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Jay-Z Holds A Bizarre Press Conference To Launch Tidal

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(PCM) Yesterday, the internet was buzzing after Jay-Z held a bizarre celebrity-filled press conference to launch his new artist-run music subscription service called Tidal.

Jay-Z recently purchased the platform which is worth an estimated $56 million and will feature high quality audio and exclusive content that is owned by the actual artists.  Jay-Z was joined at the press conference by artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and of course Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce. Both Calvin Harris and Chris Martin joined in via video conference.

Tidal, prides itself as being by the artist, for the artists and will cost the listener $20 per month. It was not so much the announcement of Tidal that was bizarre, it was just the behavior of the artists in attendance. They were all lined up on the stage appearing very cult-like and made a big to-do about signing an official declaration.

The worst was Alicia Keyes incredibly confusing speech that found her rambling about everything from Jimmi Hendrix to Nietzsche while giggling and humming “Pomp & Circumstance”, she appeared more intoxicated than serious. It didn’t help matters when Madonna threw her leg up on the podium, Usher made odd hand gestures and the rest of the celebrities just stood around the stage looking uncomfortable.

Almost abruptly the sound cut out and then it was over and Tidal was official born … at least we think. You can watch the full bizarre press conference below:

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7 Of The Most Viral Photos Of All Time!

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Credit: Martin Le-May

(PCM) Photographer Martin Le-May was taking a leisurely walk through a London park with his wife when he was able to capture the incredible image of a weasel catching a ride on the back of a woodpecker. It is truly a once in a lifetime photo opportunity and has since gone completely viral.

In honor of #WeaselPecker, as it is so lovingly being referred to via social media, we decided to take a look at 7 of the most viral photographs of all time.

1. Squirrel Crasher 

viral-photo4 According to Wikipedia, the photograph was taken by Melissa Brandts and her husband Jackson while visiting Lake Minnewanka at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada in May 2009. While the couple were posing on some rocks next to the lake using a camera with a wireless remote shutter release to take photos of themselves, a golden-mantled ground squirrel began exploring the area. The squirrel stood up right in front of the lens, and the Brandts were able to capture the image of the squirrel, clearly in focus, in front of the camera.

2. Grumpy Cat

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Tardar Sauce better known by her Internet name “Grumpy Cat”, is a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, says that her permanently grumpy-looking face is due to an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat’s popularity originated from a picture posted to the social news website Reddit by Bundesen’s brother Bryan on September 22, 2012.

3. Disaster Girl

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The photograph of the girl and the burning house was taken by Dave Roth in January 2004 during the local fire department’s live drill training two blocks away from his home in Mebane, North Carolina. While observing the fire, Dave caught his daughter, Zoe, smiling devilishly juxtaposed against the burning house. The photo has since gone viral with people photo-shopping the girls face on various types of disaster photos.

4. Stingray photobomb

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The image of three women looking startled when a stingray pops up to visit their photo went viral after being posted on Reddit. The photo was originally taken on a spring break trip to Stingray City in the Cayman Islands in 2008, when the women were sophomores at Texas Christian University. The image was originally uploaded to the girls’ Facebook pages, where former classmate and Redditor epic676 found it and the rest is history.

5. Hulk Smash Unflattering Beyonce

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On February 4th, 2013, Buzzfeed published a post-Super Bowl compilation titled “The 33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show”, featuring fan-made GIFs and news photographs from Getty Images. The following day, Buzzfeed editors received an email from Beyonce’s publicist at Schure Media asking to remove seven of the photos from the original post, noting that they were “unflattering.” Instead of removing them, Buzzfeed further highlighted them in a post also containing a redacted version of the letter. The publicist’s request caused the photos to gain even more unwanted attention and they were turned into countless meme that quickly spread throughout the net.

6. Girl Falling Off Cliff “Mom Was Worried, So I Sent Her This Picture”

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Redditor AlphaF submitted a post titled “Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture” to the /r/funny subreddit on November 15th, 2012, featuring a photograph in which she appeared to be falling to her death off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. The photo then began to pick up steam and the woman’s image was used to place her photographically speaking in all kinds of perilous situations.

7. McKayla Is Not Impressed

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 After receiving a total score of 15.083, Maroney ended up taking the silver medal for the Olympics gymnastics competition. While on the winner’s podium, Bryan Snyder of the international news agency Reuters took a photograph of Maroney making a scowling expression. On August 7th, the single topic blog McKayla is Not Impressed was launched on Tumblr to showcase photoshopped images of Maroney’s glare set against historical or spectacular scenes in the background.

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Beyonce Introduces New Vegan Meal Delivery Service

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(PCM) Wow, we had known that both Beyonce and Jay Z had tried the vegan lifestyle at one point, but had no idea that Beyonce was this dedicated.

Beyonce has just recently launched a new vegan meal delivery service called “22 Days Nutrition” in partnership with her personal trainer Marco Borges. The idea behind “22 Days Nutrition” is that it takes 22 days to break any bad habit. Borges says “The vegan meal delivery program makes it easier to reset your habits with healthy and delicious plant-based foods.”

While we think the meal prices are a little on the expensive side at roughly $9.24 to  $14.85 per meal, however all ingredients will be non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and organic.  They are 100% plant based and delivered once per week.

The delivery service is split into three different meal plans and offer one meal to three meals a day offerings. Choices for breakfast include an almond berry breakfast loaf or heart nut granola, lunch/dinner includes curried fried rice with vegetables or ratatouille pasta with pesto.

Beyonce claims that “”All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can”.

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Elle Goulding, Frank Sinatra, Beyonce And More On The Upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey Film Soundtrack

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(PCM) Talk about an eclectic group of artists. Everyone from Beyonce to Frank Sinatra will be featured on the upcoming “Fifty Shades Of Grey” film soundtrack.

British singer Elle Goulding recently unveiled her new single “Love Me Like You Do” which will be featured in the film along with Beyonce’s haunting and sultry remix version of her hit single “Crazy In Love”.

Fifty Shades Of Grey” will hit theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day and the soundtrack will be available on February 10th.  A full track listing can be found below:

1. Annie Lennox – I Put a Spell On You
2. Laura Welsh – Undiscovered
3. The Weeknd – Earned It
4. Jessie Ware – Meet Me In the Middle
5. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
6. Beyoncé – Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix)
7. Sia – Salted Wound
8. The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
9. AWOLNATION – I’m On Fire
10. Beyoncé – Crazy In Love (2014 Remix)
11. Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft
12. Vaults – One Last Night
13. The Weeknd – Where You Belong
14. Skylar Grey – I Know You
15. Danny Elfman – Anna and Christian
16. Danny Elfman – Did That Hurt?

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First Round of 2015 GRAMMY Nominations Announced!

GRAMMYAwards(PCM) In a live broadcast on Friday morning’s “CBS This Morning,” Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran announced the first round of GRAMMY nominations for 2015, with both announcers making an appearance on the list.

The official GRAMMY twitter account also tweeted the announcement and nominations to its 1.75 million followers.

Pharrell Williams is nominated for his album Girl for Best Contemporary Urban Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit single of the same album, “Happy.” Ed Sheeran received a nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for X.

An almost completely full list of the nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards will be published on GRAMMY.com at 2 p.m. ET while the Album of the Year nominations will be announced during “A Very GRAMMY® Christmas,” which will air on CBS at 9–10 p.m. ET/PT.

The 57th Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in L.A. Live on Sunday, February 6, 2015 and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.  Read below for the partial list of 2015 GRAMMY nominations!

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

  • Dierks Bentley, Riser
  • Eric Church, The Outsiders
  • Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
  • Miranda Lambert, Platinum
  • Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Coldplay, Ghost Stories
  • Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
  • Ariana Grande, My Everything
  • Katy Perry, Prism
  • Ed Sheeran, X
  • Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

  • Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
  • Beyoncé, Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown, X
  • Mali Music, Mali Is…
  • Pharrell Williams, Girl

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Iggy Azalea, “Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)”
  • Sia, “Chandelier”
  • Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
  • Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
  • Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • John Legend, “All of Me (Live Version)”
  • Sia, “Chandelier”
  • Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
  • Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
  • Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

BEST ROCK SONG

  • Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
  • Beck, “Blue Moon”
  • The Black Keys, “Fever”
  • Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
  • Jack White, “Lazaretto”

BEST ROCK ALBUM

  • Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Black Keys, Turn Blue
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • U2, Songs of Innocence

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Bastille
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Brandy Clark
  • Haim
  • Sam Smith

BEST COUNTRY SONG

  • Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
  • Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
  • Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
  • Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

  • Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
  • Lee Scratch Perry, Back On the Controls
  • Sean Paul, Full Frequency 
  • Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
  • Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power 
  • Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM 

  • Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
  • Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
  • Annie Lennox, Nostalgia 
  • Barbra Streisand, Partners
  • Barry Manilow, Night Songs

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

  • Roseanne Cash, The River and the Thread
  • John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
  • Keb’ Mo’, BLUESAmericana
  • Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
  • Strugil Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

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Teens Post Dental Surgery Video Goes Viral

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(PCM) If you have ever gone through any type of dental procedure we are sure that you can at least sympathize somewhat with the pain and confusion that one teen was going through in the video that has since gone viral.

In the video, a mother filmed her 17-year old son post dental surgery after his wisdom teeth were removed. He hilariously becomes incredibly distraught that Beyonce never showed up after his procedure. Through the tears he proclaims “She promised me she would be here!”.

In a description listed for the video is says that the woman’s son is a World Competitive Hip-Hop dancer and he had just been listening to Beyonce prior to go in for the surgical procedure.

The video has now gone viral and the woman’s son is becoming a YouTube celebrity…we just can’t wait to see the parody videos of this one starting to pop up. The original video has already been viewed over 600,000 times and continues to climb.

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