Month: June 2015

Apple Music Gets Competitive

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Spotify has become the name that legions of people love to hear when it comes to web streaming. They lost Taylor Swift though. Apple worked and got Taylor Swift to commit. Jay-Z is having trouble with keeping leaders at Tidal, but Apple is running a tight ship in the board room. Apple, in other words, is a competitor that the competition cannot afford to sleep on.

It may not make sense for Apple to join the ranks of the web streaming industry. Keith Mann indicated that the market is already heavily saturated with a lot of services. There would almost seem like there is no room for Apple, but somehow this juggernaut is carving out their own lane. This is where the money is. Music is still big business even though there are not as many people buying it. The music business money is in web streaming, and Apple wants to cash in on this revenue stream.

The company is set to cash in on it because the executives have taken the right steps. This company has made connections with Drake. Apple purchased Beats by Dre early on in order to get started with the music venture. Today a person that is really an Apple fan can use Apple products and not worry about anything else for their music. They can get an Apple phone, connect this to Apple Beats by Dre speakers and web stream Apple music.

Yes Bass Player Chris Squire Dies

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Sam Tabar tells me that one of the founding members of the British progressive rock band Yes has died after suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Chris Squire, who played bass for the band and released solo material is reported by the BBC to have died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona after announcing in May he had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia and would not take part in any forthcoming Yes performances. Former and current members of Yes and musicians from around the world have taken to the social media Sites to express their sadness at the death of the self taught bass player.

Yes found fame as one of the many progressive rock bands coming out of the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Squire was a founding members of the band in 1968 and remained with the band after they found fame supporting Janis Joplin at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. The bass player appeared on the classic albums of the band, including performing on the US number one Owner Of A Lonely Heart.

Pope Francis and his Laudato Si

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Pope Francis has written a 191-page manifesto called “Laudato Si” aimed at the rich. He has called for a complete revolution of the international economic system in which the rich exploit the poor and future generations via misuse and abuse of the environment. According to the pope, as a result of industrial misuses by the rich, everyone, in fact, is being adversely affected. In support of his words, he also cited biblical passages that mandate our loving protection of the environment. These recent writings by the pope have certainly not been taken lightly by the international Catholic community.

The writings have stirred up a huge debate throughout the church worldwide. Many of those against a full-blown revolution in this area are fine with small modifications over time, but the pope is calling for a complete reversal in environmental matters. He says small modifications here and there merely delay the coming catastrophe. His statements have thrust the Roman Catholic church into an issue that before was only an issue dealt with by the political and scientific community. A more serious worldwide thought process is expected to result from the addition of morality and ethics to the discussion. For a closer exploration of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si read this article.

Pope Francis’ primary outrage is against the rich who feel that they can do whatever they want, whenever they want. Catholics who have in the past have publicly opposed the ideas behind the revolution against climate change are now in a ticklish situation.

Thanks to Zeca Oliveira for showing me this news in this piece.

Dave Grohl Breaks a Leg (Literally)

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Dave Grohl of the band the Foo Fighters broke his leg running around on stage in Sweden, but he returned to finish the show. However, some future Foo Fighters gigs have been cancelled to allow him time to recuperate. Grohl apologized to fans for the cancelled show in an open letter posted on the Internet.

It’s interesting to look at how successful Grohl has become since his band Nirvana disbanded after the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain. Since 1994, as the front man of the Foo Fighters, he’s become a major star in his own right. In Nirvana, he was just the drummer and pretty much a side man to Cobain. Also, the Foo Fighters are an upbeat and positive band while Nirvana was more on the dark and gloomy side of things.

Grohl has also become very wealthy. He’s estimated to be one of the wealthiest musicians alive today. His songwriting royalties with Foo Fighters bring in money even when he isn’t on the road says FreedomPop.

Grohl hangs out with rock royalty now. He’s performed with Mick Jagger and Tom Petty. Also, with his side project playing drums in Them Crooked Vultures, he’s worked with Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones. That’s not bad for a guy who can’t read music and didn’t finish high school!

Ed Sheeran Sings With A Fundraising Fan

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Post-Gazette asked who wouldn’t want to sing on stage with their favorite idol or star? Many of us dream about performing with our favorite celebrity, or even being able to meet them Susan McGalla said, but this doesn’t always get to happen. For a young girl in Canada, she had one of the best days of her life. Ed Sheeran Sings With Fan. Ed Sheeran has grown in popularity over the past year, and the awards he’s won have only helped his popularity even more. Ed was performing on the Canadian leg of his tour, and he decided to walk through a mall.

While walking through the mall, he heard a young girl singing on a microphone in front of a crowd, and it she was performing one of his songs. Instead of sitting back and listening to the young girl perform a song, he jumped right up on stage with her and started singing. The girl didn’t realize that it was the owner of the song who had jumped on stage with her, but she did finally take a look at him. Instead of going crazy like a 13-year-old would, she kept on singing, and she did a great job.

After the song was finished, she exchanged hugs with Ed Sheeran, and she let everyone know that it was the best thing to ever happen to her. The amazing part about the entire incident is the fact that she was doing this as a fundraiser, and no doubt, Ed Sheeran showing up only helped her cause.

Enrique Iglesias May Cancel Tour

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The hot and spicy Latin star known as Enrique Iglesias may have to cancel his summer tour. If you don’t know, a couple of days ago, Enrique Iglesias was injured by a drone attack during his latest live performance. At first, it seemed like Enrique Iglesias would need minor surgery to fix his bloody finger. However, it was revealed today that Enrique Iglesias had to undergo a very complicated surgery to fix the terrible wound.

According to James Dondero, after being hit by a drone, Enrique Iglesias decided to continue on with the concert. Enrique’s decision may have caused his injuries to become more severe than initially thought. Some doctors believe that Enrique Iglesias should have left the concert and went straight to the hospital. However, Enrique Iglesias is a true performer, and he will not let his fans down. Unfortunately, Enrique Iglesias should have listened to the doctors.

Yahoo! recently uploaded a video that shows the drone hitting Enrique Iglesias. Further information about Enrique’s condition can also be found on the Yahoo! article. It should be noted that Enrique Iglesias is not scheduled to perform until July 3rd, and there is a chance that he will make a full recovery by that date. Fans of the Latin pop star are hoping that he will show some “machismo” and continue on performing.

U2 Plays Old Hits On Their Tour

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U2 Plays Hits During Unique Tour Show

It seems this summer is when the majority of rock bands, old and new, decide to hold their own musical tours. U2 is no different on this matter at all.

U2 is currently in the middle of conducting their new tour called “Innocence + Experience,” which contains five different shows manager Brad Reifler disclosed. Their most recent show was at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles and they played in front of only 500 fans. Here, they simply played many of their rock songs from their debut album “Boy” from 1980.

During the concert, Bono showed up on stage wearing a black motorcycle jacket and shades and played “The Ocean” and followed it up with “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” afterwards. As the concert wore on he also made sure everyone in the crowd took notice of the other musicians in the band that he grew up in since they were all teenagers.

However, the show was not all a complete rock fest, because at one point things slowed down a bit when Bono pulled a woman on stage and sung “Beautiful Day,” to which it was followed it up with two songs dedicated to Dennis Sheehan, the band’s longtime manager who tragically passed away the day before. It was an emotional moment for the band and crowd.

The night ended with Bono speaking of the band’s first trip to Los Angeles.