John Legend: ‘The key to happiness is to open your mind to love’

A phenomenally successful singer-songwriter and social justice campaigner, or a preachy virtue-signaller? Ryan Bradley meets John Legend John Legend springs up from his mahogany grand piano in the high-ceilinged, light-drenched living room of his Hollywood home and greets me with a grin, a hello, and one of those very smooth handshakes that seamlessly morph into an extremely brief hug. My palms are sweaty and my face is flushed. Until a moment ago, Id been running up the road that leads to Legends hilltop house, late because of the traffic. And now Im sweatily, awkwardly apologising to Get Lifted, sold 3m copies worldwide, and its single, Ordinary People, was so ubiquitous that for a solid chunk of the mid-aughts it was …

Baby Shark creators to release Navajo version of wildly popular song

New version of the tune to be recorded in Navajo, a vulnerable language that is spoken by about 120,000 people The popular childrens music video Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo), which has over 4bn views on YouTube, is now being developed into a version in Navajo for the Navajo Nation the largest Unesco in 2011, today Navajo, or Din as it is called in native tongue, is spoken by about 120,000 people. The Navajo Nation Museum video of protesters singing Baby Shark to calm a frightened child inside a car, went viral. Baby Shark isnt the first piece of content from mainstream media to be dubbed in Navajo. Wheeler said language preservation is at the heart of the museums …

Pandoras revamped, more personalized app rolls out to all users

Pandora’s redesigned mobile app experience is today available to all users, following a limited rollout that began in October. The update expands on Pandora’s personalization capabilities with the addition of a new “For You” tab offering an entirely unique experience for each Pandora user, along with more station customization features, and other changes. Pandora hopes the features will help it better compete with rivals like Spotify and Apple Music in the months ahead. Personalization has become a key selling point for today’s streaming music services. And though Pandora led in this area in years past thanks to its Music Genome, thumbs up and down signaling buttons and its personalized stations, it has since ceded ground to Spotify, whose bevy of …

‘Parenting here means checking the ingredients of teargas’: my return to Hong Kong

Emma-Lee Moss, who makes music as Emmy the Great, on life, new motherhood and her divided birthplace It feels as if the entire worlds press is there, standing on the pavement outside the Foreign Correspondents Club. Theyre in Hong Kong to cover the protests, but tonight, the Friday before National Day, theyre off duty. From the bottom of the hill, the bars of Lan Kwai Fong thrum reliably. There is an uneasy peace in the air, as though we all know that, three days from now, the long-running citywide demonstrations will reach a violent new apex. Ive walked this route hundreds of times, and been a parade of different selves. Ive been a teenager trying to score 7-11 beer on …

Marc Jacobs countersues Nirvana in T-shirt copyright dispute

Jacobs lawyers argue that case against him has numerous deficiencies, in dispute over smiley face logo that appears in his designs Fashion designer Marc Jacobs has filed a lawsuit against Nirvana, after he was sued by them for breaching copyright of their smiley face logo and signature font in a T-shirt design. The in March. His lawyers argued that the smiley face was a commonplace image and that while the designs were inspired by Nirvanas 1990s concert T-shirts, his designs did not infringe copyright as they sufficiently deviated from Nirvanas. Earlier this month, a California judge allowed the case to move forward. Jacobs has now responded with Dave Grohl and Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The …

My changemaker of the decade, by Amal Clooney, Solange Knowles, Caitlyn Jenner and more

Who had the biggest impact on the decade? Some of its top players nominate the person they most admire Angela Merkel faces Donald Trump at last years G7 summit. Photograph: Getty Images Tim Cook on Angela Merkel Raised in an era of repression, stagnation and surveillance in East Germany, she has not wasted one breath of free air Tim Cook has been the CEO of Apple since 2011. Here, he nominates German chancellor Angela Merkel. Tim Cook These are challenging times, and naysayers may tell you to measure this decade by its darkest moments. Maria Ressa is 5ft 2in, but she stands taller than most in her pursuit of the truth. Like any journalist in the Philippines, she has two …

Why Taylor Swift and Scooter Brauns bad blood may reshape the industry

The singers dispute with the new owner of Big Machine Records over her first six albums challenges who owns what in the industry Taylor Swifts catalogue is littered with tales of the men who did her wrong. Teardrops on My Guitar, All Too Well, Dear John the 29-year-old singer is used to being let down by the patriarchy. Somehow she always manages to shake it off. This time was no different. On Sunday, Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For a few days it seemed like she would not be able to play her older hits, Borchetta sold Big Machine for a reported $300m …

The Empty Spectacle of Kanye Wests Bible-Themed Opera Nebuchadnezzar

I was there, but I still cant tell you much about Nebuchadnezzar, Kanye Wests Euphoria lite: a vaguely diverse group of young people in haphazardly ambitious outfits of the moment. We were a shuttle of fools, though less foolish than those who parked directly at the venue, where their cars would be packed in like sardines, held hostage until the very end of the night. We arrived at the amphitheater from the shuttle right at 4 and climbed to our nosebleeds. A young white woman with a septum piercing walked by; she was wearing a fake tie-dye shirt that said in a blocky white serif Be kind. I did my best. I looked at everyone with open eyes. Women brought …

Why Booker T. Jones Music Goes Straight to the Heart (Because Thats Where It Comes From)

When I would tell people that I was writing about Booker T. Jones, most of the time I drew blank stares. But when I added, As in Booker T. and the MGs, their faces lit up. Didnt matter if they were old or young. They knew. Maybe they just knew Time Is Tight, I called his publicist. Can you be here at two tomorrow? Eighteen hours later I was watching him try to eat a salad and answer questions at the same time. Nineteen hours later I had a good idea of how this man could write and perform a song as powerful and unforgettable as Green Onions. At 75, Jones still cuts an impressive figure: tall and fit, composed, …

Last Christmas review a grisly, sub-Richard Curtis festive pudding

This shameless attempt by screenwriter Emma Thompson to siphon off the eggnog flavour from Love Actually is clunky and weird For years, Emma Thompson, whose undoubted screenplay skills form part of her unique double-Oscar achievement (one for acting in Howards End, the other for adapting Paul Feig, who gave us Bridesmaids and the Ghostbusters remake. This grisly Christmassy adventure features unbearable skittery-giggly dialogue of the sort not spoken by actual humans, while it attempts to siphon off the eggnog flavour from Curtiss who gave his permission some years ago and when the connection between the twist reveal and Michaels lyrics dawns on you, there is a real danger of you going into anaphylactic shock. Suffice it to say that this …

Photographer of swinging 60s Terry O’Neill dies aged 81

Man known for his pictures of Beatles, Stones, Bardot and Sean Connery had cancer Terry ONeill, the photographer who chronicled Londons 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81. ONeill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said. He had prostate cancer. It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence Terry ONeill, CBE, a spokeswoman for the agency said. As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his …

The Sound of Silence in the Middle of a Blizzard (Fingerstyle Guitar Rendition)

Beautifully played, beautifully shot. The sound of silence. For those curious: Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as opposed to flatpicking (plucking individual notes with a single plectrum, commonly called a “pick”). Read more Video by Acoustic Trench Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Cline Dion: Courage review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

A team of young, hip producers signals Dions newfound cult status, but its the wobbly-lipped ballads, not EDM, that she does like no one else For decades, you knew where you were with Phil Spector collaboration) hinting at an intriguing musical path not subsequently followed. Dion seemed to have arrived pretty much as she remained: parked defiantly in the middle of the road, flicking the Vs or whatever gesture the Qubecois use to express disdain at passing trends. Indeed, Canadian critic Carl Wilson used her 1997 album Lets Talk About Love as the basis for somehow became hip. Rappers including Drake and Desiigner queued up to the toast of this years Paris fashion week, snapped in a variety of mind-blowing …

Neil Young faces US citizenship delay over marijuana use

The Canadian songwriter is pursuing dual citizenship in order to vote my conscience on Donald J Trump in the 2020 election a letter to fans posted on his website, the Canadian songwriter said that he passed the test for citizenship, but that he has been called to take another test due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have a problem. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services added a policy in April 2019, proposed by Jeff Sessions during his period as attorney general, which states: An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful …

Last Christmas review Emma Thompson’s romcom is an overstuffed turkey

An attempt to pay tribute to the music of George Michael and the fandom of Love Actually fails on both counts and at many more things along the way Somewhere in the last decade, audiences, and in turn financiers, fell out of love with the London-set romantic comedy, a subgenre that had almost single-handedly been keeping the British film industry alive, or at least somewhat in profit. They were repetitive, predictable and filled with characters who were exclusively, uncomfortably, posh and white yet they were also undeniably effective crowd-pleasers and like many, Ive missed them, as parodical as they can often be. So has Emma Thompson, it seems. Because with all the confidence of a well-spoken Oxbridge alumnus delivering a …