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Sade Makes Comeback on Soundtrack for Upcoming Film Co-Starring Oprah Winfrey

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It’s been eight years since Sade seemingly disappeared from the limelight, and fans have been waiting for a comeback ever since. The singer-songwriter was asked to contribute to the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “A Wrinkle in Time” which includes co-stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.

Sade’s last recorded album was “Soldier of Love” and was released worldwide in 2010. It was her sixth studio album and the first album that included new music in ten years. The album debuted at number 11 which made it the highest debut on the Urban Hot AC Chart in the same decade.

Sade was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and began as a background singer for the group named Pride. In 1983, she formed her own band and released the debut album “Your Love is King” in February 1984 which later rose to become a top 10 hit.

The chosen title for Sade’s new single is “Flower of the Universe” and will be part of a soundtrack that includes music by artists like DJ Khaled, Demi Lavato, Sia, and Beyonce’. The composition was completed by Ramin Djawadi who is best known for being the composer of the score for the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones.

A Wrinkle in Time was directed by Ava DuVernay, making her the first woman of color to ever be selected to direct an action film which had a production budget that exceeded $100 million. When she spoke on Twitter about the choice to have Sade on the soundtrack, DuVernay wrote: “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind [and] giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song…And it’s a dream come true.”

The Disney film will be released in theaters nationwide on March 9, 2018.

Carole King’s Personal Piano Up for Auction

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The piano has always been a part of singer-songwriter Carole King’s legacy, and now a lucky bidder can share a part of that legacy. King’s 1924 Model M Steinway will be auctioned April 20 in New York City as part of Exceptional Sale at Christie’s.
The mahogany piano, which King used to compose several songs, is featured on the cover of her albums “Music” (1971) and “Sweet Seasons” (also 1971).
King, who first sat at a piano at age 4 and began composing hits at age 17 with her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, is celebrated in the Broadway musical “Beautiful.”
From the first King-Goffin hits such as the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” through King’s songs that she performed, including “It’s Too Late,” (“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “So Far Away,” they were the soundtrack of a generation.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opened in January 2014 and features dozens of hits. It was a 2015 Grammy award winner for Best Musical Theater Album.
Chilina Kennedy, who plays King in “Beautiful,” said her music is typical of the collaborative spirit of artists in the 1960s and ’70s. King typified that collaborative spirit with “You’ve Got a Friend,” a song she gifted to the young, relatively unknown James Taylor, who made it an iconic hit.
Christie’s Exceptional Sales are dedicated to pop culture icons; previous sales have included a World War II airplane and an original Apple computer.
The piano’s estimated value is $40,000 to $60,000. King is selling it because she is also selling her Idaho ranch to downsize, Architectural Digest said.

Cranberries to Release New Album, 25th Anniversary Project

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Irish indie-rock band The Cranberries continue to work on two projects, a new album and a 25th anniversary re-release of their debut album, following the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, the band announced.
O’Riordan had recorded vocals for tracks and emailed them to guitarist Noel Hogan three days before her death.
The band said March 7 that the album, The Cranberries’ first in six years, has been in the works since last year.
The 25th anniversary project, a reissue of “Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We,” will include remastered tracks as well as previously unreleased songs, the band announced on its website.
Band members in addition to Hogan are Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor.
They have not yet revealed anything about what the new songs might be like.
The band formed in Limerick City, Ireland, in 1990 and sold over 40 million albums, with hits including “Linger,” “How,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.”
The most recent album, in 2017, was “Something Else,” which included covers of hits recorded with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. It offered a take on the classics that was more acoustic than rock, as well as three new songs.
While the Cranberries, especially O’Riordan, gave young women a voice that was fragile, but was also “both beautiful and fierce,” according to The New York Times, their Irishness has also helped to define them, particularly after “Zombie,” a 1993 protest song written about two young victims of an IRA bombing.
O’Riordan, 46, was found dead in her hotel room Jan. 15 in London. A studio session had been booked for that day. No cause of death has been released. Authorities said it was not suspicious, but no official ruling is expected to be announced until April.

Set to Release First Album in Ten Years, The Breeders Debut New Track

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For those who have been hoping that alternative rock is on the verge of making a big comeback, the release of a new single by the Breeders should be very encouraging. The track, called “Nervous Mary,” will be part of “All Nerve,” the band’s first album in a decade.

 

While the alt-rock group has an inconsistent history in terms of membership and frequency of new releases, it does have a ton of lasting respect based on its pedigree and memorable songs.

 

Formed in 1989, the Breeders features Kim Deal from the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. Over the past nearly thirty years, only Deal has been with the group for the entire time.

 

Working with legendary producer Steve Albini, the band released the album “Pod” in 1990, which received critical acclaim. While the album was not commercially successful, it has grown more significant over time. Deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain cited it as one of his favorite records.

 

In 1993, the Breeders released “Last Splash,” which featured a massive hit in “Cannonball.” During this time, Kim Deal added her identical twin sister Kelley to the band. The Breeders toured with Nirvana, played Lollapalooza, and secured a platinum certification.

 

After Kelley Deal got tangled up in drug-related problems in 1995, the Breeders went on hiatus. They did not reemerge until 2001 when they released “Title TK.” Following another dormant period, the group released “Mountain Battles” in 2008, only to go quiet again.

 

“All Nerve” is significant because it is their first album since “Last Splash” that features this exact lineup of musicians.

 

“Nervous Mary” is a particularly interesting track because it is unusually haunting and dark. Hardcore fans as well as those who only really know “Cannonball” will recognize the sound, and time will soon tell if the Breeders are part of an alt-rock comeback.

Pearl Jam Debuts New Protest Song

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It’s been more than five years since Pearl Jam released their “Lightning Bolt” LP. That was their last original music…until now. On bassist Jeff Ament’s 55th birthday, the band released “Can’t Deny Me” as a special treat.

It debuted first on Sirius XM’S Pearl Jam Radio as a gift for the members of the Ten Club — an exclusive group for Pearl Jam’s most loyal fans. For a yearly fee, members gain early access to new tracks, exclusive magazines, and special discounts.

With its staccato beat and scathing, politically charged lyrics, the new song isn’t subtle. It’s a familiar sound that should appeal to old fans as well as potential fans who are frustrated with the current political climate. The artwork for the song keeps to the protest theme, with scenes of a crowd marching and a woman holding a protest sign with the track’s name written on it.

It’s been a busy few years for Pearl Jam. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Eddie Vedder stopped by an episode of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival to perform “Out of Sand,” a melancholy new solo track that looks back at the passage of time.

Mike McCready has been busy as well. Pearl Jam’s lead guitar player wrote the score for “Sadie,” a film about a young girl coping with her military father’s absence.

The band, one of the biggest in the world in the 1990s, is still going strong with live performances. Many of their South American tour dates are sold out. This summer, they head from South America to Europe before coming back to the States for a completely sold-out tour.

Belly Taps into Nostalgia with First Release Since 1995

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Rhode Island alt-rock group Belly is back with just its third studio album. “Dove” will be the band’s first significant re;ease since 1995, adding to a nostalgia-driven surge of new records from 1990s alternative acts.

Belly’s new single, “Shiny One,” has already debuted ahead of a May 4th release of “Dove.”

Formed in 1991, the band’s centerpiece is Tanya Donnelly on lead vocals and guitar. She has also been part of Throwing Roses and the Breeders. Incidentally, the Breeders are back with a new album as well, sans Donnelly.

In addition to Donnelly, Belly was originally composed of bassist Fred Abong, Tom Gorman on guitar, and Fred’s brother Christ on drums. All were high school classmates. Abong left the group early on and was replaced by Gail Greenwood.

Belly had its original and biggest hit in its early days with “Feed the Tree,” which was featured on its 1993 album “Star.” That record earned them a big following in alt-rock, as well as several Grammy nominations.

For its next studio album in 1995, Belly adopted a harder rock sound on “King.” However, that release did not achieve the level of success of “Star,” and Donnelly decided to break up the band in 1996. She went on to have some success as a solo artist.

In early 2016, Belly announced that it had reunited after 20 years. They returned to the studio to work on “Dove,” and announced that they would begin touring the United States and parts of Europe.

“Shiny One” has a hazy, dreamy sound to it that is more reminiscent of the band’s work on “Star” as opposed to the louder rock of “King.” This presumably bodes well for the album’s popularity given the massive success of its first album.

Belly fans will be eager to devour the band’s long-awaited new music.

Spotify to Be Publicly Traded

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Spotify, the streaming music giant, is preparing to go public. The company recently filed their initial public offering (IPO) for $1 billion to be a part of the action on the New York Stock Exchange. While investors will likely be rushing to obtain a part of this very popular stock, the actual company isn’t so popular with many artists and songwriters. They have quite the varied opinion of the Swedish company, valued at $19 billion. The company’s structure compensates artists with royalties where the more popular artists receive the greatest payments. Many older and less known artists don’t receive as much compensation and generally dislike this structure. However, those artists at the top have little to complain about as they can see massive payments. Spotify pays about $7 for every 1,000 songs that are streamed. This accounts for quite a payday for top artists. For example, Ed Sheeran accumulated 6.3 billion streams in 2017 for a nice payment of more than $44 million. On the other hand, David Crosby, a veteran rock artist, accumulated 2.2 million streams for his “Lighthouse” album in 2016, and he didn’t receive any compensation. Again, this is due to the unique structure.

 

Regardless of opinions, the company will likely continue to see a stream of income. Estimates indicate that Spotify could make about $23 billion due to the IPO. Record labels would see dividends as well with top labels such as Sony Entertainment, Warner, and Universal estimated to receive about $1 billion each. Record labels also use their company’s unique structure to determine payment which, again, usually goes more towards the popular artist. These industry-leading labels have confirmed that the earning would be shared with their artists. Perhaps at least the record labels will treat artists fairly or maybe not.

Daniel Taub and Work in Israel

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Middle Eastern nation Israel has a United Kingdom ambassador who has recently been talking about the development of fresh new relationships. He’s talking about relationships that exist for Israel and countries that have had questionable interactions with it for extended periods of time.

The objective behind this is to manage the dangers that are associated with Iran and its nuclear potential. Daniel Taub took the time to chat with a publication that’s called The Independent. He confirmed Israel’s thoughts with regard to the Geneva Accord.  Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-will-still-make-a-nuclear-bomb-israel-s-ambassador-to-the-uk-daniel-taub-argues-the-geneva-deal-8965373.html and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/8833883/Gilad-Shalits-return-is-a-testament-to-Israels-love-of-life.html

He said that the Geneva Accord is not going to accomplish much regarding defending people against Iran’s dangers. He said that it’s not going to be able to stop Iran from being able to swiftly get its hands on a nuclear weapon.

A national security crew for Israel got to Washington, D.C. in order to participate in discussions with officials who come from the United States. These circumstances may establish the need for relationships that in the past may have been 100 percent impossible to fathom.

Taub brought up teamwork between the land of Israel and several mostly Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states are a couple of big examples. These nations are like Israel in that they have major concerns about Iran’s possible nuclear attempts in the future.

Taub indicates that Israel’s Western interactions are still in fine working order. William Hague is a Foreign Secretary for the House of Commons. He expressed that Iran has dedicated itself to a range of major responsibilities.

Daniel Taub’s time on this planet was kicked off back in 1962 in the United Kingdom. He was the recipient of a glowing education.

He went to the Kennedy School of Government located at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. He enjoyed a rock-solid education in the United Kingdom as well. He attended classes at the University College in London and the University College in Oxford.

This individual went to Israel to live in 1989. He worked for the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) for a while. He was a reserve officer and a combat medic. Taub was part of the group’s global law sector. He attained employment with the Israeli Foreign Ministry at the start of the nineties.

Taub has had multiple diplomatic and legal titles. He functioned as the United Kingdom’s Israel ambassador between the years of 2011 and 2015. He now is part of the foundation for Yav Hanadiv.

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Long Albums in the Music Industry are Now Trending

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Unless you’re living under a rock, then you’ve noticed that there’s a new trend in the music industry. Albums are becoming insanely long. The number of tracks, and consequently the album lengths, are something that music lovers have long dreamed of. From Migos’ “Culture II” containing 24 tracks lasting one hour and 46 minutes to Chris Brown’s “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” containing an astounding 45 tracks lasting two hours and 38 minutes, fans are getting more for their money. Or are they?

It’s becoming evident that artists are utilizing a greater number of songs on albums as a way to boost numbers that lead to album certifications and placements on the music charts. Billboard and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) both use particular criteria to determine qualification. This process has become more complicated now that streaming has become popular. This is where the strategy behind these super-long albums comes into play. To count as an album sale by Billboard and the RIAA, there must be one album purchased, 10 songs downloaded or 1,500 songs streamed. Since users streaming songs even count when the platform is ad-supported and not requiring the user to pay for the service, essentially everyone can take part in an artist’s album sale figures. Artists are maximizing their resources and they can see dividends as it’s well-known that an artist’s worth is often determined by how many times they’ve had a number-one hit and the number of gold and platinum certifications received. So sorry fans if you thought your favorite artist was trying to give you more bang for your buck. Even though they’ll get the highly-coveted figures, you’ll still get a load of music. So I’d call this a win-win.

Janelle Monáe Releases New Album with Two Sensational Music Videos

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Janelle Monáe’s new album is set to be released on April 27, 2018. The album titled “Dirty Computer” will also be unveiled with two new music videos to go along with the long-awaited new recordings. The music video for the single “Make Me Feel” was directed by Alan Ferguson, and “Django Jane” was co-directed by Andrew Donoho, Chuck Lighting, and Lacey Duke.

“Make Me Feel” showcases another electrifying and lively performance with a vibe that can only be described as Prince-inspired. The song is a powerful blend of a rumbling bass and euphoric sound that brings a colorful disco dancing sensation. “Django Jane” has a more hip-hop sound that includes a piano loop with a deceptive percussion that unleashes a gush of bars that flows with pure energy. Both music videos are sensational.

The six-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter was born in Kansas City, Kansas where her mother was a janitor and her father was a truck driver. Her big break came when she moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001. She collaborated with Outkast’s Big Boi before founding the Wondaland Arts Society.

Monáe has partnered with several artists on her Wondaland Records label such as Erykah Badu with the single “Queen”. The single premiered on SoundCloud with more than 31,000 digital downloads, and the music video received more than four million views on YouTube within its first week.

In support of the #MeToo movement, Monáe spoke at the 2018 Grammy’s prior to announcing Kesha’s emotional performance. Monáe is an advocate for change in the music industry and widely supported among her loyal fans. This is a time when artists such as Monáe are embracing the power of their representation within the music industry.

Monáe is currently in preparation to develop a narrated film to go alongside the release of Dirty Computer; however, a release date has not been announced. The new album is already available for pre-order.