UTA Snares Live Nation Exec To Run Global Music As Partner
Live Nation EVP and President of Global Talent and Artist Development David Zedeck has joined UTA, where he has been named Global Head of UTA Music, Partner and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. He will be based Los Angeles.
At Live Nation, Zedeck oversaw the company’s global touring initiatives, focusing on acquiring talent and working on global development. He had been at CAA where he repped the likes of Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, One… Read
Chester Bennington Dies In Apparent Suicide: Linkin Park Singer Was 41
Chester Bennington, the singer for the top-selling, influential nu metal band Linkin Park who later fronted Stone Temple Pilots, was found dead today, Deadline has confirmed. He was 41. A source says he died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates near Los Angeles but did not provide details. The Associated Press reports that it was a suicide by hanging.
Bennington was a close friend of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May. Today would have been Cornell… Read
E! Spins ‘The Platinum Life’: Reality Series With Music’s Wives & Girlfriends
E! has given a green light to The Platinum Life, a reality series following some of music's “most savvy women and their significant others as they live their first-class lifestyles.” The series will premiere this fall.
The show’s cast includes Crystal Smith, wife of singer, songwriter, producer and actor Ne-Yo; La'Myia Good, married to songwriter and producer Eric Bellinger; Shantel Jackson, in a relationship with rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Nelly; rapper and… Read
Ryan Seacrest Returns To Host ABC’s ‘American Idol’; Keeps ‘Kelly & Ryan’ Gig
Ryan Seacrest is confirmed to host ABC’s resurrected American Idol. The announcement was made on today’s Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Seacrest is perhaps the person most closely associated with the long-running show’s original Fox run, his only rival for that spot being Simon Cowell, who has already nixed a return to the ABC version.
In addition to Seacrest, ABC’s upcoming season of Idol will include Katy Perry, who’s been signed as a judge. Her involvement was announced by… Read
Fox Promotes Mamie Coleman To SVP Creative Music And Production
The Fox Broadcasting Company has found a new SVP Creative Music and Production in Mamie Coleman. She has been promoted to the position where she will continue to oversee all day-to-day music production at the network, negotiating and executing the music and talent licensing agreements for all of Fox's primetime show marketing and promotions.
Coleman makes the move from her previous position as VP Music and Production of On-Air Promotion at Fox. She worked closely with TV… Read
Jeezy, Multi-Platinum Rapper, Signs With UTA
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rap superstar Jeezy has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas. Jeezy (born Jay Wayne Jenkins, also known as Young Jeezy, Lil' J, and Da Snowman) has sold over 5 million records worldwide and has released numerous chart-topping hits.
Jeezy's most recent studio album, Trap or Die 3, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it his third studio album to reign at the top of the chart and his seventh album to rank in the… Read
Kristen Bell To Sing Closing Song On “Chasing Coral” Documentary
UPDATED to June 5 exclusive with music video: Kristen Bell has been tapped to sing the closing tune in the Jeff Orlowski-directed Sundance documentary Chasing Coral, which will begin streaming July 14 on Netflix. The original song, “Tell Me How Long,” was composed by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger and is described as a rousing plea about the climate crisis and the devastating phenomenon of global bleaching coral reefs.
Bell unveiled the song today on her Twitter… Read
Morrissey Biopic ‘England Is Mine’ To Be Released Theatrically By Cleopatra Ent.
EXCLUSIVE: England Is Mine, the newly retitled biopic about musician Morrissey from writer-director Mark Gill is getting a theatrical release through Cleopatra Entertainment. The film previously was titled Steven. England Is Mine will bow August 25 at the IFC Center in New York, then expand nationwide throughout the fall. The film will open first in the U.K. via eOne on August 4. Check out the trailer above.
The drama, which recently closed the Edinburgh Film Festival, is… Read
‘Beat Shazam’ Gets Season 2 Renewal On Fox
And the bandwidth played on. Fox today cued up a Season 2 renewal for Beat Shazam, its midseason musical game show hosted by EP Jamie Foxx.
Inspired by the music-identification app, Beat Shazam features teams of players racing the clock to identify hit songs. The team with the best score then goes up against Shazam for the chance to win a cash prize. The show was ordered straight to series in August, and Foxx was announced as the host during TCA in January. He’ll be back… Read
‘Empire’ & ‘Star’ Crossover Confirmed: Watch Promo As Fox Dramas Intersect For Season Premieres
Fox’s Wednesday night drama is getting more serious. The network has set a pair of crossover episodes for its musical dramas’ season premieres on Wednesday, September 27: Star‘s Queen Latifah will appear on the Season 4 debut of Empire, and the latter’s Jussie Smollett is set for the sophomore bow of Star. Watch a promo above.
The cross-pollinations had been rumored for a while, but Fox just confirmed them today. The night will kick off with Empire at 8 PM. On the brink… Read
Jeremih Signs With UTA, Award-Winning Musician
Award-winning R&B-pop singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer Jeremih has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas. Jeremih was honored with Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP's 2016 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and joins Jay Z, and Timbaland who are former winners. Jeremih’s songs include Birthday Sex which debuted on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart, then peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also, Down on Me, which featured 50 Cent, reached the… Read
Peter Bart: Did Edgar Wright Rewrite The Movie Soundtrack Rules With ‘Baby Driver’?
Baby Driver is either the hippest new action movie around or, as one critic calls it, "an overlong music video," but in either case it redefines how movies and music dynamically inter-connect. "It's an exercise in syncopating an entire movie to music," in the words of Modi Wiczyk, whose company, MRC, co-funded the summer sleeper that's already challenging road-weary franchise movies this summer.
Some filmgoers who are not music buffs may wonder how director Edgar Wright's… Read