Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

Taylor Swift vs Apple Music

22/06/2015. Category: People. Topic: .

Taylor Swift

Apple Music launches on June 30th and the intention was to provide a three-month free trial offered to subscribers, the subscription fee being $9.99 per month. Taylor Swift reacted promptly:

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

It looked like this was going to be an interesting battle. But Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, reacted swiftly. He tweeted: Read more…

Great Grammy moment 2014

28/01/2014. Category: People. Topic: .

What a great moment when surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr “reunited” at the 56th Grammy Awards, Sunday January 26th, to perform Queenie Eye from McCartney’s 2013 album New.

Earlier on the Grammy red carpet, Starr mentioned that the two had played together the previous week. They last performed together publicly on Starr’s 70th birthday bash in 2010 and at a David Lynch Foundation benefit concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

And, yeah, you guessed it, the two geezers can still bring the crowd to their feet – Read more…

Music to remember

19/04/2013. Category: People. Topic: .

“If music be the food of love, play on,” Shakespeare wrote, “Give me excess of it.” If you think music you probably think memories. There is a song for every occasion. As Einstein said, “I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Think about your first kiss, first car, first child. Or the second, for that matter. Or the third. There will be a song to remember it by.  Read more…

Psy – Gentleman

15/04/2013. Category: People. Topic: .

24 hours after Psy released his new single, Gentleman, it hit 18 million views on YouTube. 48 hours later it had almost 60 million views. That’s viral!

The 35-year-old Korean pop star’s previous hit video, Gangnam Style, has been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. Guess that makes him more popular than Obama, more popular than Kim Kardashian, more popular than most people in the world… and certainly more popular than Kim Jong-un.  Read more…

Gangnam Style most popular video

03/12/2012. Category: People. Topic: .

Unconventional, peculiar dance style, blunt lyrics, bizarre singer. Call him what you want but South Korean pop star PSY has taken the world by storm. His Gangnam Style shot to the top of most-watched video views, entertaining more than 800 million people with the now-famous dance steps and satirical lyrics. It also became the most “liked” video in YouTube history.

“Gangnam Style” as the artist explained, “is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they’re not.”  Read more…

Glass speakers

15/06/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Harman Kardon GLA-55 glass speakers

Wood and plastic are the preferred materials for making speaker cases but you actually can make them from just about any material because the main driving factor is the magnet and diaphragm that generates the sound.

On the pricey side of speaker design, glass has been the material of choice, with the stunning looking Harman Kardon GLA-55 going for a $999 and the Waterfall Audio Niagara Diamond Glass set all yours for a gulping $53 999.  Read more…

Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend

11/06/2012. Category: People. Topic: , .

Justin Bieber

Canadian pretty boy Justin Bieber keeps racking the numbers with every song and video he releases. “Boyfriend,” for instance, has received more than 64 million views on YouTube.

Impressed? Bieber’s song “Baby” – featuring Ludacris – has been viewed more than 740 million times, the most watched YouTube video of all time.  Read more…

Chicago the musical

20/01/2012. Category: Media. Topic: .

Chicago the musical

The musical “Chicago” won 6 Oscars in March 2003. It is based on the true story of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, two ravishing and witty women murderers who became celebrities in the 1920s.

When asked what kind of jury she needed, Gaertner responded: “I want worldly men, broad-minded men, men who know what it is to get a bit.” She had a gig in a cabaret when she married William Gaertner, her second husband, in 1917. William was convinced from the start that Belva was being unfaithful to him. They both hired gumshoes, who spent their time mostly spying on each other. Read more…

Taylor made for this time of the year

06/12/2011. Category: People. Topic: , .

Taylor Swift

It’s that time of the year. After Thanksgiving, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and just before Christmas. The time to reflect on the year that passed. Not the terrible politics, fraudulent Wall Street schemes or unnecessary wars, but on the nice things – like the moment that ice cold beer went down like a fountain of blessings, that great baseball pitch, the memorable adventure ride you had on your Husky, a glimpse you caught of the new Mustang. Read more…

Hello Google Music!

17/11/2011. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

It is told that Nero was playing the fiddle while Rome burned. While Washington burns, Google launches Google Music.

Just as well, because bankers and politicians are not bringing us joy. We’ll have to make our own. So, bring 20,000 of your best (non-pirated) songs – that’s how many Google Music allows you to store online for free – and make some beautiful noise. Read more…

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