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    Jason Derulo: ‘What happens when we die? I am going in a first-class seat to heaven’ / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:30

The singer on a wardrobe malfunction at Wembley, being told he has a dad bod and his love of chocolate lava cake

Born in Florida, Jason Derulo , 33, attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. In 2009, his debut single Whatcha Say was a huge hit, and other chart-toppers include Wiggle, Take You Dancing, Acapulco, Savage Love and this year’s Slidin’ (ft Kodak Black). Derulo has sold more than 200m records worldwide and has more than 52.5 million TikTok followers. He lives in Los Angeles.

When were you happiest?
When my son Jason King Derulo was born.

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    Music on the brain: Listening can influence our brain’s activity / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 24 September - 11:00

Music on the brain: Listening can influence our brain’s activity


People have long tried to use music as a tool to improve their abilities. Soldiers chanted songs when marching into battle, sailors sang songs on long voyages, and cloth makers sang when weaving. But do we have any evidence that music makes a difference for any of our activities?

We’ve only recently started to ask that question scientifically. It began with the Mozart effect, which seemed to link classical music to improved mental performance. Named after the famous composer, it was shorthand for the apparent boost in IQ tests that people listening to his music experienced. But the phenomenon turned out not to be real. “Background music was thought to help with work. [It was] found to be the noise stopping the person from being distracted,” says Professor Concetta Tomaino, executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.

However, research into music and its effects on human abilities continued and eventually resulted in the discovery of an effect called brain entrainment, which appears capable of improving memory, focus, sleep, and physical activity.

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    Bogus Takedowns Frustrate Musicians and Wipe Music From Spotify / TorrentFreak · Friday, 8 July - 20:43 · 2 minutes

cassette tape pirate music Tackling online piracy is a complicated endeavor that can easily backfire. This is also true for takedown notices.

Week in and week out, rightsholders send millions of DMCA takedown notices to help take infringing content offline. However, there can be serious collateral damage as well.

In the past, there have been many examples of takedown abuse. DMCA notices have been used to silence critics , stifle competition , or earn millions of dollars by claiming ownership of content created by others.

Weaponized Takedowns

This week, Billboard highlights yet another troubling example. The music publication reports that artists are “weaponizing” false claims against rivals, taking down music that’s starting to get traction.

This problem isn’t limited to a single service but as one of the largest streaming services, Spotify often finds itself involved. Reports of fake or unjustified copyright claims have been circulating for many years and the situation doesn’t appear to be improving . A search on Spotify’s community site brings up several examples of people who have been targeted by false copyright claims.

“I’m having issues with a third party making a false copyright claim on my music. They do not have any rights in the sound recording and only make false claims out of spite,” one user writes .

No Counter Notice?

The problem with Spotify’s system is that it’s relatively easy to flag a track and have it removed. However, there is no official option for the accused party to appeal the takedown. Instead, they have to resolve the matter with the accuser directly.

If the accuser doesn’t respond, the artist is simply out of luck, one manager tells Billboard. This is particularly problematic for smaller artists, who don’t have a direct line to people higher up in the Spotify chain.

“I could just not like a record, claim it was infringing, and then not respond to [the artist behind the record] when they reach out to me,” the manager says. “Then that record would be held in purgatory unless they have a relationship with Spotify that can help them undo [the takedown].”

Another music manager said that roughly three weeks were spent tracking down an accuser. They stalked the claimant on Instagram and then cold-called them, in a desperate attempt to address the issue. All this time the popular track remained offline, not earning a single dime.

Room for Improvement

Spotify notes that these problematic takedowns are affecting the entire industry. The streaming service does its best to prevent abuse and will continue to make improvements.

“We have robust, active mitigation measures in place that identify bad actors, limit their impact, and penalize them accordingly. We are continuously evolving our efforts to limit the impact of such individuals on our service,” a spokesperson said.

Right now, bigger labels will find it easier to address wrongful takedowns than indie artists, which creates an unfair situation. Implementing a counter-notice system, as the DMCA prescribes, could be a good start to improve things.

From: TF , for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

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    Henry Martin obituary / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 28 June - 16:15

Film director, producer and activist whose work highlighted structural inequalities and racism in British life

The film director, producer and activist Henry Martin, who has died aged 70, following a long illness, created a groundbreaking body of work depicting black British life, highlighting the structural inequalities and racism, but also the effervescent creativity and shared experiences that allowed black communities to thrive.

Martin began his career through the independent production company Kuumba Black Arts, which he founded with Menelik Shabazz and Imruh Bakari in the late 1970s. In Grove Carnival, a short documentary broadcast by Channel 4 in 1981, he captured the unique creative expressions of the Caribbean immigrant community of Ladbroke Grove, west London, allowing viewers to experience the intensity of its steel-pan bands and costumed masquerades, as well as the multicultural character of the carnival audience.

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    Discs vs. data: Are we helping the environment by streaming? / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 4 May - 17:41

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Earth Day was April 22nd, and its usual message—take care of our planet—has been given added urgency by the challenges highlighted in the latest IPCC report. This year, Ars is taking a look at the technologies we normally cover, from cars to chipmaking, and finding out how we can boost their sustainability and minimize their climate impact.

Gone are the days of going to Blockbuster to pick out a film for a night in. Physical media like CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, Sony’s weird PlayStation Portable UMDs, and countless other formats have been thoroughly dethroned thanks to a barrage of streaming services like Netflix— itself ailing at the moment—Amazon Prime, and Spotify.

For the first time in the past 17 years, CDs saw an increase in sales—of 1.1 percent , or 40.59 million units in 2021, compared to 40.16 million units the year prior. In 2021, people purchased 1.2 billion pieces of physical video media, compared to 6.1 billion a decade prior. Meanwhile, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, revenue from music streaming grew 13.4 percent to $10.1 billion in 2020.

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    Cider is an open source and community oriented Apple Music client for Windows, Linux, macOS, and more

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 29 April - 13:18

It is an Electron app, but that also means it is cross-platform, with various installation options. It is very similar to the Apple Music app, and in fact, has a few extra features like Discord, LastFM, equalisers, etc.


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