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Home > News > TUESDAY NEWSDAY: Pink Floyd, Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival, Bill Murray, and more.
TUESDAY NEWSDAY: Pink Floyd, Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival, Bill Murray, and more.

Here’s a speedy snapshot of what’s happening in the big wide world of music.


 Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Paintings for Sale
 
It topped Billboard charts for 15 weeks in a row, sold over 19 million copies, and went 23x Platinum.

Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall is one of the world’s best-selling albums of all time.

And the 1982 musical film adaptation starring Bob Geldof was critically acclaimed, winning BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound, and has become a cult classic. Roger Waters, one of the Pink Floyd founders, wrote the film’s screenplay and asked political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe to bring The Wall’s show to life with inflatable creatures and cartoons.

Now the famed pieces or artwork that were created specifically for the film by Scarfe are available to buy through the San Francisco Art Exchange.

Each piece is truly remarkable, conveying the very essence of the famous Wall. And they’d certainly add a vivid touch to your living room.

 
 Ja Rule’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Disaster
 
It was touted as a luxurious Coachella-style music festival, promoted heavily by celebrities including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
 
In reality, it was more like The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies.
 
Ja Rule’s supposedly ‘glitzy’ event, Fyre Festival, was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas over the weekend. Tickets cost up to AU$16,000 each, and patrons were promised luxury food, gorgeous villas, and performances by the likes of Blink-182 and Major Lazer.
 
In reality, they got disaster relief tents, boxes of sad-looking cheese sandwiches, and packs of wild, roaming dogs.
 
The whole event was cancelled on day one just as patrons were arriving.
 
Rumours of class action lawsuits are already swirling, partly due to the festival’s terms of agreement stating ‘no refunds’.
 
Well, if you were among the hordes of music lovers who couldn’t afford to go to the wondrous event, you can thank your lucky stars. Turns out it was a bad day to be a brat-pack rich kid.



Bill Murray Just Got Even Cooler
 
He’s a Hollywood legend – actor, comedian, and writer – having starred in numerous blockbusters including Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters.
 
And now, Bill Murray has teamed up with renowned cellist Jan Vogler to create his first music album.
 
Vogler is a cello prodigy. At the age of 20, he won the principal cello position of the Staatskapelle Dresden (an orchestra based in Germany, and one of the world’s oldest orchestras), becoming the youngest concertmaster in the orchestra’s history. He’s now signed to Sony as a recording artist.
 
According to the New York Times, Murray’s album will be mostly classical, with some feature songs including West Side Story hits and Van Morrison numbers.
 
The album’s name will be New Worlds, to be released in late 2017.
 
It’s not the first time Murray’s dabbled in music. He recently appeared on Paul Shaffer’s new album, Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band. (Shaffer is the former Musical Director for David Letterman, filling the role for the entire run of Late Night with David Letterman and then Late Show with David Letterman. Altogether, that’s more than 3 decades’ worth of Letterman shows!)
 
 

Facebook Ups its Music Game
 
A new feature of Facebook Messenger called ‘Chat Extensions’ now allows users to add bots directly into group threads, sharing music directly from Spotify and Apple Music without having to leave the Messenger app.
 
The integration of Facebook and Spotify happened in 2011, and now all music buffs can celebrate.
 

 
 Apple Music is Helping You Get Noticed
 
‘Up Next’ has just been launched by Apple Music – it’s a new artist interview series designed to identify, showcase and elevate up-and-coming talent to a global audience.
 
Sounds exciting, right?
 
In a nutshell, Apple Music will choose a rising star each month and amplify their visibility to new audiences. Promotion will include a short documentary film, audio EP, and an interview, and they’ll perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
 
The very first artist to be featured by ‘Up Next’ is 6LACK, an American singer, songwriter and rapper.
 

That’s it from us. Stay tuned for the next Tuesday Newsday.

 
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