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Paul McCartney Redefines ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With James Corden In Liverpool

Late Late Show's Carpool Karaoke snagged Paul McCartney for this year’s London visit. It’s not so much karaoke and, technically, not so much “carpool” either with lots of trips down Beatles Liverpool Memory Lane, or Penny Lane to be more precise. Beginning their Liverpool "road trip" to “Drive My Car,” of course, host James Corden asks McCartney how old he was when he wrote his first song. He was 14 and it was called “I Lost My Little Girl”: I woke up late this morning, My… Read


Film Musicians Residuals Fund Collects Record $100 Million; Many Stars Owed Money

The record industry might be tanking, but the music industry is thriving within the film and TV business. Employer contributions to a residuals fund for musicians whose work is heard on the big and small screens hit a record $100 million last year, according to the latest report from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund. Last year, the fund distributed more than $81 million to 17,000-plus musicians but is holding more than $5 million in unclaimed checks for more than… Read


‘American Idol’ EP Trish Kinane Talks Series Revival, Technological Innovations That Have Made The Series A Success

Reviving singing competition staple American Idol after only two years off the air, showrunner and executive producer Trish Kinane worked to refresh the series for another run, while coming up against challenges she knew all too well from previous experience in the unscripted space—problems of technology. As FremantleMedia North America’s President of Entertainment explains, Idol has always been a pioneering vehicle in the unscripted space—even back in 2002, when the show… Read


Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Denounces Border Policy: “Disgracefully Inhumane And Un-American”

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen broke from his Springsteen on Broadway set list last night, adding both “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and an excoriation of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy that has been separating children from their parents. “I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything,” the Boss, who recently won a Special Tony Award for his Broadway show. “But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded… Read


Money Blues For Special Fund For Musicians Reflects Record Industry’s Downturn

More than 3,000 musicians are owed money that's been collected on their behalf by the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund, which distributes annual supplemental wages to music makers. Among those owed money are Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, The Who's Roger Daltrey, the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt, actor-musician Johnny Depp, Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the M.G.'s and all four members of U2. The estates of many late rockers… Read


XXXTentacion Shot Dead: Rapper Who Had No. 1 Album In March Was 20

XXXTentacion, a Florida rapper born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy whose sophomore album debuted at No. 1 in March, was killed today in a drive-by shooting outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle shop. He was 20. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his death to the media. Officials said the shooting happened in the 3600 block of North Dixie Highway and that they received the first call about the shooting at 3:57 PM ET. Witnesses told that the genre-blending rapper… Read


Gareth Emery To Topline ‘We Are CVNT5’ Electronic Dance Music Mockumentary Series On Verizon’s go90

Verizon's go90 has ordered eight episodes of We Are CVNT5, a mockumentary series set in the world of electronic dance music, from DJ and record producer Gareth Emery, for premiere June 28. Created by Emery and his sister Roxanne, and written by Emery, Alex Madden, who also co-stars, and Geraint Jones (Princess), We Are CVNT5 is based heavily on Emery's experience at the center of the EDM boom in the U.S. It's described as a hilarious insider look at the secretive world of… Read


Universal Music And Hip-Hop Player All Def Boost Film And TV Volume

Universal Music Group and All Def Media, a purveyor of hip-hop content backed by investors including Greycroft Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and WPP, have expanded their relationship to encompass long- and short-form video. Under an overall programming and marketing partnership, the two companies will also team for live events and social media. TV and film offerings will cater to UMG's roster of artists, recorded music and publishing catalog. ADM's music series include Ar… Read


How Composer Daniel Pemberton Brought The Funk To ‘Ocean’s 8’

Warner Bros Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: In addition to its stellar female ensemble, one of the other stunning characters in Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Ocean’s 8  that takes its chic sensibility to a whole other level is its snappy ’70s jazz funk score written by Daniel Pemberton, a British composer who is fast becoming a go-to musician for his unique compositions on major studio releases. In fact, Pemberton is already a fave of Ridley Scott’s having crafted a classical score for the filmmaker’s… Read


Hiro Murai Throws Out Rulebook With ‘Atlanta’, Delivers Visceral Action With ‘Barry’ & Wows With “This Is America”

One of the most disruptive directors working today, Atlanta helmer Hiro Murai has brought specificity of vision to the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series, resulting in an experience unlike any other on television. Working with Donald Glover prior to Atlanta—on memorable music videos for the actor's alter ego, Childish Gambino—Murai found a methodology and a shared sensibility that would factor significantly into the FX series. Set within the context of Atlanta's music… Read


Barbra Streisand’s TV Concert Specials & Special Edition Of 1976’s ‘A Star Is Born’ To Launch Friday On Netflix – Update

UPDATED, 6:38 PM: Netflix said tonight that the “special edition” of Barbra Streisand’s 1976 film A Star Is Born and all of her TV concert specials will start streaming Friday, June 15. PREVIOUSLY, June 10: Barbra Streisand and Netflix announced a new content deal tonight at the closing Netflix FYSee event in which the superstar appeared in conversation with Jamie Foxx at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on behalf of her concert special Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The M… Read


‘Rise’ Music Director Tom Kitt Elicits Raw Authenticity Of The High School Musical In Season 1 With ‘Spring Awakening’

Tom Kitt

A Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway success known for musicals including High Fidelity and Next to Normal, Tom Kitt has over the past several years followed his passion for the world of film and television, making inroads on projects including Pitch Perfect and Penny Dreadful before finding a very personal role as music director of NBC’s drama Rise. Having scored Broadway musicals and performed a great deal himself—with vivid memories of his own high school… Read