Selasa, 06 Desember 2011
Formation and first years (1996–99) Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland first met during their orientation week at University College London (UCL) in September 1996. The pair spent the rest of the university year planning a band, ultimately forming a group called Pectoralz. Guy Berryman, a classmate of Martin and Buckland, later joined the group. By 1997, the group, who had renamed themselves Starfish, performed gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs. Martin also had recruited his longtime school friend Phil Harvey, who was studying classics at Oxford, to be the band's manager. Coldplay have since accepted Harvey as the fifth member of the group. The band's line-up was completed when Will Champion joined to take up percussion duties. Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass, and tin whistle; he quickly learned the drums (despite having no previous experience). The band finally settled on the name "Coldplay" which was suggested by Tim Crompton, a local student who had been using the name for his group. By 1997, Martin had also met then Classics student Tim Rice-Oxley. During a weekend on Virginia Water, they asked each other to play off their own songs on the piano. Martin, finding Rice-Oxley to be talented, asked him to be Coldplay's keyboard player but Rice-Oxley refused as his own band, Keane, was already active. Days after, this event would shape the second line-up of Keane and keep Coldplay's unaltered, thus leaving both bands as quartets. In 1998, the band released 500 copies of the Safety EP. Most of the discs were given to record companies and friends; only 50 copies remained for sale to the public. In December of that year, Coldplay signed to the independent label Fierce Panda. Their first release was the three-track Brothers and Sisters EP, which they had quickly recorded over four days in February 1999. After completing their final examinations, Coldplay signed to Parlophone for a five-album contract in early 1999. After making their first appearance at Glastonbury, the band went into studio to record a third EP titled The Blue Room. Five thousand copies were made available to the public in October, and the single "Bigger Stronger", received BBC Radio 1 airplay. The recording sessions for The Blue Room were tumultuous. Champion was briefly fired from the band, but Martin later pleaded with him to return after kicking him out, and because of his guilt, went on a drinking binge. Eventually, the band worked out their differences and put in place a new set of rules to keep the group intact. Inspired by bands like U2 and R.E.M., Coldplay decided that they would operate as a democracy (and that profits would be shared equally). Additionally, the band determined they would fire anyone who used hard drugs.
Rabu, 02 November 2011
Perjalanan karier Ketiga personil Garasi ditemukan secara tidak langsung oleh musisi Indra Lesmana, adik Mira Lesmana. Ayu awalnya ikut audisi pencarian bakat Indonesian Idol. Namun sayang dirinya tidak lolos. Indra yang tertarik dengan kepiawaian Ayu dalam bermain gitar, sehingga ia meminta kakaknya, Mira Lesmana untuk meng-casting Ayu. Sedangkan Aries adalah drummer yang kerap mengikuti festival dan sering mendapat gelar sebgai best drummer. Fedi Nuril yang sebelumnya terkenal sebagai bintang iklan dan aktor ini mendapat kepercayaan untuk memainkan keybord sekaligus gitar. Album perdana mereka akan diedarkan bersamaan dengan peluncuran film Garasi. Berkah kembali menghampiri mereka karena dipercaya tampil di Jepang pada tanggal 1 November 2007. Aksi musik dengan iringan akustik ini dilakukan karena film Garasi akan diputarkan secara eksklusif di 8th NHK Asian Film Festival 2007, yang berlangsung pada tanggal 31 Oktober hingga 5 November 2007. Dua tahun setelah album perdana, Garasi kembali merilis album kedua bertajuk Garasi II pada 7 Juli 2008. Album yang berisi 10 lagu dan 1 bonus track dengan single hits "Tak Ada Lagi" ini mengeksplorasi sound digital rock bernada sedikit mellow. Garasi pun mencoba berkompromi dengan pasar. Awal tahun 2009, Ayu Ratna resmi dinyatakan mundur sebagai vokalis grup musik Garasi. Masalah ketidakcocokan dan kesibukan Ayu di luar dinyatakan Fedi Nuril sebagai penyebab dikeluarkannya Ayu dari Garasi. Karena kekosongan band Garasi, maka untuk sementara Fedi yang akan menjadi vokalis Garasi untuk kepentingan show-show. Sampai saat ini, personel dan managemen Garasi masih melakukan audisi untuk vokalis mereka yang baru. Higin Ayuga dan Wembri Arlistha resmi menjadi personel baru untuk memperkuat Garasi. Kini, album baru mereka yang bertajuk Kembali pada Agustus 2011. Album yang berisi 8 lagu dengan hits "Hidup Hanya Sekali" tampil dengan rock yang lebih fresh. Dalam album ini pula, hadirlah formasi baru Garasi.
Kamis, 06 Oktober 2011
Life and career Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, in New York City. The first child of Joseph Germanotta, an internet entrepreneur, and Cynthia (née Bissett), Gaga has one sister, Natali, who was born in 1992. She is of Italian and more distant French-Canadian ancestry. Gaga is left-handed and began learning to play piano aged four, went on to write her first piano ballad at 13, and began performing at open mike nights by the age of 14. Raised as a Roman Catholic on Manhattan's Upper West Side after the family moved there in 1993, Gaga attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, from the age of 11. Despite the affluence of the Upper West Side, Gaga stressed that she did not come from a wealthy background, stating that her parents "both came from lower-class families, so we've worked for everything—my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father." She described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure" as she told in an interview, "I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I felt like a freak." Acquaintances dispute that she did not fit in at school. "She had a core group of friends; she was a good student. She liked boys a lot, but singing was No. 1," recalled a former high school classmate. An avid actor in high school musicals, Gaga portrayed the lead roles of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. both at Regis High School. She also appeared in a very small role as a mischievous classmate in the television drama series The Sopranos in a 2001 episode titled "The Telltale Moozadell". At 16, she began to sing and play in front of live audiences and unsuccessfully auditioned for parts in New York shows. When her time at the Convent of the Sacred Heart came to an end, her mother encouraged her to apply to New York University to study drama and performance – specifically the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), which is a faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts. Aged 17, Gaga gained early admission and lived in a NYU dorm on 11th Street. There, she studied music and sharpened her songwriting skills by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as art, religion, social issues and politics. Gaga wrote a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst; research that prepared her for her future career focus in "music, art, sex and celebrity." Gaga felt that she was more creative than some of her classmates. "Once you learn how to think about art, you can teach yourself," she said. Being part of such a prestigious performance course, Gaga tried for and passed auditions while at CAP21, including the part of an unsuspecting diner customer where MTV's Boiling Points, a prank reality television show, was being filmed. However, by the second semester of her sophomore year, she withdrew from the school to focus on her musical career. Her father agreed to pay her rent for a year, on the condition that she re-enroll at Tisch if she was unsuccessful. "I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find, and ate shit until somebody would listen," she said.
Rabu, 17 Agustus 2011
Owl City is an American electronica musical project by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young formed in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents' basement. Like many musicians who achieved success in the era between 2005 and 2009, Owl City developed a following on the music and social networking site Myspace in the late 2000s before signing with Universal Republic in 2008.
After two independent albums, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which spawned the quadruple-platinum hit single "Fireflies". The album was certified Platinum in the United States in April 2010.
In 2011, he released his third album titled All Things Bright and Beautiful.
Early years (2007–2009)
Suffering from insomnia while working loading Coca-Cola trucks in his hometown, Owatonna, Minnesota, Young turned to composing music. He began uploading songs recorded in his parents' basement to Myspace. He started to receive favorable attention for his music and then helped cultivate this nascent fanbase by being an open and accessible web presence, responding to any messages he received and constantly posting blogs. His manager Steve Burksy later highlighted the significance of Young's engaging online manner in building his following saying: "People feel like they know him, like they've got a direct connection to him because of how he approaches his connection with them online." Through a deal with the digital aggregator CD Baby, he then started making the songs available for sale through iTunes. In 2007, Owl City released an EP titled Of June, followed by the 2008 release of the album Maybe I'm Dreaming. Of June reached #15 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I'm Dreaming peaked on the same chart at #13.
The viral phenomenon that was building through Myspace caught the attention of Universal Republic presidents Avery and Monte Lipman who approached Young with a view to signing the artist. Republic recommended Young partner up with 27-year-old manager Steve Bursky of Foundations Artist Management and the two began working together in late 2008. When later asked by HitQuarters why the label chose him for a major label act given his relative inexperience, Burksy said:
"I think they saw Owl City as representing the future of our business. This idea of a kid in a tiny town in rural U.S. being able to make songs in his basement that sound like Top 40 radio could never have happened ten years ago. By hiring a young management company who understands the business circa 2011 over a seasoned industry vet, who might not understand the online spaces well, showed a lot of understanding of where this kid was going to end up having success."
Owl City's label deal with Universal Republic was finally confirmed in February 2009. According to Bursky there was initially some disagreement about the direction Owl City should follow, telling HitQuarters: "They were ready to send him into the studio with big producers and polish him up to try to become this thing that he wasn't. But we put our foot down and said, 'Look, the reason you signed this kid is because it’s working. Whatever it is about him - his music, his interaction with his fans, his brilliance in the online space - these things are connecting with people, and as soon as you change that you lose what’s special about this artist.' To their credit, they really listened and they got it."d All Things Bright and Beautiful.
Selasa, 05 Juli 2011
Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire. Founded in 2008 when Ben Bruce (lead guitar) contacted his old companions upon returning to England after residing in Dubai. The current line-up of the group consists of Ben Bruce, Danny Worsnop (vocals), Cameron Liddell (rhythm guitar), Sam Bettley (bass guitar) and James Cassells (drums).
Asking Alexandria have their roots in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, wherein guitarist Ben Bruce started a band and released one full-length album (titled The Irony of Your Perfection) with the group under the name Asking Alexandria. The band shortly afterwards broke-up and Bruce made a statement that at later date that the band known as Asking Alexandria from Dubai only had the name for about a month before leading to their disbandment, hence the band never embarked on a tour.
In 2008, Bruce moved back to England, leaving behind his former bandmates. However, Bruce had no plans on putting his musical career on hold and not long after the move he started fresh with new members, though deciding to carry on the name Asking Alexandria. Bruce has stated that he was the one that created this title, that he still liked it and the meaning/reason behind the name still remained, and therefore decided to continue it in the new project. He also made an emphasised statement in the same blog post that the current Asking Alexandria is not the same band that wrote The Irony of Your Perfection, in style nor members, hence they are two different bands, despite their links. The same statement has been emphasised in interviews and is known to still be a confusion to many fans.
Asking Alexandria, since their formation in 2008, has had some member changes, including going from a six-piece to a five-piece, with the departure of synthesist Ryan Binns. The last known change was bassist Sam Bettley, who replaced Joe Lancaster in January 2009. Lancaster played his final show at Fibbers in their hometown York on 4 January. The band left for the United States the day after the show to promote their music through shows, as well as to prepare for the recording of their debut album.
After spending 2008 and the first months of 2009 touring, the band recorded their debut studio album between 19 May and 16 June 2009 at The Foundation Recording Studios in Connersville, Indiana, United States with producer Joey Sturgis. They announced their signing with Sumerian Records shortly after finishing the recording and released their debut album, Stand Up and Scream, on 15 September 2009 through their new label. The band spent 2009 focusing on gaining success in the United States, touring with well known bands such as Alesana, Enter Shikari, The Bled and Evergreen Terrace, amongst others.
Selasa, 17 Mei 2011
Avril Lavigne, adalah seorang penyanyi pop-punk, musisi, dan aktris asal Kanada. Pada tahun 2006, Majalah Bisnis Kanada memposisikannya dalam posisi ke-7 wanita Kanada paling mengagumkan di Hollywood, dan pada tahun 2007 dia memenangkan 9 nominasi Jabra Music Contest untuk kategori Best Band In The World, berdasarkan pilihan penggemar diseluruh dunia.
Hingga kini, Lavigne telah merilis 3 buah album studio, yaitu Let Go (2002) yang terjual lebih dari 19 juta diseluruh dunia dengan 9 juta di US, Under My Skin (2004) yang terjual lebih dari 12 juta diseluruh dunia dan 4 juta di US, dan The Best Damn Thing (2007) yang terjual lebih dari 9 juta dan 2,5 juta di US. Lavigne juga telah memproduksi delapan singel internasional, diantaranya adalah "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", "Don't Tell Me", "My Happy Ending", "Girlfriend", "When You're Gone" dan "What The Hell". Lavigne pun mengisi soundtrack untuk film Alice in Wonderland dengan lagu yang berjudul "Alice". Ia telah menjual rekaman album dan singelnya sebanyak kurang lebih 45 juta diseluruh dunia.
Avril Lavigne dilahirkan disebuah kota kecil, Napanee, Ontario. Kemampuan Avril dalam bernyanyi telah diketahui sejak ia berumur 2 tahun, ketika ibunya mengatakan bahwa Avril telah mulai ikut menyanyi lagu-lagu rohani di gereja. Keluarga Avril pindah ke Napanee saat dia berumur 5 tahun. Pada tahun 1998, Avril memenangkan kompetisi bernyanyi dalam tour resmi penyanyi Kanada, Shania Twain. Avril menyanyikan lagu Shania yang berjudul What Made You Say That.
Saat usia Avril menjelang 16 tahun, dia didaftarkan oleh Ken Krongard, seorang artis dan jurnalis, wakil dari perusahaan rekaman Arista. Ken mengundang Antonio "L.A." Reid untuk mendengarkan nyanyian Avril disebuah studio rekaman milik Peter Zizzo di New York. Selanjutnya Avril melengkapi kontrak album perdananya, Let Go.
Album pertama Avril, Let Go, dirilis pada tanggal 4 Juni 2002 di Amerika Serikat, menduduki posisi 2 disana, dan menduduki posisi 1 di Australia, Kanada, Inggris, dan beberapa negara lainnya, dengan hits singel lagu "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", dan "Losing Grip". Album ini sangat sukses dan terjual lebih dari 17 juta diseluruh dunia, 7 juta nya terjual di US.
Ditahun 2004, tepatnya tanggal 25 Mei 2004, Lavigne merilis album kedua yang bertitel Under My Skin dengan hits singel lagu "Don't Tell Me", "My Happy Ending", "Nobody's Home, "He Wasn't", dan "Fall to Pieces". Album ini mengikuti jejak sukses dari Let Go, terjual 12 juta diseluruh dunia dan 4 juta terjual di US.
Album ketiga Avril, The Best Damn Thing dirilis pada tanggal 17 April 2007. Album ini cukup mengejutkan, karena Avril mengubah gaya bernyanyinya yang sebelumnya sangat kental dengan rock dan warna-warna gelap, menjadi lebih ceria dan berwarna pink. Album ini mempunyai hits singel lagu "Girlfriend", "When You're Gone", "Hot", dan "The Best Damn Thing".
Avril pun pernah beberapa kali mengisi soundtrack film, diantaranya adalah film Eragon dengan singel "Keep Holding On" dan yang terbaru, film Alice in Wonderland dengan singel berjudul "Alice".
Senin, 14 Maret 2011
Bring Me the Horizon adalah band metalcore Inggris dari Sheffield, Yorkshire, yang dibentuk pada tahun 2004. Mereka saat ini menandatangani kontrak dengan Terlihat Records Kebisingan di Inggris, Epitaph Records di AS dan untuk Shock Records di Australia.
Bring Me the Horizon dimulai tahun 2004.
Band ini awalnya masuk ke Tiga puluh Days of Night Records dan merupakan band pertama yang menandatangani kontrak dengan label tersebut.
Mereka merilis debut album Menghitung Berkat pada bulan Oktober 2006 di Inggris dan pada bulan Agustus 2007 di Amerika Serikat.
Bring Me the Horizon studio rekaman album kedua mereka Bunuh Diri Musim di Swedia dengan Fredrik Nordström. Album ini dirilis pada bulan September 2008.
Band ini memulai tur utama pertama mereka di AS, juga tampil di Warped Tour 2008. Bring Me the Horizon juga bergabung Mindless Self Indulgence, Dalam Kasus Api, Black Tide dan Dir en grey di dalam Kerrang! dan tak kenal ampun 2009 Inggris tur.  Mereka juga bergabung Kamis, Kanker Kelelawar, Empat Tahun yang kuat dan Pierce the Veil pada Taste of Chaos 2009 tur Amerika Utara.
Pada November 2009 Bring Me the Horizon merilis versi remix Season Bunuh Diri, berjudul Bunuh Diri Season: Cut Up!. Musisi dan produser ditampilkan di album termasuk Ben Weinman dari The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sonny Moore, L'Amour La Morgue (Ian Watkins dari Lostprophets), Utah Saints dan Shawn Crahan dari Slipknot .
Pada bulan Maret 2009, gitaris Curtis Ward keluar dari band tersebut;. Ia digantikan oleh gitaris Australia Jona Weinhofen 
Album ketiga band debut di nomor 17 di Billboard 200 di Amerika Serikat , nomor 13 di UK Album Chart,  dan nomor 1 di Chart Album Australia , Inggris Rock Chart  dan Chart Indie Inggris . Meskipun mencapai nomor 1 di Australia, penjualan album dari 3.600 mereka mendapatkan ke sana, adalah yang terendah dalam sejarah tangga lagu ARIA.