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Ariana Grande Makes Surprise Visit to Coachella

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Singer Ariana Grande surprised fans last week with an impromptu performance of her latest single. Grande performed “No Tears Left to Cry” during Kygo’s set during the second week of the Coachella Music Festival in California. Grande dedicated her performance to Avicii, a Swedish musician and DJ who died earlier this week. Grande noted that Avicii was an inspiration to her and many others in the music industry, saying, “He was the reason I started making music.” Kygo echoed Grande’s feelings about Avicii, telling the crowd, “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration, and he was the reason I started making music. So I don’t think I would have been on the stage if it wasn’t for him.” Kygo concluded his set with Avicii’s hit “Without You.” In addition to “No Tears Left to Cry,” Grande also performed the Marvin Gaye classic “Sexual Healing” in her visit to Coachella.

Grande released “No Tears Left to Cry” last week to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The foundation of Grande’s song lies in overcoming obstacles and embracing hope and positivity. As the lead single for her currently untitled fourth album, Grande hopes to express some of the difficulties she has faced in the last two years. Specifically, the album is inspired in part by Grande’s tragic concert in Manchester in May of last year, where 23 people died and 500 were injured in a terrorist bombing. Since the bombing, Grande has devoted herself to numerous charity and social causes, helping to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert to provide financial support to victims of the attack. Additionally, Grande has been a supporter of the March for Our Lives gun control movement.

Wu-Tang Clan Demands Return of Album on Colbert

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Rappers Ghostface Killah and Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to voice their frustration over their album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album’s only copy was bought by disgraced businessman Martin Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million. Following Shkreli’s conviction last year on conspiracy to commit securities fraud, the album has been in the possession of the federal government.

In their appearance on The Late Show, Ghostface Killah and Method Man humorously implored United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release the album. Although the fate of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is in the hands of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, as head of the Department of Justice, Sessions has much sway over what will happen to the record. Speaking to a Keebler elf that was meant as a stand-in for Sessions, Method Man argued, “That album belongs to the people.” Colbert, speaking for Keebler Sessions, refused to turn over the album for free, saying that he was filled with C.R.E.A.M., or “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The two then warned Keebler Sessions that they would settle the dispute through the ancient ways of Shaolin before snatching the cookie from Colbert’s hand and eating it.

Despite the humorous skit, Wu-Tang Clan remains greatly concerned with the final fate of the album. Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine last month, fellow member RZA told of how the group wants the album back and that the record has almost taken on a life of its own. Comparing the album to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, RZA hopes that whatever the final fate of the album is, it will be respected and treated in a proper manner.

Music Can Improve Relationships With Your Children

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If you are a parent of a child who loves music, then you may want to listen to music with them. Studies have shown that parents and children who listen to music together have better relationships. Researchers have found that adolescents who listen to music with their parents report being closer to them.

The researchers surveyed young adults. The average age of the participants was 21. They were asked about how much time they spend listening to music with their parents when they were younger. They stated that listening to music with their parents helped them have a better relationship with their parents.

Jake Harwood is the co-author of the study and a professor at UA Department of Communication. He stated that it is common for parents and children to listen to music together while the child is growing up. However, this becomes less common as the child grows up.

Sandi Wallace is a student who used the project as an undergraduate research project. She stated that it is interesting to see how music can have a positive effect on parent-child relationships. Jake and Sandi both have explanations for why listening to music helps improve relationships.

Studies have shown that when people do activities together, they start to like each other more. Doing activities together also helps people develop empathy. They have an easier time understanding each other.

It is important for parents to realize that listening to music does not have to be a difficult experience. For example, you can listen to music while you are in the car together. The researchers also stated that listening to music together does not mean that parents and children will have a perfect relationship. However, it is a great way to bond.

NSync Reunites to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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It has been 20 years since wildly popular boy band exploded into the national consciousness with the smash hit “I Want You Back.” Now, a reunion at the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has fans salivating over the possibility of future collaborations. Even though the band only lasted four years, the members have remained friends and occasionally reunite, and Justin Timberlake’s speculation about the future at this event could bode well for another recording or tour.

Timberlake was joined by his fellow band members Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Lance Bass. Each of the five of them made a short speech after introductory remarks by Ellen Degeneres and Carson Daly, who praised the groundbreaking quintet and their place in music history. One topic of significance was Lance Bass’s sexuality; while he had not felt comfortable sharing the fact that he was gay while the band was together, he had always wanted to do so for the sake of his gay fans. He noted that he was grateful to have found the courage to come out of the closet in later years.

The group initiated a big sing-along of “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” which further spurred hopes that the five would sing together in the near future. Incidentally, this took place on April 30th, prompting jokes about “It’s Gonna Be May,” a fan-created meme featuring a play on words from one of the band’s hits. It’s nice to see that these golden-voiced men who sang together before hordes of screaming teens are still enjoying each other’s company, and perhaps before too long, they will create some new music for the next generation of fans to enjoy.

Jack White Keeps Number One Spot With ‘Boarding House Reach’

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‘Boarding House Reach’ Proves To Be Another Success For Jack White

Rock n’ roller Jack White continues to dominate the Billboard chart with his latest album, ‘Boarding House Reach.’ The guitar legend’s third solo EP follows White’s two previous albums at the number one spot. This 2018 album is also the first rock record to reach the top of the Billboard charts this year.

‘Boarding House Reach’ follows ‘Lazaretto’ in 2014 and 2012’s ‘Blunderbuss’ to further further the performer’s reputation as a number one artist. Selling 124,000 copies its first week alone, this well-anticipated album is certain to be a Grammy nod if not a contender for Album of the Year.

How Does This Project Compare To White’s Former Work and Other Artists?

Surprisingly, Jack White has seen more success as a solo artist over his work with previous bands. His arguably most well-known group, The White Stripes, were supremely successful reaching number two on the charts with the album ‘Icky Thump’ in 2007. Other notable group The Dead Weather reached number seven on Billboard twice.

Album sales of ‘Boarding House Reach’ were only surpassed by Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ upon its debut. However, vinyl copies of the record reached 270,000 units, making it the fourth best sum for vinyl in over 25 years.

Other notable chart toppers include movie soundtracks ‘Black Panther – The Album’ and ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Top artists also include newcomers such as Post Malone, Logic, and Camila Cabello. Fan favorites Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons rounded the back of the top 10 list.

Rumor has it anticipated albums from acts like The Weeknd and Hayley Kiyoko wo;; be the next contenders to take White’s place, so stay tuned.

Yellow Submarine Musical Returning to Theaters

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In news that will sure to make fans of classic rock happy, Yellow Submarine by the Beatles is scheduled to return to theaters later this summer. Marking the 50th anniversary of the animated musical, Yellow Submarine will be back in theaters starting July 8. The film has been painstakingly restored to 4k digital resolution, with graphic artists not using any software in the restoration process and working on each frame by hand. Mix engineer Peter Cobbin additionally restored the film’s soundtrack to 5.1 stereo surround at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios.

Yellow Submarine features the Fab Four embarking on a psychedelic adventure to save the undersea kingdom of Pepperland. Directed by George Dunning, the Beatles themselves did not actually voice their characters in Yellow Submarine but do appear in the soundtrack and live-action sequence that closes the film. Upon its release, the film garnered near universal acclaim, both for its soundtrack and Pop-Art style. Currently, the film holds a 96% approval rating on film website Rotten Tomatoes.

While Yellow Submarine is famous for its animated sequences, its soundtrack remains one of the most famous soundtracks in history, with Beatles standouts “All You Need is Love,” “Only a Northern Song,” and, of course, “Yellow Submarine” included in the film. The soundtrack was even nominated for a Grammy Award in 1970 for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

In addition to re-releasing the film, the Beatles’ Apple Corp Ltd. plans other ways of celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary. In partnership with Titan Comics, a comic book adaptation of the musical is scheduled for release later this year, with MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison leading the project.

New Taylor Swift Video To Be Released On Spotify

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Pop music star, Taylor Swift has had a change of heart when it comes to doing business with Spotify. The singer had written a scathing piece about the streaming industry several years ago where she blasted streaming services like Spotify. Her editorial attacking music streaming was published in the Wall Street Journal and quickly gained notoriety. Swift then removed her music from streaming services such as Spotify and was associated with a distrust of music streaming.

Now it seems that the bad blood between the music streaming industry and pop star Taylor Swift is buried in the past. Swift’s records have reappeared on Spotify, where fans can now listen to her music once again. In another move of rapprochement, Swift has announced that a brand new video for one of her hit songs will be released exclusively on Spotify. The new video is for the song called Delicate.

Taylor Swift even made a brief clip where she encouraged fans to come check out her new video on Spotify. She tweeted out the message and clip, which was then retweeted by the CEO of Spotify with three flame emojis. We assume the three flame emojis are a symbolism of the excitement that CEO, Daniel EK had when he heard the news.

Having music stars such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber work with music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music are a big plus for the music streaming industry as a whole. When such stars blast the industry, they create mistrust and confusion for fans and people who want to listen to music. It is good to see a rapprochement occur between Swift and Ek. They are both big players in the music industry right now, and if they work together, they can achieve some big things.

Swift’s announcement of her exclusive new video comes at the same time that Apple Music announced it is getting into the music video act as well. Apple Music said that it would have exclusive videos for artists such as Beck and a Tribe Called Quest. Perhaps the Taylor Swift announcement has something to do with competition between Apple Music and Spotify? It sure seems like it.

Neil Young’s “Paradox” and Other New Albums Get The Thumbs-Up From Rolling Stone

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Being a longtime fan of Neil Young’s music, I’m glad to hear that the legendary rocker has released a new album titled “Paradox.” Because I wanted to learn more about the album, I just went to the Rolling Stone website, where I found an article that provides useful information about “Paradox.”

In addition to providing a brief overview of the new Neil Young work, the Rolling Stone article that I just read offers short descriptions of new albums by nine other musical artists.

The selection of songs on the new Neil Young album is described as “diverse,” with a small amount of melody and a lot of casual guitar lines present.

An album titled “Twenty-two In Blue” by a trio from Brooklyn named Sunflower Bean gets a good review in the article, as does the new “Ceremony of Dreams” album from the 1970s jazz ensemble Entourage.

The always-creative Jack White has just released a new album titled “Boarding House Reach.” According to Rolling Stone, the album is an expansive, rocking collection of tunes that is “spiritually hungry and collectively driven,” among other things.

A new album named “Space Gun” by the indie-rock band Guided By Voices features the band’s ‘classic’ 1990s lineup of members, and leader Robert Pollard’s recent songwriting gets a thumbs-up from Rolling Stone.

The Messthetics are a rock trio from the D.C. area whose new, self-titled album is recommended by Rolling Stone, as is the debut solo effort from Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards rock band.

Rolling Stone is always a good source of information about the latest releases in the music world, and I’m glad that I learned about all of these other new releases when I was originally looking up the new Neil Young album.

Frances Bean Cobain Previews First Original Song

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Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of legendary Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and grunge rocker Courtney Love, released a preview of her first original song. Posted on Instagram, the preview was released on the 24th anniversary of her father’s death. In the brief clip, Cobain sings in a flexible, powerful voice, showing the full range of her vocal potential. Beginning with a quieter, more solemn style, as the video goes on, Cobain sings in a more emotive, urgent tone. The clip is presented without instrumental accompaniment.

While the subject of the song is not readily apparent, reviewers believe it is about her father given the timing of the release on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The elder Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when Frances was only a year old. Religious themes are also present in the clip, with Cobain singing, “I think I saw you when I was small/I think I found you, a penny for your good thoughts/ I think I found you, Jesus hangs in your place on the cross.” Prior to the release of this clip, Cobain has never shared any original songs she has worked on, although she has posted clips of her singing covers of songs by other artists, notably Jimmy Eat World and Leonard Cohen.

Cobain first mentioned an interest in writing original songs in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone. Cobain confessed that writing original content seemed like a daunting task, but that the hardest part was finding the creativity and ambition to actually begin the writing process. Cobain echoed these same sentiments in a caption with her Instagram post, telling fans that she does not have a TV in her house to avoid anything that might distract her from her music. In addition to her aspiring music career, Cobain is also a well known artist and designer.

From Struggles to Fame Kelly Clarkson is Confident on The Voice and New Album

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It’s been 16 years since Kelly Clarkson’s memorable audition for American Idol, which she later went on to win. Kelly is now one of the four judges on the popular singing competition show, The Voice. With eight hit albums a decade and a half later, Kelly has made her presence known in the music industry as a fierce, confident and enormously talented singer-songwriter. However, the road to her stardom and fame has not come without a few obstacles along the way.

Kelly clashed over creative differences with her first record label, RCA. During a time when record executives were trying to use the looks of a woman rather than their music-talent, Kelly found herself having to defend her position to be treated as an artist as opposed to a sex object. Kelly recalls saying to executives, “I have one life and I don’t want to live it like this, and it’s cool if you feel like my ship is sinking, but I just want to make sure I’m at the helm, that if I’m going to go down, it’s because of [me].” Throughout her entire music career, Kelly has refused to compromise her integrity and convictions as an artist, or as a human. It’s important for her to remain true to the songs that she sings and represent them in an authentic way.

Kelly contributes a lot of her success to the struggles that she’s had to endure on her rise to fame. At one point, she was living in her car after her apartment caught fire while living in Los Angeles. By the time she auditioned for American Idol, Kelly felt as though there was nothing to lose and felt her strength and courage during those moments. Her biggest influence is Aretha Franklin, the unofficially titled “Queen of Soul.” Kelly says, “Aretha is a flawless vocalist.”

Kelly’s newest album, “Meaning of Life” was released in 2017 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number two. She has reached number one on the Billboard 200 more than 100 times throughout her career with over 25 million albums and 36 million singles sold worldwide.