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Elīna Garanča is back!

Elīna Garanča is back!

Reading Time: 3 minutesElīna Garanča is back! After a break for personal reasons (She got a lovely little girl -congratulations) she is back and for her return, she is performing at one of the most elegant and mythic places – Vienna – during this Spring. From May 17th to May 27th she will perfom the role of Sesto in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Vienna State Opera. La Clemenza di Tito, in english the Clemency of Titus, is an Opera Seria in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In July 1791, the last year of his life, Mozart was already well advanced in writing The Magic Flute when he was asked to compose an opera seria. Elīna Garanča performs the role of Sesto, a young patrician, friend of Tito, and in love of Vitellia (daughter of deposed Emperor Vitellio). Vitellia wants to get Tito, the emperor, killed as a revenge plan. She uses her influence…

Lana Del Rey, purely essential.

Lana Del Rey, purely essential.

Reading Time: 3 minutesDo you know Lana Del Rey? Well, you should because she is the next big thing. She is an American singer and song writer. You probably know her first big hit called Video Games. Since october 2011, her album Born to Die became a big hit in more than 7 countries including the US. Her real name is Elisabeth Woolridge Grant,she was born in New York and grew up in Lake Placid, NY. She has chose this name because she wanted to create an universe that she would be able to create music around. She also has lots of friends in Miami  with whom she speaks often spanish. After some slow start with her career, she got a huge big hit last summer with her song Video Games. In deed, this song was released first digitally in August 2011 as the album would be ready of release only in October….

Limousine II, just relax and dream…

Limousine II, just relax and dream…

Reading Time: 1 minutesLimousine is finally launching its second album, simply called II. Author in 2009 of the sublime soundtrack for the short film Lila (french Cesars 2010), the training led

Classical music, too expensive?

Classical music, too expensive?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe music industry evolved much more in the past 10 years than in the past 50 years. In deed Internet changed a lot the way we buy or listen to music. Of course it also developed the piracy around exchanging music illegally. And this would be another subject. If we focus on the “legal”channels, we can see that there are different prices for different sort of music and unfortunately Classical music is much more expensive than other categories. In deed, if you compare for example different kind of music in the iTunes store, we can see that classic music is much more expensive in general than Pop, Rock, Folk or even than world music. A good classical album can cost between 15$ up to 50$ depending on the artist and the orchestra. At the contrary, a Pop album will cost between 7$ up to 20$. So this makes things hard…

Amy Winehouse – Lioness, Hidden treasures

Amy Winehouse – Lioness, Hidden treasures

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn the music industry, you have artists that pass by, others make one big shot and are forever gone and others… become legends. This is the case of Amy Winehouse. After her death last july, a new album is coming in december – Lioness hidden treasures. The “chick from London” was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Following her tragic death in July, some of the closest producers and musicians who worked with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi,spent time listening to many recordings that Amy had made before, during, and after release of “Frank” and “Back…

Scarlett Johansson, the Voice.

Scarlett Johansson, the Voice.

Reading Time: 5 minutesAt Luxury Activist, we discovered that Scarlett Johansson sings! And it is not bad at all. Who remembers the famous “Bonnie & Clyde” song by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot? It is based on an English language poem written by Bonnie Parker herself a few weeks before she and Clyde Barrow were shot, entitled “The Trail’s End”. Here is the original text written by Bonnie herself: The Trail’s End by Bonnie Parker  “You’ve read the story of Jesse James of how he lived and died. If you’re still in need; of something to read, here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang I’m sure you all have read. how they rob and steal; and those who squeal, are usually found dying or dead. There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups; they’re not as ruthless as that. their nature is raw; they hate all the law, the stool pidgeons, spotters…

Shakira: Sexiest woman alive? Rabiosa…

Shakira: Sexiest woman alive? Rabiosa…

Reading Time: 2 minutesShe is launching a new single called Rabiosa. It is on her last year album Sale el Sol (launched in october 2010). Rabiosa in spanish and especially in this context means: “hungry for love”. … “Rabiosa, come a little closer and bite me en la boca (on the mouth)”. Yes suddenly the ambiance gets a little hotter here…

Is Elīna Garanča the new Callas?

Is Elīna Garanča the new Callas?

Reading Time: 3 minutesFor all Fans of Opera, only one name is flaming all hearts today: Elīna Garanča.
Some people say she is the new Callas. Does it make sense? Actually it does.

Justin Bieber and one billion people in youtube.

Justin Bieber and one billion people in youtube.

Reading Time: 1 minutesYoutube just released the top 10 most viewed videos of all times and guess what? Justin Bieber has 3 videos in that ranking. Here are the 3 videos. Adding all three, we confirm that Justin Bieber got almost 1 Billion viewers, which is basically the entire world Internet population. Of course we believe it is always the same people watching it again and again, but, this is just crazy. With only one single video, he got the most viewed ever with almost half billion viewers.

Life, Keith Richards- The Biography

Life, Keith Richards- The Biography

Reading Time: 2 minutesFinally Keith Richards, the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones, launch his biography. Welcome to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll… If one day you have dreamed to live like a rock star, here is your chance to see exactly how it was. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. If we talked a lot about Mick Jaeger, you need to read this book and see how incredible Keith Richard is. He re-invented Rock & Roll some how. Now, at last, he tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records…

Goldfrapp – New album Head First

Goldfrapp – New album Head First

Reading Time: 1 minutesGoldfrapp is finally back. After a quite longtime, they are back with a new brand album called Head First. It is the fifth album of the english group. Goldfrapp explains that this new album is: “the most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010”. I must say I was quite excited because not only I have been listening to it in a kind of endless process but also that the group was coming to my city last sunday for a special show. I got the tickets but the singer, Allison Goldfrapp was sick…. too bad. So it will not be for this time. I still have the album. My preferred song is Believer. What about you? LA

Katy Perry, Hottest woman on earth

Katy Perry, Hottest woman on earth

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe American Magazine Maxim declared Katy Perry as Hottest Woman on earth this year. This is really making some noise, just before the launch of Perry’s new Album CALIFORNIA GURLS.

Christina Aguilera new album BIONIC

Christina Aguilera new album BIONIC

Reading Time: 2 minutesChristina Aguilera is launching a new album, her 4th, in June called BI-ON-IC. Miss Aguilera says this album will be more futuristic, and the contrary of the previous one called Back to Basics… The first single is called Not Myself Tonight and it really gives the tone of the album.

Quincy Jones at American idol?

Quincy Jones at American idol?

Reading Time: 1 minutesSome rumors say Simon Crowell would leave soon the jury of American Idol and that he would be replaced by the king Quincy Jones. Would he accept in order to find the new Michael Jackson ? Not sure.

Taylor Momsen, between the Grinch and Kurt Cobain.

Taylor Momsen, between the Grinch and Kurt Cobain.

Reading Time: 1 minutesIf you watched in the cinema, The Grinch, and on TV Gossip Girl you might know Taylor Momsen. Actress, model but also singer of the rock group The Pretty Reckless

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