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Tupac Shakur Remembered by Closest Collaborators, 20 Years Later

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:57am
On Sept. 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur died after suffering four gunshot wounds during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas just under a week before. The rapper...
Categories: Music Industry

Automated 'Flamenco Machine' Marks Spanish Beat During Seville's Flamenco Biennial

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:39am
The sounds of heels clicking on wood and hands clapping were, as foreseen, ubiquitous in Seville, Spain, during the past week, marking the start of...
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The Daily Promo – Sean Klingelhoefer

A Photo Editor's Blog - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:29am

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Sean Klingelhoefer


Who printed it?
I had it printed through Ken at Continental Colorcraft in Monterey Park, CA but it ended up being outsourced to another print shop because they no longer had the HP Indigo printer I’ve grown to love when I have to do digital offset.

Who designed it?
Yours truly. In this case there really isn’t much designing going on but as they say, “no design is good design.”

Who edited the images?
All of the editing was done by myself although there really isn’t much going on aside from a color shift. I wanted to keep this project more abstract and simply in an effort to make a different statement than my usual “car ad work” does.

How many did you make?
I made 500 sets of 4 8×13″ cards.

How many times a year do you send out promos?
It depends on the year but at least 3-6 times a year. I think in the coming years I’m going to start making more of an effort to get more creative with promos.

How did this images series develop?
The photo series was kind of a mistake in general.  I had planned to shoot my friend’s incredible Alfa at El Mirage dry lake bed but as soon I finished paying for a day pass I realized that the lake was actually closed to vehicles. After a two-and-a-half-hour drive from LA and a non-refundable $20 pass ,I figured there was no sense in going home. We decided to cruise around in the Joshua Trees for a while to find something inspiring. It was hot, irritating but I had some prisms, a beautiful car and an open dirt road; I just decided to do some experiments. I tried to capture the feeling of the desert in a story of a mirage which never quite clears and the moment of disillusionment never arrives. When I showed the images to my rep Paige at Fox Creative she was immediately on-board to do something special and targeted with the series.  The result was the lowest count, highest resolution I’ve ever done on a promo. Hopefully the people that receive them will feel the same sort of nervous excitement I had when I made them.


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Categories: Business

Mary Nunez & Cebele Marquez Appointed to New Posts at Sony Music US Latin

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:00am
As part of its expanding efforts into new business, Sony Music US Latin has appointed two women -- Mary Nuñez and Cebele Marquez -- to key positions...
Categories: Music Industry

Sony Promises VR Music Video, Other Entertainment Content

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 8:47am
Sony Corp.'s video game division is readying not just games but also music, movies and other kinds of entertainment for its Virtual Reality...
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Pandora Announces Licensing Deals -- With Everyone But Warner Music

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 8:38am
Pandora has released a relatively bizarre press release this morning, announcing that it has struck licensing deals with three of the four major...
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Kanye West Waves Off Fan Who Tries To Climb 'Pablo' Floating Stage

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 8:05am
After tempting fans for weeks with a giant floating platform that dangles just above the crowd at his Saint Pablo tour dates, an audience member...
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22 Famous Fans Who Praised Tupac Shakur

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 8:00am
Late rap great Tupac Shakur continues to live on in the memories of many. Whether posthumously popping up in recent musical ...
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Watch Beyonce Help One of Her Dancers Get Engaged on Stage

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:48am
There seems to be nothing that can stop Beyoncé. Well, except love. Bey will always take time for love, as she proved on Saturday night when she...
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5 to Watch at BOmm (Bogota Music Market)

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:44am
A dizzying array of new fusion-heavy sounds will be showcased at the sixth annual Bogotá Music Market (BOmm), which kicks off Tuesday (Sept. 13) in...
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Usher Drops 'Hard II Love' Early on Tidal: Listen

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:28am
Usher has made fans wait almost four years for his eighth album, Hard II Love, so you'd think a few more days wouldn't be a big deal. But...
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'Late Late Show' Beyonce Soap Opera Sketch with Meg Ryan Uses Nothing But Bey Lyrics: Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:01am
James Corden has made it perfectly clear that he loves Beyoncé. But on Monday night (Sept. 12) he proved it once again by asking guests Meg Ryan and...
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'Narcos' Season 2 Thrusts Rodrigo Amarante's 'Tuyo' Back Onto Charts

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:00am
Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante’s “Tuyo” was nominated for a 2016 Emmy after it became known to Netflix viewers as the...
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Ryan Lochte Gets Heat, Vanilla Ice Stays Cool In 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 4:23am
Monday night's premiere of Dancing With the Stars brought unexpected drama -- not from its Season 23 cast of celebrity characters, but from irate...
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Nelly Fans Rally 'Hot In Herre' Streams To Help Pay Off $2.4 Million Tax Debt

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:33am
With the revelation that Nelly is facing a massive $2.4 million tax lien from the IRS, fans are rallying to help the Grammy winner keep his assets in...
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Rhiannon Giddens Wins Steve Martin Prize For Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:40am
Los Angeles, CA -- Critically acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the recipient of the seventh annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described by T Bone Burnett as one of the “most profound musicians active today,” Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sang and played banjo and fiddle. That group has long investigated and promoted the foundational role African-American performers and songwriters have played in folk-music history, while making recordings that are vital, contemporary, and exuberant.

"Rhiannon has made a rare contribution to American music,” said Steve Martin. “She - along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops - has resurrected and revitalized an important part of banjo history."

Giddens began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens is currently working on her follow up album and will have a recurring role in the fifth season of the hit TV show Nashville.

The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass provides the winner with an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created specifically for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl. Created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music, the prize highlights the extraordinary musicianship of these artists and bluegrass music worldwide. The winner is determined by a board consisting of J.D Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck, and Steve Martin.

The award is given to a person or group who has given the board a fresh appreciation of this music, either through artistry, composition, innovation or preservation, and is deserving of a wider audience. Recipients must be a professional or semi-professional and should currently be active in their careers.

The award is funded personally by the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation. Its first winner was Giddens’ Nonesuch Records labelmate, Noam Pikelny of Punch Brothers.

Rhiannon Giddens occupies a unique position in the world of banjo music, bridging contemporary and traditional forms and the cultures of three continents. Few musicians have done more to revitalize old-time sounds in the last decade. Drawing from blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, traditional African, Celtic, and jug band music, she has brought tremendous vitality and artistry to her live and recorded performances. Her work as a solo artist and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops has highlighted the banjo’s history as an African and an African-American instrument, and resurrected black string band music for a new generation.

Her musical career began with opera training at Oberlin College, then segued into Scottish and Celtic music, with a sideline in calling contra dances. In 2005, Giddens attended the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, a conference dedicated to exploring the roots of banjo music. There, she met Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, with whom she founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The three started making weekly trips to play and study with veteran fiddler Joe Thompson. Albums, touring, and widespread acclaim ensued, including a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for Genuine Negro Jig in 2011. In recent years, she’s branched out into solo recording projects, including Tomorrow is My Turn, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2016. In addition to the contemporary five-string banjo, she has performed on gourd banjo, nineteenth-century minstrel banjo, and the three-stringed African akonting. She has emerged as a multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about bringing the sound and feel of old-time black string bands into the twenty-first century. Along the way, she has become a historian as well as a musician.

In an interview in the February 2016 issue of Banjo Newsletter, Giddens said “I was attracted to the banjo before I knew the history of it. I just loved it. In the beginning I felt like I was kind of an interloper, and then I realized actually it’s everybody’s music. When you look at the history of it, it’s everybody’s music. It doesn’t belong to anybody. And then getting into the African roots of it I was just flabbergasted. . . . It’s a huge history that nobody talks about. And that really drew me.” Giddens’s work recognizes how big and versatile and multicultural the banjo can be, and how deep its roots go. Her electrifying performances have made the banjo exciting to new audiences, while simultaneously reaching back to the instrument’s earliest origins.


Categories: Music Industry

Carrie Underwood Glams Up Gridiron In New 'Sunday Night Football' Intro: Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:20am
Leave it to Carrie Underwood to glam up the gridiron. When football fans tuned in to NBC for Sunday Night Football this past weekend, they were...
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Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart Will 'Stand Up For Heroes' At Benefit

Billboard.com - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:01pm
Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Louis C.K. will headline the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes...
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John Legend Brings Out Stevie Wonder, Stephen Merchant to Perform 'Hey Ya!' on 'Lip Sync Battle': Watch

Billboard.com - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 9:52pm
In one of Lip Sync Battle's performances we most wish was actually the real deal, John Legend brought out Stevie Wonder to accompany him on...
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Jason Aldean Set to Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With 'They Don't Know'

Billboard.com - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 9:21pm
Country star Jason Aldean is on course for his third straight No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new effort,...
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