Saturday, November 28, 2009

Alicia Keys Special World AIDS Day Concert Live from Nokia Theater to Benefit Keep A Child Alive;Free Music Download;From the Archives:Alicia Keys Continues Efforts to Heighten Perspectives About AIDS

Thirty Three (33) million people are infected with AIDS, a large percentage of them are children.

Alicia Keys will perform a special concert to benefit her organization Keep A Child Alive on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from the Nokia Theater in New York City. With over 28 MILLION DEAD and 13 MILLION ORPHANED Keep A Child Alive is an urgent response to the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa. The concert will broadcast live on the You Tube channel. For further information click here.

Her upcoming album, "The Element of Freedom" originally scheduled to be released to coincide with World AIDS Day will now be released on December 15, 2009.

From the Archives:Alicia in Africa

Alicia Keys Continues Efforts to Heighten Perspectives About AIDS

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"Ain't No Sunshine" Alicia Keys performing duet with John Mayer at Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Thursday, October 15, 2009

Watch Video here:

Friday, November 27, 2009

AMA 2009 Performances;AMA Red Carpet Stars; Free Music Download Jay-Z and John Mayer Live Music "U Don't Know"; From the Archives-What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common?

A recap of the 2009 American Music Awards featuring performances by Alicia Keys, Jay-Z,Janet Jackson,Whitney Houston,Kelly Clarkson,Rihanna and others:

A shout out to Jay-Z who performed a special benefit on Fuse TV,September 11, 2009.Answer the Call, was broadcast live from Madison Square Garden and the televised event, benefited the New York Police and Fireman's Widows and Childrens Fund and raised over one milion dollars. It also served as the launch for Jay-Z's new CD, the Blueprint 3. Several of the other entertainers who performed at that benefit include John Mayer,Mary J. Blige,Kanye West,Beyonce and Rihanna. John Mayer joined Jay-Z on two of the songs he performed, "U Don't Know" and "DOA"(Death of Autotone). A free download of the concert version of "U Don't Know" can be found below.

Alicia Keys held her annual Black Ball Benefit for Keep A child Alive (KCA)on Thursday, October 15,2009. The organization raises money, awareness and purchases medicine and other medical supplies for AIDS orphans and children stricken with the disease in Africa and India. Joining Ms. Keys at the event was John Mayer, Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige, Gayle King, Queen Latifah, the Mistress of Ceremonies and a host of other celebrities. Keys and Mayer performed a duet of "Aint No Sunshine". Watch the video below:

Watch Alicia's New Video:

Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart 

From the Archives:

Mega Millions Raised from Katrina Relief Benefit Concerts

What Do John Mayer and Alicia Keys Have in Common? John Mayer and Alicia Keys to Perform Together At Grammies

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Live music from "Answer the Call" Benefit Concert:Fuse TV -September 11, 2009 from Madison Square Garden

U Don't Know   Jay-Z featuring John Mayer

Permalink to entire Heavier Octaves internet podcast radio episode here

John Mayer Slams Dating Rumors

Today’s free download is “Half of My Heart” John Mayer’s duet with Country songstress, Taylor Swift and last week's winner of the American Music Award for Artist of the Year.

John performed a free concert on Monday, November 16, 2009  at the Music Hall of  Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.  The live version of “Half of My Heart”, which was performed during that concert is available for  download below. While Ms. Swift was not there to provide her vocals on the song during the concert, Mayer’s new background singers did a terrific job. You can listen to the studio version (featuring Ms. Swift) on John Mayer’s CD Battle Studies, available in most digital markets and at your local record stores.

 There is also a version of it on his radio premiere of Battle Studies broadcast on Radio Sophie on November 9, 2009. It is in the Heavier Octaves Radio Podcast Archives at this link.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks:Obama's Bring Volunteerism to Martha's Table

Battle Studies No.1 Album; Free Download-Edge of Desire; From the Archives-John Mayer: On the Record with Fuse-An Exclusive Interview About His Upcoming Show at the Beacon

Mayer's new release and fifth studio album Battle Studies dropped on November 17,2009.  In less than 10 days it has climbed the charts to the number 1 position. Battle Studies has sold 286,000 copies. This is John's second number one album, his first was Heavier Things released in 2003.

And John accomplished this against a line up of heavy hitters. Albums released on the same date as "Battle Studies" included Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, Casting Crowns, Leona Lewis,One Republic, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson and American Idol winner Kris Allen.  "Battle Studies"  also beat out Andea Bocelli's "My Christmas", which sold 185,000  and holds the #2 position for the second straight week(more...)

Also: From the Archives

Fuse interviews Mayer about his then upcoming show at the Beacon Theater and launch of his new record Battle Studies. When asked if he would like to have any special guests perform at the concert and who that might be,  the interviewer making intimations to Jay-Z, Mayer responded that Jay-Z was someone that you could only call upon once...

Incidentally, Mayer did perform as a guest of Jay-Z at his special Answer the Call Benefit Concert broadcast on Fuse TV, September 11, 2009 to benefit the New York Police and Fireman's Widower's Orphans and Children's Relief Fund. He also launched his new release the Blueprint 3. Check out that video here. 

For a free download of  Jay-Z's "U Don't Know" featuring Mayer's guitar solo, click this post's title link above.The entire performance was slammin'. The other songs performed with Mayer on guitar included D.O.A. (Death of Autotone)Watch video here. 

Free Downloads

For a free download of a live performance of  "Edge of Desire" from the Music Hall of Williamsburg free concert,  Battle Studies track of the day, click here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Bring Down the House at the AMA's with Empire State of Mind

This was one of the finer performances of the evening. And, there were many other class acts, including Janet Jackson,Whitney Houston,Kellie Clarkson, etc.

The piano portion was rockin' and  Jay-z's rap was powerfully cool, putting you in "An Empire State of Mind".  (Free download of song by clicking the title link above)Also, a shout out to Ms. Keys for  her valuable work with the  Keep A Child Alive Foundation. See performance from this year's Black Ball featuring  John Mayer in Related Heavier Octaves Podcast Episodes below.

Free Downloads

John Mayer and Jay-Z at Answer the Call Benefit Concert-Fuse TV Special-September 11,2009

Related Heavier Octaves Podcast Episodes:

 John Mayer and Alicia Keys perform "Ain't No Sunshine" at Oct.15, 2009 Keep A Child Alive 

John Mayer and Jay-Z at Answer the Call Benefit Concert-Fuse TV Special-September 11,2009

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Michael Jckson, Taylor Swift Big Winners at American Music Awards-Michael Was All About Love...

Taylor Swift in accepting of her award, graciously thanks the Jackson family and adds that it is an "unimaginable honor" to even be considered in the same category as the King of Pop. Germaine Jackson during his acceptance on behalf of Michael shared with the viewers that Michael was all about love and he wanted everyone to do well. Michael's memorial service demonstrated that well. It was a beautiful experience of sharing by fellow musicians who came out to pay their tribute to the Pop culture phenom. See John Mayer's guitar tribute below:

To listen to Taylor Swift sing the duet "Half of My Heart" with John Mayer on his new release Battle

 Studies,click here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Breaking News: Jay-Z Awarded AMA for Best Rapper and Album ,Taylor Swift Wins for Artist of the Year, Michael Jackson,Whitney Houston...

 Rapper and recording industry mogul Jay-Z  received an AMA for  favorite male artist and favorite album in the rap/hip-hop categories.  Jay-Z performed a dynamic "Empire State of Mind" featuring Alicia Keys prior to receiving the award.  The song  is from his new album The Blueprint 3.  Watch that video here.

Congratulations Hova!   Also, thanks for your 9/11 concert to benefit the families of the people who keep us safe.  Jay-Z launched The Blueprint 3 at a special  concert broadcast on Fuse TV to commemorate September 11  and benefit the The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

Here is a video of behind the scenes preparations for  that show. Click the title link above for a free download of the live version of "U Don't Know" featuring guitar god, John Mayer who joined Jay-Z on three of the tunes he performed during the concert.

Answer the call, was a show stopping concert including such artists as Beyonce, Rihanna, P.Diddy, Mary J. Blige and others.

Incidentally Whitney Houston's performance on the AMA show last night was touching and strong. congratulations to her on the big comeback and International Artist of the Year Award.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 2009 AMAs:


# Taylor Swift


# Male Artist: Michael Jackson

# Female Artist: Taylor Swift

# Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas

# Album: Number Ones, Michael Jackson


# Male Artist: Michael Jackson

# Female Artist: Beyoncé

# Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas

# Album: Number Ones, Michael Jackson


# Male Artist: Jay-Z

# Album: Blueprint 3, Jay-Z


# Male Artist: Keith Urban

# Female Artist: Taylor Swift

# Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts

# Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift


# Artist: Taylor Swift


# Artist: Green Day


# Artist: Aventura


# Artist: Mary Mary


# Album: Twilight


# Gloriana


# Whitney Houston

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Breaking News: John Mayer Video-"Friends,Lovers or Nothing" Williamsburg Show Finale

Part I

Part II

This song was the last one on the setlist of the Williamsburg Music Hall show this past Monday. John opens up with a humorous church skit, delivering a mini sermon parody and segues into the banter quoted at the end of New York Times reporter Jon Caramanica's article, published this past Friday,November 20, 2009, entitled "John Just Has to Please the Girls".

You can find a download of the entire live show in the Heavier Octaves Radio live show archives here or at the link in the upper right margin.

John Mayer's Battle Studies Radio World Premiere (Reposting of 11. 9.09 Broadcast)

Click link above for a first listen at the fourth studio release of the celebrated and talented singer-songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

John Mayer Pleases the Girls On New Record Battle Studies


“I’m too young to be that dependable,” he continued. “I don’t want to be that dependable. Something pendulous has to happen. If I’m as self-aware as I say I am, then I would probably know that pretty soon, there’s going to have to be a wrench thrown somewhere so that the momentum keeps moving forward.”

That wrench is not in “Battle Studies,” Mr. Mayer’s fourth album, which, despite its persistent pessimism, remains polite and affable, vulnerable enough to ensure that his female fans — and those are the ones who count — won’t stray. His sweet voice is intact, as is the immediately accessible soft blues-rock he has practically trademarked.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rihanna Misses Chris-Has No Hard Feelings...

Oprah to End Show

 "The Oprah Winfrey Show," an iconic broadcast that grew over two decades into a daytime television powerhouse and the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air, Winfrey's production company said Thursday night.
Winfrey plans to announce the final date for her show during a live broadcast on Friday, Harpo Productions Inc. said, bringing an end to what has been television's top-rated talk show for more than two decades, airing in 145 countries worldwide and watched by an estimated 42 million viewers a week in the U.S. alone.

John Mayer On Letterman Tonight-Webcast and Special Show Follows

Friday, November 13, 2009

Battle Studies Launched,Leaked and Loved. Secret Show Ahead... Monday, November 16, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York

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Singer songwriter and multi-platinum recording artist  John mayer to play free secret show in brooklyn on monday,  November 16th.  The show will be held in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.  It is a  John Mayer Myspace Secret Show. The show is free and doors open at 8PM. More information about how to get in is below:

Date: Monday, November 16, 2009
Doors: 8:00 PM

Music Hall Of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St.,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Please note this show is first come, first serve. Line up will start at 10AM Monday morning. Absolutely no camping overnight so get there early and stay in line.

Also, his latest record Battle Studies can be heard by clicking the link above.  John hosted the live broadcast this past Monday, November 9, 2009 on Sophie Radio. Click here for the Heavier Octaves Radio podcast  link and more on Battle Studies.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

On the Road to Coverage:Historic Health Care Bill Passes House


Obama praised the House in a statement and said he is "absolutely confident" that the Senate will pass its version of the legislation. "I look forward to signing it into law by the end of the year," he said.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President  Barack Obama Photo Alex Brandon AP

Saturday, November 07, 2009

President Obama Asks Democrats to Vote on Historic Health Reform Bill

The legislation would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide federal subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford it. Large companies would have to offer coverage to their employees. Both consumers and companies would be slapped with penalties if they defied the government's mandates.
Insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions would be banned, and insurers would no longer be able to charge higher premiums on the basis of gender or medical history. In a further slap, the industry would lose its exemption from federal antitrust restrictions on price gouging, bid rigging and market allocation.