Surrounded by friends, the Festival de Cannes celebrated its 70th anniversary in an evening that was less of a ceremony and more an opportunity for discussion. A chance to talk about cinema, the history of film and the Festival, with directors from every generation, and actors and actresses too… Earlier that day, an exceptional photocall had brought together over one hundred artists for a family photo: Palme d’or winners, Presidents and Jury members… At 7 pm, the Grand Théâtre Lumière’s stage curtain rose for a first montage that chronicled Grand openings of the Festival de Cannes before Thierry Frémaux welcomed guests, including: Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Jane Campion, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo Del Toro, Matteo Garrone, Michael Haneke, Alejandro Iñárritu, Ken Loach, George Miller, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jia Zhangke, Claude Lelouch… But someone was missing… Isabelle Huppert perhaps? Waiting in the wings, she took to the stage to introduce a film that looked back at her illustrious career.“Tonight, we join together to celebrate 70 years of marriage between Cannes and the cinema… For Jean Cocteau, who presided over the Jury in 1953, the Festival had no real meaning unless it was “a meeting of hearts and minds”. Perhaps this is the secret to a long-lasting marriage, the secret of a 70-year love story, the meeting of hearts and minds.” The actress, who presided over the evening alongside Thierry Frémaux, then introduced the second themed montage on the history of the Festival, this time with a focus on women. For it has to be said, as she made clear in her introduction, that the Festival has, year in and year out, highlighted the profiles, stories and views of women. Other montages filled the celebration with memories and emotion: including a film looking back at Palmes d’or winners and another on memorable prize giving ceremonies, as well as montages focusing on scandals, and even childhood, as Thierry Frémaux recalled: “We, the cinema enthusiasts, both those who produce films and those who celebrate them, have refused to grow old. Because cinema is also about continuing to delight the child in all of us…” Next it was the turn of Guillermo Del Toro, one of the most influential members of the new wave of Mexican cinema and a global success, to deliver a speech on tolerance. “Today, in the post-truth era we live in, we need to talk about monsters. Gauge them against those we live with. Find a renewed sense of empathy. Forgive our sins and imperfections and rebel against those who claim that it is “the other” that we should beware of. Against those who tell us that there is an “us” and “them”, who we must reject, and who demonize anything that stands out from the norm.”
“Cinema replaces our vision with a world that matches our desires”Before departing, the extended cinema family came together once again on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to sing an “Happy Birthday to you!”. On the front row, one of its prodigal sons, Jean-Pierre Léaud.]]>
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Headie One Releases “Bigger Than Life” Featuring Dutch Rapper Frenna
Today, UK drill pioneer Headie One releases brand new track, “Bigger Than Life,” along with an official music video. Take a listen to the track at all DSPs HERE.
Featuring the Dutch multi-platinum artist Frenna and production from Spanker, “Bigger Than Life” is the third track to be taken from Headie’s forthcoming European tape, following “22 Carats” with French rapper Gazo and “Cloud” featuring German rapper Luciano.
Frenna comments on the collaboration “I always respected Headie and think he’s a great artist, we linked and it just clicked in the studio. We made a lot of shit happen and eventually ‘Bigger Than Life’ was born.”
Frenna made his breakthrough in 2014 as part of the rap formation SFB (Strictly Family Business) and has had numerous #1 in the Netherlands including ‘Francis’ and ’’t Album Onderweg Naar ‘Het Album’’. His fifth solo album ‘Highest’ featuring breakthrough hit ‘Come Thru’ had a host of international artists on including Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade, British rapper Young Adz (D-Block Europe) and King Promise.
Headie’s as yet untitled new tape will be released over the summer and features rappers from a number of different European countries including France, Germany and the Netherlands. Each have their own unique story behind them and proves the King Of Drill’s ever increasing influence outside of his native UK.
Apple Music Live announces a Mary J. Blige one-night-only performance
Grammy award-winning and Academy award nominated artist, actress, producer and entrepreneur Mary J. Blige will host a performance for one-night-only to celebrate her life and music that will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music in over 165 countries on July 27th at 7:00 PM PST. Blige’s performance at New York City’s historic United Palace will feature a career-spanning setlist and reflections from her unparalleled career in music.
Blige will be the latest artist to take the stage for Apple Music Live, the exclusive live performance series on Apple Music giving the biggest stars in music a global platform to connect with audiences around the world.
Mary J. Blige quote: “The last year of my career in particular has been an exciting ride. From continuing to act, to recording and releasing my 15th studio album, growing and expanding different businesses like Sun Goddess and Sister Love Jewelry, to performing at the Super Bowl, launching my Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit and now getting ready to go back on tour, it feels amazing to take this opportunity to celebrate, reflect and have an intimate night with my fans through this platform Apple Music is providing me.”
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Apple Music is inviting Mary J. Blige fans in the greater New York region the opportunity to register for free for a chance to be in the room as the influential artist takes the stage for this can’t miss one-off performance. Fans can register to attend HERE.
In anticipation of her exclusive Apple Music Live performance and to mark the 30th anniversary of her landmark debut album ‘What’s the 411?‘, on July 27th Apple Music Hits will devote the entire day to all things Mary, including exclusive programming, music, and interviews showcasing the key moments from her legendary catalog and career. Tune in all day HERE.
Mary J. Blige reached new heights on Apple Music in 2022, with the release of her fifteenth studio album, ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’, and her performance in the Super Bowl LVI halftime show. The week following the halftime performance was her biggest week in Apple Music history, with 325% more streams than she saw the same week in 2021. Blige’s saw songs new and old have reached the Daily Top 100 in countries worldwide. “Family Affair” hit the Daily Top 100 in a number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Denmark. All told, Mary J. Blige has hit the Daily Top 100 in 38 countries, and her music has been featured across many major editorial playlists on Apple Music, including R&B Now, ’90s Hits Essentials, Brown Sugar, and more. Blige is also a frequent guest on the Zane Lowe Show and Ebro show on Apple Music 1 where she regularly shares new music and connects with her fans around the world.
Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar. And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.
Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two No. R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” all of which have made her a force in music.
Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger with Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), Strength of a Woman (2017) and Good Morning Gorgeous (2022). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including Not Gon’ Cry, Love Is All We Need, Seven Days, All That I Can Say, Family Affair, Just Fine and U + Me (Love Lesson). In late 2021, Blige released the first two singles off her 15th studio album, “Amazing (feat. DJ Khaled)” and “Good Morning Gorgeous,” followed by “Rent Money (feat. Dave East)” in January of 2022. This all led up to the release of her latest studio album “Good Morning Gorgeous,” which dropped on February 11th.
SXSW Announces New Event in Australia
South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals is expanding beyond Austin, Texas to bring its famed celebration of the technology, film and music industries to Sydney, Australia across seven days and nights from October 15 to October 22, 2023.
SXSW Sydney will gather the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators and innovators for an exploration of the best in Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology and Innovation. Like SXSW in Austin, SXSW Sydney will be a must-attend event for creators and professionals seeking to shape and discover future trends, emerging technology and access unrivaled networking opportunities.
SXSW Sydney is a collaboration with TEG, The NSW Government & Destination NSW, and will be the official annual Asia Pacific installment of SXSW, which has taken place every March since 1987 in Austin, Texas. SXSW has included speakers and artists such as Barack Obama, Brené Brown, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Melinda Gates, Elizabeth Warren, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Yeoh, Taika Waititi, Jordan Peele and Nonny de la Peña.
“We couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with TEG and the New South Wales Government via Destination NSW on an event that brings to Australia the professional opportunities and unexpected discoveries that make SXSW unique,” said Roland Swenson, CEO & Co-founder of SXSW. “The purpose of SXSW is to help creative people achieve their goals, and Sydney is the ideal city to serve as a home for the cross-collaboration that exists within the many industries we bring together.”
“SXSW is an event without equal internationally that has launched the careers of so many creative professionals,” said Geoff Jones, Group CEO TEG, Event Producer for SXSW Sydney. “Through showcasing the creator industries of the Asia Pacific to the world, SXSW Sydney will establish a new SXSW touchpoint, enabling the international and cross-sector connections that deliver the most innovative products and content. I would like to welcome Colin Daniels as the Managing Director of SXSW Sydney and thank the NSW Government, Destination NSW, and the team at SXSW for their foresight and support.”
Industry professionals, talent, partners and more can register their interest now at sxswsydney.com to discover the unexpected ideas and diverse discussions SXSW Sydney makes possible when creative people come together.
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