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Shazam Opens Verified Program To All Artists - Connect With Fans With An App You Already Use Daily

Music recognition app Shazam announced that its verified artist community has achieved a combined reach of 1.4 billion followers. Starting today, Shazam Verified Artists is open to all artists offering an easy way to connect with fans. _____________________________________ Starting today any artist or band can become a Shazam verified artist...

FRI. NEWS BRIEF: New Apple Music Stats • Digital Track Sales Hit New Low • Indie Playlist Brand • More

Friday 9.4.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE

Finnish Film Affair adds Pitch Contest, U.S. Exec Panel

Ryan Wickers of EuropaCorp U.S., ICM's Peter Trinh and Sundance's Hussain Currimbhoy will attend the Nordic film industry event in Helsinki. read more

‘Sesame Street’ Returns To The Arab World Courtesy Of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala

When in doubt, send in the clowns. Or, the Muppets. The Arab world is set to get its own version of Sesame Street for the first time in 25 years after a new local language version of the family favourite was commissioned by Bidaya Media,...Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Hacks: How Ashley Madison's Legal Woes Differ From Sony's

The infidelity website faces lawsuits from plaintiffs who want to remain anonymous and claim the company's account deletion service was a scam. read more

‘Black Mass’ Hailed As Major Return For Johnny Depp; Sienna Miller Role Cut From Film – Venice

Playing out of competition, today’s gala entry, Black Mass, screened for press at an early call this morning with strong applause at the end — twice. Audiences should be cautioned to stick around as there’s a key footnote at the end of the Scott Cooper-helmed crime drama. Show More Summary

How To Become A Successful Performing Artist In The New Millennium – Part One

“The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star.” – Elton John It shouldn’t be news to anyone in the music business today that the smart (and maybe the only) money is in live performance, merchandising (which is kind of tied into live performance) and publishing (and all of its Constitutionally-guaranteed income streams). Show More Summary

13 Awesome Apps For Touring Musicians

Hi everyone, this is Razz from the band Direct Divide. Nowadays there are tons of musicians taking it upon themselves to pack up their gear, hop in a (hopefully) working vehicle, and hit the road. Touring is tons of fun and definitely worth the cramped spaces, long haul drives, and occasionally tense moods. Show More Summary

DGA: Minority Women Got Only 2% Of First-Time Episodic TV Helming Jobs Last Season

During the 2014-15 TV season, 128 directors got their first shot at helming an episodic TV show. Of those, only one is an African-American woman, two are Latina and none is Asian-American. According to the DGA's latest data, 18 of those first-timers are Caucasian females, while 83.6% of the jobs went to men. Show More Summary

John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Comedy Lands At Fox With Penalty

Hot feature writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are venturing into television with a single-camera comedy project for Fox, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Show More Summary

Curt Schilling done for the season at ESPN due to Hitler tweets

Curt Schilling has tweeted his way out of the ESPN broadcast booth for the rest of the baseball season.

Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Casts Stephen Rider As New Regular For Season 2

Daredevil will be introducing another character from the Marvel comic book universe in Season 2. I have learned that Stephen Rider (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) will be joining the cast of the Netflix superhero series as a new regular. I...Show More Summary

Colm Feore Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As Recurring

Colm Feore (The Borgias) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of House Of Cards. Feore will play General Billingham in the Netflix White House drama, opposite Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series is currently...Show More Summary

Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur Interracial Family Comedy Gets Production Commitment At NBC

Another big comedy commitment at NBC, which has been a very aggressive buyer this summer. The network has given a production commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from former 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and Parks...Show More Summary

Showtime Developing ‘The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt’ As Limited Series

Showtime has put in development The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series. David McKenna (S.W.A.T., Blow) is writing the pilot script and Electus and Authentic Entertainment are producing.  …

‘Arrow’: John Diggle Suits Up — First Look

The CW has released the first photo of David Ramsey (John Diggle) in his new costume on Arrow. Ramsey will be sporting the new duds when Season 4 premieres on Wednesday, October 7. Ramsey joins returning stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne in the series based on the DC Comics character Green…

Broadway Follies: Roth & Gerard On ‘Grey Gardens’, Ticket Lotteries And Political Correctness

Jeremy Gerard has covered the shifting fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Show More Summary

Emmys: Creative Arts Show Rounds Out Presenters List With Chuck Lorre, Heidi Klum & Others

The Television Academy has revealed the final group of presenters for next week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. They are Pamela Adlon (Louie), Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles), Shiri Appleby (UnReal), Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang), Reg E. Show More Summary

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