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Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' Turns 10: A Look Back at Her Breakthrough Album

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:30am
At first blush, the female singers backing Amy Winehouse on “Me & Mr. Jones,” a standout track on the late U.K. superstar’s...
Categories: Music Industry

Donald Glover Reveals Lando Calrissian Action Figure Was His First Childhood Toy, Calls 'Atlanta' His 'Twin Peaks with Rappers'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:12am
Donald Glover stopped by Ellen for the first time to discuss his new Star Wars gig an in an episode that aired Wednesday (Oct. 26...
Categories: Music Industry

Niall Horan Wants to Drop His Solo Debut By 'Early Summer,' But Won't Name His Least-Favorite 1D Member: Watch

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:25am
Niall Horan has been super busy. Though it seemed like the Irish crooner from One Direction was laying low since the group went on hiatus earlier...
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Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:00am

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

It's probably no surprise that you won't find a review or a score for the Game Boy Camera in DPReview's archives. Even by 1998 standards, the Game Boy Camera was a bit underwhelming in terms of technology. It took 0.5MP still images and displayed them at half that resolution. Output options were extremely limited: you either displayed your photos on the screen and passed your Game Boy around the room, or you acquired the Game Boy Printer – a glorified receipt printer that spits out tiny renditions of your subject on thermal paper.

But it was also the first camera that some of us on the DPR staff called our own, and for that reason holds a special place in our hearts. Take a look back at the Game Boy camera with us in all its 8-bit glory.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

The camera itself attaches to a standard Game Boy cartridge, and the camera unit itself can swivel 180-degrees to face forward or backward. That's right, Nintendo was so far ahead of the selfie craze that we didn't even have an obnoxious name for them yet.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

The menu system is about as straightforward as it gets: your three options are Shoot, View and Play. Of course, it needed to have a game element, so the Game Boy Camera offers three simple mini-games. But the real attraction is that camera on top. Hitting 'shoot' brings you to a screen where you can choose to just jump right into a fantastically laggy live view experience, or navigate to menu options called things like 'Items' and 'Magic'. There's a kind of Easter Egg if you select an option called 'Run,' but the less said about that the better.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

Here's what's surprising about the Game Boy Camera – it offers quite a bit more than meets the eye. There are time-lapse, panorama and self-timer options. Nine different 'trick lenses' unlock more effects, like posterize, mirror and a 4x4 collage. You can also add hotspots to images, that when clicked take you to other images in your album. If you've got the time and imagination, you can actually do a lot with it. Heck, the cover of one of Neil Young's albums was taken with a Game Boy Camera.

That said, low light shooting is not at all a strength of the camera, so any photo taken in less than ideal light comes out as not much more than some dark, indistinguishable pixels.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

Choosing 'View' from the main screen brings you to a simple 3x3 grid where you can select images individually to view at larger size (weirdly, you can't scroll between images in this view). On this screen you can unleash all kinds of mischief – zany borders, eyeball-shaped stamps and comments. But the party really started when you hooked up your Game Boy Printer.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera 

That's right, if you really wanted to share your photos, you had to shell out some more cash for the printer. It outputs images on tiny strips of thermal paper at about the size of a postage stamp. The best part? The back of the paper can be peeled away to reveal an adhesive strip, which was ideal for attaching to photos to your Trapper Keeper.

Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera

The thing we remember most about the Game Boy camera is that it was just plain fun. In 1998, digital cameras were still making their way into the hands of the masses. Being a kid and suddenly having the ability to attach a camera to your beloved handheld game system was kind of magical. It encouraged silliness, inspired creativity and was the first step toward a lifetime of photo geekery, at least for a few of us.

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Video: Game Boy Camera revisited

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:00am

Some of us were thrilled to be reunited with the Game Boy Camera of our childhood. Others? Less thrilled. Watch as DPR staff revisit the Game Boy Camera – or in some cases, pick it up for the very first time. 

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Diego El Cigala's New Salsa Album: Listen

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 6:43am
Back in 2002, upon hearing the rough tracks of Lagrimas Negras, the slow-burning album recorded by the unlikely but genius duo of Cuban pianist...
Categories: Music Industry

Shakira Joins Black M on 'Comme Moi': Listen

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 5:00am
Shakira appears on a new album coming Friday (Oct. 28) from the popular French rapper Black M. The Latin superstar sings in English on the bilingual...
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Kipon launches EF t0 Sony E adapters with built-in variable ND filter

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:00am

Chinese lens and accessory maker Kipon has introduced an adapter that includes a variable neutral density filter, primarily for video shooters. The filter is placed between a Canon EF-S mount and a Sony E-mount body. The Kipon EF-S/E AF ND retains the autofocus and image stabilisation features of the lens, according to the company, and EXIF data is communicated so it can be recorded in the image files. The adapter also allows manual focusing of the lens to trigger MF assistance features of the camera – such as peaking or magnification.

Kipon has produced adapters that contain graduated neutral density filters before but this is the first that has a variable ND filter. The filter is turned via a wheel that sticks out of the barrel and is marked with values between 1.5 and 7 f-stops. The idea of the adapter is that wide apertures can be used with shutter speeds appropriate for shooting video – as well as for stills shooters who want a shallow depth of field outdoors on bright days.

The adapter features an EF-S mount, so that it can use both EF and EF-S lenses but covers the full frame image circle for use on a7 series cameras.

The company suggests that the selling price should be 45,000 yen before tax, which is approximately $430.

You can read more about the adapter, including camera compatibility, on this translated version of Japanese agent Focus Workshop's website.

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Lonely Heartstring Band Hits “Top 50 All-Time” Chart

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 1:09am

Deep WatersRounder Records recording artists the Lonely Heartstring Band have now climbed into the AirPlay Direct “Top 50 All-Time” Americana / AAA Album Chart with their debut CD Deep Waters! They find themselves in very good company.

“When I heard this album the first time, I knew immediately that this was a unique and special act, with a very bright future," says Robert Weingartz, Chairman - AirPlay Direct / Collective Evolution. "We are proud to have signed The Lonely Heartstring Band as official AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsees, as they not only help define the present, but in doing so they contribute to the musical landscape and the future of the music industry. Congratulations to all involved.”

Marian Leighton Levy, Co-founder Rounder Records, states, “It has been a great privilege working with The Lonely Heartstring Band on their debut project. These guys are already proving themselves to be a major force in roots music, proven further by the incredible accomplishment of breaking into AirPlay Direct’s Top 50 All-Time chart. I’m excited to watch them grow as a band and to see what else their very bright future has in store for them.”​

Though Deep Waters is the Lonely Heartstring Band’s debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band. Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having “carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass,” and similar accolades not often accorded to a debut outing.​



AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has over 10,000 radio station members in 92 countries. AirPlay Direct also serves over 40,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc. www.AirPlayDirect.com

Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

Categories: Music Industry

Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Ironic' at Summer Camp on 'Tonight Show'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:36am
Justin Timberlake stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to reminisce about his days at summer camp.  Pals Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon...
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Twenty One Pilots No. 1 on Artist 100, Kings of Leon Leap Aboard at No. 2

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:35pm
Twenty One Pilots remain the top musical act in the U.S., keeping atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 5) for a fourth total week....
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Bon Iver Is Selling '22, A Million' Flannel Shirts

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:00pm
Bon Iver has launched the ultimate companion piece to its new album: a flannel shirt. Justin Vernon’s Athens, GA indie-rock act is selling...
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Sevyn Streeter's 76ers National Anthem Performance Canceled Over 'We Matter' Shirt, She Says

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:54pm
Sevyn Streeter had been scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers' season opening game on Wednesday (Oct. 26), but the...
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'American Idol' Alum Jason Castro Debuts 'Automatic' Video With Sibling Band Castro

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:26pm
Castro -- featuring American Idol season 7 alum Jason Castro and his siblings, season 8 contestant Michael and sister Jackie -- hit the road for...
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Watch Alex Trebek 'Rap' Drake's 'Jumpman' on 'Jeopardy!'

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:19pm
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek showed off some rapping chops on the game show Wednesday (Oct. 26), spitting a few bars of Drake and Future's "...
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Charli XCX Creates a Style World of Her Own

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:01pm
Charli XCX, the MSN Messenger-born stage moniker of British musician Charlotte Aitchison, began her career in the technicolor scene of east London...
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Kevin Gates Found Guilty of Battery After Kicking Woman at Florida Concert

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 8:50pm
Kevin Gates was found guilty to battery in Polk County, Florida, on Wednesday (Oct. 26) after he was seen kicking a female fan during a concert in...
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Lily Allen Pens Powerful Essay on Stranded Refugees: 'I Want to Be on the Right Side of History'

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 8:01pm
Lily Allen published an essay with Vice on Wednesday (Oct. 26) issuing a plea for public support of Europe and the United Kingdom's ongoing...
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Canadian Federation of Musicians Responds to Increased U.S. Performance Permit Fees

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:50pm
Professional Canadian musicians will soon be hit with a 42 percent increase in performance permit fees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has...
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Judge Rejects Claim to Prince Estate From Family of Late Pop Star's 'Brother'

Billboard.com - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:21pm
We're one step closer to finally knowing who all of Prince's legal heirs are. A Minnesota state judge tossed out two claims filed by the...
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