Sunday, October 15, 2006

Rames Blunt

Rames Blunt insists he is not bothered by the backlash of criticism he has suffered in the wake of the success of his international chart-topper “You’re Beautiful.” The British singer/songwriter has sold more than 10 million copies of his debut album Back To Bedlam and prefers to focus on the fans who love his music than the critics who have labeled him bland and boring.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006


Confessions tour sets record for highest-grossing ever for a female artist, narrowly besting Cher.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Eminem has another divorce hearing, clears up Re-Up reports; Timberlake to host MTV Europe Music Awards in Denmark; K-Fed preps preorder promotions; pop singer gets engaged to Playboy Playmate; Epic drops INXS.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

DJ Shadow

With a new album that mixes hyphy with indie rock and his trademark cinematic instrumentals, Josh Davis looks to expand his audience

In April, DJ Shadow unveiled the first taste of music from The Outsider, his first album in four years, and some longtime fans scratched their heads. The track "3 Freaks" found Shadow flanked by hyphy stars Keak Da Sneak and Turf Talk for a banging hip-hop track--far removed from the cinematic instrumentals of his past work.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Hip-hop's greatest MC blazes through a set of seminal tracks and proves that although his output has dwindled, his skill hasn't.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

50 Cent

Rapper pulled over in a silver Lamborghini near Madison Square Garden, arrested and cited for four moving violations.
If 50 Cent is going to release his long-rumored album later this year, the prerelease marketing buzz looks to be in full swing.

50 Cent
The rapper--real name Curtis Jackson--was arrested today near Madison Square Garden in New York City after being pulled over for allegedly driving his open-topped, silver Lamborghini erratically and without registration or insurance and with an expired permit.
The 31-year-old rapper and G-Unit Records mogul was pulled over by plainclothes officers in an unmarked patrol car. At first he refused a police order to get out of the car, instead making a call on his cell phone, a tourist who filmed the incident told Reuters.
"Eventually the cops opened the door...He just got out of the car and put his hands on the car and they put the cuffs on him," the tourist, Ian Parvess, told Reuters.
With the flashy car drawing onlookers in Midtown Manhattan, a crowd quickly formed, according to the Associated Press, with Fiddy fans cheering the rapper and booing police as they handcuffed him and put him in the back of a patrol car.
50 Cent, wearing a black baseball cap over a white do-rag, a shiny silver necklace, and a white T-shirt, was cited for making an unsafe lane change, driving with an expired permit, driving without insurance, and driving without a vehicle registration, a police spokesman said. He was taken to a police station and released at around 3 p.m. after being given four summonses.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mixmaster Mike

Mixmaster Mike, like many turntablists was inspired by “Grandmixer DST”, the DJ behind Herbie Hancock’s 80’s hit “Rokit”. He was fascinated by the sound of the scratch and how the turntables were being used as an instrument to create a melodic tune. “I was so hypnotised by the art that I just wanted to take things into my own hands.” That’s exactly what he did and the rest was history. Mike is the DJ for ‘The Beastie Boys’. “I don't think I'd do it for any other band besides the Beasties because I've been a long time fan of the Beasties Boys, and when that opportunity came it was like a blessing.” For Mike the breakthrough came when he met MC A ‘Adam Yauch’ at the Rock steady anniversary show in NY. “When he wasn’t home I would leave scratch messages on his answering machine which started the whole shit.” And it was definitely a perfect match with them both having mutual respect for each other. Coming from the old school the beasties would constantly highlight the DJ in all their shows and Mike would always perform a mind blowing solo set. “Big respect to those guys you know, they really appreciate the workings of what's going on and they provided me a great platform to do what I do and kinda preach the art and show the kids that don't know what the turntable is capable of doing.” Even though Mike has retired from Battling, he continually contributes a great deal to the progression of the turntablist scene and gives respect to all that plays a role in it from the past to the present. “In order to know where you're at you have to know where it started. Peace to Kool Herc, Grand wizard Theodore, and Flash. Man if it wasn't for Herc, we wouldn't be here. Look how far we’ve come. Mixmaster Mike will be performing with the Beastie Boys on Friday 28th January at The Hordern Pavilion.