The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner, and at this year’s ceremony, Missy Elliott is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Each year, this honor is given to a director or performer who has created iconic music videos and whose work in visual artistry has impacted the culture. It was first given to David Bowie, The Beatles, and film director Richard Lester back in 1984, and in 1991, the name the award was changed to include Michael Jackson’s moniker.
Upon receiving the news, Missy was ecstatic and shared her excitement on Instagram. “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award,” she wrote with a slew emojis. “I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come🙏🏾 @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years!❤️I am crying right now so thankful 😭 I didn’t know if I would ever receive this but I want y’all to know I do not take it for Granted I am GRATEFUL.”
However, there were rumblings from Jackson detractors who called for MTV to change the name the award that the network says is the “VMAs’ highest honor.” It doesn’t look as if the network will be removing Jackson’s name anytime soon, a move that Wade Robson calls “an unfortunate choice.”
“I don’t personally need MTV to do one thing or the other, but as child abuse survivors all over the world watch to see whether society will support them or not if they have the courage to come forward, in that regard, it’s an unfortunate choice,” Robson said to The Wrap. Robson and a man named James Safechuck were featured on the documentary Leaving Neverland earlier this year. In the series, they described being “friends” with Jackson when they were small children and shared details alleged sexual abuse by the King Pop. Jackson passed away in 2009.
What makes a great gangster movie? Is it violence? The compelling characters? It’s hard to pinpoint the definitive gangster film as each generation is defined by its own, and thus carries a heavy bias. While one person may consider The Godfather or Scarface, a younger opinion might stand devotedly by Pulp Fiction or Belly. Neither party is wrong – it ten depends on which film a person is exposed to first. Either way, if it’s currently streaming on Netflix, it’s worth popping on. And we’re ready to discuss it all. Let us know what your favorite gangster movie is below in the comments section.
Mean Streets (1973)
The original Martin Scorsese gangster film, Mean Streets is required viewing for anyone who has ever claimed Goodfellas to be their favorite movie. Without Mean Streets, there is no Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, or The Departed. It all started in 1973 with a simple gangster story about Charlie (Harvey Keitel), a debt collector for his loan shark uncle, and his friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), an out–his-league gambler struggling to pay up, as they navigate the mob-controlled mean streets New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Starring Harvey Keitel in only his second film, and Robert De Niro in his first award-winning performance – Scorsese has since continued to cast these two local New York actors throughout the past 45 years his career. Has your interest been piqued?
In hindsight, the auspices behind the 1983 remake the 1932 film Scarface were too good to be true. Starring Al Pacino and a then-unknown Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, with original music by Giorgio Moroder – what’s not to love about this movie? But that’s all said with history on its side. In actuality, the film received generally negative reviews due to its gratuitous violence, explicit language, and excessive drug use in telling the tale a Cuban immigrant’s ascendance to drug kingpin.
However, no one could have ever predicted the popularity and overall cultural impact the Al Pacino-starring film would carry to this day. Thanks heavily in part to the film’s beloved reputation within the hip-hop community – Scarface has become an iconic cult classic, as well as one the most popular films the past thirty years.
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
In 1984, legendary Italian filmmaker and inventor the Spaghetti Western genre, Sergio Leone, concluded his second film trilogy with the early-mid 20th-century crime drama, Once Upon a Time in America. Starring Robert De Niro as Noodles, a New York City street kid, and co-written by/co-starring James Woods as Max, the two thugs meet and quickly form their own gang.
The film proceeds to span 50 years time as the boys become men and endure such hardships as jail, prohibition, corruption, guilt, and death. Following Once Upon a Time in the West and Duck, You Sucker! – Once Upon a Time in America marked the final film in Leone’s Once Upon a Time Trilogy, in addition to serving as his final film – he died nearly five years after the film’s release.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Winner the 1994 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction was for many viewers their introduction to the work filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino. Now unanimously regarded as one the greatest cinema auteurs the late 20th and early 21st century, in 1994 Tarantino was just another independent filmmaker with a sweet tooth for pranity and violence.
Told out chronological order, the plot Pulp Fiction involves two hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a gangster and his wife (Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman), a pressional boxer on the lam (Bruce Willis), and two canoodling burglars (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) as their lives intersect on one fateful day in Los Angeles. Regarded by many film scholars and publications as one the greatest films the past forty years, Pulp Fiction is as smart, fresh, and full suspense today, as the day it was released 25 years ago.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
After discussing Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino’s first major forays into American cinema, we now find ourselves at British filmmaker Guy Ritchie’s debut movie and first many gangster films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Released in 1998, Lock, Stock follows Eddy, a card shark who enters a rigged card game, resulting in a £500,000 debt. With only one week to pay it f, Eddy overhears his neighbors plotting a robbery and decides to rob them following their heist.
When a pair antique shotguns are thrown into the mix, along with copious amounts marijuana and cash constantly changing hands, the viewer won’t know who will end up triumphant, let alone alive until the film’s final moments. Similar in story structure and tone to Pulp Fiction – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels weaves a fast-paced narrative through a laundry list eccentric characters (including Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones’ acting debuts) as the British caper comes to its thunderous conclusion.
Guy Ritchie’s second film, Snatch, is essentially a more polished and Hollywood-ized version Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. If Lock Stock is Ritchie’s Reservoir Dogs, then Snatch is his Pulp Fiction. Instead stolen money and antique shotguns, it’s a stolen diamond the size a fist and a bare-knuckle boxing match. Released two years after Lock, Stock – the biggest difference between the two films is Snatch’s ensemble cast, featuring such major actors as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, and Benicio del Toro performing alongside returning Lock, Stock favorites Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, and Vinnie Jones.
With characters named Franky Four-Fingers, Bullet Tooth Tony, and Boris the Blade – you can only imagine the trouble these fellows find themselves in as the city London runs amok in search the coveted diamond. To whom will the riches befall? Go watch Snatch and discover for yourself. It’s been nearly twenty years and the British crime flick still holds up.
Layer Cake (2004)
Known for producing such British gangster movies as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman franchise) marked his directorial debut with Layer Cake. Starring Daniel Craig, the film’s cast features a handful future stars including Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, and Sienna Miller. The film’s plot revolves around Daniel Craig’s character XXXX (his name is never mentioned), a cocaine dealer in London ready to walk away from the illegal drug trade. However, before he can ficially get out the business, he is tasked with two jobs.
The first is to find an associate’s drug addict daughter. The second is to supervise one final drug deal – the procurement one million ecstasy tablets. From there all plans go to hell and XXXX finds himself caught deeper within the layer cake that is the hierarchy the crime syndicate, than ever before. And so goes a drug dealer’s last day on the job.
No Country For Old Men (2007)
The only film on this list to win the Academy Award for Best Picture – No Country for Old Men also serves as the only Coen brothers feature to win the prestigious award. Before No Country, the only Coen brothers film to win an Oscar was Fargo for Best Original Screenplay. Adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel the same name, No Country for Old Men is a neo-Western thriller that follows three characters: hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin).
One day while hunting, Moss stumbles upon a botched drug deal. When he discovers a briefcase with two million dollars inside, Moss takes f in an attempt to hide and keep the money for him and his family. Meanwhile, hitman Chigurh tracks the briefcase, leaving countless dead in his wake, as Sheriff Bell works the case in his old age, reflecting more than ever on his impending retirement. No Country for Old Men is a piece cinematic art, reliant on little dialogue, but oozing with suspense and drama.
In Bruges (2008)
Martin McDonagh’s (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) debut feature film, In Bruges, follows two hitmen – Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) – as they await instructions from their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes), following an incident where Ray accidentally shot a child. Stuck in the purgatory-like Belgian town Bruges, the two hitmen attempt to blend in around town. To quote Farrell’s character Ray, “If I’d grown up on a farm and was retarded, Bruges might impress me. But I didn’t, so it doesn’t.”
Passing time meeting locals, messing with tourists, and evading the law, when it comes to blending in Ray and Ken have their struggles. Eventually, Harry arrives in Bruges and the dark comedy goes down a wild path only the Irish playwright, McDonagh, could have devised. Because “maybe that’s what hell is – the entire rest eternity spent in Bruges.”
Only God Forgives (2013)
In the follow-up to his 2011 breakout film Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn brought back Ryan Gosling as his leading man and headed out to Bangkok, Thailand where he filmed the entirety Only God Forgives on location. In the film, Gosling plays Julian, an American expat who along with his brother runs a Muay Thai boxing gym that serves as a drug front. Following the murder his brother, Julian’s mother, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas), comes to town seeking revenge.
Similar in style and tone to Drive, Refn compared the two films at Cannes, saying, “Only God Forgives] is very much a continuation that language… it’s based on real emotions, but set in a heightened reality. It’s a fairy tale.” Also mirroring Drive is Gosling’s character’s minimal speaking. The character Julian only speaks 17 lines throughout Only God Forgives’ 90-minute run time, compared to the 116 lines the Driver speaks in Drive. Of the two films, Drive is clearly the more celebrated and re-watchable film, however Only God Forgives is still worth your viewing.
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Set in early ‘80s New York, J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year stars Oscar Isaac as Abel Morales, the owner a heating-oil company on the rise. Following the hijacking multiple trucks carrying thousands dollars worth his product, Morales’ wife, played by Jessica Chastain, suggests he fight back. But with the District Attorney (David Oyelowo) waiting in tow to bust Morales for price-fixing or tax evasion, he must act smart lest he be the source his own downfall.
A Most Violent Year is a smart and intense thriller highlighted by performances that will leave you riveted from start to finish. Although the film was completely overlooked by the Academy Awards, the film did receive the National Board Review Award for Best Film.
From the creative mind Duncan Jones, director Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft – as well as the son David Bowie – comes Mute. The first and only Netflix Original Film featured on our list, Mute stars Alexander Skarsgard as a voiceless bartender searching for his missing lover in Berlin 2052. Co-starring Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux as American surgeons who run a black market clinic in the city, Mute received comparisons in style and setting to Blade Runner, in addition to mostly negative reviews. But when it comes to Netflix Original Films, you must watch it for yourself in order to truly determine how good or bad it is. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
A college department in Philadelphia has discovered thousands of master recordings, and will now bring most back to life.
Fourteen years ago, Drexel Music’s Music Industry program received a phone call.
The person on the other line – an owner of an abandoned storage facility had found thousands of music audiotapes – said he found the tapes in a unit. The owner hadn’t received the rent payments “in a long time.”
Speaking with Drexel, the owner explained the tapes had the names of a single company – Sigma Sound Studio.
During the 1960s and 70s, Sigma Sound created a new genre of music – The Sound of Philadelphia, or Philly Soul.
The soul music genre included funk influences and instrumental arrangements, such as string and horns. Eventually, Philly Soul fused R&B rhythm sections, paving the way for the rise of disco.
Located at 212 North 12th Street, Sigma Sound Studio launched the careers of The Trammps, The Three Degrees, and The O’Jays, among others. Iconic Philly Soul hits included ‘Love Train,’ ‘Disco Inferno,’ and ‘When Will I See You Again.’ David Bowie also recorded a large portion of his album, Young Americans, at Sigma Philadelphia. Billy Joel and his band played a gig at the studio.
Other artists who recorded songs at Sigma Philadelphia include Patti LaBelle, Steve Wonder, and Gladys Knight.
Sigma officially closed down in 2014.
Speaking about the acquisition of the tapes, Professor Toby Seay explained,
“The thought was if there are 7,000 tapes coming from the Sigma collection, there’s gotta be good stuff in there.”
In March, Drexel’s student-run MAD Dragon’s label dropped Nat Turner Rebellion’s previously unreleased album, Laugh to Keep from Crying. This happened more than 50 years after the group first recorded the album.
The group’s leader, Joseph Jefferson, told the Philadelphia Inquirer,
“There was not a thought in my mind that this could have happened. This is what I wanted. Just the recognition for this.”
Currently, Drexel University and MAD Dragons have only digitized about 10% of the total collection acquired.
Describing the impact of what the university and students have done, Dave Moore, a self-described music historian and Philadelphia soul expert, stated,
“The students there are probably not even aware of the significance of what they’re doing. But they should have our grateful thanks for what they do in ensuring this music can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.”
ESSENCE magazine is known for some pretty iconic magazine covers, including for their 2014 issue with Price, in which they did a rare interview with the late legend. This time around, they’ve enlisted the likes gorgeous musicians, Ciara and Teyana Taylor, as well as supermodel, and widow to the late David Bowie, Iman for a #BlackGirlMagic packed July/August issue. The spread will highlight the ladies excelling in their respective careers and day-to-day lives alike.
Stunning Somalian supermodel Iman is celebrated for her philanthropy and mogul status, also pioneering in the beauty world with her Iman Cosmetics brand. She manages to look absolutely ageless, even at the impressive age 63 (proving once again, that black really don’t crack), as she continues to set an example for young black girls everywhere. “When I came on the scene, I was catering to women all skin colors,” Iman explains. “Regardless what hue you are, as long as you are a woman with skin color, whether you are Asian, Latina or African, I opened that gate. And Fenty knocked the gate out,” – she said referring to the trailblazing example Rih continues to set.
Teyana also covers the issue, and speaks on her adorable baby girl Junie and how she’s changed her life. According to Teyana, she’s working hard to instill confidence in her daughter. “I’m just teaching her early: ‘You are beautiful, you are smart, you are magic,’ ” she explains. Through her relationship with her husband, Taylor is also modeling the power commitment, teaching little June Bug that “love is important,”
For CiCi’s stunning Afrocentric cover, she rocks waist-length faux locks while speaking on the power prayer, “my faith has carried me through every challenge and triumph,” she reflects. “When I was younger and wanting things to happen when I wanted them to happen, I could never have imagined that 15 years later I’d be having the time my life.” “I’m trying to keep getting better, make health-conscious decisions and be the best mom and wife I can be,” she says. “No matter how much success you have, I believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. And I’m keeping my sexy up too.”
After initially removing XXXTentacion under its ‘Hate Conduct Policy’ last year, Spotify has had a serious change of heart about the slain rapper.
Last year, the controversial rapper was removed from the platform’s lucrative playlists over horrifying allegations of extreme domestic violence. That included a removal from the highly-influential Rap Car playlist, which currently has more than 11.5 million followers.
But after and significant internal debate, Spotify . The reversal, which occurred in late May of 2018, also followed considerable internal pushback, with since-departed executive Troy Carter apparently questioning the slippery slope that Spotify was descending.
Strangely, Spotify is now adding the rapper to its ‘Make Out Jams,’ playlist, which has roughly 500,000 subscribers. Prior to his death, the rapper was accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend — among other allegations involving extreme violence against women.
The allegations against XXXTentacion never got fully tested in court, however, as the rapper was brutally gunned down. But charges against a long list of other superstars have also been unproven.
Those other musicians were never touched by Spotify’s ‘Hate Conduct Policy’ scrub.
In a retort by XXXTentacion’s manager, a long list of artists battling allegations were named, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Real Estate, Backstreet Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Ace of Base, Jimmy Page, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Dr. Dre, and 6ix9ine.
“I don’t have a comment, just a question,” a rep for the rapper protested. “Will Spotify remove all the artists listed [here] from playlists?”
The answer, as you’ve already guessed, was ‘no’. But since that point, Spotify has continued its policy of selectively removing artists with serious changes against them. But the process remains haphazard and random.
R. Kelly, for example, can still be found on Spotify, but isn’t featured on any playlists. The singer is a mainstay in r&b, with a string of smash hits and multi-platinum albums starting in the 90s. Now, it’s difficult to discover R. Kelly on the platform unless you’re specifically looking for him.
Michael Jackson, whose accused crimes are arguably far more serious than those allegedly committed by R. Kelly, remains on Spotify.
And late last month, Spotify removed the music of Blood on the Dancefloor (no connection to Jackson). The band’s singer, Dahvie Vanity, has been accused of multiple rape charges. In this case, all of Blood on the Dancefloor’s music was scrubbed from the platform, based on allegations of nearly two dozen instances of rape and sexual assault.
Vanity has yet to be convicted of a crime — and neither was Michael Jackson, for that matter. So what’s the difference?
That’s anyone’s guess. But for now, Spotify is judging that people want to make out to XXXTentacion — regardless of the rapper’s sullied past.
Almost Famous the musical will debut on San Diego at the Old Globe later this September.
The musical is based on Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about an aspiring music journalist. The film starred Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson, debuting nearly 20 years ago. The musical’s first debut is in San Diego, near where the story begins.
Almost Famous will kick off the 2019-20 season at the Old Globe in San Diego. The musical is directed by Jeremy Herrin. Crowe said the Old Globe is the perfect place to debut the musical.
“As this experience started to be where we could actually open the play at the Old Globe, right across from where I used to live and within a one-mile radius from where I first met Lester and first fell in love with music. It just felt like, okay, this becomes a personal story that kind of goes back home to where it all began.”
Limited previews for the musical start on September 13, with an official opening date of September 27 for the musical.
The show follows a 15-year-old writer named William Miller’s first assignment for Rolling Stone, following an up-and-coming rock band in 1973. He follows the band Stillwater on the road, who expose the sheltered journalist to the depths of the rock world in the ’70s.
The plot of the musical will closely follow the film, but it also features new songs by Tom Kitt.
The film’s original soundtrack incorporated music from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Elton John. Cameron Crowe says he wants to keep most of the music a surprise for now, but has confirmed that ‘Tiny Dancer’ will feature in the soundtrack.
Lia Vollack will produce the show on behalf of Columbia Live State, with Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson also taking production credit. The casting and design teams for the show have yet to be announced.
Vans has teamed up with David Bowie’s estate to release a four-sneaker capsule collection featuring the Vans Old Skool, Vans Sk8-Hi, Vans Era and Vans Slip-On 47 VDX.
Each the sneakers are inspired by one Bowie’s legendary LPs.
The David Bowie x Vans Old Skool nods to “Aladdin Sane” with a red lightning bolt displayed across the white upper. The black and white checkered Sk8-Hi features Ziggy Stardust’s lightning bolt along with “Bowie” text in a bold red. The Slip-On 47 VDX is built on Hunky Dory’s mustard yellow, while the polka-dotted Vans Era pays tribute to Bowie’s Space Oddity record.
The kicks will range in price from $65-80. A specific release date has not yet been announced, but word on the street suggests the kicks will be releasing later this week.
Sign up here for updates, and take a closer look at the four Bowie-inspired sneakers below.
Warner Music Group has introduced a brand new sequence of dates for its Record Store Crawl occasion. Several places throughout the nation are featured within the fourth annual occasion.
The very first crawl kicks off on Record Store Day, which is April 13th. The NYC occasion shall be adopted by occasions in different main cities together with Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Warner Music Group has been sponsoring the annual Record Store Crawl occasion sequence since 2016. It all the time kicks off on Record Store Day in New York and runs from April till October.
Attendees shall be handled to reside performances as they discover the perfect report shops accessible within the featured metropolis. Swag baggage with unique vinyl information and restricted editions will even be accessible.
Hollis Brown and Sophie Auster are headlining the New York City event. The NYC Record Store Crawl date consists of lunch and bottomless Deep Eddy Vodka at Hill Country BBW Market, in addition to a restricted version David Bowie tote bag. There are additionally numerous coupons for as much as 20% off information at a wide range of outlets featured whereas on the tour.
Tickets for every location at the moment are accessible to buy on the official web site. A dditional performers and perks for these performances shall be introduced quickly.
For extra details about any of those occasions of their goal cities, verify the official Record Store Crawl website. You may get a sneak preview of which unique vinyls shall be accessible at which occasion places.
Some previous occasion host cities have included European hubs like London and Berlin.
He went on, “If you wish to see a biopic with out his music or the household’s blessing, that’s as much as the viewers.”
Im not saying this film shouldn’t be occurring. I actually would not know. Im saying that because it stands, this film will not have any of dads music in it, & I can not think about that altering. If you wish to see a biopic with out his music or the households blessing, thats as much as the viewers.
Along with the announcement of Stardust, Jonny Flynn was solid to play younger Bowie.
Jena Malone will star as Bowie’s younger spouse, Angie. Comedian Marc Maron is on board to play a file firm publicist.
The biopic will doc David Bowie’s first go to to America as a younger man in 1971. Bowie was impressed to create his Ziggy Stardust character and the following 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Bowie’s son says that no one in his household has been consulted for the movie. He stated he “can’t think about that altering.” No music from David Bowie will likely be showing in any unauthorized documentary in consequence, in line with Jones.
But do Jones and the Bowie clan management the rights? It’s laborious to think about a significant movie transferring ahead with out licensing sign-offs, and Jones’ tweets might quantity to bluster.
Later on, Jones tweeted that Neil Gaiman would have permission to pen a biopic of his father’s life. He additionally inspired his household to offer any pitch from director Peter Ramsey severe consideration as a tribute to his father.
Jones advised an animated movie directed by Ramsey and starring his father’s characters when requested what kind of mission he wish to see in tribute to Bowie’s life.
Ramsey responded to the controversy on-line saying he helps Jones’ opinion, including that he’s “an enormous David Bowie fan.”
I second that emotion, and I’m an enormous Bowie fan
UMG’s Bravado has simply expanded its merchandising alternatives with the acquisition of Epic Rights.
Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Bravado has confirmed a serious acquisition.
The full-service way of life and model merchandise firm has utterly acquired its competitor, Epic Rights.
Financial phrases of the acquisition stay undisclosed.
Epic Rights roster features a various group of iconic artists. Its roster consists of KISS, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Kevin Hart, 21 Savage, Madonna, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Sting, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Hollywood Vampires, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Marc Anthony, the Woodstock competition, and CBGB, amongst others.
Epic Rights, a Los Angeles-based firm, will turn out to be part of Bravado. As a part of the settlement, Dell Furano, Epic Rights’ CEO and Founder, will proceed to independently construct merchandising alternatives for its roster of artists, alongside along with his group. The company’s services embody retail branding and licensing, VIP ticketing and fan experiences, fan communities, live performance merchandising, sustaining artists’ web sites and on-line merch retailers, and trademark improvement.
UMG’s annual turnover from merchandise presently stands at over $250 million.
For the total 12 months of 2017, UMG introduced in $320 million from merchandising alone.
The acquisition will add to UMG’s annual turnover.
Speaking concerning the announcement and the corporate’s long-term plans, Mat Vlasic, CEO of Bravado, defined,
“As the business’s preeminent model administration firm, we’re always in search of methods to evolve our firm whereas offering followers around the globe with an ever-growing array of merchandise and experiences. I’m excited to work with Dell, a real icon in our business, and increase the Bravado portfolio.”
“I’ve nice respect for Mat and his groups at Bravado and Universal Music – they’ve taken product improvement, advertising and marketing, and international distribution to a wholly new degree. I’m very pleased with all that we’ve achieved at Epic Rights, and stay up for increasing Epic’s roster and artist companies on this subsequent chapter.”
Fans attending Michelle Obama’s Becoming guide tour can even get to benefit from the music curation of Questlove. The Roots drummer has put collectively a three-volume playlist titled The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy for the previous First Lady’s tour, which started on November 13.
“Like lots of people, I join lots of my reminiscences with the songs and melodies I used to be listening to on the time,” Obama informed Billboard. “From the jazz and Stevie Wonder of my childhood, to Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire as I got here into my very own as an grownup, to Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and so many others who offered the stirring backbeats of my time within the White House — music has all the time been a defining a part of who I’ve develop into.”
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She added, “That’s why I’m so grateful to Questlove for curating these playlists and infusing them along with his signature fashion. Life’s a bit higher after we stay it to Questlove’s beat.”
Fans unable to attend Obama’s occasions are in luck too. The three-part playlist has additionally been made out there on Spotify and Pandora.
The Questlove-curated soundtrack consists of basic soul music from the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin, jazz alternatives from legends akin to Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane, and Billboard chart-toppers from Michael Jackson and David Bowie.
Hip Hop additionally has a heavy presence on the playlist with cuts starting from Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” to Wu-Tang Clan’s “Triumph.” DOOM, A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, JAY-Z and The Clipse are among the many different artists chosen by Questlove.
Listen to the Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy Vol. 1-Three under.
A potential music video for “Moon River,” the Frank Ocean cowl that encircled the Internet on Valentine’s Day, 2018, could possibly be a actuality tucked away someplace. A diligent or named “ProbablyNotJoel” introduced the chance to gentle in a thread which has since reappeared in a number of different subforums on the location. The proof speaks for itself: Darren Lew, a well-regarded cinematographer with credit on David Bowie, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Phoenix, and Beyonce music movies has up to date his CV to replicate a contribution on a Spike Jonze-directed music video for Frank Ocean’s “Moon River,” which he lists as a performed deal. See for your self right here.
Frank Ocean might very nicely be sitting on the ultimate edit Jonze’s directorial reduce with no plans to let it air. The stand-alone monitor was launched practically eight months in the past, and the YouTube drop remained the final we heard something his lineal initiatives, excluding Frank’s choose look on Astroworld and Testing. Even Spike Jonze has stored his mouth shut concerning the existence a “Moon River” music video. I haven’t got to remind how impactful the mere suggestion new Frank Ocean materials is to his easily-fractured fanbase, and to the entire Internet on a complete.
Will this shrewd discovery push him to launch the video, or is it merely mispronunciation on the half cinematographer Darren Lew?
This year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez will receive the night’s highest honor as she is to be the recipient the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. It was while J-Lo was on air with MTV host Sway Calloway during an interview that the announcement was revealed.
The Vanguard Award has recognized great accomplishments for music performers since the first Video Music Awards ceremony in 1984. In 1991, the award was renamed after Michael Jackson, who received the honor in 1988. Past recipients the award also include the likes David Bowie, The Beatles, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Rihanna.
It’s an honor that’s been a long time coming for Jenny, who has since laid claim to a career that’s seen over 80 million records sold worldwide, three No. 1 albums, and 16 top 10 hit songs.
Lopez also became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week with her self-titled J.Lo and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner in 2001.
Naturally, the honor will be accompanied by a live performance from Lopez herself, marking the first time the singer has performed live at the show since 2001. She is also nominated for two additional VMAs, including Best Collaboration and Best Latin, both for her DJ Khaled and Cardi B-assisted “Dinero” single.
The MTV Video Music Awards go down Monday, August 20th live from Radio City Music Hall.
Ticketing company Eventbrite has quietly filed an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public later this year. Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase will lead the venture. The news comes after Eventbrite announced a partnership with Mega Events, a UK company behind the Pizza & Prosecco Festival and The Great British Gin Festival.
Did Tekashi 6ix9ine fake his own kidnapping and robbery?
Over the weekend, New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was allegedly kidnapped, pistol-whipped, and robbed of $750,000 worth of jewelry and $15—20,000 in cash. Yet, new reports have emerged the rapper may have staged the crime to promote his newest album. Specifically, people have scrutinized his short hospitalization and lack of witnesses. MOZART, an influential music producer and founder of the @BLKMRKTMovement, tweeted,
Drake earns over $1 billion on streaming services. Just don’t look at the physical sales, though…
Between Apple Music and Spotify, Drake has generated over $1 billion in streams. The Canadian rapper now has over 10 billion streams on Apple Music, the first artist to achieve this record on the platform. On Spotify, Drake has more than 13 billion streams.
Yet, Scorpion, the rapper’s latest album, barely sold over 29,000 physical copies. This marks the lowest sales figure since 1991.
Congress passes the Pirate Act.
The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed H.R. 5709, the Preventing Illegal Use of Radio Through Enforcement Act, better known as the Pirate Act. The bill increases fines for illegal pirate operations to $100,000 per day per violation, up from $10,000 per violation. Along with streamlining the FCC’s enforcement process, states and local law enforcement will now have more power to combat illegal pirate operations.
eBay shares fall thanks to StubHub.
eBay’s stock has fallen 10% after the company revealed StubHub’s growth had slowed to $246 million. Company executives pinned the blame on a dismal sports season in the US. CEO Devin Wenig said,
Financial analysts expect StubHub’s growth to “remain challenging in the near term.”
Festicket partners with Spotify.
Spotify has integrated with Festicket, a UK-based online booking platform. Through ‘Festival Finder,’ users can connect their Spotify accounts to Festicket after logging in. The new feature will allow users to discover upcoming festivals that match their music tastes.