1.Prince just announced a European solo tour….
Hot off the live music press, the legendary Prince has just announced that he will embark on a solo acoustic European tour. Dubbed Piano and a Microphone, the title seemingly fits because those are the only two things The Purple One will be sharing the stage with when he kicks things off in Vienna next Saturday night, Nov 21st.
Not one to shy from doing things his way, The Guardian reported this past weekend that Prince invited a notepad full of European journalists to his 55,000-square-foot compound in Minneapolis to announce the upcoming spectacle, where he reportedly explained because of the fact he “rarely gets bad reviews,” he decided to gamble on a piano blessed stage set-up that will feel “more naked, more pure.”
Just think, if the European leg does well (which it definitely will), you can be certain that it will only be a matter of time before he takes Piano and a Microphone stateside.
We can only hope.
2.Cobra Starship has just called it quits….
After a decade of putting in that werk in the music industry and serving us with hits, “Good Girls Go Bad” and “You Make Me Feel,” Billboard is reporting that Cobra Starship has broken up.
In a spill with the music industry bible, frontman Gabe Saporta broke tea mugs about it all, including on how he’s looking to shift into the business end of the industry and whether or not a Cobra Starship farewell tour could possibly happen over the next few months.
“I’m not opposed to doing farewell shows, but for me right now, we don’t want to release anything that we just had, and have it be half-assed… For me it’s like, do it one hundred percent, or don’t do it,” Saporta spilled to the mag.
For the complete interview as well as the group’s final statement, check your Cobra Starship music life right here.
3.Pharrell, Bruce Springsteen, Jill Scott and many, many more are taking the stage to perform for a powerful message…
In what just might be one of the biggest televised live music events ever, it’s been announced that A+E Networks and iHeartMedia will join forces for Shining a Light:A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The massive a two-hour benefit special will feature Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown Band and Philly divas Jill Scott and P!nk, all of whom will be performing songs meant to inspire a constructive and respected dialogue about race relations in America. Plans for the anticipated event were set into motion after the horrific June killing of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
“Race is … not an easy thing to talk about and sing about,” spilled Rob Sharenow, executive VP/GM of A&E and Lifetime. “The artists that are coming forward see it as a unique opportunity to engage in a conversation that’s often not talked about. It’s become more than a concert. Based on the artists’ reactions, particularly Pharrell, we’ve expanded it to include conversations on race in places all over the country where we bring people in the community together … with the artists to talk about their experiences. I don’t think anyone has ever attempted to put together something quite like this, on this scale.”
The event will film Nov. 18 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and will air across six A+E Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, H2, LMN and FYI), and iHeartMedia will support the concert across its radio stations and digital platforms. To get you ready for the event, DJ Allie Teilza has cooked up a special playlist of all the wonderful music artists below.
4.A three-year-old DJ just won South Africa’s Got Talent…
In this music life, sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. What I personally can’t believe is how incredible and mind-blowing DJ Arch Jnr is. Oh, and did I mention he’s just three-year-old and just became the youngest winner ever of South Africa’s Got Talent?
The groovy little guy, whose career began at age two when his father (who is also a DJ) began posting clips of him behind the decks on YouTube, took home the reality show’s top prize this past Sunday night.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration on this dreary Tuesday, watch Arch JR’s winning performance below–and you better put your music pearls on because you’re going to want to clutch them after you watch.
5.Philly’s Questlove remembers Allen Toussaint….
In what is certainly sad news for the music industry, it’s been reported that soul and R&B legend Allen Toussaint died yesterday at the age of 77 following a concert in Madrid. Tributes from fellow musicians have already begun pouring in, including Philly’s own Questlove who also took the time to remember Toussaint’s eclectic influences and genius musicality.
The Philly DJ and drummer remembered the New Orleans legend in an Instagram essay that spanned Touissant’s Lee Dorsey years all the way up to Amerie’s “1 Thing”
“I can go on and on. Because his work goes on and on,” Mr. Questlove stated. said, “His work will now speak for itself.”
Read the full post right here.