Thursday, November 22, 2012
Oluseun Anikulapo-Kuti is the youngest son of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuit. Seun leads his father’s band, the ‘Egypt 80’ to date. In this interview with Bayo Adeoye, he speaks on his music and lifestyle, amongst other issues
You were 14 when Fela died, what do you miss most about him?
Well, Fela was my father. You know, it’s a long time now since he died. The most important thing to me now is his presence. I miss him being around. I think of what would happen if I were able to have a discussion with him today. Knowing everything I know now, those are the kind of things you miss. I just miss him being around.
Can you describe what God means to you?
I do not believe in God. I am not a believer of anything supernatural. I don’t believe in God, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Ifa, Ogun, or whatever anybody uses as a reason to explain simple actions of nature. God, to me, is in existence.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Ha (smiles)! My most embarrassing moment happened when I was nine. And nothing up till now has topped that. You know, I used to open the show for my father and I used to sing before he comes on stage. We were in Cincinnati and Fela was about to come on stage, and I had gone up somewhere because we played in this huge dome where there was an archaic session.
Flo Rida is so super psyched because he’ll be performing on a 30-foot float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Good Feeling singer will be riding on the New York Daily News float and couldn’t be more excited. He said:
"I remember as a kid getting together with my whole family to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and thinking about how someday I'd be on a float. I know I'm from Miami, but I come to New York City a lot. It's very special to ride on the float of New York's hometown newspaper.”Being thankful for dreams coming true? We can definitely get onboard with that!
No doubt this will be one of the most lively floats with Flo Rida on it. We can’t wait to see what it looks like!
As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, Take Me Home. The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest debut of the year. Only the bows of Taylor Swift's Red (1.2 million in its bow) and Mumford & Sons' Babel (a 600,000-unit start) were larger.
Swift's Red relinquishes the No. 1 slot after a three-week run, falling to No. 2 with 145,000 (down 26%). After four weeks on sale, the set has sold 1.9 million copies.
At No. 3 this week is the second of seven debuts in the top 10, as the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 bows with 93,000. All five of the soundtracks to the film series have debuted in the top four slots on the chart. The firstTwilight launched with 165,000 at No. 1 while New Moon debuted at No. 2 with 115,000 (before hitting No. 1 the next week with 153,000). Eclipse debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 146,000 while Breaking Dawn Part 1 also peaked where it started: No. 4 with 105,000.
The Weeknd's major-label debut album, Trilogy, arrives in the No. 4 slot this week, shifting 86,000. The Toronto singer's set comprises his three earlier mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence) in addition to a few extra bonus tracks.
The re-formed Soundgarden returns to the chart as its first studio set in 16 years, King Animal, launches at No. 5 with 83,000 and also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums. The quartet's last effort, 1996's Down on the Upside, spent 43 weeks on the list, debuting and peaking at No. 2.
Rod Stewart's holiday set Merry Christmas, Baby continues to hold tight in a very busy top 10, as it slips 3-6 -- but with a gain in sales. The set sold 80,000 last week, up 8%. Watch for the album to grow during the next few weeks as Christmas nears.
Pop diva Christina Aguilera blooms at No. 7 with her fifth studio album, Lotus, starting with 73,000. She last visited the top 10 with 2010's Bionic -- her previous studio set -- which bowed at No. 3 with 111,000. Later that year, she notched at No. 18 hit with the soundtrack to her film Burlesque.
The Now 44 compilation slides 2-8 this week with 70,000 (down 29%) in its second frame, bringing its two-week sales sum to 169,000.
Closing out the top 10 are two more debuts: Green Day's Dos! at No. 9 (69,000) and Lana Del Rey'sParadise at No. 10 (67,000). The former is the second in a three-album series from the band. It follows Uno!, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 139,000 on the Oct. 13 chart. Next up is Tre!, due Dec. 11.
As for Del Rey, Paradise is her second top 10 this year, after bowing at No. 2 with her debut major-label full-length set, Born to Die. The new Paradise is an eight-song album, which was also offered as part of a deluxe reissue of Born to Die. In turn, the original Born to Die album (now powered by sales from both the original album and the new deluxe version) jumps 79-37 on the chart with 16,000 (up 190%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Rihanna's "Diamonds" rises 3-1 for its first week at the top, selling 171,000 (up 19%). PSY's "Gangnam Style" slips 1-2 with 161,000 (down 14%), and Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" dips 2-3 with 148,000 (down 5%).
Ke$ha's "Die Young" is steady at No. 4 (133,000; down 4%), the Lumineers' "Ho Hey" rises 8-5 (121,000; up 20%), and Adele's "Skyfall" sizzles 10-6 (120,000; up 32%).
Maroon 5's "One More Night" falls 5-7 (119,000; down 5%), Flo Rida's "I Cry" descends 7-8 (105,000; down 2%), and Phillip Phillips' "Home" holds at No. 9 (103,000; up 6%).
On the Grammy Hall of Fame’s 40th anniversary, the Recording Academy is honoring Whitney Houston, Elton John, AC/DC and more.
In total, 27 recordings will be added to the collection this year. Among them are Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good,”Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” Frank Sinatra’s theme from “New York, New York” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Also being inducted is AC/DC’s classic 1980 albumBack in Black, Paul McCartney & the Wings’ Band on the Runfrom 1974 as well as self-titled albums from Elton John(1970) and Whitney Houston (1985). See a complete list on the next page.
"With the Grammy Hall of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history."
Madonna's concerts in Miami this week left some fans grumbling.
Marking the final two dates on the North American leg of her MDNA tour -- projected to be one of the highest-grossing tours of all time -- Madge hit the stage Monday at the American Airlines Arena a whopping three and a half hours after its scheduled start time. Her opening act, DJ Paul Oakenfold, finished his set at 10 p.m. -- two hours after the 8 p.m. kickoff -- but Madonna didn't appear until 11:30 p.m., according to the Miami Herald. Many in the Twitter-verse, including Miami native and gossip bloggerPerez Hilton, had complaints about the wait, while some expressed worry over the singer's unusual tardiness. Typically, Madonna has been hitting the stage between 10 and 10:30 p.m. during previous shows on the tour.
Officials for the MDNA tour blamed technical problems for the delay but promised fans that the second Miami show on Tuesday would start on time.