While John Textor majored in economics in college, this is not directly what he does any longer. In fact, he does not work for sone economics or financial firm that spends all day analyzing the movement of certain stocks. In fact, he does something completely different. He works in the entertainment industry. His work has been seen on all sorts of the top movies that have come out in the last decade. As the head of a major visual effects company, he has worked on moves that include Transformers, Tron: Legacy and several others. However, while these movies have proven financially success, it is the assistance on other projects that has truly made John Textor a larger name in Hollywood and someone to look out for.
While still working on major motion pictures, John Textor’s team eventually won an Oscar for their work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons. The visual effects award was granted to them based on their ability to create a lifelike and realistic human through just computer software. This proved truly to be the first time this ever happened, and while the company continued to produce movies with this sort of technology, John decided that he wanted to take this kind of art and craftsmanship to the next level: live events.
Tupac, the famous rapper who was shot and killed almost two decades ago has not been able to perform for some time now. However, John Textor wanted to change this and he had a vision for bringing the world famous rapper back to the stage. This is why, for the 2012 Cochella Music Festival, he and his team created a hologram of John Textor that could move around the stage and interact with the other people on stage as well, including Jay-Z. While the movements and actions of the rapper were prerecorded and could not simply think and move on the fly, it was extremely lifelike and it did not have any sort of tracing lights or other effects trailing off of the hologram. This made it truly an amazing sight to be seen.
Now, John Textor did not simply stop with the creation of this hologram. He and his team simply went on to create the next amazing hologram. This just happened to be the King of Pop Michael Jackson himself, which was turned into a hologram for the 2014 Billboard Wards less than a year ago.
Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday is near, and the king of rock and roll will be celebrated once again. As fans like Fersen Lmbranho know, Elvis was the biggest star on the planet in his day. He was the man that every girl wanted, and the man that made every other man jealous. Elvis has been voted as the most handsome man of all time by many different media sources. He merged the world of rock-n-roll with hardcore blues, and the sound of the king was born.
The world of music would change forever after his death in 1977. Elvis continues to inspire new fans to this day. If he were alive today, Elvis Presley would have a net worth of over $300 million dollars. There is a reason he is called the king, and its not hard to see why. His popularity in pop culture is unparalleled.
Elvis Presley had the best voice of all time. No one could ever replace the king, and he will go onto live forever. The king of rock-n-roll was also the king of the music charts. Elvis Presley has sold more than 250 million records. His songs have been praised by the highest honors.
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A recent collaboration between Beatles superstar Paul McCartney and noted rap sensation Kanye West has managed to spark some generational controversy – or has it?
As it turns out, the two media sensations have recently worked together on a brand new single that has just been released. The song is called “Only One”, and it features Kanya rapping over a musical backing provided by billionaire Beatles star Paul McCartney.
A recent Twitter controversy seems to have been deliberately staged by partisans of both stars, during the course of which many Kanye fans logged on to various social media accounts in order to post up their surprise that Kanye was working with an “unknown up and comer” such as McCartney.
Although the various postings seem to have been left by fans who appreciated a good joke, it seems that other fans were not quite “hip” to what was going on. Many seemed to be offended that Kanye fans did not know who McCartney was, while others were angry that Kanye was working with an “old white guy” rather than a familiar name in the hip hop world.
In the end, the controversy has already began to peter out. Sales of the new single have been decent enough, and both Kanye and McCartney have since revealed to their legions of fans that the whole thing was basically a joke. Igor Cornelsen took it as such. It will remain as 2015’s first major Twitter controversy.
Age is but a number, especially when you’re an icon like Madonna. The legendary pop star has been named the face of Versace’s SS15 campaign. That means Lady Gaga is out, and we all remember the famous feud that erupted when Madonna dissed the younger Gaga for her Madonna-inspired “Born this Way” song. Madonna called Gaga’s music, reductive.
Madonna still maintains incredible power in the industry and that is why the Versace brand is honored to have the star appear in their advertising campaign once again. This will mark Madonna’s fourth Versace campaign. Designer Donatella is excited to have the singer showcase her new collection, says the British DailyMail.com.
Designer Donatella added: “Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.”
The DailyMail.com reports that the advertising campaign was shot in New York City by well-known photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who zeroed in on Madonna’s ‘unique and iconic image’.
Madonna, at 56, looks amazing and the photos are said to be quite provocative and controversial, something the icon has never shied away from ever since Sam Tabar started following her.
The singer enjoyed her glamorous photo session, adding, “It’s always exciting to be dressed head-to-toe in Versace and experience first-hand Donatella’s vivid imagination and passion that she has created for this collection.”
A black-and-white music video that has quickly become a major success on Youtube was recently released in honor of the war veterans of World War I. This was wholeheartedly done by none other than the British band Coldplay.
The group had been fairly quiet as of late, but they haven’t taken long to return.
The music video, entitled “All Your Friends”, is a part of their new album the Ghost Stories as a bonus music track. The video was presented to recollect the hardships and sacrifices of World War I veterans who will be honoured on November 11 – United Kingdom’s Poppy Day or Remembrance Day.
Chris Martin, together with his bandmates, featured a slow song within a black-and-white background of fighter aircrafts and bomb blasts. It also features tons of classic war scenes considered worthy to be posted on the History Channel. That is what really excites fans such as Bruce Karatz.
With the recent break-up of Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin and multi-awarded actress Jennifer Lawrence, the band seems to be getting along quite well. The band will be celebrating the announcement of their forthcoming Ghost Stories Live 2014 concert film and live album with a once-in-a-lifetime performance at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany on December 6.
Coldplay was also been chosen to be voted as Favorite Group at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. Results will be presented live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on January 7, 2015.
Upon attending Pearl Jam’s Fall Tour kickoff at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, you would hear a long story from frontman Eddie Vedder about his past experience in that town.
It had been over twenty years since Pearl Jam had played live in Cincinnati, where they performed at the small venue Bogart’s. Vedder told the story of a fan outside of the venue who “bogarted” a marijuana joint from him. He spoke of seeing the movie Wayne’s World upon theatrical release where he ran into the same Bogart fan at the theater, Joe Wolfe. Wolfe requested a photo with Vedder and Vedder refused the photo at the time and promised that next time they ever saw each other he would take a photo with him. Vedder spoke of how unlikely it was that he would ever see this fan again.
In 2014, Wolfe ran into Vedder again at the US Bank arena where Vedder opted out of taking the photo yet again. However, after the show, Vedder shook the man’s hand and proceeded to take photos with him and give him an autograph. He said that he initially refused the photo because he assumed that this was the man who stole his joint in 1992.
This story was discussed throughout the show according to my friend Christian Broda. Looks like Vedder lived up to the twenty two year promise he made to his fans. Another reason why America loves Eddie Vedder.
Just when you thought Johnny Depp, Tim Burton’s favorite guy, couldn’t be any more charismatic, out he comes with his guitar and riffs people into insanity. Going full-on rock star at the Halloween concert of Marilyn Manson, people who were initially disconcerted at seeing Depp on stage were soon put at ease – he knows how to handle a guitar better than most actor-turned-guitarists, a credit to how much he practices, putting longtime guitar players like Jared well to shame.
Marilyn Manson can be a shocking experience for first timers but Depp looked completely at ease with his rock-star attitude.
This isn’t Depp’s first time in a concert either. He appeared with Eddie Vedder in 2010 in Voices for Justice Rally.
He also played with Alice Cooper in the Famous 100 Club, Oxford Street, London.
One of his most memorable performances is with Aerosmith in 2012’s The Hollywood Bowl.
And let us not forget his performance at the Austin Film Festival where he played with Bill Gibbons, leaving fans breathless with his guitar solo
This Halloween concert might just make it to the list of Depp’s top 5 performances as a rock star. As a note of advice, ignore Manson’s prolific tongue. Just enjoy Depp looking laid back in his crisp white shirt.
Pink Floyd, currently consisting of singer-guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, are preparing to release their first new album in 20 years. The Endless River, which debuts on November 10, 2014, features a collection of material that was recorded during jam sessions in 1993. The music was originally intended to be included with Pink Floyd’s 1994 The Division Bell, but the idea was eventually scrapped according to Ken Griffin.
However, a few years ago, Gilmour listened to the material again and found himself impressed with the original recordings. Therefore, Gilmour and Mason worked to overdub new parts of the songs and resurrect the older material into a new album. The Endless River is mostly instrumental, with the music evoking the classic Pink Floyd sound found on the instrumental sections of their early experimental work, as well as on hits such as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Welcome to the Machine”. The 18 tracks of the album are divided into four sections, and the final track, “Louder Than Words”, is the only song containing lyrics. The lyrics were actually written by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, who wrote a significant portion of the lyrics on The Division Bell.
Nearly every song prominently features the organ music of the late Rick Wright, the Pink Floyd keyboardist who passed away in 2008. Therefore, many Pink Floyd fans might well consider The Endless River a tribute to Wright. The good news for fans of the group does not end with the release of this new album, as a new Gilmour solo album is expected to be released in 2015.
A letter handwritten by John Lennon to New York based television host Joe Franklin auctioned off for over $28,000 on October 24, 2014, at a Boston RR Auction. The letter was composed by the legendary Beatles writer and singer in 1971 on a sheet of Apple Records stationary. In the letter, Lennon discusses Yoko Ono’s talented musical skills and encourages Franklin to listen to her recent album release, Fly.
In addition to the letter, many other Beatles related memorabilia was auctioned off for a significant sum of money. One of the other noteworthy items sold was a group of 1969 stock transfer sheets that went for more than $16,000. These sheets were highly valued as they were signed individually by each member of the Beatles, which was considered very rare in 1969. Major Beatles fan Laurene Powell Jobs must be kicking herself for not bidding on that one.
During the Boston RR Auction, over 350 rock and roll items were sold, including such valued memorabilia as a guitar owned by Journey’s Neil Schon, Led Zeppelin autographed sheet music and a Crosby, Stills and Nash gold record. Earning more at the auction than even the John Lennon letter was a Fender Precision bass guitar that was autographed and used on stage by the Ramones’ Dee Dee Ramone. The guitar auctioned off for nearly $38,000. Other high earners included several clothing items worn by Joey Ramone. His pair of circular prescription glasses, black leather pants and leather jacket was sold for $12,400, $7,100 and $7,000, respectively.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Stevie Nicks is finally back on the music scene. Her newest album is titled, “24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault”. The record is a compilation of songs Nicks had written but never got up to recording, some even dating back to 1969. Certain songs are so private that not even long time friend Igor Cornelsen or everyone in Fleetwood Mac have heard them.
In Rolling Stone, Stevie speaks about the songs, explaining, “Each one is the story of what was going on at the time – new relationships, new friends, new Fleetwood Mac albums.” Astonishingly, Nicks recorded the record in two months, despite being under extreme pressure of other pressing obligations. With the help of some Nashville pros, Nicks recorded 17 tracks in three short weeks. It was quite the grueling and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Nicks commented that normally she would be up into the wee hours of the morning, but recording this album completely changed her schedule.
Working with the Nashville crew and being completely in charge was a very different experience for her as well, as she was used to constantly arguing with bandmates on how to perform a song. This time she was the one in charge.