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Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” Gets A Fashionable Nashville Celebration

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:51am
Nashville celebrated Thomas Rhett, Bart Butler and Larry McCoy’s Gold-certified No. 1 song [...]
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Russian Music Festival Kubana Feels Heat From Right-Wing Critics, Falling Ruble

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:47am
Kubana, Russia's biggest outdoor rock festival to feature major foreign acts, has come under pressure amid a tightening of the screws and rising...
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Britney Spears, Drake or Christina Aguilera: Which Madonna Onstage Kiss Is Best? (Vote Now!)

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:40am
Madonna doesn’t kiss just anyone (on stage). Madonna’s biggest onstage celebrity kiss was Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. When...
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Erik Hassle Talks Funky New Single 'No Words': 'It's Like Dancing and Crying'

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:28am
Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle made a big impression last year with his EP Somebody’s Party, which chronicled the emotional depths of a gnarly...
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Luis Enrique: My Top 5 Salsa Superheroes

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:27am
On his newest album, Jukebox, Luis Enrique pays homage to some of his favorite singers of all genres by covering their hits and giving them the...
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Watch Janelle Monae Work It Out in the Video for 'Yoga'

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:05am
Looking for a little inspiration for your next pre-swimsuit season workout? Janelle Monáe has you covered in her video for "Yoga," which ...
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BMG Chrysalis, Maxx Music Publishing Add Koloff To Roster

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:02am
BMG Chrysalis’ creative venture with Maxx Music Publishing continues with the signing of Kolby [...]
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Exclusive: Hellyeah Release 'Hush' Video, Encourage Domestic Violence Victims to Speak Out

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:00am
With domestic violence becoming a growing part of the national conversation, more celebrities of all stripes are coming forward to call for an end to...
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Exclusive: Watch Calle 13's René Pérez Sing ESPN Anthem for Pan American Games

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:00am
Calle 13’s song “Respira El Momento” is ESPN Deportes’ anthem for the 2015 Pan American Games. Today (April 13) the network premieres a promo...
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Check Out Mumford & Sons' North American Tour Dates & 'The Wolf' Live Video

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:57am
Mumford & Sons first post-banjo studio album, Wilder Mind, is due May 4, and today (April 13) the quartet dropped some big news to go along with...
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Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Is Now Worth $200 Billion

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:52am
China's prolific Internet company Tencent has entered the stratosphere, reaching a $200 billion market capitalization in Hong Kong-based trading last...
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Barclays Center Eyes West Coast Expansion for Booking Business

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:47am
The group behind the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, says it is expanding to add a presence in Los Angeles within the next three months. The...
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LifeNotes: R.I.P. Nashville R&B Vet Audrey Bryant

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:43am
Vintage Nashville singer Audrey Bryant passed away last week at age 76. Bryant died on April 7. Her [...]
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Corner Office: Cashmere Agency & Stampede Management Founder Ted Chung on Snoop Dogg's Cannabis Crusade, Why Diversity Is Branding's Top Challenge

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:31am
In the throes of a brutal winter during his first year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Los Angeles native Ted Chung made...
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Deborah Cox, 'More Than I Knew': Exclusive Song Premiere

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:29am
When Billboard chatted with Deborah Cox in February about her first studio album in seven years, the Grammy-nominated singer and Broadway star noted...
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Rumors of a Major Funding Round for Spotify Continue, Valuing Company at $8.4 Billion

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:04am
Rumors continue to circulate, a few months after they began to surface, of a massive funding round for Spotify from Goldman Sachs that would peg its...
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The Daily Promo: Justin Poulsen

A Photo Editor's Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:03am

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Justin Poulsen 

Who printed it?
MSG Printing in Toronto

Who designed it?
Hans Thiessen at Rethink

Who edited the images?
The printed image was shot specifically for this project. The documentation images were edited by Hans and myself.
The post production was handled by myself.

How many did you make?
Originally there were 50. Due to the overwhelming response, I will be creating an additional 50 throughout the year for a grand total of 100.

How many times a year do you send out promos?
This was my first promo. I hope to do it once or twice a year (not necessarily containing body parts).

How did the thumb idea emerge?
I was exchanging emails and brainstorming with Hans. We pulled together a rough list of ideas/talents I have that are uncommon. One of the ideas was to create physical thumb drives. We bounced back and forth between some other ideas, but the thumbs seemed to stick. I knew that I could pull it off because we had previously cast an entire fake hand and forearm in faux ice. Including the physical thumb drives in the promo allowed the recipient to have a small piece of the shoot, while also opening their eyes to some creative possibilities of our in-house prop building.

How did the thumbs get made?
First I cast my own thumb in a low durometer platinum cure silicone rubber. This specific rubber is commonly used in the special effect industry to have an almost-flesh-like feel. This “realistic feel” was further enhanced when paired with an internal skeleton (the rigid flash drive). The same silicone used in the thumbs also worked out to be a suitable mold rubber. Casting silicone in silicone, I used a urethane spray to ensure that the mold and thumb did not become one. I then painted/airbrushed using hand mixed solutions of FW ink + alcohol. To seal in the pigmentation the thumbs are sprayed with a solution of naphtha and silicone. With the future thumbs I’m moving to a completely silicone based pigmentation system, which is a slower process, but the end product is more durable.

Here’s a video demonstrating the process of creation

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Exclusive: Panic! At the Disco Playing 2015 Shorty Awards; Brendon Urie on Being 'Last Man Standing'

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:00am
On April 20, the 7th Annual Shorty Awards -- hosted by Rachel Dratch, and featuring Wyclef Jean and Kevin Jonas as presenters -- will hit New York...
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Listen to August Burns Red's New Single 'The Wake' (Exclusive)

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:45am
Pennsylvania metalcore quintet August Burns Red are back with their sixth studio album, Found In Far Away Places. Billboard is exclusively...
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Mariah Carey Announces Release Date, Tracklist For '#1 To Infinity'

Billboard.com - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:45am
After releasing the album artwork for Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity, a comprehensive greatest-hits package compiling all 18 of her Billboard...
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