‘Closer’ by the Chainsmokers Becomes Diamond-Certified

Posted on December 03, 2018

Two years after its official release, ‘Closer’ managed over 10 million unit shipments. This feat has made the Chainsmokers/Halsey-made single to bag a diamond certification. The news first appeared on the Instagram pages of both Halsey and the Chainsmokers after they posted photos of the plaques. By having a highly-coveted diamond single, the Chainsmokers have proved to be successful in their work.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had certified the song multi-platinum (seven times platinum) in March 2017. Now the radio banger has hit ten times platinum (diamond), although the RIAA are yet to update their website with this information. When Halsey and the Chainsmokers released their song, it quickly bolted to Hot 100’s top song (2016).

The dance-pop would remain in that position longer than anybody expected. In other consecutive frames, ‘Closer’ ruled the all-genre singles and became one of US history’s fourth longest-running #1 hits. It tied in that position with other blockbuster releases.

The US society does not fail to reward any significant work. With that said, ‘Closer’ has bagged a couple of awards. These awards made it earn a nomination to the Grammy’s Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance category. Unfortunately, it has not yet won any Grammy as that particular year it lost to “Stressed Out,” which was a surprise hit by Twenty One Pilots. Still, it is a Chainsmoker’s song that continues to rack up streams, radio plays, and sales.

Other than a Grammy nomination, ‘Closer’ has been the #1 longest-running hit in Billboard’s chart of Hot/ Dance/ Electronic songs up until recently. “The Middle,” a song by Grey, Maren Morris, and Zedd dethroned it a few months ago.

“Closer” is not the first song by the Chainsmokers to become a top-ten hit. The due have a handful of songs that have done quite well. Even so, “Closer” is the tune that has pushed Chainsmokers over the edge, making them true superstars. The American production/ DJ duo consists of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The pair creates songs in genres such as pop, electropop, and electronic dance music. They have won the Grammy’s Best Dance Recording Awards, an American Music Award, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and many Billboard Awards.


Clayton Hutson the Brilliant Musician

Posted on October 10, 2018

Clayton Hutson is a Glendale, native of California and is currently working in Hollywood as a production assistant. He prefers working in the biz because it permits him to learn more as an actor. By actualizing the skills of performance, it is essential to know what production company wants, from audiences to showrunners as Clayton puts across. Hutson has been involved with scenes of music since his childhood. After long years of dedication and hard work, he has been able to transform his passion into a career. Hutson is an expert whereby he practices as a tour producer, stage manager, and a sound engineer.

In his career, he has worked with populists such as Hasley, Kid Rock, and Pink. Working with a lot of dedication, Clayton has been able to succeed in his day to day activities. He has ultimately been called to the altar of rock and roll. Prior to setting foot on his path, he has had some very good experience in live entertainment and tour production. He has successfully perfected his skills in every goings-on he got when he was employed in the big companies. One of his characteristics is taking risk whereby he felt he was competent enough to start his own production management company.

During the day, he engages in practices such as stage management which he does with a lot of passion. He cherishes adequate preparation to maximize productivity in addition to ensuring that he lessens chances of errors arising. Hutson envisions every idea of lighting, sounding, and designing on the stage. He likes to embrace any technological advancement that comes in the music industry so as to walk in the same level as other influential producers. Hutson does not believe in luck but puts trust in the philosophy of commitment to thrive and achieve his life goals. His iPhone has really assisted him to promote his services where he updates his posts on various social media areas with the objective of getting massive traffic. Clayton advice to upcoming entrepreneurs is to be always hard working, and never to pay attention to minor issues. That will help them to produce top-notch quality stuff which is the goal of everyone in the sector.



The Chainsmokers Hot New Sound

Posted on May 03, 2018

Do you like to listen to music? Do you have a favorite artist or have a favorite band? Have you ever heard of The Chainsmokers? If you haven’t heard about this dynamic duo, then you must be living under a rock. The Chainsmokers has been on a tear over the past 24 months. The duo sounds completely different from anything else that’s on the market, and it produces a lot of dance tracks. In addition to that, the duo has thrown in some ballads for added balance. Just recently, this EDM-pop duo has introduced its brand new sound, and it has created plenty of chatter.

The two bandmates, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, has dropped their new single “Sick Boy,” and it’s tearing-up the charts. This track has a much darker tone than the duo is use to bringing, but it sounds really good. Taggart’s strong vocals seem to glide along perfectly with the silky smooth instrumentals, which are stronger in-depth. “Sick Boy” shows the evolution of the band and how each individual has grown since the band’s inception. Taggart once stated, “anger and frustration went into making this song.” Though the duo has been blessed with enormous success, there will always be some kind of backlash and criticism for any artist. Taggart feels like he, and his bandmate has been viewed as a caricature by certain music columnists. At times in the music business, it’s hard to get around projections, and it can be hard trying to explain otherwise.

This darker tone of music is really hitting home with the band’s huge fan-base. America seems to be in a dark place right about now and music can certainly provide a temporary escape. In the end, this chart-topping duo will continue to do what it has already done in the past and that’s by making hit records that straddles the fence.


Chainsmokers Attempt New Music Style

Posted on March 27, 2018

The DJ phenomenon Chainsmokers is finally returning to give their fans some new music. The duo just released the song Closer, which features twenty year old song writing sensation Halsey. This time around however Chainsmokers are doing things in just a little different fashion. With Closer the duo is not just providing a beat they are attaching vocals. That in itself is not the surprise. The surprise is the Chainsmokers have elected to sing the vocals themselves. The group has had along burning passion to make themselves standout from similar artists. Perhaps even more importantly, Chainsmokers wants to make their music more personal and connect even more with their audience.

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have gone in a new direction with their new music. Closer is a departure from recent releases like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” The Duo recently shared a little about how they got started in music and how their journey has led them to where they are now. Both had an interest in DJing from a young age. Alex got his starts with side work in New York City. The passion to make a living with music was always there. Soon after meeting Andrew, Pall decided to make the jump and go at DJing full time. Andrew himself had been interning at Interscope, before partnering up with Alex Pall.

When speaking about the new direction Alex and Andrew had much to say. They had a long history of working with songwriters but had never really shared their own feelings. They didn’t want just another collection of songs, they wanted music that was about them and what they were feeling. The concept was unique, but one they were really intrigued by. Chainsmokers has a desire to keep pushing themselves and trying new things. Their latest work is proof of their success.


Sergio Cortes: The Michael Jackson Impersonator

Posted on September 29, 2015

The death of Michael Jackson left many his fans sad with only flashes of his good performances in their mind. The death was a surprise to most of the people as it left just the memories of the good performances and great music Michael Jackson offered. One cannot forget the iconic Michael Jackson voice, tricks as well as the dance movements including the moonwalk that made his shows stand out from the rest of the pack of musicians. Furthermore, Michael Jackson’s dress code starting from the shoes to the flashy costumes that his fans used to distinguish him with from his fellow entertainers.

Sergio Cortes, the Michael Jackson Impersonator, is one of the people in the world today keeping the memories of Michael Jackson alive. Most of the people view Sergio as the best Michael Jackson impersonators because he looks just as the replica of the musical maestro. Sergio’s hair, as well as the skin complexion, is the eye-catching to most people, making them relate him to the legendary entertainer. However, the looks are not the only thing that gives him the cutting edge to be the best Michael Jackson impersonator but also his passion and love for the King of Pop.

Sergio Cortes’ mother cites that her son was a great fan of the King of Pop from when Cortes was a kid. She goes back to the memory lane during the band days of the Jackson 5. She recalls how Cortes used to watch on TV presentations of Jackson 5 and how he used to pay much attention to the lead singer of the band. Her memories of Cortes childhood makes her conclude that Michael Jackson entered Cortes’ life during the period of the Jackson 5 band. Additionally, she recalls when Cortes was a teenager as he was requested to take some pictures by a reporter characterized as Michael Jackson. Therefore, it is clear as crystal that the Michael Jackson character grew gradually in Sergio Cortes’ life from his childhood.

The role Sergio Cortes has as Michael Jackson impersonator as turn to be a career. Recently, Sergio Cortes has attended some concerts. Cortes is Destiny Project’s client, a company that focuses on managing artistic development. Sergio Cortes participated in a tribute to Jackson in Madrid in 2012 where he recreated all of Jackson’s best songs. Cortes recent project is a two-hour performance Human Nature Live Show in Italy.

Truly, Sergio Cortes is not only the Michael Jackson Impersonator but also an individual who rekindles the memory of the King of Pop.

An Interview With Depeche Mode Guitarist

Posted on March 23, 2015

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about the seminal Depeche Mode record Violator. The article is part of the 25th anniversary of the release of the record this year and in it Rolling Stone interviews Martin Gore, the guitar player for the band and writer of all the songs on the album.

Gore talks about the song “Personal Jesus” and says that he wrote it after reading a book by Priscilla Presley stated Alexei Beltyukov. The book is about her life with Elvis and she portrays him as being almost like a god. The song was a huge hit for Depeche Mode at the time, and it has been covered by many different artists. Interestingly enough, Gore’s favorite cover of the song is by Johnny Cash who was a friend of Elvis.

Gore talks about how the band recorded the record in Milan. He said it’s amazing they got anything done since they were out partying every night.

I am glad that Depeche Mode is getting the critical praise they deserve. When Violator came out in 1990, many people just wrote it off as vapid synthpop. The depth of influence the record has had over the years – artists as diverse as Susan Boyle and Sammy Hagar have covered its songs – shows that this is far from true.

Want to Be a Rap Star? Raekwon Will Review Your Tape!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Aspiring rap and hip-hop artists, take notice! Fans at Anastasia Date have heard that rap star Raekwon announced that he will review tapes submitted by potential up and coming artists. Visit Anastasia Date on Twitter.

The catch is, that like most musical endeavors, a little bit of money is involved.

“Those who donate $200 toward funding ‘The Purple Tape Files’ can submit a mixtape and I will review it personally,” Rae announced, via the project’s fan page. ‘The Purple Tape Files’ is a documentary surrounding the creation of the rapper’s album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” The album and documentary feature fellow rapper, Ghostface Killah.

“After I review the tracks, I’ll help bring some of the favorite artists into the studio,” Rae continued.

‘The Purple Tape Files’ is a crowdfunded project.

The fundraising efforts has a tiered reward system. Those who pledge funds to the project can receive something simple, such as stickers, or for the right price backers can spend a day with Raekwon.

Love and Theft A Night They Will Never Forget

Posted on February 23, 2015

Having a hit single on the country charts does not guarantee anyone a superstar career. A career in the complex entertainment business can push even the most seasoned country music performers to the breaking point.

After three unsuccessful records, much to the disappointment of Ray Lane, RCA dropped Love and Theft from their label. Love and Theft were left scratching their heads wondering how they had gone from being an Academy of Country Music nominated duo, who toured with heavy hitter Tim McGraw to becoming an unsigned independent act. When they released their record Runnin’ Out of Air, it barely charted on the Billboard Top 40 Chart. Ty debuted at Number 60 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts, and Number 50 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Their single If You Ever Get Lonely did not fair well either debuting at Number 50 on the Hot Country songs chart in 2013. After several failed singles ,they went into the studio and recorded Night That You’ll Never Forget

The song did not move past the Number 34 position on the US Country AirPlay chart, despite the who’s who music video the duo shot to help boost the songs flailing ratings. RCA executives cut ties with the duo, in true music industry fashion. Their manager Ken Levitan broke the news to the duo in an email that simply stated “Gary is dropping you”. RCA label head Gary Overton added insult to injury when the duo was notified the album they had finished recording for RCA was not going to be released. Due to right issues they will not be able to use those songs elsewhere.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dead at 70

Posted on December 22, 2014

Legendary singer/songwriter, Joe Cocker, passed away today. In a statement released by his agent, Barrie Marshall, the entertainer died from an illness that has yet to be disclosed, though it is suspected that it was a type of lung illness. Cocker was 70 years old. Today he leaves behind a legacy composed of 40 years in the music industry, working with such major tour sponsors as Slow Ventures along the way..

Cocker was famous for his gritty voice and his covers of popular pop songs including those originated by The Beetles. Born in 1944 as John Robert Cocker, he was the youngest son of a civil servant and a large family. After starting several bands as a youth and going through different musical styles, he first reached fame in the 1960’s and escalated to worldwide fame with his cover of the famous Beetles song, With a Little Help From My Friends, the version that eventually became the theme song for the show, The Wonder Years.

In 1973, he reached number five on the US charts with his cover of Dennis Wilson and Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful. Cocker also did some film work, recording the duet, Up Where We Belong with singer Jennifer Warnes, for the An Officer and a Gentleman soundtrack. The song was a hit, reaching number one and winning Cocker a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

All in all, Cocker released over twenty studio albums and his unique voice and eclectic musical styles will be sorely missed.

Could We See Oprah In A Superhero Film?

Posted on December 22, 2014

If DC comics has it way, Susan McGalla may seen see the wonderful and talented Oprah Winfrey in their next superstar film.

DC is currently working on filling up and rounding out the cast for Suicide Squad, a Avenger type movie that brings multiple superheroes, and villains, from the DC world together to star in a movie that will finally shine some Hollywood light on the DC world. The DC world has been holding back on putting all of their characters together in one film. However, DC has to keep up with Marvel, and Marvel has shown with their Avenger movie that putting superheroes together results in a super movie.

One of the few parts that has not been cast yet in the upcoming Suicide Squad is the role of Amanda Waller. In the DC world, Amanda Waller is the bomb. In the DC world, she is the most powerful woman in the world. If DC could get Oprah to play Amanda Waller, it would be almost miring her real world success. Oprah is one of the most powerful women in the world, so it seems only fitting that she should play Amanda Waller.

Plus, it would be a huge coup if DC could get Oprah to star in their movie. Even though they already have household names like Will Smith and Jared Leto on board, having Oprah on board would expand the potential audience for this movie. Oprah would bring out fans who may never otherwise be tempted to step inside the DC universe to hit the movie theaters.