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Your Smart Speaker Now Comes With Free Music

The smart speaker market is dominated by two players: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. The two combine to take 94% of the U.S. market. Both Amazon Echo speakers and Google Home speakers come with free ad-supported streaming built in. Google announced Google Home users will be able to stream select content from YouTube […]

These Types of Music Will Improve Your Productivity

Are you struggling with productivity? Want to tune out all of those distractions? Here are three types of music that will give you a major boost in productivity. First, classical music. Classical music is known for being calming, relaxing and helping reduce stress. Researchers have long claimed that listening to classical music can help people perform tasks […]

Julianna Barwick Is Using the New York Sky to Make Music

On a recent Tuesday evening, the experimental musician Julianna Barwick checked into Sister City, a new two-hundred-room boutique hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. If you’re having the sort of day that makes you want to minimize human interaction, Sister City is a merciful oasis: there are self-service registration kiosks in the lobby, […]

Sublime Frequencies’ Vision of What World Music Means Today

In June, 1987, four men met at the Empress of Russia, a pub in London, and reinvented world music. Scholars and archivists had been documenting non-Western musical traditions for at least a century, as had, later, record labels such as Folkways and Nonesuch. Many technological innovations in film stock and sound recording had been spurred […]

#IdolSoSnowWhite? A controversial double-elimination on ‘American Idol’ Disney Night

Sunday was Disney Night on American Idol, but the Idol soundstage wasn’t exactly the Happiest Place on Earth. Why? Because after the top 10 performed and the real-time live votes were tallied, the season’s only two black contestants, Uché and Dimitrius Graham, went home. #IdolSoSnowWhite, anyone? OK, so that hashtag wasn’t really a thing. But Twitter was definitely […]

Jencarlos Canela to Headline EMAX Entertainment Latin Music Week Official Party in Las Vegas

JenCarlos Canela has been confirmed as the headliner of the Latin Music Week official kickoff party by Emax Entertainment Group. The event, which is open to all attendees at the Latin Billboard Conference or by private invite from EMAX, will take place on Tuesday (April 23) at the Record at MGM Park in Las Vegas. Marcela […]

Landmark Deal Puts Coca-Cola at the Heart of the Entertainment Industry in MENA as the UAE’s First Indoor Venue is Named the Coca-Cola Arena

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 22, 2019–The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) has signed a 10-year agreement for the exclusive naming rights of the brand new indoor multipurpose arena in Dubai. Now known as the Coca-Cola Arena, the breath-taking venue is the largest of its kind between Istanbul to Singapore and will further establish Dubai as a major destination for world music […]

Local art and entertainment: April 22 through April 29 – The Herald

• Line Dancing: Advanced – 10 to 11:30 a.m.; also Fridays and April 29, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N Center St., Joliet. Experienced dancer session. No partner required. Visit or call 815-723-9713. • Local Music Monday #3 – 6:30 p.m., Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Featuring The Tim Placher […]

Debating the Best Year in Movies — 1939 vs 1999

I have a friend that knows more about movies than anyone I’ve ever met. We’ll send texts to each other talking about movies we’re watching or just throwing random quotes from films at each other. He sent me a message about 1999 being a great year for movies, and listed 20 of them. It was […]

At the Movies: Superheroes film promises super box office weekend

FAIRFIELD — Four words sum up Friday’s box office. “Avengers: Endgame” and “big money.” Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch face the menace of Thanos in this, the latest in the series of adventure films, which is rated PG-13. Opening in limited release are: “Body at Brighton,” a thriller about […]