DISNEY’S “FROZEN” BECOMES HIGHEST GROSSING ANIMATED FILM EVER

This weekend, Frozen officially became the highest grossing animated film of all time, and with $1,072.4 million worldwide, it has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release, Frozen has earned an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million internationally.

Frozen is the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film to receive the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Frozen opened wide domestically on November 27, 2013, posting the #1 all-time Thanksgiving debut ($93.6M five-day, $67.4M three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. It remained in the top 10 films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

Internationally, Frozen is the biggest Disney or Pixar animated film of all time in 27 territories, including Russia, China, and Brazil. In Korea, where the film has grossed an estimated $77.1 million, Frozen was #1 for the first five weeks of release and is the biggest animated film, the second biggest non-local film, and Disney’s biggest release of all time. It’s also the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Denmark and Venezuela. Since its debut March 14 in Japan, Frozen has claimed the #1 spot in its first three weekends and continues to play strongly with an estimated $50.5 million to date.

Released on digital February 25 and on disc in the United States on March 18, Frozen is the fastest-selling digital release ever and sold over 3.2 million Blu-ray/DVD units in its first day, putting it on track to be one of the biggest home entertainment sellers in a decade.

The Platinum-certified Frozen soundtrack returned to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart last week for a seventh time with more than 1.6 million copies and over 5 million individual tracks sold. The album has also held the #1 position for five nonconsecutive weeks at Spotify and is approaching 110 million streams worldwide. The Oscar®-winning song “Let It Go” has sold over 2.6 million copies, and the film clip of the song has been viewed over 160 million times on YouTube.

In South Africa, Disney’s Frozen became the studio’s biggest release in the country since its release on 20 December 2013, earning over R29.5 million at the Box Office.

The icy adventure is now available on the iTunes Store in South Africa (www.itunes.com) and will be available at leading retailers nationwide on DVD, Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-ray from 14 April 2014.

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 29 March 2014

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 29 March 2014
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 DJ Clock feat. Beatenberg Pluto (Remember You) Up 4 5 1 7
2 Nathan Mayor feat. Justin Chalice Do It All Up 1 3 2 6
3 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Rather Be Up 1 4 3 4
4 Mi Casa Turn You On Up 16 20 4 3 SA Top 10 #1
5 Aloe Blacc The Man Down 4 1 1 (2) 6 Last Week’s #1
6 Toni Braxton & Babyface Hurt You Up 6 12 6 5
7 Beyonce XO Down 5 2 2 8
8 TLC feat. Ne-Yo Meant To Be NC 8 2 12
9 Ledisi I Blame You Down 3 6 5 7
10 Drop City Yacht Club feat. Jeremih Crickets Down 3 7 1 (3) 11
11 Nabiha Mind The Gap Up 17 28 11 3 Highest Climber
12 DJ Cassidy feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J Calling All Hearts Down 1 11 11 4
13 Pitbull feat. Mayer Hawthorne Do It Down 4 9 4 9
14 Rock Mafia The Big Bang Up 7 21 14 3
15 Magic! Rude NC 15 15 2
16 Cher Lloyd feat. Ne-Yo It’s All Good Down 6 10 7 6
17 Mariah Carey You’re Mine (Eternal) Up 6 23 17 2
18 Jason Derulo Trumpets Up 1 19 18 5
19 John Legend All Of Me Down 5 14 4 12
20 Can Skylark Ain’t No Doubt Up 5 25 20 2
21 Danny K Dream Down 4 17 17 9
22 Chad Saaiman All On The Wall Down 4 18 4 20
23 Aloe Blacc Love Is The Answer Down 10 13 1 (4) 15
24 Earth Wind & Fire My Promise Down 2 22 3 18
25 Drake feat. Majid Jordan Hold On We’re Going Home Down 1 24 1 21 Longest Running Song
26 Toni Braxton Heart Attack New 26 1
27 Lloyd Cele Cinderella Down 11 16 15 5 Biggest Faller
28 Mario Ogle Wishing On A Star Down 2 26 2 16
29 The Kiffness feat. Matthew Gold Where Are You Going? Down 2 27 22 8
30 Lorde Royals NC 30 7 14

Crusaders captain Kieran Read will lead the team for his 100th Crusaders game vs Hurricanes on Friday

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Hurricanes at AMI Stadium on Friday night. There is just one change to the team that beat the Melbourne Rebels two weeks ago.

With Tim Perry nursing a hamstring strain, loosehead prop Daniel Lienert-Brown has been called into the squad to provide cover from the reserve bench. Lienert-Brown has been in the Crusaders Knights development team and was called into the NZ U20s squad last year as injury cover.

Crusaders captain Kieran Read will lead the team out on Friday night for his 100th Crusaders game. Debuting in 2007, Read has played his entire Super Rugby career with the Crusaders. Despite the numerous provincial, national and international awards that Read has won, he says earning 100 caps for the Crusaders still counts as one of his proudest rugby moments.

“This is my team. I have been playing for the Crusaders virtually since my professional rugby career began and I feel very proud to have represented this team for 100 games,” Read said. “When you look at the other players who have achieved 100 games for the Crusaders, you realise what an honour it is. Being selected for an award is one thing, but being selected for the Crusaders team 100 times is a real reflection of the hard work I’ve put in over the years and something I can feel truly proud of.”

Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes:

1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Ben Funnell

3. Owen Franks

4. Luke Romano

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. Luke Whitelock

7. Matt Todd

8. Kieran Read (c)

9. Andy Ellis

10. Colin Slade

11. Johnny McNicholl

12. Tom Taylor

13. Ryan Crotty (vc)

14. Nafi Tuitavake

15. Israel Dagg

RESERVES:

16. Codie Taylor

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Nepo Laulala

19. Dominic Bird

20. Jordan Taufua

21. Mitchell Drummond

22. Kieron Fonotia

23. Nemani Nadolo

The long awaited new studio album by Cape Town-based Alternative / Industrial-Rock band TERMINATRYX is set for release on 4 April 2014.

Never ones to follow convention, with Terminatryx( pronounced: “Terminaytricks”) entering its 12th year, the new album takes the band into yet another realm (following their self-titled debut album; its full remixed version incl. international & local remixers; the Kopskoot! heavy Afrikaans compilation; and the Terminatryx DVD featuring the classic silent vampire film Nosferatu with a new original soundtrack).

Produced by Terminatryx co-founder Paul Blom and the renowned Theo Crous, the duo wanted to add a new dimension of sonic force, yet not diminish the potential accessibility of the songs.

With lead vocalist Sonja Ruppersberg having an equal hand in writing this album’s songs with Paul, her emotional perspective added a great deal to expanding the scope of the new songs that are filled with energy, passion and a drive to transcend the mundane.

Known for being guitarist in bands like Springbok Nude Girls and K.O.B.U.S., and producing acts like Van Coke Kartel, Prime Circle, Parlotones and Dan Patlansky, Theo Crous also mixed the “Shadow” album and by recording at his Bellville Studios, a warmer analog element was added to the previous digitally dominated recording process of Terminatryx.

The title track can be heard at:
http://soundcloud.com/terminatryx/terminatryx-shadow-pre-release

The album will be available on CD as well as reputed on-line locations including iTunes, Amazon mp3, CD Baby, Bandcamp and others.
(A limited edition vinyl release is being considered)

LIVE LAUNCH SHOW

The first 2014 live performance and first launch event for the Terminatryx “Shadow” album will be on Friday 28 March at Mercury (Zonnebloem, Cape Town) together with The Awakening (on their first SA tour in over half a decade since they relocated to the USA), and newcomers Subvers. Book at www.webtickets.co.za

New songs from the “Shadow” album will make their live debut, including “Medusa” and the Afrikaans song “Masjien”.

“SHADOW” SPECIAL GUESTS

Special guest artists appearing on the TERMINATRYX “Shadow” album include:

FRANCOIS VAN COKE (Van Coke Kartel / Fokofpolisiekar) – gang backing vocals on “Holy”

HEIKE LANGHANS (Draconian – Sweden) – backing vocals on “The Outcast”

FRANCOIS BLOM (K.O.B.U.S. / V.O.D) – gang backing vocals on “Holy”

MATTHIJS VAN DIJK (Makabra Ensemble) – violin & orchestration on “The Outcast”

DICCON HARPER (V.O.D / Dragonforce / Pagan Altar) – bass guitar on “Holy”

CRAIG VEE – lead guitar on “Medusa”

Roeshdien Jaz new single launch ‘Love is in the house’. will be launched on 26th April

My new radio single, ‘Love is in the house’. will be launched on 26th April

Also featuring on the show will be the amazing poet , Siphokazi Jonas and soft rock/hip hop band called ‘Brother & Brother’ from Stellenbosch.

Roeshdien Jaz

Singer-Songwriter/

www.roeshdienjaz.com

Matt Abbo brings electronic dance and acoustic guitar sound to small venues in and around Cape Town.

Matt Aberdein moved to Cape Town from Durban at the age of 18 and has spent the last 8 years making the Cape his home.

He started playing acoustic and electric guitar at the age of 16 when a broken back put an end to his rugby career.

More recently, his love for the electronic sound drove him to learn to use music production software Ableton Live to integrate drums, basslines and piano melodies to create a fuller and far more dynamic sound than he could play live by himself.

“His sound is one that plays in the background as you relax with a pint or cocktail, engaging in coversation. Suddenly you notice that the beat has caught you and you find your head bobbing”

The live setup is simple. He has a laptop to play his pre-recorded backing track, a guitar for live riffs, and a microphone for the final layer of vocals.

Performances are a mixture of progressively evolving compositions aimed at taking the listeners on a journey.

His album bears testament to this – a mixture of almost ambient drum and bass moves into house tracks and finally some upbeat break beat tracks complete the original sound.

Included with these originals is a remix of a track by Cape Town band Bateleur, and a cover of the Angus & Julia Stone track “Devils Tears”.

If you would like to catch Matt Abbo live, his next gig will be at the Woodstock Co-Op, an intimate venue associated with wine, sushi and fine crafts. Check the Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1476351569247986/

If you’d like a free download of the album, head over to Bandcamp now: http://mattabbo.bandcamp.com/


Matt Aberdein

www.mattabbo.com

IT’S JIMMY CARR WEEK IN SOUTH AFRICA

With less than a week to go, The man who is best known for his ridiculous laugh and his innate ability to make people cry and cackle is on his way back to South Africa.

Having now played to over 1.5 million people on his live tours Jimmy knows a thing or two about making people laugh.

You will get your turn this week in South Africa, with his Gagging Order tour taking place at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City, Grand West Casino in Cape Town and the ICC in Durban from 29-31 March.

The show will be packed with one-liners, stories & jokes. Some clever, some rude & a few totally unacceptable. Everybody’s welcome. Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency & moral compass at home & come on out for a laugh. Jimmy has sold over a million DVDs & hosted countless TV shows but live comedy is what he does best, come and see for yourself. Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy.

You can expect his no infamous deadpan delivery and one line responses to anyone who even dares to heckle him while on stage as well as some of the most current comedic content out there right now.

UK newspaper, the Independent on Sunday, referred to him as being “as sick as he is slick” – so bring your big girl panties for this one.

Dates you need:

Venue: The Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg
Date: Saturday 29 March 2014
Tickets: R441 to R743 at Computicket

Venue: The Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood Cape Town
Date: Sunday 30 March 2014
Tickets: R371 to R743 at Computicket

Venue: ICC Durban
Date: Monday 31 March 2014
Tickets: R371 to R743 at Computicket

New documentary film reveals Brazilian anger at Soccer World Cup premiers April 9th Labia Cinema CT

Brazilian rage against Fifa’s Soccer World Cup is revealed in a new documentary film ahead of the event planned for June this year.

In the film Imagina na Copa (Imagine the Cup), South African storyteller Yazeed Kamaldien explores the voices for and against the tournament. Four screenings are planned for the film’s launch, starting at The Labia cinema on April 9.

The tournament has locals disagreeing about the cost and value for the host country. In Brazil, increasing government expenses related to the Soccer World Cup has in recent months led to violent protests.

This 33-minute documentary film takes its title from a popular phrase that Brazilians quote each time they reflect on the social challenges in relation to the Soccer World Cup. When faced with yet another local corruption case or services that don’t run smoothly, they would exclaim, “Imagine during the World Cup!”

It includes interviews with citizens reflecting on why they don’t want the Soccer World Cup, Brazilian government representatives and those involved in organising of the event.

Also included are interviews with favela residents who claim the government wants to evict them from their homes as it prepares for the Cup. Kamaldien wants to expose to outsiders these important voices from the ground in Brazil.

“The anger and energy at protests and fearless opposition to government evictions cannot be ignored. Anyone who is interested in the Soccer World Cup needs to hear these voices. Brazilians want the rest of us to know that it’s not all soccer, samba and supermodels but a very challenging reality,” says Kamaldien.

“As a journalist, I wanted to show both sides of the story though. So while I went to protests and favelas, I spoke to officials too. It’s a very complex situation because there are various allegations about the government and Fifa creating an event that offers locals little value.”

It is not the first time that locals from a developing country hosting the Soccer World Cup speak up against what they perceive to be an injustice. Kamaldien says he saw in South Africa, which hosted the last Fifa tournament in 2010, how locals felt disenfranchised.

“There was dissatisfaction that big businesses and only the wealthy benefited financially from the event. My film should reignite a conversation about the legacy of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa,” says Kamaldien.

“We have around the country stadiums that are still being paid off. We need to ask why these stadiums are not yet sustainable and what this means for taxpayers. We need to look critically at what this tournament meant.”

Imagina na Copa is Kamaldien’s debut feature documentary film. He has worked on TV news inserts and other documentary films.

Kamaldien plans to screen Imagina na Copa at various venues, starting in Cape Town, and spreading across South Africa and beyond.

Any persons interested in hosting a screening can get in contact with the filmmaker via yazeedkamaldien

SCREENING DATES AND VENUES, FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE:

April 9: Premiere at the Labia cinema in Orange Street, central Cape Town/Gardens. Starts 6:15pm. R40 a ticket.

April 11: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Wesley Road, Observatory. Starts 8pm. Pay what you can.

April 15: bolo’bolo, 76 Lower Main Rd, Observatory. Starts 8pm. Free entry.

April 22: Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street (near District Six Museum), central Cape Town. Starts 7pm. Free entry.

Online links:
Youtube trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMpEMUeHTNk&feature=youtu.be
Facebook page with updates:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imagina-na-Copa-Imagine-the-Cup/222108594651180?notif_t=page_new_likes

Yazeed Kamaldien

Journalist/photographer

E-mail: yazeedkamaldien

Blog: www.yazkam.wordpress.com

Twitter: yazkam

The 2015 World Cup will be the most open in the history of the competition.

For nearly five years now, the All Blacks have been comfortably ahead of the game. But all the signs from the Six Nations indicate that the gap is shrinking fast.

New Zealand, of course, have never won a World Cup overseas and the task is not about to get any easier.

An unhelpful draw means that the All Blacks will cruise through the pool stage unchallenged and then be battered by the best that the northern and southern hemispheres can put up against them.

If it pans out on current form, the All Blacks would face France in the quarter, South Africa in the semi and England or Ireland in the final. Daunting.

But even if results go the other way, a run to the title of Ireland, Australia and Wales would be far from straightforward.

Normally only four teams have any real chance of winning the World Cup, but in 2015 seven nations could make a good case for at least getting to the final.

New Zealand will get a good look at England in June, but Steve Hansen and his coaching staff will presumably have been taking in plenty of other information from the Six Nations.

Capasso – The mechanical rights hub Launched at Music Exchange

At Music Exchange this past weekend held in Cape Town, the formation of CAPASSO was announced to the South African Music Industry .

CAPASSO (Composers Authors and Publishers Association) is a mechanical rights licensing agency and NPO in the process of incorporation, whose mandate will be to collect and distribute royalties to its members:music publishers and composers.
CAPASSO will license the reproduction or reformatting of musical works and is authorised, by way of a mandate from its members, to issue such mechanical rights licences, collect the licence fees and distribute them as royalties back to the members.

The organisation came about as a result of extensive negotiations between SAMRO and NORM, with the vision to create a proactive, responsive andprogressive mechanical rights licensing hub, which would represent all rightsholders and would play an integral role in the copyright licensing landscape on the African continent.

Supported by the Copyright Review Commission Report released by the DTI in 2012, which recommended one collecting society per right in South Africa, both SAMRO and NORM transferred their mechanical rights licensing operations to CAPASSO, and support the organisation’s strategic goals of service excellence to both members and users, comprehensive licensing in the digital era and being a truly African organisation.

CAPASSO will be communicating with the industry and prospective members in the near future with more details and developments. Stay tuned!

For more information:

Websitewww.capasso.co.za

Emailinfo [AT] capasso.co.za

Twitter: @CapassoHub

Facebookwww.facebook.com/CapassoHub

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/company/5095050?trk=prof-0-ovw-curr_pos

Chairman: Advocate Nick Matzukis

CEO: Ms Nothando Migogo (nothandom [AT] capasso.co.za)

 

 

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