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Marcie Allen Took Her NYU Students to a Garth Brooks Concert... in Atlanta: Go Behind the Scenes

Billboard.com - 6 hours 36 min ago
Eight hours into her class period, New York University Steinhardt instructor Marcie Allen still has the undivided attention of all 35 of her Business...
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'Cheapest' NBA Star LeBron James May Get a Free Pandora Premium Membership

Billboard.com - 6 hours 42 min ago
Thanks to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, we now know that Dwyane Wade says fellow Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is the cheapest guy in the NBA...
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'Rockstar' Becomes Fifth Rap Hot 100 No. 1 of 2017, Tying Single-Year Record

Billboard.com - 6 hours 50 min ago
As it reaches the pinnacle of this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Oct. 28), Post Malone's "Rockstar,...
Categories: Music Industry

WME Nashville Promotes Joey Lee, Jay Williams

WME has announced that partners Joey Lee and Jay Williams will join Rob Beckham and [...]
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LifeNotes: Reggie “Mac” McLaughlin Passes

Reggie Joseph “Mac”McLaughlin, a longtime industry booking agent, passed away October 10 in Lebanon, [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Leadership Music’s ‘Food Truck Friday’ Set For October 27

Leadership Music invites all of Music Row for its 2nd annual Leadership Music Food Truck Friday [...]
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Musicians On Call Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Special Lady Antebellum Show

Musicians On Call  is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special concert event with Lady Antebellum [...]
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G-Eazy's 'The Beautiful and Damned' Will Be a Double Album

Billboard.com - 7 hours 13 min ago
As his current hit "No Limit" featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B rips through radio airwaves, G-Eazy is readying his forthcoming project The...
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Flying Lotus Apologizes for Comments Defending The Gaslamp Killer

Billboard.com - 7 hours 16 min ago
Flying Lotus has apologized after he made comments at his live show in support of DJ and producer The Gaslamp Killer, who has been ...
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Garth Brooks, Co-Writers Swap Stories Behind The Songs In Secret Bluebird Show

Kent Blazy called Nashville’s The Bluebird Café “a place of magic and miracles” as he joined superstar [...]
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Former Sex Pistol Paul Cook on 'Aging Disgracefully' and Reuniting the Professionals

Billboard.com - 7 hours 29 min ago
The Sex Pistols famously flared briefly and brightly: The group released their debut single in the fall of 1976, helping to spark England's punk...
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LANCO's Brandon Lancaster Talks Hot 100 Hit 'Greatest Love Story' & The Many Proposals It Has Inspired

Billboard.com - 7 hours 30 min ago
In March, the guys of country quintet LANCO were gearing up for their acoustic love song “Greatest Love Story” to hit country radio....
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NBA Stars Paul George, Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins & More Share Their Favorite Pre-Game Song: Exclusive

Billboard.com - 7 hours 33 min ago
On Tuesday night (Oct. 17), the 2017-2018 NBA season will kick off with two highly anticipated games, starting at 8 p.m. EST on TNT. First,...
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iHeartMedia Teams Up With FOX for New Show 'The Four: Battle for Stardom'

Billboard.com - 7 hours 37 min ago
Fox has amped up their re-entry into the world of singing competitions with a new partner. Joining the network’s new talent search on The Four...
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Björk Shares More Details of Alleged Sexual Harassment By Danish Director

Billboard.com - 7 hours 40 min ago
Over the weekend, Björk opened up about her own experiences with sexual harassment in the film industry. It was a thinly-veiled story about...
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Cardi B Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: 'Bodak Yellow Is Only the Beginning'

Billboard.com - 7 hours 50 min ago
Cardi B, who recently became the first unassisted female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly 19 years, has signed a worldwide publishing...
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BMI Trademarks ‘Speed Dating For Songwriters’

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has filed for a trademark of its Speed Dating for Songwriters™ initiative. [...]
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Surprise! Google hid a custom-built image processor inside the Pixel 2

DPReview.com - Latest News - 8 hours 1 sec ago

Google's Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th put a lot of emphasis on the new smartphone's camera capabilities. However, the presenters at the event left out one very interesting detail: Google Visual Core.

Visual Core is a custom-built system-on-a-chip (SOC) designed to power and accelerate the Pixel 2 phones' much-lauded HDR+ function that achieves better dynamic range and reduced noise levels through computational imaging. The new Pixel 2 phones already come with the chip built in, but it has not been activated yet. It appears Google ran out of time before the Pixel 2 launch to fully optimize Visual Core implementation in the device.

The good news is it will be activated at some point "over the coming months", which should make HDR+ processing on the new devices even quicker and smoother than it already is. According to Google, it will then be 5x faster and use less than 1/10th of the the energy,” a real advantage over the current general purpose processing. In the future the chip could also take over additional image processing tasks.

The company will also enable Pixel Visual Core as a developer option in its Oreo 8.1 preview, allowing access to HDR+ for the developers of third-party camera apps. All of this is currently limited to Google's Pixel 2 devices, but there's hope other manufacturer will pick up the Visual Core technology and associated software in the future.

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The Daily Edit – Variety: Andrew Hetherington

A Photo Editor's Blog - 8 hours 2 min ago

Variety

Design Director: Chris Mihal
Director of Photography: Bailey Bernard
Art Director: Cheyne Gateley
Photographer: Andrew Hetherington

Heidi: Can you talk us through your process preparing for a celebrity shoot like this?
Andrew: After the initial email from Variety PD Bailey Franklin confirming subject, date and location I checked in with him to see if they had any specific creative direction in mind so I could start wrapping my head around what I needed to do to get the ball rolling my end. If I recall we only had 5 days to pull it together, two of them being the weekend so things needed to happen swiftly. Variety were looking at a cover, a TOC image, an opener for the feature and 1 or 2 more images for secondary art. It was for their Emmy issue and Colbert was hosting the show so I started to brainstorm ideas and put together a creative deck. The location was The Ed Sullivan Theatre in NYC where The Late Show is taped. I wanted to give the impression that we were at the Emmys itself so didn’t want to shoot on the set per se so began thinking of ideas for front and back stage and researched images of previous Emmys awards shows to see if there was anything that caught my eye and would help shape some fun concepts. Also had a creative call with Bailey and CD Chris Mihal to flush out ideas before we sent the deck to Colbert’s PR for concept approvals. I knew Stephen should be wearing a tux too for it all to make sense and we made that request from the git go.

It’s a challenge to come up with original ideas for Colbert as he has been photographed pretty much every which way at this stage. But having a theme like the Emmys helped focus the concepting for me. I also asked and got to scout the location two days before the shoot which was great as we were able to walk through creative, technical and logistic scenarios with Colbert’s people and the crew at the studio; which can be a bit of a minefield in itself making sure you adhere to the house rules. On this shoot I used battery-powered strobes so we didn’t have to have a union electrician on hand to plug everything in. Usually helps gain some good will with the studio manager.

What tools to do you have to deal with the time pressure?
It’s all in the preparation. I like to have as much time to set up as possible and in this case we had two hours (which always goes so much quicker then you think). Each member of my crew was clearly aware of what our work flow was and what their responsibilities were. We discuss all possible scenarios that might play out creatively and technically. It’s important for everyone on my team to be in a cool calm zone during the shoot itself and we discuss who will do what should there be any hiccups so the experience is as seamless as can be.

What gets eliminated due to time constraints?
We were scheduled to have an hour to shoot with Stephen but in the end we had 20 minutes. I had 3 different set ups dialed in and in this case we stuck to that plan so nothing was eliminated.

Was this before the taping of a show?
Yes the scheduling was pretty tight. Shoot time was 12 noon – 1pm, when the studio crew were at lunch. We had a hard stop at 1pm as the band Beirut began a sound check and camera rehearsal on the set for their performance that evening. Let me say that the band did start playing at 1pm on the dot.

Did you shoot more than two locations?
We did the first set up in front of house which one assistant wrapped as we went back stage for the other two set ups. We needed to have all our gear out-of-the-way for the Beirut sound check.

Was it a collaborative effort with Colbert or did he simply want to be directed.
I had actually photographed Stephen at the Sundance Film Festival way back in 2005 when he was there promoting the Strangers with Candy movie. It was part of a portfolio I was shooting of festival attendees for Premiere magazine. I still remember the session with Colbert fondly because he and co-stars Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello brought so much energy, dynamism and authenticity to the set. This was right before the Colbert Report started on Comedy Central and he was relatively unknown still. I had no idea who he was at the time. I mentioned this to Stephen right before the shoot.

A subject like Colbert is a photographers dream. He’s a total pro and brings so much energy and enthusiasm. He’s also incredibly gifted physically and has an amazing sense of himself and the camera. I would say it was very collaborative with a bit of direction and a tweak here and there from me. Everyone was on board with concepts and how to execute at this stage so it allowed for spontaneity and ad libbing for each scenario.

The cover shot with his glam squad (hair/make-up/stylist) was my idea. The lip stick was all Stephen and we were given the heads up that it was something he wanted to try before the shoot. We did this shot last as we knew his make up would be toast once the lip stick was applied and we didn’t have time to be re applying for another set up.

What’s the best part about shoots like this? (where time is restricted)
The great thing in this instance was that 20 minutes was more than enough to get what we did. No time to over think each scenario, no time for the subject to become bored and uninterested. Helps of course that Colbert is a total pro!!!

What’s the most useful advice you would give your creative younger self about situations like this?
Friend, inspirator and mentor Platon once gave my younger creative self some advice that still holds true on shoots like these “Be yourself. But be prepared. Be prepared. Be prepared. Be technically prepared. Make sure nothing will go wrong technically and if it does, make sure you have a backup to the backup to the backup.  So be prepared, be yourself and most importantly you must make an Andrew Hetherington photograph. Oh and enjoy the moment.”

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Young Dolph Reflects on Life in 'While U Here': Listen

Billboard.com - 8 hours 3 min ago
Young Dolph was recently in stable condition after being shot multiple times and is back with a new perspective on life. On his newest track...
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