December 2015


Monster High's upcoming fall 2016 movie special "Monster High Welcome to Monster High" has released a leaked teaser video that features footage of the NEW look and feel of the Monster High guys and ghouls. Instagram user Dane Alexandre or LOLiWinx on tumblr posted the video via HERE but you can see the video below.



Last One Standing is the fourth full-length album by Max Simchenko, musician, producer and composer from Belarus, which was released on the independent music label Venator Music. In spite of his young age, he has already gained popularity among different music fans. Many of his works could be heard on the screen (e.g. “Made in BY” – the Italian documentary film about Belarus which score includes the song Everything Will Fade Away from the 3rd Max’s studio album) as well as on several popular radio stations in Belarus and foreign countries. Every release of this musician differs from the previous ones by sound and whole stylistics as well. Untitled Project of Maks_SF was started in 2011 immediately after the breakup of his band Death In Tension which had advanced not only in awesome music presentation but also had interesting style that though had been rather different from the mainstream, nevertheless had absolutely precise and recognizable charm.

The new album is a combination of dance music, 80's science fiction, industrial and ambient. It also contains orchestral music elements that make it really unusual and unforgettable. The thrilling futuristic scenery, neon signboards, reflecting in puddles of lonely backstreets and other things are waiting for you.

The two main tracks The Insider and Pathfinder were recorded with French musician and singer Xavier Schattel who is better known as Crytek. These both tracks describe similar stories about the utopic world of sci-fi and cyberpunk where the Artificial Intelligence has long ago surpassed what people waited from it, the people themselves has become derelicts, and chromed sparkling skyscrapers impale the sky. The title song Last One Standing is an alternative version of The Insider where the vocals switch to the futuristic and amazingly melodic synth straight from Blade Runner. Despite the similarity of these two tracks, Last One Standing tells us completely another story and both tracks evoke entirely different emotions. Next song Sojourner narrates the story of droid-satellite and represents  a hybrid of ambient, jazz and electronics. Collector shows what is hidden deep under the night city streets and Halloween Kick in the Teeth gives you a pass to forbidden underground robot battles.

Due to the fact Max never restrains himself with any stylistic scopes, every his record is absolutely unusual and self-dependent.

In addition, as a bonus, the album contains three remixes made by different music producers in different genres such as dubstep (remix by Hydraulic Snake, Finland), dubcore (remix by Axon Rise, USA) and house (remix by DONOЯ, Russia).

While working on the album,  musician has used a wide amount of instruments, virtual and analogue as well, which makes the sound of this release quietly warm and involves the listener to the universe created by Max. Album was mastered by John R1se - the eminent music composer from Novosibirsk, Russia.


A bona fide pop culture phenomenon and a massive global franchise in over 60 countries Monster High is ranked as the third biggest fashion doll brand a $1 billion franchise annually and a top 5 global property for girls! Monster High empowers girls to express their individuality and form friendships that last beyond a lifetime.


Now entering its 6th year in the market, in 2016 the brand will embark on an exciting new chapter to maintain its relevance to the ever changing consumer. As an exciting disruptive every green brand Monster High will continue to represent via the monster metaphor what it means to be different, unique and empowering girls to be themselves as Mattel leads the way in creating, maintaining and driving strong girl empowerment brands.

OLD VS. NEW Frankie Stein
OLD VS NEW Draculaura
NEW Monster High Reboot Dolls
The key elements that make the brand disruptive will remain but now infused with more play in the product whilst adding renewed focus on the core characters and stories as well as marketing what the brand stands for. The brand will have a fresh new look with new contemporary colors and graphics whilst still incorporating the iconic signatures that make the brand unique and relatable to the core audience of 6-10 year old's. The fresh new feel will also incorporate new photo real brand imagery creating the emotional connection with the core audience whilst maintaining the brands humor and reliability and sense of community. The brand will also launch an exciting new multi-year brand campaign and new consumer rallying cry “How Do You Boo” encouraging consumers to embrace what makes them unique and share how they Boo. Working with celebrities and brands spokespeople the campaign will communicate what it means to boo, to be yourself and start a movement encourage girls to do the same. This will also be brought to life through an empowering new Monster High Anthem launched through a music video that will be amplified through social media and PR. This will be supported with an extensive marketing campaign across multiply touch points and will be localized in key countries across the EuRoMEA region.


Entertainment will still be a key focus with the successful tent poles as Monster High is ranked #2 children’s direct to video franchise. In Spring, join favorite ghoulfriends of Monster High in an all-new aquatic adventure, Great Scarrier Reef (70 minutes). In Fall fans will be treated to the untold origins story of Monster High and the Monsters that live among us (70 minutes).


Theatrical-rock duo One-Eyed Doll are thrilled to announce that they will be embarking on a co-headlining Spring tour with fellow female-fronted rockers Eyes Set To Kill.  With support from Open Your Eyes, the appropriately titled the “Visions Tour”  will kick off in Salt Lake City, UT on March 16th, routing all throughout the US and wrapping up in Sacramento, CA on April 30th.

TOUR DATES:

3/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Billboard Live
3/17 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater & Club
3/18 - Denver, CO - Roxy Theatre
3/19 - Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios Live
3/20 - Omaha, NE - Lookout Lounge
3/23 - Jefferson, LA - Southport Hall
3/24 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
3/25 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - The Green Room
3/26 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
3/27 - Orlando, FL - BlackBooth
3/30 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
3/31 - Knoxville, TN - Concourse @ The International
4/01 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan’s Music Hall
4/02 - Baltimore, MD - Fish Head Cantina
4/03 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar
4/05 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
4/06 - Allentown, PA - Croc Rock
4/07 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
4/08 - Danville, IL - Vintage Villans
4/09 - Chicago, IL - Bada Brew
4/10 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
4/12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
4/13 - Kansas City, KS - Aftershock
4/14 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective
4/15 - Fort Worth, TX - Rail Club
4/16 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
4/19 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
4/20 - Corpus Christi, TX - Bone Shakers
4/21 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald’s
4/22 - Lubbock, TX - Backstage Lubbock
4/23 - Albuquerque, NM - Blue Phoenix Venue
4/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe’s Grotto
4/27 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
4/28 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
4/29 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
4/30 - Sacramento, CA - Boardwalk


Thy Art Is Murder has split ways with vocalist CJ McMahon. The singer posted his reasons via his Facebook page saying "With a mix of both negative and positive emotions, I inform you all that I have parted ways with my band Thy Art Is Murder. It has been a wild ride I have traveled to over 40 countries around the world and played alongside some of the worlds biggest and best bands, it brings me great sadness knowing I will never perform again for my amazing and supportive fans, this will be the hardest thing for me to deal with. My reasons for leaving: I spend too much time away from my fiancé , family and friends, touring has taken a massive mental, emotional and physical toll on me. One of the biggest reasons is money, I / we have been broke for years and being 32 years old I can't live like this anymore. I am getting married next year and plan on having a family, these things cost money, to put the finances into perspective for you I /we have earned between $16k-$18k each over 6-7 years, I feel there is something massively wrong with this, I will not live like this anymore. I'm sorry to my fans that I have to go, I have loved you all and I thank you for believing in me supporting me. The money made from my closing down sale of my clothing label will be going to my wedding, I will also be selling my Northface stage jacket I have worn the last two years on stage via eBay soon to try to pay for my wedding for the people interested, again thank you for the love and support, Your Prince Of Darkness Cj."

The rest of the band released a statement on the Thy Art Is Murder Facebook page saying,

"After much conjecture and ambiguity on his behalf, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce today that CJ is no longer a part of THY ART IS MURDER. We have worked so hard from day one to make this band what it is now and develop the reputation that we have and he had been there with us every step of the way. We like to think that even if someone doesn't like our music that they can at least respect our work ethic.

This band has taken us to places we never thought we would see and to share stages with many bands we never thought we would get to play with or meet, let alone call friends. It is unfortunate that with our best year to date and our biggest paved out before us that he has decided to leave.

All this being said, touring as hard as we do does take its toll on you physically, but, more importantly, mentally and emotionally.We are an underground metal band and have been so fortunate over the last two years to carve out a small income thanks to so many dedicated and generous fans around the world. For some people, it comes to a turning point in their life where that income is no longer enough for their personal goals, and that point has come for CJ.

We would like to wish him all our best as he leaves the band and moves onward to start a family and new life with his loving fiancée. The four of us are continuing forward into 2016 for some of the biggest and best tours of our lives. We won't be slowing down or missing any shows. We head back out next month with PARKWAY DRIVE and ARCHITECTS throughout Europe and the U.K. and will be taking one of our favorite vocalists with us, Nick Arthur from MOLOTOV SOLUTION.

THY ART is what we have done with all of our adult lives and we have put absolutely everything we have into the band and the friendship between the four of us. That friendship and drive to create extreme music is what has kept us together through thick and thin. Unfortunately, not everyone can share this fire."


Hatsune Miku will be releasing an exclusive EP consisting of 13-tracks, including two remixes of the official theme song for Miku Expo 2016! The Facebook page posted the following;

"Hello everyone! We're happy to announce the track list for the HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP, which includes two exciting remixes of the MIKU EXPO 2016 theme song, "Blue Star feat. Hatsune Miku" by 八王子P Hachioji P ! Huge thank yous to Mark Redito FKA Spazzkid and Carpainter from Trekkie Trax for these great reinterpretations of "Blue Star!"

The booklet for the EP will include both Japanese and English lyrics for all songs! Be sure to grab a copy in preparation for next year's concerts!

TRACKLISTING:

1. "Blue Star feat. Hatsune Miku" by Hachioji P
2. "Sharing the World feat. Hatsune Miku" by BIGHEAD
3. "Glass Wall feat. Hatsune Miku" by GHPZ
4. "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku feat. Hatsune Miku" by cosMo@Bousou P
5. "Hoshi No Kakera feat. Hatsune Miku"
6. "Ten Thousand Stars feat. Hatsune Miku" by CircusP (MIKU EXPO SONG CONTEST Grand Prize winner)
7. "Constellation feat. Hatsune Miku" by ϕrkestrate
8. "Together, Make the Magic! feat. Hatsune Miku" by Xyao-Ming
9. "ALL IS MUSIC! feat. Hatsune Miku" by YZYX
10. "MikuMambo feat. Hatsune Miku" by AlexTrip Sands
11. ~~ TO BE ANNOUNCED ~~
12. "Blue Star feat. Hatsune Miku" by Hachioji P (Carpainter/TREKKIE TRAX Remix)
13. "Blue Star feat. Hatsune Miku" by Hachioji P (Mark Redito Remix)

Check out the theme song HERE and preview the remixes one HERE and two HERE. Plus expevt one more surprise with this EP coming soon!


All In have released a video for "Capsized". "I'm so glad to have finally filmed this music video. We always wanted to do one and when we finally got around to this point in our career, we knew "Capsized" would be the right choice. I wrote this song to help kids understand that they aren't alone in their day to day struggles. Whether that be internal or external, your life is worth fighting for. Fight to be happy because at the end of the day, as people, we all just want to be happy. So many people, I find, in older generations do not believe someone as young as myself can be a voice of reason but I believe differently. I wrote this song for me. I wrote this song for you. Stay strong, and never let life defeat you," says Jared Daws. Check it out HERE.


Monster High's Shriek Wrecked line will bring forth old and new characters, Dana Treasura Jones Daughter of Davy Jones, Draculaura, Clawdeen, Lagoona Blue, and Rochelle. Check out the dolls below with a release soon.

Dana Treasura Jones Daughter of Davy Jones
Draculaura
Clawdeen Wolf
Rochelle Goyle
Lagoona Blue


10 Years will begin 2016 with a co-headlining tour alongside reggae rock outfit P.O.D. The North American trek will see Australian prog-rock stalwarts Dead Letter Circus, as well as War Of Ages for support. A current list of tour dates can be found below, with more to be announced soon.

TOUR DATES:

1/24 – Pinellas Park, FL – England Brothers Park
1/28 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
1/29 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s by the Sea
1/30 – Fredericksburg, VA – Hard Times Cafe
2/1 – Destin, FL – Club LA
2/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
2/3 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster Street Ice House
2/6 – Abilene, TX – Abilene Civic Center
2/8 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
2/9 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal Bar
2/11 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
2/13 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
2/14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
2/16 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go


Ever After High will be having it's Dragon Games events with it's movie special along with its accompanying doll line of course! This line will feature new and old characters, Mira Shards, Harelow, Featherly, Deerla, with others including Darling Charming, Holly O'Hair, Raven Queen, and Apple White. Check out the dolls below and expect the special to be online January 29, 2016 with a DVD release to follow suit soon!

Ever After High Dragon Games Line


Ever After High will have it's Epic Winter line along with a Where Princesses Are Powerful line as well. These lines will both feature new characters as well as old characters, Crystal Winter (Daughter of The Snow Queen/King), Meeshell Mermaid (Daughter of The Little Mermaid), Jillian Beanstalk (Daughter of Jack Beanstalk), Nina Thumbell (Daughter of Thumbellina), a 2-pack featuring Rosabella Beauty (Daughter of Beauty and The Beast) and Daring Charming (Son of King Charming), along with Madeline Hatter, Apple White, Ashlynn Ella, Blondie Lockes, and Briar Beauty. Expect to see both of these lines arriving soon! For now, check out the dolls below!

Meeshell Memaid Daughter of  The Little Mermaid
Nina Thumbell (Daughter of Thumbellina)
Jillian Beanstalk (Daughter of Jack Beanstalk)
Epic Winter Playset
Crystal Winter (Daughter of The Snow Queen/King)
Rosabella Beauty (Daughter of Beauty and The Beast) and Daring Charming (Son of King Charming) 2-Pack
Ashlynn Ella
Blondie Lockes
Madeline Hatter
Apple White
Briar Beauty


Monster High will as it always has done, release two movie specials on DVD next year. Come Spring 2016 it will release "Monster High Great Scarrier Reef" and in the Fall 2016 release "Monster High Welcome to Monster High". As of course, with these specials will be the accompanying dolls, thus the "Monster High Welcome to Monster High" line features the old ghouls and some new ghouls, including a pop star Ari Hauntington and Moanica Terror Daughter of a Zombie, along with the old ghouls, Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf, Lagoona Blue, and Cleo De Nile. Check out the dolls pictured below with an expected release soon!

Ari Hauntington Pop Star
Moanica Terror Daughter of a Zombie and Draculaura 2-Pack
Frankie Stein
Draculaura
Clawdeen Wolf
Lagoona Blue
Cleo De Nile

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