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Sexy "Call On Me" EP Now Available on iTunes


"Call on Me" by Swedish DJ Eric Prydz is a deliciously sexy track and by far one of the hottest dance tracks to come out this year. The tune has been hovering steady at the top of the U.K. pop charts for a number of weeks now. An EP with remixes of "Call On Me" is now available on iTunes in the U.S. as well.

The popularity of the song cannot only be credited to its pumping bassline and instantly infectious chorus. The tune's steamy video has been making waves as well. The '80-inspired video (think Olivia Newton-John’s "Physical") features sexy and scantily-clad gymnasts working out in an aerobics class.

The track uses a sample from Steve Winwood's hit "Valerie" ("Call on me, I'm the same boy I used to be"). When Winwood heard a bootleg of the song's mix he liked the idea so much that he contacted Prydz to re-record the sample for the final cut of the single.

Not much has been published about Eric Prydz career as a musician. He grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and started making music when he was nine. As a teenager, he played his keyboard and soon started producing songs for other DJs. Currently, he is part of the Ministry of Sound's influential roster of DJs and club events.

Sample Eric Prydz "Call On Me" [MP3]

Download Eric Prydz "Call On Me":
Call On Me - EP

October 26, 2004 in New Music | Permalink | Comments (1)

Eminem Unleashes Anger in New Video

Eminem in the animated "Mosh"

Eminem's powerful new anti-Bush video "Mosh" has exclusively been released to a select number of internet media today (including arjanwrites.com). The video is a blistering attack against the current political establishment and U.S. President George W. Bush in particular.

Eminem has always been critical of political hypocrisy and lies, but in this video he unleashes his anger like never before. The song is intended as a wake-up call and enourages viewers to vote on November 2.

Portrayed as a hooded rebel leader, Eminem is shown in a slick animated video that reflects his take on the future of American society. The video starts with the 9/11 terror attack and then zooms into a classroom where Eminem is reading a book to school children (similar to Bush on the morning of 9/11). Interesting detail is that he is holding the book upside down.

The protest video then depicts a dark Orwellian world with helicopters spying on people who are punished for their criticism of political leaders.

The MC argues to focus on domestic issues instead of spreading terror through the politics of fear and the war in Iraq. He raps: "Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know Stomp, push up, mush, fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home." In the end, he calls Bush the "weapon of mass destruction."

Watch Eminem "Mosh" (Window Media Video)

Watch Eminem "Mosh" (RealVideo)

Read the lyrics

October 25, 2004 in Music News | Permalink | Comments (27)

"Marry Me" CD Promotes Equal Opportunity


FIGJAM Records will be putting out a very special music collection to support equal opportunities for gays and lesbians. "Marry Me" is a double-CD compilation containing songs by over twenty gay, lesbian, straight and transgender artists that is specifically put together to raise awareness about the issue of same-sex marriage.

Besides its support for an important cause, the project also provides many independent artists the opportunity to be heard by a larger audience other than the coffeehouse crowd.

The first CD, entitled "Ceremony," contains songs celebrating love and commitment. The second CD, appropriately named "Reception," has songs that will promise to rock any marriage party.

The set includes a diverse of different genres and artists, including RuPaul ("Love Is Love"), Jenn Lindsay ("Jill & Jill"), Ari Gold ("Bashert"), Daniel Cartier ("Be With Me Here") and Veronica Klaus ("Waiting For A Kiss").

Singer Daniel Cartier says in a press release that this CD project is "an attempt to bring the focus back to what the issue is really all about. That all of us gay or straight have this intrinsic desire to meet someone who'll understand us, make us swoon and we can imagine growing old with."

The CD will be available for purchase on November 16th and will benefit the ACLU Foundation's Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Projects, which advocates the equal rights for lesbians & gays.

October 25, 2004 in Music News | Permalink | Comments (3)

Shirley Manson on Marriage


"(...) It makes me so sad to think about all the seriously commited gay couples who are struggling and fighting for the right to enter into the institution of marriage yet meanwhile silly little girls like Nicky Hilton are able to make an absolute mockery of it and besides the odd raised eyebrow or two totally get away with it just because she's a hetrosexual. It's so unjust."

Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson in her diary on the band's web site this week. Garbage is scheduled to release their new album "Hands On A Hard Body" early 2005. This will be their first effort effort since 2001's "Beautiful Garbage."

Previous artists on arjanwrites.com about gay marriage: Sasha, Sarah Hudson, Yoko Ono, Pink, Amber, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz, Dannii Minogue, Megan Mullally, Dave Dresden, Butch Walker

October 21, 2004 in Artists on Gay Marriage | Permalink | Comments (5)

Elton John to Release New Album, Single (+ Video)


On November 4 and 5, a select group of Elton John fans will have a chance to preview the singer's forthcoming album "Peachtree Road" during a live showcase in Atlanta. The set will include 6 songs from the new album, which is slated for release on November 9 in the U.S.

BBC radio will be recording the event. One of the concerts will be broadcast on Radio 2 on Saturday 20 November at 21:30 (UK time). If you are outside of the UK, you will be able to listen to this concert online on the BBC Radio 2 website.

A press release describes "Peachtree Road" as "heavily influenced by the sound of the American South and incorporates a local Atlanta choir, pedal steel and acoustic guitar as well as Elton signature piano virtuosity."

"All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" is the first single from the singer's new album. Recorded in Atlanta, the single and album were written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and produced for the very first time by Elton John himself.

The single's video is directed by famed artist and photographer David La Chapelle, the man behind "The Red Piano," Elton John's Las Vegas show.

Preview a clip of the "All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" video (It's short, but it will give you an idea of the video's look and feel)

The sleeve photography of "Peachtree Road" was taken by Elton's friend Sam Taylor-Wood. He worked earlier on the "Songs From The West Coast" album sleeve and the "I Want Love" video. Taylor-Wood spent the month of May driving hundreds of miles across Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, in search of images to illustrate "Peachtree Road."

October 21, 2004 in New Music | Permalink | Comments (1)