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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers


Apple Music has hit 38 million subscribers, up by 2 million in just over one month.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president for internet software and services, announced the new number for the music streaming service at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. At SXSW, he also talked about Apple’s acquisition of Texture, a distributor of digital magazines.

Apple resisted the subscription streaming music model for years as its iTunes music app dominated sales of digitally downloaded music. But as streaming music grew to become the main way people listen and pay for music today, Apple Music ramped up with more subscribers than any other competitors — except Spotify.

Spotify has 71 million paying members and 159 million people who use the service at least once a month, the company said last month in its filing to become a publicly traded company. Spotify enjoys an advantage with a free, ad-supported tier that rivals like Apple Music lack. To lure in members, Apple Music has leaned on heavy marketing and exclusives for hit albums, as well as the crucial benefit of the millions of iPhones in consumers’ pockets.

During his appearance at SXSW, Cue outlined a huge pot of streaming music subscriptions still up for grabs. He said the world has about 2 billion potential subscribers who have both the access and the means to pay for streaming music, but Apple Music and Spotify’s subscribers have only reached a little more than 100 million combined.

He also batted away another suggestion that Apple might buy Netflix, even as it ramps up a huge apparatus to produce its own original shows and movies. Cue said that Apple is “completely all in” on its content plans, which includes a $1 billion budget for originals. But asked if Apple, which has a gigantic $283.1 billion in cash reserves, would buy a media production giant like Netflix or Disney, Cue dismissed the idea, saying the company isn’t chasing “quantity.”

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Grammys 2018: List of winners


The Recording Academy announced several winners ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards show, hosted by James Corden, on Sunday. Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed out of major categories, picked up the award for pop vocal album, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, who were up for album of the year, won three Grammy Awards each — and they each performed too. Country star Chris Stapleton, who also performed, picked up two Grammys.

Here’s a list of winners:

Album of the year

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Record of the year

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the year

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Country album

“From a Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton

New artist

Alessia Cara

Comedy album 

“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

Rap album

“DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

New artist

Alessia Cara

Rap/sung performance

“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Pop solo performance

“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

Pop vocal album

“÷,” Ed Sheeran

Traditional pop vocal album

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists

Pop duo/group performance

“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Country song

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Country solo performance

“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance

“Better Man,” Little Big Town

Rap song

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Rap performance (single or track)

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

R&B album

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album

“Starboy,” The Weeknd

R&B song

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Traditional R&B performance

“Redbone,” Childish Gambino

R&B performance

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Alternative music album

“Sleep Well Beast,” The National

Rock album

“A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs

Rock song

“Run,” Foo Fighters

Metal performance

“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon

Rock performance (single or track)

“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen

American roots song

“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

American roots performance

“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes

Contemporary Christian album

“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Gospel album

“Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans

Jazz instrumental album

“Rebirth,” Billy Childs

New age album

“Dancing on Water,” Peter Kater

Song written for visual media

“How Far I’ll Go (Moana),” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Score soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Musical theater album

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Spoken word album

“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Latin pop album

“El Dorado,” Shakira

Music film

“The Defiant Ones,” various artists

Music video

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Contemporary instrumental album

“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion

Dance/electronic album

“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk

Dance recording

“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

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Def Leppard Now Available to Stream on Apple Music

Rock band Def Leppard has added its back catalog of music onto Apple Music and other streaming services today, following a years-long “power struggle” with Universal Records over the band’s digital song rights.

Now, as Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott explained to, new executives at Universal Records have thought differently about the band’s streaming catalog, leading to the inking of a deal and the band’s music launching today on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, and more. Def Leppard’s music is also now available to purchase on iTunes.

“We tried to do a deal many years ago, but it didn’t work out, so we just waited and bided our time.

“Record labels, or any kind of institution like this, keep the same name, but every 18 months you can have totally different people.

“We were just very fortunate that the people at Universal at the moment were very onside to doing this deal. We sat down with them and basically just batted the stuff back and forth until we all settled on what we thought was a fair deal.”

With the launch on Apple Music, there is now a wealth of Def Leppard content for subscribers to listen to today. On the main “Browse” tab, the streaming service has a new banner for the band, and within that you’ll find playlists, albums, live albums, deluxe editions, and other collections.

Apple Music also launched an exclusive “The Lost Session” EP today, which includes live versions of songs like “Rock On” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” all said to be from a recording session in 2006. Similar to other major artists, the service has curated playlists that showcase Def Leppard Essentials, Deep Cuts, Influences, and Inspired tracks, allowing users to browse some of the band’s own songs as well as discover music that is similar.

On Def Leppard’s new page, Apple Music gives a brief history of the band:

“Def Leppard were still teenagers when they joined the late ’70s/early ’80s New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. But while their peers like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest got heavier, Def Leppard forged a pop-friendly hybrid that opened the door for hair metal and elevated them to worldwide acclaim. Anthems like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph,” and “Rock of Ages” retain their fist-pumping brilliance decades later, while “Love Bites” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” are some of the most potent power ballads in rock history.

Their enduring spirit is legendary, exemplified by drummer Rick Allen who lost his left arm in a 1984 auto accident but continues to record and tour with the band. Def Leppard’s classic studio albums, playlists, and a lost 2006 session are now available to stream on Apple Music for the first time.”

Following its launch in 2015, Apple Music has had a few major artist holdouts that have eventually come to the platform, including Taylor Swift, Adele, and Kanye West. In the most recent update from September, Apple Music was reported to have 30 million subscribers, up from 27 million last June. Rival Spotify shared its own subscriber count growth earlier this month, stating it now has 70 million paid subscribers.

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Golden Globe Award Winners 2018: The Complete List

Golden Globe Award Winners 2018: The Complete List

Here are the movies and TV shows that received the top awards. See our live updates on the Golden Globes.


Best motion picture, drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best motion picture, musical or comedy: “Lady Bird”

Best director, motion picture: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama:Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best screenplay, motion picture: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best motion picture, animated: “Coco”

Best motion picture, foreign language: “In the Fade”

Best original score, motion picture: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Best original song, motion picture: “This Is Me” — “The Greatest Showman”


Best television series, drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu

Best performance by an actress in a television series, drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama:Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Best television series, musical or comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical orcomedy: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television: “Big Little Lies,” HBO

Best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

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New Music Releases for 2018 & what we hear in 2018


As Christmas approaches, so album releases for this year are slowing down to the bare minimum of festive themed records, greatest hits collections and the odd big name record. Just because the music world is taking a little break doesn’t mean there’s nothing to get excited about, though. Next year already looks set to be embarrassingly good, quite frankly, with some major new releases already on the cards. Let us guide you through some of the biggest and most exciting albums confirmed, expected or just anticipated to be gifted to us in 2018.

When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? Nothing has been confirmed at present.
What has he said about it? “It’s good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music. I’m trying to think of some good activities that people haven’t written songs for yet.”


When’s it out? April 6
What’s on it? “Widescreen melancholia”, apparently.
What have they said about it? A statement accompanying the record’s announcement said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’.”


When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? We’d expect massive single ‘Boys’ to be on there, but the tracklist is still under wraps.
What has she said about it? “I’m not going to touch the album until two months before it’s going to come out, because if I started working on it again I would probably write another four albums.”

When’s it out? January 19
What’s on it? The Britney Spears-referencing ‘Young And Menace’, and the electro-rock of ‘Champion’.
What have they said about it? “Sonically, we are sewing multiple eras of – both our own band and own influences – together in a way that is completely new to us through both the production and writing process.” – Pete Wentz

When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? The band have yet to confirm any details, but they’ve been playing three new songs live of late – ‘Kindness Is The New Rock’n’Roll’, ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Mental Head’.
What have they said about it? “It’s definitely like no record I’ve heard before. It doesn’t sound like anything that I can put my finger on – which is a good thing but it’s a scary thing as well.” – Harry Koisser

When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? There are no precise details confirmed, but the band have said it will likely be seven or eight tracks, and clock in at 40 minutes.
What have they said about it? “In some respects, some of it is a bit straightforward. The MBV album that we did in 2013 feels more meandery and not as concise. This one is like if somebody took that and dropped some acid on it or created a dimensional clash or something. It’s more all over the place… The record I am making now is not so much about death and change as freedom of the soul.” – Kevin Shields

When’s it out? January 26
What’s on it? Collaborations with Bastille, AJ Tracey and Kaytranada, amongst others.
What has he said about it? “These songs feel like they’ll stand the test of time.”


When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? “Quite a cast characters”, according to frontman Ezra Koenig.
What have they said about it? “I wanted to do something that at least has elements of spring time you know because life has to keep going.” – Ezra Koenig


When’s it out? TBA
What’s on it? Collaborations with The Weeknd and Travis Scott, plus singles ‘Cold Water’, ‘Believer’, ‘Run Up’ and ‘Know No Better’.
What have they said about it? Not a whole lot.

When’s it out? Early 2018
What’s on it? No details as yet, but expect a first single before 2017 is out.
What have they said about it? Not much, besides confirming it’s on the way.


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Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

Moana, Game of Thrones, Drake, Super Mario Run

Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release.

Among free iPhone apps, Snap’s Bitmoji and Snapchat were the two top downloads for 2017, followed by YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify and Uber. Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” was the No. 1 free game for iPhone, followed by “8 Ball Pool” and “Snake VS Block.”

Top paid iPhone apps were Facetune and Tabs & Chords, while most-downloaded paid iPhone games were Ellen DeGeneres’ “Heads Up!”, Microsoft’s “Minecraft” and Ninja Kiwi’s “Bloons TD 5.”

Apple also announced the App Store editors’ picks of their favorite apps of 2017. Calm, which provides guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, was named iPhone app of the year and Splitter Critters won iPhone game honors. For iPad, Affinity Photo was named app of the year and The Witness was dubbed best game.

In podcasts, NPR’s “Fresh Air” remained the No. 1 most-downloaded show of the year, while daily news has become a popular category with new podcasts this year like the New York Times’ “The Daily and NPR’s “Up First” charting. True crime continued to drive listenership with top podcasts like ABC News’ “A Murder on Orchard Street,” the L.A. Times’ “Dirty John” and Serial Productions’ “S-Town.”

The top-downloaded iBooks in fiction were John Grisham’s “Camino Island” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” originally published in 1985 — newly popular thanks in part to Hulu’s Emmy-winning TV series adaptation. J.D. Vance’s working-class American family memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” was No. 1 on Apple’s nonfiction books chart, followed by Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

Top iTunes Movies for 2017 (U.S.)
1. “Moana”
2. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
3. “Wonder Woman”
4. “Sing”
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
6. “Trolls”
7. “Doctor Strange”
8. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
9. “Arrival”
10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
11. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
12. “Logan”
13. “The Boss Baby”
14. “The Lego Batman Movie”
15. “Hacksaw Ridge”
16. “The Accountant”
17. “John Wick: Chapter 2”
18. “Hidden Figures”
19. “Baby Driver”
20. “Passengers”

Top iTunes TV Shows (U.S.)
1. “Game of Thrones”
2. “The Walking Dead”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “Rick and Morty”
5. “The Americans”
6. “Suits”
7. “PAW Patrol”
8. “This Is Us”
9. “Modern Family”
10. “Grey’s Anatomy”
11. “Better Call Saul”
12. “Sherlock”
13. “Scandal”
14. “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
15. “Big Little Lies”
16. “Doctor Who”
17. “Planet Earth II”
18. “Homeland”
19. “The Flash”
20. “The Blacklist”

Top Albums (U.S.)
1. Drake, “More Life”
2. Kendrick Lamar, “Damn”
3. Taylor Swift, “Reputation”
4. Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
5. The Weeknd, “Starboy”
6. J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. Migos, “Culture”
9. Future, “Future”
10. Various Artists, “Moana”
11. Post Malone, “Stoney”
12. Original Broadway Cast of “Hamilton,” “Hamilton”
13. Various Artists, “Trolls”
14. Drake, “Views”
15. Big Sean, “I Decided”
16. Travis Scott, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
17. Jay-Z, “4:44”
18. Future, “Hndrxx”
19. Khalid, “American Teen”
20. Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”

Top Songs (U.S.)
1. Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (feat. Justin Bieber)
3. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
4. Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
5. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
6. Migos, “Bad and Boujee” (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. DJ Khaled, “I’m the One” (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
9. Post Malone, “Congratulations” (feat. Quavo)
10. Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane)
11. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
12. The Weeknd, “Starboy” (feat. Daft Punk)
13. Drake, “Fake Love”
14. James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
15. Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
16. Future, “Mask Off”
17. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
18. Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”
19. Kyle, “iSpy” (feat. Lil Yachty)
20. The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (feat. Halsey)

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