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Kanye West Scouting Middle East Locations For New Film PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 11:23

According to sources in the United Arab Emirates, the rapper sent members of his team to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha, which is in Qatar, last week to look for potential filming and financing opportunities. Reportedly several local municipal officials and film companies are involved in a “heated bidding war” for work on the project. A source told the New York Observer, “In Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha all of the film initiatives are government controlled. A bidding war is going on between various government entities and private investors to fund the film. There’s pretty intense rivalry here between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar. They all want to claim the film as their own and take credit for generating the publicity.”

“He conceived the story, which is set in the Gulf,” the source noted. “It’s supposed to showcase the beauty of the region, a piece that’s culturally sensitive and embraces the customs and traditions of the region.”


West has performed in the Middle East several times, including a recent gig with Jay-Z at a private party for one of the ruling sheikh’s family members. West apparently wants to offer an “authentic” depiction of the culture and may cast some of those royal family members, as “many of the Sheikhs like to be flashy and appreciate celebrity notoriety.”

West has not officially commented on the project yet, however West’s most recent tweet, from January 7, reads, “The world is our office.” That sounds like confirmation to us.

Ziggy Marley's 'Legends of Reggae' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 10:28


Five-time Grammy®-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian Ziggy Marley, aka David "Ziggy" Marley, will host a new monthly show, Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae on Sirius XM Radio.

The monthly show will launch on Sunday, February 5, the eve of the birthday of his late father, Bob Marley, at 12:00 pm ET on The Joint, channel 42. This first episode features Ziggy speaking in depth with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will feature Marley sharing his unique perspective on music and culture and introducing listeners to his favorite reggae music and sources of inspiration (with some rarities), plucked from his own personal collection. The show will also include music from the Marley family, including material from Ziggy's most recent solo studio album, Wild and Free, and throwback selections dating back to his days as a Melody Maker. In addition to Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will feature other special guests on the monthly show.

"It is my privilege to use this medium to honor the Legends of Reggae and to use it as a vehicle to educate and enlighten listeners," said Ziggy Marley.

"Through his show, Ziggy will be able to share with our subscribers’ reggae music from the beginning to now with insight unique to him and his family," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "Hearing songs from his personal collections and his conversations with the greats of reggae is something music fans will treasure, and we are honored to launch the show on the eve of the birthday of his father, the late Bob Marley."

Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will air the first Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm ET, and will be rebroadcast the next day, Sunday, at 2:00 pm ET.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 10:28
M.I.A. Drops 'Bad Girls'Video PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 06:16


Named one of the ten defining artists of the 2000's decade by Rolling Stone and one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine, British singer-songwriter M.I.A., aka Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, has been nominated for an Academy Award and two Grammys ("Paper Planes" and "Swagga Like Us"). Her most recent original album, 2010's Maya, went Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #1 on the Dance/Electronic chart. Today M.I.A.'s video for her brand new track, "Bad Girls," premieres exclusively on Noisey -- VICE's new music channel on YouTube.

The video was shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco, and is directed by Romain Gavras (M.I.A. "Born Free" and JUSTICE "Stress")

Watch the video for "Bad Girls" on Noisey now at http://youtube.com/noisey

"It was dope to have so many people from so many different backgrounds speaking so many different languages come together to create something that we believed in," says M.I.A about the video. "I thought I was gonna die on the shoot when I saw the drifting. It was a four day shoot so everyone was on edge the whole time specifically ME when I had to do bluesteel singing to the camera while the cars did doughnuts on the wet road ten feet away. In my mind I was thinking how I was gonna deliver the video to Vice with no legs."

The track "Bad Girls" was released via all major digital retail outlets January 31st following a well-received premiere on Pitchfork January 30th.

M.I.A.'s fourth album is due this summer.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 06:16
Eco-Conscious Summit: The Sound Of Social Change PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 09:23


Recognizing the increasing consciousness of environmental sustainability and its effects within the entertainment industry, The Recording Academy announced it will present its 2nd Annual Greening Summit: The Sound Of Social Change — sponsored by one of the forerunning companies within the green arena, Waste Management. The summit will focus on bringing awareness of corporate responsibility in sustainability and how industry insiders can use their collective power to drive change in greening.

Held on Friday, Feb. 10at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, the panel will feature a diverse array of eco-conscious individuals in their respective fields, including: Bridgette Bell, global sustainability manager for Yum! Brands; William Brent, executive vice president at Weber Shandwick's Cleantech;Jennifer Miller DuBuisson, associate manager of global sustainability at Mattel; Michael J. O'Brien, vice president of corporate and product placement at Hyundai; and Tim Sexton, co-founder of E2. The panel will be moderated by Greg Baldwin, executive director of Environmental Media Association, and will also feature Lewis Perkins, sustainable strategist at New House LLC and Wanda Williams, director of customer alliances and solutions at Waste Management.

The participating corporations represent brands that are putting forth the extra effort to decrease their impact on the environment and openly engage their message of "social good" within their respective brand marketing and corporate communications messages. This interactive conversation will specifically focus on four critical areas: recycling, energy consumption, food waste, and water conservation. For more information and to join the conversation live, visit http://greening.tunestub.com/to RSVP.

The Recording Academy has taken the lead in continuing efforts to Green the GRAMMY Awards by recycling bottles, cans, and glass from various events, purchasing renewable energy for the production of the show, and partnering with local charities to prevent excessive food waste. These issues are crucial to the overall health of our planet and the survival of our global economies.

To learn more visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 09:23
Intelligence Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Cyber Laws PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 02:39


The threat to U.S.-based computer networks is one of the country's most pressing security problems, and Congress needs to act on it soon, the director of national intelligence told a congressional panel today.

James R. Clapper Jr. said he and all of the U.S. intelligence leadership agree the United States is in a type of cyber Cold War, losing some $300 billion annually to cyber-based corporate espionage, and sustaining daily intrusions against public systems controlling everything from major defense weapons systems and public air traffic to electricity and banking.

Clapper was joined by CIA Director David H. Petraeus, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller for a House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. He urged lawmakers to pass a bill that forces intelligence sharing between the government and the private sector, such as the Defense Industrial Base pilot program that then-Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III launched last year.

"It's clear from all that we've said and I hope predications about mass attacks don't become a self-fulfilling prophesy but we all recognize we need to do something," he said.

Clapper also urged Congress to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which he called crucial to intelligence gathering. It expires this year.

The director said he foresees a cyber environment in which technologies continue to be fielded before effective security can be put in place. Among the greatest challenges in cyber security, he added, are knowing the perpetrator of a cyber attack in real time and capabilities gaps in the cyber supply chain the entire set of key actors involved in the cyber infrastructure.

Mueller noted that the National Cyber Task Force includes 20 U.S. agencies, "so when a major intrusion happens, we're all at the table." The "breaking down of stovepipes" and sharing information in cyber security "is as important now as it was before 9/11," he added.

The FBI director told the panel that 47 states have different reporting requirements for cyber attacks, and the private sector doesn't have to report them at all. "If they're not reported, we can't prevent the next one from happening," he said.

Mueller said the cyber threat is growing and is important to address. "I do believe cyber threats will equal or surpass the threat from terrorism in the near future," he said.

Clapper agreed. "We all recognize this as a profound threat to this country, to its future, to its economy, to its very being," he said. "We all recognize it, and we are committed to doing our best in defending the country."

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 02:39
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