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Jack White’s the leader of the vinyl pack

Music - March 22, 2017

Singer, producer, actor; is there anything that Jack White can’t do? With the creation of his unique vinyl store, Third Man Records, we think you know the answer.  😉

Launched as a record label back in 2001, Third Man Records has expanded in a big way over the years, eventually opening its first vinyl store in 2009. Making music capital Nashville its home, Third Man Records was destined for success from the off.

Setting his store apart from the rest, Jack first created the novelties lounge, a space dedicated to retro contraptions and attractions. Want to try your hand at the dip n’ dunk photo booth, the wax-o-matic or the Third Man Record booth? In the lounge, anything is possible. 😉

Recently, the leader of The White Stripes has launched his most incredible project to date. Third Man Pressing is dedicated to vinyls, pressing new records in its on-site factory. You can see your favourite vinyls created before your eyes, and even get your hands on a limited edition record print. It might just be the biggest success for Jack so far; his fans waited in line for the opening days in advance!

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Vino and Vinyl: The intoxicating concept store

Music - March 15, 2017

Mad about records? Like the occasional tipple? Vino and Vinyl is a concept store that will be music to your ears!

Created by music lovers Paul and Nichole Killingsworth in 2014, Texan concept Vino and Vinyl started off life as a record store. Not before long, however, their client base encouraged the musical pair to add fine wine to the experience. Paul and Nichole followed step, including tastings to their concept, and the rest is history!

The concept of Vino and Vinyl is as simple as it sounds; check out the records on sale, sample a bottle of plonk with your friends and stay as long as you like. The shop is, at its heart, a wine and records lounge, made for lovers of music and tastings alike. Events like BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) encourage customers to try their hand at DJing for the night, while Club Vino releases a bespoke box of fine wines every month. There’s more to music than just putting on a record, after all. 😉

With a recent expansion to Sugar Land under its belt, the Vino and Vinyl brand now stands at two locations and counting. And who knows, before long, you might be seeing the musical concept store everywhere you go.

Alcohol should be enjoyed responsibly – consume in moderation!

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“Félicité” Shines a Light On Congolese Music

Music - March 08, 2017

Want to discover the sounds of the Congo? Félicité will be music to your ears!

Competing at this year’s Berlinale festival, the film’s director, French-Senegalese Alain Gomis, picked up the Silver Bear Grand Jury prize for his cinematic effort. “Felicité” boasts an impressive musical foundation, recounting the tale of a singer forced to abandon her job to fund her son’s operation. Music plays as big a part in the narrative as any of the film’s stars, traversing its cinematic journey off screen as well as on. Leading actress Véro Tshanda Beya is testament to the fact; having started off her career as a singer, she took to the film like a duck to water, reincarnating the role of singer Félicité like a pro. With both women sharing the same musical “gene”, the sounds of the Congo run deep throughout the film, acting as backdrop for everyday life.

There’s more to the music, too! Local heroes Kasai Allstars have worked their own kind of magic on the film, creating an original soundtrack that’s bound to have you dancing through the night. On the flipside, the Kinshasa Orchestra take the sound of the film in a more classical direction, accompanying the mounting drama.

With a killer soundtrack under their belts and a new release in the works, the likes of Kasai Allstars and Kinshasa Orchestra are showcasing the sounds of the Congo to the rest of the world. Prepare to hear a lot more of this style in the future; the music is going international! 🙂

 

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Céline Dion inspires artists the world over

Music - March 01, 2017

At the age of 12, Céline Dion’s career was already the stuff of dreams (Eurovision, Titanic, Las Vegas…). Her extraordinary voice was heard around the planet.

What makes her so special? She can sing anything – from folk (“Terre”), to pop (“Loved me Back to Life”), to rap (“Treat her Like a Lady”). Her range defies belief! With ease and brio, the Canadian diva can sing any genre – you name it.;)

Céline Dion – “Terre”

Her silky vibrato has inspired legions of legendary artists, young and old. Think Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani, to name just two of them. These two pop divas admire Céline’s phenomenal energy on stage and that satiny voice. Mika does Céline’s vocal exercises while on tour to keep his voice pitch-perfect! After all, if they can keep a voice like Céline’s purring, then hey, why not?;) But Beyoncé sums it up best: “I want to become a legend, like Céline Dion” – pretty high praise, coming from the Queen B herself!

And it isn’t only singers who are under her spell. Quebecker film director Xavier Dolan is a great example: he attends her concerts and includes her songs in his movies. Her “On ne change pas,” for example, anchors the soundtrack of his hit film Mommy. Yes, indeed, Céline Dion is way more than a magical voice, she’s a living legend!

Mommy – “On ne change pas” (complete scene)

 

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Final Fantasy lands singer/actress Ariana Grande

Music - February 22, 2017

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is out, and sports a slick soundtrack that’s WOWing gamers worldwide! Fans were already eagerly awaiting the latest mobile spin-off of the mega-hit Final Fantasy, even before they knew Grande was doing the game’s music! The talented American agreed to provide a song. The game’s studio, Square Enix, selected Touch It, and cooked up a killer remix of it, adding percussion and majestic strings for an epic soundtrack by the inimitable Ariana.

Ariana Grande – Touch It (FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS Remix)

And hey, it’s not every day that a planetary star teams up with a video game studio. To mark the occasion, Square Enix, created a game character based on Ariana Grande: Dangerous Ariana – a nod to her last album, Dangerous Woman.;)

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What’s next after music streaming? Streaming Awards?

Music - February 15, 2017

Music streaming sites count worldwide subscriptions of 100 million users and are the industry’s new business model. The old yardstick – number of albums sold – is history. The key stat now is number of streams. It’s a watershed moment: music execs now focus on negotiating with streaming services. Thanks to streaming outfits like Deezer, we have millions of songs at our fingertips!

Not only has streaming up-ended the way we listen to tunes, it’s a game-changer for young talent. Record it in the garage, upload it to the Soundcloud, spread your fan base, and get yourself signed by a swank label like Jonas Aden’s (Spinnin Records) and Kungs (Universal).

But even with their Soundcloud notoriety, some young bands still aren’t on the big boys’ radar (MTV Awards, American Music Awards… ) because they don’t have a label. Imagine a Streaming Awards or adding streaming favs to the awards category list.

Chance the Rapper likes the idea. In a recent tweet, he suggested that his next CD may be a Soundcloud-only release. Since they’ll doubtless be Grammy quality tracks, he may just be right!

Chance the Rapper song nominated for a 2017 Grammy:

If you have a Deezer account, kick back and enjoy Chance’s whole album.

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Cameroon’s Roger Milla had the game’s most unforgettable victory dance

Music - February 08, 2017

Roger Milla: this goal-scoring genius just had the rhythm! Winner of the Golden Ball in Africa in 1976, top scorer in the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 1986 and 1988, named 2nd Best African Player of the 20th century, made Knight of The French Legion of Honor in 2006… This Cameroonian hero is revered in his native land and beyond!

But great as his stats are, Roger Milla is probably even more famous for being the first footballer to celebrate his goals with dances. He’d sprint for the sidelines and dance the Makossa with the corner flag.

Nowadays, most players celebrate with a little post-goal groove, but Roger started it all. MHD even dedicated a song to him called (you guessed it) Roger Milla.;) ) – an Afro Trap song that’s already racked up 35 million YouTube views. Fans across the globe are clamoring to see Roger Milla dance to Roger Milla. Well, wait no more! The legend himself was goofing around with the Cameroonian team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and he hit the dance floor, to the delight of all.;)

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David Bowie predicts the Internet revolution

Music - February 01, 2017

The world-renowned musician, visionary, and fashion icon David Bowie was that rare artist: a man ahead of his time. One of his most astonishing premonitions was the Internet boom. Back in the ‘90s, during the Web’s infancy, Bowie got the scale and the scope of the upcoming revolution. His 1996 single Telling Lies was an Internet-only release, a marketing coup that netted him sales of 300,000 copies of the song.

In 1998, he took it a step further. Wanting “to invest in the Web,” Bowie sold bonds against future royalties, raising a sweet 30 million dollars, which he immediately reinvested in his own Internet provider: Bowienet. For $19.95 a month, fans got exclusive content (songs, videos, photos). And subscribers could create their own website and enhance it by importing Bowie tunes and videos. He dreamed up social media way before MySpace and Facebook!

A year later, during an interview with the BBC, Bowie described his vision of the music industry’s future. He foresaw the end of the artist/audience separation – a new era of direct contact between bands and fans. Right you were, David: with Twitter and Instagram, you can tweet Beyoncé or like a photo on Rihanna’s account!

David Bowie – Telling Lies (an Internet-only release in 1996)

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With artificial intelligence, no need for hands to make a song!

Music - January 25, 2017

Jay-Z, Adele, Coldplay… Google: that’s an eye-opening line-up, eh?;) Google’s making waves in every field, even music. The Web giant is developing Magenta, AI software that would “create art,” starting with music. It generated its premier song in 2016:

OK, so it’s not exactly Mozart, but it’s not bad for machine.

The researchers who came up with Google Brain have a second goal for Magenta: create an artistic community of musicians, coders and researchers. The idea is democratize musical production, using AI. They opened-sourced TensorFlow, their AI software library, spawning AI experiments, a site where internauts can upload their experiments and creations. One of them enables users to sing a duo with an AI partner, using a MIDI keyboard plugged into your laptop. You compose a tune, rhythm, and notes and the AI contributes a musically analogous complement.

Will we be going to concerts of AI-artists? It’s the logical next step after Daft Punk 😉

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Musk the Muse – when Elon inspires artists

Music - January 18, 2017

Scientific visionary, wildly successful entrepreneur, Elon Musk is also a music-lover, savoring artists from Frank Sinatra to Andrea Bocelli. Better still, he often inspires music.

Often compared to the character Tony Stark in Iron Man, Elon Musk is a test-tube, Bunsen-burner guy, but he’s also a rock star of pop culture. His phenomenal success and free spirit have generated a veritable cult following, and some groups have celebrated his iconic personality in song. In 2016, heavy metal’s Raptor Command dedicated its first single to the entrepreneur: “Elon: champion for humanity.” The words echo with praise of SpaceX and Musk’s fascination with Mars: “Rocketing to the stars, on to Mars we fly.” And, “He’ll take the world beyond the stars.”

Rapper Rob Grimes considers the entrepreneur his mentor and composed a song called… “Elon Musk”! “Elon is one of the people in business I look up to, and I wanted to pay homage to one of my mentors,” he affirms in a clip description.

An internaut by the name of Steven Kaminsky wrote a tribute song, cataloguing everything Tesla’s CEO has accomplished, entitled simply, “Elon Musk Song”.

We’re eagerly awaiting a tribute from Future and Young Thug 😉 (If that one sailed over your head, click here for a refresher.)

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