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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – #1

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – #1

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From Wikipedia.com

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, recipe 1965), better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapperrecord producerrecord executiveentrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop DoggEminem and 50 Cent. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.

Dre began his career in music as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and he later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-EIce CubeMC Ren, and DJ Yella which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Ride“. In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. Under that label, he produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999, for which he won the Grammy producer’s award the next year.

During the 2000s, he focused his career on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to other artists’ songs. Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2003 respectively while contributing production on their albums. Rolling Stone named Dr. Dre among the highest-paid performers of 2001 and 2004. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, and the 2001 films The Wash and Training Day.

Early life

André Romelle Young was born in ComptonCalifornia on February 18, 1965. He was the first child of Theodore and Verna Young, ages 17 and 16, respectively at that time.[citation needed] André’s middle name, Romelle, is derived from his father’s amateur R&B singing group, The Romells. Married in 1964, André’s parents divorced in 1968.[citation needed] Verna later married Curtis Crayon. They had three more children together, two sons named Jerome and Tyree (both deceased)[2][3] and daughter Shameka.[4]

In 1976, Young began attending Vanguard Junior High School in Compton, but due to gang violence, he transferred to the safer suburban Roosevelt Junior High School.[5] Verna later married Warren Griffin, whom she met at her new job in Long Beach,[6]which added three stepsisters and one stepbrother to the family. That stepbrother, Warren Griffin III, would eventually become rapper Warren G.[7] Young attended Centennial High School in Compton during his freshman year in 1979, but transferred toFremont High School due to poor grades. Young attempted to enroll in an apprenticeship program at Northrop Aviation Company, but poor grades at school made him ineligible. Thereafter, he focused on his social life and entertainment for the remainder of his high school years.[8] Young fathered a son, Curtis, born December 15, 1981, with Lisa Johnson. Curtis Young was brought up by his mother and first met his father 20 years later, when Curtis became rapper Hood Surgeon.[9]

Music career

1984–85: World Class Wreckin’ Cru

Dr. Dre (in red) during his time in World Class Wreckin’ Cru

Inspired by the Grandmaster Flash song “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel“, he often attended a club called The Eve After Dark to watch many DJs and rappers performing live. He subsequently became a DJ in the club, initially under the name “Dr. J”, based on the nickname of Julius Erving, his favorite basketball player. At the club, he met aspiring rapper Antoine Carraby, later to become member DJ Yella of N.W.A.[10] Soon afterwards he adopted the moniker Dr. Dre, a mix of previous alias Dr. J and his first name, referring to himself as the “Master of Mixology”.[11] He later joined the musical groupWorld Class Wreckin’ Cru under the independent Kru-Cut Records in 1984. The group would become stars of the electro-hop scene that dominated early 1980s West Coast hip hop, and their first hit “Surgery” would prominently feature Dr. Dre on the turntables and sell 50,000 copies within the Compton area.[12] Dr. Dre and DJ Yella also performed mixes for local radio station KDAY, boosting ratings for its afternoon rush-hour show The Traffic Jam.[13] Dr. Dre’s earliest recordings were released in 1994 on a compilation titled Concrete Roots. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the website Allmusic described the compiled music, released “several years before Dre developed a distinctive style”, as “surprisingly generic and unengaging” and “for dedicated fans only”.[14]

His frequent absences from school jeopardized his position as a diver on his school’s swim team. After high school, he attended Chester Adult School in Compton following his mother’s demands for him to get a job or continue his education. After brief attendance at a radio broadcasting school, he relocated to the residence of his father and residence of his grandparents before returning to his mother’s house.[15] He later dropped out of Chester to focus on performing at the Eve’s After Dark nightclub.

1986–91: N.W.A and Ruthless Records


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In 1986, Dr. Dre met rapper Ice Cube, who collaborated with Dr. Dre to record songs for Ruthless Records, a rap record label run by local rapper Eazy-EN.W.Aand fellow West Coast rapper Ice-T are widely credited as seminal artists of the gangsta rap genre, a profanity-heavy subgenre of hip hop, replete with gritty depictions of urban crime and gang lifestyle. Not feeling constricted to racially charged political issues pioneered by rap artists such as Public Enemy or Boogie Down Productions, N.W.A favored themes and uncompromising lyrics, offering stark descriptions of violent, inner-city streets. Propelled by the hit “Fuck tha Police“, the group’s first full album Straight Outta Compton became a major success, despite an almost complete absence of radio airplay or major concert tours. The Federal Bureau of Investigationsent Ruthless Records a warning letter in response to the song’s content.[16]

After Ice Cube left N.W.A in 1989 over financial disputes, Dr. Dre produced and performed for much of the group’s second album Efil4zaggin. He also produced tracks for a number of other rap acts on Ruthless Records, including Above the Law, and The D.O.C. for his 1989 album No One Can Do It Better.[17] In 1991, at a music industry party in Hollywood, he assaulted television host Dee Barnes of the Fox television program Pump it Up, feeling dissatisfied with a news report of hers regarding the feud between the remaining N.W.A members and Ice Cube. Thus, Dr. Dre was fined $2,500 and given two years’ probation and 240 hours of community service, as well as a spot on an anti-violence public service announcement on television.[18][19]

1992–95: The Chronic and Death Row Records


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After a dispute with Eazy-E, Dre left the group at the peak of its popularity in 1991 under the advice of friend, and N.W.A lyricist, The D.O.C. and his bodyguard at the time, Suge Knight. Knight, a notorious strongman and intimidator, was able to have Eazy-E release Young from his contract and, using Dr. Dre as his flagship artist, founded Death Row Records. In 1992 Young released his first single, the title track to the film Deep Cover, a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg, whom he met through Warren G.[16] Dr. Dre’s debut solo album was The Chronic, released under Death Row Records. Young ushered in a new style of rap, both in terms of musical style and lyrical content.[20]

On the strength of singles such as “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang“, “Let Me Ride“, and “Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody’s Celebratin’)” (known as “Dre Day” for radio and television play), all of which featured Snoop Dogg as guest vocalist, The Chronic became a cultural phenomenon, its G-funk sound dominating much of hip hop music for the early 1990s.[16] In 1993 the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album multi-platinum,[21] and Dr. Dre also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his performance on “Let Me Ride“.[22] For that year, Billboard magazine also ranked Dr. Dre as the eighth best-selling musical artist, The Chronic as the sixth best-selling album, and “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” as the 11th best-selling single.[23]

Besides working on his own material, Dr. Dre produced Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle, which became the first debut album for an artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.[24] In 1994 Dr. Dre produced some songs on the soundtracks to the films Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case. He collaborated with fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube for the song “Natural Born Killaz” in 1995.[16] For the film Friday, Dre recorded “Keep Their Heads Ringin’“, which reached No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 on the Hot Rap Singles (now Hot Rap Tracks) charts.[25]

In 1995, just as Death Row Records was signing rapper 2Pac and positioning him as their major star, Young left the label amidst a contract dispute and growing concerns that label boss Suge Knight was corrupt, financially dishonest and out of control. In 1996, he formed his own label, Aftermath Entertainment, under the distribution label for Death Row Records, Interscope Records.[16] Subsequently, Death Row Records suffered poor sales by 1997, especially following the death of 2Pac and theracketeering charges brought against Knight.[26]

1996–98: Move to Aftermath Entertainment

The Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath album, released on November 26, 1996, featured songs by Dr. Dre himself, as well as by newly signed Aftermath Entertainment artists, and a solo track “Been There, Done That“, intended as a symbolic farewell togangsta rap.[27] Despite being classified platinum by the RIAA,[28] the album was not very popular among music fans.[16] In October 1996, Dre performed “Been There, Done That” on Saturday Night Live.[29] In 1997, Dr. Dre produced several tracks on The Firm‘s The Album; it was met with largely negative reviews from critics. Rumors began to abound that Aftermath was facing financial difficulties.[30] Aftermath Entertainment also faced a trademark infringement lawsuit by the underground thrash metal band Aftermath.[31] First Round Knock Out, a compilation of various tracks produced and performed by Dr. Dre was also released in 1996, with material ranging from World Class Wreckin’ Cru to N.W.A to Death Row recordings.[32]

Despite the mixed reception to his label’s album, Dr. Dre was featured on two Billboard Hot 100 No.1 singles in 1996, those being 2Pac‘s “California Love” and R&B group Blackstreet‘s “No Diggity“. They were Dr. Dre’s first No.1 singles as a lead or featured artist.

The turning point for Aftermath came in 1998, when Jimmy Iovine, the head of Aftermath’s parent label Interscope, suggested that Dr. Dre sign Eminem, a rapper from Detroit. Dre produced three songs and provided vocals for two on Eminem’s successful and controversial debut album The Slim Shady LP, released in 1999.[33] The Dr. Dre-produced lead single from that album, “My Name Is“, would help propel Eminem into stardom. The album was eventually certified 4x Platinum and helped to revive the Aftermath label. Also during this time, Dre assisted on the mix for Nine Inch Nails‘ track “Even Deeper”, from 1999 album The Fragile.

1999–2000: 2001

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Dr. Dre’s second solo album, 2001, released on November 16, 1999, was considered an ostentatious return to his gangsta rap roots.[34] It was initially titled The Chronic 2000 to imply being a sequel to his debut solo effort The Chronic but was re-titled 2001 after Death Row Records released an unrelated compilation album with the title Chronic 2000: Still Smokin in May 1999. Other tentative titles included The Chronic 2001 and Dr. Dre.[35] The album featured numerous collaborators, including Devin the Dude, Hittman, Snoop Dogg, XzibitNate Dogg and Eminem. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the website Allmusic described the sound of the album as “adding ominous strings, soulful vocals, and reggae” to Dr. Dre’s style.[34] The album was highly successful, charting at number two on theBillboard 200 charts[36] and has since been certified six times platinum,[21] validating a recurring theme on the album: Dr. Dre was still a force to be reckoned with, despite the lack of major releases in the previous few years. The album included popular hit singles “Still D.R.E.” and “Forgot About Dre“, both of which Dr. Dre performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 23, 1999.[37] Dr. Dre won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in 2000,[16] and joined the Up in Smoke Tour with fellow rappers Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube that year as well.[38]

During the course of 2001′s popularity, Dr. Dre was involved in several lawsuits. Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company behind the Star Wars film franchise, sued him over the use of the THX-trademarked “Deep Note“.[39] The Fatback Band also sued Dr. Dre over alleged infringement regarding its song “Backstrokin'” in his song “Let’s Get High” from the 2001 album; Dr. Dre was ordered to pay $1.5 million to the band in 2003.[40] The online music file-sharing company Napster also settled a lawsuit with him and heavy metal rock band Metallica in the summer of 2001, agreeing to block access to certain files that artists do not want to have shared on the network.[41]

2001–08: Focus on production

Following the success of 2001, Dr. Dre focused on producing songs and albums for other artists. He co-produced six tracks on Eminem’s landmark Marshall Mathers LP, including the Grammy-winning lead single, “The Real Slim Shady”. The album itself earned a Grammy and proved to be the fastest-selling rap album of all time, moving 1.76 million units in its first week alone.[42] He produced the single “Family Affair” by R&B singer Mary J. Blige for her album No More Drama in 2001.[43] He also produced “Let Me Blow Ya Mind“, a duet by rapper Eve and No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani[44] and signed R&B singer Truth Hurts to Aftermath in 2001.[45] Dr. Dre was the executive producer of Eminem’s 2002 release, The Eminem Show. He produced three songs on the album, one of which was released as a single, and he appeared in the award-winning video for “Without Me”.

Another copyright-related lawsuit hit Dr. Dre in the fall of 2002, when Sa Re Ga Ma, a film and music company based in Calcutta, India, sued Aftermath Entertainment over an uncredited sample of the Lata Mangeshkar song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” on the Aftermath-produced song “Addictive” by singer Truth Hurts. In February 2003, a judge ruled that Aftermath would have to halt sales of Truth Hurts’ album Truthfully Speaking if the company would not credit Mangeshkar.[46]

Another successful album on the Aftermath label was Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the 2003 major-label debut album by Queens, New York-based rapper 50 Cent. Dr. Dre produced or co-produced four tracks on the album, including the hit single “In da Club“, a joint production between Aftermath, Eminem’s boutique label Shady Records and Interscope.[47] Eminem’s fourth album since joining Aftermath, Encore, again saw Dre taking on the role of executive producer, and this time he was more actively involved in the music, producing or co-producing a total of eight tracks, including three singles. In November 2004, at the Vibe magazine awards show in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre was attacked by a fan named Jimmy James Johnson, who was supposedly asking for an autograph. In the resulting scuffle, then-G-Unit rapper Young Buck stabbed the man.[48] Johnson claimed that Suge Knight, president of Death Row Records, paid him $5,000 to assault Dre in order to humiliate him before he received his Lifetime Achievement Award.[49] Knight immediately went on CBS‘s The Late Late Show to deny involvement and insisted that he supported Dr. Dre and wanted Johnson charged.[50] In September 2005, Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to stay away from Dr. Dre until 2008.[51]

Dr. Dre also produced “How We Do“, a 2005 hit single from rapper The Game from his album The Documentary.[52] For an issue of Rolling Stone magazine in April 2005, Dr. Dre was ranked 54th out of 100 artists for Rolling Stone magazine’s list “The Immortals: The Greatest Artists of All Time”. Kanye West wrote the summary for Dr. Dre, where he stated Dr. Dre’s song “Xplosive” as where he “got (his) whole sound from”.[53]

In November 2006, Dr. Dre began working with Raekwon on his album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II.[54] He also produced tracks for the rap albums Buck the World by Young Buck,[55] Curtis by 50 Cent,[56] Tha Blue Carpet Treatment by Snoop Dogg,[57] andKingdom Come by Jay-Z.[58] Dre also appeared on Timbaland‘s track “Bounce”, from his 2007 solo album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value along side, Missy Elliott, and Justin Timberlake.[59]

Planned but unreleased albums during Dr. Dre’s tenure at Aftermath have included a full-length reunion with Snoop Dogg titled Breakup to Makeup, an album with fellow former N.W.A member Ice Cube which was to be titled Heltah Skeltah,[17] an N.W.A reunion album,[17] and a joint album with fellow producer Timbaland titled Chairmen of the Board.[60] Other upcoming albums for which he will produce include The Reformation by Bishop Lamont,[61] The Nacirema Dream by Papoose,[62] Flirt by Eve,[63]and an upcoming album by Queen Latifah.[64]

2009–present: Detox and The Planets

Detox is to be Dr. Dre’s final album.[65] In 2002, Dre told Corey Moss of MTV News that he intended Detox to be a concept album.[66] Work for the album dates back to early 2004,[67] but later in that year he decided to stop working on the album to focus on producing for other artists, but then changed his mind; the album had initially been set for a fall 2005 release.[68] After several delays, the album was finally scheduled to be released sometime in 2010 by Interscope Records, which has not set a firm release date for the album as of July 2010.[65] Producers confirmed to work on the album include DJ KhalilNottz, Bernard “Focus” Edwards Jr.,[69] Hi-Tek,[70] J.R. Rotem,[71] RZA,[72] Jay-Z,[73] Warren G, and Boi-1da.[74] Snoop Dogg claimed that Detoxwas finished, according to a June 2008 report by Rolling Stone magazine.[75]

After another delay based on producing other artists’ work, Detox was then scheduled for a 2010 release, coming after 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct and Eminem’s Relapse, an album for which Dr. Dre handled the bulk of production duties.[76][77] Dre appeared in the remix of the song “Set It Off” by Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall (also with Pusha T); the remix debuted on DJ Skee‘s radio show in December 2008.[78] At the beginning of 2009, Dre produced, and made a guest vocal performance on, the single “Crack a Bottle” by Eminem and the single sold a record 418,000 downloads in its first week.[79] and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of February 12, 2009.[80] Along with this single, in 2009 Dr. Dre produced or co-produced 19 of 20 tracks on Eminem’s album Relapse. These included other hit singles “We Made You“, “Old Time’s Sake“, and “3 a.m.“. (the only track Dre didn’t produce was the Eminem produced single “Beautiful“)

In a Dr Pepper commercial that debuted on May 28, 2009, he premiered the first official snippet of Detox.[81][82] 50 Cent and Eminem asserted in an interview on BET‘s 106 & Park that Dr. Dre had around a dozen songs finished for Detox.[83] Detox is likely to be released sometime in 2012.[84] The first two singles, “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor“, were released in September 2010 and February 2011 respectively. “Kush” has become a top 40 hit in the United States and “I Need a Doctor” peaked at Number Four on the Billboard Hot 100.[85] The third single, “The Psycho” featuring 50 Cent is set to release sometime this year respectively.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor Dr. Dre with its Founders Award for inspiring other musicians.[86]

In an August 2010 interview, Dr. Dre stated that an instrumental album titled The Planets is in its first stages of production; each song being named after a planet in the Solar System.[87] On September 3, Dr. Dre showed support to longtime protégéEminem, and appeared on his and Jay-Z‘s Home & Home Tour, performing hit songs such as “Still D.R.E.,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” and “Crack a Bottle,” alongside Eminem and another protégé, 50 Cent. Sporting an “R.I.P. Proof” shirt, Dre was honored by Eminem telling Detroit’s Comerica Park to do the same. They did so, by chanting “DEEE-TOX,” to which he replied, “I’m coming!”[88]

Dr. Dre was featured on the cover of XXL in the December/January 2011 issue. After Detox he will be one of the producers of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins‘ album Still Cool.[89]

On November 14, 2011, Dre announced that he will be taking a break from music once he has finished producing for artists Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar. In this break he will work on bringing his Beats By Dre to a standard as high as Apple and will also spend time with his family.[90]

On January 9th, 2012 Dre was announced to headline the final nights of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival taking place the weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22. [91]

Other ventures

Film career

Dr. Dre made his first on screen appearance as a weapons dealer in the 1996 bank robbery movie Set It Off.[92] In 2001, Dr. Dre also appeared in the movies The Wash and Training Day.[93] A song of his, “Bad Intentions” (featuring Knoc-Turn’Al) and produced by Mahogany, was featured on The Wash soundtrack.[94] Dr. Dre also appeared on two other songs “On the Blvd.” and “The Wash” along with his co-star Snoop Dogg. In February 2007 it was announced that Dr. Dre would produce dark comedies and horror films for New Line Cinema-owned company Crucial Films, along with longtime video director Phillip Atwell. Dr. Dre announced “This is a natural switch for me, since I’ve directed a lot of music videos, and I eventually want to get into directing.”[95] Along with fellow member Ice Cube, Dr. Dre will produce a biographical film about N.W.A tentatively titled Straight Outta Compton.[96]

Entrepreneurship

Beats By Dr. Dre logo

In July 2008, Dr. Dre released his brand of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre. The line consists of Beats Studio, a circumaural headphone, Beats Tour, an in-ear headphone, Beats Solo & Solo HD, a supra-auralheadphone, Beats Spin, Heartbeats by Lady Gaga, also an in-ear headphone, and Diddy Beats.[97] The headphones are made by Monster.[98] He is also planning to release an “Aftermath Cognac and vodka” at around the same time he releases Detox.[99] For the 2009 Fall season, HP and Dr. Dre are teaming up to release Beats By Dr. Dre with the sale of all HP laptops and headsets.[100] HP and Dr. Dre announced the deal on October 9, 2009, at a press event in Santa Monica, California. The new laptop, known as HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition, will be available for sale October 22 and be priced around $2,299. Besides the laptop, the PC comes with Dr. Dre’s signature headphones.[101]

Musical influences and style

Dr. Dre has said that his primary instrument in the studio is the Akai MPC3000, a drum machine and sampler, and that he often uses as many as four or five to produce a single recording. He cites 1970s funk musicians such as George ClintonIsaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield as his primary musical influences. Unlike most rap producers, he tries to avoid samples as much as possible, preferring to have studio musicians re-play pieces of music he wants to use, because it allows him more flexibility to change the pieces in rhythm and tempo.[102] In 2001 he told Time magazine, “I may hear something I like on an old record that may inspire me, but I’d rather use musicians to re-create the sound or elaborate on it. I can control it better.”[103] Other equipment he uses include the E-mu SP-1200 drum machine and other keyboards from such manufacturers as Korg, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Moog, and Roland.[104]

After founding Aftermath Entertainment in 1996, Dr. Dre took on producer Mel-Man as a co-producer, and his music took on a more synthesizer-based sound, using fewer vocal samples (as he had used on “Lil’ Ghetto Boy” and “Let Me Ride” on The Chronic, for example). Mel-Man has not shared co-production credits with Dr. Dre since approximately 2002, but fellow Aftermath producer Focus has credited Mel-Man as a key architect of the signature Aftermath sound.[105]

In 1999, Dr. Dre started working with Mike Elizondo, a bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist who has also produced, written and played on records for female singers such as PoeFiona Apple and Alanis Morissette,[106] In the past few years Elizondo has since worked for many of Dr. Dre’s productions.[107][108] Dr. Dre also told Scratch magazine in a 2004 interview that he has been studying piano and music theory formally, and that a major goal is to accumulate enough musical theory to score movies. In the same interview he stated that he has collaborated with famed 1960s songwriter Burt Bacharach by sending him hip hop beats to play over, and hopes to have an in-person collaboration with him in the future.[102]

Work ethic

Dr. Dre has stated that he is a perfectionist and is known to pressure the artists with whom he records to give flawless performances.[102] In 2006 Snoop Dogg told the website Dubcnn.com that Dr. Dre had made new artist Bishop Lamont re-record a single bar of vocals 107 times.[109] Dr. Dre has also stated that Eminem is a fellow perfectionist, and attributes his success on Aftermath to his similar work ethic.[102] He gives a lot of input into the delivery of the vocals and will stop an MC during a take if it isn’t to his liking.[110] However, he does give MCs he works with room to write lyrics without too much instruction unless it is a specifically conceptual record, as noted by Bishop Lamont in the book How to Rap.[111]

A consequence of his perfectionism is that some artists that initially sign deals with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label never release albums. In 2001, Aftermath released the soundtrack to the movie The Wash, featuring a number of Aftermath acts such as Shaunta, Daks, Joe Beast and Toi. To date, none have released full-length albums on Aftermath and have apparently ended their relationships with the label and Dr. Dre. Other noteworthy acts to leave Aftermath without releasing albums include King Tee,2001 vocalist Hittman, Joell OrtizRaekwon and Rakim.[112]

Collaborators/co-producers

Over the years word of other collaborators has surfaced. During his tenure at Death Row Records, it was alleged that Dr. Dre’s stepbrother Warren G and Tha Dogg Pound member Daz made many uncredited contributions to songs on his solo album The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s album Doggystyle (Daz received production credits on Snoop’s similar-sounding, albeit less successful album Tha Doggfather after Young left Death Row Records).[113]

It is known that Scott Storch, who has since gone on to become a successful producer in his own right, contributed to Dr. Dre’s second album 2001; Storch is credited as a songwriter on several songs and played keyboards on several tracks. In 2006 he told Rolling Stone:

“At the time, I saw Dr. Dre desperately needed something,” Storch says. “He needed a fuel injection, and Dr. Dre utilized me as the nitrous oxide. He threw me into the mix, and I sort of tapped on a new flavor with my whole piano sound and the strings and orchestration. So I’d be on the keyboards, and Mike [Elizondo] was on the bass guitar, and Dr. Dre was on the drum machine”.[114]

Current collaborator Mike Elizondo, when speaking about his work with Young, describes their recording process as a collaborative effort involving several musicians. In 2004 he claimed to Songwriter Universe magazine that he had written the foundations of the hit Eminem song “The Real Slim Shady“, stating, “I initially played a bass line on the song, and Dr. Dre, Tommy Coster Jr. and I built the track from there. Eminem then heard the track, and he wrote the rap to it.”[108] This account is essentially confirmed by Eminem in his book Angry Blonde, stating that the tune for the song was composed by a studio bassist and keyboardist while Dr. Dre was out of the studio but Young later programmed the song’s beat after returning.[115]

A group of disgruntled former associates of Dr. Dre complained that they had not received their full due for work on the label in the September 2003 issue of The Source. A producer named Neff-U claimed to have produced the songs “Say What You Say” and “My Dad’s Gone Crazy” on The Eminem Show, the songs “If I Can’t” and “Back Down” on 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and the beat featured on Dr. Dre’s commercial for Coors beer.[112]

Although Young studies piano and musical theory, he serves as more of a conductor than a musician himself, as Josh Tyrangiel of TIME magazine has noted:

Every Dre track begins the same way, with Dre behind a drum machine in a room full of trusted musicians. (They carry beepers. When he wants to work, they work.) He’ll program a beat, then ask the musicians to play along; when Dre hears something he likes, he isolates the player and tells him how to refine the sound. “My greatest talent,” Dre says, “is knowing exactly what I want to hear.”[103]

Although Snoop Dogg retains working relationships with Warren G and Daz, who are alleged to be uncredited contributors on the hit albums The Chronic and Doggystyle, he states that Dr. Dre is capable of making beats without the help of collaborators, and that he is responsible for the success of his numerous albums.[116] Dr. Dre’s prominent studio collaborators, including Scott Storch, Elizondo, Mark Batson and Dawaun Parker, have shared co-writing, instrumental, and more recently co-production credits on the songs where he is credited as the producer.

Ghostwriters

It is acknowledged that most of Dr. Dre’s raps are written for him by others, though he retains ultimate control over his lyrics and the themes of his songs.[117] As Aftermath producer Mahogany told Scratch: “It’s like a class room in [the booth]. He’ll have three writers in there. They’ll bring in something, he’ll recite it, then he’ll say. ‘Change this line, change this word,’ like he’s grading papers.”[118] As seen in the credits for tracks Young has appeared on, there are often multiple people who contribute to his songs (although often in hip hop many people are officially credited as a writer for a song, even the producer).

In the book How to RapRBX explains that writing The Chronic was a “team effort”[117] and details how he ghostwrote “Let Me Ride” for Dre.[117] In regard to ghostwriting lyrics he says, “Dre doesn’t profess to be no super-duper rap dude – Dre is a super-duper producer”.[117] As a member of N.W.A, The D.O.C. wrote lyrics for him while he stuck with producing.[17] New York City rapper Jay-Z ghostwrote lyrics for the single “Still D.R.E.” from Dr. Dre’s album 2001.[35]

Personal life

Relationships and family

Dr. Dre’s eldest son is named Curtis Young. When Curtis Young was born, Greene was 16, and Dr. Dre was 17. Curtis Young is an aspiring rapper who goes by the rap moniker “Hood Surgeon”.[119] In 1988, Dr. Dre had his second son, Andre Young Jr., with Jenita Porter. Porter sued Dr. Dre in 1990 in Orange County Superior Court seeking $5,000 of child support per month.[120] From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Dre dated singer Michel’le, who frequently contributed vocals to Death Row Records albums. In 1991, the couple had a son, Marcel.[121] In 1996, Dr. Dre married Nicole Threatt, the ex-wife of NBA player Sedale Threatt.[122] They have two children together: a son named Truth (born 1997) and a daughter named Truly (born 2001).[123]

On August 23, 2008, Young’s second son, Andre Young Jr., died at the age of 20 at his mother’s Woodland Hills home.[120] The coroner determined that he died from an overdose of heroin and morphine.[124]

Income

In 2001, Dr. Dre earned a total of about US$52 million from selling part of his share of Aftermath Entertainment to Interscope Records and his production of such hit songs that year as “Family Affair” by Mary J. BligeRolling Stone magazine thus named him the second highest-paid artist of the year.[43] Dr. Dre was ranked 44th in 2004 from earnings of $11.4 million, primarily from production royalties from such projects as albums from G-Unit and D12 and the single “Rich Girl” by singer Gwen Stefani and rapper Eve.[125]

 

From Wikipedia.com

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg (formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg), is an American rappersingerrecord producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre‘s most notable protégés. Snoop Dogg was a Crip gang member while in high school. Shortly after graduation, he was arrested for cocaine possession and spent six months in Wayside County Jail. His music career began in 1992 after his release when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on several tracks on Dre’s solo debut, The Chronic and on the titular theme song to the film Deep Cover.

Snoop’s debut album Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records making a debut at No.1 on both the Billboard 200 and R&B charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle quickly became certified 4x platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice“. In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself. In early 1996, Snoop Dogg was cleared of charges over his bodyguard’s 1993 murder of Philip Woldemariam. His second album, late 1996’s Tha Doggfather, also debuted at No.1 on both charts with “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head” as the lead single. The album sold only half as well, being certified double platinum in 1997.

Tha Doggfather was his last release for Death Row before he signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told in 1998, No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (making it his last album of the 90s), and Tha Last Meal in 2000, which was his last No Limit Records album. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released his album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. Then he signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The MasterpieceTha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin’Malice ‘n Wonderland(2009) and Doggumentary (2011), his most recent release, were on Priority.

In addition to music, Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows: Doggy Fizzle TelevizzleSnoop Dogg’s Father Hood and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team. He has run into many legal troubles, some of which caused him to be legally banned from the UK and Australia, although the UK ban was later reversed after a long legal battle.[1] He is the cousin of Nate DoggDaz DillingerRBX and Lil’ ½ Dead and the cousin of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J. Starting September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivatedPriority Records.[2]

 

Life and career

Early life

Named after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Sr. (December 10, 1948 – November 9, 1985, Los Angeles), Calvin Broadus was born October 20, 1971 at the Los Altos Hospital in Long Beach, California, the second of three sons of Beverly Broadus (née Tate; born April 27, 1951, McComb, Mississippi).[3][4][5] His father, Vernall Varnado (born December 13, 1949, Magnolia, Mississippi),[3] was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who was said to be frequently absent from his life.[6] Broadus’ parents nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child because of his appearance, but usually addressed him as Calvin at home.[7][8] His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975. At an early age, Broadus began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping.[9][10] He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and was convicted for cocaine possession, serving six months at the Wayside County Jail.[7]

As a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. Snoop Dogg was a member of the Rollin’ 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach,[11][12] although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang.[9] Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine.[7] Snoop Dogg’s conviction caused him to be frequently in and out of prison for the first three years after he graduated from high school. Snoop, along with his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil’ ½ Dead and friendWarren G, recorded home made tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code at the time. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue‘s “Hold On” had made it to a mixtape which was heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who phoned to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A member The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks and chorus.[13]

1992–93: Doggystyle

When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. The huge success of Snoop Dogg’s debut Doggystyle was partially because of this intense exposure.[7]

To fuel the ascendance of West Coast G-funk hip hop, the singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice” reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months.[7]Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.[14] Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz DillingerKuruptNate Dogg and others. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a relatively soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: “Snoop’s vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and literally, he speaks softly.”[9]

A short film about Snoop Dogg’s murder trial called Murder Was The Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. On July 6, 1995, Doggy Style Records, Inc., a record label founded by Snoop Dogg, was registered with theCalifornia Secretary of State as business entity number C1923139.[15]

1996–97: Tha Doggfather

After Snoop Dogg was acquitted of murder charges on February 20, 1996, he and the mother of his son and their kennel of 20 pit bulls moved into a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) home in the hills of Claremont, California and by August 1996 Doggy Style Records, a subsidiary of Death Row Records, signed The Gap Band‘s Charlie Wilson as one of the record label’s first artists.[16]

However, by the time Snoop Dogg’s second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the price of living (or sometimes just imitating) the gangsta life had become very evident. Among the many notable hip hop industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg’s friend and labelmate 2Pac and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight.[7] Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 because of a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.

This album featured a distinct change of style as compared to Doggystyle, and the leadoff single, “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head“, featured a collaboration with Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson. While the album sold reasonably well, it was not as successful as its predecessor. However, Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. The immediate aftermath of Dr. Dre’s withdrawal from Death Row Records, realizing that he was subject to an iron-clad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight, other than the insulting “Fuck Death Row”, until his contract expired.[11] In an interview with Neil Strauss in 1998, Snoop Dogg stated that though he had been given lavish gifts by his former label they had withheld royalty payments to the artist.[17]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that after Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg began “moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic”:[7] for instance, Snoop participated in the 1997 Lollapalooza concert tour, which featured mainly alternative rock music. Troy J. Augusto of Variety noticed that Snoop’s set at Lollapalooza attracted “much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit” in the audience.[18]

1998–2000: No LimitTop Dogg and Tha Last Meal

Snoop signed with Master P‘s No Limit Records (distributed by Priority/EMI Records) in 1998 and debuted on the label with Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told that year. His other albums from No Limit were No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (selling over 1,503,865 copies) and Tha Last Meal in 2000 (selling over 1,000,000).[7] In 2001, his autobiography, Tha Doggfather, was published.

2002: Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$

In 2002 he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, on Priority/Capitol/EMI Records, selling over 1,300,000 copies. The album featured the hit singles “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” and “Beautiful“, featuring guest vocals by Pharrell. By this stage in his career, Snoop Dogg had left behind his “gangster” image and embraced a “pimp” image.

2004–05: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

In 2004, Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment both of which are distributed through Interscope Records; Star Trak is headed by producer duo The Neptunes, which produced several tracks for Snoop’s 2004 release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg’s first single to reach number one. His third release was “Signs“, featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at #2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold 1,724,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and television. Snoop Dogg joined Warren G and Nate Doggto form the group 213 and released album The Hard Way in 2004. Debuting at No.4 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it included single “Groupie Luv”. Together with fellow rappers Lil’ JonXzibit and David Banner, Snoop Dogg appeared in the music video for Korn‘s “Twisted Transistor“.

2006: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Snoop Dogg’s appeared on two tracks from Ice Cube’s 2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later, including the single “Go to Church“, and on several tracks on Tha Dogg Pound‘s Cali Iz Active the same year. Also, his latest song, “Real Talk”, was leaked over the Internet in the summer of 2006 and a video was later released on the Internet. “Real Talk” was a dedication to former Crips leader Stanley “Tookie” Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California. Two other singles on which Snoop made a guest performance were “Keep Bouncing” by Too $hort (also with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas) and “Gangsta Walk” by Coolio.

Snoop’s 2006 album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.5 and has sold over 850,000 copies. The album and the second single “That’s That Shit” featuring R. Kelly were well received by critics. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers for his single “Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)“.

2007–08: Ego Trippin’

In July 2007, Snoop Dogg also made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone prior to its release as a single, which was “It’s the D.O.G.” On July 7, 2007, Snoop Dogg performed at the Live Earth concert, Hamburg.[19] Snoop Dogg has ventured into singing for Bollywood with his first ever rap for an Indian movie Singh Is Kinng; the title of the song is also “Singh is Kinng”. He also appears in the movie as himself.[20] The album featuring the song was released on June 8, 2008 on Junglee Music Records.[21] He released his ninth studio album, Ego Trippin’ (selling 400,000 copies in the U.S.), along with the first single, “Sexual Eruption“. The single peaked at No.7 on the Billboard 100, featuring Snoop using autotune. The album featured production from QDT (Quik-Dogg-Teddy).

2009–10: Malice n Wonderland and More Malice

Snoop was appointed an executive position at Priority Records. His tenth studio album, Malice n Wonderland, was released on December 8, 2009. The first single from the album, “Gangsta Luv“, featuring The-Dream, peaked at No.35 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at No.23 on the Billboard 200, selling 61,000 copies its first week, making it his lowest charting album. His third single, “I Wanna Rock“, peaked at No.41 on the Billboard Hot 100. Snoop features on the latest Gorillaz album,Plastic Beach. The fourth single from Malice n Wonderland, titled “Pronto”, featuring Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, was released on iTunes on December 1, 2009. Snoop re-released the album under the name More Malice.

2011–12: Doggumentary

Snoop collaborated with Katy Perry on the first single from her second mainstream album, “California Gurls“, which was released on May 11, 2010. Snoop can also be heard on the track “Flashing” by Dr. Dre and on Curren$y‘s song “Seat Change“. He was also featured on a new single from Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, titled “Get ’em Girls” (released September 2010). Snoop’s latest effort was backing American recording artist, Emii, on her second single entitled “Mr. Romeo” (released October 26, 2010 as a follow-up to “Magic”). Snoop also collaborated with American comedy troupe The Lonely Island in their song “Turtleneck & Chain”, in their 2011 album Turtleneck & Chain.

Snoop Dogg’s newest studio album is Doggumentary, The album was renamed to Doggumentary and was released during March 2011.[22] Snoop was featured on Gorillaz‘ latest album Plastic Beach on a track called: “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach” with the The Hypnotic Brass, he also completed another track with them entitled “Sumthing Like This Night” which does not appear on Plastic Beach, yet does appear on Doggumentary. He also appears on the latest Tech N9ne album All 6’s and 7’s (released June 7, 2011) on a track called “Pornographic” which also features E-40 and Krizz Kaliko.

2012–present: Reincarnated

On February 4, 2012, Snoop Dogg announced a new documentary alongside his new upcoming studio album entitled Reincarnated.[23] Snoop Dogg is set to headline the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Canada this summer. [24]

Other ventures

Media appearances

Snoop Dogg has appeared on television and in films throughout his career. In 1998, Snoop had a cameo appearance in the film Half Baked as the “Scavenger Smoker”.[25] In 2000, Snoop (as “Michael J. Corleone”) directed Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, apornographic film produced by Hustler. The film, combining hip hop with x-rated material, was a huge success and won “Top Selling Release of the Year” at the 2002 AVN Awards.[26] Snoop then directed Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp in 2002 (using the nickname “Snoop Scorsese”).[27]

In 2001, Snoop lent his voice to the animated show King of the Hill, in which he played a white pimp named Alabaster Jones.[28] He played a lead character in the movie The Wash with Dr. Dre. He portrayed a drug dealer in a wheelchair in the film Training Day, featuring Denzel Washington.[29] In 2001, Snoop starred in the horror film Bones, with him playing a murdered mobster who returns from the dead to exact his revenge against those who murdered him.

In 2002, Snoop hosted, starred in, and produced his own MTV sketch comedy show entitled Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. Snoop was filmed for a brief cameo appearance in the television movie It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), but his performance was omitted from the final cut of the movie.[30] On November 8, 2004, Snoop Dogg was starred in the episode “Two of a Kind” of NBC‘s series Las Vegas.[31]

In 2004, Snoop appeared on the Showtime series The L Word as the character “Slim Daddy”. He also notably played the drug dealer-turned-informant character of Huggy Bear, in the 2004 remake film of the 1970s TV-series of the same name, Starsky & Hutch. He appeared as himself in the episode “MILF Money” of Weeds,[32] and made an appearance on the TV shows Entourage[33] and Monk,[34] for which he recorded a version of the theme, in July 2007.

Snoop Dogg at WrestleMania XXIV at Orlando‘sCitrus Bowl with Ashley Massaro and tag team partner Maria, March 30, 2008

Snoop founded his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, in 2005. Their debut film was Boss’n Up, a film inspired by Snoop Dogg’s album R&G, starring Lil Jon and Trina.[35]

In December 2007, his reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood premiered on the E! channel.[36] Snoop Dogg joined the NBA’s Entertainment League.[37] On March 30, 2008 he appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Master of Ceremonies for a tag team match between Maria and Ashley Massaro as they took on Beth Phoenix and Melina.[38]

On May 8 and May 9, 2008, Snoop appeared as himself on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, with a new opening theme recorded by the artist presented for both episodes. In the episodes, Snoop performs at the bachelorette party for character Adriana Cramer, and credits Bo Buchanan with helping him get his start in show business.[39][40] On February 24, 2010, Snoop Dogg reprised his role, performing his song “I Wanna Rock” from his new album, Malice n Wonderland, as well as once again performing a special remixed, vocal rendition of the show’s opening theme.[41] In recent interviews he has explained that, as a child, One Life to Live was one of his favorite shows, and he still regards the show fondly. He has also stated that he has always been a particular fan of Robert S. Woods, who has portrayed the character of Bo Buchanan since 1979.

In 2009, Snoop Dogg appeared in Sacha Baron Cohen‘s film Brüno as himself performing a rap addition to the song “Dove Of Peace”.[42] On October 19, 2009, Snoop Dogg was the guest host of WWE Raw.

In July 2009, Snoop revealed his desire to appear in the popular soap opera Coronation Street while touring in the UK. However ITV bosses were said to be less keen.[43]

In 2010, Snoop Dogg appeared in an episode of I Get That a Lot on CBS as a parking-lot attendant.

In June 2010, Snoop created a music video for True Blood accompanying a song he wrote for one of the main characters of the show entitled “Oh Sookie.”[44][45]

In March 2011, Snoop participated in Comedy Central‘s Roast of Donald Trump with other comedians and media personalities.[46]

January 2, 2012, appeared on the The Price Is Right and raised $72,000 for his charity, Snoop Youth Football League.

Endorsements

Snoop Dogg performing live in Hawaii, July 23, 2005.

Style and rap skills

Kool Moe Dee ranks Snoop at No.33 in his book There’s a God on the Mic, and says he has “an ultra-smooth, laidback delivery”,[65] and “flavor-filled melodic rhyming”.[66] Peter Shapiro describes Snoop’s delivery as a “molasses drawl[67] and Allmusicnotes his “drawled, laconic rhyming” style.[7] Kool Moe Dee refers to Snoop’s use of vocabulary, saying he “keeps it real simple…he simplifies it and he’s effective in his simplicity”.[68]

Snoop is known to freestyle some of his lyrics on the spot for some songs – in the book How to RapLady of Rage says, “Snoop Dogg, when I worked with him earlier in his career, that’s how created his stuff… he would freestyle, he wasn’t a writer then, he was a freestyler,”[69] and The D.O.C. states, “Snoop’s [rap] was a one take willy, but his shit was all freestyle. He hadn’t written nothing down. He just came in and started busting. The song was “Tha Shiznit”—that was all freestyle. He started busting and when we got to the break, Dre cut the machine off, did the chorus and told Snoop to come back in. He did that throughout the record. That’s when Snoop was in the zone then.”

Peter Shapiro says that Snoop debuted on “Deep Cover” with a “shockingly original flow – which sounded like a Slick Rick born in South Carolina instead of South London[70] and adds that he “showed where his style came from by covering Slick Rick‘s ‘La Di Da Di'”.[67] Referring to Snoop’s flow, Kool Moe Dee calls him “one of the smoothest, funkiest flow-ers in the game”.[66] How to Rap also notes that Snoop is known to use syncopation in his flow to give it a laidback quality,[71] as well as ‘linking with rhythm’ in his compound rhymes,[72] using alliteration,[73] and employing a “sparse” flow with good use of pauses.[74]

Snoop re-popularized the use of -izzle speak, particularly in the pop and hip-hop music industry.[75]

Personal life

Snoop Dogg in August 2009

Broadus’s father left the family when Broadus was three months old. Snoop married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, on June 12, 1997. On May 21, 2004, he filed for divorce from Shante, citing irreconcilable differences.[76] The couple renewed their wedding vows on January 12, 2008.[77] R&B singers Brandy and Ray J are his first cousins.[78] In 2002, the rapper announced he was giving up marijuana, one of his image trademarks, for good.[79] According to his IMDb biography, Snoop is a fan of the thrash metal band Metallica[80] and performed their song “Sad But True” on the band’s 2003 MTV Icon Special which is available on YouTube.[81] A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Snoop Dogg to be of 0% East Asian, 23% Native American, 6% European, and 71% African descent.[82]

Snoop is an avid fan of hometown teams Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Snoop is also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.[83] and is often seen wearing Pittsburgh Steelers apparel. Snoop has mentioned that his love for the Steelers began in the 1970s during the team’s dynasty years while watching the team with his grandfather growing up in L.A.[84] In the 2005 offseason, Snoop mentioned that he wanted to be an NFL head coach, “probably for the Steelers”.[85] The following year, he was in attendance for the Steelers’ victory in Super Bowl XL and later in Super Bowl XLIII. He is also a fan of the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, often wearing a No.5 jersey, and has been seen at Raiders training camps.[86] He did his own free style rap based on his similarities with Tony Romo.[87][88] He is also a fan of theUSC Trojans Football team. He has also shown affection for the New England Patriots, as he has been seen performing at the Gillette Stadium and picked the Patriots as the favorite to win Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles.[89][90] On August 6, 2009, Snoop visited the training camp of the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.[91] He was invited by Ray Lewis the day after his concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

A certified football coach, Snoop Dogg has been head coach for his son’s youth football teams and the John A. Rowland High School team.[92][93]

Snoop Dogg is an avid hockey fan; he sported a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey (with the name and number ‘GIN AND JUICE’ 94 on the back) and a jersey of the now-defunct Springfield (MA) Indians of the American Hockey League in his 1994 music video, “Gin And Juice”. On the E! show, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, Snoop Dogg and his family received lessons on playing hockey from the Anaheim Ducks, then returning to the Honda Center to cheer on the Ducks against the Vancouver Canucks in the episode Snow in da Hood.[94]

In 2009, it was revealed that Snoop Dogg was a member of the Nation of Islam. On March 1, 2009, he made an appearance at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day holiday, where he praised minister Louis Farrakhan. Snoop claimed to be a member of the Nation of Islam, but he declined to give the date on which he joined. He also donated $1,000 to the organization.[95][96][97]

Snoop claimed in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine that unlike other hip hop artists who’ve superficially adopted the pimp persona, he was an actual professional pimp in 2003 and 2004, saying “That shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin’ layups for me. I was makin’ ’em every time.” He goes on to say that upon the advice of some of the other pimps he knew, he eventually gave up pimping to spend more time with his family.[98]

Legal issues

Mug shot of Snoop Dogg taken in September 1993.

Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine.[7]

While recording Doggystyle in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was shot and killed by Snoop’s bodyguard, McKinley Lee; Snoop was charged with murder along with Lee as he was driving the vehicle from which the shooting had commenced. Snoop and Lee were defended by Johnnie Cochran.[99] Both Snoop and Lee were acquitted; Lee was acquitted on grounds of self-defense, but Snoop Dogg remained entangled in the legal battles around the case for three years.[100]

In July 1993, Snoop was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police while conducting a search of his car. In February 1997, he pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years’ probation.[101][102]

In May 1998, Snoop Dogg was fined and arrested for a misdemeanor of marijuana possession.[103]

In October 2001, Snoop Dogg was arrested again for a misdemeanor of marijuana possession.[103] In 2002 he pleaded no contest and was fined a total of $398.30 and received a suspended 30-day jail sentence.[104]

Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and The Game were sued for assaulting a fan on stage at a May 2005 concert at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. The accuser, Richard Monroe, Jr., claimed he was beaten by the artists’ entourage while mounting the stage.[105] He alleged that he reacted to an “open invite” to come on stage. Before he could, Snoop’s bodyguards grabbed him and he was beaten unconscious by crewmembers, including the rapper and producer Soopafly; Snoop and The Game were included in the suit for not intervening. The lawsuit focuses on a pecuniary claim of $22 million in punitive and compensatory damagesbattery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.[106] The concerned parties appeared in court in April 2009.

On April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested after being turned away from British Airways‘ first class lounge at Heathrow Airport. Snoop and his party were not allowed to enter the lounge because some of the entourage were flying first class, other members in economy class. After the group was escorted outside, they vandalized a duty-free shop by throwing whiskey bottles. Seven police officers were injured in the midst of the disturbance. After a night in jail, Snoop and the other men were released on bail on April 27, but he was unable to perform at the Premier Foods People’s Concert in Johannesburg on the same day. As part of his bail conditions, he had to return to the police station in May. The group has been banned by British Airways for “the foreseeable future.”[107][108] When Snoop Dogg appeared at a London police station on May 11, he was cautioned for affray under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for use of threatening words or behavior.[109] On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop Dogg should be denied entry to the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future due to the incident at Heathrow as well as his previous convictions in the United States for drugs and firearms offenses.[110][111] Snoop Dogg’s visa card was rejected by local authorities on March 24, 2007 because of the Heathrow incident.[112] A concert at London’s Wembley Arena on March 27 went ahead with Diddy (with whom he toured Europe) and the rest of the show. However the decision affected four more British performances in Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow[113] and Budapest (due to rescheduling).[114] As of March 2010, Snoop Dogg has been allowed back into the UK.[1]

On September 27, 2006, Snoop Dogg was detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security, after airport screeners found a collapsible police baton in Snoop’s carry-on bag. The baton was confiscated but Snoop was allowed to board the flight. He has been charged with various weapons violations stemming from this incident. Donald Etra, Snoop’s lawyer, told deputies the baton was a prop for a musical sketch. Snoop was sentenced to three years’ probation and 160 hours of community service starting on September 20, 2007.[115]

Snoop Dogg was arrested again on October 26, 2006 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California while parked in a passenger loading zone. Approached by airport security for a traffic infraction, he was found in possession of marijuana and a firearm, according to a police statement. He was transported to Burbank Police Department Jail, booked, and released on $35,000 bond. He faced firearm and drug possession charges on December 12 at Burbank Superior Court.[116]

He was again arrested on November 29, 2006, after performing on The Tonight Show, for possession of marijuana and a firearm.[117]

Snoop was arrested again on March 12, 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden after performing in a concert with P. Diddy in Stockholm’s Globe Arena after he and a female companion reportedly “reeked” of marijuana. They were released four hours later after providing a urine sample. The results on urine determined whether charges would be pressed. However the rapper denied all charges.[118][119]

On April 26, 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship banned him from entering the country on character grounds, citing his prior criminal convictions. He had been scheduled to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on April 29, 2007.[120] Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship lifted the ban in September 2008 and had granted him visa to tour Australia. DIAC said “In making this decision, the department weighed his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour while in Australia, recent conduct – including charity work – and any likely risk to the Australian community … We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa.”[121]

Snoop Dogg’s many legal issues forced San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to withdraw his plan to issue a proclamation to the rapper.[122]

Snoop Dogg was banned from Parkpop, a festival in the Netherlands on June 27, 2010, where he was scheduled to perform. The mayor and law enforcement officials asked organizers of the festival to find an artist more “open and friendly” to play the event.[123]

Snoop Dogg was arrested again on January 7, 2012 for possession of Marijuana charge after Border control agents discovered a small amount of marijuana on his tour bus. Snoop Dogg was stopped at the same Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint on Saturday where country singer Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in 2010. The agents conducted a routine inspection of his tour bus at the U.S.- Mexico border checkpoint, east of El Paso, Texas and thought they smelled marijuana. Snoop Dogg was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, released and given a court date of Friday, January 20, 2012.

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: AVICII – #2

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: AVICII – #2

Posted on 11 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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Tim Bergling (born 8 September 1989), cialis sale ailment known professionally as Avicii, viagra Tom Hangs, and Tim Berg, is a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer.[1] His debut single, “Seek Bromance“, reached the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. In 2011, Avicii released “Levels” (sampling the song “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Etta James), which reached the top ten in Croatia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and topped the charts in Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

In 2011, Avicii was ranked No. 6 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine.[2]

Personal life

Tim Bergling was born on 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Avicii emerged in the music industry in 2008, when he was 18 years old, compiling a remix of the theme song to the Commodore 64 video game Lazy Jones. This led to his first release on Strike Recordings, entitled “Lazy Lace.”

Hotpress dance critic Sean Russell described him as “the only dj capable of whipping instruments and audiences alike into complete submission”.

In 2010, Avicii released a collaboration with fellow Swedish DJ John Dahlbäck, titled “Don’t Hold Back.” He is additionally working on projects with internationally-recognized DJs Tiësto and Sebastian Ingrosso.[3] While his work is primarily electronic synthetic tracks, EMI released a vocal version of his track “Bromance,” titled “Seek Bromance.”[4]

In October 2010, Avicii signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing. Based in London and New York, EMI is the fourth-largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry, making it one of the “big four” record companies and a member of the RIAA.

In 2011, his collaboration track, “Sunshine”, with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording.[5] His tracks Penguin has gone on to be sampled by Leona Lewis. Though there is conflict and controversy regarding Avicii receiving royalties over his creations.

Influences

Avicii’s influences include Tiesto, Daft Punk, Laidback Luke, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Axwell, Ryan Blair, Eric Prydz, Josef Kelly and Ste Kirwan.

“I’ve always been into music, and growing up with older siblings. I’ve also had loads of different influences when it comes to my music taste. There are loads of other people that have influenced me but I think the biggest inspirations I’ve had aside from my manager has been the Swedish House Mafia guys and Eric Prydz, they were the ones who first got me into house!” Avicii – April 2011[6]

His first big track, “Manman,” was released on Pete Tong‘s label, Bedroom Bedlam, after winning Pete Tong’s Fast Trax with 70 percent of the votes.

Touring

2010 / 2011

North America

In North America, he played at Palace and The Guelph Concert Theatre in Guelph, Ontario; Club Glow in Washington, D.C.; SET and Nikki Beach in Miami; Club Pacha in New York; Electric Zoo Festival at Randall’s Island in New York; Ultra Music Festival in Miami; Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Ruby Skye in San Francisco; Vision Night Club in Chicago; The Guvernment in Toronto; Beta Night Club in Waterloo, Ontario; Stages in Kingston, Ontario; Tokyo Club in Montreal; Club Mansion in London, Ontario, The Majestic in Madison, Wisconsin, Congress Theater in Chicago, Illinois, Wet Republic’s Daylife in Las Vegas and The Edmonton Event Centre in Edmonton, among other locations.[7] The largest crowd Avicii has played for to date was on the main stage at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on 26 June 2011. On 22 October 2011 Avicii performed at Bert’s Warehouse in Detroit, Michigan. On 28 October, he performed at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. On 29 October 2011 Avicii performed at Pic-a-Chic farm in Bloomington, Indiana as part of a Halloween and Indiana University Homecoming celebration.[8][9] Avicii also played at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on 29 October 2011.

Europe

Avicii headlined at the 2011 Inox Festival in Toulouse, France. Other appearances include Space in Ibiza; Monaco International Clubbing Show at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco; Fabulous Festival in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; Ms Connexion in Mannheim; Aquarius Zr?e in Novalja; La Dune in Toulouse; Illusions at Festivalpark Complex in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic; AF-Borgen in Lund, Sweden; and Mach 1 in Nuremberg.[7]

Several of his concerts have been recorded for Sirius XM Radio‘s Trance and Progressive House channel. On 23 October 2010, in support of his world tour, Avicii presented his work in an exclusive hour-long set on Channel 52 of the Electric Area on Sirius XM Radio.[10]

Dominican Republic

Avicii has played at Tara’s in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on 8 July 2011, at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 9 July 2011, Governors Island, NYC on 17 July 2011.

Belgium

Avicii played at the Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium on 23 July 2011.

Canada

On 7 September 2011, Avicii performed at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. On 15 September, he played a private set for students of McGill University in Montreal.

On 9 September he played at The Necto (nightclub) in Ann Arbor, MI. On 11 September, he performed in Syracuse, NY as part of the annual fall concert series Juice Jam. London, Ontario as part of the O-Week celebration for The University of Western Ontario. On 12 September, he performed at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York to a crowd of mostly University at Albany students.

Slovenia

On 15 October, he performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the International Foam Festival with David Morales and Ian Carey.

2012

Australia

December 2011 Avicii was on the line up for the country wide festival Stereosonic. Avicii and Calvin Harris attended homebar Sydney, Australia on 14 January for charity.

Sweden

Avicii performed three shows in his hometown, Stockholm, on 2 and 3 March. The concerts were at Ericsson Globe Arena. During the first concert on the afternoon of Friday 2 March, a temporary platform built for the audience collapsed. A total of 26 people were sent to the hospital, and one 17-year old teenage girl suffered a severe concussion. As a result of the accident, the second concert, scheduled for Friday evening, was canceled. A new platform was built in hope that the Saturday evening concert could continue.[11]

South Africa

Avicii completed a tour of South Africa in 2012, performing in three different cities over two days. The first show was at Wave House in Durban on 30 March, where he played at 22:00. The second show was at Wild Waters in Johannesburg on 31 March. The venue plays host to South Africa’s premier outdoor music festival, H2O. Avicii played the “sunset set” at 17:00 in perfect weather conditions to a fantastic crowd. After playing for 1 hour and 30 minutes, he flew to Cape Town to play the midnight set at Thunder City, where he played for 2 hours and 45 minutes to an even more fantastic crowd. Various South African DJ’s accompanied him on the tour, including DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Pascal & Pearce and Goldfish.

Mexico

Avicii performed at Electro Beach Music Festival in Puerto Vallarta, In the 8 and 15 March. [12]

Taiwan

Avicii performed at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall on 6 April.

Singapore

Avicii Performed at Zoukout 2011.

Music

Levels

Avicii’s most notable song has been the single “Levels” which was released officially 28 Oct 2011. The song had already been a major hit in the EDM world all through 2011 but after its official release it became a huge mainstream hit giving Avicii and the EDM movement even greater notoriety. The song was written by Avicii, Ash Pournouri, and an unidentified third party, and contains a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James. The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his song “Finally Moving” in 2006. This sample was also used by Flo Rida in his single “Good Feeling”. This song has been remixed by several artists, the most popular were made by Skrillex, DJ E.V.G., Cazzette and Noise inc.

2012

On 23 March 2012, Avicii’s unsigned single “Last Dance” was previewed on Pete Tong’s show on BBC Radio 1. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 he played a teaser of his remix of Ruth-Anne’s “All You Need Is Love”. Also, He played two new remixes, Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” titled “Avicii vs Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Avicii’s UMF Remix) and Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz – Superlove (Avicii’s Space Mix) Later in the year his debut album is set to be released entitled “The Battery Pack”.

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Beirut – #3

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Beirut – #3

Posted on 10 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of shop New Mexico” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe,_New_Mexico”>Santa Fe native Zachary Francis Condon, and later expanded into a band. The band’s first performances were in New York, in May 2006, to support the release of their debut album, Gulag Orkestar.[1][2] Beirut’s music combines elements of indie-rock and world music.

History

Early years

Zach Condon was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 1986.[3] He was brought up in Newport News, Virginia before moving back to New Mexico.[4][5] Zach played trumpet in a jazz band as a teenager and cites jazz as a major influence.[6]

Condon attended Santa Fe High School, where he was a student until he dropped out at the age of 16.[5] According to a 2011 interview [7] with David Dye on NPR, growing up in Santa Fe meant that Condon was exposed to Mexican music such as mariachi. He also worked at a cinema showing international films and this piqued his interest in Fellini arias and Sicilian funeral brass as well as providing his first experience of Balkan music[8], including perhaps that of Goran Bregovi? and Boban Markovi?.

He later enrolled in community college, but only attended for a short period before traveling to Europe at the age of 17 with his older brother, Ryan.[9] This discovery and Condon’s subsequent exploration of world music proved to be instrumental in the development of Beirut’s melodic sound.[1] Zach’s musical legacy has also stemmed to his younger brother Ross Condon, who plays in the Brooklyn based band Total Slacker.[10][11][12][13]

Gulag Orkestar

On his return from Europe, Condon enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he studied Portuguese and photography.[4] Condon recorded the bulk of the material used for Gulag Orkestar by himself in his bedroom, going into the studio to finish the album with the assistance of Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw), who became early members of the band Beirut.

On the strength of the recordings, Condon was signed under the name of Beirut to Ba Da Bing! records, and Gulag Orkestar was given a May 2006 release. Condon recruited some friends to play the music live for the first shows in New York, and Beirut was born.

Beirut’s first official music video was for the song “Elephant Gun“. The second video, which was for the song “Postcards from Italy”, was directed by Alma Har’el, and was released later. 2007 saw the first release of the full band with the Lon Gisland EP.

The Flying Club Cup

Beirut’s second album, The Flying Club Cup, was recorded largely at a makeshift studio in Albuquerque and completed at Arcade Fire‘s studio in Quebec. The music on the album has a French influence due to Condon’s interest in French chanson during its recording.[14] Condon has cited Francophone singers Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg and Yves Montand as influences.[15] He also expressed interest in French film and culture, claiming this was his original reason for travelling to Europe.[16] The Flying Club Cup was officially released in October 2007. In September 2007 they did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon. A DVD, Cheap Magic Inside, was shot but quickly sold out; in December 2010, Beirut, BaDaBing, and Blogotheque authorized its dissemination via digital download.[17]

March of the Zapotec

On April 3, 2008, Beirut canceled a previously announced summer European tour.[18] The band had already been touring and had completed the U.S. leg of the tour, but before the European leg, Condon stated that after two months of touring, he was suffering from exhaustion.[19] Zach Condon explained the cancellations in a post on the official Beirut website, stating that he wanted to put the effort into ensuring that any shows would be “as good as humanly possible”.[20] In January 2009 the double EP March of the Zapotec/Holland EP was released, containing an official Beirut release based on Condon’s recent trip to Oaxaca (March of the Zapotec), and electronic music under the “Realpeople” name (Holland).[21] On February 6, 2009 Beirut made their debut television performance in the United States on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing “A Sunday Smile”.

Beirutando

Due to their appearance on “Capitu”, a mini-series that aired in Brazil (the song “Elephant Gun”, from the eponymous EP, was constantly played throughout the episodes), Beirut has acquired a massive following within the country.[22] This large fan base inspired musicians in cities across the country to form tribute bands in an event called “Beirutando na Praça” which translates to “Beiruting in the Square” [23] which occurred on August 30, 2009; though the groups had formed earlier in the winter of 2009. The event involved seven bands in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Salvador, Curitiba, and Lima performing adapted covers of Beirut songs in the streets.

Beirutando groups have adapted the songs in order to connect them to Brazilian culture by changing rhythms. As well as altering the songs, different instruments have been used, such as the “cavacolele”, a cavaquinho modified with nylon strings tuned to G-C-E-A (standard ukulele tuning); this instrument was thought up because of the absence of ukuleles in Brazil. Other instruments used by Beirutando bands are the cajón and the melodica.[24]

An FAQ created by the organization stated how the idea for Beirutando was born: “Beirutando appeared in a conversation between two girls from the countryside of São Paulo, Iris and Tainá, concerning about good musicians and composers around the world, when Beirut was quoted. Wondering about how many people would know about Beirut here in Brazil and how good would it be if there were bands with the same potential, they had this insight: ‘We could bring together people who like Beirut and start one band with different personality but that would reach the same musical level’. After spreading this idea through a social online network, the Beirutando project was born in late 2008.”[24]

The Rip Tide

In early June 2011, amidst touring the US, Beirut announced that their newest album, The Rip Tide, which had been recorded the previous winter in upstate New York,[25][26] was to be released on August 30.[25][27] The band simultaneously released a single from the album, “East Harlem” (which was first recorded on Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg ), with the B-side “Goshen”. The new album is recorded, managed, and released under Condon’s own Pompeii Records.[28] Reviewers and fellow musicians have noted that, unlike the prior albums which drew heavily on foreign music from Mexico, France, the Balkans, etc., this one has shown Beirut with its own, more pop-oriented sound; saying, “what emerges [on The Rip Tide] is a style that belongs uniquely and distinctly to Beirut, one that has actually been there all along.” [29] One reviewer noted that “the Euro influences [of Beirut’s previous albums] are still there, but the presiding spirit is old-fashioned American pop.”[30] This album also differs from Beirut’s previous albums in that the music was recorded as a band playing together rather than laying down individual tracks one at a time, though the lyrics were only added by Condon after all the music had been recorded. [31]

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Swedish House Mafia – #4

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Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish house music group consisting of the three disc jockeys and producers, cialis Axwell, cialis Steve Angello, diagnosis and Sebastian Ingrosso. The group officially formed in late 2008.[1]

Musical career

Formation

Angello & Ingrosso met as children in Stockholm; Axwell was not a member until years later when they contacted him after a chance meeting.

The name “Swedish House Hegarty” was adopted initially, but the group then resorted to their current name that was coined by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, who was a member of the Kent Soul Mafia in the 1980s. It then appeared on forums and was used to encapsulate the group of producers that were working together in the future. Steve Angello stated, “But we’ve been through everything together. I can always lean on one of their shoulders and they can lean on mine. I can always trust their opinions. When I have a track, they tell me straight away what they think. With Swedish House Mafia, you’re with friends….” [2]

Releases

The first production that was released by Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso was “Get Dumb”. It was produced with Laidback Luke and released in 2007.[3]

In 2010 the Swedish House Mafia signed a record deal with UMG‘s Polydor Records (formerly Polygram).[4] They released their first official single, “One (Your Name)“, under the name Swedish House Mafia on Beatport on 26 May 2010, where it achieved international success, charting at #7 in the UK Singles Chart. The next single, “Miami 2 Ibiza“, featuring Tinie Tempah, charted at #4 in the UK Chart in September 2010. Both singles were taken from the “Until One” album; a collection of productions and remixes from both Swedish House Mafia and as the group as individuals. It has achieved a BPI Gold Sales award in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, Swedish House Mafia won the “Best Swedish Act” award at the MTV European Ballz awards 2010.[5]

In 2011, Swedish House Mafia released a new single, “Save the World,” featuring John Martin on vocals, which charted at #10 in the UK Chart, released in May 2011.[6]

On 23 September 2011, it was confirmed that the group would play at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 16 December 2011 and Milton Keynes Bowl on 14 July 2012.[7]

In January 2012, Swedish House Mafia won an EBBA Award at the European Border Breakers Awards[8]

will.i.am will be working with the Swedish House Mafia on his upcoming fourth studio album #willpower. It will be released early in 2012.

On March 12, 2012, Swedish House Mafia released their newest single, titled “Greyhound.” The track’s music video contains futuristic society humans drinking Absolut Vodka and watching the three Swedish House Mafia members racing robotic greyhounds.

Group members

Axwell

Axwell placed at #12 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011. In late 2004, Axwell released a global hit, “Feel the Vibe”, which was re-released under Ministry of Sound in 2005 with added vocals from Tara McDonald as “Feel the Vibe (‘Til the Morning Comes)”. In the spring of 2006, Axwell and Steve Angello, under the Supermode alias, remixed Bronski Beat‘s “Smalltown Boy“, producing “Tell Me Why”. In August 2007, Axwell teamed up with performer Max’C to create the track “I Found U”, which peaked #6 in the UK Singles Chart. Axwell has been producing remixes for other artists – mixes have included Usher’s “Burn” (BMG), Room 5’s “Make Luv” (Positiva), Clipse & Faith Evans “Ma, I Don’t Love Her” (RCA), Stonebridge’s “Put ‘Em High” (Hed Kandi), N*E*R*D’s single “Maybe” (Virgin), and more recently Hard-Fi’s “Hard to Beat”, Deep Dish’s “Dreams”, Pharrell’s “Angel”, Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous” and Madonna’s “Jump”. In 2012, Axwell released the single “In My Mind” on Beatport.

Steve Angello

Steve Angello placed at #23 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll 2011. Steve Angello’s claim to fame came when he released his remix of Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” in late 2004. In 2007 his remix of Robin S “Show Me Love” was released on Data Records. Angello produces under several different aliases. On his own, he has called himself Who’s Who and released tracks called “Not So Dirty” and “Sexy Fuck”. He often works closely with his childhood friend Sebastian Ingrosso on many projects. Aside from DJing together, they have also produced under the names Buy Now, Fireflies, General Moders, Mode Hookers, Outfunk, and The Sinners. Most recently, they released “Bodycrash” under their Buy Now alias, sampling the 1978 disco hit “Let’s All Chant” by the Michael Zager Band. The track was first played by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show in late 2007. Eventually, the Dirty South remix of the tune leaked out onto the Internet in January 2008. The track has since received a much larger release via Positiva Records, also including the Laidback Luke remix. He has produced with Eric Prydz under the name A&P Project. Also, he has created a track with his friend Axwell under the name Supermongo, later renamed Supermode. They made a cover of an old Bronski Beat track, calling it “Tell Me Why”. This was released via Ministry of Sound’s Data Records imprint in summer 2006. Steve Angello’s productions can mainly be classified as house (“Summer Noize”), progressive (“Yeah”), Tech house (“Partouze”) and electro house (“Raining Again”). He also owns his own record label, Size Records. Angello’s brother, Antoine Josefsson, is a DJ and a producer who goes by the name AN21. Together they have released the tracks “Valodja”, “Flonko” & “Swing N Swoosh”.

Sebastian Ingrosso

Sebastian Ingrosso is ranked at #26 in 2011 on DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ list, and won the award for the highest new entry into the chart in 2009, a record beaten only by Deadmau5 into the 2008 Top 100 DJ list at #11. In 2009, Sebastian Ingrosso saw the releases of Laktos, Kidsos, Echo Vibes and Meich (with Dirty South) on his own imprint Refune, “How Soon Is Now” (featuring Julie McKnight with David Guetta and Dirty South) and the vocal stormer House anthem “Leave the World Behind” together with Axwell, Steve Angello and Laidback Luke, with Deborah Cox on vocals. He has co-written and coproduced the track “Cupid Boy” on the Kylie Minogue album Aphrodite along with Magnus Lidehäll, Nick Clow and Luciana Caporaso. Ingrosso has also produced tracks for Lazee (“Rock Away”) and Kid Sister (“Right Hand Hi” with Steve Angello). Remixed artists during the years includes Justin Timberlake, Moby, Röyksopp, Hard-Fi and Deep Dish. In 2011 Sebastian Ingrosso released his late summer anthem “Calling” featuring Alesso, which reached #2 on Beatport’s Top 10.

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Weeknd –  #5

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Weeknd – #5

Posted on 08 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, levitra 1990), shop better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian recording artist and record producer of Ethiopian descent. Songs recorded under The Weeknd uploading them to YouTube in late 2010,[1] though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown.[2][3] The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons, on 21 March 2011. This album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday, released on 18 August 2011, and Echoes of Silence, released on 21 December 2011.[4] The song “High for This” produced by Doro was featured in the promo for the final season of the HBO show Entourage On June 16, 2011, House of Balloons was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[5] On July 6, the album was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees but eventually lost to Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs.[6] On December 21, 2011 at 11:07 p.m. EST Tesfaye released his highly anticipated third mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd’s site crashed shortly after due to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulkshare link to keep the album available while the official site was down.

Since hitting the scene, The Weeknd has received praise from a number of musical publications, including those of MTVBETRolling StoneXXLThe Source and 2DopeBoyz, who have all dubbed him the “Songbird of his Generation”, as well as the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson” (John Norris, MTV).

Performances

The Weeknd’s first performance was at the Mod Club on College Street in Toronto. The hour-and-a-half long performance created a lot of buzz about the young R&B singer [7] Tesfaye’s next performance took place at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. He collaborated with rapper Drake and appeared as one of the special guests to Drake’s 2nd Annual OVO Fest on July 31, 2011 [8] In addition, The Weeknd is expected to perform at the 3rd Annual OVO Fest as one of Drake’s special guests . The tentative date has been set for August 5, 2012[9]

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Datsik – #6

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Datsik – #6

Posted on 07 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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Datsik is the alias of Troy Beetles, sovaldi saleDubstep DJ and music producer from British ColumbiaCanada. He frequently works with fellow Canadian Dubstep producers Excision and Downlink. His first release was in the spring of 2009.

Biography

Beetles was born in 1988 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He began producing dubstep music after hearing Excision (Jeff Abel) perform at Shambhala electronic music festival in 2008.[1] Soon afterward the two began collaborating and had several releases in 2009 and 2010. He performs internationally and continues to produce music in Canada.

In 2009 Datsik had several number one releases on Beatport.[2] He has remixed and collaborated with artists such as The Crystal MethodNoisiaWu-Tang Clan, and Diplo, and has performed with Steve AokiRuskoBassnectarSkreamDJ Craze andNero, among others.[3]

Beetles cites a wide range of musical inspirations, including Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man. He has described his sound as “dark and robotic,” while trying to remain “funky and gangster” and “dirty.”[1] Beetles’ artist name “Datsik” was inspired from his former Xbox Live gamertag.[1]

He is also set to release his debut album: Vitamin D, on Dim Mak Records on April 10, 2012. The album will feature 12 songs, as well as appearances from Downlink, Z-Trip, Infected Mushroom, Jonathan Davis, Messinian, and Snak the Ripper.

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Vaccines – #7

Posted on 06 April 2012 by admin

 

 

From Wikipedia.com

The Vaccines are an English indie rock[1][2] band who formed in West London in 2010. The band’s debut album, cheap  What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011[5] and reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart .They have drawn comparisons to The Ramones and The Strokes. The band, however, talk of influences ranging from “’50s rock ‘n’ roll to 80s American hardcore and good pop music”. They have toured extensively and opened up for the likes of The WalkmenThe Stone RosesArctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire.

History

2010: Early career

Formed in early 2010, the band consists of Justin Young (guitar/vocals; formerly Stiff Records solo artist Jay Jay Pistolet[6]), Árni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar, younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums).[7][8][9][10] The band was initially formed by Young and Cowan in the Summer of 2009 with a third member who soon left.[11] After months of attempting to perfect their sound, the band uploaded the demo “If You Wanna” to YouTube in August 2010 and the song immediately received praise from people such as Zane Lowe, who named it as his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.[12] After playing their first gig in Leicester, they embarked on their debut UK tour between September and November 2010, and interest in the band led their first London performance (at The Flowerpot in October 2010) to sell out, with the audience including Alex KapranosMarcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees, and 200 people having to be turned away. The performance was awarded 4/5 by The Guardian and described by Clash as “fantastic, exhilarating and exciting”. It was in this same article that the magazine predicted the band could help usher in a new era for guitar music.[11][13][14][15][16]

2010-2011: What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?

On 29 November 2010, the band released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” / “Blow It Up“, in the UK, which was limited to 1000 copies and released on Marshall Teller Records. Both videos for the double a-side were directed by Doug Hart of The Jesus & Mary Chain fame. Only one minute and 24 seconds long, Wreckin’ Bar was named “Track of the Day” by Q magazine and was well received critically.[17] The band continued to tour the UK for the remainder of the year (whilst concurrently recording their debut album), followed by documentary makers from Vice Magazine. They recorded their first ever radio session for Marc Riley‘s BBC 6 Music show in December 2010.[18] The band also performed live on Later with Jools Holland, the first band ever to do so before releasing a single.

On 5 January 2011, they were placed third in the BBC‘s Sound of 2011 poll and, in the same week, appeared on the cover of NME Magazine for the first time.[7] The band then spent the beginning of the year touring on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, supporting Crystal Castles.[7] They also travelled to America for the first time where, in New York, they were watched by Debbie Harry.[19] Having been signed to Columbia Records, the band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” on 24 January 2011, where it debuted at number 32 in the UK.[20][21] It was at this time the band were nominated for an MTV Award for “Best New Band of 2011” and a Critics’ Choice Brit Award. Following a trip to SXSW, the band then released their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?[22][23][24] on 14 March 2011 through Columbia Records, to generally positive reviews.[5] The album was going to be released on the 21 March 2011, coinciding with the release of The Strokes‘ fourth album Angles, but was brought forward a week, leading to speculation that the band’s label were keen to avoid this.

On 10 June 2011, The Vaccines performed as a supporting act for the Arctic Monkeys in a 10,000 capacity tent set up at Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield. It followed a trip the two bands had made to America together, where The Vaccines made their network television debut performing “If You Wanna” on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Don Valley gig ushered in a summer of festivals around the world, of which the band claim to have played in the region of 45. The Vaccines ended their summer at the Reading & Leeds Festivals where they were joined on stage by members of The Horrors, returning the favour later in the day.[25] The band were named by NME Magazine as the number 1 band of the weekend. It was not the first time The Vaccines had collaborated on stage. They have previously been joined by Lyle Preslar of Minor ThreatRyan Jarman of The Cribs and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand. Under slightly different circumstances, the band have also been joined by Kate Moss, who plays drums and guitar with them in a television commercial for Rimmel.

In August The Vaccines debuted new song, “Tiger Blood”, produced by Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes at his New York studio.

In Autumn 2011, the band were forced to postpone tours of Japan and the USA, as well as shows across Europe, after singer Justin Young encountered a reoccurring vocal issue which has seen him operated on 3 times in the space of 9 months. Despite this, the band still played upwards of 150 shows in that year, culminating with two nights at London’s o2 Brixton Academy.

In September 2011, during a performance at the 9.30 Club in Washington D.C, The Zombies dedicated the song “This Will Be Our Year”, often cited as Justin Young’s favourite song, to The Vaccines.

In October 2011 The Vaccines launched the world’s first crowdsourced music video for single “Wetsuit”.

On Christmas Day 2011, The Vaccines appeared on Top of The Pops for the first time, before welcoming in the New Year on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny.

2012-present: Sophomore album

On the 30th of January 2012, it was confirmed that The Vaccines were recording their second LP in March with producer Ethan Johns, frontman Justin Young said of how the band’s second album was shaping up: “It’s mostly written and we’re going into the studio in Belgium in March to start recording so it’ll definitely be out this year, without a doubt. We’ve definitely got six songs written that we all want to be on the record, but there’s tonnes of other new songs and we’re actually going into the studio out in Australia to work on ideas. I think we’re in a good place with it and it’s quite exciting.”[26]

On 27th of March 2012, it was confirmed that The Vaccines would support The Stone Roses at their Heaton Park concert on 29th of June 2012.[27]

On 1st of April 2012, The Quietus reported that The Vaccines would be releasing a split 7″ single with R. Stevie Moore through O Genesis Records in aid of Record Store Day, with The Vaccines covering Moore’s Why Should I Love You? and Moore tackling Post Break-Up Sex[28].

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Horrors – #8

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Horrors – #8

Posted on 05 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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The Horrors are an English band formed in Southend on Sea in 2005. Their debut Strange House, mind was released in 2007 and reached number thirty-seven on the UK Albums Chart, help their second album Primary Colours was released in 2009 and peaked at number 25 in the UK. In July 2011 The Horrors’ third album Skying was released, and reached number five in the UK album chart.

Band history

Origins (2005 – 2006)

The Horrors originated in the early 2000s when their interests in obscure vinyl and DJing caused the members to meet: during trips to London and on the Southend circuit, Rhys Webb met Faris Badwan and Tom Cowan through their mutual interest in ’60s Garage Rock, New Wave and Post Punk bands such as The Birthday Party and Bauhaus. In 2005 the three formed a band with Joshua Hayward and Joe Spurgeon. The band was centered around Junkclub, an underground club founded by Webb and Oliver Abbott. Their first rehearsal consisted of two covers: The Sonics‘ “The Witch” and Screaming Lord Sutch‘s “Jack the Ripper” (heavily influenced by previous cover versions by The Fuzztones, One-Way Streets and The Gruesomes) – the latter would eventually find itself as track one on the band’s debut album.[1] The Horrors made their first live performance at The Spread Eagle on Kingsland Road in London on 16 August 2005. They played with one other band, London’s new wave punk pop band LR Rockets.

The Horrors drew the attention of critics and the public with their debut single “Sheena Is a Parasite.” Their second release, “Death at the Chapel,” a high-profile show at London‘s 100 Club in July 2006, and an appearance on the cover of the NME in August, greatly increased their profile. As a result of this exposure, the band played the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour in early 2007 along with Mumm-Ra, The View and The Automatic which helped garner further notoriety.

Strange House (2007-2008)

Having released their debut album Strange House in March 2007, The Horrors played a world tour to promote it. A slot as a support act for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the USA in the summer was cancelled because of lack of funds,[2] and the band instead headlined a US tour in June. They made a number of festival appearances throughout 2007, including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival, the Carling Weekend (on the Radio 1/NME stage), various Scandinavian festivals, the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, and Splendour in the Grass in Australia;[3] their setlists throughout the summer contained a cover of “No Love Lost” by Joy Division. The Horrors also appeared in the third series of The Mighty Boosh in December as the fictional band The Black Tubes, and supported the Arctic Monkeys on their short, sell-out tour of the UK, at which they received a mixed reception. The band played an NME Awards show in 2008 with Crystal Castles, Ulterior and These New Puritans, and supported The Sonics on 23 March, their last London show until their appearance at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix on 23 May of the following year. On January 18, Counting in Fives, a documentary of the band’s 2007 tour of the USA, was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival.[4]

Primary Colours (2009 – 2010)

At the end of 2007, The Horrors announced the forthcoming recording of a new album. The album was produced by the band, Craig Silvey, Geoff Barrow of Portishead,[5] and music video director Chris Cunningham. Recording took place in Bath during the summer of 2008. The band were forced to pull out of their planned appearance at the Underage Festival due to recording schedule conflicts. The band signed to XL Recordings after they left Loog Records in 2007. The only release from the band between the “She Is the New Thing” single in June 2007 and the new material in 2009 was a cover of Suicide‘s “Shadazz”, released by Blast First Petite as part of their tribute to Alan Vega in October 2008. A few weeks before the new album’s release, a number of songs from the album were leaked. The album’s first single, “Sea Within a Sea“, was released as a digital download-only single on 17 March 2009. A music video for the song, directed by Douglas Hart (former bassist for The Jesus and Mary Chain), was also posted on the band’s website on the same day. The second album Primary Colours was officially released on 4 May 2009 to critical acclaim and reached #25 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Who Can Say” was released on 7″ vinyl one week later. Primary Colours was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later awarded the album first place in the 50 Best Albums of 2009.[6]

After headlining London’s Offset Festival and touring Primary Colours, The Horrors said that they would like to build their own studio, so they can record at obscure hours.

Skying (2011 – Present)

In April 2010, singer Faris Badwan announced on their official forum that the band had already started working on their third album, to be called Skying, and had been in the studio for some months. A track from the album, “Endless Blue”, was first unveiled at Latitude Festival in July 2010, and later performed at Poland’s Off Festival[7] and Belgium’s Lokerse Feesten in August 2010. In February 2011, after rumours that the album had been delayed, Badwan announced via the official forum that the album would be released in July. The first single, titled “Still Life“, premiered on 24 May on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. The full album was made available for streaming from the band’s website[8] on 4 July, and officially released on 11 July, 2011.

The band were announced to be headlining the Festival Republic Stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August 2011,[9][10], where during their performance, were joined onstage by The Vaccines due to Tom Cowan being older brother to The Vaccines Guitarist Freddie Cowan. Tom Cowan had joined The Vaccines on stage earlier on the same day. They had also been chosen to perform at the ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festival curated by ATP & Portishead in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.[11]

The band will be joining Florence and The Machine on the upcoming UK & Ireland leg of their Ceremonials Tour in March 2012.

Band members

Temporary band members
  • Freddie Cowan (Tom Cowan’s brother and guitarist with The Vaccines) – guitar; replacing Joshua Hayward for several gigs when he was taking his exams.

Side projects

Rhys Webb and Tom Cowan have a side project, Spider and The Flies, who are influenced by BBC Radiophonics Workshop electronica, and have released an EP called Something Clockwork This Way Comes (2009).

Faris Badwan was involved in a project, Lumina, teaming up with ex-Ipso Facto member, Cherish Kaya to record a cover of the Black Lips song “I’ll Be With You”. This recording appeared as a B-side on the Black Lips single “Drugs”.[12]

More recently, Badwan formed Cat’s Eyes with multi-instrumentalist, composer and soprano vocalist Rachel Zeffira. In early 2011 Cat’s Eyes released an EP, Broken Glass, and a full-length, self-titled album.

Members of The Horrors have also played with The Diddlers (a Bo Diddley cover band), Cramped (a Cramps cover band) and Happy Bunny.

 

 

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Hives – #9

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: The Hives – #9

Posted on 04 April 2012 by admin

 

 

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The Hives are a Swedish garage rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the “greatest hits” album Your New Favourite Band, ask featuring their most well-known song “Hate to Say I Told You So“.

The Hives are known for performing in ever-changing, see matching black-and-white suits. The band puts emphasis on their energetic live shows, salve notably with lead vocalist Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist‘s engaging onstage banter and his guitarist brother Nicholaus Arson‘s crazy stage antics. They have been acclaimed by music critics as one of the best live rock bands in current music.[1][2]

The Hives have released four studio albums: Barely Legal (1997), Veni Vidi Vicious (2000), Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004) and The Black and White Album (2007). They have one compilation album, Your New Favourite Band (2001) and they have issued a live DVD, Tussles in Brussels (2005). A fifth studio album entitled Lex Hives is scheduled to be released in June 2012.[3]

History

Beginnings of the Hives (1993-1999)

The band claims it was formed in 1993 (although formed in 1989 under a different name & sound) under the guidance of Randy Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons suggested that they form a garage rock band. He gave each band member a letter asking them to start the band. Fitzsimmons allegedly acts as a songwriter and manager for the band. The band recorded a demo titled Sounds Like Sushi in 1994. The following year they were signed to Burning Heart, a Swedish skate punk record label. The following year they released their debut EP Oh Lord! When? How? Almqvist decided to promote the band to Burning Heart.

in 1997 they were called Barely Legal (an early stage name of guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem), and they began touring. The following year they released their second EP A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T.

Veni Vidi Vicious and Your New Favourite Band (2000-2002)

They released their second studio album Veni Vidi Vicious in April 2000 through Burning Heart Records. The band themselves described the album as being like “a velvet glove with brass knuckles, both brutal and sophisticated at the same time”. The album yielded the singles “Hate to Say I Told You So“, “Main Offender“, “Die, All Right!“, and “Supply & Demand“.

After seeing the video for “Hate to Say I Told You So” on German TV, Alan McGee (Oasis, Creation Records) decided to sign the band to his newly formed Poptones label. Poptones released the ‘best of’ compilation Your New Favourite Band in 2001, which proved to be their breakthrough record, reaching #7 in the UK album charts. Following the success of the album, the band re-released singles “Hate to Say I Told You So” and “Main Offender” which reach numbers #23 and #24 respectively in the UK Singles chart. The band also re-released Veni Vidi Vicious in the US.

It was during the promotion of Veni Vidi Vicious and Your New Favourite Band that The Hives signed a record deal with Universal Music, reportedly worth $50 million. This led to a dispute between The Hives and Burning Heart, who claimed that The Hives were still contracted to them for one more album.

Tyrannosaurus Hives (2003-2006)

After extensive touring, the band retreated to Fagersta to record their third album. The result was 2004’s Tyrannosaurus Hives, their first new material in four years. The album includes the hit singles “Walk Idiot Walk” (which debuted at #13 on the UK singles charts) “Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones” (another top 50 hit), and “A Little More for Little You“. The tracks ‘B is for Brutus” and “No Pun Intended” were also featured in the games Gran Turismo 4 and SSX On Tour, respectively. In 2006, their song Diabolic Scheme was used in the vampire film Frostbiten, marking the first time a The Hives song was used in a major motion picture.

The Hives won “Best International Band” and “Best Dressed Band” at the 2003 NME awards.

The band also won five prestigious Swedish Grammis for Tyrannosaurus Hives at the 23rd annual Swedish Grammis Awards, presented on February 7, 2005, for “Artist of the Year”; “Rock Group of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; “Producer of the Year” (with collaborator, Pelle Gunnerfeldt); and “Walk Idiot Walk” took home the MTV “Best Music Video” prize.[4][5]

The Black and White Album (2007-2011)

The Hives’ official website was overhauled in the second week of August 2007, with a grungier, “emergency broadcast” layout. The new site revealed the album’s cover and the title of the first single, “Tick Tick Boom“, with a release date of August 14 in the United States and October 8 in the United Kingdom. The release dates for the new record, The Black and White Album, were October 15 in the UK on Polydor and November 13 in the US on A&M/Octone in 2007. It was mostly recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, Miami, and in their native Sweden.

The Hives were featured in a Finish Line commercial performing “Tick Tick Boom”, as well as a Nike commercial featuring the song “Return The Favour”. “Tick Tick Boom” was also used in many different advertisements including: the 2007 season of the NFL Network, commercials for the CBS series Jericho, and the USA series Burn Notice, as well as the films Jumper (2008), MacGruber, and Get Smart, and was also the official theme song for WWE Survivor Series 2007. The Hives song “Try It Again” was featured in the trailer for the US film Get Him to the Greek.

On January 9, 2008, the band received the “Best Live Act” award at the Swedish Grammis.[6][7]

On October 2, 2008, Nicholaus Arson added a diary entry on the band’s official website writing “Right now we are at home resting our tired limbs and starting to gear up for the work ahead making a new record.” This entry came after the band had finished their world tour supporting The Black and White Album.

On July 2, 2010, the band released an EP titled Tarred and Feathered, which covered “Civilization’s Dying” by Zero Boys, “Nasty Secretary” by Joy Rider & Avis Davis and “Early Morning Wake Up Call” by Flash and the Pan.[8][9] “Nasty Secretary” is also a song on the US release of the Gran Turismo 5 soundtrack. On January 9, 2011, Nicholaus Arson wrote another short diary entry on the band’s website saying that they had recorded some new songs before Christmas, and were planning to continue recording throughout January.[10]

On November 9, 2011, Arson wrote on the band’s website that they were currently recording the demos for what will be the fifth full-length album.[11]

Lex Hives (2012-present)

On March 12, 2012, The Hives made an official announcement detailing their upcoming fifth full-length album, Lex Hives. The album is set to be released on their own label, Disque Hives on June 1st in Sweden/GSA, June 4th in the UK, and June 5th in the USA and Canada. Lex Hives will be composed of twelve self-produced tracks, with a deluxe version containing bonus tracks produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.[12][13]

The first single to be released from the album, “Go Right Ahead,” was made available for public streaming alongside this announcement.[14] Five teaser videos were posted on their official YouTube channel, each showing a member of the band playing their part of the song in the lead up to the announcement.[15] The song was also played live at the Norwegian/Swedish talkshow “Skavlan”, broadcasted on March 30, 2012.[16]

On March 15, 2012, an article on NME revealed that frontman, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, hinted at two new track titles from Lex Hives: “I Want More” and “My Time Is Coming”.[17] Tracks expected to be on the album include “Patrolling Days”, “Bad Call” and “Take Back The Toys” which have been played live during their tours in 2010 and 2011.[18][19][20] One song from the album, “1000 Answers”, was featured in FIFA 12 and later appeared in SSX.

On March 23, 2012, a news update on their official website revealed the song titles on 12 tracks however they were purposely jumbled up. Fans had to post their guesses as to what they thought the tracks were called on the band’s official Facebook page. It stated that the first person to unscramble all the song titles correctly would “receive a phone call from The Hives” with 10 runners ups getting “rewards,” which have yet to be specified. The notable track that stumped fans was number 9, listed as “LEX IX: TSHETALCHLESRATECGIALTESESPCNOEVES“. This was eventually solved by dedicated fans as “These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics”.[21]

The Hives played a series of secret shows in smaller Stockholm venues in March, 2012.[22] The first was played at Debaser Slussen on March 28, followed by a double set at Kafé 44 on March 29, and another show at Debaser Medis on March 31. Notable songs they showcased for the first time from Lex Hives included “My Time Is Coming” and “Wait A Minute”.[23]

After a run of Californian live shows and the two weekends at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (April 15 and April 22), the band have been scheduled to play on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 23, 2012.[24]

Collaborations

The Hives completed recording vocals and guitar in late November 2006 for a song called “Throw It On Me“, a collaboration with hip-hop producer Timbaland. The song was included on his album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, released April 3, 2007. They also performed in a music video for the track. The Hives also have recently spoken of a collaboration with Jack White‘s The Raconteurs on a song for their new album, originally entitled “Footsteps”, however it was later revealed that Howlin’ Pelle had literally recorded footsteps. Howlin’ Pelle also did a collaboration with Swedish rock artist Moneybrother, a cover of an Operation Ivy song “Freeze Up”. They used Swedish lyrics and called it “Jag skriver inte på nått”, which translates as “I Won’t Sign Anything”. In October 2008 it was revealed the band had recorded a Christmas duet entitled “A Christmas Duel” with Cyndi Lauper, which was available as a free download from their website on November 28, 2008.[25] On November 27, 2008, The Hives official website had begun to play the Cyndi Lauper/The Hives duet automatically whenever it is visited. During December 2011, a splash page with an image of The Hives and “Happy Holidays” in the background could be accessed and “A Christmas Duel” automatically plays.[26]

The Hives’ members – Chris Dangerous (drums/percussion), Nicholaus Arson (guitar), Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar), Dr. Matt Destruction (bass) – contributed instrumentals on “Time For Some Action” and “Windows” on N.E.R.D.‘s “Seeing Sounds” album, with The Hives’ frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist providing guest vocals on “Time For Some Action”. On Seeing Sounds they are credited with their real names instead of the pseudonyms they use within the band.[27][28]

In a November interview with leading Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Swedish rapper Petter announced that The Hives were working on a new version of his track “Repa skivan” for his upcoming album.[29]

Style and onstage personas

Randy Fitzsimmons

Main article: Randy Fitzsimmons

All songwriting except covers on the band’s albums are credited to “Randy Fitzsimmons.” The band claims Fitzsimmons is an honorary “sixth Hive”, who along with writing their music, discovered and manages the band.

Live performances

Pelle Almqvist in concert.

The Hives live show has been highly rated – Spin magazine rating them 8th best in rock music.[30] In concert, vocalist Pelle Almqvist and his guitarist brother Nicholaus Arson handle showmanship while the other members attend to musical business. Pelle is known for his “colourful idiocy”[31] – stage diving, scissor kicks, climbing amps, and eschewing false modesty with pronouncements such as “I’ve been busy being fantastic.”[32]

Pelle: “I’m out of control! Tell me to take it easy!”
Crowd: “Take it easy!”
Pelle: “No, I wooon’t!”[33]

Pelle: “Bad music is the devil and I will be your exorcising priest, helpin’ you out!”

and unlikely explanations for the need for the crowd to make more noise:

“I don’t know if you know this but there are monsters in [name of the city they are performing in]. If the club goes silent then the monsters come and kill everybody!”

Pelle: “This is a stick-up! Put your hands up! Now, last song I told you to put your hands in the air…But I never said you could take them down. Now! OBEY ME! Put your hands in the air and make some noise!”

At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, The Hives performed “Main Offender” in a “Battle of the Bands” type of set up, with The Vines playing their hit “Get Free” right after The Hives. Before The Vines began playing, Pelle Almqvist said to the crowd, “I know you want us to play more, but that’s all the time we have so you can turn off [your TV] now!”

The Hives played at Rock Werchter Festival 2008 in Belgium and played for an extra 15 minutes, refusing to leave the stage: “They’re telling us we have to go now… Do I look like I give a fuck?”

The Hives performed at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia, singing “Tick Tick Boom” during the players’ presentation.

On the 25th of June 2010 they performed at Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park before Ben Harper and Relentless Seven and the headline act, Pearl Jam. On stage, Almqvist declared “I am here to save your evening.”

They have toured with other groups such as Maroon 5, The Hellacopters, The Donnas and Eagles of Death Metal.

Wardrobe

The Hives are always strictly dressed in black-and-white uniforms for the reason that “it makes [them] look like [they] belong together” in a gang-like manner though they have often offered various reasons to journalists.[34][35]

Band Outfits

The Hives are noted for wearing matching suits or outfits, always in nothing but black and white. However, their clothing has changed with each album. They wore suits with ascots for Veni Vidi Vicious, suits with colonel-styled laces and white spats for Tyrannosaurus Hives and bandanas and suspenders for their 2007 hurricane tours. For their fourth album, The Black and White Album, they have gone with a school uniform look, with black blazers bearing an “H” crest on the left breast, and striped black and white ties. As of late September 2008 and near the end of their “Black and White Tour”, The Hives have changed their wardrobe to white suits with a striped black tie. In the summer of 2009 The Hives walked out on stage in Hultsfred wearing new clothes that can be described as white workwear with a black shirt and same tie and crest as the last tour. In 2010 they wore new clothes again when the summer tour began in Hässleholm, Sweden, dressed as what can be described as a mix between old French soldiers’ uniforms and boy scouts’ uniforms. For their 2011 summer tour, The Hives are now wearing matching formal tuxedos.

Offstage Band Outfits

The Hives do not always wear their onstage clothing outside of their live shows, but they still remain in uniform and in the strict colour scheme of black-and-white. They usually wear these outfits when walking around backstage or during interviews. Most of their offstage clothes are less extravagant than the ones they wear onstage for comfort and practical reasons. For part of the Veni Vidi Vicious era they wore black T-shirts bearing their names on the front. During the Tyrannosaurus Hives era, they had white bomber jackets with their names embroidered on the back.[36]

Stage Crew Outfits

The Hives’ roadies have also been dressed uniformly to critical acclaim. In 2010 they were decked in industrial white, one-piece overalls with the band crested logo, identical to the workwear the band wore in 2009.[37] Since the introduction of The Hives’ formal tuxedos outfit in 2011, their stage crew have been dressed in black Ninja attire also bearing the band’s crested logo on their chest.[38] The band have jokingly remarked that their Ninja have been “1500 years in the making” and that the only thing that trumps a ninja is a ‘Hive’.[39]

The Hives on Cartoon Network

The Hives have been featured playing “Fall Is Just Something Grownups Invented” on Cartoon Network since fall 2007. There are several versions of the song shown: one, a shortened version, that is simply played between shows and features children dancing, another, full version, with lyrics and the same children dancing, and a finale, featuring The Hives themselves performing.[40]

 

 

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