Daily Archives: April 12, 2018

DoSomething.org Partners With Sari Arambulo of NBC's AP Bio Encouraging College Students to "Save The Mascots"

Secondhand smoke causes cancer, which is why thousands of colleges have gone tobacco-free. The problem is that 3,273 campuses still allow tobacco. This means secondhand smoke is harming everyone on campus...including our beloved mascots. Join us to help make every college campus tobacco-free!NEW YORK, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Over half of Americans think a tobacco-free campus is important when applying to a college or university. But did you know that 3,273 campuses still allow tobacco on campus?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, se…


Global Market Study on Lighting Controllers: Sensor to Remain Dominant Technology During the Forecast Period 2017 – 2025

LONDON, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This Persistence Market Research report examines the global lighting controllers market for the period 2017–2025.Lighting controllers are the devices which assists in controlling lights via sensor, and dimmers.Download the full report:…


Global Market Study on 2-Ethylhexanol: Revenue Generated from the Coatings and Paints Sector to Showcase a 1.6x Increase During 2017 – 2025

LONDON, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Persistence Market Research uses a unique research methodology which is a strong blend of secondary and in-depth primary research.Extensive primary interviews with key market players, stakeholders, market observers and experts are carried out to…


Hear Nicki Minaj's Ferocious New Songs, 'Barbie Tingz,' 'Chun-Li'

Nicki Minaj released two new songs, “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show Thursday. Minaj co-produced both songs, partnering with Chevy Music on “Barbie Tingz” and J. Reid on “Chun-Li.”

“Barbie Tingz” finds Minaj flowing aggressively over sparse, rattling percussion and gooey synths. In the opening verse, the rapper lays out her intent – “It’s time to make hits and it’s time to diss” – and proceeds to land an array of dizzying punches like, “All they do is copy looks, steal music too/ Want to see what bitches do when they lose the blueprint/ I mean the pinkprint, ho, let it sink in.”

“Chun-Li” features an understated beat with percussion snaking around horn bleats. Minaj continues to confront all challengers, injecting even her most playful lines (“He keep on dialing Nicki, like the Prince song”) with a sinister edge. In an interview with Lowe, Minaj noted that she recorded the melodies for “Chun-Li” five minutes after hearing the beat and that the track was only finished the day before.

During her interview, Minaj didn’t offer many details about her long-awaited new album, though she said she began working on the record in last December (however some songs, she noted, were written as long as a year-and-a-half ago). Minaj said that she was making a documentary to accompany the album as well.

“Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” mark Minaj’s first solo tracks since her trio of 2017 songs, “Regret in Your Tears,” “Changed it” featuring Lil Wayne and “No Frauds” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. The rapper also collaborated with numerous artists last year, including Lil Uzi Vert, Katy Perry, Future, Yo Gotti, Migos and Cardi B. Minaj’s last solo album, The Pinkprint, arrived in 2014.

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Watch the Weeknd Wander Through Empty City in 'Call Out My Name' Video

The Weeknd unveiled the new video for “Call Out My Name.” The track appears on the R&B star’s new six-track release, My Dear Melancholy.

The Grant Singer-directed clip opens with the Weeknd on an empty city street. The scene takes an unexpected turn when a flock of black birds burst from his mouth as he begins to belt the song’s hook. It’s the first of many surreal encounters that trail the wistful R&B singer as he walks alone. 

Elsewhere, the Weeknd performs the track in an empty movie theater and wanders a vast plane populated by stone statues and taxidermy animals. The clip closes with a long zoom-shot of a towering apartment building, focusing on the image of a masked woman in the balcony.

The Weeknd surprise-released My Dear Melancholy at the beginning of April, marking his first album since 2016’s Starboy. He’ll perform at a handful of major festivals this summer, with headlining sets scheduled at Coachella, Panorama and Lollapalooza.

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Music Discovery Site PureVolume Shutting Down

PureVolume, the music discovery and streaming platform that aided the rise of bands like Paramore and Gym Class Heroes, will shut down April 30th.

A note on the site’s homepage reads: “We reget [sic] to inform you that PureVolume.com is shutting down. If you were storing music here, you will have until April 30th, 2018 to download it. Thanks for all your support.”

PureVolume launched in 2003 with the aim of assisting indie and emerging artists. Arriving as the music industry was beginning to fight back against peer-to-peer file sharing networks – the iTunes Music Store also launched in 2003 – PureVolume gave bands the option to offer songs as free downloads and potentially reach a wider audience. Early social media components were also incorporated into the platform, while the site’s founders – Mitchell Pavao, Brett Woitunski and Nate Hudson – also published editorial content like weekly top picks and live sessions.

As PureVolume grew, it became a hotbed for emo and pop-punk bands of the mid-2000s, including All Time Low, Paramore and Fall Out Boy. Gym Class Heroes notably inked a record deal with Fueled by Ramen after spending a couple of weeks featured on “PurePicks.” In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, Hawthorne Heights drummer Eron Bucciarelli spoke about the importance of sites like PureVolume, saying, “We make a point to stay in contact via MySpace or PureVolume.com or our Web site. We’re very, very approachable.”

In 2010, SpinMedia acquired PureVolume, but in 2016 it sold the site – along with Buzznet and Idolator – to startup corporation Hive Media.

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See Florence and the Machine's Vibrant New 'Sky Full of Song' Video

Florence and the Machine released a sweeping, string-laden ballad, “Sky Full of Song,” on Thursday. The track will be available on April 21st, Record Store Day, as part of a 7″ single. It’s the first new track from Florence Welch’s band since 2016.

“Sky Full of Song” centers on Welch’s robust vocals. She sings almost a capella; when strings and piano enter, it’s with a soft throb so as not to detract from her vocals. Welch’s aggression and complex desires fill a space. “I was screaming at my father, and you were screaming at me/ I can feel your anger from way across the sea,” she sings. Then, on the bridge, she’s swallowed by ambivalence: “I thought that I was flying/ But maybe I’m dying tonight.”

In a statement, Welch said “Sky Full of Song” came to her “fully formed.” “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down,” she said. “There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.”

In the video for the song, directed by AG Rojas, Welch spends most of her time lying on the floor with her right hand outstretched. When not horizontal, she sits on her knees as if about to pray, singing as she gazes upwards.

Florence and the Machine’s last album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, came out in 2015. It reached Number One on the Billboard albums chart. 

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American Bar Endowment Awards Nearly $7.4 Million To 2018 Grant Recipients

At its core, the ABE is a& charitable& organization powered by generations of lawyers committed to ensuring equal access to justice for all.CHICAGO, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The American Bar Endowment (ABE), an independent, not-for-profit public charity originally established to support critical nationwide and local programs to advance the American justice system, recently awarded nearly $7.4 million to the American Bar…


NASA to Announce Quiet Supersonic Research Flights in Galveston

NASA Logo. (PRNewsFoto/NASA) (PRNewsFoto/)HOUSTON, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday, April 17, to unveil plans to conduct a series of supersonic technology research flights over the Galveston, Texas, area, in support of the agency’s Commercial Supersonic Technology…


StayLinked Continues Impressive Growth with Global Expansion, New Headquarters

StayLinked CorporationIRVINE, Calif., April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — StayLinked Corporation continued its trend of double-digit growth in 2017, and announced today that the company has relocated to new headquarters in Irvine, California. In addition to new offices, meeting spaces, and training facilities, the…