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Oscars are less
than 30 days away. The nine best picture nominees
are "War Horse," "The Tree of Life," "Midnight
in Paris," "The Help," "Hugo," and "Extremely
Loud & Incredibly Close." On the acting side, George Clooney,
Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Viola Davis were among the performers
receiving nominations, while "The Descendants" and "Moneyball"
also scored best picture nods as the 84th Academy Awards nominees
were announced in Beverly Hills. One of the most intriguing races
to watch on Oscar night will be between the veteran Scorsese, who
won the Oscar for best director five years ago for "The Departed,"
and the Hollywood newcomer, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius
of "The Artist." Our favorite category is music scores.
The Chemical Brothers -- Hanna
Steven Price and the Basement Jaxx --Attack
Cliff Martinez -- Contagion
John Williams (he has won five Oscars out of 45 nominations) --
Horse and The
Adventures of Tintin
Alexandre Desplat and Dario Marianelli -- Jane Eyre (he once won
for Atonement and also was nominated for Pride and Prejudice). Howard
Alexandre Desplat --Extremely
Loud and Incredibly Close
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross -- The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Mychael Danna -- Moneyball
Alberto Iglesias --Tinker,
Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Ludovic Bource -- The
Artist (music serving in place of dialogue in a silent film)
Celebrating Grammy Nominated Artists At Vitello's
Clare Fischer Big Band, January 16, 2012
Big Band at Vitello's on Jan 16, 2012; Music Director, Brent Fischer
with Leonard Maltin
The Grammy celebration
concert with the Clare
Big Band took place this month at Vitello's in Studio City on January
16. Audiences came from Brazil and Germany to hear the Big Band,
among them, world-renown film critic, Leonard Maltin. The band played
from Pictures At An Exhibition, recorded in 2004, all with
Brent Fischer arrangements. "I feel...Clare and Brent Fischer's
version is "Pictures in the Future...The authority, beauty
and diversity of each individual picture is captivating from the
first to the last minute," said Jorg Achim Keller, producer
and leader of HR big band, in the liner notes.
The 18-peace Clare Fischer big band also played tracks from the
Fischer catalogue and from Continuum, this year's Grammy nominated
album. The Fischers have created musical magic arranging and orchestrating
for other artists to include: Prince, Michael Jackson, Raphael Saadiq,
Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Usher and Brandy. Brent directs
the Clare Fischer bands featuring some of LA's best players: Andy
Martin, Carl Saunders, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Scott Whitfield,
and Steve Huffsteter, among them. The news of Clare Fischer's passing
came on January 26. "A beautiful ending to a beautiful life.
The music will continue, "said Brent Fischer.
A Tribute to DR Clare Fischer below.
Technology, Entertainment, and Design
Featuring Organist Cameron Carpenter February 27-March 2,
2012, Long Beach, California
Why do we chase happiness? How repetition creates beauty? TED is
a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It began in 1984 with
the purpose of bringing together people from three worlds: Technology,
Entertainment, and Design. There are TED conferences, TEDTalks,
the Open Translation Project and even the annual TED Prize.
Carpenter, looks more like a rock star than a church organist.
Hailed by Dallas Morning News as “the most controversial organist
alive,” he is among the distinguished roster of presenters that
will make TED2012 a summit of the great thinkers and revolutionaries
of the world. Carpenter joins conductor Michael
Tilson Thomas and banjoist Abigail
Washburn, energy theorist
T. Boone Pickens, choreographer Twyla Tharp and other leading
intellectuals at the annual conference in Long Beach, California
February 27-March 2. Cameron was a child prodigy who performed Bach's
complete Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before touring as a boy
soprano with the American Boychoir for two years. He graduated from
The Juilliard School in 2006 and lives in Berlin. Known as "The
Bad Boy" of organ music, he is the first solo organist in history
to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
TED will temporarily install a major digital organ courtesy of Rogers
Organs, modified to Cameron's specifications, in the Long Beach
Performing Arts Center for his use during the conference.
Worlds For Christoff Bull
Christoff Bull at Disney Hall, First & Grand:
The first album recorded by Bull on the Gehry designed one-of-a-kind
pipe organ; Lady Gaga plays the Sydney Town Hall's pipe
organ during her concert on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Closer to home, in Los Angeles, California, Chrsitoff Bull juggles
two music worlds. Church organist and Professor by day and pop singer
and composer by night. Bull has a growing fan base and performs
in venues ranging from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Whisky a
Go Go and the Viper Room. He has performed with musicians as diverse
as Cindy Lauper, Nishat Khan (sitar) and George Clinton & Parliament
Funkadelic. As a cross over artist-- accomplished organist, teacher
and singer/songwriter, Christoff enjoys both disciplines equally.
"I get inspired by the complexity and high intelligence of
Bach's music and also by the visceral power of a George Clinton
beat. In my work, both genres influence each other: I take some
of my classical craft to my pop arrangements and I take the attitude
of rock music to my classical playing."
A native of Germany,
Christoff Bull began improvising on the piano at the early age
of five, but soon began the regiment training traditionally affiliated
with classical music. He attended school at Freiburg Conservatory.
Bull decided to come to the United States, where he attended the
Berklee College of Music. There, he was able to explore other aspects
of music including jazz, rock, and recording. After graduating,
Bull moved to Los Angeles and put on eclectic organ concerts under
the name Organica, playing everything from classical pieces to rock
n roll. A guy like Liszt or Bach or Mozart
they really were the rock stars of their time, he says. Mr
Bull has been organ professor at UCLA since 2002 and credits the
first album recorded on the Gehry designed one-of-a-kind pipe organ
at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The album title appropiately takes
its name from the marked occasion and the Hall's location, First
& Grand. The beautiful artwork and a 24-page booklet chronicles
the recording of the 11 tracks (5-8 minutes each) that include classical
standards like Beethoven-Improvisation and Adagio For
Strings, op. 11 with few surprises here and there like When
You Wish Upon A Star and A minor Trance. Now available at: Cdbaby
In Our Corner DR Christoff Bull And The Greatest of All Time
ALI. More recently Christoff Bull wrote a song tribute to the
boxing champion, Muhammad Ali who is celebrating his 70 years on
the planet. "Ali," is written and performed by the keyboardist-singer
and inspired by the iconic boxer's accomplishments in and out of
the ring. Christoph describes the arrangement as "Beatlesque
R&B". The track also features Ali in his own words - described
by many, as the first rapper. He completed the most recent arrangement
of "Ali" in 2010 and asked Grammy-winner, Rafa
Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz) to mix his
song. "I've met a lot of people who believe in good enough.
I don't and Rafa doesn't either."
According to Bull, Ali himself loves the song. "...Especially
hearing his own voice and my accordion playing. He made me feel
very welcomed by pretending to box with me," says Bull who
met Ali's photographer Howard Bingham through musician friends --singer
Angela Carol Brown and percussionist Richard Martinez. Howard loved
the song and made the introduction. "An introduction to who?"
"Ali!" The next time the boxing icon was in town, Howard
Bingham invited me up to Ali's suite at the Hilton. Howard whipped
out his camera and took these pictures," says Christoff. The
story goes that Christoff would get up in the middle of the night
as a little boy to watch Ali reclaim his title from Leon Spinks
(1978). "I was first fascinated by Ali as an athlete. His movements
were similar to a musician or a dancer; he was an artist-athlete.
Of course, there was his creativity in promoting fights, including
the use of poetry. I also read about his political courage, his
willingness to lose his livelihood in order to speak out against
an immoral war abroad and for civil rights at home," says Christoff.
Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday will take place at MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, February 18. Exceptional
dining by chefs Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang
Puck with spirits & wine pairings by master sommeliers. Exclusive
auctions and a larger-than-life concert all to benefit Ali's fight
against memory, movement and brain disorders.
We asked if there are any pop stars that Christoff would enjoy working
with. "I saw a picture of Lady Gaga playing a pipe organ in
Sydney, Australia. I could see her working with me - a pipe organist
who digs pop and rock," says Bull.
New TV Show To Seek World's Greatest DJs
SYCO Entertainment has partnered with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will
Entertainment on the launch of a live, new international TV
format to find the worlds greatest DJs. This new format has
already been developed and will be CO-produced by SYCO and OVERBROOK.
The show will capture the incredible rise of the DJ phenomena. It
has been in development for over a year and SYCO, OE and Sony Pictures
Television will soon announce their broadcast partners in both the
US and the UK. In related news, the Queen is heading back to daytime.
Overbrook Entertainment and Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit announced
Monday that they will be partnering with Sony Pictures Television
to produce a new sydicated talk show for 2013 with Latifah serving
And The Art of Producing Masters at NAMM
An Engineer/Producer Forum at NAMM, Hot Zone, Anaheim, CA
Kaufman - Kaufman & Associates Award-winning studio designer
Penny (Elton John, KD Lang) , Claris Dodge
of studioexrpesso, Curt
Bisquera, (Sarah Mclachlan, Elton John), Rafa
Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz), Peter
Schwartz (Mattel, David Bowie, Enya), Brad
Lunde - Trans Audio Group, Representing Choice Audio Gear
presented "Art of Creating Masters," an Engineer/Producer
Forum and master class on arranging by Brent Fischer (Usher, Raphael
Saadiq, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau). The panel featured five of
the world's top studio engineers, producers, and musicians discussing
the latest tips, techniques, and issues affecting the world of studio
recording and production. Hosted by studioexpresso's Claris Dodge,
the forum brought together the technical brains behind artists like
Lady Gaga, Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.
Ruhttp://www.twylatharp.org/bio.shtmlben Valtierra of "Weird
Al" Yankovic with Brent Fischer, Trans Audio Group booth, Al
& Paula Salvatore of Capitol
Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz) Greg
Penny (Elton John, KD Lang) Curt
Bisquera, (Sarah Mclachlan, Elton John) Peter
Schwartz (Mattel, David Bowie, Enya) which followed a MASTER
CLASS on arranging & Orchestrating Timeless Masters with Brent
Fischer (Usher, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau). Brent presented
on Arranging Commercial Music -- How to Differentiate Your Sound
Panel BIOS, please visit:
studioexrpesso Presents at Hot Zone Namm 2012
A high-end audio system of ATC speakers was used to playback recordings
by the panelists coutesy of Trans Audio Group.
Steve Vai receives Les Paul Award
from Les Paul's son Russ Paul and celebrated rock bassist Billy
Sheehan at the 27th Annual Tec Awards during NAMM; Congratulated
by friends l-r: Claris Dodge, Vai, Rafa Sardina, Brent Fischer
For those of you who attended Tec Awards, Steve Vai's performance
w/ Billy Sheehan ended the show on a high note! Steve
Vai received the prestigious Les Paul Award CO-presented by
Les Paul's son Russ Paul and celebrated rock bassist Billy Sheehan
at the gala, CO-presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in
Audio and NAMM, held on January 20th at the Hilton Anaheim as a
special event of the 2012 NAMM Show. Since launching his solo career
in the early '80s Vai has ascended to the ranks of rock's "guitar
heroes," having become a concert sensation while earning three
Grammy Awards and being nominated for more than a dozen. Vai performed
with an all-star lineup at the TEC Awards ceremony, backed by the
2Cold Chili Bone TEC Band. Vai has received honorary doctorates
from Berklee College of Music and Musician's Institute, and founded
studios and Favored
Nations, a record label for musicians, who in Vais words,
have attained the highest performance level on their chosen
instruments. He has also served as a Trustee for the Recording
Academy, is on the board of Hollywood Arts, and works closely with
his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education.
Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, songwriter and producer
Vai who has sold over 15 million albums is simply a Guitar God in
top form. He brought the house down with his brilliant performance
following a graceful and eloquent acceptance speech. Vai quoted
Frank Zappa as his major inspiration. "Two things. Don't stop.
l-r: David Schwartz and Hillel Resner of Tec Awards;
Presenters Al Schmitt with Jeff Baxter and Eddie
Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards winners
included: The sound engineers, editors, producers and other audio
professionals behind Robert Plants Band of Joy, Adeles
21, Roger Waters The Wall Live Tour, Inception
and NBCs Saturday Night Live. The show was hosted by Late
Show veteran Will Lee, and featured musical performances by Steve
Vai, Lee, the 2 Cold ChiliBone TEC Band, Billy Sheehan, Orianthi,
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, CJ Vanston, scratcher DJ HAPA, among
Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience"
will join Television personality and entrepreneur Sharon Osbourne
as CO-hosts at this year's GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation
Project - will explore the history and evolution of live concert
performances and celebrate the various and invaluable contributions
of those events, the key players behind them, and their influence
on the American cultural landscape. Rock icon and philanthropist
Bret Michaels will perform as the closing act. Additional performers
include GRAMMY® winners Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Shelby Lynne,and
Mavis Staples; current GRAMMY nominees Dave Koz and Ledisi;and the
Colburn Orchestra,A Fine Frenzy,winner of the Queen Extravaganza
contest Marc Martel, finalist on season one of NBC's "The Voice"
Beverly McClellan, and Tyrese. The evening's musical director will
be Darrell Brown. "One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live
Music Experience"promotes the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of
recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations
can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of
those contributions. General admission tickets are $25 per person.
For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org
or http://flavorus.com/grammyfoundationonenightonly,or contact
For the fourth
consecutive year, Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will
present the annual Pre-GRAMMY®Gala on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012,
at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before
the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®(www.grammy.com). Sponsored by
Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide,
this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical
performances. "This year we are thrilled to honor extraordinary
entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, whose contributions to the music
industry began with a record store in London and grew into a global
empire. His iconic Virgin brand is synonymous with excellence and
continues to draw consumers on numerous platforms from around the
world," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
The Pre-GRAMMY Gala is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events,
culminating with Music's Biggest Night. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround
sound on CBS from 811:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Two-time
GRAMMY® winner LL COOL J is set to host (For all nominees click
Ron Ruthlege. He is the new Operations Manager at CenterStaging,
LAs premier rehearsal and backline facility, specializing
in production and technical support for television and live performances.
10 state-of-the-art rehearsal studios, a brand new dance-specific
studio complete with mirror wall, playback, and Harlequin Liberty
sprung wood floors. Other CenterStaging services include an extensive
range of backline, an instrument repair center, storage lockers,
cartage services, and onsite cafe & catering facility. RSVP
to attend the Industry Insider Party on
expresso-- Ask Claris
Now and then we'll feature a letter or feedback
and or print your Wants/Needs. Our goal remains to empower and encourage
you to connect. Send it here firstname.lastname@example.org
When possible, provide a link to your music or gear...When you're
interested to have a producer or mixer involved, specify number
of songs, budget and desired delivery date. Meantime, visit production
talent at studioexpresso to find the right production partner
Monks of Mellonwah are a QUARTET, hailing from suburban Sydney
with lead vocalist Will Maher, guitarist Joe de la Hoyde, bass player
John de la Hoyde, and backing vocalist and drummer Josh Baissari.
They are nominated for 2 awards - Best Rock and Best Indie Rock
Band at the All Indie Music Awards in Los Angeles - Feb10, 2012.
You can check their sounds:
Retro inspired Rock
Benardout is a special singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles,
California. Born in London, he is related to the composer Irving
Berlin and heavily influenced by the UK music scene. Noah has been
performing since the age of six. He is a Fender endorsed artist
for Guild guitars and working with the The Fender Music Foundation
for the promotion of music education. Few factoids: The Agency Group
is looking after his touring schedule: He performed at NAMM on January
21st, The Whisky in Los Angeles (2/4) as well as SXSW in Austin.
He's has worked with industry vets Tim Pierce and Kenny Aronoff!
Listen to his song Haley
Profile:Warner Bros. Records' Liv Tortella
by Larry LeBlanc (Courtesy of CelebrityAccess MediaWire)
Tortella has been the chief operating officer, and CO-president
of Warner Bros. Records Inc. since Sept. 14, 2010.It was at that
time Warner Music Group configured a new senior management team
for the Warner Bros. Records label group that consists of the Warner
Bros., Asylum, Nonesuch, Reprise, and Sire labels.As well as Tortella,
this senior management team includes Rob Cavallo as chairman; and
Todd Moscowitz as CO-president and CEO, all three report to Lyor
Cohen. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Tortella was Atlantic Records
executive VP/GM in New York. She joined Atlantic in 2004. In addition
to focusing on artist development, Tortella played a pivotal role
in molding the labels direction by overseeing business and
digital product development there, including bolstering a direct-to-consumer
strategy for merchandise and fan clubs. At Atlantic Records, Tortella
was instrumental in developing the careers of Paramore, Death Cab
For Cutie, Rob Thomas, Shinedown, 3OH!3, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo, and
the Zac Brown Band. In addition, she championed the launch of several
indie labels, including Alexandra Patsavas' Chop Shop Records which
has released the best-selling Twilight soundtrack franchise.
Canadian-born Tortella began her music career at PolyGram Inc. in
Montreal and then Toronto, working in publicity, A&R, and as
a product manager for such labels as Island, Def Jam, Mercury, London,
and Beggars Banquet Music Group. Afterwards, Tortella spent five
years at the Island Def Jam Music Group in New York, as a product
manager, and as a senior marketing director. During her freshman
year at Warner Bros. Records, Tortella has been closely involved
in projects by Michael Bublé, Wale, the Black Keys, Outasight,
Theophilus London, and Gary Clark Jr.
Other new artists Ms Tortella is excited about: Birdy (born Jasmine
van den Bogaerde) from the U.K.and Kimbra. In an interview with
Celebrity Access, Ms Tortella who works closely with Stephen Bryan
(promoted as executive VP of digital strategy and business development
for recorded music at Warner Music Group in Sept. 2011) claims radio
still being important to break an artist and she favors direct digital
marketing to fans to the pricy TV advertising. She notes the value
of TV and film licensing, as being a large part of their revenue."
Definitely a big part of the Black Keys. We pay attention also to
nontraditional retail. Warner Bros. is like #1 in nontraditional
retail, largely because we have an adult-leaning roster that appeals
to those types of places. We look at non-trad a lot when we look
at our marketing plans. Starbucks is really an important part of
that for us." Read the full interview here
1.25.38 -- 1.20.12
Etta James was
born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles to a teen mother and unknown
father. Her assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The
Wallflower," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the
wedding favorite "At Last."
Known as "Miss Peaches," James overcame a heroin addiction,
opened for the Rolling Stones, won six Grammys and was voted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Adele joins the likes of Lady Gaga
Jessie J and Beyonce who have paid their own tributes to the singer."If
you were to look up the word 'singer' in the dictionary, you'd see
her name," Adele said in an interview. The legendary singer
died at 73 Friday of complications of leukemia with her husband,
Artis Mills, and sons Donto and Sametto James by her side. The funeral
at 10 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Al Sharpton presiding will take place
at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena
"is private for immediate family and friends," according
to spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger. A public viewing is set for Friday
evening at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California. It'll
take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the mortuary's Manchester Chapel.
has requested donations be sent to The
Rhythm & Blues Foundation. We join the friends and family
of Etta James in mourning her death and celebrating her life and
contributions. The heavenly choir has added an agel's voice. Life
is like a song... and we're in heaven
A mainstay of
the American music scene for more than 60 years
Grammy-winner composer, arranger, pianist, Douglas Clare
Fischer Died on Thursday, January 26 at Providence Saint
Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was 83. Wife, Donna,
son Brent, daughter Tahlia and close family and friends were by
service for Dr. Clare Fischer is open to the public and will be
Saturday, February 4, 11 am
at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills (across from Burbank Studios).
Please visit www.ClareFischer.com
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund
The Clare Fischer Family Trust (Memorial Fund)
Supporting the mission to document and record all written works
for education and archival purposes.
PO Box 1563 Studio City, CA 916149
This week the
media world (LA Times, AP, UPI, BBC, Hoffington Post and over 200
news outlets) covered DR Fischer's legacy as an accomplished composer.
The prolific musician recorded 51 albums with 11 Grammy nominations
and two wins.
Though the coverage must focus on Clare's musical gifts, our thoughts
are with the loving family, behind the great artist.
love of life, wife, Donna. Their story unfolds like a fairy-tale.
"As a young man, most mothers rejected me as a potential husband
for their daughter, purely because of misconceptions about me. They
thought of me only as a jazz musician, not as an educated composer.
Which always put me in a bind, because their image was limited,"
Clare said in an interview
The young couple parted soon after they met in high school (where
they played together in bands) and didn't see one another again
for 43 years. At a high school reunion they met once more and were
together until Clare's passing on January 26, 2012. "Mother
was wrong!" he said.
(Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Usher) decided to follow Dad's footsteps
as a teen. Inspired by Clare's music, Brent chose to stay with his
father after his parents separated. Brent who has worked professionally
in the music industry since age 16, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree
In Symphonic Percussion. As Clare grew in years, Brent became his
ears, his hands, his musical mind...transcribing, writing, arranging,
directing the Clare Fischer bands and producing albums," as
Dad would want it."
DR Fischer was proud knowing that his son will keep it going. "Having
absorbed my style over the decades, Brent is uniquely qualified
to direct these recordings, in some cases finishing works for me..."
Clare said referring to this year's Grammy nominated album, Continuum,
produced an directed by Brent whose credits on the album also include
arranging and composing "Step Up."
The Fischers are best known for their work for Prince, Michael Jackson,
Raphael Saadiq, Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Usher and Brandy.
True love and
great music live. Immortal beloved, DR Fischer, is remembered and
celebrated by many. But, for his family, a vast emptiness now to
be filled each day with fond memories and beautiful music!
"A beautiful ending to a beautiful life. The music will continue,"
DR Fischer celebrated his 19th anniversary with Donna on his side
at the hospital on Jan 17th.
Clare Fischer is survived by wife Donna, sons Lee and Brent, daughter
Tahlia, older brother Stewart, nephews Andre, Eric, George, Michael,
Clare and Matt; grandchildren Ereston, Alexis, and Logan.
Leave your thoughts at CF
Clare Fischer Music -- 2001 Special NPR In-The-Studio Interview
so mechanical an operation here in Washington that it doesn't have
much identity where these people are concerned."
--J.F. Kennedy (speaking about the disconnect between the
political machine and voters).
Released Last of His Secret Tapes this week - over 260 hours of
recordings of meetings and conversations Kennedy privately made
before his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963
Obama Sing 'Let's Stay Together -- Apollo Theatre, New York,
January 19, 2012
Here is an outside-the-box sales technique: Get President Barack
Obama to slip in a couple lines of your song during one of his speeches.
Last week, Obama delivered several lines from Al Green's classic
'Let's Stay Together' at a fundraising event in Harlem, and the
song has now enjoyed a 490 percent sales increase after the video
of the President/crooner went viral. According to Nielsen Soundscan
(via Billboard), Green's 1972 classic sold 16,000 digital downloads
in the week ending January 22.
have to make hits to survive, you are going to be out of business.
--Lyor Cohen, Warner Music Group
l-r: 1972 and
2012 High Definition Image
of Earth: Courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center
Blue Marble High Def...It's Earth like you've never
seen it before. NASA last week released what it dubbed the "most
amazing high definition picture of the planet ever taken.The
photo on the left is
the famous Blue Marble image of Earth shot in 1972,
which captured Earth from Apollo 17.
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