INTERVIEW : WILLIAM ORBIT

‘I’m more famous in the music industry than I am to the general public. I’m invisible to the public,’ says songwriter and producer William Orbit wryly.

It’s an astute observation from a musician far better known for his production clients than his own songs. But he’s worked with some of the biggest pop stars of the past 20 years. Madonna, Blur, Britney Spears and All Saints are just some of the heavy hitters to benefit from his studio touch. It’s an impressive list of collaborators (most notably on Madonna’s Ray of Light and Music albums where his work collected three Grammy Awards) and one which has allowed him to take up his own niche position, existing slightly to the left of the mainstream music biz.

Recent productions include co-writing and co-producing the Chris Brown international hit Don’t Wake Me Up and Britney Spears’ latest album, Britney Jeans. Perhaps more excitingly, he recently appeared at London’s LEAF festival to deliver a live multi-media performance featuring tracks from his illustrious career and a Q&A.

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M called him up ahead of his LEAF performance to talk production, pop and why musicians should never work for free…

How did you first get into music?
The first time I sat down and listened to music, I put Jimi Hendrix records on at half speed. Then I worked out the chords. I knew I was never going to be him but I wanted to learn an instrument. It was the first time I listened to a record in a musical way.
There was no real starting point or record that said ‘this is it – I’m going to be a musician’. It was hearing a series of records which got me more and more frustrated because I wasn’t a professional musician.

So it was a long period of trying to break into music?
I didn’t earn a penny from music until I was 23. The career aspect did not start until that age. But I was always playing with instruments before then.

What have you learned from collaborations such as those with Madonna or Britney Spears?
Collaboration is how you learn your craft. I built this studio and ran it and learned a great deal from working with others. It gives you this wide experience of seeing how others operate in the music business.

Who has been the most inspiring collaborator?
Laurie Mayer, the original member of Torch Song. We met in ‘79 and she’s an inspiration. I’ve got so much from Madonna about crafting productions. She’s such a musical talent who I’ve worked with.

More on http://www.williamorbit.com

MADONNA VISITS J/P HAITIAN RELIEF ORGANIZATION IN HAITI

J/P Haitian Relief Organization, along with founder and CEO, Sean Penn, welcomed Madonna and her son, Rocco, to the J/P HRO-managed Petionville Camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti earlier this week where she witnessed firsthand J/P HRO’s progress in the Haiti reconstruction effort. During their visit, Madonna toured the J/P HRO camp, where there are now less than 2,000 residents in the once tent-city of 60,000 internally displaced citizens, and met with senior program managers, visited its medical facilities, community center and engineering projects and spent time at a J/P affiliated school to connect with students. She also took a tour of the site of the national palace, which J/P HRO cleared last year, and then visited the slums of Cite Soleil.

Through Instagram, Madonna engaged fans in her experience in Haiti, posting photos of the country’s inspiring children and various locales such as the beach of Ile-a-Vache, an island off the southwestern peninsula of Haiti. She encouraged fans to support J/P HRO programs which provide health care, education, construction and the safe return to permanent housing for displaced earthquake survivors residing in the Petionville Camp. This week, Penn launched his own Instagram to raise awareness of J/P’s continuing efforts in Haiti: http://www.instagram.com/seanpenn.

“The progress that has been made in Haiti is extraordinary, but it’s clear there is so much more to be done,” said Madonna. “I’m very inspired by J/P HRO’s dedication and long-term commitment to the families and children of Haiti. What Sean and his organization have done is truly remarkable. They are paving the way to a brighter future for thousands of people. It’s vital that the world stays on course with the reconstruction of Haiti.”

“I was very proud to introduce Madonna and her son to the work we are doing in Haiti,” said Sean Penn. “It is my hope that more people will visit Haiti and see for themselves the beauty, spirit and potential of this great country.”

Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation is expected to join forces with J/P HRO on their continuing support for the citizens of Haiti. Details will be announced at a later date.

Below are highlights of J/P HRO’s key achievements:

CAMP AND RELOCATIONS MANAGEMENT

– Since Feb. 1, 2013, and through an $8.75 million grant from the Government of Haiti and The World Bank, J/P HRO has implemented a relocation process to transition the remaining people living in the Petionville and Cite Maxo displacement camps. Of the 60,000 people who lived in the Petionville Camp, today, less than 2,000 people remain.
– By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families.
– In 2013 and in collaboration with the J/P HRO Medical Program, 4,000 camp residents were vaccinated against cholera which has greatly contributed to the prevention of a widespread outbreak of cholera in the camp and neighboring communities.

MEDICAL

– In 2013, the all-Haitian medical staff, working out of two clinics, will have seen and treated more than 108,000 people-approximately 9,000 patients per month.
– On average, each month J/P HRO’s medical staff vaccinates nearly 600 children against life-threatening diseases and delivers 38 healthy babies, sustaining a 0 percent maternal mortality rate.
Every month, the J/P HRO Women’s Clinic provides health services to an average of 650 pregnant women.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Education:
– 120 school teachers from 22 participating schools in the Delmas 32 neighborhood receive training on innovative teaching practices, which positively impacts more than 6,000 students who are currently enrolled in school attending school.
Livelihoods:
– Nearly 2,000 individuals have been trained on business management.
Community:
– More than 250 community members participate in activities held at the J/P HRO Community Center each week, where 36 community members volunteer their time.
– 200 young women have been enrolled in an intensive training program which included 450 hours of vocational training for each participant, easing access for them into non-traditional roles in the workplace.

ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION

– The Engineering and Construction Department continues to transform Port-au-Prince neighborhoods through the demolition and clearing of more than 2,500 damaged home sites and 350 technical demolitions of severely damaged structures located throughout Port-Au-Prince, including the National Palace. More than 500,000m3 of rubble has been from city streets and neighborhoods-equal to over 1.3 million tons.
– In 2013, a structural retrofit project provided housing to 280 additional families.

INSTAGRAM PHOTOS FROM HAITI

– Photo of Sean in Haiti: http://instagram.com/p/hJczUqSRlG/
– Photo of Haitian school by Madonna: http://instagram.com/p/hJrXhDGEV-/
– Photo of tent by Madonna: http://instagram.com/p/hJd1qMGERZ/
– Photo of Haitian child by Sean: http://instagram.com/p/hMlF3WSRpK/
– Photo of Ile-a-Vache by Madonna: http://instagram.com/p/hMRy8CmEd-/

ABOUT J/P HAITIAN RELIEF ORGANIZATION

J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. The goal of J/P HRO is to support the residents of the camps we manage and surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable, and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. We work with the support of and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGOs, UN agencies, donors and-most importantly-the community members themselves. More information can be found at http://www.jphro.org. You can follow J/P HRO on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/JPHRO, add J/P HRO to your Google+ circles at http://bit.ly/jphroplus, and find J/P HRO on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/JPHRO.

Source : Madonna.com

HOW POP STAR IS HELPING HER BROTHER MARTIN CICCONE

Madonna’s alcoholic brother has given up alcohol and revealed his sister is going to buy him some new teeth.
Martin Ciccone has suffered a troubled past in which he’s battled alcohol abuse, DUI arrests, time in jail, and multiple stints in rehab.
However the 56-year-old has finally managed to turn his life around and when tracked down by MailOnline he proudly revealed he has been sober for a year.

Now working at a rehab centre in Hollywood for alcoholics and drug addicts, Martin told how his famous sister is helping him out financially by paying for a new set of false teeth for him.
He said: ‘We are on good terms and she’s helping me out. She’s getting me some new teeth. I’m hoping to start doing voiceover work again for cartoons and video games and get back on my feet.’
Martin spoke out in the week that Forbes Magazine named Madonna the world’s highest paid musician of 2013.
The 55-year-old Like A Virgin singer pocketed $125m from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her hit MDMA tour.

The queen of pop’s fortune is a stark contrast from the humble life Martin is now living. However, it is the plight of the pair’s older brother Anthony Ciccone, also an alcoholic, that worries Martin and he revealed he plans to try and save him.
Anthony has been homeless on the freezing streets of Michigan for the last three years after losing his job at the Ciccone family vineyard for drinking the wine from the vats.
In an interview with MailOnline in March this year, Anthony said: ‘Madonna doesn’t give a s*** if I’m dead or alive. She lives in her own world.
‘I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other. My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he would not have to worry about it anymore.’

Speaking about Anthony, who lives on the streets of Traverse City where temperatures regularly drop to -10c, Martin said: ‘I’m reaching out to him now.’
Asked if he thinks tragic Anthony can recover, Martin said: ‘I think anybody can do it (get sober) if they want to.’
Martin also insisted Madonna wants to help Anthony but can’t, he said: ‘She wants to help him but he doesn’t help himself. I thought it was a bit one-sided (the Anthony interview), and only from his point of view.’
Martin was cautious not to talk more about his famous sister, saying: ‘I can’t talk because she would not want me to.’
He joked: ‘When I’m ready to break out I’ll call you.’
However before ending the interview Martin, who has worked at the rehab for the past year, plugged the Alcoholic’s Anonymous 12-step program.
He said: ‘I’ve been clean for a year. I’m helping people save their life, I love it. It helps me stay sober. I help people save their lives using the 12-step program. It’s from AA, Alcoholics Anonymous.’
In the past Martin has been arrested three times for drunk driving. On the third occasion he got in an accident and spent three months in jail.
In 1994, he released a debut rap album called Judgment Day under the name MC Ciccone. In it he rapped about being raped in jail and made numerous digs at his sister.
In 1999, Madonna – who has a total of seven siblings – paid for him to enter rehab for his alcohol problem and consequently he missed her 2000 wedding to Guy Ritchie.
He once started a restaurant in Los Angeles, which is no longer open but returned to rehab in 2003. He is also divorced and has a daughter.

MADONNA’S “GIRL GONE WILD” Feat. AVICII REMIX FOR “DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2” COMPILATION

What if by dancing you could help save lives? What if by participating in something you already love (the global dance music culture) you could also be doing something good for millions of people in Africa?

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That is the premise behind DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES, a campaign from the non-profit organization (RED) that is mobilizing DJs, producers and dance music fans to create an AIDS free generation in Africa. We’re so into their mission that we’ve partnered with them to help spread the message. Before you say “Whatever!,” first know that apathy is, like, totally out in 2014 and also listen up to see how it works. We’re sure you’ll be pretty amazed at everything they’ve put together for you that you already wanted anyway.

Every time you party with DANCE (RED), proceeds help provide medicine to people living with HIV/AIDS throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where 9.7 million people are already on AIDS medication.

So how can you get involved? Well, if you want to be the first to own brand new tracks from Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Baauer, and even Madonna, then buy the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2compilation, which dropped JUST NOW on iTunes. 100% of the proceeds from the compilation go straight to this fight, so you can party for a good cause. Last year, this record was the top-selling dance music album on iTunes in 33 countries because of all the bonkers tracks on there. A tracklisting for this year’s compilation is below.

If dancing is REALLY your thing, then bust a move already. Some of the biggest dance squads in the world have joined forces with Coca-Cola to help support the cause. Download a brand new remix from Empire of the Sun and Tommy Trash, upload a video of your dance moves to Instagram and tag #CokeREDMoves, and Coca-Cola will donate to the fund.

And finally, join us later in the month for an epic livestream from Australia’s hugest festival, Stereosonic. On November 30 and December 1 (World AIDS Day), we’ll be broadcasting from the main stages of the event for two straight days, featuring sets from all the hugest dance music artists in the whole wild world.

DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 TRACKLISTING

1. Katy Perry – Roar (DallasK Remix)
2. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)
3. Major Lazer ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic – Bubble Butt (Flosstradamus Remix)
4. Empire of the Sun & Tommy Trash – Celebrate (Tommy Trash Remix)
5. Madonna vs. Avicii – Girl Gone Wild (Avicii’s UMF Mix)
6. Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining (Jesse Rose ‘Bootleg’ Remix)
7. Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love (R3hab Remix)
8. Dada Life vs. Josh Wink – Higher State of Dada Land
9. Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U (Benny Benassi Remix)
10. Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (Robert DeLong Remix)
11. Banks – Waiting Game (Kaytranada Edition)
12. Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps
13. Claire – Broken Promise Land (Giorgio Moroder Remix & Vocoder)
14. Bingo Players – Buzzcut (Popeska Remix)
15. Icona Pop – All Night (Crookers Remix)
16. Tiësto, Mark Alston, Baggi Begovic, Jason Taylor – Love & Run ft. Teddy Geiger (MOTi Remix)
17. Deadmau5 vs. Eric Prydz – The Veldt (Prydz Festival Edit)
18. Martin Solveig & The Cataracts – Hey Now ft. Kyle (Pierce Fulton Remix)
19. Gorgon City – Voltage
20. Felix Cartal ft. HAERTS – Slow Motion
21. Rebecca & Fiona ft. VICE – Hot Shots (RED Edition)
22. Tritonal ft. Underdown – Deep Into Black (Club Mix)
23. Chuckie – Skydive ft. Maiday (Candyland Remix)
24. Far East Movement – There Will Be No Rain (Kill Paris

MADONNA AND SEAN PENN FOR J/P HAITIAN RELIEF ORGANIZATION

The mission at J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) is simple: To save lives and bring sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. Today, J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, serving up to 60,000 internally displaced persons. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide education, health and community development, and economic opportunities. Taking a geographically focused and integrated approach to community regeneration, J/P HRO programs empower the residents of Delmas 32 to revitalize their neighborhood. Together, we aim to demonstrate that something fundamentally different can come from a slum in the center of one of the world’s poorest cities: sustainable and prosperous communities. We work with the support and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGO’s, UN agencies, donors and-most importantly-the community members themselves.

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Sean Penn is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn’s humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. His organization is currently serving as UN IOM designated Camp Management for one of the largest IDP camps in Port-au-Prince and established the first emergency re-location in the country. For his efforts in Haiti, Penn was named Ambassador at Large to the nation of Haiti on January 14th, 2012, he received the Commander’s Award for Service (US Army 82nd Airborne Division), 82nd Airborne Award for Meritorious Service, the Operation Unified Response JTF Haiti Certificate from Lieutenant General, US Army Commander P.K. Keen, along with the 1st Recon 73rd Division Coin of Excellence, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Coin of Excellence, Commendation of Excellence United States Southern Command, and Award of Excellence by the Deputy Commander US Southern Command. Earlier this year, Penn was honored with the “Children’s and Families Global Development Fund Humanitarian Award” presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti, Raymond A. Joseph and his wife, Lola Poisson-Joseph. Additionally, in July 2010 Penn was knighted by Haitian President Rene Preval in a ceremony in Port-Au-Prince.

“LIKE A PRAYER” ON “SONGS FOR PHILIPPINES” BENEFIT ALBUM

“Songs for the Philippines” Launched Globally On iTunes To Benefit The Philippines Disaster Relief Efforts

Proceeds from all-star album will be donated to Philippine Red Cross

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The global music community has come together for the worldwide release today of a new compilation that features the biggest names in music to raise money for those affected by supertyphoon Haiyan in The Philippines. “Songs for the Philippines,” a unique collection of 39 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, is now available worldwide on iTunes (iTunes.com/Philippines).

The artists, record companies and music publishers who are collaborating on this project together with iTunes have all agreed to donate proceeds from “Songs For The Philippines” to the relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. “Songs For The Philippines” is available now globally through iTunes.

Check out “Songs For The Philippines” as an iTunes Radio “First Play” in the US with streaming proceeds also going to the relief efforts of the Philippines Red Cross.

The “Songs For The Philippines” track listing is as follows:

The Beatles – “Across The Universe”
Bob Dylan – “Shelter From The Storm”
Michael Buble – “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”
U2 – “In A Little While”
Bruno Mars – “Count On Me”
Beyonce – “I Was Here”
Eminem – “Stan” (Live from BBC Radio 1)
Cher – “Sirens”
Adele – “Make You Feel My Love”
Katy Perry – “Unconditionally” (Johnson Somerset Remix)
One Direction – “Best Song Ever”
Fun. – “Carry On”
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” (The Country Road version)
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Justin Bieber – “I Would”
Alicia Keys – “New Day”
Imagine Dragons – “30 Lives”
Madonna – “Like A Prayer
P!nk – “Sober”
Kylie Minogue – “I Believe In You”
Enrique Iglesias – “Hero”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Factory Of Faith”
Linkin Park – “Roads Untraveled”
Kings Of Leon – “Use Somebody”
Muse – “Explorers”
Lorde – “The Love Club”
Josh Groban – “Brave”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
Paolo Nutini – “Simple Things”
Ellie Goulding – “I Know You Care”
James Blunt – “Carry You Home”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Sign On”
Apl.de.Ap – “Going Out” feat Damian Leroy
Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
Jessica Sanchez – “Lead Me Home”
Lily Allen – “Smile”
The Fray – “Love Don’t Die”
The Beatles – “Let It Be”
All proceeds from “Songs For The Philippines” will be directed to the Philippine Red Cross.http://www.redcross.org.ph/

Follow “Songs For The Philippines” on Facebook.com/SongsForPH
Keep the chain going on Twitter and Facebook #GiftsongsforPH.
Go to http://www.songsforphilippines.com for more details

Source : NewsWire