Taylor Swift Prompts A Change By Apple Music

After Taylor Swift spoke out against the about to be launched Apple Music’s plan to pay only 71% of royalties due during their free three month trial period, the company has done an about face. They now will back off that plan in their payment of artists, labels, and songwriters.
Also thrown into the mix are indie music labels accusing Apple of trying to strong arm them into becoming participants in their new Apple Music streaming service that is similar to Spotify reports Brad Reifler.
Last fall Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify because she did not want to give her music away virtually free.
Swift expressed her concerns about Apple’s agreement, and they quickly announced that they have reconsidered their policy. Details of the revamp were not announced.
Apple Music will launch on June 30th. Its major rival will be Spotify. They have 75 million users, but on 20 million pay for their premium subscription. Industry observers will be watching to see how many internet music consumers will be willing to pay for their music.

Getting to Know Renowned Plastic Surgeon Rod Rohrich

Rod Rohrich has for many years been known as one of the premier plastic surgeons in the U.S. His status was cemented last year when he was recognized in the prestigious listing of top surgeons by D, the Dallas-based cultural magazine. Beyond his surgical practice, Dr. Rohrich is known for his many writings, lectures and media appearances, and for his notable philanthropic activities.
Originally from North Dakota, young Rod received his education at the college and university level in his home state before receiving his medical degree from Baylor University, in Texas. Completing his general and surgical residency requirements at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he obtained additional training at Oxford University, in England, and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rohrich joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1986, where he would for more than two decades serve as the chairman of its plastic surgery department.
His specialty areas include breast reduction and body contouring.
Dr. Rohrich has been at the center of many advances in plastic surgery throughout his medical career, helping in the discovery of new techniques and procedures in such areas as facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty. His work has in fact been credited with making these and other forms of plastic surgery safer and more efficient. He even has a patent on a particular type of breast implant. In additional to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Rohrich has been part of numerous medical organizations, including the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery, which he helped establish, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. In terms of leadership roles, he has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Many of the contributions made by Dr. Rohrich to the field of plastic surgery have come in the form of writings and other presentations. In addition to serving as editor of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he has published five textbooks and written hundreds of separate articles on the subject. His name has appeared in such publications as Newsweek magazine and the New York Times, and he has been seen on such television programs as “The Today Show” and “The View.”
In terms of helping others, Dr. Rohrich has served on the board of directors of the March of Dimes and the Dallas chapter of the American Cancer Society. He and his physician-wife Diane are members of the Dallas for Children Foundation, which is dedicated to the developmental needs of underprivileged youngsters. Dr. Rohrich is himself the father of two children.

Bonnaroo is Always Amazing This Year Was No Different

Bonnaroo was amazing this year. Billy Joel tore up the stage pleasing the crowd for a hundred and 20 minutes with a 21 song salute if you will packed with his greatest hits and then some. For all you Kacey Musgrave fans. You know that she has passion about Bonnaroo and in case you didn’t know she had no problem shutting out I cuss word love you so much. She performed a 75 minute show. Musgrave performed a mix of music such as these boots are made for walking, no scrubs and three little birds. Holding true to the mix of music genres created by Bonnaroo she blended some of it all while on stage. According to Topix, one of the most notable improvements was Kendrick Lamar who had his first gig at Bonnaroo in 2012. Is Compton rapper has changed dropped his first unreleased tracks such as good kid and m.A.A.d. This year he grabbed the crowd when he performed the song not once but twice exploding each time with more energy. Bonnaroo helps to blend great music from across the board together in one place to promote a common goal. That goal is to have fun! If you were one of the lucky ones who attended this year’s Bonnaroo then you know just what I am talking about.

Haidar Barbouti’s Highland Village

If there is one thing that Haidar Barbouti is good at, it is providing a great shopping experience for customers. One approach that Barbouti took in making sure that the shopping experience was unmatched was that he made sure that there was nothing “cookie-cutter” about the shopping center. He not only made sure that it was unique center for retail, but also made it so anyone could reach it. It is also maintained in order to keep a high end appeal to it. After all, not very many people love to shop at a run down area.

Another factor that makes Highland Village such a great place to shop is Barbouti’s focus on his own shopping center. As a matter of fact, he never really paid any thought to what any neighboring center was doing. He focused completely on what he wanted to do for his own shopping center. As a matter of fact, he focused on “reinventing the wheel” whenever someone new came in to open up shop.

Haidar Barbouti has expressed his passion about making sure that no two shops or businesses are the same. He wants to make sure each tenant express his or her own individuality. He also is passionate about keeping a balance as it comes to the center. He doesn’t want to overdo the work put into the property and destroy the soul. He also is not interested in keeping it historic and removing its ability to evolve.

One thing that adds to the appeal of Highland Village is that it has buildings from different time periods. This gives it a certain allure that many people respond to. Barbouti has provided a lot of benefit towards the shopping center that he has owned for more than 20 years. It is safe to say that he will be providing a lot more innovations for times to come.

James Taylor, Still Going Strong

Singer and songwriter, James Taylor has just released his first album in 13 years according to Rolling Stone Magazine. The five time Grammy Award winner is feeling nostalgic with his newest release, “Before This World.” The fabulous Mr. Taylor touches his roots with tunes reminiscent of his older political work, but he also offers a touch of the Celtic folk sound.

James Taylor started his career in 1966 after a struggle with a heroin addiction, and aside from his award winning “Fire and Rain,” his brooding style can be heard in “Something in The Way She Moves” by Harrison, where he is credited with writing the haunting first line of that vocal. His “You’ve Got a Friend,” featured Joni Mitchell, and won Carole King song of the year. His rendition of “Handy Man” won him the Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocalist. Zeca Oliveira got the chance to speak with Taylor about his struggles in this video.

His career, spanning 49 years, is still going strong, and his new work is just as powerful as his old hits. Among his many awards are honorary doctorates from Williams College and the Berklee School of Music.

Carrie Underwood Wins again at CMT Music Awards

Country music performer Carrie Underwood won in tree different categories at the 2015 CMT Music Awards.Her three awards were all related to videos she has made recently. Underwood, who has won at the CMT Awards many times in the past, is now the most winning artist in the show’s history.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, Underwood is a terrific performer who makes great videos. On the other hand, in my opinion, she’s not really doing anything new or innovative. She’s pretty and performs well, but I’ve rarely seen her take any risks artistically. I don’t feel like she’s grown much as an artist since she became famous performing on the fourth season of American Idol.

Also, her winning so many CMT awards just goes to show how the show rarely takes any risks, as Gianfrancesco Genoso will point out. The same established artists often win, and Underwood is an example of this. I’d like to see some newer and edgier artists get their moments in the sun.

The Amazing Success of Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre has managed to close great deals during his career. He has become a mogul that seems to keep getting great breaks. He is known for Beats by Dre, but this just one of many successful ventures that Dr. Dre spearheaded.

Everyone knows Dr. Dre as the guy that has come from Compton with N.W.A. to start hardcore rap. Mikal Watts remembers him in his early days. He would stay with this group for a while before he departed and decided to go out on his own. He would find a lot of success as a solo artist, but he would realize that much of his success was linked to finding other artists. In the beginning he would connect with Snoop and provide a lot of strong hip hop content that samples the P-Funk George Clinton era. His success would be realized as a beat maker and hip hop producer as he continued his reign in the limelight.

He would make lots of money for Suge Knight as Dre turned out hits for Snoop, Tupac and other lesser known artists on the Death Row label. This still was just a small portion of what he would tackle. He would also launch careers for 50 Cent and Eminem.

Taylor Swift And Katy Perry

If you have been paying attention to celebrity gossip lately, then you probably know about the alleged fued between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. You most likely know that Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood” is supposedly about this singer, and that the two of them are believed to be avoiding each other says Alexei Beltyukov.
So, the news that Katy Perry is releasing a song titled “1984” shouldn’t really surprise you. She is most likely trying to steal some of the attention from Taylor Swift’s album 1989.
This fight has been going on long enough already, but if it brings us some good music, who are we to complain? Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood” is an amazing piece, and any song that Katy Perry could record to spite her is sure to be amazing, as well. Maybe this fued between the two of them will get us a lot of good music.

Iggy Azalea Has Cancelled Her Tour Completely

Nick Jonas was one of the opening acts for her tour, and he moved on to start working on other projects, including his own upcoming tour. Iggy Azalea’s Tour. Many expected that Iggy would be starting the tour in September, but now the tour has been completely scrapped. Iggy has finally explained why she has canceled the tour, but many are skeptical if what she is saying is the truth. Iggy had postponed the tour in the first place because she didn’t feel she would be able to put on a show that was worthy of her fans.

After additional time had passed, Iggy is now saying that the entire tours is canceled because in keeping the current schedule, she wouldn’t be able to start the tour until very late in the year. Iggy has decided to scrap the entire tour, and she will be adding new music to another tour that she may be doing in 2016. Iggy will be coming out with an album in the future, and she plans to have her newest music on the upcoming tour. Any fans who have paid money for their tour tickets, they will be refunded in full if they return their tickets where they bought them at.

Elvis Pressley Named “Music Icon” with Postage Stamp

Elvis Presley will be receiving the honor of having a “Forever Stamp” dedicated to him.  According to the Post Office, the series began in 2013 to honor “beloved musicians whose blends of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries.” Inductees that came before Presley are Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Lydia Mendoza.

Elvis Presley’s home estate, Graceland, will be hosting a first day of issue party on August 12th, 2015. The dedication ceremony will be part of their annual “Elvis Week” celebrations. Elvis fans can spread the word on social media using the hashtag #elvisforever, however, the image of the stamp won’t be available for viewing until a later date.

As the king of rock and roll, Alexei Beltyukov observed that this isn’t the first time Elvis Presley has been honored this way.