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Michael Jackson still making Billboard Charts

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Since the death of the artist who we so affectionately call “King of Pop”, it has been pretty clear how people are still missing Michael Jackson and his masterpieces that can best be described as works of “pure genius”. Having been a fan of the king, I have always felt like there can never be anyone who can outdo the King of Pop. This, till this day is still true to most people who had somehow had the fortunate gift of experiencing Michael Jackson’s genius in their lifetime.

Last 30th of April 2014, Michael Jackson still found a way to surprise us posthumously through a new single which would be releasing the debut of his newest works alongside some of his previously unreleased tunes.

It was then where “Love Never Felt So Good” feat Justin Timberlake was set to be unveiled at the iHeart Radio Music awards last May 1. Proving to be one of Michael Jackson’s best works in years, the song immediately received praises from listeners as well as critics alike. Said to be a breath of fresh air and what seemingly sounds like an “outtake from Off The Wall” the song has quickly made its way to the billboards and into the playlists of Michael Jacksons die-hard fans from all over the world. The song has indeed garnered countless airplays since its debut and earning its way to numerous charts and radio station favorites in just 24 to 48 hours upon its release. Having sold over a combined 500,000 digital downloads and streams, the song eventually has reached “#1 place on the Billboards Top Adult R&B Song Chart” as well as being certified gold by the RIAA.

It seems as though the only one who can really outdo the King of Pop is himself. Since the day he surprised us with his enormous talents and winning our hearts as a kid when he led us to history as he effortlessly sung and moonwalked to fame, he is still winning our hearts even to this day. Time and again he continuous to impress us with his countless works of art and not even life itself can hinder the man from doing what he does best. Topping billboards is what he was born to do and even posthumous he still continues to do just that.

Archie Fegidero

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, DancerBusinessman, and Philanthropist
Since the death of the artist who we so affectionately call “King of Pop”, it has been pretty clear how people are still missing Michael Jackson and his masterpieces that can best be described as works of “pure genius”.
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Boyce Avenue, The Online Sensation

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It is easy to be famous nowadays, with quality of talents that each one of us possesses and the technologies surrounding our society, it is just a click away. There are famous social networking sites where we can show and express our talents.

Take for example, sites like Facebook which is unarguably the most famous in the globe, Twitter also caters people who like to express their feelings, Instagram where our photography skills are shown. Another one is YouTube, videos are posted from all around the world, one hit, one view and one may become an instant celebrity.

To become famous you must have raw talent and originality, one must be unique to catch the attention of the audience. Take for example music, usually, originally composed songs are more famous than revived ones. Making song covers or revisions are never easy, especially if the reference music is a big hit. But there are some covers that surpassed, or if not, maybe equaled the prestige of the original hit. Commonly, music covers are different genres turned into acoustic. When we say acoustic, several bands or groups pop out from our minds. Probably, one may think of the band Boyce Avenue who became famous for their acoustic covers of “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Demons” by Imagine Dragons and several more songs. They are an all-boy band, three of them to be specific, namely Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian. The Marzano brothers began posting their performances on YouTube in 2007. Making song covers of different songs of their favorite artists. The band is to acoustic and some mash-ups which made their medley unique to the listener’s ears even though it is considered as a revision. Their voices and talents fit one another which unite them to create a cool, well-rounded music.

With the impact of technology in our daily lives, everything is instant and quite easy. But, technology is just a tool to showcase our talents, like the Boyce Avenue they have shown it online. YouTube alone didn’t make them famous, rather it is their talent and their love for music which made them extraordinary and unique musicians. Let us get ready, because Boyce Avenue is far from over on gate crashing the music world today and in the future.

Archie Fegidero

Music and The Movies

music_moviesImagine watching the movie “Jaws” and picturing the great white in all its might, in one of its most powerful scenes of attack. Now, imagine watching your favorite Star Wars film with all its futuristic magic and Sci-fi majesty. Now, imagine watching all these amazing films… without music. Let’s face it, all these movie magic and grand story-telling would just all seem too strange without the music that helps carry them. Music scoring is one of the most essential parts of not just story telling, but of movie-making as well. Very often do we notice it, but these music set as background by people who I consider as geniuses, play a very essential part in these movies we have all come to love and remember.

John Williams, Hannz Zimmer and Danny Elfman to name a few, are three of the most sought-after music composers for film in our generation. These people have done music for films such as “E.T.”, Indiana Jones, Superman, Inception, and Nightmare before Christmas including the ones mentioned earlier. These films all have one thing in common – and that is that they are all so memorable because of their music as well as their stories. I am amazed at how people sometimes still remember their themes more than the actual stories behind them. That to me is something really special.

As a kid I have always been fascinated how I always seem to remember these movies by their music much more than the stories that they have told. This, I may consider however, to be one of the first signs that I have that I’m more a musician than anything else. But I also cannot forget how fascinated I was realizing how powerful music has, even on the big screen. Imagine your favorite movie and your favorite scene and most of the time, this was imprinted in you somehow because of the feelings and emotions that this particular scene has given you.—with music playing an essential part in it.

So next time you watch your favorite scenes, do try to hit that mute button and observe just how much of it still affects you.

Archie Fegidero

Music scoring is one of the most essential parts of not just story telling, but of movie-making as well

Music in Our Day to Day

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One of the earliest tools that man was ever able to come up with to express himself is music. One can say that music has been around at the same time that man was able to form languages. This would mean that even the most primitive man was wise enough to learn what a powerful tool this universal language is. Music from then on has always been around us in everything that we do. Even now in our most modern of times, music is always present where people would be gathering. Imagine a wedding without any melody to serenade the bride as she marches on to a room full of anxious people waiting to see the unveil, or how a mother would nurse a child to sleep armed only with semi monotonous sonnets that the child would never seem to understand. Celebrations such as birthdays and graduations can never really feel as grand, if not for the songs and tunes that we are all so accustomed to hearing on those special moments.

Where i come from, Christmases would never feel the same if we’re not able to play the same old carols that we always do every year, as if December would just as easily may have gone by unnoticed if not for these lovingly and sensitively crafted tunes. Tunes that the writers knew kids of all ages would come to love and know by heart.

Though it does not matter where you are in the world or where you came from, most people would have particular songs that when heard would trigger memories of specific times, days, events and even people that may or may not be dear to them. Good or bad memories, what this teaches us is that music is fundamentally instilled in and coded in our minds no matter if we are conscious about it or not.

People have also come to understand how to use music to alter their mood and have music work for them whenever they need it to. With a simple touch of a button, people can access music which they believe can brighten up a would be tiring, boring, and even non-eventful times of their day. The trick is knowing what would and would not work for you.

I guess companionship is also something that we get from music. Our day to day is just not good enough without these so called “songs-for-the-moment playlists”. How about you? What’s your soundtrack for the day?

Archie Fegidero

One of the earliest tools that man was ever able to come up with to express himself is music. One can say that music has been around at the same time that man was able to form languages.

Music as “Soul Food”

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Long since “Music Therapy” was ever a term, mankind has always turned to music as a way of expressing deep emotions through its boundless and ever growing facets. From soothing our innermost struggles to celebrating every affair, people from different corners of the world, different tribes, tongues and color each have their own way of using music for nurturing ones soul.

At present, numerous studies have been showing how music can directly affect in managing stress, promoting wellness and even alleviating pain as well as enhancing memories and improving communication. All of these clearly suggest that music has far more use and importance than just reducing it to mainstream media and calling troubled kids needing attitude adjustments as “Music Icons” and “Artists”.

Music is one of the most powerful things that man was gifted the ability to create. An inspiring melody can have the influence to motivate just as easily as a cryptic set of notes can cause confusion and sadness. Music also has the power to bring you back in time and bring up memories from your past by hearing familiar tunes from significant points of times in your life.

Music is also one of the very few things that can bring people together. This is not only relevantly proven when you see people of different denominations attending a U2 concert, but it’s also very apparent seeing people in sports arenas singing and chanting together as they cheer on for their favorite team.

What would our souls be like without music? What kind of human being would we create if we negated and suppressed our innermost need for this kind of expression?

I, for one, refuse to live in a world where music is best experienced through a television set or a fancy electronic box that promises to give you the best experience you’ll ever have. Music, I believe is still best experienced out in the real world. It is still best drowning yourself in concert halls and amphitheatres and even in small stages like jazz bars that houses a lonely piano and a sincere player. Music is still best nourished in its truest forms. It is in its simplicity and, at the same time, its complexity is still what makes it such an artwork that we can feed not only our minds but our souls with.

Archie Fegidero

Long since “Music Therapy” was ever a term, mankind has always turned to music as a way of expressing deep emotions through its boundless and ever growing facets. From soothing our innermost struggles to celebrating every affair, people from different corners of the world, different tribes, tongues and color each have their own way of using music for nurturing ones soul.

How music can affect your studies

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Don’t get it twisted, music is a gorgeous thing. At some point you get mixed up; caught between the questions whether music can do more harm than good to your studies. Or, if it may be the start of you grasping that complex mathematical concept you never clutched a hint of at all. Inspired by the recent polls which confirmed that 75% of students do their assignment alongside some music, I got down to the business of researching on the topic and came up with some facts you will find enthralling about music and studying.

Enjoying the process of learning is quite natural and each child is born eager to gain fresh knowledge. A focused and self-motivated student may fall short of his abilities due to stress and negative emotions, it is natural. As much as we may fail to realize the impact of the little happenings that affect our daily studies as learners, their longtime effect might turn out so serious.

We develop stress and pressure the moment we perceive a challenge as a hard nut to crack. Stress may work to your advantage or against you, depending on how you manage it. Some stress “good stress” may cause sharp attention, the zeal to know more about the script, however “bad stress” are much depressive and the impact might be deleterious. These so called bad stress may interfere with brain “motherboard” making learning one hell of a task. A sharp student may go suffering brain complications.

The art of music deals with the representation of emotion using sound as a medium. Its effects may be physical or closely linked to our emotions. The sole reason people listen to music is to moderate their emotional state. Facts has it that music is a perfect link to our inner beings.

The aspects of music that might aid or affect learning

Music volume
Loud music applies a greater mental load on the student making concentration more difficult. Too soft music may also be irritating when we strain to grasp the notes and beats. The perfect volume level varies from an individual to another, however, music levels needs to be reasonably low and consistent.

Tempo
The perfect tempo ranges between 70 -110 beats\minute. Fast playing music applies a greater mental load since your brain has to process lots of musical codes. On the contrary, very sluggish music lowers the heartbeat drastically, you might get too emotional to study.

Lyrics
Most young people have a collection of songs they love listening to. Lyrics from a song can be the most disturbing aspect of background music. This is because they compete with the brain regions that process language, therefore your mind will have two tasks to handle.

Find the ideal music to listen to while studying, your grades might just shoot higher.

Amara Sophie

Don’t get it twisted, music is a gorgeous thing. At some point you get mixed up; caught between the questions whether music can do more harm than good to your studies. Or, if it may be the start of you grasping that complex mathematical concept you never clutched a hint of at all.

5 ‘killer’ tips to sharpening your violin skills

play_violinFor music lovers, the melody that comes with the sound of a violin is quit sensational, very awakening! Most intriguing is the harmony the instrument creates in music, especially when it crescendo nears. It’s sings of love, its sounds of joy, and gives music the exact mood it needs if professionally played. As much as it may seem sweet to the ear, learning how to play the violin is a very demanding task. Patience is key and unlike some instruments getting the basics are not very easy, in fact it is the opposite. However, don’t be disheartened while you are inches away from being the envy of all and sundry, there is way out and thank goodness you set eyes in this guide. Below are five tips you need to be a guru at it.

Get an Instructor

Its thought-provoking nature calls for all time access and familiarity with the instrument. Not being able to meet the cost is not an excuse. No pain no gain, the old adage goes; if you can’t make it in price then you must endure the pinch of looking for an instructor. Learning from an experienced person is the best way to grasp the ideas faster. Manuals may be convincing, but not as much insight from an expert does. They may help you correct and learn intricate aspects like body posture that you might never notice individually. Nonetheless, don’t get this point of ‘getting an instructor’ twisted. Ensure you get along perfectly with the teacher you chose, going for a wrong guy for a trainer may be the sudden dusk of your desire to play the instrument.

Make time and be diligent

The importance of creating ample time and dedicating oneself to practicing the violin can never be overlooked. No effort keyed in goes unpaid, more training sessions means more experience and fast learning of the device. Remembering basic and significant aspects calls for time and persistence. Make it daily, I suggest.

Have fun

The perfect way to go through every training in life is to have fun during the sessions. Enjoy every bit of it so that it doesn’t look like a chore; of course no one enjoys chores. The undying passion and enjoyment will show in your playing, nothing is more encouraging than to make a step ahead. It makes you play the instrument even better.

Familiarize with music codes

Understanding the ABCs about music gives you a picture-perfect platform to start from. Find some violin, lots are out there, get the basic knowledge to get you going. Reading music is not a difficult assignment.

Play it along a piano

The piano is the best accompaniment to play along with the Violin. You can easily learn to place your fingers in line with the piano notes and as a result sharpen your skills even more. Get started today, following these tips to the letter won’t disappoint you.

Ronald Wartford

For music lovers, the melody that comes with the sound of a violin is quit sensational, very awakening! Most intriguing is the harmony the instrument creates in music, especially when it crescendo nears.

Miranda Lambert – Platinum Earns No.1 Album on Billboard 200

As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of “Platinum.” The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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That sum is Lambert’s best sales week yet, and the largest for an album from a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. That week, Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000, nine weeks after it debuted at No. 1 with 1.2 million.
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Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.)

Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No. 1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1).

Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed at No. 18 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (No. 6 with 53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (No. 8 with 66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (No. 3 with 133,000).

“Platinum” also easily scores Lambert her fifth straight No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.

The “Frozen” soundtrack rises 4-2 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 (down 11 percent), while Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” slips 2-3 with 48,000 (down 26 percent).

Lambert is one of only two debuts in the top 10. She is joined by 50 Cent’s “Animal Ambition” at No. 4 with 47,000 sold. The album — his first independently distributed release after leaving Interscope Records — marks his sixth top 10 effort. The rapper’s last album, the 2009 Interscope set “Before I Self Destruct,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 with a 160,000 start.

 

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‘Frozen’ Rules With Most Weeks At No. 1 Since Adele’s ’21’

The hit soundtrack spends an eight week atop the Billboard 200; Plus, new releases from Shakira and Johnny Cash round out the top three

As forecast last week, the soundtrack to Disney’s “Frozen” scores an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the longest run atop the list since Adele’s “21” closed out a 24-week run at No. 1 in 2012.

“Frozen” sold another 161,000 copies in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan — down 20 percent compared with the week previous.

Since SoundScan — and its point-of-sale data — began powering the Billboard 200 in 1991, “Frozen” is just the 20th album to spend at least eight weeks at No. 1. In that span of time, “21” has ruled the longest, followed by Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack (with 20 weeks at No. 1) and Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” (with 18).

Adele’s mega-selling “21” (10.9 million and counting) spent its first week at No. 1 on the chart dated March 12, 2011, and its 24th week in the penthouse over a year later, on June 23, 2012.

“Frozen” has now sold 1.8 million copies, with 1.5 million of those sold in 2014. It’s by far the biggest-selling album of this year. The No. 2 seller is Beyonce’s self-titled album, having sold 604,000 in 2014 (out of its 1.9 million total, as it was released in 2013).

At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 is Shakira with her own self-titled set, starting with 84,000 sold. It’s her highest-charting album ever, surpassing the No. 3 peak of 2001’s “Laundry Service.” On the other hand, “Shakira” notches her lowest sales start of all her English-language studio albums. It dips below the bow of 2009’s “She Wolf,” which launched at No. 15 with 89,000 in the thick of the Christmas shopping season.

Johnny Cash is up next, bowing at No. 3 with “Out Among the Stars.” The album — consisting of newly discovered material recorded in the early 1980s — debuts with 54,000 sold, marking his sixth top 10 album. “Out Among the Stars” also enters at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, his first leader since 2006’s “American V: A Hundred Highways” also opened at No. 1.

“Out Among the Stars” is the highest-debuting posthumous release (Cash died in 2003) since Jimi Hendrix’s “People, Hell and Angels” debuted at No. 2 on the chart dated March 23, 2013. It sold 72,000 copies in its first week.