Shady XV is a hip hop compilation album performed by various artists of Shady Records. The double disc album was released on November 2014, by Shady Records and Interscope Records; the album was released as its 15th project. The compilation consists of two discs, the first featuring new material from Shady Records artists such as Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D12 and Yelawolf, as well as the label's founder Eminem; the second disc includes the label's greatest hits featuring former Shady Records members. All previous and current members of the label are represented on the album. On June 3, 2014, Eminem's manager and Shady Records co-founder Paul Rosenberg tweeted "Shady XV". On August 23, 2014, during his final stop of The Monster Tour with Rihanna at Detroit, Michigan's Comerica Park, Eminem wore a T-shirt branded "Shady XV". On August 25, 2014, he tweeted "Yes it's official... #SHADYXV Black Friday," leading to speculation about a release on Black Friday, which fell on November 28, 2014. He released a 20-second teaser video, featuring images of Eminem and other Shady Records artists.
On the same day, August 25, a press release was issued on Eminem's official website, announcing that Shady XV, a two-disc compilation featuring a collection of Shady Records' greatest hits on one disc and new material from Eminem, Bad Meets Evil, D12, Yelawolf on the other, was set to release on November 24, 2014, in the week of Black Friday. On October 13, 2014, Eminem posted a video on various social media websites of the artwork, along with the description "Back to basics! Here's the cover for #SHADYXV out 11/24"; the cover depicts a red hockey mask designed by Cuzzalo Ink under two crossed chainsaws. The album was released on disc and as a digital download on November 24, 2014 as the 15th release on the label and 15 years after its inception; the "greatest hits" disc contains tracks by current Shady Records members, as well as previous members 50 Cent, Obie Trice, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his and Stat Quo. The track list was revealed on October 2014 on the official website. A rap cypher with Eminem and Yelawolf, titled'SHADY CXVPHER', premiered on Vevo on November 10, 2014 to promote the album.
On November 18, 2014, Eminem revealed info about the "Lose Yourself" demo version, the last track on the second disc. It contains alternate lyrics to the original beat that were never published. Eminem had no memory of this scrapped version until he was reminded. "Guts Over Fear" is about Eminem and his struggles as an artist, touches up on moments of his career. "Detroit vs. Everybody" is a posse cut which features Eminem and fellow Detroit natives Royce da 5'9", Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick-Trick, Dej Loaf rapping over a boom bap beat; the first single, "Guts Over Fear", which features vocals by Australian singer-songwriter Sia and production from Emile Haynie, was previewed in the trailer for the film The Equalizer, released on June 16, 2014. A TV spot for the film was released on August 24, 2014, aired during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, at the end of which it was promoted as "featuring the new song Eminem feat. Sia'Guts Over Fear' from Shady XV - Black Friday"; the song was a new leak before it was released a day on the iTunes Store.
It was confirmed that the track would roll during the closing credits of The Equalizer. The second single, "Y'all Ready Know" by Slaughterhouse, was released on November 4, 2014; the music video was released the same day. The third and last single, "Detroit vs. Everybody" by Eminem, Trick-Trick, Dej Loaf, Big Sean, Royce Da 5'9", Danny Brown, premiered on Eminem's radio channel Shade 45 on November 10, 2014, it was released on iTunes that night. Shady XV received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 9 reviews. Samantha O'Connor of Exclaim! said, "For the Shady diehard fans, Shady XV is enough. But for those searching for that nostalgic surge of adrenaline-inducing passion and innovative content reminiscent of the Shady reign, it's better to skip the new material and head straight to the classics." Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly said, "Shady's first half is, like most new Eminem material, more problematic but more rewarding.
With its aggro-horrorcore production, trapped-in-2001 cultural nods, Billy Squier sample, it's The Marshall Mathers LP 2.5, with all the accompanying dicey gender politics."Homer Johnsen of HipHopDX said, "Some songs border on perfection. A few more are just solidly average. Yet, it all balances out, the rhymes on full display make Shady XV a great compilation release." The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 138,000 copies in the United States. In its second week, the album dropped to number 21 on the chart. In its third week, the album dropped to number 37 on the chart. In its fourth week the album dropped to number 54 on the chart; as of June 27, 2015, Shady XV has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping more than half-million units. Notes^ signifies a co-producer. ^ signifies an additional producer. Sample credits"Shady XV" contains elements of "My Kinda Lover", written and performed by Billy Squier. Contains elements of "Fack
Inka Essenhigh is an American painter based in New York City. She is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery in New York, Kavi Gupta in Chicago, Baldwin Gallery in Aspen and Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Throughout her career, Essenhigh has had solo exhibitions at galleries such as Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery, 303 Gallery, Stefan Stux Gallery, Jacob Lewis Gallery in New York, Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, Il Capricorno in Venice. Essenhigh graduated from Upper Arlington High School and studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, she has taught at the New York Academy of Art and was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In the mid-1990s, Essenhigh was among the first generation of American artists to return to figuration. Stylistically, her paintings have been described as ranging from flat to rendering deep pictorial space, blending abstraction and figuration and going back and forth between the two.
In the late 1990s, Essenhigh's work attracted attention as one of a generation of young painters in New York, including Cecily Brown, Damien Loeb and Will Cotton. Her early work was sometimes characterized as "Pop Surrealism" for its strangely attenuated cartoon forms and flat, simple colors, she was included in the influential 1998 Pop Surrealism exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, which Steven Henry Madoff described in Artforum as follows: “The mutant sensibility at work in this droll, smartly curated exhibition proposes the marriage of Surrealism's dream-laden fetish for the body eroticized and grotesque and Pop art's celebration of the shallower, corrosively bright world given over to the packaged good.” A decade Essenhigh was included in another groundbreaking exhibition — The Museum of Modern Art’s Comic Abstraction: Image Making, Image Breaking. The mid 2000s brought on a distinct shift in Essenhigh’s style and materials, from her use of flat enamel paints in the 1990s, to a more atmospheric application of oil paint in the new decade.
For Essenhigh, these changes in materials not only differed aesthetically, but pointed to clear references in art history: “I stopped painting in oil for a time and started using enamel. At the time I needed to get away from that search for deeper emotions. I needed to drop all the baggage that comes with oil paint and do something contemporary, which I found in the slick, flat surfaces of enamels.” Essenhigh has most moved back to enamel painting, but completed in such a manner as to retain the qualities of light found in her earlier work with oil. While Essenhigh made use of automatic drawing early on in her career, the work has since shifted to a intentional use of narrative content. In an interview with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Essenhigh explains, “Maybe I don’t need to take whatever comes out of my imagination and be ok with that. Maybe I can start to form the world that I want to live in.” Mythology and the urban versus pastoral are recurring motifs in her work, although Essenhigh does not limit herself by subject.
She has blended abstraction and figuration in an investigation of psychological and metaphysical realities. In a 2018 Hyperallergic review, the artist/writer Peter Malone describes, “Essenhigh reveals a freedom that resonates with all manner of fusion: of figure and design, of abstraction and narrative, of sentiment and humor, more of ambitious painting with a readable narrative.” Essenhigh states, “I think about the archetypes and stories that we tell ourselves, reenact in some way. We change our consciousness through storytelling all the time. If you want to change how people are thinking about something, you can tell a story about it, it does the job fast. I don’t think I’m changing consciousness, but I’m painting another place. I would like my paintings to have that feeling — that other worlds are possible.” In 2018, Essenhigh completed a mural at the Drawing Center in New York, NY and had two solo exhibitions, one at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York, NY and a retrospective at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA, "A Fine Line", which traveled to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Essenhigh’s first monograph was published by MOCA in conjunction with the exhibition. 2019 “A Fine Line,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI. 2018 "Manhattanhenge," The Drawing Center, New York, NY.“A Fine Line,” Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA. Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY"The New Frontiers of Painting," Fondazione Stelline, Italy. 2016 “Between Worlds,” Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN.2015 "The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists 1908–2015." The Ukrainian Museum, New York, NY. “Disturbing Innocence,” Curated by Eric Fischl, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY. 2014 “Comet Dust & Crystal Shards,” Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY. 2012 "The Natural and the Man-made," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Japan.2011 "Inka Essenhigh: New Editions & Monoprints," Pace Prints, New York, NY. "UN/Natural Splendor," Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME. 2010 "The Old New Age," 303 Gallery, New York, NY. 2007 "Comic Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making." Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. 2006 303 Gallery, New York, NY.“The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. 2004 SITE Santa Fe 5th International Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Avenue Q is a musical comedy featuring puppets and human actors with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty. The show won Best Musical and Score at the 2004 Tony Awards; the show was directed by Jason Moore with puppets designed and built by original cast member Rick Lyon. Avenue Q has received many favorable reviews for its approach on topics like racism; the show first opened in 2003 at the Vineyard Theatre co-produced by the Vineyard Theatre and The New Group. In July of that same year the show moved to the John Golden Theatre on Broadway. Avenue Q would go on to play over 2,500 performances, ranking 24th on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history, before moving to New World Stages where it will play its final performance on April 28, 2019; because of the show’s success on Broadway many international tours have spawned in places like Germany and Hong Kong. While these tours went on, a school friendly script was produced; the rights to the musical were released.
The principal cast includes 3 human actors. The puppets, Kate and others, are played by unconcealed puppeteers alongside costumed human actors; the show’s format is a parody of PBS's Sesame Street. Avenue Q's cast consists of three human characters and eleven puppet characters who interact as if human, Sesame Street-style; the puppets are animated and voiced by puppeteers who are present, onstage. Puppets and human characters ignore the puppeteers; the same puppet may be operated by different puppeteers in different scenes, the actor voicing the puppet may not be the one animating it. To minimise distraction, the puppeteers wear plain gray clothing in contrast to the human characters' colorful costumes. One puppeteer sometimes voices two or more puppets simultaneously. Conversely, the so-called "live-hands" puppets require two puppeteers—again, in full view of the audience; the show draws inspiration from and imitates the format of children's educational television shows Sesame Street and The Muppets.
Marx interned at the program early in his career, all four of the original cast's principal puppeteers—John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon—were Sesame Street performers. Three of the puppet characters are direct recognizable parodies of Sesame Street puppets: Roommates Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster, though not his obsession with baked goods. All of the characters are young adults who face real-world adult problems with uncertainty of how they will solve these dilemmas, as opposed to the simplistic problems and invariably happy resolutions faced by characters on children's television programming. Much of the show's ironic humor emerge from its contrasts with Sesame Street, such as illustrating the differences between innocent childhood and the difficult adulthood; the storyline presupposes the existence of "monsters" and talking animals, human actors sing and interact with puppets, both human and non-human, as if they were sentient beings, in a light-hearted, quasi-fantasy environment.
However, the show includes a considerable amount of profanity in the dialogue as well as including intercourse with puppets. In addition, the show addresses adult themes that are inappropriate for younger children, such as racism and schadenfreude; the show employs a real-life celebrity as a fictional character within the story. Gary Coleman, the juvenile actor who played Arnold Jackson in the 1980s American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and sued his parents and business advisers for stealing his earnings during that time period, is portrayed as an adult, who happens to be the building superintendent in the run-down Avenue Q neighborhood to earn as much money as possible to keep on living. Marx and Lopez said that they intended to offer the Gary Coleman role to Coleman himself, he expressed interest in accepting it, but did not show up for a meeting scheduled to discuss it. Coleman threatened to sue Avenue Q producers for their depiction of him, but did not; when Coleman died on May 28, 2010, casts of both the Off-Broadway production in New York City and the second national tour in Dallas dedicated that evening's performances to his memory.
The Coleman character remains in the show with modified dialogue. The show is set on a fictional street in an "outer-outer borough" of New York City. Princeton, a recent college graduate, is anxious to discover his purpose in life. Beginning his search on Avenue A, he finds an affordable apartment on Avenue Q, his new neighbors are a kindergarten assistant teacher. Debates ensue over whose life sucks the most, though they do conclude that Coleman's life sucks the most. Nicky, straight, suspects that Rod is gay, assures Rod it is okay with him if he is.
Triangles is a 2011 EP by 10,000 Maniacs released on Ruby Wristwatch Records. It is the band's first release of new material since the death in 2000 of lead guitarist Robert Buck, as well as the first 10,000 Maniacs album with the singer Mary Ramsey without her songwriting partner John Lombardo, who left the band for the second time in 2003. Replacing Buck in the band is Jeff Erickson, Buck's guitar technician since the Love Among the Ruins tour in 1997. All songs were written by 10,000 Maniacs except "Whippoorwill" written by 10,000 Maniacs and Salvador Garza. "Whippoorwill" "The Time of Your Life" "Gold" "Triangles" "Fine Line" Jerome Augustyniak – drums and percussion Dennis Drew – organ and keyboards Jeff Erickson – guitars, vocals on "Gold" and "Fine Line" Steve Gustafson – bass guitar Mary Ramsey – vocals and viola
Fine Line (Barry Gibb song)
"Fine Line" is a 1984 single by Barry Gibb. The song was written by keyboardist George Bitzer, it is the final single from his debut solo album Now Voyager. It was released on October 1984 in North America by MCA Records and in most countries by Polydor Records; the song was failed to chart in the United States, but it did manage to reach #50 on the Hot Dance Club Songs. The 12" version of this song was remixed by Larry Patterson; this single was less successful than his previous single, "Shine, Shine". "Fine Line" was recorded as a demo in November or December 1983 in Miami Beach with "Face to Face", "The Hunter", "One Night" and "The Hunter". The song features The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey singing backing vocals along with Olivia Newton-John and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band; the song contains a rap section by Gibb himself: The music video of "Fine Line" was made as a part of Gibb's movie Now Voyager on which all songs on his album of the same name was featured. For "Fine Line", it was filmed in a white.
Gibb had his trademark beard shaven off in this video. He shaved his beard on the Bee Gees' music video "Night Fever" and the alternative music videos of "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Stayin' Alive"
Heather Rankin (singer)
Heather Elaine Rankin is a Canadian singer and actor. She is most well known as a member of the multi-platinum selling musical group The Rankin Family. Between 1989 and 1999, the family band released five full albums, a five-song EP and two compilations of their most popular songs, they toured extensively in Canada, the U. S, the U. K, Australia and New Zealand and won six Juno Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards, an American Country Music Television Award and fifteen East Coast Music Awards. Combined sales of their recordings exceeded 1.5 million copies. As an actor, Rankin has performed on stages in Toronto and Halifax and has appeared in a number of films, she is co-owner of The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Cape Breton. Rankin has released A Fine Line and Imagine. Heather Rankin was born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, a rural community rooted in its Gaelic tradition, she is the eleventh of twelve children born to Alexander Rankin. She began singing as a child in the St. Mary’s Parish Choir and the Community Children’s Gaelic Choir.
Her parents encouraged all their children to perform at community concerts and, where Rankin began singing and step dancing at the age of five years. In the 1970s Rankin’s older siblings, Geraldine, John Morris and Raylene began singing together at community events in Mabou, licensed dances called Pig and Whistles, at wedding receptions and concerts; when the eldest siblings, Genevieve and David went on to University or College, younger siblings Jimmy and Heather took their places. Heather was last member to join the family band. Rankin’s earliest influences as an actor were touring productions from Mulgrave Road Theatre and Mermaid Theatre, as well as watching The Carol Burnett Show, she performed in a Community Theatre production of A Christmas Carol while in Junior High and in High School was selected for the Highland Youth Theatre Exchange in Scotland. She went on to Major in Theatre at Acadia University, from whence she graduated in 1989. While in University, Rankin performed as a singer and an actor in The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, which toured to Halifax and Sydney.
In 1989 Rankin and four of her siblings, John Morris, Raylene and Cookie, had their music featured in a show called The Mabou Jig. They recorded their debut album, The Rankin Family, the same year at Inception Sound in Toronto, Ontario; the record featured original songs by Jimmy and Raylene and original fiddle tunes by John Morris, as well as traditional folk songs and reels. The record would be re-released by Capitol Records in 1992 and be certified Platinum by CRIA; the Rankin Family was first featured on CBC Television in an episode of On the Road Again in 1989. The following year their second album, Fare Thee Well Love was recorded at Inception Sound and released November 7, 1990; the Rankin siblings distributed both of these records themselves, peddling them to gift shops, grocery stores, record stores, at live performances at music festivals across the country, out of the trunk of their mother’s car. This record was re-released by Capitol Records in 1992 and is certified 5X Platinum by CRIA.
The title song, "Fare Thee Well Love," along with "Orangedale Whistle" and Gillis Mountain peaked in the top ten on the RPM Country and Adult Contemporary Tracks in 1992. The music video for "Fare Thee Well Love" was on the Top 30 Charts for Much Music for nine weeks in 1993. In 1990 the CBC produced a documentary television special called Here Come The Rankins!, which followed the band to the Winnipeg Folk Festival and back home to Cape Breton. In 1991 The Rankin Family won their first three ECMA Awards for Best Live Act, Best Roots & Traditional Artist and Best Recording Band, they would go on to win twelve more before they disbanded, the last being for Group of the Year in 1999. In 1992 The Rankin Family signed with EMI Canada, were nominated for three Juno Awards, on July 1 performed on Parliament Hill for Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, their third album, North Country, was released on August 24, 1993. It peaked at number one on the RPM Country Albums chart.
It is certified 4X Platinum by CRIA. The title song, with lead vocals by Heather, peaked at number four on the RPM Country Albums Chart; the music video for "North Country" was on the Top 30 Charts for Much Music for five weeks in 1994. That year The Rankin Family won four Juno Awards, their limited-edition EP, Grey Dusk of Eve, was released in March, 1995 and is certified Gold by CRIA. Endless Seasons followed on August 29, 1995 and peaked at number six on the RPM Country Albums Chart, it is certified 2X Platinum. Their first Greatest Hits album Collection was released September 24, 1996 and was number one on the RPM Country Albums charts and is certified 2X Platinum. Heather hosted the East Coast Music Awards in 1996 in Charlottetown with Denny Doherty. Between 1989 and 1998 The Rankin Family toured extensively in Canada, playing such houses as The Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton and Calgary, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Orpheum in Vancouver, they were guests on Rita MacNeil’s variety show Rita and Friends and in the television special Anne Murray in Nova Scotia.
They toured in the United States, playing the MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Performing Arts Series at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, The Glen Echo Irish Folk Festival in Washington D. C. the Milwaukee Irish Festival in Wisconsin, Bumbershoot 1996 in Seattle, folk festivals in Lowell, Chattanooga and Columbus, Ohio. They were featured on Garrison Keillor’s radio program Prairie Home Companion, performed at the Bluebird Cafe and
The Boy Bands Have Won
The Boy Bands Have Won, All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own, but Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own; because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, the Boy Bands Have Won is the thirteenth studio album by British music group Chumbawamba, released in 2008. Shortened to The Boy Bands Have Won, its full title contains 865 characters, holds the record for the longest album title, as of August 2009.
The album continues their move into politically and aware folk music. Themes addressed on this album include suicide bombers, Philip Larkin, social networking websites, surviving a firing squad and the pains of the workplace; the album was recorded by the five-piece line-up of Jude Abbott, Lou Watts, Boff Whalley, Neil Ferguson and Phil'Ron' Moody and features guest appearances by several other artists. All tracks written and produced by Chumbawamba except where noted. Lou Watts – vocals Boff Whalley – vocals, ukulele Neil Ferguson – vocals, guitars Jude Abbott – vocals, trumpet Phil'Ron' Moody – vocals, accordionAdditional musicians Oysterband, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Ray Hearne, Barry Coope & Jim Boyes – vocals Charlie Cake Marching Band – brass David P. Crickmore – banjo on 7, 22.