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Youku Original Announces New Seasons of In-House Produced Evergreen Web Series PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:15

China's leading Internet television company, announced that it will kick off the Year of the Dragon with new seasons of the popular Youku Original web serials "Hip-Hop Office Quartet" and "Miss Puff" starting this month.

"Hip-Hop Office Quartet," which starts its fourth season this Valentine's Day, debuted in November 2008 as Youku's first foray into longer-form in-house production. A sharp send-up of contemporary Chinese office culture, it received an average of more than 3.6 million views per episode, and was China's first web series to reach 100 million views. The most-viewed episode of the series was watched nearly 20 million times.

The animated series "Miss Puff," scheduled to return on March 12 for its third season, follows a material girl as she negotiates the twists and turns of Chinese urban life. The serial's first season, which debuted in April 2011, was viewed more than 38 million times -- an average of 2.9 million views per episode, with a single-episode record of 4.3 million views.

"We envisioned our Youku Original strategy as a way to combine Youku's understanding of our viewership with the creative talents of the young artists and directors we work with," said Youku Senior Vice President Frank Ming Wei. "The continued popularity of 'Hip-Hop Office Quartet' and 'Miss Puff' shows that Youku is unparalleled in its ability to create refreshing and engaging content that resonates with our over 300 million viewers."

Youku Original is a key part of the company's content strategy, which covers a combination of licensed professionally produced content, in-house productions from Youku Original, and user-generated content (UGC). Youku Original has released 15 productions, 13 of which placed in the monthly Top 20 most-viewed rankings and 11 in the monthly Top 10 most-viewed rankings on Youku Index during the period in which they were aired.

The "11 Degrees New Media" project, a Youku Original-produced campaign for Chevy Cruze that included the animated short that introduced the character of Miss Puff, was named "Best Contribution to a Campaign by a Media Owner" by the Festival of Media Asia Awards in November 2011. "Father," a web film produced for Youku by the makers of the popular "Old Boys" and "The Ultimate Winner," received over 2 million views within 24 hours of its debut, and was named "Audience Favorite" at last month's Harbin Film Festival.

 
Dolo The Bandit Expands on International Success PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:11

Fresh out of an extremely successful year with featured placements in a new Spike Lee Joint “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills you” and an international brand campaign for Surf world powerhouse Quicksilver, New York artist Dolo The Bandit announces solo release “Project Monarch” on Canadian label UIYB (Up In Your Basement), with lead single “Roach Clips”.

Dolo’s advance through the ranks of began in 2011 when his self-produced cut “Get Down” was selected as only one of three featured cuts in the Spike Lee Film alongside Hip Hop legend Ice-T and then having the song licensed for the Quicksilver Pro New York and France surf competition tours, launching Dolo onto the global stage.

Project Monarch showcases Dolo’s aggressive lyrical attack and massive production style. Lead single “Roach Clips” exhibits Dolo’s understanding of how real music is made and brings back the core of Hip Hop with strong lyrics, clever story telling and break-ya-neck style production.

2010 tested the mettle of Dolo as he survived a home invasion attempt resulting in him suffering a shotgun blast, injuring his face and hands. Despite this type of trial in his personal life, Dolo has remained a true Soldier of the Hip Hop community, giving back by performing for children at the NYC Library in Highbridge.

Dolo has stayed true to the roots of the genre and despite personal challenges maintains the drive and focus needed to earn his place at the table of music industry leaders.

A F One, Inc., Dolo’s management team, lead by Bravo Captain and SaL GuoD, is in full court press mode for his upcoming release and is preparing for the video launch of in support of “Roach Clips” in the first quarter 2012.

Project Monarch will be released July of 2012 via Canadian label UIYB (Up In Your Basement) whom Dolo has signed with for a one album deal. Dolo has also signed a publishing deal with Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick.

Fans can find more on Dolo The Bandit at http://www.reverbnation.com/dolothebandit

 
Live Coverage of Whitney Houston's Funeral Services PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:28

 

The woman, the wonder, the legend....BET and CENTRIC honor the memory of Whitney Houston with a BET News special LIVE: THE HOMEGOING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON premiering this Saturday, February 18, followed by BET REMEMBERS WHITNEY, a one-hour special commemorating the woman best known as The Voice.

Beginning at 11:30AM ET/8:30AM PT, BET News and CENTRIC, along with on-air correspondents April Woodard and Lola Oguinake will bring viewers complete live, in-depth coverage of the legendary pop singer's funeral from her childhood church, New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark, New Jersey. Later that evening at 7:00 PM*, BET News correspondent Bevy Smith sits down with confidants and colleagues of the Queen of Pop including Kim Burrell, Kelley Price, Faith Evans, Ledisi, India.Arie, Tisha Martin Campbell and Tichina Arnold to share tender memories of the superstar's greatest qualities as a vocalist, mentor, mother and friend. BET REMEMBERS WHITNEY takes a deeply personal and heartfelt look at one of music's most beloved and renowned artists and recalls the amazing force behind her meteoric rise to superstardom and her uncanny ability to inspire others in a powerful way –whether in the spotlight or far away from the cameras.

Additionally, LIVE: THE HOMEGOING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON will air internationally on Saturday, February 18 at 4:30PM GMT / 6:30PM CAT and BET REMEMBERS WHITNEY will air internationally on Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 PM GMT / 9:00 PM CAT.

Over the years, BET has celebrated Houston's incredible talent with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural BET AWARDS in 2001; a BET HONORS Entertainer award in 2010 during which she was paid tribute by Kim Burrell and Jennifer Hudson and most recently, Houston performed "I Look To You," alongside Kim Burrell at BET's 2011 CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL.

For up-to-the-minute details on Whitney Houston, please visit www.bet.com/news. Viewers can also keep up with this developing story on Twitter by following @BET.

Additionally, past tributes and performances of Whitney Houston can be viewed on BET.com:

*All times are ET/PT.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:29
 
23rd Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:32

Billboard, the world's most influential music media brand, today announced that Billboard Latin Music Award winner Pitbull will take part in a Superstar Q&A session at the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm®. During this intimate and in-depth conversation with Billboard's Executive Director of Latin Content and Programming, Leila Cobo, Pitbull will discuss his rise to the top, his music process and his entrepreneurial ventures.

This Superstar Q&A session is set to take place during the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm®, held from April 23 to 26, at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Florida. Information about registration can be found at www.BillboardLatinConference.com.

Regarded as a renowned songwriter, Pitbull has become one of the most popular artists both in English and Spanish worldwide. His sixth studio album, "Planet Pit," features a host of pop music luminaries including Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, T-Pain and Kelly Rowland as well as star-studded producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, David Guetta and Benny Blanco. The knockout smash "Give Me Everything" featuring Ne-Yo marked Pitbull's first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was 2011's top Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year. The track was also a top ten hit in 15 countries. Pitbull's new single "International Love" featuring Chris Brown is already gaining heavy momentum, having already reached the top 20 of the Hot 100. "Rain Over Me," the knockout smash featuring Marc Anthony, has swept through the Billboard Latin charts, topping Hot Latin Songs as well as the Pop and Tropical Airplay charts. Pitbull has also collaborated with some of music's biggest stars including Jennifer Lopez, Usher and Shakira, to name a few.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference unites today's top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for informative panel discussions, live music showcases, networking opportunities, and The Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards. All conference registrants also receive tickets to Billboard en Concierto – a multi-market concert series featuring top 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists, The Billboard Bash – a pre-Billboard Latin Music Awards party featuring performances by some of this year's finalists, and The Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm – the longest running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music industry. The awards show, produced and broadcast live by Telemundo, honors the biggest stars based on the Latin Billboard charts and features performances by top artists across all genres of Latin music.

 
VH1 Goes Behind the Music with Six New Episodes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:19

 

VH1's five-time Emmy-nominated documentary series "Behind The Music" returns to focus on six of today's most influential hip hop/urban artists. This season's roster includes: Pitbull, Game, T-Pain, Akon, Brandy and Nas. In addition to the dramatic storytelling that made "Behind The Music" a worldwide hit, the series will feature originally shot footage of each artist at work today, anchoring each story in the current day and connecting the past with the present. The new season will premiere Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT.

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: PITBULL" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
It's only through struggle that resilience arises and for Armando Christian Perez, better known to the world as Pitbull, the past ten years have seen the charismatic Cuban-American rapper evolve from an embattled upstart to become one of the most entertaining acts in all of pop music. Growing up in the gang-infested neighborhoods of Miami, Florida, Pitbull saw hip hop as a way out of the streets and into a better life. With his lighter complexion and "Spanglish" rhymes, he made an unlikely battle rapper, but his quick tongue and talent for wordplay earned him his first record contract at 20 years old. He spent the next several years honing his craft and transforming himself into an international superstar whose rapid-fire rhymes, billion-dollar beats and infectious hooks continue to take the world by storm.

By the time his sixth studio album Planet Pit was released this past year, Pitbull had transformed into a platinum-selling global sensation, whose knockout smash of the summer "Give Me Everything" climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop charts and was also a top ten hit in 15 countries. In this installment of "Behind the Music," Pitbull opens up about his family struggles and how reconnecting with his dad as an adult filled a void in his life. With interviews with Lil' Jon, rap legend Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, and hip hop mogul Irv Gotti, along with Pitbull's family and inner circle, "Behind the Music" follows Pitbull's extraordinary journey from the negative to the positive, topping charts and touching lives all around the world.

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: GAME" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
"Behind The Music: Game" tracks the unlikely rise of a young gangbanger from Compton into the most successful west coast rapper since N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg. Born into a life of drugs and hustling, by the age of seven he was in a foster home. By high school, he was a full-time gang member and drug dealer. After being shot five times and left for dead, Game dedicated himself to becoming a rapper and against all odds, rose to the top of the genre, putting west coast gangsta rap back on the map. Despite numerous beefs, battles with depression and multiple arrests, Game has managed to stay on top with four consecutive #1 hit albums. Featuring candid, no holds barred interviews with Game, his family and close friends, Behind the Music: Game is a riveting portrait of one of hip-hop's most misunderstood artists.

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: T-PAIN" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
"Behind the Music: T-Pain" explores the rise of a shy kid from Tallahassee, Florida to the heights of the music industry. T-Pain was born Faheem Najm into a stable, middle class family that supported his natural curiosity and talent in music at a very young age. An outsider in school, T-Pain spent his childhood locked in his makeshift bedroom "studio," producing his own music, eventually dropping out of the 8th grade to pursue his dreams full-time. As a teenager, he found local success with a group called the Nappy Headz. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities in Tallahassee, the falling apart of his family and a tense relationship with his father, T-Pain ran away from home and signed with Akon's fledgling label, Konvict Records. Finally on the national scene, his use of auto-tune created a signature sound and he quickly became one of the most sought-after producers, working with everyone from Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Britney Spears. A multi-platinum selling artist in his own right with 2005's Rappa Ternt Sanga, 2007's Epiphany, 2008's Thr33 Ringz and his most recent release rEVOLVEr, T-Pain has produced and been featured on over 45 top ten songs and 16 No. 1's.

Those participating in the special include: T-Pain, his family including wife Amber Najm, his parents and brother, Eric "DoeBoy" Youman, Akon and BU, Akon's brother and the person who gave T-Pain his first big break with a label and Michael Blumstein, Dave Abrams and Rocco Valdez from Chase Entertainment.

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: AKON" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
In "Behind The Music: Akon," VH1 traces the artist's early beginnings in Senegal, Africa, through his struggles forging an identify in America and his criminal past as a car thief, landing him in prison. While there he ultimately found redemption by turning to music. Under heavy media scrutiny after his commercial success, Akon was forced to defend his heritage in the wake of several controversial onstage incidents. BTM catches up with Akon for a-day-in-the-life as he promotes his forthcoming album, "Stadium." In the special, Akon opens up about his home life and addresses the notorious onstage incidents that included dirty dancing with an underage daughter of a preacher in Trinidad and tossing a fan off the stage at a concert in New York. He also talks about discovering Lady Gaga and being the last artist to record with the legendary Michael Jackson. In an effort to promote cultural tolerance and understanding, Akon is charting a career path to become hip hop's first truly global artist.

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: BRANDY" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
"Behind The Music: Brandy" will chronicle the Grammy Award-winning artist from her days as young girl singing in her church choir to flourishing into a successful musician and actress. It will also follow Brandy's trials and tribulations, both personally and professionally, and illustrating how she re-emergered as a dynamic, hit-making musical recording artist with a successful acting career. At the tender age of 18, Brandy found herself dealing with the high costs of fame, maintaining her "perfect" image, all the while balancing her career as a musician and coping with the pressures of starring in her hit TV series "Moesha."

During this period, Brandy suffered life-altering tragic events, which are chronicled in this "Behind the Music" special. Raising her daughter as a single mom and serving as a role model in her community via her Norwood Kids Foundation, which supports music and the performing arts in public schools, Brandy is on top of her game and currently in the studio working on her debut album for RCA/Chameleon Records set for release later this spring, as well as being a go-to actress for several TV and film roles including her upcoming role in Tyler Perry's film "The Marriage Counselor," as well as her roles on "90210," BET's scripted series "The Game" and serving as a mentor on the reality TV talent show for kids entitled "Majors and Minors."

"BEHIND THE MUSIC: NAS" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 AT 9PM ET/PT
"Behind The Music: Nas" tells the story of one of hip hop's most daring and prolific icons. Raised in the gritty Queensbridge projects of New York City, Nas narrowly escaped his violent surroundings. He later channeled his experiences into a lyrical style that would revolutionize hip hop. A musical legend by the age of 20, Nas' passion for music has carried him through a tumultuous career. Despite very public distractions including multiple feuds with hip hop's biggest names, political controversy, a highly publicized divorce with R&B star Kelis, as well as the devastating loss of his mother, Nas' seven consecutive platinum albums have cemented him as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. The special features candid interviews with Nas, members of his family, friends and hip hop luminaries including Russell Simmons, Q-Tip and Common. "Behind the Music: Nas" is the truly unfiltered story of Nasir Jones as it's never been told before.

 

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