Just the other day, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek commented on the company’s “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which led to the removal of music from artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion on the music streaming service. Now, the company has updated their decision by officially announcing that it will be “moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”
Revealed in a blog post on Spotify’s website, the music streaming service said that the new policy around hate content and conduct “was too vague,” and “created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input,” from their own team and partners before executing the guidelines.
Additionally, Spotify said that it “[doesn’t] aim to play judge and jury,” but highlighting the “deeply rooted … respective cultures” of its playlist editors, and that “their decisions focus on what music will positively resonate with their listeners. That can vary greatly from culture to culture, and playlist to playlist.”
Furthermore, the announcement addresses that the hateful content part of the policy will remain in effect, and “content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation” will remain absent from the service’s playlists. Adding, “we’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”
For the full update, you can read the entire statement on Spotify.
Marvel has been dominating the film industry in the past decade, culminating with the recent blockbuster, Avenger’s: Infinity War, and with many more films still underway.
Youtuber Evan Puschak, a.k.a. Nerdwriter1, has published a new video essay analyzing just why the Marvel cinematic universe’s action scenes are more much satisfying compared to films by the DC universe, like last year’s Justice League.
I was smiling all the way through editing this one. New video on the problem(s) with DC action set pieces: https://t.co/dl29W83mfv
In the seven-minute clip above, Puschak starts it off by describing the formula that Marvel movies tend to share with the Mission: Impossible series, which include three to four good set pieces, a non-boring plot, charismatic actors, and a few laughs, while he delves onto highlighting DC’s problems, such as limiting superpower usage, getting the physics all wrong, and forgetting to add significant character moments in between epic fight scenes.
Additionally, Puschak showcases sequences of certain Marvel clips in between DC films to illustrate the contrast between them. Enjoy the quick analysis and let us know if you prefer Marvel or DC films in the comments below.
Real gentlemen hold the umbrella for their significant other. But that may not be necessary for much longer, thanks to Free Parasol. Free Parasol is essentially an umbrella drone, allowing you to keep both hands free and your head dry.
The drone is connected to a 59-inch umbrella, thus being equipped with AI software that detects the top of your head and remains positioned above it. The prototype in the on-hand visual weighs in at roughly 11 pounds and is capable of hovering for about 20 minutes on a single charge. However, Asahi Power Service plans to shed weight down to two pounds and lengthen flight time to one hour.
In addition, the drone’s propellers serve as a fan, providing cool air below on warmer days.
Due to laws regulating where drones can fly, Asahi Power Service will initially begin selling the umbrella drone solely in private areas such as upscale golf courses. The innovative device is expected to retail for approximately $275 USD and is due out next year.
For more in Asahi Power Service’s Free Parasol, follow here.
In related news, ‘TIME’ magazine has debuted its latest cover, created by nearly 1,000 drones.
When Kanye West invites you to go to Wyoming, you absolutely say yes. After receiving the invite and confirming my attendance, I spent the rest of the day of wondering if it was really happening. I sat at home with a bag packed next to me, ready to leave at the sound of a phone notification. My flight confirmation arrived at 2 a.m., and I trekked across New York to catch my flight at JFK with 60 other media outlets and influencers.
As we embark on our five-hour plane ride to Wyoming, my mind is racing about the surreality of it all. I think about what state of mind West is in. Would he show up rocking his Donald Trump-signed MAGA hat? Would he play a response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle?” Or would this moment be the theorized “prestige,” the big reveal that all of his recent social media controversy was really part of an intricate facade of performance art?
We land in small airport terminal at Jackson Hole, and are immediately greeted by a beautiful landscape of snowy mountains and grass hills for miles on end. For every New Yorker on the plane, it was a reminder that the so-called “flyover states” between coastal cities that we often joke about are real, and contain natural wonders that are as integral to the American identity as the man-made monoliths we stare up at on a daily basis. We deplane and arrive at the Jackson Hole airport. Wyoming may seem like an unlikely place to inspire West’s latest album, but it also served as the inspiration for Virgil Abloh’s Fall/Winter 2015 OFF-WHITE “Don’t Look Down” collection, which was inspired by the designer’s college ski trips to the sleepy northwestern resort town. So perhaps that may have helped put it on West’s radar.
Later in the day, we hop on shuttles from the Rustic Inn hotel for a 45-minute drive to the event. On the way, we pass the sprawling Grand Teton National Park, and plenty of local spots with animal-themed names—Snake River, Beaver Creek, and the towns of Elk and Moose. We arrive at the Diamond Cross Ranch in nearby Moran, a beautiful environment surrounded by mountains and doubles as a rentable event space for typical things like corporate retreats and weddings—probably ones where you’re more likely to hear bluegrass played at the reception than Kanye West. It looks like something out of a ‘90s Marlboro ad, somewhere between Westworld, a Jim Krantz photograph, and one of the locations that inspired the latest Red Dead Redemption game.
Outside, the sun is breaking through the clouds over a skyline pierced by mountain peaks, and hazard yellow construction equipment starts to wheel in massive sound systems, mixing Yeezy Season with harvest season. I see a herd of horses galloping around a wide open field, and suddenly kind of want a Budweiser. Later, I find out Diamond Cross Ranch enlists the services of Grant Golliher—a certified horse whisperer.
The party begins in a massive barn, with haystacks and metal ladders reminding us that we’re definitely in the boondocks. Outside, construction equipment wheels in massive soundsystems. Celebrities, artists, influencers, and fans intertwine and mingling over delicious barbecue. Jonah Hill is by the door grabbing photos with Lil Yachty, Desiigner is sitting atop a table throwing back ribs, while Scott Disick is doing his best Jared Leto impression rocking a full beard and man bun.
I grab a plate of wings, brisket, mac-and-cheese, and cornbread, and sidle up to a table with an open spot near DJ Clue. Guests begin huddling up in the back corner of the space. I think it means that Kanye West has arrived, but it’s actually workers bringing out boxes of new merch.
They set up a makeshift store giving away new Wyoming-inspired Yeezy hoodies, long sleeve T-shirts, and hats. However, guests are only allowed to obtain one per person—though it didn’t take long for people to try to finesse multiples. As the merch line grew, it was easy for many to sneak back in line to grab another piece.
I follow suit, managing to grab a black hoodie, orange tee, and a black dad cap. The holy merch trinity. Caught up in the moment, I pull an amateur move and throw it all on immediately. But it turns out everyone else is on the same wave.
As more wings were consumed, more celebrities started rolling in. First Chris Rock, then Nas, then Kid Cudi, then Fabolous, ultimately leading to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian finally making their grand entrance. They wore his-and-hers merch tees that had been hand-drawn by artist Wes Lang. Kanye “Not Smiling Makes Me Smile” West was all smiles. He snapped selfies with fans, embraced Rock and Cudi, and made his way around the barn.
The sun finally sets. What was once a nice warm spring evening turned into a chilly brisk night. However, the energy is high at this point, probably due to the vodka-infused lemonade slushies being served at high volume. Kanye then directs everyone to finally make their way outside. It was time to hear the album.
As we trickle outside, we’re directed to a roaring bonfire surrounded by stadium speakers and a DJ booth. Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla Sign, and Desiigner make a beeline to the front of the fire, prepping to mosh out. Then we hear someone grab a mic at the booth. It’s Chris Rock, who delivered a humorous introduction to the album and West.
“It’s beautiful—I was walking around, and I saw a moose!” he joked. “I went up and touched the moose, and the moose said to me, ‘Hey! There’s a lot of niggas here!’”
Rock continued to entertain the crowd for a short time, before announcing Kanye West and the album’s final name, Ye. The album itself clocks in at a lean seven songs (carrying on the theme of Pusha T’s DAYTONA length) and features special guests John Legend, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, DeJ Loaf, 070 Shake, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and PartyNextDoor.
At this point, the roaring fire pit started spitting out ashes burning those who are close by, and hours later our covetable new merch will still smell like smoke—but no one really cares. West has captivated our attention.
He doesn’t shy away from addressing all things personal on the album. Everything from his mental health and drug addiction, to Tristan Thompson‘s cheating scandal, and even reveals how his wife Kim Kardashian reacted to his slavery comments.
“Wife calling screaming saying: ‘We’re about to lose it all!’ I had to calm her down ‘cos she couldn’t breathe / I told her she could leave me now but she wouldn’t leave,” he rapped. “This is what they mean for better or for worse huh?”
Despite the tone of songs like “I Thought About Killing You,“ “Yikes,” and “Wouldn’t Leave,” the overall vibe is triumphant. As 070 Shake’s extremely satisfying hook on “Ghost Town” hits for the first time, I look over to Kanye West and he’s smiling from ear-to-ear.
“We’re still the kids we used to be” croons 070 Shake, and I witness West stretch his hands towards the night sky, following the flickering ashes of the bonfire as the hook crescendoes to the line “And nothing hurts anymore. I feel kind of free.”
The album was played in its entirety back-to-back, and had the ranch owners not made it clear that time was up, I’m pretty sure West would have done a three-peat. By now it’s close to 11 p.m. in Maron, Wyoming. The mountains are now hiding away in the darkness, the bonfire is finally put out, and we all huddle back in the shuttles to our hotels.
Most guests fall asleep immediately as silence greets us for the first time all day, but then someone gets up and says: “After party at some place called…‘Cowboy bar?’” with a confused look on his face. Everyone erupts with laughter as we all collectively think “only in Wyoming.”
Kanye West’s new seven track album Ye has finally been released on all streaming platforms. Stream the album below.
It’s that time of year! The school year is finally over, and that means kids and adults alike are celebrating the start of summer. Whether you’re headed to summer camp or embarking on a family vacation, it’s all about letting loose, and leaving those textbooks at home until next year. With that in mind, here are some summer-themed flicks to get you in the mood for daytime adventures and wild nights. Just remember to stay safe, and have fun!
Wes Anderson is known for his quirky tales, and this one is one of our favorites. When 12-year-old Sam Shakusky runs away from Camp Ivanhoe to meet up with his pen pal Suzy Bishop, the two embark on a rollicking coming-of-age journey as they’re pursued by Suzy’s parents, scouts, and the island’s police force. Complete with an original score by Alexandre Desplat, this dreamy summer flick will make you smile and reminisce over young love.
This early film by writer and director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Boyhood) is the ultimate ode to the energy and attitude of the late 70s. With all the action of the film taking place in an small Texas town on the last day of school, you’ll be floored by the ensemble cast made up of some very familiar faces including Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, and Matthew McConaughey. Right on, right on, right on!
Starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as two teens on the precipice of high school graduation, Superbadtakes viewers on a wild ride. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, This Is The End) these two real life childhood friends started working on the script when they were just 13! The film is loosely based on their own experiences growing up in Vancouver during the 90s, and there’s a certain authenticity there that’s not to be missed.
With so many amazing shows to watch, figuring out which ones to watch and which to pass on gets harder every day! With that in mind, we wanted to make it easy for you to see which shows DIRECTV customers are going nuts for. Every week we’ll round up our Top 3 most-streamed On Demand shows, with some added info to make your watching experience even better. Enjoy this week’s roundup below:
It’s been fun to see this show pick up steam during it’s first 10-episode season, and with last week’s season finale it’s no surprise it made it to the top of the list. Critics have praised the show for its unique spin on traditional lore, and for bringing some humanity to these mythological creatures. It’s been renewed for a second season, so we’re excited to see what comes next…
We’re only two episodes into Season 3, and things are already heating up. This ensemble cast just brings it time and time again with their incredible performances, and with a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re not surprised that Queen Sugar is reigning supreme.
It’s no secret that we’re die hard fans of this show, and with so many viewers tuning in for the Season 19 finale last week, it looks like you are too! Earlier this year, we had the chance to talk to this season’s newcomer Philip Winchester aka Peter Stone, and he was an absolute delight. The show is coming back for a groundbreaking 20th season, making it one of the longest-running scripted dramas in U.S. television history! Gahhh we can’t wait!
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Get ready to experience iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T, the biggest pop music festival of the summer! Featuring performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Miguel, and Janelle Monae, the festival is going to be the perfect way to get your summer started.
Experience it all (from wherever you are) when it all goes down, tomorrow, Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm PT/10pm ET. You can watch the exclusive AT&T live stream straight from Los Angeles by clicking here. Don’t miss out on any of the fun!