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One Direction and U2 Gather To Record ‘Band Aid’ single For Ebola

By Dorothy Frazier

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LONDON – Boy band One Direction and U2 lead singer Bono joined some of the biggest names in British pop and rock music on Saturday to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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The single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia.

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The song has been given a makeover, with words to the original version which he co-wrote with Midge Ure changed to reflect the current crisis.

“The record, it’s a song, it’s a track but it’s an event, and the next stage now is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the 80s,” Geldof told BBC TV as he arrived at a recording studio in west London.

He said he had spoken to British finance minister George Osborne who had agreed to forego the usual tax owed to the government from sales of the record.

Rhapsody Music Service“It very much reminds me of 30 years ago. Everyone’s bleary, pop singers, as George Osborne said, are not very good in the morning,” said Geldof, who was frontman for Irish new wave band The Boomtown Rats.

The original song from 1984, which raised 8 million pounds ($11 million), featured some of the era’s biggest acts including U2′s Bono, George Michael and David Bowie. It has been re-recorded twice in 1989 and 2004.

Bono will be joined this time by Robert Plant, frontman of rock band Led Zeppelin, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

“It’s huge to be involved,” Niall Horan from One Direction told the BBC.

“Hopefully it goes to number one and raises a lot of money for a really worthy cause.”

Geldof earlier this week decided to remake the single after the United Nations contacted him, saying help was urgently needed to prevent the disease from spreading beyond West Africa.

Ebola has killed more than 5000 people since it broke out in West Africa earlier this year according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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News Source: TheAge.com

 

 

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LOURDES D. BARON LIVE In Concert – December 13, 2014 @ Vitello’s in Studio City

Santa Monica, CA (EOTM PR) November 14, 2014- Due to high demand Lourdes Duque Baron tickets for her upcoming performance at Vitello’s in Studio City, California are almost sold out, but fans can still find tickets for great seat choices available for purchase at Ticket Web. Tickets for the exclusive event featuring Ron Ellington Shy of “The Drifters” and Multi-platinum music producer Andrew Lane are expected to continue to sell quickly.

Since releasing her amazing cover of the late Amy Winehouse, “Me & Mr. Jones,” in March featuring AKNU, Lourdes, 67, has ascended to dizzying heights on YouTube, MTV & with iTunes downloads. The timeless beauty debut album, ‘Feeling Good At Any Age,’ released this past summer and just recently new music from her second album has found much success on music charts across the globe from the hit single,”My Spring In Paris.” Soon, the crooner will embark on a world tour with stops in Manila and Tokyo. Yes, the gifted entertainer proves anyone can be their best, whatever the age.

Baron explains that “wisdom comes with age, especially when one is at the stage where I am, still absorbing, looking and learning.” Noting what she learned from Oprah’s live your passion challenge, “I still feel like something else is coming for me, something very special. I might be 90 or 100 years old, but I’ll be able to say, I’ve got it!”
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“She is an inspiration to baby boomers and novices, alike.” Tanya Blake, EOTM Music Critics.

“What truly gets you is the way the music flows amidst her sultry and powerful voice. It dips, and it rises but in such a unique fashion. This is something that only real singers can do, and it’s majestic in a way that you don’t really see often from a lot of other performers.” Sir Jorge, Sell Out Records.

To purchase tickets Visit TicketWeb.com – Check out www.vitellosjazz.com for more information.

About Lourdes Duque Baron

Lourdes Duque Baron, MHA, MSG, is a Catholic baby boomer and the wife of Dr. Robinson V. Baron. She is a community leader, international author of “Scripted in Heaven”, beauty queen (3rd runner-up for Mrs. Asia USA 2011 representing the Philippines), producer, president of Celestial Productions and founder/president of The Baron Publishing House Corporation.

On January 10, 2013 she was nominated for The Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for her book “Scripted In Heaven” On February 12, 2013 she was received an EOTM Award in 2013 for her published book “Scripted In Heaven” in the category of Outstanding Literary (Inspirational, True Story, Biography). On February 28, 2013 she won an award for her book “Scripted In Heaven” at MoneyCytec Achiever Awards Night 2013 in New York.




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Nicki Minaj Video Director Admits Using Nazi-Inspired Imagery

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Hours after Nicki Minaj took ”full responsibility” for the Nazi imagery in the lyric video for her new single “Only,” the video’s director has said that he will not ask for forgiveness for its content and admitted to being inspired by Nazi emblems.

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“First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question,” Jeffrey Osborne told Myspace. “The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazis.” The video director said that his sentiments were his own and did not reflect those of Minaj, her label Young Money (whose logo he emblazoned on red armbands, similar to a swastika) or the other artists who appeared on the song (Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown).

“As far as an explanation, I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future,” Osborne said. “And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?”

Osborne pointed out symbolism in the video with American origins, including an MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme Court and the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, the video displays Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (which Osborne points out was not manufactured until 1966), a Ferrari and a pope.

“What’s also American is the First Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day,” Osborne said.

On Tuesday, Minaj spoke on Osborne’s behalf, claiming he had been influenced by Sin City and the cartoon series Metalocalypse. “Both the producer and person in charge of overseeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t come up with the concept, but I’m very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”

Earlier this week, Abraham H. Foxman – the director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor – condemned the video in a statement, highlighting the coincidence that it premiered on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, an event where tens of thousands of Jews were placed in concentration camps in 1938. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” he wrote.

News Source: Rolling Stone
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Taylor Swift Pulls Entire Catalog From Spotify

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Taylor Swift has never been the most enthusiastic supporter of free music — earlier this year, she wrote: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” Her position turned more extreme Monday morning when, one week after releasing her new album 1989, Swift’s label Big Machine Music abruptly yanked her entire catalog from Spotify.

Taylor Swift performing at CBS Radio's We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles, California on October 24th, 2014. - Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty

A music-industry source says Big Machine made the decision last week without negotiating with Spotify, which offers a free desktop service and allows users to pay $5 or $10 a month to eliminate ads. The source suggests the label’s potential sale has prompted founder Scott Borchetta to try to get “a pop on their sales” in order to maximize the company’s value. “It came completely out of the blue,” the source says. According to Billboard, 1989 is on track to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week.But the source disagrees with Borchetta’s logic: “There are reasons why you can sell 1 million units, but it’s got nothing to do with not providing that album to Spotify. Every 15-year-old knows where to get that record, and it’s not iTunes.”RELATED: Little Bit of Country Singer, Taylor Swift goes a Lil Bit of Pop Sugar..? – VIDEOOn Monday, Spotify issued a statement about Swift’s decision, writing, “We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

“We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.”

The streaming service included two custom-designed playlists, including one that, when all the song’s titles are laid out back-to-back, say, “Hey Taylor, we wanted to play your amazing love songs and they’re not here right now. We want you back with us, and so do do do your fans.”

Music sales have been dropping all year, as the record industry navigates a shift from selling downloads to offering music catalogs via streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Beats Music. Album sales are down 14 percent, according to Nielsen

Soundscan, and track sales are down 13 percent, but paid subscriptions jumped 57 percent last year, the Recording Industry Association of America reported.

Some artists, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, have complained vehemently about Spotify’s business model, insisting they receive low royalty payments while fans get the music for free, but Spotify reps have insisted the money gets better as more users sign up to the service and pay for premium subscriptions.


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Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 25th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Music News

By Carla B.

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Jack Bruce, bassist from the 1960s band Cream, has died. He was 71. Bruce’s publicist confirmed the news on his official website .

“He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.”

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.

“The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Considered one of the greatest rock trios of all time, Cream was formed by Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in 1966. The band produced such hits as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “Strange Brew,” selling over 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

The band members parted ways in 1968.

Bruce died of liver failure.

More details forthcoming. In the meantime, let’s revisit one of the most important musical gifts he gave us:

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“South Park” Unveils Lorde’s True Identity

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 9th, 2014 - in Entertainment News, Music News, Pop Culture

By Tammy Stamos

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(PitchFork) – Tonight’s episode of ”South Park” revealed something of a bombshell: Lorde isn’t actually a teenager from New Zealand. She’s Randy Marsh, the mustachioed South Park resident and father of Stan Marsh. Watch the episode below (via CoS).

Apparently, Mr. Marsh formed his elaborate alter ego when he decided that he wanted to use the women’s bathroom. While he was in there, he started writing his own songs, which he would then elaborately Auto-Tune to sound like, well, this.

The story arc started at the end of last week’s episode, when Randy takes the stage in a dress and sings “ya ya ya, I am Lorde ya ya ya”. This week, they confirm that he wasn’t just playing dress-up. “I am Lorde,” he says. Ridiculous stuff.

Read more: http://pitchfork.com/news/57025-south-park-reveals-lordes-true-identity-randy-marsh/

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Lourdes Duque Baron’s “My Spring in Paris” Music Review

By Carla B.

She is woman, she is legend, this is her world and we just live in it: she is Lourdes Baron! The diva nonpareil has released the first single from her 2nd album, and we mere humans have been lucky enough to indulge in it.

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If I had to elucidate My Spring in Paris I would compare it to a short story, a best selling novel. Interestingly, when it comes to the music I revel in, I want it to take on serious importance….assuming the stature of the highest literature. That being said, these ears here y’all — have been subjected to a lot of music, and please believe — there are not a lot of performers I can honestly say that can make music feel like literature on record.

Lourdes executes this perfectly.

The breakout crooner sells the hell out of this song and her vocal performance makes this one of the year’s best singles. Lourdes goes at full power and holds steady while lesser entities just kind of melt in the shadows. Her signature swagger is a force in itself.

The single is fantastic, a swirling classic anthem for lovers with a introspective tone showcasing her depth, not to mention a back story. Apparently, this hit was written by multi platinum producer Andrew Lane and artist Maya Tremblay, but never used until now.

In a nutshell, the moments round out and give a satisfying emotional depth to what turns out to be one of Lourdes’s most engaging ballads. Saying the singer is positively influencing music is an understatement. A fact that’s especially remarkable when you consider that the 67-year-old released her first album less than one year ago.

So you must be wondering: is My Spring in Paris worth the wait? I believe so! Ahem.

Check it out now & leave your thoughts in the comments below.

SEE ALSO: Lourdes Duque Baron’s ‘Our Day Will Come’: Music Review

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Nicki Minaj Admits She Wanted ‘Twerking Big Booty’ Dancers for ‘Anaconda’

 Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Dancers: Singer Wanted ‘Big Booty’ Women For Video



Nicki’s famous butt may have taken center stage in her outrageous ‘Anaconda’ video but she wasn’t the only one shaking her money maker on set! The rapper revealed to HollywoodLife.com that she wanted only ‘girls with big booties’ to be her backup dancers!

Tiny butts need not apply! Nicki Minaj, 31, admitted in a new interview with HollywoodLife.com that she wanted only the hottest fat bottomed girls getting down with her in her hit “Anaconda” video! Here’s why.

Nicki had a crystal clear vision for her “Anaconda” video and it revolved around gorgeous, curvy women!

“I wanted girls with big booties. So that was one of the requirements, actually, for the dancers,” Nicki explains to HollywoodLife.com in a new interview.

Once Nicki had the perfect sexy ladies for the job, the rest came easy.

“I wanted a jungle theme. I wanted the girls to feel like we were all in a part of the world where all of the girls look like that,” Nicki adds. “I wanted an ocean scene. I thought that would be sexy. And I just wanted a video with a lot of different looks and I wanted to do some dance in it.”

Check out the full story over at HollywoodLife

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Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video: Hit or Miss?

By Dorothy Frazier

It looks like Nicki Minaj is giving pop/country music’s greatest singer ever, Taylor Swift a run for her money this week in music. I couldn’t/wouldn’t make this stuff up folks. [shrugs] Nicki’s new “Anaconda” video was unleashed earlier today and has created quite a stir in social media, reaching nearly 5 million YouTube views in less than 24 hours.

Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda," released August 2014.

Sex really does sell and I am sure Miley Cyrus would second this notion. The twerk-heavy, sexual, racy video has garnered praise from some fans, while others are left scratching their heads. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below and let a girl know what’s up! Is it a hit or a miss!?? I dunno, I am not feeling this one, but Nicki won’t lose sleep over this lil fact, she racking in the hoe, I mean doe. (ijs) By the way, did I mention Swift just released her new POP album?! Yes the hell she did, check it out here.
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Minaj is slated to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Will she perform “Anaconda”? We wonder if Drake will make a special appearance. Time will tell. Grrrrr!


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