2017 SESAC Pop Awards: George Clinton, Charlie XCX shine

April 14, 2017

George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards
George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/Getty Images for SESAC)

The following is an excerpt from a SESAC press release:

SESAC hosted its 21st annual Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. SESAC’s Charli XCX (PRS) was named Songwriter of the Year and earned the Song of the Year award for penning the chart-topping “Same Old Love,” recorded by Selena Gomez. Sony ATV Sounds was named Publisher of the Year. In addition to this year, Charli XCX was honored in 2014 with SESAC Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for the hit “I Love It,” recorded by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX.  Most recently, Charli XCX released the ten-song mixtape “Angel” to rave reviews, with one critic saying the artist continues to be “the one to watch.”

Sirius XM radio host Bevy Smith, Rolling Stone contributing editor Joe Levy and veteran entertainment journalist John Norris served as presenters during the awards show, which featured a performance by Jaheim of “Struggle Love,” written by SESAC honoree Bale’Wa Muhammad.

Headlining the evening with a lively and unforgettable performance was SESAC Legacy Award recipient George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. The founder of iconic rap group Public Enemy, Mr. Chuck D, presented George Clinton with the SESAC Legacy Award.
City National Bank was the premiere sponsor of the event and the Viceroy NYC served as the hotel sponsor of the 2017 Pop Awards.

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:  
Charli XCX (PRS)

Publisher of the Year:  
SONY ATV Sounds

Song of the Year:
“Same Old Love”
Written by Charli XCX
Recorded by Selena Gomez
Published by Sony ATV Sounds, Stellar Songs Ltd (PRS)

PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS

“Cold Water”
Written by King Henry
Published by Duke City Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & M0

“Hymm For The Weekend”
Written by Venor Yard
Published by Keys Strings and A Pen Music, Reach Music Publishing
Recorded by Coldplay

“Don’t”
Written by Bryan Michael Cox, Mariah Carey
Published by Babyboys Little Pub Co, Noontime South Inc., WBM Music Corp, Universal Tunes,
Beyondidolization, Reach Music
Recorded by Bryson Tiller

“Company”
Written by James “JHart” Abrahart
Published by Jayded Ink Publishing, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Justin Bieber

“Way Down We Go”
Written by Daniel Kristjansson, David Antonsson, JJ Julius Son, Rubin Pollock
Published by Rotten Shark Music, Blue Potato Music, Vegasalt, Ruby Two, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kaleo

“Electric Love”
Written by Nicholas Long
Published by Victorious Secret
Recorded by BORNS

“Good Love”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Keith Sweat

“So I Can Have You Back”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Joe

“CRZY”
Written by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews
Published by 1114 Sounds, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kehlani

“Sunshine”
Written by Rubi Rene Green
Published by Good Rubi Music
Recorded by Eric Benet

“Waiting On You”
Written by Kenyon Dixon
Published kenyondixonmusic, Music by Gibson & Gibson
Recorded by Tyrese

“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
Written by Sarah Barthel, Joshua Carter
Published by Demarest Barthel Music, Charlie Everywhere Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Phantogram

“Bang Bang”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Revolution Radio”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Still Breathing”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Struggle Love”
Written by Bale’Wa Muhammad
Published by Jahque Joints, Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc.
Recorded by Jaheim

“Famous”
Written by Swizz Beatz
Published by Monza Ronza, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Kanye West

“Something To Believe In”
Written by Eric Cannata, Francois Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh, Sameer Gadhia
Published by EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Doostzadeh Group, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Kobalt Music Copyrights
Recorded by Young The Giant

“Wow”
Written by Cole Greif-Neill
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Beck

“Reverend”
Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Waste A Moment”
Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Walls”
Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Life Itself”
Written by Dave Bayley (PRS)
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Glass Animals

“Magnets”
Written by Guy Lawrence (PRS), Howard Lawrence (PRS), Jimmy Napes (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc., Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Recorded by Disclosure feat. Lorde

“Ditmas”
Written by Ben Lovett (PRS), Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford (PRS), Winston Marshall (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Inc.
Recorded by Mumford & Sons

“Sign Of The Times”
Written by Jacob Luttrell
Published by LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Cee Lo Green

“Bring Back The Summer”
Written by Lianna Hauoli Sylvan
Published by Match Sound Publishing
Recorded by Rain Man Feat. Oly

“Ain’t No Man”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing,Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“True Sadness”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing, Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“No Problem”
Written by Ivan Jackson
Published by Stellar Songs Ltd, Sony ATV Sounds
Recorded by Chance The Rapper

“You & Me”
Written by Rami Dawod
Published by Ramidawodmusic. Third Spirit Music, Global Entertainment Songs
Recorded by Marc E. Bassy Feat. G-Eazy

“Grass Ain’t Greener”
Written by Nikhil Seetharam
Published by Kromatik, Sony ATV Sounds,
Recorded by Chris Brown

“Love Yourz”
Written by Calvin Price
Published by CritaCal Productions, Reign Forever Group Inc.
Recorded by J. Cole

“What We Live For”
Written by James Shelley, Zachary Barnett
Published by James Adam Shelley Publishing, Zac Barnett Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights
Recorded by American Authors

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson search for a mythical culture in ‘The Lost City of Z’

April 14, 2017

by Carla Hay

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for "The Lost City of Z"
Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for “The Lost City of Z” (Photo by Carla Hay)

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife Nina (played by Sienna Miller), son Jack (played by Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (played by Robert Pattinson)—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. “The Lost City of Z” had its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where Gray, Pattinson, Miller, Holland and co-star Angus Macfadyen gathered for a Q&A after a press screening.

 

PBS ‘Chefs Flight’ spotlight in ‘American Masters’ includes documentaries on James Beard and Jacques Pépin

April 13, 2017

by Carla Hay

PBS is launching “Chefs Flight”as part of the network’s “American Masters” series that will include new documentaries on culinary icons James Beard and Jacques Pépin.

“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” premieres in most market on May 19, 2017, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) The program chronicles a century of food through the story of Beard (1903-1985), who was a pioneer celebrity chef and author. Immediately after the Beard documentary, PBS will televise a rebroadcast of “American Masters – Julia! America’s Favorite Chef” at 10 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft” (narrated by Stanley Tucci) premieres in most markets on May 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) Immediately after the Pépin documentary, PBS will have an encore presentation of “American Masters – Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution” at 10 p.m. ET.

According to a PBS press release: Among the many highlights in the Beard documentary are Daniel Boulud and restaurant critic Gael Greene telling how Beard helped start Citymeals on Wheels; Jacques Pépin reminiscing about cooking with Beard; Martha Stewart sharing how Beard’s cookbooks influenced her; Ted Allen disclosing Beard’s challenges being an “out” gay man at a time when same-sex sexual activity was illegal; chefs Jonathan Waxman and Larry Forgione reflecting on Beard’s mentorship and its impact on their career; Wolfgang Puck recounting how he helped found the James Beard Foundation; Alice Waters explaining how Beard discovered Chez Panisee; chef Jeremiah Tower offering insight into Beard’s relationship with Marion Cunningham; chef Naomi Pomery demonstrating how to make the famous “James Beard’s Onion Sandwich”; and next generation chefs such as Marc Forgione, Greg Higgins, and Pomeroy discussing how Beard’s influence is still felt today. James Beard Award Foundation president Susan Ungaro and executive vice president Mitchell Davis also appear in the documentary.

Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard … spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the culinary vernacular. He was a forerunner of the farm-to-table movement and helped create the iconic Four Seasons concept and menu. He was the first chef to host his own television show, “I Love to Eat,” which debuted on NBC in 1946, and taught not only women but men how to cook. He also had a cooking school that he operated out of his New York apartment.

Beard authored 22 cookbooks, penned a syndicated newspaper column and wrote countless magazine articles. He is credited with introducing Julia Child to the New York culinary scene, and he later becoming a best friend to her.

The James Beard Awards Gala and Reception are considered the “Oscars” of the food-service industry. The 2017 ceremony will take place  May 1 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is hosting the show. The complete list of nominations are here.

 

 

2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

Cannes Film Festival

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

“Wonderstruck”

Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies

 

2017 CMA Music Festival: Budweiser ‘Forever Country’ Park Stage performers announced

April 12, 2017

CMA Music Festival logo

The following is a press release from CMA Music Festival:

With nearly 150 acts already set to perform at the 2017 CMA Music Festival across four stages, CMA announced lineups for two additional free stages: The brand new Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage in the park space behind Ascend Amphitheater, which will feature some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades; and the Music City Stage, located in the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena, a cool spot to enjoy some of Country’s hottest rising stars. CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in downtown Nashville.

“We focus on programming unforgettable performances on every stage and thank our returning partners for helping us to do that, while also offering unique activities and experiences for fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

Performances on the Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup includes Jeff Bates, Bellamy Brothers, John Berry, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad, George Ducas, Emerson Drive, Exile, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence and Friends”, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Little Texas, Lonestar, Mila Mason, Terry McBride, Rick Monroe, Jamie O’Neal, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Trick Pony, Collin Raye, Restless Heart, Julie Roberts, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Doug Supernaw, Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary, Lari White, Mark Wills, and Darryl Worley.

Fans will enjoy rewinding the clock with many of Country’s most established acts from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.  Bellamy Brothers, Exile, and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers debuted at CMA Music Festival in the early to mid-‘80s. While this marks McBride’s first solo appearance at the Festival, he made his CMA Fest debut with McBride & The Ride in 1990. White and Supernaw last appeared at CMA Fest in ’95 and ’96, respectively.

Festival attendees often enjoy hours of jam-packed fun in the sun, but the Nashville Visitor Center inside Bridgestone Arena will be the coolest place to take in performances during the Festival. As the location of the Nashville Convention and Visitor Corp’s Music City Stage, it’s the only FREE, air-conditioned, indoor Festival stage, offering fans a convenient place to escape the June heat while still catching the entertainment CMA Music Festival is known for.

Performances on the Music City Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:40 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup for Thursday through Saturday includes Jimmie Allen, Sammy Arriaga, Kassi Ashton, Maggie Baugh, Brennley Brown, Brian Callihan, Dallas Caroline, Jessie Chris, Julia Cole, Nora Collins, Dalton & the Sheriffs, Shelly Fairchild, Kenny Foster, Livy Jeanne, Jessie Key, Colm Kirwan, McCoy, Tristan McIntosh, Megan & Liz, Native Run, Camille Rae, Mary Sarah, Zach Seabaugh, CJ Solar, Scott Stevens, Sweet Tea Trio, Mitchell Tenpenny, The Hootz, Kasey Tyndall, and James Robert Webb.

On Sunday, ASCAP Presents at the Music City Stage will showcase artists ranging from fresh-faced new talent to emerging songwriter-artists boasting publishing or record deals and recent tours with major label acts. Performers include Raquel Cole, Crooked King, Dorado, Adam Hambrick, Lucas Hoge, Martin McDaniel, Post Monroe, Brandon Ratcliff, Sarah Allison Turner, and Anna Vaus.

Artist lineups subject to change.

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, as well as the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, are free and open to the public.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, touching the lives of one million students. For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.

Additional stage lineups, Fan Fair X activities, and more will be announced soon. Don’t miss a beat by staying connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, the Official CMA Fest App, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection emails to receive the latest news as soon as it’s announced.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.

Trunk Club teams up with costume designer Mary Zophres for collections inspired by ‘La La Land’

April 12, 2017

by Estelle Marine

Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate women’s looks inspired by “La La Land.” (Photo courtesy of Trunk Club)

Trunk Club—a Nordstrom Company that does personalized styling service for men and women—has partnered with “La La Land” costume designer Mary Zophres for limited-edition collections inspired by the film.

The contemporary musical “La La Land”, released in 2016, has won numerous awards, including six Oscars: Best Director, Best Actress (for Emma Stone), Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. The film’s 14 Oscar nominations included one for Best Costume Design. “La La Land” is about an aspiring actress named Mia (played by Stone) and a struggling jazz musician named Sebastian (played by Ryan Gosling) who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles.

According to a Trunk Club press release, the curated trunk aims to showcase the film’s timeless style, inspiring women to wear bright colored dresses paired with classic accessories in their spring wardrobe, as Mia did in the film. While, encouraging men to model Sebastian’s look; a tailored sport coat and a crisp pair of pants.

“La La Land,” which is currently available on Digital HD, will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 25, 2017.

Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate women's looks inspired by "La La Land."
Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate men’s looks inspired by “La La Land.” (Photo courtesy of Trunk Club)

Mariah Carey partners with Epic Records to launch Butterfly MC Records

April 10, 2017

by Elena Fiero

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey (Photo by Chris Haston/NBCUniversal)

Grammy-winning star Mariah Carey has partnered with Sony Music’s Epic Records to launch Butterfly MC Records. Carey has been signed to Epic since 2015. Terms of the agree­ment call for additional repertoire by the artist, beginning with a new studio album expected later this year.

Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A. Reid,” who signed Carey to Epic, has a long history with Carey. When he was chairman of Universal Music’s Island Def Jam, he helped mastermind her 2005 album “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which included her blockbuster hit “We Belong Together.” Prior to signing with Island in 2002, Carey had a short-lived stint at Virgin Records, which released her “Glitter” soundtrack album in 2001. She started her recording career in 1990 with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, which was then headed by her first ex-husband, Tommy Mottola.

Reid commented in a press release: “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career. Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence.  Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”

Carey added, “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” said Mariah. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

In 2016, Carey launched her first Las Vegas residency, did a successful world tour, and starred in a reality show called “Mariah’s World,” which got mixed reviews and mediocre ratings. Her personal life has also been in the news. Her divorce from second husband Nick Cannon was finalized in November 2016, around the same time her engagement to Australian businessman James Packer ended. She then moved on to her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, but several media outlets are reporting that the romance has also ended after Carey and Tanaka dated each other for about five months. The ex-couple reportedly split because he was jealous of Carey’s close relationship with Cannon. The former spouses share custody of their twins Monroe and Moroccan.

Carey is doing a North American tour with Lionel Richie in the summer of 2017, after the tour was postponed this spring due to Richie having to recover from a knee injury.

 

 

 

Ultra adds events in Australia, China, Ibiza and India

April 10, 2017

Ultra Music Festival
2017 Ultra Music Festival’s Main Stage at Miami’s Bayfront Park. (Photo courtesy of Ultra Music Festival)

Ultra Worldwide, the international arm of the Ultra Music Festival for other electronic music, has added events in Australia, China, Ibiza and India. The 19th annual Ultra Music Festival took place March 24-26, 2017, at Bayfront Park in Miami and attracted over 165,000 people, according to Ultra.

Here are the details about Ultra’s international expansion:

Australia

Road to Ultra will be in Melbourne in February, 2018. Following the first event in Melbourne in 2018, organizers can also reveal that full-scale Ultra festivals take place in both Sydney and Melbourne in 2019. More details will be released over the coming months.

China

Ultra will go to Shanghai for the first-ever edition of Ultra China, on September 9 and September 10, 2017. A full-blown two-day festival, this will mark the first time an independent and international festival brand produces an event of this magnitude in the region. Details regarding the venue, tickets and lineup will be released soon at umfchina.com.

Ibiza

Ultra Worldwide’s house and techno brand Resistance will be heading to Ibiza for an eight week residency at the world’s biggest club, Privilege, this summer, with an exclusive six-week residency spearheaded by Sasha & John Digweed. The brand’s first official foray onto the island, Resistance will run every Tuesday from July 25 until the official closing party on September 12, 2017. More details and artists will be revealed in the coming weeks. For tickets and more details, go to www.resistanceibiza.com

India

Road to Ultra will head to New Delhi at the India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida in September 2017. The event’s next stop in India will be in Mumbai in February 2018.

Here is the schedule so far:

ULTRA WORLDWIDE CALENDAR:

ULTRA South Africa (Cape Town): February 24 @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
ULTRA South Africa (Johannesburg): February 25 @ Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg
ULTRA Music Festival Miami: March 24-26 @ Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
ULTRA Korea: June 10-11 @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul
ULTRA Singapore: June 10-11 @ ULTRA Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
ULTRA Europe: July 14-16 @ Poljud Stadium, Split Croatia
ULTRA China: September 9-10, Shanghai
Road to ULTRA Taiwan: September 2017
Road to ULTRA Hong Kong: September 2017
Road to ULTRA Philippines: September 2017
Road to ULTRA India (New Delhi): September 2017 @ India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida
ULTRA Beach Bali
: September 2017
ULTRA Japan: September 16-18 @ Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park, Tokyo
Road to ULTRA Buenos Aires: October 2017
Road to ULTRA Peru: October 2017
Road to ULTRA Chile: October 2017
ULTRA Brasil: October 12-14 @ Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro
Road to ULTRA Australia (Melbourne): February 2018
Road to ULTRA India (Mumbai): February 2018
ULTRA USA (Miami): March 23-25 2018 @Bayfront Park

RESISTANCE CALENDAR:

RESISTANCE Cape Town: February 24 @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
RESISTANCE Johannesburg: February 25 @ Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg
RESISTANCE Miami: March 24-26 @ Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
RESISTANCE Singapore: June 10-11 @ ULTRA Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
RESISTANCE
Seoul: June 10-11 @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul
RESISTANCE Croatia: July 14-16 @ Poljud Stadium, Split
RESISTANCE Ibiza Residency: Tuesdays July 25September 12 @ Privilege Ibiza
RESISTANCE Shanghai: September 9-10, Shanghai
RESISTANCE Bali: September 2017
RESISTANCE Tokyo: September 16-18 @ Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park, Tokyo
RESISTANCE Rio de Janeiro: October 12-14 @ Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro
RESISTANCE Lima: October 2017
RESISTANCE Santiago: October 2017
RESISTANCE Buenos Aires: October 2017

For full details on all RESISTANCE events, visit www.resistancemusic.com

 

 

2017 Billboard Music Awards: Drake and the Chainsmokers lead with record 22 nominations each

April 10, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017

 

With 22 nominations each, hip-hop artist Drake and electronic pop duo the Chainsmokers have tied for the record of having the most Billboard Music Award nominations in a single year.  Both acts are up for the Top Artist prize at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place May 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ABC will have the U.S. telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Coming in second place in nominations are Twenty One Pilots, who received  17 nods. Rihanna is in third place, with 14 nominations, followed by Drake with 13 nominations. The complete list of nominations is at the end of this article.

According to a press release, the Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017.  The Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions. The host, performers and presenters for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards will be announced at later dates.

UPDATE: These are the performers announced so far, as of May 11, 2017: Camila Cabello, the Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and 2017 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award recipient Cher.

THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Top Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan Voted Category – Voting Opens 5/1):
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyoncé
Drake
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted Category – Voting Opens 5/1):
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Justin Bieber
Beyoncé
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
J. Cole
Desiigner
Drake
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour:
Drake
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
Twenty One Pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”
Drake “Views”
Rihanna “Anti”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
“Hamilton: An American Musical”
“Moana”
“Purple Rain”
“Suicide Squad: The Album”
“Trolls”

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Frank Ocean “Blonde”
Rihanna “Anti”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole “4 Your Eyez Only”
Drake “Views”
Kevin Gates “Islah”
DJ Khaled “Major Key”
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “They Don’t Know”
Florida Georgia Line “Dig Your Roots”
Blake Shelton “If I’m Honest”
Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
Keith Urban “Ripcord”

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers “Cleopatra”
Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Getaway”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”

Top Latin Album:
J Balvin “Energia”
CNCO “Primera Cita”
Juan Gabriel “Los Dúo 2”
Juan Gabriel “Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes”
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho “Recuerden Mi Estilo”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers “Bouquet (EP)”
The Chainsmokers “Collage (EP)”
Flume “Skin”
Kygo “Cloud Nine”
Lindsey Stirling “Brave Enough”

Top Christian Album:
Casting Crowns “The Very Next Thing”
Lauren Daigle “How Can It Be”
Joey + Rory “Hymns”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Love Remains”
Skillet “Unleashed”

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann “One Way”
Kirk Franklin “Losing My Religion”
Travis Greene “The Hill”
Tasha Cobbs “One Place: Live”
Hezekiah Walker “Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Selling Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Desiigner “Panda”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda”
Drake “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr  & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Little Big Town “Better Man”
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin “Duele El Corazon”
Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer”
Shakira Featuring Maluma “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will”
Skillet “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy?”
Travis Greene “Made A Way”
Hezekiah Walker “Better”

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Joan Baez, Nile Rodgers inducted; Chuck Berry, Prince given tributes

April 8, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Eddie Vedder and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

by Carla Hay

The 32nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony—which took place April 7, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York—featured several on-stage reunions for inductees such as Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), which have all had numerous lineup changes over the years. Highlights of the show will be televised in a special that premieres on HBO on April 29, 2017, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. An exhibit for the 2017 inductees went on display March 31 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. More than 900 voters picked inductees, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artists are eligible for inclusion 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Here’s a rundown of the ceremony:

ELO

Jeff Lynne of ELO at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Band members inducted: Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Roy Wood, Richard Tandy. (Tandy and Bevan did not attend the ceremony for reasons that have not been publicly disclosed.)

Inducted by: Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison. ELO leader Jeff Lynne worked with George Harrison several times as a producer and as a fellow member of the Traveling Wilburys.

Songs performed: “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Evil Woman,” “Mr.  Blue Sky”

One of ELO’s earliest hits was the band’s 1972 cover version of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” so it was fitting that the band played the song as a tribute to Berry who died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90.  Lynne accepted the induction award on stage with ELO co-founder Roy Wood, who quit the band in 1972, a year after the band’s first album was released. Wood and Lynne have not appeared on stage together in decades. Wood, however, did not perform at the ceremony.

Lynne has been recording and touring as the leader of Jeff Lynne’s ELO since 2014. Tandy is a member of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, while Bevan formed the spinoff band ELO Part II in the 1980s, after ELO’s most successful lineup disbanded. ELO has been revived off and on over the years; there was a short-lived revival in 2001 and the group was revived again in 2014, with Lynne and Tandy as the only original members.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez (center) with Mary Chapin Carpenter (left) and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls (right) at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Inducted by: Jackson Browne

Songs performed: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Deportee” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” For the latter two songs, Baez was joined on stage by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls guitarist Amy Ray.

Steve Howe of Yes at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Members inducted: Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White

Inducted by: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, a band heavily influenced by Yes’ brand of progressive rock.

Songs performed: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout.” Yes was joined on stage for the performance by former lead singer Anderson and Rush’s Lee.

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