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Sade is Back, With New Track for “A Wrinkle in Time”

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While movie critics aren’t sure what to make of new release “A Wrinkle in Time,” music critics are gently pleased with Sade’s song for that movie, “Flower of the Universe.” It’s the band’s first new release in eight years, since “Soldier of Love,” the 2010 album.
The song is “all it needs to be: a new Sade song,” Spin opined.
Rolling Stone cites a “scratchy beat, elegant, melancholy guitar and singer Sade Adu’s polished, imposing vocals.”
The film director, Ava DuVernay, announced on Twitter that Sade would contribute a song. “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind and giving. A Goddess.”
Sade is both the name of the group and its singer, Sade Adu. The band made its name in the 1980s, selling more than 50 million albums since.
Adu, born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1957, has been mostly out of the recording picture for nearly 20 years while raising a child. “Diamond Life,” a 1984 release, became widely popular in both soul and pop circles, along with the single “Smooth Operator.”
“Soldier of Love,” the 2010 release album, “sucked the grooves out of their sound in favor of a stillness that conveyed both the vulnerability and strength inherent in isolation,” Spin said.
The movie, a live-action adaptation by Walt Disney Pictures, stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine, is based on the 1962 science fiction novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
Other music in the soundtrack is by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, among others.
“Flower of the Universe” is a quiet song about a mother’s love, and is backed by acoustic guitar. A B-side adaptation by No I.D. includes a drum track.

Justin Timberlake’s New Album Tops the Charts

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After an amazing Super Bowl halftime performance at the beginning of the month, it seems things just keep getting better for Justin Timberlake. His fifth studio album, “Man of the Woods”, just hit the top of the Billboard 200.

That’s no small feat for an album that doesn’t yet have a big hit single. Although the album only sold 293,000 copies in its first week, according to The New York Times, that was enough to knock Migos out of the No. 1 spot. His album, “Culture II”, had 88,000 sales.

This is Timberlake’s fourth consecutive No. 1 album, following 2013’s “The 20/20 Experience”. That album went on to become the year’s top seller.

MTV reports that the only studio album by Timberlake that did not reach the top spot was his debut album, “Justified”. That album hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

The singer’s most recent album has a bit of a country vibe to it, featured prominently on his collaboration with country star Chris Stapleton. The two debuted the song “Say Something” last month on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

The former “NSYNC” band member has already conquered the pop world. In his nearly 20-year long music career, he’s won 10 Grammy Awards. He’s also had roles in hit movies like “In Time” and “Friends with Benefits”. He recently earned an Oscar nomination for his song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the “Trolls” soundtrack.

The father of one doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon. His “Man of the Woods” tour is set to begin in Toronto on March 13. He will visit 27 cities, finishing off in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee on May 30.

Metallica is Worthy of Kronor and the Great Prize.

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What does Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and now Metallica have in common? They are all winners of the internationally respected Polar Music prize. According to Rolling Stone magazine Rolling Stone, it is considered the Nobel prize of music.

Too many music groups have fell into the ultimate popularity trap. They try to make music that fits the very narrow format required by most radio stations, but Metallica dared to be different. If you owned Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning or Kill em All, you understand why so few of those songs made the radio. Yet, these albums, even while breaking all the rules, would prove to stand the test of time.

Rolling Stone has released a 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time List. Metallica’s Master of Puppets is second only to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Please feel free to see where all of the other Metallica albums landed on this very prestigious list at Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

Besides the physical power and uniqueness of their music, they earned this honor with their longevity and consistency. Metallica was formed in 1981, and they never looked back. Some call it speed metal, and some call it thrash, but it changed metal forever. Many of the thrash bands that you may have heard count Metallica as one of their main influences.

At the end of the day, Metallica are leaders. Even though they went out of their way not to be exploited by pirates like Napster, they also proved to show their generosity with their own charity organizations. Their organization titled All Within my Hands will be the organization that actually receives the one million kronor that comes with the Polar Music Prize.

Metallica has proven that they play with heart, and they live with heart. Long live Metallica!

Clayton Hutson, live performance equipment expert

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Professional audio engineer and budding actor knows quite a lot about the music industry. He owns a music production company that offers a variety of services including production design, rigging, stage management, production management, show producer, logistics management, and monitor engineer. Clayton is also a event manager and music producer. Mr. Hutson has worked with big bands such as Garbage, Kid Rock, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses.

 

The decision to start his business came during the recession when he was working for another company. Of course with any career decision there is a considerable amount of risk, but he was ready to take the leap. Clayton was also able to utilize his previous skills and experience in his business to make it successful. His ideas of how to create amazing set design is from using technology like computers, using previous experience, and making sure the dimensions are correct. This is key. The live sound engineer puts in hard work to attract new clients. Impressing them with his knowledge, experience, and also working long hours is what it takes win over clients. Also paying attention to detail is crucial. Certain habits make Clayton a good choice like the fact that he checks stuff repeatedly to make sure everything is running correctly. Any big issue or malfunctions can cost him his career, so he has to take a massive amount of care in everything he does. When being hired by Kid Rock recently, he gets to the venue first, before 7 in the morning. Clayton goes through the motions of checking everything, doing a walk through, looking at the schedule, and figuring out how to store the equipment. Everything is strategic, but also takes a lot of flexibility on everyone’s part. Learn more:  http://www.livedesignonline.com/concerts?page=18

 

Although there is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into pre show time, but also getting everything figured out after the show. You have to pack things up all the equipment involved so it functions properly. One another note, one purchase made his business more successful and organized. Purchasing an iPhone has made things and business so much easier with a touch of a button.

 

 

Clayton Hutson has always loved and had a passion for music, acting, and the production surrounding the two. He studied theater design in college, which was an informative and fun experience. Mr. Hutson grew up in Glendale, California. Clayton has his own entertainment production company and is a live sound engineer and production manager.

Avengers Go “Back to Basics” Through Modern Eyes

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Marvel Comics is launching a new series, Avengers: Back to Basics as a Comixology Original. It will be an attempt to recapture the classic superhero feel that many feel has been lost in the company’s comic stories, but filtered through modern eyes—specifically through those of Kamala Khan, the modern Ms. Marvel.

In recent years, even as they become famous in the movies, Marvel has sidelined many of its classic heroes like Tony Stark, Bruce Banner and Thor Odinson. This has largely been a push for greater diversity, with new or reimagined characters like Riri Williams (a black teenage girl), Amadeus Cho (an Asian teeanger) and Jane Foster (a woman) taking their places.

However, many feel that these replacements have been less developed and interesting than their predecessors, and that replacing the protagonists damages the stories and their mythologies. Sales have dropped steadily over the years, and Marvel is currently starting an initiative to bring the old characters back while giving the legacy characters new roles.

In that regard, Avengers: Back to Basics is a good fusion of the two approaches. These are modernized versions of classic stories with the original heroes, but, according to the preview pages that are current out, they are being watched in virtual reality by Kamala Khan, a fangirl turned superheroine who is trying to learn from her predecessors. In this way, Marvel seems to be trying to bring older and new fans together while making a commentary on how much the latter owe to the former.

The comic will be biweekly and only available digitally from Comixology. It will premiere on March 7, 2018, and seems to be told in two-part story arcs. The first, as we see, will have Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man deal with Ragnarok.

Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods

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It has been quite a week for pop star and multi-talented performer Justin Timberlake. In addition to that little Super Bowl performance, Timberlake’s newest album, Man of the Woods, had a huge debut week clocking in at number one this week on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. The album was released on February 2, just two days before the long-anticipated Super Bowl LII show in Minneapolis. Although it is still early in the year, this debut claims the spot for the largest week of 2018. Man of the Woods is Timberlake’s fourth album to reach to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Man of the Woods is Timberlake’s first full-length album since 2013 when The 20/20 Experience became a worldwide hit, also debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Timberlake credits his wife Jessica Biel and his two-year-old son Silas as the inspiration behind the new album. The name Silas translates to “man of the forest”.

Although fans were not able to listen to the album in its entirety until February 2nd, loyal listeners had been given a glimpse of the artistic content with the early release of four singles. The first single to be released was “Filthy”, dropping on January 5th. “Supplies” quickly followed on January 19th and “Say Something” on January 26th. The track “Man of the Woods” was released immediately before the launch of the entire album.

To coincide with the album release and the Super Bowl performance, Timberlake also announced his 2018 World Tour dates. The tour will feature 94 total shows in North America and Europe and will begin in March 2018 in Toronto and will conclude in January 2019 in Denver.

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”: 10 Years Later

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Katy Perry has had massive success throughout the course of her career. Songs like “Firework”, “Teenage Dream”, and “Last Friday Night” dominated charts upon release, and made her a household name. Even today, she continues to be a pop icon, and is currently in her bizzare “Witness” era. In a recent interview with Glamour, Katy reflected on the earliest parts of her career. In particular, her debut single “I Kissed A Girl” was the center of attention. Originally releasing in 2008, the track was met with large amounts of controversy for its references to same-sex experimentation. Featuring lyrics like “It’s not what I’m used to, just wanna try you on” and “You’re my experimental game” with an earworm chorus, the track made it’s way up to #1 on the Billboard charts. While expressing sexuality has become more acceptable and encouraged today, the song itself could be considered problematic due to its shallow nature.
“We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.” Katy told Glamour. Political correctness is a major part of present-day culture, so adjustments to the song if it were to be released today would be necessary. Acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community continues to grow, so this song was a step in the right direction. However, it’s important to be mindful that what may be acceptable today may be entirely disrespectful in the future.

Peter Rabit Movie Makes Light of Food Allergies

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Sony’s Peter Rabbit movie opened this weekend to record-breaking audiences. The film is loosely based on the Beatrix Potter’s children’s book. However, soon after the movie came out on February 9th, social media lit up with angry moviegoers blasting the new flick.

During one scene, the rabbits attack a man who is allergic to blackberries, Peter Rabbit’s arch nemesis, Mr. McGregor. As they pelt the fruit at him, aiming for his mouth, Tom goes into anaphylaxis. He must pull out an Epi-pen to save his life. Moviegoers felt that Sony made light of the situation. It was uncalled for in a children’s movie to show these furry critters being vicious to harm someone using a medical ailment.

The scene did not sit well with Allergy UK, a support group that helps bring awareness to such conditions. Not only does the movie show vindictive behavior that can be mimicked by other children, but it also implies that such conditions are not severe.

The groups issued a demand for Sony to apologize for the insensitive scene in the show. Honestly, children will watch this movie and not think nothing of it. However, does it imply that it’s okay to give something to someone that they are allergic too if you are mad at them? Did they go too far and suggest that the situation wasn’t that serious, and an Epi-pen would solve all such problems? People die from this condition every day. Many feel it was just in poor taste to put this scene in the movie.

Twitter and Facebook have been buzzing to boycott the film. Most feel that it shows that bullying is okay, and you can use whatever means possible to get revenge. Sony issued a public statement of apology, and they wanted viewers to know that they meant nothing by the scene, and it was, in fact, insensitive. However, it may be too late to encourage people to go see a movie when it appears to be making lite of a serious issue.

NHL Zamboni Drivers at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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NHL players may not have come to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, but that doesn’t mean that the NHL is completely without a presence at the games. Seven Zamboni drivers, who are responsible for maintaining the smoothness and consistency of the ice surface, will be working the Olympics this year.

This wasn’t an expected outcome: Korean officials initially believed that their in-house staff would be able to service the ice during the games. However, it became clear as the Olympics were set to begin, they realized that they were in over their heads and needed to turn to the ultimate pros.

Part of the problem is that ice skating isn’t a hugely popular sport in Korea, meaning that their experience in maintaining ice surfaces hasn’t been tested on a large stage in the past. Now, with the world’s eyes on Pyeongchang for the 2018 Olympics, officials began to worry that their preparations weren’t sufficient to make sure that athletes were competing on world-class ice surfaces.

Enter the NHL, and their cadre of Zamboni drivers. The Zamboni is a beloved staple of any hockey game, the large machine smoothing and regulating the ice surface before the game and during period breaks. And the people who drive the Zambonis are masters of their craft.

While it may seem simple, the art of Zamboni driving is anything but, with drivers leaning on decades of experience to control many factors in creating the perfect ice service. As the largest and richest ice-based sport in the world, the NHL naturally has the cream of the crop when it comes to Zamboni drivers.

Now, seven of these drivers have made their way to Korea to assist in making sure the Olympics ice is up to the highest of standards. The NHL athletes may not be competing for gold, but the NHL is still participating in some small form in the games nevertheless.

After Controversial “Last Jedi,” Disney Re-shoots Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney’s third foray into George Lucas’s critically acclaimed Star Wars universe, received widespread praise among critics, but fell far short with audiences.

Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes reports the film received a 90% approval rating from professional reviewers, but less than a 50% approval rating from average audience members. Nevertheless, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has since become one of the highest grossing films in cinema history, lagging behind only it’s predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Despite The Last Jedi’s commercial success, the next film in the franchise has apparently struggled to make it through the production process. Industry analysts were stunned when Lucasfilm chose to fire Solo: A Star Wars Story’s directorial team last year.

Firing a director in the middle of a project is not entirely unheard of, but many feel the decision to do so may signal serious trouble.

Since then, Disney has hired famed writer/director Ron Howard to rehabilitate the new film, which follows the adventures of a young Han Solo. The new director, who was hired in June, has already re-shot significant portions of the movie (potentially as much as 80% of it, according to some sources) and industry insiders are worried such significant edits and do-overs so close to the film’s May 2018 release date could produce a product that is rushed and hard to follow.

Disney seems to disagree, and has allegedly been extremely satisfied with Mr. Howard’s performance thus far.

Ultimately, Disney knows it has room to breath when it comes to the Star Wars franchise as each film has proven both extremely popular and largely immune to the sort of audience apathy that has built up around some of it’s other properties, like the much maligned Pirates of the Caribbean.

Only time will tell if Disney is able to continue the franchise’s thus far unparalleled success, and Star Wars fans should keep be keeping their eyes open; sources close to the production report a trailer should be released soon.