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Being: Chaka Khan [Full Episode]

From a rebellious child to the blank panthers, being an adored superstar to surviving rehab - Chaka Khan is truly every woman.

Here’s the full episode of her recent interview and dedication on Centric TV.

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MUSIC: Beyoncé - Grown Woman (Alternate Video)

The Mrs. Carter World Tour may be over but Queen Bey never stops! She has dropped an alternate version of her song, Grown Woman. The playful video was directed by Jake Nava and features clips from Bey’s childhood.

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XSCAPE: NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM
It was announced today that on May 13th Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard. The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.
The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available April 1st for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere.
The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

XSCAPE: NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM

It was announced today that on May 13th Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard.
The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.

The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available April 1st for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere.

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

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Grammys: Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams Bring Staples Center to Its Feet (Video)

French duo Daft Punk recruited a number of stars for their show-stopping Grammy performance.

Fresh off his producer of the year Grammy win, Pharrell Williams — with his headline-making hat — was joined by musical legends Nile Rodgers (of Chic) and Stevie Wonder for their rendition of Daft Punk’s summer disco anthem “Get Lucky.”

After Williams and Wonder each had their turn at verses of the radio hit, Daft Punk — dressed in pristine white helmets and suits — was revealed behind the glass of the makeshift recording studio set to add even more pep to the performance.

Almost flawlessly, the beat transitioned into Chic’s “Le Freak,” Wonder’s “Another Star” and remnants of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”

Among the stars grooving to the performance: Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Jay Z, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Bruno Mars, Marc Anthony, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, with the rest of the Staples Center crowd also on its feet.

Following the performance, Rodgers reminisced about sharing the stage with Wonder. “Normally, I’m never at a loss for words, but this is a shock for me tonight. Getting a chance to play with Stevie Wonder was all I expected. I’m really blown away,” Rodgers said in the press room.

Earlier in the evening, Daft Punk took the stage to accept the award for pop/duo performance for “Get Lucky,” though the members did not speak — instead allowing Williams (and his headline-making mountie hat) to speak.

"On behalf of the robots," Williams began after Daft Punk gestured for him to walk up to the mic. After thanking the Recording Academy and the other nominees, Williams said, on behalf of Daft Punk. "Of course, they want to thank their families," Williams added, which prompted laughter from the star-studded audience.

At the end of the nearly four-hour show, Daft Punk took home the night’s biggest prize album of the year with the duo embracing each other in a long hug. Their celebratory hug prompted several hashtags on Twitter, including #RobotHug. Following the show, Williams also came to realize that his Vivienne Westwood hat has become the night’s pop-culture moment, learning that it had its own Twitter and Instagram accounts.

In August, Daft Punk was scheduled to make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, but their “surprise” was spoiled by Stephen Colbert (who also snagged a Grammy on Sunday evening), after they were no-shows on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Daft Punk is nominated for several Grammys, including album of the year (Random Access Memories), record of the year (“Get Lucky”), dance/electronica album and pop duo/group vocal performance.

Roy Trakin and Shirley Halperin contributed to this report.

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#music #magic #hodakotb #musical #happiness #happy #joy #peace #Song #Singing #jazz #passion #peace #inspiration #inspiringquotes

#music #magic #hodakotb #musical #happiness #happy #joy #peace #Song #Singing #jazz #passion #peace #inspiration #inspiringquotes

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NPR’s Toast Of The Nation

Ring in the New Year with NPR’s annual Toast of the Nation with live sets by Cecile McLorin Savant, Bobby McFerrin, the Donald Harrison Quintet and more.

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Maybe It’s Time for Lady Gaga to Disappear

 Today’s pop stars live for the applause, but as Lou Reed, Banksy, and Pynchon have shown, shunning attention can be the best way to keep it. 


The death of Lou Reed has been felt most sharply across popular music, but his absence resonates in the art world, which he inhabited as an accomplished photographer and as an earlier product and documentarian of Andy Warhol.
This week an aspiring boundary-breaker in the mold of Reed, Lady Gaga, released her latest album, with the intention of doing what she terms a reversal of Warhol: “Instead of putting pop onto the canvas, we wanted to put art onto the soup can.” (Of course many, Warhol included, have already pulled that move). To achieve this somewhat muddled goal, Gaga has famously cozied up to established artists such as flavor-of-the-past-few-years Marina Abramović, and the creator of the Artpop cover imagery, Jeff Koons.
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Maybe It’s Time for Lady Gaga to Disappear

Today’s pop stars live for the applause, but as Lou Reed, Banksy, and Pynchon have shown, shunning attention can be the best way to keep it.

The death of Lou Reed has been felt most sharply across popular music, but his absence resonates in the art world, which he inhabited as an accomplished photographer and as an earlier product and documentarian of Andy Warhol.

This week an aspiring boundary-breaker in the mold of Reed, Lady Gaga, released her latest album, with the intention of doing what she terms a reversal of Warhol: “Instead of putting pop onto the canvas, we wanted to put art onto the soup can.” (Of course many, Warhol included, have already pulled that move). To achieve this somewhat muddled goal, Gaga has famously cozied up to established artists such as flavor-of-the-past-few-years Marina Abramović, and the creator of the Artpop cover imagery, Jeff Koons.

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Carlo Allegri and Brendan McDermid]

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"Just Do You" by India.Arie

I heard a voice that told me I’m essential
How all my fears are limiting my potential
Said it’s time to step into the light and
Use every bit of the power I have inside

So what are you waiting on?
Who are you waiting for?
If you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know what’s in store

Just Do You (Somebody’s got to be a star)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to raise the bar)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to change the game)
Just Do You (Today)

This is such a beautiful statement. A mantra to live by. Just do you, be yourself, live your best life, and know that you are worth it. Choose wisely. For this is the only life you have, it’s beautiful and worth living to the fullest. Just Do You (TODAY).

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SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Gravity from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Director Alfonso Cuarón and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work to create a dramatic sound scape to a dark and vast outer space environment.

Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”); production designer Andy Nicholson (art director “Alice in Wonderland”); editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Children of Men”); and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“The Dark Knight”). The music was composed by Steven Price (“Attack the Block”).

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SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Gravity

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Director Alfonso Cuarón and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work to create a dramatic sound scape to a dark and vast outer space environment.

Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”); production designer Andy Nicholson (art director “Alice in Wonderland”); editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Children of Men”); and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“The Dark Knight”). The music was composed by Steven Price (“Attack the Block”).

Locate a theater to experience Gravity in Dolby Atmos at dolby.com

For more exclusive videos check out SoundWorksCollection.com
Join the SoundWorks Collection Vimeo Channel: vwww.vimeo.com/channels/soundworkscollection
SoundWorks Collection Mailing List: bit.ly/15lOelU

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What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?

What if we all stopped paying for corruption and injustice? Congress takes an unnecessary vacation on taxpayers dime and we just sit back and take it… What the hell are we paying taxes for? Who’s really benefiting from these crimes against humanity?

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25 Photos of Glamourous Musicians Doing Regular Stuff on Flavorwire
David Bowie makes coffee just like you and me.

25 Photos of Glamourous Musicians Doing Regular Stuff on Flavorwire

David Bowie makes coffee just like you and me.

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Sound-responsive lasers turn Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring into amazing laser installation. Via psfk

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Does Janelle Monáe Dream of Electric Sheep? 






There’s something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply part of her magnetic cabaret, or something more. She talks quickly, with intent and poise, and comes off as thoughtful and serious — quite the opposite of the fun-loving weirdo seen in her new video for “Dance Apocalyptic.”


Talking over the phone, she barely deviates from the autobiographical factoids that make up her public narrative: her working-class roots, her commitment to individuality, her artistic independence. (She’s signed to Bad Boy, but Diddy hasn’t crashed one of her videos or obtrusively eh-eh'd on a trackyet.) And, of course, there's the mythology behind her albums, configured as discrete parts of a vast, inter-connected composition sketching the origins of her “DNA-sharing” muse/alter ego, Cindi Mayweather. (Suite One was 2007's Metropolis EP; 2010’s The ArchAndroid delivered Suites Two and Three.) Really, the only mundanepersonal detailshe reveals is that she took a morning swim before sitting down to take calls at her Wondaland home/studio compound in Atlanta, and to discuss the latest installment of the Mayweather saga, The Electric Lady, out September 10.
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Does Janelle Monáe Dream of Electric Sheep? 

There’s something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply part of her magnetic cabaret, or something more. She talks quickly, with intent and poise, and comes off as thoughtful and serious — quite the opposite of the fun-loving weirdo seen in her new video for “Dance Apocalyptic.”

Talking over the phone, she barely deviates from the autobiographical factoids that make up her public narrative: her working-class roots, her commitment to individuality, her artistic independence. (She’s signed to Bad Boy, but Diddy hasn’t crashed one of her videos or obtrusively eh-eh'd on a trackyet.) And, of course, there's the mythology behind her albums, configured as discrete parts of a vast, inter-connected composition sketching the origins of her “DNA-sharing” muse/alter ego, Cindi Mayweather. (Suite One was 2007's Metropolis EP; 2010’s The ArchAndroid delivered Suites Two and Three.) Really, the only mundanepersonal detailshe reveals is that she took a morning swim before sitting down to take calls at her Wondaland home/studio compound in Atlanta, and to discuss the latest installment of the Mayweather saga, The Electric Lady, out September 10.

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(via Anupa Mistry - Spin Magazine) 

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Guitar Center Employees Unionize in New York
Employees at Guitar Center’s flagship store in Manhattan overwhelmingly voted on Friday to form a union of its 57 retail workers. The new bargaining unit will press the company for improved working conditions and a reversal of declining wages at the 14th Street store. The national Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) orchestrated Friday’s win, which marks the first in a series of anticipated union votes at the company’s stores around New York City and potentially the rest of the country.

Guitar Center Employees Unionize in New York

Employees at Guitar Center’s flagship store in Manhattan overwhelmingly voted on Friday to form a union of its 57 retail workers. The new bargaining unit will press the company for improved working conditions and a reversal of declining wages at the 14th Street store. The national Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) orchestrated Friday’s win, which marks the first in a series of anticipated union votes at the company’s stores around New York City and potentially the rest of the country.

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Engaging with an Ever-Evolving Music Fan
It’s no surprise that consumers are listening to music differently these days. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (via eMarketer), “Industry revenues from digital music formats grew 14 percent in 2012 from the previous year. RIAA notes that the bulk of digital revenue came from access models – services in which users have access to a music library catalog, rather than purchase individual songs or albums.”
This begs the question: if the music fan is moving from a “music ownership” state of mind to a desire for all out music access 24/7, how do brands fit in or even engage with such listeners?
Here are five considerations for brands to remember when looking to engage with today’s music fan:
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Engaging with an Ever-Evolving Music Fan

It’s no surprise that consumers are listening to music differently these days. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (via eMarketer), “Industry revenues from digital music formats grew 14 percent in 2012 from the previous year. RIAA notes that the bulk of digital revenue came from access models – services in which users have access to a music library catalog, rather than purchase individual songs or albums.”

This begs the question: if the music fan is moving from a “music ownership” state of mind to a desire for all out music access 24/7, how do brands fit in or even engage with such listeners?

Here are five considerations for brands to remember when looking to engage with today’s music fan:

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