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Oscars 2014 Music Recap: Jared Leto, U2, Karen O, Vampire Weekend

Jared letoThe Oscars may not have been as music-packed as January’s Grammy Awards, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t room for a couple stand-out performances, and even a little award action for 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto.

Just months after receiving a Golden Globe for best supporting actor, 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto won an Oscar under the same category for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. In his acceptance speech, Leto not only thanked his mother, but “all the dreamers out there,” mentioning Ukraine and Venezuela, as he said “we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig performed a beautiful rendition of their track, “The Moon Song” from Her. The track was up against “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, ”Let It Go” from Frozen, and “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same name.

Also taking the stage was U2 with a performance of “Ordinary Love.” No strangers to being Oscar nominees (the band was nominated in 2003 for “The Hands That Built America”), the band gave a moving performance, playing against a backdrop of photos of the late Nelson Mandela.
You can view a full list of the evening’s winners here.
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Kanye West To Release ‘Yeezus’ Film In Theaters

kanye-west-i don't likeI have to admit, I haven’t been one of those swept away by the recent Yeezus phenomenon, though Kanye‘s most recent album did receive some pretty high praise, including two Grammy nominations (though according to Kanye, he definitely deserved even more nominations. Two just won’t do.)  But for those who felt Yeezus was snubbed by so few nominations, or who simply don’t want to see the album fade away, you won’t have to. Directed by Hype Williams (Belly), Kanye is bringing Yeezus to the silver screen. Unfortunately, the details are pretty scant right now, but you can check out a short trailer for the film here. Will you be seeing Yeezus when it hits theaters?

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Associated Press Names Adele Entertainer Of The Year

With all those Grammys she won in early 2012, it comes as no surprise that powerhouse soul/pop singer Adele has been dubbed Entertainer Of The Year by Associated Press. Not just singer of the year, or musician, but entertainer. That means she even beat out that guy down the street with the flaming hula hoop and the unicycle! And let me tell you, that guy is one hell of an entertainer. AP readers and staff rated her far above other major entertainers and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, E.L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey), PSY, and the entire Twilight cast. Now that’s some high praise.

While she did not release a new album or do a world tour this year, Adele’s singles from 2011 still remain among the most highly played tracks on radio, television, in movies, and more. We seemingly can’t get enough Adele. Her most recent accomplishment, apart from delivering a baby, of course, is the single “Skyfall,” written to be the title theme of the new James Bond film. According to Billboard, “The song recently received a Golden Globe nomination. No Bond theme has ever won the best original song Oscar, but given Adele’s awards success thus far, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think she has a chance of changing that.” Regardless of whether she wins or not, Adele has still achieved more in one year than most entertainers do in their lifetime.

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Exclusive Q and A: The Band Perry Talk Next Album, Brad Paisley and Bribes

The Band Perry is out to prove there’s a lot more to them than their chart-topping single “If I Die Young.”

The Alabama-born, Tennessee-based trio of siblings saw that song zoom to #1 on the country charts after it was released as a single from the band’s 2010 self-titled debut album. Although the song didn’t win a GRAMMY, the band still netted two of the coveted trophies and a host of other awards.

But now the real work begins as Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry hunker down with super-producer Rick Rubin to craft their sophomore album. The trio is also burning up the highways as it plays concerts throughout the U.S. including on Brad Paisley‘s Virtual Reality Tour.

So just how is The Band Perry planning to keep the career momentum going? Recently the siblings took time out to talk about just that. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: The Band Perry Talk Next Album, Brad Paisley and Bribes’

Give These Latin Artists A Break!

With just four days to go before the final voting round closes, the five final Latin artists in the Tr3s “Dame Un Break” Competition are racing to pull in the votes necessary to win the Grand Prize—a one-day recording session with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Sebastian Krys and a music video shot in L.A., which will premiere on Tr3s and tr3s.com. Check out the music of Radial, Elshamusic, Xcelencia, Lilo, and Lokixximo then vote here for your favorite before July 16 to help decide which artist will finally get their lucky break!

Nickelback Will Never Get Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, According To Nickelback

Chad Kroeger doesn’t think we’ll be looking at his photograph in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anytime soon. In a feature run yesterday by the Edmonton Journal, the frontman of the multi-platinum band Nickelback remarked on the critical perception of his group.

“We may be dead by then but I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will probably show up the same time as our first GRAMMY,” said Kroeger.

It seems at times that mocking Nickelback has become something of an international passtime. People of every age, creed, color, and political affiliation can get behind their distaste for the Canadian hard rock band. Back in 2010 the band was notably out-liked on Facebook by a pickle. But to the band’s credit they’ve handled their lack of acclaim quite well.

The group has even struck out against haters before in print and over social media. In the same feature Kroeger went on to comment on the fan petition around their halftime performance during the Detroit Lions Thanksgivings Day game, stating that the move only served to increase ratings for the game. The band has also taken on detractors through their Twitter feed, going tweet-for-tweet with disparaging commentators (even if the responses aren’t particularly clever).

Not that the band is losing sleep over a lack of critical love or GRAMMY trophies. The band has sold 50 million albums worldwide and is the second best selling act of all time in the U.S. after The Beatles. Obviously, someone’s listening. So don’t expect Nickelback to change their tune anytime soon.

 

Delta Rae ‘Carry The Fire’ With New Album Release

Delta Rae has been making big moves recently. Scratch that. Huge moves. After inking a deal with Sire Records, the Durham, NC six-piece are ready to bring their harmony-heavy Americana sound to the masses. They’ll be releasing their debut album Carry the Fire on Tuesday, June 19. If you can’t wait until then, you can stream the record in its entirety over at Rolling Stone.

As if that weren’t enough for an up-and-coming band, Delta Rae also recently covered Fleetwood Mac’s classic “The Chain” for Billboard’s “Under Cover” program and will be performing at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles the Monday night before their album release. That show will kick off a packed summer of national tour dates for the group. Phew. We’re getting tired just writing about all they’re up to. Go Delta Rae.

Latin Artists! Enter The Dame un Break Competition And Win Your Own Music Video Shoot!

OurStage and Tr3s want to help one aspiring Latin music star nab the opportunity of a lifetime. Submit your best song to the Tr3s “Dame un Break” Competiton by June 18, 2012, and our community of music fanatics will decide who is crowned champion. If selected, you will win a one-day recording session with a GRAMMY award-winning producer, your own music video shot in L.A., which will premiere on Tr3s and tr3s.com and round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation!

Latin Artists! Win A Trip To LA, A Music Video And More!

Open to OurStage account-holders who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Entrants must be legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and excluding Hawaii and Alaska). Only Submission Materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Latin, as defined on the official Tr3s “Dame un Break” Competition FAQs (http://dameunbreak.ourstage.com/faqs), will be deemed valid entries.

 

Sound and Vision: Why Is the World So Obsessed with Lionel Richie Right Now?

Life is full of surprises, and sometimes, so is pop music. In recent weeks, it’s recovered its long-dormant ability to shock, or at least catch us off guard with the unlikely hit, or the unexpected comeback.

Several months ago, I never dreamed I would ever ask the question that is the title of this article. It had been more than twenty-five years since Lionel Richie’s commercial heyday, and on the charts, he had been succeeded by younger romantic leads in pop and R&B many times over (Babyface, Usher, Ne-Yo, among others).

Then came one of those surprise developments seldom seen in pop anymore: On Billboard magazine’s Top 200 album chart for the week following the March 26 release of Tuskegee, Richie’s first studio album since 2009’s Just Go (which didn’t make the US Top 20 and failed to go gold), he debuted at No. 2 with first-week sales of 199,000 copies, right behind Madonna’s latest, MDNA.

Continue reading ‘Sound and Vision: Why Is the World So Obsessed with Lionel Richie Right Now?’

 


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