Quincy Jones Helps Dubai’s Music Scene Find A Groove

Instead of author Charles Schulz ‘s words, the dialogue bubbles contained snippets from songs by the English pop band The Smiths . It was an inspired pairing. The Smiths’ melodramatic lyrics (sample: “Now I know how Joan of Arc felt”) become even more hyperbolic and funny when delivered by Charlie Brown as he sits up in bed at night, or by Snoopy sitting on his doghouse. LoPrete’s Tumblr feed has essentially one joke, but for fans of The Smiths (myself included), it’s a good one. But the music publishing arm of Universal Music Group, one of the three major record companies, apparently doesn’t find that joke funny anymore. Or at least its lawyers don’t. Last week, LoPrete posted a note on her page saying that she was going to have to stop the simulated music in the face of a growing number of requests from Universal Music Group to remove the material from Tumblr. She’d received a total of six takedown notices for three separate posts, and said more were coming in every hour. She’s received an outpouring of support online, though, and is pushing back. On Monday, her lawyer filed a counter-notice with Tumblr asking that the three posts be restored. “These brief excerpts [from The Smiths’ lyrics] are used to transformative effect,” wrote attorney Dan Booth. “They also have no commercial purpose, and cannot have any negative effect on the market for the original works.

Lorde storms toward the throne of pop music

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Lorde storms toward the throne of pop music Haley Blum, USA TODAY 9:46 a.m. EDT September 25, 2013 The 16-year-old from New Zealand is reigning at the top of the charts with ‘Royals.’ Lorde is a 16-year-old pop artist from New Zealand who is taking over the charts with her single ‘Royals.’ (Photo: Garth Badger) The 16-year-old’s real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor Her full-length ‘Pure Heroine’ is out Monday in the USA Lorde starts a short U.S. tour tonight in Los Angeles SHARE 178 CONNECT 64 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE Lorde doesn’t want you to have to settle. “So much of the music that’s on top 40 radio is so dumb, and people aren’t that dumb,” says the 16-year-old from New Zealand. “People settle for that music because that’s all there is in pop.” Side-stepping the distracting antics of other teen stars, specifically the Disney-preened ones, Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) is ushering smart, sophisticated pop into a world that desperately needs it. Her single Royals a slow-burning but super-catchy ode to the mundaneness of real life landed atop USA TODAY’s alternative and adult-alternative airplay charts and at No. 8 on USA TODAY’s top 40. She trailed only Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry last week in downloads, with Royals selling 263,000 copies. The song recently hit No. 1 on iTunes and has been steadily climbing Billboard’s Hot 100, sitting currently at No. 3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY .

4 music professionals team up to give Berwyn a new nightspot

Other recent arrivals include Wing Boss, a Culver’s restaurant, Sushi Junkie and a retail bake shop at Turano Baking Co., he said. The building that houses Wire was a theater in the 1930s, said David King, president of David King & Associates, the Oak Park real estate firm that managed the building’s sale. The space was later occupied by a local council of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which sold it to Neville and the other investors, King said. The new owners stripped the interior to bricks, hauling away about 30 truckloads of material from two dozen offices and several bathrooms that had made up most of the second floor, Neville said. A stage and an elaborate lighting system were erected in the cavernous space that remained, along with a bar built from some of the building’s beams. Neville estimates the venue will accommodate around 350 people. “It’s important to us that music comes first here,” he said. Three of the four investors in Wire play in local bands and plan to perform at the new venue. Neville’s band, Tributosaurus, adopts the persona of classic rock groups for performances, trying to reproduce the group’s recordings. The group’s core members bring in as many other Chicago-area musicians as needed to help they hired a marching band to play Fleetwood Mac and a 24-person chorus to do Queen, Neville said. Tributosaurus has drawn crowds over the last decade to its monthly shows at Martyrs’. For Wire’s opening Friday, Tributosaurus will perform ELO. Investor Paul Bolger sings in the jam band Mr. Blotto and Tracey Dear plays mandolin in the Waco Brothers, an alternative country group. Jon Smith, a recording engineer, also is an investor.

The sharps and flats of the music business

I see potential in this country and the Middle East, explains Mr. Jones, whose company Global Gumbo Group is organising Dubai Music Week. I have done this for 65 years and developed all over the world. I just love to help young people do music. Global Gumbo Group is a joint venture between Mr. Jones and Badr Jafar, the Emirati social entrepreneur and managing director of Crescent Petroleum. Both partners have invested capital in the business, according to Mr. Jafar, and have signed an agreement with the Dubai government to bring Dubai Music Week to the emirate for five years, as well as two other festivals called Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics, which will launch early next year. Siedah Garrett singing I Just Cant Stop Loving You at Dubai Music Week, hosted by Quincy Jones A project such as Dubai Music Week does have tremendous potential for social impact and has the potential to be profitable in the long term, says Mr. Jafar, who booked Will.i.am, Timbaland and Selena Gomez for the main concerts this year, but plans to book more niche, lesser well-known acts for Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics. The move to offer bands or acts that have not necessarily shot to global stardom yet is a fairly new trend in Dubai, as expats and citizens have generally been viewed as having less sophisticated musical palates than other markets. Yes, many acts with blockbuster appeal have been booked in the past year Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys but promoters are also signing smaller bands that have a more niche appeal, such as The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, who are supporting The Killers at the Sandance festival. When it comes to acts that are less commercial in their pull, then festivals work better, explains Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events, the promoter that booked The Lumineers for a new festival it is organising in February called RedFest DXB, in conjunction with Virgin Radio Dubai.