Epic Games has bought ‘Fall Guys’ studio Mediatonic

Epic Games has bought Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys studio Mediatonic.

The collective also includes the publisher Irregular Corporation and another studio, Fortitude Games.

“Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic,” Tonic Games Group co-founder and chief games officer Paul Croft said in a statement.

“Whether it’s about making our own games the best they can be or empowering other game developers to take their content from a kernel of an idea to commercial success, we know that together we will be able to reach greater heights.”

The Fall Guys “gameplay isn’t changing,” according to Epic.

The company plans to keep investing in the hit platformer battle royale. The game is currently available on PlayStation 4, PS5 and Steam.

Fall Guys will land on Nintendo Switch and Xbox this summer.

Presumably after this deal, it will arrive on the Epic Games Store in the future as well.

In a blog post, Mediatonic said it’s hoping to bring some of the features of Fortnite and Rocket League over to Fall Guys.

Those include account systems, cross-play and squad vs squad modes.

Unlike those other two games, Fall Guys isn’t going free-to-play, at least not for the time being. Fall Guys already uses the same anti-cheat software as Fortnite.

The news comes on the same day that Fall Guys received five BAFTA Games Awards nominations.


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Bunny Wailer Dies At 73

Reggae legend Bunny Wailer — a founding member of the Wailers with Bob Marley — passed away early on Tuesday. He was 73.

Wailer died at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

There was no cause of death reported, although he had been in and out of the hospital since suffering a second stroke in July 2020.

“He died about 8 this morning. I’m still right here with him,” as his manager Maxine Stowe told the Jamaica Observer.

Wailer — who was born Neville Livingston in Kingston — was the last surviving original member of the Wailers.

Marley died in 1981 and Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987.

The Wailers formed in 1963 and went on to record such reggae classics as “War,” “Stir It Up” and the protest song “Get Up, Stand Up.” In 1974, the original lineup disbanded and, as Wailer left the group, Marley went on to form Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Wailer embarked on a solo career with his 1976 “Blackheart Man” album and was nominated for five Grammys, including one for his 1989 “Liberation” LP.

His first of three wins came the following year on a tribute to Bob Marley.

In 2012, Wailer received the Order of Jamaica — the fifth-highest order in the Jamaican honors systems, which is considered to be the equivalent of British knighthood.

Then in 2017, he was awarded the Order of Merit, which is the nation’s fourth-highest honor.



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Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Announce New Album

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have announced a new joint project called Silk Sonic.

The pair has made a whole album together, featuring Parliament Funkadelic bassist and funk star Bootsy Collins as a “special guest host.”

The first single arrives on March 5, with the rest of the record arriving on an as yet unannounced date.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak toured together in 2017, and the same year, they reportedly worked on material at Abbey Road with Disclosure and Nile Rodgers.

Collins issued his most recent solo record, The Power of the One, last year.

Anderson .Paak’s Ventura came out in 2019.

Bruno Mars’ last album was 2016’s 24K Magic.

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PlayStation 5 Storage Upgrades Coming This Summer

Sony is getting ready to allow for internal PS5 storage upgrades, sources tell Bloomberg. This would obviously enable PlayStation 5 owners to store even more games at a time.

The PlayStation 5’s solid-state drive has only 667.2GB available for media storage—something that has vexed, pretty much everyone!

The issue has been that games can require between 40GB to 150GB of storage. Add other media, and space can be gobbled up quickly. Moreover, using external storage space is hindered by the new console’s unique architecture, meaning PS5 games cannot be installed there, causing games to crash among other issues.

The upgrade will reportedly come through a firmware update that would add support for more drives. It will allow for higher cooling speeds, preventing overheating. Once the firmware is installed, Bloomberg explains, owners would need to remove the PS5’s cover and connect a storage device.

“As previously announced, we are working to enable M.2 SSD storage expansion for PlayStation 5. The timing has not been announced and details will be shared later,” said a Sony spokesperson.


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[New Music]Daddy Yankee – Problema

Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee premiered his song “Problema” this Thursday with the collaboration of Panamanian producers Dimelo Flow and BK.

The single comes at a “hectic” moment after a few weeks ago the music producer Rodney Clark, known in the art world as El Chombo, mentioned that reggaeton had died.

Paying homage to Roberto Clemente with his vintage Black & Yellow Pittsburg Pirates hat & Number 21.

This record is guaranteed to heat up the streets this upcoming spring season.

Le dio hasta abajo y se le vio el gistro (Eh)
Lo má’ cabrón que mis ojo’ han visto
Pa’ mí tú ere’ un challenge como lo’ de TikTok
Tú ere’ un problema y yo amo lo’ conflicto’

Y dice, ¡wuh! (Wuh)
Ella le dio hasta abajo y se le vio el, ¡wuh! (Wuh; ¿qué?)
De toda’ su’ amiga’ ella e’ la que má’, ¡wuh! (You know)
No’ pasa po’ el la’o y to’ dijimo’: “¡Wuh, wuh, wuh!” (Sigue, sigue, sigue)

He hit it all the way down and you saw the G-string (Eh)

The baddest my eyes have seen For me you are a challenge like the one on TikTok

You are ‘a problem and I love the’ conflict ‘

And he says, wuh! (Wuh)

She gave him all the way down and you saw him, wuh! (Wuh; what?)

Of all ‘her’ friend ‘she is’ the one that’, wuh! (You know)

It doesn’t ‘pass by’ el la’o and to ‘we said’: “Wuh, wuh, wuh!” (Go on, go on, go on)

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Stevie Wonder is moving to Africa

Stevie Wonder told Oprah in a recent interview that the decision came out of growing racial injustice he believes is pervading American society.

“I wanna see this nation smile again, and I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana,” the Michigan native Winfrey.

“Because I’m going to do that.”

He continued, “I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say, ‘Oh, please like me.

Can you please respect me.

Please know that I am important.

Please value me,’” Wonder shared.

“What kind of [life would that be]?”

This has been Wonder’s idea for at least 15 years, as he said in 1994 that he felt the West African country had “more of a sense of community” than the US, according to CNN.

Credit: Getty Images for Wonder Productions

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The Recording Academy to host Inaugural “Black Music Collective Event”

This year,  Grammy week will present the BLACK MUSIC COLLECTIVE EVENT  by MASTERCARD and it will feature Black music creators and professionals known for amplifying Black voices in music and beyond!

Wednesday, March 10th the virtual event will be hosted by BMC Executive Sponsor,  JERIEL JOHNSON. It will include a mix of performances and appearances by YOLANDA ADAMS, FREDDIE GIBBS & ALCHEMIST, JEFF HARLESTON, H.E.R., JIMMY JAM, QUINCY JONES, DEBRA LEE, JOHN LEGEND, TAMIKA MALLORY, JANELLE MONÁE, PJ MORTON, ISSA RAE and more.

The RECORDING ACADEMY Chair and Interim Pres./CEO HARVEY MASON JR. commented, “As the first of its kind, we created this event with every intention to amplify Black voices and each of our experiences within the industry.” The BMC will continue to foster a space for members and industry professionals to educate and elevate Black creators during GRAMMY Week and beyond. The BLACK MUSIC COLLECTIVE will continue to tailor events for Black creators to feel uplifted and supported and we are excited for this GRAMMY Week kickoff.” This virtual event will be hosted live on and is open to the public and no RSVP or registration is needed.

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La Bodega: Notorious B.I.G. Documentary Coming To Netflix

Netflix is honoring The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, with a new documentary.

Netflix dropped its first trailer Monday for the upcoming film, “Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell” (streaming March 1), which is set to explore the legendary Brooklyn rapper’s rise to fame, his legacy in the music industry and his untimely death more than 20 years ago. The documentary, will feature never-before-seen footage filmed by his best friend, Damion “D-Roc” Butler, with Sean “Diddy” Combs serving as executive producer.

The trailer features interviews with the rapper’s closest friends and family members in order to offer an inside look into a side of Biggie that the world never knew.

“Biggie blew up overnight,” says Combs, who helped launch B.I.G.’s career in the ’90s. “We have no origins from what rap planet this guy came from.”

“I was happy that he was making something with his life,” his mother adds in the trailer.

Famed for hit songs including “Hypnotize,” “Juicy” and “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Wallace was fatally shot at age 24 in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997 —  approximately six months after that of rapper Tupac Shakur, who died in the same manner in Las Vegas. Wallace’s sophomore album “Life After Death” was released in the weeks following his death.

"Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell" debuts on Netflix on March 1, 2021.

Notorious B.I.G, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 2, 2020 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. The late rapper, along with Whitney Houston, was nominated for the first time for music’s pantheon, which also welcomed Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex in the same Rock Hall class. An artist is not eligible for induction until 25 years after the release of their first single, album or EP, meaning that the 2020 class had to have released their first eligible music in 1994 or earlier.

The 2020 Rock Hall inductees: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Doobie Brothers and more

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Fania All-Stars Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies

The co-founder of “La Fania All-Star” who was recently hospitalized with pneumonia

Legendary Dominican musician Johnny Pacheco died this Monday at the age of 85 after being hospitalized for pneumonia.

This Sunday, his wife, Cuqui Pacheco, asked for a prayer chain and requested privacy given the situation they are going through.

Salsa announcer Eugenio Pérez confirmed the news on his social networks.

We have lost in these moments the greatest of the salsa representation: Our Johnny Pacheco passed away A tragedy for the world of music in general. RIP my dear father”, wrote the well-known “Senior Salsa specialist”.

Pacheco is credited with being the creator of the term “salsa” and was a co-founder of the mythical orchestra “La Fania All-Star” where great performers such as Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, and Héctor Lavoe shone.


Juan Azarías Pacheco Kiniping, better known as Johnny Pacheco, was born Los Pepines de Santiago in 1935 and is considered the creator of the musical concept “salsa” that was given to rhythms born in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, mainly from Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

“We are the teacher Johnny Pacheco, pioneer of the first Latin American musical movement of world significance, the one that through songs has managed to tell the living history of the neighborhood: salsa.  To him, thanks for so much,” said Eugenio Pérez.

At the end of 1963, the clarinetist and musical director created the Fania Records label with Jerry Masucci.

In 1964, the label released its first album: “Cañonazo”, an album that featured Pete “Conde” Rodríguez as the vocalist.

In 1968, Johnny Pacheco created the Fania All-Stars orchestra that included artists such as Larry Harlow, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto among others.

As a company executive, creative director, and music producer, Pacheco was charged with launching the careers of many young stars who were part of Fania Records.

In 2009, Pacheco was recognized by the Association of Art Chroniclers of the Dominican Republic -Acroarte- with the highest award of Premios Soberano.

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Welcome to the 10th edition of La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk.

Where we have conversations with various artist and groups from around the world via email, zoom & phone.

The artist we have featured is CASAGRANDE From London

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SO. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry?
SC. My name is Simone Casagrande, I am from a small village in northern Italy, but due to
unemployment, I moved to London in 2016, where I currently live. I think to be a creative
person and my friends/colleagues often say I am funny. So I think to have a natural
direction towards the entertainment industry.

SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
SC. Personal experience first and then also the unknown, life…

SO. How would you describe your sound?
SC. Progressive old school thrash/post-industrial metal.

SO. What is your creative process like?
SC. There are two ways. I can start with guitar riffs and then with the help of session
men/drum loops finish the song or create a drum track first then I play the bass lines.
Finally, I jam on it to create riffs sounding good. When I find a good compromise I start to
write the vocal parts. The process can require lots of time, even years.

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
SC. I wish Mr. Eloy Casagrande from Sepultura to be my drummer. I tried to post a song of
mine ages ago on his Facebook page, but he or an administrator removed it. We have the
same surname and I suppose he belongs to an Italian family like the Cavalera brothers
whose father is from Gaeta. They split from the band and formed another one named
Cavalera Conspiracy. My band is Casagrande, so why not have another Casagrande in
the line-up..? Of course, I know he has better things to do, and I probably cannot afford
him as I cannot afford any session man as well. But during these hard times of lockdowns,
he may find some time to record some drum midi track for me. I wouldn’t deny any collaboration for some pop songs as Eddy Van Allen did with Michael Jackson. If some hot
emerging single female singer needs a shredding solo, here I am.

SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
SC. Take care of your future. Don’t uncritically listen to the mainstream media. Be aware of
the world we now will no longer exist. It is up to anyone to stop this madness.

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
SC. I am afraid I have no secrets, sorry.

SO. What would you be doing right now if you weren’t doing music?
SC. I had five years stop, from 2003 to 2008 where I was not playing the electric guitar at all. I
was in a relationship with a person who didn’t like my metalhead; attitude.
Unfortunately, anything comes to an end. Doing something else than music doesn’t make
sense now…

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
SC. I am admiring whoever is doing its job honestly. Any medicals, journalists, politicians,
artists who are telling us the truth and acting for the good of all…

SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
SC. I was told to stop chatting too much about my boss’s choices at work, and I didn’t. When
the company went bankrupt he unexpectedly founded another one and didn’t hire me. I
could be still in Italy at the moment even if, due to the current situation I am not sure
what it is better for me…

SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
SC. Honestly, I think the main changes to a total digitalization have been already made and
that’s how I can be noticed worldwide.

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
SC. Frankly speaking, I would like to see me still working in the same place, unemployment is
rising even in the Uk, and lots of people have been laid off in even the retail industry, but
if you let me dream, I would like to have my own band and have a freelance job in It as I
tried before moving here.

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
SC. it’s my oldest mp3 page where I moved since became for pro only. it is my official now as it seems the whole
underground artists moved there my channel is not about my music only.
Unfortunately, the rules are constantly changing so it has been demonetized, a good reason
for you to subscribe and play all the videos. Thanks. I launched this page just to support other
YouTubers, but if you want to spare some money…



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