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Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X take top prizes at Video Music Awards

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Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and K-pop band BTS were also among the big winners at the first major awards shows in New York to be held with a full audience of fans and celebrities since the coronavirus pandemic.

Bieber, 27, returned to the VMA stage for the first time in six years and took home Moon Person statuettes for artist of the year and best pop for his single “Peaches.”

“Music is such an amazing outlet to be able to reach people and to be able to bring us all together,” said Bieber, referring to the dark days of the pandemic.

Last year the VMAs took place in New York without a live audience and with most performances recorded in advance because of the pandemic.

Lil Nas X, 22, a gay, black musician who had a breakout hit with “Old Town Road” two years ago, won video of the year for his gay rights anthem “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”

“Let’s go gay agenda!” said the musician, accepting the award.

Sunday’s ceremony also marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of MTV as a channel dedicated to playing music videos.

Madonna, also celebrating her 40 years in the music business, opened the show in a surprise appearance. “They said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here,” Madonna said.

“This is so insane. This has been the most magical year of my life,” Rodrigo said, dedicating her win to “all the other girls who write songs on their bedroom floor.”

BTS was named group of the year and won best K-Pop for single “Butter”, and sent thanks by video from South Korea.

Rock band Foo Fighters got the Global Icon Award recognizing their 25 years in the music industry.

The 12-time Grammy-winning band performed a medley of hits with “Charlie R.I.P” scrawled on their drum kit in tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

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Showmax & CANAL+ confirms production of hit Kenyan procedural Crime and Justice Season 2

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It’s confirmed that filming has begun for the second season of the hit Kenyan police procedural and legal drama Crime and Justice.

Crime and Justice is Kenya’s first Showmax Original and the first co-production with global broadcaster CANAL+ Group.

The first of its kind in Kenya, Crime and Justice Season 1 was praised by fans for addressing difficult topical issues in the country.

The film addresses issues such as femicide and domestic abuse, terrorism and radicalization.

It also exposes the limits of the justice system in Kenya.

Crime and Justice was nominated for three Kalasha awards across all the TV Drama categories:

Best TV Drama, Best Lead Actor (Munyua), and Best Lead Actress (Hassan).

KenyaBuzz hailed it as “the perfect Kenyan Original… intensely satisfying”

Quartz credited it with “keeping real-life crimes from being buried… reviving debate and discussion around controversies that might have otherwise faded from the news.”

Crime and Justice was premiered in February 2021 and remained in the top spot for nine weeks straight.

The show was the most-watched content in Kenya for the first three months after its launch in terms of both unique users and profiles.

Crime and Justice Season 2 adds to Showmax’s impressive slate of over 150 Kenyan titles – the most extensive for any streamer in the country.

Crime and Justice Season 2 will premiere on Showmax and CANAL+ Premiere in 2022.

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Diana Marua says it will cost Ksh850K to book her for a performance

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Newly established rapper Diana B is gaining traction after releasing her first song ” Hatutaachana”yet again after revealing her rate card.

On Tuesday, November 30  Diana Bahati revealed that fans will have to incur a total of Ksh850K to hire her for a performance.

“Why are people shocked at my rate card??? Just Ksh 850,000?? Kwani wasanii wanalipangwa pesa ngapi???

For bookings call my management. Diana B on this!” she wrote on social media.

His husband during an interview he revealed that it will cost event managers and promoters KSh 850,000 to book his wife Diana Marua for a performance.

“A normal appearance when she is called to appear as a vlogger is KSh 500,000, so the management rated her at around KSh 850,000 per show,” Bahati announced.

While it may look a little overpriced, on Monday, November, 29 debut song dropped has so far garnered over 640K views with a train of comments and over 45K likes

However, the song is not currently trending on the video app.

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Bahati finally launches lover Diana Marua as the new female artist in town.

Marua claimed that she has written to Youtube to request that her channel be changed from a blogger to an artist in order to get better results.

To her, the song should be among the top trending songs as it is gaining views every second.

“Trending on Twitter #1 Trending on blogs #1 Trending on radio & TV Topics #1 Trending on YouTube .

But they are still shocked because they don’t believe it’s DIANA B! on such punch lines 😅😅😅

I think I need to drop another hot-hit rap track for YouTube to believe #1 trending is destined position! Should I drop it now? she quipped.

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Starting out as a Podcaster, try these tips

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The creative and arts industry is slowly growing as many people are interested in producing content. The latest site is the podcast platform. A podcast platform is where you store and distribute your podcast, recordings, and audio files.

The platform also provides a podcast RSS feed; it states all the podcast episodes you will submit to other podcast directories.

The platform also provides analytics, web players, scheduling tools, and any other feature to publish your podcasts and make them grow. Here are the platforms that will increase your podcasts’ popularity, listening time and earn you subscribers.

Megaphone

It is a podcasting platform designed for more prominent enterprise-level podcasts. They serve as advertizers looking to reach popular podcasts.

Their suite feature for podcasts includes dynamic ad insertion, ad management, sales, and more. To get hosted on this platform, send them an email with an invite request.

Buzzasprout

It is a fantastic podcast hosting platform .they have a paid plan, but one can opt for their free plan; you can use it for as long as you want. Buzzsprout allows you to upload 2hours of audio per month, and the audios are hosted for 90 days.

Podcast.com

A known free hosting platform with unlimited everything from podcasts, storage, and bandwidth and has an extensive directory of shows.

Anchor

This is a podcast well known as a free podcast platform .this platform deals more with mobile podcasting, but you can use their web interface to edit and manage your episodes. The platform has an inbuilt ad platform, easy editing of your videos, and constantly updates new featured podcasts.

Soundcloud

It’s a paid but also a free podcast platform. Its downside is that their podcasting features are limited, but you get up to 3 hours o storage free with this.

If you are interested in unlimited hosting, you can pay $135per year, which allows you to upload 30 hours of podcasts per week. With other payment options, you can avoid them as their downsize is that you can only upload 6 hours of content.

Before choosing a podcast platform consider these

Podcast hosting platforms are not the same. They are divided into groups. It depends on the users.

Some platforms are designed for beginners, big brands, or enterprise customers, and each has its pricing. For a beginner, be ready to part with $19 per month.

Podcast hosting subscriptions

Pricing for podcast hosting ranges from $5to$50 per month .prices varies; this depends on the podcast hosting company, the number of episodes, and how many of your podcasts have been downloaded.

Dangers of using a free podcast platform

The main issue is with data privacy issues is that you are not guaranteed privacy of your data.

Free podcast platforms lack sustainability and hence tend to be shut down, resulting in losing your podcasts, audios, and recording.

Go ahead seize the opportunities till you are established. Try packages you can comfortably afford. Podcasting has great returns especially when you create amazing content.

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