Spotify is dumping its controversial artist conduct policy, which saw R. Kelly and others denied promotion on the streaming music service.The new policy ignited arguments about whether the personal lives of musicians and other artists should impact the way they were presented in services such as Spotify.In the case of R. Kelly, there is a track record of accusations around sexual misconduct which has followed the R star.According to Spotify’s policy, while the singer’s music would still be available in the catalog at large – and surface if specifically searched for – it would be exempt from inclusion in any of the company’s curated playlists.Similarly, rap star XXXTentacion fell foul of the same policy.Still, it was enough for Spotify to decide not to promote the rapper.
Everyone secretly thinks you’re an asshole.”Famous writer about writing Anne Lamott calls this “the rap songs of self-loathing” that play in your head all day long.The Buddhists call it the Monkey Mind, which in my case seems unfair to monkeys.They’re the same kind of mean and unhelpful feedback that the voices in my head have always been screaming, ever since I can remember.They were there when I was six years old and my family moved from Connecticut to Texas and I started a new school, not just in the middle of the school year, but on the very worst possible day a new kid could start — Valentine’s Day.And those voices in my head were there then telling me that I would never make friends at this new school and I would probably be alone for the rest of my life.
Two weeks after his company attempted to impose a policy targeted at curbing “hate content and hateful conduct,” Spotify’s CEO admitted the company mishandled its roll out.During an interview at this week’s Code Conference, Daniel Ek told the crowd, “The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech on the service.It was never about punishing one individual artist, or even naming one individual artist as well.”The policy, introduced on May 10, pulled certain artists from Spotify’s curated content streams over bad conduct in their personal lives.Pushback on the policy was almost instantaneous, and reports surfaced last week that Spotify was rethinking its approach.In particular, rapper XXXTencion, who was one of two artists single out by the service (along with R. Kelly), was reportedly going to be added back to Spotify’s popular Rap Caviar playlist at some unspecified point.
Eren Bali and Gagan Biyani, Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, had an idea for online education where students could learn about anything from learning how to write a verse of music or create an Excel spreadsheet build a website or bake a cake, and everything in between.The realization of their idea was Udemy, where people can go online and learn, well, just about anything.Recently, Udemy has pulled in 65 million dollars in new venture funding led by Stripes Group, a New York firm with an illustrious portfolio that also includes Odesk, Elance, Grubhub, and Blue Apron.As previously highlighted, Udemy offers a diverse selection of courses even including courses that teach students how to rap.Udemy boasts over 17,000 global instructors teaching over 30,000 different courses in 80 different languages.The average price per course fluctuates between 20 and 100 dollars.
It might look like some kind of weird robotic spider parasite, but Cabot may just turn out to be a musician’s best friend.Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, this oddball creation is a Japanese percussion robot that is designed to play the cajón, the versatile box-shaped drumming instrument that originally hails from Peru.The idea is simple: You play, sing, rap or otherwise produce music and Cabot will accompany you in the background by tapping out a handy rhythm to augment your jam session.“Jamming with Cabot is easy,” creator Hideaki Iio told Digital Trends.“Attach it to a cajón and use our smartphone app to activate it.You can change rhythms with a footswitch while performing, [and] create your own rhythms with the app and share [them with] or download from other users.
The Los Angeles Police Department is one of dozens of cities across the country that’s trying to predict where crime will happen—and who those future criminals will be—based on past crime and arrest data.One effort, known as Operation LASER, which began in 2011, crunches information about past offenders over a two-year period, using technology developed by the shadowy data analysis firm Palantir, and scores individuals based on their rap sheets.If you’ve ever been in a gang, that’s five points.The city says this so-called “predictive policing” approach can help the department efficiently target resources and help reduce crime.“The algorithm is always going to augment the system it’s in, and if the system is biased, is unjust, then the algorithm is going to replicate that,” says Jamie Garcia, a volunteer with the advocacy group Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.That suit is still ongoing as the group pushes for even more transparency.
Wedding bands tend to get a bad rap as groups that spit out endless covers of Kool & The Gang's Celebration and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won't have to worry about those cliches during their royal nuptials on Saturday if they take Twitter's recommendations for RoyalWeddingBands.Twitter is erupting with band-name mash-ups that play on royal wedding themes, sparked in part by a push from @MusicalHashtags.Here are some more gems.There's always someone who wants to take the lazy way out of the hashtag challenge:And it's okay if you saw RoyalWeddingBands on Twitter and got a little confused by the content.
In a night of high camp and high drama, the complex voting system took the result to the wire, coming down to two female performers whose style and ethos were poles apart.Bookies’ favourite Eleni Foureira, representing Cyprus, rocked enormous hair on a tiny body, clad in spangles and dropping moves that looked straight from a Pussycat Dolls video.Her song, Fuego, was a highly polished pop performance, a cross between Beyoncé and Shakira, sprinkled with the hair-whipping action of Willow Smith.Clad in a kimono-esque outfit and channeling Björk to the max, her voice shook the stadium as she belted out “I’M NOT YOUR TOY!” and made whoops and chicken noises in front of a coterie of maneki-neko Japanese waving cats.Yet the night had at first been dominated by egotistical males with questionable lyrics.There was cheesy winker Benjamin Ingrosso, Sweden’s answer to Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, offering to “Dance you off” (no thanks); then there was Mikolas “I know you ‘bop-whop-a-lu bop’ on his wood bamboo” Josef of the Czech Republic, whose toe-curling effort as a Bruno Mars impersonator was like watching Jacob-Rees Mogg rap at a Conservative party conference; finally the unbearable arrogance of Norway’s entry That’s How You Write a Song from Alexander Rybak who advised us to “Sing, scubidubi-dab-dab scubidubi-dab-dab”.
Spotify is implementing a new policy that removes controversial artists’ music from the streaming service's editorial or algorithmic playlists, the company announced today, starting with music from R artist R. Kelly.It’s part of Spotify’s new hate content and hateful conduct policy that will prevent controversial artists and those accused of crimes from being shown on any playlist owned by Spotify.That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find R. Kelly’s music on Spotify necessarily - it’s still there - however you’ll no longer hear it on playlists like New Music Friday, Rap Caviar or suggested to you on your Daily Mix.Spotify’s new policy comes during a time where the hashtag MuteRKelly is trending on social networks and is a response to the historic MeToo movement that seeks to bring awareness and support to those who have been sexually abused or harassed.So far, Kelly is the only artist that Spotify specifically acknowledged would fall under this new public policy, though the service tells Billboard that other artists may also be affected.Who else will Spotify drop?
If you were looking for another reason to hate crypto culture, then YouTube has a plethora of Bitcoin rap videos for you to peruse.Every single one of these blockchain anthems is just as bad as you can imagine, and often worse.However, if you yourself want to become a cryptocurrency rapper, it will behoove you to learn these important elements of the genre.You must say “blockchain” as frequently as possible.Mention that you are in some type of “HODL” gang, team, or squad.Remind listeners that you have a kinship with Satoshi Nakamoto.
Shanghai-based Synyi uses natural language processing tech to perform data analysis on medical texts and related data sources.Existing investors Sequoia Capital and Zhen Fund also participated in the round.The mini-gym operator provides fitness pods of varying sizes featuring workout apparatus, and mainly targets customers living in dormitories, apartments, and suburban areas.As well as being popular with her infant target audience, Peppa has become something of a protest symbol among some Chinese teenagers and adults.State media suggested that the removal from Douyin may be because the main character’s Chinese nickname, shehuiren – which is slang for “gangster” – has inspired adult viewers to listen to gangster rap and get tattoos, which are apparently frowned upon by the authorities.Facebook’s Free Basics program ceases (Myanmar).
Marico's Saffola is aiming to distract people from unhealthy food cravings via a rap song introducing its active slimming Nutri-Shake.The campaign conceptualised by WATConsult has also launched a site to help people maintain their diet by avoiding junk food cravings.The campaign also features several personalities from different walks of life who have been roped in to join the ‘Beat the Crave’ and also healthy alternative recipes are available on the microsite.Rajiv Dingra, founder and chief executive of WATConsult said: "Anyone trying to lose weight and get in a better lifestyle/better shape has to first and foremost deal with the very human problem of 'craving’.“But if you can distract your mind for around 3 minutes you can survive a craving incident.With this insight and to avoid facing a conflict between the love for junk food vs the weight loss goals, we created a digital friend who helps you Beat The Crave."
There’s one thing Avengers: Infinity War is missing: a novelty rap song.It’s a classic tradition of over-the-top movies everywhere: the novelty rap recounting the plot of the film.If any villain is over-the-top enough to need an MC persona, it’s Thanos.Thanks to comedian, screenwriter, and great Twitter user Demi Adejuyigbe, he’s got one.Yesterday, Demi shared this post on Twitter, which purported to be a “leaked” rap by Future:uh, i can’t believe nobody is talking about Future’s super weird rap from the end credits of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR???
Kanye West has defended his recent declarations of support for Donald Trump in a new rap.Earlier this week, Kanye made headlines when he posted a string of tweets in support of Trump, including sharing that he had a signed ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.He’s now explained the posts in a new track, ‘Ye Vs.The People’, in which he and T.I.swap verses discussing the situation.TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images