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Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:33

On Sunday, February 26 at 11 p.m.*, CENTRIC premieres the first documentary celebrating Heavy D since his death. The hour-long documentary includes interviews and testimonies from entertainment and hip hop heavyweights including Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Brett Ratner, MC Lyte, and more. Viewers will hear stories about the late rapper from his family and other artists who formed early hip-hop including Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Interviews include Queen Latifah reflecting on Heavy D as a mentor and Will Smith discussing their early beginnings together in hip-hop and Hollywood. Fans will experience how his music impacted hip-hop and pioneered the way for other MCs, and will also enjoy performance footage including Heavy D's last televised performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on October 11, 2011.

Nas Oops, I Made A $339k Mistake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:50

Nas is great at a lot of things … rapping, feuding … but paying taxes isn’t one of them … and now he’s on the hook for another $339,000 he allegedly kept from Uncle Sam.

According to official documents obtained by TMZ, Nas never forked over $339,005.49 in federal income tax he owed for 2010 … and now the U.S. government has obtained a lien on his property.

Being a tax scofflaw is nothing new for Nas … according to public records, dude is also on the hook for more than $6 MILLION DOLLARS in back taxes from previous years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:51
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.

Getty Images And Tribe Of Noise Partner PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:19

The partnership launches with the ‘Tribe of Noise Tour Around the World’, a worldwide tour which aims to connect Tribe’s musicians with Getty Images Music’s customers, producing royalty free music which is local and relevant to Getty Images’ global customer base, meeting the needs of content creators around the world.

The tour will target musicians, composers and singer-songwriters who are interested in licensing music directly to media professionals. For each country an individual brief will be provided by Getty Images Music, calling for tracks that meet local needs and are representative of their country and culture. Each and every track submitted will be assessed by Tribe’s dedicated team of community managers and supervisors, before pulling together a shortlist and announcing the winners. Winning material will then be profiled on the Getty Images Music website, providing customers with fresh, original content as well as a new revenue stream for talented emerging artists.

“Creating compelling local content that appeals to our diverse base of customers is of the utmost importance to Getty Images,” says Vince Bannon, Vice President, Entertainment Partnerships & Development. “Tribe of Noise and its royalty free community of artists are a key partner in creating the kind of music that resonates on a local and international level and we are incredibly excited to bring this new offering to our customers.”

Bannon continues: “Performance royalty free music is a trend that many content creators embrace and Getty Images Music is continuing to hone its offering to supply this demand. One of the key elements of the growing demand for royalty free content is the overwhelming success of online and social media in corporate communication. More than ever, companies are in need of fixed fee, transparent license deals with maximum flexibility to broadcast and share content across different media and platforms and our partnership with Tribe of Noise can help drive this.”

Tribe of Noise's online services to facilitate emerging artists, execute royalty free business models and commitment to investing in new legal and financial models for the industry are key drivers behind the partnership.

Hessel van Oorschot, CEO at Tribe of Noise says: “We are fully aware of the implications our partnership with Getty Images might have on the music publishing industry as we know it. We believe it is time for a change. Performing artists, upcoming composers and talented singer-songwriters are greatly in need of more exposure and new revenue streams and we believe our partnership with Getty Images is a key step in this direction.”

Van Oorschot adds: “Our main objective behind our services is to provide musicians with a platform on which they can share their music, without having to sacrifice the musician’s independence in how they do so. Tribe of Noise makes use of the latest communication techniques and social networking, which has had a remarkable effect in allowing musicians to cooperate and work with fellow musicians from around the world.”

The ‘Tribe of Noise Tour Around the World’ kicks off with the announcement of the winners from Spain on 16 February 2012 and will continue around the globe, launching contests in the UK, Japan, Brazil and France in 2012. For more information on the tour or to find out how you can get involved visit: http://gettyimagesmusic.tribeofnoise.com

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

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