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'Empire' Composer Fil Eisler's Musical Mission? Make the Fox Show 'Sound Like a Movie'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:53am
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith is arguably as integral to the sound of Empire as executive music producer Timbaland. The first-chair cellist is the primary...
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Brandi Carlile Scores Multiple Career Highs on Rock Charts

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:45am
Brandi Carlile earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, her highest peak on the Billboard 200 (No. 9) and her highest first-week...
Categories: Music Industry

Eden xo & Lil Jon Team Up For 'The Weekend' Remix: Exclusive Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:34am
What's a surefire way to improve any weekend? Throw Lil Jon into the mix, of course. Promising pop singer-songwriter Eden xo has tapped the King of...
Categories: Music Industry

Why the 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Is an Uphill Battle for Copycats

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:30am
In the music business, few things are as sacrosanct as credit and compensation. Inevitably, many aggrieved songwriters will hear news of the nearly $...
Categories: Music Industry

Watch Josh Groban Discover His Musical Roots in 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Exclusive Clip

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:27am
Music education runs in the family. That's just one revelation Josh Groban made during his episode of the TLC show Who Do You Think You Are?, which...
Categories: Music Industry

Weekly Chart Report (3/13/15)

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:23am
It was a 30-week walk to the top, but Tyler Farr now has the No. 1 Song on the MusicRow [...]
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Exclusive: The Weeks Premiere 'Mercury' Video

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:20am
It's no surprise that garage-rock outfit the Weeks are signed to Kings of Leon's label, Serpents & Snakes: lead vocalist Cyle Barnes' raw, aged...
Categories: Music Industry

Exclusive: Kawehi Premieres 'Creepy, Dorky & Shit-Talking' EP 'Evolution'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:20am
Kawehi's fans have been dying to hear her new EP. How do we know? The futuristic Kansas-based pop musician started a Kickstarter campaign to fund...
Categories: Music Industry

Reba Unveils “Going Out Like That” Video on NBC’s ‘Today’

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:16am
Reba narrates a story of romantic breakups and new possibilities in her latest video for [..]
Categories: Music Industry

Watch Ashanti Talk About Her Stalker on 'Meredith'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:10am
Ashanti appeared on Meredith today (March 13), and the singer opened up about her ongoing struggle with a stalker.  "We were talking...
Categories: Music Industry

Justin Bieber Helps Skrillex & Diplo Hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Top 10

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:00am
Skrillex and Diplo each celebrate their first top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Where Are U Now" (13-9), featuring Justin...
Categories: Music Industry

Radiohead’s 'The Bends' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:00am
Had Radiohead vanished after its first album, 1993's Pablo Honey, the quintet from Oxford, England, would be remembered as a decent grunge band with...
Categories: Music Industry

‘Idol’ Takes Spotlight To Middle Tennessee

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:47am
American Idol season 14 is in full swing with plenty of Middle Tennessee residents onboard [...]
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Austin and SXSW's Waning Weirdness? Blame Spiking Real Estate Prices and a Tech Industry Influx

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:45am
On Feb. 12, Sergio and Monica Lejarazu arrived at Jumplin, their beloved Austin piñata store, only to find it razed. Amid conflicting reports of what...
Categories: Music Industry

Signings: Buddy Lee Attractions, APA Nashville Add To Rosters

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:42am
Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc. (BLA) has signed Darryl Worley to its roster. Worley joins a list of [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Watch A.R. Rahman & the Berklee Indian Ensemble Perform One of His Classics

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:30am
After more than two decades in the business, prolific composer and musician A.R. Rahman -- best known for his sweeping film scores (Slumdog...
Categories: Music Industry

Prince Covers Christian Singer-Songwriter for New Song 'What If'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:20am
Always a man with a surprise up his sleeve (was anyone anticipating his first acting credit in years to be on New Girl?), Prince's new song is...
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This Week In Photography Books: Carolyn Drake

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:17am

by Jonathan Blaustein

I didn’t sleep well last night. Forgive me if I ramble on. I’ve got no other options.

That’s the thing with a weekly column. The deadline is always there. Over the years, you learn to live with it. Rather than a demarcation of stress, the looming responsibility becomes a comfort, as my young daughter always clings to her fuzzy pink blanket. (Which she calls Cokie.)

It’s been years now, that I share my musings and life experiences with you: the nameless audience. You’ve been around for my ups and downs. As I write, some of the downs come back around again, like a decrepit ferris wheel in a faraway carnival.

The cages creak, in need of oil. The rust has overtaken the paint. Soon enough, it will all be a cacophony of textured brown. Like the desert, if it were only slightly darker in color.

Why didn’t I sleep last night? Because I’ve caught one hell of a wicked virus. The kind that makes my throat feel like a thousand tiny knives are puncturing my skin, every time I swallow. I had one of these bugs a few years ago, and wrote about it then. (Do you remember?)

Now, I’ve gotten another. Not two seconds ago, I swallowed, and the scratchy pain flooded my brain with cortisol. Yet the ferris wheel keeps spinning, and the book pile looms in the background, filled with goodies about which I expound, for your pleasure, every week.

What about today? Can you tell that I’m half-bonkers? Does it matter? What if I found a book, on my very first try, that matched my loopy mood perfectly, like yin abuts yang, forever in harmony?

Would it be possible? What would such a book look like?

I’m glad you asked.

“Wild Pigeons” is a new book by Carolyn Drake, recently produced by Colour & Books. That is was one of two books in my stack with pigeons in the title seems beyond coincidental. That it is the second book in a week that dares to “Put a Bird on It” is less surprising, as there would not be a cliché, there would be no smoke, without the fire.

I didn’t know it was Ms. Drake’s book though. Her name, and the title, are on the spine only, and I didn’t bother looking. So all I got was three white birds on a white cover. Honestly, such a book could be about anything. Presumably birds, but last week’s bird book was about the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, so I was curious.

Oh yes.

It opens with a section of pages that are shorn shorter than what will come later. Two text pages greet us, the second states “I cannot tell if I am dreaming or awake.” Which is exactly how I feel at the moment, hopped up on honey tea and pain killers.

Then, we see a grave, below prayer flags, in a desert. After, a portrait on a wall: four boys with their heads covered with a certain kind of hat, like a yarmulke, only bigger. Then, more desert. And more desert still. A brown-skinned man on a motorcycle. A woman on the ground. A boy perched upon wires, tied by rope to a man on the ground.

Where are we? What is going on?

Time to guess, I thought. I supposed we were in Central Asia, though Mongolia did pop in my mind as well. Not enough grassland for Mongolia, though. We see headscarves, and farmers, yet lush things grow as well.

The words “fever dream” popped into my head, but that’s really not a phrase I ever use.

We get to the wider pages, and the orientation shifts entirely. You flip the book sideways, and are met with collage images. Some have text written on them. It is trippy, this book, and I like it very much. Very much indeed.

At some point, I see the word Uyghour, and then it makes sense. The asiatic features. The vast deserts. The head scarves. We are in Western China, I realize, and it has all been hinted at perfectly, so far.

Eventually, the pages shrink again, and we are back to straight photography. Apple carts, and pit bulls lunging. Cow throats slit in the streets, blacksmiths, and billiard games too. There are still blacksmiths in 2015? (Of course, silly American. Of course.)

Holy shit. This book is wild. If I were in a normal state of mind, I’m sure it would induce a sort of temporary insanity. As I am already temporarily insane, I feel like this book was made just for me.

The pages widen again, the orientation flips. Again. And now the photographs are at night. The close of the story. When the bats fly, and trouble canvasses the streets like a beat cop trying to avoid boredom.

Eventually, we reach the end text. A long story, translated for our benefit. A statement by the artist, who explains that the collages were her way of getting the local Uyghurs in Xinjiang to participate in her project. Anonymously. (She spent years visiting the place, and dug deep into the culture.)

Stranger still, there is a brief interview between the artist, an old grandfather, and an interpreter. Why is it stranger still? Because it’s printed on the back cover.

Somewhere, the ghost of Jack Kerouac is reading this review. He is judging me, and unfortunately, I’ve come up short. (“Listen, man. I get the vibe you’re grooving for. I do. I do. But it doesn’t feel quite right to me, man. Like, maybe you were trying too hard? Or maybe you weren’t on enough drugs? You know what I’m saying? The book though… it’s pretty hip. Hip, man. Hip.”)

Bottom Line: Amazing, innovative, mind-altering book made in the true hinterlands of Earth

To Purchase “Wild Pigeons” Visit Photo-Eye

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Books are provided by Photo-Eye in exchange for links back for purchase.

Books are found in the bookstore and submissions are not accepted.

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This Week In Photography Books: Carolyn Drake

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:17am

by Jonathan Blaustein

I didn’t sleep well last night. Forgive me if I ramble on. I’ve got no other options.

That’s the thing with a weekly column. The deadline is always there. Over the years, you learn to live with it. Rather than a demarcation of stress, the looming responsibility becomes a comfort, as my young daughter always clings to her fuzzy pink blanket. (Which she calls Cokie.)

It’s been years now, that I share my musings and life experiences with you: the nameless audience. You’ve been around for my ups and downs. As I write, some of the downs come back around again, like a decrepit ferris wheel in a faraway carnival.

The cages creak, in need of oil. The rust has overtaken the paint. Soon enough, it will all be a cacophony of textured brown. Like the desert, if it were only slightly darker in color.

Why didn’t I sleep last night? Because I’ve caught one hell of a wicked virus. The kind that makes my throat feel like a thousand tiny knives are puncturing my skin, every time I swallow. I had one of these bugs a few years ago, and wrote about it then. (Do you remember?)

Now, I’ve gotten another. Not two seconds ago, I swallowed, and the scratchy pain flooded my brain with cortisol. Yet the ferris wheel keeps spinning, and the book pile looms in the background, filled with goodies about which I expound, for your pleasure, every week.

What about today? Can you tell that I’m half-bonkers? Does it matter? What if I found a book, on my very first try, that matched my loopy mood perfectly, like yin abuts yang, forever in harmony?

Would it be possible? What would such a book look like?

I’m glad you asked.

“Wild Pigeons” is a new book by Carolyn Drake, recently produced by Colour & Books. That is was one of two books in my stack with pigeons in the title seems beyond coincidental. That it is the second book in a week that dares to “Put a Bird on It” is less surprising, as there would not be a cliché, there would be no smoke, without the fire.

I didn’t know it was Ms. Drake’s book though. Her name, and the title, are on the spine only, and I didn’t bother looking. So all I got was three white birds on a white cover. Honestly, such a book could be about anything. Presumably birds, but last week’s bird book was about the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, so I was curious.

Oh yes.

It opens with a section of pages that are shorn shorter than what will come later. Two text pages greet us, the second states “I cannot tell if I am dreaming or awake.” Which is exactly how I feel at the moment, hopped up on honey tea and pain killers.

Then, we see a grave, below prayer flags, in a desert. After, a portrait on a wall: four boys with their heads covered with a certain kind of hat, like a yarmulke, only bigger. Then, more desert. And more desert still. A brown-skinned man on a motorcycle. A woman on the ground. A boy perched upon wires, tied by rope to a man on the ground.

Where are we? What is going on?

Time to guess, I thought. I supposed we were in Central Asia, though Mongolia did pop in my mind as well. Not enough grassland for Mongolia, though. We see headscarves, and farmers, yet lush things grow as well.

The words “fever dream” popped into my head, but that’s really not a phrase I ever use.

We get to the wider pages, and the orientation shifts entirely. You flip the book sideways, and are met with collage images. Some have text written on them. It is trippy, this book, and I like it very much. Very much indeed.

At some point, I see the word Uyghour, and then it makes sense. The asiatic features. The vast deserts. The head scarves. We are in Western China, I realize, and it has all been hinted at perfectly, so far.

Eventually, the pages shrink again, and we are back to straight photography. Apple carts, and put bulls lunging. Cow throats slit in the streets, blacksmiths, and billiard games too. There are still blacksmiths in 2015? (Of course, silly American. Of course.)

Holy shit. This book is wild. If I were in a normal state of mind, I’m sure it would induce a sort of temporary insanity. As I am already temporarily insane, I feel like this book was made just for me.

The pages widen again, the orientation flips. Again. And now the photographs are at night. The close of the story. When the bats fly, and trouble canvasses the streets like a beat cop trying to avoid boredom.

Eventually, we reach the end text. A long story, translated for our benefit. A statement by the artist, who explains that the collages were her way of getting the local Uyghurs in Xinjiang to participate in her project. Anonymously. (She spent years visiting the place, and dug deep into the culture.)

Stranger still, there is a brief interview between the artist, an old grandfather, and an interpreter. Why is it stranger still? Because it’s printed on the back cover.

Somewhere, the ghost of Jack Kerouac is reading this review. He is judging me, and unfortunately, I’ve come up short. (“Listen, man. I get the vibe you’re grooving for. I do. I do. But it doesn’t feel quite right to me, man. Like, maybe you were trying too hard? Or maybe you weren’t on enough drugs? You know what I’m saying? The book though… it’s pretty hip. Hip, man. Hip.”)

Bottom Line: Amazing, innovative, mind-altering book made in the true hinterlands of Earth

To Purchase “Wild Pigeons” Visit Photo-Eye

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Books are provided by Photo-Eye in exchange for links back for purchase.

Books are found in the bookstore and submissions are not accepted.

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Watch President Obama Read Mean Tweets & Discuss Kanye West on 'Kimmel'

Billboard.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:10am
President Obama made his first in-person appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, ostensibly to plug his Student Aid Bill of Rights. But...
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