TIME 100: Apple’s Jony Ive Is An ‘Artist,’ Bono Sings Praises

by Anthony Wing Kosner

This year’s Time 100 list is now public and Apple’s Jony Ive can add “Artist” to his list of accolades. Time places its “100 most influential people in the world,” in one of five categories: artists, leaders, pioneers, titans and icons. These buckets are sometimes an awkward fit, so before we slap a jaunty beret atop Ive’s head (as I have above) it’s worth asking the two most obvious questions: is he indeed an artist and, if so, is that a good thing?

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Time Names Apple’s Jony Ive Among Most Influential Artists

Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Apple’s designer-in-chief, Jony Ive, was named one of the most influential artists. U2’s Bono, who counted the late Steve Jobs as a friend, did the write up on Sir Jony for the magazine.

Writeup by Bono

Sir Jonathan Ive

Bono’s description of Sir Jony

Jony Ive is himself classic Apple. Brushed steel, polished glass hardware, complicated software honed to simplicity. His genius is not just his ability to see what others cannot but also how he applies it.

To watch him with his workmates in the holy of holies, Apple’s design lab, or on a night out is to observe a very rare esprit de corps. They love their boss, and he loves them. What the competitors don’t seem to understand is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money.

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Quincy Jones, Michael Caine toasted at birthday benefit

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Bono and Patti Austin sang in honor of the music impresario and storied British actor.

by Edna Gundersen

U2 singer Bono performs at the Power of Love gala.(Photo: Denise Tuscello, Getty Images)

Birthday parties don’t get much grander than this: 2,000 well-heeled guests ranging from Babyface to Will Smith, dinner prepared by chefs Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay, bottomless glasses of Dom Perignon, and Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday.

Quincy Jones and Michael Caine, born within minutes of each other on opposite sides of the Atlantic, celebrated their 80th birthdays as honorees of a lavish benefit Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

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Bono, Batali, Blankfein, Cohn, Stipe, Perry: N.Y. Scene

By Amanda Gordon & Katya Kazakina

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Bono’s Beckett

Bono read from Samuel Beckett’s “The End” last night at a benefit for the Drawing Center, paying tribute to his friend, artist Sean Scully.

Then he found his own words. “I am lucky enough to live with some of Sean Scully’s work. They are of course very musical, very lyrical, but it’s their discipline I want to be around.”

Scully paints horizontal and vertical blocks of rich colors, “approaching the canvas like a kickboxer or a builder,” Bono said. “These grids with their frayed edges don’t intend to contain uncontainable emotions. What they do is suggest boundaries, limits. Limits are important for an artist, I’m told.”

“We’re both from Dublin, we kind of agree about things, about making the world better,” Scully said of his friendship with Bono.

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Grammy-winning producer who paired Sinatra with Bono dies at 72

Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer who paired Dublin singer Bono with Frank Sinatra for an album of duets has died at the age of 72.

Ramone made an art out of the Duets concept, pairing Sinatra with Bono, Tony Bennett with Paul McCartney and Bonnie Raitt with Van Morrison.

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U2’s Bono and Santana To Honor Quincy Jones and Michael Caine

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(Gibson) Producer Quincy Jones and actor Michael Caine are turning 80 years old this year, and they won’t celebrate the landmark alone. U2 frontman Bono and Carlos Santana are just two of the musicians slated to honor Jones and Caine during the Keep Memory Alive organization’s 17th annual Power of Love gala.

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War Child 20: the best of

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we’ve released an album with Parlophone Records that brings together some of the best tracks from our five albums – including the legendary ‘HELP’ one from 1995 , which raised £1.5million. Subsequent releases have featured the hottest names in music and raised not only funds, but profile, for our vital work.

War Child 20: The Best Of will be released as a digital album only on 18 February.

With all proceeds of the sale coming directly to War Child, the album tracks have been selected to show the diversity and quality of all the artists who have supported us for the last two decades.

To further commemorate our 20th anniversary, long time supporters Muse are giving away a free track to fans. Over six minutes long, the track starts with Muse’s take on the classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ before turning into an explosive version of ‘Time Is Running Out’.

Download it here from Wednesday February 13th.

The Tracklist

1. Come Together: Smokin’ Mojo Filters (McCartney, Weller, Gallagher)

2. Lucky: Radiohead

3. Fade Away: Oasis

4. Mourning Air: Portishead

5. Fake The Aroma: Massive Attack

6. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Manic Street Preachers

7. Shipbuilding: Suede

8. Miss Sarajevo: Passengers (U2 and Pavarotti)

9. House Of The Rising Sun: Muse

10. Ghost Town: The Prodigy

11. Calico Skies: Paul McCartney

12. Everyone Says Hi (Metro Mix): David Bowie

13. Vietnam: New Order

14. How You See The World No.2: Coldplay

15. Hong Kong: Gorillaz

16. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Keane

17. Transmission: Hot Chip

18. Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat: Beck

19. Straight To Hell: Lily Allen (ft. Mick Jones)

20. Running To Stand Still: Elbow

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