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Sony Plans to Flood Market With Spider-man Content Over Next Seven to Eight Years

Sony has a plan to make sure we get a ton of Spider-man content for the foreseeable future.

In an interview with Variety, Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra and Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins discussed Sony’s plans for its Spider-Man related properties in the future, and it appears Sony has a pretty clear vision of where they’re going.

“We have the next seven or eight years laid out as to what we’re going to do with that asset, and that will not only be on the film side — it’ll be on the TV side,” said Vinciquerra. “Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop.”

According to Hopkins, the team on the television side is “pretty far down the road in terms of working through which characters we think could be their own star of a series.”

“We’re developing a lot of Marvel-related content, and I think we’ll be out in the market very soon with something really, really big and transformational for us, because we’ve not done any shows with Marvel before, with Marvel IP,” said Hopkins. “So that’s a big piece of development that we’re onto… I think we aspire to have several shows in a universe that we create that can pollinate between each other, and to [be] working with a partner to make that happen.”

While it’s currently unclear if Sony intends to partner with a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu to facilitate its Marvel shows, Hopkins reportedly didn’t deny the Disney+ streaming service is also a potential name in the mix. Content is king and Spider-man has a lot to offer.

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PlayStation Vita Officially Discontinued, End of Handheld Gaming for Sony?

Sony Is Officially Discontinuing The PlayStation Vita

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It’s official, Sony has pulled the plug on the PlayStation Vita bowing out of the handheld gaming market for now.
In a move the frankly everyone saw coming, the tech giant has discontinued its remaining two PS Vita models. This move is the final step in a long gradual phase-out of the handheld console that began with the discontinuation of physical games, no more first-party titles in 2015 and the stoppage of free PS Plus titles.

Despite its demise, the PS Vita first launched back in 2011 in Japan at the height of the mobile phone and tablet gaming boom. The follow-up to the successful PSP (PlayStation Portable) failed to compete with the likes of those devices and Nintendo who pretty much owns the portable gaming world thanks to the Gameboy. Design complaints like its reliance on expensive memory cards also doomed the mini-powerful console.

Sony doesn’t look like its any rush to drop another handheld console either, and you could chop that up to ridiculous success of the Nintendo Switch and the fact PlayStation 4 is still performing well so the company could rely on those sales. With cloud-based gaming slowly becoming the wave, Sony could be looking to put all of its focus into PlayStation Now and other services that don’t have to be confined primarily to one single device.

We will have to wait and see when Sony decides to do when the company shows us its hand later this year.

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Sony’s Latest Flagship Smartphone The Xperia 1 Boasts Impressive New Features

Sony Xperia 1

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Due to “leaks” Sony went into the Mobile World Congress lacking the wow factor it would have had by revealing its new lineup of Xperia smartphones. That didn’t stop the tech giant from still showing off its new flagship model that boasts some impressive features.

Despite having its hand completely shown, Sony still had some tricks up its sleeve when it came to unveiling the Xperia 1. The company’s latest smartphone will utilize strengths from its cinema, mirrorless cameras, and gaming divisions to put its latest device in the same ballpark as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Apple’s iPhone XS Max.

The Xperia 1 is a tall coming in 6.5 inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio sporting a 4K OLED HDR display (3,840 x 1,664) making it the world’s first phone to do so. Ditching LCD and opting to go with OLED screen makes the Xperia 1 ideal for watching movies and creating them. The phone also boasts a triple-lens camera system with three different focal lengths 16mm for wide shots, 26mm for standard shots and 52mm telephoto leans. It also uses eye autofocus tracking, a favorite feature from Sony’s groundbreaking mirrorless A7 III mirrorless camera which is another first for a Sony smartphone.

Video recording has also been improved on the Xperia 1 thanks to Sony collaborating with CineAlta its professional digital cinema camera division. You will now be able to shoot 4K HDR video at 24 fps in 21:9 widescreen cinematic format. To reduce dreaded camera shake, Sony created a hybrid stabilization system that puts to use its optical SteadyShot tech.

Sony Xperia 1Source: Sony / Sony Mobile

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage plus a 3,300 mAh battery encapsulated int he phones water-resistant body. Other notable features include a “game enhancer” mode that blocks out notifications and other distractions while you’re getting your mobile gaming on and Dolby Atmos sound to entirely immerse yourself in the game you are playing. Don’t be that person to be blasting music from your phone with no headphones though, the phone won’t protect you from a fade.

Sony has not revealed how much the phone will cost, but we do expect it to be costly when it arrives stateside late Spring 2019. For more photos of the Xperia 1 in its four sleek colors hit the gallery below.

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Details & Photos Leak of Sony’s New Xperia Smartphones

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Looks like Sony won’t need to hold a press conference at next weeks upcoming Mobile World Congress to unveil its new smartphone lineup. 91Mobiles has leaked specs, photos, and prices for the tech giants four upcoming mobile phones.

Like Samsung who unpacked its family of Galaxy smartphones, the website has all of the deets on Sony’s four new devices launching this year. According to the report a lower-end Xperia L3, a midrange  Xperia 10 and 10 Plus and a higher end model the Xperia 1. 91Mobiles report pretty much confirmed Evan Blass’ Tweets from yesterday (Feb 21) which showed photos of handsets as well as the X1 in a sleek new purple color.

Based on previous versions of the phones, Sony isn’t really changing much with the new models each phone have large bezels opting not to go the edge to edge route that most high-end smartphones have now and a fingerprint sensor on the side. But what the new Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus model does offer is a 21:9 aspect ratio which the company is calling “Cinema-wide.”

The Xperia L3 ($199), Xperia 10 ($399) and 10 Plus ($499) launch in April. The more expensive Xperia 1 model will hit your wallet a bit hard costing $1,099 when it arrives in June. Here are the full specs for each device below.

Xperia L3

  • 18:9 HD+ display measuring 5.7-inches.
  • MediaTek 6762 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  •  Android Oreo operating system
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 13MP and 2MP rear camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera

Xperia 10

  • 6-inch 21:9 display with HD+ resolution
  • Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3GB of RAM with 64GB of storage
  • 2,780mAh battery
  • 13MP primary and 5MP secondary rear camera
  • Android 9 Pie operating system
  • side-mounted fingerprint sensors

Xperia 10 Plus

  • 6.5-inch 21:9 display with HD+ resolution
  • Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 13MP and 8MP rear cameras
  • Android 9 Pie operating system
  • side-mounted fingerprint sensors

Xperia 1

  •  Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage expandable using a microSD card
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie operating system
  • Three rear 12MP cameras
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM slots
  • USB Type-C port

Sounds pretty like pretty solid lineup, too bad Sony won’t have a surprise factor when making this announcement.

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R. Kelly’s Record Label Has Pressed Mute & Told Him To Get To Steppin’

After more than 25 years and over 15 albums, R. Kelly and his record label have reportedly parted ways. The breaking news comes (January 18) after RCA/Sony Records sources confirmed the development to Billboard. The label recently removed the Chicago, Illinois singer from its website roster.

The move comes two weeks after Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary. Executive produced by dream hampton, the doc interviewed women who have accused the singer of sexual misconduct and pedophilia. Additionally, the piece gathered input from another Sony Records-backed star, John Legend, who vehemently condemned R. Kelly on these allegations. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly’s relationship with his management team and record label. Despite past high-profile trials, the 52-year-old has never been convicted of any sex crimes.

Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons

According to Billboard, R. Kelly’s existing catalog will remain in the RCA/Sony system. The singer signed to Jive Records in 1991. He would partner with Public Announcement to begin his recording career before his solo endeavors. Since that label dissolved in the late 2000s, R. Kelly moved to Sony BMG. He has been part of Sony’s RCA Records division since 2012. He released four albums since.

Throughout the legal events and public accusations, Jive and Sony remained committed to R. Kelly, including since last year’s #MuteRKelly campaign and a period where Spotify removed the artist from official playlists. The singer has 12 platinum full-length releases, and two #1 singles. While representatives were attempted to be contacted, the label has not released a statement.

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

R. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct.

After more than 25 years and over 15 albums, R. Kelly and his record label have reportedly parted ways. The breaking news comes (January 18) after RCA/Sony Records sources confirmed the development to Billboard. The label recently removed the Chicago, Illinois singer from its website roster.

The move comes two weeks after Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary. Executive produced by dream hampton, the doc interviewed women who have accused the singer of sexual misconduct and pedophilia. Additionally, the piece gathered input from another Sony Records-backed star, John Legend, who vehemently condemned R. Kelly on these allegations. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly’s relationship with his management team and record label. Despite past high-profile trials, the 52-year-old has never been convicted of any sex crimes.

Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons

According to Billboard, R. Kelly’s existing catalog will remain in the RCA/Sony system. The singer signed to Jive Records in 1991. He would partner with Public Announcement to begin his recording career before his solo endeavors. Since that label dissolved in the late 2000s, R. Kelly moved to Sony BMG. He has been part of Sony’s RCA Records division since 2012. He released four albums since.

Throughout the legal events and public accusations, Jive and Sony remained committed to R. Kelly, including since last year’s #MuteRKelly campaign and a period where Spotify removed the artist from official playlists. The singer has 12 platinum full-length releases, and two #1 singles. While representatives were attempted to be contacted, the label has not released a statement.

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

R. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct.

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R. Kelly and Sony Reportedly Agree to Split as Sex Scandal Unfolds

R. Kelly and Sony are reportedly parting ways amid a storm of sexual misconduct against the veteran singer.

Billboard reports that the agreement was mutual.

R. Kelly has been accused multiple offenses of sexual misconduct including rape and involving in sexual relationships with underage girls. He’s also accused of manipulating the lives of multiple women.

The split comes a day after protestors rallied outside of Sony’s office in Midtown Manhattan. They came equipped with a petition for the record label to drop the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and it had over 200,000 signatures.

Sony already announced that they had no intentions on funding any of the Pied Piper’s future projects. Now he is no longer on the label.

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Playing With Fire: Soulja Boy’s Latest “Sold Out” Sketchy Console Looks Awfully Familar

Soulja Boy Selling Fake PS Vita Consoles

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Soulja Boy is currently trying to convince his “haters” he is not a crackhead but, he might have Sony breathing down his neck as well thanks to his latest sketchy console.

Tyga will be the least of his worries if he keeps this up.

Clearly, DeAndre Cortez Way hasn’t learned at all from having to “boss up” the last time after a publisher presumably slapped him with a cease and desist forcing him to stop selling those janky consoles. If you head to his SouljaWatch website, there is a console being sold that looks eerily similar to PlayStation’s portable unit the PS Vita.

The bootleg console which is mysteriously “sold out” now features the build of a Vita with the specs of PlayStation Portable aka PSP. The unit’s original price was $200 but is allegedly on “sale” for $100. So Sony could have already have reached out and put him on notice already.

Besides the consoles, the website also sells knockoff versions of AirPods called Soulja Pods for $19.76, a sketchy Apple Watch named the Soula Watch for $11.66, Bluetooth wireless headphones for $35.36 and a tablet for $164.64. Now we here at Hip-Hop Wired are not hating on the Black man at all, but we do want y’all to seriously do your research before spending money on these electronics.

You can currently watch Soula Boy try to salvage his confirmed dead relationship with Nia Riley on Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.

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RCA Records is Reportedly Holding R. Kelly’s New Music

Following the release of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, many people have been trying to show their support for the victims by siding with them as opposed to taking R. Kelly’s side.

Chance The Rapper, Nick Cannon, Ne-Yo, and Tank are among the many people who vowed to stop supporting the disgraced singer. Chance and Nick even apologized for collaborating with the Pied Piper. However, RCA Records have been under fire for enabling Kells for years and it looks like they’re finally about to do something about it.

TMZ reports that RCA/Sony will not be financially supporting any of R. Kelly’s upcoming projects until the criminal investigation against him in Georgia is resolved. The “I Admit” singer has to complete two more albums under his deal but the label isn’t putting any money behind his music or videos.

The label could possibly be sued if they drop R. Kelly without any criminal charges to justify breaching the contract. On the other hand, they will be caught up in a public relations whirlwind if they release any of his music while the #MuteRKelly movement continues to grow.

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Wait What?: PlayStation Will Not Be Showing Anything At E3 2019

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It officially has been five years since Sony blessed us with the PlayStation 4 console. On top of celebrating the PS4, the company dropped the bombshell that it would not have a presence at E3 2019.

Wait a minute here.

A Sony rep confirmed the surprising news to Polygon explaining that the company is looking for ways to “innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers.”

Per Polygon:

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community “PlayStation fans mean the world to us, and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Sony and PlayStation’s absence will be the first time in the convention’s 24-year history. Sony wowed gamers back in May 1995 at the first ever E3 Conference when it announced the U.S. launch date and price for the first PlayStation console. Despite Sony’s surprising absence, Microsoft, Nintendo as well as publishers like Activision, Ubisoft, Take-Two and more are already committed to E3 2019.

As you can imagine the speculation as to why Sony decided not to attend has gamers believing that the company will be holding its own conference and will possibly be dropping a major bomb in the form of the PS5.

We also believe that as well, but E3 will be a little dry without PlayStation. For the past couple of years, they have been bringing the excitement each year, so Sony’s absence is a gut punch for those looking forward to E3 2019. This is the second event PlayStation has canceled. The annual PlayStation Experience event the company holds at the beginning of December has been put on ice as well.

This story is still developing.

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Jon Platt To Be First African-American Music Publishing CEO At Sony/ATV

Jon Platt

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Jon Platt is having an incredible 2018 and 2019 is shaping up to be just as powerful. It is rumored he will take the CEO position at the world’s biggest music publishing firm next year.

Page Six is reporting that the beloved executive will replace Marty Bandier as the CEO at Sony/ATV. The promotion would make him the first person of color to hold that title at the prestigious company. It is estimated the new contract will earn him just shy of nine million dollars a year.

The appointment should not come to anyone as a surprise. Known in the industry as “Big Jon” (he is 6 foot 7 inches in height) he has held several titles in his 23 year run within the music industry. He started off as a DJ and worked up the ladder to his most recent job as the head Warner/Chappell Music. He has played an instrumental part in several careers including Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Dr. Dre.

He is also a longtime friend of Jay-Z who presented him the Spirit of Life Award at the City of Hope’s annual gala back in October. The event, which also featured a private performance from Beyoncé, raised over six million dollars to combat cancer.

Platt is set to start his new role in April.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

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