Queen & Adam Lambert Launch First Episode of ‘Lockumentary’ Series

Did you know that on Queen and Adam Lambert’s tours, the crew celebrates Hawaiian Shirt Fridays?

That’s just one of the many things the bands new online Lockumentary series hopes to share with fans. The first episode, Roadies in Lockdown, premiered Friday (June 26), and delved into what goes into putting on a Queen and Adam Lambert show, with videos of soundchecks from Australia, South Korea and Japan.

“Every time I’m on tour with Queen I really enjoy it – it’s a fun tour to do. They are such lovely people and we have an amazing crew and we are surrounded by a lot of nice people,” stage manager Andy Bews says in the clip. “It’s a really well-oiled machine. It’s a good thing to be a part of.”

Watch the five-minute installment in full below.

Executive Turntable: Epic Records Names CFO, StageIt Hires New Team as Livestreams Surge

Brian Wilson has been promoted to chief financial officer and senior vp at Sony Music’s Epic Records. He previously served as vp finance, a role he had held since 2014.

During his eight-year run at the label, Wilson has played a heavy role in the financial analysis, deal-making and budgeting of projects for artists including Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Future, Meghan Trainor, Travis Scott and 21 Savage. He will now be responsible for overseeing all label finances and release planning while continuing to lead budgeting for the Epic roster.

Wilson launched his music industry career at BMG, where he began working in the company’s international royalties department in 1998. He has also worked in a number of business units within Sony Music and previously served as director, global finance at the parent company.

“Brian has been an invaluable resource at Epic for nearly a decade,” said Epic Records chairwoman and CEO Sylvia Rhone, to whom Wilson will report. “We have come to trust his instincts not only on issues relating to business and finance, but also in the complex duties involved in running one of the most successful and innovative record labels in the world.”

 


 

Ticketed livestream company StageIt has appointed Stephen White as CEO. White succeeds StageIt founder Evan Lowenstein, who will move into the role of executive chairman.

White brings longtime colleague Vadim Brenner to StageIt as chief product officer. The company has also hired Jay Hung as senior vp engineering, Tanner Wyer as vp business development and Nicki Gilbert as senior director of artist relations. Elizabeth Moody, partner and chair of new media practice at law firm Granderson Des Rochers, has been retained as the company’s licensing representative.

White previously served as CEO at the rights administration platform Dubset Media Holdings. Prior to that, he was president at data services company Gracenote. He worked with Brenner at both companies.

The new hires come during an enormous surge in business for StageIt, which claims a 5,000% increase in shows and revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement announcing the new team members, Lowenstein noted that the company has paid out over $4 million in revenue to performers over the past 90 days.

One of the earliest entrants to the livestreaming space, StageIt was founded in 2009 and launched its first products in 2011.

 


 

35-year industry veteran Ted King has joined Madison Square Garden Entertainment as president, creative content and studio productions. He will report to MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO James Dolan.

In his new role — which he assumed on June 22 — King will lead MSG Sphere Studios, which develops content for MSG Sphere, a large-scale venue that will offer “fully immersive” experiences by combining technology and “multi-sensory storytelling.” King will oversee a full slate of content for MSG Sphere and other commercial clients, while also collaborating with MSG Sphere construction and MSG Ventures — the team behind MSG Sphere technologies — in developing “tools that facilitate the creative process, helping artists, creators and educators maximize MSG Sphere’s immersive capabilities.”

King will additionally be tasked with designing immersive experiences for MSG Sphere that cover all areas of the venue, including its fully programmable LED exterior and main atrium.

The first MSG Sphere is currently under construction in Las Vegas, while there are also plans to build the first overseas location in London. MSG Entertainment is additionally opening a 48,5000 square-foot space at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles, which will be used by MSG Sphere Studios, MSG Ventures and other MSG Entertainment employees. Among other things, the space will feature a 10,500 square-foot soundstage that is currently being transformed into a full-service studio featuring production, editing, camera testing and recording space.

King has over three decades of experience designing, developing and producing immersive themed entertainment projects worldwide. He most recently served as senior show producer at Paramount Pictures Themed Entertainment, where he led the creative development of shows and attractions for multiple international projects. He simultaneously served as principal of Ted King Entertainment, which he founded in 2009, and as executive producer at Granaroli Design & Entertainment.

Over the course of his career, King’s projects have included the Warner Bros. World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi, where he supervised the development, production and installation of all music and soundtrack content for the park. He has also worked on the creative development and production of attractions including Paramount’s “Star Trek the Experience” in Las Vegas; “The Funtastick World of Hanna Barbera” for Universal Studios Florida; “Jurassic Park, The Ride” for Universal Studios Hollywood; and “Caesar’s Magical Empire” at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He additionally composed and produced songs for the “EFX” live show at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand and conceived, co-wrote and directed SeaWorld Orlando’s “Mystify” fireworks show.

 


 

GESAC, the trade body representing European rights societies, has elected SACEM CEO Jean-Noël Tronc as board president for a two-year term. Tronc succeeds outgoing president José Jorge Letria.

“For authors, composers and music publishers that GESAC is fighting for, the COVID crisis strikes two times: they have lost massive direct revenues with confinement, they will lose major authors’ rights revenues in 2021, because of the delayed impact of 2020 losses for the users of their works, be it shops, media, live concerts, movie theaters, physical sales or exhibitions,” said Tronc in a statement.

He added, “We need to rethink EU priorities and make Culture and creation a vivid priority for the recovery plans and the EU Commission, Parliament and Governments agenda.”

In addition to SACEM, Tronc previously served as chairman and CEO of Canal+ Overseas, CEO of Orange France and as a senior advisor to the French prime minister.

Also elected to the GESAC board were three new vice-presidents: Victor Finn, CEO of Irish authors’ society IMRO; András Szinger, CEO of Hungarian authors’ society Artisjus; and Harald Heker, CEO of German authors’ society GEMA.

The new board will also be comprised of Gaetano Blandini, CEO of SIAE (Italy); Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen, CEO of STIM (Sweden); Gernot Graninger, CEO of AKM/Austromechana (Austria); José Jorge Letria, CEO of SPA (Portugal) and Carine Libert, CEO of SABAM (Belgium).

 


 

Warner Chappell Music has made two new additions to its Latin sync team: Catalina Ibañez Genoni, who joins as sync and A&R manager out of Chile, and Juan Arbelaez, who joins as supervisor sync & licensing in Colombia.

Genoni hails from IberoAmericana Radio Chile, where she worked in communications and strategic marketing for seven years. Arbelaez previously held roles at Colombia’s Downtown Group, where he developed emerging artists in Medellin.

In addition to the new hires, WCM Latin recently promoted Daniela Navarette as sync manager in the company’s Miami office.

 


 

Music and entertainment blockchain ecosystem Bitfury Surround has tapped Fabian Alsultany as director of business development, North America. Alsultany will work with Surround’s Berlin-based team to help lay the groundwork for the company’s new approach to music rights management and creativity in the U.S. and Canada.

“Our platform will significantly change the way artists and their teams get paid,” said Alsultany in a release. “The market for music, videos, tickets, stems, digital collectibles and digital assets is receiving a significant upgrade. Bitfury Surround will allow the creative forces in the entertainment industry to maximize revenue and ensure payment distribution in an innovative manner.”

A 25-year veteran of the music industry, Alsultany most recently served as director of business development for blockchain platform RChain Cooperative, where he worked on developing music technologies related to streaming, micropayments and digital identity. He previously worked as vp programming for Wanderlust Festivals, where he was lead business advisor for a Major Lazer concert in Cuba that drew 450,000 attendees. He additionally served as director of A&R at Palm Pictures and founded and produced the 2012 Tadasana Festival of Yoga and Music in Santa Monica. He has also toured and recorded as a DJ and musician.

 


 

Ingrooves Music Group has named Haluk Cerahman country manager of Ingrooves Turkey, a move that follows the company’s recent opening of offices in Brazil, Japan and South Korea and increased presence in Australia/New Zealand and the Nordics. Cerahman will work out of Universal Music Group’s offices in Istanbul.

Cerahman hails from Fizy, a digital platform owned by Turkish mobile operator Turkcell, where he served as content manager. He previously worked as a consultant for various digital services firms.

Yungblud Debuts New Song ‘The Emperor’ on ‘The Yungblud Show,’ Spreads Awareness to Black Lives Matter Movement

Yungblud debuted a brand new song “The Emperor” on the third episode of his YouTube series The Yungblud Show, which he live-streamed yesterday (June 25).

The English singer-songwriter started off the 26-minute episode with a little rock ‘n’ roll none of his fans had heard of before. The music video looked like it was filmed on a VHS camcorder, the grainy filter revealing the roughhouse of Yungblud’s performances — jumping off the drum set, screaming into the microphone, licking the camera lens and claiming his space like he’s “The Emperor.”

In his first episode in two months, Yungblud assured he’s using this platform to raise awareness and funds for the Black Lives Matter movement. Later in the show, he linked up with Springfield, Miss.-based activist Kenidra Woods to talk about the work that still needs to be done when the protests start to dwindle.

“It always starts with compassion, so you always have to have compassion for another human being. It has to be in your mindset and in your thought process before you can even grasp the concept of, ‘Why are you saying Black lives matter?’ Woods said in the interview. “When I was 13, I was thrust into activism. I didn’t wait on anybody to tell me like, ‘Go do this. Go change the world.’ …I’m like, ‘This needs to change. I’m tired of seeing this, so I’m gon’ go do it!'”

Yungblud compared waiting in line to vote at the polls amid voter suppression in certain states to waiting in line to go see one’s favorite artist or band perform. “They know that if we have to wait a long time, we’re not gonna do it. But go out, go with your friends. If you can wait in line for five hours for a concert, you can wait in line to save someone’s life,” the “I Think I’m OKAY” singer said.

Paris Hilton and her pink-colored dog also joined The Yungblud Show as guests for a game of “Hot or Not,” with options like Grimes and Elon Musk’s baby name X Æ A-12, Michelle Obama, Brad Pitt, tofu and marmite.

Watch the third episode of The Yungblud Show below.

Natasha Bedingfield Brings People ‘Together in This’ Inspirational, Socially Distanced Dance Video

Natasha Bedingfield recorded “Together in This” as the end title track for the animated Jungle Beat: The Movie, and her accompanying music video from today (June 26) certainly tied it all together with its main message.

Written by famed songwriter and her friend Jonas Myrin, “Together in This” consoles listeners who think they have to tackle adversities on their own but don’t have to. And for the better portion of the three-minute visual, no one has to dance alone, either. Six-year-old YouTube star Anastasia Radzinskaya choreographed a routine that other folks like Derek Hough and Jungle Beat’s characters follow along to for their socially distanced jubilee.

In an interview with People published earlier today, Bedingfield said her new song extends beyond friendship and connects to allyship, an incredibly relevant topic during the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement and Pride Month. “We’re all divided right now, but I think that we are finding ways to unite, even if you think about the protests, and I feel like people are finding what’s important to them and uniting on causes that matter,” she told People. “Some people are separated from their families and they’re having to find creative ways to connect with them.”

Jungle Beat: The Movie also debuted on digital streaming services all over the world today. The animated family-friendly flick features a homesick alien who crashes his spaceship in an African jungle and makes some furry animal friends who have to help him return to his ship before his Space-Conqueror father takes over the planet.

“I’ve been trying to find ways to keep my child entertained without him being able to play with other kids,” she said to People about her two-and-a-half-year-old son Solomon, who recently underwent multiple surgeries for a brain infection. “So finding movies or TV shows that I know have good messages and the whole family can watch is really something that’s like gold. Right now your kids are getting educated a lot more on screen than probably you would even want, but it’s just necessary.”

Watch Bedingfield’s “Together in This” music video below.

Sebastian Maniscalco Hosting Virtual Dinner Party Sunday Night With Chef Dominick DiBartolomeo

Food has always been an important element of Sebastian Maniscalco’s work as an actor and comedian. From his 2018 book Stay Hungry to his role as Joe Gallo in last year’s Netflix original The Irishman where his meal at Umberto’s Clam House in New York turns out to be his last, Maniscalco has always peppered his stories with details about his favorite foods and culinary moments

Now you can dine with the 2018 Billboard Live Comedian of the Year for a virtual dinner party Sunday night with hundreds of friends, family members and fans. Chef Dominick DiBartolomeo from Domenico’s Foods in Los Angeles has prepared a special meal and is mailing the ingredients plus a bottle of wine and a selection of cheeses, stuffed peppers, baguettes to dinner guests who will cook and break bread with the Maniscalcos via streaming video app Zoom.

“During the pandemic, due to the fact that I can’t perform live shows, I wanted to marry some of my passions together, which is comedy and food,” Maniscalco says. We’ve done it a few times for people that live within a 20 mile radius of Dom’s store, but this time we’ve opened it up nationally, so everybody could participate.”

Maniscalco has known DiBartolomeo for four years and said the chef, who operates a store in L.A. and sells fresh pasta and cheeses at various farmers markets and at the L.A. cheese store, has shipped meals to dinner guests that are easy to prepare.

“All you have to do is pop it in the oven and boil some water,” Maniscalco says. “We’re not mincing. We’re not dicing. We’re not doing aerial shots of a food preparation. We’re bringing people together with some food and providing them with entertainment.”

The main entree will be homemade eggplant parmesan, a recipe created by DiBartolomeo’s mom, “which is what we’ve really become known for, especially in the farmer’s markets here in Los Angeles.”

Like music and comedy, the food business has also been hit hard by COVID-19 with the many of the farmer’s markets and restaurants closed or operating at a significantly reduced capacity.

“We’ve had to pivot and do more of a delivery model,” DiBartolomeo says. “We started doing produce boxes and sourcing proteins and helping people that didn’t want to go to a grocery store to source ingredients. People can’t go to their favorite restaurants but they still want great food.”

DiBartolomeo has joined Maniscalco and family for several initial invite only events with special guests like Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

“We’ve been really blessed and fortunate to be handed this incredible opportunity from Sebastian,” says DiBartolomeo, who met Maniscalco at a comedy show in Pasadena and has become the family’s go-to cheese and pasta purveyor. “We’ve been having so much fun doing these dinners with Sebastian and his Lana and while the pandemic hasnt been easy, we’re going to come out better than we were before.”

The virtual “Sunday Supper” experience will be held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PST and will be available coast-to-coast. Each ticket is $200 and includes access to a live stream of the evening via Zoom and a prefix dinner for two with proceeds going to the Good+Foundation and the Comedy Store Benefit, which raises money to help pay the club’s employees while the West Hollywood club is out of commission.

Learn more at sebastianssundaysupper.com.

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Camelphat, Cassian, Keith Harris & More

New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig in the digital crates to present the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.

Despite the global shutdown of clubs and festivals, this week the dance world really kept it moving. Sofi Tukker performed their 100th livestream of quarantine, Aluna wrote an open letter about the racial inequality in the global dance scene, scene pioneer Kevin Saunderson shared his thoughts on the same manner, Diplo performed a digital hootenanny inside Fortnite, Louis the Child dropped their debut LP,  DJ Snake released a massive banger that would slay at festivals if festivals were happening this summer and Wolfgang Gartner got candid about his issues with addiction and the new music he’s releasing post-rehab.

But wait, there’s more. This week we’ve got new music from ford. Feat Ayelle, Borgeous, Breakbot, Bonnie x Clyde, J Laser, Daniel Avery and all of the fresh new heat below. Let’s dig in.

Camelphat x Yannis x Foals, “Hypercolour”

While the pandemic has shut down global touring, Liverpool duo Camelphat still feel unstoppable. Today the guys continue a 2020 hot streak sparked with the singles “Freak” and “For a Feeling” with Hypercolour,” a collaboration with Foals’ singer Yannis Philippakis. Is it an unlikely pairing? For sure. Does it work? Entirely.

Keith Harris Experience Feat. Chief Wakil and Church Boi, “Get It”

Chicago-born producer, instrumentalist, songwriter and Black Eyed Peas drummer Keith Harris expertly fuses house, hip-hop and funk on his undeniable newest single, “Get It.” A collaboration with hip-hop artist Chief Wakil and Ugandan artist Church Boi, the single features a standout video composed of vintage clips film and television clips (assembled by Harris’ wife Brandee) featuring Black performers from the 1930s and 40s, including iconic dancers Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill and moments from the 1941 film Hellzapoppin’.

Cassian Feat Tora “Imagination”

Australian producer Cassian dropped his debut album Laps today, and while the LP is pretty, emotive and transportive start to finish, there’s something particularly stirring about “Imagination” featuring Australian electronic band Tora. The song’s sexy, vocal house vibe is similar to that of Rüfüs du Sol, which makes sense, as Laps is out via Rüfüs’ Rose Avenue Records. (Cassian was also nominated for a 2020 Grammy for his work on Rüfüs’ hit single “Underwater.”)

The producer tells Billboard Dance he’s been a longtime fan of Tora: “Towards the end of 2018, I linked up with Jo from the band when we were both in L.A. The song came together really quickly, and we recorded all the vocals that same afternoon. Jo has a magical quality to him, most of what you hear on the record was his first take, he makes it seem so effortless. For me, “Imagination” is about the way we perceive ourselves, our ego and how that affects our relationships. I know Jo would interpret it differently though. It has layers of meaning, which is one of the things that makes it so special to me.” Us too.

Britney Spears, “Mood Ring” (Ape Drums Remix)

In May, Britney blessed the world with “Mood Ring,” a scintillating anthem from her 2016 album Glory that was previously only available to stream in Japan. Today, it’s blessings on blessings with a pared down, sped-up edit from Major Lazer member Ape Drums. Simplifying most of the track to just Britney singing sweet nothings, the producer adds his own touch via a pastiche of vocal samples that creates a welcome new mood.

Kideko & Armand Van Helden, ‘The Fire’

UK producer Kideko pairs with NYC house legend Armand van Helden for the appropriately titled “The Fire.” The song accomplishes a lot in just under three minutes, jumpstarting into a full-on peak time house banger furnished with piano stabs and whoops of joy that altogether do, in fact, bring the heat.

Motez & Qrion, “Slow Down”

Australian producer Motez pairs with Qrion — a 2019 Billboard Dance 2019 emerging artist — for the sleekly futuristic “Slow Down.” Out via Sweat It Out and Lane 8’s always tasteful This Never Happened label, the propulsive progressive house voyage gives us big Eric Prydz “Opus” vibes, which is certainly a compliment. “Slow Down’ is one of those tracks I could tell I was going to sign about 3 seconds into the intro,” Lane 8 is quoted in a statement. “I am all about the power of simplicity in music and this track really nails that.”

Blackpink’s ‘How You Like That’ vs BTS’ ‘Stay Gold’: Which Video Is Your Favorite?

Friday (June 26) was a big day in the K-pop world, with two massive music videos dropping.

BTS unveiled the video for “Stay Gold, the lead single off Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~, which is set to be released July 15 via Big Hit Entertainment. In the clip, the K-pop idols find themselves trapped and separated in a number of desolate settings as they collectively daydream about sharing a sunshine-filled hang complete with gold confetti filling the air. The septet soon manage to escape and come together in a field strewn with purple flowers, trees and a flowing stream.

Blackpink also debuted their long-awaited comeback single “How You Like That” and its edgy accompanying music video. The video finds Jennie, Lisa, Rosé and Jisoo delivering a message of resilience while rocking a parade high-fashion looks among Trojan horses, fake snow machines, burning umbrellas and more.

Now, we know it may be hard to decide between these two amazing videos, but we want to know: Which visual was your favorite? Vote below.