Soundsofspotify http://soundsofspotify.com Find your favorite music Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:12:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Regina Carter – Trampin http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/regina-carter-trampin/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/regina-carter-trampin/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:12:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=a19d969237bbc115f9523b66ce233bfb
Regina Carter -         Regina Carter (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She began as a classical violinist but became increasingly in...

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Trampin' can be found on the album Southern Comfort which were released 2014, track nr: 2

About Regina Carter

Regina Carter (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She began as a classical violinist but became increasingly interested in jazz, and is considered one of the finest violinists in the genre. Carter attended Cass Technical High School. Carter received a degree in music from Oakland University and studied at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before forging her jazz career. In 1996, Regina Carter began leading her first band, an "electric band." In December 2001, she played a concert in Genoa on the Cannone Guarnerius of Niccolò Paganini. Using the same violin, she later recorded Paganini: After a Dream for Verve Records. [1] Active as an educator, mentor, and proponent of the Suzuki method[2], Carter has taught at numerous institutions, including at Berklee College of Music[3], and two appearances at Stanford Jazz Workshop. She currently performs at the head of a quintet. In May 2006, she was touring with Mark Krose (clarinet), Xavier Davis (piano), Alvester Garnett (drums), and Matt Parish (bass). Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellows Program grant, also known as a "genius grant," in September of 2006. last.fm

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Regina Carter -         Regina Carter (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She began as a classical violinist but became increasingly in...

Listen to Regina Carter – Trampin’ (2,19 min) on spotify.

Trampin’ can be found on the album Southern Comfort which were released 2014, track nr: 2

About Regina Carter

Regina Carter (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She began as a classical violinist but became increasingly interested in jazz, and is considered one of the finest violinists in the genre. Carter attended Cass Technical High School. Carter received a degree in music from Oakland University and studied at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before forging her jazz career. In 1996, Regina Carter began leading her first band, an “electric band.” In December 2001, she played a concert in Genoa on the Cannone Guarnerius of Niccolò Paganini. Using the same violin, she later recorded Paganini: After a Dream for Verve Records. [1] Active as an educator, mentor, and proponent of the Suzuki method[2], Carter has taught at numerous institutions, including at Berklee College of Music[3], and two appearances at Stanford Jazz Workshop. She currently performs at the head of a quintet. In May 2006, she was touring with Mark Krose (clarinet), Xavier Davis (piano), Alvester Garnett (drums), and Matt Parish (bass). Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellows Program grant, also known as a “genius grant,” in September of 2006. last.fm

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  • Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles(2014-04-19)
  • Le Gesu in Montreal Metro Area(2014-07-05)
  • Belvedere di Villa Rufolo in Ravello(2014-07-17)
  • Jazz Standard in New York(2014-08-14)
  • Jazz Standard in New York(2014-08-15)
  • Jazz Standard in New York(2014-08-16)
  • Jazz Standard in New York(2014-08-17)
  • UC Davis in Davis(2014-11-01)

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The Juan MacLean – Here I Am feat Nancy Whang http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/the-juan-maclean-here-i-am-feat-nancy-whang/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/the-juan-maclean-here-i-am-feat-nancy-whang/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:32:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=94ccf7ea9b26de9c0cf0f0e62648f4c0
The Juan MacLean -         Prior to becoming one of the most significant acts on the DFA label, John Maclean was a member of Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. Initially...

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Prior to becoming one of the most significant acts on the DFA label, John Maclean was a member of Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. Initially, Six Finger Satellite fit in with the remainder of the Sub Pop roster, but after one EP, they took a sharp turn into herky-jerky post-punk that was inspired by Devo, Big Black, and Suicide instead of Black Sabbath, The Stooges, and Led Zeppelin. By the time they went to record their final album, 1998's Law Of Ruins, krautrock began to play a major role, and so did LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who produced, engineered, and mixed the sessions, in addition to running the band's live sound. When the band broke up, Maclean's aggravated emotional state and long-term drug addiction took him low enough to provoke a move from New York to New Hampshire and a drastic change in lifestyle. Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, who were getting the DFA label off the ground, provoked Maclean to become interested in making music again. Using the name the Juan Maclean, Maclean took the sound of his defunct band to the dancefloor, retaining flashes of post-punk and '70s experimental electronics while grafting bits of early euro-disco, electro, detroit techno, and chicago house. A handful of singles - including DFA highlights You Can't Have It Both Ways and Give Me Every Little Thing - led to 2005's Less Than Human, the first album credited to the Juan Maclean. Tito's Way was released as a single with remixes by Booka Shade and Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas. More remixes of the first two singles and Love Is In The Air were included on the double promo album Visitations, released in the summer of 2006. After two years touring and developing their live act, The juan Mclean returned with the disco odyssey Happy House and The simple life, both included on their second studio album The Future Will Come released in April 09. Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem is featured predominantly throughout the new album. last.fm

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The Juan MacLean -         Prior to becoming one of the most significant acts on the DFA label, John Maclean was a member of Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. Initially...

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Prior to becoming one of the most significant acts on the DFA label, John Maclean was a member of Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. Initially, Six Finger Satellite fit in with the remainder of the Sub Pop roster, but after one EP, they took a sharp turn into herky-jerky post-punk that was inspired by Devo, Big Black, and Suicide instead of Black Sabbath, The Stooges, and Led Zeppelin. By the time they went to record their final album, 1998’s Law Of Ruins, krautrock began to play a major role, and so did LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who produced, engineered, and mixed the sessions, in addition to running the band’s live sound. When the band broke up, Maclean’s aggravated emotional state and long-term drug addiction took him low enough to provoke a move from New York to New Hampshire and a drastic change in lifestyle. Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, who were getting the DFA label off the ground, provoked Maclean to become interested in making music again. Using the name the Juan Maclean, Maclean took the sound of his defunct band to the dancefloor, retaining flashes of post-punk and ’70s experimental electronics while grafting bits of early euro-disco, electro, detroit techno, and chicago house. A handful of singles – including DFA highlights You Can’t Have It Both Ways and Give Me Every Little Thing – led to 2005’s Less Than Human, the first album credited to the Juan Maclean. Tito’s Way was released as a single with remixes by Booka Shade and Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas. More remixes of the first two singles and Love Is In The Air were included on the double promo album Visitations, released in the summer of 2006. After two years touring and developing their live act, The juan Mclean returned with the disco odyssey Happy House and The simple life, both included on their second studio album The Future Will Come released in April 09. Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem is featured predominantly throughout the new album. last.fm

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Pitbull & John Ryan – Fireball http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/pitbull-john-ryan-fireball/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/pitbull-john-ryan-fireball/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:12:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=60e4c092d17ff1ab5bae22d4c3bf6cdd
Pitbull & John Ryan -         Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), better known by the stage name Pitbull , is a Cuban-American rapper signed ...

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Pitbull & John Ryan -         Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), better known by the stage name Pitbull , is a Cuban-American rapper signed ...

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Nicki Minaj – Anaconda http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/nicki-minaj-anaconda/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/nicki-minaj-anaconda/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:12:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=6b3d3cb5202cb7f8a3754c77dabdfc4e
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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (/m?'n???/), is an American rapper and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj received public notice after releasing three mixtapes between 2007-2009. She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and spawned the number three peaking single "Super Bass". During that time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), also topped the chart and its lead single, "Starships", peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was reissued as an expanded version, subtitled The Re-Up. Minaj's upcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), is preceded by its second single, "Anaconda", which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the United States to date. Minaj was a voice actress in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and made her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, she was a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times saying that some consider her "the most influential female rapper of all time". Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Minaj's colorful costumes, wigs and clothing has given her recognition as a fashion icon. In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 appearances. Minaj has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard?'?s 2011 Rising Star award.

Life and career:

1982-2006: Early life and career beginnings:
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982 to Carol and Robert Maraj. Minaj, who has three siblings, is of Afro-Trinidadian ancestry on both of her parents side with her father, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, also having some Indian ancestry. Her mother held a variety of jobs, including accounting clerk, foreign-exchange teller and gospel singer. Minaj's father, who worked for American Express, was addicted to alcohol and other drugs and attempted to kill her mother by setting their house on fire. Until she was five years old Minaj lived with her grandmother in Saint James and was occasionally visited by her mother, with whom she later moved to Queens, New York. Minaj said that her upbringing, which lacked discipline, made her "seek out and practice self-discipline".
She attended PS 45 (the Clarence Witherspoon School) and Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, where she played clarinet, for her elementary education. Minaj graduated from LaGuardia High School, which focuses on music and the visual and performing arts. In the drama program, she planned to sing at LaGuardia but lost her voice the day of the audition. Minaj described her distraction from academics in high school by "acting and boys". She wanted to become an actress, and was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. When Minaj's acting career failed to take off, at age 19 she worked as a waitress at Red Lobster in the Bronx but was fired because of her discourtesy to customers; she said she had been fired from "at least fifteen jobs" for similar reasons. She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service and as an office manager for a Wall Street business.

2007-09: Mixtapes and Young Money:

Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force, in which she rapped in a quartet called The Hoodstars composed of Lou$tar (son of "Bowlegged Lou"), Scaff Beezy and 7even Up. In 2004 the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, "Don't Mess With", which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. Minaj left Full Force, dissatisfied with their lack of success, uploaded songs on her Myspace profile and sent several of her songs to people in the music industry; at the time, she was managed by Debra Antney. Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment (who also discovered rapper Gravy), signed Minaj to his label. Originally adopting the stage name "Nicki Maraj", she changed it to Nicki Minaj: "My real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow! I eat bitches!" On Fendi's label Minaj appeared on the street DVD, The Come Up Volume 11, featuring underground rappers from New York.
Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime is Over, on Dirty Money Records on July 5, 2007 and her second, Sucka Free, on April 12, 2008. That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards. In 2009 Minaj was involved in a conflict with ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme winner Rece Steele, who was annoyed when Minaj interrupted her interview and put a sign behind Steele's head; Minaj hung up on interviewers from Spate magazine when they asked about the incident. She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on April 18, 2009 and it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV. One of its tracks, "I Get Crazy", reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the magazine's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
After Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment. That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of "5 Star Bitch" by Yo Gotti. Minaj also appeared on "BedRock" and "Roger That" on the compilation album, We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers 2 and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; their parent album reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Minaj was featured on Mariah Carey's "Up Out My Face", which reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. At Jay-Z's suggestion, that February Robin Thicke featured Minaj on "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" and included her in several live performances (including The Late Show With David Letterman).

2010-11: Breakthrough with Pink Friday:

Minaj released the intended lead single from her upcoming debut album, "Massive Attack" featuring Sean Garrett, on March 29, 2010. When it only reached number 65 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it was removed from the album. Although Minaj was invited to join Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour in April, she declined in order to finish her album. "Your Love" was released as the album's lead single on June 8; it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, number seven on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. In August Minaj announced that the album would be entitled Pink Friday, a play on "Black Friday". The following month she released "Check It Out" (with will.i.am) and "Right Thru Me", and the latter peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. In October, Minaj was the first woman on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List and the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.
Pink Friday was released on November 19, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake) was released as Pink Friday?'?s fourth single on December 7, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified platinum, and reached number one in the United States in January 2011. Minaj performed "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life" as the musical guest on the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. "Super Bass", the album's fifth single, was released on May 13, 2011. Reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified octuple platinum in the U.S., the song reached the top ten in Australia and New Zealand and sold moderately well in Europe. Minaj credited the song's initial exposure to its mention by Taylor Swift; Swift "did her little interview about 'Super Bass' and it took off in the States with the people sort of knowing it. It's just really uncanny how all that stuff happens, we didn't plan it like that." Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo were the opening acts on Britney Spears' June 16-August 13 Femme Fatale Tour. She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears' "Till the World Ends", which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Minaj appeared on David Guetta's "Where Them Girls At" and "Turn Me On", the latter peaking at number four in the U.S.
Since Pink Friday?'?s Minaj has been involved in a feud with rapper Lil' Kim, who accused Minaj of copying her appearance. Although Minaj's "Roman's Revenge" was thought to be directed at Kim, she said the song was "everyone who has been in interviews talking" because "no one is worth having their name mentioned out of my mouth and they never will get that." Kim escalated the feud with her mixtape, Black Friday (2011), whose title and artwork mimic Pink Friday; a fragment from Minaj's diss track, "Tragedy", previewed that April. Their conflict sparked a feud between Minaj and rapper Foxy Brown, who said Minaj misrepresented their conversation about Kim. Brown released the diss tracks "Hold Yuh" and "Massacre" (directed at Kim and Minaj) in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively, but Brown and Minaj settled their dispute in June 2012.

2012-13: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and American Idol:

Minaj released "Roman in Moscow" on December 2, 2011 ahead of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song, which reached number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100, was ultimately left off the album. "Stupid Hoe" followed on December 20, reaching number 59 in the U.S. Critics suggested that the latter song was directed at Lil' Kim, who said: "If you have to make a song called 'Stupid Hoe,' you must be a stupid hoe." Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform their single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'", on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012. She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering "Roman Holiday" during the 2012 ceremony on February 12. Her exorcism-themed performance was controversial, with Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop saying that he saw Minaj "reaching out to the mainstream with this performance, trying to make that full leap into the pop world."
"Starships" was released two days later as the lead single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song reached numbers four and five on the Canadian Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot 100, respectively, and was the fifth-bestselling single of 2012. Minaj was sued by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka in September 2013 for its alleged copyright infringement. "Roman Reloaded" (featuring Lil Wayne) was released on February 23, charting at number 70 in the U.S. Follow-up singles "Beez in the Trap" (featuring 2 Chainz) and "Right by My Side" (featuring Chris Brown) were released on March 20, reaching numbers 48 and 51 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released on April 2, two months later than planned. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, its mix of hip-hop songs and mainstream pop material received mixed reviews from music critics. "Pound the Alarm" and "Va Va Voom" were released on June 15 and September 12, respectively, reaching numbers 15 and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Minaj began her headlining Pink Friday Tour on May 16, 2012, which was followed by the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour beginning October 14. Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station called "Starships" not "real hip-hop". The following month, Minaj voiced Steffie in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). She won awards for Best Female Video (for "Starships") at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. An expanded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up, was released on November 19. Its singles, "The Boys" (with Cassie), "Freedom" and "High School" (featuring Lil Wayne), reached numbers 41, 31 and 20 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. That month, Minaj was the subject of a three-part E! documentary (Nicki Minaj: My Truth). She announced plans for her own record label after signing Parker Ighile, Brinx, Keisha and Blackout Movement.
In September Minaj joined the judges' panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson. That October a leaked video circulated, with Minaj and Carey in a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carey accused Minaj of saying, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch", but Minaj denied the allegation. Carey said that Minaj created an "unsafe work environment", increasing her security as a result. Tensions escalated after Carey said that Minaj did not have a number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast in May 2013, to which Minaj responded in a series of "extremely harsh" tweets directed at the singer. Minaj and Carey left the series that month, at the end of the season. That year Minaj was the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 entries. Her seven nominations led those for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and she was the first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award four consecutive times.

2014: The Other Woman and The Pinkprint:
Filmed in spring 2013, Minaj's first live-action theatrical film The Other Woman premiered on April 25, 2014. She played Lydia, assistant to Carly (played by Cameron Diaz).
During its early production Minaj described her third album, The Pinkprint (2014), as "a continuation of The Re-Up with a lot more" and said it would focus on her "hip-hop roots". During an MTV interview, she said that her third album would be "next level" and have "so much to talk about": "I'm really excited and the people that have been working with me now, have been people that I haven't worked with before so it's like they're bringing a new sound to the album that I've never experimented with." Minaj released a string of freestyles on SoundCloud during the first half of 2014. She released a remix of Young Thug's "Danny Glover" on January 28, 2014, followed by "Chi-Raq" featuring Lil Herb. On February 12 a video for "Lookin Ass", directed by Nabil, was released. The song is part of Young Money's compilation album, Young Money: Rise of an Empire, and is its third single. "Yasss Bish", featuring and produced by Soulja Boy, was released online on May 3.
"Pills N Potions" was announced as The Pinkprint?'?s lead single on May 18; the song was released on May 21, with its video debuting on Vevo June 10. On June 29 Minaj became the only artist to win the BET Award for Best Hip-Hop Artists for five consecutive years, tying Missy Elliott for the most wins with five. "Anaconda", second single from The Pinkprint, was released on August 4 and its music video premiered on August 19. The video set a 24-hour Vevo record, receiving 19.6 million views on its first day of release and breaking the 19.3-million 24-hour record held by Miley Cyrus for her 2013 "Wrecking Ball". "Anaconda", peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.

Artistry:

Image:

Minaj's figure has been noted by the media. She said that although she originally felt obligated to mimic the provocative behavior of the "female rappers of her day", she intended to subdue her sexuality because she "wants people--especially young girls--to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You've got to have something else to go with that." The rapper has made autographing "boobs" part of her movement to empower women. In a Guardian interview, Minaj said she competes with male and female rappers: "That's why I say stuff like, 'Dick in your face', because I don't even wanna refer to female genitalia any more ... I just feel I have bigger balls than the boys". In "Moment 4 Life", she refers to herself as a "king" rather than a queen.
Minaj has been called the "black Lady Gaga" because of her costumes and wigs but has rejected the comparison, citing Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace and Christian Louboutin as her favorite designers.The Huffington Post described her style as "risk-taking" and "far-out", with "bold sartorial choices";Yahoo! called her dress "colorful" and "crazy", and "the fashion and music world would certainly be very quiet without Ms Minaj". Minaj has been invited to perform at fashion events; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed "Super Bass" at a November 2011 Victoria's Secret show. She was invited to sit with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour during New York Fashion Week to see designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.
Billboard listed Minaj the fourth-most-active musician on social media on its March 2011 Social 50 chart. On Twitter, she is the world's most-followed rapper.There, in public appearances and interviews Minaj calls her fans "Barbs" collectively and her male heterosexual and LGBT followers "boys" and "Ken Barbs" respectively (alluding to her Barbie persona). She deleted her Twitter account for eight days in April 2012 after a dispute with fans who leaked snippets from her then-unreleased album. Minaj lost about nine million of her 11 million followers at the time. In 2013 Minaj introduced a more "natural" look, including less-colorful makeup and wigs, during later episodes of American Idol to be taken more seriously.

Alter egos:
With her parents frequently fighting during her childhood, Minaj lived through characters she created as a means of escape. She recalled that "fantasy was my reality" and her first identity was Cookie, who became Harajuku Barbie and (later) Nicki Minaj. In November 2010, Minaj assumed the alter ego Nicki Teresa, wearing a colorful headdress and calling herself "healer to her fans" during a visit to the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse Studios in New York. She introduced another alter ego, Rosa (pronounced with an exaggerated R), to commemorate her December 2010 appearance on Lopez Tonight.
For Pink Friday, Minaj created another alter ego: Roman Zolanski, "a demon inside her", Minaj's "twin brother" whose character she assumes when she is angry. Roman has been compared to Eminem's alter ego Slim Shady, and on "Roman's Revenge" Minaj and Eminem collaborate as their alter egos. On her next album, she said that there would be a lot of Roman: "And if you're not familiar with Roman, then you will be familiar with him very soon. He's the boy that lives inside of me. He's a lunatic and he's gay and he'll be on there a lot." Roman has a mother, Martha Zolanski, who appeared on "Roman's Revenge" with a British accent and singing on "Roman Holiday" for the first time. Martha appeared in the "Moment 4 Life" video as Minaj's apparent fairy godmother. Although Minaj was rapping in songs such as "All I Do Is Win (Remix)", she promised to introduce Nicki, Roman and Onika on her first album.

Musical style:

When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I'm not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don't want people to hear me and know exactly where I'm from.

--Minaj on her rapping technique in a Billboard interview

Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne. The New York Times called Minaj "a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She's a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she's a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones." Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: "What people don't know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit--im not mad at it because it got everyone's attention." Noted as a rap artist, she lends herself to electronic music genres (especially electropop). Pink Friday marked her exploration of the genres, spawning electro hits including "Super Bass". Also combining rap with synthesizer music, Minaj's second album had a number of electropop songs: "HOV Lane", "Whip It", "Automatic", "Come On A Cone", "Young Forever", and "Fire Burns", and the Billboard hits "Roman Holiday" and "Beez in the Trap". She collaborated with other artists, producing more electronic hits: "The Boys" with "Me & U" singer Cassie and "Beauty and a Beat" with Justin Bieber.
Her verse in Kanye West's "Monster" was appreciated by critics, who said she had the best verse in the song. Her alter egos are incorporated with her lyrics in British accents (Roman Zolanski) or soft-spokenness (Harajuku Barbie). Ice-T said about Minaj's rapping style, "Minaj does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill sic vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions."

Influences:

Minaj has said that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Lil Wayne, Smokey Robinson, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Remy Ma,Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott,Janet Jackson,Madonna, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones,M.I.A. and Cyndi Lauper. She cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major influences: "I really loved Foxy as a female rapper. I was really interested in her mind and her aura and I was really, really into Jay-Z. Me and my friends in high school, we were reciting all of the Jay lyrics. His words were our words in our conversations all the time." She said: "I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you've gotta tell people that when they're alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they're no longer here", adding that Foxy Brown was "the most influential female rapper" for her.
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj's role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica, singing "Why I Love You So Much" at every talent show she entered. Performing in Atlanta on her Pink Friday Tour, she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences of all time. Minaj has also cited Kanye West, Trina and Drake as influences.
She called Betsey Johnson a fashion inspiration: "Betsey is a free spirit. When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She's so warm and considerate and caring. She's amazingly talented and I've been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, 'Yay!' I was bowing down to her; she's dope!" Minaj has also expressed appreciation for Cyndi Lauper's style and how her videos inspired her as a teenager: "When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, 'No, you have to get your mother on the phone,' and I was just crying and begging. I've always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper's videos - that's what intrigued me."

Products and endorsements:

Minaj has been affiliated with several manufacturing companies and endorsed a number of products during her career. Her first collaboration was a November 2010 endorsement deal with MAC Cosmetics which sold a lipstick, "Pink 4 Friday", for four consecutive Fridays to promote Pink Friday. Minaj helped introduce the Casio TRYX in Times Square in April 2011, and created a six-piece nail polish collection for OPI Products with colors named after her songs in October. That December Mattel produced a custom-made, Minaj-themed Barbie doll valued at about $15,000 for auction on charitybuzz.
Minaj helped introduce the Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square in April 2012, and appeared in television and internet advertisements for Pepsi's "LiveForNow" campaign the following month; the TV commercial featured a remix of "Moment 4 Life". She participated in the 2012 Viva Glam campaign with Ricky Martin, which raised $270 million for the Mac AIDS Fund. With designer Jeremy Scott, Minaj signed an endorsement deal with Adidas' fall and winter 2012 campaign to appear in internet advertisements and commercials for Adidas Originals. Set to her song, "Masquerade", her segment of the advertisement was filmed in Brooklyn and also featured Big Sean, Derrick Rose, Sky Ferreira and 2NE1 in other locations worldwide. In September 2012 Minaj and Give Back Brands introduced her first fragrance, Pink Friday, and a Pink Friday Special Edition was released in April 2013.
Minaj fronted the Viva Glam campaign in 2013, which included the introduction of Nicki 2 lipstick and lip gloss. That January she introduced the Nicki Minaj Collection for Kmart, composed of clothing, accessories and housewares. In February Bluewater Comics announced that Minaj would star in the Fame biographical-comic series, debuting in Fame: Nicki Minaj. She partnered with Beats Electronics to introduce the Pink Pill speaker in April, appearing with DeRay Davis in a commercial later that month. In June Minaj said she would lead an ad campaign for Myx Fusions, a moscato beverage of which she is a part owner. Her second fragrance, Minajesty, was released in September 2013.

Personal life:
Minaj is the first and only female rapper to be featured on Forbes' Hip Hop Cash Kings list. She made her first appearance on the list in 2011, earning $6.5 million from May 2010 to May 2011. In 2012, she placed eighth on the list, earning $15.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Minaj rose to fourth on the list in 2013, earning $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013. She made her fourth consecutive appearance on the list in 2014, earning $14 million from June 2013 to June 2014. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Minaj donated $15,000 to the Food Bank For New York City and held a turkey drive at her alma mater, PS 45.
Minaj is a Christian, and said that after her father went to rehab and began attending church "he got saved and started changing his life." In July 2011 Minaj's cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn and she referred to him in "Champion": "Cause they killed my little cousin, Nicholas/ But my memory's only happy images."
Critics have noted Minaj's use of varied sexual identities in her music, some implying that she is bisexual. Although she has said that she does not date or have sex with women, she told Out magazine "I don't date men either." In an interview with Vibe she said, "I just embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don't tell them they are bad people ... But I feel like people always wanna define me and I don't wanna be defined." wikipedia

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About Nicki Minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (/m?’n???/), is an American rapper and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj received public notice after releasing three mixtapes between 2007-2009. She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and spawned the number three peaking single “Super Bass”. During that time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), also topped the chart and its lead single, “Starships”, peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was reissued as an expanded version, subtitled The Re-Up. Minaj’s upcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), is preceded by its second single, “Anaconda”, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the United States to date. Minaj was a voice actress in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and made her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, she was a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times saying that some consider her “the most influential female rapper of all time”. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Minaj’s colorful costumes, wigs and clothing has given her recognition as a fashion icon. In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 appearances. Minaj has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard?’?s 2011 Rising Star award.

Life and career:

1982-2006: Early life and career beginnings:
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982 to Carol and Robert Maraj. Minaj, who has three siblings, is of Afro-Trinidadian ancestry on both of her parents side with her father, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, also having some Indian ancestry. Her mother held a variety of jobs, including accounting clerk, foreign-exchange teller and gospel singer. Minaj’s father, who worked for American Express, was addicted to alcohol and other drugs and attempted to kill her mother by setting their house on fire. Until she was five years old Minaj lived with her grandmother in Saint James and was occasionally visited by her mother, with whom she later moved to Queens, New York. Minaj said that her upbringing, which lacked discipline, made her “seek out and practice self-discipline”.
She attended PS 45 (the Clarence Witherspoon School) and Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, where she played clarinet, for her elementary education. Minaj graduated from LaGuardia High School, which focuses on music and the visual and performing arts. In the drama program, she planned to sing at LaGuardia but lost her voice the day of the audition. Minaj described her distraction from academics in high school by “acting and boys”. She wanted to become an actress, and was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. When Minaj’s acting career failed to take off, at age 19 she worked as a waitress at Red Lobster in the Bronx but was fired because of her discourtesy to customers; she said she had been fired from “at least fifteen jobs” for similar reasons. She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service and as an office manager for a Wall Street business.

2007-09: Mixtapes and Young Money:

Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force, in which she rapped in a quartet called The Hoodstars composed of Lou$tar (son of “Bowlegged Lou”), Scaff Beezy and 7even Up. In 2004 the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, “Don’t Mess With”, which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. Minaj left Full Force, dissatisfied with their lack of success, uploaded songs on her Myspace profile and sent several of her songs to people in the music industry; at the time, she was managed by Debra Antney. Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment (who also discovered rapper Gravy), signed Minaj to his label. Originally adopting the stage name “Nicki Maraj”, she changed it to Nicki Minaj: “My real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow! I eat bitches!” On Fendi’s label Minaj appeared on the street DVD, The Come Up Volume 11, featuring underground rappers from New York.
Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime is Over, on Dirty Money Records on July 5, 2007 and her second, Sucka Free, on April 12, 2008. That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards. In 2009 Minaj was involved in a conflict with ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme winner Rece Steele, who was annoyed when Minaj interrupted her interview and put a sign behind Steele’s head; Minaj hung up on interviewers from Spate magazine when they asked about the incident. She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on April 18, 2009 and it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV. One of its tracks, “I Get Crazy”, reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the magazine’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
After Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment. That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of “5 Star Bitch” by Yo Gotti. Minaj also appeared on “BedRock” and “Roger That” on the compilation album, We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers 2 and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; their parent album reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Minaj was featured on Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face”, which reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. At Jay-Z’s suggestion, that February Robin Thicke featured Minaj on “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy” and included her in several live performances (including The Late Show With David Letterman).

2010-11: Breakthrough with Pink Friday:

Minaj released the intended lead single from her upcoming debut album, “Massive Attack” featuring Sean Garrett, on March 29, 2010. When it only reached number 65 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it was removed from the album. Although Minaj was invited to join Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour in April, she declined in order to finish her album. “Your Love” was released as the album’s lead single on June 8; it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, number seven on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. In August Minaj announced that the album would be entitled Pink Friday, a play on “Black Friday”. The following month she released “Check It Out” (with will.i.am) and “Right Thru Me”, and the latter peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. In October, Minaj was the first woman on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List and the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.
Pink Friday was released on November 19, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. “Moment 4 Life” (featuring Drake) was released as Pink Friday?’?s fourth single on December 7, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified platinum, and reached number one in the United States in January 2011. Minaj performed “Right Thru Me” and “Moment 4 Life” as the musical guest on the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. “Super Bass”, the album’s fifth single, was released on May 13, 2011. Reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified octuple platinum in the U.S., the song reached the top ten in Australia and New Zealand and sold moderately well in Europe. Minaj credited the song’s initial exposure to its mention by Taylor Swift; Swift “did her little interview about ‘Super Bass’ and it took off in the States with the people sort of knowing it. It’s just really uncanny how all that stuff happens, we didn’t plan it like that.” Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo were the opening acts on Britney Spears’ June 16-August 13 Femme Fatale Tour. She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears’ “Till the World Ends”, which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Minaj appeared on David Guetta’s “Where Them Girls At” and “Turn Me On”, the latter peaking at number four in the U.S.
Since Pink Friday?’?s Minaj has been involved in a feud with rapper Lil’ Kim, who accused Minaj of copying her appearance. Although Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” was thought to be directed at Kim, she said the song was “everyone who has been in interviews talking” because “no one is worth having their name mentioned out of my mouth and they never will get that.” Kim escalated the feud with her mixtape, Black Friday (2011), whose title and artwork mimic Pink Friday; a fragment from Minaj’s diss track, “Tragedy”, previewed that April. Their conflict sparked a feud between Minaj and rapper Foxy Brown, who said Minaj misrepresented their conversation about Kim. Brown released the diss tracks “Hold Yuh” and “Massacre” (directed at Kim and Minaj) in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively, but Brown and Minaj settled their dispute in June 2012.

2012-13: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and American Idol:

Minaj released “Roman in Moscow” on December 2, 2011 ahead of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song, which reached number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100, was ultimately left off the album. “Stupid Hoe” followed on December 20, reaching number 59 in the U.S. Critics suggested that the latter song was directed at Lil’ Kim, who said: “If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be a stupid hoe.” Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform their single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012. She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering “Roman Holiday” during the 2012 ceremony on February 12. Her exorcism-themed performance was controversial, with Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop saying that he saw Minaj “reaching out to the mainstream with this performance, trying to make that full leap into the pop world.”
“Starships” was released two days later as the lead single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song reached numbers four and five on the Canadian Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot 100, respectively, and was the fifth-bestselling single of 2012. Minaj was sued by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka in September 2013 for its alleged copyright infringement. “Roman Reloaded” (featuring Lil Wayne) was released on February 23, charting at number 70 in the U.S. Follow-up singles “Beez in the Trap” (featuring 2 Chainz) and “Right by My Side” (featuring Chris Brown) were released on March 20, reaching numbers 48 and 51 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released on April 2, two months later than planned. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, its mix of hip-hop songs and mainstream pop material received mixed reviews from music critics. “Pound the Alarm” and “Va Va Voom” were released on June 15 and September 12, respectively, reaching numbers 15 and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Minaj began her headlining Pink Friday Tour on May 16, 2012, which was followed by the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour beginning October 14. Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station called “Starships” not “real hip-hop”. The following month, Minaj voiced Steffie in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). She won awards for Best Female Video (for “Starships”) at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. An expanded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up, was released on November 19. Its singles, “The Boys” (with Cassie), “Freedom” and “High School” (featuring Lil Wayne), reached numbers 41, 31 and 20 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. That month, Minaj was the subject of a three-part E! documentary (Nicki Minaj: My Truth). She announced plans for her own record label after signing Parker Ighile, Brinx, Keisha and Blackout Movement.
In September Minaj joined the judges’ panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson. That October a leaked video circulated, with Minaj and Carey in a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carey accused Minaj of saying, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch”, but Minaj denied the allegation. Carey said that Minaj created an “unsafe work environment”, increasing her security as a result. Tensions escalated after Carey said that Minaj did not have a number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast in May 2013, to which Minaj responded in a series of “extremely harsh” tweets directed at the singer. Minaj and Carey left the series that month, at the end of the season. That year Minaj was the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 entries. Her seven nominations led those for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and she was the first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award four consecutive times.

2014: The Other Woman and The Pinkprint:
Filmed in spring 2013, Minaj’s first live-action theatrical film The Other Woman premiered on April 25, 2014. She played Lydia, assistant to Carly (played by Cameron Diaz).
During its early production Minaj described her third album, The Pinkprint (2014), as “a continuation of The Re-Up with a lot more” and said it would focus on her “hip-hop roots”. During an MTV interview, she said that her third album would be “next level” and have “so much to talk about”: “I’m really excited and the people that have been working with me now, have been people that I haven’t worked with before so it’s like they’re bringing a new sound to the album that I’ve never experimented with.” Minaj released a string of freestyles on SoundCloud during the first half of 2014. She released a remix of Young Thug’s “Danny Glover” on January 28, 2014, followed by “Chi-Raq” featuring Lil Herb. On February 12 a video for “Lookin Ass”, directed by Nabil, was released. The song is part of Young Money’s compilation album, Young Money: Rise of an Empire, and is its third single. “Yasss Bish”, featuring and produced by Soulja Boy, was released online on May 3.
“Pills N Potions” was announced as The Pinkprint?’?s lead single on May 18; the song was released on May 21, with its video debuting on Vevo June 10. On June 29 Minaj became the only artist to win the BET Award for Best Hip-Hop Artists for five consecutive years, tying Missy Elliott for the most wins with five. “Anaconda”, second single from The Pinkprint, was released on August 4 and its music video premiered on August 19. The video set a 24-hour Vevo record, receiving 19.6 million views on its first day of release and breaking the 19.3-million 24-hour record held by Miley Cyrus for her 2013 “Wrecking Ball”. “Anaconda”, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.

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Minaj’s figure has been noted by the media. She said that although she originally felt obligated to mimic the provocative behavior of the “female rappers of her day”, she intended to subdue her sexuality because she “wants people–especially young girls–to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” The rapper has made autographing “boobs” part of her movement to empower women. In a Guardian interview, Minaj said she competes with male and female rappers: “That’s why I say stuff like, ‘Dick in your face’, because I don’t even wanna refer to female genitalia any more … I just feel I have bigger balls than the boys”. In “Moment 4 Life”, she refers to herself as a “king” rather than a queen.
Minaj has been called the “black Lady Gaga” because of her costumes and wigs but has rejected the comparison, citing Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace and Christian Louboutin as her favorite designers.The Huffington Post described her style as “risk-taking” and “far-out”, with “bold sartorial choices”;Yahoo! called her dress “colorful” and “crazy”, and “the fashion and music world would certainly be very quiet without Ms Minaj”. Minaj has been invited to perform at fashion events; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed “Super Bass” at a November 2011 Victoria’s Secret show. She was invited to sit with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour during New York Fashion Week to see designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.
Billboard listed Minaj the fourth-most-active musician on social media on its March 2011 Social 50 chart. On Twitter, she is the world’s most-followed rapper.There, in public appearances and interviews Minaj calls her fans “Barbs” collectively and her male heterosexual and LGBT followers “boys” and “Ken Barbs” respectively (alluding to her Barbie persona). She deleted her Twitter account for eight days in April 2012 after a dispute with fans who leaked snippets from her then-unreleased album. Minaj lost about nine million of her 11 million followers at the time. In 2013 Minaj introduced a more “natural” look, including less-colorful makeup and wigs, during later episodes of American Idol to be taken more seriously.

Alter egos:
With her parents frequently fighting during her childhood, Minaj lived through characters she created as a means of escape. She recalled that “fantasy was my reality” and her first identity was Cookie, who became Harajuku Barbie and (later) Nicki Minaj. In November 2010, Minaj assumed the alter ego Nicki Teresa, wearing a colorful headdress and calling herself “healer to her fans” during a visit to the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse Studios in New York. She introduced another alter ego, Rosa (pronounced with an exaggerated R), to commemorate her December 2010 appearance on Lopez Tonight.
For Pink Friday, Minaj created another alter ego: Roman Zolanski, “a demon inside her”, Minaj’s “twin brother” whose character she assumes when she is angry. Roman has been compared to Eminem’s alter ego Slim Shady, and on “Roman’s Revenge” Minaj and Eminem collaborate as their alter egos. On her next album, she said that there would be a lot of Roman: “And if you’re not familiar with Roman, then you will be familiar with him very soon. He’s the boy that lives inside of me. He’s a lunatic and he’s gay and he’ll be on there a lot.” Roman has a mother, Martha Zolanski, who appeared on “Roman’s Revenge” with a British accent and singing on “Roman Holiday” for the first time. Martha appeared in the “Moment 4 Life” video as Minaj’s apparent fairy godmother. Although Minaj was rapping in songs such as “All I Do Is Win (Remix)”, she promised to introduce Nicki, Roman and Onika on her first album.

Musical style:

When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from.

–Minaj on her rapping technique in a Billboard interview

Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne. The New York Times called Minaj “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones.” Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: “What people don’t know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit–im not mad at it because it got everyone’s attention.” Noted as a rap artist, she lends herself to electronic music genres (especially electropop). Pink Friday marked her exploration of the genres, spawning electro hits including “Super Bass”. Also combining rap with synthesizer music, Minaj’s second album had a number of electropop songs: “HOV Lane”, “Whip It”, “Automatic”, “Come On A Cone”, “Young Forever”, and “Fire Burns”, and the Billboard hits “Roman Holiday” and “Beez in the Trap”. She collaborated with other artists, producing more electronic hits: “The Boys” with “Me & U” singer Cassie and “Beauty and a Beat” with Justin Bieber.
Her verse in Kanye West’s “Monster” was appreciated by critics, who said she had the best verse in the song. Her alter egos are incorporated with her lyrics in British accents (Roman Zolanski) or soft-spokenness (Harajuku Barbie). Ice-T said about Minaj’s rapping style, “Minaj does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill sic vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions.”

Influences:

Minaj has said that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Lil Wayne, Smokey Robinson, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Remy Ma,Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott,Janet Jackson,Madonna, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones,M.I.A. and Cyndi Lauper. She cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major influences: “I really loved Foxy as a female rapper. I was really interested in her mind and her aura and I was really, really into Jay-Z. Me and my friends in high school, we were reciting all of the Jay lyrics. His words were our words in our conversations all the time.” She said: “I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here”, adding that Foxy Brown was “the most influential female rapper” for her.
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj’s role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica, singing “Why I Love You So Much” at every talent show she entered. Performing in Atlanta on her Pink Friday Tour, she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences of all time. Minaj has also cited Kanye West, Trina and Drake as influences.
She called Betsey Johnson a fashion inspiration: “Betsey is a free spirit. When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She’s so warm and considerate and caring. She’s amazingly talented and I’ve been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, ‘Yay!’ I was bowing down to her; she’s dope!” Minaj has also expressed appreciation for Cyndi Lauper’s style and how her videos inspired her as a teenager: “When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, ‘No, you have to get your mother on the phone,’ and I was just crying and begging. I’ve always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper’s videos – that’s what intrigued me.”

Products and endorsements:

Minaj has been affiliated with several manufacturing companies and endorsed a number of products during her career. Her first collaboration was a November 2010 endorsement deal with MAC Cosmetics which sold a lipstick, “Pink 4 Friday”, for four consecutive Fridays to promote Pink Friday. Minaj helped introduce the Casio TRYX in Times Square in April 2011, and created a six-piece nail polish collection for OPI Products with colors named after her songs in October. That December Mattel produced a custom-made, Minaj-themed Barbie doll valued at about $15,000 for auction on charitybuzz.
Minaj helped introduce the Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square in April 2012, and appeared in television and internet advertisements for Pepsi’s “LiveForNow” campaign the following month; the TV commercial featured a remix of “Moment 4 Life”. She participated in the 2012 Viva Glam campaign with Ricky Martin, which raised $270 million for the Mac AIDS Fund. With designer Jeremy Scott, Minaj signed an endorsement deal with Adidas’ fall and winter 2012 campaign to appear in internet advertisements and commercials for Adidas Originals. Set to her song, “Masquerade”, her segment of the advertisement was filmed in Brooklyn and also featured Big Sean, Derrick Rose, Sky Ferreira and 2NE1 in other locations worldwide. In September 2012 Minaj and Give Back Brands introduced her first fragrance, Pink Friday, and a Pink Friday Special Edition was released in April 2013.
Minaj fronted the Viva Glam campaign in 2013, which included the introduction of Nicki 2 lipstick and lip gloss. That January she introduced the Nicki Minaj Collection for Kmart, composed of clothing, accessories and housewares. In February Bluewater Comics announced that Minaj would star in the Fame biographical-comic series, debuting in Fame: Nicki Minaj. She partnered with Beats Electronics to introduce the Pink Pill speaker in April, appearing with DeRay Davis in a commercial later that month. In June Minaj said she would lead an ad campaign for Myx Fusions, a moscato beverage of which she is a part owner. Her second fragrance, Minajesty, was released in September 2013.

Personal life:
Minaj is the first and only female rapper to be featured on Forbes’ Hip Hop Cash Kings list. She made her first appearance on the list in 2011, earning $6.5 million from May 2010 to May 2011. In 2012, she placed eighth on the list, earning $15.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Minaj rose to fourth on the list in 2013, earning $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013. She made her fourth consecutive appearance on the list in 2014, earning $14 million from June 2013 to June 2014. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Minaj donated $15,000 to the Food Bank For New York City and held a turkey drive at her alma mater, PS 45.
Minaj is a Christian, and said that after her father went to rehab and began attending church “he got saved and started changing his life.” In July 2011 Minaj’s cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn and she referred to him in “Champion”: “Cause they killed my little cousin, Nicholas/ But my memory’s only happy images.”
Critics have noted Minaj’s use of varied sexual identities in her music, some implying that she is bisexual. Although she has said that she does not date or have sex with women, she told Out magazine “I don’t date men either.” In an interview with Vibe she said, “I just embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don’t tell them they are bad people … But I feel like people always wanna define me and I don’t wanna be defined.” wikipedia

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  • MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford(2014-06-01)
  • The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles(2014-06-29)
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia(2014-07-04)
  • Barclays Center in Brooklyn(2014-09-09)

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Chicos De Barrio – Cumbia de los pajaritos http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/chicos-de-barrio-cumbia-de-los-pajaritos/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/chicos-de-barrio-cumbia-de-los-pajaritos/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:32:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=f1a55e4abb8877244cd9e2dbf5de3991
Chicos De Barrio -         Chicos de Barrio is a cumbia group formed in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. They combine their cumbia with Hip-Hop, Urbano, Vallenato. They're fam...

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Cumbia de los pajaritos can be found on the album La Lola which were released 2000, track nr: 12

About Chicos De Barrio

Chicos de Barrio is a cumbia group formed in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. They combine their cumbia with Hip-Hop, Urbano, Vallenato. They're famous with their stylish way of dressing, thats beign followed by many other groups. PURO BARRIO! DESDE LA COMARCA! last.fm

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Lyrics for Cumbia de los pajaritos by Chicos De Barrio:

Zachtjes tikt de regen tegen 't zolderraam, 't ritme van de eenzaamheid
Die regen zegt wij waren zo gelukkig saam, maar nu is dat verleden tijd
De regen valt bij stromen, 't is een trieste dag
Want je liet staan me alleen

Ik ken nu de betekenis van tegenslag, omdat je met m’n hart verdween
Kom vertel me regen, regen wat je doet
Zeg, maak je 't tussen ons toch weer een beetje goed
'k Heb niks aan een ander, want ik hou alleen van haar
De regen valt bij stromen, 't is een trieste dag,
Want je liet me staan alleen

Ik ken nu de betekenis van tegenslag, omdat je met m’n hart verdween
Kom vertel me regen, regen wat ik voel,
O, maak haar hartje vurig want ze is zo koel
O, vraag, beste regen aan de zon hoe of je dat doet
Zachtjes tikt de regen tegen 't zolderraam, 't ritme van de eenzaamheid
Die regen zegt wij waren zo gelukkig saam, maar dat is nu verleden tijd

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Cumbia de los pajaritos can be found on the album La Lola which were released 2000, track nr: 12

About Chicos De Barrio

Chicos de Barrio is a cumbia group formed in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. They combine their cumbia with Hip-Hop, Urbano, Vallenato. They’re famous with their stylish way of dressing, thats beign followed by many other groups. PURO BARRIO! DESDE LA COMARCA! last.fm

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Lyrics for Cumbia de los pajaritos by Chicos De Barrio:

Zachtjes tikt de regen tegen ‘t zolderraam, ‘t ritme van de eenzaamheid
Die regen zegt wij waren zo gelukkig saam, maar nu is dat verleden tijd
De regen valt bij stromen, ‘t is een trieste dag
Want je liet staan me alleen

Ik ken nu de betekenis van tegenslag, omdat je met m’n hart verdween
Kom vertel me regen, regen wat je doet
Zeg, maak je ‘t tussen ons toch weer een beetje goed
‘k Heb niks aan een ander, want ik hou alleen van haar
De regen valt bij stromen, ‘t is een trieste dag,
Want je liet me staan alleen

Ik ken nu de betekenis van tegenslag, omdat je met m’n hart verdween
Kom vertel me regen, regen wat ik voel,
O, maak haar hartje vurig want ze is zo koel
O, vraag, beste regen aan de zon hoe of je dat doet
Zachtjes tikt de regen tegen ‘t zolderraam, ‘t ritme van de eenzaamheid
Die regen zegt wij waren zo gelukkig saam, maar dat is nu verleden tijd

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Iva Nova – The Witch http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/iva-nova-the-witch/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/iva-nova-the-witch/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:12:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=fc5101f47bd6f9155b05a593c5865f17 Listen to Iva Nova - The Witch (4,65 min) on spotify. The Witch can be found on the album Chemodan which were released 2006, track nr: 4About Iva NovaThis is a duplicate artist for ??? ????. IVA NOVA ( ??? ???? )was formed in St. Petersburg in 200...

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The Witch can be found on the album Chemodan which were released 2006, track nr: 4

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This is a duplicate artist for ??? ????. IVA NOVA ( ??? ???? )was formed in St. Petersburg in 2002, when five young Russian ladies met to create a new collective of musicians. All of them had had vast experience of playing at gigs with various groups and having found themselves to be really kindred souls, they started off their joint career, combining the tunes and instrumentation of traditional Slavonic music with the energy and attitude of punk. Their original songs, sung by Nastya Postnikova, with tunes and lyrics based on the riches of the folklore, are catchy and sensitive. Fuzzy dirt-simple guitar riffs (Inna Lishenkevich) and explosively frenetic percussion (Katherina Fyodorova) supported by the poignant bass (Katya Grigoryeva) and the energy of jazzy accordion (Elnara Shafigullina) fill their performance with both rural restlessness and urban craziness. Official Iva Nova Website last.fm

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Maroon 5 – Animals http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/maroon-5-animals/ http://soundsofspotify.com/songs/maroon-5-animals/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:32:00 +0000 http://soundsofspotify.com/?guid=6ebe3cf7a7758868ff7f996cd800a218
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Animals can be found on the album V (Deluxe) which were released 2014, track nr: 2

About Maroon 5

Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as 'Best New Artist of 2005' and then going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, the American pop and rock band Maroon 5's releases that have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. Originally starting out in 1994 as an alternative rock/power pop band called Kara's Flowers, the group took in guitarist Jimmy Valentine and changed their name to Maroon 5 as they moved on to more rnb and smooth pop influences. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the sleek, emotional sound they introduced on their debut album, 'Songs About Jane'. The 2002 release spawned the popular singles "Harder to Breathe", "This Love", "She Will Be Loved", and "Sunday Morning", receiving considerable international airplay. With massive commercial success at their grasp, the band followed-up with their sophomore album, 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long', which they released on May 22, 2007 and included the immense hits "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See Your Face Again". Many musical critics praised the work, with Allmusic in particular stating that the production of the album "is so immaculate that it glistens". Both of the group's albums were soon certified double platinum. In 2010, the group released their third studio album, 'Hands All Over', which had strong commercial success and has been certified platinum. The collection featured two hit singles including the Hot A.C. smash "Misery" and the pop anthem "Moves Like Jagger", also known as "Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)", which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot A.C. charts as well as the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. "Moves Like Jagger" also became of the best selling singles of 2011 with sales of 8.5 million copies worldwide. Additionally, both singles received Grammy Award nominations in the category of 'Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals'. As the years have passed, "Moves Like Jagger" has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. With the success of his work over the past decade, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine also notably became the first artist in the chart's 53-year history to reach #1 as part of a group while entering the Top 10 at the same time as a soloist. He was featured on and co-wrote hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes' popular single "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" (also known as just "Stereo Hearts"). Following this success, Maroon 5 released their highly anticipated fourth studio album, 'Overexposed', in the summer of 2012. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, the release is a rich, pop-infused collection that quickly reinforced the group's status as a powerhouse in popular music. Overexposed features a series of chart-topping singles including: "Payphone," which immediately shot straight to #1 on both the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, and "One More Night," which held at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine straight weeks. Most recently the band received GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Pop Performance for "Payphone" and Best Pop Album for Overexposed. The group just released "Love Somebody," the fourth single off of their new album and headlined the Honda Civic Tour last summer alongside special guest Kelly Clarkson. The tour kicked off in St. Louis on August 1st and continued through early October. In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Adam Levine has returned for the fifth season as a coach on the #1 NBC hit series The Voice. Adam also recently made his small screen acting debut on the new 2012 season of the hit FX drama American Horror Story, and has landed a lead role in the major motion picture film, Can A Song Save Your Life from director John Carney. last.fm

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  • LG Arena in Birmingham(2014-01-07)
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  • Palais Omnisport de Bercy in Paris(2014-01-19)
  • Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam(2014-01-20)
  • Reliant Stadium in Houston(2014-03-13)
  • StubHub Center in Carson(2014-05-10)
  • Mondial Loto-Qc de Laval in Montreal(2014-06-21)
  • West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg(2014-07-04)
  • Salmon Festival in Grand Falls-Windsor(2014-07-05)
  • World Cup Stadium in Seoul(2014-08-10)
  • iTunes Festival in London(2014-09-11)
  • Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles(2014-11-18)
  • Z100 Jingle Ball in New York(2014-12-12)
  • Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas(2014-12-30)
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Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as ‘Best New Artist of 2005′ and then going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, the American pop and rock band Maroon 5’s releases that have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. Originally starting out in 1994 as an alternative rock/power pop band called Kara’s Flowers, the group took in guitarist Jimmy Valentine and changed their name to Maroon 5 as they moved on to more rnb and smooth pop influences. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the sleek, emotional sound they introduced on their debut album, ‘Songs About Jane’. The 2002 release spawned the popular singles “Harder to Breathe”, “This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, and “Sunday Morning”, receiving considerable international airplay. With massive commercial success at their grasp, the band followed-up with their sophomore album, ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’, which they released on May 22, 2007 and included the immense hits “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See Your Face Again”. Many musical critics praised the work, with Allmusic in particular stating that the production of the album “is so immaculate that it glistens”. Both of the group’s albums were soon certified double platinum. In 2010, the group released their third studio album, ‘Hands All Over’, which had strong commercial success and has been certified platinum. The collection featured two hit singles including the Hot A.C. smash “Misery” and the pop anthem “Moves Like Jagger”, also known as “Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)”, which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot A.C. charts as well as the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. “Moves Like Jagger” also became of the best selling singles of 2011 with sales of 8.5 million copies worldwide. Additionally, both singles received Grammy Award nominations in the category of ‘Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals’. As the years have passed, “Moves Like Jagger” has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. With the success of his work over the past decade, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine also notably became the first artist in the chart’s 53-year history to reach #1 as part of a group while entering the Top 10 at the same time as a soloist. He was featured on and co-wrote hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes’ popular single “Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)” (also known as just “Stereo Hearts”). Following this success, Maroon 5 released their highly anticipated fourth studio album, ‘Overexposed’, in the summer of 2012. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, the release is a rich, pop-infused collection that quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music. Overexposed features a series of chart-topping singles including: “Payphone,” which immediately shot straight to #1 on both the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, and “One More Night,” which held at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine straight weeks. Most recently the band received GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Pop Performance for “Payphone” and Best Pop Album for Overexposed. The group just released “Love Somebody,” the fourth single off of their new album and headlined the Honda Civic Tour last summer alongside special guest Kelly Clarkson. The tour kicked off in St. Louis on August 1st and continued through early October. In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Adam Levine has returned for the fifth season as a coach on the #1 NBC hit series The Voice. Adam also recently made his small screen acting debut on the new 2012 season of the hit FX drama American Horror Story, and has landed a lead role in the major motion picture film, Can A Song Save Your Life from director John Carney. last.fm

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Van Morrison -         George Ivan Morrison (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

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About Van Morrison

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.
Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.
Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Domino" and "Wild Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".
Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several "Greatest Artists" lists.

Life and career:

Early life and musical roots: 1945-64:
George Ivan (Van) Morrison was born on 31 August 1945, at 125 Hynford Street, Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard electrician, and Violet Stitt Morrison, a singer and tap dancer in her youth. Van Morrison's family roots descend from the Ulster Scots population that settled in Belfast. From 1950 to 1956, Morrison, who began to be known as "Van" during this time, attended Elmgrove Primary School. Morrison's father had what was at the time one of the largest record collections in Ulster (acquired during his sojourn in Detroit, Michigan in the early 1950s), and the young Morrison grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly, and Solomon Burke; of whom Morrison later said, "If it weren't for guys like Ray and Solomon, I wouldn't be where I am today. Those guys were the inspiration that got me going. If it wasn't for that kind of music, I couldn't do what I'm doing now." His father's record collection exposed him to various musical genres, such as the blues of Muddy Waters; the gospel of Mahalia Jackson; the jazz of Charlie Parker; the folk music of Woody Guthrie; and country music from Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, while the first record he ever bought was by blues musician Sonny Terry. When Lonnie Donegan had a hit with "Rock Island Line", written by Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly), Morrison felt he was familiar with and able to connect with skiffle music as he had been hearing Lead Belly before that.
Morrison's father bought him his first acoustic guitar when he was eleven, and he learned to play rudimentary chords from the song book, The Carter Family Style, edited by Alan Lomax. A year later, when he was twelve years old, Morrison formed his first band, a skiffle group, "The Sputniks", named after the recently launched Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1. In 1958, the band played at some of the local cinemas, and Morrison took the lead, contributing most of the singing and arranging. Other short-lived groups followed - at fourteen, he formed Midnight Special, another modified skiffle band and played at a school concert. Then, when he heard Jimmy Giuffre playing saxophone on "The Train and The River", he talked his father into buying him a saxophone, and took lessons in tenor sax and music reading. Now playing the saxophone, Morrison joined with various local bands, including one called Deanie Sands and the Javelins, with whom he played guitar and shared singing. The line-up of the band was lead vocalist Deanie Sands, guitarist George Jones and drummer, vocalist Roy Kane. Later the four main musicians of the Javelins, with the addition of Wesley Black as pianist, became known as the Monarchs.
Morrison attended Orangefield Boys Secondary School, leaving in July 1960 with no qualifications. As a member of a working-class community, it was expected that he would get a regular full-time job, so after several short apprenticeship positions, he settled into a job as a window cleaner--later alluded to in his songs "Cleaning Windows" and "Saint Dominic's Preview". However, he had been developing his musical interests from an early age and continued playing with the Monarchs part-time. Young Morrison also played with the Harry Mack Showband, the Great Eight, with his older workplace friend, Geordie (G. D.) Sproule, whom he later named as one of his biggest influences.
At age 17, he toured Europe for the first time with the Monarchs, now calling themselves the International Monarchs. This Irish showband, with Morrison playing saxophone, guitar and harp, in addition to back-up duty on bass and drums, toured steamy clubs and US Army bases in Scotland, England, and Germany, often playing five sets a night. While in Germany, the band recorded a single, "Boozoo Hully Gully"/"Twingy Baby", under the name Georgie and The Monarchs. This was Morrison's first recording, taking place in November 1963 at Ariola Studios in Cologne with Morrison on saxophone; it made the lower reaches of the German charts.
Upon returning to Belfast in November 1963, the group disbanded, so Morrison connected with Geordie Sproule again and played with him in the Manhattan Showband along with guitarist Herbie Armstrong. When Armstrong auditioned to play with Brian Rossi and the Golden Eagles, Morrison went along and was hired as a blues singer.

Them: 1964-66:
The roots of Them, the band that first broke Morrison on the international scene, came in April 1964 when Morrison responded to an advert for musicians to play at a new R&B club at the Maritime Hotel - an old dance hall frequented by sailors. The new R&B club needed a band for its opening night; however, Morrison had left the Golden Eagles (the group with which he had been performing at the time), so he created a new band out of The Gamblers, an East Belfast group formed by Ronnie Millings, Billy Harrison, and Alan Henderson in 1962. Eric Wrixon, still a schoolboy, was the piano player and keyboardist. Morrison played saxophone and harmonica and shared vocals with Billy Harrison. They followed Eric Wrixon's suggestion for a new name, and The Gamblers morphed into Them, their name taken from the Fifties horror movie Them!.
The band's strong R&B performances at the Maritime attracted attention. Them performed without a routine and Morrison ad libbed, creating his songs live as he performed. While the band did covers, they also played some of Morrison's early songs, such as "Could You Would You", which he had written in Camden Town while touring with The Manhattan Showband. The debut of Morrison's "Gloria" took place on stage here. Sometimes, depending on his mood, the song could last up to twenty minutes. Morrison has stated that "Them lived and died on the stage at the Maritime Hotel," believing that the band did not manage to capture the spontaneity and energy of their live performances on their records. The statement also reflected the instability of the Them line-up, with numerous members passing through the ranks after the definitive Maritime period. Morrison and Henderson would remain the only constants, and a highly unsuccessful version of Them even soldiered on after Morrison's departure.
Dick Rowe of Decca Records became aware of the band's performances, and signed Them to a standard two-year contract. In that period, they released two albums and ten singles, with two more singles released after Morrison departed the band. They had three chart hits, "Baby, Please Don't Go" (1964), "Here Comes the Night" (1965), and "Mystic Eyes" (1965), though it was the b-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go", the garage band classic, "Gloria", that went on to become a rock standard covered by Patti Smith, The Doors, Shadows of Knight, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
Building on the success of their singles in the United States, and riding on the back of the British Invasion, Them undertook a two-month tour of America in May and June 1966 that included a residency from 30 May to 18 June at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.The Doors were the supporting act on the last week, and Morrison's influence on The Doors singer, Jim Morrison, was noted by John Densmore in his book Riders On The Storm. Brian Hinton relates how "Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near namesake's stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks." On the final night, the two Morrisons and the two bands jammed together on "Gloria".
Toward the end of the tour the band members became involved in a dispute with their manager, Decca Records' Phil Solomon, over the revenues paid to the band; that, coupled with the expiry of their work visas, meant the band returned from America dejected. After two more concerts in Ireland, Them split up. Morrison concentrated on writing some of the songs that would appear on Astral Weeks, while the remnants of the band reformed in 1967 and relocated in America.

Start of solo career with Bang Records and "Brown Eyed Girl" - 1967:
Bert Berns, Them's producer and composer of their 1965 hit, "Here Comes the Night", persuaded Morrison to return to New York to record solo for his new label, Bang Records. Morrison flew over and signed a contract he had not fully studied. Then, during a two-day recording session at A & R Studios starting 28 March 1967, eight songs were recorded, originally intended to be used as four singles. Instead, these songs were released as the album Blowin' Your Mind! without Morrison being consulted. He said he only became aware of the album's release when a friend mentioned on a phone call that he had just bought a copy of it. He later commented to Donal Corvin in a 1973 interview: "I wasn't really happy with it. He picked the bands and tunes. I had a different concept of it."
However, from these early sessions emerged "Brown Eyed Girl". Captured on the 22nd take on the first day, this song was released as a single in mid-June 1967, reaching number ten in the US charts in 1967. "Brown Eyed Girl" became Morrison's most played song and over the years it has remained a classic; forty years later in 2007, it was the fourth most requested song of DJs in the US.
Following the death of Berns in 1967, Morrison became involved in a contract dispute with Berns' widow, Ilene Berns, that prevented him from performing on stage or recording in the New York area. The song "Big Time Operators", released in 1993, is thought to allude to his dealings with the New York music business during this time period. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and was soon confronted with personal and financial problems; he had "slipped into a malaise" and had trouble finding concert bookings. However, through the few gigs he could find, he regained his professional footing and started recording with the Warner Bros. Records label. The record company managed to buy out his contract with Bang Records. Morrison fulfilled a clause that bound him to submit thirty-six original songs within a year to Web IV Music, Berns' music publishing company, by recording thirty-one songs in one session; however, Ilene Berns thought the songs "nonsense music ... about ringworms" and did not use them. The throwaway compositions would come to be known as the "revenge" songs.

Astral Weeks - 1968:
His first album for Warner Bros. Records was Astral Weeks (which he had already performed in several clubs around Boston), a mystical song cycle, often considered to be his best work and one of the best albums of all time. Morrison has said, "When Astral Weeks came out, I was starving, literally." Released in 1968, the album eventually achieved critical acclaim, but it originally received an indifferent response from the public. To this day, it remains in an unclassifiable music genre and has been described variously as hypnotic, meditative, and as possessing a unique musical power. It has been compared to French Impressionism and mystical Celtic poetry. A 2004 Rolling Stone magazine review begins with the words: "This is music of such enigmatic beauty that thirty-five years after its release, Astral Weeks still defies easy, admiring description."Alan Light would later describe Astral Weeks as "like nothing he had done previously--and really, nothing anyone had done previously. Morrison sings of lost love, death, and nostalgia for childhood in the Celtic soul that would become his signature." It has been placed on many lists of best albums of all time. In the 1995 Mojo list of 100 Best Albums, it was listed as number two and was number nineteen on the Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. In December 2009, it was voted the top Irish album of all time by a poll of leading Irish musicians conducted by Hot Press magazine.

From Moondance to Into the Music: 1970-79:

Morrison's third solo album, Moondance, which was released in 1970, became his first million selling album and reached number twenty-nine on the Billboard charts. The style of Moondance stood in contrast to that of Astral Weeks. Whereas Astral Weeks had a sorrowful and vulnerable tone, Moondance restored a more optimistic and cheerful message to his music. The title track, although not released in the US as a single until 1977, received heavy play in FM radio formats. "Into the Mystic" has also gained a wide following over the years. "Come Running", which reached the American Top 40, rescued Morrison from what seemed then as Hot 100 obscurity.Moondance was both well received and favourably reviewed. Lester Bangs and Greil Marcus had a combined full page review in Rolling Stone, stating that Morrison now had "the striking imagination of a consciousness that is visionary in the strongest sense of the word." "That was the type of band I dig," Morrison said of the Moondance sessions. "Two horns and a rhythm section - they're the type of bands that I like best." He produced the album himself as he felt like nobody else knew what he wanted.Moondance was listed at number sixty-five on the Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In March 2007, Moondance was listed as number seventy-two on the NARM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of the "Definitive 200".
Over the next few years, he released a succession of albums, starting with a second one in 1970. His Band and the Street Choir had a free, more relaxed sound than Moondance, but not the perfection, in the opinion of critic Jon Landau who felt like "a few more numbers with a gravity of 'Street Choir' would have made this album as perfect as anyone could have stood." It contained the hit single "Domino", which charted at number nine in the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1971, he released another well-received album, Tupelo Honey. This album produced the hit single "Wild Night" that was later covered by John Mellencamp. The title song has a notably country-soul feel about it and the album ended with another country tune, "Moonshine Whiskey". Morrison said he originally intended to make an all country album. The recordings were as live as possible - after rehearsing the songs the musicians would go into the studio and play a whole set in one take. His co-producer, Ted Templeman, described this recording process as the "scariest thing I've ever seen. When he's got something together, he wants to put it down right away with no overdubbing."
Released in 1972, Saint Dominic's Preview revealed Morrison's break from the more accessible style of his previous three albums and moving back towards the more daring, adventurous, and meditative aspects of Astral Weeks. The combination of two styles of music demonstrated a versatility not previously found in his earlier albums. Two songs, "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" and "Redwood Tree", reached the Hot 100 singles chart. The songs "Listen to the Lion" and "Almost Independence Day" are each over ten minutes long and employ the type of poetic imagery not heard since Astral Weeks. It was his highest charting album in the US until his Top Ten debut on Billboard 200 in 2008.
He released his next album Hard Nose the Highway in 1973 receiving mixed, but mostly negative, reviews. The album contained the popular song "Warm Love" but otherwise has been largely dismissed critically. In a 1973 Rolling Stone review, it was described as: "psychologically complex, musically somewhat uneven and lyrically excellent."
During a three-week vacation visit to Ireland in October 1973, Morrison wrote seven of the songs that would make up his next album, Veedon Fleece. Though it attracted scant initial attention, its critical stature grew markedly over the years--with Veedon Fleece now often considered to be one of Morrison's most impressive and poetic works. In a 2008 Rolling Stone review, Andy Greene writes that when released in late 1974: "it was greeted by a collective shrug by the rock critical establishment" and concludes: "He's released many wonderful albums since, but he's never again hit the majestic heights of this one." "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River", one of the album's side closers, exemplifies the long, hypnotic, cryptic Morrison with its references to visionary poet William Blake and to the seemingly Grail-like Veedon Fleece object.
Morrison would not release a follow-up album for another three years. After a decade without taking time off, he said in an interview, he needed to get away from music completely and ceased listening to it for several months. Also suffering from writer's block, he seriously considered leaving the music business for good. Speculation that an extended jam session would be released either under the title Mechanical Bliss, or Naked in the Jungle, or Stiff Upper Lip, came to nothing, and Morrison's next album was A Period of Transition in 1977, a collaboration with Dr. John, who had appeared at The Last Waltz concert with Morrison in 1976. The album received a mild critical reception and marked the beginning of a very prolific period of song making.
The following year, Morrison released Wavelength; it became at that time the fastest-selling album of his career and soon went gold. The title track became a modest hit, peaking at number forty-two. Making use of 1970s synthesisers, it mimics the sounds of the shortwave radio stations that he listened to in his youth. The opening track, "Kingdom Hall" evoked Morrison's own childhood experiences attending church with his mother and foretold a religious theme that would be more evident in his next album, Into the Music.
Considered by Allmusic as "the definitive post-classic-era Morrison",Into the Music, was released in the last year of the 1970s. Songs on this album for the first time alluded to the healing power of music, which would become an abiding interest of Morrison's. "Bright Side of the Road" was a joyful, uplifting song that would appear on the soundtrack of the movie, Michael.

Common One to Avalon Sunset: 1980-89:
With his next album, the new decade found Morrison following his muse into uncharted territory and merciless reviews. In February 1980, Morrison and a group of musicians travelled to Super Bear, a studio in the French Alps, to record (on the site of a former abbey) what is considered to be the most controversial album in his discography; later "Morrison admitted that his original concept was even more esoteric than the final product." The album, Common One, consisted of six songs, each of varying length. The longest, "Summertime in England", lasted fifteen and one-half minutes and ended with the words,"Can you feel the silence?". NME magazine's Paul Du Noyer called the album "colossally smug and cosmically dull; an interminable, vacuous and drearily egotistical stab at spirituality: Into the muzak." Even Greil Marcus, whose previous writings had been favourably inclined towards Morrison, said: "It's Van acting the part of the 'mystic poet' he thinks he's supposed to be." Morrison insisted that the album was never "meant to be a commercial album." Biographer Clinton Heylin concludes: "He would not attempt anything so ambitious again. Henceforth every radical idea would be tempered by some notion of commerciality." Later the critics would reassess the album more favourably with the success of "Summertime in England".Lester Bangs wrote in 1982, "Van was making holy music even though he thought he was, and us rock critics had made our usual mistake of paying too much attention to the lyrics."
Morrison's next album, Beautiful Vision, released in 1982, had him returning once again to the music of his Northern Irish roots. Well received by the critics and public, it produced a minor UK hit single, "Cleaning Windows", that referenced one of Morrison's first jobs after leaving school. Several other songs on the album, "Vanlose Stairway", "She Gives Me Religion", and the instrumental, "Scandinavia" show the presence of a new personal muse in his life: a Danish public relations agent, who would share Morrison's spiritual interests and serve as a steadying influence on him throughout most of the 1980s. "Scandinavia", with Morrison on piano, was nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the 25th Annual Grammy Awards.
Much of the music Morrison released throughout the 1980s continued to focus on the themes of spirituality and faith. His 1983 album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart was "a move towards creating music for meditation" with synthesisers, uilleann pipes and flute sounds and four of the tracks were instrumentals. The titling of the album and the presence of the instrumentals were noted to be indicative of Morrison's long-held belief that "it's not the words one uses but the force of conviction behind those words that matters." During this period of time, Morrison had studied Scientology and gave "Special Thanks" to L. Ron Hubbard on the album's credits.
A Sense of Wonder, Morrison's 1985 album, pulled together the spiritual themes contained in his last four albums, which were defined in a Rolling Stone review as: "rebirth (Into the Music), deep contemplation and meditation, (Common One); ecstasy and humility (Beautiful Vision); and blissful, mantra like languor (Inarticulate Speech of the Heart)." The single, "Tore Down a la Rimbaud" was a reference to Rimbaud and an earlier bout of writer's block that Morrison had encountered in 1974. In 1985, Morrison also wrote the musical score for the movie, Lamb starring Liam Neeson.
Morrison's 1986 release, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, was said to contain a "genuine holiness...and musical freshness that needs to be set in context to understand." Critical response was favourable with a Sounds reviewer calling the album "his most intriguingly involved since Astral Weeks" and "Morrison at his most mystical, magical best." It contains the song, "In the Garden" that, according to Morrison, had a "definite meditation process which is a 'form' of transcendental meditation as its basis. It's not TM". He entitled the album as a rebuttal to media attempts to place him in various creeds. In an interview in the Observer he told Anthony Denselow:

There have been many lies put out about me and this finally states my position. I have never joined any organisation, nor plan to. I am not affiliated to any guru, don't subscribe to any method and for those people who don't know what a guru is, I don't have a teacher either.

After releasing the "No Guru" album, Morrison's music appeared less gritty and more adult contemporary with the well-received 1987 album, Poetic Champions Compose, considered to be one of his recording highlights of the 1980s. The romantic ballad from this album, "Someone Like You", has been featured subsequently in the soundtracks of several movies, including 1995's French Kiss, and in 2001, both Someone Like You and Bridget Jones's Diary.
In 1988, he released Irish Heartbeat, a collection of traditional Irish folk songs recorded with the Irish group, The Chieftains, which reached number 18 in the UK album charts. The title song, "Irish Heartbeat", was originally recorded on his 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.
The 1989 album, Avalon Sunset, which featured the hit duet with Cliff Richard "Whenever God Shines His Light" and the ballad "Have I Told You Lately" (on which "earthly love transmutes into that for God"(Hinton)), reached 13 on the UK album chart. Although considered to be a deeply spiritual album, it also contained "Daring Night", which "deals with full, blazing sex, whatever its churchy organ and gentle lilt suggest"(Hinton). Morrison's familiar themes of "God, woman, his childhood in Belfast and those enchanted moments when time stands still" were prominent in the songs. He can be heard calling out the change of tempo at the end of this song, repeating the numbers "1 - 4" to cue the chord changes (the first and fourth chord in the key of the music). He often completed albums in two days, frequently releasing first takes.

The Best of Van Morrison to Back on Top: 1990-99:
The early to middle 1990s were commercially successful for Morrison with three albums reaching the top five of the UK charts, sold-out concerts, and a more visible public profile; but this period also marked a decline in the critical reception to his work. The decade began with the release of The Best of Van Morrison; compiled by Morrison himself, the album was focused on his hit singles, and became a multi-platinum success remaining a year and a half on the UK charts. Allmusic determined it to be "far and away the best selling album of his career." After Enlightenment which included the hit singles "Real Real Gone" and the title cut in 1990, an ambitious double album "Hymns to the Silence" was released the following year, his only double studio album. Another compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two was released in January 1993, followed by Too Long in Exile in June, another top five chart success. The 1994 live double album A Night in San Francisco received favourable reviews as well as commercial success by reaching number eight on the UK charts. 1995's Days Like This also had large sales - though the critical reviews were not always favourable. This period also saw a number of side projects, including the live jazz performances of 1996's How Long Has This Been Going On, from the same year Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison, and 2000's The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998, all of which found Morrison paying tribute to his early musical influences.
In 1997, Morrison released The Healing Game. The album received mixed reviews, with the lyrics being described as "tired" and "dull", though critic Greil Marcus praised the musical complexity of the album by saying: "It carries the listener into a musical home so perfect and complete he or she might have forgotten that music could call up such a place, and then populate it with people, acts, wishes, fears." The following year, Morrison finally released some of his previously unissued studio recordings in a two-disc set, The Philosopher's Stone. His next release, 1999's Back on Top, achieved a modest success, being his highest charting album in the US since 1978's Wavelength.

Recent years: 2000-present:
Van Morrison continued to record and tour in the 2000s, often performing two or three times a week. He formed his own independent label, Exile Productions Ltd, which enables him to maintain full production control of each album he records, which he then delivers as a finished product to the recording label that he chooses, for marketing and distribution.
The album, Down the Road released in May 2002, received a good critical reception and proved to be his highest charting album in the US since 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview. It had a nostalgic tone, with its fifteen tracks representing the various musical genres that Morrison had previously covered--including R&B, blues, country and folk; one of the tracks was written as a tribute to his late father George, who had played a pivotal role in nurturing his early musical tastes.
Morrison's 2005 album, Magic Time, debuted at number twenty-five on the US Billboard 200 charts upon its May release, some forty years after Morrison first entered the public's eye as the frontman of Them. Rolling Stone listed it as number seventeen on The Top 50 Records of 2005. Also in July 2005, Morrison was named by Amazon as one of their top twenty-five all-time best-selling artists and inducted into the Amazon.com Hall of Fame. Later in the year, Morrison also donated a previously unreleased studio track to a charity album, Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, which raised money for relief efforts intended for Gulf Coast victims devastated by hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. Morrison composed the song, "Blue and Green", featuring Foggy Lyttle on guitar. This song was released in 2007 on the album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 and also as a single in the UK. Van Morrison was a headline act at the international Celtic music festival, The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway Outer Hebrides in the summer of 2005.
He released an album with a country music theme, entitled Pay the Devil, on 7 March 2006 and appeared at the Ryman Auditorium where the tickets sold out immediately after they went on sale.Pay the Devil debuted at number twenty-six on The Billboard 200 and peaked at number seven on Top Country Albums. Amazon Best of 2006 Editor's Picks in Country listed the country album at number ten in December 2006. Still promoting the country album, Morrison's performance as the headline act on the first night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on 15 September 2006 was reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top ten shows of the 2006 festival. In November 2006, a limited edition album, Live at Austin City Limits Festival was issued by Exile Productions, Ltd. A later deluxe CD/DVD release of Pay the Devil, in the summer of 2006 contained tracks from the Ryman performance. In October 2006, Morrison had released his first commercial DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974 with concerts taken from two separate appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
A new double CD compilation album The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 was released in June 2007 containing thirty-one tracks, some of which were previously unreleased. Morrison selected the tracks, which ranged from the 1993 album Too Long in Exile to the song "Stranded" from the 2005 album Magic Time. On 3 September 2007, Morrison's complete catalogue of albums from 1971 through 2002 were made available exclusively at the iTunes Store in Europe and Australia and during the first week of October 2007, the albums became available at the US iTunes Store.
Still on Top - The Greatest Hits, a thirty-seven track double CD compilation album was released on 22 October 2007 in the UK on the Polydor label. On 29 October 2007, the album charted at number two on the Official UK Top 75 Albums--his highest UK charting. The November release in the US and Canada contains twenty-one selected tracks. The hits that were released on albums with the copyrights owned by Morrison as Exile Productions Ltd.--1971 and later--had been remastered in 2007.
Keep It Simple, Morrison's 33rd studio album of completely new material was released by Exile/Polydor Records on 17 March 2008 in the UK and released by Exile/Lost Highway Records in the US and Canada on 1 April 2008. It comprised eleven self-penned tracks. Morrison promoted the album with a short US tour including an appearance at the SXSW music conference, and a UK concert broadcast on BBC Radio 2. In the first week of release Keep It Simple debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number ten, Morrison's first Top Ten charting in the US.
Morrison released his 34th studio album, Born to Sing: No Plan B on 2 October 2012 on Blue Note Records. The album was recorded in Belfast, Morrison's birthplace and hometown. The first single from this album, "Open the Door (To Your Heart)", was released on 24 August 2012.
A selection of Morrison's lyrics, Lit Up Inside, will be published by City Lights Books in October 2014. Morrison himself selected his best and most iconic lyrics from a catalog of 50 years of writing.

Live performances:

By 1972, after being a performer for nearly ten years, Morrison began experiencing stage fright when performing for audiences of thousands, as opposed to the hundreds as he had experienced in his early career. He became anxious on stage and would have difficulty establishing eye contact with the audience. He once said in an interview about performing on stage, "I dig singing the songs but there are times when it's pretty agonising for me to be out there." After a brief break from music, he started appearing in clubs, regaining his ability to perform live, albeit with smaller audiences.
The 1974 live double album, It's Too Late to Stop Now has been noted to be one of the greatest recordings of a live concert and has appeared on lists of greatest live albums of all time. Biographer Johnny Rogan states that "Morrison was in the midst of what was arguably his greatest phase as a performer." Performances on the album were from tapes made during a three-month tour of the US and Europe in 1973 with the backing group The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Soon after recording the album, Morrison restructured the Caledonia Soul Orchestra into a smaller unit, the Caledonia Soul Express.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, Morrison performed at the farewell concert for The Band. Morrison's first live performance in several years, he considered skipping his appearance until the last minute, even refusing to go on stage when they announced his name. His manager, Harvey Goldsmith, said he "literally kicked him out there." Morrison was on good terms with The Band as near-neighbours in Woodstock, and they had the shared experience of stage-fright. At the concert, he performed two songs. His first was a rendition of the classic Irish song Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral. His second song was "Caravan", from his 1970 album Moondance. Greil Marcus, in attendance at the concert, wrote: "Van Morrison turned the show around...singing to the rafters and ...burning holes in the floor. It was a triumph, and as the song ended Van began to kick his leg into the air out of sheer exuberance and he kicked his way right offstage like a Rockette. The crowd had given him a fine welcome and they cheered wildly when he left." The filmed concert served as the basis for Martin Scorsese's 1978 film, The Last Waltz.
During his association with The Band, Morrison acquired the nicknames: "Belfast Cowboy" and "Van the Man". When Morrison sang the duet "4% Pantomime" (that he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson), Richard Manuel calls him, "Oh, Belfast Cowboy". It would be included in The Band's album Cahoots. When he left the stage, after performing "Caravan" on The Last Waltz, Robertson calls out "Van the Man!"
On 21 July 1990, Morrison joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall - Live in Berlin with an estimated crowd of between three hundred thousand to half a million people and broadcast live on television. He sang "Comfortably Numb" with Roger Waters, and several members from The Band: Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. At concert's end, he and the other performers sang "The Tide Is Turning".
Morrison performed before an estimated audience of sixty to eighty thousand people when US President Bill Clinton visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30 November 1995. His song "Days Like This" had become the official anthem for the Northern Irish peace movement.
Van Morrison continued performing concerts in the 2000s throughout the year rather than touring. Playing few of his best-known songs in concert, he has firmly resisted relegation to a nostalgia act. During a 2006 interview, he told Paul Sexton:

I don't really tour. This is another misconception. I stopped touring in the true sense of the word in the late 1970s, early 1980s, possibly. I just do gigs now. I average two gigs a week. Only in America do I do more, because you can't really do a couple of gigs there, so I do more, 10 gigs or something there.

On 7 and 8 November 2008, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, Morrison performed the entire Astral Weeks album live for the first time. The Astral Weeks band featured guitarist Jay Berliner, who played on the album that was released forty years previously in November 1968. Also featured on piano was Roger Kellaway. A live album entitled Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl resulted from these two performances. The new live album on CD was released on 24 February 2009, followed by a DVD from the performances. The DVD, Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film was released via Amazon Exclusive on 19 May 2009. In February and March 2009, Morrison returned to the US for Astral Weeks Live concerts, interviews and TV appearances with concerts at Madison Square Garden and at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He was interviewed by Don Imus on his Imus in the Morning radio show and put in guest appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Live with Regis and Kelly. Morrison continued with the Astral Weeks performances with two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April and then returned to California in May 2009 performing the Astral Weeks songs at the Hearst Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Morrison filmed the concerts at the Orpheum Theatre so that they could be viewed by Farrah Fawcett, confined to bed with cancer and who therefore could not attend the concerts.
In addition to It's Too Late to Stop Now and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Morrison has released three other live albums: Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast in 1984; A Night in San Francisco in 1994 that Rolling Stone magazine felt stood out as: "the culmination of a career's worth of soul searching that finds Morrison's eyes turned toward heaven and his feet planted firmly on the ground"; and The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998 recorded with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber and released in 2000.

Morrison was scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert on 30 October 2009, but cancelled. In an interview on 26 October, Morrison told his host Don Imus that he had planned to play "a couple of songs" with Eric Clapton (who had cancelled on 22 October due to gallstone surgery), but that they would do something else together at "some other stage of the game".
Morrison performed for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 4 August 2010 as the headline act for the fundraiser and scheduled as second day headliner at the Feis 2011 Festival in London's Finsbury Park on 19 June 2011.
Morrison appeared in concert at Odyssey Arena in Belfast on 3 February and at The O2 in Dublin on 4 February 2012. These were his first performances in Belfast and Dublin for over a decade. He appeared at the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival as a headliner on 7 July 2012.

Collaborations:
During the 1990s, Morrison developed a close association with two vocal talents at opposite ends of their careers: Georgie Fame (with whom Morrison had already worked occasionally) lent his voice and Hammond organ skills to Morrison's band; and Brian Kennedy's vocals complemented the grizzled voice of Morrison, both in studio and live performances.
The 1990s also saw an upsurge in collaborations by Morrison with other artists, a trend continuing into the new millennium. He recorded with Irish folk band The Chieftains on their 1995 album, The Long Black Veil. Morrison's song, "Have I Told You Lately" would win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1996.
He also produced and was featured on several tracks with blues legend John Lee Hooker on Hooker's 1997 album, Don't Look Back. This album would win a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1998 and the title track "Don't Look Back", a duet featuring Morrison and Hooker, would also win a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" in 1998. The project capped a series of Morrison and Hooker collaborations that began in 1971 when they performed a duet on the title track of Hooker's 1972 album Never Get Out of These Blues Alive. On this album, Hooker also recorded a cover of Morrison's "T.B. Sheets".
Morrison additionally collaborated with Tom Jones on his 1999 album Reload, performing a duet on "Sometimes We Cry", and he also sang vocals on a track entitled "The Last Laugh" on Mark Knopfler's 2000 album, Sailing to Philadelphia. In 2004, Morrison was one of the guests on Ray Charles' album, Genius Loves Company, featuring the two artists performing Morrison's "Crazy Love".
In 2000, Morrison recorded a classic country music duet album You Win Again with Linda Gail Lewis. The album received a three star review from Allmusic who called it "a roots effort that never sounds studied".

Music:

Vocals:
Featuring his characteristic growl--a mix of folk, blues, soul, jazz, gospel, and Ulster Scots Celtic influences--Morrison is widely considered by many rock historians to be one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. Critic Greil Marcus has gone so far as to say that "no white man sings like Van Morrison." In his 2010 book, Marcus wrote, "As a physical fact, Morrison may have the richest and most expressive voice pop music has produced since Elvis Presley, and with a sense of himself as an artist that Elvis was always denied."
As Morrison began live performances of the 40-year-old album Astral Weeks in 2008, there were comparisons to his youthful voice of 1968. His early voice was described as "flinty and tender, beseeching and plaintive". Forty years later, the difference in his vocal range and power were noticeable but reviewers and critic's comments were favourable: "Morrison's voice has expanded to fill his frame; a deeper, louder roar than the blue-eyed soul voice of his youth - softer on the diction - but none the less impressively powerful." Morrison also commented on the changes in his approach to singing: "The approach now is to sing from lower down the diaphragm so I do not ruin my voice. Before, I sang in the upper area of my throat, which tends to wreck the vocal cords over time. Singing from lower in the belly allows my resonance to carry far. I can stand four feet from a mic and be heard quite resonantly."

Songwriting and lyrics:
Morrison has written hundreds of songs during his career with a recurring theme reflecting a nostalgic yearning for the carefree days of his childhood in Belfast. Some of his song titles derive from familiar locations in his childhood, such as "Cyprus Avenue" (a nearby street), "Orangefield" (the boys school he attended), and "On Hyndford Street" (where he was born). Also frequently present in Morrison's best love songs is a blending of the sacred-profane as evidenced in "Into the Mystic" and "So Quiet in Here".
Beginning with his 1979 album, Into the Music and the song "And the Healing Has Begun", a frequent theme of his music and lyrics has been based on his belief in the healing power of music combined with a form of mystic Christianity. This theme has become one of the predominant qualities of his work.
His lyrics show an influence of the visionary poets William Blake and W. B. Yeats and others such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Biographer Brian Hinton believes "like any great poet from Blake to Seamus Heaney he takes words back to their origins in magic...Indeed, Morrison is returning poetry to its earliest roots - as in Homer or Old English epics like Beowulf or the Psalms or folk song - in all of which words and music combine to form a new reality." Another biographer John Collis believes that Morrison's style of jazz singing and repeating phrases preclude his lyrics from being regarded as poetry or as Collis asserts: "he is more likely to repeat a phrase like a mantra, or burst into scat singing. The words may often be prosaic, and so can hardly be poetry."
Morrison has described his songwriting method by remarking that: "I write from a different place. I do not even know what it is called or if it has a name. It just comes and I sculpt it, but it is also a lot of hard work doing the sculpting."

Performance style:
Critic Greil Marcus argues that given the truly distinctive breadth and complexity of Morrison's work, it is almost impossible to cast his work among that of others: "Morrison remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of rock & roll, a singer who cannot be pinned down, dismissed, or fitted into anyone's expectations." Or in the words of Jay Cocks: "He extends himself only to express himself. Alone among rock's great figures--and even in that company he is one of the greatest--Morrison is adamantly inward. And unique. Although he freely crosses musical boundaries-- R&B, Celtic melodies, jazz, rave-up rock, hymns, down-and-dirty blues--he can unfailingly be found in the same strange place: on his own wavelength."
His transcendental signature style first came into full expression with his 1968 classic, Astral Weeks and he was noted to have remained a "master of his transcendental craft" in 2009 while performing the Astral Weeks songs live. This musical art form was based on stream of consciousness songwriting and emotional vocalising of lyrics that have no basis in normal structure or symmetry. His live performances are dependent on building dynamics with spontaneity between himself and his band, whom he controls with hand gestures throughout, sometimes signalling impromptu solos from a selected band member. The music and vocals build towards a hypnotic and trance-like state that depends on in-the-moment creativity. Scott Foundas with LA Weekly wrote "he seeks to transcend the apparent boundaries of any given song; to achieve a total freedom of form; to take himself, his band and the audience on a journey whose destination is anything but known." Greil Marcus wrote an entire book devoted to examining the moments in Morrison's music where he reaches this state of transcendence and explains: "But in his music the same sense of escape from ordinary limits - a reach for, or the achievement of, a kind of violent transcendence - can come from hesitations, repetitions of words or phrases, pauses, the way a musical change by another musician is turned by Morrison as a bandleader or seized on by him as a singer and changed into a sound that becomes an event in and of itself. In these moments, the self is left behind, and the sound, that "yarragh," becomes the active agent: a musical person, with its own mind, its own body." A book reviewer further described it as "This transcendent moment of music when the song and the singer are one thing not two, neither dependent on the other or separate from the other but melded to the other like one, like breath and life..."
Morrison has said he believes in the jazz improvisational technique of never performing a song the same way twice and except for the unique rendition of the Astral Weeks songs live, doesn't perform a concert from a preconceived set list. Morrison has said he prefers to perform at smaller venues or symphony halls noted for their good acoustics. His ban against alcoholic beverages, which made entertainment news during 2008, was an attempt to prevent the disruptive and distracting movement of audience members leaving their seats during the performances. In a 2009 interview, Morrison stated: "I do not consciously aim to take the listener anywhere. If anything, I aim to take myself there in my music. If the listener catches the wavelength of what I am saying or singing, or gets whatever point whatever line means to them, then I guess as a writer I may have done a day's work."

Genre:
The music of Van Morrison has encompassed many genres since his early days as a blues and R&B singer in Belfast. Over the years he has recorded songs from a varying list of genres drawn from many influences and interests. As well as blues and R&B, his compositions and covers have moved between pop music, jazz, rock, folk, country, gospel, Irish folk and traditional, big band, skiffle, rock and roll, new age, classical and sometimes spoken word ("Coney Island") and instrumentals. Morrison defines himself as a soul singer.
Some of Morrison's music has been classified in a genre of its own and referred to as "Celtic soul" or what biographer Brian Hinton referred to as a new alchemy called "Caledonian soul." Another biographer, Ritchie Yorke quoted Morrison as believing that he has "the spirit of Caledonia in his soul and his music reflects it." According to Yorke, Morrison claimed to have discovered "a certain quality of soul" when he first visited Scotland (his Belfast ancestors were of Ulster Scots descent) and Morrison has said he believes there is some connection between soul music and Caledonia. Yorke relates that Morrison "discovered several years after he first began composing music that some of his songs lent themselves to a unique major modal scale (without sevenths) which of course is the same scale as that used by bagpipe players and old Irish and Scottish folk music."

Caledonia:
The name "Caledonia" has played a prominent role in Morrison's life and career. Biographer Ritchie Yorke had pointed out already by 1975 that Morrison has referred to Caledonia so many times in his career that he "seems to be obsessed with the word". In his 2009 biography, Erik Hage found that "Morrison seemed deeply interested in his paternal Scottish roots during his early career, and later in the ancient countryside of England, hence his repeated use of the term Caledonia (an ancient Roman name for Scotland/northern Britain)". As well as being his daughter Shana's middle name, it is the name of his first production company, his studio, his publishing company, two of his backing groups, his parents' record store in Fairfax, California in the 1970s, and he also recorded a cover of the song "Caldonia" (with the name spelled "Caledonia") in 1974. Morrison used "Caledonia" in what has been called a quintessential Van Morrison moment in the song, "Listen to the Lion" with the lyrics, "And we sail, and we sail, way up to Caledonia". As late as 2008, Morrison used "Caledonia" as a mantra in the live performance of the song, "Astral Weeks" recorded at the two Hollywood Bowl concerts.

Influence:
Morrison's influence can readily be heard in the music of a diverse array of major artists and according to The Rolling Stone's Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001), "his influence among rock singers/song writers is unrivaled by any living artist outside of that other prickly legend, Bob Dylan. Echoes of Morrison's rugged literateness and his gruff, feverish emotive vocals can be heard in latter day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello". His influence includes U2 (Bono was quoted saying "I am in awe of a musician like Van Morrison. I had to stop listening to Van Morrison records about six months before we made The Unforgettable Fire because I didn't want his very original soul voice to overpower my own.");John Mellencamp ("Wild Night");Jim Morrison;Joan Armatrading (the only musical influence she will acknowledge);Nick Cave;Rod Stewart;Tom Petty;Rickie Lee Jones (recognises both Laura Nyro and Van Morrison as the main influences on her career);Elton John;Graham Parker;Sinéad O'Connor;Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy;Bob Seger ("I know Bruce Springsteen was very much affected by Van Morrison, and so was I." from Creem interview) ("I've Been Working");Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners ("Jackie Wilson Said");Jimi Hendrix ("Gloria");Jeff Buckley ("The Way Young Lovers Do", "Sweet Thing");Nick Drake; and numerous others, including the Counting Crows (their "sha-la-la" sequence in Mr Jones, is a tribute to Morrison). Morrison's influence reaches into the country music genre, with Hal Ketchum acknowledging, "He (Van Morrison) was a major influence in my life."
Morrison's influence on the younger generation of singer-songwriters is pervasive: including Irish singer Damien Rice, who has been described as on his way to becoming the "natural heir to Van Morrison";Ray Lamontagne;James Morrison;Paolo Nutini;Eric LindellDavid Gray and Ed Sheeran are also several of the younger artists influenced by Morrison. Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band The Frames (who lists Van Morrison as being part of his holy trinity with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen) commonly covers his songs in concert. American rock band, The Wallflowers have covered "Into the Mystic". Canadian blues-rock singer Colin James also covers the song frequently at his concerts. Actor and musician Robert Pattinson has said that Van Morrison was his "influence for doing music in the first place". Morrison has shared the stage with Northern Irish singer-songwriter Duke Special, who admits Morrison has been a big influence.
Overall, Morrison has typically been supportive of other artists, often willingly sharing the stage with them during his concerts. On the live album, A Night in San Francisco, he had as his special guests, among others, his childhood idols: Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells. Although he often expresses his displeasure (in interviews and songs) with the music industry and the media in general, he has been instrumental in promoting the careers of many other musicians and singers, such as James Hunter, and fellow Belfast-born brothers, Brian and Bap Kennedy.
Van Morrison also had great influence on the other arts: the German painter Johannes Heisig created a series of lithographs illustrating the book In the Garden - for Van Morrison, published by Städtische Galerie Sonneberg, Germany, in 1997.

Personal life:

Morrison lived in Belfast from birth until 1967, when he moved to New York after signing with Bang Records. Facing deportation due to visa problems, he managed to stay in the US when his American girlfriend Janet (Planet) Rigsbee agreed to marry him. Once married, Morrison and his wife moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he found work performing in local clubs. The couple had one daughter, Shana Morrison, who has become a singer-songwriter. Morrison and his family moved around America, living in Boston; Woodstock, New York; and a hilltop home in Fairfax, California. His wife appeared on the cover of the album Tupelo Honey. They divorced in 1973.
Morrison moved back to Europe in the late 1970s, first settling in London's Notting Hill Gate area. Later, he moved to Bath, where he purchased Wool Hall Studios. He also has a home in the Irish seaside village of Dalkey near Dublin, where legal actions against two different neighbours concerning safety and privacy issues have been taken to court in 2001 and in 2010. In the former case, Morrison pursued his action all the way to the Irish Supreme Court.
In 2001, nine months into a tour with Linda Gail Lewis promoting their collaboration You Win Again, Ms. Lewis left, later filing claims against Morrison for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination. Both claims were later withdrawn, and Morrison's solicitor was quoted that "(Van's) pleased that these claims have finally been withdrawn. He accepted a full apology and comprehensive retraction which represents a complete vindication of his stance from the outset. Miss Lewis has given a full and categorical apology and retraction to Mr. Morrison."
Morrison met Irish socialite Michelle Rocca in the summer of 1992, and they often featured in the Dublin gossip columns, an unusual event for the reclusive Morrison. Rocca also appeared on one of his album covers, Days Like This. The couple are married and have two children; a daughter was born in January 2006 and a son was born in August 2007.
In December 2009, Texas native and Morrison employee Gigi Lee gave birth to a son who she asserted was Morrison's and who she named after him. Lee announced the birth of the child on Morrison's official website although Morrison has subsequently denied paternity of the child. It was revealed in December 2011 that Lee died from throat cancer in October 2011 and her son had died previously in January 2011, from complications of diabetes. wikipedia

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Lyrics for Madame George by Van Morrison:

Down on Cyprus Avenue
With a childlike vision leaping into view
Clicking, clacking of the high heeled shoe
Ford & Fitzroy, Madame George
Marching with the soldier boy behind
He's much older with hat on drinking wine
And that smell of sweet perfume comes drifting through
The cool night air like Shalimar
And outside they're making all the stops
The kids out in the street collecting bottle-tops
Gone for cigarettes and matches in the shops
Happy taken Madame George
That's when you fall
Whoa, that's when you fall
Yeah, that's when you fall
When you fall into a trance
A sitting on a sofa playing games of chance
With your folded arms and history books you glance
Into the eyes of Madame George
And you think you found the bag
You're getting weaker and your knees begin to sag
In the corner playing dominoes in drag
The one and only Madame George
And then from outside the frosty window raps
She jumps up and says Lord have mercy I think it's the cops
And immediately drops everything she gots
Down into the street below
And you know you gotta go
On that train from Dublin up to Sandy Row
Throwing pennies at the bridges down below
And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow
Say goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
And as you leave, the room is filled with music, laughing, music,
dancing, music all around the room
And all the little boys come around, walking away from it all
So cold
And as you're about to leave
She jumps up and says Hey love, you forgot your gloves
And the gloves to love to love the gloves...
To say goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
Dry your eyes for Madame George
Say goodbye in the wind and the rain on the back street
In the backstreet, in the back street
Say goodbye to Madame George
In the backstreet, in the back street, in the back street
Down home, down home in the back street
Gotta go
Say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Dry your eye your eye your eye your eye your eye...
Say goodbye to Madame George
And the loves to love to love the love
Say goodbye
Oooooo
Mmmmmmm
Say goodbye goodbye goodbye goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
The love's to love the love's to love the love's to love...
Say goodbye, goodbye
Get on the train
Get on the train, the train, the train...
This is the train, this is the train...
Whoa, say goodbye, goodbye....
Get on the train, get on the train...

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    About Van Morrison

    Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.
    Known as “Van the Man” to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’ death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.
    Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”.
    Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several “Greatest Artists” lists.

    Life and career:

    Early life and musical roots: 1945-64:
    George Ivan (Van) Morrison was born on 31 August 1945, at 125 Hynford Street, Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard electrician, and Violet Stitt Morrison, a singer and tap dancer in her youth. Van Morrison’s family roots descend from the Ulster Scots population that settled in Belfast. From 1950 to 1956, Morrison, who began to be known as “Van” during this time, attended Elmgrove Primary School. Morrison’s father had what was at the time one of the largest record collections in Ulster (acquired during his sojourn in Detroit, Michigan in the early 1950s), and the young Morrison grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly, and Solomon Burke; of whom Morrison later said, “If it weren’t for guys like Ray and Solomon, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Those guys were the inspiration that got me going. If it wasn’t for that kind of music, I couldn’t do what I’m doing now.” His father’s record collection exposed him to various musical genres, such as the blues of Muddy Waters; the gospel of Mahalia Jackson; the jazz of Charlie Parker; the folk music of Woody Guthrie; and country music from Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, while the first record he ever bought was by blues musician Sonny Terry. When Lonnie Donegan had a hit with “Rock Island Line”, written by Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly), Morrison felt he was familiar with and able to connect with skiffle music as he had been hearing Lead Belly before that.
    Morrison’s father bought him his first acoustic guitar when he was eleven, and he learned to play rudimentary chords from the song book, The Carter Family Style, edited by Alan Lomax. A year later, when he was twelve years old, Morrison formed his first band, a skiffle group, “The Sputniks”, named after the recently launched Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1. In 1958, the band played at some of the local cinemas, and Morrison took the lead, contributing most of the singing and arranging. Other short-lived groups followed – at fourteen, he formed Midnight Special, another modified skiffle band and played at a school concert. Then, when he heard Jimmy Giuffre playing saxophone on “The Train and The River”, he talked his father into buying him a saxophone, and took lessons in tenor sax and music reading. Now playing the saxophone, Morrison joined with various local bands, including one called Deanie Sands and the Javelins, with whom he played guitar and shared singing. The line-up of the band was lead vocalist Deanie Sands, guitarist George Jones and drummer, vocalist Roy Kane. Later the four main musicians of the Javelins, with the addition of Wesley Black as pianist, became known as the Monarchs.
    Morrison attended Orangefield Boys Secondary School, leaving in July 1960 with no qualifications. As a member of a working-class community, it was expected that he would get a regular full-time job, so after several short apprenticeship positions, he settled into a job as a window cleaner–later alluded to in his songs “Cleaning Windows” and “Saint Dominic’s Preview”. However, he had been developing his musical interests from an early age and continued playing with the Monarchs part-time. Young Morrison also played with the Harry Mack Showband, the Great Eight, with his older workplace friend, Geordie (G. D.) Sproule, whom he later named as one of his biggest influences.
    At age 17, he toured Europe for the first time with the Monarchs, now calling themselves the International Monarchs. This Irish showband, with Morrison playing saxophone, guitar and harp, in addition to back-up duty on bass and drums, toured steamy clubs and US Army bases in Scotland, England, and Germany, often playing five sets a night. While in Germany, the band recorded a single, “Boozoo Hully Gully”/”Twingy Baby”, under the name Georgie and The Monarchs. This was Morrison’s first recording, taking place in November 1963 at Ariola Studios in Cologne with Morrison on saxophone; it made the lower reaches of the German charts.
    Upon returning to Belfast in November 1963, the group disbanded, so Morrison connected with Geordie Sproule again and played with him in the Manhattan Showband along with guitarist Herbie Armstrong. When Armstrong auditioned to play with Brian Rossi and the Golden Eagles, Morrison went along and was hired as a blues singer.

    Them: 1964-66:
    The roots of Them, the band that first broke Morrison on the international scene, came in April 1964 when Morrison responded to an advert for musicians to play at a new R&B club at the Maritime Hotel – an old dance hall frequented by sailors. The new R&B club needed a band for its opening night; however, Morrison had left the Golden Eagles (the group with which he had been performing at the time), so he created a new band out of The Gamblers, an East Belfast group formed by Ronnie Millings, Billy Harrison, and Alan Henderson in 1962. Eric Wrixon, still a schoolboy, was the piano player and keyboardist. Morrison played saxophone and harmonica and shared vocals with Billy Harrison. They followed Eric Wrixon’s suggestion for a new name, and The Gamblers morphed into Them, their name taken from the Fifties horror movie Them!.
    The band’s strong R&B performances at the Maritime attracted attention. Them performed without a routine and Morrison ad libbed, creating his songs live as he performed. While the band did covers, they also played some of Morrison’s early songs, such as “Could You Would You”, which he had written in Camden Town while touring with The Manhattan Showband. The debut of Morrison’s “Gloria” took place on stage here. Sometimes, depending on his mood, the song could last up to twenty minutes. Morrison has stated that “Them lived and died on the stage at the Maritime Hotel,” believing that the band did not manage to capture the spontaneity and energy of their live performances on their records. The statement also reflected the instability of the Them line-up, with numerous members passing through the ranks after the definitive Maritime period. Morrison and Henderson would remain the only constants, and a highly unsuccessful version of Them even soldiered on after Morrison’s departure.
    Dick Rowe of Decca Records became aware of the band’s performances, and signed Them to a standard two-year contract. In that period, they released two albums and ten singles, with two more singles released after Morrison departed the band. They had three chart hits, “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (1964), “Here Comes the Night” (1965), and “Mystic Eyes” (1965), though it was the b-side of “Baby, Please Don’t Go”, the garage band classic, “Gloria”, that went on to become a rock standard covered by Patti Smith, The Doors, Shadows of Knight, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
    Building on the success of their singles in the United States, and riding on the back of the British Invasion, Them undertook a two-month tour of America in May and June 1966 that included a residency from 30 May to 18 June at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.The Doors were the supporting act on the last week, and Morrison’s influence on The Doors singer, Jim Morrison, was noted by John Densmore in his book Riders On The Storm. Brian Hinton relates how “Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near namesake’s stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks.” On the final night, the two Morrisons and the two bands jammed together on “Gloria”.
    Toward the end of the tour the band members became involved in a dispute with their manager, Decca Records’ Phil Solomon, over the revenues paid to the band; that, coupled with the expiry of their work visas, meant the band returned from America dejected. After two more concerts in Ireland, Them split up. Morrison concentrated on writing some of the songs that would appear on Astral Weeks, while the remnants of the band reformed in 1967 and relocated in America.

    Start of solo career with Bang Records and “Brown Eyed Girl” – 1967:
    Bert Berns, Them’s producer and composer of their 1965 hit, “Here Comes the Night”, persuaded Morrison to return to New York to record solo for his new label, Bang Records. Morrison flew over and signed a contract he had not fully studied. Then, during a two-day recording session at A & R Studios starting 28 March 1967, eight songs were recorded, originally intended to be used as four singles. Instead, these songs were released as the album Blowin’ Your Mind! without Morrison being consulted. He said he only became aware of the album’s release when a friend mentioned on a phone call that he had just bought a copy of it. He later commented to Donal Corvin in a 1973 interview: “I wasn’t really happy with it. He picked the bands and tunes. I had a different concept of it.”
    However, from these early sessions emerged “Brown Eyed Girl”. Captured on the 22nd take on the first day, this song was released as a single in mid-June 1967, reaching number ten in the US charts in 1967. “Brown Eyed Girl” became Morrison’s most played song and over the years it has remained a classic; forty years later in 2007, it was the fourth most requested song of DJs in the US.
    Following the death of Berns in 1967, Morrison became involved in a contract dispute with Berns’ widow, Ilene Berns, that prevented him from performing on stage or recording in the New York area. The song “Big Time Operators”, released in 1993, is thought to allude to his dealings with the New York music business during this time period. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and was soon confronted with personal and financial problems; he had “slipped into a malaise” and had trouble finding concert bookings. However, through the few gigs he could find, he regained his professional footing and started recording with the Warner Bros. Records label. The record company managed to buy out his contract with Bang Records. Morrison fulfilled a clause that bound him to submit thirty-six original songs within a year to Web IV Music, Berns’ music publishing company, by recording thirty-one songs in one session; however, Ilene Berns thought the songs “nonsense music … about ringworms” and did not use them. The throwaway compositions would come to be known as the “revenge” songs.

    Astral Weeks – 1968:
    His first album for Warner Bros. Records was Astral Weeks (which he had already performed in several clubs around Boston), a mystical song cycle, often considered to be his best work and one of the best albums of all time. Morrison has said, “When Astral Weeks came out, I was starving, literally.” Released in 1968, the album eventually achieved critical acclaim, but it originally received an indifferent response from the public. To this day, it remains in an unclassifiable music genre and has been described variously as hypnotic, meditative, and as possessing a unique musical power. It has been compared to French Impressionism and mystical Celtic poetry. A 2004 Rolling Stone magazine review begins with the words: “This is music of such enigmatic beauty that thirty-five years after its release, Astral Weeks still defies easy, admiring description.”Alan Light would later describe Astral Weeks as “like nothing he had done previously–and really, nothing anyone had done previously. Morrison sings of lost love, death, and nostalgia for childhood in the Celtic soul that would become his signature.” It has been placed on many lists of best albums of all time. In the 1995 Mojo list of 100 Best Albums, it was listed as number two and was number nineteen on the Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. In December 2009, it was voted the top Irish album of all time by a poll of leading Irish musicians conducted by Hot Press magazine.

    From Moondance to Into the Music: 1970-79:

    Morrison’s third solo album, Moondance, which was released in 1970, became his first million selling album and reached number twenty-nine on the Billboard charts. The style of Moondance stood in contrast to that of Astral Weeks. Whereas Astral Weeks had a sorrowful and vulnerable tone, Moondance restored a more optimistic and cheerful message to his music. The title track, although not released in the US as a single until 1977, received heavy play in FM radio formats. “Into the Mystic” has also gained a wide following over the years. “Come Running”, which reached the American Top 40, rescued Morrison from what seemed then as Hot 100 obscurity.Moondance was both well received and favourably reviewed. Lester Bangs and Greil Marcus had a combined full page review in Rolling Stone, stating that Morrison now had “the striking imagination of a consciousness that is visionary in the strongest sense of the word.” “That was the type of band I dig,” Morrison said of the Moondance sessions. “Two horns and a rhythm section – they’re the type of bands that I like best.” He produced the album himself as he felt like nobody else knew what he wanted.Moondance was listed at number sixty-five on the Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In March 2007, Moondance was listed as number seventy-two on the NARM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of the “Definitive 200″.
    Over the next few years, he released a succession of albums, starting with a second one in 1970. His Band and the Street Choir had a free, more relaxed sound than Moondance, but not the perfection, in the opinion of critic Jon Landau who felt like “a few more numbers with a gravity of ‘Street Choir’ would have made this album as perfect as anyone could have stood.” It contained the hit single “Domino”, which charted at number nine in the Billboard Hot 100.
    In 1971, he released another well-received album, Tupelo Honey. This album produced the hit single “Wild Night” that was later covered by John Mellencamp. The title song has a notably country-soul feel about it and the album ended with another country tune, “Moonshine Whiskey”. Morrison said he originally intended to make an all country album. The recordings were as live as possible – after rehearsing the songs the musicians would go into the studio and play a whole set in one take. His co-producer, Ted Templeman, described this recording process as the “scariest thing I’ve ever seen. When he’s got something together, he wants to put it down right away with no overdubbing.”
    Released in 1972, Saint Dominic’s Preview revealed Morrison’s break from the more accessible style of his previous three albums and moving back towards the more daring, adventurous, and meditative aspects of Astral Weeks. The combination of two styles of music demonstrated a versatility not previously found in his earlier albums. Two songs, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” and “Redwood Tree”, reached the Hot 100 singles chart. The songs “Listen to the Lion” and “Almost Independence Day” are each over ten minutes long and employ the type of poetic imagery not heard since Astral Weeks. It was his highest charting album in the US until his Top Ten debut on Billboard 200 in 2008.
    He released his next album Hard Nose the Highway in 1973 receiving mixed, but mostly negative, reviews. The album contained the popular song “Warm Love” but otherwise has been largely dismissed critically. In a 1973 Rolling Stone review, it was described as: “psychologically complex, musically somewhat uneven and lyrically excellent.”
    During a three-week vacation visit to Ireland in October 1973, Morrison wrote seven of the songs that would make up his next album, Veedon Fleece. Though it attracted scant initial attention, its critical stature grew markedly over the years–with Veedon Fleece now often considered to be one of Morrison’s most impressive and poetic works. In a 2008 Rolling Stone review, Andy Greene writes that when released in late 1974: “it was greeted by a collective shrug by the rock critical establishment” and concludes: “He’s released many wonderful albums since, but he’s never again hit the majestic heights of this one.” “You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River”, one of the album’s side closers, exemplifies the long, hypnotic, cryptic Morrison with its references to visionary poet William Blake and to the seemingly Grail-like Veedon Fleece object.
    Morrison would not release a follow-up album for another three years. After a decade without taking time off, he said in an interview, he needed to get away from music completely and ceased listening to it for several months. Also suffering from writer’s block, he seriously considered leaving the music business for good. Speculation that an extended jam session would be released either under the title Mechanical Bliss, or Naked in the Jungle, or Stiff Upper Lip, came to nothing, and Morrison’s next album was A Period of Transition in 1977, a collaboration with Dr. John, who had appeared at The Last Waltz concert with Morrison in 1976. The album received a mild critical reception and marked the beginning of a very prolific period of song making.
    The following year, Morrison released Wavelength; it became at that time the fastest-selling album of his career and soon went gold. The title track became a modest hit, peaking at number forty-two. Making use of 1970s synthesisers, it mimics the sounds of the shortwave radio stations that he listened to in his youth. The opening track, “Kingdom Hall” evoked Morrison’s own childhood experiences attending church with his mother and foretold a religious theme that would be more evident in his next album, Into the Music.
    Considered by Allmusic as “the definitive post-classic-era Morrison”,Into the Music, was released in the last year of the 1970s. Songs on this album for the first time alluded to the healing power of music, which would become an abiding interest of Morrison’s. “Bright Side of the Road” was a joyful, uplifting song that would appear on the soundtrack of the movie, Michael.

    Common One to Avalon Sunset: 1980-89:
    With his next album, the new decade found Morrison following his muse into uncharted territory and merciless reviews. In February 1980, Morrison and a group of musicians travelled to Super Bear, a studio in the French Alps, to record (on the site of a former abbey) what is considered to be the most controversial album in his discography; later “Morrison admitted that his original concept was even more esoteric than the final product.” The album, Common One, consisted of six songs, each of varying length. The longest, “Summertime in England”, lasted fifteen and one-half minutes and ended with the words,”Can you feel the silence?”. NME magazine’s Paul Du Noyer called the album “colossally smug and cosmically dull; an interminable, vacuous and drearily egotistical stab at spirituality: Into the muzak.” Even Greil Marcus, whose previous writings had been favourably inclined towards Morrison, said: “It’s Van acting the part of the ‘mystic poet’ he thinks he’s supposed to be.” Morrison insisted that the album was never “meant to be a commercial album.” Biographer Clinton Heylin concludes: “He would not attempt anything so ambitious again. Henceforth every radical idea would be tempered by some notion of commerciality.” Later the critics would reassess the album more favourably with the success of “Summertime in England”.Lester Bangs wrote in 1982, “Van was making holy music even though he thought he was, and us rock critics had made our usual mistake of paying too much attention to the lyrics.”
    Morrison’s next album, Beautiful Vision, released in 1982, had him returning once again to the music of his Northern Irish roots. Well received by the critics and public, it produced a minor UK hit single, “Cleaning Windows”, that referenced one of Morrison’s first jobs after leaving school. Several other songs on the album, “Vanlose Stairway”, “She Gives Me Religion”, and the instrumental, “Scandinavia” show the presence of a new personal muse in his life: a Danish public relations agent, who would share Morrison’s spiritual interests and serve as a steadying influence on him throughout most of the 1980s. “Scandinavia”, with Morrison on piano, was nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the 25th Annual Grammy Awards.
    Much of the music Morrison released throughout the 1980s continued to focus on the themes of spirituality and faith. His 1983 album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart was “a move towards creating music for meditation” with synthesisers, uilleann pipes and flute sounds and four of the tracks were instrumentals. The titling of the album and the presence of the instrumentals were noted to be indicative of Morrison’s long-held belief that “it’s not the words one uses but the force of conviction behind those words that matters.” During this period of time, Morrison had studied Scientology and gave “Special Thanks” to L. Ron Hubbard on the album’s credits.
    A Sense of Wonder, Morrison’s 1985 album, pulled together the spiritual themes contained in his last four albums, which were defined in a Rolling Stone review as: “rebirth (Into the Music), deep contemplation and meditation, (Common One); ecstasy and humility (Beautiful Vision); and blissful, mantra like languor (Inarticulate Speech of the Heart).” The single, “Tore Down a la Rimbaud” was a reference to Rimbaud and an earlier bout of writer’s block that Morrison had encountered in 1974. In 1985, Morrison also wrote the musical score for the movie, Lamb starring Liam Neeson.
    Morrison’s 1986 release, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, was said to contain a “genuine holiness…and musical freshness that needs to be set in context to understand.” Critical response was favourable with a Sounds reviewer calling the album “his most intriguingly involved since Astral Weeks” and “Morrison at his most mystical, magical best.” It contains the song, “In the Garden” that, according to Morrison, had a “definite meditation process which is a ‘form’ of transcendental meditation as its basis. It’s not TM”. He entitled the album as a rebuttal to media attempts to place him in various creeds. In an interview in the Observer he told Anthony Denselow:

    There have been many lies put out about me and this finally states my position. I have never joined any organisation, nor plan to. I am not affiliated to any guru, don’t subscribe to any method and for those people who don’t know what a guru is, I don’t have a teacher either.

    After releasing the “No Guru” album, Morrison’s music appeared less gritty and more adult contemporary with the well-received 1987 album, Poetic Champions Compose, considered to be one of his recording highlights of the 1980s. The romantic ballad from this album, “Someone Like You”, has been featured subsequently in the soundtracks of several movies, including 1995’s French Kiss, and in 2001, both Someone Like You and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
    In 1988, he released Irish Heartbeat, a collection of traditional Irish folk songs recorded with the Irish group, The Chieftains, which reached number 18 in the UK album charts. The title song, “Irish Heartbeat”, was originally recorded on his 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.
    The 1989 album, Avalon Sunset, which featured the hit duet with Cliff Richard “Whenever God Shines His Light” and the ballad “Have I Told You Lately” (on which “earthly love transmutes into that for God”(Hinton)), reached 13 on the UK album chart. Although considered to be a deeply spiritual album, it also contained “Daring Night”, which “deals with full, blazing sex, whatever its churchy organ and gentle lilt suggest”(Hinton). Morrison’s familiar themes of “God, woman, his childhood in Belfast and those enchanted moments when time stands still” were prominent in the songs. He can be heard calling out the change of tempo at the end of this song, repeating the numbers “1 – 4″ to cue the chord changes (the first and fourth chord in the key of the music). He often completed albums in two days, frequently releasing first takes.

    The Best of Van Morrison to Back on Top: 1990-99:
    The early to middle 1990s were commercially successful for Morrison with three albums reaching the top five of the UK charts, sold-out concerts, and a more visible public profile; but this period also marked a decline in the critical reception to his work. The decade began with the release of The Best of Van Morrison; compiled by Morrison himself, the album was focused on his hit singles, and became a multi-platinum success remaining a year and a half on the UK charts. Allmusic determined it to be “far and away the best selling album of his career.” After Enlightenment which included the hit singles “Real Real Gone” and the title cut in 1990, an ambitious double album “Hymns to the Silence” was released the following year, his only double studio album. Another compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two was released in January 1993, followed by Too Long in Exile in June, another top five chart success. The 1994 live double album A Night in San Francisco received favourable reviews as well as commercial success by reaching number eight on the UK charts. 1995’s Days Like This also had large sales – though the critical reviews were not always favourable. This period also saw a number of side projects, including the live jazz performances of 1996’s How Long Has This Been Going On, from the same year Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison, and 2000’s The Skiffle Sessions – Live in Belfast 1998, all of which found Morrison paying tribute to his early musical influences.
    In 1997, Morrison released The Healing Game. The album received mixed reviews, with the lyrics being described as “tired” and “dull”, though critic Greil Marcus praised the musical complexity of the album by saying: “It carries the listener into a musical home so perfect and complete he or she might have forgotten that music could call up such a place, and then populate it with people, acts, wishes, fears.” The following year, Morrison finally released some of his previously unissued studio recordings in a two-disc set, The Philosopher’s Stone. His next release, 1999’s Back on Top, achieved a modest success, being his highest charting album in the US since 1978’s Wavelength.

    Recent years: 2000-present:
    Van Morrison continued to record and tour in the 2000s, often performing two or three times a week. He formed his own independent label, Exile Productions Ltd, which enables him to maintain full production control of each album he records, which he then delivers as a finished product to the recording label that he chooses, for marketing and distribution.
    The album, Down the Road released in May 2002, received a good critical reception and proved to be his highest charting album in the US since 1972’s Saint Dominic’s Preview. It had a nostalgic tone, with its fifteen tracks representing the various musical genres that Morrison had previously covered–including R&B, blues, country and folk; one of the tracks was written as a tribute to his late father George, who had played a pivotal role in nurturing his early musical tastes.
    Morrison’s 2005 album, Magic Time, debuted at number twenty-five on the US Billboard 200 charts upon its May release, some forty years after Morrison first entered the public’s eye as the frontman of Them. Rolling Stone listed it as number seventeen on The Top 50 Records of 2005. Also in July 2005, Morrison was named by Amazon as one of their top twenty-five all-time best-selling artists and inducted into the Amazon.com Hall of Fame. Later in the year, Morrison also donated a previously unreleased studio track to a charity album, Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, which raised money for relief efforts intended for Gulf Coast victims devastated by hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. Morrison composed the song, “Blue and Green”, featuring Foggy Lyttle on guitar. This song was released in 2007 on the album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 and also as a single in the UK. Van Morrison was a headline act at the international Celtic music festival, The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway Outer Hebrides in the summer of 2005.
    He released an album with a country music theme, entitled Pay the Devil, on 7 March 2006 and appeared at the Ryman Auditorium where the tickets sold out immediately after they went on sale.Pay the Devil debuted at number twenty-six on The Billboard 200 and peaked at number seven on Top Country Albums. Amazon Best of 2006 Editor’s Picks in Country listed the country album at number ten in December 2006. Still promoting the country album, Morrison’s performance as the headline act on the first night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on 15 September 2006 was reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top ten shows of the 2006 festival. In November 2006, a limited edition album, Live at Austin City Limits Festival was issued by Exile Productions, Ltd. A later deluxe CD/DVD release of Pay the Devil, in the summer of 2006 contained tracks from the Ryman performance. In October 2006, Morrison had released his first commercial DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974 with concerts taken from two separate appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
    A new double CD compilation album The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 was released in June 2007 containing thirty-one tracks, some of which were previously unreleased. Morrison selected the tracks, which ranged from the 1993 album Too Long in Exile to the song “Stranded” from the 2005 album Magic Time. On 3 September 2007, Morrison’s complete catalogue of albums from 1971 through 2002 were made available exclusively at the iTunes Store in Europe and Australia and during the first week of October 2007, the albums became available at the US iTunes Store.
    Still on Top – The Greatest Hits, a thirty-seven track double CD compilation album was released on 22 October 2007 in the UK on the Polydor label. On 29 October 2007, the album charted at number two on the Official UK Top 75 Albums–his highest UK charting. The November release in the US and Canada contains twenty-one selected tracks. The hits that were released on albums with the copyrights owned by Morrison as Exile Productions Ltd.–1971 and later–had been remastered in 2007.
    Keep It Simple, Morrison’s 33rd studio album of completely new material was released by Exile/Polydor Records on 17 March 2008 in the UK and released by Exile/Lost Highway Records in the US and Canada on 1 April 2008. It comprised eleven self-penned tracks. Morrison promoted the album with a short US tour including an appearance at the SXSW music conference, and a UK concert broadcast on BBC Radio 2. In the first week of release Keep It Simple debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number ten, Morrison’s first Top Ten charting in the US.
    Morrison released his 34th studio album, Born to Sing: No Plan B on 2 October 2012 on Blue Note Records. The album was recorded in Belfast, Morrison’s birthplace and hometown. The first single from this album, “Open the Door (To Your Heart)”, was released on 24 August 2012.
    A selection of Morrison’s lyrics, Lit Up Inside, will be published by City Lights Books in October 2014. Morrison himself selected his best and most iconic lyrics from a catalog of 50 years of writing.

    Live performances:

    By 1972, after being a performer for nearly ten years, Morrison began experiencing stage fright when performing for audiences of thousands, as opposed to the hundreds as he had experienced in his early career. He became anxious on stage and would have difficulty establishing eye contact with the audience. He once said in an interview about performing on stage, “I dig singing the songs but there are times when it’s pretty agonising for me to be out there.” After a brief break from music, he started appearing in clubs, regaining his ability to perform live, albeit with smaller audiences.
    The 1974 live double album, It’s Too Late to Stop Now has been noted to be one of the greatest recordings of a live concert and has appeared on lists of greatest live albums of all time. Biographer Johnny Rogan states that “Morrison was in the midst of what was arguably his greatest phase as a performer.” Performances on the album were from tapes made during a three-month tour of the US and Europe in 1973 with the backing group The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Soon after recording the album, Morrison restructured the Caledonia Soul Orchestra into a smaller unit, the Caledonia Soul Express.

    On Thanksgiving Day 1976, Morrison performed at the farewell concert for The Band. Morrison’s first live performance in several years, he considered skipping his appearance until the last minute, even refusing to go on stage when they announced his name. His manager, Harvey Goldsmith, said he “literally kicked him out there.” Morrison was on good terms with The Band as near-neighbours in Woodstock, and they had the shared experience of stage-fright. At the concert, he performed two songs. His first was a rendition of the classic Irish song Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral. His second song was “Caravan”, from his 1970 album Moondance. Greil Marcus, in attendance at the concert, wrote: “Van Morrison turned the show around…singing to the rafters and …burning holes in the floor. It was a triumph, and as the song ended Van began to kick his leg into the air out of sheer exuberance and he kicked his way right offstage like a Rockette. The crowd had given him a fine welcome and they cheered wildly when he left.” The filmed concert served as the basis for Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film, The Last Waltz.
    During his association with The Band, Morrison acquired the nicknames: “Belfast Cowboy” and “Van the Man”. When Morrison sang the duet “4% Pantomime” (that he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson), Richard Manuel calls him, “Oh, Belfast Cowboy”. It would be included in The Band’s album Cahoots. When he left the stage, after performing “Caravan” on The Last Waltz, Robertson calls out “Van the Man!”
    On 21 July 1990, Morrison joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall – Live in Berlin with an estimated crowd of between three hundred thousand to half a million people and broadcast live on television. He sang “Comfortably Numb” with Roger Waters, and several members from The Band: Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. At concert’s end, he and the other performers sang “The Tide Is Turning”.
    Morrison performed before an estimated audience of sixty to eighty thousand people when US President Bill Clinton visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30 November 1995. His song “Days Like This” had become the official anthem for the Northern Irish peace movement.
    Van Morrison continued performing concerts in the 2000s throughout the year rather than touring. Playing few of his best-known songs in concert, he has firmly resisted relegation to a nostalgia act. During a 2006 interview, he told Paul Sexton:

    I don’t really tour. This is another misconception. I stopped touring in the true sense of the word in the late 1970s, early 1980s, possibly. I just do gigs now. I average two gigs a week. Only in America do I do more, because you can’t really do a couple of gigs there, so I do more, 10 gigs or something there.

    On 7 and 8 November 2008, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, Morrison performed the entire Astral Weeks album live for the first time. The Astral Weeks band featured guitarist Jay Berliner, who played on the album that was released forty years previously in November 1968. Also featured on piano was Roger Kellaway. A live album entitled Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl resulted from these two performances. The new live album on CD was released on 24 February 2009, followed by a DVD from the performances. The DVD, Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film was released via Amazon Exclusive on 19 May 2009. In February and March 2009, Morrison returned to the US for Astral Weeks Live concerts, interviews and TV appearances with concerts at Madison Square Garden and at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He was interviewed by Don Imus on his Imus in the Morning radio show and put in guest appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Live with Regis and Kelly. Morrison continued with the Astral Weeks performances with two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April and then returned to California in May 2009 performing the Astral Weeks songs at the Hearst Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Morrison filmed the concerts at the Orpheum Theatre so that they could be viewed by Farrah Fawcett, confined to bed with cancer and who therefore could not attend the concerts.
    In addition to It’s Too Late to Stop Now and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Morrison has released three other live albums: Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast in 1984; A Night in San Francisco in 1994 that Rolling Stone magazine felt stood out as: “the culmination of a career’s worth of soul searching that finds Morrison’s eyes turned toward heaven and his feet planted firmly on the ground”; and The Skiffle Sessions – Live in Belfast 1998 recorded with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber and released in 2000.

    Morrison was scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert on 30 October 2009, but cancelled. In an interview on 26 October, Morrison told his host Don Imus that he had planned to play “a couple of songs” with Eric Clapton (who had cancelled on 22 October due to gallstone surgery), but that they would do something else together at “some other stage of the game”.
    Morrison performed for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 4 August 2010 as the headline act for the fundraiser and scheduled as second day headliner at the Feis 2011 Festival in London’s Finsbury Park on 19 June 2011.
    Morrison appeared in concert at Odyssey Arena in Belfast on 3 February and at The O2 in Dublin on 4 February 2012. These were his first performances in Belfast and Dublin for over a decade. He appeared at the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival as a headliner on 7 July 2012.

    Collaborations:
    During the 1990s, Morrison developed a close association with two vocal talents at opposite ends of their careers: Georgie Fame (with whom Morrison had already worked occasionally) lent his voice and Hammond organ skills to Morrison’s band; and Brian Kennedy’s vocals complemented the grizzled voice of Morrison, both in studio and live performances.
    The 1990s also saw an upsurge in collaborations by Morrison with other artists, a trend continuing into the new millennium. He recorded with Irish folk band The Chieftains on their 1995 album, The Long Black Veil. Morrison’s song, “Have I Told You Lately” would win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1996.
    He also produced and was featured on several tracks with blues legend John Lee Hooker on Hooker’s 1997 album, Don’t Look Back. This album would win a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1998 and the title track “Don’t Look Back”, a duet featuring Morrison and Hooker, would also win a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” in 1998. The project capped a series of Morrison and Hooker collaborations that began in 1971 when they performed a duet on the title track of Hooker’s 1972 album Never Get Out of These Blues Alive. On this album, Hooker also recorded a cover of Morrison’s “T.B. Sheets”.
    Morrison additionally collaborated with Tom Jones on his 1999 album Reload, performing a duet on “Sometimes We Cry”, and he also sang vocals on a track entitled “The Last Laugh” on Mark Knopfler’s 2000 album, Sailing to Philadelphia. In 2004, Morrison was one of the guests on Ray Charles’ album, Genius Loves Company, featuring the two artists performing Morrison’s “Crazy Love”.
    In 2000, Morrison recorded a classic country music duet album You Win Again with Linda Gail Lewis. The album received a three star review from Allmusic who called it “a roots effort that never sounds studied”.

    Music:

    Vocals:
    Featuring his characteristic growl–a mix of folk, blues, soul, jazz, gospel, and Ulster Scots Celtic influences–Morrison is widely considered by many rock historians to be one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. Critic Greil Marcus has gone so far as to say that “no white man sings like Van Morrison.” In his 2010 book, Marcus wrote, “As a physical fact, Morrison may have the richest and most expressive voice pop music has produced since Elvis Presley, and with a sense of himself as an artist that Elvis was always denied.”
    As Morrison began live performances of the 40-year-old album Astral Weeks in 2008, there were comparisons to his youthful voice of 1968. His early voice was described as “flinty and tender, beseeching and plaintive”. Forty years later, the difference in his vocal range and power were noticeable but reviewers and critic’s comments were favourable: “Morrison’s voice has expanded to fill his frame; a deeper, louder roar than the blue-eyed soul voice of his youth – softer on the diction – but none the less impressively powerful.” Morrison also commented on the changes in his approach to singing: “The approach now is to sing from lower down the diaphragm so I do not ruin my voice. Before, I sang in the upper area of my throat, which tends to wreck the vocal cords over time. Singing from lower in the belly allows my resonance to carry far. I can stand four feet from a mic and be heard quite resonantly.”

    Songwriting and lyrics:
    Morrison has written hundreds of songs during his career with a recurring theme reflecting a nostalgic yearning for the carefree days of his childhood in Belfast. Some of his song titles derive from familiar locations in his childhood, such as “Cyprus Avenue” (a nearby street), “Orangefield” (the boys school he attended), and “On Hyndford Street” (where he was born). Also frequently present in Morrison’s best love songs is a blending of the sacred-profane as evidenced in “Into the Mystic” and “So Quiet in Here”.
    Beginning with his 1979 album, Into the Music and the song “And the Healing Has Begun”, a frequent theme of his music and lyrics has been based on his belief in the healing power of music combined with a form of mystic Christianity. This theme has become one of the predominant qualities of his work.
    His lyrics show an influence of the visionary poets William Blake and W. B. Yeats and others such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Biographer Brian Hinton believes “like any great poet from Blake to Seamus Heaney he takes words back to their origins in magic…Indeed, Morrison is returning poetry to its earliest roots – as in Homer or Old English epics like Beowulf or the Psalms or folk song – in all of which words and music combine to form a new reality.” Another biographer John Collis believes that Morrison’s style of jazz singing and repeating phrases preclude his lyrics from being regarded as poetry or as Collis asserts: “he is more likely to repeat a phrase like a mantra, or burst into scat singing. The words may often be prosaic, and so can hardly be poetry.”
    Morrison has described his songwriting method by remarking that: “I write from a different place. I do not even know what it is called or if it has a name. It just comes and I sculpt it, but it is also a lot of hard work doing the sculpting.”

    Performance style:
    Critic Greil Marcus argues that given the truly distinctive breadth and complexity of Morrison’s work, it is almost impossible to cast his work among that of others: “Morrison remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of rock & roll, a singer who cannot be pinned down, dismissed, or fitted into anyone’s expectations.” Or in the words of Jay Cocks: “He extends himself only to express himself. Alone among rock’s great figures–and even in that company he is one of the greatest–Morrison is adamantly inward. And unique. Although he freely crosses musical boundaries– R&B, Celtic melodies, jazz, rave-up rock, hymns, down-and-dirty blues–he can unfailingly be found in the same strange place: on his own wavelength.”
    His transcendental signature style first came into full expression with his 1968 classic, Astral Weeks and he was noted to have remained a “master of his transcendental craft” in 2009 while performing the Astral Weeks songs live. This musical art form was based on stream of consciousness songwriting and emotional vocalising of lyrics that have no basis in normal structure or symmetry. His live performances are dependent on building dynamics with spontaneity between himself and his band, whom he controls with hand gestures throughout, sometimes signalling impromptu solos from a selected band member. The music and vocals build towards a hypnotic and trance-like state that depends on in-the-moment creativity. Scott Foundas with LA Weekly wrote “he seeks to transcend the apparent boundaries of any given song; to achieve a total freedom of form; to take himself, his band and the audience on a journey whose destination is anything but known.” Greil Marcus wrote an entire book devoted to examining the moments in Morrison’s music where he reaches this state of transcendence and explains: “But in his music the same sense of escape from ordinary limits – a reach for, or the achievement of, a kind of violent transcendence – can come from hesitations, repetitions of words or phrases, pauses, the way a musical change by another musician is turned by Morrison as a bandleader or seized on by him as a singer and changed into a sound that becomes an event in and of itself. In these moments, the self is left behind, and the sound, that “yarragh,” becomes the active agent: a musical person, with its own mind, its own body.” A book reviewer further described it as “This transcendent moment of music when the song and the singer are one thing not two, neither dependent on the other or separate from the other but melded to the other like one, like breath and life…”
    Morrison has said he believes in the jazz improvisational technique of never performing a song the same way twice and except for the unique rendition of the Astral Weeks songs live, doesn’t perform a concert from a preconceived set list. Morrison has said he prefers to perform at smaller venues or symphony halls noted for their good acoustics. His ban against alcoholic beverages, which made entertainment news during 2008, was an attempt to prevent the disruptive and distracting movement of audience members leaving their seats during the performances. In a 2009 interview, Morrison stated: “I do not consciously aim to take the listener anywhere. If anything, I aim to take myself there in my music. If the listener catches the wavelength of what I am saying or singing, or gets whatever point whatever line means to them, then I guess as a writer I may have done a day’s work.”

    Genre:
    The music of Van Morrison has encompassed many genres since his early days as a blues and R&B singer in Belfast. Over the years he has recorded songs from a varying list of genres drawn from many influences and interests. As well as blues and R&B, his compositions and covers have moved between pop music, jazz, rock, folk, country, gospel, Irish folk and traditional, big band, skiffle, rock and roll, new age, classical and sometimes spoken word (“Coney Island”) and instrumentals. Morrison defines himself as a soul singer.
    Some of Morrison’s music has been classified in a genre of its own and referred to as “Celtic soul” or what biographer Brian Hinton referred to as a new alchemy called “Caledonian soul.” Another biographer, Ritchie Yorke quoted Morrison as believing that he has “the spirit of Caledonia in his soul and his music reflects it.” According to Yorke, Morrison claimed to have discovered “a certain quality of soul” when he first visited Scotland (his Belfast ancestors were of Ulster Scots descent) and Morrison has said he believes there is some connection between soul music and Caledonia. Yorke relates that Morrison “discovered several years after he first began composing music that some of his songs lent themselves to a unique major modal scale (without sevenths) which of course is the same scale as that used by bagpipe players and old Irish and Scottish folk music.”

    Caledonia:
    The name “Caledonia” has played a prominent role in Morrison’s life and career. Biographer Ritchie Yorke had pointed out already by 1975 that Morrison has referred to Caledonia so many times in his career that he “seems to be obsessed with the word”. In his 2009 biography, Erik Hage found that “Morrison seemed deeply interested in his paternal Scottish roots during his early career, and later in the ancient countryside of England, hence his repeated use of the term Caledonia (an ancient Roman name for Scotland/northern Britain)”. As well as being his daughter Shana’s middle name, it is the name of his first production company, his studio, his publishing company, two of his backing groups, his parents’ record store in Fairfax, California in the 1970s, and he also recorded a cover of the song “Caldonia” (with the name spelled “Caledonia”) in 1974. Morrison used “Caledonia” in what has been called a quintessential Van Morrison moment in the song, “Listen to the Lion” with the lyrics, “And we sail, and we sail, way up to Caledonia”. As late as 2008, Morrison used “Caledonia” as a mantra in the live performance of the song, “Astral Weeks” recorded at the two Hollywood Bowl concerts.

    Influence:
    Morrison’s influence can readily be heard in the music of a diverse array of major artists and according to The Rolling Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001), “his influence among rock singers/song writers is unrivaled by any living artist outside of that other prickly legend, Bob Dylan. Echoes of Morrison’s rugged literateness and his gruff, feverish emotive vocals can be heard in latter day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello”. His influence includes U2 (Bono was quoted saying “I am in awe of a musician like Van Morrison. I had to stop listening to Van Morrison records about six months before we made The Unforgettable Fire because I didn’t want his very original soul voice to overpower my own.”);John Mellencamp (“Wild Night”);Jim Morrison;Joan Armatrading (the only musical influence she will acknowledge);Nick Cave;Rod Stewart;Tom Petty;Rickie Lee Jones (recognises both Laura Nyro and Van Morrison as the main influences on her career);Elton John;Graham Parker;Sinéad O’Connor;Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy;Bob Seger (“I know Bruce Springsteen was very much affected by Van Morrison, and so was I.” from Creem interview) (“I’ve Been Working”);Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners (“Jackie Wilson Said”);Jimi Hendrix (“Gloria”);Jeff Buckley (“The Way Young Lovers Do”, “Sweet Thing”);Nick Drake; and numerous others, including the Counting Crows (their “sha-la-la” sequence in Mr Jones, is a tribute to Morrison). Morrison’s influence reaches into the country music genre, with Hal Ketchum acknowledging, “He (Van Morrison) was a major influence in my life.”
    Morrison’s influence on the younger generation of singer-songwriters is pervasive: including Irish singer Damien Rice, who has been described as on his way to becoming the “natural heir to Van Morrison”;Ray Lamontagne;James Morrison;Paolo Nutini;Eric LindellDavid Gray and Ed Sheeran are also several of the younger artists influenced by Morrison. Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band The Frames (who lists Van Morrison as being part of his holy trinity with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen) commonly covers his songs in concert. American rock band, The Wallflowers have covered “Into the Mystic”. Canadian blues-rock singer Colin James also covers the song frequently at his concerts. Actor and musician Robert Pattinson has said that Van Morrison was his “influence for doing music in the first place”. Morrison has shared the stage with Northern Irish singer-songwriter Duke Special, who admits Morrison has been a big influence.
    Overall, Morrison has typically been supportive of other artists, often willingly sharing the stage with them during his concerts. On the live album, A Night in San Francisco, he had as his special guests, among others, his childhood idols: Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells. Although he often expresses his displeasure (in interviews and songs) with the music industry and the media in general, he has been instrumental in promoting the careers of many other musicians and singers, such as James Hunter, and fellow Belfast-born brothers, Brian and Bap Kennedy.
    Van Morrison also had great influence on the other arts: the German painter Johannes Heisig created a series of lithographs illustrating the book In the Garden – for Van Morrison, published by Städtische Galerie Sonneberg, Germany, in 1997.

    Personal life:

    Morrison lived in Belfast from birth until 1967, when he moved to New York after signing with Bang Records. Facing deportation due to visa problems, he managed to stay in the US when his American girlfriend Janet (Planet) Rigsbee agreed to marry him. Once married, Morrison and his wife moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he found work performing in local clubs. The couple had one daughter, Shana Morrison, who has become a singer-songwriter. Morrison and his family moved around America, living in Boston; Woodstock, New York; and a hilltop home in Fairfax, California. His wife appeared on the cover of the album Tupelo Honey. They divorced in 1973.
    Morrison moved back to Europe in the late 1970s, first settling in London’s Notting Hill Gate area. Later, he moved to Bath, where he purchased Wool Hall Studios. He also has a home in the Irish seaside village of Dalkey near Dublin, where legal actions against two different neighbours concerning safety and privacy issues have been taken to court in 2001 and in 2010. In the former case, Morrison pursued his action all the way to the Irish Supreme Court.
    In 2001, nine months into a tour with Linda Gail Lewis promoting their collaboration You Win Again, Ms. Lewis left, later filing claims against Morrison for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination. Both claims were later withdrawn, and Morrison’s solicitor was quoted that “(Van’s) pleased that these claims have finally been withdrawn. He accepted a full apology and comprehensive retraction which represents a complete vindication of his stance from the outset. Miss Lewis has given a full and categorical apology and retraction to Mr. Morrison.”
    Morrison met Irish socialite Michelle Rocca in the summer of 1992, and they often featured in the Dublin gossip columns, an unusual event for the reclusive Morrison. Rocca also appeared on one of his album covers, Days Like This. The couple are married and have two children; a daughter was born in January 2006 and a son was born in August 2007.
    In December 2009, Texas native and Morrison employee Gigi Lee gave birth to a son who she asserted was Morrison’s and who she named after him. Lee announced the birth of the child on Morrison’s official website although Morrison has subsequently denied paternity of the child. It was revealed in December 2011 that Lee died from throat cancer in October 2011 and her son had died previously in January 2011, from complications of diabetes. wikipedia

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    Lyrics for Madame George by Van Morrison:

    Down on Cyprus Avenue
    With a childlike vision leaping into view
    Clicking, clacking of the high heeled shoe
    Ford & Fitzroy, Madame George
    Marching with the soldier boy behind
    He’s much older with hat on drinking wine
    And that smell of sweet perfume comes drifting through
    The cool night air like Shalimar
    And outside they’re making all the stops
    The kids out in the street collecting bottle-tops
    Gone for cigarettes and matches in the shops
    Happy taken Madame George
    That’s when you fall
    Whoa, that’s when you fall
    Yeah, that’s when you fall
    When you fall into a trance
    A sitting on a sofa playing games of chance
    With your folded arms and history books you glance
    Into the eyes of Madame George
    And you think you found the bag
    You’re getting weaker and your knees begin to sag
    In the corner playing dominoes in drag
    The one and only Madame George
    And then from outside the frosty window raps
    She jumps up and says Lord have mercy I think it’s the cops
    And immediately drops everything she gots
    Down into the street below
    And you know you gotta go
    On that train from Dublin up to Sandy Row
    Throwing pennies at the bridges down below
    And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow
    Say goodbye to Madame George
    Dry your eye for Madame George
    Wonder why for Madame George
    And as you leave, the room is filled with music, laughing, music,
    dancing, music all around the room
    And all the little boys come around, walking away from it all
    So cold
    And as you’re about to leave
    She jumps up and says Hey love, you forgot your gloves
    And the gloves to love to love the gloves…
    To say goodbye to Madame George
    Dry your eye for Madame George
    Wonder why for Madame George
    Dry your eyes for Madame George
    Say goodbye in the wind and the rain on the back street
    In the backstreet, in the back street
    Say goodbye to Madame George
    In the backstreet, in the back street, in the back street
    Down home, down home in the back street
    Gotta go
    Say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
    Dry your eye your eye your eye your eye your eye…
    Say goodbye to Madame George
    And the loves to love to love the love
    Say goodbye
    Oooooo
    Mmmmmmm
    Say goodbye goodbye goodbye goodbye to Madame George
    Dry your eye for Madame George
    Wonder why for Madame George
    The love’s to love the love’s to love the love’s to love…
    Say goodbye, goodbye
    Get on the train
    Get on the train, the train, the train…
    This is the train, this is the train…
    Whoa, say goodbye, goodbye….
    Get on the train, get on the train…

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Dirty Little Secret can be found on the album Versions which were released 2006, track nr: 18

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Sarah McLachlan (born Sarah Ann McLachlan January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a Grammy-winning musician, singer and songwriter. She is known for the emotional sound of her ballads. Some of her most popular songs include "Angel", "Building a Mystery", "Adia", "Possession", "Fallen", "I Will Remember You", and "World on Fire". Her best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. Her first album Touch was released in September 28, 1988, recorded in 1987-1988, Vancouver, Canada. The album received both critical and commercial success and included the hit song Vox. During this period she co-operated with Tom Ferris and Dean Russel of Moev, who discovered her as a singer. She contributed backing vocals their 1990 album Head Down and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes Of Wrath, another Tom Ferris's band. Her second album Solace (1991) was a real breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles The Path of Thorns (Terms) and Into the Fire and being certified double platinum for sales of 200,000 copies in Canada. In 1994 her third album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy quietly became Sarah's international breakthrough, scaling the charts in a number of countries. In the United States, the album was a steady seller that stayed in the middle ranges of the pop charts for almost two years. Sarah's fourth album Surfacing, released in 1997, brought her international success, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. Still in the spotlight from the album, Sarah launched the highly popular Lilith Fair tour, which helped launch the careers of several well-known female artists. Her next record Afterglow came out in 2003; it contained the singles Fallen, Stupid, and World on Fire. It was her first album of new material in six years. Sarah took a few years furlough to start a family with her husband and drummer, Ashwin Sood. Her Holiday album Wintersong came out in October 2006. The album consists of eleven new recordings of well known Christmas songs as well as seasonal favorites interpreted by Sarah. The title track Wintersong is an original work of Sarah. McLachlan's first studio album of original material in seven years, Laws of Illusion, was released on June 15, 2010. It features 10 new songs in addition to the previously released tracks "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up on Us. The first single Loving You Is Easy was released on April 23, 2010. It was followed by Forgiveness, released on June 30, 2010. last.fm

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Lyrics for Dirty little secret by Sarah McLachlan:

If I had the chance, love
I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don't tell me it's too late

''Chorus:''
Cause I've relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight

I've been up all night drinking
To drown my sorrow down
Nothing seems to help me since you went away
I'm so tired of this town
Where every tongue is wagging
When every back is turned
Their telling secrets that should never be revealed
There's nothing to be gained from this
But disaster..
Here's a good one..
Did you hear about my friend
He's embarrassed to be seen now
Because we..
know his sin

If I had the chance love
You know, I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don't tell me it's too late

''Chorus:''
Cause I've relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight
Oh, I am willing to give up this fight..

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Sarah McLachlan -         Sarah McLachlan (born Sarah Ann McLachlan January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a Grammy-winning musician, singer and songwrite...

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Dirty Little Secret can be found on the album Versions which were released 2006, track nr: 18

About Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan (born Sarah Ann McLachlan January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a Grammy-winning musician, singer and songwriter. She is known for the emotional sound of her ballads. Some of her most popular songs include “Angel”, “Building a Mystery”, “Adia”, “Possession”, “Fallen”, “I Will Remember You”, and “World on Fire”. Her best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. Her first album Touch was released in September 28, 1988, recorded in 1987-1988, Vancouver, Canada. The album received both critical and commercial success and included the hit song Vox. During this period she co-operated with Tom Ferris and Dean Russel of Moev, who discovered her as a singer. She contributed backing vocals their 1990 album Head Down and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes Of Wrath, another Tom Ferris’s band. Her second album Solace (1991) was a real breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles The Path of Thorns (Terms) and Into the Fire and being certified double platinum for sales of 200,000 copies in Canada. In 1994 her third album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy quietly became Sarah’s international breakthrough, scaling the charts in a number of countries. In the United States, the album was a steady seller that stayed in the middle ranges of the pop charts for almost two years. Sarah’s fourth album Surfacing, released in 1997, brought her international success, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. Still in the spotlight from the album, Sarah launched the highly popular Lilith Fair tour, which helped launch the careers of several well-known female artists. Her next record Afterglow came out in 2003; it contained the singles Fallen, Stupid, and World on Fire. It was her first album of new material in six years. Sarah took a few years furlough to start a family with her husband and drummer, Ashwin Sood. Her Holiday album Wintersong came out in October 2006. The album consists of eleven new recordings of well known Christmas songs as well as seasonal favorites interpreted by Sarah. The title track Wintersong is an original work of Sarah. McLachlan’s first studio album of original material in seven years, Laws of Illusion, was released on June 15, 2010. It features 10 new songs in addition to the previously released tracks “U Want Me 2″ and “Don’t Give Up on Us. The first single Loving You Is Easy was released on April 23, 2010. It was followed by Forgiveness, released on June 30, 2010. last.fm

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Lyrics for Dirty little secret by Sarah McLachlan:

If I had the chance, love
I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don’t tell me it’s too late

”Chorus:”
Cause I’ve relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight

I’ve been up all night drinking
To drown my sorrow down
Nothing seems to help me since you went away
I’m so tired of this town
Where every tongue is wagging
When every back is turned
Their telling secrets that should never be revealed
There’s nothing to be gained from this
But disaster..
Here’s a good one..
Did you hear about my friend
He’s embarrassed to be seen now
Because we..
know his sin

If I had the chance love
You know, I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don’t tell me it’s too late

”Chorus:”
Cause I’ve relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight
Oh, I am willing to give up this fight..

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Conserts with Sarah McLachlan

  • Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville(2014-06-20)
  • Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville(2014-06-21)
  • McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale(2014-06-22)
  • Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Stateline(2014-06-24)
  • Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara(2014-06-25)
  • Greek Theatre in Berkeley(2014-06-27)
  • Greek Theatre in Los Angeles(2014-06-28)
  • Humphreys Concerts By the Bay in San Diego(2014-06-29)
  • Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City(2014-07-01)
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison(2014-07-02)
  • Starlight Theatre in Kansas City(2014-07-03)
  • Ravinia in Highland Park(2014-07-05)
  • Fabulous Fox Theatre in St Louis(2014-07-06)
  • State Theatre in Minneapolis(2014-07-08)
  • Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee(2014-07-09)
  • PNC PAVILION in Cincinnati(2014-07-11)
  • Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills(2014-07-12)
  • Toledo Zoo Amphitheater in Toledo(2014-07-13)
  • Artpark Mainstage Theater in Lewiston(2014-07-14)
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs(2014-07-16)
  • Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor(2014-07-18)
  • Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston(2014-07-19)
  • Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville(2014-07-20)
  • Beacon Theatre in New York(2014-07-22)
  • Beacon Theatre in New York(2014-07-23)
  • the Mann in Philadelphia(2014-07-24)
  • Wolf Trap in Vienna(2014-07-26)
  • nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville(2014-07-27)
  • Ryman Auditorium in Nashville(2014-07-29)
  • Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta(2014-07-30)
  • Saenger Theatre New Orleans in New Orleans(2014-08-01)
  • Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin(2014-08-02)
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas(2014-08-03)
  • SAVE-ON FOODS MEMORIAL CENTRE in Victoria(2014-10-18)
  • Orpheum in Vancouver(2014-10-20)
  • Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver(2014-10-21)
  • Prospera Place in Kelowna(2014-10-24)
  • CN Centre in Prince George(2014-10-25)
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary(2014-10-27)
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary(2014-10-28)
  • Winspear Centre in Edmonton(2014-10-29)
  • Winspear Centre in Edmonton(2014-10-30)
  • TCU Place in Saskatoon(2014-11-01)
  • Conexus Arts Centre in Regina(2014-11-02)
  • Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg(2014-11-03)
  • Community Auditorium in Thunder Bay(2014-11-04)
  • Massey Hall in Toronto(2014-11-06)
  • Massey Hall in Toronto(2014-11-07)
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor(2014-11-08)
  • Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton(2014-11-10)

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Ljiljana Buttler -         Ljiljana Buttler (1944-2010) was a half-Croatian Gypsy singer.  Buttler was born Ljiljana Petrovic on 14th December 1944  in Belgrade, then in...

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Gjelem, gjelem can be found on the album Frozen Roses which were released 2009, track nr: 2

About Ljiljana Buttler

Ljiljana Buttler (1944-2010) was a half-Croatian Gypsy singer. Buttler was born Ljiljana Petrovic on 14th December 1944 in Belgrade, then in Yugoslavia. She was the daughter of a Croatian singer and a Gypsy accordionist. Her father left the family shortly after the birth of his daughter. She moved to the city of Bijeljina, where her mother performed in pubs. As a teenager she began singing, and when she returned to Belgrade she settled in the Skadarlija entertainment district. In the 1970s she broke through in Yugoslavia as a singer and released several successful albums. During the 1980s her career slowed; in 1989, due to political unrest, she moved to Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2001 the Amsterdam-based Bosnian music producer Dragi Šestic convinced Buttler to record a new album with the Bosnian band Mostar Sevdah Reunion: The Mother of Gypsy Soul (2002). In 2005 they released a second album, The Legends of Life, and in 2003 they embarked on concert series, particularly in Europe. The music of the group is a mix of gypsy and Balkan music, jazz, and sevdah. Buttler's last album, Frozen Roses, was released in 2009. Buttler died of cancer at the age of sixty-five on 26th April 2010 in Düsseldorf. last.fm

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    Ljiljana Buttler -         Ljiljana Buttler (1944-2010) was a half-Croatian Gypsy singer.  Buttler was born Ljiljana Petrovic on 14th December 1944  in Belgrade, then in...

    Listen to Ljiljana Buttler – Gjelem, gjelem (6,69 min) on spotify.

    Gjelem, gjelem can be found on the album Frozen Roses which were released 2009, track nr: 2

    About Ljiljana Buttler

    Ljiljana Buttler (1944-2010) was a half-Croatian Gypsy singer. Buttler was born Ljiljana Petrovic on 14th December 1944 in Belgrade, then in Yugoslavia. She was the daughter of a Croatian singer and a Gypsy accordionist. Her father left the family shortly after the birth of his daughter. She moved to the city of Bijeljina, where her mother performed in pubs. As a teenager she began singing, and when she returned to Belgrade she settled in the Skadarlija entertainment district. In the 1970s she broke through in Yugoslavia as a singer and released several successful albums. During the 1980s her career slowed; in 1989, due to political unrest, she moved to Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2001 the Amsterdam-based Bosnian music producer Dragi Šestic convinced Buttler to record a new album with the Bosnian band Mostar Sevdah Reunion: The Mother of Gypsy Soul (2002). In 2005 they released a second album, The Legends of Life, and in 2003 they embarked on concert series, particularly in Europe. The music of the group is a mix of gypsy and Balkan music, jazz, and sevdah. Buttler’s last album, Frozen Roses, was released in 2009. Buttler died of cancer at the age of sixty-five on 26th April 2010 in Düsseldorf. last.fm

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