Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WTF?...

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BuzzFeed asked Madonna to write down the first word or thing that came to mind for ten completely random things - from Crocs to guacamole and from Putin to Hillary Clinton.


Click here

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shame!...



The 2014 Record Store Day has come and gone. And as per usual, there were quite a lot of interesting releases. Getting them, however, was quite a different story.

I don't live in the UK, but a fantastic local record store over here put in an order for loads of titles - including a special order of the exclusive 7" release of "Golden Boy" by Kylie Minogue. The supplier told them that it was available to order, so all I had to do was to go to the store last Saturday to pick it up. Well, no such luck! Instead, the whole order for the store was fucked up, with loads of missing titles they were supposed to get.



Besides Kylie, I had my eye on several other releases - including Pet Shop Boys and Grace Jones. Going to e-bay, I found that the Pet Shop Boys release was going for as high as 100 pounds with the Kylie 7" going for about 50 pounds. I am still trying to get the Kylie one for a decent price!

Obviously, fans (and at least some of the artists) are not very happy about this. Paul Weller has released an excellent statement on the whole thing:



Paul Weller has posted a statement on his website explaining that he won't be taking part in any further Record Store Days.

Weller's fans were left disheartened when they were unable to purchase his specially released, limited edition single on 2014's Record Store Day (April 19). The record, which included Weller tracks 'Brand New Toy' and 'Landslide', sold out, with touts then listing copies for sale on eBay at inflated prices.

Weller's statement reads: "This is a message to all the fans who couldn't get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay. I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these "limited editions" by touts.

Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again. It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.

There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time! It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts.

Don't support their trade and don't let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it's designed to support."

Clearly, it has not only become nearly impossible to get concert tickets these day because of bloody scalpers and touts. As if the music business needed any more attempts to try and suck the life out of it!

UPDATE:

Record Store Day's organisers have responded, stating: 

"We share Paul Weller's frustration at evidence that 'Brand New Toy' has been offered for sale on eBay, and we are disappointed that despite our best efforts to drive out the touts, once again some people are seeking to exploit the goodwill of artists and labels by selling RSD exclusives at vastly-inflated prices on eBay.

At just 500 copies, Paul Weller's 'Brand New Toy' was one of the most limited editions available on RSD and so some re-selling was expected. However, thanks to the measures we have taken on re-sales, overall the number of complaints about unauthorised sales this year is well down on previous years, though we continue to monitor eBay on an hour-by-hour basis.

We clearly cannot control the activities of members of the public, but the Record Store Day Code of Conduct makes it clear that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being banned from future events.


Record Store Day would not exist without the support and commitment of artists and labels and we take our responsibility to them very seriously."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tracks...



Time for some songs that have captured my ears (and eyes) recently. There are a few more that don't have official videos yet, so they will be posted at a later time.

Hope there is something in there for everyone to enjoy...

SOTD...



It is always nice to see a diva throw a bit of a hissy fit, isn't it? While the term "diva" might no be completely appropriate to describe Italian boobie gal Sabrina, here is a footage of her from French TV around 25 years ago. She's there on a very hot day to promote her Euro hit "Gringo", but things don't get off to a great start...

The song itself was a non-album single, released in 1989 (after previous hits like "Boys", "All Of Me" and "My Chico"). It peaked inside the Top 10 in some European countries, including Finland and Italy. But I digress - here is poor Sabrina having a bad day, bless her...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How Unexpected...



Prince has signed a landmark record deal with Warner Bros.

The singer's contract is expected to include an album of new material, and it comes 18 years after he left the label amid much controversy. He famously rushed the release of five albums in a span of two years beginning in 1994 in order to be free of his contractual obligation to Warner Bros. He also went by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince for a time as a form of protest.


Prince's new deal with Warner Bros will also see his influential album Purple Rain receive a deluxe edition in honour of its 30th anniversary this year.

He also regains control of his back catalogue of LPs that were originally recorded for Warner Bros.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," the musician said in a statement to BillboardPrince has increased his public profile over the last several months, holding a string of concerts in London and making a special appearance at the Brit Awards.

He also took part in a one-night takeover of The Arsenio Hall Show earlier in the spring.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Always In Vogue...

Cover girl: Kylie Minogue covers the May 2014 edition of Vogue Australia

New Kylie Minogue photoshoot for Vogue Australia:

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Bigger pics and the article can be found here

Excited: Kylie posted a shot of herself with the cover on her Instagram page

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Live...



Pet Shop Boys played a full concert at the Coachella Festival a few days ago. And here it is:

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