Stephen Colbert on State Department’s Decision to Withhold Russia Sanctions
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Stephen Colbert is poking holes in the reasoning offered by the State Department in its announcement Monday that it will not impose the Russia sanctions that Congress overwhelmingly passed in mid-2017. “No one is happier with Trump right now than Russia,” the Late Night host quipped, adding that the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Stephen Colbert on State Department’s Decision to Withhold Russia...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
New Initiative Hopes to Bring #MeToo to the Music Industry
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When music industry executives Meg Harkins and Karen Rait discovered there wasn’t a formal nod to the Time’s Up coalition happening at the 2018 Grammy Awards, the women – who work as an SVP of Marketing at Roc Nation and in rhythmic promotion at This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: New Initiative Hopes to Bring #MeToo to the Music...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Daily Glixel: Your Friends Can Now Music Shame You on Discord
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Welcome to Daily Glixel, the B side of video game news, where we roundup some of the day’s other top stories. It’s always sad reporting on layoffs or studio closures. Good luck to everyone affected at...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Women Athletes Won Big on Mobile Esports Platform Skillz in 2017
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Mobile esports platform Skillz today announced its top-grossing athletes of 2017, and women were the biggest winners. The top ten players grossed over $2.7 million in prizes, and women accounted for 70 percent of that list. “There’s a reason Skillz games have been a big part of my daily life for several years,” said Alex Heitmann, who ranked in the top 10 for the second year in a row. “I’ve always loved competing with others to become the best, but...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
See Jimmy Buffett, Caroline Jones Sing ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On’
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Benefit concerts can rustle up some unusual musical pairings for duets, but in a new clip from last fall’s Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert in Florida, Caroline Jones joins together with Jimmy Buffett for a touching rendition of the chief Parrothead’s “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” Written by Buffett and Matt Betton, “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On” was included on his 2006 album Take the Weather With You as a tribute to victims of Hurricane Katrina....

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Katy Perry’s ‘Left Shark’ Dancer Recalls Viral 2015 Super Bowl Performance
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It’s been three years since Katy Perry lit up the Super Bowl halftime stage with her colorful medley of pop songs (pre-Witness), and one of her backup dancers – now known as Left Shark – became a dominant meme on social media. In a recent interview with NPR, Bryan Gaw, the man inside the shark suit, spoke out for the first time about what happened on that very public stage to make him seemingly flail about off-beat from Perry and...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Rose McGowan: I Was the ‘Architect’ of Harvey Weinstein’s Demise
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Rose McGowan is taking ownership of the unusual, wide-ranging interview she had with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show Wednesday, telling naysayers to not get worked up over her unconventional behavior. “1) I had fun (as much as one can have in this alternate reality) on the @colbertlateshow any press framing it as ‘bizarre’ I just have a different personality than you,” she tweeted Thursday. “I don’t follow protocol. And I will talk about WHAT I WANT. I requested a...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
‘Pokémon Go’ Creator Buys Company, Plans For Planet-Scale AR
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Pokémon Go creator Niantic just acquired augmented reality startup Escher Reality, the two companies announced today. Escher builds AR tools for mobile devices, and it will now help Niantic grow its platform to support planet-scale AR. This means players could one day band together to hunt Pikachus and Jigglypuffs in a persistent, shared AR game world similar to a MMO. “The addition of the Escher AR technology is incredibly exciting to us at Niantic as it significantly accelerates our work...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
How Moe Bandy’s Cheating, Drinking Songs Made Him Country’s Tragic Clown
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In a revealing aside from Stephen King’s novel It, the bartender Ricky Lee remembers a washed-up “rumdum” who stumbles into his dive, gives a woman a roll of quarters for the jukebox and spends the night drunkenly singing along to the music of the country singer Moe Bandy. He then goes home and hangs himself. King’s anecdote may be extreme, but he chose the right musician to illustrate it. With equal parts wit and despair, Bandy’s 1970s classics detailed the...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
‘Clash Royale’ Maker Supercell Invests $4.2 Million in Studio Trailmix
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Trailmix, a new London-based mobile game founded by two former King developers, today announced it’s receiving $4.2 million in funding from Clash of Clans and Clash Royale maker Supercell. This is not the first studio investment for Supercell. It spent $55.8 million last year to acquire a 62 percent stake in Space Ape Games. It also invested $2.9 million in Shipyard Games last year, and $7.8 million in Badlands developer Frogmind in 2016. Last July, Supercell co-founder Mikko Kodisoja told...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Drawing ‘Blood’: How Former It Band Rhye Returned From the Brink
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In the fall of 2012, Mike Milosh released “Open,” his first single under the name Rhye, a track that melded hushed chamber pop with a serene electronic pulse. The music was unwaveringly gentle, but surprisingly, it incited a major-label feeding frenzy. “I was not expecting 20 labels to be fighting for it,” Milosh remembers, speaking in his hotel room in downtown Manhattan on a frigid January day. “As a joke, this sounds super cocky, but I was like, ‘I’ll sign...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Watch Kylie Minogue Channel Dolly Parton in New ‘Dancing’ Video
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Kylie Minogue plays both honky tonk angel and club queen in the glitzy new video for “Dancing.” The track will appear on the Australian pop star’s new album, Golden, out April 6th. The Sophie Muller-directed clip finds Minogue channeling Dolly Parton at her most glammed out, singing the country-tinged dance tune in a lowly motel room. Each time “Dancing” hits its euphoric chorus, the video cuts to a wild club scene where Minogue and a cadre of dancers – many...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Sam Hunt to Headline, Curate New Nashville Festival
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This spring, Sam Hunt will headline and curate the inaugural Nashional Music Festival, a two-day festival at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The debut Nashional fest is a multi-genre lineup that spans country, hip-hop, rock and R&B. The lineup features Fetty Wap, Brothers Osborne, Judah & the Lion, Lanco and Kyle, as well as local acts like Muscadine Bloodline and Ernest K.  In addition to nightly headlining sets from Hunt himself, the concert, which takes place April 20th and...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
‘A Fantastic Woman’: The Story Behind the Oscar-Nominated Transgender Drama
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For more than 20 years, Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio has been trying to figure out a way to use the Alan Parsons Project’s “Time” in one of his movies. “When I made my first short film in 1996, I tried to buy that song and I couldn’t afford it,” the filmmaker says of the British art-rock band’s 1981 easy-listening hit, a celestial lament about a love affair torn asunder by distance and circumstance. “I have loved it forever. I consider...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Hear Dan Auerbach’s Charming New Song ‘Up On a Mountain of Love’
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A couple escapes the city and finds a psychedelic respite in the new video for Dan Auerbach’s song “Up On a Mountain of Love.” The track will appear on Amazon Music’s “Love Me, Love Me Not” playlist, which arrives February 9th. Artist Omar Juarez helmed the clip for “Up On a Mountain of Love,” in which a couple is sucked into a pastoral painting on their wall. With Auerbach’s folk strumming and lush singing in the background, the man and...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
New Mario Movie In the Works From People Behind ‘Sing’, ‘Despicable Me’
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The animation studio behind such hits as Sing and Despicable Me have signed up to co-produce an animated movie starring “Super Mario,” Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told investors today. The still-unnamed project will be led by Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and Mario-creator Shigeru Miyamoto, representative director and Fellow of Nintendo. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal Pictures. “As a part of...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Review: Migos Deliver An Epic, Hypnotic Inventory Dump on ‘Culture II’
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For the first 40 minutes of Migos’ Culture II, the Atlanta trap-rap trio’s combative, aspirational mantras of jet-set consumption achieve such a stark, staccato groove that the music almost becomes meditative – the kind of stupefyingly decadent reverie that gets you “lost in the sauce,” to paraphrase trap forefather Gucci Mane. But, then, something startling happens. On the album’s eleventh track “Gang Gang” (there are 24, and you’ll feel all of them afterwards), the eerily glittering fog...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Watch Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson Jam in ‘Just Outside of Austin’ Video
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Lukas Nelson celebrates family, home and the joys of a simple life in the intimate new video for “Just Outside of Austin,” sharing some screen time with his father Willie Nelson in the process. With fingerstyle acoustic guitar, rolling vocals and a loping beat, the country-folk track – which recalls Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” – is a loving portrait of the Nelson family ranch in Luck, Texas, where Lukas grew up when the family was not in Maui,...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
‘Mario Kart Tour’ Coming to Smartphones From Nintendo By Next March
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Nintendo plans to release Mario Kart Tour, a “smart-device application” from the Mario Kart franchise, sometime before March 2019,  Tatsumi Kimishima, president of Nintendo, told a gathering of investors in Japan earlier today. Despite the odd wording, it’s most likely a game. The news comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the release of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes game (which Kimishima also calls an application). He says that Nintendo is working on a variety of future initiatives for...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018
See Chris Rock, Adam Sandler Bicker in New Wedding Comedy ‘The Week Of’
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Chris Rock and Adam Sandler play hilariously passive aggressive fathers of a soon-to-be-married couple in the new trailer for Netflix original movie, The Week Of.  The Robert Smigel-directed comedy chronicles the chaos of two families coming together the week before a wedding. The new trailer highlights plenty of that madness – from magic tricks gone awry to Steve Buscemi inexplicably smoking a cigarette while lying on a chimney. The action is centered around Sandler and Rock having a very fatherly fight over...

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