Looking Ahead of the Music in 2015

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January 15, 2015 at 12:27 pmCategory:News and Rumors

You might ask: Where can people get music in 2015? With the trend right now, it seems like people are not going to buy CDs anymore, based from the revenue of streaming songs in the US, the sales surpassed CD sales in 2014 for the very first time. In the UK market, it is catching up too.

Apple signalled that it is ready to make a new and fresh assault in the music industry with the recent purchase of The Beats of Dr. Dre as well as their streaming service worth $3 billion in October 2014. However, not everyone became a fan of streaming sites; artists like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and The Black Keys withheld their music this year from the streaming sites. Their move is to show protest of the low royalty rates the sites offered. On the other hand, Ed Sheeran said he is grateful to Spotify for his career and the main reason why the artists are not paid a fair share is because of the record labels. He told the BBC that he could not be where he is today without Spotify.

The stadium residency of Sheeran whom he is playing without a band is considered as one of the highlights of 2015 showing live music. Incredibly, his gigs are all sold out even before announcing the support acts. He added, he does not want to play with a crowd that is not of his genre but he already booked three acts each day and they are all hits as manifested by their multi-platinum albums. Some of the acts already played Wembley and the live concert is going to be like a mini festival. Sheeran is not the lone artist who booked on the turf of Wembley but includes Foo Fighters and AC/DC who promised to rock in summer.

Looking Ahead of the Music in 2015

On February 1, Katy Perry will play a different pitch by hosting the prestigious half-time show of the Super Bowl in Arizona. The show promised of fire-breathing sharks, a thousand kittens and an edible glitter, the pop star will be witnessed by millions of audience. Traditionally, more people are watching the half-time show compared to the game.

Other tours for 2015 is staged for Taylor Swift, One Direction, Take that and the reunion of Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac. Also, George Ezra, Royal Blood and Jessie Ware will pack their belongings for various concerts while Wu Tang Clan is going to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show to be held at the Brixton Academy.

Looking Ahead of the Music in 2015

Hopefully, there are a couple of surprises for 2015 that can truly make the year of the music industry jam packed.

UK’s New Music Talents in 2015

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January 5, 2015 at 11:13 amCategory:News and Rumors

While the people around the world are busy for their new year’s resolution and how they can outdo 2014, in the UK’s music industry, everyone is looking forward for new talented young artists who will flourish in 2015. In a pool spearheaded by the BBC, it showed that the Brits are excited for these musicians:

UK’s New Music Talents in 2015
  1. Ibeyi – So far, Pedigree has only explained the allure of the 19-year old twins who are Franco-Cuban, Naomi Diaz and Lisa-Kainde whose father was the conga player in the person of Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Their father recorded with the Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban Allstars. However, Ibeyi which means twins for Yoruba sounds entirely similar to the Diaz twins but in the 21st century era where there is digital production and the chants coming from the new world of the African Diaspora. Their songs are labelled as soul for lack of better terms to describe such as their tracks like River, Oya and Mama Says that deal about suffering, yearning and spirituality. Also, they nag like the pop music but do not sound from another genre.
  2. Vince Staples – Before this poll, Vince Staples was only one of the numerous affiliates of the LA’s sprawling crew, the Odd Future. He is best known as the wingman of the crew’s gifted rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Also, in the last few years, he released mix tapes but has not won the hearts of many Brits until the launching of his EP. The people who heard sat up and noticed his talent. His cover, Hell Can Wait explains about the point of view of a child in a suburban house in LA set on fire with gangsters and chopper. This is the scene of the song, a dark vision of a black American life, police brutality, blighted by drugs and gang violence. However, the singer delivers the song with acuity and a rapper’s confidence which was in the shadow for a long time. The production is great and his debut album is going to be released in early 2015.
  3. Natalie Prass – This singer is gifted with keys and horns, her album is deeply and classy retro that are taking on a heartbreak. Natalie Prass has a voice packed with both muscle and flutter, challenged and caressed by the beautiful arrangement of the songs that never runs out of groove. Her last appearance was seen as playing the keyboards for supporting Angel Olsen and Jenny Lewis but she does not sound like a debutante but a well-finished article. Her album is set to release on January which is going to be accompanied by her first show in London on the following night.
UK’s New Music Talents in 2015

These are the music artists that topped the BBC’s poll of new and talented musicians in 2015.

Top Reasons Why Furious 7 is a Must Watch Movie For 2015

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December 17, 2014 at 9:25 pmCategory:News and Rumors

Not every action film can boast of dropping racing vehicles from a flying C-130 aircraft 10,000 feet over the border of Arizona and Nevada. However, James Wan, the director of the movie and a newcomer in terms of fast-car franchise said that the cars were thrown at the back of the plane and this is no joke, they have skydivers who photographed as the fleet of cars were falling down. It is truly insane but they are all true.

Top Reasons Why Furious 7 is a Must Watch Movie For 2015

The Furious 7 will be revived in theatres on April 3; the movie is again led by the street racer Vin Diesel, Brian O’Conner as the ex-cop of Paul Walker and Dom Toretto. They were regrouped to face down the heavy Deckard Shaw of Jason Statham who is going to revenge for a personal quest.

Wan is only 37 years old but he is not a stranger when it comes to franchise filmmaking. Also, he already cut his teeth on horror films which are created with low budget like the Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious that turned into profitable sequels, outsized hits as well as they spawned numerous.

Top Reasons Why Furious 7 is a Must Watch Movie For 2015

On the other hand, the Furious series is different with its magnitude. The first six movies have grossed to a huge $3.2 billion all over the world, the most recent in 2013 was the Fast & Furious 6 with highest earnings at $789 million. After taking over the franchise which originated from Justin Lin who happens to be the director of the first four instalments, James Wan wants to show the public of a different choreography that will totally surprise avid and long-time fans of the series. He added, the concept of cars falling from the plane is a concept that grew after many discussions with the producer Neil Moritz and writer Chris Morgan.

The Furious 7 started to film in October 2013, just before the car-crash of Paul Walker that took his life and resulted in the production’s halt for several months. Finally, the movie will be shown on the screen with the final appearance of the lost actor who was able to complete most of his work before the accident.

There are five modified version cars used, they are: a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, a 1968 Camaro Z/28, a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392, a 2014 Jeep Rubicon X and a 2014 Subaru WRX STI. Wan said that aside from cars falling from the sky which were photographed by the skydivers, there were helicopters too that have cameras to capture the scene.

With the highlights explained by James Wan, Furious 7 is going to be a must watch movie in 2015.

2015: The Biggest Year for the Movie Industry Ever?

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December 11, 2014 at 5:03 amCategory:News and Rumors

Aside from the most anticipated movies for 2015 like Avengers 2 and Star Wars 7, there are more to watch out for that will make this year as the best ever in the history. Some of the most remarkable and best years are: 1982 where it released E.T. and Blade Runner; in 1994, it was the year for Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump; and 1997 where The Lost World, Men in Black the massive hit Titanic. However, the year to beat according to analysts is 1999 because of the blockbuster movies like The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, Matrix, American Beauty and Star Wars: Phantom Menace.

2015: The Biggest Year for the Movie Industry Ever?

These years are remarkable for they will surely be remembered as part of the biggest years in the movie industry but what if there are still more blockbusters to come? For this, the stage is set for 2015 and it can be the biggest for the entire industry. Apart from The Avengers and Star Wars, these are the most anticipated movies in the next twelve months:

Avatar 2

A movie that gets a fair assessment by the analysts, some would even say that it is one of the most successful movies of all time. Given that the lead actor is James Cameron who is known for his blockbuster movies, the sequel of Avatar will make big waves again. Cameron loves the water and as he explores Pandora’s ocean in Avatar 2, the movie will surely show his passion. The original casts like Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington are back and aim to outdo the first sequel’s box-office hit of $2 billion.

2015: The Biggest Year for the Movie Industry Ever?

Pirates of the Caribbean 5

There will be more ho’ing, yo’ing and mincing as Johnny Depp confirms that he will return as Captain Jack Sparrow. On the other hand, the Norwegian duo of Espen and Ronning Sandberg has landed as Directors because they are the pair responsible for the epic Kon-Tiki. In-charge of the screenplay is Jeff Nathanson, this is his first since the Indiana Jones and Tower Heist days. Until now, there has been no plot of the film yet but it is expected to be more adventurous because of its expensive budget.

Terminator

Paramount’s brave souls have finally reached to push through the reset button of Terminator but it will come out as a reboot form. This movie is touted as the first of the new trilogy; it will undoubtedly use the trickery of time travel so that it can explain Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inclusion. A rumour came out that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the new killer bot coming from the future.

2015: The Biggest Year for the Movie Industry Ever?

Well, there are still 12 months to go to finally say that 2015 is the best year in the history of the film industry but based on the list of movies, there is a strong possibility.

The Most Influential Celebrities for 2015

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November 20, 2014 at 3:19 pmCategory:News and Rumors

This list came up from the E-Poll Market Research, they are responsible for ranking over 6,000 celebrities based on 46 various personality attributes. The polling data came from the Americans and in breaking the ties, they factored in awareness and likability metrics from the California based firm, the Encino.

The Most Influential Celebrities for 2015

Topping the list is Oprah Winfrey who has an influential rating of 49%. Her television show has already ended but she is still a force to reckon with being the most powerful figure. She took over Steven Spielberg’s number one spot in last year’s list of influential celebrities. At the second spot is Michael J. Fox who has a 44% influential rating. The actor has been diagnosed in 1991 with Parkinson’s disease and that led him to raise money to support people suffering from the disease. Today, the Michael J. Fox Foundation is the largest private funder throughout the world for research studies of Parkinson’s disease.

Third on the list is Steven Spielberg who received an influential rating of 44%. He was the number one most influential celebrity last year. He is respected not only for the charity works but his power in the entertainment industry. On the fourth spot is Ron Howard with 43% influential rating. He is a producer and a director who is working hard on his next project, Rush which revolves around Formula 1 racers.

Fifth is George Lucas with 43% influential rating. An interesting story about him is when he could not get any studios funding for his latest movie, the Red Tail, he personally paid the production. On the sixth spot is Dr. Mehmet Oz who has a 42% influential rating. His show, The Dr. Oz Show was launched in 2007 and he emerged as the shadow of Oprah Winfrey as his mentor. His influence came from his successful line of books, You.

On the seventh spot is Stephen Hawking with a 42% influential rating. He is the first brilliant scientist who makes it to the list and he is 70 years old. It is followed by Martin Scorsese at the eighth spot with an influential rating of 41%. Directors are always part of the list and the reason behind this is that they are in charge of the big movies. For Martin Scorsese, he has big movies and one of them that got 11 nominations for Oscars is Hugo.

Placing on the ninth spot is Bono with a 41% influential rating, he is a lead singer of U2 and popular for songs that tackle about his political activities. Lastly, placed at the tenth spot is Bill Cosby with a 39% influential rating.

These are the most influential celebrities for 2015.

2015’S Most Anticipated Movies

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November 20, 2014 at 2:28 amCategory:News and Rumors

The movie industry for 2014 has been good and for 2015, the movie fans are going to be delighted since this will be another big year of blockbuster movies. From superheroes, evil spirits, con men and eroticism, all of these are going to be offered. Also, big stars will lead the roles and bigger budgets are the strategies to attract more audience all over the world.

To give you the most anticipated movies of the year, here they are:

2015’s Most Anticipated Movies
  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – Star Wars will definitely draw millions and millions of general moviegoers and fans worldwide. This is going to excite the fans and will give them a hint that this series is not yet coming to an end, the moviegoers will see Sith and Jedi as they are battling far-off worlds. The previous episodes were starred by Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson but this new episode includes rising stars together with old casts of the original movie like Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. It is expected that the new stars will become huge stars with the likes of Domhall Gleeson and Adam Driver who will join the veteran casts. However, die-hard fans of Star Wars may be ecstatic or disappointed that the film is not directed by George Lucas but the shots are going to be called by J.J. Abrams.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey – The release of the movie is very fitting because it will fall on Valentine’s Day. It is based on the very popular novel with the same title that tells about a student named Anastasia Steele who has erotic encounters with a billionaire in the person of Christian Grey. From that on, Grey seduces Steele to a realm of extreme sexual submission. The stars of the movie are relatively unknown such as Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson but they are bound to success because of the novel’s wild popularity. The fans are going to be tantalized with the sexual plot and will be definitely shocked about how the movie can visualize the erotic book.
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – The only thing that a superhero movie can be better is when it is starred with not just two but six superheroes. The Avengers movie features a group of superheroes who will stop different villains from destroying the world. In this sequel, Ironman attempts to reboot the group’s peacekeeping program, the Ultron. It is an artificial intelligence which is self-aware and has the capability to turn on the group as well as the world even it was created for good. The enemy of the superheroes are humans; they must come together to fight and stop the Iron Man-like robots under Ultron’s control.
2015’s Most Anticipated Movies

These are the top three most anticipated movies for 2015.

Hollywood’s Most Classy Celebrities in 2015

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August 30, 2014 at 2:14 pmCategory:News and Rumors

The stage of Hollywood is a witness of many classy celebrities, for 2015, these are the names that topped the poll:

Hollywood’s Most Classy Celebrities in 2015
  1. Sofia Vergara – She bagged the first spot as the classiest celebrity in Hollywood in 2015. A Spanish actress from Columbia who started her career as a co-host in one of the Spanish television networks. From simple beginnings, her career skyrocketed and paved way for several movies such as the Lords of Dogtown, Three Stooges, Machete Kills, Four Brothers and Meet the Browns of Tyler Perry.
  2. Jessica Biel – Since the day she stepped into the Hollywood spotlight, she has been one of the classiest celebrities, in fact, for this poll; she is in the second spot. She made big shot in 1997 when she starred in the Gold together with Peter Fonda; this is the reason for achieving the Jessica Young Artist Award. Jessica has been in every household since she is one of the leading actors of the long-time television show, the 7th Heaven. She is in the business for a couple of years but she remains classy as the years go by.
  3. Kate Hudson – She is one of the names in Hollywood who has been in the spotlight almost all her life because her parents Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson are both actors. Kate knows the ins and outs of Hollywood and she surely knows how to be classy for being in the third spot. Her career took off with Almost Famous where she showed a breakthrough performance and nominated as the Best Supporting Actress in the Golden Globe Award.
  4. Alison Brie – She is one of the classiest celebrities you can see in Hollywood, a 31-year old actress who grew in Hollywood, California. Her acting career started at a Jewish Community Center but her humble beginnings blossomed into some bigger roles and now she is starring of the drama series of AMC, Mad Men portraying the character of Trudy Campbell.
  5. Jenna Dewan – She is a dancer and actress who started as Janet Jackson’s back-up dancer. She is originally from Hartford, Connecticut but she considers Hollywood as a new home with her famous husband Channing Tatum. Since 2002, her life was devoted to dancing and acting after graduating at Southern California University. She has proven that she is not a just a pretty face but has played roles in several movies.
Hollywood’s Most Classy Celebrities in 2015

When people talk about Hollywood, it is synonymous to beauty, glamour, talent and class. These names are definitely a stunner and have become the trendsetters and role models of the people worldwide.

Faces To Watch Out for 2015

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August 17, 2014 at 3:52 pmCategory:News and Rumors

2015 has just barely started and it is a good idea to list down the bright new singers, actors and celebrities whom people think will be making the headlines. These are the faces of the future:

Faces To Watch Out for 2015
  • George Zara – He rose to stardom in 2014 because of his hit single, the Budapest including his debut album, The Wanted on Voyage that ranked number 1 in the UK charts. For 2015, huge things are expected from George Ezra who is still 21 years old.
  • Jillian Bell – She gained big recognition in 2014 when she starred in 22 Jump Street; her hilarious quality stole the show. Also, she is known in the series, Workaholics and is expected to rise higher this year.
  • James Bay – He is a British songwriter and singer who are tipped by Spotify as one of the artists to watch out for in 2015. He was also announced as the winner for the Brit Awards Critic Choice 2015. In March, the singer’s most anticipated new album will be released.
  • Shailene Woodley – She is best known for her role in The Descendants and most of all, the series of Divergent which there will be two films coming up. For 2015, she is going to be a household name.
  • Lorde – She first gained the attention of the world in 2013, this Kiwi songstress provided the soundtrack of the movie’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. For 2015, the people are so excited to see what she is going up to.
  • Liam Hemsworth – He should be thankful of the series, The Hunger Games since he is Chris Hemsworth’s younger brother. His name is already very popular and considering his genes, he will surely go far.
  • SeinaboSey – She is a Swedish songwriter and singer who hits big time with her single entitled, Younger which Kygo, a Norwegian artist created a remix and became a hit in the clubs. Her unique vocals will be 2015’s common sound.
  • Douglas Booth – This name broke in 2014 as he appeared in the movies like The Riot Club, Noah and will soon appear in the upcoming movie of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending.
  • MikkeyEkko – He made a name in 2013 when he appeared in the single of Rihanna, Stay and from then on, he is building acclaim. For 2015, his debut album is hotly anticipated entitled Time.
  • Dylan O’Brien – Dylan’s fame started in 2011 when he won the lead role of Teen Wolf. Last year, he starred in The Maze Runner, a teenage post-apocalyptic thriller. There will be a sequel and they started to film in October 2014.
Faces To Watch Out for 2015

These are the faces of the future you should watch out for.

Business Predictions for the Music Industry in 2015

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June 26, 2014 at 3:46 pmCategory:News and Rumors

It is the start of 2015, as usual there are many experts in the music industry who want to predict on the ins and outs for the whole year. To give you hints of what are in store for every music enthusiast, here they are:

Business Predictions for the Music Industry in 2015
  1. Apple will launch a new service. The subscribers of the Beats Music is not making huge, this means that it can be retired through Apple’s new music service. Apple will launch a new streaming service that is on-demand, cheaper than other competing brands and will feature a high resolution audio.
  2. The standard streaming feature is high resolution audio. Deezer and TIDAL set this feature in the previous year and soon, it will be offered by all the streaming services with at least 1 tier of high-resolution audio. It cannot be denied that the high resolution’s definition will continue and become a moving target but today, some services equate it as similar to a CD quality and some are offering higher sampling rates or bit depth.
  3. The digital pie is going to be larger. The consumers are becoming more comfortable with the on-demand streaming and an increasing number of them are also registering to different platforms. Also, there will be more willing customers to pay for the services they like.
  4. Downloads will continue to slide. The total revenue of downloads falls down below $1 billion as more and more music consumers find that it is better to access millions of songs than owning a few.
  5. Vinyl soars again. Vinyl is only a blip of the industry’s radar but its sales continue to increase significantly, to a point where it makes a significant contribution to many record labels. After 40 years, for the first time in Vinyl’s history, they produced a new gear just to meet the increasing demand of the public.
  6. Artists will find the right culprit. Most of the artists blame streaming platforms as the main culprit why they only receive insignificant royalty payments. However, many have realized now that the culprit is not the streaming platforms but the middle man of the record label who enjoys a big chunk of the income. In effect, the artists’ attorneys should negotiate with the record labels new agreements on how to divide the income fairer but it is still the record labels that are more favored in the end.
Business Predictions for the Music Industry in 2015

These are the business predictions for the music industry in 2015. Some of these may have started lightly in the previous year but they are going to be full blast in the coming months.

Burning Questions for 2015: Avengers or Star Wars? Can J. Lo, Johnny Depp Break Slump?

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May 5, 2014 at 3:42 pmCategory:News and Rumors

With blockbuster movies such as The Avengers and Star Wars including James Bond, insiders and analysts of the industry say that 2015 is a box office year and they bet, it will be the industry’s biggest in history. In 2014, domestic box office went down by 5.2% and it is expected to rebound sharply by about 7%-8% in 2015 which will set a new record for the year of $11 billion in total earnings. This will be a stronger year especially 3-D and Imax are the major driving force.

Burning Questions for 2015: Avengers or Star Wars? Can J. Lo, Johnny Depp Break Slump?

To be shown this year is the sequel of Jurassic Park, the new Mission Impossible, Ted 2 and Furious 7 films together with high-profile animated movies like The Good Dinosaur and Minions. However, before the filmmakers, theatre owners and studios start to count the box-office billions, there are burning questions that need to be answered:

Burning Questions for 2015: Avengers or Star Wars? Can J. Lo, Johnny Depp Break Slump?
  • Which is going to be bigger, The Avengers: Age of Ultron or Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Both films will surely become blockbusters but majority of the analysts says it will be bigger for Luke Skywalker. The real question that must be asked is whether this episode of Star Wars is the first movie where James Cameron is not involved to make a huge $2 billion income. Some say that betting against The Avengers is very risky but either way, Disney is the biggest winner which will release the Age of Ultron on May 1 and episode 7 of Star Wars on December 18.
  • Will Fifty Shades of Grey become a hit even if Heartland and the guys are not? The title alone of the movie is enough to make it a big hit. The steamy romance of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will turnout massive and this will entice both men and women to watch out for the movie. There is no question about the success of movies that do not have male superstars; examples are Twilight and Sex and the City that were blockbusters.
  • Will Johnny Depp breaks slump with Mortdecai? It has been four straight movie flops for Johnny Depp after his box office hit movies, Pirates of the Caribbean. If the action-comedy movie Lionsgate does not connect to the world of arts, it can still become a major thud with these big stars on the film like Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. This can be seen in the next few days as the movie shows in January 23.
  • Will Jennifer Lopez breaks slump with the movie The Boy Next Door? J. Lo had some big-screen misfires since her last hit movie, Monster in Law in 2005. The Boy Next Door is an R-rated thriller at the same time sexy co-starred by Ryan Guzman and co-produced by J. Lo with Jason Blum who possesses the Midas touch of the box office.
Burning Questions for 2015: Avengers or Star Wars? Can J. Lo, Johnny Depp Break Slump?

These burning questions are going to be answered right before the eyes of the fans and moviegoers as the year progresses.