Back in the 90s, when other industrial bands were focused on making postmodern-esque electronic noise, Reznor moved to the beat of his own drum, writing melodic and lyrical songs which, while they skirted the edge of pop music, could still be considered to very much keep with the 'industrial' genre. Indeed, one could argue that Reznor was one of the largest influences on the evolution of the Industrial genre during this period.
The emotion and heart felt behind Tupac's lyrics is what endeared him to fans. The artist seemed to rap from his very soul, with every part of his being. He was an enigma: loud, brash and gritty, but also warm and charismatic. No matter how volatile his persona, or the "Thug Life" tatted on his belly, you knew that deep down, Pac was one of the "good guys." Or, at the very least, one of the guys who wanted to be good.
From indie pop and iconic rock to trip hop, electronica and dance, these questions will test your knowledge of the last 60 years of floor-fillers, cult classics and the best B-sides to the limit.
Including dedicated quizzes on your favourite 6 Music shows, like Lauren Laverne's People's Playlist, Guy Garvey's Finest Hour, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service and more, find out how much you can really call yourself the king of rock n' roll.
Gomez's star quality must have been evident from birth - she was named after the singer huge Latin star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. It was her mother Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Teefey, a former theatre actress, who inspired her to act. She received her first break on Barney & Friends in 2002, before being discovered by Disney when they were conducting a global casting call. She made two pilots which floundered before she was cast in the series Wizards of Waverley in 2008. During the series, she also kick-started her musical career. Typically cautious, she has said she decided to form a band to support her rather than go solo. She said she had decided to name them ‘Selena Gomez and the Scene’ to mock disparagers who criticised her for wanting to launch herself into music.
Like most Disney stars, she has proved to be multi-talented. She's definitely more Christina and Justin than Britney, even though she has frequently cited Britney as a hero. But like her Disney Club alumni, she's also entered into a relationship with a fellow child star, who eerily has the same name as Britney's first love. Her and Justin were surprisingly low-key about their burgeoning romance until they were each other's official dates at the Vanity Fair party during the 2011 Oscars. Since then they have made several public appearances together for the benefits of their admirers, as well as been snapped together during their more private moments.
The star became the youngest ever person to become a UN ambassador in 2009, and has since travelled throughout the world, raising awareness of poverty and famine in countries that her fans may not have heard of before. However, despite Gomez's wholesomeness, the actress is also paving her way into more adult roles. She recently warned fans that they should avoid her upcoming projects because they will see a different side to her. She's appeared in publicity shots for the project wearing bikinis and has said that the film has made her do things that she never expected to do on screen, like smoke and drink.
But Selena has a close relationship to her fans who have turned her into one of the most talked about singers in recent years. The television star turned actress most recently crowdsourced her self-titled perfume, which will go on sale at Macy's. Fans were encouraged to send in their suggestions, with most of them saying that they wanted a poem which they could wear everyday, at either school or at the gym. She told MTV News that the scent represents her as much as it does her fans: "It's still very much me. I think it represents what I like. It's refreshing and young, but it's kind of older as well." Gomez might have her eyes firmly set on her career but she also wants to grow with her fans.
Born and raised in a working class area of Saint Michael parish in south-west Barbados, Rihanna was the eldest daughter of Monica Braithwaite and Ronald Fenty. Her father struggled with addictions to crack cocaine and alcohol, leading to her parents’ divorce when Rihanna was 14, after which she maintained contact with her father, but continued living with her mother and two younger brothers, Rorrey and Rajad. Like many teenage girls, she formed a singing group with friends and dreamt of becoming a pop star.
However, unlike many teenage girls, Rihanna also benefitted from good connections.When she discovered two US record executives were holidaying on her home island, an audition for her group was arranged by mutual friends. History has forgotten the other two members of Rihanna’s singing group, but in Miss Fenty,record execs Carl Sturken and Eric Rogers saw something marketable. Jay Z did too. He signed her to Def Jam during his brief tenure as president allowing for the release of two albums of reggae-tinged R&B that would make her name.
The caribbean influences in Rihanna’s early releases made her a refreshing novelty for R&B fans, but if that was all she had to offer, no doubt by now “Rihanna” would be just another footnote in pop history, alongside Ashanti, Amerie, or Christina Milian (remember them?). But Rihanna had something else. Perhaps inspired by her oft-cited idol Madonna, she has demonstrated an ability to shapeshift in a way that is always uncannily ahead of the trend.
The Rolling Stones, originally composed of members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart (Stu) were formed in Great Britain in 1962 by members Jagger, Richards, and Jones. The Rolling Stones were influenced, as were many other British rock bands, by American music: Blues, jazz, R&B (rhythm and blues), and rock and roll. Aesthetically pitted against The Beatles "boy next door" image, the Stones were marketed as "the bad boys" of rock. As the anonymous and origin-less saying goes, "The Stones want to spend the night together while the Beatles just want to hold your hand." Encouraged and cultivated by their flamboyant band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' bad boy image became a defining characteristic of the band. In fact, one press campaign in particular led to the writing of a famous headline: "Would you let your daughter go with a Rolling Stone?"
In addition to six albums of groundbreaking hip-hop, OutKast’s career has been instrumental in moving the business and creative epicenter of hip-hop music in the United States from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia.
OutKast is part of a larger musical collective, the Dungeon Family, which consists of OutKast, four-man group the Goodie M.O.B., and production team, Organized Noize Productions. Their impact can be seen in new acts around the world, whether it’s in the style of dress, vocal delivery, or instrumentation.
OutKast’s collective discography is characterized by experimentation, which is unusual for a best-selling rap group. Each of their albums displays an increasingly unique sound that is an exploration and expansion of their influences, which include electro, funk, soul, reggae, and traditional hip-hop. Despite this constant push to test genre boundaries, the group has remained accessible with have several Billboard hits, including “Hey Ya!” - a classic, British Invasion-styled pop song, “The Way You Move” - a hip-hop/R&B hybrid, and “Ms. Jackson” - a song about failed relationships featuring a reversed snare sample as a prominent part of its instrumentation.
Benjamin and Patton met at Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA, while both were students at Tri-Cities High School. They bonded over music and similar styles, which led to a creation of a rap group called 2 Shades Deep. The duo performed at local talent shows and caught the eye of Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Patrick “Sleepy” Brown - a trio of Atlanta-based producers who eventually became Organized Noize.
Wade and Murray invited Benjamin and Patton to their basement home studio. It was in this basement that the genesis of a shift in hip-hop was created. Benjamin and Patton, along with Murray and Wade, began creating hip-hop music that mixed samples, beat machines, live instrumentation, and a unique, southern slant on composition that was very different compared to the music coming out of the Northeast. Along with fellow Atlanta artists (including CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo, Joi Gilliam, and Sleepy Brown), Benjamin, Patton, Wade and Murray formed the collective known as The Dungeon Family, named after the aforementioned basement studio.
2 Shades Deep eventually changed their name to OutKast, and promptly began to record the songs that became Southerplayalisticadillacmuzik.
The band originally formed with Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie in 1967. But it wasn’t until 1975 that guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and then-girlfriend and musical partner, Stevie Nicks, joined and the best-known incarnation of the group came together.
Looking to replace recently departed guitarist, Bob Welch, Fleetwood heard Buckingham-Nicks’ self-titled album, and liked it enough to ask for an introduction to Buckingham. Fleetwood invited him to join Fleetwood Mac, but he would only agree on one condition: Nicks would become a member of the band as well.
The new lineup included three members who could write songs and sing lead vocals - Christine McVie, Buckingham and Nicks, who all brought different sensibilities to their lyrics. The new band broke through with the self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac (1975), which sold over five million copies.
When it comes to Rock and Roll, there are a number of overarching principles. Benjamin Wrubel believes these to be: Its all about Love; What is past is Past; Hold on to the Present; Clear a path to the Future; and, Keep your dreams Alive. In each of these regards there exist certain undeniable truths
After revealing the social, cultural, and political context of Wonder's work, the book provides detailed analysis of his compositions and recordings, with a focus on both his well-known songs and those known only to his hardcore fans. The volume also contains discussions of cover versions of Wonder's compositions, a discography of his recordings, a song title index, an annotated bibliography, and a general index.
This book will reveal to you what only famous bands know. These are secrets that will allow you to reach popularity and a great reputation much faster and with more impact, not just locally, but worldwide.
Maybe you’re creating your own band, trying to reinvent the one you have, or simply searching for ways to take what you have one step further into the fame it deserves. Whatever is the situation, this book will guide you there.
The main rules for success are here explained with a direct and simple vocabulary, allowing you to easily correlate the information to any band you know and see that, more than a theory, this book refers to very obvious facts that can be identified and measured.
Volume 2 of Findeizen’s landmark study surveys music in court life during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Catherine II, music in Russian domestic and public life in the second half of the 18th century, and the variety and vitality of Russian music at the end of the 18th century.
What makes a song work? What element causes us to stop, to listen, to listen again? Is it a melody? Is it a beat? Is it the words that are sung, or spoken? Is it what they speak to in us? Is it a combination of all of the above?
Wretch 32 is one of the most influential musicians at work in Britain today. He is also a lyricist of unparalleled ability, and an advocate of music as a tool to educate as well as to entertain. In an age of unprecedented social and political change, Wretch’s music stands as a medium of protest and of progress, helping to explain and shape a new era.
In Rapthology, Wretch provides a lesson in lyric writing, taking us through his own creative process, from the first flashes of inspiration to final edits and improvisation. Rapthology is also an anthology of the songs that have shaped Wretch over the last thirty years, from gospel music to dancehall anthems to the most innovative emerging young voices. Step by step, Wretch explains what each song means to him, why it matters and how it has become so popular, and so powerful.
The result is a groundbreaking autobiography, a guidebook to the music that matters, and an insight into the artistic process of one of the most inspiring artists of a generation.
A song has the indefinable and irresistible power to instantly transport you to another place and time. But before that song can reach its audience, a rare and special partnership must be launched between the words and the music. In this groundbreaking publicationintended to inspire just such artistic collaborationsaward-winning lyricist Kay Bell shares a poignant collection of her original lyrics, the beating heart for up to 180 potential songs, to openly elicit creative collaborations with composers around the world.
Who has not been touched in one way or another by the power of music? Songs have changed lives, saved lives, spawned lifelong love affairs, broken hearts and mended them, brought tears, joy, and laughter to people the world over.
Kay Bell is an award-winning lyricist who has received global recognition for both her lyrics and co-written songs. Drawn to human understanding, she hopes her words will support the quest for connection and global peace. Her passion for storytelling (in prose and lyrical form) is the catalyst that propels Kays words out in search of realising their potential.
For collaboration opportunities, and all other enquiries (including use of the lyrics contained in this collection and setting them to music), please visit www.kay-bell.com.
Yang, who devoted six years to her research, offers extensive commentary, historical background, and comparisons of varied composers and their music. The pieces she studies include Beethovens piano sonatas, an advanced piano teaching series, the development of opera in different areas, Bachs Brandenburg concertos, Haydns piano sonatas, the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Brahmss Intermezzo, Olivier Messiaens Vingt regards sur lenfant-Jsus, Prokofievs piano sonatas, Weberns Six Pieces for Large Orchestra, and Schumanns Piano Concerto.
With this collection of analyses, Yang hopes to provide information and commentary to help contemporary pianists recognize the beauty and the challenges of performing different musical styles in appropriate ways.
Complete Guitar Guide For Both Teachers And Students
Playing or teaching guitar involves 6 basic fundamentals:
1) Getting started (learning names and definitions)
2) Scales (playing single notes)
3) Chords (playing multiple notes)
4) Techniques (complex methods for playing scales and chords)
5) Reading music (how to read the “code” of music)
6) Writing music (how to write the “code” of music).
By dividing guitar theory this way the student or teacher can digest more clearly the scope of all that they need to learn or teach. This book is designed to clear up the confusion of guitar theory and remove any boring aspects, all the while giving insightful knowledge of music and the technique of playing guitar. When finished the guitarist should have all the knowledge needed to develop their own style, jam with other musicians while knowing exactly what is going on theoretically, and be able to compose complex music in rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk and heavy metal. Easy concise exercises help the student develop the skills to execute the licks and passages needed to express oneself and help any teacher using this as a teachers guide to layout clear concise goals and objectives.
First "The Cat On Strat Guitar Method" will start with the basics: buying equipment, knowing the instrument parts, how to tune the guitar, how to read guitar tablature and standard notation, finding all the notes on the guitar, and understanding scale and chord charts.
Second is an in-depth look at scales and their origins with dozens of easy to read scale charts and complete sets of each scale studied.
Third is a deep understanding of chords, consisting in a study of how both simple and complex chords are built. Following this study of chords is a comprehensive chord dictionary with hundreds of easy to read chords.
Fourth is technique, with a listing of all the fundamentals as well as advanced techniques that are used in more complex modern music. Study includes: double stops, scale patterns, arpeggios, finger tapping and so much more. This section will clear up your confusion and break down the techniques that are to used in your favorite pop, rock and heavy metal songs.
Fifth is a brief but thorough introduction to reading music, short but concise it ties into your complete education in music building a solid foundation for all further studies.
Sixth and finally is a look at writing music. Song structure, chord groupings and melody will be brought together to help the most creative guitarist organize their creativity and create actual songs that are structured professionally and effortlessly.
In the end you will find here a user friendly, all inclusive method on playing or teaching the guitar. I have had much success with this approach over the years with all my students both young and old. Now is your chance to learn guitar the right way, easy, complete and frustration free use this guide to teach yourself or use as an all inclusive teachers reference guide.
Through a comprehensive series of chapters covering Jones’s early career to his recent projects, this book demonstrates how Jones has been active in an industry that has experienced a prolonged period of major technological change, including the switchover from analogue to digital production and post-production techniques, and developments in computer software for score production and sound recording/editing.
This is a valuable study for scholars, researchers and professionals in the areas of film music, film-score production and audio-visual media.
The glamour of costume, greasepaint and cross-dressing was put to good use by New Romantic groups like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Soft Cell, Culture Club and the Human League, while the world also looked to Britain for the most exciting pop acts such as the multi-million-selling Wham!, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Eurythmics and the Pet Shop Boys. Mainstream dance music was at its peak, spearheaded by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and their stable of artists, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Rick Astley, were all chart-topping names.
From the USA came the artist of the decade, Michael Jackson, while Madonna and Whitney Houston provided the 'Girl Power' of the '80s. The decade also saw the philanthropic side of the music industry as the stars responded to famine in Ethiopia with the charity records 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and 'We Are The World'.
The'80s catered for all musical tastes, no matter how bizarre, and was far more eclectic than any other decade. From bubble-gum pop with Bucks Fizz to the stadium rock of Simple Minds,'80s Chart-Toppers brings a comprehensive year-by-year, month-by-month guide to the hottest sounds of the decade.