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The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” promises to be an unforgettable night of music and moments, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. So many beefs to resolve or watch explode, and just wait until Miley gets onstage from the get-go.

STARRING:
Miley Cyrus, Host
Kanye West, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Recipient
Nicki Minaj, VMA Performer and Nominee
Justin Bieber, VMA Performer and Nominee
Pharrell Williams, VMA Performer
Demi Lovato, VMA Performer
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, VMA Performer
The Weeknd, VMA Performer and Nominee
Tori Kelly, VMA Performer
A$AP Rocky, VMA Performer
Twenty One Pilots, VMA Performer
Taylor Swift, World Premiere of “Wildest Dreams” music video and Nominee
Nick Jonas, VMA Pre-Show Performer and Nominee
WALK THE MOON, VMA Pre-Show Performer and Nominee
Kelly Osbourne, Sway and “Girl Code Live” stars, Carly Aquilino, Nessa Diab and Nora “Awkwafina” Lum, Pre-Show Hosts

CONFIRMED PRESENTERS:
Britney Spears, Presenter
Rebel Wilson, Presenter
Ice Cube, Presenter
O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Presenter
Emily Ratajowski, Presenter
John Legend, Presenter
Jussie Smollett, Presenter
Kylie Jenner, Presenter
Miguel, Presenter
NE-YO, Presenter
Rita Ora, Presenter
Serayah, Presenter

CONFIRMED ATTENDEES:
Big Sean, Nominee
Bruno Mars, Nominee
Charlie Puth, Nominee
Colbie Caillat, Nominee
E-40, Nominee
Fall Out Boy – Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump, Nominee
Fifth Harmony, Nominee
FKA Twigs, Nominee
Mark Ronson, Nominee
OMI, Nominee
Nick Jonas, Nominee
Taylor Swift, Nominee
Vance Joy, Nominee
Wale, Nominee
WALK THE MOON, Nominee

One in five photos or videos on Instagram show up with annoying whitespace around them because people use other apps to letterbox their landscape or portrait imagery to fit in Instagram’s square cropping. So today, Instagram for iOS and Android is dropping the requirement that all photos and videos be squares. Now when users upload photos, they can pinch or tap a format button on the left to post their landscape or portrait photos and videos. Squares are still allowed, though.

Via TechCrunch

Joel French has been in Toronto’s music community for seven years now — promoting shows with People Put Out Productions and playing in bands — but this year he had another idea to contribute: invite every musician, promoter, blogger to be in one giant photo (reminiscent of the famous A Great Day In Harlem photo).

He estimates that over 150 people showed up to pose in the Class of 2015 photo at Trinity Bellwoods Park, despite Tuesday’s ominous weather. There were smiles all around as photographer Ivy Lovell assembled the group. Rochelle Latinsky shot individual portraits of the attendees.

Many familiar faces were present, including Selina Martin, General Chaos and members ofFresh Snow, Hooded Fang, The Beverleys and Lowell.

Via Now Magazine

102.1 the Edge, Canada’s largest and most influential alternative rock station, released the performers and nominees for the 2015 CASBY Music Awards (Canadian Artists Selected By You). In collaboration with Molson Canadian, the Awards will take place onT hursday, October 22 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto and will feature performances by some of Canada’s top rock artists, including USS, Yukon Blonde, Young Empires, The Zolas and the winner of The Edge Next Big Thing Contest, Ivory Hours.

Tickets to this exclusive event can be won by listening to 102.1 the Edge or by voting online at www.edge.ca. Fans who vote will automatically be entered for a chance to win free passes to the show.

Representing the best in Canadian new rock, CASBY winners are determined through nationwide fan voting.

The 2015 CASBY nominees are:
Favourite New Record
Dear Rogue                              Black to Gold
Yukon Blonde                          On Blonde
Death From Above 1979        The Physical World
You + Me                                  Rose Ave.
Mother Mother                        Very Good Bad Timing

Favourite New Song
Dear Rouge                              Black to Gold
Young Empires                        The Gates
Alessia Cara                             Here
Arkells                                      Leather Jacket
Mother Mother                      Monkey Tree
USS                                           Shipwreck

Molson Canadian Favourite New Artist
Alessia Cara
Alvvays
Brave Shores
Coleman Hell
Ria Mae

Favourite Sugar Beach Session
Hey Rosetta!
JJ & The Pillars
Metric
Mother Mother
Yukon Blonde

Voting for this year’s CASBY winners began at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 24 and will close on October18. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 22 during the 2015 CASBY Music Awards. CASBY performances will be broadcast live on 102.1 the Edge and online atwww.edge.ca.

Through initiatives like the CASBYs, as well as Edgefest and Edge Sugar Beach Sessions, 102.1 the Edge has earned a reputation as a major force in Canadian talent development, contributing to the commercial breakthrough of some of Canada’s most influential artists, including Metric, City and Colour, Sum 41, USS, Bedouin Soundclash, Arkells, Tokyo Police Club and The Tragically Hip.

The CASBY Awards began in 1981 as an alternative to the Juno Awards and were originally called the U-Knows. Unlike many awards shows, CASBY winners are chosen entirely by the fans. Over the years, CASBYs have been handed out to Alexisonfire, Arcade Fire, Billy Talent, Sam Roberts and many others.

For more information on the 2015 CASBY Music Awards, visit here.

Fetty Wap just misses charting three simultaneous top 10s, as “My Way” drops 8-11, after reaching No. 7. His “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, and “Trap Queen” rank at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Still, three hits in the top 11 at once is impressive: he’s the first artist to boast three concurrent hits that high, all as a lead act, since Ariana Grande a year ago; on the Aug. 30, 2014, chart, her “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zoomed 18-4, “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, dipped 6-7 and “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dropped 9-10.

The last solo male with three songs in the top 11 at the same time, all with lead billing, prior to this week? Chris Brown, on May 10, 2008. Fetty Wap joins Brown and Usher as the only solo males to achieve the feat in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. He’s the first male soloist to do so with his first three chart entries.

And, amazingly, only one other act overall had charted three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top 11 with its first three charted titles, all as a lead: the Beatles. On the Hot 100 dated March 14, 1964, in fact, the Fab Four’s first three hits on the chart monopolized the top three: in order from the top, the iconic singles “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”

Via Billboard

Ernie Ball, the world’s premier manufacturer of musical instruments, guitar strings and accessories, today announced an imaginative new signature guitar with GRAMMY award-winning musician and guitarist St. Vincent. Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style.

Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings.

St. Vincent debuted the guitar to the world as she took the stage at Taylor Swift’s Los Angeles concert this Tuesday to perform alongside Swift and legendary musician Beck. The St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar will retail for $1899 and is available for pre-order here.

“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely,” says Annie Clark (St. Vincent). “The entirety of my experience as a guitarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility. It is with pride that I present the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.”

An incendiary live performer, gifted songwriter and musician, GRAMMY award-winning St. Vincent was born Annie Clark. She spent most of her childhood in Dallas, TX, where she began playing guitar at an early age. In 2007, Clark released her first album, ‘Marry Me’, as St. Vincent. The album was well received by critics, and in 2009, Clark released her sophomore effort, ‘Actor’. It was a musical and lyrical step forward from her debut, and strong reviews coupled with St. Vincent’s impressive live performances helped the album rise from the indie ranks to the mainstream charts. She continued her success into 2014 with the release of ‘St. Vincent,’ her fourth studio album. The hit record went on to top numerous 2014 best of lists, including NME, The Guardian and capped off her extraordinary year with a GRAMMY Award for Alternative Album. Annie Clark is constantly evolving her craft, both in song-writing and live performance. She has collaborated in the studio and on stage with a range of incredible artists, including Bon Iver and David Byrne. Clark has proven to be an omnipotent artistic force, one that will continue to challenge and trail blaze through the musical landscape for many years to come.

Just off the heels of an epic return with #1 iTunes single “Cool for the Summer,” multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato has no plans to cool down as she swings into the fall season with the release date ofOctober 16th for her much-anticipated fifth studio album, ‘CONFIDENT,’ slated for an October street date soon to be announced. Standard and Deluxe versions of the album, featuring production by Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Steve Mac, Jason Evigan, Wolf Cousins, Savan Kotecha, and Stargate, are available for pre-order at midnight tonight via all digital retailers. ‘CONFIDENT’ marks Lovato’s first album release through a creative partnership between Hollywood Records, Island Records and Safehouse Records – a label she created with Nick Jonas and their manager, Phil McIntyre. With each pre-order purchase fans will receive an instant grat of her smash hit, “Cool for the Summer.” Additional instant grat tracks will be available before the album is released.

With a fan base that includes over 21 million Instagram followers, 30 million Twitter followers and nearly 37 million Facebook fans, the singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist recently released her debut smash single, ‘Cool for the Summer’ off her forthcoming fifth studio album and within hours of the summer anthem’s launch it trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 35 countries. Her latest album, Demi, hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries and produced platinum singles, “Heart Attack”, “Neon Lights” and “Really Don’t Care.” To celebrate the success of DEMI, Lovato performed on stages all over the world when she embarked on two sold-out headlining tours (‘Neon Lights Tour’ and ‘Demi World Tour’) as well as countless national TV shows including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ellen and more. In addition to her musical accomplishments, the business woman and entrepreneur released her New York Times best-seller, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year and launched her very own skin-care line, DEVONNE By Demi. As an outspoken advocate for causes close to her heart, she remains devoted to giving back and serves as a role model by sharing her personal experiences. In honor of her late father, she launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship which raises awareness for mental health and addiction issues, while providing funds to those who cannot otherwise afford treatment.

To celebrate her upcoming release Lovato will perform the chart-topping summer anthem for the first time on national television at the2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, August 30 at 9:00pm ET/PT on MTV. Lovato will complement her debut performance of the critically -acclaimed track in front of a crowd of fans on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage next Monday, August 31 at 11:35pm ET/PT on ABC.

The September 2015 Cosmopolitan cover girl also has a slew of upcoming appearances scheduled for autumn including a performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival’s Daytime Village on September 19 in Las Vegas and a return to television as a guest-star in season 2 of Robert Rodriguez’s American-horror series, “From Dusk Til Dawn” on El Rey network.

Standard Track Listing

1. “Confident”
2. “Cool For The Summer”
3. “Old Ways”
4. “For You”
5. “Stone Cold”
6. “Kingdom Come” (featuring Iggy Azalea)
7. “Waitin For You” (featuring Sirah)”
8. “Wildfire”
9. “Lionheart”
10. “Yes”
11. “Father”
Deluxe Track Listing
12. “Stars”
13. “Mr. Hughes”
14. “Cool For The Summer” (Jump Smokers Remix)
15. “Cool For The Summer” (Suraci Remix)

The Downtown Yonge BIA (DYBIA) will launch a pop-up music incubator this November as the next step of its Music Strategy by introducing a new Artist Manager program, in partnership with the not-for-profit Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and Coalition Music.

The DYBIA will bring this professional development program for artist managers into the heart of downtown at a temporary location at Yonge and Dundas, for three months from November through January.

“This is a key step towards establishing a permanent location for an urban music incubator in Downtown Yonge,” explains Garner.

“We’re testing the model with Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and Coalition Music, who have a trusted and established track record incubating artist entrepreneurs and industry professionals at their Scarborough location.”

The program provides an opportunity for emerging artist managers to broaden their knowledge and hone their trade by working with experienced professionals. Kicking off with a full-time, 10-week program, artist managers will be provided with customized, hands-on, long-term mentorship.

“An urban music incubator fits in with the City’s overall strategy to promote Toronto as ‘Music City’ and our own Music Strategy to build on Downtown Yonge’s tremendous music legacy.”

A full-fledged music incubator for emerging artists, providing studio space, mentorship, education, networking and collaboration, is the long-term goal of the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Music Strategy.

Launched in June, the Music Strategy is an ambitious, multi-pronged plan to re-establish the area as a central hub for Canada’s music industry.

The new Artist Manager program is a major step toward that vision. It will provide guidance from a globally successful team of artist managers and an opportunity to work alongside active industry professionals.

“The need to develop future generations of artist managers is well-recognized in the Canadian music industry,” said Vel Omazic, Executive Director, Canada’s Music Incubator.

“We are committed to delivering this much-needed support for working artist managers through access to our industry expertise and the opportunities available in Downtown Yonge.”

Interested artist managers can find more information or apply by visiting the CMI website. The program will be offered twice annually (November-January; April-June) and is limited to a maximum of 20 artist managers per session. There is a fee of $2,500 which also includes ongoing mentorship from CMI, a not-for-profit organization, which has been running Artist Entrepreneur and Tour & Tech professional development programs since 2011.

“When we started our careers over 25 years ago we basically knew nothing. We were essentially learning on the fly and it took us years to find an experienced and willing mentor,” said Eric Lawrence, co-founder of Coalition Music, an award-winning and globally successful artist management company (USS, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Ben Caplan, Andee, and Justin Nozuka).

“We haven’t forgotten that and want to help as many artist managers as we can via our partnership with Downtown Yonge and CMI.”

The downtown music incubator concept has strong support from the City of Toronto’s economic development team. Collaborating with the Downtown Yonge BIA “to establish an urban music incubator program” is specifically cited as an action item in From Concept to Commercialization: A Startup Eco-system Strategy for the City of Toronto, which was endorsed by City Council on May 5, 2015.

Ultimately, it’s a concept with the potential to be rolled out across the City.

“Downtown Toronto has long been home to a vibrant, exciting music scene. We are thrilled to be taking this passion for music to a new level – culturally and economically,” Garner said.

For more information on the Artist Manager program, go here.

Grammy-nominated country superstar Jennifer Nettles announced today that she has signed to Big Machine Records and will release a new single this October and has set her next solo album for early 2016 release. In addition, she will embark on the headlining “Playing With Fire” tour which will cross 20 plus cities beginning this October with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder.

“This is somewhat full-circle as I was at UMG Nashville as SVP/Promo when then-President Luke Lewis presented a disc of ‘this new band we’ve signed – pick a single,’” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Records. “I was floored with Sugarland then and I’m floored with all things Jennifer now. She’s simply one of the best female voices to ever grace Country Music and I can’t wait for the world to hear her new music. Get. Ready.”

“I am so thrilled and honored to join the Big Machine family,” said Nettles. “They are truly the best in the business. I loved working with Scott years ago, in the beginning of my career, and have been waiting for the right opportunity to get to work with him again! I’m so happy that day has arrived and I look forward to our exciting new adventures to come.”

Fan pre-sale begins on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd followed by a Ticketmaster pre-sale on Thursday, Sept. 3rd with tickets on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 4th. Please check JenniferNettles.com for additional details.

Before hitting the road for her headlining tour, Jennifer will join the cast of the Dolly Parton television biopic, ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ slated to air on NBC December 10th.

Jennifer Nettles Fall 2015 Tour
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
Date City Venue On Sale (local time)
October 23 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre September 4 @ 10 a.m.
October 24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall September 4 @ 10 a.m.
October 25 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Performing Arts September 4 @ 10 a.m.
October 29 Newark, OH Midland Theatre September 4 @ 10 a.m.
October 30 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center September 4 @ 10 a.m.
October 31 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 13 Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 14 Elkhart, IN Lerner Theatre September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 15 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars September 5 @ 10 a.m.
November 20 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 21 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 22 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury September 4 @ 10 a.m.
November 27 Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall TBD
November 28 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 3 Dallas, TX House of Blues – Dallas September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 4 Bossier City, LA Horseshoe Bossier City September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 5 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 11 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort and Casino September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 12 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Special Events Center September 4 @ 10 a.m.
December 13 Temecula, CA Penchaga Resort and Casino September 4 @ 10 a.m.