Silicon Valley returns for it’s 5th season this March with some big changes. Watch the trailer.
Triple H makes a quick cameo in Casey Neistat’s vlog.
Gabe Sapolsky has long worked for WWE in an unofficial capacity. According to PWInsider, Sapolsky has signed a WWE Contract as a consultant.
WWNLive’s Gabe Sapolsky will be signing an official contract with World Wrestling Entertainment as a consultant, PWInsider.com has confirmed. Sapolsky, 45, has been working on a handshake agreement with WWE for months, helping out specifically at the WWE NXT tapings. We are told Sapolsky will retain his position and responsibilities with WWN and the EVOLVE promotion and this is seen as a growth in the relationship between WWE and WWN.
Commentary: Sapolsky is a great addition to WWE. He is likely going to be one of Triple H’s key advisors moving forward.
According to PWInsider.com, Impact Wrestling has gotten rid of their 6 Sided Ring.
The six-sided ring is no more at Impact Wrestling.
There is a traditional four corner wrestling ring set up at today’s Impact Wrestling taping in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios.
It should be noted that there are aprons with the Twitch logo on certain sides of the ring. Impact has, as of this writing, not announced a deal with the streaming platform. Twitch hosts House of Hardcore’s weekly TV and live events and has hosted a number of other promotions including Impact partner AAA.
Today’s taping, the first of six over the next six evenings, begins at 6 PM Eastern.
Commentary: While I loved the six-sided ring, I know many of the wrestlers prefer 4 sided ring. Either way, I think what’s more important is having a product that makes viewers not notice what shape their ring is.
Plagiarism: an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.
We live in a time where it seems like everything has already been done. As a music producer, I am constantly confronted with phrases like “it reminds me of….” or “cool song! It kind of sounds like….”. It can be unbelievably frustrating to spend days, or weeks on a song just to have it compared to something you never intended it to. Creators, musicians, songwriters and producers constantly strive for originality, but the perception of the listener is what really matters at the end of the day. We have no idea how our sound will be perceived.
So, is it plagiarism or just coincidence? Some major artist who have been confronted with lawsuits over plagiarism claim that they’ve never even heard the song they’ve been accused of ripping off. Could it be that two different people, at two different times, had the exact same idea? In my experience, I think it’s highly possible for two songs to sound very similar without any malice from one songwriter or another, you’ll just have slight variations in each version that makes it unique to its writer. Did Coldplay’s “Vida La Vida” rip off Joe Satriani’s “If I Could Fly”? Did Robin Thicke’s 2014 release “Blurred Lines” borrow from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up”? And, did Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” really steal from Queen’s “Under Pressure”? Or, is this all just one listener’s perspective versus another? In the eyes of all these accused artists, they unknowingly copied, stole, borrowed, or ripped off another piece of work.
Fast forward to this week, where legendary rock band Radiohead files suit against powerhouse pop singer Lana Del Rey over her song “Get Free”. Upon first listen, I was almost offended. “Creep”, the 1993 single for Radiohead is one of my all-time favorite songs. Hearing this track off her latest release made me wonder how neither the songwriters, musicians, producers and label didn’t question the validity of this song. How did it pass through the hands of a dozen or more industry professionals and not be compared to an iconic piece of work? Obviously, the lyrics are completely different, and the production is nothing alike, but the melody is almost spot on, note for note. Now, Radiohead wants 100% of the Publishing royalties from this song. Lana and her publisher have already offered more than 40% of the publishing royalties to the band, but frontman Thom Yorke has declined. This is where a judge will have to listen to both songs side by side and decide whether or not Lana Del Rey is guilty of plagiarism or not.
To make things even more complicated, Radiohead was sued by a band called The Hollies over this very same song! Songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood claimed that “Creep” was nothing but a copy of their song “The Air That I Breathe” from 1969. With an out of court settlement, and adding Hammond and Hazlewood as writers on “Creep”, the matter was resolved. Now, in the event a judge determines that “Get Free” is in fact too similar to “Creep”, not only will Radiohead get their publishing royalties, but Yorke, Hammond and Hazlewood may be awarded writing credits on this 2017 Lana Del Rey track.
Whether plagiarism is intentional or not, it’s not helping the music industry. When artists borrow from other songs, the listener is the one that feels taken advantage of. The consumers that pay for new, exciting music to add to their collections are the ones left with a bitter taste in their mouths. Moving forward, as creators, we should all do our best to create new sounds, with less sampled or “borrowed” compositions, and help grow the musical palate of our listeners and ourselves.
To learn more about the author, SONY/ATV Producer/Songwriter, Daniel Martin, please visit his website at: DMProducer.com
Don Callis, on the Killing The Town podcast, commented on this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Orlando,which kick off tomorrow, noting, “Heading down to Orlando, looking forward to meeting all the top talent that’s on the roster, and yeah, that’s coming up. So it’s busy. I mean, it was busy going over for match sheets and what not over the flight from Tokyo when I wasn’t sleeping because I was exhausted from spending 4 days with our man Chris Jericho. So pretty pumped about that, pretty pumped about some of the changes that Scott and I and the rest of the folks there are looking to make and it’s going to be a process. We’re not going to change every last single thing on the first show. But there’s a long term vision and hopefully people will enjoy the ride. The good news, ratings are way up, we’re 310,000 viewers this week so that was good news. So hopefully that continues and people give the show a try and hang in there with us because I think there’s going to be lots of fun stuff to do. It’s like when Mike Babcock took over the Maple Leafs, he made the comment, “Look, it’s not all going to change in one game or in 10 games. It’s not going to happen overnight. You’ve got to build the foundation and you’ve got to set the table.” So that’s what we’re doing.”
Commentary: Callis is looking at this challenge of bringing Impact Wrestling back to some sort of serious competition or success as a long haul. It’s going to be a long road before Impact is even close to being back on track like it was in 2009-2010.
NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘MIZ & MRS.’ (WT), FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF WWE® SUPERSTARS THE MIZ AND MARYSE, TO AIR ON USA NETWORK
NEW YORK, NY – January 8, 2018 – USA Network today announced it has greenlit MIZ & MRS. (WT), a docuseries chronicling the lives of WWE® Superstars (and married couple) The Miz and Maryse. The six-episode, half-hour series will feature the pair, known for being larger than life both in and out of the ring, as they become parents for the first time.
Produced by WWE® and Bunim/Murray Productions and expected to air in 2018, MIZ & MRS. (WT) will complement USA’s WWE® programming, which includes five hours of live programming each week, 52 weeks a year, with MONDAY NIGHT RAW and SMACKDOWN LIVE.
“As the exclusive television home for WWE®’s flagship programming, USA Network is excited to give this passionate fanbase even more of two of WWE®’s most colorful Superstars, The Miz and Maryse,” said Heather Olander, SVP of Alternative Development and Production. “MIZ & MRS. (WT) is an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse at this iconic couple as they face one of their most exciting challenges yet – becoming parents.”
“MIZ & MRS. (WT) will undoubtedly be the most must-see show on television,” said WWE® Superstars The Miz and Maryse. “We can’t wait to share this next chapter of our lives with our fans as we get ready to welcome our daughter into this world.”
First introduced to TV audiences as one of the seven strangers on “The Real World: Back to New York,” The Miz parlayed his reality TV fame into a successful WWE® career. Making his WWE® debut in 2006, he has since gone on to become a seven-time Intercontinental Champion, four-time Tag Team Champion and WWE® Champion. He has also starred in several films produced by WWE Studios®, including “The Marine 3: Homefront,” “The Marine 4: Moving Target,” “The Marine 5: Battleground,” “Christmas Bounty,” “Santa’s Little Helper” and “The Marine 6: Close Quarters,” which is currently in production.
Maryse made her WWE® debut in 2006 and today stars on both MONDAY NIGHT RAW and E!’s hit reality series “Total Divas.” As the first two-time Divas Champion, the Montreal, Quebec native is one of the longest-tenured Champions in WWE® history, having held the title for 216 days. As a manager, she has also guided a number of her fellow Superstars to success, including The Miz. Outside of the ring, the former model has starred in the WWE Studios® film “Santa’s Little Helper” and is a real estate entrepreneur.
A long-time couple, The Miz and Maryse became engaged in 2013 and were married in 2014. In September 2017, they announced their pregnancy live on MONDAY NIGHT RAW to great fan excitement from around the world.
Mickie James is the latest woman to enter into the Woman’s Royal Rumble match. Are you excited to see James in the match?
I have long said in many private conversations that 2017 has to be a resurgent year for main stream pop music. There were so many amazing breakout songs of 2017, but let’s take a look at those hit-makers and what 2018 might hold for these 5 pop-stars.
Shawn Mendes made a name for himself on Vine and Youtube and over the last two years has really become a staple in mainstream music. In 2015, Mendes exploded on the scene with his hit single Stiches. Mendes has an incredibly soulful voice, paired with all of his catchy songs then it’s no surprise that his music would be huge. However, I think his biggest year is yet to come and 2018 might be that year. He is currently working on an album and if his new music is anything like his song There’s Nothing Holding Me Back, 2018 will definitely be his year.
Back in the studio this month to finish the album… x
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) January 3, 2018
Chris Jericho is back with But I’m Chris Jericho. Check out the entire second season.