Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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YouTube Unveils Its Streaming Service: Music Key

shockwebpic_youtubemusickeyA much awaited development in the music space for fans and artists alike has just been unveiled. YouTube has just announced it’s streaming service Music Key.

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► Compa Heavy Fact Mix 431

shockleewebpic_compafact431Manchester talent and Deep Medi recruit Compa keeps the torch lit with this vinyl and dub plate mix for Fact. Roll wit this and feel the weight…

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How To Be Creative: Navigating The Creative Process

shockleewebpic_howtobecreativePBSThe mysteries of creativity are similar to the mysteries of the universe; seeking to understand these require constant exploration, open-mindedness, constantly chasing down leads that may not go anywhere, sometimes you come across a great discovery, achievement or ‘happy accident’ and sometimes it’s the journey of the experience which teaches or enlightens you to things you may not have discovered otherwise.

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Ava DuVernay Says Knock It Off & Make Something

shockleewebpic_avaduvernaykeynoteIndependent filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Sundance Award-winning director of the film ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ and of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. feature drama ‘Selma‘ gave a keynote speech last weekend at the 2013 Film Independent Forum event held in Los Angeles that offers some of the realest advice we’ve heard in a while. All people who aspire to be or are in the creative and startup industries should hear this.

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Midway: A Bird’s View Of Why We Need To Rethink Plastic

shockleewebpic_midwaydocuMidway is an upcoming documentary with a strong potential to help people rethink their daily habits when it comes to how we dispose of our waste and our use of disposable products, particularly plastic, much of which is winding up in an area in the pacific that is now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This particular area is believed to be twice the size of the continental United States and causing major harm to the ocean, wildlife and us.

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[DC] Fri. Sept. 20th: Hip Hop & Politics @ The Congressional Black Caucus 43rd Annual Legislative Conference

shockleewebpic_hiphopandpoliticsIf you’re in the Washington, DC area come check out a discussion on hip hop and politics this Friday, September 20th featuring our own Hank Shocklee plus the legendary DMC of Run DMC, MC Lyte, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Michael Skolnik of Global Grind, Angela Rye of IMPACT Strategies and Amos Brown, on-air personality on Radio One. The event is hosted by Rep. André Carson.

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PayPal Goes Galactic: Sets Up To Handle Your Upcoming Space Payments

shockleewebpic_paypalgalacticWith Virgin Galactic selling $250,000 flights to space that are taking place later this year and all the activity that has been taking place with the development of the International Space Station, it was only a matter of time that we’d hear about the first ‘mainstream’ technology solution for those early explorers planning to travel there soon.

Cue, PayPal Galactic who just revealed their plans to be the first interstellar commerce solution to help you with your transactional banking needs in space…

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US Gets New Copyright Alert System: ‘Six Strikes’ And Your Internet May Be Affected

Starting today, a new copyright alert system is being implemented in the US to prevent piracy. It seems this system has been designed to catch the most casual of pirates, as Computerworld, TorrentFreak and a host of others point out, the system is easy to circumvent and is focuses on monitoring torrent users who don’t take privacy precautions while downloading illegally acquired copyrighted material.

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1.65 Billion Music Purchases Took Place in 2012

Over 1.65 billion music purchases took place in the U.S. in 2012, an all time high according to a new report just released from Nielsen and Billboard. Physical albums, digital albums and digital songs accounted for the sales figures which are up overall 3.1% from 2011.

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