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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Emotional During Gun-Control Monologue

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:57am
Jimmy Kimmel addressed the deadly school shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Flor. on Wednesday (Feb. 14) in an emotional opening monologue on...
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Haley Williams Apologizes for Postponed Paramore Dates in the Funniest Way

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:52am
On Friday (Feb. 16) Paramore announced that they would be postponing two of their upcoming tour dates after singer Hayley Williams was diagnosed...
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Ronan Farrow Reveals Donald Trump Affair With Former Playmate in New Yorker

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:49am
Donald Trump had an affair with former Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, Ronan Farrow detailed in an article for The New Yorker, published...
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Jordan Klepper Calls Out NRA Following Florida School Shooting

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:39am
Following the tragic Florida school shooting that left 17 dead on Wednesday (Feb. 14), late-night host Jordan Klepper took a moment to call out the...
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Paul Fentz's 'Wonderwall' Routine, Classic Rock Feature on Busy Night of Men's Olympic Skating

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:37am
Classic rock, movie scores and swingin’ covers were in the mix as the men's single skating short program cruised along overnight in...
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Kanye West Has Deleted His Instagram Account, Again

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:42am
And just like that, Kanye West deleted his Instagram.  The hip-hop star made a fleeting return to the social media platform on Valentine’s...
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Dave Davies Hits the Road with Kinks Classics, Addresses Reunion Rumors: 'I'm Going Back to Discuss'

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 3:02am
About halfway into his enthusiastically received Wednesday night (Feb. 14) set at the eternally and comfortingly old-school Roxy on Sunset, Dave...
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Javier Fernandez Channels Charlie Chaplin During Olympics Figure Skating Competition

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:40am
Spanish figure skater Javier Fernandez channeled one of film history's great comic icons in his short program on Thursday night. Wearing a...
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The Chainsmokers Release 'You Owe Me' Along With New Video: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:53am
The Chainsmokers have shared their new single “You Owe Me,” and its official video. The track follows their 21 Pilots-sounding single...
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin Becomes Met Opera's Music Director Next Season

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:34am
Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an...
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Michael Johnathon's Childrens Tale “Mousie HiWay” Out May 2018

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:34pm

 The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in the Appalachian MountainsFolksinger and banjo picker and former Knott County resident, Michael Johnathon, has produced a musical kids project that will introduce K-7th grade kids to the banjo, bluegrass music and the instruments that play it.

The 32-page full color illustrated book Mousie Hiway: The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in the Appalachian Mountains is a 6½ minute acoustic hip-hop Appalachian bluegrass song that tells the story of of Banjo Mouse traveling the Appalachian mountains and forming a bluegrass band, complete with illustrations that Michael drew himself. You can hear the full audiobook there that Michael Johnathon recorded with the McLain family band and Rob Ickes at the Mousie Hiway link below.

The reason for this approach is to get kids who might not be familiar with bluegrass music to "want" to find out more. It also celebrates the Appalachian “front porch” heritage so dear to many in the mountain communities.

In that goal, Johnathon chose a very unexpected approach:

Included with the book is a CD of the audio book version, recorded as an acoustic Appalachian hip-hop bluegrass spokenword composition. The recording features Kentucky bluegrass legends the McLain Family Band and multi-award winner and IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes. The 32-page full color book includes Lesson Plans for classrooms and a CD of the audio book version as well.

Johnathon, the creator and host of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, actually lived in Mousie, KY for nearly three years in the late 80’s. A prolific songwriter and instrumentalist, he is releasing a 23-song album of all banjo songs to coincide with the release of the Mousie Hiway, both due in May 2018.

You can order autographed (optional) advancee copies now by clicking here. Pre-orders include a Free Copy of the 23-song Moonfire banjo album if you order before May 1st. Call 859-255-5700 with a credit card, send a check for $18.95 plus 2.75 shipping (21.70 total) to PoetMan Records PO Box 200, Lexington, KY 40588, or order via PayPal for $18.95 plus $2.75 shipping to radio@woodsongs.com

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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: NF's 'Perception' Hits Six-Month High as 'Let You Down' Single Continues to Grow

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:56pm
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 17), Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods bowed at No. 1 with 293,000 equivalent album...
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French Montana Launches Campaign To Help Immigrants Pursue Higher Education

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:45pm
French Montana has reportedly partnered with MTV and nonprofit organization, Get Schooled, to launch a new campaign that is aimed to help...
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'Hamilton' Surpasses 'Jersey Boys' to Become Fifth-Biggest-Selling Cast Album Since 1991

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:28pm
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical continues to be a steady seller, as the album has now surpassed the...
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Fans on Twitter Had Thoughts on the 'King's Dead' Music Video

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:17pm
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future collaborated for the latest video from Black Panther: The Album, in the form of a frenzied corporate-...
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Samsung teases Galaxy S9 low light and slow-mo performance

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:50pm

On the 25th of February, Samsung will unveil its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, and the Korean company is already heavily teasing some of the new model's new and improved camera features in a couple of short teaser videos on its Korean Youtube channel.

The first video (above) shows several low-light scenes in quick succession. Towards the end there is the silhouette of a deer in near darkness. The animal's head brightens up when the number 9 appears around it, hinting at some kind of low-light mode or improved low-light capability in the camera.

Previous rumors have mentioned a variable F1.5/F2.4 aperture. The lower value would be one of the fastest apertures on any smartphone camera, but we'd suspect Samsung will add some clever multi-frame-stacking technology on top of that to achieve usable exposures in very low light and manage noise.

Another video is a quick succession of action-packed scenes. At the end, a skydiver is almost frozen in time as the number 9 appears, hinting at some kind of super-slow-motion capture. From what we know so far, the S9 will come with a 480fps 1080p Full-HD slow-motion mode.

These kinds of teasers always leave you with more questions than answers, but fortunately we'll know more in 10 days time when the device is launched. We'll be at the event in Barcelona, so stay tuned for more details!

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Universal Music Group's Revenues Grew 10 Percent to $7B in 2017

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:44pm
Universal Music Group's revenues grew 10 percent to €5.673 billion ($7.09 billion at the current exchange rate) in 2017, primarily driving...
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Shooting wet plate collodion double exposures... handheld

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:40pm

Wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter is always experimenting with his art in different ways—whether it's capturing creepy halloween portraits, or this failed attempt to capture a fire and water wedding portrait on both digital and wet plate. His latest experiment, however, was a success.

He managed to do something he's dreamed of for years: he was able to capture wet plate portraits handheld. In fact, he went one better; he shot handheld wet plate collodion double exposures.

One of the hand-held double exposures Markus captured with his newest setup.

The entire 'journey'—from finding a hand-holdable wet plate camera, to fixing it up and making it ready to shoot, to the actual double exposure shots—is documented in the video above and on Hofstaetter's blog, in which his tone seems to be "I'm glad I did this, but lord was it a pain in the butt."

One of the biggest challenges facing Hofstaetter was getting enough light to capture the plates handheld. "Even though these are small plates, I had to use 6000-7000 Watts of Hensel strobe power to get enough light thru the grided softbox," he writes. But in the end, it worked. And since he was mixing new tech and old technique, he decided that steampunk portraits would be appropriate.

Here's some of what he captured:

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Whether or not you like the final images, you have to admire Hofstaetter's determination and creativity. He found a camera that would work, 3D printed plate holders because they were missing, and then managed to do something we haven't ever hear of before. Kudos are definitely in order.

Check out the video up top to see the full journey from purchase to plates, and the head over to Hofstaetter's blog for more behind the scenes images and other crazy experiments.

All photos, videos, and GIFs by Markus Hofstaetter and used with permission.

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8 Pup-Themed K-Pop Songs to Ring in the Year of the Dog

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:35pm
People around the world are celebrating Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, on Friday. Though the holiday looks a bit...
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Announce Separation

Billboard.com - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:28pm
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage. The couple said Thursday in a statement to The Associated...
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