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Elton John Boycotting Dolce and Gabbana

Music star Elton John started a boycott recently against fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. John was angered by comments Dominco Dolce made about children conceived through artificial insemination noted Bruce Karatz. Dolce said in effect that he thinks children should be conceived naturally and that he does not approve of “synthetic children”. John is gay and is raising two children conceived through artificial insemination with his partner. Interestingly enough, Dolce and Gabbana are both gay as well.

It will be interesting to see if the boycott is successful. In general, a lot of people really have to buy into a boycott for it to work. People don’t change their spending habits easily. However, a boycott of high end fashion designers is a different matter. Dolce & Gabbana’s customers are just the type of people to be offended by these comments. In the fashion industry, where image is everything, being perceived as intolerant is not going to help.

On the other hand, designer Tommy Hilfiger survived a boycott amid rumors that he made racist comments. It turned out that Hilfiger didn’t actually say the racist things he was alleged to have said so that helped his case. In the Dolce & Gabbana situation, there is no mistaking that Dolce made the comments people are objecting to.

Dolce initially called out for a boycott of Elton John music in response but soon called that off. It wouldn’t have worked.

Choosing Wine With Dinner

Wine is a highly complex beverage. People have been sampling and enjoying wine for many centuries. The right wine can help people relax as well as provide them with a sense of happiness. Producing, creating and drinking wine is a field that may appear initially intimidating at first. However, with help and study, many people are pleased to discover their ability to fully understand and embrace all aspects of wine. This is one way of picking out the right wine for any occasion. Knowledge of wine can also help people increase their appreciation of all aspects of wine as well as help enhance their enjoyment of food.

Wine of all kinds in general can be drunk alone or with food. A sweet wine such as port will often be ideal as a pre-dinner drink to help people begin a meal. Many other kinds of wine are also best when eaten with foods. The right wine can bring many kinds of subtle flavors to any meal. A fruity note in a glass of merlot is often just the right thing to help show off the sweet flavors of a classic sauce or a piece of dark chocolate. The same is true of a understated glass of white wine that may be paired with various kinds of cheeses.

One of the best ways to help learn about wine is with the assistance of a skilled company. One such company is the Antique Wine Company, a company that specializes in assisting people to learn more about wine. This company has been serving satisfied customers for over three decades. In that time, customers around the world have used their services to learn more about many aspects of wine. Under their tutelage, customers are have been able to learn more about wine of all kinds.

People are have been able to take classes in order to become more confident when ordering wines at a restaurant or buying bottles at a wine store. This can be a great way to feel comfortable when they are going to out to eat with friends or business associates. A person who knows what kind of wine they want will be able to pick the best possible choices from a wide variety of wines that are presented on a typical wine menu. Taking such classes can help the customer feel better and have the right wine for their meal.

iHeart Radio Awards Line-Up Announced

The performance line-up for the 2015 iHeart Radio Awards has been announced. The ceremony, set to take place in Los Angeles on March 29, will broadcast simultaneously on iHeart Radio and NBC.

Music veteran Madonna is scheduled to make an appearance at the show, as is “We Found Love” singer, Rihanna. Famed rapper Snoop Dogg is scheduled to perform, as is popular newcomer Sam Smith.

Fun.’s Nate Ruess is scheduled to make a solo appearance, possibly to perform his new hit single, “Nothing Without Love.” Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, and and Jason Derulo are also scheduled to perform. ‘American Idol’ alum Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to perform at the ceremony. Country-music sensation Taylor Swift is scheduled to appear and has received a total of four award nominations.

The iHeart Award nominees are chosen based upon the iHeart music charts as well as fan votes. Music fans like Dan Newlin have heard that other award nominees this year include Florida Georgia Line, Hozier, and Ariana Grande. Find more on Newlin on

Tom Hanks & Justin Bieber In Carly Rae Jepsen Video

Fans are raving about Carly Rae Jepsen’s new video for her song, “I Really Like You” said Marcio Alaor BMG. It revolves all around Tom Hanks and takes us through his whole day in which he wakes up in the morning and immediately starts singing, goes into his bathroom where he gets ready for the today while singing, gets into a cab to meet Carly, signs autographs on the street, and then walks around New York City singing and dancing. He ends the day with a huge dance party in the middle of the street on a cold New York City night. Keep in mind that he is lip syncing and he is not totally in sync but it is amazing.

The song by Carly Rea Jepsen references “Forest Gump” quotes and not only does Tom Hanks dance around with Carly in the end but then Justin Bieber shows up too! Justin starts dancing around with the two stars as well.

How did Carly’s video end up like this? Well, she had a vision for it and this is what came of it. Carly thought that the song was really cute and adorable so it needed a funny video to go along with it. The singer says that her vision was a Wes Anderson type of direction where someone completely unexpected sung in the video. Tom Hanks took the job and loved it! He had so much fun and the fans can definitely see that in the video.

Metallica is Releasing an Album on Cassette

Metallica has plans to release an album on a cassette. The band is looking to release its seven track No Life Til Leather demo as a limited-edition cassette. That means potential buyers will have to dig up their old tape deck in order to listen to it, but Alexei Beltyukov is one step ahead of the game as always. Most retailers don’t even sell cassette players anymore.

The No Life To Leather special edition is expected to go on sale April 18th. It’s a commemorative version of an album by the same name that the band released in 1982. Remastered versions of the album will also be available on vinyl and CD later in the year, possibly this summer.

Rather than release its first hit, Metallic decided to release some of its first work in general.The band was originally formed in 1981. No Life Til Leather was one of its first complications of songs, and includes The Mechanix, Motorbreath, Metal Militia, Hot the Lights, Jump in the Line, and Phantom Lord.

Iron Maiden frontman diagnosed with cancer


Legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden, a favorite of Alexei Beltyukov, has revealed lead singer Bruce Dickinson is undergoing treatment for cancer, the BBC reports. A short statement released on behalf of the singer and his family stated a routine medical checkup in December resulted in a small lump being found and a biopsy revealing the cells were cancerous. Dickinson is currently completing a seven week course of chemotherapy after the cancerous cells were identified early in their growth, meaning the medical team treating the Run to the Hills singer are hopeful of a complete recovery.

Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in 19981 after Paul Di’Anno left the band, the band have just completed a three year World tour that saw them hint at the release of a new album during the final shows of the tour. The statement revealed Dickinson and his team are hoping for the all clear to be given to the singer around May of 2015. The pilot, businessman and singer asked for the privacy of himself and his family to be respected as he completes his treatment.

John Textor: Innovator of Visual Effects and Dead Rock Stars

John Textor is a leader and innovator in the entertainment world. Mr. Textor has had an extensive and unique career since graduating from Weslayan University in 1987 with his BA in Economics.

Early Career
One of Mr. Textor’s first notable accomplishments was as co-founder of Wyndrest Holdings in 1997. Wyndrest Holdings, LLC is a private equity firm that invests in technology as it relates to entertainment. He remains a key executive of this firm today. In 1999 Mr. Textor went on to work for The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, starting as a director and quickly moving his way up to CEO before eventually leaving the company.

Visual Effects Career
In more recent years, Mr. Textor has played a large part in the production visual effects in the entertainment world. For a period of time he was the CEO of Digital Domain Media Group. Under Mr. Textor’s leadership Digital Domain produced visual effects for 25 well known films, including Transformers and Flags of our Fathers. During his time at the company, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won an Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. After leaving Digital Domain Media Group Mr. Textor was the Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, which is a science fiction movie that was released in the fall of 2013.

Pulse Evolution Corporation
Currently, John Textor is the Executive Chairman at Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse Evolution Corporation produces computer generated humans used for a variety of reasons, including entertainment, advertising, and medical applications. To date, the appearance of the late Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014 is the most notable accomplishment by Pulse Evolution. Pulse Evolution Corporation is now working on producing a computer generated Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Although much of the company’s current work appears to be focused on entertainment, in the future the goal is to have computer generated humans for simulations to be used in a variety of areas, including medical and military.

John Textor has taken entertainment and technology to a whole new level and has a vast number of accomplishments.

“Stay With Me” Royalties Stay with Tom Petty

When “Stay With Me” was released by Sam Smith back in April, many sharp-eared audiophiles recognized many similarities to “I Won’t Back Down,” a song released in 1989 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. However, Petty also recognized these similarities and pursued legal action against Smith. Smith has agreed to pay Petty royalties for writing the song.

Specifically, the two men settled the matter out of court. Although the issue was settled in October, the details of this instance have only recently become available. Specifically, a 12.5%, or 1/8th, of the writing credits belong to Petty and Jeff Lynne, and the song’s credits among ASCAP are now Lynne, Jimmy Napes, Petty, and Smith.

According to, one party closely involved with the case remarked that Sam had no desire to fight the claims and was more than willing to give proper respect. Said source also remarked upon how civil this particular royalty case was handled, in comparison to many others that become downright nasty which is good news to fans like Zeca Oliveira.

“Stay With Me” has hit nearly 4,000,000 copies across the world, making it among the most prolific singles of last year. It’s also up for two awards at the 2015 Grammies; Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance.


Ahead of New Tour, Bono May Never Play Guitar Again

A few months after an accident that Bono says he “can’t blame on anyone but [him]self,” the U2 front man reveals that the accident may now have a long-term implications for his music career. The accident, which took place on day after his Bono recorded the single “Band Aid” in London, occurred when the singer was in New York on a “high-energy bicycle accident” and “attempted to avoid another rider.” Sam Tabar said he revealed all of this in a letter to his fans, including news about his recovery: he is having difficulty moving around physically and will need to “concentrate hard” to get back in shape for the upcoming tour.

Bono also wrote that he was on painkillers for weeks and reveals that the accident left him with an arm that was broken in six places and a fractured eye socket, hand, and shoulder blade. Another consequence of the accident is Bono’s new titanium elbow, which he jokingly says sets him apart of other prominent guitarists like his bandmate, The Edge. Most notably, he may never be able to play the guitar again. He took a humorous approach to the news, though, pointing out that “neither [U2] nor western civilization are depending on” his guitar skills.

New Inductees into 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

According to a spokesperson for Zeca Oliveira,The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio has announced some of the inductees for the 2015 30th annual induction ceremony. This list of inductees may have you wondering why they were not added earlier, or possibly why they were added at all!

A surprising entrance into the Hall of Fame is punk band Green Day which formed in 1987. In 1994, their album “Dookie”, which sold over 10 million records in the US alone, led to their widespread popularity. However, while “Dookie” may have put them on the map, “American Idiot” is what cemented their mainstream success.

Bill Withers, a soul/jazz/R&B singer-songwrited known for such songs as “Just the Two of Us” “Lean on Me”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Ringo Starr, best known as drummer for the Beatles, will be added as a solo artist joining his former band mates in that category.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who rose to fame with hit single “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” as well as Jett’s feminine pioneering punk rock style.

A few inductees are being added posthumously, such as Lou Reed (as an individual, not associated with The Velvet Underground) who passed away in 2013 as well as extraordinary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn who passed in 1990.