Monthly Archives: January 2016

Interactive One + Toyota launch “Music In Motion” ft. Jay Electronica & Doug E. Fresh

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Series Titled “Music in Motion” features Jay Electronica and Doug E. Fresh


NEW YORK — JANUARY 27, 2016 — Interactive One (iOne), the fastest growing and definitive digital platform for African American, and Millennial audiences, today announced the launch of “Music in Motion,” an innovative digital content series for Toyota Avalon that centers on creating your own unconventional destiny as shown through the intersection of art and music. The series will be anchored on TheUrbanDaily and promoted across iOne properties, including GlobalGrind and HelloBeautiful. Additionally, the content will be promoted on iOne social channels to easily enable influencers to share it across their social networks.


The series celebrates the spirit of the “rule breaker” who purposely chooses the path less traveled and rarely shies away from a challenge. Rule breakers define our culture and contribute to the world in ways most could never imagine.


“We are thrilled to announce this new series for Toyota Avalon and excited to celebrate those who have taken a different path and found monumental success in the areas of music and art,” said Detavio Samuels, President of Interactive One. “We pride ourselves on being able to put brands at the epicenter of culture and that’s exactly what this series does—utilizing Toyota’s commitment to innovation to inspire content around some of today’s most innovative rule breakers.  We partnered with William Moore, Media Planning Supervisor and Julie Atwell, Creative Director on Toyota at Burrell to bring these concepts to life for the Toyota Avalon.”


“Music in Motion” features non-conformists NOLA hip hop artist and record producer, Jay Electronica, and rapper, record producer and beat boxer, Doug E. Fresh (aka the Human Beat Box), who both have found success in following their passions and not the crowd.   The custom vignettes pair the musicians with edgy, eccentric artists. In the first installment Jay is writing and performing music in a white jumpsuit as concept artist Justin Kaufmann (JustinK) draws on his urban-art ethos splashing paint all over the speakers and showing how paint reacts to vibrations to create a modern work of art. Doug is gets a portrait done while holding a microphone as artist Erika Iri5 Simmons, known for using experimental materials, demonstrates how unconventional methods can create something to be revered.  The Toyota Avalon is seamlessly integrated as a choice to enhance the road less traveled.


The Music in Motion  videos can be found here:  All content was produced by OneX – the branded content studio recently launched by iOne parent company Radio One, Inc.




About Interactive One


Interactive One is the fastest growing and definitive digital platform for African American, Multiracial and Millennial audiences, reaching millions each month through its suite of online, mobile, social and content offerings. It owns and operates a number of branded destinations, including GlobalGrind (Millennials), HelloBeautiful (Women), News One (Affluent) and TheUrbanDaily (Men) – as well as digital destinations for dozens of local radio stations. Interactive One was launched in 2008 by Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK,] to complement its existing portfolio of media companies targeting Black Americans. Since then, its news, entertainment, video and lifestyle content has driven its growth, with Interactive One reaching 30 million unique monthly visitors as of January 2015 (up 138 percent from the prior year).  For more information, visit

Grammy Award-Winner & Activist Angélique Kidjo Joins “21st Century” as New Anchor

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UN-TV5MONDE Co-produced Series will again Tackle World Issues Via Human Interest Stories

a half-hour, award-winning, monthly magazine series produced by United Nations Television has named two-time Grammy winner and activist Angélique Kidjo as its new anchor for its French version.  Produced in partnership with TV5MONDE since 2012, the fifth season of 21ème Siècle helmed by Ms. Kidjo begins production in New York later this month.  The show will also receive a new overall look including a revamped graphics package.

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Throughout its run, 21ème Siècle has placed a spotlight on the world’s most significant issues, many of them vastly under-reported by other media. Framing these issues, each episode utilizes character-driven, human interest narratives to explain the meaning of these stories and their impact on the world and our lives today.  21ème Siècle travels to all corners of the globe, benefitting from UNTV’s often unique access to stories and people in the field, highlighting forgotten humanitarian crises, human rights, climate change, immigration and refugees, life-saving cooperation between nationals from warring countries, the untold story of people leaving terror groups, medical breakthroughs, struggles of former slaves, and much more.

Remarked UNTV’s Executive Producer, Gill Fickling, “Ms. Kidjo’s international stature, her star appeal across cultural and linguistic borders, will bring new audiences to the series as well as increased awareness of the issues on which 21ème Siècle focuses.”  Fickling added, “Her dedicated advocacy for the education of young girls in the developing world and her African origins add to the show’s international credibility. She will help amplify the urgency of tackling the challenges on the UN’s agenda.”


Noted TV5MONDE General Manager Yves Bigot, “Angélique Kidjo’s dedication to Human Rights and the economical development of Africans, particularly women, her stupendous energy, as well as her high profile celebrity in America and in Europe as well as in Africa and the whole French-speaking countries, will raise the bar and the reach for 21ème siècle. She’s been my friend for years and we are very excited at TV5Monde to have her host the show, and to continue to air this powerful and very insightful every month around the world via our special partnership with the UN.


UNTV and TV5MONDE also announced the topics to be covered as part of the first two episodes of 21ème Siècle’snew season:


During the 70s and 80s, many Latin American governments waged war on their own people – disappearing, torturing and killing at will.  For the first time ever, due in part to UN initiatives, states began to be held accountable for their crimes – and they still are.

In Europe it’s the biggest movement of people since World War II. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing war, hardship and persecution. Many end up in Italian detention centers.

Becoming a mother when you’re little more than a child yourself can ruin your life.  While the number of teenagers getting pregnant around the world has fallen, in one region it’s on the rise.  Here’s our story from the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic.


In Brazil, descendants of slaves have lived for centuries on land occupied by their ancestors.  But in recent years their right to the land has been challenged. Here’s our story…
Climate change, pollution and melting glaciers. What can one individual do?  Filmmaker Abbie Barnes’ story – in her own words.

Ms. Kidjo is widely considered one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name. Time has called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.Forbes has ranked Angelique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers.  Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.


Her newest album, Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records), is an historic work blending European classical music traditions and the powerful rhythmic excitement of the sounds of her native land.


Ms. Kidjo travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. She created her own foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa. She is also a published author and in January 2014 released her memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins).


About UNTV

United Nations Television has been a part of the UN’s Department of Public Information for decades, producing documentary films and news coverage to inform audiences around the world on issues that affect us all.   A small team of multilingual producers travels to all corners of the globe gathering material for feature stories, two or three of which make up an episode of “21eme Siecle” (also produced in English, Chinese and Arabic).  The features are adapted to French and post-produced by a skilled team of producers and editors.  The narrations, voice overs and anchor-segments are recorded in UNTV’s NY-based studio.


United Nations Television has garnered many international awards, including an Oscar and an Emmy-nomination amongst many others.



TV5MONDE is the global French-language entertainment network, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to more than 297 million households in 200 countries worldwide, making it the leading French-language entertainment television network in the world in terms of subscribers.  In the United States, TV5MONDE USA is seen throughout the nation on cable systems belonging to Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and more.  The channel’s U.S. headquarters are based in Los Angeles.


TV5MONDE offers several French language services in the U.S. including TV5MONDE, USA, the French language entertainment network that focuses on programming including films and sports, TiVi5MONDE Kids, the 24/7 French language children’s network, and TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, the On Demand French language film service.


TV5MONDE is a network comprised of 12 different channels serving the USA, Latin America, Europe, France / Belgium / Switzerland, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Pacific and one serving Canada, TV5 Québec Canada. To find channel information and more information about TV5MONDE USA and its programming, please visit:

Don’t miss Cube and Kev in RIDE ALONG 2


Don’t miss Cube and Kev in RIDE ALONG 2 in theatres nationwide!


Rookie lawman Ben Barber aspires to become a detective like James Payton, his future brother-in-law. James reluctantly takes Ben to Miami to follow up on a lead that’s connected to a drug ring. The case brings them to a homicide detective and a computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a respected businessman. It’s now up to James and Ben to prove that charismatic executive Antonio Pope is actually a violent crime lord who rules southern Florida’s drug trade.


Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, and Sherri Shepherd

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Red Bull Music Academy 2016 Heads To Montreal


The Red Bull Music Academy will host its next month-long music workshop and festival series in Montreal in autumn of 2016. This will be the Academy’s 18th edition and first full return to Canada since Toronto hosted it in 2007. Applications for the Red Bull Music Academy will open globally on January 18, 2016 and close March 7, 2016.

A global institution committed to fostering creativity in music, the Red Bull Music Academy has touched down in a different host city every year since 1998, bringing together a mindfully selected group of producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists and DJs from around the world. They attend intimate lecture sessions with pioneering figures of the music world, and collaborate on music with them and with each other in a state-of-the-art studio environment. By night, the Academy presents a month-long festival of curated signature concerts and parties held in the city’s cult venues, cultural institutions, and off-the-radar spaces, each showcasing a different element of the host city’s unique musical and cultural identity.

Exchange between genres and generations has always been central to programming, and former lecturers and performers have included everyone from Bob Moog, Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Steve Reich and Kim Gordon to Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, MF DOOM, Richie Hawtin, Tony Allen, Q-Tip, Sly & Robbie, Chuck D, M.I.A., James Murphy, and Moodymann. Many Academy alumni have gone on to become leading forces in their fields, among them Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Nina Kraviz, Evian Christ, Mumdance, Natalia Lafourcade, Jamie Woon, Katy B and Jackmaster.


The city of Montreal has been at the epicenter of Canadian artistic experimentalism for decades. With a rich history rooted in disco, jazz, folk, hip hop and techno, Montreal is celebrated as a breeding ground for developing and sustaining the sounds of influential artists like Oscar Peterson, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Arcade Fire. Its multilingual makeup and multicultural vitality supports a thriving art scene, leading-edge contributions in video game design and animation, and some of the finest filmmakers in the world. The city’s unique architecture and diverse industrial landscape lends itself to many different forms of creativity and self-expression. A sprawling multitude of festivals, exhibitions, community gatherings and distinct neighborhoods have long cultivated and celebrated the city’s thirst for expression and experimentation — and the Red Bull Music Academy team is proud to add its own curatorial voice to the choir.


The Red Bull Music Academy makes its first full return to Canada since the 2007 edition in Toronto. Over the past nine years, the Academy has taken on various shapes and sizes throughout the country. Through two annual Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp programs in Montreal since 2014 (a weekend-long regional Academy edition), it has enabled dozens of Canadian artists to work alongside global music legends over extended weekend-long programs. More than 15 lectures and workshops have taken place across the country, alongside over 25 Red Bull Music Academy concerts and public events over recent years. Since 2012, the Academy has been joining forces yearly with Montreal’s leading electronic music festival, MUTEK.

Canadian alumni of past Red Bull Music Academy editions include Lunice, Sinjin Hawke, Ango, Ekali, Exeter, Poirier and HomeSick.


Starting January 18, music makers from across the globe are invited to apply for the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. The application form can be downloaded from the Academy website, and must be mailed in by March 7, along with a CD of recorded material by each applicant. The Red Bull Music Academy jury will then select a group of participants from the submitted applications.

Since the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy in Paris was cut short due to the devastating events that took place in the city on November 13, the 30 participants selected for the second term in Paris will join 40 newly-selected participants in Montreal. That means the total number of participants in Montreal will add up to 70, instead of the usual 60.





Techweek Announces 2016 Cities


Techweek announced the 8 cities they will travel to this year with an anticipated attendance level of over 40,000 attendees. The technology festival will be celebrating its 5th anniversary this year and will be expanding to two new cities, Toronto (Week of of July 25th, 2016) and Dallas (Week of November 14th, 2016). Expanding into Dallas was an easy decision as it has quickly turned into a thriving world-metropolis with a bustling business market, along with Toronto being known for their bourgeoning tech scene.

Techweek will remain in its current markets from 2015 including: Detroit (Week of May 2nd 2016), Chicago (Week of June 20th, 2016), Kansas City (Week of September 12, 2016), New York (Week of October 10th, 2016), Miami (Week of November 7th, 2016), and Los Angeles (Week of November 28th, 2016).

“We are absolutely delighted to head back to Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles,” said Techweek CEO, Katy Lynch. “I’m thrilled to be expanding our mission to Dallas and Toronto this year to shine a national and local spotlight on the people, companies, and initiatives that make these cities such an innovative tech scene.”


The New Technics 1200 Turntable

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Greetings from CES in Las Vegas – the Fusicology team loves starting the year out here!  Panasonic has updated their Technics 1200 turntable with the new 50th anniversary limited edition premium / serial number plated Grand Class SL-1200GAE available this summer in a run of just 1,200 units, along with the Grand Class Technics SL-1200G becoming available later this year.

For the purists (like us) the form of the classic turntable looks essentially the same, minus the additional ‘G’, with the upgrades being internal.  A new “coreless direct-drive motor used to correct and suppress any vibrations from the turntable’s electric motorcorrected using new processor-controlled rotational positioning sensors inside the SL-1200G’s”

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