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There’s been a lot of talk about Taylor Swift recently, and not all of it has to do with, you know, the music. That changes this week, as Swift has teamed up with American Express for one of the coolest apps I’ve seen. Now, you can step inside a cinematic interactive musical experience starring the biggest-selling artist of the year (and next.) Fans can choose where you go, who you follow and what you explore in a stunning house filled with characters, objects and scenes.

Shot with groundbreaking 360° cameras and scored with a rich audio soundtrack based on Taylor’s single ‘Blank Space’ from her new album 1989, the experience is an immersive journey with intertwined storylines, multiple rooms and dozens of hidden interactive features waiting to be unlocked and explored.

You can also explore exclusive behind the scenes footage from the Taylor Swift shoot, as well as the archive of Amex UNSTAGED live events and films with other top artists.

A New Point of View

Turn your device to look around — you control the 360º camera. Explore wherever and however you choose.

Explore the Mansion

Tap on doors to move freely between rooms. Tap on objects to delve deeper into Taylor’s world.

You can download it at the App Store or Google Play now.

This project marks the next evolution in the American Express UNSTAGED platform and the music video category overall. The collaboration should give fair warning to all artists out there that perhaps music videos just aren’t enough, anymore. Kudos to Swift and director Joseph Kahn for making the relationship between fans and artists that much more fun.

What should be noted about Swift’s relationship with American Express is that the credit card company isn’t new to music – for years, they have partnered with the music industry and artists to deliver experiences for fans. From collaborative programs like their digital live-streaming UNSTAGED concert series featuring artists like Tim McGraw to their Early-On-Sale program, the company is truly helping connect fans in new ways with their Front Of The Line access, providing Canadian Cardmembers advanced access to shows.

Renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant will be touring in Ontario and Quebec, November 22nd through November 30th, in celebration of the release of his new album titled Live Acoustic at The Carleton. Nominated for the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards for both English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year on the strength of his new recording, Lennie Gallant will perform on the Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa on Nov. 29th.
Lennie is also celebrating the launch of a new book titled Peter’s Dream – a collaboration with visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. All of this comes hot on the heels of his summer–long run at Charlottetown’s Mack Theatre with his show Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, a runaway hit that was extended to an incredible 57 sold out shows!
Join Lennie Gallant as he celebrates the release of his new album Live Acoustic at The Carleton at the following locations:
Saturday, Nov 22 – MacKenzie Hall, Windsor Ontario, 8 pm.  (Presented by Windsor Folk), Tickets: 519-255-7600 and online
Sunday, Nov 23 - The Pearl Company Theatre, Hamilton Ontario, 8 pm. Tickets:  905-524-0606 and online
Tuesday, Nov 25 – Stonecroft Folk, Ingersoll, Ontario, 8 pm.  Tickets: 519-423-6797 and online
Wednesday, Nov 26 – London Music Club, London, Ontario, 8 pm.  Tickets: 519 640-6996 or online 
Thursday, Nov 27 – Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Ontario, 8:30 pm.  Tickets:  416 531-6604 or online
Friday, Nov 28 – Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario, 8 pm.  (Presented by Folk Under The Clock). Tickets: 705-749-1146 or online
Saturday, Nov 29 – Canadian Folk Music Awards, 10th Anniversary Awards Gala, Bronson Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Tickets: online
Sunday, Nov 30 – The Blacksheep, Wakefield, Quebec, 4:20 pm.  Tickets: 819-459-3228 and online
Saturday, Dec 13 – Special Guest – A Barra MacNeils Christmas, Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, 8 pm. Tickets: 416-872-4255 or online

 

Meandering along date 23 of a 50-or-60 city tour is usually when the artist starts to wonder how long this awful life is going to continue, or that they start to really have some fun with the local media asking them the same questions over and over again. Cleveland Ohio’s news magazine show Afternoon Exchange (hosted by David Spero?)visited Iggy Pop during his rehearsal/soundcheck at the Agora Ballroom one day in November of 1979. I’m not sure what Iggy is really thinking, but this interview suggests a worthwhile extra dimension to the mundane boredom and that he might want to punch out this interviewer, as great as he might be on his show.

The American Country Countdown Awards, based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which has recognized the best in country radio for more than 40 years, today announced the inaugural event’s finalists. Country megastar Luke Bryan dominates the list with seven nods, followed closely by superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, with six. Florida Georgia Line and Kix Brooks made the announcement on Cumulus radio’s nationally syndicated show, “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”

The American Country Countdown Awards will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX and feature performances by finalistsLuke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host the live music celebration. Additional performers and presenters will be announced.

Additional multiple category finalists include Jason Aldean, with four nods, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who are tied with three. Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum,Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell each were named finalists in two categories.

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from November 1, 2013-October 31, 2014. The Finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.

The Breakthrough Artist of the Year Presented by Samsung GALAXY® category is the only fan-voted category. Fan voting begins on November 24 and continues through December 10. Fans will vote for their favorite Breakthrough finalist by including the following in a tweet: the artist’s Twitter handle, “Breakthrough Artist” and the hashtag #ACCAwards. For more information, please visit TheACCAwards.com.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

Tickets are now on sale at www.TheACCAwards.com/tickets

Below are the finalists for the 2014 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Blake Shelton

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Randy Houser
  • Blake Shelton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Cassadee Pope
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Zac Brown Band

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean
  • “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge
  • “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore
  • “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann
  • “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
  • “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
  • “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
  • “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
  • “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • “Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
  • “The Outsiders” – Eric Church
  • “Here’s To The Good Times” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Just As I Am” – Brantley Gilbert
  • “Platinum” – Miranda Lambert

DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean
  • “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
  • “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan
  • “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY®

(Fan-voted Award via Twitter)

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Tyler Farr
  • Kip Moore
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Cole Swindell

Here is the premiere of “This Charming Man,” the mind-bending new music video by James Franco and Tim O’Keefe’s conceptual art school band, Daddy. The song is just a teaser for their upcoming full-length album, Let me Get What I Want, which is set to be released in 2015. The new album, their third release since Franco and O’Keefe and started making music together as MFA students at the Rhode Island School of Design, is based off of Franco’s book of verses, Directing Herbert White: Poems. 

Franco explains:

We took a ten-poem sequence called “The Best of the Smiths: Side A and Side B.” I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium (music) to influence another one (poetry). The Smiths’ songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation. Once I had the sequence, Tim and I took the material one step further and turned the poems inspired by songs, back into songs of their own.

In a strange, bizarre twist, Franco got Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to play on all 10 recordings. Also, each video begins with a painting by Franco. Watch the first clip, “This Charming Man,” below.

Via Vice

You can’t think of Star Wars without the voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones. But Jones wasn’t in that outfit — it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was about 6 foot 5.

Director George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse’s voice, and here’s video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue: