Mixed Notes: November 2021


Cyndi Lauper: ‘Girls Just Want to Have Funds’

Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper made headlines at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Before introducing the nominees for Best Pop Video, Lauper proclaimed: “Girls wanna have fun. But we also want to have funds. Equal pay. Control over our bodies! You know, fundamental rights.” Lauper won the first-ever VMA for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” during the inaugural show in 1984.


CRAS Students Build Mics

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) students Erik Ulibarri (left) and David Niyonshuti (right) demoing the ReMasterMedia plug-in during the recent AES event at CRAS’ Gilbert, AZ campus. The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios, which are comprised of state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear.

Rita Ora Live From The Eiffel Tower 

Performed in front of a live audience, Rita Ora Live From The Eiffel Tower  marked the singer-songwriter’s transition back to live music, showcasing the venue in a way that has never been done before. As a final crescendo to Paris Fashion Week, the show also featured custom looks designed exclusively for Ora, from Fendi, Miu Miu, Lanvin and Alexandre Vauthier.

Devo Whips Up Hollywood

Devo whipped up the crowd at YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in September. The venue's Jen Sandstrom presented the band with Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers jerseys to celebrate the show with Live Nation’s Greg Siegel and 33 & West Agency's Ian Fintak.

Miraculous Love Kids

For the last six years, The Miraculous Love Kids, a non-profit organization established by musician Lanny Cordola, has served as Afghanistan’s only school of music specifically for war-torn, poverty-stricken girls and young women. The group has recorded music with Brian Wilson, Tom Morello, Sammy Hagar, Nick Cave, Blake Shelton and many others.

Groupo Firme

Mexican breakout band Grupo Firme sold over 100,000 tickets in ten sold-out arena shows, setting a record for the most shows in a single calendar year performed at L.A.’s Staples Center by a Latin group.


Usain Bolt

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist, entrepreneur and fast-rising music maven Usain Bolt (left) released his debut album, Country Yutes, via A-Team Lifestyle Records/UnitedMasters. The album debuted in the top 10 on Billboard Reggae Charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts.