Lady Gaga will introduce the most-watched event in the world on Sunday when she sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 50. Actress Marlee Matlin will accompany her by performing American Sign Language during the national anthem, according to The Associated Press. The performance will take place in Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium, where the Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers.
The Super Bowl, which will air on CBS and include halftime performances by Coldplay and Beyonce, is the latest event in what has been a prolific start to 2016 for Gaga. Last month, she took home the Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, with the singer already lining up a busy February.
Gaga will perform a medley of David Bowie songs in tribute to the late singer-songwriter during the Grammys broadcast on February 15, when the ceremony will air live on CBS. The set will consist of three or four tunes and run up to seven minutes long. Chic leader Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie’s Let’s Dance, is serving as musical director
The boy band can now boast the title of K-pop act with the most weeks at No. 1 on the chart.
There’s no signs of BTS slowing down as their latest album, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2, spends a fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums Chart.
BTS Spends Third Week Atop World Albums Chart
A fourth week at the chart’s summit means BTS sets a record for most weeks atop of World Albums by any K-pop act. Previously, fellow boy band B.A.P held that title, sending three different titles to No. 1 on the chart for three separate weeks — One Shot and Badman from 2013 and First Sensibility from 2014. While BTS has only had one chart-topping album, the fact that it’s stayed atop for four weeks lets the act surpass B.A.P in total chart-topping weeks.
Behind BTS and B.A.P, G-Dragon, SHINee, f(x), GOT7, EXO, Red Velvet, Girls’ Generation and Girls’ Generation-TTS have all spent two weeks atop with various releases.
Elsewhere on the chart, BTS
LOS ANGELES — Ten minutes into a recent recording session with a Grammy-winning producer they had never previously met, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, the in-demand pop songwriters of the moment, had a bouncy new hook.
“She’s a new girl now,” Ms. Michaels, 22, sang with finger-snapping pop-soul syncopation for maximum catchiness. Mr. Tranter thumbed the words into his iPhone, fleshing out Ms. Michaels’s lines, which alluded to liquor and Instagram. The pair petted each other’s tattooed arms while volleying ideas, never separating by more than a few feet until Ms. Michaels entered the vocal booth. Mr. Tranter, 35, called out suggestions and encouragement.Less than an hour later, they had a story of feminine renewal — taken from Ms. Michaels’s life, but sung from the male viewpoint — and a simple, layered keyboard demo. There were 10 minutes to spare before dinner, enough for J-Roc, the producer known for his work with Timbaland (Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé), to cue up a futuristic R&B track.
Within three minutes, Ms.
Who doesn’t love music? From Beethoven to Beyonce, the Beatles to Justin Bieber, the songs ad sounds of our culture and our history are auditory works of art. No matter your personal preference or taste, no one can argue that music has made our human existence so much more meaningful.
Studying music in college takes that love of sound to a new level. It not only shows a great love of all things auditory, but it also indicates a commitment to pursuing this passion on a professional level. With a degree in music from one of USC’s online MPH programs or from Simmons College, individuals are able to transform their love of sound into a full-fledged career.
Becoming a music major in college does require a little work, as is true of all professional pursuits. Here are a few ways in which you can prepare yourself for a degree in music.
A private one-on-one music coach can help you get a jump start on your college study program by lending individualized instruction unique to your abilities and goals. While not every aspiring musician can afford this type of aid, for those who can it is a great investment. Look for
Exercising is a grind. It’s physical punishment, self-inflicted. But, you can make it better by handling certain aspects of your sensory input during your torture sessions. And one good way to do that – is through music.
So, what do you listen to while you exercise? What helps motivate you to push harder, run faster, lift more? What do you do on the treadmill, or out in the world? If you’re in the gym, what type of tunes do you enjoy? Do you have a different preference when it comes to group workouts? And do certain types of music help you within personal challenges? These are all questions worth asking!
On the Treadmill
There are definite benefits toworking out on a treadmill. Nothing to trip over. Don’t have to worry about the weather. Consistent motions. And it’s also quiet enough that you can listen to your favorite jams to get you going. Many treadmills have built in speakers, others have systems where you can plug your headphones into a socket. And more than in any other type of exercise, what you listen to is going to define your workout. Slow and gentle music will be an easy workout. Death metal, go nuts.
Music makes the world go round. It’s inspiring, relaxing, energizing, and so much more. There is a reason why so many people play music, why there is music in elevators and in stores, and why you have a radio in your car.
From piano players to guitar players, and pretty much any musician, you’ll find that playing an instrument can make your smarter. That being the case, why wouldn’t you want a piano in your home?
Piano Music Is Relaxing
If you’ve ever sat down and listened to the piano being played, or even a recording of one, you know that it can be a very relaxing tone of music. Can you imagine having that beautiful sound in your home, maybe even coming from your own fingers?
Not only is it relaxing to listen too, but it can be relaxing to play, as well, once you’ve learned, anyway. The learned process could be slow and tedious for some, but it’s well worth it.
It Adds Some Finesse To Your Home
Imagine how regal your living room would look with a baby grand piano as your centerpiece. It’s better than a piece of art, yet it adds art to your home, since art is music.
If you have ever had any involvement in the creative world, you may be wondering how art and music play together. Many creative types find themselves immersed in one or the other, but unsure of how the two work together in realm of creative codependence. In reality, art and music have always gone hand-in-hand, even if they are not created by the same individuals.
Recently, musicians have been attempting a kind of “live art” program at musical concerts. During a live art exhibition, an artist may be painting or creating an image while the musician is playing. This creates a kind of symbiotic creative relationship. Included here are a few ways that art and music have partnered up over the years.
Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground
Perhaps the most famous incidence of art and music working together can be found in Warhol and the Velvet Underground. Warhol became the band manager in 1965 and also designed what may have been their most famous album cover.
Warhol’s yellow banana cover was conceptualized as a sexual commentary on the album’s contents. Initially, the album cover was meant to include the yellow banana as a sticker covering a flesh-colored banana within. The manufacturing process for
Early in my career trying to be a pro musician, I realized that making hits and chartbusting tracks is not one man or woman’s accomplishment. It is a team effort. It’s not just Robbie Williams singing behind his 1998 hit Let Me Entertain You, but pitch perfect sessions vocalists Bolivian virtuoso guitarist Javier Calderon is of course not the only one playing wonderful string quartets on his albums: there are nameless session musicians accompanying him.
What fascinates me about session musicians is that they’re fantastic at playing their chosen instrument (or singing, if they are vocalists) but they don’t seek the limelight. They’re usually around long after the star they helped to make has faded into oblivion (though the hits go down in history, don’t they). We often don’t think about these nameless musicians, but they’re very important to make our hits what they are. With their skill they keep a low profile and the show on the road. They also often have great educational backgrounds like Berklee College.
Where I found good session musicians for hire
So, where do we pro musicians and producers find great sessions musicians (http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/11/13/hidden-by-the-glass-historys-most-iconic-session-musicians/) for our recordings? The thing about technology today is that while they’ve made
They always say that finding success in show business requires a thick skin. Some directors have developed reputations for babying their actors, while others push and provoke in order to achieve the best possible performance. As it turns out, David O. Russell has a tendency to be the latter. Actress Amy Adams recently opened up about her time on the set of the 2013 drama “American Hustle,” as well as Russell’s harsh treatment of her and the other actors during the film’s production. It was so harsh that she cried on set most days.
During a recent interview with GQ, Amy Adams admitted that “American Hustle” director David O. Russell actually made her cry during the production of the film.
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“I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most,” she said. “Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly.. It’s not ok with me. Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”
Taylor Swift, who’s nominated for seven Grammys this year, is set to open the show, and Kendrick Lamar, who leads with 11 nominations, and The Weeknd, who also has seven noms, will also perform.
Rihanna will take the stage for the first time since the release of her new album Anti, and Adele (whose new album 25 wasn’t eligible this year) is also set to perform. The rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires (including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) will make their live TV debut, as will the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, who will broadcast their opening number live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
Jackson Browne will join The Eagles in a tribute to their late band member Glenn Frey, and Lady Gaga will honor David Bowie with a performance. Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., and Bonnie Raitt will also unite to pay tribute to B.B. King.
Check out the full list of performers below:
- Alabama Shakes
- Joey Alexander
- James Bay and Tori Kelly
- Justin Bieber and Jack Ü (Diplo and Skrillex)
- Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Meghan Trainor with Lionel Richie
- Andra Day and Ellie Goulding
- Eagles (Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh) with Jackson Browne, paying
Jazz great Charles Mingus played every kind of jazz and with almost everybody. Big band, hard bop, bebop, Third Stream, free jazz. With Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Charlie Parker, on and on. He was a great bassist, composer, band leader – but above all, Mingus exploded the emotional language of jazz. This hour On Point, the singular life and sound of Charlie Mingus.
Krin Gabbard, instructor in the jazz studies program at Columbia University. Author of the new book, “Better Git It In Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus.” Also author of “Hotter Than That” and “Jammin’ At The Margins.”
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CuePoint: The Eloquent Firing of Charles Mingus by Duke Ellington — “In 1953, shortly after he had turned twenty-one, Charles Mingus seized the opportunity of a lifetime and joined the orchestra of his idol and inspiration, Duke Ellington. He would be subbing for the band’s regular bassist Wendell Marshall, who had a special relationship with Ellington if only because he was the cousin of double bassist Jimmie Blanton. But Mingus knew that this might lead to a regular place in the band. The association with Ellington, however, was brief. Only a few weeks after he joined the band,
David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.
His death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning. No other details were provided.
Mr. Bowie had been treated for cancer for the last 18 months, according to a statement on his social-media accounts. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” a post on his Facebook page read.
His last album, “Blackstar,” a collaboration with a jazz quartet that was typically enigmatic and exploratory, was released on Friday — his birthday. He is to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31 featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats.
He had also collaborated on an Off Broadway musical, “Lazarus,” which was a surreal sequel to the 1976 film that featured his definitive screen role, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”
Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend — rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul” — but it was suffused with genuine soul.
Below, three members of Vulture’s music team share the new acts they think (and genuinely hope) you’ll be hearing more about this year. Some names may seem familiar, as they’ve more or less “broken” among niche listenerships already. Others are likely new to you. What they all have in common is that they’re working outside of traditional genre lines, as many of the most exciting artists right now are, and they’re poised to have a big 2016. Now get listening — your next on-repeat album is hiding in here somewhere,
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Anderson .Paak always had dreams of being a session musician — never the star. That all changed when the 29-year-old Oxnard, California, native dropped “Suede” with Knxwledge under the moniker NxWorries, unknowingly attracting the ears of Dr. Dre. If there’s one constant on Dre’s long-overdue third album, Compton, aside from the hometown setting, it’s .Paak. He has credits on six of the album’s 16 songs, lending his old-soul voice to the Freddie Gray–inspired “Animals.” He’s kicked off 2016 with a very early contender for year-end lists with a collection of retro-future tracks alongside hip-hop greats like Talib Kweli and
If you’re a music lover, you already know that turning on the tunes can help calm your nerves, make stress disappear, pump up your energy level during a workout, bring back old memories, as well as prompt countless other emotions too varied to list.
Even if you’re not a music aficionado, per se, there are compelling reasons why you may want to become one, which were recently revealed by a series of new research.
Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes Linked to Emotions and Abstract Decision Making
When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.
At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the prefrontal cortex, which makes possible abstract decision-making, are also activated, according to new research published in the journal Science.
Based on the brain activity in certain regions, especially the nucleus accumbens, captured by an fMRI imager while participants listened to music, the researchers could predict how much money the listeners were willing to spend on previously unheard music. As you might suspect, songs that
Music therapy, when practiced in the right fashion, is considered to be highly effective in complementing routine treatment schedules that help in reinforcing wellness. However, before adapting to the therapy, it would be essential to learn more about the types of music therapy and the ways in which they can prove to be useful in specific cases. Once you have gathered relevant information, getting the right kind of infrastructure and settings for administering music therapy would be easier.
Types of Music Therapy
Music Therapy for Kids—Music therapy is known to create positive changes in brainwaves. These changes facilitate concentration and improve memory power. Therefore, regular music therapy can contribute a great deal in improving learning abilities, facilitating retention and stabilising behavioural trends. Therefore, kids not only excel in academics, they also succeed in maintaining peace of mind, create amicable learning environments and exhibit positive behaviour. Hence, music therapy sessions help them to lead productive and peaceful lives.
Music Therapy for Teenagers—Music therapy helps in creating positive responses in the mind. Hence, teenage impulses that can often have destructive repercussions can be controlled effectively. Music therapy helps in creating positivity within the mind and fuels
moMost doctors, you may believe, would recommend a phial of something exotic for a minor/major emotional/physical derailment. The truth is that most experienced physicians suggest, in fact, stress on the use of music for the treatment of different conditions. Moreover, patients must as a first step, try the least invasive route to feeling better. And, there can be nothing better than popping a magic pill.
For a lot of people, music is a part of life and for others, it is a mere add on to other chores. Whatever your reason to listen to music may be, it can really uplift your mood and calm your senses and thus, help you deal with mental problems.
Here are some mental conditions that can be healed with the help of music.Dementia
Dementia is the loss of cognitive function. It can be caused by changes in the brain like those that are caused because of trauma or underlying disease. Studies have found a reduction in aggressive or agitated behaviour in patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other such mental disorders after these patients experienced had begun to listen to music. Music therapy was also found to improve mood as well as cooperation with everyday tasks,
In Western music, Orientalist styles have related to previous Orientalist styles rather than to Eastern ethnic practices, just as myths have been described by Lévi-Strauss as relating to other myths. One might ask if it is necessary to know anything about Eastern musical practices; for the most part, it seems that only a knowledge of Orientalist signifiers is required. In the case of Orientalist operas, I had at first thought it might be important to understand where they were set geographically. Then, I began to realise that, for the most part, all I needed to know was the simple fact that they were set in exotic, foreign places. Perhaps I should have remembered Edward Said’s advice that:
we need not look for correspondence between the language used to depict the Orient and the Orient itself, not so much because the language is inaccurate but because it is not even trying to be accurate. What it is trying to do… is at one and the same time to characterise the Orient as alien and to incorporate it schematically on a theatrical stage whose audience, manager, and actors are for Europe, and only for Europe.
Nevertheless, differences developed
SEOUL—As world leaders debate their responses to North Korea’s nuclear test—sanctions, dialogue, or even military force—South Korea has begun its own retaliation with powerful blasts of pop music.
At midday Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday, Seoul fired up banks of high-wattage speakers along its border to broadcast criticism of Mr. Kim’s leadership and other subversive messages into the country. Also on the playlist: recent South Korean hit songs.
One chart-topping track from boyband Big Bang is a tale of romantic escapism. “I’ll set this place on fire. To burn up your heart. I wanna make you go crazy,” raps the five-member group.
Another song is a ballad by a middle-aged female singer about living for 100 years. “If someone comes from the afterlife to take me at age 90, send word not to hurry because I’ll find a way on my own,” she croons.
The idea of living to 100 would be highly unusual for many North Koreans. Average life expectancy in North Korea is around 70, a decade shorter than in South Korea because of poor nutrition and health care, according to United Nations data.
The songs, and the
The first CD I ever bought was Spice Girls’ sophomore album, Spiceworld, in 1997. It’s the one with “Spice Up Your Life” and “Stop” on it; I can still remember pretty much all the words to every song. To some, the Spice Girls are a textbook example of a “guilty pleasure,” but I’ve never felt guilty about liking bubblegum dance-pop or videos where a bunch of people in matching outfits dance in formation. So when I saw the shiny, happy, rainbow-colored clip for “Gee” by Korean pop group Girls’ Generation, I immediately loved it.
South Korean pop culture (often referred to as “Hallyu”, which means “Korean Wave”) is a fresh-faced phenomenon. The record companies that currently dominate the country’s music industry date back only to 1995, which means that K-Pop, as a genre and a business, is probably younger than you are. It certainly sounds young– even if you ignore the fact that most K-Pop groups are made up of teenagers, there’s a wild, enthusiastic spirit evident in the way their producers gobble up and spit out sounds like Britney/Gaga Eurotrance, Auto-Tune, rapid-fire rap, swooning Final Fantasy strings, breakbeats, and industrial-strength synths. This music can be
LOS ANGELES — Selena Gomez wanted to control the music.
“Do you have an auxiliary cord?” the grown-up tween idol asked her driver on a recent Monday afternoon, queuing up a Spotify playlist (“It’s kind of all over the place”) and reaching into the front seat to crank the volume on a Christian rock song. One Direction, Nicki Minaj and the indie group Chromatics followed.
Ms. Gomez, like seemingly every other 23-year-old in the country, scrolled inattentively through Instagram and agreed to order sushi via an app as she rapped along to Drake under her breath (“Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers …”).If she hadn’t recalled her stint, at the age of 7, on “Barney & Friends,” it was almost possible to forget Ms. Gomez’s child star bona fides: four seasons of a popular Disney show, “Wizards of Waverly Place”; four studio albums under the company’s music arm, Hollywood Records; and a soul-draining teen romance saga with Justin Bieber. But that’s all in her past now — sort of.
In an attempt to declare her rebirth as