Yesterday afternoon, pop superstar and American Idol winner Kris Allen came to Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles to kick off Starburst's Music With The Masters Series; which benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The first of three events held in various cities over the coming months included Allen performing his hit single "Live Like We're Dying" with the school band and walking them on a tour through his musical history.
The presentation also featured Allen covering some of his favorite songs throughout time (including Coolio's "Gangstas Paradise" and to "keep the crowds interested," "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears). He capped the presentation by performing his new hit "The Vision of Love." To top off the event, in conjunction with Starburst, he donated the piano used in both music video and his performance to the school. Overall, the event served as a great kick off to the series in conjunction with which Starburst is donated $250k to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
In an age of instant consumerism, physical CDs have largely fallen victim to the prevalence of digital music, whether it’s downloaded legally or not. However, streaming music right from the internet has become just as popular as downloading, with more and more websites giving listeners shelves worth of records to listen to after just a single click. Why endure the painstaking 30-second wait for the new Justin Bieber single to arrive in your iTunes library when you can hear it right off of YouTube?
Leading the pack of free streaming sources is Pandora, a personalized radio station that adapts to your tastes. Love Radiohead? Get ready to hear their most popular songs, complemented by the music of dozens of like-minded artists. Available on the web and mobile devices, it’s become a staple at parties and offices alike (Don’t tell anyone, but I’m jamming Say Anything radio as I type). Other sites such as Last.fm and Jango work similarly, but Pandora is a household name when it comes to free music. It’s a better time than ever to let Pandora DJ your next get together or workday, as the company just removed the 40-hour free listening limit, giving you tons of quality music in exchange for a few not-too-pesky audio ads.
2009 is building up to be a big year for Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known to the world by the moniker 'Coolio' although not exactly for the right reasons. This is the second time that the over the hill rapper is rearing his head on our website this week, a pretty big accomplishment for somebody who I thought was going to soon be consigned to mentions on VH1 'I Love the 90s Reruns.'
The last time we were talking about him, was miserably failing stage dives and than getting stomped out for his sneakers in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Concert attendees "grabbed everything they could, including his trainers, watch, chain, and glasses."