Apple and Beats in the Midst of Developing Music Streaming Service

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Remember how last year when Apple purchased Beats for $3 million speculation began that the two mega companies would be forming a new music streaming service that could “rival Spotify”?

Well, it sounds like that time is coming closer.

In a recently published article in The New York Times, it appears that not only is Apple working on a new music streaming service, it will also be saying good-bye to the Beats name, something that they promised back in September would not happen.

One thing that has remained a constant since the announcement of the merge is that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor will be playing a part in the creation of this streaming service. Reznor, whose previous title was Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music before the acquisition, previously revealed he would be part of this new project, but what he would be actually doing has remained a secret.

“Beats was bought by Apple and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that’s not directly making music, but it’s around music.”

Sadly, according to NYT, this new streaming service will not have a free tier. The free tier has become a staple in luring customers to shell out big money for more music choices and no commercials.

Reznor had also voiced his opinion on this new era where people want music for free as opposed to paying to get the music that they want.

“I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by. And I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music. I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everyone thinks should be for free.”

Another difference between the current streaming services of the world and this new project? The pricing, at least that’s what Apple was trying to do.

Apple attempted to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs resulting in Apple being able to sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month; the standard for services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and yes, Spotify is $10 a month. But that did not pan out the way they wanted. As the article points out, it reflects just how far behind Apple is in the music streaming game.

As for now, nothing is concrete on what Apple is trying do with this new music streaming service, but if people have to pay for it without a free trial, do you really think the consumer give it the time of day?

‘Billboard’ “Sources” Claim Fun. are Over; Fans and Band Beg to Differ

Are fun. on the verge of calling it quits?

If you read Billboard’s latest story about the band, then you might be led to believe that the answer is “yes.”
According to the music publication, they had been attempting to get an update on the status of the band, but have not been able to do so.

Instead, the band had taken to Facebook to once again clarify their status that no, they are not done.

Though in Billboard’s words, this post seems to be “out of the blue” we need to remember it seems like every time one of the members are out promoting something, they are constantly being asked the status of the band rather than the new endeavors they are working on.

Billboard has cited several “sources” as the root of the break up rumors with those so-called sources saying that the break up happened due to “clash of egos.”

Billboard has also pointed out that the last time all three members were seen together was back in June when they performed a new song titled, “Harsh Light,”on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fallon and company were at Universal Studios Orlando for the grand opening of the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Fans were quick to point out the last time they performed together was not in Orlando on the Tonight Show, but rather at the Global Citizen Festival in September alongside Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt and several others.

Another fan also pointed out that Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost spent New Year’s Eve together, so any claim there’s a clash of ego there, might not be completely true.

Considering lack of research and checking on Google from the writer’s side, this round goes to fun.

We’re just going to keep imagining that in each member’s downtime, they are coming up ideas for the follow-up to Some Nights.

Lana Del Rey Hits Back About Macabre Quote

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Before Lana Del Rey’s album Ultraviolence (finally) hit stores to her adoring fans, the songstress did an interview with The Guardian in which she said admitted she found the early deaths of Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse glamorous and said the disturbing quote, “I wish I was dead already.” For some, it didn’t exactly come off as a surprise that she would say something as dark as that because her last album was titled Born to Die, even though the truth is, we are born to die.

A week or so since that interview had been published, the “West Coast” singer has backtracked saying that it was taken out of context by the interviewer. Taking to her Twitter she calls out the writer by saying, “I regret trusting the guardian.”

She then followed it up by writing, “I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent.”

Then, she went after the writer, Alexis Petridis saying that “[He was] masked as a fan but was hiding a sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about,” she continued on her worded rampage.

“His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”

But it turns out, that Petridis was not the author of the piece; rather, it as The Guardian’s music editor, Tim Jonze. Jonze went on to publish a lengthy piece about her words and even went to say that Del Rey was “delightful company” and defended his own words.

If you’re not convinced, Jonze went on to release the two-minute clip of the so-called “death” chat, but the transcript can be read below. Sadly, the audio has been taken down. We can only assume who was behind that.

Tim Jonze: This is quite a dark question to ask, but is there a fancy of dying young yourself you could subscribe to?

Lana Del Rey: Yeah, you know, I wish I was dead already.

TJ: Don’t say that.

LDR: But I do.

TJ: You don’t!

LDR: I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.

Drake “Apologizes” to Rolling Stone

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Looks like the whining that Drake had done yesterday about losing the cover of Rolling Stone caught up to him because late last night he published a blog post in a way apologizing for acting like a brat.

During the day though, the “Started From the Bottom” rapper deleted one of his tweets where he lashed out at the magazine for waiting last-minute to reveal that he was no longer going to be the cover story; it had been replaced by a memorium for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In a statement titled, “Tough Day at the Office,” Drake apologizes twice, first “to anybody who took my initial comments out of context” and then “to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way.” He ends the entire post by apologizing to Rolling Stone for taking a chance “on a kid from Toronto.”

How about that for trying to extinguish those burnt bridges?

“Tough Day at the Office

With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.

Sincerely,

The Boy”

He Said//She Said: The Conor Oberst Rape Chronicles Begin

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Mid-day yesterday, news had broken that Bright Eye frontman, Conor Obrest was being accused of raping a woman ten years ago. The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, had decided that it was time to speak out about what transpired the night that Oberst allegedly raped her.

The accusation all stems from an articles that written on XO Jane back in mid-December which resulted in many of the comments beginning to circulate on Tumblr and like with all things associated with Tumblr, it blew up. Now, the anonymous victim has started her own blog which she recounts in detail what happened.

Some of her post directly from her blog can be read below while the full post can be read here:

“Look, I didn’t intend for any of this to happen. I was a somewhat regular commenter on xojane and felt safe there. Call it dumb, naive, etc but when I hit that post button, I did not think my comment would be anything more than an exchange with one or two other commenters sharing their stories. Was I stupid to think that making an accusation about Conor like this was just going to remain some blip in the comment section of a feminist website? Obviously. But I didn’t realize that Conor was still *that* popular, to be honest. I guess I felt too safe in that community. I had no intention for this to be all over the place, I really did not.”

Oberst has now spoken out about the accusation. The singer has released a statement through his publicist responding to it. The statement says that the accusation is “absolutely, unequivocally false” and that he would be consulting with a libel attorney about the claims.

His full statement can be read below:

“Usually we wouldn’t feel the urge to comment on spurious blog chatter but the recent allegations made about Conor Oberst by an anonymous commenter on the xoJane website are flagrant enough to demand our response. This individual’s accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false. Unfortunately, the internet allows for groundless statements like this to travel the world before the truth has any time to surface. This is a particularly serious and sickening allegation and there is no truth to it. Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence. The behavior attributed to him by this individual is in direct opposition to his principles. Conor is consulting with a libel attorney regarding this matter.”

Beyoncé’s Vogue Cover, Leaked

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Looks like Beyoncé is having a hard time keeping things under wraps  First it was the rumor that she and Destiny’s Child were going to have a slight reunion at the Super Bowl, which did happen. Then it was followed with her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour poster being revealed earlier than expected, giving fans hopes that it would become a full-fledged tour.

Talks that the singer had landed the cover for the March edition of the magazine started when a “source” revealed that the singer and famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz, had wrapped up a photo shoot, but everything was mum until a Beyoncé fansite Twitter, BeyonceLite, uncovered the photo proof.

Aside from all the leaked things going on for “Queen” B, things are looking very promising for the her in 2013. First it was her “appearance” at the Presidential Inauguration then the Super Bowl performance/reunion with Destiny’s Child. The announcement of her epic world tour came right on the heels of that and we can’t forget that she will be making her directorial debut in the documentary about her life which will debut on HBO on Feb. 16.