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Month: January 2016

Michael Jackson confirmed to have composed music in secret for Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Though Sonic the Hedgehog fans have long been studying and dissecting the similarities between Michael Jackson’s music and the tunes featured in the 1994 game Sonic the Hedgehog 3; it appears as if all their conspiracy theory dreams may have finally come to fruition.

As it turns out, it’s all true. A new feature by The Huffington Posthas brought to light the real story of the making of Sonic’s soundtrack and the secret contribution made by Michael Jackson himself. Six composers are officially credited on the game, which was developed in a secure location in California’s Silicon Valley: Brad Buxer, Bobby Brooks, Doug Grigsby III, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, and Cirocco Jones.

However, after the Sonic community exploded with rumours of Jackson’s involvement, as well as mounting evidence of the similarity in the music’s melodies, a 2009 article in French magazine Black & White seemed to give first official confirmation of the collaboration. Within its pages, an interview with Brad Buxer stated he had worked with the singer, though he was unsure whether anything had made it into the final game; “I’ve never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept.”

The Huffington Post has now significantly substantiated the story; elaborating that Jackson had, indeed, visited the Sega Technical Institute in early 1993. “He wanted to drop by and say hello,” stated Roger Hector, who headed the development team for Sonic 3. “There was no agenda beyond it other than, he really, really liked the game. He enjoyed playing it a lot and he wanted to meet the people behind it.”

It was during that visit, purportedly, that he was asked to write music for the game. “I was working with Michael on theDangerous album,” Buxer stated, “and he told me he was going to be doing the Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack for Sonic 3. He asked me if I would help him with it.”

The six composers worked for four weeks alongside Jackson, creating an estimated 41 tracks (or cues, as gaming culture names them); Cirocco Jones even recalls receiving late night phonecalls from the singer to discuss ideas and melodies for the game.

Audio was recorded in full for later compression into the game. “We were recording lots of beatboxing. Lots of Michael’s mouth percussion. … He’d be laughing, joking, and that kind of infectious attitude would … make the work not seem like work,” recalled one of the game’s sound engineers, Matt Forger. “Michael understood that this was for a game, he was in a really up mood whenever we’d be working.”

However, between Jackson’s visit to the Sega Institute and the release of the full game on 2 February 1994, the first accusations of child molestation against the star began to surface. Hector claims Jackson was pulled from the game because of the allegations, though several of the composers insist it was due to his own dissatisfaction with the quality of the audio compression. It’s also unclear how much of Jackson’s music actually made it to the final game and how much may have been created by composer Howard Drossin, who was hired after Jackson’s removal. To this day, Sony has only stated on the matter: “We have nothing to comment on the case.”

One thing can be settled, however. The conspiracy theorists were right, with Buxer confirming the melody of the game’s end credits can also be found on Jackson’s single Stranger in Moscow. “These cues are all over the Internet,” he said. “People have accurately matched the songs to the cues.”

Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) @_TriciaMiranda Choreography – Filmed by @TimMilgram

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Choreography by Tricia Miranda
Filmed & Edited by Tim Milgram: http://youtube.com/timmilgram
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft Pharrell Williams

Featuring: Darrion Gallegos, Josh Killacky, Kaycee Rice, China Taylor, Zach Lattimore, Taylor Thomas, Darina Littleton, LaToyna Swaan, Allison Buczkowski, Zach Hudson, Angelo Saunders, Ashanti McIntosh, Bailey Sok, Aidan Prince Xiong

DRAKE REPORTEDLY WORKED AS SONGWRITER FOR DR. DRE, AFTERMATH RECORDS IN 2005

In a new book by John Seabrook, titled The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, a brief story ofDrake‘s time as an alleged songwriter for Dr. Dre and Aftermath Records pops up, and even includes what’s apparently a quote from Drake regarding that time of his career.It was some of the most strenuous militant shit I’ve ever done. But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long,” Drake told Seabrook about his time working with Dr. Dre.

DJ Booth conversed with Seabrook about his book’s revelation, and Drake reportedly referred to that time of his life as when he was “like 19,” meaning roughly 2005, which is when The Song Machine says Drake was paid $10,000 and lived in Oakwood Apartments, a known “rite of passage” of sorts for entertainers in their first Hollywood stint.

This just further validates Lil Wayne‘s claim on Drake’s “Ransom” that “me and both Drizzy both wrote on Detox,” and it’s not really that surprising when you think of it. It’s long been documented that there was a time when Dr. Dre was routinely recruiting the youngest, hottest artists in the game to make sure his oft-delayed Detox album didn’t sound like a dated mess when it was finally released–we now know of course that Dre scrapped that album, opting instead to drop Compton: The Soundtrack, a new album he crafted in more recent years with similarly young, hot artists. Still, it would be at least 3 years until Drake began making a name for himself on a national level, and his infamous mixtape-related Grammy nominations didn’t happen until 2010. Dre clearly knew something a lot of other people didn’t.

Also, it’s pretty fitting that as Apple Music began its quest to dominate the streaming world this past June, who were the two music people they threw boatloads of money at to assist? Dr. Dre, and Drake.

Kendrick Lamar Meets With President Obama Video

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Kendrick Lamar had the chance of a lifetime – to meet with the president of the United States of America.

There is no video of the encounter with President Obama, but Kendrick narrates the moment they met in the oval office.

He explains that he and the president had similar concerns regarding “topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth.”

The video is a part of the My Brother’s Keeper program. Kendrick admitted that he would not have succeeded if he did not have an older mentor in his life and that he now mentors younger kids.

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“Pay It Forward”

Directed by:
Dave Meyers & The Little Homies

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C-Murder – 2 Stainz ft Verse (2 Chainz Diss 2016)

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New Orleans rap legend C-Murder suprised everyone with a snippet of a diss track coming at ATL rapper 2 Chainz, calling the G.O.O.D. Music representative a “ho” and says he is the originator of the “TRU” movement.

On the cover art, C Murder played off of previous 2 Chainz albums. The art now features red ink crossing out the words “Tru,” writing above the crossed out title “Not”. The incarcerated No Limit soldier has it out for the ATL rapper, saying,

“I made this Tru sh*t 2 Chainz, f*ck you n*gga, pu*ssy ass n*gga..”

Ice Cube’s on Jimmy Kimmel Dating Advice for The Bachelor

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Ice Cube talks about filming an appearance on “The Bachelor” with his Ride Along 2 costar Kevin Hart.

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s late-night talk show.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is well known for its huge viral video successes with 2.5 billion views on YouTube alone. Some of Kimmel’s most popular comedy bits include – Mean Tweets, Lie Witness News, Jimmy’s Twerk Fail Prank, Unnecessary Censorship, YouTube Challenge, The Baby Bachelor, Movie: The Movie, Handsome Men’s Club, Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective and music videos like “I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum” and a Blurred Lines parody with Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Jimmy and his security guard Guillermo.

Now in its thirteenth season, Kimmel’s guests have included: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Larry David, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Oprah, and unfortunately Matt Damon.

Event UB40 Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 30th March 2016

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at 7 PM

1st Floor, No. 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Tickets go on sale today and are available for purchase viawww.galactix.asia/UB40LiveInMalaysia and www.ticketpro.com.my(including physical outlets).

UB40 FEATURING ALI CAMPBELL, MICKEY VIRTUE AND ASTRO LIVE IN MALAYSIA
Legendary trio of the reggae band, UB40, is set to perform live on March 30 at KL LIVE

Britain’s greatest reggae band, and one of the world’s most commercially successful bands of all time, UB40, is set to perform live in Malaysia for an exclusive show at KL LIVE on March 30. Organized by The Livescape Group, the one-night-only show is set to attract close to 3,000 fans singing and grooving along to the legendary musicians’ tunes.

The four-time Grammy Award nominees are also one of the world’s bestselling artistes with over 70 million albums sold worldwide, and are known for their unique blend of reggae, pop, dub and ska sound. The band was first formed in 1978 and has had over 50 singles in the UK charts, and also a nomination for the Best British Group at the Brit Award.

UB40’s breakthrough came with their hit single, Red, Red Wine, which topped the British singles chart and reached the number one spot in the US. Other popular songs by the band include I Got You Babe, recorded with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Rat In The Kitchen and Can’t Help Falling In Love, which topped the U.S. pop chart for seven consecutive weeks.

“We are thrilled to have UB40 returning to Malaysia to perform their popular hit songs so fans can look forward to a selection of both their cover and original music as well as songs from their newest album. Tickets to the show are limited as we want to provide audiences with an up-close and personal experience, so I urge fans to purchase them early to avoid disappointment”, Rahul Kukreja, Director of Live Events of The Livescape Group said.

The band’s initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band’s formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell’s departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members; Mickey Virtue, and Astro, have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited. These three founding members are now embarking on a huge world tour, which the fans have been crying out for and Malaysia will be one of their stops for the tour.

“UB40 Live in Malaysia featuring Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro” will take place at KL LIVE on 30 March 2016 at 8.00PM. Limited early bird tickets to the show are priced at RM158 (General) and RM258 (VIP). Normal priced tickets to the show will be priced at RM188 for general tickets and RM288 for VIP.

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