Nick Jonas posing in Flaunt magazine and mimicking Mark Wahlberg’s 1992 Calvin Klein shoot.
Nick Jonas has officially confirmed that he is NO LONGER A VIRGIN. Nick, who is most famous for being one of the Jonas Brothers, told Wendy Williams he has removed his purity ring and says he is an adult now, ” I think that it was an important part of my childhood, and it was that,” Nick said. “I think as I grew up and sort of figured out what was important to me and my own belief system, which we all grow up, we all live life and find out what’s important to us—that’s what happened.
Nick has been dating former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, for over a year now and says he is extremely happy. His new single “Jealous” is actually written about Culpo and how he gets jealous when other guys check his girl out, “”We went out one night and this guy was looking at her for a little too long,” he recalled to. “It was uncomfortable. I’m not a jealous person and this was an experience that I was one or two drinks in. I really got into it and then I decided to let me just process this a different way and go into the studio and write this song.”
Nick Jonas is definitely turning into more of a sexual symbol and solo artist rather than a “Jo Bro”! What do you guys think about his new transformation?
DigiTrax Entertainment, hosts of the 2013 Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit have posted the full videos of the event, including speaker break-outs.
The entire event, recorded on Livestream, is available here. Video break-outs by speaker are below the jump.
A list of songwriters who refuse to license their works for karaoke singers was opened to the public at the 2013 Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit on Thursday, June 20, with more than a few astonishing names making the list.
“It’s unclear to us why these songwriters do not want their biggest fans to have access to their music,” said Joe Vangieri, CEO of DigiTrax Entertainment, hosts of the Summit and creators of Karaoke Cloud. “When someone cares enough about your song to not only purchase it, but to dare singing it in public, you know you’ve attained what every songwriter hopes for their song – it’s touched someone’s life.”
Joe Vangieri capped the 2013 Karaoke Summit by walking through the direction that technology is taking karaoke. Some highlights:
- There are many opportunities, thanks to technology
- Karaoke Cloud Pro is built right into PCDJ Karaoke, Compuhost, kJams and Jukebox Jockey
- KCP is coming to venues in ScreenPlay, Promo Only and PC Music
- KCPro-2-Own has just been released.
- Play-A-Tab helps novices learn guitar along with their karaoke.
- Acesonic is building Karaoke Cloud right into the KOD-3000 unit.
More on this after the Summit concludes.
Toni Roberts, Senior Licensing and Production Coordinator for DigiTrax, spoke about how important it is to have accurate and reliable data about the karaoke songs in everyone’s libraries. Some bullet points:
- Everyone’s idea of “essential information” differs.
- It’s way too difficult to track down the publishers for every song as the data stands now.
- We can post a file for all to use and contribute to.
Allen Jacobi came back to the podium to promote the idea that the database should be crowd-sourced and open-source. If a person or organization has data to contribute, the database would be opened up to them to include their data. The full, correct database would be available to the public.
More on this subject after the Summit ends.
Kurt Slep, CEO of Slep-Tone Entertainment, spoke at length about how his company is acting to curb piracy, and how extensive the problem is. Some bullet points from his talk include:
- There are 45,000 karaoke venues, and most have not yet been investigated.
- Reporting piracy is easy – visit soundchoice.com to do so.
- KJ/Venues who settle their suits get solutions that allow them to continue operations.
- Lawsuits seem to drive sales, based on the numbers. Slep-Tone would prefer not to base their business model on suing people.
- Publishers – please help us prosecute the pirates using abandon-ware.
- There are affordable solutions – KJs don’t have to steal their music to stay competitive.
For more on Kurt’s talk, check back with us after the Summit has concluded.
Roby Robinson is an attorney for Piracy Recovery, LLC. He litigates against karaoke pirates, and here are some bullet points from his talk.
- “Ignorance breeds folly.” Not knowing the law can be your undoing.
- The Chartbuster trademarks have passed to Piracy Recovery, LLC. Chartbuster’s copyrights are owned by World Wide Digital, LLC.
- DigiTrax Entertainment, LLC licenses the old Chartbuster copyrighted works from WWD.
- Piracy Recovery is actively working to bring more illegal KJs to justice.
More on Roby’s talk after the Summit concludes.
Jonathan Apostoles, CEO and Founder of JoltSoft, makers of Karaoke Anywhere, spoke about the impact of social media on karaoke.
- Up to now, singers have been ignored in a lot of ways. Singers should become the karaoke label’s primary customer, not a KJ or venue.
- People want to be heard.
- “Karaoke Feed” is like Instagram for karaoke, currently being implemented.
- Singers must get the “five minutes of fame” experience.
- A Pro Version is coming that allows venues and KJs to leverage the power of social media and karaoke
More on Jonathan’s talk after the conclusion of the Summit.
Hal Kinney is the President of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association. Some quick points from his talk:
- Customers don’t care about licensing or legality, they just want to sing their favorite songs.
- Customers will acquire the songs they want to sing, even if I can’t legally play them.
- Non-licensed karaoke is available on BitTorrent, YouTube, home-made versions, etc.
More to come on Hal’s talk once the Summit has concluded.
Allen Jacobi of Allen Jacobi Law is a highly-regarded attorney in the entertainment field, specializing in copyright law. Here’s a short recap of his major points:
- In the UK and Europe, karaoke companies have a huge advantage over USA-based karaoke companies.
- Not only are licenses easier to obtain for EU/UK karaoke labels, their costs are lower.
- There are developments on the horizon that may indicate a leveling of the playing field in a few years.
We’ll have a more in-depth report following the Summit.