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Free Download: Eliane Elias "Running" (DJ Strobe Mix)

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Eliane Elias' new album "Around The City" is inspired by the time she has spent living in New York City. The Brazilian singer and jazz pianist set out to capture the "very real, snapshot-narrative of city life." For this eighteenth record, she decided to update her authentic sound by collaborating with edgy hitmakers to reach beyond her steady, jazz-oriented fanbase.

The result is a vibrant mix of inspired easy listening that combines Elias' eclectic Brazilian roots with the edgy production and songwriting skills of people like Andres Levin (who produced Yerba Buena) and songwriting trio The Matrix who wrote hits for Liz Phair, Jason Mraz, Korn and others. The album also features Eliane's cover of the Tito Puente penned-Santana hit "Oye Como Va," a reworking of Bob Marley's "Jammin" and a gutsy version of Beck's "Tropicalia."

Start your day with a stunning mix of Elias' sensual track "Running" that was reworked by DJ Strobe who previously remixed tunes by The Killers, Missy Elliot and Norah Jones. The song is a proud and positive declaration of independence that echoes her Brazilian state of mind. "I'm not afraid. All is forgiven. What's done is done. Move on with grace, slip into space. I will not hide, fade in submission," she sings.

This is simply a gorgeous tune that I highly recommend. I encourage all of you to check out some more tracks from Eliane at her MySpace page. Many thanks to Elias' team in New York for providing this track to Arjanwrites.com. (Click here to purchase Eliane Elias "Around The City" at Amazon.)
Download Eliane Elias "Running" (DJ Strobe Mix) [MP3]

August 28, 2006 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Watch The Killers "Sam's Town" (Live)

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Head over to YouTube right away to watch a video of The Killers perform "Sam's Town," which is of course the lead single of their new album. The footage was shot last night by a Killers fan at the tiny Celebrity nightclub in Las Vegas. Sit back and enjoy. It is a lot more rocky, but the synths are still there. It was the first time the group performed this song in front of a larger audience and Brandon is clearly relieved that they pulled it off well. Watch the last 5 second of the clip to see what I mean. Also, check out some great photos of the gig at The Killers Comunita Fan Forum. (Photos via Lookup)

Watch The Killers "Sam's Town" (Live @ Celebrity)

August 24, 2006 in Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (4)

Beyonce in Trouble?

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It is pretty obvious that superstar singer Beyonce is in trouble. Her single "Deja Vu" not only performed below expectations in the charts but is also hated by many fans. Adding to the misery is that the video for her second single "Ring The Alarm" is a disastrous piece of insanity and now there are even rumors that the release of her album "B'Day" has been pushed back to re-work some of the tracks. Ouch! But Papa Knowles has put the spin machine into high gear and pushed out a press release responding to the persistent rumors that Beyonce's platinum-selling career is at stake.

Read Matthew Knowles' entire press statement after the jump.

"It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyonce's B'Day album release on Sept 5 in the US. First, it was a petition against the single, “Deja Vu”, then a rumor regarding conflict between Beyonce and Rihanna, seizures caused by the "Ring the Alarm" video, putting out a single to compete with LeToya's album and now to add to all the ridiculous rumors, is my plan to postpone the release of her B'Day album. What will be next? Beyonce's cut off all her hair? Dyed it green? Maybe she's singing the songs in reverse with some hidden subliminal message!

Unfortunately what it shows is that anyone can go on the internet and create rumors and the media in some cases will pick up these stories and run with them which influence the consumer’s perception.

Beyonce has sold over a 140 million records as an artist. Over half sold outside of America. 2500 responses for a petition on the internet (which really represents often the same people responding 2-3 times) go online with a petition regarding “Deja V u”, and it's national news? Think about that for a minute. 140 million records sold versus 2500 responses about a video. Does that really equate to a major concern? The answer is No!

I couldn't be happier with where “Deja Vu” is on the charts. It’s a Top 10 song on Billboard 100 and #1 on this week’s R&B charts. Mid week numbers in the UK is trending at #1 for the "Deja Vu" single for this week. Records have broken in Japan regarding ringtone sales of “Deja Vu.” It is one of the most ever streamed videos at Yahoo. “Ring The Alarm” was added to TRL on its first day of airing and it is on the R&B charts this week which gives Beyonce two singles on the charts at the same time.

Our plan is to have three singles on the charts together. For this album we have a unique strategy. Rather than concern ourselves with purely chart positioning we are focusing on the combine audiences who are listening and are aware of the singles on the album. That strategy is based on the combine belief of Beyonce, SonyBMG and Music World. This is unique, creative body of work on B'Day (spelling corrected B'Day) and every song is a potential single.

After all what do we know? Some weeklies reviewed "Independent Women" and gave it a "D-" and Beyonce’s first album “Dangerously in Love,” a "D".

And just for the record, Beyonce’s success or failure for me is not based on the number of records she sells. For me it's based on how proud I am that she is a genuine good person (Ask anyone who's worked with her). That she always has a kind word for others. That she is respectful and honest. That she gives back to her community and that she has so much love for her family. That she has grown to be such a leader. And lastly, she has the confidence not to be bothered by these planned distractions."

August 24, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (13)

One More Week...

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One more week to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. I have some very exciting news to share with you soon. Stay tuned!

August 24, 2006 in VMA 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Download: Zero 7 (ft. Jose Gonzalez) "Futures"

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Chill out with this spacey new Rub "N Tug mix of "Futures" by Zero 7 that features the vocals of Swedish singer Jose Gonzalez. It still doesn't  surpass the beauty of one of their biggest hits (and my favorite) "Destiny" but it is a good one for your cool down playlist. The song is taken from the group's new album "The Garden" that also features guest vocalist Sia on six of the tracks.

In an interview with Alex Robertson, the duo of Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns explain that they set out "to make [The Garden] a little bit more fundamental, more basic, in a way to simplify things." I have to agree that González' crooning is very fitting for Zero 7's new simplified and lush productions.

Download Zero 7 (ft. Jose Gonzales) "Futures" (Rub 'N Tug Remix) [MP3]

August 23, 2006 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)