Famous songwriter helps education startup get off the ground

Mark-Radice-PerformsThree-time Emmy nominee and Sesame Street songwriter Mark Radice performs at the SoKnox Studios Grand Opening on April 8, 2014. Photo courtesy Cathy Vangieri.

Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.

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Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin fill in for Bono at World AIDs Day concert

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin perform with U2 band at World AIDs Day concert in Times Square.

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin perform with U2 band at World AIDs Day concert in Times Square.

Monday night, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin performed in place of Bono with the U2 band at a surprise concert for World AIDs Day in Times Square. Bono, lead singer of U2, was injured last month in a biking accident that has made him unable to do any performances at the moment. Luckily, U2 was able to appear at the concert with more than suitable men for the job! Watch the video of Springsteen/ Martin/ U2 rock duo rock out!

 

 

 

Taylor Swift cries at AMAs

Taylor Swift was spotted with tears in her eyes during best friend Selena Gomez’s performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants”

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Swift was recognized last night as being the first recipient of the Dick Clark Award for Excellence! She was given the award by Diana Ross. Swift was a class act as she took the stage to receive the award. She addressed her fans and the music industry, ” And lastly, you, you guys! To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums, you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in- that music is valuable, and that music should be consumed in albums, and that albums should be consumed as art and appreciated, and I love you so much.”

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Nick Jonas no longer a virgin

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Nick Jonas posing in Flaunt magazine and mimicking Mark Wahlberg’s 1992 Calvin Klein shoot.

Nick Jonas has officially confirmed that he is NO LONGER A VIRGIN. Nick, who is most famous for being one of the Jonas Brothers, told Wendy Williams he has removed his purity ring and says he is an adult now, ” I think that it was an important part of my childhood, and it was that,” Nick said. “I think as I grew up and sort of figured out what was important to me and my own belief system, which we all grow up, we all live life and find out what’s important to us—that’s what happened.

Nick has been dating former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, for over a year now and says he is extremely happy. His new single “Jealous” is actually written about Culpo and how he gets jealous when other guys check his girl out, “”We went out one night and this guy was looking at her for a little too long,” he recalled to. “It was uncomfortable. I’m not a jealous person and this was an experience that I was one or two drinks in. I really got into it and then I decided to let me just process this a different way and go into the studio and write this song.”

Nick Jonas is definitely turning into more of a sexual symbol and solo artist rather than a “Jo Bro”! What do you guys think about his new transformation?

Bono severely injured after bicycle accident

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Bono, lead singer of U2, broke his arm in six places, fractured eye socket, hand, and shoulder blade from a severe bicycle accident on Sunday. According to BBC News, Bono was trying to avoid another rider when the accident happened. He has since undergone a 5- hour surgery to repair his heavily damaged arm with three metal plates and 18 screws.

U2 was scheduled to do a one- week appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but they have had to post pone this until Bono is recovered.

Luckily, Bono is expected to have a full recovery, “We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!” said his bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.

Billy Joel sticks up for Taylor Swift

Last month, Taylor Swift was surprisingly named “New York’s Tourism Ambassador” after living in New York a little less than one year! Obviously, Swift got an ear full from New Yorkers and harsh critics who do not approve of her getting this honor. However, Billy Joel is helping Taylor “shake it off” by telling USA Today that he welcomes the singer, “You snoots. Let her in. That’s what New York is all about. I say, ‘Welcome.”

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Swift just released her new album 1989 with Welcome To New York as the opening track. Billy Joel praises her ability to write songs and inspire people with her music, “She catches a lot of junk, maybe because she’s so popular with young girls,” he continued. “But I like what she’s projecting. I respect what she’s doing.”

Who would have thought Billy Joel would be the one to openly and publicly stand up for Taylor Swift?! We love it!

You Tube introduces extra features for a price

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the most popular music streaming website YouTube unveiled its new upgrade “Music Key” that will allow customers to pay $8 a month for extra features such as higher audio quality and removing advertisements.

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This new upgrade comes at a controversial time in the music industry concerning how free music is drastically affecting music sales. YouTube is hoping to get a better reputation by offering the “Music Key” feature so that it can start paying out royalties to artists.

There are still many skeptics whether or not this new feature will actually work because the number of people who will actually sign up is uncertain. However, most agree that it is a step in the right direction!

More information about YouTube Music Key can be found on: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2014/11/youtube-music-2014.html