Music labels sue SiriusXM over unpaid royalties on oldies
RELATED Nokia 6-inch phablets press image leaks NEW DELHI: As part of its mobile first strategy, Nokia India has pulled the plug on the web version of its music store after running it for over 4 years. “This Nokia Music site is no longer available…You will not be able to download music from Nokia Music through your web browser, Nokia music player or Aditi,” a message on the company website said. The company, however, said people can download music through an active music subscription. “To download new music from Nokia Music and listen to Mix Radio you will need to have an active Nokia Music Unlimited subscription,” the message said. The Nokia Music Store India was launched in August, 2009 at the Music Connects conference. It allowed users to browse and buy music in order to download on PC and compatible Nokia mobile device. All Nokia Music unlimited compatible phones will come with a free period of Nokia music unlimited subscription, after which the customers may be able to renew their subscription for a fee. Asked about the shutting down of web version of Nokia music, a company spokesperson said: “We communicated the ramp down of desktop downloads in India back in 2011 as part of our mobile first strategy. We will continue to invest significantly in the success of Nokia Music in India.” Earlier this year, online retailer Flipkart had shut down Flyte, its digital music store. ALSO ON TOI
Music labels sue SiriusXM over unpaid royalties on oldies The lawsuit accuses the satellite radio company of not paying royalties for music it plays that was recorded before 1972 when federal protections kicked in. The Four Tops are just one of the bands seeking unpaid royalties from SiriusXM. (Credit: CBS) The music industry is turning up the volume in its battle against digital broadcasters with a lawsuit that accuses SiriusXM of not paying royalties on music recorded before 1972. Major labels Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group Recordings, along with indie label ABKCO, sued the satellite radio company in a California court on Wednesday. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, notes that “a significant portion of SiriusXM’s channels feature classic sound recordings, including channels exclusively devoted to performing recordings from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” Related stories PS Vita TV is Sony’s new spin on streaming Before sound recordings came under federal copyright protection in 1972, music copyrights were overseen by the individual states. So instead of being filed in a federal court, the lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in California, a state that had music rights protections in place before Congress extended copyright eligibility to sound recordings. “Classic tracks recorded before 1972 are an important part of American culture and an important of SiriusXM’s programming,” Dionne Warwick said in a statement provided by the Recording Industry of America, the organization that represents the music industry’s interests. “The great artists played on the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s stations should be treated with respect and properly compensated as SiriusXM is required to do, so I am asking SiriusXM not to ‘Walk On By’ and do the right thing!” A SiriusXM representative declined to comment on the lawsuit. The lawsuit is the third filed against SiriusXM in recent weeks. SoundExchange, which collects royalties on behalf of recording artists, filed a lawsuit in August that claimed the satellite radio company “systematically underpaid” royalties from 2007 to 2011. The ’60s rock band The Turtles filed a class action lawsuit in early August that seeks $100 million in damages. Topics:
NQ Mobile™ “Music Radar” App Revolutionizes Music Search in China
“When we’re promoting an artist, it not only helps the artist and the marketing company, it’s helping us.” He said the deal has an economic structure that makes sense for Clear Channel. He wouldn’t go into further detail about the terms. He also said one of Clear Channel’s top goals with the partnership is growth of the digital marketplace for digital radio and custom radio. An industry source said that Warner Music benefits from the tie-up by getting more payments for its sound recordings and Clear Channel benefits by smoothing out unpredictability in its licensing costs. Related stories Intel launches Z3000 Atom for Windows 8.1, Android tablets Traditionally, terrestrial radio doesn’t pay labels to play the sound recordings of their songs, although the Digital Millennium Copyright Act did set up a sound-recording royalty for services over the Internet. The recorded music industry has shriveled in the last decade as sales have shifted to digital forms, only recently reaching the point that recorded music’s overall trade value worldwide has ceased a more than 10-year slide. Most of the credit for the stabilization is due to physical sales finally reaching their nadir, while growth in digital sales continues. Meanwhile, entrants into online radio have been encroaching on traditional radio’s turf — and driving up the costs and unpredictability of royalties in the meantime. Though AM/FM still commands the lion’s share of the radio audience, traditional broadcasters have largely sat on the sidelines as upstart digital services have taken the lead in delivering innovative radio products with new technology. The coming launch next week of iTunes Radio, Apple’s online radio service linked to its iTunes program with an installed base of more than 575 million customers worldwide , will bring the same player that upended the sale of recorded music into the realm of radio. Warner Music, however, has been one of the more progressive of the major labels to seize upon digital opportunities lately. It was the first label to strike a deal with Apple for iTunes Radio , and it reportedly was a vanguard in working with Google’s YouTube in its development of a streaming music service . Labels have also taken a contentious route to protect royalties in the digital age.
Clear Channel, Warner Music cozy up in multiplatform deal
Markets closed NQ Mobile “Music Radar” App Revolutionizes Music Search in China Next generation audio search technology now available for Android and iOS Press Release: NQ Mobile Inc. 18 hours ago 21.84 +1.7300 BEIJING and DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, today announced the release of “Music Radar,” a revolutionary content-based music information retrieval (MIR) application from one of its subsidiaries, Yinlong. The app is now available in China for both Android and iOS platforms, with plans for expanding the service into other countries in the near future. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121224/CN34262LOGO ) With Music Radar, NQ Mobile is addressing the evolving mobile and wearables markets, offering new forms of user interaction and the next generation of audio search technology. The app makes searching for music more accurate and convenient in the mobile environment. Features include: An innovative melody recognition engine; it can even find if sung or hummed Extremely fast music recognition On-the-go music listening and downloading capabilities Social sharing through Simple Notification Service (SNS) “We are pleased to bring a leading technology in the evolving category of mobile devices,” said Dr. Henry Lin, Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. “In addition to searching for music through traditional means like recorded audio clips and files, users can now also accurately search for music by singing or humming. As mobility trends continue to change the way in which we interact with devices and information, NQ Mobile will be at the forefront of technology innovation. We will also adopt this leading audio recognition technology for not only music search, but also to other areas related to radio, video and TV content applications.Many new mobile devices including “wearables” require new modes of user interaction and NQ’s technology is leading the way to enhance the applications and solutions around this market.” “This is an exciting new technology solution and application,” said Mr. Omar Khan, Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. “We are continuing to expand the way in which we can engage and ultimately monetize our growing user base.Adding innovative solutions that make a better user experience across a variety of mobile devices is an important part of this strategy.” About NQ Mobile NQ Mobile Inc. ( NQ ) is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services. NQ Mobile is a mobile security pioneer with proven competency to acquire, engage, and monetize customers globally.NQ Mobile’s portfolio includes mobile security and mobile games as well as advertising for the consumer market and consulting, mobile platforms and mobility services for the enterprise market.
Kanye West Slams ‘sellouts’ In Rant At Rapper Pusha T’s Listening Party, Admits He Had Been Drinking
(Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images / September 10, 2013) By Susan Denley September 11, 2013, 8:04 p.m. Rapper and fledgling fashion designer Kanye West is looking for a vice president of production and a chief financial officer for a “clothing project.” Both positions are posted on LinkedIn. “The venture will be very high profile and, unlike those in which celebrities merely lend their name to a label, this venture will have the power of Mr. West’s creative genius at the heart and soul of it,” says the posting for VP . “Mr. West will play a hands-on role in leading design efforts, having studied and worked with design houses such as Fendi , Giuseppe Zanotti, Nike and Louis Vuitton,” it says. The posting for CFO trumpets “a fascinating and unique opportunity to take ownership of the financial and accounting functions for a brand new clothing line designed by creative genius and celebrity powerhouse, Kanye West.” There’s no name for the label as yet. West is among celebrities who are making the rounds at New York Fashion Week, and he has shown a couple of collections in Paris in past seasons (to lukewarm reviews ). His design efforts have drawn less acclaim than his music. And less publicity than the birth of his daughter with Kim Kardashian , North . ALSO:
By Rachel Maresca / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 12, 2013, 11:14 AM Comment Johnny Nunez/WireImage Kanye West attended the ‘MNIMN’ listening event at Industria Superstudio in Brooklyn Wednesday and grabbed the mic to address to crowd. Another day, another rant for Kanye West . The rapper, known for his PDA public displays of aggression, that is took the mic at pal Pusha T’s listening party in Brooklyn Wednesday to let off some steam. West, 36, told the crowd , “I don’t give a f–k about these corporations and these sellouts, we make good music, we make good music. We don’t give a f–k about how much god d–n money you make, we make good music!” He even rapped a verse to let the audience know he had been drinking. Johnny Nunez/WireImage Kanye West (center) and Pusha T (right) at T’s album release party Wednesday. West yelled ‘I don’t give a f–k about these corporations and these sellouts, we make good music.’ “On that Goose right now, going to get loose right now,” he said, implying he had been sipping on Grey Goose vodka. West repeatedly said over and over referring to himself and the man of the hour, Pusha T, “We don’t give a f–k, we don’t give a f–k.” RELATED: LISTEN: KANYE WEST ALLEGED RANT LEAKED AFTER TAYLOR SWIFT VMA CONFRONTATION He also mocked fashion, coincidentally during New York Fashion Week, in his impromptu monologue, saying those who put “numbers” on the back of their shirts are crappy designers. West reportedly has softened up a bit after the birth of his daughter, North West, with girlfriend Kim Kardashian in June, however, he seems to be up to his old antics this week. Johnny Nunez/WireImage Kanye West went out to support fellow rapper Pusha T at the ‘MNIMN’ listening event, but made sure to voice his opinions on ‘good music.’ He dropped by Jimmy Fallon for a surprise performance Monday, rapping a verse slamming Kardashian’s ex Ray J, with whom she made her infamous sex tape with. RELATED: KANYE WEST POKES FUN AT KIM KARDASHIANS EX ON ‘LATE NIGHT’ “Brandy’s little sister lame man he know it now/When a real brother hold you down you ‘sposed to drown,” he rapped as the starting verse of his track, “Bound 2.” The jab was likely in response to Ray J’s single “I Hit It First,” which was allegedly directed at the 32-year-old reality starlet. “She might move on to rappers and ballplayers, but we all know I hit it first,” he rapped. “But now baby chose to go West.”
Sign up now! United States off to an awful start in Costa Rica Travel Deals Kevin McCauley, SBNation Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:26 PM Michael Bradley , the United States ‘ star central midfielder and arguably their best player, went down in warmups. His replacement was Geoff Cameron , who is not a full-time central midfielder. This resulted in multiple giveaways early for the United States, which eventually led to a Costa Rica corner and go-ahead goal for the Ticos. Johnny Acosta was the scorer, nodding in a brilliant header. He was poorly marked and DaMarcus Beasley could have done a lot more to clear it off the line, but the blame for the goal probably lies more on the unsettled midfield who put the U.S. under early pressure. And then it got worse. Celso Borges made it 2-0 just eight minutes later with another brilliant header, this one coming from open play. The United States looked incredibly unsettled before the first goal, looked worse after going down and now look even worse than that down 2-0. Welcome to San Jose, Jurgen Klinsmann.
United States Is Enabler of Global Irresponsibility
We emphasize the importance of the Montreal Protocol, including as a next step through the establishment of an open-ended contact group to consider all relevant issues, including financial and technology support to Article 5 developing countries, cost effectiveness, safety of substitutes, environmental benefits and an amendment. We reiterate our firm commitment to work together and with other countries to agree on a multilateral solution. Background: HFCs are potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and industrial applications. While they do not deplete the ozone layer, many are highly potent greenhouse gases whose use is growing rapidly as replacements for ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Left unabated, HFC emissions could grow to nearly 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, a serious climate mitigation concern. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 to protect the ozone layer. Every country in the world is a party to the Protocol, and it has successfully phased out or is in the process of phasing out several key classes of chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and halons. The transitions out of CFCs and HCFCs provide major ozone layer protection benefits, but the unintended consequence is the rapid current and projected future growth of climate-damaging HFCs. For the past four years, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs. The amendment would reduce consumption and production and control byproduct emissions of HFCs in all countries, and includes a financial assistance component for countries that can already access the Protocols Multilateral Fund. The proposal leaves unchanged the reporting and accounting provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol on HFC emissions. Reducing HFCs are an important domestic component of the Presidents Climate Action Plan, as well. For example, the Administration has already acted domestically by including a flexible and powerful incentive in fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks to encourage automakers to reduce HFC leakage and transition away from the most potent HFCs in vehicle air conditioning systems. Moving forward, the Environmental Protection Agency will use its authority through the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program to encourage private sector investment in low-emissions technology by identifying and approving climate-friendly chemicals while prohibiting certain uses of the most harmful chemical alternatives.
United States, China, and Leaders of G-20 Countries Announce Historic Progress Toward a Global Phase Down of HFCs
Syria brazenly crossed a red line that he mistakenly established. Senator John McCain believes our nations credibility is on the line, as well. But American voters dont believe its our fight. They dont believe that vital national security interests of the Unite States are at stake. They recognize that other nations, closer to Syria, have much more to lose than we do. Why does the United States have to police the world? Why wont other nations step forward? The reason is simply that our interventionist foreign policy has allowed and encouraged other nations to act irresponsibly. They wont step forward because they know we will. It is time for the United States to end our enabling behavior. The place to start is by staying out of Syria and let other nations respond as they see fit. There is no guarantee as to what will happen next and it will certainly be uncomfortable in the short-term. The same thing happens when a family first stops covering for a drug addict.
The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria
This shows a lack of consistency in our policy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said , “Our military objectives in Syria would be to hold the Assad regime accountable, degrade its ability to carry out these kinds of attacks and deter it from further use of chemical weapons.” Even if we were to move forward with an air strike, our limited bombing would not be enough to stop the civil war, and would probably just kill more innocent civilians in the process. Once the United States militarily gets involved in Syria, there is no turning back. President Obama has said if the United States moves forward with the air strike, it won’t turn into another Iraq or Afghanistan, and he said , “We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach.” However, anyone who believes limited strikes will not escalate into larger scale commitment is underestimating the complexity of the conflict. And besides, the United States isn’t even committed to a regime change. If an attack does take place, the state of global relations could become severely impacted. Any military action will stir up an already angry hornet’s nest including Russia and Iran. Russia has strong ties to the Assad regime, and has already lashed out at the United States. Russian president Vladimir Putin rejected the American evidence that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, calling it “utter nonsense.” Iran recently sent 4,000 troops to Syria, and a U.S. air strike could increase tensions and reignite hostility over their nuclear program. Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States today, saying , “We believe that the Americans are committing a folly and mistake in Syria and will, accordingly, take the blow and definitely suffer.” Furthermore, a U.S. invasion in Syria could also have deadly consequences on Israel.
Inside Justin Bieber’s Shirtless Club Night In Denver: Vip Booth, Hot Waitresses & A Late-night Studio Session
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 Mike Tyson BFFs With Justin Bieber Related RumorFix.com Hangover star Mike Tyson says he and teen idol Justin Bieber are friends because Justin thinks hes fly. The boxing great told Conan on Wednesday night, I like Justin Bieber a lot hes pretty cool. He says he first got a taste of the Never Say Never singer when Justin was trying to talk Mike into flying to the Bahamas to hang out together. Mike says a mutual friend put Justin on the phone and the 19-year-old asked, Hey Man whats up? How ya doing? The boxing champ said he was honest saying, Stuff aint good this is happening, this is happening this is happening. Justins response was, Come out of it Mike! Come out of it and go to the airport. Mike asked why? He couldnt afford a plane ticket at the time. Justin said he was planning to send a private plane for the sports legend. Then the Being Mike Tyson star got real slaying, Ive got a wife and two kids you think shell let me hang out? No youre not you son of a bitch youre staying here! Sadly, Tyson admitted, My balling days are over. They think Im still fly, but Im not.
3, 2013 2:10 PM PDT Loading… club Beta No white shirt, no problem for Justin Bieber . After attending a Phish concert last night, the 19-year-old star hit the annual Ciroc White Party, being hosted by Kelly Rowland at Denver nightclub Betaand within moments of being escorted to a private booth, Bieber and a buddy had shed their shirts. Typical. A source exclusively tells E! News that a couple of SUVs ferrying Bieber and his entourage pulled up to Beta at around midnight and one staffer hopped out to inform club management that the singer and his small group wanted a private VIP area to hang out in, and were hoping to gain entry in as low-key manner as possible. PHOTOS: Shirtless Bieber out and about Security quickly escorted Bieber, a pal and his manager into the club through the kitchen and to a private table in the DJ booth, where Bieber and his friend quickly doffed their shirts. After perching on the back of a couch and chatting with his buddy for a while, Bieber ultimately made his presence known to the rest of the club when he grabbed the DJ’s mic and greeted the crowd. Bieber was there for about two hours, until the party ended, the source said. He chatted with Rowland and rapper Chief Keef also stopped by the chat at one point. PHOTOS: Bieber’s best Instagrams and Twitpics club Beta According to our source, Bieber and his matesall guyshad also requested that the club send a few of their VIP cocktail waitresses to join them in their booth for a while. We hear that Bieber and his group were very nice and gracious, telling those at Beta who took care of them that they had a great time.Our source says that the teen asked if the club could stay open for another hour, but Denver law mandated the place close at 2 a.m. And at the end of the night, Bieber left with his original group, with no waitresses along for the afterparty this time. Instead, the artist capped off the night with an early-a.m. session at Side3 Studios.
Beyonce closes 1st day of husband Jay-Zs Made In America festival in Philadelphia ( Associated Press ) – Luke Steele from the band Empire of the Sun performs on Day 1 of the 2013 Budweiser Made in America Festival, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) CAPTION By Associated Press, PHILADELPHIA Beyonce closed the first day of her husband Jay-Zs second annual music festival with a 90-minute set that featured hits like Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) and Crazy In Love. Beyonce was the headline performer Saturday at the Budweiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that included 50,000 fans. She was excited and energetic as she sang and danced to songs that satisfied the crowd. PHOTOS: Last weeks best news photos of the week Welcome to Made In America, she screamed. Show me how loud you can be. Beyonce performed more than a dozen songs on the main stage much like her Mrs. Carter World Tour, which wrapped in Brooklyn last month. She was a vocal powerhouse on songs like If I Were a Boy and 1+1 where she sang on the floor and like the Energizer Bunny during the up-tempo numbers Get Me Bodied and End of Time. She closed with Halo, kicking the song off with Whitney Houstons I Will Always Love You. The Grammy-winning singer not a usual at the festival circuits didnt perform any new material that could hint at a possible new album. Another surprise was Jay-Z: The rapper didnt join Beyonce onstage, though the two have a number of collaborations and he curated the festival. Her sister, Solange, who is part of the festival lineup Sunday, performed after an after-party at the Theater of Living Arts for a feverish crowd. Id rather perform for a crowd of 50 that appreciate the music, she told the crowd of 200 people. Deadmau5, Phoenix, Emeli Sande, HAIM, A$AP Rocky and others performed across three stages during the 10-hour event. Imagine Dragons were crowd favorites when singing the alternative-flavored hits Radioactive and Its Time, while 2 Chainz was one of the most popular thanks to his many hits as a lead artist and guest star. Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform Sunday. This has been a beautiful night, Beyonce yelled after finishing her set. A fan replied: Youre beautiful! Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Star-Studded Trailer For Ron Howard And Jay Z’s Documentary ‘Made In America’
According to producer/music mogul No I.D., the beat for Big Seans Control was meant for Jay Z. During an interview with Complex , No I.D. revealed how he decided to give Big Sean Control instead of Jay Z. I told him I felt like he needed to do some straight, hardcore Hip Hop records. Sometimes we focus so much on selling records that we leave some artistic points uncoveredI had this beat. I had actually done it for Jay, right before I let Sean hear it. I said, You should take this beat. I think it would be great for you to show up on one of these beats. Forget money. Forget everything. Could you imagine if Jay Z recorded a verse or an entire song on Control? The saga of Big Seans controversial song wouldve been completely different. Big Seans sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, is currently available on iTunes and at a music retailer near you. 0
Jay Z’s documentary ‘Made in America’ picked up by Showtime
Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jay Z’s ‘Made In America’ documentary heads to Showtime Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY 5:14 p.m. EDT August 30, 2013 Jay Z curated and headlined the 2012 fest that also showcased Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Pearl Jam and Run-DMC in the rap act’s first show in 11 years. Jay Z enlisted Ron Howard to direct a documentary of his 2012 Made In America festival. (Photo: Johnny Nunez WireImage for 2K Sports) SHARECONNECT 16 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Jay Z’s curated Made In America festival, filmed by Ron Howard last year in Philadelphia, heads to Showtime in October with performances and interviews by Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Janelle Monae and Run-DMC, taking the spotlight for the first time in 11 years. The two-day fest, headlined by Jay Z and sponsored by Budweiser, also showcased Odd Future, Santigold, Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Jill Scott, Miike Snow, Passion Pit and Rita Ora. The Made In America documentary premieres on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT Oct. 11 and will make its debut Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
30, 2013, 6:18 PM EST By Tim Kenneally Find: Jay Z, BeyoncA expecting again? A| Week in Quotes A The film, which makes its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7, will premiere on Showtime on Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Jay Z, who curated and headlined the festival, also served as a producer on the film, along with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the latter of whom directed the doc. The film, produced by Participant Media and RadicalMedia, covers a multi-genre concert whose lineup included Jay Z, West, the Hives, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold and others. The overarching theme of the movie is the “making it in America” success stories of not just the artists, but the fans, vendors and crew whose lives were impacted by the event. Those stories range from Run-D.M.C.’s Reverend Run detailing the unlikely origins of their hit “Walk This Way” to the tale of a single mother who attended the concert in hopes of boosting her struggling food-truck business. Also read:A Sorry, Jay Z: Samsung ‘Holy Grail’ Sales Don’t Count on Billboard’s Chart “As soon as we saw this film, we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime,”Asaid David Nevins, Showtime Networks’ president of entertainment.
A few months ago, pop singer Beyonce put together a successful documentary for HBO, and now her husband Jay-Z will follow suit with another subscription cable network, Showtime. On Friday, the network put out the first trailer for the documentary, which is rolling with the titleMade In America, which follows a festival the prolific rapper and producer put together on Labor Day weekend last yearand is repeating this year. The documentary is set to hit Showtimes schedule on October 11, and the trailer fills us in on a little bit of what we can expect from the new endeavor. In the promotional clip, Jay-Z talks a lot about the shared experience of humanity (which shouldnt shock anyone who has seen the mans philosophical musings before). Additionally, we get to see some concert footage from a bunch of big names, including Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, and plenty of the other artists that collaborated for the festival. Jay-Zs got pretty big shoes to fill. In February,Beyonce: Life Is But A Dreampremiered to 1.8 million total viewers during its first run on HBO, making it the most highly-watched documentary the subscription cable network rolled out in over a decade. Showtimes audience is typically a little smaller than HBOs, as well, so Jay-Z has his work cut out for him. Luckily, he seems to have a pretty damn good team to back him up. Weve known since August of 2012 that Ron Howard was putting together a Jay-Z documentary. At the time, he was busy editing the filmRushand the project seemed to be a lofty idea. However, the director took his sweet time with theMade in Americadocumentary, and more than a year later, fans will actually get to see the footage. The documentary was also produced by Jay-Z, along with RadicalMedia and Participant Media. Concert footage can often feature a lot of fun, emotional performances and since that event has been chronicled with Howards capable eye, it should be a pretty exciting watch. Deadline is reporting that Showtimes President of Entertainment David Nevins would agree. As soon as we saw this film we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime.
Related News Beyonce flaunts abs amid pregnancy rumors, shares Blue Ivy photo The 31-year-old singer appears in a bikini in a video to promote her upcoming tour dates in Brazil. The video can be seen below. The clip, which contains no spoken dialogue and features the popular bossa nova song “The Girl from Ipanema,” is in black and white and features a vintage style. Tour dates and other text in the video is written in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. The video’s Portuguese title, “Beyonce Te Convida Para a Sua Proxima Aventura,” roughly translates to “Beyonce Invites You For Your Next Adventure.” The video also show scenic views of Brazil and in one shot, Beyonce writes the word “Brazil” in the sand while at the beach. The video appears to have been shot before the singer chopped off her hair for a pixie ‘do earlier this month. Beginning on Sept. 8, her tour, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, is set to stop in cities like Fortaleza, Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro during its time in Brazil.
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20, 2013 5:58 AM PDT Loading… OHPIX/bauergriffinonline.com Beyonce must have worked up an appetite whipping her new bob around onstage at V Festival! On Saturday, Aug. 17, Queen Bey and her entourage put in a $2,261 (1,444 if we’re feeling British) order at an Essex location of Nando’s, a casual dining chain popular in the U.K. for its chicken. In a receipt obtained by the Daily Mail and BBC , an order placed under the name of “Beyonce K” (as you will recall, before she was a one-namer, she used her given last name, Knowles) includes 58 wing platters, 48 whole chickens, 12 veggie burgers and 24 coleslaw orders. VIDEO: Aw! Bey gets a kiss from Kid President Adorably, one Twitter user posted a picture of two smiling Nando’s employees behind a grill “cooking @Beyonce wings while she’s at @VFestival.” This isn’t the first time Bey’s hit up the popular U.K. chain for some post-show comfort food. Back in May, she and her crew racked up a $1,144 tab at a Nando’s in Dublin . They must have some mighty good chicken wings if Beyonce’s a repeat customer!
22, 2013 10:34 AM PDT Loading… Looks like Beyonce is bound for Brazil. Jay Z’s missuswho is set to embark on the Brazilian leg of her Mrs. Carter World Tour in Septemberreleased a new promo for her upcoming concert series in which she bares her enviable bod in a retro bikini. The black and white video clip is set to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s version of the hit “The Girl From Ipanema,” and features Queen Bey strolling in the sand on a beautiful beach while the camera cuts to picturesque scenes around the city and countryside. Bey explores the beauty of Brazil while tour dates flash across the screen, as she’s shown sunbathing in a hammock, writing her name in the sand and swimming in the cool ocean water. PHOTO: Bey flaunts new bob at concert iam.beyonce.com The 31-year-old performer will soon be heading down to South America, where she’s set to play five cities in Brazil as well as four other shows across Latin America throughout September. In addition to her new promo, Beyonce posted three new pics on her Tumblr page. In one image , the “Bow Down” singer poses (with long hair!) next to a sign that says “Beyonce Shots,” placing one hand on her hip while delicately holding what appears to be a cup of cognac. She flaunts her long legs in a pair of booty shorts and sports a shirt with her initial “BK” emblazoned on the front, smiling from ear to ear with berry-red lips. PHOTOS: Bey’s best red carpet moments iam.beyonce.com In another shot , the singer shows off her love of the Brooklyn Nets (the team that Bey’s hubby previously owned ), sporting a baseball cap and making a kissy face while seemingly snapping a selfie. WATCH: Beyonce gets a kiss from Kid President! iam.beyonce.com And, of course, the proud mama also gave daughter Blue Ivy some love, posting a pic where you can only see the top of the one-year-old’s head (can’t miss that curly hair!) as Bey gently guides her little girl, while wearing a Texas jersey and bikini bottoms.
Beyoncé Bares Her Bikini Bod for New Brazilian Tour Promo Video, Plus New Tumblr Pics!
“I had to pull myself together, especially when Michael walked into the room, and I did. I just pretended I was back in the room at my mom’s house, I tuned everyone else out and I just gave it my all. Sure enough, he was able to see that.” And though dreams of touring with Jackson evaporated with the singer’s death, Grant has played a part in the King of Pop’s legacy, starring as Jackson himself in the “Michael Forever” tribute concert in 2011. So by the time he linked up with Beyonce, the contemporary performer who some have identified as coming closest to Jackson’s combination of vocal ability and dance acumen, it’s safe to say he had some confidence. “I compare her to Michael because not only does she have the voice and the look, but the movement. The way it all ties together is just very important,” Grant said of working with Beyonce. “Some people may lack the singing, the movement or the feeling, but she has it all. I was really intrigued by that, and I just wanted to help in any way that I could help. I sure learn from her — she gives me a lot of information. That’s what I love about the whole situation with her, is that we are learning from each other.” As part of Pepsi’s “Dance for a Chance” contest, Grant selected a number of amateur dancers to film a fan music video, set to Beyonce’s yet-to-be-released track, “Grown Woman.” (The song debuted in Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial.) It was, by Grant’s account, quite the experience. “It was very inspiring to me, because these are not professional dancers, these are fans who just enjoy Beyonce’s music,” he said. “For them to buckle down and really learn these steps and perform the way they did was amazing to me.
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8/23/2013 11:20 AM ET | Filed under: Beyonce GIFs Booyah!!!!! Note: your comment may take a few minutes to appear. Note: your comment may take a few minutes to appear. name * ‘N Sync’s VMA Reunion DEFINITELY Happening! Find Out Which Songs They’ll Sing HERE! Hold on to your umbrellas, kiddies — this news will blow your ass away!!! We know Joey Fatone tried to convince the world he flew into NYC to buy a cronut , but he’s full of stir fried shiitake mushrooms!! The ‘N Sync reunion is ON! That’s right, dear readers — barring some disastrous turn of events, Justin Timberlake and his merry band of men are definitely performing this weekend at the VMAs !!! Even better, we know ‘N Sync’s supposed set list!!!! Ch-ch-check it out for URself…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
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The 3D CGI tale from 20th Century Fox was released on Blu-ray and DVD formats on Tuesday. The Blu-ray edition features over an hour of extras, including an interactive coloring book. When it was first released in theaters in May, the film garnered praise from Variety and The Washington Post for its striking visuals and scenery. Much of the film (which features the voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Beyonce) is set in a land of enchantment where anything can happen, leading to several colorful set pieces. Thanks to her brilliant but eccentric scientist father, Mary Katherine ( Seyfried ) comes to find herself in a miniature world of magic, filled with some helpful characters (Farrell, Beyonce) and others who are not so helpful to say the least, like two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz’s malevolent Mandrake. Watch the video at the top of this story to see Seyfried and Farrell discuss what it was like to enter this fairy-tale world. There’s also video below of Beyonce in an exclusive clip taken directly from the Blu-ray release, which is now available in stores. 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Beyonce Booed At V Festival; Debuts Blonde Bob
Now let’s have some fun in the rain. It feels good doesn’t it,” Beyonce told the crowd. Despite the hiccup, fans appeared to enjoy Beyonce’s 17-track set and were in awe of her new blonde bob hairdo. Just one week after debuting a drastically short pixie haircut, the “Single Ladies” singer showed off a blonde bob while performing for thousands of fans at Hylands Park. One insider attempted to shed light on why exactly Beyonce got rid of her trademark long blonde locks. TO SEE PHOTOS OF BEYONCE’S BLONDE BOB CLICK HERE Like us on Facebook “Changing hair is like changing lipstick or eye shadow for her,” a source told the Daily Beast. “I think she gets a kick out of how much the press talks about it.” Some critics attributed Beyonce’s new hairstyle to an incident that occurred at her Mrs. Carter world tour in Montreal. In July the mother-of-one’s long locks got caught in a fan on stage while she was performing “Halo.” While the Hollywood star was able to laugh off the incident, critics have questioned whether the mishap may have influenced her to remove her beloved hair extensions and adopt the edgy new look. Kim Kimble, Beyonce’s longtime stylist, explained that the singer’s haircut is part of a bold statement. “She had great, thick long hair, which she cut off because she’s ready to make a statement. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beautiful, sexy, bold and I can do it all,” Kimble said. “She’s the perfect model for that: A working woman, mom, superstar, businesswoman.
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She sticks out her ample tongue while posing on the red carpet, on Instagram and on Twitter. In her suggestive music video We Can’t Stop, she licks dolls, other people and the air. And most recently, she posted a photo of herself l icking an MTV Moonman trophy. Her explanation? “It’s going to be super-dope when I win my VMA, my Moonman, ’cause one, I already made out with him, so now he has to go home with me,” she says in an interview with MTV . She also says that because she has a photo of herself with the Moonman, she’s still going to tell people she won, even if she doesn’t. But she’s sure she will. On Sunday, the former Hannah Montanastar will perform for the first time on the MTV Video Music Awards. She’s also nominated in three categories for her summer party anthem, We Can’t Stop: Best Female Video, Best Editing and new category Best Song of the Summer.
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But nothing can stop Miley from loving her fiance as she always finds her way back to the blue-eyed Aussie. Their twerky romance has been complicated, often keeping their fans and critics guessing if they are still together or Miley had returned the engagement ring back to Liam. A source close to the We Cant Stop singer says, Miley is totally in to Liam. The insider, interviewed by HollywoodLife.com , confirmed that their romance got a little rocky for a time. Liam apparently does not approve of Mileys social media behavior. “She’s totally in love with Liam. Miley even quit Twitter for a while because it was causing so many fights, the source said, according to HL. But love indeed, conquers all and the celebrity couple managed to iron out their differences , a bit of a compromise ensued since Miley cant be tamed being a social media magnet. The source noted, But she couldn’t stay off [Twitter] so she ended up promising him that she would never post about their personal life and she’s been pretty good about that.” RELATED: Liam Hemsworth-Miley Cyrus Twerky Romance: Why Paranoia Star Disapproves of Girlfriends Tweets [PHOTOS/VIDEO] Full article here. Miley Cyrus Bored of Pixie Crop, Reveals Secret of Helping it Grow; Liam Hemsworth Loves Short Hair [PHOTOS/VIDEO] Full article here.
The former child star has had quite the transformation since her days on Hannah Montana and it seems she wasn’t interested in just leaving her old pop princess look behind, she wanted to completely makeover her image with a daring new look. Revealing how she’d describe the transformation she recently told MTV: “You can just mix white trash and Chanel, that’s me. That’s my ultimate look. “Pretty much everything is weird bondage stores except obviously my jewellerygotta keep it classy with Chanel. I wear a lot of jewellery during the day, so I pretty much just come with my own jewellery, and give me some underwear to wear with it, and I call it a day.” While she might step out in daring looks, the 20 year-old claimed she’s much more relaxed and mainly wears a onesie. “I have a hippo, which my boyfriend thinks is really sexy,” she claimed referring to fiance Aussie hunk Liam Hemsworth, “So when I come downstairs it’s Hungry Hungry Hippo, and I just go and smash everything and eat everything in sight.” Miley Cyrus Admits She’s ‘White Trash’ And Claims Liam Hemsworth Finds Her Onsies Sexy Miley Cyrus rocks her “white trash meets Chanel” style (Splash News) The star teamed her fashion transformation with a new hair style, going for a blonde peroxide crop last summer. While she’s always maintained she’s a fan of the crazy do, recently she told E!’s Fashion Police she missed her long locks. “I’m secretly tugging on it every night and taking Viviscal. I’m not going to lie. But I’m going to rock it while I have it!” she said.
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Earlier this year, the star was still firmly on Team Short, going as far as using the n word as in never. “You will never see me with long hair again!” she told E! . “My fiance loves it. It’s so easy and [I] don’t need to wash it. It looks better grungy and not washing it.” She also said that following the cut she “never felt more me in my whole life” and noted that she was finally “feeling so happy in my skin.” Now it sounds like she’s ready to move on to something new. See which celebrities have already changed up their looks this summer in our hair transformations gallery . Buh-bye blond! Piper Perabo showed off a new ‘do while filming her USA series, “Covert Affairs,” in Toronto. The actress, known for her work in the flicks “The Prestige” and “Coyote Ugly,” is …
The 32-year-old heiress, who might have a reputation as a “spoilt rich kid,” said that though she does take jets sometimes, she doesn’t mind going commercial, the Mirror reported. She said that when she was young, she decided that she wanted to make it big and be independent and not have to ask for anything. Having established a fashion and accessories empire with 44 stores around the world, the great-grand-daughter of hotel giant Conrad Hilton has made 20 million pounds in her own right through her scent and handbag ranges, and her stores. She said that she liked partying as a kid but now she likes to be with her boyfriend, stay home and cook. Non-logged-in comments will go through a verification process for security reasons. Log in to post this comment Your comment Characters Remaining: 3000 Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, libellous, slanderous or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Let’s work together to keep the conversation civil. pOST cOMMENT Post your comment We encourage you to register/login and proceed.
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Paris Hilton told to be ‘ditzy rich girl’
The hotel heiress, 32, rose to fame thanks to popular TV series The Simple Life, which followed her ups and downs with best friend Nicole Richie. While the two socialites had very distinct personalities on the show, Paris insists it wasn’t by choice. “When we did that show, it was the first reality show. I had never seen a reality show. “Id never been on camera in my life. I didnt really know what to do. The producers told Nicole and I, ‘Nicole you be the troublemaker and Paris you be the ditzy blonde rich girl,’” she confessed to British newspaper The Metro.
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