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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright marks his sixth studio album with 'All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’, released April 5th on Polydor Records.

Written by Rufus Wainwright, produced by Rufus (with Pierre Marchand on three songs) and mixed by Marchand, who produced 'Poses,' this 12-track record is steeped in beauty. It is a hugely personal album for Rufus and deeply emotional, channelled through Rufus’ fingers, his voice and a piano.

The album title 'All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’ is both a reference to Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 43’ and Rufus’ own concept of 'Lulu’, which he describes as a "dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us." 'Lulu’ is Louise Brooks who starred in the film, 'Pandora's Box.'

Set to be one of the highlights for 2010’s musical calendar, Rufus Wainwright will recreate the intensity of 'All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’ on an 11-date solo UK tour in April. Rufus will be armed and dangerous with a piano and microphone and a visually stunning new stage production.

"It's an opportunity to have this slight moment of intimacy with me, which I know everybody wants,' laughs Rufus.

Following 'Prima Donna’s’ hugely successful premiere at Manchester International Festival in 2009, Rufus Wainwright’s acclaimed opera will make its London premiere in April at Sadler’s Wells from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th - (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat).

 The greatest guitarist in rock and one the most revered musicians on the planet returns with his first album in 7 years, Emotion & Commotion.

Jeff Beck has signed to Rhino records for the release. The album is produced by Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn, features original instrumentals and compositions, rock and soul collaborations with Joss Stone and Imelda May and tracks with a 64 piece orchestra.

Before launching a world tour to support Emotion & Commotion, Beck will unite with Eric Clapton in February for a series of exclusive shows in London, New York City, Toronto and Montreal. The guitarists ' both former members of the Yardbirds ' will play separately before taking the stage to perform together.

After the shows with Clapton, Beck and his band will play South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan before returning to the UK in October for the U.S. leg of the tour, starting mid April, and including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 1.

Manchester Orchestra Prepare For Bonnaroo, Hair-Raising New Album.


'I really want hair to be standing up on your arms for the whole record,' frontman Andy Hull says of next effort.

Manchester Orchestra main man Andy Hull is a pretty hirsute dude. So when he starts talking about recording a new album and he mentions that his main goal is to make the listener's hair stand straight up, well, then you know he means business.

"We're gonna record a new record in June. It's going to be different, really beautiful and very wide — not wide stylistically, more like it's gonna be broad and big," Hull told MTV News. "I really want hair to be standing up on your arms for the whole record — that's kind of my goal."

And while the Orchestra are still riding high on the success of last year's Mean Everything to Nothing — which bowed at #37 on the Billboard albums chart, earned them tons of critical acclaim and even generated a modest radio hit ("I've Got Friends") — they're already working on the follow-up. That's just the way they tend to operate.

"We've never been afraid of hard work," Hull smiled.

But a new album isn't the only thing they've got lined up for June. They've just been confirmed to appear at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, taking place that same month in Manchester, Tennessee. Joining them are some of the biggest names in the game (Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band, Weezer), but they're not nervous. After all, they've learned from some of the best — and weirdest — bands out there.

"You tour with, like, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kings of Leon for three months, you just have to turn up and become a rock band. And we were very influenced by that and a bunch of bands that we were able to tour with," Hull said. "We were able to tour with weirder bands, like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! and play with Okkervil River, where Clap Your Hands are, like, this kind of weird music and the Okkervil is beautiful folk music, so we got to tour with a bunch of awesome bands and kind of get to know all these people, and we're definitely influenced by it."

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne Sentencing Delayed Due To Dental Surgery

10 Feb, 2010

Rapper will undergo surgery before serving his prison term; sentencing pushed back to March 2.
 
NEW YORK — Lil Wayne's sentencing has been delayed until March 2 due to dental surgery, his attorney announced in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday (February 9).

The rapper was scheduled to be formally sentenced by a judge and begin serving his one-year term stemming from a 2007 arrest that resulted in a guilty plea in October for attempted weapons possession. 

The Cash Money MC arrived shortly after 2 p.m. with his label heads Birdman and Slim. He quietly entered the courtroom as photographers snapped pictures from the hallway. Wayne wore a navy coat and black-framed glasses, and he sat still while his lawyer Stacey Richman spoke.

She informed the judge that she sent a notification to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office that the rapper is suffering from a cracked tooth and would need to postpone his sentence. The judge agreed and ruled to reschedule for March 2.

The postponement wasn't guaranteed. The rapper has typically arrived to his previous court appearances with a small crew that included a bodyguard and his road manager, in addition to Baby and Slim. On Tuesday, however, he was accompanied by that group as well as Lil Twist, Mack Maine and several others from the Cash Money/ Young Money camps. The proceedings were swift and austere as the prosecution agreed that the rapper would receive better care with his own dentist versus treatment at the Rikers Island facilities.

The rapper is set to undergo surgery February 12 in Miami, according to Richman. He will need a week to 10 days to recover. His defense offered prosecutors February 25 as a date for Wayne to turn himself him in after surgery, but Judge Charles H. Solomon instead selected March 2.

The judge then warned Wayne that he must return to Miami on Tuesday. Solomon insisted if he leaves tomorrow, there would be a chance his surgery would be delayed due to hazardous weather conditions leaving New York, where a snowstorm is expected.

"I don't want this to get pushed back anymore," Solomon said. "This is the last adjournment."

While not entirely unexpected, the delay has surprised many, considering that Wayne has been hard at work in recent weeks recording music and videos to be released during his time in jail, and even said goodbye to fans in a live streaming video early Tuesday morning.

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Details will be announced this week, says Download promoter. 

Andy Copping of the Download festival, has revealed that news of Rage Against The Machine’s free gig will be announced his week. Andy Copping’s involvement with the free gig has intensified speculation that the band are also headed for the Download festival.

'There should be news regarding the free Rage Against The Machine gig late next week', Tweeted the promoter.

That Copping will reveal the gig’s details has added credence to the rumour that Rage Against The Machine will headline one of the days at Download.

With AC/DC either playing the Friday or Saturday night at Download and the traditional 'classic’ headliner expected on Sunday, Rage Against The Machine’s free gig – provided they were to headline Download’s Friday or Saturday – would leave Saturday (June 12) or Sunday (June 13) open for the free show.
 

President's announcement

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Eric Serra is proclaiming the main EuroVoice principals and wishing all the best to musicians all over the Europe.
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Harmony Man

DigiTech HARMONY MAN, 3 part Guitar Harmonies, remembers Chord Progressions
DigiTech again innovates with the HarmonyMan guitar effect processor which automatically generates live three-part guitar harmony over lead/solo playing by analyzing and remembering guitar chord progressions from before the solo. DigiTech, a leading manufacturer of guitar signal processors, and a Harman International company (NYSE-HAR), introduces the HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter guitar effect pedal. The HarmonyMan is the world’s first guitar pedal that can produce multi-part guitar harmonies on guitar solos by analyzing the chords users were playing before the solo. Players can simply perform favorite songs as they know them, and then hit the harmony footswitch at the start of a solo to render amazing multi-part guitar harmonies.

The HarmonyMan employs the same patented musIQ technology as the DigiTech Vocalist family of products. This powerful technology accurately creates multi-part harmony by analyzing guitar chords. There is no tedious programming or knowledge of complicated music theory needed.

The HarmonyMan offers a number of enhanced, convenient and intuitive features. In addition to three-part guitar harmonies generated with no complex programming, the HarmonyMan’s feature set includes:

Intelligent Pitch Shifting, based on a groundbreaking new signal processing technology, giving players ultra clean, low-latency harmonies based on one of four user-friendly shifting modes.

Unique Key Display, showing the key that the HarmonyMan is currently using for harmonization. When musIQ is enabled, the display will update dynamically in response to the playing. A musically intelligent “Circle of Fifths” layout puts musically related keys (sharing the most notes) beside each other.

Independently Selectable Voicings for each harmony, with a wide variety of options, including two intelligent shifting modes, unison/detune, octave up/down, straight chromatic shifts from -12 to +12 semitones, as well as 2 octaves down.

Strum Key, allowing players to easily set the key of a song by simply strumming chords (perfect for songs that start with a solo).

musIQ Sidechain Input/Thru, which lets a second guitar be the chord recognition source while the Clean Input Guitar signal is shifted to produce harmonies – perfect for bands with both a lead and rhythm guitar player.
 

Jan. 26th, 2010


Diddy's Son Donates Sweet 16 Birthday Check To Haiti Relief

The Bad Boy mogul's son, Justin Combs, passes his father's $10,000 present on to Wyclef's Yele Haiti organization.

By Jayson Rodriguez

 

Diddy claims to have invented the remix, but his son proved adept at putting his own twist on things over the weekend at M2 Ultra Lounge in New York, where he celebrated his sweet 16.

On Saturday, Justin Combs held court at a themed party titled "I Am Prince," a nod to his father's "I Am King" fragrance campaign.

 

 

 

The younger Combs was even decked out in a white tuxedo — just like his father in the ad for the scent — and entered the party with Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj on his arm.

Minaj later performed a medley of tracks, as did Trey Songz. Diddy and Lil Kim led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Justin.

"Seeing Justin grow up is a big deal for me," Diddy told the crowd. "This is him entering manhood. I know a lot of y'all out there can relate to it. I wanna take this time out to say, Justin, I love you, from the bottom of my heart."

The Last Train To Paris superstar then presented his son with a few gifts, including a Maybach luxury vehicle — he had also opened a new bank account for Justin flush with $10,000.

The teen, however, chose to donate the money to Wyclef's Yele Haiti organization to aid the survivors of the country's devastating earthquake.

The party was recorded for an upcoming episode of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16." Diddy's former girlfriend's son with Al B. Sure, Quincy, was also featured on an episode of the show.

Teyana Taylor, castmembers from "Jersey Shore" and Jim Jones were among those in attendance.

Diddy recently held his own lavish 40th birthday party at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.

 


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Some of the biggest names in music, including Damon Albarn, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Glastonbury Festival, have come together to put on a special auction to raise funds for Oxfam's emergency response in Haiti.

Amongst the exclusive items in the auction is an offer from Damon Albarn to record a specially written piece of music, the iconic blonde Fender Stratocaster played by Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner in their first video and Coldplay singer Chris Martin's 'Viva La Vida' tour jacket, signed by the band. The auction is a rapid response from the biggest bands in the UK and beyond to the massive crisis in Haiti and Oxfam's ongoing emergency response there.

The auction is live now AND RUNS FOR TEN DAYS, closing at 0900 on Tuesday 2 February. All proceeds from the auction will go to Oxfam's humanitarian response in Haiti. More items will be added to the auction over the coming week, including items from the fashion and art world.

The full auction listing, organised by Glastonbury's Emily Eavis and Oxfam, can be seen at www.oxfam.org.uk/haitiauction.

Highlights include:

A recording of a bespoke piece of music written by Damon Albarn.
The Fender Stratocaster played by Alex Turner in the Arctic Monkeys' 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' video.
Chris Martin's 'Viva La Vida' tour jacket, signed by all four members of Coldplay.
A rare Roland drum machine donated by the Chemical Brothers.
The Magic Numbers will come and play an acoustic set in the house/garden of the highest bidder, including never before heard songs from their new album
VIP tickets to Glastonbury, giving the winners access to the backstage areas and watching a band from the side of the Pyramid stage.
A linocut of 'Fleet Street Apocalypse' by Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood.
An exclusive playback of the brand new Gang of Four album for four people over a bottle or two of wine with Andy Gill in their studio in London, before anyone else hears it.
Pet Shop Boys' 'Yes' bespoke boxed vinyl set. Only 300 were made by the Vinyl Factory. Designed with Farrow in close collaboration with the pop art duo. Voted No.1 21st Century Collectible Product in Record Collector Annual Roundup.
Framed, hand written lyrics for 'Magick' by Klaxons on the original board that was used to produce the single's artwork.
An acoustic guitar signed by all four original members of The Kooks.
A guitar from Oxford art-rock outfit Foals.
One of Annie Lennox's favourite paintings, an original canvas from South Africa.
A Technics SL-1200 Mk. 2 turntable donated by DJ Shadow.
Signed Mika artwork (framed).
Signed Pearl Jam single artwork.
Two complete signed vinyl album collections from Basement Jaxx.
A luxurious hot shower at the Eavis' farmhouse during the Glastonbury weekend, for one festival-goer to wash away the festival excesses in style.

Says Emily Eavis¸ who travelled to Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 to meet coffee farmers supported by the charity: 'Just like the millions of people who have already given so generously to the DEC appeal for Haiti, we felt it was important to do whatever we could to help as quickly as possible. We hope people will dig deep for some of these amazing auction prizes and help Oxfam to save lives in Haiti at the same time.

'I visited Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 and it's the poorest place I've ever been by a long way - it seems doubly unfair that it should be hit by such a devastating earthquake, especially after the hurricanes of the last two years. They do not have the resources needed to cope with a disaster of this scale - that is what makes this so much worse.

'I know how hard people there work to try to survive: they have an incredible spirit and face hardship head-on without self pity. I can't imagine how they are coping now.'

Chris Martin, who was in Haiti with Emily at the same time, says:

'I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It's a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.

'The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance.

"You can make a donation at www.oxfam.org.uk.'

Oxfam is one of the 13 member agencies currently taking part in the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti appeal, which has raised more than £38 million so far.

To make a donation to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk or call 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque made payable to 'DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal' to 'PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA'.

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Scorpions to split after 40 years

German band The Scorpions have announced they are breaking up after 40 years together.

A posting at the bands website tells fans that they have decided to call it quits on a high note.

The statement reads:

'It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you - whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs'.

'While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was - and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: We want to end the Scorpion's extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we've always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years'.

'We want you, our fans, to be the first to know about this. Thank you for your never-ending support throughout the years!'

'We uploaded the very first snippets from our new album for you.'

'And now, let's get the party started and get ready for a 'Sting in the Tail'!'

'See you on the world tour,'

Yours Scorpions'

Rudolf Schenker formed The Scorpions in Hanover Germany in 1965 but it didn't really gel until 1969 when his younger brother Michael and singer Klaus Meine joined the band.

Meine and Rudolf Schenker are the only original members although Matthias Jabs has been with The Scorpions since 1978.

They went of to sell more than 75 million albums over the years.

The big hits were 1980's 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' and the 1991 ballad 'Wind of Change'.

The good news is that while the band is breaking up, it is going to take at least two years to do so. The farewell tour is planned to go into 2012.

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