holy shit, Dr. Dre just walked in,” Eminem says in a new trailer for HBO’s The Defiant Ones, recalling his first meeting with the music moguls. “I’m pissing myself now, thinking about it.” The four-part documentary series, which debuts on July 9th, explores Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s rise, unlikely partnership and their tremendous impact on pop culture. Subsequent episodes will premiere on July 10th, 11th and 12th.

In the new clip, Dr. Dre is equally impressed with hearing Eminem’s work for the first time. “I’m blown the fuck away,” he recalls. While the compelling clip traverses the pair’s early struggles and accomplishments, it also addresses the impact those they worked with have had on shaping their own career trajectories. The clip appropriately opens in a studio and features candid interviews with Iovine, Dr. Dre and a bevy of renowned artists they’ve worked with, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Nicks and more.

Iovine notes that Springsteen taught him about work ethic. “I had to work harder than the next guy just to do as well as the next guy and to do better than the next guy,” he explains. “I had to kill.”

“I think Rattle and Hum was Jimmy’s last stand,” Bono says. “I think we broke him.” Iovine concedes he felt he was done with studio work following producing the album, and the experience fueled his desire to start a record company. He launched Interscope Records in 1990.

The trailer also chronicles Iovine and Dr. Dre’s long-standing partnership, from the early days when what became Dr. Dre’s debut studio album The Chronic was being rejected by other labels (meanwhile Iovine thought, “Wow, this guy will define Interscope”), to how Beats Electronics was born.

Director Allen Hughes filmed Dr. Dre and Iovine over the course of three years. The documentary series also features interviews with Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more artists along with behind-the-scenes recording, writing sessions and additional footage that has not been previously seen.

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Dr. Dre Donates $10 Million for Compton High School Arts Center

Dr. Dre gave $10 million to help build a performing arts center at the new Compton High School in his hometown neighborhood of Compton, Los Angeles. Compton High School students and members of the community will have access to the performing arts center. It will feature state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for digital media production, as well as a 1,200-seat theater.

“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”

Dr. Dre will also lead a fundraising effort to acquire the rest of the money needed to complete the center. Construction is expected to begin by 2020.

Dre’s donation to the new Compton High School comes a few years after he promised to donate all the royalties from his last album, Compton, to fund new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city. The musician/mogul announced his plan during an interview with Beats 1 radio Zane Lowe, noting he was working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown. 

“I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was,” Dre said at the time. “She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”

Dr. Dre was born and raised in Compton, though did not attend Compton High School (he briefly attended Centennial High School, which is in the same district). In recent years, the rapper has focused intently on promoting his hometown, both on Compton and with the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, but also through mentoring young talent from the neighborhood like Kendrick Lamar

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Grey Presents Pussy Riot At Cannes In 11th Annual Music Legends Seminar

Pussy Riot at Grey Cannes Music SeminarNEW YORK, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Grey, the global advertising company, announced that its 11th Annual Legends of Music Seminar will feature Pussy Riot, the Russian conceptual art and political activist group that has become world-famous for focusing attention on human rights…


Katy Perry: 'All the Awards That I've Won Are Fake'

Katy Perry is embracing her rebirth into the celebrity realm with faith and fervor.

In a new feature with The New York Times, published Wednesday, the outspoken pop star denounced the ways in which validation so often drives the entertainment industry.

“All the awards shows are fake, and all the awards that I’ve won are fake,” she said. “They’re constructs.”

Over the years, Perry has amassed an impressive number of awards, including five American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, and 14 People’s Choice Awards, among many others. (The songstress has been nominated for a Grammy 13 times but has yet to take home the top music honor.)

Perry recently released her latest album, Witness, and with it, has been moving toward what she has previously referred to as a more “socially conscious” kind of pop. But despite her shift away from her sugary hits of yesteryear, Perry told The Times that she’s not denying any of her Technicolor past self.

“I didn’t kill her,” she said of the Teenage Dream-era Perry, “because I love her, and she is exactly what I had to do then. And I’m not a con artist, I didn’t con people, like, that was just me. And this is me now.”

The “Swish Swish” singer further added that part of the reason why she had “oversexualized” herself in previous iterations of her public image was because she was, in reality, always “scared of intimacy.”

The Perry that is fully present and awake now, she said, is working to confront those issues.

“It’s a departure, and it’s a necessary evolution that I have to take,” she said. “And I know that sometimes it feels publicly like I’m dragging cement blocks, but like, the pyramids were made out of cement blocks – or not cement. But do you know what I’m trying to say? I’m gonna get there.”

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Bono Celebrates 'Archangel of Hip' Jay Z in Songwriters Hall of Fame Nod

Bono, Quincy Jones, Andre 3000, Chance the Rapper and more honored Jay Z‘s legacy of music and lyrics after he became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The honorary remarks were collected on the Jay Z-helmed streaming service, Tidal.

Bono referred to Jay Z as the “archangel of hip” and praised the rapper’s vivid lyrical style. “He reported what he saw and what he felt and he took us with him. Most of us first heard him when we heard ‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)’ perfectly juxtaposing the beauty of childhood and the reality he lived in. He got us listening, and we’ve been listening ever since. A true artist that follows Miles Davis’ definition of a true artist, ‘It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.'”

In a video statement, Quincy Jones celebrated Jay Z’s groundbreaking induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of him and that they’re taking the step to understand that hip-hop is a huge part of our culture,” he said. “He knows why God gave us two ears and one mouth – that means you’re supposed to listen twice as much as you talk. Jay Z has earned the right to be the first rapper [in the Hall of Fame].”

Chance the Rapper echoed Jones’ sentiment in his own video, saying, “To finally have somebody in this culture and this part of the game, this side, recognized – it’s long overdue, but I’m glad it’s him. Jay Z started this shit … and it makes sense for it to be him just being somebody that’s always been so vocal about publishing and owning your masters and making the kind of music people are gonna sample years later.”

Andre 3000 discussed Jay’s influence as both a musician and a motivator, noting, “You can hear his wit and hustle stylings in the backbones of some of the biggest and respected artists of today. But even more importantly, he has verbally taught new generations how to understand their personal worth and create opportunities for others around them.”

Jay’s fellow New York City hip-hop pioneer Chuck D also praised the rapper’s ability to craft memorable songs that are firmly rooted in the world around him. “To write a song that sticks in the mind and souls of human beings is a miracle itself,” Chuck D said. “The fact that Jay Z does it with such organic spontaneous creativity is a testament to his intense watching and listening of his surrounding world. His execution is bionic but his fuel is his word design, wit, and humor.”

Other artists to share their thoughts on Jay’s extraordinary career include Nicki Minaj, Jay Electronica, Common, Rick Ross, Jill Scott and Timbaland. Even Jon Bon Jovi marked the momentous occasion with his own all-caps note: “JAY Z IS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME? WHAT TOOK SO FUCKING LONG?”

The 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame class was announced in February. Max Martin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Chicago’s Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera are set to be inducted.

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Blacktop Mojo Announces First Leg Of The "Where The Wind Blows 2017" U.S. Tour

Palestine, Texas based Southern Hard Rock band Blacktop Mojo have announced the first leg of their “Where The Wind Blows 2017” U.S. Tour. The tour kicks of on July 13th in Abilene, Texas and will …Read More