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WTW: Apple Music Launch

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Yesterday, the music streaming business became a little more crowded with the launch of Apple Music. Over the last couple of years, more and more music streaming services have come into existence, including the popular service Spotify as well as the highly publicized artist owned service, Tidal. Back in the day when purchasing songs online was king, Apple’s iTunes clearly sat atop the throne as the most popular marketplace to purchase and download songs. Now, Apple is hoping to dominate the music streaming field as well, which leads to the question: why choose Apple Music over other music streaming services?



How to Use Your Extra Second Today

Leap Second

Every 18 months (give or take) since 1972, we have added an extra second – known as a “leap second” – to clocks worldwide in order to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is slowing down. That means since Nixon claimed he was “not a crook,” we’ve gained almost half a minute in total. This year’s extra second is to ensure that our daily clocks are in synch as closely as possible with the atomic clock, and prior to the advent of the Internet, none of this was a big deal.

The last time we added a second, however, was on June 30, 2012, and it pretty much broke the Internet (not even Kim K could really do that). Sites as heavily-trafficked as Reddit, Yelp, LinkedIn, and Gawker were knocked out completely and hundreds of flights were delayed in Australia. So this year, everyone’s a bit nervous. So set your clocks – the second will be added at 23:59:60 UTC (7:59:60 EDT for those 'round us) – and grit your teeth for the ensuing technological fallout. And in order to best use this spare second, we suggest the following:

  • Catch up on your reading
  • Enjoy a Kit-Kat
  • Start writing the Great American Novel
  • Visit John Oliver’s site: spendyourleapsecondhere.com
  • Start and successfully complete that cayenne pepper fast you’ve been meaning to try
  • Organize your recipe box
  • Learn Finnish
  • Take up curling (the sport, though you could try your hair, too)
  • Take a so-called "Bucket List" trip
  • Gleefully await Internet Ragnarok (or actual Ragnarok, I don't pretend to know you)
  • Tweet Shakespeare’s collected works, one iamb at a time

Van Halen

Veteran rock band Van Halen will be hitting the road on Sunday, July 5, for the start of their North American tour. The band, which boasts a collective 40 years as a touring act, will feature David Lee Roth as their front-man and 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen (son of guitarist Eddie, and nephew of drummer Alex) as their bassist. They will be bringing Kenny Wayne Shepherd as their supporting act, as well.

The 40-date tour kicks off in Seattle, Washington, will criss-cross the continent, and will conclude on October 4 in Hollywood, California. This tour marks the third time this incarnation of the band has taken to the road as a unit, and previous tours have been notably successful. In 2012, the Different Kind of Truth tour grossed $54.4 million, according to the Billboard Boxscore, and ranked No. 8 among all tours.  Van Halen is used to touring indoor arenas, and so the amphitheater tour will be a bit of a change for them. Nevertheless, the tour should reel in their core fan base despite the fact that they will not be touring in support of any new material. Although it was a huge success, the band’s 2012 tour ended on a negative note after they were forced to cancel the 30-date final leg, and so their upcoming tour should be a positive effort in regathering fans.

On the secondary ticket market, ticket prices are competitive. Across the board, the average<>ticket price to see Van Halen is $208.61. The cheapest show available is their August 23 date at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For that show, tickets are going for an average of $128.99, with a get-in price of $35.  The most expensive date on the tour is their August 9 show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, where the average secondary price is $321.64, with a get-in price of $40.  Not far behind Holmdel’s pricing are Van Halen’s scheduled dates in Hollywood, California and Houston, Texas.

According to Billboard, LiveNation is projecting that the tour could gross more than $30 million and finish as one of the top-grossing outdoor tours of the summer. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise for the classic rockers to break new ground, given their past history on the road and their known ability to sell tickets.


15 MORE Fandom Names You Should Know

15 MORE Fandoms

We've covered this topic twice before (here, and here), but the list of fan bases with their own unique monikers seems to only be growing. Some of this, I suspect, is directly related to the rise of social media platforms, but Twitter and Tumblr in particular, as great gathering places for, uh, devoted fans from across the globe.

And man, these fans take that whole"fanatic" thing and run with it. So here's a rundown of a few more fan base names that you should know, especially if you Tweet... Also, am I inviting the hatred and vitriol of thousands of devoted fans with my assessments of these names? LET'S WAIT AND SEE!

  • Fifth HarmonyHarmonizers - Fifth Harmony fans. They have a special affinity for - and with - Directioners. 
  • Mahomies - a cute play on Austin Mahone's last name. I approve.
  • Hooligans - this is what Bruno Mars' fans call themselves after his album Doo-Wops and Hooligans. Considering the term "hooligan" typically means a violent, young, deviant person, it's hard to see how that aligns to Mars' pretty clean-cut, approachable and damned adorable persona! Uptown funk you up, indeed...


Week in Review

Kid Theater “Magic Mike Edition”

Source: YouTube.com

Channing Tatum stopped by Studio 6B for a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in support of the upcoming film, Magic Mike XXL. While there, he and Fallon partook in a “fun thing” where they performed a few scenes from the new film. However, instead of performing actual scenes from the movie they reenacted scripts written by elementary aged kids. The children’s only direction for writing their scripts? Write a scene based on what they think a movie titled “Magic Mike” would be about. The funny thing is a few of these scripts could definitely be misconstrued into something much less innocent than they really are.

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