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Freddie Mercury Biopic To Go Into Production

freddie mercuryFreddie Mercury is a legend. We all know it; always have, and probably always will.

For years, a biopic about the icon has been in the works, and has apparently found new life. Sony has brought on Oscar nominated Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) to write the script, according to The Tracking Board.

Sascha Baron Cohen will no longer be playing Mercury, and Sony quickly scooped up Ben Whishaw (Spectre, Cloud Atlas), who is still on board to play the Queen frontman, alongside Johnny Flynn as Roger Taylor and Gemma Arterton as Mary Austin, Mercury’s longtime partner.

Production is set to begin in June of next year.

 

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Adam Lambert Announces New Album

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Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert has just announced that he will release his highly anticipated third studio album The Original High, on June 16th, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records. The album as recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, California with Max Martin and Shellback as executive producers (Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Pink, etc.), displaying a fresh sound for Lambert, and includes collaborations with Tove Lo and Brian May from Queen (full track listing below). The album’s first single, “Ghost Town,” releases to radio and will be available on all digital retailers today.

Lambert is also set to make a number of national television appearance in support of the upcoming release, so keep your televisions tuned in! You can see him first on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 30th.

Pre-orders for the album kick off today, and you’ll receive an instant download of “Ghost Town.” You can pre-order HERE.

The Original High Track Listing:

1.Ghost Town

2. The Original High

3. Another Lonely Night

4. Underground

5. There I Said It

6. Rumors (featuring Tove Lo)

7. Evil in the Night

8. Lucy (featuring Brian May)

9. Things I Didn’t Say

10. The Light

11. Heavy Fire

12. After Hours – Available on Deluxe Editions

13. Shame – Available on Deluxe Editions

14. These Boys – Available on Deluxe Editions

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Motivation Monday Playlist

Monday Blues dragging you down? Well, flip that around: Mondays are all about motivation, and what better to get you pumped up than a great playlist? Hopefully, these tunes will brighten your busy day and add a little fuel to your fire.

 

“Centuries” – Fall Out Boy  

 

“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen (or McFly, depending on if you want the original or a great cover)

 

“Legendary” – The Summer Set

 

“Last Hope” – Paramore

 

“Angel With a Shotgun” – The Cab

 

“Proved You Wrong” – Cassadee Pope

 

“Don’t Give Up On Us” – The Maine

 

“My Body” – Young The Giant

 

“The Adventure” – Angels and Airwaves

 

“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and The Machine

 

Like this playlist? Let me know in the comments below (or in a message if you’re shy!) and tell me what you want to see for next Motivational Monday!

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Panic! At The Disco Covers Queen (Live Video)

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As a huge Queen fan, I admit to being pretty dismissive of covers. However, if there was one band I think could pull off a Queen track, it would be Panic! At The Disco. Throughout the This Is Gospel tour, the band covered “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Today, a live video was released and it is perfection. Check it out below:

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Fifty-Six

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Before I begin, Happy Father’s Day, to those of you celebrating. I hope you all have a great day!

…and here’s hoping I have a great playlist to listen to. The 80s are leaving me feeling a little up in the air currently, so I’m crossing my fingers that today is a good one!

1. Girls On Film – Duran Duran

I really like Duran Duran. Some of their songs are awesome. Sadly, “Girls On Film” is not one of them. I have never been a fan of this track, and this last year, I have been forced to sit through it far too many times than is favorable. I just think it’s monotonous. While they made such an impact in the history of music videos, this is also a video that is seems to be overly hyper-sexualized.

2. I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Now this is a good one. It’s one of the ultimate badass soundtracks, as well as being ridiculously catchy. “So put another dime in the jukebox baby,” is an iconic refrain, not unlike the artist. Jett is synonymous with boldness, and this song is a perfect showcasing of that.

3. Mickey – Toni Basil

The beginning of bubblegum pop as we know it. I would dare say that everyone knows the chorus to this song without even having to think about it. This is basically cheerleading if every cheerleader downed a case of Red Bull before the show. It’s catchy and silly, and perfectly mindless after a stressful day.

4. Computer Love – Kraftwerk

This was the over-done, technological disaster I’d feared. I was not into this song at all. It just seemed very pointless.

5. O Superman – Laurie Anderson

The beginning sounds like a squeaky door or something rubber rubbing against a wooden floor. However, it soon forms an acapella/computer mix that provides a rhythm, but then it goes back to that irritating, irate sound. Way too over done and boring as hell. I wanted a bit of something that displayed vocal ability, not just spoken word reiterated by Microsoft Sam.

6. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Who doesn’t love Phil Collins? Who doesn’t love this song? It’s brilliant! I don’t care if it’s Collins or Mike Tyson singing it, you’re most likely singing along. While the vocals are spectacular anyway, it’s Collins’ drumming that steals the show on this track.

7. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

Seeing Stevie Nicks on the list usually means good lyrics and powerful vocals, which, after the last disaster, I was in desperate need of. “Edge of Seventeen” is one of those classic tunes that is power-packed with attitude. It’s the one everyone seems to know on some level, with a great, catchy style to it. I could easily listen to this on repeat.

8. Via con me – Paolo Conte

Once you hear this tune, you’ll recognize it. It sounds like something from the late 40s/early-50s, as opposed to the 80s. Paolo Conte’s vocals are superb, and the overall tone of the song is gorgeous. This on repeat, please!

9. Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie

Don’t even try to lie and say you don’t automatically know the musical introduction of this song. It’s ICONIC. Two legends coming together in one spectacular track. It’s pleading, catchy, and powerful. It is impossible to hear this song and forget about it; memorability is a large factor in this song.

10. Our Lips Are Sealed – Go-Go’s

The same act that brought “We Got The Beat” to fame, the Go-Go’s were bubblegum. The bass and the guitar seem to play off of each other and the result is an amped up sound that is infectious.

 

Overall, this playlist was enjoyable. So far, the 80s seems to go through phases of “Yes, this is perfect” and “God, no, please don’t ever make a noise like this ever again.” I am sincerely hoping for less of the latter and more of the former. Anyways, happy Father’s Day to all the dads/grandfathers out there! Here’s me and my grandad:

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day 49 – Sunday, Bloody Sunday

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Sundays. Parts of me loves them and parts of me despises them. I love them because, hello, it’s Sunday. I despise them because they’re over too soon and the next day is Monday. My hope is that this playlist will make me forget that fact and just enjoy the morning hours. Cross your fingers for me!

1. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

What a great way to start off the day and the playlist! This song is for those nights where you’re so amped up, you just want something silly to listen to that will amplify that feeling. Hell, I get giddy just seeing the title of this song. I love it! I also love that the book mentions McFly’s spectacular 2006 cover of this song. Freddie Mercury wrote/vocalized some of the world’s greatest songs, and this song is no exception. And hello, Brian May’s solo is EPIC.

2. Teenage Kicks – The Undertones

I feel like I enjoyed this song, even if the vocals were a little bizarre in some parts. The chorus sounds a lot more like something from the 60s, but there is a punk element that makes the song irresistible.

3. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester

I made the mistake of watching the video for this. Never again will I make that error in judgement. However, this is a great song, and Sylvester James has epic vocal capabilities, which seem to match perfectly with the bass and the synthesizers. He does falsetto without making it sound irritating, which is all the more reason to adore him.

4. Human Fly – The Cramps

A very bizarre song. The vocals gave me the creeps, and further solidified the idea that this song is fit for a horror movie, B-rated or otherwise.

5. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – The Jacksons

Of course, The Jacksons (previously The Jackson 5) knew what they were doing when it came to producing quality material. But Michael Jackson continually stole the show, regardless of the group’s name. His vocals are impeccable, and this track is no exception, showing major changes in his overall tone; no longer the high-pitched child star, this is where you can see the beginnings of his solo career taking shape, in my opinion.

6. (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I really wasn’t too crazy about this track, which I find strange, considering how much I enjoy Elvis Costello. Musically, the song is very well done, and it’s still pretty good vocally, but the chorus isn’t a favorite. I do like the song, but I’m not as into it as I would have thought.

7. One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic

While I prefer rock and roll over disco, there’s something very soulful in the vocals of this track, and the clapping and steady beat are enough to make this song more than tolerable. It’s an interesting listen, to say the least. I love the back and fourth vocal arrangement between the three vocalists. It’s not messy, as you’d think, but very…cohesive, for lack of a better word.

8. Das Model – Kraftwerk

So. Much. Synth. I just didn’t enjoy this. It’s a bit to “futuristic” for my tastes, if I’m honest. 

9. Shot By Both Sides – Magazine

I love the lyrical concept of this (if you don’t pick a side, you’ll get shot by both), but the actual sound of this song gives me a headache. Vocally, it’s shotty at best, which is a real shame, considering the amazing guitar solo.

10. Public Image – Public Image Ltd.

Ah, a good old song about the manipulation the media has on people. This is so different from The Sex Pistols, it’s not even funny; Johnny Rotten, going back to being called Johnny Lydon, succeeded in making his own mark. The song is noisy and full of angst. This is punk, ladies and gentlemen.

 

Today was a mixed bag. I love that the playlist started off with Queen though. Sundays should always start like that…unless, you know, it’s some ungodly hour like 6:30 AM. I am finding that there are more songs I’m not enjoying, and I think that just shows I’m moving into the timeframe that I really am familiar with. We shall see what Day 50 brings! Halfway to heaven!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Forty-Two

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Today, I haven’t peeked at the songs coming up, so I know nothing about what I am about to endure. I’d love to say that I know today’s going to be great or that today’s really going to suck, but I don’t. But I have hope for today’s playlist, and the next fifty-eight, to be entirely honest.

 

1. Kalimankou Denkou – Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares

Strange. Beautiful. Alien. There is something entrancing about this song…even if it does kind of sound like the early form of auto tune mixed with Shakira’s vocals. The harmonies sound like they’ve been ripped straight from the choir at the back of a large church, and they leave a definite mark on your mind once you’ve heard this track. I don’t know if I’d say I love it, but I can definitely appreciate its beauty, even if I wouldn’t play it on repeat.

2. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear

For a moment,  I thought that the writers of the 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die book had mixed up the artist’s name with the song title. Shows you how many times I’ve listened to their music, doesn’t it? A classic reggae tune, you can definitely hear the influence Bob Marley had on Burning Spear. It’s a decent track to listen to, painting  picture of political activism, all set to a catchy beat.

3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Can we just take a moment to respect all that is Freddie Mercury? He was a vocal god, and this track showcases that beautifully. I love this song. Seven minutes of pure magic. It is truly timeless. It’s theatrical and lively, and just god damn impressive. I can say quite truthfully that this song has a special spot in my heart, as it has been present in many of my memories. I adore this song, and I daresay this is my favorite playlist day, just because this is featured.

4. Gloria – Patti Smith

Now this song was odd to me. From Patti Smith’s style, to the lust-filled lyrics, this was aggressive on a whole new level, even to me. I wasn’t huge on the song, although I do love the line, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” I just think the vocals are a bit ridiculous and noisy, if I’m truthful. I couldn’t listen to this on repeat, or at least, not this version. Sweet baby Jesus, no.

5. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan

Talk about an autobiographical track. When songwriters document their pain, their happiness, or even, in this case, ten years of a relationship, I find it incredible that they can pack all of that into a few minutes of music. It’s very simple, musically, but the level of emotion in each verse is extraordinary. I love the bouncing in time, and the shift of, “I love you, I love you not…”

6. Walk This Way – Aerosmith

Another classic! No one can forget Steven Tyler’s screeching vocals and the pure attitude in this song. I can remember being eleven and playing this with my best friend at the time. It was on our Get Ready playlist before we went out anywhere.

7. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

I’ve never been a Pink Floyd fan. My grandad is, but I’ve never really been able to listen to them without rolling my eyes. However, even if I have to admit that these lyrics read like poetry and the simple guitar does kind of pull you in, enveloping you in a sound that is both comforting and jarring. I hate to admit it, but I actually really enjoyed this song. Maybe that’s the beauty in this challenge; a change in perspective and even in esteem for a band.

8. Time of The Preacher – Willie Nelson

This is a decent song, with a typically laid out country music narrative. Willie Nelson can definitely spin a story alongside a tune, but all I can honestly think when I listen to Willie Nelson is: “weed” and “braids.”

9. Rimmel – Francesco De Gregori

Sometimes a breakup song isn’t necessarily sad or a blissful “kiss my ass.” Sometimes, the tune is bittersweet, as in this scenario. Vocally, it’s beautiful and it would seem De Gregori’s words roll straight off of his tongue without much thought. However, the thing I most loved about this tune was the stunning melodies on the piano.

10. Born To Be With You – Dion

There is something intriguing and powerful about this song, although the introduction does kind of scream “karaoke background music,” up until that saxophone comes sweeping in and saves it. Vocally, the song definitely packs a punch. I would say it was such a cliche thing to say, but perhaps “Born To Be With You” is the reason that is such a cliche` line.

 

Some days really are diamonds. I thoroughly enjoyed today…mainly thanks to the appearance of Queen and Aerosmith. However, I also love the effect today had, changing my mind about certain artists. The challenge is finally having its desired effect.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Twenty-two (It’s a Mother)

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First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Planet Stereo Mothers out there! Today’s playlist might not be a perfect theme match, but hey, I’m sticking to the book!

 

1. Season of The Witch – Donovan

I can honestly say I’ve never heard this song before. However, the riff is familiar. The almost-wailing vocals of Donovan and the brilliant lyrics he concocted make this song a brilliant listen. I am so glad it’s on the list!

2. Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats

I feel like I know this one…I probably do. But even if I don’t, I relate to the sentiment: can Friday just hit immediately? This is a catchy track driven by a frantic pace, while the daily countdown ensues, making the desperation for the weekend almost tangible.

3. I’m a Believer – The Monkees

I grew up with Smashmouth’s epic cover of this song, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy what The Monkees put out with this. To be honest, I was just happy to sing this song as loud as I possibly could. Hell, this could have been done by Diana Ross, and I’d have still been like, “OOH! THE SHREK SONG!”

4. Dirty Water – The Standells

Total Boston anthem. It’s not epic in vocals or even musically, but there is something so fantastic about it. Maybe it’s just how catchy it is, or even how it’s a perfect snapshot of Boston in the 60s.

5. I Feel Free – Cream

Anything Eric Clapton is involved in is usually pretty amazing, and “I Feel Free” is no exception. With heavy bass and an attitude that is so infectious, this is a remarkable song. Best part: that hook and that guitar solo. Just take my advice and give this song a listen. It will make you listen to other songs with a totally different ear.

6. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

Gotta love The Supremes…and you’ve definitely got to love this song. It’s dramatic, mixing soul and pop, and a motown classic. The rock and roll undertones are stirring, making this song incredible in the fact that it can cross genres seamlessly.

7. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago – The Yardbirds

This is not a favorite of mine, if I am to be entirely truthful. I just don’t find it all too appealing. However, the instrumentation is impeccable.

8. Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles

Trippy is the best word to explain this song. While it’s pretty cool, you can tell the once squeaky-clean Beatles were shifting into their psychedelic, drug-fueled era. There is something very haunting about this, and even if you’re not a Beatles fan, you have to appreciate how progressive it sounds.

9. The End – The Doors

In high school, when the 60s was brought up in history class, every person seemed to have Beatles mania in their veins. I was more into Motown and The Doors. While “The End” might not be their most iconic track, I personally love it. It’s got an ethereal appeal to it that shapes it into more than a typical song.

10. Electricity – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Not a favorite at all. I’m sorry, but I really didn’t enjoy this song. I get why it’s popular: it’s dark and had its impressive moments, but, overall, the vocals on this track are far from what I expect for a song I apparently “had to hear” before I died. Just…no. Please, God, no more.

 

I am more and more impressed by the playlists the last few days, and I am really happy that today featured some of my favorites (The Supremes, The Monkees, and The Doors), even if there was that one weird one. However, my main focus today was hanging out with my mom, so sorry if this post fell a little short! I hope you all spent some time with your mothers to show your appreciation, and maybe made them a playlist? Maybe a little “Bohemian Rhapsody” is in order too…

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TRACK: Young Beautiful In a Hurry – “The Worst Is Yet To Come”

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Young Beautiful In A Hurry, the hyperactive quartet from Los Angeles. With a melodic, infectious energy, I can honestly say that this group shocked the hell out of me! Lead singer and frontman, Brendan McCreary, is the songwriter for the popular SyFy show Defiance, with some of his other work placed on shows like 90210 and Eureka. This talented group is comprised of McCreary, Bryan Taylor (drums), Pete Griffin (bass–Dethklok, Edgar Winter), and Chris Norton (keys–Zappa Plays Zappa).

In all honesty, there is a Queen-like quality to their sound, and their latest track, “The Worst Is Yet To Come,” is a shining example of that anthemic style that music so desperately needs back on the radio waves. Click HERE to hear it!

Their new EP Royalty, which this song is featured on, will be available digitally worldwide March 25, 2014.

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PLAYLIST: 19 Songs For Turning 19

On February 28th, I turned nineteen years old. Many things have changed over the years, but my love of music hasn’t, and nor has my insane desire to create a playlist every year. It’s the only way I really allow myself to fuss over my birthday. Anyway, here are nineteen songs I thought were right to ring in my nineteenth birthday. Enjoy!

1. “Like It’s Her Birthday” by Good Charlotte (2010)

 

2. “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard (2003)

 

3. “Birthday In Los Angeles” by The Maine (2013)

 

4. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance (2004)

 

5. “Run Don’t Walk” by Hey Monday (2008)

 

6. “Chocolate” by The 1975 (2012) (Yes, I am aware what this song is supposed to be about, but it’s catchy!)

 

7. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles (2013)

 

8. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (1987)

 

9. “It’s My Birthday” by Pixie Lott (2011)

 

10. “Happy Birthday” by The Click Five (2007)

 

11. “She’s Got Something” by Greg Holden (2009)

 

12. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen (1975)

 

13. “She’s So High” by Tal Bachman (1999)

 

14. “High School Never Ends” by Bowling For Soup (2006)

 

15. “Alone Together” by Fall Out Boy (2013)

 

16. “This Car” by Cassadee Pope (2013)

 

17. “First Time” by Boys Like Girls (2012)

 

18. “Poppin’ Champagne” by All Time Low (2008)

 

19. “The Very Last Country Song” by Sugarland (2008)

 

*BONUS: “Weightless” by All Time Low (2009), because this year is mine.

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