Daily Archives: September 7, 2017

BOY STORY, The Youngest Hip-Hop Boy Band Released Their 1st Single Album in China

BOY STORYBEIJING, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — BOY STORY, a hip-hop boy band of six rising stars aged 12 years old on average recently released their 1st single album in China. The band, who is owned by NCC Entertainment,is also a key asset in Giant Goal Entertainment’s partnership portfolio….

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Hear Sam Smith's Poignant New Song 'Too Good at Goodbyes'

Sam Smith unveiled a poignant new song, “Too Good at Goodbyes.” The track marks the singer’s first new song since his 2015 Oscar-winning James Bond theme, “Writing’s On the Wall.”

The piano-led song finds the singer pulling away from a volatile relationship. “But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry/And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry,” he sings, soulfully. “And every time you walk out, the less I love you/Baby we don’t stand a chance/It’s sad, but it’s true.” The lilting chorus is buoyed by a choir, as they harmonize, “I’m way too good at goodbyes.”

In an interview with Apple Music that ran just prior to the release of “Too Good at Goodbyes,” Smith said the song is one of the more personal ones on his upcoming LP. “This song is about me and about a relationship I was in,” he explained to Zane Lowe during the interview. “This album actually is not all about me. There’s about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they’ve gone through.”

Smith also provided a few details about the album, though he did not reveal its title. “It was so important when I was writing this record for me to just challenge myself and be scared again,” he explained of the process and added that he loved working with Jimmy Napes again (they’ve previously co-written several songs, including “Stay With Me” and “Writing’s on the Wall”). It will be available in two versions: one with 10 tracks, the other with 14 and it will be released before Christmas. He also revealed that he collaborated on one track with Timbaland, and the album includes a duet. 

The singer also announced four intimate shows to kick off his album cycle in Los Angeles (September 11th), New York (September 13th), London (September 15th) and Berlin (September 18th). Smith will announce specific venues at a later date. 

The new album will be the follow-up to his acclaimed 2014 breakout debut, In the Lonely Hour. The record went two-times platinum and spawned three Top 10 hits – “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One” and, upon re-release, “Lay Me Down” – and garnered Smith four Grammy awards, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” Smith capped off this impressive run with “Writing’s On the Wall,” which won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

However, since his Oscar win, Smith has been relatively quiet about his new music. In a 2016 interview with The Associated Press, Smith said that his next album would be even more emotionally heavy than the already deeply personal In the Lonely Hour. “It’s really deep shit that’s coming out,” he said, adding: “I’m putting my heart even more out on the fucking line. I’m going even deeper. I can’t believe I’m even doing it, but I’m going even deeper.”

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Co+opportunity Market & Deli Culver City Grand Opening

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Co+opportunity Market & Deli’s Culver City location will celebrate its Grand Opening this Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11am – 4pm.
All are encouraged to come out and enjoy the festivities planned for this day! There will be…

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Hear Stone Temple Pilots' Previously Unreleased, Unplugged 'Wicked Garden'

Stone Temple Pilots will mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Core, with multiple reissue editions. The massive Super Deluxe edition houses live tracks from their 1993 MTV Unplugged performance, which includes an unreleased version of signature song “Wicked Garden” that Billboard premiered.

Bassist and co-founder Robert DeLeo told Billboard in an accompanying interview that their Unplugged performance was nerve-wracking. “There’s something about volume and turning things up so loud that allows you to hide behind the wall of sound, and there we were doing something we’d only done together when we were alone in a room, just us,” he said.

“I remember getting to ‘Creep,’ and I have a little vocal part in there where I answer Scott, and looking back at the video you see my hands were shaking, I was so nervous. It was part of growing as a musician in front of a large audience. No one prepares you for that.”

Despite the apparent nerves, it’s not evident on the track. In addition to hearing fans cheering in the background, the acoustic rendition, while slightly less churning than the original recording, is just as vibrant. It features a reflective melodic intro, retains the driving rhythms of the original recording and their late frontman Scott Weiland’s raw emotion is palpable.

In the interview, DeLeo addressed the deaths of both of their singers. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July, was in STP from 2013-15. DeLeo said he lost a great friend. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him and think about why he did what he did,” he said. “Obviously it made sense to him, but I’m baffled by that. And always will be.”

He also expressed sadness regarding the tumult between Weiland and STP and his tragic death in December 2015. “An immense sadness for many reasons,” DeLeo said when asked about the circumstances. “Ultimately what saddens me is he’s not here to enjoy the reissue of our first record we made together. I mean, that’s really sad to me, that he’s not here to share in this.”

STP is continuing their search for a new singer. “Hopefully we will find a singer who will be that guy, and represent what we want to do moving forward,” he said.

The Core reissue editions will be released on September 29th via Rhino.

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Rihanna Launches Fenty Beauty, a Global Makeup Brand, in 17 Countries

Killawatt HighlighterNEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rihanna, in partnership with Kendo Brands, a LVMH-owned beauty developer, launches her global makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, in an unprecedented 1,600 stores across 17 countries in one day. The Beauty industry’s most anticipated launch, Fenty Beauty…

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Rihanna Launches Fenty Beauty, a Global Makeup Brand, in 17 Countries

Killawatt HighlighterNEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rihanna, in partnership with Kendo Brands, a LVMH-owned beauty developer, launches her global makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, in an unprecedented 1,600 stores across 17 countries in one day. The Beauty industry’s most anticipated launch, Fenty Beauty…

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Big Machine Records And John Varvatos Records Team Up For New Joint Venture

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion designer John VarvatosNASHVILLE, Tenn. and NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion designer John Varvatos announced today an exciting new joint venture that pairs the world’s No. 1 independent record label with the renowned American fashion…

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Sinead O'Connor Discusses Mental Illness, Mother's Alleged Abuse With Dr. Phil

Sinead O’Connor will address the most recent bout of headlines pertaining to her mental health on the season premiere of Dr. Phil.

In a preview of the episode, O’Connor looks solemn as she declares to the talk show host that she is “fed up of being defined as the crazy person.” Last month, the Irish singer-songwriter best known for her 1990 cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” posted a tearful video to Facebook from a motel room in New Jersey. In it, she professed to feeling suicidal.

At one point during the preview, the Grammy winner simply nods wordlessly when Dr. Phil asks whether she tried to kill herself eight times in one year. (Last May, O’Connor was reported missing in Wilmette, Illinois, before being found by police; in November 2015, she wrote a post on Facebook claiming that she had overdosed.)

O’Connor will also talk about her mother, who died in a car crash when O’Connor was 19 years old, and who the singer claims was both sexually and physically abusive.

“She ran a torture chamber,” O’Connor says in the clip. “She was a person who took delight in hurting you.”

Dr. Phil sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday, and explained how the singer came to appear on his show, revealing that O’Connor had been the one to reach out.

“You’ve seen her video she’s posted on Facebook and all, from motel rooms in New Jersey,” he said. “She really has had a difficult time, and she said, ‘Look, I’m in trouble. I need help.’ And she called. She said, ‘I want to de-stigmatize mental illness; I clearly have a problem. … Too many musicians are dying. I want to use my life, be a teaching tool. I’m willing to sit down and talk.'”

O’Connor’s chat with Dr. Phil is set to air on Tuesday, September 12th.

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Review: Vampire Weekend Auteur Rostam Batmanglij Channels Worldly Vision

After putting in work on Frank Ocean’s Blonde (“Seigfried,” “Ivy”), Solange Knowles’ A Seat at the Table (“F.U.B.U.”) and various collaborative projects, ex-Vampire Weekend MVP Rostam Batmanglij has finally gotten around to releasing a proper solo LP of his own. And, admirably, he’s refused to choose between his former group’s Ivy League-aesthete indie rock and modern vernacular electro-pop, opting instead to cherry-pick the best of both worlds.

The resulting 15 tracks are, fittingly, all over the place. “Bike Dream” is sexy voice-boxed art pop; “Thatch Snow” is chamber music with a multitracked choir; “Wood” is a widescreen Bollywood daydream, complete with layered hand drums and orchestral strings; “Hold You” is a hungry robo-soul slow-jam with ex-Dirty Projectors vocalist-bassist Angel Deradoorian as an earthy diva.

Batmanglijhas a boyish, intimate tenor, charming when not overdoing the breathy,verge-of-a-giggle delivery. Ultimately, though, it’s the gorgeously inventivetracks that steal the show. Maybe the most telling is “Don’t Let It Get toYou,” built around a machine-gunning sample of the samba-drum battery fromPaul Simon’s curveball 1990 banger “The Obvious Child” – a modernequivalent to Patti Smith repurposing Velvet Underground tunes. Here’s to thebright future of another New York whiz kid.

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Review: The National's Best LP Yet Haunted by Mordant Beauty, Rattled Paranoia

The National’s hauntingly side-eyed 2007 ode to nationalism, “Fake Empire,” has gotten big responses at their recent shows, unsurprisingly. Yet the Ohio-bred indie-rock achievers aren’t a political band per se. Frontman Matt Berninger generally turns his brooding baritone toward the dark end of relationships – with one’s self, a lover, a society – backed by a band that can sometimes suggest Wilco channeling Joy Division. Lyrically and sonically, the National’s seventh LP plumbs anxieties more deeply than ever. The result is a disarmingly potent album, not just emotionally but politically as well.

“Keep the weed next to the bed/Light the water, check for lead,” hollers Berninger, near hysterical, on “Turtleneck,” a rattled paranoid rocker equal parts R.E.M. and Television at their most screamingly unhinged. A rallying cry it ain’t – more a guilty confession of fearful retreat in a self-loathing UV glow. Numbness as coping mechanism is a recurring theme. On “Walk It Back,” the singer is “always checking out,” getting baked “until everything is less insane,” while stoner synths shimmer, and a nefarious treatise attributed to Karl Rove terrifyingly unspools (“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality”).

There’s added depth to the lyrics here, which might be due to Berninger’s new co-writer: Carin Besser, his wife and a former fiction editor at The New Yorker. It shows: “Carin at the Liquor Store” rhymes “I wasn’t a keeper” with “dead John Cheever,” while the psychic struggle of “I’ll Still Destroy You” alludes slyly to Romeo and Juliet‘s feuding Montagues and Capulets (“It’s so easy to set off the molecules and the caplets”). Humor flashes from the band’s trademark sleek gloom, as do love songs, which have a new presence and sexiness, buoyed by backing singers Lisa Hannigan (especially on “Dark Side of the Gym”) and Justin Vernon.

A broader soundscape also sets Sleep Well Beast apart from earlier sets. Songs often center on piano; electronics (by veteran German sound scientists Mouse on Mars) swarm; and Bryce Dessner’s string arrangements have grown bolder, full of measured dissonance (see “Nobody Else Will Be There”). The guitar work, too, is sharper; the perfectly turned solo on “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” in particular, shows an afterglow of Day of the Dead, the five-hour Grateful Dead tribute that the National curated and appeared on last year.

Somewill fault the National for not evolving their sound more radically, orspeaking more explicitly to the political moment. But Sleep Well Beast iswhat it is: an emotional battlefield, beautifully drawn, familiar and true.Berninger voices a panicked, depressive insomniac who might be any of us, tryingto hold it together while everything falls apart. 

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