The One Direction film & upcoming album have everyone buzzing

One Direction has just released the track list for their upcoming album, Four, which will be out November 17! The group also shared that whoever pre-orders the album on iTunes will be able to get five tracks immediately.

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Along with the excitement of One Direction’s new album, the group is having major success in the film industry as well!

The global pop band screened their “Where We Are Tour” in move theaters across 78 countries this past weekend. The film was the number one trending topic on Twitter and about $1.2 million tickets have already been sold, which makes it the highest attended Event Cinema of all time! Arts Alliance and Sony Music collaborated to produce the film for One Direction.

We think One Direction is having a fantastic Fall so far!

In Italy, the film is also the highest attended Event Cinema of all time, with $1.7 million in Box Office sales. Portugal sold out the film in less than 3 hours with 33 screens generating over 16,000 tickets sold.

The History of Karaoke In America

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Today, we forgo the mike drop in favor of the knowledge drop. Long, but worth knowing.

Karaoke has its roots in the Japanese custom of providing musical entertainment for guests during dinners or parties. Daisuke Inoue, a Japanese musician, is credited as the titular creator of the first karaoke machine in 1971, in response to requests for private recordings of his performances from guests at the Utagoe coffeehouses where he performed. These coffeehouses were venues where like-minded patrons would sing songs together, usually politically-themed, and were very popular for two decades stretching from the mid-fifties to the mid-seventies. With recordings of his works, the Utagoe patrons could sing along with music even when Inoue was absent.

This was not too different from a product used by performers elsewhere in the world. Where touring with a full band was impractical or too expensive for performing vocal groups to afford, it was often simpler and easier for them, their label or their promoter to commission a recording of their own records, minus the vocal tracks, and to serially provide that recording to each venue for playback during their performances. As these “minus-one” tracks were highly specific and of general use (it was thought at the time) to only the original artists, the tracks were not mass-produced.

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