After months of rumors and speculation, The Rolling Stones have FINALLY confirmed they will be going on tour in the United States this summer. Yesterday, the British rock band announced they will embark on the “ZIP Code” tour, which will take them to 15 cities across North America. Beginning on May 24 in San Diego, the tour will make stops at some of the country’s largest venues, including Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
According to the Rolling Stones' website, the band will be able to directly interact with their fans thanks to a stage that will extend into the audience. They will also be using “cutting-edge” technology, including the use of video screens and special effects to better enhance the experience for concertgoers.
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Yesterday at 5 p.m. EDT, to much fanfare and anticipation, the music streaming service Tidal was launched – or rather, relaunched. Mogul and rapper Jay Z has spearheaded the initiative, and the amount of star power packed into his press conference was impressive, but what does the revamped Tidal service mean for the music industry, and more importantly, for the consumer?
TIDAL: A Brief History
Scandinavian tech company Aspiro, which was founded in 1998, launched TIDAL in 2014, a complement to their other streaming service WiMP, which was launched in 2010. Throughout Aspiro’s history, the company has acquired various smaller tech startups, numbering at least 13 in total between 2000 and 2008. As of January 30 of this year, Aspiro announced a $56 million takeover bid from Project Panther Bidco, Ltd. Project Panther is indirectly owned and controlled by Shawn Carter, aka, Jay Z. While some shareholders objected to the takeover, claiming it undervalued the growth potential of Aspiro, the bid was accepted on March 13, 2015, with over 90% of shareholders in favor of the acquisition.
TIDAL itself is a relatively young streaming service. What differentiates it from other similar streaming services is that it boasts lossless audio streaming and HD video (currently available only to TIDAL HiFi subscribers), with over 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos at its disposal at this point in time, with plans to increase the media library. Unlike many other competitors, however, TIDAL is a subscription-only service. Their base-plan, TIDAL Premium, will cost you $9.99 per month, with an option to upgrade to the more high-definition TIDAL HiFi for $19.99 monthly.
Written by Jordan Wells & Courtney King
Jeremy Clarkson Sacked
Top Gear was launched in 1977 as a car program consisting of car reviews, information about insurance, speeding, and other dull topics you would expect from a 1970s British informational show. At the beginning of the new millennium, the show’s audience dropped to under three million and was consequently cancelled in 2001 only to be resurrected a year later in 2002.
Since its relaunch, the show has gone on to become a global hit, led by primary host, Jeremy Clarkson, and supported by former radio host, Richard Hammond, and science and technology journalist, James May. It is estimated that Top Gear has around 350 million viewers per week hailing from 170 different countries. While the show is informative, its quirkiness and sometimes controversial humor and antics (mostly from Clarkson) are what make it so popular.
Unfortunately, Clarkson’s antics ultimately led to his firing last week. After a long day of filming earlier this month, the star presenter did not receive the steak dinner he had requested, which led to an inebriated Clarkson verbally and physically attacking Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. On March 25th the BBC released a statement confirming that Clarkson’s contract, which expires at the end of the month, will not be renewed. While the BBC says Top Gear will continue without Clarkson, (and quite possibly without Hammond and May) most can agree the show will never be the same.
What do David Bowie, Beyonce, and Garth Brooks have in common? They all stepped out of themselves to put on a new face and performance for the stage! While many performers have pulled similar stunts, here are our top five alter egos. Hold on to your butts, it's gonna be a weird ride.
5) Chris Gaines
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The late 1990s were an odd time. We were in the throes of a bull market, Britney Spears was a fresh-faced ingénue with all of her hair intact (and in pigtails), and country-pop was all the rage. We weren’t even at war with anyone. It was in this cultural climate of excess and sunny emotions that we were first introduced to the remarkable artiste Chris Gaines.