KAABOO Bought Through Virgin Fest Affiliate ⁠— Branding Will Stay

The KAABOO festival brand has been acquired by Virgin Fest. Jason Felts will lead the festival next year.

Virgin Fest is the music festival arm of Richard Branson’s multi-national conglomerate, Virgin Group Ltd. Virgin Fest founder and CEO Jason Felts will oversee the launch of the festival in Los Angeles next year. He’ll also oversee KAABOO, which will move to Petco Park in San Diego.

launched five years ago at the in California. Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov of Madison Companies helped turn the festival into one with international acclaim.

The sale is a 100% asset sale and will continue to target KAABOO’s millennial demographic. The planned will target the early 20s demographic. With KAABOO under new ownership, fans can expect to see plenty of new entertainment. The press release made a point to emphasize that the branding won’t be changing, either.

“The KAABOO brand and signature, multi-sensory experience around live Music, Comedy, Art, and Culinary will remain and will not be rebranded. Under new ownership, fans can expect to continue to enjoy a hospitality-driven experience that engages all five senses.”

The acquisition was brokered and negotiated on behalf of Virgin Fest by a team at Latham & Watkins led by Ken Deutsch.

Since its flagship property in Del Mar, KAABOO has expanded to the Cayman Islands. In a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, the festival headed to Dallas for KAABOO Texas. It’s likely Virgin has more international aspirations for the festival as part of its music festival arm.

This year’s concert was headlined by the Dave Matthews Band and Mumford and Sons. That’s the third year in a row the event has sold out well before it takes place. Fans interested in attending KAABOO San Diego at Petco Park can now buy passes for the event.

Porn Star Jessica Jaymes Dead At 43: Report

Some tragic news has struck the adult entertainment business. According to TMZ, award-winning adult film entertainer, Jessica Jaymes, was found dead at her home at the age 43. Police said that that it was one her friends who discovered her. On Tuesday afternoon, a friend the star checked in on her at her San Fernando Valley home after not hearing from her for a while. Once she got there, Jessica was reportedly found unconscious.

EMS and the fire department were called for a cardiac arrest for a female but once they arrived, they said something felt f. She was pronounced dead upon their arrival at her home. Her death’s currently being investigated by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. As now, the cause her death is still unknown. Jessica had a history seizures in her past and police reportedly discovered several different kinds prescription medication in her home. 

Jessica Jaymes had a successful career in the adult film industry. She broke out after signing a deal with Hustlers in 2004. Since then, she’s gone onto appear in over 200 films and was still active in the industry as she put out content on her own website. She also made appearances in Showtimes Weeds. Later on in her career, she earned a spot in the AVN Hall Of Fame.

R.I.P Jessica Jaymes. 

Sony Rejects a Breakup Demand by Activist Investor Third Point

Sony has roundly rejected the break-up proposal, which was initiated by activist investor Daniel Loeb.

Just hours ago, Sony Corp. officially rejected a plan to spin off its semiconductor business in a 8-page letter it sent to its shareholders.  The plan had been proposed by activist investor Daniel Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund.
That doesn’t affect subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment directly, as the label conglomerate wasn’t the source of Third Point’s ire.  But it does signal a greater focus on merging media and technology under the broader Sony umbrella.

Kenichiro Yoshida, who is the CEO of Sony, expressed in the letter — titled “Enhancing Corporate Value Over the Long Term as a Creative Entertainment Company With a Solid Foundation of Technology” — that his company’s strategy of diversification was working well.

As proof of this, he cited the record profits Sony has experienced during the course of the past two years.

Yoshida also indicated in the letter that Sony’s board of directors did agree with one point of Loeb’s proposal, which stated that the company’s Imaging and Sensor Solutions division was a “Japanese crown jewel and technology champion.”  But he said that the division, which produces image sensors for various smartphones such as the iPhone, would continue operating as an integral part of Sony.

He went on to say that the conglomerate sees sensing and artificial intelligence being utilized in the future across a full range of applications, which includes IoT, Games, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Medicine.

The company further believes that image sensors will one day evolve from purely hardware to complete platforms and solutions.  They believe as well that the technology industry and media are converging, with many top entertainment companies purchasing technology while technology companies were beginning to dabble with entertainment.  That theoretically applies to Sony Music, whose day-to-day is now defined by tech platforms.
In 2013, Loeb acquired an interest in Sony. Even then, Loeb was trying to get the conglomerate to spin off divisions as a means of increasing the company’s value.  Initially, Third Point was trying to get Sony to sell its motion pictures division. Ironically, this year, as Third Point’s stake in Sony increased to $1.5 billion, Loeb now wants the company to sell its technology divisions while making entertainment its core business.

Music Publishers Just Doubled the Size of Their Lawsuit Against Peloton

Late last week, a group of music publishers amended their previous lawsuit against Peloton.

Peloton is a tech-focused exercise bicycle startup with designs on a $500 million IPO.

In the original suit, which was filed in a New York federal court in March of this year, music publishers demanded $150 million from Peloton for the use of unlicensed music in their exercise videos.  The publishers, corralled by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), have since found more than 1,000 additional infringements, and because of this, they have doubled their demands to $300 million.

NMPA lawyers say that they found the new infringements during the discovery process. Among the songs they say Peloton infringed upon includes: “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Can See for Miles,” and “I Saw Her Standing There”.  All huge songs, with apparently huge infringements happening.

News of the amended lawsuit comes as Peloton is attempting to raise a half-billion dollars through an IPO.

The company began in 2012 and is said to have sold many hundreds of thousands of its bicycles, which come with interactive entertainment and training that includes the unlicensed music.

In the S-1 filing it submitted to the SEC, Peloton mentioned the difficulty it has had in obtaining music licenses and called this a ‘risk factor’.  It further mentioned the lawsuit and said that it “intends to vigorously defend” its interests in court. To this end, the company filed a countersuit against the music publishers in April, claiming that the publishing group violated antitrust law through the efforts of the NMPA, who they claim has been trying “to fix prices” among its members while engaging in effort to get them to refuse “to deal with Peloton.”

The music publishers have denied Peloton’s collusion claims and have filed a motion to dismiss the countersuit. They insist that each publisher independently decided to not sign a licensing deal with Peloton. So far, the judge in the case has yet to rule on the dismissal motion.

Peloton’s aggressive countersuit may have been unexpected, and is reportedly creating massive additional costs for the NMPA.  Of course, the NMPA’s doubled-down action isn’t a guarantee of victory, though does guarantee massive additional litigation costs.  That’s bad news for the NMPA and its fearless leader, David Israelite, which is also battling major streaming platforms and tech giants Spotify, Google/Alphabet, Pandora/Sirius XM, and Amazon over streaming mechanical rates.

Jeannie Mai Opens Up About Dating Jeezy

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai are going strong.

For the first time since going public with their relationship last month, the daytime talk show host, 40, opened up about dating the rapper, 41, during the season premiere of “The Real” on Monday.

Mai and Jeezy first got to know each other in November and hit it off. “Getting to know him has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life,” she said of the man she calls “J.” “He’s introspective, he’s passionate, he’s incredibly deep, he’s a visionary, he’s a great leader, he’s an amazing servant to his community.”

“What’s crazy is that the things that I’ve been criticized for my whole life and in my past relationships—’Jeannie, you’re too deep, you think about things too much. Like why’s everything gotta have a purpose?’” she said. “And I’m not one for small talk or small conversations. I wanna know, ‘Why do you think the way you do? What brought you to look at things the way you do? Who are you? Who’s important to you?’ And I found my equal,” she said to cheers from her co-hosts.

They met on set of “The Real” and went out on a date that lasted eight hours. “Four hours later, we shut down the sushi restaurant, we had the most amazing deep talk about our greatest lessons in life, our greatest mistakes, it was super vulnerable.”

After dinner, he asked her to go salsa dancing with him. “We go dancing, we close out the club, he’s an amazing dancer, by the way,” she said. “He looks at me, he goes, ‘Can I give you a homework assignment? … I want you to think about the last eight hours we spent together. And think about what do you envision us doing together? What do you picture me being in your life? If this matches my notes, I will pursue you. If not, we’re cool to be friends.’”

The couple stepped out to the inaugural SnoBall Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in Atlanta last month. They were all smiles as they walked arm-in-arm at the charity event, which raised funds for Jeezy’s non-profit organization Street Dreamz.

Jeezy has remained coy about the relationship, but has posted photos of them coupled up on Instagram. “Life is amazing… She’s amazing too,” he recently told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Mai first addressed romance rumors with Jeezy on “The Real” in January after a photo of them surfaced online. “You guys know that I’m multi-dating and Jeezy and I hang out,” she said. “He’s very special to me. So we don’t really have a label to define what it is we’re doing. We’re just having a good time together.”

Both were previously in longterm relationships. Jeezy was engaged to Mahi, the mother of his daughter, Amra Nor. Mai was married to Freddy Harteis for 10 years before filing for divorce in 2017.

HMV Is Opening a Massive, 25,000 Sq. Ft 'Entertainment Store'

Venerable British music chain HMV certainly has had its ups and downs in recent years.

While HMV has filed for bankruptcy multiple times, including last December, this seemingly has not stopped it from expanding its operations. In February of this year, Sunrise Records in Canada bought the chain for £883,000 ($1.4 million), and now HMV is about to open a 25,000-square foot entertainment store in the English city of Birmingham this October that it is calling the ‘HMV Vault’.

While brick-and-mortar retail stores are closing all over the world, HMV is defying this trend by opening what they say will be “a nirvana for music and film fans.” Located near Birmingham’s city center, the Vault will offer an enormous range of music, film, tech products and other types of merchandise.

Those who love vinyl records will particularly enjoy visiting the Vault.

HMV says that they will offer thousands of LPs. The store will also cater to those who love specialty music. They expect to carry a large range of Classical, Jazz, Folk, Country, Blues, and World Music.  Complementing all this music will be the Vault’s stage area and sound system, which they will use to showcase music artists. This will include weekly in-store performances and artist signing sessions.

The vault will further offer a wide range of videos on DVD and Blu-ray (including a big selection of 4K videos), which will include films, television shows, and box sets. They will also sell HMV-exclusive editions, too, as well as books, posters, and t-shirts.

HMV, which is quickly approaching its 100th anniversary, is still the largest entertainment retailer in the United Kingdom — at least physically speaking.

They currently have more than 100 stores across the country.  Until recently, that sounded like a nightmare liability, though physical retailers are now enjoying an unexpected resurgence.  Even Amazon is opening physical bookstores — oh the irony — based on a nostalgic return to tactile media products.

HMV’s new entertainment mega-space will officially open mid-October.

HBO Releases New Trailer For Upcoming "Watchmen" Series

HBO blessed fans with a new trailer for their upcoming Watchmen series earlier this week. While exactly what will go down is still somewhat vague, the trailer provides a solid look at different elements the show. 

Regina King will play Tulsa Police detective, Angela Abar, who seems like she has more going on than she lets on. After the Watchmen movie from 2009 received mixed reviews, this new HBO show might be able to appease disgruntled fans. Series creator Damon Lindel has said that the show will honor the classic comics, but also venture away from the source material in new and exciting ways. 

“Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold Antarctica,” Lindel said his direction with the show last year.

HBO’s Watchmen is scheduled to premiere next month, on October 20th. Check out the new trailer below.

"Iron Man" Deleted Scene Shows Nick Fury Reference Spider-Man & X-Men In MCU

Many people like to state that when Iron Man launched in 2008, Kevin Feige was just throwing a dart into space and hoping for the best. Critics claim that at first, the MCU was just a shot in the dark which wasn’t meant to get this big. Feige just proved those people wrong. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, at the 45th annual Saturn Awards, Kevin Feige was presented with the first-ever Stan Lee World Builder Award. Afterward, he revealed a deleted post-credits scene from the first Iron Man that shows Nick Fury referencing both Spider-Man and the X-Men. 

“We pulled some things out that vault that we said, ‘We’ll never show this to anybody, put it away,’” Feige stated. “We’re bringing them out, we’re putting them on this disc, and I’m about to show you a deleted scene that has never been seen by anyone before right now.” The scene shows Fury with his back to the camera as he begins his monologue. Fury speaks  “gamma accidents, radioactive bug bites and assorted mutants” before complaining about having to “deal with a spoiled brat who doesn’t play well with others and wants to keep all his toys to himself.” He then brings up the Avengers Initiative. The scene was replaced by the one we all know, where Fury does almost the same thing, he just doesn’t mention the X-Men and Spider-Man. This deleted scene proves that Feige was thinking about the X-Men and Spider-Man before the first Iron-Man even launched. Now that’s world-building. 

Offset’s Confident In Cardi B Securing An Oscar Nom: "It’s On The Way"

Cardi B‘s career took f as a female rapping MC whose lyrics detail her come-up as a stripper to her very lavish lifestyle that has acquired her Balenciaga’s that look like socks and red bottom heels. The “Money” rapper has since made her acting debut in the Jennifer Lopez-led film Hustlers that follows a group strippers who band together to get back at their Wall Street clients. For Cardi, there wasn’t much ‘acting’ required since she was familiar with the pole and according to her husband, Offset, her acting debut may very well land her some attention from the Academy Awards. 

Offset's Confident In Cardi B Securing An Oscar Nom: "It’s On The Way"
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Offset and Cardi were both in attendance at last night’s Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna and the Migos rapper was told that his leading lady was being talked about when it came to Oscar nominations. “I haven’t heard that. That’s crazy,” the “Clout” rapper told Entertainment Tonight the news. 

“Can you imagine, Cardi and Oscar?” he was asked. 

“I can see it. It’s on the way,” he responded. 

Hustlers has already succeeded at the box fice, pulling in $2.5 million at yesterday’s box fice with predictions to pull in even more for global domination.

Offset's Confident In Cardi B Securing An Oscar Nom: "It’s On The Way"
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Joe Russo Says Spider-Man Leaving The MCU Is "A Tragic Mistake On Sony’s Part"

Things haven’t been the same since Spider-Man left the MCU. It’s only been a few weeks since Disney and Sony’s deal to keep Peter Parker in the MCU evaporated, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe already feels weird without him. Although Spidey was only in phase 3 MCU movies (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home), Tom Holland played the wall-crawler in more movies than any previous actors. Holland was a shining bright spot in the MCU, and Far From Home was the first Spidey film to hit a billion at the worldwide box fice. All those dollar signs must have blinded both Disney and Sony, who are equally to blame for the breakup. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Endgame and Infinity War directors Anthony & Joe Russo gave their opinion on the situation. 

“It was so difficult to get him into Civil War,” admitted Anthony. “It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige pulled it f, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” added Joe. “But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Felicity Huffman Sentenced To 2 Weeks In Prison For College Admissions Scam

Earlier this year, we were hit with one the oddest stories to have struck Hollywood in years. We all had a feeling this was happening anyways but, for some reason, it still came as a major shock to hear that the wealthy folks America were using their status and influence to get their children into the most prestigious universities. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were two the most famous stars caught up in the college admissions scandal with both stars heading to court to plead their case. If you followed the legal battles, you likely noticed that Huffman was more regretful than Loughlin, admitting her wrongdoing several months ago. Now, she has ficially been sentenced and although she won’t be spending much time in prison, she’s not exactly f the hook.

Felicity Huffman Sentenced To 2 Weeks In Prison For College Admissions Scam
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It was reported today by several sources, including USA Today, that the Desperate Housewives actress had been sentenced to fourteen days in prison for her role in the college admissions scam. Judge Indira Talwani also ordered Huffman to one year supervised release, a $30,000 fine, and two-hundred-and-fifty hours community service. 

During the hearing today, the judge told Huffman: “I don’t think anyone wants to go to prison. I do think this is the right thing here. I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with a community around you asking how you got away with this.”

Do you think she should have got longer or is this fair?

Twelve6 Entertainment, Downtown Music Publishing Ink a JV Partnership

Earlier today, Nashville-based Twelve6 Entertainment announced a broad-reaching partnership with Downtown Music Publishing.

As part of the multi-faceted partnership, Downtown will provide administrative and creative services to Twelve6’s artists and songwriters, a roster that includes Jerry Flowers and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion.  The two companies will also collaborate on a joint venture that will entail both groups identifying and signing new musical talent.

The joint venture has already signed its first new artist: singer and songwriter Alex Hall, who just released his first song, titled “Half Past You.” Hall is currently in the studio recording his debut album, which is being produced by Grammy Award winners Shane McAnally, Pete Good, and AJ Babcock.

Hall started his musical career as a teenager. Through singing at restaurants and local shows, Hall landed a Nashville booking agent, which led to him performing more than 100 shows while attending high school. His music blends such diverse influences as country music stars like Eric Church and Keith Urban and rock stars like John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen.

Twelve6 Entertainment, which focuses on both artist development and publishing, expects more songwriters to join Hall, Flowers, and Rosen in the next few weeks. They are looking to sign both established stars and new artists, according to plans shared with DMN.

Founded in 2007 with offices all over the world, Downtown Music Publishing is now considered one of the top music rights management companies. They offer creative publishing services to some of the best songwriters in the past century, and their publishing roster includes works from The Beatles, George Gershwin, The Kinks, Mötley Crüe, Phish, Tori Amos, Ryan Tedder, and One Direction.

The company also represents emerging talent, such as Phony Ppl, Theophilus London, Mae Muller, Cautious Clay, and Stella Donnelly.  Just recently, Downtown acquired CD Baby for .

Zedd Will Headline the Overwatch League Grand Finals Weekend

Zedd will headline this year’s Overwatch League Grand Finals in a sold-out show.

The Grammy-winning DJ and producer will headline the event at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on September 29th. Zedd is also one of the top-ranked players in the Overwatch League, so he was a natural fit.  He’s a Grandmaster in Overwatch, meaning he plays with the top 1% of players.

Even though the show is sold out, Blizzard Entertainment will offer a pre-show performance on Twitch. Fans can tune in to the pre-show and live-stream to enjoy the performance.

Activision Blizzard Esports CMO Daniel Cherry says he chose Zedd specifically because of his connection to Overwatch.

Not because DJ Khaled totally bombed last year, right? More on that later.

“The 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals is the pinnacle moment in eSports, the culmination of 85 match days, 302 matches, and 560 hours of hard-fought competitive play. The environment has to match the intensity and excitement of the event itself, and when it comes to creating the soundtrack for the world’s best Overwatch League eSports players, I couldn’t pick a better artist and bigger fan than Zedd.”

Ahead of the big announcement, several players and announcers tweeted cryptic hints. These hints contained lyrics from some of Zedd’s biggest hits, which led fans to guess he would perform. Hits like “Clarity” and “The Middle” have landed him collabs with multiple award-winning artists.  Zedd joked that he might be performing as Widow or Tracer, two characters from the game.

Zedd previously made an appearance at the 2018 Overwatch World Cup, in which he predicted South Korea would win.

Separately, DJ Khaled performed a list of his hits at the 2018 event in a set that was much derided by fans.  Of course, that wasn’t the first time Khaled’s .

You can catch a bit of that disastrous performance below.

Zedd’s pre-show performance will help celebrate the final two teams fighting for the championship. The winning team will take home a final pot of $1.1 million.

BangBros Submit $10M Bid To Rename Miami Heat Arena To "The BBC"

Miami is known for a lot things — parties on South Beach, Rick Ross, and the Heat, among other things. Another thing it’s known for is the adult entertainment company BangBros. Now, it appears that BangBros is trying to get some cross-branding action going on with the Miami Heat. 

An ficial statement from the BangBros account announced plans to rename the former American Airlines Arena to Bang Bros. Center. Bang Bros said that they’ve submitted a $10M bid for the naming rights the Miami Heat arena. 

“Both the heat and BangBros have become staples the city, with huge fans each. It doesn’t get more Miami than having the arena sponsored by BangBros,” the statement reads. “To show how serious BangBros is, they have already fered $1) million to Myles Gallagher Cleveland’s Superlative Group, and are suggesting the name BangBros Center (The BBC) as the new home the Miami Heat for the next decade.”

Whether or not this will come to fruition is to be determined but sports analyst for NBC, Jessica Kleinschmidt, confirmed on Twitter that BangBros did, in fact, submit a bid for the naming rights the arena.

Of course, it didn’t take long for Twitter to fire f jokes about the adult entertainment company’s plan to take over the arena formerly sponsored by American Airlines.

The War Between the RIAA and Cox Communications Continues

The RIAA’s long-running war against Cox — and broadband ISPs in general — is entering a new chapter.

The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), which principally represents Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment, and ISP Cox Communications are preparing to battle each other in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia over claims that Cox is liable for the mass copyright infringements of its users.

Actually, the RIAA is fronting dozens of different music companies in its complaint, the latest in a long, expensive battle over copyright infringement.  Last year, Cox settled its long-running litigation against BMG for $25 million, though that was merely a prelude of things to come.  Since that settlement, the RIAA and Cox have been sparring ahead of an expected trial.

In preparation for the main event, of course, both parties have filed motions with the court in an attempt to receive a summary judgment on their behalf.

The RIAA insists that Cox Communications has not enforced its own policies that deal with those who repeatedly infringe copyrights. Because of this, the organization believes that Cox should not receive safe harbor protection and hence should be liable themselves for the infringements.

In their motion to the court, though, Cox has asked the judge to rule in its favor without a hearing because of what they call a “distinct paucity of proof.”

Cox Communications asserts that the RIAA has failed to prove that its users infringed on the copyrights.  Cox has outlined flaws in the way the organization has tracked content distributed over their networks, and they also say that the RIAA did not properly file infringement notices for the music it says Cox’s users shared.

“In short, Plaintiffs seek damages for works they cannot prove were infringed, based on notices that did not identify fully 80% of those works. Moreover, they have no evidence that Cox knew about the infringement, obtained any direct financial benefit from it, or had the practical ability to prevent it, such that it could be secondarily liable,” the motion declares.

Finally, Cox insists that there is no evidence that they knew about the infringement, that they benefited from it in any way, or that they were capable of preventing it.

In the RIAA’s motion to the court, they have also asked the judge to rule in its favor without a hearing. They insist that Cox was aware that thousands of its users had repeatedly been accused of copyright infringement and yet did nothing about it because they stood to profit from it.  They further insist that a precedent set in a previous case that BMG eventually settled against Cox backs up their claims.

The judge in the case is now reviewing both motions.