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AMPLITUDE The LOOP Music Emailer


AMPLITUDE The LOOP Music Emailer

24 March 2000



Time Warner and Sony will not go through with a mooted merger. Instead, the music giants will form a strategic alliance for music sales and delivery over the Internet. Online retailer CDNow will remain an independent company under the deal, instead of merging with Sony's Columbia House and Time Warner's online music operations as proposed last July. CDNow Chief Executive Jason Olim was "obviously disappointed" that the merger wouldn't happen, but called the termination "the best move for CDNow and its shareholders." Really? The company's stock dropped 15% in trading.

Melody Maker magazine put Nirvana's Kurt Cobain at the top of its list of Rock 'n' Roll Hellraisers, even though all he did was become a junkie and shoot himself in the head. Loser. Cobain's former wife, singer- cum-actress Courtney Love, took the no. 8 slot. Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays and the late Keith Moon of The Who took out the no. 2 and no. 3 spots respectively. For more, visit we're working on the NZ list now....

The Sunday Times' periodic Rich List, due this weekend, has widowed ex-Beatle Paul McCartney on top of the entertainment heap, with an estimated worth of 550 million pounds. McCartney, who recently admitted he and one-legged model Heather Mills are "an item", still only makes no. 41 on the overall list of 1000, ahead of runner-up musical millionaire Andrew Lloyd-Webber, with a reported wealth of 420 million pound. New to the list - at 914 - is Ozzy Osbourne, alongside veterans Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Phil Collins and Sting.

The best-selling solo album by a female artist in the US, ever, is Shania Twain's Come On Over, with certified sales of 17 million in the US and over 26 million copies worldwide. Twain recently won best songwriter and best country female artist honors at the Juno Awards, celebrating the best in Canadian music. Twain is also nominated in the entertainer of the year and top female vocalist categories for the Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held May 3.

Due to the sudden illness of cellist Marcus Trefny, Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra will perform with the Vienna Piano Trio in the first concert of Chamber Music New Zealand's Celebrity Season at the Wellington Town Hall on Tuesday 28 March. Just 22 years old, Christian Poltéra was born in Zurich, and studied with legendary cellist Heinrich Schiff at the Vienna University of Music. The Vienna Piano Trio will perform works by Mozart, Schnittke and Smetana at the Wellington Town Hall on Tuesday 28 March at 8pm. Tickets thru Ticketek ph (04) 384 3840.

Flying Way Too High is the title of the brand spankin' new compilation of Dunedin music from the Arc Cafe. The cafe's third compilation features 18 tracks for $20, with new songs from Suka, Cloudboy, Sola Monday, Demarnia Lloyd, Tawhiri, Kitset, Mestar, David Kilgour and a HEAP of others. Most of the tracks are hi-fi recordings of live gigs at Arc Cafe, the remainder recorded in local studios. Check the Arc website for mp3 downloads, mail order details and other stuff.



You are invited to join the Bass Frontiers Kru for a booster shot of premium drum and bass following on from the lethal injection provided by Virus Recordings, Ed Rush and Optical. Sean, Kava and Nikal will be joined by Presha, from Auckland s Subtonix team for a tearing night of serious next level business. Presha is one of Auckland's leading Drum and Bass selectors and promoters. Presha has played alongside the likes of Goldie, Grooverider, Doc Scott, Andy C, Kemistry and Storm, to name but a few. Testimony to his talent and commitment to pushing the sound was the recent invitation by Goldie to join him at the Metalheadz Sessionz in London for a set when he is in the UK later this year. No doubt many of he Wellington massive have already been exposed to the contents of Presha's crate and are already convinced of the man's ability to mash up the place.

6 nights of remarkable music and performance at BATS theatre. Tickets $8/$10/$30. Season ticket available.

The Roots Foundation are four Wellington DJs who joined forces in 1992, running legendary sessions at venues across town & across NZ, playing the very best in dance music: classic roots reggae, DUB, dancehall, house, techno and drum & bass. The Roots collective of Mu, Lemon, Koa & Goosebump prides itself on delivering cutting edge beats; exclusive dubplates, hard to find reggae rarities, roots music of the highest order; dedicated to presenting phenomenal late night "dex & fx" sessions, where sound truly becomes environment. All killer, no filler! The Roots Foundation relese their first compilation CD - with some of their most rare and exclusive tunes in a spectacular studio mix - on Sat 1 April @ The Matterhorn. $5 on the door only from 9pm 'til 6am And listen to the Radio NZ documentary at 4pm that afternoon for a warm-up...


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