Twitch is launching their own reality show

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Reality shows are not just for Bravo and E!. In 2018, an American-Idol esque reality show is coming to online streaming platform Twitch. The show will be called Stream On, and it will feature an American Idol-esque competition where aspiring streamers battle it out to become the next famous streamer on the platform. There will be up to 14 broadcasters selected for Stream On, and they will be competing for $60,000 that will be paid out in 12 $5000 monthly installments. Other competitors who are eliminated will receive weekly prizes for their participation.

Twitch described the upcoming show saying “contestants will face challenges designed to test important streamer skills, and be evaluated by a panel of Twitch judges.” Audience commentary will also play an integral part in the decision making for the judges (who have yet to be announced). The platform currently has a partner revenue sharing program, where there are 25,000 creators Twitch will choose from. The goal of the show is to take a streamer who is on the cusp of being able to make streaming a full time profession, and allow them to do so.

In the world of electronic music, Deadmau5 is one producer known for utilizing the platform. He recently raised $15,000 for a children’s charity from one stream.The potential to be an influencer is enormous on Twitch, so may the best aspiring streamer win. Those who are looking to enter can apply here.

 

h/t The Verge ; Variety

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Diplo initially hated James Van Der Beek’s portrayal of himself

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Whether viewers are Viceland or dance music fans, the network’s comedy “What Would Diplo Do?” certainly made waves in the media for its over the top humor and parody of the dance music scene. James Van Der Beek was cast to portray Diplo, and did a great job at making it seem like the producer didn’t have a whole lot going on upstairs. Before the show’s release, Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, opened Van Der Beek’s portrayal of himself with open arms. After the show’s conclusion, Pentz, who is also an executive producer on the show, has expressed a different sentiment.

“It hurt to watch it the first time,” the musician admitted to Rolling Stone. “It made my stomach twist.”

Later on in the interview, Pentz reiterated he was open to the public ridicule.

“I think that James plays a really funny Diplo. He’s doing his best, but he (the character)’s just an idiot. I don’t mind being ridiculed.”

While Diplo was great about promoting the show and taking its humor in stride, even he admits that the portrayal of himself was a little more difficult to swallow than he publicly made it seem.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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Watch The Knocks make a ‘Knock-Tail’ as Supply NY debuts the first episode of its new content series, Buzzin

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Posters thickly plastered on New York City surfaces are rarely the visual centerpieces of its metropolitan landscape — nor do they elicit the attention of the throngs of passersby in pursuit of their respective destinations. However, in 2013, a visionary walking though Chinatown on his way to the Tribeca Grand took notice. Griffin Camper’s gaze drifted to a sign denoting the existence of a supply shop one day while walking past Canal Street. Not long thereafter, he’d stroll into Tribeca Grand’s lobby to utter a brand-shaping suggestion to the business partners that awaited his arrival: “Let’s call ourselves Supply.”

Their then in-nominate initiative centered around Camper and his colleague Andrew Smith’s propensity to host an event together. The concept was initially conceived over rounds of beer, as the partners contemplated the best ways in which to approach the event industry. Supply materialized as a natural route, given Camper’s understanding of event orchestration and access to talent, and Smith’s connections to New York venues and broad social network. Once officially christened with a name, their ideas gained an identity that would later bespeak industry presence as growth soon became unprecedented.

Last, and what would prove to be a crucial element, would be the innovation of the event’s promotional material. A friend of Smith’s, Jordan Lister, was known in certain circles for both his creative and music experience — a reputation that led Supply to tap Lister to brand their inaugural event. Years later, Lister would join the team as it full-time Creative Director to help build out its content and digital strategy side. Supply has grown from a concept forged among friends to an award-winning culture agency that radiates its own distinct vibe.

“I think from the beginning it’s always been about bringing our community together in fun and interesting ways. The best thing for us is that we’ve worked in this industry for four to five years now, so we’ve really started to build that community, and not just in the people that come to the parties or the individuals that consume content, but the artists, venue owners, and industry professionals as well. Having performed globally now, we have a lot of friends and partners that we can call on.”

Much remains in store for Supply as the brand expands its reach through its event series and content strategy, boasting Sony Music, DJ Mag, and Tesla as a sampling of its considerable list of partners. One such example of this new expansion is Buzzin — a new content series on the forefront of the company’s innovation and core development.

Buzzin centers around providing a personal snapshot of artists’ lives while on the road, choosing a different act to feature each month. “I think the big piece here is thinking about the ingredients of a musician’s life, and then incorporating that with the on the road element,” Smith says of the content series.

The first installment of Buzzin features The Knocks, the feature somewhat of a nod to Supply’s history — the founders have known The Knocks for four-years now, with James Patterson (“JPatt”) of the electronic duo having played Supply’s introductory party on June 6.

Buzzin observes The Knocks as they craft their signature go to drink while on the road, “The Knocktail,” the drink’s inspiration being as Smith puts it “If you just got done with a gig and you have access to nothing but a 7-Eleven, what would you make?”

The content of Buzzin, however, will not be limited to artists’ favorite on the road concoctions. “It doesn’t have to be alcohol,” the founders note of Buzzin’s material. “It could be food, it could be a hardware product, it’s the ingredients of the artists’ lives that make them perform better or simply enjoy themselves after a long-day.” Supply emphasizes that the personal element of the series as a whole is derived not solely from the featured item’s centrality to the artists’ daily life, but from the artists’ ability to spotlight an element of their own choice. “I think the big thing here is it’s [Buzzin] led by the artist, and not informed by any brand or partner,” Smith states.

Those interested in learning more about Supply and the culture agency’s new content series may visit Supply’s website here.

 

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ disappoints at box office despite rave reviews

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The highly-anticipated Denis Villeneuve-helmed Blade Runner sequel experienced a lackluster opening weekend, as Blade Runner 2049 — a sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult classic starring Ryan Gosling and original lead Harrison Ford — opened at an estimated $31.5 million-grossing in North America this weekend. The film was forecasted early last week to have an estimated $45 million opening weekend in the US.

It seems that despite the film’s cult status, immensely respected actor choices, and stellar Hans Zimmer-penned score, the noir sci-fi number is following in the footsteps of its predecessor. Despite its widely-regarded modern-day status, the original Blade Runner was ill-received in its time, as the film brought in Harrison Ford’s lowest grossing global release with just $27 million its opening weekend.

Nonetheless, the film has on the whole earned rave reviews.

Paul Dergarabedian, a senior analyst for the American media measurement and analytics company comScore, recently told BBC, “The core of enthusiastic and loyal Blade Runner fans were over 25 and predominantly male, and propelled the film as expected to the top spot, but a lengthy running time and lesser interest among females made it tougher for the film to reach the original weekend box office projections.”

Blade Runner 2049 grossed $50.2 million globally just this weekend and the film still took the top spot in 45 of the 63 countries where the picture was playing.

H/T: Metro, Forbes, Independent

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Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, more among MTV’s 2017 EMA nominees

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MTV’s European Music Awards is ringing its 23rd annual award ceremony on Nov. 12 and is set to be held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, UK. The award ceremony typically celebrates the career success of global pop-stars with European crossover appeal.

Among the electronic music category nominees are the mainstays of commercial EDM: Calvin HarrisDavid GuettaMajor LazerMartin Garrix and The Chainsmokers.

Leading the 2017 nominations is Taylor Swift in six total categories, including best artist and best video, followed by Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar with four nods each.

 

Best Song

Clean Bandit, “Rockabye” f. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
DJ Khaled, “Wild Thoughts” f. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Remix) f. Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Best Artist

Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Look

Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Rita Ora
Taylor Swift
Zayn

Best New

Dua Lipa
Julia Michaels
Khalid
Kyle
Rag’n’Bone Man

Best Pop

Camila Cabello
Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Video

Foo Fighters, “Run”
Katy Perry, “Bon Appetit” ft. Migos
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Kyle, “iSpy” f. Lil Yachty
Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do’”

Best Live

Bruno Mars
Coldplay
Ed Sheeran
Eminem
U2

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Major Lazer
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Rock

Coldplay
Foo Fighters
Royal Blood
The Killers
U2

Best Hip Hop

Drake
Eminem
Future
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Best Alternative

Imagine Dragons
Lana Del Rey
Lorde
The xx
Thirty Seconds to Mars

Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Push

Hailee Steinfeld
Jon Bellion
Julia Michaels
Kacy Hill
Khalid
Kyle
Noah Cyrus
Petite Meller
Rag’n’Bone Man
SZA
The Head and The Heart

Photo courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for MTV

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Adult Swim cuts ties with DOOM, removes ‘The Missing Notebook Rhymes’

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DOOM, the famed super villain rapper and recording artist, has ties cut with the popular Adult Swim. They’ve immediately removed DOOM’s singles series, The Missing Notebook Rhymes. A spokesperson for Adult Swim stated that the show will continue until November 13th adding: “Thus, the remaining Missing Notebook Rhymes will unfortunately have to remain… missing.” 

During The Missing Notebook Rhymes‘ airtime, it featured music with Kool Keith, Sean Price, Negus, Jay Electronica, The Alchemist, and a Viktor Vaughn (DOOM’s alter ego moniker). 

While DOOM’s The Missing Notebook Rhymes have sank, the artist has joined forces with Buffalo rapper, Westside Gunn. They’ve created a new project called WESTSIDEDOOM and have already released their first song, “Gorilla Monsoon.”

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Flying Lotus scores forthcoming ‘Blade Runner’ prequel

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Flying Lotus has scored a new animated short film preluding the forthcoming Blade Runner 2049 sequel. The new short film, Blade Runner Black Out 2022, was written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bepop. The film is the third in a series of prequels taking place in the years between the original 1982 Blade Runner and the forthcoming sequel. FlyLo even went on to share his excitement via Twitter.

The news of Flying Lotus’ latest cinematic venture arrives just as reports that composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is no longer involved in scoring Blade Runner 2049 surface. Flying Lotus’ film debut, Kuso, was released in June. Now the artist is embarking on a 3D show tour across North America this fall. So far, the only official footage of FlyLo’s involvement is a Japanese promotion clip for Blade Runner 2022, below.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson no longer scoring ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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According to a report in an Icelandic newspaper, the Blade Runner 2049 sequel is no longer being scored by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, who were both brought on to assist Jóhannsson on the film, are set to complete the music for Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sequel.

Reports began to surface in July that Jóhannsson’s role had been downsized, where Zimmer and Wallfisch had then reportedly picked up the musical duties. Now, it seems that all of Jóhannsson’s duties have been removed. Although, according to Pitchfork, Jóhannsson’s representatives stated, “Unfortunately, due to a legal non-disclosure agreement Jóhann signed, we’re not able to speak about this film at all.”

The original Blade Runner score, by Vangelis, fused electronic music and the film’s noirish sci-fi visuals creating, in turn, one of modern cinema’s most iconic numbers. The film’s replacement, Zimmer, has scored The Lion King, Inception, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight, alongside many other Hollywood-classics.

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Spotify and Hulu offer joint subscription service for students at just $4.99

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2017 has been loaded with legendary collabs. Now two of the worlds most in-demand outfits present a new kind of collaboration, a joint subscription between the leading streaming giant Spotify and the popular on-demand outfit Hulu. Priced at just $4.99 per month, “Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu,” is a significantly cheaper purchasing plan for the services, which currently stand at $9.99 and $7.99 per month, respectively.

But the subscription combo is likely to have an impact on the streaming industry as a whole, as both companies went so far as to say they’ll offer other bundles in the future that target the market at large, of course, details are still pending regarding those plans.

Subscribers who buy the bundle will still use the services individually. This isn’t an integration of the services per say, merely a convenience in pricing.

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This joint service marks the first time Spotify’s partnered with an on-demand streaming service. It arrives just as the company has been rethinking its existing role in the video market and as Spotify’s head of video and podcasts, Tom Calderone, left the company after Spotify’s pivot to video.

While Calderone was at the company, Spotify had been expanding its original video content, but following his departure, Spotify said it would focus on expanding its efforts on playlists.

In turn, Spotify’s pivoted to partnership. The service understands the difficulties that would come in trying to build its own service like Hulu’s and to compete with an original content market of that stature. Spotify x Hulu is available for students to cop now.

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Justice, Cashmere Cat, Gorillaz among nominees for 2017 Electronic Music Awards

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The Electronic Music Awards are coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21 for their inaugural awards show. Dubbed he EMAs, the co-produced event by Paul Oakenfold and Hunt & Crest has just released its 2017 nominations.

Winners will be chosen across 11 award categories, including “Record of the Year,” “Remix of the Year,” “Festival of the Year,” “Club of the Year,” and “Live Act of the Year.”

Among the artist nominees are The Chainsmokers, Tycho, Bonobo, REZZ, Mura Masa, Flume, ODESZA, and Eric Prydz. View the full list of nominees by category below.

Album of the Year:
Justice — Woman
The Chainsmokers — Memories…Do Not Open
Cashmere Cat — 9
Tycho — Epoch
Bonobo — Migration
Gorillaz — Humanz

Single of the Year:
· Skrillex & Rick Ross – “Purple Lamborghini”
· Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”
· The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
· DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
· Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter”
· Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared To Be Lonely”

Record of the Year:
· Kidnap Kid & Lane 8 – Aba
· Kölsch  – Grey
· Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)
· Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
· Rüfüs Du Sol – Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)

Remix of the Year:
· Flume – Say It (Illenium Remix)
· Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)
· Rüfüs Du Sol– Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)
· Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
· Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (NOTD Remix)
· Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)

Festival of the Year:
· EDC – Multiple Cities
· Tomorrowland – Boom
· Electric Forest – Rothbury
· Movement – Detroit
· Lightning In A Bottle – Bradley

Club of the Year:
· Berghain / Panorama Bar – Berlin
· DC-10 – Ibiza
· elrow – Barcelona
· Fabric – London
· Omnia – Las Vegas
· Output – New York
· XOYO – London
· XS – Las Vegas

Radio Show of the Year:
· Above & Beyond – Group Therapy
· Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents
· Claude VonStroke – The Birdhouse
· Danny Howard – BBC’s Radio 1 Dance Anthems
· Diplo – Diplo & Friends
· Liquid Todd – Beta BPM
· Nicole Moudaber – In The Mood
· Pasquale Rotella – Nightowl Radio
· Pete Tong – The Essential Selection

New Artist Of The Year:
· Alison Wonderland
· Kungs
· Marshmello
· Mura Masa
· Rezz
· San Holo

DJ of the Year:
· A-Trak
· The Black Madonna
· Claude VonStroke
· Diplo
· Eric Prydz

Live Act of the Year:
· Bob Moses
· Bonobo
· Eric Prydz
· Flume
· Porter Robinson x Madeon
· Rüfüs Du Sol

Producer of the Year:
· Cashmere Cat
· Hot Since 82
· ODESZA
· Sasha
· The Chainsmokers

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