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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: KAREN O AND DANGER MOUSE
Record producer and sultry vocalist record a 9-minute opus
The South Korean-born American Karen O’s day job is lead vocalist for American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but she is also in demand as a vocalist in her own right. She has carved out a space as gun for hire in a crowded market full of ingenues and sultry divas, writing and singing on high profile songs for film and TV, most notably The Moon Song for the film “Her”, which garnered her Grammy and Academy award nominations. Her social media numbers are decent – 213K monthly listeners on Spotify ,136K Instagram followers – but nothing compared to Lana del Rey’s who has 10m listeners on Spotify and 12.4m followers on Instagram! But what Karen O lacks in social media power, she makes up for in terms of cool factor. She will always be the girl you want on your arm walking into the club.
Her latest collaboration is a 9-minute opus with mega-producer Danger Mouse. This piece is so clearly not aimed at the charts or being a commercial venture that it can be whatever it wants. Total artistic freedom can sometimes turn into a toxic ingredient during the creative process, but in this case Danger Mouse and his cool, femme-fatale side-kick have delivered a masterpiece.
AD OF THE WEEK: PLASTIC OCEANS UK
“Future fish and chips” by TBWA\London
Reality TV-style ad hammers home the message that unless we do something to stop the amount of plastic being dumped into the oceans, there won’t be any fish left by 2050. The action is really well done, allowing the tension to build as the customers gradually discover what is actually on their plate. The reactions are priceless, with plenty of beeping required to cover up the language of some of the more upset customers.
But calmly, the owner/manager, begins explaining to people why they have found plastic bottles in their fish and chips and the anger turns to realisation. The customers know he is right. We all know this is happening. Well done TBWA\London for reminding us.
SONY COMPLETES $2.3BN DEAL TO ACQUIRE EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING
Sony completes its $2.3bn acquisition of EMI Music Publishing
Sony has completed its $2.3bn acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, according to an SEC filing posted last week. Sony Corp’s takeover of EMI Music Publishing was given the green light by European regulators without any alteration on October 26. The closing of the $2.3bn deal means that Sony is acquiring the final 60% of EMI, which becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. Sony already owns 30% of EMI Music Publishing and is buying the final 10% from the Jackson Estate for $287.5m.
IRVINE WELSH HAS REVEALED PLANS FOR AN ACID HOUSE ALBUM
Trainspotting writer has announced the release of an acid house album.
While on a promotional book tour for his twelfth novel, Dead Men’s Trousers, Welsh revealed his plans and even showcased some tracks for his audiences. Describing the album as a “counterblast” to the current music scene, he said: “it’s not really banging, full-on mad stuff, but it’s a lot of classic acid house — swirling effects and noises and boomy basslines.”
“Hopefully people are going to jump around and have a bop, but you’re not going to have your ears bleeding. And you’re not going to want to be stripped to the waist, salivating and banging your head off the floor,” he added.
The prolific author has frequently credited the influence that music has had on his writing, notably telling us that “I wouldn’t be a writer if it hadn’t been for acid house” earlier this year.
50,000 SIGN A PETITION BEGGING MAROON 5 TO CANCEL THEIR SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE
A Change.org petition has called on Maroon 5 to renounce its still-unconfirmed Super Bowl LIII halftime performance.
Thousands of fans have signed a petition urging Maroon 5 to pull out of their reported Super Bowl halftime show performance – that is, if they’re actually signed on to play one.
Neither the NFL nor the rock band has publicly confirmed they’ll perform at the Feb. 3 championship game in Atlanta – though outlets including Variety and Billboard cited unnamed sources who said the band would headline. But that hasn’t stopped a Change.org petition from begging frontman Adam Levine and bandmates PJ Morton, Mickey Madden, James Valentine, Jesse Carmichael and Matt Flynn to bow out.
More than 47,000 have added their names to the petition, titled “Maroon 5: Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show,” which says that Maroon 5 should cancel the show in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
CROSLEY IS NOW RELEASING RETRO CASSETTE PLAYERS
Back to the 80s!
Crosley is launching two new cassette deck players that look ripped straight out of a movie from 1985. Both models feature a big mono speaker and a single-direction deck, which means you’ll relive the authentic feeling of needing to flip the tape to hear side B.
The CT100 model retails for $60 and features shortwave radio bands. In a modern-day twist, the CT100 also includes the ability to play music from an SD card or USB drive.
The CT200 model retails for $70 and has both treble and bass dials and a VU meter for getting the perfect recording. The perfect Christmas present – buy them here
Written by Anthony Vanger
Additional reporting by Adam “Badger” Woolf
Artwork by Gustav Balderdash
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