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Artist Updates: Gary Allan, Tucker Beathard, Tegan Marie

On Friday night (Aug. 26) Gary Allan honored a longtime fan for her loyalty. When the singer [...]
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The Daily Edit – Foot Wear News: Annie Tritt

A Photo Editor's Blog - 6 hours 57 min ago

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Foot Wear News

Fashion Direction: Mosha Lundtrom
Fashion Assistant: Christian Allaire
Production: Emily Taylor
Social Editor: Nikara Johns
Assistant: Perry Flowers
Photographer: Annie Tritt

How did you get connected with them?
I originally got connected with them when I was on a shoot for Variety. They share the same photo studio in NY. I was shooting the director of Hamilton which was a really fun shoot and Emily was there to help me. She’s really awesome, we just connected so well; she then introduced me to Mosha and they asked me a few weeks later if I wanted to do the shoot (which I said immediately yes to).

Was this your first assignment with them?
Yes, this was my first assignment with them. We discussed as I said beforehand and had an idea of what we wanted. They were with me on the shoot so we could discuss during what direction to take and what was working especially with the big crowd. I like to work collaboratively and so this worked very well for me. I don’t get to do a lot of fashion so this was really fun.
What type of direction did you get from the magazine?
Mosha and Emily were really great,  we shared ideas back-and-forth. Because I was shooting for the few days before they went out and did some scouting shots and then I did some the day of the shoot, it worked out well. The team is a great team so that made it a joy to do. They originally wanted something softer and more lifestyle But I thought given who the subject was a more “poppy” fun shoot would be better and they agreed. The locations they picked were amazing and I added the lion into the mix.
Were his fans an issue since you were on location and how many days was this?
We had to get a lot done in a day and so I had to work fast. We were also shooting midtown near Grand  Central and the Public Library and there were a ton of crowds around. He bought a big crew with him so every time I shot I was surrounded by a huge crowd of people. He also was SnapChatting during the whole shoot, which with his back to me which may have been the most challenging part. Wale was game to do a lot of things so that made the shoot fun.


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Categories: Business

VMAs 2016: The Chainsmokers Want to Collaborate with Future

Billboard.com - 7 hours 37 min ago
The Chainsmokers made their MTV Video Music Awards debut on Sunday night with a steamy rendition of their Hot 100 chart-topper "Closer...
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Sony introduces FE 50mm F2.8 Macro with 1:1 reproduction

DPReview.com - Latest News - 7 hours 45 min ago
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Sony has announced the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro, a full-frame lens with true 1:1 macro magnification. It provides a minimum focus distance of 16cm/6.3in and is resistant to dust and moisture. Its design includes 8 elements in 7 groups and a rounded 7-blade aperture.

The Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro will sell for $500 when it goes on sale in September.

Press release:

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens

A lightweight and compact standard 50mm F2.8 macro prime lens that offers versatile shooting experience

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens (model SEL50M28).

Ideal for everyday photography, this 50mm macro lens features an F2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh, while its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Additionally, its comprehensive range of controls including focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter and focus-hold button ensure an effortless shooting experience for a wide range of users.

The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view for capturing more background, compared to longer focal-length macro lenses. Weighing in at a mere 8.4 oz., it’s extremely lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry around.

The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp and high quality images. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will be available in September for about $500 US and $650 CA, respectively. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length50 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountSony FE
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Special elements / coatingsExtra-low Dispersion glass
Minimum focus0.16 m (6.3″)
Maximum magnification
Full time manualNo
Focus methodExtending front
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Focus distance limiterYes
Weight236 g (0.52 lb)
Diameter71 mm (2.8″)
Length71 mm (2.8″)
Filter thread55.0 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
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Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion Tax Bill, European Union Finds

Billboard.com - 8 hours 8 sec ago
Apple faces a multi-billion dollar tax bill after a ruling Tuesday by the European Commission that the tech company's tax dealings with the...
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Kanye West's Choreographer Explains Teyana Taylor's Catface in 'Fade' Video: 'The Lioness Always Protects Her Baby'

Billboard.com - 8 hours 10 min ago
There were so many questions after Kanye West debuted the sweaty, aerobicizing video for "Fade" at the 2016 VMAs on Sunday night....
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Watch James Corden, Stephen Colbert Parody Kanye West's 'Fade' Video & Beyonce's VMA Performance

Billboard.com - 8 hours 38 min ago
There was no way late night hosts were going to let Sunday night's 2016 MTV VMAs slide without comment. That explains how The Late Late Show...
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Justin Bieber Lands Eight Guinness World Records

Billboard.com - 8 hours 55 min ago
Justin Bieber just made the latest edition of the Guinness World Records book, and, no, it's not for the artist who left behind the most fans...
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Trace Adkins to Donate $10,000 to Family of Slain Police Officer

Billboard.com - 9 hours 23 min ago
Just days before he takes the stage at the Back Porch On the Creek, Trace Adkins and the Knoxville venue's owners announced that they will donate...
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Apollonia Surprises Fans at 'Purple Rain' Celebration

Billboard.com - 10 hours 48 min ago
Apollonia made her first public appearance since the passing of Prince Monday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The occasion? Purple Rain:...
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Watch Gavin DeGraw Exclusively Perform Tracks From His New Album 'Something Worth Saving'

Billboard.com - 11 hours 39 min ago
Save your pennies: Gavin DeGraw’s fifth studio album, Something Worth Saving, will drop next month. But if you can't wait until then, ...
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Juan Gabriel's Body Arrives in Mexico

Billboard.com - 12 hours 23 min ago
The body of Juan Gabriel arrived late Monday (Aug. 29) night in Mexico, where massive tributes to the late singer are planned for Tuesday. A...
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Kevin Bacon and Jimmy Fallon Horse Around For Cover of Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'': Watch

Billboard.com - 13 hours 29 min ago
Kevin Bacon’s acting talents have won him many admirers. Who could forget his performances as a dancing revolutionary (Footloose), a hideous...
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Sturgill Simpson Rails Against Nashville for Disrespecting and Exploiting Merle Haggard

Billboard.com - 14 hours 47 min ago
Sturgill Simpson just picked a fight with Nashville and the machinery behind the country music biz.  Only minutes before the Academy of Country...
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Chris Thile & Béla Fleck in Concert at Lexington Opera House

Chris Thile & Béla FleckThe Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water is excited to present the multi-Grammy Award winners Béla Fleck and Chris Thile, together onstage, same night, same ticket! Two legendary artists together in one concert setting this September 11th at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky.

Béla Fleck is the premiere five-string banjo player in the world. Chris Thile is the most brilliant mandolin player in the world. Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count so far is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He’s been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history. His contributions to the bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat communities reveal Béla Fleck to be an unstoppable creative force.

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, “A Dotted Line”, their first since 2005. Punch Brothers released their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in January 2015.

For ticketing and additional information, please visit The Lexington Opera House.

Categories: Music Industry

New Project from Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

A Distant HorizonThe new project from Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, A Distant Horizon was released August 26, 2016 on Union House Records to rave reviews! Jeff and the boys along with special guest and producer Wayne Taylor were at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol VA with a packed house for a live broadcast and live stream with Radio Bristol to celebrate the CD release.

A Distant Horizon, is a great compilation of straight ahead bluegrass! I highly recommend it to everyone! The debut single, A BETTER GAME is a song that I co-wrote with my friend Scott Patrick. It was released to national radio last week. Great job by Jeff and his band. Jeff's touring band (Austin Brown on bass as well as a substantial amount of guitar work, Kyle Murphy on fiddle, Nick Goad on mandolin, Mitch Walker on banjo) did a terrific job in the studio! Jeff used his band for the recording in lieu of session pickers. When you see them live you will hear exactly the same folks that did the recording! Buy this one! You will be happy to add it to your collection!” Jeff McCellan

Wayne Taylor from Blue Highway not only served as producer of this project, but also performed a duet with Jeff on "Back When My Bluegrass Was Green", a song written by Wayne Taylor, Tim Stafford and Kim Williams. Wayne said, "There are times in this life when you are asked to do something totally unexpected, this happened to me when my longtime friend Jeff Brown asked me to help with this record. Great material and great musicians equal a project that I consider it an honor and am very proud to be part of."

Other special guests on this project include Adam Haynes (fiddle player with The Grascals) and Gaven Largent (dobro player with Blue Highway).

A Distant Horizon Tracks Include:

  1. "A Better Game"
  2. "Back Home To Tennessee"
  3. "Soul Of A Mountain Man"
  4. "A Distant Horizon"
  5. "Kentucky Mandolin"
  6. "Appalachia Is My Name"
  7. "When The Water’s Too High"
  8. "Shadow In The Pines"
  9. "You Ask Me To"
  10. "What A Man Has To Do"
  11. "Let Come And Go What Man"
  12. "Back When The Bluegrass Was Green"

The CD is now available for purchase at http://jeffbrownandstilllonesome.com/ and will be also be available on Itunes and CD baby within the next couple of weeks. Radio DJ’s please download at http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/jeffbrownandstilllonesome/

Categories: Music Industry

Slash Slashes His L.A. Mansion Price by $1M

Billboard.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:27pm
Top hat-wearing Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash is having to do just that — slash — the price of his rock 'n' roll-style...
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Taylor Swift Reports To Jury Duty, Dismissed

Billboard.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:08pm
A Nashville judge dismissed pop star Taylor Swift as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case on Monday, Davidson County District...
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Bebe Rexha Talks First-Ever VMAs and Her Aaliyah-Inspired Style: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:31pm
Bebe Rexha, the rising solo artist featured on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself and I", made her first appearance at the 2016 ...
Categories: Music Industry

Music Stars Remember Gene Wilder on Social Media

Billboard.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:03pm
Following word of Gene Wilder's death, tributes began pouring in on social media on Monday (Aug. 29).  Gene Wilder's Best Musical...
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