Billboard Bits: Esmee/Timberlake, Netflix, Music Nation
YouTube star Esmee Denters has become the first artist signed to Tennman Records, the label launched by Justin Timberlake in a joint venture with Interscope.YouTube star Esmee Denters has become the first artist signed to Tennman Records, the label launched by Justin Timberlake in a joint venture with Interscope. The deal places Denters as the opening act for a handful of Timberlake's upcoming European shows and positions her for an album release later this year.
Denters rapidly gained a following through a series of low-tech YouTube videos that showed the artist covering songs from Beyonce, Natalie Imbruglia and others. In the past nine months, her videos have received 21 million views.
"Esmee is a remarkable talent with a story that anyone with a dream can relate to -- it is no wonder she has such an enthusiastic following already," Tenman president Ken Komisar says.
-- Taylor Grimes, N.Y.
Online movie rental service Netflix has announced the lineup for three free summer concerts/film screenings that will feature music performances by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, the Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) and the Bruce Willis Blues Band.
The Netflix LIVE! On Location summer series will visit New Orleans' Spanish Plaza June 21 (Quaid), Baltimore's Inner Harbor July 15 (the Bacon Brothers), and Kennedy Space Center, Fla.'s Rocket Garden Aug. 2 (Willis).
The concerts will precede film screenings of "The Big Easy," "Diner" and "Armageddon," respectively. Entertainment TV correspondent and actress Maria Menounos has been tapped to host each event.
-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.
Music Nation has roped in Gang Of Four bassist Dave Allen, Epic executive VP Andy Gershon, Gen Art music program manager Carrie Schupper, DJ Green Lantern, 9th Wonder and Saigon as judges for its second series of online video competitions. The contest launches June 18 and will run for 12 weeks.
Winners in the rock and hip-hop categories will receive a record deal with Original Signal Recordings/Epic, while the rock winner will also earn a performance on FUEL TV's "The Daily Habit" and the hip-hop winner will receive a Green Lantern mixtape.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.