Of fame and shame, of Beyonce and Ted Nugent

Beyonce KnowlesHallo Music-Lovers,

You know it’s a slow news day in the music world when People Magazine’s choice of ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ gets all the coverage.  But wait— Beyonce is a music-biz person!  So Music-Lovers’ ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Thank Yous’ are very much in order to Beyonce for winning an ‘open’ award for the Music Biz, no?  That said, these days we have a bevy of lovely young lasses adorning the Music Biz, specially those in the Country Music genre, and I wonder if some jealous claws aren’t being unsheathed . . . .

Looks like we’re doing unusual news today so let’s continue on that track, going from fame to shame.  The exact, full story is too convoluted to go into here but suffice it to say that conservative (fundamentalist?) rocker Ted Nugent has pled guilty on a misdemeanour count, the wrongful acts being to have wounded one black bear in Alaska and then shot another.  He has been slapped with no less than five penalties, albeit all of them minor, ranging from (two) fines to a public service announcement.  I think Nugent and Lady Gaga would make for a *very* good couple . . . .

Do you like lost concerts or lost recordings?  Do you like The Beatles or Carole King?  Both?  Okay, ladies first.

Turns out that Carole King was a fantastic singer waaay before she proved it in 1971.  Some of King’s unreleased sessions were remastered and released recently and the thumbs all seem to be up.  ‘Legendary Demos’ ranges from 60s pop hits like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ and ‘Crying in the Rain’ to originals, and from piano-comp tracks to full-band numbers.  Definitely sounds like a buy for Carole King fans.

Just as much a must-see for Beatles fans will be ‘The Beatles: The Lost Concert’.  Some film reels were found of the band’s first U.S. concert in Washington D.C. and, considering that ‘Twist and Shout’ was found on the reels, this is *exciting* news.  This heretofore lost concert was made into a movie, set to premiere in twelve days.  Those who have seen “A Hard Day’s Night” will not miss this, that’s for sure.

Have a Good Day and Fun Night,

Shane

Adele, Kelly or Katy?

AdeleHallo All!

The Adele train goes chugging on and on and the latest stop was Germany at the country’s ECHO awards.  Adele collected two awards, including Album of the Year for ’21′.  In doing so she beat out none other than Lady Gaga – not exactly an upset but, still, an against-the-odds win on the Continent.  Bruno Mars goes from strength to strength; he picked up Best International Male Artist.  Coldplay was the other big name to scoop an award; the band won Best International Group.

Rewind forty years – two generations – back for that era’s Adele and you find her in Carole King, whose ’21′ was ‘Tapestry’.  That album rode atop Billboard’s album chart for nearly four months!  Similar to Adele in our time, King enjoyed chart successes, collected numerous awards, and now is in line to collect another: a lifetime achievement award from BMI, their ‘Icon Award’.  It will be presented to King with the usual razzmatazz at a luxe event at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles in May.  Carole King was also an accomplished songwriter before she hit her stride in her singing career.  There’s a connection here with a worldwide pop hit by Neil Sedaka but I suppose all my readers are too young to know or care . . .

Billboard’s Hot 100′s Top Ten shows remarkably little movement this week: total movement or shift in the Top Ten is only ten places with four singles holding from the previous week.  One of these (at no. 2) is Kelly Carkson’s ‘Stronger’.  Another one that’s held (no. 5) is ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye feat. Kimbra – and there’s a connection with the German ECHO awards: this song won Hit of the Year.  The Top Ten also has another such connection!  A third single that has held (no. 10) is ‘Part of Me’ by blue-haired Katy Perry – and she was present at the ECHO awards to sing (and scream and moan) her hit!

Well lads, Thank God It’s Friday – as we’ll have Happy Hour, name yer poison: Adele, Kelly or Katy?  Or does your taste run to other treats?

TGIF,

Shane