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Kevin Lipson Named Vice President at Republic Records

Republic Records Promotes Kevin Lipson to Exec. VP of Commerce, Streaming and Digital Strategy

Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, advances Kevin Lipson to Executive Vice President of Commerce, Streaming, and Digital Strategy—as announced by EVP/General Manager Jim Roppo.“It’s an honor to continue working with Jim, Monte and Avery Lipman, and the entire team,” says Mr. Lipson. “This isn’t just a job; this is a lifestyle for everyone in the building. We’re all highly competitive, supportive of each other, and focused on achieving the same goal. The Republic leadership is constantly pushing for innovation, and it’s a call our department is excited to heed. I love what I do, and I can’t imagine a better place to do it.”Since 2014, Mr. Lipson has served as Senio

The Prince Estate Re-Releasing Albums on Purple Vinyl

The Prince Estate is Keeping The Purple One's Legacy Alive

The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced which will be the first albums to be re-released from Prince's music catalog.According to Sony Music, three essential full-length Prince albums, Musicology, 3121 and Planet Earth, will be available on CD and – for the first time ever – on vinyl beginning Friday, February 8, 2019. Each of the vinyl titles will be pressed on highly collectible, limited edition purple vinyl.The physical release of Musicology (1CD and 2LPs), 3121 (1CD and 2LPs) and Planet Earth (1CD and 1LP) follow from the historic exclusive agreement inked between The Prince Estate and SME/Legacy i

Howard University Only HBCU Attending Adobe Conference in Las Vegas

Students want diversity in Visual Communications

Howard University is making its mark in the media / tech world. Howard has been selected to attend the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference from December 15-20 in Las Vegas. HU will be the only historically Black college or university at the conference, joining the University of California, Berkeley and University of North Carolina.Representing Howard will be award-winning photojournalist and digital design adjunct professor, Cheriss May, along with two students – senior Sydne Barard and sophomore Kiara Hardy. The conference will include leaders in industries of photography, video production, documentary filmmaking and storytelling.“This conference is an opportuni

Anime Avatars From China Going Global

Meitu Offering Al-Based Real-Time Avatars

If you're looking for a digital, anime version of yourself, Meitu Inc., an AI-driven mobile internet company has launched the Anime Avatar feature on the Meitu App.The new feature not only automatically generates a highly personalized cartoon image of an individual but also has the ability to mirror the user's facial expressions and movements in real time. Meitu said their Anime Avatar is the world's first Artificial Intelligence based real-time anime avatar generator on a mainstream consumer app.The technology works like this: users provide the initial data input for analysis by taking a photo or uploading an image. The AI technologies will then detect and analyze the image's attributes including but not limited to gender, age, facial and eye shape, eyebrows, skin color, fac

Free Music Archive Acquired By KitSplit

Camera Rental Marketplace Company Acquires the Free Music ArchiveKitSplit, the community marketplace for camera rentals, has announced that they have acquired the Free Music...

Singer Nancy Wilson has Died

Janet Jackson Being Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019

Janet Jackson's Induction Ceremony Will Take Place on March 29, 2019

The iconic one herself, Janet Jackson will be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.In response to the news Janet Jackson tweeted: "We did it u guys. Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019"
The other names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 Inductees have been released.• The Cure • Def Leppard • Stevie Nicks • Radiohead • Roxy Music • The ZombiesThe 34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, March 29, 201

Christina Aguilera Headlining Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Christina Aguilera performing live before ball drops

We've just learned Christina Aguilera will headline “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019.”  Aguilera will perform live in front of more than one million people, just mere minutes before the ball drops in New York's Times Square.Aguilera last performed on the show in 2007, and this year she will be joined by Bastille, Dan + Shay and New Kids On The Block in the hours leading up to the 2019 countdown.The show, which airs yearly on ABC, will take place on Monday, December 31 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network.Meanwhile, multi-platinum music superstar Ciara will ring in the New Year from the West Coast as the host of the Hollywood Party, joined by performances from Lauren Alain

Robert Townsend Speaks on ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Documentary on The Breakfast Club

Robert Townsend today on The Breakfast Club talks about ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Documentary, Whitney Houston and more.

Watch the full interview below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic9Ws912Ntw 

AAFCA Releases Names of Its Awards Winners and Top Ten Films of the Year...

Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” was named the year’s Best Film today by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of black film critics comprised of leading film critics from across the country.

The groundbreaking blockbuster also won Best Director (Ryan Coogler) and Best Song (“All the Stars” performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA with music and lyrics by Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe and Al Shuckburgh) making it AAFCA’s top award-winner of 2018.

AAFCA also announced winners in several other categories, along with its annual top ten list, with all categories voted on by AAFCA members.

AAFCA Awards Winners:

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Sam Cooke’s 1964 Murder Case Needs Further Exploration

[caption id="attachment_200705" align="aligncenter" width="286"] Sam Cooke with neighbor friend Aretha Franklin[/caption]On this site, I have written about SO many music celebrities and industry deaths I've lost count. For some reason, Aretha Franklin's death was the hardest hitting. She was not only the Queen of Soul she was an American institution. While doing some reading on her, I discovered there was also once a "King of Soul," Sam Cooke.Cooke died tragically on December 11, 1964, at the age of 33. Cooke rescued himself from what he considered to be financial insolvency by leaving the Gospel industry, an industry that even in 2018 is still reputed to be outrageously frugal, for the more generous and profitable secular music industry. He admitted to Dick Clark when posed with the question, "Why did you leave Gospel?" responding "For financi

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Sarah Burke here from SiriusXM Canada.

I’m so excited to launch a new weekly show on SiriusXM Channel #359, North Americana.  I’ll be your host for Sunday Service.  We will gather every Sunday in the name of Americana Music, to both worship our founders, and preach about new artists that you need to know. Every Sunday, I’ll catch you up on new Americana releases from the founders of folk, introduce you to emerging roots artists, and feature exclusive studio interviews & performances. It’s a look at the week that was in Americana music, and Sunday IS the day of rest, so let me provide the soundtrack.

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Sunday December 16th & 23rd, 2018:

  1. Whitehorse – December’s Children
  2. Whitehorse – Merry Xmas, Baby (I Hope You Get Wh