Amazon Unveils Full Trailer To Dark Superhero Series "The Boys"

Amazon recently released a full-length trailer for its new, upcoming series The Boys. The series is produced by famed actor Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. It is also based on Garth Ennis’ best-selling comic books. The show follows the journey Billy Butcher, a Karl Urban’s CIA operative, to recruiting a team  uncommon characters known as The Boys to fight f a corrupted gang superheroes called The Seven. The series differs from the typical superhero tale and takes on a more comical and villain-focused perspective. The two-and-a-half minute trailer shared finds Billy Butcher amidst the recruiting process as we are introduced to the members The Boys. Moreover, a short snippet superheroes killing innocents and abusing their powers reveals the nefarious undertakings The Seven. The latter includes a Flash-like superhero carelessly running through a girl and killing her instantly. 

The Boys consist Butcher, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk, and Female. They are quite violent, precisely “eye-gouging” in their methods. We also get a preview the showdown between The Boys and The Seven which comically occurs as a song by the Spice Girls plays in the background. You may expect to watch the series upon its release date on July 26th on Amazon’s Prime Video service. 

Quasimoto Gets His DJ On In Freddie Gibbs, Madlib & Anderson .Paak’s “Giannis" Video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have dropped their third single featuring Anderson .Paak and first video for “Giannis” from their highly anticipated second collaborative album Bandana.

Their new album is slated for release on June 28.

The song title is inspired by NBA All-Star and Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Madlib’s longtime alter ego and Bandana album cover figure Quasimoto is the only presence is in the song’s cartoon visual. He monitors a turntable with his trusty brick in hand and joint steaming from his mouth.

Also, there is a Bandana vinyl LP jacket is visibly near him as record spins.

Watch the video above.

Pandora Launches an Audio Advertising Consultancy to Improve Ads… on Pandora

Pandora announces ‘Studio Resonate’ to help advertisers craft optimal audio commercials.

Pandora, now wholly-owned by Sirius XM, just revealed Studio Resonate, an internal branch designed to help interested individuals, companies, and groups optimize their advertising strategies and take advantage of market trends.

Stated in short, Studio Resonate will make it easier for Pandora users to create professional ads and marketing strategies, which can then be used to reach listeners on… Pandora.

Per Pandora’s official statement, the team at Studio Resonate will assist marketers, individuals, and brands as they craft audio advertisements with respect to the medium itself — not just, as is often the case, adverts that are carried over from the internet and/or television.

In this way, Pandora believes marketing strategies can be made more effective, and the results of these strategies can become more fruitful.

Though some industry experts are skeptical of Studio Resonate (both in terms of its purpose and its bility), there can be no denying that Pandora has made a tremendous splash in the music-streaming industry; with over 80 million monthly users to its credit, Pandora is one of the most popular streaming services in the U.S.

The company was founded in 2000, and in February 2019, it was purchased by Sirius XM for $3.5 billion.  To this point, little had changed in the way that Pandora is operated, but Studio Resonate marks a turning point for Sirius XM’s ownership; it’s unlikely that Pandora’s previous owners would have taken such a step.

Only time will tell whether or not Studio Resonate is successful.  But in a day and age when the vast majority of individuals are streaming, the potential for unique audio advertisements that elicit responses from targeted individuals seems limitless.  In theory, a division like Studio Resonate will help these ads to, well, resonate.

Coachella Is Already Selling Tickets for Its 2020 Festival

Coachella 2019 just ended.  Which means Coachella 2020 has just begun.

Seemingly moments after the final notes were played at Coachella 2019, event organizer Goldenvoice/AEG is already hawking tickets for next year’s festival.

In an APB sent to Digital Music News today, Coachella announced that tickets for next year’s event would be available starting June 14th.  Pre-sale buyers can purchase tickets to either weekend, as well as high-priced travel packages.  That is, ‘while supplies last,’ and subject to a ‘4-pass limit per order’.

Of course, Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 timings have been solidified for 2020.  Specifically, Weekend 1 is happening April 10th-12th, while Weekend 2 is happening April 17th-19th.  Typically, Weekend 1 carries a premium over Weekend 2, given that both sets are mostly identical.

The early pre-sale demonstrates the sheer weight that Coachella carries, regardless of who’s playing.  Coachella has yet to reveal its lineup for 2020, though attendees can expect a predictably big-name bill.  Still, it’s impressive that Coachella can draw thousands of buyers without announcing a single artist.

Actually, ‘Official Travel Packages’ are available June 13th, which means that super-eager buyers can grab an event ticket by also purchasing a high-end accommodation.  That bundled deals also include amenities like a shuttle service.  They’re even offering payment plans, often needed for packages that sometimes cross the $1,000-mark.

Of course, the longer the plan, the bigger the potential payment.  So Coachella is smartly starting the financing early.  And hey, if you ‘default’ on your debt, Coachella’s holding the collateral — your ticket.

The quick turnaround reflects a well-oiled machine, though Coachella’s high-priced sizzle could be fading a bit.

Earlier this year, aftermarket tickets on StubHub were , suggesting far softer demand than Goldenvoice/AEG’s hype would indicate.  That’s not getting trumpeted by Coachella, which is pushing its narrative of quick sellouts and soaring aftermarket prices for obvious reasons.

 

Charter Communications Says They've Never Profited Off of Piracy — Even Through They've Refused to Disconnect High-Paying Repeat Infringers

Charter Communications has filed a motion to dismiss the vicarious liability claims in a recent lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by the RIAA on behalf of major record labels, alleges that Charter does nothing to dissuade pirates.

After BMG successfully won a piracy liability lawsuit against Cox, other ISPs are on notice to clean up their pirating subscribers.  Charter Communications is the latest ISP accused of doing very little to stop copyright infringement.  In fact, the major ISP has been found to be ignoring or reinstating repeat infringers on numerous occasions.

Capitol Records, , and Sony Music are among the Plaintiffs suing Charter over its inaction.

The labels say Charter deliberately turns a blind eye to pirates using its network.  The says Charter failed to take action against the accounts of repeat offenders, despite being aware of the copyright infringement.

Now, Charter has responded to these allegations by seeking a dismissal. Charter denies that it has played an active role in helping pirates infringe on copyrighted content.

The communications provider argues that the labels’ claims of contributory infringement and vicarious liability are inaccurate. The motion to dismiss applies only to the vicarious liability argument, however.

To prove vicarious liability on behalf of Charter, the and labels need to show that Charter profited directly from copyright infringing acts. Charter believes that labels will have difficultly proving a direct connection, but let’s continue with the pirate metaphor here.

If Charter is the ocean on which these pirate ships sail, then cutting access to that ocean for known pirates should be effective. In its arguments, Charter says the labels need to prove alleged pirates sought service directly from Charter over other internet service providers.

“For example, Plaintiffs do not allege that infringers specifically chose Charter over other providers so they could infringe Plaintiffs’ copyrights, or that other ISPs were terminating subscribers, leading them to seek out Charter as a safe haven.”

Charter goes on to state that it does not promote any file-sharing service or BitTorrent in any of its marketing materials. The company argues that the flat fee it collects from subscribers for Internet access is not profiting from piracy, though labels disagree.

The labels have also sued Charter subsidiary Bright House for the same offenses in a Florida court. Bright House has filed the same motion to dismiss with the same arguments featured here.

Big K.R.I.T. Announces "K.R.I.T. Iz Here" Album

Big K.R.I.T. has unveiled the release date for his next LP. The Mississippi native announced his new album K.R.I.T. Iz Here will drop on July 12.

“Aye ya’ll, it’s been 9 years since I released ‘K.R.I.T. WUZ HERE,’ and I got one thing to say K.R.I.T. IZ HERE!” he wrote on Twitter. “Studio album coming July 12! It’s Time! #KRITIZHERE #BIGKRIT #MULTIALUMNI.”

K.R.I.T. Iz Here will be the Multi Alumni MC’s first album since his double LP 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, which was released in 2017. The project also marks his follow-up to a series of EPs that dropped late last year, which he later compiled into a compilation titled TDT.

Check out the cover art for K.R.I.T. Iz Here above.

Murs & 9th Wonder Announce "The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over" Album

Murs split with Strange Music, Inc. earlier this year after fulfilling his contractual obligations and has already embarked on a new journey. On Wednesday (May 29), the Living Legend announced a joint project with prolific producer 9th Wonder titled The Iliad Is Dead and The Odyssey Is Over. 

The collaborative effort continues their long working relationship, which was solidified in 2004 with the duo’s first release, Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition. 

To mark the occasion, Murs shared two singles from the forthcoming project, the Kash-produced “Night Shift,” and the 9th-produced “Ga$ Station Gucci Belt.”

“9th and I have been working together since ’03 and were like brothers at this point,” Murs said in a press release. “This album is my first release post-Strange Music and post a lot of other major life changes.

“I wanted to give it my all, so my wife was kind enough to hold down the fort for a few weeks while I immersed myself in the recording process. Eighteen hours a day listening to beats and trying to craft the best material possible.”

The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over is the result.

“We definitely didn’t rush, as evidenced by the 41-city tour I just completed promoting an album that still isn’t out,” Murs added. “I am tremendously proud of our work and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world.

“As I begin the next chapter in this epic saga I am blessed to call my career. The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over — when 9th first said that was the title, I was like nah, but now I think it’s a perfect fit for this moment in time.”

The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over serves as the follow-up to 2018’s A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable and is expected to arrive on July 19.

Check out “Night Shift” above and “Ga$ Station Gucci Belt” below.

Ice-T Doesn’t Play When It Comes To Home Deliveries

Ice-T doesn’t seem particularly pleased with the Amazon Flex delivery method. When an unidentified delivery man attempted to drop off a package at the rap legend’s home on Monday night (May 20), the Law & Order: SVU star says he almost put a cap in the person.

Ice tweeted about the encounter on Tuesday (May 21) and had a PSA for the online retail giant.

“Message To Amazon: Now that you have regular people making your home deliveries.. Maybe they should wear a Vest with AMAZON DELIVERY on it,” he wrote. “I almost shot a MF creeping up to my crib last night…. Just sayin.”

When a fan asked Ice if the person was wearing a uniform, Body Count’s de facto leader reiterated, “No. They don’t wear ANY uniform. Just regular people workin.. I ain’t mad at them. Just sayin. That shit ain’t safe.”

The Amazon Help account quickly replied to Ice’s gripes with the company, explaining they’d be in touch soon.

“Thanks for reaching out with your feedback!” the tweet read. “I’d like to escalate this to our Logistics Team for review; please leave us your details here: https://amzn.to/2VFPbns , and we’ll be in touch with you soon! ^PF.”

And yep, that’s how it’s done.

Sony & Microsoft Announce Gaming Partnership: Report

Rejoice, the console wars have come to an end. But, not really. Microst and Sony are still rivals, but it appears they are at least learning to work together. Microst recently announced that they would be teaming up with Sony for the next-gen consoles’ cloud streaming abilities. For those who may not know, Microst has been working diligently to create a cloud sharing gaming experience for their next console. Cloud sharing video games would mean no more memory space issues, much faster loading, and course, a much larger capacity information that can be stored in games. While Google did announce their very own Cloud gaming plans, it appears that Sony and Microst are teaming up to fend f their other new rivals.

“Under the memorandum understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development future cloud solutions in Microst Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” reads the statement from Microst. “In addition, the two companies will explore the use current Microst Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.” Sony will be utilizing Microst’s cloud service, which makes me question what the PlayStation creator is bringing to the table. More will be revealed as the year rolls along. 

Facebook's Ticketing Platform Is Officially Live — With 700 Million Potential Users

Facebook says its Events platform is used by roughly 700 million users a month.

Now, Facebook’s widely-used event coordination service will feature a paid ticketing option.  Powering the backend is Eventbrite, which helped to democratize the event ticketing process and is bringing significant backend functionality to the table.

According to the partners, the rollout of ‘Ticketing on Facebook’ is happening today (May 16th).  Options will include paid and free tickets, with Eventbrite and Facebook collecting a sizable fee per ticket sold.

At present, it looks like the initial rollout is happening in the U.S. only.  But we’re guessing other countries will quickly receive rollouts once the initial kinks are worked out.

Of course, not offering tickets remains a very ble option, and it’s likely a majority of events will not be ticketed.  That includes events like house parties and smaller get-togethers, though small-scale professional events, auctions, or other more formal events could merit a ticket.

Of course, there’s also the music side, with developing artists one obvious target.  But indie labels, managers, and more developed acts may use Facebook’s ticketing platform as well, especially for non-traditional gigs.

According to details shared by Eventbrite, event listings will appear on both Facebook and Eventbrite, depending on the visibility settings.  Other aspects like confirmation emails, event check-ins, and reminders are a breeze for Eventbrite.

On its surface, that sounds win-win, though dealing with Facebook is tricky.

From Facebook’s vantage point, the ticketing functionality bolsters its Events platform, but also keeps users entirely within its ecosystem.  And that, my friend, is very dangerous.  Once millions of Facebook users are hooked and a proof-of-concept is established, Eventbrite could face the very real prospect of getting replaced.

Hopefully, that risk was factored into the deal-vetting process by Eventbrite execs.  “700 million people use Facebook Events each month and partnering on this initiative is our effort to better serve the people responsible for bringing those events and gatherings to life — including small businesses and entrepreneurs whose core business is not throwing events,” explained Pat Poels, SVP of Platform at Eventbrite.

Aimed at Professional DJs, Beatport Unveils Two Subscription Services — Link and Cloud

Beatport has unveiled a brand-new subscription service “for DJs, by DJs.”

Dubbed Beatport Link and available now in beta, the new platform makes the EDM-oriented online store’s entire music catalog available for streaming directly onto performance software.

Alongside Link, the Berlin-based company has released a beta version of Beatport Cloud.  As the name suggests, the cloud-based service will allow subscribers to preview tracks through Needle Drop Player.  Users can also download previously purchased tracks and access a brand-new My Library section.  This section allows subscribers to filter tracks within their personal collection by artist, remixer, genre, label, key, BPM, and release date, among others.

Unveiling Link, the online music store has partnered with Pioneer to offer streaming through the latter’s WeDJ app.

Speaking about Link, Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels explained the company hopes to soon roll out an offline mode for DJs.

The launch of [Link] exhibits our commitment to creating the best possible experience for our expanding ecosystem of DJs, and we can think of no better partner than Pioneer DJ for the service’s first software integration.

“We’re particularly excited to introduce the upcoming Offline Performance Mode, which firmly sets [Link] apart from its competitors in the DJ market.

As explained earlier, Link remains in beta mode, with the music company looking to unveil the full version later this year.

This fall, Beatport will launch its next Link integration as part of Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox software.  Aimed at professionals, the integration will allow subscribers to stream Beatport’s catalog within rekordbox.  This includes access to curated playlists.

A Link subscription will cost users $14.99 a month, with a subscription to Cloud costing around $4.99 a month.

To convince producers to get behind the product, Beatport has unveiled a 30-day free trial to Link.

The company writes on its website,

Stream Beatport’s entire catalog and organize your music into custom playlists.

Refined For DJs.

Stream seven million tracks, then add your favorites to playlists and charts.

Ready. Playlist. Go.

Create personalized playlists with any music from the Beatport catalog.

 


Featured image by Beatport.

Jason Pierre-Paul Released From Hospital After Crashing His SUV

Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a single-car accident on Thursday morning in Broward County, according to TMZ. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive player was driving his SUV when he lost control and crashed. Emergency services were able to rush to the scene the accident and brought Pierre-Paul to the hospital along with another passenger, whose status is currently unknown. The 30-year-old was eventually released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The report states that Pierre-Paul was not speeding at the time the accident and that he has not been accused any wrongdoing. 

Bucs general manager Jason Licht spoke to TMZ about the accident, saying the team’s priority is Pierre-Paul’s safety and that they will be sure to monitor the situation as closely as possible.

Jason Pierre-Paul Released From Hospital After Crashing His SUV

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“Our immediate concern is for the safety and well being Jason and his passenger,” Licht said. “We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future.”

Pierre-Paul got into an infamous accident back in 2015 after some fireworks exploded prematurely in his hand. Since the incident, Pierre-Paul has had to play with a cast on his hand as his fingers are mangled.

Following Pandora Acquisition, SiriusXM Confirms New Job Cuts

Last week, SiriusXM revealed its joint Q1 2019 financial report following its acquisition of Pandora Radio.

The satellite radio company’s pro forma revenue jumped 10% year-over-year to $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion.  Overall revenue grew 8% to $1.5 billion.  The company attributed the growth to a 3% increase in SiriusXM subscribers and a 4% growth in average revenue per user (ARPU) to $13.52.  At the end of the first quarter, SiriusXM had over 34.2 million total subscribers.

Pandora Radio didn’t do so well.

The digital radio service’s monthly active users (MAUs) declined to 66 million, down from 72.3 million in Q1 2018.  This resulted in total ad-supported listener hours of 3.4 billion in Q1 2019, down from 3.8 billion year-over-year.

Yet, the digital radio service added 246,000 net new self-pay subscribers, ending the quarter with nearly 6.2 million self-pay subscribers.  The digital radio’s total subscriber count now stands at 6.9 million.

Speaking about the report in an earnings call with investors, SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer said,

We’re right where we want to be and moving very fast.  It’s still the first inning, but I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made so far.

Now, following its financial report, the satellite radio company has announced new layoffs.

Here comes the ax.

Not everything was good news for SiriusXM in its Q1 2019 report.

The satellite radio company confirmed its net income experienced a sharp 44% decline, totaling $162 million compared to $289 million year-over-year.  SiriusXM attributed the steep drop to its Pandora Radio acquisition, completed on February 1st.

So, according to a memo from Meyer, the satellite radio company will let go around 60 staff members.

Meyer wrote that due to the acquisition, “both organizations knew that there would be changes to the workforce as we realigned departments, formed new teams, and found we had a greater visibility on the roadmap for the combined companies.”

We made these changes to better align our resources with business needs.

The combined companies have around 4,600 employees.  SiriusXM will lay off just over 1% of its current workforce.

Attempting to motivate its current staff following the job cuts, Meyer concluded,

The opportunities for SiriusXM and Pandora together are exciting, and, now more than ever, I need your focus and dedication on the work at hand.

 


Featured image by SiriusXM.

Uber Apologizes After Getting Dragged To Filth For Racist Tweet

Uber found itself in a flaming, hot seat when a racist tweet posted on behalf hit the web. The transportation service’s Twitter support account basked in controversy after an unknown worker replied to a customer complaint about a bad driver experience. The support account followed up on the customer by sincerely apologizing for the occurrence, but things quickly went left when the Twitter account referred to the client as a vile, racial slur. Though the tweet was since deleted, social media still got their hands on it and in response, crushed Uber to bits.

Uber took it to their ficial Twitter account to issue an apologetic statement: “We’d like to sincerely apologize for the fensive tweet that was sent earlier. We’re investigating what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

According to Mashable, who attempted to get an explanation as to how the latter occurred, no responses were given by Uber representatives. Though, a theory states the account which initiated the complaint was a troll which purposely changed his username to the N-word in order to prompt the ensuing automated response from Uber Support’s bot system. Nevertheless, the company should be extremely cautious anything like that happening in the first place. 

Anderson .Paak Releases "Ventura" Album

Anderson .Paak didn’t make fans wait long for his follow-up to Oxnard. After releasing his Aftermath debut last November, the Grammy winner has returned with a new album titled Ventura.

Paak’s 11-track LP includes collaborations with André 3000, Smokey Robinson, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Sonyae Elise and the late Nate Dogg.

Check out Paak’s Ventura stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Anderson .Paak Releases "Ventura" Album

1. Come Home f. André 3000
2. Make It Better f. Smokey Robinson
3. Reachin’ 2 Much f. Lalah Hathaway
4. Winners Circle
5. Good Heels f. Jazmine Sullivan
6. Yada Yada
7. King James
8. Chosen One f. Sonyae Elise
9. Jet Black f. Brandy
10. Twilight
11. What Can We Do? f. Nate Dogg