2016 February

Pillowtalk by Zayn

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Former 1Direction frontman releases his (highly anticipated) first single off forth-coming solo album. I think that the lyrics really capture exactly what his message was trying to convey. Below we have found an interview snippet about the new song from former 1D Zayn Malik.

Zayn Malik Explains The Real Meaning Behind ‘Pillowtalk’: It’s Not Only About Sex “It is about sex, there is obviously sex in a relationship. It’s not the whole incentive of the song though,” revealed the 23-year-old artist on Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show on Feb. 2. So if Zayn’s super hot song, “Pillowtalk,” is NOT all about sex, then what IS it about? “The actual intent of the song is even though you have great times in a relationship, you have really bad times as well but that’s what makes it worth while because you learn things and you go through experiences that bring you closer together.”

In an interview with the Sunday Times, former One Directioner Zayn Malik opened up about the, er, mature lyrical content on his debut solo single “Pillowtalk.” “Everybody has [it], and it’s something people wanna hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life,” he stated. Personally, I’m over pop songs about romantic hetero-centric relations, but that’s just me.

According to the Daily Mail, Zayn may have wrote “Pillowtalk” while still with his ex, Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. A little awkward, if that’s the case, since Zayn’s new girlfriend Gigi Hadid stars in the music video.

Foo Fighters and Yes’ Jon Davison Cover Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”

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If you are a fan of music then you know that a live cover creates a memorable experience on stage. That is why it is only logical for a band to invite a popular musician on stage to join them for the performance. Then they can cover a famous song in which that musician is known for. But in a recent Foo Fighters performance, this did not exactly happen.
The band “Foo Fighters” recently performed in Anaheim. While they were there, they invited the lead singer of the English rock band “Yes” up on stage to join them. The leader singer, Jon Davison, has been friends with the drummer of Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, since they were children. In fact, they have been best friends every since they were in second grade. Hawkins even told this to his audience before bringing Davison out on stage to perform with the band. He even mentioned how they were big fans of rush and that they used to have huge mullets.
So when Davison came out on stage, everyone assumed they were going to play a popular song from Davison’s “Yes” band. However, the Foo Fighters band decided to play Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” song instead. Dave Grohl, the front singer and founder of Foo Fighters, explained the reason for this is because the “Yes” song is too hard. Besides, Grohl has always been more of a fan of Rush and the vocals used in their songs. Not only that, Grohl doesn’t have the close personal connection with Davison that is drummer Hawkins has. And since Grohl is the lead singer and has to carry the song, he wanted to perform something that he felt confident that he could play well. If he had taken a chance and played a “Yes” song that he wasn’t confident at playing then it may have been a lousy performance and a slap in Davison’s face. So instead of doing that, he thought it would be better to just focus on singing a song he knew would be a high quality job.  
As a result, the audience didn’t mind at all. They loved the fact that so much diversity took place in the performance. They had members of two different bands on stage who were playing the song of an entirely different band than theirs. Perhaps Grohl was right in his decision to play a song he liked to perform. Most musicians will agree that you need to have passion and love for the song you sing in order to perform it well.

YouTube just launched its new subscription service – here’s how to try it for free

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YouTube Red is the latest service offered by YouTube which allows users to have an ad-free experience watching videos on the website. All they have to do is pay $9.99 per month and then their account will upgrade to YouTube Red. But getting rid of advertisements is only one thing that the service does. It also lets subscribers save their favorite videos onto their computer, so they can view them while they are offline. If you save and download these videos to your mobile phone then you can even play the videos in your phone’s background. This is the basically YouTube’s attempt to compete with other streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify.

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Right now, most YouTube users are probably not going to want to pay money to view videos that are already free. After all, there are currently a number of free ways you can block ads and save videos. If you use Google Chrome then you can download an Ad Block plugin for the browser that automatically blocks advertisements everywhere, including video advertisements on YouTube. As for saving videos, you can search for websites on Google that let you save YouTube videos simply by entering the URL of the YouTube page. The only way this service would benefit you is if you don’t currently use Google Chrome or you don’t like Google Chrome. You may also hate having to search for websites to save YouTube videos. It may be more convenient to just use any browser you want to get free ads and then save videos right on the YouTube video page you are on. Basically, convenience is the keyword here.
There is also another surprise coming to YouTube Red subscribers. Starting next year, subscribers will get additional features to their service that won’t be available to free users. YouTube plans to host a series of original content that only subscribers will have access to. For example, a popular YouTube gamer by the name of PewDiePie will be featuring a new show exclusively for YouTube Red subscribers. For those who are still unsure, Google is offering a free 30-day trial to test out the service. If you decide that you like the content that is provided then you can continue on after 30 days at just $9.99 per month. But if you don’t like the service then you can cancel at any time. This is probably the best option to take because you never know if you’ll like the original content or not.

The Crystal Method Denounce the Kremlin’s Use of Their Music

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The Kremlin recently created a propaganda video that shows airstrikes being conducted in Syria.

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Apparently, they used a song produced by The Crystal Method called “High Roller” in the video’s soundtrack. The only thing is The Crystal Method claims they never gave Kremlin the permission to use their song in the soundtrack of the propaganda video, which was a video produced by the state broadcaster known as VGTRK.

In the controversial video, it shows combat and battles taking place in Jobar, which is a suburb in the Syrian capital of Damascus. High Roller is a song from 1997, so anyone familiar with the song will easily recognize it in the video. The Crystal Method said Kremlin’s use of the video was completely unauthorized and that they feel terrible about all the war and bloodshed taking place in Syria right now. To those who watch the video, it might make the viewers think that The Crystal Method is endorsing the video because their music is in there. However, it seems as if they want to make it clear to people that they don’t endorse the video or the wars going on in Syria. That is why they are upset that their song is used in the video because it goes against their political beliefs. Like many Americans and Europeans alike, they believe the wars going on in Syria are awful. The images of families’ homes being destroyed is not something anyone wants their music playing through in the background. So it is understandable how The Crystal Method is feeling about this unauthorized use of their music.

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The Crystal Method is a band formed in 1993 that features two band members; Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan. They specialize in playing the keyboard and electronic type music. The duo has already been in numerous films, TV shows, advertisements and video games. The single “High Roller” comes from their best selling album entitled “Vegas.” The two band members used to live in Las Vegas, so you will find many of their songs related to this theme. As for the Kremlin, this name doesn’t refer to a band. Kremlin is a Russian military regiment and associated with the Russian Federal Protective Service. As you probably know, Russia is involved in the battles against ISIS in Syria. So it is not surprising that they are releasing video footage about those attacks. It is also not surprising that they would take a song produced by a foreign band and put it in their video without the band’s permission.