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Demi Lovato Explains Musical Tribute to Her 'Abusive' Father

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:00pm
In a new video interview on her YouTube channel, Demi Lovato is getting very personal. In stark contrast to her high-octane, colorful...
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Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Is Now the Most Viewed Video on Vevo

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:50pm
She may sing about being a nightmare dressed like a daydream, but in real life, Taylor Swift can more accurately be described as an all-around...
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Watch Sia's Graffiti-Filled Lyric Video for 'Alive'

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:48pm
"Alive" was turned down by Adele, but that's not stopping Sia from turning the single -- her first from upcoming album This Is...
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Lose Your Head Over Punchline's New Sound in 'Tell Me How You Sleep' Video Premiere

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:45pm
Punchline has never been a household name, but for the Pittsburgh band, it’s not for lack of effort.  They emerged with the powerhouse label...
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Watch Dilly Dally's Punk Cover of Drake's 'Know Yourself'

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:45pm
"I was runnin’ through the 6 with my woes," recites Katie Monks, of Toronto four-piece Dilly Dally, in her characteristic growl-drawl. At the...
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eMusic Acquired By Foundational Cloud Music Company TriPlay

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:33pm
eMusic, one of the Internet's first digital music stores, has been sold to cloud media startup TriPlay. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but in a...
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Life in Color Festival Announces 2016 Lineup: Jack U, Big Sean, Ruby Rose & More

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:30pm
Miami’s Life in Color flagship festival, keenly referred to as “The World's Largest Paint Party,” has announced its star-studded lineup to perform at...
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Todrick Hall Reimagines 'Peter Pan' With Katy Perry Songs

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:30pm
Whether Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video is about Katy Perry is still up for debate, but Todrick Hall’s recent re-imagining of Peter Pan is...
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Luke Bryan Announces 2016 Tour Dates

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:27pm
Luke Bryan has announced dates in early 2016 for his Kill the Lights Tour. The first leg of [...]
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Takeover Tuesdays: T.I.'s 'Grand Hustle Homage' Playlist

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:25pm
For my Billboard Tuesday Takeover playlist, I included songs from my new release, Da' Nic EP, the prelude to my tenth album.... along with some of...
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Watch Barack & Michelle Obama Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Usher

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:14pm
What was thought to be a regular meet-and-greet at the White House turned into a jubilant birthday celebration as President Barack Obama and First...
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Sony Hack: Studio to Pay Employees More Than $5.5 Million Over Data Breach

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:05pm
Sony Pictures will be paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.5 million to $8 million to resolve a class action lawsuit over a large hack attack...
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Drops: See Reactions From Janelle Monaé, Diplo & More

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:33am
The official trailer for the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, debuted last night (Oct. 19) during Monday Night Football -- and...
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Gwen Stefani Premieres Heartbreaking Video for Breakup Song 'Used to Love You'

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:22am
Gwen Stefani is turning to music to get over heartbreak. The woman who made us all cry in the '90s with "Don't Speak," Tragic Kingdom and more,...
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Tommy Lee Sits Out Fourth Consecutive Motley Crue Concert

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:20am
A bout of tendonitis has forced Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee to sit out four consecutive concerts on the hard rock band’s current farewell tour...
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Brad Paisley Adds Winter Dates To ‘Crushin’ It’ World Tour

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:19am
Brad Paisley has announced his 2016 winter leg of his Crushin’ It World Tour, which kicks off [...]
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Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Brian Wilson Among Nominees

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:16am
Songs by Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Wilson, Lady Gaga and Diane Warren and scores by Carter Burwell,...
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SXSW Unveils First Round of 2016 Performers

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:05am
The first batch of performers has been announced for the 30th annual South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW). And as you’d expect the...
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The Daily Edit – BEST: Steve Simko

A Photo Editor's Blog - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:02am


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Fashion Director: Wendy Rigg
Editor in Chief: Jane Ennis
Art Director: Owen Connolly
Photographer: Steven Simko

I know you like to golf, were you able to play while you were there?
Yes, actually, the opportunity to play St. Andrews was a major incentive to take the job (I’m a single handicap golfer). And on top of it, getting to shoot half a dozen fashion stories on location at the “Home of Golf” was beyond exciting – combining my two passions in one trip: photography and golf. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play St Andrews, The Old Course as well as Kingsbarns.

How did this project come about?
I had recently reconnected with a fashion editor from London on Instagram whom I met light years ago. She had grown up in St. Andrews and was inspired to shoot some fashion stories in her home town after attending The Open Championship. She must have noticed all my “likes” were of photos she posted from The Open (she was following Dustin Johnson) and put together that I liked golf…the rest is history.

What type of direction did you get from the magazine?
It was a great collaborative effort between myself and the editor of Best, a fashion weekly.  The idea was to juxtapose the stories/fashion and unique location. St. Andrews offered a variety of different backdrops. There’s a beautiful beach (West Sands Beach), which many have probably seen if they’ve watched The Open, spectacular fields and rolling countryside, and the town featured amazing historic ~15th century architecture. We also had the opportunity to shoot at the Cambo Estate that featured a stately home with stables and wild ponies.

What did the creative brief look like and where did the horse come from?
There were several creative briefs for the various shoots. For the one showcasing the horse – we were highlighting the winter coats within a “classic English seaside” setting. King, the retired race horse in the photos, was a last minute improvisation. He belonged to the editor’s niece and it ended up working out fabulously. While the model had never been around a horse and was one pretty scared Dutch girl, King was a sweetheart. When you put something like a horse into the mix, you just let them (the horse) do their thing, but you have to move fast!

Did you hire a local assistant?
No, I asked one of my local assistants to join me on the shoot. We’ve known each other for eight years and he’s assisted me on various jobs for the last four years. We have a great working relationship, and for a 4-day long shoot, it’s important to  have someone who’s knowledgable, has the ability to tackle problems that might arise, and help find solutions. Plus, he made a great golfing buddy.

Who produced the shoot for you?
The editor was the key person producing the shoot. While many aspects of the stories were a collaborative effort, including picking out the models, she really handled everything, from arranging talent (hair + make-up) and stylists/wardrobe to transportation and location. Mark Rigg of Links Golf Tours of St. Andrews was the anchor transportation. They are one of the premier golf tour companies in St. Andrews (think big Mercedes vans used to transport golfers). Upon arrival in St. Andrews our driver drove us onto the cart path on the 18th fairway of the Old Course and we took a snapshot in front on the R & A building (we look like deer caught in head lights) a dream come true for a golfer.




Did you prepare a carne for this gear list?
No carne was necessary but this is the gear we took with us …some of it stuffed in the golf travel bags :)

1- Canon 1DX 
2- Canon 5D MarkIII
3- Sony RX1R
4- (2) MacBook Pros
5- Digiplate Pro
6- Tripod
7- Sigma 50mm 1.4
8- Sigma 35mm 1.4
9- Canon 24-70mm 2.8
10- Canon 70-200mm 2.8
11- Profoto B2
12- TTL Air Remote
13- Sunbounce Sun Swatter (Black Net & White)
14- Westcott Bounce reflectors
15- ThinkTank Airport International V2.0
16- Crumpler Extravanganza
17- Tamrac Backpack


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Viacom Invests in Live Event Producer DigiTour Media

Billboard.com - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:49am
Viacom is betting on the future of entertainment with an investment in DigiTour Media, a producer of concerts and festivals featuring social media...
Categories: Music Industry