Santa Monica, CA / Singapore (Nov 30, 2011) — Music luminaries Dr. Dre
and Jimmy Iovine kick-started the Beats By Dr. Dre inaugural tour of Asia this week, making Singapore their first stop. Hong Kong and Taipei are to follow, before they wrap up in Tokyo and mark their first post-tsunami visit to Japan. Partnering with top collaborators and celebrities in the region, this will be the first opportunity for Asian music fans to experience Beats with its founders and see why it is a world-class brand with a strong foothold in the lifestyle, pop culture and technology markets.
“The Asian and Japanese market has long been one of the world’s hottest
and biggest trendsetting markets for music as well as a flashpoint for
technology and creativity,” said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Beats by Dr. Dre and Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which is a
division of Universal Music Group and a stakeholder in Beats. “We are excited to showcase our product line to the region’s market, which will allow them to finally hear music the way that they artist intended.”
Beats By Dr. Dre has recently launched its stunning new fall collection which
includes Beats By Dr. Dre Colors, the Beats by Dr. Dre MIXR, the Beats by
Dr. Dre Wireless and the Beats by Dr Dre Beatbox. For more information,
please visit www.beatsbydre.com
It was the first time in 11 years that Snoop & Dre have performed together for television - it was seen in 20 countries worldwide.
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood (President of Beats by Dre) then stopped into Hong Kong to meet fans at an exclusive Apple Hong Kong consumer event, and then onto Taipei yesterday for a HTC event. Today, onto Tokyo, where Dr Dre and Luke Woodwill stop to chat to fans at the Apple Ginza store, and wrap with a Beats party at the infamous Le Bar
Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, to celebrate their new
strategic partnership. Collaborating to pioneer the future of the smart phone
industry, HTC and Beats aim to create superior mobile audio experiences for consumers, which will result in a line of HTC devices integrated with Beats’ sound innovations. The Taiwan leg of the tour will also feature a celebrity-packed party at the popular club, Luxy, with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
To wrap up the Beats regional tour, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will head to
Japan for their first post-tsunami visit. After meeting and chatting with fans at an Apple Japan consumer event on December 2, Beats will specially host a
party at the infamous Le Baron, to be attended by the city’s biggest celebrities and top-tier media guests.
Focused on redefining the global audio market with its Beats by Dr. Dre™
audio experience, Beats is known for its unique consumer brand appeal and
ability to reproduce the full spectrum of sound captured in professional
recording studios, allowing consumers to hear music the way the artist
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Photos: Kevin Mazur
All Singapore Images: Courtesy of Beats By Dre Photos: Aloysius Lim
Text by: Eunice Lim
Photos by: Natalie
American pop-punk outfit All Time Low’s latest effort, Dirty Work, might not have fared too well amongst pundits for being an album chockfull with mainstream pop songs laced with the themes of girls and booze, but the hardcore Hustlers – as All Time Low fans are known – certainly did not feel the same way. When the band stopped by our sunny shores for a gig this month, they were greeted by an outpouring of love from the hundreds of fans in attendance.
It rained down heavily on the crowd who was waiting for the four-piece band to take the stage at Wave House, Sentosa,. However, the dismal weather and a painstaking delay of more than an hour and a half did nothing to dampen the spirits of the dedicated fans.
Linkin Park have just made public a music video for their new single "Waiting For The End".
The band's members are featured in individual shots in a dark room with interlocking grids framing their whole body.
"Waiting For The End" appears in Linkin Park's latest No. 1 album "A Thousand Suns" which arrived in stores last month.
Music video for the track is directed by DJ Joe Hahn, the band's member who has worked on many of Linkin Park's clips including "The Catalyst".
"The clip is an experiment in making the most digital version of ourselves in the spirit of the visual pallette of A Thousand Suns," Hahn said of "Waiting For The End" video.
"If you have been following our visuals throughout this album, this is the next step in our journey. I wanted to push ourselves so far down the digital path that it eventually felt spiritual.
"As we live our lives in the digital noise of today, we can find our center of humanity in the midst of the chaos."Watch the video below.
Thanks for the report to Aceshowbiz.com.
This week Gorillaz kicked off their first North American tour, which included a stop in New York City Thursday night for a dazzling hour-long gig at CBS' Ed Sullivan Theatre and a special segment of Live on Letterman. Watch their complete set below!
There are a lot of reasons to see this band live: 1.) Damon Albarn, former frontman of Blur and Gorillaz's mastermind. 2.) The reunion of Clash guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon, both members of Gorillaz. 3.) Plastic Beach, their excellent new concept album.
Their Live on Letterman set featured tracks from across the outfit's catalogue, including older hits "Feel Good Inc." and "Kids with Guns," plus Beach songs "On Melancholy Hill," "Superfast Jelly Fish," "Glitter Freeze," and cameos from singer Little Dragon and De La Soul.
The set ended with the audience storming the stage during a raucous version of "Clint Eastwood."
Gorillaz opened their North American tour recently in Montreal. Read SPIN's review here.
WATCH: Gorillaz play Live on Letterman:
A Taiwan rice farm is trying an off the wall way to get hungry birds to beat it at harvest time: scarecrows dressed like King of Pop Michael Jackson.
One of the two scarecrows, wooden frames with sponges for faces, wears white sequined gloves, a black fedora hat and black brogues, and the other is decked out in a red "Thriller" jacket and trousers. They are set in the fields in different poses copied from the singer's signature dance moves.
They are the idea of 30-year old salesman and Jackson fan Lee Ping-hsing, who is now making a third for his father's farm in Changhua county, central Taiwan.
"During harvest, my dad would go to the fields every day and chase the birds away," Lee said.
"And I thought, since Michael is good at 'grabbing his bird', I'm inviting him to grab ours," he told a visiting local TV crew, who were also treated to a few of Lee's Jackson dance moves.
But not everyone in the family thinks the scarecrow idea is a thriller.
"I was yelled at by my grandfather, who said Jackson's spirit could come and haunt us," Lee said.
"But I think it would be nice if Michael could come over."
The single has also been released for free download online at the Mekong Sessions You Tube site via the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/themekongsessions?feature=mhum
Built on a Kottkesque roll with Khmer+ English vocals and instrumentation, krom are the first band to debut on the newly launched Mekong Sessions label.
krom vocalist; Tata, a Cambodian woman with a disability expressed the desire for krom to act as a catalyst for more singers with a disability to gain greater employment opportunities in the entertainment business.
krom have released little information regarding future material or performances only hinting that their next single; a wee boogie called “ prahok” will be released in six months.
“Elusive, Exclusive and Reclusive” is the band motto and try as we might we can do nothing to change that,” a spokesman close to krom stated on condition on anonymity yesterday.
Only Tata speaks to the media and she can be contacted on 012-494344
krom - the group:
minko: guitar and vocals
ian white: guitar
jimi baeck: accordion
brian webster: drums
kim bunthan: khmer violin
band matriarch: the om
The single: i walked the line
minko: music + words
ian white: producer
photography: luke duggleby
video: ian white + Darren campbell
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is being accused of using backing tracks at live shows, after he fell off a stage and landed heavily – without missing a note.
The band were performing in Cincinatti when the incident took place. Weiland lost his footing, stumbled and fell clumsily, while carrying a microphone in one hand and a megaphone in the other.
Despite the tumble, his voice was heard to continue the song – he wasn’t singing at the precise moment he fell, but when the moment came to resume he didn’t sound short of breath, out of tune or in any way flustered.
Watch the video below - Weiland falls around 1m 30s.
Later in the same show, several fans noted that a backing track seemed to jump. The band haven’t commented on the suggestions of using pre-recorded material.
Commentator Skwerl of Antiquiet says: "Scott took a really hard spill into a hole during Crackerman. A really bad one. He’s down there for a while as the crew tries to help him out – and yet the vocal performance doesn’t falter in the slightest."
Eyewitness Lisa Biello reports: "Later, during another song, it was pointed out to me that ‘the CD is skipping.’ Truth be told, I did hear something ‘slip’, something in the background, like the drummer had screwed up and missed a beat or two. It was definitely obvious, yet the band kept going like nothing happened."Discussing Weiland’s fall, which she admits she didn’t see, Biello says: "I fall down a lot. When I do, there’s some form of accompanying audio - usually an expletive but almost always a grunt, groan or giggle or two. But not Scott Weiland."
Thanks for the report to RockRadio.
(week starting 16th Aug)
Rock & Pop
- David Gray - Founding
- Iron Maiden - Final Frontier
Classical & Jazz
- George Duke - Déjà Vu
- Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society
Dance & Soul
- Various Artists - Kitsune Ponystep with Tote Bag
- OST - Taipei Swings (Au Revoir Taipei)
- Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 - Myself
- Lee Hom 王力宏 - 18th Martial Arts <十八般武藝>
The Crazy Elephant pub in Clarke Quay is best known for its blues-rock music. So you’d be forgiven if you were one of those who turned up on Saturday night expecting to see regular musicians like John Chee jamming it up, but instead found guitarist Rosli Mansor playing songs from his latest instrumental album, Deeper Than Purple.
Here’s the thing about instrumental performances though: Most of the time it’s a case of “you either get it or you don’t”. Thankfully, in Rosli’s case, that didn’t apply. It seemed that everybody, from fans to tourists, were tapped into what was happening on the stage. Even couple of the Crazy Elephant staff were heard commenting about the gig. And you’ve got to be something if the wait staff can give you time of day – even if it is for 15 seconds. Well, at least that’s what it seemed like.
Tom Jones has revealed that his new album 'Praise And Blame' is ahead of Eminem's 'Recovery' in the UK albums chart today (July 27) – and has said he'd like to collaborate with him.
The Welsh singer's spokesperson revealed that the album is currently outselling 'Recovery' and is in the provisional Number One slot after being released yesterday (July 26).
"I couldn't be more proud of this album and I'm really blown away by the response from everyone," Jonessaid. "It's great to be top of the charts with Eminem, maybe next time we could be top together."
If Jones' album stays at the top spot on Sunday he will, at 70, become the oldest male musician to have a UK Number One album. The current holder is Bob Dylan, who hit the top spot last year aged 67 with'Together Through Life'.