Jack and Meg are going their separate ways
The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.
The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health.
It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it to stay that way.
Meg and Jack want to thank everyone of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given throughout the 13 plus years of The White Stripes’ intense and incredible career.
Third Man Records will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from The White Stripes in their Vault subscription record club, as well as through regular channels.
Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created. It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly.
With that in mind the band have to say this:
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”
Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes
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His website says he'll be OK
Everyone's heard now about Jimmy Buffett falling off the stage in Australia and being hospitalized. The video has now surfaced, and it's not for the squeamish; you don't see much, but the sound of Buffett's body hitting metal on his way to the concrete makes you shudder. It's no wonder he was unconscious for a reported 10 minutes. His website reports that he's been released from the hospital already.
Trent Reznor, Dido score Oscar nominations
UK singer Dido and her brother Rollo Armstrong were probably the most “pop” names to get a Best Original Song Oscar nomination this morning—for penning 127 Hours tune “If I Rise” along with the film’s composer A.R. Rahman, already an Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire. One film that was curiously absent among the music nominees: Burlesque, whichreceived a Golden Globe award last week for Diane Warren’s ballad “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”.
The big leader with this year’s Oscar nominations wound up being British period drama The King’s Speech, which earned 12 nods (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director). The Coen Brothers’ western remake True Grit followed with 10 nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director), while The Social Network and Inception each scored eight.
Burlesque had been nominated for three Golden Globes, for Best Original Song (”Bound To You” and “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”) and Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical. Guess Christina Aguilera will just have to settle with getting to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross nabbed Best Original Score Globes for The Social Network, which they’ve been recognized for again with an Oscar nod.
Below are the nominations in the music categories for the 83rd annual Academy Awards, which will be televised on Sunday, February 27:
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Coming Home” from Country Strong — Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from Tangled — Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours — A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 — Randy Newman
Deadheads are either elated or screwed on new 60-disc European set
When the Grateful Dead announced the release of "Europe '72: The Complete Recordings," it was like a dream come true. It contains every note of every show of the band’s legendary 1972 European tour, a holy grail for Grateful Dead fans. It will be elaborately packaged and cost $450. And the limited pressing of 7,200 box sets sold out in less than four days.
That's where the trouble begins and success turns to possible failure.
The Dead came up with a compromise. Those who missed out can buy the music only – sans the elaborate box (of which they'd bragged "wait until you see the case in which the music is housed, the hard-bound coffee-table book, plus all of the other cool surprises we've been unearthing!").
But as MSN Entertainment Senior Producer/resident Deadhead Dave McCoy points out, the cost is still $450 – a price-point penalty to those fans who didn’t jump on board from the get-go.
The box itself, which doesn’t even come out till Labor Day, is already fetching four-figures on eBay.
Look, gauging demand for a product is a very hard science. Prince did up a slick, thick coffee-table book of his 21-night stand in London a few years ago, including a disc of live music from those stands, including a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Much as I wanted that disc, I wasn’t going to pay $50 for a vanity project. But I happily scooped it up at Border’s the other day, as dozens of copies sat, sealed, in the $4.99 bargain bin (and the live disc is damn good).
But the Dead is known for its elaborate boxes, including “The Golden Road” and “Beyond Description,” seen below.
Given the size and sheer endurance of the Deadheads – and the fact that many of those people are baby-boomers, who still buy more music each year than any other demographic – maybe 7,200 copies of the new box was shooting a bit low, yes?
So, to wrap it up: Deadheads who shelled out the money early thinking it was the only way to (legitimately) get the music now find out anyone can get the music. The upside: They get the nice packaging that others won’t.
Fans who didn’t get the music in time now find they still have to pay full price to (legitimately) get a much lesser product. Upside: They still get the music, and 60-plus discs at $450 comes out to about $7 per disc, and each disc averages more than an hour of music.
The Dead is stuck in the middle – if it dropped the music-only option price, the original buyers of the full box would howl. It kept the $450 original price, and the rest of the buyers are howling. Plus at the moment it's available only online (which means brick-and-mortar record stores that have supported the band for years are cut out) and only in the U.S. (so if you live in Europe and actually attended these shows, you can't buy it).
But in a community that has been used to “trading” for decades, be it cassettes, mp3s or CDRs, the Dead have created a ripe situation for fans to feel ill-treated and justify illegal downloads of the music, which I guarantee you will be available in lossless formats on a million bittorrent sites within hours of the official release, if not sooner.
Eastwood + Knowles in forthcoming Hollywood disaster?
Clint Eastwood is to direct Beyoncé Knowles in the latest remake of A Star Is Born, the classic Hollywood melodrama about a fading, drunken superstar who finds himself eclipsed by a younger model.
Eastwood is planning a musical version, mimicking the direction of the 1976 A Star Is Born, which cast Barbra Streisand alongside Kris Kristofferson and moved the story from the film industry to the music business. Deadline reports that studio Warner Bros had hoped to team Knowles with Will Smith, but this has not yet been confirmed. Robert Downey Jr and Mad Men's Jon Hamm are also rumoured to be under consideration, while Russell Crowe was reportedly in line for the role of the fading older star when news of the project broke last year.
A Star Is Born has already been remade twice. The original 1937 version starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor as an ageing Hollywood actor and the bright young ingenue he takes under his wing. The film was remade in 1954 with James Mason and Judy Garland. Director Frank Pierson had wanted Elvis Presley for the 1976 version, but the singer reportedly turned down the role after being told he would not be given top billing, and it went to Kristofferson.
Eastwood will be taking on a musical for the first time as director, but the veteran actor and film-maker maintains an intense interest in music. His last film where appeared in front of the cameras, Gran Torino, featured Eastwood crooning over the end credits, and he composed scores for his recent films Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Changeling.
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