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Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Climbs to the Chart Summit in Australia

Billboard.com - 1 hour 58 min ago
After 20 weeks, Ed Sheeran “Perfect” (Atlantic/Warner) has finally ascended the chart throne in Australia.  Sheeran’s triple-...
Categories: Music Industry

Paul McCartney Beats the Storms With Hits, Jimi Hendrix Stories and More at Brisbane Concert

Billboard.com - 4 hours 21 min ago
It’s a special year when Paul McCartney tours. That’s a fair comment for his fans around the globe and a gross...
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Zedd Reaches Out to Bullied Student With All Expenses Paid Trip to a Show

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:55pm
Zedd, like many millions of others, has been touched by Keaton Jones’ heartbreaking tale of being targeted by bullies. So he’s stepped up...
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New Service Launches for Bluegrass Radio

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:52pm

GoGo Show PrepNashville, TN -- Shannon McCombs has earned her broadcast stripes with more than 6,000 interviews and thousands of hours of radio specials; getting the latest news and inside scoop from artists in Country, Rock, Americana, Bluegrass and all areas of entertainment. She has produced, hosted or contributed to syndicated content for the Grand Ole Opry, CMT, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNN, GAC, Access Hollywood, and satellite radio. Now, Shannon turns her attention specifically to Bluegrass with a new service called GoGo Show Prep.

Designed for radio professionals, show prep services provide quick and ready content that can be used for news programming and entertainment, either read on air or downloaded for airplay … all in edited, ready-to-air form. Additionally, McCombs plans to produce periodic long form radio specials for syndication. Content will always be free for radio professionals to use. McCombs already serves Traditional Country markets and has plans to expand into the Americana format as well.

The first radio special features Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp of the award-winning Earls of Leicester, co-hosting with Shannon. The one-hour special features a variety of bluegrass and acoustic music, plus stories and comments from Jerry and Shawn. The special is available to all radio professionals; terrestrial, satellite and streaming.

The service was rolled out during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh with several radio personalities giving GoGo Show Prep a try. Broadcasters can simply log onto the site, scroll through the news and soundbites before going on air to find and download fun content to share with listeners. Cut-by-cut comments from artists on new albums will also be added regularly.

“For years, I’ve crafted interviews, sound bites, radio specials and more for syndication in other genres,” Shannon says, “but I’m kind of getting back to my own roots by focusing on content that Bluegrass radio professionals can use. I grew up going to festivals with my dad and I was in awe of so many of these artists.”

It was Shannon who was tapped by the Grand Ole Opry to interview Dailey & Vincent about their recent induction into the Opry. She has also interviewed artists including Bobby Osborne, Doyle Lawson, the Grascals, Ricky Skaggs, and more recently, Donna Ulisse, Bradley Walker, Dale Ann Bradley and some exciting newcomers to the genre.

Shannon has interviewed celebrities from all areas of music and entertainment. From Jay Leno, to Rod Stewart, to Garth Brooks and more. She has hosted thousands of television, radio, and internet shows. You'll find her name in "producer and writer" credits for many of her own, and others' shows as well. Whether she's backstage at the Opry, in the studio, or on the road with the stars ... Shannon delights in getting "the real" inside stories, photos and video...straight from top stars and talented rising artists. Her expertise, professionalism and impressive body of work all contributed to her being nominated for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.

“It is my hope,” Shannon says, “that by making content easily available, we can enhance the listening experience for existing fans of this great music, and reach new fans by making sharing easy for other stations that feature acoustic music.”

GoGo Show Prep is now open for business. Current content includes news items and sound bites from Donna Ulisse, Tim Surrett of Balsam Range, Dale Ann Bradley, Jesse McReynolds, Bradley Walker, Doyle Lawson, Sammy Shelor, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and more … all free and ready for use by radio stations and DJs. Radio professionals can simply log on to www.gogoshowprep.com and take advantage of all the free content available to share with listeners. There is also a page with cut-by-cut comments from Donna Ulisse on her new album, Breakin’ Easy. Additionally, broadcasters are invited to sign up to receive media alerts when new content is added.

Categories: Music Industry

Drake, Cardi B, 50 Cent Perform at Art Basel Parties

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 10:56pm
Musicians, actors and fashion icons descended on Miami for a whirlwind week of glamorous parties to celebrate some of the world’s best artists...
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Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Cardi B & More Stand Up for Bullied Tennessee Student

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 8:19pm
A video of a young boy's emotional plea to his bullies has gone viral, touching the hearts of people worldwide and corralling some new...
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Ed Sheeran Talks Grammy Snubs: 'There's So Many Things in the Mix That Counterbalance It'

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 7:21pm
When the 2018 Grammy nominations were announced, many Ed Sheeran fans were surprised that his name was not included in the album of the year and...
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Josh Homme Apologizes for Kicking Photographer in the Head at KROQ Concert: 'I Did Not Mean for That to Happen'

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 6:00pm
Josh Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age, has responded to a female photographer who says he intentionally kicked her in the face during...
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U2 Scores Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Songs of Experience'

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:07pm
U2 achieves its eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band’s new Songs of Experience debuts atop the tally. The set bows...
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Garth Brooks Turns Nashville Opening Night Concert Into Hit-Filled Singalong

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 3:51pm
“We waited a long time for this city,” Garth Brooks told the sold-out crowd on Saturday (Dec. 9) at [...]
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Hannibal Buress Arrested in Miami, Charged With 'Disorderly Intoxication'

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:59pm
Actor and comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested in Miami and charged with “disorderly intoxication” late Saturday night (Dec. 9)....
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'SNL' Takes on Sexual Harassment, 'Liberal White Women' in James Franco-Hosted Episode

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:37pm
James Franco took the Saturday Night Live stage this week to host for the fourth time, with musical guest SZA, and was quickly joined by friend and...
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'SNL' Tackles 'Naughty List Members' Matt Lauer, Roy Moore, Al Franken in Cold Open

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:25pm
SNL got in the Christmas spirit during tonight's cold open. Kenan Thompson, as a mall Santa, told a young boy who asked about disgraced former...
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Tears, Pomp, Extravagance as France Mourns Rocker Johnny Hallyday

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:12pm
France bid farewell to its biggest rock star Saturday (Dec. 9), honoring Johnny Hallyday with an extravagant funeral procession down Paris’...
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Melanie Martinez Shares Additional Comments in Response to Rape Accusation

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:27am
Singer Melanie Martinez has posted additional comments in response to an accusation of sexual assault and rape by friend and fellow aspiring musician...
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Watch SZA Perform 'The Weekend' and 'Love Galore' on 'SNL'

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:15am
Capping off the year in which she released her acclaimed debut album, Ctrl ,and scored five Grammy nominations, Sza made her first ...
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Meet Lele Pons, Instagram Stories' Most-Watched Producer of 2017 & Music's Next Star

Billboard.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 10:00am
In Camila Cabello’s theatrical video for “Havana,” Lele Pons plays Cabello’s animated and more popular sister, Bella. The...
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Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 9:00am
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The Olympus 17mm F1.2 promises to open up new possibilities for Micro Four Thirds shooters seeking razor-thin depth-of-field and smooth, 'feathered' bokeh. We've had the chance to do some shooting with it both close to home and on the road in Charleston, South Carolina. Take a peek at our extensive sample gallery.

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2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for sports and action

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 7:00am

Are you a speed freak? Hungry to photograph anything that goes 'zoom'? Or perhaps you just want to get Sports Illustrated-level shots of your child's soccer game. Keep reading to find out which cameras we think are best for sports and action shooting.

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Louis Tomlinson Parties the Night Away in 'Miss You' Video

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 9:47pm
Louis Tomlinson is staying out 'til last call in his new "Miss You" video.  The former One Direction singer's latest visual...
Categories: Music Industry