Jul 072017

The music streaming platform SoundCloud announced that it would lay off 173 employees, that’s about 40% of the entire team, and shut down their offices in San Francisco and possibly London in a quest for profit. The company has revealed its financial problems since January this year.


Soundcloud is confronted with financial issues

“Since entering the music streaming industry, we focussed on the growth of our business only in the last 12 months which saw a two-fold increase in our revenue. However, we need to ensure that this growth trend continues. In order to do that, we have to cut costs, promote our brand and increase subscription revenues,” said Alexander Ljung, co-founder and CEO of SoundCloud, quoted By CNBC.

Rumors have circulated recently that several companies want to buy SoundCloud, with Deezer being one of them.

According to SoundCloud’s co-founder, the service will remain available in 190 countries.
The online service “SoundCloud” emerged as a DJ platform and has become popular amongst musicians for its simple interface and ease of use.

Soundcloud has about 175 million listeners and a vast array of music. The company is based in Berlin, Germany, and its online audio distribution platform enables users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds. SoundCloud’s content is evenly split between music and other audio.

May 162017

U2’s vocalist, the famous Bono, barred the US President Donald Trump from attending rock band’s performances in the United States, though he does not have the same problem with president’s supporters who happen to be music fans.

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Bono and Donald Trump

The 57-year-old Irishman said he would not welcome Donald Trump on his concerts, especially since the 70-year-old US president decided to cut funds for the fight against HIV.

In a statement for the Irish Mirror newspaper, Bono said: “People who voted for Trump are welcome, but he is not.”

“With or Without You” singer – who is currently on the “Joshua Tree Tour 2017” celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s first album – revealed that it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to travel far from his hometown in Dublin, Ireland, as he ages.

Jan 202017

Brazilian singer Loalwa Braz Vieira, known for the global smash hit Lambada, was found dead in a burned-out vehicle on Thursday in Saquerema, near Rio de Janeiro, said police sources cited by BBC.

Loalwa Braz Vieira

Loalwa Braz Vieira (capture: Youtube)

“Yes, I can confirm the tragedy,” a local police officer said without giving further details on the death.

A team of firefighters were called at 3:50 local time to extinguish a fire that broke out in the attic of an inn owned by the singer. The same team intervened at 06:00 a.m. to put out the flames that consumed a Honda Civic. The charred body of the artist was found inside the vehicle.

The authorities have started a probe into the case. The body of the singer was taken to the Forensic Institute for investigation.

Meanwhile police have apprehended three men thought to have committed a robbery at Braz property prior to her death, according to the Brazilian news outlets.

Loalwa Braz, 63, lived in Saquarema, where she managed the inn Azur.

She was born in Rio de Janeiro in a family of musicians. Her father was the leader of an orchestra of traditional Brazilian music and her mother a pianist.

Loalwa Braz was the singer of Kaoma, a French-Brazilian pop group established in 1985 and famous for various music hits like „Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)”, „Dançando Lambada” şi „Lambamor”.

In total, Kaoma has sold over 25 million copies of their albums worldwide.

VIDEO: Kaoma – Lambada, 1989 Brazilian music hit

Sep 272016

Legendary actor Sebastian Papaiani died Tuesday morning according to Romanian state-run television TVR. He was 80-year-old.

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Here, Sebastian Papaiani (left) and his fellow actor Dem Radulescu (public domain)

Papaiani had suffered a stroke last May and had been hospitalized at Neurology Section of the University Emergency Hospital in Bucharest. Following the unfortunate event, his health condition deteriorated substantially over the past months.

Papaiani’s death comes just a day after Ioan Gyuri Pascu, – a great comedian, actor and musician -, passed away at his home in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.

Sebastian Papaiani was born on August 25, 1936 in Pitesti, Arges County. He spent his childhood, as he recounted, “in a modest neighborhood which a lot of friendly Gypsies around”.

His father, Alec Papaiani was of Greek origin (Papayannis) and known as the owner of a residential area on the outskirts of Pitesti where two-room apartments were rented to low class workers.

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Papaiani was the last actor to join a great group of talented movie stars that left this world behind

As a kid, Sebastian was fascinated by the local circus and the classic movie stars like John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller. At 17 he got a job at a pharmacy office and started playing amateur theater at the suggestion of former Miss Romania 1936, Crina Cojocaru, who supported him in overcoming various obstacles and becoming an actor.

Papaiani graduated from the Institute of Theater and Cinema in 1960 and made his film debut three years later in Geo Zaizescu’s comedy “Un suras in plina vara” (A smile in the middle of summer), when he received critical acclaims alongside gorgeous actress Florina Luican. Then he starred in a tremendous number of films being remembers by his movie fans for his roles in: “BD …” (Plutonier Capsuna), “Asta seara dansam in familei” (Alecu), “Toamna bobocilor” (Pompei) and “Toate panzele sus” (Ieremia)

Sebastian Papaiani was awarded The National Order of Faithful Service of the Rank of Knight on 13 December 2002.

Romanian Police remembers Papaiani with some video content posted on its Facebook page.

Love Story (O poveste de dragoste) – 1976

Video: Sebastian Papaiani and Toma Caragiu

Papaiani and Dem Radulescu

Europa FM: Sus cortina – Sebastian Papaiani

Sep 252016

Irish rock band U2 do not like Donald Trump! The musicians seem not to support the Republican mogul, whom they believe will suppress all American dreams and freedoms if he wins the race for Presidency.

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Bono is not a Trump’s fan (public domain)

U2 performed in Las Vagas, NV, where they offered an outstanding concert in front of tens of thousands of music fans.

During the show, the group unveiled an artistic trick which simulated a conversation between lead singer Bono and Republican candidate Donald Trump over the future of the US after the November 8 presidential election.

After the fictitious dialogue, Bono concluded that Americans will most likely lose everything if they choose the Republican candidate as the next inhabitant of the White House. The Trump moment was sandwiched in their hit “Desire – Desire”.

Bono asks: Las Vegas, are you ready to gamble? Are you ready to gamble your car? / Trump answers from back screen: What do you have to lose?
Bono: Are you ready to gamble your house? / Trump: What do you have to lose?
Bono: Are you ready to gamble the American dream? / Trump: The American Dream is dead!
Bono: The American Dream is alive!
Trump: What do you have to lose? / Bono: What do you have to lose? / Everything! Everything!

Sep 122016

The video of the song “See You Again”, a single performed by rapper Wiz Khalifa and included on “Furious 7” soundtrack, became the second video in history to claim more than 2 billion views on YouTube.

The video, which was made as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, the “Fast & Furious” franchise’s star who died in a car crash on November 30, 2013, features also Pop-R&B singer Charlie Puth.

The first clip that broke the 2 billion view milestone on YouTube was “Gangnam Style“. The song of the Korean rapper Psy managed this feat on June 1, 2014.

See You Again” was released in March 2015 as part of the album containing the soundtrack of “Furious 7”. The song was used in the final scene of the film, in which Paul Walker’s character, reconstructed using computer editing techniques, retires from car racing to devote to family life.

The video was shot in Los angeles and features mixed images of Paul Walker, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, on a sunset background.

Other videos that have real chances to reach 2 billion Youtube hits are: “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – 1.83 billion views), “Sorry” (Justin Bieber – 1.8 billion views ), “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift – 1.75 billion views), “Hello” (Adele – 1.71 billion views) and “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift – 1.63 billion views).

Video: Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth

Sep 102016

Carla’s Dreams is a Moldovan-Romanian musical project that kicked off back in 2012 and one of the most popular local bands at this point.

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Roman Burlaca (right) and Carla’s Dreams mysterious vocalist (pic: publika.md)

But few people know that much of their fame is largely generated by Roman Burlaca, a 23-year-old music video director from Chisinau, whom newspapers have repeatedly mistaken with the frontman of Carla’s Dreams.

Mr. Burlaca, created “Heroine”, and contributed to the success of band’s latest release, “Imperfect”, a music video production that gathered more than 4 million views since September 6 when it was uploaded on Youtube.

In an interview with the Romanian broadcaster antena 1, Mr. Burlaca said that he is trying to create an audiovisual product that “evokes feelings, moods, situations, etc.”. Furthermore he denied media allegations that he would be a Carla’s Dreams’ member saying that “I have not been, am not and will not be a Carla’s Dreams singer. People could figure out that my vocal “fingerprint” is quite different.”

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Andrei Tarus, allegedly being identity of Carla’s Dreams masked frontman (pic: life.ru)

The reason Carla’s Dreams hide under hoods and painted masks
The mysterious music band became kind of phenomenon in Moldova and Romania as well. Carla’s Dreams has always triggered questions over the real identity of its five members. Carla’s Dreams vocalist said he is too ugly to show his face and wants to remain anonymous in order to have a quiet social life. However, reporters from Russian publication lifenews.ru claimed that they discovered the identity of Carla’s Dreams lead member saying he would be Andrei Țăruș, a former member of the band “In Quadro“.

According to Wikipedia, Carla’s Dreams has launched in Romania in 2013, along with Inna with the song P.O.H.U.I., later to sing with Loredana Lumea ta (“Your World”), and in 2015 with Delia, releasing songs Cum ne noi (“How We Us”) and Da, mamă (“Yes, Mother”).

Video: Carla’s Dreams – Imperfect

Sep 022016

Queen’s song “We Will Rock You” seems to ranks first among the songs that generates addiction to music listeners.

Queen's song is most intensive earworm (pic: web)

Queen’s song is most intensive earworm (pic: web)

Researchers from the School of philosophy, anthropology and cinema of the University of St. Andrews, have developed a mathematical formula to explain how a song becomes an “earworm” – a catchy song that listeners can’t get enough of.

According to study, the single that creates the highest level of music addiction is “We Will Rock You” of the British band Queen. The second place is taken by Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and third is booked by Queen’s ” We Are The Champions”.

Top 20 Earworms: Study by University of St. Andrews
1. Queen, “We Will Rock You”
2. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
3. Queen, “We Are the Champions”
4. The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
5. The Village People, “YMCA”
6. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
7. Europe, “The Final Countdown”
8. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”
9. Various artists, “Jingle Bells”
10. Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
11. Psy, “Gangnam Style”
12. Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up”
13. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”
14. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”
15. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
16. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
17. Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby”
18. Cast of The Rocky Horror Show, “The Timewarp”
19. Meghan Trainor, “All About the Bass”
20. Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon”

Video: Queen – We Will Rock You (Official Video)

Jun 082016

30 years after their last performance on stage, the four members of the famed music group Abba reunited for a small concert in Stockholm in order to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

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ABBA in 1974 (wikimedia commons)

Björn Ulvaeus, 71, Benny Andersson, 69, Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, 70 and Agnetha Faltskog, 66, came together for a private bash at Berns Salonger entertainment venue in the Swedish capital to celebrate their friendship and the resounding success of the band.

ABBA broke up in 1982. The four musicians had been seen together in public in January 2016, during the inauguration of a restaurant inspired by a Greek-style tavern that appeared in the musical “Mamma Mia!”, a 2008 film based on the music of the Swedish band.

Björn and Agnetha were married from 1971 to 1980 while Benny and Frida divorced in 1980 after just two years of marriage.

Photo credit: AVRO (FTA001019454_012 from Beeld & Geluid wiki) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 222016

Romania will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest this year because of the some unpaid debts that country’s national broadcaster Televiziunea Română TVR owes to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), it was announced in an official statement on Friday.

The decision was made after a deadline given to the Romanian government to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt expired on Wednesday 20 April. However, EBU does not apparently know that not the government but the Parliament is actually responsible for the operation of public service broadcaster TVR.

This incident appears to be the first in the history of European music event. According to Eurovision.tv, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) restricts TVR’s access to all materials and services delivered by the public broadcasters of the Member States, because of repeatedly failing to pay debts owed to the union. The payment invoked by EBU now stands at about 16 million Swiss francs.

Thus, the winner of the local Eurovision, Ovidiu Anton and its song “Moment of Silence” will not be seen and heard in the second semifinal of the Eurovision 2016 scheduled for May 12. Moment of Silence also for broadcaster TVR which will have no access to the signal of the SVT, the Swedish TV host of the event, which, according to Eurovision, means it will not be able to air the event at all.

Video: Romania no longer entitled to take part in 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Video: Ovidiu Anton – Moment of Silence: Romania National Final Performance