“Torn Apart” Video — Snoop Lion ft. Rita Ora

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Yesterday, Snoop Lion released his new video of the single “Torn Apart” from his album Reincarnated, which is #1 on the Billboard reggae charts! The single features British singer Rita Ora and has a feel good reggae melody that matches the videos exotic backdrop. The music video is shot on the sandy beaches of Phuket, Thailand, the perfect getaway! Peep the video after the jump!

Thoughts on Tech: The New MySpace Shows Early Success

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June has been a big month for what was once a social media juggernaut, MySpace. It started with the official launch of the “New MySpace” out of beta on June 12. Then came the launch party on June 18, with performances from Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and surprise guest Miley Cyrus. With a new found focus on creativity, music, and brands, the future looks bright for the re-start of MySpace. Many people in the music industry were tuning in to follow the growth and fan adoption rate of the platform that once dominated social networking. With recently released site analytics and download numbers showing early success, even more people will be paying attention now. In its first two weeks, there have been 31 million visits to the site and almost 1 million app downloads.  Another key note would be that 34% of the traffic has come from mobile.
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Snoop Lion & Miley Cyrus: “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” Music Video

Today, Snoop Lion released his highly-anticipated music video for “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” featuring Miley Cyrus on VEVO.

Featured on Snoop Lion’s recent debut reggae album, REINCARNATED, “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” reminisces all the loved ones we’ve lost. Whether it was a break-up, losing a friend or a family member, the song reflects the hardships of losing someone close.

Weekend Recap: Mother’s Day Edition!

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Everyone (okay, mostly everyone) in the office knows that I love “Kid President,” aka Robbie Novak. His latest video release for Mother’s Day was one of my highlights this weekend. Watch it above! Other than that, I celebrated Mother’s Day with my parents long-distance. Also, I went to the “show” (Midwest term for the movies) and saw Peeples which was surprisingly funny, and Iron Man 3 in 3-D which just made me feel like I missed out on so much being that I haven’t seen 1 and 2. Lol! –Misty (Twitter|Instagram)

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No Guns Allowed Spotify Playlist

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This week, the League of Young Voters Education Fund and Snoop Lion continued their “No Guns Allowed” movement with the release of a “No Guns Allowed” Spotify playlist via AllHipHop.com.

The compilation features an eclectic mix of non-violence themed songs, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Perl Jam’s “Jeremy” and of course, Snoop’s single “No Guns Allowed.”

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LA Art Walk at The Brewery

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This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting an art showcase at one of the spaces at the LA Brewery.  The bi-annual LA Art Walk at The Brewery in downtown hosts over 100 art, music, and tech showcases at the world’s largest artist-in-residence complex.

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New video “Brave” from The Airplane Boys

Yesterday, our favorite Canadians The Airplane Boys (from the Stampede Management roster) released a brand new video called “Brave” off their latest mixtape Brave New World.  Shot by Warren Credo during their 2012 trip to Asia, they took inspiration from Japan and the culture for this new music video.

Check out the music video and if you’re in Asia, be sure to catch them opening for Snoop Dogg and K-Pop group 2NE1 in Seoul, South Korean on May 4th for the adidas Originals “Unite All Originals” show.

The new Twitter #Music: What is it?

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Today, Twitter launched its new music discovery service, appropriately named #Music. This service, available for web and iOS, is the newest stand-alone application from Twitter that really enhances the user experience with music. After the recent success of Vine, it seems to be a commonly known fact that the folks behind the social networking giant know what their users are coming for. The new #Music service delivers exactly what a music fan loves, the discovery of new music and the connection to your favorite artists. There are numerous features that allow users to find music they love. You can see who your favorite artists are following, who your friends are tweeting and listening to, and find new artists based on your current interests. After using the app and reading a few of my favorite blogs review it, there are a couple of characteristics of #Music that I found interesting.

First, Twitter seems to be on board with the “simpler is better” method of user experience. They combined the right platforms (iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio) to make the process of discovery easy and effective. It pulls in data from the artists that you and your friends currently follow, bringing up similar music in the “Suggested” and “#NowPlaying” tabs. It also allows a one-step process to connect to Spotify or Rdio so you can stream the whole track. Another useful feature for music lovers is the “Click to Tweet” button, further enhancing the social experience of listening to music. I also liked the app right away as the interface itself is very easy to use and highly image based.

Secondly, this could also change the landscape of artist engagement on Twitter. Undoubtedly, this will help certain artists increase their follower count by simply being in the suggested list or reminding current fans that they don’t already follow this artist. The other effects might not be so obvious. With more fans discovering artist’s Twitter accounts through “suggested” music, it is more important then ever to provide some sort of benefit to your fans on your Twitter feed. As Fast Company states, “as a side effect, perhaps Twitter #Music will make artists start tweeting more interesting content.” We could also see more emerging artists gain popularity if they are  highly shared on Twitter and start showing up on more feeds.

The last interesting characteristic of the new #Music service is the way that it was unveiled it to the public. The release of new social networks, applications, and various technologies seems to have taken a much different path in the past. With most news coming out of Silicon Valley, spreading to early adopters, and eventually making its way into the general public eye, Twitter took a different approach this time. They announced the service on the nationally televised show Good Morning America this morning, further solidifying their place as a mainstream media platform. “What’s interesting is that Twitter is aiming straight for the mainstream with this launch, as opposed to targeting its usual early-adopter crowd,” says TechCrunch.

For more information on how #Music is changing the Twitter world, check out a few of my favorite articles about the launch.

Hit me up on Twitter, I am sure to be tweeting more of my favorite jams! –Kyle (Twitter|Instagram)

BEHIND THE SCENES: YG “I’m a Real 1″ Video Shoot w/Drake

Def Jam rapper and Stampede Management client YG recently shot a music video for his track “I’m a Real 1″ in L.A.’s Fairfax District.

October’s Very Own, Drake, who YG shouts out in the song, stopped by for a quick cameo and SkeeTV was on the scene to capture it. Check out their awesome behind-the-scenes piece!

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