December 9, 2015
December 6, 2015
First let me say that Adele will not be nominated tomorrow..."Hello" and the massive "25" (which is now the first album/artist to sell more than 1 million copies in its first AND 2nd weeks on the charts...just 3.4 million and 1.2 million respectively) are not eligible this year -- but it's pretty much a sure bet that 2017 will be the Adelmmy Awards...
Album of the Year
Taylor Swift -- 1989 (Shake it Off was the only thing eligible last year and she got shut out as far as Record and Song of the Year noms went) BUT...add Blank Spaces, Style, Bad Blood, Wildest Dreams...oh, and the fact that it's been in the top 10 on iTunes consistently over the past year and this is a shoo-in!)
Kendrick Lamar -- To Pimp a Butterfly (since its release this has been one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eligibility period and one of the most successful albums of the year)
The Weekend -- Beauty Behind the Madness (from 50 Shades of Gray Soundtrack to "Can't Feel My Face" this year, it didn't matter if it were a Monday or a Thursday because every day was The Weekend!
Foo Fighters -- Sonic Highway (critically acclaimed and they've been nominated twice for Album of the Year previously without a win; Grammy voters love this group and they want a nom that's alt rock so their voting appears/ feels inclusive ;)
Alabama Shakes -- Sound + Color (face it, Swifty is all Pop so they need a country-sounding act in this category even tho they are alt rock:) well, feel inclusive ;))
Meghan Trainor's "Title" has spawned massive hits from "All About that Bass" (which was nominated for Record and Song of the Year but shut out last year), "Lips are Movin'" "Dear Future Husband" "I'm Gonna Love You (duet with John Legend) and she's loved by fans and the industry (FYI: "Title" was released in this year's eligibility period only "Bass" was eligible last year). Swifty has cornered the girl pop category but there are a lot of men represented above so the Academy may go for her too.
James Taylor's latest release saw his highest chart debut on Billboard in a very long and successful recording career. Grammy voters like the iconic/nostalgic acts but over the past few years it seems there has to be some sales quantity/radio play/continued buzz for an album of the year nod...there wasn't much fire after the initial rain with this one.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
"Blank Spaces" -- Taylor Swift ('nuff said)
"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (14 weeks at #1. Bruno Mars. Nuff said.)
"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran (sure the album from which "Thinking" comes already was nominated for Album of the Year last year (didn't win) but the single was released this year and he's become an industry darling -- expect this to receive several nods)
"See You Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (w/ Charlie Puth): became an anthem for lost loved ones and an ode to "Furious" actor Paul Walker who died tragically (in a high speed car accident of all things after leaving a charity event) while filming the latest installment of the franchise. Charlie Puth also is the current "it" kid (and rumored to be dating Ms. Trainor)
5TH SPOT POSSIBILITIES:
"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend (just because that would be cool to have as a nomination in this field and people will want to shower The Weekend with lots of nods to show how cool they are)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar (one of the best songs of 2015 and another opp for voters to show him their love)
"Honey, I'm Good" -- Andy Grammer (not a lot of music "experts" are talking about this one but with pop and country cross-over this might stand a chance -- and 52 million people LOVED the video)
"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar earlier this year but wasn't eligible for GRAMMY nomination because it wasn't released until December 2014)
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town (they need a country act in here)
"Ghost Town" -- Madonna. Long shot. But a surprise move that could show the Academy actually knows what it's doing!
SONG OF THE YEAR
(BTW: Record of the Year is for the overall production of a song meaning the Grammy goes to the artist, producer and engineer(s); Song of the Year is for the songwriting and only goes to the songwriter(s) -- if the artist who performed a Song of the Year winner didn't write or co-write the song then that artist doesn't win the GRAMMY, too)
"Blank Spaces" - Taylor Swift ('nuff said)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar
"See you Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (feat Charlie Puth)
"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran
"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar, not eligible last year for a GRAMMY nom because it was released in December 2014)
"Here" -- Alissia Cara
"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town
"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars (there are 11 co-writers on this song which might turn voters off for this category)
If the Academy is feeling especially nostalgic then Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye's "FourFiveSeconds" might show up in the Song and Record categories as well...
BEST NEW ARTIST
5TH SPOT POSSIBILITIES:
I would have put Pentatonix, the most successful a capella group with hundreds of millions of YouTube fans and views and now 2 #1 albums under their belts (last year's biggest holiday album and their first full length album on a major lable this year) as a sure bet in this category but they won a GRAMMY last year for best arrangement so they are ineligible...RATS!)
Those are my predictions. Best of luck to everyone!!
October 17, 2015
IF YOU JUST DON'T GET MADONNA OR IF YOU'RE A HATER THEN YOU MUST READ THIS (IF YOU LOVE THE QUEEN...YOU'VE ALREADY STARTED READING THIS!)
Madonna's Concert Changed My Opinion About Her Rebel Heart Era: I get it now. And I love it.
September 19, 2015
Kudos to Frito Gay!!!
Kudos to Frito Gay!!!
September 16, 2015
SUNSET LANE ENTERTAINMENT (SLE) BRINGS LIVE TV BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT, EVENTS & DIGITAL CONTENT CREATION EXPERTISE TO REALITY SHOW HITS, NETWORK SPECIALS, AWARDS SHOWS AND MORE
--Company Announces WME Entertainment Representation for
SLE's Production & Development --
SEPT. 17, 2015 (NEW YORK) -- Today, Sunset Lane Entertainment (SLE) unveils showcase of live television Broadcast Entertainment, Events and Digital Content production expertise https://vimeo.com/138779927 and announces WME Entertainment representation of SLE's production & development specialties. SLE live productions include reality hits such as VH1’s social media powerhouse “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” with Eastern TV; network and online specials, including the inaugural CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame for IFC and CollegeHumor.com, Amazon Prime’s Comic-Con live streaming broadcast of sneak peek and Q&A for “The Man in the High Castle” on EW.com, and sports content production for Al Roker Entertainment's upcoming "Triumph Games" for NBC Sports. Continuing its long-standing relationship with YouTube/Google (YouTube Live, YouTube Play, YouTube Music Awards), SLE produced the first YouTube Creator Summit this summer. SLE is headed by Founder/Executive Producer Salli Frattini, and Executive Producers Carol Eng and Felycia Sugarman.
Sugarman produced high-caliber storytelling and animation production values with short film “Zusha!,” commissioned by Georgetown University (GUI2DE). SLE Development’s slate includes upcoming pilot special “Millionaire Chess,” a sports competition series and reality show “Cirque Du Gras,” as well as other projects to be announced.
“We’re seeing a growing industry trend of more programmers understanding how powerful a live broadcast component can be for ratings, social media buzz and consumer engagement, and marketing partnerships,” said Frattini. “Whether it’s live broadcast of awards shows, network specials, digital entertainment content or even reality TV now, the challenge is two-fold: develop a creative and entertaining concept AND execute a flawless live broadcast experience for everyone – and that’s SLE’s specialty. WME recognized that and will be focusing on cultivating more strategic partnerships, creative platforms and development deals that play into all of SLE’s capabilities.”
VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding”
For three years, fans of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop New York” followed the highs and lows of Yandy and Mendeecee’s relationship. And the payoff was not only worth the wait, but it was LIVE! Carol Eng exec produced “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” with Eastern TV which included Fans choosing the dress Yandy would wear on her big day, and social media was on fire as the live special was #1 Most Social Show on ALL TV (network and cable, Excluding NBA game) and #LHHLWedding #1 trending on Twitter.
“CollegeHumor Comedy Music Hall of Fame” on IFC
With CollegeHumor.com and cable network IFC, the CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame was an hour-long special and series of shorts that honored comedy music. Frattini exec produced the dual partnership and this first-time special.
“Amazon Prime’s Comic-Con Sneak Peek”
Produced Live Q&A and live stream on EW.com for Amazon Prime’s drama series “The Man in the High Castle.” SLE directed the hosted intro with series writer/producer Frank Spotnitz & Entertainment Weekly journalist Darren Franich, as well as a Q&A with key cast members.
“YouTube Creator Summit”
SLE has a long-standing relationship with YouTube/Google and produced this year’s inaugural Creator Summit where the top 100 YouTube Creators were invited to New York and event coincided with YouTube’s Brandcast this past June.
ZUSHA! (Speak out/Protest)
SLE’s Felycia Sugarman produced high-caliber storytelling and animation production values for a cause, in partnership with Jesse Raiford: A short film produced to spread the word about a highly effective road safety program in Kenya that saves lives. Commissioned by The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, and funded via a USAID grant, the film will be part of the outreach in East Africa and ultimately, around the globe. http://zusharoadsafety.org
“The Triumph Games”
Working with Al Roker Entertainment, SLE’s Carol Eng & Felycia Sugarman produced a series of digital shorts promoting “The Triumph Games,” a new sports event for US veteran athletes who overcome serious injuries to continue their athletic careers and prove they truly are made of 'the right stuff.’
A premiere open chess tournament in Las Vegas this October from which SLE is creating short-form pilot programming.
About Sunset Lane Entertainment
Executive Producer Salli Frattini, former SVP/Executive in Charge of Production for Music Specials and Events at MTV, launched Sunset Lane Entertainment (SLE) in 2008 with the production of the first-ever YouTube Live Awards. Frattini took an unmatched track record of producing iconic and groundbreaking live entertainment broadcast events and organically parlayed that into becoming the bridge between traditional broadcast production and digital platforms. SLE is a leader in youth culture-oriented programs and cutting-edge technology. The company continues to grow its development slate, with Frattini and veteran broadcast network executives Carol Eng and Felycia Sugarman. The portfolio includes exceptional scripted and unscripted series, as well as sports and entertainment events and properties. Headquartered in New York, NY, visit http://www.sunsetlaneentertainment.com for more information.
September 13, 2015
August 20, 2015
If you are familiar with the uber fashion and shoe brand Kenneth Cole, you know how committed the brand is to freedom of expression, artistic freedom, human rights, among other human-centric political and cultural issues. The brand's new fall campaign is brilliant, beautiful, powerful and probably one of the most relevant and timely statements any brand has made about pop culture and the state of the world today.
The campaign is called "The Courageous Class" and features a model turned activist, a pro surfer turned activist, a deaf pro soccer player, a transwoman model, a humanitarian hip-hop producer. "The Models are the Role Models," one of them says and the one minute video focuses on what each is passionate about and how we all can help make change. The most powerful statement comes from the model turned activist who says, "I can effect change...because I am...because I exist" and I think most of us feel like "what can little ol' me do?"
We, as individuals, can make positive changes by the smallest actions...however, we as a community can make even greater changes. Start reconnecting human-to-human again. Put down your mobile phones and your tablets. Hold someone's hand. Call someone. Send a card. Go to lunch and leave your mobiles in the car...
Be the courageous class.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH "COURAGEOUS CLASS" BY KC
August 12, 2015
August 5, 2015
SO IF YOU ARE CHOMPING AT THE BIT FOR NEW ADELE MUSIC (THE ALBUM IS COMPLETELY DONE BTW), YOU MAY WANT TO SIT DOWN FOR THIS...
So, if you are as excited about Adele's new album (which is completely done and in the can) as I am...I mean...Phil Collins is one of the producers...she also worked with Ryan Tedder again and there are rumors of a Madonna collaboration...well, anywho, if you are as excited as I am about new music from Adele...sit down and take some deep breaths...ok...are you ready? Adele just said in an interview that she would "like to have a 2nd child BEFORE RELEASING ANY NEW MUSIC!" I know...calm yourselves...yes, that's right...it could be another year at least that we get to hear any new Adele....don't shoot the messenger...
August 3, 2015
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