Coldplay’s Interactive ‘Ink’ Video

“Work Of Art”

– says MTV

Produced by Blind, the gorgeously animated video sees a man looking for his lost love — and you have to help find her. Make his decisions along the way — choose a compass, a pen or a knife, etc. — to lead him to his fate. There are more than 300 possible outcomes in the story, all taking the viewer through beautiful landscapes like oceans, city streets and, in some cases, the cosmos.

The path I took didn’t lead the main character to his lady, but I might just try it again — if only to see where he ends up.

Watch the video over on Coldplay’s Website and check out a preview below:

Are headphones/earbuds an absolute necessity in our daily lives?

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Surprisingly, not everyone wants to hear our music. When we were pumping our LCD Soundsystem mixtape, others in the office said they couldn’t “concentrate” and they “wished we were fired.” For this, and for many other reasons, headphones are an absolute necessity in our daily lives?

Headphones, in other words, while taken for granted today—from inexpensive versions packaged with electronic devices to the highest quality models—are achievements in human invention that coincide with other critical innovations without which headphones as we know them would not be possible. Like many histories of modern invention in physics and electronics, the history of headphones has roots in the experimentation of Thomas Edison. Though he did not know it at the time, some of his work with electrical currents indirectly led to innovations that made possible the amplification of audio signals.

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Whether your favorite audio device came with bad headphones (or no headphones at all) or your trusty cans have seen better days, at some point everyone is in the market for headphones. But what’s out there and how do they compare? Here’s a look at the various types of headphones available, plus what’s good and not so good about them.

There’s many reasons headphones took off in 2012. It was a remarkable concurrence of tech events: The smartphone wars were in full swing as the iPhone 5 launched against Samsung’s supposed iPhone killer, the Galaxy S3.

Sweden-based streaming music service Spotify, which entered the U.S. in 2011, had gained a foothold. Fashion and tech began to meld. And more people were buying smartphones and listening to music on them.

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Trumpeted as a hot fashion trend, headphone brands leapt into the limelight, leading to skyrocketing revenue numbers. Previously, headphones were widely seen as a utilitarian object for music listening, except among audiophiles willing to dish out hundreds on high-end headphones from old-guard brands.

“The newest fashion accessory isn’t a fashion accessory at all,” GQ declared in mid-2011, setting the stage. “It’s head-swaddling, high-style headphones that make as much of a statement as anything else you’re wearing.

It all led to a 47% spike in retail headphone industry revenue in 2012, lifting the market to $1.37 billion. Some companies saw its revenues going up to 75% with gains as high as $519 million, according to The Financial Times.

The retail headphones industry has experienced 8.4 percent annual growth over the past five years, and is now a $1.6 billion market. “Headphones are really desirable to have, almost becoming essential in terms of the accessory you want when you have a smartphone or tablet,” .Headphones have benefited from improvements in design and engineering. Today, lower-cost headphones give consumers a lot more than they used to. No longer do people have to settle for simple little earbuds adorned with fuzzy covers that crackle and die within a few weeks. Now, even the more affordable models have built-in microphones and adjustable cords. It also helps that where manufacturers were once limited to selling in local electronics stores, now they can get their wares to the masses more easily, with online shops, big retailers and kiosks everywhere. Crompton pointed to airport vending machines which offer headphones at a time travelers need them most. The health and exercise craze has helped too, as people often bring phones along for their workouts.

Despite the emergence of big, bulky over-the-head models as fashion accessories, earbuds will be the industry’s future. They currently account for about 54 percent of the retail headphone industry’s revenue.

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Whatever other factors have contributed, the headphone rush could not have happened without the ballooning smartphone market. Between November 2013 and November 2014, the number of smartphone owners in the U.S. rose 7 percent to 163.2 million, according to data from the research firm comScore. Today, 68 percent of mobile subscribers in the U.S. have smartphones, a number that’s steadily increasing. See this chart from Business Insider:

More and more, these smartphone owners are using their phones to listen to music. More than half of headphone owners connected to a smartphone in 2013, up from 36 percent the year before, according to market research from the NPD Group. And market research firm found that around 70 million Americans used music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora or listened to downloaded music on their phones in 2013 — more than double the number who did so in 2011.

And teens, hands perpetually affixed to their mobile devices, have remained very interested in fashionable headphones.There are many different terms used to describe all the various types of in-ear listening devices. You’ve probably heard several terms such as earbuds, earphones, in-ear headphones, and in-ear monitors. However, you may not be sure what the differences are between all of them. For more information you can check out the articles.

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Winners From The 2014 American Music Awards.

Take a look at the complete list of winners from the 2014 American Music Awards.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

WINNER

One Direction

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED

WINNER

5 Seconds of Summer

DICK CLARK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

WINNER

Taylor Swift

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

WINNER

Sam Smith

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

WINNER

Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

WINNER

One Direction

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

WINNER

One Direction “Midnight Memories”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

WINNER

Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

WINNER

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

WINNER

Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

WINNER

Iggy Azalea

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

WINNER

Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

WINNER

John Legend

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

WINNER

Beyoncé

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

WINNER

Beyoncé “Beyoncé”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

WINNER

Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

WINNER

Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

WINNER

Enrique Iglesias

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

WINNER

Casting Crowns

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

WINNER

Calvin Harris

TOP SOUNDTRACK

WINNER

Frozen

NTERNATIONAL ARTIST AWARD

WINNER

Zhang Jie

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD

WINNER

Chopstick Brothers, “Little Apple”

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande + more : Performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show !

Four singers will join Victoria’s Secret Angels and noted beautiful people Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and more on the London catwalk.

Taylor Swift
Back for an encore performance after owning the Victoria’s Secret runway last year, Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). Taylor is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and more than 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor’s album RED, released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. The only other album to sell more than RED was her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, 1989, the highest selling release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million albums release week topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release. “Shake It Off,” the first single from 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S. Her current single “Blank Space,” immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 chart on its debut.

Ed Sheeran
Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon. The 23-year-old British singer/songwriter’s new album “x” (pronounced multiply) debuted at #1 in the US and 13 other countries, including his native UK, where it’s the top-selling album of the year. “x” has been certified gold in the U.S., buoyed by the platinum-certified lead single “Sing” and gold-certified follow-up “Don’t.” Sheeran is in the midst of his worldwide headlining arena tour, which includes four sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena. Last year, Sheeran played three sold out headlining shows at New York City’s iconic Madision Square Garden. Sheeran’s 2012 breakthrough debut album “+” entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x-platinum. Fueled by singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” “+” has gone multi-platinum, platinum, and gold in nine countries. In the US, “+” entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5 in the US, and was the highest debut for a UK solo artist’s first full-length album since 2009. Likewise, “The A Team” garnered both commercial and critical acclaim, going double-platinum and receiving the prestigious GRAMMY® nomination for Song Of The Year in 2013. Sheeran took home BRIT Awards in 2012 for Best Male Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist and has received three GRAMMY® nominations to date, including Best New Artist in 2014 .

Ariana Grande
Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her debut, “Yours Truly,” and then its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.” “Yours Truly” yielded the double-platinum smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. “My Everything” spawned the triple-platinum “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, which debuted at #1 in 85 countries, and topped the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. It was the 5th highest digital song debut for a female artist and 9th highest ever. “My Everything” took the #1 spot on Spotify as Ariana hit #1 on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart. She is the first woman in history—and first artist since Michael Jackson—to simultaneously have three songs (“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J) in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs chart. She was named Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards and also took home statues at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 2014 Teen Choice Awards and the 2014 MTV VMAS.

Hozier
Born on St. Patrick’s Day in County Wicklow, Ireland, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne was raised on blues, soul and jazz. He taught himself guitar and piano, joined his first band at 15, and studied music at Dublin’s Trinity College. His hit, “Take Me to Church,” reached #1 in Ireland (keeping U2 off the top spot for the first time in 30 years), #2 in America and #5 in the UK. It’s currently in the Top 3 on the US iTunes Singles chart, and has been a Top 10 hit in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland and Canada, with an accompanying music video that has over 18 million views on YouTube. “Take Me to Church” is also featured in the new Beats LeBron James ad, and Ed Sheeran covered it on BBC Radio 1. Hozier’s eponymous debut album was released globally in October, with tracks mixed by Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey). His music has been used in ‘Wish I Was Here’, ‘Teenwolf’ and ‘The Leftovers’ and his upcoming 26-city US tour, which starts in February, is already sold out. Hozier has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres and Jools Holland (UK). This will be his first appearance on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Taylor is the very first repeat performer. Could Victoria’s “secret” be that she’s a huge Swiftie? Hmmmmmmm…

While you’re at it check Taylor Swift perform in the last VSFS:

Catch the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show December 9 on CBS ! 

Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” New Music Video

The video, which features Swift embracing the crazy ex-girlfriend stereotype that has haunted her for years, was released by Yahoo and caused a frenzy on social media before it was taken down several hours later.

If you want a closer look at the gorgeous, ritzy estate where Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” music video takes place? Sure, why not, right? Well, to accompany the video, Taylor created an app which she calls a “cinematic interactive musical experience” that lets users explore the house’s many rooms and objects.

“I had to direct it more like a stage show than a music video so the audience can choose any way they want to look; we had to create reasons for them to turn their head or look up or look down.”

“American Express Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience”  it’s available now for both Android and iOS, so get going.

Kanye West’s Rework of Lorde’s “Flicker”

Lorde has curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1, the second-to-last installment of the hit film series. It features a rework of her single “Yellow Flicker Beat”by Kanye West.

Although Kanye doesn’t have a verse or any vocal additions on this joint, he does flip the instrumental, by slowing it down and adding his Yeezy touch to the dark remix. In addition to this song, the soundtrack will also feature a record from Ariana Grande, as well as the much-anticipated collaboration from Pusha T, Q-Tip, HAIM, and Lorde.

Check out this dark remix, and share your thoughts & comments below !

Gotta love music !

 We are often trying to look for new songs,

When you listen to music, a part of your brain called the nucleus accumbensactivates. This triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine, that lives in a group of neurons in your brain called the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA).



This pathway in the brain is called the Reward System, and Dopamine is strongly associated with it.

Try out with High Quality Ear Pods and listen to your favorite music. It is known that music will help you perform better in so many aspects. It will just depend the genre of music you hear.

Dopamine is the same chemical that gets released when you eat your favorite food or when you get a new follower on Twitter, causing you to want more, more, more.

The amount of dopamine that gets released and the feelings of pleasure we get from it are also largely dependent on the element of surprise.

For instance, when you stumble upon a new song that you love, more dopamine is released and you get even more excited than if you were to listen to one of your favorite songs that you’ve heard multiple times.