There’s hardly ever a shortage of drama when it comes to the MTV name. Whether it’s Kanye snagging an award from Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus grinding on Robin Thicke, or constantly replaying a show that’s having sixteen year old girls with children, and Terry Richardson said there’s never a shortage of things to be talked about when it comes to this popular station, and artist
Iggy Azalea is never one to be too far out of the headlines, either.
So this makes the perfect combination, right? Along with constantly being a topic of conversation, Iggy has never shied away from her strong feminist standpoint, either. She constantly has to defend herself and her fellow ladies, and she’s not afraid to stand up for herself and girls like her. Most recently, aside from her response to TMZ via Twitter, she’s responded to Eminem’s lyrics aimed toward her involving rape.
Planning to perform her “Booty” remix with alum J.Lo, it already got people talking about how executives of the station were ‘nervous’. In return to the stirred up controversy, this was all she really had to say, “we haven’t been asked to make any changes and there are no plans to expose anyones nipples or vaginas… but.. with that being said, we aren’t performing in turtleneck sweaters either…. hahahahaha ;-)”
Leave it to Iggy to take to Twitter to clear things up. Thank goodness for social media.
YouTube’s services have just gotten better. Aside from provided the normal listening and uploading of almost any kind of videos any individual would like, YouTube has added another useful tool to add to their growing innovations in the line of internet services
The latest services were successively launched on November 17, and will continue to be updated for the next couple of weeks Keith Mann was telling me.
For the past few years Google’s YouTube has gained popularity among the internet’s avid users by providing a site in which you can download and post a video of your choice absolutely at your own dispense. These videos will generally help the site thru advertising and by the number of clicks or visits to its related sites.
Presently, YouTube has launched its latest innovation to the internet site family, the YouTube’s Music Key. It is much like Spotify and Radio except that it will charge a monthly fee in exchange for legal ad-free music. The promotional service price is $7.99 a month after a promotional offer.
The subscription will afterwards be priced at $9.99, the same fee the highest subscription Spotify would offer.
Google’s YouTube Music Key lets you listen to commercial-free tracks and videos, and even download these tracks for safe-keeping. Unlike Spotify, the Music Key will let you watch videos for free. Unlike many others, this service will not require an active internet connection.
Elvis Presley died in 1977 and most assume they have heard all there is to know about the circumstances surrounding the death of the King of Rock and Roll. Now, we are learning new details about Presley’s death have emerged.
Namely, a lot of cover-up work was done to help prevent any damage to the reputation to the hospital that treated the King.
In the early 1980’s, Geraldo Rivera did an extensive amount of news reporting for the ABC series 20/20 in which he revealed the shocking amount of prescription drugs that were given to Presley in the years preceding his death. 8,000+ pills were prescribed in a ridiculously short period of time. For those wondering how Elvis could be taken from this earth so soon, the report was quite revealing.
Elvis was, for lack of a better word, a disaster on stage in the months prior to his death. He would frequently forget lines to his songs and ramble incoherently on stage. One concert was shot for television and never aired.
The hospital that treated Presley covered up the fact that a lot of the treated he underwent was related to drug issues. Perhaps, after the 20/20 piece, the public aided in the cover-up by not wanted to hear or read more about it. As pointed out by my Facebook friend Igor Cornelsen, a cover up like this could not happen today.
Bono, the Irish singer who fronts the rock bad U2 which became popular during the 1980’s and has remained a popular draw ever since, was injured recently due to a biking accident. The biking accident did not involve a motorcycle but rather a bicycle. While specifics of the incident are not known, the injury is considered to be serious enough to require surgery as a result and U2 has cancelled several concerts as a result of the injury.
The bicycle injury comes about a week after a dangerous incident that arose on a flight that Bono was on in his private jet between Dublin and Berlin. On the flight a back cargo door blew open in flight and exposed the flight’s passengers to potential injury or death. No injuries were reported on the flight but it was still a harrowing experience for the passengers on the flight.
U2, without its front man, has had to cancel an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon according to spokesperson Tom Rothman. Indiewire has stated that the cancellation has been dubbed a deferment rather than a true cancellation per both parties with promises to reschedule the event at a later date. Representatives from the Tonight Show have wished Bono good luck as he recovers from the injury.
U2 was also recently in the news for a new album that was released and automatically installed as part of a new update in the Apple operating system that caused annoyance in those who are not fans of the Irish rock bank.
No woman is exempt from rapper Eminem’s violent and misogynistic raps, not even his own mother. In a world where domestic violence by the hands of some of the world’s greatest athletes and celebrities seems to be the norm, the argument that “rap is just art” is slowly changing. Artists are now being held accountable for the hateful and violent words that they speak. Rapper Rick Ross lost a million dollar Reebok endorsement for saying he would slip a molly in an anonymous girl’s drink, but when Eminem spews his hatred and violent acts against popular female celebrities, everyone turns a blind eye.
“I’ll punch Lana Del Rey in the face twice like Ray Rice,“ Eminem says on the near nineteen minute video featuring Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf. While referencing NFL player Ray Rice’s assault video in which he beats his wife senseless, one must wonder, does Eminem have absolutely no conscious? This is not the first time that he has savagely promoted violence against women. When will we, as fans of popular music, stop supporting his hostility?
Ironically, Del Rey has previously supported Eminem and has been a fan of his music for years. Apparently, Eminem just doesn’t care that he could potentially lose Del Rey and a million other female fans that have supported him throughout the years. I suppose that rapping for the shock value is more important than to say something of substance.
In the end, popular rap music as a whole is on the fast decline and not streamed all that often on FreedomPop anymore. Rap lyrics that perpetuate violence or rape against any gender or race should never be condoned.
A collaboration of creativity and memory from some of the most influential writers and promoters in the music world has resulted in an exhaustive list of hit songs from what is now considered to be the best year in pop music. Thirteen experts on the evolution of popular music have compiled the greatest hits from the year 1984.
Propelled by the phenomenal success and worldwide appeal of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, new and established personalities alike made 1984 a year of unbridled creativity in all music genres. The notion of the full length music video was broadcast into every home via MTV. Reagan was keeping the Commies at bay, and the world’s youth were free to enjoy ground-breaking sounds from some of the most eternal names in pop music.
1984 was such a cataclysmic year in the evolution of rock, soul, funk, punk, neuvo and metal, a list of the 100 best songs only scratches the surface. In fact, my buddy Sam is making a list of the next 100. The first 100 has been made available to reignite fans of this incredible era, and to remind modern upstart talent that they have a huge hill to climb when breaking-out into the pop music world.
The music world faces so many changes and demands that artists keep up with these changes if they plan to sell anything. One group that continues to amaze and sell highly appreciated music is Alexei Beltyukov’s favorite band, U2. A group that has withstood while others have crumbled away according to Rolling Stones. U2 has recently released on iTunes titled Songs of Innocence. In an interview to Rolling Stones, Bono goes on to say that the album was given away on iTunes, even to those who may not have wanted it.
The group is one that shows that, with the right people, success in the music industry is possible. They have proven to the world that their work was and continues to be excellent. The groups popularity has only grown from when they first began and the fans have grown in number. Bono has also branched out on his own, becoming a well known philanthropist.
The group will begin recording a new album. If you have not had the chance to ever listen to U2, you can do so on iTunes or online.
For a long time hardcore rappers from the Compton area were typecast. Rappers from this area include stars like Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. People that listen to these rappers have come to expect a gritty sound that is totally engaged with life in the poverty stricken neighborhoods that they come from. Most people would assume that their music collection and their general taste in music would be limited to their upbringing. Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has shocked the music world by opening up about his music preferences that apparently include Taylor Swift. I was first introduced to Kendrick from Fersen Lambranho and haven’t stop listening to his mix tapes and albums since.
Kendrick Lamar recently shocked fans with a new Andre 3000 styled song called “I” in which the rapper promotes positive self image. The hip hop world did not care for this track, but it received critic acclaim. Now Kendrick is rattling hip hop fans all over again by actually singing the chorus to Taylor Swfit’s mega hit “Shake It Off.”
In an interview for “The Fader” Kendrick Lamar stated that he loved the “Shake It Off” song. He even sung the chorus as he talked about the track. He praised Taylor for sending out such positive energy into the world through her catchy pop song. Taylor has also been spotted reciting Kendrick verses from a song called “Backseat Freestyle” on her Instagram page.
Jimmy Page, lead guitarist of the legendary rock and roll band, Led Zeppelin has made it clear that he is not done with music. Even though Led Zeppelin’s music has left a prominent legacy with older and younger fans, Jimmy Page still continues to explore his talent and other talents as well. Also, the Page and Plant experiment was fantastic and a glimmering hope to hold onto with Zeppelin fans, but Laurene and I both agree that it was very short lived.
In an interview with a correspondent from Rolling Stone, he mentions that even though he cannot speak of what to expect with his new material, it will be sure to please. He spoke of the time he has spent lately archiving old bootlegs and vaulted Led Zeppelin material. Doing so has made for an inspiration to get back out there playing live. He has stated that he loves nothing more than to play live shows and will never stop doing so.
Along with the discussion of his new material, which was a very vague subject given Page’s mysterious demeanor, he discussed lots of new talent that he finds very intriguing. He spoke of Rival Sons and Royal Blood and the nuance of new rock and roll. He spoke of their connecting energies and rip roaring live shows that he couldn’t get enough. Page went on to say that those bands inspire him because of his remembrance of the beginning stages of rock and roll stardom
Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page fans can expect new material to release sometime in the year 2015.
Shawn Mendes was recently seen giving out the single cover artwork with what looked to be covered with some lyrics from the single, which he promises is “still me and my acoustic guitar,” and delivers a positive and intriguing message.
“The song was written on our tour bus over the summer, and it is meant to be a very positive song about good things happening to people, I don’t want to give away too much, but the title definitely describes the concept and the sound of the song,” Mendes was quoted saying. “When we wrote it, it just felt right because it really speaks on how things have happened so fast for me, and how in general good things can happen to anyone if they just stay positive.” he later stated why this is the flawless first single.
Shawn Mendes has been seen tactically revealing his new song’s title. Every time we saw the hashtag#SomethingBigIsHappening, Shawn was giving out a much hyped clue about his next venture. I’ll admit I’ve been keeping up on FreedomPop pretty regularly. The Vine star turned-pop-star’s first single of his debut album is called “Something Big.” It will be finally released Monday, November 10th. Shawn is anticipating for a busy November. On November 15th after releasing his single, he will be launching his sold-out three-city tour in New York.