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Sara Bareilles is happy <i>Roar</i> sounds like her song


The singer says the similarities between her track and Katy Perry's means free publicity for her.

Sara Bareilles is not mad at Katy Perry, even if plenty of her fans are.

Perry's newest single, Roar sounds strikingly like Bareilles' earlier song, Brave. Cut to: Internet uproar.

But Bareilles herself is cool with the similar music and hook, especially if the controversy created means money in her own pocket. "I was stoked. I was like, 'Great'," Bareilles said in an Associated Press interview.

"I was like, 'You guys want to go get (mad) about something and buy my music, that's great'."

While she certainly didn't excuse the similar-sounding tune as mere coincidence, Bareilles says she was not behind the fuss and that the two pop stars are old friends. "I don't feel like anything was taken from me artistically. I wasn't the one having any problems with it," she said.

"I've known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it. I look at it as two female artistes who are releasing a message of empowerment."

Furthermore, Bareilles wasn't even on board with those who were overly vocal in the comparison.

"To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it," she said. "I don't promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that."

Either way, it's all love between the two songstresses: "We actually talked about it. We're like, 'Should we just work on a mash-up and let everybody know we're not mad at each other?'," she said with a laugh. — Reuters

Feel the thunder of Sigur Ros


Icelandic indie rock act Sigur Ros muscles up and mesmerises with its new music.

Since breaking into the wider consciousness more than 13 years ago, Sigur Ros has mastered that rare modern feat: ambient art that sells.

The Icelandic band hasn't so much created songs as it has guided listeners on deep, immersive journeys – richly layered soundscapes that envelop listeners while slowly unfolding around them. It's all helped the low-key guys in Sigur Ros earn a devoted, engaged audience around the world, and even led to a Top 10 US showing for last year's Valtari album.

On Kveikur, the band's recent seventh record, the atmospherics take on a heavier, occasionally aggressive edge, laced with new melodic ideas and even traditional rock structures.

It was the first album following the 2012 departure of Kjartan Sveinsson, the classically trained keyboardist who had masterminded many of the band's orchestral parts.

Sigur Ros has spent much of its career cloaked in a kind of mystique, often opaque in interviews and hard to pin down in public.

The band avoided television appearances for 10 years before a March performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon – which it followed two months later by getting cartoonised on The Simpsons.

Bassist Georg Holm spoke with the Detroit Free Press ahead of his group's kick-off to a fall US tour in support of Kveikur. He talked about the band's new musical twists and its revamped stage show.

Talk about the musical shift on the new album, and how that will work with the live approach on these songs.

The change kind of happened naturally. The only conscious decision we made was we wanted to do something different, but it wasn't clear from day one how different, or in what way it would be different.

But when we started actually writing and playing the music, the first note on the record is actually the first note we wrote thinking we were writing a record. It became clear very quickly that this was going to be something completely different, and it was a good surprise for us. It was a nice feeling.

It happened very quickly. We wrote them quickly and went to the studio. When we finished recording it, we started touring and we didn't play those songs very much. So we didn't play them for a very long time. When we (finally) started to tour with the new songs, we kind of looked at each other and thought, like, how are we going to reproduce this? We can't even remember the notes. (Laughs)

But in another nice surprise to us, it all flowed very naturally and easily. It became quite easy to reproduce them. We haven't played all the songs on the new record live yet, but we want to add as many of the new songs as we possibly can on this US leg we're going on now. We want it to be a heavily Kveikur-oriented show from now on.

How did the departure of Kjartan play into all this?

Looking back now and thinking about it, it was a good thing. It was a good change that happened. He'd been talking about for a few years that he wanted to start doing something else, so we all knew the day would probably come. So when it happened, it was all in a good way. He said, "Now, it's time for me to leave," and we all went, "Oh, OK, fine."

When we started writing the songs without him, what we started off doing was relying on computers a bit more than usual. Actually, at some point we started calling our computer "Kjartan," because it was like the fourth member of the band. We were jamming a lot to loops and sounds we'd created on the computer, and we'd just play music on top of it.

These are precise recreations of his parts? Or have you taken it and done new things with the space that's now there?

Yeah, we did consider what we should now do. And we just decided we should feel completely free to do whatever, you know – change his parts, reproduce them with a different instrument than he would usually play. But we did hire two extra guys to help us out live, for piano parts and guitar parts. We decided to hire two people rather than just one person so we could actually add even more layers on top of it. I think the live show now is probably better than it's ever been, more solid all the way through.

And there's a new visual approach as well, right?

Yeah, absolutely. We'd been touring some of the old visuals for a very long time. And we just thought we needed to do something different – the whole look and feel of the show.

It's taken a long time to get to the point where we actually really like the show. When we started out last year with this tour, we weren't very happy with the show that we started off with. We felt like we'd just taken a step back rather than forward.

So, that was kind of annoying. It took us a while, but I think we're finally at a point now where the live show is – dare I say – up to par with the music. (Laughs) Before, we thought, "Oh geez, the only thing (keeping) us up right now is the music – the live show is really bad."

But it's really on par now. – Detroit Free Press/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

International acts for Arthur's Day


THERE'S something for everyone at this year's Arthur's Day celebration. To be held at The Welcome Centre at Sepang International Circuit, Selangor on Sept 27, audiences will surely be entertained by the stellar line-up comprising The Wanted, The All-American Rejects and Five For Fighting.

Pop music lovers can groove to the infectious dance tunes of English-Irish boy band The Wanted. The five-man band – Max George, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Tom Parker – came into the spotlight in 2010 after releasing a slew of hits All Time Low, Glad You Came, Lightning and Chasing The Sun.

Their latest single Walks Like Rihanna is steadily climbing up the charts and will surely get the crowd well, strutting like Rihanna by the end of the night.

For music lovers who just want to listen to some good old head-banging numbers, The All-American Rejects will give you something to rock to. Fronted by Tyson Ritter, the rock-punk outfit rose to prominence in 2001 with singles Swing, Swing, Move Along and Dirty Little Secret.

Its 2008 hit Gives You Hell is the band's most successful song yet, racking up over four million sales in the United States. The band's latest album is Kids In The Street, which was released last year.

Lastly, singer-songwriter John Ondrasik – who goes by the stage name, Five For Fighting – is just the thing for those who prefer something more mellow and contemplative.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Five For Fighting will lend a warm, sentimental touch to the evening.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Five For Fighting will lend a warm, sentimental touch to the evening.

Best known for his emotionally-stirring works like Superman (It's Not Easy) and 100 Years, the Grammy-nominated singer will lend a warm, sentimental touch to the evening. Ondrasik just released his sixth album, Bookmarks, led by the single, What If.

Each act will perform for a solid 75 minutes – that means almost four hours of non-stop live music! Since 2009, Arthur's Day has been celebrated annually in honour of Irish brewer Arthur Guinness, the founder of the Guinness Company.

In conjunction with the event, The Star will be giving away 10 pairs of tickets valued at RM236 per pair and 10 pairs of meet and greet passes. Be the first 20 to email your particulars as well as the answer to a simple question – name the three international acts that will be performing at Arthur's Day celebration event this year. E-mail them to juniza@thestar.com.my.

Otherwise, tickets are available for sale at RM118, RM138 (door sale), RM238 (mosh pit) and RM8,000 (cabana lounge). Log on to www.myticket.asia to purchase tickets or call 03-8080 8700 for enquiries. This event is only opened to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above. – Kenneth Chaw

Kredit: www.thestar.com.my

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