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Aimer releases new double A-side single “insane dream / us”

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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A collaboration project with Taka (ONE OK ROCK) and TK (Ling toshite sigure)

Releasing her previous EP “ninelie” this May, the single ranked in the top 10 of the Oricon Music Chart in Japan, making this Aimer’s 5th straight single to do so.
In no time, Aimer has released a new double A-side single which is a special collaborative project, featuring the talents of ONE OK ROCK vocalist Taka and TK, the vocals & guitarist of Ling toshite sigure.

The first title song, “insane dream” was written/produced by Taka and recorded in Los Angeles, CA.
Taka also took part in the chorus, that results in a deeply emotional song that combines the synchronized vocals of Taka and Aimer.

The second single titled “us” was written and produced by TK.
The basic recording was completed in Berlin, Germany with TK handling engineering responsibilities with drummer BOBO and musician Jin contributing to the project as well.

“insane dream / us”

Smartlink:
http://smarturl.it/insane-dream

VEVO:
http://www.vevo.com/watch/aimer/Insane-Dream/JPU981601870

Links
http://www.aimer-web.jp
https://twitter.com/Aimer_and_staff
https://plus.google.com/+aimer/posts

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Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

July 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Los Angeles-based publisher of anime hit franchises like Sword Art Online announces 2-day animation and Japanese pop culture festival

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Aniplex of America, a Los Angeles-based publisher of many of today’s most popular anime franchises today announced their plan to bring AkibaFest™ –a new type of anime convention to Southern California– inspired by the most popular aspects of Akihabara, aka the Japanese pop culture capital of the world. AkibaFest™ will take place on October 15th and 16th in 2016 in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles.

Fans of anime, manga, games, cosplay, and more can register for updates on the AkibaFest™ website now. The full site will launch in late-July, with updates on performers, activities, participating anime and game publishers, as well as ticket and pricing details. For fans of animation and everything related to Akihabara, AkibaFest™ promises to be the ultimate fan event of the year.

Aniplex of America President, Hideki Goto, said “It’s clear from the passion exhibited by anime fans, cosplayers, manga collectors, tech enthusiasts and gamers that there is still a thirst for new experiences. However, it is only with the support of the fans that we can make AkibaFest a successful event. Only with their enthusiastic participation can we turn Little Tokyo into ‘Little Akiba’ on the weekend of October 15th and 16th.”

John Inada, Aniplex of America’s Director of Business Development said “A lot of events offer different facets of Japanese culture, but there hasn’t been an event that really brings it all together. Our goal for AkibaFest is to fill this void in as authentic manner as possible. We’re going to transform Little Tokyo into the closest thing to ‘Akiba’ as possible. If we can’t bring you to Akihabara, we’re going to bring Akihabara to you.”

AkibaFest™ is a cooperative venture between Aniplex of America, other notable anime and video game publishers, technology partners, and the Little Tokyo business community. Fans will be able to enjoy exclusive film screenings, expert panels and workshops, playable video game demos, technology demos, cosplay contests, themed cafés, exclusive merchandise offers, Japanese food and beverages, and much more.

For more information please visit the ANIPLEX USA website: http://akibafest.com/

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is a leading provider of anime content, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as: ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI (High School Fleet).

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REGIONAL MEXICAN SINGER, EL DASA, STAR OF NBC UNIVERO’S HIT SERIES “EL VATO” PACKED UNIVERSAL CITYWALK™

June 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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On Sunday June 5th, El Dasa, lead actor of hit series “El Vato” offered a free concert at Universal CityWalk™ presented by NBC UNIVERSO where fans of all ages came to see their idol. Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, popular radio host from Súper Estrella 107.1 FM acted as MC and presented the talented and charismatic singer from Sonora, Mexico. To download images of the highlights of El Dasa’s concert, click here; and to see the video, go here.

El Dasa kicked off his performance singing “Perdí el Sombrero,” the theme song from “El Vato”, NBC UNIVERSO’s first original scripted series created for the Hispanic market in the United States. Then he followed with “Alegre y Enamorado,” a song that pays tribute to all the states of Mexico, and the excitement of the audience grew as he mentioned each home state. The evening spiced up when El Dasa started dancing his sensual hip movements while singing “Mentirosa.” However, the moment that provoked most effusive cries was when he dedicated “Por ser Bonita” to all the ladies. In addition to enjoying El Dasa’s hits and other classic songs, attendees got an exclusive early listen to his new single “Ya me vi,” from his new album, to be released this summer.

“I want thank NBC UNIVERSO for trusting me unconditionally and for betting on my talent to carry out the great project of “El Vato,” said El Dasa.

El Dasa also acknowledged the audience and stated: “This is why we are here tonight, because NBC UNIVERSO wanted to thank you all for supporting the series. Thanks to your support we are going to have a second season. None of this would’ve been possible without you,” he added.

That night El Dasa poured his heart on stage and literally gave it his all as he tossed his hat, boots and jacket to the audience. Before going on stage, El Dasa spent some time with a group of fans, radio listeners of “El Show del Piolín,” who entered a contest for the chance to meet him backstage. After his powerful performance, with the simplicity and humility that characterizes him, El Dasa took the time to please a long line of fans that chanted his name and waited eagerly to take pictures and get his autograph.

Fans can interact on social media using #ElVato #EnTuRanch on Twitter and Instagram. For more information about “El Vato” and its cast, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ElVatoTV.

To catch up with previous episodes of “El Vato”, please visit http://www.nbcuniverso.com/now/el-vato.

NBC UNIVERSO is currently available to 40 million households across the U.S. The network is telecast in HD nationwide on DirecTV; Western U.S. markets served by Comcast Xfinity TV; throughout Bright House Networks’ cable television footprint; and select Cox Communications markets.

To find NBC UNIVERSO on your satellite, telco or cable TV channel lineup, go to Channel 410 on DIRECTV; Channel 838 on DISH Network; Channel 3009 or 3010 on AT&T U-verse; and visit www.nbcuniverso.com/encuentra for the NBC UNIVERSO channel number on your local cable TV listings.

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About NBC UNIVERSO
NBC UNIVERSO (www.nbcuniverso.com) is a modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world’s top sports franchises and edgy, emotional programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL, Premier League and The 2016 Rio Olympics – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal (www.nbcuniversal.com), one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (www.comcastcorporation.com).

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

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‘WE DO IT TOGETHER’ featuring Robin Wright, Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche

May 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luminaries in Film including Robin Wright, Freida Pinto, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Hardwicke, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, and Melina Matsoukas amongst those collaborating on first project

CANNES, FR (May 15, 2016) – WE DO IT TOGETHER, the non-profit production company dedicated to finance and produce female driven films, documentaries, TV and other forms of media has announced its first feature film entitled: Together Now – a omnibus of short films created by internationally renowned luminaries. Each segment will pair a female director with a prominent actress in a lead role to tell an inspiring story.

Golden Globe® Winner Robin Wright (House of Cards, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Catherine Hardwicke (Miss You Already, Twilight, Thirteen), Katia Lund (City of God, All The Invisible Children), Patricia Riggen (Miracles From Heaven, The 33), Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles, In the Name Of) and Melina Matsoukas (Rihanna’s We Found Love, Beyoncé’s Formation) are confirmed to each direct a short in Together Now. Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Academy Award® Winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) will each star in one of the seven shorts. Carol Polakoff, Shelby Stone and Chiara Tilesi will produce the film.

Production of the film is set to begin in July this year with principal photography taking place in various international locations. All profits generated through the film’s release will be reinvested back to the non-profit production company.

The goal of Together Now is to empower women both creatively in front and behind the camera and to implement a clear action plan that will contribute towards closing down the gender gap in a male dominated industry.

“We are so privileged and excited to have some of the most intelligent and creative artists be part of the first WE DO IT TOGETHER feature film project” said founder Chiara Tilesi. “The goal is to take immediate steps to generate fresh new content that is both insightful and entertaining in order to tell our own stories in our own ways. If we dream it together, we do it together.”

“I am honored to join We Do It Together as they build a platform for women to create and share stories.” adds director Robin Wright. “The amount of knowledge and ideas are endless. I am thrilled to witness this movement and watch them bring their goals into fruition. It is with great pleasure to announce I will be collaborating with WDIT on my own short on subject that I am deeply passionate about. I look forward to making a mark for women in film.”

As part of the new announcement, the following industry leaders will join the previously announced WE DO IT TOGETHER advisory board: Golden Globe® Winner Robin Wright, Academy Award® Winner Jodie Foster, Grammy Award Winning songwriter Diane Warren, director-actress Valeria Golino (Rain Main), Marvel’s EVP Victoria Alonso, producer Keri Selig, actress Leonor Varela, producer Lucas Akoskin, CAA talent agent Cameron Mitchell, producer Paula Vaccaro, and entertainment attorney Orly Ravid.

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About WE DO IT TOGETHER:

WE DO IT TOGETHER is a non-profit organization created to finance and produce films, documentaries, TV and other forms of media uniquely dedicated to the empowerment of women. With a mission to create content that provides women in entertainment a slate to be creatively recognized, WE DO IT TOGETHER strives to change perceptions of female stereotypes within a male-dominated industry.

The WE DO IT TOGETHER Board of Directors is comprised of: Academy Award®-nominated producer Albert Berger; DDA Partner Dana Archer; The Gersh Agency’s Sandra Lucchesi; Mosaic manager Paul Nelson; Producer-Director Carol Polakoff; Primetime Emmy-winning producer Shelby Stone; Producer and Founder Chiara Tilesi; and Septembers of Shiraz writer and producer Hanna Weg. Adding their voices to the Advisory Board will be: Hany Abu-Assad, Lucas Akoskin, Haifaa Al Mansour, Victoria Alonso, Len Amato, Amma Asante, Juliette Binoche, Jessica Chastain, Antonio S. Coco, Amira Diab, Jodie Foster, Éric Garandeau, Henry Louis Gates, Mark Gill, Valeria Golino, Mike Goodridge, Catherine Hardwicke, Marielle Heller, Avy Kaufman, Queen Latifah, Philip A. Lord, Katia Lund, Sasha Markova, Cameron Mitchell, Michele Mulroney, Jennifer Naughton, Evelyn O’Neill, Freida Pinto, Hylda Queally, Orly Ravid, Alysia Reiner, Patricia Riggen, Janet C. Salazar, Michelle Satter, Keri Selig, Nina L. Shaw, Stacey Sher, Marianne Slot, Małgorzata Szumowska, Paula Vaccaro, Leonor Varela, Diane Warren, Alesia Weston, Robin Wright, Paul Zaentz, Ziyi Zhang.

For more information please visit: www.wedoittogether.org.

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Clé de Peau Beauté announces its AW 2016 Press Conference in Shanghai, featuring Amanda Seyfried

May 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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The SHISEIDO Group’s high-prestige brand Clé de Peau Beauté (CPB), will host a global press conference with the theme of Fearless Beauty, to be held at Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel on June 16, 2016. Amanda Seyfried, the brand’s muse and official spokesperson, will visit China for the event, where CPB’s new 2016 autumn/winter collection will be unveiled.

The inspiration for CPB’s 2016 Autumn / Winter Collection
The Fearless Beauty theme, conceived by Lucia Pieroni, Makeup Creative Director for Clé de Peau Beauté, was inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. One of the most memorable artists of the Art Deco period, de Lempicka was not afraid to bend the rules that 1920’s society placed on women, and lived a vibrant, adventurous, life on her own terms.
Part of the artistic scene in Paris during the legendary roaring twenties, de Lempicka was a member of an international community of creative people who thrived on cultural awareness and activity. Her work and lifestyle influenced many avant-garde artists, fashion designers and intellectuals of the era, and still fascinates people today, as more women use imagination, audacity, and creativity to transform the times in which they live.

CPB’s 2016 AW collection celebrates the beauty of unrestrained, alluring, and provocative women like Tamara de Lempicka, encouraging them to take on new challenges, venture into the unknown, and enjoy every moment of life without worrying about societal expectations, or previously set limits.

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A location that transcends time and place
Known in the 1920s as the “Paris of the Orient,” Shanghai is a perfectly appropriate place to debut this bold makeup collection, and the Art Deco-style Fairmont Peace Hotel is the perfect venue. First opened in 1929, this iconic landmark was a social hub attracting affluent and cultured members of the society to many splendid parties held there. The presentation of CPB’s 2016 AW Makeup Collection, including the Holiday Collection, will take place in a specially reserved gallery space, where one can imagine the women who once danced there in their rebellious flapper skirts and bobbed hair, embodying the concept of Fearless Beauty, and inspiring women of today to embrace it.

About the Holiday Collection
Since 2013, CPB’s Holiday Collection has come from collaboration with young designers who exemplify the ideals of CPB, as well as the values of the emerging age. For 2016, the collaboration is with Ashley Longshore, a contemporary artist whose vivid colors, bold compositions and focus on images of women lend a fearlessly original quality to the package design. Ms. Longshore created six original paintings of extraordinary women from “les Années Folles” (the roaring twenties) for this project, and they will be on display in the gallery space during the event, and for a limited time afterward.

New skincare products to celebrate the brand’s 15th year in China
The Shanghai event will also mark a decade and a half since CPB first debuted in China. To commemorate this important anniversary, CPB will launch its new skin care products, based on an innovation that’s been in development for five years. This advancement represents excellent progress in skincare science, and the new products will be marketed worldwide in 2016.

About Clé de Peau Beauté
Originally introduced in 1982 and relaunched in 1996, Clé de Peau Beauté never stops evolving. Constantly incorporating the latest technologies, the brand is solidly established among elite prestige consumers in Japan, and marketed in 12 other countries and regions around the world: China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, the U.S.A., Canada, and Russia.
About Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried was named CPB’s “Brand Muse” in 2011. An American actress from the state of Pennsylvania, she began her career as a model at the age of 11. Amanda has worked alongside entertainment industry greats in many notable films, including the Academy Award® nominated Les Misérables. She has also appeared in a variety of TV shows and stage productions, to critical acclaim. The more she works, the more widely she is acknowledged as a young actress with real talent. She costars with Shirley MacLaine in the soon-to-be-released American drama The Last Word.

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SCANDAL – YELLOW (A J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

February 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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SAWA’s “I Can Fly” is a mini-album that is average at best boosted by its strong musical presence courtesy of collaborations with Yukihiro Fukutomi, note native and a few others.


 

BAND: SCANDAL

ALBUM: YELLOW

LABEL: Epic Records Japan

DURATION: 24:04

RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2016


 

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  1. Room No. 7
  2. Stamp!
  3. LOVE ME DO
  4. Morning Sun
  5. Sunday Drive
  6. 今夜はピザパーティー
  7. ヘブンな気分
  8. SUKI-SUKI
  9. LOVE
  10. Sisters
  11. Happy Birthday
  12. ちいさなほのお
  13. Your song – English ver.- (BONUS TRACK)

Listening to a review copy of SCANDAL’s “YELLOW”, the latest seventh album from the all-female rock group.

The album showcases not only musical maturity for the group, but featuring diverse tracks from their heavy hitting opening track “Room no. 7”, razor sharp melodic hooks with “Stamp!”, “Sunday Drive” and “Sisters, captivating ballads such as “Morning Sun”, “Chiisana Honoo” and the smooth, tropical “LOVE”, and staying consistent with fun tracks such as “Konya wa Pizza Party” and a solid English version of “Your song”.

After several repeats, I’m really digging this album so far! And I think SCANDAL fans will enjoy this album as well!

“YELLOW” from SCANDAL will be available on March 2nd.


 

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STAR PERFORMERS AND GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR HOLLYWOOD IN VIENNA

September 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Vienna will once again be the center of film music when guests and performers such as James Newton Howard, Keith Lockhart, Richard Bellis, Grammy-Nominee Brian McKnight, Velile Mchunu and Soprano Daniela Fally celebrate Hollywood in Vienna and make it a night to remember.

Vienna, Austria Sept 22nd, 2015 – Vienna, the music capital of the world, will once again be in the spotlight with the Hollywood in Vienna gala, taking place at the historic Vienna Concert Hall on October 16, 2015. Many Hollywood & Broadway Stars will attend and perform at the red-carpet event. Apart from Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning Guest of Honor James Newton Howard (“The Hunger Games”, “Maleficent”, ‘The Dark Knight”), Hollywood in Vienna is excited to welcome composer Richard Bellis (Stephen Kings “IT”) plus another thirty Hollywood guests and international media representatives. ORF (Austrian Radio Broadcasting) will broadcast the gala, for the third time, in 35 countries worldwide.

A top-class selection of international talent will perform at this year’s gala, which is titled “Tales of Mystery”.
The American R&B singer and 16-time Grammy-Nominee Brian McKnight, who has performed duets with Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion in the past, will perform together with Bosnian Edita “Madita” Malovčić and South-African singer Velile Mchunu (Hamburg Production of “The Lion King”). In addition, acclaimed Austrian Soprano Daniela Fally will give her “Film Music” debut at Hollywood in Vienna. “I’m looking very much forward to the challenge, as film music, unlike any other art form, is able to support and enhance the emotional life of the character in a movie”, says Fally.

The musical performers will be supported by the Choir Neue Wiener Stimmen, the children’s choir Superar and the Afro-Choir Insingizi & Friends. Making his debut as a guest conductor of the ORF Radio-Symphony Orchestra is Keith Lockhart, conductor and music director of the Boston Pops. The Emcee of the gala will be the German host Steven Gätjen.

The highlight of the evening will be when Norbert Kettner (CEO Vienna Tourist Board), as official representative of the City of Vienna, will present the “Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award” to James Newton Howard. Howard’s work encompasses over 120 scores, including “The Hunger Games” Trilogy, “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” and “The Sixth Sense,” to name just a few of his projects. He also wrote the Billboard charting song “The Hanging Tree” originally performed by Jennifer Lawrence, which will have its World Premiere performance during the concert.

The historic Hotel Imperial is a partner of Hollywood in Vienna this year and will host the guests while they reside in Vienna. Entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga enjoyed the unique flair of an imperial palace and royal service in the past. The audience of this year’s concert will be able to taste and purchase the world famous “Imperial Torte” at the concert venue, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® Austria.

Hollywood in Vienna
October 15th and 16th, 2015
Wiener Konzerthaus | Vienna Concert Hall
1030 Vienna, Lothringerstrasse 20

For tickets: www.konzerthaus.at
More information at: www.hollywoodinvienna.com

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INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL OF CÓRDOBA ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR THE 11TH EDITION

June 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Special Guests To Include Howard Shore, Kenji Kawai, David Shire
Honorary President Murray Gold
And Third Elmer Bernstein Award Recipient Bear McCreary

(June 4, 2015 – Córdoba, Spain) The International Film Music Festival of the Province of Córdoba is proud to announce the lineup for their 11th edition, to be held from July 19 to 26 in Córdoba, Spain.

Legendary composer Howard Shore will be special guest of the festival, which will feature two nights of Shore’s music, one featuring music from THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy and one which will be more of a career retrospective, featuring music from Shore’s long-standing collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg.

“Over 10 years ago, one of the best film music composers in history, allowed us to greet him at the door of his dressing room after a Lord of the Rings concert in Seville. Maestro Howard Shore created then the germ of our Festival,” said festival founder David Doncel. “The fact that Maestro Howard Shore leads our guest roster this year, only makes it clear that the Festival has achieved its goal. That of being not only one of the most important festivals in the film music scene and create a special atmosphere in which fans, composers and organizers are involved as a single family. We are proud to have in attendance an outstanding composer whose legacy is timeless and that is already part of the global collective mythology.”

Elmer Bernstein protégé and EMMY® Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (OUTLANDER, THE WALKING DEAD, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) will receive the third annual Elmer Bernstein Award. The festival will feature two nights of music from McCreary, both at one of the orchestral concerts and a chamber concert on Sunday night. The Calder Quartet, who perform for many of McCreary’s compositions will join Bear performing the music from his repertoire, including MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., THE WALKING DEAD, DA VINCI’S DEMONS, BLACK SAILS and OUTLANDER.

In conjunction with the Berklee College of Music, Valencia, The International Film Music Festival of the Province of Córdoba will be creating a new award, named after Howard Shore to recognize the contributions of an up-and-coming Berklee alumnus.

Also being celebrated this year are composers David Shire and Kenji Kawai. David Shire, an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. His credits include NORMA RAE, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3, RETURN TO OZ, and ZODIAC. Kenji Kawai (川井 憲次 Kawai Kenji) is known for his work on Umechan sensei (2012), Ip Man (2008) and Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Murray Gold (DOCTOR WHO) was previously named the Honorary President for the 11th Edition.

“I am especially proud and honored to be able to share music and life experiences with geniuses such as Bear McCreary, Murray Gold or Maestros like David Shire, giant Asian sound creators as Kenji Kawai or living legends as Maestro Howard Shore,” said Doncel. “No doubt this is one of our most outstanding years in terms of guest line-up. I want to thank all who made this possible.”

For more information, to request interviews or photos, contact:

Spain: prensa@filmmusicfestival.org

US/UK: Beth Krakower, Krakower Poling PR, beth@krakowerpolingpr.com, 323.800.2570 or @KrakowerPoling on Twitter

HOWARD SHORE
Howard Shore is one of today’s premier composers whose music is performed in concert halls around the world by the most prestigious orchestras and is heard in cinemas across the globe.

Shore’s musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as portrayed in the films directed by Peter Jackson, have enthralled people of all generations for years. This work stands as his most acclaimed composition to date awarding him with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes as well as numerous critic’s and festival awards.

He is an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and has also been recognized by Canada with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures honored Howard Shore with an award for Career Achievement for Music Composition and the City of Vienna bestowed him with the Max Steiner Award. Shore has received numerous other awards for his career achievements.

Perhaps most notable from his early career, Shore was one of the creators of Saturday Night Live and served as musical director from 1975- 1980. At the same time he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has since scored 15 of the director’s films, including The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. He was awarded Canadian Screen Awards for Maps to the Stars for score and Cosmopolis for both score and song. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were each honoured with a Genie Award. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator (for which he won his third Golden Globe Award) and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang (2010), the song cycle A Palace Upon the Ruins featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (2014), a cello concerto Mythic Gardens (2012), and Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (2008).

His opera, The Fly (2008), which premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera, recently completed a successful run in Germany at the Theatre Trier.

BEAR MCCREARY
It’s because of his out-of-the-box thinking that led WIRED Magazine to call Bear McCreary a “Secret Weapon.” His unique combination of atypical instrumental background (he is a professional accordionist) with rigorous classical training prepared him to compose for disparate genres. By the age of 24, McCreary was launched into pop culture history with his groundbreaking score to Syfy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, for which he composed “the most innovative music on TV today” (Variety). It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. In addition to earning his first Emmy® Award in 2013, McCreary was voted “Composers’ Choice Composer of the Year – Television” for 2013 by his peers in ASCAP, the first award of its kind.

An Emmy® Award winner for Da Vinci’s Demons, McCreary also composes for The Walking Dead (which shattered records with 17.3 million viewers for its fifth season debut), STARZ’s debut series Outlander (for Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore who he previously worked with on Battlestar Galactica), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—the #1 series debut of the 2013 fall season, NBC’s Constantine for David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons), BBC America’s Intruders, the Syfy series Defiance, and the feature films Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie and Everly.

DAVID SHIRE
David Shire, an Academy Award® and two-time Grammy® winner and multiple Tony® and EMMY® nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby wrote the scores for the musicals Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score).
Shire’s many feature film scores include Norma Rae (Academy Award for Best Song, lyrics by Norman Gimbel), Francis Coppola’s The Conversation, All the President’s Men, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Short Circuit, 2010, Farewell, My lovely, The Hindenberg, Return to Oz and Saturday Night Fever, for which his work earned him two Grammy Awards. He most recently scored David Fincher’s Zodiac and Peter Hyams’ Beyond A Reasonable Doubt. His numerous television scores have garnered five Emmy nominations and include Glenn Close’s Sarah Plain and Tall, Christopher Reeve’s Rear Window, Raid on Entebbe, Oprah Winfrey’s The Women of Brewster Place, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, and Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women and Broadway Bound. He also composed the theme song, with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, for the long-running Linda Lavin NBC series Alice. Shire and his wife, actress Didi Conn, have completed the pilot for Didi Lightful, a new animated musical television series that they co-created and co-produced.

MURRAY GOLD
Five-time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold has been the composer of DOCTOR WHO since its 2005 re-launch. One of the most inspired and uncompromising composers in his field, Gold composes for theatre, film, and television.

In addition to his two BAFTA nominations for DOCTOR WHO, Gold earned BAFTA nominations for Vanity Fair, the RTS Award-winning soundtrack Queer As Folk, and Casanova. His UK credits include some of the most innovative programs on television including The Second Coming (starring Christopher Ecclestone), Servants, and Channel Four’s controversial drama series Shameless, and THE MUSKETEERS. His film credits include BAFTA winning-KISS OF LIFE, and Frank Oz’s DEATH AT A FUNERAL.

KENJI KAWAI
Kenji Kawai (川井 憲次 Kawai Kenji), born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is a Japanese music composer for motion pictures, anime movies, video games and televised programs. He has contributed to the musical scores for numerous films from Japan and other countries in Asia, working in film genres as diverse as anime, horror, sci-fi and historical epic. Among his credits are Tsui Hark’s Seven Swords and Wilson Yip’s Ip Man; Mamoru Oshii’s films The Red Spectacles, StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Police Patlabor and Avalon; the anime adaptations of Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku; the live-action adaptation of Gantz; and Hideo Nakata’s films Ring, Ring 2, Chaos, Dark Water and Kaidan. His soundtrack for The Sky Crawlers earned Best Original Soundtrack in the 2008 International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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BIGGEST NAMES IN LATIN MUSIC TO PERFORM AT THE 2015 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS THURSDAY APRIL 30 AT 7PM/6c ON TELEMUNDO

April 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi, Gerardo Ortiz, Pedro Fernandez, Belinda, Juan Magan, Gente de Zona and Ne-Yo make-up the final line-up of stars to perform at the coveted event

Miami April 23, 2015 – The 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm® will feature performances by internationally renowned singer Marc Anthony, Pop music icon Luis Fonsi, Urban Latin music sensation Nicky Jam, Mexican music phenomenon Gerardo Ortiz, Cuban rhythmic music duo Gente de Zona, prominent Mexican singer and actor Pedro Fernandez, the princess of Latin Pop Belinda, producer, singer and DJ Juan Magan, and R&B singer Ne-Yo, who join previously announced performances by Jennifer Lopez, Romeo Santos, Juanes, Natalia Jimenez, AfroJack, Wisin, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Ana Gabriel, Lucero, Alejandro Sanz, and Roberto Carlos. The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will be produced and broadcast live by TELEMUNDO on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The event will also be simulcast live by NBC UNIVERSO, the modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos and a division of NBCUniversal’s Hispanic Enterprises and Content. Viewers can catch every thrilling performance from inside the arena on NBC UNIVERSO live through their cable, satellite or Telco provider. Fans can follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation using #Billboards2015.

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, and the biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Marc Anthony is a 7-time finalist this year. He holds the record for most No. 1s on the Tropical Songs chart, having reached the top 25 times. He earned his most recent No. 1 last year as a feature on Carlos Vives’ “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar.” Also hailing from Puerto Rico, Pop singer Luis Fonsi has enjoyed a career atop the charts that began in 1998, with his first album “Comenzare.” Fonsi launched his eighth album last year, titled “8,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart on 2014. Urban artist Nicky Jam has taken over the charts with “El Perdon” featuring Enrique Iglesias. The song has been No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs for six weeks, where it remains.

Specializing in Corridos, Gerardo Ortiz is a regional Mexican singer/songwriter who broke through to mainstream success in 2010 with the album “Ni Hoy Ni Mañana” and its numerous hit singles. Ortiz has five No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart, most recently with “Archivos De Mi Vida.” He also holds five No. 1s on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. “Eres Una Niña” spent five weeks at No. 1, first peaking in January 2015. With a career spanning more than four decades, Mexican-born Pedro Fernandez has recorded 38 albums, and 21 of his songs have charted on the Hot Latin Songs chart, with five reaching the top 10. Fernandez has appeared in numerous telenovelas, 25 films and won countless awards. He most recently released the self-penned new single “Si Tuviera Que Decirlo,” from his latest album “Hasta el Fin del Mundo.” Pedro Fernandez is currently a Coach on TELEMUNDO’s highly successful reality music competition “La Voz Kids,” now in its third season; and he’ll be hosting the Billboard Latin Music Awards alongside beautiful actress and TV host Gaby Espino.

Cuban sensation duo Gente de Zona continue their smashing success in the US that started in early 2014. On the Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, they spent 41 weeks at No. 1 as a featured act on “Bailando”. The song holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s 28-year history. Recently, their single “Yo Quiero” featuring Pitbull reached No. 15 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart. American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor Ne-Yo has placed 29 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including two No. 1s. He last reached the top in 2011 as a feature on Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” also featuring Afrojack and Nayer. His most recent album “Non-Fiction” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

A famous child actress in Mexico turned recording artist, Belinda was named the “princess of Latin pop” by Billboard. Her most recent studio album, “Catarsis” opened at No. 2 on Latin Pop Albums in 2013. She has placed four top 10 titles on the chart. World renowned house music Spanish producer, singer and DJ Juan Magan has produced or collaborated on various successful music hits. His single, “Bailando Por El Mundo” featuring Pitbull & El Cata, spent one week atop Hot Latin Songs in 2012, and nine weeks at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay. This year, Juan Magan’s “Si No Te Quisiera,” featuring Belinda & Lapiz Conciente, reached No. 11 on Latin Rhythm Airplay on the Feb. 7 chart.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm will be preceded by the red carpet special “La Alfombra de los Premios Billboard” featuring a constellation of music and TV stars, hosted this year by Telemundo personalities Rashel Diaz, and Boris Izaguirre, with Telemundo influencer Caeli, and fashion commentary by Guest “Fashionista” Christian Ramirez, and Special Guest Kika Rocha.

Also preceding the live simulcast of the 2015 Billboards Latin Music Awards, NBC UNIVERSO will air “Premios Billboard: All Access,” a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards show. This one-hour special will feature one-on-one interviews with finalists and performers of the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, as well as all the preparation of many top Latin recording artists as they ready for Latin Music’s grandest night. As well for the first time “Premios Billboard: All Access” will be taking the audience to the actual Billboard Latin Music Conference for an inside look at where the Music Industry’s top executives and artists converge to discuss the music business.  “Premios Billboard: All Access” will be hosted by NBC UNIVERSO’s Yarel Ramos accompanied by guest correspondent Augusto Valverde.

The awards show will also feature the participation of numerous celebrities as award presenters, including finalists Alexis & Fido, Kevin Ortiz, Luis Coronel and Plan B; TELEMUNDO personalities: Ana Maria Polo of “Caso Cerrado;” Maria Celeste from “Al Rojo Vivo;” and Jorge Bernal from “La Voz Kids” and “Suelta La Sopa”; actors Rafael Amaya and Carmen Villalobos from “EL Señor de los Cielos;” Fabian Rios and Kimberly Dos Ramos from “Tierra de Reyes;” Gabriel Porras from the upcoming telenovela “Bajo el Mismo Cielo”; NBC Universo TV personality Yarel Ramos; NBC’s Today Show host Natalie Morales, singers Mariana Vega, Martha Sanchez, Pedro Capo and Fifth Harmony; musician Arthur Hanlon; and Hollywood actors Eduardo Verastegui, Natalie Martinez and Roselyn Sanchez. Other finalist attending this year’s award ceremony include: Alejandro “Sky” Ramírez, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Banda Tierra Sagrada, Calibre 50, Carlos Paucar, Cartel De Santa, Don Perignon y La Orquesta Puertorriqueña, El Komander, Enrique Iglesias, Horacio Palencia Cisneros, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, Pirulo y La Tribu, Tercer Cielo and Zion & Lennox.

See the complete list of performers, special honorees, award presenters and finalists; in addition to exclusive content about this year’s event online at TELEMUNDO.com/PremiosBillboard – the official website of the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®

BLMA Tweet: The biggest stars in Latin music to perform @LatinBillboards April 30 on @TELEMUNDO. #Billboards2015

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts. The event is the culmination of the Billboard Latin Msic Conference, now in its 26th year and under the slogan “The Top Artists, The Top Trends, The Top Names in Music.” The conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world. It takes place on April 27-30 at The Ritz-Carlton in Miami Beach, Florida, and is the “must-attend” event for top power players in the industry, from label presidents to A talent, to top agents, managers, promoters, marketing and advertising executives and radio executives, as well as for those taking their first steps in the business. For information please visit BillboardLatinConference.com or email conferences@billboard.com

Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand; built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.

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AKB48 – Green Flash (Type-S) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

April 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Green Flash” Type-S is a good single but having been spoiled by many other AKB48 CD+DVD releases, I was hoping for more. Overall, if you can find this CD+DVD cheap, then “Green Flash (Type-S) is worth checking out! Otherwise, if all you want is the music, then go for the theater edition release which is much cheaper.

GROUP: AKB48

CD SINGLE: Green Flash (Type-S)

LABEL: King Records

CATALOG #: KIZM-325/6

DURATION: 25 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2015

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  1. Green Flash – AKB48
  2. ヤンキーロック
  3. 世界が泣いてるなら – SKE48
  4. Green Flash off vocal ver.
  5. ヤンキーロック off vocal ver.
  6. 世界が泣いてるなら off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 12:58

1. Green Flash Music Video
2. ヤンキーロック Music Video – Dance ver.
3. 世界が泣いてるなら Music Video
4. キスまでカウントダウン Music Video

For 2015, AKB48 kicks off the year with their 39th CD single “Green Flash”.

While it caused concern for fans that it only sold 860,269 copies on the first day (which is excellent in today’s Japanese music industry, but for AKB48, it was nowhere near a million copies). But the fans came out purchasing in the singles final days of the week as AKB48 would sell 1,001,393 and would become the group’s 20th consecutive million selling single (21 overall).

The single also made Japanese music history of surpassing Hamasaki Ayumi’s 25 consecutive #1 singles on the Oricon Charts, as “Green Flash” was AKB48’s 26th.

For this latest single, there are nine different versions.  The limited edition features four members with their eyes closed and a tear running down their eye, while the regular edition has four members with their eyes open, with a tear running down their eye.  The theater edition would feature Kojima Haruna (KojiHaru) and Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin), the two primary centers for the single and a single that would feature Yukirin as a center for the first time.

The version I will be reviewing is Type-S featuring Takahashi Minami (Takamina), Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee), Shimazaki Haruka (Paruru) and Kawaei Rena on the front cover with their eyes open and a tear running down.   The quad-fold insert features the members standing and the four members looking to their left or right.  The other side features lyrics for the three songs and production credits.

The song kicks off with “Green Flash”.  The song features sung lyrics but also a rap segment.  But as lively as this may sound, this uptempo song starts off pretty sad as the song is about saying goodbye to someone you love.  A relationship that is broken and missing and loving that person, but not receiving that same love back.  But as the song starts off sad, it transitions to hope as the person who is hurt, should move forward and not look back.

As for what “Green Flash” means, it’s about how the person watched an old French film and saw the sun sinking down low and behind a green light.

The song actually started to grow on me and I absolutely enjoyed Takamina and Sayanee’s rap portion of the song.

The second track is “Yankee Rock”, which is the ending theme to the AKB48 drama “Majisuka Gakuen”.  The song is a rock-inspired upbeat track.  The song is, as one can expect from a ynakee (girl’s gang) drama, about fighting.    Getting ready with Yankee Rock and the fists fly and dance with kicks.

The third track is “Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu” (which translates to “Spring Light, Approaching Summer”) performed by SKE48 and is another upbeat track about one-sided love.  The other person is the spring light, the other is summer and if they meet, anything can happen.  And when the two mix, they form the color of love.  But in reality, the person wants to speak to that other person, but is unable to.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental version of the first three songs.

As for the accompanying DVD, there are a total of three DVD tracks.

The first DVD track features members of AKB48 that are sad and crying.  Meanwhile, other members of AKB48 are dressed in green and sit atop a building and look out toward the sunset.  As the tearful members run, we see flashbacks of these members when they were happy or when they were saddened to see guys they like with another girl.  Meanwhile, the sad members run and join the others on the rooftop and laugh and smile.

The second track “Yankee Rock” features the cast of “Majisuka Gakuen 4” and the various gangs, while we see scenes from the drama series.

For “Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu”, the music video features female students (members of SKE48) being interrogated by an investigator for drugging their teacher (who they all like) and drugging him, so they can take a photo with him and members being committed to an asylum.

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Green Flash” is  CD single that I enjoyed but as a CD+DVD soundtrack, it was underwhelming as AKB48 single releases tend to give you much more and in essence, more bang for your buck. There is no special fourth video track and as many CD singles tend to be over a half hour and at times over an hour, this one is less than 13 minutes long.

Personally, if you wanted just the music, you can save money and purchase the theater edition.  But if you want the music videos, then purchase Type-S if you are a fan of SKE48 or if you want the ending theme music video for “Yankee Rock” and are a fan who enjoyed the drama “Majisuka Gakuen 4”.

But on it’s own, “Green Flash” Type-S is a good single but having been spoiled by many other AKB48 CD+DVD releases, I was hoping for more.  Overall, if you can find this CD+DVD cheap, then “Green Flash (Type-S) is worth checking out! Otherwise, if all you want is the music, then go for the theater edition release which is much cheaper.

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