Monthly Archives June 2007

Kravitz to play Rio’s Live Earth

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US rock singer Lenny Kravitz has been revealed as the headline act for the Brazilian leg of Live Earth.
Other acts confirmed for the concert on Rio’s Copacabana Beach include Pharrell Williams and Macy Gray.
Eight cities will be holding concerts across 24 hours on 7 July to highlight climate change.
Madonna and Duran are playing the UK concert at Wembley Stadium, while the US leg will see The Police, Alicia Keys and the Smashing Pumpkins perform.
Brazil is the only country hosting a Live Earth concert that is entirely free and open to the public, and organisers are hoping to attract up to one million visitors.

Aside from the US acts, Rio will play host to a number of native performers, including singer Xuxa, reggae rock band O Rappa and rapper Marcelo D2.
Other countries hosting concerts ...

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Impressive Chart Movers

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Bon Jovi deciding to go country for their latest album ‘Lost Highway’ proved to be the right choice. The record just jumped to the #1 spot on the US album chart’s for this week. This is the first #1 for the band in twenty years! The last time they reached the top was in 1988 with the ‘New Jersey’ album.

Other chart movers were the White Stripes whose ‘Icky Thump’ was deemed as the highest charting album and having the best sales week ever for the band. Brad Paisley’s ‘5th Gear’ debuted at #3 while other notable debuts came from Mandy Moore, Shop Boyz, Huet, Chrisette Michele and Lifehouse.

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From Iggy to Saggy

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60-year old rock legend Iggy Pop helped Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers a glimpse at his future when he took the stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

Iggy & The Stooges killed the second day of the British music festival with songs from their new album ‘The Weirdness’. I’ll say.

The weirdness of having to see his sagging skin is enough to terrify me from a picture. I can’t imagine what the live concert goers felt after seeing that. Honestly, I respect the man for his music and continuing to rock it, but he needs to learn to put a shirt on.

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Rihanna @ BET

Rihanna @ BET

Rihanna is certainly turning out to be the music industry’s ‘it’ girl. She rocked the red carpet for the 2007 BET Awards on Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Sporting a white form-fitting strapless dress and bouncy curls, the 19-year old R&B singer, along with Chris Brown, presented Jennifer Hudson with the Best Actress Award.

Speaking of Chris Brown, he recently made a remix of Rihanna’s uber catchy song ‘Umbrella’. He entitled it ‘Cinderella’ with the chorus going as ‘you can be my Cinderella ella ella ella ey ey ey’.

Apparently, he was one of many that couldn’t get the song out of his head.

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Beyonce Shines

Literally.

Beyonce Knowles first showed off her glam figure in a glitzy hip-hugging silver gown by Dolce & Gabbana at the 2007 BET Awards. The show was held at LA’s Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday.

Later on in the night, she performed a rendition of ‘Get Me Bodied’ wearing a gold space outfit which was later stripped off to show a $100,000 gold Balenciaga leggings and matching bra top.

The bootylicious singer won the awards for video of the year for ‘Irreplaceable’ and best female artist.blog6-beyonce.jpg

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Rachel Z to Broadcast Live from Cincinnati

Rachel Z to Broadcast Live from Cincinnati

As part of the “Jazz at the Hyatt” series at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, jazz pianist Rachel Z and the Dept. of Good and Evil will perform two full sets, which will also be streamed live over the Internet.
The concerts will take place Friday, June 29 at 8:30 and 10 p.m. EDT, and will be broadcast in real-time video and audio.
To view the shows, visit jazzincincy.com, the official Web site of the “Jazz at the Hyatt” series.

Pianist/keyboardist Rachel Z has toured with Peter Gabriel and performed with Wayne Shorter, including an appearance on his record High Life which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
The concert will be held in the Sun garden Room of the hotel, located at 151 West 5th St., Cincinnati, Ohio.
The price for both shows is $5 advance, $...

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Smashing Pumpkins reunited

Smashing Pumpkins to perform in N.C

When the Smashing Pumpkins reunited after seven years to plan a U.S. concert series, they made a surprising choice for their first shows: a small club in the mountains of North Carolina.

The Orange Peel, which has a capacity of 942 people, will host the alternative rock band when they open Saturday for a nine-show run in Asheville.”It’s a legendary band in a small setting,” said Cory Gates, 33, of Asheville, a longtime fan who saw the Smashing Pumpkins play in New England in the mid-1990s. “I don’t know if you can get much better.”

More bands reject rather than accept invitations to play at the club, said Karen Ramshaw of Public Interest Projects, which owns and operates The Orange Peel.
But the Smashing Pumpkins sought it out, said Tennessee-based music promoter Ashley Capps, who helped ...

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Jumping on the Bandwagon?

Jumping on the Bandwagon?

Beyonce caught a flight out of Nice airport and paparazzi caught her hand in hand with an unidentified little boy on Sunday. This was after her week-long ‘love boat’ vacation with her man Jay-Z.

The unidentified little boy has been vacationing with Beyonce and Jay. The thing is, it’s not her nephew Daniel. Has the hip-hop world’s power couple jumped in the Hollywood bandwagon of adoption? Or maybe he’s a friend’s kid that they’re practicing on for the future. Is this the start of a pregnancy rumor? A wedding rumor? Or is everything just a rumor?

Can you imagine that? Little Beyonce and Little Jay running circles around you. Creepy.

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White Stripes take chart by storm

White Stripes take chart by storm

There stripes and then there are White Stripes, hehe. The singing duo from England, The White Stripes has entered the UK album chart at number one with their latest release, Icky Thump. Meg and Jack White’s new album replaced the Traveling Wilburys’ Collection at the top of the sales chart. The White Stripes are currently on tour in the US and Canada after promoting Icky Thump, their sixth album, at gigs across Europe, including the recent Wireless festivals in London and Leeds. The UK charts are as competitive as in the US and let see how long they can fight of competition from the likes of Rihanna other music bands. Some really cool bands are just at the tip of their one number slot and being there won’t be easy.

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Kelly Does Reba or Reba Does Kelly?

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With Kelly Clarkson’s latest album being a flop, she decided to re-record her hit song ‘Because of You’ with country singer Reba McEntire. The duet is for Reba’s upcoming album, appropriately entitled ‘Duets’. It will be due out by September 2007.

The song is the first single off the album and a video is already out for it. For some reason, I think that the video is better than the song. But for the most part, the original is always better than the cover.

If only we can say that for the songs coming out of Kelly’s ‘My December’ album.

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