On Sunday, February 9, in 1964, 73 million viewers in the US and millions more in Canada watched the Beatles' American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The band's very first LP, "Meet the Beatles," sold 3.6 million albums in the first two months in the US, and Capitol Records went on to sell 15 million Beatles albums in the States in 1964. These were different albums, with different combinations of songs than the Beatles albums released in England. That separate release pattern continued until June 1967 with the release of the "… Read more
Search for your favorite singer or band on YouTube, and you'll now see their top tracks, full albums, and related artists neatly grouped and ready for your listening and viewing pleasure.
A new feature to the popular video-viewing site displays a sidebar on the right with links to top tracks and albums from the subject of your search. Search for Kelly Clarkson, for example, and YouTube displays her top ten tracks and her albums from latest to earliest. Click on any track, and YouTube plays the associated music video. Click on an album, and YouTube loads a playlist of … Read more
He thought it was funny.
He was alone in that.
Back in 2012, Jason Willis of Racine County, Wisconsin, thought it would be funny to take out personal ads on Craigslist in his neighbor's name. Now he's going to find it hard to place a Craigslist ad to sell his furniture.
His neighbor is a woman. The ads were sex solicitations. Men came to her door, one dressed as nature intended.
Heard of a band but don't know what they sound like? Sure you could Google it (like a normal person) but you're more likely to turn up the band's most popular, and not necessarily most representative. song.
That One Song, by the makers of social music website This Is My Jam , aims to change that. The app aggregates the listening habits of Jam listeners and finds the "best" or most shared song from each group and provides results in the form of Spotify and/or YouTube links. You don't need to be a This … Read more
Can the law offer education?
This might be the question that follows the tale of a 16-year-old Virginia girl who has found herself in more trouble than she ever might have imagined.
It all started when the teen allegedly decided to take some nude selfies and post them on Twitter.
She's certainly not the first to sext. But, as far as the police see it, her case warranted a charge of distribution of child pornography.
As WAVY-TV reports, police say that because she left nothing to the imagination, this constitutes child pornography.
Some local parents wonder how it can … Read more
Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more
So remember that company that made you cry at the Super Bowl?
No, not Heinz with its farting joke. Microsoft, with its high-minded, moving ad about empowerment.
Well, forget about that.
Despite the Super Bowl trophy having been secured by its co-founder, Microsoft greeted Monday with bile and spittle aimed at its favorite target. Well, its current favorite target -- Google.
The Chromebook to Microsoft is what the 49ers are to the Seahawks: this object of loathing, akin to a cheating ex-spouse or a conman who just removed your trousers without you noticing.
Microsoft has been casting derision at Chromebooks … Read more
No, I can't believe Radio Shack can actually emerge from its '80s bunker. But you have to admire the effort. And, frankly, the honesty in admitting what it had become.
Many chose the ad in which stars from the 1980s arrive at a Radio Shack with the express purpose of gutting it as their favorite ad of the night.
So, as the company watched its shares rise just because of that ad, it pumped out more videos to make you believe that '80s were just a phase it went through for around 30 years.
Here's Cliff Clavin from &… Read more
Monday will, no doubt, be full of interviews with Gwen Dean's boss, Ted.
Or, rather, her former boss.
It was Dean, a machine engineer, who turned out to be GoDaddy's promised quitter.
So there she was during the second half of a flaccid game, trying to perk it up with John Turturro at her side.
She stared into the camera and said: "Hi, Ted. I quit."
Clearly, she'd rehearsed for some time. One of her hands was covered by a puppet, who joined in her message, the finale of which was "Ciao, baby."… Read more
So how did you feel about VW's "Wings" Super Bowl ad (video below)? You know, the one about its German engineers getting their wings -- real ones -- when a car hits 100,000 miles.
As I watched, attempting to avoid beer, wine and cranial discomfort, I mused: "Oh, look. All VW's German engineers are men."
I was saved from that troubling thought by William Shatner, who tweeted: "@Priceline spared no expense on their version of the @VW commercial! https://vine.co/v/Mz0mH5upxdZ."