Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25 - Rumble In The Jungle?

The Wonderland import label announced the release of the five CD set 'Rumble In The Jungle' containing all the Jungle Room sessions material that was previously released on the five 'Welcome To The Jungle' volumes from the Venus Records import label.

Michael Jackson, Elvis and Marilyn The Richest After Death

Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe are the three deceased artists who have earned more money in the last twelve months, according to a Forbes study published today. Between October 2010 and October 2011, Michael Jackson brought in a fortune of US$170 million dollars, well ahead of singer Elvis Presley (US$55 million) or Marilyn Monroe (US$27 million), according to the list.
Actress Liz Taylor, who died on March 23 this year, entered the ranking at fifth place (with US$12 million) just behind artist Charles Schulz, the creator of “Snoopy” (US$25 million) but equaling John Lennon (US$12 million).

Jailhouse Rock On Times Top 100 List

In the latest issue of TIME Magazine, it's critics have picked the most extraordinary English-language pop recordings since the beginning of TIME magazine in 1923. Here are 100 (unranked) songs of enduring beauty, power and inventiveness.

By Claire Suddath, from TIME Magazine:
"Elvis Presley had already recorded some of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s hits (does the breakout cut “Hound Dog” ring a bell?), but “Jailhouse Rock” was the first song the duo wrote especially for him. Or more accurately, for the movie of the same name, in which Presley was set to star. From that ominous guitar riff to the lyrics’ sly homosexual innuendo (“No. 47 said to No. 3, ‘You the cutest jailbird I ever did see’ “), “Jailhouse Rock” charted new territory in popular music. In the film, Presley performs the song while dancing; choreographer Alex Romero took the rock star’s signature hip swivel and worked it into a routine that rivals even the most outlandish of contemporary pop music’s theatrics.

Elvis And Coke

If you were lucky enough to be at a recent event hosted by The Coca-Cola Company and top Parisian fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac you would have had a great opportunity for an Elvis sighting. In celebration of the exclusive JC/DC collection created especially to mark The Coca-Cola Company 125th anniversary year, an ‘invitation-only’ event, was held at the famed Paris venue Le Trianon.

The breathtaking JC/DC collection celebrates the ‘Coca-Cola’ brand’s timeless iconic appeal through the medium of fashion, and its role as a seminal part of popular culture over the years. Mr. de Castelbajac lives up to his reputation by showcasing a collection brimming with ingenuity – in addition to a silver-sequined ‘Coca-Cola’ dress, the collection also includes a T-shirt design featuring a young Elvis Presley, as photographed by the legendary Alfred Wertheimer.

Jackie Duff, Global Licensing and Retail Operations at The Coca-Cola Company commented: “The 125th anniversary year has been fantastic for the brand; packed full of excitement and activity. Collaborating with such an inspired fashion house as JC/DC has been a terrific experience. We are thrilled with the beautiful collection Mr. de Castelbajac has created, which is more than worth the great celebrations we are enjoying this evening.”

Prestigious Award for David Briggs and Norbert Putnam
On Tuesday, the prestigious Cecil Scaife Visionary award was presented to multi-award-winning record producers and musicians David Briggs and Norbert Putnam, who are longtime friends, at a reception at the historic Ben Fold's RCA Studio A in Nashville. The two received the honor for their contributions to the music industry in Nashville. Wynonna Judd received the 2010 award, founded in the name of Cecil Scaife, a Music Row pioneer and veteran who helped form the music business program in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University. All donations benefit the Cecil Scaife Music Business Scholarship Endowment.

"Norbert and David have together exemplified their desire to share their gifts in many ways during their lifetime," said Scaife's daughter, LaRawn Scaife Rhea. "They have reached out to individuals through the years to help them find their own path in the entertainment industry. Their unselfish desire to help others learn from a lifetime of experiences is a large part of what makes Norbert Putnam and David Briggs the perfect 2011 recipients of The Cecil Scaife Visionary Award."

(Source: EPG / Forbes / Time / EPE / Elvis Matters)