Def Leppard’s Entire Discography Now Available On Streaming

By Creative Media Music

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Mercury (US and Japan)

They may be a couple of steps behind the streaming landscape but on Friday, Def Leppard is finally ready to get rocked as the classic catalog of the band is now available for streaming, the English rock band announced on it’s website and social media.

It’s officially #DefLeppardDay! For the first time EVER stream & download our entire catalog globally.” the band posted on Twitter. The band’s catalog is now available for streaming and download on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and many other digital platforms.

Def Leppard is one of the world’s best-selling artists, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1987, they released their fourth album which would become their best-selling album to date “Hysteria.” The album spawned seven hit singles including their lone chart topper, the power ballad “Love Bites.” They remain one of the only five rock bands with two original studio albums that sold over 10 million in the U.S.

The band’s sentiments about streaming platform wasn’t always a positive one. They were one of the major artists opposed to streaming and were on holdout for a long time. Back in 20015, lead singer Joe Elliott remained ambivalent about the streaming format. “When you get on Spotify, it’s very insular. Which the whole industry has become. Everybody is on headphones now. It’s just Zombieland, and we’re all guilty of it,” says Elliott in an interview with Maxim.

Since then, a lot has changed with the band. As noted by Billboard, the band was at odds with former label Mercury Records over licensing and compensation, but later resolved their digital song rights with Universal Records.

The streaming space have also seen the likes of the Beatles and Prince finally embracing the platform in recent years.

The announcement couldn’t be more perfect as the band is set to co-headline a North American tour with another 1980s staple Journey this coming summer.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA Release Their First Single for Black Panther

Eric Gasa

Top Dawg – Aftermath –

Kendrick Lamar and SZA have both had a great 2017; Lamar, fresh off the success of his record DAMN, and six wins at the VMAs now has a sneaker line in tow, while labelmate SZA celebrates five Grammy nominations for her first mainstream success, the sultry R&B release, CTRL. The pair jet-sets into 2018 with an even greater start as the musical genius behind one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Black Panther.

Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment announced that it would be overseeing the soundtrack with the help of director Ryan Coogler.

“I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision,” said Lamar in a press release.
Coogler is best known for his award-winning 2015 movie, Creed which pitted Michael B. Jordan in a dramatic take on the Rocky series. Black Panther, much like Creed, flips the script for black audiences with an exclusively African-American cast and fresh take on the Marvel Universe.

The film wears its cultural heritage on its sleeve, starring Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, battling for the future of Wakanda against Creed’s Michael B. Jordan. Capes and hammers have been traded out for African aesthetics and costumes designed by Ruth Carter. Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset, and Lupita Nyong’o also share their names among the credits.

Of course, topping the project are the towering hip-hop singles from Lamar and SZA. The first salvo from the soundtrack, “All The Stars” is a bumping anthem for the silver screen. Dark, synth-y, and nocturnal, the song sounds like a single from SZA’s own CTRL; her voice pierces the veil with the thump of a drum machine while Lamar unloads a verse fit for a superhero: “Tell me what you gonna do to me/ Confrontation ain’t nothing new to me/ You can bring a bullet, bring a sword, bring a morgue/ But you can’t bring the truth to me.”

SZA’s elastic voice floats, sashays, and sails throughout the chorus, “All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer,” she sings. At its core, “All The Stars” is a song about love and determination.

Even if Black Panther doesn’t live up to they hype, despite already beating Captain America: Civil War as the most preordered Marvel film ever, it’s sure to have the greatest sound of any superhero movie out there.

As Black Panther pounces on the bad guys he’ll have hip-hop greatness at his back.

The Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At 46

By Creative Media Times

The Cranberries performing at the Roxy Bar show (Bologna, 1995).

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of beloved Irish rock band The Cranberries, died Monday. She was 46.

According to a statement released by the band, O’Riordan died suddenly in London where she has been on a short recording session. No further details were released, and the cause of death has not been made public. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,” The Cranberries band members Fergal Lawler, Noel and Mike Hogan posted in a joint statement. “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today”.

The Cranberries rose to prominence in the 1990s with “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?,” their debut studio album written entirely by O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan. The album includes two of their biggest hits “Dreams” and “Linger,” the latter peaking at no.8 in the United States Billboard Hot 100.

Since then, the band achieved chart success throughout their career with four top 20 albums and eight top 20 singles including rock classics “Zombie,” “Ode to My Family,” and “Salvation.” Overall, The Cranberries has sold over 40 million records worldwide.

But it was O’Riordan’s uniquely recognizable voice that defined the sound of the band, a tone that is both strong and raw, delicate and breathy layered with yodels and Celtic inflections.

The band is usually associated with alternative rock given the era of their arrival in the music scene while their music bridged elements of post-punk, folk, indie pop, and pop rock.

The Cranberries broke up in 2002 after O’Riordan left the band but reunited several years later. They were set to embark on a European and North American tour but was cut short as O’Riordan had health issues.

O’Riordan was born Sept 6, 1971, and grew up in the Ballybricken, a town in County Limerick, Ireland. O’Riordan released her first solo album, “Are You Listening?” in 2007 which was followed by “No Baggage” in 2009. She is survived by her three children, son Taylor and daughters Molly and Dakota.

Beyoncé, Eminem, and The Weeknd: Coachella 2018 shows a shift towards hip-hop and R&B

By Eric Gasa

It’s that wonderous time of the year again for festivalgoers, the always highly contested and anticipated Coachella lineup has been announced and with it comes the collective cheers, gasps, and sighs of the hundreds of thousands of people who will be attending in the sweltering California desert heat this April 12-15 and 20-22.

With it comes the hierarchy of headliners, characterized by the big named fonts (the headliners and Beyoncés of this world), the heavy hitters (Post-Malone, Fleet Foxes) until you go all the way down to the bottom of the list and hit the sleeper agents (Mild High Club, Japanese Breakfast, Princess Nokia).

This year’s lineup shows an expectant shift towards hip-hop and R&B. The three headliners, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem could’ve been a big hint, along with other top acts like Cardi B, Migos, SZA, and Vince Staples. As the streaming culture shifts in favor of hip-hop we’ll see more and more of this, but this doesn’t mean rock & roll has left the desert festival forever. Alt-rockers like St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, and Angel Olsen still bill high in the lineup, each act featuring dazzling guitar chops and fills.

This year also marks Beyoncé’s first performance since her pregnancy in June of last year as well as the first time a black woman has headlined the event. Eminem also tops the third day as he hits the festival circuit in support of his newest album Revival. His last appearance at Coachella was back in 2012 with Dr. Dre. The Weeknd on the other hand has been touring nonstop since 2016. This year also marks his third and highest-ranking appearance at the festival as the day one headliner.

As the festival grows bigger each year, its often looked to as mainstream music’s tastemaker. Compare to Coachella’s lineup 10 years ago which featured Jack Johnson, Prince, and Roger Waters, 2018 is a year dominated by hip-hop and R&B hitmakers.

Tina Turner, Queen & Neil Diamond To Receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

By Armando

Music legends Queen, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner are set to be the honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. They will join Hal Blaine, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan and the Meters as recipients of the award which “celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history. These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

Other honorees include Bill Graham, Seymour Stein, and John Williams for the Trustees Award, while Tony Agnello and Richard Factor will be the Technical Grammy Award recipients.

A special award presentation ceremony and concert which will celebrate the Special Merit Awards honorees will be held this summer. The Grammy Awards will be held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28.

Queen, led by the late Freddie Mercury, is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of 150 million to 300 million records, including classic rock hits “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Often to as “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Tina Turner’s hit-making career spans decades, once as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner husband-and-wife musical duo with then husband Ike Turner, leading up to global success as a solo artist. In 1983, Tina launched “What’s Love Got to Do with It” which would become her signature hit single.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond scored numerous hits during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Heartlight.” He wrote for chart hits for the Monkees and later hit no.1 with his own single “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970).

P!nk To Perform At Super Bowl

By Creative Media Times

P!nk is set to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LII and get the party started at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, announced today by NFL and NBC.

“The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage,” announced by NFL on their website.

With the scheduled performance, she joins the esteemed list of big name recording artists that performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Vanessa Williams, Faith Fill, the Dixie Chicks, Cher, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Neil Diamond.

Last October, it was revealed that Justin Timberlake will take the stage to perform the halftime show.

Last October, P!nk released “Beautiful Trauma,” her seventh studio album which topped the Billboard 200 charts. The album’s first single, “What About Us,” is up for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this month. She is set to kick off her world tour on March 1 in Phoenix.

Album Review: Paloma Faith: The Architect

By Niy Birden

RCA – Epic

Let it be known: Paloma Faith is ready to make her mark as an R&B popstar. Maybe not quite like Bruno Mars aesthetically, but with the same musical foundation and performance attitude.

And this time, it is imperative for our best interests that we pay complete attention.

With 4 albums in the game and more than 20 years as a performer, it is really quite a surprise that she hasn’t gotten up to the ranks such as her other fellow female British performers, like Adele and other singer songwriters. Even though her sound and imagery were quite literally similar to a circus act (which makes sense considering that she was a magician’s assistant), she had the full package: chops, dance skills, and the looks. But somehow, she was heavily overlooked.

Not anymore.

Debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and selling over 40,000 copies, this is her first UK charting album.

The Architect, Paloma’s newest album, is a statement that is finding a unique spot amongst the 2017 album releases in the mainstream R&B and pop world.

It is a joyful surprise in many ways. With the album title being released in 2016 after a statement about her hiatus following her childbirth, many people did not expect to hear from our friendly singer from across the pond for quite some time.
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Lady Gaga Is Coming To Vegas In 2018

By Armando

Lady Gaga will have a two-year residency in Las Vegas in 2018, the six-time Grammy award winning artist announced. “The rumors are true!” Gaga posted on Twitter. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show!! It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed! Love you little monsters we did it, meet me in Las Vegas!!”

Shows are scheduled to take place in 2018 at the city’s new 5,300-seat Park Theater at Park MGM resort on the Las Vegas strip.

According to Variety, Gaga will earn over $1 million per show, with the deal reportedly worth $100 million. The residency will reportedly feature 74 shows and may possibly run longer.

Specific dates and ticket prices for the show will be announced at a later date.

Gaga is the latest major recording artist to take on a Vegas residency following Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Backstreet Boys.

Gaga’s provocative and experimental work seem a good fit for the Vegas. Her career profile will undoubtedly pull in broad new generation of audiences, armed with 30 million followers on Instagram, and 75 million followers on Twitter.

She is still on the Joanne World Tour which is scheduled to conclude on February 2018. Recently, the 31 year old musicians received two Grammy nominations: Best Pop Vocal Album for “Joanne” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Million Reasons.” She’s also set to star in the remake of “A Star is Born,” a film that marks Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.

Listen to Ed Sherran’s “Perfect” Orchestra Version With Andrea Bocelli

By Creative Media Times

Asylum – Atlantic

Who would have thought Ed Sheeran singing parts of his song “Perfect” in Italian would be quite, well, perfect.

The new version of the song, which also features Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is the second iteration of the track after a duet version featuring Beyoncé, titled “Perfect Duet” was released earlier this month. That version pushed “Perfect” to the top of the Billboard hot 100 charts.

Before the track was released, the 26 year old English singer teased about his collaboration with Bocelli on Instagram. “Orchestral version of Perfect with the amazing @andreabocelliofficial comes out friday. Orchestrated and produced by my super talented brother Matt, little gift for you all before Christmas,” Sheeran posted on Instagram. “Hope you love it as much as I do. I sing in Italian too which is fun x.”

The romantic ballad is from Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷ (divide) which dominated the charts this year, along with its chart-topping single Shape of You. 2017 is a big year for Sheeran as he is poised to become Billboard’s top artist of the year on its year-end charts, becoming only the second British solo act since George Michael dominated in 1998.

Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees

By Armando

Mercury – Vertigo

Bon Jovi will certainly have a nice day today as the veteran rockers earned a spot for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Jersey band that rose to prominence in the 1980s will be inducted alongside British rock bands Dire Straits and The Moody Blues, new wave rockers The Cars, social activist Nina Simone and rock and roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe who will be given an Early Influence award posthumously.

Meanwhile, third time’s definitely a charm for three-time nominee The Cars. The popular band from Boston have appeared on the ballot twice before but failed to get inducted. This is the second nomination for Bon Jovi, while first for Simone, Tharpe, Dire Straits and The Moody Blues.

Guitarist Richie Sambora has not played with Bon Jovi since 2013, and the induction could possibly see a band reunion. The Cars are still intact as a band, though they have not been active since their tour ended in 2011. Dire Straights officially broke up in September 1988, though some of the band’s members Alan Clark, Chris White, and Phil Palmer performed at a charity show in 2011 with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ drummer Steve Ferrone.

Today’s announcement of the class of 2018 inductees certainly looks favorable towards vintage rock artists with more recent acts such as Rage Against The Machine missing the cut. Radiohead, whom many thought was a shoo-in in their first year of eligibility also missed the cut, though their recent statements about not wanting to attend the ceremonies if inducted probably didn’t help.

Throughout the past, inductees include some of the most influential names in rock history, such as Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Jackson 5. Last year, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupak Shakur, and Yes comprised the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

The artists will be honored during the Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on Saturday, April 14 and will be aired on HBO and SiriusXM.

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