Friday, July 25, 2014

Under Consideration: Emerging artist: "Thr3ee", Genre: R&B

By BLM Staff

Still not much info on these amazing ladies. All we know is they reside in the S.F. Bay Area, and are produced by Pete Wild.  Hmmm... are they purposely being mysterious?
As we patiently await their bio and a possible interview, here is their most recent project "Farewell". Stay tuned for Thr3ee updates


BACKLINE suggested Independent artist/video W.A.W.D - P'tah Johnson ft. TFchamp - genre: R&B

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Watch the November Man - Official Trailer


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Code named The November Man’ Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko).He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days), the film is produced by Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime and Sriram Das of Das Films.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Adapted from: There are no spies
Music composed by: Marco Beltrami
Story by: Bill Granger
Screenplay: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek


Monday, July 21, 2014

Independent Film Spotlight - The House on Arch Lane (video)

                                             The House on Arch Lane from Stonehope on Vimeo.

A suspenseful thriller, originally scribed by Janet L. Hetherington ("Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark") and then reworked by STONEHOPE's Alex & Alex to match the producer's wish of a twisty end.

The story deals with the absurd and thrilling situation that delivery guy Ed Mason finds himself in on his final delivery of the day at the remote Arch Lane. The receiver's are a couple that is acting weird from the first moment. As time passes, Ed is drawn more and more into their house, where strange things seem to happen.

It was shot in Hamburg and Flensburg on two long days. Fabian Hothan stood behind the Camera (5D MKII), Jeremy Legat ("Endgame"), Mareike Fell ("Headhunter"), Jessica McIntyre ("Blutsbrüdaz") and Ethan Freeman before it, to create this atmospheric 15-minute flick that'll make you want to rewind and watch it right again.


Jeremy Legat (Ed Mason)
Mareike Fell (Mrs. Strauss)
Ethan Freeman (Mr. Strauss)
Jessica McIntyre (Beauty)


Director(s): Alexander de Lukowicz, Alexander Steinhoff
Writer(s): Janet L. Hetherington, Alexander de Lukowicz, Alexander Steinhoff
Producer(s): Tobias Steinhauser, Sandra Garsztecki, Alexander Steinhoff
DoP: Fabian Hothan
Production Designer: Jan Müller von der Haegen
Costumes: Michaela Hilchenbach
Editor: Alexander de Lukowicz
Music: Kian Djalili
Production Company: Markenfilm GmbH & Co.
Postproduction: INFECTED Postproduction GmbH

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Live Nation and Yahoo Announce Initial Lineup for Live Stream Concert Partnership

Live Nation and Yahoo have announced the first round of artists scheduled to participate in their new live concert streaming partnership. More than 40 acts (see full list below) are confirmed for the new channel, which will stream one live concert per day, 365 days a year. The live-streaming begins on July 15 with a Dave Matthews Band show at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Live Nation, Yahoo Announce Daily Live Stream Concert Partnership Other upcoming performances include a concert from KISS’ 40th anniversary tour; John Legend performing Marvin Gaye's classic album, "What's Going On,” in its entirety from the Hollywood Bowl; and Justin Timberlake playing his first-ever concert in Reykjavik, Iceland. Usher, OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw, Common, the Neighbourhood and Daughtry have also been confirmed.

A preview of the channel’s first 30 days of concerts can be viewed at "Live Nation produces more than 23,000 annual shows for 60 million fans globally,” Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement. “With the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo we are bringing these amazing artists with great production to the 800 million monthly Yahoo fans. This channel will create a powerful new way for artists to continue to grow their global fanbase."

With the Yahoo partnership, Live Nation officially throws its hat into the ring alongside YouTube, Vevo, Vice and other music-adjacent players vying for a piece of the “upfront” advertising marketplace, valued at some $20 billion spent on top-tier sponsorships for broadcast television, cable and live events.

In addition to live-streaming concerts, the channel will feature an on-demand catalog of songs on video, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and artist interviews. As previously reported, Kellogg is the program’s first sponsor and is expected to be involved for a full-year commitment. Advertising executives familiar with Live Nation's initial sales packages said in April that the company is asking for upfront commitments in the mid-to-high seven figures.
By Mitchell Peters, Billboard

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI

Martin Bandier
Sony/ATV Music Publishing sent a letter to its songwriters in the last day, updating them on where the company stands with regards to performance rights, re-iterating Martin Bandier's intention to withdraw from the two U.S. major performing rights organizations and also reveals the news that the company is appealing both the ASCAP and BMI Pandora rate court rulings.

The major music publishers have long complained that they don't get market-share royalty rates from digital music services and, as a way to change that, began withdrawing digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. But the judges in both the ASCAP and BMI rate-setting lawsuits ruled that publishers must be either all-in or all-out.

In other words, if they want to do direct licensing for digital services, they have to do it for everyone. The judges said that the consent decrees which the two PROs operate under does not allow partial withdrawals.

After those rulings, the publishers and PROs reached out to the Dept. of Justice, asking them to review the consent decrees with the goal of having them amended to allow partial withdrawals.

Most publishers would rather not withdraw from the PROs because replicating general licensing for the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of businesses that use music in their stores, bars, planes, hotels and clubs, would be extremely costly.

Nevertheless, Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Bandier says that, if it turns out that his appeal asking the rate courts to allow partial withdrawal or if the U.S. Dept. of Justice doesn't revise the consent decrees, then the company is "exploring other options, including the potential complete withdrawal of all rights from ASCAP and BMI."

In the letter to Sony/ATV's songwriters, Bandier wrote: "It is our hope that the DOJ and appeals process will recognize the benefits and fairness produced by partial withdrawals of performance rights."

If that occurs, then they could use ASCAP and BMI for collective licensing, where it makes sense.

"That being said, because the DOJ and legal process is not fully within our control, we may have no alternative but to take all of our rights out of ASCAP and BMI," the letter continues.

"We recognize that full withdrawal is a significant step and we are carefully looking at all of the issues associated with this, including speaking with potential partners to assist us."

In an interview, Bandier said he is optimistic that the DOJ review will result in the consent decree being amended so Sony/ATV won't have to withdraw from the PROs to attain higher rates.

He pointed out that Rihanna's song "Diamonds" had 52 million streams, but the four songwriters were only paid $78,000 ($0.0015 per stream). That payment amount "doesn't make sense," he said.

With mechanical rates on the decline, and with digital streaming -- both passive and on-demand -- growing that performance rights become even more important, Bandier argued.

"Sadly, the rates that are paid in that area are not equitable or adequate," Bandier said. "Its like writers' 401k's are being wiped out.

 By Ed Christman, New York, Billboard

SoundCloud Nearing Deal with Major Labels for Pieces of Its Pie

By Andrew Flanagan, New York

SoundCloud is going fully legit, with the company rumored to be selling the three major labels a 9-15% total stake, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. The deal has yet to be announced due to certain parties being closer than others in signing, Bloomberg's sources say. The deal would make it possible for the audio streaming company to continue letting its users stream music from the majors under licensing deals that would form a part of the overall deal. Two sources confirmed to Billboard that the details of the report are accurate, and that the deal will be signed imminently.

Details of the deal, including licensing rates and each major's exact ownership percentage were not available.

The three majors also hold a minority stake in streaming music service Spotify. Universal Music Group held a 14% stake in Beats Music, netting the company around $420 million following its acquisition by Apple.

Earlier this year the company was rumored to being circled by Twitter for an acquisition rumored to be $2 billion; the company's Series D funding round earlier in the year brought in $60 million, valuing the company at $700 million. Around the time of that Series D, rumors were already swirling around the majors taking a stake in the service.

SoundCloud was criticized earlier this month for its increasingly hard-line tack on copyright, though much of the controversy was business-as-usual for major content destinations like YouTube or Vimeo.

SoundCloud and Warner Music Group refused to comment on the deal. Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment did not immediately return requests for comment.

Indie Spotlight: Country Music Artist "Alayna"

Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you're doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing.
photo: from Alayna's website
Amidst the usual talking voices of people carrying on conversations comes Alayna's powerful vocals, relatable lyrics and infectious melodies, causing the whole room to go silent and take notice. Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel good song, Alayna captures the ears of everyone in range.

Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities including her Breedlove guitar to pursue her lifelong dream. In a short amount of time she would be writing with hit songwriters such as Benita Hill and Kirsti Manna, playing well-known venues like The Listening Room and Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, traveling to play for crowds as large as 6,000 and would have an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. She also successfully fan-funded a six song EP titled "Top of a Dream" through Kickstarter.
Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was really all over the map”, she says. Now she's mixing those childhood influences of pop melodies with the honesty of country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table.

Though she didn't realize it right away, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wouldn’t be until a few years afterward that she would finally understand the new talent she could craft. In between this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons.   

She was voted as the recipient of the "Most Promising Female Songwriter 2013" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), has signed a single-song publishing deal and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry. It won't be long before Alayna is a household name along side other ground-breaking females in country music history who are recognized by their first names; Dolly, Loretta, Reba, Faith, Shania, Carrie, Miranda and Alayna. No doubt she fits right in.

source: Alayna website:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yahoo Launching Internet Video Website to Compete With YouTube

Yahoo is entering in the internet video world and attempting to go face-to-face with the biggest internet video website, YouTube. Multiple reports are suggesting Yahoo will launch their new internet video website this summer. Their main focus will be to attract content creators through a bigger potential to earn greater revenue money. YouTube is the largest video sharing website attracting more than 1 billion active monthly users. Yahoo believes they can attract the producers and creators by offering a better split of advertising revenue than the current setup on YouTube.

Yahoo wants to make sure it is easy to embed videos across the web and be able to host clips on all the other Yahoo web properties like Tumblr. Tumblr was purchased by Yahoo last year for $1.1 billion. No need for exclusive content on Yahoo’s new video website they are welcoming people to upload to Yahoo and YouTube etc… Yahoo hopes users choose to post on their platform first before others.

Yahoo had their own video system a few years ago and it was shut down for an unknown reason. Interesting to see what they will call their new video website. With Yahoo making huge business acquisitions in the past year or so, it will definitely be interesting to see how they will be connecting. This will be a battle for Yahoo to become better than YouTube. What will Yahoo and CEO Marissa Mayer achieve from this new internet video website

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Register for the 2014 The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference

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Dear Colleagues & Friends:
The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference .

The Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference returns to the W Hotel Hollywood for its 12th edition on Oct. 29 and 30. Dedicated to all facets of music and its uses in television, film, advertising and the Internet, the Film and TV Music Conference brings together all aspects of the music industry. All branches of entertainment, including, recording artists, composers, executives, music supervisors, publishers, filmmakers, managers and others, unite to discuss the ever-changing entertainment landscape and the opportunities for content creators and copyright holders.

Speakers are a mix of the industry’s elite, up-and-coming entrepreneurs and the creative community. Aside from keynote speeches, case studies, panels and networking opportunities, the two-day event offers one-on-one sessions with publishers, song representatives and experts from throughout the film, TV and music industries. In addition, programming will again cover trends in the international marketplace and advertising.

Please join us as we explore the advancing world of music in visual media with the people making a difference in music today. 

I look forward to seeing you at the W Hollywood this October!

Phil Gallo
Senior Correspondent Film & TV

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Announces Major Performances, Nationally & Abroad



Through the lens of an immigrant artist finely trained in diverse movement traditions, contemplative practices and philosophies of Asian origin, as well as Western contemporary dance techniques and improvisation methods, Kun-Yang Lin has developed an original movement language. His technically-demanding, contemporary works grapple with the complexities inherent in a dualistic culture, where motion/stillness, light/shadow and east/west are perceived as opposites. In cultivating an ensemble of skilled dance artists with shared values, Lin explores commonalities while honoring the gifts of each individual. Indeed, it has been said that “Lin has found the key to making dances that show what individuals are all about.” (New York Times Radio).

Philadelphia Performances

In Philadelphia, KYL/D will participate in the “Come Together Dance Festival”, along with 27 other Philadelphia dance artists and companies uniting as a community to raise the visibility of contemporary dance in Philadelphia. KYL/D will perform at the Festival’s opening night on Wed. July 23 (at 7:30pm) and on Sat. July 26 (at 8pm). Further information about the Festival is available at: 

Lincoln Center Performance

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of its American debut at this venerable institution, KYL/D returns to Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival. It was here in 1994 that Lin’s work was first seen in the USA, performed then by 5 dancers who constituted the original, NYC-based corps of KYL/D as it began touring in 2002. Since KYL/D’s relocation to Philadelphia in 2008, the company has been building a loyal fan base and gaining critical acclaim.

KYL/D will perform at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Bandshell stage on Thurs. August 7 (at 7:30pm), along with two other exciting groups, Ragamala Dance (with Rudresh Mahanthappa) and Chinese Arts Dance Ensemble from Taiwan. Information on Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is available at:

European Debut Performance

Marking another milestone, KYL/D makes its European premiere on the opening night of the prestigious, biennial Tanzmesse Internationale dance festival in Dusseldorf, Germany on Weds. August 27 at 9pm. This engagement will be the first time Lin’s work has been performed in Europe since its London debut in 1993 while Lin was dancing with Transitions Dance Company of the Laban Center. Information about the Tanzmesse is available at:

KYL/D is one of just three American companies to be invited to the 2014 Tanzmesse.
Only one other Philadelphia company has performed there -- Philadanco in 2010.

Works to be Performed

At these events, KYL/D will present two new works distilled from larger works: Be/Longing 2 and Mandala Project 2

Be/Longing 2 explores humankind's quests for connectivity -- with our deeper selves, our communities and the universe. With original music by Cory Neale, Be/Longing 2 speaks to our individual and collective journeys from gravity to grace.

Mandala Project, which premiered in spring 2011 and was hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a masterwork of art, spirituality and stagecraft”, was constructed over a two-year period, during which time Lin conducted research in Cambodia, Indonesia, Europe and India, and incorporated these experiences into the body research of the studio. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle, community, unity and connection. In Eastern traditions, the mandala is a form of sacred art that depicts the totality of the self as well as the path to a more awakened state of being.

About KYL/D

KYL/D’s dance artists are: Kun-Yang Lin, Jessica Warchal-King, Eiren Shuman, Vuthy Ou, Evalina Cain Carbonell, Liu Mo, Rachael Hart, Brian Cordova, Brandi Ou and Wei-Wei Ma. Resident Lighting Designer: Stephen Petrilli. Resident Composer and Sound Consultant: Cory Neale.

About the Company

Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active KYL/D probes at the limits of national identities. Founded in NYC in 2002, KYL/D relocated to Philadelphia in 2008. Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Artistic Director Lin's Zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times has said "create and inhabit worlds of their own." Lin draws upon multicultural insights from his ongoing research throughout Asia, creating a personal movement language that is an unexpected hybrid between Western and Eastern cultures, suffused with strong spiritual underpinnings. KYL/D has performed across the United States and internationally including at the Busan International Dance Festival in Korea, Jogia International and AsiaTri festivals in Indonesia, Festival Internacional de Danza in Queretaro, Mexico, Victoria Theatre in Singapore, HsinChu Performing Arts Center in Taiwan, in the U.S. at Interlochen Festival, Columbia Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Dancing in the Streets Festival, Painted Bride Art Center, Annenberg Center, Kimmel Center with the Center City Opera and the Barnes Foundation Museum. WHYY/PBS honored Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers with a nationally broadcast, 30-minute documentary in its award-winning On Canvas series in 2011. KYL/D also was featured by MindTV in its celebrated 2011 broadcast series A World of Dance in Philadelphia. For more information about KYL/D, please visit