Friday, March 30, 2012

PLA Media Announces AF Productions

PLA Media Announces AF Productions
 
PhotobucketPLA Media is happy to announce their latest collaboration, AF Productions. A special LLC joined just for the month of April to celebrate April Fools Day. “I love to laugh - often at myself and after all so much fodder to work with,” grins Lewis. “Life is far too serious and we could all enjoy a bit of good natured fun. So in the spirit of April Fools Day, “Laughter is the best medicine especially if it’s not mean spirited.” – Laugh on!
 
The history of April Fools Day or All Fools Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (New Year’s week) to January 1.
 
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace.
 
AF Production and PLA Media hope you and yours live well, laugh often, release a few healthy endorphins, and enjoy a Happy April Fools Day!
 
  
Oak Ridge Boy Member William Lee Golden Makes a Momentous Decision
 
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 Oak Ridge Boy founding member William Lee Golden has made a historic decision.  After 30 years of cultivating his signature silver locks and ‘Mountain Man’ beard, Golden has called it quits and lobbed it off.
 
“I  figured that Before I Die (also the title of the song he sings on the Oaks current Cracker Barrel release It's Only Natural) I wanted to see a bit more of my face and head,” he jokes with his usual aplomb. His wife Brenda and ten year-old son Solomon were surprised to see him clean shaven, but fear not, his signature long locks will be ‘recycled.’  "I'm having them turned into paint brushes."
 
Golden has become a celebrated landscape artist often taking his easel and acrylic paints on the road when the Oaks tour an average 150 dates a year. He uses acrylic because they dry faster and makes it easier to travel.  The easel and paints were a Christmas gift a few years ago from Brenda and Solomon and he finds this creative outlet to be a catharsis for him and respite from life on the road. 
 
His artwork hangs in the President George H.W. Bush Sir. Presidential Library Museum in College Station, Texas and has been featured at the prestigious Tulsa, OK. Gilcrease Museum, Tennessee State Museum for a special one man show and the Nashville International Airport as well as other prominent venues nationwide. "I'm picky about my paint brushes, plus, I wanted to add a little more of myself into each painting."
 
 
Fashionista Stars Collide…Lynn Anderson goes  "Ga Ga"
 
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Country icon, fashionista, and Grammy winner Lynn Anderson goes " Ga Ga " over Lady Gaga (formerly Stefani Germanotta). “I love her unpredictable trendsetting style and musical sensibilities,” shares Anderson, who herself has been called ‘Country Weekly’s Sexiest All-Time Country Star of the ‘70’s.’

The busy songstress is balancing work on several new projects as well as a busy tour schedule including a May UK run as well as renovating her new Music City home. She loves to trend set and enjoys shopping as one of her passions. Whether donning her signature  pink cowboy hat, Manuel shirt or jacket, a fedora, Jimmy Choo shoes, Isaac Mizrahi dress and walking the CMA red carpet, Anderson is equally at home in every spotlight. So, from now on, Anderson prefers to be called “Lady L A   L A !” Thank you very much! 
 
“I’m always reinventing myself. I’m like Imelda Marcos. I have over 30 pairs of shoes and over 30 boots and manage to wear them all,” laughs Lynn. “I figured if Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry can add a little more color to their Clairol, so can I.”

Is Survivor: Nicaragua's Chase Rice a Country Hunk?
  
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Six pack abs, country hunk and star of "Survivor Nicaragua," Chase Rice is sick of all the girl's throwing themselves at him. In desperation to be taken seriously as a songwriter and country crooner, Chase has made a resolution unlike most people. With most of America struggling with losing weight in time for swim suit weather, Chase has other plans.
 
Don't be surprised if you see him chomping on a greasy cheeseburger, cheddar fries and a large chocolate shake. "I'm determined to pack on some pounds. My goal is to gain 20 pounds by the end of May so I Can be a bit 'fluffy' in my swimsuit," exclaimed an exasperated Chase. The normally affable Chase is sick of picking up the numerous panties on stage at each performance, refusing phone numbers and room keys. "Hey, don't get me wrong, I love women and am extremely flattered, but hey, I'm just one guy. I really want to be taken seriously and not be thought of as a sex symbol. I'm just a regular guy pursuing a music dream"
 
 
Get Thee to a Nunnery
 
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PLA singer/songwriters Corey Wagar, DeeAnn Dominy, Michelle Turley, EG Kight and Joanna Mosca have all announced they are renouncing their Music City dreams in favor of vows of chastity and celibacy. They are joining the “Singing Nuns,” members of the congregation of Mary The Immaculate Queen, well known for their heavenly harmonies. EG Kight is taking lead as being the mother superior. Look for some eclectic music making soon.
 
 
Bad Boy Adam Fisher Joins The Cast of glee
 
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North Carolina native Adam Fisher, known for his outlaw ways and fun loving partying, has decided to move to LA, cut his hair and join the cast of glee, as Mr. Stanley Strummer, a wanna-be country star and guitar instructor at McKinley High. “I’m sick of being on 2nd Avenue having the time of my life with my band and searching for a record deal,” says Fisher. “This deal was hard to resist.”
 

Songsmith Barry Michael Makes "Dad" Discovery
 
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Stockbridge Record's Barry Michael, whose current single and video Uncountrify Me is climbing the charts, shares more than a passing resemblance to long time hit maker, TV and film star 70 year-old Mac Davis. The two share an easy winning smile, twinkling eyes, similar physique, signature brown curly locks, a love of music and songwriting, and, as it turns out possibly even DNA.
 
The good looking Georgia Hunk may well be the "love child" of Davis. "We're having tests done, but after meeting, co-writing, and singing together, we both feel a natural connection and a special bond. He'll always be my musical mentor. I admire him enormously and am honored to follow paths he has paved," smiles Michael.
 
Davis is best known for penning the Elvis song, In the Ghetto as well as his hit, Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me and had his own hit TV series The Mac Davis Show.
 
Look for possible collaborations between the winsome duo.
 

Ambassador of Music City, David Andersen Defects
 
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Arguably one of the hardest working and most omnipresent virtuoso guitarists in Nashville, David Andersen is leaving his beloved city for the Soviet Union. Andersen, the official guitarist at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum has been invited to be entertainer at the Russian musical diplomat/cultural attaché at the Kremlin.
 
“I’ve enjoyed my experience in Music City and have made friends around the world. This opportunity will afford me the unique chance to spread the Nashville brand even further,” explains Andersen.
 
The dexterous ‘Renaissance Man,’ a composer, pianist, and guitarist have been the face of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum welcoming visitor’s worldwide. Dubbed the ‘Ambassador of Music City’ and logged over 300,000 tunes, he has a fan base of over 1 million (from all 50 states and 90 nations around the globe).
 
Though invited to St. Petersburg in the past, the musician was particularly interested in visiting now that newly elected Vice Putin is in office. “I’m encouraged by Putin’s open-mindedness and progressive politics. The timing feels right.” Along with his regular gig at the museum, Andersen is seemingly everywhere. His appearances include stints at the Nashville Predators games, Mayor’s Office, Governor’s Ball, CMA Awards, Music City Rose Garden, TN State Museum, among others. He’s at ease hobnobbing with Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, Executive Director TN State Museum Lois Riggins and others.
 
 
Michael Jonathon Joins Tea Party/ Coal Lobby
 
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Fans of Michael Johnathon might be surprised to find out that the creator/host of successful syndicated radio show, "Woodsongs” is renouncing his green roots in favor of crass commercialism. Like his forbearers, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, Michael frequently mixes his folk Americana roots with social activism --- his latest indictment on the coal industry "Appalachian Road" (Front Porch CD).  In an unexpected turn about he has decided to join the Republican Tea Party movement and has been tapped to write a signature song for the "clean energy" coal industry. "I'm sick of 'folk rhymes with broke'!" laments Jonathon.  "My days of idealism are over. I'm taking care of number one and realize I've just been too naive. After all, what can one man do?  I'm just one guy trying to fight Goliath.  If you can't beat 'em join 'em.”  In addition to writing a campaign for the coal industry, Michael will be campaigning for Newt Gingrich.  "Of all the candidates, he is the most enlightened." remarks Michael.
 
 
 
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DEE HILLIGOSS KICKS OFF


MULTI-FACETED ENTERTAINER AND MOM 
 DEE HILLIGOSS KICKS OFF
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH WITH DEBUT COUNTRY SINGLE
 
INSPIRATIONAL ANTHEM
“TOO SOON” RELEASES TO COUNTRY RADIO AND
ITUNES MONDAY 
 
Nashville, TN (March 30, 2012) – Multi-faceted entertainer, singer and Autism mom Dee Hilligoss is releasing her debut single, “Too Soon,” to country radio and iTunes on Monday April 2.  After fully dedicating the last 10 years to being a full time stay at home mom, as well as advocate for her 12 year old son, who has autism, Hilligoss is releasing her debut country single, an energetic anthem for anybody facing difficult times.  Hilligoss will accompany the single release with a nationwide country radio tour beginning in late April.
 
Listen to the single HERE. 
 
“Being able to complete my debut single has been a fabulous opportunity for me," exclaims Hilligoss.  "I hope it can bring as much hope and inspiration to others as it has brought to me.  Everyone goes through tough times, and I hope this song gives my fans the motivation to face their challenges."
 
Rewind to September 11, 2001, Hilligoss, a Brownburg, IN native, was in New York City planning to delve back into a full time entertainment career when the 9/11 tragedy struck.  Hilligoss packed her bags and headed back to her home base of Indiana.  Three months later a personal tragedy struck when her son was diagnosed with autism.
 
“When my son was diagnosed it felt like life had ended … it was a vulnerable, helpless, and hopeless time.  I had to quickly make the decision to lie down or stand up and fight," notes an emotional Hilligoss.  "Not only did I choose to stand up and fight, I decided to face Autism head on.  Every minute of every hour of every day I spent researching about Autism and anything I could do to help my son.  I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I would never give up.  I would do anything for him.”
 
When her nearly 10 year marriage ended, Hilligoss had her personal strength once again challenged.  Infidelity forced her into becoming a single mom.
 
"We can never fault ourselves for someone else's weaknesses," says Hilligoss.  "I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.  God really does open a window when a door in our lives is closed ... for me, I was led back to music."  
 
Even though Hilligoss faced trying seasons in her life, there is an overabundance of inspiring and spectacular moments in her personal life, as well as in her career.  Musical competence and entertaining come natural to Hilligoss and she polished her talents from a very young age.  She enrolled in dance class at 18 months and appeared in dozens of television commercials and print ads as a child.  At age 8, Hilligoss scored the role of the orphan “Molly” in the hit National Broadway Touring production of the musical “Annie.”  Hilligoss visited 70 cities and performed in over 400 shows on the tour.
 
Hilligoss continued entertaining throughout her adult years and performed the national anthem for the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers.  She later became an NFL professional cheerleader and continued singing and acting.
 
Autism Facts
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined
  • 1 in 88 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum
  • There is a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades
  • An estimated 1 out of 54 boys is diagnosed with autism 
  • 1 in 88 active duty military dependents has autism
Prevalence vs. Private Funding
  • Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million
  • Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
  • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
  • Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
  • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
For more information on Hilligoss, visit  www.DeeHilligoss.com or @deehilligoss on Twitter. To learn more about autism or to donate to the cause, visit  www.4AHealingFoundation.org.

80. Geburtstags von Johnny Cash

Memories of Johnny Cash

Anläßlich des 80. Geburtstags von Johnny Cash hatte Christian MASSER aus Graz am 15.02. im Headquarter der Vienna Globetrampers einen Premieren-Auftritt. Entsprechend gut war der Club daher besucht, u. a. traf ich an: Bernd Horazdovsky, Rainer Gumpinger (Bluegrassmusiker), Andy von >Silent Wings<, extra aus Oberösterreich angereist war John T. C. mit Gattin, und natürlich waren auch die Medien vertreten durch Bertl Blue und Thomas Fassler von >Radio Austrowelle<. Facebook-Freunde aufgepasst, denn dort wird die Sendezeit bekannt gegeben.

Ich hatte bereits 2010 einmal das Vergnügen, Christian live zu erleben. Und so wie damals war dieser Konzertabend wieder ein Genuß – die richtige Stimme zum richtigen Song, so da waren >Ghost Riders<, >Casey Jones (eine Eisenbahnballade)<, >Give My Love To Rose<, >Hey, Porter<, >25 Minutes To Go<, und viele andere. Für ein anwesendes Geburtstagskind wurde >Ring Of Fire< angestimmt.

Doch nicht nur Johnny Cash-Songs gab Christian MASSER zum besten – obwohl er diese am liebsten singt. Auch einige sehr gute Blues-Nummern (Dust my broom u. a.) durften nicht fehlen. Zu diesen Liedern holte er sich aus dem Publikum Othmar Loschy vom Heureka, dieser begleitete ihn dazu sehr professionell auf der Mundharmonika.

Nach 4 Zugaben, einem allerletzten Lied >Rose Of My Heart<, noch schnell ein Interview mit Bertl Blue für die Austrowelle und zurück ging es in die steirische Heimat.

Text und Fotos: Eliza (ACMF-Ambassadorin für Wien, Bluegrass Bühne Österreich), wien@acmf.at.



KENNY ROGERS SELECTED AS 2012 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

KENNY ROGERS SELECTED AS 2012 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
 
Intimate Ford Theater Performances on May 9 and 10 Will Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Museum’s Annual Residency Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 29, 2012 – Legendary entertainer Kenny Rogers will bring his signature soulful voice, his catalog of hits and the stories behind the music when he takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence.  Rogers will present two intimate evening performances on May 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music.  Honorees are given a blank canvas—the museum’s acoustically pristine, 213-seat Ford Theater—and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience.  Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller and Connie Smith.

“Kenny Rogers is the consummate entertainer,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “As a member of a band or duo or as a solo artist, he has conquered the jazz, folk, pop and country worlds—not to mention his success as an actor and photographer. Kenny has the gift of telling stories and making you believe he lived them. We are thrilled that he will help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Artist-in-Residence program by bringing his stories and songs to the Ford Theater for two unique shows.”

Known for instantly identifiable, sweetly raspy vocals and an ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied career. He has charted a record in each of the last seven decades, including 12 #1 albums. His long list of hits includes 21 #1 songs, among them “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West). Two of Rogers’ albums, The Gamblerand Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever,” and his Greatest Hitsalbum has sold over 24 million copies worldwide. He is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male artist of all time with one diamond album, 19 platinum albums and 31 gold albums.  He has earned three Grammy awards, five Country Music Association awards and eight Academy of Country Music awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1978.  Rogers still tours and records new music.

Born in Houston,Kenny Rogers formed his first band while in high school in 1956. The rockabilly group, the Scholars, got a record deal and released two singles. “That Crazy Feeling,” a solo record by Kenny released as Kenneth Rogers on Kix Records in 1957(and picked up by Carlton Records in 1958) led to a performance on American Bandstand. Soon afterward, Rogers joined the Bobby Doyle Three, playing stand-up bass in the jazz band, and appearing on their Columbia Records album.

In 1966 he became a member of popular folk group theNew Christy Minstrels, leaving a year later to form the First Edition with New Christy Minstrels bandmateMike Settle and Thelma Camacho, Mickey Jones and Terry Williams. The group signed with Reprise Records. Their first hit, Mickey Newbury’s psychedelic “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” went to #5 on the BillboardHot 100 chart. After a few more tries at chart success, the band billed themselves as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. They released “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town),” written by future Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis. “Ruby” was a pop and country crossover hit and broke the Top 10 in 1969.  They enjoyeddouble-genre popularityagain with “Ruben James.”

For the next couple of years, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition enjoyed mild Top 40 success. From 1971–73, the band hosted their own TV series, Rollin’ on the River. The rock, blues and folk-oriented variety show included musical guests such as Jim Croce, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Hawkins and Ike and Tina Turner. By the mid-1970s, the First Edition had run its course, and its members, ready to pursue solo careers, parted ways.

Rogers began his solo career at United Artists Records. After a string of modest hits, he struck country gold with the heartbreaking single “Lucille” from his self-titled album. The 1977 Grammy-winning song topped the country charts, reached the Top Five on the pop charts, and was named the CMA Single of the Year. “Lucille” was followed by “Daytime Friends,” “Sweet Music Man” and “Love or Something Like It.”

Rogers’ next album, named for a song about a down-and-out drifter with advice for a weary traveler, was released in 1978. “The Gambler,” written by a then-unknown songwriter named Don Schlitz, would become Rogers’ career song and spawn five TV movies starring Rogers as ‘The Gambler.’ The song spurred him to a 1979 Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy award and to 1979 CMA Album of the Year (The Gambler) and Male Vocalist of the Year honors.The five Gamblermini-series, which attracted over 100 million viewers nationwide, also started Rogers on a second career as an actor on television andinmovies, including aTV movie based on anotherof his #1 hit songs, “Coward of the County.”

Rogers’ run of chart smashes continued with “She Believes in Me” (1979), “Coward of the County” (1979) and the Lionel Richie ballad “Lady” (1980). “Lady” was a #1 country hit and a pop crossover sensation, spending six weeks atop the pop charts. His 1980 hit “Love the World Away” appeared on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

Known almost as well for his duets as his solo works, Rogers continually topped the charts in the 1970s and ’80s with his collaborations. He recorded a string of hits with frequent partner Dottie West, including “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (1978), “All I Ever Need Is You” (1979)and “What Are We Doin’ in Love” (1981). The pair won Vocal Duo of the Year at the 1978 and 1979 CMA Awards. Rogers recorded “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” with his fellow New Christy Minstrels alum Kim Carnes in 1980. In 1983, he partnered with Dolly Parton for one of the most popular duets in music history: “Islands in the Stream” earned them ACM Single and Top Vocal Duo awards that year.

In 1985, Rogers participated in the historic recording of “We Are the World,” the multi-celebrity performance which raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa. A year later, he co-chaired the “Hands Across America” fund-raiser for America’s hungry.

By the end of the 1980s, pop and country music had begun to change, and Rogers’ chart success began to ebb. “Tomb of the Unknown Love” (1986) and “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” (1987), a duet with Ronnie Milsap, were Rogers’ last chart toppers for more than a decade.

Through the late 1980s and early ’90s, Rogers revealed himself to be a man of many interests. He proved to be a gifted photographer with the publication of several photography books, andwas even invited to the White House to shoot a portrait of First Lady Hillary Clinton. He also authored several short stories, and appeared off-Broadway in his Christmas musical, The Toy Shoppe,which he subsequently toured.

After forming his own record company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, in the late 1990s, Rogers returned to the country charts with “The Greatest,” another Schlitz-penned tune. The follow-up, “Buy Me a Rose,” went to #1 in 2000. Rogers proved he was still relevant to 21st century country music with his critically acclaimed Water & Bridges (Capitol Nashville, 2006), which included the single “I Can’t Unlove You.”  Produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), the album put Rogers back on the charts and further solidifiedhis significance and long-term viability in the music world.  In 2010, Rogers celebrated his 50th anniversary in music by taping the star-studded television special Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years,which aired on the Great American CountryTelevision Network(GAC).  

In March 2011, Rogers released his first gospel album, The Love of God. The acclaimed release became his 21st Top 10 country album.  He is beginning work on a new album and finishing his autobiography, scheduled for release later this year.

A limited number of Kenny Rogers residency event tickets can be purchased by museum members at a discounted rate of $40 per show beginning Tuesday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. by visiting www.countrymusichalloffame.org.   (A one-year museum membership is $40.)  Tickets will go on sale for $50 per show to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, and can be purchased at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Tickets sales, limited to four tickets per show, are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Additionally, the Pinnacle at Symphony Place garage is offering attendees an $8 parking option on each of the performance evenings.

Museum doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. shows.  In addition, the museum’s galleries will be open to all ticket holders prior to each performance, beginning at 5:30 p.m., as will the museum’s Two Twenty-Two 2Go bar, serving a variety of food and beverages.

The 2012 Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by RJ Young.  Additional support is provided by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

Maxïmo Park veröffentlichen am 8.6. ihr neues Album THE NATIONAL HEALTH

Maxïmo Park veröffentlichen am 8.6. ihr neues Album THE NATIONAL HEALTH
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Maxïmo Park veröffentlichen am 8.6. ihr neues Album THE NATIONAL HEALTH - Interviewtage Ende April in Berlin
Es heißt, dass eine Veränderung genauso gut ist wie eine Pause. Aber wenn man beides haben kann? Genau das haben Maxïmo Park mit ihrem vierten Album „The National Health” gemacht. „The National Health“ wird am 8. Juni 2012, bei Vertigo Berlin veröffentlicht. Bereits am 1. Juni erscheint die erste Single „Write This Down“.

Nach einer dreijährigen Pause kehrt das Quintett aus Tyne and Wear mit neuer Energie zurück, und mit einem Sound, der unverändert ist. Die bekannten Markenzeichen sind allesamt da: rasendes Tempo, melodische, kantige Gitarren und Paul Smiths einfühlsame Texte über Liebe, das Leben und ganz normale Menschen. Aber es gibt auch eine neue Reife und Weichheit, ein bisschen mehr Elektronik und Songs, die sich mit der aktuellen Lage der Nation auseinandersetzen und dabei zu dem gleichen Ergebnis kommen, wie alle anderen, die derzeit in Großbritannien leben: dass nicht alles super ist.

“The National Health” ist ein persönliches Album, kein politisches. Aber die hintergründige Botschaft ist trotzdem schwer zu überhören; besonders auf dem Titelsong, den es auf der Homepage der Band bereits zu hören gibt: http://maximopark.com/.

“Pop ist Kunst und hat gleichzeitig eine reinigende Wirkung”, bestätigt Smith. Und so zelebrieren die Briten auf 13 neuen Songs ihre große Stärke Popsongs zu schreiben, die scheinbar nur aus Refrains bestehen.
Das Tracklisting liest sich wie folgt:
When I Was Wild
The National Health
Hips And Lips
The Undercurrents
Write This Down
Reluctant Love
Until The Earth Would Open
Banlieue
This Is What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
Wolf Among Men
Take Me Home
Unfamiliar Places
Waves Of Fear

Erste Festivalauftritte sind ebenfalls bereist bestätigt:
01.06.12 Rock im Park
02.06.12 Rock am Ring

30.03.2012 CD Veröffentlichung / News / TV Hinweise / Konzerttermine / Videos Deutschland Teil 1


Neue Videos: Clips von B.o.B., Regina Spektor, Haudegen
"Drinking a German beer with a Cuban cigar in the middle of Paris with a Domenican broad", rappt B.o.B. in seiner neuen Single "So Good". Klingt gut? Ist es auch? Hier gibt es offizielle Musikvideo zur Single vom neuen Album "Strange Clouds" (VÖ 27.04.)

Haudegen haben ebenfalls einen neuen Clip am Start. In der visuellen Untermalung zu ihrer neuen Single "Ich war nie bei Dir" fahren die Berliner Gossenpoeten ganz großes Kino auf. Das stimmungsvolle Ergebnis kann man ab heute in der exklusiven Video-Premiere auf bild.de sehen – hier.
Sie rennt, sie schwebt, sie schwimmt, sie tanzt, und natürlich: rudert in ihrem Videoclip, die schöne Regina Spektor. Schließlich lautet der Titel ihrer aktuellen Single "All The Rowboats". Seht euch den äußerst kunstvollen Clip hier in der Video-Premiere an.
Green Day: Im August live in Deutschland
Green Day gehören zu den besten Live-Bands des Planeten. Und sie haben ein neues Album in Arbeit. Zwei Gründe, sich auf die kommenden Monate zu freuen:

Im August werden die Kalifornier zwei Open-Air-Konzerte in Deutschland spielen: Am 29.08. in Mönchengladbach (Warsteiner Hockey Park) und am 30.08. in Berlin (Wuhlheide). Außerdem bestätigt: Ein Headliner-Auftritt bei Rock am See in Konstanz am 01.09.
Derzeit befinden sich Green Day im Studio, um an ihrem neunten Studioalbum zu arbeiten. Der Nachfolger zu "21st Century Breakdown" (2010) soll noch dieses Jahr erscheinen.
Die Band postet regelmäßig Video-Updates aus dem Studio. Das neueste Update findet sich hier.


Y'akoto: Debüt-Album erscheint
Sie ist das Gegenteil eines Pop-Sternchens: Y'akoto macht Musik mit viel Tiefgang und Seele. Nach ihrer hoch gelobten EP "Tamba" im vergangenen Jahr legt die Hamburgerin nun ihr Debüt-Album vor:

"Babyblues" umfasst 14 wundervolle Songs, von Y'akoto gemeinsam produziert mit Mocky, Haze sowie dem Produzenten-Trio Kahedi alias Max Herre, Samon Kawamura und Roberto Di Gioia
Auf der Facebook-Page von tape.tv gibt es schon jetzt neun Songs vom Album im Pre-Listening zu hören.
Im Mai ist Y'akoto mit "Babyblues" live in München, Köln, Hamburg und Berlin unterwegs.


Lianne La Havas: Im Mai auf Tour
Lianne La Havas  ist eine der aufregendsten Neuentdeckungen aus den UK. Die Halb-Griechin/Halb-Jamaikanerin hat eine tolle Stimme und macht von Soul und Folk gefärbten Pop.  Im Mai kommt Lianne La Havas live nach Deutschland - die Tour wird präsentiert von Rolling Stone, Kulturnews und laut.de

Am 14.05. tritt die Sängerin in Berlin auf (Roter Salon), am 15.05. in Hamburg (Gruenspan).
Ebenfalls für Mai angekündigt ist das Debüt-Album von Lianne La Havas.
Bereits jetzt erhältlich: Die Single "No Room For Doubt" von der EP "Lost & Found". Hier gibt es das Musikvideo. 


Amadou & Mariam: Neues Album erscheint
Sie sind das musikalischen Ausnahmepaar aus Afrika: Amadou & Mariam. Vier Jahre nach "Welcome to Mali" erscheint am Freitag das dritte Album des Duos aus Mali:

Das neue Album trägt den Titel "Folila",  was in der Sprache Bambara der Ausdruck für "Musik" ist.
Dafür kollaborierten Amadou & Mariam mit westlichen wie afrikanischen Musikern gleichermaßen, darunter Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Weltmusik-Star Bassekou Kouyaté, Yao Dembélé, Idrissa Soumaoro, Vieux et Boubacar Dembélé, Ebony Bones, Theophilus London,  Santigold, sowie Tunde Adebimbe und Kyp Malone von TV On The Radio. Sie machten mit bei dem Track "Wily Kataso", von dem es hier das Musikvideo gibt.
Im Mai kommen Amadou & Mariam live nach Deutschland, nach Darmstadt (03.05.), Hamburg (07.05.) und Berlin (08.05.), außerdem treten sie beim Summerjam Festival in Köln auf (07.07.)


Dr. John: Neues Album erscheint
Er ist eine Bluesrock-Legende, fünfmaliger Grammy-Gewinner und bereits in der Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame aufgenommen: Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. alias Dr. John. Nun hat der 71-Jährige ein neues Album – mit aufregenden neuen Einflüssen:

"Locked Down" wurde von Dr. John mit einer Handvoll handverlesener Musiker und Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) in Nashville, Tennessee aufgenommen.
Das Ergebnis ist ein Album, das den Geist und Zauber des Altmeisters einfängt, ergänzt um den Einfluss der beteiligten Musiker. Oder, wie Dr. John selbst süffisant kommentiert: "It's real hip."
"Locked Down" erscheint diesen Freitag (30.03.). Hier gibt es einen Teaser-Clip aus dem Studio.


Jan Sievers: Gewinn des Musik Fach-Awards "Best Video 2012"
Mit dem Video "Was ist dann Liebe?" veröffentlichte Jan Sievers im vergangenen Herbst einen Clip, der nicht nur wunderschön stimmungsvoll war, sondern in dem obendrein eine Menge Arbeit steckte. Die wurde nun belohnt: Jan Sievers ist Preisträger des Musik Fach-Awards "Best Video 2012":

Über 400.000 Musikfans voteten im Internet und kürten den Clip "Was ist dann Liebe?" zum Gewinner des drums.de-Awards. Der Preis gilt als bedeutendster deutscher Musik Fach-Award für Newcomer.
In dem Video stecken 4 Monate Arbeit mit 14 Drehtagen, über 3000 gedrehten Shots und 59 Darstellern. Ein "ambitioniertes Mammut-Projekt", wie Jan Sievers es selbst ausdrückt. Hier gibt es den Clip zu sehen.
Derzeit arbeitet Jan Sievers am Nachfolger seines Debüt-Albums "abgeliebt" von 2010 (DE #38).


Singles:30.03.2012:    Joe Goddard "Gabriel“ (digital Bundle)
13.04.2012:    Blitzkids mvt. “Cold” (digital Bundle)
13.04.2012:    Santigold “Disparate Youth” (digital Bundle)
13.04.2012:    Jack Back "Wild Ones Two"
20.04.2012:    fun. “We Are Young” (digital Bundle)
20.04.2012:    Brooke Fraser “Coachella” (digital Bundle)
20.04.2012:    The Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling” (digital Bundle)
20.04.2012:    Electric Guest “American Daydream” (digital Bundle)
20.04.2012:    B.o.B “So Good”
27.04.2012:    Schmidt “In The Photo Booth” (digital Bundle)
04.05.2012:    Christina Perri “Arms”
04.05.2012:    Marina and the Diamonds „Primadonna”
11.05.2012:    Debbie Clarke "Lay Down"


Alben:30.03.2012:    Y’akoto „Babyblues“
30.03.2012:    Dr. John “Locked Down”
30.03.2012:    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (composed by Robin Gibb and RJ Gibb) “Titanic Requiem”
30.03.2012:    Amadou & Mariam „Folila“
13.04.2012:    Compilation “Black Magic #4”
13.04.2012:    Jason Mraz “Love Is A Four Letter Word”
20.04.2012:    Compilation “LAUT! Best Of Alternative Rock” (digital)
20.04.2012:    Billy Bragg & Wilco "Mermaid Avenue - The Complete Sessions"
27.04.2012:    Katherine Jenkins “Daydream”
27.04.2012:    Django Django „Django Django“
27.04.2012:    B.o.B “Strange Clouds”
04.05.2012:    Santigold “Master Of My Make Believe”
11.05.2012:    Marina and the Diamonds „Electra Heart“
18.05.2012:    Plan B "Ill Manors"
18.05.2012:    Schmidt “Femme Schmidt”
18.05.2012:    Electric Guest ”Mondo”
18.05.2012:    Fun. “Some Nights”
18.05.2012:    Debbie Clarke “Manhattenhenge”
18.05.2012:    Compilation “EM Rockparty 2012”
25.05.2012:    Rumer "Boys Don't Cry"
25.05.2012:    Regina Spektor "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats"

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