The Swedish duo inspire logic and brilliance
Reproduced from BBC News
Dance duo Daft Punk's first new single in eight years, Get Lucky, has broken Spotify streaming records.
The comeback, which features singer Pharrell Williams, had the biggest streaming day for a single track in the US and UK on the day of its release.
The Swedish online music site did not release the number of streams for the track which features on the DJs' new album, Random Access Memories.
Spotify's Will Hope, said the album would be "the biggest" this year.
"There was never any doubt that the first original single from Daft Punk in years was going to be one of the biggest debut singles of 2013," the director of label relations said.
Get a look at this record breaking track below!!
The duo whose real names are Thomas Bangalter and Gus De Homem-Christo, told Rolling Stone magazine they hired "top-notch session players" to perform on the album.
Random Access Memories is Daft Punk's first studio album since 2005's Human After All, though the band scored the Tron: Legacy soundtrack in 2010.
They won a Grammy in 2009 for their live album, Alive 2007.
The past and future of Music television?
By: Alex Templar -MSTv
Additional info from BBC-Newsbeat
If you were to ask true purists of music television genre, they'd probably say the concept "died" around the mid to late 90's.
Contributing to the demise and around that time, first run videos and general music began appearing online, "reality" TV started its climb to the brainless fare it is now and MTV/VH1 just stopped (kinda) airing their namesakes.
The phrase, "where's the music on MTV?" permeated the youth slang lexicon at the turn of the 21th century. But, good idea don't stay dead forever, they just evolve into new forms. And for 2013, that form might be called Vevo TV; which is making its debut in Great Briton.
The online music video service Vevo says one of the reasons it is launching a UK TV channel is because there aren't enough opportunities for artists to appear on television.
But broadcasters like the BBC say viewing habits have changed, with audiences consuming music programming on an on-demand basis. Plus, some artists say there are now fewer opportunities to appear on TV.
TV opportunities Nic Jones, Vevo's international senior vice-president, said: "We think Vevo is the answer to that and we totally believe there is a place for it."
The BBC produces 250 hours of original aired music programming every year and they saw the massive decline in audiences because the way we consume music has changed so dramatically.
And the preferred way of consumerism is online.
However, television remains a viable and desired platform because music production companies retain strong relations with digital and terrestrial TV stations.
Vevo's Nic Jones says there is a "catch" between existing terrestrial digital TV channels and production companies. "If you talk to record labels they'll say, 'Why won't the TV channels programme music? Everyone loves music?'
TV stations, on the other hand, are mostly lackluster about the idea
"Talk to the TV channels and it's like, 'Music in prime-time? Nobody wants to watch it.' quotes Jones.
Yet Jones and Vevo disagree with broadcast television's hesitations. For a concept first brought to the public attention over 30 years ago, music television retains its appeal and hopefully draw.
Vevo, in response, is planning their music video move back into TV because "there are times when people just want to sit back at home and be entertained".
The new Vevo TV will see a mix of music videos and original programming, such as Vevo's LIFT, which offers new artist spotlights.
These new efforts by Sony (Vevo's parent company) has drawn accolades by many executives in the music industry who admit to the challenges bands face while looking for their breakthrough venue. For the most part, it's up to the production company to come up with new, engaging ways to present their material.
"There isn't really any music television now," says Jeremy Pritchard from Manchester band Everything Everything.
"There are very few opportunities for bands to play live on TV." he added.
But, it seems that's about to change. Hopefully, America will be in Vevo's future plans to bring "music" back to television. But, they better move fast. The "other guy" might vie for their crown back.
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The puppeteer who was the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street" is being sued for the fifth time — accused of sexually abusing an underage youth.
According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York Tuesday, Kevin Kiadii (keeh-EH'-deeh), now 25, says he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash during an online chat,
Kiadii's attorney, Jeff Herman, says Clash sent a limousine to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and bring him to his Manhattan apartment for sex.
Herman represents four other youths who filed similar suits.
The attorney acknowledges his clients were compliant, but says the 52-year-old entertainer took advantage of young men by playing father to them.
Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in November.
His lawyer, Michael Berger, did not immediately respond to a call for comment.
Read more about this case here: http://www.myscenetv.com/13/post/2012/11/seseme-street-elmo-puppeteer-quits.html
By: MSTv Censor-buster staff
Robin Thicke would have no problem saying, "he's bringing sexy back!" And really in a big way, too..
The 36 year old crooner has just released the video for his new song, "Blurred lines." As always, Thicke brings a laid-back and sultry R&B quality to his songs and videos, but this newest sampling has a quality that would make his father's "Jason Seaver" alter-ego wince.
The youthful Thicke's new video is unique because its actually been banned by Youtube for partial nudity and being too hot. But once you see it, you'll have to wonder what the hell were the censors of the web video service thinking..
Now, if you haven't seen it, please be aware that there is quite a bit of nudity in the video. However, its depiction is showcased in a very tongue and cheek behaviour. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
It seems even Robin and video co-star Pharrell had something to say about the issue. The duo took to Twitter to complain about the idiotic ban.
Robin Thicke ✔ @robinthicke
YouTube took down the Unrated version of #BLURREDLINES because it was too hot! You can still view it here on @VEVO http://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines-unrated-version/USUV71300526?source=instantsearch …
Pharrell Williams ✔ @Pharrell
.@robinthicke Why they trying to ban good shit?
They've had their say. Now, we want to know what you think.. Should this video have been banned?
Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.