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Now that new music comes out every Friday — but not always on every streaming service — it can be hard to know where to find the next great song.
To help you out, Business Insider compiled this rundown of the best new music you can stream right now.
Note: Some songs contain NSFW language.
Chance the Rapper — "Untitled (Muhammad Ali Tribute)"
Chance the Rapper stole the show at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards with a tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali in the form of an original song. The stunning untitled track (with help from the rapper/singer's band, The Social Experiment) is arguably Chance's most powerful vocal performance to date.
Justice — "Safe and Sound"
"Safe and Sound," the first single in five years from French electronic duo Justice, is a hypnotic mélange of synths and funk bass lines that recall both the '70s disco scene and the group's hit song, "D.A.N.C.E.," from 2007.
Wilco — "Locator"
Wilco's latest single arrives almost exactly one year after the release of "Star Wars" — no, not the George Lucas-created empire, the critically acclaimed album that the band self-released for free in July 2015. "Locator" is typical Wilco fare, which is to say that it's a quality folk-rock jam. You can stream the song below or download it for free here.
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The latest piece of the public-relations battle between Fox News and Gretchen Carlson came by way of an old clip, first surfaced by Jezebel, showing the former TV host gifting her colleagues "Turkish Viagra" on air.
Carlson offered Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, cohosts of the morning show "Fox & Friends," the concoction as an apparent joke.
"If you take this, you can 'blank' many times!" Carlson said in 2007. "[It's] in the form of honey. It's legal. You don't need a prescription. You don't need to go to a doctor. All you do is take a few sips at night, and you're a man!"
The implication was that Doocy, who was mentioned in a sexual-harassment lawsuit Carlson filed against network CEO Roger Ailes, wasn't the only one cracking inappropriate jokes.
On Friday, Nancy Erika Smith, one of Carlson's lawyers, took a shot at the insinuation made by those who circulated the clip. She pointed to a Marge Piercy poem called "The grey flannel sexual harassment suit."
The poem starts: "The woman in the sexual harassment / suit should be a virgin / who attended church every Sunday."
"Women who bring sexual harassment claims have a virginity test and they'd better not have ever made a sexual joke or worn a skirt above their knees," Smith told Business Insider. "[T]hat's the virginity test now. The Taliban of Fox is coming out and now they're going to try to smear a long-term, married mother of two."
The dispute between Fox News and one of its longtime hosts started when Carlson's contract at the cable-news network was not renewed.
In a statement released at the outset of the drama, Carlson's attorneys said the former host of "The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson" was fired by the network after she "rebuffed Mr. Ailes' sexual advances" and challenged what she perceived as unequal treatment of women in the workplace.
"I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better," Ailes told Carlson last year, according to the release.
The release also alleged that Ailes called Carlson a "man hater."
News of the lawsuit broke the same day Carlson announced that she was no longer with Fox News, sending shock waves through the news industry.
Since then, the charges have been vehemently disputed by several Fox News personalities who have come out in defense of Ailes, including heavyweights Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
Host Neil Cavuto wrote an op-ed for Business Insider on Tuesday about "the character of Roger Ailes." In it, he called the allegations against his longtime boss "sick."
In a Friday interview with Business Insider, host Kimberly Guilfoyle seemed to agree.
"In terms of speaking to a variety of people that worked there, the response has been overwhelming, overwhelming support for Mr. Ailes," Guilfoyle said. "The professionalism shown to the females he knows at Fox … it's been the best, most supportive environment I've worked in professionally."
Guilfoyle pegged the suit as a result of Carlson's contract not getting renewed.
"I think it's unfortunate given the timing that when her contract wasn't renewed, to then bring a case and make allegations from years past," Guilfoyle said. "It would seem to me, as a former prosecutor, that there could be a variety of different motivations."
Carlson's lawyers disputed that the timing of the suit is suspicious.
"Most people don’t sue until they're fired," Smith said. "That's the most drastic retaliation against you. In fact, she was considering [suing] beforehand and didn't know she was going to be summarily fired."
In light of the press leaks (old documents and videos clips that seem designed to discount Carlson's allegations have surfaced in the wake of the lawsuit) and public showings of support from Fox News talent, Carlson's lawyers have accused Fox News of trying to litigate the case in the press.
Aside from the "Turkish Viagra" clip, old letters from Carlson to Ailes surfaced. The handwritten letters, which Mediaite posted, showed Carlson asking Ailes for opportunities to fill in for Fox anchors Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly. She also thanked him for his support in her career.
"It's very funny, the people who are leaking all this, whatever they think they can come up with to smear Gretchen and discredit her and sending their surrogates out saying, 'I was never sexually harassed,'" Smith said.
"These are people who want to drag her and her evidence into a secret proceeding but they're leaking out all this."
In a move that could keep the suit out of a public court, Fox News tried to move the case into private arbitration. On Friday, Ailes' attorneys filed a motion to move the case from New Jersey to New York, where Fox News is based, in another step toward putting the case in arbitration in New York.
Carlson's contract, according to Fox News, stipulated that for a case in arbitration, files, evidence, testimony, and even allegations "shall be held in strict confidence."
F. Paul Bland Jr., an arbitration expert and executive director of the advocacy group Public Justice, told The New York Times that Carlson's contract has "has much broader secrecy language than is common in arbitration."
Carlson's lawyers mentioned that the former host has "irrefutable evidence" against Ailes, but declined to discuss what this evidence is.
"We, unlike Fox, are not presenting our evidence to the press," Smith said. "[W]e're prepared to show all of our evidence in our public civil-justice system. Judges don't like it when you try your case in the press."
Martin Hyman, another lawyer for Carlson, said Fox News is trying to kick the case into arbitration to keep their evidence against Ailes out of public view.
"We have irrefutable evidence against Roger and that's why … they don't want a jury to ever hear or see it," Hyman told Business Insider. "That's what this arbitration thing is all about."
But Fox News is making similar accusations against Carlson and her team.
"Gretchen Carlson's attorney has led a concerted smear campaign to prejudice the rights of Roger Ailes in this case," Susan Estrich, Ailes' attorney, said in a statement sent to Business Insider. "Her attempt to game the system so as to avoid the arbitration clause for her client's baseless allegations is contrary to law and unsupported by the facts."
Since Carlson filed her lawsuit, multiple women have come forward to accuse Ailes of harassment. In a story for New York magazine, Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a 2014 biography critical of Ailes, spoke to six women (four of whom are anonymous) who have made similar allegations.
Barry Asen, another Ailes attorney, who is a partner at Epstein, Becker, and Green, disputed Sherman's story.
"It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue," he said in a statement to Business Insider, decrying the allegations as false.
And a Fox News spokesperson accused Sherman of being part of Carlson's "smear campaign."
"Gabe Sherman continues to conduct a baseless smear campaign in concert with Gretchen Carlson's lawyer," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Carlson's contract was not renewed because she was a failure with the audience. Once again, Sherman's twisted allegations from anonymous sources are completely false."
While Carlson's lawyers have characterized her firing as retaliation for her rejecting Ailes' alleged advances, Fox News has turned that accusation on its head. Ailes accused Carlson of using the suit as retaliation for her contract not getting renewed, pointing to her show's ratings.
"This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup," Ailes said in a statement provided to Business Insider. "When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit."
According to Nielsen ratings data, the show averaged 1.2 million total viewers and 189,000 viewers in the news audience (adults aged 25 to 54 years old) in June. That shows an improvement of 22% in total viewers and 28% in the demo audience, compared to the same hour in June 2015.
But all news channels have seen an increase in viewership because it's an election year, and while Carlson's show "The Real Story" was the No. 1 show in its time slot, just as her contract was up her show was beat by "CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin" by 2% in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic.
That meant the CNN show bumped Carlson out of the No. 1 spot for the advertiser-coveted audience, even while it held on to its top ranking for total viewers.
Moreover, "The Real Story" was the lowest-rated afternoon show on Fox News.
And while Carlson's lawsuit contended that Fox News' decision to move her from the popular morning show "Fox & Friends" to her own show, in the afternoon, was a demotion, Fox News has argued the exact opposite.
"Hosting her own signature program with her name in the title and taking over Megyn Kelly’s afternoon time slot was hardly a demotion," a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider.
Kelly, one of the biggest names on the network, hasn't yet spoken publicly about the case. But the PR war shows no signs of slowing.
Maxwell Tani and Jethro Nededog contributed to this report.
Original story here: http://www.businessinsider.com/pokemon-go-niantic-john-hanke-interview-2016-7
So many characters died in season six of "Game of Thrones," while so many others were seemingly discarded in a form of exile: Daario, to run the city of Meereen; Melisandre, ordered to go south; Benjen, who can't cross the Wall. As we head into season seven, this is understandable — the ever-sprawling show needs to trim down to the essentials and focus on the endgame. Still, we might get a few new characters, or spend a little more time with some folks we've just started to get to know. Here are a few of them:
At the Citadel
Sam's gone off to Maester U, and a lot of what he needs to learn will come from other people. Sam could meet other novices, including Leo Tyrell, one of the Tyrell cousins, whose character might be changed somewhat given how much of his family was just wiped out. In the books, Leo is nicknamed "Lazy Leo," acts like a spoiled brat, and is generally disliked by his fellow students. Alleras, who is nicknamed the Sphinx, is much more likable, if more mysterious, and could take an interest in Sam's arrival. (Alleras might also be a woman passing as a man, given the Citadel's gender-discrimination policies — the prevailing theory is that he/she is actually Sarella Sand, Oberyn's daughter.) One of the other novices who might greet Sam could be Pate, who starts off a little down on his luck and desperate for money. Without giving too much away, let's just say his desperation could turn him into someone dangerous. But perhaps the most crucial character Sam could meet at the Citadel is an against-the-grain maester named Marwyn, who is the equivalent of the cranky professor who drinks with his students during office hours and tells them the way the world really works. In this case, that involves the magical underpinnings of Westeros. Prepare to have your mind blown, Sam.
Don't tell us Sam Tarly went all the way home to Horn Hill, and we'll never see any of the other Tarlys again? Not if Randyll Tarly is worth his mettle. The son he disinherited just stole his ancestral sword — his priceless, spell-forged, impossible-to-replace sword. Surely he's going to want that back? That is, of course, if he's not preoccupied with his primary function as a seasoned battle commander. The Tarlys are sworn to the Tyrells, so it's possible he'll join Olenna Tyrell (and any other surviving Tyrells) as part of Team Dany. Or perhaps he'll be called upon to defend nearby Oldtown, should it come under siege. In the meantime, as Dany hunts for Westeros's most eligible bachelors, Randyll could offer up his son Rickon (played by Freddie Stroma, a.k.a. suitor Adam Cromwell on the first season of "UnREAL," so he's got some experience in that department).
Making a thousand ships takes time, but once he has his fleet, Euron is going to make up for lost time. The show could give him his book plot, which means he might start raiding the coasts of Westeros, causing trouble for Cersei Lannister (unless she makes him an ally).
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Sometimes it pays to be restricted.
R-rated films limit their audiences based on excessive violence, sexual situations, drug use, and language, as determined by the MPAA.
Even so, the box office doesn't always take a hit.
"Deadpool" had the biggest R-rated opening weekend with $132.43 million, but when looking at total grosses of R-rated films adjusted for inflation, the breakout Marvel movie doesn't make the top 10. (In fact, it sits at No. 17.)
"The Matrix Reloaded," which previously held "Deadpool's" opening record, and "American Sniper" also surprisingly don't qualify, ranking at 11 and 15, respectively. "The Hangover" doesn't even make the top 20; it placed at No. 28.
Interestingly, 7 of the top 10 R-rated films are from the 1970s, and only one is from the new millenium.
Take a look at the top 10 highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time adjusted for inflation (to keep things on an even playing field):
The ranking comes from Box Office Mojo's list of top domestic adjusted grosses of R-rated movies.
10. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) — $417.47 million *all figures adjusted for inflation
9. "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978) — $440.33 million
8. "M.A.S.H." (1970) — $460.61 million
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Giant tech company Cisco always ends its huge annual customer conference by inviting a well-known personality associated with the tech industry but not in it (and often from the entertainment world), on stage for the final keynote speech. This year that person was Kevin Spacey.
After all the controversy surrounding the female-focused reboot of the 1980s classic comedy, "Ghostbusters" has finally opened, and though it didn't do amazing business, Sony, the studio behind the movie, should be happy to have survived the rough waters.
The comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones with director Paul Feig ("Spy") at the helm, took in an estimated $46 million at the domestic box office this weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.
That's the biggest opening for a live-action comedy this year and the biggest opening for a McCarthy/Feig movie (besting their 2013 movie "The Heat," which opened at $39.1 million).
But that wasn't enough to beat the latest animated hit, "The Secret Life of Pets," which topped the box office again with an estimated $50.5 million.
That once again proves that animation is ruling the summer box office.
There was a moment when it looked like "Ghostbusters" could top "Pets," as the comedy won Friday with $17.2 million over the $15 million taken in by "Pets," but with the latest film from the makers of "Despicable Me" in 400 more theaters than "Ghostbusters," it was able to catch up to the gals who aren't afraid of ghosts.
"Ghostbusters" is the latest reboot/sequel that has underperformed this summer. With an estimated budget of around $145 million, plus a $100 million prints-and-advertising price tag, just making around $46 million on its opening weekend doesn't cut it. Especially with the movie not being allowed to play in China, which has been a savior for the global box office of numerous movies this summer.
But no other movie this summer has received the scrutiny that "Ghostbusters" has. There's been a constant group of people on the internet who have tried to hurt the movie's performance by negatively rating its trailers and bringing down its IMDb ranking just because the movie has been remade with female leads.
With Sony intending to make more "Ghostbusters" movies with this cast, this weekend's performance, though soft, still solidifies the continuation of the franchise (sorry, haters).
With more television shows and platforms than ever before, the Television Academy, which votes on the Emmys, is faced with a lot of hard decisions.
Naturally, each year there are a ton of deserving actors, writers, producers, and shows that end up without a nomination.
But the snubs for our favorites don't get any easier to digest each year, as evidenced by the 2016 Emmy nominations announced Thursday.
This list includes the shutouts of genre shows "The Walking Dead," "Jessica Jones," and "Daredevil."
There was also some disrespect to the ladies, including "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "Broad City," and "Orange Is the New Black." And where in the world is Jim Parsons?
Here's a look at the biggest snubs of the 2016 Emmy nominations:
Rachel Bloom and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (The CW)
There are few shows that can come out of development hell at one network, repackage themselves, and then emerge as masterful as "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." That's what it did after being passed over by Showtime, then moving to its sister network The CW. This show brings together rom-com writing with original musical performances by some pretty talented actors.
Plus, Bloom won the Golden Globe, people!
"The Walking Dead" (AMC)
With plenty of nods to its makeup effects, "The Walking Dead" has still yet to be honored for its total package. We used to blame it on the fact that the TV Academy wasn't into genre TV, but "Game of Thrones" has the most nominations this year. So what's going on?
"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" (TBS)
"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" did nab a writing nomination, but it failed to break into the late-night/variety-show boys club for a show nom. That's absolutely ridiculous. There is no other voice as certain, as topical, and as hilarious as host Samantha Bee. She and her team are really calling BS on everyone that deserves it. That fearlessness should have been recognized.
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We're halfway through a busy year in music. Already this year's new RIAA rules for music-streaming sales have bolstered blockbuster acts in a huge way.
Drake's album "Views" has been a runaway hit mainly off the strength of its streams. Even Adele, who was once notably holding her work from streaming services, has caved in and made her latest album, "25," streamable.
To get a sense of which artists are dominating the streaming field in the US, we turned to Pandora Radio, the streaming and recommendation service, for a list of the artists whose Pandora "artist stations" were most frequently added in each of the 50 states this year. It's a snapshot of what the streaming audience is most hungry for these days.
Turns out, Drake is just as popular as everyone thinks he is — though not everywhere. Some states have some curveball favorites.
Read on to see the top 10 artists in each state:
3. Taylor Swift
4. Fetty Wap
7. The Weeknd
8. Ed Sheeran
10. Maroon 5
ALABAMA: Kevin Gates
1. Kevin Gates
2. Fetty Wap
6. Lil Wayne
7. Taylor Swift
8. Chris Brown
9. The Weeknd
10. Sam Hunt
ARKANSAS: Kevin Gates
1. Kevin Gates
2. Fetty Wap
5. The Weeknd
6. Lil Wayne
7. Taylor Swift
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Jeff Bezos loves "Star Trek" — and space in general — and now he's finally become a member of Starfleet.
Bezos has a cameo in the third installment of the "Star Trek" reboot, "Star Trek Beyond," the AP reports. He plays an alien who is also a "Starfleet Official," according to his IMDB page.
This is Bezos' second acting credit — he also appeared as a security guard in a short film called "Tooth Fairy."
So what was Bezos like on set?
"He was awesome," said director Justin Lin. "It was like a president was visiting, you know? He had a big entourage. But it didn't matter because he was so into it. He had to wait around all day because it was one day we were shooting, like, three different scenes, and it was also credit to Jeff because ... he just nailed it every time."
Just to be clear, Bezos only appears in a "single tracking shot," according to the AP.
Even Hollywood superstar actors found his entourage to be intense. "I was there for the bit with his, like, nine bodyguards and three limos. It was really intense," Chris Pine said. "I had no idea who he was. Not a clue. But he was obviously very important."
Bezos has said previously that his love of space as a child was one thing that led him to found Blue Origin, his private space company.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.
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Stephen Colbert unofficially kicked off the Republican National Convention before it was supposed to start, and he insulted presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, while he was at it.
The "Late Show" host took the stage at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday dressed as his "Hunger Games" alter ego.
"[Trump] has formed an alliance with Indiana Governor Mike Pence," he started, before feigning sleep. "Sorry, I blacked out there for a moment. It is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry-for-Power Games!"
At this point, security had begun to pull him off the stage. Nevertheless, he went on to say, "Look, I know I'm not supposed to be up here — but to be honest, neither is Donald Trump!"
At the center of power at the RNC pic.twitter.com/R8kBtEI7Hq— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 17, 2016
Colbert is hosting CBS' "Late Show" live each night at 11:30 p.m. for the two weeks of convention happenings.
Former "Daily Show" host and "Late Show" executive producer Jon Stewart is expected to join him on Monday. Among the others set to appear are "Daily Show" alum John Oliver, comedian Keegan-Michael Key, comedian Bassem Youssef, and Senator (and potential Hillary Clinton running mate) Elizabeth Warren.
Watch Colbert crash the RNC stage:
Trevor Noah is totally onboard if Republican delegates try to avoid naming Donald Trump the party's presidential candidate during this week's national convention.
“I’m hoping for that," the "Daily Show" host recently told Business Insider of a potential brokered convention. "Let me just say that I am literally hoping for that.”
Anti-Trump Republicans have been floating the idea of a brokered convention — also referred to as a contested convention or an open convention — for months. Now that Trump has secured the delegates he needs, the possibility is a long shot. It would involve voting to unbind delegates from the primary results so they could throw their votes to another potential candidate.
Brokered conventions are extremely rare (the last one was in 1952), and Trump predicted his supporters would riot if the Republicans tried to pull one off this year. But threats of violence wouldn't scare off Noah and his team.
"In fact, we’ve been warned about [violence]," Noah said. "We had a training we had to do. It’s not combat training. It’s hostile environment training, so that’s a scary and interesting place to be in... So we’re ready to be in the environment, I guess."
The "Daily Show" host and his team are preparing for their ambitious multi-platform coverage from the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions, which will include coverage on SiriusXM, the Amazon Alexa, and Snapchat.
So what did Noah learn from the course in case violence erupts at the convention?
“I guess it’s just staying calm if there’s tear gas, and figuring out how not to breathe as much as possible," he explained. "And also how to stay low, and how to move around in your flak jacket. And it’s scary, but it’s funny at the same time. But I guess coming from South Africa, I’m no stranger to tear gas.”
Taylor Swift knew about the diss on Kanye West's "Famous" before the song was released and seemed okay with it, according to a phone conversation between the two artists that Kim Kardashian leaked on Snapchat late Sunday night.
The song features the lyrics, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b**** famous."
After it was released, Swift's team released a statement saying she warned him against putting out a song with "such a strongly misogynistic message" on a phone call before the track's release.
At the Grammys a few days later, she made a speech about people trying to take "take credit for your accomplishments or your fame" — an obvious swipe at West.
On Sunday, Kardashian released an edited version of that phone call, and you don't hear Swift voice concerns about the song's message. Instead, she appears to approve of the lyrics. She tells Kanye:
"I mean, I don't think anybody would listen to that and be like, oh, that's a real diss. Like, she must be crying about…"
"And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, Look, he called me and told me about the line before it came out. Like, joke's on you guys, we're fine."
"You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade. But right after the song comes out I'm gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they're gonna ask me about it and I'm gonna be like, he called me."
At one point, Swift offered encouragement about Kanye telling the whole world he made her famous.
"You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way you experienced it," she told him. "Like you obviously didn't know who I was before that."
After Kardashian released the tape, Swift released a statement saying she didn't know the song's full lyrics at the time of the call, and she wouldn't have approved of it if she did.
"Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b****' in his song?" she said. "It doesn't exist."
The full statement:
That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/4GJqdyykQu— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 18, 2016
Here's the footage of the phone call Kim posted (transcript below via The Fader):
Entire video of Kanye West speaking with Taylor Swift on the phone about the 'Famous' lyrics. pic.twitter.com/8Rb2rg3t6I— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 18, 2016
Kanye West: OK, dope. You still got the Nashville number?
Taylor Swift: I still have the Nashville area code but I had to change it…
Kanye: For all my Southside n****s that know me best, feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.
Taylor: I'm like this close to overexposure.
Kanye: Oh well this one is, uh — I think this is a really cool thing to have
Taylor: I know! I mean it's like a compliment kind of.
Kanye: What I give a f*** about is just you as a person, and as a friend.
Taylor: That's sweet.
Kanye: I want things that make you feel good. I don't wanna do rap that makes people feel bad.
Taylor: Um, ya. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It's obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice!
Kanye: Yea. I just felt I had a responsibility to you as a friend. I mean, thanks for being so cool about it.
Taylor: Aw, thanks! Yeah I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice!
Taylor:…things without like even asking or seeing if I'd be OK with it. And I just really appreciate it. I never would've expect you to tell me about a line in your song.
Taylor: And then the flowers that you sent me, I Instagrammed a picture of them and it's the most Instagram likes I've ever gotten. It was like 2.7...
Kanye: Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know.
Taylor: Yeah. I mean, I don't think anybody would listen to that and be like, Oh, that's a real diss. Like, she must be crying about…
Taylor: You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way you experienced it. Like you obviously didn't know who I was before that.
Taylor: It doesn't matter if I sold seven million of that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn't know who I was before that.
Taylor:… that I can make these things happen and I have the ideas to do it and I create these things and concepts. And, like, I'm always gonna respect you.
Taylor: And I'm really glad you had the respect to call me that and tell me that as a friend, about the song. It's just a really cool thing to do, and a really good show of friendship. So thank you.
Kanye: Thank you too.
Taylor: And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, Look, he called me and told me about the line before it came out. Like, joke's on you guys, we're fine.
Taylor: You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade. But right after the song comes out I'm gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they're gonna ask me about it and I'm gonna be like, he called me.
Taylor:…awesome that you're so outspoken and it's gonna be like, Yea, she does, it made her famous! It's more provocative to say, Might still have sex.
Taylor:…it's not. It doesn't matter to me. there's not one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn't.
Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West are back in the news together again, and it's getting bitter.
The internet is afire with tons of back and forth among the three celebrities after Kim Kardashian West posted a video on Snapchat of a phone call between Kanye West and Swift, in which Swift approved a portion of a controversial lyric from West's "Famous." Swift has publicly diapproved of the song, in which he raps, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b---- famous."
Swift maintains that she never knew she would be referred to as "that b---" and didn't hear the song itself before it was released.
According to TMZ, Swift threatened West with criminal prosecution months ago for secretly recording their conversation.
TMZ reports that Swift's attorney sent West's attorney a letter in February stating that it is a felony in California to record a phone call without informing the other party on the call.
"Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated," the letter reads.
The report backs something Kardashian West said in her GQ interview in June when she was asked if West and Swift had been in contact after Swift's Grammys speech, which was seen as a rebuke to West's claim in "Famous" that he made Swift popular.
"Maybe an attorney's letter she sent saying, 'Don't ever let that footage come out of me saying that. Destroy it,'" Kardashian West told GQ.
Kardashian West also explained the recording by saying that West commissions videographers to film everything when he's recording an album for a possible future documentary.
"When you shoot something, you don't stop every two seconds and be like, 'Oh wait, we're shooting this for my documentary,'" she said. "You just film everything, and whatever makes the edit, then you see, then you send out releases. It's like what we do for our show."
In just five weeks in theaters, the Pixar movie “Finding Dory” has become the highest-grossing domestic animated release of all time with a current gross of $445.5 million.
“Dory” takes the top spot from “Shrek 2” ($441.2 million), which had been No. 1 since the movie came out in 2004.
"Dory," which took in $11.1 million over the weekend, is also the top domestic earner of the year, having surpassed “Captain America: Civil War” ($406.5 million) last week.
The much-anticipated sequel to the classic 2003 movie “Finding Nemo,” "Dory" has been one of the few sequels this summer that has lived up to the hype. After spending its first four weeks atop the domestic box office, including having the biggest domestic opening ever for an animated movie, “Dory” has continued to stay strong at the box office even with another animation hit now in the mix, “The Secret Life of Pets.”
“Dory” is also doing well overseas. It’s creeping closer to the $1 billion worldwide milestone, as it currently has a $721.7 million worldwide gross.
In "Finding Dory," the forgetful blue tang fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) goes in search of her long-lost parents with the help of memorable characters from the first movie and new ones that are scene-stealers.
After much speculation, HBO has confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of "Game of Thrones" will be seven episodes long, as opposed to its typical 10-episode seasons.
The announcement on Monday also stated that the show will begin production again later this summer in primarily Northern Ireland, with some portions filmed in Spain and Iceland.
The next season is set to air in summer 2017, though the network didn't specify an exact date.
“Now that winter has arrived on 'Game of Thrones,' executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
The formal announcement can mean several things for the show's future.
First, it probably has just two seasons left. In April, Benioff told Variety, “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap. That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
So that would mean the eighth and final season will probably consist of just six episodes.
The later summer air date also means that "Game of Thrones," which recently earned the most 2016 Emmy nominations of any show, won't be eligible for the 2017 Emmys. If the rules stay the same, the cutoff for a show to air and still be eligible is May 31, 2017. That means it will next be considered eligible for the 2018 Emmys.
GameStop is going nuts, thanks to Pokémon Go.
Shares of the video game retailer jumped by as much as 7% in trading on Monday after CEO Paul Raines told CNBC that sales at stores that were gyms in the app were up 100%.
The location-based smartphone game uses augmented reality to guide players in finding Pokémon. It quickly surged to the top of the app-store rankings.
Gyms are real-world places where players can take their Pokémon for battles. Raines said 462 stores this past weekend were Poké gyms.
Across the board, Pokémon merchandise sales were "up significantly," Raines said, in what is traditionally a weak time of the year for video gaming.
GameStop stock rose to as high as $30.21 a share, its highest level since May. Bloomberg noted that it was the biggest one-day gain for the stock since May 2015.
GameStop shares have fallen 35% over the past 12 months. The stock plunged by as much as 18% in November after the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results on a slump in software and hardware sales.
Pokémon Go has been even better for Nintendo, whose stock surge in the days after the game's release added as much as $9 billion to the company's market value. Nintendo is a part owner of the game's developer, Niantic Inc.
Here's a chart showing the rise in GameStop shares on Monday:
If you were a die-hard "Force Awakens" fan, chances are, more than six months later, you're more than a little hungry for some updates about the sequel to the "Star Wars" movie.
Star Wars Celebration Europe took place in London over the weekend, and plenty came out of it. Headlines ranged from new footage of the first standalone "Star Wars" movie, "Rogue One" (opening December 16), to the official announcement that Alden Ehrenreich will play young Han Solo in a movie dedicated to the space smuggler.
But at the three-day event, there were also little nuggets revealed about the continuation of the main "Star Wars" story, "Episode VIII."
Below is everything we know so far about the movie (which comes out December 15, 2017), from the mouths of stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and writer/director Rian Johnson.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Not familiar with Rian Johnson? He directed the hit sci-fi movie "Looper."
Get ready to hear the name Rian Johnson a lot throughout the next year. Though he's only made three feature films going into "Episode VIII," those movies include stunning works like the modern-day film noir "Brick" and sci-fi mobster movie "Looper," which have shown he's ready for the largest stage in filmmaking.
Johnson spent six weeks at the Lucasfilm headquarters, Skywalker Ranch, figuring out the "Episode VIII" story.
At Star Wars Celebration, Johnson revealed that while writing the script for "Episode VIII," he spent six weeks at Skywalker Ranch. But he wasn't just taking inspiration from the grounds that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas walks. He also had an eye on "The Force Awakens."
"We would watch dailies come in from 'VII,'" Johnson told the Celebration crowd. "It was probably really healthy creating the story based on our reactions to the footage rather than the cultural reactions. It was a unique experience."
The movie will start right where "The Force Awakens" ended.
Before principal photography began in London on "Episode VIII," Johnson and his crew took actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) to Skellig Michael, the island where the final scene of "The Force Awakens" took place, to shoot an extension of the scene.
That will be the opening of "Episode VIII," according to Johnson.
"I don't want to skip ahead [after] that last moment of 'Episode VII.' I want to see what happens next," Johnson said.
This has sparked an interesting conversation among fans. Will there be an opening crawl in "Episode VIII"? There are typically months to years between "Star Wars" episodes, so the crawl brings the audience up to speed. Johnson did not say if there will or will not be a crawl in the new movie.
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Cher just called out Kate Hudson's athleisure brand, Fabletics.
The entertainer — who is famously excellent at expressing herself via Twitter — told her 3.09 million (and counting) followers that she did not have a good experience when she was shopping at Fabletics.
Here's what she said:
Made mistake of going2 Fabletics.What a pain in the ass.won’t even let u see anything Till u give them ur 1st born‼️Felt I Was Being Conned— Cher (@cher) July 18, 2016
Cher, like the retail-savvy Kanye West before her, raises an interesting point.
Fabletics' parent company, JustFab requires consumers to sign up for subscriptions — called VIP memberships — in order to get its apparel at such affordable prices. After signing up, each VIP is billed on a monthly basis.
The subscription method itself has come under fire; in September, a lengthy BuzzFeed report shed light on the fact that many consumers felt duped and found it extremely hard to end their memberships. People also called it a scam.
The company has taken several measures to fix its problems and its reputation. It planned an audit last fall, and Corporate Marketing Officer Shawn Gold told Business Insider in May that the company made sure it had lots of notifications to let people know that they were signing up for the memberships.
But perhaps the many notifications are backfiring.
Gold also told Business Insider that the company was testing online cancellations — chief among customer complaints was that consumers had to call in to cancel their memberships.
Still, the process of shopping at Fabletics is a little long. First, you have to take a multiple-question quiz about your style. Below are two of several questions that shoppers answer before even seeing the apparel on sale.
But many people are rallying behind Cher's tweet, saying they had similar experiences. Further, the complaints that have come after the tweet send a resounding truth echoing through the walls of the internet: Even if Fabletics has taken multiple steps to improve its business, a lot of consumers still haven't changed the way they perceive the brand.
One person suggested Cher start her own line:
@cher start ur own exercise clothing line u have great taste better than Fabletics👍— jimendres2 #CherCrew (@JimEndres2) July 18, 2016
In the meantime, Fabletics has plans to open up to 100 brick-and-mortar stores over the next three years. Gold told Business Insider in May that the stores would be more akin to showrooms.
Gold released the following statement to Business Insider:
"First of all, we LOVE Cher! So bummed she did not like our member quiz. The introductory quiz helps us better understand our customers and personalize the shopping experience. By asking shoppers for their style and size preferences, we’re able to save our customers tons of money and eliminate waste. We try only produce the clothing that people want. It is true that some people don't like to shop this way, but there are over 1 million active customers of Fabletics who love it. I wish we could turn back time and explain all this to Cher."