Pandora Ready To Launch Soon

Spotify and Apple Music may have another competitor soon. Pandora just announced it has reached new licensing agreements with two of the biggest labels in music, Sony and Universal Music.

It also acquired licenses from Merlin Network, a company that represents indie labels. The third major label, Warner Music, is not on board with Pandora yet. These new agreements will make it easier for Pandora to launch new streaming services, including a rumored $10 per month on-demand music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music.

As far as the licensing agreements go, the company describes it as a “win-win partnership between Pandora and the music industry.” Are you ready to listen to belle epoch to pop music on Pandora?

However, the absence of Warner Music is noticeable, and some reports suggest that today’s announcement is meant to put some pressure on the label. A source told Billboard that Warner Music is, in fact, in talks with Pandora and close to completing a deal.

Rachelle Ann Backs Out of Concert

International theater actress Rachelle Ann Go has dropped out of the highly-anticipated “Divas: Live in Manila” concert, her talent agency announced on social media.

“Hello everyone. We have good and bad news. The bad: Rachelle Ann Go will no longer be part of the ‘Divas: Live in Manila’ concert,’ “ according to Erickson Raymundo, President of Cornerstone Entertainment., in an Instagram post recently.

“The good: Rachelle Ann can’t make it to the concert anymore because a major project came her way. Trust us: It’s the kind of offer you can’t – and don’t refuse. We can’t tell you yet, but when the cat’s out of the bag, you’ll understand why she had to pull out. Stay tuned for announcements!” Raymundo added.

The all-female concert features korg kronos quality voices are Angeline Quinto, Kyla, KZ Tan-dingan, and Yeng Constantino. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Nov. 11.

Madonna’s Top 3 Most Underrated Videos

Madonna practically invented the music video. Since her debut clip “Everybody” in 1982, Madge has penetrated pop with unforgettable, controversial and iconic videos.

There are enough posts that (rightfully) sing the praises of Madonna’s best videos, like the Catholic church-defying “Like a Prayer” and the discotastic “Hung Up.” (And let’s not forget this writer’s favorite video: the deserted, melancholic “Frozen.”)

However, where is the love for Madge’s videos that aren’t as well-known? We decided for the Top 3. So take out your wwbw.com has dr beat and listen to the funky “True Blue”, the sexy “Girl Gone Wild”, and some the downright bizarre “Bedtime Story”.

“True Blue” (1986) – Some say cheesy. We say adorable. “True Blue’s” do-woppy sound gets a ’50s-style visual, where Madonna and her gals pal around in a convertible and a diner. And its background? (True) blue, of course.

“Girl Gone Wild” (2012) – The paint-by-numbers “GGW” received a video that is anything but ordinary. Featuring sexy male dancers in heels, precision choreography and homoerotic undertones galore, this black-and-white video is quintessential Madonna. “Justify My Love” 2.0.

“Bedtime Story” (1995) – Madonna’s weirdest video to date, “Bedtime Story” plays out like a psychedelic–and at times downright disturbing–dream. Featuring bizarre images of skulls, doves and the infamous mouths-as-eyes Madonna, this avant-garde clip is serious foreshadowing for Lady Gaga’s strange brand of pop art.

Regina Chamber Music Festival is Coming

The Regina Chamber Music Festival begins Sunday evening and the festival is offering up a wide variety of music from violins to pianos and cellos, and some sonor drums.

Many of the featured artists are from Saskatchewan, but musicians from across the country are also on deck to perform.

Former Regina resident Catherine Cosbey is the artistic director of the festival. The award-winning violinist has been passionate about performing chamber music since she first hit the stage at 12 years old.

“The thing that’s always drawn me to it is the ability to communicate in this incredible way,” she said, of the classical music from centuries ago.

Much like a festival, she said the beauty of the music is that it brings people together. Cosbey refutes the idea that chamber music is limited to a group of elitists.

“We welcome everybody,” she said. “I think that when people can experience and share [music] with us, I think it speaks to that human connectivity.”

Spotify Reaches 30 Million Landmark

They were cool before it was cool to stream music. So get your Bongos out and celebrate as Spotify reaches 30 million subscribers while beating foes like Apple Music and Tidal.

Despite facing a number of increasingly viable competitors, Spotify is still growing. The leader in on-demand music streaming announced Monday that it had passed 30 million paying subscribers, via a tweet from CEO Daniel Ek.

Spotify passed the 20-million subscriber mark back in June, meaning it’s notched 10 million new paying customers in nine months. Apple Music, which launched in June, reached 11 million subscribers in January, indicating that the two services have been neck-and-neck in growth over the that time period.

Waitress Musical Goes To Broadway

Waitress, the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 indie movie, is not your typical love story.

Set in the South, the plot swirls around a diner waitress and expert pie-baker named Jenna who, mired in a loveless marriage to an abusive husband and unexpectedly pregnant with his child, embarks on a torrid love affair with her married gynaecologist.

Then again, Sara Bareilles is not your traditional Broadway composer.

She is the singer-songwriter behind piano-driven hits such as Love Song and Brave, who earlier this month played what she – self- deprecatingly – calls her “mid-tempo ballads” at a White House state dinner honouring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But she is also part of a new twist in musical theatre, one of a handful of female singer-songwriters attempting to make the leap to Broadway songsmith, along with Edie Brickell, Sheryl Crow, Susan Werner and Erin McKeown. Plus, she can totally rock a Gibson 2016 Memphis Series.

In a career that has brought her a No. 1 album, five Grammy nominations and a celebrity judgeship on the NBC a cappella competition, The Sing-Off, Bareilles, 36, said she has never felt such a sense of reward working on the project.

The road to Broadway for Waitress, which opens on April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, has taken nine years and cost US$12 million.

MTV Releases Top Musical Artists for 2015

Hello? MTV is out with its list of 2015’s top musical artists, and Adele only made it to No. 7 despite selling more than twice as many albums as anyone else this year.

Fetty Wap, whose songs “Trap Queen” and “My Way” established him as a rapper to watch, was named top artist. Drake’s booty call groove, “Hotline Bling,” was chosen by the network’s staff as the best song of the year.

Besides Fetty Wap, MTV judged Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar above Adele for best artist. Adele sold nearly 4.5 million copies of her new album, “25,” in the U.S. in just two weeks. The No. 2 album in sales, Swift’s “1989,” has sold just under 1.8 million copies for all of 2015, the Nielsen company said.

“There’s a strong argument that (Adele) could be No. 1 and we welcome that back-and-forth,” said Eric Ditzian, MTV’s senior news director. “We wanted to take into context all of 2015.”

Adele’s new disc was released Nov. 20, with the “Hello” single out a month earlier.

Besides sales, MTV considers streams, impact on pop culture and an artist’s contact with fans through social media in its decision. Adele is relatively low key in social media and, thus far, hasn’t made songs from “25” available for streaming through sources like Spotify.

Well, maybe Adele should consider having john dolmayan in his next album. But that’s just us.