NextVR teams with Live Nation, Citi

NextVR teams with Live Nation, Citi

Live Nation and Citi have teamed with NextVR to present a series of concert experiences the companies are hoping will be– in the words of U2 — “even better than the real thing.” Participating artists in the initial series of 10 concerts are expected to be announced shortly, and will be available through the Live Nation […]

Drake Short for Apple Music

Drake Short for Apple Music

The reviewers have spoken, and the message to Drake is “keep your day job!” His new short film, entitled Please Forgive Me, is a 21-minute movie shot in the South African township of Soweto, inspired by his new album “Views.” Please Forgive Me starts with a rich mystery man offering Drake’s girlfriend (played by Belgian actress […]

Audio Risk Fix

Audio Risk Fix

“A San Francisco nonprofit that uses a recording studio to teach at-risk women and girls how to become audio engineers and sound techs, and provides counseling and job placement for women in the music, radio, film, television and new media industries,” reports The San Francisco Chronicle in a fascinating piece that explains how Women’s Audio […]

T-Bone Steamed About Streaming

T-Bone Steamed About Streaming

T-Bone Burnett went on what Billboard called “an anti-streaming warpath.” “As long as any piece of music is available for free on YouTube, then all the dreams of a streaming future where musicians can really make money are pipe dreams,” Burnett said on a panel at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. The prolific performer-producer […]

Sounds Good Globally

Sounds Good Globally

International Music Day is Oct. 1, and the International Music Council has a host of special events to ring it in ’round the world. In Annapolis, classically trained Estonian violinist Mari-Liis Uibo will give a free concert  in the Rotunda of the Maryland State House. Brava! There are a host of community-based activities taking place at […]

Howard’s ‘Eight Days’ Streak

Howard’s ‘Eight Days’ Streak

Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” is the latest rockumentary to find a warm reception in movie theaters, earning a vibrant $5,196,432 worldwide in its first eight days of release. In the U.S., the film opened Sept. 16, playing so strongly on its 85 screens — with a per-screen average of […]

UMG Mounts VR Play with ‘Kids’

UMG Mounts VR Play with ‘Kids’

“Whether that’s walking around a stage during a concert by their favorite artist or becoming part of the story in a music video,” VR is pushing the limits of music, according to Ty Roberts, Chief Technology Officer of Universal Music Group, which is teaming with OneRepublic for a new and immersive virtual reality experience for […]

Female Ranks Growing But Still Small in Game World

Female Ranks Growing But Still Small in Game World

Although a greater percentage of women are reporting income from game audio this year, even after accounting for the lower average number of years of experience in the game audio industry, women still lag substantially behind men in this field. The figures were released as part of the 2016 Game Audio Industry Survey fielded by the producers […]

Pope Francis: ‘Wake Up!’ Before You Go-Go!

Pope Francis: ‘Wake Up!’ Before You Go-Go!

Iconoclast Pope Francis bolsters his status as the hippest religious leader ever (competition was slim, but the fact that he made it into the category qualifies as a divine miracle). “Wake Up! Music Album with His Words and Prayers” is not the first pop release from a sitting pontiff, but it’s the first to go newschool, […]

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