Buying the Beach looks at spectacular seaside properties in the U.S., showcasing unique homes where potential buyers can settle into the sand and soak up the sun mere steps from the backyard. House hunters in each episode tour three properties before choosing the one that makes them happy as a clam.
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Plastic Beach is the third studio album by British virtual band Gorillaz. It was released on 3 March 2010 by Parlophone internationally and by Virgin Records in the United States. Conceived from an unfinished project called Carousel, the album was recorded from June 2008 to November 2009, and was produced primarily by group co-creator Damon Albarn. It features guest appearances by artists including Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Mark E. Smith, Paul Simonon, Bashy, Kano, Little Dragon and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Plastic Beach debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling approximately 74,432 copies in its first week. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 112,000 copies sold in its first week; it also reached number one in several other countries. Plastic Beach has sold 1.45 million copies worldwide. Plastic Beach received mostly positive reviews, and was named one of the year's best albums by several critics.
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Albarn began recording material for a new Gorillaz album around June 2008. He travelled to Beirut in March 2009 to record with the National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. The following month, he recorded with Derby-based orchestra sinfonia ViVA. Grime MCs Kano and Bashy, who feature on “White Flag”, both had the flu during recording. Kano said “We weren't feeling great, the music was out of our comfort zone, it could have been a complete disaster”. Bobby Womack knew nothing about Gorillaz and was initially unsure about the collaboration, however, his daughter liked Gorillaz and convinced him to do it. Womack was told to sing whatever was on his mind during the recording of “Stylo”. “I was in there for an hour going crazy about love and politics, getting it off my chest”, said Womack. After an hour of recording, Womack, a diabetic, started to pass out. He was sat down and given a banana, before waking up minutes later. “Sweepstakes”, the first song Mos Def recorded with Gorillaz, was done in one take. Mos Def described the song as “one of the greatest things as an MC that I've ever done”. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon completed their portion of the title track “Plastic Beach” in a day. “This record has only scratched the surface of [that] period of work and the sort of adventures we went on,” he said. The unreleased material is “some really out-there stuff, which hopefully will see the light of day at some point”. Among these is a song Gorillaz wanted to record with Engelbert Humperdinck. “He was supposed to do it, but then he declined, which was a real shame”, Albarn explained to New York magazine. “It's a very dramatic song, very moving. Arabic strings. It's imagining Earth losing its gravitational pull and starting to fall”. As it turned out, Humperdinck's manager had listened to the proposed selection and declined the offer for him without his knowing. Humperdinck later stated in an interview that his manager declining the collaboration offer was “the most grievous sin ever committed”, and that he would have gladly collaborated with the Gorillaz if he had known they asked. With or without Humperdinck, Albarn insists the tune will eventually be released. “I'm going to finish that off”, he said. “It just needs the vocal. We've made contact with Indian singer Asha Bhosle and I think it's definitely going to happen. I'll maybe duet with her; the song has these answering phrases”. The band were also rebuffed by former Sex Pistols' frontman John Lydon and Tom Waits. Several musicians who collaborated on songs for the album did not end up having all or any of their songs appear on the final album; some guests announced to have collaborated with the band do not feature on the album. British garage rock band The Horrors were invited to play on the album after Albarn heard their 2009 album Primary Colours. They recorded a track with Albarn, but no songs with the band appear on the final album. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Posdnuos of De La Soul said that the group had provided vocals on two songs for the album, “Electric Shock” and “Sloped Tropics”. De La Soul only features on one song on the album, titled “Superfast Jellyfish”. Gruff Rhys recorded two songs — “Superfast Jellyfish” and “Leviathan”. The latter, described by Rhys as “more of a night-time song, a three o'clock in the morning, speeding down the autobahn evading West German police-type track”, does not feature on the album. Mos Def said that he collaborated with Albarn on three songs; however, Def only appears on two songs on the album. Albarn had previously announced that musician Barry Gibb would feature on the album but Gibb did not turn up to any recording sessions.
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