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The Andrews Sisters, American singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia, soprano Maxene Angelyn, and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie “Patty”. Their 1941 hit ”Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“ can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. src: wikipedia

Today in Anime History

July 1st, 1983

Creamy Mami premieres. It is a magical girl anime that influenced several shows, particularly Full Moon o Sagashite, and was hugely successful. It is one of the first shows to use the “media mix” strategy where the singer in the show is actually an unknown singer in real life who would then hopefully gain fame through the show (this strategy is commonly seen in the Macross franchise).

Directed by Osamu Kobayashi

  • Sufjan Stevens: Judee Sill was sort of an unknown folk singer, sort of like Joni Mitchell, in the 70s, and she only had a few records and she died prematurely. She was a really troubled woman, but she was a great songwriter. Her stuff is being more celebrated now, but my stepdad Lowell made me a mix tape of her music maybe in high school or college? And I remember the song "Jesus Was a Cross Maker." ... I remember being really mesmerized by the song because she's confusing--the pronouns were kind of confused to the listener--isn't quite sure if she's singing to a savior or a lover and they become the same person ... It was just a mix of the sacred and the sensual.
  • Interviewer: Which is largely what you do ... Was Judee Sill the first artist who opened your mind to expressing that conflict in an honest way? Because Christian music to a lot of us is about praise, it's about the uplifting and joyful stuff, and not so much about acknowledging the darker corners that are part of the reality of being human.
  • Sufjan Stevens: Yeah, she was a religious person, you know, she had these profound religious experiences and a very unorthodox kind of system of beliefs but they were informed by orthodox Christianity. She had sort of a very interesting interpretation and her music was all about this relationship to the sacred things, but then she also started with drug addiction and would sing about unrequited love and loneliness. And her music was incredibly dark but it was also sort of profound. There's a transcendence to it, too. I had never really heard anyone sing like that before so that was really exciting for me.
A Night to Remember

So here it is, I wrote the fanfic based on the awesome dreams I’ve been having with Jacob and Evie! if it goes well I’ll continue it. ( my first time publishing a fan pic omg yyaayy!!) (Warning: it is long.)

Summary: You were a young aspiring opera singer, who worked as an understudy in the new rebuilt theater in London. One fateful night you found yourself helping a masked man with his mission ending in a night of chase and thrills. Now you acted as a spy for the brotherhood against the Templar Order.

Act 1: The Singer and The Assassin

You dreamed of being part of the stage, studying all your life in Paris you finally had moved to London, where the big names of music were making their mark on the world. Unfortunately for an unknown 20 year old singer, being an understudy was the best you could do for now. Laura was the prima donna of the theater and unfortunately as the favorite, all the lead roles went to her since her name was what attracted the crowds. A month working in the theater had come and gone and you were now accustomed to your new life in England, you worked hard and practiced in hopes that you would catch the eye of the patrons and hopefully catch a break.

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We recently finished photographing many of the RA’s collection of artist’s palettes. It was a joy to explore their many colours and shapes, as well as the personal touches of each artist.


Top row L - R: Glyn Philpot RA, Glyn Philpot RA, Walter William Ouless RA
Middle row L - R: Sir Frank Dicksee PRA, Sir George Clausen RA, Sir William Beechey RA
Bottom row L - R: unknown, unknown, John Singer Sargent RA

The Taylor Swift Decade: 13 swift moves that put her on top of the pop music world

On Oct. 24, 2006, the fledgling Big Machine Records in Nashville released what may have looked like on paper as a 15-minutes-of-fame kind of album.

The work was from a then-unknown 16-year-old singer/songwriter. Her songs dealt in themes country music didn’t pay much attention to: teen romance, high school dramas and youthful dreams.

Slowly but surely, however, that album, “Taylor Swift,” began creeping up the country album chart, and the curly haired artist from whom it took its name began popping up more and more, especially once Big Machine issued her single that name-checked one of country’s biggest stars at the time, Tim McGraw.

By the end of the year, the album had moved 200,000 copies, and prompted The Times to spotlight Swift as one of the faces to watch in the coming year, praising the album for “[touching] on themes such as the fragile self-esteem of teen girls and the magic of first love.”

As promising as she seemed, it’s safe to say few could have anticipated the degree to which her music exploded, turning her into one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.

She proved what seemed to be an impossibility after the meltdown of the record business began with the dawn of the new millennium by topping the 1 million first-week sales figure with three consecutive albums: “Speak Now” in 2010, “Red” in 2012 and “1989” in 2014.

With that in mind, The Times looks at 13 canny moves the artist and businesswoman has executed along the way to becoming a dominant force in pop music over the first decade of her career.

1) First foray to Nashville (2001): Millions of kids dream of stardom, but Swift early on demonstrated her powers of persuasion by getting her parents to drive nearly 800 miles from Wyomissing, Penn., to Nashville. Once there, she cheerily knocked on doors of record labels, despite steep odds that anyone on Music Row would give the time of day to an 11-year-old. No contract resulted from that trip, but many did take note of her chutzpah.

2) Sony/ATV Publishing (2005): About four years later, still woodshedding her singing and songwriting skills in Pennsylvania as a high school student, Swift scored a publishing deal with one of music’s biggest publishers — Sony/ATV Publishing — at the age of15. She happily sacrificed the average teen’s extracurricular activities to head to her desk at Sony/ATV’s offices to further hone her songwriting skills instead of hanging out with friends at the burger shop and Friday night football games at school.

3) Signing with Big Machine Records (2006): Bypassing contract offers from major labels, Swift (with her parents’ approval) gambled by signing with startup Big Machine and its founder Scott Borchetta. Unlike his competitors, he was willing to let her record her own songs and co-produce her debut album with Nashville veteran Nathan Chapman.

4) “Tim McGraw” (2006): Name-checking this country star on her first single smartly gave notoriously rigid country programmers an immediate point of reference, dramatically upping the odds they would at least give the song a listen amid the onslaught of new artists.

5) Social media: As a teenager with no hesitation concerning social media, Swift fully embraced and exploited MySpace to interact directly with fans at a time when most power brokers in Nashville were asking MyWho? She followed suit with the advent of Twitter, Instagram and other social media, further building an intensely personal bond with those who were catching on to her music.

6) “Taylor Swift” (2006): Breaking from the mold of teen pop musicians whose records pushed them prematurely into the adult world, Swift’s 2006 debut was built on songs unabashedly mining themes of life as a teenager. It was her belief, and Borchetta’s, that such songs could connect with a largely untapped fan base that didn’t have a lot of music speaking to them.

7) “Love Story” (2008): In yet another hit, Swift, at 18, demonstrated no qualms at rewriting Shakespeare. “Love Story,” her teen fable of romance, reflected her starry-eyed vision of at least the possibility of happily ever after. The album containing that song, “Fearless,” made Swift the youngest recipient ever, at 20, of the Recording Industry’s overall album of the year Grammy Award.

8) MTV VMA Awards (2009): Her response to Kanye West’s attempt to upstage her moment in the spotlight in front of millions of viewers was classy (and impressively mature), earning her greater respect from peers, fans and their parents.

9) “Speak Now” (2010): By writing all this album’s songs single-handed, she disarmed skeptics who suggested she was simply riding the coattails of the songwriting pros she collaborated with on many of the songs on her first two albums. The album also demonstrated that selling 1 million copies in a single week was still possible despite the music industry’s crushing downturn in sales during the preceding decade.

10) “Mean” (2010): This song grew out of her thoughts about a needlessly harsh critic of her music, but through a powerful video she transformed it into a broader message of self-respect, highlighting its relevance to bullying and other too-common forms of public shaming. Legions of her fans strongly identified and cheered its message.

11) Philanthropy: She was among the first to jump in after devastating floods hit Tennessee in 2010, donating $500,000 toward relief efforts. She was 20. Two years later she wrote and recorded “Ronan,” a benefit single that took her outside the milieu of her immediate life experience to underscore a theme of empathy with those who are suffering — with the direct result of proceeds helping one kid with cancer. In 2013 she gave $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to establish a music education center targeting youths. As recently as August she donated $1 million to help victims of recent flooding in Louisiana.

12) Wall Street Journal op-ed on the value of music (2014): Articulately making the case against the ongoing devaluation of music and its creators in our culture, Swift stepped up in the pages of the leading financial news publication to spark a robust public discussion. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” she wrote. “Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”

13) Facing down Apple (2015): Further flexing her music industry muscle, Swift politely but firmly called out Apple for not paying writers, producers or artists during a free three-month trial for its new music service. “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” she wrote on her site. “Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.” Apple reversed course.

This fan base is growing insanely fast and I couldn’t be anymore happier for Abel and his team, they all deserve this and so much more. It feels like it was just yesterday that there was some foul-mouthed unknown singer posting videos anonymously on YouTube under the name xoxxxoooxo that somehow stole my heart. I’m still processing that Abel is gonna presenting at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards tomorrow night which might not seem like a big deal to some people, but it’s pretty big deal to me, considering that this man was homeless not that long ago. Talk about motivational. My boy is about to annihilate some careers; I mean he demolishes every track he features on, his vocals are compared to one of the biggest name in the music industry, he writes his own lyrics and he raps too.  

Tho with fame, comes new fans and I will always welcome new fans with open arms, cookies and milk. But it’s scary too. I understand it comes with the territory and I’m so happy for Abel but I have doubts, like what if he changes? What if he gets cocky? What if his music just isn’t the same anymore? I have questions, and despite Abel telling me to not question his directions, I question him. Like Love Me Harder, wyd bruh?? 
Listening to Drinks on Us, Often, Earned It, it makes me wonder, is this what his new album going to sound like? All those songs are mainstream, they’re songs you hear on the radio, they’re songs you hear some basic hoe singing or humming to and that’s okay. But that’s not what got him here and Abel knows that.

I have this letter printed out–you should print it out too–and I would read it whenever Love Me Harder comes on the radio (I fucking hate that song my god) and any doubts that I have are gone. Abel has proven to be a man of his words and nothing less. 

2015 is about to be a big fucking year for xo and I’m so here for this. If you here for this too, I fucks witchu fam; if you’re new, welcome home baby; if you’re leaving because Abel is changing, I hope you enjoyed your stay. 

XOTWOD!

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On this day in music history: March 7, 1975 - “Young Americans”, the ninth studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by David Bowie, Harry Maslin and Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA and Electric Lady Studios in New York City from August - November 1974 and January 1975. Heavily influenced by soul music and looking to break with his musical past, Bowie works with top studio musicians including Willie Weeks (bass), Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Dennis Davis (drums), and a then largely unknown young singer named Luther Vandross. Vandross, who has been friends with Bowie’s guitarist Carlos Alomar and his wife, singer Robin Clark since high school, visits the studio one day during the sessions at Alomar’s invitation. Bowie walks into the control room and overhears Vandross and Clark improvising vocals over the top of the track to “Young Americans”. Highly impressed, Bowie hires Vandross on the spot to sing and arrange background vocals on the album, as well as contributes the song “Fascination” (originally titled “Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me”) ). It spins off three singles including “Fame” (co-written w/ John Lennon and Alomar) (#1 Pop) and the title track (#28 Pop). “Young Americans” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Taylor Swift Tells Her Favorite Sam Smith Story

Taylor Swift regularly invited a wide range of surprise all-star guests onstage during her Red world tour, including Carly Simon, Jennifer Lopez and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump. As the tour wound down in London last February, she surprised fans by bringing out a relative unknown: British singer Sam Smith. Swift had discovered Smith’s song “Money on My Mind” via U.K. Radio 1 DJ Greg James on Twitter. “[The] hook sounded nothing like anything else I’d heard,” says Swift. “I learned that he was a brand-new artist who hadn’t even been launched in the U.S. yet, but I felt this strange inclination to introduce my fans to him out at the O2 [Arena]. When I love something immediately, they usually react the same way.”

Swift was right. Smith won over the crowd that night, and, driven by his hit “Stay With Me,” his album In the Lonely Hour has become a Top 10 hit around the world, selling more than 3.5 million copies. He’s up for six Grammys on February 8th – and appears on the latest cover of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday). “I’ll never forget the moment I was standing onstage at soundcheck waiting for Sam to walk out onstage, and my band and I heard him sing into his mic from the side of the stage in our in-ear monitors,” says Swift. “Everyone just stopped what they were doing and looked at me like ’Wait a second…’ We were all completely stunned that this person sounded even better live than he did on his soulful, extraordinary recordings.”

Swift continues, “The effortlessness of Sam’s singing is what absolutely took our breath away. And that night, he had the same effect on the crowd. They weren’t necessarily screaming for him because he was famous or recognizable to them. It was something more exciting than that. They were screaming for Sam because all 20,000 of them were realizing at the same time that they would remember seeing Sam Smith sing early on in his career for the rest of their lives. I know I will.”

Smith wrote “Stay With Me” about his lonely period after moving to London. “I had a lot of one-night stands,” he says. “I met a few dodgy friends, people I’m definitely not friends with now.” Like many fans, Swift sees Smith’s honesty and openness as part of his appeal: “There’s something very pure and direct about the way Sam lives his life, and he’s very transparent in his portrayal of his image,” she says. “People just want someone real to listen to, and the vulnerability Sam is willing to project comes off as bravery because it’s authentic. He is not just one thing. He is sad and he is excitable. He’s stoic but he’s joyful. He’s naive and he’s wise beyond his years. Showing yourself as a real, multi-faceted person is hard in this business because it seems at times like many artists are being encouraged to play a character. To play yourself is to truly be exposed, but I think it’s what will set Sam apart from everyone else.”

Swift and Smith have been seeing a lot of each other lately. “We got to really catch up at my 25th birthday party,” Swift says. (“She let me hold her Grammy!” Smith notes). But one anecdote, from the American Music Awards in November, stands out in Swift’s mind: “We were front row watching watching Ariana Grande, loving her performance. We’re both pretty animated when we’re watching other artists. At the end of her performance, she did some dance move that was so sexy and so cool, and at the same time, Sam and I both screamed out ”YAS BITCH YAS!!“ and then looked at each other and died laughing. I had this feeling that we’ll be friends for life.”

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Lol, okay wait.

“Lmao they can dream on with winning against one direction”
One direction lost against an unknown Chinese singer in the emas2013 wtf you talking about 😂😂


“WHO TF IS SUPER JUNIOR”
“I don’t know!!! They aren’t even famous!!”
Lolololololololololol dumb bitch 😂😂 super junior debuted years before one direction even existed what’s wrong with her 😂

“…stop them from winning”
This is dumb but like it angers me how they think so little of us, kpop fans. This is not only EXO-l or ELF, this is for all the kpop fans, we must show them how strong we are and how stubborn and determined we can be.

Let’s win this guys, no joke, go vote and let’s prove it to them , that we are fucking wild.

Taylor Swift Tells Her Favorite Sam Smith Story

Taylor Swift regularly invited a wide range of surprise all-star guests onstage during her Red world tour, including Carly Simon, Jennifer Lopez and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump. As the tour wound down in London last February, she surprised fans by bringing out a relative unknown: British singer Sam Smith. Swift had discovered Smith’s song “Money on My Mind” via U.K. Radio 1 DJ Greg James on Twitter. “[The] hook sounded nothing like anything else I’d heard,” says Swift. “I learned that he was a brand-new artist who hadn’t even been launched in the U.S. yet, but I felt this strange inclination to introduce my fans to him out at the O2 [Arena]. When I love something immediately, they usually react the same way.”

Swift was right. Smith won over the crowd that night, and, driven by his hit “Stay With Me,” his album In the Lonely Hour has become a Top 10 hit around the world, selling more than 3.5 million copies. He’s up for six Grammys on February 8th – and appears on the latest cover of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday). “I’ll never forget the moment I was standing onstage at soundcheck waiting for Sam to walk out onstage, and my band and I heard him sing into his mic from the side of the stage in our in-ear monitors,” says Swift. “Everyone just stopped what they were doing and looked at me like ‘Wait a second…’ We were all completely stunned that this person sounded even better live than he did on his soulful, extraordinary recordings.”

Swift continues, “The effortlessness of Sam’s singing is what absolutely took our breath away. And that night, he had the same effect on the crowd. They weren’t necessarily screaming for him because he was famous or recognizable to them. It was something more exciting than that. They were screaming for Sam because all 20,000 of them were realizing at the same time that they would remember seeing Sam Smith sing early on in his career for the rest of their lives. I know I will.”

Smith wrote “Stay With Me” about his lonely period after moving to London. “I had a lot of one-night stands,” he says. “I met a few dodgy friends, people I’m definitely not friends with now.” Like many fans, Swift sees Smith’s honesty and openness as part of his appeal: “There’s something very pure and direct about the way Sam lives his life, and he’s very transparent in his portrayal of his image,” she says. “People just want someone real to listen to, and the vulnerability Sam is willing to project comes off as bravery because it’s authentic. He is not just one thing. He is sad and he is excitable. He’s stoic but he’s joyful. He’s naive and he’s wise beyond his years. Showing yourself as a real, multi-faceted person is hard in this business because it seems at times like many artists are being encouraged to play a character. To play yourself is to truly be exposed, but I think it’s what will set Sam apart from everyone else.”

Swift and Smith have been seeing a lot of each other lately. “We got to really catch up at my 25th birthday party,” Swift says. (“She let me hold her Grammy!” Smith notes). But one anecdote, from the American Music Awards in November, stands out in Swift’s mind: “We were front row watching watching Ariana Grande, loving her performance. We’re both pretty animated when we’re watching other artists. At the end of her performance, she did some dance move that was so sexy and so cool, and at the same time, Sam and I both screamed out “YAS BITCH YAS!!” and then looked at each other and died laughing. I had this feeling that we’ll be friends for life.“ (x)

Everytime i see an unknown actor/singer/director and i like his work i feel the need to search for their facebook and instagram and follow them because it’s my way of saying “Keep following your dream ! You’re awesome !” and it makes me feel so good that they can see that someone cares and supports them. I don’t know…it makes my day :)