One Direction's 'Drag Me Down' Smashes Spotify Record for One-Day Streams

Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction photographed onstage in 2015 | Cal Aurand

Zayn who?

One Direction has set a new Spotify record for one-day streams. The group’s first Zayn-less song, “Drag Me Down,” was played 4.75 million times global on Friday July 31, breaking a milestone previously set by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” which was streamed 4.26 million times on April 17.

According to Spotify, “Drag Me Down” is also the first track ever to hit No. 1 on the the Spotify Global Chart on its first day of release. Calvin Harris’ “Blame” — which reached the top in two days — previously held that record. (It probably helped that nearly 1.2 million One Direction fans worldwide listen to the song on its first day.)

‘Drag Me Down’ Single Review: 1D Becomes Larger Than Life

The song also topped the charts in 15 individual countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, United States.

”Drag Me Down” – written by Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta, and produced by Ryan and Bunetta – jumped to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 shortly after its release on Friday. That night, the foursome performed the song live for the first time, in Indianapolis.

“Drag Me Down” is 1D’s first official single since the departure of Zayn Malik in March. Incidentally, he likes it.

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“Halsey. It’s a special thing to be there for a performance from a rising artist who has captivated fans without even releasing a full album yet. It’s even better when that artist actually has talent: Halsey is mobilizing supporters with honest, raw, sometimes-empowering lyrics and a totally uninhibited approach that is the exact opposite of the pop star who seems like a product, soaring high above the crowd. The floor for Halsey is cult following; the ceiling is voice of a generation.” – Matt Pais

What Karlie Kloss Has in Common With Mary Poppins

Are you one of those people who carries your entire life around in your bag, or do you like to keep things light?

Definitely the first one! My bags tend to reach Mary Poppins status. My days are always packed back to back and I’m running from shoots and fittings to classes and meetings, so I need to have everything with me at all times. Essentials include cookies, my camera and a phone charger.

What is the one makeup or beauty product you always have to have with you at all times? (Or two, or three?)

I love products that have multiple uses. The L'Oreal BB cream is great because it moisturizes but also has a tint of concealer. I also keep L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara with me for a quick touch up during the day.

What is the weirdest thing you have in your bag right now?

Cookie crumbs! I always have a Snack of the Day, and today it’s Karlie’s Kookies.

Do you have keep an “emergency” kit for beauty and wardrobe snafus?

I always keep a safety pin in my clutch or purse just in case a strap breaks—perfect for a quick fix.  I also like to keep a highlighting concealer on hand at all times for quick touch-ups on the go.

Have you ever saved yourself from a wardrobe malfunction just with the stuff in your bag?

Too many times to count! One time, I was going to a summer event and I was wearing a long dress with a slit in the front. It was a very, very windy day, so my safety pin came in handy to help keep it together.

Good save! Let’s say you have five minutes to go from a day look to an evening look. What do you do?

A lot of times I’ll have to jump off the plane and get ready for an event in the back of a cab. I’ll freshen up my mascara, put on a bold red lipstick and tie my hair up into a ballet bun. It’s a really simple way to go from day to very chic.

What other jet-setting essentials do you keep around?

A lot of my job entails flying on planes—I feel like I’ve become a master traveler! I love that the Secret Agent bag holds everything you need on a long flight— for me, that’s snacks, Purell, eye mask, lip balm and books.

What about the gym? What do you rely on to keep yourself looking fresh after a workout?

I usually wash my face at the gym to cool down and then head home to get ready for the day.  I sweat too much to not shower after!​ (x)

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Cultural Appropriation in Alternative Subculture: Does it Matter?

Oppression. Discrimination. Various isms. With our expanding online population and large access to information, the social justice dictionary has become an open bar. In thoughtful conversation, this helps to better understand modern society and promote activism. But, sometimes words are just blankly misused. Among these terms is a House Special: Cultural Appropriation. Cultural appropriation is the adoption of one or several elements from a culture that is not your own. The term usually has negative connotations. While many people see “cultural appropriators” as typically Caucasian, any culture can borrow or take from another. Although it is a very real problem, the term is often used as an accusation exclusionary of mixed race people and transracial* (see below) adoptees. But, what about cultural appropriation within a group that declares individual identity to stray from the mainstream? What will be put in question here is its meaning and role within alternative subculture.

What belongs to who?

When cultural appropriation is brought up, a recurring theme is the dread dilemma. Often associated with the Rastafarian movement, dreadlocks have gone beyond their origin. Dreadfalls or cyberlocks, such as the ones worn by Amelia Tan, are popular in several subcultures. However, there is a common misconception as to the birthplace of locks. They began entering the mainstream in the 70s, as reggae rose, but were originally found in multiple religions and spiritualities including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. The hairstyle being quasi-universal, it belongs to no one group.

Another situation can be found with the mohawk. Despite the name, the template punk mohawk we know today was derived not from Mohican people, but the Pawnee. Additionally, mohawk styles are historically present within a myriad of societies. For instance, the Cossacks, an East Slavic people, shaved all but a large lock of hair called a chupryna**. Entering the mainstream, the mohawk was worn by American GIs, “The Filthy Thirteen”, under the guise of Jake McNiece of Choctaw descent. Even in the 1950s some teenage girls adopted the haircut. Tracing back to the Celtic Iron Age***, there are a variety of “hawks” derived from different cultures. It would thus be difficult to argue that all mohawks are appropriative. On the other hand, borrowing certain traditional elements for purely aesthetic reasons can be seriously damaging to the target, particularly for oppressed groups. (think hipsters in headdresses).

“There isn’t just one Native American culture. There are hundreds. And there are millions of Native people. And we’re being ignored. We’re being told that we don’t have rights over how we are represented in mainstream America. We are being told that we should ‘get over it’ - but the people who are saying this don’t even know what the issues are. When people know of us only as a 'costume,’ or something you dress up as for Halloween or for a music video, then you stop thinking of us as people, and this is incredibly dangerous because everyday we fight for the basic human right to live our own lives without outsiders determining our fate or defining our identities.” - Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa from North Dakota)

Like the mohawk, some cultural elements have become associated with alternative people. In fact, subcultures form through cultural borrowing. European Lolitas followed the Japanese, who themselves were inspired by the 18th century European Rococo movement and the Victorian era. Where music is concerned, several metal bands name African American R&B musicians as their primary inspiration. Exchange is a natural part of growth. Without it, alternative culture would have no flow.

Where is the line between appropriation and appreciation?

The real issue is when a specific cultural element incites discrimination against one ethnicity yet praise for another. A perfect example is the recent conflict between celebrities Kylie Jenner and Amandla Stenberg. Stenberg called out Jenner on Instagram for donning cornrows (a typically black hairdo) while failing to “use her position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards her wigs instead of police brutality or racism”.

“The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred, but here’s the thing: appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they’re partaking in.” - Amandla Sternberg states in her video Don’t Cash Crop on My Cornrose.

Appropriation goes beyond the monochrome. An atheist would probably not wear a burka. Yet, many atheist Goths wear crosses. The latter will offend some, while others might dismiss it as a Gothic stereotype. What may not affect some might offend others.

Simply put, there is more to the subject than what you “can” and “cannot” wear. Personal background, surroundings and current events all come to play. When it comes to cultural appropriation, one must consider the individual. For within culture, is identity. You can take to sell a Self, or you can be inspired to build your own.

*Transracial designates adoptees that accept their own background, but are in a family of a different race. Read more here.

**Such as the one worn by Dmytro Vyshnevetsky.

***The Clonycavan man (392-201 B.C) is believed to have had the world’s first mohawk.

DISCLAIMER OF DOOM: The above thoughts are based off of personal research. Any differing or similar viewpoints are welcome.

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Showrunner Sam Esmail discusses Taxi Driver, Girls, and 7 other big influences on Mr. Robot by Matthew Giles

Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan)
Influences:
Story arc
“What was revolutionary about Breaking Bad, and I don’t know what other shows have done this, but it was committed to telling one story. ‘Here, we are going to tell one story from beginning to end, and it’s really going to have this cohesive thread, and we are not going to deviate from it.’ Sometimes he’ll be cooking meth, and then for stretches he’ll have nothing to do with meth. That was inspiring because Mr. Robot initially started as a feature film with one story — the ending of season one is the end of my act one, or about the 30-minute mark, and then the real story begins in season two — and I had an ending in mind. When I made the decision to turn it into a television show, I just remembered, ‘Well, Breaking Bad did it, they went from beginning to end and they stuck to this journey! That’s what I wanted to do with Mr. Robot.’”

‘Peaky Blinders’ Update: Cillian Murphy And Steven Knight Speak About Tom Hardy’s Return  And What To Expect In Season 3

BBC has constantly been churning out surprise hits over the last few years, and 'Peaky Blinders’ has been quietly growing a massive following that simply cannot wait until the third season finally airs.

For the uninitiated, 'Peaky Blinders’ is about the historic Peaky Blinders gang led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), who once terrorized Birmingham after the First World War. The gang was given their name due to their tendency to hide razors into the peaks of their hats.

The first season was a success, and even Season Two added new characters including Alfie Solomons, who is played by 'Mad Max: Fury Road’ star Tom Hardy.

'Peaky Blinders’ showrunner Steven Knight and star Cillian Murphy recently spoke to Deadline on whether Tom Hardy will return and what’s in store for Tommy Shelby in Season Three.

“Yes, Tom is coming back,” Knight confirmed about Tom Hardy’s highly awaited return to 'Peaky Blinders.’ (+)

Demi Lovato Admits She Was Once 'Super Jealous' of Miley Cyrus

Staying sober takes plenty of hard work.

Demi Lovato reinforces this message in a new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine for their September cover issue, in which she admits to envying her fellow former Disney star, Miley Cyrus – specifically, when it comes to the outspoken singer’s ability to party. Demi has been open about struggling with addiction issues with drugs and alcohol in the past, entering rehab in 2010.

“There was a time when I was jealous of people who were able to party,” Demi reveals. “For instance, Miley – in her music video ‘Can’t Stop,’ her whole thing was partying and not giving a f**k. Part of me was super jealous that I couldn’t be like that. I had to look at my life and be like, 'Okay, that’s just not what you can do. There’s no need to be bitter about it.’”

The 22-year-old “Cool for the Summer” singer has often credited her boyfriend, 35-year-old Wilmer Valderrama, for keeping her on the right track, and shares that he didn’t give up on their relationship even when he was advised to.

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“Tiny stage? Set time shuffled? No problem! Twenty-year-old Halsey had a phalanx of fans chanting her name for five minutes before she stepped out there on the BMI stage and gave it all she had through a selection of tunes that connected with brains and hips (especially Badlands fave-to-be “Hold Me Down”). The next level moment? Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots sitting in on drums for a song. Every phone in the place attempted to capture that moment.” - fuse

“Rather than be dogged by any heritage, this four-piece from North Wales is all new gen rock and roll defined by a strong DIY, anarchist spirit that puts them more comfortably in the leagues of garage punkers Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

They ended on “Tyrants,” also the finale song on their 2014 release “The Balcony,” that was initiated by a long bleeding intro that felt as authentic as a homespun rehearsal but had the grit and gusto of a young band ready for the same arenas as their predecessors. Frontman Van McCann was the clear standout, flitting around the stage as if trying to outrun an invisible oppressor, yet it was the crowd that was clearly arrested. First impressions are everything and Catfish had everyone caught.” - Chicago Sun Times

Exclusive Trailer for Bryan Cranston’s New Show ‘Sneaky Pete’

“The show, which stars Giovanni Ribisi and Margo Martindale, is the story of a thirtysomething man who was just released from prison. In order to hide out from the mob, he takes his cellmate Pete’s identity, moves in with Pete’s family and joins their bail bond business.

Fans will get to help decide if “Sneaky Pete” is picked up for a full run by watching the pilot and providing feedback. The pilot will be available for free on Amazon for 30 days starting Aug. 7.”

Why Clueless Is Still the Ultimate Teen Comedy | Rolling Stone

While the film’s strong aesthetic and witty screenwriting remain key factors in its success, Clueless resonates with today’s young fans for another reason: It represents a beloved genre that’s all but disappeared.

(Mod note: we love that this article gives a quick shoutout to the Tumblr fandom!)

Demi Lovato: "I Wanted To Sabotage Everything Around Me So That I Could Sabotage Myself"

The star talks partying, rehab, and dating in the September issue of Cosmopolitan.

On being “off and on” for five years with boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama: “The only times we ever broke up were when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him… People say that relapses happen before you use. Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit. The times we’d broken up, I had already gone to that place of, Yeah, this is what’s happening. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself."​

On Wilmer not throwing in the towel: "We started dating when I turned 18… Right after that, I went to rehab. People told him, ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it.’ But he was like, 'I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.’ We relate on a lot of levels. I’ve seen a lot of shit. Shit people don’t know about. He’s seen a lot of stuff too."​

On Wilmer not being the jealous type: "Nick and Wilmer get along great—Joe and Wilmer too. It’s weird. In the beginning, I was like, 'Why the fuck are you friends with Joe?’ He was like, 'He’s a cool guy.’ Yeah, I know. I dated him."​

On her music: "There are a lot of girls in pop. They have badass lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, 'Try something on me and I’ll fucking beat your ass.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”

For more of Demi Lovato’s exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the September 2015 issue on newsstands August 11 or click here to subscribe to the digital edition!​

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“Despite the fact that the day’s earlier weather-related evacuation of Lollapalooza resulted in many artists’ set times being shifted, every Halsey fan at the fest was present at the BMI stage and chanting her name Sunday evening ready for whatever she had in store. “Ain’t no f*cking rain gonna stop this set,” she said when she took the mic to a loud chorus of cheers from her crowd, audibly filled with young women. “Hold Me Down” got a big response, but the biggest thrill of all? The moment when she brought out Twentyonepilot’s Josh Dun as a guest performer on her song “Roman Holiday.” - FUSE

Kim Yoo Jung and Lee Jong Suk are adorable as they flaunt their flawless complexion for 'Skin Food' CF

July 31, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

Kim Yoo Jung and Lee Jong Suk are putting all the emphasis on their flawless milky complexion for skincare brand ’Skin Food’s new CF!

The two advertise the product ‘Andes Salt 0.9 Moist Cream’, revealing that this specific product has been made to mimic your skin’s natural moisture content.

With gorgeous models like these, who wouldn’t want to buy this skincare product!

You can check out their combined version CF above and the individuals below. Some gorgeous behind cuts of the lovely young actress has also been revealed by her agency as a bonus, so make sure to give them a look as well!

SEE ALSO: Get your dose of Lee Jong Suk with his fanmeeting photobook set for release in 29 different countries

Source: allkpop

[ARTICLE] BIGBANG Counts Down for “FANTASTIC” & “LET’S NOT LOVE” With Fans

BIGBANG will be counting down live with the fans just before releasing their August song “FANTASTIC” and “LET’S NOT LOVE.”

YG Entertainment uploaded a poster with a caption that read “BIGBANG COUNTDOWN LIVE” on the official blog YG LIFE at 9 am of August 2.

In the yellow poster, BIGBANG is featured in black and white, attracting much attention. The caption BIGBANG COUNTDOWN LIVE MADE SERIES hints that the quintet will be “holding a meeting” in the YG headquarters.

The group is already attracting much attention as they announced the new songs “LET’S NOT LOVE” and GD& TOP unit song “FANTASTIC” will be the two songs included in the 4th album of the MADE SERIES, album “E.”

BIGBANG already showcased two Countdown Live in June and July, making an opportunity to communicate with the fans by showing them the music videos and also the makings of them.

The BIGBANG COUNTDOWN LIVE MADE SERIES at YG Headquarter will be another chance for the fans to see BIGBANG. It will be streamed live through Naver V App at 11pm on August 4, just an hour before the official release of the new songs.

BIGBANG’s latest album “E” will be unveiled at 0 hour of August 5.


SOURCE: YG-LIFE

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With dark film, Korean director makes history
The dark side of Korean society, where only the strongest can survive, is powerfully portrayed in the Cannes-invited feature “Madonna” (2015).

“Director Shin Su-won’s latest project, released in early July, focuses on the harshness of society, where people gain nothing even after endless hours of hard work. The flick revolves around a character in her 20s named Mi-na, who can’t expect anything worse to happen to her, as she has already hit the bottom.”