|Tarja Week: Intro and Die Alive|
First she tells about the album theme: After I chose the first songs for the album among the many I received, I found a strange connection in their lyrics. A certain story popped up from the songs. Some key words appeared in more than one song and some of the songs exposed a sort of different characters in their lyrics. With few changes, nearly every song seemed to fit this story very nicely. At the same time, the story is very vague and the songs are still not connected with each other in any way. You can listen any of the songs out of the album and it will make sense on its own. But at the beginning it was easier to focus in the red line going through the album and was very inspiring for the kind of sound that I was looking for in every song. Also it helped me to create new songs for the album since I had a nice story in my head already from the beginning.
"Die Alive": This is a song about living every moment of your life fully. Is a fight song without any swords or blood. A fight to do what you want to do in your life, in a way that if you die tomorrow, you die alive. Not like many people that are already dead while they are still living. Jim Dooley added the feeling of a movie trailer in the middle part of the song.
The CD hits US stores on Feb 26th but you can preview tracks and learn more- right here!
|Dr Phil Says Britney is Nuts|
The troubled pop star was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics Thursday night after police were called to her home because of a dispute involving the two sons she had with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
"My meeting with Britney and some family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention," McGraw told the programs- more on this story
|Whoring the Beatles|
Songs by the Beatles are set to feature in adverts for the first time after their back-catalogue was made available to advertisers. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who owns the rights to the majority of the band's music, said that select "brand partnerships" would be considered.
Until now, it had been illegal to use the band's original recordings in adverts. In 1987, Nike were sued for $15 million for using 'Revolution' in a TV campaign.- more on this story
|Radiohead Kill Remix|
As reported earlier today, Radiohead's publishers Warner/Chappell sent a 'cease and desist' letter to Amplive's label saying that by releasing 'Rainydayz', the producer had created "musical arrangements and remixes" without official agreement.
Explaining things, Edge said the first problem was that Amplive used an image of Thom Yorke on his website advertising the album, therefore inferring the frontman's involvement.
Secondly, Edge iterated the point that management had a major grievance about fans being told to forward on their 'In Rainbows' purchase email to receive the free remix album.- He has a lot more to say
|Alice Cooper Robbers Nabbed|
Three hotel employees have been arrested in connection with stealing a signed Alice Cooper guitar that was due to be sold at a charity auction.
The shock-rocker stayed at the Ontario Hilton Hotel from the week beginning December 10 and left the Gibson Les Paul at the front desk so it could be forwarded on at a later date. It was estimated to raise $3,000 when it went under the hammer.
Ontario Hilton representatives notified police when they saw CCTV footage of 23-year-old Sarah Richards allegedly stealing the guitar on December 27.- more on this story
|Lenny Kravitz Preview|
"I love this record and the feel of the record," Lenny Kravitz said of the release. "I felt like a kid playing in my bedroom, and that's the most important thing you can tap into, that feeling of being free."
Written and recorded over the course of the last year in various locations from New York to Miami, Paris, the Bahamas and Brazil, It Is Time For A Love Revolution holds up as one of the Kravitz's best albums with its raucous rock 'n roll jams, heavy drums, tight hip-shaking grooves, frenetic guitars and Kravitz's unmistakable croon.- Check out the new single "I'll Be Waiting"
|Yes: Classic Artists DVD|
Praised and criticized for defining progressive rock, Yes have been surprising and delighting worldwide audiences for over five decades. On record and on stage, Yes created a fresh sound and striking visuals, blending genres and using state of the art technology to push boundaries, winning legions of new fans with each album. Tracing the musical journey from their debut album Yes (1969) until Magnification (2001) and beyond, the story of Yes is told by the members themselves in exclusive new interviews.- more on this story
|Oasis, Stone Roses, Smiths, New Order, Primal Scream Supergroup One Off|
He will perform joint vocals with Brown at the Manchester V Cancer gig, and the pair will be backed by trio Freebass, which consists of three top bassists - ex-Smiths star Andy Rourke, New Order's Peter Hook and Mani from Primal Scream. Freebass has been a side project of the three bass legends for the past few years, but the show at the MEN Arena on 23 February (08) will be the group's first proper concert.
Rourke, who organised the concert, says, "This year's gig is going to be talked about for years to come. "We've got some of the biggest bands of the moment lined up as well as some legendary acts."- more on this story
|Heavy Hitters Tour|
"What a way to start the new year! 2008 promises to be the best year (hed)p.e. has ever seen. We laid the ground work in the last two years, and we are experiencing such a swell right now that we feel so blessed by the youth of this planet earth," says frontman Jared Gomes.
"The Heavy Hitters tour, which is a co-headline tour with Kingspade, promises to be one of the freshest tours of early 2008. Kingspade is just straight dope and they possess the freshness of the Kottonmouth Kings, but with a nice hip-hop twist. We are just so stoked to be able to go on the road, and give the kids what they want; diversity. Because everyone knows they will never get it from those bitch-ass corporate tours. This is an official takeover!"- more on this story
|L7's Donita Sparks Goes Solo|
Transmiticate tracks include: "Fly Feather Fly", "Dare Dare", "Infancy of a Disaster", "Headcheck", "My Skin's Too Thin", "Curtains for Cathy", "Creampuff", "He's Got the Honey", "Need to Numb", "Take a Few Steps" and "Into the Hi Fi".
2008 will be especially busy for Sparks. In addition to the release of Transmiticate, Donita will launch her own offerings at the previously announced CASH Music (Coalition of Artists and Stake Holders).
|REM Go South By Southwest|
The Athens, Georgia band will be previewing their new album 'Accelerate', due for release on March 31, and will no doubt be one of the highlights of the annual music and film marathon. It will be the first time they've played in the Texan city in five years.
As local website austin360.com reports, also confirmed are Daniel Lanois, Cheveu and a bunch of Domino acts in the shape of The Kills, Lightspeed Champion and Sons & Daughters.- more on this story
|Flipper Working on New CD|
The former Nirvana bassist joined the veteran group, which hasn't released an album since 1993's American Grafishy, to play a handful of live dates in 2006.
And now Flipper are putting the finishing touches to the currently-untitled disc, which they plan to unveil later this year (08).- more on this story
|Omen Member Fractures Skull|
Unfortunatly, he has no health insurance like the rest of us (MUSICIANS} and a fund has been set up on www.myspace.com/helpjody where interested parties can contribute to helping with his medical and personal bills. Jody and myself had already been discussing doing some future projects at the time of his accident.
Hopefully he will have a complete recovery and there will be new music in the near future from the original Omen songwriters. Thanks in advance to everyone that can provide financial or moral support."- more on this story
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