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Bass Player and Grammy Winner + Multiple Blues Music Award Winner, Bob Stroger - King Biscuit Blues Festival -

 

Shein Die's photos on Flickriver

 

INTERVIEW w. Photographer: www.tdblues.com/?p=1588

 

Photo (c) 2011 Shein Die ~ All Rights Reserved

Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

Promo

 

Presented by: MICHAEL COPPEL, CMC & [V] HITS and SPONSORED BY COVERGIRL, JOHN SANDS & WONDERSTRUCK

 

Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYmhq0B585A He is a Grammy Winner ..he played w. Muddy Waters ~ a drummer, harp player, composer and band leader and all around good guy~

R.I.P.

WATCH MORE: (thanks to my friend for this VID) www.youtube.com/watch?v=I447H_cBRUI

  

Photo (c) Shein Die~

Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Five-time Grammy winner DJ IZ Avila returned to DMPS this week to visit students. Moulton Elementary School welcomed him into their school on October 10.

 

Six DMPS schools have been selected for Turnaround Arts, a national program sponsored by the Kennedy Center to integrate the arts with other areas of education. Those schools are Harding Middle School along with Cattell, Findley, Madison, Moulton and Oak Park elementary schools.

The Wu-Tang Clan is a New York City-based hip-hop musical group, consisting of nine American rappers. Among its members are multi-platinum selling solo artists, multi-platinum record producers, Grammy winners, TV and film stars, screenwriters, product spokespersons, business owners and, most recently, major motion picture composers. The Clan featured nine MCs until the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard in 2004.[1]

 

One of the most critically and commercially successful hip hop groups of all time, Wu-Tang Clan shot to fame through their uncompromising brand of hardcore rap music. Since their debut, they have introduced or launched the careers of numerous other artists and groups, and already in 1994 there were credited to be over 300 Wu-Tang Clan affiliates,[2] known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees, consisting of rappers, producers, and record label CEOs.[1] Seven of the nine Clan members are convicted felons.

 

FBI Infiltration

 

The Wu's influence is so extensive that the FBI has investigated them and even placed an informant within the group's circle. In 2000 the Village Voice ran a story about the FBI infiltrating the Wu Tang Clan through a criminal-turned-informant named Michael Caruso who got a job as the personal manager for Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna. Several other members of the group did not like Caruso; however, his ties with Ghostface and Cappadonna got him into the inner circles of the Wu.[32]

 

Due to Caruso's criminal past he was prohibited by law to associate with felons (which many members of the Clan are) or leave the state of New York; these restrictions were later lifted in return for his providing information on the group. The federal government looked the other way and allowed Caruso to tour the country with Wu-Tang as in exchange for reports on Wu-Tang's involvement with gunrunning and the Gambino crime family.

 

Caruso was subsequently fired from all duties regarding the Wu-Tang Clan's business when these allegations came to light. RZA forced Cappadonna to fire him as his manager. In spite of this, Caruso still works with Ghostface and is on his new poker team.

 

www.wumusicgroup.com/

 

www.wutang-corp.com/

Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Via the Regent Theatre's web site:

 

A Special Family Show with . . .

 

They Might Be Giants

Benefit Concerts for Boston By Foot

Sunday, May 23 at 12pm and 3pm

Both shows sold out - thank you!

 

They Might Be Giants will be performing two special shows especially for families. These are full band, full length performances. Both shows are to benefit Boston By Foot, the non-profit group giving guided walking tours of Boston for over 33 years. All concert goers can also use their ticket stub to get a free tour from Boston by Foot, including Boston by Little Feet tours for kids, during the upcoming season. All profits will go to BBF. http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/

 

They Might Be Giants Biography

HERE COMES SCIENCE!

 

For alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, rave reviews from the likes of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, NPR and beyond might not be that unexpected, but we're not talking about their regular gig here. Sure, TMBG have sold millions of records, are multi-Grammy winners and have even composed a musical accompaniment for an entire issue of McSweeney's, but these most recent accolades are for the work TMBG has created for children and--as the reviews attest--no other band swings as effortlessly from adult music to children’s fare and back again with the artistic and commercial success of They Might Be Giants.

 

John Flansburgh and John Linnell's latest CD/DVD is Here Comes Science (Idlewild/Disney Sound). It's an ultra-vivid crash course through topics that in lesser hands could easily put kids to sleep. With rock anthems and electronic goodies crafted to amuse, intrigue and deliver the 4-1-1 on evolution, solar system, photosynthesis, the scientific method and more. Following Here Comes the ABCs and Here Come the 123s, Science is geared for older kids and it introduces ideas in a way that not only inform but will stay in your head forever.

 

While it may seem like an odd move for a duo recognized as the progenitors of the American alternative rock movement, it really all makes perfect sense. From their earliest days with Dial-A-Song through their online music distribution, TMBG have always challenged rock's status quo and gone out of their way to take their music to brand new audiences, and by the looks of things, they’re having a lot of fun doing it their way. The Giants use every bit of fan interactive technology by connecting with kids via regular podcasts and including a DVD of delightful animated interpretations of their songs with each Here Comes... album.

 

The band is constantly working on new music, new projects and touring--sometimes with 2 shows a day. Founders John Flansburgh and John Linnell, along with their long standing live combo of Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf and Marty Beller, show no signs of swapping one successful gig (adult music) for another (children’s music). Rejoice people of Earth--there’s just that much more for us all to enjoy.

 

Question: You once said in an interview that TMBGs knew what you didn’t want to do with your music geared for kids: You didn’t want to tell them how to behave or write songs that are educational. But these songs are quite educational, and in fact, you have a science consultant on this record. Did you make a conscious decision to really teach something on Here Comes Science?

 

John Linnell: I think it’s still a record you can listen to for enjoyment, and that’s real important to us. I am perfectly comfortable with the idea of something that is pure entertainment, but I don’t think there is any need for something just purely educational from us. My sense of this record is that it is mostly fun, musical and interesting and it happens to have lyrics that talk about science.

 

Question: Did any Children’s books or albums make an impression on you when you were a child? Because now you’re making that impression on children.

 

John Flansburgh: We get that question a lot, and it’s a valid question, but speaking for myself, I feel like we have something to contribute to kid's music because what we're doing is actually lacking in the general culture. Generally, our stuff is not really coming out of any amazing experience with the kid's stuff from the past. Our childhood was during the really golden era of classic pop and singles. Those songs weren't really designed for kids, but the power of it spoke to us and a lot of other kids quite directly.

 

Curiously--although I see the obvious connections--we didn’t really grow up with all of the progressive kids stuff of the 70's. We were that micro generation of glitter-rock young teens listening to Alice Cooper and David Bowie and we totally missed the boat on Sesame Street and School House Rock and Free To Be You and Me. But even being a bit too old for it, you could tell there was something cool about that stuff. Basically the cartoons of our generation were either super-violent, like Spiderman, or the really simple-minded Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

 

Question: Which one of you was the science student? Either or you? Neither of you?

 

J. Linnell: Specifically into science? I would say we were both middling students in school, but philosophically we are both, as adults, very pro-science. We like living in the post-enlightenment era in history. Are we still living in the enlightenment or is it over now, I can’t tell? Are we in the “en-darkenment” now?

 

J. Flansburgh: I think we’re actually in to the “gee whiz” part of science--all the scientific phenomenon that sparks your imagination. We certainly aren't academics, but there is something remarkable about the world of science and there are ideas in science that just send your mind reeling.

 

J. Linnell: One the things that is exciting about it is that it makes you realize that things that are true, that can be proven, aren’t always intuitive. There is a difference between what seems to be the case and what turns out to be proven to be the case, and that’s really exciting. The world isn’t always what it seems to be and it makes everything more wonderful in a way. You have an experience of the world, walking around, and then science provides knowledge about the world that is not always anything like the experience.

 

The history of scientific discovery is partly revealing things that you don’t always experience directly, it’s bizarre in a way that so much of what we know is stuff we can’t always experience directly, like molecules and galaxies.

 

Question: Does that make it easier or harder to write about Science?

 

J. Linnell: Well, both. There is a point that you do reflect that you’re trying to explain something preposterous. And luckily, I think kids know the whole world is strange and preposterous, but as they get older, they get used to the idea that there are facts they just have to take someone’s word for.

 

Question: Considering you guys once used an answering machine to showcase your material, how amazed are you that you have all of this media at your disposal – podcasts, internet, video, etc…how has it changed the way you work?

 

J. Flansburgh: We enjoyed having an easy-breezy, loose reputation in terms of getting our music out to people. It was very great to be the one of the few acts in the United States who wasn’t preoccupied with getting on the radio or a cash return on our music. Of course now there is almost no end to the free stuff, and it is cool to see how much you can get in to the world, but with the most popular videos on YouTube being cats jumping into a box or people getting pushed down escalators, part of me worries that all this electronic media is just in the service of turning our culture into an endless episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

 

J. Linnell: A lot of what the technology suggests to people is the democratizing of culture and the notion of interactivity kind of caught fire online early on. What’s weird for John and I is that we were never interested in either one of those things. We actually like the idea of controlling what we are doing and we like the old fashioned idea of there being quality control on culture, that you would get the “good stuff” and there would be a way, through a critical apparatus or institutions, that would deliver the good stuff and filter out the bad stuff. It feels like the big problem nowadays is that everything should be available to everyone at all times and the result is a lot of garbage to wade through…not to sound like an 80 year old man! (laughs)

 

Question: With your accompanying DVD, how did the directors and animators come together? Are they the same people from Here Come the 123s? How much creative control do you give the animators with your songs?

 

J. Flansburgh: We are the producers on all the animated material and we select the artists we collaborate with pretty carefully. We've been involved in a lot of television and video projects over the years and that was very good training for these projects. There is an expression in rock video production: “Good. Fast. Cheap. Choose two” It’s a very unreasonable thing to expect everything to come together on a tight budget. Our strategy is to give the animators a relatively long lead time so they can do something that will be a good portfolio piece for them and something cool for us. And although we’re on a tight budget, we can offer a large amount of artistic freedom, and that gives us the opportunity to work with the most creative people out there.

 

Question: For this tour, you’re doing both “kid” and “adult” shows, sometimes 2 in one day. How is it different when you perform in front of kids versus when you perform in front of adults?

 

J. Flansburgh: Whatever pretensions you might have about your performance get totally re-calibrated when you’re playing for kids–playing a kid show is probably a bit closer to being a school teacher than being a rock star. There are also a lot of parents in the audience and we address them as well which kind of breaks forth the wall of "kiddie-ness."

 

Just to address the questions we always get: “how is it different writing a song for kids or writing for adults?” or “performing for kids and performing for adults?” Well, there is a real overlap, but there are meaningful differences too. A good song works in a way that is kind of irreducible whether or not it’s for kids or adults. If a song has a strong melody or an interesting concept, it will animate any audience, but in performance, kids have a really short attention span, so keeping things moving is important. Routinely the confetti machine gets the biggest response of the day. That will keep your ego in check.

 

Although in the past, “Clap your Hands” and "Alphabet of Nations" worked for adults, by and large the kid stuff stayed in the kid show just because it's, well, for kids! (laughs). But with "Here Comes Science" a lot of the songs work good in the adult show. and that’s unusual. “Meet the Elements,” “My Brother the Ape,” “A Shooting Star is not a Star,” and “Why Does the Sun Shine” slid into the adult show without any second thoughts, and “I Am a Paleontologist” is totally rocking live.

 

Question: What’s next for They Might Be Giants?

 

J. Flansburgh: We’re working on a rock album right now, but we have so much touring interrupting our effort it's hard to know when it will get done, so the real answer is we're going to be spending a lot of time on a tour bus trying to figure out how to get the WiFi working!

 

Our children’s book collaboration with Pascal Campion, Kids Go, just came out at the end of last year on Simon & Schuster. It's actually a very beautiful project and a fulfillment of a dream of mine. When we were approached, I wanted to do an actual picture book, which very few people get to do, and it was exciting to realize that dream. A good picture book is something that really stays with you.

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Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Photographer/Illustrator: Fred H. Politinsky

Subject: Great Musicians

 

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The list of artists (many of them Grammy winners) with whom he has recorded and /or performed includes: Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Joe Lovano, Julius Hemphill, Jaco Pastorius, George Russell, and the Mingus Orchestra, among many others.

 

View my photographs on the following websites:

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Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

Promo

 

Presented by: MICHAEL COPPEL, CMC & [V] HITS and SPONSORED BY COVERGIRL, JOHN SANDS & WONDERSTRUCK

 

Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jay-Z performing live at The LG Arena, Birmingham - 9th June 2010

Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

Promo

 

Presented by: MICHAEL COPPEL, CMC & [V] HITS and SPONSORED BY COVERGIRL, JOHN SANDS & WONDERSTRUCK

 

Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

Promo

 

Presented by: MICHAEL COPPEL, CMC & [V] HITS and SPONSORED BY COVERGIRL, JOHN SANDS & WONDERSTRUCK

 

Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

American artist, designer and inventor L. R. Emerson II may be considered the Thomas Edison of art yet is equally considered among the world’s most unusual artists. L. R. Emerson II may also be one of the most prolific artists the world has ever witnessed. Since 1983, has been personally compelled to develop and express through multi-directional art.

L. R. Emerson II is best known as the leading artist of the Upside-Down Art Movement or Masg Art movement.

Emerson never intended to become a household name in artmaking and the evidence of his effort to avoid selling out is firstly, his diligent efforts to make art that was intentionally against the common trends and secondly to keep his style secret from the world at large for two decades.

Recently, however after Emerson decidedly released some of his work after keeping it suppressed since the 1980’s renowned artist Georg Baselitz called L. R. Emerson's art"...inspiring." Baselitz’ own art has sold for in excess of $4.2 million dollars at recent auction.

In tribute, paying homage to neo-expressionist painter Georg Baselitz, Emerson recently exhibited at Saatchi an work Upside-Down Artwork or also known as Masg art called "Ode to Baselitz". Featured at Saatchionine.com Emerson has presented a work which has garnered the attention of Charles Saatchi himself who personally flagged L. R. Emerson ‘s work as “Liked”. "Ode to Baselitz" is part of L. R. Emerson II's "Heavy Ink" series.

The medium of “Ode to Baselitz” is called Digigraph or Digiography (both phrases termed and documented in 2009 in The Purple Tree; Art in a Boundless Age) is a combination of both traditional and tech media. The Digigraph featured at Saatchi is part of L. R. Emerson’s 50+ documented, pioneering inventions for making art - each calling for combinations of traditional and digital technology mediums.

“Ode to Baselitz” is a culmination of pen and ink, and computer aided design. Emerson’s goal with “Ode to Baselitz” is not only to bring attention to the already known upside-down work of Baselitz but moreover for the fact that like Emerson, Baselitz has ridden the critical seas of the public’s reaction to upside down work.

Baselitz, according to Emerson has paved a way for artists, even ones who are not working neo-expressively to express themselves through multi-directional composition – though Baselitz does not intend his upside-down works be hung in two or more directions as Emerson intentionally does.

As Emerson puts it “Baselitz broke the water and I am simply delivering the baby” speaking metaphorically to the aspect of L. A. times featured article from 1984 showing Baselitz’ then Upside-Down painting. By comparison, Emerson’s 1984 series was removed from exhibition during the same time period (’85) as Emerson feared critical rejection and stylistic copying. Thus L. R. Emerson II’s art was selectively hidden from the world for the next two decades.

In 2005 Emerson II exhibited nearly 800 works sharing several signed prints with major museums and galleries in 11 countries, yet he determined it necessary to continue to hold other selections from the public eye. What is seen today in exhibition by Emerson are mere artistic fragments of what he actually creates. With his current work never shown and by only releasing work that is about two years old, Emerson keeps ahead of those who would choose to mimic his style.

With over 100 awards to date and currently working in his third decade, Emerson has proven himself worthy of critical appraisal. Nicholas Forrest, contributing writer to Art & Antiques Magazine wrote about L. R. Emerson II stating "An amazing artist, Amazing art!" 2006. L. R. has been actively researching, developing, and inventing methods of making art and specifically Upside-Down art known as Masg Art, from Gaelic meaning to mix; or infuse for 30 years.

To date, L. R. Emerson II has delivered on his 1983 promises to make “Upside-Down Art” a household name in the very near future. In the aftermath we find now major artists effecting and or following the Upside-Down Art movement which is crossing international lines with artists such as Germany's Georg Baselitz and British Sculptor Anish Kapoor, giving significantly strong visual support.

Emerson's own efforts in leading the Upside-Down Art Movement has thus far have encompassed the following:

•Created Upside-Down Art for nearly thirty years having begun in 1983 and has made more upside-down, multi-directional, ambigram, Masg styled art than any person in history.

•Exhibited at age 18, and worked as a commissioned artist beginning at age of 19 with work appearing in newspaper and magazines by age 19 and for major celebrities by age 23

•First artist ever to offer their art for free; up to $1 million dollars of L. R. Emerson II’s artwork was literally offered for free to anyone in the world. The offer was advertised to the general public in numerous places and stood from 2005 until 2009

•Created in excess of 100,000 works within over 1,000 series

•Engaged 30 years of innovative, experimentation and invention driven research on Upside-Down Art or Multidirectional Art Composition, process and art methodology

•Created Upside-Down, multi-directional Masg Art in the following mediums: airbrush, collography, clayography, etching, lino-cut, oil on linen and canvas, acrylic on canvas, acrylic on board, emulsion transfer, mixed media, photography, digiography, emulsion transfer on metal, pen & ink with watercolor, pencil and ink on paper, oil pastel, collage, digital imaging, vector-based CGI, acetone transfer

•Has been awarded for being considered one of America’s Leading Art Educators, frequently serving as a Lead Art Educator on a variety of curriculum writing and Art Education textbook adoption committees or chairperson capacities. Emerson’s curriculum writing experiences have included practicum, research and committee collaboration to develop Art Education practices and standards for Art Foundation teaching and Cornerstone Assessments which serve as standards or benchmarks to assess a practicing artist’s skills and ability(2008 to 2012)

•Secured exhibition opportunities for student artists - having exhibited several academic thousand works.

•Invented in excess of 50 documented new methods for making Upside-Down Art or Masg Art

•Established a world record in the “Most Digital Works Created in One Hour” with the record set at 86 in 2007 and succeeded to a new record of 87 in 2008, both held by Emerson

•Published The Purple Tree; Art in a Boundless Age, 2009

•2012 Charles Saatchi personally flags Emerson’s online Saatchi Gallery as a “Liked User”

•Among the world’s most accomplished airbrush artists, having been placed in magazines the age of 19 and still today advancing the power of airbrush through invention and exhibition.

•Serving among the world’s most influential 21st Century Artists and Designers

•Created work for numerous patron including Grammy Winning musician/songwriter Leon Russell – who wrote “Superstar” the number one hit song for the late Karen Carpenter , March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983 (also a Grammy Winner) and living legend Barbara Streisand, born April 24, 1942.

•Donated by Deed the printing, publishing and rights to sale of over $1 million dollars in art.

•Created the first Upside-Down Art/Masg art Portraiture featuring a living person

•Established new art movement named “Pop Not” – genuine Pop Art styled social criticism with Pop styled, collages and punchy graphics but far removed from the kitschy, pseudo Pop Art existing today. L. R. Emerson II documented in the Purple Tree; Art in A Boundless Age the mission of Pop Not artists and the socially critical work they produce.

•Produced 14 Art Education videos highlighting the earmarks of Upside-Down Art

•Achieved in excess of 100 awards including awards for advertising design and photography

•Received critical acclaim from Nicholas Forrest, contributing writer to Art and Antiques Magazine. Forrest wrote about L. R. Emerson II’s Upside-Down Art or Masg Art stating “Amazing art by an amazing artist!” 2006

•Written and published Art History and or Criticism articles about Upside-Down Art

•Exhibited Upside-Down Art or Masg Art at prominent museums such The Museum of Contemporary Art

•Works held in both private estate and public art collections

•Developed, termed and published research about the "Digigraph" art process and art medium - a unique new art medium using traditional art media and technology

•2005, Established e4 Fine Art and an accompanying website e4fineart.com to serve as the exclusive representative for L.R.’s work and the web site to host functional space to not only electronically exhibit my work but moreover to share understanding about the art history related to Upside-Down Art.

•To date www.e4fineart.com.com and its’ counterpart gallery, www.upside-down-art.com has had over 600.000 visitors from across the planet and exists as “The World’s Largest Solo Artist Site” TM

•First artist to call for a change in the current Art Education texts and practices as L. R. Emerson II’s 30 years of pioneering research has proved the merits and validity of Upside-Down Art, or Masg Art as being a worthy alternative to the three common forms of compositional balance.

Because of the work of L. R. Emerson II and other supporting Upside-Down artists the old texts and teaching foundations known as The Principles of Art/Design are outdated and need revision. Museums, Art Critics, Educators, conservators and Historians can no longer ignore the relevance and merit of multi-directional composition or Upside-Down Art.

•In 2005, after having been kept secret for over two decades, Masg or Upside-Down Art was introduced to more than 500 galleries and in excess of 50 renowned museums worldwide including:

National Gallery

Tate Museum, London

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

 

Additionally, several videos were produced in the past three years and subsequently presented to the global community including the following:

Art is Art is Art by L R Emerson II

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftwMV0kxeuo

L R Emerson II Art

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyekoiK5N4c

Art is Upside-Down by L R Emerson II

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7R5nuZ-2So

Art 21 L. R. Emerson II: Masg A New Art Movement

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIYCTL-cnPs

Art History by L. R. Emerson II

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjlw6iFfnvQ

Math and Art - Music and Art

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks1RKmUodbA

The Purple Tree: Art in a Boundless Age

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjZwNnWZNLA

 

“Currently as I continue my research and documentation I look toward an Upside-Down Art group exhibition including myself, Georg Baselitz, and Anish Kapoor. London’s Tate Museum, NYC Guggenheim, MOMA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are fine venues for this warranted proposal. The considerably unusual exhibition will likely be presented as the world’s most unusual art of the 20th and 21st Century.

We have come a long way but still have an engaging journey ahead. I am pleased however at our progress so far and know we have truly shattered the proverbial “glass ceiling” or stronghold of art conservators, critics and museums as they too now have accepted our methods of composition and see that we have forever changed the manner in which art is composed.

The more I’ve advocated for Upside-Down Art, the greater the number of artists we (representatives and assistants) find are mimicking my style, however this is rewarding to me. Neither am I displeased to be named ‘Jack the Flipper’ (linguistically spinning Pollack’s ‘… dripper’ nomenclature).” Excerpt: L. R. Emerson II, 2012

Please see the revolutionary art of L. R. Emerson II at www.upside-down-art.com , “The World’s Largest Solo Artist Site” TM, and consider the merit of L. R. Emerson II’s work for inclusion in your presentation, writing, evaluation and discussion of 21st Century Art.

 

Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

Promo

 

Presented by: MICHAEL COPPEL, CMC & [V] HITS and SPONSORED BY COVERGIRL, JOHN SANDS & WONDERSTRUCK

 

Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Donna Summer,

Iconic singer has died at 63

 

Donna died from lung cancer. Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

 

Donna Summer -- the Queen of Disco -- died this morning after a battle with cancer ...

 

We're told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

 

Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad.

 

In fact, she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

 

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s with iconic hits like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."

  

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012,

known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner.

 

Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

Summer died on May 17, 2012. The Associated Press reports that she died in the morning at her home in Key West, Florida at age 63 following a battle with cancer

PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST | IMPERMANENCE; EXPAMDING UNIVERSE; OUT-OF -THE -BOX - IMPROV -

World Music, Jazz, Experimental, Improv, East-West, Ambient, Pop

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www.flickr.com/photos/42514297@N04/sets/72157632988389457/

Album slideshow (This graphic series, akin to a slow animation, appears at the end of the slideshow, 2 of the 5 ).

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To dissolve into...become one with...

 

“To be completely within myself, in perfect communion WITH the self, the atman, the overmind, beyond both knower and known… a place of perfect poise, not affected by the din and commotion of the outer world….Aum Tat Sat” –Premik Russell Tubbs

 

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"Improvisation is an onion of infinite layers. You explore one set of ideas or a specific pattern, taking it to the enth degree, than another layer presents itself. Then another, then another, ad infinitum. Then you wonder why so many creative artists over the years have turned to drugs or other substances, hoping for a short cut to that final layer, but there is no short cut or final layer. That’s the wonderful thing about creativity." -Premik Russell Tubbs

 

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'Defining the indefinable - In the moment, multi-dimensional, experimental, expression, improv, rhythm, line, texture, energy, thickness, fluidity, space, freedom...

Making music with a world view, deconstructing and reassembling with joyful abandon.'

-Premik Russell Tubbs

 

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“So it is said, for him who understands Heavenly joy, life is the working of Heaven; death is the transformation of things. In stillness, he and the yin share a single Virtue; in motion, he and the yang share a single flow.”

― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

 

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“The dance between darkness and light will always remain— the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.”

― C. JoyBell C.

 

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The Buddha’s last words were :

“Subject to change are all things,

Strive on with diligence."

 

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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" -Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

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"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life." -Rumi

 

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"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears." -Rumi

 

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"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?" -Rumi

 

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"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -Rumi

 

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"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." -Rumi

 

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"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think." -Rumi

 

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"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love." -Rumi

 

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"Our passions and desires are unruly, but our character subdues these elements into a harmonious whole. Does something similar to this happen in the physical world? Are the elements rebellious, dynamic with individual impulse? And is there a principle in the physical world which dominates them and puts them into an orderly organization? … It is the constant harmony of chance and determination which makes it eternally new and living." -Tagore

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PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS

YouTubes

www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU3hE8wtW3VeyOU17sQd2GQQ&v...

"Bangalore Breakdown" - Prermik Russell Tubbs

Performed by Journey to Light Ensemble

Premik Russell Tubbs - Saxophone

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=LViBPfPrR90

SONG FOR WAKIYA

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUlvj2_2AQw

HAPPYNESS

by Uli Geissendoerfer and Premik Russell Tubbs

Composed by Premik Russell Tubbs

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbhReDbyIOY

Premik solo with the London Royal Philharmonic performing "Apla Kathar."

The main melody was composed by Sri Chinmoy & orchestrated by Vapushtara Matthijs Jongepier.

 

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myspace.com/supremefactory/video/premik-russell-tubbs-liv...

-Sinagoga (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinagoga)

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Most recent recordings and projects:

 

In 2012 Premik recorded with 2011 Grammy nominee vocalist and composer Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon. 'Over 75 musicians came together to record the album in the US and India combining ancient traditional instruments like the rhumba, calypso, ektara, dugdugi and esraj with saxophone, banjo and piano to transcend musical boundaries.'

 

Sound Samples:

Amazon

www.amazon.com/Soul-March-Chandrika-Krishnamurthy-Tandon/...

CB Baby

www.cdbaby.com/cd/chandrikakrishnamurthyta2

Check out "JOG"

www.soulchants.com/

 

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Recording projects in 2010-2012 with Grammy award-winning producer and founder of Windham Hill Records Will Ackerman include albums by Fiona Jay Hawkins, Shambhu, Dean Boland, Rebecca Harrold, Ronnda Cadle and Masako.

 

Will Ackerman: ...‘The criteria for who works here go way past simple talent. Imaginary Road is my home and I’m only letting wonderful people into my home. I don’t care how talented you are; if you’re not able to wear your heart on your sleeve don’t bother to turn up. We use Keith Carlock (Sting and Steeley Dan) as a drummer too along with Arron Sterling (John Mayer and Sheryl Crow). Only last year I met Premik Russel Tubbs who plays sax and wind synths for us.

 

‘Premik has become part of the family...'

www.newagemusicworld.com/will-ackerman-interview-new-in-2...

imaginaryroadstudios.com/

 

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Premik recorded with Heidi Breyer and accompanied her at the ZMR Awards 2013, staged in New Orleans.

www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/performers.asp

ZMR Awards 2013 -Best Instrumental Album – Piano - “Beyond the Turning” - Heidi Breyer - Winterhall Records, produced at Synchrosonic Productions by Grammy winner Corin Nelsen. www.heidibreyer.com/

 

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New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart

ZoneMusicReporter.com

Top 100 Radio Play - #1 Top Recordings for January 2014

Title: Call of the Mountains - Artist: Masako

www.zonemusicreporter.com/charts/top100.asp

Premik plays wind synth on tracks 4 "Watching the Clouds", & 9 "Purple Indulgence".

 

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Premik, in conjunction with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer heads Bangalore Breakdown, an exciting, world music ensemble. They released their first CD, titled Diary, in 2008. In the words of noted Jazz author Bill Milkowski: Is it world music? Is it jazz? Is it some kind of new uncategorizable fusion that hasn’t yet been labeled?

Sound samples here: www.bangalorebreakdown.com/music.html

 

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Premik and Uli Geissendoerfer released in 2014 their own collaborative duo CD titled Passport to 'Happyness' (yes, happiness with a 'y'') www.ulimusic.com

 

www.flickr.com/photos/42514297@N04/15543396956/

 

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Premik will soon be featured in Carman Moore's Cd “Concerto for Ornette” in which Premik will play the orchestral solo saxophone part. Premik is also the featured saxophonist with SKYBAND on its recording of Carman Moore’s “DON AND BEA IN LOVE,” a fantasy concept album roughly about the intense Renaissance love between Dante and Beatrice which, in part, takes place in outer space! Carman Moore is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship winner. www.carmanmoore.com

 

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Premik’s ‘Journey To Light Ensemble’

Sound is East/West, jazz., a journey....

With Premik Russell Tubbs (saxpohones, flutes, lap steel, wind synth),

www.premik.com

Dave Phelps (guitar),

www.davidphelpsguitar.com/

Leigh Stuart (cello),

leighstuart.com/about/

Nathan Peck (upright & electric bass),

www.alexskolnick.com/biography-nathan-peck/

Todd Isler (drums, percussion)

toddisler.com/

Naren Budakar (tabla)

www.sooryadance.com/html/Milan/naren.htm

Watch for a Journey To Light Ensemble album to be released in 2014

 

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TriBeCaStan

Premik (saxophones, flutes, lap steel, wind synth)

tribecastan.tv/

 

TriBeCaStan's "Coal Again"- Cd Release 2014

www.flickr.com/photos/42514297@N04/15447303643/in/photost...

 

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Performing in:

25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

7 PM

www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/4/17/0700/PM/25th-Anni...

 

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Premik solo in SINGING THE OCEANS ALIVE CONCERT with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Fairfield Hall concert LONDON, ENGLAND APRIL 25, 2014

 

Watch/Listen

YouTubes

 

Premik solo with the London Royal Philharmonic performing "Apla Kathar."

The main melody was composed by Sri Chinmoy & orchestrated by Vapushtara Matthijs Jongepier.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbhReDbyIOY

 

High praise from Craig Pruess:

"The piece was excellent, thrilling even, very well orchestrated, and your playing was note perfect. An honor to work with you, my man." –Craig Pruess Composer, Musician, Arranger, and a Gold & Platinum Record Producer

www.heaven-on-earth-music.co.uk/

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4euUuBNUzco

Song of the Ocean by Kristin Hoffmann

All performers of the evening take the stage with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Premik Russell Tubbs | The Music of Karl Jenkins | Carnegie Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Monday, January 19, 2015

Premik Russell Tubbs played "bansuri & ethnic flutes" in this concert. (Bansuri is an Indian bamboo flute).

 

nyconcertreview.com/reviews/distinguished-concerts-intern...

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents The Music of Karl Jenkins in Review

 

www.karljenkins.com/

 

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Contact/Listen

 

www.premik.com

www.facebook.com/premik.tubbs

www.reverbnation.com/premik

www.broadjam.com/premik

www.myspace.com/premik

www.emusic.com/album/premik/mission-transcendence/10884302/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premik_Russell_Tubbs

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Short Bio

 

World / Jazz / Experimental / Improv / East-West / Ambient / Pop

PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS

 

Premik, a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar.

 

Premik has worked with everyone from Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga, just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.

 

Sax solos on #1 Hits -: “How Will I Know” (Whitney Houston) and “Baby, Come To Me” (Regina Belle).

 

Premik's first major recording breakthrough was with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra on the album“Visions of the Emerald Beyond.” Premik was a major part of the landmark Carlos Santana album "The Swing of Delight" which featured Herbie Hancock as co-arranger and co-musical director. Also featured were Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and several members of the Santana band.

 

www.premik.com/recordings/discography/

 

In 1978 Premik joined Carlos Santana on a six-week European tour as part of an opening act for the Santana Band called Devadip Oneness.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=beD58ordH08

"Gardenia" - DEVADIP European tour w/ Carlos Santana, Dec.'78 in Paris

 

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=juVuh...

!978 Devidip Orchestra

 

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For Flickr animated slideshow click double box icon at the top right of the album.

 

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Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more

 

It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.

 

ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.

 

This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.

 

ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.

 

As always with large concerts, there's a range of reviews coming in, and we'll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.

 

Headline Act was Chris Brown.

 

Chris Brown profile...

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.

  

Kelly Rowland profile...

 

KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet - period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny's Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010's "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010's Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.

  

LUPE FIASCO profile...

 

Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC's first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.

  

Naughty By Nature...

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.

  

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE

 

Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.

 

Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation's most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week's Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia - please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for 'Why Stop Now' with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.

 

One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90's, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90's by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can't be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.

 

After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape in 2007. Sean's single 'Getcha Some' gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as 'Too Fake' with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.

 

Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.

 

Stay tuned to this station for updates.

 

Websites

 

Supafest

www.supafest.com.au

 

MTV Australia

www.mtv.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

 

Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter. On stage at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.

constante.alexcuba.com/

 

Portrait of Lee "Scratch" Perry for the Reggae Hall of Fame foundation.This poster is donated to raise funds to support the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica.

Created by Charis Tsevis.

 

Logo of the Reggae Hall of Fame by Michael Thompson aka freestylee. The International Reggae Poster Contest and The Reggae Hall of fame are an initiative by Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson.

 

Best viewed large. Attention: Big file. (9211 x 12189 pixels = 28.4" x 37.6" @ 300 ppi)

Alternately you can zoom in to the high res (112 megapixels) file with Microsoft ZoomIt.

 

Made with custom developed scripts, hacks and lots of love, using my Mac, Studio Artist, the Adobe Creative Suite and good reggae music.

 

See all my Reggae posters.

 

Special thanks to Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson for the honor and for organizing such a great initiative. 1♡

Another No. 1! LeAnn Rimes’ new single “LovE Is LovE Is LovE” from her Remnants album reached the top of the Billboard Dance Chart this week. This is her third No. 1 dance single, following up “Long Live Love.” Celebrity LGBT Allies The Grammy winner, 34, recently performed the...

 

gilalo.com/leann-rimes-single-love-is-love-is-love-hits-n...

hot damn I'm in love with this video.. love the song

another grammy winner

   

youtu.be/8UVNT4wvIGY

 

off one more day.. errands. will be around :)

Via the Regent Theatre's web site:

 

A Special Family Show with . . .

 

They Might Be Giants

Benefit Concerts for Boston By Foot

Sunday, May 23 at 12pm and 3pm

Both shows sold out - thank you!

 

They Might Be Giants will be performing two special shows especially for families. These are full band, full length performances. Both shows are to benefit Boston By Foot, the non-profit group giving guided walking tours of Boston for over 33 years. All concert goers can also use their ticket stub to get a free tour from Boston by Foot, including Boston by Little Feet tours for kids, during the upcoming season. All profits will go to BBF. http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/

 

They Might Be Giants Biography

HERE COMES SCIENCE!

 

For alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, rave reviews from the likes of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, NPR and beyond might not be that unexpected, but we're not talking about their regular gig here. Sure, TMBG have sold millions of records, are multi-Grammy winners and have even composed a musical accompaniment for an entire issue of McSweeney's, but these most recent accolades are for the work TMBG has created for children and--as the reviews attest--no other band swings as effortlessly from adult music to children’s fare and back again with the artistic and commercial success of They Might Be Giants.

 

John Flansburgh and John Linnell's latest CD/DVD is Here Comes Science (Idlewild/Disney Sound). It's an ultra-vivid crash course through topics that in lesser hands could easily put kids to sleep. With rock anthems and electronic goodies crafted to amuse, intrigue and deliver the 4-1-1 on evolution, solar system, photosynthesis, the scientific method and more. Following Here Comes the ABCs and Here Come the 123s, Science is geared for older kids and it introduces ideas in a way that not only inform but will stay in your head forever.

 

While it may seem like an odd move for a duo recognized as the progenitors of the American alternative rock movement, it really all makes perfect sense. From their earliest days with Dial-A-Song through their online music distribution, TMBG have always challenged rock's status quo and gone out of their way to take their music to brand new audiences, and by the looks of things, they’re having a lot of fun doing it their way. The Giants use every bit of fan interactive technology by connecting with kids via regular podcasts and including a DVD of delightful animated interpretations of their songs with each Here Comes... album.

 

The band is constantly working on new music, new projects and touring--sometimes with 2 shows a day. Founders John Flansburgh and John Linnell, along with their long standing live combo of Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf and Marty Beller, show no signs of swapping one successful gig (adult music) for another (children’s music). Rejoice people of Earth--there’s just that much more for us all to enjoy.

 

Question: You once said in an interview that TMBGs knew what you didn’t want to do with your music geared for kids: You didn’t want to tell them how to behave or write songs that are educational. But these songs are quite educational, and in fact, you have a science consultant on this record. Did you make a conscious decision to really teach something on Here Comes Science?

 

John Linnell: I think it’s still a record you can listen to for enjoyment, and that’s real important to us. I am perfectly comfortable with the idea of something that is pure entertainment, but I don’t think there is any need for something just purely educational from us. My sense of this record is that it is mostly fun, musical and interesting and it happens to have lyrics that talk about science.

 

Question: Did any Children’s books or albums make an impression on you when you were a child? Because now you’re making that impression on children.

 

John Flansburgh: We get that question a lot, and it’s a valid question, but speaking for myself, I feel like we have something to contribute to kid's music because what we're doing is actually lacking in the general culture. Generally, our stuff is not really coming out of any amazing experience with the kid's stuff from the past. Our childhood was during the really golden era of classic pop and singles. Those songs weren't really designed for kids, but the power of it spoke to us and a lot of other kids quite directly.

 

Curiously--although I see the obvious connections--we didn’t really grow up with all of the progressive kids stuff of the 70's. We were that micro generation of glitter-rock young teens listening to Alice Cooper and David Bowie and we totally missed the boat on Sesame Street and School House Rock and Free To Be You and Me. But even being a bit too old for it, you could tell there was something cool about that stuff. Basically the cartoons of our generation were either super-violent, like Spiderman, or the really simple-minded Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

 

Question: Which one of you was the science student? Either or you? Neither of you?

 

J. Linnell: Specifically into science? I would say we were both middling students in school, but philosophically we are both, as adults, very pro-science. We like living in the post-enlightenment era in history. Are we still living in the enlightenment or is it over now, I can’t tell? Are we in the “en-darkenment” now?

 

J. Flansburgh: I think we’re actually in to the “gee whiz” part of science--all the scientific phenomenon that sparks your imagination. We certainly aren't academics, but there is something remarkable about the world of science and there are ideas in science that just send your mind reeling.

 

J. Linnell: One the things that is exciting about it is that it makes you realize that things that are true, that can be proven, aren’t always intuitive. There is a difference between what seems to be the case and what turns out to be proven to be the case, and that’s really exciting. The world isn’t always what it seems to be and it makes everything more wonderful in a way. You have an experience of the world, walking around, and then science provides knowledge about the world that is not always anything like the experience.

 

The history of scientific discovery is partly revealing things that you don’t always experience directly, it’s bizarre in a way that so much of what we know is stuff we can’t always experience directly, like molecules and galaxies.

 

Question: Does that make it easier or harder to write about Science?

 

J. Linnell: Well, both. There is a point that you do reflect that you’re trying to explain something preposterous. And luckily, I think kids know the whole world is strange and preposterous, but as they get older, they get used to the idea that there are facts they just have to take someone’s word for.

 

Question: Considering you guys once used an answering machine to showcase your material, how amazed are you that you have all of this media at your disposal – podcasts, internet, video, etc…how has it changed the way you work?

 

J. Flansburgh: We enjoyed having an easy-breezy, loose reputation in terms of getting our music out to people. It was very great to be the one of the few acts in the United States who wasn’t preoccupied with getting on the radio or a cash return on our music. Of course now there is almost no end to the free stuff, and it is cool to see how much you can get in to the world, but with the most popular videos on YouTube being cats jumping into a box or people getting pushed down escalators, part of me worries that all this electronic media is just in the service of turning our culture into an endless episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

 

J. Linnell: A lot of what the technology suggests to people is the democratizing of culture and the notion of interactivity kind of caught fire online early on. What’s weird for John and I is that we were never interested in either one of those things. We actually like the idea of controlling what we are doing and we like the old fashioned idea of there being quality control on culture, that you would get the “good stuff” and there would be a way, through a critical apparatus or institutions, that would deliver the good stuff and filter out the bad stuff. It feels like the big problem nowadays is that everything should be available to everyone at all times and the result is a lot of garbage to wade through…not to sound like an 80 year old man! (laughs)

 

Question: With your accompanying DVD, how did the directors and animators come together? Are they the same people from Here Come the 123s? How much creative control do you give the animators with your songs?

 

J. Flansburgh: We are the producers on all the animated material and we select the artists we collaborate with pretty carefully. We've been involved in a lot of television and video projects over the years and that was very good training for these projects. There is an expression in rock video production: “Good. Fast. Cheap. Choose two” It’s a very unreasonable thing to expect everything to come together on a tight budget. Our strategy is to give the animators a relatively long lead time so they can do something that will be a good portfolio piece for them and something cool for us. And although we’re on a tight budget, we can offer a large amount of artistic freedom, and that gives us the opportunity to work with the most creative people out there.

 

Question: For this tour, you’re doing both “kid” and “adult” shows, sometimes 2 in one day. How is it different when you perform in front of kids versus when you perform in front of adults?

 

J. Flansburgh: Whatever pretensions you might have about your performance get totally re-calibrated when you’re playing for kids–playing a kid show is probably a bit closer to being a school teacher than being a rock star. There are also a lot of parents in the audience and we address them as well which kind of breaks forth the wall of "kiddie-ness."

 

Just to address the questions we always get: “how is it different writing a song for kids or writing for adults?” or “performing for kids and performing for adults?” Well, there is a real overlap, but there are meaningful differences too. A good song works in a way that is kind of irreducible whether or not it’s for kids or adults. If a song has a strong melody or an interesting concept, it will animate any audience, but in performance, kids have a really short attention span, so keeping things moving is important. Routinely the confetti machine gets the biggest response of the day. That will keep your ego in check.

 

Although in the past, “Clap your Hands” and "Alphabet of Nations" worked for adults, by and large the kid stuff stayed in the kid show just because it's, well, for kids! (laughs). But with "Here Comes Science" a lot of the songs work good in the adult show. and that’s unusual. “Meet the Elements,” “My Brother the Ape,” “A Shooting Star is not a Star,” and “Why Does the Sun Shine” slid into the adult show without any second thoughts, and “I Am a Paleontologist” is totally rocking live.

 

Question: What’s next for They Might Be Giants?

 

J. Flansburgh: We’re working on a rock album right now, but we have so much touring interrupting our effort it's hard to know when it will get done, so the real answer is we're going to be spending a lot of time on a tour bus trying to figure out how to get the WiFi working!

 

Our children’s book collaboration with Pascal Campion, Kids Go, just came out at the end of last year on Simon & Schuster. It's actually a very beautiful project and a fulfillment of a dream of mine. When we were approached, I wanted to do an actual picture book, which very few people get to do, and it was exciting to realize that dream. A good picture book is something that really stays with you.

Fortune Brainstorm Health

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. San Diego, CA

 

4:45 PM

TAKING A PRIVATE FIGHT PUBLIC

After his 2014 diagnosis with testicular cancer, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez, a member of the Black Eyed Peas, waged his own quiet battle for survival. But the six-time Grammy winner says it’s time to get loud. Gomez ignored the signs of cancer for years, he says. Now, he’s pleading with others not to make the same mistake.

Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez, Musician and Member, Black Eyed Peas

Interviewer: Dr. David B. Agus, USC

 

Photograph by Stuart Isett/Fortune Brainstorm Health

The Roots Family Picnic for Metromix

With her beautiful voice and smooth style, Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding gave a stunning performance. I've got more to come from this set later.

 

philadelphia.metromix.com/entertainment/2655167

 

© 2011 Holly E Clark, All Rights Reserved

As I continue my adventures with the m4/3 format, I must say I'm smitten with the IQ and the newly gained DR over the smaller other compacts. Here's my eulogy to grammy winners "Buena Vista Social Club's" famous song "Dos Gardenias"(follow that link in another tab so you can listen to the song in Youtube while you view the image, it just takes it to a whole new level, I like that).

 

So I went about my usual photowalk but this time with what I'm calling my Leica M8.45 - the Panasonic G1 coupled with the Hexanon 28mm and its glorious metal hood using the "zone focus" method or hyperfocal as some call it and went about doing my thing.

 

As I turned a block, I noticed this Cuban man's hat and I cough loudly(on purpose) so he would turn around and just when he did, I was already pointing my lens at him while framing this image via the great panny viewfinder and click. I kept on walking like it wasn't with him and he looked at me slightly puzzled and said nothing as I walked away.

 

Stay tuned as my m4/3 forays are just beginning and are here to stay. Just yesterday evening, I acquired a new sidekick the G1 and its the venerable Olympus EPL-2 so now all images will have the same IQ and DR.

 

Cheers and thanks for all the love, as you know or perhaps may not know, this is a project of love and I think that's what we all have in common a great appreciation for this great craft which makes us see the world through various lenses.

 

 

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I'm humbled by all you band and musician low light photographers. My Sony Nex couldn't do much for me, so I added a painterly effect to hide the noise, partially. But a wonderful evening hear live Blue Grass with one of the greats, and a several time Grammy winner, along with wonderful locals joining in.

 

Taken 10/23/14, uploaded 10/24/14, 2014 10 23 ar72 TSBS2 Dfn Zumas NC -5807-Edit-Edit.tif

Marcus Mumford strums the mandolin during a performance of "Winter Winds" at the Susquehanna Bank Center on February 16, 2013.

Ever get sick of listening to the same songs over and over while running? Nothing breaks up a good stride more than clicking through shuffle, trying to find a song that's the appropriate tempo for your pace or that you haven't heard so many times that you're ready to give up listening to music during your workout altogether. www.preapps.com/blogs/1043/139/run-time-new-app-for-runni...

San Luis Obispo, California

 

Along with landscape and architecture photography I also work as house photographer for the main venue in SLO County and shoot for a production company that brings large shows like Bassnectar to the area.

 

If you don't follow me on Facebook you probably haven't seen shots of some of the bigger acts I've had the privilege of shooting lately. I'm going to post a few today.

 

Feel free to follow me over on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mark.gvazdinskas

 

I post a ton on FB and Google+ these days: plus.google.com/u/0/118074930118880730333/posts

Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado

Grammy Good Luck!

 

LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN

   

2011 Singapore GP

2011 Shakira concert at the Padang - 24.9.2011

 

I was standing outside the fan zone and shooting at an effective focal length of 600mm. All shots with a Nikon D7000, ISO set at 1600, shutterspeeds varying from 1/80s to 1/320s. Wonderful concert and I was glad I made the effort to attend.

 

Do visit my personal site at www.mentorgraphy.shutterfly.com

Same girl as the last image in my photostream. She is dancing with her dad to the Bluegrass music with Bobby Hicks, Grammy winner, at Zuma's coffee house in Marshall, NC, an amazing place.

 

Sony Nex 7 not great camera for low light-- so I added a painterly effect on Topaz to mask the noise. I so admire those of you who do band and music photography in low light. Don't think my camera has those capabilities.

 

Taken 10/23/14, uploaded 10/24/14, 2014 10 23 ar72 TSBS Dfn Zumas NC -5790-Edit-Edit.tif

She was loving Grammy winner Bobby Hicks and the locals all jamming together, a weekly event at Zuma's. What a find-- way out in the country!

 

Doesn't she look like an angel.

  

Taken 10/23/14, uploaded 10/24/14, 2014 10 23 a Lrtwk Zumas NC -5794

These were from a series of recording studio shots I took for the SMV cd. All in available light since the flash was just too distracting. To me anyway. These appear inside the poster fold out with the cd.

Eddie Gomez visited the Valencia campus on the third week of October to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. Gomez is a legendary jazz bassist and a Grammy Award winner. During his visit, he also offered a master class and celebrated the receipt of his degree with a special concert where he was joined by students and faculty members.

Rosanne Cash plays to a huge crowd Saturday night (6/14/14) in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis. The daughter of music icon Johnny Cash (and a Grammy winner in her own right) played songs from her latest album, The River & The Thread, in the same sequence as they appear on the disk. At left is her husband, guitarist/producer John Leventhal.

Fortune Brainstorm Health

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. San Diego, CA

 

4:45 PM

TAKING A PRIVATE FIGHT PUBLIC

After his 2014 diagnosis with testicular cancer, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez, a member of the Black Eyed Peas, waged his own quiet battle for survival. But the six-time Grammy winner says it’s time to get loud. Gomez ignored the signs of cancer for years, he says. Now, he’s pleading with others not to make the same mistake.

Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez, Musician and Member, Black Eyed Peas

Interviewer: Dr. David B. Agus, USC

 

Photograph by Stuart Isett/Fortune Brainstorm Health

"The couch" where it all started for Xavier Dphrepaulezz, AKA Fantastic Negrito, working on his new album "Please Don't Be Dead" at his studio/collective in Oakland, CA - Blackball Universe.

 

More photos from this shoot can be seen at Variance Magazine.

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