New Music: Can’t Remember To Forget You by Shakira featuring Rihanna

Maybe I’ve been listening to the wrong stations because I haven’t heard anything as happy as Shakira’s new single Can’t Remember To Forget You (featuring Rihanna) in a long time.  Continue reading New Music: Can’t Remember To Forget You by Shakira featuring Rihanna

ASCAP Artists on Why They Create Music

The film short Why We Create Music, commemorating ASCAP’s 100 year anniversary, is just as inspiring as, if not more so than, the resulting song and companion video

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Pharrell Williams: An Elite State of Mind

Pharrell Williams may  still be high off the mega success of 2013’s “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, and “Get Lucky”  by Daft Punk, but don’t put him on a pedestal because he’s determined to stay grounded.

The Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur says that Continue reading Pharrell Williams: An Elite State of Mind

Is Beatboxing Too Harsh on the Voice?

With Doug E. Fresh moving back into the spotlight in recent years, human beatboxing has become mainstream in a major way. Continue reading Is Beatboxing Too Harsh on the Voice?

Everyone wants to be the one messaging app that rules them all — but there’s no such thing, and never will be

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If you were engaged in something worthwhile on Thursday rather than paying attention to technology blogs, you might have missed the fact that photo-sharing app Instagram — now a subsidiary of social behemoth Facebook Inc. (s fb) — launched a new feature the company calls Instagram Direct, as Om predicted it would several weeks ago. The new feature essentially turns Instagram into a messaging app, allowing users to send the equivalent of direct messages to friends along with a picture or video.

This feature obviously pits Instagram against a horde of other messaging apps and micro-social networks, including Twitter (s twtr) — which just launched a new photo-enhanced direct-messaging feature of its own — as well as Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp, and Facebook’s own branded messenger service. It’s getting so smartphone users could probably fill up an entire screen with just apps that involve photo-sharing and/or messaging of some kind.

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Artist Creates 3D Art Using Strangers’ DNA

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You may want to think twice the next time you spit out your gum in the street, because New York artist Healther Dewey-Hagborg might pick it up and turn it into a sculpture that looks like you.

Dewey-Hagborg collects hairs from public restrooms, fingernails, cigarette butts and wads of discarded chewing gum from sidewalks and subway cars. Then, the Brooklyn-based artist extracts the DNA and turns it into 3D sculptures that look like the face of the person who left the DNA traces behind.

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