Apple’s new world headquarters, a 2.8 million-square-foot glass spaceship in the middle of California’s Santa Clara Valley, will be ready for the tech giant’s employees in April, it was announced on Wednesday. Known as Apple Park, the 175-acre campus will eventually be the workplace of more than 12,000 employees.
The facility is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, with enough rooftop solar to “run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world,” the company said. It also features a ventilation system that is projected to help the building require no air conditioning or heating for nine months of the year.
The open-air center of the facility contains parklands with an orchard, meadow and pond, plus two miles of walking/running paths for Apple employees. The HQ’s 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater when it opens later this year. There’s also a visitors center with an Apple Store and cafe.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
Apple Park is about a 5 minute drive — or a 30 minute walk — from the company’s current headquarters in Cupertino (zoom out in the below map — the current HQ is on the left).
The 2017 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday morning, with hip-hop icon Jay Z and one-man hit factory Max Martin leading a class that also includes Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and three members of Chicago.
With his induction, Jay Z becomes the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall. His standout tracks include the Alicia Keys duet “Empire State of Mind,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “03 Bonnie & Clyde” with Beyoncé, among many others.
The 21-time Grammy winner “was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” it took longer for traditional voters to consider him, said Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS This Morning. “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 22, 2017
Take Jay Z out of the mix and it’s still an impressive class this year: Martin holds the distinction of having written or co-written 22 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, third only to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Over the years, Gordy contributed many songs for his legendary stable of Motown artists, including hit tracks for Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye. Babyface’s prolific career has yielded 16 No. 1s, including Madonna’s “Take a Bow” and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” The team of Jam & Lewis have penned hits for Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey, among others. Finally, the Chicago trio of Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera have a list of classic rock gems including “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park” and “If You Leave Me Now.”
“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening,” said Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran. “The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries – R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
Last year’s inductees included Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Marvin Gaye.
The Hall’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.
It took very little time after releasing her Grammy-nominated mixtape You Should Be Here for Kehlani to become a hair chameleon. From long dark waves to blunt bright bobs, Kehlani is relentlessly adventurous, showing off both tomboy charm and a sexy edge. The brainchild behind Kehlani’s dazzling versatility is Kahh Spence, a 22-year-old Brooklynite who left college two years ago to pursue his passion for hair.
Billboard talks exclusively with Spence about the inspiration for his work, the most common wig mistakes, and prepping for his first international tour with Kehlani.
What’s it like working with Kehlani?
It’s really fun because we’re the same age so we relate to each other and talk to each other a lot. We actually have a pretty cool bond now. With some clients, you have to hold back on some stuff. I get to be more myself with her. Usually I come up with most of the ideas and I run them by her. It depends on what the occasion is, but she usually trusts whatever I come up with because she knows I won’t steer her wrong.
How are you preparing for tour with her?
I feel like this is a big break for me. This tour is going to be huge because I’m able to showcase my work in many different cities. Kehlani is letting me do a lot of what I want for this tour. She only gave me two specifics: she wants to go really long and she wants a wavy texture. I’m really close with Debbie, her stylist, so we’re collaborating to make sure her hair goes well with certain looks. Even though it’s nerve-wracking, it’s really exciting.
Are the bold looks and bright colors something you’ve introduced to her or is that her style?
She’s been bold before, but with wigs, we’re starting to bring it back now. She had red hair before [me]. One day, one of her fans commented under her post saying, “Bring her red back,” and I never thought to do red, but I ended bringing it back and everyone went bananas. People love it. She loves it. A lot of people are influenced by what we do now, and I love it.
What is your favorite look you’ve made for her thus far?
Probably the red bob that she did for her release party in California. It looks so natural and it fits her face so well. She really loved it.
How do you create looks that are going to move well with her on stage?
Making sure hair is of great quality. That’s the main key in working with performers. There needs to be no matting in the back of the neck because with some performers, when you get sweaty all over, hair tends to tangle. On tour, Kehlani will be wearing all raw Indian high-quality hair. At rehearsal, I usually have her rehearse with different style wigs just to see what works and what won’t work.
Who is your biggest hair inspiration?
What is the most common wig mistake people make?
Not getting wigs that are made for their bone structure. For someone with a very long face, I personally wouldn’t suggest a long wig because it’ll elongate the face even more. I would suggest something a little shorter to highlight certain features on their face.
What is the most common misconception people have about wigs?
People say, “I don’t want to wear wigs because it’s going to look like a hat on my head.” People think they don’t look natural when they can if you get it done properly. Make sure the right person is doing your hair. Make sure they’re applying the wig properly and making the hairline look natural because if the hairline is too dense, it won’t look as natural. No one’s hairline is really as dense as wigs come. Wigs need to be tweaked a little before applying them.
What else does 2017 have in store for you, aside from the tour with Kehlani?
I’m most excited about Coachella. Kehlani’s performing and I’ve never been. I get to go off on her look. I’m also working on my own hair tour for the end of the year and coming out with some cool hair products this year.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s career couldn’t have got away to a brighter start.
The British soul man has the decade’s fastest-selling male solo debut in the U.K. with his album Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music), and he’s guaranteed to come home with a prize from this Wednesday’s Brit Awards in London, where he’ll receive his Critics Choice honor. On the night he’ll join the likes of Adele, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith as a recipient of the U.K. industry’s top up-and-comer trophy. He’s also up for best British breakthrough act and he’s set to perform the album’s title track.
The singer and songwriter (born Rory Graham) has been clocking up the airmiles in support of Human, with a transatlantic promo sprint which has included a performance last week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, an interview for Apple’s Beats 1 and a feature for the Beats by Dr. Dre Beat x Beat online series. Alongside his producer Two Inch Punch, Rag’n’Bone Man took the Beat x Beat cameras into the studio for an exclusive glimpse at the making of “Human,” which currently sits at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
“The inspiration for ‘Human’ came from a conversation,” he explains in the Beat x Beat video. “We stumbled upon this question, sometimes you think a problem is a problem, when sometimes it isn’t. And it takes you to have a little step back and realize you might be a bit dramatic. Take a look around and see what’s going on in the world. Nine times out of 10 there’s somebody else with a much bigger problem.”
And in a separate, confessional chat with Beats 1 host Julie Adenuga, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man admits to the last time he bawled (“I don’t feel less masculine for crying at Aretha Franklin“), the last famous person he saw (Ed Sheeran, who visited him in France), the last time he was drunk (he soothed the nerves with a few drinks while shooting a TV show with Denzel Washington and Whoopi Goldberg), recalled a phone call from Elton John (“he didn’t have to do that, it made my day”) and recounted the moment he met Courtney Cox (“I did that sort of ‘hello,’ the really English sort of Hugh Grant ‘hello.’)
Human bowed at No. 1 in the U.K. on debut last week after outselling the rest of the top ten combined. It’s currently sitting at No. 1 on the midweek chart, with double the sales of the next best title.
Emma Watson is stepping to her own tune in “Belle,” the opening number from Beauty and the Beast.
Disney released a clip from the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated film, which sees Watson singing while strolling through her little town, full of little people, waking up to say, “Bonjour.”
The clip shows that the dialogue of the ambitious opener — written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman — has been slightly tweaked, but still showcases Belle’s penchant for books.
The Bill Condon film also stars Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald and Stanley Tucci.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17.
A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of physically abusing and threatening her.
The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche Tran and not attempt to contact her after she wrote in court filings that Brown had repeatedly threatened her since December.
Tran also accused the singer of punching her in the stomach and pushing her down stairs a few years ago. Her filing does not offer any additional specifics or note if she reported the events to police. It states that no one was present at the time.
The order, which was issued Friday, also calls for Brown to surrender any firearms he has until a March 9 hearing on the restraining order.
An email message sent to Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.
Brown and Tran dated after the singer pleaded guilty to felony assault for an attack on Rihanna in 2009 just hours before the Grammy Awards.
A judge ended Brown’s probation in 2015, after several missteps that included punching a man outside a Washington hotel and stints in rehab.
The singer also underwent domestic violence and anger management counseling.
A facility that treated Brown wrote in a 2014 letter to the judge overseeing his probation in the Rihanna case that the singer was being treated for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and past substance abuse.
Brown’s career faltered after the Rihanna attack and eventually rebounded and his album F.A.M.E won a Grammy Award in 2012.
DAY6’s monthly release plan continues strong with their latest single soaring above their K-pop competition on the Billboard charts.
“You Were Beautiful” debuts at No. 3 on World Digital Song Sales chart making it the top-selling K-pop song in America for the week of dated Feb. 25, 2017 and matches their highest chart position to date. The harmonious rock cut was released alongside the piano-driven jam “My Day,” which also performs well on the chart, starting at No. 6.
Furthermore, “You Were Beautiful” beats out a competitive week of K-pop releases, outcharting Red Velvet‘s “Rookie,” (at No. 4 this week), Block B‘s “Yesterday” (which debuts at No. 5) and Chanyeol and Punch’s collaboration “Stay With me” (No. 8).
“You Were Beautiful” is the lead track off the February iteration of the band’s “Every DAY6” release plan where the outfit will drop new music every month in 2017. The guys kicked off the ambitious schedule with new songs “I Wait” and “Goodbye Winter” in January, which opened at Nos. 3 and 6 on World Digital Song Sales, respectively. “I Wait” returns to the chart this week at No. 24 for its third week on the tally.
To date, DAY6 has landed six entries on World Digital Song Sales, peaking as high as No. 3 with both “You Were Beautiful” and “I Wait.” By committing to monthly releases that, so far have all come with quality music and stunning music videos, DAY6 could certainly score their first No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales to put them an elite group with BIGBANG, BTS, Blackpink and others.
Nick Cannon is condemning the National Enquirer over what he claims is a false article the tabloid is preparing to run, threatening a slander and defamation lawsuit.
On Tuesday (Feb. 21), Cannon shared an image of text on Instagram saying, “The National Enquirer is preparing an article reporting Nick Cannon has suffered a nervous breakdown and his erratic behavior has given ex-wife Mariah Carey little choice but to petition for custody of their children.”
The alleged article goes on to claim Cannon burned bridges with NBC executives on the set of America’s Got Talent, which he announced he would be leaving earlier this month. In a lengthy Facebook post, Cannon then said his departure was over a racial joke he made in a recent Showtime stand-up special that did not sit well with NBC. “I will not be silenced,” he wrote .
The National Enquirer piece allegedly also cites a new lawsuit reported on Monday by TMZ, wherein a man claims Cannon stole his app idea to build his own talent search app N’credible and is seeking $1.75 million in damages.
Cannon clapped back at the National Enquirer for noting his children — twins Monroe and Moroccoan, who he shares with Carey — saying, “Only Evil operates in this manner. What is the purpose? Except to exemplify pure immoral wickedness. If you report these lies expect a slander and defamation lawsuit.”
Last week Page 6 published a story that also claimed insiders are concerned over Cannon’s health, citing his recent decision to leave ICM Partners for CAA. Cannon also shared that story to Instagram, writing, “Funny how when a man stands up for himself the media fears his mental health!”
See his latest Instagram post here:
David Bowie fans in London hope to honor the late star by building a three-story lightning-bolt statue, similar to the one featured on the late singer’s 1973 Aladdin Sane album cover.
Supporters hope to pay for the project by crowdfunding online and estimate the costs to be north of $1.23 million. So far, 165 people have raised more than $28,330 for the red-and-blue-sprayed stainless steel monument.
Organizers said they have consulted Bowie’s teams in New York and London in regards to planning the statue, which organizers plan to locate in Brixton, South London, where Bowie was born.
“Standing across the road from the equally famous Electric Avenue, the memorial will be a defining part of this most iconic neighbourhood,” reads the Crowdfunder page.
The concert business in North America generated more than $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales in 2016, according to Billboard Boxscore. Those dollars have the greatest economic impact in cities that boast the most successful music facilities, so investment in the development or refurbishment of facilities pays off.
Here are 23 of the most notable new and renovated concert venues vying for the year’s top-selling tours.
Concert capacity: 6,000
The most welcome news in 2017 from the nation’s capital comes from I.M.P. Productions, which owns the city’s famed 9:30 Club and operates D.C.’s Lincoln Theater and Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. I.M.P. in October will open The Anthem, a venue with a flexible capacity of 2,500 to 6,000. It will be part of The Wharf, a $2 billion mixed-use development rising on the banks of the Potomac River, south of the National Mall.
Concert capacity: 17,000
Home to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, the AT&T Center has received more than $110 million in renovations, including new infrastructure, amenities, bars, restaurants and the upgrading of all seats in the hall. Theater-style boxes, with a private dining area and bar, overlook the arena bowl on the terrace level. The center started 2017 with the first show of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway Tour.
Concert capacity: 19,000
Barclays Center welcomed visitors this past year to its renovated Billboard-branded lounge and hosted the final U.S. show of Bruce Springsteen’s River Tour on April 25, 2016, for a crowd exceeding 18,000, a new record for the building. Two months before the concert, the arena emailed fans to gather stories about their favorite “Bruce Moment” to collect as a book for the singer. When Springsteen was late to his sound check, he was found in his dressing room reading the tales.
Concert capacity: 18,000
A Jan. 17 groundbreaking signaled the start of construction on the Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. The center is due to open in time for the 2019-2020 NBA season as the new home of the Golden State Warriors. For a city with a rich history of live music, it also will be the first concert venue larger than 10,000 seats within San Francisco proper.
DAILY’S PLACE AT EVERBANK FIELD
Concert capacity: 5,500
Daily’s Place amphitheater is adjacent to EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and part of the city’s entertainment district. The venue’s design fills the need for a midsize music facility in the north Florida market. Jacksonville’s own Tedeschi Trucks Band will play the first show there on May 27.
FORD AMPHITHEATER AT THE CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK
Concert capacity: 4,800
Built as an expansion of the beachside, landmarked 1923 Childs Restaurant, the Ford Amphitheater opened in the summer of 2016 with 46 events in its first season. The Beach Boys played a Fourth of July show amid the sound of the nearby waves.
THE GREEK THEATRE
Concert capacity: 5,900
Under new management by venue firm SMG, the historic 1926 amphitheater in Griffith Park has received such improvements as a new plaza bar, upgraded suites, Wi-Fi and LED video screens, and menu options with California cuisine.
GOLDEN 1 CENTER
Concert capacity: 15,000
The Golden 1 Center, which is completely solar-powered, is the nation’s first indoor arena to earn LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its state-of-the-art environmental design. Sustainability also marks the building’s “farm to court” concessions: 90 percent of food served is sourced within 150 miles of the center.
JIFFY LUBE LIVE
Concert capacity: 22,600
Jiffy Lube Live, an outdoor amphitheater located 40 miles west of Washington, D.C., has added a new VIP space, The Dominion, with premier seating and dining options, on the upper level of its grandstand. In September 2016, the venue became the first to host Willie Nelson’s annual Farm Aid benefit for a third time.
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
Concert capacity: 18,000
Located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the Merriweather Post Pavilion has a new 82-foot proscenium stage opening and $21 million in backstage renovations, including a swimming pool for artists, a private outdoor lounge with a stone fireplace and a band VIP suite with a balcony overlooking the performances.
LITTLE CAESARS ARENA
Concert capacity: 20,000
Michigan’s own Kid Rock not only agreed to play the first concerts at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena when the venue opens in September — the rap-rocker joined hard-hatted construction crews and arena developer Christopher Ilitch for a preview of the hall in January. “It means a lot to me to be the first act,” said Rock, “bigger than me just playing a show.”
NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM Presented By New York Community Bank
Concert capacity: 14,500
Reopening with an April 5 show by local hero Billy Joel, the venue has been redeveloped by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The arena will offer artists luxury backstage quarters customized with one of four regional-flavored themes: Manhattan Modern, Gatsby’s Gold Coast, The Polo Club and Hampton Chic.
NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER
Concert capacity: 14,000
In a unique oceanview location, within a New York State park, close to miles of beaches, the Jones Beach Theater has hosted summer performances since the early 1950s. This season brings a new title sponsor, Northwell Health, to the historic amphitheater.
Concert capacity: 20,700
Keith Urban, who played the -opening-night show at Rogers Place on Sept. 16, called the new venue “one of the best-sounding arenas I have played in.” Designed for concerts as well as the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, Rogers Place incorporates advanced acoustic treatments in its interior.
SMART FINANCIAL CENTRE AT SUGAR LAND CENTER
Sugar Land, Texas
Concert capacity: 6,400
Moveable walls and curtain systems allow the Smart Financial Centre, which is 20 miles from Houston, to customize its capacity from 1,950 to 6,400 seats. “What a life you’re living here in Sugar Land,” declared comedian Jerry Seinfeld at the venue’s grand opening on Jan. 14.
STEPHEN C. O’CONNELL CENTER
Concert capacity: 10,000
With a new naming sponsorship
from medical equipment firm Exactech for its arena, the O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus serves a market with 50,000 students. The venue has undergone a $64.5 million renovation that includes a new entryway, expanded concessions, VIP seating with access to private dining areas and high-end video screens.
Concert capacity: 23,000
In November 2016, city officials OK’d a $21.3 million renovation of the Tacoma Dome that will bring new seating, redone restrooms, backstage and loading dock upgrades, and even a new exterior paint job for the 23-year-old arena. Work will proceed around upcoming 2017 bookings, including a Feb. 25 show by Blake Shelton.
Concert capacity: 19,250
The downtown Target Center began its $138 million renovation in spring 2016, amid continued bookings by acts including The Who, Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks. But the arena will temporarily shut its doors this summer to reconstruct its lobby, improve concourse areas and add luxury club spaces. The Target Center expects to complete renovations by the fall.
TIMES UNION CENTER
Concert capacity: 17,500 (center stage)
A three-story entryway waterfall is one highlight of the renovation of the Times Union Center, set for completion in September. The adjacent Albany Capital Center is an 80,000-square-foot convention facility that can stage general-admission shows for up to 3,500 fans.
Concert capacity: 8,400
A seven-day-a-week work schedule allowed a $3.7 million upgrade of the Tuscon Arena to reach completion by Oct. 1, 2016 without bumping any scheduled events. The arena, part of the Tuscon Convention Center Complex, is the largest venue in its market, drawing fans from throughout southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
U.S. BANK STADIUM
Concert capacity: 52,000
The newest field in the NFL, located in downtown Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium has already proven its mettle as a concert venue, hosting Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights Tour, with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, on Aug. 19, 2016, followed by Metallica, with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat the following night. The two tours shared the same stage structure for the back-to-back sold-out shows.
VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA
Salt Lake City, Utah
Concert capacity: 20,000
The 25-year-old home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz is undergoing a $125 million renovation that includes redesigned concourses, more VIP areas and a new 12,000-square-foot lobby. The arena, the largest in a five-state area, will present Billy Joel Nov. 29 in his first Salt Lake City show in a decade.
WELLS FARGO CENTER
Concert capacity: 21,000
One lasting impact of the Democratic National Convention held in 2016 at Wells Fargo Center is the creation of improved premium-seating areas. Luxury suites revamped for TV news crews during the convention were rebuilt afterward with better sight lines and decor. The work was part of an $18 million overall renovation of the 20-year-old arena, which so far in 2017 has hosted performances by Eric Church and Kings of Leon.
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 25 issue of Billboard.
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