(AllHipHop News) Super-producer Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and influential music executive Jimmy Iovine are using parts of their substantial fortunes to help cultivate the next generation of music business moguls. It was announced that the pair is giving the University of Southern California $70 million to create a new music academy.
“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias in a statement.
The four-year program will teach undergraduates the necessary skills to be successful in the music industry. Courses focusing on engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business, and leadership training will be taught by members of USC’s Thorton School of Music, Roski School of Fine Arts, Marshall School of Business, and Viterbi School of Engineering.
According to a statement issued by USC, “industry icons and innovators as visiting faculty and guest speakers” will also take part in the program. It will also provide one-on-one mentoring by professors.
“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity,” said Erica Muhl, the first director of the new academy, in a statement.
USC’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is set to open in the fall of 2014 with an initial class of 25 students.
by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
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Hip-hop heads rejoice. The annual Rock The Bells festival has arrived. This year, it will be taking over four cities—San Bernardino, Calif., Mountain View, Calif., Washington D.C., Rutherfold, N.J.—and will bring a slew of surprises for its ten-year anniversary.
After seeing the late Tupac Shakur resurrected through a hologram, many fans are waiting to see their favorites come back to life. Rock The Bells have deemed two “Original Virtual Performances” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E. That should be sight to see.
Here’s the current lineup below. More artists are expected to be announced.
- September 7-8 in San Bernardino, Calif.
- September 14-15 in Mountain View, Calif.
- September 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
- October 4-5 in Rutherford, N.J.
UPDATE: Rock The Bells founder Chang Weisberg explains exactly what fans are expected. Contrary to former headlines, Rock The Bells will not have hologram performances by ODB and Eazy.
“It’s an original virtual performance, not a hologram. I never used the word hologram. There are a number of multimedia visual effects that will be applied that will definitely at the very least make the performances look like a hologram. People’s minds will be blown.”
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Produced by The Dream, here’s the Kelly Rowland’s single off her upcoming album, Talk A Good Game.
Thrilling news, Chris Brown announces he’ll be featuring some of Aaliyah’s prerecorded vocals on his next single. At the BET awards Chris stated “I got something special for my fans. It’s called They Don’t Know.” Chris Brown has already started giving fans a preview of his vision for “They Don’t Know.” Saying, “I shot it in the ‘hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block,” Brown explained his choice of location. “[I’m] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I’m from. I’m from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke—I remember when I was.”
You can check out the some of the footage for They Don’t Know on the link below.
Saturday Night Live will be losing its excitable “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon; its frenetic incarnations of James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange; and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game-show hosts!!! Bill Harder will be leaving the NBC late-night franchise when its season ends Saturday.