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Macy Gray Returns with "COVERED" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Monday, 26 March 2012 05:51

Macy Gray, newly signed with 429 Records, is ready for the release of her stunning new album "COVERED"-- a collection of all new recordings of handpicked songs she's chosen to reinterpret in her own inimitable fashion. With a buzz kicked off by an announcement in Billboard and Rolling Stone, Macy is already confirmed to appear on prime media outlets including Howard Stern, Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, Tavis Smiley and more. Produced by Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica), Zoux and Macy Gray "COVERED" tackles material largely drawn from indie rock songs from the last decade--interpretations her fans will be familiar with as she's been performing them live over the years. The album contains biting, dark signature tracks such as Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" or My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" which Gray subversively overhauls into something wholly her own. Also included are short skits featuring J.B. Smoove, Nicole Scherzinger and a guest appearance by Idris Elba. The first single "Sail" was #1 Most Added at AC radio for the 3rd week in a row with 5 more add. "COVERED" will be released worldwide on 429 Records TODAY with a special iTunes edition available which contains exclusive remixes of "Sail" and "Here Comes The Rain Again." In addition, Macy is on the verge of announcing a worldwide tour and has just completed the first video from the project. Helmed by famed director Robert DeVico (Pink, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott), the wildly colorful, party-inspired video for "Smoke Two Joints" premiered on both Perez Hilton.com and Aol in the first week.

Since her dazzling debut introduced this singular talent to the masses, Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture. With "COVERED" Macy has turned the cover album concept on its ear choosing edgy contemporary choices and approaching them in an innovative and uncompromising way. Not surprising considering she's spent her career defying expectations and stretching musical boundaries.

"COVERED" Track Listing:

  1. Here Comes The Rain Again (Eurythmics)
  2. Creep (Radiohead)
  3. You Want Them Nervous (skit featuring J.B. Smoove)
  4. Smoke 2 Joints (The Toyes)
  5. La La La (Teaching The Kids) (featuring Layann Al Saud, Avery Albert, Happy Hinds & Siena Stelber)
  6. Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)
  7. The Power of Love (featuring Hugh Salk)
  8. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
  9. Sail (AWOL Nation)
  10. I Try Is Cool And All But…(skit featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
  11. Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  12. Love Lockdown/Buck (Kanye West/Nina Simone)
  13. Mel Rap (featuring Mel Hinds)
  14. Bubbly (featuring Idris Elba) (Colbie Caillat)
  15. Wake Up (Arcade Fire)
  16. Really? (skit featuring MC Lyte)

For more information visit: www.429records.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 06:00
 
Pitbull Goes "Back In Time" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:38

The theme song to the highly anticipated action adventure comedy Men in Black 3, titled "Back In Time," has been written and recorded by RCA Records/Polo Grounds Music/Mr. 305 recording artist Pitbull, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. The song will be available as a digital single and released to radio on March 26. Men in Black 3 will be released in 3D in theaters nationwide on May 25, 2012.

"Back In Time" was written for the film by Armando C. Perez (Pitbull), Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas and features a sample of the 1950s hit "Love is Strange," written by Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniel and Mickey Baker, which went to #1 for the R&B duo Mickey & Sylvia.

"It's an incredible honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds," says Pitbull. "Wanting to keep the music fun yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that 'in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time.'"

 
Singer El DeBarge Arrested On Drug Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wonderwall, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:36am (PDT)   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:48

The singer, who has long battled substance abuse issues, was arrested at 2 p.m. in the Los Angeles suburb for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, reports E! News and TMZ, the latter of which stated that LAPD officers observed DeBarge participating in an alleged drug deal near the 101 Freeway. Police confirmed to the outlets that he was booked and released on a $30,000 bail and is due in court on April 9.

This isn’t the R&B singer’s first run-in with the law. Since 2001, he’s been arrested three times for drug possession. In the mid-’80s, he was also arrested for domestic violence and vandalism. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust. Back in 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust.

Following his release, he attempted to get his music career back on track. In 2010, he released a well-reviewed album, titled “Second Chances,” which was nominated for two Grammys including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. He had planned to go on tour in support of the record in 2011 but he checked into rehab and wound up canceling the tour.

El DeBarge comes from a musical family that includes three brothers, all of whom teamed to form the group DeBarge in the late 1970s. Their biggest R&B hits came courtesy of “Rhythm of the Night” and “Love Me in a Special Way.” His brother James was once married to Janet Jackson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:53
 
Houston died from drowning, coroner says PDF Print E-mail
Written by By ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:21

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner's officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer's death.

The release of the autopsy findings ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and her death has been ruled as accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities.

Beverly Hills police said in a statement there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston's death.

"We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," said Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager.

Coroner's Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said cocaine and its byproducts were found in Houston's system, and it was listed as a contributing factor in her death. He said the results indicated Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Toxicology results also showed Houston had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system. Houston died just hours before she was scheduled to appear at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash.

The singer also had a heart disease that caused blockages in her arteries.

Houston, 48, was buried in a New Jersey cemetery next to her father after an emotional four-hour funeral service that was attended by friends, family and superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Roberta Flack

Houston, a sensation from her first, eponymous album in 1985, was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," ''How Will I Know," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn't hit the high notes.

Interest in her music skyrocketed after her death, pushing her songs back on to charts and into heavy rotation on the radio.

A full autopsy report is expected to be released in two weeks.

Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York contributed to this report.

http://music.yahoo.com/news/houston-died-drowning-coroner-says-213627189.html

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:22
 
"The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique" Documentary Out Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56

Miami, FL – March 20, 2012 Cary Stuart and Quarter Water Productions capture a first-handed look at Immortal Technique’s childhood and adolescence, his emergence into the Hip-Hop scene, and his empowering music and philanthropic works that have made him a revolutionary icon. The double-DVD documentary features in-depth conversations with major figures such as Chuck D., Dr. Cornel West, Ice T, and Woody Harrelson, along with personal commentary from close music friends AKIR, DJ Green Lantern, ILL BILL, Diabolic, and many others. Immortal Technique has spent recent years touring relentlessly, performing across the United States and overseas in Colombia, Sweden, Amsterdam, and more. The film culminates with his expedition in Afghanistan for the launching of the Amin Institue, an orphange, school, and medical facility established by Immortal Technique and Omeid International.

“[Immortal Technique] symbolize[s] the voice of truth all around the world in the name of rap music and Hip Hop.” – Chuck D

The Amin Institute was financed independently of corporate funding, with over 60K raised from Immortal Technique concert and album sales. Immortal Technique and partner Omeid International opened the Amin Institute doors in March 2009, enrolling its first class of to 10 orphaned boys. As a testament to his involvement and commitment to the cause, Immortal Technique spent two weeks in Kabul where he assisted with the final construction, hiring of staff, and procurement of supplies, as well as being part of the opening ceremony. He also traveled to nearby regions of Kabul to raise awareness and gain insight toward the people of Afghanistan.

“The Amin Institute will be giving [children] a place to live and a chance to learn and rebuild their own nation.”Immortal Technique

To create the documentary, Cary Stuart personally captured seven years worth of filming combined with rare, archived footage from Immortal Technique’s early adolescence and pre-career rap battle days. The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique contains a second-disc with extended performances clips, interviews, and other extras and will be released in Spring 2012, followed by the highly anticipated release of his 5th album, The Middle Passage.

About Immortal Technique

Born in Peru, Felipe Coronal emigrated to Harlem, NY at a young age. Growing up on the streets of New York, the young man became enamored with Hip Hop culture, but eventually graduated to state prison. He was released with a sharpened focus on music. After dominating the New York battle circuit, he followed with the release of his first album, Revolutionary Vol. 1., an instant word-of-mouth sensation that catapulted him to a national spotlight, gaining tons of attention from the media including a feature on The Source’s “Unsigned Hype.” Since, Immortal Technique toured worldwide across the US, South America, Europe, and Australia. He's headlined major festivals including Paid Dues, Rock The Bells, SXSW, and many others. He's released four studio projects and has charted on Billboard's Top 10 Independent Albums, along with notable appearances on Russia TV, Al Jazeera News, URB Magazine, XXL, and countless others. He goes beyond his music as an advocate of justice and equality through many charitable works with immigrant groups, youth detention centers, the preservation of the South Central Farm, gang workshops, and more. In 2009, he partnered with Omeid International to build the Amin Institute, an orphanage, school, and medical facility in Afghanistan, which was funded by profits from album and ticket sales. Cary Stuart of Quarter Water Productions captures Immortal Technique's journey leading up to the construction and opening of the Amin Institute in the upcoming documentary, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, slated for Spring 2012 release, followed by the release of a new album.

For more info:
Http://www.viperrecords.com/index.php/artists/immortal-technique

 
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