Play was released on this day (May 17) in 1999.
Today we celebrate 20 years since the release of one of the most influential electronic records of all time. Moby became the first pop sensation to come out of techno when he dropped his iconic album Play; not his first album, but certainly the first to make any sort of real impact.
Play was something of a saving grace for Moby, who considered quitting the music industry following the failure of his 1996 album Animal Rights. But after receiving fanmail from icons such as Terence Trent D'Arby, Axl Rose and Bono, he was buoyed enough to turn his hand to this project.
Continue reading: Album Of The Week: Still Hitting The Play Button For Moby
People across the world got together with friends on 22nd February to watch the Academy Awards - and for Sir Elton John, those friends happened to be some of the biggest names in entertainment!
Since 1992, EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) has raised over 321 million USD to help combat AIDS/HIV. One of the biggest events on EJAF's calendar is that of the Academy Awards Ceremony - for the last 23 years, Sir Elton John has hosted a special Academy Awards viewing party, in which celebrities from all areas of the entertainment industry come together to watch the Oscars, whilst raising money for the foundation. This year was no exception.
Sir Elton John poses with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)
Of course, as with any Oscar party, members of the Hollywood elite were in attendance, like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. But also, tremendous musical talent flocked to West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. In addition to Sir Elton John, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were there to pose for pictures, as were Miley Cyrus, LIL' KIM and Kylie Minogue. Moby and Beck also stopped by to help raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In order to spice up their trade show, the NAMM had a variety of music artist performing as well as showing off the latest and best equipment in music today.
Trade shows aren't usually all that interesting for people outside of the specific companies in attendance, yet for the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show things are a little different. While it is, of course, a place for people in the music industry to show off their new tech and equipment, it has the notable exception of being a music event with various artist taking to the stage to perform for the veterans of the music industry.
Lynyrd Skynyrd performing at the NAMM (Credit Jesse Grant - Getty Images)
The Anaheim Convention Centre saw people like singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Citizen Cope in attendance, yet the musical line-up was perhaps the most interesting. In addition to a show of force from Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews, acclaimed singer/songwriter and electronica artist Moby played an acoustic performance. But perhaps the primary performance of the entire event was a stunning show from southern hard-rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Continue reading: Moby And Lynyrd Skynyrd At The NAMM Show [Pictures]
Miley Cyrus and Moby appear in The Flaming Lips' latest music video entitled 'Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain'. Front man Wayne Coyne has attempted to offer some form of explanation, but its meaning is still not clear. See what you think!
Miley Cyrus appears in The Flaming Lips' latest 'music' video and smokes profusely whilst a naked woman meanders around carrying a large blob of jelly and the band plays in a rainbow costume. The video, entitled Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain, also features Moby as a cult leader. Unsurprisingly, the video is meant to reference LSD, but you'd have to be on something fairly strong to find it remotely enjoyable viewing.
Miley Cyrus' performances are nearly as trippy as The Flaming Lips' video.
Date of birth
11th September, 1965