Apple Music hits 20 million paying subscribers


Apple Music has hit an important milestone. The service now has more than 20 million subscribers, Billboard reported Tuesday. 

This is a 15% increase from September, when Apple said the service had 17 million paying customers. 

Apple’s SVP of internet software and products, Eddy Cue, told Billboard that 60 percent of Apple Music users have not bought any content from the iTunes Music Store in the last 12 months. 

Cue also touted Apple’s partnership with Chance the Rapper, whose Apple Music-exclusive album Coloring Book performed well on the Billboard charts.  Read more…

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Cruz Beckham has just dropped his debut Christmas single


LONDON — Forget about the Kardashians and the Trumps: it’s clearly the Beckhams who are on a steady course to become the world’s most powerful family.

The latest Beckham to claim the spotlight is Cruz, who — despite only being 11-years old — has already launched an actual Christmas single.

The song was first played on Capital FM on Wednesday morning.

My first single #IfEveryDayWasChristmas is out tomorrow! Hear it on @CapitalOfficial at 7.30am 🎅🏼 #CruzOnCapital 😜

— Cruz Beckham (@CruzBeckham) December 6, 2016 Read more…

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Pandora’s new premium service will focus on personalization


Pandora just offered an early look at its upcoming on-demand streaming service called Pandora Premium, and it looks like it’ll be focusing on personalization to differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded space.

Pandora had previously confirmed it would release its own on-demand service. With the official launch not for at least a few more weeks, CEO Tim Westergren showed off the company’s new music service during an event in New York Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

The upcoming service will take each user’s history into account, so that all the songs you have previously liked on Pandora’s Internet radio service will impact the recommendations you get on the new Premium tier, Engadget reportedRead more…

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Fiona Apple’s Christmas carol delivers a holiday message to Donald Trump


Though it’s been said many times, many ways, Fiona Apple singing, “fuck you, Donald Trump,” still manages to bring a fresh take on a classic sentiment.

Apple rewrote Nat King Cole’s Christmas classic to reflect the current chilly political climate, singing, “Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire as he keeps nipping at his foes.” 

And from there, she really starts going in, calling out Trump’s privilege, predatory behavior and racism. “Everybody knows some money and entitlement can help to make the season white,” Apple warns. This world truly is bullshit

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Grammys 2017: 5 things to know about this year’s nominees


The 2017 Grammy nominations were announced this morning, and people naturally already have a lot of feelings (No Zayn for Best New Artist?). 

As expected, many of the top categories will come down to Beyonce vs. Adele (give or take a Drake). Smart money should be on Beyonce to have the slightest edge. Queen Bey has never won Album of the Year, and the Grammys will likely want to acknowledge her most substantial work. 

Beyond the Album of the Year showdown, here are the big storylines coming out of this morning’s Grammy nominations. 

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Yup, Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ just got an Album of the Year Grammy nom


The 2017 Grammy Award nominations were announced this morning and, as expected, it’s looking like it’ll come down to Beyonce vs. Adele in many of the top categories.

Also notable? Justin Bieber came in strong. After a win last year for Best Dance Recording for “Where Are U Now” the young pop star’s transformation away from just a teen idol is complete, with huge noms for Song and Album of the Year.

Here’s how the 2017 Grammy nominations shook out. 

Song of the Year
“Formation” —Beyoncé
“Hello” — Adele
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” — Mike Posner
“Love Yourself” —Justin Bieber
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham

Record of the Year
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots Read more…

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Election, Olympics and Pokemon top the year’s Twitter trends


History will remember — or choose to forget — a lot about 2016, and much of that will live forever archived on Twitter. 

The top trends of the year ranged from the Olympics to Game of Thrones, covering everything in between from the Brexit to #BlackLivesMatter. Celebrities, movies, GIFs and challenges paint a picture of the 2016 in danger of drowning but looking firmly in the other direction.

Here are Twitter’s top 10 trending topics in 2016:

  1. #Rio2016

  2. #Election2016

  3. #PokemonGo

  4. #Euro2016

  5. #Oscars

  6. #Brexit

  7. #Blacklivesmatter

  8. #Trump

  9. #RIP

  10. #GameofThrones Read more…

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Lady Gaga shares empowering message about mental illness and trauma


LONDON — Lady Gaga made a powerful announcement at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, stating that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During a segment on the TODAY show, the singer went to the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, New York, to hand out presents before delivering a powerful message to a group of young people. 

“I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that illness every day. So, I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” Lady Gaga told the group.  Read more…

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Morrissey calls music industry a ‘nest of horrors’ and cancels 6 shows


British indie rocker Morrissey may be “heartbroken” that the last six shows in his tour are canceled, but he’s still got some strong words for his management company and the music industry overall.

On his fan site, True To You, the former Smiths frontman posted over the weekend that his performances in Detroit, Chicago Cleveland, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio weren’t happening because they were “destroyed by the ephemeral damagers.”

He gushed about his loyal audiences across the world (“no words could ever express the volcanic love and joy found and shared”) but was critical of his management company and how they financed his performances.  Read more…

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That time Jaden Smith hid a Nike ad in his music video


Aspiring actor-singer-fashion model Jaden Smith is back again, this time with a full-length music video. But all it takes is about a minute to realize that the camera seems to be in love with Jaden’s brand spanking new, impossible for most to get Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers, the ones inspired by Back to the Future. And while few will ever lay hands on the shoes, it is a nicely timed video to drum up interest in Nike’s other self-lacing sneaker, the Nike HyperAdapt

But wait. Jaden likes to go deeper. Maybe it’s not just a product placement. What’s really going on here? 

Conspiracy theory mode: ON.  Read more…

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