Recordplanet’s Record & Cd Fair – January 25, 2014 – RAI Amsterdam

ADear all,

Let us start with thanking everybody who joined us at the 40th Mega Record & CD Fair in Utrecht last month. With over 33.000 visitors the fair was a big success and we are looking forward to the – sold out – 41st one in Utrecht on April 12 & 13, 2014.

On January 25 we have our first event in 2014 at the RAI convention centre in Amsterdam, back at the old location: the Diamond Foyer. You can still book stalls for this event (105,- Euro per 3 meter table including 21% BTW/VAT). Please contact us if you need more info. From December 20 until January 5 our office will be closed.

We wish all of you a great Christmas and a beautiful 2014. It will be great to see you all back in good health!

Recordplanet’s ARC team.

Recordplanet’s Record & Cd Fair – January 25, 2014 – RAI Amsterdam

Mega Record & CD Fair – April 12 & 13, 2014 – Jaarbeurs Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Who The F**K Is Arthur Fogel? (poster)

Who The F**K Is Arthur Fogel?
Premieres Wednesday January 29th 8PM ET

This documentary by Ron Chapman profiles Arthur Fogel, a relatively unknown businessman who has revolutionized the global concert touring industry. Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? is the untold story of a quiet, private man at the controls of the high-octane, ever-changing (and often treacherous) global music industry.

Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? includes an in-depth interview with Fogel, as well as appearances by Bono, The Edge, Sting, Andy Summers, Madonna, Geddy Lee, Bill Zysblat, Monte Pittman, Kathy Schenker, Paul McGuinness, Ray Waddell, Michael Rapino, Guy Oseary, Elliot Roberts, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Troy Carter and many many more, as well as rarely seen concert performances. In addition to the interviews, the film features the music of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rush, Sting, The Police, U2 and Depeche Mode to name a few.


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Rumor: Madonna reunites with Sean Penn and Patrick Leonard

On Saturday, several news outlets reported that Madonna was reuniting with her ex-husband Sean Penn for the holidays. While we don’t know for sure if this is true, we do know that Madonna reunited with Sean during a trip to Haiti a couple weeks back.

Fans are split on whether or not Madonna should be reuniting with an ex-husband that was allegedly very mean to her. However, we guarantee they won’t be split on this news: Madonna has been seen with Patrick Leonard, the man she has written and produced several of her most beloved songs with.

They were seen once at LAX Airport and another at P.F. Chang’s at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. However, there is no romantic interest here; it’s all about Madonna’s upcoming album, tentatively due for release at the end of 2014. “Somebody forwarded an article to Madonna about how much Pat missed working with her,” our source says. Madonna was really touched by this and contacted Leonard to start working on some new music.

Madonna really wants to record another album like “I’m Breathless,” which was a side-project type of album that was inspired by her role in the movie “Dick Tracy.” Even though the album remains a favorite among a small selection of fans, most people consider the album Madonna’s first big mistake, at least musically. However, the album really does show that Madonna has a raw and soothing voice.

“Madonna wants to remind people that she is quite a good vocalist,” our source tells us. “The record company is pushing her to work with Daft Punk and Eric Prydz. They are two of the biggest names in the EDM scene right now. But Madonna wants to do something totally different.”

Let’s hope Madonna goes in a different direction. We liked her last two albums, but believe most of the songs on these albums could have easily been recorded by Britney Spears or Rihanna. Whatever she decides to record will definitely be a big part of her huge upcoming tour. We will have more on that soon.

Twitter: @sabrinaoconnor9 / Examiner

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The Girlie Show at Polare

For everyone interested in getting a copy of the leftover stock of the sealed copies of The Girlie Show book (the store is cleaning up stock, almost everything is on sale), these are their details:

Kalverstraat 48-52
1012PE, Amsterdam
Tel: 020-6225933

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Madonna – Confessions Tour Visuals

The Live Event space provides an impressive palette with which to create audio/visual moments that transport the concert-goer to an alternate reality. Solid’s on-stage creative for Madonna’s Confessions Tour is a riveting example of just how that can work. The task at hand was to come up with a 4 1/2 minute animated excursion for the song “Like It or Not”.

The main theme of the song and corresponding creative is a journey through a living-vine garden of eden – a metaphor for the twists and turns of life and love. Our process from the start required a good amount of organization and rigid conceptual rules to give our artists a sound base from which to work from. We broke the song down into its various sections and tied the intensity of the growing vines to the lyrics being sung. We created diagrams and graphs that helped us plan out how the animation would unfold through its multiple chorus, bridge and verse’s. We went through several stages of design, exploring various treatments in terms of photo-realism, color and FX. Getting sign-off from a world renown performer can be a tricky process – Madonna definitely has strong opinions and a clear vision. Ultimately, she was interested in a realistic, minimalist aesthetic – one of several approaches we had sent along.

For the motion, the team used maya and x-frog to build a dynamically growing world. A variety of render passes were used to get the specific look we were going for. Key to our success was the use of a “thread” vine to make the seamless nature of the piece easy to manage. Basically, we started the animation with one vine and one camera, and told the story as well as we could with just that one element. Once that made sense, every additional element seemed to fit right in and give it that extra something.

Madonna’s show used several cutting edge display technologies for the stage. Central to this high-end install was an Element Labs, stealth LED screen – a curved element that creates a unique experience from all sides and has a layered sensibility, allowing viewers to see right through the darker parts of the image. To take advantage of that, we delivered 2 different layers – one for the foreground on the curved Stealth with more of the living, fast paced vine work and one to be used on a background LED screen as a supporting layer. The two layered screens create an intense sense of depth, bringing attendees even deeper into Madonna’s secret garden of eden.


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Welcome to the brand new version of MadonnaUnderground!

Welcome to the brand new version of our website! We (Kimberly, Hans, Onno & Eric) have worked extremely hard behind the scenes in getting this together on time. Everything that could be found on the old website has been transferred and transformed onto this new website, everything is brand new and all of the sections have been improved. To make sure the site was easy to access and easy to browse through, we wanted to make it a website that provides you with everything you need and want to know about Madonna. We also made the choice to focus on publishing everything in the English language as most of our visitors come from the US. We did keep our live reports in both English and Dutch though.

We are still working on it, so it still is not finished, it might be that you miss a section (will be put back asap) and are working on new sections as we speak. We literally have thousands of pages still waiting to be scanned for new additions to the website, so there is a lot more in store for you!

We hope you enjoy the brand new version of MadonnaUnderground, please take your time to browse through every single section and menu item.

Stay tuned for lots and lots more to come!!

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Madonna ranks No. 1 as music’s top earning woman – Forbes

With earnings of $125 million, pop singer Madonna is the highest-paid woman in music, easily surpassing Lady Gaga and country-pop singer Taylor Swift, Forbes said on Wednesday.

Her income for the 12-month period used by the magazine also made her the highest-earning celebrity overall, it said. Much of Madonna’s earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 were from her worldwide MDNA Tour, which pulled in $305 million.

But the 55-year-old singer, who jumped from ninth place in 2012, also made money with merchandising sales, her fragrance and from her Material Girl clothing line.

She is “music’s top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe,” according to Forbes.

Lady Gaga, with $80 million, jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 this year, despite her Born This Way Ball tour being cut short due to an injury. Gaga, 27, released her album “ARTPOP” after the cut off date for Forbes’ annual earnings calculations.

Swift, 23, dropped from second place in 2012 to third this year. Her $55 million in earnings came from sales of her latest album “Red” as well as endorsement deals, records sales and touring. Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers.

It also looked at data from the Pollstar trade magazine, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. Singer Beyonce, 32, came in fourth, not far behind with $53 million.

The R&B star, who rose two places from last year, was also on the road with her Mrs. Carter World Tour, and earned cash from her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals. Jennifer Lopez, 44, rounded out the top five women with $45 million.

Although her earnings dropped after she left her spot as a judge on the TV singing competition show “American Idol,” she still earned plenty of money from her world tour and the Latin singing competition show “Q’Viva” for the Fox television network.

Country singer and 2005 “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood, 30, was a newcomer to the list at No. 9. Underwood, who played the lead role of Maria in a live version of “The Sound of Music” for television earlier this month, earned $31 million from her latest album “Blown Away” and touring.

The full list can be found at: (Editing by Philip Barbara)


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