Mark Zuckerberg: being popular is so over. Its about winning now | Rebecca Nicholson

Facebooks CEO says, ominously, that he will be making unpopular decisions because he believes them to be right When it comes to widespread popularity, Mark Zuckerberg is not exactly the Mrs Browns Boys of the international community, beloved by the public no matter what the big bad mainstream media says about him. Last week, he appears to have accepted his role as the Bond villain of our online lives. My goal for the next decade isnt to be liked, but to be understood, Facebook deserves our trust about as much as that bowl of unwrapped mints by the till in your local takeaway, but even so I am fascinated that Zuckerberg is now taking his public relations cues from every …

‘It’s a war zone’: why is a generation of rappers dying young?

Overdoses or violent crime have claimed Mac Miller, Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle. Its not a fairytale lifestyle, admits an insider but should the business do more to protect its stars? It might sound callous, but Jacob Thuresons parents, Erik and Judy, were not too worried when they heard about his latest overdose. It had happened a couple of times already and the 18-year-old rapper had always made it out of hospital in one piece. Thureson, who performed under the name SoundCloud. He had recently relocated from the family home in Texas to Los Angeles after being signed to Atlantic Records. As Erik drove to work, he cycled through a mental list of options: more inpatient treatment? Thureson had already …

Soul singer Celeste wins BBC Sound of 2020 poll

LA-born singer joins previous poll toppers Adele and Ellie Goulding in wake of her Brits rising star award last month Soul singer Celeste has been named the BBCs Sound of 2020, the broadcasters annual poll to evaluate the years brightest new musical hopes. Her win follows her victory in the Celeste: Strange video Celeste began writing music and performing in bands as a teenager. At 16, she was discovered by a manager after she posted her first song online. He encouraged her to take writing classes and she started working with writers and producers at Trevor Horns Sarm studios. Lily Allen signed BBC Music Introducing artist of the year. She tops an unusually band-heavy Sound of 2020 list: Inhaler, a …

The Guardian view on Taylor Swifts fight for her rights: empowering a new generation of artists | Editorial

Editorial: In 2019, the American singer has helped change the balance of power between creators and the music industry Taylor Swifts continued dominance was once in doubt. The death knell for the traditional form of pop icon that she represented had been bought her former label, Big Machine, and with it the master recordings of her first six albums. Swift claimed that, despite concerted efforts, she was never given the opportunity to buy her masters outright. She has made ownership into a feminist issue. After stating that she would use her leverage to fight for musicians rights, Swift has become a catalyst in the reckoning that faces record labels. She owns her recordings in her Billie Eilishs viral success was …

Bill Cosby Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Birth name: William Henry Cosby Jr. Father: William Henry Sr., US Navy mess steward Mother: Anna (Hite) Cosby Marriage: Camille (Hanks) Cosby (January 25, 1964-present) Children: Evin, 1976; Ensa, 1973-2018; Ennis, 1969-1997; Erinn, 1966; Erika, 1965 Education: Attended Temple University, 1961-1962; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A, 1972; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ed.D, 1977 Military service: US Navy, 1956-1960 Other Facts More than 50 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past 40 years. The comedian vehemently denied any wrongdoing. In April 2018, after two trials, Cosby was convicted for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. Many organizations, …

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …