Monday, January 31, 2011

Sean Paul pulls out of Raggamuffin

Sean Paul has pulled out of the Raggamuffin festivals, or atleast he just didn't turn up.
Festival goers who turned up to the Perth were the first to find out that Sean Paul wasn't attending the show or any of the 6 shows. There still hasn't been an announcement on the raggamuffin Australian website, although Sean Paul was quick to jump on his twitter (@duttypaul) to apologies to austrailain fans. "This msg is 4 all my austrailia peeps!!! I'm extremely upset that I couldn't make it 2 raggamuffin. I Am sorry " and "4 reasons beyond my control I couldn't make it. Truss mi if things were diff :( AUSI AUSI AUSI!!!RRR!!! .

New Zealand has been upfront apologising to festival goers, and informing the that the other artists will be performing longer sets. Promoter Andrew McManus annouced "IT IS with regret that the promoter of RAGGAMUFFIN 2011, Andrew McManus, announces one of his 10 top acts will not be performing in Rotorua this week.
Jamaican reggae/dance hall artist SEAN PAUL will now not be joining the biggest reggae, hip-hop and soul performers on the planet at RAGGAMUFFIN on Saturday at the Rotorua International Stadium.
"We are as much disappointed as I know his fans will be," says McManus. "However, we know that Raggamuffin fans will not be disappointed in the event. It remains a huge lineup."
Sean Paul will not be replaced in the line up, however the remaining major acts will play extended sets for Raggamuffin fans."

It is not all doom and gloom headlining Raggamuffin 2011 and for her very first New Zealand show, is the queen of RnB, American singer, producer, songwriter, actress MARY J BLIGE. Mary J has recorded with names such as Dr Dre, Tricky, Neyo, Ludacris, Usher, Nas, Common, 50 Cent, Bono, Method Man (Wu Tang Clan), R Kelly, Chaka Khan, George Benson and Aretha Franklin, is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, has recorded eight multi-platinum albums (selling over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide) and has received the World Music Legends Award for her success in combining hip hop and soul.



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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Busker strikes right chord with rocker out for a stroll

CHRIS SKELTON/The Dominion Post
A busker who gave a scorching live performance to an audience of two in Lambton Quay was "awestruck" to find one of them was rocker George Thorogood – who was so impressed he gave the guitarist free tickets to his concert.

Joe Murphy, 19, of Tawa, was playing in his regular spot outside Whitcoulls on Tuesday when two men stopped to listen.

He strummed BB King's The Thrill is Gone and Santana's Black Magic Woman before one of the men approached him.

"He came up and said, 'Hi, I'm George Thorogood,' and I said, 'Hi, I'm Joe, how's it going?'.

"He said, 'Do you know who I am?' and I said, 'No', then he said, 'We play that song Bad to the Bone."'

Blues rocker Thorogood complimented him on his musicianship and asked why he was playing in the street. The former New Zealand School of Music student replied that it was hard to make a living as a musician.

Thorogood then invited him to the Wellington concert he was playing with Joe Cocker that night, handed him an American dollar bill and strolled off, along with his minder.

George Thorogood
"He was pretty chilled out. I didn't know who he was, but I knew he was either rich or famous or both, because they have that kind of swagger about them," Mr Murphy said.

"They were listening quite intently, which is cool – not many people stop by and actually take the time. I was stoked that anyone would do that, but it was pretty awesome that it was George Thorogood."

Dad John Murphy, who was the lucky recipient of the second ticket, thought it hilarious his son did not recognise the 60-year-old rocker, who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

John Murphy said: "When I got home he said, 'Dad, this guy supported Santana, he's huge!"'

George Thorogood and Joe Cocker are set to play the Bowl of Brooklands, here in New Plymouth on Friday the 28th of January. So if your a busker and want a free tickets I would suggest One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer or you can leave your hat on.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Usher delays New Zealand concert

Usher's New Zealand concert has been delayed by a week, potentially disrupting the plans of hundreds of fans who already have tickets for the Auckland-only concert.

The Frontier Touring Company said the American R'n'B super star's concert, scheduled for March 29, had "for logistical reasons" been pushed back by a week until April 5.

This comes after Usher pulled out of the opening concert in Berlin, Germany on January 12, after falling ill with a sinus infection. The "Yeah!" hitmaker was scheduled to perform at the city's O2 World venue, but scrapped the gig at the last minute after he was diagnosed with a paranasal sinus infection, according to local reports.

The company said tickets purchased for March 29 remain valid for the April 5 concert and do not need to be exchanged. However fans who had booked flights or accommodation for the March 29 concert could be left out of pocket with the date no longer valid. Frontier says any fans who are unable to attend the concert on the new date should contact Ticketmaster or the original ticketing outlet for a refund no later than February 28.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Deal lines up big acts for Taranaki

Taylor Swift rumored to play at the bowl
Taranaki is set to have several international A-list artists perform at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands over the next three years. The New Plymouth District Council has an agreement with promoter Andrew McManus, who brought Fleetwood Mac in December 2009, to have six events featuring A-list artists between now and the end of 2013.

While Ms Thurston would not be drawn on which artists could perform in New Plymouth, there are several options for summer 2011.

One potential artist is American country singer Taylor Swift who announced she would perform in New Zealand at the end of the year as part of her world wide tour.

R.E.M. Might play at the Bowl
Other possible performers are R.E.M, Coldplay and Radiohead, who are all set to release albums this year.

Mr McManus has signed on with the council following the success of the two Fleetwood Mac shows.

Each concert will be exclusive to Taranaki, with the solo artist or band playing no other North Island shows while in New Zealand.
Andrew McManus Presents promotes artists such as ZZ Top, Chris Isaak, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dog, Korn and Guns N Roses.

FELICITY ROSS - Taranaki Daily News

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Scribe's awards on TradeMe

Current bid: $1,339.00 Reserve met Closes: Fri 28 Jan, 8:45 pm Listing #: 348500502

"This is the original award presented to Scribe (Malo Luafutu) in reconognition of Triple platinum sales. for his album The Crusader. Presented 19th December 2003
This is the third of four awards he received for his Crusader Album, please see other auctions listed"

A Christchurch pawnbroker is selling five of Scribe's music awards on auction site TradeMe after the rapper failed to redeem them.

Seller shane_deb, a licensed pawnbroker, listed the awards for $500 each today and says they plan to list more of Scribe's music memorabilia later in the week.

The awards were presented to Scribe when his album The Crusader went platinum, then double platinum, triple platinum and four-times platinum after its release in 2003.

They feature a framed tiki or paua swirl, a photo of Scribe, silver CDs and a plaque.

The seller, who wanted to be known only as Shane, said he decided to list the items after he didn't hear from Scribe for more than two months.

He said he has 11 of the 31-year-old rapper's awards in total, from unredeemed loans, including his award for best male artist at the Pacific Music Awards in 2008.

"I've had them for two-and-a-half years. Legally, we only have to keep them for three months but I've kept them for him.

"He always promised he'd try and get them back but he hasn't so now we're just trying to get our money back."

Shane said he owned a pawn shop in Christchurch, and had pawned things for a number of musicians.

"But none as high-profile as Scribe, or with things worth as much as this."

He said he had tried to contact Scribe to say he was selling the awards, emailing his manager, but had received no reply.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fun Fact #31: Special Agent Elvis

Elvis's Special Agent Badge
After hand delivering a letter to the northwest gate of the White House to president Richard Nixon on the morning of December 21, 1970 a meeting between the president and the King of Rock & Roll was arranged for 12:30 pm that day. The purpose of the letter and the meeting was Elvis' desire to become an agent of some kind for the Drug Enforcement Agency to aid in the fight against illegal drugs (ironic, given that Elvis was heavily medicated at the time).

Elvis met with the president in the Oval Office of the White House, where he presented the president with a plated and engraved World War II-era Colt 45. In the meeting Elvis talked about his wish to help in stopping the promotion of anti-American spirit (specifically mentioning the Beatles) and drug use. Later that afternoon Presley received his badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs making him an honorary special agent.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Epic Kid rocks out to Tool

I think Tool should bring him for the Big Day Out!

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yahoo!.xtra's - Eight wedding cakes we can't believe

Eight wedding cakes we can't believe from yahoo lifestyle

Ghostbusters cake

It's hard to imagine ordering any of these cakes, but the world is much more fun because some people do. This week, the cake making a scene was constructed by Baltimore's Charm City Cakes, known for their work on the show, Ace of Cakes. The cake begs questions about the couple's connection to Ghostbusters. Did the two meet as members of the original film crew, circa 1985? Are they both related to Rick Moranis? Do they have an exorcism practice together? No, DonnaMarie and Ricky just really really like the movie. So, they did what any GB fans would do, they asked the bakery to recreate the climax of the movie, in cake. The couple provided pictures of the scene, as well as the DVD for Charm City Cakes to reference. If you want to see the light-up component of the cake and pictures of the couple, you'll have to check out the bakery's blog.

Royal cake

Royal cakes go big. This sheet cake from the wedding of King Abdullah of Jordan to Queen Rania decided it had conquered enough horizontal space, and did what few sheet cakes have done before, it went vertical.

Barbie's palace cake

The ultimate punishment if he says he doesn't want to be involved with the wedding planning.

Hamburger cake

A little off topic, but she seems supportive.

Nintendo cake

Super Mario has this effect on some people.

Starry Night cake

The most over-exposed poster becomes a completely unique cake. Smart move.

Jdate cake

Likes: Kooky cakes. Hates: Independent coffee shops.

The "Me" cake

The groom may look back at this picture when he wonders if there were signs early on. Not self-obsessed at

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nine-year-old Lily releases album

SINGER AND COMPOSER: Lily Rench, 9, of Waikanae shows her style. She has released a CD of songs she composed and sings. "Some songs take ages, and some songs don't take ages," she says.

Pop rocker Gwen Stefani may have been Just a Girl in the 1990s, but a nine-year-old Waikanae star is set to elbow her off the airwaves with a debut album of the same name.
After months of composing songs on her mum's trusty Technics keyboard, Lily Rench has recorded her first album in the same Kapiti Coast studios as Kiwi soul singer Hollie Smith – and is already scoring airplay on local radio stations.
Lily, a Waikanae Primary School year 5 pupil whose hobbies include writing, dancing and playing instruments, penned all 33 minutes of music herself. From her first single Just a Girl – with lyrics "I'm not what people think/I'm not what people say/I'm just a girl" – to her favourite songs Life and Memory Lane, Lily likes writing about what matters to her.
"Some songs take ages, and some songs don't take ages," she said. "Life is obviously about life and stuff and Memory Lane is just, I'm not sure, really. Memories."
A fan of Celine Dion, she also loves pop stars like Miley Cyrus and has modelled herself on Disney group The Cheetah Girls because "they have good music and they're really nice".

She had fun recording the album, which features pop, rock, country and hip-hop, and said she did not mind how it was received. "I'm only nine so I don't expect it to go really far. If it goes far it's awesome but, you know."
Lily's music-teacher mum, Malu Jonas, encouraged her to work towards the album, after walking past her daughter's bedroom and being impressed by tunes that would rival musicians twice her age.
"When I heard the songs through the door I thought, `This is worth looking at more seriously'," she said.
They enlisted local recording artist and musician Steve McDonald, Hollie Smith's stepfather, to produce the album.
Lily, who began begging her mother to teach her the recorder at three, can also play the flute, piccolo, violin, percussion and keyboard.
"She's a pretty bright nine-year-old – that's my girl," Ms Jonas said proudly.
Just a Girl is available from Paraparaumu's Kingdom Music

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NES Electric Guitar by GetLoFi

NES Electric Guitar by GetLoFi

NES Electric Guitar by GetLoFi

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Party Tip: Costume party

Have a dress code / theme but ensure the guest of honour stands out by not telling them!

Even if it is not a surprise party, it’s well worth getting together and all dressing up as something and all turn up - Ideally pick a theme from the era the guest grow up in like Smurfs

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fun Fact #5: Lyrics in the back cover

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is the first British rock album to have the lyrics for every song printed on the back cover
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baker Street singer Gerry Rafferty dies

Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty who had hits with Baker Street and Stuck In The Middle With You has died at the age of 63.

Rafferty, best known for his 1972 hit Stuck In The Middle With You with his band Stealer's Wheel, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, daughter Martha said this morning.

The Scottish-born singer had been admitted to hospital in Bournemouth last November with liver failure London's Daily Mirror reported.

While Stealer's Wheel enjoyed huge success with tracks such as Stuck In The Middle With You and Star, the group disbanded in 1975, leaving Rafferty free to pursue his solo career.

It was in 1978 that Rafferty wrote Baker Street, the track that was recognised last October for having been played a staggering five million times worldwide.

Rafferty suffered from alcoholism, leading to the breakdown of his 20-year marriage to wife Carla in 1990.

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