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Game of Thrones Stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Are Headed to Carpool Karaoke

Stark girls Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are filming for Carpool Karaoke, the series.

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The actresses are in Austin, Tex., for the 2017 SXSW Festival, and took to the official Carpool Karaoke Twitter account to announce they will be filming.

“Hey, Sophie and Maisie. Or Maisie and Sophie. And we’re at SXSW. and we’re about to do Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music,” the girls said in a video. Check it out below!

While at SXSW, Sophie and Maisie surprised some lucky fans at the HBO: The Escape exhibit.

And, while all eyes are on Sansa and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to be the ones to initiate some House Stark Civil War Circa Season 7, is the way these two subtly pick at each other over who gets top billing in the episode preview might be a hint that we’re not done seeing the Stark girls feuding, too? Have they been saving Arya’s Nymeria wolf all this time for some hellish revenge moment when she’s reunited with her sister? Will Arya add Sansa to her list for almost marrying Joffrey? We kid. Or maybe not?

The new version of Carpool Karaoke is also expected to offer up a twist for viewers. Whereas James Corden was at the wheel in the first meme-able run on The Late, Late Show with James Corden, this time it’ll occasionally be pairs of celebrities who comb the streets by themselves, belting out tunes and firing off interview questions to one another. Turner and Williams are but two of the stars expected to rev their engine in the new 16-episode edition, but we can probably expect theirs to be more a family affair than others.

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Apple Music’s latest advertisements highlight the best female & male British artists

 

Apple recently uploaded two new Apple Music advertisements to its U.K. YouTube channel. The ads shared were previously debuted during the Brit Awards last month and highlight the Best British Male and Best British Female award categories.

Both of the new advertisements are narrated by Apple Music’s U.K. head Julie Adenuga. The ads are fast paced, quickly switching between different artists. The ads also highlight specific Apple Music features such as Beats 1, curated playlists, and more. As is usually the case, Apple ends the ad by touting that you can try Apple Music for free for three months.

The best of British music, and beyond. 🏆✨ Press play on the BRITs with exclusive playlists, performances and more. Only on Apple Music.

Both of the new advertisements can be seen below. The pair of ads is soundtracked by One Bit vs Young Animal Hearts song “Outlier.” Let us know what you think of the new ads below.

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Full List of Oscar 2017 Winners

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These are the winners of the 89th annual Academy Awards. 

Best Picture: “Moonlight”

Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Animated Feature: “Zootopia”

Cinematography: “La La Land”

Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Direction: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”

Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”

Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”

Score: “La La Land”

Song: “City of Stars” from “La La Land”

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design: “La La Land”

Animated Short: “Piper”

Live Action Short: “Sing”

Sound Editing: “Arrival”

Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea”

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Apple Music gets into the TV business

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Apple offered the first glimpse of the future of series-TV programming on Apple Music at the Recode Media conference, where trailers for its first two series unspooled along with perhaps the most in-depth commentary the man introducing them, content czar Eddy Cue, has yet to share about his employer’s plans in the entertainment business.

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Cue was joined by veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, producer of one of the two series, “Planet of the Apps.” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” producer Ben Winston also came on stage midway through the conversation to discuss the other project, a series version of the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from their CBS show.

Footage of both unscripted series was unveiled, as was plans for a spring launch date. “Karaoke” will premiere in April, Cue revealed, while no specific date within the spring was offered for “Planet.”

But as much attention as the series got here in Laguna Niguel, even more curiosity was apparent regarding what’s still to come. But Cue stayed noncommittal in the face of a barrage of questions intended to yield what Apple’s strategy with regard to Hollywood would be in the coming years.

“Four years from now, I don’t know where we’re going to be in relation to this,” said Cue, who even batted down inquiries about whether Apple could potentially acquire a studio. “We’re trying different things. How fast it grows or where it goes remains to be seen.”

 

Apple Music’s expansion beyond songs into series is a bid to continue broadening the base for the subscription service, which has attracted over 20 million subscribers in 15 months of operation — a fact Cue was proud to tout at Recode.

Cue revealed that he was eager to partner with Silverman because of their relationship dating back to Apple’s support for an NBC series he produced 10 years ago, “The Office.” Silverman credited the series’ availability on iTunes as helping to grow its audience, not to mention integration deals for Apple products that helped keep the series flush during its primetime run.

He also said Apple brings a cool factor that helped attract two of the judges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, who appear on “Planet of the Apps,” an unscripted contest format featuring app developers. “I don’t think Gwyneth or Jessica would have ever done a show if it wasn’t for Apple being a partner,” said Silverman.

The other new Apple Music series, “Karaoke,” will feature a unique pairing of celebrities in each episode, such as John Legend with Alicia Keys and Billy Eichner with Metallica. Corden appears in one episode as well, with Will Smith, which footage revealed takes the “Karaoke” concept to a helicopter for a singalong to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”

While it’s been widely reported that Apple is already producing its first scripted series with Dr. Dre, “Vital Signs,” Cue made no mention of the series.

Questioned about comparing its business to that of Netflix, Cue made clear Apple is not at the point where it is considering rapidly ramping up on content licensing or acquisitions. “We’re not out trying to buy a bunch of shows,” he said. “We’re trying things that are creative, that move culture, that Apple is adding some value to. We’ll see.”

Cue also expressed a strong aversion to the commercial-based TV model yet stopped short of ruling it out for the future of video content on Apple Music. “I’m not saying we’ll never do it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the direction we should be going. I don’t think that’s what our customers are asking for.”

Source from: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-music-unveils-its-first-tv-series-reveals-spring-launch-plans-1201987451/

Grammy Winners 2017

The complete list of winners of the Grammys 2017

Record of the Year

“Hello” — Adele

Album of the Year

“25” — Adele (read our review)

Song of the Year

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist

Chance the Rapper (read our review of “Coloring Book”)

Pop Solo Performance

“Hello” — Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” — Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album

“25” — Adele

Dance Recording

Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album

“Skin” — Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance

Blackstar” — David Bowie

Metal Performance

“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Rock Song

“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album

“Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album

Blackstar” — David Bowie

R&B Performance

“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B Performance

“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song

“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) (read our interview)

Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade” — Beyoncé

R&B Album

“Lalah Hathaway Live” — Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Rap Song

“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album

Coloring Book” — Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance

“My Church” — Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance

“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song

“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album

“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson (read our interview)

New Age Album

“White Sun II” — White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album

Take Me to the Alley” — Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album

“Country for Old Men”John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album

Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song

“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album

“Losing My Religion” — Kirk Franklin (read our interview)

Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Love Remains” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album

“Hymns” — Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album

“Un Besito Mas” — Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“iLevitable” — iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

“Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)” — Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album

“Donde Están?” — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance

“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song

“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album

This Is Where I Live” — William Bell

Bluegrass Album

“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album

“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album

“The Last Days of Oakland” — Fantastic Negrito

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Steve Savoca Leaves Spotify for Apple Music

Steve Savoca, Spotify’s former vice president of Content, is now part of the Apple Music team. He joined Apple in January and is serving the in same role for Apple Music.

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Mr. Savoca is in charge of label relations for Apple Music, according to Business Insider. He’s focusing on independent labels with a slant towards labels outside the United States.

Apple and Spotify are competing for streaming music market, and Spotify is currently in the lead with about double the number of subscribers with 40 million. Spotify has several years lead, but Apple has the advantage of including Apple Music support with all of its devices instead of requiring users download a third-party app.

Bundling Apple Music support isn’t, however, enough to set it apart from Spotify so the company is looking to do more. Apple’s strategy is to make Apple Music the go-to place for music and video—essentially the 2017 version of the early MTV years.

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine said earlier this year, “What we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video.”

It looks like Apple is shooting for a more diverse music collection, too. Offering the same music library as Spotify won’t make Apple Music stand out, hence the hunt for more unique content.

Mr. Savoca seems to be well suited for the task considering his history in the record industry. Prior to his stint at Spotify Mr. Savoca worked for Domino Recording, Zomba Label Group, and Sire Records. He also worked for Brite Nation, which is a consulting firm that works with independent record labels.

For Spotify, this all means it’s more important than ever to watch Apple and to step up its own game.

Source from: https://www.macobserver.com/news/steve-savoca-apple-music/

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Apple Music gains CBS Sports Radio for 24/7 streaming through dedicated channel for members

Apple Music has added CBS Sports Radio to its growing collection of streaming radio stations available to paid subscribers. CBS Sports Radio joins CBS Radio News, NBC Sports Radio, and a handful of other news and sports channels available for streaming.

“The appetite for compelling and hard-to-ignore sports analysis, commentary and fan debate continues to grow across all audio platforms,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. “CBS Sports Radio delivers this to fans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it’s an ideal next step to launch a channel on Apple Music, one of the most popular streaming services today, as yet another way we continue to meet the evolving desires of this passionate audience anywhere and everywhere.”

CBS Sports Radio streams 24/7 sports news and commentary including interviews with athletes and sports figures. The newly added channel can be found under Radio → Radio Stations → News and Sports or through search on Apple Music.

In the United States, Apple Music now includes nine news and sports radio channels:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg Radio
  • CBS Radio News
  • CBS Sports Radio
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN News and Sports
  • NBC Sports Radio
  • NPR News and Culture
  • PRI News and Insights

These channels are available for streaming anywhere Apple Music is available including iTunes, iOS, Android, and Sonos. Apple moved streaming radio channels behind paid memberships last summer with Beats 1 remaining free for all users.

Apple Music is also expected to add to its growing catalog of entertainment with new video offerings including a version of the viral video series Carpool Karaoke.

Source from: https://9to5mac.com/2017/01/18/apple-music-cbs-sports-radio/

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