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Joe Rogan hasn’t saved Spotify yet

Media | The streaming app might have overspent on podcast content
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 1/19/21, 04:16 pm

Spotify’s foray into the podcast business last year is no longer music to investors’ ears. The song-streaming app’s failure to reap the results it hoped for illustrates the challenges of getting the music industry to buy into the social media business.

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Celebrities line up to perform at Biden inauguration

Music | Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks are scheduled to appear
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/19/21, 03:20 pm

Four years ago, then-President-elect Donald Trump had trouble lining up celebrities for his inaugural events. A number of music stars turned down invitations or otherwise publicly declined to perform. Some, such as classical singer Andrea Bocelli and Grammy and Tony awards winner Jennifer Holliday initially agreed to participate but later backed out when Trump critics turned on them.

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Activism returns to the NBA

Sports | Players express their opinions on the court after U.S. Capitol riots
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 1/12/21, 04:18 pm

In an October interview with ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver described the summer of 2020 as “an extraordinary moment” in U.S. history that justified allowing some on-court activism by players.

“My sense is there will be somewhat a return to normalcy—that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor,” Silver said. But last week brought another extraordinary moment when a group of Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol, and the NBA showed it’s not ready to go back to normal just yet.

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