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DPR facts / profile
  • “Dream Perfect Regime (DPR) is an independent, multigenre, music and video group. We create, direct, and edit all types of visual work as well as curate artists stemming fro a wide array of musical backgrounds and influences. Based in Seoul, our primary focus is to engage viewers by producing a unique and dynamic experience of both visual and audio output”.
  • DPR started with no major backing nor any financial support.
  • They might release some merch soon.
  • According to Chris, they all gather together to watch reaction videos.


  • His Korean name is 유바롬 (Yoo/Yu Barom).
  • He used to be known as Rome.
  • He was born on September 6th, 1990.
  • He was born in Sydney, Australia.
  • He speaks both English and Korean.
  • He moved to Korean when he was 18.
  • He is 174cm.
  • He is good at B-boying.
  • He used to be a member and the leader of the K-pop group C-Clonw. On October 5th, 2015 the group was disolved.
  • He debuted on July 19th, 2012.
  • He likes football and surf.
  • He has a dog named Choco.
  • He collects professional cameras.
  • He plays the drums since he was young. He used to be in a band and really liked Heavy Metal.
  • He is the founder of DPR.
  • He is the director and chief editor in DPR.
  • He directed Mino’s debut MV.
  • He has a dog named Lori.
  • His favourite colour is green (he said this on an IGLive and it might change with time).
  • He likes the songs “Diamonds” by Tory Lanez and “Have You Seen That Girl” by GoldLink.
  • He grew up surfing and likes to keep doing it when he goes to Australia.
  • He likes women who are passionate about what they do.
  • His favourite cologne is Giorgio Armani.
  • He is friends with BTOB’s Peniel and B.A.P’s Zelo.


  • His real name is 홍다빈 (Hong DaBin).
  • He was born in January 1st, 1993.
  • He was bon in Korea.
  • When he was 5 years old he moved to Guam.
  • He is about 169cm.
  • He is a rapper.
  • His most popular song is “Eung Freestyle”, featuring Punchnello, Owen Ovadoz, Sik-K and Flowsik.
  • He usually introduces his raps with the sentence “Coming to you Live!”.
  • His tagline “Coming to you Live!” is much like a live broadcaster reporting at the scene of a weather event to the viewers in real-time. This is related to the meaning of his artist name.
  • He didn’t take music seriously until he released “Till I Die” on his YouTube channel.
  • He wants to do his best in order to “give off the same lasting, meaningful impression a lot of artists that he admired, had on him. This kind of reflects hand-in-hand to why I ultimately chose my artist name to be LIVE”.
  • He came up with the name LIVE to remind himself of two motives: 1) ”to always LIVE LIFe in the present, both through ups&downs and through success&failures”; 2) “to always remain honest and true to one’s self and one’s craft”.
  • He is inspired by artists that create their own sound and colour.
  • He considers DPR his family.
  • He joined DPR around March 2015.
  • He likes the songs “Sacrifices” by Big Sean and “Colors” by Taylor Bennet.
  • His favourite song from “Coming To You Live” is “Right Here Right Now”. (He said this during an IGLive and he said that it was at the moment, so it might change).
  • He likes Skizzy Mars.
  • He is a dog person.
  • He spent half of his life in Guam and half in Korea.
  • He prefers rice over noodles.
  • He says that being told to choose between Christian or Scott is like choosing between mom and dad.
  • He used to listen to a lot of rock music and one of his favourite bands was Paramore.
  • He got the scar on his forehead when he was five years old after he banged his head on a metal thing.
  • When he was younger he didn’t like americano coffee, but nowadays he thinks it can give you a lot of energy.
  • He already did his military service.
  • He likes tall girls.
  • He said he will not make an Snapchat soon since Instagram and Twitter are overwhelming enough.
  • He is right-handed.
  • He is excited to watch SMTM6 because Dok2, Jay Park and Dean are on the show.
  • After coming to Korea, he worked at a Subway for a couple months.


  • He is a producer.
  • He is a member of the duo LAYBACKSOUND.
  • He plays the piano.
  • He can sing, and he does some vocals in LAYBACKSOUND.
  • He doesn’t speak English, he understands and speaks a little, but he himself has said through IGLives that he is not very good.
  • His favourite song from the album “Coming To You Live” is “Laputa”.
  • He made tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 from the album “Coming To You Live”.
  • He likes video games.


  • He likes video games.
  • He was born on the 29th April.
  • In one of their IGLives, Cream was teasing him about an Internet girlfriend.  I did not watch this myself, I only read a transcrip, so I am not sure what this all was about).


  • His name is Scott Kim.
  • He was born on 21st February.
  • He was born in the United States.
  • He is the production director (PD).
  • He is the one in charge of making the merch (according to DaBin they are currently working on it).
  • He gave DaBin a jacket as a present.


  • He has a cat.
  • He is the assistant director.


  • Has a son.
  • He was born on the 27th March.

Disclaimer: facts in italics are not confirmed or at least I haven’t seen any real proof. Feel free to let me know if there is any mistake.

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2017 APMAs Results (winners in bold)

Best Vocalist:

Ben Barlow, NECK DEEP

Cody Carson, SET IT OFF

Derek DiScanio, STATE CHAMPS

John O'Callaghan, THE MAINE

Keith Buckley, EVERY TIME I DIE

Lynn Gunn, PVRIS

Best Drummer Presented By Guitar Center, Remo and SJC Drums:

Arejay Hale, HALESTORM

Aric Improta, NIGHT VERSES

Dean Butterworth, GOOD CHARLOTTE

Frank Zummo, SUM 41


JP “Rook” Cappelletty, MACHINE GUN KELLY

Best Bassist:


Chris Hinkley, I THE MIGHTY

Fat Mike, NOFX

“Fieldy” Arvizu, KORN

Ryan Scott Graham, STATE CHAMPS

Sergio Vega, DEFTONES

Best Guitarist Presented By PRS Guitars:



Jordan Buckley, EVERY TIME I DIE

Reba Meyers, CODE ORANGE

Steve Menoian, I PREVAIL

Teppei Teranishi, THRICE

Most Dedicated Fanbase Presented By Fearless Records:







Song Of The Year Presented By Epitaph Records:


ANDY BLACK, “We Don’t Have To Dance”




WATERPARKS, “Stupid For You”

Best Underground Band:







Best Breakthrough Band Presented By SharpTone Records:







Best Hard Rock Artist Presented By Metal Blade Records and  Blacklight Media:







Best Live Band:







Best Music Video Presented By Journeys:

HIGHLY SUSPECT, “Bloodfeather”

I SEE STARS, “Calm Snow”

KORN, “Insane”

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, “This Light I Hold” (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)

STATE CHAMPS, “Losing Myself”

SUM 41, “Fake My Own Death”

Best New Artist Music Video Presented By Journeys:

K.FLAY, “Blood In The Cut”

PUP, “Sleep In The Heat”

SWMRS, “Palm Trees”


WATSKY, “Don’t Be Nice”


Artist Of The Year:









SUM 41


Album Of The Year Presented By Journeys:

ANDY BLACK, The Shadow Side


ARCHITECTS U.K., All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us


BEARTOOTH, Aggressive


I PREVAIL, Lifelines


PIERCE THE VEIL, Misadventures


BTS Top Social Artist of 2017 at the Billboard Music Awards.

“Thank you for always supporting us.”

I’m so happy Korea and BTS are being represented. These artists are incredibly underated despite the frenzy they causes world wide. They are huge forces. EXO, Big Bang, BTS, Shinee, Twice Etc. They are platinum sellers and are ignored just because they’re ‘kpop’.

I’m done calling them Kpop. They’re just artists. They’re legends. They’re driving forces in the industry who deserve coverage. The same way Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Beyonce do. I mean when they accepted the award the camera didnt even show the whole group. They deserve more. They all do. The last Korean artist to break in America was Big Bang at the MTV music video awards. They won “Best World Wide Act 2011” and “Best Asia and Pacific Act 2011” those awards aren’t even featured every year. Let’s get our artists the recognition they deserve.

But tonight special shout out to BTS. Whom btw looked STUNNING tonight.

Skam: 5 Years Forward

The Characters

  • Eva: She takes a year off to decide what she should study. A year later, she makes up her mind and starts to study Media and Communication. She works part-time as assistant event planner. She does charity works. When there are any charity events, she attends those with Noora.
  • Noora: She studies Sociology. After graduating from university, she considers applying for a master’s degree. She can not decide whether she should apply for Gender Studies in Oslo or in London. In her leisure time, she writes blog posts related to feminism and human’s rights to bring awareness. In the meantime, she also volunteers with refugees and migrants.
  • Sana: She studies Medicine. She is determined to become a brain surgeon so she studies hard. She is the founder member of Musisters. She shares her experiences with Muslim girls and she encourages them. She also joins forums and shares her former struggles online.
  • Vilde: She studies Fashion and Costume Design. She finally feels self-confident because thinking about clothes and designing them makes her feel good. She works part-time at a cosmetics store. She takes wine classes and goes to wine tasting events. She likes to spend her time on Pinterest. She also runs an instagram account about spreading positive vibes.
  • Chris: She studies Travel and Tourism Management. She works part-time at a museum. She takes brewing courses. She travels to Germany to attend Oktoberfest every year. Her German language skills improved thanks to her German boyfriend whom she met at Oktoberfest.
  • Isak: He studies Psychology. He considers applying for a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology after graduating. He especially likes to read books and watch movies about Abnormal Psychology. He is a member of LGBT Student Society at university. Every year, he attends the Pride Parade with Even and Eskild.
  • Even: He studies Visual Communication. He is a freelance artist and has his own website for web and graphic design. He draws sketches and paints portraits to earn an extra revenue. He has a Youtube Channel where he posts his short films, videos of him talking about bipolar disorder and sexual preferences.
  • Jonas: He studies Economics. On the weekends, he plays guitar with his own band at a local club. He is lovers with his band’s soloist. They write love songs and make music together.
  • Magnus: He studies Business Administration. In the future, he wants to open his own bar. He keeps telling Jonas that he will hire Jonas’ band after opening his bar.
  • Mahdi: He studies Philosophy. He wants to write books and he wants to become a research assistant at university. He works part-time at a waffle shop.
  • William: He works with his father in London. He used to be angry at Nico for years, then he decided that it would be the best if he at least tried to help him. So, now he makes sure Nico stays in rehab and receives treatment and therapy he needs.
  • Christoffer: He also lives in London after William called him and asked him to work in his father’s company.
  • Yousef: He has his own kindergarten school. In his spare time, he gardens and grow vegetables in his garden. He enjoys cooking and making desserts. He is especially an expert when it comes to making carrot cake.
  • Elias: After taking a year off, he ends up studying Sports, since he wants to be a physical education teacher. He works part-time at a gym.
  • Mikael: He studies Screenwriting. He writes scripts for Even’s short films.
  • Adam: He studies Directing. He directs Even’s short films.
  • Mutasim: He decides to study International Relations. Then, he suspends his studies for a while because he feels overwhelmed and he feels like taking a break. Then, he starts to work full-time at a supermarket.
  • Eskild: He decides to become a guru for everyone. Therefore, he comes up his own brand, Eskild the Guru, on social media. He creates a Youtube channel, instagram account, facebook page and twitter account dedicated to his Guru brand. Meanwhile, he becomes a part of LGBT Youth Community.
  • Linn: After Even invites Linn and Eskild to an art exhibition featuring his paintings, Linn meets a Swedish artist there and finally finds love after years. The artist asks Linn out and they become a couple. Linn moves to Sweden and lives with her boyfriend.
  • Ingrid: She studies Literature and wants to be a literature teacher.
  • Sara: She studies Law. She intends to become a lawyer and thinks she will become a successful one because of her good persuasion and influencing skills.

The Un/Official Couples

  • Noorhelm: They resolve their problems and make a promise to each other that they will make their long distance relationship work. Noora decides that it would be the best for her if she completes her bachelor degree in Oslo. William respects her decision. Sometimes, William comes to Oslo and sometimes, Noora goes to London depending on their schedules. William tries to convince her to move to London for her master’s degree in the future.
  • Yousana: They become a couple. Sana feels overstressed because of her studies which leads to a couple fights between them. Yousef tells Sana that it would be best for them to take a break until she feels relieved.
  • Vilnus: After they start to study at different universities, Magnus has major trust problems whenever Vilde parties with her new friends. He breaks up with her. Vilde becomes a train wreck. After seeing how Magnus is doing fine thanks to her friends and via social media, Vilde decides that it is time for her to take care of herself and she enrolls in a gym class. At the gym, she sees Elias there and they start to talk. Vilde and Elias end up becoming a couple.
  • Mohnstad: Christoffer invites Eva to London. Eva feels excited about seeing London and she goes there with Noora, when Noora goes to London to see William. They become on and off. However, Eva gets tired of this endless cycle, she decides to give a chance to a guy who genuinely likes her. When Christoffer finds it out, he feels jealous that it is going to be a serious thing and he tells Eva his real feelings for her. Finally, after years, they become an official couple. Christoffer considers coming back to Norway for Eva.
  • Evak: Isak and Even study in different cities. Their long distance relationship becomes an issue for Isak who feels insecure when Even finds new friends. After Isak finds out, Even is busy working on his short film projects with Mikael and Adam, Isak’s jealousy gets triggered. He starts to fear that Even will cheat on him with Mikael and he breaks up with Even in order to avoid being cheated by him. Mikael and Adam realize how heartbroken Even feels because of Isak’s decision. So, they come up with a special idea that they persuade Even to make a short film about Evak. After seeing the film, Isak realizes he made a mistake and he apologizes to Even. They become a couple again after being apart for 9 months.

               “Are you at it, again?“ Eunha scowled behind you while you quickly shut your MacBook so she couldn’t have access to invade your secret.

               Geez, this sneaky head! 

               You cursed her inwardly, feeling embarrassed for caught stalking your ex-boyfriend.

               Stalking Kwon Hyuk.
               Yes, it’s the famous R&B singer which known as his popular name; Dean. Your ex-boyfriend who made you stuck in forever couldn’t move on phase, the passionate Hyuk. 

               "What?” you turned your head to face her, giving your innocent look as if stalking your ex was completely normal behavior. Well, it was normal and understandable when you had broken up with him one month ago, but the fact was you had been doing this for three years, three years five months three weeks two days in exact number. 

               "You will only hurt yourself.“ Eunha said, but her voice sounded sad. She was the one who knew how hard you tried to let him go, but until now you never did.

               "I know, can’t help.” You shrugged then looked out at the window, sighing. 

               You can’t stop thinking about him. 

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baekhyun will have a solo next year…i can feel it in my bones

ya know what I find funny?

rap monster is constantly mocked and looked down upon for being an idol, but he’s actually one of the few k-artists that are recognized by american media and american hip hop artists.

like he was the only korean artist to be featured on spin’s “50 best hip hop albums of all time”, he collaborated with Krizz Kaliko and Warren G, and now he’s recognized by Wale.

You don’t really see that kind of thing happening with most k-hip hop artists. What makes it even more phenomenal is that rap monster wasn’t even born in America or had any experience living in America. He self-taught himself english and he was able to get to that point through his hard work.

Even Suga was recognized on Tidal’s Rising, which is still more than what a lot of k-hip hop artists get.

So yeah. I’m proud of my boys:)


On this day in music history: July 30, 1983 - “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on August 6, 1983. Written by Donna Summer and Michael Omartian, it is the second and final R&B chart topper for the Pop, R&B and Disco music icon from Boston, MA. Following the release of her self-titled second album for Geffen Records in 1982, Donna Summer’s next album is not released on her then current label, but for her previous one. Having ended her association with Casablanca Records at the end of 1979 under acrimonious circumstances, Summer and her former label battle it out in court for nearly three years before the case between the two sides is settled. Represented by attorney Don Engel, he negotiates a deal in which Donna must record and deliver an album to Casablanca’s distributor Polygram. By 1983, Casablanca has ceased to exist as a free functioning label, and is absorbed into Mercury Records who are to release album. The inspiration for the title track comes from an unexpected place. One night, Donna is attending a party at the famed Chasen’s Restaurant in Los Angeles with her manager Susan Munao, she excuses herself to go use the ladies room. When she walks in, the singer notices the bathroom attendant sitting down in a chair with the television on, and is asleep at her post. Seeing the obviously exhausted woman leads Summer to say to herself, “God, she works hard for the money.”. Quickly grabbing a piece of paper and a pen, Donna sits down on a bench in the bathroom, and begins furiously scribbling lyrics down as they come to her. By the time she returns to the table, Summer tells her manager, that she’s just come up with a hit. The woman who provides the initial inspiration for “She Works Hard For The Money” is Onetta Johnson. Johnson explains to Summer that she is working a second job at night to put her son through school. Producer Michael Omartian helps Donna finish writing the song, and it is recorded in March of 1983. Released on May 27, 1983, “Money” is an immediate smash, quickly climbing the pop, R&B and dance charts. When the accompanying album is released, the back cover of the LP features a photo of Donna with Johnson, both dressed in waitress uniforms. The song is accompanied by a memorable music video directed by Brian Grant (Olivia Newton-John, Peter Gabriel) featuring various working women taking to the streets of downtown Los Angeles at the climax of the clip. Becoming an anthem of female independence and empowerment, the video is an immediate favorite on MTV, with Donna Summer becoming the first African American female artist to have a music video in heavy rotation on the channel. The video also receives two MTV VMA nominations. The single receives a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984, with Summer performing the song on the live Grammy telecast.

anonymous asked:

Do you know any fics where jungkook accidentally hurts tae's feelings

yep! you might find more if you look through our misunderstandings tag too

Untitled by JemKay/galaxyfxn - Jungkook thinks Taehyung is cheating on him with someone else after Taehyung comes home after a really tiring day of work

Get Me Out Of My Mind (Get You Out Of Those Clothes) by taekookmusings - Taehyung never thought he’d fall in love with his roommate. Then again, he never thought his roommate would have been a literal gift from god either

cuz in a sky full of stars (i think i saw you) by wowoashley - taehyung always has bad ideas. and jeongguk thinks this might be the best.

and for you, i’d paint the stars gold by karesama - Taehyung lived in a world of vibrancy. Everything was bright and cheerful, optimistic to the end. He’d never known any different. And Taehyung was golden, inside and out. (aka college au featuring artist!taehyung and notsoartist!jeongguk.)

let me know by wowoashley - taehyung never wears a shirt

House of Cards by Montana2163 - They were inside a house made of cards, and Taehyung could see their collapse.

Circular Hearts by eclairdeluxe - In which Jeongguk suffers from foot-in-mouth syndrome, Taehyung thinks he’s more than done with his shit, and then they kiss (read: bang) and make up.

Here Fishy Fishy by Kavbj - Taehyung’s a real fish out of water (no like, for real) and Jungkook just saved him from drowning

got a question or request? check our tags page first to see if what you’re looking for is already there, or use the search bar on our blog! if you don’t have any luck with that, feel free to send us an ask when the inbox is open^^

Gaelynn Lea is a violinist and folk singer who made a splash on the current music scene after she won a musicians’ contest and was subsequently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. She was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta at birth and developed a passion for music when she developed a way to play the violin like a cello. Lea is arguably the best example to date that Americans are increasingly interested in the disabled point of view and the experiences that go with it. You can see her NPR performance here.

[image shows a side view of Lea singing and playing a song in a live setting, holding her violin across her body.]

Pop’s discourse continues to rely on the focal points of love, heartbreak and living free. This notion is felt through Camila Cabello’s stirring single, “Crying In The Club.” The budding pop star found inspiration through pop icon and fellow Latina Christina Aguilera. If you listen closely, the songs share the same hook, bringing another layer to the dynamic hit. From breaking out of Fifth Harmony to enjoying collaborations with Major Lazer, Cabello’s clever connections to pop’s elite makes her artistic journey that much sweeter. -DT
—  vibe magazine featured ‘Crying In The Club’ as one of the best samples of 2017 so far. (christina aguilera - genie in a bottle)

On this day in music history: September 19, 1970 - “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on October 3, 1970. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it is the first solo chart topper for the former lead singer of The Supremes. Originally recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, Ashford and Simpson dramatically revamp the song for the Motown diva, punctuated by sections of spoken dialogue by Ross. The basic track is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit on March 13, 1970, with members of The Funk Brothers including James Jamerson (bass), Johnny Griffith (celeste), Earl Van Dyke (clavinet), Robert White, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina (guitars), Eddie “Bongo” Brown (congas), Jack Ashford (tambourine), Uriel Jones and Andrew Smith (drums). Valerie Simpson also plays piano on the  session. Ross records her vocal the following day on March 14, 1970, and background vocals sung by Ashford & Simpson and Jo Armstead. The orchestral accompaniment arranged by Paul Riser is recorded in New York City four days later on March 18, 1970. The completed version of the song runs nearly six and a half minutes, far too long to release as a single. Motown founder and chairman Berry Gordy, Jr. is also not fond of the new arrangement at first, feeling that it takes too long to “get to the point”. However, the song quickly finds favor with fans, and radio stations respond by making their own edits and putting it in heavy rotation. Motown reacts quickly by editing it down to three minutes and fifteen seconds, rush releasing it as a single on July 16, 1970. Entering the Hot 100 at #46 on August 8, 1970, it rockets to the top of the chart six weeks later. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” sells over a million copies in the US, earning Diana Ross a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1971. One of Ashford & Simpson’s most beloved songs, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is covered by many other artists including Hugh Masekela, Inner Life Featuring Jocelyn Brown, Howard Hewett & Stacy Lattisaw, Human Nature, Michael McDonald, and also recorded live by Ashford & Simpson in 1981. In 2004, an instrumental mix of Ross’ version appears on the Deluxe Edition of the “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” soundtrack.

Dave Made a Maze will be released in select theaters and on VOD on August 18 via Gravitas Ventures. The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative.

Check out the poster above and the trailer below. It’s a fantastical and comedic adventure film, but it does contain horror elements, including creatures and gore created using stop-motion animation and practical effects.

Dave Made a Maze marks the feature directorial debut of actor Bill Watterson. Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, Scott Krinsky, Frank Caeti, Timothy Nordwind, Rick Overton, and Adam Busch star.

Read on to see the charming trailer as well as the synopsis.

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On this day in music history: June 3, 1977 - “Exodus”, the ninth studio album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, it is recorded at Harry J. Studio, Kingston, Jamaica in November 1976 and Island Studios, London from January - April 1977. Reggae superstar Bob Marley and his family leave Jamaica in December of 1976, after an assassination attempt on Marley by unknown assailants, for announcing his intent to perform at a free concert put on by then Jamaican prime minister Michael Manley. Initially Marley goes to Nassau in the Bahamas and Miami, FL, both to recover from his injuries and to write more songs for his next album. Having previously recorded material in Jamaica prior to the incident in December, the sessions are completed in London, through the Winter and early Spring of 1977. The album takes its title from his retreat into exile during that time. The two halves of the album are split into thematic concepts, with the first side focuses on religious faith and spirituality, while the second side speak of more earthly desires like sex and keeping your faith through life’s journey. An artistic and commercial triumph, it becomes the album that breaks the band on a worldwide basis, and is widely regarded as one of their best. Spinning off five hit singles including “Jammin’”, “Waiting In Vain” and the title track, it is Marley’s best selling studio album. In 2001, Universal releases a two CD Deluxe Edition of the album featuring previously unreleased live versions, alternate takes, and rare 12" mixes and dub versions. The album is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2015, both as a stand along release and as part of the box set “The Complete Island Recordings”. “Exodus” peaks at number twenty on the Billboard Top 200, number fifteen on the R&B album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Jay De Feo. Untitled (Everest), 1955.


Abstract Expressionism made its first appearances in the United States in the early 1940s, though nobody was calling it that yet. By the end of the decade, art critic Robert Coates helped turn it into a named and nameable thing and Abstract Expressionism as we now know it morphed into a bonafide capital A&M Art Movement with painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko at its center. As the story goes, the expressive generativity of modernist masculinity embodied by these painters was the creative locomotive of midcentury experimentations with form in painting. 

But all stories are partial and unfinished and the avant-garde practically begs us to make revisions plural and continual. We can, for example, include the women who have been mostly left out of the canon of Abstract Expressionist artists. This, in turn, might help us to speak differently about modernity, our bodies — even formalism itself — and then even to start painting differently because we see as though we have new eyes. 

Dr. Gwen Chanzit, the curator of Modern Art at the Denver Art Museum, generously agreed to answer a few questions for us about the Women of Abstract Expressionism show that is on display there until September 25. 

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Zayn Malik Drops New Single ‘Dusk Till Dawn,’ Featuring Sia (Watch)
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik isn’t wasting any time with his second solo LP: Not 18 months after the March 2016 release of his debut, “Mind of Mine,” he’s dropped the first single from it…
By Variety Staff

Variety Staff
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 06:58AM PT

Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik isn’t wasting any time with his second solo LP: Not 18 months after the March 2016 release of his debut, “Mind of Mine,” he’s dropped the first single from its follow-up, “Dusk Till Dawn,” a collaboration with Sia.

The song, co-written by the pair with 2017 Grammy producer of the year Greg Kurstin, features a signature soaring chorus and has a big-budget video directed by Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “500 Days of Summer”) which features Zayn with “Girls” star Jemima Kirke.

Further details about the next album were not available at press time, but it is expected to be released late this year or early in 2018.

The artists began hinting about the new song on Instagram in a thank-you note to fans after “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” his duet with Taylor Swift from “50 Shades Darker,” won the Best Collaboration award at MTV’s Video Music Awards last month.

Rihanna receives 8 GRAMMY nominations!

Record of the Year -  “Work” (feat. Drake)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - “Work” (feat. Drake)

Best R&B Performance - “Needed Me”

Best R&B Song - “Kiss it Better”

Best Urban Contemporary Album - Anti

Best Rap/Sung Performance - “Famous” (feat. Rihanna)

Best Recording Package - Anti

Album of the Year - Views (as featured artist)

The Recording Academy will present the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 pm ET/5–8:30 pm PT.

Should I take interest in Rurouni Kenshin?

RThank you for asking! Yes, OF COURSE you should take interest in Rurouni Kenshin! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Great characters that break common stereotypes. For example, the main “badass” warrior character is actually tiny, adorable, and really great at doing laundry.
  • Along side this, you get some really beautiful character arcs as well.
  • Complex moral and philosophical issues. Some of the questions raised include: who is it that can determine right and wrong? When, if ever, is it permissible to take a human life? How do I atone for my sins? Et cetera.
  • Really great story arcs that feature dilemmas, growth, and intrigue.
  • Educational– the story is set in 1878 Japan, and while it isn’t 100% historically accurate, you will still come away knowing much more about the Meiji Era, and the events that led up to it, than you did before.
  • Fun. There are AMAZING action scenes, quite a bit of humor, and one of the most well-developed and beautiful romances of all time.

Now, there are, luckily for you, several different ways to enjoy this amazing series. Let’s discuss the relative merits of each, shall we?


  • First of all, this is the official canon, and the original format. It’s always best to read the book, before watching the show, right?
  • Beautiful art. Seriously. Some of the panels are so gorgeous that I’m tempted to frame them and display it on my wall. The artwork varies from elegantly simple to incredibly complex. Checkout some raw screen caps here.
  • If you buy the physical volumes (which I HIGHLY recommend), there are these amazing character backgrounds, and random notes to the reader interspersed throughout by the mangaka himself, Nobuhrio Watsuki. They provide greater insight into the story, and a fair bit of humor as well.
  • The story/ character arcs in the manga are definitely the best. More complex, more interesting…additionally, there are more characters, and more backstories, making for a more complete world.
  • The best ending. EVER.
  • Did I mention the artwork????


  • Has that great 90′s anime feel to it, which will almost indubitably induce nostalgia. Also, the first opening is just amazing.
  • Some really great voice acting. I’m not a huge fan of dubs, ever, but this one is actually pretty good.
  • THE BEST OST OF ALL TIME. If ‘Departure’ does not leave you in a puddle of tears, then, well, you have no heart. Seriously, the OST is pretty much the best part of the anime.
  • Pretty awesome action scenes. Admittedly, action scenes in manga can be difficult to follow. So, seeing them transferred to screen is pretty great.
  • Please. Even if you never watch this anime, at least listen to the OST. Please.


  • The most perfect live-action cast that there ever was, ever. From the major characters (Takeru Sato as Himura Kenshin) to the minor (Ryosuke Miura as Sawagejo Cho), each actor does an incredible job of bringing their character to life.
  • The best choreographs for fight scenes that you will ever see. Incredible, visceral, and almost artistic in their brutal elegance. Dang. 
  • Beautiful filmography, and gorgeous settings.
  • Again, an amazing OST. Also featuring the song ‘The Beginning’ by One OK Rock. If this song does not get you into angsty fight-mode, no song will.
  • Surprisingly accurate to the original source material–not 100%, of course, but still a far, far, far better adaptation than, say the Last Airbender movie. Far far far.


  • The first OVA, Trust and Betrayal, covers Kenshin’s background according to the manga, something the anime did not include. Although the art style is quite different, it is still a major part of Rurouni Kenshin, and well worth a watch.
  • The second OVA, Reflections, is non-canonical, and SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS. Absolutely don’t do this one It’s miserable, and even the mangaka did not really like it.

NOW. Thought you were done with my long lists, huh? Not quite. I need to issue a couple of warnings, first.

  • The manga/anime/movies, while differing in the levels, are all somewhat violent, particularly the movies and the manga. 
  • The first season of the anime is mainly filler, and could be skipped. The third season of the anime is non-canonical, and absolutely not worth your time. So, if you’re going to watch the anime, definitely watch parts of the first season, and all of the second season.
  • As mentioned above, the Reflections OVA is entirely not worth your time. I suppose there might be some reason why you’d want to watch it, but I honestly can’t think of any.
  • This series will leave you with all the feels. All of them (but it will be worth it).

So! Read Rurouni Kenhsin! Watch Rurouni Kenshin! Listen to Rurouni Kenshin! Devote your entire life to Rurouni Kenshin! Well, okay, maybe don’t go that far. But the fact remains that if I could recommend any series, it would be Rurouni Kenshin.

Please enjoy!


Ok so I’ve been watching Face Off which is a competition reality show in which Special Effects Makeup Artists compete to win a big cash prize and a year’s supply of makeup. They battle it out each week to do a makeup according to the theme set upon them. The makeup varies from zombie to age makeup to cartoon to body art. Versatility is key. They create a look and showcase their makeups to the judges. There’s a best makeup awarded each week and a worst.. a Makeup Artist is eliminated each week until there is one winner. In sight of all this, this show gives the competing MUA’s a platform to get recognised in the industry which is more important than winning. Coincidentally the winner of the first series Conor McCullagh worked with Ve Neill on the makeup for the Hunger Games films.  

Face Off is a US based reality show and me living in the UK, I’d never heard of it until recently. Since I’ve been watching it, I’ve been totally addicted. The talent of these Makeup Artists is phenomenal and they ALL deserve credit for their specialist skills. For the amount of time they have to create a concept and design for a character; sculpt and make the prosthetics; apply and paint; make the props by hand and fashion a costume for their character, is all of three days! THREE DAYS! That’s a lot of work for one artist and I mean a lot.

I have to say, this programme has given me so much inspiration, motivation and insight into working in Special Effects makeup. It’s such a competitive industry to break into and not to mention stressful and long hours. This work ethic is clearly represented in the show and the judges marking so harshly. This show doesn’t lie, it’s so raw and tells it how it is which I love. The technical and creative skill has to be exceptional too.

I chose these three images of some of the best makeups and their artists because to me, this was my personal favourite episode and theme which was to create a character that belonged in a Tim Burton movie. If you haven’t seen it, check it out: Series 2 ‘Burtonesque’. The artists featured in order top - bottom (RJ Haddy, Rayce Bird, Matt Valentine)

It makes me sad that there are so many talented artists out there whether it be in makeup, acting, costume/set designing, writing etc. who work their asses off all through their lives, mostly on shit earnings but they do it because they love it and it’s their passion. I have so much respect those people who don’t give up and make sacrifices to pursue their goals and ambitions. So when you ask me; who are your role models? IT’S THESE GUYS! 

Other commercial reality shows for the mass audiences like X-Factor particularly make me angry, because the contestants are a bunch of fame seeking wannabe singers prancing about on stage in skimpy outfits. These people do not represent the talent or passion on any level compared to these Artists.  

Thank you for reading,

Charlotte Louise


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