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San Francisco, CA (April 11, 2017) – While many people will never hear a professional comic live while inside a big-city club or at a regional comedy festival, Laughly is about to deliver that sonic experience to listeners everywhere. Beginning Saturday, April 8, Laughly will become the first app to launch an audio livestreaming feature, allowing users to hear, live and unedited, some of the best comedy events in the country.

The new livestream feature will debut in tandem with a newly redesigned version of the app, the world’s first streaming audio app devoted to stand-up comedy, offering the most extensive comedy library with albums and routines from more than 700 comedians, Laughly was recently named Best New Startup in the Entertainment & Content category at the 2017 SXSW Festival.

By giving its users immediate and exclusive access to original content as it comes to life, Laughly founder and CEO Dave Scott is shepherding a new paradigm – the democratization of comedy. “Our goal is twofold. For audiences, no matter where you live, you can have an All-Access pass to the very best comedy shows, enjoying major stars and discovering new talents,” said Scott. “For comics, it extends Laughly’s mission to help them gain exposure and build their fan base, protecting their acts from bootlegging and jokelifting with the immediacy of the livestream.”

In seeking to regularly partner with comedy festivals and clubs, Laughly will debut its livestream programming with the World Series of Comedy regionals in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas, featuring an unparalleled lineup of comedic talent including Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Jay Pharoah, Chris Hardwick and Ali Wong.

“As Moontower continues to grow, we are thrilled to partner with Laughly to help us expand the reach of our content. Laughly lets us bring the experience of the festival directly into people’s cars, homes, and hands,” said Janie Richards, Corporate Partnership Manager for Moontower Comedy Festival.

With its first foray into livestreaming, Laughly’s new feature will be free for its subscribers, with select pay-per-listen events. Users will be able to access comedy club shows for 24 hours after the livestream has ended; festival performances will only be available live, with no archives.

Initial Laughly livestreamed events include:

· April 8: World Series of Comedy regionals, Chattanooga, TN

· April 19-22: Moontower Comedy Festival, Austin, TX

· May 15: Funniest Person in Austin, Austin, TX

· May 20: Carmen Lynch, New York, NY

· With many more on the way!

About Laughly

Launched in August 2016, Laughly is the first streaming audio app dedicated exclusively to stand-up comedy, offering the most extensive comedy library in the world with albums and routines from over 700 comedians. Laughly is available for iOS and all Web browsers as a free, ad-supported app and through a premium subscription tier that allows users to laugh ad-free, filter out profanity, download comedy routines for their offline listening pleasure, and gain access to exclusive content, special contests and free swag. Visit Download the app in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Nielsen Music: Q1 Numbers

Nielsen Music has just unveiled its highly anticipated Q1 numbers for 2017, and it’s clear that streaming is taking over. On-demand streaming saw an explosive 35.2 percent increase to 133.9 Billion streams, up from 99.1 Billion in Q1 of 2016.

The incredible growth from streaming comes on the heels of 2016’s overall increase of 39.2 percent to 432 billion on-demand streams, up from 2015’s 310 billion.

See below for more Q1 insights from Nielsen Music:

· There were 86.1 Billion audio on-demand streams in Q1 2017, compared to 51.65 Billion in Q1 2016.

· Programmed streaming grew to 3.1 billion streams in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 2.08 billion, a 49.2 percent increase over the same time period in 2016.

· On a consumption basis of albums plus track equivalents (TEA) and on-demand equivalents (SEA), the U.S. industry enjoyed 5.9 percent overall growth to 145.5 million units, up from 137.4 albums plus SEA and TEA units in the first quarter of 2016.

· The top on-demand streamed song so far this year is Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, with 464.7 billion views for audio and video.

· The No. 1 album so far this year is Ed Sheeran’s ÷ with 1.1 million equivalent album units to date.

· The No.1 selling song so far this year is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” with 1.58 million downloads.


Rank; Artist, Title; Label; Total Units

1 Ed Sheeran, ÷ Atlantic/AG 1,100,000

2 Drake, More Life Young Money/Cash Money/Republic 832,000

3 The Weeknd, Starboy XO/Republic 651,000

4 Migos, Culture Quality Control/300/AG 618,000

5 Bruno Mars, 24K Magic Atlantic/AG 604,000

6 Big Sean, I Decided. G.O.O.D./Def Jam 484,000

7 Moana Soundtrack Walt Disney 439,000

8 Future, Future A-1/Freebandz/Epic 386,000

9 Trolls Soundtrack Villa 40/DreamWorks/RCA 386,000

10 Metallica, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Blackened 382,000


Rank; Artist, Title; Label; YTD Sales

1 Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” Atlantic/AG 1,584,000

2 Zayn, Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Universal Studios/RCA/Big Machine/Republic 928,000

3 Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” Atlantic/AG 620,000

4 Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” Quality Control/300 556,000

5 Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” MCA Nashville/UMGN 546,000

6 Lady Gaga, “Million Reasons” Streamline/Interscope/IGA 542,000

7 Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” Atlantic/AG 521,000

8 The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming” XO/Republic 499,000

9 The Chainsmokers, “Paris” Disruptor/Columbia 466,000

10 Shawn Mendes, “Mercy” Island 463,000


Rank; Artist, Title; Label; YTD Sales

1 La La Land Soundtrack Summit/Interscope/IGA 25,000

2 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend Tuff Gong/Island/UMe 16,000

3 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black Republic 16,000

4 Ed Sheeran, ÷ Atlantic/AG 15,000

5 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3 Run The Jewels 14,000

6 The Killers, Hot Fuss Island 14,000

7 The Beatles, Abbey Road Apple/Capitol/UMe 13,000

8 Ryan Adams, Prisoner PAX.AM/Blue Note 13,000

9 Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface Fueled By Ramen/AG 13,000

10 The xx, I See You Young Turks 13,000


Rank; Artist, Title; Label; YTD on-demand

1 Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” Quality Control/300 464.7 billion

2 Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” Atlantic/AG 378.9b

3 Big Sean, “Bounce Back” G.O.O.D./Def Jam 210.8b

4 Kyle feat. Lil Yachty, “iSpy” Indie-Pop/Quality Control/Motown/Capitol/Atlantic 199.5b

5 The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy” XO/Republic 196.8b

6 Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” Ear Drummer/Interscope 192.6b

7 The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer” COL 191.6b

8 Zayn, Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Universal Studios/RCA/Big Machine/Republic 185b

9 Migos, “T-Shirt” Quality Control/300 182.3b

10 Kodak Black, “Tunnel Vision” Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic 173.7b

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 30, 2016 through March 30, 2017.

MVNU Music Department Announces Spring Concerts

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — The MVNU Music Department will present three concerts to end the school year.

On Thursday, April 20, the MVNU Big Band and Jazz Combo will play an evening of jazz, pop, and rock standards at 7:30 p.m. in the Prince Student Union. They will perform selections by Count Basie, The Tonight Show Band, Glenn Miller, The Carpenters, The Ides of March, and more. They will also offer vocal selections highlighting students Kendra Vosler, Allen Terwilliger, Kathryn Suggs, and Coralie Christopher.

On Saturday, April 22, two separate concerts will showcase six MVNU ensembles. The first concert will feature the Flute Choir, Goliards Chamber Choir, and Chamber Winds at 3 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall. The program will include the Overture to “Nabucco” performed by the Flute Choir, and “Pentland Hills,” “The Rowan Tree,” music by Percy Grainger, and a tribute to The Beatles performed by Chamber Winds. Goliards will present unaccompanied selections that include a commissioned composition, “Sweet Day So Cool” by Howard Helvey, an African processional, “Vamuvamba,” arranged by Boniface Mganga, and a lively traditional Spiritual. Flute Choir is directed by Jennifer Packard, Chamber Winds by Dr. John Packard, and Goliards by Elizabeth Barrett.

The second concert will feature the Treble Singers Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Collegians Chorale at 7:30 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. Treble Singers is directed by Sabina Anderson, Wind Ensemble by Dr. John Packard, and Collegians by Dr. Bob Tocheff. Treble Singers will be singing a wide variety of pieces from the women’s vocal repertoire. Some highlights include a Barcarole by Johannes Brahms and an exciting setting of “Gaudete” arranged by Michael Engelhardt in which Treble Singers will be joined by MVNU percussion students. The Wind Ensemble’s program will include Steven Reineke’s “The Witch and the Saint,” “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Festivo” conducted by student director Joanna Grist. Collegians will perform a diverse program from their church tour repertoire as well as other specially selected choral pieces. Mount Vernon Nazarene University entered a choral consortium with 23 Ohio colleges and universities in the Ohio Chorale Directors Association to commission two works to premiere in the 2016-17 year. Collegians will perform one of these pieces by Jake Runestad entitled “Please Stay,” which poignantly addresses the prospect of hope for those suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide. Other highlights will be the double choir piece “I Am the Resurrection and the True Life” by Schütz, and the moving “He Looked Beyond My Faults” by Dottie Rambo.

In addition, this concert will serve as a send-off event for those participating in a mission/concert trip to Croatia and Italy, May 2-18, 2017. The mission trip group will sing a piece written to help bring healing to the city of Vukovar, Croatia, “Dolina Blagoslova, Let it Be.” This piece was arranged for Collegians by MVNU and Collegians alumna Denae Lawrence.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

20th Anniversary World Tour of RIVERDANCE to Play the Palace May 12-14

The 20th Anniversary World Tour of International Irish Dance Phenomenon to Play the Palace Theatre May 12-14

Local Irish Dancer and Riverdance Company Member Courtney D’Angelo to Perform

Back by popular demand, Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play a limited engagement at Palace Theater May 12-14. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”

Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at To purchase by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 614-719-6900.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 12, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections, and the addition of a brand-new number— “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty, and directed by John McColgan.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” stated producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff, and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin, and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

For more than 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality, and the spectacle of Riverdance. It began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by producer Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan, and director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world premiere run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London, the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where eight sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa, and South America.

The Columbus Symphony Concludes 2016-17 Season with a One-Night-Only Performance of Mahler’s Third May 20

The Columbus Symphony’s 2016-17 season concludes with a one-night-only performance of Gustav Mahler’s most all-embracing composition—his Symphony No. 3. On its vast canvas, he paints a soul-stirring hymn to nature in all its miraculous facets, writing, “My piece…begins at the heart of inanimate nature and ascends to the love of God.” Conducted by Columbus Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov, the program will feature Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, the Columbus Symphony’s Women’s Chorus, and the Columbus Children’s Choir to add extra luster to this stunning, must-see event.

The Columbus Symphony presents Mahler’s Third at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-228-8600 or 800-745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.

The 2016-17 Masterworks Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor Anne Melvin.

Prelude – Patrons are invited to join WOSU’s Christopher Purdy at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion about the works to be performed.

Postlude – After the program, patrons are invited to mingle with Maestro Milanov, the musicians of the Columbus Symphony, and the vocalists of the Columbus Symphony Women’s Chorus in a post-concert reception in the Galbreath Pavilion.

About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed his second season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to enthusiastic acclaim. He is also Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA).

The 2016-17 CSO season builds upon many of the innovative ideas that were introduced in his first season—thematic festivals, enrichment programs, integrated experiences, and collaborations with other local cultural institutions. In Princeton, he is continuing the tradition of adventurous programming and collaborating with violinist Leila Josefowicz, clarinetist David Krakauer, and composers Saad Haddad and Zhou Tian. In Spain, he will conduct the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa with the Oviedo Opera and the gala concert of the “Princess of Asturias” awards with OSPA.

Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances as Associate Conductor and as Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.

Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

About guest vocalist Kelley O’Connor

Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation.

About composer Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. Within his lifetime, his status as a conductor was established beyond question, but his own music only gained wide popularity after periods of relative neglect including a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945, Mahler’s compositions were rediscovered and championed by a new generation of listeners and he became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers. His Symphony No. 3 was written between 1893 and 1896. It is his longest piece and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire.

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