Snoop Dogg took to iTunes Radio to stream his latest LP Bush a full week before its official release date, slated for May 12. The Pharrell-produced album, which has been described as employing a “retro-futuristic funk sound topped with a feel-good mix of R&B and pop,” features an impressive roster of notable talent that includes Gwen Stefani, T.I., Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Charlie Wilson. The album marks the “Gin and Juice” magnate’s first solo album since 2013’s Reincarnated – released under his reggae persona Snoop Lion – and his first as Snoop Dogg since 2011’s Doggumentary.
Whether you’re trying to finagle the truth from a teenager or you suspect a friend is fabricating a story, catching someone in a lie takes a bit of effort. Scientific American took a look at military interrogation tactics to see what works in everyday life and found asking left-field questions is a good way to trip up a liar.
Mumbai Indians moved into a playoff spot, as they picked up a vital five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
A quality knock from Yuvraj Singh helped Delhi recover after losing Mayank Agarwal off the first ball of the day. The India international scored 57 from 44 balls as the Daredevils posted a below-par 152 for six from their 20 overs.
It was a total Mumbai should have been confident chasing down, but they toiled badly to begin with. The Indians lost four wickets inside a rain-affected six overs, but they recovered well thanks to a superb knock from Ambati Rayudu and a late flourish from Kieron Pollard. Eventually, they knocked off the runs required with just three balls remaining.
Here’s a recap of the action from Mumbai and a look at how this win for Mumbai affects the overall standings.
Just weeks ahead of the rumored debut of its newly revamped streaming music service, Apple is still working to get key deals completed. According to a new report from Billboard that cites music industry sources, Apple does not yet have the necessary licensing agreements that it needs to launch the service, leading to disagreements over whether it will be ready to go in June.
A June launch is still attainable. One source notes Apple has been able to quickly secure licensing deals in the past. “If any company can pull it off, they can,” the source tells Billboard, adding that “labels are more likely to play ball with them” because of Apple’s track record of generating revenue for rights holders.
Another major label source believes the Beats Music re-launch isn’t coming soon. “June won’t be the release date. The deals aren’t done.”
Rumors about several licensing issues have arisen over the past several months as Apple has worked to ink deals with record labels. Originally, Apple was said to be seeking an agreement that would let it offer its new music service for $7.99 per month, but it was forced to back down on that price point after record companies resisted going below $9.99.
More recently, rumors have suggested Apple is pressuring music labels to cease offering licenses for the freemium tiers that Spotify and other services offer, as Apple does not plan to offer a freemium tier for its rebranded music service. These efforts have earned Apple government scrutiny, as the European Commission is now poking into Apple’s agreements with music companies. U.S. Department of Justice officials are also said to be looking into Apple’s music negotiations.
Apple is known for asking for highly favorable deals from media companies due to its influence and the sheer number of potential customers it commands, and it is unsurprising that the company has yet to finalize deals given some of the rumors about its demands. If deals are not completed in time, it’s possible Apple will unveil the music service at its Worldwide Developers Conference, but release it at a later date.
Apple’s upcoming music service is said to be positioned as a rebranding of its existing Beats Music service. To draw in customers and set its music service apart from the competition, Apple is aiming to offer a range of exclusive content. There are also plans to integrate the new music service deeply into iTunes, and it’s likely it will be built into the newly revamped Music app introduced with iOS 8.4.
Back in 1997 Bronx duo Camp Lo dropped the Ski Beatz-produced “Luchini” and emerged as another New York act to keep an eye on. With their witty, fun-loving lyricism and funky slang, Camp Lo was in stark contrast to the gangster rap that was dominating the East Coast sound. Though they never matched the success of “Luchini” again, Camp Lo developed a cult following and went on to drop projects throughout the 2000′s. In 2015, the group is reuniting with Ski Beatz and dropping Ragtime Hightimes later this month. With “Black Jesus,” the Lo gets back to the basics with their familiar back and forth flow over a sample-heavy Ski Beatz production. Ragtime Hightimes drops May 19 peep, “Black Jesus” above.