Daily Archives: May 15, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 16: Beginning the Spinning

U.S. Census Bureau Logo. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. Census Bureau)WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
BEGINNING THE SPINNING
Profile America — Tuesday, May 16th. The first disc-type phonograph record was demonstrated publicly on this date in 1888. The…

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On the Charts: Logic Edges Chris Stapleton for Number One

Logic scored his first Billboard 200 Number One album as the Maryland rapper dethroned Kendrick Lamar and edged out Chris Stapleton to land Everybody in the top spot.

Everybody ended the week with 247,000 total copies, 196,000 were from traditional album sales to stop Kendrick Lamar’s three-week Damn. reign atop the Billboard 200. The prolific rapper’s latest album also established both a new chart peak for Logic, improving on the Number Three debut of his Incredible True Story in 2015, Billboard reports.

Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 had to settle for Number Two despite technically selling the most albums last week: The country star’s Traveller follow-up sold 219,000 total copies, but 202,000 of that total were from traditional albums sales, 6,000 more than Logic’s haul. However, the rapper chalked up an additional 50,000 in sales from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs) and track equivalent albums (TEAs).

Still, Stapleton established his best-selling week yet as From A Room: Volume 1 outsold the 153,000 copies Traveller sold in the week following Stapleton’s dominating 2015 CMA Awards. From A Room: Volume 1 also had the best-selling week by a country LP since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights back in August 2015.

Rapper Russ’ There’s Really a Wolf was the only other new release to enter the Top 10, settling at Number Seven and 49,000 copies.

After three weeks atop the Billboard 200, Lamar’s Damn. stepped down to Number Three, where it was followed by the surging Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack (up from Number Eight to Number Four), Drake’s More Life (Number Five) and Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Number Six).

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, Gorillaz’ Humanz and the Epic AF comp rounded out Numbers Eight through 10.

Logic’s time atop the Billboard 200 should be short-lived as Harry Styles is expected to easily debut at Number One with his self-titled LP.

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Media Alert With Downloadable Video And Photos: U2 Kicks Off US Dates Of The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour May 14

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Multi-platinum band U2 kicked off a series of U.S. dates on its eagerly anticipated “Joshua Tree Tour 2017” with a triumphant show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA, last night. It was the band’s first show in…

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E.I.U.M.T. Artist Ponce Juno is Hitting the Hip-Hop Music Scene Hard This Summer 2017

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Entertainment_Industry_Unity_Movement_Team_Ponce_Juno.jpg?p=captionATLANTA, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Entertainment Industry Unity Movement Team (E.I.U.M.T.), a company with clients across a broad spectrum of films, television, music, fashion, sports and more, has announced that hip-hop artist Ponce Juno will be hitting the hip-hop music scene hard…

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Spanish Broadcasting System anuncia upfront de 2017 en Nueva York

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Luis_Fonsi_Vladdy.jpg?p=captionNUEVA YORK, 15 de mayo de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Spanish Broadcasting System  la cadena hispana radial de mayor transcendencia basada en los EE.UU., anunció hoy que ofrecerá su upfront para clientes y anunciantes en la ciudad de Nueva York, el martes 16 de mayo de…

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Spanish Broadcasting System Announces 2017 Upfront In New York

NEW YORK, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA), (“SBS”), a leading Hispanic media company, announced today that it will host its upfront presentation for clients and advertisers in New York City on Tuesday, May 16 2017 starting at 6:00 pm….

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Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Announces Solo Album in Emotional Post

Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello announced her debut solo LP, The Hurting The Healing The Loving. In an emotional Instagram post, she called the album “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again.”

Cabello will release the project’s as-yet-untitled first single on Friday, May 19th. In the post, she implied that album opener “I Have Questions” will be the follow-up single, calling it “the second song that you’ll hear.” The vocalist wrote that she penned “I Have Questions” in a fragile state that wiped her out creatively and emotionally.

“I started writing [the song] in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago,” she continued. “I was completely broken during that time. I was in the kind of pain that’s uncomfortable to talk about, and it was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud … I couldn’t write another song for six months because writing meant I had to feel everything, and I wasn’t ready to do that yet.”

The 20-year-old singer added more elusive statements about the album’s dark inspiration, which she described as “a secret burning on my tongue.” However, in a separate post, she described the writing process like a humbling emotional exorcism: “I realized I wasn’t making music just to make an album anymore. I was making this music to heal. It wasn’t until I had made enough songs to listen back to and realized I could hear myself coming back through these songs.”

Cabello announced her departure from Third Harmony in December. Three months prior, the singer abruptly left the quintet’s Missouri concert mid-show after suffering from anxiety – a condition she’s battled in the past.

“I was having terrible anxiety, nonstop,” Cabello told Billboard in 2015. “My heart would beat really fast the whole day. Two hours after I woke up, I’d need a nap because my body was so hyperactive. It was so eff – sorry, but it was so fucked up. I was scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me. I realized the stuff I thought was important isn’t worth my health. Now I write in a diary every day, work out and meditate.”

Cabello technically began her solo career during her tenure in Fifth Harmony, releasing the Shawn Mendes duet “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in November 2015. Since then, she’s teamed with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on “Bad Things,” collaborated with DJ Cashmere Cat on “Love Incredible” and joined Pitbull for “Hey Ma” from The Fate of the Furious Soundtrack. 

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Natalie Grant and Jason Crabb to Headline Second Annual American Gospel Celebration

The American Gospel Celebration will take place June 8th and 9th in Lancaster. (PRNewsfoto/John Hagee Ministries)SAN ANTONIO, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two of Christian music’s biggest voices—multi-GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Natalie Grant and GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Jason Crabb—are set to headline the second annual American Gospel Celebration June 8 and 9 in…

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LiveXLive Acquires Wantickets, Expanding Reach to Millions of Engaged Live Music Fans

LiveXLive (PRNewsFoto/Loton, Corp.)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Loton, Corp’s (OTC: LIVX) subsidiary LiveXLive Tickets, a part of Loton’s LiveXLive worldwide premium live music video streaming network (“LiveXLive”), today announced that it has acquired all of the operating assets of Wantickets, a…

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Harry Styles' Revealing New Album Doc: 10 Things We Learned

Following the release of his self-titled debut, Harry Styles has given fans an inside look at the process of making the record in a new Apple Music documentary titled Harry Styles: Behind the Album. The 50-minute feature shows Styles playing the complete album for the first time in between recording sessions with his band and producer Jeff Bhasker in Jamaica and London. While the 23-year-old has been extremely candid about his life in the year following One Direction’s hiatus, he opens up even further here as he details the process of writing and recording Harry Styles. Here are 10 things we learned from the film.

1. Styles first performed the album all the way through at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
The live scenes from the film show Styles fronting his new band at rock’s holiest ground: Abbey Road Studios. Not only was it a convenient location since he lives close by, but the site also held a special significance for the lifelong Beatles fan. Styles notes the “aura about the place” that drew him in.

2. He relished the opportunity to live a totally private life for a full year.
For five years, One Direction was the biggest band in the world. They sold out stadiums on their back-to-back tours while fans and tabloids followed their every move. Having spent his teenage years in the harsh spotlight, Styles was able to slip away from the immense fame he experienced – living quietly at home with his family – and retreat to Jamaica to make music. As he put it, he “made myself get bored.”

3. Don’t get it twisted, though: He loved being in One Direction.
“When you leave a band, a boy band, you feel like you have to go the complete other direction and say, ‘Don’t worry everyone, I hated it. It wasn’t me,'” Styles explains before noting that his experience in and out of the group was filled with nothing but real, genuine love and appreciation. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that band.” As positive as the experience was, the young artists felt a lot of pressure to get bigger with each album and tour, and Styles is glad the group’s first phase ended on a high note. Having that experience has allowed him to feel like he can pursue a less intense, maybe even smaller career than what he did with One Direction.

4. Cutting off his long hair helped him to make a fresh start.
For the latter half of his time in 1D, Styles became “the one with the long hair,” as he views it. During their Made in the A.M. era, his long tresses fell below his shoulder and became an important part of his look. In the documentary, cutting off his hair is a symbolic, momentous occasion that helps him enter a new era of his life and career. Still, he tries to not dwell on that too much during the interview scenes. “I was about to personify my hair, but then I decided not to,” he jokes.

5. He gave collaborator Mitch Rowland a handmade guitar.
One of Styles’ main collaborators on the LP is Mitch Rowland, who joined the band by chance. Rowland had been working at a pizza shop before teaming up with Styles, Bhasker and the rest of their crew, and he ended up co-writing every song with Styles. In a tender scene from the documentary, the singer shows his appreciation for the musician by giving him a gorgeous handmade guitar. As his own thank you, Rowland offers Styles the guitar he had been playing throughout the process of creating the album after playing his own “farewell solo” on it.

6. Jeff Bhasker helped Styles grow as a songwriter.
Styles has nothing but compliments for the superstar producer whom he credits with helping him grow as a songwriter. For Styles, Bhasker’s encouragement and support was an integral part of the writing process for his solo debut. According to him, he had written several duds early on, and instead of dismissing the tracks entirely, Bhasker found “the good bits” and they continued on with those.

7. “Carolina” was the last song written for the album.
Bhasker was looking for a rocker with a good melody to round out the album, so Styles served up the riveting, early-Sixties-ish “Carolina” to fulfill the producer’s order. “It was the little bit of fun we had been wanting but didn’t have,” Styles says of the song. It is also the only song in the documentary that Styles confirms to be about a specific person whose name is in the lyrics. Sleuthing fans have connected the song to a fan named Townes whom he had met once when she was 20 years old. According to Styles, he has seen her once since writing the tune though he did not reveal to her that he had written a song about their one-time encounter.

8. He remains diplomatic when it comes to writing songs about other people – and having songs written about him.
“To have been part of a moment that means something to someone enough for them to write a song about it is a huge compliment,” Styles reveals. He is careful not to name names but he is confident that the people he sings about on his debut solo album will be able to connect specific moments mentioned in the lyrics with their personal experiences. Asked about the times when the tables have been turned on him, Styles offers a coy “no comment.”

9. Seeing a gospel choir record backing vocals for “Sign of the Times” made him emotional.
One specific moment during the recording process that left a major impression on Styles was the experience of sitting in the room as a gospel choir recorded massive, angelic harmonies for his first solo single “Sign of the Times.” In footage of Styles experiencing this moment, he clutches his face and even runs up to hug the soloist towards the end of the session.

10. He had to have a prosthetic version of his face made while filming his first music video.
After photos from the set of the “Sign of the Times” video leaked on Twitter, fans shared spooky images of a man wearing a prosthetic version of Styles’ face while flying in the sky. The Michael Myers–esque mask was created in case Styles needed a stuntman for the video, which features him flying through mountains and over the sea while singing the song.

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