100 million records

Beyoncé Knowles: 20 times Grammy Award winner, the second most honored female artist by the Grammys and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with 52 nominations. She has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. RIAA recognized her as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade. As of December 2015, Beyoncé has sold 16 million albums and over 47 million digital songs in the United States as a solo artist. Critics hail her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Forbes magazine listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015.

Taylor Swift: 10 time Grammy Award winner, at 20 she became the youngest person ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys with Fearless, a country album and at 26 she became the only female solo act in history to receive that award twice with 1989, a pop album. She has sold 27.67 million albums (March 2015) in the United States, making her the seventh-largest-selling female artist. She has written every single song of every album she has ever released. She’s the only artist in history to have three consecutive albums sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. Swift owns the most awarded country album in music history (Fearless) and the most awarded pop album in music history (1989). This year, BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. (This is only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990).

Adele: Academy Award Winner for best original song in a motion picture with Skyfall (2013) and 10 time Grammy Award Winner. She and Beyoncé hold the record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night with six each. With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack The Bodyguard.21 spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985 and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the United States. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame. Adele is easily the best voice in music industry nowadays.

Beyoncé, Taylor, Adele, Gaga, Rihanna… You know one thing they all have in common? They make art maintaining true to themselves, they are unique in what they do, and that’s the key to their success. All these women can be successful at the same time in the same universe, crazy huh? Stop pitting women against each other.

Simon Cowell determined to reunite One Direction as Louis Tomlinson releases new single
SIMON COWELL is more determined than ever to reunite ONE DIRECTION. Despite the band currently being on an indefinite hiatus, the X Factor boss is confident the boyband will once again become a cha…

SIMON COWELL is more determined than ever to reunite ONE DIRECTION.

Despite the band currently being on an indefinite hiatus, the X Factor boss is confident the boyband will once again become a chart powerhouse and “be bigger than ever”.

And that’s even if their solo careers continue to flourish, with Louis being the last member to go out on his own.

A source close to Simon said: “He so proud of Louis and all the group’s achievements over the last 18 months.

“For them all to launch solo careers – and be a group of superstars individually as well as in the band – makes him so proud.

“It also makes Simon more determined than ever that the hiatus was not the end of One Direction.

“Simon has always regarded the band as being on a break, rather than over, and although there are no confirmed plans at the moment for them to get together again, it is absolutely his ambition and belief that the guys will get be reunited.”

The British boyband, also featuring HARRY STYLES, NIALL HORAN and LIAM PAYNE – plus departed member ZAYN MALIK, called their hiatus in 2015 after a becoming the biggest band in the world and selling more than 100 million records.

[Picture of Satan Cowell - obvs not posting that]

Zayn was the first to forge a solo career, hitting No1 in the UK charts with Pillow Talk in January last year.

Harry then reached No1 with Sign Of The Times in May and more recently, Liam’s Strip That Down has gone gold in the UK and his currently at No6 in the charts and Niall’s Slow Hands has proven a big hit, especially in the US.

Simon hopes their individual success will only encourage them to get back together in the future.

The source added: “In Simon’s eyes, the best example for One Direction to follow has always been The Rolling Stones – with the guys doing their own successful solo projects and then getting back together regularly.

“This is now Simon’s ultimate dream for One Direction.”

[Well isn’t that some shit! Coming in just in time to proclaim himself the savior once more. Once again, courtesy of Wattpad.]

Michael Jackson's Prosecution

“Ten years ago tomorrow a jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted mega pop star Michael Jackson of child molestation and conspiracy. Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon charged Michael with molesting Garvin Arvizo and then kidnapping Gavin’s family– his mother, brother, and sister. Attorney Thomas Mesereau mounted a brilliant defense and Michael, after four months, was acquitted.

But the damage was done. Michael had sat through weeks and weeks of crazy testimony and accusations. His entire life was laid open– his finances, his personal peccadilloes, relationships with every single person he ever knew, descriptions of his body parts. His mother and sometimes his father, or a sibling, sat in the row behind him. They heard it all. Everything was on the record for his child one day to read.

By the time the jury reached their verdict, Jackson was destroyed. There was no jubilant celebration. He was done. He took his kids and left California. Mesereau advised him, “Leave here now.” Why? He knew, as did I, and every reasonable person who’d watched this circus since Jackson’s arrest in November 2003, that Sneddon had it in for him. Sneddon was not going to stop until he somehow put Michael Jackson in jail. If Michael stayed at Neverland, in Santa Barbara County, he would always be a target.

Sneddon’s vendetta against Jackson reached back a decade, to when Michael agreed to a financial settlement with the family of another boy, Jordan Chandler. It was the worst decision that Michael ever made. It created an aura around him of a pedophile, one that he couldn’t shake. It made him a target for more extortion. It turned him into a real drug addict who couldn’t always make other, clear decisions. Eventually, it would kill him.

What was the upside of the Chandler settlement? To the lawyers and advisers, it kept Michael out of jail and court in 1994. Sneddon couldn’t prosecute Michael without the Chandlers. Sneddon was defeated before he could make his case. Jackson, Sneddon felt, danced away. Instead of leaving it alone, Jackson mocked Sneddon publicly in song, taunted him. And Sneddon vowed revenge.

There are just a couple of things you need to know about that trial. Gavin Arvizo’s mother, proved in court to be a scammer and a schemer, was crazy. Sneddon found in her a perfect collaborator. She said and did whatever he wanted. It didn’t matter that her so called “kidnappers” had a full record of their time with her including receipts for spa treatments, movie dates, fast food restaurant meals and shopping safaris. When those guys — Frank Cascio and Vinnie Amen– came to me in 2004 with a huge metal briefcase filled with records of what had gone on, the first thing I remember saying to them was, “Are you sure the Arvizos didn’t kidnap you?”

I was joking, but that’s really what had happened. Gavin Arvizo had cancer. His mother, Janet, used the cancer as leverage to worm her way into Michael’s life. Michael Jackson was naive about one thing since his “We are the World” hit project– that he could save the world, and “save the children who are destined to die,” as Marvin Gaye once sang. Michael, after selling 100 million records, and being dubbed the “King of Pop,” saw himself as a savior. Saving Gavin was just part of his duties.

And that’s what blew him up. He allowed Martin Bashir to come to his house and make a documentary that showed Michael embracing the Arvizos. It was appalling. The worst part of Bashir’ heavily slanted film, called “Living with Michael Jackson,” was a segment in which Gavin– who Michael had brought to Neverland for the filming to show that he was a savior– talked about sleeping in Michael’s bed. When the documentary ran on ABC at the end of January 2003, this moment set off alarms. I wrote at the time that it was possible Michael would wind up in jail. The internet blew up.

Sneddon immediately sent his people to the Arvizos’ apartment in Los Angeles. They left his card under their door. And when Michael realized what had happened, he kicked the freeloading Arvizo’s out of Neverland. They had to return to their real life– no more spa treatments and gifts. And that’s when Sneddon found a conspirator in Janet Arvizo. The only thing was, he didn’t do due diligence. He was so excited to have someone who could help him realize his goal of putting Michael Jackson in jail, he never investigated Janet Arvizo’s background.

My favorite moment sitting in that Santa Maria courthouse? When Tom Mesereau got Janet Arvizo to testify she thought Michael Jackson was going to steal her children by taking them away in a hot air balloon. The courtroom howled. Judge Melville banged his gavel. It was the culmination of a devastating testimony skillfully delived by Mesereau. Everyone knew at that moment the jury was not going to buy Sneddon’s prosecution. Everyone, that is, except Sneddon.

There were good prosecutors on Sneddon’s team. Ron Zonen was and is respected. So is Gordon Auchincloss. They had some great dramatic moments in court. But they never questioned Sneddon’s motives. They followed him right off the bridge into the ocean.

The prosecutors were so out of touch with what was happening that on the eve of the verdict, they threw themselves a congratulatory party. In a public restaurant. A woman I knew stumbled upon them and called me immediately.

This is what I wrote on June 10, 2005:
The prosecutors in Michael Jackson’s child molestation and conspiracy trial apparently feel they’ve already won their case.

On Wednesday night [June 8], the whole lot of them — DA Tom Sneddon, Ron Zonen, Gordon Auchincloss, their wives and families — all celebrated at the Hitching Post restaurant in Casmalia.

The Hitching Post, cousin of the Buellton restaurant featured in the movie “Sideways,” is considered the best restaurant in the greater Santa Maria area.

Sneddon was so happy that he actually embraced celebrity crime reporter Aphrodite Jones. She told me he was in a jubilant mood, and the most outgoing of all the people on hand.

Said one observer, “This group was happy. There was definitely a celebratory mood.”

The prosecutor’s team was first spotted making merry at the bar, and then retreated to a private dining room behind the bar that has no door.

“They could be heard laughing and carrying on,” said a source.

Also present at what could only be termed a party were several of the police investigators involved in the case, including Sgts. Steve Robel and Jeff Klapakis.

By contrast, little has been seen around town of defense attorney Tom Mesereau, who’s kept a low profile since the jury began deliberations a week ago.

It was two weeks since the defense had rested. It would be five more days before the jury would come back with their stunning verdict that rebuked Sneddon’s entire case. But there they were, so full of hubris, certain that they’d prevailed.

In a way they had. Tom Sneddon essentially killed Michael Jackson. If Sneddon had really been objective and had investigated the Arvizo’s properly, the case would not have come to trial. But he turned it into a circus from day 1–staging a surprise raid of Neverland, conspiring with tabloid reporter Diane Dimond (whose entire career is built on her obsession with being Jackson’s snarling enemy)– to make it a big media splash. Nothing was done by the book. It was all done to ruin Michael Jackson and it worked.

The Arvizos– we’ve never heard from them again, not a peep (except for Diane Dimond’s report about his 2013 wedding where — unbelievably– at least one Michael Jackson was played by the deejay). Jordan Chandler? His father, after turning his son into a recluse and destroying Jackson’s reputation, committed suicide five months after Michael’s death at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray. In 1996, a journalist named Mary Fisher wrote a seminal piece in GQ proving Evan Chandler and his ex-wife’s new husband had brainwashed Jordy into thinking he’d been molested. They got $20 million for their hard work. Thirteen years later Michael Jackson was dead.

The jury in the trial thought that once they’d acquitted Michael, the solid gold gates to Neverland would swing open and Jackson would thank each of them individually. They were so wrong. The gates snapped shut. Jackson was never seen again in the town of Los Olivos. Two weeks later he and his children were gone, kicking off four years of homelessness that would end in death. Neverland fell silent. Unlike with the prosecutors, there was no celebration of this bitter victory.”

TL;DR : The entire prosecution was just to destroy Michael Jackson’s image. The prosecution played a major role in his death. Please think before you make ignorant comments about the case.

Written by Roger Friedman
best knock knock joke ever

me: knock knock!
person: who’s there?
me: the.
person: the who?
me: The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

anonymous asked:

I don't care about that woman's music nor its commercial performance. Taylor was supposed to be better than the "Plastic Bag" singer and she just stooped on her level. I'm very happy she released her music on Spotify, and I'm actually streaming it right now, but I'm not happy with the way it was done. We both know why she chose this specific day and it wasn't so she could simply show some gratitude after we bought 100 million of her records. Let's not lie to each other, we're both adults here.

so what if it’s a little petty? If we’re both adults here then we should probably also recognize that we are both petty sometimes too when people come after us. And Katy has been going for taylors wig for EVER, inserting herself in drama when she didnt need to eg. calvin harris tweetstorm and Taylor’s not said a word back, not once. Taylor talked about the story behind bad blood One Time  years ago. A person who she thought was a friend, in her eyes, betrayed her. Isnt that a universal theme, something relatable? If we’re both adults here then we have both probably experienced a “friend” turning out to be someone we didn’t expect and hurting us. 

Furthermore, the song was about Taylor’s feelings on the situation, it wasnt a personal attack. She didnt say she was gonna put KP in a casket, she didnt call for KPs retirement, she wrote about a friendship that went sour and how it made her feel like shit. There is really a big difference there. Taylors not even had a single shady social media like, post, retweet, subtweet, passive aggressive maneuver, sideways shade in a post, speech, interview, NOTHING directed at katy, in fact she never even mentioned her by name or brought the subject up ever again. Like, idk about you but i can only imagine how hard it was to continue to take the jabs and say nothing?  And then this spring hear KP continue to trash talk her, even going in for taylor’s fans? I mean? 

So if you ask me, this is nothing on Plastic Bag’s level. Now if Taylor drops a song tomorrow, which would undoubtedly go #1, okay u got me. That would be higkey petty. 

Ailee's Hit "Goblin" OST Records 100 Million Listens On Music Streaming Service Melon

Ailee’s Hit “Goblin” OST Records 100 Million Listens On Music Streaming Service Melon

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On June 5, Ailee’s hit “Goblin” OST, “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow,” has reached the 100 million streaming mark on online streaming site Melon!

Topping Melon charts for the first time on January 8, the track managed to take first place on the charts 36 times more. Even now, it is ranked high up on various major music charts.

Ailee’s agency YMC Entertainment explained, “The beautiful…

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Whitney Houston: Her Life in Pictures

Whitney Houston Dead: Photos, Life

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Born on Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, to John and Cissy Houston, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was destined for a career as a singer: Her mother sang backup for Elvis Presley; her cousin was superstar Dionne Warwick; and her godmother was the legendary Aretha Franklin. Unsurprisingly, young Whitney also proved to have a vocal gift, performing her first solo at age 11 at the New Hope Baptist Church.

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In her teens, Houston worked as a model, appearing in Seventeen, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, and performed in New York City clubs. It was during one particular singing gig in 1983 that she caught the ear of Arista music exec Clive Davis, who signed her to a record deal on the spot.

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Released in March 1985, Whitney Houston established the star as a major recording artist, prompting Rolling Stone to rave, “With her sleek beauty and her great voice, Whitney Houston is obviously headed for stardom.” Indeed, her freshman effort sold over 12 million copies in the U.S., produced three consecutive No. 1 singles — “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know” and “The Greatest Love of All” — and made history as the biggest selling album by a solo artist.

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“Being around people like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Roberta Flack, all these greats, I was taught to listen and observe,” Houston, pictured with Warwick and mom Cissy, said of her natural talent. “It had a great impact on me as a singer, as a performer, as a musician. Growing around it, you just can’t help it … It was something that was so natural to me that when I started singing, it was almost like speaking.”

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Houston was up for three awards at the 1986 Grammys, including album of the year, and ultimately took home the honor for best female pop vocal performance. She garnered even more trophies that year, including seven American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

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With the June 1987 release of her second album, Whitney, Houston made history again, becoming the first female artist to enter the Billboard album charts at No. 1, and surpassing the Beatles with her seven consecutive No. 1 hits, including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “So Emotional” and “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.”

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Despite being busy with performing and touring, Houston managed to find time for romance, mainly with Eddie Murphy. “Because of my career and his career – I’m here and he’s there; I’m there and he’s here – it’s hard to establish a relationship,” admitted Houston, who would go on to fall for singer Bobby Brown after meeting him at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards.

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As the Persian Gulf War raged on in 1991, Houston united the entire nation with her stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV. The powerhouse performance was released as both a single and a video, and landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100.

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“You know, I was raised as a Christian, and my mother was very strict with me as far as boys were concerned,” said Houston, who shocked fans when she tied the knot with bad boy Bobby Brown on July 18, 1992. Despite the former New Edition star’s rough reputation, Houston insisted, “Bobby’s got a good heart and a good soul.”

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Following two minor acting stints — on the ‘80s sitcoms Gimme a Break! and Silver Spoons — Houston became a full-fledged movie star, headlining 1992’s The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. The film, released in November, grossed $410 million worldwide, and its soundtrack, featuring “I’m Every Woman,” “I Have Nothing,” “Run to You” and “I Will Always Love You,” became the best-selling soundtrack of all time.

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On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, whom she called her greatest inspiration. “She supports me, she loves me, she gives me good mommy hugs,” Houston told Access Hollywood of their bond.

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Houston followed up her Bodyguard success by appearing opposite Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett and Lela Rochon in the 1995 big-screen adaptation of author Terry McMillan’s best-seller Waiting to Exhale. Though the film was a success, Houston was unhappy on set. “You know, I was a movie star. I really didn’t want to be one,” she told Vibe. “I was raising my daughter. I wasn’t with my husband. I had to be in Phoenix. And it was like, Yo, f— this. I don’t wanna do this.”

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Despite her reservations, Houston took another film role, this time starring alongside Denzel Washington in 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife. The family drama, about the troubled marriage between a reverend and his gospel choir mistress, earned her a reported $10 million paycheck. The weeks leading up to the film’s December release were turbulent, with Houston denying her own union is in trouble and, more tragically, suffering a miscarriage.

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Putting rivalry rumors to rest, Houston shared the stage with Mariah Carey — in matching dresses — at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. The duo also collaborated on the ballad “When You Believe” from the Prince of Egypt soundtrack that same year. “Mariah and I got along very great,” Houston told Ebony. “It’s good to know that two ladies of soul can still be friends.”

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Houston and Brown were all smiles at a February 2000 pre-Grammys party, despite being dogged by rumors of drug abuse. One month earlier, the pair made headlines when marijuana was found in their luggage at a Hawaii airport (charges were later dropped), and Houston also raised eyebrows the previous year after canceling appearances at the American Music Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Just weeks after signing a $100 million Arista record contract, Houston kicked off the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special in September 2001 alongside Usher and Mya, singing “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” But it was her gaunt figure that really started some talk; after blaming a “bad shot,” she would admit years later her thinness was due to drug use.

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In an alarming yet candid 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Houston insisted she makes too much money to be a crack user, as rumored. “Crack is whack!” she said, blaming emotional stress for her erratic behavior. “This is not fun any more,” she said of working in the music industry.

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On a whirlwind tour of Israel in May 2003, Houston and Brown dipped themselves, baptism-style, in the River Jordan — even though they were guests of the Black Hebrews, a religious sect of about 2,000 black Americans who observe certain Jewish rituals.

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It was a surprise comeback: Following a March 2004 stay in rehab, Houston commanded the stage at the September World Music Awards with a medley of “I Believe in You and Me” and “I Will Always Love You,” in tribute to longtime producer Clive Davis. Though they immediately planned on working on a new album together, I Look to You wouldn’t be released till 2009.

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Instead of a new album, in 2005 Houston would do another stint in rehab — and appear on reality television. Bravo’s Being Bobby Brown was a ratings hit for the network, thanks to the couple’s outlandish behavior. PEOPLE’s TV critic pointed to Houston’s “unflatteringly diva-ish behavior, shooing away a fan who dares to interrupt her meal.” The show would last one season; their marriage just one more year.

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Released in August 2009, Houston’s seventh effort, I Look to You, marked her first No. 1 album since The Bodyguard. Though it seemed she was ready for a career revival, even launching a world tour the following February, she canceled several live performances and received poor reviews for her shows.

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“I want her to count on me to try to understand what she’s going through,” Houston told InStyle of daughter and aspiring singer Krissy (together on Good Morning America in 2009). “No damnation, no condemnation, nothing that’s going to make her feel like she can’t come to me.”

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Fifteen years after The Preacher’s Wife, Houston returned to the big screen for Sparkle with Jordin Sparks. “Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles,” an excited Houston told PEOPLE. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.” Her costar was equally thrilled: “I sang her songs into a hairbrush when I was little. … It was a dream come true.”

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Depeche Mode Manager Jonathan Kessler: 'Friction Is What Keeps Them Creative'
In 1986, a 22-year-old Jonathan Kessler -- fresh from graduating from the business school at the University of Pennsylvania -- began working for Depeche Mode as an accountant during the British band's Black Celebration tour. Over the next seven years, as the group went from strength to strength, releasing a string of classic albums along the way, Kessler's responsibilities steadily grew until in 1994 the New York-born executive, still aged under 30, became Depeche Mode's first ever official manager.

It’s a position that he continues to hold to this day, having steered the band to over 100 million record sales and cementing Depeche Mode’s status as one of the biggest touring acts in the world. This year the group, numbering Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, released its 14th studio album, Spirit, and began its record-breaking Global Spirit Tour. Having sold out stadium and arena dates around the world, including four nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, 2018 sees the tour move onto South America.  

“This is a band that continues to grow and have huge appeal internationally,” the publicity-shy Kessler – who has also worked with Sting, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart  and The Weeknd – tells Billboard ahead of being honored at the Music Managers Forum and Featured Artist Coalition’s sixth annual Artist & Manager Awards, held tonight (Nov. 14) in London.

Billboard: Going back to the start of your association with Depeche Mode, how did you make the leap from tour accountant to band manager?

Jonathan Kessler: I came out of business school and almost fell into the music business. It was not really my driving passion then. I started to work with Depeche purely as a tour accountant and as I started to do more and more with them my role increased. I would ask, ‘Who’s taking care of this? Or who’s taking care of liability insurance?’ Often no one was, so I started taking care of it. [Becoming manager] was the obvious evolution really. It was just a question of when could I bring up the M word. Because they were self-managed and they prided themselves on that – but they weren’t really. So, it just was a discussion between us to say, 'This is what I’m doing. Let’s call it what it is and formalize that relationship.’ Obviously, through the years a certain level of trust had grown between us. That doesn’t appear right away. I remember when I first started to work them they were a very insular band. They were understandably scared of foreigners and strangers – as is true of many bands in their infancy.

Has your foregrounding in business been an important factor in helping grow them into one of the world’s biggest touring acts?

Definitely. 35 years ago, the world of touring was like the Wild West. There were very loose deals in place with promoters, which were settled on the night of the show. A lot of my role then was trying to figure out what was what. Who was taking what and were the promoters that we were doing business with taking advantage? That’s changed quite a bit in today’s day and age. It’s become a lot more corporate. A lot more sanitized and properly run financially, to a certain extent.  

What do you regard as being key to Depeche Mode’s rise to stardom and lasting popularity?

At the start, it was the creativity of the band. The music that they were creating was forging new ground. One thing as a band that we are very strict at maintaining to this day is being true to ourselves and doing what we want to do. I kept that going and as we progressed together I gave them the space to just focus on the music, while I take care of everything else around them. In a band that stays together that long and keeps developing often differences between members occur. There’s many stories of bands not getting along and not being able to settle those differences. And so, like in any dysfunctional family, those things have to be mediated. I think I’ve played a large role in helping that flow through.

As a manager, how do you help overcome those differences and ensure the group stays together?

When the differences are meaningful and pertain to important things artistically they should be expressed and confronted head on. That friction is what makes a band creative, keeps them on edge and keeps them developing and looking to do new things. Yet, often some of the differences or challenges that occur between them aren’t that meaningful and get blown out of proportion. One needs to play those down and allow the ones that are serious to live and be attacked. You can’t sweep everything under the rug. Eventually it is going to explode and combust. So that was really a role where I could step in and try and broker to allow things that were meaningful to play out. That continues to be the case.

The band’s past problems with drug and alcohol abuse has been well-documented, particularly Dave Gahan’s struggles with heroin addiction in the mid-1990s. Did you fear for their future during that time?

Those are just life problems. I refer to them now as the experimental years. I think that’s a nice way of putting it. They were their experimental years and thank God that they lived through them and made it… As with any dysfunctional family, it has its moments of difficulties and challenges. But in essence [all three members] have a great relationship. There’s a huge amount of respect, love and kinship between them. When you spend that much time together in a high-pressure cooker environment obviously things will get tense and difficult at times. It’s inevitable. The challenge is just don’t let it overflow, right?

The Global Spirit tour looks set to be the band’s biggest ever. How has the band continued to grow its live business when so many of their peers from the 1980s have faded?

The live show itself is just fantastic. Dave is really one of the best frontmen and he and Martin play off each other wonderfully. The fan base is very dedicated. It takes ownership of the band, stays very loyal and therefore comes back. We are now seeing the second generation of fan’s children [coming to shows]. There was also a lot of hard work done in our early days of touring in different territories. In the early days, we went to the Eastern European territories a lot and to this day that’s one of the biggest markets for us. We played Berlin on the East side when the wall was up. We often played countries often like Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia when it was still Yugoslavia. And in those markets, we now have an incredibly fruitful touring business. This is a band that continues to grow and have huge appeal internationally.

You rarely give interviews and have continually remained behind the scenes throughout your management career. Is that through personal choice?  

It’s definitely a conscious decision. It’s not at all a reflection of my character. I’m actually quite flamboyant. But I do think that it really is about the band. I have nothing but admiration for their tenacity, perseverance and above all their creativity and artistic ability. The songs that they write, the music they create and their tenacity to keep going at it is formidable. They deserve the attention as they’re the ones on the stage. It’s their names on the marquee – and it always should be. Not mine. I’m just there to push it forward and help them facilitate what they want to do.

Spirit has received some of the band’s best reviews in years. Were you and the band pleasantly surprised by the critical and commercial success of the record?

The nice thing that has happened along this route is that we have continued to go up at a 45-degree angle. Recently we have taken a leap off that 45 degrees and taken a higher rise up. What’s also nice to see is that the band is being recognized for being pioneers in the synthesizer and remix world. Even in the U.K. press, which is perhaps the hardest barometer, they are receiving their deserved credit finally. But it really does stem from staying true to what we do and not trying to appeal to the trends of today.

Do you have a favorite album or period in the band’s history?

Personally, no. I just think it’s a nice evolution. I recently saw Billboard listed the top 20 hits and I was shocked by how many there were. I guess when you’re in it every day and in the mud and the thick of it, you sometimes don’t quite realize the big body of work they have created. It’s hit after hit after hit.

Given the complexities of the modern music business, do you think that the role of a music manager is more important than ever today?

I think it has become more elevated, yes. You have to be more of a quarterback yourself, as opposed to the record company or the promoter. We have a fantastic partnership with Sony. A fantastic partnership with Live Nation and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. But you still have to develop your own opportunities. It’s a busier, louder, noisier world today than it was 30 odd years ago and you have to try to cut through the clutter of everything that’s out there. One of the biggest challenges we have is just how do we let people know that we are releasing a new record and are still touring.

Following the success of Spirit, have thoughts already turned to the next album?

Right now, we’re just focused on touring and we have a hell of a lot of touring still to do. We have weeks of touring in Europe plus another month of touring in South America, plus more to come. So that’s pretty grueling and taxing. The band plays for over two hours every night. It’s never a dialed-in performance, so that’s where all the energy goes right now.

This year saw Depeche Mode celebrate their 37th year together. Can you envisage them reaching them reaching their 50th anniversary?

I don’t see why not. They’re in their mid-fifties and young and healthy. We’ll see. They never say. 'We’re going to go on [till a certain date]’. It’s always a question of, 'Let’s just see what happens and not plan for the future.’ And inevitably Dave or Martin will send the other a piece of music, they get smitten by it and it all starts again.

anonymous asked:

Lordy, the Harry goggles I see here make me laugh. In what world is Harry Styles bigger than Katy Perry? I don't even like Katy but l know her success is massive! How many number ones for example? - the first female artist to get 5 from one album alone. She has multiple YT videos with over a Billion views, this is a woman who has sold over 100 million records. 106m twitter followers, 68m on IG. Yet some people think Harry is the bigger artist? Come on!

Yup. She could easily take all attention from him.

Island Records Marks 100 Million Views for The Killers 'Mr. Brightside' Music Video

Island Records congratulated The Killers on Instagram this evening for the ‘Mr. Brightside’ music video receiving 100 million views on YouTube.

Congrats to @thekillers for having “Mr. Bright side” become @vevo certified! #100MillionViewsAndCounting

A video posted by Island Records (@islandrecords) on Jan 8, 2015 at 4:00pm PST


Guns N’ Roses was an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, Including shipments of 45 million in the United States, Making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. 

1985 - ∞


Farewell Prince

Continue to bath in the Purple Rain.

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Laugh in the Purple Rain.

American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.  He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility.

Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016.


RBB visits LGBT icons on Hollywood Boulevard




  • In discussing Judy Garland’s camp appeal, gay film scholar Richard Dyer has defined camp as “a characteristically gay way of handling the values, images and products of the dominant culture through irony, exaggeration, trivialisation, theatricalisation and an ambivalent making fun of and out of the serious and respectable.”[7] Garland is camp, he asserts, because she is “imitable, her appearance and gestures copiable in drag acts”.[7] He calls her “ordinariness” in her early MGM films camp in their “failed seriousness” and her later style “wonderfully over-the-top.”

  • “Other connections between Garland and LGBT people include the slang term “Friend of Dorothy”, which likely derives from Garland’s portrayal of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz and became a code phrase gay people used to identify each other. Dorothy’s journey from Kansas to Oz “mirrored many gay men’s desires to escape the black-and-white limitations of small town life…for big, colorful cities filled with quirky, gender-bending characters who would welcome them.”[8]In the film, Dorothy immediately accepts those who are different, including the Cowardly Lion (in a very camp performance by Bert Lahr). The Lion identifies himself through song as a “sissy” and exhibits stereotypically “gay” (or at least effeminate) mannerisms. The Lion is seen as a coded example of Garland meeting and accepting a gay man without question.”

  • “Some have suggested a connection between the date of Garland’s death and funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall riots, the flashpoint of the modern Gay Liberationmovement,[12] which started in the early hours of June 28.[13] In a 2009 interview, gay historian David Carter stated that this connection is untrue, and based on a mocking reference to the riot by an anti-gay writer in the Village Voice the next day. Some observers of the riots contend that most of those involved “were not the type to moon over Judy Garland records or attend her concerts at Carnegie Hall. They were more preoccupied with where they were going to sleep and where their next meal would come from.”[14]However, the same historical documentary states that there were several patrons at the Stonewall bar that night, Garland fans who, according to bar patron Sylvia Rivera had come from the Garland funeral earlier in the day to drink and mourn. Rivera said that indeed there was a feeling in the air that something would happen that night: “I guess Judy Garland’s death just really helped us really hit the fan.”[15]
  • There was certainly an awareness and appreciation of Garland among Stonewall Inn patrons. Because the bar had no liquor license, it was passed off as a bottle club and patrons were required to sign in. Many used pseudonyms and “Judy Garland” was among the most popular.[16] Regardless of the truth of the matter, the Garland/Stonewall connection has persisted and has been fictionalized in Stonewall, Nigel Finch’s feature film about the events leading up to the riots. Lead character Bostonia is shown watching Garland’s funeral on television and mourning, and later refusing to silence a jukebox playing a Garland song during a police raid, declaring “Judy stays.”

  • “Another connection is the rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBT communities which may have been inspired, in part, by Garland’s song “Over the Rainbow.”[20] Garland’s performance of this song has been described as “the sound of the closet,” speaking to gay men whose image “they presented in their own public lives was often at odds with a truer sense of self that mainstream society would not condone.”

  • “Judy Garland’s father and other significant people in her life were also gay.[21] Frank Gumm would apparently seduce or at least keep company with very young men or older teens, then move on when told to leave or before his activities could be discovered.[22] Garland’s husband Vincente Minnelli was rumored to be a closeted bisexual.[23][24] From the beginning of her Hollywood career, Garland liked to visitgay bars with openly gay friends Roger Edens and George Cukor, to the chagrin of her handlers at MGM”
  • Person of authority: do you like (insert person)
  • Me: Who
  • Person of authority: *begins to explain person*
  • Me: *snickers because they do not know I am actually referencing The Who, an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and establishing their reputation equally on live shows and studio work.*

i wish gaga would get the credit she deserves on tumblr. she is incredibly talented, she has sold more than 100 million records and has 6 grammys. she is a feminist, she is queer, she fights for gay rights, she has a non profit foundation for queer youth and youth who struggle in general, she was the first mainstream to put the word “transgender” in one of her songs, she writes/produces her own songs,s he sings live, she loves and cares her fans, she gets fans on stage, she buys them food and let’s them come backstage for free. she also spoke up about ferguson and didn’t attached hashtags like #alllivesmatter.

im not saying that she isn’t problematic at all, but everyone is and just because she isn’t that popular on tumblr doesnt give anyone the right to go off on her all of the fucking time…