Tuesday Mar 3, 2015

'Orange is the New Black' back in June

The third season for the award-winning prison-based drama will be available to stream in all Netflix territories starting on June 12.As well as being reunited with Taylor Schilling's portrayal of prisoner Piper Chapman and with Laura Prepon, who is returning for the new season following last...
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'Orange is the New Black' back in June
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
'Orange is the New Black' back in June

The third season for the award-winning prison-based drama will be available to stream in all Netflix territories starting on June 12.As well as being reunited with Taylor Schilling's portrayal of prisoner Piper Chapman and with Laura Prepon, who is returning for the new season following last year's role as ex-love interest Alex Vause, fans of the show will be getting an extra episode. Season three will run to 14 shows rather than the 13-show format adopted by the intial and second seasons. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago to close in December
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago to close in December

CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new studio in West Hollywood, California, and work currently done at Harpo Studios in Chicago will now be done there. Winfrey sold the Harpo Studios property in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood to a developer last year for about $32 million. She said in a statement Tuesday that Harpo Studios has been a "blessing" in her life and she's now "looking ahead" to inhabiting her California studio. The city named the street outside Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way" in 2011. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jane Lynch to move on from 'Glee' with starring role in new CBS pilot show
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Jane Lynch to move on from 'Glee' with starring role in new CBS pilot show

"Glee" star Jane Lynch has been lined up for a new pilot TV show "Angel From Hell".The actress will play a leading part in the CBS comedy, with Lynch taking up the role of Amy, a flamboyant guardian angel, Deadline reports. Her character strikes up an unlikely friendship with a woman called Allison who has yet to be cast. Lynch is perhaps best known for her role as the acerbic coach Sue Sylvester in Fox's hit musical extravaganza "Glee," which wrapped up filming in February after six years. However the star has worked with CBS in the past, on comedy show "Two and a Half Men." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sara Gilbert welcomes baby boy with wife Linda Perry
Monday Mar 2, 2015
Sara Gilbert welcomes baby boy with wife Linda Perry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sara Gilbert shared the news of her new baby on "The Talk." Co-host Julie Chen announced on Monday's episode that Gilbert welcomed a son over the weekend. It's Gilbert's first with wife Linda Perry. Chen said Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was born Saturday. Fellow host Sharon Osbourne showed a photo of the newborn. Gilbert and Perry were married in March 2014. The 40-year-old Gilbert may be best known for her starring role on the long-running TV comedy "Roseanne." She's also a creator and co-host of "The Talk." Perry is a singer, songwriter, producer and former front woman of the rock group 4 Non Blondes. Gilbert has two children from a previous relationship. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

YouTube names its 2015 Music Award Winners
Monday Mar 2, 2015
YouTube names its 2015 Music Award Winners

Beyoncé, Big Sean, Drake and Ed Sheeran feature among the 50 artists who will be picking up an award from the Google-owned video sharing platform at a special online-only event scheduled for March 23.YouTube has not explained exactly how the artists were judged for winning their awards, other than to say that they "showed the biggest growth in view, subscribers and engagement over the last six months on YouTube." Collectively, the artists, who also include Katy Perry, OK Go, One Direction, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, have clocked up more than 47 billion views and boast 164 million subscribers since September. To mark the achievement, at 10am PT on March 23 YouTube will be posting a huge collection of exclusive new content from emerging and established artists to the site. The package is being produced by VICE and contributors included Cahoots, Charli XCX, Migos, Nicky Jam and Shamir. As for the YouTube Music Awards 2015, it will be broadcast live on YouTube on its own dedicated channel. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Dior to release behind-the-scenes documentary
Wednesday Mar 4, 2015
Dior to release behind-the-scenes documentary

After iconic French luxury labels Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, it's the house of Dior's turn to hit the big screen. This month, cinema go-ers in the UK, Australia and Japan will be able to discover the new "Dior and I" feature-length film.The title of the documentary is a nod to Christian Dior's 1956 memoir "Christian Dior and I". Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the influential French luxury brand's past, Dior's first brand-backed movie release is a tribute to the seamstresses who helped Raf Simons create his first Haute couture collection in just eight weeks, as opposed to the usual five or six months. The dramatic crux of the documentary directed by Frédéric Tcheng hangs on Simons' ability to pull off the colossal feat of producing a haute couture collection within a unimaginably tight time frame. Naturally, Belgian designer Raf Simons plays the starring role in this film that revisits a critical period in the history of the Christian Dior label. Simons' leading ladies in "Dior and I" are without doubt Florence Chehet, the dynamic and upbeat head seamstress for the atelier 'flou,' and Monique Bailly, the anxious and quick-witted head seamstress for Dior's atelier 'tailleur.' "For me, they are the two most important people in the house," says Pieter Mulier, Simons' right hand at Dior and longtime collaborator. "Because they have everything in their hands." After surviving 13 months without a head designer after John Galliano's public fall from grace, in 2012 the French fashion house announced that Raf Simons would fill the vacant seat of artistic director. The fashion world was up in arms. The self-taught designer whose previous credits included a namesake menswear line and who had been perceived by many as a "minimalist," had always kept a low public profile and, most importantly, had never before worked in haute couture. "Dior and I" is coming to cinemas in Japan on March 14, Australia on March 26, the UK on March 27, while North American audiences will have a chance to see it starting April 10. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/diorandimovie Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK (AP) — The 14th-annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature documentaries on Cuban muscle cars, New Yorker cartoonists and police stun guns. The downtown New York festival announced half its slate Tuesday, previewing the films that will play in competition. The festival will feature documentaries across a wide spectrum of subjects, including "Indian Point," on the New York nuclear facility; "Havana Motor Club," on muscle cars in Cuba; "Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle," on police use of stun guns; and "Very Semi-Serious," about New Yorker cartoons. Among the dramatic entries are "The Adderall Diaries," an adaption of Stephen Elliott's memoir starring James Franco; "Franny," a drama about an eccentric older man (Richard Gere) drawn to the daughter (Dakota Fanning) of a dead friend; and "Meadowland," a relationship drama with Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson. But documentaries have become known as Tribeca's strongest offerings and are increasingly occupying some of the festival's top showcase slots. This year's festival, which runs April 15-26, will open with the "Saturday Night Live" documentary "Live From New York!" Other documentaries coming to Tribeca this year focus on the Japanese drink sake ("The Birth of Sake"), romance among the autistic ("Autism in Love") and the most-gored bullfighter in history ("Gored"). Albert Maysles will also present "In Transit," a documentary he co-directed about the longest train route in America. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Opera of sci-fi classic 'Solaris' creates strange world
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Opera of sci-fi classic 'Solaris' creates strange world

To turn the science fiction classic "Solaris" into an opera, the Japanese composer Dai Fujikura and choreographer Saburo Teshigawara set out to create for the audience a world of strangeness. "Solaris," whose world premiere takes place Thursday at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, is based on the celebrated novel of Polish writer Stanislas Lem about a planet covered entirely by ocean. The novel, a philosophical exploration on human intelligence and its limitations, has inspired numerous adaptations including a cult film by the Russian Andrei Tarkovsky and, more recently, by US director Steven Soderbergh. "I've been drawn to this story for years," said Fujikura, a 37-year-old rising figure in avant-garde classical music. "I don't think it's science fiction; it's a great story about the alien-ness which is deep within every human being," he told AFP. Fujikura is known for his innovation of "spatial separation" in which he rejects the traditional seating structure of an orchestra and places musicians in various spots of the concert hall for musical effect. For "Solaris," his first full-length opera, Fujikura seeks to emulate the strangeness of the planet by immersing the audience inside a wall of sound, similar to the sensation in a pitch-black cinema. Lem's novel was not the science fiction of little green men. Instead, the ocean-planet Solaris possessed a mysterious, extraterrestrial form of intelligence that baffled human visitors. In a counter-attack to the humans that reach the planet's surface, Solaris confronts them with visitors from the depths of their own memory. Hence the scientist Kris Kelvin arrives in Solaris only to be tormented by meeting his late wife Hari, who had committed suicide. She turns into a sort of avatar of the invading scientist's memory, or indeed of his subconscious. - 3D, and performance duos - To bring "Solaris" to the stage, the opera employs duos -- one singer, and one dancer -- to portray each of the main characters: Kelvin and Hari, as well as Snaut and Gibarian, fellow human scientists on the station that is observing Solaris. The audience is introduced to the mysterious planet through a three-dimensional video, which requires special glasses for the first 15 minutes of the opera. The dancers include Rihoko Sato, a favourite performer for Teshigawara, as well as the choreographer himself and Nicolas Le Riche, the former star of the Paris Opera Ballet who retired last year. Le Riche has grown close to Teshigawara over the years and danced in October 2013 to his piece "Darkness is Hiding Black Horses." "Saburo is a conceptual artist and you shouldn't expect an extremely narrative opera, even if the text is quite explicit," Le Riche said. "The singers are explaining the action and the dancers are there to give body, texture, substance and colour to personify this story," he said. The Ensemble Intercontemporain, the French chamber orchestra that focuses on contemporary music, performs the score in the pit but Fujikura will be present at the soundboard to add a subtle electronic layer. A computer will pick up random segments of the singing for a couple of seconds at a time, and send the sound "flittering away" in the concert hall, Fujikura said. "We needed electronics because we are dealing with strangeness," he said. In the case of the character of the dead wife Hari, she is portrayed as an "innocent girl, singing beautifully" but the effect "gives her something strange, because she has been dead for years!" Fujikura worked on the project with technicians from Ircam, the Paris research institute on the science of music that was founded by contemporary music giant Pierre Boulez, a strong supporter of the younger Japanese composer. "Solaris" will run from Thursday to Saturday at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the institution behind the revolutionary 1913 "The Rite of Spring" composed by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Vaslav Najinsky. "Solaris" will head later in March to Lille in northern France and the next month to Lausanne, Switzerland, with discussions under way for performances elsewhere. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Polish castle to set the scene for real-life wizarding school
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Polish castle to set the scene for real-life wizarding school

Fans of the Harry Potter series and the magical arts have launched a crowdsourcing campaign that aims to bring a College of Wizardry to life, and -- if all goes well --  turn a castle in Poland into a permanent school of sorcery.Within three days of being posted on crowdfunding site Indiegogo February 28, the College of Wizardry has achieved 38 percent of its financial goal, raising more than $19,200 of its initial $50,000 target. Following the successful wizarding events first held last year, $50,000 would fund three four-day retreats for 138 participants who would engage in what’s called ‘live-action role play' (or LARP) -- unscripted, improvisation, akin to children playing pretend. “Except we have better costumes and more complex stories,” explained project coordinator Claus Raasted in a YouTube video. The event is set to take place at the medieval Czocha Castle in southwestern Poland, which has been open to the public as a hotel and conference center since the 1990s. While the first LARP events held at the castle last November were themed after the Harry Potter series with the one-off permission of Warner Bros., organizers emphasize that their College of Wizardry will not take place in the Harry Potter universe. “There will be no mention of Muggles, no Quidditch and no Hogwarts in our fiction.” The idea? To create a generic College of Wizardry that can stand on its own legs, organizers say. Should the campaign succeed in raising $1 million, organizers also claim they’ll buy their own castle in Poland and turn it into a permanent College of Wizardry. During the sessions, participants will be able to role-play everything from students, teachers, ghosts and visiting reporters. Students will enroll in classes like herbology and magical theory. Out of class participants can explore the castle, the surrounding magical forest, and grab a beer (note, not butterbeer) at the nearby tavern.  Participants will spend four days at the Czocha Castle inventing their own characters and story lines.  The retreat culminates in a magic ball. Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling fans looking to throw themselves into the wizarding world of Harry Potter can book a stay at the Georgian House in London, which has created a set of Wizard Chambers for kids. Faux stonewalls, stained glass windows, four-poster beds and a red and yellow Gryffindor color scheme help evoke the dormitories of Hogwarts. For more info on the College of Wizardry visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/college-of-wizardry-as-real-as-wizard-school-gets. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jamie Dornan from 'Fifty Shades' to WWII
Monday Mar 2, 2015
Jamie Dornan from 'Fifty Shades' to WWII

One of the hottest properties in Hollywood, thanks to his starring role in box-office smash "Fifty Shades of Grey," Dornan is set to thrash the Nazis in his next big-screen outing.As first reported by Screen Daily, the star has signed on to play the lead role in "Anthropoid," a wartime thriller based on the true story of the allied forces' attempt to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, who was considered the architect of the Final Solution. Set to be helmed by UK director Sean Ellis, who will also be sharing writing duties alongside Anthony Frewin, Screen Daily claims that Irish actor Cillian Murphy most recently seen in period gangster drama series "Peaky Blinders" will also star. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Play 'Guards at the Taj' gets its Moayed and Metwally
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Play 'Guards at the Taj' gets its Moayed and Metwally

NEW YORK (AP) — Rajiv Joseph's new play "Guards at the Taj" has found its guards — the Tony Award-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. The Atlantic Theater Company said Tuesday that the stars of "Sixteen Wounded" and "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" will headline the play set in 1648 India. Steppenwolf Theatre Company member Amy Morton will direct. Joseph's other plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ''Gruesome Playground Injuries," ''Animals Out of Paper" and "The North Pool." He also wrote for "Nurse Jackie." Performances of "Guards at the Taj" start May 20 with an opening night set for June 11. ___ Online: http://www.atlantictheater.org Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Tena Stivicic's '3 Winters' wins Blackburn Prize
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Tena Stivicic's '3 Winters' wins Blackburn Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Tena Stivicic was still buzzing a day after winning the oldest and most prestigious playwriting prize for women with her sweeping play about four generations of women growing up in Croatia after World War II. The London-based author of "3 Winters," which was produced at the National Theatre in London in December 2014, was awarded the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and $25,000 on Monday night at a ceremony at Playwrights Horizon. Stivicic said Tuesday she wrote the play in part to try to address the imbalance in the male-dominated theater community and urged more women to both write more plays and write from a female perspective. "The problem is we've all internalized this perspective so it seems perfectly natural to look at the world from the male perspective," she said. "A lot of women have internalized it. It doesn't even occur to us that it doesn't represent life." She beat out 11 prize finalists: Lisa D'Amour, Alice Birch, Alecky Blythe, Clare Barron, Clara Brennan, Katherine Chandler, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Lindsey Ferrentino, Zodwa Nyoni, Heidi Schreck and Ruby Rae Spiegel. The nominated plays took audiences across four continents and ranged from the political to the personal. Stivicic hopes the prize will spur interest in a New York-based production of "3 Winters," adding: "It is ostensibly a play about a family in Croatia but it deals with so many themes and subject matters that I think are relatable." The prize was created to honor of Susan Smith Blackburn, who died of breast cancer in 1977 and honors English-language women playwrights. Eight Blackburn finalist plays have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and some Blackburn winners include Annie Baker, Katori Hall, Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel and Naomi Wallace. Stivicic already plans to write another play for the National Theatre and later this year hopes cameras will roll on an independent film adaptation of her play "Invisible," which explores the many sides of migration. The judges for the 37th Susan Smith Blackburn Prize this year were Chay Yew, Liesl Tommy, Carmen Herlihy, Bijan Sheibani, Rona Munro and actress Rebecca Hall. In her remarks, Hall noted that women account for roughly 70 percent of theatergoing audiences in both England and America and yet women's plays are far less likely to be produced than men's. "As an actress working in film and theater, I know what it's like to struggle to have your voice heard. And this award gives writers a megaphone and we all need to listen," she said. ___ Online: http://www.blackburnprize.org ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Orange is the New Black' back in June
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
'Orange is the New Black' back in June

The third season for the award-winning prison-based drama will be available to stream in all Netflix territories starting on June 12.As well as being reunited with Taylor Schilling's portrayal of prisoner Piper Chapman and with Laura Prepon, who is returning for the new season following last year's role as ex-love interest Alex Vause, fans of the show will be getting an extra episode. Season three will run to 14 shows rather than the 13-show format adopted by the intial and second seasons. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cypriot referee blows whistle on alleged match-fixing
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015
Cypriot referee blows whistle on alleged match-fixing

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Football in the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus is riddled with match-fixing by referees, an operation designed to line the pockets of soccer officials and politicians, according to a senior Cypriot referee. Marios Panayi outlined corruption allegations that he says have besmirched Cypriot soccer and damaged the credibility of its referees. The referee told The Associated Press that some Cypriot referees are deciding the outcomes of games with incorrect calls ordered up by a senior Cyprus Football Association official who he said manipulates team standings to keep himself in power and to keep negotiating lucrative television rights deals. "I felt I had to speak out, so that finally people can know what is going on and authorities can take action to fix what I've dedicated my life to," the 34-year-old said in an interview. Panayi has given police documents to back up his charges, which have prompted a police investigation and a vow from the justice minister to examine the evidence. Cyprus FA President Costas Koutsokoumnis said in January that he had been given evidence by UEFA, European football's governing body, on 17 first division games which suggested the league is plagued by match-fixing. He said the games mostly involved teams facing relegation in the last three years and an investigation has begun. When asked about Panayi's allegations, UEFA told the AP it is "working closely with the Cyprus FA and cannot comment on ongoing investigations." The Cyprus soccer world has faced another unique development this season — five separate firebomb attacks against houses and vehicles linked to referees. In January, referees boycotted all league and cup games for a week after a midnight bomb attack at the home of a referee's elderly mother. In the most recent attack last week, a pipe bomb caused extensive damage to the car registered to the wife of a first division referee. No arrests have been made in any of the cases and police say they are still investigating. Panayi said fixing matches to profit from betting is mainly confined to lower divisions by cash-strapped team owners or by players who have not been paid for months. He said some top teams like APOEL Nicosia, Omonia, Apollon, Anorthosis Famagusta and AEL Limassol were too powerful to be affected by match-fixing. In January the head of the Cyprus' referees' association, Michalis Argyrou, and former referee Michalis Spyrou were detained on match-fixing suspicions. Police say the allegations against Argyrou centered on a game between Aris Limassol and Paralimni in April 2012 while Spyrou was arrested on suspicion of manipulating an Under-21 match in 2010. Both men denied any wrongdoing and were released. The police investigation is ongoing. Panayi says a large number of Cypriot referees are under the influence of a CFA official who orders them to produce results so teams are relegated, promoted or remain in a division. That way, Panayi said, the CFA official locks in support from enough teams to get re-elected. Police say the CFA official named by Panayi was questioned last month and the match-fixing investigation is ongoing. He has not been arrested or charged, so the AP is not naming him. Through a spokesman, the CFA official told the AP he "would not comment on the allegations at this time." The whistleblower said Cypriot referees are groomed at an early age to accept match-fixing. "The problem is very deeply rooted and starts at the lowest divisions," Panayi says. "You can't wait until a referee reaches the top divisions to exert control over him, you groom him from the earliest stages." "It's easier to do favors in the top divisions if you're used to doing so in the lowest ones," he added. Panayi said Cyprus referees who followed orders to fix games often receive indirect benefits like having their careers fast-tracked, earning promotions to officiate European soccer matches that pay three times more than domestic games, getting free lodging at top hotels or suddenly finding more customers for a relative's business. Panayi has also contacted Federbet, a Brussels-based organization that monitors match-fixing, about international friendlies played in Cyprus where he said Cypriot referees "awarded two to three penalty kicks per game." Panayi also questioned the CFA official's involvement in negotiations over purchasing rights to broadcast Albanian soccer matches on Cyprus' state-owned Pay TV sports channels. Panayi said deals that use taxpayer's money to broadcast Albanian matches of little interest to Cypriots raised serious financial questions. Lefteris Christou, head of the Pay TV platform Cytavision, confirmed to the AP the channel broadcast Albanian soccer championship matches for the 2010-11 season. He said those were part of a package involving rights to other matches, but wouldn't say which company it negotiated with or how much the deal cost. The Cyprus Auditor General's annual report for 2013 said Cytavision paid 2.38 million euros ($2.69 million) on sports broadcast rights that year, of which 2.2 million euros ($2.49 million) was paid to "four foreign companies belonging to or relating to the same individual who is a member of the CFA's Executive Board." Three of those companies are registered in the Seychelles and the other in the British Virgin Isles. The report criticized the fact that content purchasing decisions using taxpayer funds weren't accompanied by cost-benefit analyses of whether the events were watched. Koutsokoumnis told reporters the CFA official acted as an agent selling content to different channels and that a sports watchdog had uncovered no wrongdoing. Panayi began refereeing at 13, rising through the ranks. He says he has rebuffed requests to match-fix three times in his career — once by a journalist with close ties to a 3rd-division team, another time by an associate of a 4th-division coach and a third time involving a 1st-division match in the 2011-12 season that is now among those under investigation. He is going public with the match-fixing charges because he says he can no longer tolerate the corruption that is ruining the sport he loves. His actions have angered many fellow referees, however. Panayi has not worked as a referee since giving the evidence to police and says he may look for a job abroad once the investigation is complete. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Menelaos Hadjicostis from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

YouTube names its 2015 Music Award Winners
Monday Mar 2, 2015
YouTube names its 2015 Music Award Winners

Beyoncé, Big Sean, Drake and Ed Sheeran feature among the 50 artists who will be picking up an award from the Google-owned video sharing platform at a special online-only event scheduled for March 23.YouTube has not explained exactly how the artists were judged for winning their awards, other than to say that they "showed the biggest growth in view, subscribers and engagement over the last six months on YouTube." Collectively, the artists, who also include Katy Perry, OK Go, One Direction, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, have clocked up more than 47 billion views and boast 164 million subscribers since September. To mark the achievement, at 10am PT on March 23 YouTube will be posting a huge collection of exclusive new content from emerging and established artists to the site. The package is being produced by VICE and contributors included Cahoots, Charli XCX, Migos, Nicky Jam and Shamir. As for the YouTube Music Awards 2015, it will be broadcast live on YouTube on its own dedicated channel. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.