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  1. I wouldn’t say I’m one for parties. Every time I rock up to someone’s shit apartment with a bunch of weird dude bros who keep egging each other to finish their Somersby Cider a little bit of my faith in humanity dies. However, bachelor parties seem much more my speed. A group of super close mates reflecting on life and preparing for a bright future while getting absolutely out-of-this-world fucked up and going on more adventures than Barney Stinson sounds like an awesome evening. I can’t be the only one who thinks that, as one accidentally sent email led to Will Novak from Arizona hopping on a plane and partying hard with a bunch of people he’s never met before. The email, detailing plans for “Angelo’s Bachelor Party” described the event as a send off like any other with a ski trip to Vermont appearing to be the highlight. Will wrote back “I do not know who Angelo is, I am a Will Novak, who lives in Arizona. Vermont seems like a very far way for me to travel for the bachelor party of a guy I’ve never met. That being said, count me in.” Will was clearly joking and never expected a reply, until two days later he received “If you think we are kidding we are not. You better be coming, as we all are all dying to meet you,” they wrote. “Not only will this be a weekend Angelo will not forget, it will be one you surely will not forget as well.” Understandably, Will had some concerns about funding the trip but like anything that requires money in 2019, he hopped on GoFundMe and within hours he had a bunch of money to spend on the trip. And because he’s a top whale, Will donated a fair bit of moolah to the Bride and Groom as a wedding present. Will had a pretty fucking great weekend. Greeted with a Maserati filled with beer, a fireworks show and a heavy metal concert performed by the boys, it definitely was worth the trip. “Reflecting on it, I could get pretty sentimental really. It’s a great lesson in being open to the universe and to others. “If a door opens, walk through it. You regret the chances you don’t take, rarely the ones you do take. “I’ve always been a class-clown type and knowing I made thousands of people laugh makes me so happy.” Source
  2. The Simpsons is currently amidst its 30th season. By its end, Matt Groening’s long-running series will have 663 original episodes to its name, which is not just an impressive feat, but a lucrative one. That’s good. The problem is that those dollar signs will soon be reflecting in the eyes of Disney, who will eventually acquire America’s animated family. That’s bad. Well, at least for those who love the new episodes. Here’s why: According to Variety, The Simpsons has been a loss for the Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), and that loss has only increased over the years, but the network has always recouped the costs through licensing deals and merchandising opportunities. One example is its landmark 2013 deal with FXX, which was valued at roughly $750 million and expires in 2023. That all changes, however, with the impending Disney takeover, which will alter how those licensing deals are orchestrated. What’s more, FBC and 20th Century Fox will no longer share a balance sheet, which means the cost per episode will go solely to FBC. In other words, FBC will be footing the bill for new episodes with no guarantee on recouping those expenses. (Read: The Simpsons’ Top 30 Episodes) To make matters more complicated, the show is also entangled in a web of archaic syndication deals, which has limited the ways in which Fox has been able to fully exploit the series. In fact, when Fox reached the aforementioned deal with FXX, it had to secure permission from all the TV stations where the initial licensing deals were set up. Most of those initial deals were exclusive and contingent on the premise that Fox would continue airing new and original episodes, which puts Fox in a catch-22 and Disney at an opportune position. Because if Fox can’t recoup the money, they can’t make the episodes, and if they can’t make the episodes, then the door is open for Disney to rework all that old paperwork. Basically: As Variety points out, Disney has “a multitude of options.” One source tells them that Fox has considered breaking down the episodes into multiple batches for multiple licenses, though Disney could also opt out of any third-party and keep Springfield within Disneyland — or, more specifically, its forthcoming Disney+ streaming platform. Still, there’s no reason to run out in the town square and scream, “Won’t somebody please think about the children!” At least not yet. The series is currently in negotiations with 20th Century Fox Television and FBC for two more seasons, so fans will have plenty of time to share fresh donuts with Homer and go skating around Evergreen Terrace with Bart. For how long? That remains to be seen. Just don’t have a cow. Source
  3. As Miami is preparing itself for the flood of Ultra Music Festival attendees to its brand new location at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium, we gear up for Miami Music Week 2019. With the plethora of events going on during March 25th-31st, finding the right event for your squad can get confusing. But don’t fret, EDM Maniac’s got your back once again. Here is your ultimate MMW 2019 Events Guide below so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the greatest weeks of the year. Be sure to keep checking back with us, as this guide will be updated as events are announced. Miami Music Week 2019 dates: March 25 – March 31, 2019. Monday, March 25 TBA Tuesday, March 26 Epic Pool Party Date- March 26th Times- 5:00pm-11:00pm Location- Kimpton Epic Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here Miami Massive Date- March 26th Times- 12:00pm-10:00pm Location- Nikki Beach Lineup- TBA Tickets here Never Get Out of the Boat Date- March 26th Times- 3:00pm-9:00pm Location- Biscayne Lady Lineup- Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren Tickets here Wednesday, March 27 Deeperfect Vs. Descend Records Date- March 27th Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- National Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here DJ Mag Pool Party Date- March 27th Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- Surfcomber Lineup- TBA Tickets here Editor’s Pick: Drumcode Miami Date- March 27th Times- 11:00pm-6:00pm Location- Space Lineup- TBA Tickets here Thursday, March 28 Above & Beyond: Miami 2019 Date- March 28th Times- 9:00pm-4:00am Location- RC Cola Plant Lineup- A&B, Seven Lions Tickets here All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party Date- March 28th Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- Surfcomber Lineup- TBA Tickets here Defected Miami Date- March 28th Times- 3:00pm-11:00pm Location- Kimpton Epic Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here Hernan Cattaneo Presents Connected Date- March 28th Times- 8:00pm-11:00pm Location- The Fillmore Miami Beach Lineup- Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Soundexile Tickets here Last Night On Earth Cruise Date- March 28th Times- 3:00pm-9:00pm Location- Biscayne Lady Lineup- TBA Tickets here Paradise Miami by Link Miami Rebels Date- March 28th Times- 11:00pm-4:00pm Location- Space Lineup- Jamie Jones+TBA Tickets here Radiola & Place Brazil: MMW Coconut Groovers Date- March 28th Times- 3:00pm-9:00pm Location- Workshop 360 Lineup- CAOAK, Haustuff, Ricardo Albuquerque, Bessegato, Jean Gonçalves, and More! Tickets here Young Guns at Miami Music Week Date- March 28th Times- 11:00pm-4:00am Location- W Miami Lineup- Young Gunz+TBA Tickets here Friday, March 29 Dirtybird Players Miami Date- March 29th Times- 11:00pm-4:00pm Location- Space Lineup- TBA Tickets here Repopulate Mars Miami Date- March 29th Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- Kimpton Epic Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here Editor’s Choice: Toolroom in Stereo Miami Date- March 29th Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- Surfcomber Lineup- Chus & Ceballos, Mark Knight+TBA Tickets here Saturday, March 30 Armada Invites Miami Date- March 30th Times- 2:00pm-11:00pm Location- National Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here Dada Life Presents: The Magnificent Rave Spa Date- March 30th Times- 1:00pm-11:00pm Location- Shore Club Lineup- Dada Life Tickets here DJ Harvey All Night Long Date- March 30th Times- 10:00pm-5:00pm Location- The Electric Pickle Lineup- DJ Harvey Tickets here Space Invaders Presents: Saturday MMW 2019 Date- March 30th Times- 11:00pm-3:00pm Location- Space Lineup- TBA Tickets here Sunday, March 31 Editor’s Choice: Ants Closing Party Date- March 31st Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- National Hotel Lineup- TBA Tickets here Music On Miami Closing Pool Party Date- March 31st Times- 12:00pm-11:00pm Location- Surfcomber Lineup- Danny Tenaglia, FIIN, Hugo Bianco, Marco Carola, Stacey Pullen Tickets here Featured Photo by: KRAFTSTOFF The post Your Ultimate Miami Music Week 2019 Events Guide appeared first on EDM Maniac. Source
  4. As Netflix strives to reach the forefront of the film industry, it continues to deal with resistance from nearly every major corner of filmmaking. Today, news broke that the streaming giant has taken a big step in being seen as an equal by Hollywood, while theaters have delivered it a blow. In recent years, it’s been a tradition across major American exhibition chains to run Best Picture “showcases” featuring all nominated movies in the Oscars’ top category. However, news has emerged that AMC, Regal, and Cinemark (the three biggest US theatrical chains, combined) are refusing to show Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical critical hit about a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City dealing with unexpected pregnancy and the struggling family in her charge alike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC is refusing to release the film as part of its typical series due to a lack of proper distribution agreements with Netflix. The chain’s statement reads as follows: “For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC best picture showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year… This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theaters. As such, it is not included in the AMC best picture showcase.” While Roma received a limited theatrical release in select theaters, none of the exhibitors involved were major chains. This proves a problem for anybody who wishes to watch the film in a theater and doesn’t happen to live near a major urban center. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom for Netflix, as the service made substantial inroads in another corner of the industry. Variety reports that the streaming service has become the first Internet-based company to join the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), the chief film ratings body in the US. Many of the MPAA’s known members include major studio and theatrical distribution company managers, though there is a distinct possibility that it will lose a legacy member, Twentieth Century Fox, once its assets are merged with Disney. The trade also reports that board members initially disagreed on whether a company like Netflix should be allowed into its ranks, but those concerns apparently have been quelled. In a statement, MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said, “On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner. All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.” While the immediate impact of this news will remain to be seen, suffice it to say that Netflix’s power continues to grow in the industry, as it’s becoming too big of a player for chains and organizations alike to ignore. Source
  5. British producer Bonobo has shared a new original track as part of the resurrection of the Fabriclive mix series which called it a day at the end of last year. The track ‘Ibrik’ features in the newly minted Fabric Presents series which works in the same manner as it’s predecessor with a track by track selection and full, un-edited mix but opens up the potential for guests and collaborations versus being defined purely as a mix. “The artists invited to participate in this series will reflect the full calendar of nights at fabric, including the more recent ‘Forms’ events, new midweek programming and festival tie-ins; not forgetting the iconic FABRICLIVE and Saturday night parties,” The track is characteristic of Bonobo which is brimming with percussive elements and a stomping bass-line that’ll get anyones feet moving over the course of it’s almost six minute journey. It’s the first new music from the producer since the ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’ EP and ‘Migration’ album released in 2017. Check out ‘Ibrik below; Fabric Presents Bonobo arrives February 22 according to Pitchfork. Check out the tracklisting below; Tracklist CD/Digital 01. Bonobo – Flicker 02. Bonobo – Boston Common 03. Poté – Jacquot (Waters Of Praslin) 04. Alex Kassian – Hidden Tropics 05. Âme – Nia 06. Durante – Maia 07. Dark Sky & Afriquoi – Cold Harbour 08. Bonobo – Ibrik 09. Olsen – Femenine 10. O’Flynn – TKOTN 11. TSHA – Sacred 12. Will Saul – By Your Side 13. Titeknots – Buzzard Walk 14. Dan Kye – Focus 15. Barakas – Roach 16. R. Lyle – Perpetrator 17. Rhone – Mirapolis (Laurent Garnier Remix) 18. Throwing Snow – Rheged 19. Nepa Allstar – The Way 20. DJ Seinfeld – Stargard 21. Earth Trax & Newborn JR – If You (Club Mix) feat. Annjet 22. John Beltran – Collage of Dreams Vinyl A1 Bonobo – Flicker A2 Poté – Jacquot (Waters Of Praslin) A3 Durante – Maia A4 Dan Kye – Focus B1 Dark Sky & Afriquoi – Cold Harbour B2 Bonobo – Ibrik B3 Olsen – Femenine C1 TSHA – Sacred C2 R. Lyle – Perpetrator C3 Throwing Snow – Rheged C4 DJ Seinfeld – Stargard D1 Nepa Allstar – The Way D2 Bonobo – Boston Common D3 Âme – Nia D4 O’Flynn – TKOTN Source
  6. Check out that volcano view.Wow! Music Festival Trips hit us with an unexpected HomeBASS Summer 2019 announcement, and the crowd is going wild. After their biggest and most successful event yet during EDC Orlando 2018, there is no doubt among attendees that their brand new, stand-alone, resort-based, house music event is going to HIT. Join us on June 7th, 8th, and 9th at the Avanti Palms Resort, overlooking Orlando’s Volcano Bay, for Florida’s most unique, inviting, and comfortable electronic dance music experience, I mean, you can show up at the function in your PJs for God sakes! But you may prefer your bathing suit during the day, for some of the most expertly curated pool parties you can imagine. Pool parties here. Enough said.Early Bird room packages are now available, so get your crew together soon. HomeBASS is for festival veterans who are ready to trade in the camping scene for fresh, clean towels, robes, and a nice comfortable bed, as electronic calamity ensues right downstairs in the lobby. But simultaneously, HomeBASS is for new-comers, who will get to soak in the safety and community of having everything they need all in one resort. HomeBASS has created a family, and I strongly advise you to become apart of it. Whether you’ll be coming from near or far, there is a home for you here, in the epicenter of Don’t forget sunscreen!Florida’s favorite area, with the best music out. Your dream summer weekend awaits. Check out photos from last year, as well as the all new resort location photos on the HomeBASS Summer Facebook below, and get your rooms and party passes here. Facebook: HomeBASS Summer Instagram: HomeBASS Orlando Twitter: Music Festival Trips The post HomeBASS Returns This Summer to the Sunshine State appeared first on EDM Maniac. Source
  7. Legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera today (January 22nd) became the first-ever player to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and some may say he owes a tip of his hat to Metallica. The all-time Major League Baseball saves leader famously entered games to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act’s massive hit “Enter Sandman”. As if facing Rivera’s nasty cutter wasn’t intimidating enough for opposing batters, hearing the first few notes of “Enter Sandman” must have put more fear into hitters as they waited for the closer to begin his warmup tosses. Metallica themselves even congratulated Rivera this evening upon news of his historic unanimous election. In a video message, frontman James Hetfield said, “We, Metallica, took a vote here, and it’s unanimous — congratulations from the entire Metallica family, Mariano, on your induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.” Lars Ulrich then chimed in, “It’s well deserved, and we look forward to watching you enter the Hall this summer.” Hey Mo, we've got some old friends that wanted to say congrats. pic.twitter.com/enlwrVpaCc — Cut4 (@Cut4) January 22, 2019 That all said, Rivera isn’t exactly about to fire up “The Black Album” anytime soon. In an interview with MLB Network following the news of his unanimous election, the pitcher was asked how many Metallica shows he’d been to, and responded, “With all due respect to the guys, I’ve never been to one of them.” He added, “As a Christian, with all due respect to Metallica, I don’t listen to that kind of music.” Watch Mariano’s reaction to Metallica’s congratulatory message in the tweet below, and see the full interview with the pitcher here. .@Metallica dropped in to congratulate Mariano Rivera on his unanimous election to the Hall of Fame! Check out the full interview with the @Yankees legend here: https://t.co/4CLO3uIcmK pic.twitter.com/2giMDjXHB3 — MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 23, 2019 So, it looks like Mariano won’t be catching Metallica on their ongoing “Worldwired Tour”, and he probably doesn’t care about how we recently ranked the thrash masters’ albums from worst to best. The band just launched the latest North American leg of the trek this past Friday. Metallica’s Top 5 Songs Tour Preview: Bring Me the Tool’s Top 5 Music Videos Favorite Setlist.fm Music Moments in Behemoth's Top 5 Songs Source
  8. Ariana Grande‘s new song “7 Rings” is making headlines for all sorts of reasons — one being that it absolutely crushed Spotify‘s 24-hour streaming record. According to stats revealed by Spotify, Ariana’s most recent single racked up nearly 15 million plays on January 18, the day it released. “7 Rings” acquired 14,966,544 global plays in 24 hours to be exact. The record was previously held by Mariah Carey, who broke through with 10,819,009 streams on Spotify thanks to her classic holiday anthem. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” attracted a big crowd on December 24 of last year, which amounted to total 10,819,009 plays. So far, no other artist comes close to touching the play power of Ariana’s “7 Rings” — at least within this time span. Her previous single, “thank u, next” is also among the greatest 24-hour record holders on Spotify. Drake, Ed Sheeran, and XXXTentacion are up there as well. Spotify’s Biggest 24-Hour Stream Counts 7 Rings, Ariana Grande – 14,966,544 (January 18, 2019) All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey – 10,819,009 (December 24, 2018) SAD!, XXXTentacion – 10,415,088 (June 19, 2018) Shape of You, Ed Sheeran – 9,891,056 (March 3, 2017) In My Feelings, Drake – 9,847,333 (July 20 2018) thank u, next, Ariana Grande – 9,606,415 (November 9, 2018) Nonstop, Drake – 9,298,297 (June 29, 2018) Last Christmas, Wham! – 9,098,668 (December 24, 2018) Survival, Drake – 8,611,591 (June 29, 2018) God’s Plan, Drake – 8,553,009 (January 26, 2018) Ariana Grande – 7 Rings This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ariana Grande Absolutely Crushes Spotify’s 24-Hour Streaming Record with “7 Rings” Source
  9. What So Not just released a new production that teeters on the edge of perfection… “We Can Be Friends” exists in a musical space all its own, with whirling synths, knockout vocals, and much of What So Not’s signature style. Powerhouse vocalist Herizen drives home a riveting emotional message as WSN takes the reigns on the production — and together, it’s simply magic. “I met [Herizen] on a writing camp in Nicaragua,” What So Not shares on how they linked up. “Soon after we met up in LA. She was in a bit of a state & belted out this chorus over some chords I was playing, first take. It was a very real moment. We caught it & ran with it.” “I’d been listening to a lot of Dilla,” he explains. “Did some simple drum programming and played in textures and riffs on a Nord. I kept the production light & lush centering the song around the beautiful & haunting vocal.” As you can hear, this collaboration was meant to be. Listen below and let your heart just melt to the sounds of “We Can Be Friends.” We Can Be Friends (featuring Herizen)  Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: What So Not Drops New Standout Collab “We Can Be Friends” with Herizen [MUST LISTEN] Source
  10. It’s nearly February in 2019, but r/EDM on Reddit is just now revealing the results of their Best of 2018 voting. Right off the bat, we have to note that the subreddit boasts nearly 440,000 subscribers, and yet the most votes in any single category was 405 for future bass. That is 0.09% of the total subreddit population. Now, let’s move on to the results. The top two comments on the thread right now are referencing the EDM circlejerk and unwanted results — well, of course! No one voted! The results of the survey skew heavily toward the main stream, not that that’s particularly unexpected, either. Winner of best artist for big room house? Martin Garrix, no surprise there. Dance Pop? The Chainsmokers, check. Future bass? Illenium, of course. Future house? Don Diablo, who didn’t see that coming. Although, props are due to Nora En Pure for winning best artist for tropical house & commercial deep house. It also seems that the results could have been skewed by a large influx of Monstercat fans — just look at the drum & bass and electro house categories. All this being said, another huge congrats is due to 1788-L for nearly sweeping the midtempo bass category after only a year of being active. The only categories he missed out on went to Rezz, for best album/EP and best mix. 1788-L also won best breakout artist overall. Curiously absent anywhere on the list? Marshmello. See the full results below and join the conversation on Reddit here. Bass House, G-House & Bassline (n=307) Best Artist: Tchami (25.4%) Best Original Track (Solo): Valentino Khan – Lick It (34.4%) Best Original Track (Collab): Skrillex & JOYRYDE – Agen Wida (50.4%) Best Remix: Zeds Dead x Jauz – Lights Go Down (Sikdope Remix) (31.2%) Best Album/EP: Tchami & Malaa – No Redemption EP Big Room House (n=322) Best Artist: Martin Garrix (47.8%) Best Original Track (Solo): Martin Garrix – High On Life ft. Bonn (37.7%) Best Original Track (Collab): Blasterjaxx & Hardwell – Big Room Never Dies (32.9%) Best Remix: Axwell /\ Ingrosso – Dreamer (Matisse & Sadko Remix) (68.4%) Best Album/EP: Martin Garrix – BYLAW EP (68.1%) Best Set/Mix: Hardwell @ Tomorrowland (38.4%) Dance Pop (n=271) Best Artist: The Chainsmokers (27.3%) Best Original Track (Solo): The Chainsmokers – This Feeling (20.6%) Best Original Track (Collab): Tiesto & Dzeko – Jackie Chan (60.7%) Best Album/EP: The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy (38.1%) Best Remix: Cheat Codes ft Fetty Wap – Feels Great (Anki Remix) (26%) Drum & Bass (n=198) Best Artist: Muzzy (51.6%) Best Original Track (Solo): Rameses B – Prometheus (48.3%) Best Original Track (Collab): Delta Heavy & Everyone You Know – Anarchy (44.3%) Best Remix: Pendulum – Hold Your Color (Noisia Remix) (53.8%) Best Album/EP: Muzzy – Cascade (70.5%) Best Set/Mix: Andy C @ Rampage (36.3%) Dubstep & Riddim (n=304) Best Artist: Virtual Riot (45%) Best Original Track (Solo): Virtual Riot – One Two (29.5%) Best Original Track (Collab): Illenium & Excision – Gold (39%) Best Album/EP: Excision – Apex (39.8%) Best Set/Mix: Never Say Die Vol. 6 (32.3%) Electro House (n=264) Best Artist: Pegboard Nerds (35.1%) Best Original Track (Solo): Stonebank – What Are You Waiting For (31.9%) Best Original Track (Collab): Knife Party & Pegboard Nerds – Harpoon (47.5%) Best Remix: Gammer – The Drop (Stonebank Remix) (52.9%) Best Album/EP: Wolfgang Gartner – Medicine EP (43.7%) Best Set/Mix: Vicetone – End of Year Mix 2018 Future Bass (n=405) Best Artist: Illenium (43.5%) Best Original Track (Solo): Illenium – Take You Down (35.2%) Best Original Track (Collab): Said The Sky & Dabin – Superstar (28.2%) Best Remix: Halsey – Without Me (Illenium Remix) (55.7%) Best Album/EP: San Holo – album1 (39.8%) Future House (n=263) Best Artist: Don Diablo (34.5%) Best Original Track (Solo): Don Diablo – Anthem (We Love House Music) (37.3%) Best Original Track (Collab): Brooks x Martin Garrix x David Guetta – Like I Do (34.3%) Best Remix: Martin Garrix – Ocean (Don Diablo Remix) (39.5%) Best Album/EP: Don Diablo – Future (52.1%) Best Set/Mix: Brooks @ Tomorrowland (41.5%) Hard Dance (n=150) Best Artist: Darren Styles (57.4%) Best Original Track (Solo): Headhunterz – Path of the Hunter (37.4%) Best Original Track (Collab): Headhunterz & Sub Zero Project – Our Church (32.5%) Best Remix: LNY TNZ – We Go Up (Da Tweekaz Remix) (31.5%) Best Album/EP: Headhunterz – Return of Headhunterz (59.8%) Best Set/Mix: Headhunterz @ Defqon1 (39.6%) House (Other) (n=148) Best Artist: Gorgon City (36.4%) Best Original Track (Solo): Calvin Harris – One Kiss (59.1%) Best Original Track (Collab): MK & Jonas Blue – Back & Forth (35%) Best Remix: Odesza – It’s Only (VIP) Best Album/EP: Gorgon City – Escape (63.5%) Best Set/Mix: Bonobo Boiler Room NYC (68.9%) Melodic Dubstep (n=333) Best Artist: Seven Lions (49.8%) Best Original Track (Solo): Seven Lions – Dreamin’ (34%) Best Original Track (Collab): Excision & Illenium – Gold (Stupid Love) Best Remix: Seven Lions – Calling You Home (Crystal Skies Remix) (30.2%) Best Album/EP: Seven Lions – Start Again EP (70.4%) Best Set/Mix: Seven Lions @ EDCLV (55.1%) Midtempo Bass (n=204) Best Artist: 1788-L (41.7%) Best Original Track (Solo): 1788-L – Pulsar Beam; Rezz – Witching Hour (28.5%) Best Original Track (Collab): Rezz & 1788-L – H E X (64.8%) Best Remix: Illenium, Said the Sky & 1788-L – Sound of Where’d U Go (VIP) (49.7%) Best Album/EP: Rezz – A Certain Kind of Magic (67.6%) Best Set/Mix: Rezz – Nightmare on Rezz Street (55.4%) Trance (n=192) Best Artist: Armin van Buuren (41.8%) Best Original Track (Solo): Alpha 9 – Sleepwalker (30.2%) Best Original Track (Collab): Armin van Buuren x Shapov – Our Origin (24.1%) Best Remix: Gabriel & Dresden – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix) Best Album/EP: Above & Beyond – Common Ground (44.6%) Best Set/Mix: Above & Beyond ABGT300 (55.8%) Tech House (n=154) Best Artist: Chris Lake (36.4%) Best Original Track (Solo): Fisher – Losing It (70.7%) Best Original Track (Collab): Chris Lake & Green Velvet – Deceiver (44.9%) Best Remix: Au/Ra – Panic Room (CamelPhat Club Mix) (52.9%) Best Set/Mix: Chris Lake @ EDCLV (63.4%) Techno (n=70) Best Artist: Adam Beyer (27.6%) Best Original Track (Solo): Cirez D – The Glitch (34.5%) Best Original Track (Collab): Adam Beyer, Green Velvet & Layton Giordani – Space Date (50%) Best Remix: Jon Hopkins – Singularity (ANNA Remix) (46.2%) Best Album/EP: Enrico Sangiuliano – Biomorph (44.2%) Best Set/Mix: Adam Beyer b2b Cirez D @ SoHo Miami (35.6%) Trap (n=291) Best Artist: RL Grime (48.5%) Best Original Track (Solo): Odesza – Loyal (35.8%) Best Original Track (Collab): The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE – Save Yourself (34.6%) Best Remix: Ekali & ZHU – Blame (NGHTMRE Remix) (43.2%) Best Album/EP: RL Grime – Nova (52.4%) Best Set/Mix: RL Grime Halloween VII (45.1%) Tropical House & Commercial Deep House (n=226) Best Artist: Nora En Pure (37.6%) Best Original Track (Solo): Noisestorm – Crab Rave (63.9%) Best Original Track (Collab): Kygo & Sandro Cavazza – Happy Now (54.5%) Best Remix: Bazzi – Beautiful (EDX Ibiza Skyline Remix) (29.3%) Best Album/EP: Sigala – Brighter Days (31.6%) Best Set/Mix: Kygo – Kids In Love Tour Set (64.2%) Progressive House (n=206) Best Artist: Arty (43%) Best Original Track (Solo): Deadmau5 – Monophobia ft. Rob Swire (54.4%) Best Original Track (Collab): ZHU & Tame Impala – My Life (32.5%) Best Remix: Above & Beyond – Northern Soul (Spencer Brown Remix) (37.4%) Best Album/EP: Pryda – Elements (36.1%) Best Set/Mix: Eric Prydz @ Tomorrowland (39.4%) Other Genres (n=213) Best Artist: Virtual Self (61.1%) Best Original Track (Solo): RL Grime – Pressure (42.1%) Best Original Track (Collab): Big Gigantic & NGHTMRE – Like That (45.9%) Best Remix: Virtual Self – Angel Voices (77.5%) Best Album/EP: 3LAU – Ultraviolet (34.7%) Best Set/Mix: Virtual Self (70.2%) Miscellaneous (n=349) Best Live Performance: Odesza (42.3%) Best Festival: Tomorrowland (46.5%) Best Breakout Artist: 1788-L (32.1%) Best Album Art: Odesza – A Moment Apart (Deluxe) (35.7%) Best Content Creator – Sidewalk Talks (41.1%) Post of the Year: Ekali describing different genres (40.8%) Best Radio Show: A State of Trance (34.6%) Best Compilation Album: Monstercat Vol. 5 (45.3%) Best Social Media Presence: Dillon Francis (34.1%) Best Label: Monstercat (64.3%) Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: r/EDM Finally Reveals Best Of 2018 Music Results Source
  11. “Family: they’re the only ones you can depend on,” the great Tony Soprano once said. With that in mind, Sopranos creator David Chase has cast Michael Gandolfini to play the younger version of the mob boss famously portrayed by his late father, James Gandolfini, in the forthcoming prequel movie. Entitled The Many Saints of Newark, the feature film is set during the 1967 race riots in Newark, New Jersey, when animosity between African Americans and Italian Americans reached a boiling point. The younger Soprano will feature prominently in the story, as will his father Johnny Boy and uncle Junior Soprano. “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini, who is 19, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.” Longtime Sopranos director Alan Taylor is on board to helm the film from a script Chase wrote alongside fellow series writer Lawrence Konner. Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Alessandro Nivola are among the other confirmed cast members. Production is set to begin later this year. James Gandolfini played the role of Tony Soprano for six seasons on the award-winning HBO drama The Sopranos. For his efforts, he won three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe, and three SAG Awards. Tragically, Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51. Source
  12. X Japan leader Yoshiki has been tapped to compose the theme song and additional music for the latest installment of the xXx franchise, xXx 4, starring Vin Diesel. Yoshiki, the drummer, pianist and creative force in the legendary Japanese metal band, has previously composed music for Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and the anime series Attack on Titan. The newest xXx movie is currently in pre-production, with Diesel himself hitting Instagram a few days ago to ask his fans for casting advice: “Heading into a xXx meeting this weekend… Who would you like to see added to the xXx League?” The film is being produced by the relatively new company The H Collective, which is also currently financing its first animated feature, Spycies, an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki is also creating the theme song and music for Spycies, which is slated to hit theaters in China on August 8th, 2019. “Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley said in a statement. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.” Added Yoshiki, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.” In addition to the film news, it’s been revealed that X Japan are finally completing work on their first new studio album in more than 22 years. In an interview with Consequence of Sound last year, Yoshiki had said that the band was planning to release the disc in late summer or early fall of 2018, but it now looks like a 2019 date is more likely. The prolific musician also revealed at the time that Marilyn Manson contributed to one of the tracks, and he was recently a guest at Manson’s 50th birthday party. X Japan have sold 30 million singles and albums combined to date, with their last album, Dahlia, released in 1996. Sadly, classic members Hide (guitar) and Taiji (bass) passed away in 1998 and 2011, respectively. Source
  13. In the not too distant future, Ariana Grande is set to release thank u, next, the follow-up to her 2018 album, Sweetener. While an exact release date remains forthcoming, today Grande revealed the album’s 12-song tracklist. It includes previously revealed singles “thank u, next”, “imagine”, and “7 rings”, along with the curiously titled closing track, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”. See the full tracklist below. Update, 8:30 pm ET: In an Instagram post, Grande has also revealed the thank u, next release date: February 8th. In March, Grande will embark on her “Sweetener World Tour”, which includes a headlining appearance at Coachella. You can get tickets here. thank u, next Traklist: 01. imagine 02. needy 03. NASA 04. bloodline 05. fake smile 06. bad idea 07. make up 08. ghostin 09. in my head 10. 7 rings 11. thank u, next 12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored Watch Grande’s video for “7 rings”: Source
  14. Starting this weekend, Luca Lush is going on tour! The blue haired devil recently dropped some huge new tracks like his remix of Post Malone’s “Wow” with Bishu or his flip of Joyryde & Skrillex’s “AGEN WIDA” or his remix of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” and he’s going to be dropping them all on the road. The 21-date tour features support from Montell 2099, sumthin sumthin, and Bishu, with special guests on select dates. Your EDM is giving away a pair of tickets to just such a date – this Saturday in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theater with Vindata, Montell 2099, and Bishu. All you have to do is enter our contest here or below for your chance to win! Our winner will be chosen Friday afternoon, so get moving. Limited tickets to the show are still available here. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Win Two Tickets To See Luca Lush In Los Angeles This Weekend, Jan 26 Source
  15. Following their controversial comeback last year, As I Lay Dying will continue to hit the road in 2019, having just announced a spring North American trek. The band’s reunion was met with a mixed reaction, with a number of fans expressing dismay at the metalcore act’s decision to re-form with singer Tim Lambesis, who was famously imprisoned after pleading guilty to hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife. Despite the backlash, As I Lay Dying embarked on successful tours of Europe and the States this past fall, with the band even upgrading to larger venues in Europe to meet ticket demand. In a message posted in December, Lambesis addressed the backlash, writing, “I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work now is to undo the hurt I’ve caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change.” The newly announced tour kicks off March 15th in St. Louis, Missouri, and works its way through the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast before wrapping up April 6th in Springfield, Missouri. See the full list of dates below. You can get tickets here. As I Lay Dying 2019 Tour Dates 03/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Pops 03/16 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch 03/17 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge 03/18 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Concert Hall 03/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 03/20 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall 03/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 03/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre 03/23 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall 03/24 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place 03/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore SoundStage 03/26 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger 03/27 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate 03/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum 03/30 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 03/31 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall 04/02 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater 04/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco 04/04 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In 04/05 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers 04/06 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex Tour Preview: Bring Me the Metallica’s Top 5 Songs Tool’s Top 5 Music Videos Favorite Setlist.fm Music Moments in Behemoth's Top 5 Songs Source
  16. Among today’s Oscar nominations are a number of firsts: Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Spike Lee received his first ever nomination for Best Director, and Sam Elliott – a mainstay of contemporary cinema who’s accrued half a century in the profession – earned his first acting nomination for his supporting role in A Star Is Born. Speaking with Deadline about the nomination, Elliott quipped, “It’s about fucking time.” “Beyond that, it’s really about the work; it’s just about the creative process. It’s great to be recognized for that, that’s really all it’s about,” he added. Elliott went on to share some thoughts on why he believes this new incarnation of A Star Is Born resonated so strongly with audiences. (Read: Oscars 2019: Who Will Win, Who Should Win) “I just think it has a number of universal themes that a lot of people can tap into,” Elliott remarked. “The music’s one thing, that stands alone on some level, but it’s also an intricate part of the story. The love story, the love and loss. Then beyond that, it’s the addiction theme. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t had some connection, either directly or indirectly, someone in their family, or someone they love, with alcoholism or addiction.” He also reflected on the longevity of his career, saying, “Fifty years into the game and all of a sudden to have anything to do with this, to be connected with a film like this, it’s just a wonderful gift.” A Star Is Born garnered a total of eight nominations, including those for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), and Original Song (“Shallow”). The ceremony goes down Sunday, February 24th on ABC. See the full list of nominations here. Source
  17. If you haven’t heard already, the internet has been buzzing about two documentaries released about the disastrous Fyre Festival. The two documentary films from streaming giants Netflix and Hulu aimed to tell the full story of the fiasco following the festival’s incredible demise. From horrific tales of fraud to insane stories about deception, the documentaries gave us a closer look at what happened leading up to the festival, but more importantly, who was affected by this tragedy of a festival. The Netflix documentary, FYRE, shared a heart-wrenching tale of a woman who was tasked to serve thousands of meals on the island during the mayhem. Maryann Rolle appeared in the doc sharing her story and revealed that she had personally taken out $50,000 to pay local employees after the festival organizers failed to remit payments. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals” she said in on her verified GoFundMe page. 4 days after the Netflix debut, her GoFundMe appeared online and immediately thousands rushed to donate. Her goal was $123,000 but as of this posting, it has reached over $167,000. There are still many people that were affected by this fiasco that have yet to paid. However, it is incredible to see so many people donate to this woman who clearly did what the festival could not accomplish — take care of people. H/T: GQ The post Thousands Donate To Unpaid Fyre Festival Cook appeared first on EDM Maniac. Source
  18. Nervo began 2019 by announcing something huge. No, it wasn’t new music, though we all knew that they had some coming. They were both pregnant! And pretty far along by the looks of it… Now, three weeks later, they’re back with their first new song of 2019, “Habit.” “Habit” is an infectious pop tune with some dance hall flair for good measure, amongst the repeating “na na na” vocals and rolling 808s. With more new music (and new humans!) on the way in 2019 for Nervo, we’re excited to see it all unfold. Check out “Habit” out now from Thrive Music below.  This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Nervo Drop First Song Since Bombshell Pregnancy Announcement, “Habit” Source
  19. GRiZ is stoked to share his Ride Waves journey in 2019 — and it’s just getting started! Today, the producer unleashes a brand new and extra funky release with “I’m Good.” The single rocks some major rhythm, flair, and provokes an all-around, feel good mood. GRiZ showcases a mature sound and reveals his new music is more personal than ever. As always, his music is great for the soul and Ride Waves will keep that trend rolling. If the new single isn’t the best news you’ve heard all day, then the announce of GRiZ’s next album should do it. The producer is readying to release Ride Waves. The body of work is bursting with collaborations and will feature — brace yourselves — Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Matisyahu, DRAM, Bootsy Collins and more. It’s due out April 5th. Ride Waves will mark the beginning of the next chapter for GRiZ — one that sees him not only persevere as a solo artist, but also step up to the plate as he joins the ranks of the producers outside of the electronic world that inspire him. This is the most evolved version of GRiZ — and one that will continue to grow. To top it all off, GRiZ is about to embark on his Ride Waves tour. Artist pre-sale begins tomorrow at 10 am local time. General on sale begins Friday at 10 am local time. Listen below and get ready for a new era of GRiZ music! More info and tour dates here. GRiZ – “I’m Good” GRiZ – Ride Waves Announce Tracklist 01. Can’t Get Enough 02. I’m Good 03. My Friends and I Pt. 2 (feat. Snoop Dogg & Prob Cause) 04. Cruise Control (feat. BXRBER) 05. A New Day (feat. Matisyahu) 06. The Prayer 07. It Gets Better (feat. DRAM) 08. Bustin’ Out (feat. Bootsy Collins) 09. Caught Up (feat. Muzzy Bearr) 10. Maybe (feat. Yoshi Flower) 11. The Escape 12. Mercy (feat. Valentina) 13. Barrel Of A Gun (feat. Leo Napier) 14. Find My Own Way (feat. Wiz Khalifa) Photo: GRiZ via Electric Forest This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: GRiZ Announces New Album, Tour & Drops Funky Fresh Single “I’m Good” Source
  20. The news of the morning is Chris Brown’s arrest in Paris following an accusation of rape from an unidentified female victim. Brown was arrested by French police on Monday, along with his bodyguard and another man who were said to be involved in the incident. Now, Brown is responding to the accusation: “This Bitch Lyin’.” “I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! [sic] NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL [sic] AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!” – Chris Brown The post has gained over 500,000 likes and 45,000 comments in under and hour since it was posted. French magazine Closer, which broke the story, spoke to the victim under a pseudonym as she described the ordeal. “It’s still too difficult for me to explain in detail what he did, but it was brutal and violent . He was threatening and aggressive. I was very afraid. Once it was over, he opened the door. I told him that I wanted to pick up my cell phone and go home. Chris Brown went to see one of his friends. I thought this person was going to accompany me to the bodyguard for my cell phone, but that’s not what he did.” She goes on to explain that the bodyguard abused her, as well. “I am traumatized, I can not overcome what happened to me and resume my habits. It’s horrible, I’m lost.” A French judicial source says Brown and his cohorts have since been released from custody. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Chris Brown Responds To Rape Accusations: “This Bitch Lyin'” Source
  21. San Holo’s album1 tour was one of the most hotly anticipated fall tours of the last year and boy did he deliver. Now, the bitbird maestro is back again with a whole round of new dates and supporting cast consisting of new friends Robotaki and Melvv and old friends Taska Black and EASTGHOST. The dates kick off April 4th in Sacramento before continuing on through the south and wrapping up in the Midwest at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on April 27th. If you missed the chance to check out the show on its original run last fall, be sure to grab tickets so you don’t miss out on these shows. Presale tickets are on-sale tomorrow here with code BIRDNEST while public on-sale kicks off at 10am local time on Friday the 25th – so be sure to set your alarms. Featured Image: Rukes This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: San Holo Announces Second Phase of His album1 tour Source
  22. England’s Nilüfer Yanya first came onto our radar in 2017 at Iceland Airwaves, where Consequence of Sound’s own Lior Phillips described her as “an indie rock-adjacent Amy Winehouse.” Now we’ll finally get to see what this indie soul pop artist really has to offer when she releases her debut full-length, Miss Universe, on March 22nd via ATO Records. The 17-track effort was recorded in the remote studio in Cornwall, UK where Yanya used to jam back when she was only beginning to embrace her musical drive. Co-production comes from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, her former guitar teacher, as well as live bandmates Jazzi Bobbi and Luke Bower. Additional producers include John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer, and M.T. Hadley. As a first listen, the 23-year-old artist has shared the video for lead single “In Your Head”. The frantic clip — which was shot in and around Las Vegas — is a perfect pair for the track’s feverish exploration of perception verses reality. “I can do what I want/ I can feel what I feel/ Until you say it out loud/ How will I know if its real?” Yanya sings. Speaking of the song in a press release, she says, “Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me and I get trapped. There’s the things I need disguised as things I think I only want, things I think I’m choosing out of choice not necessity. Sometimes this only becomes clear in retrospect, or maybe it will never become clear. Some people may call that being paranoid. I think that’s what I wrote the song about , but what’s interesting to me, and what I think I was trying to get at, is the illusion of freedom.” Take a listen via the clip below. Miss Universe Artwork: Miss Universe Tracklist: 01. WWAY HEALTH 02. In Your Head 03. Paralysed 04. Angels 05. Experience? 06. Paradise 07. Baby Blu 08. Warning 09. Heat Rises 10. Melt 11. “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME 12. Safety Net 13. Tears 14. Monsters Under The Bed 15. The Unordained 16. Give Up Function 17. Heavyweight Champion of the Year Yanya will tour behind the record throughout North America and Europe later this year. The trek begins in February with a run opening for Sharon Van Etten, one of our most anticipated tours of the year. Find Yanya’s full itinerary below. Nilüfer Yanya 2019 Tour Dates: 02/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * 02/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * 02/08 – Boston, MA @ Royale * 02/09 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theatre * 02/11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall * 02/13 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre * 02/14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * 02/15 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * 02/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave * 02/18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre * 02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall * 02/21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom * 02/22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial * 02/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre * 02/25 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery * 02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore * 02/28 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park * 03/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel * 03/28 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon 04/03 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA 04/04 – Manchester, UK @ YES 04/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club 04/06 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny 04/08 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester University 04/09 – London, UK @ Evolutionary Arts Hackney 04/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds 04/12 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla 04/13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford 04/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt 04/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet 04/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache 04/18 – Berlin, De @ Kantine am Berghain 04/19 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique 04/21 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea Club 04/22 – Munich, DE @ Ampere 04/24 – Zurich, CH @ Exil 04/25 – Koln, DE @ Blue Shell 04/26 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere 04/29 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique Festival 04/30 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn 05/01 – Utrecht, NL @ ACU 06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound 08/08-12 – Barcelona, ES @ Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender * = w/ Sharon Van Etten Source
  23. Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on early Tuesday following allegations of rape. The embattled singer has since been released from custody, according to TMZ, and he’s addressed the allegations with a defiant three word message. “This Bitch Lyin'” reads an image posted to his Instagram page. In the accompanying caption, Brown wrote, “I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!” Update – 11:40 p.m.: TMZ reports that Brown plans to sue his accuser for defamation. “A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris,” his lawyer announced Tuesday night. For their part, French authorities say they are still investigating the incident, but as of now Brown has released with no conditions and free to leave the country. Meanwhile, France’s Closer Magazine has published an interview with the alleged victim. The woman — identified by the pseudonym “Karima” — is described as a 24-year-old model. Karima says she met Brown at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the night of January 15th. After accompanying him to a local night club, Karima alleges that Brown convinced her to return to his suite at the Mandarin, where the alleged assault took place. Karima says she was also assaulted by one of Brown’s friends and his bodyguard, both of who were arrested along with Brown. An associate of Brown disputed Karima’s account in an interview with TMZ, saying that the singer hosted a group of people in his room and was never alone with the alleged victim. Under French law, suspects being questioned by the police can be kept in custody for up to 24 hours, according to the New York Times. If he is forced to stand trial, Brown would be required to surrender his passport and remain in Paris pending trial. Brown already has a lengthy criminal record to his name. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Since then, he’s twice been charged with felony battery and was involved in a police standoff. In December 2018, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts relating to the possession of an exotic monkey and is currently facing six months in a California jail. Source
  24. Every year, the Academy surprises us. Whether it’s through a slate of predictable Oscar fluff or a swath of uncompromising snubs, the powers that be never fail to elicit some kind of vitriolic response from its core base of critics, moviegoers, and Hollywood zealots. That shock starts at the nominations and lasts all the way until the morning after the ceremony. This year is no exception. There’s outrage over the nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book, while at the same time, there’s admiration for the dozen to half-dozen that’s been respectively given to The Favourite or BlacKkKlansman. Yet for all its pros and cons, the ceremony itself remains consistent in being a total enigma. Hollywood analysts can read the tea leaves until they look like the blind guy in Lamberto Bava’s Demons, and still, it doesn’t change the fact that the night will bring a series of triumphs and upsets that will all boil down to bewilderment. Some may find that irritating, some may find that comforting, others may sit there wondering what Roma means. That’s why, in a sense, it’s a fool’s errand to sit here and try and predict anything. Unlike sports, there aren’t really any objective statistics to base these predictions on, namely because any statistics are all based on prior subjectivity. Yet part of any surprise is building expectations, and that’s where these analyses thrive. That is, if you can appreciate the surprise of being right or wrong. Alas, here are Consequence of Sound‘s bolder-than-ever predictions going into the 91st Academy Awards. Whether they’re on-target or off the map, we’ll see on Sunday, February 24th, when it all goes down on ABC. –Michael Roffman Editor-in-Chief __________________________________________________________ Best Sound Editing Bohemian Rhapsody Black Panther First Man A Quiet Place Roma What should win: A Quiet Place What will win: First Man Coming into this year’s nominations, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had started making a number of appearances on forecast lists, ranging from Best Original Score to Best Actress for Emily Blunt. Sadly, neither came to fruition for the blockbuster thriller, but it did manage to whisper away a Best Sound Editing nom — and rightfully so. The entire film is predicated on the lack of noise, which makes any sounds that much more integral, and the film’s rich palette is impressive. However, Damien Chazelle’s First Man is a technical marvel, and given the lack of nominations in any other field, it would appear the voters tend to think so, too. This win for Apollo is a kosher one, but we’d love an upset by Jim Halpert. –Michael Roffman __________________________________________________________ Best Sound Mixing Black Panther Bohemian Rhapsody First Man Roma A Star Is Born What should win: A Star Is Born What will win: First Man As you can see, we’re picking First Man and its appropriately deafening theatrics in both sound categories. Damien Chazelle’s film lends the first moon landing a bracing sense of immediacy and impact, which owes a direct debt to the sonically overwhelming nature of the film’s sound design and mixing. However, one of the most impressive experiences we had in a theater all year was watching (and thus, hearing) A Star is Born in a crisp, clear Dolby theater. Not all live performances are created alike, and if you’re wondering why some of those concert scenes hit you the way they did, this is why. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Visual Effects Avengers: Infinity War Christopher Robin First Man Ready Player One Solo: A Star Wars Story What should win: Ready Player One What will win: Avengers: Infinity War With Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg delivered a computer animated movie given the amount of time that’s spent in the Oasis. But really, all you need to do is watch that homage to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in which the entire Overlook Hotel is brought back to life through video manipulation. It’s a jaw-dropping moment of visual effects wizardry, echoing back to the days of Terminator 2 and Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park. Having said that, Marvel has yet to win in this field, and isn’t Infinity War, what with its smorgasbord of heroes and villains, a perfect time for comeuppance? —Michael Roffman __________________________________________________________ Best Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman Vice, Hank Corwin The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito What should win: BlacKkKlansman What will win: Vice With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s go-to editor Barry Alexander Brown had the unenviable task of shifting the story from a punchy ’70s setting to the real-world violence of today, specifically the Charlottesville riots that happened as recent as 2017. That’s not just difficult, but nearly impossible, and while many critics have been on the fence with the film’s polarizing coda, very few will argue it wasn’t an effective button that chills the bones. Those feelings *hopefully* won’t get lost on the voters, though we’re betting they’ll be charmed (and swayed) by the cutesy pastiches of Adam McKay’s Vice. To be fair, that faux credits sequence midway through the film is one of the comedy’s greatest gags and it’s all Hank Corwin. —Michael Roffman __________________________________________________________ Best Makeup and Hairstyling Vice (Annapurna) Border Mary Queen of Scots Vice What should win: Vice What will win: Vice Impressive work across the board here, particularly in the case of Border, which uses its makeup in service of something more minimal, and more dramatically lasting. But while it would be easy to predict a costume drama full of lavish looks and getups as the winner in this category (the kind of thing it tends to favor each year), we’re thinking that this year’s statue will go to the impressive work done on turning Christian Bale into Dick Cheney in Vice. The actor’s insane weight training isn’t everything, after all. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Costume Design The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter The Favourite, Sandy Powell Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres What should win: The Favourite What will win: The Favourite This is one of the year’s toughest categories to call. After all, you can make arguments for the merits of just about any film in this category, from Sandy Powell‘s excellent 2D animation-stitched work on Poppins or Ruth E. Carter‘s unforgettable array of traditional and modernized African looks in Black Panther. However, the best costume design helps contribute to the film’s story in a more meaningful away, and we’re thinking that The Favourite and its litany of layered dresses concealing all kinds of secrets will win on that basis alone. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Production Design Black Panther , Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart The Favourite , Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton First Man , Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas Mary Poppins Returns , John Myhre and Gordon Sim Roma , Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez What should win: Roma What will win: Roma More tough calls to make for the 91st Oscars. Each of these films has its own clear, cogent argument to make for why it deserves a Production Design award, from dazzling revivals of old-fashioned film styles to daring new visions of what a modern superhero movie can look like. But once again, we think the technical accomplishments of Roma will be too much for the Academy to deny. And if you think about it, what film last year draws more attention to its lavish visual direction? Whether it’s rebuilding a Mexico City street doorway-by-doorway, or filling a torched field with perfectly placed debris, or gazing over a missing set of bookshelves in a house’s foyer, some of the film’s best stuff emerges from some of its finest details. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Cinematography Roma (Netflix) The Favourite, Robbie Ryan Roma, Alfonso Cuaron Cold War, Lukasz Zal A Star Is Born, Matty Libatique Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel What should win: Cold War What will win: Roma There are a few Oscars categories this year in which it’ll be hard to bet against Roma, and here we are again. The look of the film’s lustrous, high-definition black-and-white photography is made all the more remarkable when you consider its director stepping behind the camera as well, flawlessly executing some of the year’s most complex shots with what seems like no effort at all. However, there’s an embarrassment of riches to be found throughout this year’s entire crop of photographers, our particular favorite being Lukasz Zal‘s equally rich black-and-white work on Cold War. Great year for great-looking movies. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Original Song “Shallow” ,A Star Is Born, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “All the Stars” ,Black Panther, written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith Performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, Mary Poppins Returns, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Performed by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda “I’ll Fight” ,RBG, written by Diane Warren Performed by Jennifer Hudson “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Gilian Welch and David Rawlings Performed by Tim Blake Nelson What should win: “Shallow”, A Star Is Born What will win: “Shallow”, A Star Is Born Here’s one way to clear the air on this category. While “All the Stars” was the best song of 2018, it had a nominal effect on Black Panther, relegated to the credits as if to say, “Grab this track now on iTunes.” But “Shallow”? It’s the whole goddamn movie, and you feel that every time you stream it. So many moments and so many emotions are packed into that single song, and they all have breadcrumbs leading back to Bradley Cooper’s debut feature. –Michael Roffman __________________________________________________________ Best Original Score BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat What should win: If Beale Street Could Talk What will win: Black Panther Given the Academy’s notoriously touchy Original Score policies, it’s hard enough for a great score to even get nominated. (Our hearts and fuzz pedals turn to Mandy in this trying time.) Even now, in a crop of good-to-great nominees, we can sit and quibble all day about the Radiohead members and other composers who got short shrift this past year. But the category is the category, and on that basis, we’re excited to see whether If Beale Street Could Talk can make some noise in at least a few categories. Nicholas Britell‘s remarkable score acts as a thematic hinge on which Barry Jenkins’ beautiful film swings, and we’d love to see it grab some honors here. However, our money is with Black Panther. After all, is there a more instantly recognizable piece of composition from 2018 in general than “Wakanda”? It was so good, they even re-used it in Infinity War. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Animated Short Film Animal Behavior Bao Late Afternoon One Small Step Weekends What should win: Baos What will win: Bao While it’d be more than a bit of a misnomer to simply dismiss this category as “the Pixar award”, it’s tough to deny that the animation house has a pretty strong grip on the past 20 years or so of the Animated Short program. We’re expecting that they’ll continue their reign this year with Bao, originally attached to Incredibles 2. The deeply affecting story of the bond between an empty-nesting woman and a dumpling that becomes a surrogate child to her. In just a few minutes, Pixar does what it does best: takes a wrenching, difficult adult concept (letting go of your kids as they age as a part of good parenting) and makes it digest … well, easy to understand for anyone at any age. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Best Documentary (Short Subject) Black Sheep End Game Lifeboat A Night at the Garden Period. End Of Sentence What should win: A Night at the Garden What will win: Lifeboat The Documentary Short category tends to thrive on topicality, and this year is no different. From stories of long-buried American history to a look at the ways in which periods have been used to culturally discriminate against and disadvantage women, the category is taking a wide berth in the issues it addresses in 2019. Our pick goes to Lifeboat, an affecting look at the constant danger taken on by refugees attempting to escape war-torn countries in hopes of a better future. There are few subjects more engrained in the aware person’s consciousness these days, and we think the Oscars will take the opportunity to provide yet another platform for discussion. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer __________________________________________________________ Source
  25. Based out of Amsterdam, rising indie rocker Pip Blom has a big year ahead of her. After signing on with Heavenly Recordings (The King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mark Lanegan), the 22-year-old is prepping to release her full-length debut, Boat, this summer. Blom, who’s opened for the likes of Garbage and The Breeders, is also set to support that LP with her first-ever US show at South By Southwest in March. Boat, which officially arrives May 31st, was recorded at Big Jelly Studios in Margate, UK by Dave McCracken, who’s worked on releases from Depeche Mode and Florence and the Machine. The effort’s 10 tracks were then mixed by Dillip Harris in — of all places — a shipping container that sits along the banks of the Thames in East London. Blom and her band are offering an early teaser of the new album via “Daddy Issues”, a lead single whose bouncy, upbeat tone is often sliced by keen, perfectly timed guitars. Take a listen below. Along with SXSW 2019, Blom, who first launched her career through a songwriting competition, is also set to perform at NOS Alive Festival in Portugal and Mad Cool Festival in Spain. Check out the album artwork and tracklist. Boat Artwork: Boat Tracklist: 01. Daddy Issues 02. Don’t Make It Difficult 03. Say It 04. Tired 05. Bedhead 06. Tinfoil 07. Ruby 08. Set Of Stairs 09. Sorry 10. Aha Source
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