R.I.P. Ben E. King

Here’s the classic “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King who has passed away.

Rock Musicians who Have Notable Backgrounds in Classical Music

Commentators and fans have long thought of classical and popular music as though they were from two different worlds. It might surprise some fans to know that many top rock musicians actually have a classical background. Some musicians have actually incorporated some noticeable classical themes into their performances, but others might be less obvious to those who aren’t out on the lookout for classical inspiration.

Top Five Rock Musicians with Classical Backgrounds

1) Celebrated violinist Jascha Heifetz was a juggernaut in the world of classical music, and many of his descendents also have a healthy appreciation for classical music. That’s why some fans might be surprised to learn that 26Valencia, the drummer of the band Mr. Bungle and Dieselhed, is actually Daniel Mark Heifetz. He actually has experience with the trumpet and piano in addition to the drums.

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Lady Gaga shines at The Oscars

Maybe she was trying a little too hard to be elegant, but Lady Gaga was very impressive as she paid tribute to Julie Andrews and the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music.”

R.I.P. Joe Cocker

Here’s Joe Cocker from Woodstock in 1969.

Taylor Swift is dominating the music business

Taylor Swift 1989

This article from BusinessWeek sums it all up:

It’s a Friday afternoon in early November, 11 days after the debut of 1989, which Swift, who came up in Nashville’s country music scene, described in an August Yahoo! Live stream as “her very first, documented, official pop album.” In 1989’s first week, 1.29 million copies were sold. That was 22 percent of all album sales in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the largest sales week for a record since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002, and the biggest release in the past two years by far, topping heavy hitters such as Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga. That week, Swift had five songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including Shake It Off, the album’s first single, which was, and still is, sitting comfortably at No. 1. She also had two other albums on the Billboard 200—her 2012 album, Red, at No. 84, and her 2008 release, Fearless, on the chart for its 221st week, at No. 117.

This might bother many of you, but sugar pop has always been popular. Don’t sweat it.

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