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Not surprisingly West Coast mainstay YG jumps on the remix to Fergie’s California eccentric single, “L.A. LOVE.” Being that DJ Mustard composed the number, the 400 rapper was just a text away. The beat remains the same, but YG spits a new verse toward the end of the track.
Listen to the remix below…
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Microsoft and Nokia have officially announced that the Finnish smartphone maker will no longer be a part of the branding for Lumia Windows Phone devices.
Tuula Rytilä, Microsoft’s senior vice president of marketing for phones, shared the news via Nokia’s Conversations blog (via The Verge). This means upcoming Lumia smartphones will be referred to as “Microsoft Lumia” rather than “Nokia Lumia.”
Rytilä didn’t specify exactly when we’ll see the first smartphone with this new branding, but did say the company is “looking forward to revealing a Microsoft Lumia device soon.”
Although Nokia’s branding will no longer be present on Lumia devices, Microsoft will continue to release low-end Nokia phones.
The announcement comes several months after Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division. The Verge also reported that Microsoft will axe Nokia’s branding from the Lumia line earlier this week.
The move makes sense for Microsoft, since the Lumia line seems to be the most popular Windows Phone brand to date. And, although Windows Phone is still far behind Android and iOS in terms of market share, Lumia sales seem to be growing.
Microsoft sold 9.3 million Lumia phones in its most recent quarter, which is a 5.6% increase from the 8.8 million Lumia handsets it sold during the same time last year, the company revealed in its Thursday earnings report.
The only thing better than waking up and realizing it’s a Friday is waking up to a new album from Run The Jewels. Thanks to an unfortunate (but inevitable) leak springing last night, El-P and Killer Mike have released their long-awaited second joint project a few days ahead of schedule. The follow-up to last year’s crticially acclaimed Run The Jewels boasts appearances from Rage Against the Machine’s Zach De La Rocha, Travis Barker, Gangsta Boo, Diane Coffee and BOOTS.
Stream and download below…
DOWNLOAD: El-P & Killer Mike Run The Jewels 2
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Fresh from the red carpet after winning all four awards he was nominated for at this year’s MOBOs and Best New Act at the Q Awards
Philip Sweeney is looking forward to his next Songlines Music Travel trip to the musical mecca that is Cuba
Oh my God, only 60 shopping days to Cuban New Year! I’m sipping a glass of ultra rare Pinilla rum while finishing my review of the excellent new Abelardo Barroso CD a mere ten days late, when a despatch arrives from Songlines Strategic Planning Directorate reminding me peremptorily that the next Cuba tour is a little over two months away and I’d better make sure this one is even better than the last, or I’ll find myself leading tours to the Songlines broom cupboard, as office cleaner. Well as it happens, I’m completely confident: it’ll be another cracker. Still a work in progress, obviously. The key to these tours, all of which are individually planned down to the last daiquiri, is to monitor events through a network of the best insider contacts available and then pounce at the precise moment the perfect gig, musician meeting or studio visit presents itself. This is then added to a skeleton itinerary meticulously planned for a comprehensive tour through the island and its varied musical styles.
For January 2015 I’m reviewing and strengthening the Buena Vista content. Why? Because BVSC have recently announced their final ‘Adios’ tour, and an era is coming to an end. Or is it? Songlines has followed the BVSC story from the beginning, and indeed is stirring up Buena Vista controversy in a forthcoming issue [read the Cuban music debate in the next issue, out December 5]. Songlines music travellers have met many of the BVSC artists while in Cuba: a few of them have even played Rubén Gonzalez’ piano in the legendary EGREM studios. There are plenty of survivors from the original Buena Vista caste and new generation members to get to know today. The late Compay Segundo’s current group, for example, is on absolutely red hot form, the only outfit on the island deploying twin clarinets to such funky effect, and we’ll not just see them perform live but meet them too to find out the story in depth. And for those smart Alejandros for whom BVSC is a touch old-fashioned, we’ll also meet the best young movers and shakers on the scene in Havana, Santiago, Trinidad.
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