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Camila Cabello Will Hit the Road With Bruno Mars for 24K Magic Tour

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:26pm
Still fresh off her debut solo single "Crying in the Club," former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello announced that she'll hit...
Categories: Music Industry

Whethan Shares Twinkling Single 'Good Nights': Listen

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:16pm
Rising electronic producer Whethan may only be 18 years old, but his résumé proves he's years ahead of the game, with past releases ...
Categories: Music Industry

Katy Perry Wore a $226,800 Choker in Calvin Harris' 'Feels' Music Video

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:08pm
The psychedelic island music video for Calvin Harris’ latest song “Feels,” featuring Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean,...
Categories: Music Industry

Fedde Le Grand Debuts Sensation 2017 Anthem 'Keep On Rising' Ahead of Final Festival: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:01pm
ID&T's Sensation Amsterdam takes its final bow this summer, fastening its memorable run to 18 years. The organization called upon their...
Categories: Music Industry

Britney Spears Fires Back at Lip-Sync Accusations: 'Nobody Ever Gives Me Credit'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:56pm
If you've been guilty of calling out Britney Spears for lip-syncing, she has something to say to you: You're wrong. Spears has dealt...
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Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' Gets Piano-Ballad Revamp With Song's Original Co-Writer on Keys: Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:50pm
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” got a piano-ballad revamp from one of its original creators, co-writer and co-producer Patrick Leonard....
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Portugal. The Man Earns First Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'Feel It Still'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:42pm
After earning its first Billboard airplay chart No. 1 earlier this year, Portugal. The Man dons another chart crown, as "Feel It Still"...
Categories: Music Industry

Gerardo Ortiz Talks New Album, New Outlook & Narcocorrido controversy

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:29pm
He’s only 27, but Gerardo Ortiz is already a veteran of the music business. He has a rich catalog of music, a robust touring schedule and a...
Categories: Music Industry

Three Hounds Music Opens Nashville Office

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:21pm
Three Hounds Music, a new independent music publishing and artist development company, has officially opened [...]
Categories: Music Industry

LGBTQ Nightlife: How DJs Straddle the Line Between Taste-Making and Crowd-Pleasing

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:11pm
On a humid Friday night in Manhattan, Sean Paul’s “Temperature” can be heard blasting on an East Village street every time a...
Categories: Music Industry

Prodigy's Funeral Service Will Be Open to the Public

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:51pm
Last week, the hip-hop community mourned the death of Mobb Deep MC Prodigy. After the 42-year-old star died due to complications from his lifelong...
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Lana Del Rey Graces the Cover of 'V' Magazine in Vintage Designer Pieces, Talks New Music With Stevie Nicks

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:38pm
Like the true retro California transplant she is, Lana Del Rey graced the cover of V magazine’s July issue wearing all vintage...
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Pop Shop Podcast: Chatting With Allie X & Ruth B, Rising Singer/Songwriters You Need to Know; Plus, Lorde's First Billboard 200 No. 1 & More

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:35pm
Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news...
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Watch Kendrick Lamar's New Music Video for 'ELEMENT.'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:28pm
Kendrick Lamar is known to stun with nearly every release, and his new music video is no different.  On Tuesday (June 27), Lamar released...
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8th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Welcomes Dierks Bentley, Bobby Bones, Jerrod Niemann And More

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:25pm
The 8th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp took place in Nashville last week, with campers from around the country participating [...]
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Metabones enables 10 fps shooting with AF for Canon glass on Sony a9

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:18pm

If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with long adapted Canon lenses, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest firmware update. The update for EF-E Smart Adapter Mark IV/V and EF-E Speed Booster Ultra adds autofocus support for medium and high burst modes on the Sony a9. However, since adapted lens support maxes out at 10 fps with AF, high burst mode simply runs at medium speeds (10 fps electronic, 5 fps mechanical).

We've have had a chance to give this update a go with a number of Canon mount lenses (including Sigma lenses), and are impressed with the results: with wider lenses (85mm and wider), you get phase-detect AF over most of the frame at 10 fps in Wide and Flexible Spot modes. With longer lenses (70-200/2.8, 100-400/4.5-5.6), focus starts to falter outside of the central region - something that doesn't happen with native E-mount lenses. In L drive mode (3 fps), the camera opens up the aperture in between shots - both for adapted and E-mount lenses, allowing the camera to continue focusing beyond F11 (at frame rates higher than 3 fps, the camera reverts to manual focus at apertures smaller than F11 - with both adapted and native lenses).

In manual focus mode, you can shoot up to 20 fps with adapted lenses. This is quite an impressive update for the Metabones adapter, and we've confirmed it to function significantly better with the a9 than the Sigma adapter (which has yet to issue a firmware update for the a9).

The firmware is available for download now from Metabones.

Firmware upgrade for EF-E Smart AdapterTM MARK IV/V and EF-E Speed BoosterTM ULTRA


This information is for the following models:

  • EF-E Smart AdapterTM MARK IV/V (model number MB_EF-E-BM4 / MB_EF-E-BT4 / MB_EF-E-BT5)
  • EF-E Speed BoosterTM ULTRA (model number MB_SPEF-E-BM2 / MB_SPEF-E-BT2 / MB_SPEF-E-BT3)


  • Name: Firmware update V0.57 for EF-E Smart AdapterTM MARK IV/V and EF-E Speed BoosterTM ULTRA
  • Release date: 26 Jun 2017
  • Benefits and improvements:
    - Added autofocus support during high speed and medium speed continuous drive (up to 10fps) on Sony A9 ("Green" mode only). Experiment with the "Priority Set in AF-C" setting for the best compromise between hit rate and frame rate for your shooting style. Overall performance depends on lens used. The camera does not use hunting while tracking is in operation. If subject movement exceeds the measurement range of the OSPDAF sensor, autofocus pauses. This is by design. The measurement range of the OSPDAF sensor decreases as the focal length increases. Except for the original Mark I Smart Adapter this feature is available for all subsequent Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters.
    - Enlarged PDAF area on supported cameras when adapter is in Advanced mode, with the advisory that AF performance may be unsatisfactory outside of the central portion of the frame.
    - Enabled AF illuminator (Advanced mode only).
    - There is an AF accuracy issue when using AF-S or DMF on Sony A9 and telephoto lenses with Metabones in "Advanced" mode, which affects this and all previous firmware versions. Green mode, which is set by default on Sony A9, is not affected (except for the original Smart Adapter Mark I, which does not support "Green" mode). A9 users are advised to not use "Advanced" mode but stick with the default "Green" mode. In addition, some telephoto lenses rarely exhibit this issue, such as EF 200/2.8L II USM, EF 400/5.6L USM and Tamron 150-600/5-6.3 VC USD A011. Investigation of this issue is still in progress.
    - Fixed AF issue with EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-135/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM lenses.
    - Fixed smooth iris support for 40/2.8 STM, 50/1.8 STM and Sigma 50-100/1.8 DC HSM Art 016.
    - Fixed CN-E 18-80 T4.4 L IS KAS S servo zoom used by the camera's zoom rocker and the lens' rocker in alternation.
    - Fixed CN-E 18-80 T4.4 L IS KAS S auto iris when adapter is in Green mode, where extremely bright conditions no longer causes the iris to close completely.
    - Fixed aperture display with Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens and Kenko Pro 300 teleconvertter.
    - Corrected W-T zoom scale display in "Advanced" mode for Speed Booster and Kenko Pro 300 teleconverter (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster).
    - Faster aperture diaphragm for still photography in Advanced mode when Live Vide mode is set to Setting Effect OFF.
    - LED (if available) now shows solid magenta when adapter is connected to USB waiting for Metabones App to run.
Categories: Equipment

Blackmagic Design slashes Video Assist prices

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:14pm

Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. The smaller, 1080-capable model with its 5" screen has $100 knocked off its price, taking it down to $395 while the 7", Video Assist 4K drops $300 to a price of $595.

We recently took a look at the benefits of using an external monitor/recorder, and have been pretty impressed with our experiences of using the Video Assist 4K thus far.

The company has given no further details of the firmware update which promises the addition of Waveform and Vectorscopes, which was due to be released in June. We'll be publishing a review once the update is available.

Press Release:

Blackmagic Design Announces Summer Special Price for Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Fremont, California - June 27, 2017 - Blackmagic Design today announced a new summer special promotion for Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. During this promotion, customers can save US$100 on the purchase of a Blackmagic Video Assist, and US $300 on the purchase of a Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. That means Blackmagic Video Assist can now be purchased for only US $395 and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K can be purchased for US$595 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide while stocks last.

The Video Assist summer special makes it easier than ever for customers to add professional monitoring and broadcast quality recording to any SDI or HDMI camera. With the new summer special pricing for limited stock, customers will be able to buy a Video Assist for each of their cameras.

The Blackmagic Video Assist family of products gives customers better monitoring and higher quality recording than is available on many cameras. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras. Customers get a large professional on set monitor, along with 10-bit broadcast quality ProRes and DNxHR recording.

In addition to professional monitoring and recording, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model will also support powerful built in scopes such as a waveform monitor, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram in the upcoming Video Assist 2.5 Update, along with extremely high fidelity audio recording and microphone inputs.

“Video Assist is an incredibly versatile tool and has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder, and now customers can get them at an even lower price so they can add them to all of their cameras while stocks last!”

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Key Features

  • 7 inch LCD touch screen with 1920 x 1200 high resolution monitor.
  • Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD recording up to Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p30
  • Dual high speed UHS-II SDHC card recorders use readily available, inexpensive SD card media.
  • Dual recorders allow non-stop recording and provide a backup if one fails.
  • 2 mini XLR connectors with 48V phantom power for connecting microphones.
  • -128dBV electrical noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  • LANC connection for remote control.
  • Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

Blackmagic Video Assist Key Features

  • 5 inch LCD touch screen with1080p high resolution monitor.
  • Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording in HD.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premiere Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input with downconverter allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Video Assist is available for US$395 and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available for US$595 during the Summer Special promotion, with limited stock now available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Categories: Equipment

South African Rockers Seether Sign With UTA

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:59pm
South African rock band Seether has signed with United Talent Agency for worldwide representation. Seether [...]
Categories: Music Industry

New App Stationhead Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needs

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:41pm
When Spotify's global head of creator services Troy Carter was asked at a conference five weeks ago about which promising music startups were...
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Which One Direction Member Had the Best Solos of the Group? Vote!

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:37pm
With One Direction still on hiatus, all five members are getting time to shine with their own solo endeavors. Although Harry Styles is the only...
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