The Kremlin is known for its two noticeable features: the distinctly Russian Orthodox architecture and the power that emanates from the seat of power it has held since it was built in the 13th century. Tonight, however, there will be a grand party — the Musicbox Awards — to celebrate the music from around the former Soviet countries at the Kremlin, and noted Russian disc jockey DJ Fenix will be on hand to play. This will be the first time a DJ has performed at an event like this in Russia, especially at the Kremlin. DJ Fenix knows the significance of this, calling it "very important for the EDM industry and DJs." DJ Fenix, born Alexander Mamoniv, is familiar with the big stage. He has been DJ-ing for more then a decade around Europe and performed at Moscow's fashion week earlier in the year. His upbringing in a military family and as an Olympic volleyball player gave him valuable experience in being disciplined and how to treat your body right by "not taking any drugs, eating healthy and not drinking much alcohol." He hangs with some Russian heavyweights, like Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, whom he met out while playing clubs in Moscow. Fenix said rather matter-of-factly, "We are friends because we are fans of the same team."
Los Angeles-based, Brooklyn-raised rapper Crown's journey into hip-hop is at once familiar and very unique. Born in Brooklyn, he moved with his family to Panama, where they lived for four years. He returned to his hometown in New York by the time he was a teenager, and at the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force to ensure he didn't fall victim to the street life that was so prevalent around him. He spent the next nine years serving his country in Iraq and living on bases across the globe.
Writing and recording an album can be a long and arduous process, which is why most musicians leave it up to their record label to design a suitable album cover, though as these eight albums prove, this can often lead to regrettable designs that the musician ends up hating.
Ariana Grande first teased her 2014 Christmas single "Santa Tell Me" by posting some baby photos to her Twitter account. Now, as her My Everything single "Love Me Harder" hits the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 again this week, Grande is keeping the holiday spirit alive by releasing a new lyric video for "Santa Tell Me" featuring tons of baby Ariana photographs from the Christmas archives. Read this
Being famous means you're fair game for cultural references in music, especially in hip-hop songs. Lena Dunham is the latest victim of the name game with the all-girl Brooklyn rap trio Hand Job Academy titling a song after her. Instead of getting upset, the GIRLS creator took a page out of her good buddy Taylor Swift's book and decided to just "Shake It Off." Swift recorded Dunham dancing to the track and posted it to Instagram. Read this
Taylor Swift is still a force to be reckoned with on the American single charts, with "Blank Space" spending its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week. As the second 1989 single continues to dominate the charts, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran return to the top 10, thanks to the power of the music video. Read this
On this date during 1994, Boyz II Men stuck around for a 14th week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with its hit "I'll Make Love To You." That tally left it in a tie with Whitney Houston and "I Will Always Love You" for the most weeks on top of the Hot 100. As album sales have grown less important to the industry and single sales have become more relevant, that record has since changed hands. Check out the Top 13 songs in terms of weeks at no. 1 (mind you, there are quite a few ties...we ranked ties according to age of the song, not by how much we personally enjoyed it). Read this
This past Monday, Nov. 24, Coldplay released the CD/DVD set Ghost Stories Live 2014, which featured music videos for eight of the nine songs on their most recent studio album Ghost Stories, with the sole holdout being "Ink." Today, however, the band has shared that track's music video as well, and unlike the album's other eight videos, this one is interactive. Read this
Earlier this week, Bette Midler called out the "sex sells" mentality of young singers working in the industry today in an interview with The Telegraph, using Ariana Grande as an example.Read more »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are bringing that classical Christmas charm back into the holiday season. Following the release of their jazz classics duet album Cheek to Cheek, the new school and old school pop stars have teamed up with H&M for a new holiday collection and commercial. Yesterday (Nov. 25), the latest Christmas commercial starring the duo was released, featuring plenty of glitter, gold, jazz and holiday cheer.Read more »
It's like they were reading our minds: We're of the mind that even discussing Christmas shouldn't begin until Santa has rolled up in his sleigh at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and that Thanksgiving has gotten the raw deal as a holiday as retailers and your overzealous neighbors roll out their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier. What can help fix the problem? Thanksgiving carols of course! Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has teamed up with Meghan Trainor to deliver the goods.Read more »
Last week, on Nov. 17, the latest version of Band Aid's classic charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was released online to raise money for the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and though it went straight to the top of the U.K. charts and is supporting an undoubtedly good cause, the song has been the subject of plenty of criticism, particularly for its lyrics.
According to two British newspapers, Emeli Sandé, who actually appears on the latest version, said the lyrics need "changing," while Lily Allen called the song "a bit smug" and said she would prefer "donating actual money."
One artist who is vigorously defending the song, however, is the famously outspoken Sinead O'Connor, who also appears on the song.
"I think everyone should shut the f--k up," O'Connor told "Broadsheet," via "Billboard." "If you didn't like the lyrics you shouldn't have agreed to sing the song. I think it's smug of Lily Allen to say it's smug."Read more »
As Joshua Bell has proven to us already, a venue is merely a concept. In the case of the Manchester Camerata, Bob Riley writes that the orchestra is "constantly challenging" how they engage with audiences. Thus, he concludes, "if that means we perform in a grand concert hall one day, and a car park the next, so be it."Read more »
This is supposed to be Jennifer Aniston's year. She decided to get really brave and un-pretty for her new role in Cake, in which she plays a depressed chronic pain sufferer. It is actually exactly the kind of part she needed to take in order to prove that she could portray someone other than a character similar to Rachel Green from "Friends" on the big screen. Aniston has won over audiences that have already seen her new indie flick — so much so that Oscar buzz has been swirling like crazy around her. That is why it comes as a semi-shock that Cake did not grab even a single nomination for the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.
The list of nominations was released yesterday, and Aniston was not in it. The Independent Spirit Awards nomination list is what technically kicks off awards season, and everything from this point on is just another step toward Oscar. Aniston, after months of Hollywood invisibility, has really been hitting the bricks to promote Cake. She has even shown up for various parties that are considered necessary to attend if you want the Academy to take you seriously.Read more »