Justin Bieber proved that he is a ‘Justin’ of all trades after his MVP winning performance during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Match held in Los Angeles. Although his team lost the game, his skills on the court earned him a lot of plaudits along with the award.
Bieber’s side included celebrities such as Romeo, Common, Rob Kardashian, Trey Songz, actor Michael Rapaport and Nick Cannon, while NBA legends and stars such Scottie Pippen, Bill Walton, Rick Fox, Jalen Rose, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and Swin Cash were their opponents on the other team. Magic Johnson was the Eastern Conference’s (celebrity) team instructor and Bill Walton was the coach of Western Conference (NBA legends) side. Continue reading MVP Award for Bieber at the 2011 NBA All-Star Celebrity Match »
Britney Spears‘ music video ‘Till the World Ends’ proved one thing: that the pop star is able to dance her way out from any kind of trouble, catastrophe or calamity, including a world-ending apocalypse.
Now even though ‘Till the World Ends’ is based on events that have yet to occur, the theme of her video was definitely nothing futuristic. The tense ambiance, sexy and sweaty on-screen characters and the collection of raunchy dance moves are reminding many of her own 2001 smash hit ‘Slave 4 U.’ The two videos share some similarities that are too striking to ignore. The sweaty bodies, the dirty dancing, Britney’s multiple dress changes are all indications that someone sampled her own stuff. The similarities reach its peak during a scene which is almost identical to a Slave 4 U sequence. The scene in question is the one in which Britney is sitting among a group of dancers, which certainly brought a dose of nostalgia to the viewers that had previously seen the ‘Slave 4 U’ video. Continue reading Is Britney’s ‘Till the World Ends’ too Similar to ‘Slave 4 U?’ »
As some of you may or may not know, the biggest Internet Radio Company in the US, Pandora, went public in June. Meaning they are officially a publicly traded company and they answer to the shareholders and bean counters now. How and what they do next is anyone’s guess. But someone or something is going to have to feed that money machine in the future, and how they plan to do that is a mystery at this point.
I also wanted to let you know that 977music.com was started back in 1999 because I felt a need for a music service that played the best of the best music from many different genres. It grew from one channel into what it is today all because of your support. I still hold those close knit-values of playing the best of the best music today, and I personally program and schedule the music for each one of our live streaming channels. It’s my passion and it’s what I love to do. Continue reading A Note from Jeff, Owner of 977music.com »
International Jazz Day is May 28th!
Calling Jazz Music Fans World-wide. International Jazz Day, which occurs each year on May 28th, is a great opportunity to celebrate an unbelievably dynamic music genre encompassing everything from the Bebop to the Blues, and much more!
What is Jazz?
While Jazz Music has only been around since the begging of the 20th century, it has quickly blossomed from it’s humble beginnings into a wide dynamic range of sub-genres, including Bebop, Dixieland, Fusion and many more. The Jazz genre itself seems unwilling to accept a static label and it may be exactly as Jazz critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt suggests, the “spontaneity and vitality of [Jazz] musical production in which improvisation plays a role”; and “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician” ultimately makes it a genre that is very difficult to define.
One might go so far to say that each Jazz musician may in fact be creating a sub-genre unto themselves, as skilled Jazz performers will often interpret tunes based on their mood, experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even the audience’s response and reaction to the music. So if you’ve been wondering why over just the last century we’ve seen the creation of more than half a dozen new ‘official’ Jazz sub-genres, now you know. Continue reading International Jazz Day »
There is no doubt that Lady Gaga’s ‘Edge of Glory’ , which was released last week, is a pure pop song. And while the fans may still be getting used to it, the song’s co-producer Fernando Garibay has told the media that he is surprised that the track has been released by Gaga and her team.
Garibay said that while the album’s title track ‘Born This Way’ was a statement song, ‘Edge of Glory’ is a very personal song, in which the singer has put a lot of heart and soul. Speaking in an interview with MTV, he remarked, “It is very personal and very real; it’s a real moment.” The co-producer’s other half on the production front of the song was DJ White Shadow, who had earlier commented that Gaga’s vocal delivery on ‘Edge of Glory’ was very impressive. “This song’s had room for her too … this is her natural tone. The vocal was one take. The whole thing from top to bottom was her, just backstage singing it all the way through,” he had said in a separate sit-down before the song’s release. Continue reading ‘Edge of Glory’ by Lady Gaga Surprises Co-Producer Fernando Garibay »
US Fans of former American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, who wanted to see the sharp-witted duo back on the jury desk, have got their wish now as the two have now officially signed up to appear on the US version of the reality show The X Factor.
The news ended weeks of speculation and uncertainty, which was causing a major disruption to the show’s operations. This means that the jury has been finalized, with Paula joining Cowell, British singer Cheryl Cole and former music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid on the judging panel. Continue reading Paula Abdul Teams Up with Simon Cowell on X Factor »
If there is any one in the music industry who can completely steal the limelight of an event, it is Lady Gaga. In early May, she registered herself in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival in order to perform on the French TV program ‘Le Grand Journal.’
Before the actual show, the Mother Monster was seen in a bright leather vest with the words ‘Born This Way’ printed on its back. On top of the highly fashionable vest, she dyed her hair in multiple colors to leave the rest of the A-list celebrities looking all alike, giving the audience more of a ‘Gaga and the others’ type of theme. Continue reading Lady Gaga in Full Flow at the Cannes Film Festival »