‘made In America’ On Showtime: 5 Reasons To Watch Jay Z’s Music Festival Documentary By Ron Howard
EDT October 11, 2013 Prince fans, breakfast is served. Prince performs in concert in Cincinnati in 1985. (Photo: ROB BURNS, ASSOCIATED PRESS) SHARE 88 CONNECT 24 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE There’s no sign of Dave Chappelle, but there’s a Chipmunk (unclear which one), pancakes and a slew of dancers dressed in black a la Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer’s version) in Prince’s Breakfast Can Wait video. There’s no sign of Prince, either. Chappelle dressed up like him for the satrical lyric video. Who knew Prince had a sense of humor? The official one, out on Vevo now, stars the director of the video, 18-year old Danielle Curiel, plays a decidedly sexier version of the purple superstar. Who is she? Prince’s new protege, it seems. He gave her artistic freedom of the video when he read her proposal for it. About halfway through the video, one of the Chipmunks chimes in.
Music graduates are more employable than you might think
Few degrees require knowledge of customer awareness, or interaction with the public, for example. James Lister studied music at the University of Nottingham but is now an associate with legal firm Charles Russell. His degree “taught a whole load of things you can’t find elsewhere”, such as public speaking and self-expression. He says that these skills, in addition to the “highly analytical aspects of a music degree”, which enable graduates to read, digest and form an opinion on a huge amount of information, greatly aided his transition into law. The employability of music graduates appears to be in for a further boost. In addition to covering the traditional elements of a music degree (composition, performance, theory, history and so on), new modules that are focused specifically on employability are set to be introduced. “Students don’t want to leave their future to chance anymore,” says Adlington, adding that employability is “part of our core model”. Equally promising prospects can be achieved with less traditional, more hands-on degrees. The SAE Institute (previously known as the School of Audio Engineering) offers music courses that emphasise production values and teach students to a professional standard. Jordan O’Shea, who graduated from SAE with a first in audio production, says the institute fast-tracked his career, allowing him to go it alone. He says: “Without SAE, I wouldn’t have been able to record my own album.
“I had a bunch of failure,” Jay Z says when asked if he’d experienced any failure in his now-super successful career. “I didn’t get signed. My failure was no one would sign me. I gave my demo out to every single record label, and I didn’t get signed by one of them.” Can you imagine? And Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder shares some words of wisdom, weighing in on the state of the world today: “There’s so many issues to talk about, and it’s so detailed and so complex that it almost shuts you down. The banking, environmental issues, the power of corporations and the amount of lobbyists … people feel like they’re losing their voice, and the truth is they have every right to feel that way. People are just trying to work their jobs, raise their families, discipline their kids, have a good life … politics has just become like bad weather, and they deserve clear skies. They’re Americans. They’re in what could be a truly, truly great country — and it is — but it’s not meeting its potential.” 5. This woman. This Philadelphia resident and neighbor of the concert venue might’ve been the one person against the event, calling it “annoying” because of the “bang bang” music.
Music Review: Pusha T raps strong, while production is patchy on debut, ‘My Name Is My Name’
Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Rapping about slinging drugs is hardly a new topic, and some would say its a tired one. But Pusha Ts storytelling, imagery, and superb rap skills make it worth hearing from his vantage point. Unfortunately, Pusha Ts lyrical brilliance gets dragged down by the extraneous elements of the My Name is My Name. The 12-track album features appearances from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Future, Young Jeezy and Kelly Rowland, but suffers from unimpressive production. Kanye West and Swizz Beatz fail to pull the life out of Browns voice on the mediocre track, Sweet Serenade. S.N.I.T.C.H. is a compelling story about a friend looking to rat on someone, hoping to be freed from jail, but the music on the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesnt hold up. There are some bright spots. On Nosetalgia, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar take turns recounting life before stardom, while the impressive Ross-assisted Hold On, features West harmonizing. Who I Am with 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and the Pharrell-produced Suicide featuring Ab-Liva are also enjoyable listens. In all, Pusha T puts on a strong performance. But the patchy production is what prevents My Name from being considered as one of the top hip-hop albums of the year. ___ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.