5 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Lorde storms toward the throne of pop music Haley Blum, USA TODAY 9:46 a.m. EDT September 25, 2013 The 16-year-old from New Zealand is reigning at the top of the charts with ‘Royals.’ Lorde is a 16-year-old pop artist from New Zealand who is taking over the charts with her single ‘Royals.’ (Photo: Garth Badger) The 16-year-old’s real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor Her full-length ‘Pure Heroine’ is out Monday in the USA Lorde starts a short U.S. tour tonight in Los Angeles SHARE 152 CONNECT 60 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE Lorde doesn’t want you to have to settle. “So much of the music that’s on top 40 radio is so dumb, and people aren’t that dumb,” says the 16-year-old from New Zealand. “People settle for that music because that’s all there is in pop.” Side-stepping the distracting antics of other teen stars, specifically the Disney-preened ones, Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) is ushering smart, sophisticated pop into a world that desperately needs it. Her single Royals a slow-burning but super-catchy ode to the mundaneness of real life landed atop USA TODAY’s alternative and adult-alternative airplay charts and at No. 8 on USA TODAY’s top 40. She trailed only Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry last week in downloads, with Royals selling 263,000 copies. The song recently hit No. 1 on iTunes and has been steadily climbing Billboard’s Hot 100, sitting currently at No. 3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John.
Amazing Rhythm Aces, Jimmy Tawater, Future Birds Thursday, September 26, 2013 – by Bob Payne Bob Payne – photo by Cindy Thomas With great 79 degree days and cool nights, this weekend promises to be a musical delight here in the Scenic City. This is the time of the year when one can really enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer in live music. Take Saturday and Sunday, for instance. This weekend at the Hamilton County Fair, you can see 24 live acts perform, including Grammy winners Russell Smith & The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Jimmy Tawater & The Scenic City Showcase, Dalton Roberts, Remembering January, and Amber Fults. Twenty-four acts, I said. The beautiful thing about the fair is that all 24 acts perform from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., so you can still go out and see your favorite band at night in one of Chattanoogas music venues. For more info on the Fair, just click http://www.hamiltontn.gov/fair/entertainment/default.aspx . Want to go out at night and have a big time, too? Well here are just a few places you can go and hear some great music. Pick a couple out and support local music and local music venues. JJS Bohemia Friday night, JJs has a great line-up with the Future Birds, Bohannons and Belle Adair. The fun just keeps on coming for Saturday night, when Royal Bangs, Crass Mammoth, and ElkMilk perform. Learn more at http://www.jjsbohemia.com . Buds Sportsbar Always a fun place with great food and service, Buds brings 80s rocker favorites Aunt Betty back to town on both Friday & Saturday nights. Check out their menu and events at http://budssportsbar.com . Sugars BBQ Downtown Sugars has live music almost every night, but the weekends really cook at 5th & Broad Street.
Music Review: Kings of Leon tame themselves in 6th studio album, ‘Mechanical Bull’
By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cristinelle7 Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Pink Floyd makes peace with music streaming: drummer says it “might work”
The accusations, set out in a public letter, touched off a debate over whether streaming services are bad for the bad industry. Now, though, the debate is taking a new direction as Pink Floyds drummer (and one of the signatories to the letter) appears to have had a change of heart about streaming music services. Streaming .. is beginning to look like it might work for the artist.. Initially, streaming was seen as a form of piracy but its beginning to become a commercial possibility, Nick Mason told an audience on Thursday at the Wall Street Journals Tech Cafe in London. Other comments by Mason suggest he believes musicians struggle to make money lies more with record companies and the structure of the music industry, rather than technology. He pointed out that its hard for new musicians to climb up the traditional ladder when the bottom rungs simply arent there anymore; Crackers David Lowrey, another strident Pandora critic , has made the same point. But what about solutions? Mason suggested more musicians should sit on copyright and royalty boards to oversee how the money flows; its a good idea, and one that will help prevent an ongoing pattern of theft by middlemen. He added that the industry as a whole can embrace Spotify and other streaming services in a way that directs more money to musicians: I would like to see 50-50 between the recording company and the artist and an increase in the amount of streaming. Mason also observed that music fans, in an era where recorded music is cheap and everywhere, have come to value live performances more than ever, meaning concerts and merchandise are musicians best bet to earn money. Many musicians, of course, will be quick to point out that, unlike Pink Floyd, they cant make a living from concerts.