Expresso Walk And Talk...
to Nielsen's figures, the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver
Olympics drew an average 32.6 millions from 7pm to 11pm. Ceremony
mastermind David Atkins spent somewhere between $30 million and
$40 million on the production, roughly a tenth of Beijings
budget. He wanted it to feel intimate and personal as the story
of Canada unfolded before our eyes.
More than 100 projectors were used to create the ceremonys
landscape of dreams theme. Canadians Nelly Furtado,
Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, KD Lang were among performers. A minute
of silence was observed to honor the late Georgia luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.
soprano Measha Brueggergosman sings while the Olympic flag is raised.
k.d. lang took center stage and sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
Everyone in the audience had been given a miniature flashlight to
wave. The power and beauty of Joni
Mitchell music accompanying the acrobat flying over golden fields,
was one of the most moving moments. Honest
moments like Wayne Gretzky not able to hide the worry on his face
during the mechanical malfunction. You can tell they don't worry
about security as much in Canada, as dozens of citizens are ran
alongside the Gretzkymobile just like a scene out of "Rocky."
Meanwhile, the people in the arena paid $1,000 a seat. Proof that
solid entertainment has good value.
Live Nation and their partners the Lee Development Group have set
an aggressive timetable for the construction of the Fillmore music
club in Silver Spring with a projected September 2011 opening date.
Live Nation's stock is up 7.4% in the last five trading days, and
rose 3.2% on Wednesday. With new business models, like annual subscription
series - Premiere Marquee Club (PMC) of The Greek Theatre and Gibson
Amphitheatre, Live Nation is working on growing their share with
membership offer. Once you are a member, you will be treated to
advanced access to shows* at both venues all year long. Membership
Levels: Platinum member - 8 or more shows; Gold member - 5 to 7
shows; Silver member - 3 or 4 shows. Platinum Members will also
enjoy three months of access (June through August) to The Foundation
Room at House of Blues Sunset Strip for the member and one guest.
The Foundation Room is a private, members-only dining room and lounge
for individuals who enjoy the five-star treatment. Gourmet chefs,
elegant surroundings, top-notch service and Hollywood VIPs are the
norm here. Access is subject to room capacity on an individual date
basis and reservations are appreciated. Seat location is determined
by membership level. The more shows you have in your series, the
better your seats become!
In The House The
Academy Awards are an annual rite of passage, a social and economic
boost in an industry in which the two are intertwined," said
Women in Film president Joan Hyler, an organizer of the group's
House of Blues Oscar Night Mardi Gras, at which director Taylor
Hackford and Oscar nominee Helen Mirren ("The Madness of King
George") will serve as king and queen. In
terms of prestige, there are two parties to beat: Vanity Fair's
(held this year at the Sunset Tower Hotel), hosted by editor Graydon
Carter and producer Steve Tisch ("Forrest Gump") and the
18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation fund-raiser, which netted
$200,000 for the charity last year, is held at the Pacific Design
center is home to Sir Elton John's annual Gala. It starts first
as a viewing party, then gets busy after the Oscars. Every big-name
star is expected to stop by, like David and Victoria Beckham, Nicole
Kidman and Ellen. The party doubles as a fundraiser, collecting
more than $25 million. The headline performer will be Grace Jones.
As Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation Scott Campbell says
the benefit party is important because it is one of the top donators
to HIV/AIDS projects around the world. The organization has raised
over $175 million since they were founded 18 years ago -- this year
they expect to raise between $3.5-5 million. "Our theme and
focus always remains the same, which is to do the best we can to
raise as much money [as possible] to support the issue of HIV and
help us to expand our ability to support projects around the world,"
1500 guests attend the Governor's Ball including Oscar winners,
presenters and other Hollywood elite where Puck has the menu including
the gold Oscar chocolates.
few days ago AllAccess went live with AllAccess Desktop, a desktop
alert application to notify its members of updates to music charts.
AllAccess Desktop was built using KlipFolio and the KlipFolio Bunder.
Audio Engineering Ltd., the U.K. manufacturer of Focusrite and
Novation brands is pleased to announce the formation of Focusrite
Novation Inc., which establishes a dedicated American presence for
the UK company. Industry leader Phil Wagner, who held a similar
position as President of Solid State Logic, Inc., will head the
new company. Phil Dudderidge, Focusrite Managing Director states,
"We want to increase the recognition of and support for the
Focusrite and Novation
brands in the vital U.S. market. Creating Focusrite Novation Inc.
enables us to enhance our presence with increased levels of dealer
support and various forthcoming marketing initiatives. We are extremely
pleased to have Phil Wagner come on board as President of our wholly
owned subsidiary."Focusrite Novation Inc. will concentrate
on growing Focusrite and Novation's expanding product slate with
the addition of sales management, marketing and field training staff.
The new US operation will be located in Los Angeles, California.
Phil Wagner comments, "Establishing an American corporate presence
for Focusrite and Novation is an exciting opportunity. Focusrite
Novation Inc. will continue to work in partnership with its US distributor,
American Music and Sound Inc., specifically their newly established
'Music Creation Division'. This newly created division concentrates
on Focusrite, Novation and four other premium brands that will be
managed regionally by a new team of sales managers. AM&S President
Lynn Martin opines, "We are pleased to see Focusrite &
Novation applying additional sales and marketing resources directed
specifically to the US market. They are leveraging the strength
of the Music Creation Division team and our distribution and service
capabilities. "We will continue to handle the physical distribution
of the Focusrite and Novation products from our warehouse in the
Memphis, Tennessee area."
to Chris Jenkins, SSL design guru and director of commercial applications,
has won the Music Producers Guild Unsung Hero Award. The award ceremony
took place at Cafe de Paris, London, on February 11, 2010. The Unsung
Hero Award puts the spotlight on those individuals who have quietly
yet dramatically contributed to the music industry at large. SSL
recently moved to a new west coast office location on 3700 Wilshire
Blvd., Suite 720 in Los Angeles, CA. The new building offers expanded
demonstration facilities to further showcase the successful C
series digital consoles and full line of industry leading analogue
products including the flagship Duality SE, AWS 900+ SE, Matrix
and the new X-Patch.
15th Annual TEC
LA Open, sponsored by Guitar Center Professional, is set for
Monday, May 17, at the Malibu Country Club. This tournament,
hosted by 20-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt
is celebrating its 15th year. Proceeds of the tournament support
the House Ear Institutes hearing health outreach services
for audio professionals and the TEC Foundations TECnology
Hall of Fame, recognizing the most historically significant audio
innovations and inventors, held annually at the AES Convention.
Please call Karen Dunn at (925) 708-0307 if you have any questions.
You can also check out the Web site at www.tecfoundation.com for
Mirimichi "Place of Happy Retreat" For Justin.
For father-son bonding, you couldn't pick a sweeter venue than Augusta
National where Timberlake
eagled the famed 13th hole, holing-out a 9-iron from 135 yards.
Once merely thought of as a lightweight boy band crooner, Timberlake
has emerged as one of the 21st century's most protean pop culture
figures. But for all of his high-profile success as a singer, actor,
producer,"Saturday Night Live" funnyman and serial dater
of starlets, Timberlake's real passion is golf. His single-digit
handicap is only one manifestation. Timberlake is simultaneously
making golf both cool and eco-friendly. Through regular appearances
at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Bob Hope Desert
Classic, Timberlake has injected a much needed youthful vitality
into two of the PGA Tour's oldest tournaments, and his cutting-edge
on-course fashion has forever shattered the image of golf as a haven
for bad plaid. Through his pro-am cameos Timberlake quickly became
an indispensable asset to the Tour, and in 2008 he was awarded his
very own tournament, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for
Children Open. Timberlake's latest golf-related labor of love is
Mirimichi Lakes, the course he owns near his hometown of Memphis.
The same piece of earth used to be Big Creek Golf Course, a public
track where Timberlake learned the game. In 2007, Big Creek was
going to be plowed-up and turned into a housing development, so
Timberlake swooped in and bought the place for $800,000. Some $15
million in improvements later, the course was rechristenedMirimichi
honors Timberlake's Native American roots and means "place
of happy retreat." Timberlake not only built a world-class
public course but also a model of ecological responsibility. Captured
rainwater is used for irrigation, and native grasses planted just
off the fairway cut down on the course's overall thirst. The 43,000-
square-foot clubhousehome to Justin Timberlake Enterprisesis
largely solarpowered. For all these efforts, Mirimichi was the first
golf course in the U.S. to receive Audubon Classic Sanctuary certification
from Audubon International. "The golf swing is very, very rhythmic.
There's a certain tempo to it, just like in music. It just made
sense to me," says Justin.
Yourself! We're living in a material world, so why not wear
clothes by the Material Girl? Madonna's
collaborating with Ed
Hardy on a fashion line - The Cut, according to the Mirror.
Known for its tattoo prints, the label is owned by Christian Audigier.
According to Women's Wear Daily, the apparel, intimates (of course!)
and footwear collection would be sold exclusively at Macy's stores,
and label names under consideration are reportedly, the obvious
"Material Girl" for the clothes, and the apropos "Truth
or Dare" for her lingerie and undergarments line. We'd like
to toss "Blonde Ambition" and "Express Yourself"
into the ring and make it available at studioexpresso, of course!
Swift, 20 and the Zac Brown Band won their first Grammy Awards on
Sunday (Jan. 31) in Los Angeles, recognized in two of the night's
highest-profile categories. Swift's Fearless claimed the evening's
final honor -- album of the year. She also collected three country
trophies -- best female country vocal performance and best country
song for "White Horse," as well as best country album
for Fearless. She performed a duet with one of her personal idols,
Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. Meanwhile, the Zac Brown band won
best new artist among all genres. Our favorite catagory: Best new
Brown Band The
band was later joined by Leon Russell on a medley of songs, including
"America the Beautiful" and "Chicken Fried."
They were introduced by actor Chris O'Donnell, who also acknowledged
famed Nashville studio musician Harold Bradley, recipient of a Trustees
Award from the Recording Academy, given to outstanding non-performing
individuals in the music business. Beyonce, 28, went into the show
with more nominations than anybody else, with 10 to her name, and
she also walked away with the most gold, winning six Grammys. After
sweeping the R&B categories, she proceeded to win song of the
year for Singles Ladies (Put A Ring On It). She also won best female
pop vocal performance for the song Halo. Lady Gaga, 23, who won
two awards, sweeping the dance categories, she had the coveted privilege
of kicking off the show, which she did in larger-than-life style,
dueting face to face with pop icon Sir Elton John on a medley that
included her hit, Poker Face, and his, Your Song Alt-rock band Kings
of Leon beat out all three of them, as well as hip-hop/dance group
Black Eyed Peas, taking home a record of the year trophy for their
hit Use Somebody. On the Canadian front, veterans Leonard Cohen
and Neil Young both collected prestigious Grammy honours. Young
received the MusicCares Person of the Year award for his charity
work, as well as taking home an award for best boxed set.Leonard
Cohen received a lifetime achievement award. The Montreal bard's
moment was overshadowed however, by another lifetime achievement
recipient, Michael Jackson, whose untimely death shocked the pop
world last year. Jackson was the subject of an elaborate tribute
which included a 3D mini movie that had been designed for his This
Is It tour, which he was set to embark on before he died. Other
major Grammy winners included Green Day, whose 21st Century Breakdown
edged out AC/DC and U2 for best rock album, and Black Eyed Peas,
who won three awards, best pop vocal among them. R&B star Maxwell
scooped two trophies for best R&B album and best male R&B
and winners here
Brown Band or ZBB is an American country music band based in
Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zac Brown, (lead vocals,
guitar), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins
(bass guitar, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, organ), Chris Fryar (drums)
and Clay Cook (guitar, organ, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals). The
band has toured throughout the United States, including a slot on
the 2009 and 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival. It has also recorded
four studio albums, and charted four singles on the Billboard country
charts in the Number Ones "Chicken Fried" and "Toes",
the #2 "Whatever It Is" and the Top 20 "Highway 20
Ride." The Zac Brown Band then signed to Live Nation Records
in 2008. Their first single, "Chicken Fried", was originally
recorded in 2003 and included on the Home Grown album, but later
re-recorded and released to country radio in 2008. In October 2008,
Atlantic Records took over distribution of "Chicken Fried".
The band's album, The Foundation, was released under Atlantic Records'
newly re-established country division in association with Home Grown/Big
Picture label on November 18, 2008. Zac Brown Band received four
nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards including New Artist of the
Year, as well as Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Music
Video of the Year for their Number One single, "Chicken Fried".
They also received three Grammy nominations for Best Country Album,
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best
New Artist. On January 31, 2010, the band won the award for Best
New Artist. Zac Brown Band becoming the third country artist to
won the Best New Artist, after LeAnn Rimes in 1998 and Carrie Underwood
in 2007. The group is currently playing most songs of their yet-to-be-released
follow-up album on tour. Although, most of the material is already
recorded, no release date has been set.
expresso-- Ask Claris
We hear from
artists every day from all corners of the world -- France, Germany,
Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East asking how they
can get heard or build their careers. We've decided to feature a
letter or phone message each month and share our response with other
new artists with similar needs or questions. Our goal remains to
empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical
path. Most importantly, we're here to remind artists that it's a
long journey, so enjoy the process. We encourage artists to provide
a link to their music site when they cotact us..this way, if a producer
or manager is interested, they can be contacted directly.
Warm greetings; I got your email address from Music Connection.
I am the CEO and President of Preaksman Productions, LLC; a full
service music production with professional recording studio quality
(material). Preaksman Productions is an active member of The Recording
Academy/Grammy, Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP),
is an affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and all our beats
are federally copy written. We specialize in Hip Hop, R&B and
Pop/Rock. We currently have hundreds of original beats available
for sale or lease and custom making is offered to artists who bring
their lyrics. Me personally, Ive been creating music for 14
years and Ive been a producer since 06. Ive created
a thousand plus beats. We are looking for beat maker/producer representation.
Can your agency assist my company in this area? -- Genuinely, artist
for your interest in C Artist management. Kindly share your most
recent discography. Best, C Artists
On www.Preaksman.com there's a beat listing and artists
under the title collaborative projects. Is there anything in particular
your company is looking for at this time?
not looking for beats at this time
when I have a more dense song listing I'll give you a shout. You're
looking for songs right?
Representation is not about needing songs
handling requests and growing ones exisiting business.
sells everything from burgers, cars, clothes to perfume...everything
but music itself!"
--Claris Dodge, studioexpresso