Little Apple Makes Chinese History

Little Apple ArtworkChinese Internet singing sensation the Chopsticks Brothers, who were in Los Angeles this past weekend to perform their hit single Little Apple at the American Music Awards, have become the first Chinese music group to release a song on iTunes. Little Apple has taken the internet by storm this year. The MP3 received 579 million hits and the music video has been played 823 million times on China’s major music and video streaming sites. According to Southern.com, the song has been played for at least 500 million listeners worldwide. At the 2014 American Music Awards the Chopstick Brothers also took home the prize for “International Song of the Year.”

Little Apple – Chopstick Brothers is available on both iTunes and Spotify

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/little-apple/id945004196?i=945004205

Spotify:

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Boy Bands Ruled The Night At The 2014 AMA’s

At the 2014 American Music Awards’s Boy bands won more awards than pop’s leading ladies. British boy band One Direction won the top award of the night for artist of the year, and led the winners with three accolades in the fan-voted awards. “It’s amazing because we worked so hard on these last two albums,” band member Liam Payne said. The pop group later performed its latest single “Night Changes” against a night-time forest backdrop.

Australian newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer won the coveted new artist of the year award. Chinese pop group the Chopsticks Brothers won the American Music Awards’ first-ever International Song Award for their viral hit “Little Apple” at the awards. Chinese pop star Zhang Jie was awarded the newly established International Artist Award. It was quite a successful night for many pop boy-bands.

View all of the winners here: http://www.theamas.com/2014/11/2014-american-music-awards-winners/

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2014 American Music Awards: Full List of Winners

The 2014 American Music Awards were produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Co-Executive Producers, and Larry Klein is producer.

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

2014 Winners

Single of the Year

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J – Dark Horse

Artist of the Year

One Direction

New Artist of the Year

5 Seconds of Summer

Dick Clark Award for Excellence

Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

One Direction

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

One Direction – Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album – Country

Brantley Gilbert – Just As I Am

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

John Legend

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Katy Perry

Favorite Artist – Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack

Frozen

International Song Award

Little Apple – Chopstick Brothers

International Artist Award

Zhang Jie

See more here: http://www.theamas.com/2014/11/2014-american-music-awards-winners/

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Q&A with the Chopstick Brother’s Following Their AMA’s Win

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with the Chopsticks Brother’s following their win for “International Song Award” at the 2014 American Music Awards.

The Chopsticks Brothers have been collaborating together for almost a decade.

The two met in 2005, when Wang was looking for a cheap director to make an ad for the small company he owned and hired Xiao, then a film student assisting on commercial shoots. They hit it off when they realized they both had big dreams of creating something unique. “He wanted to make movies,” Wang says of Xiao, “and I wanted to be a singer. But I was getting older, and nothing was happening on that front.”

“Little Apple” was written to promote their first feature film, Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon, which is inspired by their love for Michael Jackson.

The Chopstick Brothers established themselves online as Youku stars, and their 2010 short film Old Boys, about a pair of old friends who finally decide to pursue their musical dreams upon their idol Michael Jackson’s death, captured more than 75 million views. Youku decided to adapt the dramedy for its first web “microfilm”-to-theatrical release, where it grossed more than $30 million in the first two weeks of its release in July. That healthy performance was in large part thanks to the viral spread of “Little Apple,” a song that was written for the film but released six weeks prior.

Yes, they worried about how the music video would be received.

Xiao decided to ironically juxtapose the cheerful lyrics and bouncy tune of “Little Apple” with the most tragic love stories he could think of: “Plastic surgery gone wrong, a wartime romance and a mermaid and prince forever apart. And, Adam and Eve.” After about a month of prep time, the whole shoot took around three to four days, and it was then that the absurdity of what they were doing dawned on them: “We were dancing around in briefs that look like we’re naked, and I wondered: Too far?” Xiao says.

Meanwhile, Wang took convincing to play all the tragic female characters in the music video (even though he’s done it before, in the Chopsticks Brothers’ parody video “Memoirs of a Geisha Man”). “I’m a pretty traditional person,” he says. Adds Xiao: “He would like the world to know he’s actually macho.”

Go to the Hollywood Reporter to read the rest of this Q&A:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/amas-2014-chinas-chopsticks-brothers-751585

2014 American Music Awards Performance:

Official Little Apple Music Video:

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Zhange Jie Wins the International Artist Award at the 2014 AMA’s

Worldwide Chinese pop star Zhang Jie, was presented with the International Artist Award at the 2014 American Music Awards. Zhang Jie got his start in Chengdu, Sichuan, China and worked hard to gain an audience in China and rose to fame by appearing on televised singing competitions throughout the country. Known for his English and Chinese music, he has covered popular songs from artists such as the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and 98 Degrees as well as created original Chinese songs.

On the AMA’s on Sunday night, Zhang Jie walked the red carpet alongside some of the most popular musicians in the world. During the ceremony, he was presented with the International Artist Award by international superstar Pitbull. In his acceptance speech, Zhang Jie begun singing the chorus to the song “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson.

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Courtin Moves Up At Relativity

relativitymediaRelativty Media has named Angela Courtin as it’s new chief marketing officer. In this new role she will report directly to Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. She will preside over marketing plans for film, sports TV and all company advertising and branding.

Courtin will also be overseeing a new digital division at Relativity. The plan is to have the new division produce and distribute fresh original content. It is expected that this new division will work closely with Madvine Entertainment.

In a statement to Rising Hollywood, Kavanaugh says “Throughout her career, Angela has connected some of the world’s most-recognized brands with consumers in innovative and engaging ways. At Relativity, Angela will build a one-stop solution for brands looking to find the best way to reach and influence consumers in an incredibly crowded marketplace.”

In her own statement Courtin says “Relativity is an agile, legacy-free content company built for the digital world. We have a unique opportunity to leverage each division’s compelling, engaging content to reach global audiences in entirely new ways while also empowering brands to tell their stories like never before.”

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Noto Joins Twitter

Twitter_IPO_a_lAnthony Noto is joining Twitter as the companies new Chief Financial Officer. Noto is a veteran banker who has worked at Goldman Sach since 2010. While there he served as the managing director in technology, media and telecom investment. In a previous position Noto served as the Chief Financial Officer of the National Football League.

The new hire is a sizable shakeup for the digital giant. Former Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta stepped down from the role. Over the next thirty days he will be assuming the role of senior vice president of strategic investments.

In a statement to Rising Hollywood, Twitter remains optimistic saying. “This change is not related to Twitter’s previously issued expectations” There have been reports that show Wall Street’s negative response to Gupta’s leadership. So far Twitter has not given any clear reasoning for the shuffle.

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