Category Archives: Music

This is just Gorgeous – iTunes 8 Visualizer

 

Apple really has done some great work by incorporating this third party visualizer. Stunning and just right with every response to every song I play.

Apple iTunes 8.0

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Windows Media Player 11 RTM Now Available for XP x64 and x86

From Microsoft Downloads

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"Windows Media Player 11 offers great new ways to store and enjoy all of your digital media. It’s easier than ever to access all of your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer. Play it, view it, organize it, and sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go, or share with devices around your home – all from one place. Windows Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N."

Download HERE

Update: You can download the x64 build here

Thanks again to Volkan for the tip.

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The Great Disc Debate: Michael Jackson

Forget about the trial. Focus on the music: check out our subjective and opinionated list of Michael’s best and worst albums. Think we’ve got it wrong? Vote for your own best and worst!

 

My favorite of course is Thriller, it is the first and only modern album where every song on the album actually sounds good. Todays albums come with default fillers, from Justin to Britney, even Michael himself has not been able to fully replicate the success of Thriller and he never will!

 

Vote here

 

Yes, I realize he’s in a molestation trial, but the parents I believe are even more guilty than the accused. The 1993 allegations were no secret and that should have been a obvious reference card when planning to send your kids to Neverland. Just take the poll.

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Mariah Carey Premieres New Single Exclusively on MSN Music!

"We Belong Together" Follows "It’s Like That" Collaboration With Jermaine Dupri; Both Videos Shot in Los Angeles by Director Brett Ratner. MSN to Host Online Premiere of "We Belong Together" Video and Offer Exclusive Footage of Star-Studded "The Emancipation of Mimi" Party in April. Mariah Carey Exclusive Is Latest Premiere of Universal Music Group Content on MSN Music.

 

REDMOND, Wash. — Mar. 23, 2005 –Island Def Jam recording artist Mariah Carey is preparing for one of the biggest success stories of her career, as "We Belong Together" jumps out as the second single from "The Emancipation of Mimi," her eagerly anticipated new album, set to arrive in stores April 12. If you want to be the first on your block to own Mariah Carey’s hot new single "We Belong Together," MSN® Music (http://music.msn.com) is the exclusive place to go. Beginning today through April 12, MSN Music is the only place U.S. fans can purchase the single.

 

MSN Music also will host the world online premiere of the "We Belong Together" video in April. The promotional video for "We Belong Together" provides the stunning conclusion to "It’s Like That"; the two videos were filmed together in Los Angeles by famed Hollywood director Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour," "Red Dragon," "After the Sunset"). Ratner last worked with Carey in 1999 on the No. 1 Pop/No. 1 R&B "Heartbreaker" clip.

 

But music and videos aren’t the only treats MSN Music has in store for Mariah Carey fans. In April, MSN Music will offer exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from Mariah Carey’s exclusive, star-studded "The Emancipation of Mimi" party in New York. Expected to attend the party are some of the hottest names in music, film and sports, including Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephon Marbury, Nelly and Vince Carter, among others.

 

"Being Mariah Carey fans ourselves, we’re excited that MSN Music is the only place that people can purchase her new single, see her new video online and get a behind-the-scenes look at her white-hot ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ party," said Rob Bennett, senior director of MSN Entertainment. "MSN Music is about helping music fans find what they love, and Mariah Carey’s fans are among the most devoted in music. We’re thrilled to be working with Universal Music Group to help bring fans closer to Mariah and the many other great Universal artists."

 

Read the rest here

 

I’m a big fan of Mariah Carey, own almost all of her albums from her self titled debut album with classic hits such as Vision of Love, Someday  and I Don’t Want Cry. I have not purchased her last two CD’s Charmbracelet and the Remixes, but I certainly will when Emancipation of Mimi comes out. Two specific Mariah Carey singles I have been dying to get are her Heartbreaker and Always Be My Baby remixes with the defunct female group Xscape, I’m not sure but I think it sampled Jermaine Jackson’s Don’t Take It Personal.

 

Anyway, its nice to cover something other than Windows Longhorn, which I have been covering endlessly since last week.

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Carousel – Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello

I recently purchased Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Special Edition, and got two never released bonus tracks, "After The Dark" and "Carousel".

Carousel, I have to say is my absolute favorite and speaks of a simple life, a guy who has fallen in love with a Circus Girl, wirtten by Michael Sembello, Mr. "Maniac" himself. The song was demoed to be included on the Thriller album, but never made the cut and was substituted with the great "Human Nature", which has been sampled in so many songs.

One drawback though, is that the version of Carousel song by Michael Jackson on the – Thriller (Special Edition), is just a sample 1:49, which is disappointing. But thank goodness for the web. Because I stumbled across a website that informed me that Michael Sembello’s website has the full version, sung by MJ 3:57 and the demo version sung by Sembello himself, which is superb for a demo by the way. Its a great a sung and can be downloaded for free.

Download Michael Jackson – Carousel here
Download Michael Sembello – Carousel [demo] here

Also check out his website, he has other music there for download: Michael Sembello

Great music like this should never be lost or hidden!

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I want a Jukebox for Christmas, please.

The rage in the music and technology industry continues to bring some very innovative and exciting products to market. From Dell to Creative to the ringleader Apple have introduced some really smart devices that hypnotize users into to emptying their pockets or life savings.

 

Microsoft has been working closely with some manufacturers such as Samsung to bring cool all in one devices such as the  Portable media devices that aim to integrate digital media from Music to Moviws into a device that works in total harmony with your PC, specifically if its running Windows Media Player 10 or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

 

I want one, but I will wait until Longhorn comes out, but that time we should see Generation 2 or 3 of these devices are way superior than they are now. Plus, I don’t have $500 to spree on one thing.

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