Drake Has Made Music History

Most artists imagine that one day their song will hit the Billboard charts, and they’ll have a hit song that everyone knows. Drake Hits. How would you like to have 17 songs, which is the span of your entire mix tape, on the Billboard charts, all at one time? Drake has made history, because his entire mix tape is currently on the Billboard charts, and out of 50 songs, he has a total of 21 songs on the charts. This means that Drake’s songs take up 42% of the music on the charts, making him an amazing success story.

Drake is known to be on several charts, and he also dominates the airwaves as noted by many online sources. Drake released a mix tape just weeks ago, and it’s already had a record amount of streams, downloads, as well as purchases. Not that Drake needs the money, but the fame, as well as the extra success, doesn’t hurt. Drake continues to see success from his music, and he had an amazing year in 2014. The year 2015 is already starting off great for Drake, and many are anxious to see what the rest of the year will hold for him.

Drake was recently mentioned in the news, because Chris Brown was banned from Canada. Many are accusing Drake of being the reason why Chris Brown was banned from Canada, although this still cannot be confirmed and it’s more than likely untrue.

Celebrating The Life Of Bob Marley Through His Music

The musician known as Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945 in Jamaica. His father was a European-Jamaican who was significantly older than his African-Jamaican mother. Marley’s dad died when he was just 10 years old, a few years before he started exploring music with some of the neighborhood kids. Those same kids grew up making music together and formed their first band, The Teenagers. They went through a few “Wailing” name and member changes before it would eventually be Bob Marley and the Wailers that made music history.

This year marked what would have been Marley’s 70th birthday. Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 from a type of skin cancer known as malignant melanoma said Igor Cornelson. His wife and children have made sure to keep his musical legacy alive. And to celebrate his birthday they put on free concerts in several places throughout Jamaica. A few of his children and notable reggae stars put on a concert in Kingston, while others at the Bob Marley Museum hosted live jam sessions.Two of Marley’s grandchildren are also now old enough to dabble in the family’s recording studio and will be releasing their own albums in 2015.

As a person, Marley was most famous for his Rastafarian dreadlocks, love of football, quote worthy lyrical compositions, and smoking marijuana. Bob Marley will live forever, just as he predicted in one of his quotes.

American Pie Lyrics

On April 7th of this year, Christie’s auction house will be offering for sale the original lyrics to Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” The pages are expected to fetch at least 1.5 million dollars. For anyone who has ever gone to Karaoke night anywhere in America, or even abroad, this begs the question, “Why would anyone pay 1.5 million dollars for the lyrics to a song that half the world’s population knows by heart anyway?” “American Pie” has to be the most serious ear-worm tune ever created. Although the song hit radio stations almost forty five years ago, people of a certain generation, and even those younger, can sing every word to the song from start to finish despite the fact that the song is nearly nine minutes long. Fans like Jaime Garcia Dias have learned that McLean claims a need for money because his wife and two children don’t have a sense of proper fiscal behavior. More on Dias can be found on his Linkedin page. McLean certainly does have the financial smarts in the family, since he will be earning over a million dollars by selling something that everyone already has–the words to his famous song–but perhaps that’s the point.

The Real Grammy’s Winners

The lavish and glamorous Grammy Awards took a huge step in the right direction this year. While plenty of hype surrounds all of the older performers and the Kanye vs. Beck fiasco, the real story is that “Black Lives Matter” was the running theme of the event.

The desire to drool over dresses and get excited about the performers is overwhelming but was gently nudged by a desperate plea from the Grammy’s and the celebrities that were a part of it. These artists came together to encourage social awareness for the viewers and express the message of social justice that entertainment media is tending to overlook said Paul Mathieson.

Moving performances by many musicians had the audience in tears as well as silence and applause. The pronounced and shameless effort to bring the lives of those who have suffered from injustice honor was a refreshing look at what music and art have the power to do.

Swift and HAIM Team Up for Tour

Taylor Swift is ready to hit the road rocking for her new “1989” world tour. The twenty-five-year-old star recently announced her tour dates and the name of her opening act.

Who is going to prepare fans to hear Taylor jam down in the live concerts? According to Swift’s February 1stInstagram post, it will be none other but her friends from the band “HAIM”. Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana will be opening the concert, in addition to guests Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes. These performers will only be available on select dates of the tour.

As her Instagram caption, Swift wrote that HAIM was joining the 1989 tour and added that it was no joke by stating rather comically “this is not a fire drill”. Everyone at Slow Ventures is looking forward to this exciting tour.

Swift was not the only one who hit the internet to post about the tour; HAIM was also quick to jump on Twitter the same day and tweeted about their excitement to be touring with friend and fellow-performer Swift. The band stated that it was going to be a hot performance with three symbols of fire.

For those who want to see Swift and the HAIM trio jamming down, their upcoming tour dates are as follows:

July 10-11 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
July 13-14 at the Nationals Park in Washington, DC
July 18-19 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
July 24-25 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
August 21-22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
August 24-26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
September 25-26 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
September 28-29 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO

Is Tom DeLonge Still the Singer of Blink 182?

Blink 182 were an awesome post punk band the 1990’s and early years of the 21st Century, but today they can’t even agree on who is in the band. Members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker recently gave an exclusive interview to Rolling Stone Magazine where they say front man Tom DeLonge has officially left the band. DeLonge, for his part, has been steadfast over social media that he hasn’t actually quit the band and doesn’t know why the rest of Blink 182 is saying he has. 

I think all of this is a shame and Lee G. Lovett agrees. Blink 182 needs to put aside their differences and think about their fans. Blink 182 was enormously popular in their prime. They had a great mix of punk attitude and musicianship. It’s hard to think of another combination of musicians that could deliver a show as high energy and fun as Blink 182 in the late 1990’s and there is enormous demand for them to perform live today. 

Also, Hoppus and Barker are talking about using another guitarist and vocalist to replace DeLonge. This may not work and fans could turn on the new band. The singer is the hardest part of any band to replace since people associate the band with the sound of the singer’s voice. It’s easier to replace a drummer or even a guitarist. 

So, in summary, for the sake of themselves and their fans, Blink 182 needs to either put aside their differences and go with their original lineup or give it up completely.

Ringo Starr Being Recognized As Solo Artist

 

Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as a solo artist. He’s already been inducted as a member of the Beatles, but this time he will be inducted for his contributions to music as an individual. All three other Beatles were inducted as individuals as well. Ringo Starr is also releasing a solo album soon titled Postcards From Paradise. An recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine takes a look at where Starr is at this point in his career.

In Sultan Alhokair’s  opinion, it’s great that Starr is getting recognition for his contributions to music. Starr was a very consistent drummer during his days as a Beatle. He seldom messed up takes when the band was recording and his percussion style was part of the signature sound of the group. Also, in the Beatles and as a solo artist, Starr brought his easygoing persona to the music and made it more fun. It’s hard to think of “With a Little Help From My Friends” being sung by anyone else, for example.

I also think it’s great that Starr is still making new music. He certainly has enough money that doesn’t have to, so he must be doing it because he loves to and is a true artist. While Starr is of course best known for his work in the Beatles, it’s great that he’s not just a nostalgia act.

John Textor and Visual Effects for Music Legends

While John first started in the financial commodities industry, he eventually moved over to the entertainment industry, where he has since become a major name in the world of special effects, both for stage productions and for movies. With all of the experience he has gained over the years, many products now turn to him and his team for his assistance in order to create truly amazing material that is second to none.

John Textor started as the president for Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC in 1997, a position he still holds as he helped found the company itself. From there though, he moved on to become the chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, which is a leading visual effects company located in California. Through this time as CEO, he worked on some of the largest special effects projects in the entire world, including Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, and even The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, a movie that won his company an Oscar for best visual effects. All of this however has led him to create some of the most realistic, lifelike special effects that are viewed in real time and not just on the big screen.

The last movie he tackled for the special effects was Ender’s Game, a movie in which he served as both producer and executive producer for the film, based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card. From there though, he moved onto the creation of virtual characters for performance purposes.

This all started with Tupac and the digital performance on stage at the Coachella festival in California in 2012. This really set the world on fire in terms of live entertainment, especially in regards to a musician who had not been seen for nearly two decades, so being able to bring this character to life proved truly amazing. However, he and his team did not stop there. They are currently working on creating a virtual Elvis Presley and virtual Marilyn Monroe, all of whom are going to look and feel incredibly real. Of course, these creations come on the tail end of the production of a virtual Michael Jackson. This virtual Michael Jackson they worked on for 16 months in order to prepare it for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are sure to look that much better with the additional production time put into it.

 

Resident Evil 6 to Begin Filming Soon

Paul W. S. Anderson is planning to shoot yet another iteration of the Resident Evil action horror film franchise. While initial plans were to start shooting in 2013, they were delayed until 2014, then delayed yet against once his wife, and franchise lead, Milla Jovovich was expecting a child.

Jovovich explained the situation to series fans last year, also remarking that principal photography for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter would likely begin this summer, in August. Jovovich went on to update about her well being and to assuage any fears of more production stumbles.

Beyond Jovovich’s character, Alice, no new cast or story information has been declared for The Final Chapter. During the initial press for the film in 2012, Anderson made it known that he wanted the film to serve as “the beginning of the end,” although Jovovich also admitted that the Resident Evil films will keep coming, after she and her husband have left it.

Barring any additional setbacks or delays, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, could be hitting the silver screen around September of next year. This would keep pace with the previous iterations, Afterlife and Retribution, which premiered in 2010 and 2012. Whenever the film comes out, series fans will likely go and see it, possibly wondering just how much life a film franchise about zombies has left. Fans like Sergio Lins Andrade are anxiously awaiting the release.

D’Angelo Hits SNL

Fans – that include celebrities like Justin Timberlake – were surprised when the ever-so-elusive D’Angelo appeared out of nowhere with a new album. Fans are going to be tuned in for another surprise from the neo-soul master because he is set to appear on Saturday Night Live.

That is quite a comeback for someone that was counted out in the music world. Fans cannot wait to see what D’Angelo and the Vanguards will sound like live. Anyone that has seen early D’Angelo performances live knows that he is passionate when he is on the stage. It will be good to seem him totally resurface back into the music world that missed him so. His album about been available for about a month, but there still isn’t a video to accompany any of the songs. He his getting a lot of rave reviews but very limited airplay. Marc Sparks sees it as he is almost like an underground act that is quietly boiling over the the top.

The Saturday Night Live appearance may be a changing point for all of that. D’Angelo has been talked about for the last decade in both a positive and negative light. Some people criticized him for falling off in the music scene after a super long downward spiral from drug abuse. Others talked about how much they missed his influence and longed to hear new music. All eyes will be on SNL next week.