2018, You Good?

Kanye reignites feud with Drake on Twitter - here's the backstory. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande dragged them both and pushed new tracks by her and Miley.

2018 Year In Review

To start, 2018 saw genuinely great new music. Since the music industry is built on, well, music, by that mark it’s been a banner year. Hip-hop continued its dominance. What Pop lost in popularity, it gained in relevance and vitality. Live music continued to flourish and grow. The industry finally, albeit slowly, began its #MeToo reckoning. And the album, an industry mainstay since 1948, is on its way out. For many artists this is liberating – creativity unbound by format. The flip-side of this is a profound change in listener habits. A lingering question moving forward is, what is lost when we “listen to Spotify” rather than songs? 

Samsung x Supreme (Italia)

When Samsung recently launched the new Galaxy A8, they announced a partnership with streetwear giant Supreme, including a new flagship Supreme store in Beijing. This came as a surprise to Supreme, who took to Instagram to unequivocally state that no such partnership exists. So... what had happened was... Samsung partnered with Supreme Italia, a “legally fake” knock-off brand owned by IBF, a “company that has registered various brands incorporating the word Supreme all over the world.” After a few chaotic days, it appears that yes, the partnership is indeed proceeding. Before you feel too bad for the original Supreme, just remember their rather loose interpretation of intellectual property laws vis-à-vis their logo and its original "inspiration" Barbara Kruger.

When Displays Of Obscene Wealth Create A Public Good

Six years ago, Napster co-founder Sean Parker was planning his wedding with artist Alexandra Lenas in an oceanfront Big Sur redwood grove. With a $4 million budget, “workers had installed a 20-foot-tall gate, and set decorators had built bridges, a ruined stone castle and Roman columns in the old-growth forest glade.” Less than a week before the wedding, the California Coastal Commission notified both Parker and the property owner they “had not only failed to get permission for the wedding — they had illegally closed the area to the public for six years.” Parker, to his credit, stepped up and paid $2.5 million in fines, then spent the last six years working with the CCC on YourCoast, an app that shows a map of all 1,563 public beach access points in California. Read the full story here.




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