Thanks in part to a generous donation by the Country Music Association, and the donations of many others, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set to expand.
The Country Music Association has recently pledged ten million towards towards the Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here campaign. This is the single largest donation ever made by the Country Music Association and will allow Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which originally opened in 1967, to more than double in size in 2014 to over 350,000 square feet.
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The cover girl is back & working on new material with a new label.
Madonna recently signed a three album deal with Universal Music Group’s Interscope for $3 million. The new contract is in addition to her ongoing 10 year contract with Live Nation (which she signed in 2007; potentially worth as much as $100 million). Madonna joins existing Interscope artists including Lady Gaga, P Diddy and 50 Cent.
Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff originally mentioned in Feburary that a marger could happen for the star sometime later in the year. ”Live Nation, prior to the merger, entered into some of these all-rights deals, so there are certain artists, Madonna being one of them, that there is a recorded-music strategy,” Azoff said. “Once she gets the album recorded, we’ll sit down with her and her manager, Guy Oseary, and figure out what’s best for the record. It has to start with the music.”
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On Friday December 2nd, Billboards held their 7th annual Billboard Women in Music event at Capitale in New York. Stars Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were both honored in the event with Taylor Swift awarded “Woman of the Year” and Nicki Minaj awarded “Rising Star”.
“I would go through every single page and every single chart and just daydream about what it would be like to see my name in there someday,” Taylor Swift said during her speech as Woman of the Year. “And today I walked in to flashing camera bulbs and all these important people in music, and I thought, ‘I guess that’s what it looks like.’” Continue reading Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj Honored at Billboard Women in Music Event »
Lioness: Hidden Treasures
December 6, 2011
December 6th marks the release of Amy Winehouse‘s posthumous album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”.
Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father stated, “The family view was nothing was going to go out unless it was comparable to ‘Frank’ or ‘Back To Black’. If it wasn’t as good as that then we wouldn’t have allowed it to go out.”
So while it was admittedly hard for the family to listen to the album, they gave their permission for the LP to be put out after deciding it was “comparable” to her previous studio albums, which included 2003′s ‘Frank’ and 2005′s ‘Back To Black’. Continue reading Amy Winehouse’s “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” Released Today »
Music is an amazingly complex artform, yet also one that transcends language and many of the other barriers that we manage to put up around us. Now it appears that not only can music improve our mood and bring us together, but now music is actively used to help heal us as well, in what’s called Melodic Intonation Therapy.
The left hemisphere of the brain is the area which is responsible for primary language, however music has an impact on both hemispheres. This is why Melodic Intonation Therapy is so exciting. Using music therapists are working to repair, and in some cases reactivate, the language section of the brain. And in some cases, they are teaching us to retrain the right hemisphere of our brains to accomplish this. Continue reading Melodic Intonation Therapy, Learning How to Retrain the Injured Brain »
Panic! At The Disco’s album “Vices & Virtues” is their first studio product after a hiatus of three years, during which time the band also parted ways with former members Jon Walker and Ryan Ross.
As their fans know, Panic! At The Disco posted a short movie-like teaser video titled “The Overture,” which was taken very warmly by their supporters. However, what still remains unknown is the motive and meaning behind such a release by a group that produces music and not movies. Continue reading Panic! At The Disco Talk About New Album ‘Vices & Virtues’ »
Cheap Trick has announced plans to open a music venue with museum and eatery on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the band will use the site of a former auto dealership on south Michigan Avenue. The venue is located near Chess, Vee-Jay and Brunswick Records, hugely popular during the 50′s and 60′s, and where Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and many other popular artists have recorded. Continue reading Cheap Trick to Open Music Venue & Museum in Chicago »