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Weekend Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Flying to Record $175M-Plus Launch

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 1:10pm
Talk about incredible. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 is flying to a record-shattering $175 million-plus domestic launch, by far the biggest...
Categories: Music Industry

Asia O'Hara Talks New Single 'Queen For Tonight' & Racial Bias in 'Drag Race' Fan Base

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:45pm
On Thursday (June 14), the top four finalists of RuPaul’s Drag Race were officially announced: Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka O’Hara...
Categories: Music Industry

DJ Khaled Talks 'Top Secret' Video Shoot, Trademarking Son Asahd's Name: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:13am
DJ Khaled paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Friday night (June 15), where he discussed his upcoming album, a secret music video shoot, and...
Categories: Music Industry

Nicki Minaj Goes Off On Man Criticizing Her 'Hypocritical' Sexual Lyrics

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:04am
Nicki Minaj has a problem with how some are reading comments she made in a recent interview with Elle, and she took to Twitter to not only clarify...
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Tiffany Haddish Teases MTV Movie & TV Awards Hosting Gig

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:34am
Tiffany Haddish stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Friday night (June 15) to discuss her upcoming projects, her MTV Movie & TV Awards hosting gig, and...
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The Jackson 5 Receive Keys to the City in Detroit: 'Coming Back to Detroit is Like Coming Home'

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 9:50am
A street naming in Detroit will have to wait, but the surviving members of the Jackson 5 can now open whatever doors the key to the city fits. The...
Categories: Music Industry

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Kanye West Crowns Billboard 200 & Post Malone Moves to No. 1 on Hot 100

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 9:00am
Kanye West's Ye launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 16), marking his record-tying eighth consecutive leader and...
Categories: Music Industry

Rewinding the Charts: In 1984, Madonna First Crossed The Top 10 'Borderline'

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:37am
"I signed [Madonna] because I believed in Mark Kamins, who I thought was the greatest DJ, and he wanted to be a producer," Seymour Stein...
Categories: Music Industry

Drone buying guide updated with a new top pick

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:00am

We've updated our Best Drones buying guide and there's a new winner (hint: it's made by DJI). Find out which model was our favorite and learn more about all of your choices in our updated guide.

Categories: Equipment

Nikon D850 sensor confirmed as Sony-made

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 7:00am

It can be interesting, for the more tech-inclined photographer, to speculate about where camera makers are getting their sensors from. However, to be truly certain, you'd need to tear the camera apart and see what's printed around the edge of the chip.

ChipMod - a camera modification company - has done just that, and has posted its findings on the AstroCN forum, showing that the D850's sensor has a Sony product code stamped on the back of it.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who's been curious about the issue: DPReview forum user Bobn2 (a computer science professor whose areas of expertise include imaging) pointed out immediately that all the published images of the chip showed a wiring pattern consistent with previous Sony designs. The sensor's performance then revealed it to have a dual-gain design that's been a feature of recent Sony chips (something we believe was licensed from Aptina, making Sony one of the only companies able to offer it).

Nikon's D850 is one of the most capable DSLRs on the market, boasting class-leading image quality from its 46MP full-frame sensor.

However, claims by Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz that it supplies to "a DSLR manufacturer" were taken by some to be evidence that it was the source of this chip. We still don't know which company TowerJazz was referring to, nor how precisely it were using the term 'DSLR.'

What's interesting, though, is that this news confirms what Sony told us about the way its semiconductor company deals with external clients: other companies can commission Sony Semiconductor to make them a sensor and can include their own intellectual property in the design, without that information (or the rights to use it) being available to Sony's camera division. Hence the D850 features the BSI and dual gain designs that Sony uses in many of its own cameras but is also able to provide an ISO 64 mode that allows the Nikon to rival some of the latest medium format cameras, but that Sony cameras don't offer.

This would also help explain how Nikon justifies its statements that the sensor is "designed by Nikon."

Categories: Equipment

'Legends' Album for Jose Hernandez's Mariachi Sol de Mexico & The Lady Gaga Gigging Story: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:56am
Jose Hernandez is always on the go in the name of mariachi. He's an arranger, composer, educator, engineer, mixer, musician, ...
Categories: Music Industry

Bebe Rexha's New Song 'I'm a Mess' Adding '90s Hit 'Bitch' Songwriters to Credits

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 9:39pm
Bebe Rexha debuted a new song called "I'm a Mess" from her forthcoming Expectations on Friday (June 15) and it seems the track owes...
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Rihanna Says She's Back 'In the Studio' Making New Music

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 9:35pm
It's true. Fans will finally get some new RiRi. It's been two years since the release of Rihanna's 2016 album ANTI, and music lovers...
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Young Fathers Removed From German Festival Lineup for Supporting Anti-Israeli Cause

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 8:29pm
The Scottish experimental band Young Fathers has been officially removed from the lineup of Germany's annual Ruhrtriennale ...
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Brasstracks Team Up With Xavier Omar for Their Smooth New Single 'Stay There': Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 8:03pm
Brasstracks is back again, and boy do they sound good. The NYC-based duo, known for their distinct jazz and hip-hop crossover, accomplish...
Categories: Music Industry

Beyonce & Jay-Z Dedicate Touching Performance of 'Forever Young' to Grenfell Victims on One Year Anniversary: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 7:40pm
Thursday (June 14) marked the one year anniversary of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London that killed 72 people. Jay-Z and...
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Judge Modifies Juelz Santana's Bail, OK's Tour Shows

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 7:16pm
Rapper Juelz Santana can go on tour while he’s facing weapons charges, providing he’s monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet ... and...
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The 5 Best Nas Remixes

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 7:04pm
He's been one of the illest since his first album, and he's still coming for the crown. Nas is Brooklyn made, a real started-from-the-bottom...
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North West Turns 5 Years Old, Kim Kardashian Shares Adorable Post

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 6:59pm
Happy Birthday North West! At five years old, the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West is already a style icon with a big personality. The tiny...
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Natalie Portman Calls Harvard Classmate Jared Kushner a 'Supervillain'

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 6:55pm
Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a “supervillain.” The Oscar-winning actress said on CBS’ Late...
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