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Industry Ink: Carrie Underwood, Vibe Entertainment, Southern Halo, MV2 Entertainment

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 11:03am
Carrie Underwood and the Sony Music team celebrated a sold-out show in front of [...]
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Karen Civil & Steve 'Steve-O' Carless Talk Consulting Firm Marathon Agency's 'Out-of-the-Box' Strategy

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:37am
In June, Hillary Clinton’s social media advice for Donald Trump -- "Delete your account" -- was the ultimate burn after the...
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The Big 3

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:33am

Make America Great Again.

It implies this country of ours used be great, but it’s not anymore. We’ve gone to seed, like Ron Jeremy, and only a strong man with ridiculous hair can bring us back.

Restore our luster.

Polish the family silver to a gleaming sheen. A massive shiny cock, like the Trump Tower in Chicago. (Bad example. I actually like that building.)

It’s hard not to think about Donald J Trump when you consider America. A man this delusional is still within spitting distance of the power to conduct nuclear war. That scares me more than knowing we had a President who couldn’t even pronounce the word. (Nook-u-lur. #GodblessGeorgeWBush)

Donald Trump speaks for a segment of America that has not fared well in the new Millennium. You could argue our national economy recovered from 9/11 only by absorbing crooked money into a bubble system that crashed so badly, it took down the Entire.Global.Economy.

For all of Barack Obama’s excellence, his skills were spent just getting America about back to where we were before the Twin Towers came down.

Make no mistake. America is a flawed place with a history of causing misery elsewhere. Places like Guatemala or Nicaragua. Iraq and Libya.

But despite our black marks, I still think this country is the best in the world. I really do.

Our freedoms, of speech, thought and movement, are profoundly important. Our system of regulated Capitalism, while imperfect, creates wealth and allows for entrepreneurial opportunity.

Our people, in certain cities, represent a true mix of the all cultures and races on Earth. Everyone mashed together, living parallel lives. Striving toward parallel dreams.

A nice place to live. A safe place for your family. A new 2017 Ford mustang GT, all black, tinted down.

The American Dream.

I visited Chicago, New York and LA in the last month, the three biggest cities we have, and came away thinking the US of A was in pretty good shape.

I’ll admit from the outset I did not see the neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago where so many people are being killed. Nor did I check in on homeless encampments near the train tracks in LA.

I visited each place for five days or less, and mostly stuck to the city centers and art destinations. So make of that what you will, whether I had a representative enough sample to make informed judgements.

But you know I’m never short on opinions, so here we go.

Chicago has the nicest skyline of the 3 cities. Which means it has the nicest skyline in America. Hands down, the best architecture.

It’s also much cleaner than New York. That perpetual layer of grime that covers the ex-New Amsterdam is a part of its character. A gritty charm, I suppose.

But at 42, I was attracted to a beautiful American urbanscape, filled with phallic buildings, that looked so very good without the dirt.

Nice people there, too. Good Midwestern values. And you know what I think of the Lake.

I walked along the Brooklyn waterfront with my friends and our children at night. It was safe and developed, in 2016. There is a magic in the air, in New York, that you just don’t get elsewhere. I’ve felt it before, and so have you.

That feeling like your life could be in a movie at any minute. New York is soooooooo cinematic.

We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, on foot, for the first time. My daughter was on my shoulders. It was late. We dodged bikers in the narrow walker’s lane.

And I think of all three cities, that experience was the one that sticks with me now. New York is iconic on a level that’s hard to match.

But LA can do iconic too. There, the mega-architecture is less about how tall, and more about how cool. I’ve seen Frank Gehry’s Disney Center before, and didn’t get to check out the new Broad Museum. But I spent hours at the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center, and that is something that you just can’t get in New York or Chicago.

Standing in the baking sunshine, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, the city at your feet. Light glinting off travertine tile. Curved building overhangs cutting up the blue sky. World class art, for free, at your disposal for as long as you’d like to be there. (I hung out for 4.5 hours. Parking costs $15, but the museum does not charge admission.)

Speaking of museums, the Kerry James Marshall exhibit at MCA Chicago was among the best I’ve ever seen. I thought I’d have to taunt you with tales of its awesomeness, but I just read on Twitter that it’s opening this week at The Met Breuer, so you need to go see it, if you can.

I didn’t get to The Met Bruer, unfortunately. Nor have I seen the new Whitney. Instead, I went to the Morgan Library, which is underrated, and the Brooklyn Museum to see the Sports photography show. I’d heard through the grapevine, (via Bill Hunt,) that it was excellent. It seemed an odd topic for an art show, but as I love sports, I had an open mind.

It’s a killer, killer exhibition, and I fell in love with a profound portrait of Lou Gehrig in the opening room. (They don’t have the jpeg available, I’m afraid.) I saw the show with my friends Richard Bram, who used to live in London and just moved back there from NYC, and Matjaz Tancic, a Slovenian who used to live in London but is based in Beijing. (Confused?)

Anyway, the two of them were arguing, playfully, in front of a London Olympics photograph with perfect light. They were discussing the intricacies of where the photographer might have stood to get the shot. They gesticulated like a couple of Brooklyn locals bickering about where to get the best pizza.

Nearby, we saw a photograph of Olympians at the first Olympic Games in Greece in 1896. Of course I know that photography existed back then, but somehow, things like that seem more like memories or myths than simple organized activities. I was surprised at myself that something like that would seem so surprising, if that makes sense.

New Jersey had the best pizza, if I’m being honest. (And I’ll ask you to trust me.) I don’t feel much like a Jersey boy lately, but Luigi’s in Lincroft was totally brilliant. Big ups, guys.

I covered thousands of miles in the last month, and came away totally inspired. Chicago, New York and LA were fun as hell. Great art, great weather, great food. So many super-cool, interesting people.

Now that I’m home, and the road is behind me, I’d like to thank everyone I met who showed me a good time, and reminded me that we need no Orange King to make us great again.

We’re pretty fucking great already.

Thomas Pelham Curtis (American, 1873–1944). American Olympic Team at the 1896 Athens Olympics, 1896. Vintage photograph, 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (12.1 x 11.4 cm). Collection of Thomas Pelham Curtis II

Thomas Pelham Curtis (American, 1873–1944). American Olympic Team at the 1896 Athens Olympics, 1896. Vintage photograph, 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (12.1 x 11.4 cm). Collection of Thomas Pelham Curtis II


Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men's Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist

Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men’s Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist


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UK Act The Shires Becomes Big Machine’s First International Signing

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:33am
Big Machine Records has signed successful UK country duo The Shires to a deal under the Dot [...]
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CMT Reveals Latest Next Women of Country Roster

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:29am
CMT has chosen 10 rising female stars for its 2016 Next Women of Country class. Caitlyn Smith, Jamie [...]
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Watch Common & BJ the Chicago Kid Get Serious Performing 'Black America Again' on 'The Tonight Show'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:26am
We are living in serious times and nobody knows that more than Common. The Chicago MC/actor performed a fierce take on the title track...
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Weekly Chart Report (10/28/16)

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:07am
Tim McGraw rises to the top of the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart this week with [...]
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AFI Shares Two New Songs In Anticipation of Upcoming Album 'The Blood Album'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:54am
Since last week, alternative rockers AFI have been teasing that new music was on its way, though offered little to no specific details. Intrigue...
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Calvin Harris Goes on a Trippy Virtual Reality Journey in 'My Way' Music Video: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:52am
Calvin Harris is doing things his way... via virtual reality. In the new video for "My Way" that dropped Friday (Oct. 28), Harris goes...
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Eric Clapton Sued for Crediting 'Unplugged' Song to Wrong Blues Singer

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:43am
A traditional blues song off Eric Clapton's 1992 Unplugged album for MTV is at the heart of a new lawsuit claiming the rock icon, his label...
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Charli XCX Releases "After The Afterparty" Featuring Lil Yachty: Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:34am
Charli XCX teamed up with Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty to create "After The Afterparty," her first single off her upcoming...
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Great Good Fine OK Plan an Emotional Vacation With 'Get Away': Exclusive Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:00am
In Great Good Fine OK’s catchy new space age song “Get Away,” the Brooklyn based synth-pop duo expounds on how...
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Run the Jewels & Stephen Colbert Drop the Pumpkin Low On New NSFW Holiday Classic: 'The Halloween Wiggle'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:40am
Halloween songs are pretty lame. Be honest, if you hear that cornball "Monster Mash" one more time on Monday night the only...
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Bryan Cranston Reads the Lyrics to Little Mix's 'Shout Out to My Ex' as Heisenberg: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:09am
Bryan Cranston can play just about any role. So, during an appearance on BBC 1 Radio's Breakfast Show on Thursday (Oct. 27) the versatile...
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Niall Horan Wants You to Break Him Off a Kit-Kat in His Sexy 'Candy' Halloween Video

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:48am
Niall Horan dips into his giant goodie bag of chocolate-as-sex metaphors in the ridiculous Halloween spoof video "Candy"...
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'Bye Bye Birdie,' Starring Jennifer Lopez, Set as NBC's 2017 Live Holiday Musical

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:22am
NBC has set its holiday 2017 live musical: Bye Bye Birdie, starring Jennifer Lopez. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the...
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YI M1 Sample Gallery

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:00am

The YI M1 is a new Micro Four Thirds camera by a China-based company called Young Innovators. Built around a familiar 20MP Sony sensor, the M1 offers quite a bit of room for Raw post processing. We took the YI around Seattle and over the hills to Leavenworth, WA to photograph some fall color.

See our YI M1
real-world sample gallery

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Leonard Cohen, Garcia Lorca, Flamenco & Punk: Doc Tells Story of Enrique Morente's 'Omega'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:19am
Leonard Cohen. Federico Garcia Lorca. A flamenco revolutionary. A punk rock band. In 1994, Enrique Morente, one of flamenco’s greatest voices...
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Grand Ole Opry Opening Venue in New York

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:43am
The Grand Ole Opry is going north. The famous venue for country music is branching out of Tennessee for the first time its 91-year history with a new...
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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Alessia Cara Scores Second Top 40 Hit With 'Scars to Your Beautiful'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:00am
As previously reported, The Chainsmokers top the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 5) for a 10th week with "Closer," featuring Halsey, tying...
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