Elton John’s biopic Rocketman was supposed to be the next Bohemian Rhapsody, but it took a dive at the box office falling below expectations. In a ten day period – Rocketman only brought it $47.5 million whereas Bohemian Rhapsody clocked over $100 million with half the promotion. Rocketman received better reviews and Elton John was even bigger than Freddie Mercury. So what happened with Rocketman?
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody are vastly different in how they portray the iconic frontman. Bohemian Rhapsody focused on Freddie Mercurys life as an artist and his talent. Rocketman explores Elton John’s sexuality and his drug issues painting him as a sex-crazed junkie. The members of Queen were deeply involved in the making of Bohemian Rhapsody and made sure that Freddie Mercury was defined by his talent and showmanship and nothing else.
As of now Rocketman has generated $72 million while Bohemian Rhapsody has pulled in $900+ million worldwide
Indie electro artist Laney Lynx releases the playful pop track Nothing Sounds the Same. The Brooklyn based – Berklee College of Music graduate cites Haim, The 1975, MGMT, Aaliyah, and Stevie Wonder as influences. Her debut single “Love Sick” was featured in MTVu’s The Freshmen. Laney notes, “My songs mirror my personality in a way. It’s all about capturing a feel-good, quirky or playful vibe for lyrically emotional songs. My artistry exists in the realm of working hard while not taking myself too seriously”.
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You’re a songwriter in the music business and may have number one hits, but outside of a small inner circle, nobody knows who you are. Music producers are even more anonymous. The good news is that Billboard will launch a weekly top songwriters and producers chart onJune 15th. Billboard will rollout the top 10 charts for Hot 100 songwriters and producers that will coincide with charts from genres including R&B/hip-hop, rap, R&B, country, rock, dance/electronic, Latin, Christian and gospel. The songwriters and producers will finally have a ‘look at me’ moment outside a yearly award ceremony
Up & coming Toronto based Deanna Petcoff releases a really cool track Stage Lights. The singer-songwriter cites Bowie, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith as influences. Her debut single Terribly True garnered coverage from The 405, Atwood Mag, and indie 88, while clocking 209k Spotify Streams. Give it a stream.
Apple will finally shut down iTunes. Apple will rollout new software for Mac this fall and iTunes will cease to exist. Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV will replace iTunes. For those who have an iTunes library full of songs – no need to worry. Your iTunes library will exported into a new app, which includes your downloaded songs, purchased songs, or songs ripped from a CD.