Recently, Andy and longtime producer John Feldmann are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to his 2016 critically acclaimed debut solo album, The Shadow Side set to be released early 2019.
Be on the lookout for more news on Andy Black soon! www.andyblackmusic.com
ABOUT LAVA RECORDS
Lava Records was founded in 1995 by Jason Flom in partnership with Atlantic Records. In 2009, Flom reclaimed the Lava imprint and entered into a partnership with UMG’s Republic Records for new signings. The label is now home to multi-platinum, award-winning superstars Jessie J, Lorde and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as emerging stars including Greta Van Fleet, Maty Noyes and Stanaj.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, NAV, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
Last Night James Bay Opened for The Rolling Stones at London’s Twickenham Stadium.
After warming up the crowd with his own killer set, The Rolling Stones invited James onstage to perform “Beast of Burden.” James and Sir Mick Jagger took turns on lead vocals for a killer duet.
See fan video Here.
Full Song Here.
Before the Show Keith Richards chatted with James and showed him some of his pre-show rituals.
See video on Keith Richards’ Instagram.
After the performance James thanked The Rolling Stones for the impact their music has had on his career.
This isn’t the first time James has gone onstage with a member of The Rolling Stones.
In 2015 he asked Ronnie Wood to join him at Brixton Academy where they performed a cover of The Faces “(You Know) I’m Losing You”
Check out the performance here.
An Exhibition and Special Events
Curated by Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, Mary-Ann Monforton and Howl! Happening
Opening Sunday, May 13, 2018 / 6–9 PM / Free
Exhibition: May 13–June 10, 2018
Robert Carrithers, 1979
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project is pleased to announce Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, a group exhibition focusing on the artists and scene around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teen-aged, pre-fame years. Curated by Howl! Happening, Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, and Mary-Ann Monforton, Zeitgeist complements and amplifies the theatrical release of Sara Driver’s film BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat from Magnolia Pictures .
The film premieres on May 11th at IFC, New York.
The period covered in the exhibition and film tells the story of Jean-Michel’s early work, peers, and creative community in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—before the rise of the 80s art and real estate juggernaut. It was a time when decay, drugs, and dissolution fueled a boom in creativity where the definition of fame, success, and power was not based on money, Facebook likes, and self-promotion. For these creators, to be a penniless published poet or a musician gigging at CBs was the height of success. In the rawness of the work, the focus on street art and graffiti, and the experimentation and cross-pollination of styles and disciplines, the era has become a flash point for younger generations seeking to learn about and understand the authenticity, closeness, and community expressed in the work of the artists in Zeitgeist.
The exhibition—and a series of special events—illuminate Basquiat’s work and that of his friends and other artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians who emerged from that scene, including:
Brett De Palma
Fab 5 Freddy
Robert Goldman aka Bobby G
Special events will include:
· A panel discussion featuring Alexis Adler, Felice Rosser, Lee Quiñones, Al Diaz, and more
· A screening of Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary Burroughs: The Movie from the Criterion Collection
· An evening of films featuring an experimental film by Basquiat’s bandmate Michael Holman, with a soundtrack by Gray, the band he and Basquiat formed; David Schmidlapp’s film of Walter Steding playing beneath the Brooklyn Bridge; and Paul Tschinkel’s film about New York/New Wave, curator Diego Cortez’s groundbreaking exhibition at PS1 in 1981
· A performance by Felice Rosser
· A special series of film screenings in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives
About Howl! Happening
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
6 East First Street (Between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wed–Sun, 11 AM–6 PM
LIVING EASY, LIVING FREELANCER
Luxury Swiss watchmaker, RAYMOND WEIL, is proud to unveil a new collaboration in its Music Icons series, the freelancer AC/DC Limited Edition, paying tribute to legendary Rock and Roll Hall of famers, AC/DC. This exclusive watch incorporates the in-house developed Calibre RW1212 movement, allowing onlookers to view the rocking “Alternating Current/Direct Current” balance within the timepiece.
RAYMOND WEIL, unveils its latest edition to its ever-expanding collection of music influenced timepieces, featuring subtle design cues inspired by the legendary Rock band, AC/DC that have been translated into a horology masterpiece using decades of watchmaking know-how.
Measuring 42mm in diameter, the freelancer AC/DC Limited Edition exudes a notable air of masculinity. Lined with luminescent treatment, slender hour and minute hands articulate the time with lucid dialogue. To reinforce the Rock and Roll attitude of the timepiece, the hours are marked with studded indexes. The black dial features a textured pattern recalling the AC/DC high voltage bolt graphics. It sits adjacent to the iconic AC/DC typography placed at 12 o’clock. The powerful rock credentials are reaffirmed through the black leather strap, adorned with the AC/DC logo.
Beyond its aesthetic prowess, the 3,000 pieces and numbered freelancer AC/DC Limited Edition is endowed with the in-house, self-winding movement, the Calibre RW1212. It offers a stage opening on the lower part of the dial allowing onlookers to view the rocking “Alternating Current/Direct Current” balance.
Each of the freelancer AC/DC Limited Edition will be presented with a specially designed watch case and a corresponding certificate of authenticity.
“There is very little doubt that AC/DC is and continues to be one of the most iconic rock bands of all time and it has been a pleasure to collaborate with them. As AC/DC perfectly quoted “let there be light, sound, drums and guitars-let there be rock”” declares Elie Bernheim, CEO RAYMOND WEIL.
“The collaboration with RAYMOND WEIL marks a fantastic opportunity for AC/DC to join the other great music artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie and Frank Sinatra, who have already collaborated with the luxury Swiss watchmaker. AC/DC is delighted to be part of RAYMOND WEIL’s music Icons series. It was essential that the design of the watch represent the tireless energy of the band. The balance between being aesthetically pleasing and mechanically crafted was key in the design process” says Norman Perry, president and founder of Perryscope Productions who along with Epic Rights are AC/DC’s worldwide licensing representatives.
RAYMOND WEIL continues to use music as its key inspiration for both product design and marketing of the Brand worldwide. It carefully selects its music icon partners based on very specific touch points. The honesty and trueness of the design process and intricate detailing placed within each timepiece is what sets the music icons series apart. Join the discussion on social networks using the hashtag #RWacdc.
– Jaguar brand’s 50 years of XJ celebrations begin with bespoke Jaguar Classic commission for Iron Maiden drummer and life-long Jaguar enthusiast ‘Nicko’
– Nicko’s classic 1984 XJ6 Series 3 features a host of custom touches inspired by all five decades of Jaguar XJ production, and McBrain’s heavy metal heritage
– ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess
– Bespoke XJ unveiled at Geneva International Motor Show March 6 during the Jaguar Land Rover press conference
Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar Classic is proud to present Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s custom-built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6, kicking-off the XJ model’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.
The bespoke commission is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry and Jaguar Design Studio Director Wayne Burgess. The project involved more than 3,500 man hours of work, with more than 4,000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, it incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension, resulting in Nicko’s dream XJ.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said, “Creating this ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ, and the whole process of bringing someone’s automotive dream to life, has been extraordinarily rewarding for the Jaguar Classic team. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicko and we’re looking forward to hearing the reaction to this project.”
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, said, “This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly, named ‘Johnny 3’. It has been a true labor of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva – it really is a Greatest Hits edition and to me it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about. It’s a credit to the craftsmanship of the Jaguar Classic team. We couldn’t have timed it better, this being the 50th anniversary of XJ – my favorite of all Jaguar vehicles.”
Key features include:
· Unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
· Flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tires
· Unique sills and modified rear door pressings
· Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers
· Unique Mauve paint finish
· Conversion to elegant Series 2 XJ door handles and bullet wing mirrors
· Conversion to LED headlights with ‘Halo’ daytime running light signature
· Conversion to recessed twin fuel fillers
· Modern door sealing for reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening
· Integrated touch screen operating satnav, phone, rear view camera and in-car entertainment
· Re-trimmed interior with modified seat foams improving refinement
· Bespoke audio system with USB connectivity, featuring guitar amplifier-inspired control knobs machined from aluminum
· In-dash starter button
· Uprated air-conditioning
· Remote central locking
Inside, classic Jaguar style meets modern day convenience. The leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for Nicko’s favorite snare drums.
Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminum rotary controls on the dashboard – inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by Nicko’s great friend Jim Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. The custom three-spoke sports steering wheel features Nicko’s unique mascot – the ‘Eddie Growler’, first seen on his specially commissioned 2013 Jaguar XKR-S.
Bespoke soft down lighting illuminates the revised dashboard, in which a state-of-the-art Alpine touch screen controls the 1100W sound system, powering speakers from Nicko’s preferred Jaguar audio installation, the 2012MY Jaguar XF.
Incorporating a number of reconditioned parts from McBrain’s original XJ6, the 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SU carburettors from the E-type – Nicko’s favorite set up. Machined quad-exhaust tail pipes finish-off a specially-designed exhaust system.
Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years on the grounds of the home of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harrisfollowing Nicko’s move to America, are present elsewhere in the build too: from the iconic Jaguar leaper hood mascot, which first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984.
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Jaguar is a premier manufacturer of luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs offering unparalleled design with tremendous performance. The company’s vision throughout its storied 80 year history has been simple: To produce beautiful, fast cars that are desired the world over. Jaguar strives to provide a world class ownership experience to every owner. Today’s Jaguar lineup consists of the Jaguar XE and XF sports sedans, the XJ full-size luxury sedan, the two-seat F-TYPE sports car and a line of performance SUVs, the E-PACE and F-PACE. Jaguar designs, engineers and manufactures exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing plants in the British Midlands. Jaguar is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Jaguar website at www.jaguarusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
We employ more than 43,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 vehicles in 130 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles being sold abroad.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend more than £4 billion in the coming year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.
About Jaguar Land Rover Classic
Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide.
Our rapidly growing team of highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry specializes in outstanding Reborn restorations for both brands, and building exclusive New Original
continuation cars, such as the Jaguar Lightweight E-type and XKSS.
Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the new video was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake, John Legend) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture.
Watch the video here
Following their broadcast debut performance of “Don’t Make Me Wait” on the Grammys live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Sting & Shaggy also performed their new single at the NFL’s Superbowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC this past Sunday.
“Don’t Make Me Wait” – the new, Caribbean-flavored song from Sting and Shaggy – was released on January 25th and will be followed by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, on April 20th.
SOLE DXB’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL LIT UP DUBAI THIS WEEKEND
From Thursday December 7th to December 9th, the biggest players in music, art, fashion and design gathered at Sole DXB for the 7th annual cultural festival at d3 Dubai. Panel discussions, showcases, performances, and more are part of this globally-known festival. Sole DXB garners media attention from all over the world. The festival showcased some of the biggest fashion brands including Dior, Nike, Puma and more. Guests were also treated to performances from Kano G.O.O.D Music President rapper Pusha T, NxWorries, Anderson Paak + Knxwledge, H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, Goldlink, IAMDDB, DJ, Stretch Armstrong and more.
Other notable guests on the fashion front include, Japanese streetwear royalty Hiroshi Fujiwara and Los Angeles based fashion designer Melody Ehsani are some of the names attending the event to showcase their work and participate in panel conversations. Exclusive wares from massive brands including Reebok, Lacoste, Timberland, Toms, Cadillac, Pepsi Co., Neighborhood, Visvim, Diesel and many more will be participating as well.
About the Sole DXB
Created by Hussain Moloobhoy, Joshua Cox, Kris Balarite, and Rajat Malhotra in 2010, Sole DXB has grown leaps and bounds to become a highly trafficked and respected platform for the arts, nurturing and celebrating global street culture in Dubai. Sole DXB is a pioneering hybrid of entertainment featuring rare sneakers, live music, contemporary artwork, slick home-brewed visuals and more offering fresh insight in the ever-evolving global culture lifestyle we live in highlighting Dubai as a pinnacle figure in the burgeoning streetwear scene, providing a local platform for a global community who shape the future of progressive street culture around the world.
SONY MUSIC’S THE THREAD SHOP & A TRIBE CALLED QUEST RELEASE EXCLUSIVE ORNAMENT TODAY FOR CYBER MONDAY!
ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY ITEMS AVAILABLE HERE!
Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop, in partnership with A Tribe Called Quest, release new merchandise for Cyber Monday TODAY. Products include an exclusive new ornament as well as exclusive one of a kind rocks glasses and shot glasses. Click HERE to purchase!
This comes on the heels of the recent release of an exclusive capsule collection designed in celebration of the late hip hop legend Phife Dawgs birthday (see below). The capsule collection encompasses a color palette based on the neon trend which pays homage to Phife. The main pieces of the collection include a Safety Green Hoodie, a White Tee, which features an image from the Low End Theory photo shoot, and Black Trucker Hat. Click HERE to purchase. They are also running a sweepstakes, where fans can win two signed Phife hoodies (signed by Ali, QTip, Jarobi and Consequence). Click HEREto enter, no purchase necessary and winners will be announced on December 15th.
ABOUT THE THREAD SHOP
The Thread Shop has established itself as one of the best in the artist merchandising business. The company brings a revolutionary perspective to pop culture branding and marketing, and are committed to providing the ultimate shopping experienceߞand the highest quality productsߞfor music fans and devotees of popular culture alike. The company touts an impressive and growing roster including A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, NAS, and Miles Davis. With a focus on quality and design, and with an artist first philosophy, The Thread Shop works hand-in-hand with the artists and brands they partner with to create beautiful, fashionable and elevated new merchandise and products designed to enhance every lifestyle.