Cannes rocks! Tsunami of pop stars make film festival splash

AFP Relax News•May 13, 2019 Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits… The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to look like a dream rock festival line-up. Not to mention Rihanna and a couple of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who may yet put in an appearance at the world’s biggest film festival, which starts Tuesday. The opening movie alone, the tongue-in-cheek zombie flick “The Dead Don’t Die”, is chock full of A-lister musicians. As well as Waits and Iggy Pop — who plays a rampaging member of the undead — it also stars singer Selena Gomez and rapper and Wu-Tang Clan guru RZA. Its director Jim Jarmusch is a composer in his spare time and leads Bill Murray and Adam Driver are both musical, with the “Groundhog Day” actor touring North America as a singer with a chamber orchestra in 2017. And that is all before the promise of Elton John bringing his grand piano to the Croisette to play at the premiere of his biopic, “Rocketman”. With “Bohemian Rhapsody” taking more than $900 million at the box office, cinema bosses are wetting their lips over the amount a film about the sex and drug-fuelled life story of the writer of such standards as “I’m Still Standing” will rake in. – Sex, drugs and Elton John –Continue Reading

Royal Albert Hall: This is what the world’s largest single-room speaker system sounds like – CBS News

London — It’s been almost 150 years since Queen Victoria opened Royal Albert Hall in honor of her beloved late husband, Prince Albert. Since then, the London concert venue has seen decades of world-class performances, but not with world-class sound. That’s since changed in a big way with the installation of what’s said to be the world’s largest single-room speaker system. It’s one of Britain’s most distinctive performance venues, but royal architects at the time didn’t take acoustics into account when the Source: Royal Albert Hall: This is what the world’s largest single-room speaker system sounds like – CBS News

Major Label Interest in Hi-Res Music Surging, Says RIAA | Billboard

Imagine what the majors could do if they expanded their repertoires beyond hip-hop, rap and boy bands! For the first time ever, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) has revealed how many high-resolution music titles are available in the United States for downloads and streaming. The Washington, D.C.-based trade organization compiled research that shows more than 33,500 albums (or 400,000 tracks) of studio-quality formats are currently accessible to listeners. That’s a 29 percent increase over a year ago, due largely to major labels releasing 1,000 studio-quality albums per month. Studio quality is defined as both hi-res audio (48khz/20-bit or higher) and the studio production format of 44.1 kHz/24-bit audio). RIAA chief technology officer David Hughes said, “Fans now have access to their favorite music in more ways than ever before, in more formats than ever before, and with better quality than ever before. To meet fans’ growing demand for the highest-quality sound, labels have made the development of the hi-res music market a top priority. It’s another example of how labels continue to drive music forward and provide fans new ways to listen and engage with music.” Data further shows the distribution of hi-res albums to be rather top-heavy: 77 percent of the RIAA’s highest gold- and platinum-certified records, 79 percent of one major streaming service’s top 100 all-time streamed tracks, 78 percent of Soundscan’s topContinue Reading

When Bob Dylan Called on Patti Smith | Village Voice

Tarantula Meets Mustang: Dylan Calls on Patti Smith July 7, 1975 A copy of “Witt” was slid across the table to Patti Smith. “Would you sign this for me, please?” “Sure,” said Patti, “what’s your first name?” He told her. “Like in New Jersey?” Patti asked, and he said no: with a z. “Well, I’ll draw you a map of Jersey,” and so on the inside page Patti scratched its intestinal boundaries, in the middle labeled it Neo Jersey, signed her name, and passed the copy of “Witt” back to Jerzy Kosinski. The night before, after the second set at the Other End, the greenroom door opened and the remark hanging in the air was Bob Dylan asking a member of Patti’s band, “You’ve never been to New Jersey?” So, all hail Jersey. And in honor of Dylan’s own flair for geographical salutation (“So long New York, hello East Orange”), all hail the Rock and Roll Republic of New York. With the Rolling Stones holding out at Madison Square Garden, Patti Smith and her band at the Other End, and Bob Dylan making visitations to both events, New York was once again the world’s Rock and Roll Republic. Patti Smith had a special Rimbaud-emblematized statement printed up in honor of Stones week, and when her band went into its versionContinue Reading