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Chris Rock Says He Has COVID-19, Urges Vaccination
Date: Sep 19, 2021 Posted By: Ryan Mccormick
Chris Rock on Sunday (Sept. 19) said he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and sent a message to anyone still on the fence: “Get vaccinated.”
The 56-year-old comedian wrote on Twitter: “Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated.”
Rock has previously said he was vaccinated. Appearing on The Tonight Show in May, he called himself “Two-shots Rock” before clarifying that he received the one-shot Johnson Johnson vaccine.
“You know, I skipped the line. I didn’t care. I used my celebrity, Jimmy,” he told host Jimmy Fallon. “I was like, ‘Step aside, Betty White. Step aside, old people. ... I did ‘Pootie Tang.’ Let me on the front of the line.’”
Tomorrowland Forms Dance Label With Universal Music Germany
Date: Aug 27, 2021 Posted By: Ryan Mccormick
Global dance music festival and brand Tomorrowland is launching a record label – and its releases will be distributed worldwide by Universal Music.
The label will partner with Virgin Records Germany, with global distribution through Virgin Music Label Artist Services, to give Tomorrowland access to market resources and label teams worldwide.
Tomorrowland has been held annually in Boom, Belgium, since 2005, and welcomes more than 400,000 people from 200 countries over two weekends.
Through its festival, Tomorrowland has grown into a global music and lifestyle brand, with its new festival Tomorrowland Winter in the French Alps, its own fashion label TML by Tomorrowland and the radio station One World Radio.
While Tomorrowland’s 2020 2021 festival editions were cancelled, the brand has expanded its global reach through a series of digital festivals and events during the global lockdown.
Through this label partnership, Tomorrowland will enjoy direct access to a collective pool of UMG’s international label divisions.
The partnership will be led in Berlin by Alexander Neipp, Daniel Schmidt and Magnus Textor (Virgin Records) and Tina Adams (Virgin Music Label Artist Services).
The first release under the new label will be from Never Sleeps, a new project from Afrojack ft. Chico Rose, with the track You Got The Love available on all platforms worldwide on August 27.
In recent years, Virgin Records Germany has achieved international success in signing, releasing and marketing dance and electronic artists, with recent hits from Topic A7S, MEDUZA and twocolors.
The partnership allows future projects to be aligned with other labels within the UMG global family to further expand the footprint of Tomorrowland and its artist projects around the world.
In the US, Astralwerks will help expand the reach and awareness of future Tomorrowland projects and artists.
“CREATIVITY IS SOMETHING THAT CAN’T BE STOPPED @ TOMORROWLAND.”
MICHIEL BEERS, TOMORROWLAND
Michiel Beers, CEO and founder of Tomorrowland, said: “Creativity is something that can’t be stopped @ Tomorrowland.
“I’m very proud of how resilient our team was to find new ways of bringing Tomorrowland into the reality of the last period.
“We have taken the extra time to focus on projects that were on our list for a long time and one of them was definitely launching our own Tomorrowland Music label.
“Michel Van Buyten, Music Manager Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Music will work closely together with artists to help create strong stories around their releases.
“With the combined forces of our dedicated label team, Tomorrowland’s broader Media House, and the different Virgin Music teams worldwide, our aim is to introduce fans in every corner of the world to the most exciting projects in electronic music.”
“TOMORROWLAND HAS BUILT A REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING FESTIVALS AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC BRANDS.”
FRANK BRIEGMANN, UNIVERSAL MUSIC CENTRAL EUROPE DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
Frank Briegmann, Chairman CEO, Universal Music Central Europe Deutsche Grammophon, said: “Over the past 15 years Tomorrowland has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading festivals and electronic music brands by consistently expanding and evolving their relationship with music fans.
“Today, Tomorrowland is one of Europe’s most innovative music brands, respected by artists and loved by the millions of people who have attended their events around the world.
“We are delighted to have partnered with them to support the launch of their new label venture and to have created a uniquely flexible model utilizing our expert and proven teams at Virgin Records Germany, Virgin Music Label Artist Services teams around the world and other flagship UMG labels worldwide to help drive success and create global hits for Tomorrowland.
“We look forward to a very successful partnership together, and to further enhancing our ability to provide partners, labels and artists with new and innovative ways to achieve global success.”
“JOINING FORCES WITH TOMORROWLAND MUSIC FEELS LIKE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.”
MAGNUS TEXTOR, VIRGIN RECORDS GERMANY
Magnus Textor, Head of AR, Virgin Records Germany, added: “Joining forces with Tomorrowland Music feels like love at first sight.
“It’s great to see that we sharing the same passion for electronic music artists.
“Everyone who has ever been to Tomorrowland or even just seen one of their event films has experienced their dedication.
“Therefore, I’m confident the new label is going to be a special place and a great home for artists.”
Ariana Grande’s Congratulates Brother Frankie on His Engagement
Date: Jun 09, 2021 Posted By: Ryan Mccormick
Wedding bells will ring out loud once more in the Grande family.
Ariana Grandes older brother Frankie is engaged to his boyfriend of two years, Hale Leon.
Ari was quick to congratulate her bro and his beau. “I love you both so much, she wrote in Instagram Stories. “Congratulations to two of the most incredible men I know.”
Frankie, 38, is a dancer, actor, singer and activist who has enjoyed stints on Broadway with Rock of Ages and in Mamma Mia! Leon, 28, is a model and social media influencer.
According to People, Frankie dropped the big question Tuesday night with a wild VR presentation at the site of one of their first dates, the Dreamscape venue in Los Angeles.
It was such a perfect, beautiful moment, Grande he told the title. Hale was completely surprised and we both started crying tears of joy. I have been working on proposing to him in virtual reality for over a year and it was absolutely breathtaking for us both.
Just last month, Ariana married Dalton Gomez in an intimate ceremony. The pair had started dating in early 2020 and shared their engagement news in December with a series of photos Grande captioned forever n then some.
Months After Her Arrest Made Global Headlines, Sama Abdulhadi Is Still Pushing Palestinian Techno
Date: May 03, 2021 Posted By: Ryan Mccormick
You could have forgiven Sama Abdulhadi for giving up.
The Palestinian DJproducer was arrested on Dec. 27, 2020 and held in a Jericho jail for eight days after coordinating and playing a livestream event for Beatport at a site called Maqam Nabi Musa, about 30 minutes east of Jerusalem. The location is commemorated as the tomb of the prophet Moses and is currently used as both a place of worship and, since 2019, a tourist attraction featuring a hotel and dining.
Abdulhadis event was the first electronic music performance to take place at Maqam Nabi Musa. A leader of the burgeoning -- although still largely underground -- Palestinian electronic scene since her 2018 Boiler Room set went viral, Abdulhadi had intended to use the livestream to showcase artists from Palestine and the Middle East. Instead, she ended up in a jail cell, where she had to shower using a bucket of water and where she stayed into the first days of 2021.
When she got out and home to her family in Ramallah, Abdulhadis situation had become an international story.
The heart of the matter was essentially public opinion. While Abdulhadi had secured all of the proper permits from the Palestinian authorities to host the livestream, when word got out that a woman was playing techno at the site, an angry crowd turned up in protest, shutting down the show and looking for someone to blame for the perceived impropriety. Authorities arrested Abdulhadi. Critics accused her of desecrating a holy site; others said shed simply become a scapegoat.
While Abdulhadi is typically based in France -- where she moved years ago after gaining acceptance into the artist-in-residency program at Cité internationale des arts and where she currently resides on a residency visa -- shes hasnt been legally allowed to leave Palestine since the arrest.
But Abdulhadis enthusiasm about sharing the electronic sounds and stars of her home region hasnt waned, even as shes become entangled in the regions cultural conservatism and complicated geopolitics. In April, she kicked off a new three-party livestream series with Beatport featuring acts from around Palestine and the Middle East. The final installation begins Monday (May 3) at 9 a.m. ET via Beatports Twitch, Facebook and YouTube. The show will feature sets by Palestinian artists including Orabi, Yasmine Eve, Julic and Abdulhadi herself.
Attorney Plans to File Dozens of Refund Lawsuits Against Ultra Miami
Date: Mar 27, 2021 Posted By: Ryan Mccormick
Ultra Music Festival faces a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of ticket holders who paid hundreds of dollars to attend the event but did not receive refunds after this year’s festival was effectively canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic began to disrupt life in South Florida.
The Miami city government’s agreement with the electronic dance music festival allowed organizers to stage the three-day event at Bayfront Park in March. When the fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus caused local governments to cancel large events and eventually shut down the local economy, Ultra was among the first events taken off the calendar.
Organizers and the city insisted the festival had not been canceled, simply “postponed” for a full year, and organizers refused to issue refunds. Most tickets cost several hundred dollars, depending on when they were purchased, with VIP tickets selling for 1,500.
Instead, people could receive credits for either the 2021 or 2022 event in Miami — even though, at this point, those events are not even guaranteed under Ultra’s contract. Miami commissioners have yet to consider approving a deal to bring the festival back in 2021.
That decision, whenever it is made, will be set against a backdrop of uncertainty over the future of large-scale events in Miami and persistent opposition from downtown condo dwellers who say Ultra poses a threat to their health and hearing, disrupts their enjoyment of Bayfront Park and creates a nuisance right outside their homes.