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"The Sweet Escape" is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani and Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort for Stefani's second solo album The Sweet Escape (2006). The song was released as the album's second single in early 2007 (see 2007 in music) and it entered the top ten on several charts, including a number-one debut in New Zealand. Stefani told MTV that the song "puts me on the yellow brick road to the No Doubt record I might do. I can smell it. 'Sweet Escape' and some other melodies remind me of the No Doubt feeling." It is Stefani's first single to top the United World Chart. The points the song has so far acquired in the chart beat out other Stefani songs like Hollaback Girl and Rich Girl. The song's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and premiered on January 10, 2007 on LAUNCHcast. The video features Stefani in jail (an allusion to Akon's recent 'Konvict' image), and the Harajuku Girls are once again prominent in this video. Stefani and the dancers then escape with help from featured artist Akon. The video, filled with images of gold, contains allusions to the "Rapunzel" fairy tale as well as a prominent featuring 2 GM vehicles, a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and a Buick Lucerne police car. In another version of the video, the Chevrolet symbol is replaced with Stefani's "G" symbol that is featured on many other objects through out the video, however there isn't a Ford Escape. "The Sweet Escape" premiered on MTV's top-ten video chart program Total Request Live on January 16, 2007, on which it has since peaked at number two. After its January 20 debut on MuchMusic's Countdown, it reached number one for two weeks, from March 23.
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Paul Oakenfold's song "Ready Steady Go" was reproduced with some Korean lyrics for the movie Collateral, and was included in the film soundtrack. "Ready Steady Go" was also used in Saab commercials, the EA Sports game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, the pilot for the television program Las Vegas, the film The Bourne Identity (during a car chase scene), NASCAR theme song for 2006, and the Alias episode "Snowman". In an earlier episode, The Imposter, of Radio Free Roscoe, a 2005 series on The-N, a character Travis Strong DJed to the song (obviously acting as if it were his own). It has more recently been used in the film adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's novel Stormbreaker. He's also tried his hand at acting by playing one of the zombies in the 2007 smash 28 weeks later.
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"The Joker" is a song by the Steve Miller Band from their 1973 album The Joker. The song is one of two Steve Miller Band songs that feature the neologism "pompatus". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1974. More than 16 years later, in September 1990, it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart after being used in a Levi's television advertisement, thus holding the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers. The song is sometimes misidentified by the title "Space Cowboy" because of the first line of the lyrics, which actually refer to an earlier song by that title from Miller's Brave New World album. The following lines refer to two other earlier songs, "Gangster of Love" from Sailor, and "Enter Maurice" from Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden.
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Compton's Most Wanted are a gangsta rap group still performing today on independent labels. Their first three albums (It's a Compton Thang, Straight Checkn 'Em and Music to Drive-By) were produced by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ, who produced both electro funk tracks as well as Ice T's classic gangster rap "6 N The Morning". Despite producing many tracks, Unknown DJ was never an official member of Compton's Most Wanted. MC Chill was an original member of C.M.W at the time of their first album It's a Compton Thang, but was sentenced to prison in 1991 (Before Straight Checkn 'Em was released) and released in 1994. During his time in prison he missed C.M.W's two most popular albums, Straight Checkn 'Em and Music To Driveby, which included popular songs Hood Took Me Under, Def Wish and Straight Up Menace. After 3 years behind bars MC Chill didn't have chance to return to C.M.W as the group had broken up following the Music To Driveby album, so Chill started featuring in MC Ren and MC Eiht solo albums. In 2000, the group joined forces again and released "Represent". C.M.W are known especially for their slow, often melancholic raps, using samples from seventies soul and funk records such as "Joy" by Isaac Hayes. Such hit songs as "It Was a Good Day" (Ice Cube), "Warning" (The Notorious B.I.G.), and "Sugar Hill" (AZ) make use of samples first used by C.M.W. Currently, MC Eiht is pursuing his solo career, while DJ Slip is mainly working for the new west coast rap label IV Life Records. Additionally, C.M.W. are set for a reunion which will feature on DJ Slip's next album "The Minority Report".
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JAY-Z VS LINKIN PARK: LIVE ROXY THEATRE PART 2 OF 2 ‘Collision Course’ is possibly the most flawless cross-genre creation and Linkin Park and Jay-Z have effectively commercially broken the traditional boundaries. The only downside is that there are only 6 tracks, which amounts to just over 20 minutes of play. I don’t know whether that was an MTV decision, or a personal choice. Whatever the reason, I’d love to see more of this refreshing music coming out. A big thank you is in order for the probably overpaid but proved genius MTV executive who initiated the whole ‘Ultimate Mash-Ups’ series and decided to bring these two together.
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JAY-Z VS LINKIN PARK: LIVE ROXY THEATRE PART 1 OF 2 The biggest names in rock and rap have joined forces to create awe-inspiring reinterpretations of their biggest hits to date with Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’, ‘In The End’ and ‘One Step Closer’ amongst the tracks featured with Jay-Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’’, ’99 Problems’ and ‘Izzo’. The album will be available in cassette, vinyl and an exciting DVD/CD double-pack. The DVD features an exclusive live performance from July 18th recorded at Hollywood’s Roxy Theater. The revealing documentary also goes behind the scenes to witness how two gargantuan forces of music worked on their collaboration. The CD features studio versions of the same tracks, produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. The double-vinyl format features the same studio tracks as the DVD/CD version and also a second disc of alternate versions. Says Shinoda about selecting the songs that would be melded, “We picked the songs based on tempo, key and vibe. Most of it was pretty obvious to me - the songs just told me which ones should go together.” Based on early response, the pairings are perfect; the real challenge came while re-recording the tracks in the studio, most notably the vocal tracks. Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington says of the experience, ”The biggest challenge in recording some of the new vocals was singing our dark lyrics over Jay's music. Some of his songs felt happier than our songs - which made for a different attitude in our vocals.” Between the pair of them, Jay-Z and Linkin Park have sold over 40-million albums, ensuring that ‘Collision Course’ will be one of the hottest releases of 2004.
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PINK FLOYD THE WALL PART 5 OF 5 -Studio Albums- * The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (August 5, 1967) * A Saucerful of Secrets (June 29, 1968) * Music from the Film More (July 27, 1969) * Ummagumma (October 25, 1969) * Atom Heart Mother (October 10, 1970) * Meddle (October 30, 1971) * Obscured by Clouds (June 3, 1972) * The Dark Side of the Moon (March 24, 1973) * Wish You Were Here (September 15, 1975) * Animals (January 23, 1977) * The Wall (November 30, 1979) * The Final Cut (March 23, 1983) * A Momentary Lapse of Reason (September 7, 1987) * The Division Bell (March 30, 1994)
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PINK FLOYD THE WALL PART 2 OF 5 Even before the original Pink Floyd album was recorded, a film was intended to be made from it. However, the concept of the film was intended to be live footage from the album's tour, with Scarfe's animation and extra scenes. The film was going to star Waters himself. Unfortunately, EMI did not intend to make the film, as they did not understand the concept. Director Alan Parker, a fan of Pink Floyd, asked EMI whether The Wall could be adapted to film. EMI suggested that Parker talk to Waters, who asked Parker to direct the film. Parker instead suggested that he produce it and give the directing task to Scarfe and Michael Seresin, a cinematographer. Waters began work on the film's screenplay after studying scriptwriting books. He and Scarfe produced a special-edition book containing the screenplay and art to pitch the project to investors. While the book depicted Roger in the role of Pink, after screen tests, Roger was removed from the starring role and replaced with the edgy punk musician Bob Geldof. Since Roger was no longer in the starring role, it no longer made sense for the feature to include Pink Floyd footage, so the live film aspect was dropped. Waters and Parker were not given much of a choice anyway, because the footage culled from the five Wall concerts that were held specifically for filming was deemed unusable.
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MADONNA: CONFESSIONS TOUR LONDON PART 2 OF 5 -Tracklisting- "Future Lovers/I Feel Love" "Get Together"4 "Like a Virgin" "Jump" "Confessions" "Live to Tell"1 3 "Forbidden Love"1 "Isaac" "Sorry" "Like It or Not"1 "Sorry Remix"2 "I Love New York" "Ray of Light"4 "Let It Will Be" "Drowned World/Substitute for Love"1 2 "Paradise (Not For Me)"1 2 "Music Inferno" "Erotica" "La Isla Bonita"1 "Lucky Star"2 "Hung Up"
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DEATH ROW UNCUT PART 3 OF 6 -The Addition of 2Pac- As the controversy with boycotters and Time Warner was adding fuel to Death Row's engine; Suge Knight, in the meantime, posted bail for the then-incarcerated Tupac ("2Pac") Shakur — in exchange for his signing with Death Row. At the time, Tupac and Death Row shared mutual disdain for the fledgling New York-based Bad Boy Records, along with its CEO Sean Combs and seminal star The Notorious B.I.G. Upon Shakur's release from jail, he immediately went to work on his Death Row debut album, All Eyez on Me. The album, released in early 1996, topped the albums charts and (going 9x platinum) became the label's biggest commercial success to date. The escalating tension between Tupac and Biggie (as well as Death Row and Bad Boy), meanwhile, fueled what was eventually called the "East Coast/West Coast rap war." What was to follow would be a year-long dispute in which several Death Row artists fired verbal assaults at East Coast artists. Among those who took lyrical shots were: Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and Tupac (with his group, Tha Outlawz). The list of those dissed by Death Row included most famously (but is not limited to): Mobb Deep, Nas, Jay-Z, the Junior M.A.F.I.A., Puff Daddy and the Notorious B.I.G. Death Row artists who acknowledged Bad Boy Records, or those who didn't support the feud, were looked down upon by Tupac. Lady of Rage commented in an interview that Tupac had once called her the "weakest link in Death Row" because she wouldn't insult Bad Boy. Tupac also spoke ill of Dr. Dre for having not testified for Snoop during his murder trial, discouraging the West Coast-East Coast tension, and for his having departed the label in early 1996. Tupac dissed Dr. Dre on KMEL radio in the Bay Area for not running the streets representing with him and the label and being too slow on producing beats for his album.
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 11 OF 12 -Media Coverage and The New York Times- As the only reporter at Woodstock for the first 36 hours or so, Barnard Law Collier of the New York Times was almost continually pressed by his editors in New York to make the story about the immense traffic jams, the less-than-sanitary conditions, the rampant drug use, the lack of "proper policing," and the presumed dangerousness of so many young people congregating. Collier recalls: "Every major Times editor up to and including executive editor James Reston insisted that the tenor of the story must be a social catastrophe in the making. It was difficult to persuade them that the relative lack of serious mischief and the fascinating cooperation, caring and politeness among so many people was the significant point. I had to resort to refusing to write the story unless it reflected to a great extent my on-the-scene conviction that 'peace' and 'love' was the actual emphasis, not the preconceived opinions of Manhattan-bound editors. After many acrimonious telephone exchanges, the editors agreed to publish the story as I saw it, and although the nuts-and-bolts matters of gridlock and minor lawbreaking were put close to the lead of the stories, the real flavor of the gathering was permitted to get across. After the first day's Times story appeared on Page 1, the event was widely recognized for the amazing and beautiful accident it was."
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 10 OF 12 -The Abbie Hoffman Incident- Abbie Hoffman interrupted The Who's performance during Woodstock 1969 to attempt a protest speech against the jailing of John Sinclair of the White Panther Party. He grabbed a microphone and yelled, "I think this is a pile of shit! While John Sinclair rots in prison..." The Who's guitarist, Pete Townshend, cut Hoffman off in mid-sentence, saying, "Fuck off! Fuck off my fucking stage!" He then struck Hoffman with his guitar, sending him tumbling offstage. Townshend later said he actually agreed with Hoffman on Sinclair's imprisonment, though he made the point that he would have knocked him offstage regardless of his message. According to Hoffman, in his autobiography, the incident played out like this: "If you ever heard about me in connection with the festival it was not for playing Florence Nightingale to the flower children. What you heard was the following: 'Oh, him, yeah, didn't he grab the microphone, try to make a speech when Peter Townshend cracked him over the head with his guitar?' I've seen countless references to the incident, even a mammoth mural of the scene. What I've failed to find was a single photo of the incident. Why? Because it didn't really happen. “I grabbed the microphone all right and made a little speech about John Sinclair, who had just been sentenced to ten years in the Michigan State Penitentiary for giving two joints of grass to two undercover cops, and how we should take the strength we had at Woodstock home to free our brothers and sisters in jail. Something like that. Townshend, who had been tuning up, turned around and bumped into me. A non incident really. Hundreds of photos and miles of film exist depicting the events on that stage, but none of this much-talked about scene.” A fifteen-second sound bite of the incident can be heard on The Who compilation set entitled Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (Disc 2).
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 9 OF 12 -Refused Invitations- * The promoters contacted John Lennon, requesting for The Beatles to perform. Lennon said that he couldn't get the Beatles, but offered to play with his Plastic Ono Band. The promoters turned this down. * The Doors were considered as a potential performing band, but cancelled at the last moment. Contrary to popular belief this occurrence was not related in some fashion to lead singer Jim Morrison's arrest for indecent exposure while performing earlier that year, the cancellation was most likely due to Morrison's known and vocal distaste for performing in large outdoor venues. There also was a widely spread legend that Morrison, in a fit of paranoia, was fearful that someone would take a shot at him while he was onstage. Drummer John Densmore attended and can be seen on the side of the stage during Joe Cocker's set. * Led Zeppelin were asked to perform, their manager Peter Grant stating "We were asked to do Woodstock and Atlantic were very keen, and so was our US promoter, Frank Barcelona. I said no because at Woodstock we'd have just been another band on the bill." * Jethro Tull refused to perform, claiming that it wouldn't be a big deal. * The Moody Blues for unknown reasons declined to perform. They later regretted not performing. They were however promoted as being a performer on the third day on early posters that stated the site being Wallkill. * Bob Dylan was in negotiations to play, however he had to pull out as his son was taken ill. He also was unhappy about the number of the hippies piling up outside his house near the originally planned site. He would go on to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival a year later.
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 8 OF 12 -Cancelled Appearances- * The Jeff Beck Group was scheduled to perform at Woodstock, but failed to make an appearance due to the band's break-up the week before. * Iron Butterfly was stuck at an airport, and their manager demanded helicopters and special arrangements just for them. They were wired back and told, as impolitely as Western Union would allow, "to get lost", but in other 'words'. * Neil Young joined Crosby, Stills & Nash, but refused to be filmed; by his own report, Young felt the filming was distracting both performers and audience from the music. Young's "Sea of Madness," heard on the album, was actually recorded a month after the festival at the Fillmore East dance hall. * Joni Mitchell was slated to perform but her agent informed her that it was more important that she appear on "The Dick Cavett Show" on Monday, with its national audience, rather than "sit around in a field with 500 people." Ironically, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jefferson Airplane (who both performed at the festival) also made it to the show. She wrote and recorded the song "Woodstock" that was also a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and was recorded by Richie Havens on his 2004 album Grace of the Sun. * Ethan Brown was a solo guitarist highly admired by the 'hippie' youth, but he was arrested three days before the festival on LSD related charges. He is known best for his earlier childhood friendship with The Doors piano player, Ray Manzarek. * Canadian band Lighthouse was originally scheduled to play at Woodstock, but in the end they decided not to, fearing that it would be a bad scene. Later, several members of the group would say that they regretted the decision.
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 7 OF 12 -Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18 continued- # Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began around 3 a.m. with separate acoustic and electric sets. # Paul Butterfield Blues Band # Sha-Na-Na # Jimi Hendrix. The full list of Hendrix's Woodstock performance repertoire follows:
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 6 OF 12 -Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18- Joe Cocker was the first act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up for the day's booked acts at 2 PM. The day's events ultimately drove the schedule nine hours late. By dawn, the concert was continuing in spite of attendees' having left, returning to the workweek and their other normal obligations. * Joe Cocker * After Joe Cocker's set, a storm disrupted the events for several hours. * Country Joe and the Fish resumed the concert around 6 p.m. * Ten Years After * The Band - Set list confirmed via Levon Helm's book "This Wheel's On Fire" * Blood, Sweat & Tears ushered in the midnight hour with five songs. * Johnny Winter featuring Edgar Winter, his brother, on two songs.
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 5 OF 12 -Saturday, August 16 continued- * Creedence Clearwater Revival * The Who began at 3 AM, kicking off a 24-song set including Tommy * Jefferson Airplane began at 8 a.m. with an eight-song set, capping off the overnight marathon.
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WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL PART 3 OF 12 -Friday, August 15- * Richie Havens (opened the festival - performed 7 encores) * Swami Satchidananda - gave the invocation for the festival * Country Joe McDonald, played separate set from his band, The Fish * The Fish * John Sebastian * Sweetwater * Incredible String Band * Bert Sommer * Tim Hardin, an hour-long set * Ravi Shankar, with a 5-song set, played through the rain * Melanie * Arlo Guthrie--order of set list unknown * Joan Baez
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"It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the first track of their Australian album T.N.T., released in December 1975 (see 1975 in music), and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott. It is also the first track on the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976. Musically, the song is notable for combining bagpipes with hard rock electric guitars, drums, and bass. A slightly shorter version of the song is also the first track on the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976 (see 1976 in music). This is on vinyl and 2003 remastered releases of the album only. CD releases include the full version. This song is also on the Volts CD of the Bonfire box set, released in 1997. This was a signature song for Scott, who also played the side drum in Coastal Scottish Pipe Band WA in the 1960s. Current AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson doesn't perform it out of respect for his predecessor. The music video for "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" was filmed on February 23, 1976 for the Australian music television program Countdown. It featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck traveling on Swanston Street in Melbourne, Australia. The Young brothers, Evans, Rudd and the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band all appeared to play their instruments, while Scott sang and appeared to play bagpipes, as well. Known members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band at the time of the video's filming include: Alan Butterworth, L. Kenfield and Kevin Conlon. The video is dubbed with the studio track from the T.N.T. album. The video was directed by Paul Drane. David Olney was the cameraman.
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Jack Johnson (born Jack Hody Johnson, May 18, 1975) is a Hawaii-born musician who has achieved commercial success and a dedicated following since the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. His latest album is Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George. While striking friendships with Garrett Dutton of the blues/hip-hop group G. Love & Special Sauce, Johnson recorded the song "Rodeo Clowns." It was first released on G. Love & Special Sauce's album Philadelphonic and then reprised on Johnson's second album, On and On (2003). Folk/reggae musician Ben Harper also took Johnson under his wing after hearing his music. Johnson's first album, Brushfire Fairytales, was produced by Harper's producer and fellow surfer, JP Plunier, and was released in 2001. For the album, Johnson formed a regular backing band, consisting of Adam Topol on drums/percussions and Merlo Podlewski on bass. Fairytales helped launch Johnson's music career and he gained much publicity from his subsequent tour with Harper. After touring for almost two years, Johnson recorded On and On to generally favorable reviews in late 2003. It was produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., best known for his work with the Beastie Boys. Many of the album's songs had previously been released on bootlegs, such as J.O.A.T. and B.O.A.T., but now received the accompaniment of a full band. His third studio album, In Between Dreams, also produced by Caldato, was released on March 1, 2005. For the album, Johnson started his own label called Brushfire Records. A studio, The Mango Tree, was built in Hawaii by Johnson's brother to facilitate the new record label. More than a year later, the album was still on the charts, where it was positioned at #3 (March 21, 2006).
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