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Apple brings VEVO, Disney, Weather Channel, Smithsonian Channel to Apple TV

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Home Entertainment, Music,

Apple TV VEVO Disney weather channel

This morning Apple added a few new apps to the Apple TV, bringing VEVO, The Disney Channel, Disney XD, The Weather Channel, and the Smithsonian Channel to the streaming set-top box. As far as VEVO is concerned, the company released a statement that confirms that the entire 75,000 music video library is now available on Apple TV:

Apple TV users are sure to recognize the intuitive and efficient design. VEVO viewers are able to quickly browse videos by featured artists including all of the latest premieres. VEVO includes multiple modes of discovery – you can watch on-demand videos from any genre or simply select any video that piques your interest. If you have something particular in mind, perform a search and we will surface what you’re looking for right at your fingertips.

The Weather Channel allows you to see current weather conditions and forecasts, and access to featured content from the channel as well. The Smithsonian Channel lets you stream on-demand content. The two Disney apps require cable authentication to view the live and on-demand content, and is available through supported providers: AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, and Verizon FiOS. You can pick up the Apple TV for $99 from Apple.


Usher to Get ‘Up Close and Personal’ With Fans

UsherUsher can't wait to get "up close and personal" with his fans tonight.

The "OMG" hitmaker will launch his new album Looking 4 Myself at the Hammersmith Apollo with a concert which will be streamed live around the world on his YouTube Vevo channel as part of the American Express Unstaged series and Usher is excited about the experience.

"The American Express Unstaged show is my chance to be a little bit modern and also to get up close and personal with the fans, which is something I don't get in a stadium or arena. Things are changing with the way we discover and develop talent and this is just another way to bring fans closer to the music and the artist. It's art in motion but also something that I think the fans will really get a kick out of."

The livestream from London will be directed by Hamish Hamilton and Usher is thrilled to be working with the filmmaker: "Working with Hamish has always been a pleasure, he's someone I really respect and he really gets me as an artist. Having the ability to stream my performance live allows me to be connected to the entire world, it's kind of like modern thinking but classic at the same time."

Usher to Stream Free Show

Usher on 'The Today Show'Usher will launch his latest album by streaming a concert live from London.

The Grammy award winning artist will perform songs from his seventh album Looking 4 Myself at the Hammersmith Apollo on June 11, which will be directed by Hamish Hamilton and shown live around the world on his YouTube Vevo channel as part of American Express Unstaged. This will be the ninth installment within the music series and its first performance in the UK.

"I am excited to introduce my new album Looking 4 Myself with a worldwide performance in such an innovative way. It's very exciting to interact with my fans from a global stage through American Express Unstaged's live stream. Be there on June 11," he said.

Tickets for Usher's concert are now available for Amex cardmembers at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/amex and it will also be livestreamed at 9pm (GMT) on Monday, June 11 at www.youtube.com/UsherVEVO.

Listen to music with friends on Facebook with Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody, Slacker, and more

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Music,

Facebook is good for discovering the latest news about your friends and family, but what about music? As part of its f8 developer conference yesterday, the site teamed up with a number of online music entities to bring music discovery to Facebook.

Music companies like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Slacker will be offering their own apps, which will allow you to share what you're listening to with friends on Facebook. Their music choices will also show up on your news feed, and you can listen to the songs right inside Facebook.

"You'll now start seeing new music posts and play buttons all over your newsfeeds. Hit a play button and the music starts. Right there," Spotify said in a blog post. "Spotify fires up to give you a new soundtrack to your social life. Check out your new Music Dashboard and your real-time ticker to discover the music that's trending with your friends."

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Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga fans upset about YouTube music video takedowns

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Music,

Lady Gaga VeVoAn unknown number of popular music videos disappeared from YouTube on Sunday night and Monday, thanks to what appeared to be either a hack or prank by what may be a 13-year-old cricket fan.

Videos from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other popular artists that were associated with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards disappeared from YouTube's site, as well as the Vevo channel, WebProNews reported. The reason? A copyright claim that was filed by a person or persons named iLCreative.

Representatives from YouTube declined to comment. "A few videos by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were briefly taken down by YouTube as a result of false copyright claims. This issue has been resolved," a Vevo spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday.

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Watch the Lady Gaga Born This Way music video

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music Videos, Videos, Dance, Pop,

Lady Gaga released the latest of her over-the-top music videos today, premiering the debut track from her upcoming album, Born This Way. The song is written by Gaga herself, with choreography by Laurie Ann Gibson. Hit us with your thoughts in the comments.

YouTube and UMG to Create Vevo

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet, Music,

VevoThe Universal Music Group and YouTube are working on a new media service. Vevo will feature all of UMG’s videos on one site by using YouTube’s “leading edge video technology and user community.” Launching later this year, there will be access to UMG’s catalog of music videos and will include professional, artist and user generated content. Tunes can be accessed through the Vevo channel and a branded embedded player.

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