One of the most anticipated Broadway cast albums of the year, Hamilton, will be released in September. It features the original cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff. The album was produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter.
Of record labels in an ever-changing musical landscape, one company seems to take on a new label of its own, more of an "antithesis" to a more musical question. This, of course, being a well-known online distributor called CD Baby, a quiet force that's been putting so much music out it would astound even the most ignorant of music goers.
PERAL MUSIC, a new digital-only label from UMG, will document Daniel Barenboim's work as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician. "I want to try and look at the future. I want to really get myself into the mentality of the digital world," Barenboim said.
The older generation must look at the younger one and wonder. In a rapidly advancing society--where immediate access to, in this case, music being the social norm--the revival of vinyl sales is a particularly mystifying idea to note.
With only two Beatles still surviving, it's near impossible for either Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr to stay out of the limelight. Macca, aged 71, is still as prolific as he was in his 40s, yet Ringo, 73, remains ever more humble and tame (especially since Harry Nilsson died back in 1994). However, it was the strong, near silent drummer who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace & Love at the David Lynch Foundation's gala.
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Netrebko doing Verdi for DG...worth every red cent.