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The boss who can help your video go viral

<b>Moving from a career in academia to co-founding an ad technology company that's later snapped up by News Corp, all the while scooping countless awards including an OBE, is an unusual path to becoming an entrepreneur.</b><p>Yet this is the route trodden by Sarah Wood, the co-founder and co-chief executive …

Advertising

Proximity does not equal authenticity: Arsenal fans come from everywhere

Apparently some people think your sports fandom should depend on where you live.<p>I don't know if you saw this, but a couple weeks ago a visitor to this here Short Fuse - and to several other SBN Premier League sites - posted what could generously be described as a rant about what he considered the …

Isis vs RAF: Terror attacks on London, Bath, Brighton and Ipswich foiled by surveillance drones

An Islamic State (Isis) terror plan to attack four UK cities in the wake of the Paris massacres was foiled thanks to the Royal Air Force (RAF), who …

Is YouTube killing the UK’s live music scene?

<b>Are small music venues being put out of business as more and more artists are discovered online?</b><p>Last week, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes replaced Justin Bieber at the top of the charts. Nothing strange about that, you might think - clean-cut teen stars are the staple diet of the music industry.<p>But, …

Music

A Bunch of British Designers Are Making Really Wearable Star Wars-Inspired Clothing for Charity

A Bunch of British Designers Are Making Really Wearable Star Wars-Inspired Clothing for CharitySweatshirt by Claire BarrowSweatshirt by Agi & …

Wearable Tech

Celebrity pot wars: which stars are the real high flyers?

Some stars have come out in favour of weed being legalised in America. For others, the whole issue is a drag…<p>It’s reefer madness in the US right now, with pot legalisation (literally) high on the political agenda. Although Ohio voted against it last week, 23 states have approved some form of lawful …

Hip-Hop

XXXTentacion Leaves Behind A Complicated, Tragic Legacy<p>Trying to make sense of XXXtentacion's legacy in the wake of his death is a thorny, complex task. Let's give it a try.<p>Andre Gee 06.19.18 16 hours ago 12 Comments<p>Nas' 'Nasir' Album Is Well-Produced And Reflective -- But Too Omissive<p>Andre Gee …

6 Studio Essentials (That Don't Make Music)

<b>Recording, mixing and mastering your music means spending a lot of time in the studio, and you need to be prepared. Rob Boffard picks six vital items</b> …

Audio Mixing

Snoop Dogg and other hip-hop stars align for new reality TV series

Photograph: Paul A Hebert/Invision/AP<p>Birdman will join Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri and Damon Dash in the BET reality series.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/10/13/1444722453905/54e8d471-b392-4781-aefc-c08a10fe8a33-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Paul A …

Childish Gambino booed off Newcastle stage, cancels Canberra sideshow

The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle promoted a full show but audience members were frustrated when the American rapper delivered a DJ set instead<p>American rapper Childish Gambino was booed off stage in Newcastle on Thursday, as audience members chanted obscenities and heckled.<p>The hip-hop artist, also …

Drake and Future release surprise mixtape What a Time to Be Alive

Canadian rapper says ‘it’s a little soundtrack for people that need it right now’<p>What a time to be a Drake fan: not only has the rapper, singer and master of the internet triumphed in one of the biggest beefs of the year, but the Canadian artist has now released a new mixtape with Future.

What Makes A Hip-Hop Album A Classic? (Editorial)

In all genres of music, the term “classic” prompts debate. Cultural conservatives argue it is used too freely, and often stamped on works of art …

Rap & Hip-Hop

30 CEOs Reveal the Daily Habits Responsible for Their Success

Getting to the top involves doing the right things, day after day.<p>Look at any CEO running a profitable company and you’ll find someone who has figured a few things out. One trait many of these leaders have in common: consistency. Check out these quotes from 30 successful CEOs regarding the daily …

What A Time To Be Alive, Shameless 70s Cocaine Ads

Ads promoting all manner of drug paraphernalia have been around for decades, roach clips, hashish bongs, smoking pipes and designer cosmetic cases to …

Cannabis

10 Of The Most Disastrous Sets In Festival History - Festival Sherpa | Online Guide to Festivals

<b>Hell hath no fury like a festival audience scorned.</b><p><b>From Nirvana to Lil Wayne to Justin Bieber, artists performing live have had their bad days. But</b> …

Kate Middleton's new haircut makes front page news in the UK, causes confusion

LONDON – So Kate Middleton has a new haircut, and on Monday morning it was front page news in both the <i>Metro</i> and the <i>Daily Mail</i>.<p>The Duchess of …

Jewel Shares Stories of Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry

The singer said men have preyed on her since she was 8 years old.<p>During the promotional tour for Jewel’s 12th studio album, <i>Picking Up The Pieces</i>, and her forthcoming memoir, <i>Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story</i>, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter revealed that she had to endure decades of …

Barbie's Instagram is superficial and inauthentic. So is yours | Jess Zimmerman

The Socality Barbie account highlights the phoniness of self-presentation. It feels familiar because we do it every day<p>Barbie has an Instagram account, and as Wired points out, it’s much hipper than yours. She’s documenting her bohemian life – hiking, watercolors, artisanal ice cream, selfies on …

The slow death of music venues in cities

Many believe the police had it in for the Arches for a long time. Named after the warren of arches it occupied under Glasgow’s Central Station, the venue – which opened during Glasgow’s European city of culture year in 1990 – had hosted Daft Punk’s first UK tour in 1997, the still-talked-about …

Final encore for UK’s live music venues as noise rules lead to closures

Report says complaints from owners of new flats are death sentence for grassroots music scene<p>For music fans of a certain age it must count as one of the greatest gigs in history. On 4 July 1976, at Sheffield’s Black Swan club, the Clash played live for the first time, supporting the Sex Pistols on …

Sam Smith confirms he will sing theme to new James Bond film Spectre

‘This is one of the highlights of my career,’ writes Smith on Instagram, whose single Writing’s on the Wall will soundtrack Spectre<p>Sam Smith has announced that he will sing the theme to the forthcoming James Bond film, Spectre. The Grammy and Brit award-winning singer followed his cryptic Instagram …

The Sad History of Rock and Roll Suicides

Along with the likes of John Mayall, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and Alexis Korner, Graham was one of the key figures in the early-'60’s British …

Marvel Turned Eminem’s Relapse Into A Comic Book Cover

Eminem’s <i>Relapse</i> just got the Marvel remake treatment.<p>The MC — who’s said the album was “eh” on “Not Afraid” — was nevertheless honored to be included …

Taylor Swift’s New Music Video Reeks of ‘White Colonialism’ to Liberals

You know the liberal media have nothing of value to talk about when they decide to turn on their precious Hollywood allies —for no reason!<p>Last …

The 10 Greatest Old-School Hip-Hop Feuds, Hosted by DJ Kay Slay

In hip-hop, it’s all love until it’s time to battle. In the famous words of Kendrick Lamar, “I’m usually homeboys wit' the same n***** I’m rhyming …

L.A.'s 10 Best Up-and-Coming Rappers

<b>8. PTAF</b><br>The girl group PTAF (which stands for Pretty Taking All Fades) might not ring a bell, but odds are you know their breakout hit, “Boss Ass …

Women’s Music Industry Horror Stories: Abuse, Sexism, and Erasure

Women took to Twitter to share their tales of music biz struggles. Their heartbreaking stories paint a disturbing portrait of an industry rife with …

Sales of Dr. Dre's new album fall 85% during its 2nd week after 'Compton' controversy

According to Hits Daily Double, the album sold only 42,732 copies, an 85% drop from the 286,000 copies sold during its debut week.<p>"Compton" marks the first album by Dre in over 15 years, and it was tied to the release of "Straight Outta Compton," the biopic about the rap group N.W.A., which Dre was …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Straight Outta Hollywood :: We Predict the Next 5 Hip-Hop Biopics

With the recent astounding success of <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, the F. Gary Gray directed biopic of seminal West Coast rap group N.W.A., you’d have to …

Rap & Hip-Hop