After years of holding out as "refuseniks," the great Australian heavy metal band AC/DC has finally made their catalogue available through iTunes. "Sixteen studio albums, four live albums and three compilations, which have sold more than 150 million physical copies worldwide," as the BBC reports—a total of 778 songs. Now, if there was ever a band for which you did not need to buy 778 songs it is AC/DC. I love them with all my heart, but they are pretty clearly the band being referred to in the scene in Spinal Tap when a record review says, "The musical growth rate of this band cannot even be [...]
"Swiss food group Nestle is to buy drugmaker Pfizer's baby food business for $11.85 billion, beating out French rival Danone in the battle for dominance of fast-growing emerging markets. The world's biggest food company had to dig deeper than expected into its ample pockets to win the high-stakes fight for Pfizer Nutrition, which makes 85 percent of its sales in emerging markets and is Nestle's biggest deal to date." —What could go wrong?
What is the very best way to make a rap beat? Is it to play lower-register, minor-key piano chords over a throbbing baseline? Maybe accenting same with some tinkling high notes? Yes. It is. (At least, this is the best way to make a rap beat that I will probably have a hard time not liking. And I can never figure out why more rap producers don't seem to be concerned with this question.) Harlem rapper Black Rob, who had a big hit ten years ago for Bad Boy Records with the song "Whoa," but whose particularly grimy style never seemed to fit in [...]