Bill Spector on Realizing the DJ Is the Epicenter of a Party | R.O.A.D. Podcast Clips New York City’s nightlife pioneer Bill Spector recalls hearing Jellybean Benitez in the 1980s at the legendary Funhouse and realizing that the DJ is the most crucial factor to any successful party. Watch the full episode: bit.ly/36htDTL
The Spinnin’ Records YouTube channel is the home for all music videos of the world’s leading dance record label!
We feature the latest music videos by Spinnin’ artists like Oliver Heldens, Sam Feldt, KSHMR, Ummet Ozcan, Blasterjaxx, Merk & Kremont, Timmy Trumpet, Tujamo, Alok, Curbi, Mike Williams, Lucas & Steve, Throttle and many, many more! Expect daily uploads of official music videos, lyric videos and official audio across genres like dance, house, electro house, future house, deep house, big room and trap.
Thailand is on track to be competitive in the nascent Asian medical marijuana and hemp markets, but the full commercialization of the sector and liberal access for private businesses is not likely to be implemented before 2024, according to a new report. The country’s medical cannabis market is characterized by high potential, fast regulatory developments […]
Google’s parent company Alphabet makes the majority of its revenue from Google ads.
What you need to know
Google changed the design of its desktop search page in January 2020 to include favicons next to search results.
Organic search results and ads now both feature a similar layout with advertisements using an “Ad” favicon that could lead to more users mistakenly clicking on ads.
Early analysis reveals a slight uptick in ad clicks from some sources which could be a result of the new redesign.
On January 13, Google rolled out a new design for search results on the desktop. Of course, this design isn’t exactly new, it has been around on mobile since last year.
One of the most significant changes to come from the desktop redesign is the new favicons that appear next to URLs. This was in an effort to help sites with branding and made it possible to see if the results are coming from one of your favorite or most trusted sites with a quick look instead of having to read the URL.
However, this redesign also blurred the lines between organic search results and ads by placing an “Ad” icon next to advertisements in the results. While the ads are still clearly labeled, the streamlined design now makes it easier for some users to mistake ads for actual search results.
Taking a look at the new search results page, it’s easy to see how someone could misinterpret the “Ad” label as just another favicon at a glance and quickly click on one of those results. The new design is a massive difference from how Google used to present its ads in the past. Back in 2013, the Google search results page looked a lot different, going as far as using a different color background to separate ads from organic search results.
Google’s Director of Product Management for Search Ads, Sundeep Jain, once spoke about the removal of colors from the search page, saying it was about “harmony” by reducing the number of patterns and colors on the page. While it may be more harmonious, it’s no secret that Google is an advertising company at its core. In the third quarter of 2019, Google’s parent company Alphabet made $40 billion, with $34 billion of that being from Google advertising.
With money like that on the line, it gives Google an incentive to find ways to increase the click-through rates on ads. According to a report from Digiday, there has been some evidence to suggest the new design has increased CTR for some clients already. It’s entirely possible that users are already becoming “banner blind” to the favicons and beginning to click on results without realizing it is an ad, and that’s something Google can certainly get on board with.
Galaxy S20 line-up leak reveals renders, available colors, and pricing in Europe.
What you need to know
Pricing for the entry-level Galaxy S20 4G looks to be €899.
Color options will be Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black, and Cloud Pink though not all colors will be available in each phone variant.
The camera module on the back of the Galaxy S20 Ultra reveals the 100X and 10X zoom capabilities.
With Samsung’s Unpacked event just around the corner, February 11, it seems there may not be much in terms of surprises when it unveils the Galaxy S20 line-up — especially after the newest leak that shows off colors, renders, and potential pricing in Europe.
Previous leaks gave us specs, and now we get colors and some pricing info. 91Mobiles received the leak exclusively from Twitter user Ishan Agarwal providing the renders and pricing for the upcoming devices. According to the leak, the Galaxy S20 will start at €899, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G starts at €1349, and the Galaxy S20+ 5G will come in at €1099. While this isn’t official pricing yet, it can give us some ideas as to what Samsung may be planning in terms of cost. Another point to keep in mind is that pricing isn’t always a direct conversion to other currencies, so Samsung may tweak customer costs in each country upon release.
The other bit of fun that’s found in the leak are the renders and colors. In total, Samsung seems to be releasing four colors — Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black, and Cloud Pink. However, not all colors will be available for each of the Galaxy S20 variants.
Galaxy S20 — Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink
S20 4G: €899
S20 5G: €999
Galaxy S20+ 5G – Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, and Cloud Blue
S20 5G+: €1099
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black
S20 4G: €1349
S20 5G: €1549
These phones are shaping up to have some beastly specs such as an Exynos 990/Snapdragon 865 under the hood, Android 10 with One UI 2.0, 128GB, or more of storage, 12+GB of RAM, a 120HZ WQHD+ (3,200 x 1,440p) display, and an IP68 durability rating. Multiple cameras and some very interesting zoom capabilities like the 100X digital and 10X optical for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which we can see spelled out on the renders.
Orlando Brown has publicly been dealing with mental illness and substance abuse for some time now. He sporadically makes headlines as a result of the outlandish things he does and says.
This week the former That’s So Raven star resurfaced claiming Nick Cannon performed oral sex on him while dressed as a woman. It was safe to assume that the mogul was going to respond, but he was very mature and compassionate.
“When I first saw this I thought it was fucking hilarious,” wrote Cannon. “But then after putting a little cognitive effort and analytical thought to the situation, I figured what a great opportunity for a ‘teachable moment!’ First off let me say I am praying for the young brother Orlando even though I don’t really know him personally, I have always loved and enjoyed his talent and have been a fan of his past work.”
Cannon goes on to urge that we do better as a community to help the young folks in need who are suffering from mental illness, like Brown. “I watched various of this young brother’s videos and all I see is a cry out for help. So I don’t know if there are any real leaders or solid individuals in this young man’s life but let’s embrace him and tighten him up so he doesn’t become another lost victim to these Hollywood circumstances.”
Nick Cannon also called out media outlets for sharing the story in the first place.
DaBaby will be honored by The Swisher Sweets Artist Project with the 2020 Spark Award. The celebration of the breakthrough star will start on January 30 with a rooftop event at E11EVEN Miami, which will also unveil the Swisher Sweets Artist project Class of 2020.
Past recipients of the Spark Award include Cardi B and Gucci Mane. For DaBaby, he kicked off 2019 with Baby on Baby making his introduction to the Billboard 200 and returning with Kirk in September for his first No. 1 album. Also included in his run were top collaborations with Offset, Rich the Kid and more.
“Swisher Sweets is thrilled to host our annual Spark Award party in Miami. We have a track record of selecting and honoring the biggest up and coming names in the music scene through our Artist Project events and DaBaby certainly meets that criteria for the Spark Award. He has been making waves as one of the biggest names in rap and 2020 is sure to be the year that will cement his spot as a global superstar”, says John Miller, President of Swisher International.
The Swisher Sweets Artist project will also include Shaq’s Fun House that features DaBaby as the headliner.
West Philly battle rapper and completely thurl dude, Avenue C told the white rapper that if he said the N-word during their battle on the Push Your Pen League he was “gonna steal him,” and because white people swear they can do and say anything… still did it.
Caucasity at its best… or worst…
“We were talking about it before we even battled. He kept telling me that he was going to say something in one of his rounds that’s gonna make me want to steal him.” Avenue C shares with battle rap influencer and analyst Ben Swayze on his New Era podcast. “So I am telling him… ‘Bro… if you say something that’s gonna make me steal you, I am gonna steal you.”
“Prior to that, he and I had a conversation off-camera and I told him ‘Bro… I don’t want to hear you say the N-word in this battle, bruh.’”
Battle Rap Trap proprietor and rapper himself, DI da Hennyman chimed in with disbelief that he had the premeditated and unmitigated gall to say it in a room filled with Black and Brown people. Check it Avenue C’s remarks and see if you are just as outrage:
The larger conversation is why did he want to say it. Ta-Nehisi Coates places it in a clearer context.
Coates poses to the audience this, “The question one must ask is why so many white people have difficulty extending things that are basic laws of how human beings interact [with] Black people.”
But he doesn’t leave it there.
He further says, “When you’re white in this country, you’re taught that everything belongs to you. You think you have a right to everything. … You’re conditioned this way. It’s not because your hair is a texture or your skin is light. It’s the fact that the laws and the culture tell you this. You have a right to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, be, however — and people just got to accommodate themselves to you.”
“So here comes this word that you feel like you invented,” Coates continues. “And now somebody will tell you how to use the word that you invented. ‘Why can’t I use it? Everyone else gets to use it. You know what? That’s racism that I don’t get to use it. You know, that’s racist against me. You know, I have to inconvenience myself and hear this song and I can’t sing along. How come I can’t sing along?’”
While inviting you into our culture, there are rules to play with us. Coates details the challenge for white people who want to play, but don’t want to respect the playground that they are in. “The experience of being a Hip-Hop fan and not being able to use the word ‘ni**er’ is actually very, very insightful. It will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be Black. Because to be Black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do, that you can’t join in and do. So I think there’s actually a lot to be learned from refraining.”
The NFL released a public service announcement on Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man who was fatally shot by an off-duty Dallas Police officer in his home on Sept. 6, 2018. The PSA features narration by Jean’s mother Allison Jean, father Bertrum Jean and his sister Allisa Findley.
This is the third PSA of The Responsibility Program, a tag-team effort between Roc nation and NFL to raise awareness about causes that should band our communities together and create mutual respect.
The Responsibility Program has partnered with The Players Coalition for the first PSA in November detailing the killing of Danroy “DJ” Henry in October of 2010. The second was a collaboration with Meek Mill and the Dreamchasers about Antwon Rose II who was killed by an officer in June of 2018.
“I’m thankful that the NFL created this PSA to honor Botham’s legacy and deliver an important message about empathy and unity. I truly hope that our society learns from Botham’s story – and the stories of many others – so we can make a lasting change in this world. Together, we must all set a better example for future generations and leaders.”
Superman Dwight Howard is getting ready to jump back into the NBA Dunk Contest and he wants some help from Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
If you recall, Howard and The Black Mamba had a rocky relationship during their tenure as teammates, leading to a messy divorce for the big man and the Lakers. But now, as a key member of the LakeShow, Howard is looking to get Kobe’s help next month in Chicago.
“I’m trying to get Kobe,” Howard said to ESPN. “So if I can get all the Laker fans to lobby to get Kobe to help me in the dunk contest, that’d be really good. That’d be awesome.”
There has been no word if Kobe will help or be anywhere near the Chicago festivities, however, it would be a good treat to have the legend as a part of All-Star Saturday night.
You can see highlights from Dwight Howard’s dunk contest displays below.