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The original Broadway cast of Hamilton performing “Alexander Hamilton” in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, February 2016

So I was making this Lams gifset and had to cut the Grammy performance out of the whole show because Photoshop was being an ass, and I couldn’t remember seeing it online anywhere, so I thought I’d upload it as well (Here’s the Tony performance by the way).

One Direction’s Harry Styles will release his eponymous debut album May 12th. The news followed the arrival of Styles’ first single, “Sign of the Times,” which came out in early April.

Harry Styles will contain ten tracks, and the album was executive-produced by Jeff Bhasker, a versatile, formidable songwriter who took home the Producer of the Year Grammy Award in 2016. Alex Salibian and Tyler Johnson, who have both worked with Bhasker, also contribute production, as does Kid Harpoon, an English writer with credits on Florence and the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Shakira’s Shakira.

Harry Styles will be released in multiple formats to please multiple types of Styles’ fans. A white vinyl version of the album will be available for purchase through the singer’s website while supplies last, while a limited edition CD comes with a 32-page book of exclusive photos documenting Styles’ recording process. Pre-order for all formats is available starting tomorrow.

Styles became the fourth member of One Direction to put out music on his own when he released “Sign of the Times” last week. On Saturday, he will perform his single on Saturday Night Live, marking his solo television debut.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals He'll ''Definitely'' Collab With Taylor Swift
E! News spoke to the singer-songwriter on the red carpet

This is music to our ears!

E! News caught up with Ed Sheeran as he walked the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards red carpet on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, where he revealed a duet with best friend and fellow pop star Taylor Swift is in the works.

The “Shape of You” singer dished that a collaboration with T. Swift is “definitely” going to happen, though he played coy on any distinct timeline or release date for fans to look forward to. “Certainly in our lifetime,” Sheeran added.

Sheeran, who will perform new music from his latest album Divide onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, has been quite the source of information lately when it comes to Swift’s music career.

“Taylor [Swift] isn’t going to be releasing until probably the end of this year—Christmas is the smartest time to release because that’s when everyone buys records,” he dished during a recent interview with BBC News last week. “So I’ve got a full year of just all Ed, all the time.”

The “Bad Blood” songstress hasn’t released an album since October 2014, when she dropped the Grammy-winning 1989, her fifth major record. Swift did release “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” last December, a duet with Zayn Malik that is featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Beyoncé leads the 2017 Grammy Awards with 9 nominations:

- Album Of The Year - LEMONADE
- Record Of The Year - Formation
- Song Of The Year - Formation
- Best Rock Performance - Don’t Hurt Yourself
- Best Pop Solo Performance - Hold Up
- Best Music Video - Formation
- Best Rap/Sung Performance - Freedom
- Best Urban Contemporary Album - LEMONADE
- Best Music Film - LEMONADE

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On this day in music history: April 14, 1983 - “Let’s Dance”, the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Nile Rodgers and David Bowie, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City in December 1982. Newly signed to EMI Records, Bowie collaborates with producer and musician Nile Rodgers (of The Chic Organization). Rodgers assembles a group of top notch musicians that feature his Chic band mates Bernard Edwards (bass), Tony Thompson (drums), Rob Sabino (keyboards) and Sammy Figueroa (percussion) as well as Omar Hakim (drums), Carmine Rojas (bass), Rodgers himself on guitar. During the sessions, Bowie brings a then virtually unknown blues guitarist named Stevie Ray Vaughan into the studio to play lead guitar. The singer had seen Vaughan only a few months before performing in Montreux, Switzerland. Dazzled by his virtuoso blues guitar playing, Bowie invites Stevie Ray to play on “Let’s Dance”. The guitarist makes quick work of his contributions, laying down his lead parts within a few takes. Vaughan’s stand out playing on the album’s hit singles is one of the catalysts in launching him into stardom in 1983. Led by Nile Rodgers’ production expertise, the album is recorded and mixed in only seventeen days. The end result of the sessions is the most commercially successful album of Bowie’s career. It spins off three singles including “China Girl” (#10 Pop), “Modern Love” (#14 Pop), and the chart topping title track. Bowie supports the album with the “Serious Moonlight World Tour” during 1983, his first concert tour in over five years. A full length home video of the show filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada (on September 12, 1983) is released in 1984, and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form in 1985. The album has been reissued on CD three times, in 1995, 1998 and the most reissue issue in 2003 as a hybrid SACD. “Let’s Dance” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

kalendraashtar  asked:

My fair ladies of Imagine, I love you all in a insane manner, but this one is for Gotham. I loved We Live for Love - there's something so unique about their relationship in that story. So, even respecting the fact you feel that it's done, I would love to have a glimpse of their future - perhaps their first big concert together and how to deal with fame? Or our couple receiving an award? I'll leave the rest up to your brilliant mind! Much love, Kal.

They Live For Love

By Marsali MacKimmie

Exclusive to the Wilmington Gazette

If you didn’t know anything about Claire and Jamie Fraser – the millions of albums sold, the thousands of concerts on six continents, the ups and downs that come with any long-lasting career in the music business – the one thing that’s immediately apparent is their unwavering love and commitment to each other. That much was clear throughout the several hours we spent chatting over whisky at the trendy, yet understated brewpub in downtown Wilmington, where the Frasers played three sold-out shows last week.

“My ancestors in Scotland distilled whisky on their farm,” Jamie, 58, told me as he rolled up his sleeves after the second round – showing two arms full of colorful tattoos. “And I grew up with my father making his own in the backyard. This place has the good stuff.”

“Oh hush,” Claire, 63 and with wrists full of silver bangles, turned to me with a raised eyebrow. Somehow I got the impression that this was a typical exchange in their household. “He’s full of shit. His grandfather proudly got arrested during Prohibition. And Jamie’s been known to make his own whisky – even get the girls involved from time to time.”

The girls would be the two Fraser daughters – 31-year-old Faith, who just finished her residency in pediatric medicine, and civil engineer Brianna, 28. Both grew up touring with their famous parents – but never dreamed of a musical career of their own. “It’s interesting to us how they both chose jobs that keep them close to home – which I guess makes sense, since we dragged them all over the country when they were growing up,” Jamie mused, oozing with pride as he scrolled through picture after smiling family picture on his phone. “But now that they’re both settled, it means the wife and I can tour more without feeling guilty about it.”

Touring is something that Claire and Jamie Fraser have done since just about the moment they met – she was a recently divorced cabaret singer with a big dream, he was a down-on-his-luck guitarist living gig to gig in what was then the rough and tumble Alphabet City neighborhood in New York. “I used to crawl over junkies on my way home – and now on that same corner is a high class wine bar!” he laments. They released their first album in 1981, and the first single – “We Live For Love” – rocketed to the top of the charts. Eventually it hit number one in fifteen countries, and turned Claire Fraser into an overnight superstar.

“We were so unprepared for fame,” Claire says quietly as she looks away, thinking. “We’d been rehearsing and performing, and that’s fine – you can deal with that. It’s amazing to play for 100,000 people, and so cool to travel to all the places in the world you’d only seen on TV. But being followed by photographers to restaurants and having reporters go through our garbage – ”

“Nothing can ever prepare you for that,” Jamie added. “Thank God we had each other – otherwise we would have gone nuts from the stress.”

“Not to mention that this was the early 80s – there weren’t many successful female rock singers, like there are today. The stories I could tell you about asshole program directors or chauvinistic record execs – it would just stun you.” I watched Claire reach for Jamie’s hand, and he automatically took it. Effortless. “I had to put up with so much bullshit, just because I was female. I know I had to work harder, sing harder, just to get taken seriously.”

When Jamie said, “It was all I could do to not knock their teeth in” – I couldn’t tell if he was joking, or was serious.

That Claire Fraser endured her fair share of difficulty is well-known – she’s spoken about it numerous times over the years – but all that hard work paid off. Eleven records released – including a collaboration with, of all things, traditional Scottish musicians. Twenty million albums sold. Five Grammy awards. An Emmy for a live performance that was one of the first to air on HBO.

And now a special 35th Anniversary Tour – celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of their first album, “Outlander.”

“We get asked all the time – who is the Outlander?” Jamie smiled. “And we both have different answers.”

“I always say that it was me,” Claire insists, running her hand through her trademark curls – gone gray now, but still vibrant. “Because when we were making the record, I was a complete outlander in the studio – I didn’t know who I was or what I was doing, and I realized just how much I had to learn. About rock music, about how to make records, and about the whole industry.” Then she turns to her husband and raises one eyebrow, waiting.

He takes his cue. “And meanwhile, *I* say that it was *us* - the entire band. We had a very unique sound and nobody quite knew where to put us. We had to fight every damn radio station to put us in with the Rock rotation, rather than the Pop rotation. We had to fight to get photographers to take shots of Claire that weren’t gratuitous – that showed her off as the kick-ass singer that she is, not just some chick in tights.”

“Hey,” she playfully shoved him. “You happen to *like* the chick in tights.”

“I do,” he laughed. “I do, very much.”

So – how much of this tour is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the album, or their 35th anniversary as a married couple? (Jamie and Claire married right before “Outlander”’s release).

“Oh, it’s definitely both,” Claire is quick to reply. “Because as far as we’re concerned, it’s one and the same.”

“The first single – ‘We Live For Love’ – that was the first song I wrote for her. We still play it every night – it’s the one song that everyone always wants to hear.” Jamie pauses, thinking. “And I find that so incredibly gratifying, because it was *our* song – and it still is – but now it’s *everyone’s* song. I had no clue that’s where I’d end up – that it’s where *we* would end up – when I wrote it in my shitty Alphabet City apartment, hoping and praying that Claire would feel the same way. And yet here we are.”

“Here we are,” Claire smiles at her husband – and suddenly I feel very much like an intruder. “Would you believe that he tells the crowd the same corny love story with that song, every night?”

“Yeah, but you love it,” he rolls his eyes.

“You know I do.”

And they know that we do.

Reference: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo interview at SXSW, 2016

Adele Wins Album of the Year, Gives All Credit to Beyoncé

By the time superstar vocalist Adele took the stage at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards to accept the most coveted award of the night, Album of the Year (for her release 25), the singer had already accepted four other awards honoring her work. Still, despite being so richly lauded, the singer had definite ideas about where to dedicate her final thank-you speech.

After making a few notes about her difficulties adjusting to motherhood (” I struggled and I still do struggle being a mom. It’s really hard”), Adele took an unexpected turn — offering her win up to whom she felt should have received it, namely fellow pop diva Beyoncé.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she brokenly noted, her voice choked with tears. “I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé…the Lemonade album was so monumental, and so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul bearing.

“We all got to see another side of you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that,” she continued. “And all us artists [expletive] adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have. And I always will.”

Both Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, looked on and clapped in the audience, with moved expressions on their faces.

Adele was the big winner of the night, taking five awards, including album, song, and record of the year.  Beyoncé, who was the most-nominated artist of the night, took home two. The 2017 Grammy Awards were aired live from Los Angeles on Feb. 12.

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On this day in music history: April 26, 1961 - “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King is released. Written by Benjamin Earl Nelson, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the sixth solo single for the R&B and pop vocal legend. In spite of recording several classics as the lead singer of The Drifters including the classics “There Goes My Baby”, “This Magic Moment” and “Save The Last Dance For Me”, a contractual dispute with manager George Treadwell drives Ben E. King out of the group in mid 1960. Continuing to work with the songwriting and production team of Leiber and Stoller, King begins recording on his own. After his initial solo releases “Brace Yourself” and “A Help-Each-Other Romance” (duet with LaVern Baker) fail to make an impression on the charts. On October 27, 1960, King is recording at Atlantic Studios in New York City, working on the song “Spanish Harlem” (#10 Pop, #15 R&B) which becomes his first major solo hit. With time still left in the session, Leiber and Stoller ask King if he has any more songs. The singer plays them an unfinished song he had originally intended to record with The Drifters. Inspired by the song “Stand By Me Father”, written by Sam Cooke during his days as lead singer of The Soul Stirrers, Leiber and Stoller re-work the initial melody and Ben and Jerry write the lyrics. Calling the musicians back, the song now titled “Stand By Me” is quickly recorded. Before the session concludes, all involved know that they have created something special. Released in the Spring of 1961, “Stand By Me” makes its impact felt immediately. An instant classic, it quickly rises up the R&B and pop singles charts, spending four weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart beginning on May 29, 1961, and peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on June 12, 1961. Following its release, “Stand By Me” is covered numerous times over the years, including versions by John Lennon, Spyder Turner, Mickey Gilley and Maurice White. Ben E. King’s original recording has a long life after its initial run on the charts. In 1986, director Rob Reiner uses the song as the theme to his film “Stand By Me”, based on the Stephen King short story “The Body”. Featured prominently on the oldies dominated soundtrack, Atlantic Records reissues the song as a single. Driven by the popularity of the film, “Stand By Me” re-enters the Billboard Hot 100, and returns to the top ten, peaking at #9 in December of 1986, over twenty five years after it had originally charted. The song becomes a smash in the UK a second time, thanks to its inclusion in the film, and being featured in a popular commercial for Levi’s jeans, sending the single to #1. In 1998, “Stand By Me” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, in 2012 receives the Towering Song Award by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and in 2015, King’s original recording is selected for inclusion into the National Recording Registry by The Library Of Congress, just five weeks before the singer’s passing.

Recap: Oscar Trivia, Winners Edition

They’re not as pressing or as interesting, but here we go!

  • Elephant in the room first: that envelope debacle has never, ever happened before at the Academy Awards. There was an urban legend after Marisa Tomei won Supporting Actress in an upset for My Cousin Vinny that presenter Jack Palance read the wrong name, but that’s been proven to be false. This is the only time a legitimate gaffe has been made in presenting an Oscar.
  • Moonlight has made history in several ways with its Best Picture win! Not only is it the first film with an LGBTQ+ storyline to win the award, it is also the first with an all-black cast. It also, at $1.5 million, it’s by far the lowest budgeted winner in Oscar history. It’s only the second Best Picture winner where the sole protagonist of the film is black (the first being 2013′s 12 Years a Slave), and only the fourth to have a black protagonist of any kind (after 1989′s Driving Miss Daisy, where Morgan Freeman is a clear co-lead, and 2005′s Crash, which is a heavy ensemble film, but has four different black protagonists). 
  • While La La Land tied with Titanic and All About Eve for nominations (14), it is, of course, the only one of the three to not win Best Picture. All three won Best Director. 
  • Damien Chazelle is now the youngest Best Director winner, usurping the 85-year-old record set by Norman Taurog, who won in 1931 for the film Skippy. He is also the first American director to win the award since Kathryn Bigelow in 2009.
  • Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.
  • Viola Davis is the first black performer to win an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy. Grammy next?
  • This is the second consecutive year where the Best Picture winner ended with the word —-light. So there’s that, I guess.
  • O.J.: Made in America, clocking in at a brisk 467 minutes (almost eight hours), is the longest film to win an Oscar of any kind. It is also the first Oscar win for ESPN. 
  • Zootopia is Disney’s third film to win Animated Feature, after Frozen (2013) and Big Hero 6 (2014).
  • It’s often said that there’s a strong tie-in between the winners for Best Film Editing and Best Picture, however, the last couple years have begun to buck that trend. In 2014, when Birdman won Best Picture, it became the first film to do so without getting nominated for Film Editing. This year, with Hacksaw Ridge’s somewhat surprising win, it marks the sixth time since 2010 that the Best Picture winner actually won Editing. The only film to win both awards since has been Argo (2012). Meanwhile, The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Gravity (2013), Whiplash (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and Hacksaw Ridge (2016) all won editing and failed to win Picture.
  • With wins for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Suicide Squad, the Harry Potter and DC Films franchises each won their first Oscar.
  • With Colleen Atwood’s Costume Design win for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she is now tied for third most decorated costume designer in Oscar history. This is her fourth Oscar. The record to beat: eight, held by the queen of costume design, Edith Head. 
  • Sound designer Kevin O’Connell finally wins his first Oscar in 21 nominations with his win for Hacksaw Ridge. He is no longer the unluckiest nominee in Oscar history. That title, now extra true, belongs to sound mixer Greg P. Russell, who was nominated–and then was disqualified–this year for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. He’s been nominated 16 times, not including his disqualification.
  • This is the seventh year in a row where the Best Picture winner wasn’t the sole most decorated film of the year. This year, that still went to La La Land, with six wins; Moonlight won three.  
Leslie Odom Jr. to reflect in Hancher on portraying Aaron Burr, path that led there

His first bigger lead arrived in 2013, when he played Sam Strickland in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed NBC show “Smash,” coproduced by Steven Spielberg. And another up-and-comer took notice: actor, composer, and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“While not many people were watching the show around the country, people in the theater watched it a lot,” Odom said. “Lin had been watching.”

Miranda shot Odom an email asking if he wanted to come read “this thing” around a table.

That thing would become Hamilton, a sung-through musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton achieved through a widely diverse cast and music styles. Last year, it received a record 16 Tony nominations, won 11, earned the 2016 Grammy for best musical theater, and received the year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama.

But, at the time Miranda reached out, Odom said, wasn’t offering a Broadway show or a Tony Award.

“He’s just offering an opportunity to have an opportunity,” he said. “He’s offering me the chance to get in a room and try it out.”

And that went on for years.

“Every time Lin invited me into a room to try it out, to sit around a table and read this thing for him and bring it to life for him, I looked at every single time as an audition,” Odom said. “It was a role of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime, that’s how I looked at it.”

Odom said he knew it from the start.

“I knew the quality of the writing was so rare.”

And yet, he said, the whole “wild and wonderful” Hamilton experience wasn’t entirely expected.

“I had no idea that people would feel about it the way they do, and that America — this country — would take to it the way they have,” Odom said. “But I knew how I felt about it.”

The part was groundbreaking not just in its structure and style.

“I knew that Aaron Burr — that a role like that — I had never been offered a part like that, I had never seen a part like that before for an actor of color,” he said. “So if I could be the guy, I wanted to be the guy.”

Performing eight shows a week for a year and a half — totaling more than 400 performances — never got old or tired, Odom said.

“It was such a privilege and honor that I got to be their guide through the first time they were experiencing this piece that I loved so much — these characters and actors that I love so much,” he said.

[Source. Image from LinMiranda.com]

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On this day in music history: March 13, 1999 - “Believe” by Cher hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 4 weeks on December 12, 1998. Written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray and Timothy Powell, it is the fourth solo chart topping single (fifth overall) for the pop music icon and Academy Award winning actress. After focusing on her film career for much of the 90’s, Cher turns her attention back music when she signs to the UK division of Warner Bros Records in 1998. Working with dance music producers including Junior Vasquez, Todd Terry, Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, it will be the singer’s first dance oriented album in nearly twenty years since the release of her Casablanca albums “Take Me Home” and “Prisoner”. Rather than going for the retro-disco sounds of those works, the new material is cutting edge and in step with the current techno dance phenomenon dominating the club music scene. British songwriter and producers Taylor and Rawling (Gina G, Danni Minogue), presents Cher with the song “Believe”. She asks them to re-write the lyrics a number of times before agreeing to record the song. After recording Cher’s vocals, the producers hit upon the idea of processing some of the vocals with a Digitech Talker (aka “Autotune” processor). At first, they are nervous to play the track with the altered vocals, but once Cher hears what they’ve done, she immediately loves it. Warner Bros initially does not like the autotuned vocals and wants the effect removed, but the singer insists they remain as they are. “Believe” is an immediate smash in the UK, spending seven weeks at number one. Warner Bros in the US picks up the record for release on the back of its UK chart success. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on December 20, 1998, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. Cher makes history by having the longest time span between her first number one single (“I Got You Babe”) and “Believe”, which is thirty three years, seven months and three weeks. She also becomes the second oldest artist in Billboard chart history to top the Hot 100 (Louis Armstrong is the record holder at sixty two years, ten months and one week old at the time “Hello Dolly” is at number one), as she is fifty three years, nine months and three weeks old at the time “Believe” tops the chart. The single is also a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in twenty three countries. “Believe”  wins Cher her first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000, also receiving a nomination for Record Of The Year. “Believe” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Billboard Power 100 Party Draws The Weeknd & Zayn Malik, Industry Titans

The industry gathered at power eatery Cecconi’s on Thursday, Feb. 9 to kick off Grammy weekend.

In what’s become a new Grammy tradition, Billboard’s Power 100 party served as an unofficial kick-off to the music industry’s busiest week of the year.

Held at power eatery Cecconi’s on Thursday, Feb. 9, the event honored the year’s most important and influential executives, awarding the top spot to Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek. Immediately behind, Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge and Live Nation chief Michael Rapino landed the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, with Apple’s Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and Robert Kondrk sharing spot No. 4 and Columbia Records chairman and incoming Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer shooting up to No. 5.

The intimate, invite-only function featured a slew of artists on hand to support those who’ve helped build scores of careers. Among them: The Weeknd, Zayn Malik, Noah Cyrus, Jason Derulo, G-Eazy, Kelsea Ballerini, Dua Lipa, Skylar Grey and DJ Khaled.

The partying paused for several moments as key honorees were recognized. The Clive Davis Award, given out the past three years, went to Epic Records chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who accepted the honor by cracking about his position on the list – No. 39 – but nevertheless expressing his gratitude to Sony Music chief creative officer Davis. “I don’t make the rules, I just break them,” Reid said from the stage.

Also offering remarks on the state of the industry – and Billboard’s place in supporting and covering the business – were John Amato, president of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, and Mike Bruno, editorial director of Billboard along with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.

“For the first time since Napster, the recording industry is showing signs of growth,” said Amato.

Added Portnow: “The best and brightest are here tonight – that’s a fact, not an alternative.”

This year, Billboard also recognized a group of “power artists,” each of whom not only scored No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but made an indelible impact on pop music in 2016. They were: The Weeknd, Blink-182, DJ Khaled, Zayn Malik and Desiigner​.

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The Vinyl of the Day is ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac, 1977. I completely missed that February 4 was the 40th anniversary of the album’s release, so here’s a one day belated recognition! 

Fleetwood Mac had been a fairly successful band for years with their original lineup, but after Bob Welch left for a solo career it was the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham that really created a creative spark that lifted the band to a whole new level. The first record with the new lineup was ‘Fleetwood Mac’, and it was a huge hit on it’s own - but then ‘Rumours’ became a worldwide sensation and turned them into a megagroup, becoming one of the greatest hit records of all-time. The recording and history of the album makes a long story on it’s own, with the band having enormous personal problems at the time on a Beatles-esque scale - the McVies had just gone through a horribly messy divorce, Nicks and Buckingham were in a tempestuous on/off relationship, and even Mick Fleetwood had just found out his wife had an affair with his best friend. But even the band members eventually felt that all this drama and angst brought out their best music, and helped inspire this once-in-a-lifetime collection of masterpieces. The Mac went on to record many other albums, and Stevie Nicks has had a giant solo career, but ‘Rumours’ is their pinnacle of work, and what they’ll all be remembered for. 

From Wikipedia;

Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record reached the top of both the United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. The songs “Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles. Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rumours has received diamond certifications in several countries, including the US, Canada, and Australia.

The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife among Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences shaped the album’s lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record’s tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album’s release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.

Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s best release, it has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time.

Rumours has been acclaimed by music critics since its release. Robert Christgau, reviewing in The Village Voice, gave the album an “A” and described it as “more consistent and more eccentric” than its predecessor. He added that it “jumps right out of the speakers at you”. Rolling Stone magazine’s John Swenson believed the interplay among the three vocalists was one of the album’s most pleasing elements; he stated, “Despite the interminable delay in finishing the record, Rumours proves that the success of Fleetwood Mac was no fluke.”

In a retrospective review, AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Rumours five stars and noted that, regardless of the voyeuristic element, the record was “an unparalleled blockbuster” because of the music’s quality; he concluded, “Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time.” According to Slant Magazine’s Barry Walsh, Fleetwood Mac drew on romantic dysfunction and personal turmoil to create a timeless, five-star record, while Andy Gill of The Independent claimed it “represents, along with The Eagles Greatest Hits, the high-water mark of America’s Seventies rock-culture expansion, the quintessence of a counter-cultural mindset lured into coke-fuelled hedonism”. In 2007, BBC’s Daryl Easlea labelled the sonic results as “near perfect”, “like a thousand angels kissing you sweetly on the forehead”, while Patrick McKay of Stylus Magazine wrote, “What distinguishes Rumours—what makes it art—is the contradiction between its cheerful surface and its anguished heart. Here is a radio-friendly record about anger, recrimination, and loss.”

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  1. 15.09.2015 - YG releases iKON’s Warm-up single “My type”
  2. iKON stays number #1 on national and international charts for more than 10 days (takes place of songs that stayed on #1 for weeks)
  3. 15.09.2015 - iKON hits melon roof for the 18th time leaving bands like exo with 15 hits and beast with 16 hits behind (first ever rookie band to hit melon chart on their debut)
  4. 26.09.2015 - iKON wins on MBC “Music Core” with their warm-up single “My type” (first rookie band to win without promoting)
  5. 27.09.2015 “My type” hits 6 Million views on youtube after only 12 days 
  6. 27.09.2015 - iKON’s first win with “My type” on Inkigayo
  7. 01.10.2015 - YG releases iKON half album + 2 title track MV’s (rythm ta & Airplane)
  8. 01.10.2015 - iKON’s half-album clinches the #1 spot on the iTunes chart of 11 countries
  9. 03.10.2015 - iKON holds debut concert “Showtime” in front of over 13,000 people (tickets were sold out in seconds)
  10. 04.10.2015 - iKON performs their officially debut stage on Inkigayo
  11. 04.10.2015 - iKON’s second win with “My type” on Inkigayo (just 3 days after their official debut)
  12. 05.10.2015 - iKON takes #1 spot on “Melon popularity award” for the first week of october
  13. 8.10.2015 - iKONs #4 win in total after debut. This time on M! Countdown for “Rhythm ta”
  14. 5-10.10.2015 - iKON Half Album is #1 on “Tower Records” Japan’s Top 10 KPOP Albums for 2nd week of October!
  15. 12.10.2015 - iKON wins “Melon weekly choice awards” for the 3rd time
  16. 27.10.2015 - iKON achives a Trophy all-kill for “Melon weekly popularity Award”! 5 weeks = 5 trophies
  17. 28.10.2015 - iKONs half album (with 26.000 copies) on #16 of “Worlds Top 20 most selling albums” (even before artists like Sam Smith)
  18. 30.10.2015 - iKON is nominated for “Best new male artist” for MAMA 2015
  19. 07.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon Music Award for “Best new male artist”
  20. 11.11.2015 - iKON gets #4 on “Top 15 total downloads for male idol groups 2015” with 1,537,095 downloads in total & gets #9 on “Top 15 downloaded songs by male idol groups in 2015” for “my type” with 720,225 downloads right after EXOs “Call me baby” with 728,526 downloads
  21. 16.11.2015 - YG releases “Anthem”“Apology” MV’s at 00:00 KST
  22. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” hits Melon roof for the first time at 00:00 KST
  23. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” & “Anthem” Nr. 1 & Nr. 2 on Naver Music Top 100 (just hours after the release)
  24. 16.11.2015“Apology” ranked #1 in all (8) major music charts & “Anthem#2
  25. 16.11.2015 - IKON creates sensation upon comeback. Third time to sweep Nr. 1 on all major music charts in Korea in a row
  26. 17.11.2015“Apology” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just one day after its release)
  27. 18.11.2015 - “Anthem” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just two days after its release)
  28. 21.11.2015 - iKON holds fanmeet at „National indoor stadium“ in Bejing (with 18,000 seats)
  29. 23.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon’s “Popular Artist of the week” for the 6th time!
  30. 26.11.2015 - iKON’s new song “APOLOGY” takes No.1 on two of Gaon’s weekly charts
  31. 27.11.2015 - “My Type” MV reaches 15M views on Youtube
  32. 29.11.2015 - IKON’s “Apology” takes Nr. 1 spot on Inkigayo Charts, (5th win) IKON has three Number 1 singles now!
  33. 02.12.2015 - iKON wins the “Rookie of the Year” Award at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
  34. 24.12.2015 - iKON releases their debut album 100 days after the release of their first song “My Type”
  35. 24.12. 2015 - iKON releases 2 new MV’s What’s wrong & Dumb & Dumber
  36. 24.12.2015 - iKON takes No.1 on seven music charts with new songs of their debut full album
  37. 24.12. 2015 - “DUMB&DUMBER” takes No.1 on Melon, Korea’s biggest music-streaming website, as well as Soribada and NAVER Music“I MISS YOU SO BAD” is in the top on Bugs, Genie, and Mnet, and “WHAT’S WRONG?“ on Olleh Music
  38. 24.12.2015 - iKON is stays No.1 on iTunes chart of Asian countries including Macao, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  39. 28.12.2015 - iKON banner is open on iTunes main page of USA, Japan, and Pan Asia countries Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  40. 30.12.2015 - IKON receives the “Best Group Award” at Netease Attitude Awards
  41. 6+7.01.2016 - All tickets for iKONCERT (10,000 seats) sold out in exactly 10 minutes (for both days)
  42. 07.01.2016 - iKON’s first full-length album debuts at Nr. 2 on Billboard’s “World albums chart”
  43. 08.01.2016 - „My type’ ranked #3 place on Music Bank (even 5 month after release)
  44. 13.01.2016 - iKON releases their debut Japanese album, “Welcome Back” (japan debut)
  45. 14.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  46. 14.01.2015 - iKON wins the “Best New Male Artist” Award at the 2016 Seoul Music Awards (4th Music Award win in total)
  47. 14.01.2016 - iKON’s japanese debut album “WELCOME BACK” sales 53,207 units on its first day
  48. 15.01.2016 - iKON takes No. 1 on the Oricon Charts in Japan (at the same time as their japanese debut)
  49. 20.01.2016 - iKON wins “Rookie of the year” at Golden Disk Awards 2016 (5th Music Award win in total // 4th time to win “Rookie of the year”)
  50. 21.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  51. 27.01.2016“My Type” hits 20 M views on Youtube
  52. 28.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown with “Dumb & Dumber” (3 weeks in a row/triple crown)
  53. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Best New Male Artist” at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  54. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Artist of the Year” for September 2015 (digital) at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  55. 17.02.2016 - iKON reportedly 1st ever group to have a “Rookie Award Grand Slam” since SHINee 8 years ago!
  56. 29.02.2016“Rhythm-Ta” hits 20M views on youtube
  57. 02.03.2016“Airplane” hits 10M views on youtube
  58. 10.03.2016 - “Apology” hits 10M views on youtube
  59. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Album of the year by media” at the QQ Music Award
  60. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Best new force group” at QQ Music Award
  61. 28.03.2016 - YG releases ‘Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ Album in Japan
  62. 30.03.2016 - iKON Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ #1 on iTUNES Japan Album Chart (KPOP) even before Bigbang
  63. 01.04.2016 - iKON sets a record (among rookie groups) by surpassing 120,000 sales of their albums
  64. 01.04.2016“Dumb & Dumber” hits 10M views on youtube (#200DaysWithiKON)
  65. 15.04.2016 - iKON wins “Asian most popular korean group” at China Music Awards 2016 exactly 7 month after their debut!#7MonthWithiKON
  66. 30.05.2016 - YG releases #WYD MV (no promotion only for fans)
  67. 30.05.2016 - #WYD first genie roof hit 2 hours after it’s release!
  68. 30.05.2016 - #WYD ranked #1 on Melon only 2 hours after it’s release
  69. 30.05.2016 - #WYD is ranked #1 on 7 Music sites only 3 hours after it’s release
  70. 30.05.2016 - iKON ranked #5  “2016 RELEASES WITH THE MOST 1ST HOUR LISTENERS” and #1 in male groups
  71. 01.06.2016 - #WYD hits 1 M views on youtube, only a day after it’s release
  72. 06.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the1st week of june
  73. 11.06.2016 - iKON with #WYD at #2 on inkigayo (without any promotions during their asia showtime tour)
  74. 13.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the 2nd week of june
  75. 23.06.2016 - iKON ranked #9 (with dumb&dumber) “Top 10 Artists with Highest Scores on MCountdown (All Time)”
  76. 29.06.2016 - iKON wins 1st episode of “Heroes of Remix” with cover of “beijing beijing”
  77. 12.07.2016 - iKON wins 3rd episode of “Heroes of Remix” with “Master chou” x “Rhythm Ta” remix
  78. 24.07.2016 - iKON wins 5th episode of “Heroes of Remix”
  79. 28.09.2016 - iKON releases “Dumb&Dumber” mini Album in Japan / over 38k copies sold on the first day
  80. 28.09.2016 - iKON tops the ‘Oricon daily CD single rankings’ with “Dumb&Dumber” JPN mini album ( placed first on oricon chart twice in less than a year) + tops  ‘Billboard Japan single sales chart’
  81. 18.11.2016 - iKON wins “Best new artist award” at Japan record awards (JPN grammys) second Kpop group to win that award since Bigbang 7 years ago
  82. 21.11.2016 - iKON wins ‘Tencent QQ Music Star Award’ at MMA 2016
  83. 26.12.2016 - iKON ‘Welcome Back’ album wins in rookie category of “Best selling album” at ‘49th ORION annual ranking 2016′
  84. 26.12.2016 - iKON made over 640M Yen ($5.6M USD) from DVD’s, single album & full album. Concerts NOT included (they held 30 concerts alone in Japan for 2016)
  85. 29.12.2016 - iKON’s ‘Welcome Back’ Album on #3 of Orion Best selling K-pop Albums in 2016 with over 90k sold copies
  86. 05.01.2017 - iKON at #2 in Top 10 M!Countdown highest scores for 2016 (boy groups)
  87. 29.01.2017 - iKON at #5 with ‘My Type’ (1,613,177) in Top 40 most downloaded kpop boy group songs 2013-2017 (Right after exo and bigbang)
  88. 10.02.2017 - iKON confirmed to have a Japan Dome Tour in the middle of 2017. Break EXO’s record as the fastest non-Japanese group to make a dome tour after debut (exo = 3 years after debut // iKON = 1 year after debut)
  89. 24.02.2017 - iKON ‘My Type’ at #5 ‘Most downloaded boy group songs(2013-2017)’ with over 1.6M downloads. The only rookie group in top 10 (bigbang on 1/¾ & exo on 2)
  90. 26.02.2017 - iKON receives 2 awards from 'Japan Gold Disc Awards 2017. 'New Artist of the year’ & 'Best 3 New Artists’

 And the “monster rookies” continue to take over the music world.

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Britney Spears has been tapped to receive the Radio Disney Music Awards’ inaugural Icon Award at this year’s ceremony, set for April 29.

The Icon Award was created to recognize artists who have not only cultivated massive success in pop culture, but one who also has a strong following of Radio Disney fans.

On selecting Spears to receive the award, Phil Guerini, vp music strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager at Radio Disney Network, said in a statement: “Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the DMA Icon Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans. We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998.”

At just 16 years old, Spears made her splash on the music scene with her 1998 hit single, “…Baby One More Time.” Following her debut album, Spears has gone on to sell more than 150 million records worldwide, earned eight Grammy nominations and has six albums that have debuted No. 1 on the music charts. The pop singer and mom has had 15 chart-topping singles on Radio Disney, with two recent tunes making Radio Disney’s Top 30.

Apart from her albums, Spears’ Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me has broken records with ticket sales of more than $100 million. In 2015, the production was voted “Best Overall Show” and “Best Bachelorette Party” by readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal. The following year, Spears was voted “Best Resident Performer.”

The Radio Disney Music Awards will take place on Saturday, April 29, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast the following night from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT across multiple Disney-branded platforms.

Congrats @britneyspears 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Secret continued:  Although 1989 WAS different, I still enjoyed it UNTIL those Grammy Sessions where she pandered to the voters and practically groveled for their votes. It became really evident that Taylor is most focused on winning and being the ‘best.’ As a lifelong fan it’s hard for me to say this, but, she is not an artist. If awards and record-breaking didn’t exist, she would not be making music. You know who the true artists are? Mariah Carey, Prince, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Dolly Parton, who have all never won Album of the Year and STILL make music (those who are alive) and stay humble, stay true to themselves, and to their fans. They didn’t go home, cry, decide to make a new album that resembled nothing they had done before, and then sit in a room of Grammy voters and practically beg for votes.