jump to navigation

Eminem Returning With Two New Albums March 10, 2009 2:11 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Music, News.
Tags: , ,

eminem-031009Interscope Records has announced that best-selling rapper Eminem will be releasing two new albums this year.  The first album, titled Relapse, will be released on May 19th.  It’s Eminem’s first original studio album in more than four years. 

Relapse will be followed up by Relapse 2 in the second half of the year.

Source: Variety


Get an iPhone for Under $100 February 18, 2009 5:52 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in iPhone, Music, News, Videos.
add a comment

appleiphone-013109AT&T is offering a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G (black) for just $99.  The provider is also offering the 16GB model in black or white for $199.  That’s a savings of $100 on both models.

To qualify for the offer, you have to sign up for a two-year contract and get a warranty of “at least 90 days”.

It’s a good deal no doubt, but there’s still the issue, at least for me, of the exorbitant monthly cost.  The most basic tier costs $70 + taxes and fees.

Apple Planning More Powerful iPhone January 31, 2009 11:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Apple, iPhone, Music, Video Games.
add a comment

appleiphone-013109According to ZDNet, Apple is hard at work on a more powerful iPhone that could hit store shelves later this year.  The new phone, said to be about as powerful as Sony’s PlayStation Portable, will be twice as poweful as the current generation iPhone allowing it to render graphics and games, better than anything before it in the portable gaming world.

The key for the new iPhone will be users ability to download their games via Apple’s App Store, which users can access wirelessly or on their computer.

Source: Charlotte Observer

New Songs Added to Rock Band Wii January 28, 2009 3:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Music, News, Nintendo Wii, Rock Band Wii, Video Games.
add a comment

rockbandwii-012809Harmonix and MTV Games have announced the addition of six new tracks to the Rock Band Music Store catalog for the Nintendo Wii.  The tracks, each of which will cost 200 Wii points ($2), include “Siva” (Smashing Pumpkins), “Just What I Needed” (The Cars), “Tell Me Baby” (Red Hot Chili Peppers), “Gimme Three Steps” (Lynryd Skynyrd), “Live Forever” (Oasis) and “Attack” (30 Seconds to Mars).

The songs are already available to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 owners.

Watchmen Soundtrack and Score Details January 25, 2009 4:59 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, Music, News, Score, Soundtrack, Watchmen.
add a comment

watchmensmall-010809Warner Sunset/Reprise Records have announced that both the official soundtrack and the original score to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen will be released on March 3rd, just three days before the release of the film.  Here are some details on the release.

Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen , the film’s official soundtrack, includes My Chemical Romance’s powerful reinterpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” recorded exclusively for the film. The soundtrack also features a collection of classic songs by such artists as Nat King Cole, Simon & Garfunkel, and Janis Joplin, which, once heard in the context of the film, will never be thought of the same way again.

Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score features music by recording artist, composer, and music producer Tyler Bates, who was asked to score the film by Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Tyler, who also scored the Snyder-directed films 300 and Dawn of the Dead, has also scored the soundtracks to The Day the Earth Stood Still, Showtime’s Californication, Slither, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and The Devil’s Rejects. He is known for his surprising juxtapositions of music styles and flair for delicate, atmospheric touches, as well as stressing emotional vibrancy over traditional formulas of music compositions. Bates has also been chosen to score the Watchmen‘s DVD added story, “Tales From The Black Freighter.”

Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen and Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score will be released in multiple fan-friendly configurations: The physical CD, and a digital album will be available on March 3rd, and a vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released on March 17th.

Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7″ Box Set will be released on March 24th. The box set contains 7 double-sided 7″ picture discs of each Watchmen character on one side, and images in the likeness of the graphic novel on the other. The Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7″ Box Set will include My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row,” along with 13 tracks by Tyler Bates.

Track list and full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Danny Elfman Scoring Terminator Salvation January 11, 2009 5:24 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, Music, News, Terminator Salvation.
add a comment

terminatorsalvation-112608Composer Danny Elfman has confirmed to MTV that he’ll be composing the score for McG’s Terminator Salvation.  Elfman also revealed that the classic theme song isn’t in the film yet, but promises “if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [included it]”.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22, 2009.

James Newtown Howard to Score The Last Airbender December 26, 2008 2:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Movies, Music, News, The Last Airbender.
add a comment

jamesnewtownhoward-122608Seven-time Academy Award-nominated composer, James Newton Howard has been signed on to compose the score to M. Night Shymalan’s The Last Airbender.

The Last Airbender hits theaters on July 2, 2010.

Source: /Film

Academy Reverses Decision on The Dark Knight Score December 9, 2008 7:42 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Awards, Movies, Music, News, The Dark Knight.
add a comment

The Academy has reversed its prior decision (click here to read the original story) that made the score to The Dark Knight ineligible after reviewing information submitted by the affected parties. The Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committe concluded that two, Zimmer and Howard, were responsible for the score.

The score was originally disqualified because five names were listed as composers on the cue sheet.

Source: Variety

Academy Disqualifies The Dark Knight Score November 13, 2008 6:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Batman, Movies, Music, News, Soundtracks, The Dark Knight.
1 comment so far

thedarkknightsoundtrack-111308Because the films music cue sheet lists five names as composers, the soundtrack to The Dark Knight has been disqualified by the executive committee of the Academy music branch.  Formal letters will be sent out to composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, two who collaborated on the music, this week.  Their previous collaboration, Batman Begins, was disqualified in 2005 for the same reasons.

Sources inside the committee said that the big issue was the fact that five names were listed as composers on the music cue sheet, the official studio document that specifies every piece of music (along with its duration and copyright owner) in the film.

Zimmer said, in an interview with Variety prior to this week’s Acad action, that listing multiple names on the cue sheet was a way of financially rewarding parts of the music team who helped make the overall work successful. (Performing-rights societies like ASCAP and BMI use the cue sheet to distribute royalties to composers.)

Source: Variety

Twilight Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200 November 13, 2008 5:43 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Billboard 200, Music, News, Soundtracks, Twilight.
add a comment

twilight-1-small-72308The soundtrack to Twilight debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third No. 1 film soundtrack this year after Juno and Mamma Mia! According to Nielsen SoundScan, the soundtrack moved 165,000 copies in the US.  29% (48,000) of its sales were digital downloads which is the second-biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album download sales in 2004 (High School Musical bowed with 62,000 downloads in August 2007).

Last week’s No. 1, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” from Columbia dropped 41% to No. 2 with 160,000 copies and the soundtrack to Disney’s High School Musical 3 stayed in third place for a second straight week with a 32% drop to 110,000 copies sold.

Twilight hits theaters next week, November 21st.

Source: Nielsen SoundScan (via THR)

Jack White Teams with Alicia Keys for “Quantum of Solace” Theme Song July 29, 2008 4:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, Music, News, Quantum of Solace.
add a comment

Billboard is reporting that Alicia Keys and White Stripes frontman Jack White are teaming up for the theme song to Quantum of Solace.  The song will be titled “Another Way to Die” and will be the first duet in Bond soundtrack history.  White wrote and produced the song and will also play drums.

The soundtrack is due in stores on October 28th (score by David Arnold), while Quantum of Solace hits theaters on November 7, 2008.

MTV VMA’s Moving Back to L.A. June 20, 2008 8:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Awards, MTV, MTV Video Music Awards, Music, News, Television.
add a comment

After a decade away, the MTV Video Music Awards are returning to Los Angeles. According to EW, the 2008 ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 7th at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.  Host and artist announcements are expected to be announced over the coming days and weeks.  Over the past 10 years, the award show has played in Miami, Las Vegas and others.

“Idol Gives Back” Lineup Revealed March 6, 2008 10:57 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in American Idol, Fox, Idol Gives Back, Music.
add a comment

Last week I reported on a brief list of the celebrities planned for this year’s Idol Gives Back, but we now have a more complete list courtesy Fox.


“American Idol” Schedule Announced December 22, 2007 1:27 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, American Idol, Fox, Music, News, Television.

Fox has announced the return dates and schedule for their new season of American Idol.  The show will begin back-to-back on January 15 and January 16.

Full details follow after the jump.


“2007 MTV Video Music Awards” Shows Improvement Over Last Year’s Edition September 11, 2007 9:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, MTV, MTV Video Music Awards, Music, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
add a comment

In welcomed news to MTV after seeing two consecutive years of declines for their flagship awards show, the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards improved upon last year’s performance with 7.08 million viewers (+23%) tuning in to the event.


Apple Hits 1 Million in iPhone Sales September 10, 2007 5:37 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Apple, iPhone, Movies, Music, News, Phones, Television.
add a comment

Sales of the Apple iPhone have surpassed the 1-million mark.  The company announced the milestone in a just-issued press release.


Britney Spears Confirmed As Opener for The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards [Update] September 6, 2007 9:12 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Awards, MTV, MTV Video Music Awards, Music, Television.
1 comment so far

MTV today confirmed that Britney Spears will be opening the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, headlining the event which will feature 18 other performances.


Tony Bennett on American Idol March 29, 2007 2:37 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in American Idol, Music, News, Tony Bennett.
1 comment so far

Fox confirmed today via press release that next week’s guest star will be Tony Bennett.

Bennett will help the nine remaining finalists (Chris Sligh was eliminated on Wednesday) on Tuesday’s show (April 3) and he will perform live the following evening during the results show.


Elton John Catalog Going Digital March 24, 2007 11:35 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Elton John, Music, News.
add a comment

Elton John announced that he will be making his catalog of song from more than 30 albums available for digital download.


Gwen Stefani on American Idol March 22, 2007 7:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in American Idol, Fox, Music, News, Television.

A few weeks back, Fox announced guest stars to be on the hit reality singing competition show.  So far this season, Diana Ross, Peter Noone and Lulu have guested.  Next week, March 27-28, Grammy award-winning artist Gwen Stefani will be the featured guest.


Guest Stars Announced for American Idol February 26, 2007 5:36 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in American Idol, Music, News, Television.

Fox has announced a list of guest stars that will appear on this year’s edition of American Idol.


Winners of the 79th Annual Academy Awards February 26, 2007 12:46 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Academy Awards, Awards, Movies, Music, Television.
add a comment

The 79th Annual Acadamy Awards have ended, with a few surprises as well as many welcome and deserving wins.


YouTube To Incoporate Revenue Sharing January 30, 2007 11:30 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, Music, News, Television, Video Downloads, YouTube.
add a comment

YouTube, the online video sharing service, has decided on a plan to share advertising revenue with content owners.


Nominations announced for the 2007 Academy Awards January 23, 2007 11:27 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Academy Awards, Awards, Movies, Music, News.
add a comment

Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards have been announced.


“24” On iTunes Gets A Few Exclusive Extras January 19, 2007 6:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 24, Fox, iTunes, Music, News, Television, Video Downloads.
add a comment

Looking to increase subscriptions of the show on the serivice iTunes, Fox is providing a few exclusive new songs to all customers who purchase a season pass to the hit Fox drama ($44.99 for 24 episodes).