Month: July 2010

Paul McCartney Honors Midge Uri On Graduation Day

Sir Paul McCartney has honoured musician Midge Ure and actor Jonathan Price by making them Companions of the arts institute he helped create in 1996.
The former Beatles star hosted graduation day at the Liverpool Institut e for Performing Arts (LIPA) in Liverpool, England on Friday (July 30).
Music producer Alan Moulder and theatre designer Christopher Oram were also honoured at the ceremony.
Ure says, “I would have loved something like this as a kid growing up i n the outskirts of Glasgow, someone to nurture whatever drive I had. I am one of the very lucky few, I get to wake up in the morning and fulfil my passions.” McCartney, who is LIPA’s lead patron, adds, “When anyone asks me what t his day is like, I always say I love coming here because the joy, hope an d the spirit is so evident. It’s very special emotionally to be part of t his day.”


Madonna, Iconix Brand Group and Macy’s Launch Material Girl Line

MG Icon, the joint venture between Madonna and Iconix
Brand Group, Inc. announced its Fall 2010 marketing campaign for its newly created junior brand
Material Girl, available exclusively at Macy’s. The multi-media marketing campaign features
actress and musician, Taylor Momsen, and will appear nationwide in print, cinema, outdoor,
online and in-store. Momsen currently stars in The CW hit show, Gossip Girl and fronts the rock
band, The Pretty Reckless.
Madonna stated, “Taylor has a cool sense of style that’s unique and fits with the Material Girl
Taylor Momsen stated, “I’m psyched to be the face of Material Girl! For one, it’s Madonna so
you know it’s gonna be cool and working with Madonna and Lola has been an unbelievable
experience. They have such great sense of style, each brought their personal touch to the styling
for the campaign.” Momsen added, “A Material Girl can be anyone you want, it’s all about
making the style your own, that’s what is cool about it.”
The collection will launch exclusively in select 200 Macy’s stores across the country and on on August 3rd for the back-to-school season. To support the launch, a national
advertising campaign will appear in August and September issues of fashion, lifestyle and
entertainment magazines such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Nylon and Cosmopolitan amongst
others, be heavily integrated online and appear in cinemas throughout the summer. The Fall
campaign follows a highly successful teaser campaign asking the question, “Who’s That Girl?”
Taylor was recently revealed as the celebrity muse chosen by Madonna and Lola. The campaign
was shot on the streets of Brooklyn, New York by famed photographer, Tom Munro.
To celebrate the launch of Material Girl on August 3rd, Taylor Momsen will make a special
appearance at Macy’s Herald Square in New York and perform live. Lucky consumers and fans
will be able to watch the acoustic performance in the junior department on the 4th floor and take
photos with Momsen from 5-7 pm. Additionally, select Macy’s stores across the country will host
Madonna-esque in-store events to engage loyal fans and fashionistas nationwide.
Madonna and Lola, who are very involved creatively in the Material Girl brand, will make a
special appearance at Macy’s Herald Square to celebrate the launch on September 22nd. In
addition, Lola meets regularly with the design teams to work on the collection and blogs
frequently about her experiences on “Material World, a fashion blog for the Material Girl.” Visit to read Lola’s entries.

Ann and Nancy Wilson–Heart Shaped Collector’s Vinyl Now Available on Amazon

The Sisters Wilson are back at it, and this week, they’re releasing to record stores a special heart-shaped vinyl single featuring their new song “WTF” and a live version of their undeniably classic “Magic Man.”

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Opens In Theaters August 13, 2010

(L to R) Scott Pilgrim (MICHAEL CERA), Ramona Flowers (MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD), Young Neil (JOHNNY SIMMONS), Knives Chau (ELLEN WONG), Kim Pine (ALISON PILL) and Stephen Stills (MARK WEBBER) in the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love: the action-comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”.

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. 

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass–and now is back in town–to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. 

As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past–from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.


Scott Pilgrim (MICHAEL CERA) rocks it out in the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love: the action-comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”.

Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay VIP Ticket Auction Puts You ONSTAGE with your Favorite Band

In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE!  They will also receive: Level 1 Premium Reserved seats OR General Admission “Pit” tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the “inner workings” of a large scale concert festival (who knows who they’ll meet?), limited edition “Working Crew” shirts, all-day access to theVIP Rockstar Energy Drink Lounge, front-of-the-line access to all Best Buy artist signings, and one limited edition, custom tour art EVANS drumhead hand-signed byDisturbedAvenged SevenfoldStone Sour and Halestorm.
The all-day outdoor UPROAR Festival, drawing as many as 10,000 to 15,000 fans per event, will make stops in 35 US and Canadian cities coast-to-coast, beginning on August 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and concluding October 4, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin.  Each festival date features eight of the biggest names in active rock music performing on two stages, as well as other attractions, including a concourse midwayfilled with vendors and activities.  Projected to be one of the most successful, audacious and not-to-be-missed concert events of 2010, The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will feature multi-platinum co-headliners Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, along with Stone Sour and Halestorm.  The potent rock lineup for the touring music and lifestyle jaunt also features performances from Jägermeister Second Stage headlinersHellyeah, as well as Airbourne, Hail The Villain, New Medicine and the local Jägermeister-sponsored opener in each city.  (Note: Airbourne will not be performing on the Canadian dates.)
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The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions will begin on Sunday, August 1, 2010, when 35 pairs of tickets with accompanying stage access passesfor all 35 UPROAR dates will be posted to eBay as 10 day auctions.  Those interested in bidding on these very special UPROAR FESTIVAL VIP tickets can access theRockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions by clicking on the “UPROAR on eBay” link found at or by searching for “UPROAR VIP TICKETS” on

Pop Superstar Kylie Minogue’s "All The Lovers" Reaches #1 On Billboard Club Chart

International Pop Icon Kylie Minogue returns to the top of the Billboard Club Chart this week as her single ”All The Lovers” climbs from #3 to #1 after 8 weeks on the chart. “All The Lovers” is Kylie’s fourth career #1 single on the Billboard Club Chart and her first since “Slow” hit #1 in 2004.  “All The Lovers” is the first single from her recently released 11th studio album Aphrodite and has been heating up airwaves and dance floors around the world since the start of the summer.  The Joseph Kahn (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) directed video premiered on MTV’s LOGO last month and is also being played on Music Choice. 

Aphrodite sees Kylie celebrate her dance-floor roots and features Stuart Price as Executive Producer. The album debuted at #19, marking her highest U.S. chart position since 2002’s Fever.   The list of songwriters includes Kylie, Stuart Price, Calvin Harris, the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot, Swedish House Mafia, NERVO and Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley.  Critics and fans around the globe have been praising the album as one of Kylie’s best.  People Magazine said “Minogue delivers what may be the best start-to-finish album of her career” and Billboard Magazine agrees saying Aphrodite is “… cohesive, fun, and fitting for a goddess.”  Aphrodite became Kylie’s fifth #1 album in the UK, hitting the top spot a full 22 years to the week since her debut album Kylie entered the chart.  The album also made Kylie the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have a #1 album in four different decades.  Around the globe Aphrodite debuted in the top 10 in thirteen different countries including #1 in Mexico, #2 in Australia, Switzerland and Spain, #3 in Austria, France and Germany and top 5 in Belgium, Holland, Ireland and Taiwan #8 in Canada and Japan.  Kylie recently graced the June/July cover of Blackbook Magazine and the August cover of Out Magazine.
In the Fall of 2009 Kylie stormed America to sell out her first ever North American tour.  The 6-city tour kicked off in Oakland and made stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New York, wowing fans and critics alike at each stop.  Entertainment Weekly called the show a “two-hour post-disco fantasia of strobe, bass, and glitter—an all-out spectacle.”  The New York Times claimed “The concert (was) efficient, clobbering, expensive, generous…close to an alternate reality.”   Kylie treated her U.S. fans with a new song “Better Than Today” which she played for the first time during the tour. Kylie is expected to make an announcement about a 2011 world tour soon.
Over the course of her extraordinary 20-plus-year-career, Kylie Minogue has been a global force in pop music and is one of the world’s most successful female artists with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers “Can’t Get You Our of My Head,” “Love At First Sight,” “Slow,” and the Grammy-Award winning “Come Into My World.”   She has received countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen, 8 sold-out world tours including the KylieX2008 tour which traveled to 21 countries throughout Europe, South America, Dubai, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Minogue has released ten studio albums, three live CDs, eight live concert DVD’s, plus her Greatest HitsUltimate Kylie double album and Boombox The Remix Album 2000-2008.  Kylie has her own successful bed linen line “Kylie at Home” and has released 6 fragrances, the latest “Couture” for women and “Inverse” for men.  Her 7th fragrance “Pink Sparkle” was released last month.

Justin Timberlake’s William Rast Clothing Heading To Target

Justin Timberlake is making his designer clothing label affordable for fans – he’s set to release a limited edition William Rast collection at department store Target.
The SexyBack hitmaker launched the William Rast line with his childhood friend Trace Ayala in 2005 and the pair has now partnered with Target bosses to debut a special range for customers later this year (10).
The fashions, which include denim, outerwear and sportswear, will be available for men and women, and will be available for one month from December (10).
William Rast isn’t the only luxury label to release a more cost conscientious collection for Target – top designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Zac Posen have previously collaborated with the department store for similar deals.

In Honor of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday on Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and BoxofVision LLC will create three authorized time capsules of John Lennon’s post-Beatles recordings and fan contributions submitted via, to carry his legacy of peace and love to future generations. 
With the cooperation of Yoko Ono Lennon, the time capsules will be preserved and stored until they are opened in a ceremonial presentation on October 9, 2040. They will be stored at the Rock Hall and two additional world locations that have significance to John Lennon’s legacy. 
The Rock Hall will host a time capsule dedication ceremony at the Museum on Friday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Museum will continue to celebrate Lennon’s legacy with a weekend of special programs built around John Lennon’s personal items in the Museum’s exhibits including in-depth curator discussions, screenings of Lennon-related Induction content and films and other special events.
“I am delighted to support this effort to help share John’s music and messages of peace and love with the children of today and tomorrow. I know that John’s work, life and dreams will help inspire them to bring a better world for everyone. Children Power!” says Mrs. Ono Lennon.
The general public is invited to submit birthday wishes, commentary, musical performances and personal thoughts on John Lennon’s legacy at Fans can share thoughts beginning today through September 15, 2010. Fans who visit the website can also make recommendations about what the time capsules should include to best preserve the Lennon legacy over the next 30 years.
Along with fan contributions the capsules will include John Lennon’s post-Beatles recordings, newly restored art prints of his LP artwork, a newly commissioned essay on his career and other related items. 
THE JOHN LENNON TIME CAPSULE PROJECT is being overseen by Jonathan Polk, of BoxofVision LLC, who last year created THE BEATLES Box of Vision.
“John Lennon’s body of work IS our time capsule,” says Polk. “It embodies the ideals that once fueled our absolute belief we could change the world…then led to cynical backlash… but now represent how we wish to be remembered. 

“The John Lennon Time Capsule is a gift to our children and grandchildren. It is an effort to pass on those messages of peace and love and personal responsibility; to help ensure that John’s beautiful body of work, what he stood for and how he inspired us, will shine on.”

“John Lennon was one of the most influential figures in rock and roll history, not only in terms of his body of work, but also because of how he used his art and visibility to help make a difference in the world,” said Jim Henke, Chief Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. 

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Boxofvision LLC creates and distributes elegant products for fans to store and display the bodies of work of great recording artists, such as last year’s officially licensed THE BEATLES Box of Vision.

Slayer – 3 Classic In-Concert Titles 2 B Released on DVD

The last time you went shopping for DVDs, you might have noticed an unmistakable empty space where Slayer titles should have been.  The reason is simple – all of Slayer’s DVDs have been out of print.  But rest easy Slayer fanatics, the wait will soon be over.  On August 17, 2010, 2003’s “War at the Warfield” and 2004’s “Still Reigning” will be reissued, and, for the first time ever, 1995’s “Live Intrusion,” having been digitally remastered, will also be available on DVD.  All three will be sold separately at retail and online ($13.98 each), and the Limited Edition “Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak” ($29.98), will be available exclusively on Slayer’s website,

“I remember around ‘God Hates Us All,'” [2001], said Slayer’s Kerry King, “asking when we were going to make a DVD of ‘Live Intrusion.’  So, here we are, ten years later, and it’s about time.”

Every one of the Slayer live-in-concert DVDs represents a different era of the band:  “Live Intrusion” was recorded on March 12, 1995 at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ, and features guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Paul Bostaph.  The disc, which is certified Gold, includes some of the most classic Slayer songs such as “Raining Blood” and “War Ensemble,” but also some early special tracks like “At Dawn They Sleep” and “Captor of Sin.”  As a bonus, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Chris Kontos join the band on-stage for a cover of Venom’s “Witching Hour.”  The opening of “Live Intrusion” features a look at some of the band’s very unique fans, in particular, with special emphasis placed upon the fan from the mid-90s who had “Slayer” carved onto his forearm.  In addition, the quality of “Live Intrusion” is high-end, as the original VHS master was located and used to create the DVD.

“War at the Warfield” was filmed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on December 7, 2001, and like “Live Intrusion,” features drummer Paul Bostaph, marking his last release with Slayer before original drummer, Dave Lombardo, rejoined the band.  “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Mandatory Suicide,” and “Disciple” are some of the jewels on this live collection that debuted at #3 on Billboard’s DVD chart, and has since been certified Gold.

Filmed at the Civic Center in Augusta, ME on July 11, 2004, “Still Reigning” – also Gold certified and voted Best Live DVD by the readers of Revolver magazine – was directed by Dean Karr and recreates Slayer’s thrash/punk, 28-minute classic 1986 album “Reign In Blood” performed in its entirety.  The end of the video features the “Wall of Blood,” with the band, their instruments, and the stage completely drenched by a downpour of 150 liters of “blood.”

“There was no dress rehearsal for the blood trick,” explained King.  “It was either going to work or it wasn’t going to work, and we know it did work.  It was so hard to play, I thought I was going to have to go back and overdub all of ‘Reigning Blood,’ but I listened to it and it was all there, it was just a lot more slippery with all the blood goo.”

The “Still Reigning” DVD offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer staples such as “Hell Awaits,” “Hallowed Point,” Necrophiliac,” “Spill the Blood,” and “South of Heaven.”  The DVD also marked the return of drummer Dave Lombardo.  “Even before the idea of ‘Still Reigning’ became a reality, I really wanted to do a video with Dave in it,” said King, “and I knew the fans wanted that as well.”

The Chicago Tribune’s long-time pop music critic Greg Kot wrote that Slayer “is one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Over the past near three-decades, Slayer has created some of thrash/metal’s most enduring and influential recordings – 1986’s “Reign In Blood,” 1990’s “Seasons in the Abyss,” up to the band’s latest, 2009’s “World Painted Blood.”  Long-time fans will attest that nothing comes close to experiencing a Slayer show live and in the flesh; but there’s no denying how the band’s intensity and heaviness translates to these three killer DVDs.

"Birthday Surprise" Eighth Episode of Huge To Air Monday August 18

In the eighth episode of “Huge,” Chloe (Ashley Holliday) and Allistair (Harvey Guillen) celebrate their birthdays – separately — until Chloe’s “popular kids only” party brings the two together under some unfortunate circumstances, causing Chloe to get upset. What happens to trigger such intense emotions? Find out Monday, August 16th (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), on the new ABC Family original one-hour scripted series, “Huge.” The episode, entitled “Birthdays,” was directed by Elodie Keene and written by Lucy Boyle.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rand (Gina Torres) and her new suitor go on an unusual date that gives insight to Rand’s past and her present demeanor. By allowing this man into enter her personal and secret life, it seems that falling in love at summer camp is not just for the campers.
“Huge” is a heartwarming drama that focuses on a group of teens from different backgrounds attending a weight loss camp as they embark on their individual journeys of self discovery. The series will follow the campers as they deal with issues including self-esteem, friendship, rivalry, romance and body image.