Surprise! In the early hours of Friday morning, Beyoncé unexpectedly released a new self-titled album full of 14 songs and 17 music videos. The “visual album,” currently exclusive to iTunes, temporarily shut down the service as people rushed to download it. In a statement, Beyoncé said she is “bored” with the usual album release system, and that she “felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.” Releasing this much content to a digital marketplace at once seems to tap into the same “as much as you can eat” mentality that Netflix has exhibited with the House of Cards TV show. The singer has previously been subject to leaks of her music and video tracks, which could explain the surprise launch. But the fact that a major international star chose to do this suggests that the music industry, now ripe for … [Read more...] about “Bored” With Traditional Releases, Beyoncé Puts Out A New Album In Secret
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While Bollywood is known to not welcome its actresses after long breaks, it looks like the heroines of the industry are changing the trend. Be it late Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai and now Rani Mukherjee all are strongly signaling that they may not have been around for some time but the film industry is their home ground and they will do their best to get their strong foothold back in the industry.After a four year hiatus, Rani is back on the big screen with her latest release Hichki that hits the theatres on Friday. The film has created a lot of buzz both in the industry and amid audience but will it take a flying start at the box office and be Rani’s best comeback?Hichki released on 961 screens in India, 380 screens overseas, taking the worldwide total to 1,341 screens. The film’s cost of production comes to about Rs 12 crore and publicity expenses is at around Rs 8 crore, taking the overall budget to Rs 20 crore.Close Rani’s last release Mardaani had … [Read more...] about Is Rani Mukherjee’s new movie ‘Hichki’ going to be her best comeback?
Pre-release hype for an album seems to drag on forever sometimes. We’re inundated with interviews and images of the artist touching various studio apparatuses to confirm that they’re indeed working on something; then there are track list, album art, and guest spot announcements before the viral and in-ernest marketing campaigns even roll out. With all of that going on, it’s almost as if the artist is daring you not to get completely sick of him or her by the time the album finally comes out. *cough* Miley *cough* Another way to go about things, however, is to pull what will now be known as “a Beyoncé.” advertisement In the wee hours of Thursday, December 12, Queen Bey dropped a surprise album exclusively on iTunes. There had been hints of late that the artist would be putting out new music sometime in 2014, hints which have been revealed to be wonderful misdirection. Skirting any possible chance of leakage somehow, the self-titled LP simply … [Read more...] about Surprise! Beyoncé Just Released A New Visual Album And You Can Get It Right Now
Top Union Home ministry officials on Friday conveyed to a parliamentary panel that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is getting normal and detained political leaders, including former chief ministers, will be released but gave no time-frame for it, sources said.Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry Gyanesh Kumar and other ministry officials briefed the parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs, chaired by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, on the situation in the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.It is learnt that some members of the panel also told the government officials that they should be allowed to visit Kashmir, which was apparently turned down.Close Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha quizzed top government officials on the detention of political leaders, particularly three-time former chief minister and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah, who was charged under the controversial Public Safety Act on … [Read more...] about JK situation getting normal, detained leaders to be released but no time-frame: MHA to par panel
The centerpiece of Don DeLillo’s White Noise, a searing fictional critique of cultural commodification, is The Most Photographed Barn in America. advertisement advertisement It’s one of those roadside tourist traps with a meta twist, a baked-in commentary on the allure of hype itself. When one character relates the experience of stopping at the barn, he reveals that his view of the actual barn is obscured by all the other curiosity-seekers taking photos of it. “What was the barn like before it was photographed?” [the narrator] said. “What did it look like, how was it different from other barns, how was it similar to other barns? We can’t answer these questions because we’ve read the signs, seen the people snapping the pictures. We can’t get outside the aura. We’re part of the aura.” The very awareness of any attraction’s popularity immediately transforms said attraction in the eye of the beholder, conferring … [Read more...] about In the new streaming universe, everything is a ‘hit’ even if no one you know has seen it