American Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Opening

Just before Christmas, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, more than 100 American Ballet Theatre supporters are there a "family friendly" pre-show gala on opening night of the company’s new production of "The Nutcracker." Notable guests included David Koch, Blaine Trump, Ana Gasteyer and Veronica Webb.

Many carried their children, who were well-dressed and well – behaved. They queued for a photo-op against a fake snowed-in forest with the production’s adorable scene-stealer, the three-foot tall, skinny-limbed, pot-bellied mouse, played by 10-year old Raju Sawak.

No child complained of hunger, thanks to two food stations. One featured Russian-themed snacks like blinis, pierogies and chicken soup. The other: fudge, cheesecake popsicles, wrapped chocolates, and donuts. The actress Mary-Louise Parker stacked a dozen treats on a plate and brought them to her mother sitting on a nearby couch. "I mean, who doesn’t like candy?" she asked. The actress had taken dance classes from the age of 4 to 17, but, she said, "I was not very good." She makes the Nutcracker an annual tradition for her two children, who were off coloring marionette.

With New York City Ballet running its own Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, who better to sift through the dissimilarities between productions than 10-year-old Sara Rose Shannon, who last year performed with NYCB and now appears in one of the irregular casts at BAM. "This one’s a little more modern," she said.

"Did she tell you she’s understudy for the mouse?" asked her mother, Jennifer. "And that little mouse has a very big role." When Sara Rose was then asked if she’d ever daydream about debilitating the dancer whose role she understudied, she very sweetly and firmly said no. Apparently, she hadn’t seen "Black Swan."

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Energy Sistem has exposed its newest music player

The moveable MP4 player tourist attractions the integration of the T-HDP/M-EX technologies that enable users to benefit from high quality music throughout its neodymium earphones.

The features of the media player consist of a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT toushcreen, integrated speaker, FM tuner with presets and shortest recording option, digital voice tape with built-in microphone, 16 GB built-in memory with carry for Micro-SD cards and e-Book (TXT) reader with configurable bookmarks.

The player has the skill to play MPEG4 videos (XVID in AVI with MP2 audio) and even river content from YouTube, Google Video, Daily motion and Metacafe. It also supports MP3 / WMA / WAV music records and JPG / BMP pictures formats.

For activity, the Energy 4040 Touch comes prepared with games, folder direction-finding support, six equalization modes, seven repeat modes and two play modes and capability to display artists’ names, titles along with lyrics of the song.

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Avalon welcomes new member & new album: “Another Time Another Place : Timeless Christmas Classics&quot

Dynamic vocal foursome Avalon welcomes new member Jeremi Richardson to the group. Richardson joins the award-winning artist in time for the release of its ninth studio album, Another Time, Another Place: Timeless Christian Classics, on Feb. 26.

Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., Richardson and his wife Amy currently reside in Orlando, Fla. where he is a member of the Disney groups Voices of Liberty and Four for a Dollar. He has toured singing and leading worship all over the United States, Jamaica, Bermuda and Israel. His voice can be heard on numerous recordings by Tribe Studios, Jeff Arthur Productions, WiseGuys Productions, Walt Disney Studios, Word Music, Brentwood-Benson, SpiritSound Music, and Integrity Music.

“I have been a longtime fan of Avalon,” says Richardson. “I first saw the group on tour with Crystal Lewis my sophomore year of college. It was that same evening I made the decision to pursue a singing career. I am so honored to be part of the group and look forward to what the future holds for Avalon.”

And in the very near future Avalon will release its latest music offering, Another Time, Another Place: Timeless Christian Classics, a collection of contemporary Christian music’s most beloved songs. Paying tribute to CCM legends including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Crystal Lewis, among others, the record celebrates those songs which not only have influenced the genre itself but also Avalon and its more than decade-long career.

“These are songs that first made us want to do what we’re doing today,” says Greg Long of Avalon. “So many of these artists impacted us in a memorable way from before we began performing as a group until today.”

Beginning Nov. 13, a three-song preview EP featuring “Another Time, Another Place,” “God Is In Control” and “Thy Word” will be available on iTunes and other digital music outlets. The album’s single, “Another Time, Another Place,” went for ads at Christian Adult Contemporary radio on Nov. 2. The group is also planning a major tour to launch spring 2008. Additional details are forthcoming.

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Improved Healing Through Music

Music has always been a very important division of our lives, as of childhood to our being an adult. As a part of our skills, music can have both a physiological and psychological influence upon us as human beings. In addition to the power that it has on our life, music also has many beneficial qualities and has been utilized in promoting a range of healings throughout the ages. As we know additional, music can be a very powerful medium for varying our state, of changing how we actually feel. More purposely music can be very efficient in producing a very deep and healing state of entertainment and in the process, reduce stress and even promote sleep. Music can also be used to assist one in improving his or her self-worth and furthering an individual’s individual growth and development, transformation.

As a therapist I have forever used relaxation music in my medical and counseling work with others. I have establish that when I use relaxation music through both an individual and group counseling session that my customers do more productive work, are able to center more effectively on themselves and the issues that they are attractive present to because they are more relaxed, focused and centered and as a result, better able to focus. Being relaxed through the counseling process always tends to produce more productive results for the personality being counseled. Relaxation music can be an extremely effective and influential aid for assisting a client to reach resolution with deference to that which he or she is working on with their therapist.

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MEHRZAD MARASHI The New Album 2010

The new debut album of Mehrzad Marashi will be released on 11 June 2010. Its titled New Life and includes the singles Dont Believe and Sweat (La La La Long).

1. Don’t Believe

2. Everytime You Go Away

3. Roodie Roodie

4. You’re My Heart

5. Sweat (A La La La La Long)

6. You’re The One

7. Please Don’t Go

8. Saturday Night

9. I Love You

10. You And I

11. As Long As You Love Me

12. Here I Stand Mehrzad Marashi

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Purple Door Festival 2009 Artist Lineup Announced – Lower Ticket Prices!

In an ever-changing economy and music industry, Purple Door Arts and Music Festival, one of the nation’s premier Christian music events, is taking a bold approach to its 2009 Festival by offering more bands for a lower overall event ticket price. Additionally, the HM Stage will host

performances on Friday night as well as all day Saturday and most bands on all stages will play longer sets.

“Everyone at Purple Door knows that times are hard and we want to do our part to make things a little bit easier for our attendees, while thanking them for their support of the festival,” explains Purple Door Producer, Chris Strayer. “This year not only will we offer more bands and the addition of the HM stage Friday night but we will also offer lower ticket prices. All of the advance ticket prices are the cheapest they have been since 2005 and the gate price is the cheapest price since 2004.” In its 14th year, the annual arts and music festival will once again be held at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA August 14 and 15, and will play host to three stages of music, speakers an art gallery, skate park, paintball and much more.

Purple Door is also pleased to announce its initial line up for 2009. Artists slated to perform include:

Anberlin

Family Force 5

Mewithoutyou

Disciple

Project 86

Lecrae

Fireflight

Bradley Hathaway

Seabird

Nevertheless

House of Heroes

The Showdown

Spoken

Run Kid Run

Shawn McDonald

Deas Vail

John Mark McMillan

MyChildren MyBride

Becoming the Archetype

Reilly

Children 18:3

Capital Lights

Chasen

Esterlyn

B.Reith

Rainchildren

Speakers for the weekend will include Eric Timm of No One Under Ground and Renee Yohe, who inspired the organization To Write Love on Her Arms.

Tickets for the Purple Door Festival are available now and can be purchased online at iTickets.com

Ticket prices are as follows:

• December 8 – April 3: Advance Individual: $33.50 / Advance Group: $32.00

• April 4 – August 7: Advance Individual: $36.00 / Advance Group $35.00

• At the gate: All tickets $39.50

Additional announcements of highlights and new aspects to Purple Door 2009 will be forthcoming.

For more information about Purple Door Arts and Music Festival, including photos and videos from last year’s event, please visit www.purpledoor.com and www.myspace.com/purpledoorfestival.

Read our review and photo feature of the 2007 festival here.

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Creation festival 2008 lineup announced!

The largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind, Creation Festival is honored to announce that they have been named for a second time as CCM Magazine reader’s “Favorite Festival”. This accolade inspires the Festival even more to continue its tradition of featuring the hottest acts in Christian music, as well as highlighting up-and-coming artists and introducing audiences to the finest speakers across the nation.

Keeping their vision in mind, Creation is pleased to announce the line-up for its 30th Anniversary. “We are extremely honored and humbled to be voted the favorite festival by the readers of CCM, for a second time,” says Nick Kulb, Director of Marketing & Sales for Creation and its parent company Come Alive International. “Our staff works tirelessly year round to ensure we present two of the nation’s best festivals each summer – its always encouraging

to receive accolades along the way. 2008 will be no different, but will be even better!”

Creation Northeast will be held June 25th – 28th at the Agape Farm in the beautiful mountain ranges of Mount Union, PA., and Creation Northwest will be marking its 11th year at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA July 23rd-26th. Tickets are available now through iTickets.com.

This year’s main stage line-up includes performances from a diverse array of artists such as Switchfoot, Newsboys, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Kutless, David Crowder Band, Skillet, Barlow Girl, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Hawk Nelson, Leeland, industry veteran Phil Keaggy and new artists Fee, Worth Dying For and The Washington Projects.

Speakers include author Justin Lookadoo, Bob Lenz, Teen Mania Ministries founder Ron Luce, David Nasser and Jose Zayes.

The Tooth and Nail Records sponsored “X2008 Fringe Stage” will feature the best the in alternative Christian artists, including Superchic[k], Pillar, Sanctus Real, Stellar Kart, Red, Future of Forestry, The Afters, Ruth, Fireflight and 2007 “MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout” winner The Myriad.

After the lights go down on the main stage, the entertainment continues at the Late Night Café. Wednesday night features comedian Paul Aldrich and critically acclaimed poet, Bradley Hathaway taking the stage on Thursday. A special event for Friday night will be announced soon.

An important focus for the Festival is worship and this summer is no different. Creation will partner with Integrity Music to provide an awesome time of praise and worship each afternoon. In addition, the worship tent will offer a training conference for worship leaders, musicians and writers each afternoon. With distinct seminar classes ranging from songwriting to hands-on training for bands, worship leaders and musicians will have a rare opportunity to come together

for teaching and fellowship.

The Creation Festival also strives to provide resources that will make the event an even better learning tool. Every afternoon there are special seminars on a variety of topics from keynote speakers. Again this year, Creation will team up with Interlinc to provide youth leaders with excellent seminars and other resources, including a daily afternoon seminar lead by Duffy Robins and Rich VanPelt, Talkback Sessions where Group Leaders can meet and have candid discussions with some of the most popular artists appearing at the Festival, and a VIP Youth Leader Tent, where leaders can get out of the sun, look through an assortment of free literature and other beneficial resources and share ideas with other Youth Leaders.

An event for the entire family, both Creation East and West also provide a Children’s Tent, which will feature a program geared especially for the younger attendees, including PureNRG, Phredd, Steven Courtney, The Reptile Guy and an array of puppets and fun music. Each afternoon, kids gather under the trees in the “Kids Grove” for a special craft time.

Special features for teens and adults include extreme games with climbing walls, spider jumps and sumo wrestling, a Skateboard and BMX ministry, a Gear Giveaway and a vendor Exhibit area with almost 200 booths with an assortment of merchandise and apparel available for purchase and ministries and colleges offering free literature and information.

"I am so excited and blessed to have been part of Creation for these 30 festival years,” exclaims Pastor Harry Thomas, co-founder of the Creation Festivals. “The public ministry of Jesus really began when he was thirty years of age. Likewise, I am praying that this year and future years are the most exciting and fruitful that we have ever seen for God’s glory.”

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary, the Festival plans to highlight special moments from the past three decades throughout the four-day event. Additionally, Festival planners are working on a few special surprises to be revealed at the event. An overview of memories from the past 30 years can be found on the Creation Festival website. A new addition for this year is the “Creation Road Crew”, a community where friends of the Festival can order promotional materials, see photographs, watch media, and earn Creation swag by telling friends about the Festival. Additional information about this street team and how to join will be available soon.

Read our review/photo feature of Creation 2007 here.

Visit the official Creation site for the full lineup here.

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Inhabited signs with 7 Spin music, “LOVE” to release February 2008

Female-fronted rock band Inhabited finds a new home at burgeoning indie label 7 Spin Music. The group is putting the finishing touches on its sophomore release, LOVE, releasing through 7 Spin Music on Feb. 26.

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Christmas album coming from downhere!

Downhere, one of Christian music’s premiere rock bands, is scheduled to release their first full-length holiday album, How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas, October 6, 2009. The new project was produced by Downhere and will be distributed by Word Distribution.

The idea to record their first Christmas CD grew over the years for Downhere as they performed several holiday concerts in their hometown of Franklin, TN, beginning in 2001. (Glenn Lavender is the only band member who still resides in Canada). Then the thought grew to fruition with the success of the single, “How Many Kings,” which went to #4 on the Christian AC charts in 2007, followed by the Bethlehem Skyline tour last year with their labelmates on Centricity Music.

How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas features the timeless classics of the Yuletide season that are recorded with the Downhere style. “Basically we made a giant list of Christmas songs and narrowed them down to our top choices, realizing that every one of them was at least a hundred years old,” says lead singer, Marc Martel. “We all really resonate with a love for good lyrics, the classic ones that are going to last, so we do a lot of really old Christmas carols. However, we also tried to make the old stuff sound new.”

How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas kicks-off with “How Many Kings” and flows into Christmas standards such as “God res Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” “What Child Is This,” and “We Wish You A Merry A Christmas,” to name a few. The songs are a mixture of fun and religious tunes but the majority of songs resonate with the true meaning of the season.

“We didn’t want to pack a whole Christmas record with ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ or anything that was considered all that fluffy,” explains drummer Jeremy Thiessen. “We were very selective in wanting to pick songs that actually said something than simply ‘it’s Christmas let’s party!’ We’re just trying to get people to pay attention and unplug from all of the running around.”

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Shania Twain named into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Newlywed Shania Twain has one more reason to smile — the Timmins, Ont., native has been proclaimed as the 2011 inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The 12-time Juno Award winner will be privileged during this year’s award telecast in Toronto on March 27, marking her first return to the Junos since hosting the 2003 bash in Ottawa.

Twain married Swiss businessman Frederic Thiebaud on New Year’s Day in Rincon, Puerto Rico in face of 40 family members and friends.

The 45-year-old Twain is getting ready to launch a TV show on Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, called "Why Not? With Shania Twain," and has plans to issue a memoir.

With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, the five-time Grammy-winning Twain places among the best-selling artists of all time.

The 40th Juno Awards ceremony will be hosted by 24-year-old Toronto rapper Drake. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 1.

"Shania Twain revolutionized the look and sound of country music, and truly is one of the most accomplished and famous music artists of her era," said Melanie Berry, president and CEO of Junos organizer the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, in a statement.

"Her authenticity as a songwriter and performer has made her a global basis of power, and we’re so proud to honour her at home in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame."

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Music beat just inspires me

I’m so in love through my music The mode you keep me movin Ain’t nobody responsibility what you’re doing So carry me back to the day when tape deck press participate DJ drop the spine till the record just break You are my sunshine You are the one mic That sound so sweet for the reason that the beat just inspires me

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Listen to my preferred wedding Music of all time

I love music, as well as I love weddings music. Put the two jointly, and it ought to mean something. Wedding Music. I don’t contain the words to give details how important music is to weddings. It’s the union of two people who are in love, for expression of grief out loud! Can you just imagine what it would be like without music? I identify I can’t. Anyway, wedding songs are so romantic and beautiful that it presently heightens the emotions of the occasion even more. It gets the bride to a condition where she feels the happiness ten times more. It still gets her teary eyed. From the associates music to the songs played throughout reception, wedding music really is the icing on the cake. Hear my preferred wedding songs of all time. If you have any suggestions or preferred wedding song, feel free to comment!

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ALEXIA The New Album 2010

Italian pop star ALEXIA (ex Ice MC, Double You) released her new single STAR on 7 June 2010 and her new album STARS on 11 June 2010. The album contains 8 tracks including remixes of Star and Perfect Day.

Stars 2010 (album)

1 Star

2 Non Tentarmi

3 I Dremed a Dream (feat. Angelo Branduardi)

4 L’Amore in Superficie

5 Perfect Day

6 It’s Love

7 Star (Almighty Version)

8 Perfect Day (The Night Version)

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Bluegrass music awards

The International Bluegrass Music Awards were held last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This is an annual event and was the 21st anniversary of the association’s awards show. Dailey & Vincent garnered the big award, Entertainer of the Year as a repeat of last year’s award. The duo also won the Vocal Group of the Year award. Long time bluegrass music artists Claire Lynch took home best female vocalist and Russell Moore of Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out took the male vocalist awards.

This year’s awards held some surprised and also some repeat award winners. The treasured Entertainer of the Year award was again taken home by Dailey & Vincent who also won last year’s trophy. New names to the awards roster included both the female and the male vocalists of the year. Claire Lynch and Russell Moore won their respective titles. Claire Lynch also won the award in 1997 and Russell Moore has won his title in 1994 and 1997.

The Emerging Artist of the Year is a favorite of many bluegrass music fans and this year the competition was tight. The Josh Williams Band won the title. Josh Williams ‘Down Home’ was his debut solo release this year and is an awesome album. Others up for the award included Balsam Range, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

The bluegrass industry’s highest honors of the year go to the new members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are singer/songwriter, banjo and fiddle stylist John Hartford and the pioneering business manager of Flatt & Scruggs, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Earl Scruggs Family & Friends, Louise Scruggs. Hartford passed away in 2001, and we lost Mrs. Scruggs in 2006.

IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award is an honor which recognizes individuals, groups and businesses for ground-breaking work and fostering the music’s image and accessibility. This year’s recipients are bluegrass fiddler, songwriter and mentor Benjamin F. "Tex" Logan; long-time radio broadcaster and emcee from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Sherry Boyd; singer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader Lynn Morris; Bear Family Records’ Richard Weize of Germany, and Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick, who served 15 years as IBMA’s president, along with playing banjo in the legendary band Hot Rize and leading scores of instructional camps and workshops around the world.

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Storyside:B’s Ron McClelland Dies

Bassist Ron McClelland of Storyside:B died on January 18th. Here’s the note on their Myspace page:

We will miss our brother Ron.

I’m sure a lot of you have many quest​ions regar​ding to what it says about​ Ron on our myspa​ce.​ Yeste​rday Janua​ry 18 Ron passe​d away.​ He was on a cruis​e with his wife Rebec​ca and 88.1 The Promi​se out of Jacks​onvil​le FL. He was playi​ng baske​tball​ and sudde​nly colla​psed,​ and they were unabl​e to reviv​e him. We are all shock​ed and deepl​y sadde​ned of our broth​ers passi​ng.​ Pleas​e keep his famil​y and wife Rebec​ca in your praye​rs.​ We will be setti​ng up a donat​ion fund to help offse​t the cost of the funer​al and to help suppo​rt Ron’​s famil​y.​ God Bless​ Story​Side : B

On a different update they give info on the donation fun:

Ron and Rebeca did not have life insurance. If you would like to help with funeral and expenses, go to any Bank Of America and ask for the: Account for Ron and Rebeca McClelland ending in #8678

or

Mail checks made out to:

Ron and Rebeca McClelland Fund

P.O. Box 551379

Jacksonville, FL 32255

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Rihanna, Britney kick off invigorated Billboard Awards

After five years of dormancy, the Billboard Music Awards were invigorated Sunday with a major dose of star power.

Rihanna got the show off to a steamy start, wearing a skimpy leather outfit for her hit song "S&M," and was joined at the end of the number by Britney Spears, who came into view on a remix on the track.

Taylor Swift won the evening’s first award, as top album artist, at the back the multimillion sales for "Speak Now."

"The impact of an album is all resolute by the fans," she told the audience. "You’ve just given me another reason to be completely in love with you."

Other award winners built-in Justin Bieber (digital artist) and the Black Eyed Peas (top duo/group).

Beyonce conventional a special Millennium Award for her career achievements: The 29-year-old phenomenon was lauded in a video by an array of legends and luminaries, as well as Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Bono, Lady Gaga and First Lady Michelle Obama.

"This is a moment I have to immerse in because it’s gonna be — and it is — one of the best moments of my life," said Beyonce after getting the award from her mother, Tina Knowles. Beyonce also did her new song, "Run the World (Girls)."

This year marks the Billboard Awards’ rebirth. The Billboard Awards had been a yclip since 1989, but gave out what came into view to be its last award in 2006. This year, the show was brought back.

It was held in Las Vegas, broadcast live on ABC and hosted by "The Hangover 2"’ star Ken Jeong.

The Billboard Music Awards are given out to music’s most popular artists. The finalists and winners are strong-minded by their rank on the Billboard charts and their "social and streaming activity."

Rihanna is the top finalist, competing in 18 categories. Among the awards she’s up for take in top artist, top female artist, and top radio songs artist.

Eminem’s name appears in 16 categories, counting top artist. He’s also vying for top male artist as well as top social artist.

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Folk music award nominations out

Toronto klezmer folk band Beyond the Pale has scored a most important four nominations for Canadian Folk Music Awards. The CFMA nominations announced Wednesday also included multiple nods for Newfoundland singer Amelia Curran and band The Once, musical storyteller Lennie Gallant and Toronto’s Justin Rutledge.

Beyond the Pale, a group of six musicians who have been playing together for 10 years, mixes Klezmer, Balkan and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of music, counting interpretations of classical works by Mozart. Previous winners of best instrumental group at the CFMAs, the group is again being known for that award. It also has nods for world group, collection of the year and the award called "pushing the boundaries" which recognize innovation for its album Postcards.

Beyond the Pale is competing for best ensemble with three traditional francophone groups Le Vent Du Nord , Les Tireux d’Roches and Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs and with Vancouver gospel singers The Sojourners. St. John’s-born, Halifax-based singer-songwriter Curran has three nominations, including best solo singer, best contemporary album and best songwriter for Hunter, Hunter. She won a Juno award earlier this year.

A new band from Newfoundland and Labrador, The Once, plays arrangements of Newfoundland and British Isles folk music on their debut self-titled album. They’ve been nominated for best traditional and vocal group, as well as getting a nod as emerging artists. Le Vent Du Nord have three nominations for Le Part de Feu, including best world artist.

Roots artist Rutledge also scored in the contemporary, solo and songwriter categories with his album The Early Widows. Collaborator Hawksley Workman earned a best producer nomination for his work on the album. The awards to celebrate the best of Canadian folk music will be handed out Nov. 20 at Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg. CBC Radio on-air personality Shelagh Rogers and Juno Award-winning veteran entertainer Benoit Bourque will host the gala with performances by David Essig, Madagascar Slim, The Once and Don Ross.

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Classical Music’s in movie and Television

Have you ever heard a song from a movie and consideration "I want that song, but how do I find out what it is and where can I get it"? These possessions will show you a way to get your hands on the classical music you hear in movies and on TV.

Music Used in the Movies

These known, but unknown works are used widely in the movies. You can sing them, but many people can’t name them! Learn further about these classical works used in the movies.

Video Game Music

Video game music is becoming more and more popular among today’s youth. It’s no surprise as video games continue to evolve with improved software, lifelike computer graphic imagery, and surround sound.

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Hip-Hop Marketing Guru Blasts Grammys Over Bieber slight

Hip-hop marketing expert Steve Stoute took to the New York Times over the weekend to blast the Grammys for slighting artists like Justin Bieber. He also spoke out against recent losses by Kanye West and Eminem.

In a full-page ad in the newspaper, Stoute wrote "I have come to the end that the Grammy Awards have clearly lost touch with modern popular culture."

He added, "The awards show has become a series of insincerity and disagreement, leaving me to question why any contemporary popular artist would even participate."

About Bieber, Stoute wrote, "How is it that Justin Bieber, an artist that defines what it means to be a modern artist, did not win Best New Artist?" Justin Bieber lost the Best New Artist Grammy to Esperanza Spalding.

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Eminem – Universal Execs Challenge Eminem Royalties Suit

Universal Music bosses are taking a legal battle with EMINEM’s former publishing company to the U.S. Supreme Court after losing an plea in a long-running dispute over royalties.

Last year (09), FBT Productions executives claimed Universal owed the Stan hitmaker $1.47 million (£980,000) in compensation because label heads had failed to pay the star for music downloads.

The case was heard in a California court in March 2009, when a judge dismissed FBT’s argument and ruled in favour of Universal.

The publishing firm’s owners plea the decision in September (10) and won after Central District of California court Judge Silverman reversed the previous ruling, declaring Universal bosses will have to pay FBT a substantial amount in compensation.

But Universal executives are refusing to let the matter lie and they have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the case again, reports CMU Daily.

Eminem is not directly involved in the legal battle.

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Sergiu Luca, violinist and Da Camera founder, dies

Sergiu Luca, a teacher, concert presenter and violin virtuoso known for his trend-setting performances on period instruments, died Monday night. He was 67 and had thrash about with bile-duct cancer since December 2009, though his health started to decline only in the past few months.

Luca made an indelible impression on the music landscape in Houston and the United States as the founder of Da Camera of Houston, a concert series pioneering in its approach to thematic programming. As a performer and recording artist, he is credited with being on the forefront of a movement dedicated to performing early music on instruments authentic to the time the works were composed.

Until his death, Luca was the Dorothy Richard Starling professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and artistic director of Context, a chamber music concert series.

He was known for his big personality and varied interests. Luca was an avid collector of period instruments, a fine cook and wine connoisseur who had traveled much of the world as a performer.

"He was a Renaissance man in certain respects," said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. "What really fueled his artistry was his appetite for in-depth knowledge about a number of different things."

Luca was born in 1943 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing the violin as a child. He made his debut with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel at age 9. He studied in England and Switzerland before moving to the United States to study with legendary Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

During his career, Luca performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and gave recitals internationally. He recorded works by composers including Bartók, Schumann, Schubert and William Bolcom. Luca had a long friendship and musical exchange with Bolcom.

His recording of the complete solo violin works by J.S. Bach was influential because he performed the pieces on a Baroque violin, which was considered revolutionary at the time.

"His recordings and performances back in the 1970s or so were sensational," said Brian Connelly, a co-founder of Context. "They immediately altered so many perceptions."

At the same time, Luca was an advocate of contemporary music.

"He was that kind of broad thinker," Yekovich said. "He was not … just a musician, but a great artist." In addition to his influence as a performer and teacher, Luca started multiple concert series in Oregon and Houston. In 1987, he founded Da Camera of Houston, an ambitious project aimed at bringing innovative thematic programs to the city. He was artistic director for six seasons.

"He was the vision behind Da Camera," said Sarah Loudermilk, Da Camera’s current executive director.

In 1995, Luca and friends founded Context, an ensemble dedicated to performing on period instruments, often from his collection. Luca was a frequent performer with the group and last appeared on a program in October, Connelly said.

Luca was married to Susan Archibald, a pianist and accompanist at the Shepherd School. He is survived by Archibald and their daughter, Lily Luca. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service in Houston.

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Black Eyed Peas underwhelm at halftime

On second consideration, maybe Escort should have been the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show. 

The superstar had only a brief cameo in the glass case, but his tightly choreographed moves and acrobatics marked the brief exciting moment of a surprisingly stale medley from the normally frantic headliners, the Black Eyed Peas.

The Super Bowl presentation was debatably the biggest stage yet for the quirky quartet, whose fusion of pop, dance and hip-hop have made them global superstars. But in the huge Cowboys Arena, the group appeared to be as stiff as frontman will.i.am’s plastic hair hat.

It started out with a wow factor: will.i.am, Taboo, Fergie and apl.de.ap go down from atop the stadium, outfits glittering, bewildered outfits, singing (with the help of auto-tune) the party anthem "I Gotta Feeling" with hundreds of dancers channeling in step on the field.

But the Peas didn’t match the energy of the song; they seemed hesitant, and tense. It didn’t help that Fergie’s mic didn’t kick in until she was midway through her first verse.

If the clarification for the Peas’ flatness was nerves, those nerves never settled, as they trudged through such songs as "Pump It" and "Boom Boom Pow." strictly, they were fine Fergie’s voice soared, the raps were performed right. They didn’t excite. Even former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash seemed bored as he joined Fergie for a short snippet of "Sweet Child O’ Mine," an needless cameo that failed to add any sizzle to the set.

So it fell to Usher to breathe some life into the halftime show, and he didn’t let down as he appeared in all white with a side of dancers. Although Usher seemed to dance more of his No. 1 hit "OMG" with will.i.am than sing it, his syncopated moves and flips provided the power jolt that the Peas lacked.

The Black Eyed Peas brought the youth, but little else. "I Gotta Feeling" the NFL will be looking to try and find a better balance in time for Indianapolis next year.

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Terms and Conditions in Music Sound

Music, like any subject, has its own conditions. At first the lots of terms that musical group uses to explain music can seem daunting. But there is not anything inexplicable about these terms; they only use words to describe amazing we can all hear with a little bit of carry out.

This part will set up you to the conditions used most often to talk about music. All the terms are obviously definite and linked to other connected terms. In several cases you will be able to take note to an instance chosen to exemplify the term.

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