Listen to Annie during your workday from 10AM to 3PM.
You know that song, "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets"? Change Lola to Taylor Swift and you've got it right. Even one of the biggest corporations in the world is no match for the power of Taylor. Apple announced their new streaming service would be free for the first 3 months and then probably quietly muttered and we won't be paying the artists during that free trial period either.
Well, that probably didn't sit well with many artists, including Taylor Swift who decided to use her super star status to make a change. Taylor posted an open letter on her website to Apple (click the photo to read it all) saying, "It's unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing" and effectively pulled her album from the service. She also pointed out that she isn't doing this because she's a spoiled artist, but rather, for ALL musicians, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet.
Smart lady. Sometimes you want to be mad at her for using her power, but then realize, yeah, she's got a pretty solid point.
So what did Apple do? Push Taylor to the side, ignore her? NOPE. Apple changed their minds and said JUST KIDDING TAYLOR, we'll pay you. The power of Taylor Swift.
For the person who wants to end their relationship in a slow, painstaking way, the PERFECT option is Break Up Beans!
Here's the process:
Even better (or worse, depending on if you're the giver or the receiver of the plant) is that the plants can grow up to 20 feet. That's a VERY large heartbreak reminder, every single day in your backyard.
Cruel? Yes. Creative? YES. Incomplete? Slightly. I'd go one step further and make a variety of more specific messages, like "I Cheated On You With My Co-worker" and "Your Loss, Dude" and 'I Never Loved You Anyway". Really cut them to the core! (kidding... I think)
Familiar with Chatroulette? Essentially it's a video chatting site that randomly hooks you into conversations with strangers. You never know who or what you're about to stumble upon next. Plenty of people use it for "adult" purposes, but when something like the Call Me Maybe guy breaks through, it's MAGICAL!
The left screen is people unknowingly stumbling into a video chat with a dude dressed in a number of "sexy" outfits and bikinis, lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe. It's great to watch their expressions, but also, the dancer-dude looks like he's having a great time.
TOO FUNNY. Because I like you - here it is:
UPDATE (June 19th): The video has now been released to the general public. See it here if you like. It's nothing crazy, just very colorful.
A handful of artists are desperately trying to get us interested in Tidal (Jay Z's streaming service) and now, it's Madonna's turn. She released her new video for B**** I'm Madonna exclusively to Tidal. They've been teasing the release for weeks and this morning, it finally surfaced. It's supposedly filled with stars including Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and even Kanye West.
Even though music videos aren't in direct competition with each other, many people on the Internet are saying Madonna's artist-packed video rips off Taylor Swift's cameo-filled video for Bad Blood. In this case, I DON'T think that Taylor Swift has the lockdown on putting other artists in her videos, so we'll let that one slide.
Would I like to see Madonna's new video - sure. I'd give it a look. But would I PAY to watch a new Madonna video? Not a chance. I respect her work and what Tidal is trying to accomplish here, but no thank you. I'll wait until that sucker hits YouTube.
Holly Madison, one of Hugh Hefner's former girlfriends, is selling her secrets! For years, I confess, I watched the Girls Next Door and followed the lives of Holly, Bridgette Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. It was interesting to get a glimpse of what made their whole situation work. It's probably fair to say that we'd all be at least a LITTLE jealous if we had to share a significant other with 3 other people. Not fun.
So what deep, dark secrets could be surfacing with Holly's new book? How about that bedroom time with Hugh Hefner wasn't fun for her or for the other girlfriends? Instead of being fun, she described it as being more of a chore. REALLY. Not shocking yet.
She further said that Hef would create competition between the girlfriends, which made for a hostile environment. I'm sure NO ONE was under the impression that 3-7 gorgeous women vying for a millionaire's attention was a peaceful situation!
What would be really shocking? That Hef just took these girls under his wing because he saw their potential... more of a mentor thing than a girlfriend thing. However, it doesn't sound like that was the case.
Holly's book is called Down The Rabbit Hole: The Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales Of A Former Playboy Bunny, for anyone interested in other non-secrets.
It's never too early to plan for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics! As of the deadline for having new sports added to the list of competitions, it's CLEAR that the definition of "sports" may be a little confusing for some people!
Maybe it was all part of a time-consuming joke. It seems like it would take A LOT of paperwork to actually have your event approved for the Olympics, let's just assume it's a hassle. Some of the 26 events submitted include waterskiing, football, baseball, softball, ballroom dancing, ultimate frisbee (all pretty respectable so far), then bridge, and CHESS!
Before all the high school chess club teams send angry emails, I will say that chess is a very challenging game. It's a skill, but it's CERTAINLY not a sport. If your training involves sitting in a chair, staring at a game, it's not a sport. Checkmate!
Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see if any of the other sports (or "sports") get approved for the 2020 Olympic Games.