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Samsung, sponsors of Idols 2012, has launched ‚’The band behind the Idol’ 2012 competition, where musicians can upload audition videos of themselves and stand a chance to perform as a backing band at the Idols 2012 finale at the end of September.

Samsung is looking for talented people to upload ‚’audition’ videos of themselves playing different musical instruments to where they will stand the chance of becoming a band member in the ‚’Samsung band’ the band behind the Idol. The winners of ‚’The band behind the Idol’ 2012 competition will then have the opportunity to perform as the backing band of the final two contestants at the Idols 2012 finale on Sunday, 30 September 2012.

‚”We are excited to bring this ‚’talent search’ to market, where consumers not only have the opportunity to be directly part of the Idols phenomenon but, through this competition, we hope to stimulate further interest in the music industry – offering an opportunity for consumers to demonstrate their talent and be recognised as musicians,‚” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA.

The competition will run for four weeks, from the 14th of August to the 10th of September 2012. Videos that showcase a person’s musical talent and skills through instruments such as drums, guitars, bass guitars and keyboards will be accepted on the website. In addition, live auditions will also take place every Wednesday for the four week period at the Campus for Performing Arts on the following dates:

– Pretoria 22 August

– Cape Town 29 August

– Durban 05 September

From the 11th of September to the 14th of September 2012, winners of the live band auditions and video uploads will be selected by South Africa’s very own, talented and successful music artist Danny K and Idols Director Gavin Wratten. Following this, one person will then be selected as the winner in each category, with the ultimate five winners being chosen to become ‚’The band behind the Idol’ 2012, and perform at the penultimate Idols finale on the 30th of September 2012. Winners will be announced in the 17th of September.

Yamaha has committed to sponsoring R30 000 worth of prizes for The ‚’Be the Band’ prize winners, which includes: R 25 000.00 worth of musical equipment and a R 5000.00 redeemable Yamaha voucher for the Wild Card winner. The musical equipment includes:

– 1 x Yamaha Gigmaker 5 piece drum kit in White Grape Glitter

– 1 x Yamaha RBX170 bass guitar in Red Metallic

– 1 x Yamaha Pacifica PAC012 electric guitar in Vintage White

– 1 x Yamaha PSR E333 keyboard

In addition to the ‚’The band behind the Idol’ 2012 winners, Samsung encourage consumers to go online to vote for their favourite young artists as well as suggest a name for the band where they stand the chance of winning great prizes including Samsung products and tickets to the Idols shows.

‚”There is no doubt that the South African music industry is growing with an influx of innovation at its core. It is this growth and innovation that is synonymous with a brand like Samsung’s and we are proud to be part of developing and fostering South Africa’s talent and cultural landscape. As a result, we would like to encourage and challenge all musicians to enter ‚’The band behind the Idol’ 2012 competition and we look forward to witnessing South Africa’s very strong talent pool,‚” continues Fleischer.

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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival



Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download



Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.


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