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Beyonce Drops New 'Formation' Single, Music Video

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 4:53pm
Queen Bey just dropped a new single and its accompanying music video a day before her scheduled Super Bowl 50 halftime performance. Beyoncé...
Categories: Music Industry

Chris Stapleton on Being the Accidental Country Star: 'The Lesson Is, Make Music That You Love'

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 4:09pm
In May 2015, when Mercury Nashville released Chris Stapleton's debut album, Traveller, the record became a favorite of music elites: finally, a...
Categories: Music Industry

Chase Bryant on Debut Album: 'I Want People to Connect and Live Vicariously Through the Record'

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 3:35pm
Chase Bryant's been riding his self-titled EP for more than 16 months now. And the fledgling country singer and writer is both pleased and a bit...
Categories: Music Industry

Jeremih Reveals Title of Next Project and Possible Feature on Kanye West's 'Waves' Album

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 3:00pm
Kanye West's upcoming album has both a title and a release date: Waves (though that title is liable to change at any time). It's due out...
Categories: Music Industry

Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Bernie Sanders Fundraiser in L.A.: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 2:36pm
The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Friday night (...
Categories: Music Industry

Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 2:30pm
Before she could tackle the world’s problems and play utopian visionary on 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson had to handle her own...
Categories: Music Industry

John Legend Delivers Inspiring Speech at NAACP Image Awards: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 2:06pm
John Legend gave an inspiring speech after being presented with the President's Award for his public service at the 47th NAACP Image Awards, held...
Categories: Music Industry

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 12:38pm
Anthony Anderson hosted the NAACP Image Awards show on Feb. 5, airing on TV One, honoring performers in film and TV, with previous awards presented...
Categories: Music Industry

Watch Lady Gaga Gush About Singing National Anthem at Super Bowl

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 12:07pm
Singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 is “a total dream come true” for Lady Gaga, the singer reveals in an interview ahead of the...
Categories: Music Industry

Beyonce Reminisces About Her Fierce 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 11:17am
Ahead of her cameo at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday (Feb. 7), Beyonce and the team behind her fierce 2013 Super Bowl halftime show reminisced about the...
Categories: Music Industry

Framing fashion with Dixie Dixon

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:00am
At the age of 20, most people are just beginning to figure out what careers they want to pursue. Dixie Dixon got an early start in photography, so by 20 she had years of experience under her belt and a clear direction in mind – fashion photography. As New York prepares to host Fashion Week 2016 in a few days, we're re-visiting Dixon's PIX 2015 talk. An engaging speaker, she discusses getting her start in fashion photography and an unlikely first 'break' in the business photographing swimsuit models for a reality TV show.
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Surprise Radio Album Release Shoots Circa Blue to #2 on APD Chart

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 1:45am

Circa Blue - Once Upon A TimeOrange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon a Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 AirPlay Direct Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.

Circa Blue Surprises Radio with Full Album Release and Immediately Hits #2 on the AirPlay Direct Bluegrass Folk Album Chart

circa-blueCirca Blue is a Martinsburg, West Virginia based group that includes the talents of Steve Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Malia Furtado (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Ashley Stewart (Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Garrett Wren (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Matt Hickman (Banjo).

Once Upon a Time features 10 songs that include several co-writes with Steve Harris and songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, an Award-Winning song by Brink Brinkman, a Dawn Kenney original, a collaborative effort between Canadian Star Matt Naveau, David Morris and Steve Harris, public domain standards, and a Juice Newton cover thrown in for good measure. The title cut “Once Upon A Time” was written by Steve Harris and Malia Furtado.

Once Upon a Time was recorded, mixed and mastered at National Media Services, Inc. in Front Royal Virginia, engineered by Will Shenk, and produced by Steve Harris. "We are excited and honored to be partnered with Orange Blossom Records LLC for our latest release. Our future grows brighter every day,” said Harris.

Once Upon a Time tracks include:

  1. "Carolina Dust" (3:36) Mark “Brink” Brinkman
  2. "Before You Leave Here" (3:12) Matt Naveau, Steve Harris, David Morris
  3. "Once Upon A Time" (2:23) Steve Harris, Malia Furtado
  4. "Angeline the Baker" (3:35) Public Doman
  5. "Cold Frosty Morning" (3:34) Public Doman
  6. "I Sing Your Song" (3:49) Steve Harris, Dawn Kenney, David Morris
  7. "Tripped Stumbled and Fell" (2:51) Dawn Kenny, Rick Lang
  8. "Queen of Hearts" (3:47) Hank Devito
  9. "Rain and Snow" (5:03) Public Domain
  10. "Whispers of the North" (3:09) Gordon Lightfoot

Circa BlueStay up-to-date on future announcement including the official album release by visiting www.Circa-Blue.com and www.OrangeBlossomRecords.com.

Categories: Music Industry

Animal Collective, Best Coast & More Plan Voter Registration Drives on Upcoming Tours

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 9:25pm
Animal Collective, Best Coast, Jason Isbell and other musical acts will host voter registration drives on their 2016 tours.  Hillary Clinton vs...
Categories: Music Industry

Jennifer Lopez's 'Shades of Blue' Renewed at NBC

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 8:50pm
Don't be fooled by the incredibly busy schedule that she's got. Jennifer Lopez is finding the time for more Shades of Blue. NBC announced...
Categories: Music Industry

WhoSampled Integrates with Spotify for iPhone App

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 8:47pm
The music sample sourcing service WhoSampled has announced a new integration with Spotify that will allow listeners to discover the inspirations and...
Categories: Music Industry

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Rings In at No. 1 on Cast Albums Chart

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 8:19pm
The studio cast recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame rings the bell at No. 1 on the Cast Albums chart dated Feb. 13 with 10,000 copies sold in...
Categories: Music Industry

Tidal to Donate $1.5 Million to Black Lives Matter, Social Justice Groups

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 7:38pm
Tidal announced Friday (Feb. 5) it will be donating $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups.  The money comes from...
Categories: Music Industry

Latin Notas: Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos, Juan Gabriel & More

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:47pm
Latin Notas is a weekly news summary, compiled by Billboard's editors, about new songs, videos, concerts announcements and what Latin...
Categories: Music Industry

Maurice White's 'Great Spirit' and Musical Legacy Remembered by Chicago Keyboardist-Singer Robert Lamm: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:39pm
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire were kindred spirits even before they began touring together, periodically, in 2004. Both hail from the Windy City...
Categories: Music Industry

Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:37pm

Sony has made some strong claims about its new G Master lens series. Unveiled earlier this week, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM is one of three in the lineup to make its debut, giving Sony's full-frame mirrorless customers a fast, constant standard zoom for the first time. We had a few moments to shoot with the lens at Sony's press event in New York, and while we only provide a small sampling of shots at this time, we will be updating this gallery as soon as we can. 

Our initial impressions are extremely positive: sharpness appears to rival prime levels wide open, and there's very little axial chromatic aberration to speak of. Sony's claims may not be exaggerated at all.

We need to make a note about lens corrections: it seems that the camera we were handed had vignetting and chromatic aberration corrections turned on. The way this feature works is that these corrections are applied even in Raw mode (technically, vignetting correction is applied prior to writing the Raw file, while chromatic aberration correction information is embedded in the Raw and irreversibly applied by ACR).

The good news is that we've looked at Raw conversions from third-party converters that ignore the CA correction profile, and CA from this lens appears to be very minimal. Watch this space for more sample images, hopefully very soon.

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