Dj Enur feat. Natasha – Calabria

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Dj Enur feat. Natasha – Calabria

Enur’s Calabria – The Chart Climbing Wonder

Danish dance hit “Calabria” by Enur has lived many lives since it was first created as an all-instrumental club track in 2002.

Copenhagen DJ/producer Rune Reilly Kolsch (aka Rune) quickly scored an Ibiza hit with the bouncy sax-driven hip shaker in 2003. In 2006, Rune’s half-brother Johannes Torpe, with whom he forms the electronic duo Artifical Funk, thought to add vocals by half-Jamaican, half-Danish dancehall singer Natasja Saad. The producers licensed the new version to London label Ministry of Sound under the name Enur (Rune’s name spelled backwards).

Though MOS also released a remake of the song (by DJ Alex Gaudino featuring Crystal Waters), Enur’s “Calabria 2007″ went to No. 29 on the European Hot 100 singles chart and, most recently, made it American shores via New York dance label Ultra Records. “Calabria 2008,” as it is now known, stands at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, and has gained support from mainstream and rhythmic top 40, dance and Latin radio. (Indie rapper Pitbull’s current charting single, “The Anthem,” also samples “Calabria.”)

“The whole rhythm aspect has always been the thing that fascinated me the most about producing records,” Rune tells from Denmark. “The reggaeton feel came quite naturally because it’s such a universal rhythm – also with what has been coming out of Jamaica lately, dancehall is moving faster and faster, and it is so easy to incorporate in music.” The one-time hip-hop producer’s MySpace page also reveals he got into electronic work when he was “fed up with blunt smoking lazy rappers that never showed up on time for sessions.”

In a sad twist, featured singer Natasja — whose understatedly sexy patois was gaining recognition on both sides of the Atlantic — died in a car accident in Jamaica last summer.

“She had been working for so many years to try and break through,” says Rune. “It’s even more horrible to think [that] her music has become such a hit now, and she didn’t get to experience that.”

But the song’s house- and dancehall-blending beat goes on, most recently with a re-mix released by Ultra Records featuring New York rapper Mims.

“Apparently it was a big hit in hip-hop clubs in New York for quite a while, which is also kind of weird because it’s kind of uptempo for a hip-hop record,” says Rune.

The Caribbean and soul influences will be prominently featured on the next Enur album. Another album from Artifical Funk is due in 2008; the duo was also handpicked as judges for Scandinavian turntable competition “MTV Selected.”

Rune and Torpe also have their own electronic and house label, Arti Farti, and spend time designing everything from furniture to tableware and accessories in their “spare” time.

As for the success of “Calabria,” “it’s had a quite a lifespan,” Rune says. “It was never planned. That’s the beauty of it. Making hits is easy. Making something truly interesting, that is my goal with all this.”

Mika Songs

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Mika songs comes from a family of three girls and two boys. He has one younger brother and one younger sister along with two older sisters. His sister Yasmine, who works as an artist under the nom de plume Dawack, painted the cartoon art for his album Life in Cartoon Motion.

Although his “camp” performances have led to speculation that he might be gay, Mika keeps his sexuality private, and has so far denied all rumours that suggest he is homosexual. In response to media speculation he has been quoted as saying, “I never talk about anything to do with my sexuality. I just don’t think I need to. People ask me all the time. But I just don’t see the point.” The quote continues, “In order to survive I’ve kind of shut up different parts of my life, and that’s one of them, especially this early in my career.”

He has brushed aside suggestions that he is steering clear of sexual taboos in order to appeal to the American market, pointing to the song “Billy Brown“, which is about a man who has a homosexual affair. He is quoted as saying, “If I was worried about sexual taboos I certainly wouldn’t have made the record I made. It has nothing to do with that. It has more to do with self-respect.

I enjoy creating possibilities out of more mundane things. I don’t see myself as being particularly flamboyant. I don’t think I’m camp. I just do what makes me feel happy. One thing I suppose I do have is a fearlessness that stems from not knowing the rules. When you are constantly rejected, as I was at school you don’t get a chance to play by the rules. If I had been accepted earlier on, maybe I would be more of a comformist now.”


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R&B beauty RIHANNA has fuelled speculation she is dating JOSH HARTNETT – after admitting she “loves hanging out” with the star.
The 19-year-old singer last month (Dec07) denied reports of a romance between the pair, insisting she hardly knows the Black Hawk Down star.
But Rihanna now says she is close pals with Hartnett and emphasises that she likes to get to know any potential suitors before settling down.
She says, “It’s good to be friends first. I don’t find it too hard to talk to male pals. When I hang out with Josh, it’s lovely.

50 Cent offers Kanye condolences

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 50 Cent appears on stage during MTV’s “Total Request Live” show at the MTV Times Square Studios, in this Sept. 11, 2007, file photo in New York.

50 cent music downloadNEW YORK50 Cent said Kayne West is making the right decision by returning to the stage after his mother’s sudden death.

“That’s really an unfortunate situation and I hope he can work his way through it,” 50 told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “It’s good to see him actually touring: You can work your way back into a comfortable space where you can deal with those situations.”

West’s 58-year-old mother and manager, Donda West, died Nov. 10 after she stopped breathing at her home. She died at home after recently undergoing plastic surgery; a cause of death has yet to be determined.

The rapper had a particularly close relationship with his mother, and dedicated a song to her on his second album; earlier this week, he broke down in tears as he attempted to sing “Hey Mama” at a concert in Europe.

50 Cent said his friend and G-Unit artist Lloyd Banks dealt with a similar situation when his father died while Banks was on tour. 50 thought Banks should put his focus on work so he wouldn’t be paralyzed by grief.

“I was telling him, `You need to go back and do what you need to do,’ and he thought maybe I was a little insensitive,” 50 Cent said. “But I can definitely understand how that’s a huge loss, and how that would be, and then (Kanye’s) relationship with his mom had a lot more depth to it than a lot of people’s. He was real close to his mom.

“I hope that he can work his through his way through it … if you’re active, you’ll find reasons to smile, reasons to be happy.”

50 Cent and West had a much publicized, and much-hyped sales battle a couple of months ago when West’s “Graduation” and 50’s “Curtis” albums were released the same day; West’s CD outsold 50’s handily.

Despite the trash talk he delivered before both album’s were released, 50 says he has never considered West a rival.

“He’s a talented artist. I actually sat with him during the creation of `Curtis’ while he was creating his new album,” he said. “I never viewed him as an actual enemy; what I was trying to do is build a competition. “

5 Ways To Grow Your Freelance Business

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freelance businessThis post is a brief description of how I have grown my freelance business, and how you can too. I talk about the sites I read and post on, how the people I’ve met have helped me, and how you can possibly find the same success. This is really aimed at people just starting out, but it may be helpful or interesting to established freelancers and businesses. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Blog, read & post on blogs and forums related to your business.

You probably either know that already or have at least heard it before. It’s really basic – these things connect you with people who can help you, and if you know what you’re talking about and can communicate well, then posting in these places will give you credibility. One month after I started doing this, I met more people who were interested in working with me than I met in the previous three months combined.

Personally, I have found that joining sites like LinkedIn has been profitable. In the Answers section of the site, you can find questions that people are asking about your niche (whether it’s web design, development, graphic design, etc.). Answering and asking questions on that site is a good way to meet people and show that you know what you’re talking about. This gives you credibility, and with that people are more likely to offer you a job or accept a proposal you make. So, networking with professionals and prospective clients online is one potential avenue for finding new business. (But this doesn’t mean you don’t have to do the same thing “offline”.) Another good site to read (with a forum to post on) is FreelanceSwitch.

Don’t lower your rates – if anything, raise them.

There is a tendency to worry about the competition, and whether or not you’re not getting work because others are doing it for less money – especially if you’re first starting out or if you’ve hit a dry spell in your incoming jobs. But you have to charge what you know your service is worth. If you’re too cheap, you look unprofessional. People will assume that you’re a noob. Clients who don’t want noobs, but want professionals, are more likely to be good clients who pay you on time and give you less of a hassle. Charging what you’re worth is crucial. Once I started charging what I was worth, I felt better about what I was doing and I had a renewed passion for finding business, as well as for getting projects in on time and with excellence.

Connect with people who can help you.

I work part-time for a dot com that sells home improvement products (PlumberSurplus). Pretty different business than what I spend most of my time doing – web design. But the people that work there are very good at what they do. I’ve learned things about SEO, marketing, sales, and ecommerce that has helped me immensely in my own business. Also, I know people who work in the brick and mortar world (that sounds so lame) who have taught me a lot about people and what they want in a product or service. And it’s always translatable to what I do. Listen to people who are good at what they do, no matter what business it is, and apply the principles to your own business.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a job.

Depending on your personality and experience, there can be a general timidity about asking for a job. You meet someone you know needs business cards (let’s say you’re a graphic designer), but you know they’re already talking to a big graphic design firm. It’s easy to feel intimidated, thinking to yourself things like, “They don’t want me; I’m inexperienced; they’ll go with the firm.” Or you might be afraid to ask for the amount of money that you want to ask for. Listen, (yes, like Nike) just do it. Ask. Don’t be a pussywillow. What’s the worst that’ll happen? They’ll say, “No thanks” or laugh in your face? So what? Move on. It’s their loss. Don’t even think about it again. Sometimes I ask for jobs I think I have maybe a 5% chance of getting. Because I lose nothing. I can only gain. Once I started offering my services to people, asking for jobs, making proposals, guess what? I started getting more business. Wow.

Lastly, never stop growing your skills.

None of this means anything if you’re not good at what you do. Take a night class or practice the kinds of jobs that you want to get – then when you get them, you know you’re ready. When I started getting really good at what I do, I had a renewed confidence and that made everything else much easier. Suddenly I knew how I wanted to market myself, I wasn’t afraid to ask for jobs, and to ask to be paid what I’m worth.

Don’t you want to feel that way too?


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