Wir sind Helden @ Paradiso, Amsterdam

Wir Sind Helden coverOn Friday, I went to a concert by one of my favourite bands called ‘Wir sind Helden‘. Although I had seen them live a few times already I was really exited to see them again, since they have a new album out. But most importantly, they would perform at Paradiso, one of Holland’s most (in)famous concert hall, a place I hadn’t been yet.

Both the band and the location were great! Back in the days, Paradiso used to be a church, which you can still tell by the architecture. Basically, the bands are performing on what used to be altar. This gives an incredible atmosphere, which is enhanced by the small capacity of the location (around 1000 people). The concert was sold out and I don’t wonder why. The surprising fact was that, unlike previous concerts in The Netherlands, the public was predominantly Dutch – a great achievement for a German-singing band! Wir sind Helden played for over two hours and it was obvious that they had just as much fun performing as the public had listening. They ended with one of their first songs I liked, Bist du nicht müde? I could definitely say no to that question and could listen to them all night :-) Luckily they were hinting at coming back in Utrecht and Rotterdam soon, so who knows… If you are curious and want to see the concert I watched, you can see it all here (legal and for free)

Paradiso

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Kanye West vs 50 Cent

Kanye West vs 50 Cent9/11 is the day the war on terrorism basically started. This years 9/11 might have started a war of another kind, namely in hip hop. On this date, 50 Cent released his new album ‘Curtis‘ and simultaniously Kanye West released his ‘Graduation‘. Since 50 Cent is known for his fights with fellow artists (such as Nas, Jay-Z and The Game) he felt it was about time to start a new one. He might regret picking his new enemy though…

It all started with 50 Cent finding out that Kanye West moved up his release date to the 9/11. 50 Cent reacted by saying that Kanye only wanted to use the rivalry with 50 Cent to promote his own album. He might be right about that, but since musically he felt superior to Kanye he stated that if Kanye would outsell him, he would quit his solo carreer. There was an interview with both artists in the Rolling Stones, with a great cover! It resulted in a big media fuss and a lot of attention for both artists. Now, after a few days the first score is Kanye selling 700,000 albums to 50 Cent selling only 550,000. Bye bye 50 Cent!

The ones truly winning this whole ‘war’ though are the people of Universal, record company of both, who have had a big role in this great mixed marketing campaign. Quintessential of a laughing third…

PS. My personal favourite is Kanye West, I love his second single of his new album which could have been a warning to 50 Cent: Stronger