Apple Nabs Ed Sheeran Documentary

By Creative Media Times

Murray Pictures

Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, new Ed Sheeran documentary “Songwriter” has been bought by Apple, Deadline is reporting.

The deal is said to be in the “low to mid-seven figures” which would involve global rights to the doc including release on Apple’s multiple platforms. No specific release date was announced.

The documentary is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City where it premiered in the US this week. This followed the world premiere at the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival last February.

According to initial reviews, the documentary is an intimate look at the hit-maker as he carve out his career including his writing and musical process during tours.

The film is directed by his Sheeran’s own cousin Murray Cummings, who is apparently video-documenting the musician’s career the past few years, from his beginnings as well as during his tours around the globe and recording sessions, leading up to the release of Sheeran’s third studio album “Divide.”

For the tech giant, the acquisition is another addition to its growing exclusive content which includes similar docs such as Taylor Swift’s 189 World Tour and a behind the scenes look at the production of Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma”.

Taron Egerton To Play Elton John

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The Welsh actor is going from Kingsman to Rocketman as the star is set to play Elton John in new biopic, Variety reports. “Rocketman” will be financed by Paramount Pictures with English actor and director Dexter Fletcher attached to direct.

The film will reportedly examine Elton John’s beginnings as a child prodigy, his rise to stardom and his partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin.

Fletcher recently directed Egerton in the 2016 biographical sports comedy-drama “Eddie the Eagle” which co-starred Hugh Jackman. “Rocketman” will be Fletcher’s second consecutive film about a legendary pop musician after replacing Bryan Singer as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Egerton seem like a good fit for the role. He recently lent his voice to Illumination Entertainment’s musical comedy “Sing” (2016), where he sang some of his character’s tunes including Elton John’s own classic hit “I’m Still Standing.” He also performed on the soundtrack of “Eddie the Eagle”.

Egerton will next be seen in this November’s action-adventure “Robin Hood” playing the titular role opposite Jamie Foxx.

As for the film’s subject, Elton John is set to begin his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, a three-year farewell tour that begins this September and will being him around the world.

Swedish Musician Avicii Dead At 28

By Creative Media Times

Avicii Management

Grammy-nominated musician, DJ, and record producer was found dead in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. His publicist Diana Baron confirmed in a statement to Billboard. A cause of death has not been released.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Born Tim Bergling, Avicii is one of the most popular EDM acts in the world. He was twice nominated for a Grammy Award, first in 2012 for “Sunshine” with David Guetta, and another in 2013 song “Levels”. He has also been nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

In summer of 2013, the superstar DJ released “Wake Me Up” as the lead single from his highly anticipated and debut album “True”. The track would become one of Avicii’s biggest global hit, reaching number one in 22 countries and number 4 on Billboard Hot 100.

On 29 March, Avicci announced via his website that he is retiring from touring and live performance which culminated in Ibiza later that year. “I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist. I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it,” Avicii wrote.

In spite of that announcement, Avicci continued to release new music including his latest EP, Avīci (01) which was released on August 2017 though Avicii Music. The EP hit the top 3 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums and was to become his last release.

Kelly Clarkson Set To Host 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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Fresh off her performance this past Sunday night at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to host this year’s Billboard Music Awards, airing for the first time on NBC, Billboard announced. This is also the first for the “Stronger” singer to host an awards show.

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today. Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

“To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan,” Clarkson said about the announcement.

Clarkson is currently one of the coach judges on NBC’s own “The Voice.” She recently released her latest album, “Meaning of Life,” last October, from Atlantic Records.

NBC is set to air the ceremony live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar Lead 2018 Billboard Music Awards Noms

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courtesy of Billboard.com

With the announcement of the list of the nominees, Billboard Music Awards 2018 is set to be another big event full of great music and the biggest names in music. Leading the pack were Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars with 15 nods each, including for Top Artist.

Its certainly a big week for Lamar, who on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize for his album “Damn.,” marking the first time that the music award has been bestowed to a non-classical or jazz artist in the organization’s history.

The past year has also been a big year for Sheeran, who was Billboard’s top 2017 artist and his hit single “Shape of You” the topping the year-end list.

Also receiving multiple nods were Post Malone, Imagine Dragons, Drake, Cardi B and Justin Bieber.

Khalid and Bebe Rexha announced the nominees on the Today show, Tuesday, April 17. Winners will be announced during a live broadcast of the ceremony on NBC on May 20, featuring performances from top music artists that are yet to be revealed.

Here is the full list of nominees:

TOP ARTIST
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone

TOP NEW ARTIST
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

To see the full list of nominees, go to Billboard.com.

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2018 ACM Awards Winners List

By Creative Media Times

Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert were the top winners at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards held Sunday night which aired live at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and and hosted by Reba McEntire.

Stapleton took home Male Vocalist of the Year, marking the second time he has won the award. Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year for the night consecutive year, also making her the most awarded in ACM Awards history.

Jason Aldean was also a big winner, taking home the top prize Entertainer of the Year. “It’s been a rough year. Thanks to everyone who reached out and showed love and support to us, it meant a lot to us. To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my hearts always, love you guys. And we love Las Vegas, Vegas strong. Thank you,” Aldean said on stage.

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean

Male vocalist of the year: Chris Stapleton

Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert

Single record of the year: “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt

Video of the year: “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne
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Pink Flubs Lyrics During A Concert

So what…she’s always gonna be a Rockstar!

By Michelle Bordage

Here’s the scoop all. It all went down at Madison Square Garden on April 4th 2018. Singer/songwriter Pink, now 38 years old, was in the middle of her hit song “Who Knew” (2006) and forgot the lyrics to the second verse! Talk about embarrassing!

A lot of mega-superstars would of froze, not Pink though. She is such a professional (as well as a very real person), that she literally laughed it off, told her fans: “I forgot the words. S&*^! So what!”. After a good laugh between herself and her fans, like the champion vocalist she is, jumped right into the chorus of So What and finished the song. You can only imagine how the crowd went wild!

This is not the very first time that this not 1, 2, but 3-time Grammy winner Pink, (Alecia Beth Moore), has had a blank moment, in (2017) at the Britain’s V Festival, she again forgot the lyrics in a second verse to her then (new) song “What about us”.

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First Look At “Whitney” Documentary

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A new Whitney Houston documentary is on the way, offering a behind-the-scenes look the singer’s life and career.

Produced by her own sister-in-law Patricia Houston, the biopic features personal video camera recordings and never-before-seen private family footage, and is said to be the first documentary approved by Houston’s estate.

The new movie also feature original performances, previously unreleased demo recordings, and audio archive throughout the singer’s career.

Whitney rose to fame in the in 80s with multiple pop hits that topped the charts, eventually becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She later made her big screen debut in the highly successful The Bodyguard (1992). Whitney tragically died in 2012.

Directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland), “Whitney” is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.

Review: Leon Bridges Serves Jazz Soul In Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand and Bad Bad News

By Niy Birden

Columbia

There’s a certain magical occurrence that happens when soul and jazz is formed. Something almost more magical than R&B itself. And Leon Bridges certainly knows that.

It is safe to say that Leon Bridges won’t be abandoning the genres for a while-in fact at this point it almost seems as if he is set out to master it. Not only was his debut album a cornucopia of early R&B that shaped American music’s history, but his original compositions within it were written in such a way that would make one wonder if they were instead covers of actual songs done before his time.

It would be hard to say that he is in the top list of mainstream R&B artists right now, but only due to the fact that his sound is so authentically vintage that it doesn’t necessarily par up to the modern techniques of musicians on the charts currently. But he isn’t so far-off with his sound that he is an oddity or unworthy of the same praise. He’s simply in his own carefully-crafted lane. And this lane is becoming even more intriguing recently.

Leon first burst onto the scene with his nostalgia-infused debut Coming Home, which spanned a few hits such as “Lisa Sawyer”, the title track itself, and “River”, which was accompanied with a political and sentimental nod to religion. His noticeable adornment and affiliation with Motown-everything gave him a special place in the industry. Oddly enough, Leon- who was born Todd Michael “Leon” Bridges in Texas, was studying to be a dancer. But a chance with a friend in possession of a guitar and a few gigs created the triple-threat we have come to know.
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Music Sales: Physical Beat Digital According To Latest Report

By Jorell Zapanta

For the first time since 2011, digital music downloads were outsold by physical sales by the end of 2017, according to a recently published report from The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

While the difference is relatively little in terms of percentage (physical sales were 17%, while digital downloads were 15% of the market share), that is still surprising, given the consumer market’s increasing propensity towards purchasing digital content in all forms of entertainment.

Video games, for example, have shown a trend in recent years towards a decrease in physical purchases and an increase in digital purchases. Here are the market share percentages for physical and digital copies of video game purchases from 2009 to 2016 according to Statista:
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