Children’s Book By Robbie Robertson Introduces Kids To Music Giants

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This time, she is featured in a music video with rapper Future. Cyrus is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her expression of music, and her latest project with rapper Future doesn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old songstress strips down naked to portray an alien for his video for “Real and True,” a track featuring Cyrus on his forthcoming album, “Honest.” Dan Steinberg/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Miley Cyrus strips down and is coverd in body paint on the set of Future’s new music video for ‘Real and True.’ While the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s nudity is masked by metallic body pant, the photos released Wednesday give a clear sneak peek of what is to come in the futuristic clip. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS THANKS LIAM HEMSWORTH IN NEW ALBUM DEDICATIONS Cyrus’ collaboration with Future was a returned favor, as he is featured on Cryus’ new album, “Bangerz, in the emotional track “My Darlin.'” “We got a lot of great records, and it all came from conversation and having a nice vibe,” Future explained in an interview with MTV. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Future and Miley Cyrus behind the scenes of his new music video for ‘Real and True,’ which will be on his album ‘Honest.’ RELATED: MILEY CYRUS BREAKS SILENCE ON BROKEN ENGAGEMENT TO LIAM HEMSWORTH “Whenever she allowed me in her personal life through conversation, I tried to take that vibe and go to the booth. I told her, ‘You’ve gotta embrace your fears. If something’s bothering you, you’ve gotta run toward it. If you’re crying about it, you need to cry till you can’t cry anymore. If you try to hold it back, then it’s gonna eat you up. But if you embrace [it], the music moves.'” “The songs I did with her [are] very touching,” he added about their meaningful jams. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS’ ‘BANGERZ’ HITS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART “Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing, and some days [it’s about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down. Certain days you wanna know if the love that you’re with is really true, and one song we got is basically around all those subject matters.” “Bangerz” debuted at No.

Miley Cyrus strips down naked, wears metallic body paint for Future’s ‘Real and True’ music video

According to the book’s introduction by Robertson, the project began when his son was working part time at a childrens recreation and learning center, and noticed that they didnt respond to the average, pandering childrens music near as much as they did to really good songs performed by great artists. So the quartet of lifelong music aficionados began to work together to create a book that could introduce and inform kids about artists whose music has shaped the world around them. The list of those included stretches back as far as jazz innovator Louis Armstrong and journeys from jazz (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald) to Great American Songbook pop (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole), primal rock (Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard) to R&B and soul (Ray Charles, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield) to country (Williams, Johnny Cash , Patsy Cline) to classic rock (Dylan, Carole King) and reggae (Bob Marley). PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The connective thread, beyond the essential quality of the chosen recordings, was focusing on music created by those Robertson refers to as the original risk takers, extremely unique, and tremendously influential to future generations. The 128-page books descriptions of the artists, while short and to the point, is colorfully revealing. Ray Charles, for instance, redefined rhythm and blues with his personal brand of high-energy ultra-groove, a comment complemented by a quote from Frank Sinatra saying Ray Charles is the only real genius in the business. Of Joni Mitchell, whom Robertson famously backed on her recording of Raised on Robbery, the book states, Rather than focusing on political and social issues like traditional folk artists such as Woody Guthrie, Joni wanted to tell stories that spoke to personal, human truths and her songs revealed quite a bit about her life. Her romances, her neighbors, and the daughter she had to give up for adoption all found their way into her songs. The tracks selected for each artist, not surprisingly, are kid-friendly choices including the Beatles Here Comes the Sun, Cashs Get Rhythm, Mitchells The Circle Game, Billie Holidays Lets Call the Whole Thing Off and Marleys Rebel Music. The illustrations were created by 15 different artists. All four authors will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Barnes & Noble store at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Robertson also will be a guest on Tavis Smiley’s show Wednesday, Oct. 16. Update at 12:05 p.m. Oct. 16: An earlier version of this posted listed the price of ‘Legends, Icons & Rebels’ as $35. The price is $29 U.S., $35 Canadian.

Telefonica tunes in Rhapsody’s Napster for streaming music

While limited in scope initially, the partnership means Napster will have a vocal advocate for it when Telefonica operating units — such as O2 and Movistar — pick a music service to bundle into phones. At first, their alliance will mean Napster replaces Sonora, a subscription music service provided by Telefonica unit Terra in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico. That moves Napster into Latin America, an area of rapid smartphone growth, for the first time. The companies wouldn’t specify Sonora’s number of active users, but they generalized it is in the hundreds of thousands. Rhapsody has more than a million paid subscribers globally. Telefonica had 317.3 million customers as of June, across 24 territories. Its main commercial brands are O2 in northern Europe, Movistar in Spain and Latin America, and Vivo in Brazil. Telefonica can earn a minority stake in Rhapsody International as part of the partnership, but the companies wouldn’t specify how large it could be or other financial terms. Related stories Is Spotify unfair to musicians? After Rhapsody bought Napster in 2011, it kept quiet on the former peer-to-peer service that switched to above-board streaming service, until it announced plans to expand into 14 European countries from the UK and Germany in June. Telefonica noted the Napster would help it connect with customers amid rapid growth in smartphones in Latin America, where the devices reach only about 20 percent of the market and are still growing at a quick clip. That compares to a percentage in the high 60s in Europe and the US, and growth is slowing. In addition, the beginning rollout of 4G mobile networks in Latin America means, for Telefonica, the region which can support services such as music streaming. The idea is that as more and more people in the region adopt smartphones, the music streaming service could be a top factor in deciding which carrier to choose. Paul Springer, Rhapsody’s senior vice resident and global head of product, said that in Latin America, about 70 percent of customers named music as one of the top features they require on a phone, versus about 40 percent or 50 percent in the US.