Monthly Archives: October 2014

This Hot Neon Art Wants You to #EmbraceYourPower and #GoVote !


Get your vote on and glow with this artful call to action.  “Embrace Your Power is a neon artwork created and then positioned and documented around Los Angeles. This is no regular message used in politics to get people to vote. It also shows the beauty of Los Angeles’ ‘sleeping giant’ communities. See the photos around LA and 2 of the 12 videos featuring the neon art sign below, one featuring Season 12 American Idol winner Candice Glover.

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The art and photo essay are designed to support “Embrace Your Power”, a student-led effort to get more young people to affect social change through political engagement sponsored by SEIU California. Produced by LA-based Big Bowl of Ideas, it was a collaboration with Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez and fashion photographer Colin Young-Wolff on behalf of a group of non-profit, community-based organizations.

“To get people to vote — especially young people — it was really clear that it needed a dynamic visual presence. Something that was non-traditional in terms of normal political communications,” said one of the organizers.

A twist on the neon Palm Reader signs we often see somewhere, the is a subtle, streetwise message behind it is “Make your own future, by voting.” The work was then placed in locations against places that represented either the diverse communities of LA or the issues impacting them – like clinics and schools and libraries — that require their political engagement in order to thrive. Its like the sign is talking to the people.

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Wanna vote? Don’t know where? Click here for the #GoVote website and find your polling place.





11/21: Annual Alternative Funding Forum | Los Angeles

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IN ONE DAY ONLYMeet world-class fundraising experts, leading entrepreneurs, innovators, crowdfunders, angel investors, venture capitalists, bankers and lenders and learn how to navigate through the alternative yet most realistic options to raise capital for your new venture/project given the current market trends and regulations.

LOGISTICS: The exclusive event is set to be on Friday NOVEMBER 21 2014, from 8am to 6pmat LA’s iconic Century Plaza Hotel. 

REGISTRATIONEARLY BIRD RATE is available until October 31 2014: follow the link Act fast as our past events were sold out. 

THIS IS OUR 3rd ANUAL FORUM: Don’t miss a chance to acquire priceless knowledge & the most up to date information needed to raise capital and become an important part of the most progressive and influential community! 

SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 21 2014, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles

“A truly unique top-class, top quality event uniting front-runners of the fundraising industry deeply committed to the creation of new businesses” – Sandro Monetti, BBC, author, TV host and BAFTA director


• What every investor looks for and how to increase your “fundability”
• The best kept secret: how to attract foreign investors for your venture or project via EB-5 capital program (learn from a company founder who raised over $2 million) 
• How to win over a crowd on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other  rewards-based crowdfunding platforms (war stories from entrepreneurs and crowdfunders who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars)
• How to get easy access to accredited investors and raise equity online
• How you can legally advertise your investment offer in social media and other public domains (JOBS act)
• How to receive a business grant or business loan and when debt is better than equity
• How to succeed in getting the attention of venture capitalists – and why you might not need it (confessions of venture capitalists)
• Crypto-crowdfunding: is there a future for digital currency and how to use Bitcoin to fund your startup (learn from a company founder)  
• Potential landmines of raising equity: legal and financial reporting requirements, valuation, cost and disclosure issues
THE FORMAT of the forum is highly interactive, fat -free and fast paced – there are no self-promotional pitches or sleep-inducing presentations; please have your questions ready. 
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Many thanks to our SPONSORS for supporting us in making a difference!

Support Movember with adidas

Get ready to grow a mustache during the month formerly known as November. Movember challenges men to start clean-shaven on Movember 1st and grow just a moustache for 30 days to change the face of men’s health. adidas is partnering with the Movember Foundation to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. 
This year, adidas has designed a line of Movember graphic tees for any Movember teams across the country looking for additional ways to support the cause. A portion of the proceeds generated from these tees will go back to the Movember Foundation. Check out the entire adidas Movember collection, which also includes city-specific designs. The designs above are just a couple of the tees available.


RSVP: Exclusive GRAMMY U Off The Record with Herbie Hancock in Conversation with Flying Lotus

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This EXCLUSIVE live Google + Hangout On Air will showcase Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, the long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians and composers of our time. Possibilities reflects on a thriving career that has spanned more than seven decades as a musician, composer, professor, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, father, husband and innovator.

Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music.  In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.  An enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, his ongoing exploration of different musical genres has garnered him fourteen GRAMMY® Awards as well as an Academy Award. 

Producer/musician Flying Lotus will moderate the conversation in which GRAMMY U® members will have the chance to hear about Herbie’s beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. We welcome you to join the and hear the method behind Hancock’s undeniable musical genius.

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Goapele “Strong as Glass” 14 City Tour | Fall 2014

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Pre-Order for “Strong As Glass” Available NOW on iTunes


Remix to “Hey Boy” Featuring Snoop Dogg also available on iTunes today


NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 24, 2014) – Soul, R&B singer/songwriter Goapele announces a 14-city tour kicking off at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY on November 7th and wrapping at The Loft in Atlanta, GA on December 14th.  The tour is in support of the upcoming release of her fourth studio album, “Strong As Glass,” which is available for pre-order on iTunes now. In addition, the remix to her first official single “Hey Boy” Produced by Keith Harris and featuring Snoop Dogg premiered on VIBE last week and is now available for purchase on iTunes.

“We dare you not to break into the Shmoney Dance after hearing the Snoop Dogg-featured remix to her new single, “Hey Boy.” – VIBE

“Every album I push myself to a new level, and this time, I wanted each song to feel strong and even the production sounds bigger, while lyrically it’s still intimate,” explains Goapele. “I worked with producers and songwriters who pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, and really sing out, as if I were doing a live show. I want this album to reach into people’s hearts, make them feel something, make them dance, and inspire them to take risks.”

Being released on BMG Primary Wave / Skyblaze Recordings, “Strong As Glass” will be Goapele’s fourth studio album. She worked closely with executive producer Keith Harris, who helped push the songstress creatively, which you hear throughout the dynamic project. She also worked with R&B veteran Eric Benet and producer Demonte Posey to finish this genre-bending record. There are upbeat tracks mixed with powerful ballads, hard-hitting drums, classic Goapele vocals and even a duet with one of R&B’s top artists.

Goapele’s new album “Strong As Glass” will follow her debut album “Even Closer” (2001), which peaked at #24 on the Billboard Charts for Top Independent Albums; sophomore album “Change It All” (2005), which peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and #2 on Top Heatseekers; and her 3rd album “Break of Dawn” (2009). Over her career, she was also named the #5 artist to watch in the July 2003 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, made the countdown on MTV’s Top 10 Artists to Watch, and collaborated with ALDO Shoes’ advertisement campaign in its fight against HIV/AIDS, which featured artists such as Avril Lavigne, Charlize Theron, Pink,Ziggy Marley, and Kelly Rowland. Extending her reach further into fashion and film, Goapele was also named an Ambassador for the popular clothing brand UNIQLO and became one of the faces of their 2012 ad campaign. Additionally, she was featured in Ava DuVernay’s short film “The Door,” which the Italian fashion house MIU MIU released surrounding the debut of their 2013 Spring Collection, and also starred Gabrielle Union.


2014 Strong As Glass Tour Dates:

Nov. 7 Highline Ballroom New York, NY

Nov. 8 World Café Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 9 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA

Nov. 18 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA

Nov. 20 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA

Nov. 21 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA

Nov. 22 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA

Nov. 23 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA

Dec. 3 The Triple Door Seattle, WA

Dec. 4 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

Dec. 5 Harlows Sacramento, CA

Dec. 6 The Catalyst Club Santa Cruz, CA

Dec. 9 The Hoxton Toronto, ON

Dec. 10 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL

Dec. 12 Motorco Music Hall Durham, NC

Dec. 13 The Chop Shop Charlotte, NC

Dec. 14 The Loft Atlanta, GA

Tickets for all 14 cities are also ON SALE NOW! For more information or to purchase your tickets please visit Goapele’s official website,





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CMJ Partners with Fresh Rights to Announce A New CMJ YouTube Multi-Channel Network


NYC-based CMJ, a 34-year industry leader in emerging independent artists, announces today that it is launching a YouTube Multichannel Network powered by New York-based Fresh Rights LLC. CMJ looks to capitalize on the rapid growth in YouTube Multichannel Networks and to use YouTube as a way to refresh their digital brand offering and increase year round coverage of the best new independent artists. With CMJ Music Marathon 2014 just around the corner, Fresh Rights will help its partnering artists collect on any uses of their content uploaded to YouTube during Music Marathon. In particular, Fresh Rights will help artists claim cellphone recordings of their performances, which for emerging artists can be a major source  of revenue not typically monetized. CMJ also looks to create a recurring CMJ session series which will feature live performances of the best artists to come out of this year’s Music Marathon.

CMJ Looks to YouTube to Help CMJ Artists Make Money - With a new direction and a new team, CMJ is eager to amplify and channel the magic that helped it launch the careers of bands like Eminem, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Green Day, and countless others. “There is a legacy of greatness with CMJ performers.  Fresh Rights looks to help CMJ take advantage of that in a way not done before and help the artists make serious money while getting them exposure through YouTube,” said Michael Galluppo, CEO of Fresh Rights. “Artists’ live performances and recorded content are constantly being uploaded to YouTube with no money getting back to them for its use. By claiming that content on behalf of the artists and getting them paid for its use, Fresh Rights makes sure that artists are in a place to continue making music while allowing users to share and distribute their music for free.  That’s just where it starts, as  there is so much more you can do with a network of this much talent. We couldn’t be more excited to be connected with CMJ,” says Galluppo.

Artists that join the MCN will also be able to leverage CMJ’s reach amongst consumers to help drive additional views of their videos.  “Our partnership with Fresh Rights allows us to build relationships with artists way beyond the conference and is a big part of our digital strategy going forward,” said Matt McDonald, SVP of Artists & Events at CMJ.

Fresh Rights will be creating a CMJ YouTube MCN[DK1]  this year that will take the best talent of CMJ Music Marathon 2014 and showcase them on the CMJ YouTube channel. An MCN is basically a grouping of YouTube pages that act as a network allowing you to showcase any of the content on those channels on one YouTube page. This network will look to showcase the best unsigned artists. It will also protect the use of these artists’ content helping them monetize their music on the internet.

About CMJ:

CMJ connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media and live events. offers a digital music discovery service, information, resources and community to new music fans, professionals and artists. CMJ produces the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, in addition to live events across the US. The weekly music business trade publication CMJ New Music Report is the primary source for exclusive charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay. CMJ Access is an integrated marketing agency specializing in providing its clients unparalleled access to the college and young adult demographic and emerging music world.


About Fresh Rights:

Fresh Rights is a YouTube Certified company, one of less than 100 in the United States authorized to officially represent and administer content for rights holders and content owners. By being a certified partner, Fresh Rights is able to use the YouTube Spaces (studios) in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo to harbor new content and promote further creation.  As well, Fresh Rights is one of the first to receive beta tools that allow us to better serve our content partners by enhanced content usage detections, claiming tools, enhanced reporting, and a variety of other features that allow us to better monetize and protect the uses of your content while widening its exposure.  Fresh Rights is an official partner of the CMJ Music Marathon festival held annually in New York City and represents more than 80 professional recording artists.  Fresh Rights will be holding a showcase featuring Caleb Hawley and Not Blood Paint on opening night of the CMJ Music Marathon at the newly opened Livingroom in Brooklyn at 134 Metropolitan Ave. Please email for more info. 

Blue Note Records Signs UK Jazz Artist Jamie Cullum







October 8, 2014 - New York, NY – Blue Note Records is the new U.S. home of Jamie Cullum, the best-selling jazz artist in U.K. history. The label will release InterludeCullum’s seventh studio album, in the States on January 27, 2015. The album marks a shift to straight-ahead jazz and a return to interpretation from an artist who has made a habit of bending genres, writing original material and bringing new sounds and new listeners to the music.

“To get where you want to go, sometimes you have to go back to where it all started,” explains Cullum. “Interlude is a celebration of my love of jazz that I get to revisit every week on my radio show. Through it, I have connected with some of the most talented musicians on the scene. This is a collaboration with them. Recorded in the original way – live, in one large room, straight to analogue tape, in single takes.”

Together with producer Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77, Cullum selected a number of jewels from the American songbook, including the title track, which was penned by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli, added a couple of modern surprises (Sufjan Steven’s “The Seer’s Tower” and Randy Newman’s “Losing You”) and invited special guests Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula into the studio for a pair of duets. Both artists got their first plays on radio on Cullum’s award-winning show, which airs on BBC Radio 2 in the U.K. and is the most listened to jazz broadcast in all of Europe.

Jamie talks about the making of Interlude in the album trailer, which gives fans a look behind the scenes and a first listen to many of its songs. The album pre-order has launched on iTunes. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive the first single, “Good Morning Heartache,” which features Laura Mvula. Originally cut by Billie Holiday in 1946, the song had never before been recorded as a duet.

“Laura, of course, absolutely nails it. She has a truly unique voice,” observes Cullum.

“‘Good Morning Heartache’ is that beautiful thing of melancholy/joy that I love so much,” says Mvula. “I can’t believe Jamie invited me to record it with him for Interlude. This album is everything and my friend Jamie is sublime and masterful as ever.”

Cullum pairs up with Gregory Porter on another classic song that had never been done as a duet, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” It is perhaps an unusual choice for a duet, but Jamie came up with the perfect scenario. “Imagine it’s two guys fighting over a girl and they’re each kind of stating their case,” he told Porter. While perhaps most associate the song with The Animals, who had a transatlantic hit with it, Cullum and Porter take inspiration from Nina Simone’s original recording of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

Jamie found a kindred spirit in producer Ben Lamdin, the guiding force behind the collective of musicians known as Nostalgia 77. Lamdin appeared on Cullum’s radio show and the two hit it off so well they decided to collaborate.

“We both grew up listening widely, from rock, drum n’ bass to hip hop and discovered jazz through acts like DJ Shadow and A Tribe Called Quest,” says Cullum, who has recently appeared on albums by Labrinth, Birdy and alternative hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030. “Loving jazz the way it used to sound and fascinated by the way it used to be recorded Ben set to work in this amazing analogue studio behind a fish market in North London. Surrounding himself with like-minded musicians he’s been going in there and making these fantastic records for about 10 years. I have been a fan since day one.”

Cullum has been spending time in New York City recently, where he debuted Interlude in its entirety during a pair of intimate shows at The Blue Note Jazz Club. He supported Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden last week.

Jamie self-released his first album, Heard It All Before, in 1999, while he was still studying at the University of Reading. Pointless Nostalgic (2002), released by legendary indie jazz label Candid Records, was certified Gold in the U.K. It was followed by Cullum’s breakthrough major label debut, Twentysomething, which climbed into the Top 5 in the U.K., where it was subsequently certified triple Platinum. Cullum recorded two songs for the Meet the Robinsonssoundtrack and was nominated for a Golden Globe® for “Best Original Song” for “Gran Torino,” which he co-wrote for the 2008 Clint Eastwood film of the same name. Interlude is the follow-up to Cullum’s 2013 album Momentum, which he recorded with producers Dan the Automator and Jim Abbiss.

Interlude - Track Listing

1. Interlude
2. Don’t You Know
3. The Seer’s Tower
4. Walkin’
5. Good Morning Heartache feat. Laura Mvula
6. Sack O’ Woe
7. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood feat. Gregory Porter
8. My One And Only Love
9. Lovesick Blues
10. Losing You
11. Out Of This World
12. Make Someone Happy
13. Come And Get Me
14. Lullaby Of The Leaves
15. Come Rain Or Come Shine

Jamie Cullum Photo Credit: McVirn Etienne

‘Netflix for Concerts’ Jukely Introduces Unlimited Free Concerts for Just $25 Per Month

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Leading social music app helps consumers discover new music and enjoy more concerts with friends through simple subscription service

New York, NY – October 8, 2014 – Jukely (, a social concert discovery and recommendation service, today announced the launch of its innovative new feature, Jukely Unlimited, which offers users a monthly subscription service to attend unlimited concerts in their area for just $25 per month. Opening first in New York, users can sign up now to be one of the first people to get access to this incredible new service.


Jukely, which is funded by key investors from Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud and more, creates unique concert opportunities for users by learning what music they love and sharing new, similar concerts in their area with them and their friends. Expanding upon its popular services, Jukely Unlimited enables subscribers to attend as many concerts per month as they would like from participating venues and promoters in Jukely’s popular network. Jukely will not impose any limits to the number of times subscribers can attend concerts, and attendance will only be limited by availability. As new shows become available in a user’s area, Jukely sends a notice of the show and subscribers are able to RSVP directly online to the ones they wish to attend.


“We created Jukely to make it easier for music fans around the world to discover and enjoy new live music, and with Jukely Unlimitedwe couldn’t be more excited to take this to the next level by offering unlimited concerts in your area,” said Jukely Co-Founder Bora Celik. “Jukely Unlimited couldn’t be easier to use – it even does the planning on its own and presents subscribers with the option to attend a broad range of shows!”


Jukely Unlimited is currently available with 17 venues in New York, with more venues and cities being added soon. This expansion is made possible through the closing of a new $2.4 Million funding round led by early Spotify investors, Northzone, and former Warner Music executive Alex Zubillaga’s fund, 14W. Combined with expansions on previous funding, this brings Jukely’s totally seed funding to $3.3 Million.


To learn more about Jukely Unlimited, and to sign up for the service today, please visit


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About Jukely

Jukely tracks location aware music taste data across 27 million people, who are Jukely users and their friends. Using this data, it enables concert promoters and venues to increase traffic to their events via its “personalized concert and friend recommendations technology.” Jukely was one of 11 companies out of 1,700 applicants to be accepted into the Techstars NYC 2013 accelerator.


Jukely is co-founded by Andrew Cornett and Bora Celik. Celik, an engineer and concert promoter, put together close to 100 shows including top acts such as Tiesto and Kaskade. Cornett has been instrumental in designing and building Kickstarter as one of its first employees.

NAS to Exec Produce BISHOP NEHRU’S Forthcoming Solo Album


With the impending release of Bishop Nehru’s collaboration with Doom, NehruvianDoom, coming tomorrow the 18-year-old Bishop Nehru is already on to the next having inked a deal for his next album with legendary New York rapper Nas. Coming in 2015, the album will be released via Mass Appeal and will feature Nas and a variety of high-profile artists and producers. There has been much stipulation on the project ever since Nas brought him out on the Mass Appeal stage at last year’s SXSW announcing to the world that Bishop is “the future of music” a cosign that does not come every day. Stay tuned for more details.


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First Release to be 20th Anniversary Album, A Better Tomorrow, Available December 2nd

BURBANK, CA – October 3, 2014: Warner Bros. Records (WBR) today announced that it has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. As a group, Wu-Tang has sold over 6.5 million records in the US, while they’ve sold nearly 40 million records worldwide, including individual members’ album sales as well as group sales collectively. The group’s first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2nd.

Wu-Tang Clan said, “Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., ‘we’re getting Bugs Bunny money.’”

Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records, told Billboard, “Wu-Tang Clan is responsible for creating a deep discography of iconic rap music, spawning incredibly successful careers for each of the group’s individual members, and launching Wu-Tang into a full-fledged brand beyond their music. Two decades on, they remain a major force in hip hop. I speak for everyone on our team when I say how thrilled we are to be the new home for one of hip hop’s most influential groups. This is an exciting day in the history of Warner Bros. Records, and we can’t wait to contribute to the next phase of their careers.”

Over the course of their career, the group has released five studio albums and 19 compilation albums. Each of their first three albums– Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Forever and The W-have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with Wu-Tang Forever having debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Emerging in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-’90s. Turning the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs. Instead of releasing one album after another, the idea was to establish the Wu-Tang as a force with their debut album and then spin off into as many side projects as possible. In the process, the members all became individual stars.

About Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Its reputation and extraordinary roster of new and established recording artists is unparalleled, and its collective influence on pop culture is without precedent. With a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent, the Warner Bros. Records family of labels is currently home to an impressive generation of major artists. The Warner Bros. roster includes Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Avenged Sevenfold, The Black Keys, Michael Bublé, Gary Clark Jr., Biffy Clyro, Jason Derulo, The Flaming Lips, Foals, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Josh Groban, Jenny Lewis, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Kylie Minogue, Muse, Nico & Vinz, Robert Plant, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damien Rice, Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, and many others. Up-and-coming artists include Bebe Rexha, Big Data, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Death from Above 1979, Echosmith, JEFF The Brotherhood, Kimbra, Lianne La Havas, LP, Jake Miller, Priory, Royal Blood, and Wavves. The rich and diversified catalog on the Warner Bros. family of labels includes recordings by Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks, Madonna, Randy Newman, the Ramones, Talking Heads, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Van Halen and others.