Category Archives: Music

Janet Jackson – Metamorphosis: Taking control of her vinyl legacy

A limited edition vinyl re-issue of Janet Jackson’s key entries in her A&M, Virgin Records, UMe and Universal Music catalogue has been timed with her current residency schedule at Park MGM which are slated to end in August.

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era.   Her music has won her six GRAMMY® Awards, two Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.   She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award.   Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history.   With sales of over 180 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture.   Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.

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FREE ADMISSION into K-Pop World Festival, ICCSYD this Saturday!

Changwon K-pop world festival is an annual K-pop cover dance and vocal cover contest held across the world by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea.  The network of international Korean Cultural Centres and offices of The Consulate general of republic of Korea coordinate the events globally with the winner from each country eligible to enter the preliminary round for Changwon K-pop world Festival Final stage which will be held in City of Changwon, South Korea on 11th October.

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“Spirit” by Beyonce – this week’s most anticipated movie release followed by her new album!

Disney continues to bring to life many animation classics and the most anticipated retelling of the year features an assembly of super stars.   At the height of anticipation, Beyonce dropped a new single “Spirit” announcing she would be producing an album themed to the upcoming movie being released on Wednesday.

The cast of voices includes:

Donald Glover – Simba
Beyonce – Nala

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Scar
John Oliver – Zazu
James Earl Jones – Mufasa
John Kani – Rafiki
Alfre Woodard Alfre Woodard – Sarabi
JD McCrary – Young Simba
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Young Nala
Penny Johnson Jerald -Sarafina
Keegan-Michael Key – Kamari
Eric André – Azizi
Florence Kasumba – Shenzi
Seth Rogen – Pumbaa
Billy Eichner – Timon
Amy Sedaris – Guinea Fowl
Chance the Rapper – Bush Baby
Phil LaMarr – Impala
J.Lee – Hyena
Josh McCrary – Elephant Shrew

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Jonas Brothers – I Believe: Reunited and they’ve still got it! (Listen to the New Album here)

It was the much anticipated reunion that would see these siblings reunite in melody after a decade apart.  Available exclusively via Amazon Prime Video, the documentary, Chasing Happiness coincides with their album release and follows the band from their earliest days through stratospheric success, disbanding, and ultimately reuniting for the comeback we’ve all been waiting for.

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Avicii: TIM – The final album

The legacy of the pride of Sweden, Tim Bergling (AVICII), is one of groundbreaking performances that set the gold standard for timeless electronic music.  It defined the sound and structure of the globally captivating EDM movement.   Before his passing, he completed several of the 12 tracks on a new album being released, TIM, including featured single, “Heaven”.   Tim and Chris Martin wrote and recorded “Heaven” in 2014, with Tim producing the final version in 2016 – it hasn’t been touched since.  With the exception of the last verse which was added after Bergling’s death, “Heart Upon My Sleeve (feat. Imagine Dragons)” was also finished.

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Blending classical music and urban life into a unique setting this Winter

It’s the underground bar that’s hosting some of the city’s coolest rumbles and quirky events.   From Whiskey and Scotch nights to old school face-to-face dating nights, burlesque and classical music, it’s the brainchild of two navy servicemen.  Our recent visit to the Irish Whisky rumble was a great excuse to celebrate the finest in celtic malt and knock back a few.

So what next?

As a first in Sydney nightlife, Soultrap Bar together with The Chamber Project will bring together classical music and urban underground life to create an intimate afternoon or evening of music and culture.  As part of an ongoing series of events, Soultrap aims to provide you with an up close, musical experience from the very best in classical music, allowing you to immerse yourself in the magic of sound.

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Mary’s Underground: An evolution from burgers to fine dining – Revisiting ‘The Basement’

For long time fans of Mary’s burgers in Newtown and Sydney’s CBD, the new grown up rendition of fine dining meshed with remnants of the old Basement vibes calls for a new refinement to our palettes.   Down the staircase there’s familiarity yet mystery as we place our trust in the stirling reputations of Mary’s and wondering what has become of Sydney’s oldest live music venue which was supposedly almost going to be used as commercial office space had it not been for the saving grace of Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth.

Jake’s smile and personable greeting sets the tone for this visit while Kenny oversees the backroom clam bar.  Turning over your menu, the resident live acts for the month are shown and its the feelgood sounds of The Pocket Trio that provide the mood music.   A salute to the emerging artists of yesteryear, the Mary’s Underground re-invention pays homage to that tradition as their stage continues to be a platform for local artists.

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