Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren – Imagine

armin-van-buuren-imagineImagine is the hotly anticipated third artist album from Armin van Buuren, the world’s number 1 DJ, as voted by the public in DJ Mag’s prestigious poll. Testament to Armin’s ongoing transition from producer to fully-fledged artist, it’s the perfect amalgamation of beats and electronica with lush chords and songwriting.

The main inspiration for a lot of the tracks has come from the theme imagine. Says Armin, “Imagine for me stands for the way I visualise music when I listen to it, and a lot of people have that same connection with music, especially trance which is so emotionally driven. Music is very personal for everybody, and what I’ve realised from my travels is that music transcends everything – the same music can touch people all over the world. You can’t judge someone else on their taste in music, and you can’t turn people onto music that isn’t for them – it’s just something that resonates with each individual. One of the beautiful things about being human is that we can imagine, create, and escape back into our imagination when we want to recall a feeling or invent something new…”

1. Imagine
2. Going Wrong (With DJ Shah Feat. Chris Jones)
3. Unforgiveable (Feat. Jaren)
4. Face To Face
5. Hold On To Me (Feat. Audrey Gallagher)
6. In And Out Of Love (Feat. Sharon Den Adel)
7. Never Say Never (Feat. Jacqueline Govaert)
8. Rain (Feat. Cathy Burton)
9. What If (Feat. Vera Ostrova)
10. Fine Without You (Feat. Jennifer Rene)
11. Intricacy

Dutch music export rises by 21%

wouter_hamelAt this years EuroSonic Noorderslag festival, Buma Cultuur announced that the export of Dutch Music rose by 21% in 2007 in comparison to 2006.

“The export of Dutch music has been impressive for some years now and it can easily compare itself with other European countries in this field.  With its dance music, The Netherlands is a leader with artists such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Marco V and Fedde le Grand.” The total gross in 2007 was 43,5 million euros. About a quarter of Dutch music export is being generated by dance music events. When music releases are also taken in account, the percentage rises to 36% of the total sum. The globally popular violinist André Rieu has seen a growth of 30% of his income from his performances and the sale of cds and dvds. At the festival the Dutch Minister of Culture Plasterk, announced he will invest 800,000 euros in the next four years to offer young band managers training to improve their skills.

Dutch artists scored in Belgium in 2008

 jansmitSeveral Dutch artists have scored very well in the 2008 album and single charts of Belgium. Especially singers Marco Borsato and Robert Abigail were successful in scoring big hits.

With ‘Wit Licht’ (White Light) Borsato had the bestselling album by a Dutch Artist, ending up on the 6th place in the album chart of the year. Robert Abigail secured a top 10 spot in the definitive Belgian single chart of 2008, with his single Mojito Song. Other Dutch singles in Belgium that did well were: Jeroen van der Boom (at 39, with the track Jij Bent Zo), Aka the Junkies (43, Konijntje), Frans Bauer & Laura Lynn (46, Al duurt de nacht tot morgen vroeg) and Armin van Buuren (59, In and Out of Love).

Other Dutch albums in the Belgian album chart: 2008

07. Frans Bauer en Laura Lynn – Duetten
17. Anouk – Who’s Your Momma
48. André Hazes – Samen met Dré
53. André Rieu – In Wonderland
60. Jeroen van der Boom – Jij Bent Zo
87. Jan Smit (photo)  - Stilte in de Storm

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