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Quick Review: Photographers.pro

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:00am

Many services exist that allow non-developers to create their own websites without too much hassle, but only a handful cater specifically to photographers. The service Photographers.pro aims to stand out by offering an all-inclusive package for photographers that provides a website (including a custom domain address and email) for a yearly fee of $70. Does it distinguish itself from other options available to photographers? We recently took it for a spin to find out. Read more

Categories: Equipment

Is the Mayan Riviera the Next Ibiza? Where to Stay, Eat and Dance

Billboard.com - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:00am
Where To Stay With more than 12 room types and 80 cabanas, Papaya Playa Project's sprawling 2,600-foot eco-chic property in Tulum offers something...
Categories: Music Industry

Eminem and Gwen Stefani Collaborated on 'Southpaw' Track 'Kings Never Die': Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:05am
Few would have seen this coming. Eminem and Gwen Stefani have teamed up for "Kings Never Die," a song lifted from the forthcoming film “Southpaw.” It...
Categories: Music Industry

Katy Perry Discouraged by Nuns From Purchasing Los Feliz Convent

Billboard.com - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:03am
Katy Perry has her sights set on an eight-acre estate in Los Feliz, but there are two sisters who are opposed to the idea of their former convent...
Categories: Music Industry

Morrissey Says There Was 'Zero Label Interest' For His MSG Show

Billboard.com - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:49am
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before. Morrissey has had (another) crack at Harvest Records and Steve Barnett and lamented the...
Categories: Music Industry

Trevor Noah Talks 'Daily Show' Gig With Jerry Seinfeld in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Billboard.com - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:23am
Incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah was Jerry Seinfeld's passenger on the latest installment of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. During Wednesday...
Categories: Music Industry

Martin Guitar Introduces Two New D-35 Models at 2015 Summer NAMM

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:13am

Martin HD-35 CFM IV 60tNazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.

The HD-35 CFM IV 60th is Martin's unique 14-fret Dreadnought model celebrating Chairman & CEO Chris Martin IV's 60th birthday. The exclusive guitar is being made in a small batch of 60, and features a European spruce top with Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS) and herringbone pearl inlay. The 3-piece back consists of siris wings with an East Indian rosewood wedge, while the fingerboard and bridge are ornamented with infinity hexagon outlines. Chris Martin has personally signed each guitar label as an added touch. MSRP: $9,999.00

The D12-35 50th Anniversary limited edition model is also being introduced at Summer NAMM. The commemorative guitar is a 12-string, solid headstock Dreadnought limited to a quantity of 183, the amount of the first 1965 production run. This special edition is a modern version of the original model and includes a European spruce top with Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS) and 3-piece East Indian rosewood back and sides. MSRP: $5,999.00

C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 182 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.

More details on the innovative models featured at the Summer NAMM Trade show can be found at http://www.martinguitar.com/new.

Categories: Music Industry

“Country Grass” Debuts at #6 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:11am
Country GrassLorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart with their latest Pinecastle Records release, Country Grass. In addition, their single, "Runnin' Water," has debuted on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Survey at #25. For Country Grass the bluegrass chart-toppers have teamed with some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, to give country classics a new, unique, bluegrass twist. In addition, joining the impressive line-up is country singers Kelly Lang and Jesse Keith Whitley, along with bluegrass favorites Marty Raybon and Ronnie Reno.

Listeners will be taken on an emotional journey, with songs that hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, combined with special guests, deliver tunes that will have fans singing along for days. Those included in this special collection are the #1 Billboard hits "Ready For The Times to Get Better," "Common Man," "Dixie Road," "Diggin' Up Bones," "I Got Mexico," "Do You Want To Go To Heaven," "Don't Close Your Eyes," and "Rose Garden." In addition to recording individual tracks with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, another highlight on the album is "Boogie Grass Band," which was originally released by Conway Twitty in 1978, but was re-arranged by Lorraine Jordan and Bluegrass singer/songwriter Ronnie Reno, who is the host of Reno's Old Time Music, airing on RFD-TV. Listen closely, because this track is full of country music legends, all lend their vocals on this upbeat anthem.

"Working on the Country Grass project was a great experience for me, and I was so thankful to have been given the opportunity to record with so many great country legends," said a humble Lorraine Jordan. "Most of these artists helped shape my traditional roots early in my career. Combining bluegrass with the country classic artists on vocals invites a whole new fan base into my world of music. I am proud to be a part of a new transition, which we call Country Grass."

Cybergrass asked Lorraine some questions regarding this project and in this short "Question and Answer" video, Lorraine describes Country Grass in her own words.

Country Grass is fueled by the first single, "Runnin' Water," which features Grammy-award winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters. The single has been met with high critical acclaim. The Boot says "while Jordan's band and their distinct sound already turn heads, combining with the Kentucky Headhunters brings a rich new feel to the catchy tune."

Lorraine explains, "It was such an honor getting to work with each of these classic Country artists." She adds, "Each legend brings something different, and I think it mixed well with our traditional Bluegrass style to create tunes that music listeners are going to love."

Categories: Music Industry

To Independence…

ASMP's Strictly Business - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:01am

Dear Friends -

On July 4, those of us in the United States celebrate Independence Day.  As the editor of a blog dedicated to independent creators, this time of year always has a certain resonance for me…well, that and I really love fireworks!

In honor of this annual celebration, I’d like to take a moment to thank you, our dear readers, for your support of the ASMP Strictly Business blog and express my heartfelt gratitude to our contributors who so selflessly share their insights with us all.

Our SB Blog team will take a well-earned vacation next week, returning to our daily post schedule on July 13th.

I’ll use part of that time to put a lot of thought into our upcoming editorial calendars. I am never so proud as when one of our readers emails to say that we published exactly what they needed to read, exactly when they needed to read it.  So please, help me out!  What topics would you like us to cover?  What guest experts do you want to hear from?

If there’s a post you’d like to contribute, by all means, send it along to me at herrmann@asmp.org.  I can’t guarantee we’ll publish it but I’m happy to consider any contributions that will improve the ability of professional photographers to pursue our definition of happiness – earning a living creating spectacular imagery.

Wishing you joy in your own independence – I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Thank you,

Judy Herrmann
SB Blog Editor

Categories: Business, Photo Industry

Meghan Trainor Has a Hemorrhage On Her Vocal Chords, Nixes Shows

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:15pm
Meghan Trainor has been diagnosed with a hemorrhage on her vocal chords and she won’t be playing any shows for the foreseeable future.   The “...
Categories: Music Industry

Coldplay's Chris Martin Plays Impromptu Gig on First India Visit, Sparks Twitter Frenzy

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:31pm
An impromptu gig by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during his first-ever India visit excited the crowd, which included actress Freida Pinto and some...
Categories: Music Industry

Grammy Winners Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Mason Jr. Reunite for 'Color Purple' Revival

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:35pm
As Jennifer Hudson preps for her theatrical debut as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, the singer/actress has reunited with a...
Categories: Music Industry

Front Porch Step Given a 'Second Chance' on Warped Tour After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:25pm
An eventful day at the Vans Warped Tour stop Wednesday in Nashville at the Fairgrounds saw storms force two evacuations, plus another storm of...
Categories: Music Industry

Kendrick Lamar Responds to Geraldo Rivera: 'Hip-Hop Is Not the Problem, Our Reality Is'

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:21pm
"How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?" asked Kendrick Lamar in a response to Geraldo Rivera's criticisms of his BET...
Categories: Music Industry

Jerry Folk's Guest Playlist: Listen to Tennyson, HNNY, A$AP Rocky & More

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:54pm
Producing stars like Kygo, Cashmere Cat, Fehrplay and Trippy Turtle, frigid Norway has recently thawed into a hotbed for...
Categories: Music Industry

Puff Daddy's Felony Charge for Assaulting UCLA Coach Dropped

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:35pm
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs will not be charged will a felony for allegedly attacking a one of his son's UCLA football coaches with a kettlebell last...
Categories: Music Industry

Shark Week to Feature New Music From Composer J. Ralph

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:17pm
Composer J. Ralph has created an original piece of music called “Theodora” that celebrates sharks and will have its world premiere as part...
Categories: Music Industry

Easton Corbin's New Album 'About to Get Real' Influenced By Country Legends

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:14pm
Easton Corbin was done with recording his third album for Mercury Records. All the tracks were recorded and just waiting to be released by the label...
Categories: Music Industry

Meek Mill Shows the Dark Side of the American Dream on 'Dreams Worth More Than Money': Album Review

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:03pm
Meek Mill's long-delayed Dreams Worth More Than Money may be just the Philadelphia rapper's second official full-length but it feels...
Categories: Music Industry

Bruce Springsteen Joins Beach Boys' Brian Wilson On Stage: Watch

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Bruce Springsteen became an honorary Beach Boy on Wednesday night when he made a surprise appearance onstage at Brian Wilson's concert in Holmdel,...
Categories: Music Industry