Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fun Fact #26: Songfellows rejected Elvis

In 1954, when Elvis was cutting some early records at Sun Studios, he auditioned for an amateur gospel quartet called the Songfellows. They turned him down...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fun Fact #15: $10,000 for a Happy Birthday




Planning a Birthday Bash? Pondering how much to spend? Then think again! If you’re planning to sing “Happy Birthday to You” you might have to spend more than you anticipated. The song “Happy Birthday To You” is not a public-domain composition, despite the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records declaring it to be the most recognised song in the English language. The melody was written, in 1893, by two kindergarten school teachers, sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill from Kentucky for the song “Good Morning to All.”The Summy Company, who owned the publishing rights of “Good Morning to All”, copyrighted “Happy Birthday to You” in 1935 as a song for hire. Eventually Time Warner Corporation bought the rights in 1998. So now a single use in a film or TV programme will cost around $10,000!


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Crowded House new album in June

Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way.

The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through Universal Music worldwide, outside of North America. An extensive international tour will support the release.

"Intriguer" is the follow-up to "Time on Earth," which hit No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand, and No. 3 in the U.K. following its release in 2007 through longtime label partner EMI.

The new album will be released through Universal Music companies in the world outside North America. U.S. release details have yet to be announced. "Time on Earth" was released by ATO/Red stateside, while previous albums were issued by Capitol.

In a statement issued today, Finn commented, "I look forward to a long and productive relationship with Universal Music, who are obviously the music company setting the benchmark now. We're delighted to be in the company of music-loving people who believe in us and are eager to spread the word."

Produced by Jim Scott and Finn, the 10-track album was recorded in Auckland at Roundhead studios.

Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, added: "Neil Finn has one of those instantly recognizable voices, and is one of the world's most accomplished songwriters. We are thrilled to be working with Crowded House on 'Intriguer' and beyond."

Crowded House hits the road from March 28 for concerts and festival shows in Australia and New Zealand before turning their attention to European audiences from May. A North American tour will kick off in July, their first since 2008.

The band formed in 1985. The debut, "Crowded House," followed a year later and the band began a long relationship with EMI.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

$10 CDs. Yes please.

Sales of physical albums have steadily decreased over the past half decade, and now one major label is hoping to stem the decline by adopting a daring new strategy: lowering the price of CDs.



Universal Music Group has revealed a plan to reduce the wholesale cost of their albums in order to decrease the retail price of single-disc albums to $10 or less, Billboard.biz reports. Under the new plan, sales of CDs will only boast a 25 percent profit margin, but UMG hopes the increase of CD sales volume will help reinvigorate their revenues.

While some may deem UMG’s strategy as “too little, too late,” the move does put the price of physical discs in line with what digital music services like iTunes charge for full album downloads, making physical discs a more attractive option. “We think it will really bring new life into the physical format,” Universal Music Group Distribution president/CEO Jim Urie said. UMG revealed that they plan on selling more deluxe editions of albums, however those discs will carry a higher price tag.

While retailers are applauding the move, Billboard.biz writes that the other major labels aren’t too pleased with UMG’s price shift. “Why does Universal feel the need to get below $10?,” a distributor at a competing major wondered. However, there is precedent for UMG believing their new strategy will work: When Trans World Entertainment, tested out a $9.99 price plan, CD sales jumped 100 percent.


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Party Tip: Remove the chairs

Remove the chairs - it encourages mingling! (keep some handy if older folk are at the party)

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Yippee-ki-yay

Happy bithday (Walter) Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955),

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fun Fact #67: Madonna

Fun Fact #67:Madonna originally dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Just for fun - Life in Quarantine - Fully Sick Rapper



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Jimi Hendrix's Valleys of Neptune

'Valleys of Neptune' is a newly curated album of 12 fully realised studio recordings by Jimi Hendrix. This collector's item contains songs never commercially available on a Hendrix album, from the artist Rolling Stone magazine called "the greatest guitarist of all time"...

1. Stone Free   
2. Valleys of Neptune
3. Bleeding Heart
4. Hear My Train A Comin'
5. Mr. Bad Luck
6. Sunshine Of Your Love
7. Lover Man
8. Ships Passing Through The Night
9. Fire
10. Red House
11. Lullaby For The Summer
12. Crying Blue Rain

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just for fun - Popstar Nickelback Parody



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Wedding Tip: You don't have to invite everyone

faqs.org/message-in-a-bottle.html
Invite people who will make the night even more special, you don't have to invite everyone. If there is someone that may cause friction with another person, let them know if they want to come then they need to talk with the other person and agree to put aside their differences for a day.



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Monday, March 15, 2010

Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyoncé

The Telegraph reported that within 12 hours of the video being released on the internet it had half a million hits and nearly as many blogs dissecting its possible meanings.

The video is being touted as the successor to Michael Jackson's epic video to Thriller. You be the judge.

11 March 2010 loaded on youtube 12,779,556 views by 15 March 2010


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Rise of the SixString

Seven45 Studios, a “music industry-born publisher and developer”, has announced Power Gig: Rise of the SixString for PS3 and Xbox 360 today. The game will use a new guitar controller issued by music instrument giant First Act; this controller will have strings rather than buttons, and what’s more, they’ll work as regular guitars when you’re not playing the game.

The game features it’s own universe with its own settings, politics, heroes, villains and more. Two play modes are available: traditional beat-matching and chording. Chording requires players to actually match the finger positions on the string, so think of it as a true guitar experience. Or a game most rock artists won’t bash.
http://scrawlfx.com/2010/03/power-gig 

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Rage Against The Iron Man

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has suggested that he is to work on the score for Iron Man 2. Morello revealed the news on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/tmorello, outlining that he was involved in the project but not revealing specifics yet. "Is that really me in Iron Man? Of course," he wrote. "Iron Man kicks my ass. I'm working on score for Iron Man 2. Rockin'. Movie is awesome." The guitarist appeared in the first Iron Man film as a terrorist character and also helped score it.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

21st tip: Suprise your doing a speech...

Let close friends and family know if you'd like speeches so they can prepare! Also let them know if you don't want speeches. If the wrong person gets up and thinks they are funny they can make a great night go downhill really fast.



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Engagement tip: separate meet the parents dinner

Have a separate 'meet the parents / family' dinner, so there is no awkward / nervous greetings on the night. It might be a good chance to get them involved in any events / speeches / drinking competitions you have planned.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Slash hits stores April 6, 2010

A peak behind the making of Slash's self-titled album, featuring Fergie, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrew Stockdale (of Wolfmother), Kid Rock, Ian Astbury, Myles Kennedy, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Lemmy Kilmeister (Motorhead), Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan, M Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Rocco DeLuca, Cypress Hill and Iggy Pop.


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Friday, March 5, 2010

Flight of the Conchords conquering Europe

Flight of the Conchords Spring European Tour 2010



03 May 10     Amsterdam     Melkweg     Netherlands
04 May 10     Amsterdam     Melkweg     Netherlands
05 May 10     Dublin     Olympia     Ireland
06 May 10     Dublin     Olympia     Ireland
10 May 10     Birmingham     NIA     United Kingdom
11 May 10     Manchester     Apollo     United Kingdom
12 May 10     Manchester     Apollo     United Kingdom
14 May 10     Glasgow     SECC     United Kingdom
15 May 10     Glasgow     SECC     United Kingdom
16 May 10     London     HMV Hammersmith Apollo     United Kingdom
17 May 10     London     HMV Hammersmith Apollo     United Kingdom
20 May 10     Bergen     Grieghallen     Norway  
22 May 10     Oslo     Folkteatern     Norway  
23 May 10     Copenhagen     Vega     Denmark   
24 May 10     Stockholm     Cirkus     Sweden

Good to see the lads out there doing it.



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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Party tip: Start planning early with the invitations

Start planning early with the invitations, They set the tone for the party!

Veags theme - Custom cards printed up with the invitation on the back!

Island theme - A scroll in a bottle (even include some sand for laughs)

70s/ Diso theme - Check out spotlight for 70s material and use a marker pen on it.

Goth theme - A black envelope will stand out, try sealing it with red wax and a stamp.


That’s a few to get your creative juices flowing :)


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Monday, March 1, 2010

Stereophonics play NZ

Welsh rockers Stereophonics have announced a second Auckland show in April after an over-whelming demand for pre-sale tickets.
The second show on Wednesday, April 21, at the Powerstation has been added to their Carry On Down Under tour, before their already sold out show on April 22 at the same venue.


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