Entertainment

5 facts about Evelyn Glennie

The extraordinary percussionist uses her whole body to hear.

 

Early adaptation Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, which forced her to develop her ability to hear through the rest of her body. She initially honed this ability by feeling the wall in her music room in high school as her percussion teacher tuned a timpani. “I could feel the vibrations in my hands and lower parts of my legs, so I got the pitch that way,” she told Modern Drummer in 1989. “I can also put my fingertips on the edge and feel it that way. There are countless ways of really hearing a particular instrument.”

Shoes off She performs barefoot or in stocking feet to help her feel the vibrations through the floor (Her 1990 autobiography was titled Good Vibrations). “The body’s like a huge ear,” she told the Globe and Mail in 2011.

Trailblazer Initially, Glennie was rejected when she applied to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London because they weren’t sure how to handle her deafness. “If you refuse me for those reasons as opposed to the ability to perform, and to understand, and love the art of creating sound, then we have to think very, very hard about the people you do actually accept,” she told them, as she explains in a 2003 Ted Talk. She auditioned again, and they accepted her, which had a ripple effect on applications to music institutions across the country. “Every single entry had to be listened to and experienced,” she says, and then judged based on musical ability rather than rejected based on other criteria.

Video link: https://youtu.be/jVw5KawqUIg

Full trophy case Glennie has gone on to a much-lauded career. She was the first to perform a percussion concerto at the Royal Academy and the first percussionist named Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2008.

New sound Glennie joins the Land’s End Ensemble for their 20th anniversary celebration on Friday and a performance of a new piece for drum kit and piano trio composed by Land’s End’s artistic director, Vincent Ho. Glennie and Ho previously collaborated on The Shaman, a percussion concerto that was performed at Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival in May 2014.

Land’s End Ensemble with Evelyn Glennie: Friday, May 26 at Bella Concert Hall, MRU. $44 – $69. landsendensemble.ca.

Salma Hayek says Hollywood treats actresses like monkeys

Agence France-Presse

Salma Hayek laid into Hollywood sexism on Tuesday, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and wants rid of them once they realise they are smart.

The Mexican star of “Frida” and “Desperado” lambasted the “macho” attitudes of Tinseltown, where fewer than seven percent of films are made by women.

“Hollywood is not going to change and give it to women because it is all guys,” she said.

“From the beginning I realised I wasn’t being treated equally as an actress,” she said during a talk at the Cannes film festival.

“It is true that maybe if you are pretty you can get parts easier but it’s really violent to assume if you are pretty you are stupid. Hollywood’s particularly macho. If they realise that you are smart, their anger gets multiplied,” Hayek said.

To many movers and shakers, young actresses are playthings, she claimed: “They say ‘Get a monkey’ and then the monkey talks and they say, ‘Oh my God, maybe we are going to make money.’ Then one day they see the monkey doing algebra and they say, ‘Kill the monkey!”

“It’s very violent, this natural force to try to suppress. That is why we have a problem with women behind the camera as directors and producers,” she told one of the “Women in Motion” forums she organises each year at the festival.

Studios ignorant

Despite being a soap star in Mexico, Hayek’s climb up the Hollywood ladder was far from easy.

“Imagine, I came not only as a woman to Hollywood but as a Mexican Arab. People would laugh at me for having the dream of being able to work in Hollywood,” said the actor, whose father is Lebanese.

“I was the only Mexican or Latino in the drama school except for Benicio Del Toro, who is Puerto Rican, so kind of American, and he’s a man. And nobody laughed at him. They were laughing at me in Mexico too for having the idea of trying to break into that market. For every single agent and every single studio, it was a laughable concept.”

Hayek said Hollywood had disregarded and disrespected the female market: “They have not realised that women are a great economic power. These people don’t understand we are a huge audience. We have been neglected for so long they don’t know what we want to watch.

“We don’t even know, because we always think of who we will be watching the movie with: the husband, the family, the children,” she told the talk, sponsored by Kering, her husband Francois-Henri Pinault’s luxury goods empire.

She blamed movie executives’ “ignorance” for failing to properly play to the female demographic.

“Today almost 80 percent of the decision-makers of what movie or television show to watch are female. Women work, we make money and we all want to go out and have fun much more than before, and they have not capitalised on that.”

While Hayek praised Europe, and particularly France where a quarter of films are directed by women, she did not spare Cannes from criticism.

“In the 70 years of the Cannes film festival only one female has ever won the Palme d’Or and she only got half the Palme d’Or, not even a full one; she had to share it with a Chinese man,” she declared.

New Zealander Jane Campion shared the festival’s top prize for “The Piano” in 1993 with Chinese director Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine”.

Hayek, who is 50, also caused a stir at the festival Monday when she appeared at the Kering “Women in Motion” Prix awards dinner with pink-tinged hair. JB

Tom Cruise headed to the cockpit for ‘Top Gun 2’

Tom Cruise, still feeling the need for speed, said in an interview that a sequel to his 1986 military action film "Top Gun" is "definitely happening."

Cruise, currently promoting his latest film "The Mummy," was speaking on the Wednesday edition of Australia's morning TV show "Sunrise" when he was asked by the host if rumors of "Top Gun 2" were true.

"It's true, it's true," he said, grinning as he added, "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening."

Cruise played the cocky pilot Maverick in "Top Gun," one of the top students in an U.S. training camp for elite military fighter pilots and engaged in a bitter rivalry with a fellow pilot played by Val Kilmer.

The Paramount Pictures film launched Cruise's career as a global action star and grossed more than $350 million globally, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Representatives for Paramount Pictures declined to comment to Reuters on whether the studio is involved with the sequel.

"Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise last week, captioning it as the 31st anniversary of the opening day of "Top Gun."

In January 2016, Bruckheimer teased "Top Gun" fans by tweeting "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2."  Reuters

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Trott

Fans beg Justin Bieber to cancel dates as fear grips pop's youth

LOS ANGELES - Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.

"Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please," a person using the handle marhrukhh wrote on the Instagram account of Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.

Braun also manages Grande, also 23, a former Nickelodeon star whose huge female fan base, many of them tweens, were out in force for her concert in Manchester on Monday night when a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens.

The "Problem" singer flew to Florida on Tuesday to spend time with her family, People magazine reported. Braun and her record company did not return calls on whether the remainder of her world tour, with stops in London and Europe, would go ahead.

Leanne Murray, 20, who lives in Ireland, has tickets to see Bieber play in Dublin next month. But she said that after Monday's bombing she is contemplating selling them.

"I just don't want what I would hope to be a great night to end in something like last night," Murray, who paid 180 Euros ($200) each for two tickets told Reuters.

"It's frightening to think that it could have been any of us and it really shows that you never know what's around the corner," Murray added.

Touring has been one of the top sources of income for musicians in recent years. The top 10 worldwide tour acts grossed a combined $1.67 billion in 2016, according to music industry publication Pollstar, with Bruce Springsteen bringing in $268.3 million alone.

Pop acts like Taylor Swift, Bieber, One Direction and Grande are also among the top earners. Grande grossed more than $25 million from touring between April 2016-April 2017, according to Pollstar figures, while Bieber grossed $163 million in 2016.

"I can see with parents of young children who might be on the fence anyway about letting their 12-year-old go to concerts, that this going to put them over the edge, and they may say 'you can wait until you're older'," said Ed McPherson, an entertainment litigator and crisis manager in Los Angeles.

"It could impact some of the artists who play to younger people," McPherson added.

Joe Reinartz, news editor at Pollstar, said that although he believes security is already strong at music venues and will no doubt be stepped up, parents would likely be more cautious.

"In the short term, there are going to be concerns for any large gathering where there will be young people, and that doesn't necessarily mean a Justin Bieber show. It means a high school football game, or an event at a fair ground," Reinartz said.

Jim Donio, president of the Music Business Association, said he would be surprised to see musicians cancelling tours because of the attack at the Grande concert.

But he said fans will be more aware and prepared. "Will parents make more informed decisions? Yes, that's possible, so there can be some impact there."  Reuters

Thousands of concertgoers flee Manchester Arena in terror after ‘loud bangs’ heard at Ariana Grande gig

A NUMBER people are confirmed dead and other injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande gig.

Manchester Police tweeted that emergency services were responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, which can hold 21,000 people.

“There are a number of confirmed fatalities and other injured.”

Witnesses on social media have reported hearing a “massive bang” minutes after Grande finished her set, sending screaming crowds rushing out of venue.

There were also reports that an official came onstage afterwards and explained the noise wasn’t an explosion but it was too late and the panic had already led to people being crushed.

Robert Tempkin, 22, told the BBC: “Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.”

Some people said it was balloons busting, and others reported seeing victims covered in blood.

“There were lots of ambulances. I saw somebody being treated. I couldn’t tell what had happened to him.”

One Twitter user reported seeing “loads of kids and little girls” lying on the floor of a corridor.

 

Another man Chris told Today he was sceptical that the loud noise was a balloon popping.

“It was way too loud and obviously with Manchester police saying that people have died now and people are injured on the way to hospital, then obviously it confirms it wasn’t a balloon,” he said.

 

Concertgoer Harry Johnson said an explosion happened just after the show finished.

“People were starting to make their way out of the arena, there was then an explosion, a moment of silence and people started shouting ‘get down’ and running and screaming,” he told Today.

“It was just a really, really, loud bang, it was terrifying.

“There was screaming, running, people getting down, pushing, there were guards shouting to get out, I’ve heard reports of people shouting there was a man with a gun, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not.”

Another concertgoer Lily also described the blast as “extremely loud”.

“People were just telling us to either get down, there was so much panic and confusion, that we didn’t know what to do at the time,” she said.

“The concert had just finished. And all the lights had been turned back on. People were gradually starting to make their way out and then the explosion was heard.

“I didn’t see anything. But I’ve heard people saying that they saw smoke and a few people claiming that they saw explosions. But I can’t confirm that.”

FULL LIST: Winners, Billboard Music Awards 2017

Twenty One Pilots, Drake, and Beyonce top this year's Billboard Music Awards 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The annual Billboard Music Awards was held on Sunday, May 21 (May 22, Manila) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Twenty One Pilots, Drake, and Beyonce taking home some of the big awards.

Korean group BTS won the Top Social Artist Award. 

Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris hosted this year's show.

Here's the full list of winners: 

Top Artist

  • Adele
  • Beyonce
  • Justin Bieber
  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd


Top New Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Desiigner
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Lukas Graham
  • WINNER: Zayn


Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity

  • Luke Bryan
  • Nicki Minaj
  • The Chainsmokers
  • The Weeknd
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots


Top Male Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd


Top Female Artist:

  • Adele
  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Sia


Top Duo/Group:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 


Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Beyonce
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Prince
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd


Top Song Sales Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Prince
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Twenty One Pilots


Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Drake
  • Rihanna
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Desiigner
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots


Top Social Artist:

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: BTS 
  • Selena Gomez
  • Ariana Grande
  • Shawn Mendes


Top Touring Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Top R&B Artist

  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Bruno Mars
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rihanna
  • The Weeknd


Top R&B Tour

  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Lionel Richie
  • Rihanna


Top Rap Artist

  • J. Cole
  • Desiigner
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Rae Sremmurd


Top Rap Tour

  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Kanye West

Top Country Artist:

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • WINNER: Blake Shelton 
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Jason Aldean


Top Country Tour

  • Luke Bryan
  • WINNER: Kenny Chesney 
  • Dixie Chicks


Top Rock Artist

  • Coldplay
  • The Lumineers
  • Metallica
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 
  • X Ambassadors


Top Rock Tour:

  • WINNER: Coldplay 
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Top Latin Artist

  • J Balvin
  • WINNER: Juan Gabriel 
  • Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
  • Maluma
  • Nicky Jam


Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Major Lazer
  • DJ Snake
  • Lindsey Stirling


Top Christian Artist

  • WINNER: Lauren Daigle 
  • Hillsong Worship
  • Hillary Scott & the Family
  • Skillet
  • Chris Tomlin


Top Gospel Artist

  • Jekalyn Carr
  • WINNER: Kirk Franklin 
  • Travis Greene
  • Tamela Mann
  • Hezekiah Walker


Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Beyonce, Lemonade
  • WINNER: Drake, Views
  • Rihanna, Anti
  • Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  • The Weeknd, Starboy


Top Soundtrack/Cast Album

  • WINNER: Hamilton: An American Musical 
  • Moana
  • Purple Rain
  • Suicide Squad: The Album
  • Trolls


Top R&B Album

  • WINNER: Beyonce, Lemonade 
  • Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  • Frank Ocean, Blonde
  • Rihanna, Anti
  • The Weeknd, Starboy


Top Rap Album

  • J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  • WINNER: Drake, Views 
  • Kevin Gates, Isla
  • DJ Khaled, Major Key
  • A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service


Top Country Album

  • Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
  • Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
  • Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
  • WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller 
  • Keith Urban, Ripcord

Top Rock Album:

  • The Lumineers, Cleopatra
  • WINNER: Metallica, Hardwired…To Self Destruct 
  • Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway
  • Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface


Top Latin Album:

  • J Balvin, Energia
  • CNCO, Primera Cita
  • WINNER: Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2 
  • Juan Gabriel, Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
  • Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo


Top Dance/Electronic Album:

  • The Chainsmokers, Bouquet
  • The Chainsmokers, Collage 
  • Flume, Skin
  • Kygo, Cloud Nine
  • WINNER: Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough 


Top Christian Album

  • Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing
  • WINNER: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be 
  • Joey + Rory, Hymns
  • Hillary Scott & The Family, Love Remains
  • Skillet, Unleashed


Top Gospel Album

  • WINNER: Tamela Mann, One Way 
  • Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
  • Travis Greene, The Hill
  • Tasha Cobbs, One Place: Live
  • Hezekiah Walker, Better: Azusa - The Next Generation 2


Top Hot 100 Song:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, "Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Selling Song:

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring, WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”
  • WINNER: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” 
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Radio Song

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
  • WINNER: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” 


Top Streaming Song (Audio)

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Rihanna, “Needed Me”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top Streaming Song (Video):

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • WINNER: Desiigner, "Panda" 
  • Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
  • Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Collaboration:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top R&B Song

  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
  • Rihanna, “Needed Me”
  • Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work” 
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top R&B Collaboration

  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake, “Come And See Me”
  • Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work” 
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top Rap Song:

  • WINNER: Desiigner, “Panda” 
  • Drake, “Fake Love”
  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”
  • Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”


Top Rap Collaboration

  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
  • Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
  • Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
  • WINNER: Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” 


Top Country Song

  • Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
  • WINNER: Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” 
  • Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
  • Little Big Town, “Better Man”
  • Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Top Country Collaboration

  • Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
  • WINNER: Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire” 
  • Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
  • Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
  • Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”


Top Rock Song

  • Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Featuring X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” 
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
  • X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”


Top Latin Song

  • Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
  • Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin, “Duele El Corazon”
  • WINNER: Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” 
  • Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje”
  • Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”


Top Dance/Electronic Song

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
  • Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”
  • DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”


Top Christian Song:

  • Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”
  • WINNER: Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”
  • Skillet, “Feel Invincible”
  • Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”
  • Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”


Top Gospel Song

  • Jekalyn Carr, “You’re Bigger”
  • Tasha Cobbs, Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
  • Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy??”
  • WINNER: Travis Greene, “Made A Way” 
  • Hezekiah Walker, “Better”

Billboard Icon Award: Cher and Celine Dion

– Rappler.com

Subscribe to this RSS feed
×

Sign up to keep in touch!

Be the first to hear about special offers and exclusive deals from TechNews and our partners.

Check out our Privacy Policy & Terms of use
You can unsubscribe from email list at any time