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Watch David Spade Channel George Michael for Neon Wham! Performance on 'Lip Sync Battle'

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:05pm
David Spade gives the late George Michael a run for his money with his rendition of the Wham! hit "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" on the next...
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Garth Brooks Offers Free Honeymoon to Fans Who Got Engaged at His Show

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:58pm
Garth Brooks says he'll pony up for a Hawaiian honeymoon for a Texas couple who got engaged at his concert in Oklahoma City. WFAA-TV reports that...
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Complete Timeline of R. Kelly's Disturbing Legal Troubles

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:32pm
On Monday (July 17), Buzzfeed released a story titled "Inside the Pied Piper of R&B's 'Cult,'" which claimed that R&B...
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PocketWizard releases MultiMAX II trigger with 20 ControlTL channels and more

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:27pm

Radio flash trigger manufacturer PocketWizard has reintroduced its much-loved MultiMAX transceiver, having added more control options and improved handling. The MultiMAX ll offers a total of 52 channels, including 20 dedicated to ControlTL devices, as well as improved features for time-lapse and sequential triggering.

The new version of the MultiMAX features a PowerControl function that allows the user to manually control the output of up to three groups of flashes compatible with the ControlTL system from the MultiMAX display panel. The screen is now illuminated by a blue LCD backlight, which the company says improves contrast and legibility, and the keypad is said to be brighter than that of the previous model.

The system’s intervalometer has had the burst limit lifted so users can set it for any number of flashes for as long as they like, making the mode useful for timelapse photography, and the SpeedCycler mode is now equipped to perform sequential firing of up to sixteen cameras or flashguns in sequence. That last part is useful in fast moving situations, when you can’t wait for an individual flash to recharge, so the MultiMAX just fires the next one in line.

The PocketWizard MultiMAX ll costs $230 and is available now. For more information, watch the video below or head over to the PocketWizard website.

Press Release:

The Best is Back –Introducing the MultiMAX II

More timing features, same great reliability, all at a lower price.

LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the global leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the MultiMAX II and the return of unique timing features that only PocketWizard technology provides. Whether you are a sports, wildlife or wedding photographer, you will be happy to learn that the most powerfully-featured wireless radio on the planet, the PocketWizard MultiMAX, is back and fully compatible with all other PocketWizard radios.

Building on the legendary MultiMAX, the MultiMAX II takes its place as the most versatile, reliable and predictably compatible radio on the market. For the past 16 years, the MultiMAX has helped capture amazing images, many of which have landed on magazine covers throughout the world. MultiMAX Transceivers continue to be found in frequency crowded environments triggering arena flashes or remote cameras behind soccer goals, hockey nets, basketball nets, horse jumps, bull chutes, and the finish line of major International Track and Field events.

After a brief hiatus, the MultiMAX II returns with new features including 20 ControlTL channels, Manual Power Control and an improved blue backlit LCD which provides better contrast for improved viewing in dimly lit studios or on-site locations. The key pad is brighter too, allowing photographers to easily change settings on the fly. Its 344 MHz frequency sets it apart from 2.4 GHz noise in crowded venues.

“The MultiMAX II continues to provide incredible features that professional photographers have come to rely on. It has a whole suite of built-in tools designed for the demanding sports shooter like Patterns, programmable delays, and a settable contact time. The MultiMAX II is also Custom ID ready. Photographers can create incredible depth of field or stroboscopic effects with Multi-pop, give rear curtain sync to any camera, and even synchronize multiple cameras together, states Patrick Clow, Technical Support and Customer Service Manager.

The MultiMAX II has a total of 52 channels: 32 Standard Channels and 20 ControlTL Channels. Photographers can creatively control groups of lights or cameras allowing them to work in crowded venues or with multiple flash set-ups. And now with Power Control, photographers can remotely adjust the manual power settings of ControlTL compatible radios and flashes in up to three zones with as many flashes in each group as you want.

“Professional photographers have clamored for years to bring back the MultiMAX. We listened and we responded by making a great radio even better and offering it at a lower price. The MultiMAX II Transceiver is and remains the only radio on the market that performs special PocketWizard features including Infinite Intervalometer, SpeedCycler and Ultra Long Range. It is the most reliable Transceiver on the market for capturing life’s most amazing moments, states Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design

The MultiMAX II will be available at retail and on line in the US and Canada starting July 17, 2017. The retail price will be $229.00 USD in the US and $309.00 CAD in Canada.

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Warner Music Nashville Adds Rohan Kohli As Director, A&R

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:18pm
Warner Music Nashville has welcomed a new member to their A&R team with the addition of [...]
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Panorama selfie goes horribly wrong, leads to viral photo

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:03pm

Need a bit of comic relief this Monday? How about nightmare fuel? This panorama selfie gone-wrong provides a little bit of both. The photo was captured by Mitchell Flann, who was using his Samsung Galaxy S7 to take a selfie of himself and girlfriend Erika Gomos.

They were using the phone's Wide Selfie mode, which requires that you stand still while the camera is panned up to 120° to capture more of the scene. According to Samsung's website, Wide Selfie "puts an end to getting cropped out." While that's technically correct, it did a bit more than that for Flann when Erika sneezed halfway through the selfie.

The nightmarish shot they captured has gone 'viral' as they say, earning an insane 150K upvotes on Reddit.

"We're on vacation in Budapest and I couldn't even enjoy the scenery at parliament because of the tears,” Flann said on Reddit. Apparently they've been taking photos like this across Europe, with some pretty fun malfunctions along the way, but nothing else has turned out quite like this.

Photo © Mitchell Flann, used with permission.

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Landon Dirickson Opens Nashville-Based Dirickson Law

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:02pm
Nashville-based entertainment attorney Landon Dirickson has opened Dirickson Law, a practice with […]
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Ringo Starr Talks Running His Emoji-Filled Twitter & Why the Beatles Are Eternally Relevant

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Ringo Starr has just turned 77. It's a few days after his celebrity-packed “Peace and Love”-themed birthday bash at Capitol Records...
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Curb Promotes RJ Meacham To National Director, Promotion And Chart Strategy

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:41pm
Ryan Dokke, Vice President of Promotion for Curb Records, announced today the elevation of radio promotion executive [...]
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Fleetwood Mac Caps Classic West With Poignant Closing Set

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:31pm
Fleetwood Mac operates on one’s imagination in a way few other bands can -- whether within your musical memory, or onstage at Dodger Stadium as...
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Nick Di Fruscia Named ACM VP, Awards & Membership

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:24pm
Nick Di Fruscia has been named Vice President, Awards & Membership at the Academy of Country Music. In [...]
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Kyle LaValley Joins Mercy Lounge As Talent Buyer

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:23pm
Nashville's Mercy Lounge has added Kyle LaValley to their staff as a talent buyer. In her new position [...]
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Amid Pandora Investment & Capitol Hill Debates, SiriusXM Becomes Music's New Best Frenemy

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:18pm
After facing off with Pandora, SoundCloud and YouTube of late, the music business has a new No. 1 frenemy: SiriusXM. Though the nine-year-old...
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'Despacito' Leads Hot 100 for 10th Week, Ed Sheeran Ties Record & Shawn Mendes Hits Top 10

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:57pm
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 29) for a landmark...
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7Artisans teases 50mm F1.0 lens, in case the 50mm F1.1 isn't quite fast enough

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:44pm
Look closely on the 7Artisans website, and you'll see an as-yet unannounced 50mm F1.0 lens front and center.

Chinese lens manufacturer 7Artisans made some waves two weeks ago when they quietly revealed four affordable and fast lenses for various mirrorless mounts. Those lenses are available on Amazon and eBay, but one lens is being shown off on the 7Artisans website that doesn't appear anywhere else online: a super-fast 50mm F1.0.

Unfortunately, all we have is this photograph. The lens looks a lot like the company's 50mm F1.1, but you can see that lens next to the F1.0 in the lineup, so it's not some CGI typo. The lens diameter is even different—55mm vs 52mm for the F1.1.

No, this is its own lens, we just don't know what mount it will be made for or, just as importantly, why the heck a company would choose to make both a 50mm F1.1 and 50mm F1.0—seems a bit silly. Here's a close look at the lens:

Admittedly, the 50mm F1.1 lens announced a few weeks back is only available in Leica M mount. People would no doubt be thrilled by an equally affordable ($370 USD) lens available for the Sony E, Fuji X, or MFT mounts.

As soon as this lens becomes official or pops up on Amazon alongside the other 7Artisan lenses, we'll let you know.

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Christine Calip Victor Joins UMG's Bravado as SVP

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:41pm
Christine Calip Victor is the new senior vice president of business development, business and legal affairs at Bravado, Universal Music Group's...
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The Top 20 Things My Dad Loved About Pitchfork Festival 2017

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:13pm
For the sixth straight year, there he was: in the middle of the crowd, in a t-shirt and jeans, jotting observations into a notepad that he kept in...
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Relive Ultra Europe 2017 With Sets From Carl Cox, Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren, and More: Listen

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:12pm
Buzz Lightyear might not really know how to fly, but he sure can stream. A Soundcloud account by the name has uploaded eight sets from Ultra Europe...
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Mala Luna Music Festival 2017 Lineup Announced: Future, Lil Wayne, Migos and More

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:08pm
The lineup for the second annual Mala Luna Music Festival, taking place in San Antonio, Tex. on October 28-29, has been announced. The event features...
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