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The adjustment to how Billboard applies streaming data to its charts was first announced in concept last October, and was followed by exhaustive industry discussion and internal analysis to arrive at the new methodology.

Currently, Billboard has two defined types of streaming plays for the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (and our other genre-specific hybrid songs charts): on-demand (such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube) and programmed (such as Pandora and Slacker Radio), with on-demand having a greater weight. The Billboard 200 albums chart — and our other genre-based consumption-ranked albums charts — uses a single tier (equating 1,500 streams as one album unit) for on-demand audio streams (paid or ad-supported) from subscription services. Video streams and programmed audio streams do not contribute to the Billboard 200’s calculations, but are incorporated into the Hot 100.

Beginning with the first week of Nielsen’s third quarter of 2018 (sales and streaming week of June 29 to July 5, which will be reflected on Billboard charts dated July 14), plays on paid subscription-based services (such as Apple Music and Amazon Music) or on the paid subscription tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (such as Spotify and SoundCloud) will be given more weight in chart calculations than plays on ad-supported services (such as YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported services. Read more from Billboard.

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Epic logoDontay Thompson has been appointed Senior Vice President, Rhythm/Crossover Promotion, Epic Records, it was announced today by Rick Sackheim, Executive Vice President, Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. In his new post, Thompson will relocate from New York to Los Angeles, report to Sackheim and oversee all promotional campaigns at Rhythm/Crossover, working closely with his promotion counterparts in release strategy and artist development initiatives.
“Dontay is a widely respected seasoned veteran who has never lost his enthusiasm for the Rhythm/Crossover space,” said Sackheim. “His wealth of experience and team building skills enable him to thread the big picture with a hands-on promotional rapport that will translate into long term success stories for our artists. The entire company joins me in welcoming Dontay to the Epic family.”
Thompson spent the past seven years with Entertainment One, rising to Senior Vice President of Promotion, overseeing the radio promotion staff in the Urban, Rhythm, and Top 40 formats. He previously served as VP of Promotion at Bad Boy Entertainment and National Director of Rhythm/Crossover Promotion at J Records. Earlier in his career Thompson spent three years as Rhythmic Editor at the late, great Radio & Records, and he began his music industry journey in 1998 and notably served as Music Director and on-air personality at KXJM/Portland.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity and a dream come true to work with Sylvia Rhone, Rick Sackheim, and Epic’s amazing roster of artists,” stated Thompson. “It’s an honor for me to become part of a label of real music people and a vibrant senior management team who under Sylvia’s leadership continue to raise the bar of accomplishment every day. I look forward to further solidifying this great promotion staff and return to Los Angeles ready to help take Epic to even greater heights.”

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netflix SMFormer President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.

The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the United States and internationally. The couple has created “Higher Ground Productions,” a company to produce content for Netflix, the streaming service announced.

The former president has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative voices that populate media outlets like Fox News. Read more from The New York Times.

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Tower of Power “On the Soul Side of Town”

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Date

Location

Venue

5/23/2018

Tucson, AZ

AVA Amphitheater

5/25/2018

Coarsegold, CA

Chukchansi Gold – Casino outdoors

6/1/2018

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater

6/2/2018

Oakland, CA

The Birchmere

6/10/2018

Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Bowl (Playboy Jazz Festival)

6/13/2018

Chattanooga, TN

Riverbend Festival

6/22/2018

Alexandria, VA

The Birchmere

6/23/2018

Alexandria, VA

The Birchmere

6/24/2018

Annapolis, MD

Rams Head on Stage

6/25/2018

Annapolis, MD

Rams Head on Stage

6/28/2018

Lexington, MA

Cary Hall

6/29/2018

Lincoln, RI

Twin River Casino

6/30/2018

Rochester, NY

Midtown Stage

7/27/2018

Las Vegas, NV

South Point Hotel & Casino

7/28/2018

Las Vegas, NV

South Point Hotel & Casino

7/29/2018

Las Vegas, NV

South Point Hotel & Casino

8/3/2018

Beaver Creek, CO

Vilar Performing Arts Center

8/4/2018

Denver, CO

Levitt Pavilion Denver

8/8/2018

Chicago, IL

City Winery

8/9/2018

Chicago, IL

City Winery

8/10/2018

Chicago, IL

City Winery

8/11/2018

St Louis, MO

River City Casino

8/13/2018

Atlanta, GA

City Winery

8/14/2018

Atlanta, GA

City Winery

8/23/2018

St Paul, MN

Minnesota State Fair

8/24/2018

St Paul, MN

Minnesota State Fair

8/25/2018

Kansas City, MO

Ameristar Casino CD

9/4/2018

Denver, CO

Levitt Pavilion Denver

9/11/2018

St. Louis, MI

River City Casino and Hotel

9/14/2018

Del Mar, CA

Kaaboo Del Mar

9/19/2018

Phoenix, AZ

Musical Instrument Museum

9/20/2018

Phoenix, AZ

Musical Instrument Museum

9/21/2018

Pomona, CA

Los Angeles County Fair

9/22/2018

Rohnert Park, CA

Green Music Center – Weill Hall – Sonoma State University

10/10/2018

Worcester, MA

Hanover Theatre

10/11/2018

Waterbury, CT

Palace Theater

10/12/2018

Lynn, MA

Lynn Auditorium

10/15/2018

New York, NY

City Winery

10/16/2018

New York, NY

City Winery

10/19/2018

Collingswood, NJ

Scottish Rite Auditorium

10/20/2018

Glenside, PA

Keswick Theatre

10/21/2018

Brookville, NY

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

10/23/2018

Houston, TX

House Of Blues

10/24/2018

Austin, TX

One World Theatre

11/1/2018

Seattle, WA

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

11/2/2018

Seattle, WA

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

11/3/2018

Seattle, WA

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

11/4/2018

Seattle, WA

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

12/31/2018

Las Vegas, NV

South Point Hotel & Casino

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Cube and IversonWhat started as a typical contract dispute between actor- rapper- business mogul Ice Cube and Qatari investors over failure to deliver agreed upon payments to Ice Cube’s professional 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3 League, has been revealed to have deeper implications including an attempt to bribe senior White House officials including then Chief of Staff Steve Bannon.

The story begins in June 2017, shortly after the BIG3 League kicked off its first season, when three Qatari businessmen led by one Ahmed Al-Rumaihi aproached Ice Cube and co-CEO of the league and long-time business partner Jeff Kwatinetz about investing In BIG3. Al-Rumaihi and his partners reached an agreement with BIG3  to pay a total of $20.5 million — to which they only paid $7.5 million.

Cube and Kwatinetz are suing Al-Rumaihi and his partners both because of the failure to pay and because of what is described in the court filing as an attempt to undercut their leadership by alleging mismanagement and falsely accusing Kwatinetz of using racist language in a suit seeking $1.2 billion.

According to court documents filled by Kwatinetz the investors never showed any actual interest in the league, and their real target was to influence Steve Bannon and other prominent figures in Washington.

Before working with BIG3 Kwatinetz ran a management company called The Firm, whose CFO was Stephen K. Bannon.

Kwatinetz’s affidavit explains Al- Rumaihi’s focus: “There were numerous occasions during the 2017 season,” it reads, “where Mr. Al-Ruhmaihi would bring up Mr. Bannon’s name to me and comment about Mr. Bannon’s political positions… the Trump administration’s position toward Qatar, and he persistently inquired about wanting to meet with Mr. Bannon.”

Kwatinetz claims that he was “appalled” by the notion of receiving “a bribe of any kind” — and declined the offer without even telling Bannon about it.

He says that that Al-Rumahi “laughed and then stated to me that I shouldn’t be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money.” The Qatari investor then allegedly stated, “Do you think [Michael] Flynn turned down our money?”

Cube and Kwatinetz are being represented by LA civil rights attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented numerous celebrities in the past — including Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder.

The $1.2 billion in damages that they are seeking are based on the BIG3’s projected revenue and player salaries. They initially filed their lawsuit last month alleging they were swindled out of millions of dollars by the Qataris, but it didn’t offer any details about Bannon or Flynn.

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The radio program which boasts everything from a healthy dose of politics to pop music and uneasy conversations has been awarded six “finalist” nods from the L.A. Press Club.

The Mo’Kelly Show, hosted by Morris W. O’Kelly (Mo’Kelly) in what he terms as “The Coolest Two Hours in All Talk Radio” seamlessly moves from guests on either side of the aisle, to find what is the righteous response, not simply “who is right.”  Debuting on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles in April of 2012, O’Kelly frequently stressed along the way the need to “raise the caliber of the conversation in our discourse.”

For good measure, even one of O’Kelly’s editorials written for his website (mrmokelly.com) was also highlighted.

The Mo’Kelly Show has been nominated in the following categories:

* Radio Journalist of the Year

* Radio/Host Segment – “The Truth about Michael Flynn”

* News or Feature Short Form – “Mo’ on the Movies: Thor: Ragnarok”

* Personality/Profile Interview – “American Race with Charles Barkley”

* Talk/Public Affairs Episode – “Remembering 9/11 from Inside the White House”

* Political Commentary/National – “The Case Against Donald Trump Jr.”

ABOUT:

The Mo’Kelly Show (produced by Mr. Tawala Sharp) airs Saturday and Sunday from 6-8pm on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles and iHeartRadio.  Mo’Kelly can also be heard offering regular political commentary for BBC Radio, KEIB AM 1150 “The Patriot” (Los Angeles) WURD 96.1 AM (Philadelphia) and seen on FOX11, HLN, CNN and CNN International.

Mo’Kelly is represented by John McConnell of Workhouse Media.

http://mrmokelly.com

@mrmokelly (twitter/instagram)

http://kfiam640.com

 

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warner bros. recordsWarner Bros. Records celebrates the continued upward trajectory of Wilt Wallace, who has been upped to Vice President of Urban & Rhythm Promotion.

In making the announcement of Wallace’s enhanced position, WBR SVP Urban & Rhythm Promotion Lee L’Heureux remarked, “Wilt leads our growing Hip Hop team and chart success through hard work, fierce organization and a sharp point of view. He defines disciplined hustle and deserves every accolade he receives. In his 12 years at Warner Bros. Records, Wilt has grown from a temp on a desk to most recently Sr. National Director of Promotion — and we’re all thrilled to celebrate his homegrown and well-deserved elevation. We couldn’t be happier for Wilt, his family, and our team.”

Commenting on his promotion, Wallace remarked, “I’d like to thank Lee L’Heureux, Peter Gray and Tom Corson for this opportunity to further my growth within the company where I started my career twelve years ago. We are fortunate to work daily with incredible artists, partners and staff at Warner Bros. Records, and I’m excited to continue that work in an increased capacity.” Wallace will continue to be based in Atlanta.

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Smokey Robinson called for passage of music licensing legislation that will extend copyright protection to sound recordings made before 1972, an issue he said was “a livelihood thing” for many artists who no longer perform.

“It is not just about music,” he told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. “It is about lives — they could really use that money.”

Robinson was the latest music legend to visit Capitol Hill to urge passage of the Music Modernization Act, a set of changes in the law designed to streamline music licensing and close a loophole in copyright law.

In the early 1970s, Congress extended copyright protection to sound recordings, but it was effective as of Feb. 15, 1972.

The rise of satellite radio and digital streaming has generated new airplay for classics made before that date, but often the artist and the label are not compensated. Robinson said that his music and that of The Miracles are played over 50,000 times a day, every day. An “arbitrary date on the calendar should not be the arbiter of value,” he said. Read more from Variety.

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Kevin Hart is in talks to star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night.

Will Smith, who at one time was circling the project as a possible starring vehicle, is set to produce via his Overbrook banner.

The original 1974 buddy comedy starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who visit a high-end, underworld nightclub where they get robbed and have to go searching for a winning lottery ticket.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the most recent draft of the movie that is set up at Warner Bros.

Smith will produce the Warner Bros. feature via his Overbrook banner.

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