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Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas & Sugarland To Perform in Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:26am
Three massive acts have now been revealed for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Camila Cabello, Nick...
Categories: Music Industry

Drake Returns With New Verse on Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It's 'Bring It Back'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:23am
Drake returns from his temporary hiatus with his first verse since the summer time. The Toronto native joins Trouble on the Mike WiLL Made-...
Categories: Music Industry

Spotify and Tencent Buying Equity Stakes In Each Other

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:21am
Tencent and Spotify, two global leaders in digital music, have formally agreed to buy minority equity stakes in each other, it was announced on...
Categories: Music Industry

G-Eazy & Charlie Puth Prepare For Drunken Mistakes in New Song 'Sober'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:14am
G-Eazy is gearing up to release his double album and short film, The Beautiful & Damned, next Friday (Dec. 15). But this morning (Dec. 8), G...
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Weekly Chart Report 12/8/17

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:03am
Russell Dickerson makes his first No. 1 triumph on the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart with “Yours.” [...]
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From YouTube Covers to Originals, Greyson Chance's 6 Best Songs

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:00am
All eyes are on 20-year-old Greyson Chance, a longtime Ellen DeGeneres Show favorite, after he premiered his latest track, “Low,”...
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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III added to studio test scene comparison

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:00am

Testing of the Canon G1 X Mark III is well underway, inside of the studio and out. We've just added it to our test scene comparison tool, where you can take a look at its performance side-by-side against peers like the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V.

See the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III in our studio scene comparison tool

See our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery

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Cardi B & Offset Connect For New Song 'Um Yea'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:43am
Hip-hop’s newest power couple teamed up for a collaborative effort on Quality Control’s Control The Streets: Vol 1 compilation...
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The Best Work I Saw at Review Santa Fe, Part 2

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:39am

 

Everyone I know hates this time of year.

People get sick.
It’s cold and gray.
The dried grass is brown, outside my window, taunting me for lack of snow.

Trying to turn my SAD upside down, I recently started limiting my time on social media, and replacing it with a strenuous 45 minute hike up the hill that rises above our family farm.

It sounds like a headline from the Onion, I know: “Bougie artist discovers exercise is better then sitting on your ass!”

But seriously, I’ve decided to trade the incessant internet chatter for bird calls, and the occasional barking dog. (Until it’s frozen and icy, I’ve made myself a good trade.)

Not sure it would work for you, but since when have I been shy about giving advice?

Today, on the hill, there was a moment that took my breath away. A raven, (we have many) was soaring in the sky when all of a sudden, in an instant, he tucked his wings in and dove down.

It was straight free-fall, but he/she was totally relaxed. It was only for a couple of seconds, and then the wings were out again, but it was so graceful, the nosedive.

Falling, effortlessly, because it’s much more energy-efficient than doing anything else.

I thought immediately about falling into this, the hardest part of the year. Then end, when my family is always crisper than a bagel that’s been left in the toaster for too long. (Translation: very crispy.)

There are so many jokes we could make about 2017, this endless year, but Twitter, (which I’m cutting down on, wink wink,) has been ablaze with them.

Here are a few of mine.

2017 has been longer than Donald Trump Jr’s collective community college transcript.

If 2017 were a greeting card, it would say, “Hey, Fuck-face, why do you think you deserve a card? Nobody deserves anything in this world, unless I say so. Life is difficult, and merciless, and only the strong survive. Get used to it!”

If I got to write one tweet, pretending to be President Donald Trump, wrapping up 2017, I would write: “Who needs #280? Hillarys a witch. And a LoseR! Burn her. Obamas muslim. Access tape faked, just like the news. See you in 2018. Trump out!”

Ok. Ok.
I’m done.

I think it’s a bit cathartic, for me, making fun of a sad situation. But let’s turn that frown upside down.

If you saw the headline today, you’ll know this article is the second, (and final) installment of a brief series about the best work I saw at Review Santa Fe 2017.

We’ll begin with Amy Lowey, who was my last meeting at RSF. We were both fried, as it was the end of the festival, and there was a moment where I thought it was going to go wrong.

But before you know it, we course-corrected, and had a deep conversation, in which she showed me work I found captivating. In particular, her black and white digital prints, on what seemed like a coated rag paper, were exquisite.

Her story was a sad one, as Amy has to be a care-taker for her husband, who has a degenerative, and likely fatal disease. It takes a toll, as one would imagine, and she goes for nature walks to calm herself down.

Amazingly, and symbolically, Amy has zeroed in on trees in the forest, particularly ones with symbiotic connections to other trees. Wow. I’m choking up just thinking about it.

Like Amy, Ward Long is a recent graduate of the excellent Hartford low-residency MFA program.

I spied his prints, with the side-eye, as I walked along at the portfolio walk on Friday night. The quality of his image-making, likely with a big camera, caught my fancy. I’d say it’s a part of that Southern-poetic-aesthetic, and having looked at his website, I feel comfortable making that call.

I had a similar experience with Mitsuharu Maeda’s work, in that it grabbed me as I walked down the busy aisles at the Santa Fe Farmer’s market, battling the throngs. (It really is an excellent venue for this sort of thing. Kudos!)

As Haruki Murakami is likely my favorite author, I’ve always been a sucker for elements of Japanese culture. In particular, imagining the cold northern mountains of Hokkaido.

So I was always going to like these snowy pictures.

Melanie Metz had recently moved to Santa Fe, so it was nice to meet a new member of our Northern New Mexico photo community. (Welcome, Melanie. Lucky for you, there’s no official hazing ritual anymore, after the Bad-Burrito-Incident of 2010.)

Melanie had some cool photographs of her hometown in Florida, which was not-too-far inland, but had all the horse-farm vibe of a Deep South or Western ranch. We discussed that I preferred her color to her black and white work, and I suggested it was normal for one “eye” to be more advanced than the other.

But she’s still pretty young, so I’m curious to see how Melanie’s work evolves over time.

Oren Lukatz, an Israeli, had some really interesting pictures of Israeli military soldiers, often with dogs. I questioned the addition, as it seemed random, but Oren told me the dogs are drafted too, just like the humans. Even better, their “master,” the solder who’s in charge of them when they retire, gets to keep them as a pet.

Pretty cool.

Finally, last-but-not-least, we have Kiliii Yuyan, whom I did not meet at all at Review Santa Fe. He was there, and he reached out a bit afterwards to say he had wanted to meet, or get a review, and it didn’t happen.

Several times, in the past, I’ve included such people in the round-up, if I liked their work once I checked out the website. In this case, it was hard not to like.

Kiliii is an indigenous artist from the Arctic, making work from inside his community, rather than from an outsider’s perspective. That’s another conversation I won’t make us rehash, after the big series in Summer 2017, but clearly these pictures have something extra.

Do yourself a favor and watch some of the videos on his site as well. Talk about getting into a meditative state? Like a diving raven?

I think you get the point.

Generations of Iñupiaq ancestors lie in this snowy cemetery in Utqiagviq. Says Jana Harcharek, “We are proud to be Iñupiaq. When our ancestors look down on us and see us living with our culture, we feel we know who we are.”

As Iñupiaq have become deeply enmeshed in a market economy, traditional crafts have become important for families to survive on. This polar bear is being carved from a walrus tusk, and is donated by hunters to artisans in the community.

Elder Fannie Akpik stands in front the Barrow cemetery, where many of her family members rest. When Christianity was adopted by the Iñupiaq, it marked a major change for the culture. Today, the social forces of global media and communication mark another cultural pivot. Fannie Akpik is a strong advocate for regaining cultural identity and language through education in Iñupiaq schools.

Polar bear skulls and seal harpoons rest against the wall in an Iñupiaq home. Native life in the Arctic is lived with little separation between indoors and out. Time spent indoors is often just preparation for days away on the sea ice.

Six-year old Steven Reich examines his father’s umiaq, or skinboat used for whaling. His father Tad, captain of Yugu crew, expresses nervous excitement to bring Steven out whaling on the ice for the first time: “I am proud of my son; he’s here to learn to be a hunter.”

High above the Arctic Circle on sea ice a mile from shore, an Iñupiaq whaling crew watches from a blind for a passing bowhead whale by the light of the moon. The Iñupiat have hunted whales here for at least 2,000 years, but the forces of climate change and globalization are rapidly altering the culture of this remote region.

Floating on the Arctic Ocean, a towering piece of multiyear sea ice rests. Not long ago, the majority of sea ice looked like this– meters thick and capable of supporting great weight. For Iñupiaq hunters, the thin ice that covers the sea now is significantly more dangerous than just a decade ago.

Iñupiaq elder Foster Simmonds has been a whaler since he was a child. Since then, whaling has seen subtle changes.

A rare calm day out on the Beaufort Sea belies the instability of the sea ice– day by day vast sections break away and float along with the current, often stranding subsistence hunters.

An umiaq, or whaling skinboat, waits on the edge of the ice for gathering arctic ice fog to pass. Iñupiaq whaling crews wait patiently on the sea ice for months, enduring subzero temperatures, howling winds, and incessant freezing fog.

Polar bears present an ever-present danger to the whalers when out on the ice. Attracted to the scent of fresh blubber, they prowl the edges of camp, but are usually scared off by rifle shots and noisemakers. During whale butchering many people stand guard against the bears circling nearby and keep children close to camp. This bear at Akootchook’s whale was one of thirteen seen in a single day.

As a baby whale is discovered in the process of butchering, the hunters have a moment of silence. For scientists studying bowhead whales, the baby is a unexpected gift, as hunted whales afford the only opportunity for researchers to take direct samples and measurements. Much of what is known about the bowhead has come from the traditional ecological knowledge of Iñupiaq whalers.

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Chart Beat Podcast: Post Malone's Manager Dre London on 'Rockstar' & Why the Rapper Is a 'Modern-Day Elvis'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:05am
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss...
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Gear of the Year 2017 - Jeff's choice: Olympus Tough TG-5

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:00am

I try to make it to the Hawaiian Islands every year and I have a pretty good success rate. When I go, usually to Maui, I make it a point to spend most of my mornings snorkeling. In the afternoons I'll hop in an air conditioned car and explore the island which, even after many (many) trips, is still exciting.

Hungry hungry honu, Kaanapali, Maui. Cropped out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 100 | F3.5 | 1/250 sec | 33mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller

Since I want to memorialize any encounters with sea turtles or dolphins that may occur while I'm snorkeling, that really narrows down my camera choices. I'm not hardcore enough to bring a large camera in a big housing; rather, I want something I can slip into the pocket of my swimsuit while I'm struggling to put on my fins. I also need a camera that can capture the beautiful rainbows and sunsets that are almost a daily occurrence. The camera that covers both bases for me is the Olympus Tough TG-5.

The TG-5 has a great macro mode, with a 1cm minimum focusing distance. It captures plenty of detail, as you can see from this photo of my lunch.
ISO 100 | F2.8 | 1/160 sec | 24mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller

To be honest, 2015's TG-4 didn't need a lot of improvements. It had solid image quality for a compact, a lens that's fast at its wide end, Raw support, a GPS, manometer, thermometer, and compass, along with respectable battery life. It could take a beating and, unlike some underwater compacts I've tested, didn't leak at all when it went diving. The main things that irked me about the TG-4 were its awkward zoom controller, limited aperture choices and too much noise reduction in JPEGs.

I love having Raw on the TG-5, as it lets me get rid of the overly blue color cast that sometimes appears in underwater photos, even when using the u/w white balance setting. You can also customize the noise reduction, though don't expect miracles from this 1/2.3" sensor. The in-camera converter is clunky so I just used ACR in Photoshop.
ISO 200 | F5 | 1/250 sec | 67mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller

The TG-5 was exciting because of the drop in resolution (from 16MP to 12MP), which I hoped would improve pixel-level image quality, plus the addition of more tracking functions, 4K video and (yes!) an improved zoom controller. Olympus also finally switched to an actual micro-USB port instead of using the same proprietary connector that's been used for 15 years. The burst rate has jumped to 20 fps, so you can just mash the button down and hope to get a decent shot of a fast-moving sea turtle or surfer. Unfortunately there are still just three apertures to choose from at any time (the camera uses an ND filter to "stop down" the lens,) but that rarely held me back.

A select from a 20 fps burst taken while floating next to Black Rock. Unfortunately, some water droplets didn't roll off the lens like they're supposed to. Cropped out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 100 | F2.8 | 1/800 sec | 24mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller

As mentioned above, the main reason I brought the TG-5 to Maui was for underwater photos, and it rarely disappointed, as long as you remember that it's a compact camera. It literally takes no effort to transition from 'regular' to underwater shooting, as there's a dedicated spot on the mode dial for that purpose. Generally I left it at the default setting: Underwater Snapshot, since it uses natural light and the flash is fired only when necessary. There's an a multi-shot underwater HDR mode, though given the motion of myself, the camera and the fish, the chance of getting a sharp photo is near zero.

The TG-5 isn't just waterproof to 50 feet / 15 meters (and more if you buy the optional housing). It's also shockproof from 7ft/2.1m, freezeproof to -10°C/+14°F and crushproof to 220lbs/100kg. On this trip I dropped and nearly crushed my glasses on the slopes of Haleakalā, heavily scratching the lenses on rough lava sand. I'm pretty sure the TG-5 would've fared better.

The addition of 4K (UHD) support is a welcome one, though for some reason you have to enter the dedicated movie mode to use it, rather than just selecting it like any other resolution. If you're underwater that means that you have to re-select underwater white balance if you want things to look good. While not mind-blowing, video quality is good for the sensor size. Something worth pointing out is that if you zoom the lens, the microphone will pick up the sound, especially underwater.

I'm a big fan of the colors in Olympus' JPEGs. Black Rock, Kaanapali, Maui.
ISO 100 | F8 | 1/250 sec | 24mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller.

Pictures I took 'on land' were very nice, though keep your expectations in check on this compact camera: there is a lot of noise reduction and the lens is somewhat soft. Maui is a colorful place and the TG-5 does a great job of capturing it.

Something that Olympus brought over from its TG-Tracker is the ability to compile all of the data the GPS, manometer and compass are capturing and display it in a graph in the OI.Track app. (This is a separate app that OI.Share, which is used to download photos and remotely control the camera.)

My route from the summit of Haleakala (around 10,000 feet) back to sea level in Kaanapali. Here's the change in elevation during my drive, with the dots illustrating where I took photos, which you can view in the app.

Even if it's sort of a novelty, I still think it's cool being able to see where in your journey you took photos, and what the conditions were. One more thing that I appreciate is the ability to check all of that sensor data at any time, even when the camera is off, by pressing the Info button. You also turn on the camera's very bright LED illuminator by holding the same button down for several seconds.

Yet another sunset photo.
ISO 100 | F5.6 | 1/200 sec | 72mm equiv | Photo by Jeff Keller.

While I wouldn't bring it on a once-in-a-lifetime trip where I want top-notch photo quality, for cruises, tropical vacations, hiking or climbing, the TG-5 would be the camera I pack in my bag due to its compactness, feature set and ruggedness.

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5 Shocking Jenni Rivera Secrets Revealed After Her Death

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:56am
Jenni Rivera was born to a pair of Mexican parents in Long Beach, California, where she would grow up to absorb all the lessons that came with...
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Noah Kahan Performs 'Hurt Somebody' for Billboard Industry Nights Series: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:56am
Billboard’s inaugural Industry Nights event launched on Nov. 16 at the illustrious Ludlow House in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The...
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Suspect in Shooting at Nick & Drew Lachey's Cincinnati Bar Surrenders

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:55am
The man wanted for a shooting outside the Cincinnati sports bar owned by 98 Degrees members and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey turned himself in...
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Seattle Sounders & Toronto FC Curate Pre-Game Playlist Ahead of MLS Cup: Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:40am
From the outset, the 2017 MLS Cup looks exactly like the 2016 MLS Cup: As they did last year, the Seattle Sounders will visit Toronto FC at...
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Trial Begins Over Deaths at Love Parade Music Festival

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:33am
Ten people have gone on trial in Germany on charges related to a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010. Twenty-one...
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Caroline Polachek Clarifies Her Problem With Moogfest Lineup Announcement

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:19am
Moogfest announced their initial 2018 lineup on Wednesday (Dec. 6) by highlighting the women and non-binary artists that would be...
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Read the Full Lyrics to Eminem's 'Untouchable'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:18am
Eminem released the second track off upcoming album Revival on Friday morning (Dec. 8). On the song, "Untouchable," the...
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Eminem Producer Mr. Porter Outlines What You Can Expect From Rapper's 'Revival'

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:16am
Denaun Porter was there for Eminem's beginning, and he's still here for the Detroit rapper's new album, Revival (Dec. 15). As an...
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Stephen Colbert, Jordan Klepper Mock Pres. Trump Being Time's Person of the Year Runner-Up

Billboard.com - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:49am
After it was revealed that Time magazine selected Donald Trump to be the runner-up for its Person of the Year issue, late-night hosts...
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