The YouTube Music Awards – An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Music surpasses all boundaries. It is loved across the world and is respected the world over. It transcends borders. When and how did you get hooked to Sufi music? I grew up on Sufi music. From the age of seven, I started accompanying my father, Faqeer Ghulam Rasool, a Sufi singer to Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s shrine. Since then the music has stayed with me. You also sing folk and ghazals. What are your thoughts on folk music? I feel really great at the recognition Sufi, folk and ghazals amongst the younger audiences. There’s tremendous appreciation of such music amongst them. Folk music has always been an important form of music because it is based on traditional thoughts and practices. That’s why they are so popular. Has the popularity of ghazals dipped post the era of Ghulam Ali and passing away of Jagjit Singh?
New Nashville hotel to showcase local music
As a result, who do you think you end up selecting? The most popular and visible, not the most deserving. Even some of the smallest categories have 50 to a hundred, which means you have the same problem and the same result. Perhaps the ultimate sham is the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Under what criteria does an act get nominated, then elected? Longevity you can measure, but influence? It all seems pretty vague and cloaked in secrecy. Personally I dont believe there should be a music hall of fame, but if you were really going to do it right, design it like Major League Baseball where its based on some tangible numbers. That used to be sales, but now the only really numbers that count are YouTube video views. Want a yardstick as to how this works? It used to be that a million views was considered substantial, but now that just barely gets you in the game. Hit 10 million? Now youre making some noise, but it isnt until you hit the 50 million mark that a song can truly be considered a hit, with most of the biggest hitting view counts far beyond 100 million. Whats more, that doesnt even include all of the offshoot user-generated lyric and cover song videos that rake in tens of millions of additional and uncounted views as well.
EDT October 2, 2013 Barlines, located inside the Omni Hotel, is a new option for local music and entertainment in downtown Nashville. (Photo: Karen Kraft, The Tennessean) SHARE 9 CONNECT 46 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE When the Omni Hotel officially opens this week, it also will mean the opening of a new live music venue that will feature local songwriters and artists. Barlines, a 280-seat bar and restaurant, is anchored by a raised stage in the middle. The goal, according to Barlines manager Rebecca Senita, is to give hotel guests an authentic Nashville experience while also giving local residents a new nightlife option. “We want to be Nashville’s new hot spot,” Senita said. “We’re going to have Southern comfort food and classic cocktails mixed with music and sports.” Barlines will book a variety of bands and have a weekly songwriter night on Tuesday, said Senita, who said the venue is booking its October calendar. Additionally, performances will be recorded and broadcast on the Barlines channel for hotel patrons. “We’re going to have music seven days a week from open to close, with sports mixed in as well for big games, featuring Titans games,” she said. “Our music will range from country honky-tonk style to country-rock, bluegrass, rockabilly. We have a good variety of artists that we’re going to bring in.” Barlines is on the first floor of the west side of the 800-room hotel behind the Country Music Hall of Fame at 250 Fifth Ave. S. Omni actually links up with the Hall of Fame and even incorporates items from country music legends such as Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash along its main hallway leading from the lobby. Barlines has two full bars at opposite ends, a Southern-style menu and a “Tennessee whiskey trail” with 21 in-state whiskeys. Outdoor seating is available with a view of Music City Center across the street. ALSO ONLINE: A spirited journey along Tennessee’s Whiskey Trail Already, Omni has 390,000 confirmed bookings, said Tod Roadermel, director of sales and marketing.
Even as her first hit single “Royals” was setting the record for the longest run by a female artist at the top of Billboard’s Alternative Chart earlier this year, turning her into an international pop star overnight, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, who is better known as Lorde, was still attending high school in suburban Auckland, New Zealand. “There’s no sense of celebrity in New Zealand,” says the 16 year-old, at her hotel in Los Angeles, where she was in between photo shoots. “Maybe if I’d grown up in L.A., I’d feel different about fame. It’s cool, but I never really cared about it that much.” With her angled cheekbones, dramatic celadon eyes, and epic mass of curls, Lorde is a pre-Raphaelite vision for modern times. Likewise, her debut album Pure Heroine, out September 30, is a blend of futurism and timeless beauty, written by a precocious teen clever enough to draw parallels in her songs between the gentle folkie confessionals of Nick Drake and the digital-driven disclosures of the rapper Drake (a personal favorite of hers). Set amid pulsing electronic soundscapes, Lorde’s expansive voice is a unique instrument: she has a bit of Lana Del Rey’s grandeur mixed with a spectral style that evokes Kate Bush. Get an exclusive listen to Lorde’s debut album here And while “Royals,” and its runaway success, seemed to come out of nowhere, in fact Lorde has been writing songs since she was 12. After she was discovered at a talent show, she quickly signed a development deal with Universal Music. Despite this incubation period, she is not, she is quick to stress, a product of the industrial pop-star machine. “People get suspicious, but I write all of my songs,” she insists. “Otherwise, it wouldn’t mean anything to me. For me, making music is selfish-I do it because I like to do it.” See Also: The Best Celebs to Follow on Instagram The songs on Pure Heroine offer cheeky but honest appraisals of her sudden renown: “Riding around on bikes, we’re still sane/I won’t be here tripping onstage /Still like hotels and my newfound fame/Hey, promise I can stay good.” Other tracks were clearly written before “Royals” took off; she sings, on the album’s second single “Tennis Court,” “Pretty soon I’ll be getting on my first plane.” “I’ve been on planes ever since,” she says now. “My first few times flying, I was so excited. But flying anywhere from New Zealand takes like 20 hours.
Biggest-ever classical music festival in Romania
24, 2013 photo shows a rehearsal session at the main concert hall at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, before a concert of the George Enescu classical music festival. The festival which began in 1958 is named after Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania and moved to Paris when the communists came to power. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Queen Marie believed that life is a glorious celebration of music and song. A century later, the country’s capital city of Bucharest, once known as the Paris of the East, has lived up to the queen’s motto by staging the most ambitious classical music festival Romania has ever seen. The Salzburg festival in Austria and the annual summer music festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, are more established classical music events on the European circuit. But the George Enescu Festival, now in its 21st edition, has been quietly but surely making a name for itself, aided by its artistic director Ioan Holender, the Romanian-born musician who directed the Vienna State Opera from 1992 to 2010. An estimated 4,500 people went to 150 concerts, and a record 120,000 tickets were sold for the September festival that drew important orchestras from Europe and the United States. Enescu, who died in 1955, was a Romanian composer, violinist and conductor who moved to Paris when the communists came to power. The festival always begins and ends with his compositions. Some of the tickets sold out in hours. Concerts were even offered as part of the itinerary for a classical music- themed cruise on the Danube that also included concerts in Salzburg and Budapest for a pricey 7,000 euros ($9,450). “I was struck by how prominent (the festival) is in Romanian cultural life,” said Noah Bendix Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which played on Sept. 2 and 3.