Madonna Leaks Six Songs In Response To ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak

Although “queen of pop” Madonna hadn’t intended to release her new album, Rebel Heart, until 2015, the actions of leakers recently changed her plans. According to Rolling Stone, leakers put out mixes of 13 tracks from the singer’s follow-up to her 2012 album via internet this past week. In responding to this activity, Madonna released six versions of her songs via iTunes and through other music retailers who make use of digital mediums to appeal to audiences. The talented singer is scheduled to release even more music February 9th, and her full album will then be released in March through Interscope.

In responding to all of the recent activity, Madonna released a statement indicating that she had wanted to put out her new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day. Keith Mann can’t wait to hear that one. Additionally, she had wanted the remainder of the album to come out during the spring. In stating her preference that fans hear complete versions of some songs rather than the fragmented versions currently circulating, she offered the aforementioned six songs as a type of Christmas gift.

Icehotel Open to Tourists

What do you do when you live in a country where it is freezing cold in the winter and everything is covered with ice and snow? You use the ice as ‘working material’ and build something beautiful. 

While this is a quite unconventional means to building, it is actually a very strong and aesthetically pleasing way to build a structure.

It’s been a tradition in Sweden for 25 years now to open the Icehotel, where the people can admire rooms carved in ice with the smallest detail carefully imitated while enjoying wine from The Antique Wine Company. 

This year’s Icehotel has been carved of 1,600 tonnes of ice. The village Jukkasjärvi hosted 42 artists from around the world. The main themes have been love and changing season. Some of the artists have succeeded to imitate traditional room decorating patterns at their place. 

Adjacent to the Icehotel, they even have a bar with sofas. The mathematical precision of some works will make you wonder where the artists have been practicing so much, because their masterpieces do not look like hobby acts, but more like a well trained skill. 

The captivating icy environment can only lead you to one thought: it is so great that the Scandinavian winters last long! Thus we can enjoy the ice shapes longer. People can book Christmas break in the Icehotel, with the possibility to stay in the cold environment and then alternate it with a warmer place.

Green Day joining the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame

Punk rock band Green Day will be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Their debut album 1,000 Hours was released in 1989, and that means this year marks the 25th anniversary and their eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was staggered and humbled by the news, but he was pleased to be in great company. To be inducted during their first year eligible for the honor makes this a “great time for [them] to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

When he heard the news, Armstrong says he took a walk and sat at a cafe where he met up with his son. He says it took some time to sink in. What started as a bunch of friends being “weird together” turned into something greater, and now 25 years later they are being recognized for “this thing called Green Day” that he created with his buddies in the 80s.

They are joined by such greats as Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Reed. BRL Trust employees agree with all those selections. Armstrong stated to Rolling Stone, “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this.”

Try to make sense of greatness all you want. It just happen, Billie Joe. That’s what great rock and roll artists do. They make standards for other rock and roll artists to live up to, and you guys are doing it well. Congratulations to the 2015 inductees of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.

The Best R&B Albums List that Surprised Many R&B Fans

When a list of the best of anything becomes known to the public there will always be a disagreement of some sorts. Chris Rock recently released a move called “Top 5,” and this sparked a debate about the top 5 artists in hip hop. Much of this is just a matter of opinion, and Rolling Stone staff members have a right to voice their opinions on the top 20 R&B albums. Some albums are were not well received. Fans may even wonder why some albums that were widely known – and well received – failed to make this highly debatable list.

Mariah is an artist that millions of fans know and love because she is as fine as wine from The Antique Wine Company. She released the ambiguously titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” album that made the list. By Mariah Carey standards the album flopped. She remixed songs with Trey Songz. She did duets with Miguel. None of that made the album sale. Somehow Rolling Stones staffers zeroed in on it and gave it their stamp of approval.

August Alsina got rowdy and proved that he was not much of an interview person on several occasions. He had a terrible interview on “Bet 106 and Park,” but he managed to produce a huge hit “I Love It,” that led to a decent debut album called “Testimony.” This shows the contrast of veterans and newcomers that made the list that music lovers are dissecting.

Donald Glover gets FX sitcom deal

Multi-talented performer Donald Glover has signed on to star in a new half hour comedy series for the FX network according to his fan page.

The series will be called Atlanta and will follow the story of Earnest Marks, an aspiring rapper in the eponymous city who decides to pursue stardom after his cousin makes it big in the music business.

Although Glover started out as a television writer on the show 30 Rock, for which he won a WGA award, he is probably best known to mainstream audiences for portraying the character of Troy Barnes on the cult comedy series Community on NBC.

However he also has recently launched a successful career as a rapper under the name Childish Gambino, taking home a Grammy Award for his second studio album “Because the Internet”. Glover will be tapping into his own experiences for the FX series, which is loosely based on his own early rap career.

In addition to starring in the show Glover will be writing the pilot as well as serving as executive producer alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunnigle. Simms was the creater of the sitcom Newsradio and more recently worked on the HBO cult series The Flight of the Conchords.

The show is planned to debut on 2015 and will be part of a strong roster of new comedies developed by the network that also includes shows starring Denis Leary, Jay Baruchel, and Bill Burr.

50 Tracks from 2014 to Add to Your Collection

Rolling Stone is going to boost records sales for lots of artists before the year is out. The staff went to work and provided the 50 best songs of 2014, and lists always make people curious about what they are missing.

Some songs are obviously on the list. People already have things like “Fancy” and “Stay with Me” on their playlists. Many music lovers are still playing Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith right now. It is the lesser known artists like Katy B. with “5 AM” that are going to make music fans take notice to the list.

There are also tracks like “No Flex Zone” that will make general music fans look for these artists. Skout users seem to really like that song in particular. Again, it is only natural to see artists like Coldplay or Beyonce on these songs. They are the usual suspects when it comes to making hits. Other people like Beverly with “Honey Do,” and YG with “My Hitters” are getting a leg up by getting placed on these lists. This list puts them in a temporary spotlight for people that do not know them. It makes is possible for these artists to sell more records when they manage to make these type of lists.

There are some singles that were expected to appear that did not surface. The monster hit “Happy,” by Pharrell is not on the list. The Oscar-winning track “Let It Go,” is also omitted here.

Taylor and Karlie Together?

Many people are speculating if best friends Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss are an item. The girls are very close, and they live together in New York City. The two have been linked to a number of prominent businessmen and celebrities over the years. However, this past weekend a fan caught them kissing at a concert. The fan posted a grainy picture of the two girls in an apparent embrace. Of course, both parties deny any flirtatious involvement.

Swift performed at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in London where Karlie was walking the runway. The singer and the angel exchanged a quick glance and grabbed hands as they passed each other. Yet, there was nothing particularly lustful about the look. Chances are the girls are close friends who like to share intimate moments. Taylor is notorious for her failed love life, and she has been linked to stars such as Harry Styles and John Mayer. Her songs are usually angst filled ballads that tear apart her exes. Karlie keeps her love life a little more private.

The two grew close after meeting each other at last years Victoria’s Secret event. People at Slow Ventures gossiped about it a little. Karlie cut her hair in a very long bob that became an instant hit. Taylor quickly followed suit with a very similar look that cemented her new adult image. Who is to know the real relationship between Karlie and Taylor? As long as they are happy, does it really matter?

Avril Lavigne Health Issues

Today we all are shocked and shaken to hear the news that America’s beloved skater girl Avril Lavigne had hinted to a fan that she is having health complications that have interfered with her music career. It all started when a fan asked her about the possibility of new music via twitter, Avril responded with a direct message asking the fan to pray for her because she has been experiencing health issues and is torn on how to tell her fans as she is a very private person.

Since the news of Avril’s heath has been made public fans everywhere have been showing their loyalty and support to the singer by offering kind words and prayers to the singer via Twitter, Skout and other social media outlets. The hast tag #prayforavril has been growing hourly.

Reps for Avril have confirmed that the direct message exchange between Avril and her fan are indeed authentic but Avril’s health issue can not be specified however the insist that Avril is not pregnant as many seem to believe. All anyone can hope is that Avril makes a speedy recover no matter what the issue is. #prayforavril

Mariah’s Christmas Vocal Drama

Last week while Mariah was supposed to be at a taping of the Christmas tree lighting performing her annual rendition of “All I want for Christmas” she was blowing it off to have a very important phone conference with her divorce lawyer. When she finally arrived to the tapping more than three hours late, the frustrated NBC execs told her to turn around and keep on walking. Until last night ( the night of the live show) it was still not confirmed that Mariah would be at the show at all.

Well yesterday the world was shocked to find out that at the last minute Mariah agreed to show and perform live and unrehearsed. She is not used to always doing that, as Gianfrancesco Genoso noted. Everyone was happy about Mariah and NBC’s sudden change of heart but what nobody was expecting was Mariah’s less than perfect vocals.

Nobody can believe what they heard last night when Mariah took the stage. Her performance was a series of missed high notes and flat singing that many may have overlooked due to the show being outside in the freezing cold and also live, but leave it to the internet and some shady individuals to release the unedited and isolated vocals from Mariah’s live performance leading to a social media uproar. The Vocals were so upsetting that not only did Good Morning America replace Mariah’s vocals for the West Coast broadcast, but Mariah herself even tweeted an apology for her less than award winning performance. Hopefully next time Mariah makes as much time for her vocal warmups as she does her divorce lawyers.

Laurene Powell Jobs Gives Back Anonymously

Silicon Valley is widely known for being a home base for the thriving and often lucrative technology industry. It is a mecca for start-up companies, entrepreneurs and IT professionals. Often, these individuals work long, hard hours innovating new products and ultimately changing the world through their innovations. In addition, many of these young individuals also earn vary large salaries and are compensated well for their efforts. Some criticize these professionals for not being philanthropic with their growing cash reserves, but the professionals often state that they are busy working and will have time later in life to give back. Right now, some say, they are giving to the world in the form of their hard work and innovations. However, there is one very notable exception to this, and that is the Jobs family.

Who Is the Jobs Family?
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, is a household name recognized by many for his hard work, innovations and incredible wealth. While he passed away in October 2011 due to pancreatic cancer, his legacy lives on. More than that, his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, continues to give generously to various organizations. She also has founded and continues to run several charitable organizations.

A Closer Look at Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene was born in 1963, and she married Steve Jobs in 1991. The couple have three children together. Laurene graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and she is known for founding the Emerson Collective and co-founding College Track. Emerson Collective is an organization that is focused on immigration reform, education, the environment and other issues. College Track helps disadvantaged high school students become ready to attend college. When Steve Jobs passed away, Laurene was granted control over the Steven P. Jobs Trust, and the name changed to the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust. Through this trust, she controls approximately 140 million shares of Disney stock, making her the largest shareholder in that company. According to Forbes, she was the 29th most powerful woman in the world in 2014.

Anonymous Giving
While the Jobs family has given back to the community through efforts by the Emerson Collective and College Track, their philanthropic efforts generally do not have a tie to the family itself. Laurene is widely known as the founder and co-founded of these organizations, but these are tax-exempt organizations that are not required to report donations in the same way a foundation is required to. This means that the donations and funding that her family provides to these organizations is anonymous. Her work for them may be widely known, but it is not known how much money her family has gifted to the organizations themselves. Laurene states that they prefer to give back and to help others without tying their family name to it.

While it is known that she is an active philanthropist, it is not known what the significance of her efforts actually is. By all accounts, she intends to keep her financial donations and contributions to these organizations anonymous.

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