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Illustration by Minna

Illustration by Minna

I don’t think I really need to introduce you guys to Morrissey, but just in case: He’s been an icon for, oh, more than three decades now. He began his career in the early ’80s as the frontman (and heart) of the Smiths before going solo in 1987, and he is notorious for not only his music, but also for his political activism, especially when it comes to animal rights (he cancelled a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight because the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty was also scheduled to appear).

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AMY ROSE: You started writing music when you were in your teens, and published books about James Dean and the New York Dolls when you were in your early 20s. What was your creative process like as a young person, and how has it changed?

MORRISSEY: Those weren’t books, just juvenile essays, and thoughtless rubbish at that. I had no creative process, just pain, which I mistakenly assumed might be creative process. Well, it wasn’t…

I think the way you address alienation in your music really resonates with your fans. Do you think a certain degree of loneliness enriches our lives? Is it OK, or even good, to feel alone?

Everyone is, in fact, alone. Being contractually tied to another person—in marriage, for example—accentuates the loneliness, because you have effectively allowed the state to determine your obligations to someone, as if you can’t trust and manage your own feelings by yourself. Anyway, I see humans as essentially solitary creatures, and this is not changed by surrounding ourselves with others, because they, too, are solitary. Life is a very serious business for the simple reason that nobody dies laughing.

What were your greatest aspirations as a young person, and would you say you’ve achieved them?

My greatest aspiration was to make it through the coming week. As a teenager I found life to be inevitably disgusting, and I could see no humanity in the human race. When my time in music began, I found all my goals were reachable. For the first time ever in my life, I spoke and people listened. I had never known such a thing previously. My life as a teenager was so relentlessly foul that I still can’t believe I actually survived it. Perhaps I didn’t…

What political causes mattered most to you back then, and are they still important to you now?

War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it. Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.

The most political gesture you can make is to refuse to eat animals. It was so when I was a teenager, and is still the case now.

What music or movies or artists do you recommend to your teenage fans today that they might not know about?

The arts have diminished, because we are now living through a time when we are encouraged not to think. No one making music wants to waste time struggling with art. A group like the Sex Pistols would never again be allowed to slip through, and there is no such thing in 2013 as a popular artist who sets their own terms for success. Whether it be Beyoncé or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk offstage clutching three Grammys in each hand.

Many of your lyrics deal with self-preservation in a world that can sometimes be less than gentle. You strike a balance between acknowledging personal hardship and pain and fiercely appreciating beauty. What helps you to see the loving and good parts of life during tough times?

If I feel it, then others surely must. That’s the only thought that sustains me.

At the end of each of your shows, people rush the stage and try to hug you or hold your hand. You’re always very gracious about it in a way that many artists aren’t, but how do you feel about it?

In recent years I saw McDonna live, and no audience member reached up toward her to try to touch her. I see this so often with artists whom we’re told are global stars. It is a big lie. Or else, you might possibly be a big star, but you are not loved. My audience has an urgent need to touch, to shake hands, to move out of their seats, to defy so-called security, to make physical contact. They don’t simply sit and observe, but feel the urge to act. It’s a great compliment for me, and one that most Grammy winners could probably never imagine.

One of our readers said that she realized you two were soul mates when she noticed she was wearing the same color nail polish as you at one of your shows. I’m sure our teenage readers want to know: where do you find good cruelty-free products?

It isn’t difficult these days, because lots of companies have abandoned animal testing, mainly because they know people no longer want animal-tested products—for moral reasons, but also because of the logical realization that a test on an animal doesn’t have any bearing of how human skin will react to the same ingredient. [Some of the major companies] have started to turn their back on animal torture, and that’s very encouraging. And some companies—Clarins, for example—say they do not test on animals, but they won’t print this information on their products. But if there were any real concerns for public safety, then cigarettes, which kill most of their customers, would never be sold.

How would you describe the experience of writing your forthcoming memoir, and what do you hope readers will take from it?

I think autobiography is mostly self-worship, or personal mythology. In my case, self-disgust is the spur, which doesn’t mean it isn’t poetic or elevated or even funny.

What would you like to achieve, as a person and an artist, in the years to come?

I have no vision of the future. I never have. There is nothing to consider other than today. I’m saving tranquility for when I’m dead.

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

I am still my teenage self. If you think that we all step through a door marked Adult, or that we sign a Grown-Up Document, you’re quite wrong. We remain as we always were, and that, alas, is one of life’s many nasty tricks.

It may be a digital age, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual list

The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music sales are rising nearly 10 years after the launch of the iTunes Music Store. Streaming and subscription revenue are growing as music lovers choose easy access over-and, sometimes, in addition to-physical ownership.

Concerts make up 68.9% of revenue for the 40 artists on Billboard’s Moneymakers list, which tallies artists’ annual earnings. Remove Adele and Taylor Swift, both of whom didn’t earn any U.S. touring income in 2012, and the average increases to 72.5%-a figure on par with the 72.6% in 2010 and the 68.3% that touring represented in 2011.

Madonna tops the 2012 list, in part because 93.5% of her total revenue came from concerts. Bruce Springsteen, a close second, earned 92% of his revenue from live shows. Roger Waters, a distant third, had the highest concert share on the list with 93.6%. The entire top 10 averaged 84.2% of their income from concerts, and the number would have been higher, if not for Justin Bieber‘s mere 60.1% share at No. 10 dragging down the average.

Billboard estimates the 2012 Moneymakers artists pocketed $373 million from concerts after paying agents, managers and expenses. That was up from $329 million in 2011 but down from $383 million in 2010. For all Moneymakers artists, touring income accounted for 72.8% of revenue in 2011 and 75.1% of revenue in 2012. Artists at the top of the list got an even greater share of revenue from touring. A top 10 artist made 84.2% of income from concerts in 2012 compared with 75.8% in 2011 and 81.7% in 2010.

Touring wasn’t vital for every act on the Moneymakers list. Two major artists, Swift — who topped last year’s rankings — and Adele, made the list without any concert earnings for the year. Meanwhile, two others-Mumford & Sons and Maroon 5-pocketed less than $1 million in concert earnings for 2012. In percentage terms, touring accounted for just 12.6% of Mumford & Sons’ total revenue and only about 2.6% of Maroon 5’s total.

Artists who made less than $1 million on the road tended to make more from recorded music — just as the negative correlation between concert revenue and music sales suggests should happen. Adele and Swift averaged $7.2 million in recorded-music sales while Mumford & Sons and Maroon 5 averaged about $3.2 million. The other 36 acts on the Moneymakers list, who each earned more than $1 million from touring in 2012, averaged just $2.3 million in recorded-music sales.

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Streaming revenue wasn’t terribly important to any artist’s overall income as measured by Billboard-not even those artists with little to no touring income. This isn’t to say streaming didn’t have an indirect impact on these artists’ revenue. Without the promotional benefit of, say, YouTube, some albums would have hardly been as successful as they were last year. But in terms of pure, direct revenue, streaming provided a mere pittance for music’s top earners.

Maroon 5 had the highest streaming share of 2012’s Moneymakers list with 3.5%. Within that, the highest noninteractive streaming share was 0.5%, or one-seventh of the total. Drake had the second-highest streaming share with 3.3%, and One Direction had the third with 2.5%. It’s not surprising that Maroon 5’s “Payphone” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” were the No. 5 and No. 6 tracks, respectively, on Spotify in the United States in 2012. (Maroon 5 had two more songs in Spotify’s top 100 of the year.)

 

 

 

Pieter M. van Hattem

Last night, Alabama Shakes played “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. The rootsy rockers performed their breakout hit “Hold On” and “Always Alright,” which was written for the “Silver Linings Playbook” soundtrack. And even though host Christoph Waltz messed up their name in his monologue (“Alabama Shake is here!”) the band made the most of their big late-night moment. Check out videos of the performances below.

Alabama Shakes on ‘SNL’: Watch ‘Hold On’ and ‘Always Alright’ (VIDEO) – Spinner.


 

 

Biffy Clyro score first ever Official UK Number One album

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Biffy Clyro have scored their first ever Official UK Album Chart Number One with ‘Opposites’. The Scottish rockers sixth studio album sold an impressive 75,000 copies in its first week, eclipsing the 43,000 previous album ‘Only Revolutions‘ sold, to debut in at the top, according to the Official Charts Company.

The double album is the highest selling new entry of 2013 so far and has knocked ‘Les Miserables: The Motion Picture Cast Recording’ down to Number Two in the Official UK Album Chart.

Meanwhile, thirty five years after its original release, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Rumours‘ is back in the charts. The seminal album, which has been reissued, enters the chart at Number 3. Emeli Sande‘s ‘Our Version Of Events’ is at Number Four and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Believe’ is at Number Five.

For more on Biffy Clyro and the story behind ‘Opposites’, pick up a copy of this week’s NME digitally or at newsstands now or read here: http://bit.ly/UjeXhg

Singer expected to unveil new single on Monday, his first solo material since 2006

Justin Timberlake in 2012

Photograph: Matt Sayles/AP

On Monday morning, Justin Timberlake is coming back. A surprise countdown on the singer’s website promises that something – expected to be a new single – will be released at the beginning of next week.

According to Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake has recorded around 20 songs for his third solo album. “Someone asked me the other day, ‘So are you just done with music?'” the 31-year-old said in a new video, posted to his website on Thursday. “[But] I don’t wanna put anything out that I don’t love … You have to wait for it.”

“Look I’ve only done two albums in 10 years,” Timberlake explained. “I’m the one that sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it.” Yet now, for the first time since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, “I’m ready,” Timberlake said. The clip finishes with the singer standing by a microphone, wearing a pair of headphones.

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With Timberlake’s clock ticking down, his protege Justin Bieber weighed in: “u got a good reason to be ready,” Bieber tweeted. “i have heard some stuff … #greatmusic.”

Bieber also confirmed that Timberlake is collaborating with producer Timbaland. The engineer Carl Paul had previously tweeted that Timberlake was working with Timbaland, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. “Justin, Jay Z, Timberland (sic). New record Monday,” promised the New York DJCharlamagne Tha God.

In the six years since his last LP, Timberlake’s focus has been on acting. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in The Social Network, and also starred in Friends with Benefits and In Time. Still, the former *N Sync star’s biggest triumphs are musical: both of his albums topped the charts in the UK, garnering three Brit awards and selling more than 20m copies worldwide.

 

written by sean michaels for guardian.co.uk

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Host Kaley Cuoco speaks on stage at the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles. / CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP

The People’s Choice Awards kicked off Wednesday night with “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco returning as host for the second year in a row.

Host Kaley Cuoco speaks on stage at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles.

The show opened with a taped segment of Cuoco learning how to be a “kick-butt” host, with the help of LL Cool J, Katniss Everdeen and some of the characters from “Twilight.” She then arrived on stage and told viewers that more than 475 million votes were cast by fans for the night’s winners.

People’s Choice Awards 2013 red carpet

Early awards went to Jennifer Aniston for favorite movie actress, Taylor Swift for favorite country artist, Maroon 5 for favorite band and “Supernatural” for favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV show.

The awards for favorite comedic TV actor and actress both went to “Glee” stars — Lea Michele, clad in a hot pink dress, and Chris Colfer, who told fans he enjoyed “being exploited in your fan fiction.”

Alicia Keys was the first performer of the night, singing her hit “Girl on Fire.” Christina Aguilera and Jason Aldean will also perform during the show, broadcast live from Los Angeles on CBS.

Nominations and winners at the 34th annual awards show are determined by fans’ votes. This year’s nominees include Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Emma Stone, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence. The films competing for favorite movie are “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hunger Games” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Sandra Bullock will also become the first recipient of the “favorite humanitarian” award. The Oscar-winner is receiving the honor for her philanthropic efforts, including her commitment to Warren Easton High School in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

–article and images taken from: cbsnews.com

 

Top 10 Most Popular Celebrities on Social Media

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Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber edged out Lady Gaga to take the title of reigning social-media king this week.
With nearly 31.5 million Twitter followers, close to 49 million Facebook fans, and 3.2 billion views on his YouTube channel, Bieber tops the list of most popular celebrities on social media, according to data aggregator Starcount.Over the last week, the singer gained 300,000 Twitter followers, 600,000 Facebook fans and 24,000 YouTube views, compared with Gaga’s 193,000 followers, 170,000 fans and 5,000 views. Bieber is also trending “much more” than Gaga, Starcount reported.

“Bieber consistently gets more retweets and engagement than any other major star,” it said.

While Justin dominates YouTube with most overall views, he falls slightly behind Gaga, who is the current queen of Twitter with 32 million followers. On Facebook, however, Rihanna outshines her competitors with 64 million fans on Facebook. The R&B singer clocks in at third place overall, this week.

Rounding out the top 10 are: Katy Perry, Shakira, Eminem, U.S. PresidentBarack ObamaBritney SpearsTaylor Swift and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

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PSY’s “Gangnam Style” Video Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

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There’s clearly no stopping PSY!

The South Korean rapper, whose “Gangnam Style” video became the most-watchedYouTube video of all time last month, can now brag that it has been viewed more one-billion (yes, billion!) times. What’s more, it is also the first time a video has reached that milestone.

So, how did it accomplish such a feat?

PSY’s controversial anti-American protest song video surfaces

Well, according to Google, which owns YouTube, the video is watched seven million to 10 million times a day on average, the BBCreports.

In November, the video, which was posted to the site in July, surpassed Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” after logging just over 800 million views.

PSY is no doubt doing a little celebratory dance right about now. In his own special way, of course.

 

by Peter Gicas for eonline.com

Trends are the topics for which we see noteworthy spikes in Twitter conversations. The 2012 Trends reveal what captured our attention, rather than what terms were consistently popular.

Conversation Starters

Hashtags help to organize conversations around topics: #nowplaying to share your favorite music, or #blessed to enumerate the good things in your life. The popularity of terms like #oomf (“one of my followers”), #lrt (“last Retweet”), #shoutout, and so on highlight the personal interactions at the heart of Twitter.

  1. #nowplaying
  2. #oomf
  3. #blessed
  4. #quote
  5. #lrt
  1. #salute
  2. #news
  3. #followfriday
  4. #throwbackthursday
  5. #shoutout

Politics

This year, voters discussed candidates and their ads, campaigns and conventions. Hashtags like #tcot (“top conservatives on Twitter”) invited more conversation, and real-time events like the debates saw record levels of engagement.

  1. #tcot
  2. #teaparty
  3. #gop
  4. #romney
  5. mitt romney
  1. #dnc2012
  2. charlotte
  3. #gop2012
  4. #rnc
  5. #obama2012

TV

People tweet incessantly about favorite contestants on reality shows like Big Brother (#bb14) and American Idol; they obsess over plot points on hits like Pretty Little Liars. TV nostalgia is popular too, as fans reminisce about shows from the past.

  1. family guy
  2. #bb14
  3. american dad
  4. hey arnold
  5. american idol
  1. pretty little liars
  2. 106 & park
  3. SNL
  4. fresh prince
  5. boy meets world

Sports

Rooting for their favorite team, discussing an MV player’s performance, or getting caught up in Olympic competitions, sports fans never flag on Twitter. And there’s never an off-season.

  1. #nfl
  2. #nascar
  3. #mlb
  4. olympics
  5. #sfgiants
  1. jeremy lin
  2. super bowl
  3. dwight howard
  4. kobe
  5. #yankees

Movies

Movie buffs take to Twitter to discuss the hottest releases, most buzzed-about blockbusters, and all their favorite films. Based on this list, it seems fans are drawn to action flicks and dark tales — but romance always finds a way.

  1. think like a man
  2. the hunger games
  3. the avengers
  4. Red Tails
  5. 21 Jump Street
  1. Dark Knight Rises
  2. Dark Shadows
  3. The Devil Inside
  4. Safe House
  5. The Vow

Music

Fans share their favorite songs via hashtags like #nowplaying and #musicmonday. This year, hip-hop stars took center stage on Twitter. Large music festivals like Coachella also generated much live tweeting, and fans all over chatted about performances.

  1. rick ross
  2. #hiphop
  3. trey songz
  4. nicki minaj
  5. #musicmonday
  1. kendrick lamar
  2. chris brown
  3. coachella
  4. big sean
  5. r&b

Food

People love talking about food on Twitter. This year, trends spiked around specific eateries and that perennial favorite coffee — as well as a certain coffee chain.

  1. ihop
  2. starbucks
  3. waffle house
  4. mcdonalds
  5. bbq
  1. #coffee
  2. taco bell
  3. denny’s
  4. burger king
  5. olive garden

Tech

As new products were announced (cf. the new iPad, iPhone or Kindle, they saw significant spikes in Twitter discussion. Other buzzworthy tech terms reflected the social sphere on platforms like Skype and Pinterest, or with a social game (Draw Something).

  1. at&t
  2. iphone
  3. instagram
  4. skype
  5. kindle
  1. ipad
  2. pinterest
  3. draw something
  4. amazon
  5. apple

Countries

Whether it’s firsthand photos from Syria, the drama of Italian football, or the latest in Afghanistan, Americans are tweeting about a wide range of global issues.

  1. #syria
  2. china
  3. japan
  4. iran
  5. India
  1. afghanistan
  2. australia
  3. israel
  4. italy
  5. Canada

 

taken from: 2012.twitter.com

Here are the top two Tweets that generated the most Retweets for the year, plus honorable mentions for a few other Tweets that caught attention around the world.

“Four more years”

6 Nov 12  810,000+ Retweets 300,000+ Favorites

President Obama comments on his reelection
Credit: Michelle Obama, on Twitter

President Obama comments on his reelection

Before he took the stage to affirm his election victory, President Obama marked his win via Twitter. Within hours, this Tweet simultaneously became the most retweeted of 2012 — and the most retweeted ever, sent by people in more than 200 countries around the world.

Justin Bieber ✔@justinbieber

“RIP Avalanna. i love you” 26 Sep 12

220,000+ Retweets 100,000+ Favorites
Justin Bieber says goodbye to a fan
Credit: Avalanna Routh, on Twitter

Justin Bieber says goodbye to a fan

Suffering from a rare form of brain cancer, six-year-old Avalanna Routh was big Justin Bieber fan, and the pop star had grown close to her during her illness. When she passed away in September. Bieber paid tribute to her in a Tweet, and many, many Twitter Beliebers responded.

TJ Lang ✔@TJLang70

“Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”

24 Sep 12  8,000+ Retweets 28,000+ Favorites

Packer TJ Lang voices his frustration
Credit: Seattle Seahawks, on Twitter

Packer TJ Lang voices his frustration

In September the Seattle Seahawks went head-to-head with the Green Bay Packers. The now-infamous final play was called by a “replacement ref” due to a labor standoff with the referees’ union. That call generated 1+ million Tweets as players and fans flocked to Twitter to grouse about the decision. TJ’s Tweet became the most retweeted of the night — and of the NFL season overall.

Team GB ✔@TeamGB

“29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years#OurGreatestTeam RT your support”

12 Aug 12  67,000+ Retweets 5,000+ Favorites

Team GB congratulates its athletes
Credit: Team GB, on Twitter

Team GB congratulates its athletes

For the first time since 1948, the Summer Olympics returned to London. British athletes performed extremely well, with a “home team” advantage resulting in more medals than expected. Fans followed their every move, joining in at the close of the Games to show their support for #OurGreatestTeam.

山寺宏一@yamachanoha

“…I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Yamadera, have married Ms. Rie Tanaka … I am really happy to have met such a great partner and have our lives come together. We made up our minds to respect each other, help each other and build a home full of smiles…”

公式ブログが無いのでこちらで報告させて頂きます。私、山寺宏一は昨日6月17日に声優の田中理恵さんと入籍致しました。人生を共に歩んで行く素晴らしいパートナーと巡り会えた事に感謝します。互いを信頼し、支え合い、笑顔あふれる家庭を築いて行こうと思います。暖かく見守って頂けたら幸いです。

17 Jun 12   68,000 Retweets 6,000 Favorites
Anime fans salute a wedding
Credit: Spring’12 -cherry blossom- by Yoozigen, on Flickr

Anime fans salute a wedding

When actor Kouichi Yamadera announced in a Tweet that he registered for marriage with actress Rie Tanaka, it became the most retweeted message from Japan this year. Why? Both are prominent Japanese voice actors, famous for many of their anime roles.
taken from: 2012.twitter.com
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