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The Stooges man Iggy Pop who is the ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, has come out and said that music today is like "cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket".

The rocker posted a video on the official Record Store Day site suggesting that modern rockers lack authenticity.

He said: “I think there are some ages, like the one we're living in, when the game is kind of rigged towards products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, 'Contains 10% juice.'”


He went on to say: "There's a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that's OK, but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Badstand in the 50s and see all the endless, gutless, dickless imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids."


Iggy Pop’s outburst at contemporary music come just weeks after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a similar comment about the music industry.


Talking to Billboard, the singer said that the poor record sales that the industry is facing are the result of lazy musician's rather than a fundamental lack of interest in music, and noted that he believed that fans would always be willing to buy "great" albums.

With British artist Adele’s '21' announced as the top selling album in the United States for 2011, Grohl said to the publication: "Someone asked me recently, 'What do you think the problem with the music industry is?'

"I said, take the Adele record, for example. It's an amazing record and everybody's so shocked that it's such a phenomenon. I'm not. You know why that record's huge? Because it's fucking good and it's real."

He continued, adding: “Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? Fuck no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they're not.”


With Iggy Pop becoming the latest artist to openly criticise their industry peers, it may seem like a case of sour grapes from artists that are certainly not as popular as they perhaps once were. However, you can't help but agree that there are real signs of truth in what they speak. What are your thoughts on today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/Instrumania

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed plans to persuade Jimmy Page of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin to join them at their summer shows in their upcoming UK tour.


If you are at all human, after reading that first paragraph I can imagine that your interest has been peaked. It seems that the age-defying rockers, Red Hot Chili Peppers have spoken out about how legendary guitarist Jimmy Page would be their dream guest for their upcoming shows at Knebworth and the Stadium of Light in Sunderland this summer.


Chili’s drummer Chad Smith said "Jimmy Page has come to our shows before but we haven't had a chance to play with him," in an interview with The Daily Star, Chad continued adding: "That would be really cool so maybe that can happen."


Playing the historic venue of Knebworth in Hertfordshire is especially exciting for the band.


Talking about their Knebworth booking, Smith added: "Being a big rock fan, Knebworth is particularly exciting. I first heard about Knebworth when Led Zeppelin played there in 1979, so to me it's hallowed ground and pretty cool that we will be following them."


Whilst it does seem a long shot, Page, now 68 years old, has been known to cameo in big gigs. This hasn’t gone un-noticed with Smith noting: "Maybe we can get Page to come out to Knebworth. I saw him come on with Foo Fighters at Wembley."


The “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic” band  have been on an enforced break after lead singer Anthony Kiedis, now 49, crushed a bone in his foot and had to undergo surgery, but it’s not been all misfortune for the foursome.


Chad added the time off was productive, as he got together with the other band members - guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and bassist Flea - to write new tracks.


He added: ''We just rehearsed and came up with some ideas and new song ideas.

 

Rising R&B singer Frank Ocean is in a legal battle after his single, “American Wedding,” in which he uses the music from the 1977 mega-hit “Hotel California.” has enraged the Eagles lawyers.


Ocean has essentially just recorded his own lyrics over the top of the original track without getting permission and it is now being prepared for wide commercial release by the Def Jam label. The track is easily identifiable and the instrumental is unmistakable under his voice yet Ocean doesn’t think he did anything wrong, stating on his Tumblr page:


“[Eagles frontman] Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California.’ He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s f***** awesome.”


Ocean went on. “I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything, I’m paying homage.”


Ocean often performs “American Wedding” live, and from the remarks on his tumblr page it seems he will continue to do so. Many will be interested to see if the R & B newbie performs the track at the Coachella festival in California in April.


The artist recently stepped into the spotlight as part of Odd Future, as well as for his work on “Watch the Throne”, the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration.


Though “nostalgia, ULTRA” was released over a year ago, the legal trouble appears to have only surfaced last week. As it turns out, the legendary rockers don’t agree with Ocean’s take on the matter though a representative for Henley said that it was neither his client nor The Eagles who threatened legal action, but the label which owns the master track.


The band’s rep gave a quick statement to the L.A. Times: “Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should.”


Though Ocean’s “American Wedding” track can’t be found on iTunes to download and the YouTube video of the R&B singer performing the song has been taken down, Instrumania have found a sample available from NME’s soundloud (below).




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Engelbert Humperdinck will come head to head with Jedward when he represents the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.


The Eurovision Show Contest has been going for well over 50 years among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union but the 2012 show is set to headline Engelbert Humperdinck as this year’s entry for the UK, which has many fan’s of the club singer eager to see him in action.


The contest which takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan has already got some excited. Humperdinck, now 75-years-old, released his first album 'Release Me' in 1967 and will become the competitions oldest ever entrant when he steps out on stage on May 26th. The 60’s star revealed that it was "an absolute honour" to be chosen to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.


Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It’s an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to a part of an institution like Eurovision. I'm excited and raring to go and want the nation to get behind me!”


Head of entertainment and events at the BBC, Katie Taylor, added: "Not since the '70s have we had such an established international musical legend represent the nation. We couldn't be more delighted. Engelbert's experience leaves us in no doubt that he will be able to deliver a standout performance in front of 120 million viewers worldwide."


The song which is being kept under wraps is due to be co-written by Grammy award winning producer Marting Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, the mind behind James Blunt’s hit single “You’re Beautiful”. The recording of the track is scheduled to take place in London, Los Angeles and Nashville in Tennessee.


The UK hasn’t had tremendous luck in the Eurovision Song Contest. In fact the last act to win was Katrina and the Waves back in 1997 with their track 'Love Shine A Light'. Last year's entry from boyband Blue finished in 14th place, behind Jedward with their entry single "Lipstick” which finished in 8th position.


The Guardian have launched a poll asking readers if Engelbert Humperdinck is the right person to represent the UK at Eurovision. Whilst it is by no means a conclusive study, the general consensus seems to be fairly happy with the BBC’s decision.