NEWS DECEMBER 2005

Saturday 31 DECEMBER 2005

L'ULTIMO MESSAGGIO DELL'ANNO!

Con questo messaggio si chiude un altro anno di Sherylove, il nono. Quella del 2005 e' stata senza dubbio un'annata particolarmente importante per questo sito, ormai diventato punto di riferimento per quanto concerne la nostra cantautrice preferita.

Lo so, forse suona leggermente presuntuoso, ma i fatti e i numeri sembrano darmi ragione: 219.000 visitatori, oltre 800.000 pagine viste, poco meno di 500 news pubblicate, circa 100 nuove pagine, piu' di 170 filmati (all'incirca uno ogni due giorni!), decine di MP3, bootlegs e qualcosa come 1800 immagini pubblicate. E, last but not least, il sito ha potuto beneficiare dei succosi reportage proposti dal lipidico inviato Lupardo Shanks, from the state of Missouri, ahahhah, non male, vero?

Quest'anno e' stato il pubblico straniero a fare prepotentemente la parte del leone, contribuendo in maniera decisiva al successo di questo sito. Preso atto del fatto che quasi l'80% di chi mi legge non proviene dall'amato stivale, ho dovuto in parte rivedere l'impostazione generale di Sherylove, iniziando a pubblicare news prevalentemente in lingua inglese, trascurando cosi' la cara lingua di Dante. Qualcuno - va detto - si e' lamentato di questo piccolo cambio di rotta, ma d'altronde mi sembrava doveroso verso quelle centinaia di persone che, da ogni angolo del mondo, quotidianamente visitano il sito. Dai ghiacciai dell'Alaska, alle sabbie dell'Iraq, da Melbourne a Reykjavik : Grazie, thanks, merci, danke, gracias, спасибо.

Una menzione d'onore la meritano gli ammiratori (o forse dovrei dire le ammiratrici? ;-) di Lance Armstrong, che a conti fatti si sono rivelati entusiasti come e piu' i fan di Sheryl. Un grazie anche a loro per il prezioso supporto.

Ma il 2005 e' stato sopratutto l'anno del ritorno di Sheryl dopo un lungo periodo sabbatico, a tre anni e mezzo dal rilascio di quel "C'mon, C'mon" che fece tanto discutere. A conti fatti, l'amato-odiato "Wildflower" sara' pure stato un album controverso, avra' diviso i fans in modo piu' netto rispetto al passato, ma senza dubbio ha anche contribuito a rilanciare Sheryl, mostrandocela sotto una differente prospettiva, specie sul versante live.

Ma il bello, amici, deve ancora venire. Il 2006 infatti si prospetta ancor piu' denso di appuntamenti : il mini-tour nel Midwest a gennaio, i Grammy Awards a febbraio, le tanto attese nozze a primavera, il rilascio del nuovo DVD live, il world tour, la pubblicazione del sesto studio album (a quanto pare gia' completato e atteso per il mese di settembre), il "Decade Rock Live" e molto altro ancora. Insomma, esimi Crowheads, nella graticola ci attende tanta succulenta carnazza, degna del miglior barbeque texano, non dobbiamo fare altro che stapparci una bella birra, e darci dentro!

Per quanto riguarda il futuro del sito, naturalmente mi auguro di riuscire a mantenerlo up-to-date come ho fatto fino ad ora, non e' un compito facile, ma prometto che ce la mettero' tutta.

E a proposito del nuovo anno, come ormai avrete capito leggendo l'home page, nell'imminente 2006 si celebrera' il decennale di Sherylove! Yeahhhhhh, dieci candeline, vi rendete conto? Per il World Wide Web equivale ad un'eternita', ma anche dal lato puramente personale, diamine, restano un bel malloppo di anni. Pensate, quando aprii questo sito avevo a malapena 18 primavere alle spalle, ora vado verso i 30... sto invecchiando, e non mi piace.

Non preoccupatevi comunque per l'avanzamento d'eta', cazzone ero e cazzone resto :-)

Le persone da ringraziare sono tantissime, e mi ci vorrebbe una pagina intera per elencarle tutte, quindi opto per un globale messaggio di ringraziamento, dal dislocamento di una superportaerei.

Bon, ho finito anche per quest'anno, non mi rimane che salutarvi e augurare a tutti voi un felice, sereno e prospero anno nuovo!

Ci si vede nel 2006 / See you in 2006 guys

Statemi bene e attenti ai GuFaCcI -.-
Aleks


Friday 30 DECEMBER 2005

INDIE ARTISTS INFLUENCED BY SHERYL CROW

http://www.mperia.com/display.php?searchby=inf&searchfor=Sheryl+Crow

This is a good site for indie artist that sell MP3s as low as 25 cents. Check it out!


 

[OT - REPOST] THE PROBLEM WITH MUSIC by Steve Albini

http://www.negativland.com/albini.html

Somewhat old and off-topic, but interesting nonetheless - an article by one Steve Albini, one-time Nirvana producer.  Read and enjoy!

- Aleks

 

Thursday 29 DECEMBER 2005

COMPLETE BOOTLEG - LIVE @ COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL, SAN DIEGO, CA - OCT 24, 2005

All tracks use lossless FLAC, linear PCM at the standard 1411 kbps (CD Audio)

CD 1

CD 2


 

[WILDFLOWER] STATS - WEEKLY UPDATE - JAN. 7TH, 2006

From Billboard Top 200, issue date : Jan. 7th, 2006

* Title : Wildflower
* Weeks on : 13
* Peak : 2
* This week : 74 (54,400 +48%)
* Past week : 80
* Current singles : 'Always on Your Side', 'I Know Why', 'Good is Good'
* Total sales : 633,700 (US only)
* Awards : 1 Gold Disc (USA), 1 Platinum Disc (Canada)
* Nominations : 2 Grammy Awards (Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Good is Good')

Sales Records

  • 01st week : 140,100
  • 02nd week : 105,800
  • 03rd week : 58,900
  • 04th week : 45,900
  • 05th week : 34,800
  • 06th week : 31,000
  • 07th week : 22,300
  • 08th week : 19,200
  • 09th week : 31,400
  • 10th week : 23,600
  • 11th week : 29,600
  • 12th week : 36,500
  • 13th week : 54,400

Rank Records

  • 1st week : #2
  • 2nd week : #5
  • 3rd week : #7
  • 4th week : #16
  • 5th week : #21
  • 6th week : #29
  • 7th week : #50
  • 8th week : #68
  • 9th week : #56
  • 10th week : #77
  • 11st week : #78
  • 12th week : #80
  • 13rd week : #74

 

SHERYL @ VH1'S DECADES ROCK LIVE

The show, featuring stars reworking Sheryl’s most famous tunes, will take place at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Trump Taj Mahal on April 7, 2006.

DECADES ROCK LIVE features performances by celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years, as well as performances from some of today's hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends. Each one-hour episode will focus on a specific artist. The only live concert series of its kind, the program is scheduled to premiere on VH1 Classic in the Fall of 2005.

Pedal Steel Guitar Rocker, Robert Randolph is confirmed on the show and other big stars to be announced shortly.

http://www.decadesrocklive.com/artists/sherylcrow.php


 

SHERYL'S GRANDMOTHER PASSED AWAY

It is with a sad heart that I share the news that Sheryl's Grandmother Naomi Wyatt Crow of Caruthersville, MO has passed away on December 26th at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center of Kennett. My most sincere condolences to Sheryl and her family. She was 92.

- Aleks


 

OFF THE RECORD WITH PLJ - LIVE @ THE HARD ROCK CAFE, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2006

http://www.plj.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.wplj.com/Article.asp?id=108851&spid=5185


 

SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Broadcast Exclusive Concerts New Year's Eve

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI - News) will present its subscribers with a very special way to ring in 2006 when it broadcasts exclusive performances New Year's Eve by five amazing artists -- Jimmy Buffett, G. Love & Special Sauce, Patti Smith & Her Band, Sheryl Crow, and the King of Rock N' Roll -- Elvis Presley.

Saturday, December 31 at 9:30 pm ET, SIRIUS will broadcast a rare intimate concert with Jimmy Buffett on Radio Margaritaville channel 31. This very special show was recorded last week at Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado. Jimmy took the stage as his alter ego, Freddy and the Fishsticks, the moniker Buffett uses for his special under-the-radar performances and recordings. SIRIUS will air this exclusive performance -- a perfect soundtrack to listener's end-of-the-year parties.

For the second year in a row, SIRIUS will broadcast Patti Smith, punk rock's poet laureate, live on New Year's Eve from NYC's Bowery Ballroom. Patti Smith and Her Band will begin their live concert at 10pm ET on SIRIUS Disorder channel 24, New Year's Eve (Saturday, December 31).

Blues-rock artist G. Love & Special Sauce will also provide their own lively soundtrack for your New Year's celebration when SIRIUS broadcasts a live performance starting at 10:30 pm Mountain Time, January 1, on The Spectrum channel 18. G. Love and his band, Special Sauce, will take the stage at The Belly Up in the upscale party mecca of Aspen, Colorado.

SIRIUS will also broadcast a stellar performance from Sheryl Crow, recorded at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. This show features live songs from Sheryl's Grammy nominated album "Wildflower", and will air on The Pulse channel 9 beginning at 10pm ET on Saturday, December 31.

The best Vegas New Year's Party ever was Elvis -- live, in concert. To celebrate the ringing in of 2006, SIRIUS' Elvis Radio channel 13 will present non-stop Elvis Live In Concert tracks and performances starting New Year's Eve at 7 pm ET.

Original MTV Veejays and SIRIUS hosts Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn will also ring in the New Year on The Big 80s channel 8 with a special countdown to midnight in each time zone, a feat they first made famous on MTV.

Source : biz.yahoo.com

 

Tuesday 27 DECEMBER 2005

NEW ARTWORK - LIVE @ COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL, SAN DIEGO, CA - OCT 24, 2005

 Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

 

Sunday 25 DECEMBER 2005

BUON NATALE! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

http://www.smanu85.it/public/uploads/lights.wmv

 

Friday 23 DECEMBER 2005

NEW VIDEOS ADDED - HOME FOR HOLIDAYS PERFORMANCE

 

 

Always on Your Side & Everyday is a Winding Road (TV Edit)


 

[WILDFLOWER] STATS - WEEKLY UPDATE - DEC. 31

From Billboard Top 200, issue date : Dec. 24th, 2005

* Title : Wildflower
* Weeks on : 12
* Peak : 2
* This week : 80 (36,500 +24%)
* Past week : 78
* Current singles : 'Always on Your Side', 'I Know Why', 'Good is Good'
* Total sales : 579,300 (US only)
* Awards : 1 Gold Disc (USA), 1 Platinum Disc (Canada)
* Nominations : 2 Grammy Awards (Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Perormance for 'Good is Good')

Sales Records

  • 01st week : 140,100
  • 02nd week : 105,800
  • 03rd week : 58,900
  • 04th week : 45,900
  • 05th week : 34,800
  • 06th week : 31,000
  • 07th week : 22,300
  • 08th week : 19,200
  • 09th week : 31,400
  • 10th week : 23,600
  • 11th week : 29,600
  • 12th week : 36,500

Rank Records

  • 1st week : #2
  • 2nd week : #5
  • 3rd week : #7
  • 4th week : #16
  • 5th week : #21
  • 6th week : #29
  • 7th week : #50
  • 8th week : #68
  • 9th week : #56
  • 10th week : #77
  • 11st week : #78
  • 12th week : #80

 

PER LA SERIE "AL PEGGIO NON C'E' MAI FINE"

Odio Beautiful, odio le telenovela, dovrebbero emanare una legge che le vieti!

Cosa c'entrano le soap opera con Sheryl?

Ve lo spiego subito.

Recentemente Ron Moss, l'inespressivo mascellone che interpretava (interpreta?) Forrester, si e' dato al canto, proprio cosi', ha inciso addirittura un album, dal titolo "Uncovered". Tutto ok direte voi, e invece no, il signorino ha... udite, udite, coverizzato Sheryl! Lo so, neanche io volevo crederci, ma e' cosi'. Il brano in questione e' "It's So Easy", composto assieme alla sorella Kathryn circa tre anni fa.

Dopo la dubbia cover di "All I Wanna Do" ad opera di Amy Studt, non so cosa aspettarmi. Ma si, in fondo chissenefrega.

Eccovi la tracklist

1. You're my addiction
2. Its all about you
3. Two kinds
4. When we kissed
5. Its so easy - Feat. Amor <- (...)
6. Just once more
7. Show me yours
8. I would do anything
9. Butterfly
10. Sharp Dressed man
11. Kites

PS: Si, sono perfettamente consapevole di fare pubblicita' gratuita al carciofone di cui sopra. Fortuna che Lupardo Shanks si e' rfiutato di produrlo... almeno c'e' ancora gente per bene... Deo Gratia!

 

Thursday 22 DECEMBER 2005

SHERYL ON ANIMAL PLANET

-- Two-hour, Hi-Def Special highlights some of today’s hottest musicians and the special bond they share with their horses –


(Silver Spring, Md.) – Rock siren Sheryl Crow joins the star-studded lineup for Animal Planet’s TRAIL MIX, a two-hour special premiering Sunday, January 29, 2006 from 8-10 PM (ET/PT). Shot in high definition, TRAIL MIX highlights the special bond between some of the music industry’s hottest acts and their horses. Hosted by recording artist and Broadway sensation Linda Eder, the program will feature an eclectic mix of artists from rock stars to pop singers to opera virtuosos, all who share a love of horses.

The nine-time Grammy award winner, singer/songwriter will give audiences a peak into the special relationship she has with her four horses. Shot on location in Austin, Texas, Sheryl reveals a rarely seen side as she shares her passion, explains how horses inspire her art and shares her most compelling stories about the horses she loves.


Chamco Shady Lady

“It’s like being a musical performer, in that you go out on stage, you play music and you hope that what you’re gonna get back is reciprocal. And it’s the same with a horse. You know, they want that relationship with you just like you want that relationship with them, that sort of—that union, that bond,” said Crow while filming the special.
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Sheryl joins an eclectic lineup of today’s hottest musicians: former Matchbox Twenty front-man and solo artist Rob Thomas; two-time Grammy winner and cross-over country music sensation LeAnn Rimes; solo recording artist and legendary lead guitarist of the rock super band, Aerosmith, Joe Perry; Grammy winning singer/song-writer Mary Chapin Carpenter; and world-renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tyan.

Source : Sherylcrow.com

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Il noto canale tematico Animal Planet, il prossimo 29 gennaio mandera' in onda "Trail Mix", uno speciale di due ore dedicato ai cavalli e ai personaggi del mondo della musica. Fra questi ci sara' anche la nostra Sheryl, intervistata e ripresa in sella alla sua "Lady" fra le sconfinate praterie attorno ad Austin, Texas. Lo show, girato in Hi-Definition (sbav, sbav), e' per ora destinato alla sola televisione statunitense, ma ci sono buone probabilita' di vederlo prossimamente anche in Italia, visto che Animal Planet e' incluso nel pacchetto base di SkyTV, ovviamente scordatevi l'alta definizione :-)

Saluti equini... iiiiihhhhhhh ghost riiiiiiiiiders iiiiin the skyyyyyyy, yaaaaaaaaa


 

PICS OF THE DAY

 

 

Saturday 17 DECEMBER 2005

HOWARD NATION PARTY - LIVE @ HARD ROCK CAFE

Sheryl performs at New York's Hard Rock Cafe to welcome Howard Stern to Sirius radio after the shock jock finished his farewell show for Infinity Broadcast, Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

[ HI-RES PHOTO GALLERY ]


 

HOWARD NATION PARTY - LIVE @ HARD ROCK CAFE - FULL AUDIO SHOW

Live @ Hard Rock Cafe, NYC, NY - December 16th, 2005 - MP3 - Stereo - 25 Mb - [ DOWNLOAD ]

Setlist

1. If It Makes You Happy
2. My Favorite Mistake
3. Good is Good
4. A Change Would Do You Good
5. Always on Your Side
6. All I Wanna Do
7. Soak Up the Sun
8. Everyday Is A Winding Road


Source :
internet streaming broadcast

 

Friday 16 DECEMBER 2005

ADDED NEW VIDEO - ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE - LIVE @ HARD ROCK CAFE

Howard Nation - Live @ Hard Rock Cafe, NYC, NY - December 16th, 2005 - WMV - 768x576 px - Stereo - 39 Mb - [ DOWNLOAD ]


 

HOWARD NATION - LIVE NOW

http://music.yahoo.com/promos/howardstern/

Per Valentina : no, non sono in grado di registrare, cmq per ora Sheryl sta solo facendo il soundcheck (c'e' MFM in loop da 15 min...)

From Sherylcrow.com :

Sheryl takes part in the Howard Stern celebrations by doing a live 9 song (full band) broadcast on Sirius which in turn will be webcast on Yahoo!


 

[WILDFLOWER] STATS - WEEKLY UPDATE - DEC. 24

From Billboard Top 200, issue date : Dec. 24th, 2005

* Title : Wildflower
* Weeks on : 11
* Peak : 2
* This week : 78 (29,600 +24%)
* Past week : 56
* Current singles : 'Always on Your Side', 'I Know Why', 'Good is Good'
* Total sales : 542,800 (US only)
* Awards : 1 Gold Disc (USA), 1 Platinum Disc (Canada)
* Nominations : 2 Grammy Awards (Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Perormance for 'Good is Good')

Sales Records

  • 01st week : 140,100
  • 02nd week : 105,800
  • 03rd week : 58,900
  • 04th week : 45,900
  • 05th week : 34,800
  • 06th week : 31,000
  • 07th week : 22,300
  • 08th week : 19,200
  • 09th week : 31,400
  • 10th week : 23,600
  • 11th week : 29,600

Rank Records

  • 1st week : #2
  • 2nd week : #5
  • 3rd week : #7
  • 4th week : #16
  • 5th week : #21
  • 6th week : #29
  • 7th week : #50
  • 8th week : #68
  • 9th week : #56
  • 10th week : #77
  • 11st week : #78

 

HI-RES PICTURES - FESTIVALBAR BACKSTAGE (VERONA, ITALY - SEPT 11, 2005)

 

Tuesday 13 DECEMBER 2005

[WILDFLOWER] VIDEO REVIEW

The Times's Jon Pareles reviews "Wildflower" the new release by Sheryl Crow. Music Minutes

[ DOWNLOAD ]


 

PICS OF THE DAY


Karina Longorth (cinematical)
-------------------------------------------Arenaimages



:-)

 

Tuesday 13 DECEMBER 2005

KEEP ON CROWIN' - SHERYLOVE - 10TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER


[MAGAZINE] SHAPE - JANUARY 2006 ISSUE

Thanks to Amy and Miss Hawkeye, yaaaa

 

Monday 12 DECEMBER 2005

ADDED NEW VIDEO - VH1 ONE TO ONE - SHERYL CROW SPECIAL

Special aired during VH1 Honors Week in 1997. Interview and rare video footage - years 1994/1997

AVI/DiVx - 384x288 px - 23 Mins - Stereo - 93 Mb - [ DOWNLOAD ]


 

ADDED NEW VIDEO - MTV RAW - SHERYL AND CINDY CRAWFORD AT THE SHOES STORE
NOT EDITED VIDEO

Oct. 1994 - Divx - 320x240 px - 10 mb - [ DOWNLOAD ]

 

Sunday 11 DECEMBER 2005

ADDED NEW VIDEO - LEAVING LAS VEGAS, LIVE @ LATE SHOW - MARCH 21, 1994

 

NYC, March 21st, 1994

Friday 9 DECEMBER 2005

[WILDFLOWER] STATS - WEEKLY UPDATE - DEC. 17

From Billboard Top 200, issue date : Dec. 17th, 2005

* Title : Wildflower
* Weeks on : 10
* Peak : 2
* This week : 77 (23,600 -25%)
* Past week : 56
* Current singles : 'Always on Your Side', 'I Know Why', 'Good is Good'
* Total sales : 513,300 (US only)
* Awards : 1 Gold Disc (USA), 1 Platinum Disc (Canada)
* Nominations : 2 Grammy Awards (Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Perormance for 'Good is Good')

Sales Records

  • 01st week : 140,100
  • 02nd week : 105,800
  • 03rd week : 58,900
  • 04th week : 45,900
  • 05th week : 34,800
  • 06th week : 31,000
  • 07th week : 22,300
  • 08th week : 19,200
  • 09th week : 31,400
  • 10th week : 23,600

Rank Records

  • 1st week : #2
  • 2nd week : #5
  • 3rd week : #7
  • 4th week : #16
  • 5th week : #21
  • 6th week : #29
  • 7th week : #50
  • 8th week : #68
  • 9th week : #56
  • 10th week : #77


Thursday 8 DECEMBER 2005

[REPOST] NEW VIDEO ADDED - SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW

 

Jan. 24, 2004 - Interview/First Cut is the Deepest


 

[REPOST] VIDEO - HAPPY X-MAS - LIVE @ ROCKEFELLER CENTER

VIDEO - Dec. 4th, 2002 NYC

Tuesday 6 DECEMBER 2005

NEW VIDEO ADDED - SHERYL & LANCE @ 20/20

Divx - 640x480 - 47 mb - 11 Mins - [ DOWNLOAD ]


 

[USA] "WILDFLOWER" CERTIFIED GOLD

After two months, "Wildflower" has been certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

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Primo disco d'oro per "Wildflower". Mezzo milione di copie vendute negli US in poco piu' di due mesi, beh, meglio di quanto mi aspettassi. Ahhhh l'effimero...


 

SHERYL CROW TO ROCK THE RITZ

By Cliodhna McGowan, cliodhna@cfp.ky

Monday 5th December, 2005   Posted: 02:39 CIT   (07:39 GMT)

Rock star Sheryl Crow is to perform at an international media gala opening of The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman on 7 January, the luxury resort has confirmed.

The mainstream rocker is famous for the singles “If It Makes You Happy”, “Everyday Is a Winding Road” and “A Change Would Do You Good”.

Security will be extremely tight for the event, which will comprise a welcome reception and concert that will take place on property.

Communications Director for The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman Melissa Perkins pointed out that no tickets are on sale for this event and it will not be broadcast to the public. It is strictly a private event.

Along with a large group from the top international media, a certain number of local people closely connected to the Ritz Carlton project will be given special invitations to the unique event.

When asked if Ms Crow’s celebrity fiancé Lance Armstrong would be coming to Grand Cayman with the rock star, Ms Perkins said this could neither be confirmed nor denied as they cannot speak about guests. Lance Armstrong is most famous for recovering from testicular cancer to subsequently win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005.

However, the real opening of The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman takes place Thursday, 15 December, at 10am, when a ceremonial ribbon cutting takes place. Participating in the formalities will be members of Government, representatives of The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman, including developer Michael Ryan and Vice President and General Manager Jean Cohen, and the new Governor Stuart Jack. The ceremonial opening, which will also be an invite–only event, will involve a reception and tours of the new hotel.

Afterwards, at noon, the hotel will be open for business.

“We’re excited and delighted to welcome the ladies and gentlemen of Cayman to find a new home away from home at The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman,” said Vice President and General Manager Jean Cohen.

Source : caycompass.com


 

THEY TELL YOU WHERE TO GET OFF - WHY SHERYL CROW WOULD BE A GREAT GPS VOICE

They Tell You Where To Get Off
Why Sheryl Crow Would Be A Great Gps Voice
By Lisa Cregan

Here's a 'help-wanted' you wouldn't expect to see on Craigslist: "Voice wanted, must be audible over honking horns." But clarity in the midst of traffic noise is a major factor when Tom Schalk auditions voice talent. Schalk is vice president of voice technology for the ATX Group, which provides telematics services-computer and wireless communications technologies within a vehicle-to the automotive industry.

After two decades in computer elocution, Schalk says his choice of voice often depends on the user base. "For example, the voice we use for Mercedes-Benz isn't a teenager's. It grows on you in a very high-class way," he says, adding that the Mercedes voice was chosen from 25 possible candidates and that Mercedes had the final say.

According to Schalk, very few people have suitable voices for digital recording. He looks for a certain character and clarity. "You can't measure it or even describe it, but a good analogy would be Sheryl Crow. Her voice would cut through. It's distinguished, easy to understand." Rod Stewart is another example, Shalk says. "A great voice for voice automation because you wouldn't get tired of hearing it over and over again." He predicts that in the near future we'll choose a voice from a menu like we would a cell phone ringtone. English accent? Spanish accent? ATX is auditioning them now. "It's definitely an art," says Schalk.

DRIVING BY WIRE, OR MY CAR UNDERSTANDS ME

One day cars may actually do the driving. Automakers are building in "smart" technology-sensors, lasers and computers-designed to aid the driver like never before. A few, such as Accura, Lexus and Infiniti, are leading the pack. Here's what's in Infiniti's M series for 2006; some features are new and some are refinements of previous technology.

"INTELLIGENT" KEYS

An electronic transponder inside the driver's key uses Bluetooth technology to automatically unlock the car doors and start the engine as the driver approaches.

ADAPTIVE HEADLIGHTS

Sensors that monitor the car's speed and front-wheel angle signal the headlights to swivel, illuminating the entire road around a bend or curve, instead of only the road's edge. The Tucker auto had it 50 years ago.

LASER-GUIDED CRUISE CONTROL

As the car speeds down the road, laser sensors measure the proximity of the vehicle ahead and reduces the car's speed to maintain a safe distance.

LANE-DEPARTURE WARNING

A camera behind the rear-view mirror measures markings on the road to plot the car's position in the lane. A computer combines that information with the car's velocity to determine if you're veering out of the lane. If you're going over 40 and don't use the turn signal, a beeper sounds.

IN OUR FUTURE?

- Intelligent parking. Hands-free parallel parking at the touch of a button in the Japan-only version of Toyota Prius. Launched there in 2004. Not yet available in the U.S.

- Night vision. A bumper camera sounds a buzzer and projects an infrared image on a monitor if people or animals are in your path. Available now as option in the Japan version of Accura RL.


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http://kerneltrap.org/node/5406


 

How Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow contributed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's


Sam Morris / LAS VEGAS SUN

By John Katsilometes

While in Vegas, Lance Armstrong was steering clear of the hard-way eight.

The seven-time Tour de France champion had just been presented by event chair Michael Bellon and cancer survivor Jessica Langgin with a framed montage of his brief but hilarious scene in the film "Dodgeball" (which was set, in part, in Vegas). The gift included a proclamation that made mention of ESPN 8; fans of the film recall that the dodgeball championships were televised by the fictitious network, whose slogan was, "If it's a sport, or almost one, you'll find it -- on the Ocho."

Thus, "ocho" was in the air as Armstrong addressed the spruced-up crowd of about 550 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As Armstrong noted that at the time of the filming of "Dodgeball" he had won five tours, "and it's now seven," a voice from the crowd shouted, "Go for the ocho!"

"Oh, no," Armstrong sheepishly replied. "Not unless they have a tour of Austin (Texas, his hometown) or Las Vegas."

But later, Armstrong's fiancee, Sheryl Crow, said the couple would be back for next year's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Southern Nevada Breakaway Weekend, "After Lance has won No. 8."

The evening ended with Armstrong still officially retired from competitive cycling. Crow donated her valuable time (she's been known to attract a $50,000 performance fee in Las Vegas) and performed a 30-minute acoustic set with bandmates Peter Stroud and Tim Smith. Also lending their time to the event were dozens of past and present members of the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams and comic magician Mac King.

The first-time event, which included a weekend celebrity golf tournament at Cascata Golf Club in Boulder City and a soccer exhibition at UNLV, raised more than $300,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research. Armstrong, of course, is a cancer survivor.

Source : Las Vegas Sun

 

Sunday 4 DECEMBER 2005

SHERYL A "REVISIONE COMPLETA" (OVERHAULIN') SU SKY ITALIA

Finalmente anche in Italia e' giunta la celebre puntata di Overhaulin (Revisione Completa) con protagonisti Sheryl e Lance. E' attualmente in programmazione su Discovery Channel Science (SkyTV).

Per conoscere la programmazione esatta, repliche incluse, seguite questo LINK


 

PIC OF THE DAY - CHUM FM PERFORMANCE (NOV. 29TH)

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LINKS SPARSI

- Sheryl e piedini >
- Pagina RAI su Men of the Year >
- Sheryl contro la stampa >


 

SHERYL ON PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE UK

http://www.psychologies.co.uk/


 

GOOGLE NEWS ITALIA IMPAZZITO!

Ma insomma, che diavolo combinano alla Google News Italia? E' una settimana che nella casella di posta elettronica mi arrivano degli 'alert' vecchi di mesi, se non di anni! Addirittura mi sono visto recapitare un articolo di Carmilla in cui si parla della famigerata t-shirt pacifista, datato 2003! Chissa', forse e' una sorta di retrospettiva di fine anno...

 

Friday 2 DECEMBER 2005

GQ 2005 MAN OF THE YEAR - ARRIVALS/CELEBRATIONS

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Lance and Sheryl arrive at GQ magazine's 2005 "Men Of The Year" celebration held at Mr. Chow Beverly Hills on December 1, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photos by David Livingston/Getty Images)


(Abaca Press)



Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells Laaaaaaaaaaaaance

Jingle bells swing and jingle bells

Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun

Now the jingle Lance has begun


- Aleks, the minstrel


 

CASH TRIBUTES HARD FOR CROW

Sheryl Crow sang Ring Of Fire on the Johnny Cash TV tribute that aired two weeks ago, but she has yet to see the Man In Black biopic, Walk The Line.

“I hear it’s good, though,” Crow told the Sun while in town this week to promote her new disc, Wildflower.

“I’ve been reticent to go see it, ’cause I’m such good friends with June, but I am going to go see it.”

Crow first met Johnny’s wife June very early in her career.

“Years and years ago I did a radio show called Idiot’s Delight in New York, and she and I were on it together. It was just random. It was a three- or four-hour show where we just sat and played. I backed her up and she told stories. This would probably have been 15 years ago and we just stayed in touch and became friends. I actually sang at her funeral, and I sang at Johnny’s too. I sang Band Of Angels at hers. At his I sang Every Grain Of Sand, a Bob Dylan song. It was very hard. It was impossible to look at anyone. With hers, it was even harder for me because Johnny was sitting there. And he was ill and weak.”

Source : Toronto Sun


 

PHOTOS - The 73rd Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

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[WILDFLOWER] STATS - UPDATE - DEC. 10

From Billboard Top 200, issue date : Dec. 10th, 2005

* Title : Wildflower
* Weeks on : 9
* Peak : 2
* This week : 56 (31,400 +63%)
* Past week : 68
* Current singles : 'Always on Your Side', 'I Know Why' (prev. 'Good is Good')
* Total sales : 489,600

Sales Records

  • 1st week : 140,100
  • 2nd week : 105,800
  • 3rd week : 58,900
  • 4th week : 45,900
  • 5th week : 34,800
  • 6th week : 31,000
  • 7th week : 22,300
  • 8th week : 19,200
  • 9th week : 31,400

Rank Records

  • 1st week : #2
  • 2nd week : #5
  • 3rd week : #7
  • 4th week : #16
  • 5th week : #21
  • 6th week : #29
  • 7th week : #50
  • 8th week : #68
  • 9th week : #56