Pandora Overhauls Its 'Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down' Recommendations

Pandora’s newly debuted Pandora Modes function is aimed toward providing extra choices and higher management over suggestions.

A departure from the standard ‘Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down’ suggestion system, the six new listening ‘modes’ nonetheless take person preferences into consideration whereas providing a wider vary of the way to get pleasure from these preferences.

Pandora, now owned by Sirius XM, says the modifications are centered round new traits in music utilization.

The first Pandora Mode is titled ‘My Station’ and works off of the unique Pandora algorithm, whereas the second, ‘Crowd Faves,’ provides choice to the songs with probably the most thumbs up from listeners within the station.  ‘Deep Cuts’ is meant to dive into the catalog of a selected station’s artist or style, whereas ‘Discovery’ pulls in artists who wouldn’t normally play on that station. T

he final two, ‘Newly Released’ and ‘Artist Only,’ are a bit extra selective, with the primary solely grabbing an artist or style’s latest songs, and the second focusing totally on one artist’s catalog.

While Pandora’s system has at all times supplied user-driven music curation, this shift permits for various experiences, with out the chance of dropping a person’s authentic preferences.

Much just like the the traditional Pandora expertise, interactions with the totally different Pandora Modes helps to tell the following set of advisable songs.  But the ensuing playlists at the moment are tweaked right into a varied totally different instructions.

The new function is out there on most Pandora stations, and could be discovered by going to an previous station or creating a brand new one and deciding on Now Playing.  All Pandora Modes accessible for the chosen station can be listed beneath the station identify.

This shift within the system follows a number of different modifications Pandora has made to platform-based content material consumption strategies.  That contains the Stories software, which merges podcasts and music, permitting for brand new storytelling choices and codecs.

Pandora’s new Modes service, launched on March 19th, is out there to free and premium customers on each tier of the service.

Robert Kraft Offered Deal In Prostitution Case: Report

Back in February, New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft was implicated in a prostitution sting on the Orchids Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Authorities acknowledged that they’d video over 100 males soliciting prostitution inside the spa, with one the boys being Kraft. The Patriots proprietor was charged with two misdemeanor counts first-degree solicitation. Kraft pleaded not responsible to each these counts and is anticipated again in courtroom on March 28th.

In a brand new report from the Wall Street JournalKraft would possibly have the ability to get himself out his newfound authorized battle as Florida prosecutors have reportedly proposed a deal. Essentially, Kraft would be given the possibility to assessment the proof after which admit that he can be discovered responsible based mostly on the findings. Many the opposite males who’ve been charged are being given the identical alternative. If Kraft have been to confess his guilt, all fees can be dropped.

Robert Kraft Offered Deal In Prostitution Case: Report

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As the report explains, it is unclear whether or not or not the boys will take the deal. If they do, they should full 100 hours neighborhood service, bear testing for sexually transmitted ailments, pay all their courtroom prices, and at last, full an academic course on prostitution.

Stay tuned for updates on the case as we’ll make sure you offer you new info as quickly because it turns into out there.

Facebook & Instagram Experiencing Worldwide Outages

If you have not been capable of see the newest posts on Instagram or Facebook at this time, you are not alone. Millions persons are having hassle accessing the 2 social media web sites, and have been for hours, after a reported outage on each providers. 

Many us spend the day alleting our boredom by scrolling by way of our social networks each now and again. It’s change into a behavior for lots individuals. When you have acquired some downtime, you head to Instagram and see what persons are posting. Today although, many have expressed outrage on Twitter, which is the one medium that they’ll entry, about its direct rivals.

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According to USA Today, the outage is occurring on a worldwide scale with most individuals having problem accessing the social networks within the United States and Western Europe. The points have been rumored to be for “scheduled upkeep,” which some customers say they noticed initially the blackout. People have been unable to make use of Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. This afternoon, “#facebookdown” was the highest trending subject on Twitter.

Has the social outage affected you? What are you doing to cross the time? Hopefully, each networks are again up and working quickly.

Ticketmaster Dodges a Bullet In Its 'Scalpergate' Class Action Lawsuit

Ticketmaster appears to have been granted a reprieve in its ongoing ‘Scalpergate’ class motion lawsuit.

A California federal choose has tentatively granted Ticketmaster’s request to arbitrate the class-action go well with.  The go well with alleged that Ticketmaster violated antitrust and client safety legal guidelines by serving to scalpers re-sell tickets on-line.

The Toronto Star on Ticketmaster’s involvement in re-selling scalper tickets on-line.  An undercover reporter met with representatives of Ticketmaster’s TradeDesk platform, filming the representatives fielding questions on scalping.

The video confirmed simply how simple it’s for scalpers to re-sell tickets utilizing the platform, permitting Ticketmaster to double-dip on charges.

The reporter particularly asks questions on what occurs when Ticketmaster finds out, however the TradeDesk rep waves the questions away. He stated Ticketmaster turns a blind eye to resellers who use bots and pretend IDs to buy tickets en masse.

TradeDesk permits scalpers to sync their Ticketmaster accounts to resale websites on StubHub, Vivid Seats, and TradeDesk.  Reseller charges by these platforms enable Ticketmaster to from ticket gross sales.  The observe clearly violates Ticketmaster’s personal coverage towards utilizing faux info for ticket gross sales.

Once the report , a number of United States regulation corporations began engaged on class-action lawsuits.

Merchant Law Group threatened a go well with value greater than $100 million in damages, with the Toronto Star video proof integral to proving these instances.

Ticketmaster president Jared Smith tried some injury management in an interview with Billboard, saying his firm doesn’t flip a blind eye to misuse of their merchandise. Smith maintains that Ticketmaster blocks resellers, however .

“We most likely don’t do sufficient to look into TradeDesk regardless that it’s arduous and it’s not as apparent as individuals are suggesting it’s.”

Smith says the Toronto Star’s exposé has been a headache and irritating to take care of. He tried to spin Scalpergate as a usually accepted observe, quite than a lifting of the curtain on shady practices.

The transfer to arbitration implies that the go well with could possibly be resolved in confidential proceedings, which means the general public gained’t be taught the result.  Ticketmaster additionally argues that they will’t be , resulting from binding arbitration agreements within the phrases of service accepted on the sale of a ticket.

Dave Chappelle Calls Daniel Caesar “Gay” During Awkward Instagram Live

Dave Chappelle had an extremely awkward drunken change with Grammy Award-winning singer Daniel Caesar throughout a March 10 episode of John Mayer’s Instagram Live present, Current Mood.

As Mayer started to set-up a efficiency by noting that Chappelle had simply met and heard Caeser sing for the primary time, the legendary comic blurted out “Yeah, very homosexual,” earlier than jokingly suggesting that he was jealous after assembly him, as he thought that he was Mayer’s ”solely black pal.”

Attempting to easily gloss over the jokes didn’t go easily, and Caesar may very well be heard off-camera asking, “What the fuck was that?”

Not one to backtrack on his comedy, Chappelle appeared to get visibly irritated as Mayer — who admitted he was the one sober one within the room — started low-key making an attempt to coax an apology.

After reaffirming that he acknowledged Caesar’s greatness, and politely reminding him that he’s a comic, the Toronto crooner supplied that maybe he was being too delicate. The clip ends with the 2 smiling.

Giving his model of a Jerry Springer last thought, Mayer famous, “Sometimes the gears in your head transfer tremendous quick and the mistaken issues get shot by way of the gears,” to which Chappelle exclaimed, “Whoopsie muthafuckin’ poopsie.”

Watch the entire change above.

Russ Celebrates First Platinum Plaque While Owning His Masters

Russ has been comparatively quiet late, however relaxation assured, the luggage are persevering with to stack. The Forbes record champion has lengthy been an advocate for musical possession, having persistently preached the DIY, grassroots strategy. Now, Russ has put his cash the place his mouth is, reducing the intermediary out completely, and becoming a member of the digital distributor TuneCore.

As you may know, TuneCore acts as a digital distributor, permitting artists to enroll and host their music on all the main streaming providers. Clearly, Russ has been reaping the advantages his resolution, as current single “Ain’t Nobody Takin’ My Baby” has ficially gone platinum.

“First platinum plaque on my Tunecore,” writes Russ. “There’s nonetheless cash in promoting music. You simply need to personal it.” Say what you’ll concerning the man, however he speaks the reality on this occasion. With instruments like TuneCore at your disposal, it is simpler than ever to retain possessions your individual masters. It’s changing into an more and more accepted actuality that something aside from full possession will seemingly result in some hurdles down the street. Do your due dilly. 

"I Like It" All-Stars Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin To Headline Baja Beach Fest

Baja California, MX – The “I Like It” celebrity crew of Cardi B, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny is about to headline the 2019 Baja Beach Fest. 

Located on the bucolic Rosarito seashore of Baja California, MX, this yr’s Baja Beach Fest will happen on Friday and Saturday, August 16th and 17th — the previous date to be headed by J Balvin and Latin lure sensation, Ozuna; the latter will probably be headlined by Cardi B and Bad Bunny. 

This will probably be Bad Bunny’s second yr headlining the competition.

"I Like It" All-Stars Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin To Headline Baja Beach Fest


The second annual Baja Beach Fest, this star-studded oceanfront affair has as soon as once more attracted the trade’s premier Latin lure and reggaeton expertise. Joining the aforementioned artists will probably be Brytiago, Amenazzy, Alex Rose, De La Ghetto, Cazzu, and many extra — over 20 artists in complete will probably be featured.

Founded simply final yr by Chris Den Uji and Aaron Ampudia, Baja Beach Fest has already change into a musical drive within the Latin competition house, and is eager on persevering with final yr’s momentum with extra fascinating performances from a few of right this moment’s most-streamed artists. Additionally, Baja Beach Fest has expanded from one to two-days, and has tripled the quantity of performing artists.

While the presale has already sold-out, General Admission and VIP tickets may be bought here.

Donald Glover Resolves Royalty Dispute With Former Label

A decision has been present in Donald Glover’s authorized dispute with former label Glassnote Records. It was beneath Glassnote that Glover recorded his first three albums as Childish Gambino and in July 2018, the 2 events went to courtroom over royalties disputes. 

According to Glassnote, it owned the copyrights to all the fabric included within the albums and was entitled to 50 p.c the royalties generated from “non-interactive streaming providers,” which interprets to streaming providers like Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM and others which might be thought-about to be digital radio.

Under the License Agreement, Glassnote is obligated to pay DJR a “Royalty” equal to 50% the Net Proceeds obtained from the exploitation the grasp recordings topic to that settlement. The Net Proceeds are outlined because the “Gross Revenues” that exceed “Deducted Expenses.” Because SoundExchange royalties obtained by Glassnote, because the purported rights holder, are included within the definition “Gross Revenues” beneath the License Agreement, these royalties are topic to the 50/50 Net Proceeds break up. Thus, to the extent Glassnote has obtained …] royalties from SoundExchange, these royalties should be break up equally between Glassnote and DJR beneath the License Agreement, that are separate and distinct from the royalties which might be paid straight by SoundExchange to the “featured artist” (Glover) and the royalties paid to “non-feature d artists.”

Donald Glover Resolves Royalty Dispute With Former Label

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Glover’s personal imprint McDJ maintained that it owned Gambino’s masters and solely licensed them solely to Glassnote, thus entitling Gambino to greater than half the royalties. The breakdown was that 45 p.c the royalties had been to go to the artist, 50 p.c to the copyright proprietor, and the different 5 p.c to non-featured contributors that embody producers and engineers.

Glassnote acknowledged that they had been entitled to 50 p.c digital royalties as half the licensing deal. Glover and McDJ quickly accused the label  breach  contract, good religion, truthful dealing, and fiduciary responsibility, and negligence.

Now, Variety experiences that each events have been in a position to attain widespread floor, settling after submitting a stipulation on Friday. Both events have agreed to toss their fits towards one another and pay their very own legal professional’s charges.

Antonio Brown Generating Tons Of NFL Trade Interest: Raiders Among Most Interested

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans are the three groups who’ve proven the very best diploma curiosity in buying and selling for wantaway vast receiver Antonio Brown – which means the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a superb place to yield a optimistic return.

As Schefter remarked, ought to the Redskins and Raiders find yourself the 2 frontrunners for AB’s providers, it might mark the uncommon event the place siblings quibbled over an NFL transaction. The ‘Skins are coached by Jay Gruden, the Oakland Raiders by his brother Jon.

According to sources near the scenario, the Pittsburgh Steelers wish to start negotiations on the beginning value a first-round draft decide, which is by the way nothing however a dialog starter, as a result of nobody group can set a market pattern all on their very own – particularly in a cap system.

Steelers basic supervisor Kevin Colbert says he hasn’t dominated out any potential commerce companions for Antonio Brown’s providers, even amongst groups in their very own AFC North division. “Ideally, you wish to commerce him to any individual that you will by no means play,” Colbert stated at an NFL Combine gathering this week. “But you may’t do this. If you are ok to get to the Super Bowl, it’s a must to play him anyway.”

By all accounts, NFL groups don’ appear to be bothered one bit by Antonio Brown’s boisterous character, or by the function he might need performed within the Steelers’ misplaced 2018 Season. AB turns 31 within the month  July and appears to be in peak bodily form after finishing his sixth consecutive 100-catch season as an NFL wideout.

So Apparently Lil Pump Fibbed About Giving Harvard University’s Commencement Speech

Boston, MA – Lil Pump apparently isn’t Harvard’s Commencement 2019 speaker as he led his followers to consider. In a press release obtained by Consequence of Sound, a rep for the ivy league college defined Pump is just showing on Thursday’s (February 28) episode of WHRB Harvard Radio.

“As beforehand introduced, Angela Merkel can be Harvard’s Commencement 2019 speaker,” the rep stated. “Lil Pump just isn’t talking at any graduation associated or different official University occasions.

“The solely factor we’re conscious of that he’s doing a reside interview with WHRB Harvard Radio this Thursday and is taking questions from viewers/listeners. That, although, is a Harvard Radio scholar occasion, not a Harvard University occasion.”

On Monday (February 25), Pump tweeted, “I WILL BE IN HARVERD NEXT WEEK TO GIVE THE Commencement SPEACH,” main many to conclude he was, the truth is, delivering the speech.

Pump’s rep stated the confusion additionally partly stemmed from an announcement made by the WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting employees.

“Pump’s group is the truth is working with WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting,” the rep advised HipHopDX. “They made the announcement that he’d be giving the 2019 graduation speech Sunday night time. But he’s truly doing an activation with WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting, positioned on campus at Harvard University. The occasion is from 7-10 p.m., and Lil Pump can be reside streaming the radio interview on his IG at 9 p.m. ET. Tune in.”

The 18-year-old rapper’s look on WHRB follows the discharge of his newest album, Harverd Dropout, which got here out final Friday (February 22).

Pete Davidson Boots Heckler Over Mac Miller Joke: "Get Him The Fuck Out"

South Orange, NJ – Pete Davidson took cost throughout a stand-up routine at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing Arts Center on Monday (February 25) when a heckler evidently took issues a bit of too far. As the Saturday Night Live solid member’s set was getting underway, he was met with a remark he didn’t notably like.

“My good friend died at my residence,” he says. Before he might end his thought, somebody yells out, “Mac Miller?”

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Davidson replies, “Oh Jesus Christ. Whoever stated that, we’re getting him out … I cannot proceed till that child’s gone. Find him … I’ll depart. If you need the present to proceed, name out the one that did it and get him the fuck out. Get his a reimbursement and get him the fuck out. I don’t cope with that shit at my present.

“If you sit subsequent to the one that did that, name it out. ‘Cause I’ll simply depart proper now. I don’t give a shit. I’m not making a lot cash at this present. This present is only for enjoyable … I’m not going to have that shit at my present … I’ll wait. Hope you’re pleased with your self. You simply fucking fucked up the whole lot.”

Before Davidson ends his tirade, he says to ensure the person will get his a reimbursement.

“I don’t need his cash,” he says.

Miller’s September 2018 demise reportedly led to Davidson’s break up with pop princess Ariana Grande.

She’d dated Miller for roughly two years earlier than calling it quits final May. Grande acquired engaged to Davidson shortly after.

Sources near Grande and Davidson stated she was in an “extremely darkish place” following Miller’s overdose.

Rotten Tomatoes Takes Preemptive Strike Against "Troll" Reviewers

Is it actually an influence transfer if it is this reactionary? Such is the query many have contemplated since Rotten Tomatoes’ sudden take away their viewers scores. The transfer, ostensibly to stop “evaluation bombing” has led to Rotten Tomatoes pulling the plug on a key characteristic – the “need to see” viewers ranking. Of course, the “trolls” struck first by focusing on Captain Marvel, which many believed to be an assault on the movie’s feminine lead. Be that as it could, it appears excessive to take away the characteristic altogether, because it has been used to nice impact on a lot different film platforms. In that sense, the transfer feels extra like a stance being taken than something.

A report from En Gadget refers to Rotten Tomatoes’ logic, in that members had been getting confused between “Want To See” and “Audience Score,” the latter being reserved for optimistic post-release scores. “We’re doing it to extra precisely and authentically signify the voice followers, whereas defending our knowledge and public boards from dangerous actors,” says RT,  statement. 

Continuing on that observe, RT explains that they’ve additionally eliminated the choice to touch upon impending releases. “We are disabling the remark perform previous to a film’s launch date. Unfortunately, we now have seen an uptick in non-constructive enter, typically bordering on trolling, which we consider is a disservice to our common readership. We have determined that turning f this characteristic, for now, is the very best course motion.”

Yet such a drastic transfer will certainly immediate the trolls to mobilize, taking to their boards to plot the following course motion. In the meantime, us laypeople endure. The finish outcome: an everlasting debate between individuals who genuinely haven’t any honest opinion on The Last Jedi, however really feel compelled to defend its honor and tear it down, a neverending, rattling close to biblical in proportions.

J. Cole Reveals Dreamville Compilation Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Prior to the discharge of the “Middle Child” video, J. Cole hopped on YouTube for a stay Q&A session on Monday (February 25). When he was requested when he’s going to drop the Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation, the Dreamville boss replied again with a month for the discharge date.

ROTD is being completed proper now, post-production shit,” he wrote. “Tracking out songs, sequencing then modifying, then we gotta combine. We’re taking pictures for April.”

While particulars surrounding the challenge are scarce, Cole did reveal over 106 artists had been invited to a 10-day recording session in Atlanta from January 6 to 16.

Rick Ross, T.I., Big Ok.R.I.T., Westside Gunn, Ski Mask The Slump God, Wale, Tay Keith, fellow Dreamville artist J.I.D, producers T-Minus, No I.D., Swizz Beatz and ninth Wonder had been amongst these invited to the session.

Until the compilation arrives, revisit “Middle Child” beneath.

Netflix’ New "Triple Frontier" Trailer With Ben Affleck Is Action-Packed

The first trailer for Triple Frontier arrived a couple of weeks in the past and ever since then, individuals have been excited to see what the hype is all about for the most recent Netflix movie. Last yr, Netflix was on level with their streaming catalog and though Marvel continues to tug their originals from the service, movies like Triple Frontier are making up for the void. 

Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and extra, the upcoming film appears to be like set to be an exhilarating, action-packed experience with tons drama to maintain you the entire method by way of. The latest trailer for Triple Frontier is out now and whereas it is not too totally different from the primary showcase, it nonetheless offers a adequate thought what we will count on. An all-star solid plans to rob a South American drug lord in order that they might get pleasure from a brand new life with tons cash. The trailer does not reveal a lot the plot nevertheless it fers sufficient room for there to nonetheless be some thriller when the complete factor drops.

They encounter some difficulties alongside the way in which, as anticipated, and it will be thrilling to see how issues fare. Triple Frontier will probably be accessible for streaming on Netflix on March 6. Will you be tuning in?