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Troye Sivan Breaks Two Records on Homecoming Tour of Australia

Billboard.com - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:19am
Troye Sivan made a triumphant -- and record breaking -- return to his neighbourhood earlier this month.  The producer and singer broke a pair of...
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Mark Whitt Releases New CD "Over You" On AirPlay Direct

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:10am

Mark Whitt - Over YouAirPlay Direct is pleased to introduce you to Mark Whitt’s new CD “Over You”. Mark currently heads up Mark Whitt and The True Bluegrass Band as the lead singer and guitar player. They are a strong regional band, who focus on playing traditional bluegrass and gospel. This project, includes two of his originals, "Over You" and "I heard Sweet Music Playing. In addition to performing, Mark is dedicated to writing new material geared in the traditional style.

"Bluegrass music is passionate, deep rooted and often tells stories of life experiences. This music is ingrained in my heart and soul. It allows artists to express life experiences through numbers such as my original track, “Over You” or through impactful, spiritual songs such as my other original, “I Heard Sweet Music Playing”. This is what makes traditional bluegrass and gospel music so unique and special. My goal is to continue winning fans through my passion for keeping traditional bluegrass music alive.

I am blessed to have crossed paths with two amazing individuals, Lynda Weingartz with AirPlay Direct and Robert Weingartz with Collective Evolution for sharing their amazing talent and knowledge of the industry. I am amazed with their success and impact on artists in the music industry and I am honored to be working with such talented individuals."

Extra Special Thanks: To all the super-star artists who made guest appearances on this CD: Tim Crouch, Joe Mullins, Clay Hess, Luke Montgomery. Thank you for your significant impact on my latest project. It really means a lot to have such great artists be part of this project. Radio stations may audition the new project at AirPlayDirect.com/MarkWhittOverYou.

“Mark is a very genuine and nice guy. You can hear the ‘heart and soul’ he put into his new project, ‘Over You’. There is a song on this record for everyone.”
  ~ Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct

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West Virginia's Hillbilly Gypsies at Historic Carter Fold

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:08am

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ and grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This “old timey” approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It’ll sure make you want to get up and dance!

And don’t let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya. These folks are highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers. Their lightning fast, award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music, and this makes for an authentic and exciting musical experience that you won’t soon forget. One listen and you’ll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band – they are a tight-knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment.

Some notable highlights about the Hillbilly Gypsies include:

  • IBMA members since 2005 and a crowd favorite at many IBMA promoter showcases.
  • Featured on several nationally syndicated TV and radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Song of the Mountains, Woodsongs, Red Barn Radio, & the Wheeling Jamboree.
  • Listed as the most innovative musicians redefining mountain music in West Virginia by the West Virginia tourism website – http://gotowv.com/.
  • Voted West Virginia’s best band by West Virginia Living Magazine – Best of West 2014 competition.
  • Voted the best band in Morgantown, West Virginia by Morgantown Magazine.
  • Winners of the DelFest Band Competition.
  • Featured regularly at the historic Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and mentioned in the New York Times for lively appearances there.
  • Featured on BBC television in 2011.

The Gypsies have played many major bluegrass festival events around the country including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Delfest, Summersville Music in the Mountains Festival, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, the OATS Bluegrass Festival, Mohican Bluegrass Festival, the Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival, Appalachian Uprising, the Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, the NEPA Bluegrass Festival, the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, the Homegrown Bluegrass Festival at Snowshoe, Bluegrass in the Hills, Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival, Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival, Hickory Fest, and many more.

Trae and Jamie Lynhn Buckner, original founding members and lead singers for the band as well as husband and wife, have also performed internationally on multiple occasions. They have performed three times at the Al Ras Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in Barcelona, Spain – headlining the festival’s ten year anniversary. In Addition to Barcelona, they have performed in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Rome. A recent trip took them to Ireland where they made several appearances and lots of new friends. Trae and Jamie Lynn not only represent the Hillbilly Gypsies, they represent American mountain music and the heritage and culture of West Virginia and Appalachia while traveling abroad.

Current band members are:

  • Trae Buckner (guitar, clawhammer banjo, harmonica, lead & harmony vocals)
  • Jamie Lynn Buckner (lead & harmony vocals)
  • Aaron Richards (banjo, guitar, lead & harmony vocals)
  • Robert Russell (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dobro, lead & harmony vocals)
  • Alex Richards (upright bass, lead & harmony vocals)

Through the years, a dozen members of the Hillbilly Gypsies have joined the band and later moved on. Some still pop in from time to time and join the Gypsies on stage. Once a Hillbilly Gypsy – always a Hillbilly Gypsy. The group has released six CDs over the years that represent some of the best Appalachian music you’ll ever hear.

For an evening of unforgettable old time, bluegrass, and traditional music - come out and see the Hillbilly Gypsies at the Carter Family Fold. Don’t forget to bring along your dancing shoes. Their gospel tunes are reminiscent of the old time tent meetings, and there will be music to suit everyone’s taste. Be prepared for an evening of high-energy, no holes barred family fun! The Gypsies have become a Carter Family Fold favorite. To learn more about the Hillbilly Gypsies, go to their site at: http://thehillbillygypsies.com/. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Joni Mitchell On the Mend, Snapped at Chick Corea Concert

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 10:43pm
Joni Mitchell has made a rare and welcome public appearance, some 17 months after suffering a brain aneurysm. The iconic Canadian singer was spotted...
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Lou Pearlman's Chart Legacy: Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC, O-Town and More

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 10:02pm
Controversial pop music svengali Lou Pearlman — who died on Aug. 19 at 62, while serving a 25-year prison sentence for running a $300 million...
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Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony Highlights: Kygo and Julia Michaels Perform 'Carry Me,' Simone Biles Makes History & More

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 9:26pm
Rain didn’t stop athletes and artists from celebrating the end of this year’s games at the Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony, held at...
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Billboard Hot 100 Fest: J. Cole Brings '2014 Forest Hills Drive' to Jones Beach

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 9:25pm
As the sunshine gave way to moderate rain showers, the real storm was brewing on the Billboard Hot 100 stage on Sunday (Aug. 21) night...
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Barbra Streisand Asked Apple to Fix Her Siri Name Pronunciation

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 7:18pm
A Barbra Streisand update may be hitting iPhones soon. The singer and actress recently said she asked that Apple fix Siri to pronounce her...
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Fetty Wap & Monty at Hot 100 Fest 2016: Sophomore Album Has 'A More Mature Sound'

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 6:39pm
Before Fetty Wap and frequent collaborator Monty hit the Hot 100 Fest stage on Saturday (Aug. 20), the pair took a minute to update Billboard about...
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'Suicide Squad' Soundtrack Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 5:20pm
The Suicide Squad soundtrack holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 chart, and becomes the first soundtrack to spend more than week at...
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Archives -- Boy Band Mogul Lou Pearlman's Prison Interview: My Ponzi Scheme Was Smarter Than Madoff's

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 5:14pm
Lou Pearlman died in prison on Aug. 19 at the age of 62. Read a 2014 interview he gave while incarcerated to The Hollywood Reporter's Seth...
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Rachel Platten at Hot 100 Fest 2016: 'I'm So Proud' of 'Fight Song,' Getting 'A Little Bit Darker' on New Music

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 5:07pm
Since its release in early 2015, Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” has had an incredible journey. The singer sat down with Billboard...
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Hayley Kiyoko at the Hot 100 Fest 2016: 'I Love My Fans'

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:09pm
Before Hayley Kiyoko performed at the Hot 100 Fest on Aug. 20, she sat down with Billboard for a Facebook Live chat. Hot 100 Fest 2016: See All the...
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Skylar Grey Performs New Material, 'Suicide Squad' Cuts at Billboard Hot 100 Fest

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:07pm
On a sweltering Sunday (Aug. 21) afternoon at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, Skylar Grey kept things fresh during her set on the main stage,...
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Watch Wale Close Out His Set at the 2016 Hot 100 Fest

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 3:46pm
Wale lit up the stage on Day one of the 2016 Hot 100 Festival to a screaming crowd. Hot 100 Fest 2016: See All the Photos The rapper previewed new...
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Watch Fetty Wap Perform at the 2016 Hot 100 Fest

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 3:41pm
Fetty Wap made a splash at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest in Jones Beach. Hot 100 Fest 2016: See all the Photos The rapper took the stage yesterday...
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Canadians Say Farewell to Dying Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 3:39pm
The rock concert did not begin with a rock song. Instead, it started with flag-waving fans breaking into a national anthem, "O Canada." The...
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Kanye West Writes Poem About McDonald's for Frank Ocean's 'Boys Don't Cry' Magazine

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 3:16pm
Kanye West has been inspired by the Golden Arches. The rapper penned an unexpected poem about fast-food chain McDonald’s, of all things, for...
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Pills Found at Prince's Estate Contained Fentanyl

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 2:36pm
Several pills taken from Prince's estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl -- a synthetic...
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Billboard Hot 100 Fest 2016: Sizzling Moments From Day 2 (So Far)

Billboard.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 2:29pm
After a day full of performances from Ariana Grande, Martin Garrix, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd and more, Billboard Hot 100 Fest 2016 opened the...
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