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Skyfall

Following the announcement of lyricist and producer Pell’s highly-anticipated 13-track album, ‘Gravity’, due out 6/21, the Payday Records signee unveils an infectious new hit entitled, ‘Skyfall’, featuring Ambré Perkins, Malik Ninety Five, and Icon.

The NOLA-bred artists linked up with producers Faux Delorean in their studio in New Orleans to create ‘Skyfall,’ an ode to their hometown. The record stands to celebrate New Orleans cultural diversity the city is known for.

‘Skyfall was created with New Orleans in mind. For me, it represents not forgetting your roots. It’s a big deal to me to be able to help show how diverse New Orleans artists are and these are definitely some of my favorite by far. Faux Delorean (the producers) Ambré, Malik and I were in the same studio session and Ambré started singing the hook and it just felt good. I sent the song to Icon later and when she sent it back my eyes watered it was so good,’ says Pell on ”Skyfall.’

Drawing inspiration from two of his previous project covers, ‘Gravity’ proves an inevitable gravitational return to Pell’s New Orleans roots, proving his new album serves as the final installment of his trio series of releases including his previous projects ‘Floating While Dreaming’ mixtape (2014) and ‘LIMBO’ EP (2015). Pell describes his album as his journey to self-discovery and of  his exponential growth as a human since his last musical release. The project is used as a therapeutic outlet for the artist, displaying a significant vulnerable and very authentic side of Pell.

Pell linked with NGHTMRE for ‘Magic Hour’ EP, releasing through Mad Decent in June 2018. Co-produced by Pell, ‘Hear Me,’ was featured on Madden 19’s soundtrack. Rounding out 2018, Pell was featured on XXL’s What I Do, where the artist was praised for his skillful freestyle, along with accompanying Doja Cat on her Amala Tour. Recently, Pell shared the stage with Brasstracks on their Vibrant Spring Tour alongside Kemba and was featured on their recent track ‘Vibrant’ from their latest project. He also recently linked with Great Good Fine Ok for their latest single ‘Terrified’.

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ILLENIUM “Good Things Fall Apart” Music Video

After crossing 21 million cumulative streams in just a few weeks’ time and vaulting on to multiple charts, ILLENIUM shares the epic official music video for his new single “Good Things Fall Apart” with Jon Belliontoday. 

Watch it HERE

“Good Things Fall Apart” is available for streaming and purchase HERE via Astralwerks.

The clip places the two artists on a galactic voyage beyond the outskirts of an imperiled planet. Donning regal navy blues and backed by a full band, they perform the song mid-flight in between action-packed vignettes of the ship’s crew attempting to regain order in the cockpit. Flashes of bright light match the peaks of Bellion’s stunning delivery as ILLENIUM’s rich production reverberates. Everything culminates in an entrancing blast as a fiery phoenix fittingly rises into the fore during the final shot. Strikingly, this science fiction mini-epic also hints at more to come…

“Good Things Fall Apart” blasted off with stratospheric success upon arrival. During its first week at radio, it became “#1 Most Added at Alternative.” Additionally, it debuted at #13 on the Billboard Dancechart. To date, total streams have surpassed 21 million and counting. Attracting acclaim, Billboard dubbed it, “a happy slice of emo-inspired with a side of radio pop.”

 “Good Things Fall Apart” also paves the way for more new music very soon. Now, it’s on the fast track to become the crossover smash of the summer! 

The song comes hot on the heels of two explosive anthems from ILLENIUM. To date, his single “Crashing” featuring Bahari has amassed nearly 40 million total streams. Meanwhile, the follow-up “Pray” featuring Kameron Alexander soundtracked a new HBO documentary.

Plus, the recent “Pray” remix packaged engendered enthusiastic critical acclaim. Dancing Astronaut  placed it on an NMF Roundup. YourEDM praised it as “intensely varied,” while RunTheTrapproclaimed it, “a phenomenal remix pack.”

 Also, be sure to catch ILLENIUM on tour. He recently performed a DJ set at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas.. Next up, he’s set to touch down Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, continue his Las Vegas residency at Hakkasan, and headline both Madison Square Garden(September 21) and Red Rocks Amphitheater (October 10, 11, 12) in the fall. Dates are selling out rapidly. Remaining tickets are available here:http://illenium.com/tour/

ILLENIUM creates immersive emotional experiences, displaying an adeptness for crafting aural arrangements that vary in style, beauty, complexity and depth. With two full-length albums to his credit and sundry singles and remixes, he has surpassed the one billion stream mark across his discography.

His debut album, Ashes, was released to critical acclaim in early 2016. Awake followed in 2017 and hit #1 on in the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts in 12 countries. Named one of the “10 Best Dance/Electronic Albums of 2017” by Billboard, it included such singles as “Feel Good” (with Gryffin featuring Daya) and “Crawl Outta Love.” Praising the album as “a gorgeous collection of future bass, piercing vocals, and barefaced lyrics,” Dancing Astronaut said, “While it might seem premature to call an album a ‘masterpiece,’ no other title would fit Awake so well.” Billboardobserved, “The phoenix is ILLENIUM ‘s mascot, and Awake is the emergent moment of that story.”

ILLENIUM’s Awake Live headline tour captivated audiences across the country, and sold out such renowned venues as The Shrine, Terminal 5, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Aragon Ballroom and Red Rocks. His remix of Flume’s “Say It” earned him an Electronic Music Award for “Best Remix” in 2017. ILLENIUM’s recent collaborations include “Don’t Give Up On Me” with Kill The Noise ft. Mako and “Gold (Stupid Love)” with Excision ft. Shallows.

Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs – all recorded in his parents’ basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014’s The Definition and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours. Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced “Trumpets” for Jason Derulo and co-wrote the GRAMMY Award winning, 10x-Platinum hit “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna. He co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera’s recent single, “Fall in Line” featuring Demi Lovato. Bellionbegins his North American tour this June, tickets available HERE.

ILLENIUM North American Tour Dates:

Tickets: http://illenium.com/tour/

June 14 – George, WA – Paradiso Festival [Date TBA]

June 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 

June 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic Ultra Pool

July 05 – Las Vegas, NV – Hakkasan Nightclub

August 24 – Las Vegas, NV – Hakkasan Nightclub

September 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

October 10 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

October 11 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater 

October 12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater 

 

Dreamville Releases 1-888-88-DREAM

Like thieves in the night, Dreamville artists and its top executives swapped over their social media avatars to an image of a simple yellow brick wall. Late last night two teasers were posted to Dreamville’s Instagram previewing what was to come tonight — two hot tracks which come off the highly anticipated Dreamville compilation project via Interscope Records — Revenge of The Dreamers III. “Down Bad” and “Got Me” are a taste of what fans and friends can expect from the full project, to be released soon. 
“Down Bad” features a litany of fiery bars from the camp’s masterful lyricists, J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole and Olu from EARTHGANG, as well as a guest verse from Young Nudy; “Got Me” serves a sultry, summer drive-around vibe thanks to the dulcet tones of Dreamville’s R&B princess, Ari Lennox joined by Omen, Ty Dolla $ign and rapper Dreezy. Both tracks are available now across all DSPs.

Expert comment on Telegram cyber attack

Expert comment on Telegram cyber attack from Mark Skilton, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School, who researches and consults on cyber security.

He said: “This type of attack is government censorship using cyber tools to block internet traffic. In this case it was massive overwhelming traffic noise targeting Telegram servers and networks to slow down the service in what is called ‘denial of service’.

“This was not a specific technology, but a distributed network attack on the internet ISP and NSP network providers. The strong encryption inside the Telegram app had no defence against the traffic level protocols and volume of traffic.

“To stop this type of attack would need new technology to block adversaries’ traffic before the network, something that is not possible if the Chinese government control and have access to that network currently. What typically happens is alternative telecoms networks might be used. But I suspect those too would be targeted for a full scale attack.

“However, we don’t know if it was a full wide scale internet attack or if it was a complete network wide attack. It seems some sophistication was used to target the Telegram app and user service. This may be a symptom of a more advanced distributed ‘denial of service’ acting as a swarm of attacks against specific targets.”

SUR

Northern California bred musician/producer Zack Arnett of SUR releases the video for “Only Road” today. The video was directed by Meeno and shot on the road as Arnett headed to Lake Buena Vista, CA for his performance at the Lighting In A Bottle Festival last month. “Only Road” was released in May on Interscope Records and was written by Zack Arnett and Jeff Gitty who also took on producer duties with additional production by Arnett. Watch the video for “Only Road” HERE.

“The making of the ‘Only Road’ video came together much like the song did,” says Zack Arnett. “We didn’t overthink it, we freestyled our way through it allowing the organic moments to come together and tell the story. These projects are what I live for, collaborating with chaos to make excellence.”

“Ever since I read Kerouac when I was 14 my soul’s been hobo’ing around,” says Meeno.  “When I found my fellow dharma bum, Zack, I knew we could take our act on the road. His talent, my camera, that’s all we needed.”

SUR will perform at the Wanderlust’s Squaw Valley Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA on July 19 & 20.  More information on the festival is HERE.

SUR is the brainchild of musician/producer Zack Arnett, who also adds to his credentials visual artist, poet, medicinal farmer and apothecarian. SUR released his debut SAVAGE BEAST EP last May.  The six-track set features the anthem-like rockers LEAN BACK , STIX + STONESALL I NEED and“MAKE IT TO MORNING”.  SUR has been chosen as Fox Sports’ Artist of the Month for June with his music featured in programming across the platform and “Only Road” appears in the sports documentary “40 Days: GGG vs. Rolls.”  SUR has been well received in the TV, film, sports commercial and gaming world as well as being a fixture on the summer festival circuit. More performances to be announced soon.

SUR – eSingle “Only Road”
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2019 NBA Authentics

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., launches the New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series, a cap collection that features elements of a varsity jacket including a custom felt team patch and team-specific striping. The New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series is available now at neweracap.com, as well as select sporting goods and headwear retailers. Prices range from  range of $30-$38 USD.

“As the Authentic Cap of the NBA, we’re excited to be the first piece of team gear that these draftees put on as they begin their journey to become stars in this league,” said John Connors, Director of Basketball at New Era Cap. “The New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series pays homage to the varsity jacket including elements like a custom felt patch, team striping and embroidered team information.”

The New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series offers a mix of silhouettes including the 9FIFTY® snapback that will be worn by draftees as they begin their NBA career. The collection is also available in 59FIFTY® fitted, 9TWENTY® adjustable, 39THIRTY® stretch, 29TWENTY® and knit silhouettes.  Each cap features a custom felt patch with a gold team identifying mark, an official team logo pin, team specific striping detail and embroidery on the side that details the team’s established date, location and anthem.

 

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5 Islands in Thailand You Should Visit

If you love sandy beaches, water, and amazing scenery, then you have to make a point to visit Thailand. The country has vast coastlines that border the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Find below our review of five islands in Thailand you should visit.

1. Phuket

You should look for time to visit Thailand’s largest island. The area is a popular tourist resort, and there are a lot of fun activities to engage in. If you are looking for entertainment, good shopping places, and amazing beaches, you will find them all in Phuket.

Visit Phuket old town where you’ll experience the real authenticity of the island. Many of the houses are colonial style, which gives a nostalgic feeling of days gone by. It has numerous eateries so that you get to sample the local cuisine. The Old Town is more laid back and is a good place to come and unwind.

Also take a minute to visit the countless number of temples, so that you can experience the Buddhist religion in its fullest. You may be lucky enough to see the Big Buddha; a statue that is 45-meters tall. It is made of white marble and is truly awesome.

If you like to dance, bars and pubs, you will enjoy the Bangla Road. Alcohol and food are cheap here, and boredom will not factor in anywhere in your nights in Thailand. However, do practice moderation and avoid drug use. If you like private beaches, take a trip to the Phuket freedom beach or the Surin beach. The sand is soft and white and goes perfectly with the clear blue seas.

Other fun activities include the weekend night market where you get to shop to your heart’s content. The Fantasea theme park is also a great place to visit, and you get a chance to experience the full Thai culture. Also visit the Phuket elephant sanctuary, Jui Tui Shrine, the Karon Viewpoint, the Gibbon rehabilitation project, among others.

2. Koh Samui

Thinking of a honeymoon destination? Think no more, Koh Samui is the perfect place. The beaches are to die for, and there are several natural sites like Hin Yai and Hin Ta, that would make wonderful places to go for long romantic walks. You may also spot the buffaloes grazing in the fields.

Learn about fishing at the fishing village at Boput, see the mummified monk at Wat Khunaram, or find some serenity in the peaceful secret Buddha garden.

If you like golf, you are in the right place; Kah Samui is a favorite destination for golfers. Once you finish your game, pamper yourself at one of the numerous spas available.

If you want the ultimate holiday deal, you will get it here; whether you’re looking to sightsee, want some adventure, or want to take it easy. Do note though, this is an upmarket destination, and so you may need to have enough spending money.

3. Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. Make sure you visit the Viewpoint for a view of the twin curved bays.

If you’re into water-related activities like kayaking, diving or snorkeling, you have a lot of access to such activities. Check out Dreamguides to find out more on kayaking and other outdoor activities. Alternatively, you can also choose to relax on the beaches. If you are a movie fan and got to watch ‘The Beach,’ you will be happy to know that Maya Bay was the location for the shoot.

Your evenings will be full of entertainment because of the live music on the beaches, and the famous Muay Thai fights.

4. Koh Phangan

If you like to party, make sure you visit Koh Phangan. The area is known for its full moon parties and is a great place to dance the night away.

However, if you want a quiet place, there are several beaches where you can go for scuba diving or snorkeling. You also get to enjoy body relaxation sessions like yoga retreats, massage parlors, meditation workshops, among others.

If you find the sound of waterfalls soothing, you have so many options, including Thaan Sadet, Thaan Prapaad, Sramanora, and Wangsai. Do not go during the dry seasons because you will not find any water.
Taste the local cuisine at the Thong Sala night market where you can also pick up a few souvenirs for guys back home.

5. Koh Chang

The Koh Chang would make a great setting for a movie. Think palm-lined beaches, mountain, and jungle settings. Carry your hiking boots and get ready for some fun in nature. When you complete your tour of the bamboo and dense forests, make sure you get a taste of the local cuisine at the many eateries available.

Alternatively, bring your swimwear and a good book for intense lazy Days at the beach. There are many you can go to including one white sand beach, Bailan Beach, Kai Bae, and Klong Prao Beach. When you get tired of reading, explore the Marine wildlife, or go fishing.

If you feel like you want more action, Bangkok is only half a day away.

Final Thoughts

Thailand is a fascinating place to visit. There is an interesting fusion of the modern while keeping a tight grip on the amazing culture and religion. We have shared with you 5 Islands you should visit while in Thailand. If you’re looking for a place to relax, you will find it on the sandy white beaches, which boast of crystal clear blue water. You also have numerous options for hiking, and even enjoy the sport of golf, if that is your cup of tea.

When you finish the more physical activities, you can visit the spas for a relaxing massage. Instead of eating at a fancy Hotel, go to the night markets and sample the authentic local cuisine. It will also give you a chance to buy interesting gifts for people back home.

When your stomach is full, dance the night away with your family and friends. Thailand has something for everyone, whatever your pocket size.

Amazing Spider-Man #25

It may be hitting comic shops next month, but the buzz is already on for the giant-sized main story in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, where the bandaged villain who has been on the periphery since #1 strikes at last! But this mysterious figure isn’t the only menace after the Wall-Crawler: Spider-Man and Mary Jane find themselves in an incredibly tough situation, thanks to Electro. Can Spider-Man save MJ? Can MJ save Spider-Man? Plus, what is Mysterio cooking?

For what will be an unforgettable issue, we’ve rolled out a lineup of iconic variants, all by premiere Marvel talent. Get a sneak peek at this amazing slate!

For more information on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, visit Marvel.com.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25

Written by NICK SPENCER

Art by DAN HIPP, RYAN OTTLEY, KEV WALKER

Cover Art by RYAN OTTLEY

Colors by NATHAN FAIRBAIRN

Father’s Day: Gift Ideas for Golf Dads!

M5 & M6 Drivers

The 2019 drivers from TaylorMade are built with the latest tech innovation in golf, Speed Injected Twist Face. Played by the top athletes on Tour (Tiger, Rory, Dustin Johnson), Speed Injected Twist Face drivers feature a revolutionary process of calibrating every individual club head to the threshold of the legal speed limit allowed by the USGA and R&A.

Spider X

Spider X revolutionizes the way we achieve optimal stability and alignment by reengineering the mass properties of the head and introducing a new optically engineered alignment. Pure Roll™ meets the all-new True Path™ alignment to make the #1 Putter Model on the PGA TOUR even better.

TaylorMade Performance Apparel designed by Peter Millar

Designed specifically for TaylorMade, this collaboration with Peter Millar features premium fabric and sophisticated styling with performance-enhancing benefits like four-way stretch, moisture-wicking, odor control, shape retention, wrinkle resistance, UPF 50+ sun protection and easy-care. This line of polos, pullovers, sweaters, and T-shirts will surely help enhance your game and elevate your style. 

2019 TP5 & TP5X Balls

After five years of development, the new 2019 golf balls are here to take their game farther than ever before.TP5 and TP5x feature a Tri-Fast Core and Dual-Spin Cover that combine for a 5-layer golf ball construction specifically engineered to perform with every club in your bag.

 

How Big Tech Is Destroying Our Press

Ahead of today’s House Judiciary Hearing, the Save Journalism Project held a press call with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11); journalists Laura Bassett, laid off by HuffPost; and John Stanton, laid off by BuzzFeed; and Neil Chase, CEO of CalMatters and former executive editor of The Mercury News and East Bay Times.

The monopolistic power of big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple is destroying the economic model of the entire journalism industry, whether its traditional circulation newspapers or digital news outlet.

 This week’s hearing on how digital platforms affect news organizations marks the much-needed return of congressional antitrust scrutiny to big tech companies, which have gained a monopolistic position that lets them dominate the digital advertising marketplace and distribute massive amounts of content from news publishers on their platforms without paying to produce the content. 

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) said, “I don’t think there’s anything more important right now than this issue. Being from the Bay Area, I have been to every big tech company. After meeting with them, I think it’s time to make it easier for licensing like the music and movie industries have done. We are members of Congress, you are journalists, and we have to keep an appropriate Constitutional distance, but there are policy proposals in our legislation that protect the freedom of the press and are necessary to keep the industry alive. When I was first elected to the Concord City Council there was a reporter who was consistently in the front row keeping officials accountable. His presence made local government work, and it is vital that we protect the journalism industry to make sure leaders are kept accountable and communities are informed.”

Laura Bassett, a reporter who was laid off by HuffPost, commented, “In the first few months of 2019, I was one of about 2,400 journalists and media staffers who lost our jobs. Even though I was aware the cuts were coming, it was still shocking to be laid off after nearly a decade in my newsroom. The reason for the mass layoffs, I found out, was that Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook are dominating the digital ad market, swallowing about 60 percent of all revenue and making it difficult for journalism to survive. News publishers are being forced to give a cut of their ad revenue to these companies- revenue that would otherwise go to hiring journalists. Because a well-funded news media is vital to a healthy democracy, the public needs to be aware of Big Tech’s death grip on publishers. At the House Judiciary Hearing today, lawmakers in Congress need to address this bipartisan issue and find legislative solutions that regulate tech giants and restore fairness to the digital ad market. Journalists are taught not to be the story, but as Big Tech’s digital ad monopoly benefits off of our revenue streams, it’s incumbent upon us to fight for the future of our industry. One or two companies should not have the power to cripple the free press.”

“After 20 years of covering Congress and the White House for BuzzFeed, I found out layoffs were coming in a tweet from the Wall Street Journal,” said John Stanton, former Buzzfeed Washington Bureau Chief before being laid off. “Despite the great work my colleagues and I were doing for the publication, there simply wasn’t enough money. Because stories that lead to changes in state and federal law, jailing of criminals and exposing wrongdoing — cost money. Money that is increasingly gobbled up by Google and Facebook. To try to survive, slashes had to be made. To entire desks. The reason advertising revenue has fallen so steeply is that Google and Facebook dominate the digital ad market, consuming more than 60 percent of all revenue. And their share is growing, because they devour nine out of every ten new dollars that are spent on digital advertising. Big Tech’s monopoly has a death grip on publishers. Congress needs to be discussing how to regulate this imbalance and restore competitive fairness in the digital market.”

Neil Chase, CEO of CalMatters and former executive editor of The Mercury News and East Bay Times, added, “We all believe journalism is central to democracy. Newspapers have experienced a decline not in the past five years, not in the past ten or fifteen years, but in the past seventy-five years. Newspapers have been declining since World War II. The problem is that we are essentially sitting on a 200 year-old product, but are trying to compete with new and changing technologies. Newspapers have maintained a monopoly for over 200 years. This is how people historically gained all their information; how they found where to buy clothing, where to buy their groceries, and where they got their news. With the change in how society works, all we have is the news. In order to solve this problem, we need a multi-pronged approach. We need to engage in philanthropy, which my company is already focused on this aspect. We need newspapers with benevolent leaders, not the leaders that we have at some major news organizations now. We need support from legislators. And, we need people paying for the news. We need a lot of support from a lot of different places in order to make this work.”