One Direction’s Zayn Malik Leaves Tour


Zayn Malik has abandoned his One Direction Tour. Currently, the band is performing all over the globe on their fourth tour called On the Road Again, but the British star has decided to leave without completing it. Zayn, who is engaged to Perrie Edwards, has been signed off from the tour citing stress and anxiety. This is primarily due to the furor caused when the singer was photographed with another girl in Phuket, Thailand. One picture showed him holding a blonde’s hand whereas he had arms around her stomach in another.

The 22-year-old spoke out against the ongoing speculation about his relationship with the Little Mix pop-star by declaring his love for his fiancée to his 14.1 million Twitter followers. He declared his love for Perrie and said that his actions were only being questioned by jealous individuals. One Direction is one of the biggest music acts of the world and they will continue to play shows from the Philippines and South Africa, through the United States and Europe, while Zayn returns home to Britain. A spokesman of the band said that he was going home to recuperate while the band would continue with their performances.

Zayn’s fellow bandmates didn't make any comments about the events on social media, but they wish their mate well, as per the spokesperson. During a recent concert held in Hong Kong, which was sold-out, Zayn’s lack of engagement and difficulty in smiling were noted. Apart from that, he and Louis Tomlinson, his bandmate, were asked by the Philippine government to pay a bond of $5000 as a guarantee that they wouldn’t use drugs while they conduct a concert in the country. A local anti-drug group had cited an old video of the two singers smoking marijuana before they left Peru.

While there was no proof available against this allegation, the band had apologized for the controversy caused by the video. According to reports, the 22-year-old singer also pulled out of a Coca Cola commercial to be filmed in Hong Kong so he could return to the UK for spending time with his family and relieving stress. 

J Lo Thinks Rihanna is Sweet


Jennifer Lopez has just revealed that she is a big fan of Rihanna. After working together when they voiced characters for the movie Home, the 27-yeard old Rihanna and the 45-year old J Lo became fast friends. Rihanna expressed her interest in recording a song with the Jenny from the Block star. In reply, Jennifer Lopez also shared her views on collaboration.

J Lo said that she was a huge fan of Rihanna because she was a girl’s girl, which made them very much alike. She added that Rihanna’s edginess added to her appeal and she had made a great effort in the movie. She was asked if she would be interested in working musically with Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez was all for it.

Rihanna wasn’t the only singer that Jennifer praised; she also shared her admiration for 22-year-old Demi Lovato. She said that Demi was amazing and they had hit it off when they met. J Lo said that Demi was really smart and soulful and she liked spending time with her.

The Story Behind "It's You I Love"


This month's release was one of our "in case of emergency, break glass" releases for the Year of the Groove.  We had planned to put out a song I wrote called "Human" this month, but after talking about the promotional angles, we decided to wait on that one until we could properly line things up and not rush. So, we pulled out this track that was never officially released, polished up the mix, mastered it, and sent it through the pipeline.  It would have been released eventually on an EP I've got planned in my head, but I'm excited it's out there now because I actually really love this track and I'm glad to be able to talk about how it came about.

The Situation

Quite often, Kurt and I get emails with pitch opportunities for film and TV licensing. This is one of the few remaining revenue streams for songwriters and producers anymore, since there is hardly any income to be made from selling music directly to the public now that no one buys CDs or purchases downloads like they used to. And we all know streaming barely pays anything. So there are thousands of songwriter/producer types like us who receive these emails and they often have some type of request which tells what style of music they are looking for and what they want the lyrics to be about. They often have 1 to 3 songs they reference to give examples of what they like. And pretty much always they need it in the next day or so.  Sometimes by the end of that same day.  Oh, and there's never any money up front, so you're basically doing this for free and sometimes [like in this case] we spend money out of pocket to pay the talent.

Those who are driven enough to "go for it" then might set their life aside for the next 24 to 48 hours and CRANK IT OUT.  I mean… the whole premise is "if you have anything that fits this description send it in" as though people have something just laying around, but who are we kidding?  What are the odds you're just going to happen to have a song in the exact style with the exact lyrical topic they want?

"It's You I Love" was the product of one of these "go for it" moments.  Now… they don't all turn out great.  Some of them turn out to be hunormous turds.  But sometimes, we end up with something much different than anything we'd do when left to our own devices, and we have a new song that expands our envelope.  We consider this song to fall into that latter category.

I can't even remember what the exact product was for this pitch opportunity, but it was some type of liquor ad.  I DO remember that the two musical references they gave seemed to have zero overlap and I was perplexed as to how to make sense of the two reference songs in terms of finding common elements to work into our song. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes the reference track has spaghetti western guitar, brass stabs, a slow swaggering groove, and lush strings with a lyric about longing to be with someone, and so then we incorporate all of those things into our track at the same tempo as the reference and hope that the client might hear it and feel like they have that other track, the one they can't afford.  I mean, our song is completely original and unique, but if we give them the same type of "ear candy" and emotional tone they're looking for, they'd be more likely to use it and we'd be more likely to pay off the rest of our grad school loans.  [Yes… STILL working off the student loans… #pukinginmymouth]  But in this case, one of the songs had kind of a creepy sound with a low droning male vocal and the other reference was "Something Stupid" by Frank Sinatra.  I believe their point was that they wanted the music to have a clear disparity from the visual, so they had those two different examples of music that didn't fit with their video of people out on the town enjoying this brand of liquor.

What to do??  We ended up musically going with the low droning male vocal, and my songwriting takeaway was "creepy love song".  Now this particular opportunity came when I had to teach at Belmont University that day and would be busy until the afternoon.  Kurt ended up working on the track for it while I was on campus, and by the time I picked up our son from his tutorial and came home around 3:30, he had an mp3 of the track to send me so I could write a lyric and melody over it.
The Creative Process

In my years of being creative, I've figured out that often the creative process happens in three stages.  First you ponder until you have a solid concept, then you flow out a first draft, then you edit.  If you get ahead in steps, it doesn't go well.  If you try to flow without a concept, it doesn't end up being as good, and if you try to edit before you flow out your first draft, it's like driving with your foot on the gas and break at the same time.  Flow is from your instincts, edit is from your craft. Flow comes from the soul, edit comes from the brain. You need to give the soul time to empty some ideas out before you start interfering.   So… fortunately I had a good solid concept before I even sat down to write: the guy singing is a phantom in love with a woman that he can never be with because… well for obvious reasons.  Unfulfilled longing with a paranormal twist. Also... I really wanted to use the phrase "ghost with the most".

The Lyric

When I go back in my documents, this is the earliest draft of my lyric that I have:

I’m a soul set afloat
in the atmosphere
I’m the ghost with the most
never to be feared
Oh the taste of my kiss
is ethereal bliss
it’s your drug
your drug

So I watch when you walk
as I drift above
Got a crowd in the cloud
but it’s you I love
As you pass through my haze
paranormal blaze
I’m your sun
your sun

Ooooooh
Oh it’s you I love
Ooooooh
Oh it’s you I love

One thing I encourage my students to do, which I obviously did here, is when you're flowing out your first draft, you don't over think it and try not to get too hung up on any one particular phrase, you just write down what comes to you and move on to the next phrase, knowing that much of it might end up just being "place holder lyrics" which will later be edited.  [What does "crowd in the cloud" even mean??] This is especially important when you're writing under a time constraint and need to have 'something' down.  Because when you've got to have a song finished, bad lyrics are better than no lyrics, amma right?  [Incidentally, this process became much easier for me after several years of doing improv comedy shows where I had to learn to make up a song on the spot in front of an audience… it really wired my brain to not over think it and just go with my first idea.]  I probably came up with this in about a half hour, at which point I sang it for Kurt.  He liked the direction I was going and so I started editing my lyric. Now, if I had sat down without the concept of this being from a phantom, my flow would have turned out like total crap most likely.  You've GOT to have a concept to start with.  Sometimes the concept is just a non-lyrical melodic idea, sometimes it's just a song title.  But that's still something.

I didn't have much time to fine tune the lyric because we were going to record the vocal the next morning. That's actually longer, though, than I've had on some other occasions.  Sometimes I've gotten the track at 3:30 and the singer is coming at 7 because we've got to cut the vocal, get it mixed, and have it turned in by the next morning. [That's how it was with Freak the Beat.] So… to have the whole evening for editing is nice, but then again, I'm still a mom so I've got to make dinner and do the whole bed time thing…

Here is how I edited that lyric.

I’m a soul set afloat
in the atmosphere
I’m the ghost with the most
never to be feared
Oh the taste of my kiss
is ethereal bliss
on your tongue
your tongue

So I watch when you walk
as I drift above
There’s a hole in my soul
‘cause it’s you I love
As you pass through my haze
paranormal blaze
You’re the sun
my sun

Ooooooh
Oh it’s you I love
Ooooooh
Oh it’s you I love

Something I deliberately did was use words that were strong in imagery and flavor.  Some $5 phrases and words like atmosphere and ethereal bliss and paranormal blaze make this lyric more distinctive.  But the one word I purposely used just for the slightly jarring effect was "tongue."  I had a lot of different options like "in your mind" or "on your lips" but they didn't have the same impact as "on your tongue".  The word tongue would be harder to ignore and evoke a greater emotional response from the listener. [ I still think it's gross. ]

I'm happy with this lyric.  I like that it's not boring or cliché. [Incidentally, I wrote this before Moves Like Jagger came out with "take me by the tongue and I'll show you"]

The Vocal

It's not unusual in situations like this for Kurt and me to be talking at 11PM about who we could call to sing for us the next morning.  I'll be looking for samples of someone's singing on soundcloud or youtube to show Kurt, or we'll talk about people we've used in the past and decide if they can do what we need. Then we try to get in touch, hoping they're still up, to see if they're available.  It just so happened in this case that Kurt had a writing appointment scheduled with Nathan Barlowe, who he had done some gigs with in the past.  Nathan has a voice that was perfect for this, so when he showed up to write with Kurt the next day, we informed him that he was going to sing instead, and seeing as we didn't give him much choice, he graciously obliged and got behind the mic.  I told him to imagine this is some pervy dude with beer on his breath whispering lecherous thoughts into the ear of some innocent young woman.  I wanted it to sound like he was right up close.  So we put the mic at a very hot input level so that he didn't have to sing out too much.  He did the high octave first and then the low octave, and I remember thinking it was both sexy and gross at the same time.  Perfect.  [Incidentally Nathan is a member of the industrial rock band Five Knives, and he's kind of a rock star, so you should check them out.]

What Happened Next

So, we finished up the vocal session, got the song mixed and turned in, and as happens so often, we never really heard anything back and after a while assumed we didn't get the placement and went on with life.  But we both felt like this track "had something".  It's not bland, it's not middle of the road.  It's got a distinct character, and so we wanted to do something with it on our own.  But then I realized, since I had sung the high vocal over his chorus, it would make more sense for there to be a verse from the female.  In our short time constraints, we had repeated the second half of the first verse again where the second verse would go, which for a pitch opportunity isn't terrible, but if we were to release it, it needed to be more properly formed.

This was a slight conundrum because I hadn't really thought much beyond the phantom point of view and when I thought about writing a second verse, it took me a moment to finally land on the [now looking back quite obvious] conclusion that the second verse needed to be from the human counterpart.  But then I had to figure out what she might have to say.  Did she even know he was there?  Did she find him offensive?  Or does she sense his presence and does she like it?  I decided to go with that last option and wrote out this first draft of a second verse…


I am flesh
but I cannot speak
How I ache for the spell
of your phantom heat
I’m a slave to the rush
of your phantom touch
I become
Undone

Now, clearly this was my "don't over think it just flow out your ideas" draft because I'd never end up settling for using the word phantom twice like that.  But, that was my place holder until I could come up with something better.  After hammering it out a bit, this was my final draft of the verse 2 lyric…

I am flesh
but I’m incomplete
Every breath, every step
oh, it’s you I seek
I’m a slave to the rush
of your whisper touch
I become
Undone

What Hadn't I Planned On 

So now that I had a second verse lyric I was happy with, it occurred to me that the key of this song was going to land me at the absolute ROCK BOTTOM of my vocal range. It's actually a half step lower than the lowest note I can sing, so when it came time for me to record my vocal I had to do what some people refer to as a vocal "fry" to get out those low notes. And then we stacked it and I sang it up the octave.  The other problem was that although my vocal added a great element as the high eerie female top end during the chorus, my vocal on the verse wasn't neeeeearly as cool or vibey or badass as Nathan's vocal.  Not even CLOSE.  I'm a little wood sprite and he's a rock star.  So… we had to put major distortion on my vocal and do all that we could so that it wouldn't be a complete let down when that part happened.  In all honestly, Ellen the vocalist is rarely good enough to make Ellen the producer happy, and this was one of those times when I felt my vocal limitations. But I am what I am, and I'll be the best me I can be. [For the record, I'm quite happy with my vocal on Glitter & Bliss.]

Music Theory Talk

OK, if you're not a music person and don't care about theory, feel free to skip this section.  But I want to point out that this track is harmonically darker because it contains the flat 2 scale degree in several places, which means that it's sometimes in Phrygian mode.  For those who don't know what that is, it's basically a minor scale with a flat 2 scale degree, or it's what you'd get if you play from E up to E on all the white keys of a piano, with E being the tonic, or 1, of the key.  Now the flat 2 doesn't happen each and every time, but it does happen in the low bass synth part in the track and in the vocal melody on the verse.  The word "tongue" the second time it's sung is on the flat 2.   Then when it gets to the "oooh" of the chorus, we go to the natural 2.  So the verse is Phrygian and the chorus is Aeolian or natural minor in the vocal melody.  I give Kurt all the credit for this fantastic choice as it completely influenced the tone of my melody and lyric.

In Summary

Overall, I actually love this track.  I love how it's different from our other tracks, and it was a fun lyric to write for me.  I love Nathan's sexy gross vocal, and I am honored to have my modest voice next to his in this duet. [The dude's been co-writing with Steven Tyler lately, just check his instagram account. I'm telling you, he's a rock star.]  I have no idea where this song will end up, it may be a complete flop or a break out money maker.  Regardless, I'm happy with myself as a songwriter on this one, and I'm please with what we produced in the face of the creative challenge we were given.

Source: http://www.worldwidegroovecorp.com/

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Pick Your Favorite Musical Equipment With Coupons On American Musical Supply


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Kelly Clarkson Doesn’t Display Award Wins


The 32-year-old singer doesn't want to look ‘cheesy’ so she keeps her awards hidden in a secret part of her home. Many gongs have been given to Kelly Clarkson over the years, which include multiple AMAs and Billboards and also three Grammys. The singer doesn't want to come off as self-obsessed even though she is definitely proud of her achievements. Therefore, she has chosen to store her accolades somewhere they aren't easily visible to her friends.

The singer said that she had kept them on the fourth floor, the equivalent of an attic. She said that she didn't want people to think of her as super-cheesy, but she knows they are there so she can be proud of what she has done. Not only has she been awarded in her own right, she has also written songs for other artists as well. Her song, Tell me a Lie was recorded by One Direction, even though initially she hadn't been sure to about it. Because she hadn’t heard of the boy band before, she checked them 'out on YouTube first to ensure they ‘didn’t suck’.

Her career is in her stellar period right now and even on the home front, things are definitely looking up for Kelly Clarkson. Last June, a daughter River, was born to her and her husband Brandon Blackstock, who also has two children of his own. Kelly’s life has been enriched since she became a mother and has brought some changes as well. The most important one is that she doesn't get drunk anymore. 

Gallagher Brothers’ Feud Over


Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, former Oasis front men, have finally ended their long standing and renowned conflict. In 2009, Liam quit the group just as they were about to go on stage. In the past few years, the brothers have had some really memorable and public arguments and it didn't seem as if they would reconcile. However, recent events dictate that the siblings may have finally put their differences aside once and for all.

On Saturday, Liam tweeted a picture of himself holding an Access All Areas pass for a gig of his brother’s band, the High Flying Birds, in Milan. Apart from that, he also posted an encouraging and motivational tweet for his brother before his show at Manchester’s Arena. The outspoken Mancunian brothers have warred with each other over the years and have exchanged numerous insults. Last year, things seemed to have reached a head as Noel called Liam crazy in an interview.

Liam wasn' the one to stay quiet and the 42-year-old said that when they were together in Oasis, he hated working along his brother. However, in January of this year, there were rumors of reconciliations as they were spotted in Ireland at a family wedding. The rumors also said that the Gallaghers were even planning on opening a bar together. 

Marcus Mumford has no Shortage of Ideas


According to Marcus Mumford, there was no shortage of content for them that could be included in the upcoming album of his band. Mumford and Sons was founded by the 28-year-old singer in 2007, but in 2013, the group went on hiatus. Three months later, it reunited for working on their third album titled Wilder Mind, which has a release date of May.

A new single called Believe was released by the group yesterday, which includes Ted Dwane, Winston Marshall and Ben Lovett, along with Marcus Mumford. The song was aimed to give their fans a hint about their latest electric vibe. The new lyrics of the band have formed a mixture of their renowned folk sound with something more touching, making them more heartfelt. Marcus provided an explanation about this.

He was asked if certain members of the band had had a painful time in recording the forthcoming tracks. In reply, Marcus said that the songs were about the year-long experience of four individuals so they had plenty of stuff and content they could incorporate into songs. He said that some great lyrics had been written.

In his opinion, the competition is not between the writers; it is between songs. If the lyrics are good, the song will be in, regardless of who wrote it. He asserted that singing lyrics written by someone else could also prove to be a relishing, enjoyable and exciting experience that he wasn’t likely to forget. Doing so gave the band members the opportunity to empathize with each other, drawing them close so they didn't have to ask the meaning of certain lines.

During the break taken by the group, they picked up electrics and left behind their acoustic instruments. Instead of feeling like a departure, the change felt completely natural and right to the band members. 

The Notionaries Are Going To Make You Feel Empowered With Their Music


Internet has become that platform where anyone with any amount of talent can come and try his/her luck. People become viral from their first videos whereas some stay unnoticed even after years of struggle. However, if you are doing something unique and attention grabbing, and you have reached the right people, your efforts will never go to waste. The Notionaries, an alternative rock band from Midwest, is auspiciously covering the very first stages of its musical career. The band has released only 2 songs yet but you can already feel their style, passion and love for music in those tracks.

The Notionaries is a new band but you won’t ever be able to guess that from their tracks. There are 4 members in the band so you can call it a complete band. The four members are named Logan Rine, Nick Patrick, Lamar Fite and Andrew Hise. Lamar is the sound, i.e. the vocals, of the band. All the great and intricate work on the lead guitars is handled by Logan. Andrew Hise shows his great experience and sense of music at the percussion and Andrew Hise is the bass player of the band. The kind of music they like to produce surprisingly blends perfectly.

All these great musicians are from the Midwest, and while the band has just been formed, the band members have been acquainted with each other somehow. Lamar and Andrew have played together for a long time and Nick and Logan too knew each other before forming the band. Two of their tracks are already available for people to listen on SoundCloud. They can be followed on their social networking accounts as well. They keep their fan page quite updated on Facebook so you can always keep in touch with them there.


The music they do is alternative rock, as mentioned above, but they have a very “the Notionaries” style to their music. The vocals are amazingly soothing and Lamar is definitely a melodious guy. Andrew Hise also has a very unique sense on the percussions. You don’t hear him playing the conventional beats on regular drums instead he likes to experiment a lot and you can already hear that from their recently famous song excited eyes. Their other track bandit starts off with bass, soft percussions and purposefully written lyrics from Lamar sung with heart and tranquility you rarely hear these days.

Logan must be admired separately from the rest of the band due to his very unique work on lead guitar. He’s the one who fills every song with that 80s feeling that you get from the most songs of the era. Together they produce music that’s definitely worth a try for anyone who appreciates good music. It’s hard to count them among the new artists of our time mainly for the reason that their lyrics are very empowering, high-spirited and meaningful. Their music is not “feel good” music. It’s rather “make you feel good” music. Try them right now on SoundCloud or on their official website. 

Friday to be Global Release Day for Music Industry


Beginning this summer, Friday will become the new Tuesday for the music industry when it begins to put out new releases on the paydays of most music buyers. Based in Britain, The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) plays the role of United Nations in the music industry and announced that this new plan would become effective from this summer. It is the hope of the organization that the whole industry would benefit from this move because it would reduce piracy as the albums come out internationally before the United States.

In this way, artists would be free to focus on their social-media promotion campaigns and would re-ignite the anticipation, occasion and excitement concerning the release of music. The IFPI has been working on this decision since last summer and finally made it after consulting with labels, artists, unions and retailers. Consumer research was also cited by the organization, which should that Friday and Saturday were the days when consumers were most excited in purchasing music. The initiative has been supported by the Music Business Association, which is the organization representing US music retailers as well as numerous international music stores such as Rdio and Spotify.

Frances Moore, the CEO of the IFPI, said in a statement that music fans today live in the digital world so they don’t give any though to international borders when it comes to music. The fans are looking for music that’s on the internet and not worried about when it would be available in their country. With same-day global release, people will no longer be frustrated at not being able to access music when it is available in other countries. Cary Sherman, the CEO and chairman of RIAA said that geographical boundaries are often pointless in the case of digital marketing strategies. As fans expect instant access to music, this move is definitely going to please them.

However, not everyone is pleased with this shift. Head of independent Beggars Group, which is based in Britain, Martin Mills said that he didn’t think the move was wise as all independent labels would be affected through it. He said that it was astounding to learn that major labels aren’t actually paying any heed to what their fans are saying. He asserted that the consultation was fake and this was always going to happen. He believes that the market leader want to create a market in which mainstream is dominating whereas the niche is marginalized, even if its tomorrow’s mainstream. He was of the opinion that this move would allow a few to dominate and the left would be left hanging dry.  

Streaming Music Companies Battle for International Listeners


Rdio, Deezer and Spotify are just some of the music streaming services that are trying to gouge out each other’s eyes in order to reach as many American customers as possible. These services have also expanded their battlegrounds all over the world. The problem is that they cannot just simply go to Germany or Argentina and open an office. In order to be successful, a streaming service needs to work with publishers, labels and other local rights holders. They also have to form agreements with cell phone and internet providers. Streaming services that wish to win international wars have to have some presence in the countries mentioned below:

India 

It has a population of 1.2 billion due to which it is regarded as a huge prize by Western streaming services such as Rdio, which has recently launched in January. It didn’t just apply the standard format to its service there; instead, it bought a local service called Dhingana so it could also offer Bollywood songs and other regional hitmakers. Spotify’s vice president for content and distribution, Sachin Doshi said that it wasn’t that easy to establish in India because the Bollywood content is extremely diverse.

Brazil 

There are 100 million music fans in Brazil and streaming services are competing to get to them. The major advantage is held by Google Play as local smartphones run on the Android OS. However, others like Deezer and Spotify have also fared well because they have curated the local pages to suit the diverse musical taste of the population.

Sweden 

This country has been far ahead of others in the online music sector as its home to the renegade Pirate Bay and Spotify. 80% of local music consumption is done via streaming and the country has a very large base of smartphone users.

China 

Most Western Services cannot be used in China such as the iTunes. But, Microsoft and Nokia do have an online-radio service there and China’s streaming services are also quite dominant.

Japan 

CDs are a top favorite of music fans in Japan and the shiny plastic disc is responsible for contributing 85% of the music sales in the country. This means that streaming services like Rdio and Spotify have found it difficult to break into it. They are looking for ways to enter the market and gain traction, but haven’t found a way as yet.

Russia 

Competition in Russia over music streaming customers is similar to the US as Deezer and Spotify are battling for local players that have lots of users. Another problem for streaming services is that Russian fans have an obsession with piracy so it is tough to break.

Colombia 

As opposed to Japan, CDs never became popular in Colombia because they were too expensive. Therefore, Deezer and similar services have been able to make way as statistics reveal that 85% people in Latin American use such services for satisfying their musical curiosity.

Along with Germany and Mexico, these countries can give streaming services the edge they need in international markets.

Bob Marley - The One Who Brought Reggae To The World


Bob Marley, his full name Robert Nesta Marley, was a musician that world remembers even today after decades have passed since his death. He was a complete musician, a musician with the sense of singing and songwriting. He played guitar and is still known as the top reggae artist around the world. He had sold millions of records during his very short music career. It must be stated here that Marley lived for only 36 years. He was born a Jamaican in 1945 and only after 36 years he passed away in 1981 due to severe illness.

Listening to his music gives a great sense of spirituality and we can also see clearly what his beliefs were. He had claimed to be a Rastafarian himself and stated this fact many times during his interviews. It was the Rastafari culture that gave rise to the type of music that Marley did in his lifetime. However, he was the only figure who did it in such a way that even the listeners of other styles of music will be compelled to listen to his music after giving only one of his songs a listen.

Bob Marley was a deep thinker. A fact about him still fascinates a lot of people that when he was just a child in his early years he used to read people’s palms. While Marley wanted peace in the world, he was also a supporter of People’s National Party. A very severe attack was made on him and his band that is often associated with his support for the People’s National Party. He got shot along with his wife in this incident but survived and played at a concert too. However, after performing at the concert he left his country and got himself settled in London.

As a band Marley worked with his friends under the name the wailing wailers but the name was changed to the wailers later on. 1973 was the year when the band broke up and pursuit of solo careers is told to be the main reason behind band members leaving each other. However, it was his solo career that gave him the name that made him immortal in reggae music. It was his first solo album exodus that gave him international fame, which he made in 1977. In interesting incident took place during the last years of the band when they were fired from opening Sly and the Family Stone because they were more famous than the act.

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, defined Bob Marley as the true image of rock music. He was so impressed with the overall personality of Bob Marley and his musical talent that he gave his Kingston residence to Marley as a gift and this gift then became the home of the legendary Bob Marley. Bob Marley was a lover of life and peace and that’s his final words to his son were, “money can’t buy life”. At one point he also said, “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.” Here you can read more Bob marley quotes on life and love.

Iggy Azalea Gives up on Twitter


The 24-year old rapper has decided to quit Twitter. Iggy Azalea is known for using social media to share her strong opinions and has also participated in online spats with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Azealia Banks. However, it seems that she has finally waved the white flag and decided to stop trying to win a war from behind her computer. In the notification to her followers, the rapper said that the pettiness and hatred she saw online is changing her into an angry person that she doesn’t want to be.

She added that it would be wrong for her to be nasty to her friends just because of the way she was treated so she would try to keep smiling at all times. Iggy said that social media was both draining and negative so she was taking some time away from it. In the meanwhile, her accounts would be run by her management and they would provide updates to the fan. If she tweets, she will sign the message with her initials. According to her, the internet is the worst reflection of human beings that exist.

Iggy had been on a break in Hawaii away from her crazy schedule to spend some quality time with her boyfriend Nick Young. She was snapped in a red bikini with her boyfriend with both of them looking all jazzed up on love. The dimples on her thighs and butt were visible in some of the photos and people were quick to comment on them. This sparked her decision to say goodbye to the Twittersphere for a while. She said that after a great vacation, she had returned online to see that people have problems with cellulite and she only wanted to have some peace and relaxation without worrying about some pervert with a long distance lens.

Reference: Thanks to the music company HireOurLiveBand for their help in providing useful information 

The Right Time To Sell Vinyl Records Has Arrived


Vinyl records are increasing in popularity with time and it seems the popularity is going to go up a bit more in the coming years. Vinyl records or LPs are the big discs that we see in old movies revolving on the turntables. The disc starts to rotate on the turntable and a pin that rests on the grooves of the record helps make the sound. Later on, technology advanced and the turntables and discs were nowhere to be found. Something unknown happened and all of sudden we are seeing more and more LPs on the market.

The sales of the LPs have gone up by more than 100 percent in the recent years. Either this is just people feeling nostalgic or that they have now realized that the sound of these vinyl records is much better than the modern CDs and DVDs. You might be startled after listening to the fact that LPs had better sound quality than modern DVDs and CDs but that’s a fact. The biggest reason behind LPs being better is that they record analogue sound and produce it without converting it into digital sound format. What this means is that you listen to everything exactly as it was recorded.

One can now sell vinyl records to companies that are looking to buy them at some great rates. The companies are willing to pay big money for these records because they are old, rare and now in demand. The sales are increasing for vinyl records with time and more and more companies are appearing online to buy them. However, what these companies will pay you for your records depends a lot on the quality of LPs you have. They have methods to check the quality of these records and the best method is to listen to the whole record.

Scratches and other things can damage the integrity of a record. This can cause the LP to produce annoying noises when playing. The quality of music is also disturbed and eventually you can’t enjoy the music you are listening to. At the same time, there are some records that are more valuable than others for many reasons. For example, some versions of the albums from big artists came out and became controversial. Their release was banned and then they were rereleased. The limited number of records that was distributed before the ban will now be considered more valuable.

Even one LP can be a great benefit for you because depending on the status and condition your LP is in the company can easily pay you $10 for it. You could even get paid nearly $100 if you have a unique record with you. Make sure you collect all the records you have in one place, listen to them carefully and put the ones online for sale that are enjoyable at listening. There is standard called the “goldmine standard” that is used by most of the online companies to grade the condition of your records before buying them. The better the rating the higher the price of your record.  

Hilary Duff Divorce Advised by Psychic Christopher Golden


Rumors are swirling. Every celebrity news outlet in the world is reporting that Hilary Duff filed for divorce. Now some might think, so what? And they are right. But then again, this is entertainment news, so actually wow that’s amazing. Hilary Duff is getting a divorce?  OMG. That is shocking and sad. Her and husband Mike Comrie seemed so happy. And they've got that adorable little 3 year old boy. And she stopped making records and touring, after being a child star who matured into becoming a mom and a wife. And then she was ready to go back to making music but balancing that with being a mother (and the pounds came right off after her pregnancy) and then Mike got drunk and tried to hit on a waitress (and some patrons) at a Beverly Hills diner. That’s horrible. No wonder every newsfeed is jammed with articles about this.  Okay. Much better.

You see?  Just click your heels together and ISIS falls away for a moment. And we see ourselves in the people we’ve invented. And we want them to win, but we love to watch when they turn out to be human beings after all.

Anyway, here’s what I find interesting about the whole thing.  Nothing.  But in addition to that, there is one more thing. Apparently Hilary Duff likes to go to psychics.  This part has been widely reported.  And the rumor has been, for a couple years now, that Psychic Christopher Golden, the elusive Beverly Hills psychic who won’t even see his celebrity clients in person (they have to call on the phone like everyone else) told Hilary Duff to divorce her husband before the drama – before NHL star Mike Comrie pulled a Tiger Woods at a diner (yes, a diner no less) and made a fool of this Disney jewel.  Not Jewel the “poet” and singer, but you know what I mean.  The Lizzie McGuire story just went from PG13 to rated R.

So we've established that this has international news value, a metaphysical dimension and that many of you reading this are older than you realized because you’re not quite sure who Hilary Duff is. But wait, there is more. The economics of this situation are why I titled the article the way I did.  Follow me, if you will…

So, the rumor is that Psychic Christopher Golden told Hilary Duff to divorce years ago.  Since that time she has gone back to making enough money to buy bubble gum for every teenager in America, for the rest of their lives (even after they have lost their teeth they would still be chewing it).  We also know (because I visited his website) that this Beverly Hills psychic charges a lot of money to talk to you on the phone.  However, not as much money, in fact not even a small fraction, of what Hilary Duff probably took in, from the time the famed fortune teller told her to bail out and the time she finally filed.

What does this mean?  See, this is interesting after all.  It means that had she actually followed the psychic’s advice in the moment and not in the future, he would have saved her a bundle when it came to the dissolution of her marital assets.  That is, unless I’m wrong about all of this. But that doesn't really matter – and if you think it does then go back to watching ISIS on the news until you have developed an anxiety disorder. But I am going to stay right here, where it’s safe, in the dreamy world of celebrity gossip.

The moral of this story is this: If you and your sister tell your parents you want to be famous when you’re still a tween, then one of you totally blows up and becomes a big star and recording artist (I mean, the other one does too sort of), then marries an athletic stud, lives the dream, has every fashion magazine commenting on how you tactfully you combined your “boyfriend shirt” with torn IRO Tessa low rise ankle jeans, in just the right way, while you slipped out to get a cappuccino on fashionable Beverly Drive, the sun causing the small dash of lip gloss you put on to catch the sun in just the right way, while your dyed blonde hair bounces gracefully as you walk to your Mercedes SUV while pretending not to notice the paparazzi… well, the thing is – bad stuff could happen.  And then everyone will see that bad stuff happen to you and talk about it and stop talking about your boyfriend shirt, all because you didn't listen to your phone psychic.  This is what happens.

I think there’s something we can all take away from this.  I just don’t know what it is.  But like so many of the mysteries that life puts in our paths each day, perhaps in the future, with the benefit of retrospect, we will come to understand why any of this matters.  Or, better yet, you can call a psychic and they can look into the future and tell you.

Paul Weller Signs Deal with Parlophone


The iconic UK label Parlophone and Paul Weller have signed a deal for releasing the singer’s 12th album titled ‘Saturns Patterns’. During the carving up of EMI into Universal, Parlophone was purchased by Warner Music. It was in 1985 in Germany when the label was founded as Parlophon and in 1927, it was purchased by Columbia Graphone Company. It wasn’t until 1931 that the company became Electrical and Musical Industries Ltd. or EMI.

For decades, EMI’s comedy and spoken-word label was Parlophone. 24-year old George Martin joined EMI in 1950 and was promoted to label manager in 1955. It was in 1965 that the label changed its direction when Parlophone was used by Martin for signing the Beatles. Today, Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Lily Allen and Damon Albarn all call Parlophone their recording home. Paul Weller is the historic label’s latest signing.

The album Saturn’s Pattern will feature some great musicians along with Paul Weller’s touring band including Steve Pilgrim, Andy Crofts, Steve Cradock and Ben Gordelier. The album has a total of nine or ten tracks, which are mentioned below:

Saturns Pattern
Long Time
In the Car
White Sky
Paul Weller’s White Sky
Phoenix
These City Streets
Going my Way
I’m where I should be
Pick it Up

Sleater-Kinney Is Back in Action


Sunday evening was the terrific night for musical presentation when Sleater-Kinney gave a hip-hop return with their live performance at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA.

The American rock band is back to be live on stage in nine years. A long era starting from 1994 to 2006 was the time when all members of the band stayed in a united form and were applauded by the music lovers together but later in 2006, they announced an imprecise pause.

In a meanwhile, all members had gone on their own ways. The guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein came up with Wild Flag and started working on her promising acting career with films and the series Portlandia while the drummist Janet Weiss stayed awhile with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and released a solo album on a later stage. Another guitarist and vocalist of the band, Corin Tucker also made efforts to release a solo act.

The band was together for their new album recording last year. Their joint venture 'No Cities To Love' was opened to the market on January 20. It was yet interesting to see Sleater-Kinney live on the concert stage for the first time in a pretty long period of nine years. The musical evening saw them performing on eight of the albums ten songs yet audiences felt the need of their skipped songs like  'Hey Darling' and 'Fade'.


The overall performances were amazing; however, they designed a different set for the show ignoring their early career at most.  The band chose four tracks each from Dig Me Out (1997) and The Woods (2005) and did only one song from the follow-up, Call the Doctor. Most of their fans are of the opinion that Sleater-Kinney shouldn't totally have skipped their debut album at the same time as their return to the stage.

Here's Sleater-Kinney set list

Main Set

Price Tag (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Fangless (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Start Together (from The Hot Rock, 1999)

Oh! (from One Beat, 2002)

No Anthems (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Get Up (from The Hot Rock, 1999)

Ironclad (from All Hands on the Bad One, 2000)


One Beat (from One Beat, 2002)

Bury Our Friends (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

What's Mine Is Yours (from The Woods, 2005)

One More Hour (from Dig Me Out, 1997)

No Cities to Love (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Surface Envy (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Words and Guitar (from Dig Me Out, 1997)

Sympathy (from One Beat, 2002)

A New Wave (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Entertain (from The Woods, 2005)

Jumpers (from The Woods, 2005)

Encore

Gimme Love (from No Cities to Love, 2015)

Dig Me Out (from Dig Me Out, 1997)

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (from Call the Doctor, 1996)

Turn It On (from Dig Me Out, 1997)

Modern Girl (from The Woods, 2005)

Miley Cyrus Scares Of Being Alone For Once Again


The life has made Miley learn her lesson in a hard way for the very first time when she was in love with her ex. fiancé. She acts extra cautiously about her relationships. She's just scared of getting her heart broken again, and perhaps this is the reason for she's not up to get serious in her new bonding too fast.

The American singer is in news these days for the new relationship of her life. She has been seen with Patrick Schwarzenegger from the early months of 2014. Though the couple claimed that they had already been in a secret bonding and even were together at what time the news about their togetherness was swirling around the industry.

On the other hand, this new man in Miley's life appears to be wrapping the songwriter around his small finger. We are, at the moment, not in the position to say about how true this fairy-tale is.

Miley and Patrick were seen at Clive Davis' iconic pre-Grammys Gala in Los Angeles together on the weekend. The recent togetherness in public has been claimed as things could be hitting up between the duo. While some sources say that the 22yrs old star is really into Patrick who has wrapped her around his finger. The sources also mentioned that it doesn't go a single way alone as Patrick would do everything at the drop of a dime for Miley and she is fancy of that.

Since Miley and Patrick are rarely seen attending lots of red carpet occasions together, so their togetherness over the weekend was great news. However, they were seemed to be watching amazing performances by a variety of shining stars on the Grammy stage, and so didn't get enough of each other's company.

According to some reports, they went to a nightspot after the party ended but still couldn't get much of one another and smooched for rest of the time whereas some sources also claim that the pair spent a good time with each other and was appearing like any other young people in love who spend much of the sunsets chuckling and sighing to each other.

The news has to say that the actress has kept her fingers crossed and just doesn't like gearing this romance speedily. She thinks it shouldn't get too serious hasty. Miley already have gone through a brokenhearted situation back in 2013, when she revealed her break up with her ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth. The spilt has made her cautious about hastening any matter of her life.

The singer in a previous interview with Barbara Walters had already said that after the spilt she was more focused on herself rather than anything else. She wasn't of the mind to find a new love that time.

Miley said that she was so frightened of ever being alone, and she believed that conquering that fear that year was in fact bigger than any other evolution that she had, this whole year.

'I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself.' Miley Cyrus enlightened.

Sam Smith Drives The 57th Grammy Awards Wild


Raised up with the incredible success of his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour', last year, Sam Smith got various nominations for six songs at Grammy Awards. The British singer also performed on his songs from the wonderfully emotive album that has made the world glimpse his honesty and true love and follow his emotions.

The ceremony took place on 8th day of February, 2015 where the 22yrs old singer drove the wonderful evening of 57th Grammy awards crazy by his superb performance.

The Grammy opened up with the supreme performance by AC/DC, classic rock band. Then Taylor Swift appeared on the stage taking the honor to present nominations for the Best New Artist Award: one of the categories where Sam won the trophy standing against some heavy hitters like Iggy Azalea, Bastille, HAIM and Brandy Clark.

The humble star addressed the crowd after receiving his award from Taylor. 'I've got to try to say something without crying. Thank you, 'Mom and dad, I won a Grammy!' Sam was controlling his emotions.

The hit maker also won the Song of the Year award for 'Stay with Me' (Darkchild Version), the Record of the Year award, and the Best Pop Vocal Album trophy. He won over the tough competition with Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, and Ed Sheeran.

Sam Smith, Beyonce Knowles and Pharrell Williams were declared the celebrities with the most Grammy nominations, honored for six awards each.

Grammy witnessed over 20 outstanding performances like Madonna who put on a wavering matador-themed show on her new song, 'Living for Love'. She recreated scenes from her music video and swept the show with her amazing dancing skills, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett who played a classic jazz duet and were apprised by the audience. The professional two of a kind won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their song 'Cheek to Cheek'.

Some other live performances at this year's Grammy Awards include Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige and other music folklore rocking the world.

The ceremony was held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The venue was gleaming with the shine of music and film stars. LL Cool was the host of the 57th Grammy Awards. The star has been doing the honor to host the show in his unique way for last 4 consecutive years.

Check out 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List:

Record of the Year: Stay with Me, Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Morning Phase, Beck

Song of the Year: Stay with Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: Drunk in Love, Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: Happy, Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for Bang Bang, Break Free, Dark Horse, Problem, Shake It Off, Unconditionally

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal

Best American Roots Performance: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash

Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love Marriage Divorce

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Best R&B Song: Drunk in Love, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyonce feat. Jay Z)

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Jesus Children, Robert Glasper Experiment feat.

Malcolm Jamal Warner & Lalah Hathaway

Best Rap Album: Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Rap Song: I, K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: The Monster, Eminem feat. Rihanna

Best Rap Performance: I, Kendrick Lamar

Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva

Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter, Step Back

Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Best Rock Song: Ain't It Fun, Hayley Williams and Taylor York

Best Metal Performance: Last in Line, Tenacious D

Best Rock Performance: Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass and Mandolin

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Say Something, Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

Best Bluegrass Album: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester

Best Country Song: I'm Not Going to Miss You, Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Gentle on My Mind, The Band Perry

Best Country Solo Performance: Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood

Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

Best Music Video: Happy, Pharrell Williams

Best Song Written for Visual Media: Let It Go, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Musical Theater Album: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist)

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble

Best Jazz Instrumental: Trilogy, Chick Corea Trio

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Fingerprints, Chick Corea

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Syro, Aphex Twin

Best Dance Recording: Rather Be, Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Best Tropical Latin Album: Carlos Vives, Mas + Corazon Profundo

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fernandez, Mano a Mano

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative: Calle 13, Multiviral

Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades, Tangos

Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Farris, Shine For All the People

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King and Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong

Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Messengers, Lecrae feat. For King and Country

Best Gospel Performance/Song: No Greater Love, Smokie Norful & Aaron W. Lindsey, songwriters (Smokie Norful)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Classical Compendium: Partch, Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie Von Otter, Douce France (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores

Best Choral Performance: Craig Hella Johnson, The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare)

Best Opera Recording: Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers

Best Orchestral Performance: John Adams (City Noir)

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Best Surround Sound Album: Beyonce, Beyonce

Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical: All of Me (Tiestos Birthday Treatment Remix, Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)

Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Historical Album: Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Jack White, Susan Archie & Dean Blackwood, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. One (1917-27)

Best Recording Package: Pearl Jam, Lighting Bolt

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) : New York Tendaberry, Billy Childs feat. Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella: Daft Punk, Pentatonix

Best Instrumental Composition: The Book Thief, John Williams

Best Children's Album: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Eve

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta

Best Regional Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy

Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara


Nick Jonas Is Reluctant for Hoping Big on Valentine’s Day


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. The day is known as the most romantic day, and perhaps most waited day for lovers across the planet. But for Nicholas Jerry, famous as "Nick" Jonas, the day appears to be really problematic.

The American singer & multi-instrumentalist is in romantic vows with Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012. The couple has been dating each other for couple of years and this perhaps indicates that he is going to spend the most romantic weekend with his love lady.

Since the weekend is coming on same day as Valentine's, the 22yrs old musician isn't in the mood to look forward to many expectations on lovers’ big day, who enjoy making a big deal of the Valentine’s Day.

The songwriter and actor, Nick in an interview with the British edition of Cosmopolitan magazine showed the lack of enthusiasm to fasten too many hopes on the 14th. In the reply of the question what he has in mind for the day, the star responded as he really didn't have any idea.  He reveled he'd never celebrated it until last year.

Nick believes in honesty and says his honesty is his best quality while snoring is the worst part of his personality. He thinks when you are in love; a reasonable amount of jealousy is always good. If there is nothing like that, then it goes a bit strange.
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"I am not immune to jealousy, which is why the negative emotion became the title of my second solo single.’ he added
Nick with Olivia and their two friends went on holiday to the Dominican Republic and had a fall over Valentine's Day. Nick says that was really amazing. According to the singer, lots of couples carry too much importance on the 14th that sometimes can be problematic for them.

This might show a non-sensitive or non-emotional side of the star but despite all his reluctance to have big on Valentine's, Nick is a romantic person. He believes in being honest and straight but has always been found making up hard-hitting love situations with caring gifts.

Nick says he'd be sensitive, tough and tell his girlfriend if he doesn't like her outfit. 
'It's not my favorite,' he replied when asked how he would tell his girl. His answer was simple and prompt.


The singer says he is romantic too and often expresses his love by gifts. Their first Christmas together was amazing and he bought Olivia 12 gifts.
‘That all had some importance to the time we'd had. She loved it." He added.

Live At Leeds To Welcome Jackals


Live at Leeds is the electrifying name to be honored with Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Its victory was across the likes of The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. Following its customary steps, Live at Leeds returns with heaps of exciting acts across a huge number of spots.

Live at Leads has with authorization kicked off the festival flavor, hosting the biggest names that are world’s most excellent in all new and forthcoming performances. Last year was the most wonderful time to have welcomed the Bastille, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental, and The Vaccines. All that went was simply superb. Live at Leads appears to be one of the best festival spots to capture superstars and BBC Sound Of poll winners Years and Years. You just get a detailed glimpse of everything that is significant in the music at present.

The year of 2015 sees the festival having the first 100 bands to rock the show. The announcement swirling around the bands performing in the fiesta include Carl Barat & The Jackals having the Libertines tales with his new band. Besides, there are London choice rockers Dry The River, the intelligent art-pop of Dutch Uncles, Leeds' roaring sons Eagulls, the BBC 6 Music champs songwriting of Emmy The Great, ex-Supergrass core Gaz Coombes, the extraordinary banter of BBC Sound Of chosen George The Poet, and Leeds psych rockers Hookworms.

Additionally, the list consists of the iconic celebrities like Lawson, singer and producer MNEK, growing punk upstarts Slaves, indie most darling people Spector, the noisy folk of  Stornoway, MOBO Award-winner Stormzy, British-Australian group of four Sunset Sons, Birmingham indie poppers Swim Deep, iconic celebrity of sound and punk in the appearance of his Thurston Moore Band, and Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks will be keeping audiences glued on seats.

The performances will be accompanied by supporting cast of amazing bent. This  includes North London sibling trio Jagaara, passionately tipped Canadian songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr, Welsh punks Joanna Gruesome, and Nottingham couple Childhood that are up to make up the 200 bands across the weekend. Don't miss it out!

Let's have a look at the Full Lineup Below:

CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS | DRY THE RIVER | DUTCH UNCLES | EAGULLS | EMMY THE GREAT | GAZ COOMBES | GEORGE THE POET | HOOKWORMS | LAWSON | MNEK | SLAVES | SPECTOR | STORNOWAY STORMZY | SUNSET SONS | SWIM DEEP | THURSTON MOORE BAND | WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

ADY SULEIMAN | BLOSSOMS | BOXED IN | CHILDHOOD | EKKAH | FLO MORRISSEY | JAGAARA | JOANNA GRUESOME | JP COOPER | LAURA DOGGETT | LONELADY | MENACE BEACH | NIMMO | NOTHING BUT THIEVES | PALACE | PRETTY VICIOUS | REAL LIES | TELEGRAM | TOBIAS JESSO JR

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Shreya Ghoshal Embarks On A New Life Journey


The Indian musical sensation tied knot with her long-time boyfriend Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya on 7th February, 2015 in Mumbai. The couple has been in love for the period that last as long as ten years and they finally decided to live their life together in love. The wedding was planned to hold in a private ceremony and not many people were invited to be the part of the happiness.

The singer revealed about the happy news about her personal life on Twitter on the next day of her wedding. Shreya wrote that she got married to the love of her life last night and was very happy. The songster seemed very glad and nervous on the beginning of her new life.

Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya is a tech capitalist. Both of the couple belongs to different family backgrounds. They became friends when Shreya Ghosal moved to Mumbai several years ago.  According to her friends they took four years when they realized that they love each other and want to be in the relationship.

The couple decided to get married only at the start of the New Year. The marriage was kept under wraps because both Shreya and Shiladitya are very private people so just ten days before the wedding the singer phoned her friends asking them to chunk the day for the wedding.  Prior to that the singer never openly introduced Shiladitya as her fiancé and always said that he is her close friend.

Almost a week before of her wedding, she tweeted her fans writing that she is going to step into  a new part of her life and feeling really nervous.  She said she just didn’t feel herself able to get the idea if she was super nervous or super excited. Shreya wrote that she had never felt like the way she was feeling at the moment and whatever she was up to she would certainly let her fans know soon. Shreya also asked her fans to pray for her new life and said that she needed best wishes. This comparatively unusual tweet gave her fans some idea that she might be talking about her wedding but since nothing was confirmed so they waited for the right time to come.

The wedding ceremony was surrounded by the families and close friends. Lots of even her close friends didn’t know about the relationship that the singer was in with the groom for last ten years.

The wedding was as special as the singer herself is. Some of her close sources said that it was a complete Bengali wedding and the singer fasted till the ritual at 10.30 pm. She was wearing a red sari while the groom wore dhoti-panjabi. The wedding had all the Bengali customs like gaye holud, subho drishti and mala bodol. The music composers Shantanu Moitra, Jeet Gannguli and Joy Sarkar were the only three persons as the guests from the music world who attended the ceremony aside from family members and some of their close friends.


Dionne Warwick Returns Home After Two Weeks Hospital Stay As Patient


The legendary singer is back home in South Orange, NJ after two weeks of hospital stay as a patient. Dionne Warwick got ankle injury along with some other minor injuries while she slipped and fell in the bathtub in her home on 24th January 2015.TMZ released the news enlightening the possible extent of the injuries she has had, however, nothing was officially confirmed about her health. Warwick was taken to the hospital where she went through an ankle surgery and spent almost fifteen days on bad.  The 74yrs old singer was released on Thursday, the 5th day of February.

The American singer stands among the iconic musical celebrities in the world. She is also known as an actress and TV show host. She also served as the United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health. Her injury was a big news for the music industry and her countless fans around the world who kept praying for her until she was released from the hospital.

Warwick is a close relative of late American singer & actress Whitney Houston who died in 2012 and famous celebrity Bobbi Kristina Brown. She has also been distressed over the state with Bobbi who was found face down in a bathtub on January 31, 2015. The incident took place exactly one week after Warwick fell. Bobbi is reportedly in extremely bad condition with news varying from minor brain movement to carefully recovering. Some news is also in the air saying that Bobbi is just near death and her family is preparing her funeral. It seems the bathtub injuries are in the history of the star’s family as her aunt Whitney also slipped in her bathtub and died two years back.

On the other hand, Warwick is truly concerned for her cousin and is praying to God always for Bobbi’s recovering. People with keeping the family’s history in mind are worried too and fear for the singer’s health if she doesn’t survive. According to some source, Warwick can’t face Bobbi Kristina and look at her while she is in very bad condition.  For the singer it’s like going back to the same feelings as she felt while Bobbi’s mother died; and Warwick as one of the close relative made the died body looking best before she was buried with coffin. According to the source, Warwick is afraid to be in the same situation for Bobbi Kristina.

Happyness To Come Up With New Single


The most happening newcomer of the year 2014, Happyness are set to come up with their new single 'A Whole New Shape' that will be available as soon as 30th March 2015.

Arrived in the music world with ‘Weird Little Birthday’, the new rocking band has the artistry of harmony to familiarize itself. Undoubtedly, the music these boys are creating is going to be the brilliance of sunset scenery and something really different.

Consisting of the singer-guitarist Benji Compston, bassist Jonny Allan, and drummer Ash Cooper, Happyness captures the surroundings around with their own natural grace. You might, on the other hand, see some of the entirely different songs by the band as ‘Baby, Jesus’ (Jelly Boy)” including the lyrics ‘I’m the motherfucking birthday boy & don’t steal my thunder, baby Jesus’, that are enough to distinguish the group as an exclusive bad boys band.

The band had a whirlwind period last year that eventually witnessed the South London trio making NME's Best Newcomers list and The Sunday Times Best Albums of The Year. After all the wonderful achievements in the early stage of their professional career, Happyness signed to Moshi Moshi Records for the UK. Their first single will arrive as part of the album re-pack, releasing the same day.

After one of the top openings with Birthdays on the 4th day of February, 2015 that will be a significant performance at the stage of the NME Awards Shows, Happyness also expects to be winning the honorable trophy for best lyric of 2014.

The boys will be rocking the live performance with Slow Club and Jaws throughout the coming days of February into March. The band then will be embarking on their next journey to the US for SxSW in the months of March and April.

Here’s the schedule of Happyness' February Tour with Sloq1w Club.

5th February, 2015 at The Bullingdon, Oxford (18+) 

6th February, 2015 at Arts Centre, Norwich 7 Arts Centre, Colchester 

11th February, 2015, at  Sugarmill, Stoke (14+)

13th February, 2015 at Arts Centre, Pocklington 

14th February, 2015 at Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh 14+ / U16 w adult 

15th February, 2015 at Trades, Hebden Bridge 

16th February, 2015 at Arts Club, Liverpool (14+ / U16 w adult)

23rd February, 2015 at Wardrobe, Leeds 

24th February, 2015 at Cookie Jar, Leicester 

26th February, 2015 at Guildhall, Gloucester 14+ 

27th February, 2015 at Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham (18+)

28th February, 2015  at Queens Social Club, Sheffield 

March dates with JAWS

3rd March, 2015 at Norwich Epic Studios

4th March, 2015 at London Heaven

6th March, 2015 at Manchester Academy

7th March, 2015 at Birmingham Institute



Britney's New Man Talks About Their Relationship


Britney Spears is the darling star to many fans. The amazing hot singer has gathered lots of achievements since she debuted her singing with ‘Baby One More Time' in 1999. Her professional success story is no longer unforeseen for anyone listening to the American singer for several years but she still carries lots of hidden surprises in her personal life.

The rumor has it all saying that the mother of two children, is again in love with someone. Charlie Ebersol is the name of the new man in Britney's life who has recently unveiled his association with the star saying that he's really lucky to have such an amazing woman like Britney. The son of NBC Sports Executive Dick Ebersol and actress Susan Saint James couldn't stop himself from gushing over the wonderful feeling while he was in an interview with Access Hollywood, and the focus inevitably moved to the star.

Though the new couple has all their plans to keep their privacy about their togetherness and other personal matters in secret but the producer is visibly headed over heels in love with the singer. He said that he is very fortunate because Britney is an amazing woman. Nobody can look past all of the incredible accomplishments that she has.

The 32yrs old boyfriend was appearing as if he's desperate to reveal his love for Britney from the rooftop but according to the couple there is something really special for them to keep some things under wraps especially when they are in the early stage of their relation.

The couple deliberately tries to keep themselves away from the public eye and enjoys nothing more than a quiet nighttime in. Charlie explained how he loves to be with the singer saying that they spend a great time because they don't go out. And the thing he enjoys more than anything is the quiet time. It's not just unintended, it's by plan.

It seems as Britney keeps changing her mind for the personal relationships that she's been living with in her life. After splitting up with her two former husbands Kevin Federline, and Jason Allen Alexender, she started dating David Lucado who spent many years in the singer's arms. However, their love story couldn't eventually sustain as Britney started realizing that she was been cheated by the long-time boyfriend. And she soon announced the spilt with David.

Then it comes to Charlie who appeared to be coming closer to the star in October 2014. The new bonding was making the two flying high in romantic mode. It was so surprising for everyone because all this began just two months after Britney's splitting up with her ex. boyfriend.

The new bonding couple is in romance and doing different things to make each other happy. While talking to the magazine, Charlie also said that they both celebrated their birthdays in December. He told that he bought his love lady a large cake for her birthday which she then followed up with a bigger one for his birthday. He said that they found their competitive sides quickly revealed by these celebrations.

'What do you think? Is it like starting to ramp up a little bit'. Charlie laughed.