Mercedes introduces a new 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 engine for the G500; also the output of the G350 and the G63 AMG have been increased. Furthermore all engines have been outfitted with an ECO start/stop function to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. On the cosmetic side, the brand introduces restyled bumpers and standard AMG flared wheel arches for the G350d and G500, new 18-inch alloy wheels for the G350d, as well as a revised instrument panel. As part of a new color package Mercedes-Benz is offering solar beam, tomato red, alien green, sunset beam, and galactic beam combined with black trimmings on the outside, and color matching top-stitching on the inside. If the bulky G-Class really needed neon color options we are not sure, but there is certainly a customer for that. The entire new 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class range is available for order from this summer.
French-American model Camille Rowe appears on the cover of Luimagazine‘s May 2015 issue. Recent gigs have led to her rise in fame, but fans will remember her most for her Dior Homme ad campaign starring Robert Pattinson. While that advert was steamy, it also left something to the imagination. For her latest pictorial, she holds nothing back. Under the creative direction of Luigi & Iango, almost every shot sees the model fully exposed, be it by the pool or while in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. Look for the May 2015 issue of Lui to arrive on newsstands at the beginning of next month.
Sony Music has removed original recordings from the SoundCloud pages of more than a half-dozen artists — including Adele, Hozier, Miguel, Kelly Clarkson, Passion Pit, Leon Bridges and MS MR – as part of a breakdown in negotiations between the major music group and the Berlin-headquartered streaming-audio platform. Spokespeople for Sony Music and Columbia Records, the label with the most impacted artists, declined comment, but an executive familiar with negotiations says the recent takedowns are due to “a lack of monetization opportunities” on the platform.
The Sony impasse comes at a transitional time for SoundCloud, which until recently was a completely free service to more than 350 million monthly users. Though its content was unlicensed, the platform has played an influential role in helping developing artists like Lorde and, ironically, Bridges get discovered and ultimately signed by major labels – as well as a destination for established acts like Beyonce, Miguel and Drake to debut new material. “[It’s] been a good place for exposure,” says one notable artist manager. “At the same time, artists and labels need to get paid for music. Until that can be worked out, we’re going to have situations that are incompatible with artist development.”
The company debuted its first monetization strategy last August, the ad-supported tier On SoundCloud, and in November announced Warner Music Group as the first of the three majors to ink a formal licensing agreement with the service. A spokesperson for Universal Music Group, the third major, declined comment on the status of its talks with SoundCloud.
A SoundCloud spokesperson tells Billboard in a statement, “We are in ongoing conversations with major and independent labels and will continue to add partners to the program,” noting that the company has already paid out more than $2 million in advertising revenue to more than 100 partners since On SoundCloud’s establishment in late 2014. “We’ve always put control in the hands of creators, and anyone who makes music and audio can decide when and how they want to share it with fans, allowing artists to essentially broadcast out to the world the availability of new content.”
One organization SoundCloud has made nice with, however, is the National Music Pubslihers’ Association, which on Wednesday (May 6) announced the completion of a rights agreement with SoundCloud with a focus on the NMPA’s independent publishers. The improved negotiations follow NMPA CEO David Israelite’s comments to Billboard last October, in which he compared SoundCloud’s un-licensed content to the organization’s 2007 lawsuit against YouTube over similar un-monetized consumption. “We may still look to sue them, but we’re in a conversation and looking for a win-win situation,” Israelite said at the time.
But in announcing the new deal, Israelite added in a May 6 statement, “This agreement ensures that when SoundCloud succeeds financially, so do the songwriters whose content draws so many users to their site. I am thrilled that we could agree on terms that will benefit both creators and the SoundCloud platform that has brought online music access and creativity to a new level.”
SoundCloud, which previously made money entirely through subscriptions to artists and labels, announced a $29 million loss on $14 million revenues in 2013.
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