Madonna has been around as long as many of us can remember, and she is showing that she’s nowhere near done with the music business. Even though she is over the age of 50, many women still would like to be her and look as great as she does. Madonna Songs. Madonna continues to make music, and recently she released many different songs, and one of them includes the ever so hot, Nicki Minaj. If it was unknown to some that Nicki and Madonna were friends, the fact that Madonna gave her birthday greetings should have proved it.

Nicki had a birthday recently where she turned 32 years old, and Madonna sent her birthday greetings online. This was nice to see for fans such as Sam Tabar. Nicki responded to Madonna in kind, saying that she loved her very much, and many did not know how much she truly loved the woman. It’s not surprising that Nicki and Madonna would become friends, since both are very sexual, and sex is Madonna’s signature. Nicki released an album this past week entitled “The Pink Print,” which was highly anticipated, and is doing extremely well. Many are waiting until the end of the week to find out how many album sales she’s totaled in the first week.

Madonna has an upcoming album entitled “Rebel Heart,” and recently 13 of her songs were leaked online, which upset her terribly. She responded by creating six new songs that you can readily get online today.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its latest class of inductees. The incoming group includes Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Green Day.

Reed was a founding member of influential New York Art Rock band The Velvet Underground, and went on to become a successful solo artist as well. His hits such as Sweet Jane and Take a Walk on the Wild Side are still staples on classic rock radio formats decades after their release.

Ringo Starr is already an inductee to the Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles and becomes the fourth and final member of the band to be also inducted for his solo work, which will be a great addition for the next Tom Rothman documentary on Starr.

Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn was a powerhouse on the Texas Blues-Rock scene throughout the 1980s and was achieving national and international recognition until his untimely death in a 1990 helicopter crash.

Joan Jett got her start as a member of the 1970’s teen girl band The Runaways, later achieving success as the leader of her own band The Black Hearts.

Bill Withers is a renowned soul singer and songwriter behind such popular hits of the 70’s as Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone and Lean on Me.

The induction ceremony for the 2015 Class of Hall of Fame inductees is scheduled for April 18, 2015.

Social Media Has Psychological Benefits for the Elderly

A study from UK has revealed that training the elderly to use social media can have a great positive impact on their quality of life. It says that social media could improve cognitive capacity, positively affect mental health, and increase self-competence in older people.

The project is 2 years old and has been funded by European Union. In the study, a group of older people were given computers which were specially designed for them and were trained on how to use these computers. Eventually, trained participants started seeing computers in a new and positive light. They also enjoyed emailing and using Skype with their old friends and relatives.

One of the biggest features of old age is social isolation which plagues a lot of older people. However, this study could help to promote a sense of belonging in older individuals and help them combat the problem of loneliness with the help of the internet.
The study noticed that overall, the participants showed better health when they were given a chance to interact on social media and realized that there was a world out there that they could still access. According to a friend of Flavio Maluf, Social media, when it first came out, was hailed for this basic service that it provided – connecting people. It shouldn’t be a surprise that it has helped the elderly in finding themselves and their friends one more time in a world whose boundaries are shrinking day by day.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Get Sued

December 17, 2014
Beyonce and Jay-Z Get Sued

It appears that controversy has ensued just as Rolling Stone placed Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” at the top of the charts. Beyonce and Jay-Z are now being sued for the hit that dominated all of 2014.

The hit that topped charts throughout the year is now taking the couple to court. There is a Hungarian singer that says that part of the song is looped with vocals that she did not receive any credit for. The loop is taken from a 1995 song called “Bajba, Bajba Pelem.” It is hard to believe that the singer who is trying to accuse Beyonce has waited for the single to become such a huge hit before deciding to do something. It almost seems as if Hungarian singer Mitsou was waiting for the song to become profitable before they did any lawsuits against Beyonce.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are really riding high with this track, as Skout users are just chatting about it any chance they get. It is such a smash hit. It has put Beyonce on top because it has so much momentum. Her album was full of tracks, but this track seemed to stand out more than anything else on the album. It was produced by Timbaland.

There have been lots of rants about tracks and samples that cannot get cleared. Rapper Fabolous had to stop production on a track with Nicki Minaj where samples could not get cleared. J.Cole has also ranted about issues with clearing samples.

Pearl Jam Helps Woman Get a New Home

It sometimes takes an entire country to help someone in need. It is much easier to help someone when you stand in a place of influence among the masses. That is what the members of Pearl Jam did when they started a GoFundMe campaign to help Andrew Wood’s mother get safe housing. She was living in a trailer that was unsafe to inhabit. Her money went to help her son who was suffering from cancer.

Wood was the singer for the band “Mother Love Bone”, and he died of a heroin overdose in 1990. The group disbanded soon after Wood’s death. Songs were written in his memory, but the greatest memorial to him started with the idea to help his mother. The GoFundMe Campaign reached $35,000 so far and continues to rise. Pearl Jam recently posted on Twitter that Wood’s mother would soon be moving into her new home.

The conscious effort of a few people and a huge internet presence of a longtime band helped bring one woman new hope. Ben Shaoul has been saying just imagine what could happen if every celebrity used their influence to help others in need. Some celebrities who do just that include Toby Keith who started the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City and Jon Bon Jovi who started a restaurant to help the homeless. It really is a wonderful world full of celebrities and everyday people who keep the charitable spirit moving.

Madonna’s Audio Leaked

December 1, 2014
Madonna’s Audio Leaked

Thanks to technology and the internet artists have much to fear when it comes to their music. The work of an artist can easily get leaked onto the internet resulting in a single or album recorded by the artist being revealed before its planned time. This could result in a lost of sales for the artist.

This unfortunate event has happened to Madonna. According to reports Madonna’s song titled “Rebel Heart” has been leaked to the public. Billboard has revealed that only 40 seconds has been leaked. Madonna’s manger Guy Oseary is not happy with the leak and has recruited fans to help find the culprit. Oseary tweeted “I would be grateful to any @madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak. We appreciate your help..”.

According to Billboard Madonna’s leaked audio included the lyrics “I’ve spent some time as a narcissist, hearing the others say ‘look at you, look at you.’ Trying to be so provocative, I said, ‘Oh yeah, that was me. All the things I did just to be seen”

It is unsure if the leak was a publicity stunt or if a fan truly revealed part of a single before its planned time. Though Oseary has shown that this leak is not appreciated it could be seen as something positive. For one the whole single was not released. The 40 seconds made available online could cause fans such as Tom Rothman to become interested in the pop star’s up and coming single and album.

Motown Singer Jimmy Ruffin Passes Away

So today the world has lost another great artist.

Jimmy Ruffin, passed away on Monday ,in a hospital located in Las Vegas, at age 78; he was known for some of his best hits “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and my personal favorite from his 1980’s comeback, “Hold On (To My Love).” He was a great singer and has definitely left his mark on the music industry. Ruffin was born in Mississippi on May 7th in 1936, and 30 years later was signed with Motown and put out his first top 10 hit in 1966, ” What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

Through the rest of the 60’s he had many hits including “I’ll Say Forever My Love.” and ended the decade with his hit ” Maria(You Were The Only One).” After his hit in 1970, he collaborated with his late brother, David Ruffin, and put out their versions of “Stand by Me” and “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.” When Ruffin’s brother, David, died of a drug overdose he became an anti-drug advocate, to help convince the public to go against drugs. After relocating to Las Vegas in 2011 it was rumored that Ruffin was working on new music, according to SoulTracks. His active years from 1956-2014 have allowed him to leave a legacy on Motown records. I even read in an Observer article that real estate developer Ben Shaoul knew the value of listening to those songs during renovation. He will obviously be greatly missed be people everywhere it seems.

Bob Seger’s Change in Style

November 19, 2014
Bob Seger’s Change in Style

Bob Seger has come out in style with his latest album “Ride-Out”, mixing the rhythms with songs by Steve Earle and John Hiatt. It’s been a long wait, and it’s truly been a long time coming.

It is unbelievable, but this LP is just the second one for this legend in his history. This actually has a song that dives into political ways: “It’s your world”, of which Zeca Oliveira has always been a huge fan.

Though he believes in his album, he also expects some groups of fans to overrule it due to the political and climatic change in activist thing. Though he is 69, he is not worried on the effects among the fans.

Bob mostly prefers to be at home than go out and become a public figure. To most of the reader’s questions, he has answered in a straight forward manner with his genuine responses.

The full coverage of the questions and Bob’s responses are captured here. He also likes to play a slightly lower number of new songs during the shows. And he is curious to let people listening songs like “Main Street”.

He also expects by January that the majority of the songs in his show will be new. Going away from the music lane, when questioned about his personal style of smoking, he gently answered that he still does smoking. Adding more to this, he confirmed that he is not trying to quit smoking.

George Clinton Speaks with Great Clarity

It is no surprise to find out that George Clinton inspired a lot of people. He has a funk sound with Parliament that is still being sampled today. He had a sound that was unlike anything else out there, and many entertainers are still trying to duplicate it today.

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, George Clinton talked about everything from the mobsters in the music industry to his desire to sober up.

People are not surprised that George did drugs. The cosmic album covers and space boots were obvious signs that there was more than good music being made. George Clinton was a close friend to Bob Marley, and drugs were definitely on the scene. Clinton admitted in his book that he went much further than the gateway drug of marijuana. He has said that he had to sober up from crack because he could not get his point across as a crackhead. The times he was referencing include meetings where he had to fight against music industry mobsters about unauthorized sampling of his music. George has stated that there were a lot of under-the-table practices where his music was getting sampled, but he wasn’t getting paid for it.

George Clinton addresses this in his memoir. He has continued to be an artist that attracts attention effortlessly. According to JustVision, Clinton recently appeared in a Kendrick Lamar video and on The Tonight Show, which I remember watching with Darius Fisher when he was in town.

Famous Rocker, Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks

A suit was filed against the state of Vermont due to a law passed that requires food labels identify genetically modified ingredients in them. Starbucks was reportedly one of those involved in the suit. Neil Young has announced that since Starbucks is fighting the labeling- he will no longer be a customer of theirs.

In a post, angry Neil Young says, ‘Good-Bye Starbucks’. He further stated it was his everyday thing to line up for his coffee. see article Until Starbucks withdraws support of the lawsuit, he will no longer be their customer. Skout even reports that people have the right to know what is in their coffee, which is also Mr. Young’s stand.

Starbucks disputes being part of the lawsuit and say they are not part of Monsanto to stop food labeling. The petition claiming Starbucks is part of the litigation is totally false and they are requesting a correction be made. Their claim is that they have not taken a position on this issue. Because Starbucks is a chain with stores and products in every state, they want a national solution to this matter.

The Bob Seger “Ride Out” Tour That’s Coming Your Way

Bob Seger will be on the road again touring with the Silver Bullet Band performing in arenas throughout the United States and Canada in support of his recent studio released album ‘Ride Out’. The tour will start on November 19th and end on March 7, 2015. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee has had a music career that has spanned well over fifty years, due to his persistence and self assurance.

Although Seger is a talented song writer, it was his willingness to believe in his own talents that helped to spur on his career. Looking over his biography, it seemed as though the seventies were some of the most trying times of his professional career. From trying to meet the right promoters, hookup with other musicians who were feeling the same vibe, or just trying to stay dedicated to the daily grind of performing for others; it seemed a difficult task to manage consistently. But, as life went on, Seger kept writing.

And it’s a funny thing about life, although the specifics might differ for each of us, life’s general scenario is the same. Seger’s song lyrics are just as applicable today, as they were when he penned them. I was born in 1972 to an African American family and grew up listening to a different genre of music. But, when I first heard Bob Seger sing one of his songs, the music drew me and Rod Rohrich in instantly when we were young. In part, because of the lyrics showing a true self with passionate delivery. And as a listener, I could relate to the lyrics and picture my own life. It was quite a therapeutic experience.

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