19 December 2007
Beverly Hills, Calif. – Rihanna will have to wait until February to see if she takes home a Grammy, but Control Room and MSN today announced the international star has already beaten out her competition as the most-streamed performer on MSN Music in Concert in 2007. During the first week of the concert’s online broadcast, Rihanna’s live performance was streamed more than one million times, making it the most-streamed concert by any single artist on MSN Music in Concert for the year. The concert is available on MSN at music.msn.com/rihanna.
“Rihanna is an amazing talent in the studio and on the stage. Staggering audience numbers like hers prove there’s a strong appetite among music fans to watch live concert performances online,” said Aaron Grosky, president of Control Room. “We’ve taken advantage of this opportunity by creating exciting programming that showcases the biggest artists in the world, performing from the most exclusive venues, to deliver an authentic live experience for the fans watching on MSN.”
28 November 2007
Award-Winning Songstress Unplugs for Her First-Ever
Intimate Acoustic Performance
Canadian artist Avril Lavigne, who blazed her way onto the music scene just five years ago, sits down for her first-ever all-acoustic performance exclusively for Control Room-produced MSN “Music in Concert” series. Performing tracks from her latest number one album, The Best Damn Thing, including “Girlfriend” and “Hot”, Avril also performs new renditions of favorites such as “Sk8er Boi,” “Complicated,” and “I’m With You” as well as chilling covers of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Aida”. This exclusive uninterrupted performance debuts on Thursday, November 29 only on MSN’s “Music in Concert” presented by Control Room.
15 November 2007
Billy Corgan and original drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, come together again as The Pumpkins released their seventh album, Zeitgeist, this summer. The band’s pulsating sound and haunting lyrics haven’t wavered with hits including “Tarantula,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and “That’s the Way (My Love Is).” Fans of The Smashing Pumpkins from around the globe can experience the band’s current sold out tour on MSN “Music in Concert.” The band’s performance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA will broadcast, without interruption on Thursday, November 15 only on MSN’s “Music in Concert” presented by Control Room.
The Smashing Pumpkins debut on MSN “Music in Concert” at 11:00 a.m. Pacific/2:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 15, 2007. MSN “Music in Concert” will archive the show for the next 6 months, allowing fans the opportunity to relive every great musical moment.
Fans of The Smashing Pumpkins can watch the full show exclusively at MSN “Music in Concert” http://music.msn.com/smashingpumpkins.
15 November 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. – Hip-hop royalty returns home when Jay-Z takes the stage in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as part of his six-city tour to promote American Gangster, his tenth studio album. With tickets sold out to all six North American shows, Control Room and MSN offer the only opportunity for fans worldwide to catch this historic performance, back-stage interview, and and surprise guests, Diddy, Li’l Wayne, and Rock Boyz on the MSN Music in Concert series premiering on Tuesday, November 20 at 2:00PM EST/11:00 AM PST at music.msn.com/jayz.
Inspired by the Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe film of the same name and featuring an all-star lineup of producers including Pharrell, Diddy and Jermaine Dupri, American Gangster chronicles Jay-Z’s own rise from the streets of Brooklyn to president/CEO of Def Jam Records. Celebrating nearly a decade in the business, the self-proclaimed Hova demonstrates his lyrical prowess on tracks “Blue Magic”, “Party Life” and “Pray.”
12 November 2007
Online Debut of The Spice Girls’ 1997 First-Ever Live Gig Readies Fans for the International Super Group’s World Wide Reunion Tour
The much anticipated “Spicemania” returns as Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell prepare for their upcoming reunion tour and the release of their Greatest Hits album. Luckily for fans of the Fab Five, Control Room and MSN “Music in Concert” bring an exclusive look at The Spice Girls’ first-ever live performance, from Istanbul’s Ipekci Stadium, a chance to relive the girls’ first moments before embracing the new iteration of the group. The concert DVD, features riveting performances of smash hits including “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1” and “Spice Up Your Life.” Control Room presents The Spice Girls on MSN “Music in Concert” on Monday, November 12, coinciding with the group’s world wide Greatest Hits album release.
25 October 2007
Rihanna’s Massive Hit “Umbrella” One of Many Hits
Available to Worldwide Audience from Control Room
Rihanna’s third album, Good Girl Gone Bad has rocketed up the charts with the summer blockbuster single, “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z. Joining Jay-Z, the album features an all-star line-up of collaborators including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Ne-Yo. Rihanna has garnered mass appeal with her undeniable sexiness and unique sound infusion of pop, R&B and rock. Control Room captured Rhianna’s electrifying performance live from the Canadian leg of her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour.
Control Room is thrilled to present one of 2007’s biggest names in music to a worldwide audience on MSN “Music in Concert” and to American television viewers exclusively on “Control Room Presents,” which can be found on the newly launched network, MyNetworkTV.
18 October 2007
WHAT: To call Akon’s success this past year huge would be an understatement. With eleven songs in the Billboard Hot 100, including “Smack That,” “I Wanna Love You” and “Sorry, Blame It on Me,” Akon has created a collection of hits featuring infectious beats, smooth vocals, and memorable hooks. Akon’s tour schedule has been equally impressive, headlining his own Konvicted Tour and providing support for Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape Tour and Rihanna’s Girl Gone Bad Tour, where Control Room captured Akon’s performance from Montreal’s Bell Centre.
12 September 2007
MyNetworkTV PRESENTS FAMOUS FACES ON MONDAY NIGHTS – “CELEBRITY EXPOSÉ” A NEW SERIES FROM THE PRODUCERS OF “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD”
“CONTROL ROOM PRESENTS” FEATURES CONCERT PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING MAROON 5, JOHN MAYER AND MANDY MOORE
MyNetworkTV today unveiled a new Monday night lineup with two original programs debuting on October 1, 2007. The schedule announced by Greg Meidel, President, MyNetworkTV, includes “Celebrity Exposé,” presenting in-depth profiles on celebrity newsmakers at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) followed by “Control Room Presents,” showcasing recent concerts at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).