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Kanye West, Paul McCartney Debut in Hot 100's Top 40 With 'Only One'

Billboard.com - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:05am
Kanye West celebrated the start of 2015 by, in the early hours of Jan. 1, releasing his new single, "Only One," featuring Paul McCartney. The...
Categories: Music Industry

Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

Billboard.com - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:00am
Most of Kendrick Lamar's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of West Coast rap comes home from the recording...
Categories: Music Industry

Bonnaroo Wants Fans to Unlock the Lineup

Billboard.com - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 5:23am
Bonnaroo's promoters are taking the festival's big-reveal to the next level.  They're testing a so-balled "megathon" announcement, in which...
Categories: Music Industry

'American Idol' Offers Another Early Glimpse at Top 24

Billboard.com - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 4:07am
American Idol stepped up its search for a superstar in Nashville and Kansas City during the second part of its two-night season premiere. Credit...
Categories: Music Industry

Sony Pictures CEO on Hack: 'There's No Playbook for This'

Billboard.com - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:20am
More than six weeks after hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, its computer network is still down but the studio has not lost a single day...
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Update: Nikon will service flare-affected D750s for free

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:07am

Nikon USA has issued an update to its communication around issues with flare in some D750 camera bodies. Following a statement in late December that the company was 'looking into' the matter, Nikon has announced that it will inspect and if necessary service affected cameras at no cost, starting at the end of this month. Click through for a link to the full statement

Categories: Equipment

Constructive Reflection and the Year Ahead

ASMP's Strictly Business - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:01am

[by Francis Zera]

The end of a year is a great time for reflection, and at times, for kicking oneself in the pants for past indiscretions.

It’s also a great time for optimism for the coming clean slate of a year – a blank calendar for the year ahead feels, to me, anyway, like an icon of opportunity and promise.

Before looking ahead, though, it’s a great idea to look back at the year that’s ending and make a list of the things that went well before focusing on what didn’t. You’ll often find that the first list is far lengthier than the second, and that list of positives becomes fodder for updating your marketing plan to take advantage of those ideas in hopes of generating future successes.

I’ll even go first; here’s my list:

The economy. Companies are again seeing the value in commissioning quality photography, and are spending money on commissioned marketing collateral, albeit a bit more carefully than in the past. The times, they are finally improving.

Creative options. Photographers and videographers continue to see ever-expanding options for the tools of their trades, and the strong economy makes this a good time to consider trying something new or exploring a new specialty.

Educational opportunities. Social media continues to magnify the educational opportunities available to creative professionals, both with formal courses of study and a plethora of free informal tutorials. Learnin’ is good for you. Do it.

Unexpected successes. We’ve all had them. Appreciate them, learn from them, and be grateful that things didn’t go the other way.

Gratitude is important (not that I wasn’t thankful, mind you). Focus on what’s going well rather than only on the negative. If nothing else, you’ll save money by having to buy fewer antacids.

What were you grateful for in 2014? Even if you don’t choose to leave a comment below, take a moment to reflect on all the positive things that have come your way in the past 12 months. I’ll bet you’ve more to be thankful for than you first think.

Francis Zera is a Seattle-based architectural and commercial photographer. He teaches the business curriculum in the photography department at the Art Institute of Seattle, and recently completed an M.A. Ed. in adult education and training. You can check out his work at zeraphoto.com and follow him on twitter and Instagram.

Categories: Business, Photo Industry

Tiesto Talks Headphones, Las Vegas Residency & Why the Term 'EDM' Isn't So Bad

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:32pm
With more than 50,000 exhibitors, the International Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place this week in Las Vegas, is a battleground of brands...
Categories: Music Industry

Queen Latifah Finally Ready to Sing the Blues in 'Bessie'

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:59pm
When Queen Latifah was approached 20 years ago to play Bessie Smith, she had to do some research. "I was Queen Latifah the rapper. I had no idea who...
Categories: Music Industry

Wood & Wire Releases Follow-Up Album "The Coast" Feb. 3

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:09pm

 The CoastAustin, TX -- Building on its celebrated self-titled debut album, Austin-based acoustic band Wood & Wire is set to unveil a follow-up release, The Coast, on February 3, 2015. The Coast, a coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, Wood & Wire worked again with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. From J Studios in Nashville, the fitting pair came together to produce a fine album featuring mature songwriting, skilled arrangements, and memorable song forms.

Representative of the group’s substantial musical chops, title track “The Coast” is a perfect blend of style and lyrics. Guest Jason Carter’s mountainous fiddle intro winds perfectly into Fisher’s chanting bass. The almost orchestral bluegrass arrangement makes listeners sway, rollick, and empathize right along with Kamel as his wailing tenor channels the sea, “With salty water come salty folk, full of salty jokes and flair, and they’ll stare you down with blood-shot eyes and say it’s the salty air.”

Highlights include the traditional-leaning “Anne Marie,” story songs like the tragic ballad, “The Good Son,” and “Greener Grass,” a lamentation over time wasted “always chasing greener grass.” Smith’s extensive banjo skills stand out in his original instrumental, “Elucidation” and “Dancin’ On My Grave.”

As its name suggests, Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band with a love for pure music played well. In 2011, the group exploded onto Austin’s bluegrass and old-time-music scene while quickly gaining a national fan base through appearances at notable festivals and venues like Old Settlers Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and the IBMA World of Bluegrass. It was icing on the cake, then, when they also garnered a last-minute appearance onstage at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

In 2013, Wood & Wire opened for Yonder Mountain String Band and released a self-titled debut album to much acclaim. In 2014, the group continued gaining momentum, touring heavily and working on a follow-up album set for release February 3, 2015.

A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band’s influences range from Led Zeppelin to Doc Watson – and everything in between. “We’re from all over the country,” says Bassist Dom Fisher, describing the resulting sound as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms.”

Fisher, a New York native with a degree in Jazz Studies (Double Bass) from Ithaca College, formed the group along with Guitarist Tony Kamel, whose rich, textured vocals provide lead for the group. In 2012, the two added banjoist Trevor Smith, which, says Fisher, “really put us on a different level.”

Smith, who had been playing music with Fisher, Kamel and other local musicians at a weekly bluegrass jam at Austin’s Flipnotics, actually grew up playing classical piano. After attending his first bluegrass festival, he picked up his main instrument, the banjo. “I was perplexed by the sound of it, and I had to figure it out,” says Smith, who later added guitar and mandolin to his talents.

Wood & Wire rounded out the quartet last May with the addition of mandolinist Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. A Berklee College of Music attendee, Bright adorns the music with his unique style bred from influences like Matt Mundy, David Grisman, Mike Compton and “every other mandolinist I’ve ever seen or heard.”

For its second album, The Coast, Wood & Wire returned to J Studios in Nashville to work with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. “He is an amazing guy, chock full of positive vibes and so good at what he does,” says Kamel. A coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, the album builds on the band’s debut, entertaining fans while drawing back the curtain on members’ substantial musical chops.

In the studio and on the stage, Wood & Wire continues to share its passion for pure music through heartfelt performances across the country.

Wood & Wire will celebrating the release of The Coast with tour dates this Spring.

January 9 – Bugle Boy – LaGrange, Texas
February 13 – The Parish with Shotgun Party – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! – Austin
February 20 – Winter Wondergrass – Edwards, Colo.
March 6 – Big Nac Festival – Nacogdoches, Texas
March 18 – Music City Roots – Franklin, Tennessee
March 27 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston
May 30 – John Hartford Memorial Festival – Morgantown, Ind.
July 25 – Rockygrass – Lyons, Colo.

Find out more about this exciting band at WoodAndWireBand.com.

Categories: Music Industry

Charlie Daniels to Appear on "NRA All Access" on the Outdoor Channel

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:03pm
Charlie DanielsNashville, TN -- Let freedom ring, as Charlie Daniels takes to The National Rifle Association's third season of NRA All Access on The Outdoor Channel to shed light on his diehard passion for guns and rifles, and why he's so committed to protecting America's right to bear arms. Highly noted for his multiple chart-topping hits and stand-out instrumental talent that has catapulted him into international stardom, it's no secret Daniels is also an enthusiastic outdoorsman and longtime friend of the NRA. Tune in this Friday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET to watch.

"Guns were a right of passage when I came along. Everybody had guns, every house had guns, and we were not to even touch them without a grown-up being around. So we left the guns alone until the time came when they said, 'Okay son, it's time for you to learn how to handle this,'" he recalls. "My first shotgun was a 20 gauge Iver Johnson. The first thing a guy wanted when he grew up a little bit was a gun. That was just the culture I was brought up in. Everybody used guns… everybody knew how to use them, and everybody knew how to use them safely."

Fans can also follow Daniels' "Soapbox" column at www.charliedaniels.com where he shares his viewpoints and commentary on current social and political issues facing America.

WHAT: "The Charlie Daniels Story/Matt Light: Molding Tomorrow's Leaders" on NRA All Access, The Outdoor Channel

WHEN: Friday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET

For more information on NRA All Access, visit www.nraallaccess.com, and for additional air dates, visit www.outdoorchannel.com.

Follow Charlie Daniels on Twitter @CharlieDaniels and Facebook, and keep up with his upcoming appearances, news and more at www.charliedaniels.com.

Categories: Music Industry

Kevin Gates Declares He's Having Sex With His Cousin, Won't Stop

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:45pm
Kevin Gates wants you to know he's having sex with his cousin, and he's not going to stop.  Kevin Gates & Rep Talk 'Stranger Than Fiction'...
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Elvis Presley's First Record Auctions for $300,000

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:34pm
An acetate recording of the ballad "My Happiness," the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, has sold at auction for a total of $300,000. An...
Categories: Music Industry

Andraé Crouch Dead at 72

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:09pm
American gospel singer Andraé Crouch has died. The Grammy and Dove Award winner passed away on [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Andraé Crouch, Gospel Great, Dead at 72

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:03pm
Acclaimed gospel artist Andraé Crouch has died. He was 72.  The seven-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and pastor was...
Categories: Music Industry

Kendrick Lamar on the Biblical 'Last Days' Being Near: 'I Truly in My Heart Believe That'

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:00pm
One thing you may not realize about Kendrick Lamar -- that Jesus chain on his neck isn't just for show. While speaking with Billboard for our...
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Miley Cyrus Robbed, Convicted Burglar Pleads Not Guilty

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 8:03pm
A convicted burglar charged with breaking into the Los Angeles home of Miley Cyrus has pleaded not guilty to felony charges. Rusty Sellner entered...
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Mark McGrath to Host AXS TV Grammy Special

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 7:56pm
AXS will air its second annual Grammys prediction special on Feb. 3 with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray as host. Grammys 2015: See Billboard's Coverage...
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Beyonce Shares a Pic of Blue Ivy & Her Rainbow Birthday Cake

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 7:48pm
Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter, Blue Ivy, turned 3 on Wednesday, and no birthday would be complete without a birthday cake. But in the case of the...
Categories: Music Industry

Spotify Spotlight Lifts Avicii on Dance/Electronic Charts

Billboard.com - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 7:27pm
Avicii earns multiple streaming gains following his New Year's Eve Spotify event, One World Party. His exclusive playlist was touted by the...
Categories: Music Industry