Purity Ring Put Their Electro-Pop Spin On Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause (Remix)’

In Singapore in 2012, court documents say Misiewicz exchanged emails with Francis about attending an upcoming Lady Gaga concert in Thailand. Francis was apparently able to obtain five tickets for Misiewicz and others. The court documents also detail an email exchange Francis had with “a woman associated with a prostitution service” that included “many pictures of young women along with their age, height, and bra size.” The investigating officer said in the court documents he believed Francis was picking out prostitutes for several people, including Misiewicz, for an upcoming trip to Singapore. Due to weather, however, the trip was canceled, the complaint said. ‘Your Kinda Babe?’ In the case of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agent, Supervisory Special Agent John Beliveau II was charged in a separate bribery scheme also involving Francis, in which Beliveau allegedly gave Francis confidential information about an NCIS investigation into GDMA — including reports taken from the NCIS database — and advised him on how to respond to NCIS inquiries. Beliveau provided those services, prosecutors say, for “among other things, paid travel, luxury hotel stays and prostitution services.” Beginning in 2010, NCIS had opened an investigation into GDMA potentially overbilling the Navy for husbandry services. Again, emails obtained by investigators appear to be the basis for the case. In 2011, court documents allege Beliveau took a trip to Bangkok arranged and paid for by Francis. “In addition, as an extra perquisite of this trip, Francis arranged a female escort to entertain Beliveau,” the complaint says. “According to one email, attaching a picture of this escort, Francis asked: ‘Joyce your kinda Babe’? Beliveau replied, ‘Nice. You bet.

Lady Gaga bandleader: Music opened the doors to over-the-top-productions, he says in visit to Clio schools

For Brantley, music opened many doors. He’s a graduate of Mumford High School in Detroit and former student at Henry Ford College and Wayne State University. He stressed the importance of practice and musical versatility to the students at Clio middle and high schools. He also shared some of the ins and outs of his accomplished career — which includes being musical director for worldwide tours and award shows of artists such as Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Aaliyah, and dozens of other A-list musicians. He has also recorded with Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and more. “A musical director is pretty much like a producer, but for a live concert setting instead of a record. The concert goes down that night, so everything has to be ready to roll that day,” he explained. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a lot of fun, too. I work with a lot of great musicians, so that makes it easier for me.” On stage in the oversize Gaga productions, Brantley said, “You have doors that are opening, things blowing up behind you, things going on in the sky. “You can be up there having a good time, but I always just try to check the parameter to make sure I’m not too close to the edge of the stage, or not standing in an area that I shouldn’t be.” Not that distractions are new to Brantley. Gaga is known for having elaborate stage shows, but Brantley said working with Beyonce and New Edition has prepared him well for the task. Performing with them, he has had to play while tuning out cannons, pyrotechnic displays, a waterfall, and other stage and sound effects.

Feds: Crooked Navy Officer, Dirty NCIS Agent, Hookers and Lady Gaga (ABC News)

They say that opposites attract. And while that’s true in love, it’s often even better in music. The coming together of two artists with almost nothing in common can make for some truly surprising results. ( Elvis Costello and The Roots , anyone?) That in mind, you’d be hard-pressed to find two actsaesthetically farther apart than Lady Gaga and electronic music duo Purity Ring , but the latter’s remix of ” Applause ” gives us a taste of what a (somewhat) more insular Gaga might sound like. Listen to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” (Purity Ring remix) after the jump. Purity Ring, who we tapped as one of our favorite breakthrough artists of 2012 , are as shrinkingly demure in sound and as inwardly reflective in lyrical content as Gaga is outwardly brash and bold. They’re both, however, delightfully weird. (Check out Purity Ring’s “Fine Shrine” for exhibit A.) The remix here, which is set to appear on Gaga’s forthcoming Applause Remix EP (dropping Oct. 1), meets somewhere in the middle. Purity Ring strips out “Applause”‘s central pop-house synth riff, slows down the pace, and bends and folds the propulsive vocal inwards on itself in a clipping repetition that sounds like it might’ve come from Purity Ring’s Shrines album. Curiously, there’s also an aggressive bro-step break down toward the end. In all, Purity Ring’s “Applause” is a nice diversion, and it’s always fun to see how different artists approach a song from their own skewed perspectives, but in this case we’ll probably still stick to Gaga’s original and Purity Ring’s own brittle ice flowers of heartbreak.

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