Point Counterpoint: Is Ed Sheeran incredible, or is he the best musician to have ever lived?

July 20, 2017

Image: mashable composite; wikimedia commons, shutterstock If you’ve heard his songs, which, given your possession of a Wi-Fi enabled device, you almost certainly have, chances are you have a strong opinion about singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. Sheeran’s catchy, acoustic ballads are contentious, to say the least. Something about the singer has seemingly split the world down the middle between those who like Ed Sheeran and those who feel… differently. After the…

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Ed Sheeran is taking on ticket scalpers to save his fans money

July 20, 2017

Good guy Ed SheeranImage: Getty Images Ed Sheeran may have found a way to redeem himself for his dud of a cameo in this week’s Game of Thrones. The singer has cancelled 10,000 of the tickets to his forthcoming London shows next June to prevent ticket resale sites from turning them around at massively inflated prices. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo made me extremely angry Third-party dealers…

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Carly Rae Jepsen explains what’s special about Jack Antonoff

July 17, 2017

Queen of Candid PicturesImage: GP ImagES/Getty Images Plug Carly Rae Jepsens name into Twitter or Instagram and youll be greeted with a peculiar sight: Dozens and dozens of comments narrating exactly what is literally happening in the photo, and crowning her for it. Queen of wearing a T-shirt under a dress! proclaims one. Queen of holding a glass of lemonade declares another. Queen, queen, queen. I dont know when that…

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Lorde reveals she’s not in Taylor Swift’s squad and we’re just so confused

July 9, 2017

Hello. Remember BFFs Taylor Swift and Lorde? Remember when Tay threw Lorde an amazing 20th birthday party fit for a queen? Or when she broke her social media hiatus just to promote her BFF Lorde’s new song? Or when Lorde crashed Taylor’s concert just because they’re best friends and she could? Total BFFs, right? Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images SEE ALSO: Lorde just apologized for comparing Taylor Swift to a ‘friend…

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. Here’s why.

July 5, 2017

"Gooooodbye Twiiiiittter."Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran has announced he’s quitting Twitter for a depressing reason The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Tourists, Locals Buy Nevada’s Legal Recreational Marijuana

July 2, 2017

Las Vegas (AP) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to the millions of visitors who flock to Las Vegas each year. Veteran consumers, first-timers, twenty-somethings and retirees were…

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Lewis Hamilton on preparing for life after Formula One

June 30, 2017

(CNN)“No one else is going to do it for me, that’s for sure.” One of the fastest drivers of his generation, the three-time Formula One champion has always been a go getter. Much like David Beckham in the soccer world, Hamilton has become a celebrity outside his sport, often being snapped in the front row at fashion week and on the red carpet of film premieres — and he’s also…

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A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 29, 2017

Image: brendan gahan People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, Ive gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video. What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. Ive attended from the beginning, so Ive gotten to see the event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter…

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Spotify is hosting a six-city hip-hop tour starting with Gucci Mane

June 28, 2017

Spotify may be bleeding money as it tries to win back the love and respect of artists, but thats not stopping the music-streaming service from partying. SEE ALSO: You can now make Spotify playlists in your group chat Starting this summer, Spotify is hosting a six-city tour in partnership with Live Nation, the company announced Tuesday. The series is called RapCaviar Live, which is named after one of the most…

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Fatherland: Searching for the soul of England’s lads and dads – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Image copyright Animation/Koba/REX/Shutterstock Image caption The Monkey Thought Translator in action in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs That scene inspired Graham to embark on his own project asking men to talk honestly about their dads, and dads to talk about their sons, in the hope of getting an insight into the state of fatherhood and masculinity. Image copyright Tarnish Vision Image caption Left-right: Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens and Scott…

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Foo Fighters finally headline Glastonbury – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFoo Fighters perform Everlong at Glastonbury 2017 Foo Fighters have finally stepped onto Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, two years after they were forced to pull out of the festival. Days before their headline performance in 2015, Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden. “I’m about two years late tonight, I’m sorry,” said Grohl on Saturday, blaming bad traffic…

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Glastonbury: All you need to know about headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran – BBC News

June 23, 2017

That show, played just two weeks after the release of OK Computer, was named the best gig of all time by Q Magazine but Thom Yorke recently revealed he nearly walked off stage in frustration after the band’s monitors blew up, leaving them unable to hear each other. “I just went over to Ed [O’Brien, guitarist] and said, ‘I’m off mate, see you later,’” he told BBC 6 Music. “He…

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Wokeness won’t solve Katy Perry’s identity crisis

June 18, 2017

Katy Perry wants to fight the good fight. She'll have to learn how first.Image: Picturematt/REX/Shutterstock In Katy Perry’s haphazard and controversial rebranding as a woke pop star, she seems ready to admit she’s often out of her depth. These days only three words now comprise her Twitter bio: “i know nothing.” It’s a refreshing dose of humility from a celebrity who seems constantly torn between her good intentions and ego….

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Celine Dion wore a good T-Shirt

June 18, 2017

Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Oh what do you know, Celine Dion did something perfect. The icon, who has a storied history of wearing graphic sweatshirts, took the stage in Copenhagen Thursday night wearing a fun tee scribbled with messages like “love,” “the biggest prick,”and “your soul?” It’s torn in just the right places, like a shirt that’s dealt with a lot of pricks. SEE ALSO: Celine Dion dancing to…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Blue plaques: Who did you nominate for an award? – BBC News

June 14, 2017

“I can’t believe that this is happening,” he told the BBC. “You walk past so many blue plaques on buildings and you never suspect you’re going to be one of them. I’m just blown away by it, I really am.” Billy Bragg will unveil a plaque for David Bowie at the site of the Trident Studios in Soho, where the star recorded his multi-million selling albums Hunky Dory and The…

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was…

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Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ is a bleak crusade for intimacy in the digital age

June 7, 2017

Email my heart? Imagine your terror of tweeting a joke that doesn’t quite land or even a careless typo. Multiply that pressure millions of times, and you’re in Katy Perry’s social media hell, where the weirdly defensive Witness was born. The album plays out like the “Can you hear me now?” Verizon commercials a meme before we knew to call it that as Perry wanders aimlessly in search of a…

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

Image: stephen lam/Getty Images June means one thing in the tech world: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the WWDC 2017 keynote speech earlier today in San Jose, California. From the highly anticipated Siri speaker to the new iOS, Cook gave Apple superfans a lot to look forward to in the months to come. SEE ALSO: Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer…

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

Season 2 will start the healing process.Image: Beth Dubber/Netflix 13 Reasons Why isn’t stopping at just 13 reasons. Netflix’s hit drama based on Jay Asher’s bestselling book of the same name is already in production on its second season. Showrunner Brian Yorkey is venturing into completely new territory with the show’s sophomore outing, having no source material to follow, since the first season covered Asher’s book in its entirety. While…

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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