While two members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot await their parole hearings in one of Russia's most cruel and infamous penal colonies, celebrities have once again joined together in hopes of freeing them from their "harsh sentences."
Amnesty International has just sent a letter to the Russian authorities, which was signed by over 100 stars, urging the release and fair treatment of the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot. These members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, have remained behind bars for over a year with serious constrictions to their rights. Although world-wide support has been strong since their initial arrest in 2012, only the third imprisoned member of Pussy Riot, Ekaterina Samutsevich, has been released due to her rights as a single mother. Recently, Maria and Nadezhda were denied the right to attend their parole hearings.
International superstar Tiesto is taking his world travels to heart. He released the second volume of his location based mix album series this week, and this time, it's based on:
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, Miami, uh, uh
South beach, bringin' the heat, uh
Ha, ha, can y'all feel that, can y'all feel that?
Jig it out, uh."
Yup, that's right. As introduced so eloquently by Mr. Smith, Tiesto has the Miami fever and he's made a brand new mix commemorating one of his favorite cities. Featuring a bunch of his own productions as well as tracks by Coldplay, Afrojack and Wolfgang Gartner, this mix is said to encapsulate the all out party of Miami Beach. In his own words:
Drake - "Over My Dead Body"
Hate him or love him, the former Degrassi star has risen to the top of hip-hop's mainstream mountain, and he's not afraid to boast the success he earned with his 2010 breakout album Thank Me Later. "Over My Dead Body," the crawling intro track to his new sophomore release Take Care, is a self-aware bridge between Drake 2k10 and his 2011 iteration, as the Canadian MC confidently spits "And I be hearing the shit you say through the grapevine/ But jealousy is just love and hate at the same time/ It’s been that way from the beginning/ I just been playing, I aint even notice I was winning." By the sounds of Take Care, there are plenty more victories to come for the superstar.
On October 26th, Dutch DJ and producer Fedde le Grand will be the featured guest artist at Coldplay’s American Express Unstaged concert. The event will take place at the Plaza del Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid and will be live-streamed across the globe to millions of viewers via YouTube and VEVO. Fedde le Grand collaborated with Coldplay for the remix of their single 'Paradise.' The track went on to become the #1 download on Beatport and marked Fedde's fifth #1 hit this year. Le Grand couldn't be more thrilled. “I think this is the first time Coldplay has asked a DJ to join them for the support. It is a huge honor. But at the same time it feels like a logical next step. In my music I am always looking for exciting new connections. Different elements that come together and create something new. I feel you can hear that in the remix I did for Coldplay's "Paradise" as well." said Le Grand.
Coldplay appeared on Late Night with David Letterman earlier this week to perform their new single, "Paradise." Typical to their performances, Chris Martin and company executed the track perfectly, preserving the catchy sense of weightlessness that makes the song so memorable.
"Paradise" will be featured on the quartet's upcoming full-length Mylo Xyloto, which is slated to hit stores on October 24th. Judging by this track, as well as previously released singles like "Major Minus," the consistently creative Coldplay might just have another Grammy-winning gem of an album on their hands.
You can check out the band's performance of "Paradise" below. Are you excited for new Coldplay tunes?
Coldplay's new single "Paradise" debuted on BBC Radio (and subsequently, every music blog ever) today, providing fans with their first taste of new music from the quartet since 2006. The track's airy, string-filled opening brings their hit "Viva la Vida" to mind, just before the drums, piano, and Chris Martin's signature voice all kick in with an air of familiar comfort. The slow, soothing "Paradise" is a pop song more than worthy of its title.
Along with the new track, Coldplay revealed the pre-order information for their upcoming full length Mylo Xyloto, which hits stores October 24th.
You can check out "Paradise" below. What do you think?
Lollapalooza is a celebration of many genres and tastes in music and this year’s festival did not disappoint. Here were some of Joonbug’s favorites:
Ok Go put on an incredible show, full of smolder, swagger and plenty of good humor. The four band members dressed head to toe in either red, blue, green or yellow suits; played a song with sublime intensity on the hand bells, indulged the audience with old favorites and introduced new tunes. A favorite moment included lead singer Damian singing from the middle of the crowd a heart-string tugging acoustic gem. Tongue-in-cheek, honest and power-packed, Ok Go was the delight of the afternoon. Tinie Tempah graced the stage just before OK Go, delivering a set that bubbled with effervescent energy. The beats were crisp, fun and instantly catchy. He is one to watch.
The time is nearly upon us. The sold-out Lollapalooza roars into town on August 5th-7th, bringing with it a weekend of scorching hot food, music and entertainment. The Woodstock reincarnate celebrates its 20th summer and the line-up is as jam-packed as ever. Set in the very heart of the city, Lollapalooza is synonymous with summer in Chicago. With nearly 200,000 in attendance and over 130 bands to choose from performing on stages sprawling throughout Grant Park, planning ahead for Lolla can be a daunting task. Not to mention planning a visit to the Graham Elliot-curated Chow Town, promising trendy and tasty Chicago dining (a slice of Lou Malnati’s between sets, perhaps?)
So what to do? A little research goes a long way to get the most out of this gigantic festival. Waltz in to Grant Park knowing who to see, leaving room for pleasant surprises along the way. Creating a custom schedule is easy on Lollapalooza’s website (www.lollapalooza.com), so is downloading smart phone apps for navigation of all things Lolla.
Be sure to check out a map of the festival and all of the diverse offerings in store, including between-set entertainment lounges scattered across the Park, Kidzapalooza and the Green Street market. If this is the first visit to Lolla or the 20th, be sure to enjoy yourself, see as many great sets as possible, stay cool, grab a bite and go a little crazy. From August 5-August 7, it’s Chicago’s time to shine at this incredible event.
The bracelet or tickets have been delivered. The only thing left to do is wait.
For the full line up, go to www.lollapalooza.com. Headliners include: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Muse, Coldplay, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle and more.
Lollapalooza:: August 5-7, Chicago, IL
This year marks Lollapalooza’s 20th anniversary on August 5-7 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This music festival will be the granddaddy of all festivals this summer and the most extravagant birthday celebration to date. To help commemorate this phenomenal affair, acts such as Coldplay, Eminem, Damian Marley & Nas, The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and Deadmau5 top the Lolla lineup. Other top-tier artists include the Cars, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Collie Buddz, Deftones, and Pretty Lights. With over 130 performers, this is one birthday you won’t want to miss. Check out the full lineup here.
Glastonbury will take a layoff in 2012, so this year’s festival is pulling out all the stops.
For a few weeks Beyonce was rumored to be the main headliner for the festival. Glastonbury has revealed this rumor to be correct, and also announced Coldplay as another headliner.
Beyonce is a world renowned superstar and will be the festival's first female headliner. Beyonce's husband Jay-Z performed at Glastonbury in 2008. Emily Eavis booked Coldplay and has been citied calling Coldplay one of the great Glastonbury bands. Eavis booked Beyonce, not just because of her star power, but also a way to keep the festival as diverse as possible.