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The Super Bowl turned 50 and Beyonce turned heads.

Culture, International, Music, Social media
 The Super Bowl in its 50th edition lived up to the expectations. From Beyonce’s "Black Power" to Chris Martin's "believe in love" it was all over the social media. Watched by over 100 million people, the halftime show is probably among the most watched TV events of the year, hence, it always has a line-up of A-list artists and performers. With every appearance on the field, a wave of posts on various social media channels was there to welcome it. Lady GaGa’s dramatic rendition of the US national anthem at the beginning of the game had the first wave. Lady Gaga is one of the world's great musical talents & her super bowl stint did nothing but confirm that. I think she is beeyootiful! — carl reiner (@carlreiner) February 8, 2016   Some even argued that it should
Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

#breakingnews, Culture, Listen, Music, Watch
Zayn Malik’s week-old single shoots to number one position on UK charts. The hit song – the singer’s debut since his departure from One Direction – has already raked up combined sales of 112,000 including 4.97 million streams, according to Official Charts Company. These figures make Pillow Talk the fastest selling track of 2016 thus far. Malik’s sensual single has knocked last week’s number one – Shawn Mendes’ Stitches – to third place this week. Jonas Blue’s Fastcar, a dance version of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit song has taken the second spot. Pillow Talk is a far bolder song than any of the previous tracks the singer made when part of the sensational pop group One Direction. The erotic video sees Malik and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid get physically up close and extrem
Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

#breakingnews, Culture, Music, Politics
Multi-award-winning musician Adele has released a statement distancing herself from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s political campaign. The statement comes after her hit song ‘Rolling In The Deep’ was played at several of his campaign rallies. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” the artist’s spokesperson told the Independent. The American politician is reportedly a fan of the 27-year-old singer and has watched her perform live at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Adele is also believed to have released a statement in 2011, declaring herself a “labour girl”, thereby putting to rest any speculations about her political affiliations. It is not the first time an artist has requested the US Presidential front

Ed Sheeran’s switch off will make him happier

Audio, Culture, Health, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Although Ed Sheeran's social media 'switch off' may have most teenagers staring at their screens in despair, the singer could well be ahead of the game when it comes to being happy. It takes a brave man to shun 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram. But Ed Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from “seeing the world through a screen”, could ultimately make him a lot happier, according to vitality and motivation podcaster Tony Wrighton. For the last three years, Wrighton, who is also a Sky Sports presenter, has been taking a break from his mobile and computer for at least two hours a day. The results for energy and happiness levels have been significant. "All the things we love the most in life don't involve screens, whether that's chat

Poor viewing figures throw The X Factor into doubt

Media, Music, ReportingWeek2
The future of ITV talent show The X Factor is unclear after the series attracted its lowest ever finale viewing figures last night.  (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Yesterday’s final, the series’ twelfth, attracted under half of the 17.2 million viewers who tuned in to watch the finale in 2010, and a million fewer than last year. Jake Kanter, news editor at Broadcast magazine, said the future of the show was uncertain after 2016, when ITV’s licence for the show expires. “ITV has just poached The Voice from the BBC, so it will have two high-profile singing competitions, and there might not be room for both. “This hasn't been a great series - ratings have been very poor. They've had fantastic talent - Louisa [Johnson] is a very good winner - but the series has been b

Ed Sheeran quits all social media for a year, can you?

Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
  Ed Sheeran reveals in an Instagram post he is quitting all social media for a year and will use the time to travel and see the world. His decision attracted international attention and all multimedia platforms instantly became buzzing with it. The post came late last night and received a 503k likes and 14k shares instantly and over 42k comments since. In the post Ed Sheeran claimed that he wished to see the world "through his own eyes". The British singer who dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of being a musician attracted the attention of Elton John Jamie Foxx for the first time in 2011 with his independent project No.5 Collaborations. After signing with Asylum Records he became an international star. Judging from his quick raise to fame and...
Country music grabs a new generation at C2C festival

Country music grabs a new generation at C2C festival

Culture, Music
The abundance of youthful faces at the Country to Country festival shows that the future of country music could well lie with its audience. Reporter Steff Humm Conjure up an image of a stereotypical country music fan and you probably don’t think of English twenty-somethings, tweens and children gleefully crowding round a stage to bop along to songs of whiskey and heartbreak. The annual Country to Country (C2C) music festival, which attracted 50,000 people to the O2 arena, proves that the idea that country music belongs to middle aged, Stetson-wearers doused in rhinestones is outdated. Instead, the genre has evolved to encompass all age groups, from those that remember the days of Hank Williams to the generation too young to watch Miley Cyrus videos. Music manager Peter Christoph
Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth culture will never die

Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth culture will never die

Culture, Fashion, Music
Mod style proves it is still going strong. From its inception in the late 50s, to a reinvention by Liam Gallagher sixty years later, today The Mod Journalist met English historian, writer and Mod Richard Weight to discuss his new book.  By Cynthia Gregoire @modjournalist. Sub editor: Kait Borsay @kaitborsay British author and historian Richard Weight hosted a panel discussion at the launch of his new book Mod: From Bebop to Britpop at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Street store in central London. People all over the world recognise Brits by the Mod look, but why is it still relevant over 60 years later? Listen here as Richard talks about what Mod style means to him. The book launch and after-party at Gibson Guitar Lounge was part of Pretty Green’s March of the Mods themed col
Female DJs spin just as well as the men

Female DJs spin just as well as the men

Culture, Music
Kelly Sylvia is one of a few successful female DJs working in London. The co-founder of the online magazine Shejay says that despite the fact there are only a small number of women DJs on the scene, London provides support for those seeking to get into the business.  By Jipsa George Sub editor : Edward Lauder “It’s always been a very welcoming place for me and my peers because it really champions the music – no matter who is playing it. It’s always been about the music in the UK,” says Kelly. DJ-ing, once considered to be a boy's only zone, has changed in the recent years with a number of talented DJs and producers emerging in the industry. A survey published in 2010 show that while there is plenty of female artists, the majority  (66 per cent) of the people working behind the scen