Response to SANEF regarding Eminem accreditation

Being in the media has its perks. For one, I’ve paid to see three artists live in South Africa in the almost eight years I’ve been in the business. For everyone else I’ve either covered the tours in the form of a video package, taken pictures or reviewed the show. I list those three options because each artist and their requirements will be different. Some allow us video people to film the first three minutes of the first three songs, some allow 90seconds only… Others will provide the footage to the respective media houses and then you get those who only allow pictures; only allow you take pictures from the left  of the stage (true story) and then you get some who allow nothing… like Eminem.

I wasn’t aware of this, but it would appear as if SANEF lodged an appeal to organisers of the concert to allow for us media to photograph the show. When I heard he wasn’t doing anything I thought bugger it, why even bother then. So I’m going to Santana instead, where I can actually do something. Anyway, here is a response from organisers:

In so far as press access to Eminem is concerned, as with all international artists there are many requirements and stipulations which accompany a tour and this is just one of them. These parameters are not, as SANEF suggested, determined by the organisers, but by the artist and management team. Photo opportunities are not a guarantee with any artist and hence many such contracts do not include the publicity opportunities that we would all like. At times there are long negotiations with promoters and publicists to assist media in facilitating various requests and that was the case here too. In this instance the accreditation forms for media were sent out 2 weeks ago to Johannesburg media and a week ago to Cape Town media with very clear instructions on what Eminem’s stipulations were. After Cape Town our focus remains to deliver a world class event where fans can enjoy the brilliance of Eminem on stage at Ellis Park on 1st of March’. Joint comment from Tim McGregor – Dainty Group Geraint Crwys-Williams – Primedia Events

I get this but I don’t. It actually annoys me that artists come here to SA and don’t allow for any press opportunities at all… Especially when it is their first tour and their fans are extremely excited. Why bother? We’re here to promote you and your craft. SA media is completely different to say the American media. For one, our idea of paparazzi is not what the traditional idea is. We don’t chase our personalities around and ask them about their love lives. In fact, some of those ‘paparazzi’ images of the celebs in the gossip mags you seen are staged… Sorry to burst your bubbles. We don’t stalk people. We’ll look for the internationals at the airport when they arrive because often it’s the only access we’ll get. That’s it. Some of them play nice, others are divas. Ask me who and I’ll tell you, but let’s just say Gaga and Rihanna played along nicely. Both didn’t grant any press opportunities, in the form of interviews or press conferences, so airport arrivals it was. We could do the same for Eminem, but honestly with no press at all, why even bother? He’ll put on his hoodie and the security will be so tight, to the point that we’ll probably get nothing.

I’m about the music and the craft and documenting those elements. I don’t care who Eminem divorced or who he hates in the industry. That’s his ish. What he does on stage is his business too. I heard a DJ earlier saying he understands why these artists are like that. Well I don’t. They’re talented, yes, but they’re also human and their fellow humans often buy their records because of the press and the attention garnered by the publicity and build up. People want to see what they’re either getting, going to see or missed out on. That’s where we, the media come in. If these artists don’t want us there, cool… Done. I wont be there, but they should remember one thing. While the media wont be allowed to use their expensive equipment to get nice footage and stills of the artists, a lot pictures and footage of the artist will appear online thanks to camera phones that also can take video. When the clips or pictures are edited, compressed and uploaded, they often wont be good quality and then the artist looks even worse. So if that’s what they want then that’s what they’ll get.

Info for the Eminem Rapture Tour 2014





Box Office will be open 15:00 ⌚ 15:40 – for Golden Circle ticket holders. ⌚ 16:00 – for General Admission ticket holders. ⌚ 16:20 – for Seated ticket holders.


⌚ 16:00 – DJ Ready D

⌚ 18:00 – Jack Parow

⌚ 19:00 – DJ Ready D

⌚ 19:30 – Action Bronson

⌚ 20:30 – set change

➤ 21:00 – Eminem


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Eminem releases The Monster

Finally, the video is out. Eminem and Rihanna team up once again for another smash hit. This one is called The Monster and the video has officially been unleashed. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Eminem live in South Africa next March. Details here.

Eminem heading to SA in 2014


A couple of weeks ago I heard murmurs and rumours about Eminem heading out to South Africa next year, but I left them at that until something official was announced. Well that day has arrived…

94.7 Highveld Stereo presents Eminem live in South Africa. Em will be in the city next March for one massive, epic night only. The Rapture tour rolls into Johannesburg on the 1st of March at the Ellis Park Stadium. Capetonians, he’ll be in your city on the 26th of February at the Cape Town stadium. Tickets go on sale on Thursday and you know they’re going to sell quickly, so don’t miss out!

JHB – Ellis Park from R400-R1.250

CT – CT Stadium From R350-R1.250

Here’s hoping that Eminem will perform this ‘monstrous’ song at the concert next year:

Listen to Pink’s new single, ‘Try’

P!nk‘s new single, Try is so much of awesome. Loving it. It’s the follow up to the top 10, smash hit Blow Me (One Last Kiss) and is taken off her forthcoming album, The Truth About Love, which drops on the 18th. I’m missing the listening session on Thursday because I’ll be traveling abroad, but hoping to get a copy once I’m back in the country.

Grammys 2011: Full list of winners and performance of the night

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards went down in Los Angeles last night. Here’s a quick recap of the winners:

Album Of The Year
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Record Of The Year
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Best Rap Album
Recovery – Eminem

Best New Artist
Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year
Need You Now – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

Best Country Album
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Best Pop Vocal Album
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
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Grammys 2011: Eminem wins Best Rap Album

Rapper Eminem walked off with the Best Rap Album category. If you haven’t got a copy of this album, do yourselves a favor and go and get a copy as soon as you can. Recovery has put Eminem back on top. He thanked everyone from his family, to the producers of the album, the Shandy Aftermath family and to Rihanna too for her involvement in making the album what it is today! Nice one.

This was followed by a hot performance by Rihanna and Drake with What’s My Name. The chemistry these two share in this track is a site to behold. It’s still such a great song. Love it!

Grammys 2011: Early winners

Female Pop Vocal Performance:
“Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga

Male Pop Vocal Performance:
“Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars

Rock Song:
“Angry World,” Neil Young

R&B Album:
“Wake up!” John Legend & The Roots

R&B Song:
“Shine,” John Legend & The Roots

Rap Solo Performance:
“Not Afraid,” Eminem

Rap Song:
“Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Male Country Vocal Performance:
“‘Til Summer Comes Around,” Keith Urban

Country Performance by a Duo or Group:
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

Latin Pop Album:
“Paraiso Express,” Alejandro Sanz

Contemporary Jazz Album:
“The Stanley Clarke Band,” The Stanley Clarke Band

Classical Album:
“Verdi: Requiem,” Riccardo Muti, conductor

Traditional Gospel Album:
“Downtown Church,” Patty Griffin

Dance Recording:
“Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna

Electronic Dance Album:
“La Roux,” La Roux

Alternative Music Album:
“Brothers,” The Black Keys

Spoken Word Album:
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook),” Jon Stewart

It’s Grammy day

Photo: John Shearer/
Photo: John Shearer/

Finally! Music’s biggest night is here. Tonight the 53rd annual Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angelas. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Usher and Justin Bieber are just some of the performers who will be gracing the Grammy stage. Rihanna is also expected to perform, but the “S&M” singer is battling laryngitis and bronchitis, so hopefully she’ll be resting loads and will be strong enough to perform tonight. Another big performance to watch out for is from Christina Aguilera and crew. Fresh off her Super Bowl whoopsie, the star will take to the stage alongside Jennifer Hudson, country cutie Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) for a special tribute to Grammy Legend Award recipient Aretha Franklin. They’ll being seeing R-E-S-P-E-C-T and I’m certain Christina wont be messing up those lyrics… we hope that is.

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2011 Grammy Nominees Album

The 17th edition of the Grammy Nominees album is here ladies and gents and this album will most certainly be a goodie. The Recording Academy has partnered with Jive Records for the 19-track album, which will be available from the 25th and according to the President of Recording Academy Neil Portnow, it’s one of the best he’s seen, “The exceptional mix of recordings contained on this preeminent compilation provides an incredible playlist from some of this year’s remarkable and talented GRAMMY nominees. With 19 diverse selections, the nominees album offers quality recordings for all music fans.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the MusiCares® Foundation and the GRAMMY Foundation® — two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.

The track listing is as follows:

2011 GRAMMY Nominees Album Tracklist:

“Forget You”
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
“Nothin’ On You”
Record Of The Year
“California Gurls”
Album Of The Year
Album Of The Year
“Love The Way You Lie”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
“Need You Now”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
“Ready To Start”
Album Of The Year
“Whataya Want From Me”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“Half Of My Heart” (with Taylor Swift)
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“Haven’t Met You Yet”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“Just The Way You Are”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“This Is It”
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“Beg Steal Or Borrow”
Song Of The Year
“The House That Built Me”
Song Of The Year
15. SADE
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“The Only Exception”
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“Hey, Soul Sister” (Live)
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
18. MAROON 5
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“Don’t Stop Believin'” (Regionals Version)
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Music’s big night happens on the 13th of Feb at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Cannot wait!!!