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Lion King, the musical sets a new record

Posted by elegant On October - 1 - 2014

Walt Disney Pictures’ The Lion King movie came out on June 15, 1994 and the animated movie made history as the highest grossing movie released in 1994. It was the 32nd animated feature film for the Walt Disney Animated Classics and earned more than $987 million by 2011 making it the highest grossing movie in the history behind Avatar which collected more than $2.8 billion world-wide. Research for the movie carried out in the jungles of Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya.

Now The Lion King the Musical is also making history of its own. The musical is based on the movie that bears the same name. It follows the journey of Simba, born to animal royalty. He overcomes the evil uncle with the help of his jungle friends and claims the crown he deserves. The musical features songs by Elton Jones and is directed by Julie Taymor. With over $6.2 billion box office earnings world-wide, it is the best-selling stage version show as of the end of September 2014. The musical started in Broadway in 1997 and started going around the world soon after. It surpassed the previous record of $5.6 billion set by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of Opera.

It is red carpet awards season again

Posted by elegant On August - 14 - 2014

Two award ceremonies dominate the month of August this year. They are to be followed by many others in coming months.

The MTV’s 2014 Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This is the 31st annual awards ceremony for the MTV. Many artists including Beyoncé with Jay Z are scheduled to perform at the show. It will select a Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Male, Best Female, and the best in many other categories. Beyoncé and Australian artist Iggy Azalea leads the field of artists with eight nominations each followed by Eminem with seven nominations.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles on Monday, August 25, 2014. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors the best in primetime television programming covering the period from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. This year’s event is held a month earlier than usual and on a Monday due to NBC’s other contractual obligations. Former Saturday Night Live star and current TV host of Late Night on NBC, Seth Meyers will be the host of the ceremony.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted by elegant On July - 30 - 2014

The Country Music Hall of Fame (CMF) intends to preserve and protect country music and educate its audiences. Located in Nashville, Tennessee it serves wider clientele connected to the country music industry. Started in 1961 honoring Jimmie Rogers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams, The CMF continued to honor many country artists over decades. Some of its more recent well- known inductees includes Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Dean, Roy Clerk and many others. The Country Music Association (CMA) created CMF to recognize individuals for their contribution to the cause. A CMA’s Panels of Electors who are anonymous members appointed by the CMA Board selects all inductees. They hold Medallion Ceremony at the facility to pay tribute to inductees through words and songs. A bronze plaque is unveiled for each inductee and displays at the museum rotunda.

The 2014 inductees were disclosed on April 22, 2014 based three categories; modern area category, veteran era category and songwriter category. To be nominated and selected as a modern era category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 20 years ago. Veteran category inductees require receiving national prominence more than 45 years ago. CMA and CMF provides avenues and recognize talent in the field of country music.

Cute sells music in Japan

Posted by elegant On January - 31 - 2014

When it comes to selling music in Japan, cute can sell more albums. Japan’s $4.3 billion music market is roughly equals the U.S. music market and it is the world’s second largest music market. No wonder why many U.S. artists including Lady Gaga are flocking to Japan rapped in “Hallo Kitty” doll costume. Lady Gaga is promoting her latest album “Artpop” in Japan which sold more than 100,000 copies so far.

One strategy to sell music in Japan includes cute costumes. Lady Gaga is not alone. Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Lisa Leob and many others are trying to woo customers with cute outfits. Created in 1974, Hello Kitty has been a face for attracting customers for many years. Some artists like Leob uses the Hallo Kitty character on the cover of its album in Japan and attended Japanese music awards along with the character. Hello Kitty annual sales generate more than seven billion dollars annually for its owner, Sanrio. Japanese pay more for CDs ($30 for new release) compared to prices in the United States ($18 for a new release). Japan also has very strict antipiracy laws. Cartoon characters are being used in a big way to promote products and services in Japan.

Pandora music radio anywhere, anytime

Posted by elegant On January - 27 - 2014

Started a decade ago, Pandora Internet Radio is a music streaming and music recommendation service on the Internet. It began decoding music in 2009 using a 400 attribute algorithm that guide to music you like and they called it “Music Genome Project.” It plays music selections based on user’s artist selection and the user provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen for him or her by the service. Then they take the result into consideration when recommending songs to play for the user in the future. The service has two subscription options; one with a free service supported by advertisements and a fee-based subscription without advertisements. Service is available on mobile units as well as the home computer in the United States.

Started in Oakland, California Pandora iPhone app helped it to attract more than 35 million listeners, more than half of them on mobile devices. Its advertisements generate income and the company started to make a profit in 2009. The company went public in 2011. Today its revenue estimated at $274 million with a profit of $16 million. Royalty claims have been a major issue for Pandora and they are working things out in open courts.

The X Factor USA Final is this week

Posted by admin On December - 19 - 2011

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The X factor USA final is this week. 3 contestants are remaining. They are: Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro. $5 Million is up for grabs for the winner. In case you have not been following, here is a little summary of each contestant.

Josh Krajcik: He is the oldest of the contestant at age 30 from the over-30 group. He flips burgers during the day, but music is his passion and he has always tried to make it as an artist. His voice has a grungy soulful sound to it. During the rock week, he did a cover of Foo Fighters song, which I feel was his best so far and rocked the house.

Chris Rene: He doesn’t have the best voice of the remaining contestants, but has the charisma, the looks and what it takes to be a super star. He writes and plays his own music. He has performed 2 of his own songs so far and has also written additional lyrics for some of the covers he has done. His style is hip hop and his mentor LA Reid once said that Kanye would be proud of him.

Melanie Amaro: She probably has the best voice of the remaining contestants and has taken on real powerful songs from Maria Carey to Celine Dion. She is only 18. She almost did not make it to the Top 16, but Simon Cowel his mentor changed his mind at the last minute. After he had already picked 4 to go to the next round, he decided he had made a mistake and brought on Melanie as well. It seems he made the right choice.

Let’s watch the show this week and see what happens.

Westlife to split in 2012

Posted by creative On October - 25 - 2011

The popular Irish boy band Westlife has announced they are to split up in 2012. Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan who have been together for fourteen years with fourteen Number 1 singles will go separate ways after releasing the Greatest Hits album this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.

The band launched in 1998 after originally being signed by Simon Cowell with Brian Mc fadden as the fifth member, went on to become one of the most successful bands in the world with popular hits like Flying Without Wings and Swear it Again. Brian Mc Fadden left the band in March 2004 to pursue a solo career and spend more time with his family.

A statement released by the band stated that “After fourteen years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, seven of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold 44 million copies around the world, 10 sellout tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways “
The statement also stated that the spit was amicable and they want to take a break and look at new ventures.

American Idol announces Top 24

Posted by admin On February - 25 - 2011

American Idol has decided its Top 24. 12 girls and 12 boys were chosen to go to the next round live for the public to vote. It has been an interesting season with many good singers and interesting characters.  Some favorites like 15-year-old Jacee went home, while some other favorites that made it were: Brett Loewenstern (long red haired guy), Jovany Barreto (the guy who showed his abs), Paul Mcdonald, James Durbin (the punk that delivers pizza), and Scotty McCreery (the country singer), Lauren Alaina.

Here is a list of remaining Top 24:

• Thia Megia
• Naima Adedapo
• Ashthon Jones
• Karen Rodriguez
• Pia Toscano
• Robbie Rosen
• Stefano Langone
• Casey Abrams
• Julie Zorrilla
• Tim Halperin
• Tatynisa Wilson
• Jordan Dorsey
• Jacob Lusk
• Rachel Zevita
• Kendra Chantelle
• Paul McDonald
• Clint Jun Gamboa
• Lauren Turner
• Haley Reinhart