Ecoutez: "Welcome The Virgin" (remix métal de "Like A Virgin" de Madonna par Fissunix).
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Méditation sur Madonna.
Meditation on Madonna: Material girl went 'Vogue' during controversial '90s work
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 4:03 PM
By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News
BAY CITY — Madonna had the template set for her by plenty other female musicians who climbed the Billboard charts in the early 1980s: Cash in on
the rebellious femme pop music championed by the likes of herself, Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar, and then cash out.
Instead, the girl born in Bay City as Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, reinvented herself to appeal to the ever-changing sensibilities of music fans.
It's an ability many pop music critics credit Madonna for when explaining why she remains relevant today – relevant enough that she will perform during halftime of Sunday's Super Bowl.
As that halftime performance nears, The Bay City Times and Saginaw News will reflect on the many iterations of the "Material Girl," from her days singing "Like A Virgin" to her collaboration with today's top acts including Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.
While how best to separate the mid-Michigan native's career transformations remains a debatable subject, we will recognize four eras of Madge over four days.
Then, on Friday, MLive readers can vote which "version" of Madonna they prefer. On Super Bowl Sunday, the results will be posted online.
On Monday, we highlighted Madonna's earliest work. Today, we focus on her years going "Vogue," a song she reportedly plans to perform on Sunday.
While "Vogue" – a single off her 1990 album, "I'm Breathless" – was arguably the second act of Madonna's anthem, her transformation began during the previous year's album, "Like A Prayer."
It was that record's title song, and the music video that accompanied it, that propelled Madge from the fun, flirty 20something of her "True Blue" days to the statement-making woman who defined much of her early 1990s work.
"Like A Prayer" dealt with issues of race and religion – particularly the music video, which featured burning crosses, a black man crucified and a rape scene.
The song's album also featured "Express Yourself," in which Madonna seemed to ditch her message on "Material Girl" and instead called for female empowerment with lyrics such as, "You don't need diamond rings/Or 18-karat gold/Fancy cars that go very fast/you know they never last/no no."
Madonna stayed on the theme of self-liberation -- but ramped it up to risque levels -- with 1990's "Justify My Love," a slow-moving, sexual roll call. Again, the music was punctuated by a music video, which this time famously was banned by MTV for its graphic sexual imagery.
Her 1993 album, "Erotica," continued Madonna's message of liberation from sexual restraint. As a companion piece to the record, she released a coffee table-sized book titled, simply, "Sex." Its pages featured what today would be considered softcore pornographic images.
Return to MLive Wednesday to examine "Evita"-era Madonna.
Madonna touched on controversial subjects -- and wore controversial attire -- during her concert performances beginning in the early 1990s.
Anonymous attaque Sony: La discographie de Madonna en téléchargement gratuit.
Sony piraté par Anonymous: des milliers d'albums en téléchargement gratuit!
Anonymous ne rigole pas: le groupe proteste contre la fermeture de Megaupload. Et attaque des sites comme le FBI ou l'Elysée. Prochaines victimes: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube... Mais aussi Sony: Anonymous a rendu, une bonne partie de l'après-midi, gratuit des milliers de téléchargements... Attention: c'est du vol!
Rédaction en ligne
Publié le 22/01 à 16h13
Sony est la nouvelle victime d'Anonymous, ce groupe de pirates disséminés dans le monde entier et représentés par un masque blanc
et noir au sourire sarcastique.
Ce dimanche après-midi, vous avez pu, sur le site de Sony, télécharger, gratuitement, la discographie en intégralité de milliers d'artistes!
En dessous de ce message, Anonymous proposait, en téléchargement gratuit, la liste complète de tous les artistes en contrat avec Sony... Cette situation a duré entre, grosso modo, 13h30 et 16h15.
Attention cependant: télécharger du contenu, même rendu gratuit par une attaque, reste du vol... "C'est comme si un voleur ouvrait les portes d'une maison et invitait les voisins à rentrer dedans et à piller la maison: c'est du vol...", prévient Olivier Bogaert, Commissaire à la police judiciaire fédérale de Bruxelles.
Précision importante: pour vérifier l'information, nous avons tenté de télécharger gratuitement l'intégralité de la discographie de Madonna. Effectivement, nous avons pu le faire gratuitement. En 10 minutes. Une fois le téléchargement terminé, nous avons supprimé le contenu de notre ordinateur.
Anonymous menace Facebook ou YouTube
Pour protester contre la fermeture de Megaupload, le groupe Anonymous continue ses menaces. Après avoir piraté le site du FBI ou de l'Elysée par exemple, Anonymous annonce aussi le blocage de Facebook, Twitter, Playstation, ou encore YouTube... dans 72 heures.
“ Si dans 72 heures, le site Megaupload ne fonctionne pas, on attaque ”, prévient le mouvement d'hackers. “ Nous avons déjà infiltré ces serveurs et on possède déjà des informations confidentielles... ”
Pour rappel, Anonymous a déjà mis hors service pendant plusieurs heures les sites du FBI et du ministère de la Justice américain après l'annonce de la fermeture de Megaupload. Le groupe de pirates s'en est également pris vendredi brièvement au site internet de la présidence française...
Liz Smith sur Lady Gaga, Elton John et Madonna.
Liz Smith: Lady Gaga — Born That Way, Or Merely “Reductive?” (Let’s Ask Miss Ciccone)
by Liz Smith on January 19, 2012
Those two words, uttered by Madonna, in response to ABC-TV’s Cynthia McFadden’s question about a Lady Gaga song, has “gone viral,” as they say.
Even better, when McFadden, who certainly knows what the word means, asked Madonna to define it, M coyly said, “Look it up!”
Apparently, a lot of people have. Now, I keep hearing the word, generally accompanied with a laugh and a reference to the pop icon. Madonna has taught us much over the years, now she’s revived a word rarely used. (Well, I’ve always said if Madonna hadn’t gone into music, she would have stayed in Michigan and become Miss Ciccone, the stern English teacher.)
It was this benign answer about Gaga that became part of the Elton John/ David Furnish’s attack on Madonna, after she won a Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday night. The song is titled “Masterpiece” from her coming film, “W.E.” (Elton’s effort was “Hello, Hello” from the flop animated movie “Gnomeo and Juliet.”) Aside from ripping Madonna’s song, the pair declared — on Twitter and Facebook — that Madonna’s “attack” on Gaga “shows how desperate she is.”
Goodness, I didn’t get that at all. Madonna has no inclination to trash Gaga. But she is certainly within her rights to imply, gently, that Lady G. has appropriated some aspects of her image, sound and message. Music critics were the first, in fact, to point out the similarities between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and M’s “Express Yourself.”
Elton John, who has been a star since 1970, feels he has earned the right to be perennially cranky and opinionated. Fine. And he does wonderful charity work.
But I think Madonna, who has been a star since 1983, has earned the right to answer a question honestly, from her point of view. Or to accept an award, if she wins one.
Elton has had a bee in his bonnet about Madonna for years. At various times he has criticized her singing, dancing, her right to be a star, even. She has rarely responded.
In this case, however, it is Elton who appears to be “desperate.” Back in the day, Madonna could be ungracious and careless in her remarks, but I never recall her attacking another performer in this manner, or publicly declaring she should have won an award instead of somebody else. (Perhaps she learned her lesson when, in the midst of a wave of positive reviews and publicity for “Evita” — and a Golden Globe win — she said she thought she deserved to be nominated for an Oscar, too. The Academy was not amused.)
The truth is, most of the public has never heard either Elton or Madonna’s song. Why carry on so?
Oh, “reductive?” It means something is the same, only less.
Angela Aki reprend "Material Girl" de Madonna en japonais.
Angela Aki prévoit un album de reprises
News J-Music (Brève)
Le 23 Décembre 2011 à 14h59 - Ecrit par chtite_asu
En commémoration de son nouveau programme sur la NHK, Angela Aki's SONGBOOK in English, Angela Aki a décidé de
sortir un nouvel album. Intitulé SONGBOOK, il contiendra 13 reprises de chansons occidentales.
La chanteuse a enregistré toutes les pistes en japonais et l'intégralité de l'album devrait être composé d'un accompagnement au piano. Elle reprendra notamment Honesty de Billy Joel, une musique qu'elle a écouté à la radio pour la première fois lorsqu'elle avait 15 ans.
SONGBOOK sera disponible en deux éditions dès le 11 janvier. L'édition limitée inclura un DVD bonus dont le contenu n'a toujours pas été révélé à l'heure actuelle. Notons que des partitions de tous les morceaux seront inclus dans les deux versions afin que les amateurs puissent s'amuser à les jouer au piano ou à la guitare en plus de les écouter.
Angela Aki est actuellement dans son 9e mois de grossesse, mais compte bien continuer sa carrière sans interruption. L'artiste fera un concert au Senda Plaza le 24 décembre, au Nippon Budokan le 26 décembre et sera présente pour la 6e fois consécutive au célèbre NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen le 31 décembre.
Voici la tracklist détaillée de l'album. Les noms des artistes originaux sont indiqués à côté de chaque titre.
Tracklist de SONGBOOK
01. Honesty (Billy Joel)
02. Will You Dance? (Janis Ian)
03. We’re All Alone (Boz Scaggs)
04. Material Girl (Madonna)
05. True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
06. Without You (Badfinger)
07. Today (Smashing Pumpkins)
08. Kiss From A Rose (Seal)
09. A Song For You (Leon Russell)
10. Creep (Radiohead)
11. Still Fighting It (Ben Folds)
12. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Boyz II Men)
Le producteur de "Born This Way" de Lady Gaga au sujet de Madonna.
From DJ WHITE SHADOW on Twitter:
DJ WHITE SHADOW
@DJWS iPhone: 21.113464,-86.760483
I am DJWS. I am always working to create, or seek out and expose meaningful things. I heart art. I recently produced the album Born This Way with Lady Gaga.
DJWS DJ WHITE SHADOW
And obviously: someone should take there old lady meds before they are allowed to talk in public. No memories having motherfucker.
1. I challenge any of you to type on an iPhone and not make a spelling error. 2. I just say what I feel, what I know is the truth.
3. No reason to make threats of violence. I can clearly hold my own if you would like to meet in public, but it is not that serious.
4. I obviously do not hate Madonna, or belittle her talent or achievements, however, if she thinks we stole a song from her she is wrong.
5. If you don't like what I have to say, unfollow me. Fuck off.
Kylie Minogue sur le duo avec Madonna: "c'est juste une rumeur".
@kylieminogue Is it true that you're planning to duet w/ Madonna ? #MadonnaKylieDuet
@SlaterPalmeira it's just a rumour, but of course it would be amazing!! maybe one day:) #MadonnaKylieDuet
"Shady Love" des Scissor Sisters figurant Madonna.
The Scissor Sisters on Madonna in "Shady Love":
- in the lyrics:
"She gon' vote for Obama and she likes to dance with Madonna"
- in the video with Madonna masks
Scissor Sisters & Azealia Banks Collaborate on 'Shady Love'
By Jeremy Gordon January 3, 2012
Azealia Banks had quite the 2011, tearing up year-end lists and dance floors with the irresistible "212." It's only fitting that her 2012 kicks off with similar fervor. The Harlem rapper appears on a new Scissor Sisters song, "Shady Love," which was released over the weekend. She's not in the video, unfortunately -- that one's left to an ensemble of school children acting out the song in a positively Rushmore-ian assembly, replete with choreographed dancers, Madonna masks, and confused parents wondering where their tax dollars are going.
Kylie Minoque va faire un duo avec Madonna.
Kylie to duet with Madonna
by Dean Piper, Sunday Mirror 1/01/2012
PLEASE let this come true! I hear KYLIE MINOGUE has HUGE plans for 2012 – including a dream duet with her pal MADONNA. This year will be big for Kyles when she celebrates 25 years in the music biz and plans are afoot for a big ITV special celebrating her career. Apparently the plans include more than one duet. My source tells me: “There will be lots of duets. The plan so far is for a duet with her sister DANNII, NICK CAVE, JASON DONOVAN and a finale featuring a duet with MADONNA.” The ladies have worn T-shirts with each other’s names on in the past – so they clearly think they’re both tops!
Des campagnes dans les médias sociaux aident à lancer le guitariste de Madonna, Monte Pittman.
Official Press Release - Communiqué Officiel de Presse
“Street Teams” Powered by Social Media Help Launch Independent Musicians: Stars Like Adam Lambert Galvanize Fans to Support Their Favorite
– Wed Jun 8, 9:00 am ET
Midwestern fans of virtuoso rock guitarist Monte Pittman, who has toured with Madonna, Prong and Adam Lambert, have a treat in store for them this week. On June 10 and 11, Pittman is putting on two private concerts, in Chicago and Cleveland, for admirers who pooled their funds to donate $4,000 towards his new album. Pittman has very adroitly used social media to build grassroots support for his independent career.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 08, 2011
Midwestern fans of virtuoso rock guitarist Monte Pittman, who has toured with Madonna, Prong and Adam Lambert, have a treat in
store for them this week. On June 10 and 11, according to the music fan blog Juneau & Xena’s Salon, Pittman is putting on
two private concerts in Chicago and Cleveland for admirers who pooled their funds to donate $4,000 towards his new album.
“Pittman has very adroitly used social media to build grassroots support for his independent career,” say Juneau Underwood and Katherine Hollinsworth, creators of the popular blog. “But the fans are stepping up to the plate too,” they note. “This coming weekend, our blog will be posting photos, videos and reports sent by fans attending the concerts. And on Sunday, June 12, we’ll have some of them on our radio show to share first-hand accounts. This kind of activity helps to forge strong ties between artists and their fans.”
Musicians are legendary for fighting with their record labels, but young bands today can only dream about waging such epic battles. These days, most artists assume they have a better chance of making the top 10 on American Idol than of inserting a sneakered foot in the door of a major label. Instead, savvy musicians are turning to sites like YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, to give their careers a boost.
“Social media is going to be transformational for creative artists,” say Underwood and Hollinsworth. The two women first met around a shared interest in singer Adam Lambert, and have parlayed their passion for music into a venture to promote independent musicians. Their weekly radio program attracts a global audience of listeners who want to hear the latest releases of artists like Pittman and others, including alt-folk rocker Charlie Christos, reggae-fusion artist Ty Hall, electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her and “nouveau soul” band Vintage Trouble.
They have also rallied fans to support artists’ CD projects through Kickstarter, a Web-based funding platform that enables the public to finance creative projects. One of these was an album by Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Scarlett Cherry, inspired by her experience of becoming a mother for the first time. The aptly titled album, “Labor of Love,” raised over $42,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. The initial fund-raising goal of $6,500 was quickly exceeded as supporters flocked to contribute, motivated by incentives ranging from autographed CDs to portrait sessions with Cherry’s husband, celebrity photographer Lee Cherry. "The energy during this creative process has been indescribable," says Lee Cherry.
“Labor of Love” was released in late April and is available at laborofloveproject.com and on iTunes. The beautifully produced album showcases Scarlett Cherry’s rich, supple vocals on pop and R&B-inflected tunes celebrating motherhood with sass and style.
Guitarist Pittman is another musician who is drawing strong support over social media. Last year he toured with Lambert’s Glam Nation tour. Pittman’s blazing guitar solos won him thousands of enthusiastic fans, who converged on his Kickstarter campaign to raise $65,500 for his next solo album, “Pain, Love and Destiny,” which will be released later this year.
Among the incentives Pittman offered were private “house concerts” for a $2,000 contribution. Fans quickly reached out to one another over Twitter, Facebook and email and organized more than a dozen such concerts. In addition to the Midwestern shows this week, Pittman will be playing to private groups in Philadelphia and Boston in mid-July.
One thing that can help jump-start an artist’s career is to find champions among people with large social media impact. Singer Adam Lambert, an international star who has more than one million Twitter followers, has been notably generous about Tweeting his enthusiasm for talented artists, whether they are megastars like Lady Gaga and the British band Muse or independent artists like Cherry and Pittman. A Lambert tweet propelled the song “Whiskey in Churches” by Los Angeles artist Cassidy Haley to the top of the iTune charts.
“Adam Lambert is a natural-born social media genius," Hollinsworth and Underwood remark. "He genuinely loves interacting with fans via Twitter, and is masterful at using it to announce news, promote his charitable causes and quash rumors. And he’s sincere about wanting to spread his good fortune. We’d love to see other major stars study his example and encourage their fans to form ‘street teams’ to support the artists they believe in.”
When Pittman arrives in Chicago and Cleveland this week, he doesn’t intend to disappoint the fans. “It’s the best stuff I’ve ever written,” he says of the songs on his new album. “This project couldn’t have happened at a better time – there’s a big void to be filled.” And social media campaigns are helping to fill it.
Ecoutez Britney Spears reprenant "Burning Up" de Madonna.
New Clip Leak: Britney sings Madonna's "Burning up"
A new, small clip of (what sounds like) Britney singing Madonna's 1980-something track, Burning Up, leaked Wednesday afternoon. Rumor has it she might sing it on her upcoming tour! Check it out.
Téléchargez des démos et des remixes inédits de Madonna.
Gone (William Orbit Remix)
Cyberraga (William Orbit Remix)
Let It Will Be (Mirwais Demo)
SuperPop (Mirwais Early Demo #1)
SuperPop (Mirwais Early Demo #2)
How High (Bloodshy & Avant Demo #1)
How High (Bloodshy & Avant Demo #2)
Rain (Acapella 2a – Harmony)
Rain (Acapella 2B – Back Vox)
Cyber Raga (William Orbit Mix)
Gone (William Orbit Mix)
Like It Or Not (Confessions Studio Demo #1)
Like It Or Not (Confessions Studio Demo #2)
It’s So Cool (Bloodshy & Avant Demo)
It’s So Cool (Oakenfold Demo Mix 2)
"Born This Way" de Lady Gaga: Elle devrait payer des royalties à Madonna.
MAJOR MINOR: Madonna's disco era revisited
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7:08 pm | Updated: 7:14 pm, Wed Jun 1, 2011.
Posted on June 1, 2011
by John Petric
And in the fourth decade of our lord Madonna's rule on earth, there sprang forth from her armpit a monster: the self-proclaimed and self-obsessed Lady Gaga.
As a talentless spawn of the stylistically brilliant Madonna, she's based her career on biting the retractable tit that suckled her. That tit being, tellingly, Madonna's straight-up and somewhat short-lived disco era. In other words, the worst Madonna period and her most easily lifted patch of hits.
Full disclosure: I've quite liked Madonna, from time to time. I even took my dear sweet ol' mammy to see her perform in Cleveland. What a time. Point being, Madonna knew how to write songs that appealed to everybody, not just the sexually anxious.
In contrast, on her new album Born This Way, Lady Jerk-Off gives us unclever skimmed milk. Song after song of hard-hitting Euro-weenie disco, with loads of Madonna-esque vocal breaks and aerobic choruses, remind us that Googoo is a tad light in the originality department. But then again, when hasn't she repackaged watered-down Madonna?
In concert, Gaga blows, too. Visually, she apes Marilyn Manson's subtle-as-a-flying-mallet look and employs a number of variations of The Wizard of Oz's flying monkey costumes. Between her songs, though, she verbally carries on her undeclared war against the alleged oppressiveness of society, her delivery of sexual propaganda and left-wing sexual fascism more than a little tinged with the vicious hatefulness of Sam Kinison. How uniting.
Passion? Pah! Dogma? Like, totally, man.
But let's get back to the album. Born This Way is out, and the verdict is in. Lady Gage is sentenced to be banished immediately and with extreme prejudice. Here's a track-by-track rundown of her offenses:
Read the article here: MAJOR MINOR: Madonna's disco era revisited
Source: The Other Paper.
Fiona McCade: Madonna a ruiné la musique pop pour les femmes.
Published Date: 02 June 2011
By Fiona McCade
Do YOU remember Kate Bush? If you don't, Google her. She was talented, clever and beautiful, the writer of wonderful memorable songs, and a unique singer who also choreographed
and performed her own material.
Women wanted to be her and men lusted after her ethereal, leotard-clad loveliness. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, with Kate blazing the trail, the future of women in pop looked very bright indeed. Then something happened.
That something was called Madonna. Madonna co-wrote some songs, and she also sang them, in her unremarkable fashion. She danced too, but her career has never really been about music. Music is just one of the many ways Madonna chooses to present her product. Her product is Madonna, in her myriad incarnations, and I would suggest that by far the most important method Madonna uses to sell Madonna is sex.
I'm not suggesting Madonna finished Kate Bush's career. Kate has always had her own agenda, but once Madonna took hold of the charts, something shifted. Madonna used shock-porn to make us notice her, perhaps because she knew her talent and looks alone could never hold our attention. She stripped off, simulated sex acts and canoodled with a half-naked Christ figure. The music took a back seat to what Madonna was doing with her body. The books, videos and stage shows were what made her famous. The hardcore sexualisation of female pop artists had started.
And it goes on, although it takes a brave record-industry executive to point it out. Luckily, Richard Russell of XL Records is a brave man. This week he said that the "faux porn" exhibited by some artists' performances makes him feel "queasy". "It's just so boring, crass and unoriginal," he added, before mentioning that as far as his own artist, Adele, is concerned: "The whole message is that it's just really good music …There are no gimmicks, no selling of sexuality …What a great thing, how amazing."
And how unusual, because thanks to Madonna and her ilk, it's almost impossible for a girl to make music these days without being forced to get her kit off.
True, there are some exceptions. Adele is an obvious one; Lily Allen is another, but back in 2007 she was called "a chick with a dick" by Cheryl Cole, who evidently thought Lily wasn't nearly good-looking and sexy enough to be a pop star.
Thankfully, when her beauty was being disparaged, Lily's brains came to her aid and she handled the spat in her usual, pithy manner, retorting: "Cheryl, if you're reading this, I may not be as pretty as you but at least I write and SING my own songs without the aid of Auto-Tune. I must say taking your clothes off, doing sexy dancing and marrying a rich footballer must be very gratifying, your mother must be so proud, stupid b****."
Interestingly, Cheryl - who is good-looking enough to be a pop star but definitely wouldn't be one if she had to rely solely on her musical talents - was recently told by a US TV executive that she should lose two stone if she wanted to be successful in America. Even if you're perceived as being a powerful woman in the music industry, it appears your body is still up for scrutiny.
It's not fair, is it? Nobody ever asks Will.i.am to strut his stuff in a thong, but Fergie is expected to gyrate like a pole-dancer on poppers.
And that's because Madonna not only sold her image, she sold a lot of impressionable young women the myth that looking like a tart in a brothel window is somehow a feminist statement. So now we have Gaga, Britney and Christina all being desperately outrageous, and Rihanna cavorting around in skimpy bondage gear, singing: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me," while offstage she has been the victim of domestic violence. So much for liberation.
Sadly, until female artistes free themselves from Madonna's legacy of sleazy sex and shock-porn, the Kate Bushes, Annie Lennoxes or Suzanne Vegas of the future will find it harder than ever to break through - and to keep their clothes on while they're doing it.
Source: The Scotsman.
Live Nation va lancer une nouvelle division: 'Electronic Nation'.
Exclusive: Live Nation Now Launching 'Electronic Nation'...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Live Nation is making a serious move into electronica and dance festivals, according to information shared with Digital Music News. Sources inside the
organization note that a new division, 'Electronic Nation,' is being created in the wake of booming attendance at events like the Electric Daisy Carnival in
Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and Monster Madness in Los Angeles. The festival sub-genre is also
reshaping events like Coachella, where electronica enjoyed a much larger presence in 2011.
The Electronic Nation division is known internally, and Live Nation could announce the expansion as early as this month. But the timetable was either unknown internally or not disclosed, and the CEO of this nascent division may still be under discussion. Either way, Live Nation is planning to outgun competitors with its combined event, ticketing, and artist conglomerate.
This type of expansion is hardly uncommon for Live Nation, a company accustomed to aggressive acquisitions, combinations, and expansions. In 2007, Live Nation signed Madonna to a massive, multi-year deal valued at more than $120 million. That was the beginning of Live Nation Artists (also first reported by Digital Music News), and Jay-Z, Shakira, and Nickelback soon followed.
Meanwhile, Live Nation is feeling encouraged by a 10 percent gain in ticket sales during the first quarter, according to information disclosed by CEO Michael Rapino to investors in Boston this week. But March was only "up in the single digits," while April was down by a percent. May improved 7 percent year-over-year, a potentially encouraging indicator ahead of summer sales. Investors pumped shares of LYV by nearly 10 percent on Wednesday following the disclosure.
Source: Digital Music News.
Seymour Stein au Festival Sound City à Liverpool.
Music legend who signed Madonna visits Liverpool for Sound City
by Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Echo
May 21 2011
The music industry legend who signed Madonna paid a return visit to Merseyside for Liverpool Sound City.
Seymour Stein, the co-founder of Sire Records, who also signed Liverpool’s Echo And The Bunnymen, also spoke at the festival last year – and he loved the event so much that he is back this time around.
As well as watching some of the dozens of gigs at Sound City, he visited Liverpool town hall yesterday to meet Lord Mayor Hazel Williams.
She told New Yorker Stein she believed Liverpool was the world capital of music.
And he replied: “Yes, it’s a harbour – it’s where things come in.”
Festival gigs last night included Miles Kane’s show at St George’s Hall and Black Lips performing at The Masque.
Source: Liverpool Echo.
Seymour Stein (center) at Liverpool Sound City Festival.
Lady Gaga n'est pas née comme ça. Elle a repris Madonna.
Published: Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:00 AM
By Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer
I watched the Lady Gaga HBO special last week. The ubiquitous cultural phenomenon has been on my "to do" list for a year now. Before seeing her taped "live" performance at
Madison Square Garden, I knew her only as the iconic wearer of a meat dress and for using a synthetic egg as public transportation.
I am happy to report that Ms. Gaga is so much more than her unusual garb and mode of travel. She is also an amazingly talented musician, singer and dancer. She writes and performs great, big dance anthems (formerly known as "disco") and possesses the powerful stage presence, with matching ego, necessary to energize large hall audiences coast to coast.
Perhaps what I found most enjoyable was the backstage (and some times under-stage) footage of Ms. Gaga undergoing costume changes that looked as complicated as a car transmission replacement.
Unfortunately where Ms. Gaga appears gravely deficient is in the department of originality. I was never an ardent admirer of Madonna, the erstwhile musical performer and adopter of Third World babies. But If I were Madonna's lawyer I would sue Ms. Gaga for identity theft. Gaga should be paying Madonna a licensing fee just for getting out of bed every morning.
Everything from the lyrics, the arrangements, the lighting and the dance numbers to the attitude, the foul language, the sacrilegious posturing and the pompous, condescending lecturing of her "monsters" is ripped directly from the Madonna 101 handbook.
Like Madonna, Ms. Gaga draws a demographic audience composed largely of young teen girls and urban gay men. She calls fans her "monsters" because they have been treated that way by society for being "different." I had never really thought about this before, but I guess a lot of young teen girls do feel awkward about themselves physically and emotionally in a way similar to how gay men feel growing up in a straight environment.
Since a lot of teen girls and gay men like dance music, well, there's your jackpot if you are Ms. Gaga. The show's narrative theme borrows from another iconic gay film, "The Wizard of Oz." Ms. Gaga plays a Dorothy type on her way to the "Monster Ball." I don't want to overemphasize the narrative theme too much. Ms. Gaga's show is only theater to people who have never seen a play. I felt the same way about Roger Waters' "The Wall."
The show contains a fair amount of filler patter, during which Ms. Gaga expounds with one overblown non-sequitur pronouncement after another vaguely tied to the theme of "being yourself." There's also a lot of vulgar, simulated gay and straight sex combined with Christian symbolism thrown in to bait religious groups into condemning her.
The whole show looks as aerobically exhausting as a P90X workout. Toward the conclusion of the evening, Ms. Gaga says, apropos of nothing, "I hate the truth. I'd rather have a whole bunch of bull - - - - than the truth."
Maybe that's because the truth is, she stole her whole act from Madonna.