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 112 CONNECT 36 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. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY . “You just open your mouth in wonder.” Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde and Carson Daly also count themselves as fans.
Astoria group sets music fest in bid to raise $2M to buy historic Steinway Mansion
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.
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Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set. It’s the first stanza in a fast-tempo symphony to save a historic Queens house. A group of local activists and artists will launch an eight-event music festival on Saturday, marking the opening bars of their bid to buy the historic Steinway Mansion on 41st St. Were raising the communitys awareness on the treasure of this building and the incredible past that it represents, said Bob Singleton, founder of the Friends of Steinway Mansion. Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The Friends of Steinway Mansion has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house Singletons group has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house. The group shelled out cash to become a registered non-profit but the slate of events represents its first concerted fund-raising push, members said. RELATED: STEINWAY MANSION PRICE LOWERED $1 MILLION BY ESTATE HOLDER Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The home is a city landmark, which means it cant be torn down, but the future of the sprawling interior will depend on who purchases the property. The performances beginning Saturday at the SingleCut brewery a few blocks from the mansion will be held at venues near the landmark house. Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set. Subsequent gigs will feature jazz crooner and poet DeeAnne Gorman, wholl play at Rest-au-Rant in October, Singleton said. This is going to be a continuous thing until we purchase the mansion, Singleton said. This place should be saved. Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The group wants to make the mansion and cultural attraction and education venue for his group the Greater Astoria Historical society and the Artisans Guild of America. The mansion, originally a summer home for the family of piano manufacturers, has been owned by the Halberian family since 1924. Michael Halberian lived in the mansion his whole life until he died at age 83 in 2010. After his death, the contents of the home were auctioned off and the property, put up for sale.
Music Review: Kings of Leon tame themselves in 6th studio album, ‘Mechanical Bull’
As the demand for alternative therapies continues to grow, it is crucial to strengthen the law, which governs how music therapists practice in Georgia, said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who sponsored the bill. With the passing of SB 414, patients can rest assured knowing their music therapist is operating under the highest level of professionalism. Music therapy in the broadest sense has a long history. Using music therapeutically goes back to the beginning of time, really; every culture has examples of it. We find David playing his harp to soothe King Saul in the Bible, said Jamie George, owner/director of the Georgia Center for Music Therapy in Roswell. But the clinical history of the profession only goes back about 60 years. After World War II, musicians played for veterans in hospitals and nurses noticed that patients had higher oxygen levels and lower blood pressure afterward. Since then, research on music therapy has been exploding, said George, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT. For musicians to play in hospitals is a wonderful thing and a huge benefit to patients, but thats not the same thing as music therapy. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music intervention to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program, according to the American Music Therapy Association. When prescribed by a physician and practiced in a goal-oriented treatment plan, music therapy is reimbursable by insurance plans and Medicare. In Georgia there are waivers that allow music therapy for Medicaid patients. Music therapists work at hospitals, schools, nursing homes, clinics and in private practice. Music therapy has been shown to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients of all ages, from neonates to octogenarians with dementia, says the AMTA.