Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pop Clips 28 October 08

With election day fast approaching, many members of the local black community in Central NY (the Utica area) say they have their fingers crossed for Democratic candidate Barack Obama and his historic campaign for the presidency. Meantime, way down South, blogger Geoffrey Philp posts on the difference between American and Jamaican politics.

The final battles of the presidential race are being fought in states carried in 2004 by President Bush.

I myself had an "Obama Dream" Sunday night / Monday AM --- I was in the living room at the house where I grew up. The big Zenith TV was pulled away from the wall and the back was off. I went over to talk to the repairman. It was Barack Obama! He looked at me and said "Don't worry, I'll fix it." And then I awoke.

Les Payne on whether Bush-Cheney might follow NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lead on a term limits extension.

Here's something notable: the music industry is doing just fine, on a very stable course ANYWHERE BUT HERE in the United States, where since around 2000, it's impossible to get a real handle on what type of music is actually popular. With so much content being downloaded, rap music ascended to mainstream status, not really by popularity, but by sales. Most of its fans (until right about now) did not have the proper technology and / or the knowledge to access and download media off the internet for FREE.
LONDON (Reuters) - Manufactured TV group Girls Aloud notched up their fourth No. 1 hit on the U.K. pop chart on Sunday with "The Promise."

They knocked last week's champ, "So What" by U.S. singer Pink, down to No. 2, according to the Official UK Charts Company

Dance act Guru Josh Project entered the charts at No. 3 with "Infinity 2008," while U.S. cult rockers Kings of Leon stayed at No. 4 with "Sex On Fire."

Razorlight's "Wire To Wire" was the biggest climber, moving up 25 places to No. 5.

Veteran Australian rockers AC/DC entered the album chart at No. 1 with their new album "Black Ice," while the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 2 with "Off With Their Heads."

Kings of Leon were unchanged at No. 3 with "Only By The Night," while "Right Now" by former "X Factor" winner Leon Jackson at No. 4 and "Sacred Arias" by Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins at No. 5.
While US tastes and trends in music historically have been slightly different from what's happening in the UK and Europe, they're closer than you might think: the recording artists would be a little different but the essential direction of the music nearly the same.

The Blogger known as "The Frugal Duchess" is in the city today for a reading/book signing event at at Harlem's Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, 2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between 124th & 125th Streets)- tel# 212.665.7400

Microsoft is supposed to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles today. New info about what’s part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers trickled out over the weekend.

Fascinating piece on pretty stunning archeological discovery in Turkey -- ruins of a Temple built 11,000 years ago, 1000s of years before it was thought people had settled & "civilized".

Raju Narisetti blogs the truth: "Increasingly, many of us in print media are coming to realize that content is not king, conversation is." The complete article entitled "When blogs beget blogs beget blogs..." is available here on livemint.

Here's a bone: 17 Amazing Free Web Based Applications

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