Pleasure Products Industry Vet Margaux O’Donaghue Passes

The pleasure products industry has lost one of its beloved with the passing of Margaux O’Donaghue.
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INDUSTRY GAMES – CHIKA

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INDUSTRY GAMES

CHIKA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: March 13, 2020

© ℗ 2020 CHIKA under exclusive license to Warner Records, Inc.

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Achieving Longevity in the Adult Industry

Breaking into the adult industry wasn’t an easy road, and my journey definitely came with some speed bumps. I’d like to share a little bit of my experience, and I’m hopeful that the advice that helped me can help someone else.
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How to Keep Your Dukes Up in the Music Business: Your Guide to Crushing the Music Industry (Unabridged) – Miss Krystle

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How to Keep Your Dukes Up in the Music Business: Your Guide to Crushing the Music Industry (Unabridged)

Miss Krystle

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 17.99

Publish Date: February 14, 2020

© © 2020 Dukes Up Records

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Caroline Flack, ‘Love Island,’ and the industry of outrage surrounding the star’s death

Much has been written about the circumstances that led to the death of the British television presenter Caroline Flack on Saturday, despite little of substance being known about them.


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XR Brands Hires Industry Veteran Cheryl Flangel as Sales Executive

XR Brands has announced the hire of Cheryl Flangel as a sales executive.
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XBIZ Announces 2020 Retail Industry Award Winners

The 2020 XBIZ retail industry award winners were announced Wednesday night during an exclusive ceremony, presented by Satisfyer, at the W Hotel Hollywood.
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Adult Retail Industry Kicks Off 2020 at ANME

ANME got off to a rockin’ start with a Saturday night ‘80s party with a special live performance by Neon Jeans.
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Could an Industry ‘Innovation Council’ Protect Intellectual Property?

As many people say, there is no sense in whining about something unless you have a potential remedy.
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Decoding the Tens: Fashion Industry Weighs In

As the Tens draw to a close and the Twenties get ready to dawn, WWD casts an eye on the dizzying amount of change the last decade has brought to the fashion scene — including streetwear’s rise; a growing voice from younger — much younger — generations; the blurring of gender lines, and a rising environmental awareness, not to mention the indelible mark left by the #MeToo movement.
It was a tumultuous period, with the recasting of old orders by technology, which took a central role in rearranging the era’s priorities.
WWD turned to industry figures, including retailers, historians, curators and trend forecasters, to sift through the Tens, and decide what defined them, fashion wise.
What was the look of the decade? Who was the designer of the era? And how about the future: Will the Twenties roar again?
Strong mentions for the decade’s standout look included Demna Gvasalia’s oversize imprint at Balenciaga, the gender-bending baroque aesthetic from Alessandro Michele at Gucci, the recasting of women’s wardrobes by Phoebe Philo at Celine and Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior and the arrival of Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton. The reign of the sneaker made a mark. Some wondered, is Hedi Slimane the new Karl Lagerfeld?

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No. 2: Karl Lagerfeld Changed the Fashion Industry Forever

He was so prolific, indefatigable, larger-than-life and multifaceted that the fashion world does not feel the same without Karl Lagerfeld.
He brought energy, boldness and a rare rock-star charisma, and seemed to galvanize Paris as the creative heart of fashion.
Since his death last February at age 85, the industry has mourned, mounted tributes, planned books and exhibitions, and pondered all the wisdom to be gleaned from one of the pioneers of brand rejuvenation, high-low collaborations and multitasking — and a master of storytelling, showmanship and witty repartee.
By all accounts, he left the brands he piloted in fine fettle — recognizing early that brands matter most, not the designers behind them. Chanel is now led by his longtime right-hand woman Virginie Viard, who is staying the course while adding a youthful elan. Fendi, now unofficially piloted creatively by Silvia Venturini Fendi and her Rome-based team, is said to be growing at a healthy and stealthy 10 percent clip.
Meanwhile, Lagerfeld’s namesake house brought on renowned stylist and editor Carine Roitfeld to work in tandem with design director Hun Kim, who had been handpicked by Lagerfeld and has been working quietly behind the scenes since August 2015. And sales have been flourishing in 2019.

Karl

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Music Make it , How to be the minority that Succeed in the Music Industry! – Elvis Jordan

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Music Make it , How to be the minority that Succeed in the Music Industry!

Elvis Jordan

Genre: Music

Publish Date: December 20, 2015

Publisher: Publishing Services

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


MAKE IT – HOW TO BE THE MINORITY THAT ARCHIVE SUCCESS AT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY The Only eBook Produced for Aspiring, Minority Entertainment Professionals! Breaking into the music business is a difficult task made even more challenging when you're a minority. That's why you need specific strategies and direction to help you overcome the roadblocks on your way to becoming a superstar. It's time you strengthened your position within the industry and took control of your blossoming career: In this eBook you'll learn things like:   How to Improve Stage Presence as a Lead Singer!Effective Band Rehearsals How to Run a Band!Music Marketing Truths All Musicians Should Know!Reasons Why No One's Coming to Your Shows!How to Get More Exposure!And so much more..!! If you're ready to take the next step in your music career, look no further than the only comprehensive guide created specifically for minorities in the music industry! DON'T WASTE TIME… GET YOUR COPY TODAY! Guitar | music | business | Guitar lessons

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Kim Kardashian Is Reshaping the Shapewear Industry

Kim Kardashian’s Cotton Collection, the second installment of her Skims Solutionwear, arrives online today at 9 a.m. PST.  
The first batch of Skims, the shapewear line, was said to sell out within minutes of its Sept. 10 launch, pulling in an estimated $ 2 million in sales. Representatives for Skims would not confirm or deny this, but Skims’ Instagram page has been flooded with comments from would-be shoppers ever since, asking when they will be able to buy the products. 
“We just restocked @skims Solutionwear,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram on Oct. 8. “Shop now at Skims.com before they sell out.”

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Then earlier this month, Kardashian revealed the second collection, the Cotton Collection, was coming. Unlike the first line, which was designed with reshaping in mind — “Who likes to exercise?” Kardashian said in an Instagram post last month advertising the shapewear — the Cotton Collection is meant

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Comprehensive, Inclusive Sex-Ed Is Imperative for Sexual Wellness Industry Growth

In the sexual wellness industry we like to think we’re pretty well-educated when it comes to sex.
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Memoirs of a Gym Rat: Sex, Drugs, and Barbell Curls: A Hilarious Survival Guide to the Health Club Industry. (Unabridged) – Max Hawthorne

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Memoirs of a Gym Rat: Sex, Drugs, and Barbell Curls: A Hilarious Survival Guide to the Health Club Industry. (Unabridged)

Max Hawthorne

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 21.99

Publish Date: April 17, 2019

© ℗ © 2019 Max Hawthorne

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Hollywood Ending: Mutations of Money at the End of the Movie Industry (Unabridged) – Michael Thomsen

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Hollywood Ending: Mutations of Money at the End of the Movie Industry (Unabridged)

Michael Thomsen

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 1.99

Publish Date: September 6, 2016

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Music Business Skills for Musicians: Make Money from Music, Discover the Music Industry and Explode Your Music Career! (Unabridged) – Tommy Swindali

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Music Business Skills for Musicians: Make Money from Music, Discover the Music Industry and Explode Your Music Career! (Unabridged)

Tommy Swindali

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 12.99

Publish Date: April 24, 2019

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New Balance Commits to RE100 and U.N. Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

New Balance is the latest big brand to support the United Nations’ Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action as well as RE100, a global corporate initiative dedicated to renewable electricity.
In joining the U.N.’s effort, the Boston-based company increases the tally to 48 firms. PVH Corp., Puma AG, Schoeller Textil AG, Kering, Burberry Group, Gap Inc., Target Corp. and Hugo Boss AG are among the other corporations that have signed on. Numerous organizations such as the Outdoor Industry Association, the Sustainable Fashion Academy, World Wildlife Fund and the International Finance Corp. have also joined the initiative.
Participants aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As a supporter, New Balance has committed to a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The company is prioritizing materials with low climate impact, eliminating new coal from tier one and tier two supply chains, supporting more circular business models and engaging consumers to increase awareness about environmental hazards and change behavior.
In unveiling its two climate change-fighting commitments, New Balance noted it has generated more than one million kilowatt hours in solar energy at its footwear manufacturing facility in Flimby, England. One competitor, Nike Inc., has also committed to the U.N. Fashion Industry Charter for

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A Challenge to the Sex Industry: Show People That Sex Has No Expiration Date

It’s hard enough to find sexy representations of older people on your average stock photo site, let alone your average porn site. The media we consume asks us to believe that “sexy” equals “young.”
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Ready to Volunteer for an Industry Advocacy Group?

It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day work that we (understandably) aren’t following some of the important work that non-profit groups such as the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) are doing to advance and protect the adult industry.
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Music Industry Survival Manual – TuneCore

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Music Industry Survival Manual

New Rules for the Music Industry

TuneCore

Genre: Music

Publish Date: February 23, 2012

Publisher: TuneCore

Seller: TuneCore


The music industry has changed, and it continues to shift. The traditional music industry was built on the world of physical shelf space, 12” pieces of vinyl, 5” circular pieces of plastic, the increasingly-irrelevant MTV, AM/FM radio, and analog television. All are gone or near gone, and so is the old world. The traditional music industry was not built for the world of digital downloads, on-demand streams, and unlimited digital shelf space where everything (and everyone) can be available with unlimited inventory on demand. The days of the major labels are over.   The “New Rules For The Music Industry” in this book originated as a TuneCore blog post, and we think these rules should last longer than the 80-year-or-so run of the traditional music industry. The rules in this book are accompanied by supporting articles, and are of value to those who will control the new music industry: the artist and the songwriter. You can read, comment and contribute to the conversation at the TuneCore blog. New Rules For The Music Industry: 1. Educate Yourself 2. Commercial Radio & MTV No Longer Singularly Break Bands 3. Marketing Does Not Always Equal Success 4. It’s Global 5. Take Action 6. Be Transparent 7. It’s About A Constant Stream Of Music & Media, Not A Once A Year Album Release 8. You Are Not Powerless 9. Define Your Goals Written by Jeff Price, TuneCore Founder/CEO, and George Howard, former president of Rykodisc and current advisor of numerous entertainment and non-entertainment firms and individuals. Edited by Jacqueline Rosokoff and George Howard.

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Kylie Jenner Files Docs to Secure ‘Kylie Hair’ and Dominate Hair Industry

Kylie Jenner is officially trying to get her hands on just about everything under the sun … filing docs to take over the hair industry. Jenner has applied for a trademark for “Kylie Hair” — a line to include hair care products — shampoos,…

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Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion

Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassionIconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.



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Industry Rule No. 4080?: Lil Uzi Vert Wants New Record Deal

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Lil Uzi Vert wants out. The Philadelphia rapper and self-described rock stars isn’t happy with the current terms of his recording contract with Generation Now.

Reports TMZ:

A source familiar with his current deal tells TMZ … the rapper’s being exploited because the contract allows little room for growth and doesn’t do enough for his bottom line.

We’re told Generation Now is supposed to cover Lil Uzi’s studio time and recordings, but the label’s refusing to pony up — so he’s being forced to seek financial assistance from people close to him. Sounds like an awkward conversation. 

Lil Uzi’s serious about getting out from under his contract … we’re told his side proposed an amended deal, one that’s more fair and balanced for the artist. As you might expect, the label is pushing back.

However, another source tells us Generation Now isn’t holding up the release of Uzi’s upcoming album, “Eternal Atake,” and they’re definitely NOT exploiting him — they claim he’s been in full control of the project from the jump. 

As the label sees it … Uzi has a production budget for the album and he’s been recording in Philadelphia for a while, but hasn’t shared any of his work — making it difficult for the label to set release dates, or figure out marketing and promotion plans. 

The drama (no pun, you’ll see why) is prickly for Hip-Hop heads because Generation Now was founded by Don Cannon and DJ Drama. The renowned DJ’s and producers did plenty for the culture as the Aphilliates.

Word is both sides are still willing to communicate, but it’s a slow roll at the moment.

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Music Make it , How to be the minority that Succeed in the Music Industry! – Elvis Jordan

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Music Make it , How to be the minority that Succeed in the Music Industry!

Elvis Jordan

Genre: Music

Publish Date: December 20, 2015

Publisher: Publishing Services

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


MAKE IT – HOW TO BE THE MINORITY THAT ARCHIVE SUCCESS AT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY The Only eBook Produced for Aspiring, Minority Entertainment Professionals! Breaking into the music business is a difficult task made even more challenging when you're a minority. That's why you need specific strategies and direction to help you overcome the roadblocks on your way to becoming a superstar. It's time you strengthened your position within the industry and took control of your blossoming career: In this eBook you'll learn things like:   How to Improve Stage Presence as a Lead Singer!Effective Band Rehearsals How to Run a Band!Music Marketing Truths All Musicians Should Know!Reasons Why No One's Coming to Your Shows!How to Get More Exposure!And so much more..!! If you're ready to take the next step in your music career, look no further than the only comprehensive guide created specifically for minorities in the music industry! DON'T WASTE TIME… GET YOUR COPY TODAY! Guitar | music | business | Guitar lessons

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How to Score Mainstream Work With an Adult Industry Resume

As sex workers, trying to explain what we do for a living to others can sometimes be tricky — even trickier when you’re trapped in a small room, explaining your work to a potential future employer during a job interview.
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What to Watch: Up Next for Fur Industry, Furriers

Last year was a momentous one for designer labels vowing to go fur-free. Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry and Versace are among the ones that did so. Whether the trend continues into 2019 is a matter up for debate — as is the entire “fur” or “no fur” issue.
Last month, Chanel joined the antifur brigade — although the brand’s use of fur has always been minimal — and also pledged to stop using exotic skins. Before its pre-fall Métiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chanel said it would “no longer use exotic skins in our future creations.”
The exotic skins in question include crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS, said, “The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do.”
Michael Kors Inc. — now called Capri Holdings — was one of the leading brands that agreed to go fur-free in 2017 along with Jimmy Choo, which Kors also owns. Kors had been targeted by animal rights activists over the years (most noticeably during a Q&A with the designer in June at the Metropolitan Museum). Versace, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Diane von Furstenberg

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Giving Credit to the Adult Industry

As we ease into the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to share why I’m thankful to work in the adult industry. Besides being exciting, vibrant and cutting-edge (there is never a dull moment), it has shaped Segpay and my own life in ways I could have never imagined.
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Six Degrees of Automation: How an Empty Parking Lot Will Change the Banking Industry | Branded Content

Welcome to Six Degrees of Automation – a docu-series dedicated to analyzing the impact intelligent automation is having on various industries, produced in collaboration between IBM Services and Wired Brand Lab.

In our inaugural episode, we explore how intelligent automation is transforming the banking industry. Follow Bill on his journey to receive a home loan, a seemingly simple process, but one that is being transformed by automation.
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Vice Media Peers Into Rise of South Korea’s Sex Shop Industry

Vice Media recently debuted a new video that peers into the sex toy and novelty retail industry in South Korea.
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Should You Trust Adult Industry Market Research Reports?

If like me, you have Google Alerts set up for things like lingerie, sex toys, fetishwear and the like, you’ll often see web links for sex toy or lingerie global market reports.
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Industry Vet Michelle Major Tapped as Wet Brand Ambassador

Industry sales veteran Michelle Major has joined Trigg Laboratories Inc., the maker of Wet Lubricants, as the company’s eastern U.S. brand ambassador.
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XBIZ Europa Awards Industry Voting Ends Aug. 27

Industry voting for the first-ever XBIZ Europa Awards will end when the clock strikes midnight this coming Monday on Aug. 27.
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Holiday Products Adds Industry Vet Chris Armstrong to Sales Team

Holiday Products has hired industry veteran Chris Armstrong to join its sales team.
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Spotify Cancels ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy After an Industry Uproar

The streaming service is revising guidelines that removed music by R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from its “curated” playlists.
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Ivor Novello award winners talk the music industry

Musicians Stormzy, Lionel Richie and Billy Ocean were honoured at the Ivor Novello awards, now in their 63rd year. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


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XBIZ Announces 2018 Retail Industry Exec Award Winners

Executives from the tight-knit pleasure products industry came together in droves last night to honor this year’s winners of the XBIZ Exec Awards.
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Hefner’s Legacy Lives On in the Industry

The moment when I read the news that the founder of Playboy had passed away at 91, it shocked me in a way that hurt and was hard to describe.
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The Importance of Patents in the Sex Tech Industry

The sex tech industry has achieved a remarkable amount of progress in the last decade. Innovation is occurring everywhere, including in the shapes of vibrators, the way their motors function, incorporation of haptics, and the whole new terrain of VR.
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Loyalty Means Business for the Camming Industry

As many of my readers are already aware, I have been dedicating my life over the past year to promoting academic theories on the social aspects of camming.
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Weinstein Scandal Inspires Models To Share Stories Of Abuse In Their Industry

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How Master P Gamed The Music Industry And Laid A Path To Generational Wealth

Master P at VH1

When one of the biggest hip-hop moguls of all time asks you, “What’s 5 percent of $ 100 million?” you’d better not stutter. He and son Romeo drop family jewels on their extended hip-hop hustle.

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HBO’s ‘Confederate’ Uproar Sparks TV Industry Debate


Should white creators tell black stories? Top creators John Ridley, Glen Mazzara and more weigh in on the controversial alt-history drama from the ‘Game Of Thrones’ creators, Amazon’s similarly-themed ‘Black America’ and whether it’s “all fair in love and television writing.”

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Lil Durk “Industry,” WatchTheDuck ft. Pharrell “Stretch 2-3-4,” & More | Wired Tracks 11.17.15

Lil Durk is fed up with the fake love, hugs and “wassups” that accompany being a part of the rap game, and he’s quick to separate himself from fraudulent peers on his new track “Industry.”

Durk proclaims “I’m in these streets, you industry,” over riot-inspiring production by Nito Beats, continuing his rant against phony rappers throughout the record.

Stream “Industry” below in Wired Tracks, where you can also check out WatchTheDuck’s new Pharrell-produced heater “Stretch 2-3-4,” Certified Fresh alum Jazz Cartier‘s “I Know,” and more.

 

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Tech N9ne ft. MURS & Ubiquitous – “Blunt And A Ho”

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The Five-Screen Industry

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Sometimes governments promote technology standards that birth entire industries. The Internet is one example. GPS is another. And cellphones depend on the government managing who gets to use what bandwidth. 

I’d like to see the government create (or ask private industry to create) a five-screen standard for cameras and apps so we can have this sort of configuration for work, school, and play.

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The standard would describe how drone cameras and other apps use all five screens. (For completeness, the standard would include 3-screen and 7-screen video surround options as well.)

Imagine a drone with a five-camera lense, snaking its way down a Parisian street. The remote viewer with a five-screen workstation gets an immersive (albeit 2D) experience. Seniors could explore the world from the comfort of their wheelchairs. Students could see history come to life along a five screen time line. Workers could see all of their apps and notes across five screens.

Those of you with multiple screens on your desk already know the joy of the extra workspace. But normally we are limited by our apps to two screens. I think a government push for a 5-screen standard would produce an avalanche of new product types. I could imagine these rooms as training pods for almost anything. Imagine watching a lecture while having four screens of supporting information that speak to every level of student. 

Someday I expect most school lessons to be CGI generated. The more screen real estate, the better.

And gaming. Holy cow.

The five screens can be any combination of home televisions, notepads, workstations, laptops, and even phones. And the standard should adjust to the number of screens detected in use.

You probably think that all the 3D technology in the pipeline makes this five-screen standard unnecessary. But if personal 3D is like movie 3D, many people will prefer the flat 2D experience. We probably need both. And keep in mind that the 4K televisions are probably what makes this standard take off. 

This is where you tell me such a standard already exists. And then you tell me governments do everything wrong. 

Is there anything good to this idea?

And more generally, I wonder if a president should be in the business of creating standards to create industries. My gut says we should do more of it, not less. What do you think? Are there examples where government has screwed up trying to do this sort of thing?

Update: VR will have a place, just as 3D movies have a place. But I think content creators will not be able to develop more than big hit games and apps with VR. 90% of the world (such as education) will be bound by the limits of the content creators. And I assume lots of people will get sick with VR, the way 3D gives headaches, but that’s just a guess.

Some of you might know that I wrote a book about the best way to pursue success (systems versus goals). People seem to like it.

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XBIZ Announces Retail Industry Nominees for 2016 Exec Awards

XBIZ is pleased to announce the finalist nominees for the retail industry edition of the 2016 XBIZ Exec Awards.
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Shittin On the Industry – Young Dolph

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Shittin On the Industry

Young Dolph

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 8, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Paper Route Empire

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Young Dolph Returns With New Mixtape “Shittin On The Industry”

Young Dolph has made the most of 2015, releasing multiple projects including High Class Street Music 5 (The Plug Best Friend) in February and 16 Zips in July. Keeping his foot on the gas, the South Memphis Kingpin makes it a triad of mixtapes with his new aptly-titled effort, Shittin On The Industry. The 12-track project comes packed with production from the likes of Mike Will Made-It, Zaytoven, TM88, Cassius Jay, and Izze The Producer, along with features from T.I. and fellow Paper Route Empire artists Bino and Jay Fizzle.


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L’Oréal Chemist Balanda Atis Is Diversifying the Beauty Industry, Starting With Foundation


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Italy’s Fashion Industry Expected to Grow 5% in 2015

The Italian fashion industry is expected to log a 5 percent increase in revenues in 2015, reaching 64.2 billion euros, or $ 71.8 billion at current exchange, compared with 61.2 billion euros, or $ 68.5 billion, in 2014, according to the country’s Chamber of Fashion, which released its Fashion Economic Trends study on Tuesday, at the end of Milan Fashion Week. The expectation is based on a forecast of the euro exchange rate in line with the current trend. The study also expects the first half of 2016 to see a 6.5 percent increase in revenues.
Exports are expected to grow 7.1 percent to 50.2 billion euros, or $ 56.2 billion, in 2015, led by a strong performance of clothing and footwear. In the second quarter of the year, exports grew 8.8 percent, which is the best result seen in 15 quarters. The study highlighted solid business achieved on markets outside the European Union, such as the U.S. and China, especially.

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U.K. Music Industry: BBC Must Pay Royalties for Planned Music Streaming Service

Without proper license deals, the offer, which is in its early planning stages, wouldn’t be viable, says a trade group.
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Teen Technorati – Say Hello to Rebecca Jolitz, the 19-year-old Thiel Fellow Who Wants to Disrupt the Satellite Industry

With degrees in mathematics and physics from U.C. Berkeley, 19-year-old Rebecca Jolitz is planning to revolutionize the satellite development industry. Get to know the 2014 Thiel Fellow and find out what first inspired her love of science.
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Rihanna excited to celebrate 10 years in music industry

Singer Rihanna attends the "RiRi by Rihanna" fragrance launch at Macy's on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna says she's thrilled to have had a decade-long career in music and she plans on celebrating the feat at some point this year.



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Ian Rogers Leaving Apple Music for Unrelated Industry

Rogers will reportedly be taking a job in Europe in an unrelated industry.
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Industry City Secures Material Wrld and The Line as Tenants

Two Manhattan-based online businesses will soon be Brooklyn-bound to open new headquarters and warehouses in Industry City. Material Wrld, which bills itself as a designer goods trade-in service, and The Line, a fashion and home decor company, have secured five-year leases for warehouse space, as well as offices, in the sprawling waterfront facility in Sunset Park.
Started three and a half years ago by Harvard Business School grads Rie Yano and Jie Zheng, Material Wrld has outgrown the 4,000-square-foot location at 838 Broadway that has been its base for the past 18 months. The company currently accepts 150 clothing brands and 30 labels for shoes and accessories. Unlike consignment shops or thrift stores, which typically pay donors once their items are sold, Material Wrld reimburses consumers with monetary gift cards for select retail partners, provided their designer trade-ins meet the criteria. The pair, whose aim to alleviate the hassle of cleaning out closets, have secured $ 4 million in venture capital funding, Yano said Tuesday.
Each of the founders offers an interesting take on e-commerce and fashion. Yano wrote her graduate thesis about how postwar underground Tokyo flea market was revived by in part by bars, restaurants and old shops. After earning her MBA

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How Elvis Started a ‘Riot’ and Changed the Music Industry

When Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, there was no official day of mourning. But ever since then, the date has been both an international commemoration of his death — and a rocking celebration of his life and work. Presley burst onto the scene in January 1956 with the release of his first RCA
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Miley Cyrus Calls Out Industry Sexism, Big Bucks And Taylor Swift

Miley Cyrus is Marie Claire’s September cover girl and, in typical Miley fashion, is holding nothing back in the accompanying interview.

The 22-year-old singer and activist channels Twiggy on the gorgeous cover and inside, opens up about sexism in Hollywood and the music industry. ”There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it,” Cyrus tells Marie Claire. “Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”

Cyrus, who’s slated to host the VMAs later this month, also touches on the issue of dough, calling out the rich and famous for being, well, so rich and famous.

“People in this industry think, I just gotta keep getting more money, and I’m like, What are you getting more money for? You probably couldn’t even spend it all in this lifetime,” she says. “People get more famous, so that they can make their brand more famous, so that they can sell more shit, so that they can make more money. It’s a never-ending cycle.”

“Getting more money, having more hits, being the lead in the movie — those things might stimulate you, but they don’t make you happy. I’ve experienced it all already, and I’m telling you firsthand, it doesn’t,” she adds. 

Elsewhere in the interview, Cyrus takes on fellow songstress Taylor Swift and calls out the hypocrisy in treating Swift like a role model.

“I don’t get the violence revenge thing,” Cyrus says about Swift’s “Bad Blood” video. “That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”

For more with Miley, pick up the September issue of Marie Claire​, on newsstands Aug. 18.

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Adidas’ New Teen Line Fills An Important Gap In The Industry For Teenage Girls

Adidas is stepping up to the plate and making sure that teenage girls have the sportswear they need in order to keep crushin’ it!

The sportswear company launched “adigirl,” a new line designed specifically for female teen athletes on July 22. Adidas introduced the collection on its site saying: 

Today adidas unveils The adigirl Collection, a new apparel line designed specifically for the teen athlete. The line — a first of its kind — combines key performance attributes with street style detailing to create a unique, versatile assortment of pieces that bring sport into everyday life.

 

This is Adidas’ first go at sportswear and  ”athleisure” that explicitly targets teenage girls, and with this move the company might be paving the way for other big sportswear designers. There’s a lot of sports apparel designed for women, and some for girls, too. But there isn’t much on the market that is designed specifically for a teenage girl’s taste and body type. Adigirl by Adidas aims to fill that gap.

The New York City adigirl launch event took place in late July and several celebs (including actress Zendaya, U.S. olympian T’erea Brown and pro soccer player Erika Tymrak) showed up to support the line and its message to empower female athletes.

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“adigirl was created to specifically meet the needs of the female teen athlete” said Katie Becker, senior design director for Adidas Training and Sportswear, in a press release. The line features many items that are perfect for workouts, while others fit into the increasingly popular “athleisure” trend. The varied range of styles all help to support badass, hardworking female teenage athletes.

Adigirl comes after a series of other exciting endeavors and triumphs for women in sports in recent months including: the U.S. Women’s National Team winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup (breaking national viewership records in the process), Serena Williams taking home the 2015 Women’s Wimbledon title and 14-year-old baseball superstar Mo’ne Davis being one of the youngest athletes ever signed to the Harlem Globetrotters (apparently she’s great at several sports!).  

So here’s to the young female athletes across the board, killin’ the game both on and off the court and looking fierce as they do it!

 

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London Fashion Industry Favorite, Kids Company Charity, Set to Close

END OF AN ERA: Kids Company, the London charity that has long been a favorite of many a British fashion label, is set to close its doors on Wednesday after months of turmoil and the resignation of its chief executive officer Camila Batmanghelidjh, who founded the charity in 1996. The charity, whose aim was to help vulnerable, inner-city children, is closing over claims of financial mismanagement.
Labels including Fendi, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Folli Follie and Matthew Williamson have all hosted events or collaborated with Kids Company in the past. Last year, Fendi organized an auction of its Peekaboo bags, designed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Hall and Cara Delevingne, in aid of Kids Company. The event marked the opening of Fendi’s New Bond Street store.
In 2013, Paltrow and Williamson hosted a dinner in London to raise awareness for the charity, while in 2010 Stella McCartney hosted a Fashion’s Night Out event for the organization, showcasing creations by children that Kids Company supported. Folli Follie and Mulberry have both produced designs in collaboration with the organization.
Batmanghelidjh founded Kids Company in 1996, with the aim of supporting children, young people and families in need. Batmanghelidjh, who cuts a striking figure, with

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Toast of UK critics, Years & Years, celebrate album launch on same day record industry kicks off New Music Friday where all singles and albums will be released on the same day globally from now on. Francis Maguire reports.


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Music industry begins global Friday release of new albums

A woman listens to a music CD in a shop in Hong Kong on June 17, 2012Big record stores, streaming services and hit charts adjusted longtime practices as the music industry Friday began a coordinated global release for new albums. For the first time most new albums will be released in all formats on Fridays everywhere in the world, ending regional divergences that industry players found increasingly anachronistic in the age of instant digital music. The IFPI, the industry's global body, is championing "New Music Fridays" both to curb piracy and to stimulate sales as shoppers start their weekends.



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Apple’s about-face reveals cracks in music industry

FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas. Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. Apple had already agreed to share revenue from the new Apple Music service once users start paying a $  10-a-month subscription fee for the service, which it plans to launch June 30, 2015. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Taylor Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry.



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Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Apple: Music Industry Reacts

Jack Antonoff and Christina Perri are among those weighing in.
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K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Raises Record $330,000 at Women in Industry Luncheon

NEW YORK — K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers raised a record $ 330,000 at its ninth annual Women in Industry Luncheon on Wednesday.
The event, which took place at 583 Park Avenue, honored Cindy Levitt, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Hot Topic, and Laura Pomerantz, vice chairman and head of strategic accounts at Cushman & Wakefield.
“They are both very distinguished in business and the community,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president and chief executive officer of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.
Christine Ebersole, a two-time Tony-winning artist, was the host and performed at the luncheon. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers supports poverty-stricken children and families. Donations go all over the country, and the organization recently sent tents, blankets and sleeping bags to Nepal. The luncheon began with a performance by a children’s group, Little Kids Rock from P.S. 98 in Washington Heights, part of a national program supported by the Hot Topic Foundation.
Since 1985, when K.I.D.S. began, more than $ 1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed through their network of community nonprofits. Last year, 402 companies donated $ 155 million of new products that were distributed to 643 community partners, according to Allan Ellinger, cochairman of the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers board and managing partner of MMG.
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The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide (Music Industry How To, #1) – Shaun Letang

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The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide (Music Industry How To, #1)

Shaun Letang

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 8, 2013

Publisher: Shaun Letang

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Ever wondered why some talented musicians never seem to get that far, yet another average musician seems to be getting all the breaks? This is no coincidence; those that know how to handle themselves in the music industry will generally do much better then those that don't. Being a successful independent musician isn't just about how talented you are. You could be one of the best singers or rappers in the world, but if you don't handle yourself and your music career correctly, you won't get very far at all. Thankfully, those traits needed to do well are ones that can be learned. In this guide, I aim to give you the tools needed to do well as an independent musician. This includes help on the mentality you need to adopt, and the knowledge of what not to do. This is not a guide on how to market your music or how to improve your talent, this is something much more, yet just as important. Have a look at the table of contents to see exactly what you get in this guide. If you want to do well in the music industry and avoid the common mistakes most independent musicians make, The Independent Musicians Survival Guide is for you. Pick up a copy right now. Additional Notes: This book is suitable for all musicians, no matter what genre of music you make. By the end of this book, you will have a good sense of what it takes to do well in your music career, you will know how much money you can really make as an independent musician, and you will hopefully have the motivation to go out and make things work for you. This music industry guide is written by Shaun Letang, owner of Music Industry How To. Other people that have contributed to this music business book include Christine Infanger at Thirty Roses, Chris Rockett at Music Marketing Classroom, and some of the Music Industry How To insider members.

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Music Industry Survival Manual

New Rules for the Music Industry

TuneCore

Genre: Music

Publish Date: February 23, 2012

Publisher: TuneCore

Seller: TuneCore


The music industry has changed, and it continues to shift. The traditional music industry was built on the world of physical shelf space, 12” pieces of vinyl, 5” circular pieces of plastic, the increasingly-irrelevant MTV, AM/FM radio, and analog television. All are gone or near gone, and so is the old world. The traditional music industry was not built for the world of digital downloads, on-demand streams, and unlimited digital shelf space where everything (and everyone) can be available with unlimited inventory on demand. The days of the major labels are over.   The “New Rules For The Music Industry” in this book originated as a TuneCore blog post, and we think these rules should last longer than the 80-year-or-so run of the traditional music industry. The rules in this book are accompanied by supporting articles, and are of value to those who will control the new music industry: the artist and the songwriter. You can read, comment and contribute to the conversation at the TuneCore blog. New Rules For The Music Industry: 1. Educate Yourself 2. Commercial Radio & MTV No Longer Singularly Break Bands 3. Marketing Does Not Always Equal Success 4. It’s Global 5. Take Action 6. Be Transparent 7. It’s About A Constant Stream Of Music & Media, Not A Once A Year Album Release 8. You Are Not Powerless 9. Define Your Goals Written by Jeff Price, TuneCore Founder/CEO, and George Howard, former president of Rykodisc and current advisor of numerous entertainment and non-entertainment firms and individuals. Edited by Jacqueline Rosokoff and George Howard.

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American Voices: Tech Industry Employees Drinking Liquid Meals To Work Longer Hours

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Radio is the most stable part of the music industry

Streaming is the sexiest way to listen to music in 2015. It's also the most controversial, because artists are constantly pulling their music from various platforms or speaking out against it. But the practice is constantly evolving, because the laws around music rights are complicated and competition between services is tight. Many within the music industry believe streaming is the future. It's the fastest-growing sector, and one of the few formats with a young user base. But even though streaming appears to have a long life ahead of it, it has a long way to go if it's ever going to unseat the current standard, radio. Most Americans listen to the radio Most Americans don't use direct streaming platforms like Spotify, Rdio, and Tidal. Instead they listen to music where Americans have listened to it for decades — on the radio. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center report on audio listening in the U.S., almost 92 percent of the listening public listens to AM/FM radio. That percentage hasn't changed much over the last 10 years even with the advent of the internet. Meanwhile, 39 percent of Americans listen to online radio, and 23.9 percent listen to satellite radio. These stats measure the listening public of America so obviously there is some overlap among them. The biggest AM/FM radio company in the United States is iHeartRadio. According to its internal statistics, iHeartRadio owns 858 radio stations that reach 245 million people. That's a number that online streaming can't even come close to. Plus, iHeart Media is both an AM/FM company that streams music over airwaves and an online radio company. The company's data says that people tune in to the radio eight times per day (which makes sense if you think about how much time the average American spends in the car), and that they consume 2,045 minutes of radio (both talk and music) per week. According to the Pew Research Center, people spend more time listening to the radio than they do surfing the internet. "Music is a basic human need," Tom Poleman, the head of programming at iHeartRadio told me. "That's why we work so well with the music industry, because radio is inherently social. Artists and radio have always had that fantastic symbiotic relationship. We can't survive without music." And the data backs him up. AM/FM radio is the only form of listening that hasn't seen a significant drop in the percentage of users in the last 10 years. In 2001, 96 percent of U.S. listeners consumed music via the radio. In 2011, that number was at 93 percent. For contrast, consumption of music via CDs dropped 13.5 percent in 2013. But if you're looking for growth, it's solidly in online radio, not AM/FM. "The difference between how many people are listening to the radio and how many people are listening to us is huge. It's a delta of about 120 million people," Simon Fleming-Wood, the chief marketing officer for Pandora told me. And online radio certainly sees AM/FM as its main competition. "What's in the crosshairs for us is getting Pandora built into car dashboards. The hours that are for Pandora to take are in broadcast radio," Fleming-Wood told me. Companies that provide direct streaming, online radio, and satellite radio want their music in the car dashboard, because the car is where people listen to music the most. The average American commuter spends 37 hours a year just stuck in traffic, and Harvard Health Watch reported in 2007 that the average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. That's an insane amount of time, especially when you consider that almost 80 percent of Americans drive to work alone. It's a huge moneymaker, and it's why AM/FM radio has so much power. The radio has so much power over popularity Because the radio has such a high listenership, it also has incredible impact on an artist's popularity. Rich Bressler, the CFO and president of iHeart Media, told me when we spoke in March that his company is, "very optimistic about the state of the music industry." He didn't qualify that. When I wrote about the future of music broadly in early May, one thing everyone I interviewed said was that while they knew music would be fine as an art form, they weren't sure it would continue to be stable as an industry. But the industry's problems have only increased the importance of radio. Artists simply can't leave. "The artists and anybody you talk to in the music industry will tell you that unless the artist's music is on the radio, they're nowhere," Poleman told me. Think about listening to your local Top 40 station. You might hear the same six or seven songs twice every hour. You might not like them or think they're good art. But they're certainly popular. That's strategic. A company like Pandora can try to compete with that massive reach by giving artists more data to help them find their fans and plan tours better. Pandora can guide artists to a type of fame that's accessible and comfortable and can help them live and make art. But Pandora doesn't yet have what radio has — a massive and captive audience. Radio also has far more money. AM/FM radio has one of the sweetest deals in the music industry. It doesn't have to pay performers any money under copyright law to play any song it wants. Radio negotiated long ago that publicity was payment enough. So radio has a larger audience than any other platform and has to pay less money to play music. On the surface, it should be safe, but the fact is, radio is swimming in debt. What will the future of radio look like? iHeart Radio is the big kid on the block right now, but it's deeply, deeply in debt. In September 2014, Billboard reported that "IHeartMedia carries $ 21.1 billion in consolidated debt, according to financial analyst firm Fitch Ratings, the result of a 2008 private-equity deal with Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners valued at $ 17.9 billion. " iHeart says it has accrued this much debt because it thinks radio is stable and safe. The company says it has been looking at the long-term shift to digital and realizes it needs to get into that field as well. For years, iHeart had been called ClearChannel, which is a much less sexy name to put on a huge concert series or digital music streaming app. Rebranding as iHeart was just the first step in going digital. But the digital landscape costs more money, and that's money that iHeart just doesn't have to give. "We think that digital music provides the opportunity for all of us to make more money. We're looking to find win-win solutions. The artists, the music companies, and most importantly, the fans," Bressler told me. Radio is still the biggest player in the music industry. It still calls the shots, and it's still by far the best place for artists to break out. But whether or not radio is a sustainable industry as iHeart's ad revenue drifts downward and streaming companies build out more robust advertising departments, is yet to be seen. Radio may be more stable than any other part of the music industry, but that, as it turns out, isn't a very high bar to clear.
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2015 Beauty Takeback: Feminism and the Beauty Industry

Dear Women,

Let’s make 2015 the year we take back our beauty. Why? Because only 4 percent of women consider themselves beautiful and it is time for us to raise that number.

In our culture, we are told that we are supposed to look a certain way in order to be beautiful. We are told that we are beautiful exactly as we are. We are shamed for caring about how we look, and shamed for not caring enough. This shit is powerful, important, and it deeply messes with our brains.

Beauty is officially a feminist issue. As women of all colors and creeds, we are the target market in a gigantic multi- billion- dollar worldwide ad campaign from an unregulated industry that preys on and profits from our deepest insecurities about our bodies. Our sense of “beauty” has been hijacked by multinational cosmetics companies led mostly by rich white men.The time has come for us to take our beauty out of their hands and put it back where it belongs… in ours.

The Women’s Liberation Movement did it’s best to call to question the double standards and injustices imposed on women — and the people who perpetrate them. Today, I call to question the industry that presumes to decide “what beauty is” without regard for the health and well-being of our bodies or our souls.

The time has come for us to take our beauty power back. I asked Alexis Krauss, writer and champion of Big Beauty Reform at BeautyLiesTruth to help me curate a list of five ways that we can take back our beauty practices, and reclaim our sense of what beauty means.


1. Do your research.

We need to be informed so that we can make informed choices. Spend 20 minutes researching unsafe chemical ingredients. Familiarize yourself with a few key chemicals to watch out for.

If I’m unsure about a product I’ll check its Skin Deep rating provided by the Environmental Working Group. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also has tons of chemical and ingredient information as well as other informative resources.

I always check the ingredient list for every makeup, skincare or haircare product I purchase. If a product contains an ingredient that I consider unsafe or unnecessary, I don’t buy it.

2. Get Mad.

The lack of regulation within the cosmetics industry is truly despicable. Our beauty and personal care products are not regulated or tested for safety, and there are no labeling requirements.

Let this fact sink in. Beauty companies are not required to keep your health in mind, or to tell you the truth. And many of them don’t. Remember, for many of these companies, it is about profit! So for all the women who have been duped by the false promises on the back of shampoo bottles, it is time to get pissed — and speak up about it!

3. Take stock.

Give your life a “Beauty Audit.” Start looking through the products you already have. Weed out all the ones that contain more than three ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Accept the fact that pricier products don’t mean better ingredients.

Take a good look at your beauty routine. Experiment with simplifying it. Find alternatives. There are some fantastic DIY beauty blogs out there, so have some fun and get crafty!

Be curious and open to change. I stopped shampooing my hair four years ago as an experiment, and that little experiment inspired an entire positive life shift for me. If you are ready to make a change and don’t know where to start, I recommend going shampoo-free as a first step in your personal beauty take-back. The process is liberating, empowering, and eye-opening.

4. Talk about it! Social media/etc.

We have the power at our fingertips!

Social media is a huge force for consolidating like-minded people. Starting conversations can lead to entire shifts in social consciousness.

Share your experience with your “beauty audit” on social media! This is a fantastic way to start a great conversation that will help inspire your friends to be more beauty-empowered AND to connect with other people who are doing the same thing.

You can use social media to discover great up-and-coming responsible beauty brands and share them with your friends. Instagram is a fantastic way to follow emerging companies that are in line with your values and beliefs.

5. Use your dollar.

I make it a point to support brands that are run by people who are invested in health, wellness and sustainability.

Shop around for smaller beauty companies who are more in line with your values. Ask friends for suggestions, do an online search, read reviews, and make sure to shop smart.
By using our dollars wisely, we can shift the power of beauty out of the hands of the bigger companies. This will encourage them to innovate and progress while encouraging the growth of smaller brands who are more committed to your health and empowerment.

Big cosmetic companies will listen to their consumers if enough of them start demanding safer and more transparent formulations. We can’t underestimate our power.

Sisters, remember that in this current social and political climate, the responsibility of advocating for change falls on us, and we need to work together to make things better. Start making small positive choices and let them inspire bigger positive changes. Let’s create a world where women name the terms of their own beauty, and a majority of women feel beautiful and strong.

Please join us in this exciting movement of Big Beauty Reform! Get involved by using the hashtag #2015beautytakeback to share what you are doing to take back your beauty!
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‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit: 5 Major Music Industry Implications

The “Blurred Lines” trial, which ended Tuesday with a copyright ruling from a federal jury in Los Angeles, involved big stars (Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke), big money ($ 7.3 million) and big weirdness (during a deposition, Thicke apologized for calling an attorney “a dick”). But it may not lead to big…
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Apple Watch Faces Major Challenge In Fashion Industry

By Nandita Bose and Piya Sinha-Roy

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple CEO Tim Cook summed up the problem during a conversation with sales staff at a London Apple Store: “We’ve never sold anything as a company that people could try on before.”

With the expected launch this week of the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product in five years, Apple will be stepping into new territory.

To conquer the marketplace, the watch will have to appeal not only as a gadget but as a fashion statement, a fact tacitly acknowledged by Apple’s decision to launch its advertising campaign with a 12-page insert in the March issue of Vogue.

The company isn’t talking about plans for marketing the Apple Watch in advance of it’s much-touted “Spring Forward” event on Monday, but it clearly intends to keep a tight grip on initial sales and distribution, leaving many retailers guessing about when — or if — they’ll be able to sell it.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that Best Buy Co Inc, one of the largest sellers of Apple products, may not get the watch at launch time, though the company wouldn’t comment on the situation.

Other large retailers, including Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales and Barney’s said they had no immediate plans to carry the watch. Target and Nordstrom,along with all the major phone carriers, declined to comment on their plans, though a source with knowledge of the situation said Nordstrom has engaged in discussions with Apple.

“Apple is being cautious. There are too many unknowns around how this product will perform,” said Van Baker, research vice-president, technology research firm Gartner Inc.

That might mean restricting initial sales to company stores, where Apple has complete control over the experience and staff can be specially trained to sell the watch, Baker said.

Apple’s Cook seems very aware of the challenge. The Telegraph, which sent a reporter with the CEO to the company’s Covent Garden store, reported that he explained to the staff that selling the watch might require “tweaking the experience in the store.”

In the absence of hard information about what the tweaks might look like, speculation has been intense. The Washington Post last week suggested that Apple might add carpeting and mirrors and change store lighting to enhance the watch-buying experience.

Media outlets and Websites have also posited that the watch will be offered at special pop-up stores installed at luxury retailers such as Selfridges in London and Colette in Paris.

Apple hosted a private event at Colette last September, at which guests were able to try on the watch, but a spokesman for Colette declined to comment on whether the store would carry it.

Until now, wearable gadgets have not been big sellers for technology companies. Rival products such as Samsung’s Gear watches have sold poorly.

Apple hopes to change that, but it is still a big if whether the watch will appeal to buyers seeking a fashion accessory, especially if it needs to be upgraded every few years like Apple’s phones, tablets and computers.

“It could do wonders for the watch market if it means people might wear watches again, but realistically, there are a lot of doubts,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director of InStyle.

“Fashion customers are more skeptical than anyone, so Apple has picked a tough crowd.”

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Chicago and Piya Sinha Roy in Los Angeles, Additional reporting by Nathan Layne in Chicago, Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco and Malathi Nayak in New York, Editing by Dina Kyriakidou and Sue Horton)

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