Month: September 2013

Roger Taylor: ‘Freddie Mercury Would Love Queen Musical’

Queen star Roger Taylor has dismissed critics who accuse the makers of West End musical We Will Rock You of sullying the band’s history, insisting front man Freddie Mercury would have adored the show.

Taylor and his band mate Brian May worked on the production with scriptwriter Ben Elton, but it was met with a slew of bad reviews after it opened in 2002.

However, it proved popular with theatre audiences, going on to become one of the West End’s star attractions, and other versions of the musical have since been staged in countries all over the world.

Taylor is adamant Mercury would have loved the flamboyant show, and his only complaint would have been the size of the imposing statue of himself outside London’s Dominion Theatre, which hosts the production.

Drummer Taylor tells Mojo magazine, “Oh, he would have loved it, but he’d have thought that the statue wasn’t big enough – ‘Not big enough darling!’ People who think he’d be turning in his grave about We Will Rock You just don’t get him.”

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Presale Tickets For The Cher Dressed To Kill Tour On Sale Today

Many fans of the legendary musician and TV andmovie star have become aware that Cher is embarking on a large North American tour beginning next spring, and all of these fans can now find tickets online at TicketProcess.com. Accessing the site will allow fans to peruse a large inventory of affordable Cher tickets to shows that are going to be gigantic displays of the best that the star of the stage has to offer her adoring fans.

The early buzz is that she will play over two dozen songs during each tour dateon her 2014 Dressed to Kill Tour, and each one of them is sure to be a theatrical presentation that showcases the ageless performer in the bright spotlight where she has always put on great performances.

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Katy Perry Planning To Ditch Pop Music

Katy Perry is planning to ditch pop music and fill her next album with acoustic guitar music.

The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker is preparing to release her latest record, Prism, next month, but she is already looking to the future and is planning to adopt a totally different sound for the follow-up.

Perry, 28, insists she now wants to model herself on legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell as she moves forward with her career.

She tells Billboard.com, “I’ll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell. As I inch towards my 30’s, I think my fourth record will be more of an acoustic guitar album. That’s where I started when I was first discovered by Glen Ballard and got my first record deal. We’ll see – I can’t get ahead of myself. I’m still doing the work: I’m a good balance of left and right brain, and to be an artist with a long career, you’ve got to have both… I’ve got a few records under my belt, and I still feel like a brand-new artist. People still want that truth to cut through.”

Prism is Perry’s third album under her current recording moniker, but she released another under her real name Katy Hudson back in 2001.

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Jim Carrey on Good Morning America—Talks New Self-Published Children’s Book "How Roland Rolls"

Jim Carrey made an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ Thurday this week to promote his self-written children’s book, “How Roland Rolls”. He was wearing a black jacket and was looking really smart with a neat hairstyle. He gave a short interview, but it was a very interesting one! He was interviewed by ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga about his book. The story about a wave and he has a fear of losing himself when he hits the ocean.

He said that every child has a fear of losing their parents. But, this book tells that nobody is anywhere. They are right here. He shared some experiences about his childhood on which this book is based on. He said his parents smoked a lot and he remembered one day that he locked himself in the bathroom for hours with their carton of cigarettes because he was afraid they were going to die. “Kids have real fears about life and what’s going to happen to mom and dad,” he said. “I wanted to give them something that reassures them that no one is going anywhere.”

Source: JCO

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On The Cover: The Katy Perry Billboard Interview

Katy Perry  talked to Billboard about how her split from Russell Brand influenced some of the songs on her new album,  Prism, such as the not-yet-released tune “Ghost,” in which she sings, “You sent a text, it’s like the wind changed your mind,” in reference to her ex-husband  informing her via text message that he was divorcing her.

And the song “By the Grace of God,” Perry added, “is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, ‘Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?’

“All the songs are real-life moments. I can only write autobiographically,” she says. “I put all the evidence in the music. I tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs.”

For the record in case you didn’t know Katy Perry  became the first woman, and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, in the 55-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have five songs from the same album at No. 1. Meanwhile, Perry does one up  better.  With the rapid ascent of “Roar” — the instantly ubiquitous first single from the upcoming “PRISM,” due Oct. 22 — the pop superstar  has tied Rihanna for the most No. 1s on the Pop Songs tally with her ninth chart-topper. At this point, industry insiders suggest Prism will equal Teenage Dream in  multi-platinum super success.

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Barry Manilow UK Tour Dates! See Him Live In Concert In 2014

See multi-million album selling artist, Barry Manilow, when he returns to perform for his UK fans in May 2014.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million and more than 50 Top 40 hits including Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You and Copacabana (At the Copa), Manilow will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the UK from London’s Wembley Arena and the 02 to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Southampton and Ipswich.

Manilow says “I have had a love affair with this country since my very first triphere in the 70s. Some of my most memorable concerts have been in Britain, including Blenheim Palace and my first ever O2 show with the glorious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The British fans are some of the most loyal in the world and the welcome I get here is truly extraordinary.”

A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. Throughout his career, Manilow has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.

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Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP In Final Days Of Production

Lady Gaga hit Twitter on Thursday to update her fans on the making of her upcoming album ARTPOP. Using an elaborate fashion metaphor, she explained that she’s in the last phase of production:

“in the final days finishing ARTPOP. i feel like an atelier. refining seams. ironing fabrics. needling the last thread of my couture creation.”

She added: “It was this amazing moment today my head down gazing at the soundboard–the music came on i looked up + knew it was ARTPOP it all made sense.”

Gaga recently gave fans a preview of the album, debuting seven of its songs during her performance at the iTunes Festival. The cuts included a rap track, “Jewels & Drugs,” featuring T.I.,Too $hort and Twista.

ARTPOP is due November 11.

(Source): RTT


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CHARLI XCX, New video "SuperLove" plus US Tour Dates

21-year-old Charlotte Aitchison (aka Charli XCX) reveals a new video for her single ‘SuperLove’ out December 1st on Asylum UK/Atlantic —peep video here—shot during a whirlwind trip to Japan, filmed in Tokyo’s famous Robot Restaurant, involving a run-in with a local bike gang. “SuperLove” takes inspiration from female-fronted bands from the 80’s such as The Waitresses, Bow Wow Wow, and the French Ye-Ye scene from the early 60’s—and sees her fronting girl power in true Charli fashion, allowing a taste of what’s to come from LP 2, which will be released in 2014.

“SuperLove is a song about running away and falling in love with someone and it being really dangerous and bad for you but still amazing, romantic and wonderful. SuperLove is the best drug and this song is about overdosing on it and falling in real deep”—Charli XCX

Meanwhile, Charli prepares to embark on her first ever North American headline tour, backed by an all-new female band, kicking off on October 27th at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV—. Purchase tickets via: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/charlixcx/. Tour support includes LA indie rockers Kitten (Elektra Records), LIZ (Mad Decent), and UK-based producer and DJ, TWIN iDol, whom she collaborated with on a vibey remix of UK/Basque-based Crystal Fighters’ “Wave” out now via Beatport and October 8th on all other digital service providers.

All in a year’s work—Charli wrote her first #1 single ‘I Love It’ for Swedish duo Icona Pop, which has gone on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide; released her breakthrough debut album “TRUE ROMANCE” (via IAMSOUND) to rave reviews, including a ‘Best New Music’ mark from Pitchfork; toured in arenas and soon embarks on a full North American headline tour (see full itinerary and rescheduled dates below). Meanwhile Charli is vigorously working on her sophomore album. Charli has been working with and for the world’s top writers and artists including Naughty Boy,Benny Blanco, Britney Spears and Rita Ora. Her publishing was signed by Rihanna/Beyonce mega-producersStarGate. She is also featured on US hip hop artist Danny Brown’s new record ‘Old’ on track ‘Float On’, which she co-wrote with him after he rapped on a remix of her song ‘What I Like’. Stay tuned for more!

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Katy Perry Says : "Elton John is My Inspiration"

The pop star is friends with the British music legend, who has been a huge influence on her. She looks up to him as an icon and a teacher.

“Elton John is a man that speaks his mind. Still to this day, I love all his takes on life and opinions,” Katy told Z100 morning radio host Elvis Duran at the iHeart Radio Music Festival.

Katy feels Elton is her inspiration in life and music and hopes to one day be like him.

“He actually says what I feel a lot of people want to say, but we are just not that Elton John iconic level yet, she added. “He says the truth. I love his sense of humour and he says it how he sees it and his music, of course, is amazing.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph


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