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Image of article 'During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers'

During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

In the months ahead, Lincoln Center is planning to bring similarly small-scaled concerts to hospitals and other medical facilities.

Like Ellis-Lee, he hadn't been back to Lincoln Center since March 13th.

Normally on a warm summer night, Lincoln Center would be bustling with people of all ages coming to enjoy outdoor concerts and dance parties.

The musicians are volunteers from the New York Philharmonic, one of Lincoln Center's constituent organizations.

But New York's Lincoln Center has been hosting some free mini concerts for healthcare providers, teachers and other essential workers, featuring just one or two volunteer musicians and audiences of five, max.

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Image of article 'Can You Pass This Sharpay Evans "High School Musical" Quiz'

Can You Pass This Sharpay Evans "High School Musical" Quiz

"Towels imported from Turkey!

And turkey imported from Maine."

Via Disney "Bop to the Top" is what she sings for their callback.

Via Disney But they never ended up performing it.

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Twitch Prime is now Prime Gaming, but you can still expect plenty of digital freebies

Amazon has announced that it has rebranded its Twitch Prime service to Prime Gaming, lining its signage up with its other premium subscription offerings.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, it’s worth taking advantage of Prime Gaming if you’re an avid player of popular multiplayer titles or simply want to access its growing library of free games, which grows with new additions each and every month.

“Prime members already get the best of TV, movies, and music, and now we’re expanding our entertainment offerings to include the best of gaming,” said Larry Plotnick, general manager of Prime Gaming.

So no matter what kind of games you love, and no matter where you play them, they’ll be even better with Prime Gaming.”

If you want to take advantage of Prime Gaming, an Amazon Prime membership currently costs $13/£8 per month or $119/£79 per year.

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Image of article 'Amazon Asks Podcasters To Stream On Its Platforms, But Content Shouldn't 'Disparage' The E-commerce Giant'

Amazon Asks Podcasters To Stream On Its Platforms, But Content Shouldn't 'Disparage' The E-commerce Giant

The company's attempt to natively launch content in this form comes at a time when podcasts are seeing a rise in interest.

There is no clarity on when Amazon might launch the podcasts, Keys noted.

The e-commerce giant’s foray into podcasts will pitch it against rivals Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) unit Google, and Spotify Technology SA (NYSE: SPOT).

What Happened The purportedly "confidential" email, sent Monday, revealed that subscribers of Amazon’s music and e-book services would be able to access free podcasts, as reported earlier by journalist Matthew Keys and GeekWire., Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) is adding third-party podcasts to its Amazon Music and Audible services, the e-commercy company reportedly said in a mass email to content creators and journalists.

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Image of article 'Fifty Years After Studs Terkel Published 'Hard Times' ... Here We Are Again'

Fifty Years After Studs Terkel Published 'Hard Times' ... Here We Are Again

Studs Terkel signed off of his radio programs about the Great Depression like this: "The old Depression phrase still holds," he'd say.

Hard Times was Terkel's second bestseller (preceded by another oral history, Division Street: America) and he'd already begun using a portable tape recorder to capture interviews with everyday people beyond his Chicago studio.

But Terkel's stature was national; his book The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won a 1985 Pulitzer Prize and his 1974 bestseller Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do was adapted into a popular Broadway musical.

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression turned 50 this year.

AP hide caption toggle caption AP Unemployed people gather outside City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 9, 1930 during the Great Depression.

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Image of article 'Opera Theatre St. Louis Administrator Accused Of Child Sex Trafficking'

Opera Theatre St. Louis Administrator Accused Of Child Sex Trafficking

Last June, conductor Stephen Lord, who was music director emeritus at OTSL after retiring as music director in 2017, resigned from his position in St. Louis as well as his job as principal conductor at Michigan Opera Theatre.

Bristo was hired by OTSL last August as its director of artistic administration; previous to that, he worked as a vice president at Columbia Artists, an artist management firm based in New York.

The St. Louis Symphony serves as OTSL's orchestra during its performance season; this reporter is an extended family member of a St. Louis Symphony musician.

OTSL released a public statement on Tuesday after a tenor and blogger, Zach Finkelstein, posted on Twitter a screenshot of a website that collects arrest data in the St. Louis area.

A now-former administrator of Opera Theatre of St. Louis [OTSL], Damon Bristo, was arrested last month for child sex trafficking in the second degree.

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New Music: August 2020

After putting tips in the bucket for years as the underaged, guitar-slinging phenom behind Don Kelly at Robert’s Western World, Daniel Donato steps to the mic with his own brand of “cosmic country.”

Ruston Kelly further establishes his “dirt emo” sub-genre on his second full effort, but there’s nothing sophomoric about this post-teenage angst.

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Image of article 'Dave ‘Medusa’ Shelton, owner of legendary inclusive dance club, dies at 64'

Dave ‘Medusa’ Shelton, owner of legendary inclusive dance club, dies at 64

“I always hate the phrase, ‘Ahead of their time,’ because he was perfect for his time, and he was exactly what we needed at that time,” said Gigi Potenzo, another Medusa kid, who remained close friends with Shelton up until his death.

But even though Shelton loved the phrase, “the show must go on,” the party at Medusa’s ended in 1992, when Shelton lost the lease for the building.

Shelton, whom many called an animal lover and “free-spirited” man with a “wicked sense of humor,” started hosting parties at the Warehouse, a famous club considered to be the birthplace of “house music.”

Still, people gathered at the former location of their “home away from home” to pay their respects to Shelton, who died in his Elgin home Friday from natural causes, his close friend Miguel Ortuno said.

In fact, back when he rented it in the ’80s and early ’90s, the place was a legendary all-ages dance club known as Medusa’s.

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Image of article 'Three algorithm-less streaming sites revive the wacky Web from days of yore'

Three algorithm-less streaming sites revive the wacky Web from days of yore

Collins and Alden don't identify with a particular movement, but they're aware that other projects like theirs flourish in the Internet's corners, both by way of small cliques and lone-wolf programmers.

The Temple has hosted live music, DJ sets (some proudly streamed with abysmal quality through Google Hangouts), and poetry readings.

Performer Clayton Collins and venue creator Toby Alden (they/them) are a fringe breed, making idiosyncratic websites in the spirit of a bygone Internet.

My discovery of Internet Temple almost felt like finding a good bar or music venue; instead of being served content by a video platform’s algorithm, I had to know someone, get a tip, and type an entire URL.

It's recently begun sidestepping YouTube Live (the kind of stream-and-chat system you might expect from a site like this) by borrowing code from Collins' platform Saladbowl, where he hosts and streams videos directly from his computer to bypass copyright strikes.

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Huawei to stop smartphone chip production due to U.S. sanctions

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) which has been making Kirin 9000 chips using U.S. equipment has stopped taking orders from Huawei since May, fearing possible repercussions.

Washington cut off Huawei's access to U.S. components and technology including Google's music and other smartphone services last year.

Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong told a tech industry forum on Friday that production of the company's high-end Kirin 9000 chipset would stop from September 15, due to U.S. sanctions.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei said production of its most advanced smartphone chips would stop in September due to U.S. sanctions, causing a "huge loss".

Australia and Japan have also taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company's participation in their 5G rollouts, while European telecoms operators including Norway's Telenor and Sweden's Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

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Image of article 'Kylie Jenner Struts in a Cutout Leopard Bodysuit & Thigh-High Boots For Cardi B’s ‘Wap’ Music Video'

Kylie Jenner Struts in a Cutout Leopard Bodysuit & Thigh-High Boots For Cardi B’s ‘Wap’ Music Video

Watch the full Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion “Wap” music video below: VIDEO For bold style inspired by Kylie Jenner’s wild boots, make sure you add these pairs to your Courtesy of DSW To Buy: Marc Fisher Luley Boots, $50 (was Courtesy of Dolce Vita To Buy: Dolce Vita Isobel Boots, $100 (was Courtesy of DSW To Buy: Louise et Cie Waldron Boots, $165.

On top of creating her own uber-successful Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin lines, the youngest Jenner sister also has had multiple gigs in the sneaker world.

Ortiz took to social media to share his excitement over the legendary style moment, providing another viewpoint of the ensemble as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of Jenner’s pieces.

The final wow-factor of the ensemble came with her thigh-high boots, set with a towering stiletto heel, pointed-toe front and coordinating standout Jenner makes a cameo in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Wap” music video.

Kylie Jenner surprised fans with a cameo in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s new music video for their song “Wap.”

Image of article '2 Chainz And Lil Wayne’s ’Money Maker’ Works Some Old Magic'

2 Chainz And Lil Wayne’s ’Money Maker’ Works Some Old Magic

While their entrances into the hip-hop world differ by a little over a decade, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have delivered a plethora of collaborations, including their joint album Collegrove, their undeniable classic, “Duffle Bag Boy,” as well as other fan favorites including “Rich As F*ck” and “Yuck!

Coming together for the umpteenth time in their careers, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz get to work on their new single, “Money Maker.”

The upbeat track finds Wayne and Chainz laying their best verses over the drumline-esque beat, back by rapid-fire drums and roaring trumpets.

Following the concept of Ludacris and Pharrell’s classic song of the same title, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz show some support for their special woman and her physical features.

The song serves as their first offering since 2 Chainz lent a verse to Wayne’s “Know You Know” from his Funeral album.

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Blackpink’s New Single Ties As The Second-Longest-Charting Korean Girl Group Song In Canadian History

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) Getty Images for Coachella As Taylor Swift invades the Canadian Hot 100 with every song from her surprise new No. 1 album Folklore, most of the singles present on the nation’s vital ranking of the most-consumed tracks every frame dip are pushed down by the former country star’s deluge of hits.

“How You Like That” has now spent five frames on the Canadian Hot 100, which is enough for the tune to tie another as the second-longest-charting composition by a South Korean girl group in the roster’s history.

MORE FROM FORBESWith Just One Top 40 Hit, Blackpink Made Hot 100 HistoryBy Hugh McIntyre At present, “How You Like That” is on the same level as the group’s “Kiss and Make Up,” a hit that once peaked at No. 44 back in 2018.

Two songs by South Korean girl groups (they’re both by Blackpink, as they are only competing with themselves as the moment) have earned longer stays, but they held on the chart for the same length of time, so they’re currently tied for the honor of being the longest-charting among this specific group.

If it can hold on for one more frame, it will break its tie with “Kiss and Make Up,” becoming the second-longest-charting track by a South Korean girl group while their Dua Lipa collaboration is pushed down on the all-time ranking.

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The Last Of Us 2's Zombie Sounds Were Made By Squishy Fruit And Porridge

There’s a great video up on SoundWorks Collection today featuring Beau Anthony Jimenez, sound designer at Naughty Dog, who shows off some of the ways the sounds for The Last Of Us 2 were recorded since there were no actual fungus zombies to stick in the recording booth.

While the video deals with all kinds of sound effects, from heartrates to the whooshing of arrows, it’s the zombie sounds at the start that are the funniest, coming as they do from crushed fruit and what looks like a bellows covered in...porridge?

If this has you wondering how the sounds were made for the first game, SoundWorks did the same thing four years ago:

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Image of article 'Lizzo Sets First-Look TV Deal at Amazon'

Lizzo Sets First-Look TV Deal at Amazon

“Truth Hurts” also became the longest running #1 by a solo female rap artist in history, after spending seven weeks atop the charts.

With the help of anthemic smash hits like the 5-times Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3-times Platinum “Good As Hell,” and the Platinum “Juice,” Lizzo’s Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU, released on April 19th 2019, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spent 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10.

“Truth Hurts” also became the longest running number one song by a solo female rap artist in history, spending seven weeks at the top of the charts.

“Lizzo is one of the most exciting, creative, joyful artists in the industry, and it is such a pleasure to announce this new deal with her,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

Lizzo won three Grammy Awards in 2020 — one for best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” one for best traditional RB performance for “Jerome,” and the third for best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You.”

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Porn pauses teen hacker’s hearing

A teenage hacker accused of masterminding the hijacking of high profile Twitter accounts to promote a Bitcoin scam last month has had his bail hearing delayed after the Zoom call was taken over by people spamming it with pornography.

According to the Associated Press, a bail hearing was being held for the 17-year-old via the videoconferencing app on Wednesday when it was “Zoom bombed” by uninvited participants who began streaming porn and blasting rap music.

RELATED: Twitter locks down accounts after hack RELATED: Hackers stole Australian defence data RELATED: Building hiding China’s hacking secrets revealed The teen remains in jail on a bond of $US725,000 ($A1.1 million), which his lawyer David Weisbrok argued to have lowered given the scam he allegedly masterminded didn’t even net close to that amount.

According to The Verge, who were also present on the Zoom call, Judge Nash said the next hearings will be password protected.

Zoom meetings can be joined by people who have the link to it, which makes it easy to get people on a Zoom call if they don’t have the app or an account, but also allows for uninvited guests to infiltrate.

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Instagram tackles TikTok challenge with debut of Reels feature (NASDAQ:FB

Instagram (FB ) has launched its salvo against TikTok (BDNCE) with the debut of its short-video feature Reels.

It's the latest example of Instagram co-opting a high-quality feature from a rival for its own use, though Reels' Robby Stein says it will distinguish itself from TikTok by adapting to user desires: "We’ve really focused on how this type of format could work within the Instagram community.”

And it's also the latest challenge for TikTok, facing a potential U.S. ban unless it arranges a sale of its U.S. operations.

Like TikTok, Reels allows users to make short videos (up to 15 seconds long for Reels, vs. 1 minute for TikTok) set to music along with sharing and discovery features and filters and effects.

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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion Are Releasing A Song Together

Come Friday, she and Megan Thee Stallion are poised to have the hit song of staying home once more.

"WAP" will be the first major musical release for Cardi B since entering quarantine.

The debut of "WAP" will fall nearly a year to the day after Megan dropped her official "Hot Girl Summer" anthem with Nicki Minaj .

The following day, Cardi did not disappoint: declaring that she and Megan Thee Stallion would be releasing their first collaboration, a track called "WAP," this Friday.

On the heels of Taylor and Beyoncé's summer drops, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are arriving to salvage hot girl season.

Image of article 'Neil Young is actually suing Trump for playing his songs at rallies'

Neil Young is actually suing Trump for playing his songs at rallies

There are a few possibilities for how this will play out, then: Trump could settle just to shut Neil Young up, Trump could have to go to court against New Young, or Trump could just stall for as long as possible until nobody cares about what happens.

Apparently, though, ASCAP and BMI are starting to allow artists to bar their music from being used for political purposes, so there’s a chance that the Trump campaign having a public performance license wouldn’t even hold up in front of a judge.

THR says Young considered suing Trump for using his music in 2016, but decided against it because it’s apparently common for campaign venues to preemptively get public performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI—meaning Trump could’ve indirectly had Young’s permission to use his songs at rallies anyway.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Young has filed a copyright infringement suit against Trump’s campaign for playing “Rockin’ In The Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at his recent coronavirus party in Tulsa, saying he specifically objects to his music being used as a “theme song” by a “divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

It’s an election year, which means left-leaning musical acts are mad at Republicans—specifically Donald Trump—for playing their cool songs at dork-ass rallies without permission.

Google Play Music will begin shutting down in September

Google is making these big moves now that its YouTube Music service is in full swing as its replacement.

Just a few months ago, it started allowing Google Play Music users to transfer practically every facet of their libraries to the new service, including playlists, artists, albums, songs, purchased content, recommendations, and uploads.

Google promised that it would give plenty of notice in advance of Play Music shutting down, so it’s making good on that.

You can continue to use the service until it shuts down, though if you get a new device with Android 10 loaded on, you’ll find YouTube Music pre-installed in place of Google Play Music.

As my colleague Chris Welch wrote in May when Google announced the transfer tool for YouTube Music: Open up Google Play Music for a bit and remember the good times.

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Nathaniel Rateliff, Brittany Howard to Headline Jack Daniel’s Virtual Festival

Jack Daniel’s has a storied history with music, from Frank Sinatra to Van Halen, but this marks the Lynchburg, Tennessee, brand’s first foray into the virtual concert experience.

Crash the Couch will raise funds and awareness for the Sweet Relief COVID-19 Musicians Fund, an organization that benefits those in the music industry whose livelihoods have been decimated by the ongoing health crisis.

Rateliff and Cold War Kids will headline night one, along with four “opening acts:” Tank and the Bangas, Hiss Golden Messenger, the Suffers, and Goldlink.

Presented by Jack Daniel’s, the Crash the Couch virtual music festival will stream for free on the whiskey brand’s YouTube channel on Friday, August 14th, and Saturday, the 15th.

Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and Cold War Kids will headline a two-day online concert in support of musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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See Roger Waters, Lucius Sing John Prine's 'Hello in There

“I made a new version of [Prine’s] ‘Paradise,'” he said, “and I confess to thinking this morning, ‘I could definitely do “Hello in There,”‘ and, ‘I wonder what key “Sam Stone” is in?’

Waters told Rolling Stone in May that there are several Prine songs he’d like to cover.

Waters has covered the song a few times in recent years, beginning with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 2015; he’s also covered the Prine song “Paradise.”

The song originally appeared on Prine’s self-titled debut in 1971.

Roger Waters and the women of Lucius paid their respects to John Prine in a new cover of the late singer-songwriter’s “Hello in There.”

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My son loves to sing - but Down's syndrome meant he was excluded from choirs

We sing an eclectic range of songs – from Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, which Matt leads the choir on, to Reach by S Club 7 and Amazing Grace.

Like many children, with or without Down’s syndrome, Matt responded to music from an early age.

To see Matt so happy and confident and to hear him singing so rhythmically and tunefully in front of all those people, confirmed to me that he has abilities as well as disabilities.

My son has Down’s syndrome and loves to sing, but he was excluded from choirs for years My son has Down’s syndrome and loves to sing, but he was excluded from choirs for years My son Matthew is a 31-year-old man of few words; most of which are difficult to understand unless you know him well.

Being a part of the choir has left Matt so fulfilled and happy – very different from the child who would run away from everyone.

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Image of article 'Revisit Talking Heads’ remarkable performance of ‘Born Under Punches’ live in Rome, 1980'

Revisit Talking Heads’ remarkable performance of ‘Born Under Punches’ live in Rome, 1980

It shows off the band’s talent musically and, perhaps most importantly, their ability to give a performance like no other.

After an always powerful ‘Psycho Killer’ the band use the performance to explore the undulating new record, the band performed five tracks from the 14 that make up Remain In Light.

The performance at Palazzo dello Sport, not only highlights the ludicrous talent of the band, but also the impressive and improvised mercurial music they made.

The band also had Adrian Belew and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell sitting pretty on stage and they benefitted from the increased musicianship as the band lay down arguably one of their finest performances.

While Blondie and others were wearing brash make-up, David Byrne and the rest of the band were starting fires across the globe with a powerful sound.

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